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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

November 23, 2002
Release 02-11-14


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MOBILE RADAR SYSTEM

MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi hostile threats against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target a mobile radar system located south of Al Amarah. Al Amarah is approximately 165 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 6 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 mobile radar into the Southern No-Fly Zone. The radar provides tracking and guidance for surface-to-air missile systems that can target Coalition aircraft.

The last Coalition strikes in the Southern No-Fly Zone were November 22, against unmanned communications facilities, also near Al Amarah.

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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