Coalition forces thunder into Baghdad, Basra
U.S. forces barreled into the heart of Baghdad with a dramatic show of force today and met pockets of fierce resistance. British officials said troops found a body in southern Iraq that they believed was the notorious Iraqi general known as "Chemical Ali."
Missiles screamed over the Iraqi capital just after dawn and thunderous explosions shook buildings as the 2nd Brigade of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division moved north into the city and seized a presidential palace. In southern Baghdad, Iraqi rockets struck a group of Army personnel carriers at the brigade's field headquarters, according to a military report. The hit killed two soldiers and two journalists — one Spanish and one German —and wounded several others.