Monday, December 01, 2003

More Dutch troops stay longer in Iraq and Afghanistan: "Government.nl [ Full story »» ] reports:
The government has extended the mission of the Dutch forces in Iraq by six months. An extra reconnaissance unit of the Commando Corps will be sent to Iraq to gather information on the situation in the south of al-Muthanna province.

RNW [ Full story »» ] reports:
Dutch Defence Minister Henk Kamp plans to send four Apache military helicopters to Afghanistan. If approved, the mission will involve the deployment of between 60 and 100 military personnel. The Dutch helicopters are likely to be deployed in and around the Afghan capital, Kabul.

In Command Post: Irak

White House Version of Mid-Air Exchange Disputed: "British Airways said on Monday thatnone of its pilots made contact with President Bush's planeduring its secret flight to Baghdad, contradicting White Housereports of a mid-air exchange that nearly prompted Bush to calloff his trip. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Briton disputes reports of abuse in Iraq: "A British envoy on Monday disputed reports by human rights groups alleging a pattern of human rights violations by U.S. forces in Iraq."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Terrorists or civilians?: "Reports out of Iraq about yesterday's deadly gun battle in Samarra are painting markedly different portraits of what happened. Locals and Americans agree that the so-called fedayeen irregulars attacked a U.S. military convoy delivering cash to two banks. What happened next is emerging only through the fog of war.
While the U.S. military is claiming that the 54 Iraqis killed in Samarra late Sunday were terrrorist insurgents, reports filed by Middle East news organizations claim that most of the dead are innocent civilians. Albawaba.com reports, "Locals provided different versions about the incident. According to them, occupation troops killed unarmed bystanders when they opened fire on all directions. Workers at a nearby pharmaceutical plant said at least two colleagues were shot dead and many injured as they walked out of the factory gates at the end of their shift. An AFP reporter saw blood spattered on the ground and bullet holes in the sentry box to left of the white factory gates." According to this Agence France Presse report, the dead included "eight civilians including a woman and a child." Continue »

In Alternet: War On Iraq

Mis-occupied Iraq: "From the New Yorker, comes another dissection of the poor plannning and blind hubris behind the White House's war. After reading this, it is hard not to think it a monstrous crime that the United States is not actively begging the United Nations to take over the situation, while granting it whatever financial and military backing it might need to help the country recover from its decades of hell - and six months of post-war anarchy and blatant mismanagement by a know-nothing Provisional Authority."

In Alternet: War On Iraq

GETTING OUT OF IRAQ: " (Richard Reeves)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqis 'welcome Saddam's fall': "Most Iraqis regard the ousting of Saddam Hussein as the best event in the past year, a new survey shows."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq


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