Coalition aircraft respond to Iraqi ground fire

UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (28 Jul 99) -- Between approximately 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Iraqi time today, Operation Northern Watch (ONW) aircraft were shot at by Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire. Responding in self-defense, U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16C Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-10 and GBU-12 laser-guided bombs on an AAA emplacement and a communication site. The two different sites were both north of Mosul. Equipment at the communications site is used to relay information from radars that in-turn target coalition aircraft.

Damage to Iraqi forces is currently being assessed. All coalition aircraft departed the area safely.

Coalition aircraft have been enforcing the Northern No-fly Zone for more than eight years. Since Dec. 28, 1998, Saddam Hussein has opted to challenge this enforcement by targeting coalition aircraft with radar, surface-to-air missile systems and anti-aircraft artillery. Operation Northern Watch aircraft will respond in self-defense to these threats while continuing to enforce the no-fly zone.

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