US led attack set for Feb - Russia's Interfax News

Mike Friedman mikedf at
Thu Jan 23 06:50:06 MST 2003

US led attack set for Feb - Russia's Interfax News

NYC Indymedia

Although most folks kinda know its gonna happen soon.

U.S.-led attack on Iraq planned for February: Russian media

MOSCOW - Russia's Interfax news agency says the U.S. has decided to proceed
with a military campaign in Iraq that would begin in mid-February.

An unnamed source in the Russian military command told the news service
Russia's military leadership has received dates and scenarios of the
invasion from their counterparts in the U.S.

The Interfax source, described as a high-ranking official at military
headquarters in Moscow, said the invasion will begin once 150,000 U.S.
troops are in place in bases around Iraq.

He said it will be a combined land, air and sea operation and American
military planners expect the war to last less than a month.

The source then offers his own opinion on the invasion, saying its goal
appears to be not only to topple of Saddam Hussein but also to establish
American control over Iraqi oil reserves.

The report claims Washington has already made the decision to attack, but
hasn't made it public yet.

A Russian defence analyst said what the Russian official is saying is
undoubtedly true, even if he doesn't have direct information from the U.S.

The analyst said every military planner in the world knows the decision to
invade Iraq was made months ago, given the pace of the deployment of the
American military in the region.


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