US Troops Told to Be Combat-Ready by
11:30 A.M. EST |
March 20, 2003 10:55 AM ET
KUWAIT (Reuters) - U.S. troops in northern Kuwait were told to
don protective chemical suits and be ready for combat by 11:30
a.m. EST on Thursday, Reuters reporters with the military
Troops assembled close to the border with Iraq were told to
be at "MOP1" status -- wearing chemical suits with gas masks
at the ready -- by 11:30 a.m. EST at the latest.
Commanders said soldiers usually go into battle in MOP1
status but would not say whether this meant a land attack on
Iraq was imminent.