Iraq moves SAMs to confront
allied fighter pilots
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MIDDLE EAST NEWSLINE
April 23, 2002
The United States says Iraq has completed the largest redeployment of
surface-to-air missiles in several years as part of an effort to
confront allied warplanes that operate in northern and southern Iraq.
officials said the regime of President Saddam Hussein has moved
anti-aircraft batteries to no-fly zone areas in southern and northern
Iraq. The officials said the batteries, upgraded by China, have been
increasingly engaging U.S. and British warplanes over the last few
Monday, British and U.S. warplanes flew 16 sorties over southern Iraq
near the Kuwaiti border. No clash was reported between the allied
aircraft and Iraqi surface-to-air missile installations.
Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the
Iraqi missile activity over the weekend were the most active since 2000.
told a briefing on Monday that U.S. and British aircraft on patrol of
the no-fly zones were threatened three times by Iraqi missiles since the
beginning of April.
of these movements of surface-to-air missile systems into regions where
we enforce the no-fly zone, under the UN resolutions, are greater than
they've been in a couple of years," Myers said. "If they're
moved inside the no-fly zones, obviously that increased risk to the
pilots that are patrolling in those zones. And that's what's been
said Iraq has deployed anti-aircraft batteries near Kurdish communities
in the north. He said the Saddam regime is using new missiles against
allied aircraft that are connected to a network of radars.
have a very good fiber-optic system," Myers said. "I'll just
leave it at that."
officials said the Iraqi surface-to-air deployment is believed to be
aimed at using civilian communities to stop any U.S. attacks on the
Iraqi military facilities. Kurdish groups have warned Washington that
Iraq is bringing an increasing number of military assets to areas
adjacent to the autonomous Kurdistan region.
April 19, U.S. warplanes fired two missiles at an Iraqi anti-aircraft
facilities near the northern city of Musul. Last week, U.S. planes
dropped guided bombs on an Iraqi surface-to-air missile system radar
located near Talil in southern Iraq.
Sharon Hints at Military Operation in Gaza
Apr-23-02, 11 Iyar 5762
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today reiterated his position before the
Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, explaining he would not
be uprooting any Yesha (Judea, Samaria, & Gaza) communities,
including smaller more isolated ones. Sharon told committee members that
the same rule applies to Netzarim as to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, leaving
committee members believing that if attacks resume in Gaza, a military
offensive may follow suit.
Saudi troops mass
on border with Jordan following reports of Israeli military buildup
Apr 23,11:44 AM ET
Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia has sent eight brigades to its border with
Jordan after receiving intelligence reports that Israel was massing
troops along the Jordanian border, Saudi officials said Tuesday.
Israel, an army spokesman said Israel had not increased its troops along
the border with Jordan.
countries neighboring Israel have stepped up their military readiness in
response to Israel's call-up of its reserves, a U.S. official in
Washington has said recently. However, there was no sign of any
offensive activities, according to the official.
eight brigades, compromising 8,000 soldiers equipped with armored
personnel carriers and missile launchers, moved into the Tabuk region in
northern Saudi Arabia, the officials said.
said Saudi intelligence reports showed that Israeli forces had amassed
on Israel's southern border with Jordan. A 25-kilometer (15.5-mile)
strip of Jordanian territory separates Israel from Saudi Arabia.
for the brigades to advance to the border were given last week, said the
officials said the Saudi air force was instructed to intercept Israeli
fighters that enter Saudi airspace and engage them only if the Israeli
fighters didn't leave.
is about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) northeast of the Saudi capital,
Arabia, which does not recognize the state of Israel, proposed a peace
plan in March that offers Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for a
full retreat from war-won lands and the establishment of a Palestinian
massing of troops on the border coincides with a visit by Saudi Crown
Prince Abdullah to the United States on Tuesday. He is due to meet U.S.
President George Bush in Texas on Thursday.