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Tuesday  May 11, 2004

Lawyer: Soldier was smiling but didn't like what she was doing - 5/11/04 10:44 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- An Army reservist who was photographed smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners was unhappy about following orders to humiliate the inmates, her civilian lawyer said Tuesday.
Missouri governor, Guard leader question use of soldiers as drivers for contractors in Iraq - 5/11/04 9:17 PM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's governor and National Guard leader raised concerns Tuesday that some soldiers in Iraq are improperly being used as drivers for civilian supply contractors.
Grisly video shows American civilian beheaded in Iraq, killers speak of revenge for Abu Ghraib abuses - 5/11/04 8:57 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A video posted Tuesday on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq and said the execution was carried out to avenge abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
Pennsylvania family of man who was beheaded cries when learning details - 5/11/04 8:48 PM
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Relatives of an American civilian whose beheading was shown on an Islamic militant Web site huddled in tears Tuesday after learning of the graphic videotape.
Lawyer: Soldier was smiling but didn't like what she was doing - 5/11/04 7:26 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- An Army reservist who was photographed smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners was unhappy about following orders to humiliate the inmates, her civilian lawyer said Tuesday.
Senior officials disagree over key questions about Iraqi prisoner abuse - 5/11/04 7:21 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army general who investigated prisoner abuse in Iraq disagreed sharply Tuesday with a top Pentagon civilian about who was in charge of the Abu Ghraib complex where the mistreatment occurred. In a daylong hearing jolted by news of the beheading of an American in Iraq, the two also dif ...
Secretary-General says U.N. envoy in Iraq discussing whether to include politicians in interim Iraqi government - 5/11/04 6:51 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday his top envoy in Iraq is discussing whether to include politicians in an interim government that will take power from the U.S.-led coalition on June 30.
Senior officials disagree over key questions about Iraqi prisoner abuse - 5/11/04 6:46 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army general who investigated prisoner abuse in Iraq disagreed sharply Tuesday with a top Pentagon civilian about who was in charge of the Abu Ghraib complex where the mistreatment occurred. In a daylong hearing jolted by news of the beheading of an American in Iraq, the two also dif ...
Grisly video shows American civilian beheaded in Iraq, killers speak of revenge for Abu Ghraib abuses - 5/11/04 6:31 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A video posted Tuesday on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq and said the execution was carried out to avenge abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
Radical Iraqi cleric offers to end standoff with U.S. soldiers as fighting continues - 5/11/04 6:26 PM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will end his violent standoff with American troops if the coalition postpones its legal case against him and establishes an Iraqi force to patrol his stronghold of Najaf, the city's Iraqi leaders said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Soldier was smiling but didn't like what she was doing - 5/11/04 6:22 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- An Army reservist who was photographed smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners was unhappy about following orders to humiliate the inmates, her civilian lawyer said Tuesday.
Prisoner Abuse-Excerpts - 5/11/04 6:13 PM
Excerpts from Tuesday's hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Iraqi prisoner abuse, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc
U.S., experts try to sort out what role Iran is playing in Iraq - 5/11/04 5:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reports from inside Iraq continue to suggest that Iran's conservative Islamic government is meddling in the affairs of its neighbor, according to U.S. officials and lawmakers with access to information about the instability there.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 5/11/04 5:36 PM
As of Tuesday, May 11, 772 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 562 died as a result of hostile action and 209 died of non-hostile causes.
Pennsylvania family of man who was beheaded cries when learning details - 5/11/04 5:34 PM
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Relatives of an American civilian whose beheading was shown on an Islamic militant Web site huddled in tears Tuesday after learning of the graphic videotape.
National church group says U.N. should take over in Iraq; Methodists `lament' U.S. abuses - 5/11/04 5:07 PM
The nation's largest association of mainline Protestant and Orthodox Christian churches said Tuesday that U.S. policy in Iraq has become so destructive the United Nations should take over.
Abuse photos were aimed at pushing prisoners to talk, senator says - 5/11/04 5:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military personnel took photos of Iraqi prisoners in sexually humiliating poses in an apparent effort to obtain leverage for future interrogations, a leading senator said Tuesday.
U.S. soldiers meted out 'vigilante justice' on Iraqis suspected of attacking Jessica Lynch - 5/11/04 4:53 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A female Army soldier in the notorious 320th Military Police Battalion meted out "vigilante justice" on Iraqi prisoners she believed had raped former POW Jessica Lynch, according to a letter from her battalion commander obtained by The Associated Press.
Iraqi tribunal chief says U.S. will likely turn over Saddam to Iraqis by July; U.S. says that hasn't been determined - 5/11/04 4:21 PM
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (AP) -- The head of Iraq's war-crimes tribunal said Tuesday that the United States has pledged to hand over Saddam Hussein and about 100 other suspects to Iraqi authorities before July 1 if Iraq is ready to take them into custody. U.S. officials denied any decision had been reached.
More photos, hearings on abuse coming as administration works to control fallout - 5/11/04 4:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army general who first investigated abuse in an Iraqi prison told Congress on Tuesday the mistreatment resulted from faulty leadership, a "lack of discipline, no training whatsoever and no supervision" of the troops.
Some suggest post-Sept. 11 quest for vengeance created atmosphere conducive to abuse of Iraqis - 5/11/04 3:46 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- As U.S. forces surged through the desert to topple Saddam Hussein, slogans and symbols referring to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, made clear that a spirit of anti-terrorism vengeance infused the ranks.
Video on Islamic militant Web site shows beheading of American - 5/11/04 3:42 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq, and said the execution was carried out by an al-Qaida affiliated group to avenge the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.
U.N. chief says envoy in Iraq is discussing inclusion of politicians in interim government - 5/11/04 3:31 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday his top envoy in Iraq is discussing whether to include politicians in an interim government that will take power from the U.S.-led coalition on June 30.
Aide to radical Iraq cleric and other leaders agree on possible solution to standoff - 5/11/04 3:22 PM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will end his violent standoff with American troops if the U.S.-led coalition postpones its legal case against him and sets up an Iraqi force to patrol his stronghold of Najaf, Iraqi leaders in the city said Tuesday.
Memo obtained by AP says beatings at U.S.-run camp were 'vigilante justice' for attack on Jessica Lynch - 5/11/04 2:56 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A female soldier in the Army's 320th Military Police Battalion took "vigilante justice" on Iraqi prisoners who she believed had raped Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, according to a letter from the battalion's commander obtained by The Associated Press.
Video shows beheading of American civilian in Iraq - 5/11/04 2:41 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A video posted Tuesday on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading an American civilian in Iraq in what was said to be revenge for abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
Netherlands to review participation in Iraq after first soldier killed - 5/11/04 2:20 PM
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- The Netherlands is reviewing participation in the U.S.-led stabilization force in Iraq after a Dutch soldier was killed in a grenade attack, the prime minister said Tuesday.
Memo obtained by AP says beatings at U.S.-run camp were 'vigilante justice' for attack on Jessica Lynch - 5/11/04 2:02 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A female soldier in the Army's 320th Military Police Battalion took "vigilante justice" on Iraqi prisoners who she believed had raped Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, according to a letter from the battalion's commander obtained by The Associated Press.
Video on Islamic militant Web site shows beheading of American - 5/11/04 1:52 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq, and said the execution was carried out by an al-Qaida affiliated group to avenge the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.
Prisoner Abuse-Statements - 5/11/04 1:20 PM
A text of opening remarks from Defense Undersecretary Stephen Cambone and Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.:
Video on Islamic militant Web site appears to show beheading of American - 5/11/04 1:07 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed a group affiliated with al-Qaida beheading an American contractor in Iraq, saying the death was revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.
More photos, hearings on abuse coming as administration works to control fallout - 5/11/04 1:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army general who first investigated prisoner abuse in an Iraqi prison told Congress on Tuesday the mistreatment resulted from faulty leadership, a "lack of discipline, no training whatsoever and no supervision" of the troops.
Memo obtained by AP says beatings at U.S.-run camp were "vigilante justice" for attack on Jessica Lynch - 5/11/04 1:02 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A female soldier in the Army's 320th Military Police Battalion took "vigilante justice" on Iraqi prisoners who she believed had raped Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, according to a letter from the battalion's commander obtained by The Associated Press.
UNICEF concerned about possible abuse of children in Iraq - 5/11/04 12:57 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations children's agency said Tuesday it was "profoundly disturbed" by reports that children may have been abused in prisons in Iraq.
Video on Islamic militant Web site shows beheading of man who says he was American - 5/11/04 12:57 PM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed a group thought to be affiliated with al-Qaida beheading a man who said he was an American.
Saddam Hussein and others to be transferred to Iraqis next month, tribunal chief says - 5/11/04 12:53 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The United States has pledged to hand over Saddam Hussein and dozens of other suspects to Iraqi authorities by the time the U.S.-led coalition transfers power to Iraq next month, the head of Iraq's war crimes tribunal said Tuesday. The Pentagon disputed the report.
Iraqi tribunal chief says U.S. will turn over Saddam by June 30; Pentagon denies report - 5/11/04 12:40 PM
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (AP) -- The head of Iraq's war-crimes tribunal said Tuesday that the United States has pledged to hand over Saddam Hussein and about 100 other former regime prisoners to Iraqi authorities by June 30. The Pentagon disputed the claim.
Bremer promises justice in prisoner abuse scandal - 5/11/04 12:20 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The head of the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq said Tuesday that the soldiers accused in the abuse of detainees at an Iraqi prison would be brought to justice.
Iraqi tribunal chief says U.S. will turn over Saddam to Iraqis by July - 5/11/04 12:18 PM
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (AP) -- The head of Iraq's war-crimes tribunal said Tuesday that the United States has pledged to hand over Saddam Hussein and about 100 other suspects to Iraqi authorities by June 30.
U.S., experts try to sort out what role Iran is playing in Iraq - 5/11/04 12:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reports from inside Iraq continue to suggest that Iran's conservative Islamic government is meddling in the affairs of its neighbor, according to U.S. officials and lawmakers with access to information about the instability there.
UNICEF concerned about possible abuse of children in Iraq - 5/11/04 12:09 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations children's agency said Tuesday it was "profoundly disturbed" by reports that children may have been abused in prisons in Iraq.
Bush, Kerry about even in poll as to who would do a better job on Iraq - 5/11/04 11:51 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the first time, Americans appear to be evenly divided as to whether President Bush or Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry would do a better job of handling Iraq.
Body found on Baghdad overpass identified as that of American - 5/11/04 11:36 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Relatives and U.S. officials said Tuesday a body found on a Baghdad highway overpass was that of an American civilian contract worker missing since April 9 -- the same day insurgents attacked a U.S. convoy west of the capital.
U.S. military alters prisoner rules after alleged abuse at bases in Afghanistan - 5/11/04 11:28 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. military has cut the amount of time prisoners spend at holding facilities on bases in Afghanistan while authorities investigate allegations of abuse, including two deaths, the top general in the country said Tuesday.
New Najaf governor proposes delaying prosecution of al-Sadr as deal to end standoff - 5/11/04 11:17 AM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- The new U.S.-appointed Najaf governor offered Tuesday to defer murder charges against radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr if the young firebrand disbands his militia. Al-Sadr demanded that U.S. authorities ask him directly for talks.
More photos, hearings on abuse coming as administration works to control fallout - 5/11/04 11:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army general who first investigated prisoner abuse in an Iraqi prison told Congress on Tuesday the mistreatment resulted from faulty leadership, a "lack of discipline, no training whatsoever and no supervision" of the troops.
Pennsylvania family says dead contractor in Iraq is their son; died a violent death - 5/11/04 10:47 AM
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- A communications equipment company owner who went to Iraq to find work rebuilding antennas was found dead there, the victim of a violent death, the man's family said Tuesday.
National church group says U.N. should take over in Iraq; Methodists `lament' U.S. abuses - 5/11/04 9:57 AM
A national religious group representing 36 Protestant and Orthodox denominations said Tuesday that U.S. foreign policy is "dangerous" and urged President Bush to turn over authority in Iraq to the United Nations.
Torture victims' advocacy group calls for U.S., Britain to end practice in Iraq - 5/11/04 9:51 AM
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- An international group that works with torture victims called on the United States and Britain Tuesday to stop the way they interrogate and treat inmates detained in prisons in Iraq.
Pennsylvania family says dead contractor in Iraq is their son - 5/11/04 9:51 AM
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- An American civilian found dead in Iraq is a man from suburban Philadelphia, the man's family said Tuesday.
Relatives of Iraqi dead win UK court hearing; government resists broader inquiry - 5/11/04 9:42 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Relatives of 13 people allegedly killed by British forces in Iraq on Tuesday won a court hearing for their compensation claim, while the government rejected Amnesty International's demand for expanded inquiries into other deaths.
U.S.-run supply convoy attacked on road to Jordan, some personnel unaccounted for - 5/11/04 9:30 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)-- Gunmen attacked a U.S.-run civilian convoy in Iraq's western desert and some personnel were unaccounted for, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Iraq's oil minister said a weekend bombing at a southern pipeline had cut oil exports by 30 percent.
Lawyers for Army reservist say she was ordered to pose in Iraqi prison photos - 5/11/04 9:22 AM
DENVER (AP) -- An Army reservist who was photographed smiling and pointing at naked, bound Iraqi prisoners had been ordered to pose because her presence would be especially humiliating to the men, her attorneys said.
More photos, hearings on abuse coming as administration works to control fallout - 5/11/04 9:04 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans can expect more shocking photos and searing public debate as the Bush administration works to calm the firestorm over U.S. soldiers' abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
New Najaf governor proposes delaying prosecution of al-Sadr as deal to end standoff - 5/11/04 8:36 AM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- The new U.S.-appointed Najaf governor said Tuesday he will ask occupation authorities to defer murder charges against radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr under a proposed deal to end the standoff with his Shiite Muslim militia.
U.S. military alters prisoner rules after alleged abuse at bases in Afghanistan - 5/11/04 8:28 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. military has cut the amount of time prisoners spend at holding facilities on bases in Afghanistan while authorities investigate allegations of abuse, including two deaths, the top general in the country said Tuesday.
UK court allows relatives of Iraqi dead to challenge government - 5/11/04 8:25 AM
LONDON (AP) -- A High Court judge ruled Tuesday that 13 families who claim their relatives were killed by British forces in Iraq have "an arguable case" against the government for refusing to order an independent inquiry into the deaths.
Blair rejects calls for independent investigation into Iraq killings - 5/11/04 8:19 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair's office Tuesday rejected calls for an independent investigation of allegations that British soldiers shot and killed Iraqi civilians, including an 8-year-old girl, in situations where the troops were under no apparent threat.
Rebel cleric supporters threaten suicide attacks in video release - 5/11/04 7:51 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Armed men and women claiming to be members of a radical Shiite Muslim militia threatened suicide attacks on U.S. forces and their allies in Iraq, in a videotape released on Tuesday.
Torture victims' advocacy group calls for U.S., Britain to end practice in Iraq - 5/11/04 7:48 AM
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- An international group that works with torture victims called on the United States and Britain Tuesday to stop the way they interrogate and treat inmates detained in prisons in Iraq.
Gunmen attack U.S.-run civilian convoy in Iraq; Oil minister says exports cut by 30 percent. - 5/11/04 6:40 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a U.S.-run civilian convoy in Iraq's western desert and some personnel are unaccounted for, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Iraq's oil minister said a weekend pipeline bombing had cut petroleum exports by 30 percent.
American civilian found dead in Baghdad - 5/11/04 5:25 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An American civilian was found dead near a highway overpass in Baghdad, the U.S. military said Tuesday. There were signs of trauma on the corpse, the military said.
U.S., experts try to sort out what role Iran is playing in Iraq - 5/11/04 5:25 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reports from inside Iraq continue to suggest that Iran's conservative Islamic government is meddling in the affairs of its neighbor, according to U.S. officials and lawmakers with access to information about the instability there.
Bombing cuts Iraq oil exports by 30 percent - 5/11/04 5:24 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's oil minister said Tuesday that Iraqi oil exports fell by 30 percent because of a weekend bombing along a southern pipeline but he expected exports to return to normal levels within 24 hours.
Residents of Baghdad Shiite neighborhood rebuilding headquarters destroyed by Americans - 5/11/04 5:07 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Residents of the Shiite neighborhood Sadr City on Tuesday began rebuilding the headquarters of a militant Shiite Muslim cleric which was destroyed in a tank and helicopter attack by U.S. forces.
Five dead, 14 injured in fighting around Shiite town - 5/11/04 4:52 AM
KUFA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces clashed with Shiite Muslim militiamen, killing at least five Iraqis and injuring 14 others, hospital officials said Tuesday.
Supply convoy attacked on road to Jordan, some people unaccounted for - 5/11/04 3:30 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a civilian supply convoy Tuesday on the road between Baghdad and Jordan and some people are unaccounted for, U.S. officials said.
One Russian killed, two taken hostage in Iraq - 5/11/04 3:27 AM
MOSCOW (AP) -- One Russian was killed and two were taken hostage in Iraq, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
Four killed, 23 injured in northern Iraq bombing - 5/11/04 3:22 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A homemade bomb exploded Tuesday in a crowded market in northern Iraq, killing four Iraqis and injuring 23, a security official said.
Lawyers say soldier charged with mistreating Iraqi prisoners is scapegoat - 5/11/04 1:13 AM
DENVER (AP) -- Photographs of naked, bound Iraqi prisoners were staged to intimidate other prisoners, and a female Army reservist shown pointing and smiling was ordered to pose, one of her attorneys said Monday.
National church group says U.N. should take over in Iraq; Methodists `lament' U.S. abuses - 5/11/04 12:16 AM
A national religious group representing 36 Protestant and Orthodox denominations said Tuesday that U.S. foreign policy is "dangerous" and urged President Bush to turn over authority in Iraq to the United Nations.

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