Coalition aircraft respond to Iraqi ground fire UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (30 Jul 99) -- Operation Northern Watch (ONW) F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16C Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-12 laser-guided bombs on AAA sites north and northwest of Mosul.
COALITION RESPONDS TO IRAQI PROVOCATION IN SOUTHERN NO-FLY ZONE UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND July 30, 1999 -- 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 aircraft struck an Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery site and an Iraqi military communications site. The coalition strikes were conducted near Abu Sukhayr and Ad Darraji.
INDIA IRAQ U-N Voice of America 30 July 1999 -- India says it has no intention of breaking U-N
sanctions on Iraq and will only extend credit to
Baghdad if the United Nations approves.
DoD News Briefing July 29, 1999 -- I don't have numbers of weapons dropped, but this is coalition responses to Iraqi provocation for all of 1999.
January February March April May June July
SOUTHERN WATCH 5 12 6 7 4 7 2
NORTHERN WATCH 12 8 8 8 10 9 10
COALITION RESPONDS TO IRAQI PROVOCATION IN SOUTHERN NO-FLY ZONE UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND July 29, 1999 -- 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 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.
Coalition aircraft respond to Iraqi ground fire UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (28 Jul 99) -- Operation Northern Watch (ONW) 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.
Coalition aircraft respond to Iraqi ground fire UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (27 July 1999) -- Operation Northern Watch (ONW) F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16C Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-12 laser-guided bombs on command and control sites south of Mosul and anti-aircraft artillery sites southeast of Mosul.
RED CROSS / IRAQ Voice of America 27 July 1999 --
The International Committee of the Red Cross - I-C-R-C - says the civilian population of Iraq is
continuing to suffer an alarming deterioration of its living conditions as the country enters the 10th year under the United Nations' embargo.
U-N - IRAQ - V-X Voice of America 27 July 1999 -- The United Nations Security Council today
(Tuesday) allowed an international weapons team to
proceed with the destruction of V-X nerve gas samples
in Baghdad. The decision to allow destruction of the
samples was made despite protests from Russia, China and France.
Coalition aircraft respond to Iraqi ground fire UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (26 July 1999) -- Operation Northern Watch (ONW) F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16CJ Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-10 and GBU-12 laser-guided bombs on a communication site north of Mosul.
SAUDI PRESS ATTACKS SADDAMIraq News 24 July 1999 -- Since Saddam's Jul 17 Nat'l day speech, the Iraqi media has not reported any more meetings between him and senior Baath party cadres. The meetings, it seems, were intended to lead up to and underscore Saddam's speech and his leadership role, along
with that of the Baath party. Most likely, Saddam intends some very serious payback for all that the US, and others, have done to Iraq.
ENDORSE the Staffer Delegation to IRAQ 23 Jul 1999 -- Despite conservative estimates that half a million people, mostly children
under the age of five, have died as a result of the most comprehensive sanctions ever imposed on a nation, Congressman McDermott is the only member of Congress to travel to Iraq since the 1991 Gulf War.
OPCW EXPERTS MISSION TO IRAQ: AN UPDATE Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) 20 July 1999 -- The mission of the experts is to assist the United Nations in the closure of the UNSCOM chemical laboratory in the Baghdad Monitoring and Verification Centre (BMVC), including, inter alia, through the destruction of some chemical agent reference standards and mustard agent samples in the laboratory.
US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 19 July 1999 -- On July 18, 1999 Operation Southern Watch aircraft were fired upon by Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery. Responding in self-defense, coalition aircraft 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 communications site approximately 150 miles southeast of Baghdad near Al Khidr.
Coalition aircraft respond to Iraqi ground fire
UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (18 July 1999) -- Operation Northern Watch (ONW) F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16CJ Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-12 laser-guided bombs on command and control sites south of Mosul.
COALITION AIRCRAFT RESPOND TO IRAQI ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIREUNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND July 18, 1999 - 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.
SADDAM'S NAT'L DAY SPEECHIraq News 18 July 1999 --
The Wash Post, Jul 15, reported, "An administration official who closely monitors intelligence on Iraq, [said], 'We have seen no evidence of reconstruction of weapons of mass destruction.'" That assessment, of course, is at odds with that of high-ranking
Israeli defense officials.
Yesterday was Iraq's Nat'l day, the 31st anniversary of the coup that
brought Saddam and the Baath to power. Saddam gave his annual speech.
Most notably, he called for Israel's destruction. He also described the
Baathist experience in Iraq in a religious, prophetic context, revealing
the megalomania that makes him so dangerous. Saddam also attacked other
Arab rulers and the US. But he spoke most vehemently against Israel.
US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 15 July 1999 -- Best way to monitor Iraqi programs is with inspectors on the ground. US does not believe Iraq has made significant efforts to reconstitute weapons of mass destruction.
ISRAEL VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IRAQIraq News 14 July 1999 -- Israel, Channel 2, television, reported Jul 13, "High-ranking defense
establishment officials are highly concerned about the developments in
Iraq, following the termination of the UN inspection. Since the
beginning of the year, Saddam Hussein has been conducting a process of
accelerated procurement . . . Western intelligence elements estimate
that Iraq has been making a concentrated effort in recent months to
manufacture biological and chemical warfare materials."
Coalition aircraft respond to Iraqi ground fire (13 July 1999) -- Operation Northern Watch (ONW) F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16C Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-10 and GBU-12 laser-guided bombs on an intelligence and operations center southeast of Mosul.
FIRST NATIONAL ORGANIZING CONFERENCE ON IRAQ!
Nine years of devastating sanctions. Iraq's worst drought in 50 years. A
failed Oil-for Food program. And meanwhile, the Clinton Administration
remains entrenched in maintaining a war of siege against the cradle of
civilization and 22 million innocent civilians.
SPECIAL ACTION ALERT ON SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ
July 12, 1999 -- by Corinne Whitlatch, Director of Churches for Middle East Peace, and
edited by Catherine Sunshine for publication by the Washington Office of the
Presbyterian Church (USA) -- August 6 marks the 9th anniversary of the comprehensive U.N. sanctions against Iraq. The people of Iraq continue to suffer in the grip of
a humanitarian crisis caused in large part by the sanctions. But there is
growing support within the U.N. Security Council for a change in the
Interview with Scott Ritter Nicholas Arons, FOR --
"When you ask the question, “Does Iraq possess militarily viable biological
or chemical weapons?" the answer is “NO!” It is a resounding “NO”. Can Iraq
produce today chemical weapons on a meaningful scale? No! Can Iraq produce
biological weapons on a meaningful scale? No! Ballistic missiles? No! It is
“no” across the board. So from a qualitative standpoint, Iraq has been
disarmed. Iraq today possesses no meaningful weapons of mass destruction
capability." -- Scott Ritter
IRAQ ACTION DIGESTNicholas Arons, FOR -- July 8, 1999 -- According to the Congressional Resource Service, since the end of the Gulf
War the United States has flown over 100,000 missions, and spent over $7
Billion, in efforts to contain Iraq.
Iraq News 09 July 1999 -- Sometimes, Iraq does strange things, which are difficult to understand. The possibility always exists that there is something more than meets the eye, and which will become evident later. Iraq radio broadcast another Saddam meeting with a group of Baathists. The Iraqis have started numbering these events and this was identified as Saddam' 22nd meeting with senior party cadres.
U-N / IRAQ / WEAPONS Voice of America 07 July 1999 -- THE UNITED NATIONS HAS REACHED AGREEMENT WITH IRAQ TO SEND A SPECIAL TEAM OF WEAPONS EXPERTS TO CLOSE THE LABORATORIES OF UNSCOM.
"It really is a New World Order imposed by Britain and the US"Eye witness account of the impact of war and sanctions on Iraq / A two-part interview with journalist Felicity Arbuthnot by Barbara SlaughterWorld Socialist Web / International Committee of the Fourth
International (ICFI) 5 July 1999 -- Felicity Arbuthnot is a freelance journalist,
who has visited Iraq on many occasions since the end of the Gulf War. She has just returned to Britain from her eighteenth visit. "Like many others I had opposed the Gulf War. I knew that, like the war in Yugoslavia, it was about the strategic interests of the western powers and not about either Saddam Hussein or "little Kuwait".
Iraq News 02 July 1999 -- Baghdad remains quiet, or relatively so, as Iraq's Nat'l day--Jul 17--is approaching. From Jun 12 to Jun 28, Saddam held a series of meetings--at least 13--with groups of people, mostly Bath party officials Such a flurry of Saddam-chaired meetings, reported publicly, is without precedent since the Gulf war. It is hard to understand why they were held and one person's speculation is as good as the next. Notably, save for the Jun 12 meeting, Saddam said nothing of particular note.
U-N / U-S / IRAQ Voice of America 01 July 1999 -- THE CHIEF U-S DELEGATE TO THE UNITED NATIONS IS OPTIMISTIC AN AGREEMENT WILL BE REACHED IN COMING MONTHS FOR THE RESUMPTION OF WEAPONS INSPECTIONS IN IRAQ.