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Saturday, April 19, 2003
 
wAR bLOG uPDATES
Jordan Says Finds Stolen Saddam Photos from Museum in IraqWar.ru (English)

Analysis: On the road to Damascus in IraqWar.ru (English)
 
War Blog Updates
Iraqi Civilians Face Massive DU Crisis in IraqWar.ru (English)

Lost Viruses? in IraqWar.ru (English)

Prove Iraqi guilt, MPs tell Blair in IraqWar.ru (English)

Bush plans to ask U.N. to lift penalties against Iraq in phases in IraqWar.ru (English)

$650 million in U-S cash found in Baghdad neighborhood in IraqWar.ru (English)

Jordanian officials seize 42 works believed stolen from Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)

Riots greet Blair in Athens in IraqWar.ru (English)
 
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U.S. Prepares for Iraq Shiite Pilgrimage: "U.S. forces are preparing for a major test of the order they are seeking to establish in Iraq: A pilgrimage in coming days by as many as 2 million faithful to one of Shiite Islam's holiest sites."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. General, Iraq Tribal Leaders Meet: "A U.S. Marine commander called tribal leaders together Saturday to seek their support in running their city but emphasized that he considers himself to be in charge. Patrols of low-flying attack helicopters drove home the point."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Explosive Injures 4 Soldiers, Iraqi Girl: "Four U.S. soldiers on patrol were wounded Saturday when an Iraqi girl handed them an explosive and it blew up, American military officials said. They said they believed it was an accident."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
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U.S. Prepares for Iraq Shiite Pilgrimage: "U.S. forces are preparing for a major test of the order they are seeking to establish in Iraq: A pilgrimage in coming days by as many as 2 million faithful to one of Shiite Islam's holiest sites."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. General, Iraq Tribal Leaders Meet: "A U.S. Marine commander called tribal leaders together Saturday to seek their support in running their city but emphasized that he considers himself to be in charge. Patrols of low-flying attack helicopters drove home the point."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Explosive Injures 4 Soldiers, Iraqi Girl: "Four U.S. soldiers on patrol were wounded Saturday when an Iraqi girl handed them an explosive and it blew up, American military officials said. They said they believed it was an accident."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
War blogs
Syria Tightens Restrictions on Iraqis: "Syria has banned Iraqis without visas from entering the country, airline sources confirmed Saturday, an apparent effort to counter U.S. charges that it is sheltering former members of Saddam Hussein's regime."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Bechtel's Political Clout Helps Iraq Bid: "It's not just a history of building landmarks like the Hoover Dam that helped Bechtel Corp. win the first major Iraq reconstruction contract. The company is as well-connected as Washington insiders come."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 





World : last updated, April 19, 2003 18:33


Basra rail link to port restored

The first train to Basra since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime arrived in Iraq's second city. Soldiers from 102 Logistic Brigade and local town dignitaries saw off the green train from the port town of Umm Qasr. Military officials said the opening of the 42-mile track, which has been cleared of mines, represents a return to normality in southern Iraq.




Allies should leave Iraq now, say Arabs

US and British "occupation forces" should leave Iraq as soon as possible and the UN should play a "central role" in rebuilding the country, Middle Eastern foreign ministers urged. But after an emergency meeting to discuss "the future of Iraq in the aftermath of the war," the ministers stressed that the "final say" on a new government must rest with Iraqis themselves. "Iraq is full of skilled people that know their own good better than anyone else," the host, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, said .




Looted paintings seized by customs

Jordanian customs officials have seized 42 paintings believed to have been looted from Iraq's national museum. The paintings were taken earlier in the week at al-Karameh border post from unidentified journalists entering Jordan from Iraq and were sent to the main Customs Department in Amman, said the officials, well-informed on the confiscated items. The paintings were being verified for authenticity but that preliminary checks led to them to believe the material had been looted from Iraq, the officials said.




Cameraman killed by Israeli soldier

An Israeli soldier has shot and killed a cameraman with Associated Press Television News who was covering a skirmish between troops and rock-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank city of NablusThe Israeli military had no immediate comment but said it was looking into the shooting. Nazeh Darwazeh, 45, was filming clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians that began early on Saturday. Doctors said Darwazeh died of a bullet wound to the head.




Ailing Pope to attend Easter vigil

Pope John Paul is leading a solemn candlelight vigil in St Peter's Basilica in the final hours before Easter, pushing forward with his tiring schedule of Holy Week ceremonies. The ailing 82-year-old pontiff, who has trouble walking and suffers from the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, has scaled down his role in some services. But he attends all key ceremonies, including the vigil that marks the final dark hours after Christ's death before his resurrection and the exultation of Easter Sunday.




Massive Sars clean-up in Hong Kong

Thousands of volunteers in Hong Kong have begun a massive cleaning campaign aimed at slowing the spread of Sars. Officials were monitoring all buildings where Sars cases have been reported to try to avoid further outbreaks, said health director Dr Margaret Chan. An outbreak at one apartment complex, Amoy Gardens, has infected at least 326 people.




Violence clouds Nigeria election

President Olusegun Obasanjo seeks a second term in elections that pose the stiffest test for Nigeria's young democracy since his election four years ago ended 15 years of military rule. Soldiers were deployed nationwide after the opposition threatened partisan violence. The country's election commission appealed to voters to accept the results of the ballot for 36 governorships and the presidency "in the name of democracy and peace.""Everything is being done to ensure that hitches do not occur," said Steve Oseneke, spokesman for Nigeria's election commission.




Rescue bid for trapped Chinese miners

Rescue workers in central and northern China are searching for 31 coal miners trapped in two flooded coal mines. Seventeen miners in Lianyuan, a city in central Hunan province, have been missing since Wednesday, said a duty officer at the state-run No. 71 coal mine who gave only his family name, Wang. "We're trying our best to pump out the water," Wang said. "We believe there's still a chance they'll survive."




U.S. fund-raisers aid conjoined twins

Fund-raisers appear to have gathered enough money to offset surgery costs to separate 22-month-old Egyptian twins joined at the crown of their heads. The Children's Medical Center of Dallas has said it would need $125,000 to help offset the cost of surgery to separate Mohamed and Ahmed Ibrahim. Going into a fund-raising event at Dallas Central Mosque in Richardson, World Craniofacial Foundation director Sue Blackwood said about $83,000 in pledges and donations had been received for the twins, who were brought to the United States by the foundation for evaluation last June.




Protesters march on detention centre

Hundreds of protesters have marched on an immigration detention camp in southern Australia demanding the release of its inmates. Several protesters were arrested after they broke through a perimeter fence. About 500 people, chanting, "Free the refugees!" were involved in the demonstration outside the remote Baxter detention centre, which holds 300 illegal immigrants whose applications for refugee status have been rejected and who are awaiting deportation. Police Senior Constable Kate Denman said that some protesters had broken through a fence around the compound and that several arrests had been made, but would not confirm the charges or any other details.




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Bush Offers Prayers for Families in War
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "Celebrating the weekend's Christian and Jewish observances, President Bush offered a message of religious hope and the nation's prayers Saturday to the families of soldiers who have died or been wounded in Iraq or remain deployed overseas."
 
A Soldiers Blog Update
Schroeder Regrets Words That Hit U.S.-German Ties
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By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Saturday he deeply regretted "exaggerated remarks" critical of U.S. moves against Iraq (news - web sites) that soured his relations with President Bush (news - web sites).
 
a Soldiers Blog Updates
Jordan Seizes Iraqi Art Believed Stolen: "Jordanian customs authorities have seized 42 paintings believed to have been looted from Iraq's National Museum, government officials said Saturday. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

AP Cameraman Shot and Killed in West Bank: "An Israeli soldier shot and killed a cameraman with Associated Press Television News who was covering a skirmish between troops and rock-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus on Saturday, witnesses said."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
a Soldiers Blog Updates
More Hints Emerge on Saddam's Fate, but No Proof
Sat April 19, 2003 07:01 AM ET





By Andrew Marshall
DUBAI (Reuters) - Arab television channels showed documents on Saturday that hinted Saddam Hussein could still be alive -- but like previous clues on the fate of Iraq's deposed leader, the footage raised more questions than it answered.
 
a Soldiers Blog Updates
More Hints Emerge on Saddam's Fate, but No Proof
Sat April 19, 2003 07:01 AM ET





By Andrew Marshall
DUBAI (Reuters) - Arab television channels showed documents on Saturday that hinted Saddam Hussein could still be alive -- but like previous clues on the fate of Iraq's deposed leader, the footage raised more questions than it answered.
 
Another Card Removed From Deck
CBS News: Iraq Crisis: "Iraq's former finance minister was nabbed by Iraqi police, on the same day the man said to be the mastermind of Saddam Hussein's nerve gas program surrendered. And seven former POWs were to fly home from Germany to Texas today."
 
Another Card Removed From Deck
CBS News: Iraq Crisis: "Iraq's former finance minister was nabbed by Iraqi police, on the same day the man said to be the mastermind of Saddam Hussein's nerve gas program surrendered. And seven former POWs were to fly home from Germany to Texas today."
 
Another one bites the dust
US Troops Hold Saddam's Finance Minister in Baghdad
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By Claudia Parsons

AS SAYLIYA CAMP, Qatar (Reuters) - U.S. troops have taken Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s finance minister into custody, saying they hoped he could shed light on billions of dollars the ousted leader and his government may have stashed overseas.

 
Another one bites the dust
US Troops Hold Saddam's Finance Minister in Baghdad
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By Claudia Parsons

AS SAYLIYA CAMP, Qatar (Reuters) - U.S. troops have taken Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s finance minister into custody, saying they hoped he could shed light on billions of dollars the ousted leader and his government may have stashed overseas.

 
Sars Update
Vietnam may close border with China: "Travelers from SARS-infected countries may need health certificates"
In SARS travel news

Ontario - SARS updates take a holiday: "Revised weekend schedule for Ontario SARS Assessment Clinics"
In SARS travel news
 
Sars Update
Vietnam may close border with China: "Travelers from SARS-infected countries may need health certificates"
In SARS travel news

Ontario - SARS updates take a holiday: "Revised weekend schedule for Ontario SARS Assessment Clinics"
In SARS travel news
 
War Blog Updates
Developments in Iraq's Oil Fields: "Developments regarding Iraq's oil, world oil markets:"
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

WMD hunt: "The U.S. is sending a 1,000-person "Iraq Survey Group" into Iraq to begin the next phase of looking for weapons of mass destruction, and conduct other intelligence tasks, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The group, likely led by a U.S. general, will be made of up civilian scientists, government intelligence analysts, military personnel and private contractors. It will be based in Iraq."
In CNN - War Tracker

Arab leaders push US to leave in BBC News | War in Iraq

Iraq: Basra's pivotal issue - water: ""Mister, water, water." Take a walk down any street in Basra, Iraq's main southern city, and that's the chorus you will hear wherever you go. The second-largest city in Iraq with its 1.5 million residents has been struggling for a month now to receive any - even marginally - potable water, ever since water-purification and pumping stations were hit by the war and the ensuing mayhem."
In Electronic Iraq

A smile to forget destruction: "Ahmed has a dream and his dream is round - like a ball. He wants to become a great football player, like the guys he sees on television. The four-year-old kicks a scratched leather ball over the sharp stones and dusty ground, trying to dribble past the Red Crescent volunteer, who smiles as Ahmed?s small feet struggle to control the big ball."
In Electronic Iraq

Former Iraqi deputy prime minister caught: "Another former member of Saddam Hussein's ruling elite has been captured, US troops say."
In Ananova: War In Iraq
 
War Blog Updates
Developments in Iraq's Oil Fields: "Developments regarding Iraq's oil, world oil markets:"
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

WMD hunt: "The U.S. is sending a 1,000-person "Iraq Survey Group" into Iraq to begin the next phase of looking for weapons of mass destruction, and conduct other intelligence tasks, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The group, likely led by a U.S. general, will be made of up civilian scientists, government intelligence analysts, military personnel and private contractors. It will be based in Iraq."
In CNN - War Tracker

Arab leaders push US to leave in BBC News | War in Iraq

Iraq: Basra's pivotal issue - water: ""Mister, water, water." Take a walk down any street in Basra, Iraq's main southern city, and that's the chorus you will hear wherever you go. The second-largest city in Iraq with its 1.5 million residents has been struggling for a month now to receive any - even marginally - potable water, ever since water-purification and pumping stations were hit by the war and the ensuing mayhem."
In Electronic Iraq

A smile to forget destruction: "Ahmed has a dream and his dream is round - like a ball. He wants to become a great football player, like the guys he sees on television. The four-year-old kicks a scratched leather ball over the sharp stones and dusty ground, trying to dribble past the Red Crescent volunteer, who smiles as Ahmed?s small feet struggle to control the big ball."
In Electronic Iraq

Former Iraqi deputy prime minister caught: "Another former member of Saddam Hussein's ruling elite has been captured, US troops say."
In Ananova: War In Iraq

Friday, April 18, 2003
 
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Reuters
Friday, April 18, 2003; 9:20 PM



By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government sided with the recording industry in its dispute with Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday, saying a digital-copyright law invoked by record labels to track down Internet song-swappers did not violate the U.S. Constitution.
 
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National - AP

Remains Are Laci, Baby; Husband Arrested
19 minutes ago Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!


By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press Writer

MODESTO, Calif. - Scott Peterson was arrested Friday in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. The arrest came as authorities confirmed that two bodies that washed ashore this week were those of Laci and her baby.

 
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National - AP

Remains Are Laci, Baby; Husband Arrested
19 minutes ago Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!


By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press Writer

MODESTO, Calif. - Scott Peterson was arrested Friday in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. The arrest came as authorities confirmed that two bodies that washed ashore this week were those of Laci and her baby.

 
war blog updates
Marines Feast on Saddam's Wild Gazelles: "Supper time has become a double treat at a Marine base outside Saddam Hussein's hometown - not only is there fresh meat, but it's from Saddam's personal hunting preserve."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Israel May Pull Troops From Some Areas: "Israel will consider pulling back troops only after the Palestinian prime minister takes office and the Palestinian leadership shows it is taking action to stop terrorism, an Israeli official said Friday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

More Than 900 Iraqi War Prisoners Freed: "Coalition forces sorting through thousands of Iraqi war prisoners have released nearly 900 after determining they were civilians who had nothing to do with the fighting."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
war blog updates
Marines Feast on Saddam's Wild Gazelles: "Supper time has become a double treat at a Marine base outside Saddam Hussein's hometown - not only is there fresh meat, but it's from Saddam's personal hunting preserve."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Israel May Pull Troops From Some Areas: "Israel will consider pulling back troops only after the Palestinian prime minister takes office and the Palestinian leadership shows it is taking action to stop terrorism, an Israeli official said Friday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

More Than 900 Iraqi War Prisoners Freed: "Coalition forces sorting through thousands of Iraqi war prisoners have released nearly 900 after determining they were civilians who had nothing to do with the fighting."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
Entertainment Updates
VANDROSS IS FLOORED BY STROKE: "R&B legend Luther recovering in Los Angeles hospital after collapsing..."
In Mirror.co.uk

BILLIONAIRE PAUL GETTY DIES: "The Oklahoma billionaire who gave away £150m and became more British than the British..."
In Mirror.co.uk
 
War Update
Middle East - AP

Iraqi Nerve Agent Expert Turns Himself In
25 minutes ago

By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A top Iraqi scientist involved in the country's development of a sophisticated nerve agent has turned himself in to American authorities, a U.S. official said Friday

 
War Update
Middle East - AP

Iraqi Nerve Agent Expert Turns Himself In
25 minutes ago

By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A top Iraqi scientist involved in the country's development of a sophisticated nerve agent has turned himself in to American authorities, a U.S. official said Friday

 
blog updates
Tapes of Saddam Continue to Appear: "Just when U.S. officials began to believe they'd heard the last from Saddam Hussein, there he was again - maybe - greeting a crowd in video footage supposedly taken days after a bomb strike that was meant to finish him off. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqis Protest Against United States: "Unfurling banners that declared "Leaveour country," tens of thousands of Baghdad protesters demandedon Friday that the United States get out of Iraq while leadersof the oil-rich nation's neighbors meeting in Saudi Arabia alsocalled for a speedy U.S. departure. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Saddam Video Said Shot When Baghdad Fell: "Saddam Hussein resurfaced Friday in image and in voice, waving to enthusiastic crowds on a video reportedly shot as American forces overran Baghdad and addressing his people in a tape recording that crackled with quiet defiance. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqis Rally to Demand Swift U.S. Exit: "Less than 10 days after the fall of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Iraqis marched in downtown Baghdad on Friday to demand a rapid U.S. troop withdrawal and a prominent opposition leader said he expects Americans to relinquish most government functions within weeks. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Pentagon Says Pilot's Remains Identified: "The remains of one of two Air Force pilots who were declared missing after their F-15E fighter jet was shot down over Iraq on April 7 have been recovered and identified, the Pentagon said Friday. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
 
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War blog Updates
Iraq Landmines: "Apr. 18 - Specialists have started work to remove tens of thousands of Iraqi landmines strewn across the north of the country."
In War In Iraq from www.FeedRoom.com

Museum-Gate?: "Oddly enough, in light of the multiple-day extravaganza of looting of Iraqi antiquities that went on right under the nose of occupying American troops, before the war even began there were charges being slung by rabble-rousing archeologists and scientists that the United States was in cahoots with a group of wealthy art dealers to, um, liberate Iraq's historical heritage.
According to the April 6 edition of Scotland's Sunday Herald, the group American Council for Cultural Policy, which "is known to consist of a number of influential dealers who favour a relaxation of Iraq's tight restrictions on the ownership and export of antiquities . . . met with US defence and state department officials prior to the start of military action to offer its assistance in preserving the country's invaluable archaeological collections."
Meanwhile, with only three out of 32 hospitals still operable, Baghdadis are starting to hold protests seeking the return of some semblance of government.
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In Alternet: War On Iraq

Ex-POW Lynch Recovering From Foot Surgery: "Pfc. Jessica Lynch underwent surgery to repair a bone in her right foot, officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said Friday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Bechtel's Political Clout Helps Land Bid: "It's not just a history of building landmarks like the Hoover Dam that helped Bechtel Corp. win the first major Iraq reconstruction contract. The company is as well-connected as Washington insiders come."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Neighbors Stress Iraqis Should Run Iraq: "Ministers from neighboring countries want Iraq to be governed by its own people, they said at an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the aftermath of the war and its effect on the region."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraq Oil Production May Resume in 7 Weeks: "The oil well fires are out, looted equipment is being recovered and damage was less than feared, leading U.S. officials to predict Iraq's southern oil fields could be producing 1.1 million barrels a day within seven weeks."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
Updates War Blog
Iraq Left With Billions in Debt: "Iraqis have more to clear away than the rubble of war. Saddam Hussein's regime ran up billions of dollars in debts that must be settled before the country's shattered economy can fully recover. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Companies Helping Out Soldiers: "Hotels are offering free rooms. Baseball teams are giving away tickets. Banks are lowering rates. And restaurants are offering everything from doughnuts to dinners. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Board votes to rename mountain peak after fallen soldier in CNN - War in Iraq

U.S. studies purported Saddam tapes in CNN - War in Iraq

Border delays hampering aid efforts - charity: "Supplies of medical aid to Basra are being delayed because of problems at the Kuwaiti border."
In Ananova: War In Iraq
 
War Blog Updates
US troops tackle Iraqi paramilitaries: "US troops have opened fire on paramilitary fighters north of Baghdad."
In Ananova: War In Iraq

'New' Saddam Tape Surfaces: "An Arab television station has aired footage of what might have been Saddam Hussein's final public appearance. It allegedly showed him walking Baghdad's streets, mobbed by crowds, the day the city fell."
In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Bechtel Bid Under Scrutiny: "GOP-linked Bechtel won a multimillion dollar Iraq reconstruction contract through a process that limited competitive bids. Democrats are complaining; the White House denies any role."
In CBS News: Iraq Crisis
 
Newest updates
The Business Of Iraq: "Apr. 18 - U.S. soldiers and marines are working to maintain order in Iraq. In a Los Angeles Times exclusive, we see U.S. companies are bidding to help train Iraqi police."
In War In Iraq from www.FeedRoom.com

Al-Sahaf Suicide Rumors: "Apr. 18 - There are reports that Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf has committed suicide. Al-Sahaf has not been seen since the fall of Baghdad."
In War In Iraq from www.FeedRoom.com

Mideast Nations Meet on Iraq as US Threatens Syria: "
RIYADH ( Reuters ) - Middle Eastern nations were meeting on Friday to debate post-Saddam Iraq as the United States pressed on with its own plans for the war-ravaged nation.
Among eight countries at the first postwar regional forum was Syria, now under U.S. pressure for allegedly sheltering aides of Saddam Hussein and developing chemical weapons. The Riyadh meeting was hosted by Saudi Arabia to discuss the implications of the crushing U.S. victory on the region.
Foreign ministers of Iraq's neighbors Turkey, Iran, Syria, Kuwait and Jordan as well as Egypt and Bahrain were to attend. Barring Syria and Iran, all are key U.S. allies that offered some form of support for Iraq's invasion. None of these nations had any love for Saddam, whose three decades in power were ended this month by the U.S.-led war on Iraq, but now they all want a say in filling the vacuum.
Almost all Middle Eastern nations want the U.S. and British occupation to end immediately. They also want Iraqis to elect their own government -- but with help from neighboring states. In remarks carried by the Iranian news agency on Friday, President Mohammad Khatami said the role of regional countries in setting up a new Iraqi government was "very important."
And speaking to reporters in Cairo on Thursday, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara said he expected the meeting to call for maintaining Iraq's "unity, integrity and independence." "No one can guess or predict how long it will take to stabilize Iraq," he said. "But...occupation is not the right response to stability in Iraq."
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In Command Post

Thousands at Baghdad Mosque Demand US Leave Iraq: "
BAGHDAD ( Reuters ) - Thousands of people carrying Korans and waving banners demonstrated outside a Baghdad mosque on Friday demanding the United States leave Iraq.
In the first Friday prayers since U.S. tanks drove to the heart of the Iraqi capital last week, Imam Ahmed al-Kubaisi said in his sermon the United States invaded Iraq to defend Israel and denied that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
His followers poured out of the mosque after prayers chanting anti-U.S. slogans and waving banners that read "No to America. No to Secular State. Yes to Islamic State."
"
In Command Post

American Patriot unit leaves Israel: "
Ha'aretz : Three American Patriot missile batteries set up for Iraq war in Israel to be dismantled Sunday.
"
In Command Post

Interpol sending team to help search for Iraqi antiquities: "
PARIS ( AP ) - Interpol announced Friday it is sending a special team to Iraq to help track down pillaged art treasures, joining a legion of groups worldwide offering assistance in the recovery efforts.
The international law enforcement organization called on everyone involved in the conservation and trade of antiquities "to categorically decline any offers of cultural property originating from Iraq."
The move comes as Washington said FBI agents had been dispatched to Iraq to find plundered treasures and as the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization held an urgent meeting in Paris on restoring Iraq's cultural heritage. Interpol said in a statement that it planned a special gathering May 5-6 to devise strategies for recovering the thousands of objects stolen from Baghdad's Iraq National Museum and other institutions nationwide.
The meeting is to bring together officials from UNESCO, the International Council of Museums and the World Customs Organization, among others. While the pillage at first appeared to be a spontaneous frenzy unleashed by the fall of Baghdad, experts now believe some looters were highly organized professionals aiming to feed clandestine networks.
The Interpol statement said a special team of senior officers would go to Kuwait and other countries in the region later this month seeking information from governments and police on what had been stolen. "The team will travel to Iraq as soon as this can be arranged with military officials," the statement said.
Interpol has already alerted police in its 181 member countries to make sure that everyone from border guards to art dealers and even the public is aware of the situation, the statement added.
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Thursday, April 17, 2003
 
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We Are Back
Baghdad Still Stuck Without Power: "With the system lights around him glowing a sickly green, the chief engineer of Baghdad's key power plant stood Thursday before a control panel of bad news: Inverter failure. Cooling system failure. Circuit breaker failure."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Ashcroft, Mueller to announce results of Iraqi interviews in CNN - War in Iraq

Kennedy: Patience, persistence in weapons hunt in CNN - War in Iraq

Married to fear: "Respected British writer John Berger writes that the war on Iraq was marked by fear -- the blind fear of the architects of this new American Century, which in turn led to the exercise of overwhelming power: "Married as they are to Fear, they cannot come to terms with, or find a place for, death. Fear keeps death out, and so the Dead desert them. The partners of Fear are alone on this planet - as the rest of the world is not. This is why, considering all the power they wield, military and otherwise, they are dangerous. Terrifyingly dangerous. It is also why they cannot survive.""
In Alternet: War On Iraq
 
U.S. Troops Step Up Hunt for Al-Qaida
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "The chatter of the metal detector turned to a solid hum when it reached the center of the house's mud-baked floor. Sgt. Derrick Edwards dug his fingers into the earth, prying apart the flat stones. He shined his flashlight at the dark hollow below."
 
Baghdad Still Stuck Without Power
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "With the system lights around him glowing a sickly green, the chief engineer of Baghdad's key power plant stood Thursday before a control panel of bad news: Inverter failure. Cooling system failure. Circuit breaker failure."
 
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FBI Wraps Up Wartime Interviews of Iraqis
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "The FBI has wrapped up its wartime interviews with almost 11,000 Iraqis living in the United States and will resume its prime focus on combatting terrorism now that the war in Iraq is winding down."
 
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Leaderless Iraqis Wonder Who Is in Charge
Command Post: "REUTERS Thu April 17, 2003 12:17 PM ET

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Mohammed Mohsen Zubaidi says he is running Baghdad but no one seems sure with what authority.
Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi, head of one of the biggest Iraqi exile political groups, has arrived in the capital after decades abroad but has so far made only the blandest statements through his adviser.
And the U.S. invaders, who patrol the city's streets, are saying virtually nothing.
For Iraqis, it is a baffling change from the harsh one-party rule of Saddam Hussein. Many now simply want somebody -- whoever it is -- to take charge.
"Whether we choose it or not, we need a government," said 35-year-old Wafiq Mohammed in a crowd of Iraqis struggling to understand what the future holds.
More than a week after Baghdad fell to U.S. troops, many Iraqis are struggling to understand why Americans, so effective in war, seem to be so ineffective at peace.
Many want a government of their own people and are still somewhat skeptical about the United States' motives for the war.

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