March 19, 2003

Mass Surrenders According to the

Mass Surrenders

According to the Times of London.

Key language:

"Relying on human intelligence - British and US special forces already within Iraq who are observing Iraqi military movements as well as establishing contacts - and covert aerial surveillance, it is estimated that 73 per cent of the regular Iraqi army in the south of the country has already made up its mind to surrender to British and US troops. In one dramatic example, the reports note that a US "psy ops" - psychological operation - unit dropped leaflets on Iraq's 51st Mechanised Division on March 9 and March 10. Four days later, 20 per cent of the division had deserted and was no longer in the area. "Many of those who have already gone are reporting that the rest are preparing to surrender," said an intelligence officer."

Defection rates are lower closer to Baghdad--but even among elite troops located in the capital fidelity to the regime appears quite brittle.

Posted by Gregory at March 19, 2003 08:06 PM
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