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Mission 16 - Global Headlines
Sadr City

Rebels Bomb Crowded Marketplace in Iraq
Karrada, a heavily populated Baghdad neighborhood and shopping district, came under fire when a US military convoy was struck with a homemade bomb. According to military spokesmen, insurgents attacked the convoy on a heavily populated street, injuring two Iraqi children who were standing near the blast. The mid-morning attack came at a time Karrada’s streets are normally packed with shoppers and residents.
Fighting Leaves Five Iraqis Dead
Five Iraqis were killed and 14 wounded in clashes between US troops and Shi'ite guerillas in the holy city of Najaf, and in nearby Kuf, according to hospital sources. Three people died and eight Iraqis were wounded in gunfire and mortar shelling in Kufa. Two U.S. soldiers were also wounded in the clashes after their Humvee came under fire from militia fighters. In Najaf, three miles southwest of Kufa, two Iraqis were killed and six hurt in battles between rebel forces and the coalition.
Prisoner Deaths Investigated by CIA
Two pictures have surfaced following the first court-martial in connection with the US military’s prisoner abuse scandal, prompting an investigation by the CIA into the deaths of three prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the newest photos, two members of the 372nd Military Police are shown smiling and giving the thumbs up over a man who had died during an interrogation. Both the Defense Department and the CIA's inspector general are investigating the death, as well as two other deaths, which occurred during or after CIA interrogations took place.
Cleric’s Rebels Flee Karbala
Insurgent loyalists to a rebel cleric in Karbala have abandoned their fighting posts at two shrines, according to American commanders. A large overnight raid showed no activity from buildings formerly used by the rebels to fire at US tanks with rocket-propelled grenades. Coalition troops were informed by local citizens that, after nearly three weeks of combat with coalition forces, the supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr had withdrawn from Karbala. US officials are hoping senior clerics can persuade Mr. Sadr to surrender in light of the retreat.
7 Dead in Iran Earthquake
At least seven people have been killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked northern Iran, officials said. Five people were killed and 20 injured in the city of Noor; two additional deaths were reported elsewhere. The quake was centered about 45 miles north of Tehran, and was the first major earthquake to hit Iran since the ancient city of Bam was nearly obliterated last December by a 6.6 quake that killed more than 25,000 people.
Al Qaeda Bomber Pleads Guilty
Australian Jack Roche pled guilty to plotting the destruction of the Israeli embassy in the Australian capital of Canberra. Roche, 50, admitted to meeting with al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden, in 2000, and had received terrorist training in Afghanistan. Roche is accused of joining the bombing plot with other members of al Qaeda's affiliate group, Jemaah Islamiyah. Roche confessed to being involved in the scheme, but denies he had serious intentions to follow through on the bombing. He claims he began to reconsider being involved after he recognized five associates he met in Afghanistan on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
Russian Charged with $1 Billion in Tax Evasion
Russia's richest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, faces 10 years in prison for fraud and tax evasion. The 41-year-old oil tycoon has been in jail for the past seven months on seven counts involving the illegal accumulation of more than $1 billion. Russia's Tax Ministry won a key court decision stating Yukos, Khodorkovsky’s oil firm and one of the top two oil companies in Russia, was ordered to pay $3.4 billion in back taxes and fines, a judgment that could force the oil giant into bankruptcy.
900 Dead in Caribbean Floods
The death toll in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has risen to 900 after violent storms left 15,000 homeless in the two nations last weekend. Hundreds of homes, crops and livestock have been destroyed in the regions where forecasters are expecting more rain Friday. US and Canadian troops have provided medical supplies and drinking water to the affected regions and the US Office of Civil Defense was making preparations to deliver food and clothes. Journalists in Haiti report more than 1,000 people died in a single region, where the swelled river washed the town away.
US Forces Attacked in Najaf Area
A day after the coalition began a cease-fire in Najaf, insurgents attacked a US base outside the city with at least nine mortars. Meanwhile, US forces near Kufa were slammed with rocket-propelled grenades. The US had halted offensive operations in Najaf after striking a deal with radical Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had agreed to withdraw most of his militia from the region around the holy Shiite city.