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U.S. Jets Bomb Iraqi Site

July 26, 1999

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

Air Force F-15s and F-16s dropped laser-guided bombs on the communications installation, a relay point for information on U.S. aircraft, the U.S. European Command reported.

The site targeted is north of Mosul, a city 250 miles north of Baghdad.

The European Command said all the planes, which fly out of Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, left the area safely. Damage on the ground was being assessed, the European Command said.

It was the 62nd time since late December that U.S. planes struck at an Iraqi defense site in the northern no-fly zone.

The no-fly zones were set up by the United States and its allies after the 1991 Gulf War to protect Kurdish rebels in the north and Shiite Muslims in the south from the forces of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Baghdad does not recognize the zones and has been challenging the allied planes since Dec. 28.

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