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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 1 April, 2003, 19:40 GMT 20:40 UK
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Tuesday, 1 April

2320: US says a "big battle" is underway between US ground forces and Iraqi Republican Guards in Kerbala, about 68 miles (110 km) south-west of Baghdad.

2030: US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives in Turkey, to ask for more help sustaining the American military operation in northern Iraq.

1925: General Richard Myers, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, strongly defends Iraq war plan, saying it is working well and all top commanders agreed on it. Speaking at a Pentagon briefing, he also apologises to relatives of Iraqi civilians killed at US checkpoint on Monday.

1912: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says US is not negotiating with anyone in the Iraqi Government and it is "interesting" that President Saddam Hussein did not read out his own message on TV.

1705: Saddam Hussein urges Iraqis to fight a "jihad" (holy war) against the US-led coalition "everywhere," in a message read out on Iraqi television by Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf.

1525: At least 11 members of one family - including six children - killed in a coalition air raid in Hilla area, south of Baghdad, western news reports say.

1515: Iraqi Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan says more than 6,000 Arab volunteers are now in Iraq, and more than half of them suicide bombers.

1347: Southern outskirts of Baghdad come under intense bombardment.

1345: UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says it is "increasingly probable" that last Wednesday's explosion which caused a large number of civilian deaths in a Baghdad shopping area was the result of Iraqi action, rather than a coalition missile.

1219: Coalition captures an Iraqi general, US Central Command says.

1202: Arabic television channel al-Jazeera says Iraqis foiled a "landing attempt" by British forces at Khirbat al-Wa'r village in northern Iraq, west of Mosul. UK military officials later refused to confirm or deny the report.

1100: Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf says several people were wounded when a US jet bombed two Iraqi buses carrying international volunteers, some of them American, who were operating as "human shields". There is no confirmation of this.

1040: US Secretary of State Colin Powell is to meet Nato and EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Thursday, the European Commission says.

1020: US marines say they have destroyed two Iraqi T-55 tanks in the centre of the town of Nasiriya.

0930: Thousands of Egyptians are taking part in a mass rally in the northern city of Alexandria in support of the people of Iraq and against the US-led invasion. A BBC correspondent at the rally says some people have dressed up as suicide bombers carrying fake sticks of dynamite.

0900: New explosions are reported in the southern and western outskirts of Baghdad.

0815: BBC correspondent in Nasiriya says there are large queues waiting to get supplies of water, food and medicine from US marines, who have started a humanitarian effort.

0720: Jordanian officials say four Iraqis have been arrested for trying to blow up a major hotel in Amman last week.

0635: British forces say their positions in southern Iraq have come under attack from short-range missiles - the first time Iraqi missiles have been aimed at targets inside Iraq rather than Kuwait. British military officials say one missile landed near a Royal Marine base, while the other came down next to a prisoner-of-war camp at Umm Qasr.

0630: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein denies reports from the Pentagon that some of his close family has fled abroad. In a statement read out on state television, he says his fate and that of his family is linked to that of the Iraqi people.

0605: An Iraqi missile fired at Kuwait is shot down by a Patriot anti-missile battery over southern Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti military.

0605: US marines shoot dead an unarmed Iraqi who drove a pick-up truck at speed towards a checkpoint.

0520: UK Ministry of Defence announces that a British soldier was killed in Iraq on Monday "in the course of his duties" but gives no further details. The soldier's family has been informed. He is the 26th UK service member killed in Iraq.

0345: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal suggests Saddam Hussein should step down as a "sacrifice for his country". In an interview on US television, the minister also calls for a ceasefire to "give diplomacy time to work".

0300: The Washington Post reports that warning shots were fired too late to be effective in the shooting of Iraqi civilians by US soldiers at a checkpoint near Najaf.

0010: The Daily Mirror, a UK tabloid newspaper which opposes the war, says it has hired veteran reporter Peter Arnett - a few hours after he was sacked by the American NBC TV network for saying the initial war plan had failed.

The movements of those reporting from Baghdad are restricted and their reports are monitored by the Iraqi authorities.

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