As of Friday morning: Umm Qasr still in Iraqi hands
Iraqi troops still held the Iraqi river port of Umm Qasr but British and American troops expected to take it shortly, British officers said. Nevertheless, British forces have taken the al-Faw peninsula, on Iraq's southermost tip, a British military spokesman said on Friday.
"We are trying to secure the oil infrastructure, but Umm Qasr has not been taken," Colonel Chris Vernon told Reuters.
There had been conflicting reports whether the port, on the Iraq-Kuwait border, had fallen to coalition forces.
British military officials, interviewed 10km south of Umm Qasr, said they expected to seize the town in the course of the day. (Albawaba.com)
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