Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+15 (24 July, 1987) Part I

0015– The 328th Guards Airborne Regiment surrenders. In accordance with the agreement reached between the US and Soviet commanders, the Soviet paratroopers will be processed and interned as prisoners of war. US troops will be solely responsible for the welfare of the prisoners. CENTCOM has issued strict orders forbidding the Saudis from taking any role in internment process and procedures. There is concern among senior US officers that the Saudis attempt to exact revenge upon the Soviet Union for its invasion of Saudi Arabia through the mistreatment of its interned paratroopers. CENTCOM wanted to avoid that situation from becoming a reality.

0200– 104th Guards Airborne Division commander Major General Viktor Sorokin receives orders from Southern TVD to prepare the remainder of his division for airlift.

0330– Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz places a call to the Soviet ambassador. He insists that Iraqi forces have moved deeper into Saudi Arabia but Iranian activity opposite Iraq’s eastern border has caused some divisions to be moved there instead of supporting the Saudi incursion. Iraq, Aziz insists, remains committed to its partnership with the Soviet Union.

0645– The 82nd Airborne Division in Dhahran is not the only US combat unit contending with prisoners on this morning. On the Saudi-Kuwaiti border, the 7th MAB is dealing with 1,200 Iraqi prisoners. Twelve hours earlier, six hundred Iraqi troops had surrendered. Since then, a steady stream of Iraqis had been approaching US Marines every hour with hands held high and looking to give up.

0915– Soviet transport aircraft start arriving at Al-Taqqadum Airbase in Iraq, where the 104th Guards Airborne Division continues to pack. At the same time, two Aeroflot airliners land at Saddam International Airport in Baghdad.

0945– The Soviet ambassador to Iraq informs the Iraqi government that all Soviet diplomats and civilian employees will be leaving the country later in the day.

1100– US warplanes attack three airbases in Yemen where Soviet aircraft, and support troops are based.

1155– The writing is on the wall for Saddam Hussein. His efforts to keep Iraqi involvement in the Soviet operations against Saudi Arabia have been successful. The Soviet government was preparing to withdraw its people from Iraq, and signs pointed to the Soviet military doing the same. What remained to be seen is what the cost would be for Saddam, and Iraq. Moscow had promised there would be consequences if Iraq stabbed the Soviet Union in the back. In Soviet eyes, Saddam’s latest moves and decisions appeared to be just that. There would be a reckoning, the Iraqi leader knew. And soon.

9 Replies to “Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+15 (24 July, 1987) Part I”

  1. I know the Soviets will lie to the people, but in the west, the capture of an entire airborne regiment (which the US press will probably say is just x number of troops) will play huge. By which I mean, morale on the homefront will probably be through the roof. Thank you for addressing the “care and feeding” of the Soviet troops! One of the many things I like so much about the discussion and feedback we have is that it’s often reflected in what and how you write. Not, mind you, that I’m implying you didn’t already have a plan.

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    1. Oh there’s a master plan, Bill. I’ve been lucky that so many folks who contribute to the feeds know what they’re talking about. Makes the discussion quite interesting and every so often I pick up a nugget or two of info I didn’t know. For that, I thank everyone. I’m smart enough to know what I don’t know. 🙂

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  2. If they are in those camps I mentioned to you near Jubail, pretty easy to secure. I don’t recall much being in the area other than (looks at satellite pictures) the Gas Plant.

    Far enough from the port and also near the Airstrip…. I remember that strip as I was one of hte guys driving busses to move unit loading detachments to the camps and to the piers.

    30 year old memories…. yay. 🙂

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      1. Yes it has. The camps are no more but it looks like the roads that were part of them still exist.

        Call it an entry on the pipedream bucket list of places to see again. I actually would like to see that region again; not bloody likely to happen anytime soon though.

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