Headquarters, United States Central Command
January 12, 1999
Release Number: 9901-02


SOUTHWEST ASIA - At approximately 1:30 a.m. EST, today, coalition aircraft flying Operation Southern Watch missions visually detected firing from Iraqi Air Defense sites northwest of Talil, Iraq. These aircraft took evasive action to avoid the threat and were not damaged.

In response to this unprovoked attack, F-16CJ, F-16CG and EA-6B aircraft operating from bases in the Southwest Asia region and on patrol in the area fired HARM missiles and successfully engaged three targets with GBU-12 500-pound precision guided munitions at approximately 2:15 a.m. EST. There were no coalition aircraft damaged during the incident and bomb damage assessment is ongoing.

The coalition aircraft are authorized to use force in self-defense and to enforce United Nations sanctions and restrictions of the no-fly zone south of the 33rd parallel in Iraq.