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Tuesday  December 16, 2003

Annan says evidence suggests most Kuwaitis who disappeared after Iraqi invasion were killed - 12/16/03 11:06 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Fresh evidence suggests that most, if not all, of the Kuwaitis who disappeared after Iraq invaded its oil-rich neighbor in August 1990 were killed, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report Tuesday.
Polls find increased support for Bush, war following Saddam's capture - 12/16/03 10:51 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans said the war in Iraq was worthwhile immediately after Saddam Hussein's capture last weekend, according to a poll released Tuesday night.
Ambushes, firefights and rioting in Iraq days after Saddam capture - 12/16/03 10:28 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein loyalists rioted in Baghdad, ambushed a U.S. patrol in Samarra, stormed the office of a U.S.-backed mayor in Fallujah and battled American troops in Ramadi as cities in Iraq's `Sunni Triangle' region seethed over the ex-dictator's capture.
Iraq's foreign minister accuses U.N. of failing to rescue country from Saddam _ and urges it to not to fail Iraq again - 12/16/03 9:29 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's foreign minister accused the United Nations on Tuesday of failing to rescue his country from Saddam Hussein's 35-year "murderous tyranny." He urged the world body not to fail Iraq again and to return to help build a democratic nation.
Report: Japan to send advance military teams to Iraq beginning Dec. 25, troops to follow in February - 12/16/03 9:22 PM
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan plans to send the first of two large contingents of ground troops to Iraq in late February, a newspaper reported on Wednesday, as South Korea also began finalizing plans to send peacekeepers.
Germany joins France in agreeing to relieve Iraqi debt burden - 12/16/03 8:51 PM
BERLIN (AP) -- President Bush's special envoy on Iraq won agreement Tuesday from Germany and France, two of the most ardent opponents of the American-led war, to ease Baghdad's huge debt burden.
Bush says Saddam Hussein deserves `the ultimate penalty' for crimes - 12/16/03 8:19 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein deserves the "ultimate penalty" for his crimes, President Bush said Tuesday, putting the United States sharply at odds with Europe and the United Nations which adamantly oppose the death penalty.
Iraq's foreign minister accuses U.N. of failing to rescue country from Saddam _ and urges it to not to fail Iraq again - 12/16/03 7:26 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's foreign minister accused the United Nations on Tuesday of failing to rescue his country from Saddam Hussein's 35-year "murderous tyranny." He urged the world body not to fail Iraq again and to return to help build a democratic nation.
Iraq - 12/16/03 7:15 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein loyalists rioted in Baghdad, ambushed a U.S. patrol in Samarra, stormed the office of a U.S.-backed mayor in Fallujah and battled American troops in Ramadi -- making it clear that Saddam's capture has not quelled violence in Iraq.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 12/16/03 7:15 PM
As of Tuesday, Dec. 16, 457 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 144 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.
Germany joins France in agreeing to relieve Iraqi debt burden - 12/16/03 6:47 PM
BERLIN (AP) -- President Bush's special envoy on Iraq won agreement Tuesday from Germany and France, two of the most ardent opponents of the American-led war, to ease Baghdad's huge debt burden.
Iraqi foreign minister says United Nations failed Iraq during Saddam's rule - 12/16/03 6:32 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's foreign minister accused the United Nations on Tuesday of failing to rescue his country from Saddam Hussein's 35-year "murderous tyranny." He urged the world body not to fail Iraq again and to return to help build a democratic nation.
Bush says Saddam Hussein deserves `the ultimate penalty' for crimes - 12/16/03 5:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein deserves the "ultimate penalty" for his crimes, President Bush said Tuesday, putting the United States sharply at odds with Europe and the United Nations which adamantly oppose the death penalty.
Military eases raids to give Saddam loyalists chance to surrender, Pentagon says - 12/16/03 5:43 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After Saddam Hussein's capture, the U.S. military temporarily eased up on certain types of raids against the ousted Iraqi president's loyalists to give them a chance to surrender, a top Pentagon general said Tuesday.
Owner of farm where Saddam caught was former palace guard; detained by U.S. troops - 12/16/03 4:47 PM
ADWAR, Iraq (AP) -- An owner of the farm where Saddam Hussein was captured once served as a guard at a presidential palace, and he and two of his brothers were taken away by U.S. troops during the raid, his wife said Tuesday.
Iraq - 12/16/03 4:29 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The 4th Infantry Division snared a leader of the guerrilla insurgency and 78 other people Tuesday in a raid north of Baghdad, not far from where Saddam Hussein was captured three days earlier.
Germany joins France in agreeing to relieve Iraqi debt burden - 12/16/03 3:22 PM
BERLIN (AP) -- President Bush's special envoy on Iraq won agreement Tuesday from Germany and France, two of the most ardent opponents of the American-led war, to ease Baghdad's huge debt burden.
Bush says Saddam Hussein deserves the `ultimate penalty' - 12/16/03 3:16 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein deserves the "ultimate penalty" but it will be up to the people of Iraq to decide whether he should be executed, President Bush said Tuesday.
Blair says earlier find of secret Iraqi labs points to need for continued WMD search - 12/16/03 3:13 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Clandestine biological laboratories that weapons inspectors found earlier this year in Iraq show the importance of continuing the hunt for the country's weapons of mass destruction, Prime Minister Tony Blair said in comments broadcast Tuesday.
Cardinal backs trial for Saddam, but stresses pope's opposition to death penalty - 12/16/03 2:49 PM
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A top Vatican cardinal said Tuesday Saddam Hussein should face trial for his crimes, but stressed the Vatican's opposition to the death penalty and criticized the U.S. military for portraying him "like a cow" having his teeth checked.
Robin Williams rattles off rapid-fire comedy at military show in Iraq - 12/16/03 2:37 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- "Goooood morning Bagh-dad!"
Focus turns to remaining Iraqi regime figures and resistance cells - 12/16/03 1:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA is taking the lead in overseeing the interrogation of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday.
Iraqi foreign minister says United Nations failed Iraq during Saddam's rule - 12/16/03 1:23 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's foreign minister accused the United Nations on Tuesday of failing to rescue his country from Saddam Hussein's 35-year "murderous tyranny." He urged the world body not to fail Iraq again and to return to help build a democratic nation.
U.S. troops capture prominent guerrilla and 78 others after ambush leaves 11 insurgents dead - 12/16/03 12:54 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops arrested an Iraqi rebel leader and 78 others in a raid Tuesday near a town north of Baghdad where hours earlier guerrillas ambushed a U.S. patrol and sparked a gunbattle that killed 11 of the attackers.
Vatican opposes death penalty for Saddam, cardinal voices compassion - 12/16/03 12:07 PM
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A top Vatican cardinal said Tuesday he felt compassion for Saddam Hussein after seeing video pictures in which, the prelate claimed, American forces treated the captured Iraqi leader "like a cow."
U.S. Army nabs rebel leader, 78 others in northern Iraq raid - 12/16/03 11:41 AM
SAMARRA, Iraq (AP) -- American soldiers arrested a rebel leader and 78 other people during a raid north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
Baker has 'very fruitful' talks with French president on reducing Iraqi debt - 12/16/03 11:20 AM
PARIS (AP) -- France and the United States agreed to seek reductions in Iraq's foreign debt next year within the Paris Club of creditor nations, U.S. special envoy James A. Baker III said Tuesday after meeting the French president.
Iran's supreme leader relieved at Saddam's arrest; says world will be better without Bush, Sharon - 12/16/03 10:55 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Denouncing Saddam Hussein as a "bloodthirsty wolf," Iran's supreme leader expressed relief at his capture but said the world would also be better off without President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Focus turns to remaining Iraqi regime figures and resistance cells - 12/16/03 10:36 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. intelligence agencies are turning their efforts toward rounding up remaining principals of Saddam Hussein's regime who may be playing a more direct role than the now-captured former president did in running guerrilla operations in Iraq, officials say.
U.S. troops kill 11 in Samarra firefight; 3 soldiers hurt in Tikrit; policeman killed in Mosul - 12/16/03 10:32 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- In an ambush north of Baghdad, guerrilla scouts released pigeons to signal to comrades that a U.S. patrol was in range. In a gunbattle that followed, U.S. snipers killed 11 insurgents, the military reported Tuesday.
Vatican opposes death penalty for Saddam, cardinal voices compassion - 12/16/03 10:27 AM
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A top Vatican cardinal said Tuesday he felt compassion for Saddam Hussein after seeing video pictures in which, the prelate claimed, American forces treated the captured Iraqi leader "like a beast."
Baker has 'very fruitful' talks with French president on reducing Iraqi debt - 12/16/03 9:25 AM
PARIS (AP) -- France and the United States agreed to seek reductions in Iraq's foreign debt next year within the Paris Club of creditor nations, U.S. special envoy James A. Baker III said Tuesday after meeting the French president.
Washington congressman questions timing of Saddam's capture - 12/16/03 9:04 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington congressman who criticized President Bush while visiting Baghdad last year has questioned the timing of the capture of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
U.S. troops kill 11 in Samarra firefight; 3 soldiers hurt in Tikrit; policeman killed in Mosul - 12/16/03 9:16 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops killed 11 guerrilla attackers -- some of whom released a flock of pigeons to signal comrades of the Americans' approach -- in an ambush in a town north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday.
Washington congressman questions timing of Saddam's capture - 12/16/03 9:04 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington congressman who criticized President Bush while visiting Baghdad last year has questioned the timing of the capture of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
U.S. troops kill 11 in Samarra firefight; 3 soldiers wounded in Tikrit - 12/16/03 7:12 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops killed 11 attackers after being ambushed in a town north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday, while a roadside bomb wounded three soldiers in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.
U.S. troops kill 11 after being attacked in Iraqi town - 12/16/03 6:36 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. troops killed 11 attackers after being ambushed in a town north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday, and hundreds of Iraqis marched in pro-Saddam Hussein demonstrations in several cities.
Poll finds increased support for Bush, Iraq war following Hussein's capture - 12/16/03 6:13 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- The capture of Saddam Hussein boosted President Bush's job approval rating and gave Americans new confidence in U.S. military efforts in Iraq, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Saddam's family demands international trial for ousted leader - 12/16/03 5:57 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's family wants the former leader to be tried by an international court instead of a special tribunal set up by the U.S.-installed Iraqi Governing Council, one of his daughters said Tuesday.
Baker starts Iraq debt relief mission in Paris - 12/16/03 4:27 AM
PARIS (AP) -- U.S. special envoy James A. Baker III arrived in Paris on Tuesday, kicking off a European mission to win support for Iraq's reconstruction from some of the staunchest opponents to the U.S.-led Iraq war.
Israel: Saddam may have committed war crimes when firing Scuds at Israel - 12/16/03 3:58 AM
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel is looking into whether Saddam Hussein committed war crimes when he fired Scud missiles at Israeli population centers in 1991, and whether it should seek compensation, an Israeli official said Tuesday.
U.S. says Saddam giving insights into rebels; explosion wounds two American soldiers - 12/16/03 3:03 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two U.S. soldiers were seriously wounded in an explosion in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Tuesday, a day after U.S. commanders said the former leader was providing useful insights into the escalating insurgency.
Israel planned daring 1992 assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein - 12/16/03 2:29 AM
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 legislator and media said Tuesday.
Square where Saddam's statue was toppled responds with restraint to his capture - 12/16/03 2:11 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- When Saddam Hussein's statue was toppled April 9 in Baghdad's Paradise Square, it was a globally televised moment of jubilation and hope.
Many Palestinians lament downfall of Iraqi leader - 12/16/03 1:46 AM
JERUSALEM (AP) -- For Tayseer Katawi, Saddam Hussein was more than an inspiration for the Palestinians. The ousted Iraqi leader literally built the roof over his head.
Annan hopes Saddam's capture will accelerate creation of new Iraqi government - 12/16/03 1:42 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed hope that Saddam Hussein's capture will accelerate the establishment of a transitional government in Iraq, but he said the United Nations could not support bringing the former dictator before a tribunal that might sentence him to death.
Focus turns to remaining Iraqi regime figures and resistance cells - 12/16/03 1:37 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. intelligence agencies are turning their efforts toward rounding up remaining principals of Saddam Hussein's regime who may be playing a more direct role than the now-captured former president did in running guerrilla operations in Iraq, officials say.

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