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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                1 f BRAUNFELS FRIDAY sections EITUNG 150 No Serving New and Coma County since 1852 cents Ground forces unleashed First casualties 16 dead In helicopter crash Page 5A H Early strategy much different this time Page 5A Citizens lift prayers in support of troops Page 5A U What precision strikes aimed to accomplish Page 5A I Briefs from the warfront Page 5A Follow late developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site STEPHEN British Royal Artillery troops from the 29 Commando Regiment fire their 105mm light guns from a position in the Kuwait desert at targets in southern Iraq during the first night of the allied campaign Thursday The United States turned its military might on Iraq and promised to press an offensive of unprecedented power to topple or kill President Saddam Hussein Surrender talks delay bombing barrage c o BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent 14 American and British units rum bled across the desert into Iraq on Thurs day and bombed limited targets in Baghdad But military commanders withheld the mas sive onslaught that would signal allout war as officials tried to talk the Iraqi regime into giving up Coalition forces suffered their first casual ties in a helicopter crash that left 12 Britons and four Americans dead The days of the Saddam Hussein regime are Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld predicted although he also said there was no need for a broader conflict if Iraqi leaders surrender On the second day of Operation Iraqi Free dom American officials held out the tanta lizing possibility that Saddam had been killed in the initial Wednesday night bombing of Baghdad Staterun Iraqi television said Saddam sur vived and met with his top aides to counter the attack We are resolved to teach the criminal invaders hard lessons and make them taste painful declared the Iraqi military Intelligence analysts tried to determine whether a man in military garb shown on staterun television was the Iraqi leader or a double intelligence believes Saddam and possibly two of his sons were present inside a suburban Baghdad compound when it was struck and that medical attention was summoned afterward There was no definitive word whether Saddam was caught in the predawn attack PHILIP A MCDANIELAJS Navy Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113 hoist a GBU16 a laser guided bomb onto a wing pylon of an Hornet on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Thursday The onset of war sparked antiwar demon strations across the country more than were arrested in San Francisco and at embassies around the world The State Department warned citizens abroad of an increased danger of terrorism Rumsfeld hinted that talks with Iraqi mil itary elements including some in the elite Republican Guatd may have a delayed start to a planned massive aerial assault We still hope the Iraqi leadership can be replaced without the full force and fury of a Rumsfeld said after meeting with law makers on Capitol Hill Rep Robert Andrews said following a House briefing with Rumsfeld that the behavior of those whove not surrendered would suggest that they In southern Iraq white light glowed in the desert sky and the sound of explosions could be heard from across the KuwaitIraq frontier as the 3rd Infantry Division unleashed an artillery barrage Troops eager to cross the border into Iraq cheered and units were soon on their way The 101st Airborne Division rumbled across the desert in a vast convoy trucks tankers Humvees and more rolling along under a round white moon Iraq sent missiles toward Kuwait in retali ation for the predawn attack against Sad dam and American officials said the Iraqis had set fire to some of their own oil wells Pro tecting the oilrich Basra region was one of the American militarys goals as Marines and Army special forces headed into Iraq The Iraqi missiles landed harmlessly in the Kuwaiti desert Officials said none of the Iraqi missiles caused injuries and one was inter cepted by a Patriot missile Thousands of American and British troops donned protective gear but there was no evidence the missiles See INSIDE t Key Code 76 Rove gives glimpse into Bushs mind Presidential adviser feted at conference BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer President Bushs senior adviser told a crowd of more than 500 Thursday night that Bush was calm and con fident when he decided to attack Iraq Karl Rove has stayed close to the presidents side throughout the past few weeks as Bush prepared for war But he took time out last night to attend the opening reception of the 37th Annual Texas Legislative Conference at the New Braunfels Civic Center and to accept the cov eted Texan of the Year Award Rove described the atmos phere in the White House this week as calm and said the president spoke with his advisers with resolve as he decided to militarily disarm Saddam Hussein He said Bush maintains that resolve even today as he stays in close contact with coalition partners He did this because he believes fervently after we live in a different Rove said Rove called Bushs decision to invade Iraq an eloquent expression of the presidents service compassion and love of He said Bush represents these Texas and American values with bis willingness to defend He really is Rove said The willingness to fight for freedom is what made Texas Rove also emphasized that the strike against Iraq was not preemptive as many say it is He said the fault the mili tary force against Saddam was the dictator himself Sad dam agreed to disarm after the Gulf War 12 years ago after admitting to possessing weapons of mass destruction Rove criticized govern ments who are not backing Bush and coalition forces in their decision to carry out action outlined in several resolutions See Local officials Dont worry but be ready BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal Countys top emergency man agement official said residents should strive to be ready for any eventuality but they need nt be fright ened by the war with Iraq which has been telegraphed for months Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said she want ed to warn EDGETT against compla cency but that a war to remove Saddam Hus sein should not have many local repercussions I hoped they would resolve their issues but I didnt look for Hussein to Edgett said It seemed likely wed be going to war We live in scary March 14 a Sattler business was evacuated and 11 employ ees and a mail carrier deconta minated after a letter post marked from Iraq was delivered to the business The FBI told county officials to test the letter which was done Tests for chemical and biological agents were all negative Edgett said the incident emphasizes the tensions being felt as a result of the growing hostilities in the Middle East She said Comal County is remote from the front lines and even is a low likeli hood for a target if the United States is attacked by terrorists We dont have any military bases here and we dont have manufacturing or products that would be Edgett said Were working to be prepared for any eventuality Our specific threat is more from Austin or San People should practice what Edgett called commonsense Stay informed use good judgement and pay attention to news media so you know whats going she said In a time of crisis everybody is his or her own best asset Be aware of your surroundings and be aware of your mail See LOCAL73A The Department of Homeland Security has infor mation to help pre pare for disaster terrorist attack or war on its Web site at Tara Brinkkoeter New Braunfels branch manager for the American Red Cross said infor mation on personal safety pr prepared ness is available at the American Bed Cross located at the Comal County Courthouse Hours are to 5 Monday through Friday DAVID Bill Siebert left receives Karl Roves autograph at the Texas Legislative Conference kick off Rove named Texan of the Year by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce was honored Thursday night at the civic center   

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