US, British Warplanes Attack Iraq Again
US and British warplanes launched a new air raid Tuesday on a surface-to-air missile site in southern Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said, cited by AFP.
The strikes targeted the site, and its associated radar system, close to An Nasiriwah, some 280 kilometers (170 miles) southeast of Baghdad, according to the spokesman, Lt. Col. David Lapan.
No Iraqi response was reported, nor were there reports of causalities in the attack.
One Iraqi was killed and 11 others injured Friday when US and British planes bombed southern Iraqi positions.
"The enemy planes, coming from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, bombarded civilian and service installations in the provinces of Zi Qar and Wasser, killing one Iraqi citizen and wounding 11 others," an Iraqi spokesman said, quoted by the official INA agency.
The spokesman also said other planes came from Turkey and attacked air defense systems in the north, adding that Iraqi troops fired at the planes with anti-aircraft fire and ground-to-air missiles both times.
US Pentagon officials earlier said that about 50 aircraft, including nearly 20 fighter planes, launched the attack on Iraqi air defense installations in response to recent attacks on coalition aircraft patrolling the no-fly zone over southern Iraq. The zones are not authorized by any UN Security Council resolution.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has vowed retaliation against such attacks, warning the US and the UK to leave the Gulf region – Albawaba.com