Friday, March 28, 2003

Savage Iraqi tactics stuns UKUSA
'The Marine general said that what has surprised him most about the first week of fighting is the extent of war crimes carried out by the Iraqi regime. In addition to the execution of POWs, he said, Iraqis have used civilians as human shields, stored weapons in schools, set up command posts in hospitals and pretended to surrender only to open fire.

'In one case, an Iraqi woman was hanged after she waved to coalition forces, Pace said. "I've never seen anything like this," he said. "To do it so blatantly so early, not only is it a surprise, but to me it's disgusting."'

Reports also say counter attacks by Iraqis have been driven forward in spite of getting massacred by the Marines. In one report an Iraqi element charged Marines head on and were gunned down. Eight Iraqis survivors jumped up to continue the charge and were also eliminated. The ruthless tactics employed by the Iraqi regime from the outset are reminiscent of Soviet tactics in the Second World War. Saddam in his speech to the people emphasised being patient.

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