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Saturday  March 22, 2003

Anti-war protesters, pro-military backers take to streets again - 3/22/03 11:06 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Anti-war activists marched again Saturday in dozens of cities, marshaling well over 100,000 in Manhattan and sometimes trading insults with backers of the U.S.-led war on Iraq. War backers rallied too, often by the thousands, with American flags and chants of "USA!"
Key developments concerning Iraq - 3/22/03 11:01 PM
-- Coalition forces pounded Baghdad with impunity in the first daylight air raids of the war. American forces have progressed 150 miles into Iraq, halfway to Baghdad, and American ships and warplanes have launched 500 cruise missiles and several hundred precision weapons on Iraq over the past day, the Pent 
Fort Campbell community worries, waits for word on wounded troops of 101st Airborne - 3/22/03 11:01 PM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- At the home of the 101st Airborne Division, anxiety over loved ones in war turned into horror when they learned that some of them were attacked and that a fellow soldier had been detained as a suspect.
Grenades explode at 101st Airborne's camp in northern Kuwait, wounding 14; U.S. soldier detained - 3/22/03 10:45 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A command tent at the 101st Airborne Division camp in Kuwait was attacked early Sunday with grenades, and 14 soldiers were wounded, four seriously, military officials said. An American soldier was detained as a suspect, the Army said.
Halfway to Baghdad, U.S., British forces edge closer to Iraq's toughest defenders - 3/22/03 10:34 PM
Advancing in a dusty dash toward Iraq's hard-core defenders, U.S. forces rolled to within 150 miles of Baghdad and besieged the southern city of Basra. A grenade attack Sunday on a command tent in Kuwait wounded 14 Americans and a U.S. soldier was detained as a suspect.
MOSUL, Iraq (CNN) -- The northern Iraqi cities of Mosul and Kirkuk, major oil-producing centers, were bombed for the third night in a row Saturday night.

A camp of the 101st Airborne Division in Kuwait was attacked early Sunday with grenades and small arms fire, wounding 13 people, including six seriously, U.S. military officials said. Sky News has reported that an American soldier is being questioned in connection to the attack.

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov criticized the U.S.-led war on Iraq, accusing Washington on Saturday of trying to seize control of Iraq's oil while shutting out companies from Russia and elsewhere.
HIGHWAY 80 IN SOUTHERN IRAQ   Allied forces crossed the Euphrates River and were halfway to Baghdad on Saturday, their swift advance unimpeded by lingering resistance in the cities of Basra and Umm Qasr. The biggest hurdle: moving the massive military machine across the desert.
Willee Cooper had just come home from a planning meeting for a pro-troop rally when she heard that the 101st Airborne Division, based at nearby Fort Campbell, had been attacked in Kuwait.
Public opinion has rallied sharply in support of the war against Iraq now British forces are in action, according to two new opinion polls. A YouGov survey for The Sunday Times found that 56% thought Britain and the US were right to take military action, with 36% opposed. The figures were almost the exact reverse of a similar poll before the outbreak of hostilities when 36% backed military action with 57% against.
Tens of thousands of anti-war demonstrators, spanning 30 blocks, marched down Broadway on Saturday as part of a fresh cross-country protest drive against intensified war on Iraq. Military backers also showed their support in cities around the country.
Two CNN reporters expelled from Baghdad were safe in Jordan on Saturday and don't expect to be returning anytime soon.
Police came under a barrage of bottles and other debris from anti-war protesters in the centre of London. The clashes came at the end of a largely peaceful march by an estimated 100,000 people opposed to the war in Iraq. A Metropolitan police spokesman said officers came under attack as the marchers were making their way along Oxford Street. "As such it was necessary for us to put a cordon in place in order to contain the crowd and try to prevent further objects being thrown." He denied police in riot gear had charged the protesters.
US Marines have defeated Iraqi forces in a major battle on the western outskirts of Basra, according to reports. Many prisoners were taken, one US Marine captain said. Earlier British and American forces were fighting to take control of Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, seizing its airport and a key bridge.
Edging closer to engagement with Iraq's hard-core defenders, U.S. and British forces besieged the southern city of Basra on Saturday and pounded Baghdad with impunity in the first daylight air raids of the war. Diplomatic complications closed off the option of a heavy invasion from the north.
The camp of the 101st Airborne Division in Kuwait was attacked early Sunday with grenades and small arms fire, wounding 10, including six seriously, U.S. military officials said.
An apparent car bomb killed at least five people, including an Australian cameraman, at a checkpoint Saturday near a camp of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Ansar al-Islam. At least eight people were injured.
Members of this sprawling military community mourned Saturday as the news began to sink in: Just a few days into war with Iraq, five soldiers who were stationed here have died.
Edging closer to Iraq's hard-core defenders, U.S. and British forces besieged the southern city of Basra on Saturday and rolled to within 150 miles of Baghdad. Diplomatic complications closed off the option of a heavy invasion from the north.
U.S. special operations troops combing Iraq for Scud missiles and chemical or biological weapons have found none so far, a senior American military officer said Saturday.
For two months they lived on the edge, expecting the call at any moment. At last, soldiers with the Army's 4th Infantry Division on Saturday got some welcome news: Ships loaded with their equipment were on their way to the Persian Gulf.
Its lethal payload of bombs already delivered, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter refueled for the ride home, performing a delicate sky tango with a KC-10 tanker plane.
Unlike the first Gulf War, U.S. airstrikes on Baghdad are not knocking out electrical power or targeting other infrastructure relied upon by civilians, officials said Saturday.
US General Tommy Franks said that even if Saddam was dead the war would not stop. He said: "I have no idea where he is now, I suppose we will know more in the days ahead. "I don't know if he's alive or not but the way we are conducting this operation would not be changed regardless of the life of this one man," he told a media briefing in Qatar.
Strong explosions shook the Iraqi capital after sunset Saturday, the latest in the daily dose of aerial bombardment by U.S.-led forces. The Iraqi regime asserted battle successes and maintained Saddam Hussein and his sons had "the aggression" in hand.
As many as three U.S. missiles aimed at targets in Iraq may have landed in Iran, two officials at the Pentagon said Saturday.
Four US soldiers have been killed in central Iraq and British TV reporter Terry Lloyd and two of his news crew are missing after coming under fire while travelling to the Iraqi town of Basra. Cameraman Fred Nerac and local translator Hussein Othman are also missing after the incident at Iman Anas, near Iraq's second city. Another cameraman, Daniel Demoustier, was injured as the crew drove towards the key southern city in two vehicles, but was able to get to safety.
U.S. intelligence indicates at least one of Saddam Hussein's top deputies is alive and may command some of Iraq's military efforts.
As U.S. tanks and troops push up the Euphrates River valley toward Baghdad, they'll be rolling through a vast green plain whose hard-pressed farmers should be planting their spring vegetables and harvesting their winter grain.
They were from every corner of America, these young men, and from every corner of America they are now being mourned.
It's not easy napping in a Humvee rumbling across the Iraqi desert. Or in a shallow, single-soldier trench. Or stretched out on chilly sand. Still, exhausted U.S. soldiers are adapting to sleeping on the move.
The strategy of a "shock and awe" air war will have worked if the Iraqis surrender Baghdad without a fight, the author who helped coin the expression to describe the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq said Saturday.
The Turkish military on Saturday denied reports that 1,000 Turkish commandos had crossed into northern Iraq.
It was, said Gen. Tommy Franks, an understandable thing to do -- American Marines, raising the flag after moving into the southern Iraqi city of Umm Qasr.
Tony Blair has said that British and US forces are making strenuous efforts to avoid civilian casualties in the war with Iraq. In an article for The People, the Prime Minister says coalition airstrikes are designed to target Saddam Hussein's "levers of oppression and power" and not the Iraqi people. "We must realise that no matter how hard we try to avoid them, there will be civilian casualties. But while the dramatic TV pictures have shown the force of the attacks on Baghdad, they have also highlighted just how much effort has gone into safeguarding civilians and ensuring the targets are Saddam's regime and machinery of control and terror," he said.
Leaving throngs of captured Iraqis behind them in razor-wire pens, U.S. and British forces advanced toward southern Iraq's largest city Saturday while air strikes pounded far-flung targets across the country. The U.S. commander boasted that the overall campaign will be "unlike any other in history."
U.S. and British forces moved in on Iraq's second-largest city Saturday, taking its airport and a bridge while Saddam Hussein's security forces resisted with artillery and heavy machine guns.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in cities around the world and outside U.S. military bases Saturday, but their rallies for an immediate end to war in Iraq were far smaller than recent protests.
Iraq's oil fields apparently secured, the question now is how soon wells, pipelines and pumping stations can get back into operation. It is a priority for U.S. planners who see Iraqi oil as essential to rebuilding the country.
Intermittent explosions were heard throughout the day Saturday, and by late afternoon at least 12 huge columns of smoke towered all along Baghdad's southern horizon. After sunset, a series of strong blasts rocked the Iraqi capital.
With two kids at home and a third on the way, Lisa Smith says she can't let herself be paralyzed by her husband's deployment with the Marines in the Persian Gulf.
President Bush on Saturday praised the 250,000 U.S. troops arrayed around the Persian Gulf and asked friends and neighbors to lend a hand to their families while they are away fighting Iraq.
U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks, in his first comments on the U.S.-led war with Iraq, said Saturday that allied forces were encountering resistance from Saddam Hussein's troops but had not seen evidence of weapons of mass destruction.
The battle for Iraq is continuing as coalition forces secured the gains of their first lightning advances. As darkness fell, Baghdad was hit by a series of heavy explosions that rocked the Iraqi capital while anti-aircraft tracer fire tore across the night sky. Pentagon sources confirmed that B-2 stealth bombers were in action. The US commander heading the coalition military operations, General Tommy Franks, said the unfolding campaign was "unlike any other in history", with the use of precision-guided weapons on a scale not seen before.
Between 1,000 and 2,000 Iraqi troops have surrendered and have been taken into custody, and "thousands more have laid down their weapons and have gone home."
As America goes to war, Europe's tourism industry is bracing for a blow.
For months, Rabbi Peter Knobel has spoken against a war on Iraq, but on the first Jewish Sabbath since the U.S.-led strike began, he traded his "hellfire and brimstone" sermons for prayers for peace.
"The confusion of Iraqi officials is growing," Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon briefing. "Their ability to see what is happening on the battlefield, to communicate with their forces and to control their country is slipping away."
An apparent car bomb killed at least five people, including a Western journalist, on Saturday at a checkpoint near a camp of a militant group linked to al-Qaida.
Lance Cpl. Joseph Willems was approaching one of many bunkers dug into Iraq's desert when he saw the muzzle fire.
A series of strong explosions shook the Iraqi capital soon after sunset Saturday, and some of them appeared to be in the center of the city.
The Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie has a strict policy: No refunds on deposits after you've booked your wedding reception -- even if your plans change.
On several fronts Saturday, U.S. troops kept up their push into Iraq, bolstered by the surrender of thousands of Iraqi forces, including an entire army division. Neighboring Iran protested over strikes on Iranian territory by at least three U.S. missiles.
An apparent car bomb killed at least five people, including an Australian cameraman, at a road checkpoint Saturday near a camp of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Ansar al-Islam. At least eight people were injured.
Thousands of angry protesters from Japan to Greece marched Saturday against the U.S.-led war in Iraq, in some cases condemning their own governments for supporting the United States.
In the middle of the night, after three hours of fitful sleep, they sit transfixed before the television glowing in their den. As Hashim Al-Tawil and his wife watch the skies on fire in Iraq, they're haunted by one thought: Their families are trapped there.
The Army already had hundreds of troops into southern Turkey to facilitate the possible use of bases there as a staging area for the 4th Infantry, but Turkey's parliament refused to grant access.
The 4th Infantry's soldiers, who remained at Fort Hood, Texas, after their weaponry and equipment went to the Mediterranean last month, are likely to go to Kuwait, the officials said.
Public optimism that the war against Iraq will be successful and short has grown in the last week, now that the war is under way, a new poll suggests.
One woman widowed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks drapes yellow ribbons outside her home to support U.S. troops in Iraq. Another tries to explain war to her children, who are already traumatized by the loss of their own father.
The commander of the U.S.-led war on Iraq said Saturday that operations were being conducted in north, south and west Iraq and in Baghdad, where witnesses reported new explosions.
Carol Laverne, with a pair of angel's wings on her back Saturday, marched down Broadway carrying a sign: "Thou shall not kill."
Undeterred by mass arrests, anti-war protesters nationwide took to the streets brandishing fake blood, homemade signs and candles, while rallies to support the troops sometimes were held just a few blocks away.
The U.S. military on Saturday abandoned plans to open a northern front against Iraq that would have sent heavy armored forces streaming across the Turkish border.
Seeking to avoid bloody urban warfare, U.S. and British forces will not immediately storm and capture the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a British military spokesman said Saturday.
President Bush, meeting with his war advisers, monitored developments in Iraq on Saturday and promised Americans an unrelenting military campaign regardless of the difficulties ahead.

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