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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


December 18, 2002

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- In response to Iraqi acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring compliance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions over Southern Iraq, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target an Iraqi military air defense radar site. The site was located south of Al Kut, approximately 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 4:30 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. The Coalition executed today's strike after Iraqi forces moved the radar system into the Southern No-Fly Zone.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was Dec. 16, when Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone targeted an Iraqi communications site.

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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