Chronology of CENTCOM Military Responses to Iraq
December 1992 U.S. F-16 downs an Iraqi MiG-25 in
the "no-fly" zone the coalition imposed to protect Shiite
minorities in southern Iraq.
January 1993 Iraq threatens planes enforcing the no-fly
zone, and the US and allies respond with missile strikes that
cripple Iraq's southern air defense systems and other military
June 1993 The US launches 23 cruise missiles that heavily damage a Baghdad intelligence facility in retaliation for an alleged plot to assassinate
former president George Bush in Kuwait.
October 1994 Iraq sends troops south
toward Kuwait, the United States sends troops and warplanes
to the region, and Iraqi forces withdraw.
Autumn 1995 Iraq again appears to be moving troops
south, and the United States again sends troops and
equipment to the region.
Sepember 1996 In retaliation for attacks on Kurds in northern
Iraq, the US fires 44 cruise missiles in the south and
extended the no-fly zone against 14 targets including air defense
radar, missiles and launchers, and command and
Created by John Pike
Maintained by Steven Aftergood
Updated Tuesday, November 11, 1997 7:52:38 PM