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COALITION FORCES STRIKE A COMMAND AND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY

October 22, 2002

Release 02-10-06

MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to recent Iraqi hostile threats against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target an air defense communications facility near Al Jarrah, 90 miles southeast of Baghdad, and an air defense operations center near Tallil, 160 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at approximately 5:10 p.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 strikes 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 command and control communications facility Oct. 15, 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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