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Monday  March 31, 2003

 
 
 
 
U.S. plane slips off aircraft carrier during landing; both pilots rescued from the water - 3/31/03 11:59 PM
ABOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION (AP) -- A plane veered off the USS Constellation's flight deck and slipped into the water during landing Tuesday. The two pilots ejected into the water and were rescued by helicopter.
U.S. Army suspends training of Iraqi volunteers in Hungary - 3/31/03 11:41 PM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The U.S. Army has suspended a Hungarian-based program that sought to train Iraqi dissidents for non-combat roles in the war, military officials said Monday.
NBC fires journalist Peter Arnett after interview with state-run Iraqi TV - 3/31/03 11:30 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, angered that he had given an unauthorized interview with state-run Iraqi TV saying the American-led war effort initially failed because of Iraq's resistance.
U.S. says troops kill at least seven Iraqi women and children at checkpoint when driver failed to stop - 3/31/03 11:17 PM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. troops in southern Iraq shot and killed seven women and children in a van Monday when the driver failed to stop at a checkpoint as ordered, U.S. Central Command said.
Street fighting less than 50 miles from Baghdad - 3/31/03 11:05 PM
American forces battled Iraqi defenders in fierce street fighting 50 miles south of Baghdad on Monday, pointing toward a drive on the capital. Army guards shot seven Iraqi women and children to death when their van refused orders to stop at a checkpoint, officials said.
U.S. says troops kill at least seven Iraqi women and children at checkpoint when driver failed to stop - 3/31/03 10:46 PM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. troops shot and killed seven Iraqi civilians -- including women and children -- in a van at checkpoint Monday in southern Iraq when the driver did not stop as ordered, U.S. Central Command said.
NBC fires journalist Peter Arnett after interview with state-run Iraqi TV - 3/31/03 10:40 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, angered that he had given an unauthorized interview with state-run Iraqi TV saying the American-led war effort initially failed because of Iraq's resistance.
Australia to scale down naval presence in Gulf - 3/31/03 10:18 PM
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia will replace two of its frigates in the Persian Gulf with one, scaling down its naval involvement in the Iraqi conflict, Defense Minister Robert Hill said Tuesday.
Huge blasts resound through Iraqi capital - 3/31/03 9:43 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Six explosions in rapid succession shook central Baghdad late Monday, sending smoke billowing from the Old Palace presidential compound and bathing the sky in a soft orange glow.
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 3/31/03 9:38 PM
U.S. and British troop casualties from the war. U.S. total: 44 dead, seven captured, 16 missing; British total: 26 dead. The list of names is confirmed from family members or the military. The total number of dead includes casualties whose names are not available.
Saudi foreign minister strongly suggests Saddam should leave for sake of Iraqi people - 3/31/03 9:17 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's foreign minister strongly suggested in an interview broadcast Monday that Saddam Hussein should step down from power for the sake of the Iraqi people.
Daily Mirror newspaper hires fired journalist Peter Arnett - 3/31/03 8:42 PM
LONDON (AP) -- A British tabloid said Tuesday it has hired reporter Peter Arnett shortly after he was fired by NBC-TV for saying on Iraqi television that the U.S.-led war effort had failed.
NBC fires journalist Peter Arnett after interview with state-run Iraqi TV - 3/31/03 8:42 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, angered that he had given an unauthorized interview with state-run Iraqi TV saying the American-led war effort initially failed because of Iraq's resistance.
Soldier killed in Iraqi suicide attack followed mom's footsteps - 3/31/03 8:39 PM
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Russell Creighton-Weldon joined the Army last year, soon after his mother retired after two decades in the service.
Community reacts as 101st suffers first combat casualty in Iraq - 3/31/03 8:39 PM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- People in the communities surrounding Fort Campbell, home to the 101st Airborne Division, reacted with sadness Monday as word came of the division's first combat death since the war with Iraq began.
U.S. escalates bombing in campaign to weaken Republican Guard - 3/31/03 8:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. warplanes dropped 3,000 precision-guided bombs on Iraq over the weekend in an intensified air campaign aimed at weakening the Republican Guard divisions ringing Baghdad, Pentagon officials said Monday.
Marine dead in Iraq had followed both parents into the Corps, leaves pregnant wife - 3/31/03 8:13 PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Staff Sgt. Donald May Jr. followed both parents into the Marine Corps and, just like his dad, became a tank commander. He disappeared in Iraq nearly a week ago and his mother learned Monday he had been killed.
Seven Iraqi women, children killed by U.S. forces at checkpoint - 3/31/03 8:04 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. warplanes dropped 3,000 precision-guided bombs on Iraq over the weekend in an intensified air campaign aimed at weakening the Republican Guard divisions ringing Baghdad, Pentagon officials said Monday.
Street fighting less than 50 miles from Baghdad - 3/31/03 8:04 PM
American forces battled Iraqi defenders in fierce street fighting 50 miles south of Baghdad on Monday, pointing toward a drive on the capital. Army guards shot seven Iraqi women and children to death when their van refused orders to stop at a checkpoint, officials said.
Pentagon decides against activating congressman for war duty - 3/31/03 7:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., who almost two weeks ago took a leave of absence from Congress to serve in the Iraq war, will not be heading to the Persian Gulf after all.
Intelligence sources show no sign Saddam is alive, Pentagon general says - 3/31/03 7:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. intelligence sources have been unable to confirm that Saddam Hussein survived the March 19 strike on a bunker where he was believed to be staying, a top Pentagon general said Monday.
U.S. says troops kill at least seven Iraqi women and children at checkpoint when driver failed to stop - 3/31/03 7:52 PM
NEAR KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops shot and killed at least seven Iraqi civilians -- some of them children -- in a vehicle at checkpoint Monday in southern Iraq when the driver did not stop as ordered, U.S. Central Command said.
Kuwait fires anti-missile, but says target may not have existed - 3/31/03 7:41 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- An explosion resounded across the Kuwaiti capital early Tuesday, but the military said it was an anti-missile missile fired after a false alarm of an Iraqi attack.
Battle for Baghdad to pit allies against Saddam Hussein's battered but trusted Republican Guard - 3/31/03 7:38 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard was beaten by the U.S. military in the 1991 Gulf War, bruised by sanctions ever since and battered by U.S. and British strikes in recent days
Seven Iraqi women, children killed by U.S. forces at checkpoint - 3/31/03 7:33 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. warplanes dropped 3,000 precision-guided bombs on Iraq over the weekend in an intensified air campaign aimed at weakening the Republican Guard divisions ringing Baghdad, Pentagon officials said Monday.
Street fighting less than 50 miles from Baghdad - 3/31/03 7:29 PM
American forces battled Iraqi defenders in fierce street fighting 50 miles south of Baghdad on Monday, pointing toward a drive on the capital. Army guards shot seven Iraqi women and children to death when their van refused orders to stop at a checkpoint, officials said.
U.S. says troops kill at least seven Iraqi women and children at checkpoint when driver failed to stop - 3/31/03 7:27 PM
NEAR KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops shot and killed at least seven Iraqi civilians -- some of them children -- in a vehicle at checkpoint Monday in southern Iraq when the driver did not stop as ordered, U.S. Central Command said.
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 3/31/03 7:25 PM
U.S. and British troop casualties from the war. U.S. total: 44 dead, seven captured, 16 missing; British total: 25 dead. The list of names is confirmed from family members or the military.
Community reacts as 101st suffers first combat casualty in Iraq - 3/31/03 7:24 PM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- People in the communities surrounding Fort Campbell, home to the 101st Airborne Division, reacted with sadness Monday as word came of the division's first combat death since the war with Iraq began.
Raid on Iraqi militant group indicates strong ties to al-Qaida but leadership on the run to Iran - 3/31/03 7:08 PM
BIYARE, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S.-led assault on a compound controlled by an extremist Islamic group turned up a list of names of suspected militants living in the United States and what may be the strongest evidence yet linking the group to al-Qaida, coalition commanders said Monday.
U.S. Army detains Iraqis as it isolates south-central city of Najaf - 3/31/03 6:52 PM
NEAR NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Inside an open holding pen crafted with barbed wire, an Iraqi man sat in the desert sand, wrapped in a gray blanket to keep warm. In his arms he held his son, a 4-year-old boy with brown eyes and a runny nose.
Battling for a bridge and a town, U.S. troops risk their lives to rescue an elderly woman - 3/31/03 6:33 PM
"HINDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- "We've got to get her off that bridge," he said.
House, Senate ready own versions of Bush's $75 billion bill for war - 3/31/03 6:33 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top House and Senate lawmakers plan to give President Bush far less flexibility than he wants with the funds Congress will provide for the war with Iraq and other anti-terrorism expenses, lawmakers and aides said Monday.
Street fighting less than 50 miles from Baghdad - 3/31/03 6:33 PM
American forces battled Iraqi defenders in fierce street fighting 50 miles south of Baghdad on Monday, pointing toward a drive on the capital. Seven Iraqi women and children were killed at an Army checkpoint when their van refused orders to stop, officials said.
U.S. precision weapons' failure rate about 10 percent - 3/31/03 6:13 PM
The U.S. military is fighting perhaps the most accurate air war in history, with most of the 8,000 precision-guided bombs and missiles loosed on Iraq blasting their intended targets.
Jesse Jackson to help in search for two missing Newsday journalists - 3/31/03 6:13 PM
MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Monday he has told the families of two missing Newsday journalists last seen in Baghdad that he would try to help track down their whereabouts.
Raid on Iraqi militant group indicates strong ties to al-Qaida but leadership on the run to Iran - 3/31/03 6:10 PM
BIYARE, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S.-led assault on a compound controlled by an Iraqi-based extremist Islamic group has turned up a list of names of suspected militants living in the United States and what may be the strongest evidence yet linking Ansar al-Islam to al-Qaida, coalition commanders said Monday.
Arab and Islamic nations want General Assembly resolution against U.S.-led war - 3/31/03 6:07 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Arab and Islamic nations decided Monday to push for adoption of a resolution in the U.N. General Assembly against the U.S.-led war in Iraq to show the strength of world opposition.
FDA warns companies to stop promoting products as drug alternatives - 3/31/03 6:04 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration sent letters to eight companies and individuals Monday warning them to stop offering products such as "Space Cadet Capsules" and "Druids Fantasy Capsules" as alternatives to street drugs.
News about military casualties in Iraq often quicker to surface on the homefront - 3/31/03 5:49 PM
With reporters both alongside soldiers in Iraq and alert for information from military families in the United States, news reports about Americans killed, missing or wounded in the war often are ahead of the armed forces' announcements.
Desert, date palms, Iraqi military installations between U.S. troops and Baghdad - 3/31/03 5:40 PM
U.S. forces who fought their way into the central Iraqi town of Hindiyah on Monday now have 50 miles between them and Baghdad -- with desert, date palms and several Iraqi military installations along the way.
Powell plans talks with Turkey and European and NATO nations - 3/31/03 5:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to Turkey and Brussels, Belgium, for talks on the war with Iraq and postwar reconstruction of that country.
Seven Iraqi women, children killed by U.S. forces at checkpoint - 3/31/03 5:33 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops killed seven Iraqi women and children at a checkpoint Monday when the Iraqis' van would not stop as ordered, U.S. Central Command said.
Coca-Cola disappears from menu as Europeans try to boycott U.S. goods - 3/31/03 5:33 PM
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- In Europe, where the burgers aren't served with "freedom fries," some restaurants were refusing to sell Coca-Cola, Marlboro cigarettes and other internationally known U.S. brands in boycotts spurred by anti-war sentiment.
Four Marines confirmed killed in fighting near Nasiriyah - 3/31/03 5:26 PM
SOUTHERN IRAQ (AP) -- Four Marines previously listed as missing have been confirmed as killed in fighting northwest of Nasiriyah, the U.S. Central Command said Monday.
U.S. special envoy Iraqi Kurds will not seize oil rich Iraqi city - 3/31/03 5:17 PM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad assured Turkish officials Monday that Iraqi Kurds would not unilaterally wrest the strategic oil city of Kirkuk from Saddam Hussein's control.
Battle for Baghdad to pit allies against Saddam Hussein's battered but trusted Republican Guard - 3/31/03 5:05 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard was beaten by the U.S. military in the 1991 Gulf War, bruised by sanctions ever since and battered by U.S. and British strikes in recent days.
At U.S. hospital, wounded Marines describe their last combat - 3/31/03 5:02 PM
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- As a military lawyer, Marine Lt. Col. John Ewers never saw combat in his 19 years in the service, not until he went looking for the father of an injured Iraqi boy in an area of southern Iraq that was considered secure.
Marine dead in Iraq had followed both parents into the Corps, leaves pregnant wife - 3/31/03 4:58 PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Staff Sgt. Donald May Jr. followed both parents into the Marine Corps and, just like his dad, became a tank commander. He disappeared in Iraq nearly a week ago and his mother learned Monday he had been killed.
Arab League chief warns against any spillover of Iraqi war - 3/31/03 4:57 PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The secretary-general of the Arab League said Monday that a spillover of war from Iraq to its neighbors could cause havoc across a region already "engulfed in extreme anger."
100 bin Ladens? Call to jihad raises new terror concern - 3/31/03 4:49 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Calls for a holy war against the United States because of its attack on Iraq have now led to warnings of "100 bin Ladens"-- an ominous prospect for Americans who have been living with the fear of more terror attacks since Sept. 11, 2001
U.N. monitors say Iraqi smoke, sewage pose rising health threats - 3/31/03 4:44 PM
Smoke from burning oil and bombing damage in Iraq pose rising health risks to both soldiers and citizens, while waterways are becoming fouled by untreated sewage, environmental analysts say.
For Baghdad residents, grief becomes part of every day life - 3/31/03 4:43 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A recorded recital of Quranic verses, sung in a deep and melancholy voice, blared from loud speakers. Women in black chadors shrieked in grief. A 13-year-old boy wept, lamenting his three lost brothers.
Ancient Iraqi swamp culture drained but not dead - 3/31/03 4:33 PM
A swath of southern Iraq has been called many things: Land of the swamp people. Mother of all untapped oil reserves. Scene of the worst environmental crime in history. Cradle of civilization. Saddam's slaughterhouse.
War-Waiting in Iran - 3/31/03 4:21 PM
In a March 30 story about Iraqis in Iran, The Associated Press reported erroneously the title of a humanitarian official. Bruno Jochum is the head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in Iran, not Iraq
Huge blasts resound through Iraqi capital - 3/31/03 4:17 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Six explosions in rapid succession shook central Baghdad late Monday, sending smoke billowing from the Old Palace presidential compound and bathing the sky in a soft orange glow.
Families mourn four U.S. soldiers killed by suicide bomber; `he's always going to be our hero' - 3/31/03 4:10 PM
Army soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Iraq were remembered by their families as heroes in the fight for freedom.
War-Waiting for Iran - 3/31/03 4:09 PM
In a March 30 story about Iraqis in Iran, The Associated Press reported erroneously the title of a humanitarian official. Bruno Jochum is the head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in Iran, not Iraq
Fresh U.S. forces moving to the Gulf; total allied force now exceeds 300,000 - 3/31/03 4:02 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh U.S. forces are flowing to the Persian Gulf, including 500 members of an Army cavalry regiment being sent ahead of schedule to help protect U.S. supply lines from Iraqi attack.
Burned Iraqi baby is flown to Britain for treatment - 3/31/03 4:01 PM
LONDON (AP) -- An Iraqi baby who suffered serious burns in a fire at her home near the southern city of Basra arrived Monday in Britain for medical treatment, the Ministry of Defense said.
On the front line, surgical teams capture the 'golden hour' - 3/31/03 3:58 PM
SOUTH-CENTRAL IRAQ (AP) -- The howitzers flash, recoil and roar, lobbing shells over the heads of sweating Navy surgeons.
NBC fires journalist Peter Arnett after interview with state-run Iraqi TV - 3/31/03 3:57 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, angered that he had given an unauthorized interview with state-run Iraqi TV saying the American-led war effort initially failed because of Iraq's resistance.
Businesses re-evaluate their marketing campaigns during war with Iraq - 3/31/03 3:23 PM
Cindi Runowski is faced with a quandary: Her small shop in Missouri's Ozarks is stocked with patriotic merchandise that's not selling. She'd like to advertise, but doesn't want to seem as if she's trying to profit off the war in Iraq.
Jesse Jackson to help in search for two missing Newsday journalists - 3/31/03 3:15 PM
MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Monday he has told the families of two missing Newsday journalists last seen in Baghdad that he would try to help track down their whereabouts.
Developments in Iraq's oil fields, world oil markets - 3/31/03 3:11 PM
THE OIL FIELDS: American and Kuwaiti firefighters tried unsuccessfully Monday to douse the two remaining blazes at booby-trapped oil wells in Iraq's Rumeila South oil field. A team from Boots & Coots International Well Control did not have enough water Monday, while Kuwaiti firefighters were unable to cont
First U.N. water, food trickle into Iraq; still no coordinated plan - 3/31/03 3:10 PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The first wartime U.N. humanitarian aid, a few truckloads of food and water, trickled across Iraq's borders from Turkey and Kuwait, U.N. agencies reported Monday. But officials said aid organizations and the U.S. military remain wary of working together on relief operations for Iraq.
Coalition air strikes severely weaken Iraqi troops, Pentagon says - 3/31/03 3:07 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. and British air strikes have caused "a very significant weakening" of Iraqi forces, and Iraqi commanders are moving Republican Guard troops around to shore up their strength, the Pentagon said Monday.
Huge explosions rock Iraqi capital again Monday night - 3/31/03 3:04 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Huge explosions rocked central Baghdad late Monday, raising towering clouds of smoke in the heart of the capital and around the presidential Old Palace compound across the Tigris River.
On the front line, surgical teams capture the 'golden hour' - 3/31/03 2:42 PM
SOUTH-CENTRAL IRAQ (AP) -- The howitzers flash, recoil and roar, lobbing shells over the heads of sweating Navy surgeons.
U.N. tribunal convicts two former Bosnian Croat commanders of war crimes - 3/31/03 2:42 PM
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The U.N. war crimes tribunal convicted two former Bosnian Croat commanders Monday of torturing and killing Muslims during the 1992-1995 war.
Secretary of State Powell plans talks with Turkey and various European figures - 3/31/03 2:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to Turkey and to Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday for talks on the war with Iraq and postwar reconstruction of the country.
Children find unique ways to remember parents at war - 3/31/03 2:37 PM
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) -- Every day at 3:34 p.m., a 9-year-old boy's wristwatch sounds in New Mexico and so does his dad's, half a world away in Iraq.
Marines will investigate deaths of soldiers who drowned - 3/31/03 2:36 PM
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- Two senior Marine officers will investigate the deaths of two soldiers who drowned while trying to cross a canal in southeast Iraq, a spokesman said.
Firefighters may need to dig a lagoon in desert to tackle last fires in Iraqi oil field - 3/31/03 2:36 PM
A shortage of water and an equipment failure prevented firefighters on Monday from quenching the last fires raging at sabotaged oil wells in one of Iraq's biggest oil fields.
Coalition air strikes severely weaken Iraqi troops, Pentagon says - 3/31/03 2:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. and British air strikes have caused "a very significant weakening" of Iraqi forces, and Iraqi commanders are moving Republican Guard troops around to shore up their strength, the Pentagon said Monday.
WASHN: she said. - 3/31/03 2:32 PM
In what could be a prelude to the battle for the Iraqi capital, American forces are doing what one senior Pentagon official called "aggressive armed reconnaissance" in a number of areas rimming the southern approaches to Baghdad.
WASHN: severely degraded." - 3/31/03 2:26 PM
U.S. and British aircraft flew about 1,000 missions over Iraq on Sunday, McChrystal said, most of them targeting specific Republican Guard divisions, as well as command and control facilities.
Praying to survive: Iraqi deserter tells of desperation across the line - 3/31/03 2:15 PM
KALAK, Iraq (AP) -- The soldier covered his face and wept.
Street fighting less than 50 miles from Baghdad - 3/31/03 2:12 PM
Army forces battled Republican Guard units at Hindiyah on Monday in street fighting scarcely 50 miles from Baghdad, seizing stockpiled machine guns and mortars as well as military maps. Relentless bombing in the north forced Iraqi defenders to flee long-held positions.
Code words used by British forces in Iraq include James Bond references _ "a No. 1 Brit" - 3/31/03 2:12 PM
LONDON (AP) -- For British soldiers fighting in Iraq, the code names involved in their mission are hard to forget -- for anyone who has ever seen a James Bond movie.
Families mourn four U.S. soldiers killed by suicide bomber; `he's always going to be our hero' - 3/31/03 1:58 PM
Army soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq were remembered by their families as heroes in the fight for freedom.
U.S. Army battles its way into Hindiyah, dozens of Republican Guard reported captured - 3/31/03 1:47 PM
HINDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Trading fire with Iraqis hidden behind brick walls and hedges, U.S. Army forces spearheading the drive on Baghdad battled their way into this town 50 miles from the capital Monday and captured dozens of members of Saddam Hussein's vaunted Republican Guard.
U.S. push toward Baghdad encounters resistance - 3/31/03 1:46 PM
U.S.-led troops fought pitched battles with Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard within 50 miles of the capital Monday as coalition warplanes pounded the city and dozens of other Iraqi positions in advance of the battle for Baghdad.
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 3/31/03 1:37 PM
U.S. and British troop casualties from the war. U.S. total: 42 dead, seven captured, 17 missing; British total: 25 dead. The list of names is confirmed from family members or the military.
Iraqi information minister says state-sponsored broadcasts unaffected by latest strikes - 3/31/03 1:08 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. attempts to silence Iraqi television and radio through heavy aerial attacks have failed, with the country's information minister insisting Monday that the state-sponsored broadcasts were unaffected by the latest attacks.
Red Cross visits Iraqi POWs, awaits permission to visit Americans held by Baghdad - 3/31/03 12:46 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- The international Red Cross on Monday began visiting prisoners of war held by coalition forces in Iraq but has yet to receive word that it can see American POWs taken by the Iraqi military.
Iraqis move to bolster hard-hit Republican Guard divisions while U.S. forces probe closer to Baghdad, Pentagon says - 3/31/03 11:48 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraqi commanders are pulling troops out of the north of the country to back up Republican Guard units crippled by days of U.S. attacks in the south, defense officials said Monday.
U.N. food agency: Massive aid operation planned for Iraq - 3/31/03 11:41 AM
LONDON (AP) -- The United Nations' World Food Program faces its biggest challenge ever in feeding Iraqis when the war ends and plans to mount an enormous aid operation in the country, the agency director said Monday.
U.S. Army battles its way into Hindiyah, dozens of Republican Guard reported captured - 3/31/03 10:39 AM
HINDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Trading fire with Iraqis hidden behind brick walls and hedges, U.S. Army forces spearheading the drive on Baghdad battled their way into this town 50 miles from the capital Monday and captured dozens of members of Saddam Hussein's vaunted Republican Guard.
U.N. tribunal convicts two former Bosnian Croat commanders of war crimes - 3/31/03 10:35 AM
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The U.N. war crimes tribunal on Monday convicted two former Bosnian Croat commanders of committing war crimes against Muslims during the 1992-1995 war.
U.S.-led forces pushing toward Baghdad encounter resistance at every turn - 3/31/03 10:33 AM
U.S.-led troops fought pitched battles with Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard within 50 miles of the capital Monday as coalition warplanes pounded the city and dozens of other Iraqi positions in advance of the battle for Baghdad.
Probing forces move closer to Baghdad as bombing raids continue on Republic Guard circling approaches to the city - 3/31/03 10:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American units began probing attacks in a rim around the southern outskirts of Baghdad in another effort to pave the way for the battle for the capital, defense officials said Monday.
Lessons of past wars clear to veterans living near North Carolina's Camp Lejeune - 3/31/03 10:14 AM
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Pete Franco's hearing has faded from standing too near artillery batteries during two tours in Vietnam. But he says the lessons of war still ring loud and clear.
Iraqi foreign minister predicts military victory over coalition forces - 3/31/03 9:58 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's foreign minister confidently predicted Monday that Iraqi forces would defeat American and British forces and said only surrender would save coalition troops from the "holocaust" the Iraqi people are preparing for them.
Central Command: Iraqis prisoners to be accountable for any violations of rules of war - 3/31/03 9:51 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- The U.S. Central Command said Monday that captured Iraqis are being treated as prisoners of war but said there would be accountability for any terrorist acts that would violate the rules of war.
Weather forecast for Iraq, Kuwait and Turkey - 3/31/03 9:31 AM
Monday's current conditions and nighttime forecast: Baghdad -- Day: 71. Partly cloudy. Night: 49. Basra -- Day: 84. Sunny. Night: 59. Kirkuk -- Day: 55. Partly sunny. Night: 44. Mosul -- Day: 55. Partly sunny. Night: 37. Najaf -- Day: 79. Sunny. Night: 50. Nasiriya -- Day: 82. Sunny. Night: 57
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 3/31/03 9:06 AM
U.S. and British troop casualties from the war. U.S. total: 40 dead, seven captured, 18 missing; British total: 25 dead. The list of names is confirmed from family members or the military.
NBC severs its ties with journalist Peter Arnett after interview with state-run Iraqi TV - 3/31/03 8:51 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, saying it was wrong for him to give an interview with state-run Iraqi TV in which he said the American-led coalition's initial plan for the war had failed because of Iraq's resistance. Arnett called the interview a "misjudgment" and apologized.
Central Command: Iraqis prisoners to be accountable for any violations of rules of war - 3/31/03 8:42 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- The U.S. Central Command said Monday that captured Iraqis are being treated as prisoners of war but said there would be accountability for any terrorist acts that would violate the rules of war.
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 3/31/03 8:35 AM
U.S. and British troop casualties from the war. The list of names below are confirmed from family members or the military.
Probing forces move closer to Baghdad as bombing raids continue on Republic Guard circling approaches to the city - 3/31/03 8:13 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American units began probing attacks in a rim around the southern outskirts of Baghdad in another effort to pave the way for the battle for the capital, defense officials said Monday.
NBC severs its ties with journalist Peter Arnett after interview with state-run Iraqi TV - 3/31/03 8:07 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, saying it was wrong for him to give an interview with state-run Iraqi TV saying that the American-led coalition's first war plan had failed because of Iraq's resistance. Arnett himself called the interview a "misjudgment."
Mubarak: War in Iraq will create increased Islamic military _ "100 bin Ladens" - 3/31/03 7:50 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- President Hosni Mubarak warned Monday that a drawn-out war in Iraq will lead to an increase in Islamic militancy throughout the world.
Massive armada of U.S. bombers strikes Baghdad; Iraq's Information Ministry hit - 3/31/03 7:49 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An armada of B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers struck communication and command centers in Baghdad, and cruise missiles set Iraq's Information Ministry ablaze Monday in the second such attack on the building in two days
British deaths caused by U.S. "friendly fire" won't cause rift, British official says - 3/31/03 7:43 AM
LONDON (AP) -- British deaths from American "friendly fire" in Iraq have prompted criticism of U.S. troops by British soldiers, but a British military official said Monday that the incidents won't hurt ties between the coalition partners.
Mubarak says Egypt can't stop coalition warships from crossing Suez Canal - 3/31/03 7:26 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- President Hosni Mubarak warned Monday that a drawn-out war in Iraq will lead to an increase in Islamic militancy throughout the world.
U.S. Army battles its way into Hindiyah, surrounds holy city of Najaf; dozens of Republican Guardsmen reported captured - 3/31/03 7:13 AM
HINDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Trading fire with Iraqis hidden behind brick walls and hedges, U.S. Army forces spearheading the drive on Baghdad battled their way into this town 50 miles from the capital Monday and captured dozens of members of Saddam Hussein's vaunted Republican Guard.
Former pop star Cat Stevens records song to raise money for Iraqi children - 3/31/03 7:11 AM
LONDON (AP) -- The "Peace Train" rides again.
U.S.-led forces pushing toward Baghdad encounter resistance at every turn - 3/31/03 7:09 AM
U.S.-led troops fought pitched battles with Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard within 50 miles of the capital Monday as coalition warplanes pounded the city and dozens of other Iraqi positions in advance of the battle for Baghdad.
Indonesian politician urges war crime trials for Bush, protests continue worldwide - 3/31/03 6:56 AM
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The United Nations must try President Bush and his allies as war criminals, a top Indonesian politician demanded Monday as protesters elsewhere denounced the war in Iraq as illegal and voiced concern for its victims.
Massive armada of U.S. bombers strikes Baghdad; Iraq's Information Ministry hit - 3/31/03 6:45 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An armada of B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers struck communication and command centers in Baghdad, and cruise missiles set Iraq's Information Ministry ablaze Monday in the second such attack on the building in two days
U.S. aircraft blast military positions in northern Iraq; Kurdish fighters move toward key oil city of Kirkuk - 3/31/03 5:58 AM
TAQTAQ, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. aircraft pounded Iraqi positions near the northern town of Kalak on Monday, aiding Kurdish fighters as they seized territory from Saddam Hussein's fleeing troops.
Center for Victims of Torture comforts Iraqi refugees, urges them to skip TV coverage - 3/31/03 5:24 AM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The war with Iraq is saturating the nation's airwaves, but the Center for Victims of Torture is urging some refugees not to watch.
U.S. Army battles its way into Hindiyah, surrounds holy city of Najaf; dozens of Republican Guardsmen reported captured - 3/31/03 5:21 AM
HINDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Trading fire with Iraqis hidden behind brick walls and hedges, U.S. Army forces spearheading the drive on Baghdad battled their way into this town 50 miles from the capital Monday and captured dozens of members of Saddam Hussein's vaunted Republican Guard.
Three Iraqi soldiers desert the army, flee to the Kurdish autonomous area of northern Iraq - 3/31/03 5:09 AM
SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Hungry, poorly equipped and watched constantly, the three young friends from Basra made a pact: if they saw a chance to escape from the Iraqi Army, they would do it together.
Lessons of past wars clear to veterans living near North Carolina's Camp Lejeune - 3/31/03 4:36 AM
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Pete Franco's hearing has faded from standing too near artillery batteries during two tours in Vietnam. But he says the lessons of war still ring loud and clear.
Developments in Iraq's oil fields, world oil markets - 3/31/03 4:35 AM
THE OIL FIELDS: Firefighters faced the remaining two blazes at booby-trapped oil wells in Iraq's Rumeila South oil field. A team from Boots & Coots International Well Control extinguished a fire and capped a well on Saturday. Kuwaiti firefighters were battling a separate fire. Firefighters hope to put out
At school, Marines' children struggle knowing parents are at war - 3/31/03 3:54 AM
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- Stuart Mesa Elementary looks like any other school in America, except for its location.
Franks acknowledges ups and downs of war one week after promising shock and overwhelming force - 3/31/03 2:59 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A week ago, Gen. Tommy Franks introduced the world to the war against Iraq by saying his campaign would use never-before-seen shock, surprise and overwhelming force to oust Saddam Hussein from power.
U.S. troops ready for major assault on Republican Guard, officials say - 3/31/03 2:46 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some of Iraq's Republican Guard units surrounding Baghdad have been hit so hard by airstrikes they are at less than half strength, the Pentagon's top general says.
Like the march to Baghdad, efforts to win Iraqi trust advance in cautious steps - 3/31/03 2:45 AM
Allied soldiers inched toward Baghdad, capturing or killing about 150 paramilitary fighters in a southern stronghold and seizing about two dozen Republican Guard soldiers in a battle closer to the Iraqi capital.
Military police unit attracts women - 3/31/03 2:13 AM
SOUTHERN IRAQ (AP) -- Platoon leader 2nd Lt. Sarah Skinner, finger on the trigger of her M-16, gives the order to move forward as troops under her command prepare to bust into 20 derelict buildings where die-hard Iraqi defenders may be hiding.
Poll finds strong support for Bush's Iraq war policy - 3/31/03 2:10 AM
While the American public has rallied behind President Bush on the Iraq war, two-thirds say the United States should not feel free to use military force in the future without U.N. support, says a new poll.
Kurdish fighters move toward key oil city as Iraq repositions - 3/31/03 2:05 AM
TAQTAQ, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq have taken control of more territory from withdrawing Iraqi forces, moving closer to the major oil center of Kirkuk.
Servicemen around the country getting breaks on their taxes - 3/31/03 1:58 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When the Clarion County commissioners learned some of their employees were worried about paying taxes while on active military duty, they checked their records to see what could be done.
Rumsfeld, on the defense, labels critics 'second guessers' - 3/31/03 1:53 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing questions that he brushed off advice from generals and underestimated the troops needed to attack Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld called his critics "second guessers" who fail to appreciate the war's success so far.
U.S. forces marching in the footsteps of Abraham - 3/31/03 1:28 AM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- As the U.S.-led coalition rolls by the rivers of Babylon, American troops are marching through the cradle of Western civilization, following in the footsteps of Biblical prophets and ancient conquerors.
HINDIYAH, Iraq: civilian cars. - 3/31/03 1:11 AM
While the advance continued toward Baghdad, it was at Najaf -- a city of 300,000, 100 miles south of Baghdad -- that U.S. military leaders were faced with a difficult decision.
HINDIYAH, Iraq: Republican Guard. - 3/31/03 1:02 AM
The prisoners told the Americans they belonged to the guard's Nebuchadnezzar Brigade, based in Saddam's home area of Tikrit, and they had the guard's triangular insignia
Army battles its way into Hindiya, surrounds holy city of Najaf - 3/31/03 12:51 AM
HINDIYA, Iraq (AP) -- Fighting street by street, U.S. Army troops punched their way into this town and battled Iraqi forces over a bridge across the Euphrates on Monday. The Americans captured several dozen Iraqis who identified themselves as members of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard.
Like the march to Baghdad, efforts to win Iraqi trust advance in cautious steps - 3/31/03 12:02 AM
Allied soldiers inched toward Baghdad on Sunday and killed or captured about 150 paramilitary fighters in a southern stronghold, trying at every turn to root out loyalists of Saddam Hussein and stay safe from those who may be combatants in disguise.

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