Iraq News and Information Links April 2004
 08/04/04 FOREIGNERS taken hostage by Iraq rebels
Straits Times – Singapore
BAGHDAD – The fiercest fighting since Saddam Hussein was toppled raged
on across Iraq yesterday with at least one American ground commander comparing
his area…,4386,244775,00.html

IRAQ burns, Shias take 3 Japanese hostage
Times of India – India
In escalating violence, gunmen kidnapped three Japanese in an apparent
new tactic to pressure US allies in Iraq . The armed, black…

PHASE II of Iraq Occupation: Division
Islam Online – UK
After a year watching as US forces led a thinly-veiled coalition to „liberate‰
Iraq, the war-torn country‚s citizens are beginning to fear the specter

BOWLES, Burr don't support transfer date delay in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina's leading US Senate candidates are concerned
about the upswing of violence in Iraq, but neither yet supports postponing

GUARD unit readies for deployment to increasingly violent Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 1st Class Thomas Fancher admits to being a little nervous about going
to Iraq where combat has quickly grown deadlier, but said the 42nd Infantry
Division of…

CORRECTED-TWO Palestinians kidnapped in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
In JERUSALEM story headlined "Two Palestinians kidnapped in Iraq" please
read in 7th paragraph …"I am Nabil George Yaakob, an Israeli working
for RTI……

WALL St Week Ahead – Earnings take spotlight , but Iraq looms
Forbes – USA
… At the same time, Wall Street will also keep a wary eye on the situation
in Iraq, where escalating violence has fueled investor uncertainty and

MILITIAMEN Control Parts of 3 Iraq Cities
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—Shiite Muslim militants held partial control Thursday
over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni insurgents killed a US Marine
in the…

US allies pledge to stay in Iraq despite kidnappings, furious…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : US allies insisted they would stay in Iraq after insurgents kidnapped
several foreign nationals in a bid to break up the coalition and the worst

FIERCE Fighting Rages in Iraq, Foreigners Kidnapped
Reuters – United States
… Reuters) – US-led troops fought fierce battles with Sunni and Shi'ite
rebels on Thursday and a spate of kidnappings hit foreigners as Iraq descended

POLAND, Ukraine Won't Withdraw Soldiers From Iraq (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 8 (Bloomberg) — Poland doesn't plan to recall its 2,400 troops from
Iraq, where the country heads a multinational force of about 9,000 soldiers
that has…

JAPAN Will Not Withdraw Troops From Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 8 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — The Japanese government has said it will
not withdraw troops from Iraq following the kidnapping of three Japanese

AID world rethinks role in Iraq
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
LONDON (AlertNet) – As aid agencies continue to evaluate their work in
Iraq, many are coming to the uncomfortable conclusion that their decision
to deploy was…

JAPAN, SKorea stand firm on Iraq despite kidnappings
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO : Japan and South Korea vowed to stand firm in Iraq despite armed
insurgents abducting a number of their citizens in an apparent bid to
force a troop…

UNDER assault in Iraq
By Luke Baker. DHAHIR, Iraq – The crime is low-tech and bloodless, but
it is slowly robbing humanity of the roots of its own existence.…

MILITIAMEN Control Parts of 3 Iraq Cities
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Shiite Muslim militants held partial control Thursday
over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni insurgents killed a US Marine
in the…,1280,-3954914,00.html

THE Iraq Intifada Begins
CounterPunch – Petrolia,CA,USA
… in the Sunni center and an explosive popular rebellion in the Shiite
center and south presents a damning indictment of America's colonial occupation
of Iraq.…

FIERCE fighting in Iraq, foreigners kidnapped
Reuters – India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US-led troops battled Sunni and Shi'ite rebels on Thursday
and 11 foreigners were reported kidnapped as Iraq descended into bloody

JAPAN Will Not Withdraw Troops from Iraq, Despite Kidnapping of 3…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Iraqi insurgents have kidnapped three Japanese civilians and are threatening
to kill them unless Japan withdraws its troops from Iraq.…

IRAQ Coalition Aims to Eliminate Rebels, US Says (Update3)
Bloomberg – USA
… US-led coalition forces are conducting ``multiple operations'' to eliminate
rebels and restore order to central and southern Iraq, Lieutenant General

JAPANESE, Israelis, Briton Seized in Iraq; South Korean Ministers…
WDRB – Louisville,KY,USA
… NHK said Imai had been doing research on the effects of depleted-uranium
weapons in Iraq, while Koriyama was a freelance cameraman.…

FOREIGNERS kidnapped amid fighting in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – American-led troops battled Sunni and Shi'a rebels on Thursday
and 11 foreigners were reported kidnapped as Iraq descended into bloody
chaos not seen…

IRAQ minister quits as Bremer seeks religious balance
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Iraq‚s interior minister, who is in charge of security forces,
resigned on Thursday at the request of the top US administrator, L. Paul
Bremer 3rd…

RESURGENT Violence In Iraq , Rice Under Oath , And Uzbekistan's…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 7 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — As fighting continues in Iraq between
US-led coalition forces and Sunni and Shi'a insurgents, the press is dominated

US may extend the stay of 15000 troops in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — At least 15,000 American troops who were scheduled to return
from Iraq soon would remain in the country to help quell the rising insurgency

IRAQ conflict like Vietnam, says Fraser
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has said the occupation of
Iraq parallels the Vietnam War and former Liberal Party president John
Valder says the…

ELEVEN Foreign Hostages Reported Seized in Iraq
Reuters – United States
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Seven South Koreans, three Japanese and a Briton were
reported Thursday to have been seized in Iraq and militants threatened
to burn the…

TERRORISTS trying to drive Japanese troops out of Iraq: Koizumi
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO : Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi accused terrorists of trying to
drive Japanese troops from Iraq as three explosions near the soldiers'
base and…

IRAQ violence jars presidential race
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON The surge of violence in Iraq has created vast political complications
for Democrats and Republicans, as President George W. Bush has struggled

MILITIAMEN Control Parts of 3 Iraq Cities
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—Shiite Muslim militias held partial control Thursday
over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni insurgents killed a US Marine
in the…

IRAQ is looking like a quagmire
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Shahram Akbarzadeh. The US-led invasion of Iraq and the much-celebrated
regime change have encountered unexpected difficulties.…

RUMSFELD says US facing 'serious problem' in Iraq
Malayala Manorama – India
Washington: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that US troops
are facing a "serious problem" in Iraq as they seek to quell armed uprisings

EIGHT Koreans, three Japanese reported kidnapped by insurgents in…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Eight South Koreans and three Japanese were kidnapped by insurgents in
Iraq, and captors armed with automatic rifles and swords threatened Thursday
to burn the…

ANALYSIS: UN role in Iraq uncertain
United Press International – USA
WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) — While US plans and aspirations for bringing
democracy to Iraq seemed ever closer to falling apart this week, a senior
UN diplomat…

ELITE force planned to shield UN in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The United States has asked more than a dozen countries to join a new international
military force to protect the United Nations in Iraq, a proposal crucial

JAPANESE citizens taken hostage in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Three Japanese citizens have been taken hostage in Iraq by an alleged terrorist
group which has threatened to burn them to death within three days unless

IRAQ'S interior minister resigns
Independent Online – South Africa
Badran, a Shi'a Muslim, told a news conference he had been told by Paul
Bremer, the US administrator of Iraq, that the defence minister and interior

MILITIAMEN control parts of 3 Iraq cities – MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) ˜ Shiite Muslim militias held partial control Thursday
over two southern Iraqi cities, the top US general in Iraq said, while

ANALYSIS: Shiites imperil hope for stable Iraq government
USA Today – USA
KARBALA, Iraq ˜ Escalating clashes between US forces and Iraq's majority
Shiites are threatening not only to plunge Iraq into chaos but to shatter

SENATOR Kennedy, Iraq Is No Vietnam
National Review Online – USA
Ina speech on Monday, Senator Ted Kennedy asserted that Iraq has become
"George Bush's Vietnam." This charge, popular among Democrats, makes it
clear that the…

HOSTAGES seized across Iraq – Australia
THREE Japanese hostages have been taken in Iraq by militia who are threatening
to kill them within three days unless the Japanese government pulls its

COALITION Fights Multiple Fronts in Iraq ; Interior Minister…
Bloomberg – USA
… US-led coalition forces are conducting ``multiple operations'' to eliminate
rebels and restore order to central and southern Iraq, Lieutenant General

KOIZUMI sees Japan facing first terrorist threat in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… April 8 (Xinhuanet) — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi indicated
Thursday that Japan is facing its first terrorist threat in Iraq, saying

US May Send More Troops To Iraq As Fighting Continues
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 8 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — US-led coalition forces in Iraq continued
operations against Sunni and Shi'a insurgents today as the US debates
its troops…

AND the tougher it gets in Iraq
Yemen Times – Sana'a,Yemen
… Last week the situation in Iraq lent greater weight to the claims that
the erratic and senseless invasion and continuing occupation of Iraq is
really getting…

PRESS blames US for Iraq violence
BBC News – London,England,UK
Papers across the Middle East on Thursday take a pessimistic view of Iraq's
immediate future following the upsurge in violence.…

AUST must not cut and run in Iraq: Fed Govt
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: The Prime Minister's rejected comparisons between Iraq and
Vietnam made by his predecessor, Malcolm Fraser. Mr Howard…

IRAQ insurgents battle coalition
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Militiamen loyal to an anti-US Shiite cleric controlled
large swaths of three Iraqi cities Thursday after clashes with coalition
forces, The…

IRAQ still reeling a year after Saddam's fall
Reuters – India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The spiralling violence gripping Iraq a whole year
after US-led forces fought their way to Baghdad and ousted Saddam Hussein
on April 9…

US strategy risks inflaming Iraq populace
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — As violence spreads across Iraq, US forces are pursuing an
aggressive but perilous strategy of trying to suppress uprisings and neutralize,1,6181036.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

US gambles on tough Iraq stance
BBC News – London,England,UK
The tough US approach in Iraq is designed to suppress opposition in advance
of the nominal handover of power on 30 June – but it is high risk because
it could…

MOUNTING violence in Iraq tests resolve of US allies in Asia
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) Japan is restricting aid work in Iraq because of escalating
violence, and South Korean opposition leaders are campaigning against
sending soldiers.…

IRAQ Talks by Bush, Blair Aren't Considered `Crisis Meeting'
Bloomberg – USA
April 8 (Bloomberg) — UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George
W. Bush will discuss Iraq and the Middle East peace process next week
in Washington…

UPRISING spreads in Iraq – – US intensifies effort
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
It may look like all-out war, but American military experts watching the
events unfold in Iraq say it is actually something else: a complex kind
of conflict…

US allies pull back support for Iraq occupation
The recent deaths of American soliders and escalating violence in Iraq
have resulted in US allies‚ pulling back support and set off a spirited
Senate debate…

SYRIA benefits from Iraq unrest
BBC News – London,England,UK
The growing unrest in Iraq is a source of worry for all Arab countries,
but in Damascus there is also some satisfaction at the failure of the

SA man killed in Iraq named
Independent Online – South Africa
A South African man killed during the current heavy fighting in Iraq has
been named as Gray Branfield of Helderkruin in the West Rand.…

FALLUJAH remains flashpoint in Iraq unrest
ABC Online – Australia
As fighting continues in at least eight cities across Iraq there is still
uncertainty about what is happening in the flashpoint city of Fallujah
in the Sunni…

FRESH Fighting Hits Shi'ite Shrine City in Iraq
Wired News – USA
… The United States said it might keep combat-hardened troops in Iraq
longer than planned to help tackle Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim insurgents
trying to expel…

IRAQ unrest forces US to raise troop levels
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The Pentagon is set to increase the number of US troops deployed in Iraq
amid a growing insurgency that has made demonstrable progress at loosening

FURIOUS two-front battle escalates in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… And in southern Iraq, Shia fighters loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr attacked coalition forces in a host of southern cities, escalating
the double…

IRAQ wrestles with new freedoms
BBC News – London,England,UK
… invasion. The other is that the UN sanctions against Iraq, forced through
year after year by the US and Britain, have finally gone.…

PUBLIC deserves frank talk on Iraq war
Bismarck Tribune – Bismarck,ND,USA
There's a disconnect between news reports of fighting in Iraq in recent
days and assurances by the US civilian administration there that only
about 10 percent…

RESISTANCE rages throughout Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD˜For a fourth day, US troops and their allies battled a widening
insurgency that raged yesterday from central Iraq's Sunni Triangle to
the southern…

US to send more troops to Iraq
ic Wales – Wales,UK
More US troops could be sent to Iraq and other US forces could stay longer
than planned to deal with the latest surge in violence, Defence Secretary

US troops hit mosque in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Fallujah on Wednesday. Meanwhile, violence between coalition troops
and Iraqis spread to other cities in Iraq. — In the northern…

The Mirror – UK
… said: "The coalition and Iraqi security forces will continue deliberate,
precise and powerful offensive operations to destroy the al-Mahdi Army
throughout Iraq…

DOWNER denies party doubts over Iraq
The Australian – Australia
FOREIGN Minister Alexander Downer today denied doubts were creeping into
Liberal Party ranks about Iraq after two party elders attacked Australian

IRAQ Falls Apart
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
… Fallujah, which is as populous as Newark, NJ It is a sign of things
falling apart that common language seems unable to get a purchase on Iraq's
new reality – a…,1,2395187.story?coll=hc-headlines-oped

IRAQ policy questioned
Miami Herald – Miami,FL,USA
The spreading insurgency in Iraq and the possibility that more US troops
will be sent there prompt the Senate to debate whether it's another Vietnam.

IRAQ fighting has US Asian allies on edge
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan vowed on Thursday to make no hasty decisions about
its troops in Iraq after a mortar attack near their camp but renewed violence
in the…;:4074fd0c:da999c6a2

DEFENCE experts debate Iraq-Vietnam comparison
ABC Online – Australia
TANYA NOLAN: We heard Opposition leader Mark Latham state yesterday that
there are clear comparisons between the conflicts in Iraq and Vietnam,
and US Democrat…

IRAQ violence keeps Camp Pendleton on edge
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… as officials began releasing the names of 12 Marines — including a
19-year-old from Fremont — who were killed this week during a fierce
battle in Iraq.…

AUSTRALIAN FM denies Iraq a new Vietnam War
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has fended off suggestions
that his government had committed troops to a Vietnam-style quagmire in
Iraq, where the…

IRAQ nightmare unfolds
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
When Anglo-American troops were hesitating on the outskirts of the Shiite
holy city of Najaf during last year's invasion of Iraq, the revered cleric

STUCK in Iraq
Mother Jones – San Francisco,CA,USA
"In Baghdad and the South, long-oppressed Shiites — 60 percent of Iraq's
population — have the most to gain from democracy and reconstruction.

SOME US troops may stay longer in Iraq because of violence,…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) More US troops could be sent to Iraq and other US forces
could stay longer than planned to deal with the latest surge in violence,

US Military Vows To Destroy Shia Cleric Militia In Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,United States
Baghdad, April 8 (NNN) : Amid the escalating violence in Iraq, the US military
in Iraq has vowed to "destroy" the militia which backs the radical Shia

US Undeterred By Iraq Violence, Says Bush
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,United States
Washington, April 8 (NNN) : US President George W Bush has declared that
US resolve in Iraq remains "unshakable", despite ongoing clashes with

''A five step plan to change course in Iraq''
Yellow Times
… bigger still. The US can win every battle. It can destroy Iraq as it
destroyed Vietnam. But there won't be a pro-US Iraq. Staying as…

GREENS Sen to fact find in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
GREENS Senator Kerry Nettle will use a fact-finding mission to Iraq to
hear firsthand accounts from Iraqi people about experiences of military
occupation and…,5744,9227482%255E1702,00.html

BUSH needs UN to stabilize Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… Shia leaders complained bitterly that US President George Bush's "war
of liberation" has brought Iraq neither true liberation, nor security
nor hope.…

BLASTS reported near Japanese camp in Iraq as US says additional…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
"Terrorists" trying to force Japanese troops from Iraq may have been behind
a series of blasts heard outside a Japanese camp, government officials
said Thursday…

FIERCE battle widens in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD — For a fourth day, US troops and their allies on Wednesday battled
a widening insurgency that raged from central Iraq's Sunni Triangle to

SHI'ITE cleric calls for end to fighting in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Iraq's leading Shi'ite cleric yesterday appealed for an end to the violence
sweeping the country between followers of firebrand Shi'ite cleric Sheik
Muqtada al…

TERRORISTS trying to drive Japanese troops from Iraq: PM
ABC Online – Australia
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi says terrorists were trying to
drive Japanese troops out of Iraq after three suspected explosions were
reported near…

THAI opposition senator calls for withdrawal of troops from Iraq
Xinhua – China
… April 8 (Xinhuanet) — Thai opposition Senator Kraisak Choonhavan on
Wednesday reiterated his demand for the withdrawal of Thai troops from
Iraq after a letter…

DEMOCRATS split on Iraq after rise in violence
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
By Stephen Dinan. The escalation in Iraq violence and the potential need
for more troops have split Democrats on Capitol Hill, with some such as

IRAQ: Rising Radicalism, Falling Hopes
BusinessWeek – USA
Whether L. Paul Bremer realized it or not, America's top official in Iraq
took a big risk when he tried to curb the movement of the firebrand Shiite

INSURGENCY Threatens US Stability in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — The multi-front insurgency that has erupted in Iraq in recent
days may be the first stages of a second war for the country that could

CORRECTION: Security Firms Find Thriving Business in Iraq, other…
Miami Herald – Miami,FL,USA
2—MOYOCK, NC – Apr. 2—The Chicago Tribune has moved a correction for
the story slugged TB-IRAQ-SECURITY filed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business
News for Apr.…

DOWNER says Coalition must stay the course in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… CATHERINE MCGRATH: Mr Downer, good morning. How do you assess what,
after four days, is now the greatest violence in Iraq since the war ended?

IRAQ toll disquiets local vets, families
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
With the deaths of 30 American troops since Sunday and brutal fighting
spreading across Iraq, local veterans of the conflict said yesterday they
are unsettled…,0,4542743.story?coll=ny-homepage-big-pix

DOLLAR Under Pressure on Iraq Violence
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar came under pressure on Thursday as escalating
violence in Iraq and the fear of further militant attacks drove investors
into safe…

WE'LL Crush Iraq Rebels, Vows Rumsfeld
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Kim Pilling, PA News. Coalition forces insist they are determined to
root out rebel militiamen in Iraq with a continued military offensive.

BLIX says Iraq worse off now than under Saddam
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
Hans Blix, the former UN chief weapons inspector in Iraq, said yesterday
that the country was worse off now than under the rule of Saddam Hussein.

ARE There Any Iraqis in Iraq?
New York Times – USA
We are at a perilous juncture in Iraq. … What's clear is that there are
no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and there are no Viet Cong in Iraq.

WHAT‚S next in Iraq?
Socialist Worker – Chicago,IL,USA
… and author. His most recent books include The Clash of Fundamentalisms
and Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq. Tariq spoke…

PRIVATE army emerges in Iraq
Under assault by insurgents and unable to rely on US and coalition troops
for intelligence or help under duress, private security firms in Iraq
have begun to…

MARINES seal off Fallujah in Iraq
Centralia Morning Sentinel – Centralia,IL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ US officials declared Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
an outlaw on Monday and said a warrant had been issued for his arrest
as the…

US May Delay Departure of Some Troops in Iraq
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, April 7 After days of intense combat in both Shiite and Sunni
cities in Iraq, the Pentagon signaled on Wednesday that it would probably

RUMSFELD set to increase Iraq troop deployment amid growing…
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The Pentagon is set to increase the number of US troops deployed in Iraq
amid a growing insurgency that yesterday made demonstrable progress at
loosening the…

QUESTIONS mount on whether Iraq is becoming a quagmire
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – The violence surging in Iraq is raising new doubts
about US plans to turn control of the country over to a new government
in less than…

IRAQ'S anxious anniversary
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Paul Wood. Twelve months on from the start of the war, there are still
almost 124,000 US troops in Iraq. An operation with one…

IRAQ on verge of civil war: Blix
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq is on the verge of civil war, according to former chief UN weapons
inspector Hans Blix. "The country is on the verge of civil…

FORMER Liberal president says Iraq invasion was a war crime
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: The Labor leader, Mark Latham, says there are clear comparisons
between the way the war has developed in Iraq and the Vietnam conflict.

URBAN warfare grips Iraq – London,England,UK
America abandoned restraint in Iraq yesterday and launched an all-out attempt
to impose its will on the country, bombing a mosque compound and promising

US warns mosques legitimate targets as fighting rages across Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… of Fallujah bombed a mosque believed to be sheltering Iraqi insurgents,
while US military leaders warned troops headed home might stay longer
in Iraq to quell…

AS Violence Grows, Some US Allies Rethink Iraq Commitments
New York Times – USA
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Thursday, April 8 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan will pull
its troops out of Iraq when the tour of its roughly 30-soldier contingent
ends in May…

IRAQ the new Vietnam: Fraser – Australia
FORMER Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has compared the increasingly bloody
occupation of Iraq with the Vietnam War. Mr Fraser was…,4057,9225457%255E1702,00.html

US senators blast UN on Iraq oil-for-food scheme
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
WASHINGTON – Corruption in a UN humanitarian programme for Iraq casts doubt
on the United Nations' ability to manage international initiatives, including

US Forces Fight Insurgents Across Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The attack came as US led coalition forces fought both Sunni and Shiite
insurgents across Iraq for a fourth day in battles that have killed at
least 35…

EXPERTS say arresting Sadr poses perils in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
… US efforts to arrest firebrand Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr could
spark a wider Shia uprising and undermine Washington‚s control of Iraq,
analysts at…

EDITORIAL: The price of US hubris in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
… He has emerged in recent weeks as a rival of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani,
an Iranian by birth who has spent most of his life in Iraq.…

RUMSFELD says US facing 'serious problem' in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday that US
troops are facing a "serious problem" in Iraq as they seek to quell armed

'ECHOES of Vietnam' in debate over rising violence in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Comparisons to Vietnam filled the debate on Capitol Hill
Wednesday as lawmakers watched the rising violence in Iraq and talked
of the prospect…

THE cost of the Iraq war: One year on
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Steve Schifferes. By the end of this year, the US Government will have
spent $150bn on invading and then rebuilding Iraq. That…

CALIFORNIA Marine base town braces for bad news from Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… seaside town on the outskirts one of the country's biggest Marine bases,
residents struggled Wednesday to absorb the bad news coming out of Iraq,
including a…

ARAB League wants UN in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Mussa „calls for stopping the operations of violence in Iraq, to
lift the siege imposed on cities and stop provocation against civilians,‰
said Zaki…

IRAQ Coalition Vows to Defeat Mahdi Militia ; Marines Bomb…
Bloomberg – USA
April 7 (Bloomberg) — The US-led coalition in Iraq vowed to defeat the
Mahdi militia of fugitive Shiite cleric Moqtada al- Sadr while attempting
to kill and…

FORCES battling to maintain control in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Mounting armed opposition to US forces in Iraq has left US military commanders
battling to maintain control without provoking new fronts of unrest, say

US Troops May Face Extended Iraq Tours -Pentagon
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some US troops due to return home soon from battle-torn
Iraq may have to stay beyond their promised one-year tours of duty, Pentagon

US resolve in Iraq 'unshakeable'
Straits Times – Singapore
CRAWFORD (Texas) – The United States declared that its resolve in Iraq
remained 'unshakeable' despite one of the worst days of US casualties
since the Iraq war…,4386,244677,00.html

BATTLES rage across Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US-led forces are battling Sunni Muslim guerrillas
and a spreading Shi'ite uprising, with Iraqi anger inflamed by a US bombing
of a…

FRANCE, Russia, China `Frustrated' UN Iraq Sanctions (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
April 7 (Bloomberg) — France, Russia and China blocked enforcement of
United Nations sanctions on Iraq, contributing to former dictator Saddam

Guardian – UK
… Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said some US troops scheduled
to leave Iraq soon might be kept there longer to deal with the surge in

IRAQ: Military Operations
Washington Post – USA
… to discuss the continued resistance to US forces in Iraq, the increase
…. Is the US seriously considering sending more
troops to Iraq?…

US bombards Iraq mosque complex
BBC News – London,England,UK
… At least 30 coalition troops have also been killed in Iraq since Monday,
including 12 US Marines in a single attack in the town of Ramadi on Tuesday.

WE Must Find an Exit from Iraq
CounterPunch – Petrolia,CA,USA
I have watched with heavy heart and mounting dread as the ever-precarious
battle to bring security to post-war Iraq has taken a desperate turn for
the worse in…

IF Iraq unravels, Bush may follow
BBC News – London,England,UK
The spectre of Iraq spiralling out of control could have serious consequences
for the US president's attempts to secure his seat in the White House
for another…

AMERICANS' Support for Iraq War Dips
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
Public opinion on the war in Iraq has slipped significantly in the past
year – especially in terms of President Bush's handling of the situation.

THE UN's Real Blunder in Iraq
Atlantic Online – USA
… NATIONS˜Just when it was beginning to look as if the scars of last
year's collision between the United States and the United Nations over
Iraq were fading…

07/04/04 Battles Rage Across Iraq As U.S. Comes Face To Face With a Unified Armed Resistance

Resistance to the U.S. occupation in Iraq intensified for a fourth day in cities and town across Iraq bringing the death toll to at least 20 U.S. soldiers and over 150 Iraqis. Hundreds more have been wounded. We go to Iraq to get a report from the ground form Aaron Glantz of Free Speech Radio News and Pratap Chatterjee of


The Roots of Resistance: Why The U.S. Faces a Joint Shia, Sunni Uprising in Iraq

A nightmare situation for the US is beginning to emerge with Sunni and Shiite Muslims joining together for the first time to oppose the U.S. occupation. We speak with author and Voices in the Wilderness founder Milan Rai about the causes for armed resistance from both Sunni and Shia Iraqis across the country.


SHIITE uprising propels coalition partners into Iraq's front…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) Iraq's Shiite Muslim uprising is transforming America's
coalition partners from peacekeepers into warriors a role few of them
wanted or…

AL-SISTANI Condemns Coalition's Handling Of Iraq Violence, Calls…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Al-Najaf, Iraq; 7 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has condemned the way the US-led coalition is
dealing with…

IRAQ Anarchy – UK
… If they are authentic, it should be enough to make US proconsul Paul
Bremer wonder if he can ever extricate Washington from Iraq.…

IRAQ Descends into Chaos
Novinite – Bulgaria
… with Shi'ites that have raged since Sunday are a new front for US-led
forces already fighting an insurgency in Sunni areas and trying to pacify
Iraq ahead of a…

WAR zones erupt again in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… But what is sweeping over Iraq is different from anything the US had
anticipated, experts say, both in intensity and in terms of who is doing
the fighting…

BUSH Discusses Iraq Clashes with National Security Team
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush has discussed the fighting in Iraq with his national security
team. Mr. Bush also telephoned British Prime Minister…

IRAQ: the Tough Choices Facing Bush and Blair
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… News. Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush will meet
next week against the backdrop of growing violence in Iraq.…

NEW 'al-Qaeda' Warning on Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
DUBAI (BBC)— An audiotape allegedly recorded by a Jordanian-born al-Qaeda
suspect, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has threatened attacks on US commanders
in Iraq.…

… _ Al-Sadr said Iraq will become "another Vietnam" for the United States
unless it transfers power to Iraqis who are not connected with the US-led

IRAQ violence tests US allies ' resolve
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BRUSSELS, April 7 (Reuters) – Iraq's fresh eruption of violence pitting
US-led forces against Sunni guerrillas and now Shi'ite insurgents risks
breaking the…

BUSH, in Texas, Confers Long Distance on Fighting in Iraq
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, April 7 President Bush, vacationing in Texas, conferred with
his advisers today on the surge in bloodshed in Iraq and what to do or
say about it.…

BLAIR on the Defensive Over Iraq, Stresses Global Terror Threat
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
LONDON (AFP) ˜ Prime Minister Tony Blair passionately defended his decision
to take Britain to war in Iraq, insisting that it was the right move given

IRAQ debacle proves pre-emption has failed – Latham – New Zealand
SYDNEY: Australia must stop blindly backing failed US pre-emptive strikes
such as the war against Iraq and instead use a sovereign foreign policy
to battle…,2106,2869407a12,00.html

IS Iraq another Vietnam?
BBC News – London,England,UK
The veteran Democratic Senator, Edward Kennedy, has described Iraq as George
Bush's Vietnam – the long war that ended in humiliating retreat for the

FIGHTING in Iraq Presents Test for US
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… forces and Shiite Muslim militiamen across a wide swath south of Baghdad
presents a major test of the resolve of America's partners to stay the
course in Iraq.…

MOUNTING Resistance In Iraq And The ' Growing Pains ' Of EU…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 7 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — A review of the major dailies today finds
continuing discussion of recent events in Iraq, as violent skirmishes

ANALYSIS-ARAB Rulers' Worst Fears on Iraq Come True
Reuters – United States
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) – As US forces battle on a new front
in Iraq, Baghdad's Arab neighbors watch the escalating violence with alarm
and a…

IRAQ Coalition Aims to `Destroy' Rebel Mahdi Army (Update3)
Bloomberg – USA
April 7 (Bloomberg) — The US-led coalition in Iraq vowed to defeat the
Mahdi militia of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr while attempting to kill
and capture…

SYRIANS captured by coalition forces in Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Coalition forces fought on two fronts Tuesday, battling a Shiite-inspired
uprising in southern Iraq and Sunni insurgents in the city of Fallujah
in clashes…

SCORES dead in Iraq as coalition troops battle Iraq's Sunni,…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Coalition forces battled radical Shiite militiamen and Sunni
insurgents across Iraq in a crackdown that has left more than 100 Iraqis
and 30…

BUSH talks to top advisers, Blair about Iraq
Forbes – USA
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President Bush got an update on fierce fighting
in Iraq Wednesday and consulted his strongest ally, British Prime Minister

IRAQ quagmire is 'Bush's Vietnam'
The Australian – Australia
By Rodney Dalton, New York correspondent. THE Bush White House hates to
hear Iraq and Vietnam mentioned in the same sentence. But…,5744,9220134%255E2703,00.html

12 marines killed in Iraq violence
Reuters – London,England,UK
RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) – US-led forces have battled Sunni guerrillas in
two cities and have grappled with a radical Shi'ite uprising in a two-front
war that…

CounterPunch – Petrolia,CA,USA
Savage fighting raged across Iraq yesterday as at least 20 US soldiers
were killed in attacks on the American-led coalition that reached a crescendo

7 More GIs Killed In Iraq
CBS News – USA
… Al-Sadr did not say in the statement where he had gone, but he took a defiant tone, saying he was willing to "shed my own blood" for Iraq and denouncing…

IRAQ, The War on Terror and The 2004 Election Washington Post – USA
discussed politics,Iraq and terrorism. …. It's official, the invasion of Iraq is the biggest foreign policy blunder in US history.…

THE roses of Iraq
Working for Change – San Francisco,CA,USA … It was never more than delusional to think that America, which had launched a war and countless additional bombing raids on Iraq over the past decade, plus an…

'AL-QAEDA' tape urges Iraq civil war – Australia
A MAN claiming to be a senior al-Qaeda figure that the United States believes is operating in Iraq has released a tape calling for the country's Sunni Muslims…,4057,9214696%255E1702,00.html

BLAIR to hold firm amid Iraq violence
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed today to hold firm as the US-led coalition in Iraq faced some of its bloodiest fighting since ousting Saddam Hussein a…,5478,9214682%255E1702,00.html

KYODO: Japanese Troops in Iraq to Suspend Humanitarian Work … Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Japan has ordered its troops in southern Iraq to temporarily suspend reconstruction work because of security concerns. The Japanese …

SABOTAGED Iraq Pipeline Ready for Use: US Army Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Iraq's inability to export northern Kirkuk crude since the US-led invasion last year cost it billions of dollars in revenue and raised questions about the…

BREMER Says US to End Iraq Occupation June 30 Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraq's US administrator said on Tuesday he was confident America would return power to Iraqis as planned on June 30 despite an upsurge…

RUMSFELD Leaves Door Open to More US Troops for Iraq New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, April 6 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today that there wee no immediate plans to increase the number of United States troops in Iraq.…

MOVEON Ad Challenges Bush on Iraq
Adweek (subscription) – New York,NY,USA
… 11 attacks against America as an excuse to invade Iraq. … Before 9/11 I was obsessed with Iraq. Then I used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq.…

Iraq Intifada: U.S. Faces New Resistance Front As Shiites Join Armed Uprising
The U.S. is facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq, fighting on two fronts against both
Sunni and Shia militants after Shiite Iraqis staged an armed uprising against occupying
forces this past Sunday. We go to Baghdad to speak with independent journalist and
author Naomi Klein and we speak with Middle East expert Professor As'ad AbuKhalil.


IRAQ War Renews Debate over Deployment of Civilian Support
Miami Herald – Miami,FL,USA
… these problems. Now those functions are the responsibility of civilian
employees from contractors such as Halliburton Co. The logistical…

US vows to arrest Shia cleric as Iraq nears chaos
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The 12-month truce between the US-led coalition and Iraq's majority Shia
community was crumbling yesterday as violence continued for a second day
and US forces…

US military looks for ways to increase troops in Iraq, if needed
Biloxi Sun Herald – Biloxi,MS,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – Facing a rising wave of violence in Iraq, the US military
is examining ways to expand the size of its occupation force there in

SPANISH minister urges wide UN role in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The United Nations mustbe given a comprehensivemandate in Iraq to restorethe
trust of Iraqis in the presence of foreign troops,Miguel Angel Moratinos,

JUNE 30 Iraq transfer is firm, Bush declares
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina President George W. Bush said Monday he was committed
to the June 30 deadline for transferring power in Iraq and would not be

AMNESTY wants rights laws on US troops in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – US troops in Iraq should be subject to international
law once the occupation ends if Washington wants to win the confidence
of the…

ZARQAWI claims responsibility for Iraq attacks
ABC Online – Australia
Jordanian Mussab al-Zarqawi, the alleged leader of a network believed responsible
for several attacks in Iraq, has threatened United States-led forces in

BUSH says US to stick to June 30 Iraq handover
Reuters – India
… deadline remains the same," Bush told reporters after meeting with
the family of a soldier from North Carolina who was killed during fighting
a year ago in Iraq…;:4071e086:547

US mother's surprise Iraq visit
BBC News – London,England,UK
… your mother. But this was not the case for one US soldier whose mother
dropped by to see him at his military base in Iraq. Susan…

BUSH Firm on Iraq Policy, as Kennedy Assails Him for 'Deceit'
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, April 5 President Bush vowed to stay the course in Iraq today
after one of the bloodiest days in months there, as one of his most forceful

ANGRY over attacks, Spaniards want troops out of Iraq
Reuters – India
… rocked by a weekend shootout and suicide bombing turned their anger
on Monday against the outgoing government they say invited trouble by
sending troops to Iraq…;:4071ec73:7baf854

05/04/04 U.S. declares radical Shiite cleric an outlaw after clashes kill dozens:

The top U.S. administrator in Iraq declared a radical Shiite cleric an outlaw Monday after his supporters rioted in Baghdad and four other cities in fighting that killed at least 52 Iraqis, eight U.S. troops and a Salvadoran soldier.

White House: Iraq's Sadr Is Allied with Terrorists:

White House spokesman Scott McClellan sought to cast the uprising among Sadr's followers as an isolated development rather than a Shi'ite rebellion with sweeping public support.

Apaches swoop on Shia militiamen:

US helicopter gunships have been firing at targets in a Shia Muslim district of Baghdad on the second day of a revolt across Iraq by a religious militia.

Shia militia rules streets of Baghdad slum:

U.S. helicopter gunships opened fire as tanks rumbled through Baghdad's sprawling Shuala district on Monday, but teenage militiamen with guns and knives were firmly in control when the clashes ended.

Robert Fisk: Bloodbath a bad omen for coalition forces:

Bremer, it seems, has now helped to bring that confrontation about. A newspaper that was ignored by millions of Iraqis, but whose sarcastic criticism of Bremer is said to have personally annoyed him, might henceforth be known as the paper which started a Shi'ite insurrection.

34 killed after Shia call to revolt :

Violence in Iraq yesterday left at least 34 people dead, including nine allied soldiers, after a radical Shi'ite leader called for an uprising. Seven US soldiers were killed and more than 24 wounded in clashes with Shia militiamen in Sadr City.

Phase II of the Anti-Occupation Struggle Begins:

Earlier Muqtada Al-Sadr, the movement leader, had called on his forces to avoid violence against Coalition forces. As of Sunday, he has decided that the Coalition means permanently to exclude his group from power, and has decided to launch an uprising.

US senators warn of Iraq civil war:

The Bush administration has received a warning from two senior senators that Iraq faces the possibility of civil war.

White House Sticking to Iraq Timetable:

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sunday raised the prospect of extending the Bush administration's June 30 deadline for turning over power in Iraq, questioning whether the country would be ready for self-rule.,1282,-3941893,00.html

Robert Fisk: Dust off the flak jacket. Lay low. And stay off the streets…:

What would happen if the Americans left tomorrow? – Chaos. Anarchy. So we cannot leave. We have to protect the Iraqi people. Ergo, the Iraqi people don't want us to leave. We are protecting them from civil war. We are saving them from themselves. The problem is that many Iraqis would prefer to have the responsibility to look after themselves without our presence.

Australians must go: Shiite official:

THE chief lieutenant of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr today called for Australia to withdraw from Iraq.,4057,9192881%255E1702,00.html

Broadcast Exclusive: U.S. Soldiers Contaminated With Depleted Uranium Speak Out:

Four of nine soldiers of the 442nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard returning from Iraq tested positive for depleted uranium contamination. They are the first confirmed cases of inhaled depleted uranium exposure from the current Iraq conflict.

"Maybe God thought you had seen enough killing."

Jeremy Feldbusch, twenty-four years old, a sergeant in the Army Rangers, who was guarding a dam along the Euphrates River on April 3 when a shell exploded 100 feet away, and shrapnel tore into his face.

Dahr Jamail: Entering the Inferno:

While a large portion of the Shia are now openly fighting against the occupiers, Operation Vigilant Resolve is being launched against the city of Falluja. Now all we need is for Bremer to drag the Kurds into this somehow, after he has already called Al-Sadr an 'outlaw.'

Back From Hell:

Students back from Iraq tell of horror of war and occupation against Iraq

I Won‚t Kill For You:

44 percent of currently enlisted soldiers said that they do not plan to reenlist, and at this point reserves are all but dried up. The draft is not only inevitable, steps are being taken right now to guarantee that it will be fully operational by June 2005.

Iraq's history already written :

US chief administrator L Paul Bremer unveiled Iraq's 25-member governing council in Baghdad on Sunday. It now looks like the beginnings of the rule by the British Governor Sir Percy Cox in the 1920s, after the British had carved out three provinces of the Ottoman empire after its collapse in World War I

02/04/04 Eight killed in Iraq attacks:

Six Iraqis, including three policemen, and two US soldiers were killed in various incidents across the occupied country.

Suicide attack kills 2 in Iraq :

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a town hall in northern Iraq on Friday, police said. Two bystanders were killed in the blast.

Calls for revenge as fear hits home to Americans in Iraq:

Behind the machinegun nests and coiled razor wire of Baghdad's "Green Zone", American civilian contractors appear more furious and frightened than at any time since they began the task of rebuilding Iraq.

U.S. general vows to 'pacify' Fallujah after American contractors killed:

A U.S. general vowed an ''overwhelming'' response to the murder and mutilation of four American contractors

Scared half to death:

The security forces lock themselves behind the barricades,2763,1184316,00.html

An Iraqi Discusses Fallujah Violence:

"This incident happened in Fallujah where two days before that, the American army shot many many people, women and children, on the streets, and --- in a bizarre shooting incident that was unjustified, killing many people. "

No Iraqi shock over slaying of Americans :

"The Americans may think it is unusual but this is what they should expect. They show up in places and shoot civilians so why can't they be killed?" Falluja shop worker Amir said on Thursday.

Need an Army? Just Pick Up the Phone:

Blackwater USA, provides the American government with soldiers for hire: former Green Berets, Army Rangers and Navy Seals. In February it started training former Chilean commandos ˜ some of whom served under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet ˜ for future service in Iraq.

Germans accuse US over Iraq weapons claim:

German officials said that they had warned American colleagues well before the Iraq war that an Iraqi defector nicknamed Curveball information was not credible – but the warning was ignored.,2763,1184172,00.html

As death toll mounts, Americans change views on Bush, war:

Leo Diaz, a young Marine from Texas based here at Camp Pendleton, went to Iraq full of faith in the president who sent him. Today, he is burdened by the horror of what he saw and shocked at Bush's "frat boy" mentality in starting the war.

Sovereignty or 'sovereignty':

The recently signed interim constitution is really designed to make sure the upper hand is stamped 'U.S.',0,7910254.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

US Agrees to Seek New UN Resolution on Iraq:

The United States said for the first time on Thursday it expects a new U.N. resolution over Iraq before a sovereignty handover in response to Western allies' pressure for Washington to seek a U.N. mandate.

01/04/04 American dead butchered ' like sheep':

Jubilant crowds dragged the burnt and mutilated bodies of four Americans through the streets of Fallujah yesterday amid some of the most horrific scenes witnessed since the invasion of Iraq.

– WARNING – This video should only be viewed by a mature audience

Robert Fisk: Atrocity In Fallujah:

The men were dragged from their car, begging for their lives. "They had gasoline splashed on them and were set alight," he said.."

Mutilating the Dead Bodies in War :

It is to be noted that Islam prohibits torturing living people and mutilating the dead even if they are non-Muslims. By law, people who do any of these two things are considered war criminals.

NC firm was providing mercenaries for food delivery in Iraq :

The four civilians killed in Iraq on Wednesday worked for a North Carolina security firm that hires former military members from the United States and other countries.

More On Blackwater Security Consulting

In case you missed it:

Robert Fisk: Occupiers Spend Millions on Private Army of Security Men:

An army of thousands of mercenaries has appeared in Iraq's major cities, many of them former British and American soldiers hired by the occupying Anglo-American authorities and by dozens of companies who fear for the lives of their employees.

In case you missed it:

Private Contractor Tests New Illegal Ammo By, Killing An Iraqi

Mercenaries flock to fill vacuum

Private security operators now make up the third largest armed force in Iraq

U.S. Turns to Mercenaries:

The four "civilians" killed, burned, and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, on Wednesday morning werenât really civilians. Or were they?

Contract work in Iraq pays well, but is perilous:

The former police officers and special-operations soldiers who work for Blackwater USA in northeastern North Carolina find themselves playing a controversial role in the occupation of Iraq.

Iraqi Police Fire On Protesters In Basra, Killing One :

Iraqi security forces in the southern city of Basra Thursday fired on protesters demanding jobs as policemen, killing one demonstrator and wounding two others, officials said.

Three U.S. Troops Injured in Iraq Attack:

A roadside bomb injured three American troops in a U.S. military convoy on Thursday near Fallujah,1280,-3928404,00.html

Robert Fisk: Things Are Getting Much Worse.

It's Not Just A "Spike" Or An "Uptick" In Violence

Medical evacuations in Iraq war hit 18,000 :

In the first year of war in Iraq, the military has made 18,004 medical evacuations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Pentagon's top health official told Congress Tuesday.

8% of Iraqi academics have Fled,

1000 Professionals Assassinated in past Year

John Pilger: We can win a peaceful world!:

This is the scale of the crime committed ãin our nameä. By every meaning of the word terrorism, the invasion of Iraq was a massive act of terrorism.

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