- President Bush announced Saturday night that U.S.-led forces launched an assault against fortified Iraqi positions, beginning the long-awaited ground war to drive Saddam Hussein's occupation forces out of Kuwait.

- Allied warplanes flew more than 2,900 sorties in the final countdown before the ground war, including a record 1,200 sorties over Kuwait, the Pentagon said.- Iraq fired at least one Scud missile at Saudi Arabia early Sunday. There were no reports of damage.

- Commandos in the British Special Air Service have been going deep behind enemy lines to kidnap Iraqis so allied intelligence officials can interrogate them. A17