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Part of the Gulf War
Date February 27, 1991
Location Jalibah Southeast Airbase
Result U.S. victory
United States Iraq
Casualties and losses
2 killed and 9 wounded Heavy

The Battle for Jalibah Airfield took place when the U.S. 2nd Brigade, 24th Infantry Division attacked the heavily defended Jalibah military airfield in southern Iraq on February 27, 1991, during the Gulf War.

File:Destroyed Iraqi
A destroyed Iraqi Su-25 aircraft at Jalibah

Satellite and aircraft reconnaissance indicated the presence of 20 enemy tanks and more than 1,000 dug-in Iraqi soldiers at the airfield, 80 miles east of Basra.

At 6 a.m. the morning of 27 February, following an intensive artillery barrage, two hundred combat vehicles of the 1st Brigade, under the command of Gen. Paul J. Kern, charged into the airfield and secured it after four hours of fighting in which only one U.S. soldier was wounded.

According to 2nd Lieutenant Neal Creighton, the Iraqi soldiers "tried to hide in shallow bunkers and some tried to surrender. Most that moved were quickly cut down under a swath of machine gun fire. The burning helicopters, jets and dead soldiers seemed almost unreal. ... My soldiers were alive. It was the happiest moment of my life."

Major David S. Pierson, who served as a task-force intelligence captain in the 1st Brigade, said he eventually felt "guilty that we had slaughtered them so; guilty that we had performed so well and they so poorly; guilty that we were running up the score. ... They were like children fleeing before us, unorganized, scared, wishing it all would end. We continued to pour it on."

However, already after the battle, three of the brigade's M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles were hit with depleted uranium rounds from another American unit (the tanks of the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment), in a friendly fire incident which resulted in two deaths and eight injuries.[1]


Coordinates: 30°32′49″N 46°36′8″E / 30.54694°N 46.60222°E / 30.54694; 46.60222



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