BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.
[All times GMT and approximate]
Sunday, 6 April
2130: Six large explosions rock the southern outskirts of Baghdad.
2115: Ahmad Chalabi, leader of the opposition Iraqi National Congress, tells CBS's 60 Minutes programme that US forces should stay in Iraq for two years - until elections can be held.
1955: UK Ministry of Defence says three British soldiers were killed during Sunday's assault on Basra.
1830: UK soldier killed during Sunday's fighting in Basra, officials say.
1826: US forces say they have taken control of the central Iraqi city of Karbala after two days of fierce battles. A US spokesman says American troops fought street-to-street and were confident there was no further threat of an Iraqi attack.
1715: The first US military aircraft - reportedly a C-130 cargo plane - lands at Baghdad's airport, US military officials say.
1634:The convoy with Russian diplomats leaving Baghdad was caught in a crossfire between US and Iraqi forces, says Alexander Minakov, Russian journalist from the convoy.
1500: Senior US military commander says the Iraqi army defending Baghdad is now struggling to
assemble 1,000 soldiers for each battle.
1456: A Kurdish party spokesman says 18 people have been killed and at least 45 others injured in the "friendly fire" incident, when the convoy of US special forces and Kurdish civilians in northern Iraq was apparently attacked by a US plane.
1350: US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says it will take more than six months for an Iraqi government to be created to run the country after the defeat of Saddam Hussein's regime.
1340: US forces have begun to airlift Iraqi opposition fighters - under the control of the Iraqi National Congress and its leader Ahmed Chalabi - into southern Iraq, American network ABC reports.
1310: US Central Command says initial reports indicate coalition troops not responsible for attack on Russian diplomats leaving Baghdad.
1310: BBC correspondent Gavin Hewitt reports fierce artillery exchanges in western Baghdad, sees dozens of burnt out Iraqi armoured vehicles.
1235: US TV station NBC announces the death in Iraq of presenter David Bloom, from pulmonary embolism - not combat-related.
1150: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein awards medals to two female suicide bombers, reports Iraqi satellite TV.
1146: Iraq information minister dismisses reports of death of Iraq's southern commander Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali".
1130: The coalition holds more than 6,000 Iraqi POWs, the US military says.
1120: The US military says it has captured and killed a number of foreign fighters during clashes in Iraq, and that it destroyed a camp at Salman Pak believed to have been used by the Iraqi regime to train foreign volunteers in terrorist tactics.
1113: The US military
acknowledges its warplanes may have attacked a convoy in northern Iraq where at least three people have been killed, some of them Americans, on 3 April.
1045: Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf says Iraq has killed 50 US troops and destroyed at least six US tanks close to Baghdad international airport overnight. He again denied US troops had taken control of the airport.
1011: A convoy of Russian embassy diplomats, said to include the Russian ambassador, has come under fire as they were evacuating from Baghdad. Several people are said to have been injured.
0850: US forces have killed between 2,000 and 3,000 Iraqi fighters in Baghdad since US troops attacked the city's outskirts, the US military
0840: British tanks are reported to have entered the centre of Iraq's second city, Basra.
0836: The US military says it has found the bodies of the bodyguards of Ali Hassan al-Majid, the Iraqi commander in the south also known as "Chemical Ali", in a
house in Basra bombed on Saturday.
0830: A US plane drops a bomb on a convoy of US special forces and Kurdish civilians in northern Iraq in a "friendly fire" incident, leaving many dead and injured, says the BBC's John Simpson who is travelling with the convoy.
0701: The sound of artillery barrages can be heard from the southern outskirts of Baghdad, says the BBC's Rageh Omaar.
0655: A column of 2,000 US vehicles moves into the outskirts of Baghdad to join two similar formations already operating in the south-west of the city, says the BBC's Peter Grant who is with the US 54th Engineers.
0630: Iraqi television says the authorities will impose a travel ban in and out of Baghdad from 1800 (1400 GMT)
to 0600 (0200 GMT) beginning on Sunday night.
0514: Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi heads to Turkey for a day of talks about the war in Iraq which borders both countries.
0510: The BBC's John Simpson in northern Iraq reports that Kurdish fighters have been calling in air support to tackle Iraqi resistance as they move towards the cities of Kirkuk and Mosul.
0144: Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who sent 2,000 troops to fight with the US-led coalition, warns that the war may yet go on for "some time".
0007: Al-Jazeera television reports that Republican Guard units are on the streets of Baghdad, carrying weapons and riding in lorries.
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