- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 29, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 15, 1999 (USA Today) — Iraq’s vice president threatened Monday to attack a Turkish base for U.S. warplanes, along with other American and British bases in the region, if the jets continue patrolling Iraqi skies… Also Monday, U.S. warplanes attacked Iraqi defense sites in northern Iraq, the Defense Department said in Washington. The planes returned safely to Incirlik, according to the Defense Department… Iraq has never accepted the validity of the zones, which were created by the United States, Britain and France and are not authorized by a specific U.N. Security Council resolution. France later withdrew its participation in the enforcement of the zones… The United States says Iraq has violated the zones 90 times since it began challenging them in December. U.S. and British planes have retaliated by attacking more than 40 Iraqi air defense sites.


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