US Activity in Iraq
donaloc at peterquinn.com
Mon Aug 12 02:51:49 MDT 2002
> A. Special US forces entered the Kurdish regions of north
> Iraq towards the end of March nearly four months ago, to set
> up local Kurdish militias and train them for battle.
This is almost certainly true. I saw these militias on a propaganda
documentary run on BBC at 'prime-time'. It seems that they will be used as a
justification for US/Brit invasion.
>From what I could see they had received at least a degree of military
training and wore what seemed to be very new uniforms. They claimed that
they were ready to fight but the only person killed was a Kurdish child by
Iraqi troops (at least according to the reporter).
> B. At around the same time, Turkish special forces went into
> northern Iraq in waves that continued through April, fetching
> up in Turkmen regions around the big oil towns of Mosul and
The exclusion zone in the north of iraq seems to be outside Iraqi control
> C. Meanwhile, the Americans threw a ring of bases - using
> existing facilities and adding new ones - around Iraq. They
> have since been pouring into those bases US armored ground
> units, tanks, air, navy and missile forces, as well as combat
> medical units and special contingents for anti-nuclear,
> biological and chemical warfare. According to our sources,
> the noose around Iraq extends from Georgia and Turkey in the
> north, Israel, Egypt and Jordan to the west, Eritrea and
> Kenya in the southwest, and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar
> and Bahrain to the south.
> Furthermore, a large US armada, including aircraft carriers,
> has assembled at three points: the eastern Mediterranean, the
> Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.
> D. Since June, American and Turkish construction engineers
> have been working in northern Iraq, building and expanding
> airfields and air strips to make them fit for military use.
> (Details of this operation appear in an earlier report on
> this page.)
The propaganda film showed the line of demarcation beyond which Iraqi troops
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