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Q&A with Sun reporter in Washington

SunSpot Staff

WILM: Anything you can add to what we've seen since the first strikes?

TOM BOWMAN: We haven't heard anything yet from the Pentagon, but one thing we do know is that they're going to step up their psychological campaign today. They'll be taking over TV stations and radio stations in Baghdad to send targeted messages to the Iraqi citizens and Saddam himself and his troops. Last night's attack had 40 cruise missiles with thousand-pound warheads, and also bombs fired by F-117 stealth attack aircraft.

I talked to some soldiers in the desert last night and they said they were still packing their stuff up, moving forward to assembly areas and still getting equipment off ships. So it looks like it will be a little while before they head off into Iraq.

WILM: What about these Iraqi attacks on Kuwait? Are they perfunctory, or is there still a fear about weapons of mass destructions, chemical weapons, something on some of those warheads?

TB: There's still a little bit of that concern. They've taken out quite a few of the artillery pieces and rocket pieces in Iraq to lower any sort of threat into Kuwait. But they haven't said too much about that yet.

WILM: If I were to tune into the main Iraqi radio channel now, has that been commandeered by American forces or was that just briefly overnight?

TB: That was just briefly overnight. Saddam was on TV for a short while, then it blinked out, then came back on. So keep an eye on what's coming out of Baghdad today. You could see U.S. Armed Forces broadcasting today.

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