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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2003

Facts about the war

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U.S. military: 49 dead, 15 missing, seven captured
British military:
27 dead, none captured or missing
Iraqi forces: No estimate of military or civilian casualties

— Associated Press


Q. Did Congress authorize the war against Iraq?

A. Congress did not issue a formal declaration of war. However, a congressional joint resolution last October authorized President Bush to use the military to enforce U.N. resolutions against Iraq and to defend against the "threat posed by Iraq." Although Bush worked for and welcomed the resolution, he, like a long line of other presidents, asserts that the Constitution gives the president sole war-making authority.


"We are planning for a very difficult fight ahead in Baghdad. We are not expecting to drive into Baghdad suddenly and seize it."

— Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal

By the numbers

20 — miles U.S. troops are from Baghdad
— oil trenches on fire around the city
— U.S. combat wounded treated at an Army hospital in Germany since the start of the war
— Iraqi combat aircraft
— Coalition aircraft
— Tomahawk missiles the Navy plans to buy by 2004
— given by U.S. for radio broadcasts by Iraqi opposition groups
5,000,000 — population of Baghdad

Oil prices

New York: Down $1.18, or 4 percent, to $28.60 a barrel
London: Down $1.15, or 4.4 percent, to $25.21 a barrel

The time

Iraq's time zone is 14 hours ahead of Hawai'i time.

Persian Gulf weather

Friday's forecast:

Baghdad — Day: 92 degrees, partly cloudy. Night: 63 degrees.
— Day: 105 degrees, partly cloudy. Night: 67 degrees.
Kuwait City — Day: 101 degrees, partly cloudy. Night: 66 degrees.

Unit spotlight

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, is the largest American hospital outside the United States. This sprawling complex is 90 miles southwest of Frankfurt. Since 1980, it has treated the wounded from a long series of confrontations: Iran, Beirut, Sarajevo, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Afghanistan and the USS Cole.

  • Bed capacity: 170, but can be expanded quickly to 450
  • Nurses: 250
  • Physicians: 120
  • Supports: 52,000 American military members and their families in southern Germany plus advanced care for more than 300,000 troops and their families in the huge European Theater.