December 1, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION FORCES TARGET AIR DEFENSE COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES
MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Northern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target Iraqi air defense facilities. The facilities were located between Tallil, 170 miles southeast of Baghdad and Al Basrah, approximately 240 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at approximately 3:30 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 Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft artillery at Coalition aircraft in the Northern No-Fly Zone.
The last Coalition strikes in the Southern No-Fly Zone were November 23, against a mobile radar system 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.
NEWSLETTER Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list