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Peter Baker is embedded with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. (Courtesy of Peter Baker - The Washington Post)
The POWs
Rescuers Nearly Called Mission Off
If one of the Ameriacn POWs held in Samarra had not beckoned to them, Marines assigned to their rescue would have pulled out, two of those involved in the operation said in interviews Tuesday.

U.S. Forces Will Redeploy Into 3 Zones
Military officers said Tuesday that U.S. forces in Iraq will begin redeploying Thursday into a postwar phase of enforcing security and restoring services around the country.

With the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force
Iraqis Alert Unit Bound for Tikrit (Post, April 14, 2003)

Days of Darkness, With Death Outside the Door (Post, April 14, 2003)

Confused Start, Decisive End: Invasion Shaped by Miscues, Bold Risks and Unexpected Successes (Post, April 13, 2003)

Marines Advance on Hussein's Home Town: High-Ranking Iraqi Scientist Surrenders (Post, April 13, 2003)

Defenses Unseen in Hussein Town: Predator Shows Only Looting in Tikrit, Where Last Stand Was Feared (Post, April 12, 2003)

Firefight, Suicide Bombing Leave One Marine Dead, 26 Wounded (Post, April 11, 2003)

Marines' Orders: Ready, Set, Switch: Commanders React to the Moment (Post, April 10, 2003)

Arab Volunteers Draw U.S. Scrutiny: Marine Commander Outraged by Willingness to 'Hide Behind Women' (Post, April 9, 2003)

Fate of 'Chemical Ali' Remains in Question: Officials Wonder if Top Aide to Hussein Is Dead (Post, April 8, 2003)

Troops, Tanks Attack Central Baghdad: Morning Raid Hits Palaces, Other Targets (Post, April 7, 2003)

U.S. Forces Probing Inside Baghdad: Marines, Army, Special Forces Form Ring Around Iraqi Capital (Post, April 5, 2003)

Iraqi Man Risked All to Help Free American Soldier (Post, April 4, 2003)

Tactics Turn Unconventional: Commanders Draw Lessons of Belfast in Countering Attacks (Post, March 30, 2003)

U.S. Forces Rounding Up Civilian Suspects: Some Detainees May Be Sent to Cuba (Post, March 31, 2003)

U.S. Authorizes Detention of Iraqi Civilians: Suspects to Be Treated Similarly to POWs (Post, April 2, 2003)

Forces Resume Baghdad Advance As Army Takes On Key Defenders: Air Assaults Bolster Push Toward Capital (Post, April 2, 2003)

The Stakes Are High, the Air Tense, in Marines' War Room (Post, March 29, 2003)

A 'Turkey Shoot,' but With Marines as the Targets (Post, March 28, 2003)

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