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anti-war rallies in Iran, Egypt cities
alleges Syria supplying military equipment to Iraq
with humanitarian cargo docks in Umm Qasr
of Saddam not an easy task: Blair
to send humanitarian aid for Iraqi people
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China will send humanitarian aid for people of Iraq, said a Foreign
Ministry spokesman here, said a press report.
is deeply concerned over the sudden deterioration of the humanitarian
situation in Iraq. The aid would be transported to Jordan for distribution
among the Iraqi people within couple of days, he said.
imam urges holy war against invaders
BAGHDAD: A leading Iraqi imam, holding a rifle as he led weekly prayers here Friday, called on Muslims worldwide to launch holy war against the US-led onslaught against Iraq.
Prayer day for safety of US troops
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Iraqi ambassador in Moscow Friday said about 700 US and British troops
were killed in the war against Iraq, said a press report.
dead, 60 wounded in Najaf fighting: al-Sahhaf
still in Saddam's control: British TV
will send relief consignment for Iraq soon: Jamali
Guards deployed to Karbala's defence
strike closes down H- Kashmir for second day
rocked by more blasts Friday morning
carrying Japan's first spy satellite launched
A Japanese H-2A rocket carrying the nation's first spy satellites lifted
off on Friday, an official said.
missiles fired on Baghdad
Around 10 Tomahawk missiles were fired on Baghdad overnight Friday from US
destroyers in the Mediterranean, a spokesman for the USS Theodore
Roosevelt aircraft carrier said.
and Control system in Baghdad destroyed
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The Pentagon claimed on Friday that the coalition warplanes and missiles
in an attack destroyed the command and control system in Baghdad, a
British TV reported.
'human shield' activists expelled from Iraq
Tuebingen Peace Society, named for the southwestern German town which is
its home, said the official reason given for the move was that the risks
of them staying where they were had become too great.
four activists, who were on their way out of the country via Syria, had
been assigned to an oil refinery in the capital Baghdad, which has been
under heavy bombardment since US and British forces launched a war against
Iraq on May 20.
The group said a total of some 60 "human shields" remained in Iraq. The activists seek to deter attacks on important facilities by their presence, assuming that the attacking forces will not want to risk international condemnation if they are killed.
collation forces marines missing, 14 wounded
Twelve marines of the coalition forces went missing and 14 wounded in
fighting with Iraqi forces around Nasiriya, a report said.
forces will be attacked in cities
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YORK: American Army Affairs expert Brigadier
David Grendge has said that the US forces will be attacked in the
cities and added that their forces will have to eliminate Iraqi Republican
Guard and other resisting elements in Baghdad.
forces will be doubled in Iraq: Pentagon
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The Pentagon said on Friday that the number of coalition forces would be
doubled in Iraq, a report said.
president Bush's advisor resigns
Richard Perle, a leading advocate of the war in Iraq, has resigned as
chairman of a top Pentagon advisory panel, but will remain a member, after
a conflict-of-interest controversy, the Pentagon said Thursday.
controversy involved his dealings with Global Crossing, a now bankrupt
telecommunications firm that retained Perle as an intermediary to gain
Pentagon approval to sell its assets in Asia.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a statement he had accepted
Perle's resignation as chairman of the Defense Policy Board but had asked
him to stay on as a member.
a resignation letter, Perle said he abided by the board's rules but
to step down as chairman so as not to burden Rumsfeld with a controversy
at a time when the country was at war.
our nation at war and American troops risking their lives to protect
freedom and liberate Iraq, I am dismayed that your valuable time ... might
be burdened by the controversy surrounding my presidency," the letter
have seen controversies like this before and I know that this one will
inevitably distract from the urgent challenge in which you are now engaged," Perle wrote. "I would not wish to cause even a moment's distraction from that challenge."
cannot be taken: minister
Iraqi Defense Minister Sultan Hashem Ahmed said Thursday that Baghdad
"cannot be taken", while acknowledging that the first US units
are just 140 kilometers (90 miles) from the city limits.
destroys 196 cruise missile of coalition forces
BAGHDAD: Iraqi Information Minister said on Friday that they had destroyed 196 cruise missile of US-led coalition forces in series of recent attacks in outskirts of Baghdad, a report said.
suspects linked to murder of Serbian PM killed
seeks Pakistani pair over possible al-Qaeda link
FBI's Baltimore office said that authorities want to question Aafia
Siddiqui and her husband, Mohammed Khan, 33, about possible terrorist
activities. Authorities in Florida say the couple may have ties to Adnan
G. El Shukrijumah, 27, a suspected al-Qaeda member who lived in suburban
Miami at one time.
FBI said Siddiqui, 31, a resident of the Boston area, had visited
Gaithersburg in late December or January. They declined to say who she was
visiting or why. "We would be interested in talking to Siddiqui. She
may have valuable information," said Barry Maddox, an FBI spokesman
in Baltimore. Authorities said Siddiqui has a doctorate in neurological
science and has studied at MIT and Brandeis University in the Boston area,
as well as in Houston, Tex.
listed her home as Karachi, Pakistan. The FBI's Web site lists her
whereabouts as unknown but adds that the bureau believes she is in
Pakistan. While at MIT, she wrote a lengthy paper on the mechanics of
setting up a Muslim student organization.
corporate records in Massachusetts show that Siddiqui and Khan are
officers of the Institute of Islamic Research and Teaching Inc., which has
a mailing address in Roxbury.
FBI in Baltimore focused on Siddiqui yesterday because of her visit to the
area, saying she may be wearing either traditional Pakistani clothing or
western attire, and might be traveling with her three young children.
announced they were searching for El Shukrijumah last week after an alias
he used surfaced in numerous places, including interrogations of captured
al Qaeda lieutenant Khalid Sheik Mohammed. A senior law enforcement
official described El Shukrijumah as a possible terrorism organizer in the
style of Mohamed Atta, the suspected ringleader of the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks. But authorities said they were unclear about what kind of plot he
may have been involved in.
FBI has said that El Shukrijumah may be traveling on passports from
Guyana, Trinidad, Canada or Saudi Arabia and could be in Morocco.
FBI arrests nine
for transferring money illegally
they were not found having links with any terrorist band, but it was
feared that the amount they transferred could be used for terrorist
activities, FBI sources were quoted as saying.
They said over last three years around $33 million have been transferred illegally to Pakistan by a money exchange firm in America.
recruitments of Muslims in army base
House rent prices in
Amman rise after Iraq war
of US forces by Iraq oppositions turns wrong
face tough resistance from Iraq army near cities
pre-dawn heavy blasts heard in Baghdad
US-led allied forces were facing intense resistance by the Iraqi army as
they struggled hard to advance to the city.
shown on Arabic TV attending meeting
Guard deployed to guard Los Angeles airport against terror
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ANGELES: Armed US military guards were deployed Thursday at Los Angeles'
top potential terror target, its international airport, to ward off any
possible strikes triggered by the war in Iraq.
National Guard troops dressed in camouflage combat gear began patrolling
the airport's perimeter in a bid to boost anti-terror security at the
world's third busiest airfield as war raged in the Gulf.
primary job of the National Guard will be to enhance the perimeter defence
of the airport itself to preclude any terrorist attack on the airport,
Security Council reaches deal on Iraq's oil-for-food programme
NATIONS: Security Council members have agreed on a draft resolution to
reactivate the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq which, could be put to
the vote within 24 hours, Germany's ambassador to the UN said Thursday.
more powerful explosions hit Baghdad
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The latest blasts were heard in the city center following heavy US-British bombardments throughout the day on the capital and its southern outskirts, the site of a major Iraqi military camp.
bombardment in Baghdad, southeastern outskirts
forces likely to take ten days to surround Baghdad
Council members wrangle over UN's role in Iraq
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NATIONS: Security Council members wrangled over the UN's role in Iraq on
Thursday as they wound up a two-day public debate held to allow all
countries to express their views on the US-led war.
US ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte, hit back at the
majority of the 85 speakers who took the floor, saying: "We disagree
profoundly with those who avoid the central issue." Iraq was to blame
for the war because it had rejected demands, spelt out in a series of
council resolutions over the past 12 years, to strip itself of its weapons
of mass destruction, he said.
coalition action is legitimate and multilateral," he said, rejecting
criticism that the United States and Britain had invaded Iraq without the
most of the 70 preceding speakers described the war as a violation of the
UN Charter, condemnation by the 15 council members was in general more
in the midst of conflict, we must continue our collective efforts to
for ways and means by which peace can be restored," Pakistan's
ambassador Munir Akram said.
we will not be able to achieve this through condemnation or
however deplorable the use of force." The French ambassador,
Jean-Marc de La Sabliere, did not even call for an
casualties as possible," he said.
Like other members, he said the council should quickly adopt a
resolution to reactivate the oil-for-food programme, which was suspended
on March 18, when Secretary General Kofi Annan ordered all UN
international staff to leave Iraq.
Russian ambassador Sergei Lavrov warned the United States and Britain that
it would not allow the UN's humanitarian role to gloss over and justify
their military action. "We will not support the proposal that the
mechanism of the oil-for-food programme be adjusted to the military
scenario," he said.
ambassador stages walkout from Security Council meeting
After staging walk out from Council meeting US ambassador John Negroponte spoke to reporters at UN head quarter, he said that US is pursuing two important issues in Middle East one of the Iraq and other of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict and both the issues deserve high priority attention of US foreign policy.
He said that as far as humanitarian supplies were concerned in Iraq it would become possible only when the allies move forward secure their objectives, secure the cities, restore the calm and peace to various parts of the Iraq, then the conditions will be created for the most expedition and effective delivery of humanitarian supplies for example the UN at the movement not allowing it is personnel to go back into Iraq because security reasons as the security gets restored it is easier for UN personnel and other NGOs to go in and do their work.
downs US helicopter, destroys 3 tanks: Al-Jazeera
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Arab news channel Al-Jazeera aired Thursday what it said was exclusive
footage of a US Army Apache attack helicopter, which Iraq claims to have
shot down as well as having destroyed three tanks and an unmanned
downs US helicopter, destroys 3 tanks: Al-Jazeera
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DOHA: Arab news channel Al-Jazeera aired Thursday what it said was exclusive footage of a US Army Apache attack helicopter, which Iraq claims to have shot down as well as having destroyed three tanks and an unmanned aircraft.
of food parcels hijacked in Iraq
Dr Hilal Al-Sayer said that the tens of
thousands of prepared meals and ration kits of rice, oil, sugar and
cereals destined for farms just north of the Iraqi border, had instead
been hijacked soon after leaving Kuwait.
"That aid didn't get to the farms
where the women and children are, our people lost control and young Iraqi
men began emptying the trucks," he said.
"It went to the well, young and
healthy." Mr Al-Sayer says British troops advised staff from the Red
Crescent (the local equivalent of the Red Cross) to abandon almost all
their lorries to the crowd, since it was considered too dangerous to
intervene to save the estimated 45,000 meal packs.
More than 350
civilians have been killed: Iraq
war will last until victory: Bush says
Iraq will be disarmed of weapons of mass destruction. And the Iraqi people will be freed. That is our commitment. That is our determination, and we will see it done,'' Blair added.
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
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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
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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
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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.