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War Tracker: March 24, 2003
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WAR UPDATE BATTLEFIELD
BATTLES
• Pentagon officials Monday confirmed two Apache helicopter pilots were taken prisoner. Officials identified the two, shown on Iraqi TV, as David S. Williams of Florida and Ronald D. Young of Georgia. Full Story
• Some Iraqi troops have ambushed coalition forces by faking an intention to surrender or dressing in civilian clothes -- actions the Pentagon called "serious violations of the laws of war." Full Story
• The number of U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq jumped to more than 200 and appeared to be growing Monday. U.S. Special Forces were bringing troops and equipment into the Harir airstrip near Erbil, Iraq, and another airstrip in northeast Iraq near Sulaymaniyah. Full Story | Details: Special Forces
• Humanitarian concerns over Iraq's population are mounting. The U.N. Secretary-General said Monday "urgent measures" are needed in Basra, left without water and power for two days amidst fighting. Full Story
• U.S. troops battled Iraqi forces early Tuesday outside Nasiriya, home to key Euphrates River bridges. Full Story | Audio Slide Show: Battle at Nasiriya
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AIRSTRIKES
• With U.S. soldiers less than 60 miles from Baghdad, coalition planes and helicopters pounded Iraqi positions to clear a path toward the capital. Full Story
• Explosions continued to rock Baghdad Tuesday morning, with at least five waves of bombings hitting since darkness fell on the city. Full Story
• The bombings in Baghdad destroyed an Iraqi air force complex and targeted Saddam International Airport, CNN reported.
• Coalition airstrikes hit the northern Iraqi cities of Kirkuk and Mosul. Full Story
• Apache helicopters encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire at Karbala, about 60 miles south of Baghdad. One pilot called the situation a "hornet's nest." Full Story |
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• Eight Iraqi missiles were launched against Kuwait Monday, but Patriot missile batteries destroyed six missiles, U.S. military officials said, while two others landed in southern Iraq. Patriot missile
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CASUALTIES
• A British soldier was killed in action Monday near Basra, the first reported British combat death, according to the British Defense Ministry. Coalition deaths in the Iraq war now total more than 39.
Killed in Action: List of U.S. fatalities
• The first wave of wounded U.S. troops arrived Monday at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Full Story
• An Army Reservist who died in a vehicle accident in Iraq was identified Monday. Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, 19, was assigned to the 671st Engineer Brigade.
• A U.S. bomb struck a Syrian bus in Iraq Monday. Five Syrians were killed and at least 15 were injured. The Pentagon said it was "unintended." Full Story
ON THE SCENE
Tuchman: Republican Guard is target
Penhaul: Iraqis thwart U.S. copter mission
Sites: Bombing in northern Iraq
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COALITION DEATHS

* Numbers reported as of 12:30 p.m. EST Monday.
Source: Pentagon; British Ministry of Defense; CNN
STRATEGY
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Grange: Treatment of POWs a violation
Grange: Teams keep an eye out for troops
Generals: Dangerous road to Baghdad
Shepperd: The science of surrender
Grange: Troops 'on a high'
WEAPONS
Cruise missiles, bombers and tanks used in U.S.-led attacks
Apache attack helicopter
Patriot missile | A-10 Thunderbolt
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PREVIOUS DAYS
March 23: Battle at Nasiriya
March 22: Halfway to Baghdad
March 20: U.S.: Iraq in 'disarray'
March 20: Troops push into Iraq
March 19: 'Decapitation attack'

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