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WAR UPDATE BATTLEFIELD
GROUND WAR
End of combat: Just 43 days after announcing the start of the war in Iraq, President Bush on Thursday told the nation that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended." He said the toppling of Saddam Hussein's government was "one victory in a war on terror that began on Sept. 11th, 2001, and still goes on." He spoke not from the White House but from the deck of the aircraft carrrier USS Abraham Lincoln, a dramatic setting that also exerted maximum political effect for the president. Full Story
Fallujah violence: Following three days of deadly violence in Fallujah, a top U.S. military official here Thursday said there is evidence the incidents are part of an orchestrated effort against American forces by former ruling Baath Party officials. Unidentified assailants Wednesday night tossed two grenades inside a U.S. military compound in the heart of this town west of Baghdad, slightly injuring at least five soldiers, military sources said. The compound is manned by company of soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Full Story | Gallery: Scenes from Fallujah
Civilians killed: Two more Iraqi civilians were killed Wednesday in a clash with U.S. troops, bringing the total in such clashes to 17 in three days of conflict in Fallujah. More than 60 Iraqis have been wounded, hospital and Red Cross officials said. Full Story
Suspect captured: Senior Bush administration officials said a member of an alleged al Qaeda-affiliated terror group operating in Iraq has been captured by U.S. forces. Sources said the person is a member of a group operating under the direction of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, a Jordanian believed by the United States to have been the mastermind behind the killing of U.S. diplomat Lawrence Foley in Amman last October. Full Story | premium content Video
Rumfeld visits Iraq: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited Baghdad Wednesday, the highest-ranking U.S. official to travel to Iraq following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. Full Story
WMD search: Substances found at a remote northern Iraq site were undergoing additional tests Monday for the presence of chemical weapons and there is a chance that results could be in late in the day, a U.S. military official said. Mobile Exploitation Team Bravo took samples Sunday, which have been taken away for additional analysis in the United States and in Iraq, First Lt. Valerie Phipps of the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment. Full Story
AIR WAR
Command center to move: U.S. Central Command will move its Combined Air Operations Center from Saudi Arabia to Qatar. The CAOC has been operating from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia since 1997, monitoring air space operations across the region and conducting patrol missions over southern Iraq. The CAOC will now be located at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Full Story | Prince Sultan Air Base | Al Udeid Air Base
CASUALTIES
Coalition: 402 coalition deaths reported, including 351 U.S. troops and 51 British soldiers, Marines and airmen.
List of coalition fatalities
U.S. wounded: As of September 25, 2003, 1,268 U.S. military personnel were listed as wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Iraq: Iraq has not released details of military casualties. The Associated Press reported that at least 3,240 Iraqi civilians were killed, based on records from 60 of Iraq's 124 hospitals, including almost all of the large ones.
POWs/MIAs
Missing or captured: The remains of the final U.S. soldier listed as missing in action, Spc. Edward J. Anguiano, 24, of Brownsville, Texas, were recovered on April 24.
Coalition POWs/MIAs
Iraqi POWs: Roughly 2,000 Iraqi soldiers remained in coalition custody as of May 9, 2003, according to U.S. Central Command.

CAUSE OF U.S. WAR DEATHS

Sources: CNN, Pentagon, U.S. Central Command. Figures as of August 18, 2003.
ON THE SCENE
Starr: Rumsfeld assesses Baghdad
Penhaul: Conflicting stories from Fallujah Starr: U.S. military presence in Gulf
Brahimi: 'Big catches' in custody
Robertson: Aziz played gatekeeper role
Amin: Garner faces big challenges
Penhaul: Pilgrimage revives Shiite tradition
MacVicar: 'U.S. talk puzzles Syrians
More On the Scene reports
HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
Returning refugees: The U.N. refugee agency has prepared a plan for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to return to their war-torn country. Full Story
Shiite pilgrimage: Crowds of Shia Muslims Wednesday chanted and danced in the streets of Karbala on the final day of a pilgrimage long suppressed under Saddam Hussein's rule. Many expressed gratitude to the United States for their newfound freedom but, in the same breath, they warned their liberators to leave Iraq and not divide their country. Full Story | premium content Video
Audio Slide Show: Looting in Iraq
Gallery: A visit to Kifri
STRATEGY
Explore U.S. war plans and tactics
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Kennedy: Gathering intelligence
Shepperd: Efforts imposing order
Shepperd: Freed POWs need help
Shepperd: Cleanup and one last battle
LAST SEVEN DAYS
April 30: More violence in Fallujah
April 29: 15 killed during protest
April 28: Weapons search
April 27: Baghdad ambush
April 26: U.S. soldier killed
April 25: Marines head home
April 24: Aziz surrenders
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