Friday, April 16, 2004

Iraq War News
Diplomatic efforts press forward in Najaf: "An Iraqi leader said he saw "flexibility" on the side of an anti-American cleric amid diplomatic efforts to end a standoff with U.S. troops in one of the holiest Shiite cities."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

US-led coalition in tense standoff with Iraqi rebels: "US commanders were due to meet local Iraqi leaders in the embattled Sunni bastion of Fallas a 48-hour ceasefire expired, while Shiite militants remained defiant in the holy city of Najaf. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Kidnapped Chinese Man Released in Iraq: "A leading Sunni cleric said Friday that kidnappers have released a Chinese citizen abducted in Iraq and that the man is safely in the Chinese Embassy. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Book: Bush secretly ordered Iraq war plan: "President Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyone on his national security team, says a new book on his Iraq policy."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Bush Administration Welcomes Brahimi Plan: "The Bush administration is viewing positively a U.N. envoy's plan for a caretaker government to succeed the U.S. administration in Iraq. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

20,000 US soldiers to remain in Iraq, released Japanese hostages want to stay: "US officials announced that 20,000 US troops due to rotate home will stay in the region to confront the worsening security situation as three Japanese hostages were released, with two promptly saying they wanted to stay. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

On eve of Bush summit, Blair says no rift over Iraq: "On the eve of a crucial summit with US President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair played down talk of a rift between the two allies over the handling of Iraq. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iran's influence in Iraq: "Iran has a strong influence over Iraq's Shia community, writes Middle East analyst Dilip Hiro."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq


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