TEMPORARY STALEMATE? 19:48 28 Mar 2003

The 3rd ID around An Najaf. The 1st Marine Division working its way up the Tigris-Euphrates valley. The I Marine Expeditionary Force on the way to Al Kut. UK 1 Armor and Royal Marines in and around Basrah. The 101st Airborne setting up shop somewhere, probably west of An Najaf.

In the north, the 173rd Airborne hold an airfield while units of the 1st Infantry are airlifted in. II Marine Expeditionary Force in Jordan or far west Iraq? Where are 82nd Airborne paratroopers? Check out Bruse Rolston’s situation map.

Forces on both sides are set for a major engagement. Will the Republican Guard strike first? It doesn’t seem likely, but they act like they think they can win and may have an ace or two up their sleeve. Or will we take the battle to them? The troops and Marines have got to be exhausted. The 4th ID won’t enter the battle for at least a couple of weeks as it arrives in Kuwait. The forces in the north won’t be significant for some time, and they have a long way to go if they want to take part in the fighting around Baghdad. We’ll see.

Update 20:01 28 Mar 2003

FoxNews just reported that the 101st just made a deep strike against the Medina Division of the Republican Guard. That would a helicopter attack against Iraqi forces, especially tanks, probably far behind the front lines.