Tuesday, June 01, 2004

War News for June 1, 2004 Bring ‘em on: Explosion at PUK offices in Baghdad kills 25 Iraqis. Bring ‘em on: Two US soldiers killed by roadside bomb ambush near Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: One ICDC member killed, one wounded in ambush near Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: One US soldier killed in mortar attack near Mosul. Bring ‘em on: Green Zone mortared in Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Car bomb at US base in Beiji kills eleven Iraqis. IGC selects new interim president. “After two days of bitter confrontation over the largely ceremonial post, Iraqi Governing Council members said Washington's preferred candidate, elder statesman Adnan Pachachi, had turned down the post minutes after being offered it by the United Nations in defiance of the Council's wishes…U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, the man charged by Washington with naming an interim government, and Pachachi, an 81-year-old former foreign minister, were among those to congratulate Yawar, a tribal chief and civil engineer with ties to Saudi Arabia.” State of emergency declared in Kirkuk. Combat casualties for May, 2004. Rummy goes to Bangladesh begging for troops. Coalition of the disillusioned. Czech Republic will withdraw from Iraq early next year. Report from Sadr City. “In the sprawling slum known as Sadr City, prominently displayed banners written in English taunt American soldiers: ‘Welcome,’ they say, to a ‘second Vietnam.’ Militiamen loyal to rebel cleric Muqtada al Sadr regularly attack U.S. forces. Bystanders are struck by stray bullets. Residents suspected of helping the Americans are murdered.” How to screw-up by the numbers. “About 100 police officers arrived in Najaf on Saturday to help calm the Shiite Muslim holy city, which has been besieged by fighting between U.S. forces and a militia loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. But when coalition troops arrived the next day to begin the joint patrols, the Iraqis were gone. The Iraqis left their posts because they felt they received second-class treatment when they arrived from Baghdad, the American adviser said Monday. The U.S. adviser said no sleeping arrangements had been made for the Iraqis, they had no personal gear for their duties or changes of clothes, and they were given military rations for meals that included pork. Muslims are forbidden to eat pork.” Casualty Reports Local story: California Marine killed in Iraq. Local story: Indiana soldier dies in Iraq. Note to Readers Some time today, this site will receive it's 250,000th visit. I just thought you'd like to know. 86-43-04. Pass it on.


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