For the second time in this war, the allies try to pinpoint Saddam Hussein's location and take out the dictator once and for all. Acting on hot intelligence late yesterday, a U.S. B-1 bomber dropped two JDAMs and two "bunker-busters"
on a building where Hussein was reportedly meeting with his sons and other leaders. It's not known yet whether the strike was successful; rescue workers will have to sift through the rubble and may have to test remains to determine if the Iraqi president was killed.
Meanwhile, coalition air and ground troops continue pounding Iraqi positions
in Baghdad with artillery shells and bombs, and expanding their area of control. On the eastern outskirts of the city, U.S. Marines have secured the Rashid airfield, making it the second air base to be seized after swarming Baghdad International Airport days before.
Testing of suspected chemical weapons is still ongoing
, according to military officials. To date there have been four locations where chemical agents were discovered; barrels found in Hindiya have been conclusively ruled out as WMD. Barrels in Najaf, warheads near Baghdad International Airport, and containers found on an Iraqi personnel carrier are still in the process of being tested.U.S. Marines of the 3rd batallion, 4th regiment, take position while securing a main road leading into Baghdad on the southeast outskirts of the Iraqi capital, Tuesday, April 8, 2003. (Associated Press)The Other Side
- Analysis, angles and opinions on the Web
Will Iraq Be 'Free' Like Kuwait?
, Salt Lake Tribune
- There's "freedom," and then there's freedom, says this commentator.Bush's Alderaan
, The Consortium
- Is George Bush akin to Darth Vader, and Iraq his Alderaan?Peaceful solutions not effective in Iraq
, The Stanford Daily
- This Stanford senior proposes that true leadership sometimes means doing the unpopular thing.How the media changed
- People outside Iraq may accuse embedded journalists of losing objectivity, but an inside account from Martin Walker describes newfound appreciation and respect for the men and women of the coalition's armed forces.Revenge waits in the wings
, Sydney Morning Herald
(Australia) - The Kurds in northern Iraq are chomping at the bit for regime change, and for good reason.War and recriminations
- "A brief guide to the coming finger-pointing on Iraq."
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Updated: Tuesday, 8 April 2003 11:39 AM EDT