Friday, October 03, 2003

War News for October 3, 2003 Bring ‘em on: Two US soldiers wounded by suicide bomber in Kirkuk. Multiple RPG and mortar attacks reported elsewhere in the city. Bring ‘em on: Iraqi translator working for US Army assassinated in Khaldiyah. Bring ‘em on: Grenade thrown at US vehicles near Baghdad hotel, bomb explodes in Tikrit traffic circle. CENTCOM reports US soldier drowned in a Baghdad swimming pool. Iraqi resistance groups form unified command. US State Department upgrades Iraq travel warning from “dangerous” to “extremely dangerous.” More National Guard and Reserve mobilizations may be necessary soon. “For the Pentagon, the most immediate problem is that the 101st Airborne Division is scheduled to be rotated home in February or March. Unless it can be replaced by an international division, it will be necessary to start the training and orientation of American replacements soon.” The more TV news you watch, the less informed you are about Iraq. “And the more you watch the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News channel, in particular, the more likely it is that your perceptions about the war are wrong…The average frequency of misperceptions among respondents who planned to vote for Bush was 45 percent, while among those who plan to vote for a hypothetical Democrat candidate, the frequency averaged only 17 percent.” Congressional report says Bush’s diplomacy in Muslim world is a failure. "If you do not define yourself in this part of the world, the extremists will define you." Local story: Arkansas soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Pennsylvania paratrooper drowned in Iraq canal. Local story: Virginia soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Montana soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Texas soldier killed in Iraq.


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