posted on Mar, 24 2003 @ 06:47 PM
Maybe not according to Debka...
1. Contrary to expectation, there are no signs of cracks in the Iraqi high command - from the chief of staff down to division, brigade and battalion
Franks had one last stab at undermining the Iraqi command Monday, March 24. At a news briefing called without prior notice, he said the Iraqi command
is no longer ìrobustî, hoping perhaps to influence the morale of the lower ranks of Iraqi officers and troops.
2. In view of this and other emerging facts, the coalition is short of ground strength for the assault on Baghdad. Franksí officers at Doha are saying
that the Iraqi capital cannot be taken by two US armies. While there is no intention of postponing the assault on Baghdad, putting in a request to the
White House for reinforcements is under consideration. The 4th Armored Division passed through the Suez Canal Monday on its way to the Gulf.
To shorten its journey, the divisionís troops will probably disembark at Saudi Red Sea ports and cut through east into Iraq. The 173th Airborne
Brigade based in Italy, counterpart of the 82nd Airborne Division, has received orders to move out to northern Iraq.
3. All these forces, as well as Iraqís elite divisions, are making ready to fight the main battle for Baghdad. According to our military sources, that
campaign is most likely to get started on Saturday, March 29. Only then, will the two sides bring out their biggest guns and apply firepower to a
degree never seen since World War II.
If the battle goes against him, Saddam may well disclose the chemical and biological weaponry he has kept hidden, or even resort to some sort of
nuclear device. That will also be the moment of greatest peril for Israel and Iraqís other neighbors.