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  US troops raid southern Baghdad
Updated 05 April 2003, 15.31

US tanks and armoured vehicles have entered southern Baghdad and fought with Iraq's Special Republican Guard, US officials say.

The US forces moved into Baghdad in the early hours of Saturday morning, and at one point were claiming to have reached the centre of Baghdad.

However, journalists in the city said they had not seen any of the troops that far into Baghdad.


A US military expert said the movements into the capital were the first in a series of 'rolling patrols'.

In Baghdad lots of police were seen driving around the city with sirens blaring, trying to build support for Saddam Hussein.

There were also lots of Iraqi soldiers moving around the city with big weapons - the first time this has been seen.

The Iraqi government deny that the US forces have enjoyed the success they say they have, saying that they are not in control of the airport as they claim.

Other main points:

  • US troops and aircraft launched an attack on the city of Karbala, some 60km (37 miles) south of Baghdad

  • The US Army is reported to have captured the Suwayra headquarters of the Republican Guard's Medina Division

  • In Basra, British forces say they are moving further into the city and have destroyed a building where one of Iraq's most important military commanders, Ali Hassan al-Majid - also known as Chemical Ali - was thought to be staying


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