Daily war briefing

War In Iraq

April 10, 2003

The battlefield

U.S.-led troops marched into Baghdad and liberated Iraqi citizens from the two-decades-old regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. officials said his government was no longer in control of Baghdad.

Jubilant crowds swarmed into Baghdad streets, cheering U.S. troops before toppling a 40-foot statue of Hussein in Firdos Square.

U.S. officials said they didn't know whether Hussein or his sons had survived a bombing attack that targeted them early this week.

Scattered resistance from Iraqi troops continued at Baghdad University and in the northeastern section of the capital.

Coalition forces bombed Tikrit, Hussein's birthplace about 100 miles north of the capital, where loyalists were making a last stand.

American special forces and Kurdish fighters eliminated a crucial air-defense installation near the government-held city of Mosul.

In northern Iraq, Kurds also flooded the streets, rejoicing in the downfall of Hussein, who had executed thousands of them.

The international front

A Red Cross worker was killed when gunfire hit his car while driving through Baghdad.

The home front

About 200 Iraqi-Americans in Dearborn, Mich., paraded through the streets, waving American and Iraqi flags while other Iraqis around the nation cried with joy as the regime crumbled.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld cautioned that dangerous days may lie ahead for the coalition forces. "This is not over, despite all the celebrating on the streets."

Terror alert

Security nationwide remained at code orange, a high level.

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