March 23, 2003 NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with David Ransom, former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain, about Bush administration plans for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.
March 23, 2003 NPR's Scott Horsley speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about reports of a suspected chemical weapons facility having been discovered in Iraq.
March 23, 2003 Advances in precision weaponry since the 1991 Gulf War are beginning to show an effect in the current campaign. Satellite navigation helps U.S. forces accurately drop bombs on targets regardless of smoke, bad weather, and cloud cover. And microwave weapons are capable of blocking communications networks, although there's no evidence those are in use yet. Hear NPR's Lynn Neary and Robert Hewson, editor of Jane's Air-Launched Weapons.
March 23, 2003 NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with West Point professor Col. Jay Parker, a former infantry officer and psychological operations officer, about how troops are trained for the battlefield.
March 23, 2003 NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with NPR analyst ret. Maj. Gen. Robert Scales about the latest developments in the war in Iraq.
March 23, 2003 NPR's Guy Raz speaks with host Lynn Neary about Turkey's role in the war in Iraq.
March 23, 2003 Ret. Gen. Ronald Griffith, commander of the 1st Armored Division during the 1991 Persian gulf War speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the rules concerning treatment of prisoners of war.
March 23, 2003 NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Amanda Williamson of the International Red Cross about the humanitarian aid needs in Iraq.
March 23, 2003 Flashes seen at Mosul, in northwestern Iraq, indicate an aerial attack may be underway there. Eyewitnesses report anti-aircraft fire and explosions. Calm prevails in much of Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq for the time being. There are reports of military planes landing outside the largest Kurdish city in the region, Sulaymaniya. Air strikes are also reported in an area controlled by Islamist guerrillas linked to al Qaeda. Hear NPR's Lynn Neary and NPR's Ivan Watson.
March 23, 2003 Iraq's capital absorbs more damage from the sky as B-52 bombers strike in concert with U.S. missiles. Iraqi officials paint an optimistic picture of fierce opposition to U.S. and British troops. Armed soldiers and non-uniformed fighters gather in the streets of Baghdad, awaiting the approach of U.S.-led forces. Hear NPR's Lynn Neary and reporter Paul Eedle.
March 23, 2003 President Bush returns to the White House after a Camp David weekend and expresses sorrow for lives lost in the war in Iraq. The president says the war "has just begun" and says he expects "a tough fight." He also emphasizes that the United States does not want Turkish troops to enter northern Iraq, where rival Kurdish forces are massed. Hear NPR's Lynn Neary and NPR's Mara Liasson.
March 23, 2003 U.S. forces move within 100 miles of Baghdad, but a supply convoy well behind the front lines goes astray with disastrous results. Twelve of the 16 soldiers in the convoy are officially unaccounted for, and some are believed dead. At least five, seen in a videotape shown on Iraqi television and the al-Jazeera network, are believed to be alive but held as prisoners. Meanwhile, fighting near Nasiriyah claims the lives of several Marines. Hear NPR's Lynn Neary and NPR's Scott Horsley.>
March 23, 2003 U.S. forces entering Iraq hope to be seen as liberators. But even if some Iraqis react favorably to the U.S.-led assault to overthrow Saddam Hussein, pockets of dissent can be expected. The response of Sunni Muslims, who control the governments of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, may be particularly telling. Hear NPR's Lynn Neary and David Ransom, a former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain.
March 23, 2003 The international media shows deep divisions over the war in Iraq, but many editorialists and columnists predict that the lasting effect to the U.S. image abroad will be negative. Hear NPR's Lynn Neary and Elijah Zarwan, online editor for the World Press Review.
March 23, 2003 Najaf, one of the two holy cities for Iraq's Shia Muslims, has been the scene of fighting between U.S. and Iraqi forces. It dates to the eighth century and is said to contain the tomb of the spiritual founder of the Shia branch of Islam. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.
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