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Last Updated:  Friday, 11 April, 2003, 21:10 GMT 22:10 UK
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Friday, 11 April

1954: Russian President Vladimir Putin says under no circumstances should a new colonialism be allowed to establish itself in Iraq. He urges Washington to take urgent steps to give the UN a role in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.

1945: US President George W Bush says the war is over when General Tommy Franks says the US has met its military objectives. He says he does not know whether Saddam Hussein is alive or dead, but that he has certainly lost power. Mr Bush also urges Syrian leaders to do "everything they can" to close Syria's borders to fleeing Iraqi leaders.

1938: The speaker of the German parliament, Wolfgang Thierse, says it is wrong to compare events in Baghdad with the bloodless fall of the Berlin Wall. He was speaking after remarks by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

1929: Medical staff and civilian volunteers are defending some of Baghdad's hospitals with guns so bad has the looting become, a BBC correspondent reports.

1925: Russian President Vladimir Putin asks why coalition forces have not found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq - the reason given for going to war. "It is strange that nothing has been found yet," he says at the St Petersburg summit.

1922: Russian, French and German leaders call for a central role for the United Nations in rebuilding Iraq at their summit in St Petersburg.

1900: President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to consider writing off Iraq's debt. The US has asked Russia, France and Germany to consider the issue in order to help Iraq rebuild its battered economy.

1843: Heavy gunfire continues around the Saddam City district of Baghdad, the BBC's Andrew North reports from a US marine position there.

1829: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld criticises media coverage of the Iraq war, saying there is too much stress on anarchy and lawlessness following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

1817: A BBC correspondent in northern Iraq says there is little evidence that Kurdish fighters are withdrawing from the strategic city of Kirkuk despite initial reports of them pulling back.

1815: The Russian and French presidents, Vladimir Putin and Jacques Chirac, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder hold trilateral summit on Iraq in the Russian city of St Petersburg.

1803: Pentagon releases new US casualty figures for Iraq war: 107 troops killed and 399 wounded or otherwise injured.

1737: A US delegation will meet members of the Iraqi opposition on Tuesday in the southern city of Nasiriya to discuss Iraq's future and an interim government, the US State Department announces.

1630: Aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres says the two members of its Baghdad team missing since 2 April have made contact after being released from an Iraqi jail where they spent the last nine days.

1625: A Kurdish leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Barham Saleh, says Kurdish guerrillas have now started pulling out from the city of Kirkuk.

1615: Television pictures show government and commercial buildings on fire in Baghdad as unrest is reported to continue.

1520: Mobs in Baghdad have looted Iraq's largest archaeological museum, the French news agency AFP reports.

1410: The Red Cross in Geneva says it is a scandal that the medical system in Baghdad is close to collapse, but after discussions with the US and Britain, says it is hopeful that the situation will soon begin to improve.

1350: A senior official from one of the two main Iraqi Kurdish parties - the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan - tells the BBC that peshmerga forces are expected to start withdrawing from Kirkuk in a few hours' time.

1330: Jay Garner, the retired general picked by the US to oversee the creation of a new Iraqi administration, visits the southern port of Umm Qasr to reassure local people that the US wants to help Iraqis rebuild their own country, not take over. He says his first priority will be to set up a new police force.

1225: Turkey is sending military observers to Kirkuk to monitor the situation, according to the country's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.

1202: Kurdish officials say their fighters are beginning to leave Kirkuk as US special forces move in to secure the northern city, but the BBC's Dumeetha Luthra says there is little evidence of change on the ground.

1145: Britain is beginning to scale back its forces in the Gulf, according to Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram. Some personnel have already returned and others will return shortly, he says.

1136: Baghdad's international airport will be opened to humanitarian flights "soon" but risks remain, says US Brigadier-General Vince Brooks.

1113: The US has identified 55 leaders of Saddam Hussein's regime it will "pursue, kill or capture", according to General Brooks. He said some of them were trying to leave Iraq and coalition troops had been given playing-card-like guides to identify the "most wanted" people.

1108: US-led special forces have found and destroyed five light aircraft north of Tikrit which could have been used by regime leaders hoping to flee, General Brooks says.

1020: The entire 5th Corps of the Iraqi army surrenders to coalition forces at the northern city of Mosul, US military officials say.

1015: A spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross expresses alarm at the looting and public unrest in Baghdad and Basra and calls on coalition forces to reimpose law and order as required of them under the Geneva Conventions.

1003: Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, describes the US-led war as an aggression against Islam though he adds that Iran is happy to see the end of Saddam Hussein's regime.

0950: General Tommy Franks, commander of US forces in Iraq, says the leaders of Saddam Hussein's regime are dead or trying to flee.

0819: Fierce fighting near Qaim on the Syrian border may be Iraqis trying to defend a site containing missiles or even weapons of mass destruction, US military sources tell the BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus.

0745: Television pictures show people looting cash from a bank in the centre of Mosul.

0736: Iraqi opponents of Saddam Hussein attack the Iraqi embassy in Tehran.

0723: Two Iraqi children have been shot dead by US marines at a checkpoint in Nasiriya; nine other Iraqis were injured when the marines shot at a car which failed to stop, the BBC's Adam Mynott reports.

0645: US appeals to municipal workers in Baghdad to help them restore order to the Iraqi capital.

0443: Iraqi defenders reportedly abandon northern town of Mosul.

0104: US military says its warplanes have dropped six JDAM "smart bombs" on a home west of Baghdad of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's half brother Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti. He used to head Iraq's secret police.

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