March 20, 2003

"Decapitation" Attack Attempted But apparently

"Decapitation" Attack Attempted

But apparently this initial salvo of the war has not met its objective:

"According to two senior military officials, American forces launched about three dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles from four cruisers and destroyers and two submarines operating in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf as part of an effort to kill Mr. Hussein, his two sons and other senior members of the leadership. Two F-117A Stealth fighters each dropped two one-ton satellite-guided bombs. But the initial attack was described as limited in scope, and fell short of the far more intense strikes to come. Military officials said the more limited attack was intended to demonstrate that the United States would act on timely intelligence to strike what one official called "targets of opportunity."

Meanwhile, in an unmistakeable signal that the U.S. can prosecute the war in Iraq while fighting the war on terror (at least for those who maintain these are two separate conflicts like Jane Perlez does in this article) a military operation of some importance was begun in Afghanistan seemingly timed to coincide with the advent of hostilities in Iraq.

Posted by Gregory at March 20, 2003 08:40 AM
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