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IRAQ - March 30 - Coalition Jets Pound Medina Division.



Coalition aircraft step up raids on Republican Guard units dug in around Baghdad. The capital is also targeted, with attacks on a training school for the paramilitary Fedayeen fe·da·yee  
n. pl. fe·da·yeen
A commando or guerrilla, especially an Arab commando operating in the Middle East.



[Arabic fid
, a presidential palace, an intelligence complex and surface-to-air missile sites A plot of ground prepared in such a manner that it will readily accept the hardware used in surface-to-air missile system. . To the south of Baghdad, elements of the Republican Guard's Medina Division suffer intense bombardment by jets, helicopter gunships and heavy artillery See: field artillery.  from the US 3rd Infantry Division. One US Air Force F-15 weapons officer said that despite the Republican Guard forces being dug in they were having no trouble targeting them. He said on a typical mission, an F-15 patrol of two aircraft would expect to drop 18 bombs and missiles and record 18 hits. A US military spokesman said 30 Apache helicopters from the 101st Airborne also attacked the Republican Guard Medina Division, killing at least 50 troops and destroying about 25 vehicles, including tanks and armoured personnel carriers. Baghdad claimed it had shot down at least two Apache helicopters, killing the two crew from one of the aircraft. Near Basra, British commandos The British Commandos were first formed by the Army in June 1940 during World War II as a well-armed but non-regimental raider force employing unconventional and irregular tactics to assault, disrupt and reconnoitre the enemy in mainland Europe and Scandinavia.  claimed another successful "probe and delve" sortie on a small town on the south-eastern fringes of Iraq's second city, killing a Republican Guard colonel and capturing five other senior Iraqi officers. Some reports suggested one of the officers was a general. Earlier four US soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber Noun 1. suicide bomber - a terrorist who blows himself up in order to kill or injure other people
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political
 at a checkpoint near the central town of Najaf. On April 31, six US troops were injured at a base in Kuwait when a man in civilian clothes drove a pick-up truck into a group of soldiers. In the north of Iraq, US forces on March 30 claimed to have destroyed a massive base of the terrorist group Ansar Al Islam Noun 1. Ansar al Islam - a radical Islamic group of terrorists in the Iraqi part of Kurdistan who oppose an independent secular nation as advocated by the United States; some members fought with the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan; said to receive financial  after a heavy missile bombardment was followed up by a ground assault by US Rangers and Seal special forces units This article is about Special Forces Units. For Paratroop and Parachute Infantry Units, see Paratrooper forces around the world.

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. US military spokesmen said that up to 60 cruise missiles had been fired at the base over the past four days, with ground forces entering what remained of the base on March 30.
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Apr 5, 2003
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