Eight Killed in Iraq Raids

Eight people were killed and three others
injured in a Western missile strike south-east of
Baghdad on Sunday, the official Iraqi news agency
(INA) has reported. It said a number of farms had
been hit in an attack by US and British planes
patrolling the southern no-fly zone.

09.10.01

Eight people were killed and three others
injured in a Western missile strike south-east of
Baghdad on Sunday, the official Iraqi news agency
(INA) has reported.


It said a number of farms had been hit in an
attack by US and British planes patrolling the
southern no-fly zone.


"America and Britain committed yet
another savage aggression that targeted Iraqi
civilians when their planes attacked the
al-Salihiya area in Wasit province, killing eight
and wounding three," INA said.


The Pentagon has said that US Air Force F-16,
Navy F-18 and British Tornado GR-4 aircraft
struck missile sites near al-Numinayah, al-Kut and
Tallil, all south-east of Baghdad.


It said all the planes returned safely to
base.


Iraqi techonology ‘improving’


The United States has accused Iraq of
upgrading its military technology and developing
weapons of mass destruction in the absence of
international monitoring.


Speaking shortly after the raids, US Defence
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Iraqi efforts had
been gathering pace since UN weapons inspectors
left Iraq in late 1998.


US and British warplanes have carried out four
other attacks on Iraqi air defences since 25
August to enforce the no-fly zones imposed after
the 1991 Gulf War.


But Washington says Iraq has improved the
effectiveness of its air defences, posing a
greater danger to allied planes.


Mr Rumsfeld said the Iraqis had been
"working diligently to increase their
capabilities in every aspect of weapons of mass
destruction and ballistic missile
technology".


Speaking on Fox television, he said:
"That problem, particularly biological
weapons, over the coming decade is going to be an
increasingly serious one".


A variety of techniques would be needed to hit
Iraqi weapons sites, some of which were mobile or
underground, he added.

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News Service: U.S. Bombing Watch

URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/middle_east/newsid_1534000/1534916.stm