Wilkinson, Central Command’s director of strategic
communications, said the message appears to be getting through.
“Clearly Iraq’s forces are listening to the
Coalition’s message that it is better to live to see
Iraq’s future than to die fighting for Saddam Hussein’s
operators fly Commando Solo II sorties onboard EC-130E aircraft.
Six EC-130s that function as ‘flying broadcast stations’
are available for the mission, in which pre-programmed AM,
FM and HF radio messages are pumped in to Iraq.
Col. Mike and his associates are reservists that belong
to the Air Force’s 193rd Special Operations Wing,
based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
effort is a coordinated campaign between Air Force and Army
Special Operations members. It’s designed to inform
the Iraqi people and military that the upcoming war -- if
it occurs -- is not directed against them personally.
against Saddam Hussein and the way he rules,” Mike
said. “We’d like the Iraqi military to throw
down their arms and not engage our military,” if there
is a war.
goal of the mission is to figure out how Iraqis think and
to persuade them that Hussein, ‘who really doesn’t
care for them,’ isn’t worth the fight, Mike
radio script describes how Hussein’s son, Uday, paid
$1.4 million to Lebanese singer Nawal Al-Zughby to entertain
the Baghdad elite. “The regime truly has no regard
for the welfare of the Iraqi people,” the script reads.
“Saddam’s son has made this evident by his callous
choices when spending Iraq’s money.”
assigned to the Army’s 4th Psychological Operations
Group, based at Ft. Bragg, N.C., research the various Iraqi
cultures and produce segments for the broadcasts.