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Saturday, November 01, 2003
 
Iraq war news
Tikrit elders talk with U.S. soldiers: "The tribal elders from Saddam Hussein's home region extended an invitation to U.S. soldiers for talks - and told them townspeople are against "terrorists" throwing bombs but also don't like soldiers putting guns to men's heads during searches."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Fourteen die in Baghdad clashes in CNN - War in Iraq



American soldier killed as US warns of new Iraq threat: "Another US soldier has been killed in Iraq, after US consular officials warned of fresh attacks and Washington insisted there was no evidence ousted dictator Saddam Hussein is coordinating strikes in the country. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Bomb in Northern Iraq Kills 3 Americans-- Police: "A roadside bomb blast in thenorthern Iraqi city of Mosul Saturday killed three Americansand wounded two, Iraqi police at the scene told Reuters. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

 
Roadside bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers in Iraq


By BASSEM MROUE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A roadside bomb killed at least two U.S. soldiers Saturday in Mosul, and many parents kept children away from classes in the capital after leaflets attributed to Saddam Hussein's party warned of a "Day of Resistance" against the U.S. occupation.
Also Saturday, witnesses said an oil pipeline was on fire about 10 miles north of Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, an area of widespread opposition to the U.S.-led occupation. Witnesses said they suspected sabotage because the blaze was preceded by an explosion.
Sabotage to pipelines and the decayed state of Iraqi's infrastructure have slowed efforts to revive the country's giant oil industry, considered the key to rebuilding this nation's economy, which has suffered from more than a decade of wars and sanctions.

The U.S. military said two U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded in the roadside bombing in Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, which Iraqi police initially reported as a land mine. Identities were withheld pending notification of relatives.

Iraqi police Lt. Walid Hashim said the men were inside two civilian cars when the blast occurred. He rushed to the scene and saw that the drivers were dead while the two passengers were both badly injured.

"I tried to pull one of the dead out but his leg was going to come off. They were cut all over by shrapnel (and) one was wounded in the abdomen and was moaning," Hashim said.

The two deaths would bring to 122 the number of American soldiers killed by hostile fire since President Bush declared an end to hostile combat on May 1 when added to the total given by the Department of Defense on Friday. A total of 114 U.S. soldiers were killed between the start of the war March 20 and the end of April.

Six Iraqi men were arrested overnight in Tikrit on suspicion of responsibility for the Oct. 1 roadside explosion near Samarra that killed Command Sgt. Maj. James Blankenbecler, the military said Saturday. Blankenbecler, 40, of the Fort Hood, Texas-based 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was the highest-ranking U.S. enlisted man to die in Iraq.

Another U.S. soldier was injured in Mosul late Friday when his patrol was attacked by a grenade or homemade bomb, the military said.

The latest attacks came after rumors swept Baghdad that bombings or other resistance action would strike the capital Saturday. A leaflet attributed to Saddam's ousted Baathist party declared Saturday a "Day of Resistance," and called for a three-day general strike.

It was difficult to gauge public response to the threat. Many shops in this city of 5 million people were open, but morning traffic appeared lighter than usual. Many parents kept their children home Saturday, the first day of the Iraqi work week.

At one boys' secondary school, Al-Jawad, only 80 of 500 students showed up for class, deputy principal Abdel Karim al-Azzawi said. "Parents are worried about their children," al-Azzawi said.

Classes were canceled at the Al-Huda girls' elementary school after only 23 of 700 pupils arrived, according to the principal, Sana Naji Abbas. More than half the teachers also stayed home, she said.

One teenage girl who did set out from home Saturday morning sounded a defiant note. "We heard that they want to bomb schools, but we weren't afraid," said Sabrin Talib, 17. "I came to school today."

Apart from businesses related to food, shops around the capital reported fewer customers than usual.

"People can stop shopping but they cannot stop buying food and this is the reason why I was not affected today," said Amir Jawad, who runs the al-Zeytoun bakery in Baghdad's downtown Irkheita market.

Police checkpoints around the city caused traffic jams. Many motorists were ordered to stop for inspections by policemen.

It appeared the strike call was less effective in Mosul and the southern city of Basra, where witnesses said most shops were open and traffic appeared normal.

Some Western governments to issue warnings, including the U.S. State Department, which advised Americans to be vigilant.

The Australian government also warned of "a credible imminent threat" to the area around the Al Hamra Hotel in central Baghdad, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Lyndall Sachs said in Canberra.

She said staffers from the Australian government's mission in Baghdad have been "temporarily relocated to safer accommodations while we assess the threat further."

An Islamic clergymen's association in Mosul issued a statement Friday denouncing as sinful any Muslim's support for the Americans. "Supporting them is apostasy (and) a betrayal of religion."

Attacks against coalition forces escalated this week, starting with a missile barrage last Sunday against the Al Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad. The following day, four near-simultaneous suicide bombings killed about three dozen people and injured about 200 in the capital, prompting the international Red Cross, the United Nations and other organizations to withdraw foreign staff.

U.S. officials have blamed former Baath Party figures, foreign fighters and Islamic extremists for the upsurge.



newsobserver.com - Roadside bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers in Iraq

Friday, October 31, 2003
 
Iraq war news
Qaeda planning ? death blow ? against US during Ramazan in IraqWar.ru (English)



US Offers Bin Laden Associate Award in IraqWar.ru (English)



EU Says No Change in Position Towards Syria in IraqWar.ru (English)



Lezing Ahmed Rashid: 'The Coming Jihads' in RISQ



Monetary War Declared Against the United States in RISQ



Russia wants U.N. to OK Mideast 'map': "Russia introduced a resolution Thursday asking the U.N. Security Council to endorse the "road map" peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the United States said the timing was not right."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Gruesome videotape allegedly shows brutal Fedayeen Saddam punishment in CNN - War in Iraq



France presses nations to unite for Iraq: "A U.S. pullout from Iraq would be "catastrophic," French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Thursday, urging countries to take a strong united stance to stabilize Iraq."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Clinton Thanks Annan on Independent Iraq Aid Role: "Former U.S. President BillClinton praised U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursdayfor helping give world governments an independent role in Iraqireconstruction, apart from Iraq's U.S.-led civilianadministration. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US posts bounties on al-Qaeda operative Zarqawi, Gaza convoy bombers: "The United States offered up to 25 million dollars for clues leading to the arrest of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, linked to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and said to be recruiting fighters in Iraq. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Thursday, October 30, 2003
 
Explosion shakes Baghdad's old quarter
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "An explosion shook Baghdad's old quarter late Thursday, triggering a large fire. Gunfire broke out in the area as U.S. helicopters flew overhead."
 
Iraq war news
Videotape Is Said to Show Torture Under Hussein Rule: "Fox News on Wednesday evening broadcast portions of a videotape showing what it said were graphic examples of torture at the hands of Iraqi soldiers."

In New York Times: World Special



The Bad News Is Good News for Democrats: "Democrats are finding a voice to challenge the administration on national security, insisting that their criticism is patriotic and in the best American traditions."

In New York Times: World Special



U.S. troops detain dozens in Iraq raid: "American soldiers carried out pre-dawn raids Thursday in Saddam Hussein's hometown and detained more than a dozen suspects, some believed to be involved in setting up a new terrorist cell, the U.S. military said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Lawmakers Reach Iraq-Afghan Aid Deal: "Congressional negotiators agreed Wednesday on an $87 billion aid package for Iraq and Afghanistan that meets a White House demand that none of the money be provided as loans. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Congress issues Iraq deadline to CIA: "US senators give the CIA 48 hours to supply files on intelligence it gathered on Iraq prior to the war."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Saddam's deputy 'behind attacks': "Saddam Hussein's number two could be behind recent anti-Western attacks in Iraq, says a US defence source."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



AP: Private Firms Do U.S. Military's Work: "In Iraq, private contractors do just about everything a soldier would do. They sling Spam in mess tents. They tote guns along base perimeters. They shoot. They get shot. Sometimes they get killed. And it's not just in Iraq, but around the world - in conflict zones from Liberia to Kosovo to Afghanistan - that the United States is putting hired help behind the front lines to ease the burden of its overworked armed forces. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Cut losses: Leave Iraq: " (USATODAY.com)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Wednesday, October 29, 2003
 
Iraq war news
Wolfowitz Recounts Baghdad Hotel Attack: "When rockets hit the Baghdad hotel he was staying in, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz ran to the window to see what was going on. A security guard hastily pulled him back and told him what to do. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Up to 15,000 people killed in invasion, claims thinktank (29 Oct 03) in Radio Free USA

 
blogger: "Recent Bomb Attacks in Iraq

Monday, 27 October 2003: Baghdad: Four (4) bombings on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, including a homicide attack outside (using a car/ambulance) of the offices of the International Red Cross, killing at least ten people and wounding at least 15 more.

Sunday, 26 October 2003: Rocket attacks against the Al Rasheed Hotel, killing a US colonel and wounding at least 18 others. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was inside the hotel near the blast but was unhurt.

Tuesday, October 14 2003: A homicide suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle outside of the Turkish
Embassy, killing himself, a bystander, and wounding at least 13 others. This occurred following Turkey's announcement of agreeing to assist in post-war Iraq.

Sunday, 12 October 2003: Homicide car bombing outside of the Baghdad Hotel killed eight people and wounded at least 32 others.

Thursday, October 9 2003: A homicide bomber drove his car into a police station in the Sadr Ciy district of Baghdad, killing 9 people in addition to himself.

Thursday, 25 September 2003: A bomb planted at the hotel used by media offices (NBC) killed a guard and injured an NBC employee.

Monday, 22 September 2003: A homicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint outside of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing himself, the Iraqi policeman who stopped him and wounded about 20 others.

Tuesday, 9 September 2003: A US Intelligence compound in northern Iraq was attacked by a homicide car bomber, killing three people and seriously wounding four US intelligence officers.

Friday, 29 August 2003: A car bomb exploded outside of the Mosque in Najaf where Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim was present. The blast killed al-Hakim and 85 oth"
 
Iraq war news
Will the Real Foreign Fighters in Iraq Please Stand Up?: "President Bush recently called suicide bombers in Iraq "foreign terrorists," but the writer says U.S. soldiers in Iraq are foreign and destructive themselves. (Pacific News Service, Commentary, Rami Khouri, Oct 28, 2003)"

In New California Media: Focus on Iraq



U.S. to Shift Tactics Amid Iraq Attacks: "Facing a surge in violence, President Bush said Tuesday the United States will change tactics and stiffen defenses in Iraq and will not be intimidated by a wave of suicide bombers intent on discouraging cooperation with the American occupation. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Red Cross Debates Whether to Stay in Iraq: "Secretary of State Colin Powell telephoned the head of the international Red Cross Tuesday to urge the agency to stay in Iraq despite a deadly suicide bombing on its Baghdad headquarters. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Car Bomb Kills Four in Fallujah, Iraq: "A car bomb exploded Tuesday west of Baghdad, killing at least four people a day after three dozen people died in a wave of suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital. U.S. officials said one of Baghdad's three deputy mayors was killed in a hit-and-run shooting. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



AP: Iraq Expense Leaving Others in Cold: "Donors were generous last week in pledging billions to rebuild Iraq - disproportionately generous compared with their donations to fight poverty and AIDS in the world's poorest countries, development and AIDS officials say. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Private study estimates Iraqi war dead at 13,000: "An estimated 13,000 Iraqis, including as many as 4,300 non-combatants, were killed during the major combat phase of the war in Iraq, a research group found in a study. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Katyusha rockets hit US post in Kirkuk: "A US military post in the northern city of Kirkuk was hit by five Katyusha rockets, sparking relatiatory US shell fire, Iraqi police reported, without saying if there were any casualties. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Tuesday, October 28, 2003
 
Iraq war news
AP: Iraq Expense Leaving Others in Cold: "Donors were generous last week in pledging billions to rebuild Iraq - disproportionately generous compared with their donations to fight poverty and AIDS in the world's poorest countries, development and AIDS officials say. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraqi weapons material may have been moved to Syria: Pentagon official: "The director of a Pentagon agency that analyzes imagery from satellites and spy planes said Iraqi leaders may have moved weapons of mass destruction "material" into neighboring Syria before the war. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Another Iraq Suicide Bomb, Bush Blames Foreigners: "A suicide bomber killed himself and atleast four others in Iraq Tuesday, as foreign aid workersagonized over whether to leave the country in the aftermath ofMonday's bloodbath in Baghdad in which 35 people were killed. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Series of strong explosions shake Baghdad: "A series of strong explosions rattled the center of Baghdad late Tuesday, but it was unclear where they occurred."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Newspaper Editor Fatally Shot in Mosul: "An editor of an Iraqi weekly newspaper was shot and killed Tuesday on the roof of his office's building, police said. His daughter said he had been threatened because of his writings. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Another Iraqi Blogger in IraqWar.info



Newspaper Editor Shot, Deputy Mayor Assasinated: "In two unrelated incidents today:
Unknown gunmen assassinated a deputy mayor of Baghdad in an apparent hit-run shooting, the U.S. occupation authority reported Tuesday.
And:
An editor of an Iraqi weekly newspaper was shot and killed Tuesday on the roof of his office's building, police said. His daughter said he had been threatened because of his writings.
Two men followed Ahmed Shawkat , editor of the independent "Without Direction," to the roof -- where he went to make a phone call -- and one of them shot him, police said.
[Both stories from Newsday]
"

In Command Post: Irak



The Foiled Bomber: Flypaper, Indeed: "by Armed Liberal
Somehow this has been briefly commented on, but not given a lot of play in the blogs I've seen. This story about the suicide bomber who was foiled yesterday is on page A6 of this morning's L.A. Times (requires registration, use 'laexaminer'/'laexaminer') - which itself is positive news. And if true, suggests that the war in Iraq is in fact a lot more complex than those who suggest that it is the "natural resistance" of the Iraqi population to foreign invaders. Here's why this story matters:
read the rest...
"

In Command Post: Irak



Rocket-Propelled Grenades Kill U..S Soldier in Iraq: "A rocket-propelled grenade attackMonday killed a U.S. soldier and wounded six others in Baghdad,the U.S. military in Iraq said Tuesday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Fresh Iraqi bomb kills six, Bush vows not to be intimidated: "A bomb exploded west of Baghdad killing at least six people, a day after the Iraqi capital was rocked by a wave of suicide bombings that killed 43 people, prompting US President George W. Bush to vow his forces would not be intimidated by attacks on civilians. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Official Believes Iraqis Moved Arms: "An intelligence official said today he believes banned material from Iraq's weapons program was moved before and during the war."

In New York Times: World Special



Iranian prosecutor blamed for murder: "Iran's reformist-dominated parliament on Tuesday accused hard-line Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi of illegally detaining a Canadian photojournalist and then covering up facts surrounding her death in custody in July."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Deputy mayor of Baghdad assassinated: "Unknown gunmen assassinated a deputy mayor of Baghdad in an apparent hit-run shooting, the U.S. occupation authority reported Tuesday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq


Monday, October 27, 2003
 
Iraq war news
Blast in Baghdad Kills at Least Two: "An ambulance packed with explosives blew up Monday in front of the international Red Cross building, police and witnesses said. At least two people including the driver were killed and several injured, police added. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Series of Explosions Hit Baghdad: "A series of blasts rumbled through the city, including a car bomb that exploded in front of the Red Cross building, where police said at least two people were killed."

In New York Times: World Special



Baghdad's simmering religious tensions: "Mysterious killings point to simmering ethnic tensions, reports Martin Asser."

In BBC: War in Iraq



Bomb rocks Red Cross building in Baghdad: "A series of explosions rocked Baghdad early Monday, including one in front of the international Red Cross building that police said killed at least two people and injured several others. The blasts came a day after after insurgents attacked a heavily guarded hotel, killing an American colonel."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Bomb Rocks Red Cross Building in Baghdad: "A series of explosions rocked Baghdad early Monday, including one in front of the international Red Cross building that police said killed at least two people and injured several others. The blasts came a day after after insurgents attacked a heavily guarded hotel, killing an American colonel. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Democrats blast Bush on Iraq policy: "All nine Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination traded barbs at the most recent political debate here, but reserved their harshest words for incumbent Republican President George W. Bush's Iraq policy. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Strong Explosion Rocks Central Baghdad: "A car bomb exploded Monday in front of the international Red Cross building and police said at least two people were killed and several injured. A series of blasts rumbled through the city. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Car bomb explodes near Red Cross base in Baghdad: "A massive car bomb exploded by the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in central Baghdad, AFP correspondents at the scene reported. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Blast rocks central Baghdad in CNN - War in Iraq



Blasts rock Baghdad in CNN - War in Iraq



Ambulance bomb attack targets Baghdad Red Cross: "A bomb packed into an ambulance that slammed into barricades near near the Red Cross building in Baghdad has killed at least 12 people."

In Ananova: War In Iraq



Car bomb in front of Red Cross building: "The Associated Press reports ::
A series of explosions rocked Baghdad early Monday, including one in front of the international Red Cross building that police said killed at least two people and injured several others. The blasts came a day after after insurgents attacked a heavily guarded hotel, killing an American colonel.
One witness said Monday's bomb at the Red Cross was packed in an ambulance but there was no confirmation from police.
Iraqi police Lt. Sultan Mohammed said the blast was caused by a car bomb. He said the driver and perhaps a passerby were killed. Two cars could be seen burning in front of the building.
"

In Command Post: Irak



Andrew's Winds of War: Oct 27/03: "Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. Today's "Winds of War" is brought to you by Andrew Olmsted of Andrew Olmsted dot com .
TOP TOPICS
  • Al Qaeda scored a big propaganda victory over the weekend with a rocket attack on the Al Rasheed hotel that succeeded in killing an American Colonel and wounding at least 18, while driving U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary out of the hotel. The attack marked a new facet in terrorism, using a cart loaded with RPGs to launch a barrage of rockets against the hotel. Although minimally effective in terms of damage inflicted, the success in striking such a high-profile target and escaping unharmed will probably help the anti-U.S. groups to recruit additional terrorists to their side.
  • JK: Phil Carter has some great stuff on global terrorist financing from the United States to the Middle East.

Other Topic Include: Iraq's missing nuclear program; Report from the 82nd Airborne; Congresswoman's Iraq blog; How the $87 billion may be used; Iraqi crime, thank goodness; Iran in Britain; More stalling; 9/11 inquiry; Rumsfeld's memo; 'Antiwar' mask slips again; Canadian Jihadis; Israel's crippled Left; Arrests in Pakistan; Algeria; Looking away in North Korea; Sudan's disappearing penises.
read the rest...
"

In Command Post: Irak



New explosions hit Baghdad in BBC: War in Iraq



Strong explosion rocks central Baghdad: "A strong explosion rocked an area of Baghdad near the Red Cross building and thick black smoke was billowing from the area, witnesses said. At least two cars were on fire and U.S. troops were cordoning off the area."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Democrats blast Bush on Iraq policy: "All nine Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination traded barbs at the most recent political debate here, but reserved their harshest words for incumbent Republican President George W. Bush's Iraq policy. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Attack Drives U.S. Forces From Baghdad HQ: "The U.S. occupation authority retreated from its headquarters after Iraqi insurgents attacked the heavily guarded hotel with a missile barrage that killed an American colonel, wounded 18 people and sent the visiting U.S. deputy defense secretary scurrying for safety. The bold blow at the heart of the U.S. presence here clearly rattled U.S. confidence that it is defeating Iraq's shadowy insurgents. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iran names suspected al-Qaida deportees: "Iran last month gave the U.N. Security Council the names of 225 suspected al-Qaida operatives it detained and returned to their countries, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Sunday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



US weapons hunters ignored aluminum tubes: report: "US experts hunting for elusive weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have ignored depots containing much-publicized aluminum tubes that the administration of President George W. Bush used to illustrate alleged Iraqi nuclear ambitions. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraq 'shelved nuclear plans' in BBC: War in Iraq



Iraq's first steps to civil war?: "Mysterious killings point to simmering ethnic tensions, reports Martin Asser."

In BBC: War in Iraq

 

 
   
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