Coalition leaflets provide safety instructions to civilians
/ Published March 24, 2003
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (AFPN) -- Coalition aircrews dropped more than 1 million informational leaflets into Iraq on March 23 providing a variety of messages, including instructions to Iraqi civilians and military troops about how to stay safe during coalition military activities.
The leaflets are part of an ongoing effort to inform Iraqi civilians and military troops. More than 2 million leaflets were dropped March 21 and 22.
The leaflets dropped March 23 expressed a variety of messages. A sampling of messages are:
-- For your safety, stay in your homes and away from military buildings.
-- Do not use weapons of mass destruction.
-- Saddam Hussein's regime, not the Iraqi people, are the object of the operation.
-- Tune to "information radio" for news and information.
-- Instructions to Iraqi soldiers about how to surrender.
The leaflet drops are part of an information campaign that has been going on for months to support the disarmament of Iraq, said officials. Coalition forces have dropped more than 26 million leaflets since October. The objective of the campaign is to inform Iraqi citizens and soldiers to achieve the disarmament and liberation of Iraq with minimum casualties, added officials.
Since March 21, the coalition has dropped more than 5 million leaflets over Iraq.