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  US troops enter Saddam's home town
Updated 13 April 2003, 19.43
U.S. soldiers in Baghdad
US marines have entered Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, American officials have said.

They're reportedly coming up against some resistance but it's "patchy".

Saddam was born in Tikrit, 110 miles north of Baghdad, and there are probably several people there still loyal to the dictator.

Trying to bring calm

A looter carries away a chair inside Saddam Hussein's main palace

Meanwhile, in cities where they're already in control, the US military has promised to take steps to bring back law and order.

The fall of Saddam Hussein's regime has led to widespread looting and many people have been hurt or even killed.

In another big development, Saddam Hussein's half-brother is said to have been captured by coalition forces.

Watban Ibrahim Hasan was a senior figure in Saddam's regime. Kurdish TV reported he was captured trying to cross the border into Syria

Another half-brother, Barzan al-Takriti, was reported dead on Friday.

Other main points

  • US Secretary of Sate Colin Powell tells the BBC that once the war is over, the US will concentrate on finding weapons of mass destruction
  • General Tommy Franks says coalition forces have DNA samples from Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi leaders and are using forensics to track them down
  • Private Jessica Lynch, who was rescued from Iraqi captivity, has arrived back in the US and been taken to hospital for treatment along with other wounded soldiers
  • Syrian Foreign Minister says America is out to destroy Iraq, not get rid of Saddam Hussein


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