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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


November 10, 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 (SAM) missile sites near Tallil, approximately 175 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at about 2:15 p.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 Iraq moved the SAM sites into the No-Fly Zone in violation of UN resolutions. Presence of the sites is deemed a threat to Coalition aircraft.

The last Coalition strikes in the Southern No-Fly Zone was November 7, against an air defense operations facility and integrated operations center near Al Kut.

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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