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U.S. planes bomb Iraq 2 nights straight

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WASHINGTON — U.S. airplanes struck two anti-aircraft artillery sites in Iraq on Saturday, the second night of bombing by Western aircraft, the Pentagon said.

The bombing came in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft batteries that fired at U.S. and British planes on several occasions, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The Pentagon said all planes returned safely and damage assessment was ongoing.

Saturday's raid followed bombing by U.S. and British planes on Friday night that Iraqi witnesses said had hit a civilian government warehouse in southern Iraq, killing two civilians and wounding 19.

U.S. and British planes patrol no-fly zones over southern and northern Iraq set up after the 1991 Gulf War. The zones, which Baghdad does not recognize, were imposed to protect a Kurdish enclave in the north and Shiite Moslems in the south from possible attacks by Iraqi government forces.