Saturday, August 28, 2004
Iraq War NewsPowell stays to monitor Iraq, Sudan... Possible Pentagon spy investigated
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorWar-weary Iraqis begin inspecting damage from Najaf clashes
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorYemeni militants convicted of terrorism
: "A court convicted 15 Yemeni militants Saturday on terror charges including the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker and plotting to kill the U.S. ambassador.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
in Iraq Militants Leave Shrine in Peace Deal
: "Militants filed out of the Imam Ali Shrine, closed the doors behind them and turned over the keys to Iraq's top Shiite cleric Friday, symbolizing their acceptance of a peace deal to end three weeks of devastating fighting in this holy city. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Friday, August 27, 2004
Iraq War NewsIraq Cleric Urges Fighters to Drop Arms
: "Thousands of pilgrims streamed into the Imam Ali Shrine on Friday and filed out mixed with militants who had been holed up inside, leaving the holy site nearly empty after Iraq's top Shiite cleric brokered a peace deal to end three weeks of fighting in this holy city.
"In Kansas City Star: IraqNajaf Alone Breathes Peacefully
: "The peace deal negotiated by Iraq's top Shiite leader appears to be holding in Najaf but the peace isn't shared elsewhere. In Baghdad, fighting with U.S. forces; in Mosul, a bomb; and on TV, a unconfirmed claim that a journalist has been killed.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisThousands March to Holy Shrine in Najaf
: "Guns were largely silent in Najaf for the first time in weeks and thousands of Iraqis thronged the revered Imam Ali shrine Friday after Iraq's top Shiite cleric made a dramatic return to this holy city and won agreement from a rebel cleric and the government to end the fighting between his militia and U.S.-Iraqi forces. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqBush Admits Iraq 'Miscalculations' - NY Times
: "President Bush acknowledged for thefirst time on Thursday that he had miscalculated post-warconditions in Iraq, the New York Times reported. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Iraq War NewsIraq's Sistani to Return, Calls for March on Najaf
: "Iraq's most influential Shi'itecleric will return to the country within hours and wants Iraqisto march on the "burning city" of Najaf, where fresh fightingerupted near a sacred shrine on Wednesday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqIraqi-American Recounts Capture of Saddam
: "Back in the Iraq he once fled, Samir couldn't see down the darkened hole enough to see who was hiding there. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqSpokesman: Top cleric returning to Iraq
: "Iraq's powerful top Shiite cleric was returning home Wednesday from medical treatment abroad and called on followers to join him in a march to reclaim the violence-torn holy city of Najaf, his spokesman said.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqGunmen shoot senior Palestinian official
: "Gunmen opened fire at a convoy carrying the deputy Palestinian intelligence chief on Wednesday, wounding him the chest, Palestinian medical officials said.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqU.S. strikes insurgent positions in Iraq
: "U.S. warplanes and tanks bombed suspected insurgent positions in the volatile city of Fallujah for more than two hours on Wednesday, killing at least four people, hospital officials and residents said.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqAustralian detainee next to face military commission hearing at Guantanamo
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq Najaf URGENT
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorSearching for victims...Bombing strikes in Fallujah...Car seat award
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq Fallujah URGENT
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorOfficials say Sudan militias still armed
: "As a U.N. deadline for action nears, the Sudanese government has not reined in Arab militias accused of attacking, raping and killing villagers in the western Darfur region, diplomats said a U.N. official told the Security Council.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqTerror fears as Russian jets crash
: "A Russian passenger jet crashed and another apparently broke up in the air almost simultaneously after they took off from the same airport, raising fears of a double terrorist atrocity.
"In Ananova: War In Iraq'Missing' plane sent hijack signal
: "The Russian plane that went missing as another passenger jet crashed issued a signal indicating a hijacking or seizure before disappearing from radar screens.
"In Ananova: War In IraqOff to Najaf, inshallah...
: "Going to try to head to Najaf tomorrow.
"In Back to Iraq 2.0Inside the Imam Ali Shrine
: "A day in the Shrine
"In Back to Iraq 2.0Prison Abuse Report Cites Top Commanders
: "The blame for abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison lies mainly with the American soldiers who ran the notorious jail, but senior commanders and top-level Pentagon officials including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld can be faulted for failed leadership and oversight, an independent commission said Tuesday. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqA Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq
: "As of Tuesday, Aug. 24, 962 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 720 died as a result of hostile action and 242 died of non-hostile causes. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqIraqi government in charge of US forces in Najaf?
in IraqWar.infoIraqis in Najaf fed up with Sadr
in IraqWar.infoTeens abused in Iraqi prison
in IraqWar.infoIraqi forces surround shrine
in IraqWar.infoIraqi Rebels Want Talks
: "As U.S. and rebel forces clashed, an aide to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr asked for negotiations. But the interim government warned the "decisive hours are near" in the standoff in Najaf.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisAbu Ghraib accused in plea deal
: "One of the soldiers in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal has agreed a guilty plea with prosecutors, his lawyer says.
"In BBC: Conflict with IraqIraq Guardsmen Surround Shrine
NAJAF, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi forces battled militants in Najaf on Tuesday, and Iraqi National Guardsmen surrounded the holy city's Imam Ali Shrine (search), where insurgents loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been holed up for weeks.
Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan said the guardsmen will use loudspeakers to urge al-Sadr's followers to evacuate the shrine and surrender.
"If they don't ? listen to reason, then certainly there will be a very simple operation, a very simple raid," Shalaan told al-Arabiya television.
"The decisive hours are near," he said.
"In Command Post: Irak
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Iraq War NewsU.S. Denies Claim It Damaged Najaf Shrine
: "Plumes of black smoke rose above the embattled city of Najaf Tuesday after American warplanes bombed insurgent positions overnight and supporters of a radical cleric charged that shrapnel from a U.S. attack had hit parts of the Imam Ali Shrine. The military denied the claim. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqTwo Iraqi Ministers Survive Bomb Attacks, 5 Killed
: "Insurgents tried to assassinate Iraq'senvironment and education ministers in separate bombings onTuesday that killed five of their bodyguards and wounded morethan a dozen people, officials said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqReports Cite Abu Ghraib Investigations
: "Top defense officials and military leaders are at least partly responsible for the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib and other prisons because of leadership deficiencies and a failure to address worsening conditions at the facilities, according to newspaper reports citing two separate investigations. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S. Soldier Wants Rumsfeld to Testify on Iraq
: "Lawyers for a U.S sergeantaccused of abusing Iraqi detainees will seek on Tuesday toforce Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to testify in thesoldier's pending court martial. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S. GIs Step Up Pressure on Najaf Rebels
: "U.S. infantrymen engaged in fierce battles with cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militants Monday and U.S. tanks moved closer to the revered Imam Ali Shrine as the American military stepped up pressure on the insurgents to leave the holy site and end their uprising. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqGroup Threatens U.S.-Led Troops in Iraq Over Najaf
: "A hitherto unknown Islamist group hasthreatened to attack U.S.-led troops and American citizens inIraq if foreign forces do not leave the holy city of Najaf in48 hours, according to an Internet statement posted on Monday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqRights expert demands access to Afghan prisons (22 Aug 04)
in Radio Free USA
Monday, August 23, 2004
Iraq War NewsIsrael OKs more West Bank settlement homes
: "Israel announced plans Monday to build hundreds of new housing units in the West Bank, following an apparent U.S. policy shift on settlements that the Palestinians warned "will destroy the peace process."
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqFreed U-S journalist hopes to stay in Iraq
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorMarine goes on trial in death of Iraqi prisoner
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorNew overtime rules...More fighting in Najaf...Olympic medal stripped
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorFierce battles for Najaf
: "Explosions and gunfire shook Najaf amid fierce battles between US forces and Shiite militants, who remained in control of a revered shrine there as negotiations dragged on for its handover to religious authorities.
"In Ananova: War In IraqMilitary chaplains provide troops with prayer, comfort
: "NAJAF, Iraq ? The Marines screamed for a medic. But in the end, there was nothing they could do.
"In Kansas City Star: IraqFour U.S. Soldiers Face Hearing in Germany
: "Four U.S. soldiers charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison face pretrial hearings before an American military judge in Germany. Two are slated to face the court Monday, with the other pair scheduled to appear the following day. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqTrial of Americans accused of being vigilantes resumes in Afghanistan
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorMore Reserve Training Set as Result of Abuse Inquiry
: "The Army Reserve is reorganizing training for reservists, after an inquiry into abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison uncovered an inferior command climate.
"In New York Times: World SpecialWeary of War, Iraqis in Najaf Blame 2 Sides
: "A family in Najaf is caught between U.S. soldiers, followers of Moktada al-Sadr and nightly firefights.
"In New York Times: World SpecialReporter Freed as Rebel Cleric Brokers a Deal
: "The journalist was released after Moktada al-Sadr intervened, even as his Shiite militia engaged in heavy fighting in Najaf.
"In New York Times: World SpecialU.S. soldier marries woman he met in Iraq
: "PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - A Washington state soldier has married the Iraqi woman he met and fell in love with while in Baghdad.
"In kgw.com: Iraq News