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Friday, January 21, 2005

In Today's News - Friday, January 21, 2005 Associated Press
Bush starts new term, seeks end to tyranny
George W. Bush embarked on an ambitious second term as president Thursday, telling a world anxious about war and terrorism that the United States would not shrink from new confrontations in pursuit of "the great objective of ending tyranny."

Tape urges Iraqis to prepare for struggle
Iraq's most feared terror leader called on his followers Thursday to show patience and prepare for a long struggle against the Americans, promising in an audiotape posted on the Internet that "ferocious wars ... take their time" but victory was assured.

Palestinian police to deploy on border
The planned deployment of Palestinian forces on the Gaza-Israel frontier could be a first step toward a wider return of Palestinians' security control in their areas of Gaza and the West Bank — the situation before fighting broke out with Israel in 2000, the Palestinian foreign minister said Thursday.

FBI adds 10 names to list in Boston threat
The FBI on Thursday added the names of nine Chinese people and one other man to the list of those being sought for questioning about a possible terror plot targeting Boston.

Ukraine's Yushchenko to be sworn in Sunday
Viktor Yushchenko will be sworn in Sunday as president of Ukraine, completing his "Orange Revolution" after weeks of political turmoil in which he defeated the Kremlin-backed candidate at the polls and survived a mysterious poisoning plot.

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The US News: Iraq News
Iraqi Militant Group Says Killed Briton,Swede-Site
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraqi militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna said on Thursday it had abducted and killed a Briton and a Swede in the central Iraqi city of [in Reuters] The US News: Iraq News

Security plan warms Israeli-Palestinian ties
After four years of refusing to deal with Yasser Arafat over his failure to rein in Palestinian militants, the Israeli about-face held out a tentative hope that Messrs Sharon and Abbas could forge a n... [in Christian Science Monitor] The US News: Iraq News

Third Infantry headed back to Iraq
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The soldiers from the Third Infantry Division are ready for another long tour in Iraq, nearly a year and a half after a tumultuous march to Baghdad left them tested and toughened. ... [in MSNBC] The US News: Iraq News

Iraq militants promise long war
On Tuesday, guerrillas released a video showing the Chinese workers being guarded by gunmen, and said they would kill them unless China – which opposed the US-led war in Iraq – clarified wit... [in Stuff] The US News: Iraq News

Hard Work, Pride at Factory Making Humvee Armor
Flo Moore oversees the weld and fabrication unit of armor production at the Rock Island Arsenal. She hopes her work helps protect her son and his comrades in an Illinois National Guard unit. They rece... [in NPR] The US News: Iraq News

Expat Iraqis to make a difference in vote
Many of these Iraqis left their country to flee a repressive political system, but now they will a say in the direction their country will take in the future [in Washington Times] The US News: Iraq News

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Tape Urges Iraqis to Prepare for Struggle
Iraq's most feared terror leader called on his followers Thursday to show patience and prepare for a long struggle against the Americans, promising in an audiotape posted on the Internet that "ferocious wars ... take their time" but victory was assured. Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Cheney Thought Iraq Would Recover Quickly
Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that he overestimated the pace of Iraq's recovery from the U.S.-led invasion because he didn't realize the lasting devastation wrought by Saddam Hussein on his people after the first Gulf War. Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Ananova: War In Iraq
UK soldiers hurt in revenge attack
An al Qaida-linked group said it carried out a suicide attack on a base south of Basra in retaliation for alleged British abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Ananova: War In Iraq

From Fox News
FBI Adds 10 More Names to Terror Warning
Zarqawi Tape Urges Patience- GI Charged for Not Deploying- Britain Won't 'Cut and Run'
Senate Confirms Bush's Agriculture, Education Picks
Iran Warns Against U.S. Strike
Ukraine Plans Inauguration

From the Department of Defense
Bush Pledge: Protect Nation from Threats
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2005 — His No. 1 duty as president is "to protect this nation and its people against further attacks and emerging threats," and the best way to do so is to help expand freedom and democracy worldwide, President Bush said during his second inaugural address here today. Story

'Roughriders' Nab Latifiyah Bombmaking Cell
LATIFIYAH, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2005 — Continuing operations in the Latifiyah area of north Babil, the U.S. Army's 3rd Platoon ‘Roughriders’ of Company A, Task Force 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment conducted a search in a farming village Jan. 16, which resulted in the detainment of an improvised explosive device manufacturing cell. Story

Iraqi Soldiers Graduate from Signal School
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2005 — Eleven Iraqi soldiers graduated from the first Iraqi military signal school course here on Jan. 19, according to Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq officials. Story

23 Iraqi Intelligence Soldiers Graduate

Soldiers Inducted into Sgt. Audie Murphy Club
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2005 — Sixteen noncommissioned officers from Combined Task Force Thunder Regional Command East were recently inducted into the task force chapter of a club which honors World War II hero Sgt. Audie Murphy. Story

Fuelers Keep Helicopters Flying Longer
HERAT, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2005 — For every aircraft used in Operation Enduring Freedom, a myriad of specialists works on the ground to keep every one of them in the air. Story

Reserve Troops Improve Forward Conditions
FIRE BASE WAZA KHWA, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2005—From sunup to sundown, the sounds of power tools and hammers pounding nails fill the air at this base in southern Paktika province. Story

'Checkmate' Launched to Disrupt Insurgency
Carpentry, Ingenuity Improve Deployment
Al Asad Welcomes Marine Hornets to Iraq
'Commandos' Tally One Million Completed Calls

Army Medics Provide Aid to Afghan Village
Battalion Steps Up Raids in Afghanistan

Wristbands Bind Troops, Families
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2005 — Troops on the front lines of the war on terror are wearing them. Family members of deployed servicemembers are wearing them too. And so are regular American citizens who want to show support for their troops. Story

Iraqis Repel Insurgent Attack
Rebuilding Projects: Security Payoff
Forces Detain Insurgents
Iraqis Killed in Patrol Breach
Bombings Kill U.S. Soldier, Iraqis
Effort Goal: Clean Water to Fallujah
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Sunni Clerics Approve Participation
Poll Finds Iraqis Favor Elections
Iraq Scholar Discusses Elections
Elections Adhere to Regulations
Iraqis Hold Political Debate
Fact Sheet: Iraqi Elections
Fact Sheet: Timeline
Fact Sheet: Transitional Admin Law
Fact Sheet: Candidate List Regulations

Afghanistan Daily Update

Combatant Status Review Updated
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Soldiers Train to Recognize IEDs
Fighting Jointly Now Norm
Defense Dept. Announces Rotation
National Guard, Reserve Update