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View from the Battlefield - 2003-04-09


If you’ve been watching NewsLine lately you know we have been getting some first-person reports from a our producers with U.S. Military forces inside Iraq. Earlier, VOA-TV producer Deborah Block-- who is with a marine unit in Iraq-- spoke with VOA’s Susan Yackee

DEBORAH BLOCK, VOA-TV
Well, Susan, the Marine’s artillery unit I’m with is now at the very edge of Baghdad. I’m near an area where I can hear bombing in Baghdad. There are some smoldering fires in the location that I’m at. Earlier the Marines took over two bridges and an airstrip southeast of Baghdad. This has enabled convoys of Marines and those belonging to the army to continue North on a main road that goes to the Capital. The artillery unit I’m with has been firing in the Baghdad area at Iraqi troops, military buildings and at an anti-aircraft defense system.

SUSAN YACKEE, VOA-TV
Any word on suicide car bombings or sniper attacks?

DEBORAH BLOCK, VOA-TV
Susan, a Marine reconnaissance unit reported a car bomb’s exploded, killing one civilian. A Marine infantry unit shot and killed a suicide car bomber that was driving fast directly towards them. Snipers also continue to be a concern. But, so far, no one has been hurt.

SUSAN YACKEE, VOA-TV
How are the people reacting in the area where you are?

DEBORAH BLOCK, VOA-TV
I noticed today that more people seem to be coming out of their homes. A few shops even have opened up. I saw people herding their cows and sheep, which I haven’t seen for some days now. Other people are just coming out to watch what must seem to them to be sort of a strange parade of U.S. Marine vehicles crossing through their fields and roads.

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