Latest Operation Red Dawn Stories

2005-12-22 12:34:36

By Deepa Babington BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A defiant Saddam Hussein branded American leaders liars at his trial on Thursday as one of the architects of his downfall, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, flew in to Baghdad for a surprise pre-Christmas visit. Rumsfeld's visit to meet U.S. commanders and assess the situation on the ground came hours after a separate, unannounced trip by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Iraq's southern port city of Basra. Rumsfeld said any cutbacks...

2005-12-14 11:51:06

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Iraq prepared for its election, President George W. Bush on Wednesday vowed the United States will stay in Iraq "until victory is achieved" and he defended his decision to go to war. Bush gave the fourth in a series of speeches that the White House has used to try to explain his administration's strategy amid a drumbeat of criticism from Democrats who say Bush does not have a plan on Iraq. "An historic election will take place tomorrow in Iraq, and as...

2005-12-07 05:51:03

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein, held up on Wednesday when the ousted Iraqi president refused to appear, was about to resume around 1:45 p.m. (1045 GMT), court officials indicated. They told reporters covering the trial to take up their seats in the court after a delay of several hours.

2005-11-18 09:14:44

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden is investigating an Iraqi man for crimes committed before U.S.-led forces overthrew Saddam Hussein, a state prosecutor said on Friday. The prosecutor declined to give any details about the man under investigation, but a regional newspaper quoted his lawyer as saying he was a former soldier who denied any crime. Prosecutor Magnus Elving, based in the southeastern town of Linkoping, said he was investigating the Iraqi on suspicion of being an accessory to...

2005-10-20 05:53:05

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who has said Iraq is on the verge of civil war, began his first postwar visit to Baghdad on Thursday on what officials say is a mission to promote national reconciliation. League officials have said Moussa is expected to meet Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, President Jalal Talabani and leading Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. For security reasons, the 22-member league had not announced the timing of the...

2005-10-19 17:26:43

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein won a 40-day reprieve to hone his defense after pleading not guilty to crimes against humanity on the first day of a televised trial that gripped the nation. "Once I had six sons; Saddam snatched them from me," said Fakhriya Issa Moussa, 78, a Shi'ite woman in the northern city of Kirkuk. "What I want is to kill those who killed my sons." Saddam's lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaymi, said the defense needed another three months to...

2005-10-19 12:58:08

By Jafer Majid Hatem DUJAIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Some Iraqis watched with relief as Saddam Hussein's trial began on Wednesday, bringing to account the man who brutalized them for three decades. Others, particularly among the Sunni minority, angrily dismissed the trial as a U.S.-manipulated kangaroo court, declaring they did not recognize the case against a man who still proudly styles himself "the president of Iraq." Saddam's trial was broadcast with a tape delay on major television...

2005-10-19 07:25:21

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein on war crimes charges was adjourned for more than a month shortly after it began on Wednesday, prosecutors told reporters. "It has been adjourned until November 28," one of the prosecutors said.

2005-10-18 14:15:11

By Luke Baker and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two years after he was captured Saddam Hussein will go on trial on Wednesday but his lawyers will challenge the legitimacy of the U.S.-backed court trying him. Saddam's laywer Khalil al-Dulaimi said Saddam was calm and confident of his innocence on the eve of his trial. "I saw him this afternoon and his morale is very high," Khalil al-Dulaimi told Reuters. "I told him about the accusations and he said he was sure he is innocent....

2005-10-18 09:13:17

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Mehdi Moussawi disappeared into Saddam Hussein's prisons in 1984, but his family only learned of his fate after the former president was toppled nearly 20 years later. Neighbors rushed over and said they had just seen him on television, fueling hopes that he would one day return to his two children, just infants when he was detained for alleged membership of an outlawed Shi'ite Muslim political party. But those hopes were dashed by a video made...

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