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Thursday  February 12, 2004

U.N. envoy says no agreement on timing of Iraqi elections after talks with top Shiite cleric - 2/12/04 6:57 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A special U.N. envoy met with Iraq's most powerful Shiite Muslim cleric Thursday to discuss ways to form a new government, and a U.N. spokesman in New York suggested that the American formula for choosing lawmakers had little support.
First the gunbattle, then the fear of being a sitting duck in a hostile street - 2/12/04 6:30 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- I was standing in an open courtyard as three explosions boomed nearby and machine guns rat-a-tatted in response. It didn't take a genius to figure out I had a problem.
Top U.S. commander of war in Iraq escapes injury in attack west of Baghdad - 2/12/04 5:47 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents launched a bold attack Thursday on an Iraqi civil defense compound in this volatile city just as the commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East, Gen. John Abizaid, arrived to visit.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 2/12/04 5:20 PM
As of Thursday, Feb. 12, 536 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 372 died as a result of hostile action and 164 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.
Two Iraqis reported dead after rocket attack on visiting U.S. commander - 2/12/04 3:41 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The top U.S. commander in the Middle East came under a bold attack Thursday by gunmen in the turbulent Iraqi city of Fallujah. No Americans were hurt, but a local police official said two Iraqis were killed in the shooting.
Commander of U.S. forces in Middle East escapes injury during attack in Fallujah, Iraq - 2/12/04 1:55 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents launched a brazen attack Thursday on an Iraqi civil defense outpost visited by Gen. John Abizaid, commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East. Abizaid and his party escaped injury in the gun battle.
Two Iraqis reported dead after rocket attack on visiting U.S. commander - 2/12/04 1:23 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The top U.S. commander in the Middle East came under a bold attack Thursday by gunmen in the turbulent Iraqi city of Fallujah. No Americans were hurt, but a local police official said two Iraqis were killed in the shooting.
Iraqi desert city looking for riches from Japan but may be disappointed - 2/12/04 1:14 PM
SAMAWAH, Iraq (AP) -- At dawn, Khutar Yasin stands in the marketplace with hundreds of other men, waiting. The Iraqi army veteran of 16 years was left unemployed by the fall of Saddam Hussein and has 10 children to feed and clothe.
Gen. Abizaid's convoy attack; U.N. makes no progress on elections - 2/12/04 10:03 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.N. envoy told Iraq's leading Shiite cleric Thursday that the world was 100 percent behind his demand for national elections, but there was no sign of agreement on when a vote would be held -- the central issue in Shiite opposition to the U.S. plan for handing over power to Iraqis.
U.N. team meets top cleric but fails to work out differences over vote - 2/12/04 9:33 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.N. envoy told Iraq's leading Shiite cleric Thursday that the world was 100 percent behind his demand for quick national elections but there was no progress toward agreement on when to hold the vote. Meanwhile, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq was ambushed by gunmen in a bol ...
Commander of U.S. forces in Middle East escapes injury in attack near Fallujah, Iraq - 2/12/04 9:20 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents launched a brazen attack Thursday on an Iraqi civil defense outpost visited by Gen. John Abizaid, commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East. Abizaid and his party escaped injury in the gun battle.
Three US soldiers wounded in mortar attack in Baghdad - 2/12/04 9:17 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents fired eight mortars Thursday at a U.S. base in Baghdad, injuring three American soldiers and damaging three vehicles, a senior U.S. military officer said.
Commander of U.S. forces in Middle East escapes injury in attack near Fallujah, Iraq - 2/12/04 8:30 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Gen. John Abizaid, commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East, escaped injury in a gun battle Thursday at a local headquarters of a U.S.-sponsored Iraqi security force.
U.N. team meets with Iraq's top cleric to work out differences over power transfer - 2/12/04 6:52 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Thursday maintained his demand for national elections, according to a U.N. envoy trying to work out differences over U.S. plans to transfer power to Iraqis this summer.
Excerpts of a letter to the al-Qaida leadership about the insurgency in Iraq - 2/12/04 6:03 AM
Excerpts from a letter, purportedly from anti-U.S. operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to al-Qaida about the state of the insurgency in Iraq. The text of the letter was released by the U.S. military and translated from Arabic by The Associated Press
U.N. team tries to reach power-transfer deal with Iraq's top Shiite cleric - 2/12/04 5:00 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.N. team tried Thursday to work out the differences over the transfer of power in Iraq with the country's top Shiite cleric, a handover threatened by insurgents who killed 100 Iraqis in two suicide bombings this week.
U.N. team meets Ayatollah al-Sistani, Shiite cleric demanding Iraqi elections - 2/12/04 2:51 AM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP)-- U.N. experts examining whether early elections can be held in Iraq met Thursday with the top Shiite cleric here, who has pushed American administrators to hold a ballot before they transfer power to Iraqis on June 30.
Car bomb at Iraqi army recruiting station kills dozens in a second suicide attack in two days - 2/12/04 2:29 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A second suicide bombing in as many days killed up to 47 people Wednesday, pushing the toll in the back-to-back attacks to 100. Again, Iraqis were the targets -- this time, a crowd of volunteers for Iraq's new army -- in an apparent campaign to wreck U.S. plans to transfer power by su ...
Car bomb at Iraqi army recruiting station kills dozens in a second suicide attack in two days - 2/12/04 1:55 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A second suicide bombing in as many days killed up to 47 people Wednesday, pushing the toll in the back-to-back attacks to 100. Again, Iraqis were the targets -- this time, a crowd of volunteers for Iraq's new army -- in an apparent campaign to wreck U.S. plans to transfer power by su ...
Accuracy of prewar claims on al-Qaida unclear despite recent attacks - 2/12/04 1:43 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Weapons of mass destruction are nowhere to be found, but an al-Qaida presence in Iraq -- another key justification for the war -- is becoming increasingly apparent, U.S. officials say.
Extremist Jordanian suspected in terror operations from Iraq to Britain - 2/12/04 1:30 AM
With a $10 million bounty on his head, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is one of the most hotly sought Islamic extremist leaders with links to al-Qaida.
Mortar hits near hotel with Japanese journalists in town where Japanese troops deploying, no injuries - 2/12/04 1:22 AM
SAMAWAH, Iraq (AP) -- A mortar landed near a hotel housing Japanese journalists Thursday in a southern Iraqi town where Japanese troops have deployed, officials said. The blast shattered windows in a nearby building but caused no inuries.

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