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War Tracker: March 31, 2003

Baghdad targets: A relentless air assault on Iraqi positions by coalition aircraft continued Monday, targeting Republican Guard divisions defending Baghdad, the headquarters of the Fedayeen Saddam paramilitary group and a presidential compound.
Saddam on TV: Iraqi TV showed a video of Saddam Hussein and his two sons Monday -- a tape the state-run network said was new. Iraqi TV resumed broadcasting after briefly being taken off the air Monday by coalition bombing.
No contact: A Patriot missile was fired Tuesday but did not make contact with another missile, Kuwaiti authorities said.
Northern strikes: A pair of U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats launched an airstrike in northern Iraq Monday. The F-14s struck a ridge where Iraqi troops have been entrenched about 25 miles east of Mosul.
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Bombs dropped: In 12 days of combat, coalition forces have used more than 8,000 precision-guided munitions against Iraq -- about 3,000 of them in the past three days, a U.S. military spokesman said.
Van shooting: U.S. soldiers fired on a van carrying women and children when it failed to stop at a military checkpoint near Najaf, killing seven people and wounding two others, Central Command said Monday. Full Story
POW killed: A U.S. Marine shot and killed an Iraqi prisoner of war after the man rushed him and struggled for his gun, a U.S. Central Command spokesman told CNN Monday. The spokesman said the incident happened on Saturday near Nasiriya as the prisoner was being interviewed.
Iraqi POWs: A Red Cross team met with captured Iraqi troops Monday and plans to hold more meetings later this week, the Red Cross said. A British official said about 8,000 POWs are being held by the coalition, many of whom surrendered.
Nasiriya raids: U.S. Marines staged raids 30 miles north of Nasiriya on Monday in search of Gen. Ali Hassan al Majeed, Saddam Hussein's cousin who commands Iraqi forces in the south, CNN Correspondent Art Harris reported. Full Story
Special operations: Using information from locals, coalition special operation forces are attacking "regime complexes" around Iraq, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said Monday.
Air base attack: Brooks said U.S. Marines raided an air base in southern Iraq and seized a large weapons cache. Marines also raided Fajr, where they captured Baath Party members, found weapons and destroyed Iraqi air defense equipment, Brooks added.
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Coalition: 68 coalition deaths reported.
List of coalition fatalities
Marines die: Four U.S. Marines were killed when the driver of their tank was shot and the tank plunged into the river, U.S. Central Command said Monday.
Missing or captured: Seven U.S. military members are being held as POWs, and 19 are listed as missing in action.
Coalition POWs/MIAs
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Rodgers: 'Siege warfare of Middle Ages'
Sites: The ruins of a coalition attack
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Sources: Pentagon; CNN. Numbers are estimates.
Food money: The World Food Program Monday said it received $115 million in cash and assistance three days after launching its $1.3 billion emergency food aid appeal for Iraq.
Clean water: A pipeline began flowing Monday from Kuwait to the Iraqi port city of Umm Qasr to deliver fresh water, U.S. Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said Monday.
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March 30: Bombed night and day
March 29: Explosions rock Baghdad
March 28: Missile hits Kuwait City
March 27: More U.S. troops headed for Iraq
March 26: Northern front opens
March 25: Firefight in sandstorm
March 24: Advancing on Baghdad
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