Saturday, July 10, 2004
Iraq War NewsArmy cover-up accusation
: "The brother of a British soldier killed in Iraq has expressed anger over the Army's decision to hand the investigation into his death over to the Iraqi authorities.
"In Ananova: War In IraqPhilippines troops to leave Iraq
in CNN: War in IraqFilipino Hostage Begs for Troop Withdrawl
: "A Filipino worker being held hostage in Iraq appealed to his country to give in to insurgents' demands and withdraw its small contingent of troops, according to a video shown on the Al-Jazeera television station Saturday. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqFilipino Hostage in Video Appeal for Troop Pullout
: "A Filipino driver held hostage issued a"final appeal" to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to withdrawtroops from Iraq before a deadline for his execution, Arabictelevision station Al Jazeera said Saturday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S. Marines Kill Two Iraqis in Ramadi
: "U.S. Marines killed two Iraqis andwounded six in the restive town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad,Saturday, but accounts of the shooting conflicted. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqIN BRIEF
: "KABUL, Afghanistan ? Afghanistan's oft-delayed presidential election will take place Oct. 9, but a parliamentary vote originally scheduled to be held simultaneously has been put off until spring.
"In Kansas City Star: IraqArabs want Israeli barrier destroyed
: "Following their victory in the U.N.'s highest court, the Palestinians will ask the General Assembly next week to demand that Israel destroy the barrier it is building to seal off the West Bank.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraqi prisoners form women's association
: "Weeping broke the silence inside Iraq's National Theater as people watched the drama of a woman pleading for five more minutes with her baby. Instead, her guards took her away to be executed for spying.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraq - 'buck stops with Blair'
: "The buck must stop with Prime Minister Tony Blair for intelligence failings on Iraq, a former top 'spook' said.
"In Ananova: War In IraqCleric to address Muslim conference
: "A Muslim cleric under fire over his alleged support for suicide bombing is due to address an influential Muslim conference.
"In Ananova: War In IraqUS report gives Bush a breathing space (10 July 04)
in Radio Free USAMarine mystery...False intelligence...Bush and Kerry trade barbs
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorAttorneys for alleged enemy combatant file federal petition for his release
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq insurgency far larger than thought
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - Contrary to U.S. government claims, the insurgency in Iraq is led by well-armed Sunnis angry about losing power, not foreign fighters, and is far larger than thought - up to 20,000 fighters who cannot be militarily defeated, American military officials say.
"In kgw.com: Iraq NewsPoliticians must not escape blame over Iraq intel errors: British press
: "The US intelligence community should not be made to shoulder full responsibility for misjudging Saddam Hussein's weapons capability ahead of last year's Iraq war, British newspapers said after a Senate investigation exonorated US politicians of blame. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqKidnapped Filipino's family pleads with Arroyo to pull troops from Iraq
: "The family of a Filipino held hostage in Iraq made an emotional appeal to President Gloria Arroyo to bow to the kidnappers' demands and withdraw Philippines troops from the shattered country. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqThree die in mortar attacks as another hostage crisis grips Baghdad
: "Mortar fire killed a six-year-old Iraqi boy in Baghdad and two Iraqis in Samarra on Friday, as a campaigning US President George W. Bush defended his war on Iraq in the face of scathing congressional criticism, while another hostage crisis gripped Iraq. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqMystery Marine In Germany
: "U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who was reported to have been kidnapped and threatened with beheading by terrorists, is now at a military hospital in Germany, but under investigation as a possible deserter.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisMortars wound three in Baghdad attack
: "Two mortar shells targeting a hotel housing foreigners in the capital hit a house instead Friday night, killing a child and wounding three others. A third mortar hit a nearby road, causing no damage.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Friday, July 09, 2004
Iraq War NewsIRAQ: Teaching conflict management in a northern war-torn town
: "SULAYMANIYAH, 9 Jul 2004 (IRIN) - It all began with a story of two minibus drivers, Ismail and Adil. There was bad blood between them: Ismail suspected Adil of trying to poach his customers.
"In IRIN: Iraq CrisisBulgaria, Filippino Nationals Held in Iraq
: "Bulgaria and the Philippines insisted Friday they would not be cowed by terrorists after insurgents captured and threatened to kill their nationals in Iraq, the latest hostage takings in the country. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S. Marine to Leave Lebanon for Germany-Brother
: "The Lebanese-born U.S. marine,who turned up in his native country after going missing inIraq, will leave on Friday for Germany and then most likelyhead to the United States, his brother said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqRethinking Iraq's insurgency...Senate intel report...Terror warning
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorSaddam's Lawyer Seeks Supreme Court Action
: "Attorney Curtis F.J. Doebbler has made an unusual appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of an unlikely client - Saddam Hussein. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S. soldier dies after insurgent attack
: "A U.S. soldier has died from wounds sustained in an insurgent attack on his patrol, the U.S. military command said Friday.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqTwo Bulgarians taken captive in Iraq
: " AL -JAZEERA: Two Bulgarians taken captive in Iraq
Aljazeera has aired a video of two Bulgarians taken captive by a group calling itself Liberation and Jihad Movement.
The group claimed it captured the two men in Iraq and asked the US -led forces in Iraq to release all Iraqi detainees within 24 hours or they would be killed.
The tape had come from the Tawhid and Jihad group, allegedly headed by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
It showed the two men who were identified as Bulgarians sitting in front of their captors with their hands cuffed.
The two captors in the video were carrying rifles and a rocket propelled grenade launcher. On the wall behind them was their black flag with a golden circle.
One of the men read a statement, though his voice could not be heard.
"In Command Post: IrakAmericans on notice...Mistakes corrected...Star-studded fund-raiser
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorThis May Be News to Hussein, but He's Got a Defense Team, and It's Hoping for Bail
: "The lawyers claim that it is illegal to try Saddam Hussein in his own country because he is immune from prosecution as a head of state.
"In New York Times: World SpecialDefectors' Reports on Iraq Arms Were Embellished, Exile Asserts
: "The dramatic stories defectors offered the Bush administration about Iraq's illicit weapons remain unproven.
"In New York Times: World SpecialArmy Looks for Airmen and Sailors
: "Military experts see the move to recruit thousands of sailors and airmen as another sign of how commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan have strained the Army's ranks.
"In New York Times: World SpecialMissing Marine Turns Up at Embassy in Beirut, but the Mystery Only Deepens
: "Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun's resurfacing further clouded the already murky circumstances surrounding his disappearance.
"In New York Times: World Special5 G.I.'s Killed in Attack; Philippines Bars Iraq Trips
: "Mortar rounds slammed into an Iraqi National Guard base in the city of Samarra, killing five American soldiers and at least one Iraqi guard.
"In New York Times: World SpecialIsrael court orders U.S. activist expelled
: "An Israeli court on Thursday ordered the expulsion of an American activist who came to the country to protest against Israel's West Bank separation barrier.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqDiplomats: Pakistani may be envoy to Iraq
: "Secretary-General Kofi Annan is now considering Pakistan's ambassador to Washington for the job of U.N. envoy to Iraq, U.N. diplomats said Thursday.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Iraq War News4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Gunfire
: "Insurgents fired mortar rounds at an Iraqi National Guard headquarters in the city of Samarra on Thursday, killing four U.S. soldiers and one Iraqi guardsman, the military said. A fifth U.S. soldier was unaccounted for and 20 were wounded. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
in Philippine president bars contract workers from Iraq
: "CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Armed Iraq insurgents threatened to kill a Filipino hostage if his country does not withdraw from Iraq, according to a video that aired Wednesday. The Philippines responded by barring Filipino workers from traveling to Iraq.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqThree Americans arrested in Kabul
: "Three Americans arrested in Afghanistan were on a self-appointed counterterrorism mission that included holding eight inmates in a private jail, a senior official said Thursday.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqTop officer says police have prevented terror attacks in London
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorUS Marine freed in Iraq believed back home in Lebanon, keeps out of sight
: "The US embassy said it believed a Lebanese-born US Marine missing in Iraq last month and once feared beheaded by Islamist captors was now back in Lebanon, although he was keeping out of sight. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAustralian opposition slams "thuggish and dumb" US criticism on Iraq
: "The opposition Labor Party dismissed a US attack on its pledge to withdraw troops from Iraq as "thuggish and dumb" and warned White House officials against trying to influence the looming Australian election. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqViolence flare in Baghdad as government unveils sweeping security measures
: "Violence flared in central Baghdad as the new interim government unveiled sweeping security measures aimed at crushing a tenacious insurgency, and interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi scheduled talks with the EU next week on his country's reconstruction. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S. Quietly Sneaks Once-Looted Uranium Out of Iraq
: "Washington has spirited 1.8 tonsof enriched uranium out of Iraq for safekeeping, more than ayear after looters stole it from a U.N.-sealed facility leftunguarded by U.S. troops, U.S. and U.N. officials said onWednesday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqReal-life drama last month over capital showed limitations of air defenses
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorLebanon US Marine URGENT
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorPentagon announces new tribunal, new legal procedures for detainees
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorAmid violence, Iraq unveils security law
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq ? As Iraq's interim government announced its long-awaited special security law Wednesday, dozens of militants fought a gunbattle with Iraqi and American troops just blocks away.
"In Kansas City Star: IraqAbuse of prisoners in the US
: " Salon has a very in-depth article by Michelle Goldberg on the latest prisoner abuse scandal, this one in Brooklyn. Of course, prisons in the US have long been places of abuse, as the recent Boondocks...
"In Catalyzer Newsroom
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Iraq War NewsGroup threatens to kill al-Zarqawi; car bomb kills 14
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - An armed vigilante group threatened on Tuesday to kill Abu Musab al-Zarqawi for anti-insurgency attacks that have killed Iraqis, making the first internal threat against the Jordanian militant with al-Qaida ties.
"In Modesto Bee: IraqIraq car bombing causes carnage
: "A car bomb kills at least nine people and wounds dozens more near the Iraqi town of Baquba.
"In BBC: Conflict with IraqZarqawi told 'leave Iraq or die'
: "A masked group accuses Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi of murdering innocents.
"In BBC: Conflict with IraqBush welcomes Edwards...Campaigning together...Marine family hopeful
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorCNN: Family Reports US Marine Is Free And Safe
: "CNN TV just broke with this ? has the Marine's brother on TV, saying they have a "sign" that they can't discuss, but that Sami Hassoun is "free and safe." They don't know where he is, but the family is saying "he is alive and he has been released." The brother is in Tripoli, Lebanon at the moment.
"In Command Post: Irak
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Iraq War NewsKerry's V-P choice...Fallujah strike...Israel's Sharon on nukes
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraqi Tipoff Led to U.S. Air Raid on Falluja, Allawi Says
: "Iraqi security forces provided theintelligence for a U.S. air strike on a suspected Islamistmilitant target in the lawless western city of Falluja, Iraq'sinterim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqFate Of U.S. Marine Unknown
: "The Arab TV channel which earlier broadcast reports that kidnapped U.S. Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun was dead now says Iraqi militants claim Hassoun is alive and at a 'safe' location, after promising not to return to the military.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisAl Sadr Backtracks Again
: "Updating a previous post , and from the BBC :
Anti-US cleric Moqtada Sadr will continue to lead a resistance against foreign forces in Iraq - but will not advocate violence, his spokesman says.
The statement appears to temper earlier remarks by Mr Sadr, who had reportedly said his truce with US forces was over.
The move follows the Iraqi government's decision to delay unveiling a new security law to tackle the insurgency.
Mr Sadr's spokesman said the truce was still in place but peaceful resistance to foreign forces would continue.
" We are committed to the truce but peaceful resistance will remain until the last moment that foreign troops are present on Iraqi land ," the spokesman, Mahmoud al-Soudani said.
"In Command Post: IrakReport: Hostage U.S. Marine 'Safe'
: "An Iraqi militant group said it had not killed a U.S. Marine it was holding captive. The group said Wassef Ali Hassoun was taken to a safe location it did not identify after he promised not to return to the U.S. military.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisFrance and Iraq to restore ties after 13-year chill
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorArrest draws focus on Iran role in Iraq
: "The arrest of two Iranians suspected of attempting to carry out a vehicle bombing in Iraq on Monday focused new attention on how Tehran is trying to protect its interests in the country it fought for eight years in a devastating war.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqCORRECTED: U.S. Airstrike in Falluja
: "An Iraqi Islamist group said it hadmoved an abducted U.S. marine to "safety" on Monday after hepledged to leave the military, raising hopes for the fate of aman who had previously been reported as beheaded. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqReport: Hostage U.S. Marine Safe
: "An Iraqi militant group denies that it killed U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, injecting hope into his family's tense wait for news. The group says the soldier is being held at a safe location.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisIsraelis say Sharon is expanding outposts
: "In a display likely to increase U.S. displeasure with Israel, an opposition lawmaker and former general Monday showed photos of four West Bank outposts he said proves the government is deceiving Washington by expanding the enclaves instead of taking them down.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqTerror suspect accused over 9-11
: "A Moroccan terror suspect will appear in court next week accused of plotting the September 11 atrocities.
"In Ananova: War In IraqIraqis seek balance in postwar nation
: "Ibrahim al-Idrissi lost seven family members and was jailed 11 times during Saddam Hussein's rule. Like many Iraqis, al-Idrissi - now head of an agency helping Iraqis who suffered under Saddam - is torn between hatred for the former regime and respect for human rights and due process in postwar Iraq.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqU.S. to release 300 Abu Ghraib prisoners
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - About 300 detainees will be released from Abu Ghraib prison this week, the latest group to be freed from the detention facility west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Monday.
"In Fresno Bee: Iraq
Sunday, July 04, 2004
Iraq War NewsIraqi militants claim to behead Marine
: "Iraqi militants claimed on a Web site Saturday that they beheaded a captive U.S. Marine, in what would be the fourth decapitation of a foreign hostage in the region since May.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressIraq may give amnesty to insurgents
: "Iraq's prime minister, less than a week after taking power, may offer amnesty to insurgents and could extend it to those who killed American troops in an apparent bid to lure Saddam Hussein loyalists from their campaign of violence.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressIran prepares complaint against Saddam
: "Iran said Sunday it has prepared a criminal complaint against former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his 1980 invasion of Iran and for using chemical weapons against Iranians during the neighboring nations' eight-year war.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressIllegals' jet forced down
: "IMMIGRANT smuggling operation is smashed in a dramatic air chase
"In The Sun - NewsGovernment 'to allow mild smacks'
: "Parents would be restricted to giving their children mild smacks under plans to prevent excessive punishment.
"In Ananova: War In IraqAirlines 'must pay for damage'
: "Government plans for airport expansion are in direct conflict with targets to reduce greenhouse gases, the chief cause of climate change, according to a major new report.
"In Ananova: War In IraqSaddam 'very likely' to be hanged
: "Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is "very likely" to be hanged if convicted on charges of war crimes and genocide, Britain's former special envoy to Iraq said.
"In Ananova: War In IraqAuthorities detain six militants in Iraq
: "U.S. and Iraqi forces have detained six members of a militant group suspected of carrying out a series of assassinations in the country's northern region, Iraqi police said Sunday.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqLebanese government condemns killing of American Marine
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq Marine URGENT
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorHeavily armed security contractors to increase presence in Iraq
: "Heavily armed foreign security contractors immune from Iraqi law are likely to increase their presence in the country as violent attacks continue and international forces begin to scale back. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq