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Iraq fires on U.S. plane near refugee zone
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Author: Ray Moseley, Chicago Tribune. Tribune wire services contributed to this report.
Date: May 9, 1991
Start Page: 17
Section: NEWS
Abstract (Document Summary)

Iraqi anti-aircraft batteries fired on a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder jet in the first incident of its kind since the beginning of the Kurdish refugee relief operation, a U.S. officer said Wednesday.

Maj. William Gawthrop, an assistant intelligence officer for the combined task force in northern Iraq, said about 45 tracer rounds were fired at the Intruder Tuesday night 20 miles northwest of Mosul and southeast of Dohuk.

The A-6 that was fired upon was one of several American planes that have been flying over Dohuk and nearby areas in recent days, in what U.S. officials describe as reconnaissance missions. During daylight hours, the planes have flown only about 200 feet above the city, apparently with the aim of intimidating Iraqi forces still in Dohuk.

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