Iraqis Fire at ONW Aircraft

UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (17 Oct 99) -- Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft-artillery (AAA) at Operation Northern Watch (ONW) aircraft today. The attacks came from multiple locations north of Mosul and near Saddam Dam.

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, against targets north of Mosul, with precision-guided-munitions (PGMs).  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 18 October 1999