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Operation Iraqi Freedom - April 9
Day Twenty-One

Units of the 1st Marine Division, moving through Baghdad from the east, linked up with the US 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), holding positions in the central city. In a scene transmitted live throughout the world, U.S. soldiers tore down a statue of Saddam Hussein in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd of Iraqi citizens.

Marine Regimental Combat Team 7 of the 1st Marine Division secured the International Committee of the Red Cross compound in Baghdad.

Three important cities Kirkuk, Mosul, and Tikrit, remained under Iraqi control. Kirkuk and Mosul are strategic cities in northern Iraq, while Tikrit is the home city of the Hussein family.

Elsewhere in Iraq, units of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), mounted operations in the city of Hillah to eliminate Iraqi irregular forces. An estimated 200 fighters, perhaps members of the Fedayeen Saddam, engaged the US troops with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades. It was reported that several Iraqi tanks also fired on U.S. forces. However, the US attack moved through the city with armor and close air support. Large quantities of arms and ammunition were captured, and U.S. forces suffered only 3 casualties, none of them fatal.

Centcom reports that Coalition forces now hold 7500 POWs.

The carrier Nimitz launched its first air strikes today as a participant in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Embarked as part of Nimitz's Carrier Air Wing (CAW) is Navy squadron VFA-41, which is making its first deployment with the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

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