ONW Aircraft Respond to Iraqi AAA Fire

UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (3 Oct 99) -- Twice today, Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) at Operation Northern Watch (ONW) aircraft. The Iraqi guns were located near the Saddam Dam, northwest of the city of Mosul.

The attack took place during routine flights the purpose of which are to enforce the northern No-Fly zone. Coalition aircraft responded in self-defense. They dropped precision guided munitions (PGMs) at an element of the Iraqi integrated-air-defense-system (IADS). 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 firing at coalition aircraft with surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and anti-aircraft artillery. Operation Northern Watch aircraft respond in self- defense to these threats while continuing to enforce the no-fly zone.

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Updated 04 October 1999