Day 17, latest reports (April 5)
Spot1 U.S. and Kurds push back Iraqis
American air strikes and Kurdish ground attacks in the north have driven Irqi
forces back from the Kurdish frontier toward Kirkuk, the center of northern
Iraq's oil industry. The Kurds are within 20 mils if the city.
Spot2 U.S. planes bombard Mosul
U.S. warplanes hit Iraqi positions near Mosul, the commercial center of
northern Iraq. Kurdish ground forces are within 20 miles of the city.
Spot3 U.S. forces closing in from the north
A U.S.military official, speaking on coalition of anonymity, said several
objectives had been seized on the northern and northwestern edges of
Spot4 British troops find human remains
British forces in southern Iraq found hundreds of boxes containing human
remains in a warehouse near Zubayr and are investigating how they got there,
military officials said Saturday.
Spot5 Coalition strikes Basra residence
Two coalition aircraft bombed the Basra residence of Saddam Hussein's cousin,
Ali Hassan al-Majid. He is a member of Saddam's inner circle and commander of
Iraq's southern forces.
British troops saw a group of Iraqis soldiers shelled by their own forced as
they tried to surrender in a village west of Basra.
Spot1 U.S. forces control road in Tikrit
Special operations forces were "maintaining effective control" of the roads
between Baghdad and Tikrit, hometown of Iraqi President Saddam Hussin.
Spot2 Marines subdue foreign fighters
Marines with bayonets struggled in the reeds to subdue a force of foreign
fighters, mostly Jordanians, Egyptians and Sudanese who had been "given a rifle
and told to become a martyr," said Lt. Col. B.P. McCoy, commanding office of the
3rd Battalion, 4th Marines.
Spot3 U.S. troops take Republican Guard HQ
U.S Army soldiers Saturday captured the headquarters of the Republican
Guard's Medina Division. Two tank companies and an infantry company of the 3rd
infantry Division quickly took over the entire base, finding abandoned bunkers,
foxholes and artillery pieces.
(Source: USA Today, updated 6:25 pm ET, April 5)