OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOMAPRIL 2003
fighting positions on the roof by using grain bags that had been intended asfood aid.After three and a half days of fighting, the 1st Brigade took control of thebridge and prepared to move out from there."We hope this is over," Grimsley said. "We've had enough of this right here."Infantry and armor soldiers rested under the shade of palm trees and leanedagainst the dusty stucco walls of buildings in town. Few local people walked thestreets. When they did, soldiers searched them for weapons. The U.S. military cleans up the bodies to prevent diseases from being spreadafter they decompose, Nixon said. The body bags were laid in rows of five on ashaded roadside so that the deceased's heads faced Mecca, the holy city forMuslims. Later, the Red Cross will recover the bodies and try to identify thedead, he said.Nixon was recovering bodies because it is his job. Commanders assigned mostof the others to the job.
Look who the Iraqis are cheering
Source: Scripps Howard Publication date: 2003-04-04
They remind you of Holocaust deniers. With a deeply prejudiced refusal toaccept unwanted truth, some Arab, European and even American opponents of the Iraqi war continue to insist the people of that viciously oppressed landwould be better off under the Saddam Hussein regime than they will be whenliberated.As various news accounts show, many of the Iraqi people have no such illusion.When it appears to them that Saddam and his vile thugs can get revenge onthem, they keep their mouths shut. But as Americans surround cities andvillages and as Saddam's demise comes to be certain, they start opening up,and while they have trepidation’s about the security Americans will provide inthe future, they rejoice."You have saved us, you have saved us from him," cries a man driving a truckout of Baghdad, The New York Times tells us. A woman says to U.S. soldiers, "Ilove you." Others pouring from the city cheered Americans and shout anAmerican name, "George Bush." In the south in Najaf, people cry out, "Thankyou, this is beautiful."Army engineers topple a statue of Saddam on a horse in that city, andresidents raise their voices in approval.In the north, Saddam's forces are also in retreat, forced to flee by air strikes."George Bush, we thank you," says a painter quoted by the San FranciscoChronicle.Meanwhile, we learn about Mohammed, the only name he would give. He is a33-year-old lawyer, and he's the one who told the U.S. military the whereaboutsof POW Jessica Lynch. He had seen her slapped, and was outraged, and herisked his own life to aid in her rescue. "Believe me, I love Americans," he told The Washington Post.