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U.S. Department of State 
96/12/25 Statement: Extension of Coalition Air Operations Over Northern Iraq 
Office of the Spokesman 
 
 
 
Press Statement by John Dinger/Acting Spokesman 
December 25, 1996 
 
 
 
       Extension of Coalition Air Operations Over Northern Iraq 
 
 
 
The United States welcomes Turkey's December 25 announcement that it will extend Coalition Air 
Operations over northern Iraq beginning January 1.  Coalition aircraft will continue to fly these operations, 
as they have since 1991 in the framework of Operation Provide Comfort.  Because of changes in its 
mission as a result of the closing last fall of the Military Command Center in Zakho and the shift of 
humanitarian assistance in the north under UNSCR 986 to international organizations, the designation 
"Provide Comfort" will no longer be used. 
 
Operation Provide Comfort has made an important contribution to the well-being of the people of northern 
Iraq and to the peace and stability of the region.  The ongoing air operation underscores the firm 
commitment of coalition partners to bringing about Iraq's full compliance with all its UN obligations.  
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