US, British Planes Bomb Northern Iraq

Published May 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Western aircraft bombed Iraqi air defences Wednesday after coming under anti-aircraft fire while patrolling a no-fly zone in the north, Reuters said.  

The agency added that aircraft of the joint US-British force had come under Iraqi anti-aircraft fire while patrolling near the town of Bashiqah, 30 km (19 miles) northeast of the city of Mosul.  

Coalition aircraft responded to the Iraqi attacks by dropping ordnance on elements of the Iraqi integrated air defence system, said Iraq News Agency (INA).  

Western air raids have become a regular occurrence since Baghdad decided in December 1998 to challenge jets patrolling northern and southern no-fly zones set up by Western powers after the 1991 Gulf War - (Agencies) 

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