OK, here we go – some extra news bulletins for you. The ground war started late last night.
It looks like we decided to skip the whole massive bombardment phase, and go straight in for the kill. Significant ground troop movements, apparently despite yesterday’s sandstorm.
Southern front: US Marines and British 1ArmorDiv towards Um Qasr (naval port); a column of US 3InfDiv crossed into Iraq from Kuwait, prob. towards Nassariyah. Large-scale defections of Iraqi officers reported.
Rumors have it: (Get this!) that Tariq Aziz (dep. prime minister, the guy who’s on TV all the time) and Taha Yassin Ramadan (the VP) have headed for the hills, and that Aziz has either sought sanctuary from or been captured by Kurdish forces.
Update: And this rumor has turned out to be false – Aziz is still in Baghdad, making his usual angry speeches. I thought this one sounded kinda hard to believe.
Israel has completed reserves call-up of 12k people, as well as anti-missile deployment.