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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

March 19, 2003
Release Number: 03-03-26


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION FORCES DROP NEARLY 2 MILLION LEAFLETS INTO IRAQ


SOUTHWEST ASIA - Coalition aircraft dropped 1,980,000 informational leaflets into Iraq today. Today's leaflet drop was the largest to date - larger than yesterday's drop of 1.4 million leaflets.

Coalition aircraft dropped the leaflets throughout the day today over military and civilian sites in 29 locations across southeastern Iraq. Today's actions bring the total number of leaflets dropped to more than 17 million this year.

The leaflet drops were part of an ongoing effort to protect Iraqi lives and deter Iraqi aggression by providing relevant, factual information to both Iraqi civilians and military troops.

The leaflets dropped today expressed a variety of messages. Some stressed that Coalition forces do not wish to harm innocent Iraqis. One message informed Iraqi citizens they could be the victims if Saddam Hussein uses chemical weapons. Another message encouraged the Iraqi military to refrain from using weapons of mass destruction or burning oil fields.

Coalition forces continue to provide daily uncensored news and information in radio broadcasts to the Iraqi people, including information about United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's reign.

NOTE: Yesterday's release incorrectly stated the total number of leaflets dropped this year as "more than 12 million." The actual number yesterday should have read "more than 15 million."




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