Large explosions and warplanes were heard over the Iraqi capital early Friday morning, and the long-awaited "battle of Baghdad" appeared imminent.

FOX News contributor Chris Jumpelt reported from the Iraqi capital that he'd heard loud explosions and described the "city center" as being in flames. It wasn't clear who was shooting at whom.

Presidential palaces in central Baghdad had been hit in the bombing, according to a Reuters witness.

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