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Monday  December 15, 2003

Israel planned daring 1992 assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein, newspaper says - 12/15/03 10:48 PM
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The Israeli military planned a daring assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein in 1992 -- a plot that would have involved landing commandos in Iraq and firing sophisticated missiles at him during a funeral, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday.
U.N. chief hopes Saddam's capture will speed Iraqi government, opposes death penalty for ex-dictator - 12/15/03 10:30 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed hope Monday that Saddam Hussein's capture will accelerate reconciliation among Iraqis, but he said the United Nations could not support bringing the ex-dictator before a tribunal that might sentence him to death.
Iraqi officials call for a quick trial for Saddam; U.S. signals they may have to wait - 12/15/03 10:13 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Their exuberance over his capture still fresh, Iraqi leaders said Monday they want to send Saddam Hussein to a quick trial with an eye toward executing him by summer. But U.S. officials signaled the Iraqis may have to wait.
Amid frayed U.S. ties, France pledges gesture on forgiving Iraqi debt - 12/15/03 9:52 PM
PARIS (AP) -- France said Monday it will work with other nations to cancel billions of dollars in Iraqi debt and suggested that Saddam Hussein's capture would open the way toward mending relations with Washington.
Wives at Fort Hood, Texas, delight in soldiers' capture of Saddam - 12/15/03 8:03 PM
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Roxanne Fuss didn't get her usual late-night weekend call from her soldier-husband in Iraq. No message on her answering machine. No e-mail.
Democrat McDermott again in hot water over Saddam comments - 12/15/03 7:32 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., who earned headlines across the globe last year for criticizing President Bush while in Baghdad, is enmeshed in a new controversy over remarks he made about the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Annan hopes Saddam's capture will accelerate creation of new Iraqi government - 12/15/03 7:23 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed hope Monday that Saddam Hussein's capture will accelerate reconciliation among Iraqis and the establishment of an Iraqi transitional government, a view backed by several Security Council members.
Amid frayed U.S. ties, France pledges gesture on forgiving Iraqi debt - 12/15/03 6:58 PM
PARIS (AP) -- France said Monday it will work with other nations to cancel billions of dollars in Iraqi debt and that Saddam Hussein's capture will open the way toward mending relations with Washington.
Wives at Fort Hood, Texas, delight in soldiers' capture of Saddam - 12/15/03 5:57 PM
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Roxanne Fuss didn't get her usual late-night weekend call from her soldier-husband in Iraq. No message on her answering machine. No e-mail.
Iran wants Saddam to be tried for Iran-Iraq war - 12/15/03 5:44 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran wants Saddam Hussein to face justice for alleged atrocities during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in which more than 1 million people were killed or wounded, officials said Monday.
Iraqi officials call for a quick trial for Saddam; U.S. signals they may have to wait - 12/15/03 5:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Their exuberance over his capture still fresh, Iraqi leaders said Monday they want to send Saddam Hussein to a quick trial with an eye toward executing him by summer. But U.S. officials signaled the Iraqis may have to wait.
Bush says Saddam Hussein is a torturer and killer but will get a fair, public trial - 12/15/03 5:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush promised a fair, public trial for Saddam Hussein on Monday but also said "he's a torturer and a killer" and can't be trusted to tell interrogators the truth about weapons of mass destruction or attacks against Americans in Iraq.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 12/15/03 4:59 PM
As of Monday, Dec. 15, 455 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 313 died as a result of hostile action and 142 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.
Baker mission on Iraqi debt beginning in glow of Saddam capture - 12/15/03 4:54 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Saddam Hussein in hand, President Bush's new emissary on postwar Iraq is facing the task of turning congratulations from world powers into wider international support for reconstruction, including promises to erase Iraq's burden of foreign debt.
U.S. authorities probe whether Saddam's $750,000 part of Iraqi central bank loot - 12/15/03 4:33 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. authorities are investigating whether $750,000 found in Saddam Hussein's hideaway was part of the loot snatched from Iraqi's central bank at the onset of the war.
U.S. military commander says Saddam's arrest reaping intelligence rewards - 12/15/03 4:27 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The capture of Saddam Hussein is providing intelligence that has led to the arrests of key figures in the anti-U.S. insurgency and a clearer picture of what role the ousted dictator played, a U.S. general told The Associated Press on Monday.
Saddam capture gives U.S. a fresh chance to reach out to other nations - 12/15/03 4:07 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's capture offers the Bush administration a fresh chance to improve relations with the Arab world and to persuade European nations to participate in Iraq's reconstruction.
Bombers kill 8 policemen in Baghdad, wound 22 - 12/15/03 4:02 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- As if to prove the capture of Saddam Hussein would not end the anti-coalition insurgency in Iraq, a suicide bomber driving a taxi attacked a police building in Baghdad on Monday, killing eight policemen and wounding 10 others.
Iraqi media celebrates Saddam's capture - 12/15/03 3:40 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- During his 23-year rule of Iraq, Saddam Hussein always had his picture on front pages of its daily newspapers, along with praises of "His Excellency Mr. President, the leader."
Secretary-General Annan rejects any trial that could lead to Saddam's execution - 12/15/03 3:16 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The top U.N. diplomat said Monday he could not support bringing captured Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein before a tribunal that might sentence him to death.
Baker mission on Iraqi debt beginning in glow of Saddam capture - 12/15/03 3:14 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Saddam Hussein in hand, President Bush's new emissary on postwar Iraq is facing the task of turning congratulations from world powers into wider international support for reconstruction, including promises to erase Iraq's burden of foreign debt.
Col. James Hickey: "We captured High Value Target Number One" - 12/15/03 2:43 PM
ADWAR, Iraq (AP) -- American forces began last July to assemble the evidence and intelligence that led to Saddam Hussein's weekend capture in a spider-hole dug into a farmyard near his hometown, the U.S. commander who led the raid said Monday.
Iraqi missile scientist says he's been working with British military and had not fled to Iran - 12/15/03 2:17 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An Iraqi scientist who headed Saddam Hussein's missile program has been meeting with the British military in Iraq and he said he didn't flee to Iran as believed by U.S. weapons hunters.
Saddam's capture pushes prices higher in Asian, European stock markets - 12/15/03 2:06 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Stocks bounced higher around the globe Monday as investors snapped up shares in the hope that Saddam Hussein's capture might mark a turning point in the Iraq conflict.
At town where Saddam was captured, mourning is tinged with recriminations - 12/15/03 1:59 PM
ADWAR, Iraq (AP) -- In the town where Saddam Hussein was captured, a 50-year-old woman named Bahija Asaad Taha gave voice to the morning-after feeling of loss and letdown. "We have lost a father," she said.
Democratic candidates continue to press case against Bush despite Saddam's arrest - 12/15/03 1:59 PM
Anti-war Democrat Howard Dean said Monday the capture of Saddam Hussein doesn't alter his opposition to President Bush's policies on Iraq as he outlined plans to repair alliances, bolster U.S. forces and fight "catastrophic terrorism" carried out by weapons of mass destruction.
Sardonic Saddam denies having prohibited weapons, al-Qaida ties - 12/15/03 1:58 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein has denied to his interrogators that his regime had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Monday.
Bush: Dad called to congratulate him on Saddam's capture - 12/15/03 1:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even in a phone call with his father -- the man Saddam Hussein once tried to assassinate -- President Bush said he was careful to downplay America's glee in his capture.
Candy bars, hot dogs and dirty dishes in Saddam's hideaway - 12/15/03 1:28 PM
ADWAR, Iraq (AP) -- The yard was a mess, the laundry wasn't done, the pantry was bare and the only art on the walls was a poster of Noah's Ark.
U.S. military says Saddam's capture has led to arrests of top insurgents; car bombs hit Baghdad - 12/15/03 1:04 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Interrogations of Saddam Hussein and documents in his personal briefcase, seized with him, have led to the arrest of several prominent regime figures in Baghdad, a U.S. general told The Associated Press on Monday. Suicide bombers attacked police stations in the capital, killing eight ...
Soldier's wife: 'It was just like he had won the lottery' - 12/15/03 1:00 PM
Usually, when Staff Sgt. Joey Wommack calls his wife from Iraq after a mission, he sounds tired, as if he is about to collapse from exhaustion. This time, he told her he hadn't slept in 48 hours, but his voice had no sign of fatigue.
Bush says Saddam will be put on trial - 12/15/03 12:12 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Monday that Saddam Hussein will be put on public trial for his crimes, in a manner to be set in consultation with Iraqis brutalized across three decades of tyranny.
International Red Cross says Saddam considered a POW, wants right to visit him - 12/15/03 12:04 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- The international Red Cross said Monday it considers Saddam Hussein a prisoner of war and wants U.S. authorities to allow it to visit the ousted Iraqi leader to check the conditions in which he is being held.
U.S. military says Saddam's capture has led to arrests of top insurgents; car bombs hit Baghdad - 12/15/03 12:01 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Interrogations of Saddam Hussein and documents in his personal briefcase, seized with him, have led to the arrest of several prominent regime figures in Baghdad, a U.S. general told The Associated Press on Monday. Suicide bombers attacked police stations in the capital, killing eight ...
Col. James Hickey: "We captured High Value Target Number One" - 12/15/03 11:56 AM
ADWAR, Iraq (AP) -- American forces began last July to assemble the evidence and intelligence that led to Saddam Hussein's weekend capture in a spider-hole dug into a farmyard near his hometown, the U.S. commander who led the raid said Monday.
Image of Saddam in custody a sobering sight for some Arab rulers - 12/15/03 11:44 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The image of Saddam Hussein in custody, his power and bravado gone, is a sobering sight for other Arab rulers whose regimes are based on might, not on the consent of their people, Arab politicians and commentators said Monday.
Top Iraqi official: Saddam could be tried in `a few weeks' - 12/15/03 11:34 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein could be tried "in the next few weeks" and could be executed if convicted, an Iraqi Governing Council member said Monday. Other council members said the televised trial would likely begin later, perhaps by summer.
Bush says weekend capture is evidence that Iraq is on path to freedom - 12/15/03 11:23 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Monday the weekend capture of Saddam Hussein is clear evidence that Iraq is "on the path to freedom," but he warned of "further sacrifice" ahead on the part of American troops stationed there.
Democratic candidates continue to press case against Bush despite Saddam's arrest - 12/15/03 11:21 AM
Democratic presidential candidates sought new grounds for criticism of White House foreign policies Monday as President Bush basked in the capture of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Baker mission on Iraqi debt beginning in glow of Saddam capture - 12/15/03 11:01 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Saddam Hussein firmly in hand, President Bush's new emissary on postwar Iraq is facing the task of turning congratulations from world powers into wider international support for reconstruction, including promises to erase Iraq's crushing burden of foreign debt.
French foreign minister says France and other creditor nations will study how to ease Iraqi debt burden - 12/15/03 10:47 AM
PARIS (AP) -- France and other creditor nations are looking to strike a deal on helping Iraq reduce its foreign debt next year, the French foreign minister said Monday. He did not specify how much debt might be canceled or restructured.
World leaders increase pressure for Saddam Hussein to face trial in Iraq - 12/15/03 10:21 AM
BERLIN (AP) -- Both American supporters and opponents of the war in Iraq stepped up pressure Monday for Saddam Hussein to be tried in his homeland, indicating the death penalty could be considered.
Saddam's capture pushes prices higher in Asian, European stock markets - 12/15/03 10:03 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Stocks bounced higher Monday around the globe as investors snapped up shares in the hope that Saddam Hussein's capture might mark a turning point in the Iraq conflict.
Candy bars, hot dogs and dirty dishes in Saddam's hideaway - 12/15/03 9:24 AM
ADWAR, Iraq (AP) -- The yard was a mess, the laundry wasn't done, the pantry was bare and the only art on the wall was a poster of Noah's Ark.
Saddam will be accorded POW protections, Rumsfeld says - 12/15/03 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein will have protections accorded to prisoners of war as U.S. officials try to press him for information on the insurgency against coalition forces, top defense officials say.
U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam - 12/15/03 8:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AP)-- First, find out whether Saddam Hussein knows of any impending guerrilla attacks planned against U.S. troops or Iraqis.
U.S. Army capitalizes on Saddam's capture, nabbing other regime figures - 12/15/03 7:35 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's capture is already reaping dividends for the U.S. military, providing intelligence that allowed U.S. soldiers to capture several top regime figures and uncover rebel cells in the capital, a U.S. general said Monday.
World leaders urge fair trial for Saddam; Australia says it would support the death penalty - 12/15/03 7:12 AM
BERLIN (AP) -- As the joy over Saddam Hussein's capture settled, world leaders on Monday said they hoped the arrest would lead to stability in Iraq and called for a fair trial for the deposed Iraqi leader. Australia's leader said he would support the death penalty.
Top Iraqi official: Saddam could be tried in a "few weeks" - 12/15/03 6:38 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein could be tried "in the next few weeks" and could be executed if convicted, one Iraqi Governing Council member said Monday. Other council members said a trial would likely begin later.
Suicide bombers kill 8 policemen in Baghdad; Explosions heard in Baghdad - 12/15/03 6:16 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A suicide bomber killed eight Iraqi policemen in an attack Monday on a station on Baghdad's northern outskirts, their commander said, as insurgents continued attacks despite the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Saddam: "I'm willing to negotiate," raising hopes insurgency might weaken - 12/15/03 5:24 AM
ADWAR, Iraq (AP) -- "My name is Saddam Hussein," the fallen Iraqi leader told U.S. troops in English as they pulled him out of a dank hole that had become his home. "I am the president of Iraq and I want to negotiate."
Suicide bombers kill 8 policemen in Baghdad, injures 17 - 12/15/03 5:10 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A suicide bomber killed eight Iraqi policemen in an attack Monday on a station on Baghdad's northern outskirts, their commander said, as insurgents continued attacks despite the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Suicide bombers kill 8 policemen in Baghdad, injure 17 - 12/15/03 4:26 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A suicide bomber killed eight Iraqi policemen in an attack Monday on a station in the capital's northern outskirts, their commander said.
Suicide bombers kill 8 policemen in Baghdad, injure 14 - 12/15/03 4:10 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A suicide bomber killed eight Iraqi policemen in an attack Monday on a station in the capital's northern outskirts, their commander said.
U.S. forces capture Saddam in cramped hide-out, raising hopes insurgency might weaken - 12/15/03 3:54 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Cornered alone in a cramped hole near one of his sumptuous palaces, a weary, disheveled Saddam Hussein was seized by U.S. troops and displayed on television screens worldwide Sunday, a humiliating fate for one of history's most brutal dictators.
This is a nice Christmas _ we got him' _ Americans celebrate capture of Saddam - 12/15/03 3:28 AM
CHICAGO (AP) -- Football fans in New Jersey let out cheers. Kurds celebrated at a parking lot in Dallas. Wives of soldiers serving overseas prayed their long separations might soon draw to an end.
Blast hits Baghdad police station, 4 policemen injured - 12/15/03 2:59 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Four Iraqi policemen were injured when a car bomb went off outside a police station in western Baghdad Monday, the U.S. military and Iraqi police said.
World leaders hail Saddam Hussein's capture, but skeptics warn insurgency will continue - 12/15/03 2:34 AM
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- World leaders joined stunned Iraqis in hailing the capture of Saddam Hussein as a chance to move the country forward in its journey toward peace, but skeptics warned that it would not end the insurgency plaguing Iraq.
Blast hits Baghdad police station, 15 reported either wounded or killed - 12/15/03 2:28 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A car bomb went off outside a police station in western Baghdad on Monday, either killing or wounding at least 15 people, witnesses said.
Trial of Saddam Hussein could have unpredictable impact - 12/15/03 2:15 AM
"When you judge," Saddam Hussein once said, "judge with justice."
A raid comes up empty _ until soldiers find a suspicious hole and Iraq's most-wanted man - 12/15/03 1:57 AM
ADWAR, Iraq (AP) -- When darkness fell, the Americans moved into position, 600 of them, from infantrymen to elite special forces. Their target: two houses in this rural village of orange, lemon and palm groves. Someone big was inside, they were told.
Saddam's long fall: From ostentatious palaces to a hole in the ground - 12/15/03 1:55 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A man who lived in sprawling palaces was pulled from a hole in the dirt. A man who challenged the greatest armies in the world was arrested without firing a shot. A man who embezzled billions of dollars and put his image on every Iraqi bank note was found with a single suitcase of cas ...
Blast hits Baghdad police station, 4 reported injured - 12/15/03 1:29 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A car bomb went off outside a police station in western Baghdad Monday, injuring at least four people, witnesses said.
U.S. officials believe early intelligence on Saddam was accurate - 12/15/03 1:24 AM
U.S. officials now believe Saddam Hussein was staying exactly where intelligence officials placed him -- in Baghdad -- during two attempts to kill him just before and during the war last spring. But bombs missed him the first time and he fled with minutes to spare the second time.

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