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" May No Soldier Go Unloved "

   
 
Saturday, November 08, 2003
 
Iraq war updats
Armitage: U.S. walks 'fine line' in Iraq in CNN - War in Iraq



Bomb blast kills two US soldiers in Iraq as insurgents flex muscle: "Two US soldiers died when a bomb ripped their military vehicle, apparently a heavily armored Bradley personnel carrier, as insurgents escalated their attacks on the Americans. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US Troops Grab Iraq Hotel Attack Suspects in Raids: "U.S. troops in overnight raids captured12 people in Iraq suspected of involvement in a deadly attackon a Baghdad hotel where U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary PaulWolfowitz was staying, a top commander said on Saturday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Syria says Bush sincere at Mideast effort: "Syria does not doubt that President Bush is sincere in his urging a more stable Middle East but believes his policies are spoiling American relations with Arabs and Muslims worldwide, a Syrian Cabinet minister said Saturday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

 
Iraq Today: Retribution, More Dead GIs, Red Cross Pull Out, No Troops from Turkey (8 Nov 03)
In Radio Free USA
 
Iraq war news
Attacks continue as U.S. raids Tikrit: "Insurgents kept up attacks on U.S. troops and their allies across Iraq on Saturday despite a show of force in Saddam Hussein's hometown following the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter that apparently was shot down."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Arafat, prime minister meet over Cabinet: "Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat met Saturday with Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia in an effort to finalize a new Palestinian Cabinet, which has been in limbo for weeks amid a dispute between the two leaders."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Attacks on Iraqi oil facilities on rise, MEES says, blaming new Baath: "Attacks on Iraq's oil pipelines and installations are on the increase, the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) reports in its Monday edition, blaming a reorganised Baath party. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Warplanes Bomb Targets in Saddam's Hometown: "U.S. warplanes and armoredvehicles battered suspected guerrilla hideouts in SaddamHussein's hometown Saturday after six soldiers were killed whena Black Hawk helicopter was shot down. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US military probes Blackhawk crash near Saddam Hussein's hometown: "The US military was probing the crash of a Blackhawk helicopter, which killed six soldiers, as insurgents demonstrated their growing strength seven months after American troops entered Baghdad. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. hits area of helicopter crash in CNN - War in Iraq



S.Korea Combat Iraq Troops Seen as Still Possible: "The Bush administration hasreaffirmed its interest in having South Korea send combattroops to Iraq and believes Seoul is still actively consideringthe deployment, a senior U.S. official said. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Slowdown: "      My updates will likely be less frequent than usual for the next few weeks or so; I am doing lots of stuff for school, applying to colleges, etc.  Lucky for you, lots of new blogs keep cropping up, and some of them are really good.  Two new additions to the blogroll recently: Dohiyi Mir and Mercury23x, both worth bookmarking.  And..."

In Catalyzer Newsroom



Copter Crashes Reflect a Growing Threat: "The crash of a copter, coupled with two other attacks in the last two weeks, reflects a growing threat against American aircraft."

In New York Times: World Special



With a U.S. Nod, Turkey Says It Won't Send Force to Iraq: "The decision ended an effort by the Bush administration to solicit large numbers of foreign troops."

In New York Times: World Special



Mideast View: Bush Spoke More to U.S. Than to Us: "Commentators across the Middle East dismissed the speech by President Bush calling for wider democracy in the region."

In New York Times: World Special



U.S. Discussing New International Peacekeeping Force: "The U.S. government has beguninternal discussions about the possible creation of a U.S.-ledinternational force capable of taking on peacekeeping duties inworld hot-spots such as Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Armyofficer said. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



"Old Guard" ceremonial unit being deployed to Iraq. in IraqWar.info



Doctors Dismiss Lynch Bio's Rape Claims: "Iraqi doctors who treated former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch dismissed on Friday claims made in her biography that she was raped by her Iraqi captors. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Retaliates For Latest Deaths: "Six soldiers died when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed, apparently shot down. Hours later, American troops swept through Iraqi neighborhoods, blasting suspected insurgent hideouts. This week's death toll was 32."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Two-star general ahead of Black Hawk crash in CNN - War in Iraq



In Mideast, Reaction to Bush Speech Is Dismissive: "Commentators across the Middle East today labeled the speech something for domestic consumption to justify the war in Iraq rather than signaling a real change in United States policy."

In New York Times: World Special


Friday, November 07, 2003
 
Iraq War Updates
Poland's Iraq Doubts Grow After Soldier's Death: "Poland's leaders faced tough questionson the troop deployment in occupied Iraq on Friday from anation preparing to bid a hero's farewell to the first Polishsoldier killed there. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Israelis try to block prisoner swap: "The daughter of missing Israeli air force navigator Ron Arad accused Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of abandoning her father as the family made a last-ditch effort to block a prisoner swap with Lebanese guerrillas that does not address Arad's fate."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Turkey 'will not send Iraq troops' in CNN - War in Iraq



Jordan's Noor says women key to peace: "Queen Noor of Jordan believes women are key to peace-building efforts in the Middle East."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



This is what they did to me (06 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



When Did "Arab" Become a Dirty Word? Smearing Said and Hanan Ashrawi (4 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Saddam 'offered Bush a huge oil deal to avert war' (06 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Jessica Lynch Criticizes U.S. Accounts of Her Ordeal: "From the NY Times :
n her first public statements since her rescue in Iraq, Jessica Lynch criticized the military for exaggerating accounts of her rescue and re-casting her ordeal as a patriotic fable.
Asked by the ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer if the military's portrayal of the rescue bothered her, Ms. Lynch said: "Yeah, it does. It does that they used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff. Yeah, it's wrong," according to a partial transcript of the interview to be broadcast on Tuesday.

After months of retreating from the news media, Ms. Lynch will be a ubiquitous presence next week. In addition to her appearance on ABC, she will be on the cover of Time magazine, and NBC will broadcast a movie based on an Iraqi's account of her ordeal. On Tuesday, the book publisher Knopf will release an account of her experience, "I Am a Soldier, Too," written with her cooperation by a former reporter for The New York Times, Rick Bragg.
The book and the movie are unrelated and tell different versions of Ms. Lynch's story, but the publisher has timed the book to capitalize on publicity from the television movie.
Media and entertainment: In what other industries can the public be so easily treated to unrelated and different versions of a particular story, with no apparent self consciousness or shame? Oh yeah, I forgot: Finance and accounting. Oh ? and law. Well ? never mind.
"

In Command Post: Irak



Bomb Attack on U.S. Convoy in Iraq Kills Soldier: "A U.S. soldier was killed and twowounded Thursday morning in a bomb attack on their convoy on ahighway east of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the U.S.military said Friday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

 
Iraq Updates
Secret Israel missile-test video breached: "In a rare breach of military security, portions of a secret Israeli missile test could be seen on television across the Arab world after the company conducting the exercise apparently failed to encrypt its video transmission."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



A Look at U.S. Daily Deaths in Iraq: "As of Wednesday, Nov. 5, 379 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. The department did not provide an update Thursday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Death Toll in Iraq Helicopter Attack Rises to 16: "The U.S. military said the deathtoll of Sunday's downing of an American military Chinookhelicopter in Iraq had risen to 16 after a soldier seriouslywounded in the attack died on Thursday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Army: Helicopter Had Defensive System: "The Army helicopter shot down over Iraq last weekend apparently had a last-second warning of an approaching missile and managed to launch flares designed to draw the heat-seeking missile away, a senior Army official said Thursday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Bush Asks Lands in Mideast to Try Democratic Ways: "President Bush challenged Iran, Syria and Middle East allies of the U.S. to begin embracing democratic traditions."

In New York Times: World Special



Pentagon Says a Covert Force Hunts Hussein: "A U.S. commander has created a commando force to hunt Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and key terrorists in the Middle East."

In New York Times: World Special



At a Base in Iraq, American Troops Honor Victims of Copter Attack: "The memorial for troops who died after their helicopter was struck came on a day when three allied soldiers died in new attacks."

In New York Times: World Special



Bush Aides Play Down Effort to Avert War at Last Minute: "Officials played down the significance of Iraq's negotiations with Washington in the weeks before the war began in March."

In New York Times: World Special



Jessica Lynch Criticizes U.S. Accounts of Her Ordeal: "In her first public statements since her rescue in Iraq, Jessica Lynch criticized the military for exaggerating accounts of her rescue and re-casting her ordeal as a patriotic fable."

In New York Times: World Special



US says it will cut troop strength in Iraq as two more US soldiers die: "The United States has unveiled plans to cut its troop strength in Iraq next year to about 105,000, as two more US soldiers were reported dead and Polish forces suffered their first fatality. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraq proves no vote-winner in Koizumi's election battle: "Faced with public opposition to his plan to send troops to volatile Iraq, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is playing down his controversial foreign policy before Sunday's Japanese general election. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Troops Gather to Honor Comrades in Iraq: "Fifteen rifles stood in a row with their barrels down, each topped by a U.S. military helmet and framed by an empty pair of combat boots. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Army Dismisses Soldier Cowardice Charge: "The Army dismissed a cowardice charge and filed a lesser count against an Army interrogator who sought counseling after he saw the body of an Iraqi man cut in half by American fire. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraq Tried Last-Minute Deal to Avoid War: "Negotiators for Saddam Hussein tried to strike a last-minute deal with the Bush administration to avoid an invasion after realizing "the threat was real," a Lebanese-American businessman who tried to serve as a go-between said Thursday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US soldiers mourn their brothers-in-arms lost on Iraqi battlefield: "US troops mourned the 153rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment soldiers who died when their Chinook transport helicopter was downed outside Iraq's flashpoint town of Fallujah last weekend. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Thursday, November 06, 2003
 
Iraq War News
Students should fear return of the draft in IraqWar.ru (English)



Conscription fears raised in US in IraqWar.ru (English)



Revisionist Thoughts on the War on Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)



British Envoy Sees Rough Time Ahead For US-led Forces in IraqWar.ru (English)



British troops may still be in Iraq in 2005 in IraqWar.ru (English)



5 GIs Hurt In 'Friendly' Iraq City in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraq heading for destruction or reconstruction? in IraqWar.ru (English)



Attacks in Baghdad, Western Iraq kill two US troops in IraqWar.ru (English)



Mosul attacks intensify in IraqWar.ru (English)



Clark: Iraq war used to settle score in IraqWar.ru (English)



Afghan allies turn enemies in IraqWar.ru (English)



US warfare equation 'full of baloney' in IraqWar.ru (English)



U.S. faces troop pressure as Turkey balks in IraqWar.ru (English)



Terror experts in their element in IraqWar.ru (English)



No chemical agents found in Iraq shells in IraqWar.ru (English)



Trailblazing Aljazeera loses its edge in IraqWar.ru (English)



Limited foreign hand in Iraq resistance in IraqWar.ru (English)



Lawyers at E.P.A. say it will drop pollution cases (6 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



U.S. detains relatives of suspects in Iraq attacks - military denies claims that it takes hostages (6 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Ramadan drummer braves Baghdad insecurity to wake up the faithful: "Every night, a lone drummer braves the cut-throat streets of Baghdad to wake up the faithful before sunrise marks the start of the daytime fasting Muslims observe during the month of Ramadan. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

 
Iraq war updates
U.S. Alerting More Troops for Iraq Rotation Duty: "The Pentagon will immediately beginordering thousands of additional active-duty and reserveAmerican troops, including Marines, to prepare to serve in Iraqearly next year, defense officials said on Wednesday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



L.A. Times Bans 'Resistance Fighters' in Iraq News: "The Los Angeles Times has orderedits reporters to stop describing anti-American forces in Iraqas "resistance fighters," saying the term romanticizes them andevokes World War II-era heroism. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Why America's plutocrats gobble up $1,500 hot dogs (5 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Pentagon will call up thousands more troops to go to Iraq (5 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Bush in Iraq: A B-School Case Study: " (BusinessWeek Online)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

 
Iraq war news
Syria Blames U.S. 'Terrorism' in Iraq: "The Syrian foreign ministry called on the United States to pull its troops out of Iraq, saying their presence has led to chaos and terrorism, according to remarks published Wednesday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Annan welcomes Mideast peace plan draft: "U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday welcomed an informal Mideast peace plan drafted by prominent Israelis and Palestinians, calling it a "courageous" attempt to break the stalemate on both sides."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. ponders forming Iraq security force: "The U.S. administrator of Iraq agrees in principle with the idea of creating an Iraqi security force, but doesn't know if Iraqi advocates of the plan will agree to his terms, a coalition spokesman said Wednesday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Army eyes replacing Halliburton in Iraq: "The Army said Wednesday it is negotiating to replace Vice President Dick Cheney's former company as an importer of oil products into Iraq, but denied that the talks were related to Democratic allegations of price gouging by Halliburton."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Rumsfeld signs rotation orders, Marines to go back to Iraq: defense officials: "US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld signed orders to set in motion a force rotation in Iraq next year that will send back US Marines along with active duty army and national guard and reserve units, a senior defense official said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Plans for Marines to Return to Iraq: "The Marine Corps, which played a central role in toppling Saddam Hussein last spring, will return to Iraq as part of a U.S. troop rotation approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday, officials said. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. to Call Up Thousands of Troops for Iraq Duty: "U.S. defense officials said onWednesday the Pentagon would begin ordering thousands of freshtroops to prepare for service in Iraq, on a day guerrillaslaunched a series of attacks on U.S. troops on northern Iraq. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Senator Says Downed Chopper Lacked Protective Gear: "Many U.S. helicopters in Iraq lackroutine anti-missile equipment that might have thwarted lastweekend's attack on a Chinook helicopter that killed 15 U.S.troops, a Democratic senator said on Wednesday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Wednesday, November 05, 2003
 
Russian Version Iraq News
Shells in heart of Baghdad in IraqWar.ru (English)



Hoon denies Iraq budget cuts in IraqWar.ru (English)



To US forces, Saddam's hometown is Dodge City in IraqWar.ru (English)



Coalition soldiers killed in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)



Mortar fire rocks operations core for US in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)



2nd Night Of Blasts In Baghdad in IraqWar.ru (English)



Bush needs to declare aims in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)



Insurgents Strike US Compound in Mosul in IraqWar.ru (English)



Senator questions whether downed helicopter was properly equipped in IraqWar.ru (English)



Australian Cabinet set to approve $50bn for military in IraqWar.ru (English)



FBI has new 9/11 hijacking suspect in IraqWar.ru (English)

 
Rumsfeld's new model army


With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq under our belt, isn't it time to tote up the bill and separate reality and illusion asks Conn Hallinan?


War is the ultimate test of reality and illusion.

On the eve of World War I, the French General Staff was convinced victory would go to the attacker, that massed soldiers marching together into battle could overcome technology with courage and élan. German machine guns and artillery swiftly shattered that illusion, along with several hundred thousand young Frenchmen.

Today, the United States is engaged in a very similar application of theory and warfare, albeit the opposite of the one the French tried.

Even the final victory in Iraq was not exactly a triumph for the "revolution." It wasn't swift moving, light troops that took Baghdad and Basra, but the conventional, tank-heavy U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, and the British 7th Armored Division. In short, the "old model army." Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's military is a swift moving, micro-chipped, killing machine, where electronics turn night into day, and satellites and laser-guided weapons slice and dice enemy armor and artillery. President George W. Bush called it a "revolution," that has "shown that an innovative doctrine and high-tech weaponry can shape and then dominate an unconventional conflict."

Has it? With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq under our belt, isn't it time to tote up the bill and separate reality from illusion?

On the plus side for the "revolution," we won. On the minus side, it was hardly a fair fight. In Afghanistan it was the 21st century verses the 12th, and we're not out of the tunnel yet. Iraq had a 20th century army, but one hollowed out by a decade of sanctions and with little loyalty to the brutal dictatorship it served. And that war, too, is far from over.


Military Transformation


The latest "revolution" in warfare, the brainchild of the late Air Force Col., John Boyd, goes by the name "transformation" and combines high tech and maneuverability. Its model was the German Blitzkrieg. But Rumsfeld's New Model Army is discovering that the very instruments that make it so invincible on a conventional battlefield are of little use in the non-conventional war the Bush administration finds itself embroiled in. As long as the enemy was the Iraqi army, the "revolution" works just fine. It has done less well against roadside explosives, ambushes, and suicide bombs.

Part of the problem is the "transformation" army itself.

The U.S. military looks increasingly like a temp agency on steroids: a massive organization of part-time workers armed with the latest in firepower.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, some 292,000 National Guard and reserve troops have been called to active duty, and more than 190,000 are still serving. The Pentagon just announced a further call-up of 30,000. Reserve and National Guard units now make up 46% of the military.

Reserves have always been an important component of the U.S. military, but they are only supposed to be called up in times of national emergency. From World War I to Gulf War I--75 years--they were called up nine times. In the past 12 years they have been mobilized 10 times.

Normally such troops work behind the front lines and serve for shorter periods than regular troops. However, under "transformation," their deployment has been stretched to 12, and sometimes 15 months. And the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan is anyplace a soldier happens to be.


Temping in the 21st Century Army


The thinking behind all this is simple math: reserve and Guard troops are much cheaper than regular troops. As Christopher Caldwell at the Weekly Standard notes, "it is hard not see a similarity between the army's shift to part-time soldiering and businesses preferences for part-time vs full-time labor."

"Transformation" has essentially shifted much of the financial burden for maintaining permanent troops to the families of the reserves. Most joined up for the educational grants and small stipends that comes with the job. But reserves are suddenly finding themselves locked into open-ended deployments in very dangerous places. "Weekend warrior, my ass," one sign spotted in Baghdad read. Reservists also charge that they are given second-rate equipment in the field, including inadequate body armor.

The toll on these temps has been considerable. According to the British newspaper, The Guardian, 75% of the 478 troops shipped home from Iraq for mental health reasons were reservists.

Wounded reservists returning from Iraq complain they have been "warehoused" at Fort Stewart, Ga. in barracks without showers or bathrooms and sometimes wait weeks to see a doctor.

Inadequate medical care--another way the New Model Army is trying to save on personnel costs--has touched a raw nerve among veterans as well, many of whom are partially or fully disabled from Gulf War Syndrome. Veterans' groups charge that almost 150,000 vets from Gulf War I have been waiting more than six months to see a doctor, and the wait for a specialist is up to two years.

Those numbers are likely to climb because solders in Iraq today are being exposed to many of the battlefield toxins that felled some 118,000 veterans in the first Gulf War.

The Syndrome has been linked to some 345 tons of Depleted Uranium Ammunition (DUA) used in the 1991 conflict. According to the London Express, the Americans and the British used between 1,100 and 2,200 tons of DUA, much of it in urban areas during the recent war. Radiation 1,000 to 1,900 times normal has been detected in four locations in Baghdad.

The situation is "appalling," according to Professor Brian Spratt, chair of the Royal Society, Britain's leading scientific body. "We really need someone like the UN Environmental Program or the World Health Organization to get into Iraq and start testing civilians and soldiers for uranium exposure."

Such testing is unlikely because the Department of Defense denies that DUA poses any health risks.


Cost-Cutting at the Pentagon


While spending on high-tech whiz-bangs is at an all time high, the administration has steadily shaved the cost of personnel.

A recent Pentagon attempt to cut active duty pay was defeated by congressional outrage, but the administration is still attempting to disqualify some 1.5 million veterans from eligibility for disability benefits. The Pentagon has also resisted the Retired Pay Restoration Act that would correct an anomaly that reduces military retirement pay by the amount veterans draw in disability. The measure would level the playing field between Civil Service retirees and 670,000 vets caught in this bureaucratic oddity, but the Pentagon has resisted it as a "budget buster."

Besides increasingly relying on temp soldiers, the "transformation" army is also trying to apply private industry practices to public service. Rumsfeld is seeking the right to hire, fire, and promote some 700,000 civilian Pentagon employees on "merit" alone, free of government employment regulations. "The risk that this system will be politicized and characterized by cronyism in hiring, firing, pay promotion, and discipline are immense," says Bobby Harnatge, president of the American Federation of Government Employees.

While the manpower crisis on the ground is bad--there are just not enough troops available to match the administration's imperial sprawl--it is likely to get a whole lot worse. A recent poll by the military newspaper, Stars and Stripes, found that only 49% of the reserves intend to re-enlist.

So is this blind folly? Or does "transformation" offer an unseen benefit?

"The arguments in support of technological monism echo down the halls of the Pentagon," Major General Robert Scales (Ret.) told the House Armed Service Committee Oct. 21, "precisely because they involve the expenditures of huge sums of money to defense contractors."

In the 2002 election cycle, U.S. arms corporations' political action committees spent $7,620,741, two-thirds of which went to the Republican Party. "Transformation" might not work well once the initial "shock and awe"of battle is over, but it can be a formidable re-election machine.

When the "Young Turks" of the French Army adopted the doctrine of élan, they were certain it was a formula for victory. The battle of the Marne convinced them otherwise, and the French abandoned the tactic. Of course the French General Staff wasn't running for office.

Middle East Online
 
Iraq war news
U.S. Revises Iraq Copter Death Toll to 15: "Fifteen U.S. soldiers were killed in Sunday's Chinook helicopter shoot-down in Iraq, not 16 as widely reported, the Pentagon said Tuesday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Faces Troop Pressure As Turkey Balks: "In a major setback to U.S. efforts to attract military help in Iraq, a Turkish official said Tuesday his country won't send peacekeeping troops without a significant change in the situation there. That makes it virtually certain the United States will have to send thousands more U.S. reservists early next year. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Bush: Saddam 'Trying to Stir Up Trouble': "Facing rising casualties in Iraq, President Bush said Tuesday that Saddam Hussein is "trying to stir up trouble" for the American-led occupation but vowed that the United States will track him down. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



UN Iraq envoy, security chief put on leave: "The UN's top envoy in Iraq and its global security chief have been relieved of their duties pending a review of security lapses before the August bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, a spokesman said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Three Killed In Baghdad Attack: "Nov. 4 -Guerrillas fired mortars into the Baghdad neighborhood that houses the U.S.-led occupation headquarters, wounding three people Tuesday."

In War In Iraq from www.FeedRoom.com



Baghdad blasts wound three coalition members: "Three members of the US-led coalition in Iraq, probably Americans, were wounded in three explosions in Baghdad, US Defence Department officials said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Egyptian Students Protest Iraq War: "More than 3,000 university students on Tuesday held Egypt's largest protest since the end of major fighting in Iraq, denouncing the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US vows to improve Iraq security: "The US deputy defence secretary says continuing violence threatens American-led efforts to rebuild Iraq."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Where The Wounded Go: "Since the war started, a busy military hospital in Germany has treated more than 7,700 U.S. troops wounded in Iraq. And, as CBS News' Mark Phillips reports, the casualty rates haven't fallen off ? they just keep coming."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Marines Win Top Unit Award for Iraq Fight: "The Navy has awarded its highest unit honor to the Marines who invaded Iraq, pushed north to Baghdad and helped Army troops liberate the capital. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Death rate of Iraq mothers triples, UN survey finds: "The number of women in Iraq who die of pregnancy and childbirth has almost tripled since 1989 according to a new survey, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraqi judge probing former regime officials killed in Mosul: "A judge investigating members of Saddam Hussein's ousted regime was shot dead in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, in the second such killing in as many days, police said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Another anti-Saddam judge shot dead in Iraq: "An Iraqi judge tasked with investigating officials of the ousted regime of president Saddam Hussein was shot dead in the northern city of Mosul, in the second such killing in 24 hours, Iraqi police said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Tuesday, November 04, 2003
 
Iraq war news
Congress passes Iraq budget: "The US Senate approves $87.5bn for Afghanistan and Iraq, as the president pledges America "will never run"."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Iraqis Seek Justice, or Vengeance, for Victims of the Killing Fields: "Nothing seems to preoccupy Iraqis quite as much as the urge to settle accounts with the old government."

In New York Times: World Special



Severe Copter Injuries Treated in Germany: "Sixteen American soldiers hurt in a deadly attack on their helicopter in Iraq on Sunday are being treated at a military hospital for broken bones, spinal fractures, burns and other injuries."

In New York Times: World Special



'America Will Never Run,' Bush Says of Iraq: "President Bush on Monday vowed again that the United States would stay in Iraq as long as it took to achieve stability."

In New York Times: World Special



Among the Newly Dead, a Soldier Who Was Grieving for His Mother: "Since President Bush declared an end to major combat hostilities on May 1, more than 20 Fort Carson soldiers have died in Iraq."

In New York Times: World Special



In Die-Hard City, G.I.'s Are Enemy: "Loathing for the American occupiers of Iraq looms everywhere in Falluja, where the recent downing of an American helicopter prompted celebrations from many of the locals."

In New York Times: World Special



Saddam 'not organising' Iraqi anti-US resistance (4 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Dead Sea drying up, Israeli study warns: "The Dead Sea is dying, and only a major engineering effort can save it, Israel's Minister of the Environment said Monday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Great new blog on pre-deployment in IraqWar.info



Congress OKs $87.5B for Iraq, Afghanistan: "Congress voted its final approval Monday for $87.5 billion for U.S. military operations and aid in Iraq and Afghanistan, a day after Americans in Iraq endured their worst casualties since March. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iranian Filmmakers Return Home From Iraq: "Two Iranian filmmakers received heroes' welcomes on their arrival in Tehran Monday after being held by U.S.-led coalition forces in neighboring Iraq for four months on suspicion of spying. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Troops Heading Home When Attack Struck: "Karina Lau was hoping to surprise her family in California with a two-week furlough from Iraq. Ernest Bucklew was headed home for his mother's funeral in Pennsylvania. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Soldier Dies in Iraq as Bush Says 'No Retreat': "Faced with a mounting military andcivilian death toll and stiffening guerrilla resistance,President Bush vowed on Monday that the United States would notrun from its "vital" mission in Iraq. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Monday, November 03, 2003
 
Iraq war news
Judge probing Saddam loyalists assassinated in Iraq: prosecutor: "The judge heading judicial committees to probe former officials of Saddam Hussein's ousted regime in the central city of Najaf was shot dead, a prosecutor who had been kidnapped with him told AFP. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Paying for Iraq Intelligence Blunders: "BAGHDAD, Nov 3 (IPS) -- U.S. intelligence-gathering operations are being called into question after the devastating attacks on the weekend and the rocket attacks and suicide bombings rocking Baghdad and other cities almost every day. To many Iraqis in the know, and even among Coalition officials, the answer is clear. (OneWorld.net)"

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Hippercritical's Iraq Report: Nov 3/03: "Welcome! Our goal 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. Our " Winds of War " coverage of the global War on Terror is a separate briefing today, and both are brought to you by Glenn Halpern of HipperCritical .
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Other Topics Today Include: Post-war Iraq progress reports from different angles; Powell takes it easy on the Red Cross and UN; Syria's diplomatic blunder; Iraqis continue to settle old scores; Which cards have we captured; Support the Toy Drive; Support the Troops; Wanted: human shields.
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U.S. Grounds Daytime Chinook Flights in Iraq: "File this one under "20/20 Hindsight"
[Fox News]
The U.S. military grounded all daytime operations by CH-47 Chinook helicopters Monday after Iraqi insurgents downed one the day before, killing 16 soldiers and wounding 20 others.

Fox News has confirmed that Chinook operations will be limited to night flights only.

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In Command Post: Irak



Two militants killed in Mecca shootout: "Police battled militants in the streets of the holy city of Mecca on Monday, killing two of the suspects and uncovering a large cache of weapons, the state news agency reported."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



White House: Resolve in Iraq 'unshakable': "This country's determination to prevail in Iraq is "unshakable" despite the downing of an Army helicopter that killed 16 U.S. soldiers, the White House says. Democrats called the assault a fresh illustration of faulty postwar planning."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Long queue at drive-in soup kitchen (3 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



GIs treated after chopper strike kills 16: "Sixteen U.S. soldiers arrived in Germany on Monday for treatment at an American military hospital after being wounded in the downing of a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter, which killed 16 and injured four others."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Sons, aides of top Iran cleric arrested: "Iranian security agents on Monday arrested two sons and two close aides of Iran's leading dissident cleric, a wife of one of the detainees said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraqi superstar singer hits Kuwaiti market: "Audiotapes by Iraq's superstar singer Kazem al-Saher have at last reached Kuwait after the government allowed them to go on sale, the information minister confirmed. (AFP)"

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Victims Were Heading Home For R&R: "The deadly missile attack on a pair of Chinook helicopters came on the first day of a stepped-up rest and recreation program. Troops from bases in Colorado, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Texas were aboard."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Iraqis practice their own form of mojo and voodoo: "Persecuted under Saddam Hussein, Iraq's fortune tellers and exorcists eke out an existence on the street, helping Iraqis find stolen cars, locate kidnapped relatives, conceive babies and chase away the demons. (AFP)"

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UN inspectors should return quickly to Iraq to "finish the job": ElBaradei: "United Nations weapons inspectors should return to Iraq as quickly as possible to "finish the job," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohamed ElBaradei said in a televised interview. (AFP)"

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Syria warns of Golan Heights resistance: "Ordinary Syrians might attack Israeli settlements in the occupied Golan Heights in retaliation for last month's Israeli air raid on a purported militant training camp near Damascus, Syrian officials warned."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraq's neighbors call for border control: "Arab, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers condemned terrorist bombings in Iraq and called on Iraqi officials to cooperate on border control Sunday after talks on the Iraqi crisis - which Baghdad's interim authority boycotted."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Coalition steadfast in dangerous Iraq: "They're doing what they can to tighten security - but they're also talking tough and refusing to budge."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Four US soldiers wounded in roadside bombing west of Baghdad: witnesses: "Four US soldiers were wounded in a roadside bombing in Fallujah hot on the heels of the deadly downing of a US military helicopter on the outskirts of the flashpoint Iraqi town, witnesses said. (AFP)"

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Blast rips through oil pipeline in northern Iraq: official: "An explosion has torn apart an oil pipeline near Kirkuk, 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of Baghdad, a company official told AFP. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



22 Times in Last 2 Weeks, a Grim Knock at the Door: "The steady rhythm of casualties is producing a steady rhythm of grim rituals."

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