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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

January 26, 2003
Release 03-01-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MILITARY COMMUNICATION FACILITIES


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 five cable repeater sites that can be used for communications in targeting Coalition aircraft. The cable repeater sites were located between Al Kut, approximately 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, and An Nasiriyah, approximately 170 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at approximately 7:00 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 military aircraft violated the Southern No-Fly zone.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was January 24, when Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone targeted an Iraqi air defense command and control communication facility near Al Haswah.

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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