U.S. Troops Capture Chemical Plant

(Jerusalem Post) - Caroline Glick About 30 Iraqi troops, including a general, surrendered Sunday to U.S. forces at a huge installation apparently used to produce chemical weapons in An Najaf, some 150 kilometers south of Baghdad. U.S. officials have since confirmed that the site is indeed a suspected chemical weapons factory. The huge 100-acre complex is surrounded by an electrical fence and the Iraqis tried to camouflage the facility by swathing it in sand-cast walls to make it look like the surrounding desert. The U.S. battlefield success was tempered by pictures shown on Arab television of bodies in U.S. uniforms and of prisoners being interviewed who were said to be Americans. Also, British officials confirmed that a Royal Air Force Tornado aircraft was shot down accidentally Sunday by U.S. Patriot missile near the Kuwaiti-Iraq border while returning from a mission.

2003-03-24 00:00:00

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