Iraq Confirms Western Jets Destroyed Basra Radar

"At 21:42 (17:42 GMT) on Thursday [08.29.01], U.S. and British warplanes committed a despicable crime by bombing the radar station of Basra International Airport, which guides civilian
landings and takeoffs," said a transport
ministry official.

08.31.01

Iraq confirmed on Friday that Western warplanes
had attacked the radar of Basra airport and said
the station was destroyed.


"At 21:42 (17:42 GMT) on Thursday [08.29.01], U.S. and British warplanes committed a despicable crime by bombing the radar station of Basra International Airport, which guides civilian
landings and takeoffs," said a transport
ministry official.


This device is registered with the International Air Transport Association.

It was fully destroyed, the official told the Iraqi News Agency.


U.S. defence officials said on Thursday that F-16 warplanes attacked "a military radar" as part of a concerted strategy to destroy Baghdad’s air defences, which regularly fire at Western warplanes policing two "no-fly" zones in northern and southern Iraq.


It was the third such strike against Iraqi air defences in six days.

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