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23 Iraqis Killed, 11 Wounded In US-British Air Raid

Apologies if this already posted. Today's Independent has UK and US 
absolutely denying the attack. But then, they denied bombing flocks of sheep
.... Tun Myat has done a huge disservice by abandoning von Sponeck's
instigation of the UN Security people investigating each bombing. best,
felicity a.

Wednesday June 20, 10:01 PM
Twenty-three Iraqis killed, 11 hurt in US-British raid
over northern Iraq
- A US-British air raid over northern Iraq has left 23
Iraqis dead and 11 others wounded, the official INA
news agency reported.
The Iraqis were killed when warplanes hit a piece of
land being used as a football pitch in Tel Afr, 45
kilometres (28 miles) west of Mosul, INA said
The agency denounced the bombing as "another vile
crime carried out by the United States and its ally,
Britain against the combattant Iraqi people."
Tel Afr residents "buried their dead on Wednesday ...
shouting out their anger against this American and
British crime," INA said, not specifying when the
attack took place.
There are almost-daily clashes between Iraq and US and
British planes patrolling the northern and southern
exclusion zones aimed at enforcing the military
restrictions imposed on President Saddam Hussein's
regime after the 1991 Gulf War.
Baghdad does not recognise the zones, and claims that
350 people have been killed and more than 1,000
injured in raids by the Americans and British since
The latest deaths come just a day after an Iraqi
military spokesman said anti-aircraft defences had hit
a British or US warplane during bombing raids on
civilian targets in the north of the country.
Earlier Tuesday, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tareq
Aziz called on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to put
an end to the US-British raids, dubbing them an
"aggressive policy ... against Iraq that has become a
staple since 1991."
"The Iraqi government completely rejects the so-called
no-fly zones imposed unilaterally by the United states
and Britain," Aziz said.

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