Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw admitted that the security situation in Iraq is "serious," and urged Iraqi political leaders to form a government of national unity to address continuing violence.
Three years ago today, U.S.-led forces began the bombardment that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime.
The anniversary was marked in Iraq by roadside bombs and killings. In one incident, a bomb ripped through a coffee shop in northern Baghdad, killing at least three civilians and injuring 15.
U.S. and British officials reject claims that the country has fallen into sectarian civil war.
(compiled from agency reports)
Boots On The Ground
RFE/RL correspondent Ron Synovitz with U.S. troops in Iraq in March 2003 (RFE/RL)
THE SOUND OF THE GUNS: In the days just before and after the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19-20, 2003, RFE/RL worked hard to cover the unfolding conflict. RFE/RL correspondent RON SYNOVITZ was embedded with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division as it crossed the border from Kuwait and drove deep into Iraq. Synovitz stayed with the U.S. troops through mid-April, covering the battle for Baghdad and the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime.
RFE/RL correspondent CHARLES RECKNAGEL also covered the beginning of the war from Kuwait and Iraq. Here are some links to his reports:
THE COMPLETE PICTURE: To view an archive of RFE/RL's coverage of the beginning of combat operations in Iraq, click here.