About one hundred of American and British war planes (F 15 fighters among them) attacked Iraqi central air defense system, command and checkpoints to the west of Baghdad. According to France-Press, the attack is the largest over the past four years. Objective of the operation was to liquidate the Iraqi air defense and create a safe air corridor for special helicopters to deliver deadly missiles, which will be further dropped on innocent Iraqi residential areas.
INA agency informs with reference to an Iraqi army spokesman, civil objects in western Baghdad have been attacked during the night raid. “Hostile war planes started from a Kuwait base and delivered blows against civil and social objects in Rutba.” In response, Iraqi air defense forces opened fire against the planes which had to fly away, the Iraqi source informs.
Americans are about to start a large-scale offensive, bombings are getting more and more frequent. Competent sources in the British authorities inform that terms, participants and course of military operations against Iraq should be finally settled within nearest ten days, RIA Novosti informs. So, the deadline for settlement of the problem is September 15, and it can be supposed quite theoretically that the offensive may start on Monday, September 16. Next week, September 9-15, is dedicated to the tragic anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. These will be the days of mourning when the USA will be so much anxious about its security, not about offensive against Iraq.
The source in the British authorities mentions that Iraq won’t be given enough time to get ready for an attack repulsion: Washington and London are currently working on fast deployment plans to deliver a sudden blow against Iraq if a decision to start an offensive is passed. The source adds, the USA and Great Britain “have all means at their disposal to immediately transfer servicemen and war technique by air and by sea to the hostilities area.” These are certainly wonderful conditions to guarantee success of the operation.
A meeting of US President George W. Bush with British Prime Minister Anthony Blair is scheduled for Saturday in Camp-David. And next week, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and British Minister of Defense Geoffrey Hoon will meet in Washington. The parties are to discuss details of an upcoming attack against Iraq.