War in Iraq: Timetable: Countdown to the air attack.
0015 - Downing Street informed that attacks on a limited number of command and control targets was being brought forward.
0100 - Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein 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 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 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''.
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Mar 20, 2003|
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