March 4, 2003
Release Number: 03-03-04
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION FORCES DROP LEAFLETS IN SOUTHERN IRAQ
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition aircraft dropped 420,000 informational leaflets
over southern Iraq today.
Coalition aircraft dropped the leaflets between 5:00 and 8:45 p.m. EST
over the cities of Al Amarah, Az Zubayr, Abu Hayyah, Al Uthaylat, Qalat
Salih and Al Kut, all of which are south of Baghdad.
The Coalition dropped two types of leaflets today. One of the leaflets
provided information about radio frequencies on which Coalition forces
are broadcasting information about several topics, including United Nations
Security Council Resolution 1441, United Nations weapons inspectors in
Iraq and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s reign. The other leaflet encouraged
Iraqi troops not to risk their lives or the lives of fellow Iraqi troops.
“Leave now and go home,” the second leaflet said. “Watch your children
learn, grow and prosper.”
By dropping leaflets in Iraq, the Coalition hopes to protect Iraqi lives
and deter Iraqi aggression by providing relevant, factual information
to both Iraqi civilians and Iraqi military troops.