U.S., British Jets Bomb Southern Iraq

Warplanes of the United States and Britain bombed
southern Iraq on Tuesday, an Iraqi military spokesman said, without mentioning any casualties. There have been a flurry of air raids by the U.S. and
British planes recently in retaliation for Iraq’s
intensified air defense fire, which has shot down
an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance plane.

2001.10.02

Warplanes of the United States and Britain bombed
southern Iraq on Tuesday, an Iraqi military spokesman said, without mentioning any casualties.

In a statement carried by the official Iraqi News
Agency (INA), the spokesman said that the U.S.
and British planes, crossing into Iraqi airspace
from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, bombed "civil
and service installations" in the southern
Basra Province.

Meanwhile, at 11:20 local time (0720 GMT), U.S. and British planes flew over Iraq’s northern provinces
of Dohuk and Erbil, the spokesman said.

On both occasions, the hostile planes were confronted by Iraq’s anti-aircraft artillery and were forced to flee to their bases in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey, the spokesman added.

The two no-fly zones in southern and northern Iraq,
covering 10 out of Iraq’s total 18 provinces, were set
up by the U.S.-led Western allies after the 1991 Gulf War.


Iraq does not recognize the no-fly zones and has
regularly fired at the U.S. and British planes
flying patrolling missions over the zones.

There have been a flurry of air raids by the U.S. and
British planes recently in retaliation for Iraq’s
intensified air defense fire, which has shot down
an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance plane.

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Author: Xinhua News Service

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