HIGHWAY OF DEATH
Iraqi Division Gives Up To US Forces -- Article
Saturday morning, American Marines and British troops rumbled within nine miles from Basra on the main road from the Kuwaiti border, Highway 80 - nicknamed the Highway of Death during the 1991 Gulf War when U.S. airstrikes wiped out an Iraqi military convoy along it.
They rolled past abandoned concrete Iraqi military barracks, white flags fluttering
from their roofs, burnt military vehicles beside them. Bedraggled Iraqi civilians
watched blankly, some children motioning with their hands to their mouths.
In the wake of the British and Americans, were surrendered soldiers. Up to 50 Iraqi captives were left packed into improvised pens of concertina wire, watched over by Marines. Partly disassembled rifles taken from the surrendering soldiers were piled beside the road.