November 28, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OSW FORCES DROP LEAFLETS TO DISCOURAGE REPAIR OF COMMUNICATIONS
MACDILL AFB, FL – Operation SOUTHERN WATCH aircraft dropped
360,000 leaflets at about 4 a.m. EST today over unmanned communication
facilities located between Al Kut and Al Basrah, approximately
100-150 miles southeast of Baghdad in Southern Iraq. These sites
were damaged or destroyed by Coalition strikes on Nov. 22.
Three separate leaflets were combined for this drop. Two leaflets
urged Iraqi military not to repair the communication equipment
and facilities that aid in tracking and engaging Coalition aircraft.
A third leaflet states that Coalition aircraft enforce the no-fly
zones to protect the Iraqi people, and that threatening Coalition
aircraft may result in air strikes.
The 3-inch by 6-inch flyers, written in Arabic, were dropped
by six fiberglass “leaflet bombs” that contained
a mixture of all three leaflets, with a total of 60,000 leaflets
in each bomb. The bombs exploded over the target areas and drifted
to the ground.
This was the fifth OSW leaflet drop in the last two months.
Previous leaflet drops:
October 3 tear Tallil
October 27 near Al Basrah and As Samawah
November 8 around the town of Al Amarah
November 17 around the town of Ar Rumaythah
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