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More info from BBC News yesterday: ************************************************** Last month's US and UK air strikes on Iraq killed up to 1,600 members of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard, the Pentagon says. Several key individuals in the Iraqi leadership structure are also dead, officials say. The bombing is also said to have destroyed equipment used to maintain and repair Iraq's military missile capability. General Henry H Shelton, chairman of the American joint chiefs of staff, was giving the most detailed briefing about the damage which he says was inflicted on the Iraqi military by operation Desert Fox - the four-day air bombardment of Iraq. He said that between 600 and 1,600 members of the Republican Guard could have been killed. But he was forced to admit that his estimate was based on unconfirmed reports from a variety of sources. He said it was difficult to determine exactly how many people died. The Pentagon also suggested that the structural damage inflicted on the Iraqi military machine was far more severe than was first thought and that 85% of targets had been struck and damaged significantly. There was also a response to newspaper reports that an American spy had been sent into Iraq in March as part of the United Nations weapons inspectorate. The Pentagon said that the US military had not used intelligence specifically gathered by UN weapons inspectors. ______________________________________________________ Harriet Griffin Environmental Change Unit University of Oxford 5 South Parks Road Oxford OX1 3UB United Kingdom Phone: ++ 44 (0)1865 281210 Fax: ++ 44 (0) 1865 281202 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ______________________________________________________ -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email email@example.com, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html