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Breakfast Tuesday, 25 March, 2003, 06:23 GMT
Closing in on Baghdad
Tanks
Coalition ground troops are close to Baghdad

Coalition forces have attacked Iraqi troops, just south of Baghdad.

US Marines are close to the capital where a fierce battle has developed. Elite Iraqi soldiers have again show fierce resistance.

  • On Breakfast this morning we spoke to our correspondents from the frontline, keeping you up to date with developments.

    We also looked at the growing humanitarian crisis in the city of Basra - which has also now become a military objective for the allied forces.

  • We spoke to BBC News correspondent David Willis who is travelling with the US marines as they advance on Baghdad.

    David reported that though progress is being made, it is slow.

    Willis still
    David Willis is with US marines

    The marines are again encountering fierce resistance from Iraqi troops - some of whom are dressed as civilians.

    Allied commanders, he said, were surprised by the tenacity of the resistance they have so far encountered.


  • Breakfast's reporter Jane O'Brien is in Kuwait. Aid Agencies are storing supplies in Kuwait, waiting to get into Iraq and in particular Basra.

    Jane explained that in Basra - Iraq's second city - there has been no clean water for more than half of the population for four days.

    Electricity supplies have also been cut.

    The UN has warned that tens of thousands of people there face the threat of a humanitarian disaster.

    But British troops are still trying to secure the city and facing fierce resistance from well trained security troops in the city.

    British commanders are hoping that people in the city will rise up against Saddam Hussein - but at the moment that is not happening.


  • BBC News Correspondent Andrew Gilligan is in Baghdad - some of whose movements are restricted - and whose report has been monitored by the Iraqi authorities.

    Andrew reported that bombing last night in the city was the heaviest since Friday - but that apart from government buildings the city still remains intact.

    Andrew Gilligan's reports are monitored by the authorities in Baghdad.


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