Yes, “We” Are Still Bombing Iraq

U.S. and British warplanes attacked sites in northern Iraq
Aug. 15. This followed heavy bombardment in southern Iraq
Aug. 10-12.

The air strikes killed two civilians and injured more than
20 others. They also destroyed a train station, several
homes and a food rations storage and distribution facility
that warehoused food allowed into Iraq under the United
Nations oil-for-food program.

U.S. and British warplanes attacked sites in northern Iraq
Aug. 15. This followed heavy bombardment in southern Iraq
Aug. 10-12.

The air strikes killed two civilians and injured more than
20 others. They also destroyed a train station, several
homes and a food rations storage and distribution facility
that warehoused food allowed into Iraq under the United
Nations oil-for-food program.

The Pentagon claimed the jets were targeting anti-aircraft
artillery sites.

In almost daily bombing raids, U.S./British maneuvers have
killed over 200 Iraqi civilians and wounded more than 800
since December 1998. At that time, a torrent of Pentagon
bombs rained on Iraq for four straight days.

The two imperialist powers claim to be enforcing so-called
"no-flight zones," which they imposed on Iraq after the 1991
Gulf War. Baghdad has protested the no-flight zones,
pointing out that the unilateral constraints violate Iraqi
sovereignty.

The zones cover most of the northern and southern portions
of the country, restricting Iraqis from flying over two-
thirds of their own air space.

The latest bombings by the United States and Britain
occurred in these zones: in the city of Samawa, 175 miles
south of Baghdad; and near Mosul, 250 miles to the northeast
of the Iraqi capital.

The Iraqi Air Defense Command reported in July that more
than 21,600 U.S. and British warplanes have flown into
Iraq’s air space since December 1998. An average of one
bombing or missile attack occurs every three days; Pentagon
bombs kill an average of one civilian every other day.

The Pentagon admits to flying over 280,000 sorties since
imposing the "no-flight zones."

Author: Gery Armsby

News Service: Workers World News Service

URL: http://www.workers.org

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