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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

February 25, 2003
Release No: 03-02-24


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MOBILE SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILE SYSTEM


MACDILL AFB, FL - 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 a mobile surface-to-surface missile system. The missile system was located near Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m., EST.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

The Coalition executed today's strike after Iraqi forces moved the mobile missile system into range of Coalition forces in Kuwait. This action by Iraqi forces violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 949, which prohibits the Iraqis from enhancing its military capacity in southern Iraq.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was earlier today when Coalition aircraft targeted a surface-to-air missile system, also in 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.

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




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