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DATE=1/14/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244202 TITLE=IRAQ-TURKEY-US (L) BYLINE=JIM RANDLE DATELINE=PENTAGON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE CONSIDERING A TURKISH REQUEST TO DEPLOY U-S - BUILT MISSILE DEFENSES IN SOUTHERN TURKEY. THE CALL FOR HELP COMES AS TURKISH-BASED U-S PLANES ATTACKED BAGHDAD'S FORCES IN NEIGHBORING IRAQ FOR THE FOURTH DAY IN A ROW. V-O-A'S JIM RANDLE REPORTS, THE TURKS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE THREAT POSED BY IRAQI SCUD MISSILES. TEXT: PENTAGON SPOKESMAN MIKE DOUBLEDAY SAYS U-S OFFICIALS ARE CLOSE TO A DECISION ON THE TURKISH REQUEST FOR PATRIOT MISSILES, AND HE HINTED IT IS LIKELY TO BE GRANTED. /// FIRST DOUBLEDAY ACT /// WE ARE PRESENTLY REVIEWING THAT REQUEST. WE ARE INTERESTED IN BEING AS SUPPORTIVE AS WE CAN TO ANY OF OUR COALITION PARTNERS WHO ARE INVOLVED THIS OPERATION. /// END ACT /// TURKEY PROVIDES A BASE FOR DOZENS OF U-S AND BRITISH PLANES THAT PATROL NORTHERN IRAQ, BLOCKING FLIGHTS BY IRAQI JETS AND HELICOPTERS. THE "NO-FLY" ZONES IN THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF IRAQ WERE SET UP AFTER THE GULF WAR IN 1991, TO STOP AIR ATTACKS BY BAGHDAD ON MINORITY KURDS IN THE NORTH AND SHI'ITE MUSLIMS IN THE SOUTH. CAPTAIN DOUBLEDAY SAYS THE TURKS MAY HAVE GOOD REASON FOR CONCERN THAT BAGHDAD WILL TRY TO HIT THEM WITH CRUDE BALLISTIC MISSILES. /// SECOND DOUBLEDAY ACT /// I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY KIND OF SCUD ACTIVITY, BUT WE HAVE SAID IN THE PAST, THAT WE BELIEVE THE IRAQIS DID RETAIN SOME SCUD [BALLISTIC MISSILE] CAPABILITY AFTER THE GULF WAR. /// END ACT /// MEANTIME, U-S PLANES ATTACKED IRAQ'S AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM THURSDAY FOR THE FOURTH DAY IN A ROW. CAPTAIN DOUBLEDAY SAYS IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS, U-S PLANES WERE TRACKED BY IRAQI RADAR AND RESPONDED BY FIRING MISSILES. HE SAYS BOTH U-S PLANES RETURNED SAFELY TO THEIR TURKISH BASE. THERE IS NO WORD WHETHER THE AMERICAN WEAPONS DID ANY DAMAGE TO IRAQI RADAR, ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY OR MISSILE SITES. BAGHDAD HAS STEPPED UP ITS CHALLENGES TO THE WESTERN-IMPOSED EXCLUSION ZONES OVER IRAQ SINCE LAST MONTH'S U-S - LED RAIDS, WHICH HIT TARGETS WHERE IRAQ WAS THOUGHT TO BE HIDING BANNED WEAPONS. (SIGNED). NEB/JR/ENE/WTW 14-Jan-99 5:03 PM EST (2203 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .