Monthly Archives: March 2003

The War: Hour 17

12:00pm CST
Air raid sirens in Baghdad. No signs of strike yet. – Sky New broadcast

12:10pm CST
Air raid sirens in Baghdad. No signs of strike yet. – Sky New broadcast

12:03pm CST
John Little weakens. Pepperoni pizza reported incoming. There is still hope.

12:06pm CST
Great video on CNN. Huge explosion near reporters. I think Nic Robertson is going to hyperventilate. Can’t say I blame him.

12:21pm CST
Explosions near Iraqi intelligence HQ and two of Saddam’s palaces – Sky News broadcast

12:30pm CST
Military officials say “major war has begun”. – MSNBC broadcast

12:32pm CST
MSNBC has video of a burning building in Baghdad. Reportedly a building near the Ministry of Information. – MSNBC broadcast

12:48pm CST
Current strikes still being described as preparatory by MSNBC military contacts.

12:50pm CST
Iraqi’s must have a great deal of faith in our precision and compassion. Pedestrians strolling the streets in the midst of attacks.

12:55pm CST
Royal Marines begin offensive in Southern Iraq – Sky News broadcast

The War: Hour 16

11:05am CST
Live footage of the ground action in Southern Iraq on Fox News (and Sky News) broadcast now.

11:16am CST
Rick Leventhal is live on Fox News. Reporting that incoming artillery is landing “very close” to his position. – Fox News broadcast

11:20am CST
MSNBC features live nightvision video of downtown Baghdad on their video page.

11:25am CST
White House briefing in 5 minutes.

11:30am CST

Two-thirds of Iraq’s conscript army are ready to surrender without a fight, according to US military sources in Kuwait.

Two army divisions totaling 20,000 troops based in the south of Iraq are set to give themselves up to Allied forces in nearby Kuwait, the sources told Sky News reporter Colin Brazier.

- Sky News Online

11:31am CST
Fox News broadcast is reporting large explosions around Basra. Sky News is reporting “over 100 shells fired across the border”.

The War: Hour 14

9:00am CST
The antiwar protesters are frothing at the mouth about the war. Their plans? Disrupt capitalism of course.

9:08am CST
Added James Wood and George Gill to the Blogs of War Wall of Honor. Thank you James and thank you for the very generous contribution George.

9:11am CST
Donald Rumsfeld expected to announce “broad rules of engagement” in the the war zone and that special forces troops are hunting down surface-to-surface missiles. – Fox News broadcast

9:12am CST
The “Coalition of the Willing” is growing and the White House may have updates soon. – Fox News broadcast

9:18am CST
Iraqi’s are lighting up some of the Southern oil fields. – Fox News broadcast

9:20am CST
Kuwait City’s air raid sirens are blaring. Missiles may be incoming. – Sky News broadcast

9:24am CST
One of the Fox News embedded reporters is hinting at significant coalition airstrikes in Southern Iraq soon.

9:32am CST
All clear sounds in Kuwait City.

9:38am CST
Pentagon confirming 2 oil well fires in Southern Iraq. – Fox News broadcast

9:40am CST
U.S. Troops told to be “Combat Ready” within the next 50 minutes. Rules of engagement broadened and forces can engage at will. – Sky News broadcast.

9:45am CST
Rick Leventhal is embedded with U.S. Marines 3rd LAR in Northern Kuwait and he is reporting that they are hammering away at Iraqi positions on the horizon. No video but he had a short but dramatic audio report with artillery fire and screaming soldiers in the background – Fox News broadcast

9:49am CST
Rick Leventhal is confirming via another audio report that airstrikes are underway in Southern Iraq. More dramatic reports filled with the sounds of explosions in the distance and helicopters overhead. Sounds like quite an event. – Fox news broadcast

9:54am CST
A Pentagon briefing will begin soon. You can watch it on the web via MSNBC. Click here for their video feed options.