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Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/03/1048962881242.html US forces use schools for cover By Russell Skelton in northern Iraq April 4 2003 United States special forces have taken up strategic positions in three secondary schools located in a densely populated residential area of a city in northern Iraq. The schools, which have been closed since the war began, are located near a prominent Christian church and within 200 metres of a United Nations complex. The decision to locate the special forces in a residential area appears to run counter to US policy. The Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, recently criticised Iraq for placing key military units and weaponry in and around mosques, hospitals and schools in both Baghdad and Basra. The decision also appears to be a departure from US policy in northern Iraq. Thousands of paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade have been deliberately located well away from any population centres. For security reasons the name of the city will not be published. But yesterday I observed four Humvees equipped with mortars, missiles and .50 calibre machine-guns unloading men and equipment at a girls' secondary school. Soldiers entered the school through a side entrance. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk