Daily war briefing

War in Iraq

April 07, 2003

The battlefield

As an armored noose all but sealed off Baghdad, a U.S. C-130 cargo plane landed at Baghdad International Airport, the first coalition aircraft known to have arrived in the Iraqi capital and a sign of increasing coalition military control.

In Albu Muhawish, soldiers with the Army's 101st Airborne Division were ordered out of a captured Iraqi military compound when tests showed evidence of sarin nerve gas in a weapons cache. But U.S. military officials couldn't confirm the report.

Near Arbil in northern Iraq, U.S. warplanes apparently bombed a convoy of allied Kurdish fighters and U.S. special forces soldiers by mistake, killing at least 18.

In Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, British forces made their deepest incursion with a column of 40 armored vehicles.

In Salman Pak, troops of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines seized the Republican Guard's Second Corps headquarters, a possible terror camp and a presidential palace.

A convoy of Russian diplomats was attacked after leaving Baghdad. Central Command said coalition forces were not involved.

The international front

American POW Jessica Lynch was reunited with her family at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

The home front

President Bush leaves today for Belfast, Northern Ireland, to meet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss final war planning and the rebuilding of Iraq.

Terror alert

Security nationwide remained at code orange, a high level.

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