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Confirmed military action in and around Iraq
Last Updated on April 9, 2003 at 6:53 am EST
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  Sunday, April 6, 2003: A friendly fire incident kills fifteen in Northern Iraq including one translator working with John Simpson of the BBC who, along with his cameraman, sustained minor injuries when their Kurdish convoy was struck by American forces.

  Thursday, April 3, 2003: Reports are unclear in the last 24 hours but what is apparent is that coalition forces are flanking Baghdad from the East, West and South with some forces as little as 12 miles from central Baghdad. US military sources confirm that a fierce battle was fought over night to secure over 75% of Saddam International Airport to the northeast of the Iraqi capitol.

  Wednesday, April 2, 2003: BBC cameraman Kaveh Golestan, 52, was accidentally killed in northern Iraq Thursday after stepping on a land mine as he climbed out of his car, according to a statement put out by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Golestan was an Iranian freelance cameraman working as part of a four-man team filming at Kifri.

  Wednesday, April 2, 2003: A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet went down over Iraq early Thursday. A search-and-rescue operation has been launched, U.S. officials said. The single-seat fighter jet from the USS Kitty Hawk went down around 12:45 a.m. Thursday (3:45 p.m. ET Wednesday).

  Wednesday, April 2, 2003: A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by small arms fire Wednesday night in south-central Iraq, military officials said, but there were conflicting reports on casualties. The Pentagon said seven soldiers were killed and four others wounded and rescued. But a statement from U.S. Central Command headquarters in Qatar said only six people were on the Black Hawk and that casualties could not be confirmed.

  Tuesday, April 1, 2003: Coalition forces rescued two U.S. Navy pilots Tuesday after their F-14 "Tomcat" crashed in southwestern Iraq after suffering a mechanical error, a statement from the U.S. Central Command said.

  Tuesday, April 1, 2003: Al-Sahaf said Tuesday a U.S. warplane struck two buses in western Iraq filled with human shields. Al-Sahaf accused coalition forces of "indiscriminately killing people." U.S. Central Command said it was "not aware of any reports" of such a U.S. airstrike and was investigating the allegation.

  Tuesday, April 1, 2003: Two surface-to-surface missiles hit near U.S. troops in the vicinity of the central Iraqi town of Najaf.

  Monday, March 31, 2003: Pentagon officials confirmed the rescue of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, 19, who had been listed as missing in action after intense fighting near Nasiriya on March 23

  Monday, March 31, 2003: More than 3,000 precision-guided munitions have been dropped in the past three days alone, bringing the total to 8,000 for the entire 12 days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Pentagon said Monday.

  Monday, March 31, 2003: At a checkpoint near Najaf Monday, soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division fired on a van that turned out to be carrying women and children when it failed to stop. Seven passengers were killed and two were wounded, Central Command said Monday in a written statement.

  Monday, March 31, 2003: At a checkpoint near Najaf Monday, soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division fired on a van that turned out to be carrying women and children when it failed to stop. Seven passengers were killed and two were wounded, Central Command said Monday in a written statement.

  Sunday, March 30, 2003: In southern Iraq, British Royal Marine commandos captured five high-ranking Iraqi paramilitary leaders and a senior officer Sunday in a village southeast of Basra, said Capt. Al Lockwood, a British military spokesman.

  Sunday, March 30, 2003: A Marine UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed in southern Iraq, killing three people and injuring a fourth, Central Command officials said.

  Saturday, March 29, 2003: U.S. Central Command announced Saturday that two Marines have been killed in separate incidents in Iraq.

Central Command said one Marine from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed late Friday night when he was hit by a Humvee during a firefight with Iraqi soldiers in south-central Iraq.

The other Marine, also from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, drowned early Friday when the Humvee in which he was riding rolled over into a canal in south-central Iraq.

  Saturday, March 29, 2003: Twenty-six U.S. service members are unaccounted for in Iraq. Another 57 U.S. and British service members have been confirmed killed since the fighting began.

  Saturday, March 29, 2003: U.S. Navy ships in the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea have stopped firing their cruise missiles at Iraq after complaints by Turkey and Saudi Arabia that some of the missiles have fallen on their countries, a Pentagon official said. There has been no reported damage or casualties from any of the stray missiles.

  Thursday, March 27, 2003: Four U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed Thursday when the driver of their M1A1 tank was shot as they crossed a bridge and the tank then plunged into the river below, U.S. Central Command said Monday. Their bodies and the tank were recovered Sunday.

  Wednesday, March 26, 2003: Elements of the 7th Cavalry Regiment face Medina armoured Republican Guard divisions outside Karbala as they push for Baghdad.

  Wednesday, March 26, 2003: Elements of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force headed to Al Kut to push into Baghdad along the Tigris and hit the Republican Guard's southern forces.

  Wednesday, March 26, 2003: Battle continues near Nasiriyah. Marines capture Iraqi military hospital along with weapons, ammunition, chemical suits and gas masks.

  Wednesday, March 26, 2003: US troops secure Talil Air base in southern Iraq.

  Wednesday, March 26, 2003: US-led war planes bombed targets in the northern part of the country including Mosul, Kirkuk and Tikrit.

  Tuesday, March 25, 2003: American Marines are engaged in a heavy battle east of Najaf for control of the Euphrates valley region and river crossings.

  Tuesday, March 25, 2003: Coalition forces confirm that 43 soilders have been killed in the campaign to date.

  Tuesday, March 25, 2003: British troops have amassed outside the southern Iraqi city of Basra in preparation for an urban assualt on the city that previously was not a military target.

  Tuesday, March 25, 2003: Coalition forces bomb two Iraqi bunkers in northern Iraq destroying one.

  Tuesday, March 25, 2003: A friendly fire exchange results in the death of 2 British soliders.

  Monday, March 24, 2003: A US Apache helicopter is downed in fighting ouside Karbala. The 2 US pilots have been captured by Iraqi forces and shown on Iraqi TV and al Jazeerah.

  Monday, March 24, 2003: US Apache helicopters attacked Armored Republican guard positions between Karbala and Al Hillah, meeting with stiff resistence.

  Monday, March 24, 2003: 70 US Special Forces troops are said to be working with Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq to destroy Ansar al-Islam strong holds in the moutainous border region between Iran and Iraq. Ansar al-Islam is beleived to have ties to al Qaeda and is blamed for a suicide bombing in northern Iraq this past weekend that killed and independent journalist.

  Monday, March 24, 2003: US coalition forces report that cruise missles have been launched again Ansar al-Islam position in northern Iraq.

  Monday, March 24, 2003: More than 200 special forces are said to be operating in northern Iraq and more continue to arrive on regular coalition flights through Turkish airspace.

  Monday, March 24, 2003: A heavy battle still rages in the southern Iraqi town of Basra that has led coalition forces to draw back from the city. Fierce fighting to control the city, which the coalition said was siezed Friday, continues.

  Monday, March 24, 2003: A bus carrying 36 civilians was bombed accidently by coalition forces as it tried to cross a bride in northwest Iraq. 5 Syrian nationals were killed and many injured, all were trying to escape fighting by fleeing to Syria.

  Sunday, March 23, 2003: An unmanned, remote-controlled Predator drone destroyed an antiaircraft artillery gun in southern Iraq on Saturday. It was the first Predator strike of Operation Iraqi Freedom, coalition defense officials said. The MQ-1 Predator dropped one Hellfire II missile on the mobile antiaircraft artillery piece outside Amarah at 1:25 p.m. (5:25 a.m. Saturday EST), near the Iranian border, according to the Combined Forces Air Component Command. about 90 miles south of Baghdad.

  Sunday, March 23, 2003: The U.S. military has secured a facility in southern Iraq that Pentagon officials said might have been used to produce chemical weapons. The officials cautioned that it wasn't clear what materials were at the facility in Najaf, about 90 miles south of Baghdad.

  Sunday, March 23, 2003: US Army 11th Helicopter attack force engages the elite 2nd Armored Brigade of the Republican Guard outside Karbala, meeting stiff resistence and a hail of anti-aircraft fire described by one pilot as a 'wall of fire.'

  Sunday, March 23, 2003: US Army support team is ambushed and captured by Iraqi forces after straying from forces in the Nasiriyah area. As many as 4 were US soilders killed in the ambush and up to 6 captured. Captured troops and those killed have been shown on Iraqi television and al Jazera.

  Sunday, March 23, 2003: Heavy fighting in Nasiriyah has resulted in the death of at least 4 American troops.

  Sunday, March 23, 2003: Late reports from US are saying that a RAF plane was accidently shot down by a Patriot missile in a friendly fire incident. Details as to the pilot's condition and the circumstances of the friendly fire incident are not yet available.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: In a Kurdish region of northern Iraq, a freelance cameraman working for the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Paul Moran, 39, died when a taxicab exploded at a checkpoint in Sayed Sadiq, the network said. Three Kurdish fighters also died, and an ABC correspondent was wounded, it said. Security officials of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan blamed the blast on a suicide bomber from an Islamic extremist group, Ansar al-Islam, which U.S. officials believe has links to al Qaeda.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: Two British helicopters collided in the Persian Gulf during the support operations killing all 7 troops on board; 1 American and 6 British, bringing the casulties to 21 - 7 Americans and 14 British.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: As many as 1,500 Turkish troops are reported to be poised to cross the border into Kurdish controlled northern Iraq creating some tensions between the US and Turkey. Turkey claims that the troops have been sent to the border region near Iraq to aid in any humanitarian efforts and also to monitor the Kurdish situation as the war progresses.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: The city of Al Basrah in southern Iraq was encircled by allied forces who opted not to enter the city. After engaging minimal resistence on the outskirts of the city coalition forces passed by the without claiming continuing to Baghdad.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: The H2 and H3 air fields, beleived to be site of Scud launchers in western Iraq, have been taken by coalition forces who clain tentative control of both installations.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: Kurdish forces and CNN sources confirm that the city of Kirkuk has been the target of aerial bombardment for the third night of the campaign.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: The northern city of Mosul is reported to have come under heavy bombardment for the third night in a row.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: Though coalition forces claimed tentative control over Umm Qasr -- over 24 hours ago, allied forces continue to come under fire from pockets of resistence.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: The port city of Umm Qasr -- Iraq's only outlet to the Gulf - has fallen to allied forces. The old port was taken by British troops; U.S. Marines seized the new port.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: The port city of Umm Qasr -- Iraq's only outlet to the Gulf - has fallen to allied forces. The old port was taken by British troops; U.S. Marines seized the new port.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: Retreating Iraqi troops are confirmed to set 9 oil wells a blaze outside the southern city of Al Basrah.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: U.S.-led forces strike the northern city of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: Intense bombing of Kirkuk resumes for the second night.  Anti-aircraft fire is visible over the city.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: A second Marine from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed during the fight for Umm Qasr.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: A US Marine has been killed in the line of fire, details are not yet available.

 Friday, March 21, 2003 : Coalition forces bombed the Iraqi-controlled northern city of Mosul just before 4:30 a.m. Friday (8:30 pm Thursday EST).  

 Friday, March 21, 2003: Kurdish fighters in the Mosul region confirm that an air field outside of Mosul was bombed by US forces.

 Friday, March 21, 2003 : British troops moved into the Al Faw Peninsula of southern Iraq. The Al Faw Peninsula runs from the Iraqi city of Basra to the Persian Gulf and is home to a significant portion of Iraq's oil industry.

 Friday, March 21, 2003 : Iraqi television early Friday said targets hit by coalition forces included a military site in the southern city of Basra, near the Kuwaiti border, and another target in Akashat, a town about 300 miles west of Baghdad near the Syrian border. Iraqi television reported four Iraqi soldiers were killed.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: Several thousand US airborne troops are expected to land in northern Iraq with the objective of capturing the strategically important city of Kirkuk and securing oil fields. The US had wanted to station about 60,000 troops in Turkey with the aim of carrying out a full scale ground invasion - but the plan has been blocked by the Turkish Government. 

 Friday, March 21, 2003 : American troops with about 250 main battle tanks are pushing into south-western Iraq with the aim of moving swiftly north towards Baghdad.  US Marines and around 25,000 UK ground troops and armour are expected to cross into southern Iraq in a second offensive, analysts say. Royal Marines from the UK's 3 Commando Brigade are expected to occupy the strategically important southern city of Basra.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: Iraq fired a ballistic missile targeting US and British forces as they crossed the Kuwait/Iraq border.


 Monday, April 7, 2003: Heavy fighting continues in and around Baghdad. Ground troops have been assisted by air strikes that continue throughotu the day as ground forces make their advances into the city. Some coalition commanders report being 'in the hear of Baghdad,' who also say the city almost entirely encircled and all roads leading to and from Baghdad have been cutoff.

 Sunday, April 6, 2003: More substantial raids into Baghdad have been undertaken that has led to the capturing of Saddam International Airport under the full control of colaition forces and early report that government centers and a palace of Saddam are also tentatively unuder coalition control.

 Saturday, April 5, 2003: Baghdad was raided by US coalition forces who made a short incursion into Baghdad. An unknown number of Iraqi was killed and an American tank were destroyed under circumstances that have yet to be confirmed.

 Thursday, April 3, 2003: Baghdad was heavily pounded continuously last night for hours at a time. Large munitions were said to have been used and thousand of percision weapons in the action to topple the Iraqi leadership in Baghdad.

 Wednesday, April 2, 2003: About 40 satellite-guided bombs late Wednesday pounded a "heavily secured" storage facility in Baghdad used by forces loyal to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, U.S. Central Command said.

 Saturday, March 28, 2003: In Baghdad, at least four large explosions rocked a residential compound where many government officials live northwest of the Information Ministry.

 Friday, March 27, 2003: In Baghdad Friday, a hospital official claimed 52 Iraqi civilians had been killed and more than 30 wounded in an airstrike on a residential neighborhood about 6 p.m. (10 a.m. EST). Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf condemned the strike as a "crime" by the U.S.-led coalition.

 Wednesday, March 26, 2003: During the continued bombing campaign of Baghdad, US Pentagon officials confirm that ordinance hit in heavily civilian marketplace in northern Baghdad.

 Tuesday, March 25, 2003: Coalition forces flew over 3,000 missions in the last 24 hours and heavily bombed Baghdad. Iraqi television stations were targeted and destroyed in what an American commander described as 'decapitating the Iraqi leadership's ability to communicate'. However, Iraqi television was broadcasting only hours later.

 Monday, March 24, 2003: Baghdad and outlying areas are being bombing in a effort to 'soften' Republican Guard positions around the city. The coalition hopes to keep the Republican guard from retreating to Baghdad and engage them outside the city proper. Saddam International Airport and military airstrip outside Baghdad have also been hit by cruise missles.

 Sunday, March 23, 2003: Baghdad continues to be the target of night bombing and air raids. Iraq has set oil filled trench dug around the city on fire to hinder the coalition's bombing campaign. A US Defense spokesman regarded this tactic as "useless and ineffective" against percision weapons technology.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: Baghdad is pounded with over 1,000 cruise missiles and pecision weapons for the third night of the campaign in Iraq. Iraq claims that over 200 civilians have been injured in the attacks.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: Air raid sirens sound at 9:00 pm Baghdad local time (12:00 pm EST), for a half hour the city waits as anti-aircraft streaks the night sky.  At approximately 9:25 pm Bagdad local time, heavy percision bombing begins in various parts of Baghdad.  City areas are pounded for several hours.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: U.S. officials said approximately 20 cruise missiles were launched in the most recent attacks from U.S. Navy ships and submarines in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf and - for the first time - from two British submarines. Two of the three main buildings in the Tigris complex of ministerial office have been completely destroyed and left unusable after being struck by percision bombs.  Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's palace and government offices along with Special Republican Guard strongholds were among targets hit during this second day of bombing in Baghdad.

 Thursday, March 20, 2003 :  An intense U.S. and coalition bombing attack rocked the Iraqi capital with a succession of explosions and fires that destroyed at least two buildings -- including the government facility containing the offices of Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.


  Saturday, March 29, 2003: Kuwaiti military officials said a coalition Patriot missile battery destroyed an incoming missile Saturday afternoon aimed at Kuwait. Earlier, a missile struck a closed shopping mall in Kuwait City, the first time the capital has been hit since the war began, Kuwaiti authorities said. A mall worker suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital, authorities said.

  Friday, March 28, 2003: A popular shopping mall in Kuwait City is hit by an Iraqi ballistic missile.

  Monday, March 24, 2003: Iraq has launched 6 additional ballistic missles on Kuwait. 4 were intercepted by Patriot missiles and the remaining two were said to have hit in southern Iraq.

 Monday, March 24, 2003: A Patriot missile intercepted an Iraqi missile fired toward Kuwait about 1 a.m. Monday [5 p.m. Sunday EST], a Kuwaiti army spokesman said. The missile was intercepted north of Kuwait City and came down away from any residential area, Col. Youssef Al-Mulla told CNN. The resulting explosion could be heard as a muffled, distant boom in the Kuwaiti capital.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: Iraq is reported to have fired another ballistic missile into Northern Kuwait. Coalition forces say the missile was shot down by a Patriot missile.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: A US soilder of the 101st Airborne based in northern Kuwait is being held for a grenade attack in Camp Pennsylvania that killed 1 American troop and wounded at least 12 others. Early reports say that it was an act of defiance and sabatoge by an American troop who recently converted to Islam and disagrees with coalition actions in Iraq.

 Friday, March 21, 2003: Iraq retaliates against invasion forces by firing up to 7 missiles into northern Kuwait.

 Friday, March 21, 2003 : U.S. Marine CH-46 helicopter crashed in northern Kuwait early Friday morning, killing all 16 people on board - 12 British military personnel and four American crew members, Pentagon officials said.

 Thursday, March 20, 2003: Iraq responded to the attack by firing at least four missiles into northern Kuwait, two of which U.S. Patriot missiles intercepted, U.S. military officials said. U.S. forces sounded numerous alerts in the hours after the strikes, sending troops at several bases scrambling for chemical protection gear and running for bunkers. Air raid sirens also sounded in Kuwait City.


 Saturday, March 22, 2003: Washington has confirmed that they are in tense diplomatic talks with Iran who claims that as many as three cruise missiles misfired and landed inside Iran. Reports remain unconfirmed and Washington says it is investigating the situation.


 Sunday, March 23, 2003: Two U.S. cruise missiles fell in unpopulated areas of Turkey on Monday, the Pentagon said. No one was hurt.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: Turkish and U.S. military authorities investigated an undetonated missile that appeared to have fallen into a remote village in southeastern Turkey. No one was hurt by the missile, which witnesses said left a crater 13 feet [4 meters] wide and 3.3 feet [1 meter] deep. The missile fell in Ozveren, 430 miles [688 kilometers] northwest of the border with Iraq, at about 5:30 p.m. [9:30 a.m. EST], as planes were seen flying overhead, witnesses said.

 Saturday, March 22, 2003: Turkey grants the use of its airspace for US military and coalition over flights.

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