April 09, 2003
This Morning's SitRep From the US DOD
The Iraqi Regime is in disarray and many parts of the country are free. News reports this morning are filled with jubilant Iraqis cheering Coalition forces. Coalition forces know that there is still much work to be done.
Despite severe weather conditions, two critically wounded U.S. Army special operations soldiers' lives were saved by a Combat Search and Rescue team that evacuated them from about five miles south of Baghdad to be later transferred to a hospital in Kuwait.
U.S. Central Command has received further clarification on two incidents of journalists being harmed during combat operations in Baghdad. These tragic incidents appear to be the latest example of the Iraqi regime’s continued strategy of using civilian facilities for regime military purposes. The Coalition regrets the loss of innocent life and will continue its efforts to protect the innocent from harm.
Two Coalition airmen are missing after their F-15E Strike Eagle went down in Iraq approximately 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time and is being investigated
Coalition forces are making good progress on their objectives of removing the Iraqi regime, liberating the Iraqi people, and beginning the process of disarming Iraq of WMD
The main focus of the land component continues to be the area in and around Baghdad.
Coalition warplanes covered the skies over Baghdad, targeting enemy forces and government buildings.
Coalition forces also attacked enemy forces hiding in southeast Baghdad, and five weapons caches, consisting of more than 10 tons of ordnance, thousands of rocket-propelled grenades, surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and a host of mortar rounds, assault rifles, and ammunition were discovered.
A B-1 bomber dropped four 2,000-pound bombs on a building where Iraqi leaders, including possibly Saddam and his sons, were believed to be meeting.
In the east, US Marines attacked across the Diyalah river, destroying an Iraqi force of tanks and other armored vehicles.
In Basra, Coalition forces succeeded in reducing the remaining concentrations of Ba’ath Party officials and regime forces, setting off demonstrations of jubilation in the streets by local residents.