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World - Middle East

U.S. hits Iraqi anti-aircraft sites for third day

February 12, 1999
Web posted at: 8:06 a.m. EST (1306 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. warplanes attacked targets in Iraq's northern "no-fly" zone Friday in two separate incidents, the Pentagon said.

Brian Whitman, the Pentagon's deputy director of defense information, said coalition aircraft were flying routine patrols over northern Iraq when they were "provoked by anti- aircraft artillery." The incidents occurred about 1:30 p.m. (1030 GMT).

Friday's attacks mark the third straight day U.S. aircraft have attacked Iraqi emplacements. Airstrikes have become a routine occurrence as Iraqi President Saddam Hussein continues to challenge the "no-fly" zones, which were imposed after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

Iraq said two civilians were killed and others were wounded on Thursday when U.S. fighter jets pummeled Iraq's air defense system in seven separate attacks. The Pentagon said it had no confirmation of casualties.

CNN's Carey Bodenheimer contributed to this report.
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