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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2003

Facts about the war

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U.S. military: 26 dead
British military: 22 dead
Iraqi forces: about 350

— The Associated Press


"I'm getting increasingly concerned by humanitarian casualties in this conflict. I would want to remind all belligerents that they should respect international humanitarian law and take all necessary steps to protect civilians."

Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary-General

By the numbers

50 — number of miles the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division is from Baghdad

70 to 120 — Iraqi tanks reported to have broken out of the besieged southern city of Basra

1,000 — estimated number of Iraqi fighters remaining in the city

1,000 — approximate number of paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne who seized an airfield in northern Iraq

25,000 — high estimate of number of Republican Guards, a paramilitary force that protects Saddam's presidential residences.

25,000 — high estimate of number of Saddam Fedayeen, a militia created in 1995 from tribal areas loyal to Saddam to combat internal unrest.

1,300,000 — Basra's civilian population

$2,200,000,000 — amount the U.N. is seeking in the next six months for emergency humanitarian relief for Iraq

Oil prices

New York: Down 69 cents, to $27.97 a barrel
London: Down $1.28 to close at $24.81 a barrel

The time

Iraq's time zone is 13 hours ahead of Hawai'i time.

Persian Gulf weather

Friday's forecast:

Baghdad — Daytime: 66 degrees, mostly sunny. Night: 48 degrees.
Basra — Daytime: 75 degrees, sunny. Night: 55 degrees.
Kuwait City — Day: 77 degrees, sunny. Night: 55 degrees.

Unit spotlight

The 173rd Airborne Brigade was reactivated on 12 June 2000 in Vicenza, Italy, where it serves as European Command's only conventional airborne strategic response force for the European Theater. Since its reactivation the brigade has added a reconnaissance company and a second battalion — the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne).

Today's Sky Soldiers continue the distinction of honored service earned through service dating to World War I and proudly represent the airborne fighting spirit with routine training deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Hungary, Tunisia, Morocco, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, and more.

Facilities: Vicenza AFB, Italy

Commander: Col. William C. Mayville, Jr.

Web site: www.173abnbde.setaf.army.mil