North Of Nasiriyah, Iraq - Republic of
MEDICAL HELICOPTER TAKES OFF NORTH OF NASIRIYAH.
U.S. marines "Black Hawk" medical helicopter takes off to eavcuate
wounded marines and captured Iraqis following yesterday's Iraqi attack
on the military convoys on the road, some 150 km north of the town of
Nasiriyah March 27, 2003. U.S. forces in south Iraq said on Thursday
they were braced for their biggest battle yet on the road to Baghdad -
an expected clash near the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala with elements
of Iraq's Republican Guard. After two days of clashes with Iraqi forces
as they followed the river Euphrates north towards the Iraqi capital,
senior U.S. commanders said they expected a possibly decisive battle
near Kerbala, 110 km (70 miles) from Baghdad, within 48 to 72 hours.