The Iraqi troops not waiting for war, start surrendering. France Proud.


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George Hill
March 9, 2003, 01:32 PM
http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/news/news/page.cfm?objectid=12715943&method=full&siteid=106694/

TERRIFIED Iraqi soldiers have crossed the Kuwait border and tried to surrender to British forces - because they thought the war had already started.

The motley band of a dozen troops waved the white flag as British paratroopers tested their weapons during a routine exercise.

The stunned Paras from 16 Air Assault Brigade were forced to tell the Iraqis they were not firing at them, and ordered them back to their home country telling them it was too early to surrender.

The drama unfolded last Monday as the Para batallion tested mortars and artillery weapons to make sure they were working properly.

The Iraqis found a way across the fortified border, which is sealed off with barbed-wire fencing, watchtowers and huge trenches.




TESTING TIME: British Marines are preparing for war

A British Army source in Kuwait contacted me to explain how the extraordinary surrender bid unfolded. The source said: "The British guys on the front-line could not believe what was happening. They were on pre-war exercises when all of a sudden these Iraqis turned up out of nowhere, with their hands in the air, saying they wanted to surrender.

"They had heard firing and thought it was the start of the war.

"The Paras are a tough, battle-hardened lot but were moved by the plight of the Iraqis. There was nothing they could do other than send them back.

"They were a motley bunch and you could barely describe them as soldiers - they were poorly equipped and didn't even have proper boots. Their physical condition was dreadful and they had obviously not had a square meal for ages. No one has ever known a group of so-called soldiers surrender before a shot has been fired in anger."

Last night the Ministry of Defence officially denied the incident had taken place, but the story was corroborated by an intelligence source.

Meanwhile Saddam Hussein has ordered thousands of troops back to Baghdad as he turns the city into a fortress.

It is believed that two rings of steel are being established around Baghdad. The outer one consists of regular Iraqi army soldiers and the inner one is made up of Republican Guard fighters - thought to be the only troops that will put up fierce resistance.

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sonny
March 9, 2003, 01:43 PM
Reminds me of the way Mike Tyson used to scare his opponents before the bell rang.........I like it:D

10-Ring
March 9, 2003, 01:47 PM
Saddam has already circled the wagons for his last ditch effort in defending himself/ regime. I'm hoping for a quick end to this war, that is anothe reason why I'm wanting it to start sooner rather than later.

synoptic
March 9, 2003, 02:00 PM
Good for Saddam, the more he concentrates his troops the more effective our bombers will be :D

Peetmoss
March 9, 2003, 02:07 PM
:what:

OMG that is hilarious. Those guys would probably surrender to the battle hardend Cub Scouts if they were there. :neener: :D

hso
March 9, 2003, 02:19 PM
Hilarious, but doubtful.

Or, it could have been war games in anticipation of the actual fighting. Practice makes perfect!

4v50 Gary
March 9, 2003, 02:31 PM
If this was true, it's a poor response by the Brits. Those Iraqis could be shot for trying to desert. It would have been better to send them back with some loot (British flag) and make it look like the soldiers took the initiative to "raid" the Brits. Either that or to offer them asylum. Once word gets out that food & life is waiting for them if they cross the border, Saddam won't have an army anymore.

BigJake_old
March 9, 2003, 02:46 PM
I wonder if we've (the USA) tried leaflet propaganda on them yet.

Redlg155
March 9, 2003, 02:46 PM
They gotta be kidding me right?

They should have sent em to the MI boys for interrogation. They could have gotten some useful information. They could have also used this as a propoganda tool against the Iraqis.

Good Shooting
RED

capt_happypants
March 9, 2003, 03:06 PM
We've been dropping leaflets on them for months, basically telling the Iraqis to stay home and watch the fun on CNN. If they decide to fight for the Mustache, they're going to die.

There's a terrible irony in the fact that France and Iraq have been close allies for a long time. Iraq defintely could've looked for better military role models. Curling into a fetal position, losing control of the bladder, and begging for mercy every time one hears "Volkswagen" is not a good example of military prowess.

Blackhawk
March 9, 2003, 03:14 PM
5th or 6th thread on this.

The Brits may have inadvertently condemned these guys to getting whacked by Iraq. They could have at least asked "how did you get here?" to figure out how to plug up their leaky lines. It's just possible that they may know some other interesting things....

I guess "Topics must be related to firearms" doesn't mean much for this forum anymore, 'cause this should have been in L&P.

Intune
March 9, 2003, 03:29 PM
They, um, had their weapons with them. Yeah, that's it!

HABU
March 9, 2003, 03:40 PM
ordered them back to their home country telling them it was too early to surrender. The camel riding surrender monkeys are making the cheese eaters proud!

telewinz
March 9, 2003, 03:49 PM
A spokesperson for the French Government annouced today that they are responding to the impending war by rushing in a load WW2 surplus "fresh underwear" and white flags.:D

George Hill
March 9, 2003, 05:10 PM
"Wait for it..." - Brit Sargent

Woodchuck
March 9, 2003, 10:38 PM
Orig. posted by George Hill: No one has ever known a group of so-called soldiers surrender before a shot has been fired in anger."
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I'm not so sure. Did you review French history befor you made that statement?

yankytrash
March 9, 2003, 10:48 PM
Bigjake, probably old news by now, but I just saw on the news and read in the paper that the leaflet program has just begun.

Coronach
March 9, 2003, 11:07 PM
Duplicate thread can be found here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12715).

I'll close this one as a dupe.

Mike

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