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October 16 2004
   
www.boston.com/dailynews/290/world/Insurgents_hit_churches_U_S_tr:.shtml
Insurgents hit churches, US troops in Iraq; Fallujah leaders offer
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Explosions hit five Christian churches in Baghdad on Saturday and the US command said four more American troops and an Iraqi interpreter

olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6519905
Reports Zarqawi Seized in Iraq Untrue—US Army
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military said on Saturday that reports that Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been detained in Iraq were not credible.

olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=6519909
US Military Faults Lack of Troops in Iraq -Poll
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of US troops serving in Iraq and their families said the Bush administration did not send enough forces to Iraq and relied

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9937979.htm
Four US soldiers killed in Iraq; Baghdad churches bombed
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The US military reported Saturday the deaths of four soldiers, and a series of coordinated early morning blasts damaged five Baghdad

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6519968
US Warplanes Pound Rebel Targets in Iraq's Falluja
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US warplanes launched fierce strikes on suspected rebel targets in the western city of Falluja on Saturday night, a Reuters witness

washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041016-025448-8239r.htm
Bush hits Kerry over Iraq vote
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
attacked anew Sen. John Kerry's vote against funding for military operations in Iraq saying it was politically motivated. “In September

news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=49426
Marine returns from Iraq to emotional ruin, suicide
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,United States
But when Jeff returned to his parents' home in July 2003 after serving six months in Iraq as a truck driver, there was nothing ordinary left about him.

www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1141826.html
Blair warned over Iraq backlash
Ananova – England,UK
Tony Blair has been warned that British troops in Iraq could face a dangerous backlash if US attempts to seize the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah ended in

seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Christians%20Targeted
Iraq church bombings leave empty pews
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — For the first time in their lives, Widad Mikho and her sister Neshwan will not attend Mass on Sunday, too frightened after a series of church

www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/10/16/military.poll2.ap/
Poll: Troops, families question Iraq strategy
CNN – USA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the military and their families say the Bush administration underestimated the number of troops needed in Iraq and put too much

seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Risking%20it%20All
Poverty forces Turks to drive in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
HABUR BORDER GATE, Turkey — The line of trucks at the Turkish border crossing into Iraq stretches for five miles, a sign that despite kidnappings and

www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/10/c50875a2-c5a5-4310-be14-390d64764d47.html
Iraq Car Bomb Kills 3 US Troops
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
16 October 2004 — The US military said today a suicide car bomber killed three US troops and an Iraqi civilian in an attack near Iraq's border with Syria.

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6519548
Iraq Insurgents Hit Churches, Kill Four US Troops
Reuters – USA
Explosions damaged churches in Baghdad on Saturday and the US military reported the deaths of four more American troops in bomb attacks elsewhere in Iraq.

www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/national/17poll.html
Troop Number in Iraq Too Low, Military Poll Says
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
personnel and their families responding to a new poll said the Bush administration underestimated the number of troops needed for the mission in Iraq, and more

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Annan Backs Security Council Members over Iraq Sanctions Claims
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan today dismissed claims that France, Russia and China had been prepared to ease sanctions on Iraq in return for oil contracts.

www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=604204&section=news
Targeted Christians talk of leaving Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
“If they don't want us in Iraq, let them say it and we will leave,” said Samir Hermiz, 40, standing next to a church that was reduced to ashes.

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Car Bombs Kill Five Troops in Iraq
ABC News – United States
US soldiers talk to journalists, unidentified, after a mortar round, foreground, hit the parking lot of the al-Mansour Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday Oct 16

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1221597.htm
UK considers US request for help in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
The British Government says it is considering a request from the United States for British troops in Iraq to be deployed more widely.

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9937447.htm
Group Claims Abducting Two Turks in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A group identifying itself as the Islamic Brigade in Mosul claimed to have kidnapped two Turkish drivers on a highway near Mosul, the group

www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=604192&section=news
Zarqawi threatens to disrupt Iraq fuel imports
Reuters – London,England,UK
Reuters) – Jordanian militant Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi has threatened to attack foreign trucks carrying imports of refined oil products into Iraq, an Iraqi Oil

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=5339
Car bomb blast hits US patrol in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The military also said Saturday that another US soldier from the Task Force Olympia died of wounds sustained in a car bomb explosion in Iraq's northern city of

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=5325
US soldiers refused mission in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The US army is investigating allegations that members of a reserve US military unit refused to carry out a convoy mission in Iraq.

www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=40398
British Troops Likely to Be Redeployed in Iraq
Novinite – Bulgaria
British troops may be sent to Baghdad to help the coalition US forces poised for a major assault on Fallujah. Under plans being

washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041016-071953-9973r.htm
Egypt: Forum on Iraq excludes opposition
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
16 (UPI) — Egypt has reportedly ruled out the participation of Iraqi opposition groups during next month's international conference on Iraq.

www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=36948
UK troops 'set for US Iraq role':
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: London, Oct. 16 : British soldiers could be sent to support American forces in some of Iraq's most volatile areas.

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/9935820.htm
Poland to reduce its force in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – The prime minister of Poland told his parliament Friday that he would begin drawing down the 2,500 Polish soldiers in Iraq in January, another

washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041016-042505-3892r.htm
Churches attacked in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 16 (UPI) — Iraq's interior ministry said hand grenades were hurled at five different churches in Baghdad early

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-10/16/content_2097495.htm
Spanish PM calls Iraq war a “massive mistake”
Xinhua – Beijing,China
Xinhuanet) — Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero tells his British counterpart Tony Blair at a summit in Hungary that the war in Iraq had been

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002064795_reluctant16.html
Troops refuse to go on mission in Iraq, citing unsafe equipment
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — The Army is investigating up to 19 members of a supply platoon in Iraq who refused to go on a convoy mission, the military said yesterday.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37525-2004Oct16.html
US Soldier Dies of Wounds in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A US soldier assigned to Task Force Olympia died of wounds suffered in a car bomb attack in the northern city of Mosul, the US military said

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002064797_iraqdig16.html
Iraq Notebook Fallujah softened up for assault
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US officials said yesterday that intensified US strikes on Fallujah, which continued last night, are aimed at preparing the way for a

www.freep.com/news/nw/war16e_20041016.htm
Blunders, ignored warnings mire effort to rebuild Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
WASHINGTON — In March 2003, days before the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq, US war planners and intelligence officials met at Shaw Air Force Base in

www.indystar.com/articles/4/186872-7044-010.html
Al-Zarqawi is enemy No. 1 in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
By Ed Timms. DALLAS — Even in Iraq, where appalling violence is routine, the grisly work of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi stands out. He's

www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/9931920.htm
Kerry's Iraq policy is a muddle
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Kerry. Why has he had so much trouble offering a coherent position on Iraq — the most important issue in the presidential race?

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-10/16/content_2097547.htm
US soldier dies of wounds in Iraq's Mosul
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BAGHDAD, Oct. 16 (Xinhuanet) — A US soldier died of wounds from a car bomb attack in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the US military said Saturday.

www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/
2004/October/focusoniraq_October162.xml&section=focusoniraq

Noose tightens around Iraq's rebels; US soldiers revolt over
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
At the same time, US and Iraqi troops hunting Zarqawi encircled the rebel city of Fallujah as residents protested that Iraq's most-wanted man was not there.

www.itv.com/news/index_908878.html
Britain 'to send reinforcements' to Iraq
ITV.com – UK
The Government is under pressure to end the uncertainty over details of troop dispositions within Iraq, but the Ministry of Defence has insisted that no

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IRAQ_LACK_BASICS_FOR_DECENT_EDUCATION.asp

UN says thousands of schools in Iraq lack basics for decent
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Thousands of schools in Iraq lack the basics for decent education and over 700 have been damaged by bombing, more than 200 burned, and

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9933578.htm
More than 2,000 people opposing the war in Iraq, including
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
NYACK, NY – More than 2,000 people opposing the war in Iraq, including teachers, lawyers and the father of an American beheaded by terrorists, are sending

www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5277613
US probes whether troops refused Iraq mission
swissinfo – Switzerland
By Charles Aldinger. A statement issued by the US military in Iraq called it an “isolated incident”. Family. assigned convoy mission on Wednesday morning.

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Iraq 'Mutiny' by US Reservists under Investigation
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The US Army is today investigating up to 19 members of a supply platoon in Iraq who refused to go on a convoy mission. Relatives

www.nytimes.com/2004/10/16/international/europe/16poland.html
Poland Plans to Cut Its Iraq Force in '05
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
15 – Prime Minister Marek Belka of Poland narrowly survived a vote of confidence on Friday after telling Parliament, “We will not stay in Iraq an hour longer

www.abc.net.au/correspondents/content/2004/s1221462.htm
Iraq a pressing issue for UK voters
ABC Online – Australia
ROBERTSON: If China is a non-issue in the American election campaign — at least as far as the candidates are concerned — that's not the case with Iraq.

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UN focus on Iraq education crisis
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Americans frequently trumpet the renovation of schools as a hidden success story of post-war Iraq that is neglected by the media.

www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=
3601280&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

US investigates whether troops in Iraq refused mission
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
The United States military is investigating the reported refusal this week by some US troops to take part in a supply convoy in Iraq, where explosive devices

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0E27DA11-25FC-421F-9D19-61C6E4450E63.htm
Iraq war: Questioning its legitimacy
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Shortly afterwards, the Iraq Survey Group – the US inspection team investigating Iraq's WMD – finally admitted that there were no such weapons in Iraq.

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/10/15/eveningnews/main649755.shtml
Iraq Unit Refuses Risky Mission
CBS News – USA
in a combat zone. But with US casualties in Iraq mounting, American commanders are being forced to think about it. In one case that

thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1204152004
17 US soldiers held in Iraq after disobeying orders
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A PLATOON of United States soldiers were under arrest in Iraq last night after refusing to carry out a dangerous mission for which they say they were

business.scotsman.com/economy.cfm?id=1204252004
Halliburton Iraq inquiry
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE US government is to set up an inquiry into the no-bid Iraq contracts given to Halliburton, the company once run by Vice President Dick Cheney.

straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,278279,00.html
Iraq's mysterious suicide bombers
Straits Times – Singapore,Singapore
BAGHDAD – A few Iraqis have spotted them speeding towards death before they disintegrate in a bloody fireball, but little is known of Iraq's suicide bombers

www.boston.com/dailynews/289/world/The_latest_developments_in_Ira:.shtml
The latest developments in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Britain's Ministry of Defense said it was discussing coalition troop deployments in Iraq with the country's interim government and US officials.

news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=572660
British security guard shot dead in Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
ArmorGroup, a British security contractor, confirmed that an employee “died of gunshot wounds suffered during an incident in Taza, northern Iraq”.

www.boston.com/dailynews/289/wash/Military_probing_whether_unit_:.shtml
Military probing whether unit in Iraq refused dangerous mission
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The Army is investigating up to 19 members of a supply platoon in Iraq who refused to go on a convoy mission, the military said Friday.

www.nytimes.com/2004/10/15/international/europe/15CND-POLAND.html
Polish Leader Holds Post After Vowing to Pull Iraq Troops
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
15 — Prime Minister Marek Belka narrowly survived a vote of confidence today after telling Parliament that “we will not stay in Iraq an hour longer than is

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=9281
Two dangerous ideas for Iraq's future
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
With Iraq at the center of the US presidential election, the ongoing debate over how to pacify the country is reaching fever pitch in Washington.

www.boston.com/dailynews/289/economy/Shell_tapped_to_draw_up_Iraq_g:.shtml
Shell tapped to draw up Iraq gas blueprint
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON (Dow Jones/AP) In a breakthrough in its strategy to gain a meaningful role in Iraq's oil and gas industry, Royal Dutch/Shell Group has been tapped by

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3748360.stm
UK troops 'set for US Iraq role'
BBC News – London,England,UK
British soldiers could be sent to support American forces in some of Iraq's most volatile areas. Senior British military sources

www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/9930789.htm
Reservist to Plead Guilty in Iraq Abuse
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – An Army reservist charged with abusing Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison will plead guilty to four offenses Wednesday

  
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