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" May No Soldier Go Unloved "

   
 
Saturday, October 23, 2004
 
Iraq War News
Terrorist Mortar Kills 2 in Baghdad: "

From Reuters via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

Insurgents fired two mortar rounds in central Baghdad today, killing
two civilians and wounding one, witnesses said.

A telephone worker said he had taken all three casualties to hospital in his car after one mortar bomb hit the Karrada commercial district.

A donkey was also killed.

Witnesses said the other mortar round appeared to land in the fortified Green Zone, which houses Iraqi government offices and the US and British embassies.

There were no reports of casualties or damage in that blast.

"

In Command Post: Irak



Gunmen ambush Turkish convoy in Iraq; two killed: "MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of Turkish trucks in Mosul on Saturday, killing two Turkish drivers and wounding two others, hospital and police officials said."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq



Kidnapped CARE director pleads for help: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Trembling, haggard and weeping into a tissue, Margaret Hassan, the kidnapped British aid worker who has spent nearly half her life delivering food and medicine in Iraq, begged Britain on Friday to help save her by withdrawing its troops, saying these "might be my last hours.""

In Fresno Bee: Iraq



Car bombing kills 10 Iraqi policemen: "A car bomb exploded at a police station Saturday near a base in western Iraq used by U.S. Marines, killing 10 Iraqi policemen and wounding 48 other people, officials said."

In Kansas City Star: Iraq



The Baghdad Blogger goes to Washington: day one (22 Oct 04) in Radio Free USA



US facing 20,000 insurgents in Iraq (23 Oct 04) in Radio Free USA



Suicide Bombers Kill 14 Iraqis in Surge of Violence: "Suicide bombers killed 14 members ofIraq's fledgling security forces near a U.S. marine base westof Baghdad and at a checkpoint to the north on Saturday amid aspate of insurgent attacks across the country. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



A Diamond in the Rough: Iraqis Taking Up Baseball (Los Angeles Times): "Los Angeles Times - BAGHDAD â?? Yasser Abdel Hussein tugs his cap and unwinds with the smooth sidearm delivery that's made him the ace of the pitching staff. He looks like a prospect."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq


Wednesday, October 20, 2004
 
Iraq War News
A STRIKE ON ZARQAWI SAFEHOUSE in CENTCOM: News Release



British troop movement to US-zone would be for 'weeks, not months' (AFP): "AFP - Any British troops sent from southern Iraq to help out in the more dangerous US-controlled zone to the north would only be redeployed for a few weeks, according to the top British general in Iraq."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq



Humanitarian Aid Director Is Kidnapped (Los Angeles Times): "Los Angeles Times - BAGHDAD â?? Gunmen Tuesday kidnapped the head of the CARE humanitarian group in Iraq, a British-born woman in her 60s who has been critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and worked for three decades to improve living conditions here."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq



Aid Group Stops Iraq Work After Official Kidnapped (Reuters): "Reuters - The kidnapping of a British-Iraqi aid official might prompt her agency, Care International, to withdraw from Iraq, its director said on Wednesday."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq



Turkish Cypriot government resigns: "The shaky coalition governing Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus resigned Wednesday after months of confusion in the minority government following a failed referendum to reunite the divided island."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Humanitarian Aid Director Is Kidnapped: "BAGHDAD â?? Gunmen Tuesday kidnapped the head of the CARE humanitarian group in Iraq, a British-born woman in her 60s who has been critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and worked for three decades to improve living conditions here. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Car bombing near Baghdad airport in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror



CIA expected Iraqis to wave US flags after invasion (AFP): "AFP - The CIA was so convinced Iraqis would warmly greet US troops that it proposed smuggling hundreds of small American flags into Iraq ahead of the 2003 invasion, to give them something to wave at the soldiers, a report said."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq



Soldier to Plead Guilty in Iraq Abuse Case (AP): "AP - An Army reservist charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners plans to plead guilty at a court martial to four counts arising from the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal in a plea deal in which eight other counts will be dropped, his lawyer has said."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq



UN Puts Zarqawi Network in Iraq on Its Terror List: "A U.N. panel has put on itssanctions list networks said to be controlled by Jordanian AbuMusab al-Zarqawi after they claimed responsibility forbombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



More than 8,000 U.S. troops wounded in Iraq: "WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The latest Pentagon figures reveal that the number of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq since military operations began in March 2003 has topped 8,000."

In kgw.com: Iraq News



Iraqi Battalion Commander Barely Escapes Assassination: "In a careening, high-speed shootout, insurgents tried to assassinate the commander of the Iraqi National Guard."

In New York Times: World Special



Faulty Intelligence Misled Troops at War's Start: "Much of the information provided by the C.I.A. to those prosecuting the war and planning the occupation proved wrong."

In New York Times: World Special


Tuesday, October 19, 2004
 
100 Iraqis killed or wounded in attack
JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press: "A mortar attack on an Iraqi National Guard headquarters north of Baghdad on Tuesday killed or wounded at least 100 Iraqis, officials said, while U.S. troops battled insurgents in a major city west of the capital."

Monday, October 18, 2004
 
Iraq War News
Iraq blasts mar Muslim holy month: "Bomb attacks on churches mark the start of Ramadan in Iraq and reports are coming in of explosions in Falluja."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)



Zarqawi movement vows allegiance with al-Qaida: "BAGHDAD, Iraq â?? The most feared militant group in Iraq, the movement of terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, declared its allegiance to Osama bin Laden on Sunday, saying it had agreed with al-Qaida over strategy and the need for unity against "the enemies of Islam.""

In kgw.com: Iraq News



British government says redeployment of troops in Iraq not Bush booster in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror



Indonesian militant cleric to stand trial in Marriott, Bali bombings in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror



Car bomb kills at least seven in Baghdad: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. troops pounded Fallujah with airstrikes and tank fire Sunday, and the Iraqi government appealed to residents to expel "foreign terrorists" to prevent an all-out attack. A suicide driver in Baghdad exploded a car near a police patrol, killing at least seven people and wounding 20."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq



A War without reason (18 Oct 04) in Radio Free USA



U.S. Frees Fallujah Negotiator: "The military released the spokesman for the rebel-dominated city as an apparent gesture to restart talks aimed at avoiding a bloody showdown there. A car bombing in Baghdad left six people dead."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis



Palestinian: U.S. election stalling peace: "Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said Monday that the U.S. presidential election was stalling the Middle East peace process and urged other countries to increase their efforts."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraq attacks aimed at sinking Bush reelection bid: Putin: "Russian President Vladimir Putin all but endorsed US President George W. Bush, saying that terror attacks in Iraq aimed to sink his reelection bid and warning they would likely increase if successful. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



JOINT OPERATION IN HUGE SUCCESS in CENTCOM: News Release



Britain rejects troop redeployment claim: "Prime Minister Tony Blair's government on Monday rejected claims from opposition lawmakers that a redeployment of British troops in Iraq would be a political show of support for the Bush administration before U.S. presidential elections."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Attacks Target Iraqi Police: "BAGHDAD â?? A car bomb attack in central Baghdad and an ambush south of the capital killed at least a dozen Iraqi police officers Sunday as insurgents continued their violent campaign against the country's security forces. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. Buyers of Hussein's Oil Acted to Assist Iraq: "WASHINGTON â?? A month before the Persian Gulf War began in 1991, with an attack by the U.S.-led coalition imminent, famed Texas oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt rushed his corporate jet to Baghdad to rescue 21 Americans being held hostage by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Britain seen moving Iraq troops further into harm's way: "Defence Minister Geoff Hoon is due to address the British parliament on his country's troop deployment in Iraq, amid widespread reports that some forces are to be moved from the relative calm of southern Iraq into areas around Baghdad, thereby freeing up US forces for attacks on cities like Fallujah. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Sunday, October 17, 2004
 
A U.S. Army soldier, on top of a Bradley armored vehicle, views smoke rising into the sky after his colleagues destroyed a seized Katyusha rocket, which was found in an empty yard next to a school in Baghdad, October 17, 2004. The Iraq (news - web sites) war has done little to increase security across the world or halt the activities of international terrorists, United Nations (news - web sites) Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) said Sunday. (Ali Jasim/Reuters) Yahoo'>http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/041017/photos_ts/mdf781961&e=10&ncid=1479">Yahoo! News - Top Stories Photos - Reuters


Two Soldiers Die After Crash in Iraq
1 hour, 9 minutes ago Middle East - AP
By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces battled insurgents around the rebel stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday after two American soldiers died when their helicopters crashed south of Baghdad. Many Iraqi Christians skipped Mass following bombings at churches in the capital.

Fierce clashes between U.S. troops and insurgents broke out on a highway east of Fallujah and in the southern part of the city, witnesses said. The road, which leads to Baghdad, has been completely blocked. Residents reported fresh aerial and artillery attacks as explosions boomed across the city.
Plumes of smoke were seen rising from the Askari and Shuhada neighborhoods in eastern and southern Fallujah as families began to flee the area, residents reported. They said a Humvee was seen burning in the eastern edge of the city. Hospital officials said three civilians were injured in the clashes.
Fallujah, 40 miles west of the capital, is considered the toughest stronghold of insurgents. Commanders have been speaking of a possible new offensive to wrest it out and other cities of militants' control, and the Marines said Saturday they had tightened their cordon around the city to keep suspected terrorists from fleeing the area. Still, officials have said that intensified airstrikes and fighting over the past week don't mark the start of a new operation.
South of Baghdad, two Army OH-58 helicopters went down about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the 1st Cavalry Division said. The deaths of their pilots brought to six the number of American troops killed in two days, following car bombings on Friday that killed four servicemembers.
The division said the cause of the crashes had not been determined.
Yahoo'>http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=1&u=/ap/20041017/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq">Yahoo! News - Two Soldiers Die After Crash in Iraq
A U.S. Army soldier, no name available, from the Scout Platoon, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, secures a highway for a convoy of troops moving from Fallujah, Iraq , toward Ramadi early Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan)Yahoo'>http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/041017/481/mac10310171248&e=3&ncid=1479">Yahoo! News - World Photos - AP

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Iraq War News
Bigley brother hails anti-war march: "Thousands of anti-war demonstrators marched through London and received a ringing endorsement from the brother of murdered hostage Ken Bigley."

In Ananova: War In Iraq



Egypt won't invite Iraq opposition groups to conference: "CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Egypt's foreign minister said Saturday that his country would not invite Iraqi opposition groups to a high-level conference on Iraqi elections planned next month at an Egyptian resort."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq



Britain Denies Using Troops to Boost Bush's Standing: "The British government rejectedaccusations Sunday that it is using British troops in Iraq toboost George W. Bush's political position in the United Statespresidential election race. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Thousands set to protest Iraq war on London streets: "Thousands of demonstrators were expected to throng the streets of central London to protest against the Iraq war as Prime Minister Tony Blair struggles to shake-off criticism of the invasion. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.N.'s Annan: Iraq War Done Little to Halt Terrorism: "The Iraq war has done little to increasesecurity across the world or halt the activities ofinternational terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General KofiAnnan said Sunday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Nine Iraqi Police Killed in Ambush South of Baghdad: "Gunmen ambushed a minibuscarrying nine Iraqi policemen home from training in Jordan,killing all of them, police in Kerbala said. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Detainees released from infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror



Detainees freed from infamous Iraq prison: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - More than 200 detainees were released Sunday from Abu Ghraib prison after a security review deemed them no longer a threat, the U.S. military said."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq



U.S. forces continue assault in Fallujah: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. forces battled insurgents around the rebel stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday after two American soldiers died when their helicopters crashed south of Baghdad. Many Iraqi Christians skipped Mass following bombings at churches in the capital."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq



Mortars Fired at Baghdad Hotel Used by Foreigners: "Two mortars were fired at a hotel usedby journalists and foreign contractors in Baghdad on Sunday.There were no initial reports of any injuries or damage. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Saudi forces arrest 4 suspected militants: "Security forces have captured four suspected militants, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Sunday, the latest detentions in a Saudi crackdown on Islamic extremists in the kingdom."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

 

 
   
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