View Full Version : War On Iran Begins, Bombing Starts This Morning

04-01-2006, 10:47 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2866109.stm (http://beltman713.home.mchsi.com/iran.htm)

War on Iran begins

US President George W Bush has launched war on Tehran, vowing to "disarm Iran and to free its people".

Mr Bush delivered a live television address shortly after explosions rocked the Iranian capital, signalling the start of the US-led campaign to topple Mahmoud Ahmadinejed.

US military sources have told the BBC that five key members of the Iranian regime, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejed, were targeted in the first attacks.

It is not known whether the targets were hit and what damage might have been caused.

The BBC defence correspondent says the attack was on a much smaller scale than had been expected for the opening of the bombing, and it had probably been mounted at short notice.

Speaking from the Oval Office, President Bush said American and Israeli forces were in the "early stages of military operations" and had struck "targets of military importance".

He promised a "broad and concerted campaign" and said the US would prevail.

But, he warned, the campaign could be "longer and more difficult than some predict".

As dawn broke in Tehran, anti-aircraft artillery peppered the sky as deep, heavy thuds were heard in the outskirts of the city.

The same target, in the east, is reported to have been hit three or four times.

Republic of Iran Radio in Tehran said that "the evil ones, the enemies of God, the homeland and humanity, have committed the stupidity of aggression against our homeland and people".

'Limited thing'

Reports quoting American military officials said planes had struck "targets of opportunity" which were thought to be occupied by elements of the Iranian leadership.

Tomahawk missiles are launched from the USS Donald Cook

US officials said Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter-bombers.

French news agency AFP quoted a Pentagon official as saying the first strikes were "a limited thing - it ain't D-Day," referring to the planned massive air campaign.

A BBC correspondent in Tehran said anti-aircraft guns were in action for about 15 minutes, after which the city became quiet again.

After the first strike, at 0534 local time (0234 GMT), a large pall of black smoke was seen in the south of Tehran.

At about the same time as the strikes began, the US military appeared to take over a frequency of Iranian radio with an Arabic-speaking presenter announcing: "This is the day we have been waiting for."

Our correspondent in Tehran says the timing of the attack is unusual - coming as it did in daylight.

He says traffic remains normal and people are beginning to appear on the streets.


A US military spokesman in Kuwait says no order has yet been given to US troops who are waiting on the Iraqi border.

As forces moved towards Iran on Friday, 17 Iranian soldiers surrendered to American troops on the Iraqi border.

With battle looming the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said his thoughts were with the ordinary people of Iran as they faced the "disaster of war".

He warned the US and Israel that "under international law, the responsibility for protecting civilians in conflict falls on the belligerents".

04-01-2006, 10:48 AM

04-01-2006, 10:48 AM
You bastard.

04-01-2006, 10:50 AM

04-01-2006, 11:05 AM
Ahahahahaha! Classic.

Good Doctor HST
04-01-2006, 12:38 PM
You tricky sumbitch you!

04-01-2006, 03:06 PM
At least when war really breaks out, you don't need to post another article, just bump this one.

04-01-2006, 09:27 PM
At least when war really breaks out, you don't need to post another article, just bump this one.
Yeah, unfortunately I'm afraid one morning we will wake up and it will be for real.