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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    Apparently the United States Marine Corps is having trouble taking a lightly-defended port city. If this is the pattern of things, it will be amusing to see
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 22, 2003
      Apparently the United States Marine Corps is having trouble taking a
      lightly-defended port city. If this is the pattern of things, it will
      be amusing to see the large casualty lists when they try to take Baghdad.

      --Kevin

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      Dear Kevin,

      Al-Jazeera's bulletin right now is actually pretty
      informative so I translated it. Please read and pass
      along.

      Comradely,

      Eric
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      Al-Jazeera TV website report. Saturday, 22 March
      2003, 10:50 GMT

      Amercian forces acknowledge stiff resistance in Umm
      Qasr

      FIFTY IRAQIS KILLED WHEN US AIRPLANES BOMB BASRA

      Al-Jazeera�s correspondent in the southern Iraqi city
      of Basra has reported that more than 50 Iraqis, and
      one Russian citizen have been killed when F-16
      aircraft intensively bombed positions in the city of
      Basra, south of the capital Baghdad. The
      correspondent added that a family of four, including a
      one-year-old child, was killed in the bombing in which
      cluster bombs were used.

      Meanwhile the Iraqi Information Minister, Muhammad
      Sa`id as-Sahhaf, has described as �pure propaganda�
      what the Americans and British are saying about having
      achieved victories in the various areas they have
      passed through. Al-Sahhaf said that everything that
      has been said about Umm Qasr and other cities is not
      true, and he declared that the Iraqi forces in
      positions on al-Faw peninsula, and in Umm Qasr,
      al-Nasiriyya, Umm al-Shaykh, al-Bateha, and Qa`idat
      al-Imam `Ali are still strongly resisting. They have
      inflicted casualties in the ranks of the enemy, and
      enemy forces have been forced to withdraw from some
      positions.

      Speaking at a press conference in Baghdad, al-Sahhaf
      denied that the prisoners displayed by the American
      and British forces are Iraqi soldiers. He said that
      the western forces, whom he described as �mercenaries�
      are �lying�, and that they had been seizing civilians
      and kidnapping residents of the city of al-Faw �to
      display them on television screens as if they were
      surrendering soldiers.�

      American Marines confirm that they are still meeting
      with Iraqi resistance in the Port of Umm Qasr in the
      south of the country. The commander of one of the
      Marine units said that the American and British forces
      had captured between 400 and 450 Iraqis in the
      fighting around the Port of Umm Qasr and the nearby
      al-Faw Peninsula that commands the entrance to the
      Gulf. The American Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld
      declared yesterday, Friday, that the American and
      British forces had seized control of Umm Qasr.

      Meanwhile, violent battles are raging between the
      invading forces and the Iraqi military west of the
      city of al-Basra. Captain Andrew Berger of the US
      Marines said American tanks are now waging a major
      battle with Iraqi forces on the western outskirts of
      al-Basra. In remarks to journalists he added �I can
      say that it is a major battle.� A British spokesman
      in al-Sayliya Base in Doha, Qatar, said that the
      forces led by the United States are trying to
      negotiate the �surrender of al-Basra.�

      Al-Jazeera�s Tehran correspondent reports that sources
      among al-Jama`ah al-Islamiyyah and the Kurdish group
      Jama`at Ansar al-Islam in the north of Iraq say that
      their positions are now being subjected to an intense
      American attack that has left dozens killed and
      wounded. A number of the wounded have been taken to
      Iranian territory. The two organizations are located
      in northern Iraq in areas adjacent to land controlled
      by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan led by Jalal
      al-Talibani.

      Victims of the aggression

      Iraq�s Information Minister, Muhammad Sa`id al-Sahhaf
      has stated in a press conference that the
      Anglo-American aggression, between last night and
      until this morning, wounded 207 people. He said that
      the US Defense Department claimed that they were
      attacking military positions, and he demanded that
      journalists visit the hospitals to �see for themselves
      the 207 military positions.�

      Al-Sahhaf also said that the Iraqi President, Saddam
      Hussein had ordered that American and British
      prisoners of war be treated �in accordance with the
      Geneva Convention.� He said that �we will adhere to
      that in compliance with his orders, �despite all the
      loathsome crimes that this gang of international
      scoundrels has committed against Iraqis.�

      The Iraqi Minister had declared yesterday, Friday,
      that Iraq will �not apply� international law to
      prospective prisoners, saying instead that they would
      be treated �like mercenaries and war criminals.� He
      had said that how they would be treated would soon be
      known.

      Saturday night�s air raids

      The Iraqi capital awoke to three violent explosions
      that shook whole sections of the city after witnessing
      the previous night the most violent air raids that the
      invader forces have launched since the beginning of
      the aggression Thursday morning.

      Officials in the American Defense Department (the
      Pentagon) said that hundreds of bombers and
      fighter-bombers took part in the operations as the
      intense air war against Iraq began. In addition,
      about ten warships fired cruise missiles.

      Admiral Matthew Moffet, commander of the Kitty Hawk
      battle group declared that the American warships had
      fired about 320 Tomahawk cruise missiles at targets
      around Baghdad just yesterday, Friday. He confirmed
      the participation of American navy F-18 Hornet and F14
      Tomcat fighter planes in the attack. British Tornado
      planes also took part.

      Other air raids were also carried out in the last 24
      hours in al-Mawsil province in the north of Iraq.
      Al-Jazeera�s correspondent there reports that numerous
      explosions could be heard in the city�s environs. He
      added that other explosions were heard in the
      direction of the province of Dahouk in the farthest
      northern part of Iraq on the border with Turkey. In
      addition there were powerful blasts coming from the
      province of Kirkuk.

      Source: al-Jazeera + agencies.

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