Iraqis fire once again at ONW Aircraft

UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (28 Oct 99) -- Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft-artillery (AAA) at Operation Northern Watch (ONW) aircraft again today. The attacks came from one location northeast of the city of Mosul and another south of Saddam Dam.

The attacks 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) on Surface-to-Air-Missiles (SAMs) at a site east of Mosul. All coalition aircraft departed the area safely.

Initial post-mission analysis indicates one bomb missed its intended target, but did not result in civilian casualties or damage to civilian facilities.  Per normal procedures, more detailed analysis is underway.

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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