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DATE=1/21/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244462 TITLE=IRAQ PLANES, THURSDAY (S) BYLINE=JIM RANDLE DATELINE=PENTAGON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY IRAQI PLANES STREAKED THROUGH AREAS WHERE IRAQI FLIGHTS ARE BANNED THURSDAY. PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY IRAQI PILOTS VIOLATED BOTH THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN NO-FLY ZONES, BUT NO U-S PLANES WERE NEARBY AND NO SHOTS WERE FIRED. V-O-A'S JIM RANDLE REPORTS. TEXT: THE FLIGHTS BY IRAQI MIRAGE AND MIG FIGHTERS ENDED A LULL THAT FOLLOWED A WEEK OF IRAQI CHALLENGES TO U-S AND BRITISH WARPLANES ENFORCING THE NO-FLY ZONES. CONFLICTS BETWEEN ALLIED PLANES AND IRAQI AIR DEFENSES INCREASED SHARPLY AFTER LAST DECEMBER'S AIR RAIDS ON FACILITIES THOUGHT TO HELP IRAQ PRODUCE OR PROTECT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. IN JANUARY'S ACTIONS, IRAQI ANTIAIRCRAFT BATTERIES AND WARPLANES TARGETED ALLIED PLANES WITH RADAR AND MISSILES. U-S PILOTS RESPONDED WITH MISSILES AND BOMBS. WASHINGTON AND LONDON BAN IRAQI PLANES FROM ABOUT 60 PERCENT OF IRAQI AIRSPACE TO STOP IRAQI ATTACKS ON MINORITY KURDS AND SHI'ITE MUSLIMS. ALLIED OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE ENFORCING U-N RESOLUTIONS, BAGHDAD SAYS THEY ARE VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAW. /// REST OPT /// U-S OFFICIALS SAY IRAQI PLANES HAVE VIOLATED THE NO-FLY ZONES DOZENS OF TIMES IN RECENT WEEKS, GENERALLY WHEN ALLIED PLANES WERE NOT PRESENT. PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE WATCHING IRAQ INTENSELY, BUT HAVE DETECTED NO UNUSUAL IRAQI TROOP MOVEMENTS OR MILITARY ACTIVITIES. (SIGNED) NEB/JR/GE 21-Jan-99 11:55 AM EST (1655 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .