Baghdad, Iraq - Republic of
U.S. MARINE SEARCHES SHERATON HOTEL IN BAGHDAD.
US soldiers searches Sheraton hotel in Baghdad April 9, 2003. A senior
U.S. commander said on Wednesday that U.S. forces had secured the
centre of Baghdad and said the combat phase of the Iraqi war would end
in a few days' time, at least in the capital and in southern Iraq.
Earlier, U.S. soldiers pulled down a huge statue of Saddam in central
Baghdad and ecstatic Iraqis danced on it in contempt for the man who
ruled them with an iron grip for 24 years in scenes that recalled the
fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic REUTERS/Goran