First strike against Iraq

WAR started in Iraq early today with a bold attempt to assassinate Saddam Hussein with cruise missiles and precision guided bombs.The attack was launched 90 minutes after President Bush's 1.00am deadline for Saddam to flee his country ran out.

WAR started in Iraq early today with a bold attempt to assassinate Saddam Hussein with cruise missiles and precision guided bombs.

The attack was launched 90 minutes after President Bush's 1.00am deadline for Saddam to flee his country ran out.

But apparently Saddam survived. At 5.30am a man in military uniform resembling the Iraqi leader - who has used doubles in the past - went on Iraqi TV to condemn crimes against Iraq and humanity.

"It is the duty of all good people ... to defend this dear nation," he said.


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A US official, who described the raid as a "decapitation strike'' said the attack on Baghdad and another target was was aimed at killing Saddam at a location where he and other Iraqi leaders were located.

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