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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 8 April, 2003, 23:12 GMT 00:12 UK
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Tuesday, 8 April

2310: US lists two airmen as missing in action, after their F-15E plane went down on Sunday.

2205: A group of journalists from the Abu Dhabi satellite television channel appeal for help from the Red Cross, saying they were caught in the fighting between American and Iraqi troops and could not leave their office in central Baghdad.

2115: Al-Jazeera tells BBC News Online that it is not pulling its correspondents out of Baghdad, despite death of one of its reporters.

1930: Correspondents in Baghdad report more heavy bombing of the city after darkness falls.

1910: President George W Bush says the United Nations will play a vital role in Iraq after the war, working with the US and Britain to help set up an interim Iraqi authority.

1830: British military spokesman in Basra Colonel Chris Vernon says the British will support a local sheikh trying to stop looting in the city. The army hopes to develop "post-conflict nation building" operations within a day or so.

1810: American marines make a large move eastwards in central Iraq and now control a region around Amarah, a town halfway between Basra and Baghdad, although they have not yet entered the town.

1805: Pentagon says it believes Iraqi Special Republican Guard still has "great potential for some sharp fights".

1758: Pentagon says Iraqi leadership still giving orders but they "do not seem very coordinated".

1650: UK security sources tell the BBC that they do not believe Saddam Hussein is dead.

1632: A stray rocket, apparently fired in the war in neighbouring Iraq, killed one person in south-western Iran, the third such case since war began, reports said.

1600: French President Jacques Chirac says the UN must play a central role in the reconstruction of Iraq.

1422: The Palestinian Authority says its diplomatic mission in Baghdad has been badly damaged by a missile from a US warplane.

1342: Spanish cameraman Jose Couso, 37, dies of wounds received when Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, the main base for foreign media in the city, is hit. A Reuters cameraman earlier died of his wounds.

1337: Kurdish soldiers backed by US special forces are gradually advancing on the Iraqi-controlled towns of Kirkuk and Mosul in the north, the BBC's Dumeethra Luthra says. The strategy seems to be one of attrition rather than trying for a big push, our correspondent adds.

1235: Iranian students pelt UK Embassy in Tehran with petrol bombs chanting "death to America, death to Britain".

1226: The leader of Iraq's main Shia Muslim opposition group, Ayatollah Mohammad-Baqer Hakim, announces he will return home after living in exile in neighbouring Iran for more than two decades.

1202: Medical supplies in Baghdad are critically low and hospitals stretched to the limit coping with casualties, the International Committee of the Red Cross warns.

1148: The International Federation of Journalists condemns both sides in the Iraq war over the deaths of reporters and says those responsible must be brought to justice.

1135: Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk, 35, dies of wounds received when a US tank shelled Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, the main base for foreign media in the city. Three other Reuters staff and a Spanish cameraman were also wounded.

1132: US marines capture the Rashid military airfield on the eastern outskirts of Baghdad, meeting no resistance, an officer tells Reuters at the airfield. The airfield is five kilometres (three miles) from the city centre.

1053: The US A-10 ground attack plane lost over Baghdad was shot down, General Blount confirms.

1020: US President George W Bush says an interim authority composed of Iraqis from both inside and outside the country will be set up as quickly as possible. The UN, he adds, will have a vital role to play in rebuilding Iraq.

1000: A US tank fired a single round at Baghdad's Palestine Hotel in response to fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, General Buford Blount, commander of the Third Infantry Division, tells Reuters. Four Reuters staff and a Spanish cameraman were wounded.

0940: Two Polish journalists captured by Iraqi forces on Monday escape their captors and reach safety in the central Iraqi city of Najaf.

0853: The BBC's Rageh Omaar says a mortar bomb appears to have caused the blast at the Palestine Hotel and the building was not deliberately targeted.

0842: A US A-10 ground attack plane comes down near Baghdad international airport, the Pentagon reports. The pilot, who ejected, has been recovered and is in good condition.

0837: Reuters confirms that four of its staff - a reporter, photographer, TV cameraman and TV technician - were wounded in the Palestine Hotel blast and are now in hospital. The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear.

0825: Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf tells reporters that US forces must surrender or "be burned in their tanks".

0807: Blast hits Baghdad's high-rise Palestine Hotel, which houses foreign media. At least two journalists are wounded.

0752: Iraqi domestic state radio goes off the air. A US officer says the coalition would "clearly... like to destroy Saddam's capability to disseminate lies".

0746: US Abrams tanks appear on the strategic Jumhuriya Bridge across the River Tigris and open fire at targets in eastern Baghdad.

0728: Two US Apache helicopter gunships bombard a compound believed to be used by Republican Guards in south-eastern Baghdad with rockets and machine-guns. Warplanes are also sighted in the area.

0700: Iraqi state TV goes off the air. Earlier, it failed to broadcast its regular morning news bulletin on the conflict, relaying archive footage of Saddam Hussein and patriotic songs instead.

0650: Al-Jazeera television says correspondent Tariq Ayyub has died of injuries suffered after a bomb hit its Baghdad offices.

0640: US and Iraqi troops exchange fire over two key bridges in central Baghdad, Reuters reports.

0500: US marines are engaged in a gun battle with Iraqi militiamen in the south-east of Baghdad. A CNN correspondent travelling with the marines says they are moving into the city.

0450: Al-Jazeera television says its Baghdad offices have been hit by a US missile, wounding a cameraman. Another employee is missing.

0325: US and Iraqi troops inside Saddam Hussein's presidential palace compound exchange heavy artillery and tank fire as US tanks try to move north.

0235: US officials say the air strike against the Iraqi president was carried out at 1000 GMT on Monday, by a single B-1B bomber. One official remarks "there is a big hole where that target used to be", but it is not known what casualties were inflicted.

0155: The Pentagon says US warplanes have targeted Baghdad location where Saddam Hussein, his two sons and other top Iraqi leaders are believed to be.

0100: Five huge explosions heard in western Baghdad, around presidential palace, and fire is blazing in the area, reports AFP.

0055: Explosions and machine-gun fire heard at Saddam Hussein's Baghdad palace held by US forces, according to a Reuters correspondent, who said it seemed as if Iraqi forces were bombarding the compound.

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