A SENIOR US general has admitted that the war against Iraq actually started in the middle of 2002 - before any of the dossiers produced to try to justify the war. Lieutenant General Michael Moseley, the chief allied war commander, said the war really began with the intensification of US air strikes under the guise of enforcing the southern 'no-fly zone' in Iraq.
Operation Southern Focus involved dropping 606 bombs on 391 targets in the area. General Moseley said the bombing laid the foundation of the war. 'It provided a set of opportunities and options for General Franks,' he said, which meant the US did not have to 'launch a preliminary war effort'.