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Wednesday  August 18, 2004

Iraq group threatens to kill journalist 8/18/2004, 4:37 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A militant group calling itself the Martyrs Brigade said it had kidnapped a missing Western journalist and would kill him if U.S. forces did not leave the holy city of Najaf within 48 hours, the pan-Arab television station Al-Jazeera reported Thursday.
NewsView: Mosque adds problems for U.S. 8/18/2004, 4:32 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration is supporting the Iraqi government as it uses diplomacy and the threat of force to oust radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militia from a holy shrine in Najaf. At the same time, it is trying to steer clear of becoming the target of an angry Muslim world.
U.S.: Al-Sadr withdrawal would be welcome 8/18/2004, 4:31 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration reacted suspiciously Wednesday to reports that the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr had accepted a peace plan to end fighting in Najaf.
Radical cleric accepts Najaf peace plan 8/18/2004, 4:20 p.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accepted a peace plan Wednesday calling for his militiamen to disarm and leave their hideout in a revered Shiite shrine, raising hopes of ending a battle that has threatened to undermine Iraq's fledgling interim government.
Radical cleric accepts Najaf peace plan 8/18/2004, 4:11 p.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accepted a peace plan Wednesday that would disarm his militia and remove them from their hideout in a revered shrine, raising hopes of resolving a crisis that has angered many of Iraq's majority Shiites and threatened to undermine the fledgling interim government.
Two Marines killed in Iraq, military says 8/18/2004, 4:08 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A U.S. Marine assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed Wednesday while conducting "security and stability operations" in the volatile Anbar Province and a second Marine died in a vehicle accident, the military reported Thursday.
A look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq 8/18/2004, 4:06 p.m. PT
(AP) As of Wednesday, Aug. 18, 946 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 705 died as a result of hostile action and 241 died of non-hostile causes.
U.S.: Al-Sadr withdrawal would be welcome 8/18/2004, 3:13 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration reacted suspiciously Wednesday to reports that the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr had accepted a peace plan to end fighting in Najaf.
Iraq group threatens to kill journalist 8/18/2004, 3:13 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A militant group said it has kidnapped a missing Western journalist and would kill him if U.S. forces did not leave the holy city of Najaf within 48 hours, Al-Jazeera reported Thursday.
NewsView: Mosque adds problems for U.S. 8/18/2004, 3:05 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration is supporting the Iraqi government as it uses diplomacy and the threat of force to oust radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militia from a holy shrine in Najaf. At the same time, it is trying to steer clear of becoming the target of an angry Muslim world.
U.N. pays homage to Baghdad blast victims 8/18/2004, 12:03 p.m. PT
GENEVA (AP) The United Nations' chief met privately Wednesday with survivors and families of the 22 workers killed by a bomb that shattered U.N. offices in Baghdad a year ago, an attack that stunned the world body into a realization that some consider it an enemy.
U.S. soldiers kill 2 Abu Ghraib detainees 8/18/2004, 11:30 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) U.S. military police shot and killed two detainees and wounded five others in an effort to put down a massive brawl that broke out Wednesday at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison facility west of the Iraqi capital.
Najaf shrine is holy site to Muslims 8/18/2004, 9:50 a.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) For centuries, the world's 120 million Shiite Muslims have revered the gold-domed mosque of Imam Ali bin Abi Talib named after the slain cousin and son-in-law of Islam's prophet Muhammad as a place of pilgrimage.
Delegate: Al-Sadr agrees to withdraw 8/18/2004, 8:07 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has accepted a peace plan drafted by the Iraqi National Conference, which would include laying down arms and withdrawing his militia from a holy shrine in the city of Najaf, a delegate told the conference Wednesday. There was no immediate confirmation from al-Sadr's office.
Iraqi forces may raid Najaf holy shrine 8/18/2004, 7:19 a.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Iraqi troops could raid Najaf's holy Imam Ali Shrine on Wednesday in a final push to root out Shiite militants hiding there while they battle U.S. forces, Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan said.
Iraq says forces may raid Najaf compound 8/18/2004, 6:22 a.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Iraqi troops could raid Najaf's holy Imam Ali Shrine as early as Wednesday in a final push to root out Shiite militants hiding there while battling U.S. forces, Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan said.
Rocket slams into Iraqi market, killing 5 8/18/2004, 5:52 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A rocket slammed into a busy market in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, killing at least five civilians, a U.S. military spokeswoman said.
Iraq refuses new delegation for Najaf 8/18/2004, 4:51 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's National Conference refused Wednesday to send a second delegation to the holy city of Najaf to negotiate an end to fighting between U.S. troops and loyalists of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a day after he rebuffed their demand for a meeting.
Rocket slams into Iraqi market, killing 5 8/18/2004, 4:17 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A rocket slammed into a busy market in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, killing at least five civilians, a U.S. military spokeswoman said.
Iraq won't send new delegation to Najaf 8/18/2004, 3:21 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's National Conference refused Wednesday to send a second delegation to the holy city of Najaf to negotiate an end to fighting between U.S. troops and loyalists of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a day after he rebuffed their demand for a meeting.
Explosion hits Iraq Foreign Ministry 8/18/2004, 2:33 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A large explosion hit central Baghad on Wednesday close to a convention center where a key national gathering of political, religious and civic leaders entered its final day.
U.S. forces, insurgents clash near Baghdad 8/18/2004, 1:21 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) U.S. forces clashed with insurgents southeast of the Iraqi capital Wednesday in fighting that left up to five civilians dead, officials said.

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