“CRUCIAL MOMENT” 21:53 24 Mar 2003

It looks like the main confrontation might be just hours away. The Scotsman has a great summary of the tactical situation. The 3rd Infantry Division is somewhere around Karbala, west of Baghdad. They’re facing the Media Division of the Republican Guard. There are reports that Marine units are approaching Al Kut on the Tigris. From there they could approach Baghdad from the southeast, but Al Kut is where chemical munitions were reportedly issued. Word is that the 101st Airborne has entered central Iraq somewhere, and the Screaming Ealges usually make dramatic entrances wherever they go. Tony Blair said this is the “crucial moment.” We’ll see. If things don’t go well, we don’t have much in reserve.