• Abbas captured: Abu Abbas, a convicted Palestinian terrorist who masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro on which a wheelchair-bound American was killed, was captured by U.S. Special Forces in the outskirts of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. Full Story
• Missions continue: U.S. military commanders say "direct-action" missions will continue throughout Iraq despite the winding down of military action. "These actions are intended to locate regime leaders and also to search former regime facilities," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks at U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar. Full Story
• 4th in Baghdad: A massive column of U.S. Army armored vehicles rolled into the heart of Baghdad Tuesday. The convoy was made up of elements of the Army V Corps, including the 4th Infantry Division, according to CNN Correspondent Michael Holmes. The Army will take over from the Marines the duty of protecting the city. Full Story | 4th Infantry Division
Iraq conference: Representatives of Iraq's Sunni, Shiite and Kurd communities met Tuesday at a U.S.-sponsored conference within Iraq to discuss the future Iraqi government. They issued a statement calling for a multi-ethnic, democratic, federal government in Iraq that rejects political violence and respects the rule of law. Full Story | U.S. statement
• Weapons caches: In Baghdad, U.S. Army soldiers discovered a "weapons cache with 91 cases of TNT and plastic explosives, six homemade bombs, and 23 cases of rocket-propelled grenades," Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks of U.S. Central Command reported Tuesday.
• Museums looted: Senior U.S. military officials have admitted Iraqi museums were plundered during a "void in security" and that they failed to anticipate Iraq's cultural riches would be looted by its own people. Full Story
• Buried laboratories: The buried labs U.S. troops found last week were not the mobile chemical and biological weapons labs one U.S. Army general suspected, CNN Correspondent Ryan Chilcote reported Tuesday. Full Story
• Syrian warnings: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw separately urged Syrian officials Tuesday to cooperate with the United States and the United Kingdom. Powell also said the Bush administration has "no list" of U.S. enemies in line for military action.
Powell | Straw | Analysis: Syria fears unknown
• Deployments held: About 20,000 soldiers from the Army's 1st Cavalry Division are not expected to deploy to Iraq and only part of the 20,000 soldiers of the Germany-based 1st Armored Division will deploy, Pentagon sources told CNN.
1st Cavalry Division | 1st Armored Division
• Gallery: War photos | Map: Troop movements
• Heading home: U.S. Central Command has started releasing Air Force planes from duty in the region, Pentagon officials said. A small number or B-2 Spirit stealth bombers flew home to Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri last week and a number of F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighters have returned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Full Story | 3D models: B-2 | F-117|
• Carriers leaving Gulf: The U.S. Navy's presence in the Persian Gulf also will be scaled back. The USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation could leave the Persian Gulf in the next several days, according to U.S. Central command. Officials also said one of the two carriers in the Mediterranean Sea, the USS Harry S. Truman or the USS Theodore Roosevelt, could depart soon.
• Coalition: 152 coalition deaths reported.|
List of coalition fatalities
• Friendly fire death: A U.S. Marine from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was shot and killed Monday night after being mistaken for an enemy soldier, U.S. Central Command said Tuesday.
• Wounded: At least 495 U.S. service members have been wounded. No numbers are available for British forces.
• Iraq: Iraq has not released details of military casualties. U.S. military officials have reported thousands of Iraqi military deaths. Abu Dhabi TV, quoting official Iraqi sources, reported that 1,252 Iraqi civilians have been killed and 5,103 wounded. CNN cannot verify those figures.
• Missing or captured: Four U.S. service members remain listed as missing in action.|
• Iraqi POWs: More than 7,300 Iraqi soldiers are in coalition custody, according to U.S. Central Command.