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Utah Journalist: Difficult Battle at Baghdad Airport

Utah Journalist: Difficult Battle at Baghdad Airport

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Keith McCord reporting

Utah Journalist: Difficult Battle at Baghdad Airport

Tribune correspondent Greg Grant says the U.S. troops still don't have complete control of the airport in Baghdad. There is still sporadic fighting going on.

He described the airport as being like having Salt Lake International and Hill Field side by side. There's a commercial side and a military side. It's very big.

And he confirms the reports of Iraqi troops hiding out underground. He says his tank unit found a bunker, right next to some of the tanks, and they tossed a grenade down inside. Immediately a white flag came up, along with 35 soldiers.

Greg's unit also found bunkers full of ammunition, including chemical weapons gear!

"AK-47'S, machine guns, mortar bombs, grenades. And then there's another building, and this is more troubling. (It's) filled with chemical protection suits, atropine injectors, gas masks, and so on."

Grant says the Iraqi troops kept firing mortars at them all night. In fact, one exploded nearby as Greg was speaking to us.

More on that tonight at 10, and Grant will tell us about troop morale right now.

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