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  City of Mosul falls to Kurdish and US troops
Updated 11 April 2003, 07.20
Kurds near Kirkuk, with burning oilfields in the background
US and Kurdish forces have taken over control of Iraq's largest northern city of Mosul.

There are signs that many Iraqis have been surrendering in the area and that the troops haven't had to fight hard.

The advance by the Kurds in the area has brought concerns to the US government, who are already unhappy that they seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Map of Iraq

The Americans expressly asked them not to.

But the Kurds say they'll start handing over Kirkuk to US troops on Friday.

Turkey - the country directly to the north of Iraq - is unhappy about the Kurds taking Kirkuk.

It's now sending military observers to the area.

Turkey is worried that Kurdish people may try and build their own new country in the north of Iraq.

Looting 'widespread'

Now US-led forces in northern Iraq are trying to work out how strong the Iraqi forces are around Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit before an attack there.

People looting in Iraq
People looting in Iraq

As Saddam Hussein's regime crumbles in a number of important cities, the United Nations has told off the United States and Britain for not managing to stop the looting.

But the Pentagon said US troops were dealing with Iraqi resistance first, before turning their attention to restoring law and order.

Other main points

  • Looters steal stuff from Baghdad hospitals, says the International Red Cross
  • At least four US marines are injured in what's thought to be a suicide bomb attack on a military checkpoint in the area of Saddam City, a mainly Shia Muslim area in north Baghdad.
  • The leaders of Russia, France and Germany are due to meet later on Friday to discuss the post-war reconstruction of Iraq.
  • A prominent Iraqi Shia Muslim leader, Abd al-Majid al-Khoei, and another cleric, Haydar Kilidar, are murdered in a mosque in the holy city of Najaf. The US government strongly condemns the attack.

The BBC's Rageh Omaar reportsThe BBC's Rageh Omaar reports

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