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6,000 precision bombs used: US

US and coalition forces have struck Iraqi targets with 6,000 precision-guided bombs since the war began, a Pentagon spokesman said.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2003 11:42 IST

US and coalition forces have struck Iraqi targets with 6,000 precision-guided bombs since the war began, a Pentagon spokesman said on Saturday.

In addition, the United States has launched 675 Tomahawk cruise missiles, Maj Gen Stanley McChrystal said at a Pentagon briefing. As of Thursday, 4,300 precision-guided munitions and 600 Tomahawks had been used.

US and coalition aircraft flew more than 1,000 missions over Iraq on Friday, McChrystal said.

Seven Tomahawk cruise missiles have missed their targets because of mechanical malfunctions, the general said.

The US military agreed today to temporarily suspend Tomahawk launches from the eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea because some missiles had strayed into Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Nearly 1,00,000 US and coalition forces are now in Iraq, the Pentagon spokesman said, even as additional American troops head to the Gulf.

In all, 2,90,000 coalition forces are in the region in support of combat operations, and more than one-third of those troops are in Iraq, McChrystal said.

Responding to reports that an Iraqi suicide attack had killed four US servicemen, McChrystal said the military would work to shore up protections of military checkpoints and other sites.

The attack "looks and feels like terrorism," McChrystal said.