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COALITION FORCES STRIKE TWO SURFACE TO AIR SYSTEMS; AND COMMAND AND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY

November 6, 2002

Release 02-11-01

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 two surface-to-air missile systems (SAM) and a command and control communications facility.

The SAM systems were near Al Kut, approximately 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. The command and control facility was near Tallil, about 160 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at about 6:30 a.m. EST.

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 anti-aircraft artillery at Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone and moved the SAM systems into the No-Fly Zone in violation of UN resolutions. The last Coalition strikes in the Southern No-Fly Zone were October 22 against a command and control communications facility near Al Jarrah, and an air defense operations center near Tallil.

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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