it doesn't look good...

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    what a mess Iraq is. An absolute mess.

    It was a huge mess before and now it has got alot worse and will get alot worse as long as US forces occupy foreign terrain and the people that own that terrain want them out.

    I am glad Howard decided to pull out.

    Meaningless death to the young has no meaning. Bush and Blair have alot to answer for these kids deaths.

    WHERE ARE THE WMD's may I ask ?? I would like to know the answer to this question, the international community would like to know as well.

    The yanks are calling Iraqi militia 'terrorists'. How on earth can they be terrorists when all they are doing is protecting their terrain against invading aggressors.?

    Bush you are an idiot, all your sympathisers and supporters are idiots as well.. I just hope what goes around.. comes around...

    By Andrew Marshall

    BAGHDAD, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Guerrilla attacks in Iraq have

    become more lethal, the top U.S. general in the country said on

    Thursday after three soldiers died in one day, adding urgency

    to American efforts to garner help stabilizing the country.

    With the military warning him to expect more casualties,

    the pressure was on at home too for U.S. President George W.


    David Kay, the CIA official directing the weapons search in

    Iraq, told U.S. lawmakers the arms-hunting team had found no

    stockpiles of biological or chemical weapons but would keep


    "We are not yet at the point where we can say definitively

    either that such weapon stocks do not exist, or that they

    existed before the war and our only task is to find where they

    have gone," Kay said in a statement obtained by Reuters.

    U.S. efforts to draft a new United Nations resolution on

    Iraq drew unusual criticism from Secretary General Kofi Annan,

    who said the world body could not play a proper political role

    in Iraq under the terms of the U.S. draft.

    At least 84 U.S. soldiers have been killed in action since

    May 1 when Bush declared major combat in Iraq over.

    "The enemy has evolved. It is a little bit more lethal,

    little bit more complex, little bit more sophisticated and in

    some cases a little bit more tenacious," said Lt. Gen. Ricardo

    Sanchez, commander of ground forces in Iraq.

    "As long as we are here the coalition need to be prepared

    to take casualties," he told a news conference. "We should not

    be surprised if one of these days we wake up to find there's

    been a major firefight or a major terrorist attack."

    Wednesday, a 4th Infantry Division soldier was killed in a

    rocket-propelled grenade attack near the town of Samarra, a

    female soldier from the same division died in a remote-control

    bomb attack near Tikrit, and in Baghdad a soldier was shot and

    killed while patrolling the Mansur neighborhood.

    The violence continued Thursday in the town of Falluja, a

    center of resistance to U.S. forces. Police said U.S. gunfire

    killed an Iraqi man and wounded a woman and a six-year-old girl

    after an American patrol was shot at Thursday. Two police

    officers were also wounded.

    Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who led the

    campaign to oust Saddam over his alleged banned weapons, face

    mounting political pressure over the failure to find any.

    Efforts in New York to agree a wider role for the United

    Nations are in stark contrast to events on the ground in

    Baghdad, where many international U.N. staff have been pulled

    out following two suicide bomb attacks on their headquarters.


    Washington is seeking a new resolution giving the United

    Nations a broader mandate and encouraging reluctant allies to

    provide more troops and cash to police and rebuild the


    A revised U.S. draft of a Security Council resolution gives

    the United Nations a list of duties, similar to earlier

    versions. But it falls short of demands by France, Russia and

    Germany that the world body play a pivotal, independent role in

    overseeing Iraq's transition to self-government.

    While not rejecting outright the American plans, Annan told

    Security Council members at a lunch that a U.N. mandate could

    not be implemented properly under the occupation.

    In comments to reporters after the lunch, Annan said the

    draft U.S. resolution had not followed his recommendation of

    setting up an interim Iraqi government before a constitution

    was written and new elections were held.

    Diplomats at the lunch said Annan had come as close as he

    could to rejecting U.S. proposals that the United Nations help

    with elections and the writing of a constitution.

    U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said the resolution

    was not "an effort on our part to hang on for as long as we


    Key to the transition is a new constitution. Powell said

    last week he wanted to see a constitution written in six

    months, though officials have stressed that is not an official


    It is down to Iraq's Governing Council to decide how to

    draw up the constitution. Thursday, the U.S. administrator in

    Iraq Paul Bremer said he thought six months was feasible, once

    the council decided how to convene the constitutional

    conference that will do the drafting.

    Washington hopes a new U.N. resolution can be adopted

    before a crucial donors conference in Madrid on October 23-24.

    An assessment by the U.N., the World Bank and the IMF said

    $35.6 billion would be needed to rebuild Iraq over four years,

    in addition to $20 billion estimated by the United States.

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday he

    wanted parliament to decide rapidly whether to send Turkish

    troops to Iraq to help Washington maintain security there.

    In an apparent concession to its NATO ally, the United

    States earlier agreed on joint action with Turkey against

    hundreds of Turkish Kurdish rebels holed up in northern Iraq,

    which could include military action.

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