The New Iraq

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The new post Saddam Iraq; brought to you by PNAC. - Real Iraq news of events taking place in Iraq or concerning Iraq. See the main Iraq Lies page here.

    TVNL asks: Is there anyone other than the super rich Bush campaign contributors better off due to any of the actions of the Bush administration? We would like to start a section dedicated to the improvements but we can not find any. So far Iraq does not appear better off after our “liberation”!

    Is this “Victory”? The TV News Entertainment Networks will make you think that it is! It is called “marketing”. They are selling the world G.W. Bush, as presented by PNAC.

    OK, so we captured Saddam. So what? On what grounds did we take him into custody? The us does not follow international law yet it enforces it? We refuse to join the new International Court but we are going to put Saddam on trial? How are we safer? When did he ever threaten us? When did he ever harm us? Where are his deadly weapons of mass destruction and even if he had them why did we claim that his weapons, out of all the weapons on the planet, were a bigger threat to us than , oh, say, a Boeing 767 taking off from Logan?

    Most recent news at the bottom:

  • Iraqis Vow Revenge as Hatred of US Grows - Bush said that they would welcome us with flowers and dancing in the streets!
  • Victory in Iraq Shows Signs of Unraveling - Does this mean that they were actually raveled at one point? Note the last sentence!
  • Baghdad pays the postwar price: 242 die in three weeks - TVNL suggestion: When you illegally invade a nation for the purpose of occupation you should have a damn plan!!!
  • U.S. cluster bombs still hurt Iraqi town - Critics wonder if attack that killed hundreds of civilians was necessary.
  • Bush Is Flunking Reconstruction 101 - His team proved it knew how to defeat Iraq militarily. Too bad it appears to have not much clue about succeeding at nation-building
  • Security Council lifts Iraq sanctions - U.S.: Army patrol ambushed; 2 Iraqis killed
  • BRITISH TROOPS STEP IN TO BAIL OUT YANKS - EXCLUSIVE 5,500 Paras ready to take control of Iraqi capita
  • Surveys pointing to high civilian death toll in Iraq - Preliminary reports suggest casualties well above the Gulf War.
  • Bush 'is on brink of catastrophe' - THE most senior Republican authority on foreign relations in Congress has warned President Bush that the United States is on the brink of catastrophe in Iraq.
  • Dangerous Loot South of Baghdad - Iraqis close to a nuclear research site become ill after materials are pilfered. Doctor says symptoms point to acute radiation syndrome.
  • Victims of the peace decide Americans are worse than Saddam- TVNL comments: Folks, you may want to e-mail or hand a printout of this article to all the war supporters that you know; including the people in the media!
  • So much for the 'liberation' of Iraq - “Instead, as could have been predicted, Iraq is chaotic to the point of street-level anarchy, weapons of mass destruction cannot be found, terrorism is on the rise, and the United States is stuck in Iraq.”
  • Bipartisan Call to Expand Inquiry Into Occupation - Senior Republican and Democratic lawmakers asked today that a Congressional investigation into how federal contracts were awarded for the reconstruction of Iraq be expanded to include nearly every aspect of the American occupation.
  • Red Cross denied access to PoWs - Up to 3,000 Iraqis - some of them civilians - believed to be gagged, bound, hooded and beaten at US camps close to Baghdad airport
  • Scripture tagged to Iraqi aid - Food-box labels generate debate - TVNL Comments: Enter; Bush’s Christian right.
  • In Iraq, U.S. Troops Are Still Dying -- One Almost Every Day - Death Rate Down, but Families of Victims Face Special Anguish
  • Comfort Rare in Iraq, Even for U.S. Troops - Soldiers Swelter in 'Primitive' Quarters
  • A Major Balks at Directive And Gets Relieved of Duty - The U.S. Army issued orders for troops to seize this city's only television station, leading an officer here to raise questions about the Army's dedication to free speech in postwar Iraq, people familiar with the situation said. The officer refused the order and was relieved of duty.
  • Attack kills two U.S. soldiers - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and seven wounded
  • Kurdish region to lose billions - Phaseout of oil-for-food program threatens to severely harm economy
  • U.S. To Evict Homeless Iraqis From Public Buildings - The U.S.-led occupation forces decided to evict Iraqis, driven homeless by the Anglo-American bombardment of their country, including residential areas, from public buildings they have been taking shelter in.
  • US accused of deserting diplomatic path in Iraq - TVNL asks: When did we use diplomacy? Is the definition of “diplomatic path” “dropping bombs”?
  • Iraqis Riot, Shoot Down U.S. Helicopter - TVNL asks: What was it that Bush said? Hmm, let me try to remember...George W. Bush: Announces the End of Combat Operations in Iraq
  • At Death’s Door - American Woman Travels Door to Door to Count Iraqi Casualties - TVNL comments: This is the math that the White House did not feel was of any importance.
  • ICRC Iraq Bulletin - As ICRC medical teams continue their visits to medical facilities around the country, a clear pattern of problems is emerging:
  • U.S. to launch new Iraq offensive - Operation to target Hussein loyalists in wake of deadly attacks
  • General: Guerrilla Warfare In Iraq - TVNL Comments: Can you  say Vietnam?
  • Riot Chases Troops Out of Iraqi Town - 'They were terrifying the women and children,' one protester says after U.S. soldiers search homes for weapons.
  • UN's Iraq envoy criticises US - The United Nations special representative to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, has said America has shown a lack of clarity in advancing the political process in Iraq.
  • Revealed: the cluster bombs that litter Iraq - Its revelation raises fresh questions for Tony Blair and George Bush, who insisted that post-conflict Iraq would be a safer place than it was under Saddam Hussein. - The map reveals that hundreds, or possibly thousands, of the bombs - which produce hundreds of 'bomblets' scattered out over a large area - failed to detonate.
  • 'Occupiers are failing desperate city - Aid agencies have accused the British and United States governments of failing to meet their legal obligations to the people of Iraq.
  • 3rd ID troops ordered to stay in Iraq - ‘ thought they were heading home’
  • Instead of Going Home, G.I.'s Get a New Mission - Some company commanders say none of their vehicles fully meet the Army's maintenance standards - Another challenge for the Army command is morale - "The soldiers are irritated and tired,"
  • Iraq nuclear looters leave trail of anguish - U.S. officials say they are recovering barrels looted from Iraq's nuclear agency, buying back containers that may be radioactive from people who are washing clothes and storing food in them.
  • Iraqis ignore gun amnesty - ‘not a single weapon had been handed in at several police stations ‘
  • Basra protests against UK leader - They carried banners with "No to British rule over Basra" and "We can rule ourselves" on them.
  • Troops Attacked in Baghdad in Fresh Signs of Resistance - At least one American soldier was wounded and one Iraqi civilian was killed
  • US says its planes are being attacked in Iraq - The US-led coalition in Iraq said on Sunday its planes were coming under regular fire when trying to land at airports across the country, especially in Baghdad.
  • Leave Iraq, Tribesmen and Sacked Troops Tell U.S. - Thousands of sacked Iraqi soldiers threatened Monday to launch suicide attacks against U.S. troops as leaders of the country's squabbling tribes told the Americans they could face war if they did not leave soon.
  • Ex-Army boss: Pentagon won't admit reality in Iraq - "This is not what they were selling (before the war)," White said, describing how senior Defense officials downplayed the need for a large occupation force. "It's almost a question of people not wanting to 'fess up to the notion that we will be there a long time and they might have to set up a rotation and sustain it for the long term."
  • U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq - TVNL asks: Are you keeping count? Isn’t this much better than having Saddam run the place? Are the people who supported this invasion stupid or evil?
  • U.S. to Lay Off 500,000 in Iraq - Critics say Washington is moving too quickly to revamp the government employment sector. - TVNL Comment: Bush and PNAC seem to be experts at creating unemployment. Don’t worry though, Bush will probably propose tax cuts for Iraq; that should fix everything!
  • Political Leaders Resisting U.S. Plan to Govern Iraq - Iraq's main political groups appear to be edging toward a confrontation with the American administrator, L. Paul Bremer III, over his decision not to allow Iraqis the right to form their own interim government during the American-British occupation.
  • Iraqis protest US presence, body searches of women - Thousands of Iraqi Muslims marched through Baghdad on Tuesday, threatening violence unless U.S. troops withdraw from the country and venting their anger over body searches of women in the capital.
  • U.S. Soldier Killed, Five Wounded in Iraq - Assailants opened fire with a rocket-propelled grenade - killing one American soldier and wounding five - in a tense city where resistance against American occupation has been vocal and sometimes violent.
  • Coalition to curb Iraqi press - Journalists criticize U.S. plan for conduct code against fiery speech
  • U.S. mobilizes for offensive against Saddam loyalists - Thousands of troops from the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division have been deployed in two Iraqi cities. One force, the size of two battalions... - TVNL asks: Didn’t Bush say the fighting was over? It is hard to know when to believe him;-)
  • We want to be feared not loved, say US Marines - A rumour is swiftly spreading in the eastern Iraqi city of Kut that 40 men alleged to have looted a local textile factory are to be executed by US Marines and their heads put on spikes at the city gates
  • U.S. Troops Attacked in Central Iraq - Unidentified assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms at a U.S. patrol near an air base west of Baghdad
  • Police station torn down in defiant Falluja - After the war US presence comes under fierce attack - Iraqis carrying hammers and axes yesterday began to demolish a police station in the troubled city of Falluja in a public act of defiance against the US military
  • Accidental blast kills U.S. Navy engineer in Iraq - By Tuesday, eight Americans had been killed by hostile fire since May 1, according to the Pentagon, but far more -- 30 -- had died in accidents.
  • Shiite group opposes U.S.-picked government - A spokesman for a former Iraqi opposition group said Friday he would not accept any interim government appointed by the U.S.-led coalition. - TVNL comment: Prepare yourselves; we will be sending in more troops, count on it.
  • Iraqis' cupboards still bare - "The Americans promised us freedom. George Bush said he would liberate us. I want more than liberation. I want to buy my own food in the market. I want a decent job, a salary. - "I don't want to keep a gun in my house to shoot thieves and looters. My children want chocolate and biscuits. Why should we trust the Americans? They are hiding in the Ministry of Oil. They have no idea what our life is like."
  • Military resists sending more troops to Iraq 'quagmire - Defense chiefs are resisting calls for British troops to be sent to join American forces in Baghdad because they could be "sucked into a quagmire".
  • U.N.: Health Effects From Iraq War Still Haunting Relief Agencies' Efforts - Nearly two months after the U.S.-led war to topple Saddam Hussein's government, relief agencies are still struggling to control widespread health problems aggravated by the conflict, U.N. officials said Sunday
  • Child sickness 'soars' in Iraq - But the war and the collapse of Iraq's infrastructure had worsened the health hazards, disrupting clean water supplies, damaging sewage systems and halting rubbish collections. - "There are 500 breaks in Baghdad's water system alone that lead to contamination with sewage,"
  • U.S. Soldier Killed at Checkpoint in Iraq - TVNL comment: Don’t worry; this is victory according to Bush. Who’s counting bodies anyway? Bush supports the troops so there is no reason to worry.
  • 4 U.S. soldiers hurt in Iraq raids - Overall, at least 41 Americans have been killed since President Bush declared the end to “major combat,” 11 from hostile fire and 30 in accidents.
  • Unsettling trends in Iraq - Deaths of 41 U.S. troops since ‘major combat’ ended raise question of long-term public support - For the commanders of U.S. troops in Iraq who warned “we don’t do body counts,” the postwar occupation is proving to be a trying time.
  • U.S. soldiers face growing resistance - Attacks in central Iraq become more frequent, sophisticated
  • Looting Leaves Iraq's Oil Industry in Ruins - TVNL comment: Don’t worry, Bush will use American tax payer money to pay Cheney’s pals to rebuild it. This was the plan all along. His defense contractor friends make money as we destroy the place and his oil. industry and other friends make money as we rebuild. This was the plan to loot the surplus all along!
  • U.S. Soldier Killed in Baghdad Attack - TVNL comment: Bush put them in this situation. None of these people would have died if not for Bush’s lies.
  • G.I.'s in Iraqi City Are Stalked by Faceless Enemies at Night - Since the American command quadrupled its military presence here last week, not a day has gone by without troops weathering an ambush, a rocket-propelled grenade attack, an assault with automatic weapons or a mine blast.
  • 'Lacking so many things,' Iraqi hospitals are barely alive - TVNL asks: Did the Bush/PNAC administration give one moment of thought as to what taking over a nation entails?
  • U.S. helicopter shot down; F-16 fighter jet crashed - One coalition soldier was slightly injured.
  • Iraqi loyalists 'organising attacks' - Paul Bremer, speaking by tele-conference from Baghdad to members of a US congressional committee, said resistance was coming from Baath Party loyalists and former members of the Republican Guard.
  • 100 Iraqis killed in violent clashes - Almost 100 Iraqis were killed overnight in two of the bloodiest attacks since the fall of Baghdad.
  • Resistance to occupation is growing - US and British troops are being sucked into an Iraqi quagmire - While attention has focused on the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, growing evidence that the war is far from over has been overlooked. Fighting with real weapons is on the increase.
  • Islamist Pressure Rising in Iraq, UN Officials Say - Crime and insecurity still stalk Iraq two months after Saddam Hussein's overthrow and pressures from Islamic fundamentalists are growing, U.N. officials said. - TVNL comment: Remember; Iraq was a secular state where women had equal rights by law. They held positions in government; were highly educated and could hold any profession under Iraqi law. They did not have to cover themselves and they were not subject ti Islamic law. Iraqis were also free to practice religions other than Islam; case in point Terak Aziz; he is a Christian. These are facts about Sadam that the news neglects to report.
  • Iraqis Protest Troops Entering Mosque - Around 200 Iraqis rallied Friday in downtown Baghdad to protest U.S. soldiers entering a mosque, claiming the troops mistreated worshippers and took money.
  • Iraqis irate as US forces roam hostile countryside -  ''What does America expect? We are eating bread from the same flour that Saddam distributed. The United States has not done anything for Iraq,''
  • Iraqis say civilians killed in U.S. retaliation - U.S. retaliation for an ambush of one its tank patrols north of Baghdad killed at least 27 of an "organized group" of attackers, U.S. officials said, but Iraqis claim civilians were among the dead. - TVNL comments: As each day passes it gets harder to tell the difference between the Bush and Sharon military strategy! Kill first; then think of justification.
  • U.S. Accused of Killing 5 Iraqi Civilians - 70-year-old farmer, three of his sons and another relative - civilians they say U.S. forces mistakenly killed in their hunt for Saddam Hussein loyalists.
  • US clouds Iraqi civilian deaths - WHENEVER REPORTERS asked about civilian deaths in the invasion of Iraq, US military officials reflexively plunged into a numbing prattle about the precision of our weaponry, precaution to avoid needless carnage, and promises to investigate possible mistakes.
  • McKiernan's dilemma - TVNL comment: Excellent analysis of the situation that Bush/PNAC put us in.
  • U.S. Planners Surprised by Strength of Iraqi Shiites - TVNL comment: We are not surprised.
  • U.S. Hunt for Baath Members Humiliates, Angers Villagers - Deaths of Teenager and Two Others Spark Talk of Revenge
  • Few Iraqis Meet the Deadline for Turning in Their Guns - "We've had plenty of reporters, but no weapons come in,"
  • Iraqi women 'forced to veil' - TVNL comment: Bush takes over a secular nation and turns the women over to the radicals. Nice going Bush! When Bush was selected by the Supreme Court I sent an e-mail to all my friends telling them that any woman who voted for him deserves what they get. I stand by that! The Iraqi women; who had equal rights under Saddam, and who did not vote for Bush, do not deserve this!
  • Anxious and Weary of War, G.I.'s Face a New Iraq Mission - The mayhem that followed the collapse of Mr. Hussein's government on April 9 has thrust them into a new mission: keeping peace, even as their weary minds and bodies are still at war.
  • U.S. Convoy Ambushed in Iraq, Truck Ablaze - U.S. military convoy was ambushed on a highway near the restive Iraqi town of Balad Sunday, and a truck was ablaze after apparently being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, a Reuters witness said.
  • Four U.S. Troops Hurt in Grenade Attacks - Ambushers fired rocket-propelled grenades at two U.S. military convoys Sunday, in separate attacks that wounded at least four Americans, two of them seriously, a U.S. military spokesman said Monday.
  • Iraq 'has three weeks to avoid falling into chaos' - Iraq needs a transitional administration within three weeks if it is to avoid a descent into chaos, the most prominent Iraqi leader acceptable to all sides told The Independent last night.
  • Sniper kills US soldier in Iraq - The soldier was with the 1st Armoured Division in northern Baghdad when he was shot in the chest and collapsed. - TVNL comment: They are dropping like flies! Can you say Vietnam?
  • America's rebuilding of Iraq is in chaos, say British - The American-led reconstruction effort in Iraq is "in chaos" and suffering from "a complete absence of strategic direction", a very senior British official in Baghdad has told The Telegraph. - The comments paint a grim picture of American incompetence and mismanagement as the Coalition Provisional Authority struggles to run post-Saddam Iraq.
  • U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad - 1 wounded in drive-by shooting; Troops kill 2 Iraqi protestors
  • Iraq 'too dangerous to rebuild' - British and American troops have to get a grip on Baghdad because lawlessness is hampering attempts to rebuild Iraq, the UK's international development secretary has warned.
  • U.S. Troops Battle Insurgency, Morale - The unrelenting heat, the ambiguity of their mission, the longing for home and the indefinite duration of their deployment has crushed morale, the soldiers say.
  • Iran protests spread to 7 cities - Demonstrators demand more freedom from clerical rule
  • Unexploded cluster bombs blanket Iraqi cities - New evidence emerged this month of the widespread use by US and British forces of deadly cluster bombs in densely populated areas of Iraq
  • Iraq mortar attack hits US office - "This is one of numerous incidents recently where Iraqi resisters have attacked coalition forces or Coalition Provisional Authority locations and injured or killed Iraqi citizens," said a statement from US Central Command. - TVNL comment: Yep, they are so happy that we ‘liberated’ their oil, I mean them;-)
  • Just another day in Baghdad - The demonstrating Iraqis have no work, no money and are desperate. Two are shot dead. Nearby, an American soldier guarding a gas station is casually killed.
  • US troops kill demonstrator - US troops fired on protesters here today, killing a former Iraqi soldier, as a British minister warned that lack of security 10 weeks after the fall of Baghdad was hampering rebuilding efforts.
  • Iraqis Were Set to Vote, but U.S. Wielded a Veto - American marines had built makeshift wooden ballot boxes. An Army reserve unit from Green Bay, Wis., had conducted a voter registration drive. And Iraqi political candidates had blanketed the city with colorful fliers outlining their election platforms — restore electricity, rehabilitate the old quarter, repave roads. But last week, L. Paul Bremer III, the head of the American military occupation in Iraq, unilaterally canceled what American officials here said would have been the first such election in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. - TVNL comment: There is no voting in an occupation. Ask the Polish about the late 30s!
  • Iraqis Voice Fear of Signing Away Their Identity - Civil employees must declare in writing to obey the orders of the U.S. administration. - All citizens who work for the government are required to sign a document that states, "I will obey the laws of Iraq and all proclamations, orders and instructions of the Coalition Provisional Authority." - TVNL comment: Liberation as promised by Bush!
  • Grenade Injures Two U.S. Soldiers in Iraq - A rocket-propelled grenade slammed into an electrical transformer near U.S. troops in Fallujah, injuring two soldiers - TVNL comment: I am guessing that you will not hear much about the Iraq violence on TV anymore. This is bad press for the White House. I bet you may see it scroll on the screen but we have seen the last of the big reports.
  • US Troops Smash Open Homes to Hunt Iraqi Militants - They rammed their vehicles into metal gates to smash them open, rounded up Iraqi men from their homes at gunpoint and wrote a code on their arms with marker pens. - TVNL comment: Liberation Bush style! Hmm, codes written on arms; who does that remind you of? Hint: Germany, circa 1940.
  • America Brings Democracy: Censor Now, Vote Later - The United States isn't perceived as a cultivator of democracy here. It is seen as a military occupier that supports democracy and free speech when they serve its interest, but suppresses both when they don't. - TVNL commnet: Just like home!
  • Looters Stole 6,000 Artifacts - Number Expected to Rise as Officials Take Inventory in Iraq - TVNL comment: But Bush/PNAC protected the oil!
  • Iraq group warns US to leave - A previously unknown group calling itself the National Front of Fedayeen, has pledged to attack US soldiers in Iraq until they leave the country.
  • Iraqis Suffer From Radiation Symptoms - Dozens of people are showing up every day at a hospital near a defunct Iraqi nuclear plant, suffering from rashes, bloody noses and other symptoms of radiation poisoning, doctors said Saturday. - The Tuwaitha nuclear facility, 12 miles south of Baghdad, was left unguarded after Iraqi troops fled the area on the eve of the war. It is thought to have contained hundreds of tons of natural uranium and nearly two tons of low-enriched uranium, which could be used to make nuclear weapons - TVNL comment:Bush/PNAC secured the oil! That’s all that they liberated too!
  • Smashed US memorial points to deepening Iraqi anger - "I don't like America," Amin said. "They hurt us."
  • Hard times ahead for U.S. Army - Two trenchant quotations were repeated through Army corridors of the Pentagon last week--one by an enlisted infantryman enduring hardships of occupation duty in Iraq and the other by a four-star general leaving the service after 38 years. Each was clearly unhappy with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Taken together, their comments signaled hard times ahead for the U.S. Army.
  • US general condemns Iraq failures - One of the most experienced and respected figures in a generation of American warfare and peacekeeping yesterday accused the US administration of 'failing to prepare for the consequences of victory' in Iraq.
  • British troops wounded in Iraq attack - A British Army spokesman said the incident involved members of the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment
  • Mayor's Office Attacked in Iraqi City -   Iraqi insurgents fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the mayor's office in this restive city west of Baghdad — the latest in a series of attacks against people thought to be cooperating with U.S. occupation forces.
  • Soldier Says Iraqi Children Turned Away - "I have never seen in almost 14 years of Army experience anything that callous," said Borell, who recounted the June 13 incident to The Associated Press.
  • 6 British soldiers killed in Basra. - Six British military personnel have been killed and eight wounded in two separate incidents in southern Iraq, the UK prime minister's office has said.
  • Residents: Angry Iraqi Civilians Killed UK Soldiers - Six British soldiers killed Tuesday were shot dead by Iraqi civilians angry at intrusive searches for weapons in a conservative Shi'ite Muslim town in southern Iraq, residents said.
  • Death and chaos in Iraq - Our soldiers should not pay the price - As Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times reported last week after visiting Basra general hospital, "there is no functioning health ministry to procure drugs, water shortages have led to cholera as families drink from rivers that are also sewers, and Unicef calculates that 7.7% of Iraqi children under five, almost twice the rate before the war, now suffer from acute malnutrition"
  • Veil of Secrecy Around Village Hit in U.S. Raid - On a desolate panorama of hardtack desert along the Syrian border here, the United States military has cordoned off part of this village, evicted five families whose houses were bombed six days ago and refused to say what is going on. - Two villagers were killed, a young woman, Hakima Khalil, and her infant daughter, Maha, in an aerial assault.
  • 4 Dead, 2 Abducted in Iraq Ambushes - Bomb and grenade ambushes and hostile fire Thursday killed two American soldiers and two Iraq civilians, signaling increased anti-American resistance in Iraq despite U.S. claims of mopping up opposition. Two American soldiers also were apparently abducted.
  • U.S. Mishandling Postwar Iraq, Says Official - An American who spent two months working on a U.S.-led reconstruction team in Iraq accused Washington Thursday of failing to prepare for the post-conflict situation.
  • Attacks claim U.S., Iraqi casualties - Despite U.S. claims that American troops are mopping up opposition, two American soldiers and two Iraqi civilians were killed in attacks Thursday. Two American soldiers also were missing. -   U.S. military officials told NBC News they now fear the soldiers may have been abducted.
  • U.S. soldier killed in Iraq ambush - Three Iraqis detained over two missing troops - A U.S. soldier was killed in an ambush near the southern town of Najaf, the U.S. military said Friday, shortly after announcing the arrest of three Iraqis in connection with the possible abduction of two U.S. servicemen north of Baghdad.
  • U.S. Soldier Shot While Shopping in Iraq - Iraqi witnesses said an American soldier was shot in the neck while shopping for videos and an Army truck struck an explosive device - TVNL comment: Dropping like flies. Yep, they love us! Liberation a la Bush/PNAC!
  • Child Malnutrition Rising in Iraq, Experts Say - 'HEALTH SITUATION DETERIORATING' - Pre-war health care problems have been exacerbated by looting, sabotage, chronic insecurity, lack of resources, and confusion over who is in charge - TVNL comment: Liberation; Operation Iraqi Freedom. The “news” networks are still using that product name! Do the on air broadcasters read the news?
  • Iraqi Oil Pipeline Ablaze After 3rd Blast in 4 Days - An oil pipeline feeding a key Iraqi refinery was still ablaze on Wednesday after an explosion on Tuesday night, the third pipeline blast in four days, a Reuters eyewitness said.
  • Occupation Forces Halt Elections Throughout Iraq - U.S. military commanders have ordered a halt to local elections and self-rule in provincial cities and towns across Iraq, choosing instead to install their own handpicked mayors and administrators, many of whom are former Iraqi military leaders. - TVNL asked: American democracy or American dictatorship?
  • Two Missing U.S. Soldiers Found Dead - TVNL comment: No new fake Jessica Lynch rescue story about these guys. Rumsfeld must be disappointed
  • Once Hailed, Soldiers in Iraq Now Feel Blame at Each Step - After riding into Iraq on a wave of popular euphoria, American and British forces are unexpectedly finding themselves the brunt of criticism for everything that goes wrong these days.
  • U.S. soldiers wounded in convoy attack - It came just hours after U.S. soldiers guarding the Iraqi National Museum in Al Salihiya were attacked on Saturday evening as a vehicle approached their position and then sped away.
  • Reporter Injured in Iraq Grenade Attack - Insurgents fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. military vehicle in the restive town of Fallujah, wounding an NBC News employee - Three Iraqis were killed when their pickup truck slammed into a vehicle helping evacuate the wounded man.
  • BRIT TROOPS SLAM YANKS - Army feud exposed by documentary - A BRITISH Army Colonel has branded US Marines in Iraq as "idiots" and "stupid". - On a trip to the town's harbour, controlled by the US Marines, he discovered three prisoners he recognised after they requested help in the city. - The men had their hands bound. - But they were released and taken back to the city by Cox, the deputy commander of British 3 Commando, and his men. - In his explanation for the cameras he said: "These nobbers here, sorry these Americans, the people came down here to look for help. - "They've tied them up in the room there. "I think one is a guy whose daughter was hit by a US bomb the day before yesterday and we have been trying to track down his daughter. These idiots would keep him here all night. Stupid."
  • Explosion at Mosque Kills 10 Iraqis - Rocket-propelled grenades slammed into U.S. military vehicles in two attacks in and around Baghdad on Tuesday, and an explosion at a mosque in the town of Fallujah killed 10 Iraqis and injured four others
  • Mistrust, misery in heat of Baghdad - Frustrated U.S. reservists see a mission impossible -    “U.S. OFFICIALS need to get our [expletive] out of here,” said the 43-year-old reservist from Pittsburgh, who arrived in Iraq with the 307th Military Police Company on May 24. “I say that seriously. We have no business being here. We will not change the culture they have in Iraq, in Baghdad. Baghdad is so corrupted. All we are here is potential people to be killed and sitting ducks.”
  • Four US soldiers killed, two wounded in Baghdad attack - Four US soldiers were killed and two others wounded in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on their vehicle by unknown assailants in central Baghdad, witnesses told AFP.
  • Iraqi mine explosion kills Marine - A US Marine was killed and three others were injured today while clearing mines near the south central Iraqi city of Karbala, the US military said.
  • Iraqi Shiite Group Claims U.S. Betrayal - A leader of a prominent Shiite group accused the Bush administration on Wednesday of reneging on pledges to hand over power to local political groups in Iraq.
  • Attacks wound 10 U.S. troops in Iraq - Bush comments draw criticism from Democratic rival
  • Family says soldier killed in Iraq thought he was wasting his time - Lance Cpl. Thomas Keys, 20, couldn't wait to come home from Iraq, where he believed he was wasting his time trying to train Iraqis to police themselves, because of infighting among the local people.
  • General Says 'We're Still at War' in Iraq as Attacks Continue - Two months after President Bush declared the end of major combat, the commander of allied forces in Iraq acknowledged today that ``we're still at war,''
  • US soldier shot dead in Iraq - There have been two further attacks against United States troops in Iraq. - One US soldier was killed by a sniper in Baghdad, and 19 others were wounded in a separate incident near the town of Balad, north of the capital. - TVNL comment: Bush said ‘Bring Em On”, and they listened.
  • Anger Rises for Families of Troops in Iraq - "They were crying, cussing, yelling and screaming for their men to come back," said Lucia Braxton, director of community services at Fort Stewart.
  • Trust Is Important - Five and a half days after a U.S. strike against a convoy of vehicles on the road near the Iraq-Syria border, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of defense claimed they had no details of the action. - That's not believable. - This attack was deemed so important that the president was notified of it in advance, so it is simply not believable that a full report of the incident had not been sent up the chain of command.
  • Turkish fury at US Iraq 'arrests' - Turkey has demanded the immediate release of 11 of its soldiers it says have been detained by the US military in northern Iraq. "It's a totally ugly incident, it's something that shouldn't have happened," said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • Blast outside Iraqi police station - Al-Jazeera showed the scene where many were wounded At least seven people have been killed and many others wounded in an explosion near a police station in western Iraq, Arabic television stations say.
  • Cadets, journalist killed in Iraq - 7 U.S.-trained recruits die in blast; producer shot in Baghdad - A British journalist was shot and killed outside the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad
  • U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad - A gunman Sunday shot and killed a soldier who was guarding Baghdad University in the city's center, military officials said.
  • Australian soundman dies from Iraq wounds - A statement said freelancer Jeremy Little, 27, who was wounded while embedded with the U.S. Third Infantry Division in the town of Falluja, died "due to post-operative complications".
  • Two US soldiers, three Iraqis die in fresh attacks - Two U.S. soldiers in Iraq were killed and four were wounded in a spate of guerrilla attacks in which three Iraqis also died, the U.S. military and witnesses said on Monday. - TVNL comment: It appears that Reuters did not get the Rumsfeld memo telling them that there is no guerrilla war!
  • U.S. Raids Offend Iraqi Sensibilities - Many Iraqis see the pre-dawn raids as the single most offending practice of the U.S. occupation. They're part of hundreds of cultural clashes that occur daily between Iraqis and Americans.
  • Grounding Planes the Wrong Way - Coalition troops looted and vandalized the Iraqi airport that now must be rebuilt - TVNL comment: Don’t forget to wave the flag and support the troops! Remember, the terrorists hate us because we love freedom, no other reasons, just that! We are good, they are evil; now everyone keep repeating that! OK?
  • Troop morale in Iraq hits 'rock bottom' - Some frustrated troops stationed in Iraq are writing letters to representatives in Congress to request their units be repatriated. "Most soldiers would empty their bank accounts just for a plane ticket home," said one recent Congressional letter written by an Army soldier now based in Iraq. The soldier requested anonymity.
  • Grisly Death Enrages Anti-U.S. Town in Iraq - The gruesome death of an Iraqi man whose head was shot off inflamed anti-American rage in the volatile town of Ramadi on Monday after a night of armed attacks which wounded four U.S. troops.
  • Iraq: the human toll - As news reporters tracked troops on the road to Baghdad, much of the suffering and loss of ordinary Iraqi civilians was left untold. Until now. Here, in a compelling dispatch, award-winning foreign correspondent Ed Vulliamy goes in search of their stories
  • Seven U.S. Soldiers Wounded as Iraqi Attacks Continue - Insurgents dropped a homemade bomb from a bridge onto a passing U.S. military convoy in Baghdad on Tuesday, while another military vehicle struck a land mine in the capital. At least seven U.S. troops were injured in those and other attacks throughout the country, the military said.
  • Iraqis killed in police station attack - Two Iraqis were killed and an Iraqi policeman was critically injured in an attack on a Baghdad police station, witnesses and U.S. military officials said
  • Families live in fear of midnight call by US patrols - Children as young as 11 are claimed to be among those locked up for 24 hours a day in rooms with no light, or held in overcrowded tents in temperatures approaching 50C (122F). - TVNL comment: When are the TV news clowns going to tell us that we are acting like Saddam in Iraq, only we are not as good as he was at providing for his people!
  • Timeline: US losses in Iraq - US Central Command has reported the deaths of 65 American service personnel in Iraq since 1 May when President Bush declared that major combat was over.
  • What Israel does to Palestine, we are doing to Iraq - Want to criticise the Israelis for shooting stone-throwers in Gaza? The US does the same in Falujah - TVNL comment: We said from the beginning that Bush/PNAC are modeling US policy after Ariel Sharon and as each day goes by we are proven right.
  • NATO Role in Iraq Faces Snags - Divisions Over War, Existing Deployments Hinder U.S. Efforts - American efforts to get NATO to play a major role in peacekeeping in Iraq will be hampered by continuing divisions in the alliance over the wisdom of the war and concerns that its troops are already overextended on missions elsewhere, according to NATO diplomats and defense analysts.
  • US warned over Iraq law enforcement - The law enforcement operation in Iraq could disintegrate unless US forces stop "kicking ass" and take a more conciliatory attitude towards civilians, senior UK police advisers have told their government.
  • US soldier killed in Baghdad - One US soldier was killed today and six wounded in an attack on a convoy of military vehicles in Baghdad
  • 'I don't know what I'm doing here in this city' - Sitting ducks for snipers' bullets, far from home and unable to contact their families, US troops in Iraq are finding their morale slipping away. Lee Gordon talks to servicemen and women for whom victory in the Gulf now has a hollow ring
  • U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad convoy attack - An American soldier was killed and three others wounded Wednesday in an attack on a convoy in the Iraqi capital
  • Baghdad sexual violence 'rising' - The US-based Human Rights Watch says the rise in sexual violence is driving women indoors, and preventing them from taking part in Iraq's public life at a crucial time. - TVNL comment: Please do not worry about this, the oil is still safe!
  • Rape (and Silence About It) Haunts Baghdad - "We used to patrol all the time before the war," said a senior officer at the Aadimiya precinct house. "Now, nothing, and the criminals realize there is no security on the streets."
  • A Big Letdown - Soldiers Learn They’ll Be in Baghdad Longer Than Expected - In the back of the group, Spc. Clinton Deitz put up his hand. "If Donald Rumsfeld was here," he said, "I'd ask him for his resignation."
  • Iraqi archbishop condemns US - One of Iraq's most senior archbishops has sharply criticised the US for its administration of Baghdad.
  • Media Underplays U.S. Death Toll in Iraq - Soldiers Dead Since May Is 3 Times Official Count - According to official military records, the number of U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq since May 2 is actually 85. This includes a staggering number of non-combat deaths. Even if killed in a non-hostile action, these soldiers are no less dead, their families no less aggrieved. And it's safe to say that nearly all of these people would still be alive if they were still back in the States. - Nevertheless, the media continues to report the much lower figure of 33 as if those are the only deaths that count.
  • U.S. soldier killed in Iraq blast - The explosion, in a traffic circle, blew a crater in the road. The soldier was described as a member of the 3rd Infantry Division.
  • U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq - His death brings to 149 the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since the invasion in March.
  • US forces hit in northern Iraq - Two US soldiers have been killed and another injured in a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Iraq where attacks on American forces have been rare. - The soldiers - from the 101st Airborne Division...
  • U.S. Soldier, Interpreter Killed in Baghdad - A first Armored Division soldier was killed in action and an Iraqi interpreter was also killed.
  • US soldier killed in Iraq ambush - The soldier's death brought to 153 the number of US troops killed in action since the war began in March - six more than during the 1991 Gulf War.
  • Two US soldiers killed in Iraq - Two American soldiers have been killed and eight others injured in two separate attacks on military convoys in Iraq on Wednesday, the US military says. - More than 40 US soldiers have died in action in Iraq since the war that toppled Saddam Hussein was declared over on 1 May.
  • US Troops Ready For Iraqis To Quit Bringing It On - American soldier, while 'plenty tough,' wish President Bush would shut the hell up.
  • Three US soldiers killed in Iraq - Three American soldiers have been killed in an attack in northern Iraq, a US military spokesman has said.
  • The US Army has unveiled a detailed plan to replace troops serving in Iraq. - However, the acting chief of the army, General Jack Keane, has confirmed that the current US military commitments are putting a strain on the army.
  • Warning as Saddam loyalists vow revenge - "We pledge to you Iraqi people that we will continue in the jihad against the infidels. The killing of Uday and Qusay will be avenged," said a masked man claiming to be from the Saddam Fedayeen, a militia formerly led by Uday, on the tape broadcast by al-Arabiya.
  • US 'must accept Islam in Iraq politics' - A US adviser on Iraq's new constitution says Islam will be a prominent feature of the post-Saddam government but a democracy can still be born. - Noah Feldman says the establishment of a secular democracy was never likely in Iraq. - TVNL comment: THIS IS THE PROOF THAT IRAQ WAS NOT LIBERATED!!! - Mr. Feldman’s quote is completely outrageous! Iraq was already a secular nation under Saddam! Watch and see what happens to women’s rights now. Watch and see how Iraq turns into a hotbed of radial terrorists. This is the exact opposite of liberation!
  • 5 G.I.'s Killed in Iraq in 24 Hours - Three American soldiers with the Fourth Infantry Division were killed and four were wounded here today after an assailant, who witnesses said was probably perched inside the children's hospital the troops were guarding, threw a grenade into a group of soldiers who were playing a game of cards next to the building. - Another American soldier was killed today and two others were wounded in an attack on an Army convoy in Abu Ghraib, just west of Baghdad, military officials said. And early Sunday, a soldier from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in a grenade attack.
  • 31 Iraqis killed while celebrating - THIRTY-ONE Iraqis were killed in the capital by stray bullets from celebratory gunfire marking the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, a Baghdad newspaper reported today. - Seventy-six people were also wounded, 40 of them seriously
  • Family Tragedy Shows Life Tough in Iraq - BAYJI, Iraq - In just a few seconds, an attack by U.S. forces killed Faheema Jassim Khalaf's mother and two sisters, tore apart her right leg below the knee and shattered her ankle.
  • US troops jumpy after fresh attacks in Iraq - "Things are worse now," said Staff Sergeant Kenneth Maxwell, nervously fingering the trigger of his machinegun on an armoured vehicle in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit on Saturday. - "They used to just attack us, mostly at night. But now they are attacking us during the day with AK-47s and RPGs (rocket- propelled grenades), at any American soldiers they can find," Maxwell said, eyes alert under the baking sun.
  • US tactics fuel Iraqi anger - As American forces in Baghdad press harder with raids to track down Saddam Hussein, they are being warned that they risk making more enemies for the future. - TVNL comment: This is what we siad about invading Iraq in the forst place!
  • Fresh attack on US forces in Baghdad - US forces in Iraq are coming under daily attack Two US soldiers are believed to have been killed in a fresh attack on American troops in Iraq.
  • US troops turn botched Saddam raid into a massacre - Obsessed with capturing Saddam Hussein, American soldiers turned a botched raid on a house in the Mansur district of Baghdad yesterday into a bloodbath, opening fire on scores of Iraqi civilians in a crowded street and killing up to 11, including two children, their mother and crippled father. At least one civilian car caught fire, cremating its occupants.
  • Brits teach Americans manners in Iraq - "The British are more civilised," said one Iraqi man when asked to compare the behaviour of the two biggest Western allies administering his country. "They know how to deal with people. The Americans treat us like dogs."
  • Victims of trigger-happy Task Force 20 - Rage triggered by US raid that claimed five lives - Yaqdan Kadhem, a waiter, said that before he had felt sympathy for the Americans, but now he supported the attacks on US troops. "Until now I was against Saddam Hussein, but now I hate the Americans for what they did yesterday."
  • Troops sent home after collapsing in heat - The Ministry of Defence admitted today its soldiers are falling "at the rate of three a day" from temperaturerelated problems.
  • New Arab press freedoms after Iraq? - War spawns new media, but ‘anti-terror’ laws target reporters - While advances in broadcast technology and a U.S. push for more transparency by regional governments have spurred more open forms of expression, Middle Eastern regimes have launched periodic crackdowns on journalists who refuse to toe the government line, often through the exploitation of recently enacted “anti-terror” laws.
  • American agents are blamed for raid that became a massacre - The American killing of up to 11 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad during an abortive attempt to seize Saddam Hussein on Sunday has provoked disturbing questions as well as widespread anger in the city. Many witnesses now say armed Americans in civilian clothes also participated in the raid - after which at least three of the wounded were spirited away by US troops and have not been seen since.
  • 2 U.S. soldiers killed, 5 wounded - Separate attacks target forces in Baghdad, north of city - The deaths bring to 52 the number of U.S. troops killed in hostile action since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq. - In all, 165 Americans have been killed in combat in Iraq, 18 more than died in the 1991 Gulf War.
  • U.S. soldier killed in grenade attack - The incident, involving soldiers from the Army's 4th Infantry Division, brings to 53 the number of U.S. troops killed in hostile action in Iraq since President Bush's May 1 declaration of an end to major combat operations.
  • Stray bullet kills US soldier in Iraq - A US soldier with the First Armoured Division died in Baghdad today from a gunshot wound received the day before, apparently by accident, US Central Command said in a statement. - "The soldier was standing outside when a bullet, fired from a celebrating Iraqi, struck him," the statement said.
  • Missing Iraqi air force turns up - Search teams, some hunting for Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, found dozens of fighter jets from Iraq's air force buried beneath the sands, U.S. officials say.
  • U.S. forces shoot Iraqi woman after bomb attack - "Soldiers opened fire in self-defence," she said. "An Iraqi woman was nearby and she was killed."
  • Americans Killed Near Baghdad -   The deaths brought to 55 the number of soldiers killed since President Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq on May 1.
  • Crime Casts Fear in Iraq - Residents, like Hussein's former physician, who felt safe under the old regime are now being terrorized by killers, thieves and vandals.
  • The unreported cost of war: at least 827 American wounded - US military casualties from the occupation of Iraq have been more than twice the number most Americans have been led to believe because of an extraordinarily high number of accidents, suicides and other non-combat deaths in the ranks that have gone largely unreported in the media.
  • War casualties overflow Walter Reed hospital - Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are referring some outpatients to nearby hotels because casualties from operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have overloaded the hospital's convalescence facility.
  • American Civilian Is Killed in Iraq - An American civilian contractor was killed Tuesday when a bomb was detonated under the truck he was driving north of Tikrit, the U.S. military said. - The contractor was employed by Kellog Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, a Houston-based oilfield-services and construction company. Halliburton is the former company of Vice President Dick Cheney which has major contracts for reconstruction in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Arabs snub US over Iraq troops - The Iraq war was a major blow to the Arab League - Arab League foreign ministers have ruled out sending troops to help US forces to stabilise Iraq.
  • Bitterness grows in Iraq over deaths of civilians - In numerous interviews, Iraqis said that more than factors like unemployment, fuel shortages, or electricity blackouts, civilian casualties since the war's end have raised the level of bitterness against US soldiers and could prolong or widen armed resistance.
  • U.S.-Backed Iraqi TV's Chief Quits - The postwar director of U.S.-backed Iraqi television announced Tuesday that he has quit, saying inadequate funding made it impossible to compete with rival networks from countries including Iran that criticize the American occupation.
  • Iraqi Town's Anger Explodes Into Chaotic Revolt - Tense Encounter Underscores U.S. Difficulties - Ibrahim said. "The protest was because they shot children and bombed the shops. My opinion -- now, now -- is that Saddam is better than the Americans and the Governing Council" -- the U.S.-appointed body now ruling Iraq.
  • Arabs won't recognize Iraq panel - Arab League members decided yesterday not to recognize Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council, saying they will wait until a government is elected.
  • Two US soldiers killed in Baghdad - Two American soldiers have been shot dead in a gun battle in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. - The latest attack brings to 55 the number of US soldiers killed by hostile fire since the war in Iraq was declared largely over on 1 May.
  • Baghdad blast kills 10 at Jordanian Embassy -  A car bomb has exploded outside the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad on Thursday, killing up to 10 people, including five Iraqi guards.
  • War's unintended effects - Use of depleted uranium weapons lingers as health concern - Depleted uranium weapons used by the U.S.-led forces in the war have left battle sites throughout Iraq contaminated with abnormally high levels of radiation.
  • Grenade sets U.S. Humvee ablaze in central Baghdad - Reuters photographer Oleg Popov who was at the scene said U.S. soldiers opened fire after the attack, killing at least one man who appeared to be a bystander.
  • U.S. Soldier Killed in Western Baghdad, 56 Now Killed in Action Since May 1 - The military said the soldier was attacked Thursday night in the upscale al-Mansour neighborhood.
  • Iraqis Riot in Basra Over Power, Gasoline Shortages - Witnesses said angry Iraqis threw stones, attacked cars registered in nearby Kuwait and burned tires. Several streets and main roads leading into the city were cut as black smoke rose from the fires. - Earlier a British military spokesman said there had been trouble at a petrol station in the city and that some Iraqis had stoned and burned a Kuwaiti tanker.
  • New Attacks Wound 4 U.S. Troops in Iraq - U.S. troops came under renewed attacks Saturday that wounded at least four soldiers, and a team of FBI investigators prepared to take control of the probe into the car bombing of the Jordanian Embassy.
  • Iraqis Angry Over U.S. Action That Leaves 3 Dead - U.S. forces killed three Iraqis and wounded five others when they opened fire on a suspected gun dealer at a busy market here Friday morning, enraging residents who questioned why such lethal tactics were used. - In Baghdad, a U.S. soldier on guard duty died of a gunshot wound Thursday night, but it was unclear whether his death was the result of hostile fire.
  • Explosion injures 2 U.S. soldiers - Two separate attacks on U.S. soldiers in Iraq wounded five U.S. soldiers in the past 24 hours, according to military officials.
  • In Postwar Baghdad, a Benz Is Easy to Get, Easy to Lose - Theft of New and Luxury Cars Becomes Rampant in Capital - They are flooding into the capital from Jordan and the Persian Gulf states: nearly new Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Opel sedans, available for a song in the commercial chaos of postwar Iraq, cruising in air-conditioned splendor past the rusting jalopies that for years were all most Iraqis could afford.
  • Iraq bomb kills US soldier - A US soldier has been killed and two others injured in a bomb attack in the Iraqi town of Baquba, north-east of Baghdad. - The killing brings to 57 the number of American soldiers killed in attacks since major combat operations ended on 1 May.
  • Iraqi children working to survive - With their families struggling, many turn to hard, hazardous labor - "A lot of the children who come in here are working day and night," Saber said. "Now we are offering them clothes and food. Maybe that will be enough to stop them from working."
  • Iraq - 1 Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded - The incident took place in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The devices were chained together when the vehicle struck them, the spokesman said.
  • SOLDIER DIES IN SLEEP - AR RAMADI, Iraq – A soldier attached to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment died while sleeping at a base camp in Ar Ramadi on Aug. 12.
  • U.N. Official: Iraqis Ready to Turn on U.S. Troops - Prominent Iraqis who despised Saddam Hussein will take up arms against U.S. forces if life under occupation does not quickly improve, a senior U.N. official said in outspoken criticism of Washington's postwar policy in Iraq.
  • Shiites Demand U.S. Troops Leave Baghdad - A Shiite Muslim group demanded Thursday that U.S. troops withdraw from a Baghdad neighborhood within 24 hours, a day after American forces fired on thousands of protesters in the Shiite enclave and killed at least one person.
  • British soldier killed in Basra - Tensions have been rising in the southern Iraqi city - One British soldier has been killed and two others injured in an explosives attack in southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
  • U.S. losing hearts and minds of Baghdad Shi'ites - A Baghdad slum that gave a joyous welcome to U.S. troops after Saddam Hussein's fall is now seething in anger at the occupiers' shortcomings.
  • Mosul police chief shot - The chief of police in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been shot and critically wounded. - TVNL comment: We are learning more and more why Saddam led with an iron fist.
  • Shiite Group Plans Militia to Protect Holy Sites From G.I.'s - "Yesterday Saddam the infidel used to assault our sacred sites and especially the people of this holy city," Sheik Daraji said. "Now the Americans are doing the same thing. So what is the difference between Saddam and America?"
  • Danish soldier killed in Iraq - A Danish soldier serving with the international stabilisation force in Iraq has been killed in a clash near the southern city of Basra.
  • Disruption in Iraq amid sabotage fears - Repairs to a key oil pipeline in northern Iraq could take up to a month following a suspected sabotage attack just three days after it reopened. - In other developments: Six Iraqis have died and 59 injured in a mortar attack on Abu Gharib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, A Danish soldier has been killed after a truck carrying armed Iraqis was stopped during a routine patrol near Basra - two Iraqis also died, Two US soldiers were shot and wounded as they left a restaurant in the capital, Baghdad, on Saturday, The Iraqi police chief of northern city of Mosul was wounded and two officers killed in an ambush.
  • SOLDIER ROASTED TO DEATH IN 170 - Iraq heat kills Scots tank squaddie - A PART-TIME soldier has died of the heat after enduring temperatures of 170F in Iraq.
  • Baghdad streets flood after pipeline explosion - Half of Baghdad is without running water and streets have flooded after a pipeline exploded
  • Iraqi Clerics Unite in Rare Alliance - U.S. Fears Shiite, Sunni Cooperation Will Bolster Resistance
  • US troops shoot Iraq photographer - His sound engineer, Nael al-Shyoukhi, said that the pair had spoken to a US soldier near the prison shortly before the shooting. - "They saw us and they knew about our identities and our mission,"
  • Cameraman's death 'begs questions' - The incident took place in daylight on Sunday afternoon. - Mr Dana and his sound engineer had asked permission to film from US soldiers near the prison shortly before the incident. - But shots were later fired from a US tank, and the cameraman was hit in the chest.
  • Baghdad blast kills US soldier - There are at least 10 attacks a day on US troops in Iraq - An American soldier has been killed by an explosive device in Baghdad. - Before the latest incident the US Army said 60 of its troops had been killed in Iraq since President George W Bush announced the end of major combat on 1 May.
  • Grenade attack wounds 2 U.S. troops - Convoy ambushed near Baghdad; Iraqi ambulance fired on - TIKRIT, Iraq, Aug 19 - A rocket-propelled grenade and gun attack on a U.S. convoy north of Baghdad wounded two American soldiers on Tuesday, the U.S. military said. In a separate incident, U.S. soldiers shot at an Iraqi ambulance during a battle with attackers who had opened fire on an American base.
  • Blast hits UN building in Baghdad - Top UN envoy killed in Baghdad blast - The blast tore away part of the building - A huge bomb has devastated the Iraq headquarters of the United Nations in Baghdad killing at least 15 people, including top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.
  • Mass graves to reveal Iraq war toll - Nobody knows exactly how many Iraqis died in the war, but an Anglo-American research group, the Iraq Body Count, has estimated the number of civilian fatalities at between 6,000 and 7,800. The number of military casualties is between 10,000 and 45,000.
  • Contractor Killed, Two U.S. Soldiers Wounded in Iraq - Guerrillas ambushed a U.S. military convoy in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in central Iraq on Wednesday, killing a contractor with a U.S. firm and wounding two soldiers, a U.S. military officer said.
  • Four U.S. Soldiers Wounded by Makeshift Bomb in Iraq - Guerrilla attacks on U.S. forces have killed 61 American soldiers since May 1. Many of the attacks have involved roadside bombs or improvised mines that were detonated as convoys drove past.
  • U.S. soldier killed in Iraq explosion - Saddam’s trail goes cold near ex-dictator’s hometown - THE DEATH OF the U.S. soldier on Wednesday brings to 63 the number of U.S. troops killed in combat operations since President Bush declared major combat over on May 1.
  • Two US soldiers killed in Iraq - Sixty-five American soldiers have been killed since US President George W Bush declared an end to formal combat on 1 May this year.
  • Coalition forces in Iraq begin to be deserted by their allies - Poland, which is to take military control of Iraq's central sector, signalled yesterday that it was handing back some territory to US troops, because of the heightened security risk after the bombing of UN headquarters. In Spain, opposition parties called for the withdrawal of the 1,300 troops committed to Iraq for peacekeeping operations, after the death of a naval officer in the attack.
  • U.S. forces kill two during ethnic clashes in Iraq - U.S. forces killed two Iraqis and wounded two others while intervening in clashes between Kurds and Turkmen in the ethnically divided northern Iraqi oil hub of Kirkuk, an army spokeswoman said on Saturday.
  • British soldiers killed in Basra -  Three British servicemen have been killed and another seriously wounded in Iraq's second city of Basra, military officials said.
  • 'Half a million troops needed to bring Iraq under control' - Since 1 May, 135 US troops have been killed, 64 of them in combat, a rate of attrition which, if it continued at the present rate, would mean that Mr Bush would be presenting himself for re-election in November 2004 with a record of some 700 US troops dead since the war's declared end.
  • Two US soldiers die in Iraq; Explosion kills three in attempt to assassinate important Shiite cleric - A US soldier from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment has drowned in the Euphrates River and another died from "non-hostile gunshot" wounds, the US Central Command said in a statement Sunday.
  • Iraqi women kidnapped, raped - More than 400 Iraqi women have been kidnapped and raped amid the lawlessness gripping the country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq said - "This violence is still a daily occurrence, especially on the streets of Baghdad, without attracting the least attention of the (US) soldiers." - TVNL Comment: Liberation Bush/PNAC style!
  • Red Cross cuts Iraq operations - A number of aid agencies are reducing their operations in Iraq. - The International Committee of the Red Cross is cutting back its operations in Iraq after warnings that it could be targeted for attack.
  • New GI death in Iraq sets grim mark - Fatality tops number of those killed during combat phase - The toll of U.S. troops killed in postwar Iraq surpassed the number killed in major combat on Tuesday, reaching 139 with the death of a soldier in a roadside bombing.
  • Four dead in Baghdad shoot out - It is understood that two policemen and two bystanders died when firing broke out as police were chasing a hijacked car. - TVNL Comment: Ahh, liberation Bush/PNAC style. We are all safer now!
  • Two US soldiers killed in Iraq - Attacks on US troops come almost daily - Two US soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in Baghdad and the Iraqi city of Falluja. - Wednesday's US casualties bring the total death toll since the end of major combat operations on 1 May to 141 - more than the 139 killed in the actual conflict.
  • British soldier killed in Iraq - Another soldier is said to be in stable condition after being wounded in the incident, which occurred in Ali al-Sharqi, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) north-west of Basra.
  • Iraq holy city blast kills scores - About 80 people have been killed by a car bomb in the holy city of Najaf - among them leading Shia Muslim politician Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim - He added that when visiting Baghdad in May and June, he had told the US occupation authorities that protection of holy places and leading clerics should be stepped up. - "The allies did not respond to this proposal," Mr Bayati said. "I blame them for negligence in not protecting holy places and holy men."
  • US soldier killed in Iraq - A US soldier has been killed and three others injured in an attack on a convoy in Iraq. - The death brings to 65, the number of US soldiers killed in attacks since George Bush declared major combat operation over on 1 May.
  • Blast near UK base in Iraq - There has been an explosion near the headquarters of British forces in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. - There were no immediate reports of injuries.
  • U.S.-Iraqi indecision follows blast - Bremer absent; no one seems to have a plan - The car bombing that killed one of Iraq's most important spiritual leaders in Najaf on Friday was met by an apparent political vacuum in the nation's capital, where the Iraqi and U.S. officials charting the country's future seemed unsure who should respond and how.
  • Counting the Bodies - Hard to Keep Track of the Dead in Iraq - Al-Obaidi told Wanniski that "hundreds of our party's cadre" spent five weeks interviewing undertakers, hospital officials, and ordinary citizens in all of Iraq (except for what's controlled by the Kurds) and came up with a total figure of 37,137 civilians killed since the beginning of the invasion, 6,103 of them in Baghdad. Those figures, according to al-Obaidi, do not include members of unofficial militias, paramilitary groups, or Saddam's Fedayeen units.
  • Blast hits Baghdad police HQ - A suspected car bomb has exploded outside the police headquarters in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, injuring around 14 people. - It has also been disclosed that two US military police officers were killed and one wounded on Monday when their vehicle hit an explosive device on a road in southern Baghdad. - The latest deaths bring to at least 67 the number of US soldiers killed in guerrilla-style attacks in Iraq since major combat was declared over on 1 May.
  • Number of Wounded in Action on Rise - Iraq Toll Reflects Medical Advances, Resistance Troops Face - The number of those wounded in action, which totals 1,124 since the war began in March, has grown so large, and attacks have become so commonplace, that U.S. Central Command usually issues news releases listing injuries only when the attacks kill one or more troops. The result is that many injuries go unreported.
  • KBR worker killed in Iraq - A civilian affiliated with Houston-based Halliburton has been shot and killed today in Iraq. - Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall says the victim worked for subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root.
  • Bomb expert killed in Iraq - A 53-year-old British bomb disposal expert has been killed in a roadside ambush in northern Iraq.
  • Two missiles fired at US military plane in Baghdad - Two surface-to-air missiles were fired at a US military C-141 transport plane on Saturday as it was taking off from Baghdad airport but missed, a senior US defence official said.
  • Iraq missile attack on US plane - A US military plane taking off from Baghdad airport came under attack from two surface-to-air missiles, it has emerged.
  • Postwar Iraq Moves Dangerously Close to Civil Disaster - River Cities’ Reader political columnist and Chicago-based journalist Rich Miller is spending a month in Iraq. - A year ago, American General John Abizaid published an internal Defense Department book about urban warfare. Abizaid’s “Doctrine for Joint Urban Operations” (see sidebar) was all but ignored by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Tommy Franks, who ran the Iraq war and the initial postwar occupation.
  • Who's counting the dead in Iraq? - Helen Thomas - Remember the enemy body counts during the Vietnam War? Some of those U.S. tabulations were highly exaggerated in an effort to show gains on the battlefield. - Well, we don't do that anymore.
  • Reserve Tours Are Extended - Army Orders 1-Year Stay In Iraq, Nearby Nations - With U.S. forces stretched thin in Iraq and the Bush administration still searching for additional international peacekeepers, the Army has ordered thousands of National Guard and Army Reserve forces in Iraq to extend their tours in the country to a year, months longer than many of the troops had anticipated
  • Five U.S. Soldiers Wounded in Iraq Attacks - Two soldiers were wounded in an attack using an explosive device in the town of Ramadi, around 60 miles west of Baghdad at 7 a.m., a spokeswoman said without giving further details of the incident. - Nearly three hours later, three soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was attacked in Falluja, she added. Witnesses in the town, 30 miles west of the capital, said a land mine hit a U.S. military convoy.
  • Two U.S. troops killed in Iraq - Since the war in Iraq began in March, 289 U.S. troops have been killed -- 185 in hostile action and 104 "nonhostile" incidents, which include accidents.
  • No troops to Iraq even if UN asks: India - the government got feedback from across the country that sending troops to Iraq would cause widespread resentment among the people. - TVNL Comment: That’s OK, we’ll blame France,
  • China baulks at US Iraq plan - China has said it will support proposals put forward by France, Germany and Russia to reduce the political role of the United States and Britain in Iraq.. - TVNL Comment: That’s OK, we’ll blame France.
  • Brazil Won't Send Troops to Help in Iraq - Brazil Turns Down U.S. Request to Send Peacekeeping Troops to Iraq - "Brazilian citizens understand our reasons to avoid exposure of (Brazilian) troops in Iraq as the situation there continues being difficult, with soldiers injured or killed almost daily."
  • Egypt Will Not Send Troops to Iraq-Official - "Egypt will not send troops to Iraq and no one has asked it to," el-Baz told reporters in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi after talks between the UAE and Egyptian presidents.
  • US troops 'kill Iraqi police' - About 10 Iraqi security personnel have mistakenly been killed by US soldiers outside the town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, according to Iraqi sources. - Elsewhere, two American soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a pre-dawn raid in the nearby town of Ramadi. - Correspondents say anti-US resistance has been strong in the town since American troops killed 16 demonstrators there in April.
  • US soldier dies in Iraq attack - At least one US soldier died and several others were injured after a troop convoy triggered a roadside bomb in the flashpoint town of Falluja on Sunday morning, US military sources have said. - Hours earlier, the US expressed "deep regret" after its forces fired on Iraqi security officials near Falluja on Friday, killing at least nine people.
  • America's hidden battlefield toll - New figures reveal the true number of GIs wounded in Iraq - The true scale of American casualties in Iraq is revealed today by new figures obtained by The Observer, which show that more than 6,000 American servicemen have been evacuated for medical reasons since the beginning of the war, including more than 1,500 American soldiers who have been wounded, many seriously. - The new figures reveal that 1,178 American soldiers have been wounded in combat operations since the war began on 20 March.
  • US Soldier Killed in Baghdad Attack -US Military - The death brought to 73 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in hostile action in Iraq since Washington declared major combat over on May 1
  • Iraqi Police Chief Shot Dead in Rebellious Town - Colonel Khudair Mukhlif, chief of police in Khaldiya, a town west of Baghdad in the U.S.-labeled "Sunni Triangle," was shot while driving his car
  • Soldier killed, 11 Iraqis hurt - AN Albanian coalition soldier has been killed and 11 Iraqis wounded in a grenade attack in the northern city of Mosul
  • US troops 'killed in Iraq attack' - At least three American soldiers have been killed in an attack on a convoy in the town of Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad, according to witnesses. - Earlier, US soldiers in Iraq shot dead a 14-year-old boy and wounded several others after mistaking celebratory gunfire for an enemy attack, witnesses said. -  US troops reportedly opened fire as guests at a wedding party shot their guns into the air, killing a 14-year-old boy.
  • US soldier dies in Iraq as logic for war receives severe blow with Blix saying Saddam likely demolished WMD - "On September 15, a soldier from the 101st Airborne Division died of non-hostile gunshot wounds," - Meanwhile, former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said in an interview aired on Wednesday that Iraq had probably got rid of its weapons of mass destruction a decade ago, but ousted leader Saddam Hussein pretended otherwise to deter any attack. - "I'm certainly more and more to the conclusion that Iraq has, as they maintained, destroyed all almost of what they had in the summer of 1991," Blix told Australian national radio.
  • Robert Fisk on Wesley Clark & Iraq: “What is Happening Is An Absolute Slaughter Every Night of Iraqi People” - “In Iraq there are thousands of incidents of violence that never get reported; attacks on Americans that cost civilian lives are not even recorded by the occupation authority press officers unless they involve loss of life among "coalition forces". Go to the mortuaries of Iraq's cities and it's clear that a slaughter occurs each night. Occupation powers insist that journalists obtain clearance to visit hospitals - it can take a week to get the right papers, if at all, so goodbye to statistics - but the figures coming from senior doctors tell their own story. - “In Baghdad, up to 70 corpses - of Iraqis killed by gunfire - are brought to the mortuaries each day.
  • U.S. Troops Mistakenly Target Italy Envoy - A U.S. soldier in northern Iraq mistakenly fired on a car carrying an Italian diplomat heading up U.S. efforts to recover Iraq's looted antiquities, killing the man's Iraqi interpreter, apparently because the driver wasn't following orders fast enough, the diplomat said
  • Iraqi council member 'critically' wounded - One of the three woman on Iraq's Governing Council has been seriously wounded in a gun attack in western Baghdad.
  • Iraq attacks kill three US troops - A mortar attack has killed two US soldiers at a giant prison complex west of Baghdad and a third serviceman has been killed by a roadside bomb. - Iraqi insurgents have launched daily attacks on US-led forces. The Americans have now lost 79 troops as a result of hostile fire since 1 May, when President George W Bush declared major combat operations to be over.
  • Iraq to Allow Foreign Owners Outside Oil - U.S.-controlled Iraq will on Sunday unveil sweeping economic reforms including the entry of foreign investment in all economic sectors except oil -- steps that would end 30 years of state economic domination. - TVNL Comment: During those 30 years Iraq’s oil money was used to provide free health care and eduction to all its citizens. It also went towards industrializing the nation. The breakdown in the Iraqi infrastructure is directly related to the devastating bombing of the infrastructure during the 1st Gulf War. For example we basically destroyed their electrical system. Then we places sanctions on them so that they could not repair their nation.
  • 'Two dead' in UN Iraq blast - At least two people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack near the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.
  • Iraqi killed in US raid - At least one Iraqi has been killed in an overnight raid by US forces on a village north of the flashpoint town of Falluja, the US military has said. - ocal Iraqi sources said three people died and three were injured when American tanks moved into al-Sijr shortly after 0200 local time (2200GMT Monday) and opened fire on two houses, with helicopters flying in to attack with missiles. - "This is genocide. This is not about overthrowing a government or regime change," he said from his hospital bed in Falluja.
  • Iraqis hit in Baghdad bus blast - At least one person has been killed and more than 20 others injured after two commuter buses were hit by a roadside bomb in central Baghdad, Iraqi police say. - Witnesses said an explosive device planted at the side of the road went off when a US patrol passed by. It missed the American soldiers but hit two minibuses instead.
  • Baghdad blast targets US media - A bomb has exploded in a hotel complex where US television network NBC has offices in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. - The BBC's Jill McGivering, who is in the Iraqi capital, says the latest attack is likely to heighten the concerns of Western journalists in Iraq about their safety.
  • Bush Fails to Gain Pledges on Troops Or Funds for Iraq - Bush's failure to win a promise of fresh soldiers in meetings with the leaders of India and Pakistan -- aides said the president did not even ask -- increased the difficulty the United States will have in assembling another division of foreign troops in Iraq, which senior Pentagon officials say is the minimum needed to relieve overstretched U.S. forces. - In testimony on Capitol Hill today, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said, "We're not going to get a lot of international troops with or without a U.N. resolution. I think somewhere between zero and 10,000 or 15,000 is probably the ballpark."
  • Shot Iraq council member dies - A female member of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council has died five days after being shot, the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority has said.
  • UK soldier dies in Iraq - A 32-year-old British soldier has died in a firearm incident in Iraq. - Sgt Nightingale's death did not involve enemy fire, the MoD said, and the Royal Military Police are investigating exactly what happened.
  • Iraq: Two sides of the same coin - Is the continuing US occupation of Iraq helping the country or causing the people pain? Panorama asked two senior US soldiers in Iraq for their views - and got two very different opinions.
  • Iraqis killed in market attack - On Thursday, a Baghdad hotel housing foreign media was also attacked - Eight Iraqi civilians have been killed and 18 wounded in a mortar attack in the town of Baquba, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Baghdad.
  • U.S. Troops Reportedly Kill Four Iraqis - U.S. troops fired on two cars at a checkpoint in Fallujah, killing four Iraqis and injuring five others, local residents and Arab satellite television reported Saturday.
  • Putin Declines to Pledge Help in Iraq - President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran and North Korea to abandon suspected nuclear-weapons programs, although Putin refused to stop plans to build a power plant in Iran and declined to pledge any postwar help for Iraq.
  • US troops 'kill two' in Falluja - A statement said troops shot at a van after coming under fire at a checkpoint late on Friday night. - But local reports and eyewitnesses said four people, all of them civilians, had been killed in the incident. Two women were among the dead, sources said.
  • U.S. Troops Battle Fighters Near Baghdad - U.S. troops backed by tanks and helicopters battled Iraqi resistance fighters Monday near this Sunni Muslim town west of Baghdad, and the U.S. military announced the arrest of 92 people in a series of raids aimed at those responsible for attacks against Americans north of the capital.
  • Soldier dies in Iraq ambush - An American soldier has been killed and another wounded in the latest attack on US forces in central Iraq. - The attack follows news of a fresh attempt to assassinate an Iraqi official belonging to the US-appointed authorities in Baghdad.
  • US forces attacked in Iraq - United States forces came under attack in three different areas of Iraq on Tuesday morning. - Hawija's hospital director, Dr Jasim Abd Allah Jiburi, accused US troops  of shooting on hundreds of demonstrators who pelted them with stones, killing 10-year-old Husayn Dakhil Ahmad and wounding 25-year-old Meaad Abd Allah in the chest. - But US forces on Tuesday denied the claim. "Somebody within the crowd shot him (the boy), not US forces. US forces did not fire into the crowd," said 4th Infantry Division (4th ID) spokesperson Major Josslyn Aberle.
  • Baghdad protest turns violent - A demonstration by unemployed men in central Baghdad turned into a riot. - One policeman told Reuters news agency that they opened fire only after demonstrators fired first, and there were unconfirmed reports that several people were wounded.
  • Attacks in Iraq kill 2 U.S. soldiers - Two U.S. soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Iraq on Wednesday, the U.S. military said. In the most recent attack on Wednesday evening, a U.S. soldier was shot dead and another wounded while patrolling an affluent suburb of Baghdad, according to a statement. A bomb blast at a base in Tikrit earlier in the day also killed one and left three wounded. In another sign of the persistent instability in Iraq, police and jobless demonstrators also clashed in Baghdad on Wednesday.
  • US soldiers die in Iraq attacks - Three United States soldiers serving in Iraq have been killed within hours of each other. - The deaths bring to around 90 the number of American soldiers killed by hostile fire since President George W Bush declared an end to major combat operations on 1 May.
  • Attacks on Troops Claim Iraqi Civilians - Survivors Disagree On Whom to Blame - "The Americans say they will fulfill security, so they are the responsible people," said Raad Khalaf, a cousin of the lanky taxi driver who was killed along with the boy and the boy's mother. "The Americans say they came to liberate us . . . and make us safe, but nothing is achieved. They make the circumstances worse and worse."
  • Iraqi vets charge at U.S. troops - 1 protestor killed, 5 hurt; U.S. soldier dies in separate attack - Former Iraqi soldiers charged at U.S. troops and Iraqi police Saturday during a protest to demand jobs and back pay. The Americans and Iraqis fired shots to disperse the crowd, and at least one person died of a gunshot wound, witnesses and a hospital official said. In a separate incident, a 4th Infantry Division soldier was killed and one was wounded in an attack in southeast Baghdad, the U.S. military reported.
  • An Overstretched Army in Iraq - Since the United States cannot expect much additional help from other countries or from the fledgling Iraqi security forces, the burdens of occupation will start to strain severely the Army's capacity to deploy trained and rested combat forces worldwide in a matter of months. In the longer term, the lives of thousands of military families will be disrupted, the Army Reserve system so carefully built up when America moved to a smaller, volunteer Army three decades ago will be put at severe risk and the global reach of American foreign policy will almost inevitably be diminished.
  • Iraqi Ex-Soldiers Clash with British Troops, 5 Hurt - British and U.S. troops clashed on Sunday with hundreds of former soldiers of Saddam Hussein's army demanding compensation for loss of their jobs. - British soldiers fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of former soldiers who hurled rocks and set tires ablaze in the southern city of Basra. - oldiers also clashed with U.S. troops for a second day in Baghdad near a payment center where they are given their $40 compensation for losing their jobs. Around 200 Iraqi men confronted American soldiers, shouting and waving their fists, before being pushed back away from the area.
  • Mystery Blood Clots Kill U.S. Troops - The Pentagon says blood clots caused two soldiers to collapse and die. At least eight other soldiers have also collapsed and died, from what the military has described as non-combat-related causes.
  • US soldiers killed in Iraq attacks - Three US soldiers have been killed in two separate bomb attacks in Iraq, US military officials have said.
  • U.S. Can't Locate Missiles Once Held in Iraq Arsenal - The United States military has been unable to locate a large number of shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles that were part of the arsenal of Saddam Hussein, officials say, compounding the security risks for airports and airlines in Iraq and around the world.
  • Baghdad police station bombed - A suicide bomber has killed at least eight people and wounded dozens in an attack on a police station in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.- And an American soldier has been killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a military convoy near the town of Baquba, north-east of the capital. - TVNL Comment: Note that the report of a soldier dying is not in the headline. It is reported in the 4rth paragraph!!!
  • Spanish diplomat killed in Baghdad - A Spanish air force sergeant attached to the Spanish embassy in Iraq was shot dead as he left his home in Baghdad on Thursday, officials said.
  • Two US soldiers die in Baghdad - Two American soldiers have been killed and four wounded in an attack in Baghdad, the US military says. - The latest deaths bring to 94 the number of American soldiers killed in attacks in Iraq since President George W Bush declared an end to major combat operations in May.
  • Police patrol ambushed in Iraq - Reports from Iraq say a police officer has been killed and six others wounded in a grenade attack near the city of Karbala, south of Baghdad. - A BBC correspondent in Iraq says the increased targeting of the new police force is a serious problem for US-led forces who are anxious to give it more responsibility for security.
  • IRAQ PLUNGED INTO TURMOIL - Iraq's Shi'ite leader claims he has formed a new government which will begin operating immediately. - Sadr, who has rejected the country's US-instigated Governing Council, has created a list of ministries, although he has not named any ministers.
  • Up to 10,000 Iraqi Shias have taken to the streets of a Baghdad suburb to denounce the US for "terrorism".  - TVNL Comment: This is taking place right after the Bush/PNAC administration launched a PR campaign to show all the good things going on in Iraq. Well, the media and the Bush/PNAC administration ignored a planet in protest prior to the invasion, why would they listen now?
  • Baghdad coalition hotel base bombed - An apparent suicide car bomb Sunday detonated near the Baghdad Hotel -- where U.S. officials are believed to have been housed -- killing at least seven people and wounding 40 others, Iraqi officials said.
  • Call for US to exit Iraq - A conference of government leaders from the world's Islamic nations has begun with a call to end "foreign rule" in Iraq. - The conference of the 57-member OIC is taking place in Malaysia and comes ahead of next week's summit, when heads of state from up to 35 countries are set to gather. - Discussions about Iraq, Afghanistan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are set to dominate the OIC's summit, which runs from 16-17 October.
  • Soldier killed in Iraq mine blast - A US soldier has been killed and another wounded in a landmine blast in northern Iraq.
  • Iraqi Shiite Factions Clash in Karbala - Rival Shiite Muslim factions clashed overnight in this holy city, and several people were killed or injured, witnesses said Tuesday. Iraqi police surrounded the offices of one of the faction leaders. - In Baghdad, two U.S. soldiers from the 1st Armored Division were killed and one was injured when their vehicle was involved in a traffic accident with a civilian car, the U.S. military said.
  • 3 US soldiers dead in Iraq - TWO US soldiers died in a military vehicle accident in Baghdad and another was found dead, floating in the Euphrates river in the northwestern Iraqi town of Haditha, coalition forces said.
  • Troops killed in Iraqi gun battle - Three US soldiers and at least two Iraqi police officers were killed overnight when Iraqis fired at them from rooftops in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala. - An Iraqi man who said he was among the attackers told AP news agency that seven of his comrades were killed. - The deaths took to 100 the number of US troops killed in Iraq since President George W Bush declared major hostilities over on 1 May.
  • Iraq Bomb Kills U.S. Military Policeman, Wounds Two - A bomb blast killed one U.S. military policeman and wounded two in the Baghdad area Friday morning, the U.S. military said. - A military statement said the dead soldier was from the 220th Military Police Brigade. The latest death brings to 101 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in hostile action since Washington declared major combat in Iraq over on May 1.
  • Senate Approves Iraqi Loans in Setback for Bush - The Senate defied President Bush on Thursday and voted to convert half his $20.3 billion Iraqi rebuilding plan into a loan, dealing the White House an embarrassing foreign policy setback. - "It's very hard for me to go home and explain that we have to give $20 billion to a country sitting on $1 trillion worth of oil," said one loan supporter, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
  • Turkey cools towards Iraq role - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he may reverse a decision to send troops to Iraq if Iraqis continue to oppose the idea. - Turkey's parliament had voted in favour of sending troops to Iraq at the request of the US, but the Iraqi Governing Council responded with firm opposition to the presence of troops from surrounding nations.
  • US troops under fire in Iraq - Two US soldiers have been killed and one injured in an ambush in northern Iraq, the US military has said. - In a separate incident, attackers targeted a US military convoy in central Iraq causing a massive explosion, witnesses said.
  • U.S. Soldier, Two Civilians Killed in Iraqi Town - A U.S. military spokeswoman said a roadside bomb exploded as the patrol was driving past. Attackers then fired assault rifles at the Americans, who returned fire. - Witnesses said two civilians were killed and five wounded, including a woman and a child, in the crossfire.
  • 21 detained in Karbala raids - U.S. soldier dies in attack in Fallujah - The soldier was the 339th U.S. fatality of the Iraq conflict, including 219 deaths in hostile fire. The latest death brings the number of U.S. personnel killed to 200 since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1 --104 of those in hostile fire.
  • US Commander in Iraq Says Attacks on US Troops Increasing - The commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq is reporting an increase in attacks on American troops. - General Sanchez told reporters in Baghdad Wednesday that U.S. troops have come under attack as many as 35 times a day in the past three weeks, with an average of 20 to 25 attacks each day. He also said he expects the strikes to become more aggressive, radical and organized as U.S.-led coalition forces continue to search for deposed leader Saddam Hussein and his loyalists.
  • US soldier killed in Iraq ambush - Unknown attackers have ambushed a US convoy to the north-east of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding two.
  • Iraq deaths as Wolfowitz visits - An American soldier was killed in the northern city of Mosul, while a reported bomb attack in Falluja injured at least two soldiers. -  In Baghdad, at least one Iraq died when rockets hit a residential area.
  • New pledges top $14 billion for Iraq - Three U.S. soldiers killed in attacks north of Baghdad - With the latest deaths, 347 U.S. troops have been killed since the Iraq war began in March, including 223 in hostile fire. President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1 - TVNL Comment: Deaths are not even part of the headlines anymore.
  • Roadside Bomb Wounds Three U.S. Soldiers in Baghdad - A roadside bomb exploded as a U.S. patrol was passing in Baghdad at dawn on Saturday, wounding three soldiers, a U.S. officer said.
  • Black Hawk Down in Iraq, at Least One Injured - Soldiers said the helicopter had been flying and some said it had been brought down by a rocket-propelled grenade. There was no immediate official comment on the cause of the crash. - At least one soldier appeared to be wounded, photographer Damir Sagolj said from the scene
  • Rocket attack on Baghdad hotel - Six to eight heavy rockets hit the Hotel al-Rashid, where US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was staying - Mr Wolfowitz was unhurt, according to US officials, but there are reports of a number of people being injured.
  • Dozens killed by Baghdad bombs - The US military said on Monday that three US soldiers had been killed and four wounded in two separate attacks. - More than 30 people have been killed in a series of apparently co-ordinated bomb attacks in central Baghdad. - The attacks took place at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross and four police stations across the city. - It is the bloodiest day in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein's regime fell to US-led forces in April. - The attacks raised to 112 the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since President George Bush declared major hostilities over on 1 May - TVNL Comment: But things are improving over there! We should report about all the progess! That damn liberal media, they just hate Bush!
  • Fresh suicide attack in Iraq - A suicide bomber has blown up a car in the flashpoint Iraqi town of Falluja, killing himself and at least four civilians, witnesses have said. - Al-Qaeda link? - TVNL Comment: Perhaps the US should have continued with it’s war on terror instead of starting a non-terror related war in Iraq.
  • 82d ABN DIV SOLDIER DIES OF NON-HOSTILE GUNSHOT WOUND - An 82d Airborne Division soldier died of a non-hostile gunshot wound at a forward operating base near Fallujah at approximately 12:10 a.m. on October 28.
  • Ambushes in Iraq Wound Four U.S. Soldiers - Just hours after the attacks in Baghdad, two U.S. patrols were ambushed Monday night near Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, which in the past has been relatively peaceful.
  • Iraqi war deaths 'total 13,000' - About 13,000 Iraqis, including as many as 4,300 civilians, were killed during the major combat phase of the Iraq war, according to a US research group.
  • Violence flares against US targets - Two US soldiers have been killed in an explosion north of Baghdad in the latest of series of attacks targeting US military posts and Iraqi police stations. - And two Iraqis were killed when a police station in the northern city of Mosul was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades, French news agency AFP reported. - There were also two attacks on US forces in Kirkuk.
  • Deputy Mayor of Baghdad Assassinated - Basile said an official report on the assassination was delayed because the authority believed Baghdad city hall would issue the announcement Monday but it did not. - Al-Assam, one of three deputy mayors, had been a director-general in the infrastructure area in the previous municipal government, under the Baathist Party regime, and joined the new, postwar municipal leadership four months ago, the authority said.
  • 7 Ukrainian Peacekeepers Wounded in Iraq - Two armored personnel carriers with 17 Ukrainian peacekeepers were ambushed Tuesday night near As Suwayrah, northwest of their base at Kut in southern Iraq, said Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Kostiantyn Khivrenko. Three mines exploded under the vehicles, and militants then opened fire.
  • Bush in a Hurry to Train Iraqis in Security Duty - he Bush administration has told the Pentagon to revamp and accelerate its plans for putting Iraqi security forces on the streets of Baghdad and other areas where American forces have come under attack, even if their training is significantly shortened, according to military and administration officials.
  • U.N. and Aid Groups Pull Out of Baghdad - U.N. and Aid Groups Pull Out of Baghdad Amid Unprecedented Violence to Consider Safety Issues - The withdrawal orders came despite assurances by top U.S. administration officials, including President Bush, that the security situation in Iraq was steadily improving. It also followed a personal appeal by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the international Red Cross to remain in Baghdad because "if they are driven out, then the terrorists win."
  • Rioters attack Iraqi mayor's office - There have also been clashes in western Baghdad between US troops and Iraqis. - AFP news agency reported that four Iraqis were killed and two US soldiers injured, but this could not be confirmed.
  • US troops killed in ambush - Two American soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in an explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul - The BBC's Jill McGivering, in the capital Baghdad, says attacks on American forces occupying Iraq are now averaging about 25 a day. - The soldiers who were killed and injured were from the 101st Airborne Division.
  • 16 die in attack on US helicopter - White House defiant despite deadliest strike on forces since end of war - A US military spokesman said 16 soldiers were killed and more than 20 wounded when an "unknown weapon" struck a Chinook helicopter early yesterday morning, sending it spinning from the sky to crash in a field near the village of Hasi, six miles south of Falluja, a stronghold of anti-American militancy. - In another incident in the town, two American civilians working under contract to the US Army Corps of Engineers were killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb, a military spokesman said. - In Baghdad a soldier of the 1st Armoured Division was killed just after midnight when a bomb exploded as his vehicle passed by.
  • Rebel war spirals out of control as US intelligence loses the plot - The ghosts of Vietnam are returning as Baathists, zealots, criminals, tribal leaders and al Qaeda unite in a deadly alliance of hatred. Special report by Peter Beaumont in London and Patrick Graham in Baghdad - 'The fundamental issue with counter-insurgency warfare is intelligence. Intelligence is what matters and it is 90 per cent of the battle,' Gordon Adams, a former associate director for national security, told the New York Times. - 'It's knowing who they are, where they are and when they act. If we know anything from Vietnam and the various things that have gone on in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is that our humint [human intelligence] is terrible. We know that we were woefully under-prepared in general.'
  • Flat tax system imposed on Iraq - U.S. administrator orders 15% rate - The flat tax, long a dream of economic conservatives, is finally getting its day — not in the United States, but in Iraq. It took L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Baghdad, no more than a stroke of the pen Sept. 15 to accomplish what eluded the likes of publisher Steve Forbes, former representative Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.), former senator Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) and former representative Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) over the course of a decade and two presidential campaigns
  • US soldier dies in Iraq as Bush says 'no retreat' - Faced with a mounting military and civilian death toll and stiffening guerrilla resistance, President George W. Bush vowed on Monday that the United States would not run from its "vital" mission in Iraq. - Hours after Bush's pledge in a speech in Alabama, a U.S. soldier was killed and one wounded by a home-made bomb near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, the U.S. military said. - This brought to at least 252 the number of U.S. soldiers killed by hostile fire since the U.S.-led invasion on March 20. The number of Iraqis killed is in the thousands and steadily climbing.
  • Iraq bombs kill two US soldiers - An American spokeswoman said the soldier was killed and another wounded when an explosive device went off on Tuesday morning. - Earlier, the US military said one American soldier was killed and another injured by a homemade bomb in the northern town of Tikrit. - In other violence, at least one Iraqi was reported killed in an explosion on Monday night at a shrine in the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad. - Over 130 American soldiers have died since President Bush declared the war over on 1 May. - A senior judge in Najaf has been shot dead, apparently by militants opposed to his involvement in US-backed judicial commission probing former officials in the Saddam Hussein regime, the AFP news agency reports.
  • British marine dies in Iraq clash - A Royal Marine has been killed during a coalition operation in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has announced. - He is the 19th member of the UK armed forces to die in Iraq since the end of major hostilities was declared on 1 May, and the 52nd since the war began.
  • First Pole dies in Iraq ambush - A Polish officer and two American soldiers have been killed in separate incidents in Iraq - The deaths bring to 140 the number of US troops killed by hostile fire since President George Bush declared an end to major combat operations on 1 May.
  • Six die in US helicopter crash - An American Black Hawk helicopter has been forced down near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, killing all six soldiers on board. - The US military is investigating whether the chopper was attacked or suffered mechanical problems. - All the soldiers killed were from the 101st Airborne Division. - In continuing violence elsewhere, a US convoy was ambushed in Mosul early on Friday morning, coming under fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, the US military said. - One soldier died and six others were injured in the clash. - This brings the number of US soldiers killed in action since President George W Bush declared major combat over on 1 May to 140. - In a separate attack, a roadside bomb in the city injured three US soldiers.
  • Insurgents Kill Two U.S. Paratroopers - Insurgents Kill Two U.S. Paratroopers West of Baghdad; Troops Crack Down on Residents of Tikrit -  Insurgents killed two U.S. paratroopers and wounded another west of Baghdad on Saturday as the U.S. military cracked down on residents of Saddam Hussein's hometown after guerrillas apparently shot down a Black Hawk helicopter there. - The two 82nd Airborne Division soldiers died when a homemade bomb exploded beside their vehicle about 8:30 a.m. in Fallujah, a center of Sunni Muslim resistance 40 miles west of Baghdad, the military said. - Their deaths brought to 34 the number of American soldiers who have died in Iraq this month as resistance escalated during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
  • U.S. Warplanes Renew Bombing of Iraq Targets - U.S. warplanes bombed targets in Iraq on Sunday in air strikes that resumed last week for the first time in more than six months after the shooting down of three U.S. helicopters. - The renewed air strikes came as Iraq's interim foreign minister promised that local leaders would meet a December deadline for setting out a path toward self-rule. - TVNL Comment: So the plan seems to be kill everyone before the deadline. It is easier to rule when there is nobody left to cause problems!
  • American soldier killed in Iraq - An American soldier has been killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack south of Baghdad, the US military has said. - The death brings to 151 the number of US servicemen killed since President George W Bush declared an end to major combat on 1 May.
  • American-Appointed Iraqi Council Leader Killed - U.S. Soldier Killed in Separate Incident South of Baghdad - November -- only ten days old -- has now claimed 37 American lives. It's been the deadliest month since formal combat ceased in May. - The shooting of the Iraqi leader illustrated the inherently sensitive and increasingly tense relationship between the American occupiers here and Iraqis installed by the United States in official positions. - Whatever the truth, the hundreds of mourners who carried the coffin through the streets draped with an Iraqi flag were blaming the Americans. They chanted and wailed and carried signs condemning the soldiers.
  • Witnesses: U.S. soldier shoots Iraqi official - Residents of a neighborhood in eastern Baghdad say a U.S. soldier shot and killed the head of the district's U.S.-appointed municipal council yesterday. - They say the Iraqi official (Muhanad al-Kaadi) was shot after arguing with a U.S. guard posted at the entrance to the municipal building.
  • U.S. Warns Iraq Of Harsh Measures - America's top general in the Middle East has warned community leaders that the U.S. military will use stern measures unless they curb attacks against coalition forces, an Iraqi who attended the weekend meeting said Monday. - TVNL Comment: Winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. We invaded their nation, killed their people and now we threaten them. Is this supposed to make them like us? We demand that they control the attacks? Did they invite us in? Did they ever tell the US that Americans would be safe if we went there? This is not their responsibility, it is ours.
  • Success, Traced in Cement - Iraqis Rebuild Factory at a Fraction of Estimate - U.S. Army engineers who came to survey the damage proposed rebuilding the plant into a shining showcase for the best in modern technology. They suggested buying a fleet of earth-moving equipment and importing machinery from Europe, estimating it would take $23 million and up to a year to complete the job. - With the help of $10,000 from the U.S. military, and $240,000 left over in factory bank accounts, they used scrap electronics, tore up one production line to get parts for the other, and fixed the plant in three months.
  • Iraqi arrested for criticizing U.S - American soldiers handcuffed and firmly wrapped masking tape around an Iraqi man's mouth after they arrested him for speaking out against occupation troops. - Asked why the man had been arrested and put into the back of a Humvee vehicle on Tahrir Square, the commanding officer told Reuters at the scene on Tuesday: "This man has been detained for making anti-coalition statements." - TVNL Comment: Say what you will but the US is acting more and more like pre-war Germany every day.
  • Iraq 'faces severe health crisis' - The most vulnerable were hit hard by the war, the report says - The people of Iraq may have poorer health for generations as a result of the war, according to a report. - Entitled Continuing Collateral Damage: the health and environmental costs of war on Iraq, the report estimates that between 22,000 and 55,000 people - mainly Iraqi soldiers and civilians - died as a direct result of the war. - TVNL Comment: Ahh, liberation! Let the US save you because they’ll take their time when they kill you!
  • Six wounded in Baghdad bomb blast - Earlier, US forces reported that the American-backed mayor of a Shiite suburb of Baghdad has been shot dead by US troops.
  • US admits troops shot Iraqi mayor - The US military has confirmed that one of its soldiers shot dead the mayor of a highly volatile Baghdad district. - US Central Command says it is still investigating the incident in the area where US-Iraqi tensions are high.
  • More Iraqis supporting resistance, CIA report says - A new, top-secret CIA report from Iraq warns that growing numbers of Iraqis are concluding that the U.S.-led coalition can be defeated and are supporting the resistance. - The report paints a bleak picture of the political and security situation in Iraq and cautions that the U.S.-led drive to rebuild the country as a democracy could collapse unless corrective actions are taken immediately.
  • Skepticism About U.S. Deep, Iraq Poll Shows - Motive for Invasion Is Focus of Doubts - More than half of Baghdad's residents said they did not believe the United States would allow the Iraqi people to fashion their political future without the direct influence of Washington, according to a Gallup poll. - Only 5 percent of those polled said they believed the United States invaded Iraq "to assist the Iraqi people," and only 1 percent believed it was to establish democracy there.
  • CIA warns of defeat - A TOP-secret CIA report warns that growing numbers of Iraqis believe the US-led coalition can be defeated and are supporting the resistance. - The report paints a bleak picture of the political and security situation and cautions that the US-led drive to rebuild the country as a democracy could collapse.
  • 26 killed in suicide attack on Italian base - Eighteen Italians and eight Iraqis were killed by a suicide bomb in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya yesterday, the worst single military loss for Italy since the second world war. - The Italian dead were 12 officers of the paramilitary Carabinieri police, four army soldiers, a civilian working at the base, and a documentary filmmaker. It was the first major attack on western troops in southern Iraq.
  • U.S Soldier Killed in Baghdad - An American soldier has been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a spokesman for the 1st Armored Division said on Thursday.
  • Insurgents gain a deadly edge in intelligence Guerrillas have better sources than the coalition - U.S. forces are losing the intelligence battle in Iraq to an increasingly organized guerrilla force that uses stealth, spies and surprise to inflict punishing casualties. - The key problem is that Iraqi guerrillas simply have more and better sources than the coalition. U.S. military officers worry that the Iraqis who work for them, such as translators, cooks and drivers, include moles who routinely pass inside information back to insurgents. In at least two cases, Iraqis have been fired on the suspicion that they were spies.
  • Guns, Drugs and Passports: Iraqi Market Offers All - If you're looking for a Kalashnikov rifle, bathroom tiles, amphetamines, an Iraqi passport or a new pair of shoes, there's a place in southern Iraq that can meet all your shopping needs.
  • U.S. civilian contractor killed, another wounded in Iraq - Gunmen killed a U.S. civilian contractor and injured another north of Baghdad, while an Apache helicopter killed seven people suspected of preparing a rocket attack on a U.S. base near Tikrit, the military said Friday.  - Unrelenting violence in Iraq has pushed Washington to discuss ways of speeding up the transfer of power to an Iraqi-led
  • The hidden cost of Bush's war - Concern about fatalities among Western forces in Iraq tends to overlook another ghastly statistic: the spectacularly mounting toll of the severely wounded. Andrew Buncombe reports on America's invisible army of maimed and crippled servicemen - Last week all but 20 of the hospital's 250 beds were reportedly taken up with soldiers injured in Iraq, where there are now some 35 attacks on US forces every day. Fifty soldiers had lost limbs often more than one while dozens of others were being treated for burns or shrapnel wounds. Others require psychiatric help. Officials say that 20 per cent of the wounded have suffered "severe brain injuries" while 70 per cent had wounds with the "potential for resulting in brain injury". About 600 have been dispatched to a specialist burns unit in San Antonio, Texas.
  • US gunship hits 'Iraqi militants' - US troops in a helicopter gunship have killed seven Iraqis suspected of preparing rocket attacks on a US base in northern Iraq, the US military says - The US military says two US soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast north of Baghdad on Thursday. - Despite the upsurge in Iraqi attacks, troops will stay on after the transfer of political power, the US has said.
  • US aircraft strike Iraq targets; 3 soldiers die - The U.S. Central Command said one soldier was killed when a convoy he was travelling in struck an improvised explosive device on Friday. Two other soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on Thursday.
  • 400th U.S. combat death in Iraq - A U.S. soldier was killed Saturday when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, the 400th U.S. serviceman killed by hostile fire in Iraq since hostilities began March 20. - The latest death brings to 160 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in combat in Iraq since President Bush declared on May 1 that major combat was over.
  • US helicopters crash over N Iraq - Seventeen coalition soldiers have been killed and five wounded in a mid-air collision between two US helicopters. - Witnesses say one of the helicopters was hit by a missile and span out of control into the other, but officials have not commented on the cause. - One soldier is still unaccounted for.
  • Transfer 'does not affect troops' - The handover of power to an Iraqi government will not affect the United States' military presence in the country, the US defence secretary says. - "There are no changes in the security situation. We are on the map we were on last week, last month. This has nothing to do with US troops in Iraq," Mr Rumsfeld said - "This has nothing to do with US troops and coalition troops in Iraq."
  • Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded in attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, the U.S. military said.
    A U.S. military spokesman said the soldiers were killed in separate attacks early Monday near the town of Balad, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
  • Italian Member of Coalition in Iraq Quits - An Italian member of the U.S.-led coalition has resigned, accusing L. Paul Bremer's administration of inefficiency and failing to understand Iraq - sharp criticisms that raise questions about the authority's ability to carry out the delicate task of transferring power to Iraqis. - ``The provisional authority simply doesn't work,'' Calamai told the newspapers. He said only a U.N. administration could turn the tide.
  • Americans turn Tikrit into Iraq's own West Bank - It is the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but transported to Iraq. A town is imprisoned by razor wire. The entrance is guarded by soldiers, protected by sand bags, concrete barricades and a machine-gun nest. Only those people with an identification card issued by the occupation authorities are allowed in or, more importantly, out. - "Hey, this is just like Gaza, isn't it?" a fiery-eyed young Iraqi policeman shouted at us from behind the chest-high, three-layer wire coils which separate his home from the rest of the surrounding dead-flat Iraqi landscape, Sunni Triangle heartland. "We're not happy. Not happy!"
  • Caught in the Crossfire - Iraqi Civilians Bear the Brunt of the Battle Between Insurgents, U.S. Troops - More than anyone else, it is Iraqi civilians who are dying in the battle between the insurgents and U.S. forces. And they are being killed by both sides. - Human Rights Watch says at least 94 civilians have been killed in Baghdad by U.S. soldiers since the end of the war. At least 20 of the deaths, it says, were unlawful.
  • Government Official Assassinated in Iraq - Gunmen assassinated a provincial Iraqi official in the southern town of Diwaniyah, authorities said Wednesday, while some Baghdad residents complained of punitive U.S. raids against suspected rebel hideouts.
  • Pro-US politician assassinated in Basra - The US-led security mission in Iraq today suffered a setback when assassins killed a pro-US politician in Basra. - In a further incident in Kirkuk, four people died in an explosion at the offices of a Kurdish political party.
  • U.S.-Backed Mayor of Fallujah Resigns - Taha Bedawi, the U.S.-backed mayor of this volatile city west of Baghdad, resigned Thursday amid mounting criticism of his performance, the local U.S. military commander said. - Last month, angry Iraqis attacked Bedawi's office and set fire to parts of the one-story building and his car. It was the latest of several attacks on the mayor's office in the city of 200,000 people
  • A High Price for Speaking Up - Pilots in Iraq Face Court-Martial for Voicing Concerns About Aircraft - wo U.S. Army pilots charged with ferrying American military brass around Iraq decided to speak out about the vulnerability of their aircraft. Their reward: criminal charges. - "We are not equipped to operate in a combat area," Lovett wrote. "This seems to be an unnecessary risk of not only losing expensive aircraft but more importantly, losing valuable lives.”
  • Army Is Planning for 100,000 G.I.'s in Iraq Till 2006 - Army planning for Iraq currently assumes keeping about 100,000 United States troops there through March 2006, a senior Army officer said Friday. The plans reflect the concerns of some Army officials that stabilizing Iraq could be more difficult than originally planned. - The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, warned that maintaining a force of that size in Iraq beyond then would cause the Army to "really start to feel the pain" from stresses on overtaxed active-duty, Reserve and National Guard troops. - TVNL Asks: Do you feel a draft?
  • Analysis: Iraqi CPA fires 28,000 - American's top man in Baghdad, L. Paul Bremer, last week fired 28,000 Iraqi teachers as political punishment for their former membership in the Saddam Hussein-dominated Baath Party, fueling anti-U.S. resistance on the ground, - administration officials have told United Press International. - "It's a piece of real stupidity on the part of the neocons to try and equate the Baath Party with the Nazis," said former CIA official Larry Johnson. "You have to make a choice: Either you are going to deal with Iraqis who are capable of rebuilding and running the country or you're going to turn Iraq over to those who can't."
  • Blasts hit Iraqi police stations - At least 15 people have been killed in car bomb attacks on police stations north of Baghdad, Iraqi police say. - A transport plane, meanwhile, was reportedly hit by a missile but landed safely at Baghdad airport. - "A DHL plane took off from Baghdad airport this morning and was hit by a SAM-7 surface to air missile," an unidentified military official was quoted by French news agency AFP as saying.
  • Attacks on convoys kill 3 U.S. troops - Two soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were killed Sunday when their convoy came under attack by small arms fire in the northern town of Mosul, according to a U.S. Army spokesman. -
    Another U.S. soldier was killed and two were wounded Sunday morning near Ba'qubah, north of Baghdad, when a military convoy hit a roadside bomb, according to a spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division. - The U.S. Central Command said Sunday that
    three other soldiers were killed and another injured in vehicle accidents over the weekend. - TVNL Comment: News World International (NWI) reported that eye witnesses to the killings in Musul said that the soldiers were not shot, they were stabbed and their throats were slashed. They were left dead in the street and the locals looted the vehicle that they were in.
  • Iraqi mob mutilates bodies of US troops killed by guerrillas - Moments after Iraqi guerrillas killed two American troops yesterday, a crowd swarmed to the car and began pummelling the soldier's bodies with concrete blocks.
  • Corruption charge deals fresh blow to Iraq handover - American-led efforts to establish a civilian government in Iraq were further damaged yesterday by reports in Washington that the Pentagon is investigating allegations of high-level corruption within the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).
  • US continues to humiliate Iraqis - Pictures of US soldiers searching young girls on their way to class have provoked renewed international outrage. - Exclusive photos show US-led occupation forces frisking schoolgirls – a move condemned by the girls’ parents and international human rights organisations alike.  - One father, Abu Muhammad, told on Sunday that if he ever hears his daughter has been touched by American soldiers again, he would “not be responsible for the consequences”. - “This humiliation has got to end now. I refuse to live like this. I’d rather die and I’ll take a few soldiers with me – and that’s a promise, not a threat.” - TVNL Comment: Winning the hearts and minds!
  • U.S. Troop Deaths Offending Some Iraqis - But few Iraqis were shocked by the brutality, and some even gloated. - ``They are occupiers, and this is their punishment,'' truck driver Hisham Abed said Monday of the soldiers. ``The Americans make nothing but empty promises. There's no electricity, no gasoline and no work.''
  • Theft of Cobalt in Iraq Prompts Security Inquiry - A seeming lapse in surveillance by American forces has led to the looting of dangerously radioactive capsules from Saddam Hussein's main battlefield testing site in the desert outside Baghdad and the identification of at least one 30-year-old Iraqi villager, and possibly a village boy, as suffering from radiation sicknes
  • MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE SOLDIER DIES - BAGHDAD, Iraq – A 220th Military Police Brigade soldier died when his patrol vehicle rolled into a canal near Al Iskandariyah at approximately 4:30 a.m. Nov 23.
  • Baghdad is "worse than under Saddam" - Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio has criticized the security situation in Iraq, describing life in Baghdad as worse than under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, reports said Tuesday.
  • "This is war" - Norwegian soldiers serving in Iraq are baffled by politicians calling their mission a "humanitarian action". Norway's forces consider themselves at war and report that they have been instructed to fire if they feel threatened, newspaper VG reports. - "The mission in Iraq is not a humanitarian one, here war continues, no matter what some politicians have said about the war being over," one soldier wrote. - "Anyone can see that a uniformed soldier with a helmet, shrapnel vest and an AG3 across his stomach is a soldier and not a humanitarian construction worker,"
  • Iraqi Police Sympathize With Resistance - Iraqi police say they are underpaid, poorly armed and lack equipment to protect themselves from increasing attacks by insurgents. - About a dozen Iraqi policemen who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday said they were not deterred by the bombings and would continue working for the police force. - Still, they expressed resentment toward the Americans, who are better armed and less vulnerable to attack. Several policemen referred to the resistance against the Americans as a jihad, or holy war, and said Iraqis had a legitimate right to fight occupation.
  • Attacks on G.I.'s in Mosul Rise as Good Will Fades - "I was happy, everyone was happy," Waadallah Muhammad, one of the firefighters, said as he stood in front of the firehouse. "The Americans, yes, they do good things, but only to enhance their reputation. They are occupiers. We want them to leave."
  • Hearts and Minds - US style - As American troops exit the former Presidential Palace complex in Tikrit, the last thing they see emblazoned above the arched gateway is the 4th Infantry Division motto: Strike First. - With the US military suffering from such public relations setbacks, the stiffening resistance has taken on almost mythical qualities amongst the Iraqi population.
  • SOLDIER DIES FROM NON-HOSTILE GUNSHOT WOUND - TVNL asks: Is there such a thing as  a gunshot that is “non-hostile?”
  • SOLDIER DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUND - Early Thursday morning, a soldier from Task Force “All-American” died as the result of a gunshot wound. The soldier was in his barracks when the incident occurred.
  • Mortar Shells Kill Soldier in Mosul, Iraq - Four mortar shells hit a U.S. military compound Friday in the northern city of Mosul, killing a soldier from the 101st Airborne Division, the military said.
  • Guerrilla war in Iraq spreading - US says attacks on rise outside Sunni Triangle - Since the end of major combat operations on May 1, nearly 40 percent of attacks on US and coalition targets have been outside the Sunni Triangle, home to many remnants of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime, according to internal Defense Department reports obtained by the Globe.
  • Ambushes target coalition allies - Eleven people have been killed in a series of ambushes by Iraqi insurgents at the end of the worst month so far for coalition casualties. - Two Japanese diplomats were shot at a roadside food stall near Tikrit, hours after seven Spanish officers were killed in an attack south of Baghdad. - Two US soldiers died when their convoy was attacked by insurgents near the Syrian border on Saturday afternoon. - Only hours before the ambushes, the US commander in Iraq had hailed a 30% fall in attacks on the coalition in the past two weeks. - A total of 106 coalition troops are believed to have died in Iraq during November.
  • 'Two great weeks' says general. For who? - US commander's triumphal note jars with deadly toll from guerrilla attacks - which grow ever more brazen - The general's upbeat views will surprise critics of the occupation, not least because he delivered them at the end of the deadliest month for the 130,000 American troops in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March.
  • British forces face push by Shias for autonomy in south - Killings of former Baath party officials and the toppling of hundreds of power pylons are sending danger signals to British commanders and officials seeking to control southern Iraq. They are seen as signs that Shia Muslims, the overwhelming majority in the south, are seeking to establish their autonomy from Baghdad.
  • The Politics of Indignity - When proud people feel like afterthoughts they get angry, whether in restive Iraq or rural America. And some get violent - Harvard professor Jessica Stern, in her wise and thorough new book “Terror in the Name of God,” argues that humiliation is a core motive for many who join violent movements around the world.They start out feeling humiliated, enraged that they are viewed by some Other as second class,” Stern concludes. “They take on new identities as martyrs on behalf of a purported spiritual cause. The spiritually perplexed learn to focus on action. The weak become strong. The selfish become altruists, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in the belief that their deaths will serve the public good. Rage turns to conviction.” - TVNL Comment: This applies most accurately to the Palestinians.
  • U.S. Soldier Shot Dead West of Baghdad - An American soldier was killed west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday after his patrol came under attack from insurgents, the U.S. military said.
  • Iraqis Do Not Trust U.S.-Led Forces - Survey - Nearly 80 percent of Iraqis have little or no trust in U.S.-led occupying forces and most place their faith in religious leaders instead, according to a major survey published in Britain on Monday.
  • Death toll questioned in Iraq battle - The centre of the Iraqi town of Samarra has been devastated after ambushes of US troops sparked a massive response in which the military claimed 54 insurgents killed, but the only bodies were of eight civilians, according to the local hospital.
  • With All That Oil, Baghdad Wonders at Lengthy Gas Lines - As with so many things here, frustration over waits often turns to venomous feelings aimed at Iraq's foreign administration. In early August, riots broke out in the southern city of Basra over shortages of gasoline and electricity.
  • Iraqis show their independence as they demand vote on legislature - THE head of the Iraqi Governing Council renewed his demand yesterday that a proposed transitional legislature should be elected by Iraqi voters, a move opposed by occupation officials who prefer that the new body be picked by regional caucuses. -TVNL Comment: We oppose a democratic process in favor of a hand picked puppet regime. - More proof of the lies that came out of the Bush/PNAC administration and sold to us by the lapdog press.
  • Baghdad convoy attack kills four - Three Iraqis and an American soldier have been killed in a blast outside a mosque in the Iraqi capital. - Iraq Body Count - a research group that tracks the civilian death toll in Iraq - estimated an additional 1,500 Baghdad civilians died in the four months following the US-led invasion compared to normal death rates.
  • Whatever happened in Samarra last weekend, it was no great victory - It was a famous victory in a war that was declared over more than seven months ago. No wonder the world was puzzled when, on Sunday, the US authorities announced that 46 militia fighters had been killed in a successful action to repulse an attempted ambush in the central Iraqi town of Samarra.
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty - The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. - The incident is under investigation.
  • A bloody victory or dangerous fantasy? The true story of the battle of Samarra - Accounts of last week's battle differ, sometimes alarmingly. But on one issue, they have remained adamant: only eight people were killed in Samarra, although 55 were injured as the US army sprayed the place with gunfire.
  • Tough New Tactics by U.S. Tighten Grip on Iraq Towns - As the guerrilla war against Iraqi insurgents intensifies, American soldiers have begun wrapping entire villages in barbed wire. - TVNL Comment: Boy, we really made that country a much better place, didn’t we? Lesson: Occupation, Israeli style! Winning the hearts and minds!
  • U.S. soldier killed in Iraq - Governing Council to create war crimes tribunal for Saddam regime - A U.S. soldier was killed Sunday and two others wounded when a roadside bomb struck their convoy in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul, according to a spokeswoman with the 101st Airborne Division.
  • Fresh violence Iraq kills US soldier and local bomb expert - Bangladesh has also closed its embassy in Baghdad. - The US military says the American soldier was killed in a drive-by shooting in the northern city of Mosul, bringing to 308, the number of US deaths in Iraq since the March invasion.
  • Iraq car bomb injures 58 troops - Fifty-eight American soldiers and at least three Iraqis have been hurt in northern Iraq in a suicide car bombing outside a US army base, the army says.. - TVNL Comment: CNN has not mentioned this on the air as of 10:05 AM EST.
  • Accident in Iraq kills three Ft. Lewis soldiers - Three soldiers from the Fort Lewis-based Stryker brigade died last night in north-central Iraq when the collapse of a roadside embankment sent two of their vehicles tumbling into an irrigation canal, according to Army officials.
  • Iraqi soldiers deserting new army - Most complain about low pay and death threats - The first battalion of the new Iraqi army, once celebrated as a key symbol of Iraq's recovery, has been abandoned by more than a third of its soldiers a week before the battalion is set to begin working alongside U.S. military units.
  • Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq - One soldier died and three were wounded when a roadside bomb hit their convoy in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the U.S. military said. - In the northern city of Mosul, another soldier was killed when insurgents fired upon troops guarding a gas station, the U.S. Army said.
  • Attackers strike US base in Iraq - One US soldier has been killed and 14 injured in a suicide attack on a US base in the Iraqi town of Ramadi. - Three Iraqi attackers also died in the incident, which took place at the 82 Airborne's Champion Base at 1330 local time (1030GMT), military sources say. - Three of the soldiers injured in the attack were taken to hospital, while the other 11 returned to duty, reports say.
  • U.S. Arrests Iraqi Union Leaders - U.S. occupation forces in Iraq escalated their efforts to paralyze Iraq's new labor unions with a series of arrests this weekend. - Twenty soldiers jumped out, stormed into the building, put handcuffs on eight members of the Federation's executive board, and took them into detention. - "They gave no reason at all, despite being asked over and over," - TVNL Comment: Sounds a little like Nazi Germany or Communist Russia, or dare we say, Saddam’s Iraq!!!
  • Blast Kills U.S. Soldier Outside Baghdad - Insurgents detonated a bomb alongside a U.S. military convoy west of Baghdad on Friday, killing one soldier and wounding two others, the military said. Separately, another soldier died in Baghdad from what was described as a ``non-hostile'' gunshot wound.
  • The Story Gets Worse - While the Bush administration says things are going well in Iraq, the news from the American-led occupation is looking like a catalog of easily predictable, and widely predicted, pitfalls.
  • U.N. Inspector: Little New in U.S. Probe for Iraq Arms - The United Nations's top weapons inspector says most of the weapons-related equipment and research that has been publicly documented by the U.S.-led inspection team in Iraq was known to the United Nations before the U.S. invasion.
  • A Baghdad Neighborhood, Once Hopeful, Now Reels as Iraq's Turmoil Persists - Random violence and roadside bombs aimed at American patrols make the streets unsafe after dark. On the local council, Shiites and Sunnis squabble. Jobs are scarce, and prices are soaring. The electricity fails daily, and cooking gas, a necessity here, has grown scarce.
  • Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq' - Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been captured by US forces in Iraq, the coalition says. - He was found hiding in a cellar in his ancestral hometown of Tikrit, Iraqi official Ahmed Chalabi said.
  • 20 killed in Iraq bomb - police - Twenty people have been killed and 32 wounded by a car bomb outside an Iraqi police station west of Baghdad, an Iraqi police officer told CNN. - Sixteen policemen were among those killed in Sunday's explosion at Khaldiyah, 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Iraqi capital, the officer added.
  • TASK FORCE “ALL-AMERICAN” SOLDIER DIES FROM IED BLAST - A soldier was wounded and subsequently died while attempting to disarm an improvised explosive device (IED) during the morning of Dec. 14.
  • How Saddam Hussein was captured - 'Operation Red Dawn', which led to the capture of Saddam Hussein, followed crucial information from a member of a family close to the former Iraqi leader.
  • TIME Exclusive: Notes from Saddam in Custody - Saddam is talking, but he isn't cooperative. New details on his capture and his first interrogation  - When asked “How are you?” said the official, Saddam responded, “I am sad because my people are in bondage.”
  • Bin Laden’s Iraq Plans - At a secret meeting, bin Laden’s reps give bad news to the Taliban: Qaeda fighters are shifting to a new front - Their message: Al Qaeda would be diverting a large number of fighters from the anti-U.S. insurgency in Afghanistan to Iraq. Al Qaeda also planned to reduce by half its $3 million monthly contribution to Afghan jihadi outfits.
  • SOLDIER DIES FROM NON-HOSTILE GUNSHOT WOUND - A Coalition Joint Task Force (CJTF-7) soldier died today at approximately 7:30 a.m. local time from a non-hostile gunshot wound.
  • Ex-U.S. Attorney General Ready To Defend Saddam - Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsy Clarke expressed readiness Sunday, December 14, to act as defense lawyer for ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, with western analysts suspecting the captured leader would be given fair trial. - He doubted, however, that the ousted Iraqi president would be given such a fair trial.
  • US soldier killed in Baghdad ambush - An American soldier has been killed and another wounded in an ambush in Baghdad. - The death brings to 199 the number of US servicemen killed by hostile fire in Iraq since President Bush declared major combat over on 1 May.
  • ‘Gold Mine’ - Saddam Hussein’s Loyalists Infiltrated U.S. Operations in Iraq - Agents for deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein have penetrated the U.S. command in Iraq, ABCNEWS has learned. As a result, they have the potential to undermine U.S. authority. - "We were badly infiltrated," said the official, adding that finding the list of names is a "gold mine."
  • Concerns surface about Iraq timetable - President Bush's top envoy in Iraq has told Washington that he wants as many as 1,000 additional personnel to beef up the U.S. occupation authority amid growing concern that the effort to return Iraqi sovereignty by next summer is falling far behind schedule.
  • Bremer's Convoy Came Under Fire - Iraq's U.S. administrator Paul Bremer escaped unharmed when his convoy hit an explosive device and came under fire in Baghdad on December 6th, NBC News reported on Thursday.
  • 260 Iraqi police killed in attacks: official - Around 260 members of the new Iraqi security forces have been killed in attacks since the end of the US-led war to oust dictator Saddam Hussein, a senior police official said.
  • Iraqis Exact Revenge on Baathists - Police Shrug Off Killings of 50 Hussein Loyalists by Unknown Gunmen - "We are an Eastern, tribal society with the principle of vengeance. Revenge will be exacted," said Maj. Abbas Abed Ali of the Baya police station in southwest Baghdad. He said at least six Baathists have been murdered in his district since late November. - TVNL Comment: This is called civil war. It is OK for the Baathists to be killed but not OK for them to kill. More American hipocricy.
  • 2 U.S. Troops, Translator Killed in Iraq - A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. military convoy on Monday, killing two American soldiers and an Iraqi translator, the military said.
  • Iraq bomb kills three US soldiers - Three American soldiers serving in Iraq have been killed in a bomb explosion north of Baghdad, the United States military says. - The latest attack brings to 205 the number of US soldiers killed since President Bush declared an end to major combat operations in May.
  • Bomb kills US soldier, rockets hit Baghdad - About a dozen rockets and mortar rounds slammed into central Baghdad on Thursday in fresh guerrilla attacks, as the United States military said an American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb.
  • Mortar attack kills two US soldiers in Iraq - Two US occupation soldiers have been killed and four others wounded in a mortar attack on an army base near Baquba, northeast of Baghdad.
  • 'Troops dead' in Iraq city blasts - Up to 20 coalition soldiers are reported to have been killed or injured after a series of explosions in the Iraqi city of Karbala. - Witnesses said mortars hit a government building, a police station and that a car bomb exploded near a university campus used by coalition forces.
  • Two US troops dead in Iraq blasts - Two more American soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in Iraq.
  • Iraq attack injures 35 US troops - The United States military in Iraq says that 35 of its soldiers have been wounded in a mortar attack on a base west of the capital, Baghdad.
  • Nine dead in Iraq chopper crash - All nine people on board a US military helicopter have been killed after it made an emergency landing in Iraq.
  • Women in Iraq Decry Decision To Curb Rights - Council Backs Islamic Law on Families For the past four decades, Iraqi women have enjoyed some of the most modern legal protections in the Muslim world, under a civil code that prohibits marriage below the age of 18, arbitrary divorce and male favoritism in child custody and property inheritance disputes. - TVNL Comment: Once again thr actions of the Bush/PNAC administration  result in supporting or implementing reduced Human rights for women. More here.
  • Three US soldiers killed in Iraq - Three US soldiers and two Iraqis have been killed in a bomb attack on a patrol north of the capital Baghdad, the US military says. - TVNL Comment: You are seeing fewer running totals of the US military deaths in the media now.
  • Iraqi insurgents claim more lives - Six American troops and two CNN employees have been killed in separate attacks in Iraq.
  • Iraqi women could lose rights they've had for decades, lawmakers say - Though deposed President Saddam Hussein has been criticized on many grounds, women had some of the most liberal protections of any Muslim country under Iraqi legislation that prohibited marriage under the age of 18 and denied favoritism to men in inheritance, divorce and child custody. - The Iraqi Governing Council in December decided to abolish Saddam's code and allow each religious group to apply its tradition. -  ''It would be a tragedy beyond words if Iraqi women lost the rights they had under Saddam Hussein, especially when the purpose of our mission in Iraq was to make life better for the Iraqi people,'' 44 Democrats and one independent wrote to Bush.
  • Kidnappers target youth of Baghdad - Gangs shift from carjacking to abducting the children of wealthy families, with ransom demands of $50,000 - TVNL Comment: Liberation Bush/PNAC style.


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