U.S. planes strike Iraqi air defenses
February 23, 1999
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (CNN) -- U.S. warplanes bombed Iraqi military targets Tuesday in the northern no-fly zone, Pentagon officials said.
Two separate incidents, both near the city of Mosul, occurred about 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m.(1345 and 1400) local time after the American planes came under anti-aircraft fire, according to Army Col. Richard Bridges.
In the first incident, two F-15s dropped 2,000-pound "bunker-buster" bombs on a command and control site. In the second, other F-15s dropped 500-pound bombs on a multiple-launch rocket site.
Bridges said that no U.S. planes were damaged in the attacks, and that there was no immediate word on the damage done to the Iraqi sites.
The United States, Britain and France set up two no-fly zones following the 1991 Persian Gulf War to deter the Iraqi air force from attacking rebels in the north and the south. Iraq does not recognize the zones and has vowed to fire at any plane that violates its airspace.
British and American planes have hit more than 90 targets in Iraq since four-day Operation Desert Fox struck 100 targets in December.
Allied jets attack air defenses in north and south Iraq
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