300 cruise missiles used in S&A strategy
Pentagon says 300 cruise missiles used in attacks on B’dad, Kirkuk and Mosul. A dozen missiles have hit Saddam Hussein’s main residential palace. The launching of S&A may be an attempt to suppress the Republican Guard in Baghdad so coup plotters may take controll. Alternately, it may mean any coup talks may have broken down and this campaign is an incentive. [Stratfor]
Also, attacks by Kurds on Iraqi-Iranian border are an attempt to suppress Ansar al-Islam.