Iraqi Troops Go On Attack

A large column of Iraqi tanks is reported to be moving south out of Baghdad to challenge the 7th Cavalry, while another group of Iraqi soldiers has left Basra, apparently seeking to attack British troops.
I’m completely unqualified to comment on this, but it seems like an odd strategy. Coming out of the cities exposes Iraqi armored vehicles to air attack, which apparently is still functioning despite the sandstorm. Maybe Saddam actually believes the coalition troops are in a vulnerable position, but more likely, I suspect, his tactics betray desperation. Saddam must think that time is not on his side, or he would keep his main forces holed up while continuing to try to make headlines with guerrilla attacks. That’s the way it strikes me, anyway.


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