Iraq News and Information Links November 2003

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003

CIA admits lack of specifics on Iraqi weapons before invasion:

Iraqi Leaders Say U.S. Was Warned of Disorder After Hussein, but Little Was Done :

Iraq's Shiites Insist on Democracy. Washington Cringes.

2 US soldiers killed in Iraq:
Guerrillas ambushed a military convoy in western Iraq near the border with Syria, killing two American soldiers, the military said Sunday.,4057,8022776^1702,00.html

Report: South Korean workers killed in Iraq :
The two were shot while riding in a car on their way to Tikrit, north of Baghdad, where they had been working at an electric power transmission station

Colombian Contractor Killed in Iraq Ambush:
A Colombian civilian contractor was killed and two colleagues wounded on Saturday in an ambush north of Baghdad.

Robert Fisk: Tricky Stuff, Evil:
As the Americans try ever more desperately to escape from Iraq, the thugs and assassins will become the good guys again and the men of Evil in Iraq will be working for us.

Guerrilla war in Iraq spreading:
The guerrilla war in Iraq has moved steadily beyond the so-called Sunni Triangle and into areas of the country once considered peaceful, a potentially ominous development for security forces trying to restore order in the country.

No proof of Al Qaeda in Iraq: US General:
The top US commander in Iraq says the military is yet to formally link Al Qaeda to the anti-coalition insurgency in the country.

U.S. Plans More Mobile Force in Iraq :
The top U.S. military official in Iraq said Saturday that the United States is boosting the number of infantry and moving from a force based on tanks and heavy armored vehicles to one specializing in urban raids.,1280,-3443696,00.html

Subject: False Claim of "terror network" in iraq--but u.s. "will prove it" so we can expect another 9/11 type event

7 Spaniards Killed as the Deadliest Month Ends

Guerrilla War Spreading, Iraqi Police Targeting G.I.s

Clinton, Reed push for U.N. in Iraq

Halliburton Subsidiary Is Accused of Racial Bias

Worrisome Echoes of Vietnam in Iraq

Iraqis Ask Why Bush Didn't See Iraq on Surprise Trip to Baghdad

A Chickenhawk Thanksgiving in Baghdad

Family struggles after US missile attack:
His neighbor, who stayed in Baghdad, lost his mother, sister, wife, two sons, and a daughter. Weeks later, Jassam said, the man was seen wandering the streets, having lost his mind.

The Soldiers At My Front Door :
They have to psyche themselves up for the kill. They have to believe that flying off to some tiny, remote desert town in Iraq where they will march in front of someone's house and kill poor young Iraqis has some greater meaning besides cold-blooded murder.

Mr Rumsfeld suggested on Tuesday that both Al-Arabiya and its Doha-based rival Al-Jazeera were cooperating with Iraqi insurgents attacking US troops.

'Two great weeks' says U.S. general. For who?:
The general's upbeat views will surprise critics of the occupation, not least because he delivered them at the end of the deadliest month for the 130,000 American troops in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March.

Inside story of how Washington is losing its bottle :
Bush is fond of saying that America did not spend so much in men and materiel to liberate 25 million Iraqis only to succumb to a ragbag of insurgents. Yet it looks as if that is exactly what is happening.

Japanese diplomats killed in Iraq:
Two Japanese diplomats have died when their car was ambushed near the Iraqi city of Tikrit.

Imperial Majesty :
I watched, as I am sure did most of you, the little skit set up for President Bush this Thanksgiving in Baghdad. We are told that this shabby little sketch was meant to raise the morale of US troops in Iraq. If that is so, then their morale must really have hit rock bottom.

Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003

Two U.S. Soldiers Die after Bush P.R. Trip to Iraq

Iraqis Wish Bush in Hell after Visit

Mike Littwin | Gag Order Leaves Troops, Reporters Speechless

Iraq War Creates New Generation of Wounded Vets

Robert Fisk | Telling the Truth Won't Set You Free

17,000 Reservists Mobilized for Iraq, Afghanistan

U.S. Says Iraqi Police May Have Coordinated Attacks on G.I.s:

Spanish agents killed in Iraq:
At least seven intelligence officers from Spain have been killed south of Baghdad

Toll on U.S. troops in Iraq grows as wounded rolls approach 10,000:
Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops have been killed, wounded, injured or become ill enough to require evacuation from Iraq since the war began, the equivalent of almost one Army division, according to the Pentagon.

Facing the Horrific Every Day :
Army Hospital in Baghdad Is First Refuge for U.S. Casualties.

November Deadliest Month in Iraq :
More U.S. troops have died in Iraq in November than in any month since the war began in March, according to Defense Department figures.

The Pentagons Death And Deception:
In Iraq War I, 24% of soldiers wounded in combat later died of their wounds. In Iraq War II the reported death rate is 0.37%. Are flak vests and medical facilities really that much better now or is the Pentagon lying through its teeth as it has so often before?

Spanish Intelligence Team Attacked in Iraq :
An eight-member team from Spain's National Intelligence Center was attacked on Saturday south of Baghdad as they returned from a mission, the Spanish defense ministry said.

U.S. plans for Iraq: a dilemma over 'exit' :
Bush 'exit strategy' hits snags well before transfer deadline

White House assertion of terror network in Iraq may undermine own case for war:
"Militarily, their statements are almost absurd," said Anthony Cordesman, a national security and military intelligence expert for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "There is no evidence of activity – by extremist terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaida."

Iraqi Girl Blog:
He's just as much of an ass in Baghdad as he is in Washington.

New Bush Tape Raises Fears of Attacks:
A tape today surfaced in U.S. media outlets of someone purporting to be George W. Bush at a U.S. military base in Baghdad.

US soldier killed, Clinton visits Baghdad:
A US soldier was killed in a mortar attack on a base in northern Iraq, as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton visited US troops in Baghdad on the heels of a surprise visit by US President George W Bush.

US forces kill Iraqi motorist ' in error'
Thursday’s killing is the sixth such incident in recent months, said police.

Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003

Subject: Rasta Poet Publicly Rejects OBE Award From Queen & Spells Out Why,2763,1094237,00.html

Subject: US soldiers allegedly kill two girls in Iraq. 28/11/2003. ABC News Online

Subject: ABS-CBNNEWS.COM:"To hell with Bush",.another Mongol invader who've destroyed Iraq

U.S. Plan in Iraq to Shift Control Hits Major Snag

Attacks on G.I.'s in Mosul Rise as Good Will Fades

U.S. Searches Target Iraqi Donkeys

Widow of Fort Carson Soldier Skips Meeting With President

US Soldier Killed in Iraq Hours After Bush Visit

Two US troops killed in Iraq:
An American soldier died when Iraqi fighters shelled a military base in the northern city of Mosul on Friday. Another soldier died Thursday from a gunshot wound inside the heavily fortified base in Ramadi, 100 kilometers west of Baghdad. More than 60 U.S. soldiers were killed in attacks during November

US convoy attacked; Iraqi police official killed
As American soldiers in Iraq celebrated Thanksgiving and remembered their fallen comrades, violence in the war-torn country continued yesterday as a U.S. convoy was attacked and an Iraqi police official was shot to death.

Shock and awe v2.0:
Despite the recent introduction of Operation Iron Hammer by US forces, Iraqi insurgents are adapting and looking for new ways to exploit an American occupation that is in disarray

US soldiers "allegedly" kill two girls in Iraq:
Iraqi police and family members say American troops shot the 12-year-old and 15-year-old as they were collecting wood from a field.

Hearts and Minds - US style:
"Actually, I see 'hearts and minds' as a tactical doctrine. To me, it means that's where we should aim first," said Craig. " Shoot them in the body or in the head, but just make sure you shoot them first."

Iraqi Blog:
I am angry now .. I AM angry .. and "THEY" come and ask you "why don't you like us?" ... I will tell you why

Iraq's oil pipelines under attack:
Resistance forces repeatedly hitting vulnerable spots; cost to rebuild rises

Blix Says Hopes U.S. Learned a Lesson in Iraq:
You better believe that when they show up with evidence again, we will scrutinize them very closely," he said.

And Now Talk Of Dividing Iraq To "Weaken The Sunnis"!:
Officially, the U.S. administration opposes the division of Iraq and asserts the importance of its territorial unity, just like the other previous administrations. However, there is a clear contradiction between the official government stances and the decision-makers in the Bush administration and those individuals enjoying power and influence over this administration.

The turkey has landed:
How Bush cooked up a secret mission to give thanks to his troops

British intelligence officer charged with leaking a top secret e-mail says she was trying to prevent an "unlawful war" in Iraq.

How British charity was silenced on Iraq :
Internal emails reveal how Save the Children UK came under enormous pressure after it accused coalition forces of breaching the Geneva convention by blocking humanitarian aid.,2763,1095116,00.html

Alive and Wishing to Be Paid :
The booby trap that exploded under an Army truck near Tikrit, Iraq, on Aug. 22 nearly cost Sgt. Tyler Hall his life and has left the 22-year-old soldier without his left leg. Then last month, his paycheck stopped coming.

Troop Families Going on Iraq Peace Mission :
``What we have in common is that we think that the Bush administration has got us into quite a mess in Iraq and we want to help find a solution that will both be positive for the U.S. troops and the Iraqis,'' Benjamin said.,1280,-3438081,00.html

Date: Thurs, 27 Nov 2003

American Compound in Baghdad Hit by Rocket Attack

Americans Support â•?the Boysâ•More Than the War

Subject: US silences Iraq's most popular TV news channel & Controls All Media By Force if Necessary

Subject: PNS: Puerto Rican Deaths in Iraq Spark Island Protests

Subject: ElectronicIraq: What has failed in Palestine, will fail in Iraq

Subject: GN Online: Iraq resistance donkey to be lodged at Guantanamo, or turned into a spy?

Subject: The New York Times: a proposal for ethnic cleansing in Iraq

Subject: Gulf News: Western powers redefine 'democracy', Linda S. Heard

Subject: The Seattle Times: In Focus: John burns--"

Pentagon Sending More U.S. Marines to Iraq:
The Pentagon will send thousands more Marines to Iraq in early 2004, bolstering the next wave of U.S. troops being deployed amid an increasingly bloody guerrilla war, defense officials said on Wednesday.

Iraq war diverting resources from war on terror, experts say:
A growing number of counter-terrorism experts are challenging President Bush's assertion that Iraq is a major battle in the war against terrorism and are questioning whether the U.S. invasion of Iraq has hurt rather than helped the global battle against al-Qaida and its affiliates.

Iraqi Police Sympathize With Resistance :
Iraqi police say they are underpaid, poorly armed and lack equipment to protect themselves from increasing attacks by insurgents. Frequently branded as collaborators with the U.S. occupation, many police resent the Americans and some even express sympathy for the guerrillas.,1280,-3435233,00.html

Bombing and blasting while cutting and running:
'Operation Iron Hammer' aims to keep lid on resistance until after election

Iraq rebuilding cash runs dry:
"It is a tough pill to swallow," Col. Ralph Baker, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division, told USA Today. "One of the hardest things I deal with right now is coming face to face with the (Iraqi) contractors who we still owe money."

Helen Thomas: Raid On Arab TV Network Hardly A Democratic Move:
Isn't that the first thing dictators do -- shut down broadcast outlets and newspapers? For those in power, tolerating a free press is difficult, even in a democracy.

What has failed in Palestine, will fail in Iraq:
Just as many senior Israeli military officials are openly criticizing their government's tactics in the occupied Palestinian territories, the United States is repeating in Iraq many of Israel's worst mistakes. This will doom efforts to stabilize Iraq and restore its independence.

Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

Puerto Rican Deaths in Iraq Spark Island Protests:
Residents of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico have been U.S. citizens since 1917, and although they cannot vote for a U.S. president and have no voting representation in the U.S. Congress, a large number of islanders serve in the military.

Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003

Subject: The Seattle Times: Arab Stations were told attacks due, Rumsfeld says

Subject: Military Blames AP for Disputed Iraq 'Mutilation' Story--they Blame the Military

Gag order leaves troops, reporters speechless:
Before the press was herded into the giant hangar in advance of George W. Bush's pep rally/photo op with the Fort Carson troops, we were given the rules. No talking to the troops before the rally. No talking to the troops during the rally. No talking to the troops after the rally.

'Evidence' for Link Is Administration Ploy:
For those who have watched this pattern, the modus operandi is familiar: Leak to the media or place in speeches intelligence nuggets of questionable value – aluminum tubes, Nigerian uranium, the undocumented Prague meeting – then retreat when pressed.,1,964961.story

How occupation can corrupt the occupiers absolutely :
Occupation is, indisputably, an effective tool of corruption. Apart from the large scale destruction inflicted on "the occupied", history has shown that occupation can do a lot more damage on "the occupiers".

US pays up for fatal Iraq blunders :
Families have come forward with accounts of how American soldiers shot dead or seriously wounded unarmed Iraqi civilians with no apparent cause. In many cases their stories are confirmed by Iraqi police investigations.

No regrets or culprits, just cash for series of random killings :
The US military has not punished any soldier for shooting an unarmed civilian and refuses even to keep count of the civilians its soldiers kill.

Military Blames AP for Disputed Iraq 'Mutilation' Story :
A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad told E&P Online Tuesday afternoon that he blames the Associated Press for spreading a sensational, and now disputed, story this week about two U.S. soldiers having their throats slashed and bodies mutilated by an angry mob in Iraq.

AP Defends Its Reporting on 'Mutilated' Soldiers :
Spokesman: Military Refused to Provide Details

Media and War: Bringing It All Back Home:
All governments in all wars have used all the means at their disposal to put their own motives, decisions and actions, and the actions of their military forces, in the best possible light. They have likewise used all the means at their disposal to put the motives, decisions and actions of their opponents and their opponents' military forces in the worst possible light.

Pipeline ablaze north of Baghdad :
Sabotage of pipelines and other infrastructure has become a major problem for the U.S.-run coalition and its Iraqi partners as they try to revive the country's giant petroleum industry the key to economic recovery.

Scott Ritter: "Iraq: A Case Study in the Failure of American Foreign Policy."
"The president says he knows there are chemical weapons in Iraq," Ritter said, "and yet nobody asked, 'How do you know, Mr. President?'

Go F**k Yourself, Mr. President : You don't scare me one friggin' bit

Daily life in Baghdad worse since fall of Saddam: Spanish FM :
Life for the residents of Baghdad is worse now than during Saddam Hussein's regime because of the lack of security in the Iraqi capital, Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio said Monday.

How Cleric Trumped U.S. Plan for Iraq :
The unraveling of the Bush administration's script for political transition in Iraq began with a fatwa.

Iraq's top Shi'ite criticises U.S. plans:
Hakim warned the absence of the United Nations in the process of handing over power could have dangerous consequences, without specifying what they were.

Only 10 percent of Japanese support Iraq troop dispatch:
And an overwhelming majority -- 89 percent -- said they were dissatisfied with the government's explanation of why it has promised to dispatch members of the Self-Defense Force

Bulgaria Pulls out Iraq Staff over Safety Concerns:

We made mistakes, U.S. general says:
Former head of interim authority details string of errors extending to before war started

Iraq resistance donkey to be lodged at Guantanamo, or turned into a spy?:
A donkey was arrested by US forces in Baghdad for its involvement in attacks on the Iraqi oil ministry.

Rumsfeld: Arab TV 'knew of attacks':
US: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his top military adviser today said they had evidence the Arab television news organisations Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya cooperated with Iraqi insurgents to witness and videotape attacks on American troops. Neither Rumsfeld nor Myers provided details of any evidence.,5744,7983215^1702,00.html

BBC's Dyke attacks US war reports:
In his speech, Mr Dyke quoted research that showed that of 840 commentators aired on US TV, only four were opposed to the war.

U.S. soldier accused of beating Iraqi prisoners says, "We were doing our jobs."

Iraqi Security Forces Torn Between Loyalties :
In a Sunni Muslim town suspicious of U.S. forces and often the scene of armed opposition, villagers have derided the men of the 3rd Patrol as traitors, pelting them with rocks as their trucks pass.

U.S. Seen Making Mistakes of Past Colonizers :
"The main trick of any colonial power in the world is divide and rule. We know it: they are trying to divide us," said Wamid Nazmy, a politics professor at Baghdad University.

Date: Tues, 25 Nov 2003

Still Chasing Saddam's Weapons:
BBC'S Panorama. We reveal just what the weapon hunters have found and why it doesn't substantiate many of the statements made by the politicians who took us to war.

Video & Transcript

Blasts Hit Baghdad:
"Attack. Take cover. This is not a test," the loudspeaker announcements said, as sirens wailed at the coalition compound in one of Saddam Hussein's former palace complexes on the west bank of the Tigris river in central Baghdad.

U.S. Wages Media War as Iraq Insurgency Deepens :
In part, the media campaign appears an attempt to convince the public back home and a skeptical press that the occupation is winning results despite evidence of an increasingly sophisticated and well-coordinated guerrilla movement.

Congress shares responsibility for the Iraq war:
The Democrats are right to want to re-examine the actions the administration took before the war. But to be credible and honest, they should also be willing to examine their own complicity -- and that of Congress generally -- in last fall's truncated debate about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

Troops to shift from S. Korea:
The United States will reassign some troops from South Korea to Afghanistan and Iraq and shift most of the 7,000 people in its headquarters in Seoul out of the capital beginning within a year, military officials say.

The Man Who Would Succeed Saddam :
He is an intellectual, a banker, a diplomat, a raconteur, a gourmand. He also happens to be a convicted embezzler in Jordan with a 22-year sentence waiting for him.

Paul Krugman: The Uncivil War:
There's no nice way to explain how the administration uses cooked numbers to sell its tax cuts, or how its arrogance and gullibility led to the current mess in Iraq.

Theft of Cobalt in Iraq Prompts Security Inquiry:
A seeming lapse in surveillance by American forces has led to the looting of dangerously radioactive capsules.

Fears Iraqi Insurgency Spreading:
U.S. troops opened fire after an explosion near a military convoy Monday in Mosul, as fears grew that the anti-coalition insurgency was spreading north a day after two American soldiers were savagely beaten and killed in the same city.

Iraq's Model City Starts to Get Ugly

Heavy U.S. Security in Iraq as Ramadan Ends

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003

F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies

At Least 17 U.S. Troops Have Committed Suicide in Iraq

Iraq War Providing a Boost to Al-Qaida

Uncensored Stories of the War:
These are the stories that weren't told by the media during the Iraq war. CBC NEWS goes straight to the source, to journalists, camera operators and photographers from news organizations around the world, who reveal the lethal risks they faced, as well as the untold horrors they witnessed.

New Strategy in Postwar Iraq:
Violence forces shift in U.S. plan: The danger on the ground is so worrisome that military commanders are considering bringing back units of the old Iraqi army to provide security.,0,6621578.story

The U.S. Hand Picked Iraqi Governing Council appoints US citizen as its American envoy: She worked with neo-conservative hawks in pushing for more US support for exile and opposition groups

Iraqis want retribution for deaths; Charge U.S. soldiers unjustly kill civilians:
Their starkly different versions of how Iraqis are killed by American soldiers is an increasingly familiar feature in the conflict, where neither side speaks the other's language and the truth is often lost in the confusion, leaving rage and frustration on both sides.

Searching for democracy: Iraq:
Replacing a tyrant with the voice of the people was key in justifying invasion - but what if that voice isn't what America wants to hear?,0,4022040.story?coll=bal-oped-headlines

Al-Arabiya banned from working in Iraq:
Iraq's US-installed interim Governing Council Monday banned Dubai-based satellite television Al-Arabiya from working in Iraq for incitement to murder after it broadcast a Saddam Hussein tape.

Iraqi oil pipeline fire blamed on sabotage,4390,221754,00.html

US continues to humiliate Iraqis:
"This humiliation has got to end now. I refuse to live like this. I’d rather die and I’ll take a few soldiers with me – and that’s a promise, not a threat."

Iraqi Mob Beats Bodies of Slain U.S. Soldiers:
A crowd swarmed the scene, looting the soldiers' vehicle and pummeling their bodies, witnesses said

Three U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq :
Attackers slit the throats of two American soldiers who were waiting in traffic in this northern Iraqi city on Sunday, witnesses said. Another soldier was killed in a roadside bombing north of Baghdad.

Mr. President, oil isn't worth dying for :
The Pentagon plans to build three major bases in Iraq from which to police the central Mideast and guard America's new imperial oil lifeline from Central Asia, down through Afghanistan, to the West.

Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003

Two Car Bombs Explode, Killing 14 in Iraq

Army Is Planning for 100,000 G.I.'s in Iraq Till 2006

Subject: CFR Militay Expert Says U.S. in Trouble, Never Expected Iraqi Resistance to be so Strong

Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2003

Subject: Britain's VERY Secret Service & Iraq War,3604,1089931,00.html

Subject: MENAFN.COM - U.S. Fuels Resistance: Fires 28,000 Teachers; Iraqi Drs. Must Be Anti-Abortion

Bleak Outlook for U.S. in Iraq, Says Blix

Bombs Shatter Compound in Iraq

200,000 March Against Bush in London

Iraq suicide bombers kill at least 18; first missile hit on plane:
At least 18 people were killed in twin suicide attacks on Iraqi police stations, as a civilian cargo aircraft made an emergency landing after the first successful missile strike on a plane in the seven-month-old insurgency.

US troops kill Hungarian in Iraq:
A Hungarian man has been shot dead by US troops west of Baghdad, the Hungarian foreign ministry has said.

Army Is Planning for 100,000 G.I.'s in Iraq Till 2006:
Army planning for Iraq currently assumes keeping about 100,000 United States troops there through early 2006, a senior Army officer said Friday.

Iraqis Shut Out of Lucrative Rebuilding Deals:
USAID contracts are awarded through the Bechtel Corporation. Army contracts are awarded primarily through the Halliburton Corporation, which Vice President Richard Cheney headed until he moved to the White House.

Iraqi CPA fires 28,000 Iraqi teachers :
Facing a spreading insurgency, this was "not the time to turn out into the street more recruits for the anti-U.S. insurgency," Johnson said.

Members of Iraq authority in bribes probe:
Two officials of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and the Iraqi minister of communications are being investigated by the Pentagon over allegations of taking bribes.

Rights group questions house demolitions, Pentagon denies collective punishment:
Amnesty International said US forces appeared to be destroying houses in Iraq as a form of collective punishment for attacks on US troops and warned that that would violate the Geneva Conventions.

U.S. Seeks Advice From Israel on Iraq:
As the occupation grows bloodier, officials draw on an ally's experience with insurgents.

U.S. commander in Iraq says insurgency homegrown:
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk said on Friday he had no evidence foreign Muslim militants were fighting alongside former Baathists he blamed for anti-U.S. attacks.

A High Price for Speaking Up:
Pilots in Iraq Face Court-Martial for Voicing Concerns About Aircraft John Pilger:
I Know When Bush Is Lying. His Lips Move: It was an unusual glimpse of a state killer whose effete respectability has gone. , "He carries himself like one with blood on his hands."

George W trapped in a hell of his own making:
Struggling in the intelligence war, Bush is being suckered into escalating cycles of violence in Iraq - lashing out with a resumption of high-powered aerial strikes - and at home he seems to be losing the political war.

The Ingenuity of the Iraqi Resistance Forces, and "Exit Strategy":
"What would the Americans do"? If foreign military invaders were now occupying U.S. soil, what would all those 2nd Amendment gun owners in the U.S. be doing?

The very secret service :
David Kelly referred obliquely to Operation Rockingham. What role did this mysterious cell play in justifying the Iraq war?,3604,1089931,00.html

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003

Subject: U.S. National Security Strategy for world domination rests on success in Iraq

Subject: Daily Times Pakistan: U.S. launches Propaganda Offensive To Counter Iraqi Resistance Success

12 Civilians Are Killed in a Car Bomb Attack in Kirkuk

U.S. Targets Iraqi Homes

War Critics Astonished as U.S. Hawk Admits Invasion Was Illegal

Andrew M. Cockburn | Tired, Terrified, Trigger-Happy

Iraq Guerrilla: "I Am Fighting For My Country - Not Saddam Hussein"

Grieving Mother's Advice To Bush: 'Bring Our Boys Home'

America's new game plan for domination rests on success in Iraq :
Within a year the "war on terrorism" had metastasised into something much grander and more radical; something that would give full expression to one of the strongest strands in the history of the American people: the profound belief, that is, that they and their country are destined to reshape the world.

31 die in Iraq attacks, US operations:

Two Baghdad Hotels, Oil Ministry Hit by Rockets :
Rockets on Friday slammed into the Iraqi oil ministry and two central Baghdad hotels used by Western contractors and journalists, wounding several people, police and witnesses said.;jsessionid=

'I cannot stand by and watch as we are used as a tool by the US'
I am not stupid, I know the reality of what happened and I know that war is sometimes necessary. But this is wrong.,12271,1090135,00.html

Spoils Of War: Heady days for contractors in race for Iraq deals:
"There is just so much money that we can tap into. It's just wonderful to have this opportunity," one prospective bidder gushed to the Defense Department's director of procurement, Deidre Lee.

When Soldiers Go Without Paychecks:
If the Defense Department wants the reservists to be full-time, long-term soldiers, it is especially important that it end the unfair practice of paying them late.

Tired, Terrified, Trigger-Happy:
"We are one stressed-out reservist away from a massacre," remarked one senior official closely involved in the search for an exit strategy.

US hid vital war data from allies:
Australian officers were denied access to critical US intelligence during the Iraq war, potentially putting their lives at risk, under a policy described by a senior US Air Force intelligence officer as "damn silly".

Date: Thurs, 20 Nov 2003

Italian Quits U.S. Led Iraq Authority

Few Signs of Infiltration by Foreign Fighters in Iraq

About Face: The Implications of Bremer's Recall to U.S. For Crisis Talks

James Ridgeway | Bush Travels to His Favorite Colony

Car Bombs Hit Iraq, Bush Says U.S. to Stay:
A suicide car bomber killed at least four people in an attack near the offices of a leading Kurdish party in northern Iraq on Thursday, hours after two others were killed in a car bombing west of Baghdad.

One US soldier killed, two wounded in Iraq roadside bombing :
One US soldier was killed and two wounded Thursday when a military convoy was hit by a roadside bomb near the western Iraqi town of Ramadi, a US military spokesman said.

Iraqi policeman killed in shooting outside Jordanian mission:
He was killed by unknown attackers at 5:30 am (0230 GMT) who fired from a vacant lot across the street,"

War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal :
International lawyers and anti-war campaigners reacted with astonishment yesterday after the influential Pentagon hawk Richard Perle conceded that the invasion of Iraq had been illegal.

Destruction of Iraqi homes within ' rules of war,' spokesman :
Some military officers acknowledged that the tactic had caused debate over whether it would inflame opposition rather than tamp it down. One officer referred to the demolitions as "unprecedented."

John Pilger on Bush's occupation of Iraq: "They put the lie to their own propaganda"

Grim forecast challenges Bush :
American policymakers are studying an unprecedented and bleak assessment of the deteriorating military situation in Iraq which contradicts many claims made by the Bush Administration.

The truth leaks out:
This week's blockbuster leak of a secret memorandum from a senior Pentagon official to the US Senate Intelligence Committee has spurred speculation that neo- conservative hawks in the Bush administration are on the defensive and growing more desperate.

The dubious link between Iraq and al Qaeda:
When the whole manipulated intelligence story started to blow up this summer, Feith coyly told a gaggle of reporters at the Pentagon that his group had come up "some interesting observations about the linkages between Iraq and al Qaeda."

Iraqi Shi'ites talk of holy war, not self-rule:
American plans for a faster handover of power to Iraqis are generating talk of holy war, not self-rule, in the country's majority Shi'ite heartland.

Worse Than Crimes:
It is increasingly evident that U.S. Army commanders in Iraq know nothing about guerilla warfare. Over and over, they are ordering actions that are counterproductive.

Explosions, shortages, instability:In Baghdad, it's back to the future: According to rumour, the power cuts were an attempt by the Americans to punish the city for supporting the armed resistance.

French Diplomat Criticizes 'Brutal' U.S. Army In Iraq:
"These are just the type of operations which encourage people to think they are dealing with a brutal army of occupation," Francois Gere, director of France's Institute for Diplomacy and Defense, told the BBC News Online.

UN to hand over oil-for-food control:
"We think it is outrageous", says Richard Becker, Regional Director of the International Action Centre (IAC), based in San Francisco. "This move, is in fact, delivering all resources into the hands of those illegally occupying Iraq."

Bush says US troop levels in Iraq could rise :
US President George W. Bush on Thursday held out the possibility that US troop levels in Iraq could rise despite his intention to begin drawing down their numbers next year.

Iraq: Who are the terrorists?:
The occupying power is terming the Iraqi resistance forces as terrorists, but these resistance forces obviously see the American forces as terrorists on their soil.

Reserve and Guard Ordered to Alert More Troops for Iraq:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered an additional 15,000 Reserve and National Guard troops on Wednesday to prepare for the possibility of yearlong duty in Iraq or Kuwait

Manila Considers Pullout of Troops in Iraq:
President Gloria Arroyo said yesterday that Philippine troops stationed in Iraq would be pulled out if the security situation threatened their safety.

Funeral snubs dodge reality of Iraq policy:
"I feel my son died for his country," she said of Spec. Darius Jennings, who was killed in Iraq. "A representative from his country should have been here to honor him.",1413,3

Democracy Now!: War Resistance:
A Growing Number of Soldiers Speak Out Against War: A growing number of voices are coming out against the invasion and increasingly bloody occupation of Iraq. They are the voices of U.S. soldiers at home and abroad who are speaking out against war. We speak with one of those war resisters .

US forces begin media offensive to counter reports on Iraqi resistance:
Part of the idea is to give the American public a better sense that US troops are on the offensive and not just passively facing daily, deadly attacks from Iraqi guerrillas.

Robert Fisk: Under U.S. control, press freedom falls short in Iraq :
Needless to say, the television "news" is a miserable affair that often fails to make any mention of the growing violence and anti-American attacks in Iraq that every foreign journalist - and most Iraqi newspapers - report.

U.S. Drops One-Ton Bombs on Iraq Targets

Iraq: Bomb Said to Cause Casualties :
A car bomb exploded late Wednesday outside the home of a pro-American tribal leader in Ramadi, damaging the building and causing an undetermined number of casualties, a resident of the city said.,1280,-3407783,00.html

Iraqis Say Saddam Not Leading Attacks :
A former Iraqi general who claims to be part of the insurgency against U.S. troops says the guerrilla war around this "Sunni Triangle" city is being waged by small groups fighting on their own without direction from Saddam Hussein

Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003

Parent: Bush's Hands "Stained With My Son's Blood"

Bush: 'We're Staying in Iraq'

Bush Flies Into 'Fortress London'

Jim Lobe | New Sound and Fury Hide Fear and Worry

Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003

Subject: The Green Zone Blues: Rigid Control of Media in Iraq

Subject: independent-media: IRAQI "CASUALTIES" RECORDS

EU Chief: U.S. Troops Will Submit to International Control

CIA: Hussein Gave No WMDs to Terrorists

British Officials Dread Bush Visit

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq

U.S.'s 'Iron Hammer' Code Name 1st Used by Nazis:
The U.S. military's code name for a crackdown on resistance in Iraq was also used by the Nazis for an aborted operation to damage the Soviet power grid during World War II.

U.S. Media Sanctions Campaign of Atrocities in Iraq :
All indications are that the White House and Pentagon are preparing an onslaught of military violence against the resistance in Iraq that will include the most barbaric methods, including mass killings and the establishment of concentration camps for suspected opponents.

Rash of incidents hit Iraq's pipeline network:
Two northern Iraqi pipelines went ablaze in northern Iraq, following an explosion and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack, as a fire struck a natural gas pipeline in the same area, official US and Iraqi sources said

Pentagon signs up 131,000 Iraqi security workers, acknowledges they're not well-trained :
Noting that meteoric rise with skepticism, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said it sounded like someone was "cooking the books."

Doubts when duty calls:
Inside her house in St. Petersburg, Army Spc. Willie Turner III pulls out photos of his personal journey of war. He shows them to visitors.

UN Smothers Crucial Baghdad Report:
It was a damning indictment, not only of the way that security threats were addressed in Baghdad, but even more so on how Secretary General Kofi Annan runs his shop.

GIs razing homes of suspected Iraqi insurgents:
In a tactic reminiscent of Israeli crackdowns in the West Bank and Gaza, the U.S. military has begun destroying the homes of suspected guerrilla fighters in Iraq's Sunni Triangle, evacuating women and children, then leveling their houses with heavy weaponry.

Americans turn Tikrit into Iraq's own West Bank:
A town is imprisoned by razor wire. The entrance is guarded by soldiers, protected by sand bags, concrete barricades and a machine-gun nest. Only those people with an identification card issued by the occupation authorities are allowed in or, more importantly, out.

New US fury misses the mark :
While the United States's new military aggressiveness against opposition targets in Iraq provides good video to lead television news broadcasts, its effectiveness, as well as the latest political strategy to win Iraqi "hearts and minds", remain very much in question.

Amputee soldiers ponder bitter-sweet price of survival:
Many soldiers survive attacks that would have killed them a generation ago. But more are returning from Iraq with grievous injuries, including amputations.

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003

Subject: Electronic Iraq: What's New?

Subject: Iraq Occupation Watch: INFO. U.S. MEDIA REFUSES TO USE

Blair Urged Bush to Delay Iraq Invasion

Rumsfeld Rules Out Early Iraq Withdrawal

Families Await Word After Iraq Crash

Stan Goff | An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq

My Husband Died in Vain

U.S. Gambles on Plan B

The Iraq Quaqmire: The Endless War Against Terrorism

U.N. Officials Are Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Bush to Keep Distance from Protests on London Trip

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed North of Baghdad
Two U.S. soldiers were killed Monday in separate incidents north of Baghdad, while an American patrol killed three people at Baghdad's gun market after apparently mistaking the test firings of customers as an attack, officials and witnesses said.

Bremer Says Saddam Is Voice of Past, Must Be Killed
"He is around and we need to capture or kill him but he has no future here.";jsessionid=

Italian official resigns from Iraq advisory council:
Calamai resigns in protest at deep disagreements with coalition's policies which have never been implemented.

US agrees to international control of its troops in Iraq:
The United States accepts that to avoid humiliating failure in Iraq it needs to bring its forces quickly under international control and speed the handover of power

U.S. Army Prepares For Iraqi Stay Until 2006:
U.S. officials said the Central Command has completed a series of contracts that guarantee services and supplies for the next three years.

Saddam or Not, They Just Don't Want Us There:
The parallels between the recent US action against Iraq and the British invasion in 1920 are disturbingly close, but nobody seems to have noticed.

A truly foolish adventure:
The Iraq invasion has proved a gigantic disaster by almost every measure.

Who Are The Insurgents? :
American officials acknowledge that the insurgents are a potent and increasingly structured force.

'Saddam' Tape Taunts US Military:
A recording purportedly of Saddam Hussein says the occupying forces in Iraq have reached "a dead end".

Full Text: 'Lates Saddam' Tape: 11/16/03

U.S. Ignores This Ayatollah in Iraq at Its Own Peril:
This determination to postpone the Iraqi democracy we were supposedly fighting for ignores the views of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the spiritual leader of Iraq's 15 million Shiite Muslims. No one should have any doubts about either his influence or the fact that we may be ignoring him at our peril.

Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003

Subject: Report: US warned Ankara of attacks on Jewish sites as police arrest three suspects in connection with bombings

Subject: - What Iraq will get isn't self-rule

17 Soldiers Dead, 2 More Blackhawks Down

New York Times | Iraq Policy in Crisis

U.S. Casualties from Iraq War Top 9,000

U.S. Stays Blind to Iraqi Casualties

Bush UK Visit Labelled a 'Selfish Stunt'

CIA Finds No Evidence Hussein Sought to Arm Terrorists:
The CIA's search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found no evidence that former president Saddam Hussein tried to transfer chemical or biological technology or weapons to terrorists, according to a military and intelligence expert.

Pentagon Propaganda Machine Continues to Spin Lies:
Veterans, Congress, the press, and the people need to stand up and tell the military to stop the lies, threats, and unilateral attacks and instead tell the truth and begin working in an atmosphere of mutual trust and verification ...

U.S. Will Help Draft Iraq Constitution :
"We will write into that constitution exactly the kinds of guarantees that were not in Saddam's constitution.,'' L. Paul Bremer told ABC's ``This Week'' from Baghdad. While the U.S.-led occupation will end, Bremer said the presence of coalition forces will not.,1280,-3394689,00.html

What Iraq will get isn't self-rule:
This is a tried and true colonial formula in fact, a dead-ringer for what the British did in Iraq when faced with an insurgency after their post-Ottoman takeover in 1917.

DOD Statement on News Reports of al-Qaida and Iraq Connections:
"News reports that the Defense Department recently confirmed new information with respect to contacts between al-Qaida and Iraq in a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee are inaccurate. "

CIA Finds No Evidence Hussein Sought to Arm Terrorists:
The CIA's search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found no evidence that former president Saddam Hussein tried to transfer chemical or biological technology or weapons to terrorists, according to a military and intelligence expert.

Pentagon Propaganda Machine Continues to Spin Lies:
Veterans, Congress, the press, and the people need to stand up and tell the military to stop the lies, threats, and unilateral attacks and instead tell the truth and begin working in an atmosphere of mutual trust and verification ...

U.S. Will Help Draft Iraq Constitution :
"We will write into that constitution exactly the kinds of guarantees that were not in Saddam's constitution.,'' L. Paul Bremer told ABC's "This Week'' from Baghdad. While the U.S.-led occupation will end, Bremer said the presence of coalition forces will not.,1280,-3394689,00.html

What Iraq will get isn't self-rule:
This is a tried and true colonial formula in fact, a dead-ringer for what the British did in Iraq when faced with an insurgency after their post-Ottoman takeover in 1917.

Governing With All The Keen Skill Of Delta House:
Nearly 400 U.S. body bags later, the White House is only now concluding that it installed Spanky and Our Gang to run Iraq, led by Ahmad Chalabi, the Dennis Kozlowski of the Sunni Triangle?

18 killed as two US choppers crash in Iraq:
One of the helicopters that crashed on Saturday was hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG), a US officer at the scene said.

Cheney ignored war chaos alert :
British warnings that America was failing before the war to prepare properly for a crumbling security situation in Iraq after Saddam Hussein was ousted were ignored by Vice President Dick Cheney and the Pentagon.,12239,1086438,00.html

Sen. Ernest F. Hollings: 'My Cambodian Moment: Discovering The Truth In Iraq'.
We should have listened to former President "Papa" Bush, who wrote in "A World Transformed," "We should not march into Baghdad ... turning the whole Arab world against us ... assigning young soldiers ... to fight in what would be an unwinnable urban guerrilla war."

Stan Goff: 'Hold on to your humanity:
An open letter to GIs in Iraq': They'll throw you away like a used condom when they are done. Ask the vets who are having their benefits slashed out from under them now. Bushfeld and their cronies are parasites, and they are the sole beneficiaries of the chaos you are learning to live in. They get the money. You get the prosthetic devices, the nightmares, and the mysterious illnesses.

US stays blind to Iraqi casualties:
THE WHITE HOUSE always said it would never count how many Iraqi parents we killed to liberate their children. We would never count how many toddlers we blew to pieces to free their elders. We would never count how many nuclear families we vaporized. We would never know if we razed a village to save a child.

400th US serviceman dies in Iraq,1280,-3390263,00.html

U.S. casualties from Iraq war top 9,000:
Total casualties among all services are more than 9,200, and represents an increase of nearly 3,000 non-combat medical evacuations reported since the first week of October.

U.S. Helicopter Crashes in Northern Iraq : `
"A quick reaction force is securing area,'' said a military spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity. The spokesman did not know the type of helicopter that went down.,1280,-3391564,00.html

U.S. to End Iraq Administration by June:
American administrators will hand over sovereignty to a new transitional government by June, the Iraqi Governing Council said Saturday, announcing an accelerated U.S. plan for ending the occupation of Iraq.

Rumsfeld Warns US Troops Could Stay in Iraq for Many Years

Rice: U.S. has no evidence Iraq hid WMDs in Syria

Mike Davis on war crimes:
Our military has started dropping 500-pound bombs around the flashpoints of Falluja and Tikrit. In a guerrilla war, this is the equivalent of conceding defeat in the struggle for popular support in an area. A 500-pound bomb is a completely indiscriminate weapon.

Noam Chomsky:
Invasion as Marketing Problem: The Iraq War and Contempt for Democracy

U.S. General Treads Carefully in Iraq:
The tribal sheiks in Anbar had a clear message for Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr. -- the detention of Iraqi women is only creating new enemies for America.

Iran Leader Rips U.S. Occupation of Iraq:
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said U.S. troops ``are being slapped in the face every day by Iraqis.''

AIPAC and the Iraqi opposition :
The INC's invitation to the ( AIPAC) conference reflects a first attempt to disclose the links between the American Jewish community and the Iraqi opposition, after years in which the two sides have taken pains to conceal them. Revelation of overly close links with Jews will not serve the interests of the organizations aspiring to lead the Iraqi people.

Roadside Bomb Kills 2 GIs in Central Iraq:
Iraq's growing lawlessness claimed more American victims when two soldiers were killed and three wounded when their convoy was attacked with a roadside bomb.

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003

US War Dead in Iraq Exceeds Early Vietnam Years

Two U.S. Soldiers, Civilian Contractor Killed in Iraq

Le Monde | Impasse in Iraq

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003

Subject: Ha'aretz - Pro-Israeli Lobby AIPAC and Iraqi Opposition INC--secret links revealed

CIA: 'We Could Lose in Iraq'

Insurgents Gain a Deadly Edge in Intelligence

Patrick Sabatier | Iraqization

"Old Europe" Feels Vindicated on Iraq

UK Ready to Send More Troops to Iraq:
The foreign secretary, Jack Straw, has suggested that more British troops will be sent to Iraq if they are needed to cope with the country's deteriorating security situation.,3604,1084324,00.html

U.S. Civilian Contractor Killed In Iraq:
Suspected insurgents raked a convoy with automatic gunfire, killing a U.S. civilian contractor and wounding another American, a U.S. military official said Friday.

Pentagon Limits Funeral Coverage :
"It concerns me, because you can't understand the true cost of war if you can't see the amputees and the people who have been killed," said Steve Robinson, executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center, a veterans group. "The results of war have to be witnessed at graveside, whether you like it or not."

GCHQ whistleblower charged :
"Any disclosures that may have been made were justified because they exposed serious illegality and wrongdoing on the part of the US government which attempted to subvert our own security services. A Must Read.

3 U.S. GIs Face Charges in POW Abuse Case :
U.S. military prosecutors have decided to prosecute three American soldiers from Pennsylvania on charges of abusing Iraqi prisoners of war, a U.S. Army spokesman said Friday.

Patrick Seale:
Who Will Be The Next Victim Of US : Is the US preparing to administer a dose of its Iraqi medicine to other states in the area? Has the neo-con agenda of softening up the area to make it comply with US and Israeli demands been given a new lease of life?

Tokyo and Seoul backtrack on Iraq:
On the eve of a visit by Donald Rumsfeld, Japan and South Korea have backed away from committing more troops to support U.S. operations in Iraq.

Iraq: the crumbling coalition:
Despite claiming in February that it had assembled a coalition of at least 30 "willing" nations, America has been unable to assemble a credible group prepared to provide troops in the numbers required.

Troops In Iraq By Country

"George Bush killed my son,'' Rosemary Dietz Slavenas said.
'I believe my son Brian died not for his country but because of our country's lack of a coherent and civilized foreign policy."

U.S. Death Toll By State:
[Is it a coincidence that states who have the largest number of deaths are also states with the biggest immigrant populations?]

The hidden cost of Bush's war:
Officials say that 20 per cent of the wounded have suffered "severe brain injuries" while 70 per cent had wounds with the "potential for resulting in brain injury". About 600 have been dispatched to a specialist burns unit in San Antonio, Texas.

Date: Thurs, 13 Nov 2003

U.S. and Italian Sites Rocked by Bombs in Iraq: 25 Dead

U.S. Forces Fire At Member of Iraqi Council, Admit Killing Mayor

Bomb Attacks in Iraq Kill 2 U.S. Soldiers

CIA: Iraq Security to Get Worse

U.S. Wants Ban on British Protests during Bush Visit

UK Cuts Rainforest Funding to Meet Iraq Costs

U.S. Iraqi Commander: "It's a War"

Insurgents gain a deadly edge in intelligence :
Guerrillas have better sources than the coalition. U.S. forces are losing the intelligence battle in Iraq to an increasingly organized guerrilla force that uses stealth, spies and surprise to inflict punishing casualties.

There are so many echoes of Vietnam in Iraq:
It took two years for US deaths to reach 324 in Vietnam. It passed that figure in seven months in Iraq

The Light At The End Of The Iraq Tunnel -- It's Vietnam!:
The national media continues to adhere to the Bush Administration's "see no quagmire," but Americans are seeing another Vietnam. So says a Vietnam veteran traveling thoughout America.

Relations between journalists and U.S. troops in Iraq sour :
Media people have been detained, news equipment has been confiscated and some journalists have suffered verbal and physical abuse while trying to report on events.

Anti-War Vetrans Pulled From Parade:
A group of 30 military veterans critical of the war in Iraq hoped to use Tuesday's Veterans Day parade to call attention to the increasingly deadly conflict but instead found themselves fighting for something much more fundamental.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist says Iraq is a massive failure:
"Bush is gonna hold Iraq. It's the super arrogance of the American power. And the President believes that that's the mission of America."

U.S. appears to be losing hearts of Iraqis :
On the same Sunday that Iraqi guerrillas shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 16 U.S. soldiers, a less publicized battle was fought, and arguably lost, in the trash-strewn streets of the rough and tumble town of Abu Ghraib, 15 miles west of Baghdad.

'I'm Waiting for My Destiny' :
Baghdad Family Made Homeless by U.S. Missile Still Can't Rebuild. Jassam's new life began on March 31, when his home was destroyed by a U.S. missile strike nine days before Iraqi President Saddam Hussein fell.

Iraqi Girl Blog:
Looks at the relationship between the U.S. and the governing council.

Mourning Italy Sends Fresh Troops to Iraq:
As its tricolor flags flew at half-mast, Italy sent fresh troops to Iraq on Thursday just one day after 18 Italians were killed by suicide bombers there in what one political leader called "our September 11."

$1bn ' slips through' to Iraq:
One billion dollars from the United Nations account for Iraq was transferred last month to the Iraqi fund controlled by the United States-led coalition without the formal approval of the security council, officials said on Thursday.,,2-10-1462_1445111,00.html

Iraq profiteers, take aim :
President Bush wants Americans to think of the Iraq war as a noble cause. That would be easier to do if the White House and some Republicans stopped exploiting the war in such petty ways.

Japan postpones Iraq deployment:
Japan has said it will postpone sending troops to join the US-led coalition in Iraq until next year because of the worsening security situation.

CIA Report says IRAQI insurgents now 50,000 strong:
An intelligence source in Washington familiar with the CIA report described it as a "bleak assessment that the resistance is broad, strong and getting stronger".,2763,1083847,00.html

US plans radical shake-up as more Iraqis back rebels:
Increasing numbers of ordinary Iraqis are backing the insurgents, in the belief that the US-led coalition can be driven from the country.

So Far, Saddam, Wahabis Stay Apart:
The U.S. military maintains that it has found little cooperation between Saudi nationals and Saddam loyalists in the insurgency war in Iraq.

Iraqi Teenagers Cheer as American Blood Flows:
If Washington doubts there is Iraqi public support for guerrillas killing its troops, it should consider the teenagers who happily watched American blood spill on Wednesday.

Iraq's Governing Council denies U.S. accusations of inefficiency:
"This is supposed to be a partnership based on equality," Othman said in an interview. "But when Americans want to find solution for their problems, they do it in any way that suits them."

PRESIDENT Bush last night ordered an early American exit from Iraq after a suicide bomber killed 27 people.

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003

Subject: Saddam's 'blanket of fear' behind Iraqi's resistance!

Letters from the Fallen

Army Times | No Friends in High Places

Paul Krugman | Support the Troops

Newsweek | Cheney's Long Path to War

Twenty-Six House Democrats Push to Fire Rumsfeld

U.S. Warns Iraq Of 'Harsh Measures'

Jessica Lynch: "They Used Me. It's Wrong."

Bomb at Italian Base in Iraq Kills 24:
A suicide bomber drove a tanker truck into the headquarters of Italy's paramilitary police, exploding the vehicle in a ball of flame and killing at least 24 people, most of them Italians.,1280,-3378977,00.html

Iraqis: US troops open fire on truck, killing five Iraqis:

CIA warns of defeat:
A TOP-secret CIA report warns that growing numbers of Iraqis believe the US-led coalition can be defeated and are supporting the resistance.

UK cuts rainforest funding to meet Iraq costs:
Britain is to slash its aid programme aimed at saving the Amazon rainforest and preserving the culture of its people to meet the soaring cost of rebuilding Iraq.

Cheney's Long Path to War :
The Hard Sell: He sifted intel. He brooded about threats. And he wanted Saddam gone. The inside story of how Vice President Cheney bought into shady assumptions and helped persuade a nation to invade Iraq.

Guerrillas attack Mossad office in Iraq:
A huge blast has caused extensive damage in a Mossad office building in Kirkouk in northern Iraq late on Monday killing and wounding an unspecified number of Mossad agents and civilian Kurds,

Bremer returns; Bush urges patience:
Administration officials expressed disappointment in the council's work but said Bush was not about to disband it.

Governing Council:
Washington's political spin machine has begun to brief against the Iraqi Governing Council in what many observers suspect is the opening gambit in a move to scrap it.

U.S. Infighting Blamed For Iraq Failures:
Iraq's foreign minister on Tuesday blamed "geriatric ambassadors" from the West and "American infighting" for many of the problems and security failures bedevilling the US-led occupation.

Governing Council:
Washington's political spin machine has begun to brief against the Iraqi Governing Council in what many observers suspect is the opening gambit in a move to scrap it.

U.S. Infighting Blamed For Iraq Failures:
Iraq's foreign minister on Tuesday blamed "geriatric ambassadors" from the West and "American infighting" for many of the problems and security failures bedevilling the US-led occupation.

US Syria bill could lead to invasion:
Senator Robert Byrd, an outspoken critic of US Middle East policy, said on Tuesday that he feared the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Act would be used to justify future military action against Damascus.

US-Brit war killed 55,000 Iraqi civilians:
The invasion, war and occupation of Iraq has cost up to 55,000 civilian lives, according to a shocking new report published by a UK-based charity.

Report: Continuing Collateral Damage:
The war on Iraq and its aftermath exacted a heavy toll on combatants and civilians. Between 21,700 and 55,000 people died between March 20 and October 20, 2003, while the health and environmental consequences of the conflict will be felt for many years to come.

What the Arabs watch vs. what Bush says :
American policymakers and U.S.-appointed Iraqi officials, jittery about television coverage of daily events in Iraq under occupation, are blaming Arab satellite channels for inciting people against them.

7,500 US Casualties Evacuated from Iraq War Zone to US:
We should all pause and reflect on the carnage wrought in the US - Iraq War. Nearly 400 US soldiers are dead, and more than 7,500 have been medically evacuated. This means the total number of US casualties is nearly 8,000 in less than eight months.

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003

Subject: Aljazeera.Net - Will Iraq/U.S. dictate world affairs? "you'll see oil flowing to Haifa" soon" israel says.

Subject: Aljazeera.Net - US unlikely to abandon Iraq council, but desperatemeasures against resistance needed

Subject: Aljazeera.Net - US-Brit war killed Up To 55,000 Iraqi civilians Medact Report Says

U.S. Soldiers Shoot Dead Iraqi Council Leader

7,500 Soldiers Wounded Since April

U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq

Rumsfeld's WMD Denials Prove False

Scott Ritter | Defining the Resistance in Iraq

Dreamers and Idiots:
Bush and Blair did everything necessary to prevent the outbreak of peace.

Survey: Half of Americans, say the war was not worth it

Frist Freezes Senate Probe of Prewar Iraq Data :
The Republican leadership of the Senate yesterday took the unusual step of canceling all business of the committee investigating prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Rockefeller memo:
Here is the full text of the memo from the office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa.) on setting a strategy for pursuing an independent investigation of pre-war White House intelligence dealings on Iraq.

Iraq: The Authoritarian Drift Of The Bremer Machine:
The Coalition Authority wants to concentrate all powers. The CPA is a strange place that has no connection with Iraqi reality but where everything that happens in the country is decided. Once you're in the "green zone," you leave Iraq:

Iraqi bound and gagged for protest:
"This man has been detained for making anti-coalition statements."

Iraq Governor Bremer Heads to U.S. at Short Notice

Families of Iraq war dead condemn Bush visit to UK:
President Bush and his wife Laura will stay at Buckingham Palace and be guests of honour at a state banquet. Anti-war groups plan protests in London, which have contributed to a decision by Downing Street to cancel plans for the President to address both Houses of Parliament.

'I feel guilty to be alive'
The Iraq conflict was John Simpson's 34th war and, thanks to the American bomb that killed his translator, it was nearly his last. He's still angry about it, he tells Libby Brooks, but that won't keep him from the next warzone,2763,1082351,00.html

Paul Krugman: Support the Troops:
Retired military officers, like Gen. Anthony Zinni – formerly President Bush's envoy to the Middle East – have started to offer harsh, indeed unprintable, assessments of administration policies.

U.S. Drops 500-pound Bombs As Gen. Warns Iraqi's:
America's top general in the Middle East has warned community leaders the U.S. military will use stern measures unless they curb attacks against coalition forces. "We have the capabilities and equipment."

Troops Awaiting Deployment Hear of Mounting Casualties:
"No one wants to go," said Suree Valenzuela, a 31-year-old headquarters company staff sergeant.

"My Son Died For Oil"
In a Democracy Now! Veterans Day Special We Hear From Military Families of Soldiers in Iraq

New textbooks rewrite history in Iraq through omission:
The Ministry of Education under the U.S.-led coalition government removed any content considered "controversial," including the 1991 Gulf War; the Iran-Iraq war; and all references to Israelis, Americans or Kurds.

Iraqi authorities probed for allegedly rigging tenders
Lawyers working for the US-led occupying forces in Iraq have made a recommendation to delay signing three telecom contracts last month to allow time to investigate claims of nepotism by Iraqi authorities in choosing the network providers.

U.S. appointed Iraqi Council member killed: Iraqis staged a noisy protest march in Baghdad Monday after the disputed shooting of an Iraqi Council member by U.S. military guards, reports said.

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003

Subject: Army orders mother of seven back to duty in Iraq

Report Claims Bush Team Has Bungled Peace

Top U.S. Officials: Case For War Confected

Support For War Softening in Fort Campbell Community

Two POWs, One an American Icon, the Other Ignored

U.S. Military Policeman Killed in Iraq:
In Sadr City, a poor, mainly Shiite quarter of eastern Baghdad, witnesses Monday said that a U.S. soldier shot and killed the head of the district's U.S.-appointed municipal council in a weekend altercation.

Bremer Sees More Iraq Attacks, Oilman Shot
In the latest attack on the oil sector vital to Iraq's reconstruction, three gunmen opened fire on an oil company executive's car, wounding him in the leg and killing his son.

Cowardly senators duck Iraq $s vote:
The exclusive club called the U.S. Senate has 100 members. This week 94 of them ducked and ran before a pre-arranged voice vote gave President Bush the $87.5 billion war check he wanted.

Case for war made up, say top names :
An unprecedented array of United States intelligence professionals, diplomats and former Pentagon officials have gone on record to lambast the Bush Administration for its distortion of the case for war against Iraq.

Richard Perle Says Iraq Peace Offer Was a Trap :
The Bush administration has been accused by Democrats of being overeager to go to war with Iraq, ignoring possible diplomatic avenues to peace.

Rumsfeld Retreats, Disclaims Earlier Rhetoric:
In the lead-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld said U.S. forces would be welcomed by the Iraqi citizenry and that Saddam Hussein had large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons. Now Rumsfeld - is denying that he ever made such assertions.

Scott Ritter:
Defining the resistance in Iraq - it's not foreign and it's well prepared

Then & now: U.S. occupations
Leaders promised fast results in Haiti and Iraq - then met hard going

Where are 'troop supporters' now?:
Many of us who protested the Bush Administration's massive bombing in Afghanistan, and its all-out invasion of Iraq earlier this year, were criticized – and even physically threatened – by some in our community for not "supporting our troops."

Who really supported troops?:
So just who truly supported the troops? Those who sent them to Iraq with no clear plan for bringing them home again or those who warned, don't go there.

Ineffective Iraqi council angers its US backers:
"We're unhappy with all of them. They're not acting as a legislative or governing body, and we need to get moving," one well-placed US official said.

US soldier killed in Iraq mine blast:
A US soldier was killed in Baghdad when his vehicle ran over a mine, the US military command in Baghdad said Sunday.

Wounded Numbers: As of today, the official wounded count stands at 2230.
As usual though, gov't numbers are untrustworthy. the military hospital in Landstuhl, which has treated more than 7,000 injured and ill service members from the Iraq war.

'No President has lied so baldly and so often':
"The intelligence process is a bit like virginity," says Ray McGovern, who worked as a CIA analyst for 27 years. "Once you prostitute it, it's never the same. Your credibility never recovers.

Vietnam and Iraq: How public opinion shifts:
Republican Sen. John McCain, "This is the first time I have seen a parallel to Vietnam in terms of information the administration is putting out versus the actual situation on the ground."

Case for war confected, say top US officials:
"There was never a clear and present danger. There was never an imminent threat. Iraq - and we have very good intelligence on this - was never part of the picture of terrorism," says Mel Goodman, a veteran CIA analyst who now teaches at the National War College.

2 U.S. Paratroopers Killed West Of Baghdad:
Insurgents killed two U.S. paratroopers and wounded another west of Baghdad on Saturday as the U.S. military cracked down on residents of Saddam Hussein's hometown.

America stirs hornet's nest of revenge:
Angry Iraqi villagers are supporting resistance to the occupying powers.

Ex Iraqi Oil Minister: Corruption Is Rife in Oil Industry:
"In Iraq nowadays, signs of corruption, commission and bribery have resurfaced and might be even at a larger scale than whatever happened during (the) Saddam Hussein (era)"

Red Cross Plans To Close 2 Offices In Iraq:

Army orders mother of seven back to duty in Iraq:
A soldier mother faces punishment for refusing to return to duty in Iraq to avoid losing custody of two children.

Contracts Go to Allies of Chalabi:
Businessmen with close ties to a leading – and controversial – member of Iraq's Governing Council have won large contracts for the country's reconstruction, leading to charges by some council members and other Iraqis that the actions are fueling a cronyism that threatens to sabotage the nation-building effort.

Bremer Plans to Enlarge, Refocus Iraq Occupation Authority:
The U.S. civilian administrator of Iraq said Thursday that he intends to increase the size of the American-led occupation authority, giving two new deputies key responsibilities for managing the influx of nearly $20 billion in new reconstruction funds

Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2003

A Bloody Week in Iraq as 2 More Soldiers are Killed

New York Times | Rush to War, Revisited

Frida Berrigan | Progress in Iraq?

85,000 GIs Told They're Heading to Iraq

Is Bechtel Getting Special Deals in Rebuilding Iraq?

L.A. Times Bans 'Resistance Fighters' in Iraq News

Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2003

Black Hawk Down as U.S. Death Toll for Week Reaches 32

In Falluja, at the Heart of Anti-American Hatred

Army Dismisses Soldier Cowardice Charge

Don't Mention the Dead

Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003

Subject: Jordan Times : Permanent U.S. Military Bases Being Built Across Iraq

Subject: ***IRAQ IS NOT U.S.' TO SELL! not enough to just "withdraw the troops"--must end u.s. domination,3604,1079575,00.html

New York Times : 'White House Ignored Iraqi Bid to Avert War'

Army Eyes Replacing Halliburton in Iraq

2 American Soldiers and 1 Polish Soldier Killed in Iraq

Secret Memo Cites White House Stonewall of Iraq Inquiry

8 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq:
The latest confirmed U.S. military fatalities bring to at least 31 the number of American troops killed action in 7 days.

US Officers: Hostile Fire Downed Black Hawk, Killing 6

Saddam's desperate offers to stave off war :
Washington dismissed Iraq's peace feelers, including elections and weapons pledge, put forward via diplomatic channels and US hawk Perle

U.S. Rejects Iraqi Peace Offer? :
A series of articles explores the evidence that the U.S. rejected Iraqi peace overtures prior to the invasion.

Iraq Spins Out of Control: Where are the Democrats and the peace movement?
This official sense of denial is the scariest part of the whole Iraqi debacle. At least Richard Nixon came into office recognizing that somehow or other, the U.S. had to figure a way out of Vietnam.

Iraq: Cancel the contracts. Ditch the deals. Rip up the rules:
Any movement serious about Iraqi self-determination must call not only for an end to Iraq's military occupation, but to its economic colonization as well. That means reversing the shock therapy reforms that US occupation chief Paul Bremer has fraudulently passed off as "reconstruction"

Where Is The $87 That Bush Asked For Going?:

'Making Iraq permanently dependent on the US for its defence':
Reports from knowledgeable Iraqi sources suggest that U.S. bases are already being built in the western desert, in the north, center and south of Iraq

Iraqi Doctors Dispute Lynch Rape Claim

Jessica Lynch Criticizes US Accounts of Her Ordeal:
In her first public statements since her rescue in Iraq, Jessica Lynch criticized the military for exaggerating accounts of her rescue and re-casting her ordeal as a patriotic fable.

Woolsey Pushes Constitutional Monarchy for Iraq:
Some observers saw the proposal as a backhanded strategy to advance two regional actors – former Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan and Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi

War declared on resistance:
The Los Angeles Times has ordered its journalists to stop describing anti-American forces in Iraq as resistance fighters

Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2003

Subject: TomDispatch: Now -- Time To Withdraw from Iraq

Subject: DemocracyNow:Pentagon & WhiteHouse Blame CIA for Rejecting Iraq Acceptance of Demands to Prevent War

Iraq made last-minute move to avert war, reports say

Subject: Iraq Bill Includes Millions for Miami FTAA Meeting in Dec.

Time Magazine | The Wounded Come Home

Robert Scheer | How Many Body Bags?

When Will Bush Address Mounting Casualties?

Judge is Shot Dead as Iraqis' Hatred of Occupiers Grows

Rage Erupts over Iraq War Profiteering

Iraq Tried to Reach Last-Minute Deal to Avert War:
Iraqi officials, wanted Washington to know that Iraq no longer had weapons of mass destruction, and they offered to allow American troops and experts to conduct a search.

Possible deal aborted? :
A possible negotiated peace deal was laid out in a heavily guarded compound in Baghdad in the days before the war, but a top former Pentagon adviser says he was ordered not to pursue the deal.

Did The U.S. Want War At Any Cost? :
Saddam Hussein Interview by the CBS just before the war. It is worth watching again.

Clark: Iraq war used to settle score :
The attack against Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism, but was the work of military leaders in the Bush administration with a long score to settle, retired Gen. Wesley Clark charged Wednesday.

U.S. revokes security clearance for Pentagon employee:
A veteran Pentagon employee who was a key player in the effort to find links between Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida has been stripped of his security clearance, according to senior U.S. officials.

Iraq: Polish officer and two American soldiers killed

Pentagon activates 100,000 more troops:
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has approved the activation of more than 100,000 new troops for deployment in Iraq early next year.

43,000 Alerted for Duty in Iraq:
Mr. Rumsfeld is ordering two brigades, or about 20,000 active-duty marines, from the First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

A new underground railroad:
Some soldiers would rather desert than return to Iraq. Granger said she could not say whether the Army would execute a deserter today as each case is judged on an individual basis. "Obviously it's an option," she said.

Blair could face international court over war conduct
Government ministers, including Tony Blair, could potentially face international prosecution for war crimes over the conduct of the war in Iraq, the organiser of a legal debate into the conflict, said today.,2763,1079225,00.html

Bush Casts Iraq Effort in Terms of Long Cold War Struggle:
"America must be committed to promoting democracy in the Middle East "for decades to come."

Embedded reporters 'sanitised' Iraq war :
Broadcasters were twice as likely to show Iraqi enthusiasm for the coalition forces as suspicion or hostility.,7493,1078649,00.html

Third judge killed in Iraq:
Another judge has been killed in Iraq, the third in 48 hours.

Goodwill is fragile in new Iraq:
A new market was built, then sacked this weekend by US troops. The two days of riots and destruction of Abu Ghraib's market - which left at least seven Iraqis dead - symbolize the fragile state of relations between Iraqis and the American authorities.

Baghdad George:
I guess it was inevitable. Someone has compared President George Bush to "Baghdad Bob," the inadvertently comical Iraqi information minister who kept insisting Iraq was winning the war even as American tanks gathered outside his office.

Private Jessica Lynch says she was raped by Iraqis:
Ms Lynch, who was captured after an ambush near Nasiriyah, says she cannot remember anything about the incident, which was revealed by medical tests.

Iraq bill includes millions for Miami meeting:
Buried in a bill that provides money for the war in Iraq is an $8.5 million federal boost for Miami to host the Free Trade Area of the Americas conference later this month.

From Baghdad An Ordinary Iraqi Speaks Out: "The U.S. Has No Intention of Leaving Iraq"

Silly word games and weapons of mass destruction:
"No member of the administration," conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan recently wrote, "used the term "imminent threat" to describe Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Could this possibly be true? Could all our memories be so faulty? In a word, no.

Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2003

Subject: Speaking of barbarians-- Senator Lott on Iraq: "...just mow the whole place down, see what happens..."

Mother of Soldier Lost in Iraq Writes truthout

U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq; American Headquarters Attacked in Iraq

Robert Byrd | A High Price for a Hollow Victory

Ray McGovern | Helicopter Down

Official: Copter Had Standard Defense:
The Army National Guard helicopter that was shot down in Iraq by shoulder-fired missiles was equipped with a standard package of defensive systems, including a missile alert system and flares designed to decoy a missile, a U.S. officer said Wednesday.

Issue for Bush: How to Speak of Casualties?:
When the Chinook helicopter was shot down on Sunday in Iraq, killing 15 Americans, President Bush let his defense secretary do the talking and stayed out of sight at his ranch.

"Is Iraq Another Vietnam?":
Despite some differences between the conflicts, in both wars avoiding defeat means winning "hearts and minds" -- of the American people.

Republican Rep. Leach Questions Iraq Policy?:
Iowa Republican Rep. Jim Leach, once an aide to now-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, said on Tuesday White House policy-makers had made one of the most misguided assumptions ever in U.S. strategy by not planning for a decisive withdrawal from Iraq.

Survey Shows Skepticism About Iraq:
Most Americans Polled Don't Believe Conflict Is Key Fight in War on Terrorism

What The Yanks Are Doing In Iraq?:
Americans are believing that their troops are now engaged in the job of restoring order in the war-ravaged country. It does not matter to them that it was they who devastated it in the first place.

How the White House deletes the truth:
Bush's desire for us to become ostriches over the deaths and wounding of American soldiers in Iraq -- 379 dead and 2,155 hurt at last count -- is but one more pathological act in sticking all of America into the sand.

Classified U.S. Report On Iraq Sought by U.N.:
"If there are weapons, we would like to find [them]; if there are no weapons, we would like to conclude the issue," Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in an interview. "They owe us the classified version."

More US Troops Possible As Turkey Balks:
About 15,000 Army National Guard troops have been mobilized for possible service in Iraq.

Judge is shot dead as Iraqis hatred of occupiers grows

Mow the whole place down: Political barbarism and Iraq

Big explosions rock Iraqi capital:
The Baghdad headquarters of the US-led coalition have come under attack for the second night running.

US pays for intelligence blunders:
Washington's intelligence gathering operations have once again been thrust under the microscope following the deaths of 16 United States soldiers on Sunday, and the Bush administration's "go solo" mentality has been found wanting.

U.S. Hard-liners Tamed by Iraq But Retain Clout :
Neoconservative columnist William Kristol, for example, said last month he would rather be talking about the "next regime-change candidates" instead of Iraq -- a reference to potential targets such as Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Noam Chomsky: The Iraq War and Contempt for Democracy
"Recall that the self-appointed rulers of the world -- Bush, Powell, and the rest -- had declared forthrightly that they intended to carry out their war whether or not the United Nations (UN) or anyone else "catches up" and "becomes relevant."

Four Iraqis killed, two US soldiers wounded in Baghdad

Iraqi Guerrillas Kill U.S. Soldier, More Attacks Feared

Helen Thomas: Pentagon Manages War Coverage By Limiting Coffin Pictures:
One of the lessons the U.S. government apparently learned from the Vietnam War is this: Don't let the American public see coffins arriving home with U.S. casualties from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush Ignores Soldiers' Burials:
This proclivity on the part of President Bush to avoid the normal duty of a commander-in-chief to honor dead soldiers is causing rising irritation among some veterans and their families who have noticed what appears to be a historically anomalous slight

Dover's New Mortuary Center Aims to Ease Family's Grief:
Defense officials do not allow arrival ceremonies for, or media coverage of deceased military personnel returning to or departing from Dover Air Force Base or Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, or any other site where remains are transferred.

An Inspector Calls:
David Kay's report has turned out to be one of the most devastating and unflinching exposes of war crimes in world history.

Gen.: I gave Bush Iraq invasion plan after 9/11:
The former commander of Operation Iraqi Freedom said yesterday he presented a plan to invade Iraq to President Bush just a few months after the 9/11 attacks.

Big Call-Up Of Washington Troops:
In the largest call-up since World War II, thousands of Western Washington National Guard troops received orders Thursday to head to Iraq. Meanwhile, soldiers from the Stryker Brigade got a formal send-off at Fort Lewis.

The War Business: Squeezing a Profit from the Wreckage in Iraq:
"This is the future. When war becomes the most profitable course of action, we can certainly expect more of it."

Int'l Groups Bolt Baghdad:
The International Committee of the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, said they too were pulling their workers out of Baghdad.

2 Americans Killed by Iraq Land Mine
A land mine exploded Saturday on a road in the northern city of Mosul, killing two Americans in passing vehicles and wounding three other people, Iraqi police said, as leaflets called for a ``Day of Resistance'' to protest the U.S.-led occupation.,1280,-3335079,00.html

Bush's other war :
US intelligence is being scapegoated for getting it right on Iraq.

House Nixes Anti-Profiteering Penalties in Iraq Spending Bill:
The final version of the $87 billion spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan is missing provisions the Senate had passed to penalize war profiteers who defraud American taxpayers. House negotiators on the package refused to accept the Senate provisions.

Iraq Business Deals May Be Invalid, Law Experts Warn :
The US-led provisional authority in Iraq may be breaking international law by selling state assets, experts have warned.

William Pfaff: A fiction shattered by America's aggression :
What actually has happened during the past nine months is something Americans have yet to grasp, and that others have yet to say out loud: People outside the United States have stopped believing the American story.

Six Months On, and Still No Signs of WMD:

Cut Losses: Leave Iraq:
The only way to let the air out of the resistance is to quickly turn Iraq back to the Iraqis and withdraw U.S. forces. The violence arises primarily as a reaction to the invasion and occupation by a foreign superpower.

Congress backs Iraqi multi-billion package

A Lot of Manure, No Pony:
When Bush was asked whether American troops would be coming home in another year or would still be in Iraq in force, he denounced the question as a "trick" and refused to answer. Bush should put politics aside; Americans deserve a serious response.

Iraqi farmer ' killed' by US fire:
The farmer, Ziad Yass Abbas, was watering his crops when US troops, standing about 400 metres away, opened fire on him at around 6am, said his nephew.,5936,7734136^1702,00.html

Read The Full Report That Was Removed From Military Web site :
A report critical of the U.S. Army's inefficient-to-shoddy intelligence practices in Iraq has been removed after the Washington Post published a story summarizing its contents. PDF format.

Invention Iraq:
The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied: For 12 years the British tried to transform Iraq into a model democracy, but failed. Now Americans have taken up the crusade to remake Iraq into our image. Did the Bush Administration study the failures of the British government? Of course not.

Amputees returning to duty:
Garth Stewart lost his foot in Iraq, in a mine blast that showered his blood and flesh on his buddy and left Stewart writhing and screaming on the road, smoke rising from his wound.

The wounded who never die:
If we were to believe our government (and who does?), our military doctors are the best in the world. Nobody ever dies in their care.

US soldiers kill four workers after bomb blast:
The American fire destroyed the mini-van, which crashed into a lamppost, Mr Saleh said. Four people in the mini-van died and two were severely wounded, he said.

Iraqi Child Crushed by US Tank:
The incident was said to be reminiscent of scenes caused by the Israeli occupation of Palestine as the child was crushed underneath the tank's tracks.

Iraqi Police Now Targets of Choice:
"Going to the police station now is like going to war," he said as he gazed at the cement blocks. "You never know if you'll return home alive or not."

Blair waged war illegally, say leading lawyers:
Tony Blair is facing a formal complaint to the international war-crimes tribunal by a panel of senior international legal experts for unlawfully waging war in Iraq.

John Pilger: 'Bring the criminals to justice' :
We must tell these war criminals that, regardless of the trappings of their power, they are criminals, and they must be brought to justice.

Glen Rangwala: On The Lies That Led To War

British MP: We Will Be in Iraq for 10 Years:
Dr Andrew Murrison, a former surgeon commander in the Royal Navy who has returned from six weeks in southern Iraq, said that senior British officers believed that coalition forces would be in the country beyond 2014.

If the News Turns Bad, the Messenger Takes a Hit:
"I have come to hate the media," a senior aide to L. Paul Bremer III, the head of the occupational authority in Iraq, wrote in a recent e-mail message to family and friends.

Bush's strategy:
Get out or risk being thrown out of Washington. The idea is to push many more Iraqi police and security officials into the front lines against the insurgency while at the same time declaring political victory on the ground.

Public Confidence in Bush Continues to Fall as More American Soldiers Die in Iraq:
For the first time, a majority of Americans, 51 per cent, according to a poll published yesterday, disapprove of Mr Bush's actions in Iraq.

US helicopter downed near Baghdad - 15 dead: + In Falluja, residents said a roadside bomb had hit a convoy of US soldiers in civilian vehicles, killing four troops.

Iraqis gloat as 15 die in downed chopper:
Some Iraqis were jubilant. "The Americans are pigs," said Saadoun Jaralla, a wheat farmer, near the crash site. "We will hold a celebration because this helicopter went down - a big celebration. The Americans are enemies of mankind."

Insurgents' Attacks in Iraq Intensifying:
At the site of the helicopter shoot down, American troops tried to confiscate news photographers' digital camera disks. No matter: The picture from Iraq, day by day, will grow sharp and clear.

Pentagon keeps dead out of sight:
Bush team doesn't want people to see human cost of war Even body bags are now sanitized as `transfer tubes'

A Grim Knock at the Door:
In the last two weeks, 22 American soldiers have given their lives to the occupation of Iraq, a platoon of 21 men and 1 woman cut down to a stack of photographs by accidents, illness and the rising insurgency. [Note: Add 19 further deaths today for a total 41 killed in the last 2 weeks]

Blueprint for a Mess:
Historically, it is rare that a warm welcome is extended to an occupying military force for very long, unless, that is, the postwar goes very smoothly. And in Iraq, the postwar occupation has not gone smoothly.

Rebel war spirals out of control as US intelligence loses the plot :
Sharp disagreements are emerging between the US and the UK over the exact nature of the Iraqi resistance, amid warnings that the US is losing the intelligence war against the rebels.,3858,4787874-103550,00.html

Sugar-coating U.S. motives in Iraq:
Invading armies are often coy when it comes to admitting their true motives. Certainly a desire to seize territory and resources are rarely among the motives modern invading armies tend to highlight.

U.S. Administrator Imposes Flat Tax System on Iraq :
The flat tax, long a dream of economic conservatives, is finally getting its day -- not in the United States, but in Iraq.

Breaking Iraq, Then Charging to Fix It Up?:
Seem perverse that someone can destroy your property and then make you pay half the costs of repair? It's technically called the Iraq Reconstruction Bill and is precisely what the Senate is requiring of Iraq.

Iraqis released from U.S. prison camps tell of abuse:
In U.S. prison camps in Iraq forbidden talk can earn a prisoner hours bound and stretched out in the sun and detainees swinging tent poles rise up regularly against their jailers, recently released Iraqis said.

Iraq Bombs Kill Two US Soldiers:
Also last night, three mortars hit Baghdad, one landing at a camp of the 2nd Armoured Cavalry Regiment, but the military said no casualties were reported.

British Marine Killed In Iraq:
A British soldier has been killed by hostile fire in Iraq.

Mortar Attack Wounds Four in Baghdad
Smoke rose over the highly guarded headquarters area of the U.S.-led occupation on Tuesday after guerrillas fired mortars into the city center for a second straight night. Spain, a close U.S. ally, withdrew many of its diplomats because of escalating violence.,1280,-3348544,00.html

Senators Urge Iraq Force:
Two US senators have said more troops should be sent to Iraq after the worst day of US casualties in six months.

Sen. Hollings On War In Iraq:
Unless we put in 100,000 or 150,000 more United States troops and get law and order in Iraq, in Baghdad, we are going to have "Operation Meat Grinder&Mac226; continue, and it is our meat."

Iraqi's Have Brought It On:
Escalating violence in Iraq will only continue until the United States changes course and responds to the complexity of the Middle East and Asia with creative, targeted economic and diplomatic solutions.

A soldier dies in Iraq, a family mourns in Kent:
Ben Colgan was a soldier and a beloved son of peace activists. He was a father of two small daughters for whom he left tape-recorded nursery rhymes before he went to war. A third child will be born next month, knowing a father only through the memories of others.

Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2003

Subject: Maternity deaths in Iraq have nearly tripled since 1990, UN survey finds

Subject: Victims of U.S.Liberation of Iraq [graphic pix]

Subject: The Courier-Mail: Iraqi farmer 'killed' in Cold Blood by US fire,5936,7734136^1702,00.html

Eyewitness Report: The Chinook Shoot-Down in Iraq

Attacks in Iraq Intensify, Confidence in Bush Plummets

Philippe Gelie | The U.S. Army Fights Against Phantoms

Iraq Threat Grossly Overstated by Bush Official, Say Critics

Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2003

Subject: Iraq-US-Prison-Camps"Death Would Be Better"-Prisoners Suffer horrendous torture

18 Americans Dead, 21 Wounded, a Deadly Day in Iraq

As Casualties Mount, Doubts Grow

Assassinations Surge in Iraq

Rebel War Spirals Out of Control As U.S. Intelligence Loses the Plot

A Fierce Firefight, Panic and 2 GI's Dead

Senate Faults White House Over Iraq Documents

Cheney's Halliburton Reaps the Spoils of War

Calls to Jihad are Said to Lure Hundreds of Militants into Iraq

Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003

Subject: The Toronto - Sugar-coating U.S. motives in Iraq, Linda McQuaig

 Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003

U.S. Wraps Barbed Wire Around 'Free' Iraq Village

U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

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