Upwards of 10,000 Iraqi troops had amassed in an area near Al Basrah
. Steadily the number rose to 50,000, some bivouacking within 12 miles of the border.
Upon returning to al Basrah
, Governor Khalaf established a U.S.
In a pooled report, Gethin Chamberlain, of The Scotsman, described how 1,000 or more terrified civilians were forced to run for cover as mortar rounds began falling on the bridge over the Shatt Al Basrah
The coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to strike the launcher near Al Basrah
, nearly 500 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, the U.S.
Aerial bombs were used seven times to drop the deadly nerve agent Tabun on elements of the Iranian Army, first at Al Basrah
in March 1984 and subsequently at Hawizah Marsh, Al Faw and Um ar Rasas, at Basrah again in April r987, when the Iranian Army took 5,000 casualties, and finally at Sumar/Mehran and Halabjah.
Consulates General, in Erbil and Al Basrah
, while others will also take on a more permanent feel as embassy branch offices.
On the Iraqi side of the Shatt Al Basrah
Canal, the missiles struck two positions manned by the Sadayeen Hussein, the militia who were holding out in the besieged city.
It was the 14th day of bombing by the Anglo-American coalition this year In the attack, coalition forces targeted precision-guided weapons at a military mobile SAM system near Al Basrah
, said a statement from the US Central Command.
Principal battles: Abu Klea (near Metemna), Gubat (Gebiet) (1885); Chitral (1895); the Atbara River, Omdurman (1898); Shaiba (Shu'aiba, near Al Basrah
) (1915); siege of Kut-el-Amara (Al Kut) (1915-1916).
Principal battles: Badr (Badr Hunayn) (624); Ohod (Mount Uhud northwest of Al Madinah) (625); Heliopolis (Masr el Gedida) (640); siege of Egyptian Babylon (Bulaq) (640-641); the Camel (near Al Basrah
Son of Caliph Marwan I and fifth Umayyad caliph of Islam; suppressed revolt of dissident Muslims (685-690); reconquered Iraq and defeated Mus'ab ibn-Zubayr at the battle of the Tigris, near Basra (al Basrah
) (690); reconquered Arabia, bringing it firmly under Umayyad control; warred intermittently with Byzantine emperor Justinian II (690-692) and won a great victory at the battle of Sebastopolis (692), thereby securing Armenia and Colchis (western Georgia) as well as partial control of Cyprus; he coined the first Arab money, established Arabic as the official language of the caliphate, and reformed the administration as well.