US Troops Approach Baghdad, Crisis in Basra

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Despite Iraqi resistance and the weather, which have combined to slow the American advance on Baghdad, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld insists that all is going well. Meantime, the United Nations is warning about a humanitarian crisis in Basra, Iraq?s second largest city with a population of one million people. Who, or what, turned off the water supply and cut electricity? Will British forces help to provide relief? We talk to a reporter stuck in a dust storm with Marines, debate US strategy with a military expert and former government defense policy analyst, assess the humanitarian crisis in Basra with a spokeswoman for the International Red Cross, and hear about a new Saudi peace plan from a Persian Gulf specialist at the Brookings Institution.
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President-s supplemental wartime appropriations request

Al Jazeera (English)

BBC-s update on the Saudi peace initiative

Department of Defense

Smucker-s article, -In the fields, a fight for Iraqi hearts, minds-

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