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Thursday  April 8 2004

South Korea to push ahead with Iraq dispatch plans, restricts travel to Iraq after seven missionaries detained - 4/8/04 10:50 PM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Friday stood by plans to send 3,600 troops to Iraq despite rising violence there, but placed severe restrictions on travel to Iraq after seven missionaries became the second group of South Koreans detained there this week
U.N. secretary-general calls for intensified efforts to end Iraqi violence - 4/8/04 9:26 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on all parties in Iraq Thursday to intensify efforts to end an escalating crisis and protect civilians caught in fighting in the Sunni Triangle city of Fallujah and several other cities.
Surge in violence raises doubts about size, strategy of US occupation force - 4/8/04 9:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sudden surge in anti-occupation violence in Iraq raises questions about whether the United States has enough troops there to stabilize the country and, more importantly, how many lives it will cost the U.S.-led coalition to fight back.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 4/8/04 8:54 PM
As of Thursday, April 8, 642 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 448 died as a result of hostile action and 194 died of non-hostile causes.
Insurgents threaten to kill Japanese hostages unless Tokyo withdraws troops - 4/8/04 8:51 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- In a dramatic video released Thursday, insurgents revealed they had kidnapped three Japanese and threatened to burn them alive in three days unless Japan agrees to withdraw its troops from Iraq.
Powell tells Congress radical cleric has limited following among Shiites - 4/8/04 8:14 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell told Congress on Thursday that Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose army has been in battle with coalition forces in Iraq this week, has limited support among the country's Shiite community.
Detroit-area Arabs denounce violence in Iraq - 4/8/04 8:09 PM
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Images of a bombed mosque complex in Fallujah flickered on the restaurant's television screen Thursday. Seconds later, they were replaced by footage of angry Iraqis scowling under a blistering sun. Staring wide-eyed, Ahmed Abdel-Wahab held his hand frozen by his mouth -- his lunch f ...
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 4/8/04 7:50 PM
As of Thursday, April 8, 642 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 448 died as a result of hostile action and 194 died of non-hostile causes.
Marines, tanks and aircraft fight insurgents in fourth day of battle to regain control of Fallujah - 4/8/04 7:33 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Marines backed by tanks and helicopters battled Sunni insurgents around Fallujah Thursday, trading fire from the minaret of a mosque and peppering the outskirts of the city with mortar rounds. Thousands of Iraqis traveled 30 miles from Baghdad to deliver supplies and medicine to the ...
Shiite militias control three Iraqi cities; Japanese, Israeli Arabs kidnapped - 4/8/04 7:32 PM
Marine commander expresses condolences to families, says mission will continue - 4/8/04 7:30 PM
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A commander at the base where many of the Marines killed in Iraq this week were stationed expressed his condolences Thursday to their families, and said troops will press on with their mission despite the losses.
Experts, officials concerned about growing violence, unrest in Iraq - 4/8/04 7:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials and outside experts are increasingly concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Iraq despite Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's assurances that the insurgency is limited to a relatively small number of malcontents.
Powell tells Congress radical cleric has limited following among Shiites - 4/8/04 6:40 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell told Congress on Thursday that Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose army has been in battle with coalition forces in Iraq this week, has limited support among the country's Shiite community.
Marines, tanks and aircraft fight insurgents in fourth day of battle to regain control of Fallujah - 4/8/04 6:14 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Marines backed by tanks and helicopters battled Sunni insurgents around Fallujah Thursday, trading fire from the minaret of a mosque and peppering the outskirts of the city with mortar rounds. Thousands of Iraqis traveled 30 miles from Baghdad to deliver supplies and medicine to the ...
Five 18-year-olds among those killed in action in Iraq this month - 4/8/04 5:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Among the surging number of American troops killed in action in Iraq this month were five 18-year-olds.
Shiite militias control three Iraqi cities; Japanese, Israeli Arabs kidnapped - 4/8/04 5:35 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Sunni guerrillas killed a U.S. Marine Thursday in the fourth day of the battle for Fallujah, and militant Shiite militiamen held all or part of three southern cities. In an ominous new tactic, kidnappers seized foreign hostages, threatening to burn three Japanese captives alive if Tok ...
Insurgents threaten to kill Japanese hostages unless Tokyo withdraws troops - 4/8/04 5:30 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- In a dramatic video released Thursday, insurgents revealed they had kidnapped three Japanese and threatened to burn them alive in three days unless Japan agrees to withdraw its troops from Iraq.
Shiite militia uprising cows Iraqi police, who stand aside as gunmen seize cities - 4/8/04 5:16 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- During this week's uprising, Iraqi police have abandoned stations or stood by while gunmen roamed the streets, raising concerns about their role in a future Iraq.
Surge in violence raises doubts about size, strategy of US occupation force - 4/8/04 4:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sudden surge in anti-occupation violence in Iraq raises questions about whether the United States has enough troops there to stabilize the country and, more importantly, how many lives it will cost the U.S.-led coalition to fight back.
Shiite militias control parts of three Iraqi cities; foreigners kidnapped - 4/8/04 3:23 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite Muslim militants held partial control Thursday over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni insurgents killed a U.S. Marine in the battle for Fallujah. In escalating violence, gunmen kidnapped 13 foreigners in a new tactic to pressure U.S. allies in Iraq.
Shiite militias control parts of three Iraqi cities; foreigners kidnapped - 4/8/04 2:03 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite Muslim militants held partial control Thursday over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni insurgents killed a U.S. Marine in the battle for Fallujah. In escalating violence, gunmen kidnapped 13 foreigners in a new tactic to pressure U.S. allies in Iraq.
Eight Koreans, three Japanese, two Arab Israelis kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq - 4/8/04 1:54 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi insurgents kidnapped three Japanese and two Arab Israelis, and captors armed with automatic rifles and swords threatened in a video released Thursday to burn the Japanese alive if Tokyo does not withdraw from the U.S.-led coalition within three days.
Some U.S. troops may stay longer in Iraq because of violence, Rumsfeld says - 4/8/04 1:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More U.S. troops could be sent to Iraq and other U.S. forces could stay longer than planned to deal with the latest surge in violence, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said.
Bremer: Pilgrims face real danger if they attend Shiite festivals in Iraqi cities this weekend - 4/8/04 1:36 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Pilgrims will face a "very real" threat of violence if they attend ceremonies to mark the al-Arbaeen holy day at Shiite shrines in southern Iraq, where militias have been battling coalition forces, the top U.S. administrator in the country said Thursday.
Seven detained South Korean missionaries released - 4/8/04 1:20 PM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Seven South Korean Christian missionaries detained in Iraq by armed men were released and in good condition, the Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday.
Reports: Detained South Korean missionaries released - 4/8/04 11:56 AM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Seven South Korean missionaries detained in Iraq by armed men have been released, two South Korean TV stations reported early Friday from Iraq.
Shiite militias control parts of three Iraqi cities; Japanese, South Koreans kidnapped - 4/8/04 11:38 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite Muslim militants held partial control Thursday over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni insurgents killed a U.S. Marine in the battle for Fallujah. In escalating violence against foreign civilians, insurgents kidnapped three Japanese, eight South Koreans and two Arab aid w ...
Japan insists violence, kidnappings will not force withdrawal - 4/8/04 11:08 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese military -- encouraged by its American ally to send a non-combat force to Iraq in Tokyo's largest mission abroad since the end of World War II -- said Thursday the kidnappings of its citizens and what it termed terrorist attacks on its troops would not prompt a withdrawal.
Eight Koreans, three Japanese reported kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq - 4/8/04 11:06 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi insurgents kidnapped eight South Koreans, three Japanese and two Arab Israeli aid workers, and captors armed with automatic rifles and swords threatened in a video released Thursday to burn the Japanese alive if Tokyo does not withdraw from the U.S.-led coalition within three da ...
Shiite militias control parts of three Iraqi cities; Japanese, South Koreans kidnapped - 4/8/04 11:00 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite Muslim militants held partial control Thursday over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni insurgents killed a U.S. Marine in the battle for Fallujah. In escalating violence against foreign civilians, insurgents kidnapped three Japanese, eight South Koreans and two Arab aid w ...
Two Arab residents of Jerusalem among those kidnapped in Iraq - 4/8/04 10:24 AM
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Two aid workers who are Arab residents of Jerusalem -- including one with a Georgia driver's license -- were kidnapped Thursday by insurgents in Iraq, Israeli media reported.
Eight Koreans, three Japanese reported kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq - 4/8/04 9:42 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Eight South Koreans and three Japanese were kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq, and captors armed with automatic rifles and swords threatened Thursday to burn the Japanese alive if Tokyo did not withdraw from the U.S.-led coalition.
Mounting violence in Iraq tests resolve of U.S. allies in Asia - 4/8/04 9:41 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is restricting aid work in Iraq because of escalating violence, and South Korean opposition leaders are campaigning against sending soldiers. Australia's pro-U.S. premier's Iraq policy is facing serious questions -- from within his own party.
Two Arab residents of Jerusalem reported kidnapped in Iraq - 4/8/04 9:40 AM
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Two Arab residents of Jerusalem were kidnapped Thursday by insurgents in Iraq, Israeli media reported.
Japan has no plans to withdraw from Iraq: government spokesman - 4/8/04 9:36 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has no plans to withdraw its forces from Iraq despite reports that insurgents have kidnapped three Japanese there, the government said Thursday.
Shiite militiamen control parts of three Iraqi cities; Japanese, South Koreans kidnapped - 4/8/04 9:30 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite Muslim militias held partial control Thursday over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni insurgents killed a U.S. Marine in the battle for Fallujah. In escalating violence, gunmen kidnapped three Japanese and eight South Korean civilians.
Three explosions in Baghdad, smoke from Green Zone - 4/8/04 7:57 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A series of three explosions was heard Thurday in Baghdad, and smoke was seen rising inside the Green Zone, the sealed-off neighborhood used by the U.S.-led coalition as its headquarters.
Iraqi interior minister announces his resignation - 4/8/04 7:53 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's interior minister, in charge of police and security forces, announced he was resigning Thursday at the request of top U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer to maintain the Shiite-Sunni balance in the government.
Marine killed in Fallujah fighting - 4/8/04 7:39 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. Marine was killed in fighting in Fallujah on Thursday, the military said.
Top U.S. general vows to retake city held by Shiite militia 'imminently' - 4/8/04 7:20 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A radical Shiite militia has at least partial control over two southern cities and coalition forces will move soon to break their hold in an operation dubbed "Resolute Sword," the top U.S. general in Iraq said Thursday.
Polish and Bulgarian forces attacked in heavy fighting in Karbala - 4/8/04 6:45 AM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish and Bulgarian soldiers drove off Shiite Muslims who attacked them near the municipal hall in the Iraqi city of Karbala during all-night battles, a Polish spokesman said Thursday.
Shiite militiamen control parts of three Iraqi cities; Fighting with Sunni Muslims rages in Fallujah - 4/8/04 6:00 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Militiaman loyal to an anti-U.S. Shiite cleric controlled large swaths of three Iraqi cities Thursday after clashes with coalition forces, while U.S. Marines fought insurgents for the second day around a mosque in the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Fallujah.
Japan says explosions won't cause it to withdraw from Iraq - 4/8/04 3:45 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese officials vowed Thursday not to back out of reconstruction efforts in Iraq after a series of explosions were heard outside a Japanese camp in the Mideast nation.
Hospital chief: More than 280 Iraqis killed in Fallujah fighting this week - 4/8/04 3:35 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- More than 280 Iraqis have been killed and 400 wounded this week in the U.S. Marines' siege of insurgents in this city west of Baghdad, the director of Fallujah's hospital said Thursday.
Some U.S. troops may stay longer in Iraq because of violence, Rumsfeld says - 4/8/04 1:45 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More U.S. troops could be sent to Iraq and other U.S. forces could stay longer than planned to deal with the latest surge in violence, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said.
U.S troops play lethal cat-and-mouse game with roadside bombers - 4/8/04 1:23 AM
AS SADAH, Iraq (AP) -- The convoy rolls through serene, green countryside north of Baghdad on a cool spring morning. Then, 50 yards ahead, an explosion rips the air. A brilliant fireball scores the road.
Terrorists may have been behind explosions near Japanese camp in Iraq - 4/8/04 12:29 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- Terrorists trying to force Japanese troops from Iraq may have been behind a series of explosions heard outside a Japanese camp, government officials said Thursday, vowing not to back out of reconstruction efforts there.

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