View Full Version : U.S. Marines destroy pocket of resistance in Umm Qasr

03-24-03, 08:44 AM
U.S. Marines waged a four-hour firefight with pockets of Iraqi troops in the southern city of Umm Qasr on Sunday, a day after British troops captured the strategically important port.

The clash ended with a quick airstrike from a Harrier jet. A staff sergeant from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit called the incident "effectively over" and said Marines were heading out to pick up prisoners of war.

Coalition forces moved into Umm Qasr, Iraq's only Persian Gulf port, Saturday and began preparing it as a hub for shipments of humanitarian relief, but Iraqi resistance remained in some areas, including a concrete building not far from the harbor.