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Last Updated:  Thursday, 3 April, 2003, 22:31 GMT 23:31 UK
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Thursday, 3 April

2320: An Iraqi military spokesman says that Iraq was still in control of Basra and that Baghad would "swallow whole" invading forces.

2255: Jessica Lynch, the rescued US POW is reported to be in good spirits following back surgery at a military hospital in Germany.

2230: Large explosions reported near airport, and in central Baghdad, as planes fly overhead.

2155: Reuters report heavy bombing heard in northern Iraq from the direction of Mosul, Iraq's third largest city.

2056: Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz says that advancing US-led forces would not be able to take over Baghdad and promised a "huge and costly" war.

2012: Unconfirmed reports say US troops have captured Baghdad airport with tanks and armoured units against almost no opposition from Iraqi forces.

1932: The French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin says the US made a "grave political error" in going to war, in a television interview.

1852: Iraqi TV shows pictures of Saddam Hussein chairing a meeting of military and Baath Party personnel.

1828: US forces are bombarding Baghdad airport, and there are unconfirmed reports of casualties among Iraqi soldiers and civilians.

1754: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says "the majority of oil wealth has been secured" by coalition forces in Iraq. The US military did not target Baghdad's electricity system, military officials say.

1700: Electricity is down in Baghdad for the first time in the war. Artillery fire is heard on the southern outskirts of the city.

1636: The US military is investigating reports of a friendly fire incident involving US ground forces and an F-15 aircraft that left one soldier dead and others missing, US Central Command says.

1549: US President George Bush says coalition forces advancing on Baghdad will not stop until Iraq is free, as he addresses troops in North Carolina.

1445: Defence officials in Washington say an investigation is taking place into reports that a US F/A-18 Hornet fighter bomber might have been shot down by a Patriot anti-missile battery.

1340: American marines meet stiff Iraqi resistance at Aziziyah, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) south-east of Baghdad, the BBC's David Willis reports.

1210: US military shows footage of what it says was raid on Tharthar presidential palace, 90km from Baghdad. There is increasing evidence Iraq regime is losing command and control over the country, US military says.

1138: Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf dismisses as "silly" reports that US troops are near Baghdad.

1055: US military officials say American special forces entered a presidential palace near Baghdad overnight, then left again

1013: Iraqi television broadcasts pictures of what it says are the remains of an "American fighter plane" shot down by Iraqi air defence in Basra.

0919: Iraqi information minister appears on television reading speech attributed to Saddam Hussein, praising Iraq's defence of al-Kut, 150 km (90 miles) south-east of Baghdad.

0847: US military officials say the Third Infantry Division is taking up positions outside Baghdad international airport.

0843: US Third Infantry Division say advanced units are within 10 km (six miles) of the outskirts of Baghdad.

0658: US military official says about 500 Iraqi troops were killed trying to recapture a key bridge over the Euphrates River, 30 km (19 miles) south of Baghdad.

0600: British military confirm the use of controversial cluster-bomb type L20 bomblets, in fighting on the outskirts of Basra.

0430: A US F/A-18 Hornet warplane crashes over southern Iraq, reportedly having been shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

0205: Seven US soldiers are killed when a US Black Hawk UH-60A helicopter is shot down by small arms fire near Karbala. Four others on board are reported injured.

0140: Republican Guard units reported moving south from Baghdad to reinforce positions near airport, US military sources say.

0030: Large explosion reported in central Baghdad, with anti-aircraft fire.

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