- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — U.S. forces Friday bombed an air defense command and control communications facility in southern Iraq, after two days of dropping leaflets in the region warning Iraqi soldiers not to repair communications facilities damaged in earlier attacks, according to the U.S. military.

Friday's strike at 2:30 p.m. targeted a facility about 5 miles southeast of Al Haswah, according to U.S. Central Command.

Also Friday, U.S. aircraft dropped 360,000 leaflets near An Najaf — 85 miles southeast of Baghdad — and Umm Qasr and Al Zubayr, both on the Al Faw peninsula 290 miles southeast of Baghdad.

On Thursday, U.S. forces dropped 240,000 leaflets over a communication facility near Al Amarah, approximately 165 miles southeast of Baghdad.

U.S. forces have dropped leaflets over southern Iraq seven times this month.

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