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U.S. Planes Bomb Iraqi Radar

April 20, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. warplanes bombed a mobile early warning radar in southern Iraq in response to what the U.S. Central Command headquarters on Friday called ``recent Iraqi hostile acts″ against U.S. and British planes monitoring a ``no fly″ zone over southern Iraq.

It said the U.S. attack was on Thursday.

Few details were revealed.

Central Command said the last such strike in southern Iraq was on April 12 against an Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery site.

Thursday’s strike was an act of self-defense, the statement said.

``If Iraq were to cease its threatening actions, coalition strikes would cease as well,″ it said.

Iraq considers the ``no fly″ zone patrols over its territory to be a violation of its national sovereignty.

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