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Saturday, September 25, 2004

Iraq War News
Row over Saddam trial date: "Worsening security, legal complexities and the lack of an Iraqi lawyer willing to represent Saddam Hussein make it impossible for the ousted dictator and 11 others to stand trial any time soon, a US official claims."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Soldiers may face killing charges: "The Crown Prosecution Service has been asked to consider charges concerning an alleged unlawful killing in Iraq involving British soldiers."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Iraq Hostage URGENT in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

US launches massive Falluja raid: "At least eight people are killed in US strikes on the flashpoint Iraqi city of Falluja, doctors say."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Baghdad kidnap crisis deepens: "Two Egyptians are seized in Baghdad as fears mount in the UK and Italy over their kidnapped nationals."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Iraqi security forces raid Baghdad mosque: "Iraqi security forces backed by U.S. troops stormed a mosque in the Iraqi capital Saturday to search for illegal weapons, the U.S. military said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Web site claims British hostage killed: "A posting on an Islamic Internet site Saturday claimed that an al-Qaida-linked group has killed British hostage Kenneth Bigley. The claim could not immediately be confirmed."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

5 mortar shells hit Oil Ministry in Iraq: "Five mortar shells struck the Iraqi Oil Ministry headquarters in Baghdad on Saturday, shattering windows and causing other minor damage, officials said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Saddam Hussein in good health, says Iraq interior minister: "Saddam Hussein is in good health, the Iraqi interior minister told a Saudi-owned newspaper after meeting the imprisoned former Iraqi leader last week. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqi PM asks U.N. for aid with elections: "Iraq's interim prime minister appealed for a major infusion of foreign troops and international aid to help his country hold elections by January, saying a failure to achieve democracy would be a victory for terrorism."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Gunmen kill six Iraqi National Guard recruits in Baghdad in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

U-S warplanes and tanks bomb rebel-held city of Fallujah in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Iraq contrasts military, insurgents in death toll: "BAGHDAD, Iraq â?? Operations by U.S. and multinational forces and Iraqi police have killed twice as many Iraqis â?? most of them civilians â?? as attacks by insurgents, according to the Iraqi Health Ministry."

In Kansas City Star: Iraq

US Opposition : Allawi a "US Puppet": "

From the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette :

Although Kerry was relatively restrained in disputing Allawiâ??s upbeat portrayal, some of his aides suggested that the Iraqi leader was simply doing the bidding of the Bush administration, which helped arrange his appointment in June.

" The last thing you want to be seen as is a puppet of the United States, and you can almost see the hand underneath the shirt today moving the lips ," said Joe Lockhart, a senior Kerry adviser.

White House officials denied scripting Allawiâ??s remarks.


In Command Post: Irak

Fallujah Bombardment Continues: "

From the AFP via The Australian :

US artillery and aircraft fire pounded sectors of the Iraqi rebel city of Fallujah today, sending up clouds of smoke, residents said.

The smoke shrouded the southeastern industrial zone, which houses mainly metal and mechanical workshops, as residents charged that US forces had lobbed artillery into the area.

Within minutes, the artillery fire was followed by an air strike on the Shuhada district in southern Fallujah.


In Command Post: Irak

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