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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

January 8, 2003
Release 03-01-08



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 Iraqi military air defense cable repeater sites. The sites were located between Al Kut, approximately 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, and Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad, and An Nasiriyah, 170 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at approximately 5:00 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 air defense forces fired anti-aircraft artillery at Coalition aircraft patrolling the Southern No-Fly zone and in response to Iraqi military aircraft violating the Southern No-Fly zone.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was Jan 6, when Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone targeted two Iraqi military mobile radars near Al Amarah.

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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