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  • THUNDER RUN: The 5th Anniversary of the armored strike to capture Baghdad...

    04/10/2008 1:54:41 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 10 replies · 115+ views
    one man's opinion... | ken5050
    It's just a few days past the fifth anniversary of one of the most magnificent accomplishments of combat arms ever in the history of the US military. Yet I could not find one mention of it anywheres in the media, focused as they were on the antics of Hillary, Obama, and the rest of the Dems failing in their attempts to pose one semi-intelligent question to Gen. Petreus, or shedding crocodile tears over the 4000+ American heroes who have made the supremee sacrifice in Iraq. I have excerpted for you below a few paragraphs from the great book by David...
  • Saddam son 'was poised to topple dad'

    03/02/2005 6:24:25 PM PST · by NCjim · 54 replies · 1,454+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 3, 2005
    THE eldest son of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was plotting to overthrow his father just as US troops advanced on Baghdad in March 2003, journalist Peter Arnett claimed in Playboy magazine. Uday Hussein, known for his ruthlessness and flashy lifestyle, had won the support of the leadership of his father's Fedayeen militia to overthrow Saddam's 35-year rule, according to an advance copy of the April edition of Playboy obtained by AFP. The controversial reporter, who was fired by the US Cable News Network in 2003 after suggesting the US war plan in Iraq had failed, made the claim following an...
  • "Thunder Run" [The Book](outta sight!)

    04/20/2004 8:33:42 AM PDT · by KC Burke · 41 replies · 207+ views
    Atlantic Monthly Press ^ | April 9, 2004 | David Zucchino
    THUNDER RUN, The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad By David Zucchino Atlantic Montly Press (Link goes to Amazon) ISBN 0-87112-911-1 From the Mark Bowden (Blackhawk Down author) forward to the book just published: By far the most important and decisive part of the stunning American sweep of Iraq in 2003 was the suprise armored thrust into the heart of Baghdad. While pundits at home and around the world (myself included) were predicting a potentially bloody, protracted siege of Saddam Husein's capital, and while the notorious "Baghdad Bob" was before microphones in the Al Rashid Hotel denying that American forces were...
  • Remembering the 3rd Infantry Division's Thunder Runs(American Forces Press Service)

    03/21/2004 3:14:21 AM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 3 replies · 555+ views ^ | By Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2004 – The "Thunder Runs" of the war in Iraq seemed to come from nowhere. One day the fighting was far to the south, and seemingly the next, soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division were liberating Baghdad. The Thunder Runs were the audacious answer to charges that American forces were stuck in a quagmire in Iraq. Army Col. David Perkins commanded the 2nd Brigade of the "Rock of the Marne" Division. There were two armor battalions – the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor and 4th Battalion, 64th Armor – and an infantry battalion – the 3rd Battalion, 15th...
  • Marine awarded Bronze Star

    03/05/2004 9:03:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies · 640+ views
    Marine Net Online ^ | Lance Cpl. Brian Kester
    Marine awarded Bronze StarSubmitted by: MCRD Parris IslandStory Identification Number: 2004359350Story by Lance Cpl. Brian Kester MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.(March 5, 2004) -- The recruits of Platoon 1033 have a hero in their midst, a man who has achieved what some can only dream of achieving -- a Bronze Star for actions on the battlefield. The heroic efforts displayed by this Marine in battle are a direct result of a humble man who was only "out there doing the job." Sergeant Edward R. Ferguson, drill instructor with Platoon 1033, Alpha Company, 1st RTBn., was presented with the Bronze Star for...
  • 1st Cavalry Now Controls Western Baghdad

    02/10/2004 7:22:03 AM PST · by evets · 2 replies · 228+ views
    The western part of Baghdad is now under the control of Fort Hood's First Cavalry Division. Soldiers with the Army Taskforce 2/70 "Thunderbolt" Division handed over responsibility to their newly arrived comrades today (Tuesday). The soldiers of 2/70 spearheaded the invasion of Iraq and fought their way up to Baghdad with battles in Nasiriyah, Samawah and Najaf. After spending nearly a year away from home, the First Armored Division will head home to Fort Riley, Kansas. The First Cavalry will officially take over all of Baghdad in April.
  • The Thunder Run: 'Fewer Than 1,000 Soldiers Were Ordered to Capture a City of 5 Million Iraqis.'

    12/06/2003 2:56:26 PM PST · by quidnunc · 46 replies · 3,961+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 7, 2003 | David Zucchino
    On the afternoon of April 4, Army Lt. Col. Eric Schwartz was summoned to a command tent pitched in a dusty field 11 miles south of Baghdad. His brigade commander, Col. David Perkins, looked up from a map and told Schwartz he had a mission for him. "At first light tomorrow," Perkins said, "I want you to attack into Baghdad." Schwartz felt disoriented. He had just spent several hours in a tank, leading his armored battalion on an operation that had destroyed dozens of Iraqi tanks and armored vehicles 20 miles south. A hot shard of exploding tank had burned...
  • Humor from Iraq (Pure Vanity)

    10/07/2003 5:34:06 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies · 149+ views
    A squad of Marines were driving up the highway between Basra and Baghdad. They came upon an Iraqi soldier badly injured and unconscious. Nearby, on the opposite side of the road, was an American Marine in a similar but less serious state. The Marine was conscious and alert. As first aid was given to both men, the marine was asked what had happened. The Marine reported; "I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway. Coming south was a heavily armed Iraqi soldier." "What happened then?" the corpsman asked. "I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable...
  • 'They Did Not Want Us To Leave Whatsoever'

    09/01/2003 8:49:03 AM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 32 replies · 650+ views
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | 09-01-03 | Brian Williams
    Iraqis welcomed U.S. troops, local Marine says BY BRIAN WILLIAMS Times Staff Writer KOUTS -- On a peaceful rural porch overlooking a broad stretch of cornfield, with silent hummingbirds hovering at a feeder, Pfc. Jacob Cristea shows photos of blown-out tanks, himself assembling shrapnel grenades and the grim discoveries in a mass grave. Cristea has blood and guts war stories from his six months in Iraq and Kuwait, but he says the last thing he wants to do is to tell them. Instead, the Marine prefers Americans see beyond the fighting and dying in Iraq and know the good he...
  • Is the Battle Plan According to Plan? Race to Baghdad brings second-guessing (flashback)

    07/18/2003 1:39:47 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 153+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 25, 2003 | By Richard T. Cooper and Tyler Marshall, Times Staff
    WASHINGTON -- As U.S. armored columns drive single-mindedly toward Baghdad, deliberately bypassing Basra and other cities in southern Iraq, they are taking a calculated risk. The downside of the strategy is apparent: Iraqi soldiers and paramilitary fighters are finding it easier to attack U.S.-led forces bringing up the rear and their thinly protected supply trains. But the Pentagon maintains that it's all part of the plan. Like Gen. Douglas MacArthur's "island hopping" in the South Pacific during World War II, commanders chose to open the invasion of Iraq by sidestepping potentially bloody, time-consuming battles to occupy Basra, Nasiriyah and other...
  • CNN Presents: The Road to Baghdad. (Major Barf)

    06/28/2003 4:03:06 AM PDT · by Jeff Gordon · 8 replies · 170+ views
    CNN | June 28, 2003
    I have been watching the early edition of CNN Presents: The Road to Baghdad. The show will also be shown during prime time on Sunday. I can not watch it any longer. It is so disgustingly biased in an anti-administration, anti-american way tht it is making me sick. It is so bad and so biased that it could have been produced by Mikey Moore. In the first half hour, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, positive shown about this military victory. If you can stand to watch it, be prepared to be shocked. After that, please send a blistering Email to...
  • Marines reveal tricks used to storm Baghdad

    06/17/2003 10:20:01 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 225+ views ^ | Wednesday, June 18, 2003 | By Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Marines had to go on a "logistics-light diet" to blitz Baghdad. How did they march so far so fast with such a short supply of food, water and fuel? According to an unclassified report by the 1st Marine Division, they improvised in classic American fashion. For example, they filled canteens using funnels to avoid spilling water. They went online to find cheap gas-tank racks to mount to their Humvees, doubling their fuel capacity. And when those tanks went empty, they seized Iraqi fuel. Jim Mattis, the division's commanding general, said he "accepted the risk that units would...
  • Tanks for the Memory

    05/13/2003 10:13:03 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 54 replies · 1,290+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 05/13/2003 | Ralph Kinney Bennett
    Tanks for the Memory By Ralph Kinney Bennett TCS One of the enduring images of the recent war in Iraq is a column of M-1A1 Abrams tanks barreling down the streets of Baghdad on a "thunder run," deep into the city. This spring, American tanks in Iraq gave a small reprise of their astounding successes in the 1991 Gulf War. The superiority of both American and British tanks (and their superbly trained crews) was beyond question. When they engaged Iraqi armor directly, their ability to get off the vital first shot and make it count was decisive. Iraq is littered...
  • General tells how cell phone foiled U. S. attack in Iraq

    05/07/2003 10:44:33 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 226+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 8, 2003 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The Army's only retreat in the lightning-fast war to oust Saddam Hussein came after an Iraqi general in the town of Najaf cell-phoned ahead to his troops that a regiment of Apache attack helicopters was on the way.</p> <p>"He used it to speed-dial a number of Iraqi defenders," Lt. Gen. William Wallace, the commander of Army V Corps in Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday via a teleconference hookup from Baghdad. "As our attack aviation approached the attack positions, they came under intense enemy fire."</p>
  • Secret war that undermined Saddam

    04/25/2003 5:54:29 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 54 replies · 409+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | April 26, 2003 | ALEX MASSIE
    AS THEY roared north to Baghdad, US forces knew that they had a powerful secret weapon on their side - finely-honed insults that would make Iraqi troops’ blood boil. Through enormous loudspeakers mounted on their humvees, troops broadcast messages proclaiming that Iraqi men were impotent. The insult had been carefully chosen to so enrage Iraqi troops that they could not resist rushing from their defensive positions to attack the American troops in open battle, with terrible consequences. According to Newsweek, US Central Command was delighted that the carefully constructed plan "to mess with their heads" seemed to be working so...
  • Iraqi Military Commanders Told to Abandon Posts

    04/19/2003 4:12:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies · 1,381+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 4-19-03 | By Carol Rosenberg
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Apr 19, 2003 (Knight Ridder Washington Bureau - Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News via COMTEX) -- Iraqi military commanders, certain they could never counter overwhelming American air power, thought they could defeat the United States by making a bloody stand for Baghdad that would so sicken the American public that the United States would withdraw its troops and go home. So Iraqi field commanders were surprised April 8, as they were preparing to battle American incursions into the capital, when they were ordered to withdraw and return to their bases north of the city, according to an Iraqi major...
  • Confused Start, Decisive End (Barf Alert)

    04/13/2003 11:55:32 AM PDT · by Drango · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2003 | Rick Atkinson, Peter Baker and Thomas E. Ricks
    Confused Start, Decisive End Invasion Shaped by Miscues, Bold Risks and Unexpected Successes By Rick Atkinson, Peter Baker and Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, April 13, 2003; Page A01 BAGHDAD, April 12 -- It was the low point of the war for the two generals. On March 27, outside the city of Najaf, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, commander of the U.S. Army's V Corps, met with Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the 101st Airborne Division. As they sat on gray folding chairs in the desert wasteland, the war seemed to be in dismal shape.The critical crossroads...
  • Doubt and Death on Drive to Baghdad

    04/13/2003 12:33:33 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 240+ views
    New York Times ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2003 | By STEVEN LEE MYERS
    April 13, 2003 Doubt and Death on Drive to BaghdadBy STEVEN LEE MYERS AGHDAD, Iraq, April 10 — The sandstorm lasted two days, sapping morale and twice turning the setting sun the color of blood. Lt. Col. Steven E. Landis called the slanting and choking sands "the wrath of Allah." Supplies of water and ammunition ran low in these first days of the war as Iraqi fighters launched unexpectedly fierce attacks on troops and supply lines that now stretched nearly 300 miles to the rear. The Army's Third Infantry Division swept across the harsh, open deserts of southern Iraq in...
  • Adjusting on the Road to Victory

    04/12/2003 8:11:23 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 10 replies · 250+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 04/13/03 | Peter Baker, Rick Atkinson and Thomas E. Ricks
    Miscues, Confusion, Unexpected Successes Shaped Invasion Plan BAGHDAD, April 12 -- It was the low point of the war for the two generals. On March 27, outside the city of Najaf, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, commander of the U.S. Army's V Corps, met with Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the 101st Airborne Division. As they sat on gray folding chairs in the desert wasteland, the war seemed to be in dismal shape. The critical crossroads city of Nasiriyah had degenerated into a shooting gallery for U.S. convoys. An Army maintenance unit was ambushed on an overextended supply...
  • Riding 'Hogs,' U.S. Marines Roll Toward Baghdad

    04/08/2003 3:54:28 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 33 replies · 393+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, April 8, 2003 | Matthew Green
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.OUTSIDE BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Grinding hot gears and belching black smoke, the "hog" roared into life with only one destination in mind. "Baghdad or bust, baby, Baghdad or bust," muttered the U.S. Marine driver into the intercom. Tracks rumbling, armor plates rattling, the metal beast hammered up the highway. The machines -- Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) -- are now one of the strangest sights on the roads to Baghdad, thundering north in convoys taking Marines into battle. Ugly, brutal looking contraptions, the vehicles look something like a giant tank with a small...
  • Marines met with 'Kill Saddam'

    04/07/2003 8:04:28 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 2 replies · 157+ views ^ | 4/7/03
    HUNDREDS of Iraqi men have greeted US marines in their push toward the Iraqi capital yelling "kill Saddam", as they sliced their thumbs across their throats in a universally recognised gesture. The marines, from the 1st Marine Division, on the last 80 km of their drive toward Baghdad, told the tale of an authoritarian regime collapsing and of the mainly hearty welcome they were receiving along the road. From community to community, men yelled "I love you, I love" and handed out blue boxes of Iraqi cigarettes called Sumers. Women and girls in veils flashed shy smiles, but amid the...
  • News From the Front: Way Station On Road to Baghdad

    04/06/2003 7:25:08 PM PDT · by spunkster · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Excalibur Films | 4/6/2003 |
    Taking a break from the action...
  • US forces seize highways northwest from Baghdad

    04/06/2003 3:17:22 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 153+ views
    Reuters | 4/06/03
    US forces seize highways northwest from Baghdad NEAR BAGHDAD, April 6 (Reuters) - U.S. forces have taken control of highways leading northwest and west out of Baghdad as they try to encircle the Iraqi capital, a military source said on Sunday. "You can see we've now seized control of the northwest shoulder of the city," the source told Reuters. The 3rd brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, comprising more than 50 tanks and around 70 Bradley fighting vehicles as well as combat engineering forces, took strategic points in the north west about four to five km (two to three miles)...
  • Iraqi Farm family, Marines share coffee, tobacco and respite from war

    04/04/2003 7:06:41 AM PST · by rface · 6 replies · 358+ views
    page A1 of the Boston Globe ^ | 4/4/2003 | Scott Bernard Nelson
    <p>ZUBAYDIYAH, IRAQ - Not all the contacts between Americans and Iraqis on the front lines along the Tigris River yesterday took place at the point of a gun.</p> <p>Along the eastern bank of the river, tanks and infantry moved from the city of Kut toward Baghdad to the northwest, sweeping towns and villages looking for elements of Iraq's Republican Guard. They met pockets of resistance and drew mortar fire from inside some of the towns. Plumes of black smoke could be seen as the tanks returned fire.</p>
  • Marines Get Intimate Glimpse Of Enemy At Deserted Camp

    04/04/2003 6:44:22 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 3 replies · 154+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 3, 2003 | Nahal Toosi
    North of the Euphrates River, Iraq - The Iraqi soldiers drank sweet tea, smoked cigarettes and, if they were lucky, slept on old mattresses. They wore black combat boots and ate dates, shaved and combed their hair. They left behind tomatoes and cucumbers and pita bread. And more worrisome items: gas masks, loads of ammunition and civilian clothing. The Iraqi soldiers had fired on a Marine infantry unit convoy last week and in turn, many, if not all, of them were obliterated, according to Marine officers in this area. The soldiers had apparently been stationed near a main road, waiting...
  • Marines fight their biggest battle of war

    04/04/2003 5:26:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 953+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 4/4/03 | Juan O. Tamayo - Knight Ridder
    <p>MARINE COMBAT HEADQUARTERS, Iraq - A battle Friday for a crucial crossroads 12 miles southeast of Baghdad involved the heaviest combat Marines had undertaken so far in Iraq, commanders said, as members of the Republican Guard put up what one commander called "a coordinated defense."</p>

    04/04/2003 3:21:54 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 174+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/04/03 | JONATHAN FOREMAN
    <p>April 4, 2003 -- THE Army's 299th Engineers could smell the honeysuckle as they dodged bullets and ferried the infantry across the Euphrates to take on the entrenched Republican Guard. The Iraqis were holed up in bunkers and pink adobe cottages on the east side of the river, intent on keeping the U.S. from seizing control of a nearby bridge - just 12 miles from Baghdad.</p>
  • On the road to Baghdad

    04/04/2003 3:00:00 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 167+ views ^ | Friday, April 4, 2003 | by Lt. Col. Oliver North
    Central Iraq -- The rescue of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch this past week by Army Rangers and Navy SEALs had all the makings of a Hollywood script -- daring, drama and heroism. Lynch is a member of the 507th Maintenance Company, the unit of mechanics and technicians who were ambushed by the so-called Fedayeen Saddam -- more accurately described as Iraqi terrorists -- which don civilian clothes and feign surrender in an attempt to delay the coalition advance on Baghdad. The joy of her rescue was not only felt by her family and neighbors in Palestine, W.V., but also here...
  • IRAQ: U.S. Troops Find Vials of White Powder

    04/04/2003 11:39:13 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 122+ views
    Yahoo News - AP ^ | Fri Apr 4,10:09 AM ET | KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writer
    NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops found thousands of boxes of suspicious white powder, nerve agent antidote and Arabic documents on how to engage in chemical warfare south of Baghdad. But a senior U.S. official familiar with initial testing said the materials were believed to be explosives. AP Photo Latest news: · Kerry Doesn't Shy From Anti-Bush Comment AP - 4 minutes ago · Iraq TV Shows Saddam Touring Baghdad NeighborhoodReuters - 5 minutes ago · Iraqis Flee As Troops Zero In on Baghdad AP - 10 minutes ago Special Coverage   Col. John Peabody, engineer brigade commander of the...

    04/04/2003 2:33:38 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 9 replies · 187+ views
    Sky News ^ | 4-4-03
    US: 2,500 REPUBLICAN GUARDS SURRENDER Around 2,500 of Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard soldiers have surrendered, US officials say. The officials say US Marines are now advancing on Baghdad from Kut. They said the Iraqi soldiers who surrendered were from the Baghdad division the Republican Guard.
  • Marines March Within 4 Miles of Baghdad

    04/03/2003 5:38:34 AM PST · by the_Watchman · 12 replies · 208+ views
    World - AP -- Yahoo ^ | Apr 03, 2003 | ELLEN KNICKMEYER
    SOUTH OF BAGHDAD, Iraq - In a startlingly quick move on the Iraqi capital, American forces were within four miles of the Baghdad city gates Thursday. Thousands of U.S. military vehicles of the 7th Infantry were crossing the Euphrates River from the south and west of Baghdad on Thursday after fighting through a failed Iraqi attempt to hold the bridge at Musayyib, 35 miles due south of the capital. The bridge had been wired with explosives, which were disarmed by U.S. engineers. Scores of blown up Iraqi vehicles and dozens of dead bodies lined the roads where the Iraqis had...
  • U.S. convoy streams over captured Tigris bridge

    04/03/2003 5:07:54 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 172+ views
    Reuters | 4/03/03 | Matthew Green
    U.S. convoy streams over captured Tigris bridge By Matthew Green WEST OF KUT, Iraq, April 3 (Reuters) - U.S. military trucks rumbled across a large, concrete bridge over the Tigris river west of the city of Kut on Thursday after Iraqi troops fled their posts nearby with barely a fight. The convoy's orders: "Get to Baghdad as quickly as possible," officers told this Reuters correspondent as troops tightened their grip around Kut, about 170 km (105 miles) southeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Officers said U.S. Marines had launched a two-pronged attack on Kut on Thursday morning. "They are pretty...
  • Shep Smith ("We Have Completely Surrounded Baghdad"

    04/03/2003 4:36:32 AM PST · by LS · 7 replies · 138+ views
    I'm posting this late, but last night, about 10-11 p.m. (est) Shepard Smith on Fox said "Baghdad is now surrounded," and he proceeded to draw FOUR arrows, the 4th ID, the I Marine Ex. Force, the Kurds, then a fourth UNNAMED arrow coming straight down from the north past Tikrit. He said nothing more about this. Did this slip out? Was he referencing the II Marine Exped. Force? I would have thought, if these guys are "out there," in fact they would have finally moved in by now and we would have some public reports about them. There was also...
  • U.S. troops push within 10 km of Baghdad

    04/03/2003 3:17:09 AM PST · by kattracks · 13 replies · 170+ views
    Reuters | 4/03/03 | Luke Baker
    U.S. troops push within 10 km of Baghdad By Luke Baker NEAR BAGHDAD, April 3 (Reuters) - U.S. troops thrust to within 10 km (six miles) of the southern edge of Baghdad on Thursday, and were preparing to fight for control of the city's airport, U.S. officials said. Iraq was reported to be moving elements of four elite Republican Guard divisions southwards to defend the city, setting up what could be a final showdown for the Iraqi capital. U.S. military sources said that advance armoured units of the 3rd Infantry Division had met less resistance than they had counted on...
  • U.S. says special forces enter palace near Baghdad

    04/03/2003 3:12:12 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 158+ views
    Reuters | 4/03/03
    U.S. says special forces enter palace near Baghdad AS SAYLIYA CAMP, Qatar, April 3 (Reuters) - U.S. special forces entered Iraqi installations near Baghdad overnight, including a palace, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. "We are getting the sense that the command and control capabilities continue to be significantly deteriorated," Captain Frank Thorp told CNN television at Central Command in Qatar. "Just last night special forces in the vicinity of Baghdad were able to go into several important sites, one specifically a palace in the vicinity of Baghdad, where special forces were able to go, go in, take a...
  • Bombs shake Baghdad from direction of airport

    04/03/2003 2:43:44 AM PST · by kattracks · 158+ views
    Reuters | 4/02/03
    Bombs shake Baghdad from direction of airport BAGHDAD, April 3 (Reuters) - A swift series of explosions shook the earth in Baghdad on Thursday, coming from the direction of the city's airport, a Reuters correspondent said. At a rate of more than one a minute, and as warplanes flew overhead, at least 10 explosions resounded in the early afternoon, but the city centre itself remained unhit. U.S. officials said their forces were outside Saddam International Airport, some 20 km (12 miles) southwest of the centre, and ready to fight when they chose to. "It looks like they are using big...
  • Michael Kelly in Iraq [Front line report]

    04/03/2003 2:42:41 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 5 replies · 197+ views ^ | April 3, 2003 | Michael Kelly
    <p>EAST OF THE EUPHRATES RIVER, Iraq--Near the crest of the bridge across the Euphrates River that Task Force 3-69 Armor of the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division seized Wednesday afternoon was a body, which lay twisted from its fall.</p> <p>He had been an old man, judging from his blood-matted gray hair, and he was poor and not a regular soldier, judging from his clothes. He was lying on his back, not far from one of several burning skeletons of the small trucks that Saddam Hussein's willing and unwilling irregulars employed. The tanks and Bradleys and Humvees and bulldozers and rocket launchers, and all the rest of the massive stuff that makes up the American Army on the march, rumbled passed him, pushing on.</p>
  • Forces clear path to Baghdad

    04/03/2003 2:39:46 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 214+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, April 3, 2003 | By Rowan Scarborough and Bill Gertz
    <p>U.S. Army and Marine Corps ground forces smashed two of President Saddam Hussein's prized Republican Guard divisions and then moved relentlessly yesterday to attack other units to clear a direct invasion path to Baghdad.</p> <p>American divisions moved within 15 miles of the capital and began chasing down two other Republican Guard divisions in a two-sided buzz saw of tank fire from the ground, and bombs and missiles from allied jets and AH-64 Apache helicopters. One U.S. military official said Baghdad's outer ring could be cleared of Republican Guard troops in the next two days.</p>
  • U.S. troops move to 10 km from S. Baghdad

    04/03/2003 2:07:56 AM PST · by kattracks · 123+ views
    Reuters | 4/03/03
    U.S. troops move to 10 km from S. Baghdad NEAR BAGHDAD, April 3 (Reuters) - U.S. troops pushed to within 10 km (six miles) of the southern edge of Baghdad on Thursday, and were preparing to fight for control of the city's airport, U.S. officials said. U.S. military sources in the area told Reuters correspondent Luke Baker that advance armoured units of the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division had met little resistance as they continued their northward thrust towards the city's outskirts. Elements of four elite Iraqi Republican Guard Divisions were reported to be moving south to defend the city, but...

    04/03/2003 1:58:52 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 189+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/03/03 | TOM TOPOUSIS
    <p>April 3, 2003 -- The U.S. Air Force unleashed a deadly new weapon during yesterday's onslaught against armored Republican Guard units - precision-guided cluster bombs that seek out and destroy dozens of combat vehicles in a single attack.</p> <p>B-52s carried six of the precision-guided bombs to the battlefield, where they were used to cut down a Republican Guard tank column as it advanced on approaching U.S. troops.</p>

    04/03/2003 1:57:12 AM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 175+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/03/03 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>WASHINGTON - American rockets pounded Iraq's elite Republican Guard, which was heading south from Baghdad today in a desperate bid to protect the capital, military sources said.</p> <p>The Iraqi units aimed to bolster positions south of the city and guard Saddam International Airport, which are under threat by the U.S. advance.</p>

    04/03/2003 1:48:00 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 169+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/03/03 | RALPH PETERS
    <p>AS the U.S. Army and Marines race each other to Baghdad - traditional service rivalry at its best - American battlefield innovations have come so fast it's hard to keep up with them. Theory failed, but ferocity saved the day.</p>
  • Iraqis cheering US Marines!

    04/03/2003 11:34:19 AM PST · by optik_b · 85 replies · 247+ views
    CNN just spoke to a NY Times embedded reporter who is on the outskirts of baghdad. He says that he's seeing Iraqis cheering the Marines and now that Iraqis realize the regime is crumbling for real they are not afraid to show their support for US forces. You know if CNN and New York Times are saying this it's definately a good sign!
  • U.S. Forces Prepare to Fight for Baghdad Airport

    04/03/2003 1:11:34 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 41 replies · 312+ views
    Reuters | April 3, 2003
    AS SAYLIYA CAMP, Qatar (Reuters) - U.S. troops were outside Baghdad's main airport on Thursday and positioning themselves to fight for it, a senior U.S. military spokesman told Reuters at Central Command war headquarters in Qatar. "Coalition forces at this point are outside of the Baghdad airport and are positioning themselves to engage that fight at a time of our choice," Captain Frank Thorp said. Reuters correspondents with U.S. troops in the field near Baghdad said forward units of the 3rd Infantry Division were six miles from the Iraqi capital's southern outskirts. Baghdad's Saddam International Airport is about 12...
  • U.S.: Iraqi Troops on Verge of Collapse

    04/03/2003 2:58:50 AM PST · by kattracks · 51 replies · 239+ views
    AP | 4/03/03 | DAVID CRARY
    U.S.: Iraqi Troops on Verge of Collapse By DAVID CRARY .c The Associated Press U.S. Marines and infantrymen surged forward Thursday into the outskirts of Baghdad, yet to be slowed by the Republican Guard. A U.S. spokesman said the Iraqi forces appeared on the verge of collapse. Lead units of the multi-pronged U.S. assault force were within about 10 miles of Baghdad, approaching Saddam International Airport. Army troops closed in from the southwest after crossing the Euphrates River; Marines advanced from the southeast in a long column along the Tigris River. Paving the way, special forces infiltrated some Iraqi command...

    04/03/2003 4:26:54 AM PST · by kattracks · 8 replies · 158+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/03/03 | JONATHAN FOREMAN
    <p>THE 54th Engineers were keyed up and prepared for an ambush yesterday as they headed into the Karbala Gap - the last stepping stone to Baghdad.</p> <p>They had been warned that elements of the Iraqi military and paramilitary thugs would very likely try to thwart their advance.</p>
  • The battle for a Euphrates bridge is awesome and terrible - and strangely beautiful

    04/03/2003 1:05:45 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 176+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers | April 3, 2003 | Drew Brown
    OUTSKIRTS OF BAGHDAD, Iraq - The sights were awesome and terrible - and strangely beautiful - when Apache Company's Bradley Fighting Vehicles crossed the Euphrates River Wednesday for the first time since they entered Iraq 13 days ago. On the causeway, a modern four-lane arch of concrete and steel, two vehicles that had been hit by tank or Bradley fire were burning. A gray-haired Iraqi soldier in bloody camouflage fatigues lay dead. Down a set of steps on a nearby embankment, three American soldiers treated a wounded Iraqi soldier who had been hit in the head by shrapnel. On...
  • Live Contact Report: 3rd ID - Just After Crossing the Euphrates

    04/03/2003 12:33:49 AM PST · by Mark Felton · 56 replies · 241+ views
    Fox Live Feed ^ | Chris Kelly
    Convoy stopped. Fairly light exchange of fire right now. Chris Kelly reporting.
  • 500 Iraqis killed trying to recapture bridge over Euphrates (My title)

    04/02/2003 11:37:03 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 19 replies · 225+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/3/03
    0758: US military official says about 500 Iraqi troops were killed trying to recapture a key bridge over the Euphrates River, 30 km (19 miles) south of Baghdad.
  • Saddam's suicidal deployment of elite troops could be gift to coalition

    04/02/2003 10:37:45 PM PST · by Diddley · 11 replies · 181+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Apr 3, 2003 | Amatzia Baram
    The Republican Guard consists of three armoured divisions (Medina south of Baghdad, Hammurabi in the west, and al-Nida in the north-east). Before the war each was equipped with around 200-250 T-72 Russian tanks but possibly also scores of lesser T-62s. The Guard also has one mechanised division, the Adnan, which was in the north near Mosul, but large parts of it have moved south towards Baghdad. The Baghdad infantry division was located south-east of the capital near Kut. Yesterday, it was reported the Medina ceased to exist as an organised strike force. The same was said about the Baghdad division...