Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Iraq War NewsU.S. allies defiant despite Iraq threats
: "U.S. allies Poland, Japan and Bulgaria on Wednesday rejected threats of new attacks by militants if they don't pull their troops out of Iraq, and the U.S. death toll since the start of the war rose to 900 when a roadside bomb killed a soldier north of Baghdad.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressSaudis say they found American's head
: "The head of slain American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr., who was kidnapped and decapitated by militants in Saudi Arabia last month, was found by security forces during a raid that targeted the hideout of the Saudi al-Qaida chief. Two militants were killed, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressHastert: 9/11 reforms unlikely this year
: "Congress isn't likely to undertake major revisions of the nation's intelligence operations this year, House Speaker Dennis Hastert says, casting doubt on the Sept. 11 commission's push for immediate changes once its final report is released.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressBerger: Incident was 'honest mistake'
: "Former national security adviser Sandy Berger says he regrets the way he handled classified terrorism documents, calling the whole thing "an honest mistake." Republicans say the matter raises questions about whether the former Clinton administration official sought to hide embarrassing materials.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Iraq War NewsBritish soldier killed in Iraq
: "A British soldier was killed in Iraq today a Puma helicopter crashed at Basra airport.
"In Ananova: War In IraqRadicals make liquor sales difficult in Iraq
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - It's getting harder and harder to buy a beer in Baghdad.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqU.S. soldier in Iraq awarded Silver Star
: "A U.S. soldier was awarded the Silver Star on Monday for thwarting an insurgent attack on an Iraqi police station and a governor's residence.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqTwo men sneaking into Israel killed
: "Jordanian border authorities shot and killed two armed men, wounded a third and arrested yet another in a 3 1/2-hour gunbattle Monday as the group tried to sneak across the frontier with Israel, a government spokeswoman said.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqInsurgents free Egyptian truck driver
: "An Egyptian truck driver held hostage for two weeks by insurgents in Iraq was freed Monday and taken to the Egyptian Embassy, according to witnesses and embassy officials.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqGunman kills Israeli judge near Tel Aviv
: "A gunman shot and killed a district court judge in a Tel Aviv suburb Monday evening, police said, and Israel's justice minister said it was the first such killing in Israel's history.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqThe crisis of information in Baghdad (19 July 04)
in Radio Free USAFear and loathing on the road to the White House (19 July 04)
in Radio Free USANine dead in truck bombing, Philippine troops quit Iraq
: "A truck bomb blast near a Baghdad police station killed nine people, while the last Philippine soldier left Iraq to save a hostage theatened with beheading and whose fate remains a mystery. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAn emerging catastrophe (19 July 04)
in Radio Free USAProsecutor censors Iran press over trial
: "A hard-line prosecutor has ordered Iranian newspapers to censor their coverage of a trial of a secret agent accused of murdering an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist, journalists said Monday.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqGovernment Official Assassinated
: "From the AFP via The Australian :
A high-ranking official at Iraq's Defence Ministry was shot dead in a hail of bullets last night in Baghdad, a ministry spokesman said today.
" One of the director generals in the Ministry of Defence, Issam Jassem Kadhem, was assassinated at 10pm yesterday by unknown attackers who opened fire on him in the Saydia neighbourhood where he lives ," spokesman Radhi Badr told AFP.
"In Command Post: IrakJewish settlements increase growth
: "Jewish settlements slated for evacuation have grown rapidly since Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced six months ago that he planned to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqMilitants kill top Iraqi official
: "Militants killed a top official in Iraq's Defense Ministry in a drive-by shooting as he walked into his house in Baghdad, the ministry said Monday.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Monday, July 19, 2004
Iraq War NewsAnti-terror plans loss 'very bad'
: "Home Secretary David Blunkett described the disappearance of a secret police dossier on counter-terror plans for Heathrow Airport as "very bad".
"In Ananova: War In IraqNine dead in Baghdad car bombing
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A fuel truck sped toward a police station in southwest Baghdad and exploded as policemen waited for their assignments early Monday, killing at least nine people and wounding 57, Iraqi officials and witnesses said.
"In Modesto Bee: IraqCar Bomb Kills Nine
A fuel tanker truck raced toward a police station in southwest Baghdad early Monday, detonating and killing at least nine people and wounding about 52 others, Iraqi officials and witnesses said.
The tanker exploded as policemen took daily assignments from their officers at the station in Seidiyeh neighborhood, a wounded policemen said.
"In Command Post: IrakOlmsted's Iraq Report: July 18/04
: "Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from Iraq that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. This briefing is brought to you by Andrew Olmsted of Andrew Olmsted dot com .
- A suicide bomber attempted to kill Iraq's justice minister Saturday by ramming into his car. The minister survived, but five other people died in the attempt, as terrorists continue to target Iraqi leaders in hopes of preventing democracy from taking hold in Iraq.
Other Topics Today Include: prisoner processing accelerated; Prime Minister takes justice into his own hands(?); al-Sadr's press starts up again; the wages of appeasement; the U.S. Army could emerge from Iraq even stronger.
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"In Command Post: IrakBounty On Iraqi Prime Minister
: "Reuter's reports:
A group led by suspected al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi offered a reward of $282,000 on Sunday for the killing of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, according to a statement posted on an Islamist Web site.
"We in Khalid bin al-Walid Brigade announce to the Iraqi people a reward of 200,000 Jordanian dinars ($282,000) to whoever gets us Allawi's head," said a group statement posted on the site.
The authenticity of the message could not be verified and it was unclear why the offer was made in Jordanian currency.
The brigade, which said it was part of Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad Group, blasted Allawi as an "American agent." Several earlier purported Zarqawi messages have threatened Allawi.
"In Command Post: IrakCar Bombs Target Police : 2 Killed
: "From The Australian :
Two car bombs targeting police exploded in the city of Tikrit today killing two police officers and wounding five others, Iraqi authorities said.
One car bomb exploded near the Albu-Ajil police station in Tikrit this morning killing two police and wounding two others, according to Iraqi police Lt. Nabil Abdel-Hamid.
Another car bomb exploded near a police training centre in the city, wounding three officers, according to Iraqi police Capt. Louai Qahtan.
"In Command Post: IrakAir Strike in Fallujah
A military strik e was launched on a home in the Iraqi city of Fallujah today, the United States command said.
At least 10 people were killed, according to hospital and local officials.
Explosions rocked the restive city and angry crowds gathered near the building that was hit.
Angry crowds gathered around the house and they were chanting "God is great."
"In Command Post: IrakCar Bomb Kills Six
A car bomb struck the Iraqi justice minister's car as it passed through western Baghdad on Saturday, the latest in a wave of assassination attempts on government officials. Malik Dohan al-Hassan was unhurt but five bodyguards were killed.
The blast hit the tail end of al-Hassan's convoy at an intersection 500 yards from his home. At nearly the same time, a car bomb exploded outside an Iraqi National Guard headquarters in Mahmudiyah, 20 miles south of Baghdad. One person was killed and 25 were wounded, hospital officials said.
"In Command Post: IrakReport: Philippines Paid Six Million Dollars for Release of Hostage
: "The report comes from the Philippines Daily Tribune via Michelle Malkin .
A ransom of $6 million was offered and paid out to the Iraqi rebels holding Filipino truck driver Angelo de la Cruz hostage, to ensure his release before President Arroyo's scheduled State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 26, a high level Philippine intelligence officer told the Tribune yesterday.
The reaction of the Philippines government to the kidnapping has set off other terrorists :
TAKING advantage of the government's changed stance against terrorism, the New People's Army said it would not release the soldiers it captured until the government suspends all military and police operations in the Bicol region.
"In Command Post: IrakPalestinians protest Arafat appointment
: "In one of the most serious Palestinian challenges to his rule, militants angered by Yasser Arafat's choice of a relative to be security chief attacked government offices and battled forces loyal to the Palestinian leader.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqPhilippines completes pullout from Iraq
: "The Philippines said Monday that it has completed the controversial withdrawal of its peacekeeping contingent from Iraq, meeting a demand by Iraqi insurgents threatening to behead a Filipino hostage.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqU.S. Airstrike Kills 14 in Fallujah
: "A U.S. airstrike authorized by Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi hit purported trenches and fighting positions in Fallujah used by al-Qaida linked foreign fighters, killing 14 people early Sunday, Iraqi officials said. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq