The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Baghdad

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American troops continue their thrusts into central Baghdad, a high-level Iraqi officer has been killed, and US forces may have discovered a cache of chemical weapons. Central Command says Iraqi resistance is -worthy of respect,- but predicts a quick end for a -doomed regime.- Meantime, President Bush and Prime Minister Blair are meeting to talk about UN involvement in reconstruction, and elements of a new government are already being put in place. With troops occupying Saddam Hussein-s central palace, the war is going faster than anyone expected. We up date the progress with journalists traveling with US troops and at Central Command, a military expert from the Brookings Institute, a former assistant to King Hussein of Jordan, and an expert in international security from Britain-s Royal Institute of International Affairs.
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Iraqi National Congress

BBC profile of Ahmed Chalabi

Condoleezza Rice on Iraq reconstruction

US Central Command

Good Friday Agreement

Cowan's article, "Summit Pressure on Bush over UN Role"



Warren Olney