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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


November 21, 2002

Release 02-11-12

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 Iraqi air defense radar site.

The radar was located near Tallil, approximately 170 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike 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 Iraq moved the radar south of the 33rd parallel in violation of the established No-Fly Zone.

Earlier today, Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone targeted another air defense radar near Ash Shuaybah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad. Prior to that, the last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone took place yesterday against three unmanned air defense communications facilities.

Iraqi air defense forces have fired at Coalition aircraft seven out of eight days since the acceptance by Iraq of UN resolution 1441.

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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