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News, 26/03-02/04/03 (1) BBC CHRONOLOGY http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2890507.stm * Iraq latest: At-a-glance BBC News Online, 27th March 0010: Reports of huge Iraqi Republican Guard armoured column heading south from Baghdad are false, US military commanders say. 0053: At least 10 more explosions reported in Baghdad, along with the sound of anti aircraft fire. 0058: US Pentagon spokesman says intelligence reports provide "no conclusive evidence" that coalition forces were responsible for the bombing of a Baghdad market place on Wednesday which left 14 dead. 0247: The UK ministry of defence confirms that two dead soldiers, whose bodies were shown in footage broadcast by al-Jazeera TV, are "probably" two Britons who went missing during a battle near al-Zubayr on Sunday. 0556: British Royal Navy says first ship bringing humanitarian aid to Iraq has been delayed by 24 hours because of the discovery of mines. The Sir Galahad was due to dock in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr on Thursday. 0651: British forces take Iraqi state radio and television off the air in the second city of Basra. The move effectively isolates Basra from any communications with the capital Baghdad. 0700: US military investigating reports that 37 Marines were injured when they were hit by fire from their own side near the city of Nasiriya. The incident happened after 30 Marines were injured in a surprise Iraqi rocket attack. 0845: American troops using tanks and attack helicopters engaged in heavy fighting with Iraqi forces at the town of Samawah, about 150 miles south of Baghdad and on a crucial supply route. Black smoke reported above the town. 0855: A missile fired at Kuwait from southern Iraq is brought down by a Patriot anti-missile battery, according to Kuwaiti defence officials. 0900: Iraq's health minister says that 36 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the previous day's US and British air strikes on Baghdad. He adds that about 350 people have been killed and 3,600 injured since the start of US-led military strikes. 0950: British Challenger tanks destroyed a column of 14 Iraqi T-55 tanks and four armoured personnel carriers south of Basra in southern Iraq on Thursday morning, a UK military spokesman says. 1000: Coalition forces plan to step up their operations in Iraq in the next three days as the weather improves, according to Central Command officials in Qatar. 1115: A wounded US soldier tells a press conference in Germany that his unit expected "little or no resistance". He said he had encountered Iraqi soldiers wearing civilian clothes over their uniforms. 1130: Powerful explosions are heard in central Baghdad after a series of loud blasts in the city overnight. 1145: UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon condemns TV footage of two dead British soldiers as a "flagrant and sickening breach" of the Geneva Conventions. 1200: British tanks destroyed 14 Iraqi T-55 tanks in the Basra area on Thursday, a UK Ministry of Defence official says. 1334: Fierce fighting is raging between US Marines and Iraqi forces for control of the strategic town of Nasiriya, in what appears to be a US counter-offensive against Iraqi units, reports the BBC's Andrew North who is near the city. 1430: Another round of heavy bombardment hits Baghdad as warplanes and sustained anti-aircraft fire are heard. 1446: UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix says there is no evidence from US-led forces that Iraq has used illicit weapons. 1549: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says US troops are working at an "impressive rate of advance" as he addresses the US Senate to request extra funding for the war. 1607: US President Bush says that thanks to US-led forces in Iraq "the grip of terror around the throat of the Iraqi people is being loosened" at a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in Camp David. Mr Bush says war will go on for "however long it takes" to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. 1610: Mr Bush and Mr Blair say they will seek UN resolutions to secure humanitarian relief and an "appropriate post-war administration" for Iraq. 1615: Mr Blair and Mr Bush restate their commitment to implementing the proposals for peace in the Middle East, but give no date for the publication of their so-called "road map". 1620: Mr Blair accuses Iraq of executing two British prisoners of war. 1630: Another round of heavy bombardment hits the southern outskirts of Baghdad and anti-aircraft fire is heard. 1648: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein vows to "inflict maximum material and human damage among enemy ranks" at a meeting with Baath Party senior members. 1718: Arab news channel al-Jazeera shows pictures of a US Army Apache attack helicopter which it said had been shot down over Iraq. 1907: US ambassador walks out of UN debate after Iraqi ambassador accuses US of trying to exterminate Iraqi people. 1915: The Iraqi defence minister said troops were prepared to defend the capital as he acknowledges that coalition forces are closing in on Baghdad and will surround the city. 2000: The UK ministry of defence names the two UK soldiers, which it believes are those pictured dead on Arabic TV station al-Jazeera, as Sapper Luke Allsopp, 24, from north London and Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth, 36, from Essex. 2020: More large explosions and anti-aircraft fire are heard in Baghdad. 2145: US Army 4th Infantry Division troops begin moving out of Texas bound for Iraq. 2150: US Air Force B52 bombers take off from RAF Fairford air base in western England. 2159: The US military plans to double its troop strength in Iraq to about 200,000 in the next month, US officials say. 2311: The United Nations reaches agreement to restart the oil-for-food programme in Iraq, the German ambassador at the UN says. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2894097.stm * Iraq latest: At-a-glance BBC News Online, 28th March 0000: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair begins holding talks with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, focussing on the role of the UN in a post-war Iraq. 0059: US military spokesman at Coalition Central Command says air strikes and cruise missiles have taken out a major communication centre and command-and-control facilities in Baghdad. Large fire 0400: Further explosions reported in Baghdad, along with the sound of anti-aircraft gunfire. 0500: BBC correspondent reports explosions in Baghdad, says Thursday night's bombings among the most violent of the war so far. 0505: BBC correspondent Paul Adams at Coalition Central Command in Qatar reports that the southern Iraqi airbase in Tallil is now operational and the first US transport planes have now flown into it. 0545: The British ship Sir Galahad, carrying 600 tons of food and water for the Iraqi people, is approaching the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr behind teams of minesweepers and a mine-hunting vessel. 0607: Thousands more US troops are moving in to join the battle for the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, backed by heavy artillery. 0617: US marines report they have captured an Iraqi general in Nasiriya on Thursday, BBC correspondent Andrew North says. 0650: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair tells the BBC that the war against Saddam Hussein will take time and have its "tough and difficult moments." 0800: UK military spokesmen say local Iraqi militia opened fire on 1,000 and 2,000 civilians trying to flee the southern city of Basra. 0945: Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf says US-led bombing killed seven people and injured 92 in Baghdad on Thursday. 1010: British military try to get ambulances into Basra, but cannot breach Iraqi defences. 1115: Iraqi television shows interviews with three Iraqi men arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States. 1230: The British supply ship, the Sir Galahad, arrives at the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr to deliver the first shipload of humanitarian supplies. 1430: The main headquarters of the Ansar al-Islam militant group in the mountains of north eastern Iraq is overrun by thousands of Peshmerga Kurdish guerrillas, backed by US special forces and air support. 1445: Britain's Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson, says the Iraqi army in the south of the country is "pinned down". 1515: Windows of British embassy in Iranian capital Tehran smashed following anti-war protest by thousands of people. 1540: Kurdish-controlled town of Chamchamal in northern Iraq shelled in an apparent Iraqi army retaliation for an advance towards the northern city of Kirkuk by US-backed Kurd fighters. 1645: One US Marine reported to have been killed in vehicle accident near southern town of Nasiriya, four others said to be missing. 1745: United Nations decides to restart the "oil-for-food" programme that was formerly feeding 60% of Iraqis but was suspended when war broke out last week. It also appeals for $2.2bn in aid for Iraq. 1815: Dozens of civilians reportedly killed in an explosion at a Baghdad market. 1830: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says Syria is supplying military equipment - including night-vision goggles - to Iraq in what he terms a "hostile act". 1845: Two Iraqi 'sleeper cells' planning attacks on American interests abroad have been captured and their plans foiled, US State Department officials say. 2045: Coalition warplanes attack Baghdad, according to news agency reports. 2100: The Syrian Government dismisses allegations by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that it is supplying military equipment to Iraq and accuses the US of trying to distract attention from civilian casualties. 2200: Large explosion near Iraqi information ministry in Baghdad, reports say. 2245: Smoke rising over Kuwait City after missile blast near shopping centre, reports say. 2315: Fatal "friendly fire" incident in southern Iraq claims the life of one British soldier and injures a number, reports say. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2897699.stm * Iraq latest: At-a-glance BBC News Online, 29th March [Note that the document does indeed terminate at 19.15] 0045: The Australian Government announces A$83m (£32m) worth of aid to UN appeal for Iraq. 0135: Iraqi information ministry hit by Tomahawk cruise missiles, US spokesman at Central Command says. 0140: US jets have destroyed a building in Basra housing a meeting of 200 pro-Saddam paramilitaries, coalition officials reveal. 0200: The US warns terror attacks are planned on US interests in Yemen and advises American citizens to consider leaving the Gulf state, reports say. 0400: Coalition warplanes begin fresh wave of bombing in Baghdad, with loud explosions heard on the outskirts, reports say. 0455: Reuters news agency reports unnamed US military officers suggesting there will be a four-to-six day pause in the advance on Baghdad. Pentagon and US Central Command in Qatar refuse to comment on the reports. 0530: US forces launch new artillery barrages on the southern town of Nasiriya, as Iraqi resistance continues, in spite of heavy US attacks including air strikes and the use of helicopter gunships. 0730: US military officials refuse to comment on reports that an operational pause has been ordered to allow forward American units regroup and resupply. 0750: UK defence officials are investigating reports that four or five British soldiers were kidnapped in Basra overnight. 0815: UK military officials say they have no evidence to back up reports that British soldiers were seized in Basra. 0930: A suicide bomber has killed five Americans soldiers in an attack near the city of Najaf in central Iraq, US military officials say. 1020: Iraq's Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf accuses US-led forces of killing 140 civilians over the past 24 hours; denies allegations that Iraqi soldiers are disguising themselves as civilians. 1200: Baghdad comes under more heavy bombardment from coalition forces. 1205: US marines say they have found large amounts of ammunition and chemical warfare protection equipment during a search of an Iraqi military complex near Nasiriya. 1210: The bodies of the first British servicemen to die during the war are brought back to England. 1240: US Central Command denies that there is a pause in military operations against Iraq. 1445: Four American soldiers now known to have died in apparent suicide bombing near Najaf. 1555: Iraq says an army officer carried out the suicide bombing that killed four US soldiers near Najaf. 1600: Iraqi Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan says suicide attacks against coalition troops will become "routine military policy". 1857: British intelligence sources say Iraq has replaced the commander of air defence forces after Iraqi surface-to-air missiles, aimed at Western warplanes, had missed and fallen back on the Iraqi capital. 1912: Big explosions hit central Baghdad. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2899715.stm * Iraq latest: At-a-glance BBC News Online, 30th March [Note: the document really does terminate at 20.30] 0030: Former British cabinet minister Robin Cook launches an angry attack on the war in Iraq and called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to bring UK combat units home. 0055: New explosions heard around Mosul in northern Iraq, according to al-Jazeera TV. 0244: Basra hit by "many explosions", according to al-Jazeera correspondent in the city. 0342: UK pilots say they destroyed a depot supplying fuel to Iraqi Republican Guard units outside Karbala. 0352: US Central Command in Qatar says two more marines have been killed in accidents in south-central Iraq. One drowned after his humvee rolled into a canal and the other was struck by a vehicle while he was in a firefight with Iraqi soldiers, officials say. 0430: US newspaper editor says he believes two reporters have been detained by the Iraqi Government. Newsday's Matthew McAllester and Moises Saman have disappeared from their Baghdad hotel. 0550: Ten explosions heard south of Baghdad. 0745: British forces say they have captured five Iraqi officers and killed a colonel of the Republican Guard in a raid on a village south of Basra. 1300: Fifteen people are injured as a truck drives into a group of US soldiers at a base in Kuwait. 1339: Coalition commander General Tommy Franks denies reports of an operational pause in the fighting 1416: A wave of explosions is heard around the outskirts of Baghdad 1623: Palestinian group Islamic Jihad announces that volunteer suicide bombers have arrived in Baghdad to attack coalition troops. 1700: The United Nations says a convoy of trucks carrying drinking water for the people of southern Iraq has crossed into the country from neighbouring Kuwait. 1815: Fresh wave of explosions reported in central Baghdad. 1845: Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz says the war is "going well" from his country's point of view. 1931: A UK soldier was killed and others injured when their patrol was ambushed in southern Iraq, the UK defence ministry says. 2030: Three people die and one is injured when a US marine helicopter crashes in southern Iraq, Pentagon officials say. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2901549.stm * Iraq latest: At-a-glance BBC News Online, 31st March 0003: Renewed Baghdad bombing targets area around information ministry, correspondents say. 0210: Tomahawk cruise missile targeted the information ministry in Baghdad to "reduce the command and control capabilities" of the Iraqi Government, US Central Command says. 0300: US Secretary of State Colin Powell calls on Syria to stop supporting the Iraqi leadership. 0512: Marines moving in to Nasiriya find large quantities of gas masks and anti-nerve gas chemicals in an abandoned Iraqi camp, US Central Command says. 0543: About 5,000 additional US troops, including special forces, are being sent to the area around Nasiriya in a new effort to defeat Iraqi resistance there, our correspondent says. 0604: US commanders say the city of Najaf is almost encircled. Overnight B-52 bombers made repeated runs, and there was intense shelling after an attempted break-out by Iraqi troops, our correspondent says. 0627: The British army says it wiped out a significant amount of armour and infantry north of the Rumaila oil fields overnight. 0635: Two UK soldiers killed on Sunday are named by the British Army as Marine CR Maddison, of 40 Commando, and Lance Corporal SA Brierly, with 212 Signals Squadron. 0730: British marines are continuing an operation to clear Iraqi forces from an area to the southeast of Basra. The operation began on Sunday but met strong resistance in some areas. 0930: Iraq's domestic state television resumed broadcasts after a disruption probably caused by bomb damage to the Information Ministry in Baghdad, reports say. 1021: The US military has been launching new air strikes on the city of Nasiriya. Overnight marines said a giant AC130 gunship was used in a strike on an Iraqi security complex. 1031: Humanitarian aid to Iraq must be accompanied by measures to repair the environmental damage caused by the war, the director of the UN Environment Programme says. 1040: A convoy of more than 6,000 US Marines has resumed its push towards Baghdad and is preparing to confront a key unit of the Iraqi Republican Guard, our correspondent says. 1124: Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri says 5,000 foreign volunteers have arrived in Baghdad to fight against US-led forces. 1245: Low-flying aircraft target Iraqi presidential palace in Baghdad. 1258: American television channel NBC sacks veteran journalist Peter Arnett for criticising US war plans in an interview with Iraqi state-run television. 1341: US-led forces hold about 8,000 Iraqi prisoners of war, UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon tells parliament. 1502: Iraqi television shows footage of President Saddam Hussein meeting top aides, including his two sons. The eldest, Uday, who is charged with defending Baghdad and Tikrit, was making his first televised appearance since the outbreak of the US-led war on Iraq. 1509: Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf says Iraqi forces killed 43 US and UK soldiers in past 36 hours and destroyed 13 coalition tanks 1512: The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has visited Iraqi prisoners of war held by US-led forces in the south of the country. 1521: US Secretary of State Colin Powell leaves for Europe on Tuesday for a trip taking him to Turkey and Brussels. 1541: British troops free two Kenyan civilians held for the past 10 days by Iraqi gunmen in southern Iraq. 1908: The Pentagon says there are more than 300,000 coalition troops in the Gulf area, more than 100,000 inside Iraq. 1918: US Major General Stanley McChrystal says coalition special operations forces have denied the Iraqi regime the opportunity to operate in western Iraq. 1935: Iraqi capital rocked by huge explosions. 1945: President Bush says US will not relent "until Iraq is free". 2103: British troops move into southern town of al-Zubayr. 2108: Seven Iraqi civilians - all women or children - are killed by US troops firing on their vehicle after it refused to stop at a check point near Najaf. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2904893.stm * Iraq latest: At-a-glance BBC News Online, 1st April 0010: The Daily Mirror, a UK tabloid newspaper which opposes the war, says it has hired veteran reporter Peter Arnett - a few hours after he was sacked by the American NBC TV network for saying the initial war plan had failed. 0300: The Washington Post reports that warning shots were fired too late to be effective in the shooting of Iraqi civilians by US soldiers at a checkpoint near Najaf. 0345: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal suggests Saddam Hussein should step down as a "sacrifice for his country". In an interview on US television, the minister also calls for a ceasefire to "give diplomacy time to work". 0520: UK Ministry of Defence announces that a British soldier was killed in Iraq on Monday "in the course of his duties" but gives no further details. The soldier's family has been informed. He is the 26th UK service member killed in Iraq. 0605: An Iraqi missile fired at Kuwait is shot down by a Patriot anti-missile battery over southern Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti military. 0605: US marines shoot dead an unarmed Iraqi who drove a pick-up truck at speed towards a checkpoint. 0630: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein denies reports from the Pentagon that some of his close family has fled abroad. In a statement read out on state television, he says his fate and that of his family is linked to that of the Iraqi people. 0635: British forces say their positions in southern Iraq have come under attack from short range missiles - the first time Iraqi missiles have been aimed at targets inside Iraq rather than Kuwait. British military officials say one missile landed near a Royal Marine base, while the other came down next to a prisoner-of-war camp at Umm Qasr. 0720: Jordanian officials say four Iraqis have been arrested for trying to blow up a major hotel in Amman last week. 0815: BBC correspondent in Nasiriya says there are large queues waiting to get supplies of water, food and medicine from US marines, who have started a humanitarian effort. 0900: New explosions are reported in the southern and western outskirts of Baghdad. 0930: Thousands of Egyptians are taking part in a mass rally in the northern city of Alexandria in support of the people of Iraq and against the US-led invasion. A BBC correspondent at the rally says some people have dressed up as suicide bombers carrying fake sticks of dynamite. 1020: US marines say they have destroyed two Iraqi T-55 tanks in the centre of the town of Nasiriya. 1040: US Secretary of State Colin Powell is to meet Nato and EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Thursday, the European Commission says. 1100: Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf says several people were wounded when a US jet bombed two Iraqi buses carrying international volunteers, some of them American, who were operating as "human shields". There is no confirmation of this. 1202: Arabic television channel al-Jazeera says Iraqis foiled a "landing attempt" by British forces at Khirbat al-Wa'r village in northern Iraq, west of Mosul. UK military officials later refused to confirm or deny the report. 1219: Coalition captures an Iraqi general, US Central Command says. 1345: UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says it is "increasingly probable" that last Wednesday's explosion which caused a large number of civilian deaths in a Baghdad shopping area was the result of Iraqi action, rather than a coalition missile. 1347: Southern outskirts of Baghdad come under intense bombardment. 1515: Iraqi Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan says more than 6,000 Arab volunteers are now in Iraq, and more than half of them suicide bombers. 1525: At least 11 members of one family - including six children - killed in a coalition air raid in Hilla area, south of Baghdad, western news reports say. 1705: Saddam Hussein urges Iraqis to fight a "jihad" (holy war) against the US-led coalition "everywhere," in a message read out on Iraqi television by Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf. 1912: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says US is not negotiating with anyone in the Iraqi Government and it is "interesting" that President Saddam Hussein did not read out his own message on TV. 1925: General Richard Myers, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, strongly defends Iraq war plan, saying it is working well and all top commanders agreed on it. Speaking at a Pentagon briefing, he also apologises to relatives of Iraqi civilians killed at US checkpoint on Monday. 2030: US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives in Turkey, to ask for more help sustaining the American military operation in northern Iraq. 2320: US says a "big battle" is underway between US ground forces and Iraqi Republican Guards in Kerbala, about 68 miles (110 km) south-west of Baghdad. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2908393.stm * Iraq latest: At-a-glance BBC News Online, 2nd April 0010: US Senator John Warner condemns "retired military officers" for criticising the administration's conduct of the war in Iraq. The chairman of the Senate armed services committee urges them to behave like former US presidents, "who do not criticise the current president when there is a war going on". 0025: Central Command spokesman General Vincent Brooks says US forces have rescued a US army prisoner of war. Seven Americans have been listed as prisoners; an unnamed source in Washington says the rescued soldier is one of them. 0037: US military sources say US ground forces have begun a major engagement against the Medina and Baghdad divisions of the Iraqi Republican Guard south of Baghdad. 0100: The Pentagon confirms a soldier rescued earlier is Private Jessica Lynch, a supply clerk who was captured on 23 March. 0545: US forces carry out sustained bombardment of Iraqi Republican Guard positions around Karbala overnight and move forward, the BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports. 0550: US forces who rescued Private Jessica Lynch also found the bodies of two US soldiers and eight Iraqi troops, the US military says - it is not clear if they died in the operation or were already dead. 0630: A structure in the southern city of Basra comes under heavy artillery fire from UK forces, who say they were fired upon overnight. Stream of civilian traffic seen leaving the city just prior to the firing, the BBC's Kylie Morris reports. 0700: US marines say they have seized a key bridge across the River Tigris to take control of one of the main highways north towards Baghdad at the city of Kut. 0825: US Secretary of State Colin Powell meets Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to try to win more co-operation from Turkey for the US military campaign in northern Iraq. 0955: Amnesty International urges US-led forces in Iraq to take greater care to prevent civilian casualties and calls for independent inquiry into killing of seven people at a US checkpoint. Criticises Iraq for using soldiers disguised as civilians. 1000: Russia protests to the United States over an air strike which Moscow says targeted an area close to its embassy in Baghdad. 1035: BBC Monitoring reports that Iraqi satellite TV went off air at this time and is currently not transmitting on any of the three satellite frequencies they monitor. 1050: One of President Saddam Hussein's palaces in central Baghdad hit by missile or bomb, news agency reports say. 1100: President Saddam Hussein chairs meeting on Wednesday of top officials, Iraqi state television says, but no footage shown. 1120: US military says Iraqi forces fired on coalition troops from inside revered mosque in Najaf, but American troops did not return fire. Iraqi information minister accuses US-led forces of targeting the shrine. 1148: Iraq's information minister denies US troops have crossed the Tigris river in their advance on Baghdad. 1200: Turkey and the US say they have agreed on a number of measures to improve their co operation in Iraq, including some support for US troops and access for humanitarian aid. 1226: US military says US forces have destroyed Baghdad division of Republican Guard and that other Republican Guard divisions are in trouble and under serious attack. 1230: Doctors at the Saddam Hospital in central Nasiriya say they have registered more than 250 deaths since the fighting in the city began. 1255: UK forces say they have found what they believe is a torture centre run by Saddam Hussein's secret police in the southern town of Abu al-Khasib. 1300: Brigadier General Vincent Brooks of US Central Command says American troops have crossed a "red line" around Baghdad which the military believe could trigger a chemical attack by Iraqi forces. 1330: US military says it is looking into an allegation that coalition aircraft have bombed a Red Crescent maternity hospital in Baghdad. 1400: US forces report that B-52 bombers have used a new version of a cluster bomb against an Iraqi tank column in central Iraq; the weapon adapts to wind and weather to hit targets more accurately. 1600: Colonel Ron Johnson, the chief operations officer for the US marines force in Nasiriya, says civilian casualties in the city were made inevitable because Iraqi forces ignored the rules of war. 1706: The US military says some of its units are now less than 20 miles (32 kilometres) from Baghdad, reports the BBC's Gavin Hewitt, who is with the US 3rd Infantry advancing on the Iraqi capital. 1900: Iraqi satellite TV shows Saddam Hussein chairing a meeting of senior ministers, looking relaxed and smiling. There is no sound and it is not clear when the pictures were recorded. 1919: US marines have established a presence across most of the southern city of Nasiriya, the BBC's Andrew North reports from the city. Local people give them a qualified welcome but still clearly fear Saddam Hussein and resent the effects of the US-led war on their city, he says. 1945: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow does not want to see the United States fail in Iraq. His comment appears to be an effort at conciliation with Washington after the US accused Moscow of aiding the Iraqi military, the BBC's Nikolai Gorshkov in Moscow says. Moscow denies helping Iraq. 2202: Arabic TV station Al-Jazeera announces it is suspending the work of all its correspondents in Iraq until further notice. The move comes after the Iraqi Information Ministry bans one Al-Jazeera correspondent from working and orders another to leave the country. 2210: Rescued PoW Jessica Lynch arrives in Germany for medical treatment. 2257: A convoy of trucks crosses the Turkish-Iraqi border carrying military equipment for US forces, the second such shipment in as many nights. 2335: Dubai's Al-Arabiya television reports that terrestrial television broadcasting has stopped in Iraq following bombing. Satellite television remains on air. At the same briefing, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld says there has been no more precise bombing campaign "in recent memory" and that Saddam Hussein is a greater threat to the Iraqi people than the US campaign is. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. 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