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Thursday  December 18, 2003

Annan calls for Jan. 15 meeting to discuss U.N. role as Iraq moves to elections - 12/18/03 10:39 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday called for a Jan. 15 meeting of the key players in Iraq to pin down what role they want the United Nations to play as the country moves from U.S. occupation to a democratically elected government.
U.S. soldier, Shiite politician killed in ambushes; Iraqis rush for photo of Saddam - 12/18/03 8:08 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Rebels killed a U.S. soldier in the first fatal ambush for the U.S. military since the capture of Saddam Hussein last weekend. Also in the Iraqi capital, Shiites buried an assassinated politician Thursday after a sneak attack blamed on Saddam loyalists.
Pentagon sending additional airborne unit to Iraq for added `continuity' - 12/18/03 6:33 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is sending an additional brigade of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division to Iraq and extending the deployment there of another 82nd Airborne unit in what officials said Thursday is a minor adjustment to their plan for rotating fresh forces into Iraq next year.
Where the public's mood is shifting - 12/18/03 5:08 PM
Some details about how the public's mood has shifted in recent weeks about Iraq and President Bush.
U.N. approves $1.4 billion for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait - 12/18/03 5:05 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- A United Nations panel has approved paying an additional $1.4 billion in damages to the victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, officials said Thursday.
U.S. to pay Saddam's scientists to keep them from working for others - 12/18/03 4:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of Iraqi scientists and technicians who the Bush administration says worked on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs for Saddam Hussein will be paid by the United States for their role in postwar projects, partly to keep the Iraqis from selling their expertise elsewh ...
AP Poll: Public confidence rises in capture of Osama, Bush's handling of foreign policy - 12/18/03 4:39 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Public confidence that Osama bin Laden will be caught is rising along with approval of President Bush's handling of foreign policy and terrorism in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's capture, an Associated Press poll says.
Results from the AP-Ipsos poll on Iraq, terrorism and President Bush - 12/18/03 4:32 PM
The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on Iraq, terrorism and President Bush is based on telephone interviews with 1,001 randomly selected adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The interviews were conducted Dec. 15-17 by Ipsos-Public Affairs.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 12/18/03 4:15 PM
As of Thursday, Dec. 18, 459 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 314 died as a result of hostile action and 145 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.
As weapons hunt slows, CIA's man leading the search considers stepping down - 12/18/03 3:51 PM
CAMP SLAYER, Iraq (AP) -- Weapons hunters are spending more time on base, intelligence experts have been reassigned to work on the counterinsurgency and the man leading a so-far unsuccessful search for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons is thinking of stepping down.
U.S. to pay Saddam's scientists to keep them from working for others - 12/18/03 3:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of Iraqi scientists and technicians who the Bush administration says worked on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs for Saddam Hussein will be paid by the United States for their role in postwar projects, partly to keep the Iraqis from selling their expertise elsewh ...
Putin expresses readiness to start talks on Iraqi debt relief after meeting U.S. envoy - 12/18/03 2:31 PM
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia is willing to start negotiations on forgiving Iraq's $8 billion in debt to Moscow, its largest creditor.
U.S. soldier, Shiite politician killed in ambushes; Iraqis rush for photo of Saddam - 12/18/03 2:11 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Rebels killed a U.S. soldier in the first fatal ambush for the U.S. military since the capture of Saddam Hussein last weekend. Also in the Iraqi capital, Shiites buried an assassinated politician Thursday after a sneak attack blamed on Saddam loyalists.
AP Exclusive: European authorities shut down network that sent Islamic militants to Iraq - 12/18/03 1:40 PM
MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Authorities in Europe have shut down a network that recruited at least 200 Islamic militants to carry out attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, Italian investigators told The Associated Press.
Japan moves closer to long-debated Iraq deployment - 12/18/03 1:39 PM
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan moved a step closer to putting troops into a combat zone for the first time since World War II when Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi approved preparations Thursday to deploy ground forces in Iraq.
US to pay Saddam's scientists to keep them from working for others - 12/18/03 1:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of Iraqi scientists who worked on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs for Saddam Hussein will be paid by the United States to work on postwar projects, partly to keep them from selling their deadly expertise elsewhere.
Annan calls for Jan. 15 meeting with Iraqis and coalition to discuss U.N. role - 12/18/03 12:53 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Thursday for a Jan. 15 meeting with the Iraqi Governing Council and the U.S.-led coalition to discuss what role the United Nations might play as Iraq heads toward self-government.
Chief of weapons hunt in Iraq may be leaving - 12/18/03 12:42 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief of the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq may be leaving his position, a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday.
Baker in Russia, seeking debt forgiveness from Iraq's largest creditor - 12/18/03 11:25 AM
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Bush's special envoy made his final stop on a European tour seeking debt forgiveness for Iraq by meeting Thursday with Baghdad's largest creditor, Russia.
U.S. soldier, major Shiite politician killed in separate ambushes; Baghdadis rush for photo of Saddam - 12/18/03 11:15 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Guerrillas ambushed a U.S. military patrol with small arms fire, killing one soldier, the military said Thursday. Suspected Saddam Hussein loyalists killed a representative of a major Shiite political party.
Chief of weapons hunt in Iraq may be leaving - 12/18/03 11:03 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief of the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq may be leaving his position, a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday.
Survivors of Saddam's chemical attacks want execution for Iraqi leader - 12/18/03 8:33 AM
HALABJA, Iraq (AP) -- Amna Abdulqader lost two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren when bombs carrying poisonous gases fell in a chemical attack Saddam Hussein ordered on this Kurdish town -- killing 5,000 people.
Koizumi approves humanitarian troop dispatch to southeastern Iraq - 12/18/03 8:26 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Thursday approved a plan to dispatch 1,000 troops to Iraq, the country's first military deployment to a combat zone since World War II.
U.S. soldier killed in ambush as hunt for insurgents continues - 12/18/03 7:47 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Guerrillas ambushed a U.S. military patrol with small arms fire, killing one soldier, the military said Thursday, and suspected Saddam Hussein loyalists killed a representative of a major Shiite political party.
Baker meets Blair to discuss Iraqi debt reduction - 12/18/03 7:23 AM
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday backed U.S. plans to relieve Baghdad's huge debt burden, following talks with President Bush's special envoy.
Survivors of Saddam's chemical attacks want execution for Iraqi leader - 12/18/03 5:10 AM
HALABJA, Iraq (AP) -- Amna Abdulqader lost two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren when bombs carrying poisonous gases fell in a chemical attack Saddam Hussein ordered on this Kurdish town -- killing 5,000 people.
U.S. troops smash into homes, shops in major raid to hunt for guerrillas in turbulent city - 12/18/03 3:12 AM
SAMARRA, Iraq (AP) -- Using sledgehammers, crowbars, explosives and armored vehicles, U.S. forces smashed down the gates of homes and the doors of workshops and junkyards Wednesday to attack the Iraqi resistance that has persisted despite the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Japan's defense chief gains Koizumi approval of troop dispatch to Iraq - 12/18/03 2:54 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Thursday approved a plan to dispatch 1,000 troops on a humanitarian mission to Iraq, the defense chief said.
U.S. soldier killed in ambush northwestern Baghdad - 12/18/03 2:29 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Guerrillas ambushed a U.S. military patrol with small arms fire, killing one soldier from the 1st Armored Division and injuring another, the military said Thursday.

The Above Headlines were gathered from various news sites.

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