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Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Monday, 7 April

2330: Gulf Co-operation Council foreign ministers call for Iraqis to be allowed to run their own country when hostilities finish.

2230: Al-Jazeera reports that the Palestinian embassy in Baghdad has come under bombardment by US and UK forces.

2210: Kurdish leader welcomes the reported death of Ali Hassan al-Majid, nicknamed "Chemical Ali", who ordered the 1988 gas attack on Halabja. But the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's Barham Saleh said he would have "preferred to see him respond to his crimes before an international criminal court".

2130: United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan says the UN is central to legitimising any interim government in Iraq.

1830: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says Saddam Hussein "no longer runs much of Iraq", though his whereabouts remain unknown.

1805: Firefight breaks out in the centre of Nasiriya - it is believed the fighting is between Iraqi groups, possibly between Fedayeen members faithful to Saddam Hussein and people opposed to him.

1800: US officials say preliminary field tests on a number of chemicals found near the Iraqi city of Karbala, suggest the possible presence of nerve agents.

1730: US President George Bush arrives in Belfast for key war summit with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

1705: Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says two of its workers are missing in Baghdad.

1547: Polish media say two Polish journalists - named as Marcin Firlej and Jacek Kaczmarek - abducted by armed Iraqis at checkpoint near Hilla, about 130 km south of Baghdad.

1435: Commander of US-led invasion force, General Tommy Franks, visited troops at three locations in Iraq, US military officials say.

1430: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says he expects UN to play an important role in post-war Iraq.

1350: Iraqi state television shows Saddam Hussein and son Qusay meeting top aides.

1345: Commander of UK forces in Gulf, Air Marshal Brian Burridge, says Saddam Hussein regime is "finished" in Basra, but some paramilitary resistance continuing.

1227: Two US soldiers and two journalists are killed and 15 people wounded in an Iraqi rocket attack on a US communications centre just south of Baghdad, US military officials say.

1155: British forces have effectively taken control of Basra after killing 300 members of the Iraqi military inside the city, the BBC's Hilary Anderson reports.

1150: Heavy bombing and shelling reported across Baghdad.

1120: US Central Command says American forces have destroyed an Iraqi column of tanks, other armoured vehicles and artillery to the north-west of Baghdad, preventing the reinforcement of those defending the city.

1100: Coalition special forces carrying out "unconventional warfare" in southern, northern and central Iraq - US Central Command.

1030: Britain has "strong indications" that "Chemical Ali" was killed in a coalition attack but cannot confirm his death, UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon says.

1020: Several US soldiers wounded in Iraqi missile attack on American base in southern outskirts of Baghdad.

1000: At least two US marines killed in fighting at a bridge over the River Tigris in Baghdad.

0840: A correspondent for Reuters news agency describes an area of Baghdad that includes residential housing as a "battle zone" as US and Iraqi forces fight in the heart of the city.

0740: American marines are entering Baghdad from the south-east, US military spokesmen say.

0725: A BBC correspondent in Basra says British commanders there are convinced that they have killed the Iraqi commander Ali Hassan al-Majid - known as "Chemical Ali" - but there has been no confirmation that he is dead.

0720: BBC correspondent says British paratroopers storming old town of Basra.

0705: Television pictures from the northern city of Mosul show it coming under heavy bombardment.

0700: US Central Command spokesman says operation in Baghdad is "an armoured raid through the city" whose goal is not to take ground.

0630: Iraq's information minister gives a press conference in central Baghdad at which he claims American armoured columns have been "slaughtered" and forced out of the city - as correspondents report continued fighting.

0625: A correspondent for Reuters news agency in Baghdad says the Iraqi information ministry and the foreign ministry are firmly in Iraqi government hands - and that heavily armed units of the Iraqi Republican Guard have taken up positions in the area.

0600: US Defence Department and Central Command sources say the operation is a "show of force" and not the much-anticipated "battle for Baghdad".

0550: A BBC correspondent says a fierce gun battle is in progress by the banks of the River Tigris.

0540: US troops report only "sporadic resistance" as they took the main presidential palace.

0520: US army colonel interviewed outside a presidential palace in Baghdad says American forces have control of the centre of the city and the heart of the Iraqi Government structure.

0515: US troops reported to have taken Saddam Hussein's main presidential palace in central Baghdad as more than 100 tanks and armoured vehicles pour into the city, supported by A-10 "tankbuster" aircraft.

0455: The BBC's Rageh Omaar says he can see US armoured personnel carriers near a presidential palace, where a fierce battle is raging.

0432: A column of US tanks and armoured vehicles are attacking targets in central Baghdad, American military officials say.

0330: Iraqi television says Saddam Hussein is offering $8,000 to anyone who destroys an allied tank, armoured personnel carrier or artillery.

0200: US warplanes bomb both the centre and the outskirts of Baghdad in dawn raids.

0100: Chilean President Ricardo Lagos - whose country currently sits on the Security Council - says the United Nations should have a key role in post-war Iraq.

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