Umm Qasr Secure, First Ships to Unload!
Posted 25 March 2003 - 09:47 AM
There has been no serious outbreaks of shooting in the pay day in Umm Qasr, British sources said on Tuesday.
The first aid ship could arrive at the port within 48 hours, said Brigadier Jim Dutton, commander of the British Royal marines 3rd Commando Brigade.
UK and US forces came under strong attack when they entered the port on Friday, having expected to meet with little resistance.
Seals at work
Umm Qasr, which lies in the extreme south of Iraq, is the country's main seaport.
As such it has been seen as a priority that coalition forces secure it, if they are to effectively distribute humanitarian aid to the country.
The BBC's Adam Mynott says the reduced resistance in the past 24 hours has given troops time to make the waters off the new and old ports in the town safe.
Divers from Britain, Australia and America have been clearing mines from the water and later on in the day will be assisted by seals and dolphins, especially trained for the task.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 11:58 AM
It is now clear to everyone that ordinary Iraqis are resisting this military aggression with their lives and souls. Commentators and politicians in Britain and America seem taken aback: how come the Iraqis are putting up such a fight? Why do they so passionately resist this attempt to liberate them from the brutal dictator, Saddam? But Iraqis aren't surprised at all.
When Iraq was first colonised by Britain in 1917, Iraqis were fed the same British propaganda about liberation through occupation. We fought the best part of last century to get rid of colonial Britain and, since then, have helped a great number of independence movements worldwide. Iraqis may wish for the current regime to change, but anyone who understands our culture will know that in this war Iraqis will fight and die, not to save President Saddam Hussein, but to protect their home, land, dignity and self-respect from a new world order alien to their way of life. We are an enormously proud people.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 12:08 PM
Umm Qasr now looks like a wasteland similiar to Stalingrad,this the people will remember.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 12:29 PM
Battle Drives Firefighters Off Oil Fields
KUWAIT CITY - Fighting around the southern Iraq oil fields that U.S.-led forces had previously thought were secure has driven out civilian firefighters trying to put out the oil well blazes, the top firefighter said Monday.
"It's not nearly as safe as they said it was," said Brian Krause, vice president and senior blowout specialist for Houston-based Boots and Coots. "We're kind of sitting ducks out there."
The Iraqi resistance in the oil fields challenges U.S. claims that southern Iraq is quickly falling under allied control.
U.S. Marines declared the southern Rumeila oil fields in Iraq unsafe for journalists to visit Monday, forcing the cancellation of a trip under Marine escort intended to give the media a firsthand view of the blazing wells.
U.S. Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said Iraqis set demolitions on some well heads and detonated them, but only seven fires were burning in a field with 500 well heads. Speaking at the U.S. Central Command's Gulf post in Qatar, Brooks said that was "a very important story for the future of Iraq."
Krause said he was told that Iraqi fighters dressed as civilians had clashed with British forces near the oil fields Sunday night, forcing the evacuation of his firefighting team.
"Yesterday, we captured five POWs that just drove up, waving a white flag. They just surrendered to us," Krause said.
"A little while later, five more POWs drove up to some British soldiers waving a white flag, and when they got close they opened up with machine guns."
Posted 25 March 2003 - 12:29 PM
The news seems to indicate he was right.
BTW. Why would Iraq issue it's troops up to date Cipro and new masks in a fight against a country who will not use it first?
Also...BTW...2000 reporters embedded with the troops. Is it to give us what we've always wanted, live pictures of our kids getting shot at or is to document who really does what first?
If their are WMS there, and there better be, we will find them. In fact we are already finding out lots of things there.
About violating UN resolutions.
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