Southern Iraq bombed; Additional inspectors arrive in Baghdad
U.S. and British aircraft attacked an Iraqi mobile radar system Saturday, their second attack in southern Iraq in two days, the U.S. military said.
The strike near al-Amarah, about 260 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, "came after Iraq moved the mobile radar into the southern no-fly zone," the U.S. Central Command said in a statement. "The radar provides tracking and guidance for surface-to-air missile systems that can target coalition aircraft."
"Target battle damage assessment is ongoing," the statement added.
Meanwhile, more staff and equipment landed in Baghdad Saturday as the U.N. monitoring agency prepared to resume the search for weapons of mass destruction.
A half-dozen staff members, along with communications gear and computers, flew in from a U.N. rear base in Cyprus, U.N. spokesman Hiro Ueki said. Eighteen weapons inspectors are scheduled to arrive Monday.
The first inspection will probably take place Wednesday, when a U.N. team is expected to revisit one of the many sites inspected in the 1990s, AP reported. (Albawaba.com)