Daily war briefing

War in Iraq

April 14, 2003|By SUN STAFF

The battlefield

Seven U.S. POWs, three suffering from gunshot wounds, were taken to Kuwait after Iraqi soldiers turned them over to Marines five miles south of Tikrit.

American forces pushed into Tikrit and clashed with Iraqi troops, using airstrikes and artillery to quash what remained of Iraqi resistance.

A half-brother and close adviser of President Saddam Hussein was captured in northern Iraq, northwest of Mosul, apparently on his way to Syria.

Troops still faced resistance in the northwestern city of Qaim, near the Syrian border, raising speculation that the town might be a site for illegal weapons.

Looting in Baghdad spread to army barracks and warehouses on the western outskirts, while an institute of military studies nearer the city center was looted and burned and the Alam presidential palace ransacked.

U.S. troops in Baghdad found two surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying 25 gallons of chemical agents each, one hidden among potted plants and palm trees in a nursery, the other in a trailer on the campus of Baghdad University.

A team of 32 U.S. Army engineers who will help restore electricity to the capital landed in Baghdad yesterday.

A U.S. Special Forces soldier was shot and wounded yesterday while on a patrol aimed at improving security in Mosul.

A Marine at a checkpoint in Baghdad was killed by a gunman carrying Syrian identity papers.

The international front

Israel lowered its state of alert yesterday for a possible attack by Iraq, telling citizens they no longer need to carry gas masks and keep a sealed room in their homes.

The home front

The Bush administration escalated its criticism of Syria, accusing it of harboring members of Hussein's regime and of possessing the type of chemical weapons that drew the United States into war with Iraq.

Terror alert

Security nationwide remained at code orange, a high level.

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