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iraq bombed

from NO SANCTONS - IRELAND - best f. knew it, cld cry - what tomorrow?

RAF Jets Bomb Iraqi

                                                  From Ananova
                                                  Friday August 10, 2001
6:42 PM

                                                  RAF jets have been
involved in a 50-plane
                                                  allied air strike on Iraq
aimed at taking out
                                                  key elements of Saddam
Hussein's air
                                                  defence network.

                                                  Four British Tornado GR-4
                                                  based in Kuwait, are
understood to have
                                                  joined 26 USAF attack
planes and 30
                                                  American support aircraft
for the raid on
                                                  three locations in the
south of the country.

                                                  Defence sources said the
action came in
                                                  response to continual
efforts by the Iraqis
                                                  to shoot down allied
pilots patrolling the
                                                  southern no-fly zone
imposed to protect
                                                  minority populations
after the 1991 Gulf

                                                  The raid was the biggest
since February,
                                                  when allied aircraft
bombed the Iraqi
                                                  capital Baghdad, but this
time there were
                                                  no flights north of the
33rd parallel, which
                                                  marks the limit of the
no-fly zone.

                                                  A Ministry of Defence
spokesman said:
                                                  "This was the biggest
since February, but
                                                  only because we have had
quite a quiet
                                                  period since then. These
sort of
                                                  operations were happening
regularly last

                                                  "As a matter of routine
they are shooting
                                                  at our aircraft and every
now and then we
                                                  have to take action to
manage the risk to
                                                  our aircrew."

                                                  The latest targets
facilities, surface-to-air
                                                  missile sites and radar

                                                  Initial assessments were
that the attack
                                                  had been successful and
there was no
                                                  indication of civilian
casualties, said the

                                                  It is believed the UK
planes came under
                                                  fire but none was hit and
all returned
                                                  safely to base.

                                                  The MoD would not discuss
how many
                                                  were involved in the
operation or to which
                                                  squadron those taking
part belong.

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