Iraq: March 12, 2003


A Kurdish independent weekly newspaper reported that the Iraqis have withdrawn 45,000 troops (along with their tanks, other armored vehicles and an artillery battalion) from Mosul and its environs on March 8 and 9, towards Baghdad. The Iraqis have also withdrawn 25,000 troops and four artillery battalions from around Shingar [Sinjar] and moved them to an unknown destination. - Adam Geibel

While UN arms inspectors reported they had found a rocket warhead with chemical submunitions (heavy metal balls with holes, a design that has been seen before, one that could be used for dispersing biological and chemical agents.) Also found was a drone aircraft, with a 25 foot wingspan, that was rigged to dispense chemical or biological weapons. Using a drone eliminated the problem of contaminating the crew when dispensing chemical or biological weapons at slow speeds by spraying.

The U.S. admitted something that people in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have suspected for months, that the U.S. has been in touch with senior commanders of the Iraqi army (division commanders and up) to arrange their surrender when the war starts. The Iraqi generals have been told that any of them that use chemical or biological weapons will be hunted down and punished. But those generals who cooperate would be protected from retribution (by the Iraqi people) and get jobs or pensions. Those generals with a lot of blood on their hands (this is, after all, Iraq) would still face punishment. The US also announced that it would cover the government payroll once Saddam is overthrown. Since Saddam took over in the 1970s, he (and his extended family) have taken over ownership of a large chunk of the Iraqi economy. This has resulted in the majority of jobs in Iraq now being government jobs. So when you replace Saddam, you become the employer of most Iraqis with regular jobs. 


Article Archive

Iraq: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close