- Two allied F-15s Thursday shot down two more Iraqi planes fleeing to Iran, and a Navy warplane and an Army helicopter have crashed, U.S. military officials said.

- Baghdad was hit by intense overnight air and missile attacks that pounded on into the morning, and U.S. military sources said Iraq is using civilians to shield its anti-aircraft guns.- A U.S. civilian was shot to death at a Turkish air base from where allied bombing raids are conducted over Iraq, and a time bomb exploded in a passenger van near the Pakistan-India border, killing five people.

- The biggest oil spill in history has reached the world's largest offshore oil field, sparking a furious fight to protect area oil facilities and the environment.

- Jordan's King Hussein has accused the U.S.-led allies of seeking Iraq's destruction and harboring postwar designs on the region.