• Heart of Baghdad: After securing the airport, U.S. forces pushed into downtown Baghdad Saturday and encountered sporadic resistance, Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart said. Full Story | Gallery: Airport battle
• Multiple fronts: The U.S. Army's V Corps moved into the Iraqi capital from the south, and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force came in from the southeast, U.S. officials said. The 1st Batallion, 7th Marines, were approaching Baghdad's eastern suburbs Saturday. Full Story
• Fleeing home: Baghdad residents fled the city in droves, according to reporters in the area. U.S. military officials said some Iraqi officers were slipping into civilian convoys heading to Jordan and Syria.
• Bodies found: British forces in southern Iraq have found hundreds of boxes containing human remains in a warehouse near Zubayr and are investigating how they got there, military officials said Saturday. Full Story
• Hand-to-hand combat: The U.S. First Marine Expeditionary Force engaged in "hand-to-hand" combat Saturday with Iraqi infantry in southeast Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said. 1st Marine Exped. Force
• Barracks targeted: The U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division moved east Saturday from Baghdad's airport and fought Republican Guard troops at barracks in southwest Baghdad, a photographer on the scene said. U.S. 3rd Infantry Division | Iraqi ground forces
• Russian diplomat: The Russian ambassador to Iraq is leaving Baghdad because of safety concerns, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said Saturday.
• Iraqi denial: Iraq's information minister Saturday denied reports that U.S. Marines and soldiers were in Baghdad, saying the Republican Guard "slaughtered" U.S. forces at the city's airport. Full story
Gallery: War photos | Map: Troop movements
• Bombing continues: Explosions were heard and seen in Baghdad. Coalition aircraft are now flying at all times over the city to protect coalition ground troops, a U.S. military official said. |
• Basra strike: U.S.-led warplanes overnight struck the Basra residence of a top Iraqi general known as "Chemical Ali," U.S. Central Command said.
• Potential damage: A U.S. official suggested coalition forces may use 500-pound, laser-guided bombs without explosive warheads, intended to destroy targets with minimal civilian damage.
• Looking for targets: Predator and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles are patrolling Baghdad looking for targets and conducting reconnaissance, a U.S. official said.
• Coalition: 102 coalition deaths reported.|
List of coalition fatalities
• Bodies found: The bodies of nine missing members of a U.S. Army maintenance company, previously listed as missing, have been recovered and eight identified. Full story
• Helicopter crash: Two Marine pilots died early Saturday when their AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter crashed in central Iraq, U.S. Central Command said. Coalition helicopters
• Iraq: Iraq's government has not released military casualty details but has said 420 civilians have been killed. CNN cannot independently verify Iraq's numbers.
• Missing or captured: Seven U.S. troops are being held as POWs, and eight are listed as missing in action.
• Iraqi POWs: About 6,500 Iraqi soldiers, including some who surrendered without a fight, are in coalition custody, U.S. Central Command said Saturday.
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