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Old 03-09-2003, 05:44 AM   #1
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SADDAM'S SOLDIERS SURRENDER


Mar 9 2003




Mike Hamilton reports from Camp Coyote in Kuwait


TERRIFIED Iraqi soldiers have crossed the Kuwait border and tried to surrender to British forces - because they thought the war had already started.

The motley band of a dozen troops waved the white flag as British paratroopers tested their weapons during a routine exercise.

The stunned Paras from 16 Air Assault Brigade were forced to tell the Iraqis they were not firing at them, and ordered them back to their home country telling them it was too early to surrender.

The drama unfolded last Monday as the Para batallion tested mortars and artillery weapons to make sure they were working properly.

The Iraqis found a way across the fortified border, which is sealed off with barbed-wire fencing, watchtowers and huge trenches.




TESTING TIME: British Marines are preparing for war

A British Army source in Kuwait contacted me to explain how the extraordinary surrender bid unfolded. The source said: "The British guys on the front-line could not believe what was happening. They were on pre-war exercises when all of a sudden these Iraqis turned up out of nowhere, with their hands in the air, saying they wanted to surrender.

"They had heard firing and thought it was the start of the war.

"The Paras are a tough, battle-hardened lot but were moved by the plight of the Iraqis. There was nothing they could do other than send them back.

"They were a motley bunch and you could barely describe them as soldiers - they were poorly equipped and didn't even have proper boots. Their physical condition was dreadful and they had obviously not had a square meal for ages. No one has ever known a group of so-called soldiers surrender before a shot has been fired in anger."

Last night the Ministry of Defence officially denied the incident had taken place, but the story was corroborated by an intelligence source.

Meanwhile Saddam Hussein has ordered thousands of troops back to Baghdad as he turns the city into a fortress.

It is believed that two rings of steel are being established around Baghdad. The outer one consists of regular Iraqi army soldiers and the inner one is made up of Republican Guard fighters - thought to be the only troops that will put up fierce resistance.
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How utterly disorganised. There's gotta be a catch to this story...

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its true angela..

i have many friends that fought in Desert Storm.
The soldiers gave up qwite quickly then and they are prlly not anxious to fight in Iraq Pt 2.

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If this is true, where is the outrage?

What happens when US bombs kill these same soldiers in the initial air raids?

Didnt they want to surrender peacefully?
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Go back to your country and wait till we get the official nod to kill you, Only then can you surrender...If your still alive

Amazing story, No doubt Iraqis will surrender by the hundred when war does start, I hope they do, They are not really a match for the firepower amassed on their borders, I feel war is inevitable now and the more that surrender the quicker it will all be over with hopefully not as many lives lost.

Im not suprised that some of them think War has already started, according to CNN there are 750 missions a day by British and American planes, They are testing equiment right on the Iraq border and god knows how many special forces are inside Iraq


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its true angela..

i have many friends that fought in Desert Storm.
The soldiers gave up qwite quickly then and they are prlly not anxious to fight in Iraq Pt 2.

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Wow.
So what is likely to happen, along the lines of what gabrielvox and Ace Rimmer say? I guess its hard to know what the response will be from the Iraqi's, but lets hope the US and Bitish are cautious enough so minimum loss of life occurs.
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Given we have activated so many Military Police Units......They are expecting many surrenders. I am shocked to read of Republican Guard defections already. They are considered the most loyal to Saddam Units and fought the fiercest in the last war, yet they are starting to defect.
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