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Western Planes Hit Iraqi Target

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  • Josh Pollack
    Washington Post January 2, 2003 Western Planes Hit Iraqi Target BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Warplanes patrolling the no-fly zone in southern Iraq struck a military air
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 2, 2003
      Washington Post
      January 2, 2003
      Western Planes Hit Iraqi Target


      BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Warplanes patrolling the "no-fly" zone in southern Iraq struck a military air defense radar, the U.S. Central Command said, but Iraq said the planes struck civilian targets, killing one person.

      The aircraft taking part in U.S.-British patrols used precision-guided weapons against the radar, located near Al Qurnah, 130 miles southeast of Baghdad, said the Florida-based command, which coordinates U.S. operations in the Persian Gulf.

      "The coalition executed today's strike after Iraqi forces moved the radar into the southern no-fly zone, thereby threatening coalition aircraft," said Navy Cmdr. Dan Keesee, a spokesman in Tampa.

      But an Iraqi military spokesman in Baghdad, quoted by the Iraqi News Agency, said warplanes targeted "civilian and service" installations in the southern province of Basra, killing one civilian and wounding two others.

      "The U.S. administration and its servant Britain added a new crime to their black record . . . when their hostile planes attacked today," the Iraqi spokesman said.

      --Reuters
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