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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

January 1, 2003
Release 03-01-01

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MILITARY AIR DEFENSE 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 an Iraqi military air defense radar. The site was located near Al Qurnah, approximately 130 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 1:15 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 into the Southern No-Fly zone, thereby threatening Coalition aircraft. Its presence in the no-fly zone was a threat to Coalition aircraft.

The Coalition established the southern no-fly zone to ensure the safety of Coalition aircraft monitoring Iraqi compliance with U.N. Resolution 688, which forbids the repression of the Iraqi people in southern Iraq. The no-fly zone protects not only Coalition aircraft, but also the people of southern Iraq.

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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