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FW: [abunimah news] Iraq shoots down second US spy plane

From: Ali Abunimah <>
Subject: [abunimah news] Iraq shoots down second US spy plane
Date: Tue, Sep 11, 2001, 12:50 pm

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BBC News Online
Tuesday, 11 September, 2001, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK

Iraq 'shoots down US plane'

Iraq says it has shot down a US spy plane over the south of the

The official Iraqi News Agency (INA) said the plane was brought down
near the port city of Basra.

"Iraqi anti-aircraft fire in the region of Basra on Tuesday brought
down an American spy plane," INA reported.

The US military has not yet commented on the claim.

Western defence sources in Kuwait said a US might have lost contact
with one of its Predator planes, Reuters news agency reported.

INA said the plane was shot down at 1130 local time (0730 GMT) and
wreckage from the "highly advanced" plane was being collected.

The news agency quoted an unnamed Iraqi Air Defence Command official
as saying: "The plane was coming from Kuwaiti territory and it was
used to provide the American enemy with information concerning our
installations, vital sites and our air-defence formations."

Second plane downed

If confirmed, it will be the second US spy plane downed in Iraq in
the past two weeks.

Iraq said its forces shot down an unmanned Predator plane in the
Basra area, 560 kilometres (350 miles) south of Baghdad on 27

The US Defense Department acknowledged losing a plane at that time
but did not confirm the circumstances.

The United States and Britain frequently fly sorties over no-fly
zones over north and south Iraq, imposed after the Gulf War.

Iraq refuses to recognise the legitimacy of the zones and has
stepped up efforts to shoot down allied planes over the past few

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