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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILE SYSTEM


MACDILL AFB, TAMPA -- In response to Iraqi threats to Coalition forces monitoring compliance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target an Iraqi military surface to surface missile system. The system was located near Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 11:00 a.m. EST.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

The Coalition executed today's strike after Iraqi forces moved the mobile surface to surface missile system below the 32nd Parallel. This action was in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 949, which prohibits the Iraqis from introducing military enhancements in southern Iraq.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was on February 10, as Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to target an Iraqi military mobile surface to air missile system. The facility was located near Al Basrah, approximately 245 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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