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An Iraqi suicide bomber killed four U.S. soldiers with a car bomb at a military checkpoint near Najaf.

In Baghdad, another wave of bombing hit the city and its suburbs Saturday night. The Information Ministry was hit by a cruise missile, which gutted the 10th floor where the agency's Internet server was located. Satellite dishes on the roof, used by foreign TV crews, were also destroyed.

In Basra, British tanks and infantry attacked Iraqi forces holding the city, destroying five tanks and blowing up two statues of Saddam Hussein. About 200 Iraqi paramilitary fighters were believed killed in an air strike Friday night.

Near Nasiriyah, where a fierce battle has raged for days, bodies were found in shallow graves. U.S. authorities are investigating whether the remains are any of the eight soldiers missing in the fight there.

In western Iraq, Army Rangers raided a commando headquarters, capturing 50 fighters and seizing weapons.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart said the coalition has air supremacy across Iraq except for a small section around Baghdad where fire control radar hasn't been destroyed.



U.S. military: 36 dead.

British military: 23 dead.

Iraqi forces: Unavailable.

Captured coalition forces: 7.

Captured Iraqis: About 3,500.



Because of complaints from Saudi Arabia that about five Tomahawks have fallen in its desert, the U.S. agreed to quit flying the cruise missiles over Saudi territory.

In Afghanistan, two U.S. special forces soldiers were killed when motorcyclists rode up to a reconnaissance patrol in the Helmand province and began shooting.

In Germany, 100,000 people protested the war, including 30,000 who held hands in a 31-mile chain.

In Rome, protesters hung black mourning banners from the city's bridges and in Vicenza, demonstrators splattered red paint on the walls of a U.S. military base.

In Beijing, police allowed 100 demonstrators to rally against the war in a walled park.



In his weekly radio address, President Bush said: "The regime continues its rule by terror. Prisoners of war have been brutalized and executed. Iraqis who refuse to fight for the regime are being murdered. An Iraqi woman was hanged for waving at coalition troops. Some in the Iraqi military have pretended to surrender, then opened fire on coalition forces that showed them mercy."



In Harrisburg, Pa., more than 8,000 people gathered at the Pennsylvania capitol to protest the war.

In Boston, tens of thousands marched against the war in what was believed to be the largest demonstration in the city in decades.




Partly cloudy

High temperature: 71

Low temperature: 46



Zulu time: Military operations are conducted on a standard time called Zulu. The world has 24 time zones, each designated by a letter. Greenwich, England, is used as the standard for many activities and is designated Z. Military time usually is stated in a 24-hour format. Thus 1830Z is pronounced, according to the phonetic alphabet, as 1830 Zulu.



"There is no pause on the battlefield. Just because you see a particular formation pause on the battlefield it does not mean there is a pause."

_Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart


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