Skip to comments.Iraqi War Began Four Days Ago
Posted on 08/10/2002 9:05:25 PM PDT by greggy
US Iraq Campaign Has Its First Engagement
DEBKAfileSpecial Military Analysis
10 August: Americas offensive against Saddam Husseins regime in Iraq has begun as an exercise in gradualism rather than a D-Day drama. DEBKAfile s military sources report that tens of thousands of US, British, French, Netherlands, Australian troops may take part in the campaign, openly or covertly, but not in massive waves that fling themselves telegenically on Baghdad...
Tuesday August 6, at 0800 hours Middle East time, US and British air bombers went into action and destroyed the Iraqi air command and control center at al-Nukhaib in the desert between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The center contained advanced fiber optic networks recently installed by Chinese companies. DEBKA-Net-Weeklys military sources say the raid made military history. For the first time, the US air force used new precision-guided bombs capable of locating and destroying fiber optic systems. The existence of such weaponry was hitherto unknown. Following the destruction of the facility, about 260 miles (415 kilometers), southwest of Baghdad, waves of US warplanes swept in from the Prince Sultan air base in Saudi Arabia and from US aircraft carriers in the Gulf and flew over the Iraqi capital. The Iraqi air force and anti-aircraft system held their fire on orders from above. This deep air penetration told the Americans that the early warning radar system protecting Baghdad and its environs from intrusion by enemy aircraft and missiles was inactive...
Iraqs military passivity in the face of US-led advances and strikes is beginning to worry the American, Turkish and Israeli high commands. They suspect that Saddam is playing the same fog-of-war game as Washington, so as to put them to sleep and then catch them unawares. Such sudden action could take the form of an Iraqi missile or bomber attack on Israel using warheads loaded with radioactive, chemical or biological materials, a combined missile-terrorist strike to sabotage Saudi oil fields, or a mass terrorist attack in the United States. The sharpest alert to a threat to Iraqs southern neighbors came not from military intelligence but from international oil dealers, who warned that Saddam Hussein if attacked may well decide to set fire to Saudi and Kuwaiti oil fields, sending oil prices skyrocketing above US$ 40 per barrel....
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Yeah, right. Actually DEBKA has blundered into part of the truth. The capture of the airfield and the region in the former north of Iraq by Turkey is not going to be countered by Baghdad.
(article courtesy of DEBKAfile)
You just answered your own statement.
Oh right. Nobody noticed this except the Debka "military experts."
Debka is an IQ test. Don't fail.
You might remember Bush answering questions about a fairly significant strike during an early visit to Mexico.
Interesting, considering the fact that the skiffy terrorist-loving Saudis have denied us the use of Prince Sultan Airbase.
DEBKA is the biggest load of crap. They claimed 3 different times between January and April that a major invasion of Iraq by America and allied troops would occur within 4 days.
We do patrol the no-fly zone out of Saudi Arabia, and we've hit targets in that zone occasionally.
The southern no-fly zone is well south of Baghdad.
In the Arab world, "saying" and "doing" are two quite separate things...
Yeah - riiiiight.
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