The Gulf: A Special Report

Since it became clear that neither George Bush nor Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein would blink, the only question remaining was: When? The answer came as startled Iraqis were jolted awake in the early-morning hours of Jan. 17. Suddenly, irrevocably, the sky over Baghdad erupted, and the crowds racing for air-raid shelters knew that the fateful reckoning their leader had spoken of was at hand.

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