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Iraq Claims 7 Killed in Airstrike

November 16, 2002

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ A U.S.-British airstrike in southern Iraq killed seven civilians and wounded four, the Iraqi military said on Saturday.

An unidentified military spokesman told the official Iraqi News Agency that warplanes bombed areas in Najaf province, 93 miles south of Baghdad on Friday.

The report didn’t provide further details.

U.S. and British warplanes monitoring no-fly zones over southern and northern Iraq regularly attack Iraqi military facilities in what they say is response to hostile Iraqi fire.

The zones were established shortly after the 1991 Gulf War to protect Kurdish and Shiite Muslim groups. Iraq, which considers the zones violations of its sovereignty, frequently tries to shoot down allied planes.

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