This is the first time in three weeks, and the sixth time this year, Western jets attacked the Iraq air defense system.
The coalition has been enforcing a no-fly zone in northern Iraq for nearly a decade, but only began facing armed resistance from Iraq after December 1998, when the United States led a four-day attack on Baghdad after dictator Saddam Hussein refused to allow U.N. arms inspectors to examine weapons-manufacturing facilities around the country.
U.S. jets last bombed Iraqi targets on April 6 in the northern no-fly zone. U.S. aircraft attacked a mobile early warning radar in southern Iraq on April 20, and an anti-aircraft artillery site on April 12.
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