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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

February 10, 2003
Release No: 03-02-06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MOBILE SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE SYSTEM


SOUTHWEST ASIA -- In response to Iraqi threats to Coalition aircraft monitoring compliance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target an Iraqi military mobile surface to air missile system. The system was located near Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 5:40 a.m. EST.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

The Coalition executed today's strike after Iraqi forces moved the mobile surface to air missile system into the Southern No-Fly zone. The facility's presence in the no-fly zone was a threat to Coalition aircraft.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was on February 8, as Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to target an Iraqi military mobile command and control facility. The facility was located near Al Kut, approximately 95 miles southeast of Baghdad.

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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