NEWS for Wednesday-Thursday, August 16-17, 2000
NEW US, BRITISH AIR STRIKES ON IRAQ
BAGHDAD, Aug, 14 (CWNews.com)
American and British planes
carried out a series of bombing raids on targets in Iraq on August 11
and 12, according to the Iraqi news agency.
US officials confirmed that the air strikes had taken place, explaining
that they the bombing missions were ordered in response to Iraqi
violations of the "no-fly zone" in the country's southern region.
The Iraqi government said that the bombing raids had killed several
civilians, ruined homes, and damaged a railroad station. American
officials countered that all of the targets had been military
installations-- specifically, anti-aircraft equipment. The Iraqi
government has threatened to use anti-air artillery to shoot down
American and British bombers in Iraqi air space.
American and British officials argue that the Iraqi air force is
threatening the neighboring countries of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait by
sending missions into the "no-fly zone." Baghdad says that Iraqi
planes have the right to fly over Iraqi territory, and that the real
threats to peace in the region come from the American and British
forces sheltered on Saudi soil.
The Vatican has repeatedly called for an end to the air strikes
against Iraqi targets, saying that the campaign has exacted a heavy
toll on the country's civilian population.
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