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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - February 27, 1991, Darmstadt, Hesse Page 4 a the stars. And stripes wednesday february 27, 1991 rescuers using cranes and other equipment look for survivors under floodlights after an iraqi scud missile hit a . Military Barracks near Dhahran saudi of scud left to wonder Why by George Manes Middle East Bureau chief Al Lobar saudi Arabia a spec. Joel Maxwell picked through the smoking wreckage of his Barracks looking for friends and pulling m-16 rifles from the debris left by mondays deadly scud missile attack on this coastal City this is my cot a Maxwell said pointing to the twisted remains of his army Issue bed. Quot it looks like it was ground to his left along what had been the buildings North Wall people were removing a. guess that could be been me a said the 32-year-old Baltimore native. Quot its just coincidence or god or something that it was at least 28 were killed and 100 injured in the 8 30 . Attack the most lethal of the More than 60 scuds launched on Israel and saudi Arabia since the War began. Most of the scuds have been taken Patriot air defense missiles but there were conflicting reports of whether a Patriot was launched monday. Maxwell had been at his cot in the building a combination Barracks and dining facility about 20 minutes before the air raid Siren sounded. In a snap deep Sion he had decided to go next door to a permanent Barracks to visit a Hometown acquaintance whom he had bumped into earlier in the Day. The scud which exploded moments after the Siren wailed blasted out the windows of that masonry building but otherwise Cai ised no damage. Quot no 1 done to really feel Lucky right now Quot he said. Quot i Don t know How i Maxwell was interrupted by a sergeant his face covered in soot who ordered everyone around him to watch their step. Quot be careful where you walk Quot he said. A we should try to pick up the body All that remained of the converted Metal warehouse was a. Twisted Iron framework. A singed sign at the Entrance marked it As the Home of the 475th guar to Ermaste r group a w Ater Supply Reserve unit from Farrell a. After the a attack grim faced service members some of them sobbing poked through the debris. Quot the Early stages of the search were punctuated by the staccato sounds of Small arms ammunition exploding in the soldering ruins. The makeshift Barracks was surrounded on two sides by vast Fields but the missile plummeted through the roof of the building. . Military officials in Riyadh said the missile apparently broke up in flight but eyewitnesses said it had been intercepted by a Patriot. Quot Why did the Patriot have to hit it a asked a dazed and weeping spec. Robert Jacobs of Low ii a if it had t of hit it in would have passed of said a Zhc was standing just outside the main Entrance about 8 31 when he looked up and saw the Patriot intercept the scud. He watched transfixed As the debris roared toward him. A Large piece apparently containing the warhead plunged straight Down burning brightly. It created an Orange fireball on Impact. An hour later soldiers were removing what they hoped would be the last body had been the Home of the 475th. They lifted the Soldier carefully onto a Stretcher and moved away. On the cluttered floor where he had died was a deck of playing cards a combat Hoot and a letter addressed to a woman in Petersburg a. The stars and stripes Northern saudi Arabia . Army and British forces sweeping into Iraq May occupy portions of the country for up to three weeks imposing a form of martial Lawi army civil affairs units Are preparing to set up civil governments if necessary. They Are also authorized to requisition civilian property and supplies. Quot we will to slay in their Homes done to come out and Don t come near . Equipment Quot said it. Col. Kenneth Biser an will corps civil affairs officer. Better yet Biser said he w ill urge them to leave the area and go of the Northern part of Iraq is. a Quot we. Plan to mane Uxer our operations to a Oid those places that Are inhabited Quot said i to col. Dwayne a Aaron chief of civil military affairs for the corps. If the operation passes though a populated area civil affairs personnel will enlist the sen ices of local officials and administrators if there Are any around. The commander must decide whether to set up a civilian government or let the army do much of the civil work. Biser predicted the occupation of Iraq will be two . Sen i i me it console each other alter monday s scud missis attack. In Brief. Quot i Quot really done to see our presence will he that Long he said. Let s say a we Are looking at two to three a a a. We a a a Quot one of the main obligations for the civil Altu irs unit is to secure supplies locally. A the number one resource we Are looking Tor is water and water Wells a he said. The army also will take Over food sources if Nee Cussary Quot it we find a warehouse of food we would requisition it from the a. A i he requisition would be in the form of a written description and a photo with a notice nailed to the Doe or left under a Rock. Quot its basically Anjou a Biser said

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