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US-British warplanes bomb Iraqi targets near Baghdad

U.S. and British warplanes bombed Iraqi targets near Baghdad in the largest offensive attack since 1998 when the U.S. led a four-day bombing campaign.
Defense Department officials confirmed that the bombing began at 12:30 p.m. EST and continued for about 30 minutes. Some 24 US and British strike aircraft were involved in the raids, which targeted five sites, including several near Baghdad.

"We fired on some integrated air defense targets in Iraq," one official, speaking on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press.

"The radars and associated command-and-control facilities that were attacked Friday had been used in recent weeks to give Iraq a better capability of targeting allied planes with its surface-to-air missiles," the Associated Press reported.

The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported 2 civilians killed in the latest attacks, with many wounded, including children.

As news of the latest US-British air raids against Iraq spreads, peace organizations and human rights groups around the country reacted swiftly.

According to "Voices in the Wilderness", a peace group that actively uses civil disobedience to challenge the sanctions against Iraq , "Today’s bombardment violates international law, as have all of the previous no-fly zone bombardments, but it should be understood from a perspective that acknowledges the constant bombing of Iraq by US and UK forces and the economic warfare, waged through imposition of UN sanctions, that has cost the lives of one million people, over half of them children under age 5."

The International Action Center (IAC) has also issued a call for nation wide emergency demonstrations to protest the latest attacks against Iraq, with actions currently scheduled in San Francisco and Los Angeles later this evening. For more information contact the IAC at www.iacenter.org/
 
 

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