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Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Tuesday, 15 April

2138: Palestinian Abu Abbas, wanted for the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985, is reported captured by US-led forces in Baghdad, Iraq.

1842: US Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says US forces have blocked a pipeline used to pump Iraqi oil to Syria in a volume that allegedly violated UN sanctions

1835: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says coalition forces now control Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

1750: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says "in principle, the United Nations must have a key role" in the political and economic reconstruction of Iraq.

1710: The new leadership of Iraq will emerge from meetings like that held near Nasiriya today, says US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

1645: Delegates at an Iraqi opposition meeting near Nasiriya issue a 13-point plan on the future of Iraq, including the dissolution of the former ruling Baath party.

1625: US President George W Bush says victory in Iraq is "certain but not yet complete", and that "desperate and dangerous" elements remain there.

1430: A US-organised meeting of Iraqi opposition leaders near Nasiriya ends with a vote to meet again in 10 days.

1140: Security still remain a key concern in Baghdad, the BBC's Lyse Doucet reports. She says there have been explosions all morning in the city.

1130: A report by Human Rights Watch says dozens of civilians have been killed in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk since 10 April, and looting and forced expulsions continue. The report says US-led forces contravene Geneva Convention by failing to bring law and order.

1100: Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar says Syria is a friend of his country and will not be the target of any military action.

0935: US troops in Baghdad start handing out leaflets appealing to the people of the city stay at home during the night and to return to work in the daytime, the BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones reports.

0839: Doctors in Kuwait say preparations are being made for 12-year-old Iraqi boy Ali Ismail Abbas - who lost both his arms in a coalition air raid - to be flown out of Baghdad for life saving surgery.

0725: Rallies take place in Baghdad, calling for law and order to be restored in Iraq, the BBC's Nick Springate reports from the Iraqi capital.

0640: On a visit to Qatar, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw calls Syria to co-operate with the US-led coalition, saying it has a chance to prove it is not a rogue state.

0439: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon urges the United States to put heavy pressure on Syria to oust Palestinian militant groups from Damascus and Hezbollah guerrillas from southern Lebanon.

0300:The Australian Government says it is sending a team of 12 specialists to help search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that it hopes to bring its 2,000 military personnel home from war in Iraq soon.

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