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Iraq war map indication: day 20, latest reports

Xinhuanet 2003-04-09 15:40:46

(Source: USA Today, updated 9:30 pm ET, April 8)

Downtown Baghdad

Spot 1: U.S. Army invades from north

For the first time, U.S. Army units moved into central Baghdad from the north.

Spot 2: River crossing secured

Army tanks and armored personnel carriers, protected by warplanes, secured the Jumhuriya Bridge over the Tigris River.

Spot 3: Journalists killed in hotel

An American tank fired at the Palestine Hotel killing two cameramen and wounding three other journalists.

One cameraman was with Reuters and one with Spanish television.

The hotel is used by many foreign journalists.

Spot 4: Network offices bombed

Al-jazeera's Baghdad office was bombed, killing one staffer. While the network's cameras rolled, a second bomb fell in the same neighborhood near the Tigris, where a number of TV channels have offices.

Abu Dhabai TV said its office had also been hit.

Spot 5: Massive bombs strike at leadership

A B-1 bomber struck a residence in the upscale Mansur neighborhood with four 2,000-lb. bunker-buster bombs. Intelligence reports said senior Iraqi officials, possibly including Saddam and his two sons, were meeting there.

Iraqi rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble, but it is not clear who was killed.

Spot 6: U.S. forces remain in palace

Members of the 3rd Infantry Division hunkered down for the night in the New Presidential Palace.

U.S. troops set up a prisoner of war holding pen in the palace compound where at least a dozen Iraqis are being held.

"There has been no organized resistance or effort to displace the coalition forces," said Navy Capt. Frank Thorp.

Spot 7: Iraqis battle for intersection

Iraqi forces staged a counterattack in the capital shortly after dawn Tuesday, sending buses and trucks full of fighters to overrun U.S. forces holding a strategic intersection. Within an hour, U.S. tanks retook the intersection. Two U.S. soldiers were reported wounded, one seriously, by snipers on rooftops.

Spot 8: 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.

An Iraqi missile shot down an American A-10 Warthog ground attack plane near the International Airport. The pilot was rescued.

Iraq

Spot 1: Northern oil hub targeted

Coalition warplanes pounded Iraqi positions in and around Kirkuk. It was one of the heaviest attacks yet, a Kurdish commander said.

Iraqi Kurds are helping coalition forces advance toward Kirkuk and Mosul, Iraq's third largest city.

Spot 2: U.S. commander visits troops

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 3: Massive bombs strike at leadership

A B-1 bomber struck a residence in the upscale Mansur neighborhood with four 2,000-lb. bunker-buster bombs. Intelligence reports said senior Iraqi officials, possibly including Saddam and his two sons, were meeting there.

Iraqi rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble, but it is not clear who was killed.

Spot 4: Local sheik put into power

The British said they were putting a local sheik into power in the city. The sheik met British divisional commanders Monday and was given the job of stting up an administrative committe representing other groups in the region.

Spot 5: Stray rocket crashes in Iran

The third rocket to hit Iranian territory since the war started landed outside the port city of Abadan. Iranian state-run telebision says that the explosion killed a 13-year-old boy.

Iranian officials said the rocket was from a U.S.-led coalition warplane. The Pentagon had no immediate information about the claim.

Baghdad Region

Spot 1: Marines capture prison

Marines took over a prison at Rashid Airfield in southeastern Baghdad overnight.

Shortly after dawn, Iraqis attacked the Marines with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s; Marine snipers shot more than a dozen of them.

Spot 2: Military tests suspicious drums

Defense officials said samples of a suspicious material found in Iraq are being tested for the presence of chemical weapons. Soldiers found the substance in metal drums in a compound near the city of Hindiyah.

Spot 3: U.S. searches for Iraqi paramilitary

The 101st Airborne assaulted Hillah, near ancient Babylon. The Army bypassed Hillah in its race to Baghdad, and soldiers have begun to clean out paramilitary fighters who are holed up in the city.

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