U.S. jets struck Iraqi air defense sites in a northern no-fly zone on Monday [4/30/01]…U.S. and British warplanes bombed southern Iraq on Saturday [4/28/01], killing one civilian and wounding two others…
U.S. Bombs Iraqi Sites in North
ANKARA, Turkey (AP – 5/1/01) – U.S. jets struck Iraqi air defense sites in a northern no-fly zone on Monday [4/30/01] in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft fire, the U.S. military said in a statement.
U.S. warplanes conducting routine patrols bombed air defense systems after coming under Iraqi artillery fire northwest of Mosul, 250 miles north of Baghdad, the Germany-based U.S. European Command said in a statement.
All warplanes left the area safely, the statement added. There was no immediate word from Iraqi authorities on casualties. The United States and Britain have been enforcing no-fly zones over northern and southern Iraq since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.
Iraq, which regards the zones as violations of its territorial sovereignty, has been challenging the patrols since December 1998.
Planes patrolling the northern zone are based in the southern Turkish base of Incirlik. Despite hosting U.S. and British warplanes, Turkey is trying to boost ties with Iraq and wants an easing of the U.N.-economic sanctions against its southern neighbor.
Allies bomb Iraqi site; 1 reported killed
Baghdad, Iraq (AP – 4/29/01) – U.S. and British warplanes bombed southern Iraq on Saturday [4/28/01], killing one civilian and wounding two others, the official Iraqi News Agency reported.
There was no immediate response from the U.S. military, and calls to the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla, went unanswered.
The allied airstrike hit civilian targets in Najaf province, whose capital city of the same name is 1,113 miles south of Baghdad, an unidentified military spokesman told the agency.
News Service: U.S. Bombing Watch