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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


October 11, 2002

Release 02-10-04

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 a mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) missile site near Tallil, approximately 160 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at about 9:18 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 Coalition aircraft identified the mobile SAM site in the Southern No-Fly Zone. The presence of the SAM site creates a significant threat to the safety of Coalition aircraft. The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was against an air defense radar site near Al Basrah and a SAM site near Tallil on October 10, 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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