PHOTOS & GRAPHICS
Who will step in to fill the void?
Tools of the Hunt
On Assignment: The War
Perry: Street Fighting in Karbala
Robinson: Chaos at a Bridge
Ware: Last Stand for Saddam
When the Cheering Stops
Jubilation and chaos greet the fall of Saddam's regime, leaving Iraqis and Americans puzzling over how to rebuild the nation
The Search for the Smoking Gun
Counting the Casualties
CNN.com: War in Iraq
Across the border in Kuwait, U.S. troops made their final preparations. Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division began lining the bottoms of their vehicles with sandbags a proven method of surviving a landmine. Inspections of aircraft and ground vehicles intensified; it's 400 miles to Baghdad from their camp in the Kuwaiti desert, and nobody wants to be left behind.
Most of the soldiers at Camp Pennsylvania, the 101st's base in Kuwait, chose to sleep through the President's address, which was televised at 4 A.M. local time. By noon Tuesday, all that most of the soldiers here knew about the speech was that the President had given Saddam 48 hours to go into exile. "All I know is that the President gave him 48 hours and eight of them are gone," said Major Brian Winski, the Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry.
Camp Fever is setting in and the soldiers are getting restless. Captain Patrick Bass, a 35 year old Signal Officer says, "We need to get up there and occupy some Republican Guard barracks. My tent is getting awfully dusty." Time to go.