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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

February 25, 2003
Release No: 03-02-23


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 a mobile surface-to-air missile system. The missile system was located near Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 6:55 a.m., EST.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

The Coalition executed today's strike after Iraqi forces moved the mobile missile system into the Southern No-Fly Zone where they were threats to Coalition aircraft supporting Operation Southern Watch.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was on Feb. 22, when Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target six unmanned cable repeater sites that can be used for communications in targeting Coalition aircraft. The cable repeater sites were located between Al Kut, approximately 95 miles southeast of Baghdad, and 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.

For additional information, contact CENTAF-PSAB Public Affairs at 966-1-478-1100; when prompted enter 434-3779.






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