BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Persian Pashto Turkish French
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Middle East  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Friday, 14 June, 2002, 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
US attacks Iraqi radar site
US F-15 fighter plane patrolling no-fly zone over Iraq
US and British forces routinely patrol the no-fly zones
US aircraft have bombed an Iraqi military facility in response to an attack against coalition aircraft monitoring the no-fly zone in southern Iraq, US officials have said.

The strike hit a radar facility at Al-Amarah, about 165 miles (265 kilometres) south-east of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad at 0520 (0920 GMT) after Iraq fired on coalition airplanes on Thursday.

A statement from US Central Command, which overseas the patrols by the British and American airforces, said that the strikes were "a self-defence measure in response to hostile Iraqi acts against coalition forces and their aircraft".

It is not clear what damage was caused to the Iraqi facility.

'Aggression'

Iraq has shot at US and British aircraft about six times since the beginning of May, and the coalition in turn has responded with strikes about four times, US military official Lieutenant Colonel Dave Lapan told the Associated Press news agency.

British and American planes routinely patrol two air exclusion zones in northern and southern Iraq that were established after the Gulf War in 1991.

American and British military officials have expressed concern that Iraq attacks in the zone have become more aggressive in recent months.

The zones were created to protect the Kurdish population in the north and the Shia population in the south.

Iraq does not recognise the zones, which are not covered by any UN Security Council resolution.

Iraqi claims

Iraq has said that it shot down three unmanned American spy planes between August and October 2001. The losses were confirmed by the US.

However the US has denied reports that Iraq managed to force down an unmanned US spy plane in May this year.

It also did not confirm reports in May from Kuwait that another unmanned spy plane crashed in the emirate while returning from surveillance operations.

Baghdad claims that US and British air strikes have killed 1,477 people and injured 1,358 since the no-fly zones were set up. However, the figures cannot be confirmed.


Key stories

Analysis

CLICKABLE GUIDE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

AUDIO VIDEO

TALKING POINT
See also:

27 May 02 | Middle East
04 May 02 | Middle East
11 Sep 01 | Middle East
10 Sep 01 | Middle East
28 Aug 01 | Middle East
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Middle East stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Middle East stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes