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  • Syria's female tank drivers: Battalion of 800 women commandos in fierce clashes with rebels

    06/06/2015 10:12:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 25 March 2015 | FLORA DRURY
    Four years ago, it would have been unheard of for a woman to be part of the Syrian Army, let alone driving one of the tanks and shooting rockets. But the women pictured here are now part of the Syrian regime's most elite force, the Republican Guard, tasked with defending Damascus' suburbs from rebel attacks. Women were first recruited to the elite group of soldiers - the only battalion allowed within the boundaries of Damascus - nearly a year ago. Today, 800 are on the streets of the city, filling in for the soldiers who have been sent out to...
  • The Secret U.S. Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    10/14/2014 8:07:35 PM PDT · by ironman · 126 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/14/14 | C. J. CHIVERS
    The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West. The New York Times found 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. American officials said that the actual tally of exposed troops was slightly higher, but that the government’s official count was classified. The secrecy fit a pattern. Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United...
  • New tape says Zarqawi death 'great loss'

    06/16/2006 4:10:50 PM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 44 replies · 1,175+ views
    AP ^ | June 16, 2006 | SALAH NASRAWI
    CAIRO, Egypt - A key insurgency leader in Iraq said the U.S. killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a "great loss," but one that will strengthen the militants' determination, according to an audio tape broadcast Friday. The Al-Jazeera network said the voice on the tape was that of Abu Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, the head of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, which groups five Iraqi insurgent organizations including al-Qaida in Iraq. But the authenticity of the tape couldn't immediately be verified. "This is a message to the enemies of God, the crusaders, the rejectionists and the renegades," the voice says, referring respectively...
  • Iran's navy offers to escort Gaza ships

    06/06/2010 8:25:58 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 78 replies · 1,184+ views
    Official: Elite Revolutionary Guards are prepared to intervene TEHRAN - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday. "Iran's Revolutionary Guards naval forces are fully prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities," Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative inside the Revolutionary Guards, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency. Any intervention by the Iranian military would be considered highly provocative by Israel which accuses Iran of...
  • Pentagon Cites Proof Of Iran's Growing Role

    04/26/2008 9:37:46 AM PDT · by Fennie · 32 replies · 103+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2008 | By Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON - Iran is ratcheting up its support for militias in Iraq, providing them with newly manufactured weapons and bringing them across the border to receive training from members of Tehran's elite Republican Guard, U.S. military officials said Friday. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military is preparing to roll out evidence, such as date stamps on newly found weapons caches, that shows that recently made Iranian weapons are flowing into Iraq at a steadily increasing rate. Mullen would not detail the evidence, which is expected to be unveiled by military leaders in Iraq...
  • Al-Jazeera to air interview: Iraq ex-Republican Guard Chief of Staff to reveal all? (Jack of clubs)

    04/07/2007 9:30:58 PM PDT · by Int · 30 replies · 2,151+ views
    BBC Monitoring service ^ | 6 April 2007 23:06
    Al-Jazeera to broadcast interview with former Iraqi commander on 8 April Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel Television in Arabic at 1028 gmt on 6 April carries the following announcement: "In the first interview with the media, Staff General Sayf al-Din al-Rawi, commander of the Iraqi Republican Guard and number 14 on the playing cards list of most wanted people, will speak about why the Baghdad defence plan collapsed and where the Iraqi Army's weapons and equipment went following the occupation of the Iraqi capital. The commander of the Iraqi Republican Guard will speak to Al-Jazeera in an exclusive interview. The first...
  • US 'misread Saddam's order'

    03/14/2006 2:59:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 80 replies · 2,610+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 15 March 2006
    US intelligence analysts misunderstood intercepted Iraqi communications, believing the orders were meant to deceive UN weapons inspectors searching for chemical or biological agents, a new report says. Instead, the conversation between two Iraqi Republican Guard Corps commanders that included the order to remove reference to "nerve agents" from "wireless" communications was intended to ensure the regime was in compliance with international demands to disarm, the Foreign Affairs magazine reported in its online edition this week. That conversation was intercepted by the United States in 2002. The article was based on a recently declassified US Joint Forces Command report assessing Iraqi...
  • Al Qaeda`s Neo-Nazi Connections

    03/02/2004 5:42:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies · 13,200+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 2/25/2004 | William Grim
    On the surface there would seem to be little to unite the Aryan racialists of the neo-Nazi movement with the terrorists of radical Islam. To the neo-Nazis, Muslims are almost all members of ``inferior`` races; and to the Islamic terrorists, the neo-Nazis are almost without exception either atheists or members of fringe quasi-Christian sects. But the reality is that there has been close cooperation between Muslim extremists and Fascists ever since the founding of the Nazi movement in the 1920`s. For all of their differences, Muslim extremists and Nazis have always been united by a common group of beliefs and...
  • This is genuine, says Saddam's ex-aide (GALLOWAY ALERT)

    04/23/2003 4:24:07 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 47 replies · 1,433+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 24, 2003 | Nicole Martin
    Nicole Martin shows a confidential handwritten memo found in the rubble of the looted Iraqi foreign ministry to the man who used to arrange the dictator's scheduleSaddam Hussein's former head of protocol said yesterday that the document found by The Daily Telegraph saying that George Galloway received substantial payments from the Iraqi regime was "100 per cent genuine". Haitham Rashid Wihaib, who fled to Britain with his family eight years ago after death threats, said he had no doubt that the handwritten confidential memorandum addressed to the dictator's office apparently detailing how the Labour MP benefited from Iraq's oil sales...
  • U.S. Sends in Secret Weapon: Saddam's Old Commandos

    11/27/2004 8:06:26 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 24 replies · 2,553+ views
    Excite News ^ | 11.27.04 | Alastair Macdonald
    U.S. Sends in Secret Weapon: Saddam's Old Commandos By Alastair Macdonald NEAR ISKANDARIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Twenty months after toppling Saddam Hussein, U.S. troops still battling his followers in the heartland of Iraq's old arms industry are hitting back with a new weapon -- ex-members of Saddam's special forces. For five months, Iraqi police commandos calling themselves the Black Scorpions have been based with U.S. Marines in the region along the Euphrates south of Baghdad, which roadside bombs, ambushes and kidnaps have turned into a no-go areas and earned it the melodramatic description "triangle of death." "All of them were...
  • U.S. Sends in Secret Weapon: Saddam's Old Commandos

    11/27/2004 7:04:31 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 11 replies · 1,467+ views
    NEAR ISKANDARIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Twenty months after toppling Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), U.S. troops still battling his followers in the heart of Iraq (news - web sites)'s old arms industry are hitting back with a new weapon -- ex-members of Saddam's special forces. For five months, Iraqi police commandos have been based with U.S. Marines in charge of the region along the Euphrates river immediately south of Baghdad, which roadside bombs, ambushes and kidnaps have turned into a no-go area for outsiders and earned it the melodramatic description "triangle of death." The performance of these police is...
  • Senior Commander of Former Iraqi Republican Guard Captured (Led Elite Baghdad Troops)

    07/18/2004 1:51:34 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 5 replies · 778+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 7/18/2004 | china view
    Sufyan Maher Hussein, a senior commander of the former Iraqi Republican Guard was captured in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in northern Iraq, the US military said Sunday.Sufyan was arrested on July 16, according to US Miliary spokesman Major Neal O' Brien.'He is suspected of planning and financing attacks against the Iraqi people, Iraqi security forces and multinational forces,' O'Brien said.The 201st Iraiq National Guard Battalion, backed by multinational forces, captured Hassan in a raid in Tikrit on Friday, he added.End item
  • U.S. Holding Top Ex-Republican Guard Leader

    07/18/2004 12:08:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 612+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/18/04 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — American troops have detained a senior commander of the former Republican Guard (search), U.S. forces said Sunday.
  • Iraqi official at 9-11 plot meeting: U.S. finds documents tying Saddam's man to al-Qaida

    05/27/2004 11:28:26 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 839+ views ^ | May 27, 2004
    Recently translated documents captured by U.S. forces provide new evidence of a direct link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Rosters of officers in Saddam's Fedayeen list Lt. Col. Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, who was present at the January 2000 al-Qaida "summit" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at which the 9-11 attacks were planned, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Fedayeen was the elite paramilitary group run by Saddam's son Uday, which was deployed to do much of the regime's dirty work. The U.S. has never been sure Shakir was at the Kuala...
  • New evidence of Saddam link to 9-11: records indicate Atta meeting with Iraqi official in Prague

    05/06/2004 10:57:15 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 58 replies · 2,252+ views ^ | Friday, May 7, 2004
    New evidence about a meeting in Prague between September 11 plot leader Mohamed Atta and Iraqi intelligence officer Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani has been uncovered, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service. Investigative journalist Edward J. Epstein has uncovered Czech government visa records indicating al-Ani was posted to the Iraqi embassy in Prague between March 1999 and April 21, 2001, and was involved in handling Iraqi agents. A search of the Iraq Embassy in Prague after the fall of Baghdad to coalition forces revealed al-Ani had scheduled a meeting for April 8, 2001, with a Hamburg student, according to...
  • US abruptly demotes Saddam general in Fallujah

    05/03/2004 9:44:42 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 48 replies · 269+ views
    Telegraph ^ | May 3, 2004 | Toby Harnden
    The general selected by the US marines to command a new Iraqi force in Fallujah has been abruptly replaced after he denied that there were foreign fighters in the insurgent city and blamed America for fomenting the bloody rebellion there.Maj Gen Jassim Mohammed Saleh, a former member of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard, was trumpeted by local US commanders as the type of strong man who could pacify the 2,000 gunmen in Fallujah.   Gen Saleh: appointment angered Iraqi politicians But in an indication of American desperation, it emerged that Gen Saleh had been selected even though little was known about...
  • Former Iraqi brass pledges to guard Fallujah

    04/30/2004 3:59:59 PM PDT · by saquin · 77 replies · 433+ views
    North County Times ^ | 4/30/04 | Darrin Mortenson
    FALLUJAH, Iraq ---- A dozen former Iraqi generals and intelligence officers met Friday with U.S. military leaders and pledged to lead a brigade of 1,000 Iraqi soldiers to replace the Marines fortifying the city's borders. But U.S. military officials cautioned that the arrival of the Iraqi forces in this embattled city, possibly as early as today, does not necessarily mean peace. "They are still doing some planning on how to do a transition from U.S. forces to Iraqi security forces in Fallujah," Marine Col. John Toolan said Friday, choosing his words carefully while describing the new arrangement that other officials...
  • Ex-Hussein General to Lead Iraqi Forces

    04/30/2004 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 266+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 30, 2004 at 12:02:24 PDT | BASSEM MROUE
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi forces took over positions from withdrawing Marines and raised the Iraqi flag at the entrance to Fallujah on Friday under a plan to end the monthlong siege of the city and shift security responsibilities to Iraqis led by a former general who served under Saddam Hussein. Moves to end the siege, which drew strong criticism internationally and from America's Iraqi allies, began despite a suicide car bombing that killed two Marines and wounded six at a garrison on the outskirts of the city. U.S. officials provided no further details on the attack. Negotiations were also...
  • U.S. Marines Hand Falluja to Former Saddam General

    04/30/2004 3:56:58 AM PDT · by The_Victor · 565 replies · 498+ views
    Yahoo (Reuters) ^ | 4/30/04 | Fadel Badran
    FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Marines handed control of Falluja to a former general in Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s feared Republican Guard on Friday in bid to end a month-long siege that killed hundreds in the city and infuriated Iraqis. In what appeared to be a reversal of Washington's policy of excluding members of Saddam's Baathist regime from power, Jasim Mohamed Saleh told Reuters his force would help police and other Iraqi security forces bring order to the town. The commander of the Marines, who were pulling back from siege positions around the city of 300,000, was quoted...
  • Saddam's Republican Guards worst nightmare

    02/25/2004 6:37:07 AM PST · by marktuoni · 47 replies · 285+ views ^ | 2/25/04 | markktuoni
    My buddy, a Chinook pilot, posted some of the videos he shot while serving in Iraq. This is one HUGE formation of Chinooks and Blackhawks landing
  • Russian General:"Iraq lost war against USA b/c of venality of Hussein's guards" (BARF alert)

    01/27/2004 9:55:37 AM PST · by yankeedame · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    Pravda ^ | 2004-01-24 | staff writer
    16:44 2004-01-24 Iraq lost war against USA because of venality of Hussein's guards On Saturday at a meeting of the Academy of Military Sciences Anatoly Kvashnin, chief of the Russian Armed forces General Staff stated that the Iraqi defeat in the war against the USA was conditioned not by weaknesses of the Russian military science but by venality of Hussein's republican guards. Many Iraqi officers studied in Russian military institutions. Kvashin categorically refuted statements that defeat of Iraq allegedly armed with outdated Soviet armaments meant defeat of the Russian military science. The chief of the General Staff stated that "behavior...
  • U.S. Forces Stage Massive Raid in Iraq

    12/02/2003 3:51:49 PM PST · by bd476 · 52 replies · 214+ views
    Yahoo News and AP ^ | December 2, 2003 | ALEKSANDAR VASOVIC, Associated Press Writer
    (December 2, 2003) U.S. Forces Stage Massive Raid in Iraq AP - 26 minutes ago BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops north of the capital arrested at least 20 insurgents in a raid while workers began demolishing gigantic bronze busts of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) in Baghdad on Tuesday — both moves aimed at stamping out loyalty to Iraq (news - web sites)'s ousted regime. Iraqi police said a senior former member of Saddam's elite Republican Guard was among those captured in Hawija, 155 miles north of Baghdad. However, the U.S. troops failed to catch the target of the...
  • 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>
  • U.S. Troops Nab High-Ranking Iraqi Officer

    08/13/2003 3:48:19 AM PDT · by Gabrielle Reilly · 9 replies · 257+ views
    My Way ^ | Aug 13th, 2003 | By D'ARCY DORAN
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - U.S. troops identified Saddam Hussein loyalists in custody Wednesday as two key members of the ousted dictator's Republican Guard and a paymaster for his Fedayeen Saddam militia. Officials at the 4th Infantry Division said they released 10 other men taken in a sweep through the outskirts of Saddam's hometown, Tikrit, on Tuesday, keeping four in custody. The military still had not released names but said the four included a Republican Guard corps-level chief of staff, a guard division commander and a paymaster for the militia. A fourth man kept in custody was not identified at all....
  • U.S. seizes Iraqi Republican Guard chief

    08/12/2003 3:57:41 PM PDT · by Dog · 8 replies · 196+ views
    AP ^ | Aug 12,2003 | D'ARCY DORAN
    U.S. seizes Iraqi Republican Guard chief By D'ARCY DORAN Associated Press TIKRIT, Iraq - American soldiers rounded up 14 members of a family said to be a pillar of support for Saddam Hussein in raids Tuesday, including a Republican Guard officer and one of the deposed dictator's bodyguards. West of Baghdad, guerrillas attacked an American convoy with three roadside bombs, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding two. But the commander of American forces told The Associated Press the stakes are too high to let casualties deter the mission of pacifying Iraq. "Every American needs to believe this: that if we...
  • U.S. Seizes Iraqi Republican Guard Chief

    08/12/2003 1:05:32 PM PDT · by kattracks · 12 replies · 211+ views
    AP | 8/12/03
    The Associated Press TIKRIT, Iraq Aug. 12 — American soldiers rounded up 14 members of a family said to be a pillar of support for Saddam Hussein in raids Tuesday, including a Republican Guard officer and one of the deposed dictator's bodyguards. West of Baghdad, guerrillas attacked an American convoy with three roadside bombs, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding two. But the commander of American forces told The Associated Press the stakes are too high to let casualties deter the mission of pacifying Iraq. "Every American needs to believe this: that if we fail here in this environment, the...
  • Arab and Muslim Jihad Fighters in Iraq (Pathetic "Fighters" in Baghdad)

    07/28/2003 2:06:59 PM PDT · by bulldawg · 10 replies · 400+ views
    Middle East Media Research Institute ^ | July 27, 2003 | Steven Stalinsky
    VIII: The Story of a Palestinian Mujahid - Abu Khaled Al-Ahram's reporter Rasha Sa'ad interviewed a Palestinian fighter when he returned home. The following are excerpts from the interview: "'I cannot believe that I am alive. I was in hell and Allah brought me back,' said Abu Khaled, who joined other Arab volunteers in the battle at Baghdad's airport in early April. Abu Khaled's - not his real name - story begins one month earlier. It was back in March that Abu Khaled, a Palestinian, was deported from Jordan. Unable to immediately return to the West Bank, he had to...

    06/19/2003 2:54:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 249+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/19/03 | Post Wire Services
    <p>June 19, 2003 -- BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops raided two farmhouses near Tikrit north of Baghdad yesterday and seized millions of American dollars, British pounds, euros and Iraqi dinars apparently designated, in part, to pay bounties to kill American soldiers, a senior U.S. general said.</p>
  • Syria’s Pivotal Role in Iraqi Resistance Is Glossed over in Washington

    06/14/2003 4:57:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 10 replies · 340+ views
    debka ^ | June 15, 2003 | debka
    DEBKAfile Special Military Report June 15, 2003, 1:10 AM (GMT+02:00) US army hits back at Saddam loyalists who lean on clandestine support from Damascus The cat was out of the bag - almost - as a result of Operation Peninsula Strike, the massive US crackdown against a lethal brew of anti-American resistance forces which have been bedeviling US troops north of Baghdad. A substantial quotient of foreign combatants from Arab countries - Saudis, Yemenis, Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians and Palestinians from Syria or Lebanon - was discovered to be mixed in with the Fedayeen Saddam, Baathists and former Republican Guards officers...
  • Iraqi let Baghdad fall for payoff

    05/25/2003 5:49:21 PM PDT · by sjersey · 17 replies · 167+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/25/2003 | Elizabeth Bryant
    A senior member of Saddam Hussein's government handed Baghdad over to U.S. troops in exchange for a pay-off and a safe exit from Iraq, Le Journal du Dimanche claimed Sunday. Citing a senior Iraqi source, the French newspaper reported that Soufiane al Tikriti, head of the Special Republican Guard in Baghdad, ordered his troops not to defend the capital against attack by U.S. and British forces, and particularly to hold fire against coalition helicopters circling over the city. In exchange, Le Journal claimed, Tikriti was paid several hundred thousand dollars and, along with 20 family members, was ferried in a...
  • 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>
  • Iraq : Overseer ends Republican Guard

    05/24/2003 12:33:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 207+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 05/24/03 | Betsy Pisik
    <p>BAGHDAD — Iraq's new U.S. overseer took a major step yesterday toward disarming Iraq, formally dissolving Saddam Hussein's Defense Ministry and disbanding the Republican Guard and the once-mighty Iraqi army.</p> <p>Coalition authorities are also readying a directive that will attempt to control the flood of weapons that swamped Baghdad and other urban areas in the months before the war. That order will ban the possession of heavy firearms and munitions, except by coalition forces and the Kurdish "peshmerga" militia fighters, U.S. allies in the drive to oust Saddam.</p>
  • 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>
  • What Ever Happened to the Republican Guard?

    05/06/2003 6:52:46 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 24 replies · 155+ views
    Time ^ | 5/4/2003 | TERRY MCCARTHY I HINDIYAH
    A TIME investigation suggests most of the elite Iraqi forces survived the U.S. bombardment During their onslaught against the Republican Guard in the southern approaches to Baghdad, U.S. military commanders had grim words to describe what they were doing to the elite Iraqi forces. "I find it interesting when folks say we're softening them up," Air Force Lieut. General T. Michael Moseley, the air-war commander, said on April 5, the day the U.S. Army entered Baghdad. "We're not softening them up. We're killing them." Later on, in its assessment of the damage the U.S. had wrought, the Pentagon focused on...
  • 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...
  • Syrian fighter says Hussein's Iraq betrayed him (Don't Mess With Coalition of the Willing!!!)

    04/29/2003 8:25:13 PM PDT · by tuna_battle_slight_return · 20 replies · 214+ views
    CSM ^ | April 29, 2003 | Nicholas Blanford
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA – Paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by American soldiers in the battle for Baghdad, Fahd lies in a hospital bed here contemplating a bleak future. But any bitterness harbored by the 18-year-old Syrian student is reserved solely for the Iraqi Republican Guards, "traitors," he says, who yielded the Iraqi capital without a fight. All across the Arab world, young men who rallied to defend Iraq from the Anglo-American invasion are returning home, many of them disillusioned and embittered by the swift collapse of Iraqi resistance and the sometimes hostile reception they received from ordinary Iraqis....
  • After 13 years fighting Saddam, Lord of the Marshes wants his country back

    04/27/2003 8:58:11 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 11 replies · 277+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 04/28/03 | Ewen MacAskill
    Guerrilla leader who became a legend emerges from hiding For 13 years he was a defiant symbol of Iraqi resistance. Hunted in vain by Saddam Hussein's militia, the legendary guerrilla fighter Abu Hattem fought an extraordinary campaign against the Iraqi regime from his secluded bases in the poisoned marshland of southern Iraq. Known as the Lord of the Marshes, his exploits earned him a reputation that is a cross between Robin Hood and Lawrence of Arabia, with tales of suicidal missions and narrow escapes. Western journalists tried for years to track him down during the guerrilla years, visiting Iranian border...
  • 200 freed Iraqi prisoners of war leave desert camp singing and cheering for President Bush

    04/27/2003 1:43:18 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 48 replies · 269+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | (04-27) 10:40 PDT CAMP BUCCA, Iraq (AP) | DIANA ELIAS, Associated Press Writer
    <p>Chanting "Saddam no, Bush yes," some 200 Iraqi prisoners of war were let go Sunday at the coalition's main internment camp in the desert near the southern port of Umm Qasr.</p> <p>The men, many of them barefooted, shook hands with the American soldiers guarding the camp before boarding buses and trucks to be driven to nearby Basra, southern Iraq's largest city.</p>
  • 200 Freed Iraqi POWs Leave Desert Camp

    04/27/2003 11:09:13 AM PDT · by kattracks · 20 replies · 329+ views
    AP | 4/27/03
    CAMP BUCCA, Iraq April 27 — Chanting "Saddam no, Bush yes," some 200 Iraqi prisoners of war were let go Sunday at the coalition's main internment camp in the desert near the southern port of Umm Qasr.The men, many of them barefooted, shook hands with the American soldiers guarding the camp before boarding buses and trucks to be driven to nearby Basra, southern Iraq's largest city.Their departure brought to 700 the number of POWs released since Friday, said Maj. Stacy Garrity of the U.S. Army's 800th Military Police Brigade, which runs the camp. Around 5,800 more prisoners, including some from...
  • Marine Under Investigation in Shooting of Iraqi Soldier

    04/27/2003 7:37:18 AM PDT · by harpu · 195 replies · 585+ views
    Fort Worth(less) Startlegram ^ | 4/27/03 | AP Story
    Military officials are investigating a Marine who says he shot an Iraqi soldier twice in the back of the head following a grenade attack on his comrades.The Marine Forces Reserve announced the preliminary inquiry of Gunnery Sgt. Gus Covarrubias on Friday, the day the Las Vegas Review-Journal ran a story in which he described the killing.Covarrubias, 38, of Las Vegas, said that during an intense battle in Baghdad on April 8, he pursued a member of the Iraqi Republican Guard who had fired a rocket-propelled grenade at his unit. Covarrubias said he received a concussion in the attack and several...
  • U.S. drops top Iraqi general from most-wanted list (Did He Strike A Deal Over Baghdad?)

    04/25/2003 8:39:14 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 7 replies · 432+ views
    The World Tribune ^ | 23 April, 2003
    U.S. drops top Iraqi general from most-wanted list SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COMThursday, April 24, 2003 The United States has left out the commander of President Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard from a list of most wanted Iraqis. Gen. Maher Sufian does not appear on the U.S. list of 55 most wanted Iraqis. Sufian was commander of the six Republican Guard units responsible for the defense of Baghdad. The absence of Sufian from the U.S. list has sparked claims that the Republican Guard commander struck a deal with the U.S.-led coalition. Arab diplomatic sources said Sufian is believed to have...
  • U.S. troops' arrival drives home reality that Saddam gone - Flowers, smiles in Mosul

    04/23/2003 11:47:00 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2003 | MICHAEL HEDGES
    MOSUL, Iraq -- Expecting headaches and maybe worse from unruly factions of Kurds and Saddam Hussein loyalists, American soldiers began a campaign Wednesday to stabilize and administer this northern Iraq city. Instead, they were met with flowers and friendly greetings. No one can be sure it will last, but for now a task force of troops from the 101st Airborne and 4th Infantry divisions plans to impose order swiftly in Iraq's third largest city. That task force rushed here over the weekend after a small Marine force that had occupied the city's airport reported factional fighting among Kurds and sniping...
  • I deserted Saddam's army.

    04/22/2003 7:10:34 AM PDT · by Rain-maker · 23 replies · 314+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 22 April, 2003, 09:58 GMT | BBC News
      'I deserted Saddam's army' Iraq had a huge army, but only a fraction of its soldiers were killed or captured during the war. Hamed Nissam was one of those who took off his uniform and simply melted away. Hamed Nissam: "I held up a white flag and ran home" I was a tank driver defending Basra. It was a very old Russian tank, made in 1969.Because of the Americans' technological advantage, we were sure that we could not survive the war. We were horrified by the prospect of meeting them in battle. I was very afraid of being...
  • Apache operation a lesson in defeat

    04/21/2003 10:24:07 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 271+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2003 | By Rowan Scarborough
    <p>It was America's only battlefield retreat in a land blitzkrieg that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime in 27 days.</p> <p>On the night of March 24, U.S. Army commanders sent 34 of the Army's most advanced attack helicopters against the Medina Division of the Republican Guard near Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad.</p>
  • U.S. Victory Highlights Russian Weakness

    04/20/2003 11:06:36 PM PDT · by kattracks · 13 replies · 202+ views
    U.S. Victory Highlights Russian Weakness By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV .c The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) - There's a message to the Russians in the swift defeat of Saddam Hussein's military, which was modeled on the rigid Soviet war machine. The triumph of a high-tech adversary has spotlighted the weakness of Russia's own crumbling armed forces and strengthened the hand of radical reform advocates. ``The Iraqi war has proven once again that a volunteer contract force equipped with state-of-the art weapons and using modern tactics can fulfill any task ... and do it with minimal casualties among civilians,'' said liberal lawmaker Alexei...
  • Volunteers Recall Bitter Memories, Betrayal In Iraq

    04/19/2003 7:59:30 PM PDT · by Ranger · 26 replies · 360+ views
    islam online ^ | 4-18-03
    File photo of Arab volunteers flashing victory signs aboard a bus leaving from Baghdad   TUNISIA, April 19 ( & News Agencies) - After three tough weeks in Iraq, Tunisian volunteers who fought against the U.S.-led invasion forces returned home with haunting memories and bitter feeling of betrayal and hatred."We left for Iraq as volunteers to join the Iraqis who are die-set to defend their country, but returned victims to betrayal by some Iraqi army members and hatred - and even attacks - by some Iraqi civilians," recalled Al-Tayeb Bin Othman, a 27-year-old teacher."Upon reaching Baghdad, we stayed for...
  • Saddam likely assassinated by top brass(?)

    04/19/2003 3:46:57 PM PDT · by knak · 15 replies · 173+ views
    iraq press ^ | 4/19/03
    London, Iraq Press, April 19, 2003 – Republican Guard commanders turned their guns against Saddam Hussein and his top aides shortly before Baghdad fell to U.S. marines, according to a prominent exiled Iraqi writer and journalist. Saad Bazzaz, editor-in-chief of the respected London-based Arabic daily Azzaman newspaper, told Iraq Press that members of the Republican Guard command killed Saddam Hussein, his two sons, Uday and Qusay, along with other senior Iraqi leaders. The killing took place shortly before the fall of Baghdad. The commanders, Saddam's most trusted military leaders, wanted to spare the country further suffering and destruction, Bazzaz said....
  • The Deal [CIA Used 'Human Shields' in concert with Republican Guard Commanders to take Baghdad]

    04/19/2003 12:13:10 PM PDT · by ewing · 62 replies · 391+ views
    Iraq War.Ru Newswire ^ | April 19, 2003 | Russian Intelligence/ Far East Specialist 'Venik'
    As a guarantee (for Saddams senior Commanders not opposing American forces and laying down their weapons) the United States disclosed some of its agents whom it had planted among the 'human shields' who were guiding the American Military to positions that were being bombed and where President Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi Leadership could be found.A brief meeting was held between one of the Central Intelligence Agents serving as a 'human shield' and some members of the Republican Guard during which the latter were handed official written documents addressed to the First Echelon of the Republican Guard. The documents provisions...
  • 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...
  • The Deal with the Republican Guard

    04/17/2003 7:33:16 AM PDT · by bert · 52 replies · 556+ views
    AR Action Report on line ^ | 04/15/03 | Walid Rabbah
    The DealWalid Rabbah, exclusive.ONE day after the start of the war against Iraq American Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appeared on American television screens to say something that the press interpreted as some sort of American propaganda. In reality, though, it was the basis for what was later to take place.Rumsfeld said that there had been communications between the Americans and leaders in the Republican Guard in Iraq. He said that the details could not be disclosed now, but urged listeners to wait for coming days.Three days later the American media played an audio tape on which recorded voices could...