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Monday, 29 March 2004
Victory in Iraq (No wonder they don't want her to testify under oath.)
Condi Rice on 60 minutes on March 28th 2004:

"The war on terrorism is a broad war, not a narrow war. And Iraq, one of the most dangerous regimes, I think the most dangerous regime in the world's most dangerous region, in the Middle East [More damgerous than Israel?] - is a big reason, or was under Saddam Hussein, a big reason for instability in the regions, for threats to the United States.

He had used weapons of mass destruction. He had the intent and was still developing the capability to do so. Saddam Hussein's regime was very dangerous. And now that Iraq has been liberated and that Iraq has a chance to be a stable democracy, the world is a lot safer. And the war on terrorism is well served by the victory in Iraq."

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/28/60minutes/main609074.shtml

"And the war on terrorism is well served by the victory in Iraq."

Victory?

Here's how the victory is going today...

03/29/04 Centcom: 1 Soldier Killed, 1 Wounded near Al-Habbaniya
A 13th COSCOM soldier is dead and one is injured as the result of an improvised explosive device attack near Al-Habbaniya at approximately 10:30 a.m.

03/29/04 AP: 2 New Hampshire soldiers injured in Iraq
Sgt. Jason Weaver, 30, of Franklin, was shot in the left leg, and Spec. Gerard Lamson, 26, of Ashland, suffered shrapnel wounds to both hands when their police patrol was attacked in Mosul.

03/29/04 DOD: DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr., 21, of Houston, Texas, died March 26, due to hostile fire in the Al Anbar Province

03/29/04 DOD: DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
Master Sgt. Timothy Toney, 37, of Manhattan, N.Y., died March 27, due to a non-combat related incident at Camp Wolverine, Kuwait.

03/29/04 Reuters: U.S. Soldier Killed in Bomb Attack Near Falluja
A U.S. soldier was killed on Monday when a bomb was detonated beside a military convoy near the flashpoint town of Falluja west of Baghdad, the U.S. army said.

03/29/04 utv: British "Civilian" Killed Was On Leave From The Army
Colour Sergeant Christopher Charles McDonald, 39, was in Iraq but not on military duty when he was killed in the northern city of Mosul, the Ministry of Defence said.

03/29/04 AP: Aberdeen Soldier Injured In Iraq
An Aberdeen soldier has been seriously injured in Iraq. According to the South Dakota National Guard's Web site, Sergeant Sean Lessin suffered a head injury while loading a military convoy. The injury was not related to combat.

03/29/04 BBC: British troops clash with Iraqis - 2 Wounded
Two British soldiers have been injured after troops clashed with dozens of Iraqis.

03/29/04 AP: US Soldiers Kill Four Insurgents In Northern Iraq
U.S. soldiers in the northern city of Mosul shot and killed four rebels suspected of involvement in attacks in the region, the military said Monday.

03/29/04 Centcom: Updated Marine Killed In Action
CAMP MEK, Iraq - One Marine assigned to the 1st Marine Division was killed as a result of enemy action in the Al Anbar Province on March 26.


Posted by bushmeister0 at 6:25 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 29 March 2004 6:30 PM EST
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Tuesday, 30 March 2004 - 3:07 PM EST

Name: Bushmeister0

White House U-turn on 9/11 inquiry


The move is seen as a major change of position
The White House has bowed to pressure to allow National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify in public and under oath to the 9/11 commission.
Previously officials had insisted that Ms Rice could meet the Commission in private for unsworn conversations but not face a full hearing.

President Bush and Ms Rice said that her appearance would contravene the constitutional separation of powers.

The offer has been made on condition that it would set no precedent.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3583639.stm

Wednesday, 31 March 2004 - 9:49 AM EST

Name: Bushmeister0

More news from the victory in Iraq:

Iraqis Drag Four Corpses Through Streets
44 minutes ago Add Top Stories - AP to My Yahoo!

By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press Writer

FALLUJAH, Iraq - Jubilant residents yanked the bodies of four foreigners ? one a woman, at least one an American ? out of their burning cars Wednesday, dragged the charred corpses through the streets, and hung them from the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. Five American troops died in a roadside bombing nearby.

The brutal treatment of the four corpses came after they were killed in a rebel attack on their SUVs in the Sunni Triangle city about 35 miles west of Baghdad, scene of some of the worst violence on both sides of the conflict since the beginning of the American occupation a year ago.

It was reminiscent of the 1993 scene in Somalia, when a mob dragged the corpse of a U.S. soldier through the streets of Mogadishu, eventually leading to the American withdrawal from the African nation.

In one of the bloodiest days for the U.S. military this year, five American troops died when their military vehicle ran over a bomb in a separate incident 12 miles to the northwest, among the reed-lined roads through some of Iraq (news - web sites)'s richest farmland.

Residents said the bomb attack occurred in Malahma, 12 miles northwest of Fallujah, where anti-U.S. insurgents are active. U.S. Marines operate in the area, but it was unclear whether the slain troops were Marines.

Chanting "Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans," residents cheered after the grisly assault on two four-wheel-drive civilian vehicles, which left both in flames. Others chanted, "We sacrifice our blood and souls for Islam."

Associated Press Television News pictures showed one man beating a charred corpse with a metal pole. Others tied a yellow rope to a body, hooked it to a car and dragged it down the main street of town. Two blackened and mangled corpses were hung from a green iron bridge across the Euphrates.

"The people of Fallujah hanged some of the bodies on the old bridge like slaughtered sheep," resident Abdul Aziz Mohammed said. Some of the corpses were dismembered, he said.

Beneath the bodies, a man held a printed sign with a skull and crossbones and the phrase "Fallujah is the cemetery for Americans."

Rest of story:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=1&u=/ap/20040331/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_5

Thursday, 1 April 2004 - 7:24 PM EST

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Feeling Grief Half a World Away
By MARIA NEWMAN

Published: April 1, 2004


he war in Iraq came to roost in tiny Moyock, N.C., today when television footage of four dead Americans, their bodies burned and two of them dangling from a bridge over the Euphrates River, filled television screens there.

The four were employees of Blackwater Security Consulting, an international security company here that is one of the area's largest employers.

Moyock, an unincorporated town in the northeast part of the state, is home to many people with ties to the military. The town is less than an hour's drive from the world's largest Navy base in Norfolk, Va. And Blackwater, as a defense contractor, is one place where the close bonds between the military and the town's economy can be clearly seen.

Many people who work for Blackwater, a company that provides security training and guard services to customers around the world, are former law enforcement personnel in Moyock and nearby communities, or military veterans, or both.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/01/national/01CND-TOWN.html?hp

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