Leaflets of Operation Desert Shield
and Desert Storm
(Continued)

Richard Johnson called the following leaflets “failed leaflets.”  It was his belief that they were overly aggressive and counter-productive.

 

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F01

F: Saddam as death, skull on his beret. B&W.
"The ruler of the dead!"

B: Saddam sits on throne of skulls.
"Up to now over 500,000 are dead!"

The initial request was for 31,000 of these leaflets. There is no information about their dissemination. The internal name for this leaflet is “Heil Hussein.”

Note:Colonel Noll’s evaluation states that the Iraqis did not recognize Saddam Hussein in the leaflets that caricatured him.

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Since all the leaflets in this series seem to be clandestine in nature, I have moved them all to a section entitled “CIA Leaflets.”

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F06

F: Saddam stands in blood, then sinks in blood. Color.
"1981 - War against Iran," "1990 - Invasion of Kuwait."

B: "Saddam is writing history with your blood."

The initial request was for 31,000 leaflets. There is no information about the production or dissemination of this leaflet. In what is probably the only pun of the war, this leaflet was called “Blood Ba’ath,” a comment about Hussein’s Ba’ath Political Party. It was identified as product 1-P. There is a mission number 22-OCT-01-ILL-1, but there is no way to tell if the mission actually took place.

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F07

F: Saddam drives car with coffin on top, skull on door. Color.
"Do you remember the killing of your brother and how you cried? Where is he now? Do you want to be forgotten?"

B: "Anticipating death is worse than death itself!"

The initial request was for 31,000 leaflets. There is no information about the production or dissemination of this leaflet. The code name for this leaflet is "Cab Corpse." The leaflet product number is 1-Q, and the mission number was 14-OCT-01-ILL-1, but there is no way to tell if the mission actually took place.

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F08

F: Saddam right hand is cut off by Coalition sword. Color.

B: "It is the law. Saddam will not continue with his crimes unpunished."

The initial request was for 31,000 leaflets. There is no information about the production or dissemination of this leaflet.

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F09

F: Iraqi holding white cloth over head. Iraqi flag in background. Color.
Similar to C67. "Raise a white flag."

B: "Citizens of Iraq. Saddam's armies expose you to great danger. The Coalition forces are getting closer to you with great speed. Your positions will be bombed soon and we do not want to cause innocent civilian casualties. We ask you to vacate the area and move towards the northern areas. The civilian areas of Baghdad will not be bombed. Flee immediately!!!"

This leaflet was illustrated in the Psychological Operations Dissemination Battalion Print Company leaflet magazine. The bottom half of the page showing the leaflet was blacked-over in the book and I was told by some Special Forces personnel that this was due to the leaflet having text that called for the overthrow of the Iraqi government, a request not authorized by Congress. That sounded like a good story so I believed it. I changed my mind when I found a copy of the magazine without the black ink. The text next to the leaflets is:

Arabic is read from right to left. We didn't realize that until we started printing in Saudi Arabia. Several times we almost printed the leaflet backwards, until we learned to look for periods and exclamation marks on the left end of the sentence. If the text had no punctuation, well, then we were out of luck.

This is total nonsense of course, and there is no Arabic speaker alive who doesn't know that the language is written from right to left. Whoever wrote that text was trying to add interest and humor to the story but it would have caused great embarrassment to the Army and the PSYOP troops if that text had seen the light of day. I believe that the page was blacked out just to destroy that awful and incorrect caption.

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F10

F: Three Iraqis surrender at right, three dead Iraqis at left. B&W.
"You have the choice between life and death."

B: "You have the choice between life and death. The war is over. To save your life, leave your trench, place your weapon on the ground, and move towards the bridge. Sit down with your hands opposite your weapon. If you resist, you will face death. Wait for the Coalition forces to help you.

There is no information about the production or dissemination of this leaflet.

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F11

F: Four Iraqi soldiers leaving the scene of battle. B&W.
"Escape to your home." Sign points to "Iraq."

B: Two Iraqis on ground. Skulls at four corners.

550,000 of these leaflets were printed. There is no information about the dissemination of this leaflet.

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F12

F: Iraqis being treated at medical facility. B&W.
"You may choose to preserve your life. Cease resistance now and join the Coalition Forces." Sign reads "Welcome."

B: Two Iraqi soldiers, skulls at four corners, same as F11 but with added text.
"To stay here means death."

200,000 of these leaflets were printed. There is no information about the dissemination of this leaflet.

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