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MC-130E/H Combat Talon I/II - During Desert Storm, the MC-130E Combat Talon I played a vital role. One third of all airdrops in the first three weeks of the war were performed by MC-130s. Its primary role was psychological operations, as it air-dropped 11 BLU-82/B general purpose bombs and flew multiple missions air-dropping and dispersing leaflets
Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
While leaving out the nuke thing, since radiation would be noticed all over the area and in neighbouring countries - there was a thing called war that you probably missed. In war it is pretty obvious that enemy soldiers are a legitimate target. Since there never were 100000 Iraqi tourists in Kuwait at the time, then there had to be some Iraqi armed forces, at war with coalition armed forces, fleeing the area. And if those got "slaughtered" then it happens in wars. Soldiers get killed. Iraqi forces did not surrender. So they were bombed.
If mighty Iraqi air-force bombed coalition soldiers and caused high casualties i doubt you would use word slaughter.
"Iraq went from the fourth-largest army in the worldto the second-largest army in Iraq in 100 hours" - Lieutenant General Tom Kelly
Originally posted by dragonridr
reply to post by jaamaan
They didnt use cluster bombs that would be stupid to try to attack tanks with a cluster bomb they used paveway a laser guided bomb to take out the front and rear of the convoy the rest was taken out by machine gun and rockets.
Originally posted by jaamaan
Saddam Hussein's secret police came for Dr. Hisham Abedan at night. His crime: He had treated a wounded Kuwaiti man in his home. For 12 days last September they tortured the devout Muslim gynecologist from Kuwait Maternity Hospital, plucking his fingernails out and burning him with cigarettes, his colleagues said Thursday. Then they took him home at midnight and called his family outside.
They shoot him in the head in front of his brothers and parents, and they throw his body in the rubbish," said a colleague, Dr. Mohammed Mahfouz. "And they order his family not to move the body until morning." Similar tales of horror were common in this battered capital a day after allied forces liberated the city.
Doctors say they still are stunned by the savagery of the seven-month reign of terror by Iraqi troops. Dr. Khalid Shalawi, head physician at Mubarak Hospital, said Thursday that he has often wept "over what has happened in Kuwait--it was worse than people thought."
Basma Yusef, head nurse for casualties at Mubarak, Kuwait's largest hospital, said that the worst cases of torture she had to treat seemed to be victims accused of taking part in the Kuwaiti resistance.
One man's ears were cut off, she said. Another was burned so badly "he had no skin," she said. "We think they used acid."
And three weeks ago, she said, the bodies of nine Kuwaitis were found, killed by ax blows to the head.
"The head is open and the brains are out," Yusef said. "Some, their eyes have been taken out."
Most perplexing to the doctors was the fate of Rasha Kabundi, a young mother of three. She was shot four times in the chest and face. Then the top of her skull was cut off with an electric saw. Her body, too, was dumped in a rubbish heap.
"It's awful," said Dr. Shalawi. "It's a nightmare. We're still in a state of shock."
He estimated that 250 to 300 Kuwaitis were tortured and killed in the city. The grim total may never be known, however, since ambulances were forbidden to pick up the bodies, and many families buried their victims alone.
Among Kuwaiti officials in the United States, accounts continued to vary widely about how many Kuwaiti civilians had been killed or kidnaped by Iraqi occupiers.
In Washington, Kuwait's ambassador to the United States, Sheik Saud al Nasir al Sabah, told reporters after a White House meeting with President Bush that the Iraqis are believed to have killed about 2,000 Kuwaiti civilians. He said they had seized "between 4,000 to 5,000, perhaps more than that" as apparent hostages.
In New York, however, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United Nations put the number considerably higher: 22,000 abducted Kuwaiti civilians and 8,632 Kuwaiti prisoners of war. He made no mention of slain civilians. In Kuwait city, the torture was carried out in police stations, a sports club, and even in Dasman Palace, the now gutted residence of Kuwait's ruler, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah. The executions were carried out everywhere, witnesses said.
"The last group was 10 days ago," Dr. Shalawi said. "They took four young boys, 15, 16, 17. They all work in restaurants. They accused them of being resistance. They killed them all--shot in the head."
Another 17 victims, also killed by shots in the head, were brought to the Al Amiri Hospital in February. All told, 38 bodies, including that of a woman who had been hanged, were received by the hospital after Iraq invaded Kuwait last Aug. 2, said Dr. Ammar Baroon, a surgeon.
The "crimes" for which Kuwaitis could be tortured and killed included such things as using Kuwaiti money, which features a likeness of the emir.
"They catch many people because they found Kuwaiti flags, or a picture of the emir, anything from Kuwait," said Dr. Jassim Sailakawi, assistant registrar at Kuwait Maternity Hospital.
Sailakawi said an Iraqi officer ordered nurses to remove ubiquitous stickers that say "My Country, Kuwait" from walls and pictures.
"He said take all the stickers off or we destroy the hospital," the doctor said.
A four-barreled Iraqi antiaircraft battery and concrete blockhouses were placed in the parking lot in front of the Al Amiri Hospital in apparent violation of Geneva Conventions that bar military positions outside hospitals.
The gun stood fully loaded with belts of ammunition Thursday, and the ground was littered with empty brass casings. Iraqi helmets, caps and uniforms were scattered in the bunkers.
"They shoot all the time," said Dr. Baroon. "They just hear the voice of the plane and start shooting. But they have no target."
Other antiaircraft guns and bunkers were placed at the Adan Hospital and around the sprawling Sabah Hospital complex, renamed Saddam General Hospital by the Iraqis. Now abandoned, the guns all were aimed toward the Persian Gulf in anticipation of an amphibious landing by U.S. Marines that never came.