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Thursday  May 13, 2004

A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 5/13/04 10:44 PM
As of Thursday, May 13, 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.
U.N. official: Electoral law for Iraq must be in place by end of month - 5/13/04 10:12 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A senior U.N. official warned on Thursday that Iraqis had only a few weeks left to form an electoral commission and pass voting laws if elections are to take place as scheduled in January 2005.
Rumsfeld at Iraq prison, says there's no cover-up of problems - 5/13/04 9:54 PM
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- Hoping to contain a spreading scandal, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld went to the Abu Ghraib prison camp on Thursday and insisted the Pentagon did not try to cover up abuses there. A top general with him said he had given clear guidelines months ago on the humane way to quest ...
Trouble at home, abroad for soldier accused in Iraq prison abuse scandal - 5/13/04 9:41 PM
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Spc. Charles A. Graner Jr., the military policeman photographed with a big smile as he stood behind a pile of naked Iraq prisoners, was a target of abuse allegations long before he was singled out by an Army investigator as the worst of the guards in the Baghdad scandal.
Defense chief visits notorious Iraqi prison, says abuse was a "body blow" to the military - 5/13/04 9:24 PM
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, on a trip to Iraq shrouded in secrecy, said Thursday that abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison were a "body blow for all of us" and those in the wrong would be punished.
British government says Daily Mirror photos of prisoner abuse not taken in Iraq - 5/13/04 9:19 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Photographs allegedly showing British troops threatening and urinating on a hooded Iraqi prisoner were "categorically not taken in Iraq," the British government said Thursday.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 5/13/04 8:13 PM
As of Thursday, May 13, 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.
Two soldiers ordered arraigned in Abu Ghraib scandal - 5/13/04 6:51 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two soldiers will be arraigned May 20 on criminal charges stemming from the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case, the U.S. Army said Thursday.
War cost will top $50 billion, Pentagon official says - 5/13/04 6:24 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost more than $50 billion next year, a top Defense Department official told Congress Thursday in the Bush administration's clearest description yet of the conflicts' price tags.
Two soldiers ordered arraigned in prison abuse scandal - 5/13/04 6:13 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. Army said Thursday that two soldiers will be arraigned May 20 on criminal charges stemming from the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case.
Trouble at home, abroad for soldier accused in Iraq prison abuse scandal - 5/13/04 5:47 PM
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Spc. Charles A. Graner Jr., the military policeman photographed with a big smile as he stood behind a pile of naked Iraq prisoners, was a target of abuse allegations long before he was singled out by an Army investigator as the worst of the guards in the Baghdad scandal.
Rumsfeld at Iraq prison, says there's no cover-up of problems - 5/13/04 5:44 PM
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- Hoping to contain a spreading scandal, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld went to the Abu Ghraib prison camp on Thursday and insisted the Pentagon did not try to cover up abuses there. A top general with him said he had given clear guidelines months ago on the humane way to quest ...
U.N. official: Electoral law for Iraq must be in place by end of month - 5/13/04 5:39 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A senior U.N. official warned on Thursday that Iraqis had only a few weeks left to form an electoral commission and pass voting laws if elections are to take place as scheduled in January 2005.
U.S. soldiers, militiamen clash near Islamic holy shrines in Iraq - 5/13/04 5:38 PM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- Heavy gunfire and huge explosions rumbled Thursday through this Shiite holy city as fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr refused to end their standoff with American forces, despite losing one of their main bases at a mosque.
War cost will top $50 billion, Pentagon official says - 5/13/04 5:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost more than $50 billion next year, a top Defense Department official told Congress Thursday in the Bush administration's clearest description yet of the conflicts' price tags.
Lawmakers express outrage after viewing more Iraq prison photos - 5/13/04 5:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The No. 2 general and civilian at the Pentagon both indicated Thursday that interrogation techniques used in Iraq violated the Geneva Conventions and said they did not know who approved them.
AP Interview: Justices say Iraqis must decide how to deal with past - 5/13/04 3:55 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony M. Kennedy said Thursday that Iraqis alone must determine the right way to mete out justice to the country's former leaders.
Defense chief visits notorious Iraqi prison, says abuse was a "body blow" to the military - 5/13/04 3:20 PM
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, on a trip to Iraq shrouded in secrecy, said Thursday that abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison were a "body blow for all of us" and those in the wrong would be punished.
Lawmakers express outrage after viewing more Iraq prison photos - 5/13/04 3:02 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The No. 2 general and civilian at the Pentagon indicated that interrogation techniques ordered in Iraq violated the Geneva Conventions and said they did not know who approved them.
Defense chief makes surprise trip to Iraqi prison - 5/13/04 2:40 PM
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making a surprise visit to Iraq, went to the Abu Ghraib prison Thursday and told U.S. troops "we'll get through" the international uproar over abuse of inmates there.
New Iraqi government can't expel U.S. troops, State official says - 5/13/04 2:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new Iraqi government won't have the authority to evict American forces from Iraq, a top State Department official said Thursday -- quickly reversing a statement made minutes earlier before a House panel.
Lawyer for Lynndie England asking military to grant leave - 5/13/04 2:06 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The lawyer for an Army private facing court-martial after posing for photographs with naked Iraqi prisoners wants the military to let his client return to West Virginia for a weekend visit with her family.
U.N. official: electoral law for Iraq must be in place by end of month - 5/13/04 2:02 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An electoral law and an independent election commission must be established by the end of May if Iraq is to hold elections in January 2005, and a stable security environment is vital to the democratic process, the U.N. elections chief said Thursday.
MPs' lawyers are well-experienced with high-profile military cases - 5/13/04 2:01 PM
DENVER (AP) -- The Army MPs charged with mistreating Iraqi prisoners are counting on a cadre of lawyers who have built their careers defending members of the military accused of everything from going AWOL to killing innocents abroad.
Mosul police chief denies detaining slain American - 5/13/04 1:57 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An American who was beheaded by militants had told friends he was arrested by Iraqi police in Mosul because he had an Israeli stamp in his passport. The Mosul police chief Thursday denied having arrested him.
NY congressman says Vatican is hypocritical in its criticism of U.S. for prisoner abuse - 5/13/04 1:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican congressman who is Roman Catholic said Thursday the Vatican has no right to criticize the United States for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners because of the Catholic Church's history of abusing children and covering up its actions.
Arraignment set for second soldier accused of prisoner abuse - 5/13/04 1:30 PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A second American soldier will be arraigned next week in Iraq on charges he abused Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison, his civilian attorney said Thursday.
U.S. soldiers, militiamen fight near shrines in holy city of Karbala - 5/13/04 1:29 PM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- Heavy gunfire and huge explosions resounded Thursday as American forces battled Iraqi militiamen near a gold-domed shrine that is one of the most sacred sites for Shiite Muslims. Thick smoke rose over the city center.
British government says Daily Mirror photos of prisoner abuse not taken in Iraq - 5/13/04 1:08 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Photographs allegedly showing British troops threatening and urinating on a hooded Iraqi prisoner were "categorically not taken in Iraq," the British government said Thursday.
British government says Daily Mirror photos of prisoner abuse not taken in Iraq - 5/13/04 12:03 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Photographs allegedly showing British troops threatening and urinating on a hooded Iraqi prisoner were "categorically not taken in Iraq," the British government said Thursday.
Defense chief makes surprise trip to Iraqi prison - 5/13/04 11:34 AM
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making a surprise visit to Iraq, went to the Abu Ghraib prison Thursday and told U.S. troops "we'll get through" the international uproar over abuse of inmates there.
Foreign minister rings alarm over Iraq _ a 'black hole sucking up" the world - 5/13/04 11:25 AM
PARIS (AP) -- Foreign Minister Michel Barnier, in an interview published Thursday, compared Iraq to a "black hole that is sucking up" the world and said France would at no time send in troops.
Two Marines die from hostile fire in tense area west of Baghdad - 5/13/04 11:13 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)-- A roadside bomb Thursday killed a U.S. Marine in the Fallujah area, U.S. officials said. Another Marine died of wounds suffered in a clash west of Baghdad, the U.S. command said.
Mosul police chief denies detaining slain American - 5/13/04 11:06 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An American who was beheaded by militants had told friends he was arrested by Iraqi police in Mosul because he had an Israeli stamp in his passport. The Mosul police chief Thursday denied having arrested him.
Pentagon says next request for Iraq, Afghanistan will push total beyond $50 billion - 5/13/04 10:59 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's next request for financing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will push next year's total beyond $50 billion, a top Pentagon official told Congress on Thursday.
U.N. official: electoral law for Iraq must be in place by end of month - 5/13/04 10:46 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An election law and an independent election commission must be established by the end of the month so Iraq can hold elections in January 2005 as scheduled, the U.N. elections chief said Thursday.
Government says Daily Mirror photos of prisoner abuse not taken in Iraq - 5/13/04 10:39 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Photographs allegedly showing British troops threatening and urinating on a hooded Iraqi prisoner were "categorically not taken in Iraq," the British government said Thursday.
Defense chief, in surprise trip to Iraq, cites legal barriers to releasing prisoner abuse photos - 5/13/04 10:17 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making a surprise visit to the Iraqi prison at the center of the abuse scandal, said Thursday lawyers are advising the Pentagon not to publicly release any more photographs of Iraqi prisoners being treated badly by U.S. soldiers.
Mexico's president worried about situation in Iraq - 5/13/04 9:57 AM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Mexican President Vicente Fox on Thursday said he was concerned about the situation in Iraq and wanted the United Nations to play a greater role.
Lawyer for woman accused of prisoner abuse says Army uncooperative - 5/13/04 9:45 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The lawyer for an Army private photographed taunting naked Iraqi prisoners has accused the Pentagon of withholding evidence necessary to her defense.
Defense chief, in surprise trip to Iraq, cites legal barriers to releasing prisoner abuse photos - 5/13/04 8:56 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making a surprise visit to Iraq in an attempt to contain the prisoner abuse scandal, said Thursday lawyers are advising the Pentagon not to publicly release any more photographs of Iraqi prisoners being abused by U.S. soldiers.
Defense chief cites legal barriers to releasing prisoner abuse photos - 5/13/04 8:28 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making a surprise visit to Iraq aimed at containing the prisoner abuse scandal, said Thursday administration lawyers are advising the Pentagon not to publicly release any more photographs of Iraqi prisoners being abused by U.S. soldiers.
U.S. soldiers, militiamen fight near shrines in holy city of Karbala - 5/13/04 8:20 AM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- Heavy gunfire and huge explosions resounded Thursday as American forces battled Iraqi militiamen near a gold-domed shrine that is one of the most sacred sites for Shiite Muslims. Thick smoke rose over the city center.
Lawmakers express outrage after viewing more Iraq prison photos - 5/13/04 7:26 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh photos showing American soldiers brutalizing Iraqi prisoners with snarling dogs or forced sex left members of Congress angry and disgusted, but apparently with few new clues about how widespread the abuse was and who ultimately should be held accountable.
Mistreatment of prisoners in Afghanistan is 'systemic,' rights group says - 5/13/04 6:36 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Prisoners in U.S. custody in Afghanistan suffer "systemic" mistreatment, Human Rights Watch claimed Thursday, calling for a network of secretive jails dogged by allegations of assault and sexual abuse to be opened to outside scrutiny.
Shock at beheading of American, dismay at prisoner abuse scandal permeate Marine ranks - 5/13/04 6:08 AM
CAMP MERCURY, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines who battled insurgents in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah last month say they are appalled by images of Iraqi prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers, as well as the videotaped beheading of American captive Nicholas Berg.
Mosul police chief denies detaining slain American Nicholas Berg - 5/13/04 5:56 AM
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi police never detained an American whose decapitated body was found last week in Baghdad, the police chief said Thursday, despite U.S. insistence that Nicholas Berg was held by local authorities here shortly before he disappeared last month.
Lawyer for woman accused of prisoner abuse says Army uncooperative - 5/13/04 5:12 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The lawyer for an Army private photographed taunting naked Iraqi prisoners is accusing the Pentagon of withholding evidence necessary to her defense.
U.S. soldiers and militiamen fight near shrines in holy city of Karbala - 5/13/04 5:09 AM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- Amid heavy gunfire and explosions, American forces battled Iraqi militiamen on Thursday near a shrine that is one of the most sacred sites of Shia Islam. Thick smoke rose over the city center.
Defense chief makes surprise visit to Baghdad in effort to calm storm and lift spirits - 5/13/04 5:07 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived in the Iraqi capital Thursday on an unannounced visit aimed at calming the storm over abuse at Abu Ghraib prison and lifting the spirits of U.S. troops.
Bush seeks nearly unlimited say in how to spend $25 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan - 5/13/04 3:35 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush is seeking nearly unfettered control over how $25 billion would be spent for U.S. military activity in Iraq and Afghanistan later this year.
U.S. soldiers battle al-Sadr supporters in holy city of Karbala - 5/13/04 1:39 AM
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.
Heavy fighting in holy city of Karbala - 5/13/04 1:33 AM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard Thursday in the holy city of Karbala, where American troops are battling fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Black smoke rose from the city center.
U.S. soldier killed in bomb blast in Iraqi capital - 5/13/04 12:22 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A bomb exploded beside a U.S. military convoy in Baghdad, killing one U.S. soldier and injuring another, the U.S. military said Thursday.

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