Day 25, April 13, latest reports
Spot 1 Looting continues in
Chaos continues throughout Baghdad as
residents looted army barracks and warehouses on the western outskirts. There
were also reports of looting at an institute of military studies and the Al-Alam
Spot 2 Journalist
Gunmen ambushed and kidnapped three
Malaysian journalists and killed their Iraqi interpreter, Malaysian officials
said. They were later released unharmed, Two Malaysian doctors were wounded in
the same incident.
A Marine at a checkpoint in Baghdad was
killed by a gunman carrying Syrian identity papers.
Spot 3 Engineers arrive to restore
A team of 32 U.S. Army engineers landed at
Baghdad's airport. Their job will be to help restore electricity to the
24,000 pounds of medical supplies landed at
Baghdad's international airport for hospitals in Baghdad.
Spot 1 Hussein's half brother
Saddam Hussein's half brother, Watban
Ibrahim Hassan, was captured in northern Iraq as he tried to escape into
U.S. forces stopped a
bus heading for Syria with 59 men aboard, $630,000 and a letter offering rewards
for killing American soildiers.
Spot 2 U.S. soldier shot
A U.S. Special Forces soldier was shot and
wounded in the leg while driving during a patrol. In a separate incident, a
Turkish doctor was also shot and injured.
Spot 3 U.S. POWs
Iraqi troops surprised a group of U.S.
Marines on the outskirts of Tikrit when they released seven captured U.S.
soldiers. The former POWs were in goog condition.
A Marines task force entered Saddam
Hussein's home town of Tikrit, signaling the imminent fall of the last major
bastion of his loyalists.
Spot 4 Coalition
control of south strengthened
U.S. Marines entered the town of Al Kut
unopposed. To the south, British forces relieved the 1st Marine Division in Al
Amara, and now control the area between Al Amara and the port city of
Spot 5 Last
well fire extinguished
Kuwaiti firefighters put out the last oil
well fire at al-Rumeila field in southern Iraq, a Kuwait oil industry spokesman
The other twn wells sabotaged by Iraqis at
the outset of the war were either extinguished or were allowed to burn
The U.S. military secured the other 1,000
wells in southern Iraq at the beginning of war.
Spot 6 Weapons cache seized
British forces have seized 250
rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons believed to have been
stored for suicide bombers in Basra, according to British pool
Spot 7 Carriers may
be heading home
The U.S. Navy may send two or three of the
five aricraft carriers currently in the regional back to their home port as air
operations over Iraq subside.
The USS Kitty Hawk, which has operated in
the Persian Gulf since February, probably would be the first to
The USS Constellation, also in the Gulf and
on its final active deployment, probably would go next.
(Source: USA Today, updated 5:40 pm ET)