- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 22, 2003

Latest developments:

— Thirteen people were wounded, at least four seriously, in a grenade attack on the 101st Airborne Division in the tents of Camp Pennsylvania in northern Kuwait.

— Coalition warplanes continued their attacks Saturday throughout Iraq. Air raid sirens sounded in Baghdad as explosions were seen around midnight in downtown Baghdad.

— Coalition forces say they have advanced to within a 100 miles of Baghdad, on track to arrive Sunday night or Monday.

— U.S.-led forces captured the southern Iraqi town of Nassiriya, U.S. officials said Saturday. The town is about 200 miles southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

— U.S. Marines turned over a gas and oil separation plant Saturday to British troops in southern Iraq. The plants, seized late Thursday and early Friday, resulted in the deaths of more than 30 Iraqis and a U.S. Marine.

— President George W. Bush on Saturday remained at Camp David where he monitored war developments. Bush met with his war council at the military-run presidential retreat equipped with state-of-the-art communications facilities.

— U.S. commander Gen. Tommy Franks Saturday said operations were under way across Iraq, including in and around the capital, Baghdad.

— Franks also said he believed America has kept coordination alive with Turkish forces in northern Iraq. Turkey's troop movements back and forth across the Iraq border have been "very light," he said.

— Five people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a checkpoint of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan — Jalal Talabani's self-appointed government — near the northern Iraqi town of Halabja.

— Abdullah Gul, until two weeks ago the prime minister of Turkey, and the commander of U.S. forces for Iraq and the region, said Saturday that their two countries are still negotiating the movement of Turkish troops into Northern Iraq. Gul denied that Turkish troops had already entered northern Iraq.

— A high-ranking Kurdish official said Saturday that forces of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan were coordinating with U.S. forces against Ansar al-Islam, an Islamist group in the Kurdish enclave in Northern Iraq.

— Three Western journalists have been shot and are feared killed, according to an unconfirmed report being studied by U.S. officials in Kuwait City. The three, with ITN News, have not been identified and were operating alone, not "embedded" with any U.S. or British military units. An Australian freelance photographer was killed Saturday.

— The Pentagon has identified the two U.S. Marines killed Friday in southern Iraq. They are: 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, of Harrison, Miss.; and Lance Cpl Jose Gutierrez, 22, of Los Angeles.

— The Pentagon also identified the U.S. officer killed when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided Saturday over the Persian Gulf. Killed was Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, of La Mesa, Calif.

— The British Army has allowed its Jewish soldiers involved in the war in Iraq to erase mention of their religion on their dogtags. Ha'aretz reported Saturday that some 15 Jewish soldiers feared they would be executed if they were captured.

— Arab anti-war demonstrators took to the streets for the third consecutive day Saturday to denounce U.S. heavy bombardment and attacks on Iraq. Protesters filled streets in Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain and other Arab countries.

— Anti-war activists rallied in Manhattan and Washington, D.C. Saturday on the fourth day of the U.S.-led war against Iraq, saying they wanted the Bush administration to hear them, while demonstrations supporting the military were planned nationwide.

— Of the many demonstrations held worldwide against the Iraq war Saturday, the largest was in New York City where an estimated 200,000 people marched up Broadway. At least 14 people were arrested during the protests according to CNN.

— Members of the pro-Putin "Walking Together" youth movement staged an unusual rally in Moscow Saturday to protest the U.S. invasion in Iraq.

— Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Kzamal Kharrazi asked the U.N. to intervene and stop the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Kharrazi wrote the "most primitive human and ethical rules of war are being violated in the course of this war."

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