According to the US military’s operational plan, the ground forces attack Baghdad on the north-south line, with the south line as the main attack direction and the north line as the auxiliary attack direction.
The forces of the main attack group on the southern line include the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division, the 101st air assault division, the 82nd Airborne Division, the Marine Corps and the first British army, which launched an attack northward from Kuwait.
First, use a force to carry out a containment attack on the enemy in front of him.
After crossing the border between Iraq and Kuwait, the main force will carry out a major assault to the northwest of Basra.
With the cooperation of the continuous tactical scale airborne mobile operations, we first captured Nasiriyah and cut off the connection between Basra and Baghdad.
Later, a force rolled to the right, circuitously returned to the back of the Basra Garrison and surrounded it without fighting.
The main force went north along the Basra Baghdad strategic highway, passed Samawa and headed for Baghdad, and successively broke through the Iraqi fortification along the way.
Finally, he joined forces with the north line auxiliary attack group heading south to attack Baghdad.
From 21:00 on March 20 to 7 April, the US British coalition forces fought on the southern front for about 19 days.
From south to north, they successively or simultaneously carried out a series of battles and mobile raids, such as the French Austrian battle, the umm Qasr battle, the Basra battle, the Nasiriyah battle, the Najaf battle, the Karbala battle and the air raid battle, and finally occupied these cities and important places, It has created favorable conditions for the capture of Baghdad and full control of Iraq.
On the night of March 20, as soon as the war started, the US and British troops entered southern Iraq from Kuwait and unexpectedly began to launch a ground attack on Iraq.
The tanks and troops of the 7th Cavalry Division of the advance force advanced northward from southern Iraq along the desert on the West Bank of the Euphrates River to Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
A large number of tanks and armored vehicles formed an attack formation and pushed rapidly northward at a speed of about 60 kilometers per hour.
The division is an armed reconnaissance force and is opening the way for the 3rd Infantry Division to advance towards Baghdad along the Euphrates River Valley.
In the early morning of the 21st, the US 3rd Infantry Division made a large-scale advance towards southern Iraq in the darkness.
About 20000 soldiers were dressed in chemical protective clothing, with AH-64 “Apache” attack helicopters on them and more than 2000 tanks, armored vehicles, self-propelled guns, oil tank vehicles, ammunition supply vehicles, armored maintenance vehicles, ambulances, grain carriers, water tankers and other logistics supply vehicles under them.
They gathered into a rolling torrent of steel and pulled out of their base camp in Kuwait, Heading for the heart of the Iraqi desert, targeting Baghdad.
The US military fired self-propelled howitzers from time to time.
Bronte, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said that the artillery attack is the first stage of launching a ground attack on Iraq and will last for a period of time.
Heavy shells can hit targets 36 kilometers away, and the power of the multi barrel rocket launching system is even more powerful.
At about 1 pm local time, the 69th Armored Regiment of the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division occupied Jala airport, the first important target of the army, without a single shot.
Mines, grenades and ammunition were scattered all over the cratered runway, and the engineers detonated them.
Then, Apache and Black Hawk helicopter squadrons flew to the airport.
In a few hours, the dilapidated airport became a busy armed helicopter base.
After handing over control of the airport to a marine from the southeast, the 1st Brigade continued to move forward.
When the troops advanced to the city of Nasiriyah on the Euphrates River, the U.S. military encountered the tenacious resistance of the Iraqi army, and its advance force, the 7th Cavalry Division, was forced to stop moving forward.
Nasiriyah is located in the southeast of Baghdad.
It is a fortress on the Euphrates River, about 380 kilometers away from Baghdad.
The US army fought back against the Iraqi army, fired several rockets at the Iraqi army positions, quickly eliminated the resistance enemy and continued to advance towards Baghdad.
On the 23rd, he crossed the Tigris River from west to East.
On the 25th, he entered more than 300 kilometers away from Kuwait, and the forward entered Karbala, only 80 kilometers away from Baghdad.
In less than three days, the 3rd Infantry Division pushed nearly 400 kilometers from south to north, four times faster than the U.S. armored mechanized forces during the 1991 Gulf War, creating a new record for the propulsion speed of armored mechanized forces in the history of human war.
The flat and open terrain of Iraq is like a high-speed runway, which provides excellent convenience for the high-speed propulsion of the third mechanized infantry division of the US Army.
With the support of advanced information systems, the US military has conducted rapid operations with air forces, intelligence and information, special forces and conventional ground forces.
Its combat effectiveness has doubled and doubled.
At an unprecedented high speed, the US military has carried out a multidimensional and integrated lightning assault on Iraq.
In this war, the US military abandoned the practice of the Gulf War and significantly shortened the time difference between air raid operations and ground operations.
The difference between the original planned air raid start time and ground operations was 9 hours.
Later, due to temporary adjustment, ground operations were 15 hours ahead of large-scale air strikes.
On the ground, the mechanized troops pushed forward at an unprecedented high speed despite the great taboos of military strategists such as exposed wings, elongated supply lines and reckless advance of isolated troops.
The commander of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division of the US Army, who was the main offensive, drove straight in and pushed 150 kilometers in one day.
In coordination with the ground forces’ lightning attack on Baghdad, the U.S. military dispatched 1500 aircraft every day to provide near real-time close support for the ground forces while using precision missiles to strike Iraq in depth.
A “precision firepower strike wall” was formed in front of the ground forces, which not only reduced the casualties of the ground forces, but also did not give the Iraqi army a chance to breathe.
The US military’s “precision Blitzkrieg” in the Iraq war is a concrete practice of the US military’s recently proposed “rapid dominance” operational idea and the practical application of the new military reform achievements of the US military with information technology as the core.
Its basic content is to establish a battlefield information network to meet the needs of joint operations.
Through this network, land, sea, air, space and other combat forces can achieve accurate coordination in operations, divide and paralyze the enemy’s combat system at an overwhelming speed, and carry out rapid and decisive strikes with an overwhelming advantage.
The helicopter of the 101st air assault division of the US Army, which had made meritorious contributions in the 1991 Gulf War, has taken off, leaving behind the troops advancing on the ground in a “leapfrog” way and making a straight-line and deep breakthrough into the hinterland of Iraq.
Their tactical intention is to seize the strategic points on the road to Baghdad, stockpile weapons and fuel supplies, and establish forward bases for the rapidly advancing third mechanized infantry division of the US Army and the first expeditionary team of the Marine Corps.
On the same day, the United States seaThe first expeditionary force of the Iraqi army has crossed the Iraq Kuwait border into northern Iraq in order to form a north-south attack with the subsequent us and British ground forces.
This force is an important component of the 150000 troops of the US British coalition forces stationed in Kuwait on the northern border of Iraq.
The 1st division of the US Marine Corps stationed on the Kuwaiti border also crossed the border into southeastern Iraq and exchanged fire with Iraqi forces.
Unable to resist the fierce offensive of the United States, the Iraqi army retreated backward.
The 1st Marine Division went tens of kilometers deep.
In addition, a joint expedition composed of U.S. Marines and British forces is advancing towards Basra, Iraq’s second largest city.
British troops captured the strategic area of the Gulf, the FAO peninsula.
This is Iraq’s export to the Gulf, with important oil facilities.
Explosions were also heard in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Allied commanders reported that some Iraqi soldiers had surrendered in the face of weak resistance from Iraqi forces.
The Iraqi military says four Iraqi soldiers were killed and six wounded.
According to the Kuwait News Agency, the US and British ground forces killed three Iraqi soldiers during a brief exchange of fire with Iraqi border soldiers, saying that the US military had captured the Iraqi border city of umm Qasr.
It’s only 50 kilometers from Basra.
Iraqi officials immediately denied the news.
On that day, more than 250 Iraqi soldiers raised white flags to the US and British troops.
From the southern route to Baghdad, the US military has to pass through Basra, Nasiriyah, Amara, Najaf, Karbala, Kut and other important places, while the Iraqi army has also deployed heavy troops in these cities in an attempt to prevent the US military from going north.
Basra is located on the West Bank of the Arabian river.
It is the second largest city in Iraq and the capital of Basra province.
The urban area, with a population of about 620000, is the industrial and commercial center of Iraq.
It has the largest paper mill in the country.
The petroleum processing industry is very developed.
There are large-scale refineries, steel mills, polyethylene mills, chemical fertilizer plants, etc.
Basra has an international airport and railway station, and majil port, the largest port in China with advanced equipment.
Basra belongs to the defense area of the 51st mechanized infantry division of the third corps of the Iraqi army.
The battle in Basra began on the night of March 20 and ended on April 11, lasting 22 days.
The task of seizing Basra is the main force of the 1st expedition of the US Marine Corps, the 3rd assault brigade of the British Royal Marine Corps and the 7th armored brigade of the British army.
The battle can be roughly divided into four stages: the first stage is from March 21 to 23, when the US British coalition forces advanced northward and were blocked outside Basra.
The second stage was from March 23 to 30, when the US army moved north and the British army besieged Basra.
The third phase was from March 30 to April 8, when the British army captured Basra.
The fourth stage was from April 8 to 11, during which the British army carried out a campaign of elimination and suppression in the city.
At 2100 hours on March 20, 2000 members of the 1st expeditionary force of the United States Marine Corps, the main force of the 3rd assault brigade of the Royal Marine Corps and about 4000 commandos of the 7th armored brigade of the British army entered Iraq from Kuwait and advanced towards Basra.
On the way, there was a battle with the Iraqi army near Basra.
The next day, the American and British vanguard troops arrived in the suburbs of Basra and were tenaciously resisted by the Iraqi army.
In order to cooperate with the ground forces’ attack, the US Air Force conducted an air raid on Basra from 4 to 5 o’clock on the same day.
That night, some Iraqi troops stationed in Basra withdrew, but elite security forces remained in the city to continue resistance.
On the 22nd, the US Marines met the organized resistance of the Iraqi army in the western suburbs, and the two sides fought.
Under the strong offensive of the United States, about 8000 people of the 51st mechanized division of the Iraqi army stationed in Basra surrendered to the US British coalition in the early morning.
On the 23rd, the US British coalition launched an attack on Basra.
After seizing the airport and a bridge in the north of Basra and controlling the main road from Basra to Nasiriyah, 2000 US Marines withdrew from the battle, bypassed Basra and planned to advance northward along the East Bank of the Tigris River through Amara and Kut, ready to cooperate with the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division of the US Army to attack Baghdad, About 1200 people from the British 7th armored brigade and the third assault brigade of the Royal Marine Corps were left to capture Basra.
In the battle on the 23rd, in order to avoid street fighting, the US British coalition forces did not enter the urban area.
After the US Marines went north, the British army was doggedly blocked by Iraqi missiles, artillery and machine guns outside Basra.
On the 24th night, the British Army caused accidental injuries in the scuffle with the Iraqi army.
That night, the Iraqi army used the cover of night to launch a counterattack against the coalition forces occupying Basra airport, and the British 7th armored brigade turned to defense.
At 13:30 on the 25th, US and British warplanes carried out air strikes on Basra, and the British ground forces surrounding Basra still formed a confrontation with the Iraqi army guarding the city.
The coalition forces stepped up air strikes and did not fight street battles with the Iraqi army, forcing the 51st division of the Iraqi army stationed outside Basra to shrink to the urban area.
After two days of fierce battle with the Iraqi army, the Iraqi army had about 100 tanks and armored vehicles to break through from Basra to the FAO Peninsula, most of which were destroyed by the British army.
There was an uprising against Saddam Hussein in Basra.
The British army took the opportunity to attack Basra, occupied Basra’s Radio and television stations, and cut off Basra’s contact with the outside world.
However, due to the tenacious adherence of the Iraqi army, the British army did not enter the urban area until the evening of the 28th.
On the 29th, the British Army surrounded Basra from the East, South and West.
With the support of fierce air fire, they launched a new round of attack on the Iraqi army, forcing more than 1000 Iraqi troops in the periphery to retreat into the city.
On the same day, the British army began to search and arrest members of the Iraqi Baath party and militia in the peripheral control area of Basra, destroy the headquarters of the Baath party in Basra and Zubair, collect weapons, and continue to air raid Basra with aircraft and missiles.
On the evening of the 30th, the besieged British army stepped up the siege and contracted the siege.
600 British Royal Marines attacked the southeast suburb of Basra and pressed three infantry companies against the Arabian River in an attempt to occupy the East and west sides of the river to prevent the Iraqi army from escaping.
The Iraqi army launched a counterattack and wounded a British landing craft.
British troops sank Iraqi patrol boats, captured 300 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 21 Iraqi tanks and armored vehicles.
On April 1, the British army captured the western urban area of Basra.
At about 0:00 on the 2nd, the coalition sent aviation troops to heavily bomb the Iraqi army in Basra.
Najaf is the capital of Najaf Province in Iraq, with a population of about 300000.
It is a famous tourist destination and has been an important business and tourism city in Iraq since ancient times.
Najaf means “a place beyond water” in Arabic.
It is 10 kilometers east of the Euphrates River and 160 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Due to its high location, it has a good overlooking and control over the surrounding areasIt is a key city located on the only channel of north Baghdad.
It is the only way for the coalition forces, and its strategic position is very important.
The Najaf battle began on March 23 and ended on April 4, lasting 13 days.
The troops responsible for the task of attacking and occupying Najaf are part of the US Marine Corps and the 101st air assault division.
In addition, the 7th Cavalry Regiment and the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division also fought near Najaf on their way north.
The Najaf battle has gone through three stages: the first stage is from March 23 to 27, which is a peripheral battle, and the focus of the battle is the Euphrates River Bridge.
The second stage was from the 27th to the 30th.
The two sides were in a stalemate.
The US military attack was frustrated due to sandstorms and the lack of US military logistics supply.
The third stage was from April 31 to April 4.
The US Army concentrated the 7th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division to capture Najaf.
At 2000 hours on March 20, the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division and 7th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the main ground attack force of the US Army shelled the Iraqi army position on the Iraq Kuwait border, entered southern Iraq from Kuwait, and advanced towards Baghdad along the desert under the cover of “Apache” helicopters.
Its leading force advanced at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour.
On the way, it was blocked by Iraqi armored forces.
After defeating and destroying some Iraqi military vehicles, the US army advanced to a depth of about 160 kilometers in Iraq at 7:00 on the 21st.
On the 23rd, the 7th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the US army arrived in Najaf area and was blocked by the Iraqi army guarding there.
The next day, the leading force of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division was violently blocked by Najaf Iraqi army.
In order not to delay the time to enter Baghdad northward, the force had to bypass Najaf and advance to the middle zone between Najaf and Karbala.
On the 25th, the United States and Iran continued to fight.
On the 26th, there was the largest battle since the war.
The 7th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the US army launched a fierce battle with the Iraqi army to seize a bridge on the Euphrates River east of Najaf.
About 200 Iraqi soldiers were killed, and one tank and two military vehicles of the 7th Cavalry Regiment were destroyed.
That night, a Republican Guard took about 1000 military vehicles and, under the cover of dust storms, headed south from Baghdad to Najaf.
On the way, it was bombed by U.S. airmen and forced to return to Baghdad.
This was the largest counterattack of campaign scale taken by the Iraqi army in the whole war, but due to the lack of air control, it failed to achieve the expected purpose under the assault of coalition aviation.
On the 27th, the fighting between the two sides continued, and the Iraqi army destroyed some American tanks and armored vehicles.
Two US Marines mistakenly fought southeast of Najaf.
Affected by the sandstorm, the US British coalition forces made slow progress.
From the evening of the 27th to the early morning of the 28th, most of the 1st and 2nd brigades of the US 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division gathered near Najaf, and the first unit of the 101st air assault division was also deployed outside Najaf to prepare for a new round of attack on Najaf.
Under the cover of “Apache” helicopters, artillery and tank fire, the U.S. military and about 1500 Iraqi troops fought a fierce battle in the northeast of Najaf.
The battle lasted for several hours.
Subsequently, some US troops moved northward along the West Bank of the Euphrates River, preparing to attack Baghdad.
On the 29th, an irregular Iraqi force made a harassing attack on the 3rd Infantry Division of the US Army and was repulsed.
An Iraqi officer launched a suicide bomb attack near Najaf, killing four U.S. soldiers.
The coalition forces are worried about the resistance tactics of Iraqi paramilitary organizations and other supporters of Saddam Hussein.
On the 30th, the U.S. military launched an attack on the Iraqi army in the area north of Najaf.
The 7th Armored Cavalry Regiment fought with the Iraqi army all night near a bridge on the Euphrates River, trying to open up the road leading to Baghdad through Najaf and end the continuous attack of the Iraqi army in this area known as the “ambush road”.
The 101st Airborne Division of the US Army surrounded Najaf, blocked the road leading to the city, and prepared to search and eliminate the members of paramilitary organizations supporting Saddam Hussein’s regime door by door in the city.
The slow progress of the coalition forces was mainly due to the tenacious obstruction and harassment of the Iraqi army and the difficulties in logistics supply.
They had to decide to suspend the attack from 30 to April 2 for supply and rest.
On the 31st, the US Marines began to use talir airport in the southwest of Nasiriyah to open up a new supply line for the US military on the front line south of Kut.
The 82nd Airborne Division is stationed in samawo, the capital of musana Province, Iraq, to defend the logistics supply base in the south of the coalition army.
The division took the initiative to attack the local Baath Socialist Party headquarters and Saddam’s death squads positions, so as to ensure the safety of the logistics supply line of the coalition army.
Around April 6, the 159th brigade of the 101st air assault division entered Iraq from Kuwait to ensure the safety of the southern supply line.
On March 31, in order to prevent another suicide attack, the U.S. military cut off all roads north of Najaf to Baghdad, and opened fire on any vehicle that did not listen to the warning.
Late that night, the 7th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 101st air assault Division launched a general attack on Najaf.
By the morning of April 1, the US military began to attack the urban area.
The airmen used depleted uranium bombs to attack Saddam’s death squads in the urban area, killing about 100 Iraqi militias and capturing 50 people.
One US soldier was also killed.
In the early morning of the 2nd, the Iraqi army fired two missiles at Najaf, but no casualties were caused.
In the afternoon, the remaining Iraqi army fought with the US Army relying on a mosque in the city.
That night, Saddam’s death squads attacked the US Army.
The two sides fought until the next morning, and the US Army basically controlled Najaf.
On the 4th, the 101st air assault division entered and controlled Najaf and began to search for the remaining Iraqi soldiers in the city.
The battle of Najaf ended.
After pulling out Basra, Najaf and other strongholds, the US British coalition forces continued to advance northward from the southern battlefield, approached the Iraqi capital Baghdad, and fought fiercely with the Iraqi army, including the “Republican Guard” in strategic places such as Karbala and Kut.
In order to strengthen the defense of the southern line, the Iraqi “Republican Guard” left Baghdad to the South and prepared to meet the US Army.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein once again appeared on television and commended Iraqi soldiers and civilians.
A new round of air strikes hit the urban and suburban areas of Baghdad from 22:00 local time on April 2 to the early morning of April 3.
Us warplanes again bombed Saddam Hussein’s homes and bunkers in Baghdad with precision guided bombs, and the telecommunications center and market buildings in the city were bombed.
The Iraqi air defense forces responded fiercely.
The US military said that the coalition dropped about 40 “smart bombs” just to destroy an arsenal in downtown Baghdad.
Iraqi Information Minister sahaf said on the 3rd that the United States and BritainThe army’s bombing of Baghdad on the same day killed 27 Iraqi civilians and injured 193.
The 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division of the US Army and the 1st expeditionary force of the Marine Corps are advancing from Baghdad in the southwest and Southeast respectively.
By April 3, the US military had advanced 15 kilometers from the center of Baghdad and controlled some passages in the south of Baghdad.
The leading force of the US 3rd Infantry Division has reached 10 kilometers south of Baghdad.
A spokesman for the US central command said that the US military has arrived at the periphery of Baghdad airport and is ready to attack the airport.
Just when the United States and Britain announced that their troops were approaching Baghdad, Iraqi Information Minister sahaf read out a letter from President Saddam Hussein on Iraqi television, commending the heroic fighting spirit of the defense of Kurt City 170 kilometers away from Baghdad, so as to encourage the fighting spirit of the Iraqi people in the battle with the United States and Britain.
Iraqi television also broadcast pictures of Saddam presiding over the meeting, at which Saddam praised the Iraqi army’s resistance to the US British coalition forces.
Outside Baghdad, the US 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division exchanged fierce fire with about 2000 Iraqi paramilitary organization personnel stationed in Karbala city on the 2nd, and occupied a bridge on the Euphrates River 64 kilometers away from Baghdad.
Pentagon officials confirmed on the 2nd that a US “Black Hawk” helicopter was shot down in this area on the same day, killing 7 and injuring 4 of the 11 crew members on board. A U.S. FA-18 hornet fighter attack aircraft was shot down by an Iraqi surface to air missile in Karbala on the 3rd.
The life and death of a pilot on board is unknown.
This is the first US fighter plane shot down by the Iraqi army.
In the southeast, after occupying a bridge on the Tigris River near Kut on the 2nd, the US Marines have pushed 65 kilometers away from Baghdad.
The US military claimed to have destroyed the Baghdad division of the “Republican Guard”.
In northern Iraq, coalition warplanes targeted targets 160 kilometers north of Baghdad for bombing and forced Iraqi troops to withdraw to Kirkuk.
It is noteworthy that on the 2nd, sahaf read out a statement from President Saddam Hussein to Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, through Iraqi state television, urging the Kurds in northern Iraq to fight with the Iraqi army against the US British coalition forces and warning them not to help the aggressors open up a new front against Iraq.
On the evening of April 13, some soldiers of the 1st Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division of the United States continued to drive into southern Iraq.
Major Silverman, a U.S. military official, said that the task of these vanguard forces is to reconnaissance a road and prepare for a convoy to enter Iraq early on the 14th.
The 4th Infantry Division is considered to be one of the most elite forces in the U.S. military.
It is equipped with cutting-edge computer systems that connect all armed vehicles, as well as the latest tanks, Bradley combat vehicles and Apache armed attack aircraft.
The division originally planned to invade Iraq from Turkey and act as the main force in the Northern Line of attacking Iraq.
After Turkey refused the passage of the US military, the division was ordered to turn to Kuwait to reinforce the US military in Iraq when the US military had difficulties in the Iraqi battlefield.
When the US British coalition forces approached Baghdad, dramatic changes took place in the Iraqi battlefield.
The Iraqi leadership center and its armed forces seemed to disappear in an instant, and the US military occupied Baghdad without difficulty.
For the mysterious actions of Iraq, many experts analyzed or guessed the whereabouts of Saddam and his forces and the future direction of the Iraq war from different angles.
Although these analyses and guesses are diverse and strange, which makes people confused, there are two points we all agree on: first, Iraq has carried out a planned retreat rather than a panic retreat.
Second, the first phase of the Iraq war has ended, and there will be no major fighting in the future.
In mid April, in addition to capturing Tikrit, the main task of the U.S. military in Iraq was to search for Saddam Hussein, eliminate resistance forces, maintain social order and maintain military pressure for post-war reconstruction.
Although Tikrit is the last city in Iraq that is still controlled by Saddam supporters, according to U.S. military reconnaissance, the city has no substantive defense.
Moreover, the number of Iraqi troops guarding the city is quite limited, and they have contacted the US military to negotiate surrender.
The US military has more than 100000 troops in Iraq, including the 3rd Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne Division and the Marine Corps.
It should be sufficient to undertake the above tasks.
It is noteworthy that the US 4th Infantry Division continued to enter Iraq when it had lost the best opportunity to fight in Iraq.
The US 4th Infantry Division continues to move into Iraq and is closely related to Iraq’s neighbor Syria.
Before the US military launched the war of aggression against Iraq, the United States had listed Syria as an “evil country” and claimed that after the United Nations sent weapons inspectors to Iraq, the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq had been transferred to Syria.
After the war, the United States kept warning Syria.
When the U.S. military was almost helpless due to the tenacious resistance of Iraq, the United States spilled its resentment on Syria and accused Syria of providing arms to Iraq.
With the continuous military progress made by the U.S. military in Iraq, the United States not only did not reduce the pressure on Syria, but on the contrary, after basically controlling the situation in the Iraqi battlefield, the high level of the United States began to issue a series of tough warnings to Iraq’s neighbor Syria.
On the 13th, Rumsfeld alleged that some Iraqi dignitaries had “no doubt” fled to Syria, some were still in Syria, and some had been transferred to other countries.
He also said that many Syrians took part in the fighting in Baghdad.
On the same day, US President Bush alleged to the media on the 13th that Syria had hidden chemical weapons.
And once again warned Syria that it must cooperate with the United States and its allies, not hide any Iraqi Baath Party members, military officials and any “people to be reckoned” who may have fled to the country, and asked Syria to hand over all Iraqi officials who have fled into its territory.
Israel quickly echoed the remarks of the United States.
Israeli Defense Minister mufaz said on the 14th that the United States had shown a “yellow card” to Syria.
He urged Syria to expel Palestinian extremist groups and stop supporting Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.
Mofaz said in a speech on Israeli military radio that Syria provides active support to the enemies of the United States.
Although the Syrian side categorically denied the various accusations of the United States, saying that these accusations were “groundless”, the fact is not as important as that Iraq does not actually have weapons of mass destruction.
The United States is just working for another country.