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Coalition Forces Bomb Iraqi Military Command Center - 2003-03-30

Coalition warplanes again struck targets in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, and the commander of the U.S.-led coalition says his forces remain undeterred by a suicide bombing that killed four American Marines Saturday.

Central Command officials said their forces bombed an Iraqi military command center near Baghdad's international airport and an intelligence facility on the banks of the Tigris River.

In the south, fierce fighting continued in Basra, where British officers said they have captured a general from Saddam Hussein's army. In the north, explosions were reported around the city of Kirkuk.

U.S. Commander Tommy Franks declared another military success in northern Iraq. "Coalition forces have attacked and destroyed a massive terrorist facility in the last 48 hours in northern Iraq and ground forces, as we speak, are exploiting the results of that strike," he said.

In response to questions about changes in strategy following a suicide attack Saturday, General Franks says coalition forces will exercise more caution when dealing with civilians. Iraqi leaders claim more than 4,000 Arabs have voluntarily come to Iraq to stage suicide attacks.

In another incident that is under investigation, a pick-up truck driven by a man in civilian clothes struck soldiers at a U.S. military camp Sunday in Kuwait. There were injuries, but no one was reported killed in the incident.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News Sunday he feels that Iraqi people must be having doubts about their leaders, who he says have practically disappeared. "They have seen an attack on their leadership and we have not seen their leadership since. Where is Saddam Hussein? Where is Qusay, where is Uday, his sons? They are not talking," he said.

Mr. Rumsfeld added that he believes the families of some Iraqi leaders may have fled the country.

Meanwhile, he said U.S. forces are holding about 4,500 Iraqi prisoners of war.

On the humanitarian front, a British ship in the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr brought in relief supplies. But British forces spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ronnie McCourt said large-scale aid distribution will begin only when security has improved.

"We are not going to let any convoy go through unescorted into a dangerous area. We do not want to shoot ourselves in the foot, invite innocent civilian aid workers in and find they get ambushed or attacked," he said.

Anti-war demonstrations continue around the world. Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters came out in India and Indonesia, the largest demonstrations in both of those countries since the U.S.-led war began earlier this month.

For the first time, Chinese authorities permitted a small anti-war demonstration at Peking University, but canceled another rally in a Beijing park.