Sunday | April 13, 2003
POW's rescued by Marines, Tikrit falls
US rescues soldiers held by Iraq
He said he had been reluctant to release the information because he was unsure whether they were among those listed as missing or as POWs.
"I know that they are in good shape," he said on US television.
They were found by marines pushing north from Baghdad.
General Franks said he did not know if any women were among the group.
And he said it was unclear at the moment where they came from - whether they were from the crews of Apache helicopters that came down, or survivors of an ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company.
A US military official at a trauma treatment unit in Baghdad, Lieutenant Colonel Ken Kelly, told the French news agency AFP that six soldiers would be arriving there shortly.
"Apparently, they are in such a condition that they are being brought to a forward critical care unit for evaluation," he said.
The Washington Post reports that all the soldiers were in good condition, although two had suffered gunshot wounds.
Also, Saddam's hometown Tikrit has fallen to US forces, with locals pointing the way. The idea of a conventional last stand was a nice media story, but made little sense, since unconventional warfare worked so much better. Why stand toe to toe with the US, which the Iraqis really didn't do, when you can hang back and create disorder. If you're smart, maybe the Americans will give you permission to form a militia to patrol the town and even pay you. One cannot contest the big battalions of the US. However, the battle for who runs Iraq has just started. The one for you don't need a tank for.
Steve GilliardPosted April 13, 2003 06:09 AM | Comments (34)