Information Clearing House  Digest April 14-19 2004
Date: 19 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR -10 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Two employees of U.S.-funded Iraqi television shot dead by U.S. troops, station says:

Correspondent Asaad Kadhim and driver Hussein Saleh were killed. Cameraman Bassem Kamel was wounded "after American forces opened fire on them while they were performing their duty," the station announced.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040419-1141-iraq-journalistskilled.html

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US Officials Announce Agreement in Fallujah:

U.S. officials say they have reached an agreement with local leaders in Fallujah to defuse tension caused by two weeks of intense clashes.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=E00AFB97-511F-40F6-BEC331236128740B

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U.S. to hold off entering Najaf:

U.S. forces poised outside Najaf say they will allow time for talks before any attempt to enter the holy Iraqi city to seize a rebel cleric — a move that could spark new unrest
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=4874141

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US rebukes Spain for Iraq pullout:

He also warned Madrid against taking further actions which would give "false comfort to terrorists".
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3640459.stm

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Bush to Tap Negroponte as Iraq Ambassador:

President Bush on Monday will tap John Negroponte, the American ambassador to the United Nations, as his ambassador to Iraq, a Bush administration official said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4868293

More on Negroponte
tinyurl.com/2moub

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99 U.S. soldiers in Iraq killed in April :

Ten U.S. troops were killed on Saturday in combat across Iraq – including five U.S. Marines killed in pitched battles near the Syrian border – and an eleventh soldier died in a tank rollover, the military said.
newsobserver.com/24hour/world/story/1297992p-8430374c.html

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Saudis pledged oil price cut before US vote-report:

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, promised President Bush the Saudis would cut oil prices before November to ensure the U.S. economy is strong on election day, journalist Bob Woodward said in a television interview Sunday.
www.forbes.com/home/newswire/2004/04/18/rtr1335645.html

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Video: Bob Woodward: 60 Minutes Interview.

Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6054.htm

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Deal made with Saudis to Influence November Election:

George W. Bush made a deal with Saudi Arabia to lower fuel prices before the coming November election. The lowered prices would give the appearance of a strong economy in contrast to the current, record high prices.
www.washingtondispatch.com/spectrum/archives/000079.html

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Bob Woodward: With CIA Push, Movement to War Accelerated :

"I want you to do it," Bush told the secretary of state. "You have the credibility to do it." Powell was flattered to be asked to do what no one else could.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6057.htm

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White House Irked as Powell Airs Iraq Misgivings:

Critics of Mr. Powell in the hawkish wing of the administration said they were startled by what they saw as his self-serving decision to help fill out a portrait that enhances his reputation as a farsighted analyst, perhaps at the expense of Mr. Bush. Several said the book guaranteed what they expected anyway, that Mr. Powell will not stay as secretary if Mr. Bush is re-elected.
www.starbanner.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040419/ZNYT02/404190311/1009/BUSINESS

tinyurl.com/ywyj4

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The Wrong War:

Follow me, said the president. And, tragically, we did. With his misbegotten war in Iraq, his failure to throw everything we had at Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, and his fantasy of using military might as a magic wand to "change the world," President Bush has ushered the American people into a bloody and mind-bending theater of the absurd.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6052.htm

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Bush told public that important Iraq meeting with war commander was about Afghanistan

Following an important meeting on Iraq war planning in late 2001, President Bush told the public that the discussions were about Afghanistan. He made no mention afterward about Iraq even though that was the real focus of the session at his ranch.
www.boston.com/dailynews/108/wash/Bush_told_public_that_importan:.shtml

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The neocon conundrum:

With the situation in Iraq darkening, hawks are saying we can't leave without unleashing a catastrophe. The problem is, that'll happen if we stay, too.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6053.htm

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Iraqi Health Minister Questions U.S. Targeting of Falluja Ambulances:

The minister acknowledged the U.S. military had been intentionally targeting ambulances in Falluja. He expressed his outrage over the matter, and stated that he had personally pressed the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) and Bremer for explanations about why these human rights violations, as well as violations of the Geneva Conventions, are occurring.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6051.htm

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American Marine "Ashamed" Of Iraq Experience :

Ever since his return home last April, U.S. Marine Jimmy Massey has had a hard time sleeping, feeling "ashamed" of involvement in killing no less than 30 Iraqi civilians during his one-month mission.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-04/17/article04.shtml

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Sheep to the slaughter:

Most Americans do not know of the atrocities committed in their name
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6058.htm

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Bremer: Iraqi security won't be ready by June 30:

The comments by L. Paul Bremer aimed to defend the continued heavy presence of U.S. troops in Iraq after the occupation officially ends, but also delivered a rare, blunt assessment to the Iraqi people.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2515087

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Quakers Evacuate Baghdad As Security Deteriorates:

Rick McDowell of the American Friends Service Committee reports, in a message dated Apr. 14: "The U.S. and its Coalition partners have lost the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people and are quickly losing their military advantage."
www.ufppc.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=432&Itemid=2

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Invade Iraq? It's a no brainer :

Everyone agrees that President George Bush's lobotomy has been a tremendous success. Dick Cheney, the vice-president, declared that he was fully satisfied with it from his point of view.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1194707,00.html

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Lack of critical media gave Government free rein on Iraq invasion
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/18/1082226632717.html

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The return of people's war :

Iraq shows the west and its new liberal imperialists have forgotten the lessons of history
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1194671,00.html

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Coming home:

Sheila Cobb, mother of Pvt. 1st Class Christopher Cobb, is held up by marines after she collapsed by the side of her son's grave during his burial ceremony on Wednesday at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton, Fla.
www.duckdaotsu.org/cominghome_in_view.html

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Palestinian killed in protest against Israel:

A Palestinian was killed and another seriously wounded by Israeli gunfire during a protest at a village northwest of Jerusalem against Israel's West Bank barrier, hospital sources said
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en61757&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Rocket hits Israeli settlement, three wounded:

A Palestinian rocket exploded in the Jewish settlement of Nisanit after nightfall Monday, rescue workers and settlers said, and three Israelis were lightly wounded
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/04/19/international1332EDT0579.DTL

tinyurl.com/3glzv

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The legacy of Lebanon :

It appears that Israel's prime minister Ariel Sharon is clearing the way for Israel's withdrawal from Gaza – and in doing so aims to decapitate the leadership of Hamas.
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1194913,00.html

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Bush Blows It Again:

This week he guaranteed that more Americans will die from terrorist attacks due to his stabbing the Palestinians in the back. He has from the beginning acted as if he were a ventriloquist's dummy and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon were the ventriloquist.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040419/index.php

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Sharon's banana republics :

Bush and Blair have allowed Israel to dictate their Middle East policy and carry out a Palestinian politicide
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/comment/0,10551,1194795,00.html

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Terrorist Summit :

The world's most dangerous terrorist, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, after this past week's terror summit with his subordinate puppet, President George W. Bush, promptly ordered the murder and assassination of Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the successor to Sheik Ahmed Yassin, head of Hamas.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6055.htm

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Israel to make major investment in settlements:

Benjamin Netanyahu, who is now finance minister, says tens of (m) millions will be invested in West Bank settlements, even as Israel plans to pull out of Gaza and some other parts of the West Bank.
www.wtev.com/news/world/story.aspx?content_id=
38DE09EB-AB41-412D-8A86-83A538C4AF87

tinyurl.com/2wash

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Vanunu calls for Israel to destory nuclear reactor :

Mr Vanunu also vowed to fight against Israeli curbs on his freedom after he is released, which include barring him from leaving the country, tapping his telephone and restricting his access to the media and foreigners.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=
FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420437411

tinyurl.com/2apwk

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Vanunu: What I did was not espionage or treason:

Vanunu goes on to slam the state. "There is no need for a Jewish state," he says, adding that a Palestinian state should be established instead where the Jews can also live.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/417038.html

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A whistle blower mightier than Israel:

Vanunu‚s only crime was to warn the world of the madness that had caused the leadership of his country, Israel, to stockpile up to 200 nuclear weapons.
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=Opinion&OID=49260

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Bob Woodward: Rove Revels in Democrat Kerry's Lead:

Rove's eyebrows were jumping up and down as he read. "My personal favorite," he said, quoting Kerry on March 19, 2003, the day the war started: "I think Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction are a threat, and that's why I voted to hold him accountable and to make certain that we disarm him."
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6056.htm

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More Than a Failing: Woke Up And America Was Gone:

It was obvious right from the beginning that the 9-11 investigation was yet another "Warren Commission" whitewash along the same lines as that commission's cover-up of the JFK assassination.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6059.htm

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F.B.I: Fraud, Bureaubabble And Intimidation:

The FBI's failings have been recognized as far back as 1987, and even prior. False evidence and political expediency have sent known-to-be innocent people to prison for virtual life sentences to protect criminal informants relative to "more important" cases and convictions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6062.htm

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Bush Isn't Leveling:

George Bush isn't leveling with the American people. Our armed forces are woefully understaffed yet no one is saying the "D" word out loud. Yet the nations selective service system was given an additional $28 million dollars this year to aid it in fully staffing draft boards. around the nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6060.htm

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What Tax Cut?:

Any long-term financial benefit anticipated from the Bush tax cuts has likely gone right out the window to the rising cost of health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6061.htm

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18/04/04

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6 Marines, scores of Iraqis killed in fierce battle: According to Marines, an estimated 300 Iraqis from Fallujah and Ramadi launched an assault against the Americans in Husaybah around 8 a.m. local time, beginning with a roadside bombing and a flurry of 24 mortars.
www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/world/8456408.htm

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Another 3 U.S. soldiers are killed in Baghdad attack:

Iraqi gunmen reportedly fired rocket propelled grenades at a U.S. patrol in a Baghdad suburb Saturday, killing three soldiers and wounding three others.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040417-082900-7059r.htm

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More occupation troops killed in Iraq:

Clashes broke out after the convoy was attacked on Saturday night, in which witnesses said at least seven Iraqis were killed.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/245CCB97-8740-427D-97B1-EFD32788ADEA.htm

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Three U.N. officers die in Kosovo gun battle:

Two Americans and a Jordanian were shot dead in Kosovo yesterday in a gun battle between members of the United Nations law enforcement mission.
tinyurl.com/387fo

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8 Afghan soldiers die in gunfire:

A local governor says eight Afghan troops have been killed by suspected Taliban rebels firing rockets and machine guns.
www.whnt19.com/Global/story.asp?S=1793498

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Three Afghan policemen killed:

A KNIFE-wielding attacker today killed three Afghan policemen at their headquarters in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, police said.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9323523%255E1702,00.html

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Foreign troops needed for ten years: Karzai :

Foreign soldiers have to remain in Afghanistan for 10 years in order to ensure success of the peace and reconstruction process in the war-torn country, the online site of the German weekly Der Spiegel magazine quoted Afghan President Hamid Karzai as saying on Saturday.
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en61647&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Calm before the storm in Baghdad :

The threat is clear. 'Do not go out of your homes. Keep your families off the streets,' the leaflet says. 'The Combined Mujahideen Brigades are coming to Baghdad.'
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1194232,00.html

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All roads to Baghdad close:

The US led coalition in Iraq has announced the closure of all major highways into and out of Baghdad.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1089596.htm

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Anti-U.S. insurgents disrupt Iraq road network:

Insurgents blew up bridges over a main highway from Baghdad to southern Iraq, further disrupting the country's battered transport system, witnesses said on Saturday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/OWE751830.htm

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Sadr man calls for UN troops:

A SPOKESMAN for radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr has called for the sending of UN peacekeeping troops to Iraq and demanded the immediate withdrawal of US-led "occupation forces".
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9323539%255E1702,00.html

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Spanish PM gives order for pullout of troops from Iraq :

Spain's new Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Sunday he had given orders for Spain's 1,300 troops in Iraq to be brought home as soon as possible.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/416730.html

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Bush Sealed Hamas Leader's Fate – Palestinians:

The verdict was near unanimous amid the tears and rage on Palestinian streets after Israel killed Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi in an air strike Saturday that many Arabs felt President Bush must have approved.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4855990&section=news

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Likud activists want Arafat assassination:

Saying that such moves will increase the chances of Sharon's unilateral disengagement plan passing in a May 2 referendum of Likud members. The activists said they hoped that if the plan is trailing in the polls ahead of the referendum, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat could be assassinated as well.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1082190339921

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World Slams "Unlawful" Rantissi Killing, U.S. Defends:

The whole world slammed Israel for its extrajudicial execution of newly-appointed Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Abdelaziz Rantissi, with the European Union dubbing it "unlawful and provocative". Washington alone, however, defended Israel.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-04/18/article01.shtml

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Rantisi chose open defiance rather than a life in hiding:

Rantisi's approach won him many admirers, especially among younger Palestinians. He consistently argued that they have a right to resist Israel by any and all means.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=512525

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Syria, Lebanon-based resistance leaders top Israel's hit-list :

In contrast to widespread opinion that the next "target" on Sharon's list is the Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, it appears there are actually others "in line" before the Palestinian leader.
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=275035&lang=e&dir=news

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Weasel words of loyal courage? :

Before describing the Iraqi invasion as 'historical' Blair should have looked at modern history. The last century is littered with elected presidents once dubbed 'terrorists' by British Prime Ministers.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1194495,00.html

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Blair has lost his grip:

Not everyone who opposes the coalition is a terrorist. We should not confuse nationalism with Islamic terrorism.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1194400,00.html

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Islamic leader warns London is attack target:

Various groups sympathetic to al-Qaida are preparing large-scale attacks against London, the leader of an Islamic group has said in remarks published in Portugal.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E3ABC09A-8A97-4195-9AD6-923B0B925ACD.htm

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Whose Human Rights is the Occupation Defending:

Every day the economic policies of the occupying authorities create more hunger among Iraq's working people, transforming them into a pool of low-wage, semi-employed labor, desperate for jobs at almost any price.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=5349

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Bush's dangerous arrogance :

American foreign policy consists entirely of self-interest, never more so than in an election year when a first-term President is pursuing an extra couple of per cent of Jewish votes in Florida and Ohio.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1194429,00.html

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Iraqi forces angry at being outgunned and having to kill fellow Iraqis :

'Eighty percent of us want to leave and go to Baghdad'' because they don't want to fight civilians in Fallujah, said Amar Hussein, a medic in the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps.
www.boston.com/dailynews/108/world/Iraqi_forces_fighting_beside_M:.shtml

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'Getting aid past US snipers is impossible' :

Everybody in Falluja has lost someone. There is not a person here who doesn't have a close friend or relative who has been killed, and a lot of them have lost several. We are hearing that the death toll is around 880 civilians, and that within the first few days 86 children were killed.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1193729,00.html

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New Zealand to try Israeli spies in passport case:

New Zealand yesterday vowed to make a strong response after two Israelis reported to be Mossad spies were arrested and charged with attempting to obtain New Zealand passports.
www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=
Rest+of+the+World&month=April2004&file=World_News200404181368.xml

tinyurl.com/2n36n

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Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi's Death set to ignite tinderbox in Iraq:

Iraq was last night poised on the edge of a full-scale religious uprising as the assassination of Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi fed oxygen to the tinderbox siege of the holy cities of Najaf and Falujah.
www.sundayherald.com/41410

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In case you missed it:

Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies, and Con-Artists :

It is now a matter of public record that immediately after the terrible tragedy of 11 September 2001, U.S. Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld and his pro-Israeli "Neoconservative" Deputy Paul Wolfowitz began to plot, plan, scheme and conspire to wage a war of aggression against Iraq by manipulating the tragic events of September 11th in order to provide a pretext for doing so.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6050.htm

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Families of the 94th are on the warpath:

Military families threatened to wage a war of their own last night, as sadness turned to sharp anger at the Bush administration for keeping their loved ones in Iraq.
www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=36042

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VA's shameful duplicity at Walla Walla hospital :

As the older veterans go gray after their service to their country and the young ones come home from Iraq and Afghanistan, some bloodied, some sick, the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy in Washington, D.C., pushes ahead with its mad determination to cut medical services.
www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/opinions/story/4967990p-4896393c.html

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USA-backed Colombian invasion of Venezuela imminent?:
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=17569

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Domestic Spy Agency: New Call, Old Worries:

The idea of a domestic intelligence agency is not new. Rice and the heads of the CIA, FBI, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft first floated the idea at a White House meeting in November 2002.
www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18442

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Date: 17 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR – 8 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Hamas leader assassinated

An Israeli missile strike killed Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantissi on Saturday with a direct hit on his car, hospital officials said. Rantisi's son Mohammed and a bodyguard were also killed in the attack, hospital officials said.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1513926,00.html

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Coalition soldier killed in Iraq:

IRAQI gunmen opened fire on a military patrol outside of the besieged southern city of Najaf, killing one soldier, a top officer said today.
www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9316963%255E1702,00.html

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Palestinian bomber explodes at checkpoint:

A Palestinian suicide bomber has blown himself up at the Erez checkpoint on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, Israeli military sources say.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=4872012

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Attempted hijacking on Qatar Airways flight:

Egyptian authorities have arrested a Kuwaiti passenger on board a Qatar Airways flight that made an emergency landing in Cairo after he attempted to hijack the plane.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CB1B394A-7D50-4E41-ADFC-FD147DDFB0CA.htm

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Iraq Sunni group says it supports Shiite cleric:

A Sunni Muslim association in Iraq yesterday said it supported the Shi'ite cleric wanted by US-led forces, and called on all Iraqis to evict the occupying troops.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/17/1082140122076.html

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Sadr refuses to disband militia :

Moqtada al-Sadr, the outlawed Shia cleric, sent a defiant message to coalition forces yesterday, refusing demands to dissolve his militia and denouncing negotiators in the Iraqi Governing Council as selling out to the west.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420409387

tinyurl.com/2f4yj

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Top Shiite Cleric al-Sadr "Left" Najaf:

Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shiite leader, has left the southern Iraqi town of Najaf and headed in an unknown direction. Iran's agency Irna released the information, citing an unnamed ally of the radical leader.
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=33398

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US holding 200 Iraqi 'mutineers':

US forces have detained around 200 Iraqi paramilitary soldiers who refused to take part in a US offensive against the Sunni Muslim city of Fallujah, their former comrades said on Saturday.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/17/1082140098949.html

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Book tells of Bush war plan:

GEORGE W. Bush ordered Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to devise an invasion plan for Iraq only two months after the 2001 September 11 terror attacks. And the US President told Mr Rumsfeld to keep the plan secret because people would think he was too eager for war.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9309537%255E663,00.html

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"Lunacy!" Said Powell On Wolfowitz Iraq Plan:

Secretary of State Colin Powell believed Vice President Dick Cheney developed an "unhealthy fixation" on trying to find a connection between Iraq and the Sept. 11 attacks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6047.htm

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My Master's House:

Americans who so generously bestow political capital upon Powell are either unaware of, or do not believe, the deadly murkiness of his dark side.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6048.htm

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Bob Woodward: 'We're Going to Have to Go to War,' Bush Told Rice:

This is the first of five articles adapted from "Plan of Attack," a book by Bob Woodward that is a behind-the-scenes account of how and why President Bush decided to go to war against Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6046.htm

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Bush Illegally Got $700 Million Dollars To Finance Iraq War Plans:

Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/15/60minutes/main612067.shtml

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A proud Army parent believes Bush misled us about Iraq war:

"I hate to call the president of the United States a liar," the father said, but that's exactly what David Robinette thinks of George W. Bush. He thinks Bush deceived us on the reasons for war and that the mission there is terribly flawed. He's not voting for Bush again in November.
www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.rodricks15apr15,0,1040863,print.column

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Blair refused offer of get-out clause on Iraq :

Tony Blair rejected George Bush's offer of keeping British troops out of Iraq, it emerged yesterday, as the two leaders mounted a united front on the year-long campaign.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1193886,00.html

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UK: Premier Creeps To Texan Idiot:

It was embarrassing. More than that, it should disgust every voter in the United Kingdom where – if Blair has his way – our destiny is tied ineluctably to the murderous bully boys in Washington.
www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=14154586&method=full&siteid=50143

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Berlusconi faces the judgment of a Milan court:

After nine months on ice, the trial of the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of bribing judges got under way again in Milan yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=512232

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Inside the fire :

A brave and harrowing report from inside the besieged city of Falluja where ordinary people are trapped in the cross-fire.
www.opendemocracy.net/debates/article-2-95-1843.jsp

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Who will speak out? :

US troops have carried out a massacre in Falluja, but MPs are silent
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6043.htm

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The failure in Iraq is even deeper than people imagine :

It is astonishing how fast the American position in Iraq has unravelled over the past two weeks. Two experiences – one peaceful, the other violent – summed up for me the extent of the US débâcle. It is far worse than is generally appreciated outside Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6049.htm

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Bush Pirates Shipwrecked in Iraq:

George Bush presided at a wake this week. White American Manifest Destiny is dead, rotting ignominiously somewhere in Iraq. Neither Bush nor the corpse knows it yet, but the stench is pervasive and unmistakable
www.blackcommentator.com/86/86_cover_pirates.html

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Warnings ignored, says retired Marine:

Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni wondered aloud yesterday how Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld could be caught off guard by the chaos in Iraq that has killed nearly 100 Americans in recent weeks and led to his announcement that 20,000 U.S. troops would be staying there instead of returning home as planned.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040416-9999-7m16zinni.html

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Venezuela's Chavez says Bush launched 'wars of domination' :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched another attack against the U.S. occupation of Iraqi Friday, accusing the military of killing civilians
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/04/16/international1856EDT0711.DTL

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Dangerous Times:

It was a mystery to me how in the 1930s on of the most evil regimes in history could usurp power in a country that at the time represented the pinnacle of culture in terms of the arts and sciences, and was thought to be a model of democracy. How could the German populace have permitted such an occurrence?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6044.htm

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What UN Envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi Said Went Unreported By the Major U.S. Media:

Thus, the American people to this day, know little of Brahimi's words of wisdom.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6045.htm

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How the "NewsHour" Changed History:

A bizarre episode raises some very troubling concerns about the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." Here's what happened
www.mediachannel.org/views/dissector/affalert181.shtml

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Independent media in a time of war:

A hard-hitting new documentary by the Hudson Mohawk. This film is composed of a speech given by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! The documentary argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy. "Independent media has a crucial responsibility to go to where the silence is,"
www.democracynow.org/static/IMIATOW.shtml

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Nader tells youths to brace for draft:

Presidential candidate Ralph Nader this weekend warned his constituents that a military draft is pending, and asked younger voters to prepare.
www.duckdaotsu.org/nader_draft.html

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Robert Fisk: George Bush has legitimised terrorism:

What better recruiting sergeant could Bin Laden have than the President of the United States?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6037.htm

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George W Bush A Clear And Present Danger:

A warmonger. A crackpot fundamentalist. A fanatic and a fool who has only the barest grasp of the killing power of the forces under his command.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6039.htm

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Into War:

This war with Iraq was the invention of a banished ruling class – enriched by the selling of the influence of their positions in government – who had nursed their broken ambitions in exile.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6040.htm

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Yee's case proves it: Power corrupts:

When we look back in history for an example of how petty and malicious the U.S. government can be, the persecution of Army Capt. James Yee will stand out like a skunk at the family picnic.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/169354_robert16.html

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Dutch Government Lied About WMD:

Both the previous and the present Dutch governments lied to parliament and population about the presence of WMD in Iraq. They had information that no WMD were present, nevertheless they decided to collaborate with the US regime and violated international and national laws and democracy.
radio.weblogs.com/0116902/2004/04/16.html#a2324

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Captured US soldier shown on TV :

Aljazeera has aired videotape showing an American soldier held prisoner by an armed Iraqi group.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6038.htm

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France Invades United States: (Part 2)

Heavy fighting continued across major US cities today as French "Liberation" forces surrounded Virginia Beach, Va. in a showdown with Christian fundamentalist and High Priest Pat Robertson. Robertson was believed to be hiding in a church in Virginia Beach.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6041.htm

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U.S. deaths from enemy fire at highest level since Vietnam:

With fighting in Iraq now at its worst, the number of U.S. troops killed by enemy fire has reached the highest level since the Vietnam War.
www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=04/04/16/6608950

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Support our Troops," or Support the Resistance?

The American antiwar movement continues to respond to the atrocities of their government with slogans like "support the troops" and "bring the troops home." So far these slogans have made no dent in the willingness of the U.S. population to permit said atrocities, or in the willingness of those troops to commit them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6042.htm

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U-S soldier pleads innocent to desertion:

A U-S soldier who says he disagrees with the Iraq war has pleaded innocent to desertion.
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tinyurl.com/2fudt

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Govt raises spy concerns with Israel :

The Government has raised concerns about alleged passport fraud with the Israeli government, amid fears that country's spies could be posing as New Zealand citizens.
home.nzcity.co.nz/news/default.asp?id=38634&cat=978&c=w

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Meet the real president of Afghanistan:

In Afghanistan, U.S. Envoy Sits in Seat of Power:

The genial Mr. Karzai may be Afghanistan's president, but the affable, ambitious Mr. Khalilzad often seems more like its chief executive. With his command of both details and American largesse, the Afghan-born envoy has created an alternate seat of power since his arrival on Thanksgiving.
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/17/international/asia/17AFGH.html?hp

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Date: 16 Apr 2004

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1 YEAR – 7 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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More Iraqis killed in Falluja :

US occupation troops and fighters have fought fierce clashes in the western city of Falluja killing 15 Iraqis, witnesses and a medical official said. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A4E4826D-3E58-4225-93FC-935AAE1F5C47.htm

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At least five killed in Iraq Kufa clashes-doctor:

At least five people were killed and 20 injured in clashes between a Shi'ite militia and U.S. forces near the Iraqi town of Kufa on Friday, a hospital doctor said. www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/OB644545.htm

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US troops fire on Afghan civilians:

US soldiers have shot and wounded four Afghan civilians, mistaking them for fighters when their vehicle sped towards a checkpoint in the east of the country, a senior local official said. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FD6A1D09-EB43-4FD6-A5D7-3CC634BDF3B5.htm

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Clashes Near Holy Iraq City:

Blasts shook Iraq's holy Shi'ite town of Kufa on Friday after militiamen loyal to anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said they ambushed a convoy of vehicles from an American force that is building up nearby. www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=4618

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Gunmen rule in a city gripped with fright :

It is a force the American military has vowed to destroy. Now these gunmen talk of jihad and boast how they would delight in giving a lesson in the bloody art of guerrilla warfare to the troops of the US Army's 1st Armoured Division. www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1193136,00.html

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Sadr's Followers Vow War if U.S. Attacks Iraq City :

Moqtada al-Sadr's core supporters vowed on Friday there would be all-out war if U.S. forces stormed Najaf, saying Iraq's Sh'ite Muslims would not let another of their leaders be killed with impunity wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=852178&tw=wn_wire_story

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John Pilger: Iraq is a War of National Liberation:

Amnesty International reports that US-led forces have "shot Iraqis dead during demonstrations, tortured and ill-treated prisoners, arrested people arbitrarily and held them indefinitely, demolished houses in acts of revenge and collective punishment. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6033.htm

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When America Was Considered a Rogue Nation:

Because we forget that the United States was once considered a rogue nation exporting terrorism, the nation's senior officials risk making serious policy mistakes today. www.h-net.org/~hns/articles/2004/040904a.html

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Marines in Fallujah trade 'culturally sensitive' training for bullets:

The corpse of an insurgent suspect lies baking in the sun. Browne, from Boston, says he has killed several rebels, probably Iraqis, so far. ``I don't even think about those people as people,'' he says. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6036.htm

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I saw the destroyed villages, I saw lives destroyed:

An interview with, U.S.M.C. Lance Corporal Mike Hoffman www.traveling-soldier.org/4.04.hoffman.php

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Robin Cook: Telling Bush he has got it wrong is what Blair must do:

It would help to recover some of the immense ground lost in Iraqi public opinion if at least one Marine was charged with an offence arising from the deaths of 350 women and children in Fallujah. news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=511901

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Iraq: Christian Peacemaker Team Describes Massacre In Fallujah www.ufppc.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=423&Itemid=2

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Dahr Jamail: Winning Hearts and Minds:

"After two hours of being held with our faces on the ground and Americans putting their feet on people (a huge insult here), the soldiers did not find one bullet. Then they simply left. A year ago they would apologize for these things. Now they have cancelled their apologies. Now they apologize by stomping on our necks!" blog.newstandardnews.net/iraqdispatches/archives/000182.html#more

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Papal nuncio gives grim report from Iraq:

"In Washington, they still don't understand that they will never be loved, and that the people of Iraq will not tolerate the occupation," he said. www.cathnews.com/news/404/74.php

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Marines Use Low-Tech Skill to Kill 100 in Urban Battle:

American forces killed more than 100 insurgents on Tuesday in close combat in a small village in central Iraq, Marine commanders said Wednesday. www.nytimes.com/2004/04/15/international/middleeast/15URBA.html?ex=1083069471&ei=1&en=8ec967a4743f67db

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Iraq's Sadr Says Will Not Disband Militia:

"It will not be disbanded on any conditions, because I did not create it on my own but with the cooperation of the Iraqi people." www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=4617

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Karen Kwiatkowski, Lt. Col. USAF (ret.): An Honest Appraisal, and the Way Ahead:

The lies and executive pressure that convinced Congress to grant the current president extraordinary war powers are now behind us. Indeed, politicians usually prove more adept at killing and maiming the younger generations than saving them. militaryweek.com/withoutreservation.shtml

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Not Just Numbers: Photographic memorial wall.

These photographs are grouped in solemn rows without statistics to show the extent of our military losses www.duckdaotsu.org/valor.html

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Not Just Numbers: Names, Ages, Home towns:

The casualties have been so high and it has been so difficult to keep adding names through the tears… www.duckdaotsu.org/rows.html

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Wounded Soldier Needs Your Help!:

Specialist Jason Gunn of the 137th Armored Battalion lost hearing in his left ear and whose left leg artery was severed when an I.E.D. exploded under his humvee, killing his sergeant and injuring 2 other GIs. After being treated in Germany and spending a few weeks on medical leave at home with his family, the Pentagon ordered him back to the Iraqi slaughterhouse. www.traveling-soldier.org/4.04.wounded.php

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Bush Faces a Revolt ˆ From the US Military:

The president may see his mission to Iraq as a holy war, but frustrated Pentagon strategists say they're being ignored and ill-treated by the administration. fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/blumenthal-revolt.html

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U.S. plan low-balled Iraq costs, strategist says:

A top U.S. military strategist says the Bush administration's war in Iraq was crafted to be quick and cheap, crippling longer-term efforts to build a stable and democratic country. www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040415/IRAQMILITARY15/TPInternational/Americas

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The Cost Of War In Iraq

$2,150 Per Family and Counting: For a typical family with a taxable income of $60,000, and a typical tax bill of $8626, that works out to an Iraq War tax bill of about $2150. For a family making $100,000 in taxable income, with a typical tax bill of $18,614, that is a war tax of about $4650. www.counterpunch.org/lindorff04162004.html

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30,000 American Dead in Iraq….Noooo Problem!!!:

Our citizenry would gladly accept losing 30,000 American dead in Iraq if such losses were required to achieve neocon strategic objectives. Kaplan denounces those arguing otherwise ˆ in particular, American military officers ˆ as constituting the ranks of the weak-kneed. www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/unz1.html

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Chris Floyd : The Crack-Up:

As the red wheel of Operation Iraqi FUBAR continues to roll, spewing hundreds of corpses in its wake, it becomes clearer by the hour that there is only one way for America to end this stomach-churning nightmare it has created: Get out. www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2004/04/16/120.html

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Defiant hostage's murder on video outrages Italians:

Mr Quattrocchi's abductors shot him in the neck at close range. Al-Jazeera said that he had been forced to dig his own grave. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/04/16/wirq16.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/16/ixnewstop.html

tinyurl.com/yudp4

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Woodward book says 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 www.usatoday.com/life/books/2004-04-16-woodward-book_x.htm

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Danish furore over Iraq secrets:

An intelligence officer had told two journalists that the government knew Iraq was unlikely to have the weapons. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3629311.stm

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Paul Krugman: "Snares and Delusions":

In his Saturday radio address, George Bush described Iraqi insurgents as a "small faction." Meanwhile, people actually on the scene described a rebellion with widespread support. www.nytimes.com/2004/04/13/opinion/13KRUG.html?ex=1082967456&ei=1&en=53e2ffc1f8b22f22

tinyurl.com/2qnyl

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Ending The „War On Terror‰ Myth:

The so-called „War On Terror‰ is a dangerous myth that is undermining American national security. This myth is a deliberate creation of the Bush Administration and their political allies. It has been very useful in promoting the Corporate Agenda of the Bush Republicans. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6035.htm

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U.S.-trained Iraqi forces failed to support U.S. troops:

In Ramadi, U.S. troops gave two-way radios to Iraqi forces, not for communications, as they claimed, but so they'd know when their allies were phoning Marine positions to the enemy. www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/world/8440924.htm

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Polish forces criticize US over Iraq Sadr violence:

Polish forces in Iraq said on Thursday they were blindsided by the violence caused by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's followers because U.S. officials did not warn them of actions that triggered the bloodshed. www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15403091.htm

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Report: Indian leader says Iraq war a mistake:

Unsure if Bush's world policy is "useful." asia.news.yahoo.com/040415/ap/d81v7iug3.html

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US military 'pressuring' journalists:

The US military has been accused of threatening the media covering the conflict in Iraq and pressuring journalists into presenting a one-sided picture of events. media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1191548,00.html

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PM's comments endangered my life: aid worker:

An Australian aid worker taken hostage in the Iraqi flashpoint town of Fallujah said her capture was terrifying, and she claimed she had been placed in great danger because of "inflammatory" comments by Prime Minister John Howard. www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/16/1082055615693.html

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Questioning the New Imperial World Order:

A Hearing on the Project for the New American Century www.brusselstribunal.org/

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Israeli army kills Palestinian youth:

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the West Bank separation barrier. english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F76B2E61-6C50-437B-B31D-83104C300660.htm

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US reels from Arab and European fury:

The Bush administration launched a diplomatic offensive yesterday to try to placate Arab and European leaders outraged by its seismic policy shift on the Middle East. www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1193096,00.html

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Gwynne Dyer: U.S. is on wrong side of the wall:

You never know which straw will finally break the camel's back, but it may have been Wednesday's summit between President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpdye163759664apr16,0,3575695.story

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Juan Cole: Turning into Israel?:

Outraged by President Bush's embrace of Ariel Sharon and the bloody U.S. assault on Fallujah, the Arab world is linking America's occupation with Israel's. That's ominous fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/salon6.html

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Rabbi Michael Lerner: I'll Scratch Your Bank…:

Perhaps the most extraordinary public-relations gimmick in this entire charade between two militarists is the notion that Israel is "giving up" control over Gaza and thereby merits a concession by the United States. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6034.htm

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Full text: 'Bin Laden tape':

The following is the text of the tape as broadcast by al-Arabiya: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3628069.stm

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Oil Hits 13-Month High:

Oil prices on Friday hit the highest levels since just before war broke out in Iraq a year ago as record gasoline prices and global security concerns drove buying. news.moneycentral.msn.com/breaking/breakingnewsarticle.asp?feed=OBR&Date=20040416&ID=3594211

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Date: 15 Apr 2004

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371 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Suspected Taliban Kill 9 :

Gunmen killed a district police chief and eight Afghan soldiers in an ambush in a southern province, a senior official said Thursday, in an attack claimed by the Taliban militia.
www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/nation/8437101.htm?1c

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Six killed in US attacks over Falluja:

A rocket attack blamed on US occupying forces has killed a mother and her two teenage sons north of Baghdad and badly wounded her two daughters, neighbours and hospital officials said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/88D7C538-F69C-4126-B179-21DB50621787.htm

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Iranian Diplomat Shot Dead in Baghdad, Police Say:

A senior Iranian diplomat was shot dead close to Tehran's diplomatic mission in Baghdad on Thursday, Iraqi police and diplomatic staff said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4836715

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Bremer 'is powerless to restrain the US military':

The US Marines have undertaken to subdue Fallujah, west of Baghdad, apparently without regard for civilian casualties. Doctors in the local hospital estimate these to total more than 600 dead and 1,200 wounded, many of them women and children.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=511587

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A Mass Uprising:

The hatred the Iraqi masses feel towards the forces of the occupation has only grown on account of the death and destruction caused by the use of armour and air power in populated areas. Hospitals, mosques and private residences have been shelled and bombed.
www.hindu.com/2004/04/14/stories/2004041400991000.htm

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Iraq: Jo Wilding in Fallujah:

US snipers in Falluja shoot unarmed man in the back, old woman with white flag, children fleeing their homes and the ambulance that we were going in to fetch a woman in premature labour.
www.unobserver.com/layout5.php?id=1577&blz=1

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Wanted: A new Saddam:

The Marines are reopening the siege of Fallujah – with the US running the risk of creating a war crime and provoking a humanitarian disaster.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FD15Ak01.html

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"Religious war":

A family member said this˜quote˜„George sees this‰˜talking about Iraq˜as a religious war. He doesnŒt have a P.C. view of this war. His view of this is that they are trying to kill the Christians.‰
query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE7DE1E30F93AA15750C0A9629C8B63

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Hear no evil, read no evil, speak drivel

Bush's press conference shows just how ill-informed he is about Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1192158,00.html

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Growing worry in D.C. — What if U.S. fails in Iraq? :

President Bush warned the nation Tuesday night of the "unthinkable" consequences of failure in Iraq. But amid escalating violence and a crackdown by U.S. forces, Washington analysts expressed rising concern about the chances of success.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2004%2F04%2F15%2FMNG4R65CRI1.DTL

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Hard truths from Japan:

Confidence in American leadership is eroding: Privately, Japanese who are shaping policy on Iraq and the Middle East are sharply critical of how the United States has handled the war
www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/editorial/8438231.htm

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Civilian Contractors Pay Price in Iraq :

Known deaths so far include 30 employees and subcontractors working for Texas-based Kellogg Brown and Root, the U.S. military's main logistics contractor in Iraq, and 13 civilians working for San Diego company Titan Corp, which does translation work for the Army in Iraq.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4829419

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Radioactive materials disappearing in Iraq:

Iraq's nuclear facilities remain unguarded, and radioactive materials are being taken out of the country, the UN's nuclear watchdog agency reported after reviewing satellite images and equipment that has turned up in European scrap yards.
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How Sharon won US backing for Gaza strategy:

With the Bush administration distracted by events in Iraq, Mr Sharon has been able to dictate his terms.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1192228,00.html

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Palestinian PM Tells Powell That U.S. Is Biased:

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie accused the United States of total bias against the Palestinians in a phone call with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Qurie's office said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4835877

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Arrests Outside White House Protesting Bush-Sharon Meeting:

": Any plan presented by Sharon is futile and against God," said Rabbi Dovib Weiss, who came from New York to attend the protest. "It is forbidden in the Torah to oppress the Palestinians and I strongly support and believe in the transformation of self-rule."
www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=1142

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Palestinians Urge World to Challenge Bush Policy :

Furious Palestinians tried to rally the world Thursday against President Bush's decision to break with longtime U.S. and international policy to say Israel could keep parts of the West Bank captured in war.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4838632

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UN condemns Israeli settlements:

The United Nations human rights body has called on Israel to end settlement activity on Palestinian land and stop work on its barrier in the West Bank.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3629745.stm

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UN. COMMISSION ADOPTS THREE RESOLUTIONS ON THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES: :

The Commission determined the Israeli decision constituted a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.
www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/400428
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Israel Must Get Palestinians To Agree To W Bank Plan :

"The European Union will not recognize any change to the pre-1967 borders other than those arrived at by agreement between the parties," said Foreign Affairs Minister Brian Cowen of Ireland, speaking on behalf of the 15 E.U. governments.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/sample
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Arab League: U.S. has adopted Israeli line on Mideast:

"We expect the United States to play honest broker. We accused it before of being unbalanced. Now we can't even say that. The United States has adopted Israel's position," said Hesham Youssef, spokesman for the league's secretary-general.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/415794.html

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Pentagon crash 'too unrealistic':

Five months before Sept. 11, 2001, the officers responsible for defending American airspace wanted to test their ability to prevent a hijacked airliner from being crashed into the Pentagon, but the scenario was rejected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff as impractical
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles
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In case you missed it:

" Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise" took place on Oct. 24, 2000.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3533.htm

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'Bin Laden' offers truce with Europe:

Under what grace are your victims innocent and ours dust and under which doctrine is your blood blood and ours water?"
www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,1192341,00.html

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21,000 getting orders to stay in Iraq:

The Pentagon is extending the tours of duty of some 21,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, going back on a promise made last year to keep deployments to 12-months.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040415-114840-7108r.htm

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U.S. Jobless Claims Climb to 360,000:

The new report dealt a setback to hopes that the economy is finally beginning to produce a sustained recovery in jobs.
www.nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Economy.html

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Capt. James Yee: All charges droped:

The spy case against Yee never panned out. He ultimately was charged with mishandling classified information. When the military ordered his release from pretrial confinement, they added the sex-related charges.
www.theolympian.com/home/news/20040415/topstories/27525.shtml

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ITALIAN HOSTAGE 'KILLED'

One of the Italians being held hostage in Iraq has been killed by his kidnappers, according to reports on Al Jazeera television.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1131385,00.html

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Bush Says Israel Has Claim to Part of West Bank:

President Bush said on Wednesday that Israel has a claim on some West Bank land that Palestinians say is theirs, in a shift in policy that could have major implications for Middle East peace negotiations.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040414_331.html

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Bush recognizes Israel's claim to West Bank settlements:

Bush's support for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will go down well with conservative and Jewish voters in the U.S. presidential election but was likely to inflame the Arab world and further complicate efforts to stabilize Iraq.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4828378

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Palestinians Dismayed at Bush Promises to Sharon :

Palestinians and Israeli hardliners tonight rejected statements by US President George Bush supporting some Israeli settlements in the West Bank and ruling out the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in Israel.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2781580

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Francis A. Boyle: Palestine, Palestinians, and International Law:

„The Palestinian people actually living under this criminal occupation have the perfect right under international law to resist the Israeli army by the use of force, just as the French Resistance did against Nazi forces occupying France during the Second World War.‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6032.htm

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Four killed in Iraq mortar attack:

Four Iraqis were killed and six others injured on Wednesday when a mortar shell exploded in a crowded market in the main northern city of Mosul, police said.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1087475.htm

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Iraqi 'beaten to death' by US troops:

AN Iraqi has died of his wounds after US troops beat him with truncheons because he refused to remove a picture of wanted Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Sadr from his car, police said today.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9282015%255E1702,00.html

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Americans 'found in shallow grave':

Two US soldiers and seven American employees of a Halliburton subsidiary have been missing since Friday's attack, and NBC and ABC news said the bodies were believed to be those of four of the civilian contractors.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9276216%255E1702,00.html

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Four Bodies Found in Iraq, May Be U.S. Civilians:

The unidentified bodies of four people who may be among the seven U.S. civilian contractors missing in Iraq since their convoy was attacked last week were found on Tuesday, a senior U.S. official said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4818390

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U.S. says alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind al-Zarqawi is in or near Fallujah.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=4BFADAC0-7775-4BD1-A852BE612071F94D

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Falluja ceasefire broken:

The toll among Iraqis in Falluja has topped 700 and another 1200 have been injured, according to medical and US military personnel.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F8388B06-6A1B-43AB-8DF1-529ADBEA24DA.htm

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US Marines Shoot Ambulances in Fallujah:

"When you see a child five years old with no head what can you say?" asks one doctor in Fallujah, whose name is being with-held for his own safety. "When you see a child with no brain just an open cavity what can you say?
www.pacifica.org/programs/reportfromiraq/PacInIraq-20040413.html

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Americans' hands bloody for supporting Iraq war :

I am through blaming the government for our country's murderous involvement all over the world. We as a nation are responsible for these wars. The blood is on our hands. It's time to take responsibility for our actions
www.tribnet.com/opinion/letters/story/4960988p-4889656c.html

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U.S. vets, families march for end to war in Iraq

Holding American flags and pictures of fallen loved ones, military families and veterans urged President Bush on Wednesday to end the war in Iraq.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-04-14-war-protest_x.htm

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U.S. launches attacks in Falluja:

U.S. warplanes and helicopter gunships firing heavy machine-guns, rockets and cannons hammered gunmen as a truce in besieged Falluja was strained by increasingly intense battles
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1081939367392&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

tinyurl.com/2mnfb

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Arab TV brings Iraqi civilian toll to airwaves:

"The house shuddered," said Haider Abdel-Wahab, a 6-year-old taken to a Baghdad hospital on Tuesday, a day after he survived an American attack that destroyed his house outside Falluja. "The room turned red." His father died of a bullet wound to the head and his mother was shot and killed while hanging laundry, he said.
www.iht.com/articles/514758.html

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The outrage of Fallujah :

US Marines outside Fallujah were saying on Tuesday that they expect a bloody battle for the city soon. They talked freely of "leveling" the city of 200,000. Lance Cpl. Ryan Christiansen, 25, from the Chicago suburb of Huntley, speaking of people in Fallujah, told a Newsday reporter: "I really don't care; they're all gonna die."
www.ufppc.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=420&Itemid=2

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Eyewitness: Caught in the cross-fire:

A child of about ten is lying with a bullet wound to the head. A smaller child is being treated for a similar injury in the next bed. A US sniper, they said, hit them and their grandmother as they left their home to flee Falluja.
www.opendemocracy.net/debates/article-2-95-1843.jsp

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Eyewitness Account From Inside the US siege of Falluja.

I was there on Saturday and Sunday during what was supposed to be a cease-fire. Instead of calm, I found a city under siege from American artillery and snipers.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040426&s=jamail

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Fallujah Refugees Describe Horrors of U.S. Siege:

A report from Baghdad with Free Speech Radio News' Aaron Glantz who speaks with Fallujah residents fleeing the besieged town. They describe digging mass graves, snipers and bombers killing people inside their homes, attacks on ambulances and the increasing anger and resentment towards U.S. occupying forces.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/13/1443247

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Iran Halts Its Work With U.S. on Iraq :

Iran said Wednesday an attempt to work with the United States on Iraq was "going nowhere," and that Washington could not resolve the surge in violence without talks with Iraq's neighbors.
www.620ktar.com/news/article.aspx?id=352989

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Tony Blair really must try harder :

Does he really believe that the 600 Iraqis whom the US has now killed in revenge for the four "civilian contractors", were all "terrorists" or Ba'athist supporters – despite the fact that those manning the hospitals report that most of the casualties are women, children or old men?
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1191333,00.html

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Support for Bush 'has harmed UK's reputation':

Mr Blair suffered a further rebuff as an influential think tank said that British and US foreign policy was preventing Britain from halting human rights abuses around the world.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=511264

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Blair must distance himself from the White House :

The crassly named Operation Iron Fist left more dead and wounded than the Madrid bombings. Civilian deaths and destruction of homes have dangerously disregarded emotional politics on the ground.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1191335,00.html

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Your history of folly in our region :

Today's Middle Easterner is convinced the west only attaches a high value to westerners' lives. A little reflection gives an indication of the dominance of this mentality.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1191336,00.html

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Occupation prepares siege on holy city :

The military buildup around the southern city of Najaf on Wednesday was going ahead as an Iraqi envoy appointed by al-Sadr said the leader had asked him to convey a set of peace proposals to US officials.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B6C252A9-AF36-43E7-A6AD-EE7CB86532A1.htm

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When Puppets Pull the Strings :

Ahmed Chalabi, the neocons' choice to run Iraq, appears to have been responsible for the disastrous decision to move against Muqtada al-Sadr.
truthout.org/docs_04/041404I.shtml

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83 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq in April :

Also this month, more than 560 have been wounded and two soldiers were declared missing.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040414/ap_on_re_mi_ea/us_iraq_casualties_7

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Two more Japanese taken hostage in Iraq:

The Japanese government was investigating a news report that that two more Japanese had been abducted in Iraq, an official said Thursday.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-04-14-japan-iraq_x.htm

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Russia plans to evacuate hundreds of workers from Iraq :

Russia said Wednesday it would begin evacuating hundreds of workers from Iraq after a series of kidnappings in which at least 22 foreigners are held captive and four unidentified bodies were discovered in a shallow grave west of Baghdad
9news.com/acm_news.aspx?OSGNAME=KUSA&IKOBJECTID=e91670c1-
0abe-421a-003d-d51683fa5fa5&TEMPLATEID=0c76dce6-ac1f-02d8-0047-c589c01ca7bf

tinyurl.com/2d4h5

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Philippines may pull Iraq forces:

"While the Philippine government is determined to help the Iraqi people in rebuilding their nation, the safety of our peacekeeping forces in Iraq is still our utmost concern," Arroyo said in a statement.
www.iht.com/articles/514753.html

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Japan to its journalists: Get out of Iraq :

Earlier, Tokyo repeated an advisory urging all Japanese in Iraq to evacuate.
www.wmtw.com/Global/story.asp?S=1784334

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UK: Foreign Office says civilians should 'consider leaving' Iraq:

British civilians are being advised to "consider whether to leave the country." British nationals in Iraq include contractors, aid workers and journalists.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=511263

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South Korea recommends its citizens in Iraq to evacuate:

With security conditions worsening in Iraq, South Korea instructed its embassy in Baghdad Thursday to advise its citizens there to evacuate, officials said
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=619824

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French Red Cross suspends operations in Iraq:

Ongoing attacks against foreigners in Iraq have prompted the French branch of the Red Cross to suspend its work there.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1087464.htm

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Australia: Rotten To The Corps:

It began as an investigation into a senior officer's complaints about his treatment by the army. But a leaked copy of the inquiry's explosive report has damned Australia's intelligence services. John Lyons tells the inside story of one man's pursuit of the truth.
bulletin.ninemsn.com.au/bulletin/EdDesk.nsf/All/60800806075B8BD8CA256E7500787442

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Australia: Sacked Defence adviser speaks out :

Ms Errey, a former bureaucrat with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, says she lost her job for refusing to write that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1085511.htm

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Tenet: U.S. Lacks Tools to Combat al-Qaida:–

CIA director George Tenet predicted Wednesday it will take "another five years of work to have the kind of clandestine service our country needs" to combat al-Qaida and other terrorist threats.
apnews.myway.com/article/20040414/D81UKQ0G0.html

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FBI missed chances to disrupt Sept. 11 attack, U.S. commission says :

In a world "blinking red" with terrorist threats against the United States, the FBI missed a last-minute chance to detect a key al-Qaeda cell and possibly disrupt the Sept. 11 attacks, the commission investigating the 2001 hijackings said Tuesday.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20040413-1600-sept11commission.html

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Ashcroft rejected counterterrorism FBI funds request on Sept. 10, 2001 :

The FBI failed miserably over several years to reorganize and respond to a steadily growing threat of terrorism, and Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected an agency appeal for more funding on the day before al-Qaida struck
www.theworldlink.com/articles/2004/04/13/news/news02.txt

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FBI 'could not afford anti-terror experts':

The FBI wanted to hire almost 1,900 translators, linguists and analysts to help counter the threat from terrorism before 11 September 2001 but could only afford to recruit 76, it was claimed yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=511272

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Fear of Flying:

Why did Ashcroft stop flying commercial only weeks before 9-11?
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0415/mondo1.php

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Britain blamed for failing to act over 9/11 clue:

"The case, though handled expeditiously at the American end, was not handled by the British as a priority amid a large number of other terrorist-related inquiries" – 9/11 Commission finding
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=419152004

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U.S. pledges to Israel will be end of peace process :

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat said Wednesday that possible U.S. assurances that Israel could keep some key settlement blocs and would not have to absorb Palestinian refugees would signal the end of the peace process.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/415048.html

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Seven civilians killed by Taleban in southeast Afghanistan:

Suspected Taleban militants executed seven Afghans, including two children and three officials, after they professed support for President Hamid Karzai, an Afghan commander said Wednesday.
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/
2004/April/subcontinent_April444.xml&section=subcontinent&col=

tinyurl.com/2wkmt

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Three Afghan troops, local police chief wounded in bomb attack near U.S. base:

The bomb was triggered by a timing device, said police chief Muhammad Salim who suffered minor shrapnel injuries in the blast.
cbsnewyork.com/international/Afghan-Bomb-ai/resources_news_html

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U.S., France Blocking Haiti Probe :

The United States and France have intimidated Caribbean countries into delaying an official request for a probe into the murky circumstances under which Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted from power in February, according to diplomatic sources at the U.N.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23296

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Venezuela Military: Evidence US Participated In '02 Coup :

Venezuela's two highest ranking military commanders said Tuesday they had evidence the U.S. participated in a 2002 coup that briefly ousted President Hugo Chavez.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004041320360008&Take=1

tinyurl.com/2g72e

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Bush, Cheney, Kerry, big tax cut winners:

Last year's tax cut proved to be a significant windfall for its main architect, saving President Bush tens of thousands of dollars on his 2003 tax returns.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2503803

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