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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

November 15, 2002
Release 02-11-07



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 an air defense communications facility near An Najaf, approximately 85 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at about 2:50 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 Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles at coalition aircraft.

The last Coalition strikes in the Southern No-Fly Zone were November 10, against two surface-to-air (SAM) missile sites 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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