At 8:35 AM Baghdad time, Saddam Hussein delivered a brief address on Iraqi television, urging Iraqis to resist the US led attack. It was not known whether the address was videotaped or live, or if the person delivering the speech was actually Saddam Hussein. Early analysis of the tape revealed brief dissolves, suggesting that it was not live, but the individual making the broadcast referred to the exact time of the attack, indicating that it was made after the attack took place.

At sunrise Baghdad time, the US had attempted a strike against the Iraqi leadership that included targets near Baghdad, in Mosul and close to the Iranian border.

Saddam Hussein is known to have more than one double, so it is uncertain that he was actually the man on the videotape.

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