- The Washington Times - Friday, March 21, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 21 (UPI) — Iraqi forces shot down a U.S. fighter jet Friday that then crashed inside Kuwait, an army spokesman said in Baghdad.

The plane was brought down at 5:55 a.m. local time during a U.S. and British strike on Iraqi territory, the spokesman said.

"We confirm that this jet crashed inside Kuwaiti territory," he said but did not give further details.

The announcement came shortly after the official Baghdad Radio said President Saddam Hussein would give 100 million Iraqi Dinars ($40,000) to anyone who shot down a U.S. or British helicopter or jet. He also announced a 50 million Iraqi dinars ($20,000) reward for capturing an enemy pilot and an additional 25 million Iraqi dinars ($10,000) if the pilot is killed.


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