US, British Forces Move Quickly to Secure Key Military Targets
and Oil Fields
21 Mar 2003, 17:33 UTC
U.S. and British forces are capturing
in southern and western Iraq, moving quickly to secure
military targets and oil fields.
U.S. Marine raises flag over new port
area of Umm Qasr -->
Pentagon officials say American and British soldiers have captured
two key airfields in western Iraq called H-2 and H-3 without
. Officials say the airfields could be sites where Iraq is keeping
Scud missiles or weapons of mass
Coalition soldiers are encountering both hostile fire and white
flags in their race across the desert toward Baghdad and Basra.
British soldiers have secured the Faw
on the Persian Gulf, where strategic oil facilities are located.
U.S. Marines have captured the
port in the southern Iraqi city of Umm Qasr. Hundreds of Iraqi
soldiers have surrendered, while others have fired at advancing
U.S. military officials are reporting the first combat
of the war. They say a U.S. marine was killed in fighting during
an advance on an oil field in southern Iraq.
Earlier, eight British and four American soldiers were killed
when a U.S. Marine helicopter crashed in northern Kuwait.
There were no reports of
fire in the area.
Pentagon officials are denying claims by the Iraqi military
that its anti-aircraft batteries shot down a U.S. or British
warplane during an air raid Friday.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon released a
saying water could be used as a weapon in the Iraqi military
. Defense officials say Iraq could deliberately use flooding
by releasing water from
or destroying dams. The Pentagon says Iraq used this tactic
to deter Iranian troop advances during the Iran-Iraq war.
Defense officials say such a move could
thousands of Iraqis, causing a major
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