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Friday  December 19, 2003

U.N.'s Annan speaks to Bush, Powell in effort to set meeting to discuss Iraq role - 12/19/03 10:36 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan tried Friday to persuade President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell to send a delegation from the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq to a meeting aimed at clarifying the U.N. role in helping rebuild the country.
Saddam finds support from ex-leader of Soviet-backed government of Nicaragua - 12/19/03 9:14 PM
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Saddam Hussein still has at least one friend abroad: Former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega expressed support for the ousted Iraqi leader, saying Friday it would be a "barbarity" to force him to stand trial under U.S. occupation.
Former attorney general would aid Saddam's defense - 12/19/03 8:08 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark said Friday that he would be willing to provide legal counsel to Saddam Hussein if the ousted Iraqi leader requested Clark's assistance.
Bremer escaped injury in ambush on convoy; Iraqi woman killed by blast at Shiite party office - 12/19/03 7:19 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- L. Paul Bremer, the top U.S. civilian official in Iraq, said Friday he was not hurt in a guerrilla attack on his convoy early this month. The military said the assault was carried out with a roadside bomb and small arms fire.
Baker plans more travel seeking help on Iraqi debt - 12/19/03 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presidential envoy James A. Baker III, just back from a European trip seeking help in reducing Iraq's debt burden, told President Bush he had made progress and began planning more visits to foreign capitals.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 12/19/03 5:13 PM
As of Friday, Dec. 19, 460 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 315 died as a result of hostile action and 145 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.
Iraq's crushing debt: Why did the West lend so much to Saddam? - 12/19/03 4:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq is swamped by more than $120 billion in debt that clouds its economic future. Where did it come from? Why did so many Western democracies, including the United States, lend so much money to President Saddam Hussein? What happens now?
Bremer escaped injury in ambush on convoy; Iraqi woman killed by blast at Shiite party office - 12/19/03 3:32 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- L. Paul Bremer, the top U.S. civilian official in Iraq, said Friday he was not hurt in a guerrilla attack on his convoy early this month. The military said the assault was carried out with a roadside bomb and small arms fire.
Iraq rations gasoline to offset shortage; U.S. military seizes fuel trucks - 12/19/03 3:24 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- With fuel in acutely short supply in oil-rich Iraq, U.S. forces arrested 20 people and seized 28 gasoline tankers and nine propane trucks allegedly involved in a black market operation in Baghdad, the military reported Friday.
Bremer's escaped injury in ambush on convoy; Iraqi woman killed by blast at Shiite party office - 12/19/03 2:40 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents using a roadside bomb and small arms attacked a convoy two weeks ago carrying L. Paul Bremer, the top U.S. civilian official in Iraq. Bremer was not hurt, U.S. authorities said Friday.
Bremer survives ambush on convoy; blast at Shiite party office kills one - 12/19/03 1:34 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer escaped a rebel ambush on his convoy two weeks ago, authorities said Friday. An explosion, meanwhile, struck the office of a major Shiite party, killing an Iraqi woman.
Iraqi justice minister wants Iraqi judges to try Saddam; cleric calls for religious tribunal - 12/19/03 12:39 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The appointment of international judges to a tribunal for Saddam Hussein would undermine Iraqi sovereignty, Iraq's Justice Minister said Friday.
Saddam's daughter says images of her father were meant to break Arab spirit - 12/19/03 12:23 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter said she broke down and cried when she heard news of her father's capture, adding in an interview that TV images of a disheveled Saddam beamed the across the world were meant to "break the spirit of Arabs."
Russian diplomat links Iraq debt relief with future of companies - 12/19/03 10:54 AM
MOSCOW (AP) -- The fate of Russian companies and economic interests in Iraq will affect Moscow's position in talks on relieving Baghdad's massive international debt burden, a top diplomat said Friday.
Reserve unit awaits Pentagon approval to use donated steel fashioned as extra armor for trucks - 12/19/03 10:07 AM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Fearing roadside bombs and sniper bullets, members of the Army Reserves' 428th Transportation Co. turned to a local steel fabricator to fashion extra armor for their 5-ton trucks and Humvees before beginning their journey to Iraq earlier this month.
Vatican distances itself from cardinal who complained U.S. treated Saddam "like a cow" - 12/19/03 9:26 AM
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A cardinal who rebuked the United States for treating Saddam Hussein "like a cow" after his capture was expressing his personal opinion and not necessarily the view of Pope John Paul II, a senior Vatican official said Friday.
Vatican distances itself from cardinal who complained U.S. treated Saddam "like a cow" - 12/19/03 9:26 AM
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A cardinal who rebuked the United States for treating Saddam Hussein "like a cow" after his capture was expressing his personal opinion and not necessarily the view of Pope John Paul II, a senior Vatican official said Friday.
U.S. says no decision on whether new Iraqi war crimes tribunal will try Saddam - 12/19/03 7:52 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for a Jan. 15 meeting of the key players in Iraq to pin down the U.N. role in the country, while the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said no decision has been made on whether a new Iraqi war crimes tribunal will try Saddam Hussein.
Gunmen attacked convoy of U.S. administrator two weeks ago, a spokesman says - 12/19/03 6:49 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. administrator of Iraq escaped a rebel ambush on his convoy on Dec. 6, the day of a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, but nobody was injured, a spokesman said Friday.
Saddam's daughter says images of her father were meant to break Arab spirit - 12/19/03 5:44 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter said she broke down and cried when she heard news of her father's capture, adding in an interview that TV images of a disheveled Saddam beamed the across the world were meant to "break the spirit of Arabs."
Truck explosion wounds two soldiers; Iraqi woman dies in blast at Shiite party office - 12/19/03 5:29 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. military truck outside Baghdad on Friday, wounding two U.S. soldiers, the military said, while an Iraqi woman died as another blast hit the office of a major Shiite party.
Russian diplomat links Iraq debt relief with future of companies - 12/19/03 5:15 AM
MOSCOW (AP) -- The fate of Russian companies and economic interests in Iraq will affect Moscow's position in talks on relieving Baghdad's massive international debt burden, a top diplomat said Friday.
Arrest of Saddam unleashes debate on Arab humiliation - 12/19/03 4:32 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Was he an Arab hero or a dictator? This is the question being debated in newspapers in the Middle East and by Arab intellectuals faced with the image of a bearded, bedraggled Saddam Hussein in the hands of American captors.
Witnesses: two U.S. soldiers killed, one injured in military oil tanker truck explosion - 12/19/03 3:42 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. military tanker truck exploded on a road outside Baghdad on Friday, and witnesses said two U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded.
U.S. soldier, Shiite politician killed in ambushes; Iraqis rush for photo of Saddam - 12/19/03 3:05 AM
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. The violence continued Friday, when an explosion at office belonging to Iraq's major Shiite party killed one Iraqi woman and wounded five others, witnesses sa ...
Explosion rocks office of the Supreme Council party, one Iraqi woman killed - 12/19/03 2:50 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A predawn explosion Friday at an office belonging to Iraq's major Shiite party killed one Iraqi woman and wounded five others, witnesses said. It was the second attack this week on the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution Party.
Reserve unit awaits Pentagon approval to use donated steel fashioned as extra armor for trucks - 12/19/03 2:41 AM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Fearing roadside bombs and sniper bullets, members of the Army Reserves' 428th Transportation Co. turned to a local steel fabricator to fashion extra armor for their 5-ton trucks and Humvees before beginning their journey to Iraq earlier this month.
AP Exclusive: European authorities shut down network that sent Islamic militants to Iraq - 12/19/03 2:32 AM
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.
Results from the AP-Ipsos poll on Iraq, terrorism and President Bush - 12/19/03 1:52 AM
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.
Public's mood shifts on Iraq, Bush - 12/19/03 1:52 AM
Some details about how the public's mood has shifted in recent weeks about Iraq and President Bush.
AP poll finds majority thinks Iraq war was right decision; Bush support stronger - 12/19/03 1:51 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans think the war in Iraq was the right decision by a 2-1 margin and are more inclined to approve of the job done by President Bush in foreign policy and terrorism following the capture of Saddam Hussein, an Associated Press poll found.
Saddam's capture may be hard to repeat with bin Laden - 12/19/03 1:50 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Al-Qaida suspects are being interrogated. Afghan and Pakistani villagers are being courted. Troops and unmanned aircraft are poised to strike.
As weapons hunt slows, CIA's man leading the search considers stepping down - 12/19/03 1:33 AM
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.

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