MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS SEEN IN SADDAM'S AREA 51
On Wednesday, March 19, 2003, the war in Iraq opened with two stunning
Allied air strikes, one on a hideaway in southern Baghdad used by Iraqi
dictator Saddam Hussein, the other on the northern city of Mosul.
However, eight hours before the cruise missiles hit Mosul, strange lights
were reported in the As-Zab as- Shagir
located about 72 kilometers (45 miles) west of Kirkuk and 88
kilometers (55 miles) south of Irbil.
Kurdish militia known as Peshmirga (Kurdish for Those who are ready to
die--J.T.), who were on patrol in the mountains east of the Little Zab
valley, spotted unusual flashing lights over the region. "At nightfall (6:30
p.m. Irbil time) the Kurdish fighters at the Dolabakra checkpoint looked
down toward the lights of Kirkuk, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away."
Some Kurds said the lights might be UFOs. Others insisted that,
storm on the (western) horizon" had "illuminated the sky. Was it the start
of bombing? No one was certain."
"An Iraqi anti-aircraft battery--perhaps six miles (10 kilometers)
(Editor's Comment: At a high-flying Allied spy plane?)
The Little Zab River valley has been the subject of much speculation since a
retired U.S. military man spoke on The Art Bell Show last December (2002)
and claimed that a saucer had crash-landed in Iraq either during the first
Gulf War in 1991 or Operation Desert Fox in 1998. Persistent rumors in
province claimed that Saddam Hussein had granted the aliens sanctuary in
Iraq. The aliens were said to be staying at an underground base at Zarzi in
the upper valley or at the millenia-old citadel at Qalaat-e-Julundi, located
on a lofty, easily-defended promontory on a bend in the Little Zab River.
"Then at about 9 p.m., a series of Iraqi flares was fired. Red tracer
bullets" lit up the sky east of Dolabakra. "Rain returned. All was calm
"At a Peshmirga militia base three miles (5 kilometers) toward
local (Kurdish) commander, Yusaf Hassam Kader, held a midnight meeting with
top aides." The militiamen wondered aloud if the U.S. Air Force had raided
Zarzi, but nobody really knew what was going on or who the Iraqis had been
"'We will wait for the Americans,'" Kader
"About four hours later (4:30 a.m., Thursday, March 20, 2003)--shortly
before dawn--Kurdish radio reported air strikes in Mosul, about 40 miles (64
kilometers) northwest of Irbil."
According to UFO Roundup's Middle East correspondents, Al-Shabab Television
in Iraq (which, by the way, is owned by Saddam's son, Uday - J.T.) covered
the bombing raids in the north, which, they claimed, were carried out by
USAF B-52 bombers. However, neither Zarzi nor Qalaat-e-Julundi was
specifically mentioned in the broadcast.
Saddam has a heavy concentration of military forces in Irbil province,
including the Iraqi Army's 5th Corps headquarters, 7th Infantry Division,
the al-Abed Infantry Division, 1st Mechanized Infantry Division and 5th
Mechanized Infantry Division.
(See the St. Paul, Minn. Pioneer Press for March 22, 2003, "Kurds ready to
fight Saddam," page 15A; the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for March 21, 2003,
"The war begins: On the move," page 5A, and "Northern front left to Kurdish
units," page 2S. Many thanks also to Ayesha al-Khatabi and Mohammed Hajj
(Editor's Comment: While scanning newspaper reports, your editor came across
two items of interest:
(1) A photo of B-52s taking off from RAF-Fairford in
UK for the long flight to the Middle East, which was apparently taken early
(2) A passing mention in USA Today to something called
Operation Bug Splat, which the article described as some kind of "special
software for selecting targets." I wonder...is that "Bug" as in "Bug-Eyed
Monster (BEM)," which is 1950s USA slang for extraterrestrials or space
Was Operation Bug Splat a kind of "piggyback mission," in which a
wing of B- 52s left early to bomb Zarzi?)