- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2003

IRBIL, Iraq, March 28 (UPI) — U.S. and British warplanes bombed Iraqi army positions near the northern city of Mosul and Kirkuk Friday morning in apparent anticipation of opening a northern front, Kurdish security sources told United Press International.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party sources advanced Iraqi army positions in the areas of Manara, Zour, Kazwar, Debs and Kardaz were hit, rocking the nearby city of Arbil last night and in the morning.

The bombardment also targeted a 24-mile-long front south of Irbil and military camps on the outskirts of Kirkuk, 120 miles north of Baghdad.

The KDP also said that Iraqi army units position near the city of Chamchamal, 150 miles northeast of Baghdad, retreated 9 miles in the direction of Kirkuk.

It said coalitions warplanes also dropped a large number of missiles and bombs on the military camp of Fayda, 12 miles south of the city of Dohuk, and other Iraqi positions close to Mosul.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters upgraded military defenses in the cities of Dohuk, Irbil, Taqtaq, Chamchamal, Kafri and Klara, which are located less than 12 miles from Iraqi positions.

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