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INC Report on Iraqi Losses During "Desert Fox"

Iraq News, 07 Jan 1999

By Laurie Mylroie

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Iraqi Broadcasting Corporation 
(An affiliate of the Iraqi National Congress)

News from Iraq

Details of the losses inflicted on Saddam's regime 
during Operation "Desert Fox"

Arbil, Iraq- January 7, 1999
  IBC has managed to obtain important and accurate details about the 
damages inflicted on the regime by the recent British and American 
military strikes known as Operation "Desert Fox" through its wide 
network of correspondents distributed throughout Iraq.
   Our correspondents reported the following:
1: The Presidential Palaces and other important headquarters and 
buildings:
-The Presidential Palace in Karadet Mariam, Baghdad: 60% destroyed.

-The Za'afaraniyah Palace: 70% destroyed.

-Ridhwaiyah Palace Complex: 80% destroyed.

-Iraqis civilians are joyful and happy as they pass in front of the
headquarters and buildings of the Regional Command and the National 
Command that are situated in Zeitoun Street, Al-Karkh Baghdad, as well 
as the main headquarters of the General Security Directorate (Mudeeriyat 
Al-Amn Al-'Aam) in Al-Baladiyat: these locations were fully destroyed 
(100%). The number of casualties (killed and wounded) was very high at 
the General Security Directorate.

-The headquarters of the Military Intelligence Directorate 
(Al-Istikhbarat Al-'Askariya Al-'Aama) in Al-Kadhimia: 30% destroyed.

-The full destruction of headquarters and building of the Special 
Security Organization (Jihaz Al-Amn Al-Khass) in Hay Al-Tashree', 
Baghdad, where the casualties ran up into over 70% of the personnel.

-The main headquarters of Special Police (Jihaz Al-Mukhaberat Al-'Ama) 
in Al-Mansour, Baghdad sustained heavy bombing and the level of 
destruction in its building was 50%, with 17 officials dead and 83 
wounded.

-The Radio and Television building in Al-Salhiya: two levels were 
destroyed.

-The Ministry of Internal Affairs (near the People's Stadium (Mal'eb Al-
Sha'ab)): 50% destroyed.

-The Mosul Municipality Building: 50% destroyed with 21 persons killed.

-The Ba'ath Party headquarters in Al-Karkh neighborhood: 100% destroyed 
with the death of the guards and persons inside.

-The General Police Directorate (near the People's Stadium): 25% 
destroyed.

-The General Recruitment Directorate (Al-Tejneed): (near the Scout's 
Arena): 20% destroyed, with the killing of 13 military personnel.

-The Presidential Palace in Mosul and its helicopter base: 80% destroyed 
and over 120 military personnel killed.

-The complete destruction of the Jamming and Surveillance 
telecommunications unit at Abu Ghraib with 19 military personnel killed.

-The complete destruction of the "858 Project" (Mashroo' Al-Hadi lil 
Inssatt-Surveillance) at Al-Rashidiya; with 84 military personnel 
killed.

2: The Special Republican Guard
The Special Republican Guard consists of 3 Battalions comprised of 15
security, combat and protection brigades with headquarters in Baghdad, 
Mosul, Jebel Makhoul and Tikrit. The SRG sustained heavy loses during 
the air campaign with 218 killed among officers and other ranks, and 445 
wounded.

3: The Republican Guard:
-The "Baghdad Forces" Command (Quwat Baghdad Hares Jimhouri) belonging 
to the Command of the "Allahu Akbar Forces-Northern Corps (Quwat Allahu 
Akbar-Hares Jimhouri). Currently based in Kirkuk.

Losses:
43 killed among officers and other ranks and 156 wounded. 19 tanks and 
armored vehicles were destroyed, and 26 others were damaged to varying 
degrees. Two anti-aircraft batteries were destroyed comprising of 42 
anti-aircraft guns and SAM missiles, including 6 SAM 6 missiles. 
Moreover, several mobile radar units were destroyed together with the 
Al-Rasheed armory that belongs to the Baghdad Forces Command, as well as 
huge numbers of ammunitions and light and medium weapons.

-The "Adnan Forces" Command (Quwat Adnan Hares Jimhouri), under the 
Command of the Allahu Akbar Forces-Northern Corps. Currently based in 
Mosul.

Losses:
48 killed among officers and other ranks with 151 wounded. Destroying or
damaging 22 tanks and armored vehicles. The destruction of light and 
medium weapons armory that included 720 assault rifles, 56 mortar 
cannons and 2740 crates of ammunition, plus the destruction of 6 
surface-to-air missile launchers.

-The "Al-Medina Al-Munawera" Forces Command (Quwat Al-Medina Al-Munawera 
Hares Jimhouri), under the command of the Allahu Akbar Forces-Northern 
Corps.  Currently based between Al-Taji and Al-Rasheediya.

Losses:
21 killed among officers and other ranks, with 87 wounded. Destruction 
or damage to 31 tanks and armored vehicles. The destruction of the 
armory belonging to the "Al-Medina Al-Munawera" Forces, as well as the 
destruction of 19 anti-aircraft targets.

-The "Nebuchadhnasser" Forces Command (Quwat Nebuchadhnasser Hares 
Jimhouri) under the command of the Al-Fathul Mubeen Forces-Southern 
Corp. Currently based in Kirkuk.

Loses:
113 killed among officers and other ranks with 181 wounded. 23 artillery
canons of varying ranges were destroyed. The Al-Hamzeh armory belonging 
to the "Nebuchadhnasser" Forces was destroyed containing 350 assault 
rifles and 1240 crates of ammunition. 6 155-mm canons were destroyed. 3 
launchers for SAM and Roland missiles were destroyed. [As a result of 
these strikes, the 22 and 23 brigades of the "Nebuchadhnasser" Forces 
were withdrawn from the town of Dibis near Kirkuk because they sustained 
heavy losses in personnel, weapons and equipment. They are now being 
reconstituted.]

-The "Hammurabi" Forces Command (Quwat Hammurabi Hares Jimhouri) under 
the command of Al-Fathul Mubeen Forces-Southern Corps. Two headquarters 
at Suweira and Al-Kut.

Losses:
88 killed among officers and other ranks, 146 wounded including 3 
officers. 36 artillery canons of varying ranges were destroyed. The 
Al-'Amer armory belonging to the "Hammurabi" Forces was destroyed 
including 560 assault rifles, 600 chemical weapons masks, 7000 hand 
grenades, 105 cases of Valmara land mines, a number of anti-aircraft 
guns and 31 batches of ammunition.

-The "Al-Nida' Forces" Command (Quwat Al-Nida' Hares Jimhouri), under 
the command of Al-Fathul Mubeen Forces-Southern Corps. Headquartered at 
Ba'quba and Al-Kut.

Losses:
147 killed among officers and other ranks with 227 wounded, including 4
officers. 23 field artillery canons of varying ranges were destroyed. 
The armory belonging to the "Al-Nida' Forces" was destroyed including 
470 assault rifles, 4500 hand grenades, 2650 crates of ammunition, 98 
cases of land mines, 62 mortar canons. 27 tanks and armored vehicles 
were destroyed and 9 others were damaged. An anti-aircraft battery 
containing 18 anti-aircraft guns and missiles was destroyed. 14 batches 
of ammunition were also destroyed.

-There were also heavy loses at the headquarters of Allahu Akbar Forces
Command (Northern Corps) and the Al-Fathul Mubeen Forces Command 
(Southern Corps). For further details on the Republican Guards, visit 
the web page of the Iraqi National Congress at www.inc.org.uk.

4: The Iraqi Army
Losses:
-Al-Taji Camp: 34 killed among officers and other ranks with 12 wounded. 
The Al-Munther Armory was destroyed (very large), and 22 
surface-to-surface missiles were destroyed as well as 13 SAM 6 missile 
launchers.

-Armored Vehicle Academy: situated between Tikrit and Baiji: 34 tanks 
and armored vehicles were destroyed, with the killing and wounding of 
large numbers of officers and soldiers.

-The Qa'qa' Forces Command, in Qadha' Al-Dibis: 20% destroyed.

-The armories of the 2nd Corps situated in Al-Sa'ad Camp, Mansouriyat 
Al-Jebel near Ba'quba City (Diyala Province) were destroyed.

-Al-Taji Camp: tank and armored vehicle maintenance workshops were 
destroyed with 21 officers and soldiers killed and 34 wounded.

5: Airforce Bases, Airports, Helicopter Bases and Air Defense units.
Losses:
-Hamreen Airport: 3 Sukhoy planes were destroyed with 9 officers and 
soldiers killed and 17 wounded.

-The Fourth Air Defense Sector: destruction of 17 helicopters of varying
models, and 29 officers and soldiers killed (7 officers).

-Al-Huria Airbase, Kirkuk: 3 Mig aircraft were destroyed, 13 officers 
and soldiers killed with 32 wounded.

-Tamouz Air Base, Habbaniya: 6 Mig and Sukhoy planes were destroyed, 27
officers and soldiers killed with 3 wounded.

-Helicopter base, Southeastern Baghdad: 4 helicopters were destroyed, 12
officers and soldiers killed with 18 wounded.

-Tuzkhurmato: 14 anti-aircraft guns were destroyed with 4 officers and
soldiers killed.

-Helicopter Base at Al-Taji Camp: large casualties in personnel and 
planes, at least 7 officers killed.

-Helicopter base in the forests of Nahiyet Al-Riyadh near Al-Huwaijah, 
Kirkuk: 6 officers above the rank of lieutenant were killed together 
with 15 soldiers and a number of helicopters.

-Heliport at Baiji: 60% destroyed.

6: Civilian Losses and the general situation:
-57 civilians were killed and 86 wounded.

-Drinking water was cut off certain areas of Baghdad since December 17 
1998.

-The neighborhoods of Al-Thawra, Al-Shu'la, Al-Kadhimia and Al-Doura are 
still surrounded by security inspection points since the start of the 
strikes. Orders were issued to bombard these areas with artillery and 
armored vehicles in case of any uprisings.

-The grain silo in Tikrit was burnt and 1100 tons of rice was destroyed
together with 50 tons of other types of grain.

-Electricity has not been cut off at all since the beginning of the 
strikes.

-Television broadcasting is still weak and garbled.

IBC will release another detailed report about the regime's losses in 
Southern and Western Iraq in the next few days, as well as a report on 
the losses inflicted on the headquarters of the Iraqi Army Corps command 
in Northern Iraq.

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