Iraqi TV defies air attack
Patriotic songs and pictures of Saddam Hussein are again being shown on Iraqi television despite an air attack on Baghdad's main television station.
Buildings and television stations in the centre of the Iraqi capital were hit in dawn raids by US-led coalition forces.
And at least 40 explosions were reported south of the city, where Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard is reported to be dug in.
UK troops are engaging Iraqi paramilitaries fleeing the southern city of Basra - where the civilian population was reported to have staged an uprising against the government of Saddam Hussein.
However, latest reports from Basra appear to indicate that the streets are quiet.
Further north, US Marines have continued to meet guerrilla-style resistance and sniper attacks in and around the city of Nasiriya - a key crossing point on the Euphrates for the Marine advance on Baghdad.
Reuters news agency says coalition air strikes have been called in to support Marines facing determined Iraqi resistance near the town of Ash Shatrah, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Nasiriya.
Tuesday saw US troops in forward positions near the town of Najaf engaged in clashes with Iraqi forces, which Pentagon officials said left between 150 and 300 Iraqis dead.