not US, must run post-war Iraq: British PM
(Updated at 1805 PST)
LONDON: Iraq must be governed by Iraqis as soon as the US-led war to
overthrow President Saddam Hussein is over, British Prime Minister Tony
Blair said Wednesday, a foreign news agency reported.
Iraq in the end should not be run by the Americans, British or any other
outside force or power, he told MPs in his weekly question period in the
House of Commons.
It should be run for the first time in decades by the Iraqi people, he
said in his most strongly-word statement yet on what Iraq should look like
once Saddam's regime has fallen.
reiterated Britain's determination to see that any interim post-war
administration in Iraq is endorsed by the United Nations, amid concern
that Washington intends to put Americans in charge in Baghdad.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was traveling Wednesday to Berlin, then on to
NATO headquarters in Brussels, for talks focusing on post-war Iraq and its
third French's want Iraqi victory in War: Survey
(Updated at 1755 PST)
LONDON: The differences between Britain and Iraq have taken a new
dimension as 54 percent Britishers does not consider France a closer ally
of Britain, said a survey conducted by a British newspaper.
While in a survey conducted in France one third of the French want end of
the war on victory of Iraq over the allies.
11 bodies found on US PoW rescue mission: US
(Updated at 1745 PST)
AS-SALIYAH, Qatar: US troops found 11 unidentified bodies
during a mission to rescue a female comrade taken prisoner by Iraqi
forces, a US officer said Wednesday.
Malaysia demands end of Iraq war
(Updated at 1735 PST)
KUALALAMPUR: Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Abdullah Baradi castigating US-led attack on Iraq demanded
immediate end of the war, a foreign news agency reported on Wednesday.
He said Malaysia is not against the people of USA, it is against the Iraq
policy of USA.
Central Command claims Republican Guard's
(Updated at 1725 PST)
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) _ American forces, which crossed the
Tigris River in the drive toward the Iraqi capital, destroyed the Baghdad
Division of Iraq's Republican Guard, the U.S. Central Command said
The U.S. forces seized the strategic town of Kut, to the
southeast of the capital, and routed the Republican Guard division
force that had been guarding the highway leading to Baghdad.
The Baghdad Division has been destroyed, claimed Brig. Gen. Vincent
Brooks. He said that two other Republican Guard divisions had been engaged
around the city of Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, and that
coalition forces had seized control of a dam on Lake al-Milh. Some
analysts had feared the Iraqis would try to destroy the dam and trap U.S.
forces with the resulting flood.
foreigners arrested for alleged links with al-Qaida
(Updated at 1645 PST)
KARACHI: FBI and police in a joint operation arrested two foreign citizens
suspected to have links with al-Qaida terrorist network, the Geo News
Channel reported on Wednesday.
Suspects Al-Swakhar and Gibran are citizens of Iraq and Algiers, who were
arrested from Gulistan-e-Jauhar locality in Karachi. They were enrolled in
Dhaka university and having passports of Bangladesh, sources said. A 15
kilometer range transistor, walki-talkie and arms were recoved from them.
Coalition forces attacking holy places: al-Sahhaf
(Updated at 1635 PST)
BAGHDAD: Iraqi Information Minister Said al-Sahhaf said the coalition
forces have targeted civilian areas of Najaf with intense bombing and
warned allies to avoid lower flights over holy shrines of Imam Hussain
(RA) and Imam Abbas (RA), a TV report said on Wednesday.
He said the people of Iraq have condemned allies bombardment on the Muslim
holy places. The coalition planes bombardment has also damaged various
mosques and Imambargahs, he told.
In recent air attacks 84 Iraqi people were killed and ten injured. Iraqi
forces valiantly fighting the US and British troops in Karbala and Najaf,
he said and claimed destroying three tanks by the Iraqi troops in combat.
The US and British troops tried to cross the Al-Zubair bridge but they
were resisted and a copter of allies was destroyed, he added.
has yet used its 1/3 troops: Saddam
at 1630 PST)
BAGHDAD: Iraqi President Saddam Hussain said Wednesday Iraq has used its
lesser then one third of the troops while the enemy is using its full
might in aggression against Iraq, a TV news channel reported.
In a message to the people of Iraq, Saddam Hussain asked the Iraqi troops
in Nasriyya to set an example of resistance for the people of Iraq.
Saddam chairs meeting, TV says, no pictures
(Updated at 1630 PST)
BAGHDAD: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein chaired a meeting
with top advisors, state television said Wednesday, without airing images
from the gathering.
Bahrain expels Iraqi ambassador
(Updated at 1620 PST)
MANAMA: Bahrain government Wednesday asked the Iraqi ambassador to leave
the country, a press report said. Egypt has also expelled an Iraqi
Kurdish rebels advance on Mosul as Iraqi troops
(Updated at 1610 PST)
ARBIL, Iraq: Iraqi troops fell back on Mosul overnight
allowing Kurdish rebels to advance 10 to 15 kilometres (six to 10 miles)
towards the northern metropolis along the main road from Guwer to the
east, security sources said Wednesday.
The US troops have reached at 30 miles distance from Baghdad, a foreign
news agency reported.
Meanwhile, South Korea's National Assembly on Wednesday approved the
dispatch of 700 non-combatant troops in support of the US-led war in Iraq.
Demonstrators in Sydney burn US flag
(Updated at 1600 PST)
CANBERRA: In an antiwar rally in Sydney demonstrators burnt the US flag
while speakers condemned war on Iraq, said a press report.
Police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
protests near-hit of its Baghdad embassy
(Updated at 1500 PST)
MOSCOW: Russia said Wednesday it handed the US ambassador to Moscow a
protest after bombs fell near the Russian embassy in Baghdad and placed
the lives of its diplomats there under threat, a foreign news agency
The foreign ministry statement said several bombs fell on a civilian
district of Baghdad where the Russian embassy is located.
Moscow further called on the United States "to take urgent measures
to make sure that such dangerous and unacceptable incidents do not happen
unanimously denounces war on Iraq
(Updated at 1430 PST)
ISLAMABAD: Senate Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution against the
Anglo-American aggression in Iraq, a press report said.
The resolution presented in the house by a MMA senator Professor Khursheed
Ahmed was backed by the senators of treasury and the opposition including
Mian Raza Rabbani, Sami-ul-Haq, Waseem Sajjad, Kamil Agha and others.
The Senate in the resolution expressed its anger over the violation of the
UN charter by the coalition forces and regretted killing of innocent Iraqi
civilians in the war and urged diplomatic solution of the problem. The
Senate also expressed solidarity with the people of Iraq.
assured to observe Geneva convention: spokesman
(Updated at 1330 PST)
LONDON: United States had assured observance of the Geneva convention for
Iraqi prisoners of war, said a spokesman of the British Prime Minister
Tony Blair on Wednesday.
We are discussing the Red Cross over Iraqi behaviour with the allies
POW's, he told to a British newspaper correspondent.
Red Cross has reportedly asked the USA and Britain to avoid sending 300
Iraqi civilian fighters to the US base in Guantanamo Bay and urged
observance of the Geneva convention as the resistance fighters are POW's.
US soldier refuses joining duty after war
(Updated at 1300 PST)
WASHINGTON: A young US marine reserver Carl Stephensen refused to join the
duty after the war saying I was not aware of the brutalities of the war,
said a press report.
Calling himself the prisoner of conscience he called joint the US armed
forces his mistake. He said the war training is meant to kill others,
which is inhuman.
soldier killed in ammunition depot blast
(Updated at 1220 PST)
BAGHDAD: A British soldier was killed as an ammunition dump was exploded
in Iraq, a British TV channel reported on Wednesday.
27 British soldiers were killed in the war on Iraq, the report further
US troops launch offensive over Fidayeen near
(Updated at 1130 PST)
LONDON: The US forces have launched a big assault on Fidayeen of Saddam in
Najaf a British TV reported on Wednesday.
Allies B-52 bombers pound over Mosul, while intense fighting was reported
near Karbala among the US forces and Iraqi Republican Guards.
Meanwhile, the US troops crossed through the Karbala gap, a
major gateway towards Baghdad in what appeared to be a major drive
on the Iraqi capital.
battle for Baghdad started: Coalition commander
(Updated at 1100 PST)
BAGHDAD: Intense fighting was going on in the west of Baghdad, reported a
British TV channel on Wednesday.
Decisive attack on Baghdad was launched told a coalition commander to the
channel. About one hundred thousand allied troops were present in Iraq,
said the report.
offensive on Baghdad "within 48 hours": British press
at 0850 PST)
LONDON: US-led forces are poised for an "imminent" attack on
Baghdad which according to senior military sources at US Central Command
in Qatar is likely to begin "within 48 hours," the British media
The "big push" for Baghdad would begin "within 48
hours" with an intensive artillery bombardment supported by close air
cover before the main body of troops stepped forward, said The Times.
The assault is likely to start to the southwest of Baghdad with an initial
strike to breach Iraq's elite Medina division's lines north of Karbala and
head on to the capital, it said.
The reports came as a senior US defense official in Washington said US
troops had fought Iraq's elite Republican Guard near Karbala, 80
kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad.
The battle marked the first time "ground forces have been fully
engaged against Republican Guards," said the official, who spoke on
condition of anonymity.
"Intensive air strikes on the front lines of Republican Guard units
had approximately halved their capability, setting the stage for a frontal
ground attack within 48 hours," said The Financial Times.
The attack followed days of intensive bombing of the Medina, Baghdad,
Hammurabi and Al Nida divisions of the Republican Guard, Iraq's best
trained, best armed and most loyal forces.
F-14 fighting plane crashes down in S. Iraq: No fatality
(Updated at 0715 PST)
WASHINGTON: A US F-14 fighting plane has crashed down in South Iraq,
slightly injuring its pilots, sources informed Wednesday.
The accident occurred due to engine fault.
US military should avoid using cluster bombing:
Human Rights Group
(Updated at 0715 PST)
A human rights group said Wednesday US infantry soldiers should avoid
using cluster bombing and bombardment used in a huge quantity in the
on-going US-led war in Iraq.
The HR group said several bombs doe not blast after falling on the target
point that is putting the innocent citizens' lives at stake.
UN dispatches aid supplies to S. Iraq
(Updated at 0700 PST)
UNITED NATIONS: United Nations has begun sending its aid supplies to
mostly war-torn area, South Iraq, said a report on Wednesday.
Huge explosions rock central Baghdad; smoke spews from Republican Guard
BAGHDAD, Iraq: Huge explosions shattered the silence across Baghdad early
Wednesday, with blasts rocking the center of the city and a plume of white
smoke rising from the southern end of the Old Palace grounds in the
More explosions hit Baghdad in the 30 minutes after the first blast at 3
a.m. Afterward, the sound of intermittent explosions and occasional bursts
of antiaircraft fire could be heard in the distance.
The Old Palace, the ceremonial seat of government on the west bank of the
Tigris, is also home to a camp for Saddam Hussein's vaunted Republican
Guard. Rarely used openly by Saddam, it has been a frequent target of the
nightly aerial attacks on the city of 5 million people.
Hours earlier, President Saddam Hussein called for a jihad _ a holy war _
on the U.S.-led ``aggressors'' waging war on Iraq, according to a
statement read Tuesday night, by his information minister.
"The aggression that the aggressors are carrying out against the
stronghold of faith is an aggression on the religion, the wealth, the
honor and the soul and an aggression on the land of Islam,'' Mohammed
Saeed al-Sahhaf read on national television Tuesday night.
"Therefore, jihad is a duty in confronting them,'' he added, saying
"those who are martyred will be rewarded in heaven. Seize the
opportunity, my brothers.'' The message was aired at the end of a day
marked by a steady stream of powerful explosions on Baghdad and points
US prisoner of war rescued: official
at 0640 PST)
CAMP AS SALIYAH, Qatar: US forces freed a prisoner of war during a rescue
operation in Iraq, US Central Command announced on Wednesday.
US Chief Commander signaled for a "big attack" on Baghdad
(Updated at 0615 PST)
KUWAIT CITY: Pentagon high officials said Wednesday US chief Commander
deployed in Iraq was given green light for a big attack on Baghdad, said a
British soldier killed in armored vehicle
accident in Gulf
(Updated at 0610 PST)
British Defence Minister said Wednesday a British soldier was killed in an
armored vehicle accident in Gulf.
The relatives of the deceased have been informed. So far around 27 British
soldiers have been killed in on-going war in Iraq, according to British TV
Australia to slash its naval aid to US for its
war in Iraq
(Updated at 0600 PST)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: Australia said Wednesday it will slash down it naval
aid to USA for its war in Iraq, sources reported.
Australian Defence Minister said Canberra would call back its two big
ships by the end of this month presently deployed in Gulf.
uncertain if Saddam alive or dead: White House spokesman
at 0530 PST)
White House spokesman said Wednesday American is yet unsure about Iraqi
leader Saddam Hussein either being alive or dead.
This he said in his press briefing. He said after the overthrow of Saddam
regime, countries across the wold would be encouraged to play their role
in rebuilding of Iraq.
Al-Ansarul-Islam camp in Iraq seized, crucial
papers, CDs recovered: report
(Updated at 0515 PST)
WASHINGTON: US military forces claimed Wednesday they have seized a camp
of an Islamic organization, Al Ansarul-Islam, and have recovered some
important documents and computer CDs, US TV channel reported.
Quoting US military spokesman, the channel said the CDs and docuents
contain very crucial information pertaining Arab warriors and their
US-led over-head attack on innocent Iraqis is terrorism: Anan
(Updated at 0450 PST)
UNITD NATIONS: Terming US aerial attacks on Iraq tantamount to flagrant
terrorism, UN General Secretary Kofi Anan said Wednesday many persons
across the world consider the US attacks and bombardment on innocent
people and children in Iraq an act of terrorism against them.
Talking to reports at the UN's presidential office in New York, he said
much has been talked about discussion on the war in Iraq and possibilities
for convening UN assembly's session on the war issue.
Ten US soldiers killed in Najaf
(Updated at 0445 PST)
Clashes between Iraqi and allied forces at several locations in Iraq were
Meanwhile, fighting was reported also in the outskirts of Nasiryya,
according to Iraqi authorities adding that as many as ten US soldiers were
killed Najaf and their twenty vehicles were taken into custody.
Pile-up of weapons recovered from under an Iraqi
(Updated at 0430 PST)
LONDON: Allied forces claimed early Wednesday to have recovered a huge
pile-up of weapons lying under a school building in Iraq.
The weapons recovered that were amassed into two rooms included Mortar
fireballs, Rocket Grenades and the bullets of Machine gun.
denies any negotiations with Iraq; war to contiue
at 0045 PST)
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld denied on Tuesday that the United
States is negotiating an end to war with Iraq. ``The only thing the
coalition will discuss with this regime is their unconditional
surrender,'' he said.
Rumsfeld said President Saddam Hussein's government had been planting
rumors that U.S. officials were talking to Iraqi leaders, with the goal of
convincing Iraqi citizens that ``the coalition does not intend to finish
Speaking directly to the Iraqi public, Rumsfeld denied such rumors and
accused Saddam's government of lying. ``There are no negotiations taking
place,'' Rumsfeld said. ``There is no outcome to this war that will leave
Saddam Hussein and
his regime in power.''
Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said serious
combat is already underway against Iraqi forces, and there will be
``bigger pushes that will be underway as soon as we're ready.'' But he
gave no indication of the timing of an assault on
Rumsfeld said U.S. and British forces are positioned around the Iraqi
capital from the north, south and west. ``The circle is closing,'' he
said. The defense secretary said Iraqi Republican Guard units ``have been
taking a pounding'' for several days. ``They're being attackedfrom the
air, they're pressured from the ground, and in good time they won't be
Myers launched a spirited defense of the U.S. military strategy being used
in Iraq, which has been criticized for underestimating the extent of Iraqi
resistance and sending in too few troops. Myers said military critics of
the plan are ``not being responsiblemembers of the team that put this all
together. ... It is not helpful to have those comments.''
``This subject is not useful,'' Myers continued. ``It's not good for our
troops, and it's not accurate.'' He said Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of
the forces in Iraq, has received everything he sought in terms of
resources and manpower.
forces face defeat at every juncture: Iraqi Defence Minister
at 0015 PST)
Defence Minister Lieutenant General Sultan Hashim said so far every
planning of the US-led coalition forces have be unsuccessful in Iraq,
facing defeat at every juncture in the war on Iraq.
In his press briefing on the current war scenario in Iraq, he apprised the
journalists with up-to-now war development in Iraq with the help of land
map of Iraq.
He also informed their forces' unwavering resistance to the coalition
forces at Nasiryya, Basra and many other place.