Clinton puts U.S. forces in Gulf on high alertSALAH AD-DIN, Iraq - Iraqi troops pulled back from the northern Kurdish city of Irbil yesterday, but not enough to satisfy the Clinton administration as it prepared punishment for Iraq .
Clinton approved military and economic retribution against Iraq, a U.S. official in Washington said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The United States readied its forces and sought support from allies for a military offensive, but there was no indication of when it would act.
Alarms went off in Baghdad at 9:25 a.m. State-run Baghdad radio did not report the alarm and officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
The 20,000 U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region have been on high alert since Saturday. Pentagon officials disclosed the strike 30 minutes after air raid sirens sounded in Baghdad. Barely 15 minutes later, the senior official said it was over.
"The strike is over... Every missile has been launched" that was going to be launched, the official said.
The Arizona football team displayed a variety of new offensive formations, two new quarterbacks and six different receivers in Saturday night's 23-3 win against Texas-El Paso, but it was the usual conservative offense and stifling defense that earned Arizona head coach Dick Tomey his 61st win as a Wildcat.