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March 20, 2003
CQ News: Midday
  • Pilot Programs on Cyberattack Data Should Be Expanded, Lawmakers Say
  • Iraq
    News Q&A

    1) Does the United States have a legal right to invade Iraq?

    Mixed feelings flow as U.S. acts
    NASHVILLE -- As President Bush told the nation the United States had launched a strike on Iraq, the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville opened its doors to the community to watch on two big screens -- and to pray.

    Leaders have their last say before bombs fall
    On the eve of the U.S.-led war against Iraq, world leaders made their last attempts to avert it, and last comments before it.

    Invasion planners race scorching heat, storms
    CAMP UDAIRI, Kuwait -- Already the climb toward triple-digit heat has begun. Already the blinding dust storms have started to swirl.

    The commanders
    Army Gen. Tommy Franks

    Bomb's power: blackout
    U.S. forces may use a new "e-bomb" during the expected invasion of Iraq as part of a 21st century assault designed to render Saddam Hussein's forces blind, deaf, dumb and incapable of retaliation.

    Hussein decries attacks from 'little, evil Bush'
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- President Saddam Hussein accused the United States of committing a "shameful crime" by attacking Iraq, urging his people in a nationally televised address Thursday to "go draw your sword" against the enemy.

    Intel indicated early hit could take dictator out
    U.S. forces launched precision airstrikes against Saddam Hussein near Baghdad late Wednesday, beginning what President Bush said would be a "broad and concerted campaign" to "disarm Iraq and free its people."

    Long day of debate leads to decision
    Bush calls Blair in the morning, discusses plans with advisers throughout the day and says "I feel great" before addressing the nation.

    Eric Deggans: Networks scramble to cover first salvos
    Initially believing the night would be quiet, the nation's TV networks scrambled Wednesday to cover the first airstrikes in Baghdad that signaled the start of hostilities in Iraq.

    Other news
    Storm drops 6 feet of snow, cripples Wyoming, Colorado

    DENVER -- Denver's worst blizzard in at least two decades paralyzed parts of Colorado and Wyoming for a second day Wednesday, closing the city's biggest airport, stranding thousands of travelers and leaving as much as 6 feet of snow in the mountains.

    Kidnapping suspects face charges in court
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Charged with felonies that could send them to prison for life, the suspects in the Elizabeth Smart abduction stood expressionless Wednesday during their first court appearance by video from the county jail.

    Split Senate denies Alaska plank of Bush's energy plan
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday narrowly rejected President Bush's bid to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, dealing a blow to the White House, which has argued that increasing domestic energy production is critical to national security.

    Cameras barred from free speech ceremony
    CLEVELAND -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia banned broadcast media from his speech Wednesday at an appearance where he received an award for supporting free speech.

    11 mysterious flulike cases found in U.S.
    ATLANTA -- Health officials said Wednesday 11 suspected cases of a mysterious flulike illness have emerged in the United States, while on the other side of the world, medical investigators continue to puzzle over how the illness spread in a Hong Kong hotel.

    Arafat agrees to share power
    RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat appointed his longtime deputy Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister Wednesday, a senior official said, marking the first time that Arafat has been forced to share power.

    World in brief: Arrests of dissidents in Cuba criticized
    WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration expressed outrage Wednesday over Cuba's arrest of dozens of dissidents and also defended the top U.S. diplomat in Havana against allegations that he was carrying out subversive activities.

    Fighting terror: U.S. troops launch Afghan raid
    BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- About 1,000 U.S. troops launched a raid on villages in southeastern Afghanistan today, hunting for members of the al-Qaida terrorist network in the biggest U.S. operation in just more than a year, military officials said.

    Shuttle Disaster: 'Columbia' data recorder found
    HOUSTON -- In what could be one of the most significant debris discoveries yet from the shattered Columbia, searchers found a data recorder that may hold valuable clues as to what destroyed the space shuttle, the accident investigation board said Wednesday.

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