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Wednesday  March 26, 2003

1,000 U.S. Army troops parachute into northern Iraq - 3/26/03 11:36 PM
BASHUR, Iraq (AP) -- About 1,000 U.S. Army troops parachuted into Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq on Wednesday, putting the first large coalition ground force into place for opening another front against Saddam Hussein's regime.
Media group asks Franks to order inquiry into fate of ITN crew - 3/26/03 10:33 PM
PARIS (AP) -- A journalists' watchdog group Wednesday asked U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks, the top commander in Iraq, to order an investigation into the death of a British reporter in the war and the disappearance of his two colleagues.
Army troops parachute into northern Iraq, seize airfield - 3/26/03 10:25 PM
Army airborne forces parachuted into northern Iraq on Wednesday, seizing an airfield for a new front against Saddam Hussein. U.S. and British warplanes bombed an enemy convoy fleeing the besieged city of Basra in the south.
Elite Iraqi troops take advantage of bad weather to reposition - 3/26/03 10:11 PM
CENTRAL IRAQ (AP) -- Vicious sandstorms began to abate early Thursday as U.S. forces headed north toward Baghdad, warned of a possible confrontation with a convoy of Iraqi Republican Guard troops.
Top U.S. general accuses Iraq of executing POWs - 3/26/03 9:55 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq has executed prisoners of war, the Pentagon's No. 2 general said Wednesday night as he listed a series of what he called unprecedented Iraqi violations of the laws of war.
Bodies shown on television likely those of missing British soldiers - 3/26/03 9:52 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Two dead bodies shown in television footage from Iraq probably are those of British soldiers reported missing in action, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Annan expresses growing concern about war's `humanitarian casualties' - 3/26/03 9:34 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed increasing concern Wednesday about the civilian casualty toll in the war against Iraq, citing an attack in a residential area of Baghdad.
Elite Iraqi troops take advantage of bad weather to reposition - 3/26/03 8:44 PM
CENTRAL IRAQ (AP) -- Vicious sandstorms that blunted U.S. airpower for days began to abate early Thursday as U.S. forces headed north toward Baghdad, warned of a possible confrontation with a huge Iraqi convoy moving south: Saddam Hussein's best-trained, best-equipped and most tenacious fighters, the Repub
1,000 U.S. Army troops parachute into northern Iraq - 3/26/03 8:42 PM
BASHUR, IRAQ (AP) -- About 1,000 U.S. Army troops parachuted into Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq on Wednesday, putting the first large coalition ground force into place for opening another front against Saddam Hussein's regime.
War-Baghdad - 3/26/03 8:32 PM
Eliminate AP Graphic WAR BAGHDAD STRIKES of March 26. The location of the market hit in Wednesday's aerial strike cannot be confirmed.
Daniel Ellsberg, two Nobel laureates, arrested near White House - 3/26/03 8:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Nobel Peace Prize winners, two bishops and Vietnam War activist Daniel Ellsberg were among those arrested near the White House in antiwar protests Wednesday. More than 100 demonstrators in Florida denounced President Bush during his trip to the state.
Iraqi war represents high-stakes battle for military contractors - 3/26/03 8:04 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Iraqi war isn't paying big dividends yet for the U.S. defense industry, with the stocks of major contractors declining even as wave after wave of expensive smart bombs are dropped on Iraqi targets.
Britain declines to comment on television footage purportedly showing captured Britons - 3/26/03 7:37 PM
LONDON (AP) -- British officials were examining television footage aired Wednesday by Al-Jazeera showing two dead bodies and two prisoners purported to be Britons or British military workers.
U.S. ground forces gather more firepower, await best time for assault on Baghdad - 3/26/03 7:36 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. ground forces in central Iraq are gathering fresh combat power, probing defenses and allowing time for allied airpower to weaken Iraq's Republican Guard around Baghdad before launching a multi-pronged attack on the capital, officials said Wednesday.
Army troops parachute into northern Iraq, seize airfield - 3/26/03 7:35 PM
Army airborne forces parachuted into northern Iraq on Wednesday, seizing an airfield for a new front against Saddam Hussein. U.S. and British warplanes bombed an enemy convoy fleeing the besieged city of Basra in the south.
From launch to recovery, one sortie's bombing mission over Iraq - 3/26/03 7:34 PM
ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK (AP) -- Strapped in and minutes from takeoff, Lt. Derek Dawson punched in the computer codes for two laser-guided bombs fixed to the left wing of his F/A-18 Hornet and came up blank: The laser wouldn't fire.
Media group asks Franks to order inquiry into fate of ITN crew - 3/26/03 7:27 PM
PARIS (AP) -- A journalists' watchdog group Wednesday asked U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks, the top commander in Iraq, to order an investigation into the death of a British reporter in the war and the disappearance of his two colleagues.
Iraqi official say 14 dead in cruise missile attack in Baghdad - 3/26/03 7:23 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Adnan Saleh Barseem stood Wednesday amid burning cars and bombed-out restaurants, the aftermath of an aerial strike that killed 14 people in a crowded residential neighborhood in Baghdad.
What's fair? A look at the international rules that govern military conflict - 3/26/03 7:16 PM
U.S. leaders have accused Iraqis of violating the rules of war by questioning POWs on television and pretending to surrender, only to open fire on coalition troops.
Pentagon `face' McChrystal has Iraq experience - 3/26/03 7:08 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq is hardly a new topic for Stanley McChrystal, the Army general who is frequently the face of Pentagon war briefings.
U.S. Army paratroopers land in northern Iraq - 3/26/03 7:04 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 1,000 U.S. Army troops parachuted into Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq Wednesday, marking the first large coalition ground force which could open another front against Saddam Hussein's regime.
Bush rallies U.S. troops in Florida, heads for meeting with Blair - 3/26/03 6:41 PM
MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- President Bush said Wednesday the war in Iraq is far from over and the toughest battles lie ahead as coalition forces near Baghdad. After rallying troops, Bush flew to Camp David for a war council with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Abuses may have been committed on both sides in Iraq _ Amnesty - 3/26/03 6:34 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Amnesty International demanded an investigation Wednesday into the deaths of civilians during the U.S-led war on Iraq.
Hampered by sandstorm, helicopter crews ferry casualties to safety - 3/26/03 6:34 PM
SOUTHERN IRAQ (AP) -- In a sandstorm that grounded other aircraft, a few helicopters managed Wednesday to evacuate wounded Marines and Iraqi prisoners and civilians, including a toddler, to a little desert airstrip.
Palestinian journalists hold pro-Iraq demonstration as women gather outside U.N. office - 3/26/03 6:34 PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- About 200 Palestinian journalists and writers rallied against the war in Iraq on Wednesday, holding Palestinian and Iraqi flags and chanting, "People of Iraq, we are with you!"
1,000 U.S. paratroopers land in northern Iraq - 3/26/03 6:04 PM
ROME (AP) -- About 1,000 U.S. paratroopers landed in northern Iraq on Wednesday, an American military spokesman said, the first significant deployment in the region where war planners seek to open a new front against Saddam Hussein's regime.
What's fair? A look at the international rules that govern military conflict - 3/26/03 6:03 PM
U.S. leaders have accused Iraqis of violating the rules of war by questioning POWs on television and pretending to surrender, only to open fire on coalition troops.
ROME: Task Force. - 3/26/03 5:58 PM
"Approximately 1,000 troops went in," he said "I can only tell you yes, they've gone in. They're on the ground," he said. Collins would not say where the force deployed in the north.
Daniel Ellsberg, two Nobel laureates, arrested near White House - 3/26/03 5:57 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Nobel Peace Prize winners, two bishops and Vietnam War activist Daniel Ellsberg were among those arrested near the White House in antiwar protests Wednesday. More than 100 demonstrators in Florida denounced President Bush during his trip to the state.
U.S. ground forces gather more firepower, await best time for assault on Baghdad - 3/26/03 5:46 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. ground forces in central Iraq are gathering fresh combat power, probing enemy defenses and allowing time for allied airpower to weaken Iraq's Republican Guard around Baghdad before launching a multi-pronged attack on the capital, officials said Wednesday.
More bad news strikes Army's 507th Maintenance Company _ two confirmed dead - 3/26/03 5:34 PM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- More bad news struck the Army's 507th Maintenance Company, the support unit of mechanics and others who weren't expected to see combat, as two of its soldiers were listed Wednesday as killed in action.
Big war obstacle: 'Dead Enders' defending Iraq to the last - 3/26/03 5:25 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tens of thousands of paramilitary and guerrilla fighters loyal to Saddam Hussein pose one of the biggest obstacles to American efforts to quickly topple Iraq's government
Daniel Ellsberg, two Nobel laureates, arrested near White House - 3/26/03 5:16 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Nobel Peace Prize winners, two bishops and Vietnam War activist Daniel Ellsberg were among those arrested near the White House in anti-war protests Wednesday. More than 100 demonstrators in Florida denounced President Bush during his trip there.
Iraqi convoy rolls south of Baghdad, first relief supplies delivered - 3/26/03 5:16 PM
Warplanes attacked a convoy of Iraqi armored vehicles leaving Basra under cover of sandstorms Wednesday, raising hopes that British troops could soon enter a city feared on the verge of a humanitarian crisis. Iraq claimed American missiles killed 14 civilians in Baghdad.
Elite Iraqi troops take advantage of bad weather to reposition - 3/26/03 5:14 PM
CENTRAL IRAQ (AP) -- U.S. Marines heading north toward Baghdad were warned Wednesday about a huge Iraqi convoy moving south, putting allied forces on a collision course with Saddam Hussein's best-trained, best-equipped and most tenacious fighters: the Republican Guard.
Broadway business up slightly during the first week of the new Gulf War - 3/26/03 5:13 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Broadway box-office grosses perked up a bit last week despite the start of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
European airlines making emergency cuts, but seen better prepared now than for 1991 Gulf War - 3/26/03 5:10 PM
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's airlines are reducing service to the Middle East and flight schedules overall to weather a drop in passengers due to war in Iraq.
Kurdish officials say suspected Qaida terrorists killed - 3/26/03 5:08 PM
SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Two suspected al-Qaida militants were killed in a shootout as U.S.-led forces intensified bombing on parts of northern Iraq that are believed to be controlled by an Islamic terrorist group, Kurdish officials said Wednesday.
British forces backed by coalition strikes pound column of Iraqi armored vehicles - 3/26/03 4:52 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Coalition aircraft pounded a convoy of Iraqi tanks and armored vehicles streaming out of the besieged southern city of Basra late Wednesday, British military sources said.
Iraqi ambassador tells Russia no humanitarian aid needed - 3/26/03 4:43 PM
MOSCOW (AP) -- Iraq's ambassador to Russia rejected donations of humanitarian aid Wednesday, saying it's simply not needed.
Dominican foreign minister resigns over president's support of Iraq war - 3/26/03 4:42 PM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic's foreign minister resigned Wednesday, saying he disagrees with the president's support for the war in Iraq.
Iraq could resume oil exports within weeks, but funds a prickly issue - 3/26/03 4:35 PM
UMM QASR, Iraq (AP) -- As U.S. and British troops consolidate their control of oil wells and facilities in southern Iraq, crude oil shipments from the country's Persian Gulf export terminal could resume within a few weeks, analysts said Wednesday.
Russian foreign minister supports delaying U.S.-Russian arms control treaty ratification - 3/26/03 4:35 PM
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov backed a proposal by some lawmakers to postpone approval of a key U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control treaty, as he accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to destroy Iraq.
F-16 pilots 'dominate the sky,' surprised by absence of Iraqi radar and pilots - 3/26/03 4:22 PM
BERLIN (AP) -- F-16 fighter jet pilots flying missions over Iraq say the most surprising aspect of Baghdad's military strategy is that it hasn't turned on the radar of its surface-to-air missiles or put pilots into the air.
From launch to recovery, one sortie's bombing mission over Iraq - 3/26/03 4:21 PM
ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK (AP) -- Strapped in and minutes from takeoff, Lt. Derek Dawson punched in the computer codes for two laser-guided bombs fixed to the left wing of his F/A-18 Hornet and came up blank: The laser wouldn't fire.
Iraqi official say 14 dead in cruise missile attack in Baghdad - 3/26/03 4:14 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Adnan Saleh Barseem stood Wednesday amid burning cars and bombed-out restaurants, the aftermath of an aerial strike that killed 14 people in a crowded residential neighborhood in Baghdad.
Annan expresses growing concern at 'humanitarian casualties' of war - 3/26/03 4:06 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed increasing concern Wednesday about the growing civilian casualty toll in the war against Iraq, citing an attack in a residential area of Baghdad.
Lawmakers seek national day of prayer and fasting - 3/26/03 3:57 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Harking back to the Revolutionary and Civil wars, the House is talking about a national day of humility, prayer and fasting to seek guidance from God during a time of war and terrorism.
U.S. denies targeting Baghdad community where missile struck market, killing 14 - 3/26/03 3:55 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military officials on Wednesday denied targeting a residential section of Baghdad where Iraqis say an American missile killed 14 people.
From launch to recovery, one sortie's bombing mission over Iraq - 3/26/03 3:54 PM
ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK (AP) -- Strapped in and minutes from takeoff, Lt. Derek Dawson punched in the computer codes for two laser-guided bombs fixed to the left wing of his F/A-18 Hornet and came up blank: The laser wouldn't fire.
Blistering sandstorm traps allied forces in Mars-like reddened desert - 3/26/03 3:49 PM
CENTRAL IRAQ (AP) -- A monster sandstorm trapped coalition troops Wednesday in a howling, burnt-sienna world of smacking winds and blistering sand, which penetrated goggles, biochemical suits, boots and even underwear.
Relief convoy rolls into Iraq as allies struggle to clear the way for more - 3/26/03 3:48 PM
UMM QASR, Iraq (AP) -- The first sizable relief convoy rolled into Iraq on Wednesday bringing water, tuna, crackers and other food to Iraqis, some of whom cheered as they swarmed allied troops handing out supplies. "Eat, eat!" shouted an Iraqi boy of about 10, pointing to his mouth as the trucks lumbered
Saddam counts on Republican Guards as last chance for defending Baghdad - 3/26/03 3:30 PM
Founded in 1980, Iraq's Republican Guard gets the best equipment, the best training, the best pay, the best housing -- all meant to ensure the corps will respond when it's time to defend Saddam Hussein. Its commanders are closely watched by intelligence agents who report to Saddam's son Qusai.
Choppy Persian Gulf waters pose challenge for surgery on battlefield wounds - 3/26/03 3:15 PM
ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT (AP) -- Bad weather hampered flight operations on the deck, but doctors aboard this fully equipped hospital ship performed complex surgery on battlefield casualties Wednesday as the vessel sailed in choppy northern Persian Gulf waters.
Bombing of Iraq causing problems at home for Arab leaders - 3/26/03 3:13 PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- As bombs pound Iraq, Arab leaders from Egypt to the Persian Gulf must cope with seething reaction from people at home who overwhelmingly oppose the war.
Gephardt, Edwards mix war with appeal for campaign cash - 3/26/03 3:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pressing on with fund raising against a backdrop of war, at least two Democratic presidential hopefuls are coupling prayers for U.S. troops with appeals for cash.
Albanian commandos ready for postwar mission in Iraq - 3/26/03 2:50 PM
ZALLHERR, Albania (AP) -- In this Muslim country where Americans are adored and U.S. flags flutter atop cinderblock homes, Ervin Sula and other soldiers are gearing up for action in Iraq.
Catholic teacher quits rather than remove anti-war button - 3/26/03 2:48 PM
ORADELL, N.J. (AP) -- A teacher at a Catholic high school has quit rather than remove an anti-war button the principal said violated the dress code.
WASHN: about civilians." - 3/26/03 2:39 PM
Clarke said that U.S. war strategists had gone to great lengths to craft precision strikes on military targets in order to keep casualties low. "Any casualty that occurs, any death that occurs, is a direct result of Saddam Hussein's policies," she said.
Allied bombings exact toll on Baghdad residents suffering through latest war - 3/26/03 2:39 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Ziad Khaled's eyes welled with tears when he spoke of the explosion that killed his aunt and two cousins. "She died in my own arms," he said of his cousin Maha, an 11-year-old schoolgirl.
Bush rallies U.S. troops in Florida, heads for meeting with Blair - 3/26/03 2:24 PM
MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- President Bush tried to rally U.S. troops and an anxious American public Wednesday while also lowering expectations for a quick end to the war with Iraq.
Iraqi convoy rolls south of Baghdad, first relief supplies delivered - 3/26/03 2:21 PM
A huge Iraqi convoy rolled south of Baghdad on Wednesday, headed toward American forces aiming for Saddam Hussein's seat of power. Iraq claimed American missiles killed 14 civilians in the capital.
Parents grappling with how to explain the realities of war to their children - 3/26/03 2:16 PM
It can be a dilemma for parents: How do you shield a child from the horrors of war when its images are everywhere -- on TV, in newspapers and online?
American-led force faces surprising strength in Saddam's paramilitaries - 3/26/03 2:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon acknowledged striking targets in a residential Baghdad neighborhood that may have caused civilian damage or deaths Wednesday and blamed Iraqi forces for placing military equipment there.
Sandstorm over Persian Gulf interrupts bombing runs over Iraq - 3/26/03 1:55 PM
ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK (AP) -- A towering sandstorm over the Persian Gulf interrupted bombing missions Wednesday from at least one U.S. aircraft carrier and grounded coalition helicopters in southern Iraq.
British forces engage column of Iraqi armored vehicles outside southern Iraqi city of Basra - 3/26/03 1:53 PM
NEAR BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- British forces engaged a column of Iraqi armored vehicles -- tanks and armored personnel carriers -- that filed out of the southern city of Basra late Wednesday, a British military source said.
Catholic teacher quits rather than remove anti-war button - 3/26/03 1:25 PM
ORADELL, N.J. (AP) -- Before the war in Iraq started, teacher Gary Tankard let his students at Bergen Catholic High School know where he stood, wearing a button that read, "War is not the answer." Several of his colleagues did the same.
Bush addresses U.S. troops in Florida - 3/26/03 1:15 PM
MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- President Bush said Wednesday the war in Iraq is far from over and warned that coalition forces will face "the most desperate elements of a doomed regime" as they close in on Baghdad.
At Fort Dix, troops learn about Islam, Arab culture - 3/26/03 1:13 PM
FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) -- It isn't enough to learn how to salute, fire a rifle and crawl beneath enemy fire.
raqi forces head toward U.S. troops - 3/26/03 1:03 PM
A large contingent of Iraq's Republican Guard headed south under cover of blinding sandstorms in a 1,000-vehicle convoy Wednesday toward central Iraq -- site of the heaviest fighting of the war. In Baghdad, Iraqi officials said two cruise missiles hit a residential area, killing 14 people.
Iraqi official say 14 dead in cruise missile attack in Baghdad - 3/26/03 12:35 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two cruise missiles struck a residential area in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 14 people, Iraqi defense officials said -- the worst single reported instance of civilian deaths since the U.S. bombing campaign began a week ago.
Bush addresses U.S. troops in Florida - 3/26/03 12:35 PM
MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- President Bush said Wednesday the war in Iraq is far from over and warned that coalition forces will face "the most desperate elements of a doomed regime" as they close in on Baghdad.
U.S. general says chemical suits reinforces concerns about Iraqi use of chemical weapons - 3/26/03 12:32 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A U.S. general said Wednesday the discovery of 3,000 chemical suits in a central Iraqi hospital that had been used as an Iraqi base raised concern that Saddam Hussein's regime was prepared to use chemical weapons.
Both sides seek speedy work on $74.7 billion bill financing war - 3/26/03 12:31 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of both parties say they will try to quickly approve funds for waging war against Iraq, while acknowledging it will be difficult to prevent money from being added to the $74.7 billion bill President Bush sent Congress.
Secretary of State Powell says he is in sync with Bush - 3/26/03 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is "very much in sync" with President Bush and will stay in his job.
Leaving for Washington, Blair faces skepticism about U.S. intentions - 3/26/03 12:00 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair, before leaving Wednesday for a Washington meeting with President Bush, said the United States and its allies must broaden their agenda beyond Iraq and help build peace in the Middle East and across the globe.
Turkish military says it will coordinate with Washington before sending troops to Iraq - 3/26/03 11:56 AM
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's military chief of staff pledged Wednesday to coordinate with the United States before sending troops into northern Iraq and said there would be no deployment unless a refugee crisis erupted or Turkey's security was threatened.
Iraqi forces head toward U.S. troops; British brace for push against Basra - 3/26/03 11:50 AM
Annan expresses growing concern at `humanitarian casualties' - 3/26/03 11:38 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed growing concern Wednesday about the "humanitarian casualties" of the war against Iraq and reiterated that the United States is responsible for the welfare of the civilian population.
First relief convoy rolls into Kuwait as allies struggle to clear the way for more - 3/26/03 11:21 AM
UMM QASR, Iraq (AP) -- The first sizable relief convoy rolled into Iraq in a sandstorm Wednesday as allied forces struggled to clear the way for more aid shipments, using dolphins to remove mines from waterways and trying to subdue Iraqi fighters in the city of Basra.
Bush addresses U.S. troops in Florida - 3/26/03 11:05 AM
MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- President Bush said Wednesday the war in Iraq is far from over and warned that coalition forces will face "the most desperate elements of a doomed regime" as they close in on Baghdad.
American-led force faces surprising strength in Saddam's paramilitaries - 3/26/03 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Surprised by the power of Iraq's paramilitaries, the Pentagon is adjusting its tactics in the push to Baghdad, defense officials said Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia backs away from peace plan for Iraq - 3/26/03 10:31 AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia backed away Wednesday from an announcement that it had made a peace proposal to the United States and Iraq, saying only that it had offered "general ideas" about ending the war and not a formal initiative.
Iraqi television on sporadically as allied assault intensifies - 3/26/03 10:27 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's state-run television made its way back on the air Wednesday despite allied air assaults that knocked out the signal for hours at a time.
Iraqi official say 14 dead in cruise missile attack in Baghdad - 3/26/03 10:19 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two cruise missiles struck a residential area in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 14 people, Iraqi defense officials said -- the worst single reported instance of civilian deaths since the U.S. bombing campaign began a week ago.
Republican Guard heads toward U.S. troops; British brace for push against Basra - 3/26/03 10:03 AM
A large contingent of Iraq's elite Republican Guard headed south in a 1,000-vehicle convoy Wednesday toward U.S. Marines in central Iraq -- an area that already has seen the heaviest fighting of the war. In Baghdad, Iraqi officials said two cruise missiles hit a residential area, killing 14 people.
U.S. forces ready to impose martial law but hope Iraqi legal system doesn't fall apart - 3/26/03 9:47 AM
AN NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- American lawyers and legal officials in military uniform, toting weighty law books and ready to establish martial law, are traveling with U.S. and British troops surging into Iraq.
Pope says following Iraqi war with `heavy heart' - 3/26/03 9:39 AM
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II urged people to pray for peace, saying Wednesday that he was following the news of the war in Iraq with a "heavy heart."
First relief convoy rolls into Kuwait as allies struggle to clear the way for more - 3/26/03 9:21 AM
UMM QASR, Iraq (AP) -- The first sizable relief convoy rolled into Iraq in a sandstorm Wednesday as allied forces struggled to clear the way for more aid shipments, using dolphins to remove mines from waterways and trying to subdue Iraqi fighters in the city of Basra.
U.S. general says chemical suits reinforces concerns about Iraqi use of chemical weapons - 3/26/03 9:13 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A U.S. general said Wednesday the discovery of 3,000 chemical suits in a hospital in central Iraq that had been used as an Iraqi base raised concern that Saddam Hussein's regime was prepared to use chemical weapons.
Republican Guard heads toward U.S. troops; British brace for push against Basra - 3/26/03 8:59 AM
A large contingent of Iraq's elite Republican Guard headed south in a 1,000-vehicle convoy Wednesday toward U.S. Marines in central Iraq -- an area that already has seen the heaviest fighting of the war. In Baghdad, Iraqi officials said two cruise missiles hit a residential area, killing 14.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar: our targeting." - 3/26/03 8:53 AM
Asked about reports that a large contingent of Iraq's elite Republican Guard were headed south toward U.S. Marines in central Iraq, Brooks said, "We've not seen any significant movements of the type of force you've described.
Sandstorm over Persian Gulf interrupts bombing runs over Iraq - 3/26/03 8:53 AM
ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK (AP) -- A towering sandstorm over the Persian Gulf interrupted bombing missions Wednesday from at least one U.S. aircraft carrier and grounded coalition helicopters in southern Iraq.
Iraqi official say 14 dead in cruise missile attack in Baghdad - 3/26/03 8:42 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two cruise missiles struck a residential area in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 14 people, Iraqi defense officials said -- the worst single reported instance of civilian deaths since the U.S. bombing campaign began a week ago.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar: chemical weapons." - 3/26/03 8:41 AM
The Central Command reported earlier that the chemical suits were found at the An Nasiriyah hospital, which Iraqi forces were using as a command post. In addition to the suits, U.S. forces found 200 weapons, Iraqi military uniforms and one nerve gas antidote injector, Brooks said.
British forces support uprising against Iraqi fighters in Basra - 3/26/03 8:39 AM
NEAR BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- British forces battled more than 1,000 die-hard Iraqi loyalists for control of Basra on Wednesday, coming to the defense of inhabitants who rose up against Saddam Hussein in the streets of the country's second-largest city.
Surprising strength of paramilitaries is slowing American-led invasion - 3/26/03 8:20 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Surprised by the power of Iraq's paramilitaries, the Pentagon is adjusting its tactics in the push to Baghdad, defense officials said Wednesday.
Republican Guard heads toward U.S. troops; British brace for push against Basra - 3/26/03 8:16 AM
A large contingent of Iraq's elite Republican Guard headed south in a 1,000-vehicle convoy Wednesday toward U.S. Marines in central Iraq -- an area that already has seen the heaviest fighting of the war. In Baghdad, Iraqi officials said two cruise missiles hit a residential area, killing 14.
LA mayor backtracks on signing petition calling war 'unjust' - 3/26/03 8:15 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A day after signing a students' petition labeling the war in Iraq "unjust," Mayor James Hahn backtracked and said he doesn't believe the conflict is unjust after all.
Six accused for hostage-taking at Iraqi embassy in Berlin last year go on trial - 3/26/03 8:04 AM
BERLIN (AP) -- Lawyers for five Iraqi asylum-seekers who stormed the Iraqi Embassy here and the alleged organizer argued Wednesday that the five-hour siege was justified because it had the same goal as the U.S.-led war on Iraq: deposing Saddam Hussein.
Russian diplomat: U.S. trying to 'completely destroy' Iraq, waging propaganda campaign - 3/26/03 8:00 AM
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister accused the United States on Wednesday of waging a propaganda campaign by alleging that Russian companies sold banned military equipment to Saddam Hussein.
Iraqi official say 14 dead in cruise missile attack in Baghdad - 3/26/03 7:53 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two cruise missiles struck a residential area in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 14 people, Iraqi defense officials said in the worst reported instance of civilian deaths since the U.S. bombing campaign began a week ago.
Capsules of U.S. troops captured, missing or killed in Iraq - 3/26/03 7:40 AM
Thumbnails of some U.S. troops captured, missing or killed in Iraq
Gephardt mixes war with appeal for campaign cash - 3/26/03 7:39 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Notwithstanding war, an important Campaign 2004 political deadline loomed, so Democratic presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt coupled an appeal for cash with prayers for the U.S. military.
Blair: limited uprising reported in Basra - 3/26/03 7:30 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday that he believes some kind of limited Shiite uprising took place in the key southern Iraqi city of Basra.
Republican Guard heads toward U.S. troops; British brace for push against Basra - 3/26/03 7:27 AM
A large contingent of Iraq's elite Republican Guard headed south Wednesday in a convoy of at least 1,000 vehicles toward U.S. Marines in central Iraq -- an area that already has seen the heaviest fighting of the war. In Baghdad, Iraqi officials said two cruise missiles hit a residential area, killing 14.
Amid war and terror alerts, effort grows to close nuclear power station near New York City - 3/26/03 7:22 AM
BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) -- The war with Iraq and the fear of reprisals on U.S. soil are stoking the strongest campaign ever to close the Indian Point nuclear power station, 35 miles north of midtown Manhattan.
Switzerland rejects U.S. request to expel Iraqi diplomats, shut embassy - 3/26/03 7:08 AM
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Swiss authorities on Wednesday rejected a U.S. call to expel Iraqi diplomats and shut Iraq's embassy.
Iraqi official say 12 dead in cruise missile attack in Baghdad - 3/26/03 7:07 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two cruise missiles struck a residential area in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 12 people, Iraqi defense officials said in the worst reported instance of civilian casualties since the U.S. bombing campaign began a week ago.
War-Britain's Role - 3/26/03 7:06 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Before the start of the war in Iraq, some commentators worried that British troops would be relegated to a supporting role to the bigger American forces
Marines slow pace, seek out Iraqi fighters on road toward Baghdad - 3/26/03 7:03 AM
IN SOUTH-CENTRAL IRAQ (AP) -- For the Marines pushing toward Baghdad, it's now less about getting there quickly than leaving a safe road behind.
Developments in Iraq's oil fields, world oil markets - 3/26/03 6:55 AM
THE OIL FIELDS: The U.S. oil field services firm Kellogg Brown & Root planned Wednesday to put out its first fire at a well head burning in Iraq's Rumeila South oil field. The company has delayed going in because of fighting earlier in the week. "The security has been guaranteed. The British have sufficien
Saudi Arabia backs away from Iraqi-US peace plan - 3/26/03 6:46 AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia on Wednesday backed away from an announcement that it had made a peace proposal to the United States and Iraq, saying only that it had "general ideas" about ending the war.
BAGHDAD, Iraq: but God!" - 3/26/03 6:38 AM
Associated Press Television News video showed a large crater in the middle of the street, a smoldering building, a child with a head bandage, and bodies wrapped in plastic sheeting in the back of a pickup truck.
BAGHDAD, Iraq: officials said. - 3/26/03 6:29 AM
The attack occurred in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Al-Shaab, which contains dozens of shops and homes.
An Nasiriyah - 3/26/03 6:11 AM
The intelligence officers said about 3,000 Republican Guard troops were spotted in one town along Highway 7 and 2,000 more at another.
Iraqi satellite television knocked off the air by allied strikes in Baghdad - 3/26/03 5:54 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- With the final assault on Baghdad drawing closer, the allies tried to cripple the regime's communications with bombs and missiles, knocking Iraq's satellite TV signal off the air for several hours Wednesday.
Turkish military says it will coordinate with Washington before sending troops to Iraq - 3/26/03 5:44 AM
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's military chief of staff pledged Wednesday to coordinate with the United States before sending troops into northern Iraq and said there would be no deployment unless a refugee crisis erupted or Turkey's security was threatened.
First relief convoy rolls into Kuwait as allies struggle to clear the way for more - 3/26/03 5:39 AM
UMM QASR, Iraq -- The first sizable relief convoy rolled into Iraq in a sandstorm Wednesday as allied forces struggled to clear the way for more aid shipments, using dolphins to remove mines from waterways and trying to subdue Iraqi fighters in the city of Basra.
British forces support uprising against Iraqi fighters in Basra - 3/26/03 5:23 AM
NEAR BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- British forces battled more than 1,000 die-hard Iraqi loyalists for control of Basra on Wednesday, coming to the defense of inhabitants who rose up against Saddam Hussein in the streets of the country's second-largest city.
Residents of War, W.Va., turn thoughts toward fighting in Iraq, hope peace comes soon - 3/26/03 5:15 AM
WAR, W.Va. (AP) -- A lot of people in this oddly named Appalachian town are thinking about that other war -- the one in Iraq -- and hoping peace is around the corner
U.S. Army battles closer to Baghdad; British brace for push against Basra - 3/26/03 5:01 AM
U.S. troops shot their way closer to Baghdad, British forces fought on the fringes of the beleaguered city of Basra, and the first substantial relief convoy reached Iraq on Wednesday after weathering a blinding sandstorm.
War-US Military - 3/26/03 4:59 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops steeled themselves for a renewed push toward Baghdad after prevailing in fierce fighting near a key river crossing south of the city.
Marines face dangerous bumps _ humorous humps _ on road toward Baghdad - 3/26/03 4:36 AM
IN SOUTH-CENTRAL IRAQ (AP) -- For the Marines pushing toward Baghdad, it's now less about getting there quickly than getting there in one piece.
Second officer dies in Kuwait grenade attack; suspect shipped to military jail - 3/26/03 4:21 AM
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A second U.S. serviceman has died from wounds he suffered in a grenade attack on soldiers in Kuwait, an attack an Army sergeant is suspected of carrying out.
California mother of Marine killed in Iraq says she saw son's body on television - 3/26/03 4:21 AM
RIALTO, Calif. (AP) -- The mother of a Marine killed in Iraq said she learned of his death only when she saw his face as an Iraqi soldier showed off bodies of American casualties on TV.
War Costs-Highlights - 3/26/03 4:14 AM
Some new details of the $74.7 billion package President Bush formally sent Congress on Tuesday to begin paying for the war with Iraq and other counterterrorism costs the United States is incurring. The measure is for the rest of the government's budget year, which runs through Sept. 30.
Call-ups' insurance problem: Losing doctors at home - 3/26/03 4:14 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Families of reservists called up for the war could be in a health care jam. After 30 days of active duty, insurance coverage by the reservists' regular employers switches to a military plan, and that can mean having to switch doctors.
Australian anti-war protest turns violent; hundreds of thousands march in Middle East - 3/26/03 4:09 AM
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Thousands of protesters pelted Sydney police with bottles and chairs grabbed from street-side cafes on Wednesday in Australia's most violent demonstration yet against the war in Iraq.
Iraqi air force sitting out the war so far - 3/26/03 3:51 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Iraqi air force has stayed on the ground thus far in the war, apparently owing to American and British air superiority, U.S. officials say.
British forces engage Iraqi fighters around Basra; civilians appear to show opposition to Saddam - 3/26/03 3:48 AM
NEAR BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- British forces battled more than 1,000 die-hard Iraqi loyalists for control of Basra on Wednesday amid reports of an uprising against Saddam Hussein in the streets of the country's second-largest city.
Support President Bush, troops in Iraq war effort, former President Clinton urges - 3/26/03 3:32 AM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Former President Clinton said Americans should support President Bush and U.S. troops in the war against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.
Veterans at Kentucky nursing home watch war with Iraq unfold on big-screen TV - 3/26/03 3:22 AM
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) -- Taylor Lewis and other old soldiers from the last century's battlefields follow news from the Iraqi front lines on a veterans' home big-screen television, turned up full blast to accommodate their poor hearing.
North Carolina military town mourns the deaths of at least 11 Marines in Iraq - 3/26/03 3:07 AM
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Judy Pitchford knows all too well the anguish felt by the wives of Marines at Camp Lejeune. During the last war in Iraq, she too was glued to the TV hoping to catch a glimpse of her deployed husband.
Security Council calls open meeting on Iraq - 3/26/03 2:39 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For the first time since the U.S.-led war against Iraq began last week, the divided U.N. Security Council called an open meeting where any of the 191 U.N. member states can express their views on the military campaign to oust Saddam Hussein.
First relief convoy sets out for Iraq as allies struggle to clear the way - 3/26/03 2:33 AM
KUWAIT CITY -- The first sizable relief convoy set out for Iraq in a biting sandstorm Wednesday as allied forces struggled to clear the way for more aid shipments, using dolphins to remove mines from waterways and hunting Iraqi fighters around the port of Umm Qasr.
America's mood: Do military setbacks in Iraq shake resolve at home? - 3/26/03 2:26 AM
As suddenly as surrendering Iraqi soldiers dropped their white flags and opened fire, the reality of this war struck Americans, with hopes of swift victory giving way to the prospect of a longer, tougher campaign.
Millions of land mines a threat to coalition troops invading Iraq - 3/26/03 2:13 AM
As they continue their advance in Iraq, U.S. and coalition forces must step carefully across a landscape riddled with millions of land mines
Iraqi satellite television knocked off the air after US says allies fire missiles into Baghdad - 3/26/03 2:09 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Using missiles and warplanes, allied forces struck Iraqi state-run television early Wednesday, and the station's international satellite signal was knocked off the air.
Shiites, crushed in 1991, are now reluctant to rebel against Saddam Hussein - 3/26/03 2:06 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Heeding former President Bush's call during the 1991 Gulf War to take their destiny into their own hands, millions of Iraqi Shiite Muslims rebelled against Saddam Hussein after the collapse of his army.
Kuwaitis are worried war in Iraq could take too long, further isolate them from fellow Arabs - 3/26/03 1:53 AM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- TV images of fierce Iraqi resistance and American prisoners of war are raising Kuwaiti fears that the war launched from their country will take too long, endanger their security and isolate them even further from their fellow Arabs.
U.S. forces ready to impose martial law but hope Iraqi legal system doesn't fall apart - 3/26/03 1:47 AM
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- American lawyers and legal officials in military uniform, armed with weighty law books and ready to establish martial law, are traveling with the U.S. and British troops surging into Iraq.
On Afghan front, dangers remain for U.S. troops overshadowed by comrades in Iraq - 3/26/03 1:43 AM
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) -- They are a fraction of the U.S. strength assembled in Iraq, and the enemy is more of a guerrilla force than disciplined troops. But Afghanistan remains a treacherous theater for American troops waging war against terrorism.
Iraqi-American itching to return home to fight against Saddam's forces - 3/26/03 1:42 AM
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Haider Al-Jubury fled Iraq more than a decade ago after he was pulled out of high school and forced to train for the Army. Now 29, he has asked the Defense Department for permission to return to his homeland to fight alongside coalition troops trying to oust Saddam Hussein.
At Central Command in Florida, Bush warning of a potentially long conflict - 3/26/03 1:41 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush is looking to buck up the troops as U.S forces encounter tougher resistance in Iraq, warning Americans anew of a potentially long conflict.
U.S. sees signs of renewed Iraqi military control, operates on assumption Saddam is alive - 3/26/03 1:41 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say they see signs of renewed control by Baghdad of military and security forces around Iraq, but say they don't know whether that leadership is provided by Saddam Hussein or by his senior chiefs.
WASHINGTON TODAY: U.S. faces uphill fight in effort to woo Muslims - 3/26/03 1:39 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Radio Sawa, the U.S. government broadcast operation beamed to Arabs, has swung into high gear these days because of the Iraq war. Regularly scheduled news programming has almost doubled, and like its commercial counterparts, the station is on a news-as-it-happens basis.
Pentagon-approved ways to support the troops - 3/26/03 1:36 AM
The U.S. Department of Defense has asked the general public to stop sending unsolicited letters and packages to military personnel in the war in Iraq. Instead, the Pentagon suggests other ways of showing support.
Government-controlled Iraqi TV, Saddam's mouthpiece to the world, silenced? - 3/26/03 12:20 AM
Hour by hour, Iraq TV broadcast the fierce propaganda of the Iraqi leadership. On the air, Saddam Hussein exhorted Iraqis that when they meet advancing allied troops they should "cut their throats and even their fingers."
Second officer dies in grenade attack by fellow serviceman - 3/26/03 12:04 AM
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A second serviceman has died from wounds suffered when an Army sergeant allegedly tossed three grenades into a command tent of the 101st Airborne Division in Kuwait, the military said.
Pataki: New York being shortchanged on security dollars - 3/26/03 12:02 AM
SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. George Pataki, criticized for failing to demand more anti-terrorism help from the Bush administration, called on the federal government Tuesday to give New York a bigger share of homeland security funds.

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