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  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • Neutralize THIS, Julius!

    12/03/2010 11:02:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Judi McLeod ^ | 12/3/10 | Judi McLeod
    Here’s betting FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposal on “preserving Internet freedom and openness” doesn’t touch the Institute for Global Communications (IGC) and its offshoot the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). In Net Neutrality, Julius style, some animals are always more equal than others. While some tend to see the Internet as FoxNews.com on one side and HuffPo on the other, it’s really WorldWide Net versus IGC/APC. Plebes of the Net Unite. While citizen journalist bloggers pay Internet server fees and worry about bandwidth, for decades now IGC has been funded by the Tides Foundation.
  • Don't Speak Ill of the Devil in Front of These Guys

    08/10/2005 10:45:44 PM PDT · by Thud · 26 replies · 872+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | August 10, 2005 | Agence France-Presse staff
    Iraqi MP defends Lucifer10/08/2005 17:55 - (SA) Baghdad - The devil looked in on Iraq's parliament on Wednesday when a member of parliament upbraided Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari for speaking ill of Lucifer. Kameran Khairi Said, a Kurdish MP and a member of the minority Yezidi community that worshipped the peacock angel, also known as Lucifer, angrily interrupted the prime minister during a parliamentary debate. "Mr Prime Minister and ministers, my speaking out might seem strange to you, but we feel insulted when you repeatedly use the expression in your speeches and statements 'God protects us from the devil'. "Each...
  • "Charitable" Foundations: ATMs for the Left

    10/15/2004 8:03:01 PM PDT · by 2ThumbsUp · 10 replies · 1,009+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 2, 2004 | Ben Johnson
    "Charitable" Foundations: ATMs for the Left "Charitable" Foundations: ATMs for the Left By Ben Johnson FrontPageMagazine.com | March 2, 2004 One of the unlamented developments of this election year is the Democratic Party’s retreat to the Left. Although the media claim the party's voters have learned their lesson by settling for the “electable” John F. Kerry, a cursory examination of the Democrats shows they remain animated by anti-Bush furor. The party rank-and-file may have decided they prefer the sing-song cadences of John Kerry or the charming drawl of John Edwards to the red-faced shrieks of Howard Dean, but the message...
  • Suicide Car Bomb Kills Iraq Governing Council Chief (latest)

    05/17/2004 7:14:13 AM PDT · by Valin · 10 replies · 225+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/17/04 | Joseph Logan and Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed the head of Iraq's Governing Council Monday, increasing fears that instability will make a new Iraqi government unable to function when U.S. occupiers hand it power in six weeks. The killing of Izzedin Salim dealt another major blow to the U.S.-led coalition, battling a Shi'ite Muslim insurgency and a growing scandal over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Salim, a Shi'ite who edited several newspapers, was in the last car of a council convoy waiting to enter the "Green Zone" coalition headquarters when the bomb exploded at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, killing...
  • Chalabi to be dropped

    04/24/2004 1:19:49 PM PDT · by Arkinsaw · 35 replies · 263+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 24. — The USA and the top UN envoy to Iraq have decided to exclude the majority of politicians the US-led coalition relied on over the past year when they select an Iraqi government to assume power on 30 June, officials said. The latest shift in policy comes as the US-led coalition faces some contentious and long-standing issues ahead of the power transfer, the Washington Post reported quoting US and UN officials. At the top of the list of those likely to be jettisoned was Mr Ahmed Chalabi, a Shiite politician who for years was a favourite of...
  • Bush's Brahimi Gamble [UN envoy in Iraq]

    04/20/2004 1:41:26 PM PDT · by jjm2111 · 3 replies · 232+ views
    Opinion Journal.com ^ | 4/20/04 | WSJ Editorial Board
    <p>America shows weakness in Iraq by passing the buck to the U.N.</p> <p>Tuesday, April 20, 2004 12:01 a.m.</p> <p>One mystery of the last year in Iraq is that a U.S. occupation that is supposed to midwife democracy has put so little trust in Iraqis. The Bush Administration may be compounding that error now by abdicating decisions about the June 30 transition to Iraqi rule to U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.</p>
  • Probe to blow lid off massive U.N. scandal Documents prove corruption involving world leaders

    04/15/2004 6:41:54 PM PDT · by RickGolden · 162 replies · 1,187+ views
    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38040 ^ | April 15, 2004 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Probe to blow lid off massive U.N. scandal Documents prove oil-for-food corruption involving world leaders Editor's note: WorldNetDaily is pleased to have a content-sharing agreement with Insight magazine, the bold Washington publication not afraid to ruffle establishment feathers. Subscribe to Insight at WorldNetDaily's online store and save 71 percent off the cover price. By Kenneth R. Timmerman © 2004 Insight/News World Communications Inc. A team of international forensic investigators is preparing to blow the lid off the much-disputed U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq and will present new evidence of corruption at an upcoming congressional hearing that directly will implicate world...
  • Iraqi allies warn US over Falluja (described as genocide" )

    04/09/2004 5:58:30 PM PDT · by traumer · 38 replies · 274+ views
    BBC ^ | 10 April, 2004
    Members of Iraq's US-appointed governing council have condemned the US military operation in Falluja after four days of bitter fighting. One member described the operation as "genocide" after doctors in the Sunni Muslim city of 300,000 reported 450 deaths and 1,000 injured this week. The fugitive leader of the country's parallel Shia unrest has demanded the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The US has declared a truce in Falluja but fighting continued as night fell. We went into pause but the enemy kept attacking us on the western side of the city - Maj Pete Farnum, US marine officer Late...
  • Iraq Council discusses deal to end Shi'ite violence (by Not Prosecuting Al-Sadr!)

    04/07/2004 9:07:18 AM PDT · by Mark Felton · 71 replies · 287+ views
    reuters ^ | 4/7/04 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD, April 7 (Reuters) - Iraq's U.S.-installed Governing Council has discussed a proposal not to prosecute the rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr for murder if he agrees to halt a Shi'ite uprising, council members said on Wednesday. They told Reuters after meeting to discuss the violence sweeping Iraq that using more force against the young cleric and his followers could lead to more civilian casualties and bolster support for him. "Iraq could refrain from pursuing the arrest warrant in return for Moqtada renouncing violence," said one Shi'ite council member, who was speaking on condition of anonymity. "The situation would be akin...
  • The Enemy Has Something In Store For April 9. What Could It Be?

    04/06/2004 10:42:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies · 346+ views
    Healing Iraq | 4/7/04 | zeyad
    Healing Iraq Daily news and comments on the situation in post Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi dentist Wednesday, April 07, 2004 More on Sadr's insurgency Sadr's aide and head of his office in Najaf, Qays Al-Khaz'ali, has declared the latest looting and killing spree going on in several Iraqi southern cities as an Intifada against the occupation. Speaking on behalf of Muqtada, he stated that they will certainly not calm down any soon because the Quran orders them not to; "Fight those who fight against you". And he has also made it clear that they stand united with their 'Sunni...
  • Terror Plot Thwarted in Iraq!

    03/28/2004 11:30:54 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 52 replies · 324+ views
    An Assassination attempt was attempted on the Iraqi Administer of Public Works!
  • U.N. Will Probe Its Oil for Food Program

    03/15/2004 7:43:26 PM PST · by visualops · 12 replies · 122+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2004 | Phil Brennan
    U.N. Will Probe Its Oil for Food Program Phil BrennanTuesday, Mar. 16, 2004 "Mother's-milky though it sounds, the oil-for-food program has enough graft, mismanagement, and Saddam strengthening patronage to turn one permanently against both oil and food. A real critique could occupy volumes -- and does, in fact, occupy much of an exhaustive analysis, titled "Sources of Revenue for Saddam and Sons," recently issued by the Washington-based Coalition for International Justice, a group that monitors human-rights abuses around the world. So wrote Tish Durkin way back in the October 7, 2002 National Journal in a blistering critique of the...
  • Iraqis Divided Over U.N. Role in Search for Interim Government

    03/14/2004 9:40:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 128+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2004 | Hamza Hendawi
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A week after Iraqi leaders put aside their differences and signed an interim constitution, differences have resurfaced. This time it's over what role, if any, the United Nations should play in the search for a government that will take over from the U.S.-led coalition on June 30. Iraqi officials and a source close to the U.S.-sponsored political process said that influential Shiite members of the Governing Council don't want the U.N. team of experts that visited Iraq last month to be invited back to help. They charge that veteran U.N. diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, the team's Algerian...
  • Heartening progress in Iraq

    03/13/2004 8:05:05 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 17 replies · 271+ views
    U.S. News ^ | 03/22/04 | Michael Barone
    It helps sometimes to put things in historic and metric perspective. The Iraqi Governing Council adopted a constitution on March 8, 11 months after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The German Western Parliamentary Council adopted a constitution--in May 1949, 48 months after the fall of Adolf Hitler. George W. Bush's critics complain of his "rush to war" and unpreparedness for its aftermath, but the 11 months it took to get a constitution was less than the 14 months between his speech naming Iraq as part of the "axis of evil" and the beginning of military action in Iraq. What is...
  • Caption: At Constitution Signing

    03/08/2004 10:27:14 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 5 replies · 200+ views
    British Ambassador to Iraq (news - web sites) Mark Greenstock, left, films the historic signing ceremony of the new Iraqi interim constitution on Monday March 8, 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq. The signing came after the council members finally resolved a political impasse sparked by objections from the country's most powerful cleric. Also watching the ceremony is L. Paul Bremer, the US Civilian Administrator in Iraq. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
  • Iraqi Governing Council Signs Interim Constitution

    03/08/2004 10:13:58 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 6 replies · 252+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | March 8, 2004 | Donna Miles
        Iraqi Governing Council Signs Interim Constitution By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 8, 2004 -- The Iraqi Governing Council celebrated today what council president Mohammed Bahr al-Ulloum called "a historic moment, decisive in the history of Iraq" by signing an interim constitution in Baghdad. The new "Transitional Administrative Law" will serve as Iraq's constitution between June 30, when the Coalition Provisional Authority returns sovereignty to the Iraqi people, and completion of a permanent constitution by a directly elected parliament. During a ceremony today in Baghdad, 25 council members signed the 25-page interim constitution that senior...
  • Immigration reality eludes GOP

    03/07/2004 8:21:08 AM PST · by Spiff · 64 replies · 1,698+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | 7 March 2004 | Randy Pullen
    <p>Unfortunately for Rep. Jeff Flake, he apparently has lost contact with his conservative roots in Arizona. In reading his column "Bush offers migrant plan conservatives can support," I noted several inaccuracies and misstatements that cannot go unchallenged.</p> <p>Conservatives and most liberals do value national security and controlling our borders. Recently conducted polls overwhelming support the enforcement of our immigration laws, including KAET-TV/ASU, GOPUSA, ProjectUSA, News/Insight Magazine and FrontPage Magazine.</p>
  • Iraqi Shiites to Sign Constitution

    03/07/2004 2:01:14 PM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 13 replies · 147+ views
    www.washingtonpost.com ^ | By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    BAGHDAD, March 7 -- Shiite Muslim political leaders who had refused to sign the country's interim constitution said Sunday they would approve the document without changes on Monday despite concerns voiced by the country's top Shiite cleric. The reversal appeared to end an embarrassing deadlock over a U.S.-backed document that is designed to prepare Iraq for self-government and enshrine broad protections for individual rights. Officials with Iraq's Governing Council said they hoped to convene a signing ceremony on Monday, resurrecting an event that was canceled on Friday after five Shiite leaders balked at the last minute. A few hours after...
  • Democracy 'Messy' but Progress Being Made in Iraq

    03/06/2004 4:30:54 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 156+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | March 6, 2004 | Jim Garamone
      Democracy 'Messy' but Progress Being Made in Iraq By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 6, 2004 – Coalition officials realize that democracy "is messy" and are not discouraged that the Iraqi Governing Council did not sign the Transitional Administrative Law March 5, said officials in Baghdad today. Coalition spokesman Dan Senor said the process for adopting the law, which will serve as the Iraqi constitution after the coalition returns sovereignty June 30, "is on track." The council unanimously had agreed to the law earlier in the week. Senor said the Iraqi Governing Council intends eventually...
  • U.S. Troops Fire on Iraq Truck Bomber

    03/06/2004 12:10:46 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 8 replies · 219+ views
    AP ^ | 3-6-04 | Matt Moore
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. soldiers opened fire on a truck packed with explosives Saturday, killing the driver, and three Americans were wounded when the truck crashed on a bridge and exploded. The apparent vehicle-bomb attack was in Habaniyah, west of Baghdad. In Amarah, seven British soldiers were wounded in a three-hour firefight with unknown attackers in southern Iraq, coalition officials said. Three Iraqis were killed, British officials said. Meanwhile, Shiite members of Iraq's Governing Council conferred with the country's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, to resolve a dispute that held up the signing of an interim...
  • U.S. cancels big Iraq army contract

    03/05/2004 10:41:37 PM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat 6 March, 2004 | Tim Dobbyn
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army cancelled a $327 million (177 million pound) contract to equip the Iraqi army, citing technical problems with the bidding process, and has denied cronyism played a role in awarding the original deal. An Army official told reporters on Friday the original contract to Virginia-based company Nour USA, whose chairman is a close friend of Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi, had been withdrawn and new proposals for the work would be sought. The official said a review of the contract found a huge spread in competing bids, an indication competing suppliers had not understood...
  • Roadside Bombs Explode in Iraqi Capital Ahead of Interim Constitution Signing;

    03/05/2004 3:49:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 282+ views
    AP TBO breaking ^ | Mar 5, 2004 | Matt Moore
    No Injuries Reported BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Militants fired mortar rounds at the airport and two roadside bombs exploded Friday, hours ahead of a signing ceremony for the country's interim constitution, a key landmark in U.S. plans to hand over power to Iraqis by June 30. No injuries were reported. The signing of the document, scheduled for Friday afternoon amid tight security, was delayed for nearly a week - first by tough negotiations among members of the Iraqi Governing Council that went beyond a Feb. 28 deadline, then by a three-day mourning period following two suicide attacks Tuesday that killed...
  • Iraqi council OKs bill of rights

    03/02/2004 12:27:26 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 184+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 2, 2004 | Willis Witter
    <p>BAGHDAD — A bill of rights with clearly defined protections for women, religious groups and ethnic minorities — a rarity in the Arab world — won unanimous backing yesterday from the 25-member Iraqi Governing Council as part of a temporary constitution to take effect when the U.S.-led rule formally ends June 30.</p>
  • Interim Iraqi Constitution Imminent; Military Operations Continue

    02/29/2004 6:28:35 PM PST · by Calpernia · 9 replies · 257+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 29, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Although it was apparent the Iraqi General Council would miss the U.S.-suggested deadline to establish an interim constitution, IGC member Mawaffak Rubaie asserted late Feb. 28 that the signing of the document is imminent, noting, "Failure is not an option." Speaking to reporters at a Baghdad press conference, Rubaie insisted, "We have to get this document signed and dusted and finished with … this is a must. All Iraqi people are waiting for us to release this document." Rubaie, accompanied by fellow IGC members Samir Shakir Mahmoud Sumaidy and Barham Salih, noted that all of the 25 council members "are...
  • Chalabi stands by faulty intelligence that toppled Saddam's regime

    02/19/2004 3:36:06 AM PST · by ejdrapes · 90 replies · 503+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | February 19, 2004 | Jack Fairweather and Anton La Guardia
    Chalabi stands by faulty intelligence that toppled Saddam's regime An Iraqi leader accused of feeding faulty pre-war intelligence to Washington said yesterday his information about Saddam Hussein's weapons, even if discredited, had achieved the aim of persuading America to topple the dictator. Ahmad Chalabi and his London-based exile group, the Iraqi National Congress, for years provided a conduit for Iraqi defectors who were debriefed by US intelligence agents. But many American officials now blame Mr Chalabi for providing intelligence that turned out to be false or wild exaggerations about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Mr Chalabi, by far the most...
  • Ahmad Chalabi and His Iranian Connection

    02/18/2004 4:42:27 PM PST · by Axion · 13 replies · 938+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | February 18, 2004
    Summary The United States is struggling over the question of how U.S. intelligence was so deeply mistaken about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. One of the points that is consistently brought up is that much of the intelligence flowed through the Iraqi National Council, an opposition group led by Ahmad Chalabi. It is now well known that Chalabi's sources were not ideal. What is less well known is the close, long-term relationship that Chalabi, a favorite of Washington's, had with Iran. Chalabi, an Iraqi Shiite, was and remains in constant contact with Tehran. We have assumed he was a channel...
  • Administration Considers Extending Governing Council So It Can Take Temporary Control

    02/18/2004 8:35:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 126+ views
    AP ^ | feb.18, 2004
    Feb 18, 2004 Administration Considers Extending Governing Council So It Can Take Temporary Control By Barry Schweid/ The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is considering a major shift in its plan for transition to Iraqi self-rule, possibly extending and expanding the U.S.-appointed Governing Council so it can take temporary control of the country on July 1, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. The serious consideration of that option comes as the Bush administration waits for U.N. help - now delayed by at least a week - in settling differences among Iraqi leaders on how to meet the...
  • U.S. Has Murky Picture of Iraq Resistance

    02/15/2004 6:24:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 158+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | February 15, 2004 at 16:25:09 PST | JIM KRANE AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The capture of dozens of guerrilla leaders has left the U.S. military with a murky picture of a shadowy resistance here, with American and Iraqi officials divided about whether Iraqis or foreign fighters are responsible for recent attacks. A spate of arrests - including the capture of Saddam Hussein - have broken rebel command networks and forced fighters underground, a top U.S. military official told The Associated Press. Yet attacks persist, crowned by a bold daylight assault this weekend on security compounds in Fallujah that freed 87 prisoners and killed 25 people, mostly police. U.S. and...
  • 20 Dead in Fallujah Police Station Attack

    02/14/2004 1:05:38 AM PST · by yonif · 71 replies · 243+ views
    Fox News ^ | Saturday, February 14, 2004
    <p>FALLUJAH, Iraq — Dozens of attackers ambushed a Fallujah (search) security compound and a government building on Saturday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 30 while freeing scores of prisoners, officials said.</p> <p>The attack was at the same compound hit two days earlier during a visit by U.S. Gen. John Abizaid (search).</p>
  • Fallujah bloodbath casts shadow on handover plan (al Qaeda #3, former bin Laden bodyguard, in Iraq?)

    02/14/2004 5:21:10 PM PST · by saquin · 3 replies · 117+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/15/04 | Inigo Gilmore
    Scores of masked gunmen went on an audacious daylight rampage through the flashpoint Iraqi town of Fallujah yesterday morning, launching twin attacks on a police station and civil defence compound that left at least 23 people dead and 35 wounded. At least 14 of the dead were lightly-armed police officers, recently recruited to the force, who could offer little resistance to the heavily-armed gunmen, suspected of being foreign fighters. About 70 raiders shouting "God is great" fired rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machineguns at policemen, throwing grenades as they cleared the police station room by room and released at least 20...
  • `Liberty or Death' Is a Grim Option for Local Councils

    02/14/2004 8:08:52 PM PST · by saquin · 3 replies · 128+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/15/04 | Dexter Filkins
    FALLUJA, Iraq, Feb. 14 — A single week in this restive town illuminated the triumphs and setbacks in Iraq's journey toward democracy. Under threat by anti-American insurgents, the mayor resigned. Another man suspected of cooperating with the Americans was gunned down in front of his home. A sheik elected to the new provincial council was attacked by a suicide bomber. The American adviser survived a bomb attack on his car. And on Saturday, attackers stormed a police station, freeing dozens of prisoners in a raid that left more than 20 people dead and at least 40 others wounded. Yet for...
  • Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq

    02/10/2004 7:50:25 PM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 164+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2004 10:33 a.m. EST | Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt
    (Participating were Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations, Combined Joint Task Force 7, and Dan Senor, senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority.) Senor: Good evening. We apologize for the delay in getting started, the having to postpone. You know, we normally try to stick to 5:00, and we try to stick to it and start promptly. Tonight is an exception. I just have a couple words about Ambassador Bremer's schedule today, and then General Kimmitt will have an opening statement, and then we'll be happy to take your questions. Ambassador Bremer today began meeting with members...
  • UN team in Iraq to assess if early elections can be held

    02/09/2004 1:41:29 PM PST · by mylife · 1 replies · 108+ views
    UN team in Iraq to assess if early elections can be held BAGHDAD - Iraq's US-backed Governing Council yesterday met a United Nations team that will judge if elections demanded by the Shi'ites can be held before Washington returns sovereignty to Iraqis at mid-year. The UN delegation, which arrived on Saturday, is the highest-level presence for the global body in Iraq since it quit the state after two bomb attacks on its offices last year. Shielded by rigorous security, the dozen experts will stay in Iraq for up to 10 days, a source close to the UN said. Witnesses said...
  • Iraqis Sent Letter to UN in Error, U.S. Says

    11/25/2003 4:59:46 PM PST · by TexKat · 2 replies · 175+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iraqi Governing Council has told the United States a letter it delivered to the U.N. Security Council on Monday asking for a resolution on its timetable for ending the U.S. occupation was a draft version and was sent in error, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The final version dilutes the Governing Council's request that the Security Council pass a new resolution enshrining the Iraqis' timetable for ending the U.S. occupation, said one senior U.S. official, who asked not to be identified. "Apparently somebody dropped a draft in the mail and the final version doesn't have the...
  • The Way Forward

    11/20/2003 5:23:10 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 207+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | November 20, 2003 | JALAL TALABANI
    <p>BAGHDAD -- It has been my privilege to preside over the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) during a month of momentous events. We now have an agreement for the transfer of authority between the Coalition, the liberators, and the IGC, the representatives of the liberated Iraqis. President Bush has outlined an inspiring vision for a free and democratic Middle East. Our American friends are resolutely striking back at the vicious remnants of Saddam's regime and damaging the network of Baathists and foreign Islamists attempting to destroy the Iraqi experiment in democracy. Yet these gains could easily be forfeited if we Iraqis do not bear the brunt of the fighting.</p>
  • 'US infighting' blamed for Iraq failures

    11/11/2003 5:24:12 PM PST · by Brian S · 12 replies · 128+ views
    By James Drummond in Baghdad and James Harding and Guy Dinmore in Washington Published: November 11 2003 21:19 | Last Updated: November 11 2003 21:19 Iraq's foreign minister on Tuesday blamed "geriatric ambassadors" from the west and "American infighting" for many of the problems and the security failures bedevilling the US-led occupation of Iraq. The stinging attack from a leading Iraqi on the US-run occupation came as Paul Bremer, the US chief civilian administrator in Baghdad, cancelled a meeting with visiting Polish prime minister Leszek Miller to return at short notice for talks in Washington. US officials said Mr Bremer...