Former telly reporter Mike Edwards still relives his Iraq war ordeal daily

A RETIRED TV reporter has told how he feared for his life as deadly Scud missiles exploded in the desert in the days leading up to the invasion of Iraq.

Mike Edwards served as an army reservist in the war, which broke out two decades ago.


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The 57-year-old still thinks daily about the fear of what the deadly warheads were carrying.

The former STV reporter, who was on Kuwait’s border preparing to enter Iraq in March 2003, said: “We got hit with Iraqi Scud missiles.

“The premise for going to war was weapons of mass destruction and we all had to wear our protective suits because we thought Saddam Hussein had them.

“They have never been found but that doesn’t mean they didn’t exist.

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“You could hear them whistling in and then you would hear the explosion. Then it was just waiting for whatever they carried on the warheads in the wind.

“This happened just at the start of the war.

“It was the most outlandish vivid experience of my life. I was petrified for my life several times.”

Mr Edwards, who lives in Argyll, added: “I think about it first thing in the morning, last thing at night and four or five times during the day.

“We thought it was plague, we thought it was botulinum toxin, we thought it was anthrax. It was terrifying.”

Mr Edwards is still in the army reserves and his recently published third book ‘You’re Seeing It!’ recounts his experiences from the war.

Earlier this year the veteran crime reporter urged Peter Tobin’s ex-cell mates to give up any dark secrets he confessed behind bars.

He said the serial killer’s confidantes should speak out to “give peace and rest” to the families of other potential victims.

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