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Last Updated:  Thursday, 10 April, 2003, 22:59 GMT 23:59 UK
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Thursday, 10 April

2220: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says small numbers of US troops and Kurdish forces are moving into Iraq's third city of Mosul after signs of Iraqi surrenders in the area.

2125: A senior Pentagon official says Kurdish forces went into Kirkuk against a specific US request not to.

1827: The top official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Barham Saleh, tells the BBC that the two main Iraqi Kurdish parties have agreed to withdraw their forces from Kirkuk, starting on Friday.

1740: The Pentagon says aid deliveries to Iraq have dramatically improved.

1656: There are reports that several ministries have been set on fire in central Baghdad amid widespread looting.

1630: The US strongly condemns the murder of a leading Shia Muslim cleric in Najaf. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says the government is committed to maintaining security on the ground.

1540: At least four US marines are injured in an apparent suicide bombing attack near a military checkpoint in Baghdad.

1452: Iraqi Shia Muslim leader Abdul Majid al-Khoei and another cleric are murdered in the central Iraqi town of Najaf. Mr al-Khoei - who returned to Iraq from exile earlier this week - was stabbed to death inside the Imam Ali mosque.

1412: President George W Bush's spokesman Ari Fleischer reassures Turkey by saying that US forces "will be in control of Kirkuk".

1400: UN Secretary General says Kofi Annan says Iraqis have paid a heavy price for the fall of Saddam Hussein's government. Mr Annan says the main priority now is the restoration of law and order in the country.

1353: A Baghdad hospital is ransacked and other hospitals in the Iraqi capital are closed because of the street violence and looting, Red Cross spokeswoman Nada Doumani says.

1352: Syria calls for an "end of the occupation" of Iraq "so that the people of Iraq can choose their government freely" in a statement released by the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

1305: A crowd in Kirkuk topples a statue of Saddam Hussein.

1300: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush address Iraqi people directly on a new TV station called "Towards Freedom", pledging that power in the country will be turned to the Iraqi people.

1240: Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul says Turkish military observers will be send to Kirkuk soon to monitor the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the northern Iraqi town.

1213: Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul says he has been told by US Secretary of State Colin Powell that fresh US forces will be in the northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk within a few hours.

1050: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush to address Iraqi people directly on Thursday on new TV station called "Towards Freedom," Mr Blair's office says. In pre-recorded statements both leaders promise new era of freedom for Iraqis.

1030: Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul says Ankara is watching events in northern Iraq closely and "whatever is necessary will be done".

1005: US military says fighting around mosque in north-western Baghdad has ended.

0915: Kurds seen looting buildings in Kirkuk, making off with trucks piled high with fridges and other goods.

0832: BBC correspondent in outskirts of Kirkuk reports chaotic celebrations in street as Kurdish fighters (peshmergas) and US special forces enter the northern oil city. The fighters say they control city centre, but pockets of Iraqi resistance remain.

0755: French President Jacques Chirac voices "satisfaction" at downfall of Saddam Hussein and hopes for quick end to fighting.

0735: US B-52 bombers pound Iraqi division dug in near Kirkuk in north.

0700: Marines search mosque after sustained heavy fire from large group of Iraqi defenders - one marine killed, at least 13 wounded, US military says.

0530: Heavy fighting breaks out close to one of Saddam Hussein's palaces. A convoy of US marines is under heavy fire from a large group of Iraqis. They take up defensive positions around a mosque amid rumours that the Iraqi leader might be inside.

0330: A series of loud blasts are reported in Baghdad, apparently coming from the city's outskirts. The cause was uncertain, AFP reported.

0150: US military is moving more giant Moab bombs to the Gulf region, AFP reports.

0110: Latest Pentagon figures show 101 US soldiers killed and 399 wounded in Iraq, with seven being held as POWs.

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