Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

US and British fighters are dropping leaflets on Iraqi positions.

Aircraft taking part in U.S. and British patrols dropped leaflets over central and southern Iraq on Wednesday, some warning air defense troops not to fire on Western jets and others saying "coalition forces do not wish to harm the noble people of Iraq," the U.S. military said.

Some of the leaflets urged Iraqis to listen to American special forces radio broadcasts to the area, providing frequencies of broadcasts criticizing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and providing information on U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441 and U.N. arms inspections in Iraq, Central Command said.

One of the leaflets stated, "The coalition will destroy any viable military targets" and "The coalition does not wish to destroy your landmarks," according to Central Command. It also stated, "Coalition forces do not wish to harm the noble people of Iraq. To ensure your safety, avoid areas occupied by military personnel," according to Central Command.

A leaflet intended for air defense personnel stated, "Do not fire at coalition aircraft. If you choose to fire you will be destroyed. Coalition forces will attack with overwhelming force. The choice is yours," Central Command said.

Another leaflet had a photograph of a warplane releasing bombs, and stated, "Coalition air power can strike at will. Any time, any place," Central Command said.

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