Information Clearing House  Digest April 8-13 2004
Date: 13 Apr 2004

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369 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Robert Fisk: Deaths of scores of mercenaries not reported:

At least 80 foreign mercenaries – security guards recruited from the United States, Europe and South Africa and working for American companies – have been killed in the past eight days in Iraq. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6031.htm

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Some Iraq convoys halted after attack: Shortfall in troop supplies feared:

Halliburton Co. has suspended some convoys delivering supplies to the military in Iraq due to escalating violence, U.S. Army and company officials said Monday
www.southbendtribune.com/stories/thisday/nation.20040413-sbt-MICH-A5-Some_Iraq_convoys_ha.sto

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Troops in Iraq Strain to Hold Lines of Supply:

American troops in Iraq are battling insurgents to keep open vital military supply lines in and out of Baghdad. The attacks on the supply lines are posing new hazards to civilian contractors who operate many of the convoys www.nytimes.com/2004/04/13/politics/13MILI.html?ex=1082433600&en=7a4c55fa6b7d95e6&ei=5062

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U.S. violates Falluja ceasefire:

Occupation forces in Iraq have used F16 fighter planes to bomb the Nizal neighbourhood in Falluja, Aljazeera TV's correspondent has reported. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F8388B06-6A1B-43AB-8DF1-529ADBEA24DA.htm

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U.S. Forces Seek to 'Kill or Capture' Iraq Cleric:

U.S. commanders in Iraq want rebellious Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr dead or alive but they said on Monday his militia's control of the holy city of Najaf was not a widespread uprising by the Shi'ite majority. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4804865

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Kill imam at your peril, Shiites warn US:

About 3000 US soldiers were massed outside the southern city of Najaf in an attempt to force Sadr's surrender. Their commander, General Ricardo Sanchez, talked tough on Tuesday, saying "our mission is to capture or kill". www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/13/1081838728525.html

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U-S forces in clashes with al-Sadr supporters on Najaf's edges :

An American unit chased some of Muqtada al-Sadr's (mook-TAH'-duh ehl SAH'-durz) militiamen into the city and killed several of them.
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AdGroupID=x5154&URL=http://localhost/apwirefeed/d81u335g0.xml&NewsSection=InternationalHeadlines

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Sistani Threatens Shiite Resistance if US Invades Najaf:

The Iranian newspaper Baztab is reporting that Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has sent a strongly-worded message to the Coalition forces, in which he warned them against attacking the Shiite shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala after the end of Arba'in.
www.juancole.com/2004_04_01_juancole_archive.html#108183083727085448

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Radical Shiite cleric's aide freed in Iraq :

An aide to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was released Tuesday by US forces in Baghdad after a brief detention, eyewitnesses said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/13/content_1417320.htm

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4 Italians taken hostage

Nervous nations pull out
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/13/1081838727859.html

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France Advises Citizens to Leave Iraq:

France urged its citizens Tuesday to leave Iraq, calling a series of abductions of foreigners there "totally unacceptable."
www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040413/API/404130729

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Japanese hostage release delayed:

INSURGENTS holding three Japanese hostages in Iraq have reneged on a decision to free them after Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called them "terrorists," a cleric whose organisation had called for the release said today.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9275844%255E1702,00.html

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One Marine killed in post-crash violence:

A Marine team that took the crew from the wreck came under attack by insurgents with mortars, grenades and small arms. The Marine was killed during those attacks
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KBCI.xsl&AdGroupID=x5154&URL=http://localhost/apwirefeed/d81u0q480.
xml&NewsSection=InternationalHeadlines

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GI Killed As Troops Deploy Outside Najaf:

80-vehicle convoy was ambushed Monday night by gunmen firing small arms and setting of roadside bombs north of the city. One soldier was killed and an American civilian contractor was wounded, officers in the convoy said.
www.helenair.com/articles/2004/04/13/ap/Headlines/d81tvm9o0.txt

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76 U.S. Troops Killed this month: U.S. troops suffer record losses
www.duckdaotsu.org/bloody_april.html

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Photograph: Marines Going Home.

Flag draped coffins line the floor of a U.S. military aircraft.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/images/1iraq-coffins.jpg

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Soldier's wife says husband died for ``lost'' cause:

The wife of an Army specialist killed in Iraq said Tuesday that her husband was killed by ``an ungrateful people'' as he fought for a cause ``that has lost all meaning.''
cbs4boston.com/massachusetts/MA—SoldierKilled-gn/resources_news_html

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Cheney Took in $178,437 from Halliburton in 2003:

Vice President Dick Cheney received $178,437 in deferred pay last year from Halliburton, the Texas oil-field services company he once headed that has received billion-dollar government contracts in Iraq.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4816533&section=news

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Former Congressmen Assess U.S. Foreign Policy:

A Republican‚s Case Against George W. Bush: Today, for the first time, I worry deeply about America‚s future. We are in a deep hole. I believe President George W. Bush‚s decision to initiate war on Iraq will be the greatest and most costly blunder in American history. He has set America on the wrong course.
www.wrmea.com/archives/April_2004/0404020.html

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Army Strategist Criticizes Bush Administration Conduct of Iraq War:

In a broadside fired at the conduct of the war in Iraq, a senior Army strategist has accused the Bush administration of seeking to win "quickly and on the cheap" while ignoring the more critical strategic aim of creating a stable, democratic nation.
www.newhouse.com/archive/wood041304.html

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Annan doubtful of U.N. return to Iraq:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says violence in Iraq will prevent the world body from re-establishing a major presence in the country anytime in the foreseeable future.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=492650&section=news

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Australian defence adviser 'sacked for refusing to sex up WMD reports' :

A former senior Australian defence adviser claimed yesterday she was edged out of her job because she refused to lie about the case for war in Iraq.
www.guardian.co.uk/australia/story/0,12070,1190665,00.html

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An uprising in support of democracy:

By backing the US over elections, Kofi Annan inflamed the Iraq crisis
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1190740,00.html

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Negroponte May Become Baghdad Ambassador :

John D. Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who played a central role in trying to win support for war with Iraq, is emerging as the leading candidate for the sensitive job of ambassador to Baghdad.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=513&ncid=1276&e=1&u=/ap/20040413/ap_on_go_ot/iraq_ambassador

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Americans' use of Israeli tactics backfiring:

Some Israeli commentators have highlighted the "striking similarity" between what the Americans are doing in Falluja, Baquba, and Ramadi on the one hand and what the Israeli occupation army has been doing in Rafah, Khan Yunis and Jenin.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E8BE8742-2311-44C7-AC67-C08BF2381196.htm

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Core of the conflict :

The Arab-Israeli conflict has not only blighted the Middle East but also provided a smokescreen for that malaise, diverting the attention of Arabs from their internal problems and providing an excuse for tired governments to survive well beyond their sell-by date.
www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1190443,00.html

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Palestinian children killed by Israel:

The Israeli occupation army and paramilitary Jewish settlers have killed 545 Palestinian children and minors since the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C3994F6B-9576-4702-94E3-73EA1470182E.htm

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The Bush Administration‚s Dual Loyalties:

The link between active promoters of Israeli interests and policymaking circles is stronger by several orders of magnitude in the Bush administration, which is peppered with people who have long records of activism on behalf of Israel in the United States, of policy advocacy in Israel, and of promoting an agenda for Israel
www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/nc-christisons1.html

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Keystone Kounter-Terror:

Only George W. Bush could study a memo titled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike in US", and then blithely assert that it "said nothing about an attack on America."
www.thenation.com/outrage/index.mhtml?bid=6&pid=1372

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Senior officials received different memo than Bush :

Just one day after President Bush received a pre-Sept. 11 briefing on al-Qaida‚s effort to strike on U.S. soil, senior government executives received a similarly titled memo that excluded information about current threats and investigations
www.heraldnews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=11301291&BRD=1710&PAG=461&dept_id=99784&rfi=6

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Condi's Cover-up Caves In:

A small but significant White House cover-up fell apart this past weekend.
www.thenation.com/capitalgames/index.mhtml?bid=3&pid=1370

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Many killed in Chechen clashes:

A string of clashes between separatist fighters and pro-Moscow forces in Chechnya have killed at least 24 people, including four civilians, during the past four days.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6EC120B6-EC6E-4C59-90AB-8AF27076EDAD.htm

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Defiant US says Falluja dead were rebels :

The death toll in Falluja has sparked widespread international concern and has led to condemnation by the US-appointed Iraqi governing council. www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1190288,00.html

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Massacre in Fallujah: Over 600 Dead, 1,000 Injured, 60,000 Refugees :

The U.S. siege of Fallujah continues and reports are emerging of a massacre of Iraqi civilians at the hands of U.S. troops. We go to Iraq to get a report from Free Speech Radio News' Aaron Glantz who interviews Iraqis fleeing Fallujah
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/12/1423251

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Fallujah resistance vows to continue fight :

"There is no place in Fallujah without a fight," he says. "The Americans have snuck snipers all over Fallujah and everyone can be hit anytime. We only can work at night, but during the day, they kill the civilians. I saw them shoot a family just for trying to run to a car to leave part of the fighting."
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040412-031514-2639r

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What triggered the Shia insurrection?:

Turning "sovereignty" over to a state of denial
www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=1371

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UK: Army at breaking point in Iraq :

TONY Blair is to send hundreds more British troops to Iraq in a bid to prevent the south of the country descending into bloodletting and anarchy
news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=410322004

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Iraqi police defect to Sadr:

SOME US-trained Iraqi policemen have defected to the insurgent forces of the radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and some other Iraqi security forces have failed to fulfill their duties in recent days, the top commander of US forces in the Middle East said today.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9265904^1702,00.html

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Sharon lists West Bank areas he intends to keep:

Sharon appeared to be confirming Palestinian fears that Israel plans to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and four small West Bank settlements in order to strengthen its hold over other parts of the West Bank.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1081767667005&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

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US 'to back Israeli land demands':

The US is to support Israeli demands for parts of the occupied West Bank to be annexed by the Jewish state
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/12/1081621892232.html

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Orthodox Jews to hold Anti Israel Protest Outside White House:

To „proclaim and clearly state that Sharon and the State of Israel are illegitimate and they do not represent the Jewish people.‰
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=60749

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Palestinian Christians barred from Easter pilgrimage www.cathnews.com/news/404/51.php

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Hundreds of Corpses Fill Haiti Morgues :

We speak with an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild which recently sent a delegation to Haiti. He says he saw hundreds of corpses being dumped by morgues in Haiti and describes bodies coming in with plastic bags over their heads and hands tied behind their backs, piles of corpses burning in fields and pigs eating their flesh..
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/12/1424200

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Learning-Disabled:

The Bush administration, I fear, is severely learning-disabled. reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040412/index.php

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Date: 12 Apr 2004

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368 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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17 US Troops killed in Iraq:

Clashes broke out in the northern city of Kirkuk between guerrillas and US forces, leaving 4 Iraqis dead. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6030.htm

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Six U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks -Military:

The deaths had not previously been announced www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4803408

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Explosion kills two Iraqi policemen:

Two Iraqi policemen have been killed and three citizens seriously injured when an explosive device hit an Iraqi police patrol in the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6665399E-BEB0-4CC3-8AD5-88CF238360A6.htm

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One U.S. Soldier Killed North of Baghdad -Army:

One U.S. soldier was killed and four were wounded when their patrol was attacked near Samarra, north of the capital, Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement Monday. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4802931&section=news

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Body Of Civilian Contractor Found Near Baghdad:

The U.S. military said the body isn't that of Thomas Hamill, who was captured Friday by insurgents who attacked a fuel convoy near Baghdad. Officials said this is another person from that convoy. The identity of the body wasn't released. framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004041214350002&Take=1

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Nine Americans, including two soldiers, missing in Iraq :

Two US soldiers and seven US contractors working for a Halliburton subsidiary are unaccounted for in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, the head of US forces in the country, said. www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79843/1/.html

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2 Czech Journalists Believed Held in Iraq :

Two Czech Television journalists on assignment in Iraq are missing and believed kidnapped, a spokesman for the station said Monday. www.620ktar.com/news/article.aspx?id=351511

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Germany Warns Citizens To Leave Iraq:

Germany is also warning against travel to Kuwait, where it said there's also a "high security risk." www.thebostonchannel.com/news/2995964/detail.html

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U.S. Forces Seek to 'Kill or Capture' Iraq Cleric:

Sanchez acknowledged Sadr's followers have "some presence" in Kerbala and still control Najaf, where thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims are marking the death of one of their holiest figures. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4804876

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Anniversary: Iraq 1 year later:

Flash Presentation – Photo Documentary:

-WARNING-

Images show the horror and reality of U.S. occupation of Iraq www.ericblumrich.com/year.html

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US commanders in Iraq ask for two more combat brigades:

General John Abizaid, commander of the US Central Command, said at a video press conference from Baghdad that he had asked for "a strong mobile combat arms capability." news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/12/content_1414961.htm

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India rules out sending troops to Iraq:

Finance Minister Jaswant Singh shot down last week‚s statements by the U.S. State Department that India and Bangladesh were among several countries keeping an open mind about sending troops to Iraq www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4723094/

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U.S. Forces Surround University in Baghdad:

A U.S. force including tanks and armored vehicles surrounded Mustansiriya University in Baghdad Monday and warned armed students inside the campus to surrender, witnesses said. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=2531I32KEAF1ACRBAELCFFA?type=topNews&storyID=4803954

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Falluja toll tops 600:

Aljazeera's correspondent in Falluja reported that 11 people were killed and about 50 others wounded by US gunfire, despite the ceasefire agreed upon between the US occupation forces and the Iraqi resistance. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D334DDD4-F26F-483F-9AE4-E08BB9E53567.htm

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Report from Fallujah — Destroying a Town in Order to "Save" it:

We were in Fallujah during the "ceasefire." This is what we saw and heard. www.empirenotes.org/fallujah.html

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Falluja Fighting Haunts Iraqis Who Fled:

Shells slamming into houses. Bodies buried in the gardens of homes. Snipers in mosque minarets. Iraqis who fled Falluja after a week of fighting say they are haunted by the scenes in the city last week. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4803236&section=news

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Aljazeera airs tape of dead 'CIA men':

Aljazeera TV has aired a video tape showing two dead bodies, with the voiceover claiming they were that of CIA men killed in Falluja. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/64583899-BD41-4851-9C9C-A2BA1FDC9F1C.htm

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Iraqi Council, US slam al-Jazeera, al-Arabiyeh:

Several Arab journalists walked out of the press conference as Rubai answered questions. Some Arab journalists commented that the new Iraqi Governing Council's strictures on freedom of speech were too fast approaching those of Saddam Hussein's regime. www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1081748012305&p=1078397702269

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Waking up to body bags:

Pictures of body bags and US soldiers praying around dead comrades are creeping into American media coverage of Iraq, highlighting the growing unease at events. www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/10/1081326980611.html

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An Iraqi intifada:

Now the war is being fought in the open, by people defending their homes www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1190050,00.html

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British Commander:

Virulent Racism, Disregard for Civilian Life Mar US Military Approach: The officer quoted says that the US military looks at Iraqis as "Untermenschen," a Hitler-derived term for inferior human beings. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6029.htm

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Shiite uprising taking political toll on U.S. Iraq policies:

''Everything points to the failure of the Americans' security policy in Iraq,'' said Mahmoud Othman, an outspoken member of the U.S.-backed Governing Council. ''The Americans cannot solve the problems of Iraq because of their ignorance of the language, customs and traditions.'' www.boston.com/dailynews/102/world/U_S_drive_to_deal_with_insurge:.shtml

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Bush Prays for a Drop in American Casualties :

President Bush said on Easter Sunday he was praying for American casualties to ebb in Iraq, but he braced the public for more in a U.S.-led fight that he described as "right for the security of our country. news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=544&u=/ap/20040411/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_2&printer=1

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While our troops remain on Iraq's streets there is no hope:

The transfer of sovereignty on June 30 will mean nothing if coalition troops remain on city streets. "They behave as though it is their country and we are all terrorists," said one Falluja resident www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1190110,00.html

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Sinking in their own spin:

According to a new book by Paul Rutherford, Weapons of Mass Persuasion, there are 20,000 more public relations experts in the United States doctoring the news than there are journalists trying to write it. www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Ottawa/Michael_Harris/2004/04/02/pf-405262.html

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US rejects Aussie firefighters:

Two Australian firefighters have criticised United States officials for not allowing them to take up lucrative work contracts in Iraq. www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1085373.htm

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Factional Fighting Spreads in Afghanistan :

Factional violence spread across Afghanistan on Sunday, with gunbattles in the north between militias of two powerful warlords leaving up to three fighters dead www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3966704,00.html

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Taliban Say Kill Afghan Spy Chief, Seize Districts:

Remnants of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban have killed a top intelligence chief and captured three districts near the border with Pakistan, a spokesman for the Islamic militia said on Monday. www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4801761

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Afghanistan's poor losing homes: UN report :

Thousands of people are being evicted from their homes by warlords, politicians and land speculators, according to a report prepared for the United Nations. www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/04/11/world/afghan_poor040411

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Palestinian shot dead by Israelis:

Abu Kibar was shot when he opened the door to his house. Israeli forces were looking for his wanted brother. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C4DD91DC-D672-4314-A375-213642340BC5.htm

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U.S. government debt jumping by trillions:

Late last year, Moody's Investors Service did something astonishing. The ratings agency said it could foresee circumstances that would force it to downgrade the sovereign debt of the U.S. government. www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/business/8403594.htm

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Nearly Half of Every Tax Dollar Goes to Military, National Debt:

Military spending in 2003 required 29 cents of every income tax dollar, with the debt taking another 20 cents, according to the National Priorities Project. www.commondreams.org/news2004/0409-03.htm

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IRS auditing fewer businesses, more individuals:

Researchers said the declining audits of businesses exposes a flaw in the administration‚s tough stance against corporate wrongdoing. www.jamestownsun.com/Main.asp?SectionID=31&SubSectionID=91&ArticleID=12151

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Date: 11 Apr 2004

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367 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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40 Iraqis killed in Baqouba clashes:

Kidnappers threaten to behead hostages: Street fighting erupted in Baghdad, and fierce battles raged in central Iraq, that left 40 Iraqis dead.
www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=61367

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Two Die When U.S. Copter Downed in Iraq:

Gunmen shot down a U.S. attack helicopter during fighting in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing its two crew members.
www.bonnercountydailybee.com/articles/2004/04/10/ap/Headlines/d81skeg80.txt

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Germany: Iraq Security Guards Likely Dead :

Two security agents for the German Embassy in Baghdad who have been missing in Iraq for several days are most likely dead, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3965296,00.html

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Iraq Insurgents Threaten to Kill American :

Insurgents who kidnapped an American civilian threatened in a videotape released Saturday to kill and mutilate him unless U.S. forces withdraw from the city of Fallujah.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3965295,00.html

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Al Jazeera denies reporting Japan hostages free:

The Arabic television station Al Jazeera has denied a Japanese news agency report which quoted it as saying that three Japanese hostages held in Iraq had been released.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=491858&section=news

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Will rolling heads crush rebellion, or Iraq itself?:

"I want heads to roll," US President George W. Bush told top US officials here last week. And rolled they have. More than 500 Iraqis have died as violence engulfed Iraq in the past week.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1081577940272

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Iraq Council Members in Talks with Rebel Cleric:

Several members of the Iraqi Governing Council are negotiating with rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to end a Shi'ite Muslim uprising in the center and south of the country, a member of the council said on Saturday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4797024

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Support for al-Sadr seen widening:

The large number of people attending Friday prayers at the Shiite cleric's mosque indicates growing support for his challange to the US authorities
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/04/11/2003136230

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Squad of the new Iraqi Army refuses mission in Falluja:

A squad of the new Iraqi Army refused to head to Falluja to help the US Forces in their battling for control of the city. US Major-General Paul Iten told the Washington Post daily that the Iraqi soldiers told the American Forces that they did not sign an obligation to fight the Iraqis when they first applied to the Army.
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=620647

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Fallouja Residents Call U.S. Tactics Oppressive:

Those who fled the city describe increasing sympathy for fighters despite U.S. claims
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-fallouja11apr11,1,3248363.story

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US tactics condemned by British officers:

Senior British commanders have condemned American military tactics in Iraq as heavy-handed and disproportionate.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/04/11/wtact11.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/11/

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U.S. will control Iraqi forces:

Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday that Iraqi forces will be under U.S. command even after the June 30 transfer of sovereignty, an announcement that is likely to cause added resentment in Iraq.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-pow
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Iraqi Girl Blog: One Year Later:

The bodies are decomposing in the heat and the people are struggling to bury them as quickly as they arrive. The football field that once supported running, youthful feet and cheering fans has turned into a mass grave holding men, women and children.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

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Fallujah:A Little Local Difficulty:

America could soon face an awkward dilemma: either remain in command of Iraq and be forced to commit some half million troops, or get out, effectively hand victory to Muslim militants, and lose international prestige.
www.sundayherald.com/41135

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How GI bullies are making enemies of their Iraqi friends:

By some estimates, as many as 25 per cent of the new Iraqi security forces, on which the US is depending to impose law and order after June 30, has quit or simply melted away.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/11/1081621841048.html

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Ex-British foreign secretaries Cook, Hurd blast US policy in Iraq:

Former British foreign secretaries Douglas Hurd and Robin Cook sharply criticised Washington's policy in Iraq, saying the United States was guilty of "overkill" and could not impose democracy in the war-shattered country through the use of force.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79576/1/.html

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'US is bigger threat than terror:

Globalisation and the US pose a more serious threat to the world than war and terrorism, according to a BBC poll. BBC World asked 1,500 viewers of its news and international channel for the biggest problems in the world with 52% saying the US and globalisation.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3613217.stm

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A Must Read

France Invades U.S:

Declaring the US "a rogue nation in violation of international law and in defiance of UN resolution 1441," France launched a major ground offensive to overturn what they called "the illegitimate regime of George W. Bush." Citing the 2000 election as proof of an unlawful government, the French claimed they are invading the US to bring democracy to the American people.

A Must Read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6028.htm

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MAUREEN DOWD: Our New No-Can-Do Nation:

Young Americans are bravely fighting and dying in Iraq, trying to fulfill the audacious vision of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to remold Iraq in the image of America. But while we try to turn them into us, who have we become?
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/opinion/11DOWD.html?th

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In remembrance: Named and identified victims of the war on Iraq

This table lists the names of 692 civilians killed as a result of the US-led military intervention in Iraq up to February 29th 2004.
www.iraqbodycount.net/names.htm

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Eric Margolis: Bush's Boy Blunder:

How the many intelligent people in U.S. President George Bush's administration can continue to make so many enormous blunders both astounds and dismays. Two examples:
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/04/11/416506.html

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Anti-war marchers take to the streets in 50 US cities:

Saturday's rallies were part of a nationwide protest planned throughout the weekend against the Bush administration's war policies in major US cities.
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en60783&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq:

Israeli advisers are helping train US special forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and military sources said yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1102869,00.html

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Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon:

"When we heard inaccurate statements by the British and the Americans, we made them aware of this, before the war. They said something on the nuclear subject and we made it clear to them that according to our information, this was not correct."
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/414501.html

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Afghanistan:

Fierce fighting erupted late Saturday between the fighters of Uzbek warlord Rashid Dostum and ex-Afghan premier Burhanuddin Rabbani in northern Afghanistan, a report said Sunday.
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=620595

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Civil war fear as Afghan city falls to warlord :

The forces of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a special adviser to President Hamid Karzai, who is known for crushing his prisoners under tanks, invaded the northern province of Faryab on Wednesday, according to officials.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1188797,00.html

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Afghan renegade continues advance:

An Afghan strongman whose forces have overrun a northern province has issued a stark warning to the U.S.-backed president — fire the defence and interior ministers or your government will fail.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=491500&section=news

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Osama spared as attack could have killed UAE princes:

Osama bin Laden could have been killed in a US air and missile attack but was spared because several senior members of the UAE ruling family were nearby.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-4-2004_pg7_6

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U.S. to declare Israel won't have to return to 1949 border :

Israel will not be asked in the future to withdraw to the 1949 cease-fire lines (the Green Line) on the West Bank, according to a letter U.S. President George Bush is to present to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Washington this week.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/414274.html

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US 'al-Qaeda memo': Full text:

The following is the full text of the intelligence briefing of 6 August 2001, prepared for President George W Bush, concerning the al-Qaeda threat to the United States.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3617289.stm

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Thinking Unthinkable Thoughts:

Theologian Charges White House Complicity in 9/11 Attack: In his latest book, The New Pearl Harbor ˜ released just two weeks ago ˜ Griffin all but accuses the Bush administration of taking a dive on September 11 and giving Al Qaeda terrorists an unobstructed shot at the World Trade Center.
independent.com/news/news906.htm

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Roots of Terrorism (and Bin Laden) Found in Cold War:

When U.S. Aided Insurgents, Did It Breed Future Terrorists?
truthout.org/docs_04/041104H.shtml

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War on Iraq is a Nuclear War:

And the fallout is coming this way, says independent scientist Leuren Moret: According to independent geoscientist Leuren Moret, the war on Iraq – like the war on Afghanistan – is a nuclear war. "Depleted uranium is a nuclear weapon and it is a weapon of mass destruction under the U. S. government's definition of weapons of mass destruction," Moret says.
www.awakenedwoman.com/moret_nuclear.htm

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Uranium Weapons Cover-ups – a Crime against Humankind:

They are illegal by virtue of international conventions, laws and customs of war. When used in populated areas or in the presence of numerous troops (enemy or friendly), they become weapons of delayed but mass destruction (WMD).
www.uraniumweaponsconference.de/background.htm

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Army ignored uranium poisoning complaints:

Six soldiers who have fallen ill since their return from Iraq said Friday that the Army ignored their complaints about uranium poisoning from U.S. weapons fired during combat.
www.diario.com.mx/nota.asp?notaid=b7c09a4dfcaf70e51b0f8c4bd133313c

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Falluja fighters agree to a 12-hour truce:

The two sides have agreed that the ceasefire will come into effect from 0600GMT on Sunday to pave the way for US marines to leave the town.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F83C2739-312F-499A-BC95-068392D3F8C2.htm

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Robert Fisk: War Lords to Their Critics: "Just Shut Up":

Thanks to the subservience of many members of the press, the US administration has had an easy time
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6027.htm

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U.S. Says Airman Killed in Iraq Mortar Attack:

One airman was killed and two wounded in a mortar attack on a U.S. airbase north of Baghdad on Saturday, the U.S. army said in a statement.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20040410/ts_nm/iraq_airman_dc

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Iraqi group says will release Japanese:

An Iraqi group which said it kidnapped three Japanese hostages has said it will release them within 24 hours, abandoning a threat to kill them, Arabic television station Al Jazeera said on Saturday.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=491784&section=news

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Two German embassy staff missing in Iraq:

A search is under way for two German security officials who disappeared and may have been killed while travelling between Amman and Baghdad, officials in Berlin say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=491719&section=news

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U.S. Forces Want Al-Jazeera Out Of Fallujah:

As Brig Gen Mark Kimmitt, the deputy director of U.S. military operations in Iraq, was speaking by phone on al-Jazeera and insisting that American forces declared a unilateral ceasefire in Fallujah, the channel was airing live images of continued air raids by F16 fighter jets on residential neighborhoods of the town.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-04/09/article06.shtml

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Aljazeera under fire in Falluja :

The only television crew reporting from inside the besieged town, Aljazeera crew members on Friday complained they had been fired at twice during the day.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3B3253DC-F741-4F90-B568-2C9CBDEFECD4.htm

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U.S. Seeks Truce With Fallujah Militants :

Government negotiators entered the besieged city of Fallujah Saturday as fierce battles raged elsewhere in central Iraq, including Baghdad. Forty Iraqis were killed, two U.S. servicemembers and two Germans were missing, an American civilian was captured and a Red Crescent official was gunned down.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&e=1&u=/ap/20040410/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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Iraq Red Crescent chief and wife murdered :

The bodies of Barzan Umar Ahmad and his wife Sazane Ismail Abd Allah, who also works at the Red Crescent, were discovered late on Friday on a street in the Hay al-Intisar district in the northern city of Mosul
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F423832B-9653-402F-B5D5-8B26E5EC6EBF.htm

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Robert Fisk: The War's One Simple Truth – Iraqis Do Not Want Us:

Over the months, the isolation of the occupation authorities from the Iraqi people they were supposed to care so much about was only paralleled by the vast distance in false hope and self-deceit between the occupying powers in Baghdad and their masters back in Washington.

A must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6023.htm

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In case you missed it: A tale of two photos:

Media manipulation on a grand scale? Was this a US Army propaganda coup.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2838.htm

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Third World Resistance and Western Intellectual Solidarity:

The resistance is winning. Never mind the "proportions"—five or ten or twenty Iraqis for each colonial soldier. The Iraqi Resistance has won politically: No appointed official has any future: They exist as long as the US military remains but they will flee from the rooftops of their bunkers as the US withdraws.

A must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6024.htm

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Under Fire, Security Firms Form An Alliance :

Under assault by insurgents and unable to rely on U.S. and coalition troops for intelligence or help under duress, private security firms in Iraq have begun to band together in the past 48 hours, organizing what may effectively be the largest private army in the world, with its own rescue teams and pooled, sensitive intelligence.

A must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6026.htm

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Answers sought on US 'private armies' in Iraq:

Thirteen of the most powerful US opposition senators have asked Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to explain the role of civilian contractors in Iraq.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1084967.htm

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Security Firms Coming Under Fire in Iraq:

The pay for private workers in dangerous places like Iraq is generous. Experienced people can make $1,000 a day, according to Singer. The first $120,000 earned by Americans working in Iraq is tax-free, Murray said. www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/8403212.htm

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U.S. Forces Retreat From Baghdad's Sadr City:

U.S. soldiers in Baghdad evacuated police stations and the town hall in Baghdad's Shiite Muslim district of Sadr City after five days of fighting with supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aysaehvbnNPo&refer=us

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Refugees stream out of Fallujah:

The people of Fallujah carried their dead to the city's soccer stadium and buried them under the field on Friday, unable to get to cemeteries because of a U.S. siege of the city.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040409-1759-iraq-fallujah.html

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Doctor reveals Falluja's horror toll:

At least 450 Iraqis have been killed and more than 1000 others wounded in fighting in the city of Falluja this week, says a doctor who runs the city's main hospital
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/35D16627-E268-4ACE-B0E0-553C6624058D.htm

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Iraq Council Demands Immediate Cease-Fire:

In a split between U.S.-picked Iraqi leaders and American administrators, the Governing Council demanded an immediate cease-fire across the country Friday and a halt to military operations that punish civilians.
www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/8397918.htm?1c

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Iraq's enemy within:

The governing council is as responsible as the US-led occupation forces for Iraq's rapid slide into chaos and bloodshed. They have been watching in silence while Iraqis have been killed in Basra, Nassiriya, Kirkuk, Amara, Baquba, Kut, Kerbala and Najaf.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1189396,00.html

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Fallujah Bloodbath threatens US-Appointed Iraqi Government with Collapse:

Not only has what many Iraqis call "the puppet council" taken a stand against Bush administration tactics in Iraq. Old-time Sunni nationalist leader Adnan Pachachi thundered on al-Arabiya televsion, "It was not right to punish all the people of Fallujah, and we consider these operations by the Americans unacceptable and illegal."
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6025.htm

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Neocons See Iran Behind Shi'ite Uprising :

Neo-conservatives close to the administration of President George W Bush are pushing for retribution against Iran for, they say, sponsoring this week's Shiite uprising in Iraq led by radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
www.antiwar.com/lobe/?articleid=2282

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Moqtada al-Sadr:

The Latest Neocon Excuse to Kill Iranians
www.dissidentvoice.org/April2004/Nimmo0410.htm

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North Korea says standoff with US at "brink of nuclear war":

North Korea said Friday the standoff over its atomic ambitions was on the brink of nuclear war as US Vice President Dick Cheney headed to the region for talks with key Asian allies.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040409115806.6oukxw6z.html

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12-year-old Palestinian girl killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip :

Iman Tolba sustained a fatal bullet wound to the head and died shortly after her arrival in hospital, Palestinian medics said Saturday.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79545/1/.html

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Bush Was Warned of Possible Attack in U.S., Official Says:

The disclosure appears to contradict the White House's repeated assertions that the briefing the president received about the Qaeda threat was "historical" in nature and that the White House had little reason to suspect a Qaeda attack within American borders.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6022.htm

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In case you missed it:

Aug. Memo Focused On Attacks in U.S. :

Bush had specifically asked for an intelligence analysis of possible al Qaeda attacks within the United States.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A35744-2002May17?

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All in the (Profiteering) First Family:

Close relatives of President George W. Bush continue to benefit financially from the Iraq invasion
www.populist.com/04.7.burns.html

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FBI Disputing Rice testimony:

The FBI on Friday disputed National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony that it was conducting 70 separate investigations of al-Qaida cells in the United States before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-rice0410,0,3695500.story?coll=ny-nation-big-pix

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American Airlines Revealed Passenger Data :

American Airlines revealed yesterday that it authorized the release of 1.2 million records containing private passenger data to the government and that the information wound up in the hands of four companies competing for a federal security contract.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A720-2004Apr9.html

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Bush signs bill giving pension aid to US companies:

President George W. Bush signed into law on Saturday a measure aimed at saving U.S. companies more than $80 billion in pension contributions over two years, days before many firms make quarterly payments.
www.forbes.com/personalfinance/funds/newswire/2004/04/10/rtr1328494.html

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Date: 9 Apr 2004

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"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many, what day it's gonna happen? It's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?": George W. Bush's mother Barbara on ABC/Good Morning America, March 18, 2003

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365 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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At least 450 Iraqis killed in Falluja this week:

At least 450 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in fighting in the city of Falluja this week, the director of the main hospital, Rafi Hayad, told Reuters.
uk.news.yahoo.com/040409/325/eqpwd.html

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Dahr Jamail: Continuing Slaughter, Kidnappings, US Rhetoric:

A close Iraqi friend angrily said to me tonight, „They kill 280 Iraqis in Falluja because four American mercenaries were killed? This is the justice? This is fair?‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6018.htm

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Two US helicopter gunships reportedly downed in Iraq:

Two US helicopter gunships were reportedly downed near El-Falluja. One of the craft crashed in the Al-Qarma suburb and the other in a green locality close to the city.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=669692&PageNum=0

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Two U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi Driver Killed In Baghdad:

Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad on Friday, one when insurgents attacked a convoy transporting fuel toward the western edge of the capital, the military said.

Nine people were killed in the attack.
wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=1774547&nav=0RZFMBKH

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British guard shot dead in Iraq:

A British man working for a U.S. security company in Iraq has been shot dead, the Foreign Office and relatives say.
uk.news.yahoo.com/040409/325/eqpx0.html

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Blair holidays in Bermuda as Iraq crisis mounts:

As protesters heckled Mr Blair on the holiday island, Labour MPs at home demanded a recall of Parliament ahead of Mr Blair's crisis talks in the US.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1-1068802,00.html

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The Empty Room:

Condi Rice was in Washington trying to pass her oral exam before the 9/11 commission yesterday, and the president was on vacation in Texas. As usual, they were in close agreement, this time on the fact that neither they nor anyone else in this remarkably aloof and arrogant administration is responsible for the tragic mess unfolding in Iraq, and its implications for the worldwide war on terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6019.htm

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All's Well in Iraq – Just Ask the Dead:

If things were spinning out of control, would President Bush be on Easter holiday at the ranch in Texas, where he was visited Thursday by members of the National Rifle Assn., Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6020.htm

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Can Bullets and Bombs Establish Justice in Iraq?:

As violent resistance to the U.S. occupation increases throughout Iraq and as the Shiites as well as the Sunnis fight pitched battles with the occupation forces, the Bush administration‚s devotion to justice stands clearly revealed as declaration without substance.
www.independent.org/tii/news/040408Higgs.html

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Several Iraqis killed in fresh clashes:

Fresh clashes between Polish and Bulgarian troops and the Shia militia in the holy city of Karbala killed 15 Iraqis, while six Iranian pilgrims were shot dead at a Polish checkpoint.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BBCEF316-FD7F-4E59-A794-5B26F59AD13D.htm

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Donkey cart attack kills 10 Iraqis :

A donkey cart packed with explosives blew up moments after a convoy of US troops drove past it today, killing 10 Iraqis and injuring 20.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/04/08/story141963.html

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After the fall:

One year's civilian death toll:
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=509888

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Iraq Coalition Casualties:

Military Fatalities: By Month
lunaville.org/warcasualties/Summary.aspx

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US attack belies Bremer's Falluja 'truce':

Minutes after Bremer's announcement, US forces carried out a fresh offensive on Falluja bombing the town from the air. Scores of residents were injured in the attack, reported our correspondent.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C1FC177A-9A9F-4933-9F33-73CD512990A0.htm

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US commander will not take blame for unrest:

America's top commander in Iraq has warned Washington that he will not be "the fall guy" if violence in the country worsens, it emerged yesterday, as word leaked out that US generals are "outraged" by their lack of soldiers.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/
04/09/wirq109.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/09/ixnewstop.html

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Al Sadr Says US Facing Civil Revolt In Iraq, Should Quit :

"I direct my speech to my enemy (U.S. President George W.) Bush and I tell him that if your excuse was that you are fighting Saddam, then this thing is the past and now you are fighting the entire Iraqi people," al-Sadr said in a Friday prayer sermon, delivered by one of his deputy's at the Imam Ali Shrine, Shiite Islam's holiest site, in Najaf.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004040913040003&Take=1

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Insurgents seize main highway between western Iraq towns:

Armed insurgents today seized control of the highway linking the predominantly Sunni Muslim town of Abu Gharib with the besieged city of Fallujah further west of Baghdad
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/09/1081326934785.html?from=storyrhs

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Iraqis told them to go from day one:

The 160,000 occupation forces, backed up by mass destruction technology, are now deemed insufficient in the fight against the Sunni diehards and the Shia unrepresentative extremists. Furthermore, many thousands of foreign fighters have indeed come "flooding" into Iraq – not terrorists sent by Bin Laden but mercenaries hired by the occupation authorities.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1188857,00.html

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CBC News Report From Fallaga:

Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6017.htm

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Anger Grows On Iraq Governing Council Over Fallujah Siege :

Anger grew among U.S.-picked Iraqi leaders over the Marines bloody seige of Fallujah, with one member of the Governing Council suspending his membership and another threatening to quit. The council requested Friday's halt in the Marine assault to allow talks on reducing the violence, a U.S. spokesman said.
news.nasdaq.com/news/newsStory.aspx?&cpath=200404
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Corpses litter streets in Fallujah :

Corpses littered the streets of the Iraqi town of Fallujah on Thursday as US marines met ferocious resistance in the Sunni Muslim bastion which their commander compared to the Vietnam war.
iafrica.com/news/worldnews/315101.htm

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Coalition control crumbles in Iraq:

A year after seizing Baghdad with much fanfare, United States-led forces struggled on Friday to maintain crumbling control of much of central and southern Iraq against stiff resistance from Sunni and Shiite insurgents.
www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?ao=33983

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US now 'the common enemy':

Any power occupying a foreign country has two options, said Nadim Shehadi, an expert from the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. "You can divide and rule, or you can attack everybody and the effect is that you unite them against you," Shehadi told AFP.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9231678%255E2703,00.html

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Iraqis Insist On Expelling Occupation:

Sunni and Shiite leaders called Friday, April 9, for joining forces to expel occupation forces ˆ exactly one year since the U.S.-British soldiers seized the oil-rich country.
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2004-04/09/article04.shtml

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Now it is America that desperately needs rescuing:

The limits of raw military power are being learned again in Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1188858,00.html

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Scholars Condemn U.S. ŒGenocide‚ In Iraq:

The U.S. occupation forces should halt their "brutal genocide" against Iraqis and international community has to intervene for stopping this aggression that does not exempt even mosques or sanctities, 67 world Muslim scholars said in a statement.
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2004-04/09/article03.shtml

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Imam calls for strike to protest against US offensives:

Prominent cleric Sheikh Harith Sulaiman al-Dhari called for a three-day strike to protest US army offensives, and branded US-appointed politicians as "traitors" siding with the occupation of Iraq. "Fire on every traitor, and to everyone who pushed towards occupying this country," said Dhari.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/09/1081326934698.html?from=storyrhs

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4 Italians Seized By Insurgents In W Baghdad -Kyodo :

Four Italians have been seized by insurgents in Iraq on the western outskirts of Baghdad on Friday, Kyodo News reported, citing a U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) spokesman.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004040916120003&Take=1

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Iraqi Insurgents Say Seize Six Foreigners:

Iraqi insurgents said they had seized four Italians and two Americans on the western outskirts of Baghdad on Friday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4794294&section=news

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Despair and anger in Japan as troops stay in Iraq despite kidnap drama:

The families of three Japanese hostages in Iraq voiced anger and despair as the government refused to pull its troops from the country as the deadline for their threatened execution drew nearer.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79455/1/.html

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Japan troops temporarily halt operations in Iraq:

Japanese troops have temporarily halted humanitarian operations in Iraq in view of worsening security, a Defense Agency official said, with one media report saying they had been targetted in an attack for the first time.
sg.news.yahoo.com/040408/1/3jcur.html

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Arafat Seeks Freedom for Palestinians Held in Iraq:

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat personally intervened on Friday to seek the release of two Palestinians who were abducted by insurgents in Iraq and accused of spying for Israel, his office said.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040409_103.html

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Al-Sadr's Militia Not Behind Iraq Japanese Kidnaps – Aide :

-A senior aide to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Friday denied that militiamen loyal to the cleric were involved in the kidnapping of three Japanese and threats to burn them alive unless Japan agrees to withdraw its troops from Iraq.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004040912040004&Take=1

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U.S. DOESN'T WANT TO GIVE UP POWER:

The Bush administration's commitment to restore sovereignty to the Iraqi people on June 30 is as illusory as Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. This ``Law of Administration for the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period'' is a deceptive document designed to obscure continued U.S. control.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6021.htm

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Moscow calls for end to hostilities in Iraq
www.interfax.ru/e/B/0/28.html?id_issue=9688682

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Norwegian People‚s Aid withdraw from Baghdad:

As a result of the present security situation, NPA suspends the mine clearing activity in Baghdad and withdraws the international staff to Amman in Jordan. The local staff is sent home to be with their families.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/10815185422.htm

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Losing touch with reality : S

hortly before being elected US president, George Bush wasn't able to name the president of Pakistan when asked in a televised interview. Yet, according to his national security advisor Condoleezza Rice, in the months leading up to September 11, President Bush was fully briefed and supported a detailed plan to help General Musharraf cut off support to al-Qaida in Afghanistan.
www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1188852,00.html

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Musharraf: Iraq war 'draining resources from fight against al-Qaida':

Musharraf said his government was receiving „very minimal‰ assistance to hunt down leaders of al-Qaida and the Taliban believed to be hiding in the remote, mountainous territories along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=50227290&p=5xzz7644&n=50227685

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Powell: U.S. has no plans to penalize Israel for fence route :

The United States does not now plan to cut loan guarantees to Israel because of a barrier it is building through Palestinian areas in the West Bank, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Thursday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/413926.html

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Fugitive plots removal of Chávez:

A Venezuelan general says from his hide-out that he remains committed to the overthrow of President Hugo Chávez.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/8390717.htm?1c

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Nine Killed in Sri Lanka Rebel Fighting :–

Rival Tamil Tiger guerrilla factions fought with mortars and guns Friday, in a battle that killed at least nine people, wounded 20 and imperiled Sri Lanka's fragile hopes for peace.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V2828.AP-Sri-Lanka-Rebel.html

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340 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Falluja 280 people killed: toll mounts:

Doctors in Falluja want the siege on the town lifted for shifting patients with serious injuries even as brutal street battles rage.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/79CAAE90-3E7F-4815-B47D-46863A64A7E6.htm

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10 Iraqis killed in Najaf:

TEN Iraqis were killed and 20 wounded in clashes yesterday between coalition forces and supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, hospital officials in Najaf reported.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9229090%255E401,00.html

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Up to 300 dead in Falluja: US loses control of two cities:

Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez said today that Ukrainians in Kut and Spaniards in Najaf – had retreated to their bases on the outskirts of the cities, effectively ceding control to the Shia fighters.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1188454,00.html

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Marine killed as Shiite militias control parts of 3 Iraqi cities:

The militia led by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has full control over the city of Kut and partial control in Najaf, but coalition forces will move soon to break their hold, said Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-iraq0408,0,5725935.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

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US kills hundreds of Iraqis in effort to deal with insurgency:

The US Army not only targeted the Sunni or Shia resistance ˆuntil now there has been little armed Shia resistance against the occupying forcesˆ they also attacked civilians.
www.berria.info/english/ikusi.php?id=394

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The price of US hubris in Iraq:

US troops fired on April 4 at demonstrators protesting against the Provisional Coalition Authority. At least 47 people were killed and many more injured in Baghdad. In Najaf, too, use of force resulted in killing 20 demonstrators and nearly 150 injured. What is going on?
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_8-4-2004_pg3_1

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Senior Shia cleric criticises US and calls for calm:

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, last night condemned US forces for the way they were putting down a Shia uprising and called for calm on all sides
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1188123,00.html

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US 'kills 40' in mosque attack :

Witnesses said the attack came as worshippers gathered for afternoon prayers. Improvised hospitals were set up in private homes to treat the wounded and prepare the dead for burial.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=509582

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40 U.S. combat deaths in the seven days :

The number of wounded has reached 2,988.
www.heraldnet.com/Stories/04/4/8/18452371.cfm

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Battles rage from north to south: ·

Dozens die in bomb and missile attack near mosque. · Militia leader warns: Iraq will be new Vietnam. Blow to US as ayatollah fails to condemn uprising
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1188158,00.html

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U.S. Forces Fire At Aid Convoys To Fallujah:

The U.S. soldiers opened fire on aid convoys taking relief supplies to Fallujah, sealed off by occupation forces for the fourth consecutive day, eyewitnesses said.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-04/08/article04.shtml

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Marchers break through US roadblocks:

THOUSANDS of Sunni and Shiite Muslims forced their way through US military checkpoints Thursday to ferry food and medical supplies to the besieged Sunni bastion of Fallujah where US marines are trying to crush insurgents.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9231695%255E2,00.html

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Iraq police refuse to confront insurgents:

Analysts now say the best military solution to the rising tide of Sunni and Shiite attacks – and unexpected alliances – is a major increase in US forces.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0408/p01s02-woiq.html

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Rumsfeld denies Iraq situation spiralling out of control:

He says the attacks are the work of a relatively small number of people and not a popular uprising.
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1083729.htm

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Bush and Blair have lit a fire which could consume them:

The Iraqi uprising will drive home the forgotten lessons of empire. Where are they now, the cheerleaders for war on Iraq? Where are the US Republican hawks who predicted the Anglo-American invasion would be a "cakewalk", greeted by cheering Iraqis? Or the liberal apologists, who hailed a "new dawn" for freedom and democracy in the Arab world
politics.guardian.co.uk/columnist/story/0,9321,1188191,00.html

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Japanese, Koreans taken hostage in Iraq:

"We are the sons of Muslim Iraqi people. We were friends and on good terms. Why did you betray us and support the US forces which have violated our soil, our sacred places and land and shed the blood of our children?
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/08AE4283-9193-4564-9417-167B50B27BD7.htm

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Japan has no plans to withdraw from Iraq: government spokesman :

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said the Japanese government was still trying to confirm media reports that captors have threatened to kill the hostages identified as two aid workers and a journalist unless Japan pulls its forces from Iraq.
www.boston.com/dailynews/099/world/Japan_has_no_plans_to_withdraw:.shtml

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Mosques will be targeted: commander:

Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, speaking to CNN from Baghdad, said US forces had dropped two 227kg precision-guided bombs on a mosque compound in Fallujah, Iraq, because local insurgents were using the compound as cover to fire at US soldiers.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9225135^1702,00.html

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UK: Cook tells US to stop 'warrior act' in Iraq:

AMERICAN forces are fuelling violence in Iraq by "acting like warriors", former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said today.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=399642004

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Bringing Democracy to the oppressed.

We never get tired of that story. : Only problem is, these days, the oppressed don't seem too grateful. Maybe because sometimes we're doing the oppressing, even if it is all in the name of Democracy.
www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1725&dept_id=45406&newsid=11259548&PAG=461&rfi=9

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Dealing with the images of carnage:

Photographs are powerful, and Americans have long found it difficult to face those that capture the horror of war. The news media have been reluctant to publish images of death in Iraq, and the Bush administration has done its best to hamper photographers, even banning photographs of body bags and coffins. www.iht.com/cgi-
bin/generic.cgi?template=articleprint.tmplh&ArticleId=513792

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A Lynching in Fallujah:

A Year of US Occupation Bears Strange Fruit: In the United States, lynchings were often commemorated by post cards, so that mob members could share the glories of the event with distant friends and relatives. Lynch mobs were not punished, despite the attempt by some to make lynching a federal crime. Lynching was swept under the rug.
www.islamonline.net/english/In_Depth/Iraq_Aftermath/2004/04/article_02.shtml

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US stoking unrest before festival, say Shia:

US soldiers do not seem able to distinguish between the Army of the Mehdi and ordinary Shia pilgrims on their way to the holy city of Kerbala to commemorate the feast of Arbain, which starts today, forty days after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, one of the founders of their faith.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=509579

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Only the fools are optimistic in Iraq:

If the Americans stay, more innocent Iraqis will be killed by them and more Iraqis will die fighting them. More American boys will die for nothing far away from home.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FD09Ak01.html

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Cut And Run Now:

Only Lunatics Keep Fighting an Unwinnable War
www.uexpress.com/tedrall/

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Journalists killed by U.S. troops remembered in Iraq :

The brother of a Spanish journalist killed by U.S. troops in Baghdad on April 8 last year laid flowers in the Iraqi capital in his memory on Thursday and demanded those responsible be brought to account.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:40755ba2:e48e2ac5
65837c56?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4785479

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The cost of the Iraq war: One year on:

By the end of this year, the US Government will have spent $150bn on invading and then rebuilding Iraq. That sounds like a lot – but the real question should be whether it is anywhere near enough.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3603923.stm

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US: From nation-building to religion-building:

"We need an Islamic reformation," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz confided on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq last year, "and I think there is real hope for one".
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FD09Ak04.html

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Inside the bubble:

Late last year, the award-winning novelist Linda Grant moved to Tel Aviv for four months. What she discovered was a society in a state of profound denial – and the horrifying possibility that there may be no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1188052,00.html

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Weeks before 9/11 Bush told

"Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States".
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=491119&section=news

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What the 9/11 Commission Overlooks :

Sure we should be discussing the months leading up to the attack. But what about the proxy-war strategy that helped create al Qaeda?
www.time.com/time/columnist/karon/article/0,9565,606905,00.html

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Rice faces accusation on eve of testimony :

A senior terrorism expert said yesterday that he had delivered a final desperate warning of an inevitable terrorist attack to Condoleezza Rice five days before al-Qaida struck New York's World Trade Centre and the Pentagon in Washington.
www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1188133,00.html

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U.S. terrorism policy spawns steady staff exodus:

Former counterterrorism officials said at least half a dozen have left the White House Office for Combating Terrorism or related agencies in frustration in the 2 1/2 years since the attacks.
www.forbes.com/iraq/newswire/2004/04/07/rtr1326389.html

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Six Die in Afghan Clashes, U.S. Soldier Hurt:

Three Afghan security men and three Taliban guerrillas were killed in clashes in a southern province in which a U.S. soldier was also wounded, security officials said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4784252

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Dostum's forces capture Afghan town:

Forces of a renegade adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai have overrun the capital of a northern province.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/322C6CE6-8D3C-4BD6-83F3-ACB76DF40162.htm

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Afghan warlord's troops overrun provincial capital, governor flees:
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0408AfghanFighting08-ON.html

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Afghan troops sent to remote region to counter warlord's attack:

The Afghan Government was preparing to send troops to a northern province that has come under attack from forces of a regional strongman in a fresh challenge to President Hamid Karzai's authority.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/08/1081326867257.html

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Uzbek unrest blamed on policies; regime's brutality may fuel militancy:

The series of bombings and other attacks last week in this impoverished Central Asian nation appeared to have a common target: Uzbek law-enforcement. Grieving over the torture death of one son and worrying about the jailing of another, Fatima Mukhadyrova isn't surprised.
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/8379038.htm?1c

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U.S. Special Forces Trained and Armed Haitian Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries in D.R.:

Dominican soldiers claim 200 U.S. Special Forces were in the country to train the so-called Haitian rebel forces before going into Haiti to depose Aristide.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/07/1527256

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Two reporters ordered to erase Scalia tapes :

Two reporters were ordered Wednesday to erase their tape recordings of a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a Mississippi high school.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0404/08scalia.html

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