Local residents say the water plant was damaged during the thunderous ground assault. Not true, say U.S. forces. They say water feeding the plant comes from further north near the city of Basra, and the taps have been closed on the orders of President Saddam Hussein.Sounds like something Saddam would order. General Franks? A round of Dasani for all my friends...
"Saddam turned it off," said Major John Taylor, part of a team from the British Royal Engineers, specializing in civil infrastructure.
"The water plant has no military damage at all. Not a single bullet hole. The minute Umm Qasr was invaded the guys in Basra cut the supplies."
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
No Water in Umm Qasr: The people there are low on food, and the city is without water. What's the story there?