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Monday  March 8, 2004

White House lauds Iraqis for signing new constitution - 3/8/04 8:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Monday cheered the signing of an historical constitution in Iraq, a step toward plans to transfer of power to the Iraqi people by July 1.
American troops in Iraq arrest current, former members of U.S.-trained defense force - 3/8/04 7:30 PM
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- American soldiers arrested one current and two former members of the U.S.-trained Iraqi Civil Defense Corps soldiers in an operation targeting anti-coalition forces in Saddam Hussein's hometown.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 3/8/04 6:41 PM
As of Monday, March 8, 552 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 379 died as a result of hostile action and 173 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.
A summary of Iraq's new interim constitution - 3/8/04 5:40 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Iraqi Governing Council signed an interim constitution on Monday. The 25-page document, or Transitional Administrative Law, was published in Arabic and English. Here is a summary, which was released by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority
Iraq's top Shiite cleric takes his most direct role yet in political fray - 3/8/04 4:10 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Followers of Iraq's top Shiite cleric often say he doesn't want a role in politics -- but that hasn't stopped him from intervening at every step in U.S. plans to hand power to the Iraqis. Even with the latest dispute over the interim constitution patched over, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-H ...
Iraqis sign interim constitution in show of unity, but differences remain unresolved - 3/8/04 3:55 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- For an hour anyway, Iraqi leaders put aside their disagreements during the signing of a landmark interim constitution Monday, heaping praise on the U.S.-backed document amid patriotic songs and Quranic verses urging unity. But sectarian differences resurfaced as soon as the event ende ...
Plea to soldiers: When you leave Iraq, don't leave Army, too - 3/8/04 2:35 PM
BALAD, Iraq (AP) -- Talking to soldiers leaving Iraq after a year of tough duty, Gen. John Abizaid made a plea: Please don't leave the Army, too. It needs you and your combat experience in the global war on terror.
Father of Iraq's nuclear bomb program denies Saddam renewed nuclear quest - 3/8/04 2:31 PM
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- The father of Iraq's nuclear bomb program denied Monday that Saddam Hussein tried to restart his atomic activities, but acknowledged Iraq tried to conceal its banned weapons operations before destroying them 13 years ago.
U.S. forces lay out plan aimed at resolving tension surrounding Iraqi detainees - 3/8/04 1:17 PM
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- An American commander unveiled a plan Monday aimed at defusing tension over Iraqis held in U.S. military custody, which tribal leaders in Saddam Hussein's hometown say is the leading cause of anti-American animosity.
Iran and Saudi Arabia welcome Iraqi interim constitution - 3/8/04 1:04 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran and Saudi Arabia welcomed Monday's signing of an interim constitution in neighboring Iraq, hailing it as a step toward free-elections and sovereignty.
White House lauds Iraqis for signing new constitution - 3/8/04 12:59 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Monday cheered the signing of an historical constitution in Iraq, a step toward plans to transfer of power to the Iraqi people by July 1.
Iraqi politicians sign interim constitution after political squabble - 3/8/04 12:28 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's Governing Council signed a landmark interim constitution Monday, a key step in U.S. plans to hand power to the Iraqis by July 1. But within hours, Iraq's top Shiite cleric issued a fatwa religious ruling criticizing the document, signaling that a dispute that delayed the signin ...
Iraqi politicians sign interim constitution after resolving political squabble - 3/8/04 11:31 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's Governing Council signed a landmark interim constitution Monday after resolving a political impasse sparked by objections from the country's top Shiite cleric. The signing was a key step in U.S. plans to hand over power to the Iraqis by July 1.
Iraq's top Shiite cleric criticizes new interim constitution - 3/8/04 11:12 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric criticized the nation's newly signed interim constitution on Monday, saying it will not have legitimacy until it is approved by an elected body.
Timeline of Iraq constitution conflict, power transition - 3/8/04 10:56 AM
A timeline of events in Iraq since the start of the war leading up to the signing Monday of an interim constitution, and future dates for the country's return to self-rule
Attackers kill local council member in Mosul, attempt to assassinate Iraqi police chief - 3/8/04 10:28 AM
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Attackers opened fire Monday on a car carrying two local council members in Mosul, killing one and wounding the other, police said. Insurgents also tried but failed to assassinate the police chief in a central Iraqi town.
Top Iraqi nuclear scientist says inspectors knew Saddam had no nuke program - 3/8/04 10:11 AM
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- The father of Iraq's nuclear bomb program, speaking publicly for the first time since U.S. forces occupied Baghdad, called Monday for a U.N. probe of what nuclear inspectors knew before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and denied Saddam Hussein had tried to restart his atomic program.
British Museum hopes to loan 4,000-year-old sculpture to Iraq museum - 3/8/04 9:39 AM
LONDON (AP) -- The British Museum said Monday it had purchased a 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian sculpture and hoped to loan it to Iraq.
A summary of Iraq's new interim constitution - 3/8/04 8:15 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Iraqi Governing Council signed an interim constitution on Monday. The 25-page document, or Transitional Administrative Law, was published in Arabic and English. Here is a summary, which was released by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority
Fort Lewis soldiers scour for bombs and mines Iraqi highways - 3/8/04 8:10 AM
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- While others in Iraq steer clear of deadly roadside bombs, some teams of U.S. soldiers spend their days trying to find the weapons that have killed more U.S. troops than any other during the past year here.
Father of Iraq's nuclear bomb program says U.N. should investigate what inspectors knew before U.S.-led war - 3/8/04 7:26 AM
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- The father of Iraq's nuclear bomb program, speaking publicly for the first time since U.S. forces occupied Baghdad, called Monday for a U.N. probe of what nuclear inspectors knew before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Iraqi politicians sign interim constitution after resolving squabble - 3/8/04 5:59 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Members of Iraq's Governing Council signed a landmark interim constitution Monday after resolving a political impasse sparked by objections from the country's most powerful cleric. The signing was a key step in U.S. plans to hand over power to the Iraqis by July 1.
Iraqi politicians approve interim constitution - 3/8/04 5:19 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The 25 members of Iraq's Governing Council unanimously approved a landmark interim constitution Monday with a show of hands at a meeting. Earlier, a large explosion was heard in central Baghdad a half mile from the convention center where the delegates prepared to sign the document.
Iraqi Governing Council approves interim constitution - 3/8/04 4:59 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The 25 members of Iraq's Governing Council unanimously approved a landmark interim constitution Monday with a show of hands at a meeting before a planned signing ceremony.
Large blast heard ahead of signing of Iraqi interim constitution - 3/8/04 4:42 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A large explosion was heard Monday in central Baghdad shortly before the Iraqi Governing Council planned to sign an interim constitution.
Ansar al-Islam's stronghold provides grim example of militant rule - 3/8/04 4:06 AM
BIYARA, Iraq (AP) -- Back when the radical Islamic group Ansar al-Islam held sway here, laughing aloud could earn a public scolding or even a beating by long-bearded, baggy-pant-wearing militants.
Pentagon to oversee most U.S. spending in Iraq, after dispute with State Department - 3/8/04 4:02 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- After a power struggle with the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon has won control over most of a $18.4 billion aid package for Iraq, and rebuilding delayed for a month will start this week, U.S. officials in Baghdad said Sunday.
Iraqi politicians will sign constitution Monday, Bremer says - 3/8/04 3:52 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's Governing Council agreed to sign the interim constitution Monday after the country's most powerful cleric cleared the way by signaling to Shiite leaders that he won't block them from adopting the accord.
U.S. soldiers hunt down bombs and mines to make Iraqi highways safer for troops - 3/8/04 2:14 AM
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- While others in Iraq steer clear of deadly roadside bombs, some teams of U.S. soldiers spend their days trying to find the weapons that have killed more U.S. troops than any other during the past year here.

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