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Meaning of threatened

Robin asked:

On Sat, 1 May 1999 11:22:40 +0100 (BST) Robin Green 
<> wrote:

> On Fri, 30 Apr 1999, Harriet Griffin wrote:
> > APRIL 29, 17:18 EDT
> > Iraq Says 24 Injured in Raids 
> > 
> > The U.S. military said its warplanes attacked Iraqi air defense sites
> > Thursday in the northern no-fly zone after being threatened by radar and
> > fired upon.
> Could someone explain how one can be "threatened by radar"?
> --
> Robin Green

The threat is very real. Being illuminated by a radar is 
very threatening - it is the first step to getting a radar 
lock on a target, after which Surface to Air Missiles 
(SAMs) may be fired. The usual practice is to fire them in 
pairs five second apart, so that while the pilot is dodging 
the first one, they get hit by the second one. As the piece 
said, the radar illumination was followed by being fired on.

Dr. Eric Herring
Department of Politics
University of Bristol
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