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July 29, 1999
RELEASE NUMBER: 99-07-02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COALITION RESPONDS TO IRAQI PROVOCATION IN SOUTHERN NO-FLY ZONE


MACDILL AFB, FL - Between approximately 9:50 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Wednesday, July 28, 1999, coalition aircraft struck three Iraqi military communication sites and one Iraqi military radar site. The strikes were conducted near the towns of Al Jarrah, Al Kut, and Al Numinayah. The strikes came in response to numerous, recent incidents of Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery fire directed at coalition aircraft patrolling the no-fly zone, as well as several Iraqi aircraft violations of the no-fly-zone. The Iraqis' deliberate no-fly zone violations involved obvious entrapment tactics designed to draw coalition aircraft into known Iraqi surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery threat areas.

The coalition strikes today involved U.S. Air Force F-16 "Fighting Falcons," U.S. Navy FA-18 "Hornets" and F-14 "Tomcats," and Royal Air Force GR-1 aircraft using precision guided munitions and operating from land and sea bases in the Arabian Gulf area.

Damage assessment from the strikes is ongoing. All aircraft involved in the strikes have returned safely to their bases.

U.S. and coalition aircraft are part of Operation Southern Watch enforcing United Nations sanctions and restrictions of the no-fly zone in Iraq. As such, coalition pilots continuously assess the level of threat posed by Iraqi forces and take actions that are necessary to reduce these threats and defend themselves.