Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Iraq War News
U.N. chief to name interim envoy to Iraq: "Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to name a veteran U.N. humanitarian relief official from New Zealand as his interim envoy to Iraq, diplomats said Tuesday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Suicide attacks wound 61 troops in Iraq: "Suicide bombers, one in a car and another on foot, blew themselves up at the gates of two U.S. military bases on Tuesday, wounding 61 American soldiers but failing to inflict deadly casualties on the scale of recent attacks in Iraq."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Two Republicans Seek Audit of U.S. Iraq Operations: "Two Republican U.S. congressmen justback from a trip to Iraq urged President Bush on Tuesday toaccept an independent panel to audit U.S. operations there, andcalled on him to acknowledge mistakes that they said set backIraq's recovery by months. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Sure, it worked so well in The 'Nam: "All reports are that the American occupation of Iraq is increasingly using strategies of maximum aggression to quell the violent rebellion it faces. As part of this, according to the New Yorker's Seymour Hersh, the Bush Administration has authorized "a major escalation of the Special Forces covert war in Iraq," sending Delta Force, Navy Seals and CIA paramilitary agents out to preemptively capture or assassinate alleged guerrillas. ?The only way we can win is to go unconventional. We?re going to have to play their game. Guerrilla versus guerrilla. Terrorism versus terrorism. We?ve got to scare the Iraqis into submission," said one American advisor to the occupation."

In Alternet: War On Iraq

Caught in the crossfire: "A new online campaign is building pressure on those perpetuating the "Plame Affair" cover-up, in which Iraq whistleblower Joe Wilson's wife was outed through an anonymous leak planted in right-wing pundit Robert Novak's column. The leak was clearly intended to put the chill on anyone else from within the government who would be so bold as to challenged the lies of the Administration. The Progressive Majorityis behind the Bust Bob Novak! campaign, which urges folks to tell Novak's employer, the Chicago Sun-Times, to fire him for his irresponsible use of the leak. Meanwhile, the feds are silent in the alleged investigation they claimed they would pursue to find the leaker..."

In Alternet: War On Iraq

Our own West Bank: "Here is a must-read article on the new tactics being employed by the U.S. military to crack down on the guerrilla insurgency. For example, the U.S. has barb-wired entire villages. The notice on the fence reads: "This fence is here for your protection. Do not approach or try to cross, or you will be shot." Continue »"

In Alternet: War On Iraq

Japan Approves Deployment of Troops to Aid U.S. in Iraq: "The deployment will be Japan's most ambitious military operation since its surrender at the end of World War II."

In New York Times: World Special

Iraqi Suicide Attacks Fall Short: "There were only eight serious U.S. casualties and no deaths after the attacks on American bases and a reconnaissance helicopter. Three soldiers died, however, in a road accident and a Baghdad mosque was bombed, killing three civilians."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Iraq's Kurds return to ruined Kirkuk: "Crouching on the moist ground, one man digs the earth with his bare hands while his friends hoist a tree branch to serve as a makeshift electricity pole. They are among 126 Kurdish families who have lived for two months in tents on a muddy plain, awaiting a better life in the new Iraq."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Syrian President holds talks with British minister: "Syrian President Bashar Assad has held talks on Iraq and international terrorism with a British envoy who urged closer cooperation on rebuilding neighbouring Iraq."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Bagram GI: Troops Waited While Hillary Chowed Down: "This apparently comes from a reliable DoD source. . .

Received from: Ordnance Handling Officer USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65)Tuesday,
Dec. 2, 2003 12:44 a.m. EST
Bagram GI: Troops Waited While Hillary Chowed Down
U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton forced U.S. troops stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to wait for their Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday while she and her entourage arrived late, then cut in line and were served first.
A soldier who witnessed the scene tells NewsMax:
"Thanksgiving Dinner started at 3 p.m. that day, so the line was forming around 2:30 p.m. She didn't show up until around 3:30 p.m.
"Once she got there," our source maintains, "Clinton and her entourage bumped everyone in line, forcing them to wait almost an extra hour."
The brass at Bagram apparently had a hard time rounding up New Yorkers who wanted to have dinner with Clinton, D-N.Y. Only six GIs responded to an e-mail sent out last week that stated, "Looking for military members from New York and Rhode Island interested in meeting their Senator/Congressman."
People magazine was on hand to cover the event and wanted to interview the troops for reaction to Clinton's visit.
"But they were getting declined left and right," our source said. "People were actually telling the reporters, 'You don't want to print what I think about her and her visit.'"
After Clinton and her entourage departed, the only topics GIs wanted to talk about were "how great the food was and how fantastic they thought George Bush's visit to Iraq was."

In Command Post: Irak


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