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Last Updated:  Saturday, 12 April, 2003, 22:53 GMT 23:53 UK
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Saturday, 12 April

2210: International Monetary Fund and World Bank say they are ready to help in the reconstruction of Iraq, and back call from G7 for a new UN Security Council resolution on rebuilding the country.

2125: Former US POW Jessica Lynch arrives back at Andrews Air Force near Washington.

2028: Iraq's UN ambassador Mohammed al-Douri arrives in Syria.

1900: French President Jacques Chirac phones UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the outcome of the Saint Petersburg summit, where Russia, Germany and France agreed that only the UN can legitimately lead the reconstruction of Iraq.

1758: Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa says there is no basis for US accusations that Damascus has been helping supporters of Saddam Hussein.

1740: A UK military commander in Basra says his troops cannot provide a fully functioning police force in the city and says there must be Iraqi involvement in policing.

1734: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warns civil war could erupt in Iraq unless American and British forces restore law and order.

1645: A mob ransacked a psychiatric hospital in northern Baghdad for 36 hours this week, AFP reports. Two patients unable to swallow water without assistance died of thirst and four women patients were raped, medical staff told the agency.

1643: US Congress gives final approval to a bill authorising $79bn to finance the war in Iraq and reconstruction efforts.

1642: The main Iranian rebel group, the People's Mujahedin, says 18 of its fighters have been killed and 43 wounded in fighting near its camps in north-eastern Iraq. It accuses Tehran of sending agents into Iraq to mount attacks on its bases and says Iranian-backed forces have seized the border town of Khanaqin.

1629: Reports from Mosul say 15 people have been killed and at least 200 injured during fighting between Arabs and Kurds in the city.

1627: Red Cross officials say US troops in Baghdad have begun tentative steps to protect humanitarian facilities, securing a hospital and a water treatment centre against looters. Reports say American forces plan to introduce a night-time curfew as soon as it is workable.

1617: US troops in Baghdad fight off an attack by about 15 gunmen on the west bank of the Tigris in a 20-minute battle, an officer tells Reuters. One marine is killed by a gunman on the east bank, at a hospital near the Palestine Hotel.

1612: US forces re-open two strategic bridges in central Baghdad, and crowds of looters surge across on their way to parts of the city not already plundered.

1601: Group of Seven economic powers call for a United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq as part of a multilateral post-war effort to rebuild the nation.

1550: Thousands of peace campaigners demonstrate in Rome, London, Berlin and Paris, and in Dhakar, Calcutta, Tehran and Seoul.

1553: Situation in Mosul has turned into an extremely ugly street battle between Kurds and Arabs, a BBC correspondent reports.

1537: US command says fighting in the Iraqi town of Qaim, near the western border with Syria, is dying down with reports that Iraqi leaders want to surrender.

1510: US marines take the town of Kut in eastern Iraq, potentially opening up a new supply corridor to Baghdad from the south, a BBC correspondent reports. Fears that Islamist irregular forces would defend the town were not realised.

1505: About 200 US troops in Mosul are forced to withdraw to the civil airport after coming under attack.

1500: Reports speak of heavy shooting in central Baghdad, near the Palestine Hotel in which many foreign journalists are staying. The BBC's Arabic Service correspondent says US tanks are firing towards the River Tigris and the north of the city.

1426: US plans to cut the number of its aircraft carriers in the Gulf soon, according to the war's naval commander Vice-Admiral Timothy Keating. He says the USS Kitty Hawk may leave the Gulf "in a couple of days, maybe a little bit longer".

1344: German television reports that a senior adviser to Saddam Hussein has surrendered to US forces in Baghdad. It said it filmed the incident at the request of General Amir al-Saadi, who represented the Iraqi regime during talks with UN chief weapons inspectors before the war and features on the US' "most wanted" list.

1253: Private Jessica Lynch, the American prisoner-of-war rescued from an Iraqi hospital, is on her way back to the US from Germany with other injured personnel, a military spokesman says.

1140: A rewards programme is being established to encourage Iraqis to give information to coalition forces to help them to capture key leaders of Saddam Hussein's regime, says US Brigadier-General Vincent Brooks. He said the amounts offered would be "appropriate".

1059: US marines say they have found dozens of "suicide vests" packed with explosives and ball bearings stored at a school in Baghdad. Reports say the vests were discovered still wrapped in plastic near to detonators which could be attached but there were also empty hangers, suggesting some had already been removed.

1052: Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrate in central Baghdad demanding urgent action to stop the wave of lawlessness sweeping the city, a BBC correspondent reports.

1046: Turkey's Foreign Minister, Abdullah Gul, says his country sees no immediate need to send troops into Iraq but adds that the soldiers remain on standby.

1011: United Nations staff will return to northern Iraq on Monday, to be followed by more teams of international workers heading to the west and south of the country, according to the UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Iraq.

1005: Advance units of the US' 30,000-strong 4th Infantry Division have moved into Iraq from Kuwait, military officials say. The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus says the troops who were originally scheduled to lead a northern attack from Turkey may be heading for Tikrit.

0945: An airfield near Tikrit was attacked by a B-52 using a new targeting system - the first time the laser-guided "Litening" technology has been used in combat, US commanders say.

0930: US military officials say marines recovered four journalists from a hospital in Baghdad. One was dead, one was unhurt and two were taken to a field hospital for treatment for injuries suffered at the Palestine Hotel as the US advanced into central Baghdad on Tuesday.

0807: The BBC's Paul Wood in Baghdad says violence is now taking place across the religious divide, with Sunni Muslims fighting gun battles with their Shia neighbours.

0749: UK troops hope to start patrols with local police in Basra to quell civil disorder, according to a military spokesman, Group Captain Al Lockwood.

0658: US reinforcements reported to have reached Mosul.

0640: Overnight air strikes reported against Tikrit, said to be the last remaining stronghold of loyalists to Saddam Hussein.

0452: Kurdish soldiers begin leaving northern city of Kirkuk which they seized on Thursday.

0222: Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammed al-Douri, leaves the US, Reuters news agency reports. He is heading to Paris, and then on to Damascus, Syria.

0200: An official overnight curfew declared by US forces in the city of Mosul is due to end, at 0600 local time.

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