From Russia with blood: missile attack kills four Americans

  • From: "mislim-news.net" <muslim_affairs@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 09:54:35 +0100

Iraq's military yesterday continued hit-and-run guerilla tactics against
United States forces moving towards Baghdad through irrigated areas of
central Iraq, north of the Euphrates River.

In a surprise attack south of Najaf, Iraqis used a Russian-made anti-tank
missile to destroy a US tank, killing its four crew.

A US light-armoured vehicle was also hit, injuring several marines.

US commanders did not know that the Iraqis possessed the type of missile
used in the tank attack. The missile can penetrate the armoured plating of
US tanks that are at the front of huge convoys of about 20,000 first
division marines as they move towards Baghdad.

A convoy the Herald is travelling with started moving again yesterday after
48 hours being dug into defensive positions because of sporadic attacks and
a severe storm.


Small-arms fire could be heard to the east of the road the convoy was
travelling on.

The bodies of several Iraqis lay behind burnt-out vehicles on the side of
the road near an oil plant.

Discarded Iraqi uniforms were booby trapped, marines found. The attacks are
believed to be initiated by highly mobile units of the Baghdad-based
Republican Guard, backed by local army units and militia.

The Republican Guard units are travelling in small armoured vehicles. They
engage the most forward deployed US armoured vehicles and then retreat.

Lifting of the storm will allow US attack helicopters and aircraft to target
Iraqi units on the ground for the first time since the storm hit on Tuesday.
The US forces' push north to Baghdad has been stop-start since Monday, but
the 1st Marine Division is more than halfway from the Kuwaiti border to
Baghdad.

Roads have been mined, Iraqis dressed in civilian clothing waving flags have
opened fire on troops, and there have been attacks by mortars and small
arms.

US commanders in the convoys have been told of US-gathered intelligence that
indicates the Republican Guard is ready to use chemical weapons against US
forces on roads leading to Baghdad.

Source:  Sydney Morning Herald

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