At 4 a.m. (EST) this morning, an F-16 pilot assigned to the
4404th Wing (Provisional) fired a High Speed Anti Radiation
Missile (HARM) after receiving an indication that his aircraft
was being targeted by an Iraqi mobile surface to air missile
The engagement occurred at a location 25 miles from a
similar incident which occurred on Saturday. Aircraft involved
in both engagements were participating in Operation Southern
Watch missions enforcing the no-fly zone over Southern Iraq.
The aircraft returned safely to its base of operation and
the incident is under review.
The Operation Southern Watch mission continues as directed,
including normal aircraft sorties throughout the no-fly zone.