COALITION FORCES STRIKE AIR DEFENSE RADAR AND SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE SITES
October 10, 2002
MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike an Iraqi air defense radar site near Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad. Coalition forces also targeted a surface-to-air missile (SAM) missile site near Tallil, approximately 160 miles southeast of Baghdad. Both strikes occurred at about 4 a.m. EDT.
Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.
Coalition strikes in the No-Fly Zones are executed as a self-defense measure in response to Iraqi hostile threats and acts against Coalition forces and their aircraft. Today's strike came after Iraq air defenses fired anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) and surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) at Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone. The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was against an air defense sector headquarters and integrated operations center near Tallil on October 3, 2002.
Coalition aircraft never target civilian populations or infrastructure and go to painstaking lengths to avoid injury to civilians and damage to civilian facilities.
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