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Wednesday  May 19, 2004

General: Iraq violence likely to get worse before it gets better - 5/19/04 10:51 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Wednesday he may need more than the 135,000 troops already in Iraq once political control is handed back to the Iraqis on June 30 because the insurgency is likely to grow even more violent then.
Interim government in Iraq may have mix of politicians and non-politicians, Annan says - 5/19/04 9:33 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Wednesday that Iraq's new interim government may wind up with a mix of both political professionals and newcomers to government when it assumes power June 30.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 5/19/04 7:57 PM
As of Wednesday, May 19, 789 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 575 died as a result of hostile action and 214 died of non-hostile causes.
U.S. troops clash with Shiite militias south of Baghdad, explosions in the capital - 5/19/04 7:40 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- American soldiers clashed Wednesday with Shiite militiamen in two cities south of the capital, killing at least eight of them, U.S. officials said. Mortars and rockets fell on widely scattered areas of the Iraqi capital.
Justice examining three prisoner deaths involving CIA - 5/19/04 7:23 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA has sent three cases to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution against agency personnel accused of involvement in the deaths of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Justice official said Wednesday.
Lawyers contend military illegally questioned private at center of abuse probe - 5/19/04 7:17 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Military investigators illegally questioned an Army private at the center of a probe into abuse of Iraqi prisoners, interrogating her for up to 12 hours after ignoring her request for a lawyer and forcing her to sign a waiver of her rights, a lawyer for the soldier said Wednesday.
More than 40 Iraqis reported killed by U.S. aircraft; Iraqis say wedding party attacked - 5/19/04 6:30 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. aircraft fired on a house in the desert near the Syrian border Wednesday, and Iraqi officials said more than 40 people were killed, including children. The U.S. military said the target was a suspected safehouse for foreign fighters from Syria, but Iraqis said a helicopter had ...
More than 40 Iraqis reported killed by U.S. aircraft; Iraqis say wedding party attacked - 5/19/04 5:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. aircraft fired on a house in the desert near the Syrian border Wednesday, and Iraqi officials said more than 40 people were killed, including children. The U.S. military said the target was a suspected safehouse for foreign fighters from Syria, but Iraqis said a helicopter had ...
Hometown residents honor soldier who pleaded guilty in Iraq prisoner-abuse case - 5/19/04 4:45 PM
HYNDMAN, Pa. (AP) -- Army Spc. Jeremy Sivits' guilty plea Wednesday to charges of mistreating Iraqi prisoners was met with anger and disbelief in his hometown, where friends allege he was accepting blame that truly rests with his superiors.
General: Iraq violence likely to get worse before it gets better - 5/19/04 4:39 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Wednesday he may need more than the 135,000 troops already in Iraq once political control is handed back to the Iraqis on June 30 because the insurgency is likely to grow even more violent then.
U.S. helicopter fires on wedding party, kills more than 40 people, Iraq officials say - 5/19/04 3:58 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. helicopter fired on a wedding party in the remote desert near the border with Syria, killing more than 40 people, most of them women and children, Iraqi officials said. The U.S. military said it was investigating.
U.S. forces and cleric's militia fight in holy Iraqi city - 5/19/04 3:12 PM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. military on Wednesday accused fighters loyal to a rebel cleric of firing on American forces from one of Shia Islam's holiest shrines.
Sivits gets maximum penalty in first court-martial for Iraqi prisoner scandal - 5/19/04 2:58 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits wept and apologized after receiving the maximum penalty of a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge Wednesday in the first court-martial stemming from abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Four defendants go before U.S. military court in Baghdad in Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal - 5/19/04 2:28 PM
Four U.S. soldiers appeared before a U.S. military court in Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday. One pleaded guilty and was sentenced and three others will next appear in court June 21.
Senior military commander says some who already were disciplined may face criminal charges - 5/19/04 2:01 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American military personnel who received reprimands or similar sanctions for their role in the abuse of prisoners may yet face criminal charges, the top commander in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday.
US-Iraq-Excerpts - 5/19/04 1:55 PM
Excerpts from Wednesday's hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Iraqi prisoner abuse, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.:
Bush anticipates selection in next two weeks of Iraqi government's leaders - 5/19/04 1:51 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Wednesday he anticipates the selection in the next two weeks of the president and top ministers of the Iraqi government that is to gain power on June 30.
Officials say American aircraft kill more than 40 at wedding party - 5/19/04 1:41 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. helicopter fired on a wedding party early Wednesday in western Iraq, killing more than 40 people, Iraqi officials said. The U.S. military said it could not confirm the report and was investigating.
Top general orders sweeping review of secretive U.S. jails in Afghanistan - 5/19/04 1:27 PM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The top American general in Afghanistan has ordered a sweeping review of secretive U.S. jails in the country amid mounting allegations of prisoner abuse, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
Sivits receives maxium penalty in first court-martial for Iraqi prisoner scandal - 5/19/04 12:40 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits received the maximum penalty Wednesday -- one year in prison, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge -- in the first court-martial stemming from mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Top military commanders pledge thorough probe of prisoner abuse - 5/19/04 12:22 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American military personnel previously disciplined for their role in the abuse of prisoners may yet face criminal charges, the top commander in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday.
Charges in the Iraq prison abuse case - 5/19/04 11:57 AM
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits pleaded guilty to four counts of abuse at a court-martial hearing in Iraq on Wednesday, the first defendant to go on trial in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
Sivits receives harshest penalty in first court-martial for Iraqi prisoner scandal - 5/19/04 11:27 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits received the maximum penalty Wednesday -- one year in prison, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge -- in the first court-martial stemming from mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Residents show support for soldier who pleaded guilty in Iraq prisoner abuse case - 5/19/04 10:32 AM
HYNDMAN, Pa. (AP) -- Residents of this tiny town vowed to preserve the honor of Army Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits after learning Wednesday that he pleaded guilty for taking photos of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
Top commander in Iraq pledges thorough probe of prisoner abuse - 5/19/04 9:16 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top military commander in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday that the abuse of prisoners in Iraq will be investigated thoroughly up the chain of command, "and that includes me."
Sivits receives year in prison for prisoner scandal - 5/19/04 8:41 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A special court-martial Wednesday sentenced Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits to a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge for his role in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case.
Italy and Poland exert pressure for power handover; Ukraine to keep - 5/19/04 8:18 AM
ROME (AP) -- Italy and Poland, two major European allies in the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, pressed for a prompt handover of power to a local government fully representing the Iraqi people.
Sivits pleads guilty to three counts of abuse in Iraqi prisoner scandal - 5/19/04 7:49 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, at times struggling to hold back tears, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of abuse in the first court-martial stemming from mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
U.S. Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits pleads guilty to abusing Iraqi prisoners - 5/19/04 7:35 AM
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits pleaded guilty to three counts of abuse at a court-martial hearing in Iraq on Wednesday, the first defendant to go on trial in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
Parliament rejects motion to withdraw Ukrainian troops from Iraq - 5/19/04 7:23 AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian parliament has rejected an opposition proposal to withdraw Ukraine's troops from Iraq.
Sivits plead guilty to three counts of abuse in Iraqi prisoner scandal - 5/19/04 6:29 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of abuse in the first court-martial stemming from mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Al-Qaida-linked group claims responsibility for car bomb that killed senior Iraqi official - 5/19/04 6:17 AM
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A group linked to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the car bomb assassination of the Iraqi Governing Council president, according to an Internet statement posted Wednesday.
Sivits pleads guilty to three charges in first trial in Abu Ghraib case - 5/19/04 6:03 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of abuse in the first court-martial stemming from abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
U.S. forces and cleric's militia fight in holy Iraqi city - 5/19/04 5:44 AM
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. military on Wednesday accused fighters loyal to a rebel cleric of firing on American forces from one of Shia Islam's holiest shrines.
First American soldier to go on trial in Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal; three others defer pleas - 5/19/04 5:25 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Three U.S. soldiers charged with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison deferred entering pleas at their arraignments Wednesday, ahead of the start of the first court-martial in a case which President Bush called a "stain" on America's honor.
General to tour, review network of U.S. jails in Afghanistan - 5/19/04 5:01 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has instructed a fellow general to carry out a "top to bottom" review of American holding facilities across Afghanistan, the military said Wednesday, in an effort to fend off growing allegations of prisoner abuse.
General to tour, review network of secretive U.S. jails in Afghanistan - 5/19/04 4:07 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has instructed a fellow general to carry out a "top to bottom" review of American holding facilities across the country, the military said Wednesday, in an effort to fend off growing allegations of prisoner abuse.
Media rules for courts-martial - 5/19/04 4:06 AM
Media regulations for Wednesday's court-martial of U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits and arraignments of three other soldiers:
Court-martial charges against U.S. Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits - 5/19/04 4:05 AM
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits faces three counts of misconduct at a court-martial hearing in Iraq on Wednesday, the first defendant to go on trial in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
Three defendants arraigned in Abu Ghraib case; pleas deferred and June 21 hearing set - 5/19/04 3:32 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Arraignments began Wednesday for three soldiers charged with abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib, and all three deferred entering pleas.
Iraqi spiritual leader urges armed groups to leave holy cities; U.S. says handover on schedule - 5/19/04 3:14 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's most respected Shiite cleric urged both U.S. soldiers and a radical cleric's militia Tuesday to withdraw from two Shiite holy cities where fighting has raged near some of Shia Islam's holiest shrines.
Arraignments begin in Abu Ghraib case - 5/19/04 3:03 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Arraignments began Wednesday for three soldiers charged with abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib, and all three deferred entering pleas.
Family of Abu Ghraib detainees say culprits of prison abuse should face death penalty - 5/19/04 2:56 AM
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- On the eve of the first court-martial in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal, relatives of those still held at Abu Ghraib prison said Tuesday the only suitable punishment would be death -- illustrating the potential gap in expectations in the case.
Italy and Poland exert pressure for power handover - 5/19/04 2:13 AM
ROME (AP) -- Italy and Poland, two major European allies in the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, pressed for a prompt handover of power to a local government that fully represents the Iraqi people. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Ukraine will consider withdrawing its troops.
Exchanges in hot U.S. Army tent encases Iraq's woes as handover of power draws closer - 5/19/04 2:04 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- What transpired in a U.S. Army tent sums up Iraq's mood after the assassination of its most senior figure -- Governing Council President Izzadine Saleem.
Three U.S. generals to explain what they know about Iraq prison abuse - 5/19/04 1:38 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are pulling in top U.S. generals from Iraq to tell what they know about the prisoner abuse scandal over strong criticism from a Republican committee chairman in the House.
Iraqi spiritual leader urges armed groups to leave holy cities; U.S. says handover on schedule - 5/19/04 12:19 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's most respected Shiite cleric urged both U.S. soldiers and a radical cleric's militia Tuesday to withdraw from two Shiite holy cities where fighting has raged near some of Shia Islam's holiest shrines.

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