Day 13, latest reports
Spot 1 U.S. backs Kurdish effort
U.S. aircraft pounded Iraqi positions near
Kalak, aiding Kurdish fighters as they seized territory from Saddam Hussein's
Spot 2 Strategic oil center bombed
Coalition airplanes hit targets outside
Kirkuk in the heaviest and most frequent bombing around the stragetic oil center
since the war began.
Iraqi forces were fortigying positions
between Kirkuk and Mosul.
Spot 3 U.S. battles for control of town
U.S. troops and tanks encountered
rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire in a raid Monday against
Republican Guard defenders of Hindiyah, a key city astride the Euphrates
Spot 4 Marines secure air base
Marines secured an air base that is expected
to serve as a staging area.
Spot 5 Civilian killed at checkpoint
One Iraqi man was killed and another wounded
in a checkpoint incident at the south-central town of Ash-shatra
Spot 6 Stiff resistance from Iraq
U.S. troops are still encounter stiff
resistance from Saddam loyalists in and around the town.
Marine helicopters began ferrying bottled
water and tens of thousands of ready meals from Kuwait to the Jalibah Airbase in
the first aid shipments to civilians here.
Spot 7 American POW rescued
Pfc. Jessica Lynch of Palestine, W.Va., was
rescued. She and 11 other U.S. soldiers from the 507th Maintenance Company were
ambushed nine days ago after the unit made a wrong turn near
Two U.S. Navy pilots were rescued when their
F-14 Tomcat from the USS Kitty Harwk crashed in southern Iraq.
Spot 8 Refugees pour out of city
British forces fought skirmishes on the
ourskirts of the city but were continuing to await reinforcements before
attacking the central city.
Civilians continued to pour out of the city,
passing through British checkpoints in cars, donkey-drawn carts or by
Spot 9 Iraqi missile downed
A Patriot missile battery shot down an Iraqi
missile before it reached Kuwait Tuesday.
Spot 10 Plane crashes off carrier
A Navy S-3B Viking plane veered off the USS
Constellation's flight deck during landing Tuesday. The two pilots ejected and
were rescued by helicopter.
Spot 11 Raid aided by drugsniffing dog
British troops using a specially trained Springer Spaniel named Buster found a
huge arms cache, heroin, cocaine and suitcases full of cash. Soldiers arrested
47 Iraqis in the raid. Buster had his own protective gear in case of chemical attack: a sealed pen with an
electric motor that pumps air through a gas mask filter.
Spot 12 Power, water returns to port
Fresh water began into Umm Qasr from a
pipelins in neighboring Kuwait. British troops, shedding their warlike helmets
for berets, have also turned on the lights to the city for the first time in
Spot 1 Bombs hit alleged torture
Spot 2 Bombs fall on Republican
Spot 3 Warplanes bomb Iraqi
Spot 4 Marines capture important
Spot 5 Guards kill seven
Spot 6 Marines battle Iraqis for 8
| Allies aircraft bombed a Baghdad
complex that serves as the office of the Iraqi National Olympic Committee,
where Iraqi dissidents say Saddam Hussein's son Odai runs a torture
|| Bombing south of Baghdad, probably
against Republican Guard positions resumed at daylight Tuesday.
Warplanes struck Iraqi
At Central Command
in Qatar, official said U.S. forces captured an Iraqi general.
The first major ground battle
with Iraq's Republican Guard troops began here as U.S. Army units
battled parts of the Medina Division.
| U.S. marines, backed by artillery
and two B-52 heavy bombers, captured a key canal bridge. There were dozen
civilians killed in air strikes.
U.S. soldiers killed seven women and children in a
checkpoint when it fails to stop after guards fired warning
After a night of air strikes, the 1st Brigade of the
101st Airborne Diviswion pushed into the center of this
| Marines fought an 8-hour battle
with Iraqis, who were firing artillery, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades
and small arms. The preliminary toll: 90 Iraqis killed; 44 captured; no
(Source: USA today, updated 9:59 pm ET, April 1)