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War Tracker: April 5, 2003
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WAR UPDATE BATTLEFIELD
GROUND WAR
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
AIR WAR
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.
CASUALTIES
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.
POWs/MIAs
Missing or captured: Seven U.S. troops are being held as POWs, and eight are listed as missing in action.
Coalition POWs/MIAs
Iraqi POWs: About 6,500 Iraqi soldiers, including some who surrendered without a fight, are in coalition custody, U.S. Central Command said Saturday.
ON THE SCENE
Rodgers: Iraqi officials flee capital
Vinci: Marines prevent regrouping
Gupta: Operating with 'Devil Docs'
Amin: Confusion in Baghdad
More On the Scene reports

IRAQI POWS

* Estimates | Source: Pentagon
HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
Worsening health: The World Health Organization is concerned about the worsening health situation in Iraq, specifically citing large numbers of civilian casualties, difficulty reaching the sick and the lack of clean drinking water. As many as 1.5 million people lack access to a safe water supply, WHO said, citing Red Cross figures. Full Story
Money pledged: The U.S. pledged $530 million in humanitarian relief for Iraq and said the U.N. would have a major role in delivering help to the country. The U.S. also allocated $1.7 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq after the war. Full Story
Audio Slide Show: Aid to wounded Iraqi soldier
STRATEGY
Explore U.S. war plans and tactics
with CNN's military analysts

Clark: 'Boots on the ground' win wars
Turner: 'Learning as we go'
Shepperd: Iraqi resistance faltering
Shepperd: Heat can make gear 'miserable'
Grange: POW recoveries 'high priority'
Shepperd: 'Terrible' situations at checkpoints
Grange: Too early to judge the battlefield
Shepperd: War plan 'audacious, prudent'
Shepperd: 'Not a small missile' in Kuwait
Shepperd: Planners must ask 'What if?'
Clark: Northern front 'desperately needed'
Clark: Quick victory 'not going to happen'
Grange: Iraqis fight with 'economy of force'
Animation: Battle scenarios | More battle scenarios
LAST SEVEN DAYS
April 4: Republican Guard moving toward airport
April 3: Ground troops clash over Baghdad airport
April 2: Helicopter down in Iraq
April 1: Coalition takes on Republican Guard
March 31: Pentagon: Some Iraqi elite forces cut in half
March 30: Bombed night and day
March 29: Explosions rock Baghdad
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