UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (14 Oct 99) -- Iraqi forces fired surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) at Operation Northern Watch (ONW) aircraft today. The Iraqi launchers were located east of Mosul.
The attack took place during routine flights the purpose of which are to enforce the northern No-Fly zone. Coalition aircraft responded in self-defense, against targets in the vicinity of Mosul, with precision-guided-munitions (PGMs). All coalition aircraft departed the area safely.
Coalition aircraft have been enforcing the Northern No-fly Zone for more than eight years. Since Dec. 28, 1998, Saddam Hussein has opted to challenge this enforcement by firing at coalition aircraft with surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and anti-aircraft artillery. Operation Northern Watch aircraft respond in self- defense to these threats while continuing to enforce the no-fly zone.
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Updated 14 October 1999