Saturday, July 26, 2003
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: "Iraq attacks kills four US troops
Attacks against US forces have continued, despite recent successes
Four US soldiers were killed and six injured in two separate attacks in Iraq on Friday, the US military has said.
Three soldiers were killed and four wounded when they came under grenade attack while guarding a children's hospital in Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad.
Later, another soldier was killed and two wounded when their convoy was attacked with small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and possibly also an improvised explosive device in the Abu Ghuraib district of the capital.
Those killed in the earlier attack were from the 4th Infantry Division, which was involved in an operation on Thursday against Iraqis suspected of being Saddam Hussein's bodyguards.
The casualties - whose names have not yet been released - were taken to an American medical facility. Three soldiers have been treated and returned to their units.
The deaths bring to 48 the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since President George W Bush declared the war was over.
US Central Command says it is not drawing a link between the deaths and the recent high-profile operations, including the killing of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay Hussein on Tuesday.
On Saturday, US army engineers began to demolish the villa where the brothers were killed, after it was scoured for clues on the whereabouts of the deposed dictator.
The fortified villa in northern Mosul was partly destroyed in Tuesday's attack by US forces using machineguns, grenades and anti-tank missiles.
Thirteen people were arrested during a raid near Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit on Thursday, and up to 10 are thought to have served as his personal bodyguards.
Friday, July 25, 2003
Sons' bodies may have 20 bullet wounds
: "The U.S. military showed reporters the bodies of Odai and Qusai Hussein on Friday and said each body contained more than 20 bullet wounds. The faces had been partly reconstructed to appear as lifelike as possible.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressBush, Abbas meet in Mideast peace talks
: "Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas said he would ask President Bush during an Oval Office meeting Friday to "push the Israeli government to fulfill its commitments" toward Middle East peace.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressU.S. troops may have captured top Iraqis
: "Acting on a tip from an Iraqi informant, U.S. troops raided a house south of Tikrit on Thursday and captured five to 10 people believed to be members of Saddam Hussein's personal security detail, a senior U.S. general said Friday.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressShelling strikes U.S. Embassy in Liberia
: "Mortar rounds thudded into the U.S. Embassy compound, homes and a school crowded with refugees in the bloodiest attack on Liberia's besieged capital in days, killing at least 12 Liberian men, women and children.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressHouse OKs importation of lower-cost drugs
: "The House approved legislation early Friday allowing Americans to purchase prescription medicine abroad, voting 243-186 after a clash that pitted the hope of lower prices against the fear of counterfeit drugs.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press9-11 report leaves unanswered questions
: "Almost 2 inches thick and 850 pages long, the congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks largely boils down to two intriguing words: What if?
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressFire evacuates Glacier National Park
: "A trio of wildfires roared unchecked through parched timber and into Glacier National Park, parts of which stood deserted Friday after a mass evacuation described as "the flow of traffic like rush hour in a large city."
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressMatt LeBlanc to star in 'Friends' spinoff
: ""Friends" is paring down to one friend, Joey. Matt LeBlanc will star in a spinoff of the hit NBC comedy that will wrap up a 10-year run with the 2003-04 season, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker announced Thursday. "Joey" will take over the 8 p.m. Thursday time slot held by "Friends."
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressDow up 39, Nasdaq rises 3 on report
: "Stocks opened higher Friday amid news that new home sales and orders for big-ticket factory goods both rose solidly in June, reinforcing other recent signs that the economy may be mounting a sustainable recovery.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressArmstrong keeps grip on overall Tour lead
: "Key rival Jan Ullrich nipped two seconds out of Lance Armstrong's overall lead in the Tour de France's 18th stage Friday, a boost for the German ahead of a time trial Saturday expected to settle their gripping duel for the Tour title.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press
The Advocate - Military complaints investigated
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July 25, 2003
NORWICH, Conn. -- The families of members of a Norwich National Guard units have been told that an investigation has
found nothing to support allegation about poor living and working conditions.
'I have nothing but good news to tell you,' Maj. Gen. William Cugno, the adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard, Thursday told family members of the 248th Engineering Company.
'The morale of the company is outstanding. They're dying to come home like every other American soldier there, but they know they have a job to do,' Cugno said.
Cugno returned from a 10-day trip to Kuwait last week and briefed the families on the findings of the investigation into complaints lodged by some members last month.
'Every allegation was investigated with no findings, or substantiations or evidence of any of the allegations being factual,' Cugno said.
The complaints were filed by Crystal Moss, a staff sergeant in the Connecticut National Guard and wife of Sgt. David Moss, a member of the 248th Engineering Company now deployed in Iraq.
Moss and others filed the complaints last month in letters to U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn, Gov. John G. Rowland, U.S. Rep. Rob Simmon"
Thursday, July 24, 2003
U.S. to release photos of Saddam's sons
: "The United States hopes to convince skeptical Iraqis that two of Saddam Hussein's sons are dead by releasing photographs of their bodies, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressProve reveals lapses before 9/11 attacks
: "Prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the CIA failed to act on intelligence it had about hijackers, the FBI was unable to track al-Qaida in the United States, and key National Security Agency communications intercepts never were circulated, a congressional investigation has concluded.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressHouse panel hears testimony on ephedra
: "Major league baseball should not ban dietary supplements containing ephedra unless the government does, an official of the players' union testified Thursday to lawmakers looking into health problems related to the herbal stimulant.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressN.H. father pleads innocent in 2 deaths
: "The father of two New Hampshire children whose disappearance has led to a cross-country search pleaded not guilty Thursday to murdering the youngsters, though the bodies have not been found.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressCity Hall shooting leaves 2 people dead
: "Mayor Michael Bloomberg himself walked through the metal detector at City Hall on Thursday morning, a day after a councilman allowed a rival politician to bypass security, leading to a shooting that left them both dead.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressGov. Davis prepares for political battle
: "Gov. Gray Davis and his advisers prepared for a bruising campaign after state officials announced the nation's first gubernatorial recall election in 82 years is headed for the ballot.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressJobless claims hit five-month low
: "The number of American workers signing up for jobless benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in five months, a fresh dose of good news for the economy's revival.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressPolar bear turns purple after medication
: "Paint the polar bear purple and the crowds will come.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressDow up 82, Nasdaq gains 21 on job claims
: "A surprising drop in jobless claims sent stocks sharply higher Thursday on investor hopes of an accelerating economic rebound. Strong earnings from AT&T added to the market's good mood.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressArmstrong maintains overall lead in Tour
: "Saving himself and his overall lead for the great battle to come, Lance Armstrong cruised to a place-finish Thursday in the pancake-flat 17th stage of the Tour de France, his focus on an expected race-deciding time trial Saturday.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Bush proclaims end to Saddam's regime
: "President Bush on Wednesday hailed the deaths of Saddam Hussein's two sons as the clearest sign yet that "the former regime is gone and will not be coming back."
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressU.S. captures senior Iraq Guard official
: "U.S. forces captured a senior Republican Guard official Wednesday, a day after killing Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai in a four-hour gunbattle. But the bloody insurgency showed no signs of letting up, as attacks claimed the lives of two more American soldiers.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressMass. reports 1,000 church abuse victims
: "Clergy members and others in the Boston Archdiocese probably sexually abused more than 1,000 people over a period of six decades, Massachusetts' attorney general said Wednesday, calling the scandal so massive it "borders on the unbelievable."
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressIran says it holds al-Qaida operatives
: "Iran is holding top members of the al-Qaida terror network, the intelligence minister said Wednesday, days after President Bush accused the country of harboring terrorists.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressAbbas' future may rest on D.C. visit
: "Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas could be ousted by the Palestinian parliament unless he returns from Washington with substantial concessions from Israel, the Palestinian information minister said Wednesday.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressRebels in Liberia battle on key bridge
: "Rebels shelled Liberia's refugee-crowded capital and fought for control of a key bridge Wednesday, despite announcing a cease-fire considered essential for deployment of a multinational peacekeeping force to the West African nation.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressFBI wanted al-Qaida cells tracked in 2000
: "Agents in charge of FBI offices across the country were instructed early in 2000 to scour their communities for al-Qaida operatives but they made only spotty progress before the Sept. 11 attacks, according to officials familiar with a congressional report on terrorism intelligence failures.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressJames Brown announces breakup of marriage
: ""Godfather of Soul" James Brown has announced his breakup from his wife, Tomi Rea Brown, with a full-page ad in the show-business trade newspaper Variety.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressDow down 43, Nasdaq slips 8
: "A sluggish outlook from Boeing pressured Wall Street Wednesday as investors searched in vain for strong evidence of a resurging economy by year's end.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressAmerican Hamilton wins first Tour stage
: "Riding with a broken collarbone, veteran American racer Tyler Hamilton won his first ever stage in the Tour de France on Wednesday.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press
News-Star OnlineLocal soldiers, veterans applaud deaths 07/23/03
: "Local soldiers, veterans applaud deaths
By JENNIFER PITTS and LIZ JONES
SNS Staff Writers
Local veterans say the fall of Saddam Hussein's two sons Tuesday is a victory for the United States and British forces.
'This is fantastic news from a soldier's standpoint,' said Army Col. Tony Puckett, who recently returned to Fort Sill from Iraq.
Puckett said the killing of Odai and Qusai Hussein means the United States is 'one step closer to mission accomplished.'
He added that he anticipates this latest step will encourage more Iraqis to provide information that will help U.S. forces find the others on the most-wanted list.
'A lot more Iraqis will be willing to come forward now that the Hussein brothers are dead,' he said.
According to Associated Press reports, Saddam's sons Odai and Qusai were killed when U.S. forces stormed a palatial villa in Iraq Tuesday.
Tecumseh resident Lance Phelps recently returned from a five-month deployment Naval near Iraq and said the killing of Saddam's sons is a key step to finding Saddam and bringing down the regime.
'We've had some bad intelligence over the past months and (the U.S.) is finally getting some good intelligence that may lead to Saddam,' the second-class petty officer said.
He added that the news should also bring moral support to soldiers.
'Some of the soldiers have been over there months,' he said. 'This shows them they play a key part and they still have a reason for being over there.'
The quietus of Odai and Qusai is also a relief to some of the Iraqi people, Phelps said. Although, he added, that they will have to help themselves after their country is rid of Saddam's governance.
Retired Air Force Major John Hertz their extinction is a notable event in the war."
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Saddam's sons believed dead in Iraq raid
: "Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai were believed to have been killed Tuesday in a raid by U.S. forces who surrounded the home of a cousin, a senior U.S. official said. Two other Iraqis also were killed.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressEx-POW Lynch arrives home in W.Va.
: "Former POW Jessica Lynch returned home to a flag-waving hero's welcome Tuesday, and in her first words since her rescue said: "It's great to be home."
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressEiffel tower fire extinguished
: "A fire broke out on the top of the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday, sending black smoke pouring from the 1,069-foot Paris landmark and forcing the evacuation of a stream of visitors.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressLiberia rebel leader calls for cease-fire
: "A Liberian rebel group engaged in an all-out battle for the country's war-torn capital said Tuesday they have ordered their troops to stop fighting.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressNew Iraqi council makes debut at U.N.
: "UNITED NATIONS - The fledgling Iraqi Governing Council made a cautious debut before the international community Tuesday. Protesters in the Security Council gallery denounced it as "illegitimate," and the U.N. chief welcomed it - but only as "an important first step towards the full restoration of Iraqi sovereignty."
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressOfficials search Midwest for missing kids
: "Prosecutors who charged a man with murdering his two children said Tuesday they were searching for a burial site, most likely in or near northern Indiana or northeastern Illinois.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressAbbas to press Bush on peace process
: "The United States should press Israel for a firm schedule of peace moves, a Palestinian official said Tuesday ahead of White House talks between Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and President Bush in a new U.S. effort for progress in the "road map" peace plan.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressNew York bids farewell to salsa queen
: "The body of Celia Cruz, pulled in a glass-walled carriage by twin white horses, rode Tuesday through Manhattan past throngs of fans offering a final farewell to the beloved "Queen of Salsa."
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressStocks move higher on news of Iraq raid
: "Wall Street regained a positive track Tuesday following news that four Iraqis were killed in a U.S. raid in Iraq. Investors were encouraged by reports that two of Saddam Hussein's sons might be among the dead.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressSearch for Baylor player centers on Waco
: "The search for missing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy centered Tuesday on a gravel pit and the banks of the Brazos River, just miles from an apartment he shared with the former teammate accused of killing him.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press
Sunday, July 20, 2003
Gen. to establish armed militia in Iraq
: "Iraq's daily barrage of attacks killed two more American soldiers and an Iraqi employee of a U.N.-affiliated relief agency Sunday, while thousands of followers of a hardline Shiite Muslim cleric staged an anti-American protest in the holy city of Najaf.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressSenator prods Bush on prewar Iraq claims
: "President Bush could make the controversy over the now-infamous 16 words of his State of the Union address go away by telling Americans whether the speech's justification for war was exaggerated, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press