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US/UK bombing first reports

from Guardian website,2763,439068,00.html

US and British aircraft attack Iraq

Special report: Iraq

Staff and agencies
Friday February 16, 2001

US and British aircraft have carried out missile attacks on two targets in
the Iraqi capital Baghdad tonight, striking command and control targets in
the south of the city, the Pentagon has confirmed.
Air raid sirens wailed through Baghdad and anti-aircraft weapons fired into
the skies at unseen targets while residents braced themselves for missile

Witnesses did not see anything in the skies, but the city was tense as the
sirens started just before 6pm GMT. The explosions from anti-aircraft
weaponry from the southern and western outskirts of the city began soon

US authorities said the targets were military and no attempt was made to hit
civilian targets.

The last time the city's sirens wailed was February 24, 1999, when US
aircraft attacked targets on the outskirts of the capital, killing and
wounding several people.

US and British warplanes have been patrolling no-fly zones in the north and
south of the Iraq since the 1991 Gulf War. The allies say the planes never
target civilians, but Iraq often reports civilian casualties. Iraq does not
recognise the no-fly zones and has been challenging allied aircraft since
December 1998.

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