Jan. 30, 2003
Release No: 03-01-23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COALITION FORCES DROP LEAFLETS IN SOUTHERN IRAQ
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition aircraft dropped 480,000 informational leaflets
over southern Iraq today at approximately 11:45 a.m. EST. The leaflets
were dropped over populated areas and cable repeater sites.
Leaflets were dropped at or near: An Nasiriya, approximately 170 miles
southeast of Baghdad; As Samawah, approximately 130 miles south, southeast
of Baghdad; Qal At Sukkar, approximately 130 miles southeast of Baghdad;
Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad; and Um Qasr,
approximately 265 miles southeast of Baghdad.
This was the ninth leaflet drop over southern Iraq by Coalition aircraft
in January 2003 and the 19th since October 2002.
There were various leaflets dropped today to: inform the Iraqi people
that military fiber optic sites have been targeted for destruction and
repairing them places their life at risk; that Coalition aircraft can
strike at will—anytime and anyplace—and that Coalition air power enforces
the No-Fly-Zone to protect the Iraqi people; which radio frequencies to
turn to for informational radio; and that Coalition forces do not wish
to harm the people of Iraq and to ensure their safety, they should avoid
areas occupied by military personnel.
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