- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2003

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) — U.S. strike aircraft bombed five Iraqi mobile missile systems that had been moved into the no-fly zones in both northern and southern Iraq Tuesday, including a missile within range of U.S. forces in Kuwait, according to U.S. Central and European Commands.

The first strike occurred in the southern no-fly zone at around 6:55 a.m. EST Tuesday, with the bombing of mobile surface-to-air missile site near Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad.

The second strike in the southern no-fly zone came almost three hours later, when U.S. forces bombed a surface-to-surface missile system that had been positioned to strike the tens of thousands of U.S. military members massing in Kuwait for a possible war with Iraq. The missile system was also near Al Basrah.

In northern Iraq Tuesday, U.S. forces used precision-guided weapons to target three surface-to-surface missile systems about six miles south of Mosul.

There are more than 150,000 U.S. military personnel within range of Iraq, most of them in Kuwait.

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