Iraq War NewsGunmen slay Official : Car Bomb near Airport
From the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :
The US military says a car bomb has exploded near a checkpoint on the road to Baghdad international airport.
They say there are reports of Iraqi casualties.
Earlier, gunmen killed a senior Iraqi Oil Ministry official as he left his home in the south of Baghdad.
"In Command Post: Irak4 Jordanian Truck Drivers Kidnapped
From the AFP via ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :
Four Jordanian truck drivers were kidnapped in Iraq, government spokeswoman Asma Khodr said late Tuesday, according to state-run Petra news agency.
Khodr did not say when they were abducted but said Jordan â??will seize the opportunity of the presence in Jordan (Wednesday) of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to make more efforts to win the release of the hostagesâ??, Petra reported.
The Government spokeswoman also said that two other Jordanians had come under fire in the volatile Ramadi region west of Baghdad.
â??One of them was injured and the other was (briefly) detained,â?? she said, citing their relatives.
"In Command Post: Irak
in Major's court-martial in Iraqi's death starts
: "It was stiflingly hot, many of the Marines at Camp Whitehorse had been stricken with diarrhea, and to make matters worse, Maj. Clarke Paulus needed to get a cell cleared for a high-profile detainee, an Iraqi sheik.
"In San Diego Union-Tribune: In IraqIraqi kidnappers threaten CARE worker
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq â?? The kidnappers of aid worker Margaret Hassan are threatening to hand her over to al-Qaida-linked militants notorious for beheading hostages unless Britain agrees within 48 hours to pull its troops from Iraq, an Arabic television station reports.
"In kgw.com: Iraq NewsSharon's Gaza pullout plan faces key vote
: "Prime Minister Ariel Sharon marched forward with his Gaza withdrawal plan on Wednesday, with parliament set to vote on providing compensation for the 8,800 settlers to be uprooted under the plan.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqGunmen seize five in two Iraq kidnappings
: "Gunmen abducted a Lebanese-American contractor who worked with the U.S. Army from his Baghdad home, Iraqi officials said Wednesday, while four Jordanian truck drivers were seized by assailants in a separate kidnapping.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqSaddam lawyer sacked
: "Disputes among the ex-Iraqi ruler's defence team leads to the sacking of its Jordanian head, Mohammad Rashdan.
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)Captors threaten Hassan handover
: "Gunmen holding aid worker Margaret Hassan threaten to hand her over to militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)Senior Iraqi oil official killed
: "Gunmen shoot dead a senior Iraqi oil ministry official, as police says a US citizen was kidnapped overnight.
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)Gunmen seize six hostages
: "A US citizen, a Nepali and four Iraqis are kidnapped as gunmen storm an office in central Baghdad.
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)Militants Say Behead Iraqi Army Officer -Web Site (Reuters)
: "Reuters - A militant group said it beheaded a man it called a senior member of Iraq's armed forces and posted a video of the killing on its Web site on Wednesday.
"In Yahoo! News: IraqWhoever wins US election will be Iraq's friend: Allawi (AFP)
: "AFP - Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said he hoped nothing would change in the role the US-led coalition plays in Iraq whoever wins the US presidential election.
"In Yahoo! News: IraqUS-Lebanese contractor kidnapped in Baghdad: police (AFP)
: "AFP - A US-Lebanese man working for Iraq's transport ministry was kidnapped overnight from his house in the smart Baghdad neighbourhood of Mansour.
"In Yahoo! News: IraqBlack Watch
: "850 British troops from the Black Watch are moving into central Iraq for 30 days to free up 1000 US soldiers for a planned assault on the rebel town of Fallujah. Leaks from the British forces indicate that political opposition at home could stop the Black Watch being replaced by soldiers from the Scots Guard at the end of their tour of duty in the Iskandariyah triangle.
"In Electronic IraqOfficial declares Karzai winner in Afghan election
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorAfghan Election URGENT
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq's northern oil exports halted as fires rage near sabotaged wells (AFP)
: "AFP - Fires raged near major oil wells in northern Iraq after a series of devastating attacks on a pipeline network halted exports from Kirkuk to Turkey.
"In Yahoo! News: IraqDecapitated remains of Iraq hostage return to Japan (AFP)
: "AFP - The decapitated remains of Japanese tourist Shosei Koda returned to Japan after Tokyo failed to save him from Islamist kidnappers who were demanding a withdrawal of Japanese troops from Iraq.
"In Yahoo! News: Iraq