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friends _ I know not from where this came, but the source seems to be Pravda. Best, f. ---------- From: Date: Thu, Jan 24, 2002, 4:01 pm may only be speculation, but... > > The USA is getting ready to make Iraq the second > target after > Afghanistan during the process of the global > anti-terrorist operation. (article 1) > > SERGEY BORISOV: AMERICA IS GETTING READY TO ATTACK > IRAQ > > The USA is getting ready to make Iraq the second > target after Afghanistan during the process of the > global anti-terrorist operation. Experts say, the > Americans will attack Iraq not earlier, than around > the middle or the end of February. Debka, the news > services, informed that the American pursuit planes > and the bombing planes will be dispatched in Kuwait, > in Sinai and in the Israeli Negeva. The command of > the Third US Army, with Paul Mikolashek at the head, > has moved from Fort McPherson to Kuwait. Israel is > becoming one of the main supporting points during > the attack on Iraq, the ammunition depots have been > arranged in the central and southern parts of the > country. The American ships have been delivering a > lot of protection devices from gas, chemical, > biological attacks since the beginning of December > of the past year. > > The Third US Army consists of nine divisions; 75 > thousand soldiers are going to be dispatched to the > Iraqi front by the beginning of February. The > campaign in Iraq will apparently differ from what > the world was watching in Afghanistan. There will be > at least seven countries involved in the war against > Saddam Hussein's regime: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, > Bahrein, Jordan, Israel, Germany, Lebanon, and > Turkey. Turkey, Gremany, Jordan, and Lebanon are > supposed to directly participate in the army > actions, like the Pentagon officials say. > > The first goal of the American strike is the Iraqi > political and army centers. May of them are hidden > deep under the ground, that is why the Americans > will try to get them out of there with the help of > their bombs. The Turkish troops will start the land > operation in the north of Iraq during the second > stage of the operation. Debka did not inform on the > way, how the Iraqi Kurds and the Turkish military > men are going to get along with each other, but the > negotiations on the subject have been reportedly > started. > > The third strike stipulates for the participation of > the elite infantry troops and the commandos of the > USA, Israel, and Jordan. They will destroy the large > concentration of the Iraqi troops, the planes on the > vast territory in the central and northern parts of > Iraq. > > The special units of the allied countries are > supposed to attack and then leave the hotspot, > without the lingering battles. As Debka reported, > that tactics was caused by the latest information of > the American intelligence, which said that Saddam > Hussein carefully analyzed the war in the Persian > Gulf of 1991 and the current war in Afghanistan. He > ordered to divide the most effective military groups > into the small ones, dispersing them all over Iraq. > The numerous food depots have already been prepared > for those groups. The Americans have the > information, which says that the units of the Iraqi > republican army have the new light laser weapon, > which is meant for blinding and burning the human > skin. The Iraqi soldiers are going to use that > weapon against the American pilots of the low-flying > aircraft, since Saddam perfectly realizes that the > airspace will belong to the Americans from the first > minute of the new war. The Iraqi troops have already > used such weapon before - in the war with Iran. The > Iraqi army also has the chemical weapon, the > Americans do not know the exact nature and scope of > it. Iraq is ready for that war, and this makes the > Americans delay its beginning. > > The Pentagon decided to begin the operation in the > north of Iraq, because there was a large underground > complex located there - almost like a town for the > Iraqi administration. The underground town was > originally meant for storing the bombs and > explosives, but then Saddam ordered to build > tunnels, roads, living quarters, army headquarters > there. The entire complex is meant for the > government of Iraq in case of the attack against the > country. > > The Americans are going to use bombs and missiles > against that underground town - the same, which were > dropped on al-Qaeda's caves in Afghanistan. As the > USA believes, the destruction of the underground > town will be enough for the central headquarters to > lose the command of the army. > > Sergey Borisov > PRAVDA.Ru __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts http://uk.my.yahoo.com -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.