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Anchor: We interrupt our regularly
scheduled program to bring you this breaking news up-date. American
and coalition forces began their campaign against Iraqi leader Saddam
Hussein and his regime with what reports are saying is a strategic
attack on certain important targets. The attack began just shortly
after the 48 hour deadline had expired. It's not completely clear
why these particular targets were chosen; however, it seems the
plan was to get a quick first-strike on Saddam Hussein and his high
level advisors. For more on this situation we go to our correspondent
Rachel DeWitt who is reporting live from Baghdad. Good morning,
DeWitt: Good Morning.
Anchor: Rachel, What is the situation
like there? What kind of mood can you sense in the city of Baghdad
DeWitt: Well I think the only word
for it is fear. Many people have already fled the city, and those
who haven't already left are being told by the national radio to
stay in their homes. It's not known yet whether or not there will
be more air-strikes today. Of course, many people believed that
the war would begin with a massive bombardment of Baghdad. However,
it seems that coalition forces have chosen a more psychological
route and have chosen to attack a few important, strategic targets.
Our latest reports tell us that the main target was an Iraqi leadership
compound where intelligence sources say that Saddam and his chief
advisors were likely to have been.
Anchor: And, Rachel, do we know
anything yet about the Iraqi response? Has there been any word yet?
DeWitt: There's no official response
yet from the government. It's still very early in the morning and
I don't think that the government has had time to convene and prepare
a statement that is ready for release. However, in the short time
before the attack began, an air-raid siren was sounded and almost
immediately after the sound of aircraft could be heard. Then the
anti-aircraft barrages began firing into the early morning sky,
with their tracer bullets arcing over the horizon. So this shows
the Iraqi forces weren't caught completely off guard. However, I
don't think they quite anticipated the attack would come so soon.
Anchor: Alright, thank you Rachel.
We'll be checking in with you later on for more updates on the situation
in Iraq as it unfolds.
DeWitt: Thank you
Anchor: Well just to recap. Coalition
forces have launched their attack on Iraq with a series of strategic
missile launches and air-strikes. There is as yet no response from
Iraqi president Saddam Hussein; however I think the message is pretty
clear: war has begun. We have to go to commercial now, but we'll
bring you more on this situation right after this.