The Iraqi National Museum became the latest target of looting in Baghdad on Saturday, with treasures dating back thousands of years ending up in the hands of crowds of looters, museum officials said.
U.S. forces will remain in Iraq until a permanent government is in place, U.S. commander Gen. Tommy Franks said in a statement read to troops Friday.
The growing sense of chaos in Baghdad has essentially shut down the city's hospitals, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday.
A suicide bomber seriously wounded four U.S. Marines at a military checkpoint in central Baghdad on Thursday night, according to military officials and journalists in the Iraqi capital.
U.S. troops battled pro-Saddam forces holding out at a palace and mosque in Baghdad Thursday morning local time, resulting in the deaths of at least one U.S. Marine and an unknown number of anti-coalition combatants.
Saddam Hussein's government appeared to have lost control of Baghdad on Wednesday, as celebrations and looting of government facilities spread across parts of the city with no apparent sign of regime officials.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday it was suspending operations in Baghdad because the city was too unstable to ensure its staff's safety.
Three journalists were killed in military operations in Baghdad Tuesday, including an incident in which a U.S. tank fired at a hotel housing hundreds of international reporters.
U.S. troops in the center of Baghdad repelled an Iraqi counterattack Tuesday after dawn local time before moving out to expand the areas under coalition control.
An A-10 "Warthog" low-flying fighter jet was apparently shot down by Iraqi surface-to-air fire and crashed near the airport southwest of Baghdad early Tuesday local time.
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