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Northern Alliance fighters point out Taliban positions to William Branigin during the war in Afghanistan. Branigin is now with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. (The Washington Post)
 I N   T H E   F I E L D  
William Branigin is a reporter on the Virginia desk of the Washington Post. He was embedded with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Audio From the Field:
On the Scene in Baghdad (April 14)
The Fall of Baghdad (April 9)
Troops Move North From Karbala (April 2)

Honoring a Fallen Hero
The U.S. Army seeks to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who is credited with saving dozens of his fellow soldiers' lives in the April 4 Baghdad battle that took his life.

Attack Sets Arms Depot In Iraq Afire
A fire set off a chain of explosions at a U.S.-controlled munitions dump, sending ordnance shrieking into residential areas, killing at least six.
 Ties to U.S. a Boon and a Barrier
 A Bitter War for Iraq's Officers

A Brief, Bitter War for Iraq's Military Officers
Standing in what was once a grove of date palms, Omar Khalidi stares at the huge crater, easily 20 feet deep and 40 feet across. Had he arrived a few minutes sooner one night earlier this month, it could have been his grave. Beyond it is a missile launcher, now a hulk of melted metal.

Weapons Proliferate in Baghdad Bazaar
Weapons of war are for sale to anyone with a little cash, with no questions asked on either side and little interference from the U.S. forces.
 In Basra, Spoils of Looting Fill Market

Among Casualties Of War: Sleep
The first casualty of war, so the saying goes, is the truth.

In the News
Officers End an Unofficial Treasure Hunt: U.S. Military Recovers Millions Allegedly Stolen by Troops During Search of Hussein Palace (Post, April 25, 2003)

Change of Guard in Baghdad: Marines Withdraw; Hussein Son-in-Law Reportedly Surrenders (Post, April 21, 2003)

3 Key Battles Turned Tide of Invasion: Infantry Soldiers Broke Last Significant Lines of Iraqi Resistance in Close-Quarters Combat (Post, April 20, 2003)

Front Lines Test Doctor's Mettle: Medical Team Wages Courageous Battle for Lives From Both Sides (Post, April 15, 2003)

Anything, and Everything, Goes: With No Authority to Stop Them, Iraqis Plunder Capital of Goods (Post, April 12, 2003)

Army Seizes Final Government Strongholds: Commander Says End Of Combat 'Days Away' (Post, April 10, 2003)

Authority Melts in Baghdad As U.S. Forces Tighten Grip: Marines Take Airport In Eastern Suburbs (Post, April 9, 2003)

Once a Place of Privilege, Palace Now Rich in Symbolism (Post, April 9, 2003)

At Intersection, Army's Mission Turns to Chaos (Post, April 8, 2003)

At Airport, Probe Leads Army to a Secret Room (Post, April 7, 2003)

Troops Uncover Vials of Powder: Army Investigates Cache Including Unknown Substance, Chemical Warfare Manuals (Post, April 5, 2003)

3rd Infantry Encounters Little Resistance: 'We're Just Rolling In,' Says Lieutenant, as Division Pours Across Euphrates River (Post, April 4, 2003)

Resistance On Road Is Light: Convoy Faces Only Small Arms (Post, April 3, 2003)

After Day of Tragedy, A Chance for Healing: Army Medics Save Lives of Civilians (Post, April 2, 2003)

A Gruesome Scene on Highway 9: 10 Dead After Vehicle Shelled at Checkpoint (Post, April 1, 2003)

Troops Take Control of Highway in Push North (Post, March 31, 2003)

Suicide Bombing Kills 4 Soldiers: Iraq Says Tactic to Become 'Routine' Against U.S. Targets (Post, March 30, 2003)

Chemical Threats Distract U.S. Troops: Tanker Attack Forces GIs to Don Gas Masks (Post, March 29, 2003)

Army Marks a Vigilant Pause in Desert: Stalled 3rd Infantry Convoy Detects Iraqis Probing Its Lines, Calls in Air Support (Post, March 28, 2003)

Dash to Baghdad Earns a Day of Rest (Post, March 26, 2003)

A Test of 'Endurance and Discipline' (Post, March 25, 2003; 4:59 PM)

In Tight Quarters, the Buddy System Rules, Like It or Not (Post, March 25, 2003)

Iraqi Militia No Match for Armored Column (Post, March 24, 2003)

One 'Good Fight' but Little Else (Post, March 23, 2003)

U.S. Troops Advance Closer to Baghdad: 3rd Infantry Meets Little Opposition (Post, March 22, 2003)

Infantry Confronts Scant Resistance (Post, March 21, 2003)

From Commanders, Final Words of Purpose and Caution (Post, March 19, 2003)

Patience Wears Thin During a Long Wait (Post, March 17, 2003)



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