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Wednesday  April 16, 2003

U.S. war commander visits Iraq, Bush urges United Nations to lift sanctions - 4/16/03 10:55 PM
The top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq briefed President Bush on the war from inside one of Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces on Wednesday, underscoring the death of the old regime. At home, the administration reduced the terrorist threat a notch, from orange to yellow.
Five stealth fighters return in triumph to New Mexico - 4/16/03 10:48 PM
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) -- Clear blue skies greeted Lt. Col. David Toomey on Wednesday as he approached Holloman Air Force Base from the south in his sleek F-117A stealth fighter.
Pentagon says U.S. cost of war so far is about $20 billion - 4/16/03 10:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Iraq war has cost at least $20 billion and probably will consume that much or more in the next five months, the Pentagon's top budget officer said Wednesday.
Syria denies it is sheltering high-level Iraqi diplomat, other members of Saddam's regime - 4/16/03 10:34 PM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria denied American accusations Wednesday that it is sheltering a high-level Iraqi diplomat -- or any other senior members of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Soldier's funeral held at boy's home where he grew up - 4/16/03 10:16 PM
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Edward Jason Korn came to the Bethesda Home for Boys in 1984 as a troubled 12-year-old suffering through his father's second divorce.
Ahmad Chalabi returns to Baghdad, plans gathering on postwar government - 4/16/03 9:52 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Prominent opposition leader Ahmad Chalabi returned to the Iraqi capital Wednesday as Iraqi exiles and Kurds worked to put together a meeting with local Iraqi leaders to consult on a future government, his organization said.
Australia to bring most troops in Iraq home by June - 4/16/03 9:52 PM
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia plans to bring home by June most of the 2,000 troops it sent to join the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard said Thursday.
Secretive Marine special ops trio discuss their role in POW rescue - 4/16/03 9:39 PM
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Used to working in stealth and small teams, the U.S. Marines called "Sneaky," "Hugga" and "Bo" were asked to do something alien in a daring POW rescue mission: Make noise -- a lot of noise.
U.N. sanctions against Iraq at a glance - 4/16/03 8:55 PM
The United Nations has passed several resolutions on Iraq since President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. Here is a look at five of them.
Renaming peak to honor slain soldier proving difficult - 4/16/03 8:52 PM
PHOENIX (AP) -- A proposal to rename an Arizona mountain after an American Indian killed in Iraq has led to a surprisingly nasty fight between the Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers.
Bush calls for end to sanctions against 'liberated' Iraq - 4/16/03 8:50 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- President Bush urged the United Nations Wednesday to lift sanctions that have choked Iraq's economy for nearly 13 years as he toured a fighter jet factory that he said helped defeat "a ruthless enemy."
Many Iraqis turn anger beyond Saddam to what they see as new despot: the United States - 4/16/03 8:05 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Just days ago, U.S. troops were cheered and kissed as they destroyed the symbols of Saddam Hussein's regime. Today, after a week of chaos, it's a whole different story.
U.S. troops raid of home of Saddam's "Dr. Germ" - 4/16/03 7:35 PM
The top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq briefed President Bush on the war from inside one of Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces on Wednesday, underscoring the death of the old regime. At home, the administration reduced the terrorist threat a notch, from orange to yellow.
Pentagon says U.S. cost of war so far is about $20 billion - 4/16/03 7:21 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Iraq war has cost at least $20 billion and probably will consume that much or more in the next five months, the Pentagon's top budget officer said Wednesday.
Despite terror alert drop and war winding down, some Americans still uneasy - 4/16/03 7:21 PM
With the war in Iraq ending and the nation's terror alert level dropping, Wendell Bruns should have reason to enjoy a carefree vacation in Las Vegas. But the changes did little to ease his mind.
Shays first lawmaker to tour Iraqi humanitarian sites - 4/16/03 7:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bucking protests from the U.S. military and the State Department, Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., crossed over the Kuwait border into Iraq Wednesday and complained that humanitarian aid isn't getting to the Iraqi people fast enough.
U.S. troops raid of home of Saddam's "Dr. Germ" - 4/16/03 6:59 PM
The top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq briefed President Bush on the war from inside one of Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces on Wednesday, underscoring the death of the old regime. At home, the administration reduced the terrorist threat a notch, from orange to yellow.
In hunt for weapons, no trace of Dr. Germ and Missile Man - 4/16/03 6:54 PM
She is called "Dr. Germ," and he is known as the "Missile Man."
American troops accused of shooting more Iraqis in northern city of Mosul - 4/16/03 6:52 PM
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines traded more gunfire with residents of Iraq's third-largest city Wednesday, marking the second straight day of violence in a place that may be a bellwether for the newly occupied country.
Syria introduces Arab-backed resolution for WMD-free Mideast; U.S. has problems - 4/16/03 6:32 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Syria asked the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to approve an Arab-backed resolution calling for the Middle East to be free of weapons of mass destruction.
Seven rescued American POWs arrive at U.S. base in Germany - 4/16/03 6:18 PM
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- A smiling Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson was carried out on a stretcher from a plane and taken for medical examinations at a military hospital Wednesday night along with six other American POWs who were rescued in Iraq.
Terror alert lowered to yellow - 4/16/03 6:08 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration lowered the terror alert level from orange to yellow Wednesday, saying the end of heavy fighting in Iraq has diminished the threat of terrorism in the United States.
Bush calls for end to sanctions against 'liberated' Iraq - 4/16/03 5:59 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- President Bush urged the United Nations Wednesday to lift sanctions that have choked Iraq's economy for nearly 13 years as he toured a fighter jet factory that he said helped defeat "a ruthless enemy."
U.S. Gen. Franks makes first visit to Baghdad, meets top commanders - 4/16/03 5:52 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Dressed in desert fatigues and packing a 9-mm Beretta under his belt, U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks made his first trip to Baghdad on Wednesday where he strolled through the gold-trimmed splendor of a bombed-out palace once belonging to President Saddam Hussein.
Shiite Muslim cleric claims to be in control of eastern Iraqi city of Kut - 4/16/03 5:39 PM
KUT, Iraq (AP) -- A Shiite Muslim cleric who has occupied city hall to stake his claim to local control insisted Wednesday that he was chosen to lead by Kut's people, who he said don't want the U.S. military to be in charge.
NBC correspondent David Bloom eulogized as a latter-day Ernie Pyle - 4/16/03 5:34 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC News correspondent David Bloom, who died while covering the war in Iraq, was eulogized at his funeral Wednesday as a modern-day Ernie Pyle who had a spiritual awakening before his death.
U.S. mulls whether to put captured terrorist on trial in 1985 murder of American - 4/16/03 5:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is debating whether to bring terrorist Abul Abbas to the United States to stand trial in the 1985 murder of an American citizen or let him serve prison time in Italy.
Syria denies it is sheltering high-level Iraqi diplomat, other members of Saddam's regime - 4/16/03 5:22 PM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria denied American accusations Wednesday that it is sheltering a high-level Iraqi diplomat -- or any other senior members of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Gen. Tommy Franks makes first visit to Baghdad, meets top commanders - 4/16/03 5:17 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Dressed in desert fatigues with a 9 mm Beretta tucked under his belt, U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks made his first trip to Baghdad on Wednesday, landing at the former Saddam International Airport despite a main runway pocked with 60-foot wide craters.
Despite terror alert drop and war winding down, some Americans still uneasy - 4/16/03 4:59 PM
With the war in Iraq ending and the nation's terror alert level dropping, Wendell Bruns should have reason to enjoy a carefree vacation in Las Vegas. But the changes did little to ease his mind.
Gen. Tommy Franks makes first visit to Baghdad, meets top commanders - 4/16/03 4:45 PM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Gen. Tommy Franks, director of the U.S.-led assault on Iraq that efficiently deposed Saddam Hussein, went to Baghdad on Wednesday to take a firsthand look at the work of his troops and offer them his congratulations.
U.S. has many options after capturing terrorist mastermind Abul Abbas in Baghdad - 4/16/03 4:44 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American officials on Wednesday weighed options for handling terrorist mastermind Abul Abbas as Italy prepared to seek his extradition and the Palestinian Authority demanded his release.
Seven rescued American POWs arrive at U.S. base in Germany - 4/16/03 4:42 PM
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- A plane carrying seven American POWs who were rescued in Iraq arrived late Wednesday at a U.S. base in Germany, where they were to be examined at a military hospital.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany: officials said. - 4/16/03 4:39 PM
They were to be taken to the nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Pentagon says U.S. cost of war so far is about $20 billion - 4/16/03 4:28 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Iraq war has cost at least $20 billion and probably will consume that much or more in the next five months, the Pentagon's top budget officer said Wednesday.
Shiite Muslim cleric claims to be in control of eastern Iraqi city of Kut - 4/16/03 4:27 PM
KUT, Iraq (AP) -- A Shiite Muslim cleric who has occupied city hall to stake his claim to local control insisted Wednesday that he was chosen to lead by Kut's people, who he said don't want the U.S. military to be in charge.
In Saddam's hometown, a lavish palace and stares for U.S. troops - 4/16/03 4:25 PM
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- In a biblical landscape of green pastures and adobe villages, Saddam Hussein turned his hometown into a city of ornate palaces, six-lane highways and blue-domed mosques.
60 trucks leave Jordan with flour, medicine for Iraqis - 4/16/03 4:21 PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- At least 60 trucks left Jordan on Wednesday to deliver flour and medical supplies in neighboring Iraq.
Many Iraqis turn anger beyond Saddam to what they see as new despot: the United States - 4/16/03 4:16 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Just days ago, U.S. troops were cheered and kissed as they destroyed the symbols of Saddam Hussein's regime. Today, after a week of chaos, it's a whole different story.
Bush calls for end to sanctions against 'liberated' Iraq - 4/16/03 4:12 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- President Bush urged the United Nations Wednesday to lift sanctions that have choked Iraq's economy for nearly 13 years as he toured a fighter jet factory that he said helped defeat "a ruthless enemy."
Shiite Muslim cleric claims to be in control of eastern Iraqi city of Kut - 4/16/03 4:07 PM
KUT, Iraq (AP) -- A Shiite Muslim cleric who has occupied city hall to stake his claim to local control insisted Wednesday that he was chosen to lead by Kut's people, who he said don't want the U.S. military to be in charge.
Some 200 refugees stranded in no man's land between Jordan and Iraq, U.N. says - 4/16/03 3:46 PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The United Nations and Jordan agreed Wednesday to aid about 200 refugees -- mostly Iranian Kurds who fled Iraq -- who are stranded on the desert frontier between Iraq and Jordan.
Renaming peak to honor slain soldier proving difficult - 4/16/03 3:40 PM
PHOENIX (AP) -- A proposal to rename an Arizona mountain after an American Indian killed in Iraq has led to a surprisingly nasty fight between the Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers.
Pentagon says US cost of war so far is about $20 billion -- and it will more than double - 4/16/03 3:36 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has spent more than $20 billion so far in the war against Iraq and will spend up to $4 billion more each month the war continues, defense officials said Wednesday.
Many Iraqis turn anger beyond Saddam to what they see as new despot: the United States - 4/16/03 3:35 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Just days ago, U.S. troops were cheered and kissed as they destroyed the symbols of Saddam Hussein's regime. Today, after a week of chaos, it's a whole different story.
British marine reportedly saved by Kevlar helmet was playing a hoax on the media - 4/16/03 3:31 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Royal Marine Commando Eric Walderman was dubbed the luckiest soldier in Iraq after apparently surviving four sniper shots to the head -- thanks to his bulletproof helmet.
Abul Abbas captured in Baghdad after more than two hours of fighting - 4/16/03 3:13 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Helicopters roared over at 4:30 a.m., and a few minutes later an explosion shattered the windows of the Faoud family home. For the next two hours, gunfire rattled around their one-story house; a desperate man tried to find haven by smashing his way inside.
U.S. mulls whether to put captured terrorist on trial in 1985 murder of American - 4/16/03 3:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is debating whether to bring terrorist Abul Abbas to the United States to stand trial in the 1985 murder of an American citizen or let him serve prison time in Italy.
New shooting in Mosul kills three, hospital says; U.S. forces accused - 4/16/03 3:10 PM
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- A shooting in this northern city left three Iraqis dead and 17 wounded Wednesday, a day after U.S. troops killed at least seven people when they opened fire, commanders said, to keep an angry crowd from storming a government complex.
As war subsides, surge in accidents worries U.S. commanders - 4/16/03 2:52 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- While combat between U.S. troops and Saddam Hussein's forces has subsided, ground commanders are concerned about a surge in accidental deaths and injuries involving American soldiers in Iraq.
U.S. troops raid of home of Saddam's "Dr. Germ" - 4/16/03 2:48 PM
American troops raided the home of the mastermind of Saddam Hussein's biological weapons lab on Wednesday and discovered a sprawling, recently abandoned terrorist training camp south of Baghdad as they dug for secrets from a dead regime.
Millions to U.S. victims of former Iraqi regime; other compensation claims pending - 4/16/03 2:42 PM
Stuart Williams is watching the end of the war with Iraq as one of a special group of Americans: He was a victim of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime more than a decade ago, and now he's finally being paid for his nightmare.
Abul Abbas captured in Baghdad after more than two hours of fighting - 4/16/03 2:25 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Helicopters roared over at 4:30 a.m., and a few minutes later an explosion shattered the windows of the Faoud family home. For the next two hours, gunfire rattled around their one-story house; a desperate man tried to find haven by smashing his way inside.
U.S. troops recall fears of snipers in crowds and gold that was really plastic - 4/16/03 2:24 PM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- All was not as it appeared in Iraq, U.S. Marines recovering from combat injuries said Wednesday, describing snipers and suicide bombers in cheering crowds -- and the surprising discovery that some of the gold in Saddam Hussein's palace was actually plastic.
Pentagon says US cost of war so far is about $20 billion - 4/16/03 2:19 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has spent more than $20 billion so far in the war against Iraq and expects to spend at least $10 billion more by the end of September, a senior official said Wednesday.
At a noisy, packed, suddenly famous hotel, the lobby teems with rumors, fears - 4/16/03 2:13 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The men with the guns rolled up in dusty combat boots and in force, but without reservations. What was an innkeeper to do?
Bush signs wartime spending bill, then visits Boeing fighter-making factory - 4/16/03 2:09 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Looking beyond a war in Iraq that is winding down, President Bush said Wednesday Saddam Hussein's regime has "passed into history" and called on the United Nations to lift crippling economic sanctions against Baghdad.
U.S. faces high cost of victory in Afghanistan, Iraq - 4/16/03 2:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the United States was driven from Vietnam three decades ago, it did not spend a dime to deal with the rubble left behind.
Recruiting for Iraq jihad has tapered off but has not stopped - 4/16/03 1:58 PM
DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Yassin al-Bahar's brother says the 27-year-old Saudi car salesman always wanted to die a martyr, to fall in battle defending fellow Muslims against the "enemies of Islam."
Terror alert lowered to yellow - 4/16/03 1:56 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration lowered the national terror alert level to "yellow" Wednesday, saying the end of heavy fighting in Iraq has reduced the threat of terrorist attacks.
U.S.-led war in Iraq proves first major test for Syria's 'untested' young president - 4/16/03 1:51 PM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- When Bashar Assad succeeded his father as Syrian president, there were hopes the young, Western-educated leader would reform and modernize the stagnant country. Three years later, that hasn't happened, and Assad wields almost absolute power.
Looting of Iraqi antiquities throws spotlight on illicit art trade - 4/16/03 1:47 PM
PARIS (AP) -- The world has seen it before: looters ransack museums in the aftermath of war, and priceless plunder vanishes into a shadowy -- and highly profitable -- global network of antiquity traffickers and their customers.
What must coalition forces legally do in Iraq? - 4/16/03 1:29 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- The United States contends it is a "liberating force" in Iraq, but the International Committee of the Red Cross -- the world's chief authority on the conduct of warfare -- says the coalition forces are an "occupying power," with wide-ranging responsibilities to look after the Iraqi people.
Secretive Marine special ops trio discuss their role in POW rescue - 4/16/03 1:19 PM
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Used to working in stealth and small teams, the U.S. Marines called "Sneaky," "Hugga" and "Bo" were asked to do something alien in a daring POW rescue mission: Make noise -- a lot of noise.
Iraqi boy wounded in bombardment of Baghdad undergoes initial skin grafts - 4/16/03 1:07 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwaiti doctors performed plastic surgery Wednesday on a 12-year-old boy who suffered severe burns and lost both his arms during the U.S. bombardment of Baghdad, becoming a symbol of Iraqi suffering during the war.
Army's 4th Infantry Division sees first combat since Vietnam - 4/16/03 12:22 PM
TAJI AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- After missing the major battles in Iraq, the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division went into action at an airfield north of Baghdad on Wednesday, fighting Iraqi paramilitaries and gunmen in civilian clothes in the first combat the division has seen since the Vietnam War.
Italian investigators say they found Syrian connection in Iraq-based terror group - 4/16/03 11:53 AM
MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Italian anti-terrorism investigators say they found a Syrian connection with an Iraqi-based Islamic extremist group suspected of shuttling recruits and money between Europe and the Middle East.
Syria plays down U.S. accusations, says it works quietly with U.S. - 4/16/03 11:36 AM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria is continuing a quiet, constructive diplomacy with the United States that belies the tone of U.S. accusations that Syria is sheltering members of the toppled Iraqi regime and harboring chemical weapons, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday.
U.S. forces raid home of biological lab chief; U.S. forces kill seven in Mosul unrest - 4/16/03 11:15 AM
U.S. special forces Wednesday raided the Baghdad home of a microbiologist nicknamed "Dr. Germ" who ran Iraq's secret biological laboratory. In the northern city of Mosul, tensions were high after anti-American unrest in which, according to U.S. Central Command, seven people were killed by U.S. troops.
Edwards estimates 2002 taxes at more than half a million - 4/16/03 11:02 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards asked for an extension to file his 2002 tax return but estimated his taxable income at nearly $1 million.
Terror alert lowered to yellow - 4/16/03 10:47 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration lowered the national terror alert level to "yellow" Wednesday, suggesting the threat of terrorism linked to the war in Iraq has abated.
WASHN: the highest. - 4/16/03 10:44 AM
The conclusion of major fighting in Iraq as well as several other factors led to a decision to lower the alert level, Roehrkasse said. Many of the extra security measures imposed by the department's "Liberty Shield" operation also will end.
Bush signs wartime spending bill, then visits Boeing fighter-making factory - 4/16/03 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It pays the initial tab for the war in Iraq, but the almost $80 billion spending bill President Bush signed Wednesday gives him little of the independence he sought in spending it.
Iraq weeks away from rebooting key utilities, water and electricity - 4/16/03 10:21 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- It could take weeks to restore Iraq's power grid and water system, though some cities are already showing good progress, coalition officials say.
European leaders want to move fast on Iraq peacekeepers as talks continue on U.N. role - 4/16/03 9:50 AM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Several European leaders suggested Wednesday they may quickly send peacekeeping troops to help stabilize Iraq, while U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan sought to sort out his organization's postwar role.
Freed POWs stick together as team, undergo treatment in Kuwait - 4/16/03 9:46 AM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- One is a supply truck driver who had never been out of Texas before finding himself in Iraq. Another is a single mother of a 2-year-old. A third is an Apache helicopter pilot whose father fought in Vietnam.
New shooting in Mosul kills three, hospital says; U.S. forces accused - 4/16/03 9:39 AM
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- A shooting in this northern city killed three people and wounded at least 11 Wednesday, a day after seven Iraqis died when American troops opened fire, U.S. officials said, to keep an angry crowd from storming a government complex.
Number of foreign fighters entering Iraq is trailing off, military says - 4/16/03 9:23 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- Troops trying to seal off escape routes for Iraqi leaders have seen a decrease in the number of foreign volunteers heading into Iraq to fight, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.
Shooting in Mosul kills three, hospital says; U.S. forces accused - 4/16/03 8:57 AM
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- A shooting in this northern city killed three people and wounded at least 11 Wednesday, a day after seven Iraqis died when American troops opened fire, U.S. officials said, to keep an angry crowd from storming a government complex.
Freed POWs stick together as team, undergo treatment in Kuwait - 4/16/03 8:49 AM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- One is a supply truck driver who had never been out of Texas before finding himself in Iraq. Another is a single mother of a 2-year-old. A third is an Apache helicopter pilot whose father fought in Vietnam.
ran says it won't recognize U.S.-led interim administration in Iraq, supports Syria - 4/16/03 8:42 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Wednesday his country will not recognize a U.S.-installed interim administration in Iraq and will support Syria if it is attacked.
U.S. forces raid home of biological lab chief; U.S. forces kill seven in Mosul unrest - 4/16/03 8:20 AM
U.S. special forces Wednesday raided the Baghdad home of a microbiologist nicknamed "Dr. Germ" who ran Iraq's secret biological laboratory. In the northern city of Mosul, tensions were high after anti-American unrest in which, according to a U.S. general, seven people were killed by American troops.
Iraqi weapons of mass destruction could still reach terrorists, Pentagon's top general says - 4/16/03 8:13 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Although major combat in Iraq is over, the Pentagon's top general is still worried that Iraqi chemical or biological weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists.
U.S. has many options after capturing terrorist mastermind Abul Abbas in Baghdad - 4/16/03 8:06 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American officials on Wednesday weighed options for handling terrorist mastermind Abul Abbas as Italy prepared to seek his extradition and the Palestinian Authority demanded his release.
Shooting in Mosul kills three, hospital says; U.S. forces accused - 4/16/03 7:53 AM
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- A shooting in the northern city of Mosul left three pepole dead and at least 11 wounded Wednesday, a day after at least seven Iraqis were killed by U.S. troops trying to stop an angry crowd from scaling a wall and storming a government complex.
U.S. soldier wounded in suicide attack says civilians helped warn them - 4/16/03 7:44 AM
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Even in the tense days when U.S. forces were gaining control of Baghdad, civilians helped warn Marine guards at a checkpoint that a suicide bomber was approaching, a wounded U.S. Marine recalled Wednesday.
Italy to seek extradition of Abul Abbas - 4/16/03 7:36 AM
ROME (AP) -- Italy will seek the extradition of Abul Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro in 1985, the justice minister said Wednesday.
Sixty aid trucks set out from Jordan to Iraq with flour, medicine - 4/16/03 7:32 AM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- At least 60 trucks left Jordan on Wednesday carrying flour and medical supplies for neighboring Iraq.
Chirac's party: Paris is Washington's 'best' friend in terror fight - 4/16/03 7:08 AM
PARIS (AP) -- President Jacques Chirac's ruling party followed up on the French leader's effort to make amends with the United States, saying Wednesday that Paris was Washington's "best ally" in the fight against terrorism.
U.S. forces raid home of biological lab chief; Marines find terrorist training camp - 4/16/03 6:57 AM
U.S. special forces Wednesday raided the Baghdad home of a microbiologist nicknamed "Dr. Germ" who ran Iraq's secret biological laboratory. The Marines said one of their units found an abandoned terrorist training camp where recruits had been taught how to make bombs.
Weather forecast for Iraq and Kuwait - 4/16/03 6:49 AM
Wednesday: Baghdad -- High: 82. Breezy, some sun. Low: 49. Basra -- High: 93. Sunny. Low: 62. Kirkuk -- High: 71. Cloudy, showers. Low: 40. Mosul -- High: 65. Showers, thunderstorms. Low 33. Najaf -- High: 83. Sunny. Low: 51. Nasiriyah -- High: 89. Sunny. Low: 58. Tikrit -- High: 80. Partly sunny, breezy
U.S. forces raid home of biological lab chief; more looting in Baghdad despite joint patrols - 4/16/03 6:05 AM
U.S. special forces Wednesday raided the Baghdad home of a microbiologist nicknamed "Dr. Germ" who ran Iraq's secret biological laboratory. The Marines said one of their units found an abandoned terrorist training camp where recruits had been taught how to make bombs.
Marines find extensive terrorist training camp on outskirts of Baghdad - 4/16/03 5:52 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces came upon a recently abandoned terrorist training camp on the outskirts of Baghdad where recruits were apparently taught how to make bombs and what to do if they got captured, the Marines said Wednesday.
Freed POWs stick together as team, undergo treatment in Kuwait - 4/16/03 5:37 AM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- One is a supply truck driver who had never been out of Texas before finding himself in Iraq. Another is a single mother of a two-year-old. A third is an Apache helicopter pilot whose father fought in Vietnam.
4th Infantry sees first combat action since Vietnam - 4/16/03 4:46 AM
NORTH OF BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Members of the U.S. Army's vaunted 4th Infantry Division engaged in combat Wednesday for the first time since the Vietnam War, fighting Iraqi paramilitaries and armed men in civilian clothes near an airfield north of the capital.
Saddam loyalists honor their leader in his birthplace - 4/16/03 3:52 AM
UJA, Iraq (AP) -- While Saddam Hussein's statues and pictures have been destroyed in cities across Iraq, in this village of airy mansions, manicured lawns and flowerbeds overlooking the Tigris River the fallen leader remains a favorite son.
Q&A: What about those weapons of mass destruction? - 4/16/03 3:11 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was one of the main reasons cited for the war: to find and destroy abundant anthrax, mustard gas and the like that Saddam Hussein was said to have stashed, as well as missiles he might use to deliver deadly packages to his neighbors.
Cutoff of cheap Iraqi oil is likely to hamper Syria's economy, foreign policy - 4/16/03 3:08 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Until war erupted in neighboring Iraq, illicit supplies of cheap Iraqi oil helped buoy Syria's frail economy and enabled its government to put off making painful reforms.
Terror mastermind captured in Baghdad was the rogue force of the Palestinian movement - 4/16/03 2:57 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- From a deadly act of piracy in the Mediterranean Sea to an attempt to infiltrate Israel by hot-air balloon, Abul Abbas found no method too drastic to strike a blow for the Palestinian cause.
Poverty, antiquities smugglers and chaos leave little hope for Baghdad's looted treasures - 4/16/03 2:49 AM
Archaeologists and staff members at the looted Iraq National Museum in Baghdad need only look at some other war-ravaged museums around the world to realize that the prospects of recovering the stolen antiquities are grim.
Meeting on postwar Iraq's government issues 13 points; No. 1: Iraq must be democratic - 4/16/03 2:40 AM
UR, Iraq (AP) -- They agreed on a few basic principles -- Iraq must be democratic, Saddam Hussein's Baath party must be dissolved, and the new government must be open to all national political groups. They also agreed to meet again in 10 days.
Bush signs wartime spending bill, then visits Boeing fighter-making factory - 4/16/03 2:20 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It pays the initial tab for the war in Iraq, but the almost $80 billion spending bill President Bush is signing gives him little of the independence he sought in spending it.
A look at how well Iraq's major cities are getting back to normal - 4/16/03 2:05 AM
The Kuwait-based, coalition-run Humanitarian Operations Center uses a color- coded system to rate the humanitarian situation in Iraq's major cities.
For many Americans, war news comes through foreign-language media - 4/16/03 2:01 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From Spanish-language newspapers to Farsi-language radio programs, millions of Americans received news about the war in Iraq from the nation's growing number of ethnic media outlets, often more critical than mainstream news organizations.
Iraq weeks away from rebooting key utilities, water and electricity - 4/16/03 2:01 AM
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) -- It could take weeks to restore Iraq's power grid and water system, though some cities are already showing good progress, coalition officials say.
In protest of the war and risking IRS ire, some peace activists won't pay federal taxes - 4/16/03 1:54 AM
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Thousands of Americans chose not to pay their federal income tax this year as a political statement, many because they don't want their money supporting the U.S. military.
Baghdad and other cities are slowly returning to normal - 4/16/03 1:50 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- After days in which her city was convulsed with war, bombing, looting and arson, Tadamoun Abdel-Aziz went shopping for the first time in more than a week, buying a package of 30 eggs, some bread and vegetables.
American success in replacing dictatorship with democracy after WWII holds lessons for Iraq - 4/16/03 1:34 AM
As the United States begins the task of building a democracy from the ruins of dictatorship in Iraq, historians point out that America has done this sort of thing before.
Iraqis plan for new government _ under U.S. eyes - 4/16/03 12:00 AM
Iraqis met under American auspices to shape a new government Tuesday and said "the rule of law must be paramount" following Saddam Hussein's fall. In a war dividend, U.S. officials said they had taken Palestinian terrorist Abul Abbas into custody in Baghdad.

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