U.S. warplanes dropped over 8,000 smart bombs in the last week. This includes 700 cruise missiles. Most ranged in weight from 500 to 2000 pounds. Over the last weekend, 3,000 smart bombs were dropped primarily on Republican Guard units around Baghdad. The U.S. Air Force believes that human error and equipment failure have led to about ten percent of these weapons missing their targets. Captured prisoners indicate that the Republican Guard losses has been so heavy that Iraqi guardsmen from north of Baghdad are being sent south of the city to reinforce depleted units.
You really have to wonder what’s going on in the north of Iraq. The 173rd Airborne Infantry Regiment took an important airfield there last week. Meanwhile, 3ID advances and fights just enough south of Baghdad to pull Iraqi forces down from the north.