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Harrier crash in Iraq

LONDON - A British Harrier jump-jet fighter plane crashed in a Kurdish area of northern Iraq it was patrolling yesterday, Reuter reports.

The pilot ejected safely from the Harrier GR7 but suffered minor injuries on landing in an area around 100 miles from the Turkish border. The pilot was rescued by an American helicopter and flown to the Turkish base at Incirlik. The Iraqi authorities were not involved in the incident caused by mechanical failure.

A UN human rights report alleged yesterday that Iraq had bombarded civilians in its southern marshes and drained wetlands in a deliberate effort to subdue the entire Marsh Arab population living there.