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U.S.: Coalition aircraft strike Iraqi artillery site

Central Command says planes attacked in 'no-fly' zone

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MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida (CNN) -- U.S. and British aircraft attacked an anti-air artillery site in the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq on Saturday, U.S. Central Command said.

The strike happened Saturday morning after Iraqi air-defense forces fired anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles at coalition aircraft monitoring southern Iraq. Central Command said it was assessing damage.

The target was in Tallil, about 170 miles southeast of Baghdad, Central Command said.

The last strike in the southern "no-fly" zone was Friday, when coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to hit an air-defense command-and-control facility near Al Haswah.

There was no immediate response from the Iraqi government.

"No-fly" zones were established over northern and southern Iraq after the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Iraq has refused to acknowledge the zones, saying they violate its sovereignty.

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