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U.S. warplanes respond to anti-aircraft fire in Iraq
May 9, 1999
Web posted at: 2:28 p.m. EDT (1828 GMT)
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida (CNN) -- U.S. Air Force F-16CGs used precision-guided munitions to strike a radar site and two communications sites in southern Iraq on Sunday, according to U.S. Central Command.
The strikes were in response to anti-aircraft artillery fire aimed at aircraft patrolling Iraq's southern no-fly zone. The no-fly zone, and another in the north of Iraq, were set up by the United States and Great Britain after the 1991 Persian Gulf War to protect Iraqi dissenters in the area.
Iraq claimed to have "hit an enemy plane" in the exchange, but coalition officials did not confirm or deny the report. The Iraqi News Agency also quoted a military spokesman saying that four Iraqis died in the attack and five were wounded in the Abu al-Khasib and Qurna region of Basra province.
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