Friday, October 15, 2004

War News for October 15, 2004 <> Bring ‘em on: Ten Iraqis killed, four wounded in car bomb explosion in Baghdad. <>Bring ‘em on: Two Marines killed in Al-Anbar province.

Bring ‘em on: Marine killed in Al-Anbar province.

Bring ‘em on: Four Kurdish children dead, two wounded by land mine in Mosul. (Note: This story posted by KurdishMedia.com, I have no information regarding their reliability.)

U.S. forces arrest Fallujah’s top negotiator: U.S. officials didn’t comment immediately on the arrest of Jumaili, who had been heading a Falluja delegation in peace negotiations with the interim government that collapsed this week. Witnesses said that al-Jumaili, a Muslim cleric, was captured while he was leaving a mosque after Friday prayers in a village about 10 miles south of Fallujah.

U.S. resumes bombing attacks on Fallujah after peace talks collapse: U.S. warplanes pounded the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah on Friday, a day after the city's leaders suspended peace talks and rejected the Iraqi government's demands to turn over guerrilla leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Fallujah clerics insisted al-Zarqawi was not in the city and called for civil disobedience across Iraq if the Americans try to overrun the insurgent bastion. If civil disobedience won't stop the attack, clerics said they would proclaim a jihad, or holy war, against multinational forces "as well as those collaborating with them.” Commentary

Analysis: Reports Of Rampant Corruption In New Iraqi Institutions: Corruption is reportedly running rampant in the new Iraqi government, according to Judge Radi al-Radi, who heads the Commission on Public Integrity established by the Coalition Provisional Authority to monitor corruption. Al-Diyar television cited al-Radi on 13 October as saying that 14 administrative corruption cases have been investigated at Iraqi ministries. The cases were reportedly referred to the Iraqi courts. Al-Radi also said that hundreds of instances of administrative corruption and bribery have been uncovered.

Casualty Reports

Local story: Racine Marine killed in Babil Province.

Local story: Wounded priest returns home to Minnesota for treatment

Local story: Auburn soldier killed in Iraq Note to Readers: Those of you who start reading at the bottom will have noticed that I've moved from the comments to the main page to give Yankeedoodle a hand while he is involved with more important things. Please be patient through the inevitable weird formatting and screwed up links - I've never used Blogger before and it's clearly not idiot proof or it wouldn't let me log on. I hope that future posts are more comprehensive, but the learning curve limited me this time around. YD plans to resume posting on the 22nd, but I'm sure we all agree he should take as long as he needs. In the meantime, I'll do my best to get the news out. Please continue your lively contributions to the comments to fill in the gaps. Best wishes to all. matt


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