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Welcome to our special page for your comments on the War on Iraq, which we will update day by day during the conflict

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  • APRIL 15: War widow row
  • APRIL 14: US forces enter Tikrit
  • APRIL 11: Kurdish fighters move into Mosul
  • APRIL 10: New era for Iraq
  • APRIL 9: US controls Iraqi skies
  • APRIL 8: Search for Saddam
  • APRIL 7: US troops in central Baghdad
  • APRIL 4: US troops take Baghdad airport
  • APRIL 3: US helicopter shot down
  • APRIL 2: GI rescued
  • APRIL 1: Iraqi women and children killed
  • MARCH 31: Battle for Basra
  • MARCH 28: More troops heading for Gulf
  • MARCH 27: Opening a second front
  • MARCH 26: Basra on the brink
  • MARCH 25: Closing in on Baghdad
  • MARCH 24: Iraqi troops fiercely resistant
  • MARCH 23: troops 'close' to Baghdad
  • MARCH 22: massive air attack
  • MARCH 21: land assault under way
  • MARCH 20: war begins

    Tuesday April 15

  • The Ministry of Defence apologises to a new war widow after asking for nine days' pay back
  • Iraqi policemen are asked to come back to work to restore law and order

    The MOD is simply lying when it says taking wages back is an administrative oversight. It is longstanding policy that dead servicemen have no value and widows and family have always been treated appallingly. It is only in the last year that widows remarrying have not had their MOD pensions stopped on remarriage
    Dr Kevin O'Sullivan, RAF (Retired) North Yorkshire

    I feel sorry for the young war widow for the way she has been treated by the MOD but her benefits and how they are administered cannot be laid squarely at the feet of the MOD. It is the Treasury and Government that dictates Service benefits. The same Government that votes a 60% pension based on 20 years' parliamentary service but only a 48.5% pension for a Serviceman who completes 37 years' service. I hope she does get better treatment but I believe that whilst Government is prepared to pour money into a war, they are much less likely to vote funding for pay and pensions.
    AP Rowntree, Newark

    Are the government trying to say that Mr Seymour's life was only worth two years' pay? They should give his wife a new home paid for by the goverment so she will never have to worry about a roof over her head
    Alan. London

    As a serving member of the RAF, I am not surprised by the MOD's attitude towards Lianne Seymour: they are a crass and insensitive organisation. Some of Mr Moonies comments were laughable. I have served for 29 years, I have fewer benefits now than when I joined, and what¿s more, they are worth substantially less. When the MOD wants to save money, the benefits package is an easy target, and we just have to accept it.

    What a sick society we live in. A serviceman's widow is asked to repay 10 days pay, while failed fat cat directors get half a million severance pay
    Trina Popely, Chatham

    It's not just the armed forces that are treated badly in the event of catastrophe. Prison and Police Officers' families suffer the same fate.
    Kris Seal, London

    My husband is an RAF-Auxillary surgeon. We have a mixture of repayment and endowment mortgage, and if he dies, only the repayment part will be paid off, leaving me still owing on half the house value. the NAAFI (Navy, Army, Airforce) insurance services could only offer him a £10,000 payout for me if he died, which would make so little difference that he decided not to bother. I would have to go back to work and we have a six month old baby. I suspect lots of other folk will find themselves in a similar position, with policies not paying out because of a 'war clause'
    Dr Kate Grant, Aberdeen

    What training do family liaison officers have? How are they selected? Perhaps they should be independent
    Heather Redhead, Chester

    It is utterly disgraceful that the Ministry of Defence sent that letter. The Families Officer and SAFFA were not doing their jobs properly. She will get a war widows' pension, and gratuity etc. The MOD has given a lot of jobs to civilian contractors. Clerical errors can be made, as civilian contractors do not know the military culture.
    Eric Jenkin, Newlyn, Kernow

    The president should crawl over hot coals to apologise to the war widow. The MOD staff should answer with their jobs.
    Brian Beale

    This is normal. It used to be three months to leave the house with no help

    It's a disgrace: a man dies for his country then to treat his family in this way is despicable. What a way to treat heroes
    Pete, Birmingham

    I'm appalled at the use of Saddam's police force in the cities of Iraq which the coalition has destabilised. Does this not prove that the war was not about liberation? They should have anticipated the anarchy and followed up with Military Police. Now is the time for the UN to be brought in to restore peace, and for the world to hope for regime Washington!!!
    Peter Laycock, Leeds

    Monday April 14

  • US troops enter Saddam's home town of Tikrit
  • Fighting continues overnight in Baghdad
  • Looting continues in the wake of the collapse of the Iraqi regime
  • Breakfast debates the future of Iraq

    As the combined forces have removed many of the existing police from Iraq, we should now replace them until the Iraqis can take control again.
    Dr Reed, Coventry

    I'm beginning to believe the liberal view that the "weapons of mass destruction" were more of an excuse for the US to move and turn Iraq into an obedient client state. I'm generally conservative in my views, but I find myself wishing that the coalition forces would find some of these much talked up weapons - and hope that they don't resort to planting any! When I hear Bush accusing Syria of perhaps having more such "weapons," I feel I understand the US's Middle Eastern policy more fully. By the way, I am a patriotic American and believe that liberating oppressed peoples is what American power is suited to do, but I grow more cynical about the American government's motives with each passing day.
    Suzanne Foxton, Kew, London

    Friday April 11

  • US troops and Kurdish fighters move into Mosul
  • Kurdish fighters are expected to leave Kirkuk and hand it over to the US
  • Widespread looting continues and the UN says anarchy is reigning in parts of Baghdad

    Surely even the Bush administration has the sense to realise that now is the time to call in the UN peace keeping forces. It is what they are there for. The world would back this move and Bush might not have so much egg on his face for winning the war and losing the peace.
    Heather Goodhead, Northamptonshire

    For a plan that has been under construction for over a year, the omission of any policing capability to cope with the expected post regime collapse of law and order seems a criminal act. The infrastructure needed for re-building is being destroyed by looting. Lets do something about this immediately, rather than having flying television stations broadcasting pictures of Blair and Bush.
    Gordon Brooks, Gosport

    Is it not possible for some troops in Iraq to be deployed at the hospitals, if nowhere else, to secure them so that humanitarian aid can be sent in to them. Or at least stop the looting from them.
    Coreen, Leicester

    The Kurdish region in the north of Iraq seems to have managed its affairs for the last 12 years. Could they not provide a model for the rest of the country?
    Peter Scutt, Ramsgate

    It's a great shame, that after such a resounding victory by the coalition, the media now choose to denigrate the victory by emphasizing the looting now taking place. Historically, looting is one of the aftermaths of war. "To the victors go the spoils", and in this case, the Iraqis are the victors. Most of the looting is directed at the regime. It will wear itself out very quickly. We should give the Iraqis more credit, they are not by nature a lawless people.
    Ron Bill, Cheltenham

    How can the troops keep law and order in Basra and Baghdad when it is still very dangerous for them? We need the help of other countries troops to help police the cities while our troops still fight on to liberate the people of Iraq.
    Liz, Halifax

    Why can't the forces protect the hospitals? Hearts and Minds will be aided by the most acknowledgement of the rights to protect the patients.
    Sue Acland, Taunton

    Instead of being critical of the Coalition, the UN could save face by assisting in policing Iraq and developing it into democratic county.
    Nigel Braun

    Thursday April 10

  • A new era for Iraq as coalition forces secure Baghdad
  • American planes continue to bomb Tikrit
  • Medical supplies, food and water needed but the aid agencies say it is still too dangerous to help

    We were always told that this war was about weapons of mass destruction, not regime change. So where are the chemical weapons? Surely Saddam would have used them, if he had them, as he obviously had nothing to lose! This war is purely about America's desire to control the oil reserves in this strategically vital region. And for that the Iraqi people will pay the price through the emerging humanitarian crisis.
    John Crookes, London

    Blair and his cronies will say anything to get their own way. Jack Straw stood at the dispatch box during the debate that gave authority to this war and said that the Middle East Roadmap would be published the very next day. Has it? Of course not. Lying and misleading the public is second nature to these people. Let's be clear, what's happened is what everyone knew would happen - sooner or later UK/US military pressure would tell.
    Christian Murphy, London

    Iraq is made up of different ethnic groups i.e Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Ashories, and many others. I think no one group or no one particular should be given the power as this will be creating another future dictator in Iraq. I am an Iraqi Turkmen who studied and lived in this country for the last 25 years. I think all groups have suffered equally from this dictatorship. We Iraqis are afraid that given few years in Iraq there might be another dictator who will use the wealth of the country in his favour. All Iraqi groups should take part in Future Iraqi Government.
    Imad Kirkukly, London

    The liberation of the Iraqi people has proved Tony Blair right all along. We should be proud that Britain has one again produced a leader of Integrity with the courage to stand up to those who threaten our fundamental freedoms
    Chris Hanley, London

    Before the war started Tony Blair risked his political career on backing the US, when many believed it was political suicide. Our prime minister has helped show the world what a compassionate country we are and I hope people will remember what a risk he has taken, not only with our force's lives, but his career and this country's international reputation and stature.
    Steve Suckling, Paignton

    I think that it is great to see that many of the Iraqi civilians realise that the coalition forces are trying to help. I also believe that the British public ought to get behind our troops are realise what they are risking their lives for, for us to live in a safer world! loadsa luv vicky!!!
    Vicky Elliott, Torquay

    I seem to understand that the UN resolution was not about the removal of Saddam but the search for WMD which the UK and US said that they have, what I want to know is if no such weapons are found will Tony Blair and George Bush be charged with war crimes.
    Chris Smith

    Wednesday April 9

  • US fight for overall control of Baghdad

    Could we use some of the palaces in Iraq as temporary hospitals? It seems a waste to have buildings like that empty, and overflowing hospitals with poor sanitary conditions.
    Lesley Hine

    Would Blair & Bush be able to look children, who have been left orphaned by the war, in the eye and tell them that they are liberated?
    Gavin, Liverpool

    The French should not even be consulted, and the UN should have no input in post war Iraq.
    Brian, Scotland

    I'm sure I'm not the only person who is concerned about what is going to happen to the prisoners of war after the war is over. Will they be kept in camps?
    Jackie, Guildford

    Tuesday April 8

  • US bombs a "leadership target" in Baghdad

    We have seen the 12 year old Iraqi boy who has lost his family and both his arms. Isn't it up to Britain or America to bring him over to their country and give him all the medical attention he needs?
    Nancy Hallas

    The UN didn't wish to assist in the war, so why should they be allowed to be involved in the rebuilding of Iraq?
    Andy, Loughborough

    There have been thousands of people worldwide taking part in protests against the war, but they have only been able to do this because they live in democracies. In Iraq they would be killed for this. Surely this alone is good enough reason to remove Saddam from power.
    Tom, Nottingham

    As a Palestinian I want to know what will be Mr Bush's and Mr Blair's responses if no weapons of mass destruction are found in Iraq?
    Neshan Balian, Jerusalem

    The intention to return Iraq to its people is laudable. But how many Arab nations have a democratic government? Democracy cannot be installed from one day to the next - it has to grow. Perhaps Iraq will be the exception; but generally attempts to enforce democracy have not worked.
    Jon, from Malaga

    I am a Muslim and wish that, there was another way to remove this mass killer of his own people. This is not a war against Muslims, but a war against a mass killer and his henchmen. My heart goes out to the British and American families who have lost a loved one in the struggle for justice for the Iraq people. We should thank them, not demonstrate against them
    B. Ahmad, Huddersfield

    Monday April 7

  • US troops enter central Baghdad
  • British troops secure Basra

    If "Chemical Ali's" body has been found, and if he is Saddam's cousin, I hope the powers that be have taken a genetic fingerprint. This will surely help distinguish the real Saddam (from his doubles) if ever he is found.
    Kevin Anderson, Chelmsford

    The Iraqi information minister is surely just telling his hierarchy what they want to hear - and lying for his life.
    Jeremy Knight, Norwich

    I would like to support our troops who are making it possible for Iraqi people to voice their opinions like I am voicing mine. The Iraqis in exile say it all. We should listen to the people who have fled this man.
    Mrs P Harrison

    Where are the weapons of mass destruction we were told Saddam had ready for use. I agree he should be deposed, but where is the evidence to validate and justify the Coalition's actions?
    Alec Downward, Staffordshire

    Friday April 4

  • Coalition forces take control of Baghdad airport
  • The capital spent much of the night without power but the US says it did not deliberately target the city's power supply
  • And in the United States Congress has approved President Bush's request for fifty billion pounds to fund the war

    Naturally when it is over the British an Americans should have a say on the future of Iraq, we freed the people. The French/Germans/Russians etc did not agree therefore relinquishing any right to what happens. We lost our troops and personnel it our call. I hope after this is over GB and US put the UN and EC (into Iraq)
    Colin Hart, Banbury

    We were told by the Prime Minister that our troops would encounter waving & cheering on the streets as they entered Iraq. This has not happened. The excuse appears to be that the Iraq's have been threatened and brainwashed over the past few weeks. Surely this fact was known prior to the statement over the expected rejoicing?
    Caroline Dudgeon, Limassol Cyprus

    America says Iraqi troops will be tried for War Crimes. Why is it only the losers in any war seem to get tried for war crimes?
    Dave, Glasgow

    I have this uneasy feeling that things are not what they seem. The warning signs are there, resistance is patchy and missing large scale Iraq army defence, failure to destroy routes bridges etc that Allies can use, favourite Arab TV reporters sent home. I get the chilly prospect of a planned abandonment of the area by the key 'Chess Pieces' for an unexpected countermove.
    Mike Burberry, Oxford

    Thursday April 3

  • An American Black Hawk helicopter is shot down killing seven and injuring four
  • Coalition forces move to within 19 miles of southern Baghdad
  • U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell will meet NATO and EU foreign ministers in Brussels

    The fact that Saddam Hussein has expelled the Arab press suggests to me that he is about to embark on something totally unacceptable, for which he intends to blame the coalition forces. I feel desperately worried.
    Linda Davies, Somerset

    If the coalition are certain enough that Iraq have chemical and biological weapons the war is justified, what are they doing to ensure the advancing armies do not blow up any stores of such weapons? If this were to occur the mass release of such a cloud of multiple warheads for instance could be an absolute catastrophe, especially for a civilian population unable to protect itself with suitable masks and clothing.
    Adrian Levy, Walton on Thames

    I have a son serving with 42 Commando Royal Marines. I don' think it's applicable to ask yet whether Iraqis think of us as Aggressors or Liberators. Eventually the Iraqi people will change their minds when Saddam has gone and the objective has been completed.
    Christine Dunkley, Mansfield

    At the end of the war the USA and Britain should repair and restore the destructed country. Once this is done the UN can move in to complete the restructuring and development of the country.
    George, Milton Keynes

    Your reporter in Brussels said that the Americans would want a significant say in what happens after the war. In my opinion, if this happens it will prove right those who said "America is doing this for the oil".
    Neil Briscoe, Aldershot

    Wednesday April 2

  • American forces rescue a 19 year old female GI, held prisoner in Nasiria
  • Coalition forces say they're preparing for a "final push" on Baghdad
  • British journalist Matthew McAllester was released after spending five days in an Iraqi jail.
  • Breakfast debated truth and propaganda in the war

    I just wanted to say a big thank you to Breakfast. I really believe it contributed to the safe release of Matt and the four others today. They had been held as suspected in a prison in Baghdad, in separate cells, though not badly treated. Yesterday when they were transported to the Jordanian border from where they first called us. I cannot describe the relief and joy I felt when his editor screamed the news at me and when a few minutes later the wonderfully familiar voice of my little brother was soothing my ears!
    Janey McAllester (Matthew McAllester's sister, who appeared on Breakfast yesterday)

    I am appalled by the style of most of the TV coverage of the war in Iraq. The general feeling that comes over is of biased negativity on the part of the presenters and journalists towards the British and Americans. The feeling I get is of a pack of vultures circling, just desperate for something to go badly wrong for the UK and USA. If there is a hint of a problem, you pounce on it and go on and on and on and on about it before you really know the full facts. When there is no new 'disaster' to linger over, you rake up days-old, trivial information - usually anything that will enable you to criticize the Allies as much as possible. I like to be informed as much possible despite the 'fog of war', but do not want your biased views thrust at me.
    Susan Brown, Stafford

    There is no need to use the PR jargon - just for example, how often have we heard the phrase "irregulars loyal to Saddam Hussein" - they might just happen to be "patriotic" Iraqis "rallying round their troops " to back their country under attack.
    Bill Melville, Killwinning

    Kate Adie is right. We are better educated, but only to the point of becoming aware of our inadequacy to interpret complex events. It is vital to remain open to all points of view if we want to avoid bigotry.
    Peter Alcock, Ellesmere

    It is just as well that there wasn't the same type of media coverage during World War Two as there is during the current "war" in Iraq, because Hitler would have been made out to be a hero.
    Norman Burton, Pinner

    It is very easy to sit in an armchair in the comfort of home and criticise the war as it unfolds on TV. Our servicemen are doing a terribly difficult job under horrendous circumstances. They need our wholehearted support for the outstanding work they are doing.
    Mary Davies, Hampshire

    Tuesday April 01

  • At least 7 Iraqi women and children shot dead at a checkpoint by American troops
  • 26th British soldier killed

    If Blair and Bush really believed in the rights of their actions, they would not feel it necessary to blame the French. Their failure to even apply for a UN resolution allegedly allows them to declare war directly.
    Nigel Cheffers-Heard, Exeter

    The law is on the side of the government - and the majority of Britain is behind the troops. During the last war, opposers and dissenters were correctly treated as traitors.
    A White, Gloucester

    Did the civilians recognise warning shots or did they believe themselves under fire?
    Sandra, Belfast

    Friendly fire of the nature we have seen so far in Iraq is simply not acceptable in this day and age of highly advanced modern technology.
    John Gerard McGill, Edinburgh

    Monday March 31

  • British and American troops close in on Basra and Baghdad
  • Baghdad suffers a night of heavy bombing

    I disagree that children will be frightened by images of war. We all know that the watershed of 9.00pm is disregarded by most families and many of today's children sit up late into the evening watching violent films on video or television. I think today's children are well used to these images.
    Brenda Goodhind

    I saw a group of very young children on the street imitating the cries of Iraqi people by frantically weeping and shouting. I assume they have seen the scene of the bombed market place in Baghdad. Should children be allowed to watch such distressing and horrific scenes?
    Ali Cimen, Newcastle Upon Tyne

    My son has been reading a book on the life of a child in the second world war. He can't understand why the children of Iraq weren't evacuated from the large cities before the war started as happened then in this country. He feels there is too much coverage of the war on TV - he says there isn't enough other news. I feel that the reporting is always on the negative side and I think children pick up on this.
    Jane Hayes, Swansea

    If "friendly fire" is an "unavoidable consequence of modern warfare" why in two Gulf wars have so many British troops been killed by the Americans and no Americans killed by the British?
    Tad Stone

    How many Americans have been killed in "Blue on blue" fire?
    Iris Phillips, south Wales

    Friday March 28

  • The US is to send 120'000 extra troops to the Gulf region
  • Baghdad suffers a night of heavy bombing
  • Tony Blair returns from meetings with President Bush and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

    When the fighting ends, a consortium of Arab States under the flag of the UN should administer Iraq until free elections can take place.
    Mike, Swansea

    We talk about the cost "to the West" of reconstructing Iraq. Iraq used to be one of the wealthiest countries in the region, and has vast oil reserves. Is it not realistic to think that this reconstruction could be paid for from Iraq's resources?
    John Frith, London

    I think that Britain and America should rebuild Iraq after the war. Why should the French or Russians be involved when they wouldn't fight?
    Peter Swan, Hounslow

    I am able to watch your program from the USA via satellite. I think sometimes that we here in the States forget that we have allies in this endeavour, and it is important to acknowledge the contribution, and sadly, the sacrifice that the UK have, and continue to make. We are proud to have you with us. Let us hope all will be home safe, and soon.
    Jack Ross, USA

    Is it not possible that many instances of reported collateral damage are actually caused by Saddam's forces deliberately targeting his own civilian populations during allied bombing raids to generate a backlash in the West, as he is very aware of the divisions in public opinion and has a record of attacking his own people.
    Alan Morrison, Glasgow

    Will Tony Blair and his government still be as supportive towards our troops when they return from Iraq. It is highly likely that many service men and women will suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, Gulf War Syndrome and other debilitating illnesses and will need to seek help and compensation. If the last Gulf War was anything to go by, I suspect the Government will deny any link between these illnesses and the war, and these brave men and women will have to fight again to get compensation from the very Government that sent them to war. Hypocrisy or what!
    Mike Palmer, Swansea

    Shouldn't the coalition & UN be discussing the post war administration of IRAQ now with the political opposition currently in exile in Britain and elsewhere. At least then the IRAQI people will be having a say in their immediate future?
    Mark Brown, Bedford

    Thursday March 27

  • 1,000 US troops parachute into Northern Iraq
  • Tony Blair and George Bush meet to discuss how to run Iraq after the war
  • Arabic Al Jazeera TV is criticised for showing pictures of two dead British soldiers
  • The first aid shipments to Iraq are delayed by mines
  • The US says its planes were probably responsible for a bomb which killed 14 civilians in a Baghdad street market

    Can someone please explain why pictures of injured British troops are 'deplorable' whilst we see pictures of dead and injured Iraqi troops and civilians?
    Steve, Tunbridge Wells

    In showing video clips of dead British soldiers, those running Al-Jazeera are revealing themselves to be victims of their own culture, abrogating their responsibility to decency and humanity in a bid to court cheap popularity in a ghoulish Arab viewing market. How does Al-Jazeera expect the West to take Arabs in general seriously when even they emulate the behaviour of the Iraqi regime?
    Henry Page, Newhaven

    Has anybody condemned Western news stations for showing pictures of dead or injured Iraqi soldiers or civilians? No. So why should Al Jazeera be condemned for their pictures of dead British soldiers? I still hold vivid images of charred and twisted bodies of Iraqis next to burnt out vehicles from the last Gulf War. Less hypocrisy from the coalition would not go amiss.
    Neil Cockram, Exeter

    I am an ex serviceman who has seen active service. Whilst I appreciate the media's enthusiasm to report every little detail, there are some things that should not be reported either on TV or in the newspapers. I was disgusted at the front pages of the newspapers that you showed on this morning's programme, and I do not agree with your showing of them. The media coverage at the moment in this country is I believe no better than that of Iraq or the infamous Al Jazeera TV. Keep it simple, to the point, and please not too much speculation
    Rodney G Brice, Warrington

    I am appalled at the senseless bombing of the market street in Baghdad. What do the allies think they have achieved, except killing or injuring innocent people?
    Nan Hallas, Barnsley

    It is now obvious that US will not allow the UN involvement that was promised after the Azores summit. Isn't it time UK had a PM who could tell the truth?
    Chris Leadbeater, Oxford

    I'd like to know why you repeatedly refer to the killing of civilians in Baghdad as the being the result of an "errant" bomb with such certainty. Has this been confirmed by any independent source? All you know is that civilians were killed and the U.S. has been pounding that city daily for eight days. You should have more respect for the scores of dead and injured than to make such blind excuses for their attackers.
    Allaeddin, London

    Wednesday March 26

  • It's reported that Iraqi irregular troops are fleeing Basra, as an uprising against Saddam takes hold
  • Two British soldiers are killed by "friendly fire" near Basra
  • Baghdad takes another night of heavy bombing which knocks its TV station off air for a short time
  • Breakfast debates war reporting with the BBC's Director of News

    For those of us who lack the imagination to realise the fact that war is ugly, perhaps it is necessary to show it on TV. To me the horror of the pictures is the manifestation of the bilious words of the advocators of this war. I would like not to ever hear Donald Rumsfeld again, but I can just switch off can't I?
    Iris Phillips, South Wales

    You would never know while watching the BBC that we are witnessing a massacre carried out by US/UK troops in Iraq. Look at the hundreds of Iraqis killed. You did a short piece just now on media coverage and managed to make it look as if only Saddam Hussein distorts the truth. Shame on you.
    Sue Kelly, Edinburgh

    The BBC has gone totally over the top with its obsessive, voyeuristic, coverage of the war. Other news stories barely rate a mention, with Breakfast News being a prime offender. Other than in the local news slots there is only a fleeting mention of what else has transpired in the UK or the world. There is far too much footage of reporters who can communicate little information, often with poor quality pictures (from videophones). The Head of News seems to be trying to turn the BBC into a 24 hour news channel.
    Peter Norman, Burnham

    At last, the BBC is starting to withhold operational details. It must confine itself to reporting developments and not plans. Early on in the conflict, we were told where the whole of the British operations were being directed from. This sort of information must not be broadcast.
    Robin Ballard, Somerset

    When are the reporters going to start putting a positive slant on the news? They consistently give misleading information and then blame the government or the military. Even this morning you said that there is a massacre in Basra. How do you know? Who saw it? Where are the pictures? Nowhere.
    Jim Meehan, Manchester

    I have become a steady viewer since the war has started. Your Breakfast News is by far the best overall coverage I have received. It views at 10pm for me so I have information prior to my sleep. I enjoy your factual open broadcasting. BBC you're the greatest!
    Elisa Tyson, California

    Why the almost total lack of analysis in your coverage of the war? We get lots of "on the spot" reporting, but almost no overall assessment of what it means. I tend to agree with the Telegraph's comment : "If newspapers are the first draft of history, TV is the first doodle !" It has certainly opened my eyes to the dangers of 24 hour "embedded" reporting
    Chris Stevens, France

    I support our troops, and I believe that Saddam needs sorting out. But why is there little or no reporting of the continuing anti-war protests? We haven't gone away you know. All very well fighting for someone else's rights and freedoms, but what about our own? Is this a case of censorship, or just media bias?
    Simon, Castleford

    If I were a supporter of Saddam, which I am not, I would be critical of the amount of propaganda that the BBC is reporting as news. More news is not making for better news. In recent days there has been extensive coverage of a huge chemical weapons factory, which in fact is not a chemical weapons factory at all; that a British official said that Saddam Hussein may well have been killed outright in the initial strike when in fact there is no evidence to support such a claim; that 300 Iraqi soldiers killed outside Najaf, when in fact your own journalist reported a figure of 100; that Iraqi TV has been taken out by Tomahawk missile attack, when in fact the Iraqi government is still broadcasting. Why are you reporting so much propaganda?
    Debbie Davies

    No one has commented on what they plan to do if they capture Saddam alive. I would like to see him tried for his crimes.
    John Sharp, Dunstable

    I appreciate you have a huge problem keeping things going 24/7 but the fact is that events don't actually work that way. The coverage is magnificent but in fact has become tedious or at least boring. Couldn't we reduce it to bulletins and major events and developments? At least cut out the inane and un-informed comments by anyone with nothing specific to say or an ill informed opinion or axe to grind.
    John Grave, Ham, Surrey

    You cannot fight a humane war when they use civilians in Iraq. If we really want to get rid of Saddam we should send in another armoured division. My son is out in Iraq and it would be terrible if he was shot by a civilian dressed armed man because he was told not to shoot a civilian.
    Mrs Hart, Gloucester

    Tuesday March 25

  • A second British soldier has died in the conflict
  • Potential humanitarian crisis in Basra
  • Coalition forces are 100 KM from Baghdad

    Please do not confuse support for our troops with support for Mr. Blair. Whilst I will back our forces to the hilt it does not mean I support the decision to send them there.
    Roger, Newark

    I salute the bravery of those killed in action in Iraq. Maybe now those who write in about whether this war is right at all will reflect on the sacrifice being made to defend our way of life. Shame on those making these comments.
    Henry Page, East Sussex

    I'm horrified at two members of any religious order sitting on national television justifying the killing of innocent people. Inspectors in the past have confirmed the mass destruction of weapons in Iraq and no one cared about the Iraqi people before the Bush administration set their sights on it.
    Dawn Brennan, Clydebank

    Monday March 24

  • Two British soldiers have been reported missing in southern Iraq
  • Elite Iraqi forces having been hiding in urban areas in the south and are putting up strong resistance
  • Saddam Hussein has given a defiant television address

    I would like to emphasize how meaningful the UK's membership in this coalition is and how much respect we in the States have for your military and special forces. We are truly fortunate to fight side by side with your skilled and brave countrymen.
    Ian Congdon, Seattle, USA

    My son is in the army though he hasn't been sent to Iraq yet. He and other soldiers want to go to Iraq to support their colleagues. I cry every day as I watch the TV coverage and hope and pray that this conflict is over soon and our armed forces return home safe and well.
    Julie Bennett, near Birmingham

    It ill behoves America to talk about he Geneva Convention when they run Camp X-ray near Cuba.
    Jon, from Chepstow

    Sunday March 23

  • Coalition forces head north and are about 100 miles from Baghdad
  • An RAF aircraft goes missing
  • An American serviceman has been detained after 13 soldiers were injured in a grenade attack

    I served with the RAF during 1960 Aden/ Cyprus trouble time. Please convey our whole hearted sympathy who lost their loved ones. We selfish humans creating unnecessary wars. We need a new type of powerful UN where big power cannot 'PULL STRINGS'.
    Ken Montgomery, Oxford

    Why is It that in every conflict that America is involved in they are always guilty of "Friendly Fire" Every single conflict since their own civil war they have had incidents. The supposedly most technological country on our planet are totally incapable of directing their fire correctly
    Dave Millson, East Sussex

    The coalition obviously expected that the Iraqis would set fire to it's oil fields, an extremely cynical act!. So, why is there no comments about provision for extinguishing them. They've had previous experience with the awful act of defiance by Saddam's 'wonderful' regime as they left Kuwait. This act tells me that Saddam is saying "if I can't have Iraq then no one can". He's clearing already given up, as by destroying Iraq's oil fields he's destroying Iraq's future and his along with it.
    Roger Britt

    We are all, naturally interested in the events in the Middle East but do we need wall-to-wall coverage. It has been both disturbing and tedious to watch the live coverage of the battle this morning at Umm Qasr and must be very difficult for those whose loved ones may be engaged in the fighting there. This isn't a sports fixture and we do not need to be actively engaged as spectators.
    Pauline Carter

    What is the alternative? 12 more years of 'peaceful' sanctions, which irrespective of which figures you believe has claimed many more lives than this conflict ever will ! Is this preferred by the peace lobby because it isn't 'ugly & barbaric' and 'in yer face'? Maybe people should think more deeply instead of polarising on gut instinct!
    Mike McKinley, Nottingham

    Saturday March 22

  • Massive air attack centred on Baghdad
  • Seven feared dead after two RAF helicopters crash in the Gulf
  • Stop the war protestors gather for another demonstration in London

    To all those who are taking part in the anti war protests just remember how LUCKY you are to live in a democracy which allows you to express your views without fear of reprisals. You won't be taken from your homes and families and tortured. No-one wants war but sadly it has happened. Remember that the people of Iraq do not have the luxury of being able to vote a bad leader out, maybe soon they will have.
    Mandy Fox, Kettering

    Having worked in Iraq, I feel people who oppose this war do not really know what fear the Iraqi people are living under. Let's remove Saddam and his henchmen. Rally around our sons and daughters who are at the forefront of this confrontation and wish them a speedy and safe return. God Bless America, God Bless England and God Help Iraq
    Peter Harrison, Goole, East Yorkshire

    As a loyal UK citizen who was born in Egypt I am grateful for everything that I have received here. But I am saddened and disgusted by the big show of fireworks over Baghdad. This massive show of force over an unequal enemy is a step too far. Innocent people are dying while we have a normal life
    Nabil Zakher, Eastbourne

    You say public opinion has shifted, but I see no signs of that amongst the people I meet. Not one person I have spoken to has any opinion other than total opposition to the idea of this war. Personally I feel deeply ashamed to be part of an attack on a country that poses no obvious threat to us, however much we might dislike the regime. It is not our business. Now, most of the world hates us as well as America. We leave ourselves exposed to a future of insecurity, with the possibility of terrorist attacks upon our country a very real threat.
    Mrs G. Walls, Midhurst, Sussex

    Much has been made of the new American phrase, "shock and awe", which will doubtless now find a place in forthcoming editions of standard lexicons. There is, in standard English undeflected by spin, a traditional and more suitable phrase to cover the events we are witnessing: "shock and horror". It is important to preserve that sense of horror. "Awe", with its connotation of reverence, is best reserved for a regard of the Almighty, for beauty, and for brains.
    Dr John Pritchard, Margate

    I feel very frustrated that the war has started and indeed went on the march a few weeks ago to protest. I will not be going on the march today, not because the war has started but because I feel that the demonstration may get ugly, people are very angry about this war.
    Simon Marshall, London

    I would like to appeal to the BBC to ask people of this country not to attend the anti war march in London today , and to respect the brave men and women fighting out there in Iraq. Those people are the very same people that would put their life on the line for all our family's in any situation .Those Airmen Soldiers and Navy people are our flesh and blood please get behind our sons and daughters and stop this farce now.
    Eric Gwilt, Stoke on Trent

    Friday March 21: land assault under way

  • Full scale land and sea invasion of Iraq
  • Coalition forces sustain first casualties as 12 British and American troops die in a helicopter crash
  • Schoolchildren are among anti-war demonstrators

    I am 80 years old and I fought in World War Two. Today I am very sad to be British. We are conducting a massacre against innocent people.
    Tony Fitzpatrick, Liverpool

    Just wanted to say how proud I am that it is the Royal Marines going in first into Iraq - they are without doubt one of the best military units in the world, and that they are chosen to go in first it testament to their ability, skill and resilience.
    Ross Phillips, Bolton

    I was appalled this morning to see the way in which your 'military expert' reacted to the needless deaths of 12 Marines in Kuwait. His rush to reassure us all that it wouldn't affect the campaign in any way came before any expression of regret. Isn't this what war is really all about?
    Brian Wall, Sidcup, Kent

    Please would anti-war protestors start doing something useful other than disrupting their fellow citizens, encouraging our children to walk out of school, and taking up valuable police time whilst clogging up our cities. They could collect aid for Iraq ready for post-war rebuilding.
    Gillie, Petersfield

    I am annoyed about the anti-war protests. My son is in the Gulf and I feel that the majority of protesters do not know what they are talking about.
    John Price, Kidderminster

    Now that the first casualties have been reported, will Bush and Blair be fathers to the dead marines children? Worse, they won't even admit to the real cause of death. Tell their families the truth! Propaganda again.
    Anthony, Cardiff

    As the mother of an ex-serviceman who served in the Falklands War I know the agony the wives, parents etc of our boys and girls in Iraq feel. We must let our lads know we are with them all the way. Let's organise to tie a yellow ribbon on the trees in all our areas until they come home safe.
    Nancy McAndrew, Grimsby

    Thursday March 20: war begins

  • Air strikes launched on Baghdad in the early hours of Thursday morning.
  • Saddam Hussein appears on TV shortly afterwards.
  • President Bush warns the campaign may be longer and more difficult than expected

    We hear a lot about the potential casualties of war. The civilian casualties of a swift, targeted war will be nothing compared to the 12 years of death and suffering caused by sanctions that hurt only the people, not the dictator. To subject the Iraqi people to another 12 years of shortages and lack of medical supplies would be far crueller than undertaking this war to bring them freedom and a decent quality of life.
    J Paul Dyson, West Yorkshire

    I waited up last night, when the news I have been anticipating for the last two months finally broke, it was a horrid but inevitable shock. My boyfriend is serving in the Gulf. I just wish the British public would at least support our troops, even if they don't agree with the war. I hope it's over as quickly and safely as possible for everyone involved, so lives and families can get back to normal. Best of British to you all!
    Abi, Gloucestershire

    I lived in America during the Vietnam war. Then, anti-war protests carried over onto abuse of the soldiers on their return to America. Whatever our own feelings about this war, we cannot allow the same thing to happen to our own men in this war.
    Victoria Wyatt, Exeter

    The start of war is appalling. I can't believe we've let Tony Blair and George Bush get away with this. No one disagrees that Saddam is a brutal dictator, but war is not the answer and certainly isn't going to put an end to the issue. I think this morning British citizens all over the world should be ashamed that we've let our government get out of control - we're no better than the Iraqi people.
    Richard Beynon, Cardiff

    I'm British, and watching BBC Breakfast 'live' on C-span from Indiana USA. I think the U.S. military were right to attack Iraqi leaders. It was an isolated precision attack that could lessen the long-term effects of this war. Many Americans are reluctant to go to war, but assertively support it for the future of world peace.
    Morgan Moynihan, Indiana

    I find it hard to comprehend the attitude to those who oppose the war. How would they cope in Iraq where Saddam rules over everything and the people there are finding their lives worthless?
    Kay Leggett, Altrincham, Cheshire

    Good morning, it's 3:20 am Atlanta time. I am watching your programme on TV, I must compliment you on your coverage. It's superior to the news here or CNN News. Congrats
    John Hards, Atlanta, USA

    I'm glad it has started now because it will be over sooner and my brother will come home
    Sam Hunt, 14

    I didn't support this war before today and I don't support it now. How can anyone possibly approve a situation that has been organised, exploited and controlled at every stage by the Americans for their own ends? Remember, Saddam was supported by the Americans right up to the time when he invaded Kuwait.
    GL Sampson, Oxford

    Removing Saddam Hussein is necessary to world peace, but the only way to gain peace is to act with the full support of the international community.
    Lincoln Madison, San Francisco

    Both Saddam Hussain and President Bush have talked to their people on TV but we still haven't heard from Mr Blair.
    Yvonne Morgan, Ipswich

    The self-indulgence of some of the people communicating with you who are against the war with Saddam is breath-taking. They are in effect saying that keeping our sentiments, principles and consciences untroubled is of greater significance than the Iraqi people being freed from a cruel dictatorship.
    Mike Beasley, Ilfracombe

    I don't understand why supporting our troops' professionalism and safety and protesting about the necessity of a military invasion are in any way mutually exclusive. Our troops are the best in the world at carrying out their orders once given, it's just that many of us feel that the order should not have been given and that Mr Blair and Mr Bush should still be held accountable.
    Steve, Edinburgh

    There's no justification for attacking Iraq. Innocent people are going to be slaughtered and there's George Bush sitting in the Oval Office giving a speech with pictures of his kids in shot. It's so calculated and in such bad taste.
    Harry Sewell, London

    This war IS the last resort after 12 years, and people should realise this. Without the application of force, Saddam would keep killing, maiming and torturing his own people.
    Grant, Glasgow

    The British, American, and other troops are going in harm's way for us. Please support them on their journey.
    Gary Baughn, US Navy Retired, California

    The US is letting us believe that the Iraqi army is so depleted of weapons and manpower it can be defeated very quickly. Yet the invasion is justified because of the threat they pose to the West with their Weapons of Mass Destruction - a contradiction here surely.
    Mr Hilton, Southport

    I want to thank our British friends for your support and aid in this fight to rid the world of this evil. It makes me proud to see your men fighting side by side with us.
    Kevin Rich, Minnesota

    Both George Bush and Tony Blair have proven that they cannot be trusted. Yesterday Blair suddenly changed our aims of the war to removing Saddam. As if that was not the aim all along. Today, less than one hour after war had started, Bush tells us that its going to be harder than expected - after spending a great deal of time telling us that it would be a short campaign
    Tony Barretto, London

    "Liberate" or does Bush mean colonise Iraq? How will the Western world explain this in the future history books?
    Dee Harrison, Islington, London

    Now that the war has started, let us put the protests behind us and begin to support the troops out there fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi people. May God be with them.
    Michael Bradbury, Holywood, County Down

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