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  U.S. Warplanes Bomb Iraq

Associated Press
Friday, May 28, 1999; 11:29 a.m. EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. fighter planes bombed a military command center in northern Iraq on Monday after being fired on by Iraqi forces while patrolling the northern no-fly zone, the U.S. military said.

The Air Force F-16s and F-15s dropped precision-guided bombs at a military command and control site southwest of Mosul, a city 250 miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. European Command said.

The attack came after the warplanes were fired on by anti-aircraft artillery, the European Command said. All U.S. planes left the area safely. Damage to the Iraqi site was being assessed, the U.S. military said.

U.S. and British warplanes based at Incirlik, in southern Turkey, have been patrolling the northern no-fly zone since the 1991 Gulf War to protect Iraqi Kurds against Iraqi forces. Another no-fly zone was set up in southern Iraq to protect Shiite Muslims.

Baghdad does not recognize the zones and has challenged allied planes there since December.

© 1999 The Associated Press

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