US and British warplanes on Tuesday launched three strikes in a day on defense targets in both northern and southern Iraq, the US military said.
The first strike took place in northern Iraq, the first of its kind in more than three weeks. US Air Force F-16 fighters operating from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey attacked three surface-to-surface missile sites near Mosul.
Hours later, allied jet fighters went into operation in the south, using precision guided weapons to bomb an SA-13 surface-to-air missile launcher of the Iraqi defense forces, US military officials said.
Three hours after the second strike, two allied warplanes again bombed a mobile surface-to-surface missile system near Basra, southern Iraq.
"The coalition executed today's strike after Iraqi forces moved the mobile missile system into range of coalition forces in Kuwait," a US official from the Central Command said, while announcing the third strike of the day.