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Saturday, November 22, 2003
 
Iraq War News
U.S. rips Iran for nuke program 'lies': "The United States assailed Iran on Friday for "lies" about its nuclear program and voiced unprecedented criticism of the U.N. atomic agency chief, suggesting he glossed over 18 years of deception that included enriching uranium and processing plutonium."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Militants call Palestinians traitors: "A leader of the Hamas militant group told thousands at a rally Friday that Palestinians who negotiated a symbolic peace agreement with Israel are traitors."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. Has Too Few Informants in Iraq: "The U.S. military still has too few trained intelligence specialists and Arabic interpreters in Iraq, despite stepped-up efforts, as it works to find out who's behind a surge of guerrilla attacks, the Pentagon's intelligence chief said Friday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



NATO Chief Hopeful on Afghan Aid, Seeks Iraq Talks: "NATO chief George Robertsonvoiced confidence Friday that allies would offer resources toextend Afghan peacekeeping beyond Kabul and called successthere a requirement before discussing any NATO role in Iraq. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Guerrillas Fire Rockets at Fortified Baghdad Sites: "Guerrillas fired rockets from donkeycarts at Iraq's Oil Ministry and two Baghdad hotels used byWesterners on Friday in audacious strikes on heavily fortifiedsites linked to the U.S.-led occupation. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraqis Shut Out of Lucrative Rebuilding Deals: "BAGHDAD, Nov 21 (IPS) - U.S. officials have shut Iraqis out of the business of reconstruction contracts, many local businessmen say. (OneWorld.net)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraqis on Iraq: "A fascinating journey through Iraq written up in the Israeli newspaper Haaretzexamines the question of Iraq's future through conversations and encounters with Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis, concluding that "The longing of the Iraqi people for a society based on basic human rights sometimes appears strong enough to overcome fragmentation into ethnic groups and religious differences, but at other times seems fragile and tentative.""

In Alternet: War On Iraq


Friday, November 21, 2003
 
U.S.-Backed Mayor of Fallujah Resigns: "Taha Bedawi, the U.S.-backed mayor of this volatile city west of Baghdad, resigned Thursday amid mounting criticism of his performance, the local U.S. military commander said. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Scholars discover parts of New Testament: "A barely legible clue - the name "Simon" carved in Greek letters - beckoned from high up on the weather-beaten facade of an ancient burial monument."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Bomb Attack in Iraq Kills U.S. Soldier, Army Says: "A bomb detonated as a U.S. convoy drovepast Thursday killed one American soldier and wounded two nearthe restive Iraqi town of Ramadi, a military spokeswoman said. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US forces arrest Saddam's brother-in-law: Iraqi police: "US forces have arrested Arshad Yassin, a brother-in-law of Saddam Hussein who was also his personal helicopter pilot and a senior figure in his close protection force until the early 1990s, a high ranking Iraqi police officer said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Bush Says Will Send More Troops to Iraq if Needed: "President Bush left open the possibilityon Thursday of sending more American troops to Iraq but saidsecurity on the ground would be the deciding factor. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Arab countries condemn Turkey blasts: "Arab countries joined the rest of the world in condemning Thursday's suicide bombings in Istanbul, Turkey, with the Syrian information minister calling the attacks "a barbarous crime.""

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



HSBC bank says it won't leave Turkey: "HSBC Holdings PLC, the London-based bank targeted in one of Thursday's deadly terrorist bombings in Istanbul, said the attacks wouldn't force it to leave Turkey."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq


Thursday, November 20, 2003
 
Iraq war updates
Six arrested for Turkey synagogues blast: "Authorities arrested six people in connection with the suicide bombings of two Istanbul synagogues as opposition leaders accused Turkey's government on Wednesday of being too lenient toward Muslim radicals."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Bush Acknowledges Iraq Gesture to Iran: "The Bush administration confirmed on Wednesday that Iraq has made overtures to Iran and said it was up to Baghdad to work out its relations with its neighbors. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Accused U.S. commander at pretrial hearing: "An Army officer fought back tears Wednesday as he acknowledged threatening to shoot an Iraqi detainee to extract information about a planned attack, saying that to protect his troops, he would "go to hell with a gasoline can in my hand.""

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Child killed in Iraq car bomb attack: "A car bomb exploded outside the home of a tribal leader in a city west of the capital on Wednesday, killing one child in yet another attack aimed at a U.S. ally."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Rumsfeld: NATO help in Iraq not expected: "More direct help from NATO in Iraq would be welcome but is unlikely, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Ramadi car bomb kills child, hurts others: "A car bomb exploded late Wednesday outside the home of a pro-American tribal leader in Ramadi, killing one child, a resident said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. Changes Military Strategy in Iraq: "The U.S. military's counteroffensive in Iraq features a major shift in tactics: aggressive combat against guerrilla hide-outs and training camps using American precision bombs and missiles rarely seen since the war last spring. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraq blast targets pro-US leader: "A bomb explodes near the home of a tribal leader in central Iraq, as US forces tackle insurgents in the area."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq



Protests hit Iraq 'Coalition TV': "Iraqis protest against "immodest images" on the coalition-run national television station, reports say."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq



TF ?ALL AMERICAN? CAPTURES ATTACKER OF POLICE CHIEF?S SON in CENTCOM: News Release



Vaccines Eyed In GIs Death: "One health panel says it suspects vaccines may have played a role in the death of a 22-year-old Army medic, but another board disagrees. It's the latest development in a running debate over vaccine safety."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Bush issues Iraq peace vow in London: "George Bush has told an audience of foreign policy and defence experts in London's Banqueting House that he is still determined to bring democracy to Iraq and the wider Middle East."

In Ananova: War In Iraq



US pounds Iraqi targets with massive bombs: "The US Air Force has used some of the largest weapons in its inventory to attack targets in central Iraq as part of the escalating crackdown on suspected guerrilla strongholds."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 19, 2003
(703)697-5131(media)
(703)428-0711(public/industry)

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who
were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.



Capt. Nathan S. Dalley, 27, of Kaysville, Utah, died from a non-hostile gunshot
wound on Nov. 17 in Baghdad, Iraq. Dalley was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st
Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.



Staff Sgt. Dale A. Panchot, 26, of Northome, Minn., was killed on Nov. 17, south of
Balad, Iraq. Panchot was on patrol when he was fatally injured by enemy fire.
Panchot was assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Carson, Colo.





No. 872-03
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 19, 2003
(703)697-5131(media)
(703)428-0711(public/industry)

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers who were
supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldiers were killed on Nov. 15 when two
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul,
Iraq.


Pfc. Richard W. Hafer, 21, of Cross Lanes, W.Va. Hafer was assigned
to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault),
Fort Campbell, Ky.



Capt. Pierre E. Piche, 29, of Starksboro, Vt. Piche was assigned to the 626th
Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.



Pfc. Joey D. Whitener, 19, of Nebo, N.C. Whitener was assigned to the 1st
Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort
Campbell, Ky.



The incident is under investigation.
Iraq War News

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
 
Iraq War News
Japan PM Set for Re-Election, Iraq Dispatch on Hold: "Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was setto be re-elected on Wednesday at the start of a briefparliamentary session as Japan grappled with the touchyquestion of when to send non-combat troops to help rebuildIraq. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



US says new UN resolution on Iraq could be a "possibility": "The United States said that a new UN Security Council resolution on Iraq's accelerated transition to self-rule could be a "possibility," but officials underlined the US is not actively seeking such a measure. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



List of Victims in Iraq Copter Collision: "Two Black Hawk helicopters collided Saturday in Iraq, killing 17 soldiers from the 101st Airborne based in Fort Campbell, Ky. The Department of Defense and family members have identified those killed as: (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Plans New U.N. Iraq Resolution: "The United States wants a new U.N. resolution to endorse the agreement between the Iraqi Governing Council and the U.S.-led coalition for a handover of power to a provisional Iraqi government in June 2004, U.N. diplomats said Tuesday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



A Look at U.S. Daily Deaths in Iraq: "As of Tuesday, Nov. 18, 422 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Mosul's pacification messages: "Mosul could have been a firecracker in post-war Iraq, but understandings on both sides have allayed trouble."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Italy honours its Iraq dead: "A final tribute has been paid to the 19 Italians killed in Iraq last week with a state funeral and a national day of mourning."

In Ananova: War In Iraq



Bush flies in to Fortress London (18 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



82D AIRBORNE DIVISION CONTINUES CRACK DOWN ON INSURGENTS in CENTCOM: News Release



101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION DISCOVERS WEAPONS CACHES in CENTCOM: News Release



101ST ROUNDS UP EIGHT SUSPECTS, WEAPONS DURING SEARCHES in CENTCOM: News Release



International seminar on the Role of the Media in Peacebuilding in RISQ


Tuesday, November 18, 2003
 
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Experts: al-Qaida Stature Feeds on Fear
DONNA BRYSON
Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt - A shadowy group linked to al-Qaida and an e-mail correspondent who says he works for Osama bin Laden each have claimed responsibility for Istanbul's synagogue bombings in e-mailed boasts filled with Muslim militant rhetoric. The claims feed fear, confusion and the terror network's reputation, analysts say.

Both claims came in language reminiscent of al-Qaida's Quranic, anti-Western style - one easy to mimic and popular among a variety of Muslim militant thinkers.

"It's extremely difficult to decipher the authenticity of claims," said Magnus Ranstorp, director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

But enough people will believe - or want to believe - the claims to create "a mirage of great coordination," Ranstorp said. Some will be inspired to try to join al-Qaida or like-minded organizations, he said.

The London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi said Sunday it received an e-mail statement from a group calling itself the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades claiming to have bombed the synagogues because it believed Israeli intelligence agents were inside. The e-mail offered no details that might lend credence to the claim, and it would be difficult to determine who sent the statement.

The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades emerged as an Internet entity in recent months, with no track record of proven attacks or roster of militants. Its main link to al-Qaida is a tenuous one: It takes its name from the alias of Mohammed Atef, Osama bin Laden's top deputy who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in November 2001.

E-mail statements and Internet postings purportedly signed by the group have claimed responsibility for several catastrophes, including the August bombing of a Jakarta hotel that killed 12 people and wounded 150 and the massive August power outage in the United States. Indonesian investigators believe local group Jemaah Islamiyah was responsible for the Jakarta bombings, and sabotage has been ruled out in the blackout that darkened eight states and parts of Canada.

U.S. counterterrorism officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said little is known about the Abu Hafs el-Masri Brigades and the extent of their organization. Their claims of responsibility for various bombings have not been validated.

Sunday's other claim was e-mailed to the London-based weekly Al-Majalla. The Arabic-language newspaper said the claim was signed by an al-Qaida operative identified as Abu Mohammed al-Ablaj. The same name has been the signoff on a series of e-mails to Al-Majalla - including previous, vague statements that could be read as warnings of attacks that later took place in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Majalla said Sunday's al-Ablaj e-mail claimed al-Qaida was responsible for both the synagogue attacks and a Nov. 12 car bomb outside Italian police headquarters in Nasiriyah, Iraq, that killed 19 Italians and more than a dozen Iraqis.

U.S. counterterrorism officials say al-Ablaj is suspected of being an al-Qaida member, but they know little about him so they cannot be certain. It is unknown whether his claims of responsibility are authentic, but officials say they have not been dismissed.

U.S. military officials say they face a variety of foes in Iraq - loyalists of ousted Saddam Hussein, other Iraqis who resent the U.S.-led occupation and foreign Muslim militants.

The military officials say the extent to which al-Qaida is organized and operating in Iraq is hard to determine.

President Bush asserted Sunday in an interview on PBS-BBC's "Breakfast with David Frost" that "there are some foreign fighters - mujahedeen types or al-Qaida, or al-Qaida affiliates involved" in Iraq.

In the past, al-Qaida was known for never claiming responsibility for attacks. At the most, it would offer praise in language that could be read as a boast, or simply as encouragement for others to keep striking its stated enemies: the West, Israel, and governments in the Muslim world seen as insufficiently Islamic.

The flurry of recent al-Qaida claims could be from sympathizers who want to offset the impression that the group has been weakened by the U.S.-led war on terror following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The claims also feature threats of more attacks meant to sow fear.

"We tell the criminal Bush and his Arab and non-Arab followers (especially Britain, Italy, Australia, and Japan) that cars of death will not stop at Baghdad, Riyadh, Istanbul, Jerba, Nasiriyah or Jakarta," said the Sunday statement attributed to the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades. It was referring to past attacks in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Indonesia.

The al-Ablaj e-mail pledged: "The attacks against Jews and America will follow. Let America and Israel cry for their dead from today and the destruction that they will suffer."

Turkish authorities, who have said an international group like al-Qaida could be behind Saturday's suicide bombings that killed 23 people, plus the two drivers, treated the claims with caution.

"We are taking into consideration all organizations and possibilities," Turkish Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said Monday during one of the victim's funerals in Ankara.
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Sharon says he'll meet Palestinian PM: "Israeli and Palestinian premiers will meet soon, Israel's prime minister said Monday, opening prospects for talks to end more than three years of conflict as a top Egyptian official came to the West Bank to promote a cease-fire."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Brit Envoy: We Warned U.S.: "A former British ambassador to the United States says British officials warned their American counterparts that more postwar planning was needed, but were ignored."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Did Saddam Dupe His Generals?: "Writing in The Weekly Standard, former CIA director James Woolsey says U.S. intellgence may have thought Saddam had WMDs because that's precisely what Saddam's own generals thought."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



CIA: Not Sure Saddam Tape Real: "An audiotape supposedly made by Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to escalate attacks against the occupation and "agents brought by foreign armies." The CIA says it can't tell whether that's really Saddam on the tape."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

 
Bush to find warmth, antagonism in London: "President Bush is joining with America's staunchest ally in the war in Iraq for a state visit that promises contrasting pictures of elegant ceremonies at Buckingham Palace and noisy street protests by thousands of anti-war demonstrators."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Muhammad seeks to avoid death sentence: "Was John Allen Muhammad a man who tenderly looked after his children while they lived in a shelter, or a callous killer who deserves to die for masterminding the Washington area sniper shootings?"

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



U.N. agency begins Afghan withdrawl: "The U.N. refugee agency began pulling foreign staff out of large swaths of southern and eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday in the wake of the killing of a French worker, a decision that could affect tens of thousands of Afghan returnees."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press



Bomb blast wounds 2 U.S. troops in Mosul: "A bomb blast wounded two U.S. soldiers Tuesday in the northern city of Mosul while U.S. aircraft and tanks blasted trees and abandoned buildings along a road north of Baghdad to deny insurgents cover for rocket attacks."

In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press


Monday, November 17, 2003
 
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Iraq War Updates
What Iraq will get isn't self-rule (17 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Questions for President Bush's next press conference (17 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Bush pulls out of speech to Parliament (17 Nov 03) in Radio Free USA



Top Iraqi Scientist Flees to Iran: "The Iraqi scientist who headed Saddam Hussein's long-range missile program has fled to neighboring Iran, a country identified as a state sponsor of terrorism with a successful missile program and nuclear ambitions, U.S. officers involved in the weapons hunt told The Associated Press.
Dr. Modher Sadeq-Saba al-Tamimi's departure comes as top weapons makers from Saddam's deposed regime find themselves eight months out of work but with skills that could be lucrative to militaries or terrorist organizations in neighboring countries. U.S. officials have said some are already in Syria and Jordan.
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In Command Post: Irak

 
Iraq war news
U.S. Launches "Massive" Offensive: ""The 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse has launched a series of combined arms operations to include air and ground strikes against identified targets," a statement from U.S. Central Command said, "along with precision raids against non-compliant groups and individuals focused on neutralizing paramilitary, former regime loyalists, foreign fighters and other extremist and subversive elements with task force area of responsibility."
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In Command Post: Irak



U.S., Canadian Jews head to Jerusalem: "More than 4,000 U.S. and Canadian Jews on Sunday began a four-day convention in Israel, the largest of its kind, planning to discuss issues like immigration and anti-Semitism and show support for the embattled country."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Palestinian groups seem ready for truce: "Palestinian militants are sending "very positive" signals that they are ready for a cease-fire with Israel, a top aide to the Palestinian prime minister said Sunday, a day before Egypt's intelligence chief arrives for truce talks."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. troops take on guerrillas in Iraq: "Troops flooded a Baghdad neighborhood in a new U.S. military offensive against guerrillas Sunday, as an audiotape purportedly made by Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to escalate their fight against the occupation."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraq handover too slow - France: "The French foreign minister urges the US to act sooner on the creation of a provisional Iraqi government."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)


Sunday, November 16, 2003
 
French U.N. worker killed in Afghanistan
JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press: "One of two Afghan men on a motorcycle opened fire Sunday on a marked United Nations' car, killing a French aid worker, the first international U.N. staff member slain in postwar Afghanistan. Police identified the captured assailants as Taliban militants."
 
Iraq War News
'Saddam' tape taunts US military: "A recording purportedly of Saddam Hussein says the occupying forces in Iraq have reached "a dead end"."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Bremer: US in tough fight in Iraq: "America's top man in Iraq says the US is in "a tough fight" there and its forces will stay on after political power is handed over."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Gambling on Plan B: "The US decision to hand over power by the end of June is a recognition that its policy has failed, writes Paul Reynolds."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Unreported attacks: "The BBC's Martin Asser sees victims of violent crime at a Baghdad hospital."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



US To Help Ink Iraqi Constitution: "Iraq?s new constitution will embody American values, including a bill of rights, says America's chief postwar administrator, L. Paul Bremer. Enemy fire may have caused the crash of two U.S. helicopters Saturday that killed 17 American soldiers."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

 
Two Black Hawks Down; 17 Dead: "Five troops were hurt and one was unaccounted for, military officials said. One chopper was said to have been hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, and witnesses reported the two aircraft collided in mid-air."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Timetable set for Iraq transfer: "The US-led coalition in Iraq will hand over power to a transitional government by next June, it is announced."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



CIVIL AFFAIRS, PATROLS MAKE IRAQ BETTER PLACE FOR RESIDENTS in CENTCOM: News Release



PROGRESS MADE IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE in CENTCOM: News Release



101ST RAIDS NET ALLEGED TERRORISTS OPERATING IN NORTHERN IRAQ in CENTCOM: News Release



US to hand over power by mid-2004: "The US-led coalition will hand power to a transitional Iraqi government by June, the Iraqi Governing Council says."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)

 

 
   
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