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  US General Franks: Iraq war 'on track'
Updated 30 March 2003, 20.12
Iraqi people get out of Baghdad
Coalition forces have made "truly remarkable" progress in Iraq says the US commander in charge of war plans.

General Tommy Franks
General Tommy Franks

General Tommy Franks also angrily told reporters ground troops had not been ordered to stop making their way towards Baghdad.

There had been rumours they were forced to wait for supplies to catch up with them and that Iraqi fighting was stronger than they had expected.

He reported lots of progress was being made in other areas of Iraq too.

An attack by UK forces south east of Basra is still going on, but they are facing strong fighting from Iraqi soldiers.

A UK soldier was confirmed as killed in fighting there.

Elsewhere in southern Iraq, fresh water supplies were delivered by UN aid trucks which had driven up from Kuwait.

Guard targets

Baghdad is bombarded
Baghdad is bombarded

Meanwhile, Baghdad is being bombed day and night in some of the heaviest attacks since the war began.

Reporters there say they heard huge blasts around the southern areas of Baghdad.

Lots of Saddam's loyal Republican Guards and specially trained Fedayeen - tough, unofficial soldiers - are based there.

Other main points:

  • UK forces have captured five Iraqi officers and killed a Republican Guard colonel in a raid on a village south of Basra

  • In northern Iraq, the UN children's agency Unicef are hoping to get aid supplies across the border with Turkey

  • A "massive terrorist facility" was attacked and destroyed by coalition forces in northern Iraq, General Tommy Franks says

  • US officials say they will change their methods to deal with the threat of more suicide bomb attacks.


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