Daily war briefing

War In Iraq

April 08, 2003

The battlefield

More than 130 American tanks and armored vehicles rolled into Baghdad, crushing a statue of President Saddam Hussein.

U.S. troops seized the New Presidential Palace, where a prisoner of war camp was set up.

U.S. Marines built a pontoon bridge across a canal as they made their way into the capital city.

The U.S. military is testing samples from drums found near Karbala. The drums contain what is suspected to be chemical weapons.

Coalition warplanes struck Iraqi positions in the north, fighting to advance on Mosul and Kirkuk, still in Iraqi control.

British military officials said that Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," one of the most brutal members of Hussein's inner circle, was killed in an airstrike on his house in Basra. The nickname came after he ordered the killing of thousands of Iraqi Kurds.

U.S. forces fended off attacks by Iraqi soldiers around the Baghdad airport, where a C-130 cargo plane landed for the first time.

U.S. Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the war commander, visited troops inside Iraq, including troops in Najaf.

The international front

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to discuss postwar rebuilding in Iraq.

The home front

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the whereabouts of Hussein are not known, but "he no longer runs much of Iraq."

Terror alert

Security nationwide remained at code orange, a high level.

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