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Thursday, March 27, 2003
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With sandstorms finally ended and a new front opened in the north, U.S. commanders said Thursday they would swiftly intensify attacks on Iraqi forces AP updates
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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Marcco Ware carries an injured Iraqi soldier who was shot three times during an ambush attempt in central Iraq on Tuesday.

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John Pendygraft in Kuwait
Online journal
Audio dispatch
Kuwait photo gallery

Quiet ahead of the unknown
Dispatch from the 101stWITH U.S. FORCES IN SOUTHERN IRAQ -- So this is how it is. Night is falling in the desert Wednesday, and the wind is still, and the dust has stopped swirling, and the air is finally free and cool. The soldiers are trying to rest, and trying to finish the tasks, as best they know how, that make them ready for the chaos to come. Story
President Bush shakes hands with members of the crowd after addressing the troops and local dignitaries during a visit Wednesday at MacDill Air Force base in Tampa.
Bush aims to inspire troops, public
TAMPA -- With coalition forces pressing toward the most dangerous phase of the week-old war in Iraq, President Bush came to MacDill Air Force Base on Wednesday to offer reassurance and tamp down expectations for a quick and easy victory. Story
You can't control all of it
Presidential rally sparks emotions
Tampa Bay's 10 video: (56k | High-Speed)
Demonstrators turn out for President's visit (56k | High-Speed)

Muslim linked to Al-Arian trained military chaplains
WASHINGTON -- An Islamic scholar -- a man court records suggest is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Sami Al-Arian case -- has played a key role in training Muslim chaplains in the U.S. military, prompting a U.S. senator to pursue a Pentagon investigation. Story
Saudis have no peace plan, after all, but want peace
Goal is not to replace Iraqi justice system
Albania eager to support U.S. effort
A strum that brings people together

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Charity calls off event with Sarandon
The United Way says her anti-war views made her speaking engagement "divisive" and brought complaints. Story
Kids get boost when war pinches wallets
A group gives children a monthly $25 treat after parents in the reserves or National Guard have shipped out. Story
Companies 'hunker down'
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta head expects the economy to flourish once the uncertainty over war ends. Story
Tell us about your relatives in the military
Do you have a relative serving in the military in the Middle East? We would like to hear from you. More

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