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Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Baghdad Fireball

Grim reports continue from embeds accompanying United States Army and Marine forces within and surrounding Baghdad. Troops continue to encounter “sporadic but fierce resistance”. Major Frank McClary, operations officer of the 1st Brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment said, "Tactically-wise, it's going to be going on for a long time," as blasts of cannon fire from Bradley fighting vehicles reverberated around him. The Iraqis that they are encountering, he said, still have rocket-propelled grenades. "Personally, I think it's going to be going on until we leave this country."
Meanwhile, the United States military reports no Baath party member defections thusfar into the war despite several Iraqi commanders leaving their posts.
And the CIA reports that many Iraqi would be against exiled opposition groups taking any kind of leadership positions within the post Saddam government.
Photo: Reuters

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