War in Iraq: Timetable: Countdown to the air attack.0000 today - US President George W Bush discusses with war council new intelligence on the location of the Iraqi leadership and takes the decision to attack.
0015 - Downing Street Downing Street, Westminster, London, England. On the street are the British Foreign Office and, at No. 10, the residence of the first lord of the Treasury, who is usually (although not necessarily) the prime minister of Great Britain. informed that attacks on a limited number of command and control targets was being brought forward.
0100 - Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein
(born April 28, 1937, Tikrit, Iraq—died Dec. 30, 2006, Baghdad) President of Iraq (1979–2003). He joined the Ba'th Party in 1957. Following participation in a failed attempt to assassinate Iraqi Pres. to leave Iraq expired.
0230 - Reporters in Baghdad heard the sound of jets in the sky. The air raid sirens sounded across Baghdad. Minutes later explosions and anti-aircraft fire were heard. Reports of a large pall of smoke across the south of Baghdad as dawn broke.
0246 - White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said: ``The opening stagesof the disarmament of the Iraqi regime have begun.''
0300 approx - A statement from Saddam's eldest son Odai reportedly read out on Baghdad radio calling on Iraqis to defend their leader and the country.
0315 - President Bush's address. He said coalition forces had begun striking ``selected targets of military importance'' in Iraq. 0318 - A US official said the plan for targeting Iraqi leadership included using F-117 stealth bombers and a handful of cruise missiles.
0321 - The attack is described as a ``decapitation Decapitation
See also Headlessness.
(1755–1793) queen of France beheaded by revolutionists. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1697]
lulled to sleep and beheaded by Hermes. [Gk. Myth. strike'' aimed at killing Saddam and other Iraqi leaders. US forces launched a surgical military strike against a ``target of opportunity''.
0330 - Anti-aircraft fire continued to be heard across Baghdad.
0430 - Iraqi TV Iraqi TV was the primary TV station in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein era. Until the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime in April 2003, its' main coverage was patriotic music, government news and propaganda. It was bombed off air in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. said Saddam was to address the nation.
0455 - Air raid sirens sound across Baghdad again, signalling the all c
0513 - A British military source at US Central Command in the Qatar desert said: ``Although hostilities have commenced this is not the start of the war.
0530 - Saddam apparently appeared on state television to tell the Iraqi people You ``will be victorious... with the help of God''.