The Week That Was

April 06, 2003

The War

U.S. Army troops fought their way up the Tigris River toward the southwest side of Baghdad and took over Saddam International Airport on the outskirts of the city.

U.S. Marines encountered little resistance as they crossed the Euphrates River and moved to the city limits of southeast Baghdad, past streams of fleeing city residents, many offering encouragement to the troops.

Two videos -- one of Iraq President Saddam Hussein speaking and another of him on the streets of Baghdad -- appeared to show that he had survived coalition airstrikes.

British troops in Umm Qasr replaced their helmets with berets as humanitarian aid continued to trickle into the port city.

Several unarmed Iraqi civilians -- including at least seven women and children in one incident -- were killed when U.S. troops, wary of suicide bombers, fired on vehicles that approached checkpoints without slowing down.

Basra remained in the hands of Iraqi forces as British troops probed into the important port city from the outskirts.

Peter Arnett was fired by NBC after the veteran war correspondent now in Baghdad gave an interview to Iraqi television in which he criticized the U.S. war effort. Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera was forced to leave Iraq by U.S. military authorities when he broadcast a report that exposed the location of a unit.

A car exploded near a checkpoint in western Iraq, killing three coalition soldiers, a pregnant woman who had just stepped from the car and its driver.

Michael Kelly, a one-time reporter for The Sun who was an editor at the Atlantic Monthly, died in a Humvee accident while embedded with the army's 3rd Infantry Division.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended the coalition war plans from criticism that troops went into Iraq without enough manpower or equipment, saying reinforcements would flow into the region as needed.

Two missing journalists from Newsday and two freelance photographers turned up safe in Jordan after spending a week in an Iraqi prison.

Thousands of Arabs headed to Iraq to fight coalition troops in what was termed a new jihad.

A statue of Saddam Hussein in the city of Najaf, holy to Shiite Muslims, was blown up in a joint action by local religious officials and U.S. troops.

The archbishop responsible for Roman Catholics in the U.S. military said they can fight in Iraq "in good conscience" despite opposition to the war from most Catholic authorities, including the pope.

During a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Turkey agreed to allow non-lethal supplies for U.S. troops to flow through that country.

Kurdish forces, aided by U.S. troops, made advances against Iraqi positions in the north.

Casualties: On Friday, the Pentagon said 54 American service members had died, 16 were missing and seven had been captured. Britain said 27 of its troops were dead.

The World

A bomb exploded on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao near where the government is fighting a separatist Muslim group, killing 16.

Venerable insurer Lloyd's of London reported its first profit in six years.

SARS, the highly contagious respiratory disease that started in China, has spread through Asia, Europe and America and continued to affect business travel and tourism.

Nine Mexicans linked to a struggle between cocaine cartels were found tortured and murdered outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

Hijackers took over a local ferry in Cuba, ordering it to sail to the United States. It was towed back to Cuba when it ran out of fuel.

A British court convicted two illegal immigrants from Algeria of plotting to raise money for terrorist groups.

In Italy, which has one of the world's highest concentrations of Roman Catholics, the Parliament began considering a bill to reduce the time it takes to get a divorce.

The Nation

The Colonial Pipeline Co. agreed to pay $34 million in fines for seven spills that releasd a total of 1.45 milion gallons of oil.

A hijacker commandered a Cuban plane and forced it fly to Key West, the second such incident in a week.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case involving the use of affirmative action in admissions to the University of Michigan.

Historian Alan Brinkley was named provost of Columbia University. Elena Kagan became the first female dean of Harvard Law School.

The Rev. Louis E. Miller, 72, a Catholic priest, pleaded guilty in Louisville, Ky., to molesting 21 children.

The U.S. economy lost 108,000 jobs in March as the unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent, the government reported.

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill giving gun manufacturers and dealers immunity against many lawsuits, including the types now in courts.

The Region

The slots bill pushed by the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. died when a House committee voted 16-5 not to send it to the floor. Ehrlich said he would veto any new taxes and order drastic cuts in spending.

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