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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

March 8, 2003
Release Number: 03-03-10


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI COMMUNICATIONS SITES


SOUTHWEST ASIA -- In response to Iraqi hostile actions toward Coalition aircraft monitoring compliance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target four Iraqi military communications sites.

The communication sites were located near Qalat Sukkar, approximately 125 miles southeast of Baghdad. The Coalition struck those targets at approximately 2:30 p.m. EST.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

The Coalition struck the military communications sites after Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft artillery earlier in the day at Coalition aircraft supporting Operation Southern Watch. The communication sites enhanced Iraq's ability to command and control air defenses that threaten Coalition aircraft.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was earlier today, when Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to target a mobile missile guidance radar system approximately 230 miles west 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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