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War Tracker: April 19, 2003

Ex-finance minister caught: Ex-finance minister caught: Iraqi police captured Saddam Hussein's former economics and finance minister, one of the top 55 most-wanted Iraqi officials, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said Saturday. Police arrested former Deputy Prime Minister Hikmat al Azzawi Friday after getting a tip from a civilian that he was at a relative's house. Full Story
Saddam tapes: U.S. intelligence analysts on Friday were examining a videotape and an audiotape message said to have been made by deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on April 9, the day Baghdad fell to U.S. troops. Full Story
Cash discovered: U.S. soldiers Friday discovered hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars hidden in Baghdad, a U.S. military official said. The Los Angeles Times reported that an estimated $650 million in cash was found inside sealed aluminum boxes in a locked-up cottage surrounded by a cinder-block and concrete barricade. Full Story
Samarra firefight: Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division battled Iraqi paramilitary fighters Friday as the division was moving north between Taji and Samarra, Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said during Friday's Central Command briefing. Eight technical vehicles -- civilian vehicles modified with military weaponry -- were destroyed and more than 30 prisoners were captured, Brooks said.
Airstrike excavation: No remains have been identified at the site of an airstrike aimed at deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Brooks said.
Fewer casualties: As the fighting winds down, U.S.-led coalition deaths so far in this war with Iraq are far fewer than those killed in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. At least 159 U.S. and British troops have died in the war, less than half the 358 coalition deaths in Desert Storm. Full Story | List of coalition fatalities
WMD hunt: The U.S. is sending a 1,000-person "Iraq Survey Group" into Iraq to begin the next phase of looking for weapons of mass destruction, and conduct other intelligence tasks, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The group, likely led by a U.S. general, will be made of up civilian scientists, government intelligence analysts, military personnel and private contractors. It will be based in Iraq. Full Story
Gallery: War photos | Map: Troop movements
Coalition: 159 coalition deaths reported, including 128 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: Two U.S. service members remain listed as missing in action.
Coalition POWs/MIAs
Former POWS: Seven U.S. soldiers waved and smiled Friday from a balcony at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, their first official appearance since U.S. Marines rescued them from Iraqi guards who held them as prisoners of war for three weeks.
Iraqi POWs: U.S. and British forces have released 887 prisoners of war since the beginning of the war because they were determined to be non-combatants, Pentagon officials said Friday. Roughly 6,800 Iraqi soldiers remain in coalition custody, according to U.S. Central Command.


Source: CNN, Pentagon. * Number as of April 19, 2003
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Mixed assessment: The humanitarian situation in Baghdad is "getting better day by day," but hospitals still face staffing and security problems and improvements need to be made to the water supply, said Morten Rostrup of Doctors Without Borders. Full Story |  Video
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April 18: New purported Saddam tapes aired
April 17: U.S. steps up WMD hunt in Iraq
April 16: Tension in Mosul
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
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