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Thursday  October 16, 2003

Senate approves Iraqi loans in setback for Bush - 10/16/03 11:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.
Explosion hits northern pipeline in Iraq, cutting flow of oil - 10/16/03 11:36 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An explosion damaged part of the main pipeline running from Iraq's northern oil fields on Thursday, forcing a reduction in the amount of oil available for export.
Iraq reconstruction bill asks too much for petroleum products, researchers report - 10/16/03 11:12 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's Iraq reconstruction plan appears to overcharge taxpayers some $200 million for the purchase and importation of petroleum products, according to a congressional report obtained Thursday.
Senate approves Iraqi loans in setback for Bush - 10/16/03 10:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.
WASHN: to Cuba. - 10/16/03 10:26 PM
While the Senate bill provided the full $20.3 billion for rebuilding that Bush sought, the House measure chopped it down to $18.6 billion. It did so by erasing politically fragile proposals: funds for buying $50,000 garbage trucks, creating Iraqi ZIP codes and restoring the country's marshlands.
WASHN: Graham, R-S.C. - 10/16/03 10:26 PM
The vote came as the House and Senate edged toward approval of similar $87 billion measures to finance American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the reconstruction of both countries. The lion's share of both bills is about $66 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanis ...
Syrian leader condemns Iraqi war while his country votes for U.N. resolution - 10/16/03 8:54 PM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- President Bashar Assad assailed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and ridiculed its accomplishments Thursday, even as his country offered surprise support for American-proposed resolution on Iraq in the U.N. Security Council.
House rejects Iraqi loans, but Senate could pass similar measure - 10/16/03 8:20 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House killed a proposal Thursday to turn half of President Bush's $20.3 billion Iraqi rebuilding plan into a loan, but loan supporters seemed to have the upper hand as a Senate showdown neared.
Security Council unanimously adopts new Iraq resolution in victory for United States - 10/16/03 7:03 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday aimed at attracting more troops and money to help stabilize Iraq and speed its independence -- a diplomatic victory for Washington after the bitter dispute over the war.
Close vote seen as Senate showdown approaches on Iraqi loans - 10/16/03 6:57 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Momentum seemed to grow Thursday for lawmakers seeking to convert half of President Bush's $20.3 billion Iraqi rebuilding plan into a loan as the Senate rolled toward a showdown.
Explosion hits northern pipeline in Iraq, cutting flow of oil - 10/16/03 6:55 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An explosion damaged part of the main pipeline running from Iraq's northern oil fields on Thursday, forcing a reduction in the amount of oil available for export.
Iraq reconstruction bill asks too much for petroleum products, researchers report - 10/16/03 6:42 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's Iraq reconstruction plan appears to overcharge taxpayers some $200 million for the purchase and importation of petroleum products, according to a congressional report obtained Thursday.
Pentagon expects to call up more reserve support troops for Iraq duty next year - 10/16/03 6:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is drawing up plans to mobilize more National Guard and Reserve forces for duty in Iraq, in the expectation that too few international troops will be available by early next year, officials said Thursday.
Security Council unanimously adopts new Iraq resolution in victory for United States - 10/16/03 5:44 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday aimed at attracting more troops and money to help stabilize Iraq and speed its independence -- a diplomatic victory for Washington after the bitter dispute over the war.
Close vote seen as Senate showdown approaches on Iraqi loans - 10/16/03 5:27 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Both supporters and foes of converting half of President Bush's $20.3 billion Iraqi rebuilding plan into a loan flashed signs of optimism Thursday as the Senate rolled toward a showdown.
Symbolic victory seen for U.S. with resolution's approval at U.N. - 10/16/03 5:22 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States finally got what it wanted from the United Nations -- a second resolution on Iraq that shows unilateralist America can work well with others.
Explosion hits northern pipeline in Iraq, cutting flow of oil - 10/16/03 4:25 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An explosion damaged part of the main pipeline running from Iraq's northern oil fields on Thursday, forcing a reduction in the amount of oil available for export.
Pentagon expects to call on more reserve support troops for Iraq duty next year - 10/16/03 4:20 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pentagon may have to mobilize more National Guard and Reserve units as part of a plan for rotating active-duty forces in Iraq early next year, officials said Thursday.
Text of resolution on Iraq adopted by United Nations - 10/16/03 4:10 PM
Text of the resolution, unanimously adopted Thursday by the 15-member U.N. Security Council, that is aimed at attracting more troops and money to stabilize Iraq and put it on the road to independence
A look at U.S. daily deaths in Iraq - 10/16/03 3:44 PM
As of Thursday, Oct. 16, 332 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.
Islamic countries struggle to reach consensus on postwar Iraq - 10/16/03 3:24 PM
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) -- Delegates at a summit of Muslim nations struggled Thursday to agree on the future of postwar Iraq, and Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected post-Sept. 11 perceptions that Islam is a violent faith.
Radical cleric's aide says bid to form a rival government hurt his credibility - 10/16/03 3:09 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An aide to a Shiite Muslim leader acknowledged Thursday that deadly clashes with a rival faction were a mistake and that an attempt to form a rival government in Iraq cost the cleric's movement both supporters and credibility.
In unanimous vote, Security Council approves U.S.-backed resolution for help in postwar Iraq - 10/16/03 2:30 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In a diplomatic victory for the United States, the 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday aimed at attracting more troops and money to stabilize Iraq and putting it on the road to independence.
Explosion hits northern pipeline in Iraq, cutting flow of oil - 10/16/03 2:30 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An explosion damaged part of the main pipeline running from Iraq's northern oil fields on Thursday, forcing a reduction in the amount of oil available for export.
White House restates opposition to Iraqi loans, does not threaten veto - 10/16/03 1:43 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush White House spoke out Thursday against efforts to convert the administration's $20.3 billion Iraqi rebuilding assistance plan into a loan to Baghdad, but did not threaten to veto legislation which would do just that.
Marine unit goes ashore in southern Iraq to aid anti-smuggling effort - 10/16/03 12:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of ship-borne U.S. Marines has gone ashore in southern Iraq to assist in an anti-smuggling operation that already has seized dozens of barges and oil tankers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.
White House restates opposition to Iraqi loans, but does not threaten veto - 10/16/03 11:28 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush White House spoke out Thursday against efforts to convert the administration's $20.3 billion Iraqi rebuilding assistance plan into a loan to Baghdad, but did not threaten to veto legislation which would do just that.
UNITED NATIONS: of anonymity. - 10/16/03 11:17 AM
The United States focused on Russia in its search for votes after it rejected the French-Russian-German demand for a timetable to restore Iraq's sovereignty. Moscow had taken a more moderate position than France and Germany.
UNITED NATIONS: for adoption. - 10/16/03 11:05 AM
In a final day of intense lobbying, led by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Washington picked up support for the resolution from key opponents of the U.S.-led war against Iraq -- France, Russia and Germany.
UNITED NATIONS: to independence. - 10/16/03 10:59 AM
The vote bolstered U.S. efforts to win credibilty for its rebuilding effort in Iraq and to ease the burden of American troops there. But at a summit in Brussels, European leaders ruled out any immediate commitments of troops and money for Iraq.
U.S. to get unanimous support for Iraq resolution after Syria decides to join Germany, France and Russia in support it, diplomat says - 10/16/03 10:36 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States will get unanimous support for its new resolution on Iraq after Syria decided to join Germany, France and Russia in backing the measure aimed at attracting more troops and money to the war battered-country, a U.N. diplomat said Thursday.
U.S. soldiers in Iraq pay tribute to two fallen comrades - 10/16/03 10:30 AM
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- With Psalms and a 21-gun salute Thursday, soldiers hailed two fallen comrades from the 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment in a memorial service at one of Saddam Hussein's palaces.
Senate showdown looms over loans to Iraq - 10/16/03 10:15 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan group of senators who want to convert half of President Bush's $20.3 billion Iraqi rebuilding plan into loans say they want to protect U.S. taxpayers and help prod other countries to contribute funds.
UNITED NATIONS: later Thursday. - 10/16/03 10:11 AM
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced that Germany, France and Russia would support the U.S. resolution in a bid to restore international solidarity to Iraq's reconstruction effort. The announcement at a European Union summit in Brussels marked a dramatic shift by the three countries, who had bitte ...
UNITED NATIONS: in doubt. - 10/16/03 10:03 AM
A well-informed U.N. diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syria had notified the United States, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, that it would support the resolution.
U.S. to get unanimous support for its new resolution on Iraq - 10/16/03 9:57 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States will get unanimous support for its new resolution on Iraq after Syria decided to join Germany, France and Russia in backing the measure aimed at attracting more troops and money to the war battered-country, a U.N. diplomat said Thursday.
France, Germany, Russia will vote "yes" on U.S. resolution on Iraq - 10/16/03 9:32 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Germany, France and Russia -- the leading opponents to the U.S.-led war against Saddam Hussein -- decided Thursday to vote in favor of the latest U.N. resolution, seeking to restore international solidarity to Iraq's reconstruction effort.
U.S. soldiers pay tribute to two fallen comrades - 10/16/03 8:41 AM
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- With Psalms and a 21-gun salute, soldiers hailed two fallen comrades from the 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment in a memorial service Thursday at one of Saddam Hussein's palaces.
Germany, France and Russia to support U.N. resolution on Iraq - 10/16/03 7:40 AM
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Germany, France and Russia -- Europe's leading opponents to the U.S.-led war in Iraq -- said Thursday they will vote in favor of the U.N. resolution on Iraq in a bid to restore international solidarity to the reconstruction effort.
Germany, France and Russia to support U.N. resolution on Iraq, German chancellor says - 10/16/03 7:33 AM
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Germany, France and Russia -- Europe's leading opponents to the U.S.-led war in Iraq -- will vote in favor of a U.N. resolution that Washington hopes will attract troops and money to stabilize Iraq, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Thursday.
BRUSSELS: elaborate. - 10/16/03 7:25 AM
Although the U.N. Security Council remains divided on how fast to transfer power to Iraqis and who should oversee Iraq's political transition from a dictatorship to a democracy, the compromise appeared to be part of an effort to send a more united message on the importance of returning an independent Iraq ...
BRUSSELS, he said. - 10/16/03 7:13 AM
At a news conference in Brussels, where he and Chirac were attending a summit of European Union leaders, Schroeder said that the three leaders found their concerns about the speed and direction of Iraqi reconstruction and restoring sovereignty were reflected in Washington's latest draft.
U.S. confident of winning U.N. vote after China, Russia ease opposition - 10/16/03 6:30 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States got unexpected support for its new Iraq resolution and was confident of winning approval in a vote Washington hopes will attract troops and money to stabilize the war-battered country and put it on the road to independence.
United Nations, World Bank to set up trust fund for Iraq separate from U.S.-run program - 10/16/03 4:53 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations and the World Bank are finalizing plans for a new trust fund for Iraq's reconstruction aimed at attracting countries unwilling to donate to the current U.S.-controlled program, U.N. and World Bank officials said.
U.S. charges father, son with dealing arms illegally to Iraq - 10/16/03 3:09 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sources of Saddam Hussein's illegal stores of weapons are being tracked by U.S. investigators, who say a father and son with California ties are the first people to be charged as illicit suppliers.
Restoring 'Garden of Eden' a priority for Bush but not lawmakers - 10/16/03 3:03 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Restoring an area that is said to have been the biblical Garden of Eden, marshlands that Saddam Hussein turned into an arid salt bed in his purge of Shiite Muslims, was one of President Bush's priorities when he asked Congress for $20.3 billion to help rebuild Iraq.
Iran-Contra figure re-emerges as middleman for Iraq information to U.S. government - 10/16/03 2:09 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Acting through a prominent conservative with friends at the Pentagon, a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal has passed allegations to the Bush administration that enriched uranium was smuggled from Iraq into Iran five years ago and some may remain hidden in Iraq.
Halliburton overcharging to import gasoline in Iraq, two Democrats charge - 10/16/03 2:04 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Democratic lawmakers say Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, Halliburton, is gouging U.S. taxpayers while importing gasoline into Iraq. The Houston-based company contends it is paying the best price possible.
Six months on, 12 million Iraqis believed out of work, `our biggest problem' - 10/16/03 1:55 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- They line up by the hundreds, in the morning heat, on the slim hope of a job. Others wait -- and wait -- in a downtown square for a chance at a day's backbreaking construction work, and $2. Across town, one jobless engineer serves tea for pennies from a sidewalk table. Luckier Iraqis ...
Tennessee Republican nonrebel with a cause in opposing Iraq aid - 10/16/03 1:52 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tennessee Rep. John Duncan Jr. isn't a rebel at heart. He votes the conservative, Republican line more than 90 percent of the time and avoids the spotlight.
Pentagon officials say they are preparing to confront radical Iraqi cleric - 10/16/03 1:51 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq's U.S.-led authorities are preparing for a showdown with a militant Shiite Muslim cleric whose illegal militia has fought recent gunbattles with both American troops and moderate Shiites, Pentagon officials said.
U.S. picks up support for Iraq resolution but delays vote for French, Russian and Germans - 10/16/03 12:21 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States picked up important support from China and Pakistan for its new Iraq resolution late Wednesday, and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell predicted "a successful vote."

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