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Clusters of Death

Bomblets wreak havoc long after their initial deployment
Baghdad - April 9
 http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woclus223248630apr22,0,125416.story?coll=ny%2Dworldnews%2Dheadlines

Clusters of Death
Bomblets wreak havoc long after their initial deployment

Baghdad - On April 9, as U.S. troops were reaching central Baghdad to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein, Iraqi army units were retreating along the main highway from the city's western edge and Iraqi artillery pieces were parked here and there among the homes on either side of the road.

For perhaps 2 miles along the highway, U.S. forces attacked with cluster bombs, according to several Iraqi eyewitnesses. The canisters broke open in midair, showering many of their explosive bomblets onto the road being used by the retreating Iraqi forces. Many others fell into large suburban neighborhoods like explosive rain, blasting craters and spewing steel shrapnel into homes, schools and civilians north and south of the road.

The bomblets in Ghazaliya are what the military calls "combined effect munitions." Each is shaped like a can of shaving cream, but only slightly bigger than a D-cell battery. It can blast through the armor of a tank. The bomb's body, of gray steel, is made to fragment into shrapnel to kill the troops operating the tank or artillery weapon targeted by the bomb.

Walid Hijazi, 20, knew none of this on April 11, when he and relatives went to check on the home of his uncle Mohammed Hijazi in Ghazaliya. Walid and his cousin Seif Hijazi, 17, found the bombs scattered near the house.

"I saw more than 100 of them, all the same," Walid Hijazi said. "We thought they were pieces, maybe from a bomb, but not that they were bombs themselves." (...)

Curious about anything of interest or value inside the foreign objects on the ground, the young men took a half-dozen of them back to central Baghdad, where the Hijazi family was sheltering from the war in the apartment of a relative.

With more than 20 people camped in the three-room apartment, seven of Hijazi's family were in the living room the next morning as the bomb sat on the floor near the sofa. His baby sister, Rawand, was on the floor near the bomb, "but my back was turned," he said, "and I didn't see whether she touched it or not."

When the explosion rocked the house, those who ran in found Rawand with her legs blown away. She died quickly in her father's arms.

Neighbors carried the injured, stunned or unconscious into two cars, which rushed off to local hospitals. Walid and Seif Hijazi were in the car of Seif's father, Mohammed. As they rode, they discovered four of the objects they had gathered in Ghazaliya still on the car's floor. Now they knew what they were.

Panicked, they threw the bombs out of the car windows into empty areas along the street, they said. Each erupted, blasting shrapnel back into the car that smashed its windows, destroyed its tires and wounded Mohammed Hijazi. They had to flag down another car to get to the hospital.

Saturday, five members of the Tamimi family, who had fled their home in another part of the city, were walking on a footpath near the main highway, and Haithem, 7, spotted a bomblet.

"He thought it looked interesting. He picked it up and looked at it," said Haithem's brother Khalid, 23.

Then, as a child will, he threw it down. The explosion killed him and his cousin Nora, 9. Khalid Tamimi and the children's mothers, Amal and Mayasa, all were seriously injured.
hmmmmmmmmmmmm 22.Apr.2003 05:39

zap!

Curious about anything of interest or value inside the foreign objects on the ground, the young men took a half-dozen of them back to central Baghdad, where the Hijazi family was sheltering from the war in the apartment of a relative.

Your city has just had the crap bombed out of it. You find some strange little thingies outside your home.

Connect the dots maybe?

Just like the kids on ABC banging the RPG round on the ground...ummmm!

You know what is really bad 22.Apr.2003 05:45

Black flag

Fellow Trolls, remember when the left wingers' favorite country was trying to take Afghanistan and they were dropping explosive toys in the villages?

Don't see to much about that anymore :(

Just like land mines....Yep, don't hear to much about that either...

Trolls... 22.Apr.2003 06:30

Hard News

A baby girl got her legs blown off and then died in her fathers arms and all you can do is make glib remarks?
Cluster bombs,landmines,shock and awe - the wholesale worldwide slaughter,mutilation and starvation of innocent children...think about it,(try really, really hard).
Now what would your comments be if that were your child or your sister or brother?

Been there 22.Apr.2003 14:39

zap!

Lost one already, prick.

afghanistan 22.Apr.2003 18:08

heimdallr

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