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And suddenly the bombings stopped....

Date;  posted 27 April 2003 (in fact 8 & 9 April 2003, Baghdad bombings).

And suddenly the bombings stopped....


Timeline date=placed on 27 April 2003, the real dates are 8 and 9 April 2003.


May be it is wise to read from 'the big story' the date 8 April (link is here, new window). You can view this as some example of a 'system shock' or even as 'shock and awe' but the last could be interpreted as rather funny while the graphical art from 8 April 2003 is not funny at all. At the end of this file you will find another example of this graphical WarArt. 

The 'system shock' was placed around noon local time on the web, so in Baghdad it was around 14.00 hours in the afternoon. With this in mind you can read the two 'timeline dates' as found on the Guardian Unlimited, see details below. 


Timeline from war as found on Guardian Unlimited, Special edition=War in Iraq.


First just quotes and quotes and quotes. The entire timeline as found on 08 April and for reasons of completeness the 21the April too. (Day 20 and 21 of the war ) Remark while reading; when does the bombing stop?


Day 20 of the war

Tuesday April 8, 2003

0100 (all times are BST) Police in the Californian city of Oakland fire on anti-war protesters with rubber bullets, reportedly injuring 14 people.

0200: Explosions and machine gun fire are heard around Saddam Hussein's presidential compound, currently in the hands of US soldiers.

0346: A US bomber struck a residential complex in Baghdad after US intelligence received information that President Saddam, his sons and other top Iraqi leaders might be meeting there, officials at central command in Qatar say.

0540: Al-Jazeera television says that its Baghdad office has been hit in an air raid. A Jordanian reporter-producer, Tarek Ayoub, is killed. A cameraman is injured.

0625: Reuters reports that US marines have attacked a military airfield on the south-eastern outskirts of Baghdad.

0638: Two US Abrams tanks advance on to Jumhuriya bridge in central Baghdad.

0730: US tanks advance on Baghdad's government district.

0735:Iraqi state television is reported to be off the air.

0830: US Apache helicopters and warplanes strike a compound south-east of Baghdad city centre that is used by the Republican Guards.

0915: Four journalists are injured in a blast at Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, the base for much of the foreign media in the city. Some observers said it looked as though a tank or artillery shell had hit the building. David Chater, of Sky News, says he saw a tank barrel pointing at the hotel before the blast.

1025: The British army announces that a local leader, identified as "a sheikh" will form a committee to govern Basra, which it says is now under British army control.

1055 A battle is reported near Hilla, 60 miles south of Baghdad.

1100: US General Buford Blount, commander of the Third Infantry Division, says that a tank opened fire after receiving "small arms fire and RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) fire" from the hotel.

1125: Mr Bush says that he does not know whether Saddam Hussein survived the latest bombing attack on Baghdad.

1130: The US president, George Bush, says that he sees a "vital" role for the UN in establishing an interim authority made up of Iraqis.

1200: The bodies of 11 British servicemen who died in Iraq arrive by jet at RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire.

1225: US Brigadier General Vincent Brooks says that US forces are pushing into Baghdad from the north.

1225 It is announced that Reuters television cameraman Taras Protsyuk, aged 35, has died after the blast at the Palestine Hotel.

1340: Spanish cameraman Jose Couso dies undergoing surgery on injuries to his leg, jaw and chest, sustained in the shell attack on the Palestine Hotel. He had been working for the Spanish TV station, Telecinco.

1430: US forces, operating from a presidential palace in Baghdad, continue their show of strength in the city centre, targeting government buildings.

1500: US marines say that they have seized the Rashid military airfield, 5km from the centre of Baghdad. Iraqi forces had abandoned it.

1700: The French president, Jacques Chirac, says that the UN alone should take charge of the rebuilding of Iraq.

1830: Pentagon officials say they cannot confirm whether the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, was killed in the bombing of a Baghdad suburb. However, Iraqi command orders are still being issued to key elements of the regime's military.


Remark; for reasons of 'completeness' I also copied the 'hour to hour' development from 9 April (quote):

And 09 April 2003:

Day 21 of the war

Wednesday April 9, 2003

0130 (all times are BST): Arabic TV news channel al-Jazeera announces that it is to withdraw all its staff from Baghdad, and will remove a journalist embedded with American forces, after the death of their correspondent Tareq Ayyoub when the US dropped two bombs on al-Jazeera's offices in the city yesterday.

0630: US marines push east into Baghdad, while the US army opens a northern front in the city.

0700: Baghdad is reported to have had one of its quietest nights of the conflict. Small arms fire is heard in the south, but combat appears limited.

0750: US special forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters seize a strategic hilltop near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, a senior Kurdish leader says.

0851: Japan is to contribute up to £60m in emergency humanitarian aid to Iraq, its foreign minister announces.

0900: Reports emerge of Iraqis welcoming advancing US marines with waving and cheering.

1000: Widespread looting breaks out unhindered in Baghdad as government control appears to be on the brink of collapse. The UN headquarters, and shops near the Olympic Committee's building, are ransacked, as are military installations, government buildings and research institutions.

1045: US tanks take up positions around a square at the centre of Baghdad, on the east bank of the Tigris river.

1145: The international Red Cross says one of its staff is missing in Baghdad, and is likely to be seriously injured after the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by crossfire. Vatche Arslanian, 48, a Canadian, has not been seen since Tuesday afternoon, the agency says.

1200: A US official in Washington, speaking anonymously, said the US president, George Bush, was "heartened" by the "very good progress" in the war.

1250: US central command says that Saddam Hussein's government is no longer in control of Baghdad.

1345: US central command says that Iraq has reached the "tipping point" as citizens realise that Saddam Hussein's reign has ended. But Brigadier General Vincent Brooks adds that the war is not yet over, and parts of the Iraqi regime remain in place.

1400: US troops seize headquarters of Iraqi secret police in Baghdad.

1420: Thousands gather outside the US embassy in Moscow, burning dollar bills in Russia's largest protest against the war so far.

1445: CNN reports ongoing fighting in Baghdad. Some gunfire appears to come from shopkeepers fighting off looters, but US central command says that "downtown Baghdad remains dangerous".

1510: The US vice president, Dick Cheney, says the Iraqi
regime is collapsing, and military progress shows criticism of the war was misguided. But he warns that there is "still a lot to do" and says he cannot predict when the conflict will end.

1520: Moscow denies rumours that Saddam Hussein has taken refuge in the Russian embassy in Baghdad.

1540: John R Bolton, US under-secretary of state for arms control and international security, warns Iran, Syria, North Korea and other countries the US has accused of pursuing weapons of mass destruction to "draw the appropriate lesson from Iraq".

1555: US marines help crowds to topple a giant statue of Saddam Hussein in the heart of Baghdad.

1600: White House spokesman Ari Fleischer calls for caution despite military progress, and warns that other cities in Iraq remain dangerous.

1630: Police in London arrest 24 people after Iraqi opposition groups claim to have occupied former Iraqi diplomatic offices.

1645: The UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, appeals for calm and the protection of citizens in Baghdad.

1710: Nato's secretary general, George Robertson, says that it is too early for members to decide how they might help peacekeeping in post-war Iraq.

1730: The international Red Cross announces that missing staff member Vatche Arslanian has been found dead. Médecins Sans Frontières announce that they, too, have suspended operations in Baghdad following the disappearance of two workers.

1830: Mr Rumsfeld says the world is "watching history unfold", adding that Saddam Hussein is taking his place alongside Hitler, Stalin, Lenin and Ceaucescu in the pantheon of failed brutal dictators.

1845: The US secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, accuses Damascus of "unhelpfully" assisting Iraq, and claims that senior Ba'ath party figures are fleeing to Syria. He adds that Saddam Hussein's whereabouts remain a mystery.

1915: British forces will not stay in Iraq "a day longer than necessary", the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, tells Channel 4 news.


Now let me show you some art included the two titles it has (one normal and one 'under' title): 


 Title: CENTCOM, This is the third time I ask you this.   
UnderTitle: Annie lost her legs, Ali lost his arms. JDAM or Goddamn? 



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