UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 828-5894; FAX: (813) 840-5629; DSN 968-5894
October 29, 1999
RELEASE NUMBER: 99-10-03
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION AIRCRAFT STRIKE IRAQI MILITARY RADAR SITE
MACDILL AFB, FL - - At approximately 5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time today, two U.S. Navy F/A-18 "Hornets" enforcing the Southern No-Fly Zone used precision guided munitions to strike an Iraqi military radar site near Ar Razzazah.
All coalition aircraft have returned safely and battle damage assessment is ongoing.
Saddam Hussein continues to order his forces to shoot down coalition aircraft patrolling the No-Fly Zones. The strike against the Iraqi military radar site today was intended to degrade Iraq's ability to threaten coalition aircraft, while minimizing the potential for collateral damage and risk to civilians.
U.S. and coalition aircraft are part of Operation Southern Watch and are responsible for enforcing the No-Fly Zone over southern Iraq. Joint Task Force - Southwest Asia was activated on August 26, 1992, as the command and control unit for United Nations coalition forces deployed in the Arabian Gulf region. Its mission is to monitor and control airspace south of the 33rd parallel in Iraq, in support of Operation Southern Watch coalition forces in the region monitoring Iraq's compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.
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