Key developments in Iraq 4/21/03

Monday, April 21, 2003

  • The Marines pulled out of Baghdad on Sunday, heading to southern Iraq to take up new positions. The Army's 3rd Infantry, 4th Armored and 101st Airborne Divisions will control Baghdad and the northern half of the country, unit commanders said.

    Soldiers in Baghdad met with community leaders Sunday and discussed security concerns. A U.S.-run radio station -- Information Radio -- read a statement announcing an 11 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew in Baghdad.

    Mohammed Mohsen al-Zubaidi, an exile who proclaimed himself in charge of Baghdad, said Sunday that Iraq's new constitution would be derived from Islamic law and promised to try anyone whose "hands are stained with the blood of the Iraqi people."

    Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division put down their weapons and picked up camouflage Bibles to celebrate Easter on the grounds of an Iraqi air defense artillery school.

    A 50-truck convoy brought the first massive shipment of donated food to Baghdad.

    Shiite Muslims set off by the thousands for an emotional revival of an annual religious pilgrimage discouraged for decades by Saddam Hussein.

    Retired Gen. Bruce Moore, America's top official in northern Iraq, tried to assure citizens that his office in Irbil is not a provisional government and promised to restore basic civilian services as soon as possible.

    Seven American soldiers who survived three harrowing weeks of captivity in Iraq made a joyous homecoming at their Texas bases and began a long journey of adjustment and healing.

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