U.S. jets strike northern Iraq
March 12, 1999
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ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) -- U.S. jets attacked at least one Iraqi
installation in the country's northern "no-fly" zone Friday
after Iraqi forces threatened them, a U.S. military spokesman
U.S. Air Force jets patrolling the northern no-fly zone over
Iraq "responded to Iraqi threats" about 1:30 p.m. (1030 GMT)
Friday, said Capt. Manning Brown, a spokesman at Incirlik Air
Base in southern Turkey. Brown said it was not clear how many sites had been hit in the incident.
Airstrikes like Friday's have become routine since December,
when Iraq announced it would no longer recognize the no-fly
zones, which were imposed over its northern and southern
reaches after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
Since the end of the war, U.S. and British forces have
enforced the two zones to protect minority Kurds in the north
and Shiite Muslims in the south.
The Iraqi declaration came after a four-day bombing campaign in December, dubbed "Operation Desert Fox," prompted by Iraq's obstruction of U.N. weapons inspectors. U.S. officials say two months of scattered airstrikes in the no-fly zones have done more to weaken Iraqi air defenses than the December attacks.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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