- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 23, 2003

Latest developments:

— President Bush said Sunday that he expected any U.S. prisoners of war to be treated humanely. If the POWs are not treated well, anyone responsible would be treated as a war criminal, the president warned.

— A series of explosions has been reported in Baghdad, which has been the target of an intense bombing campaign in the U.S.-led war on Iraq.

— CNN reports explosions also occurred Sunday in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

— President Bush promised that a "massive amount" of humanitarian aid would be moving through Iraq as soon as 36 hours.

— U.S. Lt. Gen. John Abizaid said Sunday that 12 U.S. Army personnel were missing following an ambush on a supply convoy in south-central Iraq.

— Abizaid said a number of Americans were wounded in the attack and several of U.S. prisoners were later shown on Iraqi television in violation of Geneva Conventions.

— He expected coalition forces to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq once Baghdad has been taken and stabilized.

— Abizaid said there had been several instances of apparent surrender ruses by Iraqi forces that turned into ambushes. In one instance, Iraqis dressed as civilians appeared to welcome coalition troops and then attacked them as they drew close.

— U.S. military officials said there haven't been the number of surrenders that marked the 1991 Gulf War because Iraqi soldiers have just been going home.

— U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday he assumes Saddam Hussein "is alive and well" but doesn't know if the Iraqi president remains in control of his country.

— He said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Iraqi leadership was "in disarray" and Saddam could have escaped over Iraq's border.

— Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri denied Sunday that Iraqi leaders were killed or wounded in the U.S.-British strikes on Baghdad.

— Two British pilots were killed when a U.S. Patriot missile, MSNBC and CNN reported Sunday, might have mistakenly shot down their plane. The plane was returning from a mission over Iraq.

— Al-Jazeera TV reported that Iraqi citizens and members of the Baath Party on Sunday captured at least one coalition pilot after a two-hour search along the Tigris River. There was no coalition confirmation of the capture.

— One soldier was killed and a second injured Sunday in a car accident in southern Iraq. U.S. military officials say there are no indications that hostile fire was a factor in the incident.

— Nayef Shindakh Thamer, head of the Iraqi Baath Party in the city of Najaf, was killed late Saturday in clashes with coalition forces on the outskirts of the city, Iraqi television reported.

— Jordan said Sunday it expelled five Iraqi diplomats from Amman on "security grounds." Information Minister Mohammad Edwan said the five were not carrying out "diplomatic duties."

— Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz warned citizens that Israel was not out of danger from Iraqi attack and citizens must still carry gas masks.

— Missing ITN News reporter Terry Lloyd is now thought to be dead, the news channel said. Lloyd, 50, was last seen being shot at in southern Iraq on approach to the city of Basra.

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