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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Jan. 24, 2003
Release No: 03-01-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COALITION FORCES TARGET AIR DEFENSE COMMUNICATION FACILITY


SOUTHWEST ASIA - In response to Iraqi hostile threats against Coalition aircraft monitoring compliance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target an Iraqi air defense command and control communication facility. The facility was located approximately 5 miles southeast of Al Haswah. The strike occurred at approximately 2:30 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. The Coalition targeted the Iraqi air defense communication facility because its presence was a hostile threat to Coalition aircraft patrolling the Southern No-Fly Zone.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was January 19, when Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to strike cable repeaters located between Al Kut and 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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