- Iraq's elite troops, the Republican Guard, has shown great skill in dispersing and concealing its forces but is still being badly hurt by allied bombing, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.

- Diplomats and government leaders conferred on Monday's bid by Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani to mediate a Persian Gulf peace. The Soviets and Turks signaled support for Iran's initiative. President Bush, however, said he had seen no Iranian peace plan and saw nothing to negotiate with Saddam.- Iraq said Wedneday about 150 people, including 35 children, were killed by an allied air raid overnight on the southern city of Nassariyah.

- The U.S. military said the battleship USS Missouri was in action overnight Tuesday for the third day in a row, blasting targets along the Kuwaiti coast.

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