\"Decapitation Attack\" launched on Iraq

...no word on Saddam nor the beginning of the war. Stay tuned.

Update: Air raid sirens blaring in Baghdad. W.H. briefing to begin in minutes.

Update 2: CBS news reports a strike was launched on Baghdad to elminate elements of the Iraqi leadership in Baghdad spotted by the CIA.

Update 3: President Bush to address nation at 10:15 pm. War has begun.

Update 4: President Bush says strikes launched to disrupt C&C facilities as a prelude to larger operations.

Update 5: Saddam Hussein to address Iraq shortly.

Update 6: Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi TV; Fueling post 160 on highway between Iraq and Jordan destroyed.

I thought the deadline doesnt pass untill another 35 minutes

6 p.m. PST - Thats when Bush made his speech in my recollection.

Nope, 5 p.m. PST.

This better not be a huge Candid Camera charade. I swear to Christ, if Allan Funt comes on TV laughing hysterically at the people of America, I am going to be pissed.

"asands2" wrote:

This better not be a huge Candid Camera charade. I swear to Christ, if Allan Funt comes on TV laughing hysterically at the people of America, I am going to be pissed.

Now there''s a suprise attack if I ever heard one.

Well, it was reported here that the US started to attack several hours before the ""deadline"".

Sounds kinda logical, I mean... I didn''t expect bush to be counting down the seconds to the 48 hours but...

You wanted your war, you got it. Goddamn, I feel so sad.

Looked at some threads at other sites. Remembered why I don''t visit those sites anymore. Am thankful that, by and large, we have an intelligent and worthwhile crowd here.

The report I heard was that it was a sergical attack on an opportunity that arrose. 90 minutes after the 48 hour deadline.

Edit:

From BBC.com

""The attack began about 90 minutes after President Bush''s deadline for Saddam Hussein to go into exile or face war expired. ""

Looked at some threads at other sites. Remembered why I don''t visit those sites anymore. Am thankful that, by and large, we have an intelligent and worthwhile crowd here.

I have no idea what site you could possibly be talking about!
This whole situation makes me feel frustrated and powerless, and I''m not even American

They did hit some artillery emplacements earlier today, but those big guns would have to be destroyed before troops could move in to the area. That''s just obvious tactics.

Kriegshund, I think they''ve been doing that for a few days, right? I thought I read that someplace.

It''s funny how that doesn''t get picked up by the main stream news.

"Pulse" wrote:

Kriegshund, I think they''ve been doing that for a few days, right? I thought I read that someplace.

It''s funny how that doesn''t get picked up by the main stream news.

I think you guys are talking about the B-1 strikes a few days ago. It did get some play, but was overshadowed by the whole ultimatum thing.

Ive heard it several places. Allied planes have been bombing preemptive targets in the formerly demilitarized zones.

You gotta love the stretch the news agencies go too. NBC is claiming that they have confirmation that Saddam Hussein was the ""target of opportunity"". Everytime they have this coverage it reminds me of how much news programs are talking about nothing. They rehash footage sometimes often enough to confuse you into believing its new.

I love that ""Daily Show"" bit where the correspondants have been up for 4 days straight. They say,"" For the love of God please let me go home and go to sleep!"" ""I dont even recognize my kids anymore."" I was laughing so hard during that sketch. I think the show won an emmy for it.

"fangblackbone" wrote:

Ive heard it several places. Allied planes have been bombing preemptive targets in the formerly demilitarized zones.

You gotta love the stretch the news agencies go too. NBC is claiming that they have confirmation that Saddam Hussein was the ""target of opportunity"". Everytime they have this coverage it reminds me of how much news programs are talking about nothing. They rehash footage sometimes often enough to confuse you into believing its new.

I love that ""Daily Show"" bit where the correspondants have been up for 4 days straight. They say,"" For the love of God please let me go home and go to sleep!"" ""I dont even recognize my kids anymore."" I was laughing so hard during that sketch. I think the show won an emmy for it.

I wonder what they''ll do tonight.

Elysium, I agree with you 100%.

That other site OMG!

Why dont people understand that arguments are much more poignant when speaking calmly, applying to reason and by not calling your audience an idiot?

The sensless bickering and infighting over there is unsettling.

I was watching the news for an hour after the deadline passed uhtil about 2.20 GMT which was about 5.20 in Baghdad and then thought ""no it''s almost dawn they''ll not do anything now"".
Switched off the TV and went to bed. Wake up in the morning to find out that five minutes later everything kicked off as the cruise missiles started landing. I always miss the start.

''nother update:

Apparantly Iraq forces sent some scud missiles on their way to Kuwait. They did not hit the US camps they were targetting. C Alarm rang but the missiles had ordinary war heads. 2 missiles were additionally fired at kuwait city.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/auslan...

Source: ORT russian media. Saed al-Sahaf his denying that the rockets were fired by Iraq military.

Let''s hope you guys are wrong and Saddam does not possess any more B or C weaponary. In this situation I have no doubt he would use them.

Rumsfeld confirms that some oil fields in the south are burning.
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/auslan...

This has also been confirmed by arabian media.

People in Tel Aviv are fleeing the city in fear of a revenge strike by Iraq:
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/auslan...

Niger to support Iraq with troops:
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/auslan...

Well that''s it for now. Sorry that it''s all german links, try babelfish :|.