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UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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July 18, 1999
RELEASE NUMBER: 99-07-01

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COALITION AIRCRAFT RESPOND TO IRAQI ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE


MACDILL AFB, FL - At approximately 10:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time today, U.S. Air Force F-16 "Fighting Falcons" and, U.S. Navy F/A-18 "Hornet" and F-14 "Tomcat" aircraft enforcing the Southern No-Fly Zone used precision guided munitions to strike an Iraqi Surface-to-Air Missile site approximately 200 miles south of Baghdad near Abu Sukhayr, and an Iraqi military communications site approximately 150 miles southeast of Baghdad in the vicinity of Al Khidr.

The strike was in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery fire directed at Coalition aircraft patrolling the Southern No-Fly Zone earlier today.

There were no coalition aircraft damaged during the incident and battle damage assessment is ongoing.

In response to Iraqi aggression, Coalition pilots have taken appropriate actions to defend themselves, and they will continue to defend themselves by targeting Iraq's air defense network as long as it threatens coalition planes and forces in the region.