U.S., British Planes Strike Iraqi Air Defenses

U.S. and British warplanes bombed an Iraqi
anti-aircraft artillery site in southern Iraq
Monday, June 25, in response to "hostile acts
against coalition aircraft monitoring the southern
no-fly zone," the Pentagon said.

U.S. and British warplanes bombed an Iraqi
anti-aircraft artillery site in southern Iraq
Monday, June 25, in response to "hostile acts
against coalition aircraft monitoring the southern
no-fly zone," the Pentagon said.


The nighttime air strikes mark the first attack by
Western warplanes in southern Iraq since June 14,
according to a statement from the U.S. Central
Command.


There have been "more than 900 separate
incidents of Iraqi surface-to-air missile
and anti-aircraft artillery fire directed at
coalition aircraft since December 1998, including
more than 275 in this calendar year," the
statement said.


The strikes took place at about 3:15 p.m. EDT,
according to the Central Command.


The Iraqi government last week accused the U.S. of
bombing civilians at a soccer field in northern Iraq,
killing more than 20 people.


The United States denied bombing the soccer field or even dropping any bombs on that day.


U.S. sources told CNN that they believed that the
casualties inflicted in the incident were
caused by the malfunction of an Iraqi
surface-to-air missile, which had been fired at
U.S. planes patrolling the northern no-fly zone.


The no-fly zones were put in place following
the 1991 Persian Gulf War as part of an effort to
prevent the Baghdad government of President Saddam Hussein from persecuting the minority Shiite
Muslims in the south and the Kurdish population in
northern Iraq.

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Author: Chris Plante

News Service: CNN

URL: http://www.ccmep.org/us_bombing_watch.html