After Operation Desert Fox
Sunday, March 7, 1999; Page A24
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.
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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.
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
Early warning radar sites
Radio relay sites
Weapons storage facilities
Surface-to-surface anti-ship missile sites
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