A Russian view of the war

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Fri Mar 28 10:38:37 MST 2003

The English translation, that appears below comes from
Venik's Aviation

    Jim F.
March 27, 2003

The IRAQWAR.RU analytical center was created recently by a
group of journalists and military experts from Russia to
provide accurate and up-to-date news and analysis of the
war against Iraq. The following is the English translation
of the IRAQWAR.RU report based on the Russian military intelligence

March 27, 2003, 2321hrs MSK (GMT +3), Moscow (UPDATE) - Intercepted
radio communications indicate that tomorrow we should expect a
powerful attack by the coalition. During all day today the coalition
troops were being reinforced and fully resupplied with fuel and
ammunition. Additional units reserved for maintaining security
along the Kuwaiti border were moved today to the front lines.
The total number of additional [coalition] forces to enter
Iraq numbers up to five battalions and around 800 combat vehicles.

By 1600hrs today the sand storm in Iraq has subsided allowing
coalition to resume helicopter support of ground troops. At
the same time the Iraqi positions were attacked by bombers
and ground attack aircraft, which forced the Iraqis to cease
their attacks and to resume defensive operations.

Available information suggests that the coalition command,
despite of the extreme exhaustion of its troops, will attempt
to use elements of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division to
actively contain the Iraqi forces around Karabela and to reach
the strategic Al-Falludja highway by moving from the west around
the Razzaza lake, thus cutting off the way to Jordan. It is expected
that by noon of March 29 the main coalition forces will reach this area.

During the night from March 29 to March 30 elements of the US
82nd Airborne Division aided by the Army Special Operations units
may attempt to capture the Saddam Hussein Airport. Immediately
following the capture of the airport the coalition plans to use
it for the deployment of a brigade from the 101st Airborne Division,
which will be responsible for holding the airport until the
arrival of the main forces.

Commanders of the reinforced Marine brigade trying to take
An-Nasiriya for the fourth day have received strict orders to suppress
the Iraqi defenses and to take the town during the next day, after
which to continue their advance toward Al-Kut and Al-Ammara.
Similarly strict orders were received by the command of the brigade
attacking An-Najaf. They will have to take this town, widen the
taging area on the left bank of the Euphrates and push the Iraqis
away from the town. By the morning of March 29 both these brigades
are supposed join up southwest of Al-Kut, where they will be
reinforced by the elements of the 101st Airborne Division and,
after forming a southern attack line, they would blockade
Baghdad from the south.

The British command has been ordered to completely take over
the Fao peninsula, complete the blockade of Basra from the
south and to completely take over the [Basra] airport area.
After that the British are to advance toward Basra from the
south along the Al-Arab river.

Based on this information to say that tomorrow we should expect
heated combat would be an understatement.

(source: iraqwar.ru, 03-27-03, translated by Venik)

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