- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2003

LONDON, March 25 (UPI) — Following are headlines of the main Arab press on the Iraq war, on Tuesday March 25.

United Kingdom:

Al-Hayat: Losses force change of U.S. plans, and battles in south overshadow advance on Kerbala.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Resistance and sandstorms scuttle advance of U.S. forces. Republican Guards attacked near Kerbala, landing on Kirkuk aborted.

Al-Kuds al-Arabi: Resistance in south embarrasses U.S., threatens long war.

Lebanon:

As Safir: Setbacks in south speed up northern front and force U.S. and Britain to reconsider plans. Invasion scattered in desert, resistance hunts down (invasion) forces.

An Nahar: Bush worried about presence of Russian experts, meets Blair this week. Struggle over Basra and preparations to open northern front as Saddam is confident of victory. South Baghdad: First collision between U.S. forces and Republican Guards.

Kuwait:

Al-Rai al-Aam: Powell warns Iraq not to use chemical weapons in south. Shiite opposition threatens Washington… it will change stance.

Al-Qabas: Rumsfeld complains about poor flow of information.

Jordan:

Al-Rai: The King: Reports of U.S. plans to launch military operations from Jordan against Iraq are untrue.

Syria

Tishreen: Al-Sahhaf affirms six U.S. soldiers killed, 12 personnel carriers destroyed in battles around al-Muthanna.

Egypt

Al-Ahram: U.S. air force fails to infiltrate Iraqi armored positions after a three-hour battle. Baghdad announces shooting down two Apache helicopters. Washington admits one downed, stiff resistance.

Saudi Arabia:

Al-Watan: South bumpers prompt U.S. to activate northern front.

Okaz: Fierce resistance of Iraqi cities obstructs invaders' advance.

UAE:

Al-Ittihad: Iraqi Republican Guards set for fierce battle in Baghdad.


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