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U.S. Prepares for Iraq Shiite Pilgrimage: "U.S. forces are preparing for a major test of the order they are seeking to establish in Iraq: A pilgrimage in coming days by as many as 2 million faithful to one of Shiite Islam's holiest sites."
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U.S. General, Iraq Tribal Leaders Meet: "A U.S. Marine commander called tribal leaders together Saturday to seek their support in running their city but emphasized that he considers himself to be in charge. Patrols of low-flying attack helicopters drove home the point."
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Explosive Injures 4 Soldiers, Iraqi Girl: "Four U.S. soldiers on patrol were wounded Saturday when an Iraqi girl handed them an explosive and it blew up, American military officials said. They said they believed it was an accident."
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Syria Tightens Restrictions on Iraqis: "Syria has banned Iraqis without visas from entering the country, airline sources confirmed Saturday, an apparent effort to counter U.S. charges that it is sheltering former members of Saddam Hussein's regime."
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Bechtel's Political Clout Helps Iraq Bid: "It's not just a history of building landmarks like the Hoover Dam that helped Bechtel Corp. win the first major Iraq reconstruction contract. The company is as well-connected as Washington insiders come."
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World : last updated, April 19, 2003 18:33


Basra rail link to port restored

The first train to Basra since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime arrived in Iraq's second city. Soldiers from 102 Logistic Brigade and local town dignitaries saw off the green train from the port town of Umm Qasr. Military officials said the opening of the 42-mile track, which has been cleared of mines, represents a return to normality in southern Iraq.




Allies should leave Iraq now, say Arabs

US and British "occupation forces" should leave Iraq as soon as possible and the UN should play a "central role" in rebuilding the country, Middle Eastern foreign ministers urged. But after an emergency meeting to discuss "the future of Iraq in the aftermath of the war," the ministers stressed that the "final say" on a new government must rest with Iraqis themselves. "Iraq is full of skilled people that know their own good better than anyone else," the host, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, said .




Looted paintings seized by customs

Jordanian customs officials have seized 42 paintings believed to have been looted from Iraq's national museum. The paintings were taken earlier in the week at al-Karameh border post from unidentified journalists entering Jordan from Iraq and were sent to the main Customs Department in Amman, said the officials, well-informed on the confiscated items. The paintings were being verified for authenticity but that preliminary checks led to them to believe the material had been looted from Iraq, the officials said.




Cameraman killed by Israeli soldier

An Israeli soldier has shot and killed a cameraman with Associated Press Television News who was covering a skirmish between troops and rock-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank city of NablusThe Israeli military had no immediate comment but said it was looking into the shooting. Nazeh Darwazeh, 45, was filming clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians that began early on Saturday. Doctors said Darwazeh died of a bullet wound to the head.




Ailing Pope to attend Easter vigil

Pope John Paul is leading a solemn candlelight vigil in St Peter's Basilica in the final hours before Easter, pushing forward with his tiring schedule of Holy Week ceremonies. The ailing 82-year-old pontiff, who has trouble walking and suffers from the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, has scaled down his role in some services. But he attends all key ceremonies, including the vigil that marks the final dark hours after Christ's death before his resurrection and the exultation of Easter Sunday.




Massive Sars clean-up in Hong Kong

Thousands of volunteers in Hong Kong have begun a massive cleaning campaign aimed at slowing the spread of Sars. Officials were monitoring all buildings where Sars cases have been reported to try to avoid further outbreaks, said health director Dr Margaret Chan. An outbreak at one apartment complex, Amoy Gardens, has infected at least 326 people.




Violence clouds Nigeria election

President Olusegun Obasanjo seeks a second term in elections that pose the stiffest test for Nigeria's young democracy since his election four years ago ended 15 years of military rule. Soldiers were deployed nationwide after the opposition threatened partisan violence. The country's election commission appealed to voters to accept the results of the ballot for 36 governorships and the presidency "in the name of democracy and peace.""Everything is being done to ensure that hitches do not occur," said Steve Oseneke, spokesman for Nigeria's election commission.




Rescue bid for trapped Chinese miners

Rescue workers in central and northern China are searching for 31 coal miners trapped in two flooded coal mines. Seventeen miners in Lianyuan, a city in central Hunan province, have been missing since Wednesday, said a duty officer at the state-run No. 71 coal mine who gave only his family name, Wang. "We're trying our best to pump out the water," Wang said. "We believe there's still a chance they'll survive."




U.S. fund-raisers aid conjoined twins

Fund-raisers appear to have gathered enough money to offset surgery costs to separate 22-month-old Egyptian twins joined at the crown of their heads. The Children's Medical Center of Dallas has said it would need $125,000 to help offset the cost of surgery to separate Mohamed and Ahmed Ibrahim. Going into a fund-raising event at Dallas Central Mosque in Richardson, World Craniofacial Foundation director Sue Blackwood said about $83,000 in pledges and donations had been received for the twins, who were brought to the United States by the foundation for evaluation last June.




Protesters march on detention centre

Hundreds of protesters have marched on an immigration detention camp in southern Australia demanding the release of its inmates. Several protesters were arrested after they broke through a perimeter fence. About 500 people, chanting, "Free the refugees!" were involved in the demonstration outside the remote Baxter detention centre, which holds 300 illegal immigrants whose applications for refugee status have been rejected and who are awaiting deportation. Police Senior Constable Kate Denman said that some protesters had broken through a fence around the compound and that several arrests had been made, but would not confirm the charges or any other details.




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Bush Offers Prayers for Families in War
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "Celebrating the weekend's Christian and Jewish observances, President Bush offered a message of religious hope and the nation's prayers Saturday to the families of soldiers who have died or been wounded in Iraq or remain deployed overseas."
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Schroeder Regrets Words That Hit U.S.-German Ties
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By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Saturday he deeply regretted "exaggerated remarks" critical of U.S. moves against Iraq (news - web sites) that soured his relations with President Bush (news - web sites).
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Jordan Seizes Iraqi Art Believed Stolen: "Jordanian customs authorities have seized 42 paintings believed to have been looted from Iraq's National Museum, government officials said Saturday. (AP)"
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AP Cameraman Shot and Killed in West Bank: "An Israeli soldier shot and killed a cameraman with Associated Press Television News who was covering a skirmish between troops and rock-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus on Saturday, witnesses said."
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More Hints Emerge on Saddam's Fate, but No Proof
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By Andrew Marshall
DUBAI (Reuters) - Arab television channels showed documents on Saturday that hinted Saddam Hussein could still be alive -- but like previous clues on the fate of Iraq's deposed leader, the footage raised more questions than it answered.
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CBS News: Iraq Crisis: "Iraq's former finance minister was nabbed by Iraqi police, on the same day the man said to be the mastermind of Saddam Hussein's nerve gas program surrendered. And seven former POWs were to fly home from Germany to Texas today."

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US Troops Hold Saddam's Finance Minister in Baghdad
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By Claudia Parsons

AS SAYLIYA CAMP, Qatar (Reuters) - U.S. troops have taken Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s finance minister into custody, saying they hoped he could shed light on billions of dollars the ousted leader and his government may have stashed overseas.

Sars Update
Vietnam may close border with China: "Travelers from SARS-infected countries may need health certificates"
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Ontario - SARS updates take a holiday: "Revised weekend schedule for Ontario SARS Assessment Clinics"
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War Blog Updates
Developments in Iraq's Oil Fields: "Developments regarding Iraq's oil, world oil markets:"
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WMD hunt: "The U.S. is sending a 1,000-person "Iraq Survey Group" into Iraq to begin the next phase of looking for weapons of mass destruction, and conduct other intelligence tasks, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The group, likely led by a U.S. general, will be made of up civilian scientists, government intelligence analysts, military personnel and private contractors. It will be based in Iraq."
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Arab leaders push US to leave in BBC News | War in Iraq

Iraq: Basra's pivotal issue - water: ""Mister, water, water." Take a walk down any street in Basra, Iraq's main southern city, and that's the chorus you will hear wherever you go. The second-largest city in Iraq with its 1.5 million residents has been struggling for a month now to receive any - even marginally - potable water, ever since water-purification and pumping stations were hit by the war and the ensuing mayhem."
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A smile to forget destruction: "Ahmed has a dream and his dream is round - like a ball. He wants to become a great football player, like the guys he sees on television. The four-year-old kicks a scratched leather ball over the sharp stones and dusty ground, trying to dribble past the Red Crescent volunteer, who smiles as Ahmed?s small feet struggle to control the big ball."
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Former Iraqi deputy prime minister caught: "Another former member of Saddam Hussein's ruling elite has been captured, US troops say."
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Friday, April 18, 2003

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Friday, April 18, 2003; 9:20 PM



By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government sided with the recording industry in its dispute with Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday, saying a digital-copyright law invoked by record labels to track down Internet song-swappers did not violate the U.S. Constitution.
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Friday, April 18, 2003; 9:20 PM



By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government sided with the recording industry in its dispute with Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday, saying a digital-copyright law invoked by record labels to track down Internet song-swappers did not violate the U.S. Constitution.
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Remains Are Laci, Baby; Husband Arrested
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By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press Writer

MODESTO, Calif. - Scott Peterson was arrested Friday in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. The arrest came as authorities confirmed that two bodies that washed ashore this week were those of Laci and her baby.

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Remains Are Laci, Baby; Husband Arrested
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By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press Writer

MODESTO, Calif. - Scott Peterson was arrested Friday in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. The arrest came as authorities confirmed that two bodies that washed ashore this week were those of Laci and her baby.

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Marines Feast on Saddam's Wild Gazelles: "Supper time has become a double treat at a Marine base outside Saddam Hussein's hometown - not only is there fresh meat, but it's from Saddam's personal hunting preserve."
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Israel May Pull Troops From Some Areas: "Israel will consider pulling back troops only after the Palestinian prime minister takes office and the Palestinian leadership shows it is taking action to stop terrorism, an Israeli official said Friday."
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More Than 900 Iraqi War Prisoners Freed: "Coalition forces sorting through thousands of Iraqi war prisoners have released nearly 900 after determining they were civilians who had nothing to do with the fighting."
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Marines Feast on Saddam's Wild Gazelles: "Supper time has become a double treat at a Marine base outside Saddam Hussein's hometown - not only is there fresh meat, but it's from Saddam's personal hunting preserve."
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Israel May Pull Troops From Some Areas: "Israel will consider pulling back troops only after the Palestinian prime minister takes office and the Palestinian leadership shows it is taking action to stop terrorism, an Israeli official said Friday."
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More Than 900 Iraqi War Prisoners Freed: "Coalition forces sorting through thousands of Iraqi war prisoners have released nearly 900 after determining they were civilians who had nothing to do with the fighting."
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Iraqi Nerve Agent Expert Turns Himself In
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By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A top Iraqi scientist involved in the country's development of a sophisticated nerve agent has turned himself in to American authorities, a U.S. official said Friday

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Iraqi Nerve Agent Expert Turns Himself In
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By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A top Iraqi scientist involved in the country's development of a sophisticated nerve agent has turned himself in to American authorities, a U.S. official said Friday

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Tapes of Saddam Continue to Appear: "Just when U.S. officials began to believe they'd heard the last from Saddam Hussein, there he was again - maybe - greeting a crowd in video footage supposedly taken days after a bomb strike that was meant to finish him off. (AP)"
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Iraqis Protest Against United States: "Unfurling banners that declared "Leaveour country," tens of thousands of Baghdad protesters demandedon Friday that the United States get out of Iraq while leadersof the oil-rich nation's neighbors meeting in Saudi Arabia alsocalled for a speedy U.S. departure. (Reuters)"
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Saddam Video Said Shot When Baghdad Fell: "Saddam Hussein resurfaced Friday in image and in voice, waving to enthusiastic crowds on a video reportedly shot as American forces overran Baghdad and addressing his people in a tape recording that crackled with quiet defiance. (AP)"
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Iraqis Rally to Demand Swift U.S. Exit: "Less than 10 days after the fall of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Iraqis marched in downtown Baghdad on Friday to demand a rapid U.S. troop withdrawal and a prominent opposition leader said he expects Americans to relinquish most government functions within weeks. (AP)"
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Pentagon Says Pilot's Remains Identified: "The remains of one of two Air Force pilots who were declared missing after their F-15E fighter jet was shot down over Iraq on April 7 have been recovered and identified, the Pentagon said Friday. (AP)"
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Tapes of Saddam Continue to Appear: "Just when U.S. officials began to believe they'd heard the last from Saddam Hussein, there he was again - maybe - greeting a crowd in video footage supposedly taken days after a bomb strike that was meant to finish him off. (AP)"
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Iraqis Protest Against United States: "Unfurling banners that declared "Leaveour country," tens of thousands of Baghdad protesters demandedon Friday that the United States get out of Iraq while leadersof the oil-rich nation's neighbors meeting in Saudi Arabia alsocalled for a speedy U.S. departure. (Reuters)"
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Saddam Video Said Shot When Baghdad Fell: "Saddam Hussein resurfaced Friday in image and in voice, waving to enthusiastic crowds on a video reportedly shot as American forces overran Baghdad and addressing his people in a tape recording that crackled with quiet defiance. (AP)"
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Iraqis Rally to Demand Swift U.S. Exit: "Less than 10 days after the fall of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Iraqis marched in downtown Baghdad on Friday to demand a rapid U.S. troop withdrawal and a prominent opposition leader said he expects Americans to relinquish most government functions within weeks. (AP)"
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Pentagon Says Pilot's Remains Identified: "The remains of one of two Air Force pilots who were declared missing after their F-15E fighter jet was shot down over Iraq on April 7 have been recovered and identified, the Pentagon said Friday. (AP)"
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Iraq Landmines: "Apr. 18 - Specialists have started work to remove tens of thousands of Iraqi landmines strewn across the north of the country."
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Museum-Gate?: "Oddly enough, in light of the multiple-day extravaganza of looting of Iraqi antiquities that went on right under the nose of occupying American troops, before the war even began there were charges being slung by rabble-rousing archeologists and scientists that the United States was in cahoots with a group of wealthy art dealers to, um, liberate Iraq's historical heritage.
According to the April 6 edition of Scotland's Sunday Herald, the group American Council for Cultural Policy, which "is known to consist of a number of influential dealers who favour a relaxation of Iraq's tight restrictions on the ownership and export of antiquities . . . met with US defence and state department officials prior to the start of military action to offer its assistance in preserving the country's invaluable archaeological collections."
Meanwhile, with only three out of 32 hospitals still operable, Baghdadis are starting to hold protests seeking the return of some semblance of government.
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Ex-POW Lynch Recovering From Foot Surgery: "Pfc. Jessica Lynch underwent surgery to repair a bone in her right foot, officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said Friday."
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Bechtel's Political Clout Helps Land Bid: "It's not just a history of building landmarks like the Hoover Dam that helped Bechtel Corp. win the first major Iraq reconstruction contract. The company is as well-connected as Washington insiders come."
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Neighbors Stress Iraqis Should Run Iraq: "Ministers from neighboring countries want Iraq to be governed by its own people, they said at an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the aftermath of the war and its effect on the region."
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Iraq Oil Production May Resume in 7 Weeks: "The oil well fires are out, looted equipment is being recovered and damage was less than feared, leading U.S. officials to predict Iraq's southern oil fields could be producing 1.1 million barrels a day within seven weeks."
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Iraq Left With Billions in Debt: "Iraqis have more to clear away than the rubble of war. Saddam Hussein's regime ran up billions of dollars in debts that must be settled before the country's shattered economy can fully recover. (AP)"
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U.S. Companies Helping Out Soldiers: "Hotels are offering free rooms. Baseball teams are giving away tickets. Banks are lowering rates. And restaurants are offering everything from doughnuts to dinners. (AP)"
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Board votes to rename mountain peak after fallen soldier in CNN - War in Iraq

U.S. studies purported Saddam tapes in CNN - War in Iraq

Border delays hampering aid efforts - charity: "Supplies of medical aid to Basra are being delayed because of problems at the Kuwaiti border."
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War Blog Updates
US troops tackle Iraqi paramilitaries: "US troops have opened fire on paramilitary fighters north of Baghdad."
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'New' Saddam Tape Surfaces: "An Arab television station has aired footage of what might have been Saddam Hussein's final public appearance. It allegedly showed him walking Baghdad's streets, mobbed by crowds, the day the city fell."
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Bechtel Bid Under Scrutiny: "GOP-linked Bechtel won a multimillion dollar Iraq reconstruction contract through a process that limited competitive bids. Democrats are complaining; the White House denies any role."
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The Business Of Iraq: "Apr. 18 - U.S. soldiers and marines are working to maintain order in Iraq. In a Los Angeles Times exclusive, we see U.S. companies are bidding to help train Iraqi police."
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Al-Sahaf Suicide Rumors: "Apr. 18 - There are reports that Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf has committed suicide. Al-Sahaf has not been seen since the fall of Baghdad."
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Mideast Nations Meet on Iraq as US Threatens Syria: "
RIYADH ( Reuters ) - Middle Eastern nations were meeting on Friday to debate post-Saddam Iraq as the United States pressed on with its own plans for the war-ravaged nation.
Among eight countries at the first postwar regional forum was Syria, now under U.S. pressure for allegedly sheltering aides of Saddam Hussein and developing chemical weapons. The Riyadh meeting was hosted by Saudi Arabia to discuss the implications of the crushing U.S. victory on the region.
Foreign ministers of Iraq's neighbors Turkey, Iran, Syria, Kuwait and Jordan as well as Egypt and Bahrain were to attend. Barring Syria and Iran, all are key U.S. allies that offered some form of support for Iraq's invasion. None of these nations had any love for Saddam, whose three decades in power were ended this month by the U.S.-led war on Iraq, but now they all want a say in filling the vacuum.
Almost all Middle Eastern nations want the U.S. and British occupation to end immediately. They also want Iraqis to elect their own government -- but with help from neighboring states. In remarks carried by the Iranian news agency on Friday, President Mohammad Khatami said the role of regional countries in setting up a new Iraqi government was "very important."
And speaking to reporters in Cairo on Thursday, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara said he expected the meeting to call for maintaining Iraq's "unity, integrity and independence." "No one can guess or predict how long it will take to stabilize Iraq," he said. "But...occupation is not the right response to stability in Iraq."
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Thousands at Baghdad Mosque Demand US Leave Iraq: "
BAGHDAD ( Reuters ) - Thousands of people carrying Korans and waving banners demonstrated outside a Baghdad mosque on Friday demanding the United States leave Iraq.
In the first Friday prayers since U.S. tanks drove to the heart of the Iraqi capital last week, Imam Ahmed al-Kubaisi said in his sermon the United States invaded Iraq to defend Israel and denied that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
His followers poured out of the mosque after prayers chanting anti-U.S. slogans and waving banners that read "No to America. No to Secular State. Yes to Islamic State."
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American Patriot unit leaves Israel: "
Ha'aretz : Three American Patriot missile batteries set up for Iraq war in Israel to be dismantled Sunday.
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Interpol sending team to help search for Iraqi antiquities: "
PARIS ( AP ) - Interpol announced Friday it is sending a special team to Iraq to help track down pillaged art treasures, joining a legion of groups worldwide offering assistance in the recovery efforts.
The international law enforcement organization called on everyone involved in the conservation and trade of antiquities "to categorically decline any offers of cultural property originating from Iraq."
The move comes as Washington said FBI agents had been dispatched to Iraq to find plundered treasures and as the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization held an urgent meeting in Paris on restoring Iraq's cultural heritage. Interpol said in a statement that it planned a special gathering May 5-6 to devise strategies for recovering the thousands of objects stolen from Baghdad's Iraq National Museum and other institutions nationwide.
The meeting is to bring together officials from UNESCO, the International Council of Museums and the World Customs Organization, among others. While the pillage at first appeared to be a spontaneous frenzy unleashed by the fall of Baghdad, experts now believe some looters were highly organized professionals aiming to feed clandestine networks.
The Interpol statement said a special team of senior officers would go to Kuwait and other countries in the region later this month seeking information from governments and police on what had been stolen. "The team will travel to Iraq as soon as this can be arranged with military officials," the statement said.
Interpol has already alerted police in its 181 member countries to make sure that everyone from border guards to art dealers and even the public is aware of the situation, the statement added.
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Thursday, April 17, 2003

U.S. Troops Step Up Hunt for Al-Qaida
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "The chatter of the metal detector turned to a solid hum when it reached the center of the house's mud-baked floor. Sgt. Derrick Edwards dug his fingers into the earth, prying apart the flat stones. He shined his flashlight at the dark hollow below."
Baghdad Still Stuck Without Power
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "With the system lights around him glowing a sickly green, the chief engineer of Baghdad's key power plant stood Thursday before a control panel of bad news: Inverter failure. Cooling system failure. Circuit breaker failure."
Married to fear
Alternet: War On Iraq: "Respected British writer John Berger writes that the war on Iraq was marked by fear -- the blind fear of the architects of this new American Century, which in turn led to the exercise of overwhelming power: "Married as they are to Fear, they cannot come to terms with, or find a place for, death. Fear keeps death out, and so the Dead desert them. The partners of Fear are alone on this planet - as the rest of the world is not. This is why, considering all the power they wield, military and otherwise, they are dangerous. Terrifyingly dangerous. It is also why they cannot survive.""
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FBI Wraps Up Wartime Interviews of Iraqis
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "The FBI has wrapped up its wartime interviews with almost 11,000 Iraqis living in the United States and will resume its prime focus on combatting terrorism now that the war in Iraq is winding down."
FBI Wraps Up Wartime Interviews of Iraqis
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq: "The FBI has wrapped up its wartime interviews with almost 11,000 Iraqis living in the United States and will resume its prime focus on combatting terrorism now that the war in Iraq is winding down."
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Leaderless Iraqis Wonder Who Is in Charge
Command Post: "REUTERS Thu April 17, 2003 12:17 PM ET

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Mohammed Mohsen Zubaidi says he is running Baghdad but no one seems sure with what authority.
Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi, head of one of the biggest Iraqi exile political groups, has arrived in the capital after decades abroad but has so far made only the blandest statements through his adviser.
And the U.S. invaders, who patrol the city's streets, are saying virtually nothing.
For Iraqis, it is a baffling change from the harsh one-party rule of Saddam Hussein. Many now simply want somebody -- whoever it is -- to take charge.
"Whether we choose it or not, we need a government," said 35-year-old Wafiq Mohammed in a crowd of Iraqis struggling to understand what the future holds.
More than a week after Baghdad fell to U.S. troops, many Iraqis are struggling to understand why Americans, so effective in war, seem to be so ineffective at peace.
Many want a government of their own people and are still somewhat skeptical about the United States' motives for the war.

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Leaderless Iraqis Wonder Who Is in Charge
Command Post: "REUTERS Thu April 17, 2003 12:17 PM ET

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Mohammed Mohsen Zubaidi says he is running Baghdad but no one seems sure with what authority.
Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi, head of one of the biggest Iraqi exile political groups, has arrived in the capital after decades abroad but has so far made only the blandest statements through his adviser.
And the U.S. invaders, who patrol the city's streets, are saying virtually nothing.
For Iraqis, it is a baffling change from the harsh one-party rule of Saddam Hussein. Many now simply want somebody -- whoever it is -- to take charge.
"Whether we choose it or not, we need a government," said 35-year-old Wafiq Mohammed in a crowd of Iraqis struggling to understand what the future holds.
More than a week after Baghdad fell to U.S. troops, many Iraqis are struggling to understand why Americans, so effective in war, seem to be so ineffective at peace.
Many want a government of their own people and are still somewhat skeptical about the United States' motives for the war.

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FBI Finishes 11,000 Interviews with Iraqis in U.S: "[FOX News]
? The FBI has wrapped up its wartime interviews with almost 11,000 Iraqis living in the United States and will resume its prime focus on combatting terrorism now that the war in Iraq is winding down. The interviews, which began on March 20, were conducted around the clock by hundreds of FBI agents and focused on Iraqis who had ties to the former regime of Saddam Hussein and those who had recently traveled to Iraq.
While several dozen were detained for visa violations, no known terrorists or Iraqi spies were discovered in the interviews. Instead, FBI officials say, the interviews yielded important information for U.S. forces, including locations of Iraqi bunkers, tunnel systems, manufacturing plants and military installations.

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Experts: Looters Had Keys to Iraqi Vaults: "Some of the looters who ravaged Iraqi antiquities had keys to museum vaults and were able to take pieces from safes, experts said Thursday at an international meeting."
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Second U.S. Aircraft Carrier Leaves Gulf: "A second U.S. Navy aircraft carrier departed the Persian Gulf on Thursday, leaving only the USS Nimitz battle group on station in the Gulf, defense officials."
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Embryo cloning ban gets backing from Parliament
European Voice: "MEMBERS of the European Parliament have stirred controversy by supporting a ban on creating human embryos for stem cell research, including through cloning, amid a lack of moral consensus on the issue in Europe. The chamber has however yet to agree on a definition of ?embryo?."
Assad's Situation
Syria's military machine may be hollow—but it isn't harmless.
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Stocks Rise, Data Hints of Better Outlook
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Blue-chip stocks rose at midday on Thursday, reversing an earlier decline, while tech stocks extended gains after regional manufacturing data suggested business conditions could improve in coming months.

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Patti and Jeff,
Hope she picks up story i sure would like to send lots of packages to the troops!
I'm a freelance writer for Weatherford Daily News and other newspapers and magazines. The publisher of Weatherford Daily News gave me an email that you sent about Brandon Varn. That's a great story. What relation are you to Brandon?

I would like to talk to you about this for a story. Unfortunately, you left no phone number, and I don't know where you live. Is there any chance you could call me at555? I will be away from the computer for a couple of days, so I won't be able to check my email. It would be much appreciated.

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Patti and Jeff,
Hope she picks up story i sure would like to send lots of packages to the troops!
I'm a freelance writer for Weatherford Daily News and other newspapers and magazines. The publisher of Weatherford Daily News gave me an email that you sent about Brandon Varn. That's a great story. What relation are you to Brandon?

I would like to talk to you about this for a story. Unfortunately, you left no phone number, and I don't know where you live. Is there any chance you could call me at555? I will be away from the computer for a couple of days, so I won't be able to check my email. It would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
Robyn Hoffman
Freelance writer
Best-Selling Diet Doctor Dies at 72
6 minutes ago Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!



NEW YORK - Dr. Robert C. Atkins, whose best-selling low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet was dismissed as nutritional folly for years but was recently validated in some research, died Thursday, his spokesman said. He was 72.



Atkins died at New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center and was surrounded by his wife and close friends, said Richard Rothstein, his spokesman.


Atkins suffered a severe head injury Tuesday after falling on an icy sidewalk while walking to work. Last April, Atkins was hospitalized for cardiac arrest, which he said was related to an infection of the heart and was not related to the diet.

FAMOUS DIET DOCTOR DIES Dr Atkins dies from a fall more to follow
A Soldiers Blog Iraq War Updates
Australian Firm vies for Iraqi Reconstruction Contracts: "From the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) says it is in negotiations with the United Nations and several US companies about securing a consulting role for Iraq's rehabilitation.
SMEC has been repairing infrastructure in northern Iraq for the past three years and has bases throughout the Middle East.
It will be interesting to see if contracts are only awarded to US firms.
"
In Command Post

Lift Iraqi sanctions? Nyet!: "From The Australian
Russia will not support a US proposal to lift UN sanctions on Iraq if UN inspectors do not confirm the country has no weapons of mass destruction, a Russian foreign ministry official said.
" Regime change in Baghdad is not a condition for lifting economic sanctions on Iraq ," the official told the Interfax news agency on condition of anonymity.
" There is a UN Security Council resolution for this, which clearly stipulates the disarmament of Iraq - something international inspectors must decide ," he said, adding that Russia supported the return of UN inspectors.
"
In Command Post

Saddam's Half Brothers Killed for Him: "Saddam Hussein has three half brothers from his mother's second marriage. They have been close to Saddam for most of the past three decades. Their willingness to kill and conspire for him, eliminating even members of their own extended clan, was one of the mainstays of the regime."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com

US floods Iraq with dollars in BBC News | War in Iraq

Powell may travel to Syria to discuss tensions after Iraq war: "US Secretary of State Colin Powell may travel to Syria for talks on defusing new tensions between the two countries in the wake of a US-led military operation that toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
A Soldiers Blog Updates
Democrat presidential hopes become war casualty: "Democrat hopes of challenging President George W. Bush for the White House have became a casualty of the quick US victory in the Iraq war. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

UN Boosts Iraq Aid Convoys, Opens New Supply Route: "The United Nations boosted the tempo ofits aid deliveries to Iraq on Thursday, bringing 100 trucks offood into the stricken country from Turkey and opening up a newsupply route via Jordan. (Reuters)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

ICRC: Dire situation in hospitals: "ICRC staff visited the Al-Rashad psychiatric hospital in the east of Baghdad, where the situation was found to be very bad. The hospital lacks sufficient drinking water; it has no water for washing or cleaning, meaning it is extremely dirty; and only very limited food is available for patients."
In Electronic Iraq

Hearts and Minds: Aid and reconstruction in Iraq: "This CASI briefing examines some of the political, financial and operational problems surrounding the provision of aid, and the project of reconstruction in Iraq. In particular, it focuses upon the difficulty in striking a balance between the US and the UK fulfilling their responsibilities to provide aid and assist in rebuilding, and their control of the process to the detriment of its effectiveness."
In Electronic Iraq
China Fights SARS Charges, HK Has Four More Deaths...MORE
Cyber Paperboy picks on Drudge - On Wednesday evening, the Drudge Report, posted a story about CNN's flub up of pre made Obituaries for posting on the web when and if some famous political or world figures happened to pass away. Apparently, CNN had posted the "Obits" on it's servers and somehow The Smoking Gun had got hold of the pictures and posted them on it's own web site. Matt wasted no time posting a Obituary picture of the "Late" Vice President Dick Cheney and a news blurb about the mistake by CNN, on the Drudge Report. Being the avid fan of Matt that I am, I wasted no time in coming up with my own Parody of Matt Drudge. Hey, the war is almost over, time for a little fun
Now this is hillarious..Report: Blix Wants Inspectors in Iraq
By TONY CZUCZKA
The Associated Press
Thursday, April 17, 2003; 9:05 AM


BERLIN - The chief U.N. weapons inspector for Iraq urged the U.S.-led coalition to allow his team back into the country to look for weapons of mass destruction, saying that would increase the credibility of any discoveries, a magazine reported Thursday.

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Drudge Report has a good picture of Blair today
TOP STORIES FROM THE TIMES
Soldiers and police face trial over dirty war

By Richard Ford and David Lister
Britain's role in a secret “dirty war” against the IRA could lead to the prosecution of several senior army and police figures at the heart of covert operations



Enchantment: 'Potter' Moves 6 Million on Day 1
Thu Apr 17, 2:50 AM ET Add Entertainment - Reuters to My Yahoo!


By Brett Sporich

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The second installment of the Harry Potter (news - web sites) series, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," worked its magic on the home video front, selling more than 6 million VHS and DVD combined units nationwide in its first day in release, according to several industry sources.MORE
Latest Developments
Stem Cells May Repair Damage From MS
(AP) - Raising hopes of a treatment for multiple sclerosis, researchers have found that stem cells injected into mice can repair damage and sharply reduce symptoms from an experimental form of MS. Seven of 26 mice recovered completely from hind-leg paralysis and others showed substantial improvement after the stem cells were injected into their spinal cords or blood. The study's authors, from the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy, say they now plan to try the procedure on monkeys using human stem cells, but caution that a treatment for human patients, if possible, is years away. More...
Has anybody heard Clint Blacks new song...It's great "Have You Forgotten"...hope you all buy a copy..here is his web site www.clintblack.com You can download the song for free on his site!
A Soldiers Blog Iraq War Updates
U.S. Forces Nab Saddam's Half-Brother: "U.S. Special Forces on Thursday captured Barzan Ibrahim Hasan, a half-brother of Saddam Hussein, the U.S. Central Command reported. Hasan was a presidential adviser to Saddam and had "extensive knowledge of the regime's workings," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks. Hasan is one of three half-brothers of Saddam and the second to be captured."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com

Saddam's Half-Brother Caught in Baghdad: "U.S. special forces Thursday captured a half brother of Saddam Hussein who, according to one American commander, has "extensive knowledge" of the toppled regime's inner workings."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com

BBC Reporters' Log: At war in Iraq: "Martin Asser, Baghdad:
I've just arrived in Baghdad after a seven hour journey from the Jordanian border.
As we'd been led to expect there was American control over the entire route. We also saw an Australian military convoy in the desert.
But on the road out of Baghdad we saw hundreds - literally hundreds - of vehicles coming out filled with looted goods. They could barely move they were so loaded down. We saw a fire engine weighed down with steel rods.
When we got into the actually city we saw buildings that had been reduced to rubble.
We saw American soldiers patrolling the streets in small numbers and lots of Baghdad residents out strolling around. All quite normal except for the incredible amount of rubble and debris all over what used to be very clean streets.
"

First S. Korean Troops Leave for Iraq: "South Korea dispatched 20 military officers to Kuwait Thursday as an advance team for 650 non-combat engineers and medics scheduled to join the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq within the month. A small group of anti-war activists protested the officers' departure at the nation's main Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com
Soldiers Blog Updates
WHEN WILL MY ARMS GROW BACK AGAIN?: "Child war victim thinks doctors can perform miracles after he is told he will get best medical care available ..."
In The Mirror

COURT ORDEAL OF SOHAM FAMILIES: "'The whole hearing Holly's mother stared at the dock. She could not take her eyes off them'..."
In The Mirror

CALL FOR PREVIEW OF IRAQI AID CD: "Call our phoneline and listen to the Mirror's brilliant Hope CD by 18 of the world's top music stars..."
In The Mirror

POWER SURGE: "Exile Ahmad Chalabi returns to Baghdad to stake his claim for leadership of new democratic Iraq..."
In The Mirror

ANTI-WAR RIOT AT EMBASSY: "Demonstrators cause chaos yards from where EU leaders were meeting for summit..."
In The Mirror

MY FEAR IN THE CITY GRIPPED BY SARS: "Hazel Parry reports from Hong Kong on a country brought to its knees by the flu-like virus..."
In The Mirror

WENGER RAGE AS CAMPBELL BANNED: "Arsene Wenger slams Sol Campbell's sending off as Arsenal's title hopes are dealt huge blow..."
In The Mirror
Thank you David Rising ..Please send us more news on the Fourth ID which I have now named The Forgotten Fourth....Keep Your Helmets on boys
ASoldiersBlogs Mom
4th Infantry Division


Battlefield Internet Helps Forces in Iraq


NORTH OF BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A computer system that tracks friendly and enemy forces and pinpoints hazards like minefields on video game-like touch screens got its first use in battle. Commanders are hoping it can cut down on friendly fire deaths.

Battlefield Internet Helps Forces in Iraq

By DAVID RISING
.c The Associated Press

NORTH OF BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A computer system that tracks friendly and enemy forces and pinpoints hazards like minefields on video game-like touch screens got its first use in battle. Commanders are hoping it can cut down on friendly fire deaths.

The Army's 4th Infantry Division is guided by a sophisticated computer network that tracked the division's 1st Brigade during a skirmish Wednesday for the Taji air base north of Baghdad.

The computer network is known as Force 21 Battle Command Brigade and Below, and works as a battlefield Internet that keeps track of fast-moving combat vehicles.

The system's global positioning satellite navigation system also warns whenever a vehicle strays from its planned path.

Proponents say such systems could prevent tragedies like the March 23 ambush deaths of nine soldiers from the 507th Maintenance Company after their convoy took a wrong turn in southern Iraq.

The network ``provides a level of situational awareness that is second to none,'' said 1st Brigade commander Col. Don Campbell.

Campbell and his staff used the battlefield networking system Wednesday to direct his troops - represented by blue icons - toward the positions of ``red'' Iraqi paramilitaries identified by spotters in helicopters.

Soldiers of 1st Brigade took control of the Taji base, killing four combatants and taking at least two dozen prisoners. There were no American casualties.

Using the system to pinpoint exact vehicle positions also can prevent friendly fire deaths.

On the system's networked screens, blue icons denote friendly forces and are constantly updated. Red icons show the enemy, which are added as they're spotted. The 4th Infantry also has unmanned aircraft that can handle surveillance tasks.

Hazards like minefields, areas where poison gas has been reported or other pitfalls can be added so units can steer clear.

By touching a screen icon, anyone from a commander in the rear to a tank crewman can get specific data about a vehicle - what it is, how fast it is moving and in which direction. If a vehicle is captured, the system has a self-destruct mechanism that can be triggered remotely.

Another touch allows soldiers to send text messages between vehicles or back to the command post, cutting down on radio chatter.

Maj. Mike Silverman, operations officer for the 1st Brigade, said that saves time to use voice communications for more detailed reports.

For Chief Warrant Officer II John Hanks, a maintenance technician for the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, the text messaging means troops can send quick assessments of problems without miscommunication through radio garble.

``The faster the vehicles can get to me saying, `We need a part,' the faster I can come up with it and get them back into the fight,'' Hanks said.

Developed by Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman, the computers were first fielded in 1995, said Mike Iacobacci, a Northrop technician traveling with the 1st Brigade.

The FBCB2 system transmits by bouncing data from vehicle to vehicle until it hits the brigade or division command centers. This ``mesh network'' lets the 4th Infantry update its positions faster than the rest of the Army, which must cope with the five-minute delay inherent in its satellite communications systems.

Younger soldiers, many of them raised on video games, quickly learn how to use the system, Iacobacci said.

``Some of these kids grew up on Nintendo and Play Stations, so once they get on it's easy,'' he said.

The 4th is considered the Army's most lethal heavy division, boasting the latest tanks, troop carriers and Apache attack helicopters. But it missed out on nearly all the fighting in Iraq after Turkey refused to let the United States use that country as a staging ground.

Wednesday's skirmish was the first combat the division has seen since the Vietnam War.





04/17/03 02:16 EDT


Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.
Coronavirus is the cause of SARS
Coronavirus never before seen in humans causes SARS
April 16, 2003

GENEVA -- Today, the World Health Organization announced that a new pathogen, a member of the coronavirus family never before seen in humans, is the cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The speed at which this virus was identified is the result of the close international collaboration of 13 laboratories from 10 countries. While many lines of evidence have found strong associations between this virus and the disease over the last weeks, final confirmation came today.

“The pace of SARS research has been astounding,” said Dr. David Heymann, Executive Director, WHO Communicable Diseases programmes. “Because of an extraordinary collaboration among laboratories from countries around the world, we now know with certainty what causes SARS.”

The successful identification of the coronavirus means that scientists can now confidently turn to other SARS challenges. For example, various laboratories continue to work to unravel the genetic information of the SARS virus and compare the sequences obtained from viruses in different parts of the world. Experts are gathering at WHO this week to map future work on SARS....SOHO
CDC clarifies 'close contact'
April 17, 2003

CDC yesterday updated its SARS case definition to clarify the use of the term “close contact”.

"Close contact" is defined as having cared for, having lived with, or having direct contact with respiratory secretions and/or body fluids of a patient known to be suspect SARS case.

In addition to clinical features, "suspect SARS cases" will have traveled within 10 days of onset of symptoms to an area with documented or suspected community transmission of SARS. This includes transit in an airport in these airports.

Source: CDC SARS website
Australia reports three probable SARS cases arriving from Canada
April 17, 2003

Australia has officially notified the World Health Organisation today of three probable cases of SARS - three children visiting Victoria from Canada.

The children, who have been under investigation for SARS since 4 April, have fully recovered from the disease and there has been no transmission of the disease to other family members or close contacts...see story
First SARS case in India reported in Goa
April 17, 2003

The first case of SARS in India has been confirmed in Goa, a western state state popular with young travellers.

The victim, 32-year-old man, had been touring Singapore and arrived in Mumbai. He was found to have mild fever when he arrived in Goa on April 2. The National Institute of Virology confirmed he had the virus on Wednesday.

A team of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases is .........see story

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Day 6 of Brandon's deployment and already most people have forgotten that 30,000 mean went their last week.Hard to find news on them and of course i havn't heard from him.I miss you Brandon good luck Paladins.
War Blog Updates
UK forges new alliances in BBC News | War in Iraq

Wounded Marine Says Iraqi Civilians Saved Lives: "Reuters
A U.S. Marine wounded by a suicide bomber in Baghdad last week said Wednesday Iraqi civilians had saved American lives by warning them moments before the man blew himself up.
Marine Cpl. David McCallen said the Iraqis, who were helping the Marines move sandbags, alerted them as a man with a bomb strapped to his chest ran toward them.
"
In Command Post

Syria Introduces Arab-Backed Resolution: "Syria asked the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to approve an Arab-backed resolution calling for the Middle East to be free of weapons of mass destruction. The United States said it supports the idea of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, but accused Syria of having such weapons itself."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com
In Cyberchat, Bush Aide Says Saddam Likely Dead Top Stories - Reuters

In Cyberchat, Bush Aide Says Saddam Likely Dead
5 minutes ago Add Top Stories - Reuters to My Yahoo!


By Patricia Wilson

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - At least one senior White House official believes Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) is dead and was not afraid to say so publicly on Wednesday.



In the first of a series of Web chats, one of President Bush (news - web sites)'s top aides, chief of staff Andrew Card, told Casey from Quincy, Massachusetts, who wanted to know the whereabouts of the Iraqi leader:


"He is not likely to be in Quincy, Braintree or my hometown of Holbrook. I think he's dead." YAHOO


War Blog Updates
HUNTLEY DENIES SOHAM MURDERS: "But former school caretaker Ian Huntley denies murdering Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman..."
In The Mirror

Not guilty plea on murders: "IAN Huntley today denied murdering Soham schoolgirls Holly and Jessica"
In The Sun - News
Gen Franks
Gen. Franks Makes First Visit to Baghdad: "Gen. Tommy Franks, director of the U.S.-led assault on Iraq that efficiently deposed Saddam Hussein, went to Baghdad on Wednesday to take a firsthand look at the work of his troops and offer them his congratulations. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

US commander Franks enters Baghdad; Bush demands end to UN sanctions on Iraq: "The commander of US-led forces in Iraq, General Tommy Franks, entered Baghdad for the first time after four weeks of war, while US President George W. Bush called for UN sanctions on Iraq to be lifted now that President Saddam Hussein had been ousted. (AFP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Updates
Arizonans Fight Over Renaming Mountain: "A proposal to rename an Arizona mountain after an American Indian killed in Iraq has led to a surprisingly nasty fight between the Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com

Mourners gather for funeral of San Diego-based Navy medic killed in Iraq: "Photographs and mementoes from the life of Navy medic Michael Vann Johnson Jr. greeted mourners Wednesday as they gathered for the funeral of the lone Arkansan killed in the Iraq war."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com

Refugees Stranded Between Jordan and Iraq: "The United Nations and Jordan agreed Wednesday to aid about 200 refugees - mostly Iranian Kurds who fled Iraq - who are stranded on the desert frontier between Iraq and Jordan."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com

Many Iraqis Turn Anger Toward the U.S.: "Just days ago, U.S. troops were cheered and kissed as they destroyed the symbols of Saddam Hussein's regime. Today, after a week of chaos, it's a whole different story."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com
THIS PERSON WANTS ANSWERS LETS EMAIL HIM
with no doubt you (troops) are very
brave.
but sofar you have asked yourself
<< why are we fighting? for who? and
why?>>
What was the sin of hundreds of
poor people of iraq that were killed
by you?
what were you doing on the other sid
oe globe?
are you sherif of the world?
then who is the united nation and
what is his role?

please guide me to find the answers
of these questions.
tks

farhad-zab@yahoo.com



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Updates
Al Jazeera says: "Here are a couple of interesting articles from the Arab network's English language site: a rumored deal between the leader of the Republican Guard and the U.S.; plans to pay Iraqi civil servants in U.S. dollars; destabilizing effects of Iraq war on the Saudi government."
In Alternet: War On Iraq

Saddam wins immunity idol in axis of evil challenge: "U.S. and British forces trying to persuade Iraqis that Saddam Hussein's reign has ended are having a hard time of it thanks to abundant legends about the toppled dictator's mystical powers. Among the most astonishing of these is one which claims Hussein possesses a magical stone which renders him bulletproof. "He has the stone," Jasim Way, a resident of Basra told The Mercury News. "You shoot him and he doesn't die.''"
In Silicon Valley: War Watch Weblog

The fickle finger of fate picks a child to save: "He has only recently surfaced on the radar of domestic media, but for the past few weeks in the international press, the face of Iraqi civilian casualties has belonged to Ali Ismaeel Abbas, a 12-year-old boy who lost both arms and sustained horrific burns in a missile explosion that killed his father, mother and brother early in the war. After suffering through the minimal care that has been available in Baghdad, Ali was airlifted to Kuwait, where he is recovering from the first of many operations. Thanks to publicity, Ali will benefit from charitable funds and receive the best of care. A feel-good story, certainly; may some of that generosity work its way to all those victims whose faces we will never see."
In Silicon Valley: War Watch Weblog

Why We Didn't Remove Saddam: "
"While we hoped that popular revolt or coup would topple Saddam, neither the U.S. nor the countries of the region wished to see the breakup of the Iraqi state. We were concerned about the long-term balance of power at the head of the Gulf. Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in "mission creep," and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We had been unable to find Noriega in Panama, which we knew intimately. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under those circumstances, furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-cold war world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.'s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different--and perhaps barren--outcome."
-- Excerpt from an article in the March 2, 1998 issue of Time Magazine called "Why We Didn't Remove Saddam"penned by George Bush and Brent Scowcroft.
"
In Silicon Valley: War Watch Weblog
updates
TRANSCRIPT OF 4/16 CENTCOM BRIEFING in CENTCOM: News Release

POOL REPORT OF GEN FRANKS' TRIP TO BAGHDAD (PART 2 OF 2) in CENTCOM: News Release

POOL REPORT OF GEN FRANKS' TRIP TO BAGHDAD (PART 1 OF 2) in CENTCOM: News Release

U.S. Marines Take Over Baghdad Hotel: "The men with the guns rolled up in dusty combat boots and in force, but without reservations. What was an innkeeper to do? "Welcome to my hotel!" beamed the general manager, Salim M. Mohamed."
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com

Coalition Troop Deaths Released Wednesday: "The names of dead coalition servicemembers released Wednesday, by relatives or military officials. Overall, the U.S. military said Tuesday that 125 U.S. servicemembers have died and three are missing. The British government said 31 British soldiers have died. DEATHS: March 23:"
In Associated Press war headlines via GoUpstate.com
Time to call schools!
PLEASE REMEBER TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
Updates
4th Infantry Finally Sees Combat Action: "After missing the major battles in Iraq, the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division went into action at an airfield north of Baghdad on Wednesday, fighting Iraqi paramilitaries and gunmen in civilian clothes in the first combat the division has seen since the Vietnam War. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Pentagon Puts Cost of War So Far At $20B: "The Pentagon has spent about $20 billion so far in the war against Iraq, a senior official said Wednesday. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.N. Designates in Goods for Iraq: "The United Nations said Tuesday it has identified million in priority humanitarian goods that can be shipped to Iraq by the May 12 deadline adopted last month by the Security Council. (AP)"
In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Several Dead In Mosul Shootings: "Three people were killed in the tense northern city of Mosul. It was unclear whether U.S. troops were involved. American soldiers killed at least seven in an incident there the day before."
In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Syrian president faces tough test: "With pressure from the US and UK, Bashar al-Assad will have to tread carefully."
In BBC News | War in Iraq

Hundreds pay tribute to Marine in BBC News | War in Iraq

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