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Operation Iraqi Freedom3

Operation Iraqi Freedom3



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Published by Alka Seltzer
The little bundle wrapped inside plastic sheeting is dwarfed by the adult-sized plywood coffin. 2-1/2 year-old Fatima Ala'a's aunt crumples to the ground outside the Baghdad city morgue when she sees the viscous, grey-green blob teeming with maggots.
The little bundle wrapped inside plastic sheeting is dwarfed by the adult-sized plywood coffin. 2-1/2 year-old Fatima Ala'a's aunt crumples to the ground outside the Baghdad city morgue when she sees the viscous, grey-green blob teeming with maggots.

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Recovering Iraqi dead grim detail for soldiers
Source: Florida Times UnionPublication date: 2003-04-01 Arrival time: 2003-04-04
KIFL, Iraq -- All is quiet now except for the rumble of engines in U.S. militaryvehicles. The Euphrates River silently flows underneath the bridge where those vehiclesidle.Occasionally, a dog barks or a rooster crows.Don't let the peaceful scene deceive.Soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division stop by charred cars, trucks or vans, one byone, to pull dead Iraqis from inside. They silently lay their bloodied bodies inbags, zip them shut and then ease the body bags onto the back of a cargotruck. The soldiers have very little to say.Pvt. Jarrod Wise, a 24-year-old in the 92nd Chemical Company, held his M-16rifle, constantly scanning a muddy stucco house for signs of snipers. Wise onlysaw chickens and roosters pecking the dirt as he provided security for thoseloading the bodies."This is something we've got to do. I think we're doing it as professionally aspossible," Wise said. "I put my faith in the Lord and He will get me through it.He's calmed my nerves a whole lot."Within a few hours, the soldiers had collected the remains of 23 Iraqi fighters.Four others were charred beyond recognition and left behind.Another four were left inside their Mercedes-Benz because soldiers feared abooby trap, said Sgt. Raymond Nixon, a mortuary specialist with the 3rdForward Support Battalion. Nixon saw a wire wrapped around one man's ankleand tied to an AK-47 rifle. The Iraqi soldiers were killed during a battle with the 3rd Infantry Division's 1stBrigade. The battle was fought for control of the bridge, and it will be part of the division's path toward Baghdad.Most of the dead were not from the town of Kifl, said Col. Will Grimsley, 1stBrigade commander. Instead, they were sent south by Saddam Hussein's BaathParty to fight the Americans.During the battle, the brigade's tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles would blockintersections and roadways. The Iraqis attacked by loading three to five men incars, vans -- even a dump truck -- and driving full steam ahead toward thetanks and Bradleys, Grimsley said. The Iraqis fired their weapons as they drove."We'd shoot a machine gun at them and they wouldn't stop," Grimsley said."We finally just had to shoot them before they ran into something."A few Iraqis launched sniper attacks from canoes in the river, Grimsley said."This is ungodly," he said.Grimsley stood in the middle of the town's main road, where empty shellcasings littered the streets. He pointed out a girls' school where Iraqis had built
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.
 The foremost Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, issues a fatwa telling Shiitesthey should not resist the Americans, but it is true that some Shiites remainunsure about the United States. In 1991, after the first Gulf War, Shiites rose upagainst Saddam, expecting American help. The help did not come, and the lostlives numbered in the tens of thousands. That cannot be allowed again, and itwon't be.Saddam does have his faithful followers, but they are a minority in Iraq, and it'san absurdity when a Jordanian political scientist tells a reporter that Americansface another Vietnam because they cannot ultimately win against Iraq'spopulation of 27 million people. That tormented population is mostly not against America, as events areproving.
From friends to foes, Iraqi-U.S. relations span decades
Source: U-WIREPublication date: 2003-04-03 Arrival time: 2003-04-04
By Nicole RocheUniversity Daily Kansan ( U. Kansas )(U-WIRE) LAWRENCE, Kan. -- As constant war updates flood newspapers andtelevision, viewers are inundated with images of bombings and bloodiedbodies. Josh Robison, Wichita, Kan., senior at the University of Kansas, said he hadstopped paying attention to every piece of breaking news -- even news hehelped report.Robison works as a production assistant for Channel 6, and is continuouslysurrounded by war updates. Over time he has become desensitized, he said."I would say most people like to pretend they care about the war," Robisonsaid. "But it's so far removed from my day-to-day life."Robison said he didn't know much about the background of the war with Iraq,which may be one reason he had become so complacent.War coverage can be confusing for students who know little about the historybetween the United States and Iraq.What follows is the early history of Saddam Hussein's rise to power and theUnited States' struggle to bring him back down. The information is a summaryof a timeline featured on pbs.org.Hussein was born in 1937.In the 1950s, Hussein joined the Ba'ath Party, an underground Arab nationalistparty that planned to assassinate Iraqi leader General Abdel Karim Kassem.Hussein was wounded in a 1959 assassination attempt but managed to flee toCairo, Egypt.In 1963, Kassem was assassinated by the Ba'ath Party. Hussein returned toBaghdad as a Ba'ath interrogator and torturer but was jailed when his partywas overthrown.

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