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Last Updated:  Saturday, 29 March, 2003, 04:07 GMT
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Friday, 28 March

2315: Fatal "friendly fire" incident in southern Iraq claims the life of one British soldier and injures a number, reports say.

2245: Smoke rising over Kuwait City after missile blast near shopping centre, reports say.

2200: Large explosion near Iraqi information ministry in Baghdad, reports say.

2100: The Syrian Government dismisses allegations by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that it is supplying military equipment to Iraq and accuses the US of trying to distract attention from civilian casualties.

2045: Coalition warplanes attack Baghdad, according to news agency reports.

1845: Two Iraqi 'sleeper cells' planning attacks on American interests abroad have been captured and their plans foiled, US State Department officials say.

1830: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says Syria is supplying military equipment - including night-vision goggles - to Iraq in what he terms a "hostile act".

1815: Dozens of civilians reportedly killed in an explosion at a Baghdad market.

1745: United Nations decides to restart the "oil-for-food" programme that was formerly feeding 60% of Iraqis but was suspended when war broke out last week. It also appeals for $2.2bn in aid for Iraq.

1645: One US Marine reported to have been killed in vehicle accident near southern town of Nasiriya, four others said to be missing.

1540: Kurdish-controlled town of Chamchamal in northern Iraq shelled in an apparent Iraqi army retaliation for an advance towards the northern city of Kirkuk by US-backed Kurd fighters.

1515: Windows of British embassy in Iranian capital Tehran smashed following anti-war protest by thousands of people.

1445: Britain's Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson, says the Iraqi army in the south of the country is "pinned down".

1430: The main headquarters of the Ansar al-Islam militant group in the mountains of north-eastern Iraq is overrun by thousands of Peshmerga Kurdish guerrillas, backed by US special forces and air support.

1230: The British supply ship, the Sir Galahad, arrives at the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr to deliver the first shipload of humanitarian supplies.

1115: Iraqi television shows interviews with three Iraqi men arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States.

1010: British military try to get ambulances into Basra, but cannot breach Iraqi defences.

0945: Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf says US-led bombing killed seven people and injured 92 in Baghdad on Thursday.

0800: UK military spokesmen say local Iraqi militia opened fire on 1,000 and 2,000 civilians trying to flee the southern city of Basra.

0650: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair tells the BBC that the war against Saddam Hussein will take time and have its "tough and difficult moments."

0617: US marines report they have captured an Iraqi general in Nasiriya on Thursday, BBC correspondent Andrew North says.

0607: Thousands more US troops are moving in to join the battle for the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, backed by heavy artillery.

0545: The British ship Sir Galahad, carrying 600 tons of food and water for the Iraqi people, is approaching the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr behind teams of minesweepers and a mine-hunting vessel.

0505: BBC correspondent Paul Adams at Coalition Central Command in Qatar reports that the southern Iraqi airbase in Tallil is now operational and the first US transport planes have now flown into it.

0500: BBC correspondent reports explosions in Baghdad, says Thursday night's bombings among the most violent of the war so far.

0400: Further explosions reported in Baghdad, along with the sound of anti-aircraft gunfire.

0059: US military spokesman at Coalition Central Command says air strikes and cruise missiles have taken out a major communication centre and command-and-control facilities in Baghdad. Large fire

0000: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair begins holding talks with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, focussing on the role of the UN in a post-war Iraq.

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