Daily war briefing

War In Iraq

April 20, 2003|By SUN STAFF

In Iraq

A cache of U.S. currency found in one of Saddam Hussein's palaces could be as much as $656 million. American soldiers found the cash stashed in metal containers behind a false wall.

The newly revamped Iraqi police force arrested former finance minister Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim al-Azzawi and handed him over to American authorities, who were hopeful that his capture would help uncover assets hidden from Iraqi citizens.

Thousands of Shiite pilgrims renewed a tradition banned for decades as they set out on a walk of faith down dusty roads to the holy cities of An Najaf and Karbala. U.S. troops watched and kept their distance.

A 50-truck convoy from Jordan brought the first significant shipment of donated food to the capital, including flour.

The international front

Jordanian officials announced the seizure of 42 paintings believed to have been looted from Iraq's National Museum in the days of chaos after the American occupation of Baghdad.

The home front

Less than a week after being released by Iraqi forces, seven American prisoners of war arrived last night at Fort Bliss, Texas, amid a cheering crowd of family, friends and relatives.

Terror alert

The security alert level nationwide remains at code yellow, meaning a significant risk of attacks.

Casualties

.......... American .......... British

Killed ....128 ...................31

Missing ....2 .....................0

POWs .......0 .....................0

Other casualties 14 journalists dead, two missing

No official information available information about Iraqi casualties

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