Saturday, October 25, 2003
Iraq war newsLebanon seeks arrest of exiled Christian
: "Lebanon issued an arrest warrant Friday for a leading Christian exile, saying Gen. Michel Aoun had not returned from France for questioning on a charge of harming Lebanon's foreign relations.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraq rebuilding money short of $56B goal
: "Iraq's postwar reconstruction received a boost Friday as nations from Japan to Saudi Arabia pledged $13 billion in new aid on top of more than $20 billion from the United States. But the figure fell well short of the estimated $56 billion needed to rebuild the country, and much came in the form of loans that could saddle Iraq with new debts.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqRumsfeld's 'Slog' Already Seen in Iraq
: "The "long, hard slog" foreseen by Donald H. Rumsfeld is already playing out in Iraq - in the tallies of attacks, in the toll of American dead, in the cold eyes of many Iraqis. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqMortar Attack Kills 2 U.S. Troops in Iraq
: "A mortar attack killed two American soldiers and wounded four others Friday at an outpost north of Baghdad, and a third American died in a gunbattle in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqCoping with post-war stress
in CNN - War in Iraq
Friday, October 24, 2003
Iraq War NewsList of Largest Contributions for Iraq
: "Some of largest economic reconstruction pledges for Iraq made prior to or during a donors' conference in Madrid, Spain. The World Bank said a total of more than $33 billion was promised in grants and loans, including $20 billion already pledged by the United States. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqDonors Promise Iraq $33 Billion, Smashing Expectations
: "International donors pledged at least$33 billion in aid and loans over the next four years to helprebuild war-ravaged Iraq on Friday as the response to aU.S.-led drive for funds far outstripped expectations. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqStopping Attacks in Iraq a Tall Order
: "The "long, hard slog" in Iraq that Donald H. Rumsfeld foresees from his third-floor office on the Potomac comes into even clearer focus along the Tigris and Euphrates - in the tallies of attacks, in the toll of American dead, in the cold eyes of many Iraqis. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAnnan Will Act on U.N. Security Criticism
: "Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday the United Nations "will have to change our way of doing business" after a highly critical report blamed "dysfunctional" security for unnecessary casualties in the August bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqEx-communist nations send food to Iraq
: "Poor yet sympathetic to Iraq's postwar plight, the ex-communist countries of the "New Europe" that deployed small contingents of peacekeeping troops are now sending food, medicine and other goods in lieu of cash.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqUnreported attacks
: "The BBC's Martin Asser sees victims of violent crime at a Baghdad hospital.
"In BBC: War in Iraq
Iraq war newsF.B.I. Agents Begin Interviews of Bush Officials on C.I.A. Leak
: "F.B.I. agents have begun interviewing Bush administration officials about the disclosure of an undercover C.I.A. agent's identity, government officials said on Thursday.
"In New York Times: World SpecialIraqi AIDS Patients Faced Confinement as Well as Pain and Death
: "The stories of Iraqis infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, make for a small, cruel footnote in the history of Saddam Hussein's rule.
"In New York Times: World SpecialUS Puts Blood Ban on Soldiers Returning from Iraq
: "American soldiers returning from Iraqare being told not to give blood for up to one year to preventthe possible spread of a parasite into the U.S. blood supply,federal health officials said on Thursday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqBillions Sought for Rebuilding of Iraq
: "American and Iraqi officials urged nearly 80 nations at a donors conference Thursday to pledge billions of dollars to rebuild Iraq, but a senior European official said expectations should be kept low. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqThousands March in Madrid Against Iraq Conference
: "Several thousand demonstrators marchedthrough the center of Madrid on Thursday in a peaceful protestagainst an international donors conference to fund Iraqireconstruction being held in the Spanish capital. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Iraq war newsJordan king asks for new government
: "Jordan's king asked a royal court minister Wednesday to form a new government, the official Petra news agency reported.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIsraelis kill two suspected militants
: "Israeli troops shot and killed two suspected Palestinian militants in the West Bank on Wednesday, a day after Palestinians in a Gaza refugee camp buried seven people they say were killed in a deadly air attack.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraq Clash Reflects Tension, Distrust
in IraqWar.ru (English)Soldiers' Morale Chipped Away in Tikrit
in IraqWar.ru (English)Six Killed in Two Blasts on Afghan Roads
in IraqWar.ru (English)Iran claims victory in EU nuke deal
: "Iran's pledge to three European states to open its nuclear program to unfettered inspections and to suspend uranium enrichment is a "victory" that isolates the United States, Iran's representative to the U.N. nuclear agency said Wednesday.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqBaghdad tunnel blast injures two GIs
: "Iraq's ambush bombers struck Wednesday in the center of Baghdad and in the tense Sunni Muslim area west of the capital, rocking U.S. Army convoys with roadside bombs.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqSaudi Arabia, Pakistan Wait to Send Troops
in IraqWar.ru (English)U.S. Army Targets Ambushed Around Baghdad
in IraqWar.ru (English)State Dept. Study Foresaw Trouble Now Plaguing Iraq
in IraqWar.ru (English)Guantanamo guards embrace Islam
in IraqWar.ru (English)Turkey May Scrap Iraq Troop Deployment
in IraqWar.ru (English)U.S. Selling Off Iraq-Owned Companies
in IraqWar.ru (English)The picture which shames US army
in IraqWar.ru (English)Shades of 1973 as Sharon, with Bush?s green light, prepares to widen Mideast war
in IraqWar.ru (English)Postwar Casualties Rise Amid Disarray in US Plans
in IraqWar.ru (English)US, S.Korea Mull Troop Withdrawal -US Officials
in IraqWar.ru (English)U.S. Crackdown on Shi'ites Fuels Iraqi Anger
in IraqWar.ru (English)U.S. Forces Surround Office of Iraq Shi'ite Cleric
in IraqWar.ru (English)Case study: Iraqi civilian deaths
in BBC: War in IraqU.S. soldiers bringing media to Tikrit
: "The media revolution that has filled the vacuum left by the destruction of Saddam Hussein's propaganda machine has so far bypassed the former ruler's hometown.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqRumsfeld Ponders War Progress in Memo -Report
: "The United States has no yardstickfor measuring progress in its war on terrorism and is in for along stay in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary DonaldRumsfeld wrote in a memo last week to senior staff officials,USA Today reported on Wednesday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqPentagon Plans for Iraqi Army Dissolved
: "Pentagon planners had assumed Iraqi soldiers would surrender under American attack. Instead, they just picked up and went home. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Iraq war newsTwo U.S. Soldiers Hurt in Baghdad Blast
: "A roadside bomb exploded Wednesday in a tunnel in the heart of the Iraqi capital as a U.S. military convoy passed by, residents said. A U.S. Army officer said two soldiers were slightly injured. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqBaghdad Road Bomb Wounds Two U.S. Soldiers
: "A road bomb in central Baghdad explodedat dawn on Wednesday, slightly wounding two U.S. soldiers onpatrol, a U.S. army spokesman said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.N. demands Israel end fence construction
: "The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday demanding that Israel halt construction of a barrier jutting deep into the West Bank and dismantle the section already built. It raised the possibility of further U.N. action if Israel doesn't comply.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqThe spy who was thrown into the cold (22 Oct 03)
in Radio Free USAAllied advance (22 Oct 03)
in Radio Free USAAnti-U.S. Cleric Harangues, but Iraq's Shiites Heed Four Ayatollahs
: "Moktada al-Sadr, a radical Shiite cleric, appears to have underestimated the loyalty that ordinary Shiites feel to the grand ayatollahs of Najaf.
"In New York Times: World SpecialWhite House Threatens a Veto of Its Own Spending Bill for Iraq
: "The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto its own spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan if Congress made reconstruction aid a loan.
"In New York Times: World SpecialPentagon Says It Will Call Up Added Reserves
: "The announcement was made amid complaints from Congress and the families of part-time troops about the stress of lengthy deployments.
"In New York Times: World SpecialArmy Reports Some Absences From a Trial Leave Program
: "Pentagon officials disclosed that 28 soldiers who were granted a 15-day leave from the war in Iraq had not reported back to duty.
"In New York Times: World SpecialTo Preserve and Protect Iraq's Treasure Trove
: "Dr. Elizabeth C. Stone is academia's version of a superhero, minus the cape; Indiana Jones without the romantic complications.
"In New York Times: World SpecialBaffled Occupiers, or the Missed Understandings
: "How do the Americans in Iraq feel about the Iraqis? Will they ever feel comfortable enough in this alien culture to finish the job they started?
"In New York Times: World SpecialNew Information May Bolster Questions on Halliburton
: "Senior House Democrats are asking if Halliburton is overcharging American taxpayers and Iraqis for reconstruction work.
"In New York Times: World SpecialU.N. votes to condemn Israeli barrier
: "The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding that Israel halt construction of a barrier jutting deep into the West Bank and dismantle the section already built.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqPhotographer alleges Israel troop beating
: "A Palestinian freelance photographer said he was beaten by Israeli troops Tuesday as he took pictures of a soldier striking a man allegedly violating a military curfew.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqPowell presses for peace deal in Sudan
: "Secretary of State Colin Powell pressed Sudan's warring parties Tuesday to move rapidly toward a comprehensive peace agreement, holding out a promise that the United States would review its sanctions against Africa's largest nation if there is an end to fighting.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqAs R&R ends, some don't return to Iraq
: "More than a dozen American troops haven't return to duty after getting a vacation from Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday, dismissing suggestions there is any significant AWOL problem.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqHouse, in Rebuke to Bush, OKs Iraq Loans
: "The House delivered a broad but ambiguous rebuke to President Bush on Tuesday, voting in favor of loans to Iraq and improved medical benefits for veterans and military reservists. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqPentagon to Probe General's Islam Comments
: "The Pentagon will launch an internalprobe into speeches given at churches and prayer breakfasts bya senior military intelligence official in which he saidMuslims worship an idol and not a "real God," Defense SecretaryDonald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAnti-War Protests Plan Weekend Protests
: "Anti-war groups are planning their largest demonstrations since after the start of the war in Iraq, with thousands expected at rallies Saturday in Washington and San Francisco. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S. Troops Using Excessive Force?
: "U.S. troops in Iraq say they're operating under the rules of engagement in a violent place. But a human rights group says many soldiers "feel they can pull the trigger without coming under review."
"In CBS News: Iraq Crisis'End the Occupation; Bring the Troops Home Now!' National March & Rally
: "The nation's two largest anti-war coalitions - United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) and Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (A.N.S.W.E.R) - are co-sponsoring what is expected to be the largest anti-war and anti-occupation protest in the U.S. since Bush declared combat on May 1. The march on Washington will take place on October 25, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Washington monument. A joint action will take place in San Francisco on the same day, beginning at the downtown Civic Center.
"In Alternet: War On Iraq
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
U.S. hopes Iraq fund will attract donors
: "Bush administration officials hope a new World Bank trust fund will help attract donations toward Iraq reconstruction from countries wary of a U.S.-controlled fund.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIran reformers protest clerics' crackdown
: "Hundreds of reformist lawmakers, students and political activists held a daylong fast Monday to protest a crackdown on freedoms by Iran's hard-line clerics.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIsraeli settler radio station off air
: "A pirate radio station run by Israeli settlers stopped transmissions Monday after its senior personnel were convicted in a Jerusalem court of broadcasting illegally from Israeli territorial waters and the West Bank.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqSoldiers Must Wait for Their Iraqi Wives
: "Two National Guard soldiers who married Iraqi women against their commander's wishes will have to wait at least eight months to return home with their brides, according to a lawyer for one of the soldiers. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAP: Iraqi cleric urges crackdown on arms
: "Iraq's most influential Shiite Muslim cleric warned of "grave problems" if nothing is done to stem the proliferation of firearms in the country and blamed clashes between his supporters and followers of a radical cleric on the weakness of Iraq's U.S.-backed authorities.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Monday, October 20, 2003
I just want to thank you for your support. The items you sent me will help the children of Sulaymaniyahia make it through another winter. Sulaymaniyahia is located in the mountainous region along the Iranian border. The winters here are very cold and blistery. I am in charge of an engineer unit with the 101st Airborne Division and we were in this area doing a runway. Once I went into the city and checked the living conditions I decided that we need to try to do something. I was not aware that someone put the information on a website till I got your boxes, but was glad to get the support. We will be leaving this area soon, but the support from you and others will help ensure that the people will remember us for the great people we are. I tell my young soldiers that we're not just engineers, but "Builders Of Freedom".
1SG Robert Butcher
887th Engr Co.
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Iraq war newsReservists accused of mistreating Iraqis
: "Eight Marine reservists accused in the mistreatment of prisoners of war in Iraq were being held at Camp Pendleton on charges ranging from negligent homicide to dereliction of duty, military officials said.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqSaudi Arabia, Pakistan wait to send troops
: "Facing opposition from Muslim conservatives, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan said Sunday they would be reluctant to send troops to Iraq without a clear invitation from the Iraqi people.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqWhite House Adviser Takes Issue with U.S. General
: "A top White House aide took issue onSunday with a senior Pentagon intelligence officer under firefor his comments on Islam, saying no one should characterizethe war on terrorism as a religious conflict. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAudio of said Riyadh attackers surfaces
: "An al-Qaida-style recording that has surfaced on the Internet includes what is described as audio of militants launching a suicide bomb attack in Saudi Arabia in May and four purported attackers delivering last testaments.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraq clash reflects tension, distrust
: "The American lieutenant colonel was chatting amiably with gunmen guarding the home of a Shiite Muslim cleric, urging them to join the police force.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraq's National Museum director goes to work in empty building
: "Iraq's National Museum Director Donny George was upbeat on his first day on the job, even though there's a gaping hole in his office door, some 10,000 artefacts are still missing and the collections are closed. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqMore US troops killed in Iraq, Saddam "letter" urges holy war
: "US forces in Iraq said that two of their soldiers were killed, and an Iraqi was also struck down during a gun battle, while a letter purportedly written by Saddam Hussein called for jihad, or holy war, against "the hated invaders." (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqPowell seeking money to rebuild Iraq
: "Secretary of State Colin Powell, ready to attend a donors' conference for Iraq, said Sunday the United States will "take as much money as we can get" to cover postwar rebuilding costs.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqUS troop cuts planned for next year