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Massacre Of Spanish Secret Agents

Massacre of Spanish Secret Agents Guerrillas ambushed two vehicles carrying Spanish intelligence operatives in Latifiya, a Sunni town just south of Baghdad on Saturday, killing 7 and wounding another. They used rocket…

Sistani Position On New Elections

Sistani Position on New Elections The office of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani affirmed Saturday in Najaf that he had reservations about the Nov. 15 plan for caucus type elections. Replying to questions…

72 Us Troops Killed In Hostilities In

72 US troops killed in Hostilities in November 72 US soldiers were killed by hostile fire in Iraq during November, the highest of any month since the major fighting started last March.…

Sunni Walks Out Of Tourism Conference

Sunni walks out of Tourism Conference AFP reports that Adnan Doulami, the religious director for Sunni Muslims walked out on a tourism conference on Saturday. He was protesting the remarks of Hussein…

More On Sa 14 Missiles Brucer Has

More on SA-14 Missiles BruceR has further technical analysis of the SAM missile attacks on the DHL cargo plane on Nov. 22. Apparently the guerrillas thought they were hitting a military plane!…

Bush To Sistani Good To Have You

Bush to Sistani: Good to Have you Working with Us It turns out that President George W. Bush did meet on Thursday with four members of the Iraqi Interim Governing Council. All…

Two Us Troops Killed Us Kills Sisters

Two Us Troops Killed; US kills Sisters Guerrillas in Mosul killed a soldier with mortar fire that hit the 101st Airborne Division HQ on Friday. On Thursday, a US soldier had been…

Bush Sneaks In And Out Of Baghdad W

Bush Sneaks in and Out of Baghdad W. must have envisaged his triumphal first trip to Baghdad very differently. Last spring, before the war, he was told by Ahmad Chalabi via Dick…

Sistanis Fatwa To Americans In Meantime

Sistani’s Fatwa to the Americans In the meantime, Bush’s team at the Coalition Provisional Authority were scrambling to respond to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s critique of their plans for Iraq. Sistani dislikes…

Sistani Raises Objections To Latest

Sistani Raises Objections to Latest Coalition Plan According to al-Hayat, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq and a member of the Interim Governing Council, met…

2 Us Troops Wounded In Mosul Italian

2 US troops wounded in Mosul; Italian Embassy in Baghdad Hit by Rockets Guerrillas fired a rocket or mortar round into the second floor of the Italian embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday.…

Iraq War Damaging Us War On Terror

Iraq War damaging US War on Terror Warren Strobel of Knight Ridder points out that many counter-terrorism analysts are convinced that the real war on terror is being hurt by the drain…

Khamenei America Sinking Into Quagmire

Khamenei: ‘America Sinking into Quagmire” “ Iran’s Supreme Jurisprudent, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a radio address that: ‘The American nation should know that Iraq is America’s quagmire and America is sinking…

Norwegian Troops In Iraq Fear For

Norwegian troops in Iraq fear for safety Norwegian troops appear to be surprised to find that they are not actually in a peacekeeping role in Iraq, but rather are in a combat…

Marshall Cheney Had Garner Fire Warrick

Marshall: Cheney had Garner Fire Warrick Josh Marshall has excellent analysis of Jay Garner’s BBC interview on the failing of the US in handling post-war Iraq. He confirms what I had suspected,…

More On Why Partitioning Iraq Is Very

More on Why Partitioning Iraq is a Very Bad Idea Jack Straw alluded to the dangers of a break-up of Iraq in a news conference in Baghdad on Wednesday, and said the…

10 Us Soldiers Wounded Each Day Even

10 US soldiers wounded each day Even the fall in attacks does not obscure the bad news for Ken Dilanian of Knight Ridder. He notes that hostile fire had wounded 2,076 US…

Bombs In Downtown Baghdad Two Iraqi

Bombs in downtown Baghdad; Two Iraqi Police Wounded Guerrillas fired mortars at US troops in Tikrit early on Tuesday but failed to inflict any casualties. In response, US troops wounded one assailant…

Sa 14 Used In Attack On Dhl Plane

SA-14 used in Attack on DHL Plane A videotape of guerrillas’ attack on the DHL plane at Baghdad airport was given to a French reporter for Le Nouvel Observateur. It was seen…

Sistanis Fatwa Trumped Bremer Rajiv

Sistani’s Fatwa trumped Bremer Rajiv Chandrasekharan has a wonderful article in the Washington Post on the way Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s fatwa of June 28 stymied US civil administrator Paul Bremer. .…

Igc Cant Let Go Some Members Of Interim

IGC Can’t Let Go Some members of the Interim Governing Council, which was set to be dissolved in June on the election of a new transitional government, are now saying they don’t…

Banning Al Arabiya Real Reason That Al

Banning al-Arabiya The real reason that al-Arabiya satellite television is being banned in Iraq is not that it showed videotapes of Saddam, but that it is a prime source of videotape of…

Halliburton Accused Of Gouging

Halliburton accused of Gouging According to AFP, three Democratic leaders in Congress are charging Halliburton with gouging US taxpayers by charging $2.65 per gallon to transport gasoline from Kuwait to Iraq. Local…

Al Hakim Us Troops Humiliation Only Un

al-Hakim: US Troops a Humiliation: Only a UN Resolution Can Authorize Them AFP reports that the leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) and member of the Interim…

Muqtada Only Real Solution Is Immediate

Muqtada: The Only Real Solution is Immediate US Withdrawal John Daniszewski of the LA Times has an interview with Muqtada al-Sadr about the new plans for a transitional government. Like French President…

Why Breaking Up Iraq Is Very Very Bad

Why Breaking up Iraq is a Very, Very Bad Idea Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council for Foreign Affairs and a former NYT editor and columnist, argues in today’s NYT…

How We Denied Democracy To Middle East

How We Denied Democracy to the Middle East Robert Fisk’s essay, “How we denied democracy to the ME,” coming in response to Bush’s new policy statement, is worth reading. I think it…

Nightline On Iraq 11 24 Those Of You In

Nightline on Iraq 11-24 Those of you in North America who can stay up late may want to watch Nightline tonight. It is on the Coalition Provisional Authority’s about-face and plans for…

Shaping Iraqi Electorate Election Now

Shaping the Iraqi Electorate The election now envisaged by the Americans in Iraq this spring will not be a democratic, one person one vote, affair. The electorate itself will be town notables…

Iraqizing Security Al Hayat Reports

Iraqizing Security Al-Hayat reports that the US is pressuring the Interim Governing Council to speed up the transfer of responsibility for security to the Iraqi Interior Ministry. Hamam Baqir Hamudi of the…

Us Arrests Newspaper Editor Us Forces

US arrests Newspaper Editor The US forces in Mosul have arrested Dhunun Yunis, the editor in chief of a local weekly newspaper, on charges of cooperating with Baath remnants and with using…

3 Turks 307 Other Foreign Fighters In

3 Turks, 307 other Foreign Fighters in Custody The Kurdish militias say they have arrested three Turks, with Turkish passports and cellphones, whom they believe responsible for recent bombings in Kirkuk that…

Civilian Flights In And Out Of Baghdad

Civilian Flights in and out of Baghdad Airport Halted As a result of the missile attack on the DHL plane this weekend, Coalition authorities have decided to halt civilian flights in and…

Lebanons Hizbullah In Iraq Nyts James

Lebanon’s Hizbullah in Iraq The NYT’s James Risen has an article about the Lebanese Shiite group, Hizbullah, “infiltrating” Iraq. If one reads the article carefully, it is clear that 1) there are…

Allegations About Iran And Al Qaeda

Allegations about Iran and al-Qaeda Here we go again. Okaz, the Saudi tabloid, alleged that Saif al-Adil al-Misri, a high al-Qaeda official, ordered the recent bombings in Saudi Arabia from Tehran. The…

3 Us Soldiers Dead In Iraq Bodies

3 US soldiers Dead in Iraq, Bodies Looted Two US soldiers driving through Mosul were attacked and driven off the road, crashing their vehicle. Either their assailants or crowds of angry youths…

Franks Broaches Military Dictatorship

Franks broaches Military Dictatorship Friends, the Republic is in real danger. It is not the UN black helicopters that threaten it, but elements of the United States officer corps. That is, if…

Police Stations Bombed Airplane Struck

Police Stations Bombed, Airplane struck by Missile Powerful carbombs exploded at police stations in Baquba and Khan Bani Saad, northeast of Baghdad, early Saturday morning. A DHL plane landed back at Baghdad…

Bomb Kills 4 Wounds 20 At Liquor Store

Bomb Kills 4, Wounds 20 at Liquor Store An assailant threw a bomb at liquor stores in south Baghdad on Friday, killing 4 persons and injuring 20 who happened to be in…

Al Yawir Warns Of Lack Of Transparency

Al-Yawir warns of lack of Transparency in Elections Meanwhile, the leader of the Sunni Shimr tribe, Ghazi al-Yawir [Yawer] (a member of the Interim Governing Council), warned of large-scale protests at the…

Muqtada Us Is Great Satan Radical Young

Muqtada: The US is the Great Satan The radical young Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr accused the American administration in Iraq of pressuring Friday prayers preachers to cease criticizing the occupation. He described…

Mortar Round Lands Near Abdul Aziz Al

Mortar Round lands Near Abdul Aziz al-Hakim Australia’s News.com.au reports that a dud mortar round landed near the mosque hosting preacher Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution…

Telecom Contracts Under Suspicion Of

Telecom contracts Under Suspicion of Graft The Financial Times says that the Pentagon is investigating the interim Iraqi minister of communications and two officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority concerning charges that…

Poor Us Military Intelligence In Iraq

Poor US Military Intelligence in Iraq The Associated Press did a story on Friday on the US military’s lack of good human intelligence skills and assets in Iraq. This lack of Arabists…

Al Hakim Faults Plan For Transition To

Al-Hakim Faults Plan for Transition to Sovereignty Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq and a member of the Interim Governing Council, complained this week about…

Powerful Explosions Rip Through

Powerful Explosions Rip through Palestine, Sheraton Hotels Guerrillas fired rockets into the Palestine Hotel and the Sheraton in downtown Baghdad on Thursday. Several persons were injured. According to CNN staff, who are…

Gunmen Trade Fire With Guards Of Japans

Gunmen trade fire with Guards of Japan’s Embassy Gunmen began firing on Wednesday night near the Japanese embassy in Baghdad. The embassy guards got into a firefight with them, after which they…

Khafaji Added To Igc Salma Al Khafaji

Khafaji added to IGC Salma al-Khafaji has been added to the Interim Governing Council, succeeding the slain Aqilah al-Hashimi, who was assassinated. Al-Khafaji is a Shiite woman dentist, and joins other technocrats…

Season Of Bombs 8 People Killed In Iraq

Season of Bombs The 8 people killed in Iraq since Wednesday by various guerrilla bombings and attacks are dwarfed by the disaster in Istanbul. A US soldier was killed and two wounded…

Vatican Denounces Islamist Attacks On

Vatican Denounces Islamist Attacks on Christian Schools in Mosul Radical Muslims sprayed machine gun fire at properties of the Assyrian Antiochan church in Mosul and planted hand grenades in schools maintained by…

Talabani Muqtada Welcome In

Talabani: Muqtada Welcome in Transitional Government Muqtada al-Sadr, the heretofore radical Shiite cleric of Kufa, would be welcome in the Iraqi government, according to Interim Governing Council president Jalal Talabani. So reports…

Cordesman Attacks On Americans Will

Cordesman: Attacks on Americans will continue “until the day the US leaves” CPA under Fire According to Knight-Ridder, the US will double the number of State Department personnel in Iraq to 110,…

Supposed Al Qaeda Links With Saddam

Supposed al-Qaeda links with Saddam People have asked me what I thought about the memo of Undersecretary of Defense for Planning Douglas Feith detailing 50 instances of contacts between al-Qaeda and the…

3 Us Troops Dead Guerrillas Killed Two

3 US Troops dead Guerrillas killed two American soldiers Monday in two different attacks. They ambushed on soldier while he was patrolling. They blew up a roadside bomb and killed another. A…

Us Destroys Houses According To Jeff

US destroys Houses According to Jeff Wilkinson of Knight Ridder, the US military in its most recent shock and awe campaign has destroyed fifteen houses in and around Tikrit, which it said…

Haeri Rejects Transitional Authority

Haeri rejects Transitional Authority The San Francisco Chronicle’s Robert Collier has pulled off a coup, landing an interview with Grand Ayatollah Kadhim al-Haeri, a leading Iraqi religious authority still resident in Qom.…

Khatami Recognizes Igc According To Afp

Khatami recognizes IGC According to AFP, Iran’s President Mohammad Khatami met with Interim Governing Council president Jalal Talabani on Monday. In a surprise announcement, Khatami said he recognized the legitimacy of the…

Shiite Leaders Cautious Critical Of New

Shiite Leaders Cautious, Critical of New Plan for Iraqi Government Stories in the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post have some reaction from Shiite leaders to the new plan for moving…

String Of Assassination Attempts In

String of Assassination Attempts in Kirkuk: IGC member Shongol Chapouk escapes; Deputy Mayor Wounded The deputy governor of Kirkuk, Ismail Rajab al-Hadidi, was wounded along with his driver in an assassination attempt…

Stages For New Government Precise

Stages for New Government The precise stages envisaged in the new plan for Iraqi sovereignty by June, 2003, are available at the Web site of the Coalition Provisional Authority. The Fundamental Law…

Cole Article On Sadr Movement Among

Cole Article on Sadr Movement among Iraqi Shiites Those of you who have followed this site for any length of time will already know the details. But I have just brought out…

Interview With Todd Mundt On Michigan

Interview with Todd Mundt on Michigan Public Radio Via Michigan Radio ” 11/13/03 Iraq Update Todd Mundt Paul Bremer is returning to Iraq with a new set of marching orders from the…

Cheney Ignored British Warnings On Post

Cheney Ignored British Warnings on Post-War Instability in Iraq Former British ambassador to Washington Sir Christopher Meyer has revealed to the Guardian that the British repeatedly pressed US Vice President Dick Cheney…

17 Us Soldiers Dead 5 Injured One

17 US soldiers Dead, 5 Injured, One Missing Eyewitnesses near Mosul say that they saw a low-flying Black Hawk helicopter take ground fire and turn ablaze before trying to gain altitude and…

Istanbul Synagogue Bombing Kills 22

Istanbul Synagogue Bombing Kills 22, wounds 242 My money is on al-Qaeda as the culprits in the two massive car bombs that went off in Istanbul’s Galata district on Saturday, the Jewish…

4 Americans Killed In Iraq Guerrillas

4 Americans Killed in Iraq Guerrillas killed two soldiers and wounded three with an explosive charge aimed at their convoy north of Baghdad on Friday. Friday morning, guerrillas launched a similar bomb…

Us Moves To Hand Sovereignty To Iraqis

US moves to Hand Sovereignty to Iraqis by June; Well, Sort of We now know what the anonymous Arab diplomat meant when he told the New York Times that he had met…

Muqtada Al Sadr Praises New Transition

Muqtada al-Sadr Praises New Transition to an Iraqi Government Young Shiite radical Muqtada al-Sadr, in his Friday Prayers sermon at Kufa, also praised the new program, saying that any step that restored…

Riot In Samawah Ap Reported That

Riot in Samawah AP reported that demonstrators threw rocks in downtown Samawah, protesting alleged police corruption. Iraqi police tried to deal with the rally by firing into the crowds, wounded at least…

Fateful Us Choices In Iraq Rory

Fateful US Choices in Iraq Rory McCarthy, writing for the Guardian from Baghdad, has outlined the new policy options facing Paul Bremer now that his original 7-stage plan has been abandoned. “Plans…

Blackwill Nsc Tapped To Take Over Iraq

Blackwill, NSC tapped to take over Iraq from Rumsfeld Reliable diplomatic sources in New York have told al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that the Bush administration has decided to reduce the role of the…

New Poll Shows Public Thinks It Was

New Poll Shows Public thinks it was Misled on Iraq From The Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland: “No Clear Consensus For or Against Decision to Go To…

Move To Early Turnover Of Civil

Move to Early Turnover of Civil Authority in Iraq? One outcome of Paul Bremer’s frantic consultations in Washington on the rapidly deteriorating Iraq situation appears to have been a decision to move…

Japan Pulls Out S

Japan Pulls Out; S. Korea Reduces Planned Force The car bombing of the Italian police station at Nasiriyah has had the results the guerrillas were aiming at. Japan has now formally announced…

Us Army Confiscates Journalists

US Army Confiscates Journalists’ Videotape Some thirty media outlets are protesting that the US military on the ground in Iraq is interfering with their coverage of the ongoing military operations there, in…

Two Us Soldiers Dead Guerrillas Killed

Two US Soldiers dead Guerrillas killed a US soldier with a roadside bomb near Taji on Wednesday. Another soldier died of wounds incurred in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. The American military…

Talabani Foresees Provisional

Talabani foresees Provisional Government preceding a new Constitution Interim Iraqi president Jalal Talabani conceded Wednesday that it might be better to establish a provisional Iraqi government before producing a constitution. Talabani said,…

Us Almost Kills Ayatolah Bahr Al Ulum

US almost Kills Ayatolah Bahr al-Ulum Ayatollah Muhammad Bahr al-Ulum, a member of the US-appointed Interim Governing Council, barely avoided being killed by a US soldier on Wednesday. The soldier opened fire…

Breaking News 16 Italians 8 Iraqis Dead

Breaking News: 16 Italians, 8 Iraqis dead in Nasiriyah Police Station Attack On Wednesday guerrillas launched a well-coordinated bombing attack against an Italian military police compound in Nasiriyah, a city in the…

Armitage We Need To Bring Iraqi Sunnis

Armitage: We need to bring the Iraqi Sunnis into the Political Process Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in Cairo said that the US wishes to bring the Iraqi Sunnis back from…

Us Rule In Iraq Collapsing Us Civil

US Rule in Iraq Collapsing? US civil administrator Paul Bremer’s sudden, rushed trip to Washington earlier this week signalled that the White House is considering a radical rethinking of Iraq policy. As…

Medact Iraqi Health Situation

Medact: Iraqi Health Situation Deteriorating Medact, a health professionals service organization, has issued a new report on the Iraq war and its aftermath. It alleges that between 21,700 and 55,000 people have…

Iraqi Analyst Resistance Is Nationalist

Iraqi Analyst: Resistance is Nationalist, Not Foreign According to al-Jazeera, Baghdad U. Political Scientist Salman al-Jumaili reports that the majority of attacks on Coalition forces in Iraq are carried out by Iraqi…

References Httpwww

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Further Instability In Iraq Guerrillas

Further instability in Iraq Guerrillas hit a convoy at Iskandariya, killing one American soldier. Guerrillas exploded an improvised bomb along the side of the street in Basra, killing 3 civilians at least.…

British Fear Uprising After One Year

British Fear Uprising after One Year The British authorities in the Iraqi south are desperately afraid that the Americans are going to dawdle around so long in creating an Iraqi government that…

Wave Of Assassinations In Basra Dozens

Wave of Assassinations in Basra Dozens of prominent Iraqis have recently been assassinated in Basra, according to az-Zaman. The paper says that a few of these may be reprisal killings of former…

Hundreds Demonstrate In Sadr City

Hundreds demonstrate in Sadr City Against US American troops appear accidentally to have killed a municipal leader of a neighborhood in East Baghdad whom they themselves had put in power. In response,…

Islamic Party Puts Hopes In Syria

Islamic Party puts hopes in Syria Muhsin Abdul Hamid, leader of the Islamic Party of Iraq, gave an interview to al-Hayat about his meetings in Damascus with Bashar al-Asad. A member of…

Us Ignorance Created Quagmire In

US Ignorance Created the Quagmire in Fallujah Journalist Hazim al-Amin reports in al-Hayat that Fallujah and Ramadi strike him as almost identical in most ways. The same extended clan networks dominate both…

Us Clashes With Pkk In Iraq Turks

US Clashes with PKK in Iraq; Turks Complain of Lack of Influence Turkish Chief of Staff Hilmi Ozkok has complained that the US is showing favoritism to Iraqi Kurds. He said in…

Israel Connections To Iraq Occupation

Israel Connections to the Iraq Occupation Delinda Hanley charges that there is a strong Israeli connection to US plans for Iraq, citing three developments. One is the Israeli demand that an oil…

Muqtadas Softer Side More Extended

Muqtada’s Softer Side A more extended analysis of Muqtada al-Sadr’s recent softening toward the US presence and his turn to playing ordinary politics instead of appealing to a kind of radical politics…

Klein Not Just Troops Out Now But

Klein: Not Just “Troops Out Now” but “Contractors Out Now” Journalist Naomi Klein says, “It’s too late to stop the war, but it’s not too late to deny Iraq’s invaders the myriad…

Iraq Faces Bitter Winter Without Enough

Iraq faces Bitter Winter without enough Kerosene Iraq will need half a billion liters of kerosene this winter, according to a Reuters report, but only has managed to accumulate a quarter of…

Alnasrawi Privatization Is Wrongheaded

Alnasrawi: Privatization is Wrongheaded The eminent Iraqi-born economist Abbas Alnasrawi of the University of Vermont has written a wide-ranging argument against the immediate privatization of state-owned industries by the American administration of…

You Will All Be Following In Other News

You will all be following in other news sources the story of the downed Blackhawk helicopter and further US casualties. I’m at a conference and so I’ll just report here some items…

Sunni Fundamentalists Protest Arrests

Sunni Fundamentalists Protest arrests of Clergy 500 Sunni Islamists demonstrated in the streets of Baghdad on Friday, representing the Higher Islamic Institute and other Muslim groups, and demanding the release of Sunni…

Number Of Iraqi Pilgrims To Mecca Will

Number of Iraqi Pilgrims to Mecca will Double The Islamic Foundations Board of Iraq announced that it would double the number of Iraqis permitted to undertake the pilgrimage to Mecca this year.…

Multinational Troops Hit In Iraq Polish

Multinational Troops Hit in Iraq; Polish Officer, 6 Ukrainians Wounded The Polish military announced Friday that the multinational force under its command, which includes Bulgarians, Kazakhstanis, Spanish, Ukrainians, Dominicans, etc., patrolling the…

Islamic Party Of Iraq Meets With Syrian

Islamic Party of Iraq Meets with Syrian President The Secretary General of the Sunni, Iraqi “Islamic Party,” Muhsin Abd al-Hamid, met yesterday with Bashar al-Asad, the president of Syria, in Damascus. Al-Asad’s…

Radical Shiite Leaders Moderate Stance

Radical Shiite leaders Moderate Stance toward US Nir Rosen reports that Muhammad Yaqoubi, leader of the breakaway Sadrist group, al-Fudala, has moderated his anti-American statements lately, following Muqtada al-Sadr’s conciliatory communiqué of…

Egyptian Held In Najaf Assassination

Egyptian Held in Najaf Assassination Attempt The Iraqi Information Network announced that the local police in Najaf had apprehended one of the assailants who attempted to assassinate the mayor of Najaf. Informed…

Turks Nix Sending Troops To Iraq Turks

Turks Nix Sending troops to Iraq The Turks have finally just announced that they will not send troops to Iraq, and the whole issue is off the table. The Americans had been…

Im At Conference In Anchorage Of All

I’m at a conference in Anchorage of all places. I’ll try to make some entries later Friday, but am having trouble getting internet access, or time to post. The Guardian has an…

Historians Dispute Analogies To Germany

Historians Dispute Analogies to Germany, Japan, with Iraq The Bush administration has continually compared the situation of post war Iraq with that of Germany and Japan under occupation after WW II. At…

Afp Some Translators Quitting After

AFP: Some Translators Quitting after Death Threats AFP is reporting that some translators working for the Coalition have received death threats accusing them of being collaborators, and have quit their jobs as…

Najaf Strikes In Protest Holy City Of

Najaf Strikes in Protest The holy city of Najaf announced a general strike for Thursday to protest the collapse of security that allowed such events as the assassination of the town’s most…

Cbs Cancels Reagan Miniseries For

CBS Cancels Reagan Miniseries For further proof that the First Amendment only protects free speech from the US government (mostly), but not from the large corporations, CBS has caved to rightwing pressure…

Two Coalition Troops Killed Two Wounded

Two Coalition Troops Killed, two Wounded Guerrillas exploded a roadside bomb in Baghdad late Monday night, killing one US soldier and wounding two others. A Royal Marine corporal had been killed last…

Saddam Is Sinful Aggressor And American

Saddam is a sinful Aggressor and the American Forces are Guests in Iraq: Muqtada Trans. J. Cole The prominent Shiite Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr called upon the American troops in his country…

Bremer Students Faculty May Travel

Bremer: Students, Faculty may Travel Freely Abroad US civil administrator of Iraq Paul Bremer abrogated all restrictions on the travel abroad of students and faculty at Iraq’s universities on Tuesday, informing them…

Gonul We Can Go In Anytime Turkish

Gonul: We can Go in Anytime Turkish Minister of Defense Vecdi Gonul said Tuesday that Turkey retains the right to send reinforcements for its troops deployed near Northern Iraq to deal with…

1 Us Soldier Dead In Tikrit One Wounded

1 US Soldier Dead in Tikrit, One Wounded; Baghdad Shaken by blasts Guerrillas detonated an improvised explosive device near Tikrit on Monday, killing one soldier with the 4th Infantry Division and wounding…

Bomb In Karbala Kills 3 Wounds 12 Car

Bomb in Karbala kills 3, wounds 12 A car bomb exploded in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Monday not far from the sacred shrine of Imam Husayn, the martyred grandson…

Chief Judge Of Najaf Kidnapped Executed

Chief Judge of Najaf, Kidnapped, Executed; Baghdad Official Killed The chief judge in the Shiite shrine city of Najaf was kidnapped Monday, taken to the desert, and executed gangland style with bullets…

Barwari Half Of Iraqis Lack Clean Water

Barwari: Half of Iraqis lack Clean Water Nasrin Barwari, interim Minister of Municipalities and Public Works, said that half of Iraq’s 25 million people had no access to clean water. She expressed…

Police Riot In Basra About 200 Police

Police Riot in Basra About 200 police gathered in front of the British Headquarters in Basra Monday to protest a reduction in their salaries from $160 a month to only $60 a…

Growing Numbers Of Iraqis Watch Al

Growing Numbers of Iraqis Watch al-Jazeerah Reuters reports that about a third of Iraqi households now have access to satellite television channels, and that 62 percent of them get their news primarily…

Afghani Constitution Mandates Womens

Afghani Constitution Mandates Women’s Seats in Parliament The announcement that the new draft Afghanistan constitution recognizes Islam as the religion of the state has provoked a great deal of discussion in the…

References Najaf Httpwww

References Najaf http://www.hipakistan.com/en/ detail.php?newsId=en43874&F _catID=&f_type=source Basra http://www.guardian.co.uk/ worldlatest/story/0,1280, -3341695,00.html Satellite tv: http://www.gulf-news.com/ Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=102013

3 Americans Killed In Addition To Dead

3 Americans Killed in addition to the dead from the Helicopter Attack Guerrillas killed a soldier of the 1st Armored Division with an improvised explosive device in Baghdad Sunday. In Fallujah, guerrillas…

Foreign Ministers Of Neighboring

Foreign Ministers of Neighboring Countries Meet in Damascus The six neighbors of Iraq (with the addition of Egypt) met in Damascus over the weekend, and issued a joint statement condemning terror attacks…

Guerrillas Bomb Northern Pipeline

Guerrillas Bomb Northern Pipeline The pipeline from Kirkuk to the Dora refineries of north Baghdad was cut by an explosion near Mashruh al-Therthar, southwest of Samarra. Guerrillas tossed hand grenades at the…

51 Of Americans Disapprove Of Bushs

51% of Americans Disapprove of Bush’s Iraq Policy An ABC News-Washington Post poll released Sunday: Percentage of Americans who disapprove of Bush administation policy in Iraq: 51 Percentage who approve: 47 Percentage…

Mudarrisi Avoid Conflict Ayatollah

Mudarrisi: Avoid Conflict Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Mudarrisi modified his recent demand that US troops leave the country immediately, according to al-Sharq al-Awsat. The cleric said that the Coalition troops would not stay…

Talabani Pledges Militias Will Join

Talabani Pledges Militias will Join Iraqi Army Jalal Talabani, head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and current president of the Interim Governing Council, pledged that his paramilitary forces would be melded…

Bremer Imposes Flat Tax On Iraq Paul

Bremer Imposes Flat Tax on Iraq Paul Bremer continues to use Iraq as an economic guinea pig, and has now implemented the “flat tax” idea beloved of the US wealthy by fiat.…

Breaking News 15 Us Soldiers Killed 21

Breaking News: 15 US Soldiers Killed, 21 Injured in Helicopter Attack Guerrillas used SAM-7 shoulder-fired missiles to down a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter south of Fallujah. The troops, so many of whom…

2 Us Soldiers Killed In Mosul 2 Wounded

2 US Soldiers Killed in Mosul, 2 Wounded; Baghdad Partially Closed Guerrillas in Mosul set off bombs as US soldiers drove by in two sport utility vehicles, killing two of the soldiers…

Bremer Promises Shortened Timetable For

Bremer Promises shortened Timetable for turning over Sovereignty First Jay Garner said he wanted to turn control of Iraq over to the Iraqis (mainly to Ahmad Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress)…

Raucous Celebrations In Kirkuk At Kurd

Raucous Celebrations in Kirkuk at Kurd as President; 5 Dead The odd rotating presidency of the Interim Governing Council, whereby 9 of the 25 members take turns for one month each as…

Wolfowitz On Shiite Contacts In Iraq

Wolfowitz on Shiite contacts in Iraq; and on How He is the Only Patriot Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz talked Friday at Georgetown about his recent trip to Iraq, during which…

Two Us Soldiers 20 Iraqis Wounded In

Two US Soldiers, 20 Iraqis Wounded in Baghdad Firefight Two US soldiers were wounded on Friday in Abu Gharib, Baghdad. Guerrillas in the area had tossed grenades at US forces. The US…

Mudarrisi Calls For Withdrawal Of

Mudarrisi Calls for Withdrawal of Coalition Troops Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Mudarrisi of Karbala, leader of the Islamic Action Party, called Friday for withdrawal of coalition troops frm Iraq. He said the framing…

Preachers Denounce Igc Sistani Calls

Preachers denounce IGC; Sistani calls for Disarming of the Militias Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani called Friday for the country’s militias to be disarmed. He said a new Iraqi army needed to be…

Baath Guerrillas Call For 3 Day Strike

Baath Guerrillas Call for 3-day Strike Sunni Arab nationalists passed around fliers Friday warning government employees, shopkeepers and bus and cab drivers to stay home over the weekend. “Anyone who does not…

Washington Post Profiles Followers Of

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