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Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Iraq War News
Kerry's V-P choice...Fallujah strike...Israel's Sharon on nukes in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Iraqi Tipoff Led to U.S. Air Raid on Falluja, Allawi Says: "Iraqi security forces provided theintelligence for a U.S. air strike on a suspected Islamistmilitant target in the lawless western city of Falluja, Iraq'sinterim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Fate Of U.S. Marine Unknown: "The Arab TV channel which earlier broadcast reports that kidnapped U.S. Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun was dead now says Iraqi militants claim Hassoun is alive and at a 'safe' location, after promising not to return to the military."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Al Sadr Backtracks Again: "Updating a previous post , and from the BBC :
Anti-US cleric Moqtada Sadr will continue to lead a resistance against foreign forces in Iraq - but will not advocate violence, his spokesman says.
The statement appears to temper earlier remarks by Mr Sadr, who had reportedly said his truce with US forces was over.
The move follows the Iraqi government's decision to delay unveiling a new security law to tackle the insurgency.
Mr Sadr's spokesman said the truce was still in place but peaceful resistance to foreign forces would continue.
" We are committed to the truce but peaceful resistance will remain until the last moment that foreign troops are present on Iraqi land ," the spokesman, Mahmoud al-Soudani said.

In Command Post: Irak

Report: Hostage U.S. Marine 'Safe': "An Iraqi militant group said it had not killed a U.S. Marine it was holding captive. The group said Wassef Ali Hassoun was taken to a safe location it did not identify after he promised not to return to the U.S. military."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

France and Iraq to restore ties after 13-year chill in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Arrest draws focus on Iran role in Iraq: "The arrest of two Iranians suspected of attempting to carry out a vehicle bombing in Iraq on Monday focused new attention on how Tehran is trying to protect its interests in the country it fought for eight years in a devastating war."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

CORRECTED: U.S. Airstrike in Falluja: "An Iraqi Islamist group said it hadmoved an abducted U.S. marine to "safety" on Monday after hepledged to leave the military, raising hopes for the fate of aman who had previously been reported as beheaded. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Report: Hostage U.S. Marine Safe: "An Iraqi militant group denies that it killed U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, injecting hope into his family's tense wait for news. The group says the soldier is being held at a safe location."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Israelis say Sharon is expanding outposts: "In a display likely to increase U.S. displeasure with Israel, an opposition lawmaker and former general Monday showed photos of four West Bank outposts he said proves the government is deceiving Washington by expanding the enclaves instead of taking them down."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Terror suspect accused over 9-11: "A Moroccan terror suspect will appear in court next week accused of plotting the September 11 atrocities."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Iraqis seek balance in postwar nation: "Ibrahim al-Idrissi lost seven family members and was jailed 11 times during Saddam Hussein's rule. Like many Iraqis, al-Idrissi - now head of an agency helping Iraqis who suffered under Saddam - is torn between hatred for the former regime and respect for human rights and due process in postwar Iraq."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. to release 300 Abu Ghraib prisoners: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - About 300 detainees will be released from Abu Ghraib prison this week, the latest group to be freed from the detention facility west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Monday."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

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