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  Important targets hit in Baghdad bombings
Updated 28 March 2003, 07.19
Bombings in Baghdad late on Thursday
Another night of bombing in Iraq's capital Baghdad has destroyed important communications and command centres.

One of Saddam Hussein's palaces was also hit in what's thought to be the heaviest bombing for days.

On the road to Baghdad
On the road to Baghdad

The strikes came after coalition soldiers faced fierce fighting from groups of Saddam's faithful Republican Guards south of the city.

The US has admitted they didn't expect such strong fighting from Iraqi soldiers and said it was slowing down the coalition forces.

They are now sending almost 120,000 more troops to Iraq.

Iraq's Defence Minister warned the troops will have to do lots more fighting on the streets if they wanted to get into Baghdad.

Fedayeen fighting

US troops have also faced strong resistance from another group of Saddam's well-trained soldiers called the Fedayeen.

Fights have been going on between them in a big battle in the town of Samawah, where the US have been trying to get control of an important bridge.

In Basra further south, it's been reported hundreds of Iraqi refugees have left their homes to find food and water.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush earlier said the war would carry on until Saddam was no longer in power.

But it was impossible for them to say when exactly that would be.

Other main points:

  • Thousands more US troops are moving in to join the battle for the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, backed by heavy artillery

  • The British ship Sir Galahad, carrying 600 tonnes of food and water for the Iraqi people, is getting near to the port of Umm Qasr

  • The US plans to double the number of troops in Iraq to about 200,000 in the next month, US officials said

  • The United Nations has agreed to bring back its oil-for-food programme in Iraq.

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