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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
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March 21, 2003
Release Number: 03-03-38


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION CONTINUES LEAFLET AND RADIO CAMPAIGN

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Operation IRAQI FREEDOM aircrews dropped more than 2 million leaflets across Iraq today to encourage the surrender of Iraqi military forces and to minimize risk and harm to Iraqi civilians.

The leaflets were dropped as part of ongoing Coalition air operations.

More than a million of the leaflets were dropped on Iraqi military forces encouraging them to capitulate, to refrain from using weapons of mass destruction and to leave oil wells intact. Leaflets dropped over population centers told Iraqi civilians that Coalition forces are targeting the military. The leaflet encouraged civilians to stay at home and to listen to Coalition radio broadcasts.

The leaflet drops and radio broadcasts of factual information are part of an information campaign that has been going on for months to support the disarmament of Iraq. Coalition forces have dropped more than 25 million leaflets since Oct 02. The objective of the campaign is to inform Iraqi citizens and soldiers to achieve the disarmament and liberation of Iraq with minimum possible casualties.

(NOTE: The Central Command Forward Newsdesk and the Combined Forces Air Component Command Public Affairs office operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The CENTCOM FWD Newsdesk can be reached at 011-974-460-8440. CFACC Media Desk can be reached at 011-966-1478-1100, ext. 434-9915 or ext. 434-9881, or via e-mail at psab.pao@psab.af.mil.)




















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