This special edition of The Washington Post contains extensive coverage of the war against Iraq in a separate War in the Gulf section and in Style and Business. Among the subjects covered:

A poll conducted after President Bush's speech to the nation last night found that Americans supported the decision to go to war by a 3-to-1 margin.

The continuing massive air strikes by U.S. and allied warplanes began a bombing campaign that could last several weeks before any land forces engage Iraqi troops.

On Baghdad radio, Saddam Hussein said "the mother of all battles has begun." He called Bush a "hypocritical criminal," and promised to crush "the satanic intentions of the White House."

Despite its threats to do so, Iraq did not attack Israel as hostilities broke out last night. Israel did declare a civil emergency, but Israeli officials expressed hope that they would be able to stay out of the war.

Protesters continued to demonstrate against the war around the country. In Washington, a vigil in front of the White House turned violent, and police arrested at least 14 demonstrators.

Oil prices fell and stock markets in Asia rose after initial reports suggested minimal Iraqi resistence to U.S.-led air attacks.

Washingtonians will find increased security at government and military buildings this morning. The White House has canceled public tours for the first time since World War II. Curbside baggage check-in has been suspended at Dulles and National airports.