- Assistant Minority Leader Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., says Western journalists striving to cover the war in Iraq are getting in the way of the U.S.-led forces by passing through the combat zone.

- U.S. warplanes knocked out an Iraqi mobile missile launcher and scored possible hits on three others overnight, U.S. military sources said, and U.S. Marines mounted their first ground action since Monday, firing artillery shells across the border into Kuwait.- Off the coast of Kuwait, a British Royal Navy helicopter blew up an Iraqi patrol boat with a Sea Skua missile. Iraq's naval fleet is all but out of commission, with most of its vessels either sunk or destroyed.

- Saudi officials say allied forces have taken more than 900 Iraqi prisoners since the war began, and more than 400 Iraqi troops surrendered in the 5 1/2 months before the war.

- U.S. and British military spokesmen said more Iraqi warplanes fled to Iran Friday. They said 147 Iraqi warplanes were now in Iran, up 13 from U.S. estimates Thursday.