The nation's top generals and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended their Iraqi strategy on Sunday against new criticism they had underestimated the opposition and started the war with too few troops. Close to 100,000 U.S. service members are in Iraq, supported by about 200,000 in the theater and with 100,000 more on the way.
Hundreds of thousands of people protested the war Sunday around the world — 200,000 in Morocco and 100,000 in Indonesia alone. Thousands also protested in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and other U.S. cities.
Iraq gave $34,000 to the family of an Iraqi army officer who killed four U.S. soldiers in a suicide attack.
As of Sunday, confirmed numbers of U.S. losses stood at: 39 killed, seven captured and 17 missing.
The Army's 101st Airborne Division surrounded Najaf on Sunday and was in position to begin rooting out the paramilitary forces inside the city.
In Nasiriyah, Marines secured buildings held by an Iraqi infantry division that contained large caches of weapons and chemical decontamination equipment.
A Marine UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed Sunday night at a forward supply and refueling point in southern Iraq, killing three and injuring one.