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Friday  March 21, 2003

Fox News Channel scored a key ratings victory over its chief rival, CNN, during the first full day of war coverage, Nielsen Media Research said Friday.
An entire division of the Iraqi army, numbering 8,000 soldiers, surrendered to coalition forces in southern Iraq Friday, Pentagon officials said.
Turkey sent 1,000 troops into northern Iraq on Friday to bolster its military presence and promised to send more to prevent Iraqi Kurds from creating an independent state.
U.S. and British troops have seized, in lightning raids, two strategically important airfields in western Iraq and strategic oil fields in southern Iraq, according to a senior U.S. military official.
U.S. forces plan to drop more than 1,500 bombs and missiles across Iraq in the first 24 hours of its "shock and awe" campaign that began Friday, Pentagon officials said.
President Bush, who watched the pummeling of Baghdad from his Oval Office study, told Congress on Friday he can't predict the length or scope of the mission given to U.S. troops fighting in Iraq.
As the United States and Britain pushed into Iraq, the allies also suffered their first casualties. Two U.S. Marines died in combat and another dozen American and British Marines were killed in a helicopter crash that appeared to be accidental.
The United States launched a ferocious, around-the-clock aerial assault on military targets in Baghdad and other cities on Friday and invading ground troops penetrated 100 miles into Iraq. Fires lit the night sky over the capital as bombs struck.
The start of war has spurred many U.S. companies to tighten office and plant security, curtail employee travel, cancel conferences and review backup systems.
When the allied missile attack on Iraq started Friday, Ingrid Ternert did not budge.
Portland police bracing for another evening of protests
As the United States and Britain pushed into Iraq, the allies also suffered their first casualties. Two U.S. Marines died in combat and another dozen American and British Marines were killed in a helicopter crash that appeared to be accidental.
A Marine pilot from Illinois was among those killed in a helicopter crash Friday in Kuwait, family and friends said. Two other victims were said to have family ties to Maine.
Rumsfeld: Saddam Losing Control of Iraq
As an American aerial assault pounded Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told reporters at a brief Friday that “the regime is starting to lose control of the country.” He urged Iraqi commanders to surrender and not to use weapons of mass destruction. “Those close to Saddam Hussein are likely to begin to search for a way to save themselves,” he predicted.
In his speech to the nation Monday, President Bush promised that Iraqi war criminals would be tried and punished—but he didn't specify which criminals or in which court they would be tried. Which Iraqis will be tried, and who will judge them?
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reversed course Friday and told Secretary of State Colin Powell that U.S. warplanes can fly over Turkey to attack Iraq, a senior U.S. official said.
Allied troops have taken control of the strategically important Al Faw Peninsula, including the port town of Umm Qasr, a U.S. defense force spokesman has said.
Tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo, Egypt, pelted police with rocks and vowed to burn down the U.S. Embassy and kick out the ambassador. Riot police used batons and water cannon to disperse the crowds. Protesters also hit the street in Jordan, Yemen and Lebanon, venting their rage against the United States and its allies.
The British government reduced the number of reported Iraqi oil well fires from 30 to seven. "The enemy regularly lights trenches full of oil, and the attendant smoke means it can be extremely difficult to find out what's going on until we can get close enough to analyze it properly," said ...
A barrage of mighty explosives crashed down Friday on Baghdad, sending enormous fireballs and clouds of smoke billowing high into the night sky above the Iraqi capital.
The United States unleashed a massive aerial assault on targets in Baghdad and beyond on Friday in a major escalation of the war to drive Saddam Hussein from power. American and British troops seized Iraq's only port city after crushing Iraqi resistance.
The U.S. military has set up a high-tech, $1.5 million briefing center to help journalists cover the war -- but days into the battle, the room has yet to see a briefing.
Furious Arabs stormed Middle Eastern streets Friday, screaming "Death to America" and demanding vengeance for the invasion of Iraq. Gunfire in Yemen killed three people outside the U.S. Embassy.
A missile landed Friday in western Iran near the border with Iraq, injuring two people, an Iranian lawmaker said.
The early verdict on the Pentagon's effort to station journalists with fighting forces: So far, so good.
In a display meant to show that Saddam Hussein's government was still functioning after U.S. strikes, a Palestinian group funded by the Iraqi leader distributed $10,000 on Friday to three families with sons killed in the uprising against Israel.
Stocks soared Friday, driving the blue-chip Dow average to its best week since October 1982, as investors found hope for a swift end to the Iraq war amid news that the United States had unleashed a massive aerial assault dubbed by the Pentagon as "shock and awe".
A U.S. Marine CH-46 helicopter crashed in northern Kuwait early Friday morning, killing all 12 people on board -- eight British military personnel and four American crew members, Pentagon officials said. The accident took place about nine miles south of the Iraqi border.
Iraqi authorities Friday expelled CNN's four journalists from Baghdad effective immediately, said CNN Chief News Executive Eason Jordan. The CNN team planned to leave for the Jordanian border at the first opportunity, Jordan said.
"Brothers, I have news," said the commander of the last Iraqi Kurdish checkpoint.
Public approval of President Bush has surged after the start of the war with Iraq, but not to the levels of support his father enjoyed during the Persian Gulf War a dozen years ago, polls suggest.
 
In escalating the aerial bombardment of Iraq on Friday, U.S. commanders crossed a threshold in a psychological campaign meant to unravel the Iraqi government.
Turkish Prime Recep Tayyip Erdogan reversed course Friday and told Secretary of State Colin Powell that U.S. warplanes can fly over Turkey to attack Iraq, a senior U.S. official said.
Of the 45 countries on the Bush administration's list of partners in the war to depose Iraq's Saddam Hussein, some may come as a surprise.
 
Australian-led coalition forces captured an Iraqi tugboat that apparently was preparing to lay sea mines in the Persian Gulf, said Brig. Maurie McNarn, the top Australian military official in the U.S.-led coalition. McNarn said Australian soldiers have been involved with several firefights with Iraqis.
Police in Portland arrested about 135 protesters after a day of freewheeling anti-war demonstrations shut down several bridges, freeways and intersections.
Confusing signals over the use of Turkish airspace forced U.S. warplanes to turn back and find an alternate route to Iraq on Friday, a senior Pentagon official said.
Jessica Georgenton planned to visit Vietnam, but fears of war and a mystery disease sent her to Hawaii instead. Elizabeth Wands' backpacking trip across Europe is on hold because of her parents' anxiety.
Retreating Iraqi soldiers have torched seven oil wells in southern Iraq Friday, according to British Chief of Staff Admiral Michael Boyce.
A massive U.S.-led humanitarian response is poised to enter Iraq once the war has finished to undertake the job of rebuilding the embattled Persian Gulf nation, which is expected to take significantly longer than the war itself.
BAGHDAD - The streets of Baghdad were silent and empty Friday night, with fires raging inside Saddam Hussein's Old Palace compound and a halo of smoke hanging in the sky, after the Iraqi capital endured the most ferocious attack of the war.
Umm Qasr was a main port for the United Nations' oil for food program, which used proceeds from oil sales to provide food for Iraqis. The U.S.-led coalition expects to be able to start using the port to bring in humanitarian aid within a few days, officials said.

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A rocket hit an oil refinery Friday in Iran close to its border with Iraq, injuring one person, but it was not known where the rocket came from, Iranian government sources told CNN.
Hordes of Iraqi soldiers, underfed and overwhelmed, surrendered Friday in the face of a state-of-the-art allied assault. An entire division gave itself up to the advancing allied forces, U.S. military officials said.
A wave of soldiers and steel, the American-led ground force in Iraq rolled toward Baghdad Friday, meeting some resistance, taking some casualties. There could be plenty more obstacles on the way, the Pentagon's top general said.
Two Iraqis have been arrested for investigation of operating an unlicensed money transferring business that allegedly sent more than $7 million to Iraq, authorities confirmed Friday.
Undeterred by mass arrests, raucous bands of demonstrators marched through the streets of San Francisco on Friday in the largest of anti-war protests around the country.
The launch begins with a fiery white light enveloping the bridge of the USS Shiloh. A thud is followed by a deep, long roar that vibrates through the chest. It is a deafening and blinding assault on the senses.
A growing list of nations Friday brushed off, dismissed or outright rejected a U.S. request to expel Iraqi diplomats and close their embassies.
U.S. and British troops have captured many key facilities in Iraq's southern oil fields, saving them from possible sabotage and ensuring their use for the country's postwar reconstruction, senior military officers said Friday.
Just days since hostilities began, hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have surrendered -- an expected, important and dangerous part of the coalition war plan.
Bush and the first lady left the White House Friday for Camp David, where the president will convene his war Cabinet Saturday.
Just days since hostilities began, hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have surrendered -- an expected, important and dangerous part of the coalition war plan.
U.S.-led coalition forces have launched a massive air campaign and "several hundred military targets" will be hit "in the next couple of hours," Pentagon officials said Friday.
After reporting "progress" in the war in Iraq, President Bush headed to Camp David Friday, where he is to keep abreast of developments with briefings from key advisers throughout the weekend.
The streets of Baghdad were silent and empty Friday night, with fires raging inside Saddam Hussein's Old Palace compound and a halo of smoke hanging in the sky, after the Iraqi capital endured the most ferocious attack of the war.
U.S. stocks soared Friday as the country's armed forces staged a massive offensive against Iraq and Wall Street made bets that the war will be won soon.

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