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Last Updated: Monday, 14 April, 2003, 21:38 GMT 22:38 UK
Iraq latest: At-a-glance
BBC News Online charts the latest developments in the Iraq conflict.

[All times GMT and approximate]

Monday, 14 April

1800: The entire contents of Iraq's national library and archives are reported to have been burned down, destroying priceless records of the country's history.

1750: The Vice Director of operations of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major General Stanley McChrystal, says that Iraqi forces have not mounted "a coherent defence" and that major conflict in the country is essentially over. He adds that he expects the fighting to move into a phase of "smaller, but sharp fights".

1645: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accuses Syria of conducting a chemical weapons test "over the past 12, 15 months".

1545: US Navy officials say two of the three American aircraft carriers in the Gulf - the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation - have received orders to leave.

1455: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair outlines a three-point plan for Iraq's rehabilitation - which envisages full elections in a year - and says there are "no plans to invade Syria".

1440: Mr Blair says Saddam Hussein's army has collapsed across Iraq and remaining resistance is coming from foreign irregular forces.

1430: US Secretary of State Colin Powell says the US will consider imposing economic and diplomatic sanctions against Syria for its alleged support of members of the toppled Iraq regime.

1400: In a White House briefing spokesman Ari Fleischer warns Syria against harbouring fugitive Iraqi regime members and says "Syria is a terrorist state".

1200: Five Iraqi police cars go out on their first patrol in Baghdad, escorted by US Marine Humvees.

1150: US Brigadier General Vincent Brooks says there are indications that up to 80 "suicide vests" are missing from a batch of about 300 found in a Baghdad school last week.

1137: General Brooks says the phase of decisive military operations is "coming to a close," but potential for "much more localised" combat action remains.

1130: Operation in Tikrit was "really the only significant combat action" in the past 24 hours, says General Brooks.

1015: UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon says UK believes "foreign suicide bombers" are leading resistance in Baghdad.

0910: BBC correspondent in Tikrit says town is quiet with no sign of Iraqi resistance, massive US troop presence there and shops boarded up.

0905: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets UK Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien in Damascus, amid coalition suspicions that Syria may have helped senior Iraqi officials to flee.

0830: UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw tells the BBC that Syria is not "next on the list" of potential US targets, but it must answer questions about possible weapons of mass destruction and providing a haven for Iraqi fugitives.

0710: US forces secure centre of Tikrit - al-Jazeera television shows US tanks in main square.

0700: An armed mob surrounding the Najaf house of a pro-Western Shia cleric, Ayatollah Mirza Ali Sistani, disbands just hours ahead of a deadline given for him to leave the country.

0535: US sources in southern Iraq report attempted breakout by Iraqi prisoners of war at a detention camp in Umm Qasr in the south-east of the country.

0519: Republican Guard general in Mosul tells BBC that senior military figures have fled to Syria.

0445: Efforts to restore order in Baghdad are stepped up, with joint patrols by US troops and local security forces.

0400: A US military spokesman says the fall of Tikrit does not mean the war is over - smaller towns and villages have been bypassed during the rapid US advance north

0306: US tanks take up position in the main square of Tikrit, according to witnesses quoted by AFP.

0145: Iraq conflict has led to North Korea softening its position on nuclear issues, say South Korean officials.

0015: Fresh air strikes under way in Saddam Hussein's home town Tikrit, as fighting continues between US and Iraqi forces.

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