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COALITION FORCES STRIKE A COMMAND AND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY

October 15, 2002

Release 02-10-05

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 target a command and control communications facility near Al Kut, approximately 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at about 6:15 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 Iraqi forces fired surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery at Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone. The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was against a surface-to-air missile site near Tallil on October 11, 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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