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Friday  April 16 2004

U.S. calls for troops for new force to protect U.N. staff in Iraq - 4/16/04 9:05 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte urged all countries Friday to contribute troops to a new force to protect U.N. staff in Iraq, a key element in Washington's campaign for a major U.N. presence after the United States relinquishes power on June 30.
American soldier who disappeared a week ago shown captive on videotape - 4/16/04 7:58 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Videotape broadcast Friday showed a tense and frightened U.S. soldier held captive by masked gunmen who said they want to trade him for comrades imprisoned by the U.S.-led occupation. The kidnappers also suggested they were holding other hostages.
U.S. military scrambles to unmask gangs behind rash of foreigners' kidnappings - 4/16/04 7:19 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Top U.S. military officials said Friday they are struggling to determine any organization behind the wave of abductions of foreigners in Iraq, including an American soldier and a U.S. civilian. They see some connections between bands of kidnappers but no evidence of a single hand behi ...
Bush pushed ahead with Iraq war plan over sharp tensions among advisers, book says - 4/16/04 6:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush quietly ordered creation of a war plan against Iraq in November 2001 while overseeing a divided national security team, including a vice president determined to link Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida, says a new book.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 4/16/04 6:26 PM
As of Friday, April 16, 685 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 491 died as a result of hostile action and 194 died of non-hostile causes.
Bush pushed ahead with Iraq war plan over sharp tensions among advisers, book says - 4/16/04 5:27 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush quietly ordered creation of a war plan against Iraq while overseeing a national security team torn by that course, including a vice president determined to link Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida, says a new book.
Russia opposes U.N. resolution endorsing investigation of oil-for-food program - 4/16/04 5:23 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia said Friday it strongly opposes any U.N. resolution endorsing an investigation into allegations of corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program for Iraq.
Interior Minister: Portugal will consider Iraq withdrawal if violence worsens - 4/16/04 5:18 PM
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal will consider pulling its peacekeeping police out of Iraq if the fighting there worsens, the country's interior minister said Friday.
Cabinet Minister: Portugal might consider Iraq withdrawal if violence worsens - 4/16/04 5:00 PM
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal will consider pulling its peacekeeping police out of Iraq if the fighting there worsens, a Cabinet minister said Friday.
Al-Jazeera reports it has video of U.S soldier held hostage by insurgents - 4/16/04 4:47 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Arab television station Al-Jazeera aired footage Friday showing a 20-year-old U.S. soldier captured by insurgents, apparently unharmed and surrounded by five masked men holding automatic rifles.
U.S. officials and Iraqis open direct negotiations in Fallujah; more kidnappings reported - 4/16/04 4:15 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. military and civilian officials met Friday with leaders from Fallujah, the first known direct negotiations involving Americans since the siege of the city began April 5. Nine civilians died in violence elsewhere in Iraq.
Al-Jazeera shows video of U.S soldier held hostage by insurgents - 4/16/04 4:14 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Arab TV station Al-Jazeera aired video footage Friday showing a U.S. soldier in the custody of insurgents, surrounded by masked gunmen.
Al-Jazeera reports it has video of U.S soldier held hostage by insurgents, officials say it is Maupin - 4/16/04 4:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Arab TV station Al-Jazeera aired video footage Thursday showing a U.S. soldier in the custody of insurgents.
Along Fallujah's front line, rock and roll and killer flies - 4/16/04 3:58 PM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- In Fallujah's darkened, empty streets, U.S. troops blast AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" and other rock music full volume from a huge speaker, hoping to grate on the nerves of this Sunni Muslim city's gunmen and give a laugh to Marines along the front line.
AP Exclusive: Woodward book says Bush secretly ordered Iraq war plan after U.S. attacked Afghanistan - 4/16/04 3:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyone on his national security team, says a new book on his Iraq policy.
U.S. general cites progress in tightening control of Iraqi border with Syria - 4/16/04 3:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Marines have had great success in shutting off the flow of foreign fighters across Iraq's border with Syria in recent days, a senior U.S. general said Friday.
Four foreign captives freed, but two more reported seized - 4/16/04 1:46 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Three Czech journalists and a Syrian-Canadian aid worker were freed by their captors, but new kidnappings were reported Friday of a man from the United Arab Emirates and a Danish businessman, the latest in a wave of abductions accompanying violence in Iraq.
Canadian captive released in Iraq - 4/16/04 1:23 PM
TORONTO (AP) -- Iraqi militants have released a Syrian-Canadian aid worker abducted earlier this month, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Friday
Bush administration welcomes Brahimi's caretaker plan - 4/16/04 1:22 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration lined up on Friday behind U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's plan for a caretaker government to succeed the U.S. administration in Iraq.
AP Exclusive: Woodward book says Bush secretly ordered Iraq war plan shortly after U.S. attacked Afghanistan - 4/16/04 12:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyone on his national security team, says a new book on his Iraq policy.
Three Czechs freed, Dane reported missing - 4/16/04 12:40 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Three Czech journalists were freed unharmed Friday after nearly a week in captivity, but a man from the United Arab Emirates and a Danish businessman were reported kidnapped, the latest in a wave of abductions that have accompanied a surge of violence in Iraq.
U.S. ambassador urges countries to contribute troops to new U.N. protection force in Iraq - 4/16/04 12:04 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Declaring that the United States wants a robust U.N. presence in Iraq, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte urged countries Friday to contribute troops for a new force dedicated to protecting U.N. staff and facilities.
Marines said to have tightened Iraqi border with Syria, but taken more casualties - 4/16/04 11:55 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- By putting a bigger force along Iraq's border with Syria, the U.S. Marines have been able to slow the infiltration of foreign fighters, a senior U.S. general said Friday.
Insurgent mortar attacks kill eight Iraqis in northern Iraq - 4/16/04 11:55 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents fired mortars at an Iraqi police station and a U.S base, but missed their targets and killed eight Iraqi civilians in the northern city of Mosul, a top U.S. general said Friday.
U.S. troops, Shiite militamen clash outside Kufa; al-Sistani warns against U.S. foray into Najaf - 4/16/04 11:38 AM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned the U.S. military against entering the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf as U.S. troops clashed with Shiite militiamen on Friday. Wanted Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr said negotiations in his standoff with the United States were near collapse.
Three Czech reporters kidnapped in Iraq are released - 4/16/04 11:34 AM
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Three Czech reporters missing in Iraq since the weekend were released by their kidnappers on Friday, the reporters said.
Three Czech reporters kidnapped in Iraq are released - 4/16/04 11:27 AM
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Three Czech reporters missing in Iraq since the weekend were released by their kidnappers on Friday, the reporters said.
U.S. officials and Iraqis open direct negotiations in Fallujah; more kidnappings reported - 4/16/04 11:21 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. military and civilian officials met Friday with leaders from Fallujah, the first known direct negotiations involving Americans since the siege of the city began April 5.
Bush administration welcomes Brahimi's caretaker plan - 4/16/04 10:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is viewing positively a U.N. envoy's plan for a caretaker government to succeed the U.S. administration in Iraq.
U.S. officials and Fallujah representatives open direct negotiations - 4/16/04 9:13 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. military and civilian officials met Friday with leaders from Fallujah, the first known direct negotiations between Americans and city representatives since the siege of the city began April 5.
AP Exclusive: Woodward book says Bush secretly ordered Iraq war plan shortly after U.S. attacked Afghanistan - 4/16/04 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyone on his national security team, says a new book on his Iraq policy.
U.S. citizen kidnapped from his hotel in Basra, police chief says - 4/16/04 8:33 AM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. businessman was abducted from his hotel in the southern city of Basra by kidnappers disguised as policemen, the Basra police chief said Friday.
U.S. citizen kidnapped from his hotel in Basra, police chief - 4/16/04 8:11 AM
BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. businessman was abducted from his hotel in the southern city of Basra by kidnappers disguised as policemen, the Basra police chief said Friday.
U.S. officials and Fallujah representatives to hold direct negotiations - 4/16/04 7:11 AM
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. military and civilian officials planned to meet Friday with leaders from Fallujah, U.S. officials said, the first report of direct negotiations between Americans and city representatives since the siege of Fallujah began 12 days ago.
Three Japanese held hostage in Iraq arrive in Emirates for medical checks - 4/16/04 7:03 AM
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Three Japanese hostages held at gunpoint by Iraqi insurgents arrived Friday for medical checkups and to meet up with relatives before returning home, a Japanese official in Dubai said.
Dane reported missing after militants free three Japanese hostages - 4/16/04 6:28 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A Danish businessman was believed kidnapped in Iraq, Denmark's Foreign Ministry said Friday, while a Chinese citizen was reportedly released amid a wave of abductions that have accompanied heightened violence in postwar Iraq.
Sunni clerics say kidnapped Chinese citizen released in Iraq - 4/16/04 6:10 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A leading Sunni cleric said Friday that kidnappers have released a Chinese citizen abducted in Iraq and that the man is safely in the Chinese Embassy.
Diplomatic efforts press forward in Najaf, U.S. troop rotation hints that assault not imminent - 4/16/04 5:53 AM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- An Iraqi leader said he saw "flexibility" on the side of an anti-American cleric amid diplomatic efforts to end a standoff with U.S. troops in one of the holiest Shiite cities.
Leading Sunni cleric says kidnapped Chinese citizen released in Iraq - 4/16/04 5:01 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A leading Sunni cleric said Friday that kidnappers have released a Chinese citizen abducted in Iraq and that the man is now safely in the Chinese Embassy.
Bush administration welcomes Brahimi's caretaker plan - 4/16/04 4:21 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is viewing positively a U.N. envoy's plan for a caretaker government to succeed the U.S. administration in Iraq.
Rumsfeld says recent U.S. deaths in Iraq higher than expected - 4/16/04 3:51 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Midway through a bloody April for U.S. forces in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he did not expect so many recent American casualties.
Dane likely captured in Iraq, foreign ministry says - 4/16/04 3:31 AM
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A Danish man is likely being held captive in Iraq, Denmark's Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Militants free three Japanese hostages, execute Italian captive - 4/16/04 3:24 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two of three Japanese released by captors in Iraq who had threatened to burn them alive say they would like to return to the country. Tokyo said it was investigating a report that two other Japanese had been taken kidnapped in Iraq.

The Above Headlines were gathered from various news sites.

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