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Coalition drops leaflets in northern Iraq

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Coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zone over northern Iraq dropped informational leaflets near Iraqi anti-aircraft-artillery batteries for only the second time in 12 years.

Aircraft supporting Operation Northern Watch dropped 240,000 leaflets on two locations south of Tall Afar and southwest of Saddam Lake. Both locations have a history of Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery firing on coalition jets, according to officials.

The front message on the leaflets warns the Iraqi military, "Do not track or fire on coalition aircraft." The backside of the leaflets read, "Any hostile action by Iraqi air defenses toward coalition aircraft will be answered by immediate retaliation. Iraqi air defense positions which fire on coalition aircraft or activate air defense radar will be attacked and destroyed."

The previous leaflet drop was northeast of Mosul, March 1.

Operation Northern Watch is conducted by a coalition of more than 1,400 U.S., British and Turkish forces with more than 50 aircraft used to patrol the northern no-fly zone.