Sometime after 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, the U.S. military began an unprovoked attack on Iraq.
Air raid sirens sounded throughout Baghdad just before the sun rose. Anti-aircraft fire filled the sky and explosions shook the city.
Pentagon officials said over 30 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from warships. Two Stealth bombers each dropped two one-ton bombs.
It’s not clear what has been hit or the extent of the casualties. The Iraqi News Agency is reporting there are fourteen injured and one dead.
We go now live to Baghdad, to Gazwan Al Mukhtar, a retired engineer who was educated in the U.S. In a few minutes, we’ll also hear from a retired Iraqi official, who spoke to us just before the broadcast from his home in Baghdad and was extremely distraught.
- Gazwan Al Mukhtar, retired engineer who was educated in the U.S.
- President Bush, announcing the US invasion of Iraq has begun, 10:15 EST, March 19, 2003.
- Iraqi state television’s broadcast of what it says is President Saddam Hussein, March 20, 2003.