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The War Is On
    #1391979 - 03/19/03 03:59 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)


Its Official!

WASHINGTON ((CNN) -- The "opening stages" of military action against Iraq have begun, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer announced Wednesday night.

President Bush will address the nation at 10:15 p.m. ?T, Fleischer said.

Fleischer's brief announcement came at 9:45 p.m., about an hour and 45 minutes after Bush's deadline passed for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to leave the country or face military action.

"The opening stages of the disarmament of the Iraqi regime have begun," said Fleischer.

Air raid sirens were heard in Baghdad at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday (9:30 p.m. Wednesday ET) about 90 minutes after the U.S. deadline for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to step down or face a U.S.-led military attack.

Bush's deadline for Saddam and his sons to leave Iraq passed Wednesday night without any sign the Iraqi leader was prepared to go into exile to avoid a U.S.-led military attack on his country.

"There is no evidence that the Saddam Hussein has left the country," Fleischer said soon after the 8 p.m. ET deadline passed.

"The president's mood this evening is: The American people are ready to disarm Saddam Hussein and they understand what's at stake. The military is ready. Our cause is just."

The United States and Britain have massed nearly 300,000 troops in the Persian Gulf region.

Earlier, Adm. Timothy Keating, commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet, said allied forces were prepared to carry out an "unprecedented" campaign: "If we go, the plans we have are unlike anything anyone has ever seen before."

In the hours leading up to the deadline, about a dozen U.S. and coalition warplanes dropped precision munitions on nearly a dozen Iraqi artillery pieces in the southern no-fly zone that could have been in range of American troops poised to invade southern Iraq, Pentagon officials told CNN.

There was also concern some of the artillery could be capable of using chemical weapons and U.S. planes had been conducting around-the-clock reconnaissance of the sites.

Warplanes also struck Iraqi cable repeater sites and command and control sites. In addition, at least one Al Ababil surface-to-surface missile launcher was struck.

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Re: The War Is On [Re: pattern]
    #1391989 - 03/19/03 04:03 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

Lets hope that the casualties are light on both sides.


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Re: The War Is On [Re: pattern]
    #1392060 - 03/19/03 04:25 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

"Our cause is just."

hahahahhahahha.... sorry its just funny.

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Re: The War Is On [Re: Innvertigo]
    #1392063 - 03/19/03 04:26 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)


The opening stages of the disarmament of the Iraqi regime have begun

Why dont they just call it "revenue enhancement"??


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Re: The War Is On [Re: Innvertigo]
    #1392094 - 03/19/03 04:34 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

If they don't find any chemical/biological weapons I'm gonna be pissed.


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Re: The War Is On [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #1392128 - 03/19/03 04:46 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

It's about damn time.


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Re: The War Is On [Re: pattern]
    #1392202 - 03/19/03 05:08 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

Iraq should claim to have gotten rid of Saddam and then invite UN inspectors in to verify.


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Re: The War Is On [Re: pattern]
    #1392207 - 03/19/03 05:10 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

Let's have a moment of silence for the Iraqi people.


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