March 17, 2003
Release Number: 03-03-25
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION FORCES DROP LEAFLETS IN SOUTHERN IRAQ
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Coalition aircraft dropped 360,000 informational
leaflets over southern Iraq today.
Coalition aircraft dropped the leaflets between 8:15 and 9:30
a.m. EST over the southern Iraqi cities of An Nasiriyah, located
approximately 170 southeast of Baghdad; Rumaylah, located approximately
225 southeast of Baghdad; and Al Basrah, located approximately
250 miles southeast of Baghdad.
The Coalition dropped six types of leaflets. Three of the leaflets
contained several references for Iraqis to tune to radio frequencies
where Coalition forces are broadcasting information about United
Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, United Nations weapons
inspectors in Iraq, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's reign and
other topics. Another type of leaflet warned Iraqi troops not
to use weapons of mass destruction, emphasizing that "unit commanders
will be held accountable for non-compliance." One leaflet warned
Iraqi troops that the Coalition will destroy any viable military
targets and does not wish to destroy any Iraqi landmarks, and
that the "Coalition forces do not wish to harm the noble people
of Iraq. To ensure your safety, avoid areas occupied by military
personnel." One more leaflet type told Iraqi troops "not risk
their life and the life of their comrades," and to "leave now,
go home, and learn, grow, prosper."
To see a picture of the leaflets dropped today, along with radio
scripts broadcast recently, follow the links below.
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