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Friday  April 4, 2003

Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 4/4/03 11:57 PM
The names of U.S. troop casualties, provided by relatives or military officials. Totals: 66 dead, 16 missing and seven captured. In some cases, families have released names before the military.
U.S. military hospital says former POW's prognosis is 'excellent' - 4/4/03 11:48 PM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Jessica Lynch has a new pair of eyeglasses and a close friend by her bedside. She's also made her first order from the hospital kitchen: turkey, apple sauce and steamed carrots.
Iraqis flee Baghdad as armored convoys press in from the south - 4/4/03 11:19 PM
Army tanks and infantry, joined by elements of the 101st Airborne Division, fought off attacks Friday at Baghdad's international airport, newly seized as a U.S. base just outside Saddam Hussein's capital. Thousands of Iraqis fled the city, fearing urban warfare.
Two Marine pilots killed in Cobra gunship crash - 4/4/03 11:15 PM
CAMP AS SALIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A U.S. Super Cobra attack helicopter crashed early Saturday in central Iraq, killing two Marine pilots, the Central Command said.
Marines close on southeast edge of Baghdad - 4/4/03 11:12 PM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- With artillery thundering overhead, Marines pushed through Iraqi fire to within a few miles of the city's southeastern edge early Saturday as U.S. troops moved to put a "choke hold" cordon around the Iraqi capital.
Marines remove regimental commander in Iraq - 4/4/03 10:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military officials have taken the unusual step of removing a Marine unit's commander in the midst of the fighting in Iraq.
Baghdad dons the appearance of city under siege as `final battle' nears - 4/4/03 10:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Iraqi capital's defenders prepared to make their last stand on Friday -- digging ditches and stocking up on ammunition, even as thousands of frightened residents fled in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Car explodes near checkpoint, three soldiers, pregnant woman and driver dead - 4/4/03 10:24 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Iraqi television on Friday broadcast statements by two Iraqi women it said blew themselves up in an attack on U.S. forces, apparently in the blast that killed three American soldiers in western Iraq.
Surgeon General addresses psychological impact of war - 4/4/03 9:58 PM
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- War is taking a mental toll on Americans whether they experience it directly, through loved ones on the battlefield or through television, Surgeon General Richard Carmona told psychologists Friday.
Pentagon says US special operations forces play an `unprecedented' role in Iraq - 4/4/03 9:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's unconventional warriors, known as special operations forces, have played a bigger role in Iraq than in any war in recent history, a senior U.S. military officer said Friday.
Iraqi exile among those to receive compensation from frozen Iraqi assets - 4/4/03 9:35 PM
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- An Iraqi exile who survived an assassination attempt ordered by Saddam Hussein received $2.4 million Friday in the latest disbursement from the confiscated assets of the Iraqi government.
Amid softer signals from top officials, Russian parliament puts off debate on criticism of Iraq war - 4/4/03 9:14 PM
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday put off debate of a resolution harshly criticizing the U.S.-led war in Iraq, reflecting the new, softer position by President Vladimir Putin and the Russian leadership.
Canada tries to soothe U.S. anger over spurning war on Iraq - 4/4/03 9:04 PM
TORONTO (AP) -- Fighting what he believes is a perception that Canadians have become anti-American, Canada's deputy prime minister said Friday that his country stands behind the U.S.-led forces in Iraq, even though it decided against joining them.
Soldier charged in grenade attack on 101st Airborne Division that killed two in Kuwait - 4/4/03 8:50 PM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- A soldier faces murder charges in a grenade attack at a U.S. camp in Kuwait that killed two officers, the military announced Friday.
U.S. troops reach plant where Iraqis once filled chemical, biological warheads - 4/4/03 8:42 PM
As the military advances closer to Baghdad, signs of Iraqi chemical preparedness are multiplying, although there is still no conclusive evidence Saddam Hussein's regime possesses weapons of mass destruction.
U.S. military hospital says former POW's prognosis is 'excellent' - 4/4/03 8:32 PM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Jessica Lynch has a new pair of eyeglasses and a close friend by her bedside. She's also made her first order from the hospital kitchen: turkey, apple sauce and steamed carrots.
Car explodes near checkpoint, three soldiers, pregnant woman and driver dead - 4/4/03 8:24 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A car exploded in a terrorist attack at a U.S. checkpoint in western Iraq, killing three coalition soldiers, a pregnant woman and the car's driver, U.S. military officials said Friday.
Iraqis flee Baghdad as armored convoys press in from the south - 4/4/03 8:15 PM
Army tanks and infantry, joined by elements of the 101st Airborne Division, fought off attacks Friday at Baghdad's international airport, newly seized as a U.S. base just outside Saddam Hussein's capital. Thousands of Iraqis fled the city, fearing urban warfare.
U.S. troops roll through; 'The Iraqis are running,' Kurdish fighter yells - 4/4/03 8:10 PM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- As they moved through the palm trees and irrigation canals southeast of Baghdad on Friday, U.S. troops left behind smoldering tanks and slain Iraqi soldiers. What the Iraqis left behind on battlefields across the country was just as evocative of the military success by coalition
Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large Michael Kelly killed covering war in Iraq - 4/4/03 8:07 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly, was killed while covering the war in Iraq, the first American journalist to die in the conflict.
Red Cross says over 3,000 Iraqi POWs registered, still denied access to U.S. POWs - 4/4/03 7:20 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- The international Red Cross said Friday it has seen more than 3,000 Iraqi prisoners of war but has yet to receive permission from Iraqi officials to visit the Americans they are holding.
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 4/4/03 7:13 PM
The names of U.S. troop casualties, provided by relatives or military officials. Totals: 60 dead, 16 missing and seven captured. In some cases, families have released names before the military.
Blackout could foreshadow humanitarian crisis in Baghdad - 4/4/03 7:07 PM
The shut-off of Baghdad's electrical power and water supply foreshadows a potential humanitarian crisis that could overwhelm coalition forces, even as they battle to quell resistance by Saddam Hussein's die-hard defenders, military and relief agency experts say.
Marines fire on truck at checkpoint, killing civilians - 4/4/03 7:04 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Marines fired on a truck that refused to stop for a checkpoint south of Baghdad Friday, killing some civilians, a defense official said.
Soldier charged in grenade attack on 101st Airborne Division that killed two in Kuwait - 4/4/03 6:54 PM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- A soldier from the 101st Airborne Division has been charged with murder in a grenade attack on officers' tents in Kuwait that killed two.
U.S. military hospital says former POW's prognosis is 'excellent' - 4/4/03 6:52 PM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Jessica Lynch has a new pair of eyeglasses and a close friend by her bedside. She's also made her first order from the hospital kitchen: turkey, apple sauce and steamed carrots.
Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large Michael Kelly killed covering war in Iraq - 4/4/03 6:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly, was killed while covering the war in Iraq, the first American journalist to die in the conflict.
U.S. troops roll through; 'The Iraqis are running,' Kurdish fighter yells - 4/4/03 6:44 PM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- As they moved through the palm trees and irrigation canals southeast of Baghdad on Friday, U.S. troops left behind smoldering tanks and slain Iraqi soldiers. What the Iraqis left behind, on battlefields across the country, was just as evocative of the military success by coalitio
A brief overview of the battlefield - 4/4/03 6:40 PM
Iraqi soldiers and militiamen dug in to their Baghdad positions even as they lost control of the strategically important airport 10 miles southwest of the city center. Meanwhile, U.S. Army and Marine units traded sometimes heavy fire with Iraqi forces on the city's perimeter.
Pentagon says US special operations forces play an `unprecedented' role in Iraq - 4/4/03 6:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's unconventional warriors, known as special operations forces, have played a bigger role in Iraq than in any war in recent history, a senior U.S. military officer said Friday.
Iraqis flee Baghdad as armored convoys press in from the south - 4/4/03 6:37 PM
Army tanks and infantry, joined by elements of the 101st Airborne Division, defended the international airport outside Baghdad on Friday, newly seized as an American base on the fringe of Saddam Hussein's capital. Thousands of Iraqis fled the city, fearing urban warfare.
Car explodes near checkpoint, three soldiers, pregnant woman and driver dead - 4/4/03 6:35 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A car exploded Friday in a terrorist attack at a U.S. checkpoint in western Iraq, killing three coalition soldiers, a pregnant woman and the car's driver, U.S. military officials said.
U.S. commander of air war says Iraq has few organized forces left - 4/4/03 6:13 PM
The U.S. Air Force general in charge of the air war against Iraq said Friday that President Saddam Hussein's military has "very few organized forces left" and the remnants are being eliminated.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.: military facility. - 4/4/03 6:09 PM
Akbar is the only person charged in the grenade attack that killed two U.S. officers and wounded 14 other soldiers on March 23. He was transferred from Kuwait to the military detention center in Mannheim, Germany, after the attack, then to the United States.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.: military law. - 4/4/03 6:04 PM
Akbar was also charged with one count each of aggravated arson of an inhabited dwelling and misbehavior as a sentinel while receiving special pay.
Soldier charged in grenade attack on 101st in Kuwait - 4/4/03 6:00 PM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- A soldier from the 101st Airborne Division has been charged with murder in a grenade attack on officers' tents in Kuwait that killed two.
Polls suggests public optimism grows as U.S. military advances - 4/4/03 5:54 PM
The American public's optimism about the war in Iraq has grown as the troops have been advancing on Baghdad in recent days, new polls suggest.
Powell wants to move quickly and to give role to exiles - 4/4/03 5:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell proposed on Friday that an interim administration be set up quickly in Iraq with exiled Iraqis playing a prominent role but also including "those inside" who opposed Saddam Hussein.
Bush, Blair to hold war summit in Northern Ireland - 4/4/03 5:48 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With their troops overtaking Iraq, President Bush and wartime ally Tony Blair will meet next week in Northern Ireland to review final-stage battle plans as well as Bush's hotly debated blueprint for postwar reconstruction.
104 House members demand firing of Columbia professor - 4/4/03 5:47 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One hundred and four Republican House members are urging the firing of a Columbia University professor over anti-war comments he made.
Baghdad dons the appearance of city under siege as `final battle' nears - 4/4/03 5:45 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Iraqi capital's defenders prepared to make their last stand on Friday -- digging ditches and stocking up on ammunition, even as thousands of frightened residents fled in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Thousands in Pakistan, Middle East protest war in Iraq - 4/4/03 5:37 PM
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- More than 50,000 people marched through the streets of this central Pakistani city on Friday, denouncing the U.S.-led war in Iraq and urging Muslims to prepare for holy war against "American infidels."
Pentagon defends use of civilian clothes by special operations forces - 4/4/03 5:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon on Friday defended the use of some civilian clothes by U.S. special operations forces, a tactic used to help them blend in with the local population.
Democratic candidate fires back at DeLay, Republicans for attacks over 'regime change' comments - 4/4/03 5:25 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry lashed out at top congressional Republicans on Friday after they assailed him for saying the United States, like Iraq, needs a regime change.
Serbia and Montenegro's government paves way for more extraditions to U.N. court - 4/4/03 5:22 PM
PODGORICA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) -- Government ministers approved a law change Friday to make it easier to extradite war criminals to a U.N. tribunal in the Netherlands, a top official said.
U.S. troops roll through; 'The Iraqis are running,' Kurdish fighter yells - 4/4/03 5:14 PM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- As they moved through the palm trees and irrigation canals southeast of Baghdad on Friday, U.S. troops left behind smoldering tanks and slain Iraqi soldiers. What the Iraqis left behind, on battlefields across the country, was just as evocative of the military success by coalitio
Saddam message apparently made after strike against him, U.S. officials say - 4/4/03 5:04 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's reference to a downed U.S. helicopter in a speech aired Friday is being interpreted by intelligence officials as a sign he is probably alive.
Iraqis questioned about disappearance of British soldiers - 4/4/03 4:54 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Two Iraqi men were questioned in Iraq Friday about the deaths of two British soldiers who may have been executed, Britain's ministry of defense said.
Despite anti-war stance, France Inc. could profit in postwar Iraq - 4/4/03 4:54 PM
PARIS (AP) -- The logic is simple, some say simplistic: France refused to fight the war in Iraq and so should not profit from the peace. But stopping France Inc. from sharing in postwar spoils may prove harder than it sounds.
Powell wants to move quickly and to give role to exiles - 4/4/03 4:40 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell proposed on Friday that an interim administration be set up quickly in Iraq with exiled Iraqis playing a prominent role but also including "those inside" who opposed Saddam Hussein.
Aid agencies mobilize to replace `welfare state that's switched off' - 4/4/03 4:40 PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- As an American armored pincer closed on Baghdad, a growing force of international aid workers was mobilizing just beyond Iraq's borders Friday for a huge postwar relief effort -- to meet water, food, medical and other needs to replace a "welfare state that's been switched off," as one
U.S. troops reach plant where Iraqis once filled chemical, biological warheads - 4/4/03 4:36 PM
As the military advances closer to Baghdad, signs of Iraqi chemical preparedness are multiplying, although there is still no conclusive evidence Saddam Hussein's regime possesses weapons of mass destruction.
Iraqis flee Baghdad as armored convoys press in from the south - 4/4/03 4:18 PM
Thousands of Iraqis fled Baghdad on Friday as U.S. forces seized the international airport on the city's western edge and armored convoys pressed in from the south. Marines claimed the surrender of 2,500 troops of the now-shredded Republican Guard.
Developments in Iraq's oil fields, world oil markets - 4/4/03 4:14 PM
THE OIL FIELDS: Firefighters continued Friday to fill man-made lagoons to douse the two remaining oil well fires in the Iraqi oil field of Rumeila South.
Resolve and anxiety duel as troops near pivotal battle - 4/4/03 4:03 PM
Her sunglasses reflect a bronze Vietnam War memorial on the lush grounds of the old North Carolina capitol, but Carol Jackson's thoughts are on today's war in Iraq, a campaign she believes is long overdue.
Baghdad dons the appearance of city under siege as `final battle' nears - 4/4/03 3:58 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Iraqi capital's defenders prepared to make their last stand on Friday -- digging ditches and stocking up on ammunition, even as thousands of frightened residents fled in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Iraq lifts ban against Al-Jazeera reporters - 4/4/03 3:53 PM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Information lifted its ban against two correspondents for the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera and said the pair could resume broadcasting from Baghdad, the Qatar-based station said Friday.
Life at southern base _ the buzz of planes, thump of music - 4/4/03 3:45 PM
TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- The largest U.S. military base inside Iraq buzzes with activity: C-130 transport planes land around-the-clock and truck convoys are loaded with supplies.
U.S. military hospital says former POW's prognosis is 'excellent' - 4/4/03 3:43 PM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Jessica Lynch has a new pair of eyeglasses and a close friend by her bedside. She's also made her first order from the hospital kitchen: turkey, apple sauce and steamed carrots.
Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large Michael Kelly killed covering war in Iraq - 4/4/03 3:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly, was killed while covering the war in Iraq, the first American journalist to die in the conflict.
Pope, French foreign minister say Iraqis must control postwar reconstruction - 4/4/03 3:25 PM
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II and the French foreign minister, both opponents of the war against Iraq, said Friday the decisions on rebuilding the country after war should ultimately rest with the Iraqi people.
War-City Weapons-Glance - 4/4/03 3:23 PM
Some weapons defense analysts expect to be used in a Baghdad battle
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's statement on state television - 4/4/03 3:20 PM
Text of a speech broadcast Friday on Iraqi television and read by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. It was translated from Arabic by The Associated Press.
Pilots report shifting targets, fierce anti-aircraft fire over Baghdad - 4/4/03 3:17 PM
ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK (AP) -- Coalition ground forces are taking Iraqi positions around Baghdad so quickly that American fighter pilots are being forced to switch their bombing targets in flight.
Neighborhood schools could prove key in case of terrorist attack - 4/4/03 2:46 PM
WILLOW SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) -- In a nation at war and on high alert for terrorism, schools across the country could help save thousands of people in case of a chemical or biological attack.
Iraq lifts ban against Al-Jazeera reporters - 4/4/03 2:43 PM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Information lifted its ban against two correspondents for the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera and said the pair could resume broadcasting from Baghdad, the Qatar-based news agency said Friday.
French, Russian and German ministers call for major U.N. role in rebuilding Iraq - 4/4/03 2:42 PM
PARIS (AP) -- France, Russia and Germany on Friday renewed demands that the United Nations play a major role in postwar Iraq during a meeting of foreign ministers.
Car explodes near checkpoint, three soldiers, pregnant woman and driver dead - 4/4/03 2:38 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A car exploded at a U.S. checkpoint in western Iraq, killing three coalition soldiers, a pregnant woman and the car's driver, the U.S. Central Command said Friday.
Republicans assail Kerry for saying Bush, like Saddam Hussein, needs to go - 4/4/03 2:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry came under fire from top congressional Republicans for saying the United States, like Iraq, needs a regime change. Kerry is not backing down.
Life at southern base _ the buzz of planes, thump of music - 4/4/03 2:17 PM
TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- The largest U.S. military base inside Iraq buzzes with activity: C-130 transport planes land around-the-clock and truck convoys are loaded with supplies.
Saddam urges Iraqis to strike coalition - 4/4/03 2:15 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- In an unannounced television broadcast Friday designed to rally his people, President Saddam Hussein called on Iraqis to strike at the U.S.-led coalition. Iraq TV also showed a man identified as Saddam being cheered by a crowd.
U.S. military acknowledges failure to shut down television signals - 4/4/03 2:11 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. forces have thus far been unable to fully shut down the Iraq government's ability to broadcast a television signal, a top U.S. general said Friday.
Capture of northern bridge displays more aggressive U.S.-Kurdish push in north - 4/4/03 2:11 PM
NEAR KHAZER, Iraq (AP) -- The Kurds' yellow flag was wedged into the rusty bridge at Khazer, a key crossing point on the road to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Militiamen allied with U.S. forces marched over single file, their rucksacks and guns swaying on their backs.
No matter their stance on the war, American youth finding ways to contribute - 4/4/03 2:11 PM
Sarah Abedi, a teen from southern California, is helping raise money for Iraqi families.
WASHN: McChrystal said. - 4/4/03 2:09 PM
McChrystal, vice director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that of Saddam's six Republican Guard divisions, two have been destroyed, the other four "significantly degraded."
Iraqis flee Baghdad as armored convoys press in from the south - 4/4/03 2:08 PM
Thousands of Iraqis fled Baghdad on Friday as U.S. forces seized the international airport on the city's western edge and armored convoys pressed in from the south. Marines claimed the surrender of 2,500 troops of the now-shredded Republican Guard.
War in Iraq drawing attention to the many towns named Bagdad across America - 4/4/03 2:07 PM
BAGDAD, Calif. (AP) -- The railroad depot and air strip are gone. The Bagdad Cafe has crumbled. The motel has been obliterated.
Saddam message apparently made after strike against him, U.S. official says - 4/4/03 2:06 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- References to a downed U.S. helicopter in Saddam Hussein's video message Friday suggest it was made after the strike aimed at killing him, a U.S. intelligence official said. The message provided some of the strongest evidence yet that the Iraqi president survived the attack.
Residents leave Baghdad by the thousands as coalition forces close in - 4/4/03 1:58 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Thousands of residents fled Baghdad in a stream of bumper-to-bumper vehicles Friday after U.S. troops seized the city's Saddam International Airport. An Iraqi official promised an "unconventional" response and said he was referring to commando and suicide attacks.
Bush, Blair to hold war summit in Northern Ireland - 4/4/03 1:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With their troops overtaking Iraq, President Bush and wartime ally Tony Blair will meet next week in Northern Ireland to discuss the battle against Saddam Hussein's forces and their plans for the nation after shooting stops.
Bulgaria signs accord with United States to deploy anti-chemical unit - 4/4/03 1:30 PM
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgaria signed an agreement Friday with the United States for deployment to the Gulf region of a 97-member military unit for protection against chemical and biological weapons, officials said.
Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large Michael Kelly killed covering war in Iraq - 4/4/03 1:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly, was killed while on assignment covering the war in Iraq. He is the first American journalist to die in the conflict.
Poll suggests public optimism grows as U.S. military advances - 4/4/03 1:11 PM
The American public's optimism about the war in Iraq has grown as the troops have been advancing on Baghdad in recent days, a new poll suggests.
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 4/4/03 1:06 PM
The names of U.S. troop casualties, provided by relatives or military officials. Totals: 57 dead, 16 missing and seven captured. In some cases, families have released names before the military.
Residents leave Baghdad by the thousands as coalition forces close in - 4/4/03 1:05 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Thousands of residents were fleeing Baghdad in a stream of bumper-to-bumper vehicles Friday after U.S. troops seized the city's Saddam International Airport. An Iraqi official promised an "unconventional" response and said he was referring to commando and suicide attacks.
Saddam urges Iraqis to strike coalition - 4/4/03 12:55 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- In an unannounced television broadcast Friday designed to rally his people, President Saddam Hussein called on Iraqis to strike at the U.S.-led coalition. Iraq TV also showed a man identified as Saddam being cheered by a crowd.
Bush, Blair to hold war summit in Northern Ireland - 4/4/03 12:43 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With their troops overtaking Iraq, President Bush and wartime ally Tony Blair plan to meet in Northern Ireland next week to discuss the battle against Saddam Hussein's forces and their plans for the nation after shooting stops.
Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large Michael Kelly killed in accident in Iraq - 4/4/03 12:25 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly and columnist, was killed while on assignment covering the war in Iraq. He is the first American journalist to die in the conflict.
Bush, Blair to hold war summit in Ireland - 4/4/03 12:21 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With their troops overtaking Iraq, President Bush and wartime ally Tony Blair plan to meet in Northern Ireland next week to discuss the battle against Saddam Hussein's forces and their plans for the nation after shooting stops.
Atlantic Monthly editor Michael Kelly killed in accident in Iraq - 4/4/03 12:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly and columnist, was killed while on assignment covering the war in Iraq. He is the first American journalist to die in the conflict.
Saddam message apparently made after strike against him, U.S. official says - 4/4/03 11:58 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- References to a downed U.S. helicopter in Saddam Hussein's video message Friday suggest it was made after the strike aimed at killing him, a U.S. intelligence official said. The message provided some of the strongest evidence yet that the Iraqi president survived the attack.
U.S. troops battle to secure Baghdad airport - 4/4/03 11:55 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces seized the Baghdad airport Friday, and thousands more Marines massed on the outskirts of the capital after overpowering small groups of Iraqi soldiers in the push north.
Rescued POW's father says Iraqi who reportedly led U.S. troops to her deserves 'world of hugs' - 4/4/03 11:55 AM
PALESTINE, W.Va. (AP) -- The father of rescued POW Jessica Lynch praised an Iraqi lawyer Friday who reportedly led U.S. troops to the hospital where his injured daughter was being held. He said the man deserves "a world of hugs."
WASHN: power-sharing government. - 4/4/03 11:54 AM
Negotiations to date suggest the emerging deal would require the IRA to resume disarmament and to issue a statement unambiguously renouncing all forms of violence.
War Rdp - 4/4/03 11:53 AM
In April 2 stories about the Iraq war, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the Navy medic who helped an Iraqi woman give birth. He is Hospitalman 1st Class Kyle Norris, not Morris.
WASHN: their meeting - 4/4/03 11:51 AM
White House officials said Bush hopes the visit will help the Northern Ireland peace process at a pivotal time.
Iraqis shelling around Kurdish village of Khazer - 4/4/03 11:49 AM
NEAR KHAZER, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces, after losing control of an important bridge near the northern city of Mosul, launched a heavy barrage of artillery and possibly tank fire Friday around the Kurdish village of Khazer, U.S. soldiers said.
war began. - 4/4/03 11:49 AM
Their latest summit, held in the heart of the historic Northern Ireland conflict, comes amid progress by the U.S.-British coalition against Saddam's regime.
Republicans assail Kerry for saying Bush, like Saddam Hussein, needs to go - 4/4/03 11:28 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry came under fire from top congressional Republicans for saying the United States, like Iraq, needs a regime change. Kerry would not back down.
Saddam urges Iraqis to strike coalition - 4/4/03 11:25 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- In an unannounced television broadcast Friday designed to rally his people, President Saddam Hussein called on Iraqis to strike at the U.S.-led coalition.
Former Soviet general: Baghdad's defenses are strong - 4/4/03 11:25 AM
MOSCOW (AP) -- A former Soviet general who visited Iraq shortly before the U.S.-led attack began said Friday that Baghdad's defenses are strong and that coalition forces are faltering.
U.S. troops take control of Baghdad airport; 2,500 Republican Guard soldiers surrender - 4/4/03 11:18 AM
With thousands of frightened residents fleeing Baghdad and U.S. troops in control of its airport, the Iraqi information minister promised Friday that his nation's military would launch an "unconventional" counterattack against the coalition troops.
Saddam message apparently made after strike against him, U.S. official says - 4/4/03 11:16 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- References to a downed U.S. helicopter in Saddam Hussein's video message Friday suggest it was made after the strike aimed at killing him, a U.S. intelligence official said. The message was some of the strongest evidence yet that the Iraqi president survived the attack.
WASHN: U.S. intelligence. - 4/4/03 11:15 AM
In the speech, Saddam also described the U.S. war strategy of bypassing most Iraqi towns and military units to bore straight in on Baghdad. But that strategy was not difficult to envision, even before the war, the intelligence official said.
WASHN: old weapon." - 4/4/03 11:10 AM
Iraq claimed downing two helicopters that day but U.S. military officials said only one was lost. Whether the helicopter went down to hostile fire or a mechanical failure is unclear.
U.S. forces pay truck drivers to hand out water in southern Iraqi city - 4/4/03 11:06 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American and British forces have started distributing water in Iraq's southern city of Umm Qasr, hiring and paying Iraqis to do that and other jobs, a defense official said Friday.
Residents leave Baghdad by the thousands as coalition forces close in - 4/4/03 10:43 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Thousands of residents were fleeing Baghdad in a stream of bumper-to-bumper vehicles Friday after U.S. troops seized the city's Saddam International Airport. An Iraqi official promised an "unconventional" response and said he was referring to commando and suicide attacks.
Military mortuary receives more war casualties, remains found at hospital where POW was held - 4/4/03 10:12 AM
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- The military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has received more remains of U.S. war casualties and nine sets of remains found buried outside an Iraqi hospital where a U.S. prisoner of war was rescued.
Saddam's biggest airport envisioned as coalition 'superbase' on Baghdad's doorstep - 4/4/03 10:04 AM
BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces seized Saddam International Airport on Friday after an all-night tank and infantry assualt, promptly renamed it and then began searching the tunnels underneath for any Iraqi soldiers who might be hiding out.
Troops find vials of white powder, documents on engaging in chemical warfare near Baghdad - 4/4/03 10:02 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops found thousands of boxes of suspicious white powder, nerve agent antidote and Arabic documents on how to engage in chemical warfare south of Baghdad. But a senior U.S. official familiar with initial testing said the materials were believed to be explosives.
American special forces operations in Baghdad will continue, officials say - 4/4/03 9:54 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Whether or not U.S. infantry troops push into Baghdad from their positions on the outskirts of the city, American special operations forces will continue their missions inside the Iraqi capital to undermine Saddam Hussein's regime.
Rescued POW's parents say she's in good spirits: `I think we've got our girl back' - 4/4/03 9:44 AM
PALESTINE, W.Va. (AP) -- The father of rescued POW Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch said Friday she was in great spirits following her first surgery and had not been shot or stabbed during her ordeal
Congress moves quickly to give administration nearly $80 billion for war costs - 4/4/03 9:42 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Moving with a sense of wartime urgency, the House and Senate separately agreed to give President Bush nearly $80 billion to carry out the battle against Iraq and meet the threat of terrorism.
Troops find vials of white powder, documents on engaging in chemical warfare near Baghdad - 4/4/03 9:41 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops found thousands of boxes of suspicious white powder, nerve agent antidote and Arabic documents on how to engage in chemical warfare south of Baghdad. But a senior U.S. official familiar with initial testing said the materials were believed to be explosives.
Kurdish forces seize key bridge in northern Iraq - 4/4/03 9:29 AM
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces seized a key bridge at Khazer near the major northern city of Mosul on Friday and crossed into the village under artillery fire from retreating Iraqi troops.
War in Iraq drawing attention to the many towns named Bagdad across America - 4/4/03 9:28 AM
BAGDAD, Calif. (AP) -- It's hot and dry here and not terribly hospitable. Years of neglect have left few structures standing. Trucks rumble by, kicking up desert dust.
U.S. troops take control of Baghdad airport; 2,500 Republican Guard soldiers surrender - 4/4/03 9:27 AM
U.S. armored units backed by warplanes seized control of Baghdad's airport Friday, while 2,500 Republican Guard soldiers south of the capital surrendered to Marines, American officials said.
Weather forecast for Iraq and Kuwait - 4/4/03 9:15 AM
Friday's current conditions and forecast: Baghdad -- Day: 92. Sunny. Night: 73. Basra -- Day: 95. Sunny. Night: 76. Kirkuk -- Day: 68. Partly sunny. Night: 67. Mosul -- Day: 68. Partly sunny. Night: 61. Najaf -- Day: 97. Mostly sunny. Low: 74. Nasiriya -- Day: 93. Sunny. Night: 76.
U.S. military hospital says Lynch's prognosis is 'excellent' - 4/4/03 9:02 AM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Rescued prisoner of war Jessica Lynch was undergoing another surgery Friday but is expected to make a full recovery, the commander of U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center said Friday.
Car explodes near checkpoint, three soldiers, pregnant woman and driver dead - 4/4/03 8:25 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A car exploded at a special operations checkpoint in western Iraq, killing three coalition soldiers, a pregnant woman and the car's driver, the U.S. Central Command said Friday.
U.S. troops battle to secure Baghdad airport - 4/4/03 7:43 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces seized the Baghdad airport Friday in an all-night tank and infantry operation, securing a vital base for taking the war into its expected next phase -- urban combat in the Iraqi capital.
American special forces operations in Baghdad will continue, officials say - 4/4/03 7:40 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Whether or not U.S. infantry troops push into Baghdad from their positions on the outskirts of the city, American special operations forces will continue their missions inside the Iraqi capital to undermine Saddam Hussein's regime.
Some communities feel the pinch when their statesmen are also soldiers - 4/4/03 7:02 AM
EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) -- Most of America's soldiers and sailors serving in the Middle East left family and friends behind when they were deployed. First Sgt. Carey Baker also bid farewell to his constituents.
Troops find vials of white power, documents on engaging in chemical warfare near Baghdad - 4/4/03 6:59 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops found thousands of boxes of white powder, nerve agent antidote and Arabic documents on how to engage in chemical warfare at an industrial site south of Baghdad, a U.S. officer said Friday.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH: Iraqi regime. - 4/4/03 6:50 AM
In the first suicide attack of the war, a bomber posing as a taxi driver pulled up close to a roadblock north of Najaf on Saturday, waved to American troops for help, then blew his vehicle up as they approached.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH: tragic example." - 4/4/03 6:45 AM
Troops have been on heightened alert following the first suicide attack at the checkpoint last week, and have fired on civilian vehicles that have approached checkpoints.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH: also killed. - 4/4/03 6:35 AM
Jim Wilkinson, spokesman at U.S. Central Command, said the incident showed the Iraqi leadership was using desperate measures to remain in power.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH: suicide attack. - 4/4/03 6:30 AM
In a statement, Central Command said the incident occurred Thursday evening about 11 miles southwest of the Haditha Dam, when a civilian vehicle approached a coalition checkpoint.
Marines report about 2,500 Republican Guards surrender - 4/4/03 6:17 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. Marines have reported that about 2,500 Iraqi Republican Guards surrendered between Kut and Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said Friday.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH: in custody. - 4/4/03 6:15 AM
Thorp said the reports indicated that there were uniforms, boots and helmets on the streets and that the surrender showed the division was "demonstrating an unwillingness to fight against the American forces."
Blackout in Baghdad as coalition forces press close in - 4/4/03 6:09 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- After more than two weeks of bombing, the people of Baghdad faced additional hardships Friday -- a power blackout, lack of running water in parts of the city and casualties filling the hospitals.
Reports: Iraqi lawyer risked life giving Marines information that led to POW's rescue - 4/4/03 6:01 AM
An Iraqi lawyer tipped U.S. forces to the location of POW Jessica Lynch after seeing her slapped in the face by a burly Fedayeen security man guarding her in a Nasiriyah hospital, according published reports.
U.S. troops battle for control of Baghdad airport as city goes without power - 4/4/03 5:45 AM
U.S. armored units backed by warplanes fought building by building to clear Iraqi forces from Baghdad's airport Friday, while civilians inside the city lost electricity and wondered if a siege was imminent.
U.S. forces battle for control of Baghdad airport - 4/4/03 5:23 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. tanks punched through a perimeter wall and rumbled past a towering portrait of Saddam Hussein. Combat patrols moved through the complex of military and civilian buildings, searching out Iraqi defenders. And troops sealed off the entrance closest to Baghdad.
U.S. troops battle for control of Baghdad airport as city goes without power and running water - 4/4/03 5:14 AM
U.S. armored units backed by warplanes fought building by building to clear Iraqi forces from Baghdad's airport Friday, while civilians inside the city lost electricity and running water and wondered if a siege was imminent.
U.S. Army sweeps through southern outskirts of Baghdad, killing Iraqi Republican Guards and regular army troops - 4/4/03 5:08 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The soldiers of Attack Company made steady progress through the southern outskirts of Baghdad, coming upon small pockets of Iraqi resistance and destroying them, one by one, for more than four hours, leaving pillars of black smoke rising in their wake.
Developments in Iraq's oil fields, world oil markets - 4/4/03 4:13 AM
THE OIL FIELDS: Firefighters prepared Friday to attack two remaining well fires in the southern Iraqi oil field of Rumeila South. Teams from Boots & Coots International Well Control and the Kuwait Oil Co. failed to put out the blazes earlier this week because their mobile water tanks were too small. They
Russian officials threaten to prosecute Islamic leader over call for holy war against United States - 4/4/03 3:35 AM
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian officials warned a top Islamic leader Friday that his call for a holy war against the United States was illegal and he will be prosecuted if he repeats it.
Saddam's biggest airport envisioned as coalition 'superbase' on Baghdad's doorstep - 4/4/03 2:44 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- For the U.S.-led forces on Baghdad's doorstep, Saddam International Airport is potentially a massive military base for bringing in weapons and troops and channeling aid to the Iraqi people.
Republicans assail Kerry for saying Bush, like Saddam Hussein, needs to go - 4/4/03 2:43 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic Sen. John Kerry came under fire from top congressional Republicans for saying the United States, like Iraq, needs a regime change. Kerry would not back down.
War in Iraq drawing attention to the many towns named Bagdad across America - 4/4/03 2:34 AM
BAGDAD, Calif. (AP) -- It's hot and dry here and not terribly hospitable. Years of neglect have left few structures standing. Trucks rumble by, kicking up desert dust.
California peace activist who was ousted from Baghdad says her group aided by Iraqis - 4/4/03 2:24 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Kara Speltz went to Baghdad to offer comfort and prayers to the war-weary Iraqi people. As it turned out, she needed their help more.
WASHINGTON TODAY: Kucinich, undeterred by public opinion, calls for an end to war - 4/4/03 2:24 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Rep. Dennis Kucinich goes into his oft-repeated tirade against war in Iraq, he has been known to point his finger, pound his fist and even burst into patriotic song. Sometimes he causes listeners to squirm in their seats.
Saddam watchers say that as long as he is in charge, he thinks he can win - 4/4/03 2:14 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. and British forces are blasting away at the foundations of his regime, but Saddam Hussein -- assuming he is alive -- probably remains convinced he will prevail, say American officials and experts who have studied the Iraqi president.
Highlights of House, Senate, Bush bills to finance war, terror fight - 4/4/03 2:12 AM
Highlights of the bills the House and Senate debated Thursday to finance the first costs of the war with Iraq and other efforts to combat terrorism, and how they compared to President Bush's request.
Congress moves quickly to give administration nearly $80 billion for war costs - 4/4/03 2:11 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Moving with a sense of wartime urgency, the House and Senate separately agreed to give President Bush nearly $80 billion to carry out the battle against Iraq and meet the threat of terrorism.
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 4/4/03 2:08 AM
The names of U.S. troop casualties, provided by relatives or military officials. Totals: 55 dead, 16 missing and seven captured. In some cases, families have released names before the military.
Despite war, military shows no bump up, or down, in enlistment rates - 4/4/03 1:58 AM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The vivid images of firefights and American POWs in Iraq may be turning off some potential military recruits, but battlefield heroics and the threat of terrorism are driving others to enlist, evening the score, officials say.
Weather forecast for Iraq and Kuwait - 4/4/03 1:56 AM
Friday's forecast: Baghdad -- High: 95. Mostly sunny. Low: 72. Basra -- High: 97. Mostly sunny. Low: 76. Kirkuk -- High: 88. Partly sunny. Low 66. Mosul -- High: 86. Partly sunny. Low 62. Najaf -- High: 97. Mostly sunny. :Low: 72. Nasiriya -- High: 97. Partly sunny. Night: 73. Kuwait City -- High: 95
U.S. faces tough task getting backing from divided Security Council on Iraqi oil revenues - 4/4/03 1:55 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States will have to go back to the bitterly divided U.N. Security Council for approval to tap Iraqi oil revenues for reconstruction or to award contracts to modernize the oil industry, a senior U.N. official said.
Among Arabs, Iraqis' resistance to the coalition forces is perceived as a victory in itself - 4/4/03 1:45 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Among many Arabs, it has become an icon of the war, an image first broadcast on Iraqi television, then repeated in newspapers across the region: Iraqi farmers in flowing, checkered headdresses, and the U.S. attack helicopter they claimed to have shot down.
US battlefield successes fail to cheer first-timers doing sea duty - 4/4/03 1:35 AM
ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (AP) -- U.S. troops are on Saddam Hussein's doorstep and Rodolfo Vasquez is cheering them on. But it's less a case of gung-ho than a the-sooner-we-win-the-sooner-I-can-get-home feeling.
Americans staying close to home _ tourism off as war in Iraq drags on - 4/4/03 1:31 AM
Jennifer Hill and her fiance, all set for a honeymoon in Paris, have decided to swap baguettes on the Left Bank for a Wayne Newton concert in Las Vegas because of the war in Iraq.
Casualty lists highlight thousands of non-citizens serving in the military - 4/4/03 1:31 AM
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Among the first U.S. troops killed in Iraq were men who died for a country where they couldn't even cast a vote.
National cemeteries adding America's newest war dead - 4/4/03 1:31 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- National cemeteries have begun honoring America's latest war dead with graveside services and the mournful sound of "Taps."
Miami emergency room lets Army medical workers practice for the battlefield - 4/4/03 1:31 AM
MIAMI (AP) -- Half a world away from Baghdad, the stabbings, beatings and gunshots handled at a Miami trauma center may come as close as anything military doctors might see as U.S. troops close in on the Iraqi capital.
U.S. forces seize runway, parts of airport at edge of Baghdad - 4/4/03 1:22 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. infantry occupied part of Baghdad's airport Friday and sealed the entrance closest to the capital, fighting to seize a strategic prize as coalition forces converged on Saddam Hussein's seat of power.
Warm interaction between civilians and Marines in southern Iraq town - 4/4/03 1:17 AM
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- A flimsy donkey cart rolled slowly toward the heavily guarded bridge. In it rode a teenage boy, his legs horribly burned from accidentally spilling hot oil on himself.
Blackout in Baghdad as coalition forces press close in - 4/4/03 12:31 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Coalition forces bombed Iraqi Air Force headquarters in central Baghdad Friday morning, one of many air assaults on the capital as U.S. ground troops pressed closer from the south.
U.S. forces battle around Baghdad, begin attack on airport - 4/4/03 12:23 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. infantry occupied part of Baghdad's airport Friday and sealed the entrance closest to the capital, fighting to seize a strategic prize as coalition forces converged on Saddam Hussein's seat of power.
Saddam's last stand? Vows for defense of Baghdad should soon be tested - 4/4/03 12:17 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein has sworn the invaders of Iraq will "commit suicide" on the gates of Baghdad. With U.S. units at the airport just outside the city, his vow should soon be put to the test.
Family of rescued POW says she wasn't shot or stabbed during captivity in Iraq - 4/4/03 12:14 AM
PALESTINE, W.Va. (AP) -- The father of rescued POW Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch said Thursday she was in great spirits following her first surgery and said doctors told him she had not been shot or stabbed during her ordeal.
U.S. forces battle around Baghdad, begin attack on airport - 4/4/03 12:07 AM
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. infantry occupied part of Baghdad's airport Friday and sealed the entrance closest to the capital, fighting to seize a strategic prize as coalition forces converged on Saddam Hussein's seat of power.
U.S. troops battle for Baghdad airport; much of city power fails - 4/4/03 12:01 AM
Army forces launched a nighttime attack on Saddam International Airport just outside Baghdad on Thursday and fought running battles with Iraqis along the city's southern fringes. "A vise is closing on the regime," President Bush told cheering Marines stateside.

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