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  • Will Baghdad follow the fall of Saigon?

    11/04/2014 5:47:38 AM PST · by luke1825 · 19 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 11/3/2104 | peter lucas
    Barack Obama should listen to Peter Arnett. Arnett is the well-known war correspondent who not only covered the long war in Vietnam for the Associated Press, for which he won the Pulitzer, but who covered the shameful evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon in April 1975. Most recently, he was embedded in Baghdad, reporting from the front. The year 1975 was when the United States abandoned the people of South Vietnam to their fate as soldiers of the Communist North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong descended upon the city. They did so after the South Vietnamese Army, our...
  • 10 Years Ago Today ...

    04/09/2013 9:34:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    Various | April 9, 2013
    Baghdad fell.
  • Message to US October 2003 (translation from al-jazeera)

    10/29/2004 1:55:34 PM PDT · by knak · 19 replies · 1,220+ views
    aljazeera ^ | 10/29/04
    Usama bin Ladin has issued a message to the American people, broadcast on Saturday on Aljazeera television. A full and exclusive translation follows: "Oppression will only go against the oppressors. "This is a message from Usama bin Muhammad bin Ladin to the American people regarding your aggression in Iraq. Peace be upon those who follow the righteous path. "Some have the impression that you are a reasonable people. But the majority of you are vulgar and without sound ethics or good manners. You elect the evil from among you, the greatest liars and the least decent and you are enslaved...
  • Country on 'Cusp of Greatness' Three Years After Saddam's Fall

    04/11/2006 4:19:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 652+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2006 – Three years after his brigade seized control of Baghdad's international airport from Iraqi forces' control, Army Col. William Grimsley said he believes that country is taking the critical first steps toward reclaiming its past greatness. Grimsley, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Combat Brigade Team during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, said history - not current events - will tell the true story of Iraq's metamorphosis. And that story will show how Iraq ultimately emerged from almost 40 years of a regime that ignored the people's needs and undermined its potential, Grimsley,...
  • Shiites remember Saddam's fall

    04/09/2006 5:06:22 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 423+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 April 2006
    IRAQ today marked the third anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, with hundreds of Shiites expressing joy at the ouster of the former dictator while the former Sunni elite denounced the presence of US-led foreign troops in the country. Shiites rallying in the capital took a huge poster of Saddam emblazoned with the words "fall of the tyrant" and trampled on it repeatedly, in memory of the toppling of the former ruler's statue in a Baghdad square on April 9, 2003. Chanting slogans in favour of embattled Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the demonstrators also marked the anniversary of...
  • Powell: U.S. made 'serious mistakes' in Iraq

    04/09/2006 1:16:00 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 128 replies · 5,061+ views
    AP ^ | April 9 2006 | MONIFA THOMAS
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday said the United States has made "serious mistakes" during the Iraq war that have led to the rising violence the country now faces. "We made some serious mistakes in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Baghdad," Powell told a crowd of thousands at the McCormick Place conference. "We didn't have enough troops on the ground. We didn't impose our will. And as a result, an insurgency got started, and . . . it got out of control." Now, American troops must "stick with the people of Iraq" until order is...
  • 2003: Saddam statue topples with regime

    04/08/2006 9:41:55 AM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 14 replies · 886+ views
    BBC On This Day ^ | April 9, 2003
    There have been scenes of jubilation in Baghdad as US tanks rolled into the very heart of the Iraqi capital, confirming that the government of Saddam Hussein has been ousted from power. In the main square in Baghdad, a group of Iraqi men attempted to pull down a massive statue of Saddam Hussein in an unprecedented show of contempt for the Iraqi leader. The metal plaque at the base of the statue was torn off and the statue's marble plinth attacked with a sledgehammer. The men scaled the statue to secure a noose around its neck but were unable to...
  • Three Years After Baghdad's Fall, Troops Note Progress

    04/07/2006 7:31:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 948+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 7, 2006 – Three years ago April 9, the world looked on, captivated by compelling television images of Iraqis ripping down a towering statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, and burning images of the Iraqi dictator on the streets. The statue of Saddam Hussein topples in Baghdad's Firdos Square on April 9, 2003. Three years later, Iraqi forces increasingly are taking the lead in securing their country.   Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lauded it as an important sign of things to come. "We're seeing history unfold and events that will shape the course of a country, the fate...
  • Official Cites Progress as 'Iraqi Freedom Day' Approaches

    04/07/2006 5:40:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 327+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 7, 2006 – Insurgents may still be working to derail the democratic process in Iraq. But it's important to look at the bigger picture as a three-year milestone approaches, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesperson said during a briefing from Baghdad yesterday. "On the 9th of April (2003) ... the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square was toppled," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters. "Sometimes we get so caught up in the event of the day ... we forget progress has been made over the last three years." Saddam's regime was toppled and now Saddam is being...
  • The Wall Street Journal : After the war, 'The Air of Freedom'

    04/29/2005 5:59:09 AM PDT · by Wiz · 1 replies · 462+ views
    Recently the BBC decided to conduct an informal survey around Iraq: "Two years after the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Baghdad, marking the fall of the city to US-led forces, BBC asked seven Iraqis for their thoughts on how life has changed for them since the conflict." The results were surprising--at least for the BBC, whose attitude toward the liberation of Iraq has always been lukewarm at best. They were surprising for me too, not so much in what the seven Iraqis had to say, but that the BBC chose to run the story. Here's Saad, 32,...
  • Peace of history (British Press and antiwar Left 'slowly' admitting Iraq's success)

    04/12/2005 11:26:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 991+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | April 13, 2005 | TREVOR KAVANAGH
    Peace of history April 2005 ... British troop puts a smile on the face of Iraqi kids         By TREVOR KAVANAGH Political Editor IT has been a long time coming, but anti-war campaigners are finally admitting something good has come out of the liberation of Iraq two years ago. The turning point came in January as eight million courageous civilians risked life and limb to vote for a regime that might not slaughter them. It was accompanied by Libya’s decision to end its hostilities to the West. And it gathered pace as first the Palestinians, then...
  • Bush likens Saddam's fall to end of Berlin Wall

    04/13/2005 1:21:59 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 379+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, April 13, 2005 | By Bill Sammon
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES FORT HOOD, Texas -- President Bush yesterday likened the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad two years ago to the fall of the Berlin Wall and called it part of a "global democratic revolution." "Many of you have recently returned from Iraq," Mr. Bush told 25,000 cheering soldiers on a sun-drenched field. "Others are preparing to head out this fall -- some for a second tour of duty." "Whether you're coming or going, you are making an enormous difference for the security of our nation and for the peace of the world," he added. "I came...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (4/12/05) :photos

    04/12/2005 5:06:21 PM PDT · by MJY1288 · 225 replies · 4,220+ views
    Yahoo, White House
    President Bush visited the troops at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The President was cheered wildly by over 7,000 troops as he thanked them for their sacrifices to our Nation. The President later met with the families of over 30 Soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Bush Thanks Soldiers for Serving in Iraq

    04/12/2005 1:19:30 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 559+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 12, 2005 | NEDRA PICKLER
    (AP) President Bush speaks about the War on Terror to troops at Fort Hood, Texas, Tuesday, April 12,...Full Image FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - President Bush visited soldiers at the largest U.S. military base Tuesday, marking the two-year anniversary of the end of Saddam Hussein's regime by saying it will be remembered along with the fall of the Berlin Wall as one of history's greatest moments.Bush thanked the soldiers at Fort Hood who have recently returned from Iraq or are heading there this fall, but said it isn't time to start bringing U.S. forces home."Iraqis want to be led...
  • Saddam Can Only Watch: A roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq

    04/11/2005 5:45:01 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 4 replies · 627+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 4/11/05 | ARTHUR CHRENKOFF
    What a difference two years can make. Commenting on the news that Saddam Hussein's nemesis, leader of the people Saddam liked to gas, has now been elected President of Iraq, Mohammed Saleh, a 42-year old Kurd interviewed by the media on the streets of Kirkuk, had this to say: "Today Jalal Talabani made it to the seat of power, while Saddam Hussein is sitting in jail. . . . Who would have thought." History is, of course, full of delicious ironies. Not the least that the authorities have permitted Iraq's Prisoner No. 1 to watch from his prison cell the...
  • Protests Mark Fall of Baghdad

    04/10/2005 6:35:01 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 32 replies · 1,122+ views
    FOX News/AP ^ | April 10, 2005
    Protests Mark Fall of Baghdad April 10, 2005 BAGHDAD, Iraq — Tens of thousands of Shiites (search) marked the anniversary of the fall of Baghdad (search) with a protest against the American military presence at the square where Iraqis and U.S. troops toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein two years ago. The protesters back Muqtada al-Sadr (search), a radical Shiite cleric whose militia led uprisings against U.S. troops last year, and their large numbers reflected frustration both with the U.S. government (search) and anger toward the Sunni Arab-led insurgency. "This huge gathering shows that the Iraqi people have the strength...
  • 2 Iraqi clerics, usually rivals, call for anti-U.S. protests

    04/09/2005 5:10:22 PM PDT · by Matrix1948 · 19 replies · 532+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/9/05 | Caryle Murphy
    Baghdad -- Two militant Muslim clerics, one Sunni and one Shiite, have called for demonstrations today to protest the continuing U.S. occupation of Iraq two years after the toppling of President Saddam Hussein. If the protests materialize, they will be the first large-scale rallies to occur under Iraq's new government, whose most senior leaders -- President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari -- were formally installed this week. Jafari is now forming his Cabinet. Moqtada al-Sadr, a young militant Shiite cleric with a large following in Baghdad's huge slum of Sadr City, has urged a peaceful march from Firdaus...
  • Protest Planned 2 Years After Baghdad Fell

    04/08/2005 12:26:58 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 16 replies · 833+ views ^ | 4/08/05 | MARIAM FAM, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Images of jubilant Iraqis toppling a 40-foot statue of Saddam Hussein and pelting it with garbage and shoes in Firdos Square defined the moment Baghdad fell to U.S. troops two years ago, a prelude to what many hoped would be democracy and freedom in a new Iraq. Now radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is urging his supporters to mass at the square Saturday and mark the anniversary by directing anger at the U.S.-led coalition. "The occupation forces started with this place, and now from this same place we want them to leave Iraq," said Sheik Abdul-Hadi...
  • Commander of Saddam Hussein's 'Army of Muhammad': We Received Money and Arms from Syria and Iran

    01/18/2005 6:42:24 PM PST · by Godot showed up · 5 replies · 521+ views
    January 19, 2005 No.849 MEMRI TV Project Special Report - Commander of Saddam Hussein's 'Army of Muhammad' Confesses: We Received Money and Arms from Syria and Iran The following are excerpts from the televised confessions of Muayed Al-Nasseri, who commandedSaddam Hussein's "Army of Muhammad" throughout 2004. The confessions were aired by an Iraqi TV channel that operates from the UAE, Al-Fayhaa TV, and were monitored and translated by the MEMRI TV Project. The following are excerpts; to view the clip, visit [1] 'The Army of Muhammad was Founded by Saddam Hussein After the Fall of the Regime' Interrogator: "What...
  • Neocons May Get the Last Laugh

    03/03/2005 12:49:34 PM PST · by quidnunc · 31 replies · 1,371+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 3, 2005 | Max Boot
    In 2003, more than a month before the invasion of Iraq, I wrote in the Weekly Standard that the forthcoming fall of Baghdad "may turn out to be one of those hinge moments in history — events like the storming of the Bastille or the fall of the Berlin Wall — after which everything is different. If the occupation goes well (admittedly a big if), it may mark the moment when the powerful antibiotic known as democracy was introduced into the diseased environment of the Middle East, and began to transform the region for the better." At the time, this...
  • The man Responsible for Too Few Troops

    10/07/2004 6:39:00 PM PDT · by Wisconsin · 87 replies · 2,176+ views
    Vanity | 10/07/2004 | Wisconsin
    Paul Bremer has made clear that his statement of not enough troops to quell looting in Baghdad applied to May immediately after Baghdad fell. We should know who is responsible for this terrible state of affairs...
  • The Fall of Baghdad

    05/10/2004 12:16:49 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies · 239+ views
    Manchester Guardian, ^ | 16 March 1917 | Edmund Candler
    The Fall of Baghdad by Edmund Candler, Manchester Guardian, 16 March 1917 Our vanguard entered Baghdad soon after nine o'clock this morning. The city is approached by an unmetalled road between palm groves and orange gardens. Crowds of Baghdadis came out to meet us: Persians, Krabe, Jew, Armenians, Chaldeans and Christians of diverse sects and races. They lined the streets, balconies and roofs, hurrahing and clapping their hands. Groups of schoolchildren danced in front of us, shouting and cheering, and the women of the city turned out in their holiday dresses. The people of the city have been robbed to...
  • 'I hoped our job was done'

    04/10/2004 7:20:09 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 207+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | April 10 2004 | CORKY SIEMASZKO
    One year ago today, Cpl. Edward Chin climbed up an enormous statue of Saddam Hussein and into history when he draped a noose over the tyrant's head and marked the fall of Baghdad. The 24-year-old New Yorker remains convinced that America was right to oust Saddam - whether or not weapons of mass destruction are ever found. But with U.S. forces battling Iraqi rebels and taking heavy losses, Chin is troubled that the war that seemed to have been won when he stood atop the statue in Baghdad's Firdos Square shows no sign of ending. "I was hoping that our...
  • Angels Watching Over Us: A Military Chaplain's Account of Miracles in Iraq

    04/10/2004 8:09:27 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 29 replies · 826+ views
    Angels Watching Over Us: A Military Chaplain's Account of Miracles in Iraq April 8, 2004 – As coalition forces charged into enemy territory on their mission to liberate Iraq a year ago, a different liberation was taking place in the hearts of many of the soldiers. Lieutenant Carey Cash, chaplain to the First Battalion, 5th Marine regiment, part of the first ground force to enter Iraq, says there is no doubt that God was with them. In his new book, "A Table in the Presence," Cash gives his first-hand account of how God was not only moving in the...
  • The first candle. (The stirring words of an Iraqi blogger. A MUST READ!!!!)

    04/09/2004 7:53:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies · 332+ views | 4/9/04 | Mohammed
    IRAQ THE MODEL Friday, April 09, 2004 The first candle. - It’s the day that brought me back to life. It’s the 9th of April and I’m free, and they will not steel my joy again and they will not silence me. A year ago at the same date, the thieves and criminals prevented me from celebrating my freedom in the open air, and today thieves, criminals and fanatics are doing the same, but they will not steal my happiness that is making my soul fly and dance with joy and they can’t stop this. A year ago, words failed...
  • Marine in 'Fall of Baghdad' Photo Injured

    04/09/2004 6:13:18 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 138 replies · 820+ views
    AP ^ | Fri, Apr 09, 2004 | KEN KUSMER
    INDIANAPOLIS - A Marine from Indiana whose smiling, cigar-smoking image helped symbolize the fall of Baghdad a year ago suffered severe head injuries in fighting this week in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah. AP Photo Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch, 36, of Terre Haute, marked Friday's one-year anniversary of the fall at a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. Surgeons removed a piece of shrapnel that lodged near his optic nerve when a rocket-propelled grenade slammed into his tank Tuesday in Fallujah, his wife said Friday. "He had to have his right eye removed. He's very concerned about that," April...
  • Iraq's Kurds celebrate a year after Saddam's fall

    04/09/2004 11:38:46 AM PDT · by kattracks · 20 replies · 249+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/09/04 | Seb Walker
    CHOMAN, Iraq, April 9 (Reuters) - As much of Iraq marked the anniversary of Saddam Hussein's fall with fighting and bloodshed, Kurds in the relatively stable north celebrated with parties and the melting of an ice statue of the ousted dictator. In the mountains north of Arbil, hundreds of people held a carnival to cheer the fall of a regime that oppressed Iraq's Kurdish minority, in stark contrast to large parts of the country further south where insurgents battled foreign troops. "Those people who are fighting now don't like freedom for Iraq. We are celebrating this day," said the mayor...
  • A year after the fall of Saddam

    04/08/2004 9:45:50 PM PDT · by yonif · 3 replies · 103+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 9, 2004 | MATTHEW GUTMAN
    As I lay in the dirt of a drainage ditch next to the Baghdad-Amman highway, pinned down in a cross-fire between insurgents and an American convoy, I was seized by a single thought: Get to an oasis, get to Baghdad. A year to the day after Americans and Baghdadis hauled down Saddam Hussein's massive statue in the city's Paradise Square, his own resplendent gift to himself, Shi'ite militants and Sunni insurgents have seemingly blasted away hope for security. When asked, Iraqis will say that without security, their food tastes sour, their sleep comes in fits, and the American dream of...
  • Leaving Iraq would betray Britain, too

    04/08/2004 5:35:01 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 5 replies · 193+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 09/04/2004 | Alice Thomson
    A year ago today, I was interviewing the US Ambassador, William Stamps Farish III, when he stood up suddenly and shouted: "The big sucker's coming down." I looked at the television screen and watched as the statue of Saddam Hussein toppled over. This polite Texan friend of the Queen couldn't contain himself. When I had first met him, two days after September 11, he had been in tears, reading out the messages of condolence from the British. He couldn't get over their kindness. But since the war against Iraq had begun, he had felt under siege in Britain from the...
  • A Table In The Presence: Account of How a U.S. Marine Battalion Experienced God's Presence

    04/08/2004 11:43:30 AM PDT · by shield · 33 replies · 342+ views
    Interview ^ | April 7, 2004 | Lt. Carey H. Cash, Chaplain
    A Table In The Presence: The Dramatic Account of How a U.S. Marine Battalion Experienced God's Presence Amidst the Chaos of the War in IraqClicking on the link will take you to the interview Pat Robertson has with Lt. Carey H Cash. The interview starts at 17:18 of stream feed. Lt. Cash recounts how the angels protected this Marine Battalion. I found the interview quite amazing. Clicking on the link will take you to the interview Pat Robertson has with Lt. Cash. The interview starts at 17:18 on stream feed. On April 10th, 2003, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment,...
  • Saddam Stuck to His Fantasy of 'Victory' as Evil Regime Collapsed

    03/18/2004 11:55:32 AM PST · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 254+ views
    The Times [UK] via the New York Post ^ | March 18, 2003 | Richard Beeston
    Baghdad – Saddam Hussein failed to anticipate the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and even after hostilities had started, deluded himself that he was winning the war and could clinch a negotiated settlement through French and Russian mediation. According to newly uncovered secret documents, the former Iraqi regime never contemplated its imminent defeat and continued to function normally under Saddam's direct control, even as American tanks were closing in on Baghdad. While much has been made about intelligence failures in the West, it seems that Saddam's own senior officials, diplomats and spies offered him such a warped vision of the outside...
  • THE WAY THINGS REALLY WORK: Why Baghdad Fell in 23 Days

    12/29/2003 12:20:59 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 65 replies · 3,933+ views ^ | December 29, 2003
    The 23 day campaign to defeat Iraq in 2003 is now being examined by all the participants to determine what made the big difference. Researchers at the Army War College did a study, interviewing 176 participants (including Iraqis) and concluded that the major factors were the new technologies (GPS smart bombs and satellite communications like Blue Force tracker) and the much higher skill levels of coalition troops. The Iraqis had expected smart bombs, but they were unable to cope with the sheer speed of the advance and the fighting. And when the Iraqis fought, and they often did, and quite...
  • The Thunder Run

    12/26/2003 7:40:10 PM PST · by Greg_99 · 71 replies · 12,274+ views
    Friend's email | David Zucchino
    The Thunder Run'Are you kidding, sir?': Fewer than 1,000 soldiers were ordered to capture a city of 5 million Iraqis. Theirs is a story that may become military legend.By David ZucchinoNine hundred and seventy-five men invading a city of 5 million sounded audacious, or worse, to the U.S. troops assigned the mission outside Baghdad last April 6. Ten years earlier, in Mogadishu, outnumbered American soldiers had been trapped and killed by Somali street fighters. Now some U.S. commanders, convinced the odds were far better in Iraq, scrapped the original plan for taking Baghdad with a steady siege and instead ordered...

    11/15/2003 10:44:54 AM PST · by river rat · 45 replies · 765+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle (Believe it or Not!) ^ | November 15, 2003 | John Koopman
    <p>Baghdad -- Chapter 6: All quiet in Baghdad .. .. . Meeting the press corps . .. . . The statue of Saddam comes down, people hit it with their shoes .. .. . Baghdad is Dodge City . .. .. Two more Marines die . .. .. Darkside's Thug Patrol . .. .. Getting out of Dodge . .. .. Ice at the Hilton . .. .. Marines return to their desert . .. .. Everyone's happy, except the ones who are not . .. .. Debauchery at the Rattler . .. .. Where war stays forever. .</p>
  • Ex-Iraq Minister Blames Desertion for Fall (Baghdad Bob)

    10/16/2003 12:29:30 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 334+ views
    AP | 10/15/03
    The Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt Oct. 15 — Iraq's former information minister on Wednesday said the main reason the Iraqi army collapsed so quickly during the U.S. invasion was widespread confusion after American troops captured the Baghdad airport. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, speaking to Abu Dhabi Television, acknowledged that some Iraqi officers told the soldiers who were trying to regain the airport not to fight and to leave their units. "Our troops were confused, there was a wide desertion by the soldiers and several units were destroyed," al-Sahhaf said, describing the battle around Baghdad airport when U.S. troops reached it on...
  • Tony Snow to Bush administration re. Iraq NEWS coverage: "Put some ice on it!?"

    10/10/2003 2:05:49 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 35 replies · 214+ views
    Sorry, Tony, if the world thinks we're failing in Iraq it is the fault of your peers, not this administration! This administration has been telling the world and the press the truth about Iraq daily, for six months (plus regularly for six months pre-war). For six months the press has ignored the administration officials, the troops and the Iraqi people to push their own anti-war, anti-Bush agenda.The facts are verifiable.Now we have the press, who failed to tell the truth, failed to inform the world, failed to do their jobs, lecturing those who are doing a tremendous job fulfilling their...
  • Bush hails 6 months after Saddam

    10/10/2003 4:12:45 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 193+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, October 10, 2003 | By Bill Sammon
    <p>PORTSMOUTH, N.H. &#8212; President Bush yesterday marked the six-month anniversary of the fall of Baghdad by unapologetically celebrating Saddam Hussein's ousting and imploring Americans not to abandon Iraq.</p> <p>"Six months ago today, the statue of the dictator was pulled down," the president told cheering reservists at Pease Air National Guard Base. "There is only one decent and humane reaction to the fall of Saddam Hussein: Good riddance."</p>
  • CPA Administrator Press Conference [6 mo. anniv. of Bagdhad Liberation Day. Progress!]

    10/10/2003 7:23:46 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 10 replies · 1,342+ views
    Coalition Provisional Authority ^ | Oct. 9, 2003 | L. Paul Bremer
    L. Paul BremerCoalition Provisional Authority AdministratorOpening Remarks Press Conference 9 October 2003<>Six months ago today Coalition Forces liberated Baghdad.  I am sure that many of you were as thrilled as I was to see Saddam’s statue and his regime fall.Most, but not all, of what has happened since then is good.The Coalition has completed over 13,000 reconstruction projects, large and small, as part of our strategic plan for the reconstruction of Iraq.  That plan has four elements:·      Create a Secure Environment.·      Begin Restoration of Essential Services.·      Begin to Transform the Economy.·      Begin the Transformation to Democracy.Before taking your questions...
  • Baghdad’s Treasures Rescued

    09/04/2003 12:11:51 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies · 291+ views
    Arab News ^ | September 4, 2003 | Al-Majalla
    BAGHDAD — The fall of Baghdad brought large-scale looting of the treasures of ancient Iraq. In the ancient city of Nimrud, 250 kilometers south of Baghdad, now tells Al-Majalla security staff had to be especially vigilant around the ancient tunnels, Ibrahim Atta, in charge of security there, told Al Majalla, a sister publication of Arab News. Thieves were using the tunnels to gain entrance to the city and its museum. They usually came at night and never hesitated to shoot at anyone who got in their way. Ibrahim says his team successfully repulsed all such attempts. Foreign observers say that...
  • Chaos ruled before Iraq's military fell

    08/25/2003 7:52:47 AM PDT · by Radix · 12 replies · 412+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 8/25/2003 | Vivienne Walt
    <p>BAGHDAD -- Iraq's armed forces virtually evaporated during the war in March and April because of a confused and often ineffectual command structure, which oversaw hundreds of thousands of disaffected soldiers who had no idea of the battle plan. After decades of dictatorship, the war was fought with little gusto by anyone other than Saddam Hussein's inner circle, former Iraqi officers say.</p>
  • How Saddam beat US in Baghdad

    07/26/2003 11:17:32 PM PDT · by Mr. Mulliner · 14 replies · 249+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 26, 2003 | Catherine Philp
    How Saddam beat US in BaghdadBy Catherine Philp, The TimesJuly 26, 2003UDAY Hussein's personal bodyguard broke a three-month silence yesterday to give the first authoritative account of how Saddam Hussein and his sons spent the war. In an exclusive interview, the bodyguard claimed that far from fleeing Baghdad, the three men held out in the capital for at least a week after its fall. He said they evaded repeated US attempts to assassinate or capture them, and even appeared in public under the noses of American troops. The man, whose father served as a bodyguard to Saddam Hussein, was...
  • Saddam planned resistance - guard

    07/26/2003 6:35:22 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 19 replies · 381+ views
    CNN ^ | 07/26/03 | Matthew McAllester
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) --Saddam Hussein and his sons were shocked at their defeat by U.S.-led forces and met secretly after the fall of Baghdad to plan a guerrilla resistance, according to a former bodyguard for Uday Hussein.</p> <p>The bodyguard, who called himself Abu Tiba, was interviewed by Newsday reporter Matthew McAllester in Iraq shortly after his boss was killed Tuesday, according to the U.S. military, along with his brother, Qusay Hussein, by U.S. forces in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.</p>
  • Why Baghdad fell without a fight

    05/31/2003 8:34:01 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 25 replies · 207+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 31, 2003 | Pacific News Service
    One of Saddam Hussein's top generals was not included in the US card deck of 55 most-wanted Iraqis. Now stories are circulating in European, Middle Eastern and other foreign press that he was paid off to ensure the quick fall of Baghdad. On May 25, the French paper Le Journal du Dimanche, citing an unnamed Iraqi source, claimed that General Maher Sufian al-Tikriti, Saddam's cousin and a Republican Guard commander, made a deal with US troops before leaving Iraq on a US military aircraft. Allegedly the deal had been secured in advance by the CIA, but by prearrangement was implemented...
  • Dust and rust capture last scraps of military machine

    05/29/2003 3:41:26 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 3 replies · 203+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 05/30/03 | Anthony Browne
    SADDAM HUSSEIN’S propaganda boasted that allied troops would commit suicide at the gates of Baghdad. However, the only remains to be found at the entrance to the capital are those of the Iraqi military machine, which is soon to be recycled. Just ten days ago, this was an empty patch of wasteland. Now, as far as the eye can see, covering hundreds of acres, lie the carcasses of Saddam’s Army. Tanks are piled on top of one another, their guns pointing skywards. Turrets of decapitated armoured vehicles lie upside down in the dirt. Air defence guns hug each other in...
  • INSIDE STORY: Hussein son's wild orders led to Iraq military collapse

    05/25/2003 3:01:52 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 138 replies · 1,086+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 25, 2003 | Robert Collier
    <p>Baghdad -- In the final days before Baghdad fell, Saddam Hussein's son Qusai issued a series of military orders that sent thousands of elite Republican Guard troops to their certain death in the open countryside.</p> <p>According to accounts provided to The Chronicle by more than a dozen Iraqi military officials -- some of them still hiding from American forces -- the orders exposed the core of the Iraqi military to devastating U.S. air attacks and left the capital's defenses markedly weakened.</p>
  • Caption time!!!

    05/24/2003 1:00:45 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 3 replies · 172+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 22, 2003 | Nader Daoud
  • Statues fall, minds change

    05/20/2003 10:09:50 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 2 replies · 212+ views
    US News ^ | 5/26/2003 | Michael Barone
    In the jumble of images on our television screens, it's difficult to understand just what's happening in the Middle East. But the most important thing that's happening is invisible. Minds are changing. And have been since April 9, when the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down by jubilant Iraqis. What people in the Middle East had been seeing and reading in Arab media was a story framed by the assumptions of pan-Arab nationalism. Innocent Iraqis were being killed. The Americans were mired down. Iraqis would stubbornly resist an attack on Baghdad. The Arab media, wrote Abdulhamid al-Ansary in the...
  • Captures of Berlin, Baghdad are two different stories

    05/10/2003 7:35:25 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 12 replies · 207+ views ^ | 5-10-03 | Harry Levins
    <p>Fifty-eight years ago, in World War II, U.S. generals dismissed the importance of Berlin and stood aside as their Soviet allies seized the city. But in this year's campaign in Iraq, says a British military historian, the Americans grasped from Day One the importance of conquering the enemy capital.</p>
  • The Fall of Baghdad

    05/05/2003 9:37:57 PM PDT · by beckett · 6 replies · 316+ views
    The New York Review of Books ^ | May 2003 (Volume 50, Number 8) | Tim Judah
    The Fall of Baghdad By Tim Judah 1. On the morning of April 10, the day after resistance collapsed in most of Baghdad, I talked to a small group of looters at a warehouse belonging to the Ministry of Finance who were carting off brand-new water coolers and air-conditioning units. Except when they scuffled with one another, they were friendly and unapologetic. A young man named Habib, who had two water coolers strapped to the top of a taxi, said, "Now we have freedom, this is our right. We've earned these things and we're poor." Sitting on top of an...
  • Saddam killed his top commander as Marines stormed Baghdad

    05/04/2003 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 94 replies · 6,197+ views
    The World Tribune ^ | 4 May, 2003
    Saddam killed his top commander as Marines stormed Baghdad SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COMSunday, May 4, 2003 LONDON — Iraqi President Saddam Hussein killed his leading military commander on charges of treason as U.S. forces captured Baghdad. The London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat daily said Saddam and his younger son, Qusay, executed Gen. Seif Eddin Al Rawi on April 8. The newspaper said Al Rawi, commander of the elite Republican Guards, was accused of treason and shot in the head and back. Al Rawi was summoned by Saddam and executed on the day U.S. marines captured the Iraqi capital. The newspaper...