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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

February 28, 2003
Release Number: 03-02-25


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI COMMAND AND COMMUNICATION SITES


MACDILL AFB, FL -- 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 cable repeater sites used for communications in targeting Coalition aircraft. The targets were located between Baghdad and Al Kut, approximately 90 miles southeast of Baghdad and between Al Kut and An Nasiriyah, located approximately 170 miles southeast from Baghdad. The strikes occurred at approximately 8:35 a.m. EST.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

The Coalition executed today's strike after the Iraqi air force violated the Southern No Fly Zone. The Coalition established the southern no-fly zone to ensure the safety of Coalition aircraft monitoring Iraqi compliance with U.N. Resolution 688.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike occurred yesterday, Feb. 25, when Coalition aircraft, used precision-guided weapons to target an Iraqi mobile surface to air missile system and a mobile surface to surface missile system. Both systems were 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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