Iraq war news Tikrit elders talk with U.S. soldiers: "The tribal elders from Saddam Hussein's home region extended an invitation to U.S. soldiers for talks - and told them townspeople are against "terrorists" throwing bombs but also don't like soldiers putting guns to men's heads during searches."
American soldier killed as US warns of new Iraq threat: "Another US soldier has been killed in Iraq, after US consular officials warned of fresh attacks and Washington insisted there was no evidence ousted dictator Saddam Hussein is coordinating strikes in the country. (AFP)"
Russia wants U.N. to OK Mideast 'map': "Russia introduced a resolution Thursday asking the U.N. Security Council to endorse the "road map" peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the United States said the timing was not right."
France presses nations to unite for Iraq: "A U.S. pullout from Iraq would be "catastrophic," French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Thursday, urging countries to take a strong united stance to stabilize Iraq."
Clinton Thanks Annan on Independent Iraq Aid Role: "Former U.S. President BillClinton praised U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursdayfor helping give world governments an independent role in Iraqireconstruction, apart from Iraq's U.S.-led civilianadministration. (Reuters)"
The Bad News Is Good News for Democrats: "Democrats are finding a voice to challenge the administration on national security, insisting that their criticism is patriotic and in the best American traditions."
U.S. troops detain dozens in Iraq raid: "American soldiers carried out pre-dawn raids Thursday in Saddam Hussein's hometown and detained more than a dozen suspects, some believed to be involved in setting up a new terrorist cell, the U.S. military said."
Lawmakers Reach Iraq-Afghan Aid Deal: "Congressional negotiators agreed Wednesday on an $87 billion aid package for Iraq and Afghanistan that meets a White House demand that none of the money be provided as loans. (AP)"
AP: Private Firms Do U.S. Military's Work: "In Iraq, private contractors do just about everything a soldier would do. They sling Spam in mess tents. They tote guns along base perimeters. They shoot. They get shot. Sometimes they get killed. And it's not just in Iraq, but around the world - in conflict zones from Liberia to Kosovo to Afghanistan - that the United States is putting hired help behind the front lines to ease the burden of its overworked armed forces. (AP)"
Iraq war news Wolfowitz Recounts Baghdad Hotel Attack: "When rockets hit the Baghdad hotel he was staying in, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz ran to the window to see what was going on. A security guard hastily pulled him back and told him what to do. (AP)"
Iraq war news AP: Iraq Expense Leaving Others in Cold: "Donors were generous last week in pledging billions to rebuild Iraq - disproportionately generous compared with their donations to fight poverty and AIDS in the world's poorest countries, development and AIDS officials say. (AP)"
Another Iraq Suicide Bomb, Bush Blames Foreigners: "A suicide bomber killed himself and atleast four others in Iraq Tuesday, as foreign aid workersagonized over whether to leave the country in the aftermath ofMonday's bloodbath in Baghdad in which 35 people were killed. (Reuters)"
Newspaper Editor Fatally Shot in Mosul: "An editor of an Iraqi weekly newspaper was shot and killed Tuesday on the roof of his office's building, police said. His daughter said he had been threatened because of his writings. (AP)"
Newspaper Editor Shot, Deputy Mayor Assasinated: "In two unrelated incidents today: Unknown gunmen assassinated a deputy mayor of Baghdad in an apparent hit-run shooting, the U.S. occupation authority reported Tuesday. And: An editor of an Iraqi weekly newspaper was shot and killed Tuesday on the roof of his office's building, police said. His daughter said he had been threatened because of his writings. Two men followed Ahmed Shawkat , editor of the independent "Without Direction," to the roof -- where he went to make a phone call -- and one of them shot him, police said. [Both stories from Newsday] "
The Foiled Bomber: Flypaper, Indeed: "by Armed Liberal Somehow this has been briefly commented on, but not given a lot of play in the blogs I've seen. This story about the suicide bomber who was foiled yesterday is on page A6 of this morning's L.A. Times (requires registration, use 'laexaminer'/'laexaminer') - which itself is positive news. And if true, suggests that the war in Iraq is in fact a lot more complex than those who suggest that it is the "natural resistance" of the Iraqi population to foreign invaders. Here's why this story matters: read the rest..."
Fresh Iraqi bomb kills six, Bush vows not to be intimidated: "A bomb exploded west of Baghdad killing at least six people, a day after the Iraqi capital was rocked by a wave of suicide bombings that killed 43 people, prompting US President George W. Bush to vow his forces would not be intimidated by attacks on civilians. (AFP)"
Iranian prosecutor blamed for murder: "Iran's reformist-dominated parliament on Tuesday accused hard-line Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi of illegally detaining a Canadian photojournalist and then covering up facts surrounding her death in custody in July."
"We're coming with a mighty force to end the reign of your
oppressors," Bush said, addressing Iraqis who might be
listening from afar. "We are coming to bring you food and
medicine and a better life. And we are coming and we will
not stop, we will not relent until your country is free."
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