'Many Iraqi troops surrender'

  • Agencies, PTI, London/Kuwait Desert
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  • Updated: Mar 21, 2003 15:49 IST

Scores of Iraqi troops surrendered to British Royal Marine commandos operating in southern Iraq on Friday, the BBC news Web site reported.

"A BBC correspondent sees scores and scores of Iraqi soldiers surrendering to 40 Commando, UK Royal Marines, in southern Iraq," it said.

The unit, along with 42 Commando, are part of Britain's Third Commando Brigade, which attacked the al Faw peninsula overnight to capture key oil facilities.
Twenty five Iraqi soldiers surrendered to US forces shortly after the US troops crossed into Iraq, a marine officer said early on Friday.

According to some other earlier reports, 25 Iraqi had surrendered themselves, apparently without incident, soon after the First Marine Expeditionary Force rolled into southern Iraq from Kuwait at about 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Thursday, said an officer, who did not immediately have further details.

More than 1,000 members of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and the Army's Third Infantry Division kicked off the long-threatened ground invasion of Kuwait following a heavy artillery barrage.

The ground push coincided with heavy bombing of Baghdad that set off a fire near a compound of Saddam Hussein, who defied a US ultimatum to flee into exile or face an onslaught.


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