February 20, 1991 |
A month of relentless allied bombing may have killed or wounded 50,000 to 60,000 Iraqi soldiers, according to a pair of military analysts experienced in estimating battlefield casualties. There are no confirmed Iraqi casualty figures available, but formulas developed in the aftermath of past conflicts indicate that as many as 18,000 Iraqi troops may have died in the bombing, according to military historian Trevor Dupuy. Dupuy, a retired U.S. Army colonel, estimated the total Iraqi casualties at 60,000.
April 29, 1991 |
The U.S. military yesterday began airlifting Shiite Muslim refugees from southern Iraq to a camp in Saudi Arabia, where they are expected to stay until it is safe for them to return home. Five planes yesterday carried about 340 refugees from a U.S. Army-protected camp in Safwan to a camp erected by the Saudi government in Rafha. By tomorrow, the daily number of passengers is expected to increase to as many as 1,500, so that by early next month, up to 15,000 Iraqi Shiites will be moved to Rafha.
October 20, 2003 |
Two more U.S. soldiers have been killed and another wounded in violence in Iraq, the military said yesterday. The deaths occurred when a patrol from the Fourth Infantry Division was ambushed Saturday night southwest of Kirkuk, about 160 miles north of Baghdad. The attackers fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the Americans. U.S. troops returned fire, but no further contact was made with the guerrilla fighters, the military said. The names of the dead were withheld pending notification of families.
March 7, 1991 |
An allied air strike last month hit a Kuwaiti hospital complex, killing five civilians, including three nurses and a 3-year-old girl, and wounding 36 others, witnesses said. Among the injured was an Egyptian doctor who lost an eye and part of his nose but performed major surgery seven days later. "My philosophy is that God left me one eye to see and left for me my hands to work," said Hamid Labib, 45, a Cairo native. He said he bore no grudge against the allied pilots who attacked the Al Adan hospital about 2 p.m. Feb. 9. "No, no, no," he said.
January 2, 2006 |
By allowing Iraq's new military to be organized largely along ethnic and religious lines, the United States may be inadvertently deepening the divisions among the country's Kurdish north, Shiite Muslim south and Sunni Arab west - leaving the sects to fight over the heart of the country. The creation of a national army to help unify and pacify Iraq is key to U.S. plans to begin significant withdrawals of American troops from Iraq in 2006, and President Bush and other top officials frequently cite the growing number of trained Iraqi troops as evidence of progress.
October 29, 2003 |
The woman was screaming: "We don't have the strength to endure any more. " It was Monday in this city's wealthy al-Khudra district. The woman stood around the corner from where a car bomber had just missed the police station but incinerated 16 cars along with several shoppers. Elegantly dressed under a modest black cloak, she cried out, "I put the responsibility on the Americans, because they came here. Iraqis are going crazy. " Her words sum up the dilemma facing occupation authorities.
November 9, 2003 |
In a move that could help improve security here, Kurdish peshmerga units are preparing to help bolster Iraq's fledgling police and army. "We are planning with the coalition forces to distribute peshmerga forces among the border guards, the police forces, and training them to merge with the new Iraqi army," said Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and one of nine rotating council presidents who took up leadership of the...
September 6, 1988 |
Turkish authorities launched a major effort yesterday to move tens of thousands of Kurdish refugees from encampments near the Iraqi border, apparently to protect them from Iraqi army units that have been combing the frontier for Kurdish rebels. As many as 100,000 Kurds have poured across the boulder-strewn peaks of northern Iraq and into Turkey over the last two weeks to escape a massive Iraqi military campaign against Kurdish separatists. Following reports over the weekend that Iraqi troops had fired over the border into one of the refugee encampments, Turkish authorities began transporting the refugees, in the backs of government-owned trucks, to relief centers farther from the border.
March 23, 2003 |
ASSEMBLY AREA SPARTAN, southern Iraq - The First Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment's own vehicles could prove to be a tougher opponent than the Iraqi army. At least one-fifth of the battalion's large fleet of amphibious assault vehicles broke down, overheated, or ran out of fuel during the 100-mile trip from its dispersion area in northern Kuwait through rural terrain in southwestern Iraq. The journey took nearly 30 hours, ending early yesterday. Radio communication breakdowns during the latter stages hampered coordination among the battalion's five companies.
January 7, 2005
FOR WEEKS now, the insurgents in Iraq have been conducting their own bloody version of "Rock the Vote. " In a war that is about symbols more than it is about traditional military victories, succeeding in stopping the Jan. 30 election in Iraq would be a huge win for the opposition. For that reason alone, the election cannot be delayed. So yes, despite the assassination of the governor of Baghdad, of election officials, of Iraqi police and American soldiers, the election must go on. Delaying it would just give insurgents another day to literally shoot for. But in saying that, it's important to keep expectations realistic, despite the rhetoric coming from the Bush White House.