US troops fired at its column on Thursday to the south of Nasiriya. There are killed and wounded marines. The Qatar TV channel, Al-Jazeera, reported this as urgent news.
The channel also reports that a group of foreign journalists who accompanied the US troops in the region was shelled by the Iraqi artillery.
Al-Jazeera reports that fierce battles are going on to the south of Nasiriya, to the south-east of an-Najaf and to the south of Basra.
A representative of the Iraqi command said that the republican guard inflicted heavy losses on the enemy in the first battle near the town of an-Najaf.
The TV channel also reports that several Iraqi tanks were destroyed from the air in Souk al-Kheir district, 20 km south-east of Najaf.
The US and British aviation bombed a residential district Abu al-Huseib north of Basra. There are victims among civilians.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said