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War Tracker: April 7, 2003
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WAR UPDATE BATTLEFIELD
AIR WAR
Leadership strike: The U.S. military bombed a building in Baghdad Monday based on information that senior Iraqi officials were there, U.S. officials said. U.S. officials said they don't know who might have killed in the attack, including Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his two sons. Full Story
Hit hard: U.S. Central Command said a B-1 bomber dropped four 2,000-pound bombs on the building where Saddam was believed to be. Full Story | 3-D Model: B1-B
Baghdad explosions: A series of explosions hit in an area of Baghdad Monday, setting off a brilliant fire that lit up the darkened sky.
Aircraft over Baghdad: Video on Al-Arabiya TV showed at least two A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft flying over Baghdad Monday, according to retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd, a military analyst for CNN.
GROUND WAR
U.S. tanks in Baghdad: U.S. tanks rumbled into Baghdad Monday, reportedly seizing two of Saddam Hussein's palaces and toppling a huge statue of the Iraqi leader. Army sources told CNN's Walter Rodgers that three battalions from the 3rd Infantry Divisions would stay in the Iraqi capital. Full Story
Possible chemical weapons: U.S. troops found what may be chemical weapons at an agricultural complex in central Iraq, military officials said Monday. Samples are being studied and no conclusive determination has been made. Full Story | premium content Video
Iraqi denials: Iraq's Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf stood in the streets of Baghdad Monday morning amid the U.S. raid on the capital, issuing denials of coalition advances. Full Story
Marines in Baghdad: U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment came under fire Monday while trying to secure a bridge over the Tigris River outside Baghdad. Two Marines were killed, senior officers told CNN.
Northern front: The U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade unleashed a barrage of heavy artillery upon Iraqi forces Monday in northern Iraq, reported CNN Correspondent Thomas Nybo. 173rd Airborne Brigade
Basra fighting: British forces made their largest incursion into Basra on Monday, setting up a base inside in Iraq's second-largest city. Full Story
Military analysis: Basra offers a lesson on taking Baghdad
'Chemical Ali': The body of Ali Hassan al-Majeed, the first cousin of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein known as "Chemical Ali," has been found in Basra, a British military spokesman said. Full Story | premium content Video
Diwaniyah firefight: Irregular Iraqi forces, some wearing women's clothing, ambushed a U.S. Marine platoon Monday in Diwaniyah, but the U.S. unit escaped without casualties, Marines said.
Iraqi opposition troops: A unit called the 1st Battalion Free Iraqi Forces, made up of 700 troops, began deployment near Nasiriya Monday. The unit is associated with Iraqi National Congress, an Iraqi opposition group, according to U.S. Central Command. Gallery: Iraqi opposition groups
Gallery: War photos | Map: Troop movements
CASUALTIES
Coalition: 120 coalition deaths reported.
List of coalition fatalities
Iraqi: Iraq has not released details of military casualties. State-run Iraqi Television has reported 420 civilians killed and about 4,000 injured. CNN cannot verify Iraq's numbers.
Journalists killed: Spanish journalist Julio Anguita Parrado was killed Monday in an Iraqi missile attack while traveling with the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division, his newspaper, El Mundo, announced. The attack also killed two soldiers and one other journalist -- identified by El Mundo as German photographer Christian Liebig -- and wounded 15 soldiers, some seriously. Full Story
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 are in coalition custody, according to U.S. Central Command.

BY THE NUMBERS
750
Number of Tomahawk cruise missiles fired in the war so far
330,000
Number of meals ready to eat (MREs) consumed by coalition troops daily
15,000,000
Gallons of fuel the coalition uses daily, equal to fuel used in Florida daily
SOURCE: Estimates from U.S. Central Command, Pentagon
ON THE SCENE
Rodgers: Iraqi missile hits U.S. post
Arraf: Friendly fire in Kurdish deaths
More On the Scene reports
HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
Health concerns: Aid agencies are warning of a serious humanitarian situation in Iraq as the number of war casualties rises and relief teams are unable to provide help. Full Story
Aid convoys: A spokesman for the World Food Programme said the agency sent a convoy into Iraq from Turkey carrying 850 metric tons of flour. The Red Cross reportedly sent a convoy carrying medical supplies to hospitals in Basra. Full Story
Audio Slide Show: Wounded civilians in Nasiriya
STRATEGY
Explore U.S. war plans and tactics
with CNN's military analysts

Grange: Destroying bunkers a challenge
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?'
Animation: Battle scenarios | More battle scenarios
LAST SEVEN DAYS
April 6: Baghdad surrounded
April 5: U.S. forces enter Baghdad
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
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