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Bush father, son linked in history, but defined by their differences

Chuck Raasch | February 7, 2003 | 8:11 am

U.S. and Iraq: 2 preludes to war with same enemy

Jon Frandsen | February 7, 2003 | 8:13 am

Saddam: A life of sticking by his guns

John Yaukey | February 7, 2003 | 8:17 am

Iraq's main opposition groups

Staff reports | February 7, 2003 | 8:19 am

Children need guidance, stability in unstable world

Fredreka Schouten | February 7, 2003 | 8:21 am

Understanding conflict with Iraq: A timeline

Staff reports | February 7, 2003 | 5:42 pm

11 Web sites help explain Iraq showdown

Robert Benincasa | February 12, 2003 | 12:00 am

How close to war? — Iraq Q&A

John Yaukey and Jon Frandsen | February 12, 2003 | 12:00 am

Occupation of Iraq fraught with perils

John Yaukey | March 4, 2003 | 2:31 pm

Humanitarian crisis looms in Iraq

John Yaukey | March 4, 2003 | 2:31 pm

States share burden of reserve, National Guard call-ups

Mike Madden | March 4, 2003 | 2:31 pm

Former senators issue statement opposing war with Iraq

Chuck Raasch | March 4, 2003 | 2:31 pm

U.S. counting on Iraqi defections to help find banned weapons

John Yaukey | March 4, 2003 | 2:31 pm

U.N. debate enters final stage

USATODAY.com | March 6, 2003 | 2:51 pm

Bush answers critics, vowing to protect Americans and disarm Iraq

John Yaukey | March 6, 2003 | 9:25 pm

Analysis: Bush says costs of inaction far outweigh costs of war with Iraq

Chuck Raasch | March 6, 2003 | 9:55 pm

U.S. sailors: Bush made his case against Saddam

USATODAY.com | March 7, 2003 | 6:45 am

Bush tone, demeanor signal decision is made

USATODAY.com | March 7, 2003 | 6:48 am

U.S. working without a net as war approaches

Jon Frandsen | March 7, 2003 | 5:36 pm

Decision at hand, Bush invokes religious beliefs

Chuck Raasch | March 7, 2003 | 5:39 pm

French reject U.S. deadline for Iraq

John Yaukey | March 7, 2003 | 5:45 pm

Republicans to move ahead on budget despite uncertainty on war costs

Brian Tumulty | March 9, 2003 | 8:00 am

U.S. backer Erdogan elected in Turkey

USATODAY.com | March 10, 2003 | 6:04 am

Lights, cameras, get ready for war

USATODAY.com | March 10, 2003 | 6:07 am

Weathercasters are key on desert battlefield

USATODAY.com | March 10, 2003 | 6:09 am

Signs may show war is near

USATODAY.com | March 10, 2003 | 6:11 am

Army general: U.S. ready for war

William H. McMichael | March 10, 2003 | 6:13 am

Powell: Vote at U.N. still in reach

USATODAY.com | March 10, 2003 | 6:15 am

U.S. may extend deadline on Iraq

USATODAY.com | March 10, 2003 | 5:43 pm

Al Jazeera reporters fail to gain entry to Marine units

The Detroit News | March 10, 2003 | 5:54 pm

U.S. Marines preparing for historic first — command by British

Gordon Lubold and C. Mark Brinkley | March 11, 2003 | 6:50 am

U.S. says inspectors' report reinforces its position

USATODAY.com | March 11, 2003 | 6:52 am

Allies consider new Iraq deadline

USATODAY.com | March 11, 2003 | 6:54 am

Al-Qaeda members warn against Iraq attack

USATODAY.com | March 11, 2003 | 6:56 am

Surprise scud drill is very real for soldiers

Matthew Cox | March 11, 2003 | 4:38 pm

Soldiers' arrival rounds out 502nd Infantry Regiment in Kuwait

Matthew Cox | March 12, 2003 | 7:08 am

French fries? Mais non, Congress calls em freedom fries

Greg Wright | March 12, 2003 | 7:11 am

U.S. tests bomb meant to intimidate

USATODAY.com | March 12, 2003 | 7:18 am

Lessons from 1991 shape Iraqi strategy

USATODAY.com | March 12, 2003 | 7:19 am

Arm-twisting on U.N. resolution intensifies

USATODAY.com | March 12, 2003 | 7:21 am

U.S. to insist on vote in days

USATODAY.com | March 12, 2003 | 7:21 am

Activists in Baghdad brace for consequences of war

Greg Barrett | March 12, 2003 | 7:22 am

Missile bombardment likely first step in U.S. attack, admiral says

William H. McMichael | March 12, 2003 | 1:36 pm

Marines prepare to deal with large number of civilians in their path

C. Mark Brinkley | March 13, 2003 | 7:07 am

U.S. takes two-track strategy on Iraq resolution

USATODAY.com | March 13, 2003 | 7:14 am

Bush boldly faces soaring risks in Iraq

John Yaukey | March 13, 2003 | 3:55 pm

Lack of support forces U.S. to delay Iraq vote

USATODAY.com | March 14, 2003 | 6:05 am

Chemical protection suits get new look

USATODAY.com | March 14, 2003 | 6:10 am

British ready for their role in war

USATODAY.com | March 14, 2003 | 6:11 am

Sandblasted troops dig in

USATODAY.com | March 14, 2003 | 6:13 am

U.N. civility degenerates to displays of anger

USATODAY.com | March 14, 2003 | 6:14 am

Bush administration split over role for other countries in postwar Iraq

Jon Frandsen | March 14, 2003 | 6:20 am

Bush signals he may skip U.N.

USATODAY.com | March 14, 2003 | 6:21 am

What happens after war with Iraq - some questions and answers

Jon Frandsen | March 16, 2003 | 7:43 am

War protesters peaceful but determined

Derrick DePledge | March 16, 2003 | 7:50 am

Bush calls Monday 'moment of truth'

USATODAY.com | March 16, 2003 | 6:41 pm

War may realign world and define a presidency

USATODAY.com | March 17, 2003 | 4:00 am

Poll: Most back war, but want U.N. support

USATODAY.com | March 17, 2003 | 4:02 am

Bush kicks war preparations into high gear, ends diplomacy at U.N.

John Yaukey | March 17, 2003 | 7:21 pm

Analysis - Bush's war ultimatum puts presidential legacy on the line

Chuck Raasch | March 17, 2003 | 7:24 pm

Terror alert raised to orange

USATODAY.com | March 17, 2003 | 8:33 pm

Congress rallies behind Bush, but some Democrats accuse him of bungling

Jon Frandsen | March 17, 2003 | 8:56 pm

Bush gives Saddam 48 hours to flee or face war

John Yaukey | March 17, 2003 | 8:58 pm

Marine tanks may fire first shots in rapid invasion

USATODAY.com | March 18, 2003 | 6:00 am

How the world is reacting to U.S. moves

USATODAY.com | March 18, 2003 | 6:01 am

Pending military action casts big shadow over NCAA Tournament

Mike Lopresti | March 18, 2003 | 4:23 pm

Analysis - Allies have growing dislike of U.S., but won’t mind if Americans remove Saddam

Chuck Raasch | March 18, 2003 | 4:26 pm

Homeland security steps tightest since 9/11

USATODAY.com | March 18, 2003 | 4:48 pm

Unofficial name for war meant to take maximum psychological toll

Greg Barrett | March 18, 2003 | 5:24 pm

State, local officials fret about increased costs of terror alert

Ledyard King | March 19, 2003 | 4:45 am

Life goes on in nation's capital as America girds for war

Larry Bivins and Sergio Bustos | March 19, 2003 | 4:48 am

Blair wins vote in Parliament to support war

USATODAY.com | March 19, 2003 | 4:52 am

'Defining moment' dawns on America

USATODAY.com | March 19, 2003 | 4:53 am

Turkey agrees to let U.S. take lead in northern Iraq

USATODAY.com | March 19, 2003 | 4:54 am

U.S. officials expect to find evidence of war crime

USATODAY.com | March 19, 2003 | 4:55 am

Military outlines plan for fast and furious fight

USATODAY.com | March 19, 2003 | 4:57 am

Iraq rejects Bush's ultimatum

USATODAY.com | March 19, 2003 | 4:58 am

Commando force poised to track and kill Saddam

USATODAY.com | March 19, 2003 | 4:59 am

Military planners brace for worst-case scenarios in Iraq

John Yaukey | March 19, 2003 | 12:22 pm

U.S. forces tasked with critical early missions in Iraq

John Yaukey | March 19, 2003 | 5:25 pm

Bush 'somber, concerned' on the precipice of war, colleague says

Chuck Raasch | March 19, 2003 | 6:56 pm

Key war decisions to be made by array of top commanders

Staff reports | March 19, 2003 | 7:02 pm

Coalition casualties

USATODAY.com | March 20, 2003 | 12:00 am

Missile strikes on Iraq begin

John Yaukey and Jon Frandsen | March 20, 2003 | 1:06 am

Bush calm, confident in decision to begin attack

USATODAY.com | March 20, 2003 | 1:13 am

Baghdad residents awake to blasts

USATODAY.com | March 20, 2003 | 7:05 am

War predictions fall flat with missile attack

USATODAY.com | March 20, 2003 | 7:10 am

Iraq fires missiles at U.S. forces

USATODAY.com | March 20, 2003 | 7:12 am

Tomahawk launches light up sky around Navy cruiser

Navy Times | March 20, 2003 | 9:14 am

U.S. soldiers dodge Iraq missiles

Military Times | March 20, 2003 | 12:35 pm

Protesters mount limp attempt at civil disobedience

Greg Barrett | March 20, 2003 | 2:21 pm

Iraqi leader's TV appearance studied

USATODAY.com | March 20, 2003 | 4:27 pm

Analysis - American propaganda machine takes on 2-front war
Shock and awe on one front. Measured goals and reassurances on another. The American war propaganda machine is walking a fine walk in defending the U.S.-led attack on Iraq.

Chuck Raasch | March 20, 2003 | 5:04 pm

Portable missiles pose danger to U.S. airplanes, House members learn

Carl Weiser | GNS | March 20, 2003 | 5:21 pm

Congress unites behind troops but argues over tax cuts

Jon Frandsen and Brian Tumulty | GNS | March 20, 2003 | 6:05 pm

Daschle sets aside criticism to support Bush, troops

Larry Bivins | GNS | March 20, 2003 | 6:06 pm

Amid anxiety over terrorism, Ridge says nation secure

Ledyard King | GNS | March 20, 2003 | 6:08 pm

A friendly conversation from Baghdad, then ... boom!

Greg Barrett | March 20, 2003 | 6:10 pm

First attack may have hit top Iraqis

USATODAY.com | March 20, 2003 | 6:35 pm

In Spain, protesters hit streets against government's support for war

Mike Madden | GNS | March 21, 2003 | 7:06 am

Frist steers Senate to support troops, debate budget

Larry Bivins | GNS | March 21, 2003 | 7:08 am

Helicopter crash kills 12; first coalition casualties in war on Iraq

USATODAY.com | March 21, 2003 | 7:12 am

Life in U.S. doesn't come to halt, but it pauses

USATODAY.com | March 21, 2003 | 7:15 am

Anti-war protesters disrupt traffic in 3 cities

USATODAY.com | March 21, 2003 | 7:16 am

Arabs angry about war

USATODAY.com | March 21, 2003 | 7:17 am

Poll: War support continues climb to 76% approval

USATODAY.com | March 21, 2003 | 7:19 am

Urgency to take out Saddam leads to shift in U.S. strategy

USATODAY.com | March 21, 2003 | 7:20 am

One Marine killed, another injured as ground war intensifies

Sean Naylor and C. Mark Brinkley | Military Times | March 21, 2003 | 9:40 am

Troops move farther into Iraq, deaths, injuries reported

John Yaukey and Carl Weiser | GNS | March 21, 2003 | 4:01 pm

'Shock and awe' combines destruction, protection

John Yaukey | GNS | March 21, 2003 | 6:54 pm

Air war kicks into overdrive

Military Times | March 21, 2003 | 11:48 pm

Start of war leaves American students abroad anxious, not afraid

Mike Madden | GNS | March 21, 2003 | 11:56 pm

Red tape, sandstorms hampering plans to aid Iraqi refugees

Sergio Bustos | GNS | March 21, 2003 | 11:57 pm

Administration cautious on how war is perceived

Jon Frandsen | GNS | March 22, 2003 | 12:01 am

Key city overtaken by coalition

USATODAY.com | March 22, 2003 | 11:24 am

'$10 billion on wheels' rolls through Iraqi desert

John Bebow | The Detroit News | March 22, 2003 | 1:23 pm

Recapping the war in Iraq

Carl Weiser and Derrick DePledge | GNS | March 22, 2003 | 2:39 pm

Oil fires few, but firefighters ready to deploy

Dennis Camire | GNS | March 22, 2003 | 3:42 pm

U.S. destroys Iraq mobile missile launchers
U.S. Air Force jets destroyed two Iraqi mobile surface-to-surface missile launchers Friday, taking less than 30 minutes to accomplish a task that eluded coalition forces throughout the first Persian Gulf War.

Gordon Trowbridge | Air Force Times | March 22, 2003 | 4:51 pm

Iraqis fire on U.S. troops moving toward Baghdad
U.S. and British troops faced stiffer than expected resistance Saturday from Iraqi forces determined to slow their drive to Baghdad. Nowhere was that more evident than in As Samawah, where the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment fought a daylong battle with Iraqi troops at a canal crossing near the southern bank of the Euphrates River. By day’s end, the squadron had killed at least 40 Iraqi troops and was in control of the bridge.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | March 22, 2003 | 5:09 pm

Baghdad braced for ground troops, more ‘shock and awe’
The lights were on Saturday in Baghdad. Iraq’s government-run Internet was functioning. Local and international phone lines worked intermittently. It was a far cry from the destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure during the initial days of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, but on this first morning following Friday’s American-made "shock and awe," Iraqi civilians rose warily, certain the worst was yet to come.

Greg Barrett | GNS | March 22, 2003 | 5:53 pm

Confident Franks says ‘outcome is not in doubt’

Derrick DePledge | GNS | March 22, 2003 | 6:20 pm

For carrier's aviators, unrelenting 'hammer time' arrives
Like their boss' boss' boss said the other day, hammer time has come to the 5,500 souls aboard this ship in the Persian Gulf. For much of Saturday, fighter jets roared off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier and joined the already crowded skies over Iraq.

The Detroit News | March 22, 2003 | 7:49 pm

U.S., Royal Marines press to control Basra

USATODAY.com | March 22, 2003 | 7:55 pm

At least 90 arrested, dozen officers hurt in New York anti-war protest
Tens of thousands of anti-war activists chanted their way down Broadway in the spring sunshine Saturday in a protest that was peaceful for much of the day but ended with skirmishes with police.

The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News | March 22, 2003 | 8:19 pm

U.S. soldier held in attack on 101st
An Army sergeant from Fort Campbell was detained as a suspect in a nighttime grenade attack here that killed one soldier from the 101st Airborne Division and injured 13 others, Army officials said.

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | March 23, 2003 | 5:45 am

Troops fight fatigue to deliver supplies

The Detroit News | March 23, 2003 | 5:52 am

1 dead, U.S. soldier detained in attack on 101st leaders
An American soldier hurled a pair of grenades into his unit‘s Camp New York, Kuwait, command post early Sunday morning, killing one soldier and wounding 15, U.S. military spokesmen said.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | March 23, 2003 | 9:26 am

Al-Jazeera broadcast depicts injured, dead U.S. POWs
Several people were identified on the Arab television network Al-Jazeera as U.S. soldiers captured by the Iraqi army. Five more people, apparently dressed in American uniforms, were shown dead on a concrete floor in the videotaped broadcast.

Robert Hodierne | Army Times | March 23, 2003 | 1:19 pm

Pace aboard aircraft carrier moderates, but not by much

William H. McMichael | Navy TImes | March 23, 2003 | 2:34 pm

Iraqi Freedom Fighter part of U.S. Marine unit

John Bebow | The Detroit News | March 23, 2003 | 5:07 pm

Analysis - As casualties and challenges mount, are Americans prepared?
Dead American soldiers and live POWs on television, a suspected case of fratricide in the vaunted 101st Airborne, hundreds of thousands of anti-war demonstrators around the globe. Even as public opinion marshals around President Bush, the march toward Baghdad has been tempered with its first trying moments.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | March 23, 2003 | 5:14 pm

Iraq gives 'barbarous' treatment to POWs, ex-prisoners say
The U.S. soldiers captured by Iraqi forces could face beatings and humiliation. But just as agonizing, say former prisoners of war, is the isolation and the thoughts of what the family back home must be enduring.

Carl Weiser | GNS | March 23, 2003 | 5:21 pm

Michigan visit with Iraqi child left impression on Wolfowitz

Lisa Zagaroli | The Detroit News | March 23, 2003 | 5:35 pm

Geneva conventions aim to protect POWs

Fredreka Schouten | GNS | March 23, 2003 | 5:38 pm

Iraqi surrenders critical to ground war
As U.S.-led coalition troops advance toward Baghdad, American military planners are banking heavily on Iraqi soldiers surrendering in large numbers to keep both coalition and enemy casualties to a minimum.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 23, 2003 | 5:41 pm

Air Force rescue team returns from harrowing mission behind enemy lines
U.S. Air Force rescue crews plunged deep into Iraq on Sunday on a marathon mission apparently aimed at aiding coalition ground troops under fire.

Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | March 23, 2003 | 5:48 pm

Pentagon still searching for Iraqi weapons cache as danger grows
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday that the Pentagon had seen no evidence so far that Iraq had used weapons of mass destruction, but cautioned that the danger to U.S. and coalition soldiers would grow as they get closer to Baghdad.

Derrick DePledge | GNS | March 23, 2003 | 6:33 pm

Southern Iraq city sees intense fighting
Fighting between U.S. and Iraqi forces continued to rage Sunday along the banks of the Euphrates River as U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) tried to maintain the momentum of their high-speed assault toward Baghdad.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | March 23, 2003 | 7:21 pm

Accused soldier ‘was never like that,’ mother says
Shock, surprise and complete disbelief are the reactions of those who knew the U.S. soldier accused of a fatal grenade attack on command tents at a 101st Airborne Division base in Kuwait yesterday.

The (Nashville) Tennessean | March 23, 2003 | 7:30 pm

Texas woman says son is one of captured soldiers
The mother of Army Spc. Joseph Hudson, a Fort Bliss soldier who was taken prisoner by the Iraqis, clutched a picture of her son at her home while neighbors showed up Sunday afternoon to express their support.

El Paso Times | March 23, 2003 | 8:48 pm

Conflict constantly tests media boundaries

USATODAY.com | March 24, 2003 | 5:50 am

Disturbing images quickly dampen mood

USATODAY.com | March 24, 2003 | 5:51 am

Poll shows steady support for war

USATODAY.com | March 24, 2003 | 5:52 am

U.S. wooing Iraqi leaders, generals to defect

USATODAY.com | March 24, 2003 | 5:53 am

Allied troops endure 'toughest day' of fighting, speed toward Baghdad
U.S.-led forces sped to within 100 miles of Iraq's capital on Sunday, but their battlefield successes were marred by the deadliest fighting in five days of war.

USATODAY.com | March 24, 2003 | 5:53 am

Suspect in 101st attack opposed to war in Iraq

The (Nashville) Tennessean | March 24, 2003 | 5:19 pm

1st Marine Division plows its way into position
The entire 1st Marine Division, moving as one massive convoy to push the war closer to Baghdad, snaked into central Iraq on a 24-hour push that ended here early Monday morning.

C. Mark Brinkley | Marine Corps Times | March 24, 2003 | 5:32 pm

U.S., British forces press toward Baghdad
British Royal Marines worked to gain control of Iraq’s largest southern town on Monday as U.S. Marines and soldiers continued sweeping north up the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys toward Baghdad.

Robert Hodierne | Military Times | March 24, 2003 | 5:34 pm

Essay - Occupying force would see fierce side of friendly Iraqis

Greg Barrett | GNS | March 24, 2003 | 5:47 pm

Coalition forces face trial by fire in Baghdad
Coalition leaders and generals all had the same message following a weekend of tough fighting in southern Iraq: Brace for heavier casualties, especially as the battle moves on to heavily fortified Baghdad. The U.S.-led assault on the city could begin within days.

John Yaukey | Gannett News Service | March 24, 2003 | 6:41 pm

Mine hunters clearing waterway so that humanitarian aid can begin
Navy mine hunters were working Monday to clear the Khawr az Zubayr waterway of danger so humanitarian relief efforts can begin as quickly as possible.

William H. McMichael | Navy Times | March 24, 2003 | 6:55 pm

Fate kept Marines out of firefight
All day Sunday, word filtered back from the front lines: Casualties were mounting from a bloody firefight between Marines and Iraqi troops somewhere north of the town of An Nasiriyah. The four Marines aboard an M1A1 Abrams tank called "Pale Rider" should have been there.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | March 24, 2003 | 7:02 pm

Care packages flowing in for troops

Kirk Moore | Asbury (N.J.) Park Press | March 25, 2003 | 6:29 am

Missing, captured include soldiers from across U.S.
While Fort Bliss, Texas, officials on Monday provided no further information on the 10 to 12 soldiers missing, captured or killed on Sunday by Iraqi troops, details about the men and women who made up part of Fort Bliss' 507th Maintenance Company were slowing being revealed.

El Paso Times | March 25, 2003 | 6:30 am

101st soldiers say goodbye to fallen comrade
Hugs mixed with handshakes Monday for the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait after a short, somber memorial service for the officer killed in Sunday's grenade attack.

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | March 25, 2003 | 6:31 am

Bush seeks $74 billion for war's opening stages

USATODAY.com | March 25, 2003 | 6:32 am

U.S. under pressure to find banned weapons

USATODAY.com | March 25, 2003 | 6:33 am

Allies' pre-war assumptions fall short as Iraqi resistance stiffens

USATODAY.com | March 25, 2003 | 6:34 am

Guerrilla tactics work for Iraqis

USATODAY.com | March 25, 2003 | 6:36 am

U.S. troops strive to maintain momentum
The U.S. Marines' war plan has emphasized a rapid advance toward Baghdad, relying on intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and psychological warfare. Maintaining the attack's momentum is essential, commanders say, despite the problems caused for the Marines in southern Iraq by pockets of resistance and a vulnerable supply line.

USATODAY.com | March 25, 2003 | 6:37 am

Doctors might be treating Saddam in bunker
CIA operatives and Army commandos who are hunting for Saddam Hussein believe that the Iraqi leader could be in a Baghdad bunker receiving medical attention from military doctors, U.S. intelligence and military sources said Monday.

USATODAY.com | March 25, 2003 | 6:39 am

Skirmish with civilian truck punctuates daybreak on drive to Baghdad
Two Iraqis in a civilian pickup truck were killed by bursts of heavy machine gun fire here early Tuesday after trying to rush into a Marine artillery encampment despite warnings to stop.

C. Mark Brinkley | Marine Corp Times | March 25, 2003 | 11:21 am

Sheer volume, transportation problems delay troops’ mail

Robert Hodierne | Military Times | March 25, 2003 | 1:11 pm

Poll shows dramatic drop in assessment of war’s progress, but support remains
Support for the war in Iraq has remained constant at over 70 percent, but those who say the conflict is going very well has dropped nearly by half.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | March 25, 2003 | 3:19 pm

Coalition troops prepare for Iraq's most loyal soldiers
The impending ground battle between coalition forces and the elite Medina Division of Iraq's Republican Guard south of Baghdad promises to give war planners their first glimpse of how tenacious Saddam Hussein's most loyal forces are likely to be and their willingness to use chemical weapons.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 25, 2003 | 5:43 pm

Marine supply convoy sidelined by breakdowns, sandstorm
The war of shock and awe changed to stop and wait for a crucial Marine convoy trying to get supplies to the front lines Tuesday.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | March 25, 2003 | 5:44 pm

Iraqis destroy 2 Abrams tanks; loss is first in its 20-year history
Two American M1A1 Abrams tanks were destroyed Tuesday by fire from what officers believe was an Iraqi truck-mounted anti-tank gun. It was the first time an Abrams has been destroyed by enemy fire in its 20-year history.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | March 25, 2003 | 5:59 pm

Bush steps back into public eye for first time since war's start
For the first time since he ordered the start of war in Iraq last week, President Bush is stepping out from the private confines of the White House and Camp David to meet with military brass and rank-and-file troops and to rally support for the campaign against Saddam Hussein.

Mike Madden | GNS | March 25, 2003 | 6:15 pm

U.S. officials ready to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq
The largest disaster relief team in U.S. history is being assembled to coordinate humanitarian aid in Iraq and is prepared to move into the country within 24 hours of receiving the go-ahead from military authorities.

Sergio Bustos and Derrick DePledge | GNS | March 25, 2003 | 7:07 pm

Squadron's rookies see plenty of action during battle
Capt. Clay Lyle's voice on the radio gave no hint of the violence that was about to erupt. ``We're in contact,'' Lyle said calmly. His words marked the first moments of a 24-hour running battle between his troops and Iraqi adversaries along the Euphrates river.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | March 25, 2003 | 7:08 pm

Grenade attack claims second victim
A Boise, Idaho,-based Air National Guard major died Tuesday of injuries he suffered in a grenade attack on officers´ tents in Kuwait on Sunday.

The Idaho Statesman | March 26, 2003 | 6:04 am

Analysis - Risks for Bush, nation grow as war goes on

USATODAY.com | March 26, 2003 | 6:20 am

Bush appearances aim to rally public
Faced with the prospect of a messier war in Iraq than might have been anticipated, President Bush is appearing in public more to rally fighting forces and bolster the confidence of the public and allied nations.

USATODAY.com | March 26, 2003 | 6:22 am

Families of captives in Iraq try to keep hope alive
Yellow ribbons flew on lampposts, trees and mailboxes Tuesday as families of America's newest prisoners of war kept hope alive.

USATODAY.com | March 26, 2003 | 6:22 am

British ship to deliver much-needed supplies to southern Iraq
The Bush administration Tuesday blamed Iraq for cutting off electricity and water to that nation's second largest city, Basra, as British forces pledged to deliver water and other aid there despite fighting in the area.

USATODAY.com | March 26, 2003 | 6:23 am

Basra uprising could be model for Baghdad
British forces at the gates of Basra waged fierce battles with more than 1,000 Iraqi militia fighters, supporting what they said appeared to be civilian unrest developing against Saddam Hussein in the key southern city.

USATODAY.com | March 26, 2003 | 6:23 am

Clash with Republican Guard part of 'largest battle'
A 3rd Infantry Division tank company team fought and destroyed an Iraqi Republican Guard force at point-blank range Tuesday night about 80 miles southwest of Baghdad.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | March 26, 2003 | 10:29 am

Bush rallies military, projects confidence in victory against Iraq
President Bush used a visit Wednesday to the U.S. military's nerve center here conducting the war on Iraq to rally the troops, thank coalition partners, provide a progress report to the American people and assure Iraqi citizens they soon will be free.

Richard Benedetto | GNS | March 26, 2003 | 2:06 pm

Sense of mission helps keep morale high on Navy ship

William H. McMichael | Navy Times | March 26, 2003 | 3:10 pm

Saddam still controls much of crumbling regime
With U.S. troops approaching Baghdad, there can be little doubt that Saddam Hussein is a doomed man. Yet despite his potentially frail condition, he continues to wield considerable influence and authority over his crumbling regime and terrified population, confounding U.S. war planners and changing their strategies.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 26, 2003 | 5:43 pm

Treatment was bad, but improved for female POW in first gulf war
It wasn't the sexual assault or mock execution that Army Major Rhonda Cornum recalls as the worst part of being a prisoner of war. It was the theft of her wedding ring, snatched from a chain around her neck.

Greg Barrett | GNS | March 26, 2003 | 6:01 pm

Feared Fedayeen among most loyal to Saddam, might engage in suicide bombings
Until the war began, few Americans had heard of the Fedayeen Saddam, the paramilitary extremists loyal to Saddam Hussein who have led much of Iraq's defenses in the first week of the war. But their actions, which include the threat that some would engage in suicide bombings - could have a great effect on the war in coming days.

Chuck Raasch and John Yaukey | GNS | March 26, 2003 | 6:18 pm

Pentagon probing Iraqi actions in 507th ambush
The Pentagon is investigating the death and disappearance of soldiers from the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company at Fort Bliss, Texas, focusing on whether Iraqi soldiers executed those killed, officials said.

Sergio Bustos and Billy House | GNS | March 26, 2003 | 8:35 pm

Accidental deaths exceed those in combat

USATODAY.com | March 27, 2003 | 5:22 am

First American troops' remains return to U.S.

USATODAY.com | March 27, 2003 | 5:29 am

Troops in civilian clothes taking over homes
Hundreds of Iraq's Republican Guard soldiers, paramilitaries and suspected intelligence operatives are taking off their uniforms and moving into Baghdad neighborhoods in preparation for a street-by-street fight for the Iraqi capital, residents there said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | March 27, 2003 | 5:30 am

Bliss unit faced Iraqi tanks after wrong turn
The 507th Maintenance Company based out of Ft. Bliss, Texas, ran into a heavily armed Iraqi combat unit, which included two tanks and automatic weapons, when it made a wrong turn Sunday, a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday.

Laura Cruz | El Paso Times | March 27, 2003 | 5:33 am

Iraq blames residential blast on coalition
Two explosions that Iraq blamed on U.S. cruise missiles ripped through a Baghdad market Wednesday, killing 15 people and providing a chilling preview of what could happen when U.S. forces actually enter the Iraqi capital.

USATODAY.com | March 27, 2003 | 5:37 am

Poll: Support for war holds steady

USATODAY.com | March 27, 2003 | 5:39 am

Hungry mouths still praise Saddam
Thirsty but defiant Iraqis greeted the first aid convoys into southern Iraq Wednesday by chanting praise for Saddam Hussein and mobbing trucks loaded with food and water.

USATODAY.com | March 27, 2003 | 5:40 am

Analysis - Warplanes rule, troops advance, but U.S. also falters in 1st week

USATODAY.com | March 27, 2003 | 5:42 am

U.S. troops get hold of a crucial airfield
Paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade have seized an airfield in northern Iraq near Bashur, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | March 27, 2003 | 5:43 am

Infantry has bumpy ride into Iraq

Matthew Cox | Army Times | March 27, 2003 | 6:06 pm

Coalition more risk-wary as it approaches Baghdad siege

John Yaukey | GNS | March 27, 2003 | 6:09 pm

U.S. battles militia en route to Baghdad
U.S. and British forces fought pockets of Iraqi troops in scattered actions Thursday over a 200-mile stretch from the Persian Gulf to 50 miles outside of Baghdad.

Robert Hodierne | Military Times | March 27, 2003 | 6:13 pm

Military recruits appear undeterred by current war

Fredreka Schouten | GNS | March 27, 2003 | 6:27 pm

Soldier photographed carrying Iraqi child surprised at fame
The war in Iraq is only a week old and one photograph already has become an icon: A young, grimy soldier in full battle gear, a look of deep concern on his face, carrying a wounded Iraqi child to safety.

Robert Hodierne | Military Times | March 27, 2003 | 6:42 pm

7th Regimental team getting war action aplenty

John Bebow | The Detroit News | March 27, 2003 | 6:46 pm

Marine supply convoy struggles to reach troops

John Bebow | The Detroit News | March 27, 2003 | 6:49 pm

Families of POWs, MIAs grapple with uncertainty

USATODAY.com | March 28, 2003 | 5:39 am

Officials hope to restore Iraqi oil flow by June

USATODAY.com | March 28, 2003 | 5:41 am

Water, food shortages are rising, agencies say

USATODAY.com | March 28, 2003 | 5:43 am

Republican Guard gets last chance against U.S. forces

USATODAY.com | March 28, 2003 | 5:44 am

Bush, Blair present united front

USATODAY.com | March 28, 2003 | 5:46 am

Fatigue a formidable enemy within the ranks

USATODAY.com | March 28, 2003 | 5:47 am

In Nasiriyah, a surreal battle rages
U.S. Marines, who entered this southern Iraqi town Sunday to seize a pair of bridges needed to ferry troops and supplies north toward Baghdad, have been fighting pitched battles with Iraqi guerrillas who wear no uniforms and respect no laws of war.

USATODAY.com | March 28, 2003 | 5:48 am

Allied officials: Iraqi troops coerced to fight
Some Iraqi fighters taken prisoner by coalition forces have told their captors that they and their families were threatened with death if they did not help defend Saddam Hussein's regime, allied officials said Thursday. (With link to audio report.)

USATODAY.com | March 28, 2003 | 5:56 am

Relief port free of underwater mines, but area remains dangerous

William H. McMichael | Navy Times | March 28, 2003 | 1:27 pm

Crucial U.S. air base opens in southern Iraq
The opening of the first U.S. air base in southern Iraq on Friday will help shorten supply lines to soldiers and Marines advancing on Baghdad.

Gordon Trowbridge, C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | March 28, 2003 | 4:02 pm

U.K. communities mourn soldiers lost in Iraq war

GNS | March 28, 2003 | 4:16 pm

Soldiers work to free private trapped in burning tank
U.S. troops ambushed en route to a bridge in Iraq rescue a comrade trapped in a burning tank.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | March 28, 2003 | 4:53 pm

Bush, under fire about war's progress, sticks to the script

Chuck Raasch | GNS | March 28, 2003 | 5:26 pm

'Human shields' witnesses to collateral damage
A Kentucky pacificist in Baghdad writes of the war's cost to civilians in the Iraqi capital.

Greg Barrett | GNS | March 28, 2003 | 5:57 pm

Coalition troops seek to reclaim momentum
The looming U.S. attack against positions south of Baghdad defended by the Republican Guard's elite Medina Division has two objectives: crack Iraq's most tenacious troops and take back some of the momentum lost over the last week.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 28, 2003 | 6:48 pm

Administration expects Iraq's wealth will help reconstruction

Brian Tumulty and Sergio Bustos | GNS | March 28, 2003 | 6:55 pm

101st relocates, keeps watch for danger over the horizon

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | March 29, 2003 | 8:21 am

Reality of war sinks in for 'mortuary affairs' Marines

John Bebow | The Detroit News | March 29, 2003 | 2:02 pm

Air Force jets now flying attack missions from Iraqi territory
U.S. Air Force attack jets began flying Saturday from a captured base in Iraq, the first combat missions flown from Iraqi soil.

Gordon Trowbridge | Air Force Times | March 29, 2003 | 2:31 pm

Families of those missing in action may face years of uncertainty

Judd Slivka | The Arizona Republic | March 29, 2003 | 3:01 pm

Resupplying slows Marine’s push toward Baghdad
Most of the 1st Marine Division has slowed its push north to secure a flow of supplies and ensure a safe and steady push toward Baghdad.

C. Mark Brinkley | Marine Corps Times | March 29, 2003 | 3:26 pm

Iraqi ultralight flights raise fears of chemical, suicide attacks
At least two Iraqi ultralight aircraft have flown over U.S. Army positions here, raising fears that Iraq may use the single-pilot planes to drop chemical or biological weapons or launch suicide attacks.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | March 29, 2003 | 4:42 pm

Analysis - Iraqis exploiting Americans' reluctance to engage civilian targets

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | March 29, 2003 | 6:10 pm

Big question remains: Will Saddam use weapons of mass destruction?
In a war that top U.S. and British military officials insist is going mostly as expected, one of the biggest wild cards is whether Iraqi President Saddam Hussein still has the capability, or the will, to launch a chemical or biological attack against his neighbors or coalition forces surging toward Baghdad.

Derrick DePledge | GNS | March 29, 2003 | 6:15 pm

U.S. forces fight an ugly resistance
U.S. forces continued to pound Republican Guards divisions outside Baghdad and militia units in the south as Iraqi resistance took an ugly turn.

USATODAY.com | March 29, 2003 | 6:22 pm

Coalition forces prepare for coup de grace
Coalition forces in Iraq are now positioning to secure a noose around Baghdad in preparation for an assault expected to be the war’s coup de grace.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 29, 2003 | 6:53 pm

101st Airborne Apaches score hits in division's first Iraq mission

USATODAY.com | March 30, 2003 | 8:18 am

Baghdad bombings continue as allied forces face 'dirty' tactics
As the bombardment around Baghdad continued into the city's pre-dawn hours, U.S. forces began coming to grips with what military officials describe as an elaborate set of Iraqi "dirty" tactics.

USATODAY.com and Army Times | March 30, 2003 | 8:18 am

Crew reflects on first Abrams tank deaths
No enemy fire ever had destroyed an Abrams tank, and no crew member had ever died fighting from one. But last week two of the 60-ton behemoths were destroyed by enemy fire and although those crew members survived, another Abrams crew has died in combat.

C. Mark Brinkley | Marine Corps Times | March 30, 2003 | 2:00 pm

Arab-American commander could play critical role once war ends
In the battle for territory in Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. John Abizaid is one of the top U.S. military commanders. In the battle for public opinion once the war ends, he could be even more important.

Mike Madden | GNS | March 30, 2003 | 2:11 pm

Few signs of erosion in war support despite casualties, cost
Most Americans see the war in Iraq tied to national security and remain supportive of U.S. military action there regardless of reports that the fighting is bloodier, costlier and more difficult than planned, according to a Saturday-Sunday USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll.

Richard Benedetto | GNS | March 30, 2003 | 9:39 pm

Top general sees 'tough war' ahead
Allied forces now control 40 percent of Iraq and face an enemy that has been unable to mount a "militarily significant" counterattack, the U.S. military's top general said Sunday. But he cautioned that the most difficult part of the war — an assault on Baghdad — still lies ahead.

USATODAY.com | March 30, 2003 | 11:54 pm

Iraqi tactics have U.S. rethinking strategy
Iraqi forces have spent the past six months preparing for a guerrilla-type war designed to bog down coalition forces by using small groups of paramilitary soldiers who seek refuge in cities and towns, military analysts say.

USATODAY.com | March 30, 2003 | 11:56 pm

Attack on Republican Guard may be days away
Despite widespread reports of a lengthy pause in the ground war in Iraq, a massive attack on Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard could be just a few days or at most a week away, military officials say.

USATODAY.com | March 31, 2003 | 8:15 am

U.S. officials concede they 'misjudged' Iraqi defections

USATODAY.com | March 31, 2003 | 8:17 am

Battle for Najaf begins; 100 guerrillas killed

USATODAY.com | March 31, 2003 | 8:19 am

Kosovo-style routine sinks in for 101st Airborne regiment
They have been on the ground almost a week, but so far, the war in Iraq for many Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, feels deceptively like peacekeeping in Kosovo.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | March 31, 2003 | 12:28 pm

Captured Iraqis are mix of military, conscripts

John Bebow | The Detroit News | March 31, 2003 | 1:57 pm

U.S. losing battle worldwide on public relations front
Through Arabic satellite TV channels, radio stations and newspapers, the Bush administration's message about the Iraq war - that it's a noble venture to disarm a dictator and free the Iraqi people - is reaching the Arab and Muslim world. It's just that almost no one believes it.

Carl Weiser | GNS | March 31, 2003 | 4:07 pm

Coalition forces lose key advantages as war moves from desert to urban areas

John Yaukey | GNS | March 31, 2003 | 5:43 pm

In field, troops take no chances

USATODAY.com | March 31, 2003 | 10:02 pm

'Intense fighting' in Najaf
Troops of the 101st Airborne Division pressed their attack against the city of Najaf on Monday, closing in from the north and south and suffering casualties. One soldier was killed.

USATODAY.com | March 31, 2003 | 10:06 pm

Prewar predictions coming back to bite
Armchair generals and media critics aren't the only people whose comments are giving heartburn to administration officials defending the progress of the war with Iraq. The officials also face questions about their own remarks made before the fighting began.

USATODAY.com | March 31, 2003 | 10:12 pm

Angry lawmakers focus on unhelpful allies

USATODAY.com | April 1, 2003 | 8:01 am

Memories of lost tank's crew follow Marine's 1st Battalion

USATODAY.com | April 1, 2003 | 8:02 am

Still no proof of Iraq's illicit weapons

USATODAY.com | April 1, 2003 | 8:02 am

44 Iraqis die as 101st raids training camp
In the deadliest battle they have seen since the war in Iraq began, soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade killed 44 Iraqi soldiers in a firefight at a military training camp Monday.

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | April 1, 2003 | 11:22 am

Navy fliers rescued after plane slides off carrier
Two fliers ejected from an S-3B Viking aircraft that slid off a slippery flight deck Tuesday. Both men were safely recovered by a search-and-rescue helicopter and are listed in good condition.

William H. McMichael | Navy Times | April 1, 2003 | 1:56 pm

Navy pilot avoids close call in Persian Gulf
Lt. j.g. Ken Velez's EA-6B Prowler, which can jam and destroy enemy radars, was enforcing an ``area of protection'' early Tuesday. Iraqi gunners were complicating things, coming close to hitting the U.S. aircraft.

William H. McMichael | Navy Times | April 1, 2003 | 2:14 pm

Pace to Baghdad quickens for Marine artillery regiment
After several slow days, the more than 50,000 Marines in Iraq are back on the hunt. Marines spent Monday and Tuesday pushing en masse more than 40 miles north along a major highway leading to Baghdad.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 1, 2003 | 3:49 pm

Lawmakers invoke troops to justify almost everything
Members of Congress have gone out of their way to support the troops since U.S. and British forces began dropping bombs on Baghdad nearly two weeks ago. But business as usual is continuing in wartime Washington as well.

Mike Madden | GNS | April 1, 2003 | 4:57 pm

Search on for clues of war crimes against Fort Bliss soldiers
An elite team of military investigators was dispatched to southern Iraq this week to determine if Iraqi soldiers tortured or executed members of the 507th Maintenance Company that were ambushed March 23, officials said Tuesday.

Sergio Bustos | GNS | April 1, 2003 | 5:18 pm

Public opinion intensifies on both sides of war
The American public's support for the war has not wavered below 70 percent since the war began March 19, according to USA TODAY-CNN-Gallup Polls. But opposition in many Arab and European countries has remained intense.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 1, 2003 | 5:37 pm

Helicopter base takes shape in Iraqi desert
It's the beginning of a war here, or at least it feels like it, as Marines arrive from ships in the Persian Gulf to build a new forward operating base on this remote piece of desert.

Gordon Lubold | Marine Corps Times | April 1, 2003 | 6:10 pm

U.S. ground forces push toward Baghdad
The ground campaign for Baghdad is at hand. The Army's 3rd Infantry Division clashed Tuesday with Iraq's Republican Guard near Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, in the first major ground assault against the troops charged with defending Baghdad.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 1, 2003 | 9:04 pm

Marines ferry supplies for war-torn Nasiriyah
U.S. Marines began efforts to deliver humanitarian relief Tuesday to the besieged city of Nasiriyah, scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the war. The deliveries are part of the coalition's strategy to win over the population throughout Iraq as troops continue to battle paramilitary forces.

USATODAY.com | April 1, 2003 | 10:05 pm

Photojournalist Molly Bingham safe, out of Iraq
Freelance photographer Molly Bingham, a Louisville, Ky., native, had been missing in Iraq a week ago. She and three other journalists were freed Tuesday after being held in an Iraqi prison for seven days.

The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal | April 2, 2003 | 5:39 am

Iraq gets sympathetic press around the world
While overwhelming coverage of the conflict in Iraq wouldn't surprise most Americans, the tone of these reports might. Channel-surf from Britain's BBC to Germany's ZDF, or flip through newspapers from Spain to Bangkok, and one finds stories that tilt noticeably against the war and in favor of besieged Iraqi civilians.

USATODAY.com | April 2, 2003 | 5:40 am

Rescued: W.Va. soldier found alive
Relief and gratitude were the order of the day when the folks around Palestine and Elizabeth, W.Va., got word Tuesday night that Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch had been rescued.

The Huntington (W. Va.) Herald-Dispatch | April 2, 2003 | 5:44 am

Statement fuels speculation on Saddam's fate
Saddam Hussein has appeared on Iraqi television twice since the war began, but it isn't clear when the taped appearances were actually recorded. U.S. intelligence officials say they cannot confirm whether Saddam is dead, but many officials believe he is in a bunker and may have been injured during a March 19 attack on a residential compound in which he was hiding.

USATODAY.com | April 2, 2003 | 5:59 am

Strain of Iraq war showing on Bush, those who know him say
The public face of President Bush at war is composed and controlled. But choreographed glimpses of Bush's commander-in-chief persona don't tell the whole story. Behind the scenes, aides and friends say, the president's role is more complicated and his style more emotional.

USATODAY.com | April 2, 2003 | 5:59 am

War critics rile Rumsfeld, Myers
The U.S. military's top two officials sharply denounced public criticism of the Iraq invasion plan Tuesday. In private, the war's top general sharply rebuked a senior battlefield commander for telling reporters that Pentagon planners failed to anticipate the fierce level of Iraqi resistance.

USATODAY.com | April 2, 2003 | 6:01 am

Air campaign shifts aim to Guard
A U.S.-led air campaign designed to shock and awe the Iraqi regime has evolved into a struggle to hunt and destroy Iraq's surprisingly tenacious military.

USATODAY.com | April 2, 2003 | 6:03 am

Strategic Najaf 'very much contained'
U.S. Army forces pushed into central Najaf on Tuesday, and military officials said they were close to securing the strategically important city.

USATODAY.com | April 2, 2003 | 6:04 am

Colleges offer financial aid to rescued POW
When Uncle Sam is through with Jessica Lynch, West Virginia’s two largest universities want her. Marshall University and West Virginia University officials are offering her financial assistance to attend their respective schools and pursue her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher.

The Huntington (W. Va.) Herald-Dispatch | April 2, 2003 | 3:06 pm

Marines in Kut say Republican Guards have stopped fighting
In a classic decoy maneuver, U.S. Marines surrounded the Baghdad Division of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard in this strategic city during the predawn hours of Wednesday.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 2, 2003 | 4:02 pm

Rescued F-14 pilots eager to get back to work
The first two American fighters pilots to bail out over Iraq during the current war are safely back on their carrier, only slightly bruised and ready to fly again.

Mark D. Faram | Navy Times | April 2, 2003 | 4:58 pm

Taking Karbala Gap key to U.S. drive to Baghdad
U.S. soldiers encountered minimal opposition Wednesday as they raced through the Karbala Gap in Iraq. Taking the gap was vital for the U.S. military because it offers the most direct access to Baghdad, 50 miles north.

Robert Hodierne and Riad Kahwaji | Military Times | April 2, 2003 | 5:39 pm

Senate approves pre-paid calling cards for troops
The Senate on Tuesday approved the ``Troops Phone Home Free Act of 2003,'' which would allow U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive monthly pre-paid phone cards worth $40 so that they can call home.

Sergio Bustos | GNS | April 2, 2003 | 6:26 pm

Troops to face most dangerous unknown: Baghdad
As U.S. troops prepare to take Baghdad, topple its government and round up its thugs, war planners must make a key strategic calculation they have already botched once: estimate the resistance.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 2, 2003 | 6:31 pm

German protesters remember Dresden, reject war with Iraq
Germany's opposition to the war in Iraq is in part a reflection of the country's struggle to come to terms with its wartime experiences. The images of Baghdad in flames bring back memories of the ruin of Dresden in 1945.

William Boston | The Detroit News | April 2, 2003 | 6:46 pm

U.S.-led forces push closer to Baghdad from 2 directions
U.S. ground forces pushed closer to Baghdad from two directions Wednesday, successfully attacking with little resistance divisions of Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard on their march to Iraq's capital city.

Sean Naylor and William McMichael | Military Times | April 2, 2003 | 6:50 pm

Rescued soldier's hometown celebrates
Pfc. Jessica Lynch's family, friends and community back home in tiny Palestine, W.Va., celebrate her rescue from Iraqi captors.

Rebeccah Cantley-Falk | Huntington Herald-Dispatch | April 2, 2003 | 10:44 pm

TV's armchair generals draw unfriendly fire
When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard Myers blasted TV's so-called armchair generals Tuesday for second-guessing the Pentagon, it got the attention of network brass.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 5:55 am

Turkey ready to let U.S. use territory, Powell says

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 5:57 am

Soaring temperatures an added issue as soldiers approach Baghdad
As coalition troops move within striking range of Baghdad, they will face the challenge of hot temperatures that will blast the terrain for the remainder of the week. They'll also have to face them while wearing stifling chemical-protection suits.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 5:58 am

Fight makes infantrymen of everyone
Rescued POW Jessica Lynch, like other logistics troops, had to make a fast switch from ferrying what the Army calls "beans, bullets and Band-Aids" to a combat role. Wednesday, two Marines who also usually run supplies and were attacked in a similar situation — but weren't taken prisoner — talked about their experiences while recovering in Germany.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 5:59 am

Journalists describe Iraq prison days
Four journalists released after a week in an Iraqi jail said Wednesday they were repeatedly interrogated, often while blindfolded. But they said they had been "humanely" treated, while they heard other prisoners scream at night as they were beaten.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 6:04 am

Iraq may be sacrificing civilians to probe U.S. forces
The Battle of the Najaf Agricultural Institute has taken a horrifying turn. The institute, a large educational complex on this city's southwest edge, is near what has become known as Checkpoint Charlie. Every night, Iraqi fighters sacrifice a man to get a fix on the U.S. Army position so they can strike with rockets or mortar shells.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 6:09 am

Path to Baghdad stays intact
U.S. forces saved a key bridge over the Euphrates River on Wednesday, then crossed it as they continued to close in on Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 6:09 am

At last, smiles greet U.S. troops as they enter holy city in Iraq
As American troops moved the holy city of Najaf Wednesday, thousands of Iraqis lined the streets and greeted them with smiles, chants and advice about the whereabouts of Iraqi forces.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 6:10 am

Lull over, allies surge forward through Guard
Attacking with unexpected suddenness, U.S. ground forces moved toward the gates of Baghdad on Wednesday, leaving a trail of burning Republican Guard armor in their wake and girding for the dirty, dangerous work of taking the Iraqi capital block by block.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 6:11 am

War planners may be vindicated
War planners in the United States and Britain made two key assumptions about a war here — the Iraqi regular army wouldn't put up much of a fight and the Iraqi people would greet coalition forces as liberators. As the war enters its third week, there are growing signs that those assumptions may be proved accurate — a development that, if true, could speed coalition efforts to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power and smooth efforts to install democracy in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 6:13 am

Idling truck yields Iraqi bodies, hand tools
Five Marines and their Iraqi-American translator discover an Iraqi Army truck early Thursday morning. Two young men and an older one with male-pattern baldness lie in a line in their olive uniforms.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 3, 2003 | 2:14 pm

Analysis: Iraq provides new view of battlefield
The war in Iraq won't require the same sort of creature-comfort sacrifices that bound the American people together in World War II and other conflicts. So what will hold the nation together?

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 3, 2003 | 3:24 pm

U.S. forces swarm Baghdad airport
Meeting only light resistance, U.S. forces swarmed over Baghdad's international airport. Coalition commanders said Saddam Hussein's government was losing control of its military and the country.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 3:55 pm

Soldiers' moms bond while tending injured sons
Two Texas mothers of soldiers severely injured in Iraq described Thursday how one raced into a minefield to try to help his injured friend, only to hit a mine himself.

Susan Roth | GNS | April 3, 2003 | 4:19 pm

There is little doubt that U.S. can take Baghdad, but at what cost?
With images of the apocalyptic urban warfare in Stalingrad and Grozny to sober them, American troops surrounding Baghdad are hoping they won't have to revisit some of the darkest chapters in modern military history.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 5:20 pm

Experts say Saddam could escape
Saddam Hussein's regime may be doomed but if the dictator is still alive, able to move and inclined to flee, he has a legitimate chance of escaping Baghdad, say military and Middle East experts.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 3, 2003 | 5:34 pm

Bush consoles Marines' grieving families, praises troops
President Bush on Thursday visited Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the U.S. Marine Corps base whose battle units have suffered the largest number of deaths in Iraq.

Richard Benedetto | GNS | April 3, 2003 | 6:19 pm

Battle aid station waiting for action
On a day when front-line troops confronted Iraq's Republican Guard, hospitals back home certainly encountered more trauma than the Battle Aid Station at 1st Marine Division Headquarters.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 3, 2003 | 6:26 pm

Friendly fire might have caused crash
Military officials at the war's command center in Qatar acknowledge that friendly fire could have brought down one of two U.S. aircraft that crashed in Iraq this week.

Alex Neill | Military Times | April 3, 2003 | 6:32 pm

USS Lincoln crew ready for trip home from Persian Gulf
After 8 1/2 months in the Persian Gulf, the USS Abraham Lincoln is finally coming home.

Francis Donnelly, Max Ortiz | The Detroit News | April 3, 2003 | 6:50 pm

Congress passes war spending package
Congress passed bills Thursday night providing nearly $80 billion to begin paying for the Iraq war, but Senate Democrats lost their bid to add billions for homeland security to cash-strapped states and cities.

John Machacek | GNS | April 3, 2003 | 7:11 pm

Relief efforts are making progress, U.S. says
The Bush administration says it is making progress in providing food and other relief to Iraqis, but fighting still prevents most aid from reaching those in need.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 7:43 pm

Iraqi lawyer's courage led Marines to Lynch
The daring rescue that freed American POW Jessica Lynch on Tuesday originated with a tip from a genial Iraqi lawyer who couldn't stomach seeing a woman hit.

USATODAY.com | April 3, 2003 | 8:25 pm

U.S. cavalry regiment closes on Baghdad
After several encounters Thursday between the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) and Iraqi forces, troops with the division's 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment settled into positions about six miles west of Baghdad.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | April 3, 2003 | 8:32 pm

Remains found at Iraqi hospital to be flown to U.S.
Human remains recovered at the Iraqi hospital site where U.S. forces rescued Pfc. Jessica Lynch will be flown to Dover Air Force Base to determine identification and perhaps clear up questions about the fate of some of her fellow soldiers.

Alex Neill | Military Times | April 3, 2003 | 8:56 pm

Captured mechanics weren't lost, congressman says
Soldiers with the 507th Maintenance Company did not take a wrong turn March 23 when Iraqi soldiers ambushed them near Nasiriyah, a congressman who talked with two sergeants in the trapped vehicles says.

Sergio Bustos | GNS | April 3, 2003 | 11:07 pm

Suicide bombers eager to enlist in support of Iraq
Radical groups throughout the Islamic world say thousands of soldiers of "jihad" — holy war — are traveling to Iraq to battle what they see as invaders and occupiers of sacred Muslim land. Many, they say, are suicide bombers.

USATODAY.com | April 4, 2003 | 5:29 am

Rescued soldier doing well after first surgery
The rescued American prisoner of war, Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, emerged from spinal surgery Thursday in "good spirits" and prepared for surgery today on her legs, her parents said.

USATODAY.com | April 4, 2003 | 5:33 am

Analysis - Huge disparity apparent between U.S., Iraqi forces
When Army Lt. Col. Tom Wall fought the Iraqis during the Gulf War in 1991, his commanding officer likened the enemy to a peewee football team playing in the NFL. "They were overmatched in every conceivable aspect of the game," Wall recalls. "Size, speed, knowledge, experience." More than a decade later, as U.S. forces close on Baghdad, the disparity between the two armies has grown.

USATODAY.com | April 4, 2003 | 5:35 am

HQ applauds Marines' advance to Baghdad
Applause erupted inside a classified command post in southern Iraq as officers watched a live video feed showing Iraqi artillery pieces being destroyed one after the next as U.S. troops entered the outskirts of Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | April 4, 2003 | 5:43 am

101st Airborne's 'Eagles' destroy Saddam statue
The rebirth of the city of Najaf, Iraq, began Thursday morning with soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division distributing food and blankets and blowing up a large statue of Saddam Hussein before a cheering crowd.

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | April 4, 2003 | 7:06 am

Floating hospital is equipped for trauma, surgery
By the end of the war's first week, the USNS Comfort would receive a total of 40 patients, including 20 patients with combat-related injuries. The patients include American and coalition soldiers, Iraqi soldiers, Iraqi civilians and Iraqi freedom fighters.

Janet Boivin | The Nursing Spectrum | April 4, 2003 | 1:12 pm

Drills prepare ship's team for decontamination needs
As officer in charge of the ship's chemical patient decontamination team, Ensign Gary Hardy trains with his team members daily, recognizing that as U.S. and coalition soldiers move closer to Baghdad, the threat of Saddam Hussein's use of weapons of mass destruction grows.

Janet Boivin | The Nursing Spectrum | April 4, 2003 | 1:19 pm

Treating Iraqi prisoners can take emotional toll
Lt. Cmdr. Mary Brantley, RN, MSN, assistant division officer of the ICU, was taken aback when she realized one of her first patients wounded in the opening hours of the war was not an American or coalition soldier. Instead, her patient was an Iraqi soldier - an enemy prisoner of war.

Janet Boivin | The Nursing Spectrum | April 4, 2003 | 1:29 pm

Postwar plans test U.S. relationships
The United States is trying to round up countries to help rebuild Iraq once the fighting is over - a task severely hampered by the splits that formed when the Bush administration decided to act without U.N. support.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | April 4, 2003 | 4:25 pm

Marines ride cover fire north to Baghdad outskirts
U.S. Marines rode a dramatic barrage of artillery fire to within 10 miles of Baghdad's city limits Friday. As combat teams from the 1st Marine Division pushed north, artillery units from the 11th Marine Regiment poured 155 mm high-explosive rounds onto targets outside the city.

C. Mark Brinkley | Marine Corps Times | April 4, 2003 | 4:57 pm

Infantry forces wage fierce battle at airport
In some of the fiercest tank-on-tank fighting the 3rd Infantry Division has seen in this war, a cavalry troop destroyed part of a Republican Guard battalion late Friday, flanking the forces assaulting Saddam Hussein International Airport.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | April 4, 2003 | 6:54 pm

Akbar charged with murder
Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar, a soldier assigned to the 326th Engineering Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division, has been charged with two counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for a grenade and shooting attack in Kuwait on March 23.

Leon Alligood | The Tennessean | April 4, 2003 | 11:18 pm

Recovered bodies ID'd as missing Bliss soldier
The seven missing Fort Bliss, Texas, soldiers from the 507th Maintenance Company ambushed March 23 are dead, the Department of Defense and U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes said late Friday.l

El Paso Times | April 5, 2003 | 6:04 am

U.S. forces advance on Baghdad
U.S. forces carried the war in Iraq into Baghdad this week, setting the stage for a final push that could lead to victory.

GNS | April 5, 2003 | 6:54 am

Airport secure, U.S. plans to use it as base for future government
A U.S. military commander described plans to set up a provisional government at the main commercial airport in Baghdad, as the U.S. Central Command announced that Army forces had formally secured the facility.

USATODAY.com | April 5, 2003 | 11:39 am

Enemy fire probably not cause of Cobra helicopter crash

Gordon Lubold | Marine Corps Times | April 5, 2003 | 1:55 pm

U.S. tanks roll into the heart Baghdad
A column of American tanks rolled into the heart of Baghdad Saturday as a direct challenge to the Saddam Hussein regime. The U.S. forces came under fierce assault by suicide attackers and soldiers firing AK-47 assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades.

USATODAY.com | April 5, 2003 | 4:43 pm

Republican Guard out of sight, but are they just laying low?
U.S. commanders on the ground are nearly ready to declare the Iraq campaign a military success. Yet as U.S. forces prepare to move on to the "nation-building" phase of this war, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard remains a puzzle.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 5, 2003 | 4:46 pm

Rescued POW Lynch puts a face on women in combat
The rescue Tuesday of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, of Palestine, W.Va., and the reports that she courageously fought the Iraqis who ambushed her company have again turned attention toward the role women play in military conflict.

The Huntington (W. Va.) Herald-Dispatch | April 5, 2003 | 4:54 pm

Iraqi war crimes won't go unnoticed
President Bush on Saturday accused Iraqi soldiers of war crimes in what he described as "acts of cowardice and murder."

Derrick DePledge | GNS | April 5, 2003 | 5:46 pm

Tanks play key role in war in Iraq

The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News | April 5, 2003 | 5:53 pm

Lynch family flies to Germany to be with rescued POW

The (Huntington, W. Va.) Herald-Dispatch | April 5, 2003 | 6:21 pm

101st Airborne faces urban warfare in Karbala
While others wonder whether they will have to battle in the streets of Baghdad, soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division fought block by block in Karbala, Iraq, Saturday.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | April 5, 2003 | 7:18 pm

Families of 507th grieve for loved ones
Families of the 507th Maintenance Company soldiers killed in the March 23 ambush at Nasiriyah, Iraq, closed ranks Saturday and took time to grieve for their loved ones.

Charles K. Wilson | El Paso Times | April 5, 2003 | 10:23 pm

101st Division returns normalcy to Najaf, seeks supplies for Iraqis

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | April 6, 2003 | 11:28 am

Marines battle awkward protection gear while fighting Iraqi forces
The April 4 slip-and-fall injury of a Marine corporal produced yet another strike against the Mission-Oriented, Protective-Posture suits, designed to keep the troops fighting here, less than 10 miles from downtown Baghdad, safe from chemical and biological weapons.

C. Mark Brinkley | Marine Corps Times | April 6, 2003 | 1:35 pm

In Iraq, some heroes challenge old conventions
American soldier Jessica Lynch and an Iraqi man known only as Mohammed had little in common except their humanity. Yet together, they have drawn a portrait of unexpected heroism in the early days of the Iraq war.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 6, 2003 | 2:19 pm

As Bush and Blair meet again, focus turns to sticky postwar questions
As he meets Monday in Northern Ireland with Prime Minister Tony Blair, George W. Bush presides over two dangerous conflicts: the war now centering in Baghdad and the one soon to follow in securing a new peace in Iraq.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 6, 2003 | 3:10 pm

Marines destroy suspected terrorist training camp
Marine artillery batteries lit up the early Sunday morning darkness, pouring heavy fire to help coalition forces seal off Baghdad and capture what the U.S. military command described as a training camp for foreign terrorists.

C. Mark Brinkley | Marine Corps Times | April 6, 2003 | 4:53 pm

U.S. forces circle Baghdad
U.S. forces completed the encirclement of Baghdad on Sunday as elements of the 3rd Infantry Division moved northwest of the city to cut the last avenue of escape from the Iraqi capital.

Sean D. Naylor, Matthew Cox | Army Times | April 6, 2003 | 6:20 pm

Residents of POW's hometown ready to celebrate her return
Most of the media is gone, and Palestine, W.Va., residents have resumed normal activities. But foremost in many minds is the return of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch and the celebration that will follow.

Christina Redekopp | The Herald Dispatch | April 6, 2003 | 7:25 pm

Soldiers enjoy a meal on Saddam's son
U.S. troops have not yet cooked Saddam Hussein's goose, but they've eaten a lot of his son Odai's chicken - found on an unguarded estate west of Baghdad.

Sean D. Naylor | Army Times | April 6, 2003 | 7:35 pm

Meeting shows how Marines, Iraqis hope to build a nation
Miles from the main roads outside Baghdad, an impromptu weekend meeting between foreign fighters and local Shiite farmers was precisely how Marines wanted to lay the foundation for nation-building in Iraq.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 6, 2003 | 7:44 pm

Army declines to send reservist-congressman
Steve Buyer wanted to serve his country in Iraq. He had his duffel packed with the things he remembered needing on his first tour of duty in the Persian Gulf 12 years ago. But hours before Buyer was due to ship out, his country said: No thanks. One thing on his résumé gave the Army pause. Buyer is a congressman.

USATODAY.com | April 6, 2003 | 8:35 pm

Public shows steady support for war
Public support for the war in Iraq is holding steady at 71% as coalition forces prepare to capture Baghdad, a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows. At the same time, public optimism is growing as coalition forces continue their advance.

USATODAY.com | April 6, 2003 | 8:37 pm

U.S. forces solidify hold on Baghdad, call for immediate surrender
U.S.-led forces tightened their grip on Iraq's capital Sunday after a weekend of furious fighting that left thousands of Iraqi casualties. U.S. officials said the coalition had nearly sealed off all roads from Baghdad and repeated their calls for an immediate surrender.

USATODAY.com | April 6, 2003 | 8:40 pm

Pride of Fort Bliss rides on the Patriot missile
Fort Bliss' image and capability, built on a newer version of the missile brought into combat in Desert Storm, have been praised from El Paso to the front lines.

Charles K. Wilson | El Paso Times | April 6, 2003 | 10:01 pm

Special Forces, 101st troops arrest Baath Party leader
Troops with the 101st Airborne Division worked with U.S. Special Forces on Sunday to take into custody one of President Saddam Hussein's top Baath Party intelligence officers, Gen. Othman Ali.

Chantal Escoto | The Leaf-Chronicle | April 6, 2003 | 10:10 pm

Controversial exile to help allies
An Iraqi exile who has support at the Pentagon for his efforts to topple Saddam Hussein, but who has fallen out of favor with the State Department and CIA, says he has gathered 700 fighters in southern Iraq to join the battle against the dictator.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2003 | 6:04 am

Administration in tug-of-war over post-Saddam Iraq
As U.S. forces advance toward military victory in Iraq, the Bush administration faces stark choices about how it will manage the peace.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2003 | 6:06 am

Analysis - Iraqis unable to stop U.S. troops' armored onslaught
The 3rd Infantry Division's devastating armored swing through southwestern Baghdad this weekend was designed to glean information about enemy defenses and convey a message: Resistance is futile.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2003 | 6:08 am

Covert troops fight shadow war off-camera
As U.S. air and ground forces blast into Baghdad, dozens of CIA paramilitaries and thousands of U.S. special operations troops are waging a hidden war in Iraq's shadows.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2003 | 6:10 am

Soldiers face tough choices when the enemy is a child
Pfc. Nick Boggs never thought he'd have a problem killing the enemy. Then he came to fight in Iraq, where children race onto battlefields to pick up weapons. For Boggs, it was the toughest decision of his life, as he pointed his machine gun at a 10-year-old boy.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | April 7, 2003 | 1:29 pm

Lynch could head back to U.S. soon
Former prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch could be back in the United States this week. Marie Shaw, spokeswoman for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, said Monday that Lynch will have no more surgeries until she returns to the United States.

Jim Ross | The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald Dispatch | April 7, 2003 | 4:29 pm

Marines continue push into Baghdad
Marines continued their push into the Iraqi capital on Monday, entering Baghdad from the east. Tanks, backed up by a rain of artillery and hellfire missiles, moved in first. They took out heavy Iraqi armor. Waves of U.S. infantry followed, moving into buildings to search for Iraqi fighters.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2003 | 4:30 pm

U.S. attack on palaces hits Saddam's center of gravity
By the time U.S. forces arrived Monday to take control of the Old Presidential Palace in the heart of Baghdad, the Iraqi soldiers had fled. The bedrolls they had used, perhaps as recently as the night before, had been abandoned beneath open windows. And the huge complex of ballrooms and receptions areas remained almost unscathed by the heavy coalition bombing of the city.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2003 | 4:42 pm

If war in Iraq drags on, U.S.-Pakistan relations may sour
Relations between the United States and its key ally in the anti-terrorism campaign, Pakistan, could suffer if more civilians are killed in the war with Iraq, analysts say.

Raju Chebium | GNS | April 7, 2003 | 5:29 pm

Battle's outcome haunts soldiers
Pfc. Nick Boggs never thought he'd have a problem killing the enemy. Then he came to fight in Karbala, Iraq, where young children race onto battlefields to pick up weapons.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | April 7, 2003 | 5:43 pm

Support for troops means boost for Bush
The American public's traditional rally around the flag in time of war is also boosting President Bush's standing.

Richard Benedetto | GNS | April 7, 2003 | 5:51 pm

U.S. forces try to avoid house-to-house fighting in Baghdad
Baghdad is being entered at will by U.S. forces. Now comes the tough part in the war's coup de grace battle for Saddam Hussein's seat of power: figuring out how to take Baghdad without fighting house to house.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 7, 2003 | 5:53 pm

Inside the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission
War thundered just two miles away, but inside the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission compound, Marines on patrol got their first glimpse of Iraq's wealth after weeks of rolling through mile after mile of poverty.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 7, 2003 | 6:30 pm

Iraqi expatriates help find answers to rebuilding questions
For Ramsey Jiddou, rebuilding Iraq has nothing to do with power struggles and everything to do with power grids and water pipes and waste treatment plants - the things he can fix. Jiddou, a former Iraqi government official, is working with the Bush administration on plans for a postwar Iraq.

Jennifer Brooks | The Detroit News | April 7, 2003 | 7:22 pm

Franks awards Bronze Medal to 2 101st Airborne troops
U.S. war commander Gen. Tommy Franks visited the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Monday to present two soldiers with Bronze Star medals for their heroic actions during recent firefights here.

Chantal Escoto | The (Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | April 7, 2003 | 8:41 pm

Najaf residents welcome U.S. troops
For the Swadee family, life under Saddam Hussein has been miserable, they said. But when they see the U.S. troops roam the streets of their city, they say it is almost too good to be true, and they hope the Americans will stay.

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | April 7, 2003 | 9:03 pm

Was 'Chemical Ali' killed? U.S. hopeful but unsure
Ali Hassan al-Majid is Saddam Hussein's cousin, his most brutal henchman and the commander of Iraq's ragged military forces in the south. He is also the man who won't stay dead. Monday afternoon, U.S. officers here backed away from earlier British claims that al-Majid had been killed in a Saturday air attack on a house in Basra.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2003 | 10:06 pm

Black Hawk crew shared love of flying, Army

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2003 | 10:10 pm

Mommies marching off to war
The confirmed death of Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, mother of two preschool children and the first U.S. female fatality in the Iraqi war, has rekindled a simmering controversy over women's greater presence in dangerous military jobs.

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 6:05 am

Saddam's spokesman staying on message
Pay no attention to U.S. tanks rolling through Baghdad, Mohammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraq's information minister tells foreign journalists, even as black smoke from fighting rises in the background. "The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad," he said at one news conference. "We slaughtered them." Who is this guy, and does he think he is fooling anybody?

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 6:06 am

Analysis - U.S. hits no coherent Baghdad defense
A week ago, U.S. forces were 50 miles from Baghdad, and planners were bracing for lengthy urban battles and possible chemical weapons attacks. Now U.S. tanks are rumbling past some of Saddam Hussein's most ornate palaces in the city center, and it looks as if the end of his regime is near.

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 6:14 am

U.S. gears up to unmask illegal arms
The fits-and-starts search for Iraq's chemical and biological weapons turned up new leads Monday, but proof of a banned arsenal remained elusive.

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 6:16 am

Saddam targeted in Baghdad bombing attack
U.S. warplanes destroyed a Baghdad home where Saddam Hussein and 20 members of his ruling party, including at least one of his sons, were said to be meeting Monday in a move to decapitate the besieged regime.

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 6:17 am

Marines find bloodstained U.S. uniforms
U.S. Marines raiding an Iraqi military prison in Baghdad found bloodstained uniforms belonging to at least two American prisoners-of-war, officers at Marine combat headquarters in Central Iraq said Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 6:19 am

Troops get psychological with Iraqi fighters
U.S. Army Airborne Sgts. Jeremy Gray and Daniel Voss are almost certain the cries of babies and screams of women will pierce the streets of Baghdad in coming days. They will create the terror as part of the Airborne's 305th Psychological Operations Co.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 8, 2003 | 2:03 pm

One A-10 pilot ejects, another nurses plane home
An Air Force fighter pilot ejected safely on Tuesday after his A-10 Thunderbolt was brought down by ground fire while supporting ground troops fighting in Baghdad. In a dramatic feat of piloting on Monday, another A-10 pilot guided her badly damaged fighter in a difficult, hourlong flight back from Baghdad.

Gordon Trowbridge | Air Force Times | April 8, 2003 | 2:44 pm

Veterans split over Iraq war, but united on respect for troops
Persian Gulf War veterans Michael Woods and Charles Sheehan-Miles remember the stinging sandstorms, the blinding smoke, the sound of artillery fire. And they hope the war with Iraq will end soon and the soldiers will come back to their families. But they part company when it comes to whether the war is right or wrong.

Erin Kelly | GNS | April 8, 2003 | 4:15 pm

Winning peace may prove harder than winning war, lawmaker says
The fighting appears to be nearly over, but a key House Republican on foreign policy issues said keeping peace in Iraq could prove much harder than winning battlefield victories.

Mike Madden | GNS | April 8, 2003 | 5:13 pm

Baghdad endgame pits U.S. forces against 'irregulars'
The endgame on Baghdad began taking shape this week as the hit-and-run-strikes U.S. troops used to enter the capital, draw out resistance and then leave became hit-and-stay maneuvers, marking the start of a campaign to occupy key targets.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 8, 2003 | 5:16 pm

Saddam's wealth stems from illicit oil sales, kickbacks, investigators say
Prior to the war that began March 19, Saddam Hussein amassed a personal fortune that some say exceeds $10 billion through illegal oil sales, kickbacks on legal oil sales and imported goods such as cigarettes, and even by exploiting athletes' foreign currency exchanges, according to government and private industry reports.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 8, 2003 | 5:22 pm

Chaos reigns as Marines continue into Baghdad
Marine commanders say the fight for Baghdad is going almost exactly according to plan. And as they advance, they notice that civil rule around the Iraqi capital now seems nonexistent.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 8, 2003 | 5:50 pm

Former POW doing well, but saying little about ordeal
The family of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch says the former POW is doing well, but she has told them little about her ordeal and is not aware that her story has made national headlines.

The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | April 8, 2003 | 6:16 pm

Pilots scramble to fly flags for war mementos
For the thousands of Marines and airmen who probably will never see battle in Iraq, there is an intense demand for a new, must-have war memento. American pilots here are fielding a barrage of requests from men and women on the ground who want their American flags flown on combat missions over Iraq as a keepsake of the war.

Gordon Lubold | Marine Corps Times | April 8, 2003 | 7:45 pm

Military fends off criticism after journalists killed
U.S. officials reject allegations that the military is targeting journalists after U.S.-led forces fired on a Baghdad hotel where journalists are staying and bombed the Baghdad office of Arab TV station Al-Jazeera. Three journalists were killed.

Alex Neill and Riad Kahwaji | Military Times | April 8, 2003 | 8:38 pm

Opposition leader Chalabi stirs post-war politics
Iraqi opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi has returned to his native country to pursue a vision of democracy that is closer than it has ever been to becoming reality.

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 10:12 pm

Leaders agree U.N. to play 'vital role' in Iraq
Using identical words, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair both pledged Tuesday in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that the United Nations will play "a vital role" in postwar Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 10:15 pm

3 soldiers die when Humvee falls into ravine
Crammed into a dusty Humvee, the three soldiers, out of Fort Stewart, Ga., were carrying munitions and supplies to front-line forces in Baghdad when they plunged into a ravine while swerving to avoid mortars and military fire Friday and died, according to relatives briefed by the military.

USATODAY.com | April 8, 2003 | 10:19 pm

Army families keep tense vigil at home while Dad serves in Iraq

Greg Barrett | GNS | April 9, 2003 | 6:00 am

Iraq's army in tatters as U.S. forces tighten grip
The fate of Saddam Hussein remained a mystery Wednesday in the wake of the latest U.S. bid to kill him, but his army was in tatters as Iraq and its war-torn capital fell further under the control of U.S. troops.

USATODAY.com | April 9, 2003 | 6:24 am

Celebrations erupt in Iraqi cities
Spontaneous celebrations broke out Wednesday in areas of Baghdad and northern Iraq among populations long-opposed to Saddam Hussein, but in other areas Iraqi government forces are still clashing with coalition troops.

USATODAY.com | April 9, 2003 | 9:47 am

Best- and worst-case scenarios play out in southern Iraq

USATODAY.com | April 9, 2003 | 9:50 am

U.S. commander: Saddam's government still exists
Despite the collapse of organized Iraqi resistance in the streets of Baghdad, the commander of Marine Corps forces in Iraq says the government of Saddam Hussein still exists.

USATODAY.com | April 9, 2003 | 10:02 am

Saddam's fate a mystery after Baghdad bombing strike
The fate of Saddam Hussein remained a mystery Tuesday in the wake of a U.S. bombing raid that obliterated a Baghdad residence where the Iraqi leader and at least one of his two sons were believed to be meeting.

USATODAY.com | April 9, 2003 | 10:09 am

Iraqi leadership tumbles into disarray
Iraq's political and military leadership appeared to have been thrown into chaos Tuesday, a day after a U.S. airstrike on a residential neighborhood may have killed Saddam Hussein and other members of the country's senior leadership.

USATODAY.com | April 9, 2003 | 10:10 am

As Iraqis are liberated, Bush remains cautious
On a day of liberation and vindication, the Bush administration tried to tamp down immediate expectations in Iraq. But the long-term vision beginning to emerge Wednesday was a different story.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 9, 2003 | 4:27 pm

Oil prices plunge but gas lags behind
Oil prices have fallen 25 percent over the past month as the war in Iraq has progressed without the feared massive disruption to Middle East supplies, but U.S. drivers have seen little relief at the pump.

Doug Abrahms | GNS | April 9, 2003 | 5:07 pm

U.S. general: 'There is no (Iraqi) government left to speak of'
Saddam Hussein's government lost Baghdad Wednesday as jubilant crowds tore down a 40-foot statue of the Iraqi leader and cheered once-feared U.S. forces, who appeared to have firm control of the heart of the Iraqi capital.

USATODAY.com | April 9, 2003 | 5:54 pm

Yellow ribbons, flag pins inundate rescued POW's home
People from across the country have been sending gifts to the Elizabeth, W.Va., town hall in support of Pfc. Jessica Lynch, a prisoner of war who was rescued last week from a hospital in Iraq.

Jean Tarbett, Bob Withers | The Herald-Dispatch | April 9, 2003 | 6:48 pm

In Baghdad, focus turns to survival
On Wednesday, residents in Saddam City were focused on survival. There is desperation beyond the wide smiles, thumb's-up signs and cheers from the people in this poorest section of Baghdad. Iraqi soldiers continue to fire mortars near their homes.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 9, 2003 | 7:33 pm

Iraqi Americans celebrate apparent fall of Saddam regime
As statues of Saddam Hussein swayed and toppled in Baghdad, jubilant Iraqis took to the streets of Dearborn for a celebration that mirrored the street parties in their homeland.

Jennifer Brooks, Gregg Krupa | The Detroit News | April 9, 2003 | 7:39 pm

Analysis - Success in Iraq strengthens Bush politically
The imminent end of the shooting war in Iraq is the beginning of a reshaped presidential campaign at home.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 6:32 am

Poll - Most Americans would support U.S. taking postwar lead
With an end to the war in Iraq in sight, Americans are basically split, 48 percent to 45 percent, over whether the United States or the United Nations should control the country until a new government is established there, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Wednesday shows.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 6:34 am

Analysis - Iraqi colonel's capture sped up taking of Baghdad
As Army battle tanks from the 3rd Infantry Division were making the first main thrust into Baghdad last weekend, U.S. soldiers captured a senior Republican Guard commander who blundered into their advancing column. The Iraqi colonel's complete surprise at encountering the armored force gave U.S. commanders an important clue about the state of Saddam Hussein's Baghdad defenses: They were fatally disorganized.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 6:35 am

Allies' checklist for victory shows much work remains
Even as many Iraqis celebrated Wednesday in Baghdad, tough questions remained unanswered, including a basic one: how to know when the war is over.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 6:40 am

Pockets of stubborn resistance dot Iraq
Guerrilla skirmishes and battles are likely to continue across Iraq even after Baghdad is firmly under U.S. control, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 6:41 am

U.S. general: 'We have defeated Saddam militarily'
Skirmishes between U.S. forces and holdout fighters flared around the capital Thursday, and a new round of looting began in the wake of the stunning collapse of the ruling regime. Kurdish and American forces were rapidly advancing in the strategic northern oil region, with media reporting that the city of Kirkuk had fallen.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 6:42 am

Mom, Hopi, hero: Piestewa an icon
Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa has become the nation's most recognizable Native American military icon since Ira Hayes helped raise the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima.

Billy House, Mark Shaffer | The Arizona Republic | April 10, 2003 | 2:14 pm

U.S. takes over Iraqi media
Iraqis who tuned their TVs Thursday to channels that once aired footage of Saddam Hussein and officials predicting doom for U.S. and British troops found a different sort of propaganda: taped messages of encouragement from President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 5:47 pm

Chaos, fighting test troops in Baghdad
U.S-led forces struggled to bring order to chaos and looting in the newly liberated Iraqi capital Thursday as a suicide bombing seriously injured four Marines. In continued fighting, coalition forces targeted strongholds in northern Iraq, where Kurdish fighters took over the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 5:48 pm

Bill would ease foreign-born soldiers' path to citizenship
The estimated 37,000 foreign-born soldiers now serving in the U.S. military would find it easier to become citizens under a bill introduced Thursday in Congress by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas.

Sergio Bustos | GNS | April 10, 2003 | 6:28 pm

Slovaks, relating to Iraqis' jubilation, greet country's leader
Many Slovaks in Michigan remember what Slovakia was like when the Communists were in charge. So it was a poignant occasion Thursday when Rudolf Schuster, president of the Slovak Republic, came to visit just one day after the fall of Baghdad.

Karen Bouffard | The Detroit News | April 10, 2003 | 7:53 pm

Troops discover lab equipment, weapons at Karbala plant
Troops with the 101st Airborne Division have unearthed 11 steel shipping containers, filled with sophisticated lab equipment, that were buried on the grounds of a chemical plant here.

Matthew Cox, Rob Curtis | Military Times | April 10, 2003 | 8:03 pm

Dearborn, Mich., Iraqis' joy turns to sorrow, suspicion
For many in Dearborn's Iraqi community, the murders of two exiles who had returned to Najaf to help rebuild were an ominous sign that U.S. forces may not be able to deliver on their promise of peace.

Jennifer Brooks | The Detroit News | April 10, 2003 | 8:19 pm

Anti-war factions wonder what now

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 10:19 pm

Iraqis flee across desert borders
In the half light of a new Iraq, the remote Tribeel Border Crossing in western Iraq is poised between two eras. At the entrance to the highway from Jordan to Baghdad, a huge statue of Saddam Hussein on horseback still stands proudly. Four Scud missiles, pointing westward towards Jordan and Israel, lie at the horse's hoofs.

USATODAY.com | April 10, 2003 | 10:22 pm

101st troops, local leaders begin to create order in Najaf
With the help of 101st Airborne Division officers, about 50 civilian leaders gathered yesterday to develop a new, democratic government for the Iraqi city of Najaf.

Chantal Escoto | The (Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | April 10, 2003 | 10:24 pm

Infantry troops securing Najaf sorry to miss Baghdad's fall
The soldiers of the last infantry battalion of the 101st Airborne Division still in Najaf say they have mixed feelings about missing out on the fall of Baghdad.

Chantal Escoto | The Leaf-Chronicle | April 10, 2003 | 10:34 pm

Memorial planned for 507th's soldiers
Families, friends, soldiers and thousands of community members will pay tribute Friday to the lives of nine Fort Bliss soldiers killed following a March 23 ambush in Iraq.

Laura Cruz | El Paso Times | April 10, 2003 | 10:36 pm

Iraqis may help U.S. locate POWs
A U.S. general said Thursday that the opportunity to gain information on prisoners of war is improving daily.

Diana W. Valdez | El Paso Times | April 10, 2003 | 11:01 pm

Some see victory extending beyond Iraq
The fall of Baghdad is a victory not only for the U.S. military but for an influential group of foreign policy hard-liners who have realized the first step in a bold plan to reorder the Arab world and global institutions.

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 6:51 am

Poll - Most Americans say they don't want or expect another war
Two-thirds of Americans have little stomach for extending the Iraq war to other so-called rogue nations that might aid terrorists or develop weapons of mass destruction, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows.

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 6:52 am

First person - A perilous drive to Baghdad

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 6:55 am

War machine under pressure to produce peace and security
Lawlessness, chaos and uncertainty have surged into the vacuum left by the coalition forces racing to Baghdad to strangle Saddam Hussein's regime. Now, a military machine crouched for combat has to pivot sharply to become a police force and, temporarily, a provider of basic services.

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 6:56 am

The Baghdad zoo welcomes visitors
On the day after U.S. forces rolled into the heart of the Iraqi capital, Saddam Hussein's whereabouts remained unknown. But U.S. troops did discover his lions and cheetahs and bear — and a cache of weapons stashed inside a school. Such is life for U.S. forces. Wednesday's celebrations aside, Baghdad remains a virtual unknown. And behind every door, U.S. soldiers and Marines aren't certain what they'll find.

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 6:56 am

For Kurds, 'life just started today'
Kurdish fighters danced in the streets of Kirkuk on Thursday and praised President Bush for driving the forces of Saddam Hussein out of their ancestral homeland.

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 7:04 am

Officials suspect Saddam might have been killed in bombing
U.S. intelligence has no clear information on Saddam Hussein's whereabouts, but the betting in the Pentagon's executive offices is that the Iraqi dictator lies dead under a pile of rubble in Baghdad, according to defense and intelligence officials. What is left of the Iraqi regime's top leadership is believed to be in Tikrit, 100 miles north of Baghdad, the town that could be the next — and possibly the last — battleground of the war.

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 7:05 am

Rescued POW Jessica Lynch to return to U.S.

The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | April 11, 2003 | 11:53 am

'Friendly fire' incident leaves lasting impact
It wasn't supposed to be this way. They weren't supposed to kill one of their own. But each night, soldiers in the Headquarters Company, 4/64 Task Force, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, go to sleep thinking about Capt. Ed Korn — a man they barely knew but now can never forget.

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 12:38 pm

U.S. issues most wanted Iraqi list
U.S. military officials have issued a list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqi leaders, dead or alive. The list comes in the form of a deck of playing cards which will be dealt to thousands of coalition troops in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 11, 2003 | 12:39 pm

4th Infantry Division prepares to join war
Leaders of the Army's 4th Infantry Division are preparing to join the war in Iraq, planning for an undisclosed mission that could run the gamut from combat to peacekeeping.

Gina Cavallaro | Army Times | April 11, 2003 | 1:42 pm

Analysis - Despite Democratic hopes, it may not be deja vu for this Bush in 2004
As the war with Iraq moves toward a possible conclusion, Democrats hope for a repeat of the 1992 postwar script in which a once-popular President Bush fell under the weight of economic concerns. But there are important differences that could make it harder for Democrats to beat George W. Bush in 2004.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 11, 2003 | 3:31 pm

Trade may be a casualty of war
The war in Iraq has strained relations with the nation's top overseas trading partners and is causing economic ripples that U.S. and foreign businessmen are hoping won't have long-lasting effects.

Ana Radelat | GNS | April 11, 2003 | 4:22 pm

Prewar foes are at odds over postwar plans for Iraq
Virtually every major player in the prewar debate that tore the United Nations Security Council apart and brought Bush administration titans nose to nose is back mixing it up with the same opponent over how to handle postwar Iraq.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 11, 2003 | 5:16 pm

Iraqi government falls, but full control evades U.S., British forces
President Bush hails rescue of seven American prisoners who were held captive in the war and warned Syria not to help any Iraqi officials who flee to that country.

Mike Madden | GNS | April 11, 2003 | 5:29 pm

State Department to direct humanitarian relief
House-Senate negotiators agreed Friday to have the State Department oversee $2.47 billion for humanitarian relief efforts in Iraq as part of an $80 billion supplemental spending bill that also covers the cost of the war and homeland security.

Brian Tumulty | GNS | April 11, 2003 | 8:50 pm

Memorial honors 9 fallen 507th soldiers
More than 1,000 people gathered at the Biggs Army Airfield deployment facility on Friday to pay tribute to the nine members of the 507th Maintenance Company killed March 23 in an ambush near the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.

David Peregrino, Laura Cruz | El Paso Times | April 11, 2003 | 8:53 pm

Congress approves $79 billion for war, homeland security
Congress approved a $79 billion spending bill Saturday to pay for the war in Iraq, homeland security and humanitarian relief that will be funneled through the State Department.

Brian Tumulty | GNS | April 12, 2003 | 4:54 pm

Anti-war movement faces test as war wanes
The protest signs have changed, and on a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon at Freedom Plaza, so had the mood of many anti-war protesters. Instead of posters with the slogan "No Blood for Oil," a staple of demonstrations before the war with Iraq, organizers handed out placards that read, "Fight the New Colonialism," acknowledging that the peace movement must either evolve or fade away with the war it formed to stop.

Derrick DePledge and Mike Madden | GNS | April 12, 2003 | 6:03 pm

Saddam's science adviser surrenders
Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's top nuclear weapons expert surrendered to U.S. military officers Saturday.

USATODAY.com | April 12, 2003 | 6:40 pm

Soldiers set up headquarters at abandoned amusement park
A week ago, foot soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were enduring bloody street fighting in Karbala. On Saturday, they were setting up temporary headquarters near the merry-go-round and Ferris wheel of an abandoned amusement park here. But members of the 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment quickly learned that this park isn't like the ones back home. Almost as soon as they got here, the manager took them to hidden caches of AK47 rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

Matthew Cox | Military Times | April 12, 2003 | 6:55 pm

Lynch's county basks in limelight from their hometown hero
American flags line the streets of Elizabeth, a town of 2,600 people just a few miles from Pfc. Jessica Lynch's hometown of Palestine. Yellow ribbons are tied to doors, mailboxes and trees in the yards. The ribbons and flags were up before 19-year-old Lynch was declared missing after her supply unit was ambushed March 23. And the flags and ribbons will stay up until Wirt County's troops serving overseas, about 60 of them, are home.

Jean Tarbett | Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | April 12, 2003 | 7:45 pm

Rescued prisoner of war returns to U.S. soil
Rescued prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old Army private from Palestine, W.Va., returned to the United States on Saturday for treatment at a military hospital here. Several family members and about 50 other injured soldiers were with Lynch on the military transport from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to Andrews Air Force Base.

Mike Madden | GNS | April 12, 2003 | 9:16 pm

U.S. POWs rescued, healthy
Seven U.S. prisoners of war have been rescued alive and in good condition by U.S. Marines north of Baghdad, military officials confirmed Sunday.

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2003 | 9:07 am

Families confirm release of 5 POWs from Ft. Bliss, Texas
Five members of the 507th Maintenance Company were among seven American prisoners of war rescued by Marines Sunday, their families said.

Charles K. Wilson | El Paso Times | April 13, 2003 | 10:51 am

Soldier grazed by bullet wears war's reminder on sleeve
The young soldiers in Iraq have fired their weapons in practice and have trained for wartime duties for months or years. Now the war is giving many of them a new and sometimes traumatic experience: being shot at.

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle | April 13, 2003 | 12:55 pm

Baghdad 'coming back to normal,' general says
The commander of U.S. Army ground forces in Iraq says its forces are bringing Baghdad back under control after days of looting.

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2003 | 5:52 pm

POW’s mother saw her son lead to safety on TV

Farmington (N.M.) Daily-Times | April 13, 2003 | 8:06 pm

Iraqis grapple with the future
Now that American forces have taken control of Baghdad, they may have only one chance to hold the hearts and minds of Iraqis cheering along the city's streets.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 13, 2003 | 8:13 pm

POWs' release revives emotions in former war captives
Former prisoners of other wars say the soldiers released on Sunday will experience a variety of emotions as they recover from their ordeal in Iraq.

Erin Kelly | GNS | April 13, 2003 | 8:27 pm

Ecstatic family awaits return of freed POW
Army Spc. Joseph Hudson's family watched his return to the United States from a television in the living room of his mother's home in Alamogordo, N.M.

David Peregrino | El Paso Times | April 13, 2003 | 8:41 pm

Families of soldiers killed in ambush rejoice for POWs
The families of three 507th Maintenance Company soldiers who were killed March 23 in Iraq were happy the five POWs from Fort Bliss, Texas were safe, though some want more answers about how the incident happened.

Diana Washington Valdez | El Paso Times | April 13, 2003 | 8:47 pm

Home cooking, church friends await former POW
News of Spc. Edgar Hernandez' release was met with celebration at his family's home, with yellow-ribboned cars passing by outside and members of the family's church congregating inside.

Maribel Villalva | El Paso Times | April 13, 2003 | 9:47 pm

Army town is elated as POWs of the 507th are freed
After weeks of sorrow and worry, Fort Bliss, home of the 507th Maintenance Company, experienced elation Sunday as news spread rapidly across the post that the company's five remaining captured members were safe.

Laura Cruz | El Paso Times | April 13, 2003 | 9:54 pm

For families of freed POWs, an answer to their prayers
Palm Sunday broke bright and blue for the families of five soldiers from the 507th Maintenance Company, their prayers answered before their eyes as the American prisoners were released after three weeks of captivity in Iraq.

Charles K. Wilson | El Paso Times | April 13, 2003 | 10:00 pm

Soldiers wounded in firefight south of Baghdad
At least 16 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were wounded Sunday in Mahmudiyah when a motorist lobbed a grenade into a group of them and other attackers opened fire with rifles.

Rob Curtis | Military Times | April 13, 2003 | 10:09 pm

Soldiers get sick after eating breakfast
Nearly 40 soldiers at Camp New Jersey in Kuwait were treated Sunday after breakfast for what officials believe may have been a bout of food poisoning.

Gina Cavallaro | Army Times | April 13, 2003 | 10:14 pm

Lynch, family say prayers answered with return of POWs
Pfc. Jessica Lynch and her family rejoiced over the return of seven American prisoners of war as Lynch remained in satisfactory condition Sunday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

The (Huntington, W.Va) Herald-Dispatch | April 13, 2003 | 10:17 pm

N.J. family celebrates rescue of POW son
James Riley was among seven captured U.S. soldiers found alive and well Sunday by Marines near Iraq President Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

Jason Laughlin | (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post | April 13, 2003 | 10:24 pm

Soldier grazed by bullet wears war's reminder on sleeve
Young soldiers in Iraq have fired their weapons in practice and have trained for wartime duties for months or years. Now the war is giving many of them a new and sometimes traumatic experience: being shot at.

Chantal Escoto | The Leaf-Chronicle | April 13, 2003 | 10:27 pm

Airmen crank up small radio station
For the past five or six months, the airmen of the 332nd Expeditionary Communications squadron have, in their spare time, run the equivalent of a tiny FM radio station. It's all music, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Gordon Trowbridge | Air Force Times | April 13, 2003 | 10:33 pm

Trinket-maker shows patriotism with donations
Lapel Pins & More, of Tucson, Ariz., sent 100 U.S. flag-yellow ribbon pins and assorted other pins to Wirt County, W.Va., for distribution to rescued POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch's family and town residents.

Irwin M. Goldberg | The Tucson Citizen | April 13, 2003 | 10:47 pm

Coalition troops face Gulf War syndrome risks
Medical experts agree that while Gulf War syndrome is hard to define, veterans of the 1991 war with Iraq suffer from real illnesses that can be traced to their deployment.

Cathy Spaulding | Muskogee Daily Phoenix | April 13, 2003 | 10:51 pm

Iraqi government falls, but full control evades U.S., British forces
President Saddam Hussein's 24-year rule over Iraq came to an end this week, as the U.S. military seized Baghdad and Iraqis celebrated by tearing down statues and ransacking government buildings. A roundup of the week's other war-related events.

Mike Madden | GNS | April 13, 2003 | 10:58 pm

In wake of war, U.S. adversaries change their tone
The U.S. military's rapid toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq seems to be unsettling some longtime U.S. antagonists, prompting signs of conciliation from "axis of evil" members Iran and North Korea, and even a modest new peace overture from U.S. ally Israel.

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2003 | 10:59 pm

Order slowly supplanting chaos in Baghdad
Signs emerged Sunday that Baghdad was seeing an end to the looting spree that followed the collapse of the country's regime, and a return to some normalcy.

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2003 | 11:00 pm

Iraqi workers pivotal to restoring flow of oil

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2003 | 11:01 pm

POW recovery caps off stellar day for coalition
Seven smiling American soldiers were released by their Iraqi guards and flown to freedom in Kuwait on Sunday to cap off a stellar day for coalition forces that also included the capture of one of Saddam Hussein's half-brothers, Marines entering Tikrit and a lessening of the chaos in Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2003 | 11:06 pm

'You're all right,' mother tells released POW daughter
The anxiety Claude and Eunice Johnson suffered since their daughter, Spc. Shoshana Johnson, was taken prisoner on March 23 turned to joy Sunday when they saw U.S. Marines escort her to safety.

Nadra Kareem | El Paso Times | April 13, 2003 | 11:32 pm

Returning POW will face onslaught of attention
Jeffrey Zaun, a former Navy bomber pilot from Cherry Hill, N.J., who was among the first Americans captured by Iraq at the start of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, said returning POW Sgt. James Riley could be blindsided by the overwhelming attention.

Matt Katz | The (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post | April 13, 2003 | 11:36 pm

Congress exercises power of the purse in postwar planning
President Bush is being pressed by members of his own party to give Congress more information about plans for postwar Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 14, 2003 | 7:33 am

Iraqis pour out tales of Saddam's torture chambers
The secrets of Saddam Hussein's reign of terror are beginning to emerge. Iraqi civilians who had longed feared speaking out about the alleged atrocities for fear of government retribution are revealing in detail what the Iraqi dictator and his regime inflicted on some of the country's 26 million people.

USATODAY.com | April 14, 2003 | 7:34 am

Pilot's mission: seeing how his job fits into war's big picture
For Snort, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, F-16 fighter pilot, Louisville, Ky., native and serious student of the art of war, knowing one's place in the conflict in Iraq is important.

Gordon Trowbridge | Air Force Times | April 14, 2003 | 5:06 pm

War-tax resisters refuse to pony up for bullets, bombs, guns
Saying they shouldn't be forced to finance a war they don't believe in, some protesters are openly snubbing the IRS.

Greg Barrett | GNS | April 14, 2003 | 5:59 pm

Lessons of recent history loom large in Iraq war
The bitter lessons of urban combat learned from U.S. soldiers dying in the streets of Mogadishu in 1993 proved invaluable in preparing for the war against Iraq.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 14, 2003 | 6:35 pm

New Army units prepare for peacekeeping, rebuilding
As combat winds down in Iraq, new Army units arriving here are gearing up for peacekeeping and rebuilding roles in a country torn by decades of war and neglect.

Mark D. Faram | Military Times | April 14, 2003 | 6:47 pm

War provides no clues to fate of missing aviator
Overshadowed by the joyful news of the rescue of seven American POWs is the story of Lt. Cmdr. Scott Speicher of Jacksonville, Fla., a Navy pilot who disappeared in Iraq 12 years ago and whose fate remains a mystery.

Alex Neill | Army Times | April 14, 2003 | 7:44 pm

Lynch's extended family told to wait to visit
Former prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch's extended family is told to wait before visiting her to give her a chance to build strength at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Jean Tarbett | The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch | April 14, 2003 | 8:39 pm

Syria said to be providing haven for Iraqi leaders
At least one and perhaps more senior officials of Saddam Hussein's toppled regime have fled into Syria, U.S. officials charged Monday, prompting the Bush administration to threaten economic sanctions against Iraq's most friendly neighbor.

USATODAY.com | April 15, 2003 | 6:08 am

Baghdad works to restore semblance of normalcy
Two days after the U.S. forces controlling Iraq's capital appealed on local radio stations for Iraqis to help restore order, several hundred people reported for work Monday at Baghdad's police college.

USATODAY.com | April 15, 2003 | 6:10 am

Reforms in Iraq can't be hurried, experts caution
Experts who have worked to establish stable governments and a measure of freedom in difficult places predict that it will take years before national elections can be held in Iraq and even longer before U.S. and other troops can turn over the task of providing security to a reconstituted Iraqi force.

USATODAY.com | April 15, 2003 | 6:12 am

Ex-POWs fill in the details before heading home
Seven American soldiers who were freed after three weeks in Iraqi captivity were debriefed by the military in Kuwait on Monday and could be flown back to the USA as early as Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | April 15, 2003 | 6:14 am

Focus in Iraq turns to rebuilding
The Pentagon declared the war with Iraq effectively over Monday while Jay Garner, the retired U.S. general responsible for organizing a post-Saddam Hussein administration, said he is worried that his team's critical work is off to a slow start.

USATODAY.com | April 15, 2003 | 6:16 am

Planning starts today on interim Iraqi government
U.S. officials Tuesday will lead the first in a series of meetings that will be held throughout Iraq in the hopes of creating within weeks an interim authority to govern the country. But before it began, the gathering was controversial and causing further rifts between Iraq's fractious ethnic, tribal and religious groups.

USATODAY.com | April 15, 2003 | 6:19 am

As war shifts focus, Bush turns attention to the home front
On a day in which the income-tax deadline came and the war in Iraq seemed to be settling into a long-term slog, Bush used his bully pulpit to push another massive round of tax cuts he hopes will jump-start a troubled economy. The timing is aimed at the 2004 election, whose opening votes come in less than nine months.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 15, 2003 | 3:36 pm

Pilots knew importance of 'Chemical Ali' attack
Air Force attack jets from a desert air base in the Persian Gulf region performed the April 6 attack on the home of Chemical Ali, the infamous relative of Saddam Hussein believed responsible for violent suppression of northern Iraq's Kurds. Mission planners received a request from the Air Force's campaign headquarters to make the attack, based on intelligence reports.

Gordon Trowbridge | Air Force Times | April 15, 2003 | 3:54 pm

Officer assisting Lynch family recounts stay in Germany
Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is alert and handling her recovery well, says a West Virginia military man who spent nearly a week with the Lynch family in Germany.

Bob Withers | The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch | April 15, 2003 | 8:17 pm

Families mourn 2 soldiers killed in Iraq grenade accident
On Monday night, Army officials notified the families of Spc. Thomas Arthur Foley III, 23, of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Pfc. Johnny Brown, 21, of Troy, Ala., that the soldiers died in a grenade explosion near Baghdad.

Leon Alligood | The Tennessean | April 15, 2003 | 10:03 pm

Terror fugitive Abu Abbas caught in Baghdad
Abu Abbas, the leader of a Palestinian terror group that hijacked a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea in 1985 and killed an American passenger, has been captured by U.S. military forces in Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | April 16, 2003 | 6:21 am

Worry grows about uprising among Shiites in Iraq
Before the Iraq war, Sunni Muslim leaders elsewhere in the Arab world warned that toppling Saddam Hussein might have unintended consequences. They feared it could strengthen radicals among the Shiite Muslims who are a majority in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Bahrain and eastern Saudi Arabia. Now that Saddam is gone, those predictions could be coming true.

USATODAY.com | April 16, 2003 | 6:35 am

Q&A: How war crimes will be prosecuted in Iraq

USATODAY.com | April 16, 2003 | 6:37 am

General scolds officers after six soldiers die in accidents
On Monday, six soldiers died, not at the hands of the enemy, but apparently because of safety problems. An infuriated Lt. Gen. William Wallace, the commander of U.S. Army forces in Iraq, warned his subordinates Tuesday that soldiers were getting lax now that the fighting has died down.

USATODAY.com | April 16, 2003 | 6:39 am

Meetings lay new Iraqi government's groundwork, but tensions run high
The first meeting of Iraqi political and religious leaders on forming a government to replace Saddam Hussein's regime ended Tuesday with modest achievements: an agreement to meet again in 10 days and a vow by the United States not to rule Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 16, 2003 | 6:44 am

Few leads in hunt for Saddam
Although fighting in Iraq has tapered off, CIA paramilitaries and U.S. special operation forces are still trying to answer the biggest unresolved question of the war: Where is Saddam?

USATODAY.com | April 16, 2003 | 6:46 am

Honor guard provides proper welcome home
The Dover Air Force Base's 45-member honor guard pursues its mission - the dignified transfer of the remains of soldiers killed in the war with Iraq - with precision and painstaking care.

Beth Miller | The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal | April 16, 2003 | 4:17 pm

Kevlar testimonial apparently a hoax
According to a British tabloid, British Royal Marine Commando Eric Walderman wasn't wearing his Kevlar helmet in an Umm Qasr firefight in southern Iraq when it stopped four bullets.

Fred Biddle | The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal | April 16, 2003 | 4:23 pm

Ariz. family, mourning one son, searches for the other
Scott Altman, 28, of Glendale, Ariz., died Sunday in a fatal plane crash during a flying lesson. His younger brother, Pfc. Matt Altman, is with the Army's 4th Infantry Division somewhere in the Middle East. Their father, Gary Altman, a Vietnam veteran, spent his 60th birthday Tuesday frantically calling anyone who could possibly help him track down his lone surviving son.

Joseph A. Reaves | The Arizona Republic | April 16, 2003 | 4:44 pm

Victims of first war with Saddam get measure of relief
As the war in Iraq winds down, civilian captives of the first American conflict with Iraq 12 years ago have had to confront old nightmares. But Saddam Hussein's former government is paying for their suffering.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 16, 2003 | 4:49 pm

Special Forces team turns to delivering supplies in Iraq
Rolling through Baghdad in Humvees bristling with .50-caliber machine guns, the commandos look mean and ready for combat. Today, however, their war wagon is not weighed down by extra ammunition, but by dozens of boxes of medical supplies headed for a city clinic.

Rob Curtis | Military Times | April 16, 2003 | 4:58 pm

Bonhomme Richard crew relishes beer day
This week, the crew took a rest and popped open some frosty cold ones. It's a pleasure normally forbidden in the Navy, but one that's appearing more often as ships extend their deployments.

David Brown | Military Times | April 16, 2003 | 5:08 pm

Mich. imams call on U.S. to stop chaos in Iraq
Despite the Bush administration's pledge to have Iraqis run their own nation as soon as possible, terror and chaos are impeding any push toward democracy, a group of Shiite Muslim religious leaders in Michigan say.

Darci McConnell | The Detroit News | April 16, 2003 | 6:02 pm

Terrorism alert level scaled back
Stepped-up security measures put in place nationwide two days before bombs started falling on Baghdad on March 19 will be scaled back under a lowered terrorism threat level announced Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | April 17, 2003 | 6:50 am

Gangs in Iraq use chaos to their benefit
The widespread looting that broke out in Baghdad after American forces entered and occupied the city April 9 has eased somewhat. But as the volume of looting has decreased, the level of violence and danger associated with it has risen. Now, it's not desperately poor people looking for necessities who are doing the stealing. It's mostly heavily armed men in disorganized but deadly gangs.

USATODAY.com | April 17, 2003 | 6:52 am

Baghdad hospitals can't keep up with wounded
One week after the Iraqi capital fell to coalition forces, health workers and the International Committee of the Red Cross say the city is facing a medical disaster.

USATODAY.com | April 17, 2003 | 6:55 am

Bush asks U.N. to lift sanctions on Iraq
President Bush said Wednesday that the Iraqi people "are now free" and called upon the United Nations to lift economic sanctions imposed nearly 13 years ago against Saddam Hussein.

USATODAY.com | April 17, 2003 | 6:59 am

U.S. troops accused in Mosul shootings
At least three civilians died and 17 more were injured in Iraq's third-largest city Wednesday, demonstrating that volatile conditions remain for the U.S.-led coalition even after the swift fall of Baghdad. Some of the injured in Mosul said U.S. forces fired into a crowd, a charge U.S. officials denied.

USATODAY.com | April 17, 2003 | 6:59 am

Flexible war plan key to victory
Coalition commanders adjusted their war plan at every phase. They put in more ground troops where needed to suppress opposition, or sped up the rate of advance when a push on the door revealed nothing on the other side.

USATODAY.com | April 17, 2003 | 7:02 am

Questions and answers on rebuilding Iraq
The war in Iraq is largely won, but a military victory is only the first step of President Bush's ambitious plan to transform the country into a democracy and make it an example of political and economic freedom in a region that has known neither.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | April 17, 2003 | 2:41 pm

Americans split on what defines war victory
Americans are somewhat split over whether the war in Iraq can be considered a victory if Saddam Hussein is not killed or captured, a new USA TODAY-CNN-Gallup Poll shows. Overall, 55 percent say it would be a victory even without evidence of Saddam's demise; 42 percent say it would not.

Richard Benedetto | GNS | April 17, 2003 | 2:53 pm

Iraq war showcases U.S. military's power
After watching U.S. and British forces win an overwhelming military victory in the war in Iraq, Pentagon officials say the campaign may have been one of the most successful the United States has ever waged.

Mike Madden | GNS | April 17, 2003 | 5:47 pm

College president joins Iraq rebuilding team
The Bush administration has selected Michigan State University President Peter McPherson, formerly the No. 2 official at the U.S. Treasury Department, to help rebuild Iraq's treasury department.

Sharon Terlep and Katherine Hutt Scott | GNS | April 17, 2003 | 6:10 pm

4th Infantry finally joins fighting
The 4th Infantry Division finally is in the fight, killing some Iraqi troops, capturing others and taking control of an airfield north of Baghdad.

Alex Neill | Army Times | April 17, 2003 | 6:51 pm

Support for Lynch overwhelming hospital, post office
Rescued POW Jessica Lynch may receive more gifts than she'll ever use when she finally returns home to Palestine, W.Va., but that isn't stopping the outpouring of support well-wishers are sending her way.

Tamara Endicott | The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch | April 17, 2003 | 7:40 pm

Faster treatment, better gear save lives on the battlefield
Doctors and military officials say several procedural changes and technological advances since the Persian Gulf War in 1991 have helped minimize the number of wounded troops in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 18, 2003 | 7:07 am

Finally free to speak, Iraqis raise their voices
During decades of Saddam's iron-fisted rule, Iraqis who dared to discuss politics or to criticize the government risked imprisonment or death. But like wine from a bottle uncorked after years, Baghdad residents now pour into the streets to argue over politics with strangers.

USATODAY.com | April 18, 2003 | 7:10 am

FBI agents sent to Iraq to try to help recover antiquities
More than two dozen FBI agents are being sent to Baghdad to help international law enforcement officials try to recover priceless antiquities and artifacts that were looted from Iraq's national museum during and after the battle for Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | April 18, 2003 | 7:13 am

Americans split over need to find Saddam
Americans remain somewhat split over whether the war in Iraq can be considered a victory if Saddam Hussein is not killed or captured, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows.

USATODAY.com | April 18, 2003 | 7:14 am

U.S. chases regime leaders; 2nd Saddam relative taken
U.S. forces captured a second half brother of Saddam Hussein on Thursday, as U.S. military and intelligence officials said they believe many of the former regime's leaders remain in Iraq and are planning their escapes.

USATODAY.com | April 18, 2003 | 7:15 am

Former POWs expected in U.S. Saturday
Seven former prisoners of war - five soldiers from Fort Bliss' 507th Maintenance Company and two Fort Hood Apache helicopter pilots - are expected to arrive at Fort Bliss on Saturday.

Charles K. Wilson | El Paso Times | April 18, 2003 | 4:16 pm

Looting widespread, but fighting mostly over
The United States all but declared victory in Iraq this week, as President Bush proclaimed Saddam Hussein's reign over and Army Gen. Tommy Franks, the war's military commander, made his first trip to Baghdad.

Mike Madden | GNS | April 18, 2003 | 4:33 pm

Analysis - Tough talk on Syria lays groundwork for Middle East peace
Syria remains a pivotal player in Middle Eastern peace. Perhaps this is why the Bush administration has taken a sudden interest in the nation that supports some of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the region.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 18, 2003 | 4:47 pm

Lynch recovering from foot surgery
Former prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch was in satisfactory condition Friday, a day after surgery to repair a bone in her right foot.

Bob Withers | The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch | April 18, 2003 | 5:21 pm

Essay - War transforms U.S. troops into force for change
Some Iraqis expressed gratitude the day Baghdad fell. Although coiled razor wire marks new military checkpoints at strategic sports throughout Baghdad, it must feel less harsh than the heavy hand of a tyrant.

Greg Barrett | GNS | April 18, 2003 | 5:34 pm

Military has made great strides in treating POWs
Improvements the military has made in treating the psychological effects of war give a positive outlook for the Pfc. Jessica Lynch and other former prisoners of the Iraq war.

Jean Tarbett | The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch | April 18, 2003 | 8:28 pm

Ex-POW advises Iraq war counterparts to get counseling
Former POW Melissa Coleman offers advice for former prisoners of war from the 507th Maintenance Company as they return to Fort Bliss, Texas, on Saturday.

Maribel Villalva | El Paso Times | April 18, 2003 | 8:34 pm

Ex-POWS returning to U.S. Saturday night
The seven former U.S. prisoners of war, including five from Fort Bliss' 507th Maintenance Company and two Fort Hood Apache helicopter pilots from Fort Hood, Texas, are expected to arrive Saturday night at Biggs Army Airfield.

Charles K. Wilson | El Paso Times | April 18, 2003 | 10:20 pm

POWs hold key to what happened to those who died
The return of the five former prisoners of war from the 507th Maintenance Company captured in an ambush March 23 may help bring closure to the families of nine other Fort Bliss soldiers killed in the same attack near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 6:42 am

Loved ones rejoice in return of shy soldier Hernandez
Spc. Edgar Hernandez, who left Fort Bliss two months ago as a shy soldier, was welcomed home Saturday by a screaming crowd of people who have become intimately familiar with him and other former prisoners of war.

El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 6:43 am

Family's anguish turns to sheer joy
The homecoming Saturday of Pfc. Patrick Miller put his family at ease. Miller, 23, of Park City, Kan., was reunited with his mother, his wife, Jessa, and his two children after a plane carrying him and four other former prisoners of war from Fort Bliss' 507th Maintenance Company landed at Biggs Army Airfield.

El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 6:44 am

Hudson remains positive voice of ex-POWs
Army Spc. Joseph Hudson was the voice of the seven former prisoners of war Saturday night after the 23-year-old from Alamogordo, N.M., and his comrades from the 507th Maintenance Company returned to Ft. Bliss, Texas.

El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 6:45 am

2,000 welcome ex-POWs as heroes
They waited, they chanted, and waited some more. But four hours in the chilly wind seemed like a small price to pay for a piece of history. "It's not every day that we have POWs coming back to El Paso," said Northeast resident Misty Metz, who was among an estimated 2,000 men, women and children greeting the returning heroes Saturday evening on the tarmac of Biggs Army Airfield in Texas.

El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 6:46 am

El Paso celebrates return of Shoshana Johnson
Spc. Shoshana Johnson, whose frightened face became seared into the world's consciousness after her capture March 23, showed nothing but joy on her return home Saturday.

El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 6:58 am

Former POW from New Jersey returns to U.S.
Pennsauken, N.J., Sgt. James Riley was among seven former POWs who were greeted by family and well-wishers Saturday in Texas. Riley gave the crowds a restrained smile and a wave. It was a subdued reaction from the man whose three weeks of imprisonment in Iraq inspired powerful feelings in his hometown.

The (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post | April 20, 2003 | 6:59 am

Crowd cheers return of Ex-POWs to U.S.
The journey is complete for five Fort Bliss soldiers who spent three weeks as prisoners of war in Iraq. They returned Saturday to a heroes' welcome by about 2,000 people under the lights of Biggs Army Airfield in Texas. The five were accompanied by two other former POWs, both of them Apache helicopter pilots, who flew on to Fort Hood.

El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 7:00 am

From life on the reservation to death in the Iraqi desert
At a critical point three weeks ago, Lori Ann Piestewa found herself in Iraq with the 507th Maintenance Company because the poverty, lack of opportunity and sheer boredom of life in Tuba City, Ariz. left her few options when it came to feeding her ambitions and her children.

Pat Flannery and Betty Reid | The Arizona Republic | April 20, 2003 | 5:11 pm

Former POW Hernandez thanks prayerful supporters
On Easter Sunday, a quiet and grateful Spc. Edgar Hernandez told members of the Chaparral Apostolic Church in Chapparal, N.M., that God had been with him every step of the way during his three weeks as a prisoner in Iraq.

Darren Meritz | El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 8:13 pm

Freed soldiers celebrate Easter with reunions
Easter Sunday was a time of rest, family bonding and spiritual reflection for the five Fort Bliss, Texas soldiers who were held captive in Iraq.

Louie Gilot | El Paso Times | April 20, 2003 | 8:55 pm

N.J. soldier marks quiet holiday after return to Fort Bliss
Former prisoner of war James Riley enjoyed a subdued Easter Sunday with his mother in El Paso, Texas, as they awaited word on when the Army sergeant can return to south New Jersey.

The (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post | April 20, 2003 | 10:08 pm

Syria promises not to harbor Iraqi leaders
Syrian President Bashar Assad promised two U.S. congressmen Sunday that his nation would refuse haven to Iraqis wanted for war crimes and would expel any who enter his country.

USATODAY.com | April 21, 2003 | 6:54 am

Baghdad waits for darkness to lift
Iraqi technicians and U.S. Army engineers moved closer to bringing electrical service back to Baghdad on Sunday, another step in the effort to restore this beleaguered city to normal life.

USATODAY.com | April 21, 2003 | 6:57 am

Fear of Saddam and his thugs lingers
Although U.S. forces have overthrown his regime, Saddam continues to haunt many of Iraq's 26 million people. Most say they won't talk about him, even in private settings, until he has been caught or killed.

USATODAY.com | April 21, 2003 | 9:45 am

Why U.S. casualties in war in Iraq were low
The war in Iraq has caused fewer daily combat deaths than any conflict since the Revolutionary War, a USA TODAY analysis found.

USATODAY.com | April 21, 2003 | 9:45 am

Global locator could speed recovery of downed pilots
The new Global Personnel Recovery System would give rescue crews and ground controllers real-time information on the location of helicopter rescue units, plus a simple, secure-text messaging capability that already has proved its worth.

Gordon Trowbridge | Air Force Times | April 21, 2003 | 5:27 pm

Physical therapists dispense relief to aching fliers
Air Force Maj. Laura Fields has one of the toughest jobs in the military: straightening out fighter pilots' spines, along with other joints and muscles that take a beating in modern jet cockpits.

Gordon Trowbridge | Air Force Times | April 21, 2003 | 5:43 pm

Chief briefer says West Point prepared him for spotlight
In an exclusive interview, Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks acknowledged the frustration with the information gap created by real-time war reporting. He also discussed his cadet leadership experience at West Point.

Alex Neill | Army Times | April 21, 2003 | 7:50 pm

Hunters assuming Saddam is alive, still inside country
Nearly two weeks after the fall of Baghdad, former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is as elusive as ever. But U.S. officials say they are operating under the assumption that he and many other top leaders of his regime are still alive.

USATODAY.com | April 22, 2003 | 8:21 am

Baghdad's revived police force targets trust
Hundreds of officers have heeded a plea from the U.S. military to return to work, especially to put an end to looting. But U.S. officials also want to use the officers to open a new chapter in Iraqi law enforcement, transforming cops from instruments of repression to keepers of the peace.

USATODAY.com | April 22, 2003 | 8:23 am

Abandoned weapons pour into black market
The U.S. Army is sending troops to Iraq's abandoned military bases because the weapons left behind are flowing into the black market.

USATODAY.com | April 22, 2003 | 8:24 am

Garner: Objective is to 'give birth to a new system in Iraq'
The man in charge of rebuilding Iraq got a firsthand look Monday at the task that faces his team of engineers and civil administrators. Retired Army lieutenant general Jay Garner promised an intense push to restore electricity, water and order, but cautioned, "It is going to take time."

USATODAY.com | April 22, 2003 | 8:25 am

As Iraqi Shiites gain clout, will U.S. interests suffer?
Concern is rising that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq might wind up replacing Saddam Hussein's brutal dictatorship with a cleric-dominated government that would be intolerant of Iraq's ethnic diversity and opposed to the interests of the United States.

USATODAY.com | April 22, 2003 | 8:28 am

Lugar focuses on what happens next in Iraq
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, repeatedly has warned that the Bush administration faces a potential backlash from lawmakers and the American people unless it is up front about what will be needed to keep Iraq stable after the war.

Maureen Groppe | GNS | April 22, 2003 | 3:44 pm

Medical emergencies, explosions just part of unit's day
A badly burned cooking accident victim, suspicious locals with guns, and exploding ordnance punctuated an unusually busy day for Fox Company's 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment.

Gina Cavallaro | Military Times | April 22, 2003 | 5:25 pm

101st Airborne arrives in Mosul to restore order
More than 5,000 troops from the 101st Airborne Division arrived Tuesday to take on the delicate task of establishing order in this unstable northern Iraqi town divided along ethnic, cultural and religious lines.

Rob Curtis | Army Times | April 22, 2003 | 6:20 pm

Freedom of religion fills streets of holy city of Karbala
They came to worship and to celebrate their freedom, not to fight. After more than two decades of brutal repression under Saddam Hussein, Iraq's Shiite Muslims were free Tuesday to make their traditional pilgrimage to this sacred city south of Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | April 23, 2003 | 6:41 am

Kurds hope U.S. backs their role in new government
Kurdish leaders meeting with U.S. envoy Jay Garner made it clear Tuesday that they expected help from the U.S. government to claim a role in a new Iraqi government.

USATODAY.com | April 23, 2003 | 6:43 am

France OKs end to Iraq sanctions
France, in an unexpected move toward the U.S. position, called Tuesday for trade and economic sanctions against Iraq to be suspended, but ignificant disagreements remain within the 15-member security council about the role of U.N. arms inspectors in postwar Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 23, 2003 | 6:43 am

After weeks, Baghdad gets back to bustling
After cowering for weeks under a hail of bombs and during extensive arson and looting, hundreds of thousands of people have poured out of their Baghdad homes since Sunday. Streets, empty for weeks, have traffic jams again. Crowds pack markets, hunting for bargains, and throngs of demonstrators march downtown chanting for the U.S. troops occupying the city to go home.

USATODAY.com | April 23, 2003 | 6:45 am

Pentagon feeling pressure to find banned weapons in Iraq
With no smoking-gun evidence to show for its efforts thus far, the Pentagon is ratcheting up the search for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction with a massive hunt that dwarfs any of the United Nations' efforts to find them.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 23, 2003 | 3:57 pm

Iraqi mother and son seek healing in United States
Emotions and words have run loose for Ikbal Fartous since the day four years ago when an errant U.S missile killed her son Haider and left another, Mustafa, with severe shrapnel wounds. Now, Fartous and Mustafa are in the United States for treatment for his injuries.

Greg Barrett | GNS | April 23, 2003 | 7:35 pm

5 former POWs leave hospital in Texas
The five former prisoners of war from Fort Bliss who were freed after three weeks of captivity in Iraq were released Wednesday from Beaumont Army Medical Center, where they underwent three days of medical checkups.

Diana Washington Valdez | El Paso Times | April 23, 2003 | 9:01 pm

Media vying for Texas woman's POW story
Former prisoner of war Spc. Shoshana Johnson, wounded in both feet and held captive for 21 days by Iraqi forces loyal to Saddam Hussein, now has to face a hungry media.

Nadra Kareem | El Paso Times | April 23, 2003 | 10:46 pm

U.S. troops, journalists investigated for looting
At least five U.S. troops are under investigation for allegedly skimming hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars from stashes of cash uncovered in Baghdad, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. Another servicemember is being investigated for shipping gold-plated ornamental weapons to the USA in an incident officials said is likely to lead to questioning of more troops.

USATODAY.com | April 24, 2003 | 6:55 am

Iran warned not to meddle in Iraqi politics
The United States has warned Iran in recent days not to interfere as Iraq seeks to map out its political future, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | April 24, 2003 | 6:56 am

Lynch could be home June 1; 20th birthday is Saturday
Saturday is Jessica Lynch's 20th birthday and a grocery store in Parkersburg, W.Va., is throwing the party — even though she won't be able to attend. The former POW is still recovering from her injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | April 24, 2003 | 1:31 pm

War in Iraq goes into the textbooks with history-making strategy
Military students will study Operation Iraqi Freedom as a precedent-setting success built on new tactics meant to exploit cutting-edge technology. The campaign is also likely to manifest itself conspicuously in future Pentagon budgets and development strategies as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pursues his controversial restructuring of the military by enhancing its lighter, faster elements.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 24, 2003 | 4:12 pm

Poll: Americans feel safer but worry about economy
While most Americans are feeling safer after the way things have turned out in the war with Iraq, a USA TODAY-CNN-GALLUP Poll shows that there is continuing dissatisfaction with the economy and President Bush's stewardship on that front.

Richard Benedetto | GNS | April 24, 2003 | 5:15 pm

Texas lawmaker calls for probe of attack on convoy
U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes said Thursday he plans to follow up on the Pentagon's investigation into the March 23 convoy ambush near Nasiriyah that resulted in the capture of six soldiers from Fort Bliss.

Diana Washington Valdez | El Paso Times | April 24, 2003 | 10:07 pm

Nation lavishes lopsided attention on female POWs
Former POW Spc. Shoshana Johnson has been offered a scholarship to a culinary school, her own bakery, and is being courted by Oprah Winfrey and NBC's Stone Phillips. Pfc. Jessica Lynch was on the cover of People and Newsweek and had to ask well-wishers to stop sending gifts. But the men freed with them have gotten much less attention.

Louie Gilot | El Paso Times | April 24, 2003 | 11:51 pm

U.S. forces net public face of Saddam regime
Tariq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister of Iraq and for years the public face of Saddam Hussein's regime, was taken into U.S. custody Thursday, becoming the 12th — and best-known — of 55 "most-wanted" Iraqis in U.S. hands.

USATODAY.com | April 25, 2003 | 7:03 am

Some Iraq government offices set to reopen
Some Iraqi government ministries will resume operations next week under joint U.S. and Iraqi control, the American overseeing postwar reconstruction said Thursday.

USATODAY.com | April 25, 2003 | 7:04 am

Iraqis try to piece together lives on paper
In Iraq, reams of official and classified documents are missing — papers that could reveal the secrets of a brutal regime and what happened to missing people.

USATODAY.com | April 25, 2003 | 7:06 am

War Diary - Embedded in Iraq: Riding the Humvee with Col. Cowboy
I felt a kind of grimy feng shui on every one of the 40 days I spent with U.S. Marines in Iraq and Kuwait. Finding bliss in the smallest pleasantries is a natural way to deal with corpses, filth, homesickness and flashes of terror in the war zone.

John Bebow | The Detroit News | April 26, 2003 | 7:53 pm

Rescued POW's hometown still in media spotlight
Life never will be the same in tiny Palestine, W.Va. That's because Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the former prisoner of war who celebrated her 20th birthday Saturday, lives here. And the media is in town awaiting her return.

Bob Withers | The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch | April 26, 2003 | 8:22 pm

U.S. closes in on fugitives from many angles
The hunt for Saddam Hussein and his top aides is a bizarre mix of chance encounters and intense searches fed by hundreds of tips. It's also a hunt marked by increasing pressure on families of the "most-wanted" Iraqi leaders.

USATODAY.com | April 27, 2003 | 10:24 pm

Former POW returns home to south New Jersey
Sgt. James Riley, 31, returned to his parents' home in Pennsauken, N.J., shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, five weeks after he was captured during an ambush of his Army supply convoy in Iraq.

The (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post | April 27, 2003 | 10:49 pm

Aziz says Saddam survived airstrikes mounted to kill him
Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz has told U.S. interrogators he saw Saddam Hussein alive after the two airstrikes mounted by coalition forces to kill him, a senior Defense official says.

USATODAY.com | April 28, 2003 | 8:07 am

Postwar force could be 125,000
Pentagon planners say a U.S. force of 125,000 soldiers is likely to be needed for at least a year to stabilize Iraq until a new Iraqi government can take charge and provide security. But the size of the postwar force in Iraq remains under discussion.

USATODAY.com | April 28, 2003 | 8:10 am

Rumsfeld and Franks praise, thank coalition troops
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Army Gen. Tommy Franks thanked the troops at the war command headquarters Monday and praised them for the speed and precision of the U.S. military campaign.

Alex Neill | Army Times | April 28, 2003 | 4:09 pm

Split between exiles, other Iraqis evident at summit
A daylong meeting on a new Iraqi government Monday illuminated the divisions and obstacles ahead as Iraqis try to form a democracy after living for decades in a dictatorship and, for some, in exile.

USATODAY.com | April 29, 2003 | 9:39 am

Remains identified of war's last listed MIA
Searchers found the remains of the last U.S. servicemember listed as missing in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Defense Department said Monday. Army Spc. Edward Anguiano, 24, was named as missing on March 30. His remains were found Thursday and were identified through DNA, military officials said

USATODAY.com | April 29, 2003 | 9:41 am

W. Virginians thankful Lynch tipster got asylum in U.S.
West Virginians are happy that Iraqi lawyer Mohammed Al Rehaief, who helped U.S. commandos locate and rescue prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch of Palestine, W.Va., has been granted asylum in the United States.

Jean Tarbett, Dave Lavender | The Herald-Dispatch | April 29, 2003 | 10:14 pm

Iraqi lawyer who helped Lynch gets U.S. asylum
An Iraqi lawyer who risked his life to help U.S. special operations troops find and rescue prisoner of war Jessica Lynch has been granted asylum in the United States along with his wife and 5-year-old daughter.

USATODAY.com | April 29, 2003 | 11:53 pm

U.S. exporters look to rekindle '80s market
Increased global competition, Iraq's infrastructure problems and postwar turmoil make the country a challenging market.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | April 30, 2003 | 5:09 pm

American businesses bringing aid to Iraq
The U.S. Agency for International Development already has awarded contracts to more than a half-dozen American companies or institutes to help in Iraq's reconstruction.

GNS | April 30, 2003 | 5:23 pm

Bush to declare combat in Iraq over, but loose ends linger
President Bush is expected to proclaim Thursday that major hostilities in Iraq are over. But some of the conflict's most important chapters still contain loose ends he would like wrapped up.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 30, 2003 | 5:31 pm

2 Iraqis killed as gunfire erupts at another protest
U.S. soldiers shot dead two Iraqis during a protest Wednesday, one day after 13 Iraqis were killed by U.S. gunfire at a demonstration here. The Americans said gunmen in the crowd and posted on rooftops had shot at them with machine guns Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | April 30, 2003 | 9:20 pm

Reporter in Iraq escapes gunfire after funeral

USATODAY.com | April 30, 2003 | 9:22 pm

Bush delivers cautious assessment of Iraq
Although President Bush on Thursday declared an end to major hostilities in Iraq, his refusal to proclaim the end of the war shows there can be no official peace declaration against a continuing terrorism threat.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | May 1, 2003 | 5:39 pm

Much depends on restart of refinery
Normal is a relative term in war-scarred southern Iraq, but this week signs emerged that life was becoming more tolerable in Basra.

USATODAY.com | May 2, 2003 | 7:12 am

U.S. troops clash with exile leader's militia
Members of a militia assembled by U.S.-backed Iraqi exile leader Ahmad Chalabi got into a firefight with U.S. forces recently in a northwest suburb of Baghdad, and several Iraqis were wounded, U.S. Defense officials say.

USATODAY.com | May 2, 2003 | 7:18 am

9 1/2-month mission pushes sailors, families to the limit
By now, 9 1/2 months and a war later, the men and women on the USS Abraham Lincoln just want off. But the admiral, the captain, the rest of the brass, even the hard-core Navy lifers all will follow Juan Angel. The 22-year-old machinist's mate from Fort Worth will be first to walk onto a pier Tuesday in Everett, Wash., when Lincoln arrives home.

USATODAY.com | May 2, 2003 | 7:20 am

War has impact not easily shared by troops
They fought past suicidal gunmen, trekked across an explosives-rigged bridge at the Euphrates River and stormed the Baghdad airport. And then, after the capital fell, they absorbed friendly waves from the Iraqi people. But Pvt. Joshua Robinson and the other young men of the Army's Charlie Company, of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry, aren't sure how they'll share their vivid and sometimes bloody memories of war with their friends and relatives.

USATODAY.com | May 4, 2003 | 6:11 pm

Iraqi schoolchildren's return is lesson in perseverance
Hakim Rizia returned to Baghdad College High School over the weekend for the first time since the war began. He found an al-Samoud 2 missile launcher parked in the schoolyard.

USATODAY.com | May 4, 2003 | 10:01 pm

U.S. to push lifting of U.N. sanctions this week
The Bush administration expects to introduce a resolution to the United Nations Security Council this week that would lift U.N. sanctions against Iraq and phase out the U.N. oil-for-food program within a month. But such a move would likely reopen festering wounds from the council's bitter prewar debate.

USATODAY.com | May 5, 2003 | 10:48 am

Soldiers join black-market fuel duty, humanitarian mission
Here in Iraq, sitting atop one of the world's largest petroleum reserves, the aftermath of war means that for many, the only source of gasoline and propane is the black market. And the very U.S. soldiers sent to break up the black market soon would find that they, too, had to turn to the illegal traffickers for fuel.

Rob Curtis | Military Times | May 5, 2003 | 5:26 pm

Most-wanted deck has card dealers flush with orders
The five Army intelligence specialists behind the playing cards that show the 52 most-wanted Iraqis never imagined their creation would become this year's hottest collecting craze and a gold mine for companies selling Internet knock-offs. If they had, they might have kept a few decks.

USATODAY.com | May 5, 2003 | 8:51 pm

U.S. opens centers to hear, solve Iraqi complaints
A U.S. tank crushed Hasan Hadi Abid Muhammed’s car. Now he wants someone to pay. Muhammed sought compensation from the Civil Military Assistance Center, a place where Iraqis can voice their complaints about coalition forces.

USA TODAY.com | May 5, 2003 | 10:52 pm

U.S. chief in Iraq replaced
The White House hopes the appointment of L. Paul Bremer, who served in various posts during a 23-year State Department career, as the senior civilian in charge of rebuilding Iraq will quicken efforts to create a new government and bring aid into the country.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2003 | 11:37 pm

Iraqi POWs rejoice over end of captivity
Two hundred Iraqi POWs were released Tuesday from the Camp Bucca detention facility in southern Iraq. More than 6,700 prisoners of war — both civilian and military — have been released from the sprawling compound during the past two weeks.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2003 | 11:46 pm

U.S.' new transition chief 'brings a lot to the table'
Bureaucratic sharp elbows L. Paul Bremer gained as assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz during the Reagan administration should help Bremer, 61, as he tries to reconcile conflicting views both in Washington and in Baghdad and begins his new post as top civil administrator for Iraq.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2003 | 11:55 pm

Hostility toward U.S. troops is running high in Baghdad
Having easily won the war for Iraq, the United States has yet to win the peace. Iraqis say they view the U.S. military occupation with suspicion, anger and frustration. Many even say life was in some ways better under the regime of Saddam Hussein.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2003 | 11:56 pm

Germany extends latest olive branch

| May 6, 2003 | 11:59 pm

Possible mobile arms lab studied
If the trailer turns out to be a weapons lab, it will be the first major piece of evidence to support U.S. allegations that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction.

USA TODAY.com | May 8, 2003 | 8:45 am

Doctors say former POW Lynch has no memory of ambush
Rumors that amnesia caused Pfc. Jessica Lynch to forget what happened on March 23, when her 507th Maintenance Company convoy was attacked, have prompted her to speak out. Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center say she does not have amnesia, but simply has no recollection of any events that may have occurred from the start of the ambush until she awoke in an Iraqi hospital.

The Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | May 8, 2003 | 7:43 pm

Two U.S. soldiers slain in Baghdad
Two U.S. soldiers were killed in separate attacks Thursday, the first such targeted killings of American servicemen since the days immediately following Baghdad's fall a month ago.

USATODAY.com | May 9, 2003 | 11:33 am

U.S., Britain seek to run Iraq for 1 year
U.S. officials believe that the proposal to immediately lift sanctions would give a significant economic boost to the soon-to-be formed interim government in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | May 9, 2003 | 11:35 am

U.S. 'mayor of Baghdad' steps down
A top U.S. official leading the reconstruction of postwar Iraq has been asked to step down amid complaints that the U.S. administration is working too slowly toward peace and stability.

USATODAY.com | May 11, 2003 | 10:47 pm

'Dr. Germ' surrenders to U.S. troops
Pentagon officials said they hoped the two latest key figures from Saddam Hussein's toppled government taken into custody by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq will provide them with details on Saddam's suspected weapons programs.

USATODAY.com | May 12, 2003 | 8:47 pm

U.S. reports recovery of Iraqi assets
The bulk of the money from a $1 billion heist of the Iraqi central bank undertaken by one of Saddam Hussein's sons just before the war began likely never left the country and has been recovered by U.S. forces.

Glenn Blain | GNS | May 14, 2003 | 6:41 pm

Congress steps up criticism of rebuilding in Iraq
Members of Congress stepped up criticism of the administration for not acting quicker to clamp down on increasing lawlessness in Iraq, but Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the Pentagon still is deciding how many troops are needed.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | May 16, 2003 | 12:13 am

Many Iraqi expats eager to go home and prosper
Ali Al-baaj, who left Iraq for the USA in 1992, after Desert Storm, is eager to go back and rebuild the country — literally.

USATODAY.com | May 16, 2003 | 12:20 am

Weapons search could take years
The search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction could take years to complete, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Thursday.

USATODAY.com | May 16, 2003 | 12:25 am

Basra: 'Day by day, life is for the better'
Long plagued by poverty and often targeted for retribution by Saddam Hussein's regime, Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, is showing signs of revival.

USATODAY.com | May 19, 2003 | 11:45 pm

Lynch on road to full recovery, physician says
Pfc. Jessica Lynch is expected to make a full recovery and is progressing well through physical and occupational therapy, said Dr. Greg Argyros, the physician heading up a team working with the former prisoner of war at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | May 22, 2003 | 7:17 pm

Army posthumously promotes female POW killed in Iraq
The Army on Thursday announced that Lori Piestewa has been promoted, posthumously, from the rank of private first class to Army specialist. Meanwhile, a U.S. lawmaker says an "after-action" report into what happened to the Tuba City, Ariz., native and other members of the 507th Maintenance Unit is complete.

Arizona Republic | May 22, 2003 | 7:33 pm

Emotional reunion for Piestewa, Lynch families
In a bittersweet and intensely private reunion, Pfc. Jessica Lynch was visited Saturday by the mother, father, and two young children of her fallen friend and comrade, Army Spc. Lori Piestewa.

Billy House | Arizona Republic | May 24, 2003 | 6:09 pm

Arlington ceremony honors Indian soldier killed in Iraq
WASHINGTON - More than 400 people turned out on Memorial Day to salute Army Spc. Lori Piestewa, many of them bringing gifts, songs they'd written, and other tributes to the fallen soldier's family.

Billy House | The Arizona Republic | May 26, 2003 | 11:22 pm

Army opens probe into 507th ambush
Brig. Gen. Howard Bromberg, commander of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, Texas, has ordered a ``commander's inquiry,'' into the March 23 ambush in Nasiriyah, Iraq, that made Pfc. Jessica Lynch and five other soldiers from her unit prisoners of war.

Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | May 27, 2003 | 9:16 pm

'Saddam generation' waking up
After 24 years of Saddam's suffocating tenure, Iraq's youth are waking up from an almost-comatose state.

USATODAY.com | May 28, 2003 | 12:26 am

Iraq war's widows learn to cope
They are young women. And they are all widows. As the servicemen and women who fought the Iraq war trickle home, Latricia Bellard, Jill Kiehl and Shauna O'Day are among the dozens whose spouses will not be returning.

USATODAY.com | May 28, 2003 | 10:25 pm

On Cairo's streets, anxiety, anger toward U.S.
More than six weeks after the fall of Baghdad, the Arab world is still spinning in shock. A chronic mood of uncertainty, fear and rage as thick as the layer of dust that permanently coats this city at the heart of the Middle East has settled over the region.

USATODAY.com | May 28, 2003 | 11:11 pm

Lynch family thanks community upon return home
The parents of rescued prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, returning home for daughter Brandi's high school graduation, thanked their community and the nation Thursday for the support the family has received over the past two months.

The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | May 29, 2003 | 5:40 pm

Relief for U.S. troops lacking
The Pentagon's search for troops from other nations to replace U.S. soldiers in the force that is stabilizing postwar Iraq has fallen short of expectations, and U.S. officials face the prospect of keeping more U.S. forces in Iraq than they had hoped, diplomats and military officials say.

USATODAY.com | May 29, 2003 | 11:21 pm

In postwar Iraq, stability is missing in action
Nearly two months after U.S. forces stormed into Baghdad and toppled Saddam Hussein's government, Iraq's capital seethes with insecurity.

USATODAY.com | June 5, 2003 | 12:25 am

Bush's war doctrine questioned
The Bush administration's policy of taking pre-emptive military action against dangerous nations faces growing scrutiny from members of Congress who voted for war in Iraq but now wonder why Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction have not been found.

USATODAY.com | June 5, 2003 | 11:24 pm

Bush to troops: Mission accomplished
President Bush ended his trip to Europe and the Middle East on Thursday reveling in the approving roar of troops at Camp As Sayliyah.

USATODAY.com | June 5, 2003 | 11:30 pm

Expedition verifies looting of Iraqi ruins, museums
An archaeological team reports extensive looting of ancient cities in Iraq, and it said hundreds of thieves dug up some sites.

USATODAY.com | June 11, 2003 | 11:57 pm

Troops, families await war's real end

USATODAY.com | June 12, 2003 | 11:40 am

Modest former POW basks in glow of congressional tribute
The Congressional Black Caucus honored former prisoner of war Shoshana Johnson in a rousing and emotional tribute Thursday. The event attracted dozens of congressional staffers, U.S. Army officials and a gaggle of reporters and photographers who packed a large room in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Sergio Bustos | GNS | June 12, 2003 | 7:55 pm

Iraqis in custody say Saddam survived
Iraqi officials in U.S. custody have told coalition investigators that Saddam Hussein and his sons survived the March 19 and April 7 airstrikes on residential compounds where the CIA believed they were meeting, and that they are still in Iraq, senior U.S. military officials here say.

USATODAY.com | June 12, 2003 | 10:34 pm

Uranium reports doubted early on
Almost a year before President Bush alleged in his State of the Union address that Iraq tried to buy uranium ore in Africa — seeming proof of an Iraqi effort to build a nuclear bomb — the CIA gave the White House information that raised doubts about the claim.

USATODAY.com | June 12, 2003 | 10:43 pm

Short conflict, less ammo kept war cost down
A short conflict that used fewer missiles, sparked fewer oil field fires and created fewer refugees than anticipated produced a lower-than-expected financial cost for the major combat in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | June 12, 2003 | 10:57 pm

Weak spy network hurt U.S. hunt for arms in Iraq
Slightly more than a year before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the CIA launched a major effort to rebuild its network of Iraqi agents, which had been badly depleted by repeated purges.

John Diamond | USA TODAY | June 16, 2003 | 10:43 pm

Broad purges wiped out most Iraqis helping CIA
In the 12 years between the two wars the United States fought against Iraq, Saddam Hussein waged a bloody and largely successful campaign to find and kill Iraqis spying for the CIA.

John Diamond | USA TODAY | June 16, 2003 | 10:45 pm

Iraqi museum to repair 5,000-year-old vase
A priceless vase returned to the Iraqi National Museum is damaged but can be repaired, the museum's director said Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | June 17, 2003 | 10:54 pm

No. 4 most-wanted Iraqi captured
U.S. forces have captured Saddam Hussein's presidential secretary and No. 4 on the Pentagon's most-wanted list of Iraqi leaders.

Jack Kelley | USA TODAY | June 18, 2003 | 7:29 pm

U.S. troops could be in Iraq for a decade
Defense Dept. officials told Congress on Wednesday that permanent facilities may have to be built in Iraq to house them.

Tom Squitieri | USA TODAY | June 18, 2003 | 10:33 pm

Iraq work puts Bechtel in spotlight
The decaying opulence of Saddam Hussein's former palace grounds in Baghdad is home to a squadron of Bechtel engineers camped out Beverly Hillbillies-style in a collection of two-bedroom portable homes. "This place is surreal," says Thor Christiansen, a Bechtel project manager. Almost as surreal has been the growing interest in Bechtel.

USATODAY.com | June 19, 2003 | 10:55 pm

U.S.: Weapon search has barely begun
President Bush is not worried about charges that he exaggerated the threat of Iraq's weapons, in part because he believes the search has barely begun, senior administration officials say.

USATODAY.com | June 19, 2003 | 10:59 pm

Pressure mounts on Bush to open up Iraq intelligence probe
The Bush administration and key congressional Republicans have thus far managed to keep the investigation of intelligence used to justify pre-emptive war against Iraq behind closed doors on Capitol Hill. But there are signs the pressure for a more public airing of the intelligence is having an effect.

John Yaukey | GNS | June 20, 2003 | 4:16 pm

U.S. to rebuild Iraqi army
The Iraqi army, gutted by U.S. forces during three months of war and officially disbanded only weeks ago, soon will be rebuilt by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, officials said Monday.

Christian Lowe | Marine Corps Times | June 23, 2003 | 5:50 pm

Saddam's former soldiers to receive pensions

Steven Komarow | USA TODAY | June 23, 2003 | 11:22 pm

Rumsfeld downplays reports convoy attack targeted Saddam
The Defense Secretary said Tuesday that he had "no reason to believe" Saddam Hussein or any senior Iraqi officials were killed in a U.S. strike on a convoy near the Syria-Iraq border last week.

USA TODAY | June 24, 2003 | 10:44 pm

Lugar says U.S. efforts lagging in Iraq
A day after returning from viewing reconstruction efforts in Iraq, the Senate's leader on foreign relations, Richard Lugar, said the United States has to ``fundamentally correct'' its ability to help nations like Iraq rebuild and become working democracies.

Maureen Groppe and Erin Kelly | GNS | June 25, 2003 | 5:57 pm

Buying own gear is common for troops
Col. Mike Smith, a senior officer in the Army unit that equips front-line soldiers, was not surprised when an internal "lessons learned" study of equipment used in the war in Iraq turned up a long list of gear so ill-regarded by soldiers that they spent their own money to modify or replace it.

USATODAY.com | June 25, 2003 | 11:27 pm

Iraqi people paying for Saddam loyalists' attacks
Paul Bremer, the top U.S. administrator in Iraq, blames rogue elements of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's Baath Party for a recent rash of attacks on U.S. forces and Iraqi infrastructure, which he says are hurting the Iraqi people.

Christian Lowe | Marine Corps Times | June 26, 2003 | 4:50 pm

Archaeologists beseech U.S. to safeguard Iraqi sites
At the Fifth World Archaeological Congress in Washington, D.C., last week, the fate of Iraq's antiquities was a continuing topic of concern.

Dan Vergano | USA TODAY | June 29, 2003 | 10:57 pm

Humanitarian groups alarmed by water emergencies in Iraq
On May 15, the newly arrived chief of the U.S.-led civilian authority described Basra's water quality as good. The pronouncement was in stark contrast with comments from World Health Organization and UNICEF officials who at that moment were warning of waterborne epidemics in Iraq's second-largest city.

Greg Barrett | GNS | June 30, 2003 | 12:23 pm

Iraqi resentment will fuel rise in troop deaths, experts warn
The country's citizens are angry the Bush administration has failed to create an elected government in Baghdad and has not yet restored basic services.

Greg Wright | GNS | June 30, 2003 | 10:24 pm

Attacks, weapons controversy eroding public confidence
The failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the recent spate of deadly attacks on U.S. troops there is sharply eroding public confidence in the war effort, a USA TODAY-CNN-Gallup Poll shows.

Richard Benedetto | GNS | June 30, 2003 | 10:42 pm

U.S. forces capture Iraqis suspected of leading attacks
U.S. forces in a series of predawn raids on Tuesday captured two top Baath Party leaders suspected of organizing attacks against coalition troops and the sabotage of Iraqi infrastructure. The raids in this town south of Saddam's birthplace of Tikrit came on the third day of a major counter-insurgency push dubbed Operation Sidewinder.

Christian Lowe | Marine Corps Times | July 1, 2003 | 6:13 pm

U.S. in a race to head off guerrilla war
Guerrilla-style attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq have increased. Since May 1, when President Bush declared major combat operations over, 25 U.S. soldiers have been killed in hostile action. To counter the attacks, U.S. forces are using a two-pronged strategy they have favored since the early days of the Vietnam War.

USATODAY.com | July 2, 2003 | 11:35 pm

Photographer seeks out subject of picture made famous at war‘s start
The image of the small boy, wounded in an American attack, in the arms of a clean-cut American medic who carried him to safety appeared on front pages around the world. Army Times photographer Warren Zinn, who took the photo, went back to the now sleepy village over the weekend to find out the human costs of America's war in Iraq.

Christian Lowe | Marine Corps Times | July 6, 2003 | 6:24 pm

Marine whose unit helped rescue Lynch killed in crash
A Marine whose unit was involved in rescuing Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch died in a weekend car crash after returning home for the first time since fighting in Iraq, authorities said.

Paul Alongi | The Greenville (S.C.) News | July 7, 2003 | 7:12 pm

Abizaid known for bravery, brains
The new commander of U.S. military operations in the region that includes Iraq comes to the job with unusual credentials. Army Gen. John Abizaid, who replaced Gen. Tommy Franks on Monday as head of U.S. Central Command, is a fluent Arabic speaker who studied at the University of Amman in Jordan and has an advanced degree from Harvard.

USATODAY.com | July 7, 2003 | 11:47 pm

Former NFL player back safely from Middle East
Former Arizona Cardinal football player Pat Tillman and his brother Kevin have returned stateside from Operation Iraqi Freedom and have been selected by the Army to participate in a three-month-long elite Ranger training regimen.

Tim Tyers | The Arizona Republic | July 8, 2003 | 5:38 pm

Bush defends prewar uranium claim
The president said he is "absolutely confident" in his actions despite the discovery that one claim he made about Saddam Hussein's weapons pursuits was based on false information. He made the claim in his State of the Union address.

Judy Keen | USA TODAY | July 9, 2003 | 10:26 am

Number of troops in Iraq expected to remain steady
The U.S. force size in Iraq likely will remain at about 145,000 for ``the foreseeable future,'' possibly scaled back only by several thousand as foreign troops rotate in this summer, the war's top two commanders said Wednesday.

John Yaukey | GNS | July 9, 2003 | 5:11 pm

Army report sheds little light on women soldiers' actions
An official Army report on the Iraqi ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company pays scant attention to any individual actions taken by Pfc. Jessica Lynch or Spc. Lori Piestewa.

Billy House | The Arizona Repubic | July 9, 2003 | 9:06 pm

Allies balk at sending troops
The Pentagon is beginning to bring some of the longest-serving ground troops home from Iraq but is having trouble with its long-term plan to replace American troops with soldiers from other nations.

USATODAY.com | July 9, 2003 | 11:40 pm

White House downplays role of faulty report
The Bush administration defended on Wednesday its decision to go to war against Iraq and downplayed the role of discredited intelligence in the decision.

USATODAY.com | July 9, 2003 | 11:48 pm

Angry Iraqi leaders anxious to fill political vacuum
The disconnect between what some Iraqi leaders believe they had been promised in postwar Iraq and the reality of founding a democracy there is at the core of increasingly strained relations with the United States. Even members of the seven leading Iraqi exile groups that argued for the U.S.-led invasion feel a sense of betrayal.

Greg Barrett | GNS | July 10, 2003 | 3:11 pm

Kerry says Bush bungled Iraq war
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry accused President Bush Thursday of bungling the occupation of Iraq and demanded he seek international help in bringing order to the country. Kerry warned that America was now perceived as ``an occupying power'' and that Iraqi resistance could grow if a broader coalition does not become involved.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | July 10, 2003 | 6:38 pm

Powell: Critics of Bush reaching
Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the Bush administration Thursday against intensifying criticism of the use of bogus intelligence to help make the case for war on Iraq. But he was pressed to explain how the tainted evidence made it into President Bush's State of the Union address.

USATODAY.com | July 10, 2003 | 11:13 pm

Spouses, kids endure own agonies of war
After Lydia Teutsch puts her two daughters to bed each night, the young captain's wife tidies up her home. Her husband, Christian, is in Iraq, and she knows that at any hour, a casualty officer and chaplain could arrive with terrible news.

USATODAY.com | July 10, 2003 | 11:17 pm

Senators' call for NATO in Iraq will be hard for Bush to ignore
The Senate's striking 97-0 resolution asking the president to approach NATO for help on the ground in Iraq with a peacekeeping force similar to the one deployed in the Balkans takes the debate over involving NATO from Sunday talk shows and editorial pages and drops it square on the desk of President Bush.

John Yaukey | GNS | July 11, 2003 | 5:55 pm

Uranium case riddled with questions
Sixteen words in President Bush's State of the Union address alleging that Iraq tried to buy uranium in Africa have exploded six months later into a controversy over the Bush administration's case for war in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | July 14, 2003 | 11:48 pm

Timeline of events leading to Iraq assertion
Here are key events in the controversy over President Bush's assertion that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium ore from Africa.

USATODAY.com | July 14, 2003 | 11:51 pm

Tenet taking the hit on Iraq
CIA Director George Tenet's hold on power, already weakened by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has reached its most tenuous point now that he has been blamed for President Bush's unsubstantiated charge in his State of the Union address that Iraq sought to buy uranium for nuclear weapons from Africa.

USATODAY.com | July 14, 2003 | 11:56 pm

Key lawmakers predict Saddam's arsenal will be found
Reps. Porter Goss, R-Fla., and Jane Harman, D-Calif., leading members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, predicted evidence of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program will be found, but warned that the findings might not be what Americans expect.

John Yaukey and Larry Wheeler | GNS | July 15, 2003 | 5:33 pm

Family, friends excited about Lynch homecoming
If all goes according to plan, Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is coming home on July 22. And all of Wirt County is excited.

Bob Withers | Huntington Herald-Dispatch | July 16, 2003 | 12:02 am

Justice Dept. delegation to Iraq couldn't work or talk
Members of an American delegation sent to Iraq to begin restoring that nation's civilian justice system made little progress and were restricted from publicly discussing their work, said a federal judge who was part of the group.

USATODAY.com | July 16, 2003 | 11:27 pm

Senate committee to widen its intelligence inquiry
The Senate Intelligence Committee indicated Wednesday that it will widen its investigation into President Bush's disputed charges last January about Iraq's attempts to buy uranium in Africa, going beyond the CIA's responsibility to examine the White House's role in the controversy.

USATODAY.com | July 16, 2003 | 11:29 pm

A gung-ho young soldier falls victim to a Baghdad sniper
Army Spc. Jeffrey Wershow never let his guard down. His buddies nicknamed him "The General" because he strode about with a sense of purpose and confidence. Wershow, 22, was a stickler for rules and regulations. So it was a shock on July 6 when the aspiring politician from Gainesville, Fla., was gunned down on the campus of Baghdad University after buying a 7-Up.

USATODAY.com | July 16, 2003 | 11:59 pm

U.S. troops in Iraq facing guerrilla warfare
The new commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Wednesday that coalition troops are facing a "classical guerrilla-type campaign" from insurgents whose tactics are growing more sophisticated.

USATODAY.com | July 16, 2003 | 11:59 pm

Thoughts of family sustained 507th soldier during ambush
Army Sgt. Matthew Rose is among the first members of Fort Bliss' 507th Maintenance Company to talk openly about events that led to the deadly March 23 attack on U.S. soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He said he thought only of his wife and six children during the ordeal.

Laura Cruz | El Paso Times | July 17, 2003 | 1:26 pm

Senate probe on Iraq intelligence aims at White House staff
Pressure mounted on President Bush Thursday to clear up how questionable intelligence about Iraq made its way into his State of the Union speech, and a key Senate committee chairman said he would ask some of Bush's top national security advisers to testify about their role.

Jon Frandsen and John Yaukey | GNS | July 17, 2003 | 7:15 pm

Congress gives Blair a cheering-up
In his country, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in political trouble. His appearances at Parliament's "question time" have provoked angry heckling from legislators on the left and right. But when he appeared before a joint session of Congress on Thursday, the British leader got a reception that can only be described as rapturous.

USATODAY.com | July 17, 2003 | 11:43 pm

Acts of sabotage declining, U.S. administrator says
Despite deadly attacks on U.S. forces, the top civilian administrator in Iraq said Thursday that the number of attempts to sabotage power lines, pipelines and other infrastructure have decreased over the past six weeks.

USATODAY.com | July 17, 2003 | 11:44 pm

Soldiers, families speak out
Military towns are known as much for their stoicism as their patriotism. So it's a little unsettling to residents here, home to Fort Stewart and the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, that some soldiers in Iraq and their wives here at home are publicly unburdening their anxieties and frustration.

USATODAY.com | July 17, 2003 | 11:47 pm

Gunnery sergeant's enterprise prospers in Karbala
Gunnery Sgt. Brian Davis didn't expect his deployment to Iraq to be his first venture into small business. But with creature comforts hard to come by in this town about 50 miles south of Baghdad, Davis' duties include improving the quality of life for his Marines with Headquarters and Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines.

Christian Lowe | Marine Corps Times | July 18, 2003 | 5:48 pm

Well wishes - and lots of mail - will greet Lynch
Vast throngs of people are expected to line the streets of Elizabeth and Palestine, W.Va., Tuesday to welcome Pfc. Jessica Lynch home, but some of the residents have tackled large numbers for four months now - specifically, the mountains of mail addressed to Lynch.

The Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | July 18, 2003 | 6:43 pm

When Lynch goes home, it'll be to a much bigger place
Well wishers at Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch's home when she gets there Tuesday might want to watch her facial expressions closely. She will see - for the first time - a family home that has virtually doubled in size and now features handicap-accessibility.

Bob Withers | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch | July 18, 2003 | 7:32 pm

Americans eager to hear Lynch speak
Former POW Jessica Lynch breaks her silence Tuesday. She's expected to arrive by helicopter in her home of Wirt County, W.Va., and give a statement before riding with a motorcade to her newly remodeled home. The statement will be the first that she's made aloud, and Americans everywhere are eager to hear what she'll say.

Jean Tarbett | Huntington Herald-Dispatch | July 19, 2003 | 7:43 pm

Lynch may affect perception of women in combat
As former POW Jessica Lynch prepares to return home to West Virginia Tuesday - after more than three months of treatment and physical and occupational therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center - the impact of her story on the future of women in the military has yet to be crafted.

Jean Tarbett | Huntington Herald-Dispatch | July 19, 2003 | 7:49 pm

Rescued POW Lynch awarded medals for Iraq actions
Wounded Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the first rescued prisoner of war in Iraq, was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and POW medals Monday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

GNS | July 21, 2003 | 9:10 pm

Lynch's friends line streets
Pfc. Jessica Lynch, 20, is the POW whose capture and rescue made her the most famous face of the Iraq war. Questions remain about the details of her ordeal in Iraq. But the people here who prayed for Lynch after her capture and during her recovery say that doesn't diminish her courage.

USATODAY.com | July 21, 2003 | 11:44 pm

War in Iraq's aftermath hits troops hard
More than three months after Baghdad fell, American soldiers are not being treated like liberators. Instead, they are mired in a guerrilla war, according to Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of U.S. forces in the region.

USATODAY.com | July 21, 2003 | 11:47 pm

Piestewa's brother remembers his lost sister
The shiny watch made it back from Iraq, but Wayland Piestewa's sister, Lori, did not. Wayland pulled the watch from his pocket and showed it to a group of 50 high school journalism students - the first time he has shown it to anyone outside his family.

Kristen Go | The Arizona Republic | July 22, 2003 | 1:31 pm

Rescued POW Lynch returns to W.Va.
Wounded Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the first rescued prisoner of war in Iraq, returned Tuesday to her native West Virginia. She began her first public comments with words of thanks.

The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | July 22, 2003 | 3:49 pm

Killing Saddam's sons good news for Bush, troops
Odai, the drug-using sadist, and Qusai, the merciless military commander being groomed to rule Iraq, struck almost as much terror in Iraqis as their father Saddam Hussein. Confirmation that both sons were killed Tuesday after a firefight north of Baghdad comes as much needed good news for both Baghdad and Washington.

John Yaukey | GNS | July 22, 2003 | 10:37 pm

The media came - and Lynch's hometown was ready
About 50 media personnel arrived on Sunday to prepare for Tuesday's coverage of former POW Jessica Lynch's homecoming. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, more than 350 media personnel had gone through a West Virginia Division of Tourism check-in point.

The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | July 22, 2003 | 10:39 pm

Appalachian culture mistrusts outside media
Since the capture, rescue and recuperation of renowned Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the Lynch family has remained relatively quiet. Experts who have studied Appalachian culture point to a community mindset that results in a fear of being misrepresented by ``outsiders.''

The (Huntington, W.Va) Herald-Dispatch | July 22, 2003 | 10:44 pm

Sons followed father's cruel path
The announcement that the two brothers had been killed in a six-hour firefight with U.S. forces in Mosul on Tuesday was the most powerful sign since the fall of Baghdad that the circle was closing on Saddam's regime.

USA TODAY | July 22, 2003 | 10:59 pm

Bush, in Rose Garden speech, tries to broaden focus on Iraq
Bush used the killings of Odai and Qusai Hussein in Mosul to bring the conflict in Iraq back to a larger moral theme, and to ask for international help.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | July 23, 2003 | 3:45 pm

Lynch family celebrates homecoming as media seeks story
Jubilation was the order of the day along Mayberry Run Road when former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch arrived at her newly renovated home in Palestine, W.Va. News media outlets hope to land an interview.

The Herald-Dispatch | July 23, 2003 | 8:06 pm

Pentagon unveils troop rotation plan
The Defense Department said Wednesday that it will bring home long-serving Army and Marine troops from Iraq by October, replacing them with fresh U.S. and international troops who could serve there for up to a year.

USATODAY.com | July 23, 2003 | 11:03 pm

Questions dog White House days
It's not over yet. The White House can't seem to put an end to questions about disputed intelligence on Iraq's nuclear weapons program. The issue dominated the daily White House news briefing again Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | July 23, 2003 | 11:14 pm

9-11 report has Washington pondering its place in the world
The capital of the free world is torn by two competing world views: one that positions the United States as sole protector of its destiny, and another that says the United States cannot - and should not - go it alone. Never was that more apparent than on Thursday, a busy day of review and reassessment of the world since Sept. 11, 2001.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | July 24, 2003 | 4:18 pm

U.S. probing pneumonia incidents among Middle East troops
The U.S. government is investigating whether the death of a Missouri National Guardsman is related to 11 other incidents of severe pneumonia among soldiers stationed in the Middle East. The U.S. Army Surgeon General's Office confirmed Friday two teams of epidemiology experts will investigate the 12 cases, two of which were fatal.

Eric Eckert | Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader | July 28, 2003 | 3:57 pm

U.S. seizing, recycling Saddam's millions
On this day, the soldiers of the Iowa National Guard's 1168th Transportation Company are carrying a pallet-load of cash stashed away by Saddam Hussein and located by American troops after the fall of Baghdad to the airport in Kuwait City an hour away. To the men and women of the Red Oak, Iowa-based unit, it's sort of fun, but not really a big deal.

John Carlson | The Des Moines Register | July 28, 2003 | 3:59 pm

Recycled Iraqi assets aid reconstruction
The United States is bringing millions of dollars in U.S. currency seized from fallen Iraqi leaders back to the United States, changing the money into smaller denominations and shipping it back to Iraq for reconstruction efforts, government officials said.

Jane Norman | The Des Moines Register | July 28, 2003 | 4:05 pm

U.S. comes up empty-handed in raid of home
The raid on a Baghdad neighborhood by U.S. troops Sunday afternoon that left five Iraqis dead and revealed no sign of Saddam Hussein enraged many residents of al-Mansour, an area of middle-class Sunni Muslims who received better treatment than Shiite Muslims under Saddam.

USATODAY.com | July 28, 2003 | 4:06 pm

Public confident Saddam will be killed or captured, poll says
Public confidence that Saddam Hussein will be killed or captured jumped dramatically since his sons were slain last week. But the rising death toll of American troops continues to be a worry, a new USA TODAY-CNN-Gallup Poll shows.

Richard Benedetto | GNS | July 28, 2003 | 6:02 pm

Athletes seek new start for Iraq's scarred sports
Scarred by years of threats, torture, imprisonment and extortion at the hands of Saddam Hussein`s older son, Odai, the Iraqi sports community may require as much rebuilding as this country`s political system and electrical grid. The killing of Odai, and his younger brother, Qusai, by U.S. forces last week did not sweep away the damage done to Iraqi sports.

Andrea Stone | USA TODAY | July 29, 2003 | 7:01 pm

Senate panel hits Defense officials with questions on Iraq
A testy Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilled Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz Tuesday on the Bush administration's reasons for the war in Iraq and the mounting costs of winning the peace.

Barbara Slavin | USA TODAY | July 29, 2003 | 11:13 pm

Bush accepts blame for faulty Iraq intelligence in State of the Union address
The president based much of his argument for going to war on the threat posed by Iraq’s development of weapons of mass destruction, in violation of terms that ended the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Laurence McQuillan | USA TODAY | July 30, 2003 | 8:25 pm

Bush endures questions to clarify controversies
Bush's sunny performance in the Rose Garden was meant to convey his confidence and diminish the significance of issues that have clouded his summer.

Judy Keen | USA TODAY | July 30, 2003 | 11:13 pm

U.S. suspects new weapons sites
Iraqi scientists and documents from Saddam Hussein's regime are leading investigators to new sites suspected of being part of Iraq's alleged program to produce banned weapons.

John Diamond | USA TODAY | July 31, 2003 | 11:03 pm

Tipster to get $30 million U.S. reward
The Bush administration has approved the payment of a $30 million reward to the tipster who led U.S. forces to Saddam Hussein's two eldest sons, the State Department said Thursday.

Jack Kelley | USA TODAY | July 31, 2003 | 11:08 pm

Speculation, fact hard to separate in Iraq 'tubes' story
President Bush has been under heavy criticism for 16 disputed words in his State of the Union address about Iraq's attempts to buy uranium in Africa. Far less attention has been paid to the next 20 words he said that night - the administration's other prime piece of evidence alleging that Saddam Hussein was trying to build a nuclear bomb.

Bill Nichols and John Diamond | USA TODAY | July 31, 2003 | 11:12 pm

Reunion is sweet as mother returns from Iraq

| August 5, 2003 | 3:03 pm

Army rules out some causes for pneumonia among troops in Iraq
Recent serious cases of pneumonia among U.S. soldiers in Iraq and the war region, including two fatalities, were not caused by anthrax, smallpox, severe acute respiratory syndrome or Legionnaires' disease, the Army doctor in charge of preventative medicine said Tuesday.

Pam Brogan | GNS | August 5, 2003 | 5:28 pm

U.S. secures only half foreign troops sought
New foreign peacekeeping troops are set to begin arriving in Iraq in mid-August, but months of U.S. arm-twisting have produced only about half the soldiers the Pentagon was counting on.

USATODAY.com | August 5, 2003 | 11:11 pm

Bush favors control over help in Iraq despite attacks on troops
By late summer, the Pentagon will have little more than half the 30,000 additional foreign troops it was hoping for to relieve its force of 145,000, prompting bipartisan calls from Capitol Hill for the Bush administration to encourage more international involvement in Iraq.


John Yaukey | GNS | August 12, 2003 | 5:59 pm

No Al-Qaida link seen in embassy bombing

Jim Michaels | USA TODAY | August 12, 2003 | 10:34 pm

Coalition starts drive to bring troops home from Iraq
Members of the Bring Them Home Now campaign told reporters Wednesday that President Bush lied about reasons for going to war. No weapons of mass destruction have been found and Bush has not proved a link between former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida terrorists, the group said. They're launching a campaign to recall U.S. troops from war-torn Iraq.


Greg Wright | GNS | August 13, 2003 | 7:05 pm

Troops in Iraq winning battle against natural enemy - heat
History has shown that how an army battles nature can be as important as how it battles the enemy. In Iraq, the U.S. Army says it is winning a dangerous struggle with this desert nation's brutal summer heat.

Donna Leinwand, Jim Michaels | USA TODAY | August 18, 2003 | 9:54 pm

Bush faces crucial question in Iraq: Is it time to get help?
With the devastating bombing of the United Nations building in Baghdad on Tuesday, President Bush is now faced with either convincing Americans and the international community that the U.S.-dominated coalition in Iraq can still rebuild the nation, or admit that it's time to get help.

John Yaukey | GNS | August 19, 2003 | 8:10 pm

Future of Iraq and Bush now more intertwined than ever
Now approaching four months since President Bush declared the end to major hostilities, Iraq has become a diplomatic and political hot spot for him. His political future and Iraq's are becoming more intertwined by the day.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | August 19, 2003 | 8:12 pm

Pentagon resists push for more troops
Despite increasing violence in Iraq and a growing call for the Bush administration to increase the U.S. military presence there, the Pentagon seems unlikely to raise force levels anytime soon.

USATODAY.com | August 21, 2003 | 11:42 pm

Snarled justice system frustrates Iraqi judges
While Iraq's criminal courts sit nearly idle, thousands of looters and other suspects detained by coalition forces languish in prisons because of delays in translating cases into Arabic and transporting prisoners to trials.

Jim Michaels | USA TODAY | August 25, 2003 | 10:20 pm

Bremer: U.S. seeks more Iraqi help
The top U.S. official in Baghdad said Sunday there is an "emerging problem" of foreign terrorists moving into Iraq, but he rejected calls for more U.S. troops to be sent in to help stabilize the country.

USATODAY.com | August 25, 2003 | 11:29 pm

Bush urges patience in Iraq
President Bush forcefully defended his Iraq policies Tuesday in St. Louis, amid a mounting death toll of U.S. troops in Iraq and growing demands that he solicit military help from more allies.

Richard Benedetto | USA TODAY | August 26, 2003 | 11:08 pm

Former POW receives honorable discharge
Pfc. Jessica Lynch received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military last week while she visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center for a checkup, her attorney said Wednesday. The injuries suffered by the former POW would have made it impossible for her to return to active duty, he said.

The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | August 27, 2003 | 6:04 pm

Chaos doesn't thwart Baghdad's recovery
Lost amid news of the horrific attacks and Iraqis' complaints about the disorder that war has brought to their nation are signs that this capital city of more than 5 million people is slowly returning to normal and that most people are getting on with their lives.

Jim Michaels, Donna Leinwand | USA TODAY | August 27, 2003 | 11:01 pm

Most say Iraq war was worth fighting
The news from Iraq is mostly bad, and criticism of President Bush from Democrats is relentless. But nearly two-thirds — 63% — of Americans say the war in Iraq was worth fighting, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows.

USATODAY.com | August 27, 2003 | 11:28 pm

Records show high-tech U.S. goods sold to Iraq despite embargo
Officials are trying to determine whether U.S. or foreign companies knowingly violated sanctions against Iraq and U.S. Customs laws - or unwittingly sold the goods, including computers, laboratory equipment and aircraft parts, to third parties who then dealt with Saddam Hussein's regime.

Donna Leinwand, Jim Michaels | USA TODAY | August 28, 2003 | 10:30 pm

Officials: No Iraq price tag for now
Despite increasing demands from Congress for details of the costs of postwar Iraq, the Bush administration is likely to wait two months before submitting its first rebuilding estimate, administration officials say.

USATODAY.com | September 2, 2003 | 11:44 pm

Senators praise Bush's U.N. move despite concerns it's late
Key senators said Wednesday that President Bush's offer to exchange some control in Iraq with the United Nations for greater international help came late, but not too late to stabilize the country and help it become a democracy.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | September 3, 2003 | 6:56 pm

U.S. seeks support for new U.N. role
The Bush administration, in a significant policy shift, began seeking support Wednesday for a resolution that would give the United Nations a much larger role in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | September 4, 2003 | 12:14 am

Realities push Bush back to U.N.
President Bush's decision to ask for the United Nations' help in postwar Iraq is an admission that the current situation there cannot be sustained — militarily, financially or politically.

USATODAY.com | September 4, 2003 | 12:16 am

Owner of chic salon mourns loss of customers
Women who once had to make appointments weeks in advance to have their hair dyed, nails polished and eyebrows tweezed by Baghdad stylist Majid Alubaidy are holed up in their houses. Most are too afraid of muggers, kidnappers and bandits to leave home, even for these fundamental rituals of Iraqi womanhood.

USATODAY.com | September 4, 2003 | 11:57 pm

U.S. rejects French-German idea on U.N. role
President Bush said Wednesday he is willing to compromise on a United Nations resolution that would expand the U.N.'s role in Iraq, but U.S. officials privately rejected a proposal by France and Germany that would establish U.N. authority over reconstruction efforts.

USATODAY.com | September 10, 2003 | 11:47 pm

U.S. cuts its hopes for help in Iraq
The Pentagon has sharply sliced the number of foreign troops it hopes will help stabilize Iraq, but even the 10,000 to 15,000 it is now seeking may be unattainable.

USATODAY.com | September 15, 2003 | 11:58 pm

Some may not want to send troops
Even if the Bush administration gets a new United Nations resolution authorizing an international force, many world leaders face formidable problems in trying to convince their people of the wisdom of sending troops to a country where U.S. soldiers are attacked almost daily.

USATODAY.com | September 16, 2003 | 12:00 am

Resistance is delaying Iraqi self-rule, Powell says
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that he is encouraged by Iraq's steps toward self-rule, but that the task is hampered by terrorist infiltrators taking advantage of the country's porous borders.

USATODAY.com | September 16, 2003 | 12:01 am

507th weapons records lost in battle
U.S. Army records that could show why weapons used by members of the 507th Maintenance Company - Jessica Lynch's unit - when they were ambushed in Iraq jammed were destroyed in the attack, the Army says.

Laura Cruz | El Paso Times | September 17, 2003 | 8:56 pm

Bush: No proof of Saddam role in 9/11
Most Americans suspect that Saddam Hussein was somehow connected to the Sept 11, 2001, attacks, polls show. The Bush administration has said since before the war with Iraq that Iraq has ties to al-Qaeda, which carried out the plot. Wednesday, however, President Bush said there was no solid evidence that Saddam was directly connected to the attacks on New York and Washington.

USATODAY.com | September 17, 2003 | 11:19 pm

Senators question $20.3B for rebuilding
The Bush administration faced pointed new criticism Monday of its expensive Iraq reconstruction plans from a key Senate panel, but it was unclear whether opponents will mount enough resistance to deny the White House the money it is asking for.

USATODAY.com | September 22, 2003 | 11:04 pm

Iraqi council wants quick transfer of power
The provisional Iraqi Governing Council, a U.S. creation, is pressing for a rapid transfer of power from U.S.-led coalition authorities, a position at odds with the Bush administration and more in line with the views of France.

USATODAY.com | September 23, 2003 | 11:49 pm

Germany promises to help U.S. in rebuilding
President Bush won a pledge Wednesday of help rebuilding Iraq from German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who was a leading opponent of the Iraq war.

USATODAY.com | September 24, 2003 | 11:37 pm

Congress will probably use federal charge card for Iraq costs
There is little doubt now that Congress will approve the $87 billion President Bush is seeking for the occupation of Iraq, but there is no agreement on how to limit the potential fiscal harm to this country either.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | September 24, 2003 | 11:38 pm

Chirac signals flexibility on Iraq
Despite continuing differences with the United States over the wisdom of the war in Iraq, France is willing to contribute to Iraqi reconstruction and could back a new United Nations resolution, French President Jacques Chirac said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | September 24, 2003 | 11:47 pm

Bush gives little ground in speech to U.N. audience
The applause was polite for President Bush after he gave his high-stakes speech to U.N. delegates Tuesday, but Bush's unyielding, almost defiant address appeared to do little to encourage the world to help rescue the troubled reconstruction of Iraq.

USATODAY.com | September 24, 2003 | 11:53 pm

Turkish troops may join force
The Turkish military has told the Pentagon it will send as many as 10,000 peacekeepers to Iraq by year's end if the United Nations votes to authorize an international force.

USATODAY.com | September 24, 2003 | 11:53 pm

Poll: Baghdadis favor form of democracy
Most people here want Iraq's next government to be something like a democracy, according to a Gallup Poll. That finding suggests the wishes of many Iraqi people are roughly in line with U.S. hopes for this country.

USATODAY.com | September 25, 2003 | 11:08 pm

Soldiers enjoying short-lived R&R
A steady stream of battle-weary American soldiers is flowing away from the combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, as part of the Army's Fighter Management Program. Every day, 250 troops arrive at the U.S. air base at nearby Al Udeid for some R&R - rest and recreation.

Gina Cavallaro | Army Times | September 26, 2003 | 2:55 pm

Muslim chaplains in military certified by institutions now under investigation
All 12 of the military's Muslim chaplains got their required religious endorsements from institutions affiliated with groups now under investigation by federal officials for ties to Islamic terrorists, the Military Times papers will report Monday.

Military Times | September 26, 2003 | 4:46 pm

Powell, Rice defend intelligence behind decision to go to war
Bush administration officials insisted Sunday that they relied on solid information about Iraq's weapons before going to war. They disputed charges by members of the House Intelligence Committee that outdated, sketchy intelligence was used to justify the invasion.

USATODAY.com | September 29, 2003 | 11:18 pm

Some Iraqis say Bush money request doesn't address needs
A few Iraqis have some advice for lawmakers regarding certain parts of a $20.3 billion request for rebuilding Iraq: save your money.

USATODAY.com | September 29, 2003 | 11:20 pm

Small weapons prove the real threat in Iraq
U.S. forces haven't found Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, but they're literally stumbling over a much more immediate threat: weapons of individual destruction.

USATODAY.com | October 1, 2003 | 12:07 am

Republicans to support Iraq, Afghanistan aid request
Senate Republican leaders rejected calls from Democrats and some in their own party Monday to make major changes in President Bush's $87 billion request to occupy and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. They said they plan to rush the package to the Senate floor as early as Tuesday night and win approval by week's end.

USATODAY.com | October 1, 2003 | 12:10 am

Military's reliance on `civilian soldiers' taking toll
National Guard and Reserve forces - part-time soldiers who for years were called "weekend warriors" - find themselves increasingly assigned to the front lines in Iraq and other trouble spots in America's widening war on terror to make up for a shrunken regular Army.

The Des Moines Register | October 1, 2003 | 6:52 pm

Guard and Reserve essential to U.S. military operations
With tens of thousands of troops deployed around the world, U.S. leaders face a hard fact: It is becoming impossible for the United States to go to war without calling National Guard and Reserve forces to active duty.

The Des Moines Register | October 1, 2003 | 6:59 pm

GOP senators join push to make some Iraq aid a loan
The White House lost crucial support Wednesday among prominent Senate Republicans as it worked to block changes to its $87 billion military and reconstruction plan for Iraq and Afghanistan.

USATODAY.com | October 1, 2003 | 11:34 pm

Former exile Chalabi lobbies Congress for aid
Ahmad Chalabi lobbied Congress Wednesday for billions in aid to the new Iraq he has spent years trying to bring into reality.

USATODAY.com | October 1, 2003 | 11:36 pm

Back in school, Iraqis have a lot of unlearning to do
Iraqi children began their school year Wednesday with new clothes, new book bags and a new curriculum that has been purged of former leader Saddam Hussein's political ideology.

USATODAY.com | October 1, 2003 | 11:37 pm

Iraq inspector: No weapons found so far
A costly and continuing search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has turned up no illegal weapons. What has been found points only to limited weapons development, according to an interim report released Thursday by the chief U.S. arms searcher.

USATODAY.com | October 2, 2003 | 11:29 pm

An insurgency isn't easily cracked
Since May 1, when President Bush declared major combat operations over in Iraq, 87 U.S. troops have been killed in action and 720 troops wounded.

USATODAY.com | October 2, 2003 | 11:32 pm

Unemployed Iraqis turn their anger on coalition
With 4 million jobless in Iraq, it's no wonder that street crimes and attacks against U.S. forces have skyrocketed, an Iraqi says. Even a peaceful demonstration can quickly turn violent.

USATODAY.com | October 2, 2003 | 11:34 pm

Attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq increase
Attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq have escalated over the past several months, and insurgents are now launching an average of 17 assaults a day against patrols, convoys and bases, an analysis of coalition security reports shows. The data also show insurgents are using more sophisticated tactics and weapons.

USATODAY.com | October 2, 2003 | 11:40 pm

Battle for Iraq money reflects weakening confidence in Bush
The success of President Bush's plan for financing the reconstruction of Iraq hinges largely on the support of the countries abroad and lawmakers at home who have harshly criticized his approach to the war and occupation.

Jon Frandsen and John Yaukey | GNS | October 3, 2003 | 6:23 pm

Rice will manage Iraq's 'new phase'
President Bush is giving his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, the authority to manage postwar Iraq and the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

USATODAY.com | October 6, 2003 | 11:32 pm

Kay: Iraq isn't cleared of WMD charges
Chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay complained Sunday that initial reaction to his interim report on Iraqi weapons focused too much on the failure to find chemical or biological weapons and not enough on secret laboratories and rocket programs investigators have found.

USATODAY.com | October 6, 2003 | 11:38 pm

Soldiers help get Iraq back in business
The return of an oil refinery, bombed during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, to full operation is important to the local economy. It's also a key part of a coalition strategy to rebuild Iraq's neglected, dilapidated oil-production infrastructure and turn the world's second-largest holding of proven crude reserves into cash to rebuild the country.

Gina Cavallaro | Army Times | October 7, 2003 | 2:36 pm

Same letter praising Army in Iraq pops up across nation
A Gannett News Service search found identical letters from different soldiers with the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment in 11 newspapers across the country. The form letter describes their successes rebuilding Iraq.


Ledyard King | GNS | October 13, 2003 | 7:15 pm

Army probes soldier suicides
Alarmed by the number of suicides among soldiers in Iraq, the Army has asked a team of doctors to determine whether the stress of combat and long deployments is contributing to the deaths.

USA TODAY.com | October 13, 2003 | 7:18 pm

Army says it doesn't know who wrote soldiers' letters
An Army spokesman maintained Monday that commanders have no knowledge of a letter-writing campaign involving soldiers whose names appeared on form letters to hometown newspapers promoting their accomplishments in Iraq.

Ledyard King | GNS | October 13, 2003 | 7:46 pm

New U.S. Iraq resolution sets deadline
The Bush administration renewed efforts Monday to win United Nations backing for its policies in Iraq, floating a new draft resolution to facilitate a transition from U.S. to Iraqi rule.

USATODAY.com | October 13, 2003 | 10:45 pm

Iraq spending questioned in rock-solid Bush country
As Congress opens debate this week on President Bush's $87 billion request for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, even the most conservative voters in the nation are questioning the cost, in blood and treasure, of the U.S. war in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | October 13, 2003 | 10:47 pm

Battalion commander takes responsibility for form letters
An Army battalion commander has taken responsibility for a campaign that sent hundreds of identical letters to hometown newspapers promoting his soldiers' rebuilding efforts in Iraq. Army officials said the mass mailing was the wrong way to get the message out, but they didn't know if the commander would be disciplined.

Ledyard King | GNS | October 14, 2003 | 8:23 pm

Baghdad firefighters do battle almost barehanded
Most Baghdad firefighters are working without equipment like respirators or fire-retardant clothing. When they respond to fires they sometimes encounter armed gangs. The traffic is so bad it can take 20 minutes to respond to a fire 4 miles away.

USATODAY.com | October 14, 2003 | 11:45 pm

Iraq weighs on some economists
The swelling federal deficit and growing long-term costs — both political and financial — of the U.S. war in Iraq are having an impact on the economy, according to a USA TODAY survey of economists.

USATODAY.com | October 14, 2003 | 11:50 pm

Iraq costs rise with little relief in sight
If the nearly $87 billion aid and security package for Iraq seems a bit steep to the average taxpayer, the cost of the war has been doubly heavy for the Robison family of Krum, Texas, and others like them. While the family breadwinner serves in Iraq with an Army Reserve unit, Candance Robison and their two small children must get along without a full salary.

John Yaukey | GNS | October 17, 2003 | 7:30 pm

Congress passes Iraq spending bill, but with reservation
The House and Senate on Friday approved spending nearly $87 billion on the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq, but the Bush administration must contend with surprising defiance that Republican lawmakers said signaled a new congressional assertiveness on Iraq.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | October 17, 2003 | 7:38 pm

Empty Baghdad airport full of potential
The reopening of Baghdad International to commercial flights, originally scheduled for July, has been repeatedly delayed because of threats from rebels with surface-to-air missiles or anti-aircraft guns. Coalition officials want to reopen the airport as a symbol that the country is returning to normal and to give its economy a boost.

USATODAY.com | October 20, 2003 | 1:32 pm

Powell: U.S. will 'take as much money as we can get' for Iraq
The Bush administration will seek foreign contributions to rebuild Iraq later this week without a final commitment for $20 billion it is seeking from Congress.

USATODAY.com | October 20, 2003 | 11:04 pm

Danger puts distance between council, people
Insurgents have stepped up attacks on government officials, police and other Iraqis working with the U.S.-led coalition.

USATODAY.com | October 20, 2003 | 11:08 pm

House wins moral victory on Iraq, but Bush threatens veto
Backers of making reconstruction money for Iraq a loan won a symbolic victory in the House on Tuesday. But the money will likely go to the struggling but oil-rich nation with no strings attached. The House's 277-139 vote was nonbinding, but Bush critics said it was a stunning display of discontent with the administration's Iraq policy.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | October 21, 2003 | 7:59 pm

Expectations remain low for donors conference in Madrid
The United States will probably not get pledges anywhere near the estimated $55 billion needed to rebuild Iraq when 70 countries gather in Madrid on Thursday for a donors conference.

USATODAY.com | October 21, 2003 | 11:35 pm

Senate: White House didn't pressure CIA on Iraq findings
A Senate investigation has found no evidence that the Bush administration pressured CIA analysts to tailor their intelligence to suit the White House's views on the threat posed by Iraq.

USATODAY.com | October 21, 2003 | 11:38 pm

Biden cautions against prematurely bringing home troops
Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he wants the troops home as much as anyone but doesn't want to sacrifice the peace by pulling out before Iraq is stabilized and rebuilt.

Erin Kelly | GNS | October 22, 2003 | 6:25 pm

Rumsfeld memo: A grim outlook
Reaction to a Pentagon memo highlighting Donald Rumsfeld's concerns about the war on terrorism was mixed Wednesday. Supporters applauded the Defense secretary's candor, and some Bush administration foes cited it as proof the war is floundering.

USATODAY.com | October 22, 2003 | 11:47 pm

2 Marines charged in death of Iraqi POW
Two Marines have been charged in the death of a POW who was a high-ranking Iraqi Baath party official captured with a weapon that belonged to the Army maintenance company ambushed outside Nasiriyah, Iraq, in March, Marine officials said.

Christian Lowe | Marine Corps Times | October 23, 2003 | 7:53 pm

Iraq needs cash to get cash from its oil fields
The alms bowl will be passed around a table of international delegates here Thursday and Friday as the Bush administration tries to scrape together $55 billion to help rebuild Iraq.

USATODAY.com | October 23, 2003 | 11:35 pm

Lynch's rescuer visits her hometown
Odeh Al-Rahaief, the Iraqi attorney who alerted U.S. military authorities to the whereabouts of Jessica Lynch in Nasiriyah, Iraq, visited Lynch's hometown on Monday. He was unable to visit with the former prisoner of war.

The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch | October 27, 2003 | 9:03 pm

Bush plan in Iraq faces critical months ahead
President Bush on Tuesday sought to cast the recent wave of violence in Baghdad as a futile attempt by ``suiciders'' to thwart undeniable progress in rebuilding Iraq. But that assessment may well face some of its most severe tests over the coming months.

John Yaukey | GNS | October 28, 2003 | 3:32 pm

Banner day for clarifying backdrop at Bush's appearance
President George W. Bush's staff played more of a role in the ``Mission Accomplished'' sign that hung on the USS Abraham Lincoln than the president suggested Tuesday in a Rose Garden news conference.

The Military Times | October 28, 2003 | 7:45 pm

Bush support slips amid terror attacks
Independent voters, who some say are key to President Bush's re-election hopes next year, are losing confidence in his leadership in Iraq as attacks there continue, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll has found.

USATODAY.com | October 28, 2003 | 8:47 pm

Iraqi insurgency growing more effective, deadly
In the nearly six months since President Bush declared major combat over in Iraq, guerrilla forces have grown bolder, more sophisticated and more deadly.

USATODAY.com | October 28, 2003 | 11:23 pm

Lawmakers reject loans as part of $87 billion Iraq package
House and Senate negotiators decided Wednesday that U.S. aid to Iraq this year will be in the form of grants, not loans. It was a victory for President Bush on his $87 billion request to secure and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan.

USATODAY.com | October 29, 2003 | 10:59 pm

Severity of threat made clear
The shooting down of an Army Chinook helicopter Sunday, just days after Iraqi guerrillas destroyed a 68-ton Abrams tank and attacked the most heavily guarded hotel in Baghdad, signals a new, more lethal level of sophistication by an adversary seeking to drive U.S. and allied forces out of Iraq.

USATODAY.com | November 3, 2003 | 10:47 am

Attacks make it hard to see light at end of tunnel
The deaths of 16 U.S. troops in Iraq on Sunday underscored concerns that President Bush's strategy in postwar Iraq is driven more by a wish than a plan. Although his critics emphasize the rising death toll, Bush insists things will improve, leading to fewer casualties and increased stability.

USATODAY.com | November 3, 2003 | 10:50 am

Iraq exit scenarios clouded by violence, politics
Many Americans now ask themselves, especially after the downing of a U.S. helicopter near Baghdad Sunday that killed 16 soldiers: How and when will the United States get out of Iraq? The Bush administration is certainly feeling pressure for answers to those and other questions.

John Yaukey | GNS | November 3, 2003 | 4:54 pm

To U.S. forces, Saddam's hometown is Dodge City
Standing sentry at a bank, Army Staff Sgt. Jason Shields talks about his three kids and a wife back home who worries about him serving here in Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. As he chats, his eyes dart nervously from one passing vehicle to the next. For U.S. soldiers posted here, these dusty streets are like Dodge City.

USATODAY.com | November 4, 2003 | 11:14 pm

Copter attack victim was about to marry
Last weekend, Spc. Brian Penisten, 28, had just begun his long journey home from Iraq for a two-week furlough. He was going to marry Johnna Loia, 25, this Friday in Pueblo, Colo. But on Sunday, an Iraqi guerrilla missile shot down the Chinook helicopter carrying Penisten, a mechanic. He and 14 other soldiers were killed.

USATODAY.com | November 4, 2003 | 11:22 pm

McCain: Force levels in Iraq inadequate
Sharply criticizing the Bush administration's accelerating effort to turn the Iraq war over to Iraqi security forces, Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that the United States should send at least an additional 15,000 U.S. troops to Iraq.

USATODAY.com | November 5, 2003 | 10:27 pm

Turkey's Iraq pledge may pay off later
Turkish peacekeepers may never set foot inside Iraq, but the offer itself has restored the U.S.-Turkey alliance to its former close, cooperative union.

USATODAY.com | November 5, 2003 | 11:55 pm

Some veterans of Vietnam see Iraq parallel
Iraq isn't Vietnam, not yet at least. But as criticism of the Bush administration's conduct of the war there intensifies, a number of prominent Vietnam War veterans say they are frequently reminded of the way the White House fumbled away public support for the only major war the United States ever lost.

USATODAY.com | November 6, 2003 | 10:50 pm

Next step will be tough choice
When it comes to Iraq, all the options on what to do next are difficult ones. Two weeks of escalating violence against U.S. forces, including the downing of a helicopter that killed 16 soldiers, are fueling a debate over whether the United States should deploy more troops or bring them back.

USATODAY.com | November 6, 2003 | 10:56 pm

Lynch book contains details of assault, medical records
An authorized biography of former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch says she was sexually assaulted after her unit was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq.

Bob Withers | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch | November 6, 2003 | 11:19 pm

Lynch's neighbors weigh in on book's revelations
Jessica Lynch's family has kept quiet, and to themselves, and many in Wirt County think they now know why.

Bob Withers | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch | November 6, 2003 | 11:22 pm

Iraq woes, overtaxed troops challenge pre-emption strategy
President Bush's doctrine of pre-emption, which thrust almost 300,000 Americans into an increasingly controversial and violent $164 billion war in Iraq, has gone into hiding. Understandably it was a lot more popular immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks than it is now.

John Yaukey | GNS | November 7, 2003 | 5:22 pm

War far from over for some GIs
The men of Alpha Company, whose world is this insect-infested, agricultural village of Muqdadiyah, Iraq, 60 miles north of Baghdad, thought they had missed the war when they arrived in May. But they, in fact, missed nothing. The furnace-like Iraqi summer and the terrors of combat have tested Alpha's men in ways none could have imagined.

USAT.com | November 10, 2003 | 12:11 pm

Lynch steps into public spotlight
Former POW Jessica Lynch has gone from the quiet comfort of her home in West Virginia to the glitz and glamour of the Big Apple. She is in New York all week, making personal appearances in connection with her biography, "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story," by Rick Bragg, which publisher Alfred A. Knopf released on Veterans Day.

Bob Withers | The Herald-Dispatch | November 11, 2003 | 8:39 pm

Lynch biographer recalls time spent with family
Former New York Times reporter Rick Bragg talks with The Herald-Dispatch about how he got the job of writing Jessica Lynch's story.

Bob Withers | The Herald-Dispatch | November 11, 2003 | 8:47 pm

Pressure mounts on Iraqi council
Chief U.S. administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer abruptly returned to Washington on Tuesday amid signs the Bush administration is considering changes to improve security in Iraq and hasten the return of Iraqi sovereignty.

USATODAY.com | November 11, 2003 | 10:57 pm

Piestewa went to war for Lynch, book says
Lori Piestewa had medical clearance to stay home from Iraq because of a shoulder injury but chose to deploy because of her deep friendship with rescued POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch, according to a book about Lynch released this week.

Mark Shaffer | The Arizona Republic | November 12, 2003 | 5:24 pm

Troops recover 4,300-year-old statue
American military police hunting stolen antiquities here didn't expect to be shoveling feces as part of their investigation.
It paid off, however, when the MPs uncovered one of the Iraqi National Museum's most valuable pieces at the bottom of a Baghdad cesspool.

USATODAY.com | November 12, 2003 | 10:35 pm

CIA report: More Iraqis shift support to resistance
A classified CIA report warns that a growing number of Iraqis, convinced that the U.S.-led coalition can be defeated, may be inclined to support Iraqi insurgents, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | November 12, 2003 | 10:48 pm

Guerrillas' strategy becomes clear: Isolate the U.S.
The attack on Italian forces Wednesday in southern Iraq is part of a guerrilla strategy to isolate the United States as it attempts to win international support for rebuilding the country, military analysts say.

USATODAY.com | November 12, 2003 | 10:59 pm

Bush blunt with Bremer: He wants results
For months, President Bush has insisted he was satisfied with the pace of progress in Iraq. No more. In three private, top-level meetings at the White House on Wednesday morning, Bush made his impatience and frustration clear, telling chief Iraq administrator Paul Bremer he had to find a way to make the transition to Iraqi rule work faster and better.

USATODAY.com | November 12, 2003 | 11:12 pm

Bremer back in Iraq with orders to speed transfer
The U.S. administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, returned to Baghdad on Thursday with orders from President Bush to speed the transfer to Iraqi political rule, possibly by holding elections early next year.

USATODAY.com | November 13, 2003 | 11:13 pm

Insurgency in Iraq invokes ghosts of Vietnam for Bush
As the Bush administration scrambles to stabilize an unexpectedly volatile occupation in Iraq, no shortage of critics are comparing the campaign there to the war in Vietnam. Most of it is just politics.

John Yaukey | GNS | November 17, 2003 | 4:18 pm

Poll: Support for U.S. handling of Iraq war drops
A thin majority of Americans still believe the situation in Iraq was worth going to war, but most are unconvinced that the war has made the United States safer from terrorist attacks, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows.

USATODAY.com | November 18, 2003 | 11:17 pm

Bush carries defense of Iraq war to England
President Bush arrived in Britain on Tuesday for the first state visit of a U.S. leader as police braced for massive protests.

USATODAY.com | November 18, 2003 | 11:28 pm

Poll finds Bush's job approval at 50%
President Bush's job approval rating is sagging, and in several other categories he is at or near the lowest point of his presidency, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds.

USATODAY.com | November 18, 2003 | 11:40 pm

Military's new strategy relies on old favorites
U.S. forces hope a new offensive in Iraq using artillery, tanks and aircraft will take the initiative away from insurgents and their recent successes.

USATODAY.com | November 19, 2003 | 10:56 pm

CIA will examine raw data on Iraq
CIA Director George Tenet has ordered investigators to substantially widen their internal probe of Iraq intelligence to consider whether the agency missed telltale signs that Iraq had gotten rid of its weapons of mass destruction before the U.S.-led invasion last March.

USATODAY.com | November 19, 2003 | 11:30 pm

Bush: Troops to stay as needed
President Bush declined Thursday to rule out the possibility that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq could grow.

USATODAY.com | November 20, 2003 | 11:30 pm

Iraq 'Plan C' relies on security, cooperation of Shiites
It's being called ``Plan C'' for Iraq: establish security by June or sooner and transfer authority to a provisional Iraqi government by July. This third version of the U.S. occupation and rebuilding strategy for Iraq coalesced over the past several weeks amid a spate of attacks against U.S. troops.

John Yaukey | GNS | November 21, 2003 | 7:14 pm

Cash for public works in Iraq runs dry
Money that the Army uses to hire Iraqis to repair roads, sewers and small civic projects has run dry, forcing frontline commanders to suspend a critical part of their campaign to win public support.

Steve Komarow | USA TODAY | November 24, 2003 | 11:35 pm

Secrecy minimized Bush's risk in visiting Iraq
President Bush took a modest risk flying into Baghdad to visit U.S. troops on Thanksgiving, experts say. Although insurgents have yet to shoot down a large civilian or military airplane, they've been trying.

Dave Moniz | USA TODAY | November 27, 2003 | 10:57 pm

Iraqi Governing Council in 'a serious crisis'
It was supposed to be the key to Iraq's democratic future. But six months after its creation as a bridge to democracy, the Iraqi Governing Council may be hampering the U.S.-led coalition's efforts to speed up the transfer of political power to Iraqis.

USATODAY.com | December 4, 2003 | 11:18 pm

Skin lesions afflict troops in Iraq
Nearly 150 U.S. soldiers in Iraq have been diagnosed with a parasitic skin disease, and hundreds more could unknowingly be infected.

USATODAY.com | December 5, 2003 | 8:19 pm

On patrol, trainees find 'regular-Army' mindset
National Guardsmen in North Carolina are training for a special assignment - duty in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | December 8, 2003 | 11:36 pm

Sabotage continues in Iraq
Long gas lines and lengthy power outages are again plaguing the Iraq's capital city, the result of continued sabotage of oil pipelines and attacks on contractors.

USATODAY.com | December 8, 2003 | 11:54 pm

Support for Bush, war going back up
Public support for the war in Iraq, on the downswing since establishing the peace there turned messy, has climbed back to its highest level since August, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows.

USATODAY.com | December 9, 2003 | 11:36 pm

Congress pushes for larger military
Members of Congress from both parties are pushing for the first significant increase in the size of the active-duty military in 16 years, despite resistance from the Pentagon.

USATODAY.com | December 12, 2003 | 10:52 pm

'The tyrant is a prisoner,' Bremer says after Saddam captured
U.S. troops captured Saddam Hussein Saturday night, ending an eight-month manhunt and erasing the final vestige of a regime that has been the target of two wars and has preoccupied U.S. foreign policy for more than a decade. The 66-year-old former dictator, bearded and haggard, was pulled from a six-foot-deep hole in the rural village of Ad Dawr, just a few miles from his hometown of Tikrit and 90 miles north of Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | December 14, 2003 | 11:23 am

Saddam’s political, military history

Gannett News Service | December 14, 2003 | 11:33 am

Context: Saddam’s ruthless ambition sapped Iraq’s prosperity
It was Saddam’s goal to rule a unified Arab world that ultimately led to the collapse of Iraqi society and his own political demise. When he retreated from the invading U.S. soldiers in April, he left a distinct imprint — a nation in ruin.

John Yaukey, Greg Barrett | GNS | December 14, 2003 | 11:34 am

Perspective: Saddam has well-deserved place in history’s hall of infamy
Saddam Hussein was not the most prolific killer of the 20th century. But the former Iraqi dictator’s cruelty certainly matched anything Stalin or Hitler meted out. Here’s a look at where the former Iraqi dictator, captured Dec. 13 in a raid near his hometown of Tikrit, and his regime fit into the dark pantheon of 20th century despotism.

John Yaukey | GNS | December 14, 2003 | 11:40 am

Analysis: Captured Saddam opens new chapters in foreign, domestic debates
The pictures of a disheveled Saddam Hussein, pulled from a hole in the ground, could not have been more powerful images for the Bush administration, for doubters among the Iraqi people and for reluctant bystanders in the international community. But the picture gets a bit fuzzier as George W. Bush's foreign policy and presidential politics are recalibrated in a newly affirmed post-Saddam era.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | December 14, 2003 | 3:45 pm

Saddam's capture could be catalyst U.S. needed
President Bush promised Iraqis Sunday that the capture of Saddam Hussein was proof that freedom had taken permanent root in their still-bloodied nation.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | December 14, 2003 | 4:38 pm

Saddam's arrest cause for joy, continued caution
For Baghdad residents and Iraqi expatriates, the image of a haggard, defeated Saddam Hussein in U.S. custody has transposed the long shadows of Iraq's occupation.

Greg Barrett | GNS | December 14, 2003 | 5:55 pm

TV networks move quickly on Saddam news
For Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert and other news anchors, reporters and editors, Saddam's arrest marked the beginning of a frenetic morning followed by a long news day.

USATODAY.com | December 14, 2003 | 5:55 pm

Many Americans pleased with news of Saddam's capture
Americans reacted cautiously and soberly Sunday to the big news from Iraq, acknowledging that the capture of Saddam Hussein probably will not end the fighting now any more than the fall of his statue in Baghdad did eight months ago.

USATODAY.com | December 14, 2003 | 6:00 pm

Editorial: Capture a victory but effect in question

Florida Today | December 14, 2003 | 6:20 pm

Saddam's arrest likely to lift stocks
The capture of America's most-wanted man in Iraq is expected to deliver a short-term boost to U.S. financial assets.

Adam Shell, Barbara Hagenbaugh | USA TODAY | December 14, 2003 | 11:34 pm

With capture, campaign takes new turn
With President Bush savoring a day of triumph, the major Democratic candidates instead focused their criticism on former Vermont governor Howard Dean, whose opposition to the Iraq war helped him become the front-runner for the nomination.

Jill Lawrence | USA TODAY | December 14, 2003 | 11:38 pm

Capture's significance to be decided in due time
By the time he was caught, Saddam Hussein no longer headed a government, commanded an army or claimed the allegiance of leaders anywhere in the world. But the sight of the ousted Iraqi dictator, disheveled and compliant, was a powerful moment nonetheless.

Susan Page | USA TODAY | December 14, 2003 | 11:43 pm

Bush moved with caution before revealing capture
President Bush first learned of Saddam Hussein's apparent capture around 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, more than 13 hours before the rumor hit news wires.

Richard Benedetto | USA TODAY | December 14, 2003 | 11:46 pm

Strategy shift nets a disheveled Saddam
When U.S. soldiers first searched two houses in a rural village of orange, lemon and palm groves near the Tigris River Saturday, they thought they had missed Saddam Hussein again. But then they saw two men running away. And then they found $750,000 in $100 bills. And when they looked at the bottom of a dingy, 6-foot hole, they found a wonderful surprise: a disheveled man with a bushy beard who turned out to be the most prized quarry of the Iraq war.

USATODAY.com | December 15, 2003 | 10:07 am

Debate begins on how Saddam trial will proceed
Hours after Saddam Hussein's capture, the jockeying began over how the former Iraqi leader should be put to trial: by Iraqis who say he committed atrocities against his own people, or by an international court like those that have weighed crimes against humanity.

Toni Lacy, Kevin Johnson | USA TODAY | December 15, 2003 | 10:09 am

Poll: Americans celebrate success, but not victory in Iraq
It was the news so many had awaited for so long, with less and less hope. But when it came Sunday, Americans' joy was tempered by fear that Saddam Hussein's capture will no more end the fighting in Iraq than the fall of his statue in a Baghdad square did eight months ago.

Rick Hampson | USA TODAY | December 15, 2003 | 10:12 am

Analysis: Capture a boost for Bush

Judy Keen | USA TODAY | December 15, 2003 | 10:14 am

Dictator was only figurehead for insurgents, experts say
In the end, the Iraqi strongman looked physically and politically weak. Saddam Hussein had returned to the simple, hardscrabble region of his youth where he was found living in a mud hut with few accessories.

Greg Barrett | GNS | December 15, 2003 | 10:59 pm

Saddam's capture shouldn't affect troop deployments
The capture of Saddam Hussein is a morale boost for those with family members serving in Iraq, but it probably won't shorten their loved ones' time overseas, experts said Monday.

Frank Oliveri | GNS | December 15, 2003 | 11:06 pm

Soldiers' disbelief dissipates as capture rumor proves true
The news of Saddam Hussein's capture began with whispered rumors that soon grew into the story soldiers couldn't stop talking about.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | December 15, 2003 | 11:20 pm

Caution urged on trial of Saddam
President Bush pledged Monday he will work with Iraqi's fledgling government in coming up with a way to try former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein that will withstand international scrutiny.

Brian Tumulty | GNS | December 15, 2003 | 11:23 pm

Forces nearly threw grenade into hideaway
The search for Saddam Hussein was almost as much a hunt for a man who helped hide, feed and protect Iraq's former dictator as for Saddam himself. The name of the man is a U.S. military secret. All commanders will say is that he is a big-bellied, middle-aged man whose family is close to Saddam — and that on Saturday afternoon, the fat man sang.

Steve Komarow | USA TODAY | December 15, 2003 | 11:53 pm

Q&A: As POW, Saddam will be held according to international law
The capture of Saddam Hussein raises a range of questions about his legal status and future, as well as the United States' responsibilities under international law in dealing with him.

Toni Locy | USA TODAY | December 16, 2003 | 6:51 am

Experts: Saddam holds on to ego
For a man whose name in Arabic means "he who confronts," Saddam Hussein went meekly into captivity. His failure to commit suicide surprised many observers, who thought Saddam would fear humiliation more than the grave. But Iraq experts say Saddam acted out of a raw desire to survive and because he believes he can still influence his country and the Arab world.

USATODAY.com | December 16, 2003 | 11:26 pm

U.S. tries to trip up Saddam
Saddam Hussein is being shown videotapes of anti-Saddam protests in Iraq, the unearthing of mass graves and the torture and execution of prisoners during his reign, two U.S. officials who are receiving reports on his interrogation said Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | December 16, 2003 | 11:34 pm

Saddam's capture boosts Bush
The capture of Saddam Hussein has given President Bush his highest job-approval rating in six months, improved his standing against Democrats who want his job and increased confidence that U.S. goals in Iraq will be accomplished.

USATODAY.com | December 17, 2003 | 11:26 pm

Army colonel's patience helped him catch Saddam
The Army colonel who led the operation that captured Saddam Hussein is the son of Irish immigrants and had always wanted to be a soldier. It was a moment Hickey has been preparing for his entire life.

USATODAY,com | December 17, 2003 | 11:32 pm

Saddam's life and defiant reputation at stake
By all accounts Saddam Hussein is a shrewd survivalist, evidenced by his thuggish reign of three decades, his escape of U.S. assassination attempts, and his first words uttered Saturday after he was captured. But whether or not he will negotiate for his life or try to burnish his defiant image remains to be seen.

Greg Barrett | GNS | December 18, 2003 | 2:55 pm

Saddam's past victims could stand in judgment
If Iraqis conduct the trial of Saddam Hussein, as President Bush suggested this week, his fate could rest with a panel of five judges overseen by a Supreme Court justice imprisoned by Saddam last year.

Greg Barrett | GNS | December 18, 2003 | 2:59 pm

U.S. snipers taking aim at Iraqi insurgents
The sun was sinking when Sgt. Randall Davis spotted his target, an armed Iraqi on a rooftop. Davis knew he was watching another sniper. He fired once, killing the sniper, his eighth confirmed kill. The encounter was part of Operation Ivy Blizzard, aimed at clearing guerrillas.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | December 23, 2003 | 7:07 pm

Soldiers make their own holiday family
The Christmas holidays bring thoughts of home and families for the 130,000 other American servicemen and women in Iraq. Capturing Saddam Hussein made them proud, but they know their job in Iraq isn't over. These troops have a second family now, the soldiers in their unit.

Steven Komarow | USA TODAY | December 24, 2003 | 8:26 am

Return of U.S. war dead kept solemn, secret
Since 1991, the media have been banned from covering the arrival of military remains at Dover Air Force Base. The Delaware base houses the military's largest mortuary, where bodies are prepared for burial before they are sent to the families' hometowns. In March, before the Iraq war began, the Pentagon clamped down on similar coverage from military installations around the world.

USATODAY.com | December 30, 2003 | 10:38 pm

NBC shows graphic tape of POWs Piestewa, Lynch
NBC Nightly News aired Tuesday night graphic videotape shot by Iraqi state television showing soldiers Lori Piestewa and Jessica Lynch in an Iraqi hospital, both gravely injured, following an ambush on their military convoy in March.

The Arizona Republic | December 31, 2003 | 8:52 am

Army updates training
The Army is overhauling its basic training to help recruits survive the particular dangers of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

USATODAY.com | January 7, 2004 | 11:25 pm

Attacks down 22% since Saddam's capture
Attacks against coalition forces in Iraq have dropped 22% in the four weeks since Saddam Hussein's capture, military records show.

USATODAY.com | January 12, 2004 | 11:26 pm

O'Neill: Iraq planning came before 9/11
Paul O'Neill, President Bush's Treasury secretary in the first two years of his presidency, says the Bush administration was planning to invade Iraq long before the Sept. 11 attacks and used questionable intelligence to justify the war.

USATODAY.com | January 12, 2004 | 11:28 pm

Bush: Canada eligible in Iraq reconstruction contracts
President Bush moved to ease tensions with Canada on Tuesday by reversing course and declaring Canadian companies eligible to bid on a second round of U.S.-financed prime reconstruction contracts in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | January 13, 2004 | 11:56 pm

U.S. seeks compromise with cleric
The Bush administration summoned its top Iraq envoy to the White House for urgent talks Friday on how to accommodate demands by Iraq's most powerful Muslim cleric for direct elections.

USATODAY.com | January 15, 2004 | 11:16 pm

Cheney says it's too soon to tell on Iraqi arms
Vice President Cheney says he believes "the jury's still out" on whether Iraq had the chemical and biological weapons that were the Bush administration's justification for war.

USATODAY.com | January 20, 2004 | 1:06 am

U.S. pushes the U.N. to help with Iraq exit
The Bush administration and its Iraqi allies pressed the United Nations on Monday to come back to Iraq and help salvage an increasingly troubled plan for reshaping post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.

USATODAY.com | January 20, 2004 | 1:08 am

Guard survey hints at exodus
Just as the Pentagon is increasingly relying on the National Guard and other part-time troops for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, an internal Guard survey suggests that the demanding deployments could prompt a significant number of its soldiers to quit the military.

USATODAY.com | January 22, 2004 | 11:13 pm

Muslim cleric's growing influence worries U.S.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani brings to mind Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite Muslim cleric who ousted the U.S.-backed shah of Iran a quarter-century ago.

Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY | January 25, 2004 | 11:27 pm

Former weapons chief cites faulty intelligence
Former top U.S. weapons investigator David Kay blames the intelligence community, not President Bush, for drawing a false conclusion that Iraq had large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction prior to the U.S.-led invasion in March.

USATODAY.com | January 27, 2004 | 12:20 am

Saddam's intent cited as basis for going to war
If deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction before the war, then he had the means to make them at the first opportunity and represented a threat worthy of elimination. This is the essence of the latest case the Bush administration is making for defending the war in Iraq.

John Yaukey | GNS | January 27, 2004 | 3:08 pm

Bush defends war despite no WMD findings
President Bush backed away Tuesday from his often-repeated conviction that weapons of mass destruction — the primary justification for the U.S.-led invasion to remove Saddam Hussein from power — would be found in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | January 27, 2004 | 11:55 pm

Analysis: Ethnic tensions threaten Bush's plan
The rejection of U.S. plans to return self-rule to Iraq by a leading Shiite Muslim cleric - seen as a sign of a potential Shiite power grab - is only one of several rifts.

John Yaukey | GNS | January 28, 2004 | 5:23 pm

'We were almost all wrong'
Pre-war U.S. intelligence warnings about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were wrong, former chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay told a Senate committee Wednesday. Kay said the lapse constitutes a massive intelligence failure, but one with many accomplices.

USATODAY.com | January 28, 2004 | 11:31 pm

Senators want Guard, Reserves to get full health benefits
With National Guard and reserve troops being deployed more than ever before, four senators renewed their effort Wednesday to give them the same health coverage as full-time soldiers.

Raju Chebium | GNS | January 28, 2004 | 11:55 pm

Payday bombing' kills nine at Iraqi police station
A suicide bomber drove up to a civilian police station crowded with officers collecting their monthly pay and detonated an explosion that killed nine and wounded 60, according to American military police. No Americans were among the dead or wounded, according to the M.P.s.

Robert Hodierne | Army Times | January 31, 2004 | 4:29 pm

Iraq's Green Zone is nerve center, haven
At the center of Iraq's capital, the business of running a nation of 25 million people never ends. In monolithic buildings along broad streets lined with date palms, the international team of civilians and soldiers works and lives in a fortified area of about 5 square kilometers. It is the nerve center of the fragile new Iraq.

The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal | February 2, 2004 | 3:54 pm

Questions loom about Iraq probe
President Bush's announcement Monday that he will launch an independent investigation into pre-war intelligence on Iraq has raised questions among Democrats about how far the probe will go and when it will start.

John Yaukey | GNS | February 2, 2004 | 8:51 pm

How U.S. misjudged Iraq's arsenal
The way U.S. intelligence analysts misinterpreted photographs from Iraq - basing their conclusions more on supposition than fact - helps explain how the United States misjudged Iraq's arsenal.

USATODAY.com | February 4, 2004 | 12:23 am

What comes to light in Iraq reflects on Powell
After more than three decades of public service, Colin Powell's U.N. speech to ease world concerns about the looming invasion of Iraq looks less like a crowning moment and more like a smudge on his resume.

USATODAY.com | February 4, 2004 | 10:42 pm

CIA chief to rebut agency's critics
CIA Director George Tenet plans to give a speech today rebutting allegations by former chief U.S. arms inspector David Kay that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and that U.S. intelligence is fundamentally flawed.

USATODAY.com | February 4, 2004 | 11:52 pm

CIA chief defends intel officials' prewar efforts
CIA Director George Tenet said Thursday that the agency never claimed Iraqi weapons were an imminent threat, an assertion critics say calls into question the Bush administration's justification for the war.

USATODAY.com | February 5, 2004 | 11:02 pm

Analysis: Spy chief counters criticism of CIA
The defense offered Thursday by CIA Director George Tenet came down to this: The spy agency never said the threat posed by Iraq was "imminent," it got some things about Iraq right, and it will take time to find out what the agency got wrong.

USATODAY.com | February 5, 2004 | 11:50 pm

Iraq intelligence panel includes experts, lawmakers
President Bush appointed seven of the nine members of an independent commission charged with investigating whether faulty intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs led the United States to war.

GNS | February 6, 2004 | 6:20 pm

Bush trying to steer Iraq probe, Democrats say
President Bush capped a week of trying to defuse controversy over flawed prewar intelligence on Iraq Friday, appointing an independent panel to examine the issue and a broad spectrum of other potential national security problems. Democrats question the scope of the probe, and its completion date of March 31, 2005 - well after the presidential election.

John Yaukey | GNS | February 6, 2004 | 6:54 pm

McCain seen as legitimizing presence on panel
Sen. John McCain's presence on a panel charged with investigating U.S. intelligence gathering will give the group immediate credibility because of his willingness to criticize the Bush administration, key lawmakers say.

Sergio Bustos | GNS | February 6, 2004 | 7:14 pm

Cell-phone service connects in Baghdad
Baghdad's consumers welcomed the arrival of cell-phone service over the weekend. But there were grumbles about the high fees charged by the city's new monopoly.

Paul Wiseman | USA TODAY | February 8, 2004 | 11:18 pm

President defends Iraq war decision
President Bush confronted the two most troubling issues of his re-election campaign in a rare hourlong TV interview aired Sunday. He called the Iraq war "a war of necessity" and said his economic policies are beginning to pay off.

USATODAY.com | February 8, 2004 | 11:45 pm

Bremer expects violence to persist
Although coalition forces have seized about 650,000 tons of weapons in Iraq, more than 1 million tons remain unaccounted for, Bremer said.

James Carroll | (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal | February 9, 2004 | 12:59 pm

New Iraqi police chief takes the heat
The U.S.-led coalition occupying Iraq, facing continuing attacks from anti-occupation fighters, is eager to turn responsibility for security over to Iraqis like Police Chief Aboud Farhan al-Isawi. Isawi, 52, says he took the job because he was concerned that growing lawlessness would destroy his hometown.

USATODAY.com | February 10, 2004 | 5:09 pm

U.S. governors tour Baghdad
Six U.S. governors were whisked through the streets of the Iraqi capital Tuesday in a two-day visit. Iraq was only just deemed safe enough to risk bringing the governors to meet the troops and learn about the country's struggling new economy.

Greg Hahn | The (Boise) Idaho Statesman | February 10, 2004 | 5:19 pm

Bremer predicts 'more dark days ahead' in Iraq
Paul Bremer, the top U.S. administrator in Iraq, said Wednesday that there will be "more dark days ahead" but Americans should expect Iraqi self-government by the end of 2005.

John Hill | The (Shreveport, La.) Times | February 10, 2004 | 10:34 pm

Suicide blast kills 47 in Baghdad
A suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives outside a crowded military recruiting center here Wednesday, killing 47 people and injuring 55 others.

USATODAY.com | February 11, 2004 | 10:51 pm

U.S. wary of Iranian influence in Iraq
The Bush administration is increasingly concerned about a buildup of Iranian spies and militants in Iraq and about Iran's support for groups with a history of anti-U.S. terrorism.

USATODAY.com | February 12, 2004 | 9:51 pm

U.N. envoy echoes objection to early Iraq vote
A top U.N. envoy told Iraq's most important religious leader Thursday that national elections would not be feasible before a June 30 deadline for transferring political power to Iraqis, diplomats at the United Nations and in Washington said.

USATODAY.com | February 12, 2004 | 9:53 pm

Iraq arms hunt in doubt in '02
A classified U.S. intelligence study done three months before the war in Iraq predicted a problem now confronting the Bush administration: the possibility that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction might never be found.

USATODAY.com | February 12, 2004 | 11:51 pm

U.S., Shiites wrestle over Iraqi self-rule
Someone's got to give - soon. Fortunately for the Bush administration, the standoff with a leading Iraqi cleric over how to transfer governing authority back to the Iraqis may be edging toward compromise, at least temporarily. At stake is the success of the U.S. campaign in Iraq and potentially the Bush presidency.

John Yaukey | GNS | February 13, 2004 | 7:58 pm

Fallujah attacks kill 17 Iraqi policemen
Insurgents staged simultaneous morning assaults on three police stations, a civil defense base and the mayor's office Saturday in what one Iraqi military leader called a ``well-coordinated and well-financed attack.''The insurgents almost overran one police station, freeing about 20 prisoners and killing 17 policemen.

Army Times | February 14, 2004 | 4:44 pm

Guard troops put through paces of Iraq
U.S. troops preparing for duty in Iraq are getting some unique training to get them ready.

USATODAY.com | February 16, 2004 | 9:20 pm

U.S. forces train in Arab culture
As the Army and Marines prepare more than 100,000 fresh troops for Iraq, regular training is being supplemented with a helping of Arabic culture.

USATODAY.com | February 16, 2004 | 11:03 pm

New round of mothers leave children behind
Nearly 60,000 women have deployed in support of Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. They make up about 15 percent of the total forces. During Desert Storm, 49,755 women were deployed.

Florida Today | February 17, 2004 | 5:20 pm

Base network tends to needs of the families left behind
"The families are back home with the day-to-day grind and it never fails, it's Murphy's Law. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong," said Marine 1st Sgt. Douglas Power.

Honolulu Advertiser | February 17, 2004 | 5:54 pm

Chaplain goes wherever he's needed
Combat stress teams counsel soldiers, but chaplains are on the front lines of soldiers' lives.

Honolulu Advertiser | February 17, 2004 | 5:59 pm

Army studies lessons of Iraq
The U.S. invasion of Iraq may have rolled over Saddam Hussein's forces in a matter of weeks — but it could be a poor model for future fights, a draft of an Army study of the war warns.

USATODAY.com | February 17, 2004 | 11:59 pm

Power could transfer to an expanded Iraqi council
The Bush administration is leaning toward transferring political power in Iraq this summer to an expanded version of the Iraqi Governing Council it appointed last July, a U.S. official with knowledge of Iraq planning said Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | February 18, 2004 | 9:55 pm

U.S. soldier in Iraq unscathed after close encounter with rocket
Ruben Garcia, a 27-year-old serviceman stationed in Iraq, is a lucky man, having emerged unscathed after an anti-tank rocket blasted through a wall near his head.

Robert Hodierne | Military Times | February 21, 2004 | 11:13 pm

Uncertainty clouds plans for Iraq
Security concerns and political fragmentation could impede the U.S. plan to hand power back to Iraqis by June 30, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released Monday.

USA TODAY.com | February 23, 2004 | 10:52 pm

Rebuilding Iraq includes reopening its stock exchange
Policing Wall Street might seem like a lark compared with Ann Exline Starr's new gig: getting Iraq's stock market trading again.

The (Wilmington) News Journal | February 24, 2004 | 5:47 pm

U.S. contractors deal with harsh Iraqi environment
Many of the same life-threatening dangers that confront U.S. soldiers in Iraq's searing heat also are present for the men and women who voluntarily work to keep the intricate machines of warfare running.

Florida Today | February 24, 2004 | 5:52 pm

U.S. begins reducing its on-the-street presence
In a strategy dubbed "lead from behind," American forces will remain a phone call away, with quick-reaction units ready to rush in if needed.

Army Times | February 26, 2004 | 4:07 pm

Cleric in Iraq eases election demands
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's statement was the first sign that there could be an agreement on creating a transitional Iraqi government before elections are held.

Tom Squitieri | USATODAY.com | February 27, 2004 | 10:25 am

Saddam allies appear ready to abandon fight
Tired of being hunted house to house, village to village first by the U.S. military, more than 20 high-echelon Baath Party officials and many more midranking members from southwest of Kirkuk said Friday they want to carry the fight against Americans no more.

William Cole | The Honolulu Advertiser | March 1, 2004 | 3:26 pm

Bush seeks to keep Iraq probes out of White House
With the election eight months away, President Bush and key Republicans in Congress are scrambling to make sure that mounting Iraq investigations stay focused on the intelligence community.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 1, 2004 | 9:57 pm

Iraq's constitution leaves questions unanswered
Iraq's Governing Council announced Monday that its 25 members had agreed unanimously to a new constitution. But concerns remain about the issues the 63-clause document did not resolve.

USA TODAY.com | March 1, 2004 | 10:54 pm

U.N. weapons inspector sees vindication in U.S. frustration
Demetrius Perricos, acting head of the United Nations weapons inspection program, can't disguise his satisfaction that almost a year after the invasion of Iraq, U.S. inspectors have found the same thing that their much-maligned U.N. counterparts did before the war: no banned weapons.

USATODAY.com | March 1, 2004 | 11:16 pm

Architect envisions new Baghdad
Boston architect Hisham Ashkouri, who has returned to his Iraqi homeland after decades in exile, and a Baghdad businessman are partners, shopping their vision of Cinema Sinbad, a $115 million luxury hotel and movie theater complex in Iraq's capital.

USATODAY.com | March 2, 2004 | 11:37 am

U.N.: Iraq had no WMD after 1994
A report from U.N. weapons inspectors says they now believe there were no weapons of mass destruction of any significance in Iraq after 1994.

USATODAY.com | March 2, 2004 | 11:40 pm

Plant offers troops in Iraq doors to safety
Jeff Bell knows there is a mother, father, brother or sister shielded by each set of armored doors he assembles for Humvees used by U.S. troops in Iraq. The need to protect those soldiers is the reason workers at the Rock Island Arsenal are working round-the-clock.

The Des Moines Register | March 3, 2004 | 6:47 pm

U.S. faces big test in ambitious troop rotation
Sometime in early April, the Army will hand over the task of patrolling this hardscrabble region to the Marine Corps as part of the Pentagon's plan to replace virtually every U.S. soldier in Iraq this year. No one is quite sure what will happen in Fallujah or in other places that will witness this massive turnover of GIs.

USATODAY.com | March 3, 2004 | 10:53 pm

Female soldiers take toughness for granted
American women have participated more extensively in combat in Iraq than in any previous war in U.S. history.

The (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus-Leader | March 4, 2004 | 8:25 pm

Closing the Iraqi bomb 'supermarkets'
To find bomb-making materials in Iraq, you don't have to go far.

William Cole | The Honolulu Advertiser | March 4, 2004 | 8:41 pm

Lieberman calls for bipartisan effort on Iraq policy
Democrats and Republicans must rise above election-year battles and work together to win the war against terrorists who threaten both Iraq and the United States, Sen. Joe Lieberman said Thursday.

Katherine Hutt Scott | GNS | March 4, 2004 | 10:17 pm

Adjustment difficult for returning soldiers
Coming home from war is hard for soldiers. Even the most optimistic will tell you the problems can be large and small, mental, physical and emotional.

Mike Klein | Des Moines Register | March 7, 2004 | 6:36 pm

Wounded soldiers face challenging transition
Soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan make headlines, but the injured often don't merit a mention until later, if at all. It is true that they have not lost their lives. But they have lost much.

Katya Cengel | (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal | March 7, 2004 | 6:40 pm

Iraqi women juggle freedom and 'duty'
Iraq is wrestling to determine the role both women and tradition will play in society after the United States returns sovereignty on June 30.

USATODAY.com | March 7, 2004 | 11:07 pm

Soldier accused of grenade attack gets trial date
A military judge set a July 12 trial date Tuesday for a 101st Airborne Division soldier charged with killing two officers and attempting to kill others in a grenade attack in Kuwait last year early in the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The (Louisville, K.Y.) Courier-Journal | March 9, 2004 | 7:12 pm

Group urges release of details on Piestewa's last hours
The Army should release details from its investigation into Spc. Lori Piestewa's treatment and death in the hours after her capture by Iraqis nearly a year ago, the president of a national group that opposes putting women in combat said Tuesday.

Billy House | The Arizona Republic | March 9, 2004 | 10:38 pm

Air Force to probe charges Guardsmen brought souvenir rifles from Iraq
The U.S. Air Force is investigating allegations that Kentucky Air National Guardsmen violated military regulations by bringing home AK-47 rifles taken as battlefield souvenirs in Iraq.

The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal | March 10, 2004 | 9:46 pm

Sons of Saddam had fled to Syria
Two sons of Saddam Hussein escaped to Syria after the U.S. invasion of Iraq a year ago but were ultimately expelled by the Syrian regime, former and current Bush administration officials say.

USATODAY.com | March 11, 2004 | 12:10 am

Bush's credibility takes hit over Iraq war
A year after the opening barrage on Baghdad, President Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq remains a much larger point of contention than many in his administration expected.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | March 11, 2004 | 5:34 pm

Essay: Public paying less attention to Iraq war a year later
Somewhere out there is a war. Or whatever it is now. Iraq has entered the gray courtyard of the national consciousness. Still too dangerous and too bloody and too unsettled to be forgotten. But too familiar now to always hold attention. That is what a year can do.

Mike Lopresti | GNS | March 12, 2004 | 12:26 am

News analysis: Bush’s credibility takes hit over Iraq war
A year after the opening barrage on Baghdad, President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq remains a much larger point of contention than many in his administration expected.

Chuck Raasch | GNS Political Editor | March 12, 2004 | 12:31 am

Security, self-rule will dominate year 2 for U.S. in Iraq
The U.S. campaign in Iraq is moving forward, but toward what? Iraqis are making progress establishing democratic self-rule, but problems abound. Here are some questions and answers surrounding the future of Iraq and the American presence there.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 12, 2004 | 12:33 am

Iraq changes war-making and intelligence gathering
The campaign in Iraq, now a year old and counting, showcased how far American war-making has come. At the same time, the war in Iraq has also revealed that the nation‘s intelligence network is still mired in a Cold War mindset, ill-suited to handle the war on terror with its small secretive organizations that are almost impossible to penetrate.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 12, 2004 | 12:35 am

Kyl says White House did not mislead country before Iraq war
There was "nothing devious" in the way the Bush administration handled intelligence information before deciding to invade Iraq, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said Friday.

Sergio Bustos GNS | March 12, 2004 | 6:57 pm

Back from war's abyss
Loud noises shock them more than they once did. Their alertness is sharper. Ordinary things, like being able to hug their children, have taken on new significance.

The Arizona Republic | March 14, 2004 | 7:37 pm

New Iraq scouting program a test of diplomacy
In a nation as divided as Iraq by religion and ethnicity, scouting is seen as a model of public diplomacy, a common interest that may one day bind Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish boys and girls. So a quiet, almost covert effort is under way to rekindle the long-dormant scout programs of Iraq.

Greg Barrett | GNS | March 15, 2004 | 6:15 pm

Iraq caught between pull of violence, push for peace
The March 2 attacks that killed 180 people, perhaps more than any other, have raised an important question on the ground in Iraq now: Can the center hold against the rampant violence intended to plunge Iraq into civil war by fomenting sectarian violence?

John Yaukey | GNS | March 16, 2004 | 3:52 pm

Bush urges allies' troops remain in Iraq
President Bush on Tuesday called on America's coalition allies to keep their troops in Iraq, saying, "It's essential that we remain side-by-side with the Iraqi people."

USATODAY.com | March 16, 2004 | 11:14 pm

Nation divided on success of war
When President Bush announced on March 19, 2003 that the invasion of Iraq had begun, the main justification for ordering American men and women into war was that U.S. national security depended on it. Are Americans safer because of that decision? Polls show a nation divided.

USATODAY.com | March 16, 2004 | 11:31 pm

March 23 is a day remembered all too well
If every day of the war had been like March 23, the world might be a very different place.

C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | March 17, 2004 | 5:14 pm

Grenade victim looks back, keeps walking
Capt. Greg Holden thinks about that March 23 every time he looks at the scars on his left leg. Holden nearly lost his left leg early that morning in Kuwait after a fellow soldier allegedly attacked with grenades and small-arms fire.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | March 17, 2004 | 5:34 pm

Car bomb rips through Baghdad hotel, killing dozens
A car bomb exploded outside a hotel in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and injuring 40. The explosion collapsed part of the multistory building and threw bodies onto the street. The bombing came two days before the first anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Kevin Johnson | USA TODAY | March 17, 2004 | 7:24 pm

One year after war, security is greatest concern for Iraqis
The picture of a bustling, energetic Baghdad one year after the Iraq war began is superficial. While the city is indeed coming alive after years of political oppression and economic depression, there is constant anxiety about personal security.

USATODAY.com | March 17, 2004 | 11:38 pm

Bush extends time spent with families of fallen 101st soldiers
President Bush expressed appreciation to members of the 101st Airborne Division for sacrifices made in Operation Iraqui Freedom during the past year at the Ft. Campbell, Ky., Army base.

The (Nashv ille) Tennessean | March 18, 2004 | 1:48 pm

Nation building becomes key part of U.S. policy
One of the little-noticed but lasting legacies of the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism is how the once-scorned notion of "nation building" has become a crucial element of American foreign policy.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | March 18, 2004 | 8:29 pm

Insurgents increasingly hit vulnerable foreigners
For weeks, a pair of civilian engineers — one German and the other Dutch — made a daily, roundtrip commute of about 100 miles from their hotel in Baghdad to a new sewage treatment plant in Rezaza. On Tuesday, they and their armed Iraqi escorts were murdered, the latest victims in a string of recent assaults as insurgents focus on so-called "soft targets."

USATODAY.com | March 18, 2004 | 11:22 pm

Bush: 'Defense of freedom is always worth it'
President Bush defended the war in Iraq on Thursday as a U.S. ally said he was misled about Saddam Hussein's weapons and is considering withdrawing troops.

USATODAY.com | March 18, 2004 | 11:40 pm

Iraq campaign altered warfare

Howard Wilkinson | The Cincinnati Enquirer | March 19, 2004 | 3:04 pm

Bush uses war anniversary speech to reassert commander role
President Bush stepped back into the role of commander in chief Friday, delivering a somber speech to foreign diplomats at the White House on the anniversary of the war in Iraq.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | March 19, 2004 | 3:47 pm

Fear remains constant in Iraq; security top priority
For Iraqis, views toward the American military presence is textbook love-hate. What Iraqis say about it - ``occupation'' as it is invariably called - often depends on where you are and with whom you speak.

John Yaukey | GNS | March 19, 2004 | 3:48 pm

A year later, ex-POWs cope with memories of fateful day
Army Spc. Edgar A. Hernandez is more than 500 miles away from El Paso, Texas, Fort Bliss and his old unit. But the young soldier can't escape the memories of the day he was captured by Iraqi soldiers as a member of the 507th Maintenance Company.

| March 22, 2004 | 4:27 pm

507th ambush shows all soldiers must be able to fight
They were a support unit trained to change tires, repair vehicles and keep the Army moving forward, but on March 23, 2003, Fort Bliss' 507th Maintenance Company was pushed into combat with Iraqi soldiers - something the unit was not prepared to handle.

ElPasoTimes.com | March 22, 2004 | 4:29 pm

In Lynch's home a year later - changes in spirit
It was a year ago Tuesday that Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch was captured in Nasiriyah, Iraq, after her unit was ambushed in the early days of the Iraq war. Things have settled down in her hometown now.

Bob Withers | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch | March 22, 2004 | 11:28 pm

'Happy, you'll be missed'
It was personal, and soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division (Light) were there to say goodbye to Pfc. Ernest Harold Sutphin — the first fatality of this yearlong deployment — as their brother, their roommate, their friend.

The Honolulu Advertiser | March 23, 2004 | 3:39 pm

In Baghdad, fewer guns on the streets
As recently as three weeks ago, there was no shortage of dealers openly entertaining offers for weapons. All of that is abruptly changing.

USATODAY.com | March 23, 2004 | 10:07 pm

Bremer: Iraq security top concern
Marking 100 days before the United States cedes political power an Iraq government, the top U.S. administrator said the country was "on the path to full democracy."

USATODAY.com | March 24, 2004 | 11:02 pm

Study: Army must end spate of suicides
U.S. soldiers have committed suicide at a higher-than-usual rate during the invasion and occupation of Iraq, a new Army study says.

USATODAY.com | March 24, 2004 | 11:05 pm

Blast clues lead to dead ends
None of a handful of fatal attacks the United States is investigating involving civilians in postwar Iraq has been solved, senior law enforcement officials say.

Kevin Johnson | USA TODAY | March 28, 2004 | 11:52 pm

Iraq's economy shakes off Saddam's shackles
An exhilarating but virtually lawless economy has risen from the ashes of Saddam Hussein's government. Business opportunities are everywhere in Baghdad, but so are corruption and crime.

Paul Wiseman | USA TODAY | March 28, 2004 | 11:56 pm

Rumors are a bombardment that never stops
Minutes after suicide bombers attacked Shiite Muslim pilgrims in Baghdad and Karbala this month, rumors that U.S. forces were responsible for the attacks ran rampant. U.S. officials were taken aback. They failed to take into account the rapidly adaptable and sophisticated propaganda abilities of the anti-U.S. insurgency.

USATODAY.com | March 29, 2004 | 11:50 pm

Continuing search finds no weapons of mass destruction
U.S. arms investigators scouring Iraq are finding more evidence of Iraq's prewar interest in chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. But inspectors haven't found any weapons, and Saddam Hussein's still-loyal deputies are refusing to talk, the new chief U.S. weapons inspector said Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | March 30, 2004 | 11:17 pm

Attacks on Iraqi police increase
At least 350 Iraqi police officers have been killed and hundreds more wounded since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime last spring. Since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major combat operations, 284 U.S. service members have died from hostile fire.

USATODAY.com | March 30, 2004 | 11:41 pm

Grisly video could shake confidence
Even after a year of war and hundreds of U.S. deaths in Iraq, the photographs from Fallujah, Iraq, have the power to horrify: Scenes of an Iraqi man clubbing the charred corpse of one American, of a body being dragged behind a car, of two bodies hanging from the top of a bridge.

USATODAY.com | March 31, 2004 | 11:50 pm

Media careful about what images to show
It was a sentiment felt in newsrooms across the country after the gruesome deaths of four American contractors in Fallujah, Iraq, left news executives grappling with the sensitive issue of accurately illustrating Wednesday's horror without offending viewers and readers.

USATODAY.com | March 31, 2004 | 11:53 pm

Military response vowed in Fallujah
U.S. officials vowed Thursday to bring overwhelming military might to the outlaw city of Fallujah a day after insurgents killed five U.S. soldiers and dragged the charred corpses of four American civilians through the city.

USATODAY.com | April 1, 2004 | 11:17 pm

Many distance themselves from 'savage' killings in Fallujah
Many Iraqis in Baghdad reacted the same way most Americans did to the gruesome images broadcast around the world Wednesday. They expressed revulsion and condemned the killings. After ambushing and killing four American contractors, a group of Iraqis burned the bodies in front of cameras and dragged the corpses through Fallujah.

USATODAY.com | April 1, 2004 | 11:25 pm

Role of security companies likely to become more visible
Blackwater Security Consulting, which lost four employees in Wednesday's Fallujah ambush, is one of about 25 private security groups employed to guard officials and installations, train Iraq's new army and police. The companies are likely to be more visible after June 30, when sovereignty is transferred from the U.S.-led coalition to an Iraqi government.

USATODAY.com | April 1, 2004 | 11:39 pm

Fallujah leaders set defiant tone
Some local leaders in this restive city said they would endorse the continued killing of soldiers and foreign civilians as part of what they described as a justified resistance to the continued occupation of Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 4, 2004 | 10:54 pm

Pentagon delays U.S. troops' trip home
A decision by the Pentagon to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq is a reversal of its plan to steadily reduce the U.S. force level there.

USATODAY.com | April 6, 2004 | 12:18 am

Al-Sadr threat comes to head
Muqtada al-Sadr has been a menace to the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad since the day after Saddam Hussein's regime fell.

USATODAY.com | April 6, 2004 | 12:20 am

A delicate time for U.S. mission
Is the U.S. occupation of Iraq in grave peril? The Bush administration had always expected resistance from Iraq's Sunni Muslims, who benefited from the regime of Saddam Hussein. But now, just days after the fight against Sunni insurgents took a vicious new turn with the killing and mutilation of four American civilians, elements of Iraq's Shiite majority are mounting a resistance of their own.

USATODAY.com | April 6, 2004 | 12:23 am

Fear of losing control drives assault
U.S. Marines fighting dangerous street battles in a Sunni stronghold west of Baghdad hope the aggressive new tactics will finally subdue insurgents there.

USATODAY.com | April 6, 2004 | 11:34 pm

U.S. will keep major presence in Iraq after June 30 power transfer
On June 30, the U.S. civil authorities in Baghdad are scheduled to transfer sovereignty to the Iraqis. Here are some questions and answers surrounding the sovereignty transfer.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 7, 2004 | 3:50 am

Majority Shiites can make or break U.S. plans in Iraq
With this week's bloody revolt, Iraq's Shiites have emerged as the most dangerous threat to U.S. authorities struggling to stabilize Iraq and eventually get American troops out.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 7, 2004 | 3:56 am

Iraq fighting heavy on two fronts
U.S. forces unleashed repeated ground and air attacks on insurgents in the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Fallujah on Wednesday. The attacks included an airstrike on a mosque compound after Marines came under fire from inside the building. On a second front, coalition forces in southern Iraq and in Baghdad again engaged militiamen loyal to the radical anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2004 | 11:16 pm

War doesn't keep students from military college fair
Diana Valdez, 16, wants to be a pediatrician, even if it means joining the Army and fighting a war in some far-off place like Iraq. Valdez was one of 2,500 students from Chicago's public schools attending a military college fair on Wednesday. Representatives from 25 colleges with military programs were trying to attract young men and women to be future officers.

USATODAY.com | April 7, 2004 | 11:40 pm

Shiites in Mich. fear Iraq's becoming 'beacon of instability'
One year after American soldiers helped Iraqis pull down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, some American Shiites increasingly express doubts that the United States is stabilizing their homeland, let alone creating a democracy.

Gregg Krupa | The Detroit News | April 8, 2004 | 2:30 am

Warring Shiites imperil hope for stable government
Escalating clashes between U.S. forces and Iraq's majority Shiites are threatening not only to plunge Iraq into chaos but to shatter the already shaky underpinnings for a democratic government and delay a homecoming for American troops.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 8, 2004 | 3:10 am

Some advocate letting Iraq split along ethnic lines
The looming threat of a civil war among Iraq's major religious and ethnic groups - the Sunni Arabs, the Shiites and the Kurds - has given rise to the idea of carving up Iraq along sectarian lines.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 9, 2004 | 3:15 am

Iraq's moderate Shiites under siege from Islamic radicals
Beneath the rebellion by radical Shiites raging in Iraq is a brewing war within Islam. It is rooted in fundamentalists' hatred of any Muslims seen as allied with the West. Even modest success by these revolutionaries would be disastrous for the United States, reversing democratic reforms across the Arab world and turning the region into a fertile ground for the kind terrorism that exploded Sept. 11.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 9, 2004 | 3:30 am

For one Fallujah family, harrowing trek to safety
When Mahmoud Salaiman Abid awoke on April 5, he was surprised to see U.S. Marines sealing off Fallujah. At 2 p.m., a mortar shell exploded in his front yard. For Abid and his family, their hellish captivity was just beginning.

USATODAY.com | April 12, 2004 | 9:22 pm

Cease-fire brings little rest for Marines around Fallujah
While a cease-fire continued Monday around Fallujah, a volatile city 35 miles west of Baghdad, Marines continued to clear buildings and destroy weapons they uncovered, including material for suicide bombings.

Gidget Fuentes | Marine Corps Times | April 12, 2004 | 9:40 pm

Adding U.S. troops in Iraq may not help
President Bush's promise to send more troops to Iraq if U.S. commanders request them still may not stabilize the country, many military analysts say.

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2004 | 11:31 pm

Marines battle in Fallujah
Despite a temporary cease-fire, Marines in this cordoned-off city continued to battle sniper fire, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars Tuesday, and an ambush killed one Marine and wounded four others.

Gidget Fuentes | Marine Corps Times | April 13, 2004 | 11:41 pm

Bush goes on camera to show he's in command
President Bush's goals Tuesday night were clear: Look firm. Sound firm. And be firm about why he thinks the war in Iraq is a critical part of the war on terrorism.

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2004 | 11:47 pm

Family faces agony, duty
The Witmer family is planning a funeral for Spc. Michelle Witmer, 20, a National Guard member killed Friday. And they are praying that their two other daughters — Charity, who is Michelle's twin, and Rachel, their older sister — will choose not to return to their units in Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | April 13, 2004 | 11:53 pm

Is Iraq becoming another Vietnam?
Mounting casualties and growing guerrilla resistance. Skepticism about the justification for going to war in the first place. No clear strategy for finishing the job and coming home. Is Iraq becoming another Vietnam?


USATODAY.com | April 13, 2004 | 11:54 pm

Young Shiite cleric poses big problems for U.S.
Whether a menace is worse than a martyr is a question that frames the debate U.S. commanders in Iraq must now grapple with as they decide how to deal with the fiercely anti-American Shiite clerk, Muqtada al-Sadr, who is eluding arrest in an Iraqi mosque.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 14, 2004 | 4:02 pm

Cease-fire violations frustrate Marines
The commander of a Marine Corps division poised to resume fighting in Fallujah, where a wavering, six-day cease-fire has been in place, vowed Wednesday to wipe out anti-coalition forces and reopen the city.

Gidget Fuentes | Marine Corps Times | April 14, 2004 | 4:30 pm

Killing of Italian hostage heightens concerns about other captives
The reported killing of an Italian hostage Wednesday heightened concerns over the fates of Mississippian Thomas Hamill and three to four dozen other U.S. and foreign nationals who have been abducted in Iraq over the last few weeks.

Ana Radelat | GNS | April 14, 2004 | 9:05 pm

A welcome home for wounded GIs
John Gonsalves, a construction supervisor in Wareham, Mass., created a charity to raise money to build houses adapted for U.S. soldiers badly wounded in Iraq. The project became a reality in March and has brought in $60,000 in five weeks.

USATODAY.com | April 14, 2004 | 11:35 pm

20,000 soldiers' Iraq duty to be extended 90-120 days
The Pentagon will announce as early as Thursday a plan to keep about 20,000 Army troops in Iraq for 90 to 120 days longer than scheduled to help combat rising violence, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | April 14, 2004 | 11:50 pm

Biden: Firm leadership needed in Iraq
Administration missteps are pushing Iraq toward a broad-based anti-America insurgency that must be stopped, Sen. Joseph Biden said Thursday.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | April 15, 2004 | 5:39 pm

Iraq duty deters re-enlistment
The number of soldiers staying in the Army is falling just as the demand is increasing in Iraq. Through March 17, nearly halfway through the fiscal year, the Army fell about 1,000 short of meeting its goal of keeping 25,786 soldiers whose enlistments were ending or who were eligible to retire, a 96% retention rate.

USATODAY.com | April 15, 2004 | 11:01 pm

Fallujah cease-fire leaves Marines anxious
U.S. military commanders, frustrated by a weeklong truce and talks aimed at ending hostilities in Fallujah, say the pause in offensive operations is giving insurgents a chance to reorganize and rearm.

USATODAY.com | April 18, 2004 | 11:01 pm

Baghdad's brief return to normalcy shattered
An uprising by both Sunni and Shiite Muslims that began two weeks ago has pushed up prices, emptied Baghdad's streets and made travel outside the capital difficult.

USATODAY.com | April 18, 2004 | 11:03 pm

Bush names U.N. ambassador as envoy to Iraq
John Negroponte has been in the U.S. foreign service for nearly 40 years, served all over the world and is widely regarded as a quintessential diplomat. But his latest assignment could be his ultimate test — molding a functioning government in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 19, 2004 | 11:45 pm

Powell denies he was out of loop on Iraq
Secretary of State Colin Powell denied Monday that concerns about the war in Iraq he voiced in a new book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward have led to tensions with senior U.S. officials such as Vice President Cheney.

USATODAY.com | April 19, 2004 | 11:53 pm

Lawmakers want answers from Bush on Iraq
Lawmakers returning from their spring recess had plenty of questions, strongly worded advice and, in some cases, outrage for the Bush administration and its handling of Iraq.

John Yaukey and Jon Frandsen | GNS | April 20, 2004 | 10:17 pm

Wolfowitz denies secret Iraq war funding
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz denied on Tuesday to angry Democrats on Capitol Hill that the Bush administration secretly financed preparations for the war in Iraq long before last year's invasion.

USATODAY.com | April 20, 2004 | 11:08 pm

Lawmakers want answers from Bush on Iraq
A chorus of Republican and Democratic senators holding hearings Tuesday on Iraq wanted to know how the Bush administration plans to stabilize the volatile nation of Iraq, to which it will transfer sovereignty June 30 as Bush has promised. And they want to know why the administration has provided scant information about its Iraq strategy.

John Yaukey and Jon Frandsen | GNS | April 21, 2004 | 2:31 pm

Commentary: GI exhibits style, grace amid hype
Thank you, Shoshana Johnson. Thank you for your service to our country, for risking your life, for enduring 22 days as a prisoner of war in Iraq and, almost as important, exhibiting class, dignity and grace in the midst of controversy. Expect to hear a lot of that Sunday when the NAACP's Detroit branch honors you at its annual Fight For Freedom Dinner.

Luther Keith | The Detroit News | April 22, 2004 | 5:11 pm

Lynch family understands
Keep praying. Those were the words that Greg Lynch Sr. — father of the most famous captured soldier in the Iraq war — had for friends and family of Pfc. Keith Matthew Maupin, kidnapped April 9 in an ambush by insurgents. For 12 days in 2003, Lynch and his family sat vigil, prayed together and anxiously waited for word that daughter Jessica would return home safely.

ENQUIRER.com | April 22, 2004 | 5:27 pm

Yellow ribbons pull at our hearts
On a recent weekend, Tricia Charles, her two daughters and a friend made 3,000 yellow ribbon pins for people who want to show their support for Army Pfc. Keith Matthew Maupin, the Batavia, Ohio, resident who is being held hostage in Iraq. Craft stores in the nearby Cincinnati area are reporting brisk sales of yellow ribbon.

ENQUIRER.com | April 22, 2004 | 5:40 pm

Marines score sizable arms cache
A large amount weapons found in a modest Iraqi house last week and another big batch found in a building across the street are among the largest caches a Marine battalion has found so far. The discovery of the arms depot offers a window into how well-armed the enemy is.

Gidget Fuentes | Marine Corps Times | April 22, 2004 | 7:10 pm

U.N. envoy to handpick Iraq's interim leaders
United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will begin choosing leaders of an Iraqi interim government within weeks and hopes to select a prime minister by mid-May, a Bush administration official told a Senate hearing Thursday.

USATODAY.com | April 22, 2004 | 11:13 pm

U.S. plans elite Iraqi force for security
The U.S.-led coalition is recruiting Iraqis for an elite volunteer unit that would fight fellow Iraqis resisting the occupation of the country.

USATODAY.com | April 22, 2004 | 11:50 pm

Analysis: Iraqi military's brutal past limits use to U.S.
The Bush administration should not have been surprised that the new Iraqi army would resist fighting fellow Iraqis, given the history of Middle East dictators using military forces to crush internal opposition, several military analysts say.

USATODAY.com | April 22, 2004 | 11:54 pm

Q&A: What happens when power changes in Iraq?

Gannett News Service | April 23, 2004 | 7:27 am

Iraq to siphon troops, tax dollars even after power transfer
If the transfer of authority goes as planned, Bush will be able to proclaim that his Iraq plan is on track. But little will change tangibly for Americans families whose loved ones are serving there or for taxpayers who can expect another hit to pay for stabilization and rebuiliding efforts.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 23, 2004 | 7:45 am

Former NFL player-turned-soldier killed in Middle East
Distraught Arizona Cardinals players and management on Friday set up a memorial to former strong safety-turned-soldier Pat Tillman, whose death in Afghanistan has been confirmed, outside the team's training camp in Tempe, Ariz. Flags flew at half staff on the campus of Arizona State University, Tillman's alma mater.

The Arizona Republic | April 23, 2004 | 2:52 pm

Congress remains frustrated over Iraq, demands bigger role
Critics charge the Bush administration's repeated failure to consult with Congress and answer questions about prewar planning for Iraq may have contributed to some of the serious missteps that have plagued the yearlong occupation. But after days of complaints this past week that it was repeating the same mistakes, administration officials appeared to be more forthcoming.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | April 23, 2004 | 4:10 pm

Marines to start patrolling Fallujah
Marines will begin training with Iraqi security forces on Monday in a step that could lead to joint patrols in the besieged city as early as Tuesday, a senior military commander said Sunday.

Gidget Fuentes | Marine Corps Times | April 25, 2004 | 7:53 pm

War images paint landscape of death
The images of war fill Americans with horror and rip at the collective resolve.

The Arizona Republic | April 26, 2004 | 3:59 pm

Winning Fallujah risks losing Iraq
Nearly 14 months into a war that the Pentagon predicted would end quickly for occupying forces, the U.S. military faces what could be its most important series of battles since the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam, when insurgents lost badly to U.S. troops but attacked so aggressively and so widely that they changed the course of the war.

USATODAY.com | April 27, 2004 | 11:41 pm

Soldier sisters choose not to rejoin Army units in Iraq
The two Wisconsin sisters of a female soldier killed this month in Baghdad said Tuesday that they will not rejoin their Army National Guard units in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 27, 2004 | 11:43 pm

Hearings start on choice for U.S. ambassador to Iraq
Even after it turns over political control to Iraqis on June 30, the United States will retain military control in Iraq, maintaining the right to send U.S. troops anywhere whether or not the new government approves, the Bush administration's nominee to be ambassador to Iraq said Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | April 27, 2004 | 11:45 pm

Poll: Iraqis out of patience
Only a third of the Iraqi people now believe that the American-led occupation of their country is doing more good than harm, and a solid majority support an immediate military pullout even though they fear that could put them in greater danger, according to a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll.

USATODAY.com | April 28, 2004 | 11:37 pm

More armored vehicles being sent to troops in Iraq
U.S. military commanders have sent additional tanks and armored personnel carriers to Marine and Army units in Iraq, and more are on their way.

USATODAY.com | April 28, 2004 | 11:42 pm

Pollsters often put lives at risk to administer surveys
The 60-plus Iraqis who conducted the USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll faced challenges including violence, radical clerics, discrimination, a tribal dispute and a bomb scare.

USATODAY.com | April 28, 2004 | 11:49 pm

In Fallujah, Marines adjust to changing plans
FALLUJAH, Iraq — Eleventh-hour negotiations late Wednesday cancelled planned joint U.S.-Iraqi security patrols here and put combat-ready Marines on standby.

ArmyTimes.com | April 29, 2004 | 10:57 pm

Poll finds optimism about what lies ahead
BAGHDAD — A new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows Iraqis are optimistic about their future, despite deep, potentially dangerous divides among competing factions over the role of religion in government and autonomy for the Kurdish minority.

USATODAY.com | April 29, 2004 | 11:08 pm

April is Iraq's deadliest month
By mid-April, it was already the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq. By Thursday, the month's death toll had climbed to 134, more than the number of troops killed in the war's opening stages, from the invasion to the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad.

USATODAY.com | April 29, 2004 | 11:11 pm

Brahimi holds USA's Iraq exit strategy in his hands
UNITED NATIONS - Lakhdar Brahimi, the 70-year-old former Algerian foreign minister, who also oversaw Afghanistan's political transition, appears to have become, by default, the Bush administration's best hope for an orderly political exit from Iraq.

USATODAY.com | April 29, 2004 | 11:54 pm

Medevac crews hop around the globe to get wounded soldiers home
The military medevac system for Iraq and Afghanistan uses an array of regularly scheduled and on-demand flights. More than 12,000 patients have been flown out of the two war zones.

Army Times | April 30, 2004 | 2:47 pm

April violence exposes problems in U.S. Iraq plan
The recent fighting in the Iraq cities of Fallujah and Najaf, which has made April the deadliest month of the war for American forces, has raised troubling questions about the United States'strategy of securing Iraq and returning sovereignty to the Iraqis simultaneously.

John Yaukey | GNS | April 30, 2004 | 2:54 pm

Retreating Marines now patrolling Kharma
Marines who had been poised for an assault on Fallujah instead spent Sunday in Kharma, trying to win hearts and minds.

Gidget Fuentes | Marine Corps Times | May 2, 2004 | 5:07 pm

April ends with more deaths for U.S. troops
The deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq ended Friday with 137 servicemembers having lost their lives to hostile action such as gunfire, rocket attacks and explosions.

USATODAY.com | May 2, 2004 | 11:30 pm

Troop level in Iraq to remain through 2005
The U.S. military force in Iraq will remain at 138,000 troops through the end of next year, an acknowledgment that the Iraqi insurgency is more stubborn and dangerous than generals thought earlier this year.

USATODAY.com | May 4, 2004 | 11:19 pm

Furor over abuse expands at home and abroad
The Army is investigating the deaths of 10 prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan and has declared two others homicides as part of a growing probe of abuse by military prison guards. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday he is expanding investigations of prisoner abuse to include alleged incidents at bases in Cuba and the USA.

USATODAY.com | May 4, 2004 | 11:21 pm

At least 3 prisoners killed by U.S. personnel
The growing scandal involving abuses of Iraqi prisoners reached a new level Tuesday when top Army officials acknowledged that three detainees have been killed, including one who was trying to escape, and 10 other cases of prisoner deaths are under investigation.

USATODAY.com | May 4, 2004 | 11:24 pm

Losing a limb doesn't mean losing your job
In today's military, amputation doesn't automatically mean "medical retirement," a discharge because of a disability. High-tech advances in artificial limbs and improved methods of rehabilitation now allow a significant number of amputees to stay in uniform.

USATODAY.com | May 5, 2004 | 5:45 pm

Ney says Iraq prison abuse hearing would hurt morale, benefit U.S. enemies
An upcoming Senate hearing on Iraq prisoner abuse will hurt troop morale and benefit America's enemies, an Ohio Republican said Wednesday.

Greg Wright | GNS | May 5, 2004 | 6:45 pm

Failure to disclose Iraqi prison abuse worsens U.S. war situation
The abuse of Iraqi prisoners and the delay in making it public has cast further doubt on American motives for war, and winning back credibility could require the resignations of top officials.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | May 5, 2004 | 6:53 pm

Skelton demands GAO probe of prisoner abuses in Iraq
The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee has asked the General Accounting Office to probe the role of private security contractors in Iraq.

Pamela Brogan | GNS | May 5, 2004 | 8:18 pm

Rumsfeld faces swelling tide of criticism
Hailed as a conquering hero after last year's quick victory over Saddam Hussein's army, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is fast becoming the focus of intense criticism over his handling of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

USATODAY.com | May 5, 2004 | 11:42 pm

For Bush, TV interviews just the start of long ordeal
If the intensity of damage-control efforts is any gauge of the concern inside the White House about the scandal over mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, President Bush and his advisers are very worried.

USATODAY.com | May 5, 2004 | 11:50 pm

Tour provides glimpse of life at Abu Ghraib
Most of the 3,800 detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison are housed in canvas tents that hold 25 each. Inmates sleep on mats on the ground. A perimeter of barbed wire encloses the tents, plastic outhouses and outdoor showers.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2004 | 4:01 pm

Legal issues in prosecuting abuse perpetrators
President Bush says that those responsible for degrading Iraqi prisoners will be "brought to justice." A look at what that could mean.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2004 | 4:03 pm

U.S. campaign in Iraq teetering on free fall
The past several days have seen a hemorrhaging of American credibility in Iraq and across the Arab world with a widening scandal involving Army guards who allegedly sexually abused and tortured Iraqi prisoners. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Friday will face questions from lawmakers who want to know how such treatment was allowed to happen.

John Yaukey | GNS | May 6, 2004 | 4:54 pm

Q&A with Gen. John Abizaid
Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command, was interviewed at his headquarters in Doha, Qatar, by USA TODAY's Steven Komarow. Here are some excerpts from the interview.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2004 | 11:20 pm

Top general regretful but sees opportunities
Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the region that includes Iraq, said Thursday that the credibility of the U.S.-led coalition is suffering because of the scandal over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. But he added that, so far, the damage has been limited.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2004 | 11:24 pm

Rumsfeld faces lawmakers
President Bush voiced confidence in Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday as the Defense secretary prepared for questioning Friday by members of Congress angry and apprehensive over the Iraq prisoner-abuse scandal.

USATODAY.com | May 6, 2004 | 11:29 pm

Authorities try to speed delayed mail to troops
A mounting wave of anecdotal evidence, bolstered by a General Accounting Office report, show delays, disappearances and thefts within the military mail system take a toll on the morale of troops in Iraq and their families back home.

Karen Jowers | Army Times | May 7, 2004 | 4:14 pm

Medics suffer as they care for war's wounded
Military medical workers are dedicated to caring for sick and wounded troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. But the work takes an emotional toll.


Deborah Funk | Army Times | May 7, 2004 | 4:20 pm

Rumsfeld takes responsibility for abuse of Iraqi prisoners
Perhaps the most ominous moment of Friday's electric hearings came when Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warned ``the worst is yet to come."

John Yaukey | GNS | May 7, 2004 | 5:41 pm

Rumsfeld's testimony may not save his job or boost U.S. credibility
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's appearance Friday before Congress to explain the torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners was a near-perfect version of the peculiar Beltway ritual of taking responsibility for a terrible problem - but not too much.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | May 7, 2004 | 7:49 pm

America has work to do on image
It could take decades for America to regain its image as a beacon of morality and humanitarian values after revelations that American troops tortured and humiliated Iraqi prisoners, public relations experts said.

Thejournalnews.com | May 7, 2004 | 7:55 pm

Iraq war separates U.S. Army married couple - forever
Love and the military brought them together seven years ago. Then war tore them apart. The conflict in Iraq separated the couple for about four months this year and reunited them on foreign soil, even if but for a moment, last month only to separate them again. This time, forever.

Vicki Welborn | The (Shreveport, La.) Times | May 7, 2004 | 9:32 pm

Iraq prison photos may represent historic turning point
Most photographs document history. A few change it. At first glance, the graphic snapshots from Abu Ghraib, the military prison in Iraq, appear destined to join those of Bull Connor's snarling dogs during the Civil Rights movement, and the naked Vietnamese girl running from her village after a napalm attack.

Ken Fuson | The Des Moines Register | May 8, 2004 | 4:51 pm

Freed Iraqi describes Abu Ghraib
Amid the choking heat of a linoleum-floored holding cell, an accused carjacker wondered whether he was headed back to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison or forward to freedom.

USATODAY.com | May 9, 2004 | 11:07 pm

Editorial: A failure of leadership at the highest levels
Around the halls of the Pentagon, a term of caustic derision has emerged for the enlisted soldiers at the heart of the furor over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal: the six morons who lost the war. But the folks in the Pentagon are talking about the wrong morons. But while responsibility begins with the six soldiers facing criminal charges, it extends all the way up the chain of command.

ArmyTimes.com | May 10, 2004 | 8:20 pm

Red Cross report describes abuses in Iraq
The international Red Cross gave U.S. military officials at least a half-dozen warnings last year that Iraqi prisoners were being abused by American personnel, according to a confidential report the aid organization sent to top U.S. officials in February.

USATODAY.com | May 10, 2004 | 10:53 pm

Signs of abuse at Abu Ghraib dismissed
WASHINGTON — Days after a military prison guard in Iraq placed a compact disk containing photographs of prisoner abuse on the bunk of an Army investigator, the military's top officer knew that the Pentagon, and the country, were facing a major crisis.

USATODAY.com | May 10, 2004 | 10:55 pm

Bush: U.S. owes debt to 'superb' Rumsfeld
President Bush visited the Pentagon on Monday to shore up his embattled Defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, as the administration and Congress grappled with how to handle potentially explosive new photos of prisoner sexual abuse.

USATODAY.com | May 10, 2004 | 11:39 pm

Poll: War opposition up amid Iraqi abuse scandal
Americans say they're disgusted and embarrassed by the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of grinning U.S. troops. The soldiers' behavior at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, captured so vividly in photographs, is inexcusable to an overwhelming majority of the public.

USATODAY.com | May 10, 2004 | 11:41 pm

Pentagon to show senators new photos
U.S. senators will get their first look Wednesday at a new batch of photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse when Pentagon officials make them available for a brief, classified viewing.

USATODAY.com | May 11, 2004 | 11:25 pm

Whistleblower asked mom's advice
Margie Blank remembers the phone call from Iraq sometime before Christmas. It was her son, Army Spc. Joseph Darby, 24, a reservist military police officer, and she could tell something was wrong. Darby alerted the Army, and ultimately the world, to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. guards at Abu Ghraib prison.

USATODAY.com | May 11, 2004 | 11:41 pm

Some in Baghdad say U.S. no longer wanted
Seven weeks before Washington plans to transfer limited sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government, the U.S. military says it is making steady progress. But in the battle for Iraqi "hearts and minds," the U.S. may be losing ground.

USATODAY.com | May 12, 2004 | 11:05 pm

Abu Ghraib photos cause gasps in Congress
A graphic slide show shown to members of Congress on Wednesday included images of U.S. military forcing Iraqi prisoners into sexual poses and threatening them with dogs.

USATODAY.com | May 12, 2004 | 11:26 pm

FBI: Agents advised Berg to leave Iraq
Before his grisly execution, American businessman Nick Berg reportedly refused U.S. offers of assistance to leave Iraq, U.S. military and federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | May 12, 2004 | 11:26 pm

Court-martial will lay foundation for other cases
Next week's court-martial of Army Spc. Jeremy Sivits is a crucial step in the U.S. military's investigation into who planned and participated in the scheme to sexually humiliate Iraqi prisoners, legal analysts say.

USATODAY.com | May 12, 2004 | 11:29 pm

U.S. interrogators face 'gray areas' with prisoners
The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops has put a spotlight on one of the murky aspects of America's war on terrorism: aggressive physical and psychological techniques that intelligence agents use to try to extract information from reluctant or hostile sources.

USATODAY.com | May 12, 2004 | 11:33 pm

Role as U.S. ally gets riskier for Kuwait, Jordan
U.S. failings in Iraq have generated anger across the Arab world, including in this longtime American ally, where some say the United States needs to go beyond President Bush's apology for what he has called the "wrongdoing of a few."

USATODAY.com | May 12, 2004 | 11:42 pm

Iraq contractors fight thinning ranks, high insurance
The massive, U.S.-funded reconstruction of Iraq is largely on course, despite contractor fatalities, a drawdown in the number of foreign workers and sky-high insurance rates.

USATODAY.com | May 13, 2004 | 12:04 am

Money request coming next year
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday that the Bush administration will likely ask for more money for military operations in Iraq next year, beyond the $25 billion in additional funds it has already requested.

USATODAY.com | May 13, 2004 | 1:57 am

Abu Ghraib, 9/11 complicate intelligence reforms
In coming months, policy-makers will have to decide how to repair the crucial component of gathering critical human intelligence in the national security framework, a glaring failure expected to be cited by an independent commission looking into the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

John Yaukey | GNS | May 13, 2004 | 5:44 pm

U.S. missed chances to stop abuses
Pentagon and White House officials missed numerous opportunities to head off abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, according to interviews, testimony and public documents that have emerged since the scandal erupted last month.

USATODAY.com | May 13, 2004 | 11:11 pm

Sermon offers signals of Iraqi Shiite public opinion
Sayed Mohamed al-Haidari, 59, a Shiite cleric with a reputation for pragmatism, offered an important signal of where mainstream Shiite opinion stands. But from a U.S. perspective, the results were mixed.

USATODAY.com | May 14, 2004 | 7:59 pm

Military intelligence under scrutiny
As the first court-martial begins this week in the Iraq prison abuse scandal, attention is focused not only on the U.S. military guards accused of humiliating Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison but on a group not yet charged: the military intelligence and CIA officers the guards say ordered them to do it.

USATODAY.com | May 16, 2004 | 10:58 pm

Former guard has a history of complaints
Army Spc. Charles Graner, an accused ringleader in the abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, repeatedly has faced allegations of violence and psychological abuse in his personal life and at his job as a Pennsylvania prison guard.

USAT.com | May 17, 2004 | 2:01 pm

Abuse inquiry may move up ranks
Four influential U.S. senators said Sunday that the Iraqi prison abuse scandal goes beyond low-level guards already charged, and that higher-level officials must be held accountable or the damage to U.S. credibility will spread.

USAT.com | May 17, 2004 | 2:07 pm

For some Iraqis, jobs more pressing than politics
This weekend's open forum held by the Coalition Provisional Authority to discuss proposed rules for the first national elections in Iraq since Saddam Hussein was toppled, showcased the difficulties of cementing genuine self-governance amid continuing fears of terror attacks and the lack of basic services. And while Iraq's elites debate process, the masses crave jobs.

USAT.com | May 17, 2004 | 2:09 pm

Soldiers' defense: Right and wrong got blurred
Army Sgt. Javal Davis lost his ability to tell right from wrong after months of seeing interrogations of Iraqi prisoners that relied heavily on sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation, his attorney says.

USATODAY.com | May 17, 2004 | 11:11 pm

Report highlights USA's rights efforts
After a nearly two-week delay because of the furor over U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners, the State Department issued on Monday its annual report on American efforts to improve human rights conditions around the world.

USATODAY.com | May 17, 2004 | 11:19 pm

Head of Governing Council killed in car bombing
A suicide car bombing killed the head of Iraq's Governing Council on Monday near the headquarters of the U.S. occupation. The attack came six weeks before the scheduled transfer of power to an Iraqi government.

USATODAY.com | May 17, 2004 | 11:20 pm

Reporters given tour of improved Abu Ghraib
Amid continuing controversy over the treatment of Iraqi prisoners, U.S. Army officials on Monday unveiled dramatic improvements at the prison where soldiers are accused of routinely abusing their captives.

USATODAY.com | May 17, 2004 | 11:34 pm

Senators: War hinges on winning back support of Iraqi, U.S. public
The United States is in danger of losing the war in Iraq because of the rapidly eroding confidence of Iraqis and Americans alike, senators of both parties warned the Bush administration Tuesday.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | May 18, 2004 | 4:52 pm

First prisoner abuse trial draws world media
Some Iraqis apparently will not be satisfied with the first court-martial of a soldier who allegedly took part in the abuse of inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison. They think execution is a more fitting punishment.

USATODAY.com | May 18, 2004 | 11:01 pm

Report: Harsh interrogation OK'd for 1 inmate
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez approved the use of sleep deprivation, intimidation by guard dogs, excessive noise and inducing fear as interrogation methods against a single Iraqi inmate at Abu Ghraib prison, according to a description in the classified annex of a military report.

USATODAY.com | May 18, 2004 | 11:28 pm

Wolfowitz: Length of force's stay in Iraq still unknown
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, an architect of the Iraq war, said Tuesday he had failed to anticipate "the resilience" of Saddam Hussein's supporters and did not know how long the United States would have to keep 135,000 troops in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | May 18, 2004 | 11:41 pm

Soldiers' training stresses what not to do
One of the defenses that may emerge in the prosecution of the soldiers accused of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is that they were poorly trained in the treatment of detainees. Army legal officials, however, insist that trainees are taught how to handle prisoners and deal with unlawful orders.

Matthew Cox | Army Times | May 19, 2004 | 6:00 pm

Soldiers' problem - doing the right thing, and recognizing the wrong
The topic of lawful orders has been a hot subject since the photos of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq became public. But U.S. military law is crystal clear on this subject: Service members have the right to refuse to obey an illegal order.

William H. McMichael | Army Times | May 19, 2004 | 6:06 pm

Conyers asks whether torture denial was lie
The ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee wants a congressional probe into whether the Justice Department misled the Supreme Court last month when a government lawyer told the justices that the United States does not engage in torture.

USATODAY.com | May 19, 2004 | 11:32 pm

Diplomat: U.S. Embassy to be strong friend to Iraq
Two U.S. officials tried Wednesday to explain how the operation of a new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the largest in terms of U.S. personnel, will differ from the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

USATODAY.com | May 19, 2004 | 11:33 pm

Iraqis say 40 killed at wedding
Forty people were killed Wednesday in a U.S. attack on a house that the Army says was a hideout for foreign fighters but that Iraqis said was the site of a wedding celebration.

USATODAY.com | May 20, 2004 | 12:02 am

Troops let sheiks tour prison in effort to gain trust
A group of 15 tribal leaders walked through the sprawling Abu Ghraib prison in an open session designed to be part of the damage-control process after the prisoner abuse was made public. It came the same day as the first U.S. soldier went to court-martial in the case.

Gina Cavallaro | Army Times | May 20, 2004 | 12:09 am

Sanchez says he never saw rules for interrogation
An obscure Army captain wrote the interrogation rules. The general in charge never saw them, even though his title appears on the document as the officer who must approve especially harsh techniques. Yet somehow the rules wound up on the wall of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison.

USATODAY.com | May 20, 2004 | 11:17 pm

Former exile's supporters seem to have cut him loose
The Bush administration, which has been divided about the way forward in Iraq, appears to have united on one point: Ahmad Chalabi will not be Iraq's next leader.

USATODAY.com | May 20, 2004 | 11:53 pm

'America's best friend in Iraq' angry over raid
Ahmad Chalabi picked the wrong day to sleep late. At 11 a.m. Thursday, as the man who helped fuel the Bush administration's drive to war in Iraq slumbered, Iraqi police and their American advisers were surrounding his home and office compound.

USATODAY.com | May 21, 2004 | 6:12 pm

Bush to talk up plans for Iraq
An embattled President Bush, his support imperiled at home and abroad, launches a five-week campaign Monday intended to reassure Americans that he has an effective plan for Iraq and persuade foreign leaders to do more to help it succeed.

USATODAY.com | May 23, 2004 | 11:17 pm

Rumsfeld's time 'absorbed' by abuse scandal
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has dropped virtually all his other duties and spent the better part of two weeks working on little besides the Iraqi abuse scandal.

USATODAY.com | May 24, 2004 | 11:16 pm

U.S. struggles to breach wall of Iraqi skepticism
Nearly every afternoon, coalition spokesman Dan Senor and Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt stride to the podium in Baghdad to talk about progress. U.S.-sponsored Iraqi radio, television and newspapers spread the word from Mosul in the north to Basra in the south. The trouble is, many Iraqis don't believe them.

USATODAY.com | May 24, 2004 | 11:55 pm

General who led Abu Ghraib prison guard unit has been suspended
The Army Reserve has temporarily taken command away from the general who oversaw U.S. prisons in Iraq while top officers evaluate her performance, Army Reserve officials said Monday.

USATODAY.com | May 24, 2004 | 11:57 pm

Lawyers seek dismissal of England's confession
Attorneys for Pfc. Lynndie England, the U.S. soldier who was photographed holding a leash around the neck of an Iraqi detainee at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, will ask that her statements to investigators be thrown out because she was interrogated after she had asked for a lawyer.

USATODAY.com | May 24, 2004 | 11:59 pm

Analysis: Expectations on smaller scale than before war
President Bush faced a skeptical audience at a difficult time when he reassured Americans on Monday that he has a plan to restore peace in Iraq, give power to a democratic government and make America safer.

USATODAY.com | May 25, 2004 | 12:15 am

Army may be sending training base troops to Iraq
The Army, pressing to meet the need for combat troops in Iraq, is making contingency plans to deploy an elite unit whose mission is to play the enemy in rigorous field exercises. It is the latest sign of the Army's personnel crunch, say some experts.

USATODAY.com | May 25, 2004 | 12:19 am

Analysis: Bush tries to broaden focus on Iraq war, dispel concerns about his leadership
In a springtime of sorrow and second guessing, President Bush on Monday sought to attack the doubts that threaten his presidency by portraying Iraq as a pivotal point in the war on terrorism, and a crossroads in history.

Chuck Raasch | GNS | May 25, 2004 | 12:31 am

Timing of general's departure questioned
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez is likely to be judged the highest-ranking casualty of a foundering occupation and a corrosive prisoner abuse scandal, both of which tarnished the year he has been the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

USATODAY.com | May 25, 2004 | 11:04 pm

5 more GIs may face abuse charges
At least five more Army soldiers involved in abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison last fall are likely to be charged with criminal conduct in the next several weeks, a high-ranking Army officer with knowledge of the cases said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | May 26, 2004 | 11:54 pm

Militias threaten to split Iraq, entrench U.S. troops
There are worrisome signs Iraq's fractious Shiite, Sunni Arabs and Kurdish militias, deployed now along sensitive religious and ethnic fronts, intend to stay active as U.S. civil authorities attempt to bring Iraqis together under a sovereign government this summer.

John Yaukey | GNS | May 27, 2004 | 4:27 pm

Two Marines convicted of prisoner abuse
Two infantry Marines were convicted in courts-martial May 14 of abusing an Iraqi prisoner with electrical shocks, Marine Corps officials said May 27.

MarineTimes.com | May 28, 2004 | 8:13 pm

Cash crunch curbs rebuilding in Iraq
With bank lending almost non-existent and foreign investment in Iraq about as common as a snowstorm, Iraqi businesses are struggling to secure the credit they need for life after Saddam Hussein.

USATODAY.com | June 1, 2004 | 11:12 pm

U.S. and Britain circulate revised Iraq resolution
The United States and Britain tried to smooth over objections to a United Nations resolution on Iraq on Tuesday with a version that would remove troops no later than early 2006.

USATODAY.com | June 1, 2004 | 11:17 pm

Army extends duty for soldiers
In the latest sign of the growing strains on thinly stretched U.S. armed forces, the Army has issued orders to block tens of thousands of soldiers heading to Iraq and Afghanistan from leaving the military or transferring to other units, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | June 2, 2004 | 11:57 pm

Gears grind as effort shifts into overdrive
The U.S.-funded reconstruction drive in Iraq is entering a make-or-break phase, ramping up to create 1.5 million jobs and set off a building boom despite grave doubts about the sustainability of the occupation.

USATODAY.com | June 3, 2004 | 11:42 pm

Allawi's ascent follows extensive PR campaign
Iraq's new prime minister waged an expensive lobbying and public relations campaign beginning last year to build political support — not in Baghdad, but in Washington.

USATODAY.com | June 3, 2004 | 11:47 pm

Iraq seeks '.IQ' domain to make its mark on Net
Iraq is making its first claim for an internationally recognized presence on the Internet.

USATODAY.com | June 3, 2004 | 11:53 pm

Lawmakers in both parties urge Congress to probe abuse
Congress should do more to investigate the abuse of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison rather than let the military probe itself, members of Congress in both parties say.

USATODAY.com | June 7, 2004 | 11:55 pm

U.N. approves Iraq resolution
The United Nations Security Council handed the Bush administration an important foreign policy victory Tuesday by voting unanimously for a resolution backing the new caretaker government of Iraq and a multinational force under U.S. command.

USATODAY.com | June 8, 2004 | 11:05 pm

U.S. force in Iraq to grow as Marine deployment pushed up
The Pentagon will increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to around 145,000 this summer, from the current 140,000, in recognition of the continued difficulty coalition forces are having in providing security leading up to the hand-over of political power to Iraqis on June 30.

USATODAY.com | June 9, 2004 | 12:28 am

Bush wants NATO relief in Iraq
President Bush, eager to reduce U.S. responsibilities in Iraq, said Wednesday that he hopes NATO will take a more active role there.

USATODAY.com | June 9, 2004 | 11:51 pm

Fallujah Brigade tries U.S. patience
A top Marine officer here says the compromise that gave control of Fallujah to an Iraqi brigade in exchange for the withdrawal of Marines may be a failure.

USATODAY.com | June 13, 2004 | 11:18 pm

Wounded Vt. guardsman anxious to get home
A mortar had ripped open Brooks' left leg and blown away part of his foot. Nearby lay the bodies of two fellow Vermonters.

Erin Kelly | GNS | June 14, 2004 | 5:57 pm

Ailing companies blame Iraq war
Hundreds of companies blame the Iraq war for poor financial results in 2003, many warning that continued U.S. military involvement there could harm this year's performance.

USATODAY.com | June 14, 2004 | 10:19 pm

U.S. missed need for prison personnel in war plans
As investigators try to piece together what led to the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in the fall of 2003, the shortage of trained personnel appears to be one of the keys to what went wrong.

USATODAY.com | June 14, 2004 | 11:06 pm

Contractors pay rising toll in Iraq
Eighty-five civilians working on U.S. government contracts or subcontracts have died in Iraq since spring 2003, according to Labor Department data obtained by USA TODAY.

USATODAY.com | June 16, 2004 | 11:27 pm

Panel says Saddam didn't help al-Qaeda
There is "no credible evidence" that Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaeda plan and train for attacks against the United States, the commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks said Wednesday. That finding disputes a rationale the Bush administration gave for invading Iraq.

USATODAY.com | June 16, 2004 | 11:38 pm

Iraqis to regain control of the renovated Baghdad airport
Iraq's new leadership will take control of a rehabilitated Baghdad International Airport in the next few weeks. The hand-over is expected to open the door for the first normal commercial service since the U.S. invasion 15 months ago.

USATODAY.com | June 16, 2004 | 11:46 pm

Bremer satisfied with Iraq's progress
Despite an increase in violence before the transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis, the American administrator of Iraq says the country is on a path to democracy that will carry it through to elections and a representative government early next year.

USATODAY.com | June 17, 2004 | 11:13 pm

Power handoff in Iraq not likely to cut war costs
As Iraq struggles to stand on its own, the 116th Cavalry Brigade from Idaho's National Guard will be entering the newly sovereign country expected to be every bit as volatile as it was under American rule. Indeed, the price Americans pay in Iraq with blood and money will not likely abate anytime soon, despite the power handoff.

John Yaukey | GNS | June 18, 2004 | 4:23 pm

Kurds experiencing tranquility in Iraq
Imagine an Iraq where GIs are greeted with cheers rather than roadside explosives, where traffic flows in orderly processions, where the calm is undisturbed by car bombs or assassinations. Such an Iraq already exists in the northern third of the country, where the local Kurdish population has governed itself for the past 13 years.

USATODAY.com | June 20, 2004 | 11:04 pm

Generals ordered to testify on abuse
A military judge on Monday ordered top U.S. generals to answer questions about abuse at Abu Ghraib prison and ruled that the infamous facility should be preserved as a "crime scene" for now, not torn down as President Bush has suggested.

USATODAY.com | June 22, 2004 | 12:18 am

General promised quick results if Gitmo plan used at Abu Ghraib
The general who pushed for more aggressive interrogation tactics at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison predicted better intelligence within a month if his strategies were adopted, according to a copy of his classified plan obtained by USA TODAY.

USATODAY.com | June 23, 2004 | 10:36 pm

Rumsfeld OK'd harsh treatment
In an extraordinary disclosure of classified material, the Bush administration released 258 pages of internal documents Tuesday that portray harsh interrogation techniques — including stripping terror suspects and threatening them with dogs — as a necessary response to threats from al-Qaeda terrorists.

USATODAY.com | June 23, 2004 | 10:38 pm

White House responds to critics with policy disclosure
White House officials decided that they had no choice but to release documents Tuesday detailing their internal debate over interrogation policies, according to interviews with administration officials.

USATODAY.com | June 23, 2004 | 10:39 pm

Comparisons made about postwar period
Bush administration officials have compared the occupation and rebuilding of Iraq to the occupations of Japan and Germany after World War II.

Gannett News Service | June 24, 2004 | 3:39 pm

Who will be in charge of security?
Iraqi leaders will have the power to veto major operations like the Marine mission recently in Fallujah.

Gannett News Service | June 24, 2004 | 3:45 pm

Iraq sovereignty raises questions about future
The sovereignty agreement is vague in places, raising questions about who will command U.S. troops starting Monday and what will happen to deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

John Yaukey | GNS | June 24, 2004 | 3:57 pm

Power transfer in Iraq geared to elections
Many a pundit has discounted the handoff as mere symbolism. But it does at least point the way for an eventual U.S. exit - even if it fails to guarantee a successful one.

John Yaukey | GNS | June 24, 2004 | 4:25 pm

Gore blasts Bush's Iraq strategy
Gore accused President Bush of abusing his powers and playing on the emotions of Americans to wage a campaign of deception for political gain.

Larry Bivins | GNS | June 24, 2004 | 7:20 pm

Lugar optimistic despite Iraq setbacks
Only days ahead of a transition of power in Iraq, Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, one of the nation's leading foreign relations experts, said Thursday he is optimistic that Iraq is on track toward a ``rough-and-ready democracy'' that will help stabilize the region.

Maureen Groppe | GNS | June 26, 2004 | 5:56 pm

Security forces in Iraq brace for larger role
As the United States closes its occupation government and turns authority over to an interim Iraqi administration, security in the country is poised to take a different tack.

USATODAY.com | June 27, 2004 | 11:19 pm

Violence to test bond between U.S. and newly sovereign Iraq
U.S. ground commanders have been warning that the sovereignty transfer will not discourage insurgents. The difference as of Monday is that Iraqis now must try to take the lead in repelling them.


John Yaukey | GNS | June 28, 2004 | 4:17 pm

What members of Congress are saying about the transfer of power
Here is what some members of Congress had to say about the expedited transfer of power in Iraq.

GNS | June 28, 2004 | 7:19 pm

New era is blessing for some, curse for others
One of the greatest challenges facing the new Iraqi government, which took power Monday, is creating a system where there are more Iraqis who are optimistic than disgruntled. For all the money spent, the U.S. occupation government has left much of society disillusioned, unemployed and too easily recruited by insurgents.

USATODAY.com | June 28, 2004 | 10:27 pm

Last-minute handover confuses U.S. contractors in Iraq
Foreign contractors in Iraq, caught flat-footed by the early transfer of power Monday, say they're confused by last-minute edicts issued by the U.S. occupation chief setting out their liability under Iraqi law.

USATODAY.com | June 28, 2004 | 11:03 pm

Women’s groups say U.S. hasn’t eased plight of Iraqi, Afghan women
Iraqi women’s rights deteriorated under U.S. occupation and could further worsen under Iraq’s new provisional government, according to a report released Tuesday by several women’s groups.

Greg Wright | GNS | June 29, 2004 | 6:00 pm

Iraqi effort judged harshly
The U.S. administration in Iraq was bedeviled by staff shortages, escalating violence, lack of functioning Iraqi courts and continuing electrical power woes, a congressional report out Tuesday says.

USATODAY.com | June 29, 2004 | 6:02 pm

Next: A crash course in democracy
Ronald St. John, a political consultant with the International Republican Institute, recently asked some college students in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul to define democracy. One student stuck up his hand and answered: "Democracy means you can disobey laws you don't agree with." Iraqis have a lot to learn about democracy and not much time to learn it.

USATODAY.com | June 29, 2004 | 6:07 pm

Army using technology, intelligence to analyze execution video
The U.S. Army is combining advanced video analysis with information from intelligence agencies in its efforts to identify a man that Iraqi radicals execute on video. The Arab TV network Al-Jazeera obtained the video Monday with a statement claiming the man being executed was Spec. Keith Matthew Maupin, a Batavia, Ohio, resident missing since April 9 when his fuel-truck convoy was attacked in western Baghdad.

John Yaukey | GNS | June 29, 2004 | 6:24 pm

U.S. to recall 5,600 troops for Iraq
The Pentagon is preparing an involuntary call-up of up to 5,600 discharged soldiers to help fill units depleted by fighting the two-front war on terror, the Army said Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | June 29, 2004 | 11:33 pm

Army recalls thousands for Iraq duty
The Pentagon is calling up nearly 10,000 more troops, more than half of them soldiers who had thought they had finished their active-duty time, Defense officials said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | June 30, 2004 | 11:31 pm

MPs: Some Iraqi guards as bad as prisoners
U.S. authorities in Iraq hired Iraqi prison guards to help staff Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq, but the guards turned out to be almost as much trouble as the prisoners themselves, interviews and documents obtained by USA TODAY show.

USATODAY.com | July 1, 2004 | 12:04 am

Saddam won't make it easy to try him
The sound of clinking chains announced Saddam Hussein's arrival at the small makeshift courthouse on Thursday. During the 26-minute hearing, the 67-year-old former dictator was alternately nervous, feisty, angry, tired and impatient. He was never repentant.

USATODAY.com | July 1, 2004 | 10:58 pm

Muslims around world debate hostage's fate
There is no word on Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun's whereabouts or fate. But there is plenty of word in the Muslim world, both here and abroad, about how he should be treated.

USATODAY.com | July 1, 2004 | 11:20 pm

Insurgents will be defeated, interim Iraq president says
Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer predicted victory over the insurgency that has bedeviled U.S. troops, slowed reconstruction and left some cities ungovernable.

USATODAY.com | July 5, 2004 | 9:55 pm

Senate panel to blast CIA, but not Bush, on Iraq intelligence
A blistering Senate report due out Friday is expected to lay most of the blame for the weapons of mass destruction debacle in Iraq on the CIA and largely spare the White House, according to lawmakers who have publicly discussed some of the analysis.

John Yaukey | GNS | July 7, 2004 | 11:25 pm

Stability returning to Baghdad
Iraq's interim government, which began exerting influence even before it officially took political power last week, seems to be restoring a semblance of order to Baghdad's lawless streets.

USATODAY.com | July 7, 2004 | 11:42 pm

Senate panel finds CIA's prewar spying was deficient
The CIA failed to penetrate Saddam Hussein's regime sufficiently before the war to find out what weapons Iraq possessed, and agency analysts applied faulty logic to the sketchy information they did have to conclude Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, a Senate committee report due out today says.

USATODAY.com | July 8, 2004 | 11:18 pm

Several investigations focus on intelligence
The scathing Senate intelligence committee report on intelligence used to make a case for the war in Iraq is just part of a broad effort to identify and correct the way the government collects and uses intelligence in the age of terrorism.

Jon Frandsen | GNS | July 9, 2004 | 3:04 pm

Pivotal pre-war document was confident about Iraqi arsenal
Just before lawmakers voted to authorize the use of force against Iraq in October 2002, they were sent a pivotal 90-page report by the nation's intelligence community called the National Intelligence Estimate. Its assessments were reached without any U.S. or allied spies or operatives having seen any chemical or biological weapons in Iraq since 1995.

John Yaukey | GNS | July 9, 2004 | 3:08 pm

Report: Flawed Iraq intelligence exposes national peril
The United States went to war in Iraq on false claims from an intelligence network so dysfunctional it raises grave concerns about being able to thwart future terrorist attacks, according to a Senate report released Friday and the lawmakers who wrote it.

John Yaukey | GNS | July 9, 2004 | 5:41 pm

Pensacola soldiers: Iraqis grateful for U.S. help
Along with Army Reserve Maj. James Manzanares' painful recollections of the war’s human toll, Manzanares, who works at Nemours Children’s Clinic in Pensacola, Fla., is proud of the U.S. mission in Iraq. Now that Iraqi’s interim government has assumed sovereignty, men and women from the Pensacola area who have risked their lives say progress is being made.

Amber Bollman | The Pensacola News Journal | July 9, 2004 | 6:46 pm

U.S. troops face deadly challenges in Iraqi city of Ramadi
Ramadi may be the most dangerous city in Iraq. Though battles in places such as Fallujah and Najaf have gotten more attention, the Marine battalion in this provincial capital has encountered the most deadly combat fighting and logged the highest number of casualties of any U.S. battalion since the war in Iraq began.


Gregg Zoroya | USA TODAY | July 12, 2004 | 10:40 am

Military court hears Lynndie England case
A new Army lawyer was appointed to help defend Pfc. Lynndie England in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal on Monday, prompting a second delay in a hearing that will determine whether England will face a court-martial for allegedly mistreating Iraqis.

USATODAY.com | July 12, 2004 | 11:55 pm

Fight for Ramadi exacts heavy toll on Marines
In a violent city where more Marines have died than anywhere else in Iraq, one was thought to be blessed with good fortune. Until the day his luck ran out.

USATODAY.com | July 13, 2004 | 11:26 pm

Iraqi police collar hundreds of criminal suspects
More than 500 criminal suspects were in jail Tuesday after Iraqi police launched the largest anti-crime offensive since the country regained sovereignty two weeks ago.

USATODAY.com | July 13, 2004 | 11:28 pm

U.S., British probes reach similar findings
With some differences in the details, the reports by Britain's Lord Butler this week and the Senate Intelligence Committee last week reach the same conclusion about the flawed intelligence used to justify invading Iraq.

USATODAY.com | July 14, 2004 | 11:40 pm

Al-Sadr's intentions, ambitions unclear
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his spokesmen have been issuing conciliatory statements about working with the interim Iraqi government which took power two weeks ago. But it is still unclear whether the firebrand cleric is willing to play a constructive role or to disband his Mahdi Army.

USATODAY.com | July 15, 2004 | 11:02 pm

Assessment will decide if Marine fit for duty
Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, the U.S. Marine who turned up in Lebanon after disappearing from his unit in Iraq, arrived Thursday at a base in Virginia, where doctors will assess whether he can return to duty.

USATODAY.com | July 15, 2004 | 11:07 pm

WWII guidebook to Iraq is relevant today
Since invading Iraq, Americans have discovered that the country is a military, political and cultural minefield. But it's a lesson they could have learned from a pocket-sized booklet published six decades ago by the U.S. government.

USATODAY.com | July 15, 2004 | 11:13 pm

Audit finds U.S. lax on control of oil money
U.S. officials who ran Iraq until last month lacked adequate controls to track their spending of its oil money, but records give no indication they committed any fraud, an international audit says.

USATODAY.com | July 15, 2004 | 11:27 pm

Marine who vanished says he didn't desert
The U.S. Marine who disappeared from his base in Iraq and turned up three weeks later in Lebanon said Monday he did not desert his post.

USATODAY.com | July 19, 2004 | 11:57 pm

Pfc. Lynndie England: Photos taken 'for fun'
The seven U.S. soldiers charged in the Abu Ghraib scandal abused Iraqi prisoners "just for fun," an Army investigator testified Tuesday at the start of a hearing that will determine whether Pfc. Lynndie England will be court-martialed for taking part in the abuse.

USATODAY.com | August 3, 2004 | 11:15 pm

Soldier England described as troublemaker at Iraqi prison
Army Pfc. Lynndie England was portrayed by Army prosecutors Wednesday as a disobedient office clerk who sneaked out of her quarters at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to sleep with her prison guard boyfriend and joined with several out-of-control guards to humiliate prisoners.

USATODAY.com | August 4, 2004 | 11:34 pm

Chaotic picture of Abu Ghraib emerges
No one disputes that chaotic conditions existed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq before the prisoner-abuse scandal erupted there.

USATODAY.com | August 8, 2004 | 11:15 pm

Iraq vet boiling over `Fahrenheit' cameo
There are a lot of things Sgt. Peter Damon doesn't like about ``Fahrenheit 9/11.''But what he likes least about the controversial new film by left-wing provocateur Michael Moore is the fact that he's in it.

Gina Cavallaro | Army Times | August 9, 2004 | 6:53 pm

Iraq hospitals under siege
When Iraqi physician Mahmud Thamer stepped down from the U.S. military helicopter that carried him into Baghdad on June 6, 2003, after 34 years of exile, he found Iraq's health system in shambles — wrecked not only by war, but by decades of neglect and corruption.

USATODAY.com | August 18, 2004 | 11:35 pm

Report on Iraq abuse cites interrogators, clears leaders
A new Army report on prisoner abuse by intelligence personnel at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison cites misconduct by military interrogators but exonerates high-ranking Pentagon officials and senior U.S. military commanders, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

USATODAY.com | August 18, 2004 | 11:44 pm

U.S. soldier challenges enlistment extensions
The U.S. military's policy of extending the enlistments of tens of thousands of troops to cover needs in Iraq violates federal law and the Constitution, an Iraq war veteran is alleging in a lawsuit.

USATODAY.com | August 18, 2004 | 11:53 pm

Soldier accepts blame in Abu Ghraib case
The most senior U.S. soldier accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison is expected to plead guilty to some of the charges, according to a statement released by his attorney Monday.

Noelle Knox | USATODAY | August 23, 2004 | 11:08 pm

Panel: Top officials played role in prison abuse
An independent panel investigating prisoner abuse in Iraq blamed top Pentagon officials and local commanders for creating conditions that led to "acts of brutality and purposeless sadism" toward some prisoners at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

Dave Moniz | USA TODAY | August 24, 2004 | 11:36 pm

Abu Ghraib probes shift public focus
Two new reports on abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison jumped on to front pages and into the national debate this week — jolting reminders of the ongoing conflict's political impact amid weeks of sniping over Vietnam.

Jill Lawrence | USA TODAY | August 24, 2004 | 11:37 pm

Report: Poor planning set context for abuse
A report Tuesday by a commission that investigated abuses at Abu Ghraib prison is one of the most stinging indictments yet of the Bush administration's planning for the occupation of Iraq.

USATODAY.com | August 24, 2004 | 11:57 pm

Higher-ups at Abu Ghraib could face abuse charges
Military prosecutors said Tuesday they are weighing charges against high-ranking military intelligence officers responsible for interrogating prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

USATODAY.com | August 24, 2004 | 11:58 pm

Convicted soldier testifies at England hearing
The only soldier convicted in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal told a military judge here Monday that he watched Pfc. Lynndie England stomp on the toes and fingers of three Iraqi prisoners, laugh, and then pose for photos with them after they had been stripped nude.

USATODAY.com | August 30, 2004 | 11:28 pm

Toll brings home pain, patriotism across USA
As the death toll for U.S. personnel in Iraq passed 1,000 Tuesday, much of the nation was transfixed by hurricanes and presidential politics. But not everyone.

USA TODAY | September 7, 2004 | 11:51 pm

Reports pan Iraq reconstruction
Detailed new reports by two independent groups offer a devastating portrait of the 16-month-old U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq, blaming ongoing violence there in large part on misplaced U.S. priorities, bureaucratic bungling and poor planning.

USA TODAY | September 8, 2004 | 11:20 pm

U.S., Iraqi forces move to regain control of cities
U.S. and Iraqi government forces launched simultaneous operations Thursday aimed at regaining control of areas that have fallen to insurgents.

USA TODAY | September 9, 2004 | 11:15 pm

Insurgency threatens Iraqi elections, U.S. exit plan
An especially bloody six weeks in Iraq have clarified what lies ahead for the U.S. troops there: an insurgency that won’t quit and Iraqi forces incapable of fighting it alone anytime soon. This could delay elections and a U.S. pullout.

John Yaukey | GNS | September 10, 2004 | 2:55 pm

Dozens dead after synchronized attacks shake Iraq
Insurgents hammered central Baghdad on Sunday with one of their most intense mortar and rocket barrages ever in the heart of the capital, heralding a day of violence that killed nearly 60 people nationwide as security appeared to spiral out of control.

USA TODAY | September 11, 2004 | 11:13 pm

Bush asks to spend rebuilding funds on security
The Bush administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it wants to shift nearly $3.5 billion from water, power and other reconstruction projects to try to bring stability to Iraq.

USA TODAY | September 14, 2004 | 11:05 pm

Senators slam administration on Iraq
Senators from both parties accused the Bush administration Wednesday of incompetence in its efforts to rebuild Iraq and said the United States could lose the war unless it improves security and gets more money into the Iraqi economy.

USA TODAY | September 15, 2004 | 11:42 pm

Travel is still far away for many in Iraq
The right to travel was one of the most enticing of the freedoms Iraqis looked forward to after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. It has also been one of the most agonizingly elusive.

USA TODAY | September 16, 2004 | 11:20 pm

Reality check: Is there a connection between 9/11 and Iraq?
Here are the highlights of President Bush and John Kerry's positions on a link between Iraq and 9/11, along with what experts say.

John Yaukey | GNS | September 17, 2004 | 7:49 pm

Bush at U.N.: No retreat in Iraq
President Bush gave an unflinching defense of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, arguing that in an age of terrorism, "there is no safety in looking away."

USA TODAY | September 21, 2004 | 11:44 pm

Allawi makes rounds on U.S. visit
Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi speaks to a joint session of Congress Thursday as an increasingly violent insurgency complicates his country's plans for its first Democratic elections.

USA TODAY | September 22, 2004 | 11:52 pm

Iraqi leader, Bush: Keep Iraqi elections on schedule
President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi are resolute on the next major step for Iraq: Hold Iraq's first elections on schedule in January despite an insurgency that threatens to derail them.

John Yaukey | GNS | September 23, 2004 | 11:19 pm

Security is deteriorating in Baghdad, some say
Some people who live and work in Iraq's capital — including U.S. civilian contractors, security firms and charity groups — see a deteriorating security situation.

USA TODAY | September 28, 2004 | 11:37 pm

Iraq water treatment plants to go online
After 12 years without sewage treatment, Baghdad's water treatment plants will be soon be in operation — a big step toward addressing health problems caused by contaminated water.

USA TODAY | October 1, 2004 | 7:07 pm

U.S. weapons report details corruption of oil-for-food program
However, Saddam Hussein's regime found ways to turn the program to its advantage. That corruption is detailed in a report released last week by the chief U.S. weapons inspector, Charles Duelfer.

USA TODAY | October 11, 2004 | 11:20 pm

Iraqi TV delivers twists on reality and reality shows
"Caricateera" — or Caricatures — is Iraq's answer to "Saturday Night Live," a variety show driven by biting political satire. It's must-see TV for millions of Iraqis.

USA TODAY | October 14, 2004 | 12:32 am

U.S. Army reserves allegedly refused Iraq mission
A 17-member U.S. Army Reserve platoon deployed to Iraq has been placed under investigation for allegedly refusing a ``suicide mission'' to deliver fuel, a military spokesman said Friday.

The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger | October 15, 2004 | 11:07 pm

Soldiers face discharge for allegedly refusing Iraq order
Five members of an Iraqi-based platoon who allegedly refused a convoy order earlier this week were told they would be punished with a general discharge, the father of one of the soldiers said Saturday.

The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger | October 17, 2004 | 12:49 am

U.K. considers redeploying Iraq troops
British military officials will Tuesday begin studying where to shift some of their forces in Iraq in order to free U.S. troops to pursue new operations against insurgents.

USA TODAY | October 18, 2004 | 11:49 pm

Put to test, 300 Iraqi troops fled
About 300 Iraqi soldiers abandoned their 750-man unit after being deployed to Samarra last month for a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation to retake the militant-controlled city, according to a British coalition official.

USA TODAY | October 19, 2004 | 11:48 pm

U.S., Iraqi forces gear up to retake Fallujah
An imminent offensive to break the resistance in Fallujah, a rebel stronghold about 35 miles west of Baghdad, could be one of the most decisive battles since the fall of Baghdad 18 months ago.

USA TODAY | October 20, 2004 | 11:50 am

Wives speaking for soldiers who refused convoy mission in Iraq
Patricia McCook and Jackie Butler have accepted a mission created when their husbands refused an order to transport fuel in Iraq last week. They are speaking for their husbands.

The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger | October 20, 2004 | 11:44 pm

Poll: More Iraqis doubt nation's direction
More Iraqis say their country is headed in the wrong direction and they blame the poor security situation, a new poll has found.

USA TODAY | October 20, 2004 | 11:54 pm

Relieved commander did not support troops, state soldiers' kin say
The commander of an Army Reserve unit whose soldiers refused a fuel convoy order in Iraq last week has been relieved of her duties, the military confirmed.

The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger | October 21, 2004 | 11:43 pm

Fallujah key to salvaging Iraq
The battle for Fallujah certainly won't end Iraq's Sunni Arab-led insurgency. But the mission the Iraqis are calling the ``new dawn'' is widely viewed as a bellwether for the country's future and a powerful indicator of when U.S. forces might be able to start leaving.

John Yaukey | GNS | November 9, 2004 | 9:49 pm

VA seeks prosthetic support for amputees
Erick Castro of Santa Ana, Calif., who lost his left leg in Iraq to a rocket-propelled grenade, is among the 25,000 amputees who have received artificial limbs. Finding a prosthetic technician near his home to keep it working is a problem but when Castro finds one, the VA will pick up the bill.

Dennis Camire | GNS | November 10, 2004 | 10:45 pm

Wedding bells ringing for more Iraqis
Iraq is a dangerous place, but not all the shooting is hostile. Much of the noise on weekends comes from wedding celebrations.

USATODAY.com | November 11, 2004 | 10:45 pm

Marine unit sweeps Fallujah, tries to quell 'reinfestation'
U.S. troops occupying this rebellious city are engaged in a dangerous house-by-house effort to root out insurgents fighting the American-backed Iraqi government.

Gordon Trowbridge | The Army Times | November 14, 2004 | 7:28 pm

Humvees go high-tech for soldier safety
The military has been spending millions to develop better weapons and vehicles, with a focus on the Humvee. Soldiers and Army officials say upgrades have been valuable because they've already helped save lives.

Frank Oliveri | GNS | November 15, 2004 | 7:50 pm

Marines find enemy GPS device
After a fierce firefight between the Marines of Alpha Company's 3rd Platoon and more than 30 anti-U.S. insurgents in Fallujah, one Marine discovered a gold mine: a detailed layout of the enemy's defenses. A handheld Global Positioning System receiver apparently left by fleeing rebels.

Gordon Trowbridge | The Army Times | November 18, 2004 | 10:58 pm

U.S. sees no pressure to return civilians to Fallujah
Fallujah has been freed from ``a sick, depraved culture of violence,'' but it is unclear when the thousands of residents who fled the city in recent weeks can return to their homes, Marine officials said Sunday.

Gordon Trowbridge | The Army Times | November 21, 2004 | 9:43 pm

Police lack training, firepower in fighting insurgency
Iraq's fledgling police force has enough to do battling crime, but it is also on the front lines of an insurgency. When police chase off criminals or insurgents, the suspects reappear before the cops return to their station.

USA TODAY | November 25, 2004 | 10:35 pm

Bittersweet Thanksgiving for troops in Iraq
For U.S. service members, Thursday was a day for remembering family and friends far away.

Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | November 25, 2004 | 10:46 pm

Mosul's militants fight mostly from shadows
About 40 dead bodies turned up across Mosul last week. The message from insurgents to the public was simple: We're here, and we're watching.

C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | November 28, 2004 | 10:17 pm

U.S. faces daunting `Sunni problem'
The challenge for U.S. and Iraqi forces now is to get control of the insurgency in time for the elections without killing and alienating so many Sunnis that they feel rebellion is their only option.

John Yaukey | GNS | November 30, 2004 | 3:28 pm

U.S. will boost troop levels in Iraq
The Pentagon will increase U.S. forces in Iraq to their highest level yet to provide security for upcoming elections. More than 10,000 soldiers and Marines who expected to head home before the Jan. 30 vote will now stay until March and 1,500 troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division will be soon join them.

USA TODAY | December 1, 2004 | 11:19 pm

Insurgency leaves Mosul ill-prepared for elections
With only two months to go until Iraq's general elections, the local government in Mosul has yet to devise a plan for registering voters in one of the country's largest cities. Insurgents torched most of the city's records during an uprising last month.

C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 1, 2004 | 11:39 pm

Troops wary of Baghdad airport route
Soldiers call the road between Baghdad and the international airport "RPG Alley," a reference to rocket-propelled grenades and the frequency of attacks.

Steven Komarow | USA TODAY | December 2, 2004 | 10:59 pm

Translators' fears disrupt Iraq communications
In recent weeks, insurgents have been waging a terror campaign in Mosul, assassinating police or individuals suspected of working with the U.S.-led coalition.

USATODAY.com | December 7, 2004 | 10:47 pm

Fallujah residents may return home within days
Military officials will be prepared within days for the return of civilians to the battle-scarred city of Fallujah, and local companies will soon begin clearing the way for reconstruction, the military official responsible for rebuilding efforts said Tuesday.

Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 7, 2004 | 10:56 pm

Combat engineers improvise to armor troop transport
There's a huge Army dump truck here that's unlike any other in the U.S. arsenal, a virtual Frankenstein's monster truck, bulging and rippling at its spot-welded seams. The soldiers from the 276th Engineer Battalion (Combat), an Army National Guard unit from Richmond, Va., know about improvising.

C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 9, 2004 | 11:38 pm

Weather wages own war in Iraq
For commanders in war, fighting the enemy can sometimes be only half the battle. Weather can be just as challenging. Consider Mosul. Daily temperatures can shift 40 degrees or more, and rain clouds or dust storms can pop up without warning.

C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 9, 2004 | 11:47 pm

U.S. military preparing restive Iraqi province for elections
The top U.S. officer in Iraq's rebellious Anbar province believes the region can be settled and brought into national elections scheduled for Jan. 30. Anbar, a hotbed of insurgent unrest, stretches from west of Baghdad to the Syrian border and poses perhaps the toughest challenge to the U.S. mission in Iraq.

Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 10, 2004 | 9:09 pm

Fair vote possible in Anbar, top Marine says

The U.S. military believes Iraq's rebellious Anbar province can be brought into national elections scheduled for January.

Gordon Trowbridge | Army Times | December 12, 2004 | 11:05 pm

Army Guard now says its Iraq troops figure was inaccurate
The Army National Guard said Monday it had given USA TODAY an inaccurate count of the total number of Guard troops in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March 2003, but still could not provide a precise count.

Dave Moniz | USA TODAY | December 14, 2004 | 10:29 am

Air Force boosts number of supply flights
Roads have become too dangerous for American convoys, the top Air Force general said Tuesday.

USATODAY.com | December 14, 2004 | 11:32 pm

Army spending billions on new armored vehicles
The Army said Wednesday that it is spending $4.1 billion to armor all military wheeled vehicles in Iraq by June.

USATODAY.com | December 15, 2004 | 11:23 pm

Troops can't beat deals at PX
Flush with hazardous-duty pay and tax-free earnings, U.S. troops in combat zones often have more money to spend than things to buy. That's where the PX, or post exchange, comes in, providing a taste of home if only for the time it takes to eat a bag of Doritos.

C. Mark Brinkley | Army Times | December 16, 2004 | 11:22 pm

Chaplain, others look to lift Christmas spirit in war zone
Across Iraq, military chaplains will enter makeshift chapels on the morning of Dec. 25 and pray for peace on earth in a land where peace continues to be in short supply.

Gordon Trowbridge | Marine Corps Times | December 19, 2004 | 6:41 pm

Soldiers who led invasion must return
Continuing insurgent attacks have forced the United States to boost its force in Iraq toward 150,000, its highest level yet.

USATODAY.com | December 19, 2004 | 11:08 pm

Mosul blast hits U.S. hard
A massive lunchtime explosion struck a flimsy mess tent filled with soldiers Tuesday at a military base near Mosul. It was one of the deadliest attacks yet against Americans in Iraq. Mlitary spokesmen in Baghdad and at the Pentagon said 19 U.S. soldiers were killed.

USA TODAY | December 21, 2004 | 11:45 pm

Mosul attack showcases insurgents' intelligence
The implications of the audacious suicide attack in the center of a heavily guarded U.S. military base in Mosul go beyond a failure of base security.

USATODAY.com | December 22, 2004 | 11:11 pm

U.S. contractor pulls out of Iraq rebuilding project
A Virginia company this week became the first large contractor to withdraw from the multibillion-dollar Iraq reconstruction drive, saying work there was too dangerous and costly.

USA TODAY | December 22, 2004 | 11:35 pm

Soldiers saw giant tent as inviting target for insurgents
Soldiers at the Forward Operating Base Marez near Mosul, Iraq base had long complained of feeling defenseless in the fabric-covered hall, which lately has been the target of mortar and rocket attacks almost daily.

USA TODAY | December 22, 2004 | 11:42 pm

Gas shortage fuels resentment in Iraq
Buying gasoline in Iraq is a serious undertaking. Determined motorists get up before their dawn prayers to join 2-mile-long lines. Sometimes they don't get to fill their tanks until evening. A black market is thriving.

USA TODAY | December 29, 2004 | 11:47 pm

Iraqi election candidates crave coverage
As Iraq moves toward elections scheduled for Jan. 30, the media campaign is intensifying.

USATODAY.com | January 2, 2005 | 10:57 pm

More contracts steered to Iraqi firms
The U.S. government is shifting more reconstruction contracts toward Iraqi companies as violence makes it harder for American contractors to work.

USATODAY.com | January 3, 2005 | 11:00 pm

Congress expects $100 billion war request
Congress expects the White House to request as much as $100 billion this year for war and related costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, congressional officials say.

USA TODAY | January 3, 2005 | 11:30 pm

Fallujans reluctant to return
So far, Fallujans are not lining up to return to what's left of their devastated city.

USATODAY.com | January 5, 2005 | 11:13 pm

Allawi: Elections will go on
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on Wednesday rejected growing calls for postponement of the national elections set for Jan. 30.

USATODAY.com | January 5, 2005 | 11:15 pm

Iraqi expatriates fear being left out of elections
Iraqi-American groups say disorganization and overly stringent requirements are plaguing an ambitious effort to allow expatriates worldwide to vote in Iraq's Jan. 30 elections.

USATODAY.com | January 6, 2005 | 10:48 pm

Court-martial begins for Abu Ghraib figure
The court-martial of Army reservist Spc. Charles Graner, the man portrayed as the ringleader in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal in Iraq, is set to begin Friday at Fort Hood in Texas.

USATODAY.com | January 6, 2005 | 11:47 pm

Polling places planned in Iraq's problem areas
The Iraqi Election Commission plans to set up polling stations in problem areas in Iraq despite insurgent attacks.

USATODAY.com | January 10, 2005 | 11:03 pm

2 Iraq cities, separated by politics, await election
Sadr City and Fallujah illustrate both the hopes and risks of Iraq's march toward democracy.

USATODAY.com | January 11, 2005 | 10:58 pm

U.S.: Elections will be credible
The Bush administration will consider the results of Iraq's elections credible even if most Sunni Muslims minority don't vote on Jan. 30.

USATODAY.com | January 12, 2005 | 10:57 pm

Female Iraqi candidates risk lives
Members of Congress who traveled to the Middle East over the weekend got a harrowing lesson on the high price of democracy.

USATODAY.com | January 12, 2005 | 10:57 pm

Sunni leaders urge talks with insurgents to end 'stalemate'
Moderate Sunni leaders are urging the United States and Iraqi governments to change course and seek a cease-fire and negotiations with insurgents.

USATODAY.com | January 18, 2005 | 11:46 pm

Lengthy ballots, ad blitzes contribute to confusion
Less than two weeks before Election Day, many Iraqi voters still are unsure about some basics, such as: Who are they electing?

USATODAY.com | January 19, 2005 | 11:44 pm

Politics popular in Shiite areas
In Basra and other parts of heavily Shiite southern Iraq, people are embracing politics.

USATODAY.com | January 20, 2005 | 11:51 pm

In Iraq, the question is: To vote or not to vote
A recent survey by the International Republican Institute found that 80% of Iraqis say they will probably vote this weekend. But unrelenting insurgent violence, the specter of post-election sectarian strife and confusion over complex ballots threaten to snuff out democracy before it can take hold.

USA TODAY | January 25, 2005 | 11:17 pm

Parties waging a polite battle to control Najaf
In this city, the holiest in Iraq to the country's Shiite Muslim majority, political rhetoric is heating up. But unlike in some places in Iraq, the debate here isn't focused on religion or historic ethnic divisions, and there's little violence.

USA TODAY | January 25, 2005 | 11:34 pm

General: Iraqi troops improve
The top U.S. general in Iraq said Wednesday that once Iraqi government forces take the lead in the war, the insurgency can be defeated and the American troop level reduced.

USA TODAY | January 26, 2005 | 11:40 pm

Bush seeks support in Iraqi political process
A day after Iraq's historic elections, President Bush reached out to overseas skeptics of his Iraq policy Monday to try to enlist their help.

USATODAY.com | January 31, 2005 | 11:42 pm

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Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette | December 15, 2003 | 9:27 am

News of Saddam's arrest brings feeling of relief to N.C. soldier's family

(Asheville, N.C.) Citizen-Times | December 15, 2003 | 9:25 am

Westchester, N.Y., Muslim leaders hail capture

The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News | December 15, 2003 | 9:22 am

Westchester, N.Y., military, families encouraged by capture

The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News | December 15, 2003 | 9:21 am

Capture thrills Utica, N.Y., region's Muslim

The (Utica, N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch | December 15, 2003 | 9:19 am

Capture buoys outbound N.Y. Guard troops

(Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle | December 15, 2003 | 9:18 am

Rochester, N.Y., Iraqis celebrate 'big day'

(Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle | December 15, 2003 | 9:17 am

N.Y. activists, academics hail capture

The Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal | December 15, 2003 | 9:16 am

N.J. general oversaw capture

(Morristown, N.J.) Daily Record | December 15, 2003 | 9:13 am

'It's a good day for the Iraqi people,' says ex-POW's N.J. family

(Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier Post | December 15, 2003 | 9:12 am

South Jersey residents: Some call for torture, others say trial

(Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier Post | December 15, 2003 | 9:10 am

Central Jersey residents doubtful Iraq violence will slow

The (Bridgewater, N.J.) Courier-News | December 15, 2003 | 9:09 am

N.J. Muslims cautiously hopeful for Iraq's future

Asbury Park (N.J.) Press | December 15, 2003 | 8:35 am

For GIs, families in N.J., 'truly a great day' in America

Asbury Park (N.J.) Press | December 15, 2003 | 8:34 am

Nev. congressman warns of possible increased attacks on U.S. forces

The Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal | December 15, 2003 | 8:29 am

Nev. military officials discuss ramifications

The Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal | December 15, 2003 | 8:28 am

Montana troops feel morale swell

Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune | December 15, 2003 | 8:27 am

Military families in Ozarks happy, but realistic about dangers ahead

The (Springfield, Mo.) News-Leader | December 15, 2003 | 8:25 am

Miss. churches abuzz with talk about capture

The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger | December 15, 2003 | 8:23 am

Mid-Mich. residents hit phone lines after news of arrest

Lansing (Mich.) State Journal | December 15, 2003 | 8:20 am

Capture boosts Mich. troops' spirits

Lansing (Mich.) State Journal | December 15, 2003 | 8:19 am






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