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Last Updated:  Thursday, 3 April, 2003, 00:33 GMT 01:33 UK
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Wednesday, 2 April

2335: Dubai's Al-Arabiya television reports that terrestrial television broadcasting has stopped in Iraq following bombing. Satellite television remains on air.

2257: A convoy of trucks crosses the Turkish-Iraqi border carrying military equipment for US forces, the second such shipment in as many nights.

2210: Rescued PoW Jessica Lynch arrives in Germany for medical treatment.

2202: Arabic TV station Al-Jazeera announces it is suspending the work of all its correspondents in Iraq until further notice. The move comes after the Iraqi Information Ministry bans one Al-Jazeera correspondent from working and orders another to leave the country.

1945: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow does not want to see the United States fail in Iraq. His comment appears to be an effort at conciliation with Washington after the US accused Moscow of aiding the Iraqi military, the BBC's Nikolai Gorshkov in Moscow says. Moscow denies helping Iraq.

1919: US marines have established a presence across most of the southern city of Nasiriya, the BBC's Andrew North reports from the city. Local people give them a qualified welcome but still clearly fear Saddam Hussein and resent the effects of the US-led war on their city, he says.

1900: Iraqi satellite TV shows Saddam Hussein chairing a meeting of senior ministers, looking relaxed and smiling. There is no sound and it is not clear when the pictures were recorded.

1706: The US military says some of its units are now less than 20 miles (32 kilometres) from Baghdad, reports the BBC's Gavin Hewitt, who is with the US 3rd Infantry advancing on the Iraqi capital.

1600: Colonel Ron Johnson, the chief operations officer for the US marines force in Nasiriya, says civilian casualties in the city were made inevitable because Iraqi forces ignored the rules of war.

1400: US forces report that B-52 bombers have used a new version of a cluster bomb against an Iraqi tank column in central Iraq; the weapon adapts to wind and weather to hit targets more accurately.

1330: US military says it is looking into an allegation that coalition aircraft have bombed a Red Crescent maternity hospital in Baghdad.

1300: Brigadier General Vincent Brooks of US Central Command says American troops have crossed a "red line" around Baghdad which the military believe could trigger a chemical attack by Iraqi forces.

1255: UK forces say they have found what they believe is a torture centre run by Saddam Hussein's secret police in the southern town of Abu al-Khasib.

1230: Doctors at the Saddam Hospital in central Nasiriya say they have registered more than 250 deaths since the fighting in the city began.

1226: US military says US forces have destroyed Baghdad division of Republican Guard and that other Republican Guard divisions are in trouble and under serious attack.

1200: Turkey and the US say they have agreed on a number of measures to improve their co-operation in Iraq, including some support for US troops and access for humanitarian aid.

1148: Iraq's information minister denies US troops have crossed the Tigris river in their advance on Baghdad.

1120: US military says Iraqi forces fired on coalition troops from inside revered mosque in Najaf, but American troops did not return fire. Iraqi information minister accuses US-led forces of targeting the shrine.

1100: President Saddam Hussein chairs meeting on Wednesday of top officials, Iraqi state television says, but no footage shown.

1050: One of President Saddam Hussein's palaces in central Baghdad hit by missile or bomb, news agency reports say.

1035: BBC Monitoring reports that Iraqi satellite TV went off air at this time and is currently not transmitting on any of the three satellite frequencies they monitor.

1000: Russia protests to the United States over an air strike which Moscow says targeted an area close to its embassy in Baghdad.

0955: Amnesty International urges US-led forces in Iraq to take greater care to prevent civilian casualties and calls for independent inquiry into killing of seven people at a US checkpoint. Criticises Iraq for using soldiers disguised as civilians.

0825: US Secretary of State Colin Powell meets Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to try to win more co-operation from Turkey for the US military campaign in northern Iraq.

0700: US marines say they have seized a key bridge across the River Tigris to take control of one of the main highways north towards Baghdad at the city of Kut.

0630: A structure in the southern city of Basra comes under heavy artillery fire from UK forces, who say they were fired upon overnight. Stream of civilian traffic seen leaving the city just prior to the firing, the BBC's Kylie Morris reports.

0550: US forces who rescued Private Jessica Lynch also found the bodies of two US soldiers and eight Iraqi troops, the US military says - it is not clear if they died in the operation or were already dead.

0545: US forces carry out sustained bombardment of Iraqi Republican Guard positions around Karbala overnight and move forward, the BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports.

0100: The Pentagon confirms a soldier rescued earlier is Private Jessica Lynch, a supply clerk who was captured on 23 March.

0037: US military sources say US ground forces have begun a major engagement against the Medina and Baghdad divisions of the Iraqi Republican Guard south of Baghdad.

0025: Central Command spokesman General Vincent Brooks says US forces have rescued a US army prisoner of war. Seven Americans have been listed as prisoners; an unnamed source in Washington says the rescued soldier is one of them.

0010: US Senator John Warner condemns "retired military officers" for criticising the administration's conduct of the war in Iraq. The chairman of the Senate armed services committee urges them to behave like former US presidents, "who do not criticise the current president when there is a war going on".

At the same briefing, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld says there has been no more precise bombing campaign "in recent memory" and that Saddam Hussein is a greater threat to the Iraqi people than the US campaign is.

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

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