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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

January 6, 2003
Release 03-01-07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MILITARY MOBILE RADARS


MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target two Iraqi military mobile radars. The radars were located near Al Amarah, approximately 165 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at approximately 3:30 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. Today's strike came after Iraqi forces moved the radars into the Southern No-Fly Zone.

The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was Jan. 4, 2003, against Iraqi military air defense communications facilities near An Nasiriyah.

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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