Saturday, February 21, 2004

Iraq War News
Dying of neglect: the state of Iraq's children's hospitals in IraqWar.ru (English)

Muslim scholars condemn US sharia threat in IraqWar.ru (English)

US military's support for Iraq security is failing in IraqWar.ru (English)

Gaza settlers say they won't leave again: "As defense minister in 1982, Ariel Sharon directed the dismantling of Israeli settlements in the Sinai Peninsula, watching from a helicopter as soldiers dragged hundreds of protesters off rooftops and bulldozers tore down houses."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. convoy attacked close to Baghdad: "Insurgents opened fire on a U.S. military convoy south of Baghdad on Saturday, apparently causing some U.S. casualties, witnesses said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iran's conservatives claim high turnout: "Iran's hard-line Islamic rulers claimed Saturday that voters handed a decisive blow to reformers by turning out in large numbers and spurning appeals to boycott parliament elections, but some liberals questioned their figures."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraq elections may be over 15 months away: "U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer said it could take more than 15 months to make the necessary preparations for elections in Iraq, Dubai-based Al Arabiya television station reported Saturday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Bremer Sees Iraq Polls at Least One Year Away: "The U.S. administrator in Iraq has saidit will not be possible to hold elections for a year to 15months, putting him at odds with the country's most powerfulreligious leader who has insisted any delay must be brief. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Japan on High Alert as Troops Leave for Iraq: "Japan kept security tight across thecountry on Saturday as its largest contingent of troops to dateleft on a controversial mission to Iraq and UNSecretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Tokyo. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Local soldier Cpl. Joshua Handrahan participates in munitions discovery in IraqWar.ru (English)

Bremer says elections not possible for a year or more in IraqWar.ru (English)

Anthrax shots made Australian troops sick in IraqWar.ru (English)

Greenspan says Congress should cut Social Security to keep tax cuts in IraqWar.ru (English)

Iraqi, US officials grapple with country's political future: "Iraqi politicians and the US-led coalition grappled over the war-torn country's political future after the United Nations vetoed direct elections before Washington cedes power by June 30. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Defence agency 'pressured over Iraq' in IraqWar.ru (English)

Pentagon distorted Iraqi casualty issue, says new report in IraqWar.ru (English)

It's getting weirder and weirder in IraqWar.ru (English)

Fed officials see US job growth ahead in IraqWar.ru (English)

Will the Iraq War Be Finally Over on Midnight June 30, 2004?: "Having been provided with three options on Iraq in November, President Bush has now chosen one writes PNS editor Franz Schurmann. (Pacific News Service, Commentary, Franz Schurmann, Feb 20, 2004)"

In New California Media: Focus on Iraq

Al Qaeda Rebuffs Iraqi Terror Group, U.S. Officials Say: "Ansar al-Islam, the most active terrorist network inside Iraq appears to be operating mostly apart from Al Qaeda."

In New York Times: World Special

U.S. Expected to Ask United Nations to Keep Trying for an Agreement: "The Bush administration is likely to ask for more help from a special U.N. envoy to solidify a consensus on how Iraq will be run after June 30."

In New York Times: World Special

Iraqi Kurdish Leaders Resist as the U.S. Presses Them to Moderate Their Demands: "Kurdish leaders say American officials are trying to block their long stifled hopes for autonomy in the new Iraqi state."

In New York Times: World Special

C.I.A. Admits It Didn't Give Weapon Data to the U.N.: "The C.I.A. did not provide the U.N. with information about 21 of the 105 sites in Iraq suspected of housing illicit weapons."

In New York Times: World Special

For Perilous Duty, Guard Unit Puts Trust in Drills and Veterans: "Helicopter duty, especially for medical units like the Wyoming Guard's 1022nd Medical Company, is one of the most dangerous jobs in Iraq."

In New York Times: World Special

Marshes a Vengeful Hussein Drained Stir Again: "What seemed a simple matter of reflooding the marshes Saddam Hussein ordered drained in the early 1990's has turned into a tangled endeavor."

In New York Times: World Special

US soldier on frontline in battle for refugee status (21 Feb 04) in Radio Free USA

Iraq Shiite cleric wants U.N. vote pledge: "Iraq's top Shiite cleric, who has insisted elections are necessary for a transfer of power on June 30, suggested he would accept a delay in voting but demanded U.N. guarantees that there will be no more postponements."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. Expects Long-Term Troop Stay in Iraq: "American officials say U.S. forces will be needed in Iraq long after a sovereign government is restored this summer, but they have yet to work out the terms of a continued presence. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

'Don't be Surprised if the Soldiers Show No Compassion At All' - Anatomy of a Night Raid on Balad, Iraq (20 Feb 04) in Radio Free USA

Soldier for the Truth - Exposing Bush's talking-points war (20 Feb 04) in Radio Free USA


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