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TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1999
Briefer: JAMES B. FOLEY

IRAQ
8,9US Rules of Engagement/Iraq's Violations of the No-Fly Zones


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
OFF-CAMERA DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
DPB #12
TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1999, 1:30 P.M.
(ON THE RECORD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

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QUESTION: New subject, if everyone doesn't mind, on Iraq. I know Sandy Berger was talking to defense reporters about this expanded US policy in - the US and Britain policy in Iraq. Can you elaborate on what that is for us here?

MR. FOLEY: No, I can't. I would have to refer you to the Pentagon for any discussion of rules of engagement. You've been with us a short amount of time and you will understand that our normal practice is to refer operational military details to the Pentagon. I can certainly assure you, though, that the United States is and will continue to respond decisively to any provocative attacks on our pilots. As I indicated yesterday, there seems to be a systematic pattern of violation of the no-fly zones in both the north and south of Iraq. The United States is resolute in its commitment not only to enforcing the no-fly zones, which serve a humanitarian purpose of protecting the people of northern and southern Iraq from the repression of their government, but also to do everything necessary to protect our pilots as they do this important work.

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(The briefing concluded at 2:00 P.M.)

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