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Operation Iraqi Freedom - April 12
Day Twenty-Four

Marine forces moved out of the Baghdad area, headed north. It is believed that the objective of Task Force Tripoli, as the force is known, is Tikrit, the last major city under the control of the Hussein regime. One Marine intelligence officer, indicated that remnants of the Adnan Division of the Republican Guard, as well as some paramilitary forces, are holding positions around Tikrit. In the meantime, another Marine force secured the city of Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad.

In Baghdad, an Army unit reported a clash with Iraqi irregulars in the western part of the city. US officers estimated that 20 Iraqi militiamen were killed with no US casualties. However, on the eastern side of the city, a Marine guarding a hospital on the eastern side of the Tigris River was shot and killed by two men. Looting and street violence between rival ethnic groups continued in Bagdhad, Tikrit, and Mosul.

Also in Baghdad, Marines found 310 vests lined with explosives, believed to be intended for suicide bombers.

The highest-ranking Iraqi official to surrender so far, Gen. Amir Saadi,surrendered to U.S. soldiers in Baghdad. Saadi is thought to be a key player in Iraqi chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons programs.

The Navy reports that Naval Aviation has flown 7000 sorties to date in OIF. 800 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) have been expended in strikes against Iraq.

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