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Baghdad Waits In Fear
Sky News ^
| March 22, 2003
Posted on 03/22/2003 11:16:09 AM PST by Asher
BAGHDAD WAITS IN FEAR
Baghdad is bracing for another night of heavy missile attacks following the first daytime assault on the Iraqi capital of the Allied campaign.
The aerial assault resumed as evening fell, with large explosions shaking the city's outskirts after jets were heard overhead.
Officials have confirmed that B-52 bombers will be in action over Baghdad tonight.
Speaking from Baghdad about the most recent strikes, Sky correspondent David Chater said: "Two very, very large explosions and a flash of light in the sky that seemed to come from nowhere."
Iraqi forces had lit oil-filled trenches around the city in an apparent attempt to obscure visibility.
Witnesses said there were no air raid sirens before the attack and no sign of anti-aircraft fire.
US-led forces, fighting to capture three key Iraqi settlements, pounded Baghdad with missiles throughout Saturday.
It came after a Friday night blitz saw 320 cruise missiles and up to 1,000 bombs devastate the city.
Although the Allies insist their targets were pin-pointed, the Iraqis claim around 200 civilians were injured.
Smoke billows over Baghdad
And the Iraqi health minister said three "martyrs" perished. "We are preparing for more deaths because the situation is developing rapidly," he said.
The Allies also suffered casualties, with two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters colliding and killing six Britons and one American.
The Americans claimed to have taken control of Nasiriyah and Umm Qasr while negotiating the surrender of Basra.
Britain claimed "many thousands" of Iraqis had been taken prisoner but Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon refused to predict how long the conflict would last.
"This operation is going according to plan and, in many respects, is ahead of the plan," he said.
Turkey denied earlier reports that it had sent 1,500 commandos into northern Iraq to confront the Kurds.
The initial reports prompted Germany to threaten to withdraw from NATO protection of Turkish airspace.
Meanwhile, thousands of protesters were attending anti-war rallies around the world, including London and Paris.
TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: b52s; roadtobaghdad; warlist
posted on 03/22/2003 11:16:09 AM PST
I heard that most of the civilian injuries were a result of fall-out from anti missile attempts by Iraq.
posted on 03/22/2003 11:33:28 AM PST
Real fear because the members of the Ba'th leadership are well aware that as we work our way down our list of targets their homes will be next.
you know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the swiss hold the americas cup, france is accusing the us of arrogance and germany doesn't want to go to war .....we will win this war!
I've always believed that our raison d'etre is work toward--and achieve--a greater good. By whom's standard, this war makes me question. Will this become an achievement toward greater good? It doesn't seem real.
posted on 03/22/2003 12:18:57 PM PST
To: Asher; *war_list; W.O.T.; 11th_VA; Libertarianize the GOP; Free the USA; knak; MadIvan; ...
Welcome to FR ...vacationing from DU?
Thanks for the welcome... unclear as to your sincerity.
I don't go to DU, rather CU.
posted on 03/22/2003 12:59:07 PM PST
What doesn't seem real?
posted on 03/22/2003 1:01:12 PM PST
Will this become an achievement toward greater good? It doesn't seem real.
We don't do obscurity on Free Republic, and we're not into feelings.
What's real is the slow demolishing of the Hussein regime and the liberation of the Iraqi people.
posted on 03/22/2003 1:05:09 PM PST
We gave them many chances to have peace by letting the UN inspectors do their job. (I don't like the UN, but those are the facts of the situation.)
They wanted to play hardball.
Well, here it is. If they don't like it they can surrender and get all the humanitarian help that we have waiting in the wings.
Or, they can resist the unresistable force. After we have crushed them we will help them get back on their feet.
That's who we are.
posted on 03/22/2003 1:08:10 PM PST
(The UN is of less use than dog doo in the gutter.)
what is it with British and one-sentence paragraphs?
By who's standard? Mine if it matters, but if it doesn't, then, many reasonable people think that overthrowing a murdurous tyrant will be a great achievement not only for his own people but for future world security.
It is real.
posted on 03/22/2003 1:16:00 PM PST
"what is it with British and one-sentence paragraphs?"
Tabloid journalism. Actually one of the great exponents of the art is Bill Bonner, an American, of Daily Reckoning fame.
posted on 03/22/2003 3:06:44 PM PST
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