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Update: Iraqi Units Reported Moving to Challenge U.S. Troops
Washington Post ^ | 3/26/03 | Thomas W. Lippman and William Branigin

Posted on 03/26/2003 2:25:01 PM PST by jimbo123

...U.S. military officials said the convoy leaving Baghdad consisted of 1,000 vehicles that were believed to contain fighters hoping to reinforce Iraqi forces engaging U.S. troops near Najaf. The movement was detected about 4 p.m. (8 a.m. EST). "Something big and metal is moving," one radio operator reported.

About two hours later, U.S. jets began bombing the front of the convoy after receiving confirmation that the column carried militiamen. Eventually, B-52s flew over, dropping 500-pound bombs every 500 meters along the length of the convoy. The casualty total was not immediately known, but the attack appeared to add significantly to the Iraqi militia losses in recent days.

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KEYWORDS: b52s; cas; iraq; turkeyshoot
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Another big setback for the U.S. coalition according to Katie, Peter and Paula...(sarcasm)
1 posted on 03/26/2003 2:25:01 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
The BUFF Strikes again!!!
2 posted on 03/26/2003 2:26:47 PM PST by jbstrick (Behold the Power of CHEESE!)
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To: jimbo123
"Eventually, B-52s flew over, dropping 500-pound bombs every 500 meters along the length of the convoy."

Excellent!

3 posted on 03/26/2003 2:27:18 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Wheat is Murder! (Tilling slaughters worms.....))
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To: jimbo123
cant believe that these idiots dont know that there only hope for making this difficult is to bunker down in Baghdad??

heres hoping for column after column peaking out of their holes.
4 posted on 03/26/2003 2:27:43 PM PST by dennis1x
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To: jimbo123
the attack appeared to add significantly to the Iraqi militia losses in recent days.

I swear, most of the time it feels like it must kill the media to have to say this.

Eventually, B-52s flew over, dropping 500-pound bombs every 500 meters along the length of the convoy

God bless the B-52.

5 posted on 03/26/2003 2:27:54 PM PST by denydenydeny
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To: jimbo123
About two hours later, U.S. jets began bombing the front of the convoy after receiving confirmation that the column carried militiamen. Eventually, B-52s flew over, dropping 500-pound bombs every 500 meters along the length of the convoy.

And that's just the hor d'oeuvres

6 posted on 03/26/2003 2:28:03 PM PST by RippleFire
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To: jimbo123
"Something big and metal is moving,"

LOL!

7 posted on 03/26/2003 2:28:25 PM PST by TADSLOS (Sua Sponte)
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To: RippleFire
dont you think when our pilots hear "column", they drool?
8 posted on 03/26/2003 2:28:33 PM PST by dennis1x
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To: jimbo123
500-pound bombs every 500 meters along the length of the convoy

Is that sufficient? What is the blast radius of a 500-pounder?

9 posted on 03/26/2003 2:29:26 PM PST by denydenydeny
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To: Brad Cloven
Dropp'n the hammer. Iraqi fertilizer will be good for this years crops.
10 posted on 03/26/2003 2:29:55 PM PST by mlbford2
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To: jimbo123
Yes, baby!
11 posted on 03/26/2003 2:30:23 PM PST by jporcus
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To: jimbo123
Eventually, B-52s flew over, dropping 500-pound bombs every 500 meters along the length of the convoy.

A B-52 cell can ruin your whole day.

12 posted on 03/26/2003 2:31:16 PM PST by Mark17
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To: denydenydeny
Is that sufficient? What is the blast radius of a 500-pounder?

I think they want to preserve as much road as possible. We'll need that road when we get there.

13 posted on 03/26/2003 2:32:02 PM PST by vollmond
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To: jimbo123
Waxed and BUFF'd!
14 posted on 03/26/2003 2:32:03 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: denydenydeny
"Is that sufficient? What is the blast radius of a 500-pounder?"

More than 250 meters?
15 posted on 03/26/2003 2:33:18 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: dennis1x
That's what I was thinking, move all the troops back south and just wait for the Iraqis to "Come and get some"
16 posted on 03/26/2003 2:33:55 PM PST by tiki
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To: denydenydeny
If you drop a 500-lb. bomb every 500 yards, the blasts will overlap at 250 yards. Not guaranteed lethal along the whole route, but lots of death and damage assured.

Someone posted recently that for safety, the 1 lb. of explosive per yard was the rule for friendly ground forces, so the Iraqis wouldn't have had that in ANY part of this convoy, given the stated attack.

17 posted on 03/26/2003 2:34:56 PM PST by BushMeister
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To: jimbo123
Coming soon to a television screen near you:

Highway of Death Part II


18 posted on 03/26/2003 2:35:26 PM PST by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: denydenydeny
B17-2 Bomb Damage Table
19 posted on 03/26/2003 2:35:36 PM PST by grimalkin
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To: jimbo123
Katie sports bra couric.
20 posted on 03/26/2003 2:38:18 PM PST by Kay Soze (France - "The country where the worms live above ground")
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To: Mark17
This must have been a little like playing Dominos. :o)
21 posted on 03/26/2003 2:38:25 PM PST by homeschool mama
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To: dennis1x
heres hoping for column after column peaking out of their holes.

As Sgt. Alvin York said to the Germans that kept their heads down. "Gobble Gobble Gobble".

22 posted on 03/26/2003 2:40:17 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Ding, Dong Soddom is DEAD)
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To: Born to Conserve
Just say about three football fields. Easier to see in your mind's eye.
23 posted on 03/26/2003 2:43:34 PM PST by RetiredArmy
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To: Born to Conserve
Just say about three football fields. Easier to see in your mind's eye.
24 posted on 03/26/2003 2:43:34 PM PST by RetiredArmy
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
SMEDLEY, why would the Iraqi's do anything so dumb as to mount a convoy and head down the road. They have no air cover and no chance? (Your screen name led me to believe you might have some ideas on this.)
25 posted on 03/26/2003 2:43:35 PM PST by Bahbah (Pray for our Troops)
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To: jimbo123
it sucks that the B-52s have to travel so far to reach the target severely limiting their availability
26 posted on 03/26/2003 2:46:13 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: jimbo123
Maybe the hidden strategy is to block the road to Baghdad with piles of dead Iraqi soldiers.
27 posted on 03/26/2003 2:46:15 PM PST by samtheman
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To: jimbo123
Cruise Till Death. Without a doubt.
28 posted on 03/26/2003 2:48:22 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: jimbo123
Why every 500 meters? (back seat general here ;-)) How bout 20 A-10's, 20 F-18's, 20 F-16's to go with it???!!!

KILL THEM !

29 posted on 03/26/2003 2:48:37 PM PST by madison46
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My opinion (for what it's worth) is to sit and consolidate what we've gained so far and wait. Eventually it will unnerve Saddam so much he will try a broad attack on our forces to drive us into the sea. THAT is what we want. All of this skullduggery about poking around in towns is horsepoop. Coax them into the open and then kill every last man of them.

Semper Fi
31 posted on 03/26/2003 2:49:23 PM PST by Leatherneck_MT (Can't stand rude behavior in a man.... Won't tolerate it.)
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To: jimbo123
Eventually, B-52s flew over, dropping 500-pound bombs every 500 meters along the length of the convoy.

Shhhhheeeeeeeeeoooooooooooooooooooooootttttttttttttt.

That's gonna leave a mark.

32 posted on 03/26/2003 2:50:36 PM PST by finnman69
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To: jimbo123
Here's a stupid question: After the Gulf War, Saddam was supposed to "disarm." Does that just mean destroying WOMD and certain kinds of missiles, or was he supposed to dismantle his entire army?
33 posted on 03/26/2003 2:50:57 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: jimbo123
Shouldn't this read ...U.S. military officials said the convoy leaving Baghdad consisted of 1,000 targets...

Remember that picture of the B-52 with the caption "The terrorists have won the toss and have elected to receive"?
34 posted on 03/26/2003 2:51:35 PM PST by omega4412
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To: jimbo123
Into the valley of death rode the six hundred, correction, three hundred, correction, one hundred, correction, fifty, correction, ten, correction . . . .

Obviously, General Saddam was a better coup plotter than he is a military strategist.

35 posted on 03/26/2003 2:51:52 PM PST by JoeSchem
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To: jimbo123
B-52's? That's GOTTA hurt!
36 posted on 03/26/2003 2:52:30 PM PST by IronJack
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To: Leatherneck_MT
"sit back and consolidate what we've gained so far"

I agree - wait for the reinforcements that will be arriving in the next 7-12 days.
37 posted on 03/26/2003 2:52:47 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: TADSLOS
"Something big and metal is was moving,"
38 posted on 03/26/2003 2:53:38 PM PST by N. Theknow
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To: homeschool mama
This must have been a little like playing Dominos. :o)

I am reminded more of the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.

39 posted on 03/26/2003 2:53:39 PM PST by Mark17
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To: dennis1x
"cant believe that these idiots dont know that there only hope for making this difficult is to bunker down in Baghdad??"

Maybe the bombing on their positions around Baghdad was starting to have devestating effects on them, or at least was definitely getting a little too close for comfort, and so they figured they'd rather try to do something, no matter how desperate a move it might seem, rather than just sitting around and wondering whether the next bombing raid would be the one that finally killed them all off.

If this is what is happening, then obviously it's great news for us and would indicate that the end game is in sight.
40 posted on 03/26/2003 2:55:00 PM PST by Humbug (i haven't the foggiest idea what to type here)
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To: denydenydeny
What your seeing is known as an Arc Light (or a reasonable Facsimile) -- Basically this would have been a handful of B-52's dropping in succession with the Bombs overlapping each other. Basically a 5 to 10 mile stretch of death and destruction.

And depending on how many bombs they were carrying the BUFFs may have been circling doing multiple passes.

41 posted on 03/26/2003 2:55:01 PM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Bahbah
I may not have the tactical prowess of SMEDLEY... but my first guess was that they sought the cover of the sandstorm to try to mount a surprise attack on the western flank of the advancing coalition infantry.

They obviously were not anticipating that coalition satellites would be able to see the engine heat through the sandstorm. Not the sharpest knives in the drawer?
42 posted on 03/26/2003 2:55:08 PM PST by Samurai_Jack (Im just asking)
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To: omega4412
Shouldn't this read ...U.S. military officials said the convoy leaving Baghdad consisted of 1,000 targets...

LOL, I was just listening to Newt Gingrich on Sean Hannity, and that is exactly the term he used.

43 posted on 03/26/2003 2:55:16 PM PST by Mark17
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To: omega4412


44 posted on 03/26/2003 2:56:26 PM PST by finnman69
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To: jimbo123
Now, class let's review what we have. The Iraqi convoy (of Toyotas and other cutting edge military vehicles) started out on a road south of Baghdad. The coordinates of every part of that road are well-known to the US Air Force. JDAMS can have those coordinates, every 500 years, entered into their memories. Then those bombs can land where they're programmed, even through a sand storm.

What do we have, class? We have an occasion that calls for singing the "Saddam Song." All together now:

"Ka-boom, Ka-boom, Sha-da-da-da-da-da-da, Sha-da-da-da-da-da-da
Life could be a dream...."

Very good, class. You are now well ahead of most of the press, light years ahead of Peter Arnett.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, not yet up on UPI, and FR, "The A-MAA-zing War Wizard"

Latest book(let), "to Restore Trust in America."

45 posted on 03/26/2003 2:57:36 PM PST by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building left the building.")
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To: Texas_Jarhead
"it sucks that the B-52s have to travel so far to reach the target severely limiting their availability"

Any idea why we are not using Diego Garcia for the B 52s, like we did in GW I ??
46 posted on 03/26/2003 2:57:58 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Steve_Seattle
Saadumb was allowed to keep much in the way of conventional and other primarily defensive weaponry.
47 posted on 03/26/2003 2:58:59 PM PST by AFPhys (((PRAYING for: President Bush & advisors, troops & families, Americans)))
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To: Samurai_Jack; hchutch
Another possibility: JSTARS radar planes simply looked for a long line of vehicles.

This is right up there with the M1A2 Abrams beercanning a Toyota pickup truck.

Straight outta "Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now"

Loader: "Hey, driver! Don't take the speedbumps so fast!"
48 posted on 03/26/2003 2:59:15 PM PST by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Humbug
It just seems natural that the evil leaders in Iraq would move at least one large contigent out-hoping our ground troops backtrack to engage them....and what a perfect time to release chemical weapons.
49 posted on 03/26/2003 3:00:36 PM PST by Republic
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To: Humbug
I agree. The aerial assaults have tremendous psychological impact. We haven't really engaged any RG units ouselves - all of them have come to us, with the same result each time.

Those RG units are taking a pounding from the air, and have no one to fight back with. They scream at their commanders - "Why aren't we doing anything?" So they do what any reasonable person standing in a field of falling bombs does - they move. Only it is the wrong thing to do. They figure anything is better than getting slowly destroyed by bombs. Wrong again.

50 posted on 03/26/2003 3:10:04 PM PST by Toskrin
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