Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

Flush from the taking of Baghdad and with the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue still fresh on their minds, coalition forces focus their attention on the northern Iraqi cities of Tikrit, Mosul and Kirkuk, where they will try to stamp out the remaining fighters loyal to Saddam.

Plus:

• "Your nation will soon be free," President Bush tells Iraqis as ally Tony Blair assures residents of the war-torn nation that coalition soldiers are "friends and liberators, not your conquerors." The joint addresses, taped on Tuesday while Bush and Blair wrapped up their war summit in Northern Ireland, are being aired by the U.S. military as part of a new information program being televised to the Iraqi people.

• As Saddam Hussein's government collapses, Iraqi diplomats are jumping ship, burning documents or — at the very least — left stranded in their embassies without orders and unsure of who their new boss will be.

• Looting surges and buildings are set on fire across Baghdad as U.S. troops focus on fighting pockets of resistance instead of keeping order.

• North Korea says the Iraq war proves the need for it to maintain a strong military deterrent against the United States, as the communist nation's withdrawal from the global nuclear arms control treaty officially takes effect.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
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