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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


December 10, 2002 Release 02-12-05

MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi threats against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target a mobile surface-to-air missile system. The SAM system was located south of Al Amarah, 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 Iraqi forces moved the surface-to-air missile system into the southern no fly zone.

The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was December 1, against air defense facilities between Tallil and Al Basrah.

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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