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Basra: Six British troops killed, eight injured in Basra

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InternationalSix British soldiers were killed and eight British soldiers were wounded, two critically, in two seperate hostile shooting in Iraq\'s second city Basra.
The first incident occurered at al-Amarah, about 200 kilometres north of the city.
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U.S. Forces Under Fresh Attack In Fallujah

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BAGHDAD, June 24 – The U.S. occupation forces came under fresh grenade attack in the flashpoint town of Fallujah Tuesday, June 24, as chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said Washington jumped to conclusions over Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

The overnight attack came at a power distribution station, when an unknown number of men fired two rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at the U.S. soldiers guarding the facility, according to a correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP).

U.S. troops immediately fanned out around the al-Dubat neighborhood, with tanks and infantry opening fire.
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An Iraqi Civilian Killed

One Iraqi man was shot down by U.S. tank fire during subsequent searches.
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Gaza: Israeli attack kills four in Gaza

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InternationalIsraeli attack on Gaza Strip late Monday kiiled four Palestinians and at least 2 others were wounded.
The four were identified as members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades -- an armed offshoot of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat\'s Fatah faction.
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Iraqi Ex-Soldiers To Be Paid, Pipelines Attacked Again

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InternationalBAGHDAD, June 23 - The U.S.-led coalition announced Monday, June 23, that it would pay the salaries of as many as 250,000 former Iraqi soldiers as an ultimatum from demobilized troops prompted a policy U-turn amid growing post-war violence.

U.S. and British officials had insisted that Iraqi soldiers would receive just a single month\'s severance payment after the occupation administration dissolved all Iraqi security and armed forces last month
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Iraq is facing two deadly threats : AIDS and SARS

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InternationalBAGHDAD, June 22 - With open uncontrolled borders and lack of medical tests to foreigners crossing into, the war-torn Iraq is facing two deadly threats, namely AIDS and SARS.

“Iraq was purely clean and devoid of AIDS, with an exhaustive testing program in special centers on the borders that were meant to ban anyone contracted with the disease in,” Eissa Abdel-Nour, of the Health Protection Department, told IslamOnline.net on Sunday, June 22.

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EU Commission Chairman visits Istanbul governor

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InternationalDanish Parliament European Union (EU) Commission Chairman Claus Larsen Jensen and an accompanying delegation visited Istanbul Mayor Ali Mufit Gurtuna, and Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler.
They got information about the studies carried out in the city and said that he hoped Turkey would be successful and enter the EU in 2004 after fulfilling criteria.
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U.S. Soldier Killed, Pipeline Sabotaged In Iraq

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InternationalBAGHDAD, June 22 - Ending a costly bad week for the U.S. occupation forces in war-ravaged Iraq, an American soldier was killed in a grenade attack and an oil pipeline sabotaged on Sunday, June 22.

The soldier was gunned down and another wounded in a grenade attack on a military convoy in Khan Azaz, 20 kilometers south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement carried by Agence France-Presse (AFP) .

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Iraqi Resistance Traced To Network: U.S. Officials

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InternationalFALLUJAH, Iraq, June 22 – As the Iraqi resistance exacted heavy toll on the U.S. troops in Iraq recently, U.S. and Iraqi officials claimed that former members from the Baath Party and loyalists to ousted President Saddam Hussein organized a network called \"Al-Awdah\" (or the Return) to drive the U.S. troops out of the country, as a conflagration has broken out in a strategic oil pipeline Sunday, June 22.

According to the officials, the group has been assembled by Iraqis who possessed funds, weapons, transportation, listening devices and informants at the end of the war, The Washington Post said.

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Israel Kills Hamas Leader, Casts Doubts Over Peace

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InternationalOCCUPIED JERUSALEM, June 22 – As the Palestinian government was almost close to convince Hamas and other resistance factions of hammering out a truce with Israel to breathe new life into the dormant peace process, Israel threw its spanner in peace efforts and killed Saturday night, June 21, another high-ranking Hamas official in a move certain to spark new vicious cycle of violence.

Abdullah Qawasmeh, the commander of Hamas\' armed wing Ezzudin Al-Qassam Brigades in Al-Khalil (Hebron), was assassinated in a drive-by shooting by undercover Israeli squad as he was stepping out of the mosque after performing his prayers, eyewitnesses told
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Baghdad: Iraqi pupils back to classes

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InternationalIraqi schoolchildren began returning to their classes for exam in and around Baghdad, closely guarded by US troops, Iraqi police and their own mothers.
After a six-week hiatus, classes have been extended for a month to make up for the interruption caused by the war launched March 20.
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