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(AP) A concise rundown of recent war events:

-- Dozens of U.S. Army tanks rumbled through downtown Baghdad, seizing one of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces.

-- U.S. Marines surged across a shattered bridge into Baghdad, opening the way for thousands more from the southeast.

-- The U.S. military is testing samples from a site in Iraq where soldiers found metal drums containing possible chemical weapons, defense officials said.

-- Coalition warplanes struck Iraqi positions in the fight to advance on the two main northern cities still in Iraqi control.

-- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair meet in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to discuss postwar rebuilding in Iraq.

-- Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf declared, "There is no presence of American infidels" in Baghdad. A statement broadcast in Saddam's name urged soldiers to join up with any unit they could find.

-- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said that while Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's whereabouts aren't known, "he no longer runs much of Iraq."

-- U.S. war commander, Gen. Tommy Franks, visited troops inside Iraq, including soldiers in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, a sign of growing confidence.

-- U.S. forces fended off attacks by Iraqi fighters roaming the edges of Baghdad's airport in a seven-hour battle, killing an estimated 150.

-- Ali Hassan al-Majid, "Chemical Ali," one of the most brutal members of Saddam Hussein's inner circle, was apparently killed by an airstrike on his house in Basra, British officials said.

-- Civilians went on a looting rampage in Basra, hauling furniture and carpets out of the state bank and a western hotel as British troops took control of Iraq's second largest city.

-- Police fired non-lethal projectiles at an anti-war protest at the port of Oakland, Calif., injuring at least a dozen demonstrators and six longshoremen standing nearby.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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