Interim Iraqi police chief begins work in Baghdad

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An interim police chief appointed by the U.S. Army began work Tuesday, taking command of hundreds of Iraqi police already patrolling the streets of Baghdad but acknowledging that American troops remain in charge.

Zabar Abdul Razaq, who spent 30 years in Iraqi law enforcement before retiring as an inspector with the Ministry of the Interior, said the police force will ultimately put 30,000 officers to work.

For now, a long history of corruption and the postwar looting that has plagued Baghdad are the chief worries. U.S. forces will pay officers' salaries.

Possible cases of cholera and typhoid reported

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Doctors in Baghdad on Tuesday reported the first suspected cases of cholera and typhoid, two potential killers caused by bad water sanitation.

About 50 percent to 60 percent of the children brought for treatment at Al-Iskan children's hospital were suffering from dehydration and diarrhea caused by dirty water and other unsanitary conditions, said Dr. Ahmed Abdul Fattah, the assistant director.

U.S. rolls into northern city, occupies buildings

MOSUL, Iraq -- The U.S. Army occupied Mosul from the air and on the ground Tuesday with little resistance except scattered small-arms fire, taking custody of a northern city they said was in good shape for quick rehabilitation once the security situation improves.

Troops occupied key government buildings, medical clinics, a television station and power plants as they moved in.

-- From wire reports

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