Iraqi's dressed as US soldiers

  1. Just heard that some of Saddam's henchmen are dressing as US soldiers and accepting surrenders from Iraqi troops ... then executing them. Don't know why I should be surprised at all by this, but I think this bothers me more than just about anything else I've heard...
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    All the more reason to end the Regime.

    I'm not surprised.. thanks for posting.
  4. by   live4today
    Ditto ending that sick sick sick regime!

    I just mentioned this in one of my other comments on a war column, but I'll mention it here again since this topic is more specifically relating to the "civilian-dressed" Iraqui soldiers....

    It gets to me really bad because the chain of command over our troops should have been smarter than SH in that case knowing he'll stop at absolutely nothing to carry out his sick ideas on others. That was a massacre that should have NEVER happened! I hope the loved ones sue our government for that stupid mistake. THAT accident could have been totally prevented!
  5. by   Q.
    Renee, I agree with you, but what exactly are the troops to do when faced with "surrendering" Iraqi troops who suddenly turn hostile? What could be done differently? I don't think there is anything that can be done to avoid it.
    Unfortunately it's the price we pay in trying to be decent.
  6. by   live4today
    Hi SusyK

    Perhaps now our soldiers should have every approaching civilian drop to the ground with arms and legs outstretched, then have them searched. I don't know myself...but something needs to be done to prevent something like that from happening again. SH just cannot be trusted. He does whatever he pleases to his own people for his own selfish causes. I feel so sorry for all the innocent Iraquis who have had to put up with that madman all these years. I pray for them daily, and wish SH and his regime would just go away.
  7. by   JedsMom
    How do we truly know if they are civilians? SH is hoping we'll start treating them like soldiers so he can start another media blitz on how we are mistreating the poor Iraqi civilians. It's hard to play fair with a madman.
  8. by   WashYaHands
    At the risk of sounding callous, if Iraqi troops are posing as the coalition and executing Iraqi troops pretending to surrender...they've just created their own quagmire.

    edited to add that Iraqi TV is reported as being down now.
  9. by   sjoe
    "Just heard that some of Saddam's henchmen are dressing as US soldiers and accepting surrenders from Iraqi troops ... then executing them."

    Well, you must admit, that IS a rather clever idea, whether true or not.

    It might be an indication of an improving Iraqi sense of fashion AND it saves us time and bullets as well. A win-win (except for those who get shot, of course, as always).
    Last edit by sjoe on Mar 25, '03
  10. by   Mkue
    Pentagon says ongoing fighting near Narjaf might have killed 300 to 500 Iraqi troops, could be largest battle so far.
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    Not intending to hijack your thread but I just rec'd this and wondered if Iraqi soldiers were wearing regular clothes or Iraqi uniforms. Guess it didn't matter to our guys.

    Rock on troops
    Last edit by mkue on Mar 25, '03
  11. by   natsfanrn
    Originally posted by WashYaHands
    At the risk of sounding callous, if Iraqi troops are posing as the coalition and executing Iraqi troops pretending to surrender...they've just created their own quagmire.
    Wow, I didn't even think of it that way...I was just thinking of those Iraqis who didn't want to fight for Saddam surrendering to who they thought were Americans who they were told, through all the pamphlet drops, would take care of them and keep them safe from Saddam's reprisals, only to be blown away. Now if they're executing the troops that are PRETENDING to surrender, that would just be too, too sweet! Now all we can hope is that the Republican Guard will come along and start dropping chemical weapons on the guys who are disguising themselves as American soldiers, and we can call it a day
  12. by   molecule
    dirty tricks are low, mean and nasty however invasion is no 'let's play a game' and the idea of following 'rules' seems odd/bizzare to me. along this same thought path, think, if you dare, what we would do if a superior force decided to come and bring us a better way of life. wouldn't we use subterfuge, wouldn't we deceive and 'cheat', wouldn't we do everything possible to defend our land from the alien invaders? [also, didn't the British Red Coats complain about our revolutionary founders not following the rules?]
    it must be truely horrible right now for our troops, sand and tricks...strange duty, using limited military force with difficult rules of engagement. Easier to use an army for its real purpose, killing. Hard to have it both ways....hard to win both the wars of battle and propaganda. 'You must kill but kill humanely!'
    I heard President Bush's request for the $74+ billion for this war makes use of the term 'coersive diplomacy.'
  13. by   Q.
    At this point the "cost" of the war is irrelevent to me. Whatever those troops need to do what needs to be done safely, I say let them have it. Again, if we weren't so concerned about Iraqi civilians, we could avoid using those cruise missiles at $2 million a pop.

    Should Bush cut the war cost by having us use dumb bombs? Would that make some people happy?
  14. by   molecule
    of course we need to give the troops what they need to do their job. the point is the job we ask for them to do is really two jobs, use our military might in such a way as to make sure we don't further inflame the Arab world. that is difficult for a fighting force, that is exactly what candidate Bush was against, for reason.

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