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DATE=1/30/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244885 TITLE=US /IRAQ SATURDAY UPDATE (S-ONLY) BYLINE=JIM RANDLE DATELINE=WASHINGTON CONTENT= VOICED AT: (EDS: UPDATES WITH ADDITIONAL U-S ATTACKS) INTRO: U-S OFFICIALS SAY AMERICAN WARPLANES ATTACKED IRAQI AIR DEFENSES AT LEAST HALF-A-DOZEN TIMES SATURDAY, LAUNCHING MISSILES AND BOMBS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. V-O-A'S JIM RANDLE REPORTS FROM WASHINGTON. TEXT: U-S PLANES WERE PATROLLING THE NO-FLY ZONE IN MOSUL IN NORTHERN IRAQ WHEN PILOTS SAY THEY WERE TARGETED BY IRAQI RADAR. ONE F-15 FIRED A MISSILE AT THE RADAR WHILE TWO OTHER AIRCRAFT DROPPED LASER-GUIDED BOMBS ON NEARBY ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE LAUNCHERS. LATER EXCHANGES PITTED IRAQI RADAR-GUIDED ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS AGAINST U-S PLANES AND MISSILES. THERE IS NO WORD OF DAMAGE ON THE GROUND. U-S OFFICIALS RECENTLY GAVE PILOTS INSTRUCTIONS TO ATTACK ANY PART OF THE IRAQI AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM IF THEY ARE THREATENED -- NOT JUST THE PARTICULAR FACILITY THAT IS ACTUALLY TARGETING THEM. THE "NO-FLY ZONES" WERE SET UP AFTER THE 1991 GULF WAR TO PROTECT DISSIDENT POPULATIONS INSIDE IRAQ FROM AIR ATTACK BY BAGHDAD'S FORCES. (SIGNED) NEB/JR/TMD-T/GE 30-Jan-99 1:21 PM EST (1821 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .