Saturday, October 16, 2004
Artillery Attacks on Church, Hospital
From the AFP via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :
â?¦a mortar round was fired into a car park between a hotel and St Georgeâ??s Anglican church, witnesses said.
â??There were no injuries,â?? said Tassin Ali, a security guard who had been sitting at the front gate to the hotel.
The mortar round struck directly opposite the church but it was unclear whether it had been the target, an AFP reporter said.
About five cars were damaged in the blast.
One medic was killed and nine others wounded when a mortar round exploded outside a hospital in Baghdad, just after an artillery shell struck near a church down the road, officials said.
â??The mortar landed in the garden of the hospital,â?? said Hashim Mohammed, a security officer at the Ibn el-Bitar hospital.
The hospital deputy said one person was killed and nine wounded, all of them staff.
"In Command Post: IrakMosul Car Bomb kills US Soldier
From the AFP via The Australian :
A US soldier has died of wounds sustained in a car bomb attack yesterday in the northern city of Mosul, the military said today.
â??One soldier assigned to Task Force Olympia died of wounds following a car bomb attack on a Multinational Forces convoy on October 15.
The attack occurred in the east central area of Mosul at approximately 1.20pm (local time),â?? a statement said.
"In Command Post: Irak5 Churches Bombed in Iraq
From The Australian :
A string of bombs exploded at five churches across Baghdad today though no casualties have been reported, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
The explosions rang out in quick succession over an hour and half starting at 4am local time (11am AEST) at St Joseph Church in the Nafaq Al-Shurta area, said ministry spokesman Colonel Adnan Abdul-Rahman.
The other churches hit were St Jacobâ??s Church and St Georgeâ??s Church in the Doura neighbourhood, the Church of Rome in the Karrada neighbourhood and St Thomas Church in the Mansour area.
Colonel Abdul-Rahman said the churches all had some exterior damage, with windows blown out.
â??It is a criminal act to make Iraq unstable and to create religious difficulties,â?? Rev Zaya Yousef of St Georgeâ??s Church said.
â??But this will not happen because we all live together like brothers in this country through sadness and happiness.â??
"In Command Post: IrakUS troops 'refused Iraq mission'
: "The US military says it is investigating claims that 19 US soldiers in Iraq refused to undertake a convoy mission.
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)Task Force Olympia soldier dies of wounds suffered in car bombing
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorTwo U-S soldiers killed in attack in southern Afghanistan
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorThree Iraqis die in bomb blast outside restive Iraqi city of Baquba
: "Three Iraqis from the same family were killed in a roadside bomb blast outside the restive city of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, local police said. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqUK troops may be called to aid US
: "The Government is facing pressure to end the uncertainty over plans to send British troops to reinforce the Americans in some of the most volatile areas of Iraq.
"In Ananova: War In IraqWounder soldier's wife goes into labor, gives birth to five
in IraqWar.infoMilitary probing whether unit in Iraq refused dangerous mission
in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror5th NewsMinute (TOPS)
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorExplosions in Baghdad Kill One, Wound Five
: "Two blasts, one near a hospital and theother near a hotel, killed one person and wounded five inBaghdad on Saturday, witnesses and hospital officials said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Iraq War NewsFive churches, hospital bombed in Baghdad
: "Bombs exploded outside five churches in Baghdad and mortar rounds hit near a hospital and a hotel frequented by foreigners, as U.S. forces loosened a cordon around the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah after several days of clashes with rebels there.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressTwo U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan
: "A bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three others in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday, while a separate attack in an eastern Afghan province killed at least three children and a policeman on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressUnit refused Iraq mission, military says
: "Relatives of soldiers who refused to deliver supplies in Iraq say the troops considered the mission too dangerous, in part because their vehicles were in poor shape.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressAP Poll: National security captivates U.S.
: "National security issues such as the war in Iraq and terrorism are dominating voters' attention in the final weeks before Election Day, Associated Press polling found.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press
Friday, October 15, 2004
Iraq War NewsU.S. warplanes pound insurgent stronghold
: "U.S. warplanes pounded the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah on Friday, a day after the city's leaders suspended peace talks and rejected the Iraqi government's demands to turn over terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressZimbabwe opposition leader found innocent
: "Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was acquitted on treason charges Friday, a surprise end to a yearlong trial that his party had said was orchestrated by the government of President Robert Mugabe.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated PressKarzai takes early lead in Afghan count
: "Interim leader Hamid Karzai took an early lead as vote counting began in Afghanistan's landmark presidential election, after allegations of ballot-box stuffing, voter intimidation and multiple voting forced five days of delay.
"In JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Iraq War NewsU-S forces trade fire with insurgents in Ramadi
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorCar Bomb Explodes Next to U.S. Convoy
: "A car bomb exploded next to a U.S. convoy west of the capital, killing at least one Iraqi and wounding eight, hospital officials and survivors said Thursday. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqIraqi PM warns Fallujah to give up Zarqawi or face attack
: "Prime Minister Iyad Allawi threatened a military assault on Fallujah if the rebel bastion does not surrender Iraq's most wanted man, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S. Forces, Insurgents Battle in Ramadi
: "U.S. forces traded fire with insurgents in the Sunni stronghold of Ramadi following a series of raids, residents said Thursday, and at least eight people were reported killed. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq'Direct threat to Britons in Iraq'
: "British nationals in northern Iraq may be targeted in "a direct threat of kidnap to foreign nationals", The Foreign Office said.
"In Ananova: War In IraqCIA Secret Detention center in Jordan
in IraqWar.infoFemale Iraqi Candidates a Diverse Group
: "Salama al-Khafaji, a deeply religious woman in an all-enveloping black robe, says that if elected, she'll bring "bright Islamic thoughts" to Iraq's legislature. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqRamadan Takes on New Meaning in Iraq
: "Ramadan is upon this troubled nation again â?? a holy month when pious Muslims seek to cleanse their souls and come together. But in Iraq, many fear the holy season will bring more than usual violence and divisions. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqFalluja Negotiator: Iraq Govt.'s Demand Absurd
: "Iraq's interim prime minister hasthreatened to attack Falluja unless it turns in foreignmilitants, but a negotiator for the rebel-held city said onThursday its people were being asked to chase shadows. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAfghan Election URGENT
in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Iraq War NewsIraqi deputy prime minister pleads for aid
: "TOKYO (AP) - Iraq's deputy leader pleaded with donors Wednesday to fulfill their promises of aid to help rebuild his war-ravaged nation, while U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage acknowledged that Washington was initially too slow in channeling money to Iraq.
"In Modesto Bee: IraqIraq urges donors to release cash
: "Iraq's deputy PM asks nations meeting in Tokyo to fulfil pledges of aid, saying it is key to "beating terrorism".
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)Blair faces demands to apologize over Iraq war
: "LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing demandsWednesday to apologize for the way his government handledintelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction as it built acase for war.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqThree U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A roadside bomb attack killed threeAmerican soldiers in a convoy as American troops and Iraqi soldiersstepped up pressure on Sunni insurgents before the start of theIslamic holy month of Ramadan this week.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqU.N. Nuclear Inspectors Ready to Return to Iraq
: "U.N. inspectors, barred from most ofIraq since last year's invasion, are ready to return to probethe disappearance of equipment that could be used in atomicweapons, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Wednesday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqU.S., Iraqi forces launch Baqouba raids
: "More than 1,000 U.S. troops, Iraqi police and Iraqi National Guardsmen launched two simultaneous raids Wednesday in Baqouba, north of Baghdad, to clear the area of insurgents before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan this week.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqMilitary helping troops vote in November election.
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq says nuclear sites are 'well protected'
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorU-S general says election marks end of rule of gun in Afghanistan
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorInvestigators unearth mass grave in search of evidence against Saddam Hussein
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorGIs Eager To Vote
: "In Iraq, Afghanistan, at U.S. bases, and all over the globe, U.S. military men and women are getting their absentee ballots in order. Extra care is being taken to avoid 2000's scenario, which disqualified hundreds of ballots.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisU.S. Photographer Says Unharmed by Iraq Captors
: "An American photographer abducted bygunmen in Iraq said after his release Tuesday that he wastreated well but did not know why he had been kidnapped. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqIsraeli army suspends accused officer
: "The Israeli army has suspended a platoon commander suspected of emptying an ammunition clip into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl who had already been shot several times by soldiers, a commander said Wednesday.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIRAQI NATIONAL GUARD AND MULTI-NATIONAL FORCES DETAIN 23, FOIL ROADSIDE BOMB
in CENTCOM: News Release
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Iraq War NewsMPs to quiz ministers over Iraq
: "MPs are getting their first chance to quiz the Government over Iraq since Parliament broke for the summer in July.
"In Ananova: War In Iraq10 Turkish hostages freed in Iraq
: "ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's foreign minister confirmedTuesday that 10 Turks abducted last month in Iraq had been freed.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqU.S. and Iraqi forces raid Ramadi mosques
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi forces backed by U.S. soldiers and Marines raided mosques Tuesday in the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi and detained a prominent cleric following fierce clashes that hospital officials said killed at least four people.
"In Modesto Bee: IraqU.S. Warplanes Strike Fallujah Restaurant
in Iraqi Forces Raid Ramadi Mosques
in US Soldier, 2 Iraqis killed by Suicide Car Bomb
in Turkish Contractor, Translator Beheaded
in Nuclear Equipment Missing, says IAEA
in US to press NATO allies to do more in Afghanistan, Iraq
: "US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is to press his NATO counterparts this week to contribute more in Afghanistan and Iraq, as the Alliance battles to expand its roles in both countries. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqThrough Hussein's Looking Glass
: "WASHINGTON â?? Saddam Hussein was convinced he won the Persian Gulf War in 1991. (Los Angeles Times)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqSadr Fighters Begin Giving Up Arms
: "BAGHDAD â?? Members of cleric Muqtada Sadr's Al Mahdi militia began turning over weapons to Iraqi authorities here Monday as the first step in a fledgling peace agreement designed to end weeks of deadly clashes in the capital. (Los Angeles Times)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqOil tops 54-dollar mark in Asian trading
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorU.S. aircraft strike twice in rebel-held Fallujah
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorTeaching of Islam in schools backed
: "A new drive to teach Islam in schools is set to be launched.
"In Ananova: War In IraqSources: Body of Briton Bigley Dumped Near Baghdad
: "The body of British engineer KennethBigley, killed by his kidnappers last week after three weeks incaptivity, was dumped just south of Baghdad Friday, sourcesclose to the insurgency said Tuesday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqNuclear assets 'vanish' in Iraq
: "Technology that could help produce a nuclear bomb has gone missing in Iraq, the UN nuclear watchdog warns.
"In BBC: Conflict with IraqHostage release confirmed...Iraq heats up...Skyward crude prices
in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror
Monday, October 11, 2004
Iraq War NewsKurds disillusioned by Iraq's main parties
: "SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) - Maliha Barzanji says that the last party she voted for ended up arresting her son and she never saw him again. This time around, she plans to cast no vote at all, saying she hates both of the two big parties that run the Kurdish north of Iraq. "If they give me their blood," she says, "I will gladly drink it."
"In Fresno Bee: IraqRumsfeld to Iraqi commanders: Grow seeds of security
: "KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) - After listening to two U.S. Army officers describe recent progress in battling the insurgency and stabilizing northern Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld swung his chair around and faced four senior Iraqi commanders who had sat silently through the briefing.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqRocket attack kills 2 U.S. troops in Iraq
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two soldiers from Task Force Baghdad were killed and five wounded Monday in a rocket attack in southern Baghdad, the military said.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqPolish-led force in Iraq to leave base
: "WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The command of the Polish-led multinational force in Iraq will move out of a camp that includes ancient Babylonian archaeological sites by year's end, Poland's defense minister said Sunday during a surprise visit to the troops.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqRumsfeld hoping for troop cutback in Iraq
: "AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) - The United States may be able to reduce its troop levels in Iraq after this country's January elections if security improves and local forces continue to expand and become more effective, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqIraqi security forces coming under fire
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - With no work and five children to feed, Salah Abbas ignored his family's pleas not to join the Iraqi National Guard, a job where the paycheck comes with a deadly risk.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqShiite militiamen turn in weapons in Baghdad
in Armed group threatens to behead Turkish hostage
: "Armed men claiming to belong to the militant group of Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi appeared in a video on Dubai's Al-Arabiya television on threatening to behead a Turkish hostage. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqIsraeli aircraft attacks militant's house
: "An Israeli aircraft fired a missile Monday at a house in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, wounding five people, including a top Islamic Jihad leader, witnesses and hospital officials said.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqEgyptian military seals off bombed hotel
: "With Israeli rescue workers pulling out, the Egyptian military sealed off a bombed luxury hotel Monday to clear more debris and collect evidence for investigators tracing the explosives and vehicles used in the attack that targeted Israeli tourists.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqAid Money Must Flow Quickly, Iraq to Tell Donors
: "Iraq could plunge into still deeperchaos unless billions of dollars the international communityhas pledged for rebuilding are spent quickly, the Baghdadgovernment will warn this week. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqBobby-trapped car explodes in Mosul
: "A car bomb exploded Monday in western Mosul as an American military convoy was passing by, witnesses said. First reports indicated it may have been a suicide attack.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Iraq War NewsIraq 'honours list' sparks protest
: "Prime Minister Tony Blair has provoked fresh controversy over the war with a "special Iraq Honours list".
"In Ananova: War In IraqAfghanistan's presidential election will take awhile to tabulate
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorTwo explosions kill ten in Baghdad
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorThe Other Weapons Threat in Iraq
: "WASHINGTON â?? Insurgent networks across Iraq are increasingly trying to acquire and use toxic nerve gases, blister agents and germ weapons against U.S. and coalition forces, according to a CIA report. Investigators said one group recruited scientists and sought to prepare poisons over seven months before it was dismantled in June. (Los Angeles Times)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqCease-Fire Deal Reached, Sadr Militia Announces
: "BAGHDAD â?? Followers of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr said they reached a cease-fire agreement Saturday with the interim Iraqi government, but a government spokesman said the only proof of a deal would be if the rebels started handing over their weapons Monday. (Los Angeles Times)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqBombs Kill 10 in Baghdad; Rumsfeld Visits
: "Two car bombs shook the capital in quick succession Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 17, including an American soldier, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqBlast Kills Up to 17 Near Baghdad Police Academy
: "A suspected suicide car bomb killed upto 17 people near Baghdad's Oil Ministry and a nearby policeacademy Sunday, a spokesman for the ministry said. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqBigley escaped for night - reports
: "There is still confusion over exactly what happened during Ken Bigley's last few desperate hours as it emerged that the Prime Minister had spoken to his family for the first time since his brutal murder.
"In Ananova: War In IraqFour killed, two wounded in rocket attack near Baghdad oil ministry
: "At least four people were killed and two wounded in a rocket attack near the oil ministry in the Iraqi capital, medical sources and police said. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAllies urged to make good on Iraq pledges
: "Hoping to keep much-needed cash flowing into war-ravaged Iraq, Japan will host a 50-nation Iraqi reconstruction donors' conference this week that may focus less on getting new pledges than on getting countries to honor their earlier promises.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIsraeli missile kills one in Gaza camp
: "An Israeli aircraft fired a missile Sunday at a Palestinian house in Gaza's Jebaliya refugee camp, killing one person and wounding eight, witnesses and rescue workers said.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqRumsfeld gives troops timetable in Iraq
: "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld greeted U.S. Marines at this dusty air field in Iraq's western desert Sunday morning, telling them it was unlikely the United States would pull out any troops before Iraq's elections in January.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
in Defense secretary makes surprise visit to Iraq
in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror