[Homestead] *one*-day summary
tonihawr at msn.com
Fri Oct 22 16:49:56 EDT 2004
Developments concerning Iraq
Oct. 22 - Developments concerning Iraq on Friday:
- Trembling, haggard and weeping into a tissue, Margaret Hassan, the kidnapped British aid worker who has spent nearly half her life delivering food and medicine in Iraq, begged Britain to help save her by withdrawing its troops, saying these ''might be my last hours.'' Hassan's statement, televised by Al-Jazeera, came a day after <>Britain agreed to a U.S. request to transfer 850 British soldiers to the Baghdad area to free American forces for new offensives against insurgents.
- The Macedonian Foreign Ministry confirmed that three Macedonian contractors kidnapped in Iraq on Aug. 21 had been beheaded by their captors. A Turkish welder, Abdurrahman Yildirim, escaped this week from his Iraqi captors, who left a door open, his uncle Mehmet Balli said.
- U.S. troops battled insurgents with small arms, rocket and artillery fire near Buhriz, a former Saddam Hussein stronghold about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. U.S. troops killed nine suspected insurgents but suffered no American casualties, the military said.
- Trial dates were set for two soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison. Spc. Charles Graner Jr., 36, of Uniontown, Pa., will face court-martial on Jan. 7, while Sgt. Javal Davis, 26, of Maryland, will stand trial Feb. 1.
- A car bomb exploded near an American armored vehicle in the northern city of Mosul, wounding five U.S. soldiers, the military said.
- Roadside bombs near the southern port city of Basra hit two patrols, wounding three Danish soldiers, the Danish military said.
- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's appeal for international troops to protect U.N. monitors during Iraq's elections next year is unlikely to get a reply from Europe before the U.S. elections, analysts and diplomats said. However, analysts believe a John Kerry victory could increase pressure on French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to send in troops.
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