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Tuesday  April 8, 2003

Iraqis return to secet police jail, say police tortured inmates for decades - 4/8/03 11:18 PM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqis showed journalists a white stone jail where they claim Saddam Hussein's secret police for decades tortured inmates with beatings, mutilations, electric shocks and chemical baths.
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 4/8/03 10:12 PM
The names of coalition dead, missing and captured servicemembers, provided by relatives or military officials.
U.S.-Europe disputes over Iraq seen as foreshadowing strategic shift in alliances - 4/8/03 9:58 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The split by France and Germany from the United States over war in Iraq may mark the beginning of a strategic shift in which once-staunch allies are now willing to form blocs to oppose the unilateral American exercise of power, a senior intelligence analyst said Tuesday.
U.S. forces seize military airport in Baghdad, find weapons cache - 4/8/03 9:35 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces battled the tattered remnants of Iraq's army for control of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, crushing a counterattack and seizing a military airport. Saddam Hussein's fate was unknown after an attempt to kill him from the air.
Three journalists killed in U.S. bombing raid and tank fire in Baghdad - 4/8/03 9:27 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S.-led military strikes in the Iraqi capital Tuesday hit the hotel housing hundreds of journalists and an Arab television network, killing three journalists and injuring three others.
U.S.-Europe disputes over Iraq seen a foreshadowing strategic shift in alliances - 4/8/03 9:24 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The split by France and Germany from the United States over war in Iraq may mark the beginning of a strategic shift in which once-staunch allies are now willing to form blocs to oppose the unilateral American exercise of power, a senior intelligence analyst said Tuesday.
Russia invites French, German leaders for meeting - 4/8/03 9:10 PM
MOSCOW (AP) -- The leaders of France, Russia and Germany -- chief European opponents of the U.S.-led war in Iraq -- will be in St. Petersburg this weekend for meetings on Iraq's reconstruction.
U.S. forces seize Baghdad, find weapons cache - 4/8/03 8:34 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces battled the tattered remnants of Iraq's army for control of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, crushing a counterattack and seizing a military airport. Saddam Hussein's fate was unknown after an attempt to kill him from the air.
Arab nations formally request General Assembly meeting on Iraq - 4/8/03 8:25 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Arab nations on Tuesday requested a U.N. General Assembly meeting on the war in Iraq, hoping to win approval for a resolution calling for a cease-fire.
As Saddam's regime crumbles, his portraits topple, too - 4/8/03 7:52 PM
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- He made an icon out of himself over the years, systematically imposing his face on murals, statues, endless portraits across the land he ruled. Now, as Saddam Hussein's regime crumbles, the Iraqi president's images are falling, too.
Marine snipers and machine guns face morning of uncoordinated attacks - 4/8/03 7:41 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The matchup Tuesday beneath a highway cloverleaf in Baghdad wouldn't qualify as a battle. But after hours of potshots from Iraqis and fire from U.S. snipers, well over a dozen Iraqis were dead and many more were wounded, without a single Marine injury.
Saddam watchers back to where they were: U.S. doesn't know if he's alive or dead - 4/8/03 7:31 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For U.S. leaders, the latest airstrike aimed at Saddam Hussein has returned the Iraqi president to the limbo he had occupied after the first bombs nearly three weeks ago. Officials just don't know if he is alive or dead.
Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have air supremacy over 100 percent of Iraqi territory - 4/8/03 7:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States declared air supremacy over all of Iraq on Tuesday, asserting its warplanes can fly anywhere with impunity, even though an Air Force attack plane was shot down near Baghdad.
Death, fear, grief at Baghdad bomb site _ but no sign of Iraqi leader - 4/8/03 7:01 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A young woman's severed head and torso and a small boy's body were pulled Tuesday from a smoking crater carved into the earth by four U.S. bombs, so powerful they yanked orange trees from their roots. But there was no sign of the man those bombs were aimed at: Saddam Hussein.
Former POW Jessica Lynch has an abundance of gifts when she gets home - 4/8/03 6:43 PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Rescued prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch will receive a university scholarship and much more when she returns home.
Third stray rocket hits southwestern Iran, kills teenager - 4/8/03 6:34 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran reacted angrily Tuesday after a stray rocket struck its territory near the Iraqi border, killing an Iranian teenager.
A brief overview of the battlefield - 4/8/03 6:34 PM
The U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division solidified its hold on the west bank of the Tigris River in Baghdad on Tuesday. Elements of the division repelled an attack from the east by a hodgepodge of Iraqi forces. Further west in the Mansour neighborhood, rescuers recovered bodies from an airstrike aimed at kil
Aid workers find Iraq too unsafe to help - 4/8/03 6:12 PM
Relief workers stepping gingerly into the postwar pieces of a police state are finding something akin to anarchy in Iraq: angry urban areas that need water and medicine but that are too unstable for somebody to safely deliver it.
Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have air supremacy over 100 percent of Iraqi territory - 4/8/03 5:55 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States declared air supremacy over all of Iraq on Tuesday, asserting its warplanes can fly anywhere with impunity, even though an Air Force attack plane was shot down near Baghdad.
Lawmakers want international tribunal to prosecute Iraqi war crimes - 4/8/03 5:39 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers called Tuesday for international tribunals to prosecute Iraqi war crimes, including suicide car bombings that have killed U.S. soldiers.
Saddam watchers back to where they were: U.S. doesn't know if he's alive or dead - 4/8/03 5:39 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For U.S. leaders, the latest airstrike aimed at Saddam Hussein has returned the Iraqi president to the limbo he had occupied after the first bombs nearly three weeks ago. Officials just don't know if he is alive or dead.
Air Force launches military communications satellite - 4/8/03 5:39 PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The Air Force launched a military satellite Tuesday that will help provide secure communication between the president, Defense Department and U.S. military forces around the world.
Gulf-bound troops get primer on Islam, Arab customs - 4/8/03 5:34 PM
FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) -- It isn't enough to learn how to salute and shoot. Today's soldier also has to know where Mecca is, how to behave around Muslim women and how customs in the Arab world vary from those in the United States.
Three journalists killed in U.S. bombing raid and tank fire in Baghdad - 4/8/03 5:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S.-led military strikes in the Iraqi capital Tuesday hit a hotel filled with hundreds of journalists and an Arab television network, killing three journalists and injuring three others.
Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have air supremacy over 100 percent of Iraqi territory - 4/8/03 5:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States declared air supremacy over all of Iraq on Tuesday, asserting its warplanes can fly anywhere with impunity, even though an Air Force attack plane was shot down near Baghdad.
U.N. tribunal indicts journalist for revealing identity of protected witness in Milosevic trial - 4/8/03 5:27 PM
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has indicted the editor of a Montenegrin newspaper for revealing the identity of a protected witness in the Slobodan Milosevic trial, the court said Tuesday.
German prosecutors investigate Saddam over alleged poison gas link in Kurdish woman's death - 4/8/03 5:27 PM
BERLIN (AP) -- An alleged 1987 mustard gas attack on a Kurdish village was possibly responsible for one villager's untimely death in Germany this March, prosecutors said Tuesday in initiating an investigation of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Russian lawmakers promise to consider U.S. nuclear arms treaty in spring - 4/8/03 5:16 PM
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian lawmakers promised Tuesday that parliament will soon consider ratification of a nuclear arms treaty with the United States that had been delayed in protest over the American-led war on Iraq.
War gives administration a public reason to target Saddam - 4/8/03 5:12 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is trying to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and the war provides cover to carry out the type of assassination that is frowned upon in peacetime.
Saddam could flee north to hometown - 4/8/03 5:05 PM
In their drive to find Saddam Hussein -- if he is still alive -- U.S. soldiers may soon have to shift their attention north of Baghdad to the Iraqi leader's hometown of Tikrit, where he could find shelter with loyal tribesmen.
Feint and jab: How U.S. troops overwhelmed Saddam's army to reach Baghdad - 4/8/03 5:05 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Col. David Perkins studied the 200-yard concrete and steel bridge at Hindiyah, unfazed by the Iraqi soldiers shooting at him from the other side of the Euphrates. No, he told his men, this bridge wasn't worth taking.
"Warthog" plane shot down near Baghdad - 4/8/03 4:57 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A coalition A-10 "Warthog" warplane was shot down near Baghdad early Tuesday in the first downing of a coalition aircraft by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile, Pentagon officials confirmed.
U.S. forces seize Baghdad, find weapons cache - 4/8/03 4:53 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- American forces tightened their grip throughout Baghdad on Tuesday, crushing an Iraqi counterattack and seizing a military airport and a huge weapons cache. Saddam Hussein's fate was uncertain after a fresh attempt to kill him from the air.
Colombia-born soldier killed in Iraq gets posthumous citizenship - 4/8/03 4:39 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Immigration officials agreed Tuesday to grant the citizenship request of a Colombia-born soldier killed fighting for the United States in the war with Iraq.
Chretien defends decision to stay out of Iraq war - 4/8/03 4:36 PM
TORONTO (AP) -- Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Tuesday defended Canada's decision to stay out of the war in Iraq, saying its friendship with the United States would withstand tensions over the issue.
British forces establish first post-war Iraqi administration, using local sheik in Basra - 4/8/03 4:14 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- British forces began establishing the first post-war administration in Iraq on Tuesday, putting a local sheik into power in the southern city of Basra shortly after their troops took control of the city.
U.S. forces explore underground bunker near Baghdad's airport - 4/8/03 4:08 PM
OUTSKIRTS OF BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The road led to what looked like a carport -- a really long one, but a carport nonetheless. At the rear, though, was something far more interesting to U.S. forces.
War coverage finding its way into high school newspapers - 4/8/03 4:06 PM
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) -- Jenny Klein and Becky Bloom dashed out of class when they heard students at Niles West High School were staging a walkout against the war in Iraq.
Death, fear, grief at Baghdad bomb site _ but no sign of Iraqi leader - 4/8/03 4:05 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A young woman's severed head and torso and a small boy's body were pulled Tuesday from a smoking crater carved into the earth by four U.S. bombs, so powerful they yanked orange trees from their roots. But there was no sign of the man those bombs were aimed at: Saddam Hussein.
Bush and Blair promise Iraqis will rule themselves as soon as possible - 4/8/03 4:04 PM
HILLSBOROUGH, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Saddam Hussein is losing his grip on power "finger by finger," President Bush said Tuesday as he sought with ally Tony Blair to ease concerns that their conquering alliance will dominate postwar life in oil-rich Iraq.
British troops work to restore law and order on looted streets of Basra - 4/8/03 4:04 PM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- Brazen looters plundered government buildings, universities and even hospitals in Basra on Tuesday despite the presence of British troops in Iraq's second-largest city, roaming the streets to grab whatever they could -- ceiling fans, mattresses, car seats, furniture, slabs of wood.
Majority of Californians back U.S. in Iraq; poll finds strong support even in liberal Bay area - 4/8/03 4:01 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A strong majority of Californians support the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, even in the politically liberal San Francisco Bay area, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Ex-general overseeing Iraq reconstruction has been critical of Palestinians - 4/8/03 3:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The retired Army general who will oversee the rebuilding of Iraq signed a statement that accused Palestinians of filling their children with hate and that praised Israel -- comments that could complicate his new job in the tinderbox Persian Gulf.
Kurd wounded in friendly fire incident in U.S. military hospital - 4/8/03 3:40 PM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- A Kurdish fighter wounded in a friendly fire incident in northern Iraq was in serious condition at a U.S. military hospital here, a spokesman said Tuesday
Feint and jab: How U.S. troops overwhelmed Saddam's army to reach Baghdad - 4/8/03 3:38 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Col. David Perkins studied the 200-yard concrete and steel bridge at Hindiyah, unfazed by the Iraqi soldiers shooting at him from the other side of the Euphrates. No, he told his men, this bridge wasn't worth taking.
Marine snipers and machine guns face morning of uncoordinated attacks - 4/8/03 3:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The matchup Tuesday beneath a highway cloverleaf in Baghdad wouldn't qualify as a battle. But after hours of potshots from Iraqis and fire from U.S. snipers, well over a dozen Iraqis were dead and many more were wounded, without a single Marine injury.
Jordan's Queen Noor says U.S.-Arab differences will continue with war - 4/8/03 3:20 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- As long as fighting continues in Iraq, cultural divides between the United States and the Muslim world will continue to deepen, Jordan's Queen Noor says.
British forces establish first post-war Iraqi administration, using local sheik in Basra - 4/8/03 3:18 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- British forces began establishing the first post-war administration in Iraq on Tuesday, putting a local sheik into power in the southern city of Basra shortly after their troops took control of the city.
Marine snipers and machine guns face morning of uncoordinated attacks - 4/8/03 3:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The matchup Tuesday beneath a highway cloverleaf in Baghdad would hardly qualify as a battle. But after hours of potshots from Iraqis and fire from U.S. snipers, well over a dozen Iraqis were dead and many more were wounded, without a single Marine injury.
Feint and jab: How U.S. troops overwhelmed Saddam's army to reach Baghdad - 4/8/03 2:51 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Col. David Perkins studied the 200-yard concrete and steel bridge at Hindiyah, unfazed by the Iraqi soldiers shooting at him from the other side of the Euphrates. No, he told his men, this bridge wasn't worth taking.
Bomber crew took 12 minutes to execute strike order on suspected Saddam hideout - 4/8/03 2:27 PM
WASHINTGON (AP) -- "This is the big one" was the message relayed to a B-1 bomber as it prepared for a mission in western Iraq.
As Saddam's regime crumbles, his portraits topple, too - 4/8/03 2:26 PM
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- He made an icon out of himself over the years, systematically imposing his face on murals, statues, endless portraits across the land he ruled. Now, as Saddam Hussein's regime crumbles, the Iraqi president's images are falling, too.
Three journalists killed in U.S. bombing raid and tank fire in Baghdad - 4/8/03 2:24 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. tank shell hit a hotel where hundreds of journalists were staying and a U.S. bomb landed on the office of an Arab television network in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing a total of three journalists and wounding three others.
Arabs pin hopes on defiant words of Saddam's minister of information - 4/8/03 2:24 PM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The television pictures of U.S. tanks in Baghdad seemed undeniable, but Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's spokesman denied them anyway -- with his usual flair for insult
Sabina Murray wins Pen/Faulkner Award for story collection 'The Caprices' - 4/8/03 2:24 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Novelist Sabina Murray has won the 2003 Pen/Faulkner award for her collection of stories, "The Caprices," recalling family tales of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II.
Pentagon says Iraqi military command structure still partially intact - 4/8/03 2:23 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pentagon officials said Tuesday they can't say whether Saddam Hussein was killed in the bunker-buster bombing of buildings in Baghdad, but that command orders are still being issued to key elements of Iraq's military.
U.S. forces seize Baghdad, find weapons cache - 4/8/03 2:23 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- American forces tightened their grip throughout Baghdad on Tuesday, crushing an Iraqi counterattack and seizing a military airport and a huge cache of weapons. Saddam Hussein's fate was uncertain after a fresh attempt to kill him from the air.
WASHN: war began. - 4/8/03 2:22 PM
McChrystal said he was unable to provide specific information at this time on whether Saddam had been killed in Monday's bombing raid on a building where he was believed to be meeting with his sons and other leaders. The site remained in Iraqi hands Tuesday.
WASHN: death squads." - 4/8/03 2:12 PM
Asked about the importance of eliminating Saddam and his sons, McChrystal said, "As much as they can exert any kind of influence -- even if its limited to Baghdad -- we'd like to reduce that."
Pentagon says Iraqi military command structure still partially intact - 4/8/03 2:02 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pentagon officials said Tuesday they can't say whether Saddam Hussein was killed in the bunker-buster bombing of buildings in Baghdad, but that command orders are still being issued to key elements of Iraq's military.
Iraqis launch counterattack in Baghdad; at least 50 reported killed - 4/8/03 1:39 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces staged a major counterattack Tuesday morning, sending buses and trucks full of fighters across the Tigris River in a failed attempt to overrun U.S. forces holding a strategic intersection on the western side of Baghdad.
U.N. health agency concerned as Baghdad hospitals run out of supplies - 4/8/03 12:31 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- Baghdad's hospitals are overwhelmed and running out of supplies to treat all the burns, shrapnel wounds and spinal injuries from the fighting, the United Nations' health agency said Tuesday.
Coalition's confidence grows as troops take more positions in Baghdad - 4/8/03 12:21 PM
With U.S. forces in central Baghdad and coalition confidence growing, President Bush said Tuesday it was possible that bunker-busting bombs aimed at Saddam Hussein and his two sons could have killed the Iraqi president. Marines moved into a key military airfield in the capital city's southeast corner.
Iraqi military death toll is as mysterious as Saddam's whereabouts - 4/8/03 12:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The death toll of Iraqi soldiers is in the thousands, but precisely how many have died is anyone's guess.
U.S. general says it may take time to determine if Saddam was killed in bombing aimed at him - 4/8/03 11:59 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces said Tuesday it may take some time to determine whether Saddam Hussein was killed in a bombing raid on a building where he was believed to be meeting with his sons.
British distribute water in Basra; looting is rampant in Iraq's second-largest city - 4/8/03 11:48 AM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- British troops began a massive effort Tuesday to distribute water to battle-weary residents of Basra but were unable to quell the spate of looting that erupted when the soldiers moved into Iraq's second largest city.
U.S. strikes at Saddam with bombs, palace raids - 4/8/03 11:36 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hoping to tip the balance of power in Baghdad, U.S. forces are escalating their attacks on Saddam Hussein and the close friends and relatives that form his inner circle.
Coalition's confidence grows as troops take solid positions in Baghdad; Saddam may be dead - 4/8/03 11:35 AM
With U.S. forces in central Baghdad and coalition confidence growing, President Bush said Tuesday it was possible that bunker-busting bombs aimed at Saddam Hussein and his two sons could have killed the Iraqi president. Marines moved into a key military airfield in the capital city's southeast corner.
Bush says it's unclear whether Saddam survived attack - 4/8/03 11:33 AM
HILLSBOROUGH, Northern Ireland (AP) -- President Bush said Tuesday that Saddam Hussein is losing his grip on power "finger by finger" and he may even be dead after a massive bombing strike. Looking beyond the war, Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged to give the United Nations a role postwar Iraq.
Marines fighting for control of military airport in southeast Baghdad - 4/8/03 11:24 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. Marines battled to seize Baghdad's second airport Tuesday and were encountering intense resistance in some places around the Iraqi capital, an American general said.
U.S. ambassador: Russian convoy changed its route leaving Baghdad - 4/8/03 11:18 AM
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian diplomats who came under fire as they fled Baghdad apparently had changed their route from one that American officials had deemed safer, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow said Tuesday.
U.N. health agency concerned as Baghdad hospitals run out of supplies - 4/8/03 11:13 AM
GENEVA (AP) -- Baghdad's hospitals are overwhelmed and running out of supplies to treat all the burns, shrapnel wounds and spinal injuries from the fighting, the United Nations' health agency said Tuesday.
Polish journalists abducted at checkpoint in Iraq escape unscathed - 4/8/03 10:51 AM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Two Polish journalists who were abducted by armed Iraqis said Tuesday they escaped unscathed in a dramatic getaway as artillery shells boomed near the school where they were being held.
U.S. general says it may take time to determine if Saddam was killed in bombing of restaurant - 4/8/03 10:46 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces said Tuesday it may take some time to determine whether Saddam Hussein was killed in a bombing raid on a restaurant where he was believed to be meeting with his sons.
Iraqis launch counterattack in Baghdad; at least 50 reported killed - 4/8/03 10:38 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces staged a major counterattack Tuesday morning, sending buses and trucks full of fighters across the Tigris River in an attempt to overrun U.S. forces holding a strategic intersection on the western side of Baghdad.
Three journalists killed in U.S. bombing raid and tank fire in Baghdad - 4/8/03 10:15 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An American tank fired at the Palestine Hotel, where several hundred journalists have been staying, killing two cameramen and wounding three other journalists Tuesday. U.S. officials said the tank had taken fire from the area of the hotel.
Pregnant women face added burden with husbands thousands of miles away at war - 4/8/03 10:07 AM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- Through letters and ultrasound pictures, 19-year-old Shawna Thurber tries the best she can to keep her husband updated on the progress of the twin boys she expects to deliver later this spring.
"Warthog" plane shot down near Baghdad - 4/8/03 9:37 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- A coalition A-10 "Warthog" warplane was shot down near Baghdad early Tuesday in what was believed to be the first downing of a coalition aircraft by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile.
While real battles rage, war re-enactors have mixed emotions about playing soldier - 4/8/03 9:33 AM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- They train and drill and march. They study battle plans and scope out terrain. They sleep in tents or under the stars.
Family of rescued U.S. POW recount joy, relief of reunion - 4/8/03 9:02 AM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Rescued U.S. POW Jessica Lynch is cheerful, strong-willed and thinking about home, family members reported Tuesday, expressing relief at the pace of her recovery from wounds suffered in Iraq.
Al-Jazeera says Baghdad office hit, cameraman killed - 4/8/03 8:51 AM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Al-Jazeera reported one of its journalists was killed Tuesday when the satellite television network's Baghdad office was struck during a U.S. bombing campaign. Employees speculated that the station was targeted for its war coverage.
U.S. tries to kill Saddam in airstrike; his fate is unclear - 4/8/03 8:09 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The question of whether Saddam Hussein was dead or alive hung over the capital Tuesday after a U.S. warplane dropped four bunker-buster bombs and blasted a smoking crater 60 feet deep at a restaurant where he was believed to be meeting with his sons.
British distribute water in Basra; looting is rampant in Iraq's second largest city - 4/8/03 8:09 AM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- British troops began a massive effort Tuesday to distribute water to battle-weary residents of Basra but were unable to quell the spate of looting that erupted when the soldiers moved into Iraq's second largest city.
Baghdad's Palestine Hotel is struck by U.S. forces; five journalists injured - 4/8/03 8:04 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A journalist was killed and at least four were injured Tuesday when U.S. forces fired on their hotel in central Baghdad. The Americans said they were responding to fire in the area of the hotel.
Iraqi civilian needs may grow more critical, U.N. agencies say; American sees `no major crisis'; 2 aid workers missing - 4/7/03 7:41 PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The U.S.-British invasion's impact on Iraqi civilians has been less severe than some feared, an American relief coordinator said Monday. But U.N. officials said the power, water and medical breakdowns afflicting Iraq are "critical" and could worsen.
Democratic candidate says democracy gives him right to assail Bush - 4/7/03 7:39 PM
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Presidential candidate John Kerry said Monday that democracy affords rival Democrats the right to criticize President Bush even with the nation at war.
Kuwait urges fellow Gulf states to increase aid to Iraqis - 4/7/03 7:24 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Foreign ministers of the six Arab states in the Gulf called Monday for a national postwar government and a major United Nations role in postwar Iraq.
Annan says U.N. should play key role in postwar Iraq - 4/7/03 7:00 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Laying claim to "an important role" for the United Nations in postwar Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday stressed that only the world body can bring legitimacy to the work of rebuilding the nation.
A brief overview of the battlefield - 4/7/03 7:00 PM
Following a series of quick, violent raids inside Baghdad's perimeter, U.S. Army and Marine forces staked out territory to hold in the city center Monday, going so far as to set up a makeshift American camp in one of President Saddam Hussein's palaces. Far to the south, British forces laid final claim to B
NYSE chairman says exchange in talks with Al-Jazeera with eye to restoring access - 4/7/03 6:55 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New York Stock Exchange officials have been meeting with representatives of Al-Jazeera with an eye to restoring the Arab TV network's access to the trading floor, Chairman Richard Grasso said Monday.
U.S. forces storm into Baghdad, seize Saddam's New Presidential Palace - 4/7/03 6:35 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces in tanks and armored vehicles stormed into the center of Baghdad on Monday, seizing one of Saddam Hussein's palaces in a bold daylight raid aimed at demonstrating the Americans can come and go as they please.
Spanish journalist killed in Iraq, two Polish journalists abducted by armed men - 4/7/03 6:34 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Two journalists and two soldiers were killed Monday in an Iraqi rocket attack on the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division south of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said. Fifteen soldiers were also wounded.
British tighten grip on Basra; residents loot city - 4/7/03 6:15 PM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- British forces took control of the heart of Basra on Monday, met by few pockets of resistance and greeted by hundreds of people who shook their hands and welcomed them to Iraq's second-largest city.
U.S. testing samples from possible chemical weapons site - 4/7/03 6:14 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army soldiers searching a compound in central Iraq found metal drums that may contain chemical weapons, although testing of samples has not been completed, U.S. military officials said Monday.
Marines battle for bridge, enter Baghdad on foot - 4/7/03 6:05 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Under cover of rattling machine-gun fire, Marines grabbed planks, poles and twisted rails Monday and surged across a shattered bridge over a Tigris River tributary into Baghdad.
WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Bush flies over Belfast, does not see war protests - 4/7/03 5:56 PM
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Opposition to the Iraq war runs strong in Northern Ireland, and it was evident in the streets as President Bush arrived Monday.
Baghdad betrays war scars as it grapples with realities of tightening siege - 4/7/03 5:52 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A wounded Iraqi militiaman spits in disgust and uses a profanity to describe Americans. A father makes his injured son flash the "V-for-victory" sign. A Syrian volunteer recalls how his comrades were mowed down by allied warplanes, then declares he's ready to return to the front.
U.S. stance on postwar Iraq widens rift with European allies - 4/7/03 5:49 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just as the Iraq war has caused a trans-Atlantic rift, initial postwar plans that rule out a major U.N. role are drawing fire from allies like France, Russia, Germany and, this time, even Britain.
Some allied claims fall short in Iraq war - 4/7/03 5:49 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The allies have claimed the surrender of an Iraqi division that didn't, the firing of an Iraqi Scud missile that never flew and military advances sometimes less dramatic than described.
Rescued POW buoyed by visits from family - 4/7/03 5:48 PM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Rescued POW Jessica Lynch's mood has been lifted by visits from her family -- not to mention the applesauce she had been craving and a teddy bear with a red-white-and-blue ribbon.
Bush, Blair try to resolve differences over governing, rebuilding postwar Iraq - 4/8/03 4:55 AM
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Looking beyond the war, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are trying to bridge differences over how to rebuild and govern Iraq, while also seeking to boost peace talks in Northern Ireland.
Al-Jazeera says Baghdad office hit, cameraman killed - 4/8/03 4:49 AM
DOHA Qatar (AP) -- An al-Jazeera journalist was killed Tuesday when the satellite television network's Baghdad office was struck during a U.S. bombing campaign, the network reported. Employees speculated that the station was targeted for its war coverage.
Baghdad's Palestine Hotel takes fire after U.S. troops report snipers on the roof - 4/8/03 4:36 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A central Baghdad hotel where many international journalists are staying took fire Tuesday after U.S. troops said snipers were shooting at them from the building.
Coalition's confidence grows as troops take solid positions in Baghdad; Saddam may be dead - 4/8/03 4:34 AM
U.S. forces set up a base in a Baghdad presidential palace and a warplane dropped bunker-busting bombs aimed at Saddam Hussein and his two sons. President Bush met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the battlefield and plans for a postwar Iraq.
U.S. forces try to kill Saddam in airstrike; his fate is unclear - 4/8/03 4:14 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The question of whether Saddam Hussein was alive or dead hung over the capital Tuesday after a U.S. warplane dropped four bunker-busting bombs and blasted a crater 60 feet deep at a spot where he was believed to be meeting with his sons.
Iraqis launch counterattack in Baghdad; at least 50 reported killed - 4/8/03 4:08 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces staged a major counterattack Tuesday morning, sending buses and trucks full of fighters over the Tigris River in an attempt to overrun U.S. forces holding a strategic intersection on the western side of Baghdad.
U.S. wants Iraqis to lead prosecution of prewar abuses by Saddam Hussein's regime - 4/8/03 4:07 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States wants Iraqis to oversee the prosecution of prewar human-rights abuses by Saddam Hussein's government and is working with Iraqi judges and exiles to set up a system, Bush administration officials say.
Exile's homecoming as US volunteer sparks jubilation - 4/8/03 3:47 AM
QAL'AT SUKKAR, Iraq (AP) -- Blaring warnings from Humvee-mounted loudspeakers, the U.S. Marines sent residents of this rural town scurrying when the troops arrived to demolish symbols of President Saddam Hussein's regime.
U.S. forces bomb neighborhood where Saddam and top leadership believed to be meeting - 4/8/03 3:45 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The question of whether President Saddam Hussein was alive or dead hung over the capital Tuesday after a U.S. warplane dropped four bunker-busting bombs and blasted a crater 60 feet deep at a spot where he was believed to be meeting with his sons.
Iraqis launch counterattack in Baghdad; at least 50 reported killed - 4/8/03 3:38 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces staged a major counterattack Tuesday morning, sending buses and trucks full of fighters over the Tigris River in an attempt to overrun U.S. forces holding a strategic intersection on the western side of Baghdad.
Greeting card company creates a line of cards specifically for troops in Iraq - 4/8/03 3:23 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) -- On the cover of the card is a departing military ship with the caption, "I miss you." Inside, the message reads: "Kick Saddam's butt and get yours back here!"
Coalition troop casualties, POWs, MIAs - 4/8/03 3:22 AM
The names of troop casualties, provided by relatives or military officials. The military totals include casualties whose names may not yet be available.
Even scant remains at the bomb site might be used to confirm the death of Saddam Hussein - 4/8/03 3:15 AM
Using the same technology that helped identify many victims of the World Trade Center attack, forensic experts could potentially prove that Saddam Hussein was killed in the bombing of a Baghdad compound where the Iraqi leader was thought to be meeting with advisers.
Iraqi military death toll is as mysterious as Saddam's whereabouts - 4/8/03 3:07 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The death toll of Iraqi soldiers is in the thousands, but precisely how many have died is anyone's guess.
Friendly Fire a rare tragedy in thousands of missions flown to protect U.S. and allies on the ground - 4/8/03 2:55 AM
ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (AP) -- Sometimes, when the enemy is close and the gunfire is loud, the plea for help from the ground is whispered so quietly over the radio that U.S. combat pilots can't tell where they are being asked to drop their bombs.
Al-Jazeera says Baghdad office hit, cameraman killed - 4/8/03 2:41 AM
DOHA Qatar (AP) -- An al-Jazeera journalist was killed Tuesday when the satellite television network's Baghdad office was struck during a U.S. bombing campaign, the network reported.
U.S. forces bomb neighborhood where Saddam and top leadership believed to be meeting - 4/8/03 2:34 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The question of whether President Saddam Hussein was alive or dead hung over the capital Tuesday after a U.S. warplane dropped four bunker-busting bombs and blasted a crater 60 feet deep at a spot where he was believed to be meeting with his sons.
Pregnant women face added burden with husbands thousands of miles away at war - 4/8/03 2:22 AM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- Through letters and ultrasound pictures, 19-year-old Shawna Thurber tries the best she can to keep her husband updated on the progress of the twin boys she expects to deliver later this spring.
On both sides of conflict, Americans and Iraqis haul away spoils of war - 4/8/03 2:08 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- From palace ashtrays and pillows to jeeps and a grand piano, the spoils of war are flying fast in Iraq. Civilians have plundered with little fear of retribution and some U.S. soldiers have helped themselves to battlefield souvenirs -- a practice that could land them in troub
Kurdish life returns to reclaimed slices of northern Iraq - 4/8/03 1:54 AM
QARA WEZ, Iraq (AP) -- Bestoon Mohammad's childhood home is a heap of rubble against a backdrop of rolling green hills and blood-red poppies.
Bush, Blair try to resolve differences over governing, rebuilding postwar Iraq - 4/8/03 1:33 AM
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Looking beyond the war, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are trying to bridge differences over how to rebuild and govern Iraq, while also seeking to boost peace talks in Northern Ireland.

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