The War in Iraq
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News of the Iraq War: The United States and Britain pummeled
Iraq with fusillades of missiles and
waves of bombs Friday and Saturday as the
Pentagon's "shock and awe" phase of the
war blasted hundreds of targets with
On the ground, an entire division of
Iraqi soldiers - at least 8,000 regular
army troops - surrendered to the U.S.
Marines in southern Iraq, officials said.
Other troops gave up so eagerly that they
turned themselves in to journalists
accompanying American forces.
As "shock and awe" began, explosions
Friday rocked Baghdad, a city of 5
million people, and the northern cities
of Kirkuk, Tikrit and Mosul. A halo of
smoke hung in the sky, and the streets
were eerily deserted.
After an overnight reprieve, the
bombing of Baghdad - televised worldwide
- resumed at first light today.
On Friday, thunderous airstrikes had
stunned other cities as well. Iraq's
elite Republican Guard forces reportedly
Kurdish officials said U.S. forces
fired five missiles Friday at the base of
an Islamic militant group in northern
Iraq allegedly linked to the al-Qaida
Washington has claimed that the group,
Ansar al-Islam, connects Saddam Hussein
to al-Qaida. The Kurds also say Ansar
al-Islam could be an obstacle in any
U.S.-led offensive on Hussein through the
In all Friday, the Pentagon said more
than 1,500 missiles and bombs rained
"I'd like to put my name on one of
them," said a crew member on the USS
Harry S. Truman, an aircraft carrier that
Much of central Baghdad's governmental
sector - including Hussein's sprawling
presidential palace compound along the
Tigris River, the prime minister's office
and the cabinet's building - was ablaze.
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