Iraq News and Information Links
March 18 2005
 

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Iraq’s leaders set to form government next week
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
Shiite and Kurdish leaders said Friday that Iraq’s next government could be formed within a week as they courted Sunnis and outgoing Prime Minister Iyad Allawi …

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Iraq valour earns UK soldier Victoria Cross
Times of India – India
LONDON: An armoured vehicle driver, who twice saved himself and his crew from ambushes under fire in Iraq, has become the first soldier to win UK’s top …

www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=87553
US may cut troops in Iraq in 2006?:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: NEW YORK, March 18 : The vice chief of staff of the US Army said Thursday the United States might begin cutting troop levels in Iraq in 2006. …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=13553
Iraq insecurity rife two years after invasion
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
BAGHDAD: Violence and insecurity hold sway over much of Iraq two years after the US-led invasion, despite burgeoning Iraqi security forces and the continued …

www.indystar.com/articles/2/230174-9352-102.html
Iraq bomb kills former Hoosier
Indianapolis Star – USA
… Ronald Heltzel said his brother was sent to Iraq in September or October after serving on active duty for 18 years and receiving a medical discharge for a back …

www.voanews.com/english/2005-03-18-voa43.cfm
Rumsfeld Marks 2nd Anniversary of Iraq War
Voice of America – USA
On the eve of the second anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has acknowledged that the past two years have …

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nmar18,0,2042479.story?coll=sfla-features-showtime

Gunner Palace: Young GIs amid chaos in Iraq
Sun-Sentinel.com – Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
… Mostly, they show their age, which is very young. They also make a strong argument for why our country shouldn’t be in Iraq. War …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/03/18/news/barbers.html
Shave and a haircut: A killing matter in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – France
… the note said. The killings and threats are not the first efforts in Iraq to enforce a Taliban-style religious rule. In Falluja, armed …

www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GC19Ak01.html
Iraq as the world’s biggest cash cow
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… the US construction giant Halliburton and a Kuwaiti sub-contractor with defrauding the US government of millions of dollars in a contract scam in Iraq, one day …

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/0305/18avoiding.html
For US soldiers who want out of Iraq, a new manual
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – GA,USA
The night before his Army unit was to meet to fly to Iraq, Pvt. Brandon Hughey, 19, simply left. … “I didn’t want to go back to Iraq and leave my family. …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4359559.stm
Iraq’s transitional law under attack
BBC News – E,UK
The continuing deadlock between competing political forces in Iraq’s new National Assembly is helping to fuel a fierce debate about the country’s new system of …

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utroops.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/03/18/ixportaltop.html

Britain ‘could send more troops to Iraq’
Telegraph.co.uk – UK
Britain could send more troops to Iraq if Italy pulls its soldiers out, the head of the British Army has said. Silvio Berlusconi …

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Suicide car bomber attacks US patrol in Iraq
MSNBC – USA
RAMADI, Iraq – A suicide car bomber attacked a US military convoy in Iraq’s rebel stronghold of Ramadi on Saturday, a police official said. …

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Rumsfeld recalls Iwo Jima in marking Iraq anniversary
Houston Chronicle – USA
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Friday marked the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, which has claimed the lives of at least 1,519 …

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/
special_packages/iraq/11177008.htm

4th Infantry troops prepare for return to Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – USA
… The urgency was understandable, since it won’t be too long before Zapata and his platoon ship out to Iraq with other units in the 4th Infantry Division. …

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2005/March/focusoniraq_March98.xml&section=focusoniraq

Iraq’s Shiite and Kurdish powerbrokers woo Allawi
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Shiite and Kurdish leaders said Iraq’s next government could be formed within a week as they courted Sunnis and outgoing prime minister Iyad Allawi …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48306-2005Mar18.html
Two Years Later, Iraq War Drains Military
Washington Post – USA
Two years after the United States launched a war in Iraq with a crushing display of power, a guerrilla conflict is grinding away at the resources of the US …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/19/content_2716599.htm
Rumsfeld speaks war in Iraq ahead of anniversary
Xinhua – China
19 — On the eve of the second anniversary of the war in Iraq, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the level of US and coalition force in Iraq should …

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Singapore warship returns from Iraq mission
Jerusalem Post – Israel
… from the Persian Gulf on Saturday at the end of this Southeast Asian city-state’s most recent military contribution to coalition forces in Iraq, a government …

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2005/March/comment_March22.xml&section=comment

Iraq shows the way for region
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
THE process has begun for the formation of a coalition government for Iraq, as per the agreement announced between the winning sides yesterday. …

BRITISH troops may replace Italians in Iraq
Independent – UK
Britain could send more troops to Iraq to fill the gap left by the proposed
withdrawal of Italian soldiers, General Sir Mike Jackson, the head of
the Army, has …
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=621577

IRAQ’S Shiite and Kurdish powerbrokers woo Allawi
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Shiite and Kurdish leaders said Iraq’s next government could
be formed within a week as they courted Sunnis and outgoing prime minister
Iyad Allawi …
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2005/March/focusoniraq_March98.xml&section=focusoniraq

OUR chat in Iraq, strange but true
Australian – Australia
… It was Senator Lightfoot himself who volunteered the information about
his Iraq trip that The Australian summarised yesterday. It …
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,12591771%255E2702,00.html

VC Iraq hero sparks Caribbean pride
This is London – London,England,UK
Private Johnson Beharry, 25, who saved 30 colleagues by guiding them through
an ambush in Iraq, insisted he was just “doing his job”. …
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/PA_NEWDEFENCEVCFri2145SoldierVC?source=

DUTCHMAN in court over Iraq chemical arms
Indian Express – India
ROTTERDAM, MARCH 18: A Dutch businessman accused of selling Saddam Hussein
ingredients for chemical weapons used against Kurds appeared in court
on Friday to …
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=66780

news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=621577
British troops may replace Italians in Iraq
Independent – UK
Britain could send more troops to Iraq to fill the gap left by the proposed withdrawal of Italian soldiers, General Sir Mike Jackson, the head of the Army, has …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/11174529.htm
Two years after the Iraq war began, no one knows how it will end
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – A week after US troops invaded Iraq, as sand storms and attacks by fanatical paramilitaries threatened supply lines and inflicted …

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Iraq no longer dominates news
Scotsman – UK
THE occupation of Iraq continues to be the dominant story in the US media. … American interest in Iraq has declined since last year’s presidential election. …

www.newkerala.com/athens-olympics-2004/050318200338.1dywohip.php
Iraq’s Shiite and Kurdish powerbrokers woo Allawi
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Shiite and Kurdish leaders said that Iraq’s next government could be formed within a week as they courted Sunnis and outgoing prime minister …

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VC Iraq hero sparks Caribbean pride
This is London – London,England,UK
Private Johnson Beharry, 25, who saved 30 colleagues by guiding them through an ambush in Iraq, insisted he was just “doing his job”. …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/03/18/opinion/ediraq.html
Two years later, taking stock in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – France
The invasion of Iraq, which began two years ago this weekend, was a world-changing event. We can see many of the consequences already. …

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/11174122.htm
Parents of slain soldiers protest US involvement in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – USA
… Four days into the Iraq war, however, the 22-year-old soldier was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade, the first Georgian to die in the war. …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=13573
Iraq’s leaders set to form government next week
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
Shiite and Kurdish leaders said Friday that Iraq’s next government could be formed within a week as they courted Sunnis and outgoing Prime Minister Iyad Allawi …

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1056344.cms
Iraq valour earns UK soldier Victoria Cross
Times of India – India
LONDON: An armoured vehicle driver, who twice saved himself and his crew from ambushes under fire in Iraq, has become the first soldier to win UK’s top …

www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=87553
US may cut troops in Iraq in 2006?:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: NEW YORK, March 18 : The vice chief of staff of the US Army said Thursday the United States might begin cutting troop levels in Iraq in 2006. …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=13553
Iraq insecurity rife two years after invasion
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
BAGHDAD: Violence and insecurity hold sway over much of Iraq two years after the US-led invasion, despite burgeoning Iraqi security forces and the continued …

www.indystar.com/articles/2/230174-9352-102.html
Iraq bomb kills former Hoosier
Indianapolis Star – USA
… Ronald Heltzel said his brother was sent to Iraq in September or October after serving on active duty for 18 years and receiving a medical discharge for a back …

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4875725,00.html
Man Accused of Selling Chemicals to Iraq
Guardian – UK
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) – A Dutch businessman accused of complicity in genocide for selling chemicals to Iraq in the 1980s knew that Saddam Hussein might …

www.boston.com/dailynews/077/world/Iraq_born_Swedish_citizen_rele:.shtml
Iraq-born Swedish citizen released by captors in Iraq one month …
Boston Globe – USA
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) An Iraqi-born Swede kidnapped in Iraq was released Friday after more than a month in captivity, Swedish and Iraqi officials said. …

www.voanews.com/english/2005-03-18-voa43.cfm
Rumsfeld Marks 2nd Anniversary of Iraq War
Voice of America – USA
On the eve of the second anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has acknowledged that the past two years have …

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Soldier wins Victoria Cross in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – New Zealand
An armoured-vehicle driver who twice drove out of ambushes in Iraq will become the first person in 23 years to receive the Victoria Cross. …

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Iraq genocide charges on a Dutch citizen!:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
18 : The Prosecutors of the Netherlands today formally charged a Dutch businessman with complicity in genocide for selling chemicals to Iraq’s former regime. …

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shgunmar18,0,2042479.story?coll=sfla-features-showtime

Gunner Palace: Young GIs amid chaos in Iraq
Sun-Sentinel.com – Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
… Mostly, they show their age, which is very young. They also make a strong argument for why our country shouldn’t be in Iraq. War …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4362041.stm
Swedish hostage in Iraq ‘freed’
BBC News – E,UK
A Swedish citizen of Iraqi descent has been released after being held hostage in Iraq since January, reports say. Minas Ibrahim …

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1327101.htm
Dutch Iraq war crimes case opens
ABC Online – Australia
… Evidence being used by prosecutors includes information obtained from the former head of Iraq’s chemical weapons program, Ali Hassan al-Majid, otherwise known …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/03/18/news/barbers.html
Shave and a haircut: A killing matter in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – France
… the note said. The killings and threats are not the first efforts in Iraq to enforce a Taliban-style religious rule. In Falluja, armed …

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Groups Progress on Iraq Coalition Gov’t
ABC News – USA
Iraqi Shiites gather for Friday prayers in Basra, Iraq Friday, March 18, 2005. Shiite and Kurdish officials reported progress in …

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Iraq Kurds, Shi’ites Expect Deal in a Week
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A deal between Iraq’s Shi’ites and Kurds on the shape of the government should be reached within about a week ahead of the next meeting of …

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Iraq hero awarded first VC in 40 years
Daily Telegraph – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
LONDON: A British soldier who saved 30 comrades during a night-time ambush in Iraq has been awarded the Victoria Cross, becoming the first recipient of the …

www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=87408
More troops to Iraq, if required: British Army chief:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: London, March 18 : The head of the British Army said Friday that Britain was capable of sending more troops to Iraq if required, Xinhua reported. …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46146-2005Mar18.html
Kurd Leader Sees Iraq Political Deal in 7-8 Days
Washington Post – USA
We want to give you the opportunity to show firsthand what it is like to live and work in Iraq. Portraits of US service members …

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=7564
Iraq’s chemical weapons case opens in Dutch court
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
… The deadly gases are said to have been used in the 1980-1988 war against Iran and the 1988 attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in northern Iraq, in which at …

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/03/
18/utroops.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/03/18/ixportaltop.html

Britain ‘could send more troops to Iraq’
Telegraph.co.uk – UK
Britain could send more troops to Iraq if Italy pulls its soldiers out, the head of the British Army has said. Silvio Berlusconi …

edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/03/18/britain.honor/
Top honor for Iraq bravery
CNN International – USA
LONDON, England — An armored vehicle driver who saved 30 colleagues from an ambush in Iraq has become the first soldier to win Britain’s top military honor in …

www.reuters.co.in/locales/c_newsArticle.jsp?type=world
News&localeKey=en_IN&storyID=7943610

Dutchman comes to court in Iraq chemical arms case
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
… UN weapons inspection agencies have described Van Anraat as one of the most important middlemen in Iraq’s acquisition of chemical weapons raw materials. …

www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GC19Ak01.html
Iraq as the world’s biggest cash cow
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… the US construction giant Halliburton and a Kuwaiti sub-contractor with defrauding the US government of millions of dollars in a contract scam in Iraq, one day …

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/0305/18avoiding.html
For US soldiers who want out of Iraq, a new manual
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – GA,USA
The night before his Army unit was to meet to fly to Iraq, Pvt. Brandon Hughey, 19, simply left. … “I didn’t want to go back to Iraq and leave my family. …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4359559.stm
Iraq’s transitional law under attack
BBC News – E,UK
The continuing deadlock between competing political forces in Iraq’s new National Assembly is helping to fuel a fierce debate about the country’s new system of …

edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/03/18/dutch.saddam.reut/
Dutch Iraq war crimes case opens
CNN International – USA
… has described Van Anraat, who is also charged with complicity in war crimes and genocide, as “one of the most important middlemen in Iraq’s acquisition of …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/03/18/africa/web.0318iraq.html
Further setback in Iraq government talks
International Herald Tribune – France
BAGHDAD, Iraq Shiite and Kurdish officials reported progress in resolving disagreements over territorial issues and Cabinet posts, but said they may need …

seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/216557_iraq18.html
Iraq near needing fewer US troops, official says
Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA
WASHINGTON — The US Army may start bringing troops home from Iraq later this year because of successful efforts at quelling the insurgency and strides in …

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2002211043_wounded18.html
The loud, clear voice of Iraq war’s wounded vets
Seattle Times – USA
… The Iraq war is causing an extraordinarily high rate of traumatic brain injury, and the damage to brain tissue is frequently permanent. …

www.indystar.com/articles/3/230129-2683-010.html
Bomb in Iraq kills South Bend native
Indianapolis Star – USA
An Army National Guard soldier who was an Indiana native was killed this week in Iraq. Spc. Paul M. Heltzel, 39, was patrolling …

www.itv.com/news/britain_119949.html
Soldier awarded VC for bravery in Iraq
ITV.com – UK
A soldier who single-handedly saved 30 colleagues as he guided them through an ambush in Iraq has been awarded the Victoria Cross. …

www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/3091075
Number of US forces in Iraq to drop by early ‘06
Houston Chronicle – USA
WASHINGTON – The Army’s second-ranking general said Thursday that the number of US troops in Iraq would probably decline by early 2006, largely because of post …

www.newkerala.com/athens-olympics-2004/050317181842.9pisowcc.php
Iraqi leaders play political poker, Negroponte leaves Iraq
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
BAGHDAD (AFP) – After the historic opening of their elected parliament, political heavyweights bartered on the make-up of Iraq’s next government, seeking a …

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2005/March/focusoniraq_March93.xml&section=focusoniraq

Iraqi leaders play political poker, Negroponte leaves Iraq
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – After the historic opening of their elected parliament, political heavyweights bartered on the make-up of Iraq’s next government, seeking a balance …

www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2005/03/18/2003246732
Australian senator denies smuggling money into Iraq
Taipei Times – Taiwan
A controversial Australian government senator yesterday denied smuggling cash into Iraq on behalf of an oil company hoping to secure contracts, but admitted …

www.startribune.com/stories/484/5299584.html
Other developments in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – MN,USA
… start paying for fuel. Kuwait hasn’t charged the US military for fuel since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. . An ex-employee …

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2005/March/focusoniraq_March92.xml&section=focusoniraq

Even if Americans believe Iraq war was wrong withdrawal is ruled …
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
CHICAGO – US public support for the Iraq war has declined steadily in the two years since the US military marched into Baghdad, but few Americans want to pull …

www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-crime
18mar18,0,7271333.story?coll=la-home-headlines

In Iraq, Criminals Outgun Insurgents
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – CA,USA
… As Iraq’s newly elected leaders cobble together the foundation of a fledgling democracy, a killing epidemic has taken hold of this troubled nation. …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/18/content_2713423.htm
Italian PM accused of climbdown over troop withdrawal from Iraq
Xinhua – China
… on Thursday accused Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of yielding to pressure from the United States and other allies on a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq. …

news.inq7.net/breaking/index.php?index=3&story_id=30904
Britain awards first Victoria Cross in 23 years to Iraq hero
INQ7 Interactive, Inc. – Philippines
… military honor, the Victoria Cross, has been awarded for the first time in 23 years to a young soldier who saved the lives of 30 comrades in Iraq, the British …

english.people.com.cn/200503/18/eng20050318_177344.html
Bulgaria to cut military presence in Iraq
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
Bulgaria plans to reduce the number of its troops in Iraq by a quarter in June and will decide this month whether to completely pull them out by the end of 2005 …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4360137.stm
Dutchman in Iraq genocide trial
BBC News – E,UK
… that charge. Mr van Anraat is accused of selling chemicals from the US and Japan to Iraq to make nerve gases and mustard gas. The …

BERLUSCONI turns aside criticism of Iraq stance
International Herald Tribune – France
… Berlusconi rejected critics’ accusations Thursday that he was backtracking
from an announcement earlier in the week about pulling Italian troops
from Iraq. …
www.iht.com/articles/2005/03/17/news/italy.html

GROUPS Make Progress on New Iraq Gov’t
ABC News – USA
New Iraqi Army troops take part in training exercises near Basra, Iraq
Thursday, March 17, 2005. Two years after the fall of Saddam …
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=591648

NEW twist on Lightfoot’s Iraq cash
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – New South Wales,Australia
Liberal senator Ross Lightfoot has denied telling a journalist in Iraq
that he had taken $25,000 into the country. The Australian …
www.smh.com.au/news/National/New-twist-on-
Lightfoots-Iraq-cash/2005/03/18/1111085989156.html

ARMY captain gets 45 days in Iraq assaults
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
FORT CARSON, Colo. – An Army captain convicted of assaulting Iraqis was
sentenced Thursday to 45 days in military prison and fined …
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/11163831.htm

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1326436.htm
Lightfoot stands by Iraq statement
ABC Online – Australia
The Senator accused of smuggling $25,000 into Iraq, has rejected new allegations that he handed over a “small contribution” from oil giant Woodside to Kurdish …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/11163831.htm
Army captain gets 45 days in Iraq assaults
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
FORT CARSON, Colo. – An Army captain convicted of assaulting Iraqis was sentenced Thursday to 45 days in military prison and fined …

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/
03/18/wirq18.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/03/18/ixworld.html

More instability for Iraq as US ambassador departs
Telegraph.co.uk – UK
The US ambassador to Iraq left Baghdad for a new post in Washington yesterday, enhancing the mood of instability in a nation still struggling to put together a …

  
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