LCpl. Luis Delaluz from San Fernando, Calif., of the 15th U.S.
Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes a break in an AAV-P7A1 Assault
Amphibian Vehicle during an operation Thursday in the desert south
of An Nasiriyah, in central Iraq.
President Bush, right, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair face
reporters after their overnight war summit at Camp David, the
presidential retreat 70 miles north of Washington in Maryland's
Catoctin Mountains. When asked Thursday about the war's length, the
president said, "This isn't a matter of timetable, it's a matter of
victory. And the Iraqi people have got to know that, see. They got
to know that they will be liberated and Saddam Hussein will be
removed, no matter how long it takes."
About 600 detainees huddle together Wednesday in central Iraq. The
prisoners are from heavy fighting by the 3rd Infantry Division in
Al Hillah and Al Samahwah during the previous two days.
Soldiers with A Company 3rd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment are
given packets of meals after being resupplied in the desert near
Karbala in central Iraq. A two-day sandstorm had hampered supply
lines and the meals had been rationed to one per day per soldier,
but the weather improved Thursday allowing for resupply and
preparation for a possible move north toward Baghdad.
Ahmed weeps upon learning of his 22-year-old son's death at
Al-Yarmouk hospital Thursday in Baghdad. Ali Ahmed was a Fedayeen
fighter killed by coalition forces.
A British Harrier GR7 is marshaled as it taxis on base in Kuwait
after its mission Wednesday over Iraq. British and U.S aircraft are
again flying missions after being grounded during daylight hours
because of poor weather and visibility.
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