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Wednesday  April 9, 2003

Iraqis topple statue of Saddam and celebrate the fall of Baghdad - 4/9/03 11:35 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- They used shoes and slippers, sledgehammers, cardboard boxes, sticks and garbage. Joyous Baghdad residents pelted, swatted and swung just about anything they could find Wednesday at the toppled statue of Saddam Hussein -- the most potent symbol of the Iraqi leader's stunningly swift d
Iraqis topple statue to celebrate end of Saddam's rule - 4/9/03 11:14 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Their hour of freedom at hand, jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's murderous regime on Wednesday, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad and embracing American troops as liberators.
Proud New York family watched as Marine hung flag on Saddam statue - 4/9/03 11:09 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- The world watched Wednesday as a Marine corporal clambered up a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad and covered its face with an American flag just before the monument was pulled down and torn to pieces by cheering Iraqis.
Families of POWs and missing try to remain optimistic as regime falls - 4/9/03 10:51 PM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Families of soldiers missing in Iraq hoped for news of more miraculous rescues as U.S. forces continued dismantling Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad on Wednesday.
House, Senate strike budget deal that would delay tax cut decision - 4/9/03 10:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate leaders struck an extraordinary budget agreement on Wednesday that would postpone until later this year a resolution of the internal Republican battle over how deeply to cut taxes.
Arab media subdued, incredulous by Iraqi elation at fall of Baghdad - 4/9/03 10:02 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Some Arab journalists were subdued and others incredulous as they watched Iraqis cheering the fall of Saddam Hussein's Baghdad.
Blair: Unclear what remains of Saddam's regime - 4/9/03 9:44 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday it was difficult to know what was left of the higher ranks of the Iraqi government, and who would be in position to surrender to advancing coalition forces.
How other dictators died - 4/9/03 9:44 PM
On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a Pentagon briefing, "Saddam Hussein is now taking his rightful place alongside Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Ceausescu in the pantheon of failed brutal dictators and the Iraqi people are well on their way to freedom."
Iraq's U.N. ambassador says "the game is over" _ and that means the war is over - 4/9/03 9:42 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With the fall of Baghdad, Iraq's U.N. ambassador declared Wednesday, "the game is over" -- and became the first Iraqi official to concede defeat in the U.S.-led war.
Blair: Unclear what remains of Saddam's regime - 4/9/03 9:00 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday it was difficult to know what was left of the higher ranks of the Iraqi government, and who would be in position to surrender to advancing coalition forces.
Iraqis topple statue to celebrate end of Saddam's rule - 4/9/03 8:59 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Their hour of freedom at hand, jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's murderous regime on Wednesday, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad and embracing American troops as liberators.
Iraqi opposition pushing for quick setup of new administration - 4/9/03 8:21 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Facing the swift collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, the U.S.-led interim administration for Iraq needs to check out of its Kuwait City hotel and speed on to Baghdad, an Iraqi opposition leader said Wednesday.
House, Senate strike budget deal that would delay tax cut decision - 4/9/03 8:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate leaders struck an extraordinary budget agreement on Wednesday that would postpone until later this year a resolution of the internal Republican battle over how deeply to cut taxes.
Families of POWs and missing try to remain optimistic as regime falls - 4/9/03 8:09 PM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Families of soldiers missing in Iraq hoped for news of more miraculous rescues as U.S. forces continued dismantling Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad on Wednesday.
How other dictatorships ended - 4/9/03 8:04 PM
On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a Pentagon briefing, "Saddam Hussein is now taking his rightful place alongside Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Ceausescu in the pantheon of failed brutal dictators and the Iraqi people are well on their way to freedom."
White House watches statue fall, urges no gloating over Iraq progress - 4/9/03 7:49 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush stared at his television set and the image of Saddam Hussein's statue, torn from its pedestal and smashed to the ground. "They got it down," he said.
What next for Iraqi embassy employees around the world? Nobody's quite certain yet - 4/9/03 7:47 PM
In Sweden, Iraqi officials watched television and awaited new orders. In New York, the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations acknowledged the war was over. And in Brazil, Iraqi diplomats were burning documents and hanging up on reporters.
Saddam's fate unclear, but officials say he's no longer in charge - 4/9/03 7:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Multiple intelligence sources put Iraqi President Saddam Hussein inside a Baghdad building before it was leveled by American bombs, U.S. officials said Wednesday
Kurds rejoice, but northern fighting continues after U.S. troops take Baghdad - 4/9/03 7:25 PM
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Kurds flooded the streets of northern Iraq on Wednesday, rejoicing in the downfall of President Saddam Hussein -- a leader who had gassed them and executed them by the thousands.
Iraqis topple statue to celebrate end of Saddam's rule - 4/9/03 7:25 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Their hour of freedom at hand, jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's murderous regime on Wednesday, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad and embracing American troops as liberators.
Iraqis topple statue of Saddam and celebrate the fall of Baghdad - 4/9/03 7:19 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- They used shoes and slippers, sledgehammers, cardboard boxes, sticks and garbage. Joyous Baghdad residents pelted, swatted and swung just about anything they could find Wednesday at the toppled statue of Saddam Hussein -- the most potent symbol of the Iraqi leader's stunningly swift d
War-Unanswered Questions - 4/9/03 7:09 PM
Where are the U.S. POWs? Where are the chemical, biological or nuclear weapons? How extensive were Iraq's ties to terrorists?
Americans cautioned to avoid travel to Algeria - 4/9/03 7:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans were warned Wednesday by the State Department to avoid travel to the Sahara desert areas of Southeastern Algeria, where more than 25 European tourists have disappeared since February.
Residents want Iraqi lawyer who helped rescue POW Lynch to come to West Virginia - 4/9/03 7:01 PM
MALDEN, W.Va. (AP) -- First, they have to find him. But when they do, residents of this small town want to thank the Iraqi man who helped save POW Jessica Lynch by bringing him to West Virginia.
Swiss government tightens freezes on Iraqi assets - 4/9/03 6:59 PM
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Switzerland said Wednesday it would freeze all Iraqi government and corporate assets in Swiss banks until the U.N. Security Council determines the rightful owners.
Muslim volunteers from outside Iraq among the last fighters - 4/9/03 6:56 PM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Volunteer fighters from Syria and other Arab lands turned up in surprising places as U.S. troops rolled to Baghdad -- and some were still battling for Iraq's cause after Saddam Hussein's regime had all but dissolved.
Rumsfeld accuses Syria of aiding Saddam regime - 4/9/03 6:50 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld accused Syria on Wednesday of giving haven to some members of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's government and assisting others to additional safe locations.
Rumsfeld says military tasks include recovering POWs, finding illegal Iraq arms - 4/9/03 6:49 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the fall of Baghdad, top priorities for American forces in Iraq now are recovering U.S. prisoners of war -- including any still alive from the 1991 Gulf War -- securing the northern oil fields and unearthing illegal weapons, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday.
In British-held city, hospital becomes focus of resentment - 4/9/03 6:45 PM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- On normal days, Basra Teaching Hospital has scores of physicians to handle its workload. Wednesday, however, was anything but normal: Patients with anguishing war wounds filled the beds, but many of the doctors were staying home to protect their families from looters.
Blair: Unclear what remains of Saddam's regime - 4/9/03 6:45 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday it was difficult to know what was left of the higher ranks of the Iraqi government, and who would be in position to surrender to advancing coalition forces.
Former POWs being honored for service are sympathetic for soldiers captured in Iraq - 4/9/03 6:45 PM
DALLAS (AP) -- More than 50 years after he nearly starved to death in a Korean prisoner of war camp, James Bollinger has finally gotten the medals he earned with his service.
A brief overview of the battlefield - 4/9/03 6:19 PM
Marine and Army units swept through Baghdad on Wednesday -- seizing or destroying buildings almost at will -- but pockets of fierce resistance remained as looting took hold in some parts of the city. Meanwhile, coalition forces were beginning to turn their attention north toward Tikrit, President Saddam Hu
Rumsfeld Accuses Syria of aiding Saddam regime - 4/9/03 6:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld accused Syria on Wednesday of giving haven to some members of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime and assisting others to additional safe locations.
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Democratic candidates tout war support; Dean calls for international role in reconstruction of Iraq - 4/9/03 6:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It wasn't as bold as "I told you so," but the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime gave the Democratic presidential candidates who back the war a chance to tout their records.
Many Iraqi-Americans jubilant, relieved amid assertions that Saddam's regime is crumbling - 4/9/03 5:52 PM
Iraqis in Michigan paraded through the streets waving American and Iraqi flags, while others around the nation greeted signs that Saddam Hussein's regime is crumbling with tears of joy.
House, Senate strike budget deal that would delay tax cut decision - 4/9/03 5:48 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate leaders struck an extraordinary budget agreement on Wednesday that would postpone until later this year a resolution of the internal Republican battle over how deeply to cut taxes.
U.S., British pound Tikrit as focus of coalition shifts north after Baghdad falls - 4/9/03 5:48 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. and British airstrikes pounded Iraqi forces Wednesday in the northern city of Tikrit, the next focus of the war now that U.S. troops have largely secured Baghdad.
Iraqis topple statue of Saddam and celebrate the fall of Baghdad - 4/9/03 5:47 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- They used shoes and slippers, sledgehammers, cardboard boxes, sticks and garbage. Joyous Baghdad residents pelted, swatted and swung just about anything they could find Wednesday at the toppled statue of Saddam Hussein -- the most potent symbol of the Iraqi leader's stunningly swift
Businesses, nonprofits team up to help needy military families at home - 4/9/03 5:36 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Over the weekend, people lined up for a half-hour near Fort Bragg to get free boxes of supplies and food, from cereal and spaghetti sauce to baby food and potato chips.
First U.S. journalist killed in war remembered as energetic, dedicated in pursuit of justice - 4/9/03 5:32 PM
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) -- Michael Kelly, the first American journalist killed in Iraq, was an exuberant man of boundless energy and a dedicated historian who died pursuing justice, friends and relatives said Wednesday.
Journalists snub Spain's prime minister and Britain's Straw - 4/9/03 5:30 PM
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Journalists snubbed Spain's prime minister and Britain's foreign minister Wednesday, putting cameras, microphones and notebooks on the ground to protest the death of a Spanish TV cameraman killed by a U.S. tank shell in Baghdad.
Despite cheering crowds, Army unit sees urban combat in Baghdad - 4/9/03 5:26 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- For the weary members of "Attack" Company, it was a happy moment in a long day. Iraqi crowds were waving, grinning, cheering as the U.S. Army soldiers moved up the street Wednesday toward the tourism department.
War-To-Do List - 4/9/03 5:25 PM
Objectives that must be achieved before the United States can declare victory in Iraq, as listed Wednesday by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
Events in Baghdad disillusion _ and relieve _ Arabs elsewhere - 4/9/03 5:22 PM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The fall of Baghdad provoked shock and disbelief among Arabs, who expressed hope that other oppressive regimes would crumble but also disappointment that Saddam Hussein did not put up a better fight against America.
Rumsfeld says military tasks include recovering POWs, finding illegal Iraq arms - 4/9/03 5:21 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the fall of Baghdad, top priorities for American forces in Iraq now are recovering U.S. prisoners of war -- including any still alive from the 1991 Gulf War -- securing the northern oil fields and unearthing illegal weapons, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday.
First journalist killed in war remembered as energetic, dedicated in pursuit of justice - 4/9/03 5:18 PM
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) -- Michael Kelly, the first American journalist killed in Iraq, was an exuberant man of boundless energy and a dedicated historian who died pursuing justice, friends and relatives said Wednesday.
Kurds rejoice, but northern fighting continues, after U.S. troops take Baghdad - 4/9/03 5:18 PM
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Kurds flooded the streets of northern Iraq on Wednesday, rejoicing in the downfall of President Saddam Hussein -- a leader who had gassed them and executed them by the thousands.
Iraqi Embassy employees begin burning documents in Brazil - 4/9/03 5:13 PM
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Iraqi Embassy employees in Brasilia started burning documents Wednesday after TV stations broadcast images of a Saddam Hussein statue being toppled in Baghdad, police said.
U.S.-British military must halt the looting, U.N. says; pressure grows on hospitals - 4/9/03 5:12 PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The U.S. and British military must crack down on the chaotic looting in Iraqi cities, which has even targeted the United Nations' own offices in Baghdad, U.N. officials said Wednesday.
Cheney: UN's postwar role in Iraq should be humanitarian - 4/9/03 5:12 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The United States and its allies will lead Iraq's transition to a new government once the war is over and the United Nations should lead the relief work, Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday.
House, Senate on verge of budget deal that would delay tax cut decision - 4/9/03 5:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate leaders moved to the cusp of an extraordinary budget agreement on Wednesday that would postpone until later this year a resolution of the internal Republican battle over how deeply to cut taxes.
White House watches statue fall, urges no gloating over Iraq progress - 4/9/03 5:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush stared at his television set and the image of Saddam Hussein's statue, torn from its pedestal and smashed to the ground. "They got it down," he said.
Saddam's fate unclear, but officials say he's no longer in charge - 4/9/03 5:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Multiple intelligence sources put Iraqi President Saddam Hussein inside a Baghdad building before it was leveled by American bombs, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Iraqis topple statue to celebrate end of Saddam's rule - 4/9/03 5:02 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Liberated by U.S.-led troops, thousands of jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's murderous regime on Wednesday, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in the center of Baghdad and looting government sites.
Dangers remain in Iraq for U.S. troops, but end of war could be near - 4/9/03 4:56 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Signs of the collapse of Saddam Hussein's quarter-century of rule are everywhere in Iraq. But as Iraqis take to the streets to celebrate, important loose ends remain.
Iraqi opposition group storms Iraqi diplomatic office in London, tear up Sadedam portraits; police arrest 24 - 4/9/03 4:49 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Opponents of Saddam Hussein celebrated the fall of Baghdad by storming an Iraqi diplomatic office Wednesday, shattering the glass front door and tearing up portraits of the Iraqi leader before police arrested 24 people.
Iraqis exult over toppled statue of Saddam - 4/9/03 4:45 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- They used shoes and slippers, sledgehammers, cardboard boxes, sticks and garbage. Joyous citizens of Baghdad pelted, swatted and swung just about anything they could find Wednesday at the toppled statue of Saddam Hussein -- the most potent symbol of the Iraqi leader's stunningly swift
4th Infantry Division getting closer to moving into Iraq - 4/9/03 4:40 PM
CAMP PENNSYLVANIA, Kuwait (AP) -- Around the clock, the 4th Infantry Division's tanks, howitzers and other vehicles are being hauled into this camp near the Iraq border to make sure they are ready to roll within a week, a commander said Wednesday.
Iraq's U.N. ambassador says "the game is over" _ and that means the war is over - 4/9/03 4:36 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday "the game is over" -- and that means the war is over.
Iraqi opposition pushing for quick setup of new administration - 4/9/03 4:22 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- An Iraqi opposition leader urged the U.S.-led interim administration Wednesday to leave the Kuwait City hotel where it has been working on plans to run the country and move quickly into Iraq.
International Red Cross employee from Canada killed in Baghdad crossfire - 4/9/03 4:11 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- A Canadian worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed when gunfire strafed his car while driving through Baghdad, the agency announced Wednesday. Another 12 people were reportedly killed in the attack.
Iraq's U.N. ambassador says "the game is over" - 4/9/03 4:00 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday "the game is over" and he expressed hope that the Iraqi people will be able to live in peace.
In a move heavy with symbolism, Marines help Iraqis topple Saddam statue - 4/9/03 3:59 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines helped Iraqis topple a 40-foot statue of Saddam Hussein in a main square of the capital Wednesday as fear of the Iraqi regime melted away. A dancing crowd tore off the felled statue's head and dragged it by ropes through the streets.
Russia's largest rally against Iraq war brings out tens of thousands - 4/9/03 3:49 PM
MOSCOW (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people carried anti-war signs and chanted outside the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday in the largest Russian protest so far against the war in Iraq.
Iraqi opposition group claims to occupy Iraqi diplomatic office in London - 4/9/03 3:44 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Police arrested 24 people at an Iraqi diplomatic office Wednesday after an opposition group announced it had assumed control of the facility.
Coalition holds 7,300 Iraqi prisoners, building prison for 24,000 - 4/9/03 3:33 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American led-forces are holding 7,300 Iraqi prisoners and building a detention facility in the southern Iraqi city of Umm Qasr that eventually could hold some 24,000, defense officials said Wednesday.
Cheney tells ASNE that troops' advance into Baghdad proves criticism of war was misguided - 4/9/03 3:31 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The advance of U.S. troops into Baghdad is proof that early criticism of the war's plans was misguided, Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday.
Coalition troop deaths, POWs, MIAs announced Wednesday - 4/9/03 3:31 PM
The names of coalition military dead, missing or captured servicemembers released Wednesday, by relatives or military officials.
Warm welcomes for occupying armies often prove fleeting - 4/9/03 3:28 PM
A downtrodden populace paraded with joy when U.S. troops marched into their mutilated metropolis. Months later, Somalis just as jubilantly dragged the butchered remains of American soldiers down the same dusty streets of Mogadishu.
Former POW Jessica Lynch no longer in intensive care, doctors say - 4/9/03 3:25 PM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Rescued U.S. POW Jessica Lynch was moved out of intensive care at a military hospital in Germany on Wednesday and is spending more time talking with her family as she recovers.
USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier headed home to Washington state - 4/9/03 3:22 PM
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The Navy confirmed Wednesday that the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has been released from duty in the Iraq war and is returning to its home port here.
Former POWs being honored for service are sympathetic for soldiers captured in Iraq - 4/9/03 3:18 PM
DALLAS (AP) -- More than 50 years after he nearly starved to death in a Korean prisoner of war camp, James Bollinger has finally gotten the medals he earned with his service.
France and Britain, overcoming differences, agree _ in part _ on Iraq - 4/9/03 3:18 PM
PARIS (AP) -- The British and French foreign ministers, meeting as Baghdad came under allied control, agreed Wednesday that coalition troops are needed to secure Iraq, but France also repeated demands for a "central" United Nations role in rebuilding the country.
Rumsfeld hails progress of war - 4/9/03 2:58 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. led forces are liberating Baghdad and removing the Saddam Hussein regime from power, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday, declaring it "a good day for the Iraqi people."
Many Iraqi-Americans jubilant, relieved amid assertions that Saddam's regime is crumbling - 4/9/03 2:54 PM
Iraqis in Michigan paraded through the streets waving American and Iraqi flags, while others around the nation greeted signs that Saddam Hussein's regime is crumbling with tears of joy.
Some Marines in Baghdad surprised by lack of resistance - 4/9/03 2:51 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Poised to leap out of his armored assault vehicle Wednesday, Cpl. Nate Decavelle instead leaned back on his backpack, crossed his ankles over his M-16 and yawned. "Where are the Iraqis at?" he asked.
Glimpses of horror as Marines find suspected torture chamber in Iraq - 4/9/03 2:48 PM
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The Marine patrol thought they found a small police station -- a one-story building in this impoverished city in southern Iraq.
Northern Iraq poses problems for U.S. in transition to new leadership - 4/9/03 2:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Northern Iraq is awash with oil and people who see themselves less as Iraqis than as Kurds. American officials say those could be thorny issues as they try to help Iraqis fashion a post-Saddam order.
WASHN: Myers said. - 4/9/03 2:11 PM
Myers said there were more than 10 regular Iraqi army divisions intact in the north and one brigade of the Republican Guard.
Congressional leaders hope to reach deals on war spending, tax cut - 4/9/03 2:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican congressional leaders discussed an emerging compromise Wednesday for ending their budget dispute that would delay a decision on the size of this year's tax cut. They also sought compromise on a near $80 billion downpayment on the Iraq war.
Blood stains and bullet holes mark U.S. Army uniforms found at Iraqi military prison - 4/9/03 1:49 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Blood stains and bullet holes marked some of the uniforms found by U.S. Marines of what were believed to be recent American prisoners of war, a military source said Wednesday.
Rumsfeld hails progress of war - 4/9/03 1:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. led forces are liberating Baghdad and removing the Saddam Hussein regime "from its seat of power," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld declared Wednesday.
U.S. Central Command says Iraqi regime no longer controls Baghdad; looting and celebrations erupt - 4/9/03 1:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Jubilant crowds swarmed into Baghdad streets Wednesday, dancing, looting and cheering U.S. convoys before residents and a Marine tank toppled a 40-foot statue of Saddam Hussein in a sweeping, symbolic gesture. American commanders declared that his regime's rule over the ancient capita
In British-held city, hospital becomes a locus of resentment - 4/9/03 1:31 PM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- On normal days, Basra Teaching Hospital has scores of physicians to handle its workload. Wednesday, however, was anything but normal: Patients with anguishing war wounds filled the beds, but many of the doctors were staying home to protect their families from looters.
Television images of crumbling regime in Baghdad have Iraqi-Americans saying, `This is great!' - 4/9/03 1:26 PM
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Bashir Mohsen couldn't believe what he was seeing on his television: Iraqis were climbing a huge statue of Saddam Hussein, tying ropes to it in order to pull it down and hacking at its base with a sledgehammer.
Iraqis on horseback, riding into the future: `I love you America!' - 4/9/03 1:04 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- It was enough to make a Texan president's heart swell: Hassan Atiya, an Iraqi on horseback, riding off into the chaos of wartime Baghdad with a vigorous wave and an exclamation -- "I love you, America."
U.S. shifts tactics amid apparent collapse of resistance in Baghdad - 4/9/03 12:48 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As organized military resistance in the Iraqi capital collapsed, American forces were shifting gears, pushing into Baghdad whenever and wherever the opportunity arose.
U.S. military warns of more fighting ahead despite jubilation in Baghdad - 4/9/03 12:35 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- President Saddam Hussein's government is no longer in control of Baghdad and coalition forces have secured "significant parts" of the Iraqi capital, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Iraqis, Marines topple Saddam statue in Baghdad square - 4/9/03 12:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A crowd of Iraqis, with the help of U.S. Marines, toppled a 40-foot statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in a main square of the capital Wednesday, pelting it with garbage and shoes and dragging the head through the streets.
U.S. shifts tactics amid apparent collapse of resistance in Baghdad - 4/9/03 12:31 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As organized military resistance in the Iraqi capital collapsed, American forces were shifting gears, pushing into Baghdad whenever and wherever the opportunity arose.
Baghdad cheers regime's fall, but where is Saddam? - 4/9/03 12:30 PM
As U.S. troops take over Baghdad and jubilant Iraqis dance and cheer in the streets, the question lingers: Where is Saddam Hussein?
U.S. Central Command says Iraqi regime no longer controls Baghdad; looting and celebrations erupt - 4/9/03 12:21 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Jubilant crowds swarmed into Baghdad streets Wednesday, dancing, looting and cheering U.S. convoys before residents and a Marine tank toppled a 40-foot statue of Saddam Hussein in a sweeping, symbolic gesture. American commanders declared that his regime's rule over the ancient capita
Cheney tells ASNE that troops' advance into Baghdad proves criticism of war was misguided - 4/9/03 12:19 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The advance of U.S. troops into Baghdad is proof that early criticism of the war's plans was misguided, Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday.
TV images of crumbling Iraqi regime has immigrant in New Jersey saying, `This is great!' - 4/9/03 12:19 PM
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Bashir Mohsen couldn't believe what he was seeing on his television: Iraqis were climbing a huge statue of Saddam Hussein, tying ropes to it in order to pull it down and hacking at its base with a sledgehammer.
Congressional leaders hope to reach deals on war spending, tax cut - 4/9/03 12:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican congressional leaders discussed an emerging compromise Wednesday for ending their budget dispute that would delay a decision on the size of this year's tax cut. They also sought compromise on a near $80 billion downpayment on the Iraq war.
Carting off furniture, computers, books, Iraqis plunder government offices - 4/9/03 11:50 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Youths stripped tires off trucks at a military base, a pickup truck spun away with an air conditioner in the back. In a free-for-all Wednesday, Iraqis in Baghdad pillaged facilities of the government that ruled them for decades, making away with refrigerators, mattresses, telephones
Iraqis on horseback, riding into the future: `I love you America!' - 4/9/03 11:41 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- It was enough to make a Texan president's heart swell: Hassan Atiya, an Iraqi on horseback, riding off into the chaos of wartime Baghdad with a vigorous wave and an exclamation -- "I love you, America."
White House urges caution on `historic moment' - 4/9/03 11:35 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid scenes of jubilation in Baghdad, President Bush's advisers claimed vindication for U.S. military plans and declared Wednesday a historic turning point in the war. But they warned that coalition forces still face "great danger" on Iraqi battlefields.
U.S. targets Saddam's hometown, possible last stand battleground - 4/9/03 11:26 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- U.S.-led forces on Wednesday pounded President Saddam Hussein's desert hometown, where they said desperate loyalists were making a last stand as resistance in Baghdad crumbled.
U.S. Central Command says Iraqi regime no longer controls Baghdad; looting and celebrations erupt - 4/9/03 11:17 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Jubilant crowds swarmed into Baghdad streets Wednesday, dancing, looting and cheering U.S. convoys before residents and a Marine tank toppled a 40-foot statue of Saddam Hussein in a sweeping, symbolic gesture. American commanders declared that his regime's rule over the ancient capita
Cheney tells ASNE that troops' advance into Baghdad proves criticism of war was misguided - 4/9/03 11:10 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The advance of U.S. troops into Baghdad is proof that early criticism of the war's plans was misguided, Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday.
Congressional leaders hope to reach deals on war spending, tax cut - 4/9/03 11:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican congressional leaders discussed an emerging compromise Wednesday for ending their budget dispute that would delay a decision on the size of this year's tax cut. They also sought compromise on a near $80 billion downpayment on the Iraq war.
White House urges caution on `historic moment' - 4/9/03 11:03 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House called scenes of jubilant Iraqis greeting U.S. troops in the streets of Baghdad and toppling a statue of Saddam Hussein historic developments, but said war is not over. President Bush believes coalition forces still face "great danger," his spokesman said Wednesday.
Kurdish-U.S. forces seize important military target near Mosul; celebrations in northern Iraq - 4/9/03 10:56 AM
MAQLOUB, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. special operations troops and Kurdish peshmerga fighters seized a strategic mountaintop in northern Iraq early Wednesday, eliminating a crucial air defense installation near the government-held city of Mosul.
Plenty of guests staying at a Florida military resort that serves soldiers and families - 4/9/03 10:14 AM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- While Walt Disney World hotels brace for fewer guests due to the war, one resort at the theme park is expecting business to be brisk for the next several months.
U.S. State Department official calls Iraq war lesson for other regimes - 4/9/03 10:06 AM
ROME (AP) -- A top U.S. State Department official said Wednesday that the war on Iraq should be a lesson for other regimes pursuing weapons of mass destruction, but insisted that the United States is seeking the peaceful elimination of those weapons programs.
U.S. shifts tactics amid apparent collapse of resistance in Baghdad - 4/9/03 10:01 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As organized military resistance in the Iraqi capital collapsed, American forces were shifting gears, planning to keep pushing into Baghdad whenever and wherever opportunity arises, a senior Defense Department official said Wednesday.
War-Saddam - 4/9/03 9:52 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. intelligence had solid information from multiple sources that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein went inside a building and didn't leave before it was struck by an American bomber Monday, U.S. officials said.
Planeload of 47 war-wounded military personnel arrives on U.S. soil - 4/9/03 9:50 AM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Dozens of wounded soldiers were carried off an Air Force cargo plane on stretchers or limped off on crutches Wednesday, as one of the first large planeloads of those injured in the war in Iraq arrived back in the United States.
Carting off furniture, computers, books, Iraqis plunder government offices - 4/9/03 9:50 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Youths bounced new tires down the street, a pickup truck spun away with an air conditioner in the back. In a free-for-all Wednesday, Iraqis in Baghdad pillaged offices of the government that ruled them for decades, making away with refrigerators, mattresses, telephones, even doors.
U.S Command says Iraqi regime no longer controls Baghdad; looting and celebrations erupt - 4/9/03 9:48 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Jubilant crowds swarmed into Baghdad streets Wednesday, dancing, looting, cheering U.S. convoys and defacing images of Saddam Hussein as American commanders declared that his regime's rule over the capital had ended.
U.S. military warns of more fighting ahead despite jubilation in Baghdad - 4/9/03 9:44 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- President Saddam Hussein's government is no longer in control of Baghdad, but coalition forces still face possible combat in some parts of the capital, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.
U.S. shifts tactics amid apparent collapse of resistance in Baghdad - 4/9/03 9:31 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As organized military resistance in the Iraqi capital collapsed, American forces were shifting gears, planning to keep pushing into Baghdad whenever and wherever opportunity arise, a senior Defense Department official said Wednesday.
Kurdish-U.S. forces seize important military target near Mosul; celebrations in northern Iraq - 4/9/03 8:39 AM
MAQLOUB, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. special operations troops and Kurdish peshmerga fighters seized a strategic mountaintop in northern Iraq early Wednesday, eliminating a crucial air defense installation near the government-held city of Mosul.
Central Command says Iraqi regime no longer controls Baghdad; looting and celebrations erupt - 4/9/03 8:26 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Jubilant crowds swarmed into Baghdad streets Wednesday, dancing, looting, defacing images of Saddam Hussein as U.S. commanders declared that his regime's rule over the capital had ended
Looting breaks out in Baghdad as Saddam's regime appears near collapse - 4/9/03 8:00 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Witnessing Saddam Hussein's power slip away, hundreds of Iraqis rushed to take everything else Wednesday: They used pickup trucks and wheelbarrows to haul off everything from refrigerators to flower pots from government ministries, police stations and state companies.
France and Britain, overcoming differences, agree on U.N. role for post-war Iraq - 4/9/03 7:58 AM
PARIS (AP) -- The foreign ministers of Britain and France, downplaying differences that preceded war in Iraq, said Wednesday the United Nations must have a role in the country's reconstruction but gave no indication that they agree on details of how that might happen.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar: Brooks said. - 4/9/03 7:55 AM
U.S. officials warned there was still resistance from Saddam's forces, even in some pockets of the capital city.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar: mass destruction. - 4/9/03 7:49 AM
"Today the regime is in disarray and much of Iraq is free from years of oppression," Brooks said.
Canadian ICRC employee missing in Iraq after vehicle hit by gunfire - 4/9/03 7:43 AM
GENEVA (AP) -- An International Red Cross employee in Baghdad is missing and feared seriously injured after the vehicle he was traveling in was hit by gunfire.
Despite jubilation in Baghdad, U.S. Central Command warns of more fighting ahead in Iraq - 4/9/03 7:30 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- The U.S. military warned Wednesday that much fighting still remains in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq despite scenes of jubilation in the capitol over the crumbling of the President Saddam Hussein's regime.
Looting erupts in Baghdad as regime's control collapses - 4/9/03 7:01 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Widespread, often jubilant looting of government buildings erupted Wednesday in numerous Baghdad neighborhoods, a clear sign that Saddam Hussein's authority had collapsed. Marine tanks rolled into the commercial heart of the city, greeted by people cheering and waving white flags.
Report Kurdish-U.S. forces seize important military target near Mosul - 4/9/03 6:48 AM
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- As American troops strengthened their hold on Baghdad, U.S. special operations forces fought Iraqi forces and allied warplanes pounded away at Iraqi positions Wednesday in the key northern city of Mosul.
Actress Jane Fonda fears 'entire world' will unite against U.S. after Iraq war - 4/9/03 6:24 AM
VANCOUVER (AP) -- Jane Fonda told a Canadian audience that she fears the U.S. campaign in Iraq will turn people all over the world against America.
Special Operations soldiers rescued during storm - 4/9/03 5:43 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Two critically wounded special operations soldiers are being treated at a hospital in Kuwait after a rescue team plucked them from a battlefield five miles south of Baghdad, military officials said Wednesday.
From America, with love: Care packages of underwear, chili and Bibles bound for the troops - 4/9/03 5:26 AM
BUCKLAND, Ohio (AP) -- While Chris Bush watches news reports about U.S. soldiers in Iraq, her hands are busy knitting colorful, coaster-sized prayer squares she hopes will eventually join them.
BAGHDAD, Iraq: our country." - 4/9/03 5:17 AM
Overnight, only a few explosions shattered the quiet of a city mostly shrouded in darkness because of a power outage now almost a week old. Explosions, tank shelling and gunfire rang out after daybreak in what was described as only sporadic resistance to U.S. forces trying to expand areas of the capital un
BAGHDAD, Iraq: Iraqi jeeps. - 4/9/03 5:16 AM
Among the buildings plundered were Iraq's Olympic headquarters and traffic police headquarters.
Plenty of guests staying at a Florida military resort that serves soldiers and families - 4/9/03 5:14 AM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- While Walt Disney World hotels brace for fewer guests due to the war, one resort at the theme park is expecting business to be brisk for the next several months.
U.S. troops push from east and west toward a linkup in central Baghdad - 4/9/03 5:13 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Widespread, often jubilant looting of government buildings erupted Wednesday in Baghdad neighborhoods taken by U.S troops, a clear sign that Saddam Hussein's authority was collapsing. Army and Marine units pushed from the east and west to link up in the city center.
East Timor indicts 16 more Indonesians for war crimes - 4/9/03 4:52 AM
DILI, East Timor (AP) -- Prosecutors in East Timor indicted 16 Indonesian officials, including eight military officers, for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the country's bloody bid for independence in 1999, a U.N. statement said.
Japan pledges millions in humanitarian aid for Iraq - 4/9/03 4:22 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan will contribute up to $100 million in emergency humanitarian aid for people affected by the war in Iraq, the foreign minister announced Wednesday.
Iraqi who fought against Saddam Hussein in 1991 now one of a handful serving in Marines - 4/9/03 3:58 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- At age 13, Tony al-Shammeree was in Iraq being trained in the use of guns, grenades and other weapons as part of the failed Shia Muslim uprising against Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War.
U.S. targets Saddam's hometown, possible last stand battleground - 4/9/03 3:29 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- As resistance in Baghdad crumbles, U.S. forces are now targeting President Saddam Hussein's desert hometown, a redoubt bristling with loyalists who could be bent on making it the site of the regime's last stand.
Congressional leaders hope to reach deals on war spending, tax cut - 4/9/03 3:26 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders want to send President Bush a near $80 billion downpayment on the Iraq war this week and approve a federal budget that delays resolving a House-Senate dispute over his proposed tax cuts.
Disappearance of two medical workers underscores wartime difficulties faced by relief agencies - 4/9/03 3:04 AM
Two members of the Doctors Without Borders relief group have vanished in Baghdad, prompting the group to stop working in a country that desperately needs medical attention.
U.S. can publicly target Saddam during wartime - 4/9/03 2:48 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush did not say he wanted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein "dead or alive," as he did for Osama bin Laden. The bombs that dropped on a Baghdad street where Saddam was thought to be said it for him.
Report Kurdish-U.S. forces seize important military target near Mosul - 4/9/03 2:43 AM
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. special operations troops and Kurdish peshmerga fighters seized a strategic hilltop near the major Baghdad-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq early Wednesday, a senior Kurdish leader said.
In southern Iraq, Army reservists reflect on being called up, coping with it - 4/9/03 2:14 AM
TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- One was fuming at his bosses. One was drinking with the boys. Another was tucking his children into bed. Then came the moment they will never forget: The telephone rang.
Vietnam vets consider today's anti-war protests - 4/9/03 2:09 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ron Alred went to Vietnam in the late 1960s, just as anti-war activism was gaining momentum back home. The peace movement didn't really affect his work in the field -- he didn't hear much about the protests -- but he felt the impact when he returned.
A brief overview of the battlefield - 4/9/03 2:08 AM
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
Amid reports of Saddam's death, lone U.S. aircraft carrier group watches over North Korea - 4/9/03 2:05 AM
ABOARD THE USS CARL VINSON (AP) -- Corp. Douglas Mesnan and dozens of others sat riveted as the mess hall television carried reports that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein might have been killed.
U.N. says $720 million in relief goods on their way to Iraq, but $2.2 billion more still needed - 4/9/03 2:01 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations says about $720 million in relief supplies are on trucks and ships bound for Iraq, but it still needs $2.2 billion in emergency funds for more wartime relief.
Delay in knocking Iraqi TV off the air perplexes analysts - 4/9/03 1:59 AM
Before the war, U.S. military analysts predicted Iraq's state-run television would be quickly targeted in an effort to deny Saddam Hussein a propaganda tool that reached not just Iraqis but the Arab world and beyond.
Disappearance of two medical workers underscores wartime difficulties faced by relief agencies - 4/9/03 1:57 AM
Two members of the Doctors Without Borders relief group have vanished in Baghdad, prompting the group to stop working in a country that desperately needs medical attention.
Ex-general overseeing Iraq reconstruction has been critical of Palestinians - 4/9/03 1:51 AM
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.
After years of rumors about Saddam's tunnels, U.S. forces begin to venture underground - 4/9/03 1:50 AM
The mysterious tunnels of Iraq are rumored to stretch for scores of miles, linking palaces, military strongholds and safe houses, and concealing leaders, treasure or weapons of mass destruction.
Locals in southern Iraq plead for U.S. troops to help restore order - 4/9/03 1:46 AM
NEAR AMARAH, Iraq (AP) -- Sabah Zedan was frantic as he greeted U.S. Marines who captured the airport outside this southeastern Iraqi town, begging them to come inside and quell the chaos caused by the collapse of the local power structure.
U.S. sends message with daytime raids in Baghdad - 4/9/03 1:43 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American ground troops are demonstrating their control of Baghdad with bold, daytime raids into the heart of the Iraqi capital followed by nighttime airstrikes.
WASHINGTON TODAY: U.S. faces big postwar tests in Northern Iraq - 4/9/03 1:39 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the post-Saddam era, American finesse will have to replace firepower as U.S. envoys attempt to sort out the politically sensitive self-rule demands of Iraqi Kurds and the future of Iraq's oil wealth.
U.S. forces seize military airport in Baghdad, find weapons cache - 4/9/03 12:04 AM
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.

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