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  미군은 바그다드를 포위하자 말자 오늘 정오 무렵부터 도심부로 진격하여 대통령궁 등 요충지를 점령했다. 전쟁에서 가장 중요한 것은 勝機를 잡았을 때 밀어붙여 전과를 극대화하는 것이다. 적에게 시간을 주면 재결집하기 때문이다.
  
  미군이 바로 그런 전쟁교리에 충실하게 행동한 것이다. 이라크의 공보장관은 기자들에게 계속해서 거짓말을 해왔다. 이번에도 공보부가 들어있는 건물 앞까지 미군 탱크가 왔는데도 미군의 진입 자체를 부인했다고 한다.
  
  남부 이라크의 바스라는 제2의 도시인데, 영국군이 도심부로 들어가 장악중이다.
  '케미칼 알리'라고 불리는 악명높은, 후세인의 사촌 집을 연합군이 폭격했는데 그가 시체로 발견되었다고 한다. 그는 이라크 국민인 쿠르드족을 진압한다면서 독가스를 써 수천명을 죽였다. 악이 응징받아 正義가 구현된 것이다.
  
  김정일은 케미칼 알리의 죽음을 보고 떨고 있을 것이다. 김정일이 지금 어디 있다는 정보가 정확하게 입수하면 미군은 크루즈 미사일과 정밀폭탄으로 그를 요리할 수 있다는 것이 증명되었기 때문이다.
  
  cnn의 머리기사 全文을 소개한다.
  
  
  
  
  
  U.S. tanks attack central Baghdad
  Troops seize one of Saddam's presidential palaces
  Monday, April 7, 2003 Posted: 3:45 AM EDT (0745 GMT)
  
  
  
  U.S. tanks pass by the banks of the Tigris River outside one of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces in Baghdad on Monday.
  
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  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Bombs thundered in Baghdad early Monday as U.S. tanks and armored vehicles entered the capital, sending up heavy smoke near presidential palaces, key government buildings and a popular hotel.
  
  U.S. troops seized key buildings in the center of the Iraqi capital, including a presidential palace. (Full story)
  
  At least two tank rounds were heard being fired near the palace, according to CNN military analyst Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force.
  
  Iraqis were reported to be returning fire, and heavy smoke was hanging over downtown Baghdad.
  
  Reporters saw the tanks roll into the heart of Baghdad on the western side of the Tigris River, which divides the city. Troops neared the Al-Rashid Hotel and the Iraqi Information Ministry, but the buildings are not occupied, according to Reuters.
  
  Several fires burned near a presidential palace on the Tigris River, where two U.S. tanks were stationed, according to video shown on Lebanon Broadcasting Corp. Iraqis were seen running near the compound, away from the tanks.
  
  One of the blazes was an apparent oil fire in a trench, believed to have been set by the Iraqis to create smokescreens to fool U.S. warplanes overhead.
  
  Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf refused to acknowledge the U.S. raid. Al-Sahaf stood in the smoke-filled streets of Baghdad to issue denials of U.S. troop advances.
  
  'The soldiers of Saddam Hussein have given them a lesson they will never forget,' he said. 'Those in Washington, they have sent their troops to be burned.'
  
  He chided journalists, blaming the Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera for 'marketing for America' and demanded that reporters 'do not repeat their lies.'
  
  'We killed most of them, and I think we will finish them soon,' he shouted to reporters.
  
  Meanwhile, U.S. tanks were seen on Baghdad's parade field adjacent to the Al-Rashid Hotel, said embedded reporter Ron Martz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who said he was told of the assault in advance.
  
  U.S. forces blew up a statue of Saddam Hussein in Zawra Park in central Baghdad on Monday morning, Martz said, as part of 'the efforts to essentially plant the flag in the center of downtown Baghdad and remove whatever vestiges of government are still left here.'
  
  Two of the objectives are to take control of the Al-Rashid Hotel and the Ministry of Information, Martz said.
  
  Maj. Michael Birmingham, chief public affairs officer for the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, told the Reuters news service that the march on Baghdad was not merely another incursion similar to missions carried out in the city Saturday.
  
  'We're attacking right down in the center of the city right now,' Birmingham said. 'The other day was just an incursion. This is for real.'
  
  
  People run near the Tigris River during the coalition attack on Baghdad on Monday morning.
  Col. David Perkins, a brigade commander of the 3rd Infantry, told his troops before the operation that the mission was intended to be 'a dramatic show of force' to demonstrate that U.S. forces can enter Baghdad at any time, anywhere, according to the AP.
  
  'I hope this makes it clear to the Iraqi people that [the regime] is over and that they can now enjoy their new freedom,' Perkins told the AP.
  
  Central Command played down the day's events. Spokesman Capt. Frank Thorp said the 'armored raid' in the capital was meant to break Iraqi military's resistance and eliminate leadership capabilities.
  
  Thorp said the raid was 'a deliberate action' similar to a reconnaissance mission in the Iraqi capital launched Saturday.
  
  CNN broadcast images from Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera television that showed at least two A-10 Thunderbolt warplanes and a Hunter drone circling the city, Shepperd said.
  
  Earlier, with coalition forces ringing the city, the No. 2 U.S. general urged Iraqi troops to lay down their arms or pay the consequences for defending Saddam's regime.
  
  'We prefer that the leaders of the Iraqi armed forces do the honorable thing; stop fighting for a regime that does not deserve your loyalty,' Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on CNN's 'Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer.'
  
  'Surrender your forces and give yourselves and your troops the opportunity to be a part of Iraq's future and not a part of Iraq's past.'
  
  Meanwhile, the first U.S. military planes landed at Baghdad's international airport Sunday night, U.S. military officials said.
  
  Army officials told CNN correspondent Walter Rodgers that two C-130s and a C-17 cargo plane were flying into the city under cover of darkness, two days after U.S. troops captured the facility.
  
  Possible 'friendly fire'
  Military officials were investigating two possible incidents of 'friendly fire' Sunday.
  
  In northern Iraq, an errant U.S. airstrike killed 17 Kurdish Peshmerga guerrillas and a translator, and wounded 45 more, including the brother of Kurdish Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani, a spokesman for the KDP said Sunday. (Full story)
  
  It is believed that U.S. Special Forces also were traveling in the convoy and that some might have been among the casualties, Kurdish sources said.
  
  Central Command said it is investigating reports that coalition aircraft 'may have engaged' Special Forces and friendly Kurdish ground forces about 12:15 p.m. (4:15 a.m. EDT), about 30 miles [48 kilometers] southeast of the northern city of Mosul.
  
  In addition, U.S. Central Command said Sunday that three U.S. servicemen were killed and five others injured in a 'possible friendly fire incident involving an F-15E Strike Eagle and coalition ground forces.' Military officials said the names of those involved were being withheld until notification of next of kin. No other information was available.
  
  U.S. officials also said they are looking into an attack Sunday on a convoy carrying Russian diplomats and journalists, including Russia's ambassador to Iraq. Russian officials said five people were hurt in the attack, about 19 miles [30 kilometers] outside Baghdad. A journalist in the convoy later said they were caught in crossfire between U.S. and Iraqi forces, but U.S. officials said coalition forces were not in the area at the time. (Full story)
  
  Other developments
  • U.S. Central Command said Sunday that more than 2,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed or wounded when coalition forces swept through Baghdad on Saturday on what was called a reconnaissance mission.
  
  • President Bush plans to travel to Northern Ireland for a meeting Monday and Tuesday with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. They are expected to discuss the military situation in Iraq as well as the U.S. plan to set up a postwar government. Bush and Blair also are expected to discuss peace efforts in the Middle East and Northern Ireland.
  
  • The body of the Iraqi general known as 'Chemical Ali,' who reportedly ordered a deadly chemical attack in 1988 against Kurds in northern Iraq, was found in Basra, British officials told The Associated Press on Monday. (Full story)
  
  • Search-and-rescue efforts continued Sunday in central Iraq for the pilot of an F/A-18C Hornet that crashed Wednesday over central Iraq, according to Central Command. Central Command said Thursday that a Patriot air-defense missile might have mistakenly shot down the U.S. Navy attack jet.
  
  -- CNN correspondents Jill Dougherty, James Martone, Tom Mintier, Diana Muriel, Nic Robertson, Walter Rodgers, Brent Sadler, Martin Savidge and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.
  
  EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN's policy is to not report information that puts operational security at risk.
  
  
  
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