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Saturday, January 22, 2005

In Today's News - Saturday, January 22, 2005 Associated Press
Group ready for cease-fire with Israel
A local group of Palestinian militants announced Saturday it is ready to stop violence, a sign that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas appears to be making some progress in persuading armed factions to halt attacks on Israel.

FBI explores theories for Boston terror tip
Gov. Mitt Romney said he has become "less concerned, not more concerned" about a potential terrorist threat against the city of Boston. The FBI, meanwhile, is exploring possible theories for the reports — including a possible revenge motive.

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The US News: Iraq News:
One American Apache pilot killed, one injured in training accident Iraq & Terror

Terror Suspects Iraq & Terror

Agent for Saddam met with Carter, Kemp in '90s
WASHINGTON — An Iraqi-American businessman who pleaded guilty this week to secretly lobbying influential Americans on behalf of Saddam Hussein pursued contacts with Democrats like former Presiden... [in Deseret News] The US News: Iraq News

Numbers in Iraq's Jan. 30 Election
web sites ), plus 1.2 million overseas who are eligible to vote in 14 countries. _ Number of seats up for election in the transitional National Assembly: 275. _ Lists competing for National Assemb... [in Yahoo] The US News: Iraq News

Iraq Official: Chalabi's Arrest Imminent
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Authorities will arrest prominent politician Ahmad Chalabi after the current Islamic religious holiday for allegedly defaming the Defense Ministry, the defense minister said Friday. [in Herald Sun] The US News: Iraq News

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Official: millions transferred to Lebanon
The Iraqi Defense Ministry transferred hundreds of millions of dollars from the Iraqi Central Bank to a financial institution in Beirut to buy weapons but did so legally and with the knowledge of multinational authorities, a ministry official said Saturday. Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Palestinian group ready for cease-fire
A local group of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a key Palestinian militant faction, said Saturday it is ready for a cease-fire with Israel. Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Chinese embassy in Iraq confirms release of hostages: Xinhua
China's embassy in Iraq confirmed that eight Chinese hostages held by Iraqi insurgents have been released, the official Xinhua news agency reported from Baghdad. Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Reported dead, captive goes free
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A senior official from Tikrit who was kidnapped this month and reported dead was released alive this week after what he described as two harrowing weeks in captivity. Kansas City Star: Iraq

Philippine workers refuse to leave Iraq despite warnings of danger
Philippine workers in Iraq are refusing to come home and some even hide from government officials trying to track them down despite the growing danger of attacks as the elections approach, officials say. Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

From Fox News:
Web Site: 15 Iraqi Guards Slain- Hostages Released in Iraq- Mosque, Wedding Blasts Kill 21
U.S. Pilot Killed in Kuwait
Militant Group Ready for Cease-Fire With Israel
Second Term Begins for Bush- Horn Salute Shocks Foreigners
Tsunami Groups to U.S.: Stay

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From the Department of Defense:
Command Trains, Equips Iraqi Forces
MOSUL, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2005 — "It's like building an airplane while you are already in flight" is how one official at Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq describes building the Iraqi security forces. The command is responsible for training and equipping the Iraqi army and the Iraqi police. Story

Iraqi, U.S. Leaders Assess Mosul Security
MOSUL, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2005 — U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq; Iraqi armed forces chief Gen. Babakir; and Iraqi ground forces commander Army Maj. Gen. Abdul Qadr led a trip to Ninewa Province to get the latest on the security situation in Mosul for the upcoming elections. Story

Terror War Veterans Step Out in Style at Ball
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2005 — With a glamour far removed from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, 2,000 veterans of the war on terror and their spouses and dates stepped out in style at a ball created just for them by their commander in chief. Story

President Thanks Veterans For Service

Soldiers' Quick Action Saves Life of Their 'LT'
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2005 — Before a deployment, soldiers learn how to react to situations that arise in combat. U.S. Army Spc. Henry Adames and Spc. Joey Collier were able to successfully apply the skills they learned to save the life of their platoon leader. Story

Troops Train for Afghanistan Deployment
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany, Jan. 21, 2005 — Soldiers of the Southern European Task Force and other members of the future Combined Joint Task Force-76, trained for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan during a recent mission rehearsal exercise at the 7th Army Training Command's Expeditionary Training Center here. Story

'Roughriders' Nab Latifiyah Bombmaking Cell
Lackland Medics Support Evacuation Mission
'Checkmate' Launched to Disrupt Insurgency
Carpentry, Ingenuity Improve Deployment
Al Asad Welcomes Marine Hornets to Iraq
'Commandos' Tally One Million Completed Calls

Soldiers Inducted into Sgt. Audie Murphy Club
Fuelers Keep Helicopters Flying Longer
Reserve Troops Improve Forward Conditions
Army Medics Provide Aid to Afghan Village
Battalion Steps Up Raids in Afghanistan

Boom Operators Provide Fuel for Warfighters

Afghan Returns to Homeland as U.S. Soldier
HERAT PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2005 — Most soldiers have different ways to remain motivated and focused while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. For U.S. Army Spc. Jack Daniels, 450th Civil Affairs Battalion, deploying to Afghanistan was a chance to come home. Story

Iraqi Intel Soldiers Graduate
Iraqis Graduate from Signal School
U.S. Troop Dies Near Duluiyah
Village Roads Get Facelift
Iraqis Repel Insurgent Attack
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Election Rehearsal Held in Diyala
Rumsfeld: Elections Will Proceed
Sunni Clerics Approve Participation
Poll Finds Iraqis Favor Elections
Fact Sheet: Iraqi Elections
Fact Sheet: Timeline
Fact Sheet: Transitional Admin Law
Fact Sheet: Candidate List Regulations

Missing Aircraft Search Continues
New Radios Link Afghan Army
Enduring Freedom Marks 3 Years
Afghanistan Daily Update

Crash Kills Pilot; Iraq Ops Continue
Bush Inaugural Pledge: Protect U.S.
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Veterans Appreciate Bush Thanks
Rumsfeld Salutes Inaugural Support
Soldiers Train to Recognize IEDs
National Guard, Reserve Update