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" May No Soldier Go Unloved "

   
 
Saturday, December 06, 2003
 
Iraq war news
Japan's PM hopes to visit Iraq as the nation mourns deaths of diplomats: "Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he wants to visit Iraq, as he prepares to send troops to help rebuild the war-torn country. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Rumsfeld flies into northern Iraq: "US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrives in Kirkuk on a visit to assess the military and political situation in Iraq."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Rumsfeld visits Iraqi northern oil fields: "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, without advanced public notice, flew into northern Iraq early Saturday, landing in the heart of country's northern oil fields."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Baghdad Bomb Attack Kills U.S. Soldier, 4 Iraqis: "A bomb exploded in the middle of a busyBaghdad road on Friday, killing an American soldier and atleast four Iraqis ahead of a visit by Defense Secretary DonaldRumsfeld. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Baker Is Named to Restructure Iraq's Huge Debt: "President Bush named James A. Baker III as his personal envoy to restructure more than $100 billion in Iraq's debt."

In New York Times: World Special



Trail of Anti-U.S. Fighters Said to Cross Europe to Iraq: "Recent arrests show that Al Qaeda has established a network across Europe that is moving recruits into Iraq to join the insurgency."

In New York Times: World Special



Roadside Bomb Kills a G.I. and 2 Civilians in Baghdad: "A U.S. soldier and two Iraqis were killed when an improvised bomb exploded on a commercial strip. About a dozen Iraqis were wounded."

In New York Times: World Special



Hundreds of U.S. Troops Infected by Parasite Borne by Sand Flies, Army Says: "U.S. troops in Iraq have been infected with a parasite spread by sand flies and the long-term consequences are still unknown."

In New York Times: World Special



Powell stays with U.S. Mideast peace plan: "The Israeli and Palestinian authors of a private Middle East peace plan presented their proposals to Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday but were unable to alter the Bush administration's approach to peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Powell views unofficial Mideast peace plan: "The Israeli and Palestinian authors of a private Middle East peace plan presented their proposals to Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday but were unable to alter the Bush administration's approach to peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



AP: Iraq set to form war crimes tribunal: "Saddam Hussein and hundreds of his aides could go on trial for crimes against humanity and genocide in an Iraqi-led tribunal that will be established in the coming days, Iraqi and American officials told The Associated Press on Friday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Middle East Demands Honest Dealers, Dealmaking: "When Saddam Hussein compared President Bush to the Mongol general Hulegu in a speech shortly before the U.S. invasion, he demonstrated the importance of history to the peoples of the Middle East. (Pacific News Service, Commentary, Franz Schurmann, Dec 05, 2003)"

In New California Media: Focus on Iraq



How an American war hero is taking his battle over Iraq to Washington (05 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Rigging Iraq's elections (5 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Right media power grows ever larger - Bush has a present for Murdoch (5 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Thousands welcome Sudan rebel delegation: "More than 30,000 jubilant supporters overwhelmed airport security on Friday and rushed up to a plane carrying the first delegation of rebels to arrive in the Sudanese capital in 20 years."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



AP: Bremer predicts more attacks in Iraq: "Iraqi guerrillas will step up attacks in the next few months in an attempt to thwart a transfer of sovereignty from the occupation authority to a new Iraqi government, the top U.S. administrator in Iraq said Friday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Palestinians to open West Bank market: "Palestinian vendors hammered at the rusty locks on their stores Friday as the Israeli military allowed a market in the divided West Bank city of Hebron to open for the first time in more than a year."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraqi insurgency claims more lives as US appoints debt envoy: "Iraq's insurgency claimed more Iraqi and American lives when a bomb targeting a US army convoy exploded in a busy shopping street in Baghdad just as a pro-US demonstration condemned growing "terrorism." (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Mum Vainly Tries to See U.S. Iraq Soldier Daughter: "A peace activist accused the U.S.military on Friday of depriving her of the chance to visit hersoldier daughter, telling her that the truck driver was on amission. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Friday, December 05, 2003
 
Iraq war news
Bush holds fast to his Mideast approach: "President Bush showed guarded interest Thursday in an unofficial peace plan for the Middle East but held firm to his own approach that calls for a democratic Palestinian state and the end of terror attacks against Israel."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. exporting 'tools of torture' (04 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Powell urges greater NATO role in Iraq: "US Secretary of State Colin Powell called on NATO to take on a greater role in Iraq to help stabilize the violence-wracked country where the US is seeking to ease the pressure on its own forces. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



"We have happy children, lots of them": "Twelve-year-old Ahmad Mu'ayyad is learning how to wrestle. Aspiring painter Hanin Rida, aged 10, is throwing pots, firing her finished pottery and learning how to draw. Budding actor Mithaq Abu Ali, has already acted and sung in three plays."

In Electronic Iraq



Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights and Iraqi human rights minister discuss human rights in Iraq: "The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has offered to make its expertise available to Iraqi officials and representatives of the country's civil society as they establish a legal framework to promote and protect human rights. This initiatives was discussed by Bertrand Ramcharan and Abdel Baset Turki."

In Electronic Iraq



Iraqi Governing Council bans satellite television station Al-Arabiya: "RSF has called on the Iraqi Governing Council to reverse its decision banning the Dubai-based satellite television news channel Al-Arabiya from operating in Iraq until it signs a written commitment not to encourage terrorism."

In Electronic Iraq



Ex-minister: Accord needs Arafat backing: "An organizer of an alternative Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty said Thursday that it was unlikely the agreement would succeed without support from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Guerrillas fire on Iraqi police station: "Guerrillas fired on a police station Thursday in a town west of Baghdad, wounding six Iraqis, and a roadside bomb destroyed a U.S. armored vehicle in the capital. There were no American casualties in either attack."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. Seeks to Cut Off Money to Guerrillas: "A spate of U.S. raids on Iraqi smugglers signals a new strategy to deny the guerrilla insurgency one of its chief recruiting assets: money. If U.S. military strategists are correct, the insurgency will soon face a financial crisis when old Iraqi dinar notes bearing the face of Saddam Hussein will be worthless. The military wants to deepen the crisis by launching raids on black marketeers thought to be funding the guerrilla movement. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Kyoto Protocol in Peril (04 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Bush Plane Flew Under False Cover on Iraq Trip: "President Bush's flight plan wasfalsified last week to hide his Thanksgiving Day visit to Iraq,the White House said on Thursday, in another example of theextraordinary -- and deceptive -- steps taken in arranging thebattle-zone trip. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Guerrillas Fire on Iraqi Police Station: "Guerrillas fired on a police station Thursday in a town west of Baghdad, wounding six Iraqis, and a roadside bomb destroyed a U.S. armored vehicle in the capital. There were no American casualties in either attack. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Daily U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq: "As of Thursday, Dec. 4, 441 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 304 died as a result of hostile action and 137 died of non-hostile causes, the department said. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Stand by your body count: "Despite eyewitness testimonies to the contrary, the U.S. military stands by its assertion that there were no civilian casualties in the firefight in Samarraon Sunday, as reported by Editor & Publisher Online. Continue »"

In Alternet: War On Iraq



U.S. Seeks to Cut Off Money to Guerrillas: "A spate of U.S. raids on Iraqi smugglers signals a new strategy to deny the guerrilla insurgency one of its chief recruiting assets: money. If U.S. military strategists are correct, the insurgency will soon face a financial crisis when old Iraqi dinar notes bearing the face of Saddam Hussein will be worthless. The military wants to deepen the crisis by launching raids on black marketeers thought to be funding the guerrilla movement. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Powell Hopes for More German Help in Iraq Next Year: "Secretary of State Colin Powell saidThursday he hoped that Germany, a fierce opponent of theU.S.-led war in Iraq, would feel able to give more help to thecountry when Iraqis are granted more control. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Correction: Vatican-Iraq Story: "In a Dec. 3 story about the election of the patriarch of Chaldean Catholics, The Associated Press, using information from the Vatican, erroneously reported his chosen name as Karim III. The Vatican said Thursday the correct name is Emmanuel III Delly. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Bush Plane Flew Under False Cover on Iraq Trip: "President Bush's flight plan wasfalsified last week to hide his Thanksgiving Day visit to Iraq,the White House said on Thursday, in another example of theextraordinary -- and deceptive -- steps taken in arranging thebattle-zone trip. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Israel: Syria still backing militants: "Israel brushed off signs Syria is ready to resume peace talks, saying Thursday the Damascus government continues to back militant groups like one Israel says was behind a suicide bombing attempt on a school."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq


Thursday, December 04, 2003
 
Iraq war news updates
U.N. plans long-term monitoring of Iraq: "U.N. weapons inspectors are planning for possible monitoring of Iraq's biological, chemical and missile programs despite being barred from the country by the United States, according to a report to the U.N. Security Council."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



The Long Way Home: "The journey home from Iraq is long and painful for the more than 2,100 soldiers wounded there in the past eight months. David Martin set out to meet some of the wounded and share their stories."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Assad calls Israel source of violence: "Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday accused the Israeli government of following "the policies of escalation and extremism," making the Middle East a more dangerous place."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraqis to Form Anti-Guerrilla Militia: "Iraqi political parties and coalition authorities are discussing the creation of a 1,000-member militia to bolster the U.S. military's fight against a guerrilla insurgency, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Wednesday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



White House: Geneva accord may be useful: "The architects of a far-reaching proposed accord between Israel and the Palestinians campaigned for Washington's approval Wednesday, but the White House said President Bush's blueprint for a Mideast settlement still was the best formula."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. May Have Just Missed Second Most Wanted Iraqi: "U.S. troops probably just missedcatching the second most wanted man in Iraq in a major raid,but seized important individuals among 54 suspected guerrillasdetained, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq: "As of Wednesday, Dec. 3, 441 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 304 died as a result of hostile action and 137 died of non-hostile causes, the department said. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Homeless in Baghdad: "Six-year-old Ali, and Sa'id, 10, are grubbing through the rubbish piled up near their temporary home behind the bombed-out Iraqi air force club in the capital, Baghdad. They are part of a new community of sorts sheltering in unfinished buildings at the club's compound, near the national theatre in the heart of the city."

In Electronic Iraq



Coalition casualties accounted for (Updated 3rd of December) in IraqWar.ru (English)

 
Iraq war news updates
Report: Japan to Send Troops to Iraq: "Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has approved a plan to start sending 1,000 troops for non-combat duty in Iraq by the end of December, a newspaper reported Thursday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Saudi police arrest car bombing suspect: "Saudi police manned sandbagged checkpoints across the capital and guarded western compounds after a suspect in a recent suicide car bombing was arrested amid new warnings of possible attacks on foreigners here."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Shiite cleric new head of Iraq's council: "The new president of Iraq's Governing Council is a Shiite cleric and former militia leader who strongly objects to a key part of a U.S. plan to give sovereignty to Iraqis by July 1."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Shiite Cleric New Head of Iraq's Council: "The new president of Iraq's Governing Council is a Shiite cleric and former militia leader who strongly objects to a key part of a U.S. plan to give sovereignty to Iraqis by July 1. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Saddam withdrew one billion before US bombs fell: "Hours before the US-led war on Iraq began, the nation's former dictator Saddam Hussein withdrew more than one billion dollars from its central bank, funds US officials believe he and supporters are using today to support armed resistance to coalition forces, ABC News reported. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Saudis withhold money for Iraq (04 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Rumsfeld Says Will Not Bargain for Support in Iraq: "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld hassaid there was no question of trading U.S. backing for enhancedEuropean defense capabilities for a pledge by France or Germanyto contribute peacekeeping troops for Iraq. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Body Armor Saves Lives in Iraq: "BAGHDAD -- Pfc. Gregory Stovall felt the explosion on his face. He was standing in the turret of a Humvee, manning a machine gun, when the roadside bomb went off. At the time, he was guarding a convoy of trucks making a mail run. (washingtonpost.com)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Kerry Denounces 'Inept' Bush Foreign Policy: "Senator John Kerry attacked President Bush for an "arrogant, inept, reckless" foreign policy and laid out a detailed plan for prosecuting the war on terrorism far differently."

In New York Times: World Special



Interview With Iraqi Resistance Cell: "OK, banal news day over. The Washington Times has this UPI article , the first in a two-part interview with members of an "anti-US Iraqi cell." A taste:
"They should have come and just given us food and some security," he said. "Even today I feel like I cannot drive my car at night because of Ali Baba (the Baghdad slang for criminals)."
"It was then I realized that they had come as occupiers and not as liberators," he says. "And my colleagues and I then voted to fight. So we began to meet and plan. We met with others and have tried to buy weapons. None of us are afraid to die, but it is hard. We are just men, workers, not soldiers."
And notably, they are not Baathists. Read the rest here .
"

In Command Post: Irak



Harrumph. Oh ... And Saddam Has $1 Billion On Hand: "That's what I say ... "Harrumph." Trollin' the news all day and it?s all soooo banal. Even we at TCP have slow news days, I suppose.
I did see this at Reuters , though:
Saddam Hussein withdrew more than $1 billion (580 million pounds) from Iraq's central bank hours before U.S. forces invaded, and some of the money may be funding the Iraqi insurgency against U.S. troops, ABC News has reported.
Quoting a letter purportedly written by Saddam and obtained by ABC News, and citing U.S. officials, ABC News said on Wednesday $132 million of funds withdrawn by the former Iraqi leader is unaccounted for and may be being used by his followers to fund attacks against U.S. forces.
ABC News said the handwritten letter from Saddam, dated March 19, 2003, was found by U.S. agents in the files of the Iraqi central bank, and obtained by ABC News.
So at least we have that going for us, which is nice.
"

In Command Post: Irak



US under pressure to back claims over Iraq firefight (4 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



American Dream, Super-Sized - Democracy cannot coexist with Bush's failed doctrine of preventive war (3 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA


Wednesday, December 03, 2003
 
Iraq war updates
DHL Resumes Flights, Service to Baghdad: "The global package delivery service DHL said Tuesday it had resumed flights to Baghdad, after one of its planes was hit by a missile on its approach to the airport. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Forces Stage Massive Raid in Iraq: "U.S. troops north of the capital arrested at least 20 insurgents in a raid while workers began demolishing gigantic bronze busts of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad on Tuesday - both moves aimed at stamping out loyalty to Iraq's ousted regime. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Today's U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq: "As of Tuesday, Dec. 2, 440 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 303 died as a result of hostile action and 137 died of non-hostile causes, the department said. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



AP: West Bank outposts slowly digging in: "Just six months after Israel committed to a peace plan requiring it to dismantle scores of illegal Jewish settlement outposts, an Associated Press inspection of 18 of the encampments found the settlers have expanded significantly."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Israeli to Powell: Skip Mideast meeting: "Israel's vice premier warned it would be a mistake for Secretary of State Colin Powell to meet organizers of an informal Mideast peace treaty. But Powell said Tuesday that just such a meeting is planned this week."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Bush's Baghdad-Bound Plane Was Spotted: "In a footnote to President Bush's surprise trip to Baghdad, the White House identified the location and time when Air Force One was spotted en route to Iraq last week by a British Airways pilot. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



NATO Allies to Stay Course in Iraq, Rumsfeld Says: "Despite recent attacks by insurgentson the forces of U.S. allies, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldsaid Tuesday that virtually all of the countries providingtroops for duty in Iraq have promised to keep them there. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Latest Iraq Attacks Test Allies' Resolve: "America's allies in Iraq, suddenly besieged by guerrilla attacks that until now targeted mostly U.S. forces, are also under fire at home from a public shaken by the mounting dangers. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Stressed out in Iraq - tired, terrified, trigger-happy (2 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



No freedom without free press (2 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



A combat leader gives the inside skinny of the biggest battle since the war ended (2 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Beyond bull (2 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Iraq row rages as Spain mourns in CNN - War in Iraq



Intelligence experts speak out against the war in a new documentary: "A slew of former CIA officials, ambassadors, weapons inspectors, and high ranking governmental figures testify to the illegality and sheer irrationality of the war in the hour-long documentary Uncovered that has been promoted by the Internet-based lobby group MoveOn. The various interviewees dissect the "intelligence" put forth by President Bush in his 2003 State of the Union speech, and the fuzzy photos used in Colin Powell's February speech to the UN, which is described by one former intelligence expert as a piece of "theater.""

In Electronic Iraq



Palestinian killed, 2 homes fall in raids: "Israeli troops killed an armed Palestinian and blew up two houses of suspected militants Tuesday in their second West Bank raid in as many days."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Another Symbol of Hussein's Regime Comes Down: "An Iraqi construction crew is removing the four massive heads of Saddam Hussein, each three stories high, that sit atop the Republican Palace in Baghdad. (The New York Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Rumsfeld: NATO Allies to Remain in Iraq: "Nearly all of the NATO countries with troops in Iraq have pledged to remain there in 2004 to help stabilize and rebuild the country, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Idaho-Based Co. Halts Iraq Project: "A Boise-based engineering and construction company has suspended work on power line towers being built in northern Iraq because two engineers for a subcontractor were killed and two others wounded in a weekend attack. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraq's King of Clubs evades US capture: "US troops have denied reports that Saddam Hussein's right hand man - the King of Clubs in the most wanted list - had been captured."

In Ananova: War In Iraq



Annan meets with advisory group on Iraq: "Secretary-General Kofi Annan met his advisory group on Iraq for the first time today, a move aimed at persuading countries in the region to support the same approach to the post-conflict country."

In Electronic Iraq



Saudi, Kenya attacks possible, U.S. warns: "U.S. Embassies on Tuesday warned of possible terror attacks against two hotels in Kenya and a housing compound for Westerners in Saudi Arabia. Kenyan police said they were investigating reports that terrorists had packed a truck with explosives for an imminent attack."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Latest Iraq attacks test allies' resolve: "America's allies in Iraq, suddenly besieged by guerrilla attacks that until now targeted mostly U.S. forces, are also under fire at home from a public shaken by the mounting dangers."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq


Tuesday, December 02, 2003
 
Koizumi Adamant Japan Will Send Troops to Iraq: "Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi insistedTuesday that Japan would send troops to help rebuild Iraq asdomestic media reported that ministerial approval could bedelayed after the death of two Japanese diplomats there. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Annan Organizes Group of Mideast Nations on Iraq: "Iraq's neighbors, includingIran, and Security Council members, including the UnitedStates, came together in a new grouping some delegates hopewill develop into an international conference on Iraq's future. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Hutton inquiry refuses to allow Blair to see report in advance: "British Prime Minister Tony Blair will have no advance warning of a report, expected early next year, into the death of British weapons expert David Kelly, London's Financial Times said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Sees Lesson for Insurgents in an Iraq Battle: "Americans vowed that the killing of as many as 54 insurgents would serve as lesson, but Iraqis disputed the death toll."

In New York Times: World Special



Rumsfeld Calls Peril in Iraq, Along With Progress, a 'Contradiction': "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged that attacks continue to kill U.S. forces even as the economy stabilizes."

In New York Times: World Special



Bush Aides Say Attacks Won't Scare Allies Into Leaving Iraq: "Bush administration officials said that a wave of attacks would not succeed in scaring anyone away from securing Iraq."

In New York Times: World Special



For a Respite in Iraq, a Nickel Ride Across the Tigris: "The River Tigris is Baghdad's one oasis where no one fears car bombs and the traffic moves freely."

In New York Times: World Special



Arafat hails informal Mideast peace pact: "Yasser Arafat praised an informal Israeli-Palestinian peace pact, but violence persisted in the West Bank with an Israeli sweep through the town of Ramallah, where Arafat has his headquarters."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



No happily ever after for married soldiers: "Love does not conquer all, it seems."

In Back to Iraq 2.0



Jordan's king vows to transform Jordan: "Jordan's King Abdullah II pledged Monday to transform his nation into a model democratic state that can serve as an example to other Middle East nations."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Council In Iraq Resisting Ayatollah: "BAGHDAD, Dec. 1 -- A majority of Iraq's U.S.-appointed Governing Council has decided to support an American plan to select a provisional government through regional caucuses despite objections from the country's most powerful Shiite Muslim cleric, according to several council members. (washingtonpost.com)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Troops Kill 54 Guerrillas in Iraq Firefight: "American troops killed 54guerrillas in a fierce battle to fight off coordinated ambusheson armored convoys carrying large quantities of banknotes inthe tense Iraqi town of Samarra, the U.S. Army said on Monday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Battle Reveals New Iraqi Tactics: "SAMARRA, Iraq, Dec. 1 -- Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hollis knew there was trouble even before the shooting started. As he stood guard in his M1-A1 Abrams tank outside a bank in this Sunni Muslim town, the usually busy streets suddenly emptied Sunday. Men hurried down back alleys, some running. Women dragged their children away from the positions of U.S. troops. (washingtonpost.com)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Dutch protest against visit Colin Powell: "Some 1,000 people protesting against Colin Powell's visit to the Netherlands and the occupation of Iraq and Palestine gathered in the Dutch town of Maastricht ahead of a meeting of the the European security body, the OSCE."

In Electronic Iraq



It's time to get moving: "It's time to go back. Back to Iraq."

In Back to Iraq 2.0



Iraqis deny US accounts of fierce fight with 'guerrillas' (2 Dec 03) in Radio Free USA



Poll: Iraqis distrusting coalition troops: "Nearly four out of five Iraqis have little or no confidence in occupying U.S. and British forces, but more than 40 percent said the fall of Saddam Hussein was the best thing that happened to them in the past year, according to a poll published Monday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Soldier faces discharge for Iraq marriage: "An American soldier has been reprimanded and will be discharged for taking a break from a foot patrol in Baghdad to marry an Iraqi woman, his lawyer said Monday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Senate Dems Rip Bush on Iraq, Afghanistan: "Two Democratic senators just back from Iraq and Afghanistan predicted on Monday possible disastrous consequences from the Bush administration's policies for political and economic recovery in both countries. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S., Iraqi police dispute death toll in ambushes in CNN - War in Iraq



Putin demands early Iraq elections in CNN - War in Iraq



Bush remains firm on Iraq transition plan: "The Bush administration is holding to the terms of its plan for transition to Iraqi rule by the end of next June, despite rumblings of Shiite disapproval."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Shiite Assumes Rotating Iraqi Presidency: "Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim, a Shiite Muslim leader who has criticized U.S.-led plans for Iraqi sovereignty, assumed the rotating presidency of the Governing Council on Monday amid discussions about how to select a transitional government. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Bloodshed, religious politics put US Iraq policy on spot: "Despite vows of no surrender in Iraq, the United States has been thrust into a painful military dilemma by a swelling insurgency, days after a top Shiite cleric ambushed its new political strategy. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Monday, December 01, 2003
 
More Dutch troops stay longer in Iraq and Afghanistan: "Government.nl [ Full story »» ] reports:
The government has extended the mission of the Dutch forces in Iraq by six months. An extra reconnaissance unit of the Commando Corps will be sent to Iraq to gather information on the situation in the south of al-Muthanna province.

RNW [ Full story »» ] reports:
Dutch Defence Minister Henk Kamp plans to send four Apache military helicopters to Afghanistan. If approved, the mission will involve the deployment of between 60 and 100 military personnel. The Dutch helicopters are likely to be deployed in and around the Afghan capital, Kabul.
"

In Command Post: Irak



White House Version of Mid-Air Exchange Disputed: "British Airways said on Monday thatnone of its pilots made contact with President Bush's planeduring its secret flight to Baghdad, contradicting White Housereports of a mid-air exchange that nearly prompted Bush to calloff his trip. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



AFTER DUBYA'S MISSION: A MATTER OF AMERICAN WILL: " (New York Post)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Briton disputes reports of abuse in Iraq: "A British envoy on Monday disputed reports by human rights groups alleging a pattern of human rights violations by U.S. forces in Iraq."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Terrorists or civilians?: "Reports out of Iraq about yesterday's deadly gun battle in Samarra are painting markedly different portraits of what happened. Locals and Americans agree that the so-called fedayeen irregulars attacked a U.S. military convoy delivering cash to two banks. What happened next is emerging only through the fog of war.
While the U.S. military is claiming that the 54 Iraqis killed in Samarra late Sunday were terrrorist insurgents, reports filed by Middle East news organizations claim that most of the dead are innocent civilians. Albawaba.com reports, "Locals provided different versions about the incident. According to them, occupation troops killed unarmed bystanders when they opened fire on all directions. Workers at a nearby pharmaceutical plant said at least two colleagues were shot dead and many injured as they walked out of the factory gates at the end of their shift. An AFP reporter saw blood spattered on the ground and bullet holes in the sentry box to left of the white factory gates." According to this Agence France Presse report, the dead included "eight civilians including a woman and a child." Continue »
"

In Alternet: War On Iraq



Mis-occupied Iraq: "From the New Yorker, comes another dissection of the poor plannning and blind hubris behind the White House's war. After reading this, it is hard not to think it a monstrous crime that the United States is not actively begging the United Nations to take over the situation, while granting it whatever financial and military backing it might need to help the country recover from its decades of hell - and six months of post-war anarchy and blatant mismanagement by a know-nothing Provisional Authority."

In Alternet: War On Iraq



GETTING OUT OF IRAQ: " (Richard Reeves)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Iraqis 'welcome Saddam's fall': "Most Iraqis regard the ousting of Saddam Hussein as the best event in the past year, a new survey shows."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

 
'Two great weeks' says general. For who? in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraqi Police May Have Coordinated Attacks in IraqWar.ru (English)



3 ex-officers challenging detentions at Guantanamo Bay in IraqWar.ru (English)



Elusive hunt for al-Qaeda in IraqWar.ru (English)



Top UK judge slams Camp Delta in IraqWar.ru (English)



Taleban chief 'seen in Pakistan' in IraqWar.ru (English)



Militia factions threaten Iraq peace hopes in IraqWar.ru (English)



US forces kill Iraqi motorist 'in error' in IraqWar.ru (English)



Additive use could shift theory in anthrax case in IraqWar.ru (English)



US Soldier Shoots Seven-Year-Old in Leg in IraqWar.ru (English)



US Planning More Mobile Iraq Force to Tackle Unrest in IraqWar.ru (English)



Attacked for telling some home truths in IraqWar.ru (English)



Robert Fisk: We are paying the price of an infantile attempt to reshape the Middle East in IraqWar.ru (English)



Terror experts fault Iraq war in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraq Prisoner Dies in IraqWar.ru (English)



US Army?s appraisal in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraq's oil pipelines under attack in IraqWar.ru (English)



Military Update: Bush team seen as tone deaf on ?people? issues in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraq Pipeline Watch in IraqWar.ru (English)



Contracts refused cohorts in IraqWar.ru (English)



Consultant employed president's brother in IraqWar.ru (English)



Aides Prodded Reluctant Bush on Iraq Trip in IraqWar.ru (English)



US claims to have killed 46 militants in Samarra,witnesses say civilians among dead in IraqWar.ru (English)



White House Wants to Hand Afghanistan to NATO in IraqWar.ru (English)



Lima camp under threat of attack in IraqWar.ru (English)



U.S. funds Iraqi TV network in battle against 'hostile' Arab news stations in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraqi Leaders Say U.S. Was Warned of Disorder After Hussein, but Little Was Done in IraqWar.ru (English)



Oil Experts See Long-Term Risks to Iraq Reserves in IraqWar.ru (English)



Two Iraqi Governing Council members deny accord on direct elections in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraq Scientists: Lied About Nuke Weapons in IraqWar.ru (English)



Three al-Qaida Caught in Iraq, U.S. Says in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraqi politician kidnapped in Kirkuk: official in IraqWar.ru (English)



Army Officer's Actions Raise Ethical Issues in IraqWar.ru (English)



For the Iraqis, a Missile Deal That Went Sour: "Saddam Hussein negotiated with North Korea to obtain a missile assembly line, but the deal did not go exactly as he imagined."

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Iraqi Council Agrees on National Elections: "The council agreed by a unanimous vote that full national elections would be the best way to choose an interim government in June."

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South Korean Denounces Iraq Shootings: "The South Korean president urged a security review on Monday after what he called the intolerable shooting of four civilians in Iraq."

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Soldier at Kuwait Base Says She Was Raped: "A soldier reported that she was raped at a desert post in Kuwait where her unit is preparing for its mission in Iraq, a military spokesman said on Sunday."

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A Conversation on Tiptoes, Wary of Mines: "Saddam Hussein's terror still radiates among Iraqis, many of whom condition their words and actions against the possibility he may return."

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U.S. Says 54 Iraqis Killed in Samarra: "The U.S. military said 54 Iraqis were killed in the northern city of Samarra as U.S. forces used tanks and cannons to fight their way out of simultaneous ambushes. But residents said Monday that the casualty figure was much lower and that the dead were mostly civilians. (AP)"

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Eight civilians killed, dozens wounded by US fire in Iraq town: "Scenes of devastation dotted the Iraqi town of Samarra after fierce clashes between US forces and insurgents in which senior police and hospital officials said at least eight civilians were killed and dozens wounded by US fire. (AFP)"

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Three suspected al-Qaeda members nabbed by US forces in Mosul: "Three men suspected of belonging to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network have been captured by US troops in the main northern Iraqi city of Mosul. (AFP)"

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'Intense battle' in Samarra: "There is evidence of a fierce fight between US forces and militants in the central Iraqi city, says BBC's Peter Greste."

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South Korea stands firm on Iraq, condemns "inhuman" attack: "South Korea said an "inhuman" attack that killed two of its civilians in Iraq would not derail plans to dispatch more troops to the war-torn country. (AFP)"

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Koizumi presses ahead with troop dispatch after Iraq attacks: "Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi lashed out at "indiscriminate" attacks in Iraq that killed two of the country's diplomats as a poll showed little public backing for sending troops. (AFP)"

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Death toll rises from Iraq ambush: "The number of Iraqis killed after American convoys come under attack in central Iraq rises to 54, US officials say."

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Israel's Sharon home sick with the flu: "Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was home sick with the flu Monday and canceled all his appearances, Israeli media reported."

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Israeli troops kill two in West Bank raid: "The Israeli military launched a large-scale raid on suspected militants in the West Bank city of Ramallah Monday, killing at least two armed Palestinians and arresting dozens of other people, the army said."

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Battle Casualty Toll Rises: "From the AFP via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

The United States has raised the death toll from intense clashes with insurgents in the Iraqi town of Samarra to 54, after reports from Iraqi doctors that eight civilians were killed by US fire in the exchanges.
A hospital director in Samarra says another 60 civilians were injured.
US commanders previously said they had they killed 46 Iraqi insurgents in the clashes.
The hospital says a woman and child were amongst the eight civilians who died in the fighting.
"

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CIA admits Uncertainties over Iraqi WMD: "From the AFP via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has acknowledged it "lacked specific information" about alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction when it compiled an intelligence estimate last year that served to justify the US-led invasion of Iraq.
[...]
... an explanation issued over the weekend by veteran CIA analyst Stuart Cohen, who was in charge of putting together the 2002 intelligence estimate and currently serves as vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, made clear the case against Iraq, as presented by the CIA behind closed doors, was much less clear-cut and more nuanced.
[...]
The document still concluded that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of the 150-kilometre limit imposed by the UN Security Council.
It also said that Baghdad did not have nuclear weapons.
Mr Cohen said he still stood by those judgments.
[...]
Moreover, specialists from three US government agencies - the State and Energy Departments and the Air Force - vocally disagreed with at least some of the findings, the CIA analyst said, who denied that these expressions of dissent had been somehow suppressed or buried in footnotes.
" All agencies were fully exposed to these alternative views, and the heads of those organisations blessed the wording and placement of their alternative views ," Mr Cohen said.
The veteran CIA analyst stressed that all major conclusions about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction had been drawn on the basis of information "overwhelmingly" gleaned from a combination of human intelligence, satellite imagery and communications intercepts.
" There is a reason that the October 2002 review of Iraq's WMD programs is called a National Intelligence Estimate and not a National Intelligence factbook ," Mr Cohen said.
" On almost any issue of the day that we face, hard evidence will only take intelligence professionals so far ."
"

In Command Post: Irak



Relatives of slain Japanese diplomats to head to Kuwait to collect bodies: "Ten bereaved family members of the two Japanese diplomats killed in an ambush in Iraq over the weekend were to leave for Kuwait to bring back the bodies, the foreign ministry said. (AFP)"

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7-year Old Wounded: "From the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :
A seven-year-old child brandishing a Kalashnikov was shot in the foot by US troops during a raid in the hotspot city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, the US military said.
"[Troops] conducted a mission in the Ramadi area today. While on patrol, the soldiers witnessed two men with weapons running into a nearby residence. The soldiers followed the men in order to apprehend them for questioning ," a Central Command statement said.
" Upon approaching the house, a seven-year-old child came out with an AK-47 rifle pointed at the soldiers. A soldier responded in self-defence and shot the child in the foot. "
The statement said the child was evacuated to a nearby army medical facility for treatment and then flown to Baghdad.
"

In Command Post: Irak



Mideast negotiators to launch peace plan: "Last-minute dissent among the Palestinians and strong opposition from Israeli leaders underscored just how difficult it will be for a symbolic peace plan to sway either side after years of conflict in the Middle East."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. allies promise to stay in Iraq: "U.S. coalition partners South Korea and Spain promised to stay in Iraq despite attacks that killed their citizens over the weekend, while the deaths of two Japanese coincided with a poll that showed growing fears in Japan about sending troops."

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NATO seeks to expand Afghan mission: "NATO wants to expand its mission in Afghanistan, but the alliance's leaders have warned they will need more support from member nations to do the job right."

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Saudi interrogators use new technique: "Forget the bread-and-water routine. Saudi Arabian interrogators often bring a Quran, the Muslim holy book, to their prison interviews, using a technique that has proved successful in eliciting information from al-Qaida captives and reorienting them to less violent religious beliefs."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Bush's morale-boosting Baghdad visit doesn't make up for urge to go home, say troops: "Just a day after US President George W. Bush flew into Baghdad to feed 600 of his troops the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, soldiers at the same base were offered a rare musical evening but the Bush high had failed to outlast the impromptu visit. (AFP)"

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Saddam Hussein sought missile assembly line from North Korea: "Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was trying to obtain an entire missile production line from North Korea prior to the US-led invasion of Iraq, with Syria offering a transit route for delivery of the goods, the New York Times reported. (AFP)"

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South Korea, Japan Sending Troops to Iraq: "Japan and South Korea voiceddetermination on Monday to proceed with sending troops to Iraqdespite weekend killings of several of their nationals thereand popular doubts about taking part in the operation. (Reuters)"

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Sunday, November 30, 2003
 
Iraq war news updates
Two U.S. soldiers killed in western Iraq: "Guerrillas ambushed a military convoy in western Iraq near the border with Syria, killing two American soldiers, the military said Sunday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



CIA admits lack of specifics on Iraqi weapons before invasion: "The US Central Intelligence Agency has acknowledged it "lacked specific information" about alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction when it compiled an intelligence estimate last year that served to justify the US-led invasion of Iraq. (AFP)"

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Japan Diplomats Slain in Iraq, Tokyo Says Undaunted: "Unknown assailants ambushed and murderedtwo Japanese diplomats in northern Iraq, piling new pressure onthe Tokyo government as it weighs a decision on sending troopsto help rebuild that country. (Reuters)"

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Seven Spanish intelligence officers killed in Iraq attacks: "Seven Spanish intelligence agents were killed in a mortar and grenade attack on their convoy near Baghdad, the deadliest such incident to hit Spanish troops since they deployed in Iraq in August, Spain's defence minister said. (AFP)"

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Iraq attacks leave 11 dead in CNN - War in Iraq



Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Western Iraq: "Guerrillas ambushed a military convoy in western Iraq near the border with Syria, killing two American soldiers, the military said Sunday. (AP)"

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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Ambush West of Baghdad: "Guerrillas attacked an American convoywest of Baghdad with small arms and rocket-propelled grenadeson Saturday, killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding one, theU.S. Army said on Sunday. (Reuters)"

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Japan vows to "never give in" to terrorism after two diplomats shot in Iraq: "Japan said it will "never give in" to terrorism after two of its diplomats were shot dead in Iraq, but stopped short of saying whether the attack would affect a plan to send troops to the war-torn country. (AFP)"

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Iraq deaths won't deter Japan in CNN - War in Iraq



Japan Diplomats Slain in Iraq, Japan Says Undaunted: "Unknown assailants ambushed and murderedtwo Japanese diplomats in northern Iraq, piling new pressure onthe Tokyo government as it weighs a decision on sending troopsto help rebuild that country. (Reuters)"

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7 Spaniards Killed in Iraqi Ambush: "LATIFIYA, Iraq, Nov. 29 -- More than a dozen insurgents ambushed and killed seven Spanish intelligence officers on Saturday on a highway near this town south of Baghdad, according to witnesses and Spanish officials. (washingtonpost.com)"

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S.Korea Team Says Need Combat Troops in Iraq -Yonhap: "A South Korean fact-finding team fromIraq would probably suggest the government also needs combattroops to help rebuild the country, the Yonhap News agencyreported on Sunday. (Reuters)"

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Spain Unites to Mourn Seven Killed in Iraq: "Spain put aside political divisions onSunday to mourn seven intelligence agents killed in thedeadliest single attack on Spanish personnel in Iraq. (Reuters)"

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Spanish agents, Japanese diplomats killed in Iraq in CNN - War in Iraq



Turks capture synagogue bombing suspect: "A central figure in the suicide bombing of an Istanbul synagogue was captured while trying to slip into Iran, police said Saturday. He was charged with trying to overthrow Turkey's "constitutional order" - an offense equivalent to treason."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraqi Leaders Say U.S. Was Warned of Disorder After Hussein, but Little Was Done: "More than a dozen Iraqi exile leaders said that they had warned the Bush administration about the chaos that could follow after Saddam Hussein was toppled."

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Iraqis Learn Bureaucracy at Town Hall Meetings: "Local council members are the vanguard of democracy in Iraq; and they are a most unhappy lot."

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'A Time of Our Choosing': Masters of War: "Based on reporting from The Times, Todd S. Purdum has written a guide to understanding the causes, conduct and consequences of the war in Iraq."

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War is our Common Enemy: "Launched in February 2003 to "offer a humanitarian perspective during the then-looming conflict" in Iraq, Electronic Iraq (eIraq) is the project of two groups who will be familiar to many PN readers - Voices in the Wilderness (US) and Electronic Intifada. Peace News caught up with Nigel Parry, co-founder of both projects, to discuss the ethos behind this online information project. Peace News is a progressive publication that has been publishing since 1936."

In Electronic Iraq



Operation Iron Hammer assessed: "With the US pounding Iraqi towns with bombs and artillery in an effort to step up raids to catch oppositionists, human rights groups have expressed concern over the impact 'Operation Iron Hammer' could be having on local populations."

In Electronic Iraq



Fears of drop in school attendance due to insecurity: "As the school day comes to an end in the southern city of Basra, parents hurry to collect their children, especially if they are girls, from school gates for fear of them being kidnapped or attacked."

In Electronic Iraq



CIA admits lack of specifics on Iraqi weapons before invasion: "The US Central Intelligence Agency has acknowledged it "lacked specific information" about alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction when it compiled an intelligence estimate last year that served to justify the US-led invasion of Iraq. (AFP)"

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November Is Deadliest Month: "Seventy-seven U.S. troops died in November, the worst month for the U.S. so far. Seven Spaniards and two Japanese were killed in separate ambushes Saturday. The American military says some U.S.-trained police may be helping the insurgents."

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New Command Post Poll ...: "... over there on the right (below the ol' Ace of Spades)."

In Command Post: Irak



Spain's opposition: Get troops out of Iraq: "Hours after seven Spaniards were killed in an Iraqi ambush, the government doggedly promised Saturday to keep its troops in Iraq. But opposition politicians renewed demands for the soldiers to be returned home."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Hillary Clinton Meets With Iraq Officials: "U.S. senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jack Reed met in this oil-rich northern city Saturday with local officials who urged the visitors to raise the problems of their city with U.S. officials back home. (AP)"

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