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U.S. Aircraft Retaliate Against Iraqi Air Defense Sites

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2002 – U.S. aircraft since Jan. 21 have struck Iraqi targets three times in the southern no- fly zone, DoD officials said Jan. 24.

Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that U.S. aircraft enforcing U.N. resolutions on Iraq dropped precision-guided munitions on anti-aircraft artillery and missile sites Jan. 21, 23 and 24. The attacks responded to Iraqi anti-aircraft gunfire and radar targeting on patrolling coalition aircraft.

Myers said U.S. and coalition aircraft that patrol in both the northern and southern Iraq have been fired on by Iraqi air defenses. "Sometimes it's Triple-A and sometimes it's missiles," Myers said. " In the last few days we've reacted as we can anytime we can ascertain where it's coming from."

Central Command officials said coalition retaliation would stop if Iraq stops threatening our aircraft.

Myers said U.S. Central Command officials will assess the damage.

Prior to these strikes, the most recent coalition strike in Iraq had been on Nov. 27, 2001.

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DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers, Jan. 24, 2002

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