March 8, 2003
Release Number: 03-03-09
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION FORCES DROP LEAFLETS IN SOUTHERN IRAQ
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition aircraft dropped 720,000 informational leaflets
in Iraq today.
Coalition aircraft dropped the leaflets over several locations south of
Baghdad. Most drop-sites today were military-related and included a military
camp near Az Zubayr, approximately 230 miles southeast of Baghdad; a military
barracks near Al Basrah, approximately 240 miles southeast of Baghdad;
a headquarters building near Al Amarah, approximately 165 miles southeast
of Baghdad; and military installation site on the Al Faw peninsula, approximately
290 miles southeast of Baghdad.
The Coalition dropped five versions of leaflets. Three of the leaflet
types 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 regime. One type of leaflet
encouraged Iraqi troops to not risk their lives against Coalition forces,
and the other leaflet warned Iraqi forces not to use weapons of mass destruction.
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 military troops.