Iraqi's ready to surrender.......


    Mar 9 2003

    Mike Hamilton reports from Camp Coyote in Kuwait

    TERRIFIED Iraqi soldiers have crossed the Kuwait border and tried to surrender to British forces - because they thought the war had already started.

    The motley band of a dozen troops waved the white flag as British paratroopers tested their weapons during a routine exercise.

    The stunned Paras from 16 Air Assault Brigade were forced to tell the Iraqis they were not firing at them, and ordered them back to their home country telling them it was too early to surrender.

    The drama unfolded last Monday as the Para batallion tested mortars and artillery weapons to make sure they were working properly.

    The Iraqis found a way across the fortified border, which is sealed off with barbed-wire fencing, watchtowers and huge trenches.

    A British Army source in Kuwait contacted me to explain how the extraordinary surrender bid unfolded. The source said: "The British guys on the front-line could not believe what was happening. They were on pre-war exercises when all of a sudden these Iraqis turned up out of nowhere, with their hands in the air, saying they wanted to surrender.

    "They had heard firing and thought it was the start of the war.

    "The Paras are a tough, battle-hardened lot but were moved by the plight of the Iraqis. There was nothing they could do other than send them back.

    "They were a motley bunch and you could barely describe them as soldiers - they were poorly equipped and didn't even have proper boots. Their physical condition was dreadful and they had obviously not had a square meal for ages. No one has ever known a group of so-called soldiers surrender before a shot has been fired in anger."

    Last night the Ministry of Defence officially denied the incident had taken place, but the story was corroborated by an intelligence source.

    Meanwhile Saddam Hussein has ordered thousands of troops back to Baghdad as he turns the city into a fortress.

    It is believed that two rings of steel are being established around Baghdad. The outer one consists of regular Iraqi army soldiers and the inner one is made up of Republican Guard fighters - thought to be the only troops that will put up fierce resistance.


  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Dplear
    These are the same soldiers surrendering who everyone says is going to kill all us barbaric Americans in such massive amounts...........
  4. by   Q.
    What?! You've got to be kidding me.
  5. by   cindyln
    hey they just surrendered the last war too.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Why couldn't we accept their surrender?
    Did they want to go back?
  7. by   Dplear
    we could not accept their surrender because we are not officially at war or taking Military actions against them....
  8. by   Mkue
    oh my... Saddam has palaces but no boots for his soldiers.
  9. by   Sally_ICURN
    How sad, how very very sad. They know they're going to die. They don't want to. And so they try to seek refuge and what happens? They get sent back to their death. Not saying the US troops could have done anything for them, they obviously couldn't, and that's really unfortunate.
  10. by   sbic56
    Hopefully, the same thing will happen after the first shot IS fired and it is "official." That'd be the very best we could hope for; to have it all end without bloodshed. But, I know I'm dreaming.
  11. by   maureeno
    I am praying your dream comes true.....

    'A dream is a wish your heart makes
    When you're feeling blue
    In dreams you can lose your heartache
    Whatever you wish for, comes true.
    Hold fast to your dreams and someday
    [la la la la la la la la]*
    No matter how your heart is grieving
    If you keep on believing
    the dream that you wish
    may come true.'

    *can't remember this line, something like
    your rainbow will come shining through
  12. by   donmurray
    The attempted surrender would have been made easier by the contractors (non UN troops are forbidden from the 10 mile DMZ between Kuwait and Iraq) who have reportedly been removing large sections of the fences in recent days, I wonder why?
  13. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by Dplear

    Last night the Ministry of Defence officially denied the incident had taken place, but the story was corroborated by an intelligence source.


    hmm.. I would have to go with the intelligence source and the description of the soldiers by the British forces.