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Friday  December 24, 2004

Rumsfeld relishes Iraq trip to see troops 12/24/2004, 11:03 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) After a bruising month at home, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld clearly relished his surprise holiday visit with American troops in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq.
Explosion rips Baghdad as Rumsfeld leaves 12/24/2004, 7:49 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A gas tanker truck wired with explosives blew up in a west Baghdad neighborhood Friday, killing one person, wounding 19 and lighting up the night sky with a fireball, just hours after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld left the capital.
Former aide won't testify against Saddam 12/24/2004, 7:34 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Tariq Aziz, a jailed former senior aide to Saddam Hussein, wants to write a book about Saddam but rejected reports that he will testify against the former dictator, his lawyer said Friday. Aziz also denied there was any corruption in the U.N.-run oil-for-food program.
Navy corpsmen spread holiday cheer in Iraq 12/24/2004, 4:13 p.m. PT
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) With shouts of "Merry Christmas, devil dogs," Navy corpsmen clad in elf caps and antlers brought some cheer Friday to Marines spending the holidays in the Iraqi desert.
Summary: Rumsfeld cheers troops in Iraq 12/24/2004, 3:38 p.m. PT
(AP) CHRISTMAS IN THE DESERT: There is no snow, though it hailed briefly in parts of Iraq last week and the temperature has dipped below freezing in recent days.
A look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq 12/24/2004, 3:26 p.m. PT
(AP) As of Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at least 1,323 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1034 died as a result of hostile action, the Defense Department said. The figures include three military civilians.
Rumsfeld praises troops in visit to Iraq 12/24/2004, 3:24 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Bearing gifts of praise and encouragement, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a Christmas Eve visit to some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq and told U.S. troops he believes they will defeat the insurgency that still threatens the country.
Explosion rips Baghdad as Rumsfeld leaves 12/24/2004, 3:23 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A gas tanker truck wired with explosives blew up in a west Baghdad neighborhood Friday, killing one person, wounding 19 and lighting up the night sky with a fireball, just hours after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld left the capital.
Navy corpsmen spread holiday cheer in Iraq 12/24/2004, 2:12 p.m. PT
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) With shouts of "Merry Christmas, devil dogs," Navy corpsmen clad in elf caps and antlers brought some cheer Friday to Marines spending the holidays in the Iraqi desert.
Former aide won't testify against Saddam 12/24/2004, 1:09 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Tariq Aziz, a jailed former senior aide to Saddam Hussein, wants to write a book about Saddam but rejected reports that he will testify against the former dictator, his lawyer said Friday. Aziz also denied there was any corruption in the U.N.-run oil-for-food program.
Gas tanker explodes in Baghdad 12/24/2004, 12:13 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A gas tanker truck wired with explosives blew up in a west Baghdad neighborhood Friday, wounding 20 people and lighting up the sky with a fireball, just hours after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld left the capital, police said.
Names of 13 soldiers who died in Mosul 12/24/2004, 11:40 a.m. PT
(AP) The Defense Department released on Friday a list of soldiers who died Dec. 21 in Mosul when the dining tent was attacked. The Pentagon has said 14 members of the military were killed in that explosion, but it released the names of only 13:
Suicide blasts remain powerful weapon 12/24/2004, 11:38 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Attacks like the explosion that killed 22 at a U.S. mess hall in Mosul display increasingly sophisticated planning in insurgent operations, producing dramatic assaults that exact punishing tolls, boost militants' morale and recruit new fighters.
Web site admits to insurgent casualties 12/24/2004, 6:56 a.m. PT
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) A posting on an Islamic Web site Friday made a rare admission of significant casualties among insurgents fighting U.S. forces in Iraq, saying 24 guerrillas, most of them non-Iraqi Arabs, were killed in battles in Fallujah the day before.
U.S. opens probe into Mosul base attack 12/24/2004, 5:07 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The brigadier general who investigated abuse at Abu Ghraib prison is heading the U.S. military's probe into how a suicide bomber infiltrated a U.S. Army base near Mosul and detonated a deadly explosion, authorities said Friday.
Rumsfeld makes surprise visit to Iraq 12/24/2004, 4:11 a.m. PT
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, on a Christmas Eve mission to cheer up the troops in Iraq, promised them that no matter how bleak things might look at any one moment they will look back on their mission with pride.
Former Saddam aide meets defense lawyer 12/24/2004, 3:03 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Tariq Aziz, a former senior aide for Saddam Hussein who has been in jail since April 2003, met with his defense lawyer for the first time, the attorney said on Friday.
Rumsfeld visits U.S. soldiers in Iraq 12/24/2004, 2:32 a.m. PT
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, on a Christmas Eve mission to cheer up the troops in Iraq, promised them that no matter how bleak things might look at any one moment they will look back on their mission with pride.

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