November 18, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION FORCES STRIKE COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES AND RADAR
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 air defense communications facilities and one air defense radar facility. One communication facility and the radar facility were located near Al Kut, approximately 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. The other air defense facility was located near Tallil, approximately 170 miles south southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at about 3:00 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 air defenses fired multiple surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery at coalition aircraft.
Iraqi air defense forces have fired at Coalition aircraft four out of five days since the signing of UN resolution 1441.
The last Coalition strikes in the Southern No-Fly Zone were November 15, against an air defense communication facility near An Najaf.
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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