Battle of khafji

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Despite this loss, the platoon continued forward and soon opened fire on the Iraqi tanks with the LAVs' autocannons. However this was turned down because the buildings would make it difficult for aircraft to spot targets without getting too close.

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An initial attack on the city was called off after the Iraqi occupants opened up with heavy fire, prompting the Saudi Arabians to reinforce the 7th Battalion with two more companies from adjacent Saudi Arabian units.

Aircraft continued to engage the columns throughout the night, until the next morning. This was then followed by another column with an estimated 29 tanks.

I saw burned out armored personnel carriers with personal items of Iraqi soldiers, food, blankets, trinkets from home, scattered among the weapons and military gear.

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An additional Iraqi column crossed the Saudi Arabian border to the East, although still along the coast, towards the city of Khafji.

Coalition forces had lost 11 troops to friendly fire and none to enemy action.

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However this was turned down because the buildings would make it difficult for aircraft to spot targets without getting too close. This prompted air support from a nearby AC , destroying 13 vehicles. This included 25 Americans killed, 11 of them by friendly fire along with 14 airmen killed when their AC was shot down by Iraqi SAMs. The mission to save them failed. Although encountering no major opposition, they did not find the two drivers who had, by this time, been taken prisoner. I saw burned out armored personnel carriers with personal items of Iraqi soldiers, food, blankets, trinkets from home, scattered among the weapons and military gear. However Iraqi fire did manage to destroy one Saudi Arabian V Coalition soldiers at observation post 4 opened fire on the Iraqi column, but this largely ineffective fire drew a heavy Iraqi response which forced the company to retire south, by order of its commanding officer. The following morning, Iraqi forces were operating with only a few hundred troops inside Khafji. I wondered too what was on this Saudi soldier's mind as he tried to escape during battle? He was on the high school swim team and was voted the best kisser in his class. Coalition forces had lost 11 troops to friendly fire and none to enemy action. NBCUniversal Media.

While fighting, their focus and resolve makes them look as hard and deadly as their high-tech weapons.

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Battle of Khafji