Iraq War News Khatami: Iran will cooperate with U.N.: "Iran will cooperate with the U.N. nuclear agency to prove its nuclear program is peaceful as long as "plots led by the U.S." to declare Iran in breach of the international Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty remain ineffective, President Mohammad Khatami said Wednesday."
Iraqi cleric is wild card for Washington: "The United States is adamant it wants to hand over political control to Iraqis on July 1. Most Iraqi leaders are adamant they want to take control then. The big question is how committed Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani is to that day."
Home Office fighting detainee release: "The Home Office is launching an appeal against the decision of a Government tribunal to release a man held without trial under the controversial anti-terrorism law."
UK terror attack 'inevitable': "Britain is now an inevitable target for international terrorists despite police success in thwarting previous attacks, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens has warned."
Bush Urges Resolve on Iraq: "WASHINGTON - President Bush urged wavering members of the U.S. led-coalition Tuesday to keep their troops in Iraq, but his plea did not win over at least two nations that are considering joining Spain in plans to withdraw their forces this summer. (Los Angeles Times)"
U.N. Watchdog Begins Oil-For-Food Probe: "Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the U.N. watchdog has begun an investigation of allegations that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein reaped millions of dollars from the U.N. oil-for-food humanitarian program. (AP)"
Iran's president says reforms defeated: "President Mohammad Khatami conceded defeat Wednesday on two bills meant to check the power of Iran's hard-liners, essentially acknowledging the failure of key pillars of his reformist presidential agenda."
Palestinian police clash with militants: "Militants traded fire with Palestinian security forces in downtown Gaza City during morning rush hour Wednesday after a car carrying armed men refused to stop for a police inspection, witnesses said. One civilian was killed and 17 people were hurt, Palestinian officials said."
U.S., Iraqi Forces Launch Massive Hunt: "U.S. and Iraqi military forces backed by helicopters and armored vehicles launched a big operation in Baghdad on Wednesday, raiding suspected rebel hideouts in an effort to weed out insurgents and capture illegal weapons. (AP)"
Spain's Zapatero Sticks to Iraq Pullout Plan: "Spain's prime minister elect Jose LuisRodriguez Zapatero said Wednesday his position on withdrawingSpanish troops from Iraq remained unchanged despite an appealfrom President Bush to stand by the United States. (Reuters)"
Blix says weapons inspections work: "Former U.N. chief inspector Hans Blix says many lessons can be learned from the Iraq war: Disarming a country by war is difficult. So is bringing democracy by occupation. But weapons inspections are an important tool and may be useful in the future, not only in Iraq but in North Korea."
U.S., Iraqi forces launch massive hunt: "U.S. and Iraqi military forces backed by helicopters and armored vehicles launched a big operation in Baghdad on Wednesday, raiding suspected rebel hideouts in an effort to weed out insurgents and capture illegal weapons."
Israel strikes second target in Gaza: "An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a crowd of people in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing at least two people and wounding five others, Palestinian residents said."