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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

December 30, 2002
Release 02-12-24

COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI AIR DEFENSE COMMUNICATIONS SITES AND MOBILE RADAR

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- In response to Iraqi threats 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 Iraqi military air defense communications facilities and an air defense mobile radar. The Coalition struck the communications facilities at approximately 2:30 p.m. EST; they struck the mobile radar at approximately 3:40 p.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 targeted the communications facilities after Iraqi forces flew military aircraft into the Southern No-Fly zone earlier today. They struck the mobile radar after Iraqi forces moved it into the Southern No-Fly Zone today. Its presence was a direct threat to Coalition aircraft and crews.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was Sunday, when Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to target Iraqi military surface-to-air missile system radar sites. The sites were located near Ad Diwaniyah, approximately 75 miles south of Baghdad.

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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