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  US launches huge attack on Iraq
Updated 20 March 2003, 20.35
Smoke billows over the Ministry of Planning which was hit by a missile in Baghdad
US-led forces have launched their first heavy attacks on the country.

Reporters said the sky over the capital Baghdad lit up and huge explosions could be heard.

TV pictures showed buildings on fire and smoke rising from the heart of the city, where government buildings are.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the Iraq war must not fail.

In a TV speech - his first since the war started - he said if Saddam Hussein wasn't disarmed now the world would regret it.

'Town captured'

British forces have now also joined the invasion and Mr Blair said we have to give them our full support.

There have been reports from the Kuwaiti news agency that an Iraqi border town has been captured.


Umm Qasr is the only major sea port through which goods can get into Iraq, so it would be a very important place to take control.

But Iraqi radio said it hadn't been captured.

Meanwhile, in Paris traces of the poison ricin have been found at a railway station, inside a locker.

Ricin can be fatal when it's breathed in and there are fears it could be used in a terrorist attack one day.

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