- President Bush said Tuesday he is sending top U.S. military officials to Saudi Arabia to determine whether a ground assault against Iraqi forces is necessary.

- Allied aircraft bombed Baghdad and Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit into early Tuesday.- Syria and Iraqi forces exchanged fire near the Saudi border, in the first reported combat by Syria in the Persian Gulf war.

- Radio Baghdad issued a terrorist call to arms Tuesday, ordering attacks against Iraq's enemies and broadcasting what may have been coded instructions to agents abroad.

- The USS Missouri's 16-inch guns boomed again overnight, silencing a troublesome Iraqi artillery battery in Kuwait with 2,000-pound shells, U.S. officials said.

- Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, in a letter to Iraqi newspapers Wednesday, said Iraq's civilian casualties have risen to 428 killed and more than 650 wounded.