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Monday  June 28, 2004

U.N. chief Annan welcomes Iraq back into 'family of independent and sovereign nations' - 6/28/04 11:29 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed Iraq "back into the family of independent and sovereign nations" Monday and called on all Iraqis to assist the new, interim government.
On the airwaves, Iraqis rejoice and warn terrorists - 6/28/04 10:19 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi voices filled the airwaves of the nation's first independent talk radio station Monday, applauding a surprise move by the U.S.-led coalition to return sovereignty to Iraq two days early.
Rather quietly and two days early, Iraq becomes a sovereign nation once more - 6/28/04 10:09 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Gunfire didn't echo through Baghdad's neighborhoods, as it does so often when the time for celebration comes. The rutted streets of what had been Saddam Hussein's capital -- usually chaotic, rarely quiet -- were almost empty. No statues of despots came tumbling down.
Two days ahead of schedule, Iraq becomes a sovereign nation once more - 6/28/04 10:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's new leaders reclaimed their nation two days early, accepting limited power Monday from U.S. occupiers, who wished them prosperity and handed them a staggering slate of problems -- including a lethal insurgency the Americans admit they underestimated.
Militants kill U.S. soldier held captive since April, Al-Jazeera reports - 6/28/04 9:38 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi militants killed an American soldier they have held hostage for nearly three months, saying the killing was because the U.S. government did not change its policy in Iraq, Al-Jazeera television said Tuesday.
A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq - 6/28/04 9:30 PM
As of Monday, June 28, 850 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 629 died as a result of hostile action and 221 died of non-hostile causes. The department did not provide an update over the weekend.
Polls: Americans skeptical about prospects for Iraq turnover - 6/28/04 9:22 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are skeptical about the turnover of political control to Iraqis at a time the country has not been stabilized, according to polls released Monday.
Kuwait resumes diplomatic ties with Iraq - 6/28/04 9:11 PM
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwait is resuming diplomatic ties with Iraq, 14 years after Saddam Hussein invaded his small neighbor and occupied it for seven months.
Family wages homefront battle to free seven soldiers accused of prisoner abuse - 6/28/04 8:12 PM
BALTIMORE (AP) -- It's hard to defend the image in the photograph: Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick II stands behind a naked Iraqi prisoner who's been smeared in feces.
Jazeera broadcasts claim that militants have killed kidnapped U.S. soldier - 6/28/04 6:50 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi militants killed an American soldier they have held hostage for nearly three months, saying the killing was because the U.S. government did not change its policy in Iraq, Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday.
Father of kidnapped U.S. Marine appeals to captors to release his son - 6/28/04 6:04 PM
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- The father of a Lebanese-born U.S. Marine whose captors in Iraq are threatening to behead him pleaded Monday for his son's release, saying he was not involved in the fight against Iraqi resistance groups.
Lawmakers welcome transition in Iraq but remain uneasy - 6/28/04 6:02 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. lawmakers on Monday welcomed the transition of power in Iraq two days early but remained worried about the future of the troubled effort.
Poll: Americans skeptical about prospects for Iraq turnover - 6/28/04 6:02 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are skeptical about the turnover of political control to Iraqis at a time the country has not been stabilized, according to a poll released Monday.
Iraqis want democracy, but worried about their future: poll - 6/28/04 5:25 PM
LONDON (AP) -- Nearly 60 percent of Iraqis surveyed believe U.S.-led forces were wrong to invade Iraq, but half think that democracy is what their country needs most, according to a poll released Monday.
Strong explosions rock central Baghdad after midnight - 6/28/04 4:45 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- At least four strong explosions shook the heart of the Iraqi capital early Tuesday, hours after the U.S.-run coalition transferred sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government.
Text of letters involving the transfer of Iraqi sovereignty - 6/28/04 4:29 PM
Following are letters exchanged Sunday and Monday as the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority transferred sovereignty to a new, interim Iraqi government.
An "outsider" to some, Allawi faces daunting task: security and acceptance - 6/28/04 3:59 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iyad Allawi, the prime minister who took power in Iraq on Monday, is dismissed by militant Shiites and Sunnis as a puppet of the Americans. To many Iraqis, he is an out-of-touch "outsider" who has no popular base.
Handover is a milestone, but the meaning is elusive - 6/28/04 3:44 PM
LONDON (AP) -- The handover of sovereignty in Iraq is a milestone on a bloody road, but much of the world reserved judgment Monday on its significance.
One British soldier killed, two hurt in southern Iraq explosion - 6/28/04 3:21 PM
LONDON (AP) -- One British soldier was killed and two were wounded by a bomb in southern Iraq on Monday, the Ministry of Defense said.
Polls: Americans skeptical about prospects for Iraq turnover; Iraqis' optimism drops - 6/28/04 3:06 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraqis' optimism has dropped over the past few months, and Americans are skeptical about the turnover of political control, according to polls released Monday.
U.S. military says terror suspect has not been caught - 6/28/04 2:43 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. military denied Monday that it had captured the most wanted militant in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Text of the NATO communique on Iraq - 6/28/04 2:18 PM
The text of the NATO communique on Iraq, released at the first day of the alliance's summit meeting in Istanbul
Father of kidnapped U.S. Marine appeals to captors to release his son - 6/28/04 2:14 PM
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- The father of a Lebanese-born U.S. Marine whose captors in Iraq are threatening to behead him pleaded Monday for his son's release, saying he was not involved in the fight against Iraqi resistance groups.
U.N. chief Annan welcomes Iraq back into 'family of independent and sovereign nations' - 6/28/04 2:08 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed Iraq "back into the family of independent and sovereign nations" Monday and called on all Iraqis to assist the new, interim government.
Armitage says State Department now will play dominant role in shaping U.S. policy on Iraq - 6/28/04 1:27 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Iraqi sovereignty restored, the State Department will assume the dominant role in shaping Bush administration policy on Iraq, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Monday.
In surprise move, U.S. transfers sovereignty to Iraqi government ahead of schedule - 6/28/04 1:13 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days early Monday in a surprise move that apparently caught insurgents off guard, averting a feared campaign of attacks to sabotage the historic step toward self-rule.
World welcomes Iraqi handover, some wonder what difference it will make - 6/28/04 1:10 PM
LONDON (AP) -- World leaders Monday hailed Iraq's new sovereignty, even as many of Baghdad's Arab neighbors said the United States remained in control with its 140,000 troops shielding the new government from assassins and insurgents.
U.S. ambassador John Negroponte arrives in Iraqi capital - 6/28/04 1:07 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- John Negroponte, the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq, arrived in Baghdad Monday to take over political contact between Washington and the fledgling Iraqi interim government.
Text of the NATO communique on Iraq - 6/28/04 12:52 PM
The text of the NATO communique on Iraq, released at the first day of the alliance's summit meeting in Istanbul:
Saddam to be transferred in 'few days'; lawyer says that violating international law - 6/28/04 12:35 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein will appear before an Iraqi judge in the "next few days" to face charges related to his 23 years in power, Iraqi and coalition officials said Monday.
Bush says Iraqi people have their country back - 6/28/04 12:01 PM
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the two determined architects of the war against Saddam Hussein, celebrated the early transfer of political power to Iraqis Monday. "The Iraqi people have their country back," Bush said.
Hopes for stability, fear of more violence surround sovereignty transfer in Iraq - 6/28/04 11:30 AM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Arabs welcomed Iraq's formal return to self-rule Monday, but many cautioned that real power would remain with the Americans as long as U.S. troops were in the country.
U.S. occupation chief heads home after turbulent 14-month rule - 6/28/04 11:26 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- L. Paul Bremer's last day as U.S. administrator of Iraq started as it often did: he arrived at his office Monday inside the heavily guarded Green Zone at 6 a.m., wearing a dark-blue suit and his trademark tan-colored U.S. Army combat boots.
Militants threaten to behead two hostages, including a U.S. Marine - 6/28/04 11:22 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents threatened to behead a U.S. Marine and a Pakistani driver they had kidnapped unless the Americans release all Iraqis in "occupation jails," according to a videotape on Arab television. Turkey rejected demands by militants holding three Turkish hostages in a separate standof ...
Saddam to be transferred in a week; lawyer says that violates international law - 6/28/04 11:02 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Coalition officials and the Iraqi government have agreed to transfer legal custody of Saddam Hussein in a week, a coalition official said Monday -- but a military spokesman said he will remain in a U.S.-run jail for now because Iraqi government doesn't have a suitable prison.
Bush says Iraqi people have country back - 6/28/04 10:42 AM
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the two determined architects of the war against Saddam Hussein, celebrated the early transfer of political power to Iraqis Monday. "The Iraqi people have their country back," Bush said.
Lawmakers anxious about transition in Iraq - 6/28/04 10:36 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the United States transferred political control to an interim government in Baghdad, U.S. lawmakers are expressing unease about the future of Iraq and the 138,000 American troops who will continue to serve there.
Europe remains split over how to help Iraq's interim government - 6/28/04 10:35 AM
PARIS (AP) -- In French eyes, Iraq's problems won't be solved by sending more troops. Germany and Spain aren't budging either. But Britain, Italy and other U.S. allies in Europe insist they're in for the long haul.
Text of Bremer's farewell letter to coalition - 6/28/04 10:15 AM
The text of U.S. civilian administrator L. Paul Bremer's farewell letter to members of the Coalition Provisional Authority:
Surprise sovereignty announcement catches reporters, world leaders off guard - 6/28/04 9:07 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Before the first cup of coffee, there were signs the news conference suddenly convened Monday morning was more than advertised -- a simple briefing by U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer.
Many Iraqis receive transfer of power with guarded optimism, and fear - 6/28/04 8:48 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- After 14 months of bloodshed, foreign military occupation and political turmoil, Iraqis received the news Monday that they were back in control of their country with guarded optimism and fear of more terrorist attacks.
New Iraqi government formally sworn in. Allawi vows to crush insurgency - 6/28/04 8:19 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's interim prime minister warned Monday that the "forces of terror" would be crushed as his new government took the oath of office, assuming power only hours after U.S. authorities handed over sovereignty.
Coalition official says Saddam to be transferred in a week; lawyer says coalition violating international law - 6/28/04 8:19 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Coalition officials and the Iraqi government have agreed to transfer legal custody of Saddam Hussein in a week, a coalition official said Monday.
In surprise move, U.S. transfers sovereignty to Iraqi government ahead of schedule - 6/28/04 8:02 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days early Monday in a surprise move that apparently caught insurgents off guard, averting a feared campaign of attacks to sabotage the highly symbolic step toward self-rule.
Lawmakers anxious about transition in Iraq - 6/28/04 7:37 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the United States transferred political control to an interim government in Baghdad, U.S. lawmakers are expressing unease about the future of Iraq and the 138,000 American troops who will continue to serve there.
New Iraqi government formally sworn in after U.S.-run coalition transfers sovereignty - 6/28/04 7:28 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Members of Iraq's new government took the oath of office on Monday in a ceremony only hours after the U.S.-run coalition transferred sovereignty, formally ending the U.S. military occupation.
NATO leaders agree to train Iraqi armed forces - 6/28/04 7:08 AM
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- NATO leaders agreed Monday to help train Iraq's armed forces, responding to a request from the incoming Iraqi government.
Hopes for stability, fear of more violence surround sovereignty transfer in Iraq - 6/28/04 6:55 AM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Arabs welcomed Iraq's formal return to self-rule Monday, but many cautioned that real power would remain with the Americans as long as U.S. troops were in the country.
The degree of real sovereignty which Iraqis will have depends on the level of violence by insurgents - 6/28/04 6:47 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Regardless of Security Council resolutions and other legal documents, it is the insurgents who will determine how much genuine authority the newly sovereign Iraqi government will have as it begins the march to democratic rule.
Talk radio comes to Baghdad, offers Iraqis a venue for venting - 6/28/04 6:31 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The calls come in a flurry -- a race by residents of Baghdad and the surrounding areas to dial one of Radio Dijla's two call-in lines.
World welcomes Iraqi handover, some wonder what difference it will make - 6/28/04 6:23 AM
LONDON (AP) -- World leaders welcomed the surprise early handover of power in Iraq Monday, but few expected it would put a quick end to spiraling violence.
Militants threaten to behead two hostages, one a U.S. Marine - 6/28/04 5:34 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents threatened to behead a U.S. Marine and a Pakistani driver they had kidnapped unless the United States releases all Iraqis in "occupation jails," according to a videotape aired on Arab television. Turkey rejected demands by militants holding three Turkish hostages in a separ ...
United States welcomes early turnover of power as proud day for Iraq - 6/28/04 5:32 AM
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- The Bush administration expressed optimism Monday that the early transfer of power in Iraq would strengthen the new government's hand to deal with rampant violence and the threat of terrorism.
Coalition official says Saddam to be transferred in a week - 6/28/04 4:37 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Coalition officials and the Iraqi government have agreed to transfer legal custody of Saddam Hussein in a week, a coalition official said Monday.
Thumbnails of key Iraqi leaders - 6/28/04 4:23 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A look at key members of Iraq's interim government, which accepted power Monday from U.S. governor L. Paul Bremer.
Media reports: Iraqi Foreign Minister suggests handover of power could be speeded up - 6/28/04 2:43 AM
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- Iraq's foreign minister suggested Monday that the transfer of sovereignty could be speeded up before the Wednesday deadline, media reports said.
Lawmakers anxious as Iraq transition approaches - 6/28/04 1:53 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. plans to hand over political control to an interim Iraqi government Wednesday haven't eased congressional anxieties about the future of Iraq, or of the 138,000 American troops who will continue to serve there.
U.S. military sees worrying alliance between terrorists and Iraqi guerrillas - 6/28/04 1:41 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. military is seeing evidence of a worrying rebel alliance among secular guerrillas fighting with guns and grenades who have joined forces with car-bomb building terrorists, U.S. military officials said.

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