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Friday  April 9 2004

Refugees stream out of Fallujah, leaving behind their men _ and their dead, buried in a soccer field - 4/9/04 10:58 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- The people of Fallujah carried their dead to the city's soccer stadium and buried them under the field on Friday, unable to get to cemeteries because of a U.S. siege of the city.
Gunfire undercuts halt in fighting in Fallujah; U.S. forces retaking Kut - 4/9/04 10:44 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. AC-130 gunship raked insurgents Friday night after hundreds of women and children fled the besieged city of Fallujah during a U.S.-declared pause in the Marine offensive. On the anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Baghdad and parts of central Iraq were chaotic.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 4/9/04 10:41 PM
As of Friday, April 9, 2004, 649 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 455 died as a result of hostile action and 194 died of non-hostile causes.
Protesters across Middle East denounce siege of Fallujah - 4/9/04 9:48 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Across the Middle East, angry crowds on Friday denounced the U.S.-led siege of the Iraqi city of Fallujah and praised insurgents for resisting what clerics and commentators likened to Israeli attacks.
Muslims voice concern about Iraq, bombing of mosque, at Friday prayers in the United States - 4/9/04 9:12 PM
WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) -- Muslims on Long Island signed a petition saying "we must not bomb mosques" in Iraq, while worshippers and clerics at Friday prayers around the United States worried that the war is getting out of control.
Refugees stream out of Fallujah, leaving behind their men _ and their dead, buried in a soccer field - 4/9/04 8:59 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- The people of Fallujah carried their dead to the city's soccer stadium and buried them under the field on Friday, unable to get to cemeteries because of a U.S. siege of the city.
Iraqi violence begins to open divisions between angry Iraqi leaders, U.S. officials - 4/9/04 8:44 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- In a split between U.S.-picked Iraqi leaders and American administrators, the Governing Council demanded an immediate cease-fire across the country Friday and a halt to military operations that punish civilians.
Marine whose photo symbolized Baghdad's fall severely wounded in Fallujah fighting - 4/9/04 8:21 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A Marine from Indiana whose smiling, cigar-smoking image helped symbolize the fall of Baghdad a year ago suffered severe head injuries in fighting this week in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah.
Two U.S. soldiers, Iraqi driver killed in Baghdad; three Marines killed west of the capital - 4/9/04 8:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad on Friday, one when insurgents attacked a convoy transporting fuel on the west side of the capital, the military said. An Iraqi driver in the convoy was also killed.
Gunfire undercuts halt in fighting in Fallujah; U.S. forces retaking Kut - 4/9/04 7:52 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. AC-130 gunship raked insurgents Friday night after hundreds of women and children fled the besieged city of Fallujah during a U.S.-declared pause in the Marine offensive. On the anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Baghdad and parts of central Iraq were chaotic.
Soldiers expecting to go home soon are told to prepare to stay in Iraq three more months - 4/9/04 7:35 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Soldiers with the 1st Armored Division, who had expected to return home in the coming weeks, were told to prepare to remain in Iraq for up to three months during this period of heightened violence, U.S. officials said Friday.
Iraqi violence begins to open divisions between angry Iraqi leaders, U.S. officials - 4/9/04 7:05 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Splits grew between Iraqi leaders and the U.S. administrators who picked them, as a senior politician met Friday with a radical Shiite cleric and announced he was suspending his membership in the Iraqi Governing Council. Another council member threatened to quit over the Marines' bloo ...
Al-Sadr aide denies militia kidnapped three Japanese - 4/9/04 6:48 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An aide to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr denied Friday that the movement's militia was behind the kidnapping of three Japanese in southern Iraq.
Administration `worried but not panicked' about Iraq - 4/9/04 6:33 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As a week of mounting U.S. casualties in Iraq drew to a close, the Bush administration pledged Friday to take the fight to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and other Iraqi resisters.
Year after fall of Saddam statue, U.S. soldiers visit same spot to bring down portraits of cleric - 4/9/04 6:31 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. soldiers tore down posters of a radical, anti-American Shiite cleric that were hung Friday in Baghdad's Firdos Square, where exactly a year ago triumphant coalition forces toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein.
Escalating Iraq violence hits home in military towns across nation - 4/9/04 6:29 PM
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) -- Dee Haring is hoping her husband will be back from Iraq in time for the birth of their first baby next month. But like a lot of military families, she's increasingly worried as fighting escalates.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 4/9/04 5:44 PM
As of Friday, April 9, 2004, 649 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 455 died as a result of hostile action and 194 died of non-hostile causes.
Muslims voice concern about Iraq, bombing of mosque, at Friday prayers in the United States - 4/9/04 5:41 PM
WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) -- Muslims on Long Island signed a petition saying "we must not bomb mosques" in Iraq, while worshippers and clerics at Friday prayers around the United States worried that the war is getting out of control.
International aid group accuses radical cleric's militia of kidnapping Canadian - 4/9/04 4:03 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An international aid group Friday accused militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr of kidnapping a Canadian employee. Al-Sadr's aide denied he was behind another kidnapping, the capture of three Japanese.
Refugees stream out of Fallujah, leaving behind their men _ and their dead, buried in a soccer field - 4/9/04 3:12 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- The people of Fallujah carried their dead to the city's soccer stadium and buried them under the field on Friday, unable to get to cemeteries because of a U.S. siege of the city.
U.S. forces retaking Kut; gunfire undercuts halt in fighting in Fallujah - 4/9/04 3:08 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- The United States said it unilaterally ordered Marines to stop fighting in the besieged Sunni city of Fallujah on Friday, but after dark the U.S. military apparently rescinded the order as it called in punishing airstrikes from AC-130 gunships.
Two U.S. soldiers, Iraqi driver killed in Baghdad; three Marines killed west of the capital - 4/9/04 3:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad on Friday, one when insurgents attacked a convoy transporting fuel on the west side of the capital, the military said. An Iraqi driver in the convoy was also killed.
Situation in Iraq the "most serious" since war's end, Straw says - 4/9/04 2:31 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Friday that the current violence in Iraq is the worst the U.S.-led coalition has faced since the end of the war.
Anger grows on Governing Council over U.S. siege of Fallujah - 4/9/04 1:56 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Anger grew Friday among U.S.-picked Iraqi leaders over the Marines' bloody siege of Fallujah, with one member of the Governing Council suspending his membership and another threatening to quit.
Quick U.S. departure from Iraq could encourage terrorism, threaten Middle East for years - 4/9/04 1:29 PM
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Bad as things are in Iraq, a quick U.S. departure would make them worse -- encourage terrorists, set the stage for civil war, send oil prices spiraling and ruin U.S. credibility throughout the Middle East.
Abduction of Japanese in Iraq plunges Koizumi government into crisis, families demand troop withdrawal - 4/9/04 12:48 PM
TOKYO (AP) -- The abduction of three Japanese in Iraq plunged Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi into his deepest crisis since taking office three years ago, as relatives of the hostages and thousands of protesters pressed the government Friday to withdraw Japanese troops from Iraq.
U.S. forces retaking Kut; gunfire undercuts halt in fighting in Fallujah - 4/9/04 12:44 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces Friday said they had retaken most of a key southern city from a rebellious Shiite militia, and an American-declared halt to fighting in the embattled city of Fallujah was undercut by bursts of gunfire on the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
Two U.S. soldiers, Iraqi driver killed in Baghdad - 4/9/04 12:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad on Friday, one when insurgents attacked a convoy transporting fuel toward the western edge of the capital, the military said. An Iraqi driver in the convoy also was killed.
U.S. forces retaking Kut; gunfire undercuts halt in fighting in Fallujah - 4/9/04 11:35 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces Friday said they had retaken most of an important southern city from a rebellious Shiite militia, and an American-declared halt to fighting in the embattled city of Fallujah was undercut by bursts of gunfire on the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
Explosion rattles central Baghdad, mortar shell suspected in attack on hotel compound - 4/9/04 11:26 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A mortar round hit a shed in the compound surrounding two heavily guarded hotels where Western journalists and civilian contractors stay in central Baghdad. There appeared to have been no casualties.
British foreign minister says situation in Iraq the "most serious" since war's end - 4/9/04 11:04 AM
LONDON (AP) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Friday that recent violence in Iraq represents the "most serious" situation the U.S.-led coalition has faced since the end of the war.
Explosion shakes central Baghdad, smoke seen near Sheraton hotel - 4/9/04 10:46 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A large explosion shook central Baghdad on Friday, and smoke was seen rising from near the Sheraton Hotel beside Firdos Square.
U.S. forces recapture Kut; gunfire undercuts halt in fighting in Fallujah - 4/9/04 10:28 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces Friday retook a southern city seized by a rebellious Shiite militia, but an American-declared halt in the embattled city of Fallujah was undercut by bursts of gunfire on the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
Fallujah residents bury their dead, try to flee city as fighting pauses - 4/9/04 10:20 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Fallujah's residents buried their dead in a football stadium and lines of women, children and the elderly tried to leave beseiged Fallujah on Friday as U.S. Marines paused in their assault on the Sunni rebel stronghold.
U.S. forces recapture Kut; gunfire undercuts halt in fighting in Fallujah - 4/9/04 9:46 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces Friday retook a southern city seized by a rebellious Shiite militia, but an American-declared halt in the embattled city of Fallujah was undercut by bursts of gunfire on the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
Palestinian Authority says it will try to win release of Arab hostages - 4/9/04 9:43 AM
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian Authority said Friday it would try to win the release of two Arabs employees of international aid agencies, including a Jerusalem resident, kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents.
Developments in Iraq - 4/9/04 9:15 AM
Major developments in Iraq on Friday, the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to American forces
Al-Sadr aide says his militia not behind kidnapping of Japanese - 4/9/04 8:05 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A senior aide to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr denied on Friday that the religious leader's militia was involved in the kidnapping of three Japanese and threats to burn them alive.
Training ground is a harbinger of violence awaiting South Korean troops - 4/9/04 7:46 AM
GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) -- Pretend "terrorists" barreled through a maze of cement barricades and opened fire on the dusty compound of South Korean peacekeeping troops. All were dropped "dead" by return fire.
U.S. forces remain in fighting mode year after Baghdad's capture - 4/9/04 7:39 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A year after Saddam Hussein's statue was toppled in a central Baghdad square, signaling his ouster, U.S. Marines are battling Sunni Muslims west of the capital and coalition forces try to put down a Shiite uprising across central and southern Iraq.
U.S. forces recapture southern city of Kut; brief halt in Marine assault on Fallujah breaks down - 4/9/04 6:58 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces on Friday regained control of a southern city seized this week by a rebellious Shiite militia, the military said, while a brief halt in the U.S. assault on Fallujah fell apart as the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad was marked by more violence.
Mounting violence and hostage taking in Iraq test resolve of U.S. allies in Asia - 4/9/04 6:32 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- Washington's allies in Asia said Friday they will keep their troops in Iraq despite escalating violence and a string of kidnappings that have put their citizens in the line of fire.
Marines given orders to resume offensive operations in Fallujah after brief halt - 4/9/04 6:24 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines briefly halted offensive operations in Fallujah on Friday, but the suspension ended after only 90 minutes, a Marine commander said, apparently after negotiations with a city delegation fell through.
Marines ordered to resume offensive operations in Fallujah after brief halt - 4/9/04 6:13 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines briefly halted offensive operations in Fallujah on Friday, but the suspension ended after only 90 minutes, a Marine commander said, apparently after negotiations with a city delegation fell through.
U.S. forces reassert control over southern Iraqi city on anniversary of fall of Baghdad - 4/9/04 5:33 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces on Friday regained control of a southern city seized this week by a rebellious Shiite militia, the military said, while Marines halted offensive operations in Fallujah to allow negotiations as the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad was marked by more violence.
Marines halt offensive operations in Fallujah for negotiations - 4/9/04 4:56 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines halted offensive operations in Fallujah on Friday to allow talks with a delegation of sheiks from the city, a stronghold of Sunni insurgents that has been besieged by American forces this week, the top U.S. administrator in Iraq said.
U.S. military says it has retaken southern Iraqi city of Kut - 4/9/04 4:12 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition forces have retaken control of the southern Iraqi city of Kut, a military spokeswoman said Friday.
Surge in violence puts US military off balance, forcing change in troop plan - 4/9/04 3:18 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The surge in violence by anti-occupation forces in Iraq has thrown the U.S. military off balance, and officials say it is highly likely that Gen. John Abizaid, the war's top commander, will bolster his firepower by keeping more armored forces in Iraq than planned.
Iraqi immigrant dies after returning to Iraq to translate for U.S. Army - 4/9/04 2:53 AM
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Rita and Emad Mikha were married two weeks after their eyes locked at the Baghdad party where they were introduced in 1988.
Shiite militias control three Iraqi cities; Japanese, Israeli Arabs kidnapped - 4/9/04 2:01 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi insurgents fought U.S. troops at two mosques in Fallujah and held sway over all or part of three southern cities in the worst chaos and violence since Baghdad fell a year ago Friday. In an ominous turn, kidnappers seized 13 foreign hostages and threatened to burn three Japanese ...
South Korea: No change in Iraq dispatch plans, but restricts travel to Iraq after seven missionaries detained - 4/9/04 1:21 AM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Friday stood by plans to send 3,600 forces to Iraq, but placed a "virtual ban" on travel by its citizens to the country after seven missionaries became the second group of South Koreans detained this week by armed men.

The Above Headlines were gathered from various news sites.

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