Today, updated 8:57 pm ET, April 7)
Spot 1 Troops raid central Baghdad
More than 70 tanks and 60 Bradley fighting vehicles took part in
a daylight thrust by the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, with tank-killing A-10
Warthog planes and pilotless drones providing air cover against mostly
Spot 2: Snipers shoot from hotel
During their armored thrust into the city, allied forces also
surrounded the state-owned Al-Rashid Hotel for a time.
Iraqi snipers fired on U.S. soldiers from rooms in the
state-owned hotel after a platoon conducted a patrol in the neighborhood. U.S.
tanks returned fire with their main guns and .50 caliber machine guns.
Spot 3: Missle hits residential area
At least nine civillians died when a missile hit a residential
area, witnessed said. The report could not be independently verified.
Spot 4: U.S. seizes presidential palace
American troops took control of the New Presidential Palace.
Soldiers rifled through documents in the bombed-out compound and helped
themselves to souvenirs.
U.S. troops set up a prisoner of war collection point in the
Spot 5: Baghdad bombardment continues
In the afternoon, Baghdad continued to be rocked by explosions
in areas on the west bank of the Tigris River.
Spot 6: Iraqis shoot from university
Across from the New Presidential Palace, Iraqi forces took up
positions in buildings that make up the University of Baghdad. U.S. troops
called in mortar fire and close air support to shell and bomb the Iraqi
Spot 7: Iraq battles to retake airport
Meanwhile, at Baghdad's airport, members of the 101st Airborne
Division fought Iraqis in military uniform in a prolonged overnight battle,
killing at least 100 fighters.
Spot 8: Rockets cause U.S. casualties
Rockets hit a group of U.S. armored personnel carriers in
southern Baghdad. Six people were reported missing and a large number were
Spot 9: Report chemical agents on missiles
A U.S. Marine told USA TODAY that he received an intelligence
report saying missiles tipped with sarin and mustard agents had been found in
western Baghdad. Unconfirmed report says that the U.S. found 20 medium-range
Spot 1: Coalition forces advance toward Kirkuk
Forces were advancing toward Kirkuk, a major oil center.
Spot 2: "Chemical Ali" found dead
British officials said they found the body of Iraqi Gen. Ali
Hassan al-Majid, whose home had been targeted in weekend bombing. Al-Majid, a
cousin of Saddam, gained the nickname "Chemical Ali" for ordering a poison gas
attack that killed thousands of Kurds in 1988.
Spot 3: Franks visits Najaf
Gen. Tommy Franks, the overall commander, visited Najaf on his
way to Baghdad from his forward command base in Qatar. He also visited two other
locations that were not disclosed.
Spot 4: Marines killed in bridge fight
Two Marines were killed and two wounded when their armored troop
carrier was hit by artillery at a canal bridge south of Baghdad. The Marines
advanced into the capital by foot and amphibious vehicles after the Iraqis blew
apart the bridge.
Two U.S. soldiers and two journalists were killed and 15 prople
wounded when an Iraqi rocket hit a U.S.communications center south of Baghdad.
Spot 5: Suspicious barrels found: MSNBC
Fourteen barrels containing suspected chemical agents were found
near Karbala, MSNBC reported.