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fyi forwarded from Gerri Haynes of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Canada -best, felicity a.

BBC News Online
Monday, 10 September, 2001,

'Eight killed' in Iraq raids

Eight people were killed and three others injured in a Western missile
strike south-east of Baghdad on Sunday, the official Iraqi news agency
(INA) has reported.

It said a number of farms had been hit in an attack by US and
British planes patrolling the southern no-fly zone.

"America and Britain committed yet another savage aggression that
targeted Iraqi civilians when their planes attacked the al-Salihiya
area in Wasit province, killing eight and wounding three," INA said.

The Pentagon has said that US Air Force F-16, Navy F-18 and British
Tornado GR-4 aircraft struck missile sites near al-Numinayah, al-Kut
and Tallil, all south-east of Baghdad.

It said all the planes returned safely to base.

Iraqi techonology 'improving'

The United States has accused Iraq of upgrading its military
technology and developing weapons of mass destruction in the absence
of international monitoring.

Speaking shortly after the raids, US Defence Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld said Iraqi efforts had been gathering pace since UN weapons
inspectors left Iraq in late 1998.

US and British warplanes have carried out four other attacks on
Iraqi air defences since 25 August to enforce the no-fly zones
imposed after the 1991 Gulf War.

But Washington says Iraq has improved the effectiveness of its air
defences, posing a greater danger to allied planes.

Mr Rumsfeld said the Iraqis had been "working diligently to increase
their capabilities in every aspect of weapons of mass destruction
and ballistic missile technology".

Speaking on Fox television, he said: "That problem, particularly
biological weapons, over the coming decade is going to be an
increasingly serious one".

A variety of techniques would be needed to hit Iraqi weapons sites,
some of which were mobile or underground, he added.

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