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Iraq war map indication: day 23, latest reports

Xinhuanet 2003-04-12 14:42:16

(Source: USA Today, updated 10:40 pm ET, April 10)

Downtown Baghdad

Spot 1: Suicide bomber injures U.S. marines

A vehicle containing explosives was driven to a checkpoint near Saddam City, a Baghdad slum dominated by Shiite Muslims, and detonated. Four Marines and one medical corpsman were wounded.

Spot 2: U.S. removes portrait of President Bush

U.S. troops destroyed the mosaic of former President Bush that had been installed on the floor by Saddam's regime as a gesture of disrespect. The picture had been put there so that people entering the hotel walked all over Bush's image.

Spot 3: Looting chaos continues

The 7th Marine Regiment planned to enforce a dust-to-dawn curfew in the area it patrols in eastern Baghdad. Children as young as 10 and entire families - mother, father and the kids - took part in the looting, carrying away everything from tables, charirs and light fixtures to water coolers, air conditioners and refrigerators.

Spot 4: Looters set fire to hotel

Families engulfed the Mansur hotel after bandits made off with furniture, carpets and television sets.

Pro-Saddam bands of Arab volunteers manned sandbagged positions, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov rifles.

Spot 5: U.S. claims down on looting

U.S. troops were trying to curb looting in Baghdad that continued unabated for a third straight day. In parts of the capital, Marines were starting to enforce a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

Spot 6: Looters stopped by Iraqis

Iraqis were trying to contain the looting by setting up checkpoints, searching passing cars and confiscating stolen goods. The men at the checkpoints, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, were beating some of the looters.

Spot 7: Suspected nuclear materials found

Marines discovered what preliminary tests showed could be weapons-grade plutonium. Villagers tipped U.S. troops to the whereabouts of a huge underground complex where the substance was found.

Iraq

Spot 1: U.S. forces move into Mosul

Kurdish militia and U.S. special operations troops moved into Iraq's third largest city, and the U.S. special forces commander in northern Iraq announced a curfew.

All of the ambulances at Jumhuriya Hospital were taken at gunpoint just hours after the Iraqi Army's 5th Corps fled. The corps was the main Iraqi force in northern Iraq.

Spot 2: U.S. army takes control

Paratroopers with the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade secured Kirkuk's strategic oil infrastructure and an airfield after the city fell with barely a fight.

Turkish officials arrived in Kirkuk and were reviewing plans to increase Turkish military presence in northern Iraq.

Spot 3: Tikrit looms as next battle -- or not

Remnants Guard and other Iraqi troops are regrouping in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit for a possible final stand. But they've been severely weakened by weeks of airstrikes, U.S. Central Command said, and aren't believed to be an effective fighting force.

Spot 4: U.S. fihgts for town on Syrian border

U.S. forces were gaining control of the town of Qaim on Iraq's border with Syria in order to ensure Iraqi forces cannot fire ballistic missiles from the area. Iraq used the area to launch missiles at Israel during the 1991 Gulf War.

Spot 5: Bombs target Saddam's relative

Before dawn Friday, U.S. warplanes fired six satallite-guided bombs at an intelligence building in Ramadi, believing that Saddam's half brother, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, was inside. U.S. commanders are assessing damage and casualties from the strike.

Spot 6: 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.

Spot 7: Britain reduces military presence

At coalition headquarters in Qatar, a British military spokesman said law and order were slowly being restored to the British-held southern city of Basra. Earlier, British officials said some naval and air forces would soon leave the Gulf region after compeleting their missions in Iraq.

Spot 8: Large shipment of food arriving

Umm Qasr, Iraq's only deep-water port, will receive its first merchant ship carrying humanitarian aid Saturday, the British Royal Navy said. The ship from the United Arab Emirates is carrying 700 tons of food.

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