Low-Grade War

The US and Britain have been attacking Iraqi installations after Iraqi air defenses fire on US and British aircraft patrolling “no-fly” zones over Iraq. Iraq says civilian installations have been hit; the US and Britain say only military installations have been attacked.

The no-fly zones were created for “humanitarian” reasons by the US, Britan and France in 1991, but were not sanctioned by the UN Security Council. Currently, the US and Britain are the only members of the Security Council who hold they are legitimate.

The US alone further asserts recent Iraqi anti-aircraft fire violates the November 8th Security Council resolution.

“Some American analysts have already started describing the Iraqi action and the American response in the no-fly zones as low-grade war, saying US warplanes are trying to degrade Iraqi air defences, which would be useful in the event of a full-scale war.”

Other sources:

Chronological archive of many news stories about the no-fly zone bombings by the US in Iraq

Current news stories:

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20021120_420.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1175950.stm

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/iraq/story/0,1870,156100,00.html

http://www.theunionleader.com/terror_show.html?article=15951