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U.S. Jets Bomb Iraqi Defense Sites

August 4, 1999

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ U.S. warplanes bombed Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery sites today after coming under Iraqi fire in the northern no-fly zone, the U.S. military said.

Air Force F-15s and F-16s dropped precision-guided bombs on four air defense sites and their support elements situated near the city of Mosul, 250 miles north of Baghdad, a statement from the Germany-based U.S. European Command said.

All planes left the area safely and damage to the Iraqi sites was being assessed, the statement said.

U.S. and British planes patrol zones in north and south Iraq, set up after the 1991 Gulf War to protect Kurdish and Muslim Shiite minorities from the forces of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

It was the 67th time U.S. planes bombed Iraqi sites in the northern no-fly zone since Iraqi forces began challenging the allied planes on Dec. 28.

Baghdad says the zones violate its sovereignty and international law.

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