April 3, 2003
Posted at: 11:45 a.m. CST
NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces launched an attack Thursday on Baghdad's international airport as American soldiers swept to the outskirts of the Iraqi capital, American officers said.
Artillery fire could be heard near Saddam International Airport on the southwestern edge of the capital. Tracer rounds raced through the blackened sky and artillery shells exploded in the air.
Officers of the 3rd Infantry Division told an Associated Press reporter assigned to the unit that the attack on the airport had begun.
Earlier Thursday, the 3rd Infantry Division swept north from the Euphrates River town of Musayyib and engaged Iraqi forces in running battles along the southern edge of Baghdad.