An Israeli official says the U.S. military has been ordered to launch the war against Iraq on March 18. Michael Gurdus reported on Israeli TV that the order was relayed by U.S. Central Command to all American forces in the Persian Gulf and says he heard the order being relayed to U.S. fighter-jet pilots and others over U.S. military radio communications that he intercepted.
Gurdus is a leading reporter for Israel radio and television who has broken many hot stories because of his ability to intercept and understand foreign-language civilian and radio broadcasts and communications. He says the U.S. military, in its radio communications, refers to Iraq as “bad cows” and “kabob.”
The U.S. has demanded that senior Israeli officials stop issuing predictions for when the war will begin, but Israel fears revenge attacks from Saddam Hussein, which happened during the Gulf War, and wants its citizens to be prepared. Pentagon sources have dismissed the Israeli report.
Meanwhile, Iranian Radio says Osama bin-Laden has been captured in Pakistan, but a U.S. spokesman says, “We have no information to substantiate that claim.” Iranian Radio reported that bin-Laden is being held by Pakistani Intelligence and that U.S. troops are also present.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat says, “This is absolutely unfounded and absolutely baseless.”
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