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War Tracker: April 16, 2003

Mosul tension: Tensions Wednesday ran high in Mosul after a clash between Iraqi Arabs and the Marines Tuesday resulted in the deaths of at least seven people near the city center. A senior Kurdish intelligence official told CNN that a crowd of people became infuriated when U.S. troops entered Mosul's main government building to set up offices and raised the U.S. flag. Full Story
Police force: Residents of Baghdad saw a new police force on the streets early Wednesday morning as soldiers with the U.S.-trained Free Iraqi Forces moved into the capital city to restore security. About 120 soldiers armed with AK-47 assault rifles arrived to prevent looting and other crimes. Full Story
Surrender in Ramadi: The Iraqi army's 12th Armor Brigade surrendered in central Iraqi city of Ramadi on Tuesday, ending organized resistance there, said Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks at U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday. An element of the 3rd Infantry Division accepted surrender of the brigade, which had been defending the main road between Jordan and Baghdad.
Abbas extradition: Italy wants to extradite Abu Abbas, a convicted Palestinian terrorist who masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro on which a wheelchair-bound U.S. citizen was killed. Abbas, was captured by U.S. Special Forces in the outskirts of Baghdad on Monday, U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. Full Story
Direct action: Brooks also said Wednesday that "direct action missions" are ongoing throughout Iraq to locate former regime leaders and to search former regime facilities, including a search Tuesday by coalition Special Operations forces of an Iraqi intelligence service training facility.
Details: Special Operations Forces
Baghdad bombs: U.S. soldiers uncovered Wednesday what they called a terrorist bomb-making facility in Baghdad filled with enough TNT and other components to destroy three city blocks. Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, were led to the abandoned residential complex by an Iraqi farmer, said brigade commander Col. Mike Linnington.
Museum under guard: U.S. soldiers were standing guard Wednesday morning at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, where widespread looting broke out last week. Full Story
Syria denial: The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied U.S. allegations that the former head of Iraq's feared Mukhabbarat intelligence service is in Syria. Full Story | Timeline: U.S.-Syrian relations
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: 156 coalition deaths reported, including 125 U.S. troops and 31 British soldiers and marines.
List of coalition fatalities
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: Three 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
Amin: Iraqis not thinking of Abu Abbas
Bellini: Iraqi boy faces long recovery
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. Full Story
Assessing needs: All coalition land units are conducting humanitarian assessments throughout their areas in Iraq, Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks of U.S. Central Command said Wednesday.
Audio Slide Show: Looting in Iraq
Gallery: A visit to Kifri
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
Shepperd: Coalition in transition
Shepperd: Focus may shift to Tikrit
Clark: More urban fighting possible
Animation: Urban combat | More battle scenarios
April 15: Powell: No plans for war beyond Iraq
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
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