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