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War Tracker: April 15, 2003

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.
Coalition POWs/MIAs
Iraqi POWs: More than 7,300 Iraqi soldiers are in coalition custody, according to U.S. Central Command.


Source: U.S. defense officials. Numbers are estimates
Vause: Divisions over new government
Clancy: Museum 'shattered' by looters
Chilcote: Probe into labs continues
MacVicar: 'War of words' with Syria
More On the Scene reports
Iraqi boy in Kuwait: A 12-year-old Iraqi boy who lost his arms and most of his family in a coalition bombing raid near Baghdad arrived in Kuwait early Wednesday for treatment. Ali Ismail Abbas Hamza was taken by plane from a hospital in Baghdad to Kuwait City, where he arrived at Ibn Sina Hospital just before 3:30 a.m. (8:30 p.m. Tuesday EDT). Full Story
Doctors return to work: A Red Cross official said Tuesday that doctors and nurses in Baghdad are starting to return to hospitals that weren't damaged in the looting. "There were up to 60 percent of doctors and nurses in the few hospitals" that are starting to operate again, said Roland Huguenin-Benjamin, an official with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Kirkuk damage: In its first comprehensive survey of the situation in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a World Health Organization team found that the city's water and electricity system is "severely disrupted" and looters have "seriously damaged and disrupted" health facilities.
Audio Slide Show: Looting in Iraq
Gallery: A visit to Kifri
Explore U.S. war plans and tactics
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Shepperd: Efforts imposing order
Shepperd: Freed POWs need help
Shepperd: Cleanup and one last battle
Shepperd: Coalition in transition
Shepperd: Focus may shift to Tikrit
Clark: More urban fighting possible
Clark: Ground commanders 'juggling priorities'
Grange: Destroying bunkers a challenge
Animation: Battle scenarios | More battle scenarios
April 14: U.S.: 'Major combat' over
April 13: Battle for Tikrit
April 12: Tikrit next target
April 11: Bush: Saddam 'no longer in power'
April 10: Coalition advances on cities in northern Iraq
April 9: Saddam regime loses grip on Baghdad
April 8: Coalition tightens grip on Baghdad
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