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Saturday, May 17, 2003
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Iranians in the south become IDPs: ""They sent us away, the people there. They said to us we had to go to our homes in Iran. We would have been killed," said Saleheh Batah, an Iranian woman who has been living in Iraq with her family for years."
In Electronic Iraq

Senior UN relief official discusses lack of security with US authorities: "As the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator asked the United States authorities in Iraq to improve security, other UN officials turned their focus to the refugee problem, calling for return or compensation for up to 1 million people displaced internally by Saddam Hussein and preparing for the repatriation of up to 500,000 external exiles."
In Electronic Iraq

"We just want to know the truth": "Several weeks have elapsed since the end of hostilities and people continue to dig in search of their loved ones. The horror of the past is beginning to surface in the form of mass graves which continue to be uncovered throughout the country. In the latest discovery in the town of al-Mahawil, near al-Hilla, Iraqis have dug up some 3,000 bodies from a site that is said to contain up to 15,000 "disappeared" people. All are believed to have been arrested and summarily executed in the aftermath of the 1991 uprising."
In Electronic Iraq

Bones unearthed in central Iraq: "MSNBC/AP
Searchers at an Iraqi military firing range have unearthed human bones and articles of clothing they say belong to a mass grave of people executed in the 1990s.
Full story »»
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In Command Post: Irak
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Top Saddam regime official surrenders in Iraq as mass grave uncovered: "A member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle surrendered to coalition forces in Iraq, where a mass grave thought to hold hundreds of Kuwaiti prisoners of war was uncovered outside Baghdad. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

COALITION EFFORTS AID IRAQ?S RECOVERY (MAY 17, 2003) in CENTCOM: News Release

US bars Baath chiefs from Iraqi posts, clerics plays Islamist card: "The United States moved to tighten its grip on Iraq, barring former Baath party officials from public posts, while clerics raised the specter of an Islamist push for power amid threats of violence. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

'Salam Pax' plays Americans for fools in Iraq: "Ottawa Citizen, David Warren
Salam is the scion of a senior figure from Iraq's Baathist nomenclature. He was brought up at least partly in Vienna, which is the OPEC headquarters; his father was therefore an oilman, and possibly a former head of Iraq's OPEC mission.
Full story »»
Also read this Command Post Op-Ed article
"
In Command Post: Irak
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Hoon welcomes troops home from Iraq: "Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has welcomed the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Ark Royal back to the UK."
In Ananova: War In Iraq

Northern Iraq Oil City to Get New Council: "The northern oil city of Kirkuk will become the latest community in Iraq to edge toward democracy next week when it installs a new municipal council, the U.S. military commander in the region said Saturday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Set to Meet: "Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas convened his Cabinet on Saturday to resolve internal squabbles ahead of his summit with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon later in the day."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. Reshuffles Iraqi 'Most-Wanted' List: "The U.S. Central Command on Fridayissued a revised list of the top 55 most-wanted Iraqis, keepingousted President Saddam Hussein and his two sons, Qusay andUday, in the top three slots. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

COALITION AND IRAQI POLICE WORK TO MAKE IRAQ SECURE (MAY 17, 2003) in CENTCOM: News Release

GENERAL KAMAL MUSTAFA ABDALLAH SULTAN AL-TIKRITI TAKEN INTO CUSTODY in CENTCOM: News Release

Debate on economics of pay-to-read independent journalism: "Kevin Drum at Calpundit.com has some interesting musings on a business model for independent journalism."
In Back to Iraq 2.0

A change of heart in the Saudi media: "The fall of Baghdad and the bombings in Riyadh have made the Arab News think seriously about the enemy within, says the paper's editor."
In Salon: Iraq War

Wild in the streets of Baghdad: "Belatedly, the Pentagon is cracking down on looting and violence in the Iraqi capital. But U.S. credibility is already deeply damaged."
In Salon: Iraq War
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Allies Ask for Iraq Resolution Changes: "Russia, China and France made clear Friday they want major changes in a U.S.-backed resolution to lift sanctions against Iraq, but Germany indicated it was likely to support the proposal. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Jessica Lynch Story Fraud?: "The BBC reports that the Jessica Lynch rescue was a deceptive, staged event , that there was dishonesty about the nature of her injuries, and that there was failure to report earlier, less dramatic, and more embarassing attempts to get her out of Iraq.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a story about the story , with some more information.
(Previous info on this story also appeared in The Guardian .)
"
In Command Post: Irak

In Reversal, Plan for Iraq Self-Rule Has Been Put Off: "The U.S. and Britain have put off their plan to allow Iraqi opposition forces to form a national assembly and an interim government by the end of the month."
In New York Times: World Special

Among Kurds, Impatience and Anger Is Growing: "Kurds are returning to the towns from which they were banished by Saddam Hussein, and they are confronting Arabs who were brought in to replace them."
In New York Times: World Special

The Return: "There are two remarkable facts about Col. Martin Stanton. One is that he was in Iraq more than a decade ago. The second is how he got there."
In New York Times: World Special

First Post Saddam Soccer Match: "May 16 - Thousands of happy Iraqis celebrated the first soccer match since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime."
In War In Iraq from www.FeedRoom.com

Soccer's Return To Baghdad Offers 90 Minutes Of Escape: "WaPo brings us a story of returning normalcy.
"This is not a game for you only, but for all of Iraqi sports," Raad Hamoudi, the Iraqi national soccer team's star goalkeeper of the 1980s, told his old team, Police, before it took the field in the first professional match in Iraq since the war ended. "I want you to forget the hatred and any vengeance you may have in your heart. I want you to think about the present and the future."
Read the rest ...
"
In Command Post: Irak

U.S. Adviser Says Iraq May Break With OPEC: "The cartel will love this. From WaPo :
The U.S. executive selected by the Pentagon to advise Iraq's Ministry of Oil suggested today that the country might best be served by exporting as much oil as it can and disregarding quotas set by the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries. His comments offered the strongest indication to date that the future Iraqi government may break ranks with the international petroleum cartel.
"
In Command Post: Irak

U.S. Creates Iraq Reconstruction Agency: "The Commerce Department said Friday it had created an Iraq Reconstruction Task Force to help American companies that want to participate in the rebuilding of Iraq. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Former NY cop gets Iraqi beat in BBC News | War in Iraq

Top U.S. Official in Iraq Meets Leaders: "The new top U.S. official in Iraq met for the first time Friday with the seven political leaders likely to form the core of a new government and said he found common ground on the way forward. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S.: Iraqis Won't Return Missing Artwork: "Thousands of antiquities missing from the Iraq National Museum have been found but not returned because citizens won't hand them over to either their American occupiers or remnants of the hated former government, U.S. investigators say."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Friday, May 16, 2003
 
war blog updates
U.S. Moves to Ban Key Baathists in Iraq: "The United States moved Friday to purge its Iraqi reconstruction effort of any Baath Party influence and to recover most of the millions of dollars taken by Saddam Hussein's family and regime."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Captain Steve's last Iraq flight: "Finis Flight
Splitting headache. Tired like never before. Still I'm not willing to acknowledge that I'm sick. I go to the chow hall and while I know I should be hungry, absolutely nothing there looks edible. I down a couple grapes and drink some iced tea. I head for the room and it's about 110 degrees out. I'm walking in the direct midday sun and I have chill bumps. I'm shivering. OK, now I'll admit it. I'm not quite feeling my best.
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In Command Post: Irak

Mass Graves in Iraq: A Marine's account: "Pontifex ex Machina visited the site of the latest mass grave discovery:
The place smelled of death, of rot. The ground you walked on -- you could feel, in the pit of your stomach, that you were walking on somebody's grave. The faces, the wails...
Maybe it's superstition, or maybe old bones still can hold power over the earth, but I tell you, if evil has a texture, a feel to it, you could feel it there. And you could see everybody else around you feeling it, too.
"
In Command Post: Irak
 
War Blog Updates Iraq War
Remains of toxic bullets litter Iraq - Christian Science Monitor finds high levels of radiation left by US armor-piercing shells (15 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Baath Party Sent To Showers: "U.S. officials say they plan to ban as many as 30,000 members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party from any future Iraqi government. The Security Council, meanwhile, is weighing the United States' postwar proposal."
In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Rumsfeld denies shoot-on-sight policy in IraqWar.ru (English)

Hussein's stamp still all over Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)

Was Baghdad Handed Over? in IraqWar.ru (English)

Lawlessness stalls Iraq oil revival, say officials in IraqWar.ru (English)

I'm not being kicked out of my Iraq job, Garner says in IraqWar.ru (English)

New Iraq administrator goes after Baath party in IraqWar.ru (English)

U.S. Unprepared for 'Dirty Bomb' Aftermath in IraqWar.ru (English)

Shiite leader in Baghdad warns women, alcohol sellers, cinemas: "Shiite religious leader Mohammed al-Fartussi threatened "sinful women," alcohol sellers and cinemas of grave consequences if they did not stop their practices within a week. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Saddam Fit Enough to Stay Hiding for Years -Doctors: "Saddam Hussein was in excellent healthwhile he was Iraqi president and has the experience and brainsto remain in hiding for years, according to his most trusteddoctors. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
 
War Blog Iraq War Udates
U.S. Revises Iraq Resolution in Push for U.N. Vote: "In an effort to meet objectionsfrom Security Council members, the United States submitted anew draft of its resolution to lift sanctions against Iraqwithout changing any basic demands. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

3rd Infantry return to US on hold in IraqWar.info

Official: Baathists Out for Iraqi Gov't: "Between 15,000 and 30,000 Baath Party officials will be banned entirely from any future Iraqi government, a senior U.S. official said Friday. He said the move will eliminate Saddam Hussein's party and "put a stake in its heart." (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

US wins German support on Iraq sanctions, modifies UN resolution: "The United States and Germany, badly split over the Iraq war, made a joint call for the swift lifting of United Nations sanctions against Baghdad, as Washington moved to placate concerns from other UN Security Council members. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Powell Seeks German Support to End Iraq Sanctions: "
BERLIN ( Reuters ) - Secretary of State Colin Powell will meet German leaders on Friday seeking support for a United Nations resolution to end sanctions on Iraq with the offer of warmer bilateral relations in return.
Powell holds talks with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on Friday morning, expected to start mending relations soured by disagreement over the U.S.-led Iraq war as long as Germany supports the United States on post-war Iraq.
The United States is looking for support for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would lift blocks on Iraqi oil exports and Powell made it clear he hoped for backing from Germany, one of the non-permanent members on the council.
"
In Command Post: Irak

Gruesome Iraqi desert execution uncovered: "
Reuters via Yahoo News - Film uncovered after the fall of Saddam Hussein shows what seems to be new evidence of brutality under his rule -- three men being executed in gruesome fashion by being blown up with explosives packed around their bodies.
Convicted in 1985 of a bomb attack that killed children in Baghdad, Saddam's security police wired them up to explosives in the desert and simply blew them up, one by one - the whole proceedings captured on a film obtained by Reuters on Thursday.
The footage shows men in the uniforms of Iraqi security officers strapping what appears to be explosive to one of the blindfolded men and attaching wires to a large vehicle battery.

Full story...
"
In Command Post: Irak

Injured Ali leaves intensive care in BBC News | War in Iraq

Umm Qasr leads the way: "Jane Peel on how the return of Umm Qasr to Iraqis is significant for all the country."
In BBC News | War in Iraq

Baghdad Airport Remains Closed: "Steven Edgeley, a lanky Australian in brown-and-yellow camouflage, stood in the circular room atop Baghdad airport's control tower and peered through binoculars at the empty, sprawling runways below - and at the empty sky above. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Guardian Skeptical about Lynch: "Is this the real story behind Pvt. Lynch's rescue:
"It was like a Hollywood film. They cried, 'Go, go, go', with guns and blanks and the sound of explosions. They made a show - an action movie like Sylvester Stallone or Jackie Chan, with jumping and shouting, breaking down doors." All the time with the camera rolling. The Americans took no chances, restraining doctors and a patient who was handcuffed to a bed frame.
There was one more twist. Two days before the snatch squad arrived, Al-Houssona had arranged to deliver Jessica to the Americans in an ambulance. "I told her I will try and help you escape to the American Army but I will do this very secretly because I could lose my life." He put her in an ambulance and instructed the driver to go to the American checkpoint. When he was approaching it, the Americans opened fire. They fled just in time back to the hospital. The Americans had almost killed their prize catch.

I recall seeing the footage, and don't remember seeing any blank adaptors on weapons, so I am skeptical about the accuracy of this report.
(via Calpundit )
"
In Command Post: Irak

Thursday, May 15, 2003
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
U.S. Forces Struggle to Disarm Baghdad: "Raising both hands in a frantic plea, a woman in a scarf and leopard-print housecoat begged the American soldiers: Don't take away her family's two battered Kalashnikovs."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Five Killed As Israel Seizes Gaza Town: "Israeli troops seized a Gaza town on Thursday and five Palestinians were killed, as Palestinians marked the 55th anniversary of the "naqba," or catastrophe, their term for their displacement during the 1948 creation of Israel."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraq: Repatriate vulnerable Iranian refugees: "For the past month between 600 and 700 Iranian refugees, from among the 8,000 Arab Iranian refugees in Iraq, have been living in the middle of large minefield near the Iran-Iraq border. They are waiting for the border to open so they can return to their country. Shannon Meehan just returned to Kuwait after two weeks monitoring humanitarian conditions in southern Iraq."
In Electronic Iraq

Saboteurs Undermining Efforts in Iraq, U.S. Says in IraqWar.ru (English)
 
war blog iraq war updates
Powell: US Will Consider Initial Suspension of Iraq Sanctions in IraqWar.ru (English)

Pakistan: U.S. needs legal cover in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)

France alleges US smear campaign: "France levelled unprecedented charges that members of US President George W. Bush's administration have waged a smear campaign tying Paris to Saddam Hussein, drawing quick White House denials. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

France fights back: "Tired of being pilloried by the White House, the French government has decided to defend itself in a letter addressed to the U.S. Congress. Describing the nation as the victim of an "organized campaign of disinformation" from within the Bush administration, French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte has included a two page list of false media stories that cite anonymous sources within the administration. The Washington Post is calling the letter "an indication of the depth and bitterness of the breach between the two historic allies.""
In Alternet: War On Iraq

US, Britain press new UN resolution on Iraq against Russian concerns: "The United States and Britain will bring to the UN a new version of a draft resolution to lift economic sanctions against Iraq and put its vast oil reserves under their control for a year, in a bid to meet continued reservations from member states, notably Russia. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Commanders Assess Need for Troops in Iraq: "American commanders are trying to determine how large a force is needed to create a secure environment for the people of Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday. He denied reports that U.S. forces had orders to shoot looters. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

'Top Iraqi' captured in raid in BBC News | War in Iraq

U.S. Soldier Killed, Two Hurt in Iraq Accident: "One U.S. soldier was killed and twosoldiers were injured in an accident in northern Iraq when thetruck they were driving rolled over, the U.S. military said onThursday. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Official Confident of French Accord Over Iraq: "A senior State Department official saidon Thursday he was confident the United States and France couldagree on the text of a U.N. resolution ending 12 years ofsanctions on Iraq. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Anti-Globalization Protesters Gear Up for EU Summit: "Anti-globalization protesters vowed onThursday to descend on an EU summit in northern Greece in Juneto show off what they say is a surge in their strength sincethe U.S.-led war on Iraq. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

US seeks to reassure Iraq's creditors on its economic proposals: "The United States offered concessions to Iraq's creditors in a bid to muster support in the UN Security Council for a draft resolution to restart the Iraqi economy, diplomats said. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Bremer Says U.S. Working Hard in Iraq: "American forces are working hard to improve security in the Iraqi capital, and 300 criminals have been arrested around the country this week, the new U.S. civilian administrator said Thursday. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

French complain about US media in IraqWar.info

Organized crime in Baghdad in IraqWar.info

US forces conduct major raid. in IraqWar.info
 
A SOLDIERS MOM
Finally we have news on Brandon's unit.They are in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. " It is west of Baghdad and we are functioning as a maneuver battalion. I have anArea of Operations that is about 30 kilometers by 100 kilometers. Our guysare working to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone in thatarea. We just got some showers hooked up and we're working to build a betterliving area for the guys. Right now everyone is living in the dirt on cots,but I hope to have pre-fab buildings with A/C before I leave if not muchsooner. Its tough, but our guys are hanging in."exceprt from Officers Note. Needless to say I am filled with pride for my son and his unit.God Bless Our Troops.Patti Bader05/15/03Army Mandates Post-Iraq Emotional Program
 
A SOLDIERS MOM
Two soldiers killed in vehicle accident.Many soldiers have been exposed to chemicals.New orders for soldiers are "Shoot to kill" any looters on sight. How does one return to humdrum life after livng under war conditions? I have been impressed with the Army's post deployment re-adjustment training,or "De-briefing as they call it.I even saw one unit teaching new Dad's coming back from war how to diaper a baby! And that my friends is where it's at. The care package campaign is struggling but we have sent off 20 care packages this month and hope to reach our goal of 100 military care packages sent off in May.Please remember to send a care package today.God Bless Our TroopsPatti Bader05/14/03
 
War Blog Updates
US forces conduct major raid. in IraqWar.info

Russia won't block U.S.-British resolution to end sanctions: "MOSCOW -- Russia, one of the fiercest opponents of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, has softened its objections to U.S. postwar plans, clearing the way for a United Nations vote to end long-standing international sanctions against Iraq. (USA TODAY)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

CJTF-HOA TO HOLD CHANGE OF COMMAND in CENTCOM: News Release

MEMBERS OF IRAQI TOP 55 IN COALITION CUSTODY in CENTCOM: News Release

Troops keep distance at mass grave in CNN - War in Iraq

COALITION EFFORTS AID IRAQ'S RECOVERY (MAY 15, 2003) in CENTCOM: News Release

COALITION FORCES PROVIDE SECURITY AND STABILITY (MAY 15, 2003) in CENTCOM: News Release
 
War Blog Updates
APEC in the wake of the Bali Bombing in RISQ

Toward a Common European Security Policy in RISQ

Port 'handed back' to Iraqis in BBC News | War in Iraq

U.S. Wants U.N. Sanctions Vote Next Week: "The United States wants a U.N. vote next week to lift sanctions against Iraq but faces resistance from France, Russia and Germany who say they haven't even started to negotiate the U.S. plan for postwar Iraq."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraqi street kids bear scars of Saddam's brutal rule: "Ahmed Abdullah Sallal was 10 years old when his cousin put a knife in his hand and ordered him to kill a man. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Military Chief Vows More Troops to Quell Iraqi Looting: "The comments reflected a view among American and British leaders that the postwar lawlessness in Iraq is far more pervasive and intractable than they had originally expected."
In New York Times: World Special

U.S. Detains More than 200 in Iraq Raid: "Heavily armed U.S. Army forces stormed into a village near Tikrit before dawn Thursday, seizing more than 200 prisoners, including one man on the United States' "most-wanted" list of former Iraqi officials. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Shiite Iraqis Question U.S. Presence: "In his little souvenir shop near the shrine of Imam Ali, a revered figure whom Shiite Muslims consider the Prophet Muhammad's successor, Zahra Shokri pulls out a box of American-made Kent cigarettes and scribbles a message for President Bush on the back. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Army Eyes Program to Ease Soldiers Return: "Soldiers coming home from Iraq will get counseling, marital advice and other help in a new Army program aimed at easing their transition from the bloodshed and stress of war back to life in America. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Tribunal Hears Srebrenica Genocide Trial: "Three Bosnian Serbs went on trial for war crimes Wednesday, accused of taking part in the massacre of thousands of Muslims at the Bosnia war killing ground of Srebrenica."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com

US seeks to speed Iraq food aid while clamping down to enforce order: "Iraq's new US boss said he hoped UN food aid would start flowing into the country next week, while US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said US forces will use more "muscle" to restore order. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Wednesday, May 14, 2003
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Rumsfeld: U.S. Used New Missile in Iraq: "The United States used a new kind of missile for the first time in Iraq that can destroy the contents of the first floor of a building while leaving the rest of the structure intact, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress on Wednesday. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

US hopes for food aid to Iraq; mass graves yield Saddam's victims: "Iraq's new US boss said he hoped UN food aid would start flowing next week, as fraught Iraqis scoured a mass grave south of Baghdad for the remains of relatives missing under Saddam Hussein's regime. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Bush Officials Change Tune on Iraqi Weapons: "The Bush administration has changedits tune on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the reason itwent to war there. Instead of looking for vast stocks of bannedmaterials, it is now pinning its hopes on finding documentaryevidence. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. unresponsive on mass graves: "The U.S. government has known since May 3 about the existence of a mass grave in Hilla but has not taken action to protect the site, Human Rights Watch charged today."
In Electronic Iraq

2 U.S. Servicemen Die in Iraq Accidents: "A U.S. Marine was killed when a munitions bunker caught fire and exploded, and a soldier with the Army's 101st Airborne Division died in a road accident in northern Iraq, military officials and witnesses said Wednesday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
War Blog Updates
Iran urges quick US pullout from Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)

France sets limits on resolution that bans Iraq sanctions in IraqWar.ru (English)

New 'mobile weapons lab' said found in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)

Timing of Iraq's arms destruction is nebulous in IraqWar.ru (English)

U.S.-Russian relations strained by Iraq situation in IraqWar.ru (English)
 
War Blog Updates
GIs authorized to fire on Iraq looters in IraqWar.ru (English)

U.S. officials sack new Iraq health ministry head in IraqWar.ru (English)

Iraq's Health Ministry Director Resigns in IraqWar.ru (English)

Riyadh fears US switch towards Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
The post-Iraq terror in IraqWar.ru (English)

Soldiers exposed to unknown chemical in IraqWar.ru (English)

Two Marines killed in accidental explosion in IraqWar.ru (English)

US military bases in the Middle East in IraqWar.ru (English)

Pyongyang may have fired laser at US aircraft in IraqWar.ru (English)

In Saddam's killing fields: "Stephen Sackur witnesses the horrors of Iraq's recent past at the site of a mass grave."
In BBC News | War in Iraq
 
WAR BLOG UPDATES IRAQ WAR +
Korea: The time for ambiguity is over in IraqWar.ru (English)

Roh and Bush: Same side, different goals in IraqWar.ru (English)

Belgian war lawsuits "very serious": US defense chief in IraqWar.ru (English)

Japan politicians unite on wartime preparedness measures in IraqWar.ru (English)

Egyptian Singer to Release Pro-Saddam Song: "From the Al-Hayat, via the Sydney Morning Herald
Controversial Egyptian singer Shabban Abderrahim, who hit the headlines with a song called I hate Israel , once again plans to rock the pop world with the release of a single called Saddam's hell is better than America's paradise , the Al-Hayat newspaper reported.
In the song he refers to Iraqis being ungrateful because they tore down the statues of their former leader.
He has also dedicated a second song, A man full of dignity , on his forthcoming album to former Iraqi Information minister Mohammed Said al-Sahaf...
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In Command Post: Irak

FOXNews: Two More US Soldiers Killed In Iraq: "FOXNews TV just reported that two more US servicemen were killed today in Iraq, one in a "bunker accident" and one in a sniper attack."
In Command Post: Irak

New Policy In Iraq To Authorize G.I.'s To Shoot Looters: "From the New York Times :
United States military forces in Iraq will have the authority to shoot looters on sight under a tough new security setup that will include hiring more police officers and banning ranking members of the Baath Party from public service, American officials said today.
The far more muscular approach to bringing order to postwar Iraq was described by the new American administrator, L. Paul Bremer, at a meeting of senior staff members today, the officials said. On Wednesday, Mr. Bremer is expected to meet with the leaders of Iraqi political groups that are seeking to form an interim government by the end of the month.
"
In Command Post: Irak

Rare Insight into Special Forces Tactics: "An Australian officer who is about to leave the SAS (to be the Australian liason officer at the US Task Force HQ) agreed to an interview about his experiences in Iraq. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
" Dare I say it - I'm pretty comfortable in that environment. Our special forces are the best in the world and our level of physical and psychological training is very high so we can cope with that sort of thing . . . easily, really. The Americans know that too and they love working with us for that reason. From our point of view, it is excellent to work with the Americans because . . . we get a reach into their intelligence and equipment, which is first rate."
Nonetheless, the approaches of the Australian and US special forces differ greatly, he said.
" The US special forces are very big and good at operating in chaos - and that's largely because creating chaos is one of their tactics. We often look for another way than always going in straight away with a lot of punch. "
Another Australian special forces member, who declined to be named, said: " We look for different ways of doing things - you could say we are more lateral.
"We don't always see the way through as killing the opponent straight away, whereas the Americans almost certainly do - in this war we used a lot of psy ops [psychological operations] very successfully. I believe we managed to convince many [Iraqi soldiers] to go back to their families, to think again, not to fight . . . I'm not sure the Americans would claim to have done that."
Polish, Australian, British, US Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Special Forces, all with different strengths. A difficult combination to defend against.
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In Command Post: Irak

New Iraqi TV Complains of U.S. Censorship: "The U.S.-sponsored Iraqi televisionstation began broadcasts Tuesday after complaining of Americancensorship, including efforts to stop it airing passages fromthe Koran, the Muslim holy book. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Tuesday, May 13, 2003
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Russian Black Eagle Surpasses America's Abrams in IraqWar.ru (English)

Report: Special Forces tracking Saddam in northern Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)

U.S.: Spy Photos Show Smoke Coming From N. Korea Nuke Plants in IraqWar.ru (English)

Another Bush ally set to profit from the war on terror in IraqWar.ru (English)

15,000 bodies found in Babylon mass graves: INC: "The remains of 15,000 people killed by the regime of Saddam Hussein have been found in mass graves discovered last week in the central city of Hilla, site of ancient Babylon, the Iraqi National Congress said. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Hunt widens for Saddam victims in BBC News | War in Iraq
 
War Blog Updates
Militant Groups Open Shop in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)

North Korea abandons nuclear pact in IraqWar.ru (English)

2 dead, 80 injured in Saudi terror hits in IraqWar.ru (English)

Three car bombs detonated at Saudi housing compounds in IraqWar.ru (English)

British minister stings Blair in Iraq resignation speech in IraqWar.ru (English)

New US boss starts work in Baghdad amid anti-West Saudi bombing: "The new US boss in Iraq started work in Baghdad as US hopes of reshaping the region were overshadowed by anti-Western bomb attacks in Saudi Arabia and a harsh rebuke from neighbouring Iran. (AFP)"
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Second Possible Iraqi Mobile Lab Found: "U.S. forces found another trailer in northern Iraq that appeared to be a mobile biological weapons laboratory, Pentagon officials said Monday. (AP)"
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Powell: Saudi Blasts Kill 10 Americans: "Hours before a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, attackers shot their way into three gated compounds housing Westerners in Saudi Arabia's capital and set off car bombs. Powell said least 10 Americans were killed and "there was a large loss of life of others.""
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U.S.: 10 Americans Killed in Saudi Blasts: "Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday that 10 Americans were killed in terror attacks at three residential sites in this Arab capital and "there was a large loss of life of others.""
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Policing Baghdad Poses Challenge for U.S.: "A joint patrol of American and Iraqi police snakes its way through some of the meanest streets of Baghdad. Women wave, and children give the thumbs-up sign - but not in the direction of their own countrymen."
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France Poses Conditions in UN Iraq Sanctions Issue: "France set conditions forlifting U.N. sanctions against Iraq as Security Council membersbegan to dissect a U.S.-drafted resolution that would allowWashington broad control over Iraq's oil industry. (Reuters)"
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Deliverance or death: "A group of Iranian Kurds, who endured more than 20 years in a squalid Iraq refugee camp, are now squatting in a no man's land on the Jordanian border -- and threatening mass suicide if they are not resettled."
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U.S. Army to Step Up Patrols in Baghdad: "U.S. Army commanders say they will increase the number of soldiers on patrol in the capital, where ordinary Iraqis are pleading for more security against criminals and other threats."
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Experts Fear a Cholera Epidemic in Basra: "As sewage continues to spill into the streets of Iraq's second largest city, the World Health Organization warned that Basra was poised for an epidemic of cholera."
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Iraq's Currency Making a Comeback: "In a city fraught with anger and despair, at least one thing is looking up: Iraq's currency, the dinar, is making a dramatic comeback against the U.S. dollar. (AP)"
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13 Israeli Arab Islamic Leaders Arrested: "Police arrested 13 leaders of the Islamic Movement in Israel on Tuesday on suspicion they funneled money to illegal groups, reportedly including Hamas which has carried out scores of suicide bombings."
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Monday, May 12, 2003
 
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A roadmap to resistance: How to resist the Bush administration's war on liberty (12 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Coalition Captures 2 Key Iraqi Officials: "U.S.-led forces have captured two more important Iraqis - the scientist known as "Dr. Germ" and a top leader in Saddam Hussein's armed forces. (AP)"
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Bush budgets billions to update nukes: " Yesterday the San Francisco Chronicle website reported that the Bush administration's latest budget..."
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Humanitarian non-assistance: "The Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance is holed up in Saddam's old palace. Afraid to leave their headquarters and step into the military chaos outside, the officials are extremely isolated and ineffective. According to the Daily Telegraph, OHRA chief Barbara Bodine did not know about the 13 Iraqis killed by U.S. soldiers for 24 hours after the event."
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Another Black Hawk Down, Three Killed. in IraqWar.ru (English)

War widow's shock over body parts discovery: "A war widow was left "horrified and devastated" when she discovered parts of her husband's body were still on different sides of the Atlantic, even though his funeral had been held."
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Israelis Seal Gaza Strip, Kill Three: "Israel sealed the Gaza Strip on Monday, imposing the most sweeping restrictions in years, and its troops killed three Palestinians in clashes there, as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell wound up a Mideast mission."
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Powell Eyes Egypt's Help on Mideast Peace: "Secretary of State Colin Powell turned to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday for help in improving Palestinian security forces in an attempt to encourage Israel to move ahead on a U.S.-backed blueprint for peacemaking."
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Saddam Still Alive and in Iraq - Chalabi: "Pro-American Iraqi politician AhmadChalabi said in remarks published on Monday he had credibleinformation that ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and histwo sons were still alive and in Iraq. (Reuters)"
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Schroeder, Mahathir back UN role to rebuild Iraq: "German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for a United Nations (UN) role in rebuilding war-torn Iraq and backed an independent Palestinian state to restore peace in the Middle East. (AFP)"
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New U.S. Administrator of Iraq Arrives: "The new American civilian administrator of Iraq arrived Monday to take over the task of piecing this country back together and declared he was "delighted to be here" to begin helping set the country on a democratic course."
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Colonel in Search for Iraqi Antiquities: "He's a "drop-and-give-me-20" Marine with a Master's, in classical studies. He's an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. He has crisscrossed the planet to pursue criminal suspects, from Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to Osama bin Laden. (AP)"
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Iraqi Athletes Look to Brighter Days: "Two years ago, Iraqi wrestler Maitham Ali Hadi was competing in the Arab championships in Syria and defected. When the delegation returned home without him, its members were imprisoned and tortured. (AP)"
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Sunday, May 11, 2003
 
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Kuwait to Help Iraqis Purify Water: "Kuwait said Sunday it was sending eight water purification and desalination plants to Iraq to help prevent the spread of cholera."
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Iranian Opposition Group Turns In Weapons: "An Iranian opposition group began turning in its weapons Sunday under a U.S. surrender agreement reached after American forces ordered it to lay down arms or face attack."
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Israel Raids ISM offices, demolishes homes: " On Friday Israel raided the offices of the International Solidarity Movement, whose activities..."
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Baghdad boss recalled as US revamps leadership team in Iraq: "The US administrator for Baghdad vacated her post as Washington prepared a major overhaul of its leadership team in Iraq following sharp criticism of the sluggish pace of reconstruction in the country. (AFP)"
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Myers: Banned Iraq Arms Remain a Danger: "Weapons of mass destruction may still be in the hands of Iraqi special units and could be used against coalition forces, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday. (AP)"
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Bush administration opens door for new era of nuclear arms (10 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Iraq could be ready for oil exports in June: official: "Iraq could resume oil exports by next month, when production might get back to one million barrels per day (bpd), the acting head of the oil ministry, Thamir Ghadhban, said. (AFP)"
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U.S. Says Saddam's Baath Party Dissolved: "The American general who commanded the Iraq war issued a statement Sunday saying Saddam Hussein's Baath Party "is dissolved," ordering the political organization that ruled the country for 35 years to cease existence immediately."
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U.S.: Palestinians Must Disarm Terrorists: "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Secretary of State Colin Powell agreed Sunday that security must be sharply strengthened if peacemaking efforts with the Palestinians are to succeed."
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Jordan Confiscates Stolen Iraqi Artifacts: "A larger-than-life statue of Saddam Hussein on a horse and a family photo album of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz are among items recently confiscated by Jordanian customs officers searching travelers from Iraq."
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Report: Iraq Infiltrated Al-Jazeera TV: "We have some regular readers who are going to love this. From Reuters :
Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said Iraqi intelligence agents infiltrated al-Jazeera, the Arab world's most widely watched television station, in an attempt to win favorable coverage.
Al-Jazeera spokesman Jihad Ballout told Reuters the network was unaware of "any member of al-Jazeera who is working for any foreign intelligence" organization.
The Sunday Times said documents uncovered by opponents of Saddam Hussein after he was ousted by a U.S.-led invasion force last month showed Iraq's intelligence service had three agents working inside Qatar's al-Jazeera television network.
According to the documents, one alleged agent passed on two letters written by Osama bin Laden, blamed for the 2001 attacks on the United States, to his Iraqi handlers. Two cameramen were also said to be Iraqi agents.
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Assad Discusses Iraq: "From Newsweek comes an interview between Senior Editor and Washington Post columnist Lally Weymouth and Syrian President Bashar Assad. I've posted some of his comments re: terrorism on the GWOT page, but he also comments on Iraq. A highlight:
Did you make a mistake in opposing the war with Iraq, keeping Iraqi oil flowing to Syria and allowing weapons to go across your border into Iraq?
We were not close to [Iraqi President] Saddam [Hussein] and did not have an embassy in Baghdad. I never met him or talked with him on the phone. What you said about the oil is true. We had economic relations with Iraq. What you said about this government allowing armaments to go to Iraq is not correct. [But] arms were smuggled into Iraq by individuals; the government had nothing to do with it.

Did Iraqi regime leaders come here during the war?
Yes, some of them came to the border. They weren?t allowed to come in. Some of them were captured by the Americans.

Didn?t some come here?
Somebody came before [the war].

Their families?
We allowed families to come to Syria, women and children. But we were suspicious of some of the relatives?that they had positions in the past and were responsible for killings in Syria in the ?80s ...
Read the rest ...
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U.S. Envoy Overseeing Baghdad to Step Down
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "The U.S. official sent in to oversee Baghdad and a large swath of its surrounding territory is leaving her position immediately after less than a month, a spokesman for the postwar American administration said Sunday."
 
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Powell: Abbas Knows Terror Must Stop: "The new Palestinian prime minister understands that terror against Israel must stop for peacemaking to go forward, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday. Israelis told Powell they want to see terror groups dismantled."
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Trailer is a Mobile Lab Capable of Turning Out Bioweapons, a Team Says: "A team searching for evidence of biological and chemical weapons in Iraq has concluded that a trailer found in April is a mobile laboratory."
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Iraqi Mujahideen rebels 'disarm' in BBC News | War in Iraq

 

 
   
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