Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

U.S. troops are in "the heartland of the beast" -- fighting spatters of Iraqi defenders in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

Plus:

• Iraqi troops south of Tikrit hand U.S. Marines a stunning surprise: seven American POWs released in relatively good condition after three weeks of captivity. They say they were treated roughly when captured, but given medical care, and some believed they were doomed.

• The Syrian president meets with British and Saudi envoys, and the government denies charges by U.S. officials that Syria has weapons of mass destruction and is sheltering Iraqi leaders.

• Fleeing leaders of Saddam Hussein's regime aren't welcome here, and if they sneak in they'll be tried for war crimes from the 1980-1988 war.

• All oil fields in Iraq now fall within areas controlled by the U.S. coalition, but it will likely be at least a few weeks before crude is flowing from Iraq again.

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