Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Kidnapped Brit begs Blair

Baghdad - The kidnapped British director of Care International made another plea on Wednesday urging Britain to withdraw troops from Iraq and asked for the aid organization to close its offices in Iraq, in a video aired on Al-Jazeera television. Hassan, who also holds Iraqi and Irish citizenship, was kidnapped on her way to work in Baghdad a week ago. No group has claimed responsibility.Britain began redeploying some 800 troops toward the Baghdad area on Wednesday, in a move aimed at freeing up US forces for an assault on insurgents areas north and west of the capital.,,2-10-1460_1611772,00.html

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Experts ponder missing Iraq weapons

Revelations that nearly 400 tonnes of conventional explosives have gone missing in Iraq have experts wondering what other weapons might be in jeopardy of falling into insurgent or terrorist hands.By all accounts, Iraq is studded with weapons depots - many in places where US-led forces are preoccupied with their fiercest fighting.Troubling questions about what other weapons might be vulnerable to looting have arisen since the UN nuclear agency's warning this week that 342 tonnes of non-nuclear explosives disappeared from the former Al-Qaqaa military installation south of Baghdad.The explosives included HMX and RDX, key components in plastic explosives, which insurgents in Iraq have used to deadly effect in months of bloody car bomb attacks on the US-led multinational force."Given the number of arms, and the number of caches and the extent of militarisation of Iraq, it was impossible to provide 100 per cent of security for 100 per cent of the sites," said Adam Ereli, the US State Department's deputy spokesman.,5744,11201056%255E1702,00.html

Monday, October 25, 2004

Bombings across Iraq kill at least 8, including American GI, Estonian soldier

Bombings struck four coalition and Iraqi military convoys and a provincial government office Monday, killing at least eight people, including an American soldier and an Estonian trooper in the Baghdad area. On Monday, a roadside bomb in western Baghdad killed one U.S. soldier and wounded five, the U.S. military said. An Estonian soldier died when a roadside bomb exploded at a market just outside Baghdad as his patrol went by, the Estonian military said. Five other Estonian soldiers were wounded. A car bomb also targeted an Australian military convoy 350 metres from their country's embassy in Baghdad, killing three Iraqi civilians and wounding nine people, including three Australian soldiers who suffered minor injuries, Iraqi and coalition officials said. Officials said this had been the first direct attack on Australian military units.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Bodies of about 50 Iraqi soldiers discovered in eastern Iraq

The bodies of about 50 unarmed Iraqi soldiers -- many killed execution style with gunshots to the back of the head -- were found on a remote road in eastern Iraq, victims of an ambush as they were heading home on leave after basic training, Iraqi authorities said Sunday. The Iraqi soldiers, who had recently finished a training course, were on their way home when they were ambushed and killed about sundown Saturday on a road about 95 miles east of Baghdad near the Iranian border, said Interior Ministry spokesman Adnan Abdul-Rahman.Lt. Ali Jawad Kadhim, from the nearby Mandali police station, said all the victims had been shot in the back of the head. Kadhim, who said he took photos of the bodies, said all had their hands were crossed behind their heads. Also,A State Department security officer was killed during a mortar or rocket attack against a U.S. base near Baghdad International Airport, the U.S. Embassy announced. A U.S. soldier was also injured in the attack on Camp Victory, the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition's ground forces command.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Iraq: 26 killed on horrific day of violence

Suicide bombers killed at least 22 members of Iraq's fledgling security forces yesterday amid a spate of insurgent attacks across the country that also left six US servicemen injured, four civilians dead and a sabotaged pipeline that was still blazing at nightfall. Yesterday's outbreak of violence began with a suicide car bombing outside a US marine base 142 miles west of Baghdad. The blast hit an Iraqi police post at the base, killing 16 security men and injuring up to 40 others. No US servicemen or women were hurt. Then another suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a checkpoint manned by Iraqi National Guards in the village of Ishaqi, near Samarra, north of Baghdad. Four guards were killed, and six wounded in the attack. Two other policemen were killed by a roadside bomb in Samarra. Near the northern city of Mosul, insurgents killed two Turkish truck drivers and wounded two others in an attack on a convoy. And on the highway leading to Baghdad airport, six US soldiers were wounded when their armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Insurgents also fired two mortar rounds in central Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding one, witnesses said.

Friday, October 22, 2004

18 Killed in Iraq Violence

Eighteen people including two girls were killed in Iraq in separate incidents late Thursday and Friday.US Marines clashed with several groups of militants, exchanging gunfire and artillery, on the outskirts of Fallujah, the US command said on Friday. Fresh fighting erupted about 4:00pm when militants from within the city fired small arms and mortars at Marines conducting security operations near the city, a military statement said. The Marines countered “with substantial and proportionate ground fire”.Earlier on Thursday night, US aircraft and artillery pounded suspected weapons warehouses in Fallujah, leaving seven people dead and three others wounded, hospital sources said. The US army confirmed that two raids were carried out in the area on Thursday. In other violence, a car bomb exploded near a police station in Ishaqi, about 80 km north of Baghdad, wounding two policemen, police said. Two prisoners escaped after the blast.Nine militants were killed and three wounded in a gun battle on Friday between US and Iraqi forces and militants in the town of Buhruz, northeast of Baghdad, said the US military. Two US soldiers and one Iraqi were wounded in a joint US-Iraqi operation on Friday against suspected militants near a mosque in Mosul, said the US military.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Iraq Attacks Kill Five People; CARE Worker Kidnapped

Four Iraqis and a U.S. contractor were killed and 87 people injured in two mortar attacks on security posts in Iraq, the U.S. military said. In Baghdad, CARE International's country director was kidnapped. Mortar rounds attacked an Iraqi National Guard base near Taji, north of Baghdad.In the second attack, a mortar hit a U.S. Army compound in central Baghdad, leaving the contractor dead and seven people injured, including a soldier. Also, The kidnapping of the CARE official, Iraqi national Margaret Hassan, happened at 7:30 a.m. local time, the humanitarian organization said in a statement. Hassan, who is British born and in her 60s, has provided humanitarian relief in Iraq for more than 25 years, the Associated Press reported. Al Jazeera showed pictures of Hassan displaying her identity cards. She was abducted by an unidentified group, the Qatar-based television network said.

Monday, October 18, 2004

U.S. planes hit Iraq's Falluja

U.S. warplanes hit the rebel-held Iraqi city of Falluja overnight as part of a drive to thwart expected attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and ensure security for national polls due in January. U.S. and Iraqi forces also surrounded the town of Duluiya, north of Baghdad, raiding homes, detaining scores of suspected rebels and calling in helicopter strikes on suspected insurgents hiding in surrounding orchards, Iraqi officials said on Tuesday. Britain is considering a U.S. request to move troops now based in southern Iraq into more potentially dangerous areas to cover for U.S. units battling rebels in Falluja and elsewhere. British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said he had not made any decision but expected a final assessment from his officials next week. Any such deployment could reignite anger over Prime Minister Tony Blair's support for the war. Also, Zarqawi, who has a U.S. bounty of $25 million on him, has declared loyalty to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden for the first time, according to a statement posted on the Internet.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Car Bombs Kill Five U.S. Troops in Iraq

Car bombs killed five U.S. troops in Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday, the latest in a string of such attacks at the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. One of the car bombs targeted a U.S patrol near the town of Qaim, an insurgent hotspot near the border with Syria, killing four U.S. troops, according to Lt. Col. Chris Woodbridge, commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. The other blast went off in the northern city of Mosul, 225 miles north of Baghdad, killing a U.S. soldier assigned to Task Force Olympia, the military said. Also, five bombs went off in quick succession outside five churches in Baghdad. No one was injured but many of the churches had damage such as blown out windows. Iraq's community of 750,000 Christians has grown increasingly anxious at the rise of Islamic fundamentalism since the ouster of Saddam Hussein last year. Hundreds have fled to neighboring Jordan and Syria.

Friday, October 15, 2004

U.S. Pounds Fallujah As Ramadan Begins

U.S. warplanes pounded the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, where residents were marking the first day of the holy month of Ramadan on Friday, a day after city leaders suspended peace talks and rejected the Iraqi government's demands to turn over terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Fallujah, west of Baghdad, is considered the toughest stronghold of insurgents, who have controlled the city since the end of a bloody, three-week Marine siege in April. Early Friday morning the U.S. hit two sites described as planning sites for al-Zarqawi's millitant group and other strategic locations. However, these attacks were not a prelude to an offensive into Fallujah which has been planned to take place sometime this fall.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Iraq Blasts Kill 4 U.S. Workers in Breach of Baghdad Compound

Thursday, two bombs went off at 1:00 p.m. local time in Baghdad's Green Zone which killed 10 people, four of whom were americans. The Green Zone houses the U.S. and U.K. embassies and government officials. The area is the most protected area in the Iraqi capital. One bomb went off in area known as the Vendors' alley while another went off by the Green Zone Cafe. The group run by Iraq's most wanted man, the Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said it had carried out the bombings. In Fallujah, coalition forces carried out three strikes on sites linked to Zarqawi, the military said in separate e-mailed statements. The city of west of Baghdad is a suspected base for insurgents led by Zarqawi. Also, the U.S. struck a weapons depot in southern Fallujah, and a suspected safe house used by Zarqawi's network at 1:05 p.m. Thursday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Iraq Pleads for Aid as Mass Graves Reveal Horrors of Saddam's Regime

Iraq urged the world community to play an active role in rebuilding the war-shattered nation, as forensic experts revealed the horrors of the old regime at a mass grave filled with the bodies of kurds. The grave found by investigators in Northern Iraq contained around 120 bodies which were mostly woman and children. Deputy Prime MinisterBarham Saleh spoke at a donor conference and asked for more presence in Iraq from the U.N. and asked to waive the crushing debt accumalated by Suddam's regime. Saleh told the donors "We need more UN support and we need it now. Please don't let the Iraqi people down."

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Iraqi Offficial Denies Nuclear Material Vanishing

The International Atomic Energy Agency Monday raised the concern that neither Washignton nor Baghdad noticed the disappearance of nuclear equipment and materials once closely monitored by the agency. The IAEA says that satellite imagery shows the complete dismantling of buildings which housed equipement that could assist a government or terrorist group in making a nuclear bomb. If materials have been moved by the interim goverenment or the U.S. they must report it to the IAEA. However, to date no report has been filed. Iraq’s Science and Technology Minister Rashad Omar responded to IAEA's report saying "the locations that belong to the Science and Technology ministry are secure and under our control." Omar welcomed back U.N. inspectors to check for any loss equipment or materials.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Iraq Shite Milita Hands Over Weapons

The Iraqi government has made an agreement with the Radical Shite cleric Moqtada Sadr`s militia to slowly turn over weapons. This agreement came after a bloody six months which has devestated Sadr City which is home to 2.5 million people. The agreement is described as a loose verbal pact between both sides. There will be a a five-day test period for weapons surrender after which the Iraqi army will move in and patrol Sadr City, where the Shiite militia has ruled by the gun for months, while the government has offered to free some detained Sadr supporters. At one station in the district there has been a surrender of about a dozen machine guns, 12 mortar rounds, 38 mortar launchers and a sniper rifle. The U.S. and Iraqi government hope this will lead to the end of resistance in Sadr so they can concentrate on other areas such as Fallujah where violent resistance continues. The iraqi government has promised 500 million dollars for the rebuilding of Sadr, 150 million dollars coming from the United States.


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