Iraq Launches Missiles Into Kuwait
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2003 -- Iraq has fired surface-to- surface
missiles at U.S. forces based in Kuwait, DoD officials said this
There are no reports of casualties.
U.S. Central Command officials said the Iraqis launched missiles
into Kuwait. They confirmed that Patriot missiles intercepted
the rockets. It is unclear if the missiles contained chemical
or biological agents, but forces in the area are taking precautions.
The Iraqi attack follows U.S. air operations launched against
targets in and around Baghdad. News reports say the U.S. attacks
were part of a "decapitation strategy" aimed at killing senior
Iraqi leaders. Media reports indicate Saddam Hussein was the intended
target, but the Iraqi dictator went on television and called for
his people to "draw their swords" to defend the country.
U.S. Navy ships and submarines launched Tomahawk cruise missiles
at Iraq from the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, U.S. Central Command
officials said. The ships were the destroyers USS Milius and USS
Donald Cook, the cruisers USS Bunker Hill and USS Cowpens and
the attack submarines USS Montpelier and USS Cheyenne.
In addition, Central Command officials said a number of aircraft
took part in the strikes and all returned safely. They would not
detail what types of aircraft or their numbers.
British Defense Minister Geoffrey Hoon told the BBC that the
attacks are not the start of the aerial offensive designed to
"shock and awe" Iraq. News reports said the strikes came about
as a result of intelligence pinpointing the location of Iraqi
Hoon said the main aerial offensive would begin "soon."
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