Report: US Had Secret Plans for Iraqi Oil


Secret US Plans For Iraq's Oil

The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks, sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed. (BBC)

Halliburton Exec On Fraud Charges

A former employee of a Halliburton subsidiary has been indicted on charges of defrauding the US military of more than $3.5m for fuel in Iraq. (BBC)

Fake Cable Labeled Writer a Spy for Iraq

Someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to produce a document accusing journalist and activist William Arkin of serving as a spy for Saddam Hussein. (Washington Post)

Shiites, Kurds Work Toward Coalition Gov't

Shiite and Kurdish officials say they may need another week to put together Iraq's coalition despite progress in resolving disagreements over territory and Cabinet posts. (AP)

Sizable Cut in U.S. Forces in Iraq Called Possible in '06

An Army general said that the number of American troops in Iraq would probably drop to around 105,000 from 150,000. (NY Times)

Dutchman In Iraq Genocide Charges

Hearings open in Rotterdam in the case of a Dutchman accused of selling chemicals to Saddam Hussein's regime. (BBC)

Bulgaria to Pull Troops Out of Iraq by Year's End

Bulgaria intends to cut the number of its troops in Iraq in July and to completely pull them out by the end of the year, the defense minister said Thursday. (AP)



Philippines Detains al Qaeda Suspect

A Saudi Arabian man, detained for suspected al Qaeda links after arriving at Manila's airport, was turned over to the Saudi ambassador on Friday after investigators failed to find any evidence against him, Philippine immigration officials said. (The Guardian)

AP: Terrorists Train for Seaborne Attacks

Two of the most dangerous al Qaeda-linked groups in Southeast Asia are working together to train militants in scuba diving for seaborne terror attacks, according to the interrogation of a recently captured guerrilla. (AP)


Questions Are Left by C.I.A. Chief on the Use of Torture

Porter J. Goss came close to admitting that some of the C.I.A.'s interrogation practices since 9/11 may have crossed the legal limits. (NY Times)



Spain Frees Ill Al Jazeera Newsman to House Arrest

A journalist with the Arab television station Al Jazeera charged with belonging to al Qaeda will be freed from jail on medical grounds but will remain under house arrest pending trial, a court official said Monday. (Reuters)


Atomic Clock Ticks Down To Fallout With Iran

Iran and the western powers are on a collision course as the clock ticks towards crucial talks in Paris next week about Tehran's nuclear programme. (The Guardian)

Two Years Later

The positive results of the invasion of Iraq exist mainly as hopes outnumbered by the more concrete failures. (NY Times)

Outsourcing Detainee Mistreatment?

The American military has been operating on the quaint premise that the piece of Cuba called Guantánamo Bay, fully American-controlled since the Spanish-American War, is somehow foreign territory, outside the reach of American justice. On that premise, suspected so-called enemy combatants, 750 of them at one point, have been held under rigorous conditions, without access to a court. (CS Monitor)

Where's The Outrage On Torture?

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