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  •  Could the crashed plane have held ballots? (none)
    The C-130 is huge and used for transport.

    An RAF C-130 Hercules crashed at around 1725 local time on 30 January some 30 kilometres north-west of Baghdad.

    Polls closed at 17:00 and the 1725 crash time was previously reported as 1640, so there is some inconsistency there, so it plausibly could have been later.

    Imagine the bitter irony, if after all this, the Kurdish ballots are burning uncounted in the desert.

    Hal C.
    http://www.operations.mod.uk/telic/index.htm

    •  It may have been that the plane was intended (none)
      to cary ballots, in fact I hope so.  Since it was going away from Bagdad, it may have intended to bring the ballots back on its return.  Therefore, it hopefully was empty (except the unavoidable 5 or 6 crew members that are almost certianly lost).  Otherwise we may be looking at around 50 dead in addition to the 5 or 6 crew members.

      Regards,
      Jamie

      --jamie "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" - Thomas Jefferson

      by jamie ahmad on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:22:50 AM PST

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      •  There could be up to 150 dead (none)
        It was probably carrying American soldiers back to the huge airbase at Balad after they provided security for Allawi's areas in Baghdad.  
        •  Well, I fear (none)
          that today there was a priority to moving troops around,not moving supplies.  I doubt that they would have pulled in assests from the British sector in order to move supplies, would not be urgent enough.

          Blair just said that he has no idea how many people were on board.  It is three hours after the incident.  He knows how many people were on board, if it was five, then he would have said so.

          with regrets,

          Jamie

          --jamie "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" - Thomas Jefferson

          by jamie ahmad on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 11:25:53 AM PST

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