Friday, August 06, 2004
Iraq War NewsFour Lebanese truck drivers missing in Iraq
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorSecond day of battles across Iraq
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorU.S. Troops, Al-Sadr Militants Clash
: "Coalition troops battled militiamen loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in several Iraqi cities Friday, the second day of fighting that has shattered truces to end a widespread rebellion two months ago.
"In Kansas City Star: IraqSaudi forces arrest a top terror suspect
: "Saudi police arrested a top Saudi terror suspect, officials said Friday, weeks after the al-Qaida-linked cleric reassured followers he was "taking all necessary precautions" to evade a government sweep.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq4 Lebanese truck drivers missing in Iraq
: "Four Lebanese truck drivers are missing in Iraq, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. Contacts are underway to find out whether the four have been kidnapped, a ministry official said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraq Shiite cleric seeks heart treatment
: "Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, changed planes here Friday on his way to London, where he will receive treatment for a heart condition.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqBAGHDAD POLICE TAKE DOWN CRIMINAL THEFT RING
in CENTCOM: News ReleaseAL-DHARI RELEASED TO IRAQI AUTHORITIES
in CENTCOM: News ReleaseIraq's top Shiite cleric flies to for London for heart treatment
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorSaudi terror suspect nabbed
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorTop terror arrests...More Iraqi fighting... Keyes reportedly to run
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorCoalition Troops Battle Al-Sadr
: "Coalition troops for the second day in a row are battling militiamen loyal to radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, whose aides are calling on the U.N. and the Iraqi government to help them restore a truce.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisU.S. Says Security Preventing New Troops for Iraq
: "The United States hopes nationswill contribute troops by next month to a new force to guardU.N. staff in Iraq but U.S. Ambassador John Danforthacknowledged on Thursday volunteers were scarce. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqLight blogging for a couple of days
: "Just got back from an overnight embed and I'm exhausted. No sleep for last two days (more or less.) And I've got to file for TIME and another draft due on a story I'm working on. So it will be light here for a couple of days. Oh, and I just spent an hour deleting about 100 spam messages. Jesus, I hate you guys. You can't get on the board, so just stop trying, OK?...
"In Back to Iraq 2.0How did Iraqis feel?
: "The Daily News story is up. How'd you like more on that one?
"In Back to Iraq 2.0Attacks wound 15 U-S soldiers
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorItalian Troops Clash with Shi'ite Militia in Iraq
: "Italian forces clashed withShi'ite militia fighters in the southern city of Nassiriyaearly on Friday and tensions were still high, an Italianmilitary spokesman said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqClinton accuses Bush of contracting out US security to Pakistan
: "Former US president Bill Clinton accused President George W. Bush's administration of contracting out US security and the hunt for Osama bin Laden to Pakistan, in its zeal to wage war in Iraq. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Iraq War NewsIraqi Fighters Shoot Down U.S. Helicopter in Najaf
: "Fighters loyal to Moqtada al-Sadrshot down a U.S. helicopter on Thursday in fierce clashes inthe Shi'ite city of Najaf that threatened to unravel a dealagreed in June to end an uprising by the militant cleric. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqFighting Flares in Iraq's North
: "BAGHDAD - Insurgents and Iraqi security forces battled in Mosul on Wednesday, leaving at least 22 people dead in a northern city often cited as a success story in restoring order to Iraq. (Los Angeles Times)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqUS-led force to guard UN in Iraq
: "UN staff will have to rely on the US-led multinational force for protection in Iraq, the UN says.
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)IRAQI NATIONAL GUARD ASSIST IRAQI POLICE TO REPEL ATTACK
in CENTCOM: News ReleaseFierce Clashes in Iraqi Holy City of Najaf
: "U.S. marines and Iraqi security forcesfought fierce battles with supporters of radical Shi'ite clericMoqtada al-Sadr in the holy city of Najaf on Thursday, withmarines calling in helicopters for backup, witnesses said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqUS soldiers offer dark tale of prison life in Iraqi abuse case
: "US soldiers testified against Private Lynndie England, photographed holding a leash tied to an Iraqi inmate's neck, placing her at the center of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqCar Bomb South of Baghdad Kills at Least Five
: "A car bomb attack on a police stationsouth of Baghdad on Thursday killed at least five people andwounded 21, a health ministry official said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq'Al Qaida agent' among suspects
: "A senior al Qaida agent was among twelve men arrested in anti-terror raids across England on Tuesday, it has been reported.
"In Ananova: War In IraqWHO'S PAYING FOR THE WAR?
: " (William F. Buckley)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Monday, August 02, 2004
Iraq TodayTop Iraqi cleric condemns church bombings
: "Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric on Monday condemned as "hideous crimes" the coordinated bomb attacks on five churches in Baghdad and Mosul that killed 11 people and marked the first major attacks Iraq's minority Christians since the insurgency began.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqRevealed: coalition forces imprison Iraqi children (1 Aug 04)
in Radio Free USAFair price for a life? Army pays Iraqi family £390 after shooting girl dead (1 Aug 04)
in Radio Free USAClaim : Babylon damaged By Military
: "From Reuters, via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :
Foreign forces in Iraq have caused severe damage to the site of ancient Babylon, one of the world's most renowned archaeological treasures, and need to leave the area as soon as possible, Iraq's Culture Minister Mofeed al-Jazaeri said.
Heavy equipment, helicopters and other machinery used by Polish-led forces based at Babylon, 100 kilometres south of Baghdad, are causing irreparable harm, Mr Jazaeri said.
" Just their presence, with their heavy equipment, is harmful in and of itself ," the minister told Reuters, saying that helicopters landing and taking off were a particular problem.
Describing anecdotal accounts of the damage, Mr Jazaeri said ancient roofs and walls had collapsed and buildings had decayed.
He also said that workers employed by United States contracting firm Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton, had been digging and building in the area around Babylon, causing further damage.
Polish commanders and KBR representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Iraqi officials raised the issue of the Babylon damage in June with the former US governor in Iraq, Paul Bremer, and the former coalition commander, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, who issued a statement saying they were aware of the complaints.
"In Command Post: IrakInternet video shows militants killing man identified as Turkish hostage
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorRoadside bomb kills two American soldiers
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq Government Blames Zarqawi for Church Bombings
: "Iraq's government blamed al Qaeda allyAbu Musab al-Zarqawi on Monday for a series of church bombingsthat killed at least 11 people, saying the aim was to sparkreligious strife and drive Christians out of the country. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAllawi tells Kuwaitis Iraq upholds UN resolutions on eve of invasion anniversary
: "Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi assured his Kuwaiti hosts that Baghdad upholds UN resolutions demarcating the border between the two countries and providing for war reparations, state KUNA news agency reported. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqBlasts on Iraqi Christian Churches Kill 11
: "Assailants launched the first major attack on Iraq's minority Christians since the insurgency began, triggering a coordinated series of explosions outside five churches in Baghdad and Mosul that killed 11 people and injured more than 50. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqTerrorism Suspects Traced to Iran
: "PARIS - Despite its periodic crackdowns on the terrorist network, Iran has served as a refuge for Al Qaeda operatives suspected of plotting attacks in Europe and the Middle East and of playing a central role in the Iraqi insurgency, European investigators say. (Los Angeles Times)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq