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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

February 15, 2003
Release Number: 03-02-12


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MOBILE SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE SYSTEMS


MACDILL AFB, TAMPA -- 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 two Iraqi military mobile surface to air missile systems. The systems were located near Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately midnight 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 14, as Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to target two Iraqi military surface-to-air missile systems also located near Al Basrah.

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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