- Iraq announced it was willing to drop all claims to Kuwait if the allied assault would only stop. But deep inside Iraq, U.S. forces and Saddam Hussein's best troops were locked in a fierce tank battle.

- The effort to retake Kuwait City was in its final stages. American tanks vanquished an Iraqi unit at the city's airport, and the Marines said all organized resistance had been halted.- The first female soldier reported killed in Operation Desert Storm was identified as Spec. 4 Christine Mayes, 22, of Rochester Mills, Pa., who became engaged to be married the day she shipped out for Saudi Arabia. A2

- Jubilation expressed Wednesday by Kuwaiti citizens living in Utah was countered by Palestinians' concerned about their families still living in liberated Kuwait. Their loved ones, they say, could find themselves in a living hell - even after the war ends. A2

- Lawmakers considering President Bush's request for $15 billion in taxpayer money to finance the Persian Gulf war are demanding that allied countries deliver on their promised financial help. A2