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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


November 22, 2002

Release 02-11-13

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 unmanned communications facilities located south of Al Amarah. Al Amarah is approximately 165 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 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 an Iraq military jet violated the Southern No-Fly Zone.

The last Coalition strikes in the Southern No-Fly Zone were November 21, against two air defense communications facilities.

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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