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" May No Soldier Go Unloved "

   
 
Saturday, May 24, 2003
 
Five Suspected Saddam Loyalists Detained: "American soldiers detained five members of an Arab delegation participating in voting for a northern Iraqi oil town's new city council Saturday, saying they were suspected members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqis paid first wages since war in BBC: War in Iraq

The silencing of dissent on graduation day (22 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Iraq Oil Output Predicted To Double Soon: "This from ABC News (US) :
The acting oil minister of postwar Iraq predicted Saturday that crude production would double within a month and oil exports would resume "within three weeks."
Thamer al-Ghadhban said Iraq was currently producing 700,000 barrels of oil a day and working hard under U.S. occupation to increase that number as quickly as possible.
"It is a matter of a few weeks, and we can reach 1.3 or 1.5 million barrels a day," al-Ghadhban said at a coalition-sponsored news conference in the capital. Prewar production under Saddam Hussein was about 3 million barrels daily.
"
In Command Post: Irak

Iraq Liquor Trade Becomes Casualty Of Chaos: "Democracy! Whiskey! Sexy! The New York Times reports that:
Mr. Hussein shuttered Basra's dance halls and bars in the early 1990's, though he allowed the minority Christian population to keep their liquor stores open under government oversight. Since his fall, however, the owners of the liquor outlets have seen their livelihoods victimized by a series of attacks on the alcohol industry.
One store owner recently had a firebomb thrown into his shop. At least two others have been shot dead and several have received warnings from armed men that the new Iraq does not allow alcohol.
WHAT?! I don't know how y'all feel, but for me, this may be the most compelling reason to fear a non-secular majority government in Iraq. And I KNOW how Michele feels about her margaritas ...
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In Command Post: Irak
 
war blog updates
Iraq Liquor Trade Becomes Casualty of Chaos: "The owners of liquor stores have seen their livelihoods victimized by a series of attacks on the alcohol industry."
In New York Times: World Special

Dosky and Tubbs: "An unlikely partnership that has paid dividends during the ground campaign in Iraq and the messy peace that has followed."
In New York Times: World Special

COALITION EFFORTS AID IRAQ'S RECOVERY in CENTCOM: News Release

Army War College Monograph On Reconstructing Iraq: "Here's something worth reading, found via the Atlantic Monthly's Primary Sources :
A monograph recently published by the Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College lays out in comprehensive detail the many obstacles that will confront coalition forces after presumed military victory in Iraq. Written by Conrad C. Crane, the director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, and W. Andrew Terrill, the SSI's Middle East specialist, the report points out that U.S. forces will have to prevent Sunnis from fighting Shiites, secular Iraqis from fighting religious ones, returned Iraqi exiles from fighting non-exiles, Kurds from fighting Turkomans or establishing an independent state, tribes within all these groups from fighting one another, Turkey from invading from the north, Iran from invading from the east, and the defeated Iraqi army?which may be the only national institution that can keep the country from being ripped apart?from dissolving. All that (the easy part) is merely a prelude to the hard work of nation-building...
... The report includes, as an appendix, a "mission matrix for Iraq": a list of 135 tasks that must be accomplished, including securing weapons of mass destruction, training a new Iraqi army, stabilizing the currency, training indigenous lawyers to work in new courts, and operating orphanages.
You can read the summary, and download the entire report in PDF format, here .
"
In Command Post: Irak

GOOD NEWS: Baghdad IMC established: " At http://www.almuajaha.com/ you will find the new, bilingual, Iraqi Independent Media Center. ..."
In Catalyzer Newsroom

US abolishes former Iraq army, assurances given on postwar contracts: "A day after UN sanctions on Iraq were ended, the United States announced Saddam Hussein's army had been abolished while UN Secretary General Kofi Annan named Sergio Vieira de Mello his special representative in Iraq. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

US Fires State Workers to Rid Iraq of Saddam Links: "Iraq's U.S. governor, wielding powersnewly endorsed at the United Nations, fired hundreds ofthousands of state employees Friday as part of what he called adrive to rid the nation of links to Saddam Hussein's era. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

US: No AIDS drugs to countries banning GMO food: " A bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist suggests, in veiled terms, that African countries..."
In Catalyzer Newsroom

Iraqi Jews Seeking Claims: "Now that the war on Iraq is winding down, exiled Iraqi Jews, from the wealthy community dating back to the Babylonian Exile of 587 BCE, are considering compensation claims for their property expropriated 50 years ago by Saddam's predecessors.
. . . in 1950, the Iraqi parliament stripped Jews of their citizenship if they registered to leave the country. And later legislation effectively confiscated the property of those who had declared their intention to leave. ?Detailed regulations limited the items which emigrating Jews were permitted to take with them. Even the permitted number of pairs of shoes and sets of underwear was set out in the law,? she said. ?As a result of these legislative confiscations, an estimated $150 million to $200 million worth of Jewish property was left behind in Iraq.?

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In Command Post: Irak

No Talks for Saddam's Son Odai, U.S. Says: "American military commanders are making it clear that the Bush administration will accept nothing less than unconditional surrender from Saddam Hussein's eldest son - and, by implication, his top advisers and Baath Party members still hiding in Iraq. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

UN Iraq Resolution Lacks Teeth on Rights, Say Groups: "WASHINGTON, DC, May 23 (OneWorld) - In lifting 12-year-old sanctions against Iraq, the United Nations Security Council has missed a key opportunity to address key human rights concerns, U.S. and other rights groups said Thursday. (OneWorld.net)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Time's attack on Canada doesn't ask right question (22 May 03) in Radio Free USA

NGOs decry 'bribes' and 'threats' behind U.N. vote (23 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Friday, May 23, 2003
 
War Blog Updates
IAEA confirms plans to send nuclear inspections team to Iraq: "The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it would soon send inspectors to a nuclear facility in Iraq after reaching an agreement with the United States. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Congress asks CIA to "reevaluate" intelligence on WMDs in Iraq: "Congress asked the CIA to "reevaluate" the quality of US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and on that country's links with the al-Qaeda terrorist network. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

How many lives per gallon, indeed: "A survey being conducted in Iraq right now suggests that anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in "Operation: Iraqi Freedom." Because the investigators from the Iraqi Red Crescent aren't finished, they won't commit to numbers, but one searcher had this to say: "Thousands are dead, thousands are missing, thousands are captured. It is a big disaster.""
In Alternet: War On Iraq

Annan Names UN Rights Chief as His Envoy on Iraq: "Secretary-General Kofi Annan hasnamed the U.N. human rights chief on Friday as his specialrepresentative for Iraq, clearing the way for the world body tobegin fleshing out its role in Iraqi reconstruction, U.N.sources said on Friday. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

US seizes truck with suspected 500 million dollars in gold bars in Iraq: "US soldiers in Iraq seized a truck believed to be loaded with 2,000 gold bars worth as much as 500 million dollars during a routine search near the Syrian border, the US military said. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Allies Kiss And Make Up: "In his latest Diplomatic Dispatch, CBS News State Department Reporter Charles Wolfson looks at the postwar rapprochement between the U.S. and foes of its invasion of Iraq, France, Russia and Germany."
In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Two Hurt in Attack on Israeli Bus: "The Islamic militant group Hamas attacked an Israeli bus in the Gaza Strip with explosives Friday - an apparent challenge to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas a day after he asked the group to stop targeting Israelis."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. Troops in Iraq Find $34M in Gold: "American troops confiscated gold bars valued at $34 million from a truck in northern Iraq, defense officials said Friday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Blix Suspects Iraq May Have Had No Banned Weapons: "From WCVB :
The chief U.N. weapons inspector says he's starting to suspect Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.
Hans Blix told a German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel, that Saddam Hussein's evasive behavior may have only been related to his need to control - and wasn't about hiding weapons of mass destruction.
Blix notes in the interview that the man whom officials identified as the leader of Iraq's unconventional weapons program surrendered, and told the United States there were no weapons of mass destruction.

Blix says the Iraqi is likely telling the truth because he no longer fears retaliation by Saddam.
For those with the interest, you can read the original article Der Taggesspiegel article here , and a Google Bablefish translation here .
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In Command Post: Irak

Powell: U.S. Still Disappointed In France: "From the Wichita Eagle / AP :
The United States does not intend to punish France for its opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but would review joint cooperation "in the light of changed circumstances," Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday.
Powell and French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin emerged from a breakfast meeting saying they would like to put the feud over Iraq behind them. Powell added that the United States wants to "work out any remaining sharp edges ... that are still there as a result of this disagreement."
"
In Command Post: Irak
 
Iraq War Updates
Small Shipments Of Iraqi Oil Could Resume Next Week: "From ABS CBN (Philippines) :
With the UN Security Council?s adoption Thursday of a resolution lifting sanctions on Iraq, diplomats and industry experts predicted that small shipments of Iraqi oil could resume as early as the next week or the week after.
By recognizing the US-led coalition?s authority over Iraq and its oil revenue, the resolution clears a major hurdle to restarting oil exports, which have been shut down since hostilities began on March 20. Iraqi oil likely will just trickle out in the early stages, with larger shipments following.
"
In Command Post: Irak

U.S. Troops In Iraq Find $34M In Gold: "Personally, I think our folks in uniform should get a finder's fee for things like this ... say 6%? From The Wilmington Morning Star / AP :
American troops confiscated gold bars valued at $34 million from a truck in northern Iraq, defense officials said Friday.
The truck carrying 1,600 gold bars was stopped at a military checkpoint near Qaim, a northwestern city near Iraq's border with Syria, Pentagon officials said.
"
In Command Post: Irak

USA Shakes Up Iraq After UN Approval: "A take on the post-UN vote US response, from Norwegian news source Aftenposten :
The US administrator in Iraq acted swiftly on America's overwhelming victory at the United Nations over its plans to rebuild the oil-rich country, dissolving several key Baathist ministries and bodies on Friday.
Only hours after the Security Council voted to end 13-year-old crippling sanctions, Washington's man in charge of Iraq, Paul Bremer, sacked hundreds of thousands of public employees and soldiers by abolishing the defense and information ministries and military and security courts.
"
In Command Post: Irak

US Disbands Iraq's Armed Forces: "From the Toronto Sun :
Iraq's military and the security organizations that supported Saddam Hussein's regime have been officially dissolved, and a new defense force "representative of all Iraqis" will be set up to replace them, the U.S. civil administrator announced Friday.
"
In Command Post: Irak

Investors Dreaming of Windfalls Home in on Iraq: "Foreign entrepreneurs in Baghdadlooking to get rich in a post-Saddam Iraq unfettered by U.N.sanctions said on Friday likely rewards outweighed the dangersin a country now gripped by lawlessness. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

London axes plan for British troops to replace US troops in Baghdad: "British officials have rejected a reported plan for British troops in southern Iraq to replace US troops in Baghdad. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

European firms meet in London to push for Iraq reconstruction work: "Companies from Britain and elsewhere in Europe were meeting US construction firm Bechtel in London in the hope of winning lucrative contracts to rebuild Iraq's shattered infrastructure. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

In Basra, Iraq Scavengers Dismantle Their Own City: "Hamed Fadil was watching a Lebanesemusical on video when his house in the Iraqi city of Basra wasplunged into darkness. Looking out of the window, he sawlooters race off with the street's underground power cables. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
 
Only the FCC can stop the media giants (22 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Uday to Surrender?: "Fox News (TV), quoting the Wall Street Journal, is reporting that Uday Hussein is negotiating a surrender.
More as we get it...
"
In Command Post: Irak
 
War Blog Updates
Radiation Syndrome: Iraqis close to a nuclear research site become ill after materials are pilfered (22 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Bush 'is on brink of catastrophe' says senior Republican authority on foreign relations (23 May 03) in Radio Free USA
 
War Blog Updates Iraq War
Lifting of Iraq Sanctions Frees Trade: "With the immediate lifting of economic sanctions against Iraq, the international community now can resume oil shipments and start the long process of reconstruction and building a democratic government."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Palestinians Want to Stick to 'Road Map': "Palestinian officials said Friday they would not accept any changes to a U.S. backed-Middle East peace proposal. The statements came after Israel signaled it might give cautious support to the plan, but only if some of its objections were taken into account."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
Sharon Cautiously Supports Peace Plan: "President Bush is weighing a new round of personal Mideast peacemaking, hoping to capitalize on momentum gained by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's cautious embrace of a new peace plan."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Television Returns to Air in Baghdad: "During Saddam Hussein's 33-year reign, the Iraqi people could watch only state-controlled television networks whose main task was to act as Baath Party mouthpieces and praise Saddam and his policies. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

UN Council Takes Step to Patch Rifts from Iraq War: "The U.N. Security Council,taking a first step toward patching deep rifts created by theU.S.-led war on Baghdad, has granted the United States andBritain broad powers to run postwar Iraq and use its abundantoil resources to finance its reconstruction. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
 
War Blog Updates
Pentagon Releases Names of Marines Killed: "The Pentagon on Thursday disclosed the names of four Marines killed Monday when their CH-46 transport helicopter crashed into a canal in central Iraq shortly after takeoff. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

UN members lift sanctions on Iraq after 13 years: "After weeks of internal wrangling, the United Nations voted to lift crippling sanctions imposed on Iraq in 1990 and give the UN a key role in rebuilding the devastated country. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S.-British Rule of Iraq Wins U.N. Vote: "Putting aside bitter divisions over the Iraqi war, the U.N. Security Council gave the United States and Britain a mandate Thursday to govern Iraq and use its oil riches to rebuild the country. The resolution opened the door to a quick resumption of oil exports. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Senior Baath Party Leader in U.S. Custody: "Reports of a death notice and a mourning ceremony did not fool U.S. forces tracking down Aziz Saleh al-Numan, the highest-ranking capture on the list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Al Qaeda in Iran, so sayeth Iran in IraqWar.info

Iraqis fire in the air to celebrate lifting of UN sanctions: "Celebratory gunfire rattled out across the Iraqi countryside and tracer fire and flares lit up the sky as Iraqis celebrated the lifting of 13 years of sweeping UN sanctions and the hope of a better life. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Texas dept of public safety shreds documents used in Democratic lawmaker manhunt (22 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Propaganda? Was Pfc. Lynch used? (22 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Afghans' uranium levels spark alert (22 May 03) in Radio Free USA

A new level of French-bashing: "Six French journalists were detained and treated as prisoners for 26 hours this week for attempting to cover a video game trade show in Los Angeles without a press visa. The article from Reporters Without Borders details disturbingly arbitrary rules governing who would be allowed entry, and who would be detained, interrogated, and physically searched before being forcibly sent back to their home country."
In Alternet: War On Iraq

Thursday, May 22, 2003
 
Byrd Says Bush Built 'House of Cards' on Iraq War in IraqWar.ru (English)

US analysts link Iraq labs to germ agents in IraqWar.ru (English)

Keep the eyes peeled in IraqWar.ru (English)

Bombings Expose Rifts in Saudi Society in IraqWar.ru (English)

U.S. hockey fans smack 'communist' Canadians in IraqWar.ru (English)
 
War Blog Updates
Japan ready to strike first if threatened: PM in IraqWar.ru (English)

New York Times reporter booed at Illinois college graduation in IraqWar.ru (English)

Policing Isn't Black and White in Baghdad in IraqWar.ru (English)
 
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Tehran Demands Proof al-Qaida in Iran: "Iran demanded on Thursday that Washington prove its claims that Tehran harbors al-Qaida terrorists and accused Osama bin Laden's network of "threatening" Iranian national interests."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Unpatriotic Halliburton: "Who is more unpatriotic - the Dixie Chicks for speaking out against the war or Halliburton for doing business with most of the countries on the so-called axis of evil. In an excellent column, Bob Herbert points out that this is the company that opened an office in Teheran in 2000, asserting, "We are committed to position ourselves in a market that offers huge growth potential." Continue »"
In Alternet: War On Iraq

CIA Eyeing Its Iraq Spying: "Before the war, the U.S. made a list of allegations against Iraq concerning illegal weapons and terrorism. Now the CIA is looking at whether the prewar intelligence matches up with what troops are finding on the ground."
In CBS News: Iraq Crisis
 
war blog iraq war updates
5,000 to 10,000 Iraqi civilians dead in IraqWar.info

Arab-American woman goes to court over parking tickets - judge accuses her of being a terrorist (21 May 03) in Radio Free USA

U.S. Troops Shoot Two Iraqis After Being Rocketed: "Gunmen fired rocket-propelledgrenades at a U.S. armored vehicle in the tense Iraqi town ofFalluja late on Wednesday, prompting heavy retaliation thatkilled two Iraqis. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Armored Vehicle Damaged in Ambush: "A U.S. armored vehicle was ambushed during a late-night raid in a restive city in central Iraq, an American military officer said Thursday. Townspeople said two Iraqi civilians were killed in the shooting that followed. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

French Official: Iraq War Stance the Same: "French support for a U.S.-backed resolution on Iraqi reconstruction does not mean Paris now approves of the U.S.-led invasion, the foreign minister said Thursday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

4 More Arrests Made in Saudi Crackdown: "Saudi police have arrested four more suspects linked to al-Qaida in their crackdown on extremists following the Riyadh bombings, a Western diplomat said Thursday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Report: Istanbul Blast Injures at Least 2: "An explosion at a small snack bar in downtown Istanbul injured at least two people Thursday, news reports said."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.N. Council to End 13 Years of Sanctions on Iraq: "A drive by the United States toend 13 years of U.N. sanctions on Iraq looked set for approvalfrom the Security Council on Thursday after France, Germany andRussia announced their support. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

British officer denies allegations he mistreated Iraqi POWs: "A senior British army officer has denied allegations he mistreated prisoners of war during the recent conflict in Iraq, in an interview published here. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

War critics back US Iraq plans in BBC: War in Iraq

U.S. Troops Kill Two Iraqis After Attack -Witnesses: "Gunmen fired anti-tank rockets ata U.S. armored vehicle in the tense Iraqi town of Fallujahovernight, sending U.S. troops into a shooting spree thatkilled two Iraqis, residents said on Thursday. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Kurds Flock Back to Iraqi Oil City: "Ahmad Najib Ahmad didn't wait. As soon as Saddam Hussein was ousted, Ahmad grabbed his wife and 2-year-old son and joined hundreds of other Kurds in moving back to Kirkuk, part of a migration that could create a Kurdish majority in northern Iraq's oil center. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
 
U.S. Peacekeeping Unit Arrives in Iraq: "The United States' most experienced peacekeeping unit has arrived and is ready to tame the chaotic, lawless Iraqi capital. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqi Officials Probe Looted Nuclear Site: "The Iraqi Health Ministry has ordered an immediate health assessment around the country's largest nuclear facility after scavengers said they came into contact with radioactive materials they removed from the site. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Still Angry Over War, Pentagon Limits Contacts With France: "From WaPo :
Months after France said it would veto a U.N. resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq, forcing the United States to withdraw the measure and go to war without it, realpolitik has overcome resentment in most of the Bush administration. Although there is little desire to cuddle up with Paris, officials at the White House and the State Department say they are willing to work with the French on issues where views coincide, and work around or oppose them when they disagree.
But the Pentagon apparently is not ready to move on. A Defense spokesman said yesterday that slots for foreigners in Red Flag, an exercise held with a rotating group of allies several times a year, in which France has participated annually since the 1980s, "are going to be reserved for those with whom we will likely be participating in operations in the future."
There's more; read the rest ...
"
In Command Post: Irak

Illness Reported After N-Site Looting: "Related to this post , from the Advertiser (Australia):
The Iraqi Health Ministry has ordered an immediate health survey around the country's largest nuclear facility amid fears for locals after looting.
US military officials, who are conducting a damage assessment at the Tuwaitha plant, have said a fifth of the radioactive materials knnown to have been stored there are missing...
... Villagers nearby have begun reporting ill effects they attribute to contact with hazardous waste.
Menem Abed Ali, who lives in the village of al-Mansia adjacent to the plant, said that since the looting took place he had been suffering from exhaustion and skin irritation.
"
In Command Post: Irak

Canadian Soldier Injured In Iraq: "From CBC News :
A Canadian Forces officer has suffered minor injuries in an explosion near the Baghdad airport, the Defence Department said on Wednesday.
The officer was injured last Friday when a grenade exploded near a convoy the soldier was travelling in. He suffered shrapnel scrapes on one arm and temporary hearing loss, the military said. The officer has returned to duty.
"
In Command Post: Irak

US Soldier Behind Allegations Of British Misconduct In Iraq War: "An update on this post , from The Scotsman :
A US officer is behind allegations about the conduct of a high-profile British Army officer during the war in Iraq, it emerged today.
The Ministry of Defence is investigating Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins, who commanded the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rangers during the war against Saddam Hussein?s forces.
"
In Command Post: Irak
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Surveys Pointing To High Civilian Death Toll In Iraq: "From the CSM :
Evidence is mounting to suggest that between 5,000 and 10,000 Iraqi civilians may have died during the recent war, according to researchers involved in independent surveys of the country.
None of the local and foreign researchers were willing to speak for the record, however, until their tallies are complete.
Such a range would make the Iraq war the deadliest campaign for noncombatants that US forces have fought since Vietnam.
"
In Command Post: Irak

US Marines To Leave Iraq By End Of August: "From MSNBC :
All 60,000 U.S. Marines now in Iraq and Kuwait are expected to leave the Gulf and return to home bases in the United States and elsewhere by the end of August, the Marine Corps commandant said on Wednesday ...
... While up to 100,000 or more U.S. Army troops are expected to remain in Iraq to help keep peace and stability, Hagee said that Marines - now in southern Iraq - were likely to be replaced by forces volunteered by other nations.
Of course, if you've been reading the Op-Ed page, you know that others have a different explanation for the Marines' departure ...
"
In Command Post: Irak

Four Blasts Near US Forces In Iraq, Jazeera Says: "From Reuters :
Four explosions rocked a U.S. command post near the Iraqi town of Fallujah and a U.S. tank was ablaze, Qatar-based al-Jazeera television reported on Wednesday, citing witnesses at the scene.
U.S. officials at the Pentagon and at U.S. central command said they had no information on anything happening in Falluja, west of Baghdad.
"
In Command Post: Irak

France, Germany, Russia To Back Iraq Resolution: "Up with the Coalition of The Willing To Help Out Afterwards! From Reuters :
France, Germany and Russia have decided to back the latest draft of a U.S.-proposed resolution lifting U.N. sanctions on Iraq, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Wednesday.
"Even if this text does not go as far as we would like we have decided to vote for this resolution... This is because we have chosen the path of unity of the international community," Villepin said at a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov.
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In Command Post: Irak

Occupation Of Iraq Illegal, Blair Told: "And what if it was Germany, 1945? From the Guardian :
Leaked advice from the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, reveals that he warned Tony Blair two months ago that attempts at postwar reconstruction of Iraq by US-British occupying authorities would be unlawful without a further UN resolution.
Lord Goldsmith, the government's chief law officer, told the prime minister that the longer the occupation went on and the more the actions of the occupying authorities departed from their main task of disarmament, the harder it would be to justify the occupation as lawful.
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In Command Post: Irak

US: IAEA Inspectors Will Soon Be In Iraq: "An update on this post , from VOA :
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher says Washington and the International Atomic Energy Agency have agreed to send a joint team to the Tuwaitha nuclear research center as soon as it is ready to go.
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In Command Post: Irak

Bush got balls: "Dubya's campaign photo-op on the deck of an aircraft carrier dazzled the American people, who got an eyeful of their president "assets" thanks to his crotch-hugging uniform. A coinicidence? Richard Goldstein doesn't think so: "I can't prove they gave him a sock job, but clearly they thought long and hard about the crotch shot. ... nothing works like fighter-pilot drag, with its straps that frame and shape the groin.""
In Alternet: War On Iraq

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
 
U.N. Poised to Lift Iraq Sanctions Thursday -Envoys: "The Security Council is expectedto approve on Thursday a U.S. bid to lift U.N. sanctions onIraq after Washington offered fresh concessions to reassurecountries seeking a greater U.N. voice in Iraqi reconstruction,diplomats said on Wednesday. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Total Information Awareness 2.0: "The Pentagon is set to launch LifeLog, an ambitious program designed to collect information about a person's life into a searchable database. Which information, you ask? ALL OF IT! Everything you say, everywhere you go, all you do, even all you feel recorded in the name of national security."
In Alternet: War On Iraq

Saudi Suspects Accused of Plotting Hijack: "Three al-Qaida suspects arrested in Saudi Arabia this week planned to hijack a plane from the southwestern port city of Jiddah, Saudi security officials said, in what appeared to be a plot for a suicide attack."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Draft resolution on Iraq is final: Negroponte: "The United States said that its draft resolution to lift UN sanctions on Iraq would be put to the vote in the Security Council at 9:30 am (1330 GMT) Thursday and that it hoped for a unanimous approval. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S.: Some Iraq Nuclear Material Missing: "Some 20 percent of the known radioactive materials stored at Iraq's largest nuclear facility are unaccounted for, and U.S. nuclear experts have found radioactive patches on the ground where looters dumped out barrels believed to contain hazardous materials."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

COALITION EFFORTS AID IRAQ'S RECOVERY ( MAY 21, 2003) in CENTCOM: News Release
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
US makes fresh bid to win UN support on Iraq sanctions: "The United States was expected to unveil a fresh revision of the resolution to lift UN sanctions against Baghdad, as Washington's top administrator in Iraq postponed a key meeting on the country's political future. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

British officer reportedly in Iraq war conduct probe: "A top British army officer, praised for his inspirational speech on the eve of the war in Iraq, is facing allegations that his treatment of prisoners of war and an Iraqi civic leader may have broken the Geneva Convention, The Sun tabloid said Wednesday. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Fluffy the Iraqi Wonder dog saved by US Spec Ops in IraqWar.info

'I knew my soldier husband wasn't coming back': "The widow of an Army bomb disposal expert feared to have been executed during the war in Iraq has told how she "just knew" her husband was not coming home."
In Ananova: War In Iraq

Annan says he?ll move quickly on Iraq envoy once Security Council acts: "United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he would move ?very quickly? to appoint a Special Representative for Iraq as soon as the Security Council passes a resolution to that effect."
In Electronic Iraq

Unexploded ordnance injure 350 in Kirkuk: "Unexploded ordnance (UXOs), left by Iraqi forces fighting around Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, was injuring an average of 25 people per day following the fall of the city to coalition forces on 10 April, according to an international NGO working on UXO and mine clearance in the region."
In Electronic Iraq

U.S. plans to keep control of Iraq oil in Radio Free USA
 
NATO Envoys Back Polish Call for Iraq Help: "NATO ambassadors agreed unanimouslyWednesday to provide Poland with the logistical support itsought in running a "stabilization zone" in Iraq. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.K., Germany Close Saudi Embassies: "Britain, Germany and Italy joined the United States in closing diplomatic offices in Saudi Arabia after officials warned al-Qaida was plotting new attacks and U.S. authorities raised the national terror alert level."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
"They are changing themselves like snakes!": "Plagued by street crime, power blackouts and punishing heat, Iraqis take to the streets to denounce the resilient elements of Saddam's ruling party."
In Salon: Iraq War

UN agencies push on with relief work in Iraq: "United Nations relief agencies continued to step up their activities in Iraq today, both from the overall standpoint of general coordination and from the more specific focus of settling special issues."
In Electronic Iraq

Security Council resolution silent on human rights: "The new U.N. draft resolution on Iraq contains no explicit plans for protecting human rights or setting up an international tribunal for past abuses. These defects will make it much more difficult to establish peace and security in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today."
In Electronic Iraq

Franks War Crimes Complaint Sent to U.S.: "The lawyer who filed a war crimes complaint against the commander of U.S.-led forces in Iraq said Wednesday he will appeal a government decision to refer the case to the United States."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. Calls for Thursday U.N. Iraq Vote: "The United States has called for a vote Thursday on a U.N. resolution to let the U.S.-led coalition run Iraq until it has a recognized government and use the country's oil revenues for reconstruction. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Barrels Missing From Iraqi Nuclear Site: "Some 20 percent of the known radioactive materials stored at Iraq's largest nuclear facility are unaccounted for, and U.S. nuclear experts have found radioactive patches on the ground where looters dumped out barrels believed to contain hazardous materials. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqi Politicians to Issue a Protest of Occupation Rule: "[NYT]
Iraq's main political groups said tonight that they were drafting a formal statement of protest to the American and British authorities over their plans to declare an occupation authority in Iraq, which would delay the rapid turnover of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government.
Iraqi political figures who attended a meeting tonight with David Manning, the foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, said they wanted to work in partnership with Washington and London. But they said they were strongly opposed to the reversal in policy announced to them Friday.

Full story...
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In Command Post: Irak

Barrels Missing From Iraqi Nuclear Site: "Some 20 percent of the known radioactive materials stored at Iraq's largest nuclear facility are unaccounted for, and U.S. nuclear experts have found radioactive patches on the ground where looters dumped out barrels believed to contain hazardous materials."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraqi Gov't Conference Delayed Until July: "A national conference that will pick Iraq's new interim government will probably be delayed until mid-July, the top U.S. official in Iraq said Wednesday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Vote delayed on bid to end Iraq sanctions: "UN Security Council members discussed a proposal to lift sanctions against Iraq as Washington and London offered new concessions to opponents of the measure. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
 
Israel Leaves Gaza Town After 5-Day Siege: "Hundreds of residents of Beit Hanoun burned tires and blocked the main road Tuesday, in a burst of anger at militants who have prompted Israeli incursions by firing rockets from the town at Israeli targets."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Coalition set for long Iraq role in BBC News | War in Iraq

Iraq's landmine legacy: "The UN says Iraq is littered with devices aimed to maim and kill."
In BBC News | War in Iraq
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Iraq 'first battle of a wider US war' (20 May 03) in Radio Free USA

You let al-Qaida off hook, Bush told -- Democrats attack presidential record on homeland security (19 May 03) in Radio Free USA

US claim: Thousands of al-Qaida suspects ready to attack (19 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Sesame Street breaks Iraqi POWs in BBC News | War in Iraq

Four U.S. Marines Die in Iraq Helicopter Crash in IraqWar.Ru

Blair has betrayed Britain... not me in IraqWar.Ru

Russia-India naval exercise starts in Indian Ocean in IraqWar.Ru

Iraq blow to Russia's grand oil plan in IraqWar.Ru

Think Iran, Think Long Term in IraqWar.Ru

US and Philippines resolve to crush Abu Sayyaf "once and for all" in IraqWar.Ru

Pentagon approves 15 billion dollar plan to upgrade army forces in IraqWar.Ru
 
Rebels Target Aid Workers in Afghanistan: "The five crouching gunmen shattered the windows and punctured the tires of Mohammad Saddiq's mine-clearing agency vehicle with a hail of gunfire as it crossed a dry riverbed in southern Afghanistan."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

US helicopter crashes in Iraq in BBC News | War in Iraq

U.S. Presses for Quick Postwar Iraq Vote: "The United States is pressing for a vote as early as Wednesday to lift U.N. sanctions against Iraq, a measure the Security Council seems virtually certain to approve. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

US Compromises at UN but Keeps Control of Iraq Oil: "In hopes of getting (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
US proposes giving UN more authority in Iraq: "US and British officials proposed giving the UN special representative in Iraq increased authority in a bid to draw more international support for an interim government. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

France's open letter to the U.S.: "The previous post "France Says It Is Target of Untruths" linked to a WaPo article that said, "The French government believes it is the victim of an "organized campaign of disinformation" from within the Bush administration, designed to discredit it with allegations of complicity with the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein..."
The letter from France is here , and their (partial) list of "false accusations" is here . The following are very brief summaries of each:
1. NYT alleged "that in 1998, France and Germany had supplied Iraq with high-precision switches used in detonating nuclear weapons..."
2. Disputes the WaPo article saying that "France, along with Russia, Iraq and North Korea, possesses prohibited human smallpox strains..."
3. Disputes Bill Gertz' report "that two French companies had sold Iraq spare parts for airplanes and helicopters..."
4. Disputes William Safire's claim that France sold a missile propellant to Iraq.
5. Disputes MSNBC's Joe Scarborough claim that France sold Iraq ""planes, missiles, armored vehicles, radar equipment and spare parts for Iraqi fighter planes," and of offering to sell nuclear reactors, without mentioning specific dates..."
6. "On April 21, Newsweek reported the "possible" discovery of Roland 2 missiles by coalition forces in Iraq and implied that they had been manufactured in 2002. A charred Roland 3 missile launcher was also allegedly found..."
7. Disputes the story claiming that France provided passports to Iraqi leaders .
8. Disputes WashTimes' WashTimes reports that "France and Russia of seeking to sign oil contracts with Iraq just before the start of the war."
And, "A "military expert" asked by MSNBC about the coalition's failure to discover banned weapons insinuated that "weapons could well have been discovered" and that they "could very well be French or Russian," which would have led the administration not to mention them "out of concern for easing tensions."

Some of these are hard to prove or disprove, but please leave links to additional information in the comments.
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In Command Post: Irak

Saddam Plotting Return to Power, Ex-Generals Say: "[Rueters via Yahoo]
Saddam Hussein is hiding in Iraq with a small group, probably including his sons, and issuing orders to trusted supporters as he plots a return to power, according to former Iraqi generals returned from exile.
The generals, who were in exile for years and now play a key role in working with U.S. forces to purge the Iraqi public service and security apparatus of Saddam die-hards, said the deposed president had ordered a name-change for his Baath party.
Maj. Gen. Tawfiq al-Yassiri told Reuters that Saddam had changed its name in the last few days to "Auda," meaning return.

Full story...
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In Command Post: Irak
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Coalition Forces Capture Saddam's In-Law: "Coalition forces in Iraq said Monday they captured the brother-in-law of toppled President Saddam Hussein."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Saudis, U.S. Cooperate on Bombing Probe: "Saudi and U.S. investigators are fully cooperating in the probe into the Riyadh suicide bombings, linked to al-Qaida, though an FBI team is not interrogating suspects, a U.S. official said Monday."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Baghdad Diary: "Something is going on in Baghdad. The Iraqi dinar ? over 2000 to the dollar last Friday - is now down to 900. The town centre's main shopping street is full of new TVs and satellite dishes for sale. Someone is getting rich out of the new Iraq. Oxfam Media Officer Alex Renton reports from the Iraq capital."
In Electronic Iraq

Monday, May 19, 2003
 
Iraq's currency suddenly surges
In IraqWar.ru (English)
 
War Blog Updates
Indonesia Launches New Rebel Assault: "Indonesian war planes attacked a rebel base and troops parachuted into restive Aceh province Monday, as the military launched a major offensive just hours after peace talks broke down and the president imposed martial law."
In ctnow.com: Nation & World

Sri Lanka: Up to 200 Dead From Landslides: "Air force helicopters and police teams searched for survivors in remote villages Monday after a weekend of floods and landslides that killed up to 200 people in south-central Sri Lanka, officials said."
In ctnow.com: Nation & World

Health care a major issue for Democrats: "TOP STORY FROM THE STATE"
In The State: Nation

Helicopters search for survivors of floods, landslides that leave 200 dead in Sri Lanka: "RATNAPURA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Air force helicopters and police teams searched for survivors in remote villages Monday after a weekend of floods and landslides killed up to 200 people in south-central Sri Lanka, officials said."
In NJ.com: International

Fourth Hamas suicide bombing in two days injures three soldiers: "JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian riding a bicycle blew himself up near an Israeli army jeep Monday in the fourth Hamas suicide bombing in two days, while Israel decided to deepen Yasser Arafat's isolation in response to the latest violence."
In NJ.com: International

U.S. soldier dies while training in Kabul: "A U.S. soldier died at the Kabul Military Training Center after completing a physical training run, an army statement said Monday."
In The Nando Times: World

Body identified as that of would-be British bomber: "Israeli forensics experts on Monday identified a body that had washed up on a Mediterranean beach as that of a Briton who tried to blow himself up near a Tel Aviv pub, but ran away when his bomb failed to go off."
In The Nando Times: World

Suddenly, the news: Iraqis flooded with a free _ and lively _ press: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- On one street in the capital, a vendor shouts out news he would have been arrested for trumpeting just weeks ago: "Read all about Saddam's double!" A woman skids her car to a stop and asks for a copy of Assaah -- a newspaper published in Iraq without government supervision."
In NJ.com: International

Body washed up on Tel Aviv beach identified as that of second British bomber: "JERUSALEM (AP) -- A body found on a Tel Aviv beach last week was identified Monday as that of an accomplice of a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside a Tel Aviv pub last month, a forensics expert said. Both men were Britons."
In NJ.com: International
 
Thousands of Shiites stage anti-U.S. demonstration in Baghdad in IraqWar.ru (English)

US Iraq chief in Mosul in IraqWar.ru (English)

Flashback: Russian MP claims US carried out September 11 attacks in IraqWar.ru (English)

City one-ups Patriot Act fuss in IraqWar.ru (English)

Strengthen Japan's deterrent in IraqWar.ru (English)

Iran's challenge to nonproliferation in IraqWar.ru (English)

Japan, U.S. eye sanctions on Pyongyang in IraqWar.ru (English)

U.S. dangerous military moves under fire in IraqWar.ru (English)

Analysis / Intelligence versus Al-Qaida By Ze'ev Schiff in IraqWar.ru (English)
 
War B,log Iraq War updates
Russia saved NATO from disintegration in IraqWar.ru (English)

Iceland urges US to keep base after Russian flights in IraqWar.ru (English)

Instant-mix imperial democracy - buy one, get one free (18 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Fox News from the inside (19 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Baghdad's Death Toll Assessed (18 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Body on Tel Aviv Beach ID'd As Bomber: "A body found on a Tel Aviv beach last week was identified Monday as that of an accomplice of a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside a Tel Aviv pub last month, a forensics expert said. Both men were Britons."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Bus drivers demand their sacked Baathist boss be reinstated: "About 100 bus drivers staged a protest demanding their company chief be reinstated by the US authorities who sacked him because of his Baath Party background. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Suicide Bomber Wounds 3 Israeli Troops: "In the fourth Hamas suicide attack in two days, a Palestinian riding a bicycle detonated a bomb near an Israeli jeep in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing himself and lightly injuring three soldiers."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Shiites March in Baghdad Against U.S.: "In the biggest anti-U.S. demonstration since the end of the war, thousands of Shiite Muslims marched peacefully through the capital on Monday to protest the U.S. occupation and reject what they feared would be a U.S.-installed puppet government."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

UNICEF Warns of Iraq Humanitarian Crisis: "The U.N. agency that cares for the world's children warned Sunday that postwar Iraq could slip into a "major crisis" without quick action to meet its urgent humanitarian needs. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Three U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq, Four Injured: "Three U.S. troops were killed andfour were injured in three separate accidents in Iraq, theUnited States Central Command said on Sunday. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Sunday, May 18, 2003
 
War Blog Iraq \War Updates
Islamic Militants Held in Morocco Blasts: "Police investigating a string of suicide bombings that killed 28 bystanders in downtown Casablanca detained suspected Islamic militants in raids across Morocco on Sunday, an official said."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

 Èðàêå àðåñòîâàí êîìàíäóþùèé ðåñïóáëèêàíñêîé ãâàðäèåé in IraqWar.Ru

U.S. Official Meets Northern Iraq Council: "America's top administrator in Iraq went north Sunday, meeting with a U.S.-installed city council in turbulent Mosul and appraising the challenges of restoring order to the ethnically volatile region."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Saudis Arrest 4 in Riyadh Suicide Blasts: "Saudi authorities have arrested four people in the Riyadh suicide bombings, the Saudi interior minister told reporters Sunday, adding that three of the attackers who died had been sought in an earlier al-Qaida probe."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

US Iraq chief arrives in Mosul, capping first week on the job: "Iraq's US administrator Paul Bremer arrived here after announcing a host of political and law-enforcement measures in his first week on the job, as a top UN official came to Baghdad to focus on the plight of the Iraqi children. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Lebanese Premier Tours Saudi Bomb Scene: "The Lebanese prime minister on Sunday toured the scene of last week's bombings by suspected al-Qaida terrorists, and said Islam was torn by a struggle between its moderate and extremist factions."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Bremer Says U.S. Actively Seeking Iraq Transition: "The U.S. administrator for Iraq,Paul Bremer, said on Sunday he was pushing ahead with settingup an Iraqi interim authority, denying media reports thatWashington was suspending the transition process. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
DNC chairman accuses Bush of `new McCarthyism' by questioning rivals' patriotism (17 May 03) in Radio Free USA

Odyssey of frustration - in search for weapons, army team finds vacuum cleaners (18 May 03) in Radio Free USA

U.S. Administrator Tours Northern Iraq: "The top U.S. official in Iraq went north Sunday, meeting with an American-installed city council in the volatile city of Mosul and surveying the challenges he faces in getting that ethnically volatile section of the country moving once again. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Says No Plan to Delay Iraqi Interim Authority: "The U.S. administrator for Iraq,Paul Bremer, said on Sunday that Washington had no plans tosuspend the transition to an Iraqi interim authority plannedfor the next few weeks. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
SOLDIER KILLED, 3 INJURED IN DETONATION OF UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE in CENTCOM: News Release

ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE ATTACKS in CENTCOM: News Release

COALITION FORCES AID IRAQ'S RECOVERY (MAY 18,2003) in CENTCOM: News Release

Turkey to End Ban on Greek Cypriots: "Turkey will open its doors next week to Greek Cypriot tourists, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, signaling an end to a decades-long travel ban."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
War Blogs Iraq War Updates
Jerusalem Bombings Kill at Least Four: "A suicide bomber blew himself up on a Jerusalem bus early Sunday, and seven passengers and the bomber were killed. At least 20 others were wounded, four in serious condition, and another bomber blew himself up on the outskirts of the city."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraq's Slide Into Lawlessness Squanders Good Will for U.S.: "Awe at American power in war has been transformed into anger at American impotence in peace."
In New York Times: World Special

Arabs and Kurds Clash in Kirkuk, and at Least 5 Are Killed: "In the worst violence in the northern city of Kirkuk since the war, clashes in several neighborhoods left at least 5 dead."
In New York Times: World Special

One Iraqi City Tries on Democracy and Finds It Fits Well: "While most cities in Iraq are still caught in the aftermath of war, the southeastern city of Amra has already installed a popular local government."
In New York Times: World Special

His Face Still Gives Fits as Saddam Dinar Soars: "Saddam Hussein may be out of power or even dead. But his maligned currency has abruptly skyrocketed in value."
In New York Times: World Special

Japan to Announce $70 Million in Iraq Aid-Report: "Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumiis planning to announce $70 million in new aid for Iraq aheadof a meeting with President Bush on Thursday, Kyodo news agencysaid on Sunday. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraq could break with OPEC: report: "Iraq, which sits on the world's second-largest proven oil reserves, after Saudi Arabia, could one day drop OPEC quotas, a Pentagon-appointed oil adviser to Iraq said in a newspaper report published. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.K. Troops Teach Iraqi Kids About Mines: "Scanning the crowd of students around him, Sgt. Maj. Nick Pettit pointed to the array of land mines, grenades and mortars laid out at his feet. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Israeli Airline Suspends Flights to Kenya: "The Israeli airline El Al suspended flights to Kenya Saturday because of security concerns."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
 
War Blog Iraq War Updates
Mideast Leaders Fail to Resolve Friction: "The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers failed Saturday to narrow sharp differences over a U.S.-backed peace plan in a three-hour summit - the first since fighting erupted nearly three years ago - that was overshadowed by violence."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Hebron Enclave: "A Palestinian suicide attacker disguised as an observant Jew blew himself up in a West Bank square crowded with Israeli settlers Saturday, killing himself and an Israeli man, military officials said."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Ruler Vows No Tolerance for Terrorists: "Fearful of new bombings, foreigners kept off the streets in this western Saudi Arabian city Saturday, and the kingdom's ruler vowed that terrorists would not be tolerated."
In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraqi Students and Faculty Face Task of Purging Baathists in IraqWar.ru (English)

Suicide Bombs Kill Dozens in Casablanca in IraqWar.ru (English)

US agents join hunt for Saudi blast suspects in IraqWar.ru (English)

U.S. Plans Inspection of Iraq Nuke Site in IraqWar.ru (English)

Iraq Chaos Linked to Troubled Reconstruction Planning in IraqWar.ru (English)

Tokyo daily: N. Korea increasing missile exports to Mideast in IraqWar.ru (English)

Iraqi POWs 'tortured by British and Americans' in IraqWar.ru (English)

Amnesty International: UK/US troops torchured Iraqis in IraqWar.ru (English)

 

 
   
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