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[infowar.de] Psyops und C2W der USA im Irak
"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld disclosed recently that he has
ordered that pilots attack command and communications links in Iraq's
air defense network rather than the guns and radars used to target or
shoot at pilots."
Allies Drop Leaflets Warning Iraqis
Thu Oct 3, 3:32 PM ET
By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a direct message to Iraqi troops, allied forces
dropped thousands of leaflets over the southern no-fly zone in Iraq
warning gunners to stop firing on U.S. and British patrol planes.
Iraqi forces responded by firing on aircraft delivering the leaflets.
That led allied forces to bomb an air defense operations center, U.S.
Central Command officials said.
The leaflet drop was the first known direct warning from the Pentagon to
Iraq's military rank and file in the Bush administration's campaign to
topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Defense officials said it was not directly related to another leaflet
effort in which the Pentagon plans to warn Iraqi officers against firing
chemical or biological weapons in the event of U.S. military action to
The allied retaliation brought to 46 the number of "strike days"
reported this year by the coalition force that patrols zones set up to
protect Iraqi minorities following the 1991 Gulf War ( news - web
sites). On some days, more than one area is bombed.
Defense officials said coalition aircraft dropped 120,000 leaflets
depicting a jet bombing a missile launcher and a radar site with the
message: "Iraqi ADA (air defense artillery) Beware! Don't track or fire
on coalition aircraft!"
The back side of the leaflet had another message. "The destruction
experienced by your colleagues in other air defense locations is a
response to your continuing aggression toward planes of the coalition
forces," leaflets written in Arabic said.
"No tracking or firing on these aircraft will be tolerated. You could be
next," said an English translation released by defense officials.
"We were telling them 'Don't shoot at us or we'll shoot back,'" said
Navy Commander Frank Merriman, a spokesman for Central Command in Tampa,
Fla. "And they were shooting at that aircraft that was dropping the
He said a similar leaflet drop was done in October to try to halt the
firing on patrol planes. That effort was not publicly disclosed until
Another defense official said Thursday's action was not related to any
possible war with Iraq, portraying it as done periodically to remind
Iraqi gunners that they target coalition planes at their peril.
Central Command said the strike came after Iraq air defenses fired
anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles at coalition
The planes used precision-guided weapons against the operations center
and air defense headquarters for the sector near Tallil, about 160 miles
southeast of Baghdad, according to a Central Command statement. There
was no immediate damage assessment.
Iraq considers the patrols a violation of its sovereignty and frequently
shoots at the planes. In response, coalition pilots try to bomb Iraqi
air defense systems.
Coalition strikes are not necessarily aimed at the place or equipment
used to target them, though officials said Thursday's was. Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld disclosed recently that he has ordered that
pilots attack command and communications links in Iraq's air defense
network rather than the guns and radars used to target or shoot at
The goal of the new approach, more than a decade after enforcement of
the no-fly zones began, is to reduce dangers to the pilots while
increasing the damage to an air defense system that has grown more
The strike was in the southern zone, set up to protect Shiite Muslims.
The northern zone was set up to protect the Kurdish population. Both
groups were given protection after unsuccessfully revolting against
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