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  Some British soldiers begin heading home
Updated 11 April 2003, 21.24
Some British soldiers will be leaving Iraq soon
Some of the British troops in the Gulf have started to head home, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram said some ships, planes and helicopters are all heading back.

He added that some British specialists in making sure people obey laws would be heading to Iraq soon, to try and solve the problems of looting.

Children in Iraq need clean water
Children in Iraq need clean water
Ever since Saddam Hussein's government lost control of the country the Iraqi people have been taking advantage of the lack of police by stealing things.

The United Nations has told off the US and the UK military in the area for not doing enough to stop looting, especially hospitals.

Mr Ingram said that the soldiers were working hard to get Iraq's water, fuel and power supplies back working, and eventually better than they were before the war.

At the moment Iraqi people are without water and supplies, because aid agencies won't come into help until the looting and violence that goes with it stops.

In Iraq's second city Basra, British soldiers are still working hard to destroy all images of Saddam Hussein, like pictures and statues.

US soldiers are given playing cards with people they're after on them
US soldiers are given playing cards with people they're after on them
The looting that has caused loads of problems in Baghdad and Basra is now getting worse in Mosul, a recently freed city in the north of the country.

US forces are still continuing to attack the town of Tikrit, the home town of Saddam Hussein and a place where lots of people still loyal to him are.

Heavy shelling is expected for another four or five days while the US moves more soldiers to the area, ahead of what could be the final battle of the war.

Other main points

  • The US military issues coalition forces with "playing cards" portraying 55 key people from the former Iraqi leadership whom it wants to see captured or confirmed dead
  • Two Iraqi children are killed and nine other civilians are injured after US marines open fire on a vehicle approaching a checkpoint at speed in the southern town of Nasiriya
  • US special forces are involved in heavy fighting with Iraqi forces close to the border with Syria, at a site believed to be a base for surface-to-surface missiles - and possibly weapons of mass destruction
  • The US military says six precision-guided bombs have been dropped on the home of a half-brother of Saddam Hussein, Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti - a former head of the Iraqi secret police
  • The leaders of Russia, France and Germany hold talks that are expected to focus on re-building Iraq after the war

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