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Thursday, November 18, 2004

A US Marine walks in the city of Fallujah.

A US Marine walks in the city of Fallujah. The suspected murder of British air worker Margaret Hassan in Iraq was widely condemned as a wave of unrest across Sunni MUslim hotspots killed more than 20 people, many of them women and children(AFP/Patrick Baz) Yahoo! News - Mideast Photos - AFP

US soldiers inspect a police station

US soldiers inspect a police station in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. US soldiers reclaimed police stations recently ransacked and torched by rebels.(AFP/Tauseef Mustafa) Yahoo! News - World Photos - AFP
Iraq War News
Middle East reacts to videotaped Marine shooting in Fallujah in Iraq & Terror

Police say 31 Iraqi police kidnapped in western Iraq in Iraq & Terror

Bombs kill four in Baghdad and Kirkuk: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Insurgents detonated a car bomb Thursday near a U.S. military convoy in Baghdad and a roadside bomb exploded at a job recruiting center in the northern city of Kirkuk, in attacks that killed four people, police and officials said."

In Modesto Bee: Iraq

Protesters demand release of Shiite followers held by U-S forces in Iraq & Terror

Baghdad and Kirkuk hit by blasts: "Four people are reportedly killed by blasts in Baghdad and Kirkuk as Iraq sees more violence."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

UK Govt Rejects Lancet Figures: "

Updating a previous post, from the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

Britain has rejected an estimate by US researchers that about 100,000 Iraqi civilians may have died as a result of the war, agreeing with an Iraqi Government figure of a much smaller body count.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the estimate, in a report published late last month by British medical journal The Lancet, was based on imprecise data.

London supports an estimate from Iraq’s Ministry of Health that 3,853 civilians were killed and 15,517 injured between April and October this year, Mr Straw said in a statement.

Those figures may include insurgents.

The report from The Lancet was released just days before the US presidential election, where Iraq was a major campaign issue.

The Lancet report stated there was a 90% chance of the number of dead being somewhere between 8,000 and 192,000, excluding the figures for pre-assault Fallujah, where their method showed that everyone in it was dead or injured.

(Media Bias)

In Command Post: Irak

Unrest in Ramadi : Mosul Quiet: "

From Reuters via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

US officers in Fallujah said Marines were “cleaning up” Iraqi and foreign Islamists and Saddam Hussein loyalists, and Iraq’s interim government said some 1,600 rebels lay dead.

Mortar fire and heavy explosive rounds crashed on areas where insurgents were believed still to be holding out.
In Ramadi, just west of Fallujah, nine Iraqis were killed and 15 wounded when US forces confronted large groups of rocket and mortar-firing gunmen who fanned out through the streets, hospital officials and witnesses said.

Iraq’s third city Mosul, another Sunni stronghold in the north, was quiet after days of clashes. The road north from Baghdad remained dangerous and three Turkish truck drivers were killed in two ambushes, police said.

Iraq’s fledgling security forces, set up under US control to replace Saddam’s discredited authorities, were targeted again. For once, a group of unarmed police recruits was able to outwit guerrillas who have killed dozens of their comrades.

Held up by gunmen at a hotel in Rutba on their way home from training in Jordan, 35 recruits from the southern, Shiite city of Kerbala hid their police papers pretending to be businessmen, Kerbala’s police chief said. After three hours, the gunmen left.


In Command Post: Irak

UN Investigates Allegations of British Abuse: "

From the BBC via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

The United Nations is investigating reports that British soldiers in Iraq have mistreated Iraqi citizens.

The UN committee is also looking at accusations that terrorist suspects held in Britain have been ill-treated.

The cases range from road traffic accidents, to incidents where people were caught in crossfire.

Only 17 could be classed as cruel or degrading treatment or torture, Britain said, and only one has so far been referred for trial.

Members of the committee on torture want more details of these investigations, but the most searching questions were on Britain’s anti-terrorism laws.

Britain had said its policy of holding foreign nationals suspected of terrorist activities was justified, because there was an emergency, threatening the life of the nation.

The committee asked why detainees were not being brought before a judge.


In Command Post: Irak

Women, Children Main Victims in Suicide Attack: "

Updating a previous post, from Reuters via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

Up to 15 Iraqis have been killed and 22 others wounded, when a suicide bomber rammed his car into a US armoured vehicle in the northern oil city of Baiji.

Witnesses say the bomb was detonated in a market area near the centre of the Sunni Muslim city. Six women and six children are reported to be among the dead.

It also damaged the US vehicle and wounded several troops.

Clashes between American-led troops and insurgents later erupted in several parts of Baiji, prompting the US military to seal off an oil refinery in the north of the city, to protect it from attack.


In Command Post: Irak

Navy SEAL to be tried in death of Iraqi man: "A Navy SEAL implicated in the beating of an Iraqi prisoner who later died at Abu Ghraib prison will face a court-marital after all."

In San Diego Union-Tribune: In Iraq

Israel wants to exhume body of Palestinian: "The Israeli military wants to exhume the body of a 13-year-old Palestinian girl as part of its investigation into an officer accused of shooting her repeatedly at point-blank range to make sure she was dead, a lawyer for the girl's family said Thursday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq