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Blair promise to persevere in war in Iraq
calls for immediate oil-for-food resumption
touts "steady progress" in Iraq
arms inspectors willing to go Iraq: Belix
Ant-war rally in New York
(Updated at 1920 PST)
YORK: An antiwar rally was held in New York Thursday as large number of
people took to the roads, said a press report.
alleges Iraq contemplated chemical attack
loud blasts in Baghdad, oil wells under fire
financial assistance needed to Iraq: embassy
fighting in Samawa, Iraq
suits, masks not proof of weapons: Blix
heard as air raid sirens sound in Kuwait
says 350 killed, 4,000 injured in war
Nobel laureates arrested in Washington antiwar rally
Russia demands immediate ceasefire in Iraq
(Updated at 1310 PST)
MOSCOW: Russia has demanded stopping the US-led war on Iraq after a missile attack on civilian population in Baghdad killing 15 people, said a press report.
The Russian Foreign Ministry in an official statement demanded immediate ceasefire and peaceful settlement of the issue under the United Nations Security Council.
The war is badly affecting the civilian population and infrastructure of Iraq, said the Ministry.
strike in Held Kashmir
blasts, anti aircraft guns firing in Baghdad
of US marines injured in 'friendly fire'
Powell unfolds plan for future government in Iraq
(Updated at 0855 PST)
LONDON: The US State Secretary Colin Powell unfolded the future government plan before the Congress saaying the plan will also got approved from the United Nations, a British news channel reported Thursday.
The Powell plan suggests a US military government headed by General Tommy Franks after the war, which will be transformed into a US civilian government. The other steps under the plan would be an interim Iraqi setup, which will lead to a regular Iraqi civilian government that will initially work with a UN caretaker.
forces on move to west Iraq
blasts heard in Baghdad, more than eight blasts reported
TV transmission disrupted; 3000 US land troops set for Gulf
reconstruction expenses of Iraq should be afforded by US: Germany
forces occupy three bridges on Euphrates River
Attack on Iraq
is violation of international law: Iraq
sides in Iraq war may be guilty of war crimes: Amnesty
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Both sides of the week-old-war Iraq war may already be guilty of war
crimes, Amnesty International human rights group said Wednesday.
US-led coalition side would be guilty because of the bombing of state
television in Baghdad, Claudio Cordone, senior director for international
law at the London-based group, said in a statement.
a civilian object and carrying out a disproportionate attack are
crimes," she said.
"The onus is on the coalition forces to demonstrate the
military use of the TV station and, if that is indeed the case, to show
that the attack took into account the risk to civilian lives,"
bombing of a television station simply because it is being used for
purposes of propaganda is unacceptable. It is a civilian object, and thus
protected under international humanitarian law," she said. The Iraqi side would be guilty if its troops are found to have fired mortars on their own people to quell an uprising in Basra, as British officials alleged yesterday.
forces parachute into northern Iraq
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Elements of the US Army's 173rd Brigade
into northern Iraq, at an airfield in the first major deployment of forces
in that part of Iraq, US defense official said Wednesday
cruise missiles fired, 290,000 troops deployed in Iraq: US
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The Pentagon said Wednesday that US troops had fired 600 Tomahawk cruise
missiles and more than 4,300 precision-guided bombs in the first six days
of the US-led war on Iraq.
some figures, the Pentagon said more than 250,000 US troops had been
deployed in support of operations, as well as 40,000 mainly British and
Australian coalition troops.
"Our ground forces are pushing north towards Baghdad and Al
Kut," Major General Stanley McChrystal Joint Staff vice-director of
operations said Wednesday.
are more than 220 miles (355 kilometers) into Iraqi territory and have
it in over six days in spite of difficult weather," said McChrystal.
"Since March 20, our forces have fired more than 600 Tomahawks and
dropped more than 4,300 precision-guided weapons," he told reporters.
troops kill 1,000 in 72 hours near Najaf: commander
NAJAF: US troops have killed 1,000 Iraqis in the past 72 hours in the
Najaf region, an American officer said Wednesday.
forces attack massive Iraqi column leaving Basra
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Iraq: US-led coalition forces on Wednesday attacked
a massive column of Iraqi tanks that poured out of the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a reporter with the British army said.
urges Security Council to unite around humanitarian aid for Iraq
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NATIONS: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on
Wednesday to put aside its differences over reactivating the oil-for-food
programme in Iraq as a channel for war relief.
urge the five permanent members, in particular, to show leadership by
a concerted effort to overcome their differences," Annan said at the
start of a two-day public council debate.
meeting was the council's first on Iraq since the United States and
invaded last week after giving up their efforts to seek UN authority
military action. "All of us must regret that our intense efforts to
achieve a peaceful situation through this council did not succeed,"
people were asking why Iraq did not take a final opportunity to disarm
he said. "At the same time, many people around the world are
seriously questioning whether it was legitimate for some member states to
proceed to such a fateful action now ... without first reaching a
collective decision of this council,"
invasion "has far-reaching consequences, well beyond the immediate
military dimensions," he said.
Council begins open meeting on Iraq
NATIONS: The UN Security Council began a two-day public debate Wednesday
which was expected to produce denunciations of the US-led war on Iraq but
no practical decision to halt it.
Americans killed as spy plane crashes in Colombia
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Three US nationals died when the US government Cessna they were using to
search for three kidnapped Americans crashed in southern Colombia, an
explosions as Baghdad comes under more bombardment
would help with chemical attack, but would not fight: Villepin
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France would provide assistance to US-led forces in the Gulf region if
Iraq used chemical weapons against them, but would not get involved in the
fighting, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said on
mull aid to airlines in war budget
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US lawmakers were scrambling Wednesday to find a way to aid struggling US
airlines that are facing a deepening crisis as a result of the war in
industry leaders as well as employee groups are pleading for urgent
from Congress to avert what they say will be an industry catastrophe if
the war persists and travel suffers more declines.
Frist, the Senate's majority leader said Tuesday that the chamber
consider financial assistance to ailing US air carriers. The Senate
"will provide financial assistance to some extent," Frist said.
Frist's comments echoed those of Republican Senator John McCain. According to Frist, public funds could be added to a 74.7 billion dollar package requested by President George W. Bush to finance military operations in Iraq, as well as homeland security and other costs linked to the war on terrorism.
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Iraq said that its elite Republican Guard forces had battled US-led troops
for the first time Wednesday since the war began, and that they had
inflicted "heavy losses" on the coalition.
acknowledges possible civilian deaths in bombing
SALIYAH: The United States acknowledged it might have killed some
civilians with air strikes Wednesday after 14 people were reported dead in
missile attacks on a Baghdad housing block.
experts to discuss situation in Iraq next Wednesday: Swiss official
Representatives from 30 countries and 21 aid agencies are expected to
discuss humanitarian aid for Iraq in a meeting in Geneva next week, the
Swiss foreign ministry said Wednesday.
participants, mostly technical experts, will decide on the most urgent
needs for the war-torn country and examine how they can be delivered, said
Joachim Ahrens, spokesman for the ministry's development cooperation
reconstruction could also be discussed, he said.
EU agree on need for humanitarian funds in Iraq
US and EU representatives agreed Wednesday on the pressing need for funds
to head off a humanitarian disaster in war-embroiled Iraq, officials said.
Larson, the US undersecretary of state for economic, business and
agricultural affairs, found common ground with European Commission
officials in tackling the most urgent needs of Iraqi civilians, sources
looking ahead, the question of who will foot the bill to rebuild a
post-war Iraq will prove more controversial in a Europe where many are
bitterly opposed to the US-British campaign to oust Saddam Hussein.
to free Iraqis from ceasefire line would be late: Powell
calls for end to hostilities after Baghdad attack
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Russia called for an immediate end to hostilities
Iraq Wednesday after a missile attack by US-led forces on a residential
Baghdad left 14 people dead and around 30 people injured.
FM warns US against unleashing "information war"
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Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Wednesday sternly warned the
United States away from unleashing an “information war'' against Russia
and poured scorn on the war in Iraq.
While talking to journalists, he said that US reasons for war on Iraq were illogical. In an appearance before the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament, Ivanov reiterated Moscow's firm intention to block any attempts to legitimize the war through the United Nations Security Council. He also called on Washington to prevent U.S.-Russian relations from deteriorating in the long-term