How long to take baghdad?

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How long do you think it will take us to take baghdad (us I mean the coalittion. Do you think the republican gaurd will offer much fight?
 

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Duncan
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I would go for about three weeks. In the previous three weeks, things have gone well for the 'Coalition', now they have their hardest part.
In three weeks time I will look back to see how wrong I was.
 
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Viper
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I think the republican gaurd will put up quite a fight. I feel that saddams airport will be an important capture.
 
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Mulder
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What's kinda freaky is that Saddam is now saying that victory is nearer thatn ever (for his regime)
 
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Viper
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Im not siding with him but I suppose he has to say something to keep his remaining troops moral up.

But is he dead?
 
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russ_watters
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Initially I had said this whole war would take two weeks (oops). Toward the end of week two, I said two more - so I'll go with one more week now. The army and marine corps have sliced through the few republican guard divisions they have faced like a hot knife through butter.
 
  • #7
I hope the Republican Guard turns out to be all smoke and bluster when compared with superior coalition forces. Within two weeks, Baghdad should be under coalition control even though sporadic fighting might continue. There is now no doubt that the war has been won.
 
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drag
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Greetings !

It is extremely difficult to estimate this.
First of all, because we have little data
avalible to us and because we are not military
stratagists... :wink:

Further more, the ease of the coalition's advance
is somewhat "fishy". It is possible that seeing
they have no real chances many forces were pulled
back to defend Baghdad itself. It is also possible
that the regime is falling apart and will soon
disappear all by itself - where are the hundreds
of phousands of soldiers if there are 10,000 PoWs
and hardly so little forces seemingly left.
It is also possible that Saddam will use WMDs,
in which case the war probably won't be slowed
down but many civilians will die.

In short, I have no idea...:wink:

Live long and prosper.
 
  • #9
The Republican Guard is putting up virtually no fight, to the point where I'm half-worried. Where the heck are they? Apparently I'm not the only one:
"This is weird," said Col. William F. Grimsley, commander of the division's First Brigade, whose troops led the assault on the airport, about 10 miles from the heart of Baghdad. "It's like spooky weird." His forces had faced only light resistance at dusk and then later virtually no resistance at all.

Colonel Grimsley and other officers speculated that the Iraqi soldiers had deserted or had died after more than two weeks of aerial bombardment, including intense strikes on the airport itself in the last 48 hours. Others were at a loss. "I'm flabbergasted," said Capt. Michael J. MacKinnon, a staff officer with the brigade's tactical command post.

In at least one case it created an acute edginess. "They're there," Sgt. Maj. Gary J. Coker, an engineer, said as he arrived Thursday night, gesturing into the blackness. "They're out there right now."
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/04/i...nted=1&ei=1&en=29ff3e54b0cd4a63&ex=1050433911

I'm guessing 2 weeks - 2 months to take Baghdad, depending on how they go about it. Maybe a month past that for the rest of the war, assuming all goes well.
 
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Viper
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Good post, they just seem to have dissapeared
 
  • #11
Duhh !

I wonder how did you judge that War will end in two weeks or less ... this is not afghanistan , this is iraq ... and remember Iraqies make their weapons by their own , so they can make more weapons in order to face the allies forces .

Baghdad is the city that cannot be entered this easy , if would take very long time to enter Baghdad .


I Have something to tell , If the war didn't end in two weeks , allies forves might end up loosing forves because of the heat and sand there , Our area is a very hot one ... Your troops might not bear it.
 
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Originally posted by Zargawee
I wonder how did you judge that War will end in two weeks or less ... this is not afghanistan , this is iraq ... and remember Iraqies make their weapons by their own , so they can make more weapons in order to face the allies forces .

Baghdad is the city that cannot be entered this easy , if would take very long time to enter Baghdad .

We've been driving in and out of Baghdad for the last 24 hours at will.
 
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Viper
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Im not sure what youve been told in America but in England at the time of posting they say that there are coallition troops walking around baghdad!!
 
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The "we can move around Baghdad at will" line isn't really IMO accurate... we do have the airport, and made one lightning raid through the city. It's not like troops are just driving downtown and hanging out... there are enough defensive forces in the city that they'd get massacred. A BBC correspondent there referred to the raid (somewhat tactlessly) as the "world's biggest drive-by shooting" which is sorta accurate.

Not to downplay the raid though... it was damn impressive, they just ran straight down the highway, through heavy fire at 30-40 kph, blowing the **** out of every target in sight. Look at http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/america_at_war/article/0,1426,MCA_945_1868008,00.html .
 
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Viper
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Aparetnly this morning they killed a thousand Iraqis, can you imagine it. Another thing in ww1 we lost 40.00 a day at the somme. We lose 1,2,3 a day in Iraq pandermonium.
Funny
 
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Mulder
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Originally posted by Zargawee
I wonder how did you judge that War will end in two weeks or less ... this is not afghanistan , this is iraq ... and remember Iraqies make their weapons by their own , so they can make more weapons in order to face the allies forces .

Baghdad is the city that cannot be entered this easy , if would take very long time to enter Baghdad .


I Have something to tell , If the war didn't end in two weeks , allies forves might end up loosing forves because of the heat and sand there , Our area is a very hot one ... Your troops might not bear it.
Like Alias said.

By the way, I believe the severe temperature would cause more problems for equipment than the troops.
 
  • #17
I think the lack of effective opposition to the advancement of the invading army ought to make people think twice about all the pro-war hype they were/are fed...or not, haha
 
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kat
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I think the issue with the heat is also that it's impossible to wear the chem suits once it reaches a certain tempature, which is why the rush to start before the mid april heat waves.


Boulder-my suspicion is that it's a mixture of hype and Saddam's own hands on mismanagement. There were firsthand reports of how Saddam enforced loyalty by it's top officers by planting camera's within their homes, tapped their phones and took movies of their daughters being raped and then used them to threaten humiliation to the families. I would think this wouldn't make for very loyal troops.
 
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Viper
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Ian says it will all be over soon. Ian is the keeper of all knowledge and buddha in his spare time
 
  • #20
Mulder
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Originally posted by BoulderHead
I think the lack of effective opposition to the advancement of the invading army
Yeah we killed them all on the run into Baghdad.

Not long now folks - Saddam's time is nearly up. The people of Baghdad will soon be celebrating like the people of Basra.
 
  • #21
Viper
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Did you see the pictures, celebrate good times come on etc
 
  • #22
Zargawee, the Middle-East doesn't have a monopoly on desert and hot weather. Have you ever been to Phoenix, Arizona in the summer? America has plenty of sand and sunshine. Come to California and find out. Death Valley or Malibu, take you pick.
 
  • #23
I actually thought taking Bagdad might prove difficult, but from what I've seen it may fall rather easily.
 
  • #24
We've been driving in and out of Baghdad for the last 24 hours at will.
I have pictures denys this ... every viachle tried to enter Baghdad is destroyed , want to see them ? try this link but the language is arabic www.aljazeera.net


Zargawee, the Middle-East doesn't have a monopoly on desert and hot weather. Have you ever been to Phoenix, Arizona in the summer? America has plenty of sand and sunshine. Come to California and find out. Death Valley or Malibu, take you pick.
I didn't say so .. But our weather is badly hot , White-skined soldiers might see it unbearable , but others might accept it .
add to that that our air is polluted , it's ( in industrial areas ) like living in China's Capital .
And what is worse than that , the sand storms that happens everyday .

I Never been to America , but i Know that CA is very hot , also Arezona .

I actually thought taking Bagdad might prove difficult, but from what I've seen it may fall rather easily.
Wait , and the days will tell you ...
 
  • #25
Originally posted by Zargawee
I have pictures denys this ... every viachle tried to enter Baghdad is destroyed , want to see them ? try this link but the language is arabic www.aljazeera.net

Regardless of what any press report says, the families of the US volunteer soldiers will validate our reported losses in the War.

Also, Zargawee, the US has many 'embedded' reporters within our military. The fact that we currently have soldiers within Baghdad is very difficult to dispute.

I am sure that you will try.:frown:
 
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  • #26
I Prefer waiting until days tell us what is going to happen ...
 
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russ_watters
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I didn't say so .. But our weather is badly hot , White-skined soldiers might see it unbearable , but others might accept it .
Wow, could you be any more RACIST? Ever hear of sunblock? There is no phsyiological difference between the races that makes one any more or less suited to desert warfare.

I have pictures denys this ... every viachle tried to enter Baghdad is destroyed
Lol, take a closer look at that pic. Not only can you NOT positively ID the burning object, but you CAN positively ID the two *INTACT* APC's on the road. Looks like they are not destroyed. I can't believe you are so naive as to believe Iraq's propaganda even though their own pictures contradict it.
 
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Viper
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But remember they said that they would take bsara easily and it took a further two weeks. Ans Baghdad is bigger!!
 
  • #30
Mulder
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Zargawee I firmly believe that you are living in a fantasy World. The conflict is practically over, there's more talk of what the future Iraqi government will look like now than of victory.

Viper, we could have taken Basra easily, however charging into the city gung-ho without having killed as many Iraqi rebels as possible beforehand would have led to more British casualties - ones which would have been unnecessary.
 
  • #31
Viper
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No its not nearly over, I reckon another three weks
 
  • #32
Let's get back to memory ...

Not very time ago , Russian troops tried to enter the Chechen capital , they succeeded in entering it ...
But they lost more than 2000 soldiers in action

Remember that Russia didn't suffer friendly fire while entering there ..

Entering Baghdad won't be a picnic !
 
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Njorl
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Originally posted by Zargawee
Let's get back to memory ...

Not very time ago , Russian troops tried to enter the Chechen capital , they succeeded in entering it ...
But they lost more than 2000 soldiers in action

Remember that Russia didn't suffer friendly fire while entering there ..

Entering Baghdad won't be a picnic !

The Russians fought for 10 years in Afghanistan, and lost. The US is not Russia.

Njorl
 
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Who supported Afghanistan at that time ?
 
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russ_watters
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Originally posted by Zargawee
Who supported Afghanistan at that time ?
The US. Who supports Iraq now? Russia. So it evens out. The point is we rolled over Afghanistan like a training exercise. This isn't the quagmire you want it to be.

And c'mon, PLEASE comment on my response to your picture (which by the way shows two Bradley's driving past the BUNKER they just destroyed).
 

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