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AFP - An inferno in Baghdad
AFP via Babelfish translation ^ | March 21, 2003

Posted on 03/21/2003 12:43:26 PM PST by HAL9000

Hot fires in Baghdad

Baghdad underwent Friday the most violent bombardment since the beginning of the offensive américano-British, a true flood of fire whose objective is to drive out Saddam Hussein of the capacity. With fallen from the night, tens of bombs and cruise missiles fall down suddenly, unchaining a din deafening in all the city.

On bank of the Tiger, administrative buildings, in particular the palate of the Republic - the main thing palate of Saddam Hussein, black animal of Washington are touched.

Enormous balls of fire and thick columns of smoke are released from the perimeter of this palate. The majority of the buildings located in the enclosure of the palate is in flames, an enormous fire which lights of a red gleam the heart of the Iraqi capital.

These raids américano-British, according to inhabitants' of Baghdad, constitute probably more the violent ones bombardments undergone by the Iraqi capital in its history.

The violence of the deflagrations, which have lasted for more than 45 minutes with 19H00 GMT, is incomparable with that of the air raids during the war of the Gulf in 1991.

Columns of smoke rise above the buildings touched in the metropolis of almost five inhabitants million, completely deserted and where the sky is illuminated by the shootings of the DCA Iraqi.

Enormous sheaves of fire rise in their turn of some of the touched targets, of which the presidential palate, and the breath of the deflagrations shakes a good part of the city.

Their shock waves are felt until in the hotel where place the majority of the journalists who cover the conflict.

The columns of smoke form a thick cloud blocking the sky.

The streets of Baghdad are emptied after the release of the air raid warning but the streets remain illuminated. Electricity is not cut.

The sirens of the ambulances traversing with open tomb the streets of the capital resound.

Whereas a pretence of calms returned, a new series of violent explosions shakes Baghdad again, at the moment when the Iraqi Minister for Defense, Sultan Hachem Ahmad, meets journalists. The intensity of the deflagrations makes vibrate the buildings.

A new lull is only precarious.

With new of strong explosions shake is of Baghdad.

The intensity of the bombardments did not prevent a few tens of militiamans out of weapons from expressing in the streets, according to images' diffused by the chain of television Al-Arabiya. To the cries "By our heart, by our blood, we will sacrifice ourselves for you Saddam", the demonstrators ravelled around one of the sites in flames, holding up portraits of president Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi flag.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; saddamhussein; shockandawe

1 posted on 03/21/2003 12:43:26 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: Jonathon Spectre
"By our heart, by our blood, we will sacrifice ourselves for you Saddam", the demonstrators ravelled around one of the sites in flames, holding up portraits of president Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi flag.

"Well soooooo long..."

2 posted on 03/21/2003 12:46:14 PM PST by Gunslingr3
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To: HAL9000
five inhabitants million, completely deserted

Guess they got the word.

3 posted on 03/21/2003 12:47:14 PM PST by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts: Proofs establish links)
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To: HAL9000
"With new of strong explosions shake is of Baghdad."

Um hum.

4 posted on 03/21/2003 12:49:49 PM PST by azhenfud
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To: HAL9000
The sirens of the ambulances traversing with open tomb the streets of the capital resound.

Kind of poetic in it's way.

Ask not for whom the ambulance tombs, Saddam, it tombs for you.
5 posted on 03/21/2003 12:49:57 PM PST by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: HAL9000
..With new of strong explosions shake is of Baghdad.

Is this a quote from Yoda or sumfin?

6 posted on 03/21/2003 12:50:27 PM PST by SGCOS
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To: HAL9000
A new hill is precarious? Babelfish. Babylon.

Here is the deal:

In Baghdad, Saddam's complex in central Baghdad.


7 posted on 03/21/2003 12:50:34 PM PST by Diogenesis (You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.)
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To: HAL9000
the main thing palate of Saddam Hussein, black animal of Washington are touched.

LOL!!! I'd really like to know what Babelfish mangled into this!

I think Wes Unseld was Black animal of Washington when he played for the Bullets.....

8 posted on 03/21/2003 12:51:06 PM PST by r9etb
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To: HAL9000
I know this war is deadly serious business, and I don't want to make light of any part of it, but these Babelfish translations just crack me up.
9 posted on 03/21/2003 12:53:08 PM PST by NewMexLurker
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To: HAL9000
Anyone starting to get the idea that the military kept the 'good stuff' away from Clinton?
10 posted on 03/21/2003 12:53:28 PM PST by JohnGalt (Class of '98)
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To: Gunslingr3
Sounds alot like NK troops praising THEIR dictator!
11 posted on 03/21/2003 12:53:37 PM PST by jerseygirl
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To: HAL9000
the main thing palate of Saddam Hussein

Woo, hoo! It looks like a surgical strike got him in the roof of his mouth!

12 posted on 03/21/2003 12:54:26 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Could you pretty pretty please think of the possiblity of changing your tagline?)
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To: HAL9000
... "deflagrations" ... I like the sound of that ...
13 posted on 03/21/2003 12:54:49 PM PST by k2blader (If one good thing can be said about the UN, it is that it taught me how to spell “irrelevant.”)
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To: r9etb
It's got to be a literal translation of bete noire, "black beast"--figuratively, one's most disliked foe.
14 posted on 03/21/2003 12:55:09 PM PST by denydenydeny
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To: NewMexLurker
What is "Babelfish"?
15 posted on 03/21/2003 12:55:25 PM PST by WHATNEXT?
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To: r9etb
Probably "bete noire" was in the original.
16 posted on 03/21/2003 12:55:30 PM PST by NewMexLurker
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To: HAL9000
With new of strong explosions shake is of Baghdad.

Somebody set up us the bomb.

17 posted on 03/21/2003 12:58:10 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Could you pretty pretty please think of the possiblity of changing your tagline?)
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To: HAL9000
Good to know that human translaters will never be replaced by computer software...
18 posted on 03/21/2003 12:58:13 PM PST by martianagent
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To: Revolting cat!
Woo, hoo! It looks like a surgical strike got him in the roof of his mouth!

I've had surgery on the roof of my mouth. Hope he's not suffering anymore.

19 posted on 03/21/2003 12:58:33 PM PST by js1138
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To: WHATNEXT?
It's a freebie translation service available on the web. It has a reputation for producing some unintentionally funny mangled up output.
20 posted on 03/21/2003 1:00:14 PM PST by NewMexLurker
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To: HAL9000
the main thing palate of Saddam Hussein, black animal of Washington are touched.

What you say!!

21 posted on 03/21/2003 1:06:06 PM PST by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, Zoolander)
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To: SGCOS
More like "All Your Iraq Are Belong To Us" -talk. . .
22 posted on 03/21/2003 1:22:08 PM PST by Salgak (don't mind me: the orbital mind control lasers are making me write this. . .)
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To: tet68
"Kind of poetic"

You're right. The whole translation reads like blank verse. Interesting. ;^)
23 posted on 03/21/2003 1:26:53 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: HAL9000
I'll bet Billy Jeff Blythe is watching this 24 hours a day in abject stunned amazement, finally realizing just what a worthless and spineless piece of wandering debris he truly was for 8 years. LOL
24 posted on 03/21/2003 2:43:07 PM PST by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug , Holier-Than-Thou Socialist)
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