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Friday  August 20, 2004

Daily U.S. military deaths in Iraq 8/20/2004, 4:27 p.m. PT
(AP) As of Friday, Aug. 20, 949 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 708 died as a result of hostile action and 241 died of non-hostile causes.
Militia offers to cede control of shrine 8/20/2004, 4:08 p.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) A rebel cleric's militiamen kept their guns outside a holy site Friday after issuing a surprise offer to give up control of the Imam Ali Shrine to Shiite Muslim religious leaders, but negotiators wrangled into the night over getting the militants out of the compound.
On tape, abducted reporter says he's OK 8/20/2004, 4:03 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A U.S. journalist abducted by militants in Iraq and threatened with death said in a video aired Friday that his captors were treating him well, while an Italian journalist also was reported missing in the war-torn country.
Iran urges meeting on Iraq 'catastrophe' 8/20/2004, 3:06 p.m. PT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called on Muslim countries Friday to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the "catastrophe" in Iraq, particularly the 2-week standoff in the holy city of Najaf.
Militia offers to cede control of shrine 8/20/2004, 2:55 p.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) A rebel cleric's militiamen kept their guns outside a holy site Friday after issuing a surprise offer to give up control of the Imam Ali Shrine to Shiite Muslim religious leaders, but negotiators wrangled into the night over getting the militants out of the compound.
On tape, abducted reporter says he's OK 8/20/2004, 2:52 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A U.S. journalist abducted by militants in Iraq and threatened with death said in a video aired Friday that his captors were treating him well, while an Italian journalist also was reported missing in the war-torn country.
Bloody battle dulls cleric's heroic image 8/20/2004, 1:27 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has emerged from a bloody, two-week showdown with U.S. forces with his militia intact but his heroic image in question.
List of foreigners taken hostage in Iraq 8/20/2004, 11:51 a.m. PT
(AP) Insurgents in Iraq have kidnapped dozens of people in their campaign to drive out coalition forces and hamper reconstruction:
Two U.S. Marines killed in action in Iraq 8/20/2004, 10:38 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Attackers ambushed a U.S. patrol north of the Iraqi capital on Friday, killing one American soldier and wounding four others, while the U.S. military said two Marines were killed in action in Iraq's volatile Anbar province earlier this week.
Militants remove arms from Najaf shrine 8/20/2004, 10:01 a.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Militiamen loyal to rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday removed weapons from the revered Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf in a step aimed at ending the 2-week-old uprising centered on the holy site.
List of foreigners taken hostage in Iraq 8/20/2004, 9:15 a.m. PT
(AP) Insurgents in Iraq have kidnapped dozens of people in their campaign to drive out coalition forces and hamper reconstruction:
Iran urges meeting on Iraq 'catastrophe' 8/20/2004, 7:58 a.m. PT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called on Muslim countries Friday to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the "catastrophe" in Iraq, particularly the 2-week standoff in the holy city of Najaf.
Tape: Missing U.S. journalist says he's OK 8/20/2004, 7:14 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) An American journalist kidnapped by militants in Iraq and threatened with death said in a video aired Friday that his captors were treating him well.
Al-Sadr followers offer to leave shrine 8/20/2004, 5:49 a.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Followers loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Friday they were prepared to hand control of the revered Imam Ali Shrine to top Shiite religious authorities, and Iraq's interim prime minister said he would not storm the holy site.
Two U.S. Marines killed in action in Iraq 8/20/2004, 5:31 a.m. PT
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) Two U.S. Marines were killed in action in Iraq's volatile Anbar province, the U.S. military said Friday.
Report: 77 killed in Najaf since Thursday 8/20/2004, 4:36 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Fighting in the holy city of Najaf left 77 people dead and 70 others injured Thursday and the early morning hours Friday, the Health Ministry reported.
Al-Sadr aide: We will surrender shrine 8/20/2004, 4:10 a.m. PT
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Followers loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Friday they were preparing to hand control of the revered Imam Ali Shrine to top Shiite religious authorities in a bid to end a two-week-old uprising in the holy city of Najaf.
U.S. plane launches airstrikes in Fallujah 8/20/2004, 3:20 a.m. PT
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) U.S. forces launched two airstrikes Friday on the troubled Iraqi city of Fallujah, hospital officials and witnesses said. The first came just after midnight and killed two people and injured six, said Dia'a al-Jumeili, a doctor at Fallujah's main hospital.
Iraq abductors vow to free U.S. journalist 8/20/2004, 3:11 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A top aide to firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who appealed to kidnappers to free a Western journalist, said Friday they had promised to release him. The pan-Arab television station Al-Jazeera reported Thursday that a militant group calling itself the Martyrs Brigade had abducted New York journalist Micah Garen and threatened to kill him within 48 hours unless U.S. pulled out of the wear-shattered city of Najaf.

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