New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY March 23, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 112
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Troops edge closer to Baghdad
By Calvin Woodward
Associated Press Writer
Advancing in a dusty dash toward Iraq’s hard-core defenders, U.S. forces rolled to within 150 miles of Baghdad and besieged the southern city of Basra. A grenade attack Sunday at a base camp in Kuwait wounded 13 American soldiers.
Allies boasted “the instruments of tyranny are collapsing,” and so, from all appearances, was the will to fight among thousands in the regular Iraqi army. Still, resistance iii some areas was fierce.
On the outskirts of Basra, a city of 1.3 million where Saddam Hussein’s tough security fighters were thought to be lodged, allies captured the airport in a gunbattle and took a bridge.
U.S. forces crossed the Euphrates River and were halfway to Baghdad, two days after spilling from Kuwait in a sprint that has secured strategic oil fields, a seaport and towns.
Near Basra, Cobra attack helicopters, attack jets, tanks and 155 mm howitzers fought ahead of the troops to clear Highway 80.
Officials said 1,000 to 2,000 Iraqi soldiers were in allied custody and many others gave up the fight.
There was danger away from the front lines, as well. In northern Kuwait, troops in a tent at a 101st Airborne Division camp were attacked with grenades, wounding 13 soldiers. A U.S. soldier was detained as a suspect.
At Camp New York, another staging camp in northern
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No one wants war ... Often, though, a more lasting and meaningful peace is achieved through strength, not vacillation. And, as we teach our children, sometimes we sacrifice today for better tomorrows.”
— U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas
No one is certain of what we may encounter as we continue on this journey. What we can be hopeful for, however, is that if we remain strongly united as Americans behind our president and our troops, that our final destination will be glorious.”
— State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels
I applaud President Bush and his leadership under very difficult circumstances. We hope and pray that the war will be short, that we will be successful and the world will be a safer place when Iraq is liberated and Hussein a remnant of history.”
— U.S. Sen. John Comyn, R- Texas
I was anti war. I’ve always been an anti-war person. But I am pro-rehabilitating the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein. I always think of war as the last resort. Once it started, I really had no choice though.
— Connie Hen neks, New Braunfels
You look at (pictures), and you see the street lights still burning in Baghdad after three days of bombing. In a traditional air assault, one of the first things you knock out is the lights, the bridges, etc. If we were being careless or were against the people of Iraq, we wouldn’t be operating with such precision.
— Dick Gray, New Braunfels
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Iraqi men hold their arms in the air as they surrender to U.S. marines in the southerrrfraq desert Saturday. U.S. Marine tanks battled Iraqi forces bn the western outskirts of Basra on Saturday.
Tougher tasks ahead for coalition forces
By Sally Buzbee
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The war against Iraq, off to a smooth and potent start, could become more difficult and deadly in the coming days. The tasks ahead may include fighting the battle-ready Republican Guard troops, avoiding chemical attacks, seizing the streets of Baghdad and tracking down Saddam Hussein.
“There will be surprises," Gen. Tbmmy Franks, commander of the U.S.-led forces, said Saturday. "We have not yet seen them.”
One new complication is how to secure northern Iraq. The U.S. military on Saturday abandoned plans to use Turkish bases to move ground forces there. The United States needs troops in the north not only to fight Iraqi forces, but also to avert possible conflicts between Kurds and neighboring Turkey.
U.S. officials are currently relying on special operations forces in the north, but may have to send conventional forces into the area.
President Bush renewed his warning
that the war “could be longer and more difficult" than some think. Franks, in his first news conference since the war’s start Wednesday, spoke of the “potential for days and for weeks ahead” of fighting.
The six fighting divisions of the elite Republican Guard appear ready for combat and are mostly dug in around Baghdad.
At least one top deputy of Saddam is believed alive and commanding some Iraqi military and security efforts, a senior U.S. official said. That deputy, known as “Chemical Ali,” led the chemical weapons attack against rebellious Kurds in the 1980s that killed thousands of civilians.
That raises the fear.that U.S. troops could face chemical or biological attacks. The troops have yet to find weapons of mass destruction, which the White House contended Saddam was concealing and President Bush said was a prime rationale for war.
Saddam himself has proved elusive.
Franks said he did not know if the See AHEAD/9 A
A British soldier from the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps 16 Air Assault Brigade moves into Iraq to secure the North Ramala oilfields Saturday.‘Let’s Rock ’n’ Roll for Kids’
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Screaming women in poodle skirts and neck scarves rush the stage to place dollar bills in Johnny Polk’s garter belt Saturday night at Wursthalle to help raise money for Communities In Schools. The 1950s-themed party was replete with guys in white T-shirts sporting sficked-back hair, carhop waitresses and Elvis.Inside
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E-mail fracas centers on election
By Dylan Jimenez
Controversy surrounding an e-mail sent by a Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce official might come to a head during Monday night’s city council meeting.
Officials disagree whether an agenda item to discuss the e-mail is “electioneering” or an “attempt to clarify false information.”
The e-mail, which Director of Economic Development Rusty Brockman sent from his chamber account to about 50 members of the New Braunfels Manufacturers Association, solicits funds to support a political actionAt a glance
■ WHAT New Braunfels City Council regular meeting
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHERE: Council chambers, Municipal Building, 424 W. Casted Ave.
A copy of the e-mail, which since has been widely circulated, reads, “I want to encourage each of you to consider becoming a part of this PAC by sending a contribution.”
Brockman gives an address for the PAC, Citizens for
Community Improvements, which was formed to oppose two propositions on the May 3 ballot that would reduce the 4B tax and add a tax for street repair.
Brockman would not comment on the correspondence, but chamber President Michael Meek dismissed any illegality or conflict of interest.
He said Brockman volunteers as secretary of the manufacturers association, and the e-mail was a standard “recap” of the day’s meeting. Meek said the meeting was about the political action committees and propositions 2 and 3, but denied theSee FRACAS/8 A