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" May No Soldier Go Unloved "

   
 
Saturday, July 05, 2003
 
Families gather in Ga. for troops' return: "Family members gathered Saturday night to welcome home 600 soldiers returning from Iraq, toting banners and American flags as they waited."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Female suicide bombers kill 16 in Moscow: "Two women strapped with explosives blew themselves up at a crowded outdoor rock festival Saturday, killing at least 16 people, officials and media said. The attack revived fears that rebels are intent on bringing the Chechen war to the Russian capital."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Explosion kills 7 Iraqi police recruits: "A bomb blast turned a parade of U.S.-trained police cadets into a deadly zone Saturday, killing seven and injuring dozens in an attack U.S. officials blamed on insurgents targeting Iraqis who work with Americans."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Barricades errected for N. Ireland march: "British army engineers erected barricades of barbed wire and steel Saturday to keep Protestant Orangemen from marching through the main Catholic section of this bitterly divided town."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Wildfire again threatens Arizona homes: "A windblown wildfire that already has destroyed more than 300 mountaintop homes pushed into a previously untouched subdivision, burning five cabins and threatening 60 others, a fire official said Saturday."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Turkish gas station blast injures 100: "Explosions at a liquefied petroleum gas station injured nearly 200 people Saturday, officials said, after a fireball was launched into the air as a wedding reception was being held upstairs."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press


Friday, July 04, 2003
 
Attacks Leave U.S. Soldier Dead, 10 Hurt: "Mortar rounds slammed into a U.S. base north of Baghdad, wounding at least 10 American troops, and a U.S. soldier was killed in a convoy attack in the capital, the military said Friday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US soldier shot dead, 19 wounded in two separate attacks in Iraq: "One US soldier was shot and killed in Baghdad, while 19 others were wounded in a mortar attack near the town of Balad, north of the Iraqi capital, US army spokesmen said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US offers reward for Saddam in BBC: War in Iraq



Death on the road to Basra in BBC: War in Iraq



Sniper Kills U.S. Soldier, Mortars Wound 10 in Iraq: "A sniper killed a U.S. soldier inBaghdad while a mortar attack on an American military base tothe northwest wounded at least 10 others on Thursday night, theU.S. military said on Friday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Senators Disagree on Iraq WMD Evidence: "Senators just returned from Iraq differed on whether U.S. officials there had turned up solid evidence of weapons of mass destruction programs. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Japan set to send troops to Iraq in BBC: War in Iraq



US soldier shot dead in Iraq: "BBC :

One United States soldier serving in Iraq has been killed and at least 19 wounded in two separate attacks, the US military says.
One serviceman from the First Armoured Division was shot dead in Baghdad on Thursday night, when his Bradley vehicle came under sniper fire.
In the second attack, mortar rounds were fired at a US military base near the town of Balad, north of Baghdad.

More ...
"

In Command Post: Irak


Thursday, July 03, 2003
 
War blog iraq\war updates
Palestinians take control in Bethlehem: "A Palestinian flag fluttered in Manger Square as Palestinian police marched into Bethlehem Wednesday, taking control of the ancient West Bank city after Israel withdrew under a U.S.-backed peace plan."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Bush Builds Motley Peace Posse in Iraq: "Poland is sending 2,300 soldiers. Ukraine promises 1,800. Small bands of Macedonians and Albanians are already here. And Sri Lanka says it's ready to consider requests for help. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Wednesday, July 02, 2003
 
Bush firm despite Iraq attacks in BBC: War in Iraq



Bush: Iraq Transformation Is a 'Long-Term' Project: "President Bush on Tuesday saidIraq's transformation would be a "massive and long-termundertaking," indicating an early U.S. exit was consideredunlikely. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Former U.S. Army Chief Warns of Long Haul in Iraq: "A former four-star U.S. army general wholed a major and controversial attack during the liberation ofKuwait in 1991, warned on Tuesday that U.S. troops could belocked into Iraq for the next decade. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraq Attacks Wound U.S. Troops, Imam Dies After Blast: "Six American soldiers were wounded inIraq Tuesday and a group of visiting senators said there couldbe more attacks on U.S. troops after a fatal blast at a mosquefueled Muslim anger with the occupying forces. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Israeli-Palestinian summit sends hope: "Bitter enemies not long ago, the Israeli defense minister and Palestinian security chief chattered away like old friends Tuesday, sending a picture of hope in the effort to end 33 months of violence."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

 
Deadly Explosion in Iraqi Town Fuels Anger Against Americans in IraqWar.ru (English)



Yet another attack on US troops in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)



U.S. Forces in Iraq Continue Under Attack in IraqWar.ru (English)



Violence wracks Iraq, 4 US troops killed in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraq BBC row blows up again in IraqWar.ru (English)



Syria Aiding Guerilla War Against U.S. Troops in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)



Syria - New Line on Washington?s Iraq War Map in IraqWar.ru (English)



Blast Sets U.S. Vehicle on Fire in Baghdad in IraqWar.ru (English)



Mr Fixit finds his vision hard to sell in IraqWar.ru (English)



Afghan Rebel Leader Vows to Oust U.S. in IraqWar.ru (English)


Tuesday, July 01, 2003
 
Mideast leaders confirm peace commitment: "The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers made their first public show of reconciliation Tuesday, confirming their commitment to peace as Israeli armored vehicles and trucks loaded with military gear began a withdrawal from Bethlehem."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Tropical storm cuts power to thousands: "A fishing boat crewman was missing Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of homes and business had no electricity in the wake of Tropical Storm Bill, which blew across the South with wind and record rainfall."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



U.S. develops urban surveillance system: "The Pentagon is developing an urban surveillance system that would use computers and thousands of cameras to track, record and analyze the movement of every vehicle in a foreign city."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Troops still needed in Iraq, Bush says: "President Bush worked to reassure the nation on Tuesday that despite mounting American deaths in Iraq, U.S. troops still are needed there to keep the nation from falling back into the hands of Saddam Hussein loyalists."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



American cuts 3,100 flight attendants: "American Airlines began laying off more than 3,100 flight attendants on Tuesday, after a federal judge turned aside a union's bid to block the job losses."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Informant: Ex-teammate shot Baylor player: "The roommate of missing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy told a cousin he shot Dennehy in the head as the two argued while firing guns, according to court documents that cited an unidentified informant. But authorities said Tuesday they have no single suspect and have not found a body."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Kraft launches anti-obesity initiative: "Kraft Foods Inc., the nation's biggest food manufacturer, plans to review the nutrition of all its products and take steps including a cap on portion sizes and the elimination of in-school marketing to help fight obesity."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Dow gains 39 points, Nasdaq rises 10: "A burst of late-afternoon buying lifted Wall Street higher Tuesday as investors shook off downbeat reports on manufacturing and construction spending and placed bets on an improving economy."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Serena, Venus reach Wimbledon semifinals: "Serena Williams overcame an erratic start Tuesday to beat Jennifer Capriati for the eighth consecutive time, winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press

 
Mideast leaders confirm peace commitment: "The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers made their first public show of reconciliation Tuesday, confirming their commitment to peace as Israeli armored vehicles and trucks loaded with military gear began a withdrawal from Bethlehem."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Tropical storm cuts power to thousands: "A fishing boat crewman was missing Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of homes and business had no electricity in the wake of Tropical Storm Bill, which blew across the South with wind and record rainfall."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



U.S. develops urban surveillance system: "The Pentagon is developing an urban surveillance system that would use computers and thousands of cameras to track, record and analyze the movement of every vehicle in a foreign city."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Troops still needed in Iraq, Bush says: "President Bush worked to reassure the nation on Tuesday that despite mounting American deaths in Iraq, U.S. troops still are needed there to keep the nation from falling back into the hands of Saddam Hussein loyalists."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



American cuts 3,100 flight attendants: "American Airlines began laying off more than 3,100 flight attendants on Tuesday, after a federal judge turned aside a union's bid to block the job losses."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Informant: Ex-teammate shot Baylor player: "The roommate of missing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy told a cousin he shot Dennehy in the head as the two argued while firing guns, according to court documents that cited an unidentified informant. But authorities said Tuesday they have no single suspect and have not found a body."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Kraft launches anti-obesity initiative: "Kraft Foods Inc., the nation's biggest food manufacturer, plans to review the nutrition of all its products and take steps including a cap on portion sizes and the elimination of in-school marketing to help fight obesity."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Dow gains 39 points, Nasdaq rises 10: "A burst of late-afternoon buying lifted Wall Street higher Tuesday as investors shook off downbeat reports on manufacturing and construction spending and placed bets on an improving economy."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Serena, Venus reach Wimbledon semifinals: "Serena Williams overcame an erratic start Tuesday to beat Jennifer Capriati for the eighth consecutive time, winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press

 
3 Iraqis Killed Near Fallujah: "June 30 - Three Iraqis were killed on Monday morning in the town of Abu Ghraib, to the south west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad."

In War In Iraq from www.FeedRoom.com



CIA Pulls Iraqi Centrifuge Photos Off Its Web Site: "The CIA abruptly removed from itsWeb site photos that showed key uranium enriching equipmentfound hidden in Iraq because they revealed secrets thatcountries seeking to develop nuclear weapons might findhelpful, analysts said Monday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Amnesty Criticizes U.S. Interrogations: "An Iraqi businessman detained during a raid on his home says U.S. interrogators deprived him of sleep, forced him to kneel naked and kept him bound hand and foot with a bag over his head for eight days. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Amnesty Criticizes U.S. Interrogations: "From the Kansas City Star / AP :
An Iraqi businessman detained during a raid on his home says U.S. interrogators deprived him of sleep, forced him to kneel naked and kept him bound hand and foot with a bag over his head for eight days.
Khraisan al-Abally's story, told to an Associated Press correspondent, comes as an Amnesty International report released Monday harshly criticizes American interrogation techniques.
A U.S. Army officer confirmed receiving a complaint from al-Abally, but coalition officials declined to discuss his account. The activist group Human Rights Watch said it was trying to corroborate his story.
FYI, here's the link to the Amnesty International press release, and here's the link to their report.
"

In Command Post: Irak



Reporter Injured In Iraq Grenade Attack: "The reporter is with NBC; this report is from The Guardian :
Insurgents fired a rocket propelled grenade at a military vehicle in the restive town of Fallujah, injuring an "embedded'' reporter with NBC News, the military said Monday. Three Iraqis were killed when their pickup truck slammed into a vehicle helping evacuate the wounded reporter.
"

In Command Post: Irak



'Many dead' in Iraq blast: "BBC :

An ammunition dump has exploded in Iraq, killing at least 25 people, according to reports.
Many of the dead were said to have been looting the site at the time, looking for artillery casings to sell.
Local residents quoted by Reuters news agency said scores of people were also injured in the blast, which happened in a desert area near the town of Haditha, about 260 kilometres (160 miles) north-east of the capital, Baghdad.
A spokesman for US Central Command in Baghdad said that the dump was Iraqi, not American.
Because of that, he said, US forces in the area were not taking responsibility for caring for the wounded.

Full article ...
"

In Command Post: Irak

 
Grenades slam into U.S. vehicles in Iraq: "Rocket-propelled grenades slammed into U.S. military vehicles in two attacks in and around Baghdad on Tuesday, and a massive explosion at a mosque in the town of Fallujah killed at least five Iraqis and injured four others."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Mideast leaders to meet in peace push: "Israeli army trucks moved equipment Tuesday from a base near Bethlehem ahead of a planned withdrawal from the West Bank town, as the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers prepared to discuss their next peace moves."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press


Monday, June 30, 2003
 
No 'truce' in Iraq dossier row in BBC: War in Iraq



Q&A: The Iraq weapons row: "What is the row over the UK Government's evidence of Iraqi weapons all about?"

In BBC: War in Iraq

 
U.S. Returns Syrian Border Guards: "The five were wounded and captured on the Iraq-Syria border during a clash June 18 when forces attacked what they thought might be fleeing officials of Saddam Hussein's deposed regime."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Romanian worker dies in West Bank attack: "Israeli and Palestinian commanders shook hands Monday, bulldozers dismantled checkpoints and Palestinian traffic flowed freely in the Gaza Strip - the most significant sign of disengagement after 33 months of bloody fighting."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraq Democracy Watch: "No extra for rebuilding
As armed resistance increases, the Jordan Times   reports that, "Protecting the lives of US and British soldiers is taking precedence over reconstruction and the creation of a new government."
In other words, as I have been repeating ad nauseum recently, we don't have the manpower in Iraq to take care of both civilian and military objectives.  And that means that living conditions in Iraq will stay well below the standards (?) that were in place while Hussein was in power and will likely continue to deteriorate for the foreseeable future.
Which feeds in to the resistance.
And prevents us from producing and selling the oil that is supposed to help fund this venture (although it is looking more and more like pin money in comparison with the costs of the occupation, even if we can get oil production running properly.  See previous post .)
Multiple papers cited Senator Biden's call for NATO's help.  We are also paying off other countries to send forces for that "international look," expensive in military ventures as it is in fashion.  No one is touching the idea so far of UN peacekeepers.  Or of sending more American troops.
We don't seem to be enlisting the help of the Iraqis, themselves, very well, either.  The Washington Post quotes a policeman in Samarra saying,

No one is happy with the Americans, no one in this entire area... They are occupiers, and they act as occupiers.  It's a military force and we don't want to have any relations with them.

Which may explain why we don't seem to be getting a great deal of help from the police at the local levels.  Who, by the way, might be uneasy about looking like they are too close to the Americans -- an increasingly dangerous thing to do.  Just speculation, but it would make unfortunate sense.
While most historical analogies are misleading, the situation is beginning to look a bit like the occupied territories in Israel / Palestine -- at least in terms of what looks like a cycle taking shape -- of resistance, and then counter-resistance using "overwhelming combat power" (as The Guardian quoted US officials describing the latest offensive).  Which then radicalizes the opposition, etc., etc.
It is also interesting that the Brits seem to be taking lessons from their experience in Northern Ireland, and handling things a bit better in the south.  Compare that to Paul Bremer telling the BBC yesterday that we were going to "impose our will."
The core problem, of course, is that -- despite Mr. Rumsfeld's coyness -- we are, indeed, encountering guerilla operations.  And the US has never done particularly well fighting guerillas without proxy forces.
"



When the U.S. says jump, it wants Pakistan to jump (29 June 03) in Radio Free USA



Are U.S. journalists truly spineless? (30 June 03) in Radio Free USA

 
George W. Bush: God's errand boy?: ""So now we know. After all the mountains of commentary and speculation, all the earnest debates over motives and goals, all the detailed analyses of global strategy and political ideology, it all comes to down to this: George W. Bush waged war on Iraq because, in his own words, God 'instructed me to strike at Saddam.' No votes, no inspections, no proof or lack of proof -- in fact, no earthly reason whatsoever -- could have stopped Bush's aggressive war on Iraq. It was God's unalterable will." Chris Floyd, writing in The Moscow Times, provides an analysis of Bush-think that alternates between the hilarious and the terrifying."

In Electronic Iraq



U.S. Signals Saddam May Be Alive Amid Crackdown: "A top U.S. official signaled Washingtonbelieves Saddam Hussein may be alive as U.S. forces launched anoperation to crack down on armed resistance blamed on die-hardsupporters of the toppled Iraqi leader. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraqi Intifada Gearing Up: "The Iraqi intifada hits second gear, and weapons of mass destruction fade ever further from the news pages."

In Back to Iraq 2.0

 
U.S. forces storm Iraqi towns in sweep: "A massive sweep that has already netted at least 60 suspects in 20 lightning raids across central Iraq entered its second day Monday, as U.S. forces tried to capture Saddam Hussein loyalists and curb a wave of attacks on American soldiers."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Foreign worker killed in West Bank attack: "A Romanian construction worker was killed Monday in a Palestinian shooting attack in the West Bank, only a day after the three largest Palestinian factions said they would observe a temporary truce."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn dies: "Her backyard acting blossomed into a career for the ages: Four Academy Awards, 12 nominations, 60 years of stage and screen brilliance, a lifetime of feisty independence."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Frist endorses idea of gay marriage ban: "The Senate majority leader said Sunday he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage in the United States."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Tropical storm prompts warning for La.: "Tropical Storm Bill gained pace as it churned toward the Gulf Coast, causing emergency officials across an already saturated south Louisiana to brace for the prospect of flooding."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Pakistan sentences two militants to death: "An anti-terrorism court Monday sentenced two Islamic militants to hang after finding them guilty of planning a suicide car bombing that killed 11 French engineers last year."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press


Sunday, June 29, 2003
 
Actress Katharine Hepburn dies at 96
JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press: "Katharine Hepburn, winner of a record four Academy Awards, died Sunday at her home, her executor and town authorities said. She was 96."
 
U.S. begins bid to crush Iraq insurgents: "U.S. forces launched a massive operation early Sunday to crush insurgents and capture senior figures from the ousted regime in a show of force designed to stem a wave of deadly attacks on U.S. troops."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



2 militant groups announce Mideast truce: "The militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups announced Sunday that they are suspending attacks against Israel for three months."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Death of nine Marines linked to friendly fire in IraqWar.info



US still confident of catching Saddam, confronting growing attacks in Iraq: "The United States remained confident of bringing former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to book, while on the ground the military dug in its heels as the US death toll in the Iraq conflict rose above 200. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Two U.S. troops wounded in Iraqi attack: "Two American troops were wounded and an Iraqi civilian was killed in an attack on a U.S. military convoy early Sunday on a road leading to Baghdad International Airport, the military said, the latest in a string of attacks that has left more than 200 Americans dead since the war began."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

 
History in the making
2 groups agree to halt attacks on Israel: "The militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups announced a three-month suspension of attacks against Israel on Sunday - effective immediately - a breakthrough in attempts to end almost three years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



U.S. arrests 60 during new Iraq operation: "U.S. forces launched a massive operation early Sunday to crush insurgents and capture senior figures from Saddam Hussein's ousted regime, arresting more than 60 suspects in a show of force designed to stem a wave of deadly attacks on U.S. troops."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press

 
Coming under apparently non-stop resistance operations and feeling homesickness after being away from home for months, U.S. soldiers in Iraq want now to go home and on their feet and not shrouded in coffins, telling themselves "enough is enough."

"I think I had enough. It's time for us to go home," said Private First Class Joe Cruz, 18, from the Second Brigade of the Army's Third Infantry Division in Fallujah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Cruz, a native of Guam, has been away from his family for nearly one year and said “not knowing when he would go home” depressed him.

"When I get depressed, I just write a letter. I write a lot. Writing a letter relieves my stress," said the soldier. In letters, he tells his mother he is doing fine, but he is not telling the truth.

Terrified and panicked by Iraqi resistance operations, Cruz wakes up "in the middle of the night just to look around. I am always half-asleep."

Graffiti on one of the walls along the main road of Fallujah city reads: "God bless the resistance fighters of the City of Mosques."

Despite President George W. Bush declaring military operations effectively over on May 1, U.S. troops have been under constant Iraqi resistance attacks.

The Iraqi resistance issued its first statement, which was circulated in Baghdad's mosques and streets.

“Iraqis should stay away from occupation soldiers, tanks and armored vehicles, to allow our fighting cells to carry out their martyr operations without leaving civilian casualties,” read the statement, vowing to keep its operations up and running.

“We will not feel guilty if any of those accompanying - or collaborating with - the Americans were killed,” it added.

Sleep Deprivation

The biggest problem that faces the soldiers is sleep as the Iraqi resistance gained up momentum over the past few weeks, as if it deprives them of sleep.

Sergeant Robert Meadows, one of six doctors at the brigade's compound, said he treats one soldier a day on average for illnesses related to combat fatigue.

"The biggest problem is sleep. Some people just sleep for hours and hours but still don't have any energy to get up," said the 39-year-old doctor from Brooklyn, New York City.

Meadows has seen soldiers suffering from symptoms of combat stress including depression, agitation and short temper and said a majority of them are men in their early 20s.

"The most common symptom is depression. Not knowing when we're going home is the worst part," he said. He has prescribed anti-depressants but said the best treatment is just talking to soldiers.

"I just talk to them and tell them to get some sleep," Meadows said, adding that soldiers can rest for three days under the treatment.

Private First Class Miguel Balderas, 22, said he sleeps inside the compound most of his off-duty time.

"I'm tired. I sleep most of the time," said Balderas from Santa Maria, California.

'Breaking Point'

Private First Class James Mierop, 20, from Joliet, Illinois, described the mood as grim.

"I think a lot of people here are at the breaking point," he said.

"I think everybody's had enough. Everybody is just ready to go home. I'm definitely ready to go home," Mierop said.

Morale, soldiers said, is low since the end of the U.S.-led Iraq invasion.

"It went down rapidly shortly after they said 'we got more missions for you guys to do'," said Specialist Adam Nuelken, 23, from Columbia, South Carolina.

"Morale is never gonna be sky-rocket high, like when we rolled into Baghdad. I think only the victory of that scale could ever boost morale that high," Nuelken said.

"I don't think you can ever get near that level unless you won another war," he said.

And Cruz agrees morale plummeted after the war.

"We need morale so that we can do our job. But everyone is down and depressed. It's hard for us to do our job. We need to be boosted up."

First Lieutenant Herb Leggette, 23, from Andrew, South Carolina explained: "The most difficult part is simply figuring out that not everybody wants to kill you," he said.

When asked what he would like to say to Bush, Leggette said he wanted Bush to know everyone here was "exhausted."

"I would tell him that we are a little bit weary, a little bit exhausted," he said.

For Balderas, the message is simple.

"Get us out of here and get new troops here," he said.

During the war, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, who resigned from the government in opposition to Iraq invasion, lashed out at the British government, demanding that British troops be pulled out from Iraq.

"I have already had my fill of this bloody and unnecessary war. I want our troops home and I want them home before more of them are killed," Cook said.

 
Mideast truce announcement faces delay: "Infighting in Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction delayed an expected joint truce announcement Sunday by Palestinian militias, officials said, as President Bush's top foreign policy adviser held talks to promote the U.S.-backed "road map" for peace."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Annan appeals for peace force in Liberia: "U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Saturday called for urgent deployment of an international force for Liberia, warning of a "humanitarian tragedy" in a war-ruined capital where fighting this week killed hundreds of trapped civilians."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



'Do not-call' list is hit with consumers: "Americans continued to register for the federal government's do-not-call list Saturday - apparently without difficulty - as they rushed to block unwanted telemarketing calls beginning Oct. 1."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Almost 300 fighting western wildfires: "Nearly 300 firefighters remained on the job Saturday battling the remnants of two wildfires that menaced parts of the city."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Porch collapses, killing 12 in Chicago: "The overloaded third-floor porch of an apartment building collapsed during a party early Sunday, sending people and debris crashing to the ground. Twelve young people were killed and as many as 35 others were injured, authorities said."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Student arrests spark defiance in Iran: "Iran announced that more than 4,000 people were arrested during a month of violent pro-reform protests, and a student leader warned on Saturday that the crackdown was only fueling hatred of the ruling clerics."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Hong Kong, China sign free trade pact: "Hong Kong and China signed a free-trade agreement on Sunday that officials say will boost the territory's economy as it recovers from the SARS crisis and looks ahead to opportunities presented by the mainland's growth."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Virgins meet in Sin City, tout abstinence: "In a city known more for sin than virtue, a group of virgins from around the country gathered this weekend to send a message: wait until marriage."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Agassi charges net to defeat El Aynaoui: "It was enough to draw double-takes. Was that really Andre Agassi charging the net the way a classic grass-courter would? Serve-and-volleying as if he'd done it all his life? And winning the points? It sure was. Hey, this is one ol' guy quite capable of new tricks."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Moore In The Raw: "Demi eats herself thin and healthy"

In Anorak



Turning The Other Cheek: "Jennifer Lopez puts her past behind her"

In Anorak



New Faces: "Michael Jackson needs someone to go out with"

In Anorak

 

 
   
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