Baghdad to Fall on Day One?

M. Junaid Alam redjaguar at
Sat Feb 15 06:58:27 MST 2003

Troops plan to storm Baghdad on first day of battle
By Julian Borger in Washington
February 15 2003

In new United States war plans, thousands of helicopter-borne troops and
paratroopers would be flown deep into Iraq to seize oilfields, dams and
banned weapons, and advance as far as Baghdad on day one of fighting,
according to Pentagon officials.

President George Bush met his top field commander, General Tommy Franks,
on Thursday to review plans quite unlike those used in the last Gulf
war. That began with weeks of aerial bombardment, but the US suspicion
that Saddam Hussein will try to wreck his country rather than surrender
dictates that ground troops would be involved in the fighting on the
same day as the air force or even before.

"I think the targets will be aimed at decapitation," one US defence
official said. "You want to take away all his capabilities to respond
with any WMD [weapons of mass destruction]. You don't want him to blow
his dams, set fire to oilfields, or fire Scud missiles at neighbouring
countries. You also want to put him immediately in a box in Baghdad and

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