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Guerrillas Killed At Least One Us

*Guerrillas killed at least one US soldier at Diraa Dijla, west of Baghdad, and wounded others, on Weds. according to Reuters/via al-Hayat. Other guerrillas launched a rocket propelled grenade attack on US…

Heres My Post From Gulf2000 Today What

*Here’s my post from Gulf2000 today: What happened in Karbala this past weekend still seems a little murky. I am amazed that some enterprising reporter hasn’t gotten the story out (I haven’t…

One Us Soldier Was Killed And Three

*One US soldier was killed and three others severely wounded on Monday when a guerrilla dropped a grenade on their vehicle as it went under a bridge in the Sunni center of…

5 More Us Troops Were Killed Over Past

*5 more US troops were killed over the past weekend in Iraq, bringing the July total to 27. On Sunday, a guerrilla launched a grenade attack on 3 US soldiers guarding a…

Iraqi Guerillas Killed Another Three Us

*Iraqi guerillas killed another three US soldiers near Mosul on Thursday in an ambush on an armored convoy. This brings to five the number killed in the past two days in that…

Iraqi Guerrillas Mounted Three Separate

*Iraqi guerrillas mounted three separate attacks in Iraq on Wednesday, killing two US troops and wounding 10. Two of the attacks were launched in Mosul and are therefore likely to be attempts…

On Question Of Whether Killing Of Uday

*On the question of whether the killing of Uday and Qusay on Tuesday will improve the security posture in Iraq, I doubt it. As Con Coughlin noted, in the short term attacks…

Iraqi Guerrillas Attacked Us Military

*Iraqi guerrillas attacked a US military convoy with rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire, killing two soldiers and injuring a third. The attack came near Tel Afar, west of Mosul. All the…

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*A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad by a sniper on Saturday while guarding a bank. Four U.S. troops were wounded when their convoy was struck by a remote control bomb. *Over…

Al Hayat Reported That Adnan Pachachi

*Al-Hayat reported that Adnan Pachachi and another member of the Iraq Governing Council are in Rome for a conference of socialists. Asked about recognizing Israel, Pachachi replied that Iraq is a member…

Two American Servicemen Were Killed In

*Two American servicemen were killed in Iraq on Friday, AP says. Someone shot and killed a soldier from the U.S. 1st Infantry Division in Baghdad about 5:30 p.m. yesterday according to Corp.…

Sunni Group In Basra Pop

*A Sunni group in Basra (pop. 1.3 million) is calling for massive Sunni demonstrations after Friday prayers today, in protest of the occupation on Wednesday by the Sadr Movement of a building…

Another Rocket Propelled Grenade Attack

*Another rocket propelled grenade attack killed one American soldier and wounded three others on Wednesday, near the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad. Also, in West Baghdad a guerrilla tossed a grenade…

Us Forces Were Ambushed While Leaving

*US forces were ambushed while leaving an ammunition depot between the cities of Ramadi and Habbaniya on Tuesday, but took no casualties. They fought back, killing five Iraqis and capturing one. *There…

Sadr Foundation Issued Statement Saying

*The Sadr Foundation issued a statement saying that the Shiite community cannot be entirely satisfied with the new governing council, since the US fears the establishment of a Shiite state and works…

Reuters Australian News Rocket

*Reuters & Australian News: A rocket propelled grenade badly wounded a US soldier early Monday morning as he drove his vehicle toward the Baghdad Airport. (By the way the airport’s opening has…

Breaking News Revised Members Of New

*Breaking news (revised): The members of the new Iraqi Governing Council, which declared itself Sunday, are as follows, according to CNN. I have changed the presentation to make the breakdown clearer, and…

Assailants Launched Rocket Propelled

*Assailants launched rocket propelled grenades at US MPs guarding a prison near Baghdad early Saturday morning, wounding a U.S. soldier. CNN reported that three explosions were heard by the 400th military police…

Attacks On Us Forces Continued Thursday

*Attacks on US forces continued Thursday and Friday. In Samarra, four mortar rounds were launched at a US military base late Thursday, and three of our boys were wounded in that attack.…

Three Us Troops Were Killed On

*Three US troops were killed on Wednesday, according to a military spokesman. In Tikrit, assailants hit a US convoy, killing one soldier and wounding another. In Mahmudiyah (which lies to the south…

Us Mounted Unprecedented House To House

*The US mounted an unprecedented house to house search in Azamiya and Karada, quarters of West Baghdad, on Wednesday, closing off streets and sealing the region, according to az-Zaman. Iraqi police helping…

In Staccato Burst Of Attacks On Tuesday

*In a staccato burst of attacks on Tuesday, 7 US troops were wounded in Baghdad and Kirkuk. In Baghdad insurgents waited on a bridge until a US convoy was passing and then…

Two Us Soldiers And Two Iraqis Were

*Two US soldiers and two Iraqis were killed on Monday as violence against the US-led coalition escalated . . . – (SA). And . . . At the same time, sabotage against…

Despite Paul Bremers Earlier Opposition

Despite Paul Bremer’s earlier opposition to municipal elections, some form of urban self-government is being arranged by the British and American militaries. On Sunday it was reported by AFP that the Basra…

Sunday Evening Witnessed Another

*Sunday evening witnessed another grenade attack on US troops in the Sunni belt, according to AFP: “Unknown assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a US patrol in the Iraqi town of Ramadi west…

Mail On Sunday In Uk Reports That Uk

*The Mail on Sunday in the UK reports that the UK Foreign Office has concluded that there just weren’t any chemical or biological weapons in Iraq: ‘Senior Government sources have told The…

One Us Soldier Was Killed By Sniper In

*One US soldier was killed by a sniper in Baghdad on the US Independence Day, and 17 were wounded by a mortar attack in Balad. A little later Iraqi insurgents ambushed a…

My Opinion Piece In Daily Star Covers

My opinion piece in the Daily Star covers some of the same ground as postings here earlier in the week, but also makes some new points: Sistani throws down a gauntlet Grand…

Happy Fourth To All Americans In Iraq

* A happy Fourth to all the Americans in Iraq, where I know I have some readers. Hope you can all be back home soon, safe and sound. And to my Iraqi…

Us Is Bogged Down In Low Intensity

*The US is bogged down in a low-intensity guerrilla war in Iraq, with daily attacks that for the most part go unmentioned in the Western press, including grenade, mortar and rocket propelled…

For Some Odd Reason My July 1 Posting

For some odd reason, my July 1 posting of Sistani’s fatwa is not being archived by the new blogger software, so I am attempting to repost it here so it can be…

Here Is What Tuesdays Events In Iraq

*Here is what Tuesday’s events in Iraq looked like to Kuwait’s Arab Times: “Six more American soldiers were wounded in Iraq on Tuesday and a fatal blast at a mosque fuelled Muslim…

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani Has Entered

*Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has entered Iraqi politics in an unexpectedly big way. He has denounced US administrator Paul Bremer’s plan to appoint a large constitutional committee to write a new Iraqi…