Washington, Sept 09: Warplanes from a US-British coalition struck an air defence command and control facility
in southern Iraq today, the latest of a series of retaliatory
attacks, the US military said.
The US central command said the airstrike was "in response to recent Iraqi hostile acts against coalition
aircraft monitoring the southern no-fly zone."
"Operation Southern Watch coalition aircraft used precision guided weapons today to strike an air defence command and control facility near Al Amarah, approximately 170 miles (270 km) southeast of Baghdad, at 1:30 am (1100
IST)," the command said.
The attack followed an airstrike on Saturday against a military communications facility near al Kut in southern Iraq.
The no-fly zones were imposed in southern and northern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War to prevent Iraqi attacks on Kurdish and Shiite minorities and on neighboring states.