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War briefing

Mosul

Kurdish fighters, supported by U.S. troops, moved to within 20 miles of Mosul and Kirkuk, aided by extensive U.S. bombing.

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Baghdad

Allied warplanes fly over the city without letup to provide cover for U.S. troops pressing into the city.

Armed Iraqi soldiers, militiamen and Saddam Hussein loyalists are seen roaming the streets.

A large armored column from the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division conducts a reconnaissance in force between the Baghdad airport and the city’s center, killing hundreds of Iraqi troops during heavy fighting.

Elements of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force begin flanking the southeast sector of the city.

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Najaf

U.S. troops move into center of town to tackle paramilitary fighters.

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Basra

Allied aircraft bomb the house of Ali Hassan Majid, commander of Iraqi forces in the south who is known as “Chemical Ali.”

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Zubayr

British forces find about 400 boxes containing human remains in an abandoned military warehouse.

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Sources: Department of Defense; Periscope; Jane’s Defence Weekly; Associated Press

Researched by Times graphics reporter Tom Reinken


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