Wednesday, March 19
US begins attack on Iraq, March 20, 2003 08:46 IST

The US launched its attack on Iraq after its deadline for President Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave Iraq expired at 2000 EST [0630 IST, 0100 GMT].

Anti-aircraft fire was heard in Baghdad early in the morning.

"The act of disarmament of Iraq is on," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer announced in Washington.

The US said it had fired a Cruise missile at a 'target of opportunity' in Iraq.

The US has not indicated what this 'target of opportunity' is and the outcome of the missile strike.

US President George Bush is to address the nation at around 2215 EST (0830 IST).

US troops, however, have not yet crossed the Iraq-Kuwait border.
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