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Wednesday  May 12, 2004

CIA, facing detainee surge, turned to contractors for interrogations - 5/12/04 11:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA did not have a trained corps of interrogators until the war on terror began and turned in part to contractors to handle the surge of detainees, including in Iraq. Some of those sent in are now under investigation in prisoner deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Army defends use of soldiers as escorts for civilian contractors - 5/12/04 9:02 PM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Bob Holden continued his criticism Wednesday of having soldiers escort civilian supply convoys in Iraq, but a Missouri legislator-soldier stationed in Baghdad defended the practice as necessary.
Attorney for soldier accused in Iraqi prisoner abuse case claims military uncooperative - 5/12/04 8:46 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The lawyer for an Army private facing a court-martial for being photographed with naked Iraqi prisoners said Wednesday the military is not providing information he needs to mount an adequate defense.
FBI says agents advised Berg to leave Iraq because of dangers; questions surround decapitated American - 5/12/04 8:44 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. authorities said Wednesday a young American who was beheaded by militants had been warned by the FBI to leave Iraq and was offered a plane ride to safety at a time when a new wave of violence spread across the country, making road travel extremely dangerous.
Bush seeks wide latitude for $25 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan - 5/12/04 8:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush formally asked Congress Wednesday for $25 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan early next year, requesting almost unfettered latitude in deciding how the money would be spent.
Two more Americans formally charged in Abu Ghraib case - 5/12/04 7:24 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The military announced Wednesday it will court-martial two more American soldiers, including a man accused of taking part in standing a wired-up prisoner on a box and threatening him with electrocution -- a scene displayed in one of the photos that broke open the abuse scandal.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 5/12/04 7:04 PM
As of Wednesday, May 12, 773 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 563 died as a result of hostile action and 210 died of non-hostile causes.
Dismissed commander at Abu Ghraib prison at says he was unfairly blamed for detainees' abuse - 5/12/04 6:37 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former commander of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq insists he did his best to run the compound -- and has been unfairly punished for failing to prevent the abuse of detainees.
FBI says agents advised Berg to leave Iraq because of dangers; questions surround decapitated American - 5/12/04 6:32 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. authorities said Wednesday a young American who was beheaded by militants had been warned by the FBI to leave Iraq and was offered a plane ride to safety at a time when a new wave of violence spread across the country, making road travel extremely dangerous.
Lawmakers view disturbing photos of Iraq prison abuse; Rumsfeld defends interrogation - 5/12/04 6:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops went beyond the photos seen by most Americans, shaken lawmakers said Wednesday after viewing fresh pictures and video that they said depicted forced sex, brutality and dogs snarling at cowed prisoners.
Report: Army court-martial papers detail prisoner abuses - 5/12/04 6:19 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An Army investigator testified at a military hearing in Baghdad earlier this month that seven guards at the Abu Ghraib prison abused inmates "for fun" and not under orders from superior officers, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
Attorney for soldier accused in Iraqi prisoner abuse case claims military uncooperative - 5/12/04 6:14 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The lawyer for an Army private facing a court-martial for being photographed with naked Iraqi prisoners said Wednesday the military is not providing information he needs to mount an adequate defense.
Lawmakers say new Iraq prison photos include disturbing images of torture - 5/12/04 5:48 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel included torture, humiliation and forced sex beyond what has been seen in public, chagrined members of Congress said Wednesday after viewing fresh photos and videos.
Questions surround young American shown decapitated in video - 5/12/04 5:09 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The young American decapitated on a videotape posted by an al-Qaida-linked Web site was never in U.S. custody despite claims to the contrary by his family, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.
The soldiers in the spotlight: From small towns to worldwide condemnation - 5/12/04 4:20 PM
They are neighbors, relatives, co-workers. One fixed cars; another might've bagged your groceries, if you'd stopped in her small West Virginia town.
Explosions heard in Najaf; casualties reported - 5/12/04 4:14 PM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Large explosions were heard late Wednesday in the center of Najaf, and residents said U.S. forces appeared to be making an armed incursion into the Shiite holy city.
U.S. soldiers battle al-Sadr supporters in holy city of Karbala - 5/12/04 4:13 PM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. tanks, helicopters and jets attacked fighters loyal to a radical Shiite cleric in this holy city Wednesday, partially destroying a mosque used by insurgents and setting seven hotels ablaze. Twenty-two militants were killed.
Soldier facing court-martial called 'a great American hero' - 5/12/04 4:11 PM
ROSELLE, N.J. (AP) -- Family members of the two latest servicemen to face courts-martial in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal defended the soldiers Wednesday, saying the allegations are inconsistent with the men they know.
Rumsfeld rejects complaints U.S. interrogation techniques violate Geneva Conventions - 5/12/04 3:17 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday defended military interrogation techniques in Iraq, rejecting complaints that they violate international rules and may endanger Americans taken prisoner.
Americans deny holding Berg despite claims by family; body returns home - 5/12/04 3:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An American civilian who was beheaded in a grisly video posted on an al-Qaeda-linked Web site was never in U.S. custody despite claims from his family, a coalition spokesman said Wednesday.
Americans deny holding Berg despite claims by family; body being flown home - 5/12/04 2:52 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An American civilian who was beheaded in a grisly video posted on an al-Qaeda-linked Web site was never in U.S. custody despite claims from his family, a coalition spokesman said Wednesday.
U.S. soldiers battle al-Sadr supporters; fighting heaviest in holy city of Karbala - 5/12/04 2:08 PM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters battled fighters loyal to a radical cleric near a mosque in this holy city Wednesday, hours after Iraqi leaders agreed on a proposal that would end his standoff with the U.S.-led forces. As many as 25 insurgents were killed, the coalition ...
Kerry says many others, including McCain and Warner, could replace Rumsfeld - 5/12/04 12:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Wednesday any number of people, including Republican Sens. John McCain and John Warner, could replace Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, rejecting concerns that a change in Pentagon leadership could hurt the war effort.
Two more Americans formally charged in Abu Ghraib case - 5/12/04 12:38 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two more American soldiers have been ordered to stand trial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt announced Wednesday.
Blair: Prisoner abuse allegations "immensely damaging" - 5/12/04 12:32 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday that the scandal over prisoner abuse in Iraq "has been immensely damaging" but claimed all complaints about British troops had been addressed.
Former prisoner says he was abused in U.S. custody in Afghanistan; military opens inquiry - 5/12/04 12:04 PM
SHEIKHO, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan police colonel said Wednesday that he was beaten, stripped naked and sexually abused and humiliated while in U.S. custody for nearly 40 days last year at several bases in Afghanistan. The military said it has opened an inquiry.
Senators to see additional Iraqi abuse photos - 5/12/04 11:58 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are getting a look at more photos of American soldiers brutalizing Iraqi prisoners but won't have the authority to release the pictures that the Pentagon warns could deepen international fury over the abuses.
U.S. spokesman says decapitated American was never held by U.S. forces - 5/12/04 11:00 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The young American who was shown being decapitated on a videotape posted by an al-Qaida-linked Web site was never under U.S. custody despite claims from his family, coalition spokesman Dan Senor said Wednesday.
Kerry says many others, including McCain and Warner, could replace Rumsfeld - 5/12/04 10:49 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Wednesday any number of people, including Republican Sens. John McCain and John Warner, could replace Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, rejecting concerns that a change in Pentagon leadership could hurt the war effort.
Senators to see additional Iraqi abuse photos - 5/12/04 10:27 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are getting a look at more photos of American soldiers brutalizing Iraqi prisoners but won't have the authority to release the pictures that the Pentagon warns could deepen international fury over the abuses.
Two more Americans formally charged in Abu Ghraib case - 5/12/04 10:26 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two more American soldiers have been ordered to stand trial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal although no date for the courts-martial was set, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt announced Wednesday.
After Filipino dies in Iraq attack, Philippine president says evacuation possible - 5/12/04 10:16 AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered her government Wednesday to decide if Filipinos working at U.S. military bases in Iraq should be evacuated after one was killed and four others wounded in a mortar attack.
U.S. military opens investigation into alleged abuse of prisoner in eastern Afghanistan - 5/12/04 9:45 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. military has opened an investigation into allegations that an Afghan police officer was stripped naked, beaten and photographed at a U.S. base in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.
Pfc. England: I was told to smile for photos to put psychological pressure on Iraqi prisoners - 5/12/04 9:16 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The Army private facing a court-martial for being photographed with naked Iraqi prisoners says she was following orders to create psychological pressure on them.
Saddam Hussein to stay in American hands for now, Iraq's war crimes chief says - 5/12/04 9:09 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein will not likely be handed over to Iraqi authorities for trial before the June 30 transfer of power to an interim government, Iraq's war crimes chief said Wednesday, reversing a claim he made one day earlier.
One Filipino killed, four injured in attack on U.S. base in Iraq - 5/12/04 8:33 AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- One Filipino worker was killed and four were injured in a mortar attack on a U.S. military base north of Baghdad, Philippine officials said Wednesday.
U.S. soldiers battle al-Sadr supporters; fighting heaviest in holy city of Karbala - 5/12/04 8:19 AM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters battled fighters loyal to a radical cleric near a mosque in this holy city Wednesday, hours after Iraqi leaders agreed on a proposal that would end his standoff with the U.S.-led forces. As many as 25 insurgents were killed, the coalition ...
Radical cleric urges followers to defend against American attacks in Karbala - 5/12/04 8:06 AM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gave his first news conference since his standoff with American forces began more than a month ago, urging fighters in the holy city of Karbala to resist U.S. troops and reminding his forces of the American defeat in Vietnam.
Blair: Only saw report on Iraqi prisoner abuse this week - 5/12/04 7:56 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday that alleged abuse of prisoners in Iraq "has been immensely damaging" but claimed all complaints about British troops had been addressed.
U.S. soldiers battle al-Sadr supporters, coalition says up to 25 'enemy' killed in Karbala - 5/12/04 6:14 AM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters battled fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr near a mosque in the holy city of Karbala Wednesday, hours after Iraqi leaders agreed on a proposal that would end al-Sadr's standoff with the U.S.-led forces. Up to 25 insurgents we ...
Four Filipino workers killed in attack on U.S. military base in Iraq - 5/12/04 5:45 AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A mortar attack on a U.S. military base north of Baghdad has killed four Filipino workers, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said Wednesday.
Torture of Iraqi prisoners condemns everyone in the West, former archbishop of Canterbury says - 5/12/04 4:53 AM
LONDON (AP) -- The alleged torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British and America troops condemns the whole of the West in the eyes of the Arab world, the former archbishop of Canterbury said Wednesday.
Beheaded American civilian had been advised to leave Iraq, U.S. officials say. - 5/12/04 4:20 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An American civilian who was beheaded in a grisly video posted on an al-Qaida-linked Web site had been warned to leave Iraq but refused, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The masked men who butchered him claimed they were angered by coalition abuses of Iraqi prisoners.
Torture of Iraqi prisoners condemns the West, former archbishop of Canterbury says - 5/12/04 4:03 AM
LONDON (AP) -- The alleged torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British and America troops condemns the whole of the West in the eyes of the Arab world, the former archbishop of Canterbury said Wednesday.
U.S. soldiers battle al-Sadr supporters in holy cities in southern Iraq - 5/12/04 3:49 AM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters battled fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr near a mosque in the holy city of Karbala early Wednesday, hours after Iraqi leaders agreed on a proposal to end al-Sadr's violent standoff with the U.S.-led coalition.
German minister 'deeply appalled,' appeals for U.S. moral leadership - 5/12/04 3:42 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister is telling the Bush administration that the United States needs to restore the "moral authority" of the United States by bringing to justice those involved in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
U.S. official says 20 to 25 "enemy" killed in Karbala fighting - 5/12/04 3:38 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- American forces killed 20 to 25 "enemy" fighters in battles with a militia loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the southern city of Karbala early Wednesday, the U.S.-led coalition said.
WASHINGTON TODAY: U.N. envoy key to transfer of power in Iraq - 5/12/04 2:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As it grapples with the Iraqi prison abuse scandal, the Bush administration is still pushing forward with plans for a quick transfer of power in Iraq -- and hanging its hopes on U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
Soldiers staying four more months and nightly mortars at insurgent-ringed base - 5/12/04 1:41 AM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Marked boldly on his wall calendar for May are reunions, poolside parties and trips 1st Lt. Michael Watson will never make. Sgt. Walter Stephens, asked where he would be at that exact moment, glances at his watch and says, "Probably, doing volunteer coaching for my kids' baseball team."
Lawyer: Soldier was smiling but didn't like what she was doing - 5/12/04 1:20 AM
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.
Radical Iraqi cleric offers to end standoff with U.S. soldiers as fighting continues - 5/12/04 12:25 AM
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.
U.S. soldiers fight radical cleric's militia in southern Iraqi city - 5/12/04 12:08 AM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- Backed by tanks and helicopters, American soldiers fought fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr early Wednesday in the southern holy city of Karbala, witnesses said. Much of the fighting took place near a prominent mosque.

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