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Saturday  April 12, 2003

Numbers Up To Date:

Casualties: Among U.S. troops, 114 dead, five missing and seven captured, according to the Pentagon. Among British troops, 31 dead

Deployed: More than 300,000 allied troops are in the region, with about 255,000 from the United States, 45,000 British troops, 2,000 Australia troops, 400 Czech and Slovak troops and 200 Polish troops. Nearly 100,000 more U.S. forces on the way.

Timeline: Sunday is the 25th day of the war, which began on March 20 in Iraq.

Fired: Coalition ships have fired more than 800 Tomahawk missiles at Iraq during the war. Vice Admiral Timothy Keating said fewer than 10 "didn't get to the target."

A brief overview of the battlefield - 4/12/03 11:47 PM
American forces agreed Saturday to team up with Iraqi police to stem widespread looting that emptied the National Museum of thousands of ancient treasures, while U.S. Marines geared up to push north toward Tikrit, President Saddam Hussein's hometown.
Rescued POW Jessica Lynch, other wounded soldiers, return to the United States - 4/12/03 11:02 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jessica Lynch, the soldier rescued in a daring commando raid in Iraq, returned to the United States on Saturday to recover from her head-to-toe injuries at the Army's premier medical center.
Marines, Iraqi police joining in effort to tamp down plundering of Baghdad - 4/12/03 10:35 PM
Joining forces in a city of shattered order and ransacked history, U.S. troops and Iraqi police are setting up patrols to rein in waves of thievery in Baghdad. Marines rolled north to confront what could be Saddam Hussein's last holdouts.
Iraqi most wanted on chemical, biological weapons surrenders; insists no weapons of mass destruction - 4/12/03 9:53 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The No. 1 Iraqi official wanted for questioning about chemical and biological weapons in the country surrendered to U.S. forces Saturday in a move that could provide a major boost to the hunt for any weapons of mass destruction.
Kurds in Colorado gather to say thank you to U.S., Britain - 4/12/03 9:48 PM
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -- Ari Alani, an Iraqi Kurd, wishes he could say thank you to U.S. and British troops nonstop.
As looting continues, anger bursts forth on Baghdad's streets - 4/12/03 9:42 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- At first they cheered, smiled, offered hearty thumbs-ups to the U.S. soldiers newly in their midst. But across Iraq's lawless capital, that sentiment is evaporating as quickly as Saddam Hussein's government melted away.
Rescued POW Jessica Lynch, other wounded soldiers, return to the United States - 4/12/03 9:28 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jessica Lynch, the soldier rescued in a daring commando raid in Iraq, returned to the United States on Saturday to recover from her head-to-toe injuries at the Army's premier medical center.
Marines discover cache of suicide bomb vests in a school - 4/12/03 9:00 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines searching a Baghdad school made a chilling discovery: scores of black leather vests stuffed with explosives and ball bearings, along with empty hangers hinting that suicide attackers already might be outfitted to explode somewhere in this chaotic city.
Marines, Iraqi police joining in effort to tamp down plundering of Baghdad - 4/12/03 8:54 PM
Joining forces in a city of shattered order and ransacked history, U.S. troops and Iraqi police are setting up patrols to rein in waves of thievery in Baghdad. Marines rolled north to confront what could be Saddam Hussein's last holdouts.
Protests continue as war winds down, but thousands gather in Washington to cheer troops - 4/12/03 7:12 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even as the war with Iraq winds down, protesters in the United States and abroad renewed their campaign against the conflict Saturday. In Washington, 10 blocks from an antiwar demonstration, supporters of the war effort drew thousands to their own rally.
Syrian foreign minister accuses America of wanting to destroy Iraq - 4/12/03 6:53 PM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Saturday accused the United States of waging war to destroy Iraq -- not oust President Saddam Hussein.
World finance leaders endorse Iraq rebuilding efforts - 4/12/03 6:47 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finance officials from the seven richest industrial countries agreed Saturday to support a new U.N. Security Council resolution as part of a global effort to rebuild Iraq and promised to begin talks on reducing Iraq's massive foreign debt burden.
Rescued POW Jessica Lynch, other wounded soldiers, return to the United States - 4/12/03 6:32 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jessica Lynch, the soldier rescued in a daring commando raid in Iraq, returned to the United States on Saturday to recover from her head-to-toe injuries at the Army's premier medical center.
Marines, Iraqi police joining in effort to tamp down plundering of Baghdad - 4/12/03 6:29 PM
Joining forces in a city of shattered order and ransacked history, U.S. troops and Iraqi police are setting up patrols to rein in waves of thievery in Baghdad. Marines rolled north to confront what could be Saddam Hussein's last holdouts.
National museum, home to artifacts dating back thousands of years, plundered by looters - 4/12/03 6:01 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The famed Iraq National Museum, home of extraordinary Babylonian, Sumerian and Assyrian collections and rare Islamic texts, sat empty Saturday -- except for shattered glass display cases and cracked pottery bowls that littered the floor.
A brief overview of the battlefield - 4/12/03 6:00 PM
American forces agreed Saturday to team up with Iraqi police to stem widespread looting that emptied the National Museum of thousands of ancient treasures, while U.S. Marines geared up to push north toward Tikrit, President Saddam Hussein's hometown.
British forces find weapons cache believed stored for suicide bombers - 4/12/03 5:53 PM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- British forces have seized 250 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons believed to have been stored for suicide bombers in Iraq's second-largest city, according to British pool reports.
Saddam Hussein's science adviser surrenders, insists Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction - 4/12/03 5:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's science adviser surrendered to U.S. military authorities Saturday, becoming the first of the 55 most wanted Iraqi figures to go into coalition custody. He insisted that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and that the war was unjustified.
Safe house in 1960s style: Troops discover what they call a Saddam hideaway - 4/12/03 5:04 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The doors of the town house opened to reveal a playboy's fantasy straight from the 1960s: mirrored bedroom, lamps shaped like women, airbrushed paintings of a topless blonde woman and a mustached hero battling a crocodile.
French police crack down on anti-Semitic acts during protests against Iraq war - 4/12/03 4:54 PM
PARIS (AP) -- Police were on heightened alert for possible anti-Semitic acts as 11,000 protesters marched through Paris on Saturday demanding the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces from Iraq.
Kuwaitis thank United States for liberating Iraq - 4/12/03 4:51 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Scores of Kuwaitis gathered Saturday outside the U.S. Embassy here to thank coalition forces for liberating neighboring Iraq, a rare sight in Arab countries, most of which oppose the American-led war.
As air war winds down, U.S. preparing to send some warplanes back home - 4/12/03 4:50 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The allied air campaign that tore into Iraq's best defenses and targeted its top leaders is winding down, and U.S. war commanders are preparing to send home some planes.
War-Iran-US - 4/12/03 4:33 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's former president expressed support Saturday for holding a referendum on restoring ties with the United States, marking a significant shift as his fellow hard-liners nervously watch U.S.-led forces take control of neighboring Iraq.
In one Baghdad neighborhood, fear, unexploded bombs and recriminations - 4/12/03 4:16 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Steely, silent and menacing, they're just about everywhere -- in Najah Jaffar's garden, on Ahmad Hussein's doorstep, hanging from palm trees along the shop-lined sidewalks of Khairala Tilfah street.
Arabs blame Saddam's reign, lack of U.S. military intervention for Iraqi looting - 4/12/03 4:12 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Arabs across the Middle East blamed Saddam Hussein's repressive rule and the lack of intervention by U.S. forces for the looting and vandalism sprees that plagued Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.
Baghdad looting a blend of greed, pent-up energy; some blame U.S. - 4/12/03 4:06 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- By now, the plunder is little more than garbage. Yet the looters press on.
Some of Iraq National Museum's treasures - 4/12/03 4:06 PM
Baghdad's Iraq National Museum, looted in the city's post-Saddam Hussein chaos, was home to one of the world's great collections of antiquities. Much was lost, though it is not known exactly what was taken; the museum's holdings included:
Marines risky search for remnants of Iraqi regime at checkpoints - 4/12/03 3:23 PM
ALONG ROUTE 7, Central Iraq (AP) -- Seven men sat in the dried mud alongside the road, hands bound by white plastic cuffs and four Kalashnikov rifles -- ammunition clips fully loaded -- lying in back of their armored jeep. U.S. Marines guarded them warily.
Battered Baghdad: 'It's like trying to get Los Angeles back up' - 4/12/03 3:02 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Harried Marines still in desert camo huddled at a hotel bar with Iraqi civil servants on Saturday, taking the first stabs at restoring a capital collapsed in chaos and looting.
Marines discover cache of suicide bomb vests in a school - 4/12/03 2:58 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines searching a Baghdad school made a chilling discovery: scores of black leather vests stuffed with explosives and ball bearings, along with empty hangers hinting that suicide attackers already might be outfitted to explode somewhere in this chaotic city.
Bush says Saddam's regime is `falling away' but hard fighting may be ahead - 4/12/03 2:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush spoke on Saturday of Iraqi children kissing Marines and possible difficult fighting ahead as coalition forces struggled to bring order to the wreckage left by the collapse of President Saddam Hussein's government.
U.S. reinforcements calm northern cities after looting sprees - 4/12/03 2:43 PM
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Waving in friendship but still wearing full combat gear, U.S. soldiers streamed into the heart of Iraq's third-largest city to help take control of Mosul after President Saddam Hussein's forces disappeared without a fight.
Safe house or bachelor pad? Troops discover home of one of Saddam's hideaways - 4/12/03 2:39 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The doors of the town house opened to reveal a playboy's fantasy straight from the 1960s: mirrored bedroom, lamps shaped like women, air-brushed paintings of a topless blonde woman and a mustached hero battling a crocodile.
Congress sends $80 billion war spending plan to the president - 4/12/03 2:17 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eager to show solidarity with U.S. troops, Congress on Saturday sent President Bush a nearly $80 billion plan to pay for the initial costs of the war in Iraq and its aftermath.
Iraqi neighborhood hails Marines, complains of problems - 4/12/03 2:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops in Iraq have been greeted any number of ways -- with gunfire, with jubilation, with apprehension. In one middle-class Baghdad neighborhood Saturday, Marines got a warm welcome, complete with breakfast and offers of warm baths, and a barrage of questions and complaints from ...
Former POW Jessica Lynch heads home for treatment at Army medical center in Washington - 4/12/03 2:07 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army's premier medical center is becoming the new home for rescued POW Jessica Lynch, who faces a lengthy rehabilitation from injuries she received in Iraq.
In wartime, freedoms Americans fight for can be restricted - 4/12/03 1:58 PM
The speech was a fierce condemnation of war, delivered to a crowd at an Ohio convention. The orator lashed out at the government for charging into a battle that the reluctant working class had to fight. "If war is right, let it be declared by the people!"
Some hope, some pessimism as an anguished Arab world weighs its post-Saddam future - 4/12/03 1:57 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Rulers across the Middle East have just witnessed how quickly Iraqis went from pledging "our blood, our souls" for Saddam Hussein to toppling his statues and spitting on his portraits.
Wary and nervous _ but still hopeful _ young American Muslims want to break down barriers - 4/12/03 1:56 PM
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- The lunchtime chatter slowly fades as the students at an all-girl Muslim school remove their shoes and line up for afternoon prayers.
As looting continues, anger bursts forth on Baghdad's streets - 4/12/03 1:56 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- At first they cheered, smiled, offered hearty thumbs-ups to the U.S. soldiers newly in their midst. But across Iraq's lawless capital, that sentiment is evaporating as quickly as Saddam Hussein's government melted away.
War news causes big viewership jump for cable networks, but not for broadcast news - 4/12/03 1:46 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- The war in Iraq has caused television viewers to flock to the cable news networks, but that hasn't been the case for the broadcast evening news programs.
Leaders of Russia, France, Germany push for key U.N. role in Iraq - 4/12/03 1:25 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Russia, France and Germany -- outspoken opponents of the war in Iraq -- pushed Saturday for the United Nations to play the key role in rebuilding that country, but toned down their criticism of the United States.
WASHINGTON TODAY: Bush allies in Congress losing ground on domestic front - 4/12/03 1:16 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- His troops in Iraq have proved unstoppable, but President Bush's commanders on Capitol Hill are losing ground.
WEEKLY FARM: Farmers see new export opportunities in postwar Iraq - 4/12/03 12:54 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. success in the war with Iraq has American farmers hoping they soon will resume exporting products from the world's breadbasket to the cradle of civilization.
Congress approves roughly $80 billion war package - 4/12/03 12:43 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House passed a wartime spending bill of nearly $80 billion Saturday, sending President Bush a down payment on the costs of waging the war against Iraq. The package also combats terrorism, shores up defenses at home and provides new aid to airlines.
Looters swarm into new areas as key bridges are opened; Iraqis disappointed with U.S. response - 4/12/03 12:29 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces reopened two strategic bridges Saturday in the heart of Baghdad and crowds of looters surged across -- taking advantage of access to new territory that had not already been plundered. U.S. forces did nothing to stop them.
World finance leaders endorse a new U.N. Security resolution as part of Iraq rebuilding effort - 4/12/03 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finance officials from the seven richest industrial countries agreed Saturday to support a new U.N. Security Council resolution as part of a global effort to rebuild Iraq.
As war winds down, protests continue - 4/12/03 12:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having failed to keep U.S. troops out of Iraq, anti-war protesters are marching to bring them home.
WASHINGTON: Saddam's rule. - 4/12/03 12:20 PM
One participant in the G-7 discussions, Wim Duisenberg, the head of the European Central Bank, said the talks were conducted without any hint of the bitterness between the United States and France and Germany over the war.
In wartime, freedoms Americans fight for can be restricted - 4/12/03 12:16 PM
The speech was a fierce condemnation of war, delivered to a crowd at an Ohio convention. The orator lashed out at the government for charging into a battle that the reluctant working class had to fight. "If war is right, let it be declared by the people!"
Many voice optimism _ but celebrations on hold until U.S. forces return - 4/12/03 12:15 PM
They're not celebrating in the streets of Bagdad just yet -- Bagdad, Ariz., that is. Not as long as more than 80 of this copper mining town's 1,000 residents are still fighting in Iraq and beyond.
WASHINGTON: Italy and Canada. - 4/12/03 12:12 PM
That was a concession by the Bush administration. U.S. officials had argued that IMF-World Bank reconstruction efforts could begin as part of an American-led rebuilding program without a further U.N. resolution. The world body had failed to endorse the U.S.-led military campaign to oust Iraqi President Sad
Saddam Hussein's science adviser surrenders, insists Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction - 4/12/03 12:06 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's science adviser surrendered to U.S. military authorities Saturday, insisting that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and the U.S.-led invasion was unjustified.
Rescued POW Jessica Lynch leaves Germany for Washington - 4/12/03 12:06 PM
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- A plane carrying rescued POW Jessica Lynch left Saturday for the United States after she underwent a week of treatment at a U.S. military hospital in western Germany.
World finance leaders endorse a new U.N. Security resolution as part of Iraq rebuilding effort - 4/12/03 12:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finance officials from the seven richest industrial countries agreed Saturday to support a new U.N. Security Council resolution as part of a global effort to rebuild Iraq.
Turkish journalists injured in northern Iraq - 4/12/03 11:54 AM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Two Turkish journalists were hurt Saturday after assailants opened fire on their car in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Their wounds were not life-threatening.
Radio Free Iraq to open bureau in Baghdad - 4/12/03 11:53 AM
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- After 23 years in exile, Iraqi journalist Kamran Al-Karadaghi is finally going home.
Iraqi police and U.S. Marines agree to joint patrols - 4/12/03 11:39 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. military and the Iraqi police said Saturday they havee agreed to joint patrols to restore order in Baghdad.
Iraqis and Marines agree to joint patrols - 4/12/03 11:23 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. military and the Iraqi police said Saturday they've agreed to joint patrols to restore order in Baghdad.
Saddam Hussein's science adviser surrenders, insists Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction - 4/12/03 11:22 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's science adviser surrendered to U.S. military authorities Saturday, insisting that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and the U.S.-led invasion was unjustified.
Tooms,' `Fuji,' summoned for secret mission that targeted Saddam's compound, marked war's start - 4/12/03 11:13 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seven warplanes pierced the night sky over Iraq, racing toward Baghdad on a mission to behead Saddam Hussein's government and perhaps hasten a war's end.
U.S. steps up efforts to curb lawlessness across Iraq; suspicious bus stopped near Syria - 4/12/03 11:11 AM
As looting spread Saturday to new areas of Baghdad, U.S. officials said 1,200 police and judicial officers will go to Iraq to help restore order. Saddam Hussein's science adviser surrendered to U.S. forces and insisted Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction.
Congress ready to approve roughly $80 billion war package - 4/12/03 11:10 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House met in a rare Saturday session to vote on a near-$80 billion measure for the Iraq war, the global drive against terrorism and aid to America's airlines.
U.S. may send Kitty Hawk carrier battle group home within days - 4/12/03 11:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Now that the air war over Iraq is winding down, the Navy is seeking to send home, within days, two of the three aircraft carrier battle groups in the Persian Gulf, the commander of all naval forces in the Gulf said Saturday.
As war winds down, protests continue - 4/12/03 10:50 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having failed to keep U.S. troops out of Iraq, anti-war protesters are marching to bring them home.
Looters swarm into new areas as key bridges are opened; Iraqis disappointed with U.S. response - 4/12/03 10:43 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces reopened two strategic bridges Saturday in the heart of Baghdad and crowds of looters surged across -- taking advantage of access to new territory that had not already been plundered. U.S. forces did nothing to stop them.
World finance officials discuss differences over Iraq rebuilding - 4/12/03 10:34 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finance officials from the seven richest industrial countries tried Saturday to settle differences that threaten to delay reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
Marines discover cache of suicide bomb vests in a school - 4/12/03 10:20 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Scores of black leather vests stuffed with explosives and ball-bearings were found by U.S. Marines at a Baghdad school, along with empty hangers hinting that suicide bombers might be wearing them in the chaotic city.
Rescued U.S. POW Jessica Lynch leaves for United States after treatment in German military hospital - 4/12/03 10:04 AM
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- A plane carrying rescued U.S. POW Jessica Lynch left for the United States on Saturday after a week of treatment at a military hospital in western Germany.
U.S. may send Kitty Hawk carrier battle group home within days - 4/12/03 10:04 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Now that the air war over Iraq is winding down, the Navy is seeking to send home, within days, two of the three aircraft carrier battle groups in the Persian Gulf, the commander of all naval forces in the Gulf said Saturday.
U.S. steps up efforts to curb lawlessness across Iraq; suspicious bus stopped near Syria - 4/12/03 9:31 AM
As looting spread Saturday to new areas of Baghdad, U.S. officials said 1,200 police and judicial officers will go to Iraq to help restore order. In western Iraq, U.S. forces stopped a busload of men who had $630,000 in cash and a letter offering rewards for killing American soldiers.
World finance officials discuss differences over Iraq rebuilding - 4/12/03 8:55 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finance officials from the seven richest industrial countries tried Saturday to settle differences that threaten to delay reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
Iraqi embassy open for business, Syrian media says Iraqis will strike back at coalition forces - 4/12/03 8:44 AM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Iraqi Embassy opened for business Saturday -- absent the outdoor portraits of Saddam Hussein. An official Syrian newspaper said Iraqis in Baghdad were only catching their breath to strike back at "invading forces."
Marines move north of Baghdad toward Tikrit, Saddam's hometown - 4/12/03 8:35 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. troops were on the move Saturday, with Marines rumbling north of Baghdad toward Tikrit, hometown to President Saddam Hussein and many of his regime's inner circle, U.S. Central Command said.
Looters swarm into new areas as key bridges are opened; Iraqis disappointed with U.S. response - 4/12/03 7:30 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces reopened two strategic bridges Saturday in the heart of Baghdad and crowds of looters surged across -- taking advantage of access to new territory that had not already been plundered. U.S. forces did nothing to stop them.
U.S. steps up efforts to curb lawlessness across Iraq; cache of suicide-bomb vests found in Baghdad. Pick up 9th graf: U.S. forces... - 4/12/03 6:36 AM
As looting spread Saturday to new areas of Baghdad, U.S. officials said 1,200 police and judicial officers will go to Iraq to help restore order. U.S. commanders indicated the last major military challenge, taking Saddam Hussein's hometown, may be easier than expected thanks to desertions and relentless bo
Iraq war puts little-known Virginia Defense Force in the spotlight - 4/12/03 5:42 AM
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Stanley Russell needed a parental waiver to participate in the Virginia Defense Force, but that didn't dissuade the high school junior from joining the little-known band of volunteers suddenly thrust into a higher profile by the war in Iraq.
U.S. steps up efforts to curb lawlessness across Iraq; cache of suicide-bomb vests found in Baghdad - 4/12/03 4:51 AM
As looting spread Saturday to new areas of Baghdad, U.S. officials said 1,200 police and judicial officers will go to Iraq to help restore order. U.S. commanders indicated the last major military challenge, taking Saddam Hussein's hometown, may be easier than expected thanks to desertions and relentless bo
Coalition eyes Saddam's hometown for what could be the war's final battle - 4/12/03 4:25 AM
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition turned its focus to Saddam Hussein's hometown on Saturday, where fighters are believed to be regrouping for a last stand. But after the peaceful handover of northern Iraq's two largest cities and intensive bombing of Tikrit, the city may fall without much of a fi
Key bridges are reopened and looters swarm into new areas; Iraqis disappointed with U.S. response - 4/12/03 4:01 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces reopened two strategic bridges Saturday in the heart of Baghdad and crowds of looters surged across -- taking advantage of access to new territory that had not already been plundered. U.S. forces did nothing to stop them.
Iraqis start packing their bags to leave Syria and return home - 4/12/03 3:39 AM
SAYDA ZEINAB, Syria (AP) -- One day selling cosmetics to Syrian women, the next packing his bags for home, Iraqi makeup vendor and AWOL soldier Hussein Dakhel is a man in a rush.
Marines discover huge cache of suicide bomb vests in a school - 4/12/03 3:15 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. marines have found an enormous cache of suicide bomb vests in an elementary school in central Baghdad. On the floor of the science classroom -- with a picture of Saddam Hussein on the green chalk board -- there lay nearly 50 black leather vests each packed with C4 explosives and
Pilots who were late to war work look forward to enforcing peace - 4/12/03 2:50 AM
ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ (AP) -- Nearly three weeks after the war in Iraq began, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Toppel launched his jet for the first time into Iraqi skies, looking for snipers firing on U.S. troops from a Baghdad building. Now he looks forward to keeping the peace.
U.S. searches for order as Iraq plunges into chaotic free-for-all - 4/12/03 2:45 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- With wild crowds ransacking everything from hospitals to military armories, Iraq is in a frenzy of vigilante justice despite efforts by coalition troops to rein in the chaos with a mixture of curfews, cajoling and force.
As war winds down, protests continue - 4/12/03 2:28 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having failed to keep U.S. troops out of Iraq, anti-war protesters are marching to bring them home.
`Freedom fries' follow long tradition of patriotic bashing - 4/12/03 2:24 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American military is fighting Iraq, but Congress appears to have declared war on France.
War-Budget-Highlights - 4/12/03 2:21 AM
Highlights of a compromise bill House-Senate bargainers were completing for initial costs of the Iraq war, the postwar U.S. role there, the fight against terrorism and other items, based on preliminary information about the bill.
Rift over who should rebuild Iraq could further damage U.S.-European relations - 4/12/03 2:16 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- By insisting that the United Nations take the lead in postwar Iraq, the three main opponents of the military campaign there risk further damage to their relationship with the United States.
Marines discover cache of suicide bomb vests in a school - 4/12/03 2:09 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. marines have found an enormous cache of suicide bomb vests in a school in central Baghdad. On the floor of the science classroom -- with a picture of Saddam Hussein on the green chalk board -- there lay nearly 50 black leather vests each packed with C4 explosives and ball bearing
Burying Iraqis, young American fighters feel their own mortality - 4/12/03 2:08 AM
BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Iraq (AP) -- The first one was lying on his side, about 500 yards away behind a brown building, baked by the unforgiving desert sun. His rump was pocked with bullets.
Pentagon officials worried about loss of weapons information in Iraq looting - 4/12/03 1:48 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pentagon officials are concerned that the looting and destruction of government offices in Iraq could destroy evidence related to weapons of mass destruction the United States wants to find.
Congress ready to approve roughly $80 billion war package - 4/12/03 1:42 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate approval of a near-$80 billion measure for the Iraq war, the global drive against terrorism and aid to American airlines underscores a bipartisan eagerness to show solidarity with U.S. troops.
Marine Scout-Snipers invisible enemy for Iraqi army - 4/12/03 1:40 AM
NASIRIYAH, Iraq, (AP) -- Late at night, when wild dogs howl into the blackness of the Iraqi desert, Marine Sgt. Justin Mendenhall and his small band leave the security of their camp to begin work.
U.S. may have to cut deals to restore Iraq's oil exports and revive production - 4/12/03 1:36 AM
LONDON (AP) -- U.S. troops are within striking distance of Iraq's last big oil field, and sabotage at oil wells and facilities elsewhere appears minimal. But even this good news won't lessen the challenge ahead for oil experts planning to revive the country's most important industry
Saddam's ouster could usher in new era of democracy or harden hearts against America - 4/12/03 1:33 AM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The swiftness of the campaign to oust Saddam Hussein is sending shockwaves throughout the Arab world -- much the same way the Six-Day War did in 1967 -- and many hope this will be a turning point for the Middle East.
Fort Bliss pays tribute to 507th soldiers in memorial - 4/12/03 1:31 AM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Empty helmets placed on the barrels of M-16s sat in front of smiling photos of nine members of the 507th Maintenance Company. A posthumously awarded Purple Heart was draped on the upper right hand corner of each picture frame.
War-Arlington Burial - 4/12/03 1:31 AM
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- "Taps" is played here two dozen times a day, the notes as haunting and lonely as death, this hallowed ground's abiding presence.
Local TV broadcasters say war coverage is worth the cost - 4/12/03 1:31 AM
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Dana Kaye now watches television coverage of the war in Iraq with the same perspective as the soldiers' families, searching for glimpses of the faces she knows.
A lonely wait for military spouses while nation celebrates victory in Iraq - 4/12/03 1:31 AM
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) -- On a gloomy, gray day near this military base, spouses of Marines deployed in the Middle East turned to board games and scrapbooks to help push the worry away.
As looting and mayhem continue, coalition handles chaos gingerly - 4/12/03 12:29 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The people of Baghdad's Karadeh neighborhood, fed up with thievery, took the law into their own hands: They grabbed Kalashnikov rifles, set up roadblocks and checked passing cars for stolen goods.
U.S. military expands control over Iraq - 4/12/03 12:28 AM
American troops took the northern city of Mosul without a fight and awaited surrender from holdout forces in western Iraq on Friday, dismantling the remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime. U.S. officials agreed to stem looting in Baghdad and other areas.
U.S. troops discover Odai Hussein's weapons cache in central Baghdad - 4/12/03 12:21 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops walked into a two-story house in an enclave of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party on Friday and discovered boxes of Italian pistols, Soviet-era Kalashnikovs and American-made rifles still wrapped in plastic, along with an inventory that said they belonged to the president's son

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