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  After Operation Desert Fox

Sunday, March 7, 1999; Page A24

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After last December's Operation Desert Fox, the 70-hour air war against Iraq, U.S. and British aircraft have destroyed perhaps 25 percent of Iraq's air defense system, including missile sites, communication and radar facilities.

Flying from bases in Turkey, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and from a U.S. aircraft carrier stationed in the Persian Gulf, the aircraft have bombed locations throughout Iraq.

Since Dec. 28, there have been more than 100 Iraqi violations of the no-fly zones and 20 incidents in which the Iraqis fired surface-to-air missiles at U.S. aircraft patrolling the zones.

Quick Facts
Missiles and bombs used by coalition forces against Iraqi sites include:
  • HARM (High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles)
  • GBU laser-guided bombs, and precision-guided bombs
  • AGM precision-guided bombs
  • Sophisticated JSOW cluster bombs - used for the first time
  •  Types of planes involved in the air operations in the northern and southern "no-fly" zones:
  • Air Force: F-15, F-16, A-10s
  • Navy, Marines: EA-6B, F-14, F/A-18
  • British RAF: GR-1
  •  Among Iraqi targets attacked were:
  • Surface-to-air missile sites (SAM)
  • SAM communication sites
  • Antiaircraft artillery sites
  • Radar sites
  • Early warning radar sites
  • Communications sites
  • Radio relay sites
  • Weapons storage facilities
  • Surface-to-surface anti-ship missile sites

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