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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 3
Summary: Saddam Lookalikes, Italians Killed, Saddam Hussein Captured
Story No: X05312
Source: APTN, Pool, US Miltary Video
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Saddam Hussein, Silvio Berlusconi, Paul Bremer

original story: G00436


Saddam Hussein may still be in hiding, but his look-alikes were out in force in London in May as they took part in an open audition to play the former Iraqi leader.

The candidates showed up at the Riverside Studios in west London - donning black berets, khaki flak jackets and black moustaches - in the hope of winning the part of one of the world's most wanted men in a new West End show.

If one of Saddam's known body doubles had attended the audition, he would have done well.

The actors clamouring to play the part included one woman and men - all much taller, smaller, fatter, thinner and paler than the real thing.


1.5.03 - London, UK

Auditions Saddam Hussein look-alike contest

Various of Saddam Hussein look-alikes walking through street

Saddam Hussein look-alike waving, show director watching

Saddam Hussein contestants posing for camera


Twenty-eight people were killed, including 19 Italians, when a suicide bomber blew up a truck full of explosives outside an Italian military base in Iraq in November. It was Italy's single worst military loss since World War II. The attack is likely to hasten calls for a speeded-up transition of power to Iraqis and a full pullout of Italian troops. Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government supported the U.S. led war in Iraq, sending troops to the region, despite the opposition of the majority of his people.


12.11.03 - Nasiriyah, southern Iraq

Various of smoke following explosion outside Italian headquarters

Various of injured people in hospital

Various security following attacks



Baghdad, 14 Dec 2003

SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Bremer, US administrator:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him!"

Wide shot showing journalists cheering, pulls into show Bremer looking

close to tears, pulls out to wide shot

SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Bremer, US administrator:

"Saddam Hussein was captured on Saturday, December 13 at about 8:30p.m.

(17:30 GMT) local in a cellar in the town of Dour which is about 15

kilometres (9 miles) south of Tikrit"

Map showing area where Saddam was found by coalition forces .

US Miltary Video

Location Unknown - 14 Dec 2003


Various of hole where Saddam Hussein was found

Various of Saddam Hussein undergoing medical checks

Close-up of Saddam Hussein

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Subjects: War and unrest, General news
People: Saddam Hussein, Silvio Berlusconi, Paul Bremer
Locations: Iraq, Italy, London, Middle East, European Union, Europe, Italy, Western Europe, England, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 15
Summary: Iraq in Jan (B) 2005
Story No: X05324
Source: APTN, Pool, AP Photos, Agency Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Ayad Allawi

original story: G00436


New York, USA - January 18, 2005

(Looted Baghdad artifacts returned to Iraq)

SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Garcia, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary:

"Under operation Iraqi Heritage our investigators recovered roughly 1,000 artifacts and more than 39-thousand manuscripts.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Samir al-Sumaidaie, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador

"On behalf of the Iraqi government and its people, I wish to express our gratitude to the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for retrieving a stolen treasure from our rich heritage.

Wide shot artifacts on table

Various shots of men looking at artifacts

Various, artifacts


Oteifiyah neighbourhood, northern Baghdad, Iraq - 19 January 2005

(Car bomb explodes at Baghdad bank)

Wide of scene

Various wreckage of car bomb at scene

Wrecked bicycle

Bank Exterior zoom out


Baghdad, Iraq - 19 Jan 2005

(Alleged prisoner abuse by British soldiers in Basra)

Various of men reading newspapers on sideway

Iraqi newspaper '

Newspaper photo of British solider kneeling over Iraqi prisoner who is tied up on the ground

Headline reading ''British forces commander says we will investigate into abuses.'

AP Photos



Near Basra, - May, 2003

STILL: Photo showing British soldier photographed with detainee

STILL: Photo allegedly showing Corporal Daniel Kenyon, top right, in the brown t-shirt, leaning over an Iraqi detainee

STILL: Photo showing two naked Iraqi men

STILL: Photo, detainee seated, British soldiers standing nearby with a stick

STILL: Photo, British soldier standing next to detainee who is holding a box over his head


Baghdad, Iraq - 22 Jan 2005

(At least 7 killed, dozens wounded in attack on wedding)

Wide shot of body being carried toward building by two men

Covered body lying on side of the road

Wide shot of building with crater in foreground

Distraught man being comforted by two men

Damaged car in foreground and men standing in background


Baghdad, Iraq - 26 Jan 2005

(Attacks on several schools due to be used as balloting centres)

Baghdad, Bab al-Mu'dham neighbourhood

Exterior of al-Markaziyah Preparatory School for Girls

Shards of glass on classroom floor

More damage seen from inside

Baghdad, al-Amin neighbourhood

Sign reading ''al-Firsan Preparatory School for Boys''

Various of damage from explosion in front of school fa�ade


Samawah, Iraq - 27 Jan 2005

(Allawi continues election campaign)

Allawi greeting residents

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ayad Allawi, Interim Prime Minister of Iraq:

"We are just days away from the elections, the dream for Iraqis will be achieved, God willing. Iraqis can finally decide their own future and choose their leaders."

Allawi outside speaking to potential voters


Various, Iraq - 29 Jan 2005

(The deployment of Iraqi troops on Baghdad streets was intensified on the eve of Iraq's first free election in half a century)


Various of Iraqi National Guards (INGs) and military vehicles at checkpoint

Guards searching car

Man being searched by guards


Sadr City

Polling station with Iraqi soldiers guarding outside

Men carrying ballot boxes

Iraqi soldiers on balcony of building to be used as a polling centre

Various of ballot boxes with armed soldier standing nearby


Man reading leaflet

"Avoid polling centres. Being close to them endangers your life because they are targets for the Mujahedeen (insurgents)."



Various of ballot boxes being delivered to polling station

Iraqi forces outside polling station



SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ala Hussein, Fallujah resident:

"We are not going to vote because Fallujah has been destroyed and there is no electricity, water or security. The Iraqi National Guard fire at us 24 hours a day. So why should we vote? We don't have security or compensation."

Tattered election poster on wall


Baghdad, Iraq - 30 Jan 2004

(Iraqi president among first to cast vote in elections)

Various of Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer voting

Various of Abdul aziz Al-Hakim, Shiite cleric and leader of the key Shiite political organisation, the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, voting


Baghdad, Iraq - 30 Jan 2005

(Security and voting at polling stations in the Iraqi capital)

Woman voter at polling booth

List of candidates fixed on wall

Woman voter putting finger in ink

Woman voter putting vote in Ballot box

Agency Pool

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Voxpop, Voter

"I would like to be one of the first people to show up at the polling station to break the fear for people who are scared to vote. This is a new experience. In the past, we could only vote for one person, now we have choice, and hopefully, the winning candidate will not disappoint us."

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Subjects: Newspapers, War and unrest, Voting, News media, General news, Elections, Government and politics
People: Ayad Allawi
Locations: Iraq, United Kingdom, Baghdad, Middle East, Western Europe, Europe, United Kingdom, European Union
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 1
Summary: Iraq Post War (A)
Story No: X05310
Source: APTN, UNTV, Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Massoud Barzani, Jalal Talabani, Saddam Hussein, Paul Bremer

original story: G00436



Twelve days after U.S. forces seized Iraq, retired U.S. Lieutenant General Jay Garner arrived to take up his duties as Iraq's postwar civil administrator. His main priorities included restoring basic services such as electricity and water as well as civil order. In Baghdad, he visited the Yarmouk hospital, which had been overwhelmed with casualties of the fighting. Looters had stripped many wards of even their most basic equipment.


21.4.03 - Baghdad

Retired US Lieutenant General Jay Garner arriving at airport greeting troops

Garner walking with staff of Yarmouk hospital

On a tour of the northern Kurdish region, Garner met with prominent Kurdish leaders to discuss the future administration of the region.


22.4.03 - Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Jay Garner, Tim Cross, Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani holding hands at photo op

Thirteen people were killed and 75 others injured after U.S. Army soldiers opened fire on Iraqi demonstrators in Fallujah. The soldiers claimed they opened fire after shots were aimed at them from the crowd. The protesters were objecting to the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq.


29.4.03 - Fallujah, Iraq

Damaged car with bullet holes

Wide shot of the entrance to Fallujah on the motorway


30.4.03 - Fallujah, Iraq

Funeral procession - coffin being carried through crowd

Various of US soldiers in defensive positions around building

Close up of banner reading: "Sooner or later, US killers, we'll kick you out"


1.5.03 - Fallujah, Iraq

Mid shot of banner outside American post reading "USA leave our country"

Iraqi flag covered in blood outside hospital

Coalition forces began to find shocking evidence of the brutality of Saddam Hussein's regime. Mass graves were found at sites across the country. By far the largest was the Al-Mahawil site near Babylon, where up to 15 thousand bodies were feared buried.


4.5.03 - Babylon, Iraq

People at site of mass grave

Remains, woman clapping in background

Close ups of remains

Woman holding photo of her missing son, Akil Hassanali

Excavation teams found a further 2,200 bodies at a mass grave in Hillah, 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad. Other major sites were found in Kirkuk, Basra, Muhammed Sakran and Najaf. Many of the victims died during the Shiite revolt against the Saddam Hussein government that followed the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War.


14.5.03 - Hillah, Iraq

Wide shot of crowd standing around earth mover digging up grave

Various of women wailing with bags of remains

Pile of remains

In a victory for the United States, the U.N. Security Council in May approved a resolution empowering the United States and Britain to govern Iraq and use its oil wealth to rebuild the country.

The resolution was passed by a 14-0 vote, with Syria - the only Arab nation on the council - absent.


22.5.03 - New York, USA

Mid shot of flags in front of Security Council

Close up Security Council President Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan calling for vote

Pan left, vote in favour

Coalition forces faced growing opposition from Iraq's ethnic groups. In June, Sunni Muslims rallied in the streets of Baghdad, accusing U.S. troops of entering the city's Hothaifa bin al-Yaman mosque and taking money. The U.S. military denied the allegations, saying they'd merely been searching for weapons. Coalition forces were increasingly criticised for inflaming a volatile situation with their sometimes heavy-handed approach to maintaining security.


13.6.03 - Baghdad, Iraq

Wide of protesters in street chanting with banners

Wide of marchers chanting

Protesters hold up banner of Koran

Wide of protesters with tank and mosque

More evidence of Saddam's opulent lifestyle was unearthed. At a farmhouse not far from Saddam's birthplace outside Tikrit, American troops unearthed a stash of his treasure valued at some 8 million U.S. dollars.


19.6.03 - Tikrit, Iraq

Wide shot of Saddam palace

US soldier carrying box of treasure in room inside Saddam's palace, puts box on desk

Various of treasure being laid out on table

Various of broach holding picture of Saddam

Various shots of treasure

The first meeting of the U.S. appointed Iraqi governing council met in July in what was hailed as the first step on the path to democracy. The council was made up of leaders from Iraq's diverse ethnic and religious groups. The panel was selected after two months of consultations and faced the difficult task of convincing the Iraqi people that it represented them. This was despite the fact the population never had a chance to vote on its members.


13.7.03 - Baghdad

Wide shot exterior of building where meeting was held

Entrance to building with security guard in front

Wide interior of council seated around table in meeting room

Mid shot Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani (on left) talking to Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum, cleric from Najaf

Close up Ahmed Chalabi gesturing to council members

Close up Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani

SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Bremer, US Administrator for Iraq

"Once that constitution is approved by the Iraqi people, we'll have the place to hold elections for a sovereign government."

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Subjects: Islam, War and unrest, Military leadership, Religion, Social affairs, General news, Military and defense, Government and politics
People: Massoud Barzani, Jalal Talabani, Saddam Hussein, Paul Bremer
Locations: Iraq, Baghdad, United States, Middle East, North America
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 20
Summary: Iraq in July - August 2005
Story No: X05329
Source: AP Television News, Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Saddam Hussein

original story: G00436

Iraq in July

Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari met with Iranian leaders in Tehran, the first visit there by an Iraqi premier since the two countries severed relations in 1980 at the beginning of war between the two countries. Al-Jaafari, an Iraqi Shi'ite, spent more than a decade in exile in Iraq while fighting Saddam's forces. Since the fall of Saddam, many observers had blamed Iran for supporting Shi'ite sectarian terrorism in Iraq and allowing the unfettered movement of terrorists into the country, and Iran had also been accused of backing the revolt of the Shi'ite rebel leader Moqtada al-Sadr. Since Saddam's fall in 2003, Iraq had tried to get closer to Iran and heal the scars left by the 1980-88 war that killed more than 1 (m) million people on both sides.


AP Television News

Tehran, Iran - 16 July 2005

Various of al-Jaafari and Aref at reception ceremony

Al-Jaafari and Aref giving news conference

Close up of Aref

Close up of al-Jaafari


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Tehran - 18 July 2005

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraqi Prime Minister and Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Iran's President-elect in talks

In mid July, a string of major insurgent bombings more than 120 people in four days. One of the attacks was at Mussayib, a religiously-mixed town along the Euphrates River south of Baghdad. As residents of the town walked to evening prayers, a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body near a mosque, killing more than 60 people. Witnesses said a fuel tanker in the town caught fire and spread the damage to several houses and shops. Mussayib in the "triangle of death," an area so-named because of the large number of kidnappings and killings of Shiite Muslims traveling between Baghdad and the Shiite holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.


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Mussayib - 17 July 2005

Various of damaged vehicles at bomb scene

A judge announced details of the first case against the former dictator Saddam Hussein. Raid Juhi, chief judge of the Iraq Special Tribunal, said Saddam and three other men would stand trial for the July 1982 massacre of Shiite villagers at Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad. The massacre of over 140 men and young boys was in retaliation for an assassination attempt on Saddam as he visited the village. The three accused along with Saddam include his half-brother and former intelligence chief Barazan Ibrahim; former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan; and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, a Baath party official in Dujail. If convicted, all four men could receive the death penalty.



FILE: Baghdad - 1 July 2004

Close up Saddam Hussein talking in interrogation video

AP Television News

Baghdad - 17 July 2005

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Judge Raid Juhi, chief judge of the Iraq Special Tribunal:

"With the completion of the investigative procedures, the accused Saddam Hussein Majid, Barazan Ibrahim al-Hasan, Taha Yassin Ramadan, Awad Hamed al-Bandarand, and others deemed to be their accomplices, have been indicted to be tried by the Trial Chamber under clauses (1), (4), (6) and (9) of Article 12 (a) of the Statute of the Iraqi Special Tribunal, which deal with crimes against humanity, and in accordance with Article 15 of the Statute. With this announcement, the IST has raised this historical trial to a new level on the basis of legal evidence as the Trial Chamber judges will determine the date of the beginning of the trials in the next few days."


FILE: Baghdad - 1 July 2004

Wide shot Saddam Hussein being interrogated by Judge Juhi

Iraq in August

Insurgent sabotaged Iraq's national power grid in August, cutting electricity to swathes of central and southern Iraq, including Baghdad and Basra. The power cuts put a temporary halt to the loading of oil onto ships at the port of Basra -- the main export terminal for Iraqi oil since insurgent attacks had forced the northern oil pipeline to Turkey to close earlier in the year. An Iraqi official said insurgents had collapsed a pylon onto a major electricity line between Beiji and the capital.


AP Television News

Basra - 23 August 2005

Wide shot of South Oil Company

Sign reading "South Oil Company"

Various of fire from oil refinery

Man closing oil production lines

In late August, negotiators at the Iraqi National Assembly announced they had agreed a draft constitution to be voted-on in a referendum in October. But Sunni leaders urged their community to vote against the charter, saying it had been rammed through the drafting committee by the dominant Shiite Arab and Kurdish alliance. Sunni negotiators delivered their rejection in a joint statement shortly after the draft was submitted to the assembly. They branded the draft version as illegitimate and asked the Arab League and the United Nations to intervene against the document. In Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, and in the city of Ramadi west of Baghdad, thousands of people marched to denounce the proposed constitution. But in Kut province, 120 miles (190 kilometres) south of Baghdad, more than two thousand Shiite demonstrators took to the streets to voice their support for the document.


AP Television News

Tikrit - 29 August 2005

Demonstrators marching and applauding

Demonstrators marching and chanting

Demonstrator holding picture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and chanting pro-Islam slogans


AP Television News

Ramadi - 30 August 2005

Demonstrators carrying pictures of Moqtada al-Sadr (Shiite cleric) his father and former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein chanting (in Arabic) "No to the constitution."

Pictures and placards reading (in Arabic) "No to federalism."

Kut - 29 August 2005

Wide shot of pro-constitution demonstration

Demonstrators carrying pictures of Shiite clerics Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, chanting pro-constitution slogans

Rumours that a suicide bomber was in the crowd at a Shi'ite religious procession in Baghdad's Kadimiyah district caused thousands of people to stampede in panic. Hundreds of people were crushed, or fell from a bridge into the Tigris River when a railing collapsed from overloading. Officials said more than 750 people had been killed and more than 300 injured, some critically. Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite worshipers had gathered for the procession to the Imam Mousa al-Kadim shrine in Kadimiyah. Tensions in the crowd had been high since a mortar and rocket attack two hours earlier that killed seven people and injured more than 40. After the disaster, the bridge near the shrine was littered with hundreds of sandals lost in the pushing and panic. Most of the dead -- mainly women and children -- were trampled to death on the bridge, although some jumped or were pushed into the river about 10 metres (30 feet) below and had drowned. Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari declared a three-day mourning period.


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Baghdad - 31 August 2005

Various of crowds of pilgrims heading to the holy Imam Mousa al-Kadim shrine

Various of pilgrims carrying coffin covered in green and gold cloth symbolising the "Imam Kadhim"

People in river retrieving bodies and lost items

Pilgrims on the bridge where the railing collapsed


Baghdad - 31 August 2005

Close-up of pilgrims' shoes on bridge Al-A'imma, tilt up to people walking past

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Subjects: Islam, Industrial accidents, Accidents and disasters, Shia Islam, War and unrest, Trials, Massacres, Legal proceedings, Bridge collapses, Protests and demonstrations, Suicide bombings, Statutes, Religion, Social affairs, Accidents, General news, Law and order, Structural failures, Political and civil unrest, Terrorist attacks, Terrorism, Legislation, Legislature, Government and politics
People: Saddam Hussein
Locations: Iraq, Middle East, Iran, Baghdad, Tehran
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 16
Summary: Iraq in Feb 2005
Story No: X05325
Source: APTN, Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Ayad Allawi, Adnan Pachachi, Ahmad Chalabi

original story: G00436


Sadr City, Baghdad - 30 Jan 2005

(Attacks on polling stations in Baghdad)

People on street by cars damaged in explosion

Paper covered in blood on street


Baqouba, Iraq - 7 Feb 2005

(15 killed in attack on police headquarters)

Wider shot of scene with burnt out car

Stretcher being carried past

Burning debris


Baghdad, Iraq - 8 Feb 2005

(A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Iraqis outside an army recruitment center in Baghdad killing 21 other people and injuring 27 more.)

Ambulances racing down street, bound for hospital after blast at recruitment centre AUDIO, gunfire and ambulance siren

Various of dead bodies from blast in morgue

Various of body bags next to ambushed car

Baghdad, Iraq - 8 Feb 2005

(Assailants sprayed a politician's car with gunfire, killing two of the man's sons. The politician, Mithal al-Alusi, who heads the Nation party, escaped the ttack unhurt.)

Blood inside ambushed car

Iraqi politician, Mithal al-Alosi, being consoled by US soldier


Basra, Iraq - Feb 9, 2005

(Journalist for Al Hurra and his son killed)

Coffin with journalist's body in back of pick-up truck

Coffin being carried into house

Bullet holes in windscreen

Bullet holes in door

FILE: Still of al-Basri (left, pale blue shirt) taken from a panning shot


Various - File

(File of the leading candidates in the Iraqi national elections)

Wide shot of Interim President Ghazi Ajeel al-Yawer sitting with officials

Close up of al-Yawer

Jalal al-Talabani, Head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (Kurdish leader) enters conference

Close up of al-Talabani

Various of Ayad Allawi Interim Prime Minister, Head of Iraqi National Accord shaking hands with officials

Various of Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Interim Vice-President and Head of Dawa party

Various of Hussein al-Shahristani, Shiite candidate for United Iraqi Alliance (Shiite ticket), atomic scientist

A'dil Abdul-Mahdi Shiite candidate, from the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution, current Finance Minister sitting in audience

Various of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, Head of the supreme council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and on the top of Shiite united Iraqi Alliance ticket

Various of Adnan Pachachi, Head of the Gathering of Independent Democrats

Various of Massoud Barazani, Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party

Various of Ahmad Chalabi Head of the Iraqi National Congress

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Subjects: Explosions, Accidents and disasters, General news
People: Ayad Allawi, Adnan Pachachi, Ahmad Chalabi
Locations: Iraq, Baghdad, Middle East
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 9
Summary: Iraq in September 2004
Story No: X05318
Source: APTN, Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Ahmad Chalabi, Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld

original story: G00436

Iraq in September

In September, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a convoy carrying former Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi on Wednesday. The apparent assassination attempt wounded two of his bodyguards. Chalabi's convoy was attacked in southern Baghdad as he returned from the holy city of Najaf. Chalabi, a Shiite and a one-time Pentagon favourite who fell out of favour with the United States had returned to Iraq from Iran earlier face counterfeiting charges. A warrant issued by an Iraqi court accused him of counterfeiting old Iraqi dinars, which were removed from circulation after the ouster of Saddam Hussein last year. Chalabi denies the allegations, saying he collected the fake currency in his role as chairman of the Governing Council's finance committee.


Baghdad - 1 Sept 2004

Vehicle that was carrying former Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi in convoy

Damaged windscreen of vehicle


Baghdad - 1 Sept 2004

Chalabi's injured bodyguard in wheelchair

Former Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi

Chalabi was among delegates to the Iraqi National Council that was formally sworn in a ceremony in a Baghdad convention centre amid a barrage of mortar attacks. A US military spokesman said at least two mortar rounds landed inside the heavily-fortified Green Zone that houses the convention centre, along with government offices and the US Embassy. The council is to act as a watchdog on the interim government until elections in January, and has the power to veto some government decisions with a two-thirds majority vote. The Council later elected Fuad Masoum, a Kurd, as its president.


Baghdad - 1 Sept 2004

Council meeting

Ahmad Chalabi shakes hands with Council member

Various shots of Council members lined up waiting to be sworn in

Council members swearing oath

Mid shot of new National Council President Fuad Masoum speaking after being elected

Saboteurs used explosives to blow up an oil pipeline at Riyadh, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of Kirkuk. The pipeline links oil fields near Kirkuk an oil refinery of Beiji. Two days later, fire-fighters struggled to put out the blaze caused by an explosive attack on a pipeline near Hartha, 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Basra.


Riyadh, near Kirkuk - 2 Sep 2004

Sign with smoke plume behind

Close up black smoke rising from pipeline fire

Silhouette of men spraying water on fire


Hartha - 4 Sep 2004

Wide of oil pipeline fire

Pan of firemen spraying fire

Iraq's Defence Ministry announced that Saddam Hussein's former second-in-command, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, had been arrested in Tikrit. But the lead turned out to be false, and DNA testing established that the arrested man was not al-Douri. Once the vice chairman of the Baath Party's Revolutionary Command Council, al-Douri was a long-time ally of Saddam. When Saddam was arrested in December, al-Douri (the King of Clubs card in the Pentagon deck of playing cards) became America's most wanted fugitive in Iraq. The US suspects him of funding and leading insurgent attacks against Coalition forces. In January, Coalition troops raided houses in Samarra and Tikrit as they searched for him. He remains at large, and the US has offered a $10 (m) million-dollar bounty for his arrest.


Location unknown - recent

Pack of card illustration of Izzat al-Douri


FILE: Baghdad - unknown date

Al-Douri saluting at parade


Unknown location and date

US poster advertising reward for al-Douri's capture


Tikrit - May 2004

Close of al-Douri's bombed out house

After a period of comparative quiet, the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad was again the scene of violence as US and Iraqi forces clashed with militants loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The clashes led into several days of heavy fighting that left 37 people dead, including two US soldiers, and more than 200 civilians injured.


Sadr City, Baghdad - 5 Sep 2004

Militant shooting around corner, other fighters with guns walk in alley

Militant shooting from across street

Militant throwing grenade

Group of militants across street, pan to militant shooting around corner, pan back to group across street

US forces had pulled back from Fallujah after the three-week siege in April that left hundreds dead and devastated much of the city. Since then, the militants had tightened their grip on the city. In mid-September, US forces launched attacks in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah and nearby villages, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 40 others. Women and children were reported to have been among the victims. The US military said it was targeting allies of the Jordanian Islamist militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and claimed intelligence showed that up to 60 suspected enemy fighters may have been killed. US-led forces carried out a further raids attacks on insurgent positions in Fallujah in October, backed by artillery and air-strikes, as they targeted they said were safe houses used by al-Zarqawi's terror network.


Fallujah - September 16, 2004

injured being carried into hospital

Girl being wheeled on hospital bed

Children in hospital bed

In Baghdad, militant gunmen attacked and killed two Sunni Muslim clerics. Sheik Mohammed Jadoa al-Janabi and Sheik Hazem al-Zeidi were both killed with two days of each other, in each case as they left a mosque. Iraqi authorities said the killings were motivated by sectarian disputes.


Sadr City, Baghdad - 20 Sep 2004

Funeral procession for Sheikh Hazem al-Zeidi

Funeral marchers with coffin on a car

In Najaf, Shiite Muslims commemorated the death of one of the country's most important Muslim clerics just over a year after he was assassinated. Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim was killed along with at least 85 others in August 2003 when a massive car bomb exploded outside the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf. Heavy fighting in the city between militants and American forces in the previous weeks had prevented the commemoration taking place on the anniversary of the death. Baqir al-Hakim was a known proponent of Muslim unity. Marchers marking al-Hakim's death walked through the streets of Najaf holding banners reading: "No to sectarianism, yes to unity".


Najaf - 23 Sep 2004


Marchers holding pictures of the late Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim

Iraq's interim Prime Minister interim Iyad Allawi visited the United States in late September, where he met US President George W. Bush at the White House. After the meeting, President Bush warned that he expects insurgent violence in Iraq to escalate as the country moves toward elections scheduled for January. Even so, Allawi discounted the need for more foreign soldiers, yet called for more assistance to build up Iraqi government forces. Before meeting with Bush, Allawi told a joint meeting of Congress that Iraq was moving successfully past the war that ousted Saddam Hussein. He vowed that the elections would take place next year as scheduled, "because Iraqis want elections on time." On the second day of his two-day visit, Allawi spoke before the General Assembly of the United Nations and urged the world body to set aside differences over the legitimacy of war and help his country build a stable democracy. He said that that failure to do so would be a victory for terrorism. But his comments came just days after US Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld suggested that parts of Iraq might have to be excluded from the elections because in January because of almost daily car bombings, kidnappings and other mayhem plaguing the country.


Washington DC - 23 September 2004

US President George W, Bush and Iraqi President Iyad Allawi at rostrum

Various shots of Allawi approaching podium to address joint meeting

Various shots of members of Congress applauding

SOUNDBITE (English) Iyad Allawi, Iraqi interim Prime Minister:

"Elections will occur in Iraq on time in January because Iraqis want elections on time."

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Subjects: Improvised explosives, Assassinations, Islam, War and unrest, Bombings, Shia Islam, Military leadership, General news, Violent crime, Crime, Religion, Social affairs, Military and defense, Government and politics
People: Ahmad Chalabi, Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld
Organisations: United States Department of Defense
Locations: Iraq, Baghdad, Washington, D.C., Middle East, United States, North America
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 4
Summary: Iraq in January - March 2004
Story No: X05313
Source: APTN, Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Saddam Hussein, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Ahmad Chalabi, Prince Charles, Dan Senor

original story: G00436

IRAQ 2004

Iraq in January

The presence of US-led Coalition forces in Iraq continued to cause widespread resentment among many Iraqis. The country remained the scene of on-going armed conflict between the foreign troops and groups of armed militants in several key regions, including Baghdad and in the broad region north of the capital, known as the Sunni Triangle, where support for the former regime of Saddam Hussein had been strongest.

Militants carried out bomb, mortar or rocket attacks against Coalition troops or Iraqi civilians every few days in Baghdad. In response, US-led forces searched homes and communities in the city that were seen to offer the militants sympathy and support. In early January, Sunni Muslim demonstrators marched to protest against a raid by US soldiers and Iraqi troops from the newly formed Iraqi Civil Defence Force (ICDF) on the Ibn-Taymiyah mosque. Witnesses complained that the soldiers had handled them roughly and desecrated religious items. US commanders denied the accusations, but said they had seized explosives, guns and ammunition hidden at the mosque, and arrested 32 people believed to be non-Iraqi Arab militants.


Baghdad - 2 January 2004

Various interior shots of Ibn-Taymiyah mosque

Various shots of crowd protesting outside the Ibn-Taymiyah mosque

The British Prime Minister Tony Blair travelled to Iraq and met some of the 10-thousand British troops stationed in and around the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a relatively peaceful region 550 kilometres (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad. It was his second visit to Iraq since the invasion. Blair, the key ally of US President George W. Bush in the Coalition, spoke publicly during his visit about the threat of weapons of mass destruction, although none had yet been found in Iraq, and described the Iraq War as a test case in a war against global repression and terrorism. The United States and Britain had cited Saddam Hussein's alleged stocks of chemical, nuclear and biological weapons as a justification for the war, but have come under criticism because no evidence of such weapons has been found. Blair also visited a new Iraqi police academy, where British and European civilian and military police are training Iraqi recruits.


Basra - 4 January 2004

British Prime Minister Tony Blair shaking hands with soldiers

British police training Iraqi police recruits

Many United States citizens opposed their government's actions over Iraq and some went a long way to show their disapproval. A former US Marine and Gulf War veteran, Ken O'Keefe, travelled to Baghdad to burn his American passport in an act of defiance over the Iraq War. Standing in Firdous Square, where a bronze statue of Saddam Hussein was felled in April 2003 with the help of US Marines. O'Keefe said he had renounced his American citizenship, and called on American troops to put down their weapons and refuse service in Iraq. He argued that the US should pull out of Iraq without delay because no weapons of mass destruction had been found, and Saddam Hussein was no longer a threat.


Baghdad - 7 January 2004

Former US Marine and Gulf War veteran Ken O' Keefe in Firdous Square, showing his US passport

O' Keefe showing his hands

O' Keefe burning his passport

Tensions between Sunnis and Shiites worsened as the two communities competed for power following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, which for decades had subjugated the Shiite majority. Outbreaks of ethnic or religious violence caused confusion as well as harm. In Baqouba, a religiously mixed city in a region dominated by Sunni Muslims, an explosion ripped through a busy street as Shiite worshippers were leaving a mosque after Friday prayers, killing five people and wounding dozens. Some witnesses to the explosion had claimed that a rocket fired from a US warplane had caused the blast. But Iraqi police suspected a car bomb, and on the same day a car bomb was defused before it could explode outside another Shiite mosque. Three days later a car bomb exploded outside an Iraqi police station in the city, killing three Iraqi policemen and two passers-by, and wounding 30 people.


Baqouba - 9 January 2004

Tracking shot of burning car in front of mosque, people shouting and bodies on the ground

Man wailing beside body on ground

Wide shot of aftermath


Baqouba - 14 January 2004

Wrecked police car on street

Wall of station damaged by bomb

Building with wrecked doorway, pull out to wide shot

US troops continued to track down Iraq's former rulers. In January, US Paratroopers captured a Baath Party official and militia commander, Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, who was number 54 on the list of 55 most wanted figures from the Saddam regime. A US military spokesman said al-Muhammad had been arrested in the Ramadi area west of Baghdad.


Baghdad - 14 January 2004

SOUNDBITE (English) US Army Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Coalition military spokesman

(overlaid with picture of Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad picture):

"As a result of aggressive operations this week, the coalition announces the capture of Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad."

The US-appointed civilian administration took steps to get rid of the remaining traces of Saddam's regime. Iraq's old bank notes bearing Saddam Hussein's portrait became obsolete after a three-month period to exchange them for a new currency. More than 10-thousand tons of old banknotes bearing the image of the ousted dictator were destroyed. Iraq's Central Bank announced that the value of the Iraqi dinar had risen by 25 percent since before the invasion, and that the new notes were harder to counterfeit.


Baghdad - 15 January 2004

Medium shot of armed security outside the Central Bank building

Close up of woman writing on dinar note

Women packing-up old money

Wide shot of money exchange

Medium shot of teller and customers changing money

Iraqi newspapers printed new photographs of Saddam Hussein being held prisoner. The US had announced his capture on December 14 (2003), and the photographs dated December 13 showed him in handcuffs and being escorted by US and Iraqi soldiers. The first of the photographs was published by the al-Mu'thamar newspaper, owned by Ahmad Chalabi, a prominent member of the Iraqi Governing Council, who has since been accused by the US of spying for Iran. Chalabi has denied the allegations. Several Iraqis spoken to by APTN in Baghdad said they welcomed Saddam's incarceration.


Baghdad - 15 January 2004

Men reading newspapers at news stand

Men reading newspaper with photograph of Saddam

Militant attacks on Coalition troops often took the form of roadside IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) -crude bombs triggered to explode when a convoy of vehicles passes by. The explosion of an IED in Baghdad was captured on camera after US soldiers spotted the device. A tactic of the militants was to place the devices where they could be easily seen, and then explode them when US troops tried to remove them. No US troops were hurt in the blast, but two Iraqi children were injured.

Two days later, a car bomb exploded outside the main gate to the Coalition "Green Zone" headquarters in Baghdad, killing 18 people. The blast, apparently triggered by the driver of the car, occurred at about 8 am near the "Assassin's Gate" of Saddam Hussein's former Republican Palace complex, now used by the Coalition as its headquarters in Iraq. The gate is used by hundreds of Iraqis employed by the Coalition Provisional Authority, the formal name of the US-led occupation authorities, as well as US military vehicles.

The Iraqi police force, seen by the Iraqi militants as allies of the Coalition forces, were frequently the target of attacks. In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb exploded outside a police station, killing nine people and injuring 45 others. It had been payday at the station, on the day before the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, and the two-story building had been crowded with staff. A huge crater was gouged out of the ground by the blast. Bodies lay in the roadside, and stunned survivors were seen stumbling down the street, their clothing soaked in blood.


Baghdad - 16 January 2004

US soldiers observing IED (Improvised Explosive Device)

US soldiers inspecting explosive device, which explodes, pull out to wide shot as soldiers walk off, pan of scene


Baghdad - 18 January 2004

Wide sot of bridge, tank in distance

Wide shot of destroyed vehicles, plumes of black smoke rising from burned cars

Mid shot of destroyed bus and car

Mid shot of US soldiers, burning cars on the background


Mosul - 31 January 2004


Various fires

Man with bloody head walking past camera

Wide of fires at blast scene, zoom in to people helping injured man

Iraq in February

Kurdish communities in the north of Iraq were also targets of attacks by militants. Kurdish Peshmurga militia fighters had been part of the Coalition that toppled Saddam, and Iraqi Kurds had suffered repression under the dictator's regime. In Irbil, 200 kilometres north of Baghdad, twin suicide bomb attacks during the Eid holiday celebrations killed 56 people and injured more than 235. Two men, dressed as Muslim clerics but with explosives concealed beneath their clothes, blew themselves up in the offices of the two main Kurdish political parties allied to the United States, the KDP and its rival the PUK. Among the dead were many of the leaders of the two parties, who had gathered to greet crowds of ordinary Kurds on the first day of the four-day Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday.


Irbil - 2 February 2004

Wide of damaged Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) headquarters

Inside views of damage including flags, firearms

In the south of the country, local people took up the grisly task of exposing the atrocities of the former regime. At least 50 bodies were found in a few days of digging at a mass grave discovered near Kifal, outside the southern Iraqi Shiite city of Najaf. Local people said the graves dated back to the 1991 Shiite uprising against Saddam after the Gulf War, which was brutally suppressed by Saddam's forces. Since the US-led invasion thousands of bodies have been found in mass graves in the mainly Shiite areas south of Baghdad.


Kifal, near Najaf - 8 February 2004

Workers exhuming remains of bodies from the mass grave

Row of bodies from grave

Various shots of skulls

The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, visited British troops in the southern city of Basra in early February. The prince flew in from Kuwait for a five-hour "morale-boosting" visit, during which he met members of the British Parachute Regiment at a tea party at one of Saddam's former palaces - now a British battalion headquarters. He also met the senior Coalition officials in Iraq, and Iraqi community leaders.


Basra - 8 February 2004

Soldier with flag in background

Prince Charles walking towards regiment

Prince Charles awarding sword to soldier

Militant suicide-bombers carried out attacks on Iraqis who were willing to work with the Coalition authorities, and the Coalition warned that such were likely to increase ahead of the handover to a new Iraqi government on 30 June. In the south of Baghdad, a truck packed with up to quarter of a tonne of explosives blew up at a police station where would-be recruits were lining up to apply for jobs. Hospital officials said at least 53 people had been killed and 50 injured. Iraqi police said the explosion was a suicide attack, carried out by a driver who detonated a bomb in a pickup truck as it passed by the station in a mainly Shiite neighbourhood. The explosion reduced parts of the station and nearby buildings to rubble. Hours after the attack, police fired guns in the air to disperse a crowd of local people angered by rumours that a US rocket had caused the blast.

The next day, in central Baghdad, a suicide-driver blew up a car rigged with almost a quarter of a tonne of explosives outside a recruiting centre, where up to 300 of Iraqis were lined up to volunteer for the new Iraqi military. Iraq's deputy interior minister, Ahmed Ibrahim, said 47 people were killed and 50 injured, but that the attack would not "deter the people's march toward freedom."


Baghdad - 10 February 2004

Crowds around and on top of the destroyed police station

Wide shot of crowds around demolished car

Interior shot of destroyed car, pan along it


Baghdad - 11 February 2004

Tracking shot of US soldiers walking on the road, wreckage of vehicles on the ground

Various shots of car wreckage, Iraqi police and US soldiers standing by

Tracking shot of US soldiers, wreckage of vehicle

Coalition officials in Baghdad disclosed the military had intercepted a letter purportedly written by a top al-Qaida agent in Iraq, which it described as a "blueprint for terror." The letter reportedly asked al-Qaida's leadership for help in launching attacks against Iraqi Shiites Muslims. According to the letter, the goal of the attacks would be to foment civil war between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in order to undermine the Coalition and provisional Iraqi leadership. The Coalition said it believed the author of the letter was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Palestinian-Jordanian suspected of links to al-Qaida and believed to be at large in Iraq. Al-Zarqawi had boasted of organizing 25 suicide previous attacks in Iraq. Following the release of the letter, the Coalition upped the reward for al-Zarqawi's capture to $10 million.


Baghdad - 11 February 2004

Various shots of pages of the intercepted letter

SOUNDBITE (English) Dan Senor, Coalition spokesman:

"This is a blueprint for terror in Iraq. It outlines very clearly that the blueprint calls for unleashing civil war,


Baghdad - 12 February 2004

New reward poster for ten million dollars

The city of Fallujah, 60 kilometres west of Baghdad in the Sunni Triangle, has been a centre of resistance by Iraqi militants against the Coalition forces and their allies. In mid-February, militant gunmen launched a daylight assault on a police station that killed 19 people, most of them police. Around 25 attackers stormed the building, throwing hand-grenades and freeing prisoners from the cells, survivors said. The attackers then fought a gun battle with Iraqi security forces in the street outside the station, before escaping after freeing 75 prisoners. Iraqi security officials said 17 police officers, two Iraqi civilians and four of the attackers were killed, and that two of the dead attackers carried Lebanese passports. Thirty-seven people were reported wounded.

One shop owner across the street from the compound said he and his neighbours had been warned not to open on Saturday morning because an attack was imminent. A week earlier, pamphlets signed by militant groups had been posted in Fallujah warning Iraqis not to cooperate with US forces and threatening "harsh consequences." Among the groups that signed the leaflets was Muhammad's Army, which US officials said appeared to be a group of former Saddam-era intelligence agents, army and security officials and Baath Party members.


Fallujah - 14 February 2004

White car being driven as gunfire is heard

street scenes, with gunfire heard

The Iraqi police in Baghdad arrested a former Baath Party chairman and one of 11 fugitives still at large from the US military's "most-wanted" list of 55 senior members of the Saddam regime. Mohammed Zimam Abdul Razaq was captured at one of his homes in western Baghdad and had not resisted arrest, officials said. Abdul-Razaq had been the Baath Party chairman in the northern provinces of Nineveh and Tamim, which include the city of Kirkuk. He was Number 41 on the US most-wanted list, and was pictured on the "Four of Spades" card in the playing-deck that the US military supplied to its soldiers to help them identify the regime's leadership. During a ceremony to present Abdul-Razaq to reporters, Iraq's deputy Interior Minister Ahmed Kadhum Ibrahim appealed for the most-sought after fugitive, Saddam's deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, to surrender. The most senior fugitive who remains at large, he is pictured on the "King of Clubs" card in the US military playing-deck.


Baghdad - 15 February 2004

Close-up Mohammad Zimam Abdul Razaq (centre, wearing head dress)

Still shot of Abdul Razaq on Four of Spades card

Militant also targeted Iraqi oil installations, to undermine Coalition efforts to fund the new Iraqi administration and reconstruction programmes with oil revenue. Saboteurs had attacked pipelines in the oil-rich of the country. But in late February they attacked an oil pipeline south of Baghdad for the first time, blowing up the strategic Kirkuk-Baghdad-Basra connection and cutting off the flow from the northern oilfields to the export seaport terminal in southern Iraq. The destroyed section of pipeline was still burning the next day at Razaza, near the town of Karbala, 100 kilometres southwest of Baghdad.


Near Karbala - 23 February 2004

Wide shot of smoke over desert landscape

Wide shot of smoky landscape, then pan over charred ground

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Subjects: Improvised explosives, Newspapers, Army, Islam, War and unrest, Bombings, Military leadership, Parties, Accidents and disasters, Sunni Islam, Religious strife, Civil wars, Shia Islam, Military recruitment, Job hunting, Veterans, Suicide bombings, Ramadan, General news, News media, Armed forces, Military and defense, Government and politics, Religion, Social affairs, Occasions, Lifestyle, Careers, Business, Demographic groups, Terrorist attacks, Terrorism, Holidays
People: Saddam Hussein, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Ahmad Chalabi, Prince Charles, Dan Senor
Locations: Iraq, Middle East, United Kingdom, Europe, Baghdad, United States, Western Europe, United Kingdom, European Union, North America
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 2
Summary: Iraq Post War (B)
Story No: X05311
Source: APTN, DOD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Saddam Hussein

original story: G00436



Crowds of Iraqis gathered outside the mansion in Mosul where American soldiers killed Saddam Hussein's two eldest sons.

Some of them were shouting in delight, others cursing in anger.

Uday and Qusay Hussein were regarded as two of the cruelest men in Saddam's regime. For the coalition it was a major boost, evidence they were closing the net on Saddam Hussein. Supporters of the former leader promised retaliation.


23.7.03 - Mosul, Iraq

Exterior of villa

US soldier

Window on villa damaged by gunfire and with smoke billowing

Villa with smoke still billowing out

Damaged side of house


Still image corpse with full head of hair and beard of Qusay Hussein

Still image corpse with shaved head and full beard showing facial injury Uday Hussein


25.7.03 - Baghdad, Iraq

Wide shot of bodies of Qusay and Uday Hussein


23.7.03 - near Ramadi, Iraq

Wide shot of Iraqi insurgents wearing masks

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Iraqi insurgent

"If this news is true that Qusay and Uday are dead, we shall raise hell on Americans."

Close up of man holding RPG

Close up small child holding assault rifle


2.8.03 - Tikrit, Iraq

Wide shot of burial site of Qusay and Uday

Mourner approaches grave with a banknote with Saddam's image and glues it with mud to the grave

Mourner with cap praying in front of mosque

As the months passed, the death toll continued to rise as insurgents launched a series of attacks on a variety of targets throughout Iraq. A massive car bomb exploded outside the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad in August, killing a dozen people and injuring over 50 more.

Later in the month, another bomb hit the United Nations compound in Baghdad, killing Sergio Vieira de Mello, the head of U.N. operations in Iraq. He was among 23 people killed in the blast.


7.8.03 - Baghdad, Iraq

Wide shot aftermath of bomb

Fire burning outside embassy - pan to soldiers

Burnt out car

US soldiers standing on vehicle


19.8.03 - Baghdad, Iraq

Wide shots of UN headquarters with smoke billowing out

Burning cars

International organisations were not the only target. Iraq's holiest Shiite shrine in Najaf was hit by a bomb killing 125 people including Shia cleric, Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim. Al-Hakim had only recently returned to Iraq after two decades of exile.


29.8.03 - Najaf, Iraq

Mosque with damage from explosion

Crowds of people surrounding wrecked car

Various of rubble and damage


10.5.03 - Basra, Iraq

Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim addresses crowd

Friendly fire incidents only served to complicate relations between the coalition troops and the Iraqis they were meant to be helping.

In September, an American patrol opened fire on an Iraqi police patrol by mistake. Nine people were killed including a Jordanian security guard. The U.S. military was forced to apologise for the incident, which was to trigger a new cycle of bloodshed in the country's most troubled region.

The supposed "post-war" period was proving more costly in terms of lives than the war itself.


12.9.03 - Al-bu Al-wan, near Fallujah, Iraq

Various exteriors of one of the Jordanian Hospital buildings at Al-bu Al-wan

Cartidge cases from 40 mm grenade launcher lying in the foreground with building behind

Various of locals shouting and dancing around burned out US "humvee"


13.9.03 - Fallujah, Iraq

Various of coffins of Iraq policemen shot by US soldiers being carried through crowd


12.10.03 - Baghdad, Iraq

Wide shot of scene of car bombing

Close up injured man being taken away on police pick-up

Stretcher being loaded into ambulance


The Al Rasheed Hotel in central Baghdad was home to many Americans and seen as a symbol of the U.S.-led occupation. A rocket attack in October killed an American colonel and injured a further 18 people.


26.10.03 - Baghdad, Iraq


Various of damaged hotel


A dozen people were killed in an attack on the Red Cross complex in Baghdad, also in October. The attack led to calls for non-governmental organisations to pull out of Iraq as the situation became ever more dangerous. Most of those killed were Iraqi employees of the aid organisation.


27.9.03 - Baghdad, Iraq

Various of smoke rising over city following suicide bombing attack on Red Cross building


Fifteen U.S. soldiers died when a U.S. Chinook helicopter was shot down near Fallujah. It was one of the deadliest strikes against American troops since the start of the war. Public support for the war back home was rapidly eroding as more and more people began to ask the same question - was it all worth it?


2.11.03 - near Fallujah, Iraq

Helicopter on ground

Soldiers at site of crash

Close up of crash site, pull out to wide of site

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Subjects: Improvised explosives, War and unrest, Bombings, Friendly fire, Embassies, War casualties, General news, International relations, Government and politics
People: Saddam Hussein
Locations: Iraq, Baghdad, United States, Middle East, North America
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 18
Summary: Iraq in April - May 2005
Story No: X05327
Source: AP Television News, Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM
People: Jalal Talabani, Saddam Hussein

original story: G00436

Iraq in April

Newspaper headlines in Baghdad reported predictions that a prominent Shiite politician, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, would be named as prime minister, following negotiations among the Kurdish-Shi'ite coalition members in the national assembly. On April 7, the president and vice-presidents were sworn-in. One of their first acts as the Presidential Council was to appoint al-Jaafari as Prime Minister, giving Iraq its first freely-elected government in 50 years. The same day, insurgents carried out a roadside bomb attack on a US convoy in Baqouba, but caused no injuries, and a car-bomb attack in Tikrit injured three Iraqi policemen.


AP Television News

Baghdad - 7 April 2005


Newspaper headline reading: "Today: al-Jaafari to be named as Prime Minister"

FILE: Various locations and dates

Various of Ibrahim al-Jaafari


AP Television News

Baqouba - 7 April 2005

US Humvees with white smoke rising from an attack with a roadside bomb attack

US troops with Humvees blocking main street

Tikrit - 7 April 2005

Various of wreckage of car bomb attack that injured three Iraqi policeman.

Close-up of car bomb engine


AP Television News

Baghdad, 7 April 2005

Ibrahim al-Jaafari (with beard) shaking hands with lawmaker

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Jalal Talabani, Kurdish leader, Swearing in as Interim President:

"I swear by God that I'll sincerely perform my tasks and legal responsibilities and I work for maintaining the general and private freedoms and the independence of judiciary and I'll commit by putting into force legislations honestly and sincerely, God may witness."

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ghazi al-Yawer, Sunni Arab leader, Swearing in as Vice President:

"I swear by God that I will sincerely perform my duties and legal responsibilities

Iraqi flags

In Baqouba, hundreds of students protested against the presence of American in Iraq and American flags near US troops, who kept a close eye on the march but did not intervene. Security forces reported a surge in insurgent violence in the weeks that followed, ending a relative lull since elections in January. An improvised explosive device exploded in Baghdad, setting US fuel tanker ablaze. A car bomb exploded on after Friday prayers at a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, killing eight people and wounding 20, and collapsing part of the mosque.


AP Television News

Baqouba, 11 April 2005

Wide shot of demonstrators chanting anti-America slogan

Banner reading "No to occupation - Yes to independence"

Demonstrators burning American flag


AP Television News

Baghdad - 13 April 2005

Various of plume of thick smoke

Various of plume of black smoke and fire

Various of fireballs smouldering from burning oil tanker


AP Television News

Baghdad - 22 April 2005

Pan down from minaret tower to destroyed wall

Various of people at scene of blast, collapsed wall, people moving rubble

Pan interior shot of mosque, shattered glass on carpet

Various of smouldering mini-bus

Iraq in May

Foreign forensic experts visited Iraq to examine a mass grave discovered near the Iraqi city of Samawa, on the Euphrates River about 370 kilometers southeast of Baghdad. Many of the dead were thought to be Kurds who had killed or expelled from northern Iraq in the brutal Anfal campaigns carried out by Saddam's Hussein's forces in the 1980s. Another mass grave was discovered near Mari in Diwanyah province, at 240 kilometres (149 miles) south of Baghdad, believed to contain the bodies of thousands of Saddam's victims. International forensic teams started a programme to exhume Iraqi mass graves in 2003, but toward the end of 2004 increasing violence had forced many teams to abandon their work.



Near Samawa - April 2005

Outgoing Iraqi Minister for Human Rights, Bakhtiar Amin, and Regime Crimes Liaison (RCL) officer walking with reporters through mass grave site

Close-up skull in ground

Various RCL officers working on small area with more than 80 skeletons

Close-up skulls and clothing


AP Television News

Mari area, Diwaniyah Province - 1 May 2005

Residents digging, exhuming remains

Close-up skeletal remains, skull

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yaha al-Kasir, human rights activist:

"These graveyards are in Shanafiyah, at the Mari area near Diwanyah province. This site contains 19 graves. It contains thousands of Shiites and Sunnis."

Iran's foreign minister Kamal Kharazzi visited Iraq, and stated that his country would support Iraq's elected government without interfering in its internal affairs. Kharazzi also insisted that Iran was not allowing insurgents to enter Iraq from its territories. Kharazzi was the highest-level visitor from Iran to neighbour Iraq since Saddam Hussein's ouster. Kharazzi held talks with the Iraqi leadership, meeting separately with President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

An Iraqi court in the city of Kut sentenced three men to death for killing three police officers. The death sentences were the first in Iraq since authorities re-imposed capital punishment in August after the hand-over of power from Coalition forces. Bayan al-Jaf, Odai al-Duleimi and Taha al-Duleimi pleaded guilty to killing three police officers in July 2004 in Suwayrah, 40 kilometres south of Baghdad. The court heard that the men belonged to a local terror cell linked to the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, one of Iraq's most feared terrorist groups that has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against Iraqi security forces and kidnapping several foreigners. The court heard that the defendants had shot the men dead after breaking their arms and legs and cutting their eyes out.



Baghdad - 17 May 2005

Iranian foreign minister Kamal Kharazzi hugging Iraqi president Jalal Talabani

Various talks between Kharazzi and Talabani


AP Television News

Kut - 22 May 2005

Wide shot of exterior of court

Various of the interior of the court, with audience carrying banners reading: "The minimum sentence for them is the death penalty"

Three Iraqi convicts standing near the court bench

Three convicts standing, overlaid with UPSOUND (Arabic) Judge reading sentence:

"The court has sentenced Bayan Ahmed Saeed ,Odai Dawood Salman and Dhaher Jassim to the death penalty, according to item number 406/1 ab."

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Subjects: Improvised explosives, War and unrest, Bombings, Crime, Legal proceedings, International relations, Human rights and civil liberties, General news, Law and order, Government and politics, Social issues, Social affairs
People: Jalal Talabani, Saddam Hussein
Locations: Iraq, Iran, Baghdad, Middle East
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Iraq Clipreel Volume 8 (April 2003 - December 2005): Part 8
Summary: Iraq in August 2004
Story No: X05317
Source: APTN, Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2005 12:00 AM

original story: G00436

Iraq in August

In August, fighting rekindled between the Moqtada al-Sadr's supporters and Coalition troops, starting in Najaf and spreading to other Shiite areas. The Health Ministry said 19 Iraqis were killed and 111 wounded during fighting in Sadr City the first two days of the renewed fighting. The US military reported that 15 of its soldiers were wounded in four separate attacks in the same clashes. In Basra, an al-Sadr militant was killed and three others were injured after they ambushed a British patrol. There were no reported of British casualties.

In Najaf, United States attack helicopters pounded militants hiding out in Najaf's cemetery. The US accused the militants of hiding in the cemetery, near the Najaf holy shrines, to avoid retaliation by US forces. Najaf hospital officials said the fighting had killed at least 13 civilians and wounded 58 others over two days. US forces reported they had killed up to 300 al-Mahdi militia fighters.

Al-Sadr's aides blamed the United States for the clashes and called for a return to the truce. But the militia fighters continued to defy the Coalition troops and the Iraqi government. In the mainly Shiite city of Amarah, al Mahdi militia fighters seized four police stations and crowds of gunmen and locals gathered outside one station in a show of dissent. Al Mahdi militia gunmen openly patrolled the streets of Sadr City in Baghdad, shooting at any US troops they saw.


Sadr City, Baghdad - 5 August 2004

Al Mahdi militia fighters on the streets of Sadr City

Various shots of militia fighters on street


Baghdad - 6 Aug 2004

Day shots, man on motorcycle with RPG on shoulder

Night shots, various shots of militants crouched behind building, firing rifles

Militant throwing object, loud explosion follows nearby


Najaf - 6 August 2004

Various shots of market stalls on fire

Fire at market stalls


Amarah - 6 August 2004

Various shots of al Mahdi militants with guns chanting in front of police station


Baghdad - 7 Aug 2004

Al-Mahdi militant pointing rocket propelled grenade down street


Baghdad - 7 Aug 2004

Three shots of al-Mahdi militia fighters shooting down street at US soldiers, UPSOUND gunfire

Pan of militants and child holding weapons

Under tight security, Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi made a brief visit to the war-shattered city of Najaf, calling on militants to lay down their weapons after days of fierce clashes with United States forces. Allawi said there were no plans to arrest al-Sadr, but he said there would be no negotiations with him until al-Sadr's militia laid down their arms. Days later al -Sadr appeared at a rare news conference in Najaf, saying he and his supporters would not lay down or leave their holy city. Heavy fighting continued in of Najaf as US forces tried once more to drive out al Sadr's supporters. Explosions and gunfire rattled the city, as the fighting continued around the vast cemetery near shrines

Najaf - 8 Aug 2004

Exterior of Imam Ali Shrine


Najaf - 9 Aug 2004

Moqtada al-Sadr walks into room


Najaf - 10 Aug 2004

Small boy carrying rocket launcher

On August 12. thousands of US troops and Iraqi soldiers launched a major assault on the Mahdi militia fighters in Najaf . Among the targets of the US assault was al-Sadr's residence in Najaf. Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after a US attack helicopter fired an unknown number of missile's at the residence. Al Sadr was not thought to be in the building at the time.


Najaf - 12 Aug 2004

Plume of smoke rising over Najaf


Najaf - 12 Aug 2004

Mid shot of al-Sadr's house engulfed in smoke

Expectations had been running high mid August for a national conference in of Iraqi religious, political and civic leaders designed to move Iraq further along the road to democracy. The conference was to elect a 100-member national council to act as a watchdog over the interim government ahead of the elections scheduled for January. But the conference was beset by problems even as it got started, with some delegates threatening to walk out over the fighting between Shiite militants and US-led forces in Najaf. Al-Sadr's group had rejected the conference as undemocratic and refused to attend. The Association of Muslim Scholars, a religious group with links to insurgents, also said it would not attend because of the interim government's reliance on the US-led Coalition forces.


Baghdad - 15 August 2004


Wide shot of conference

SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Iyad Allawi, Iraqi Prime Minister

"This event in Iraq's contemporary history is of great importance to peace loving countries. "

Conference breaks and delegates move around

Men begin chanting and waving their fists from the back of the conference room

In Germany, Specialist Javal Davis admitted in court that he initially lied to a military investigator by saying he did not take part in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Davis was one of seven junior-ranking US army reservists charged in the prison abuse scandal. Davis and the five other military police accused of abusing prisoners insisted they were following orders from military intelligence officers and civilian contractors.


Mannheim - 24 Aug 2004

media going through security checks


Mannheim - 24 Aug 2004

Sketch of Specialist Javal Davis

Court sketches of Judge Colonel James Pohl


Mannheim - 24 Aug 2004

Close up of US Army reservist Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick and his wife

Frederick, his wife and his lawyer

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Subjects: Army, Crime, War and unrest, Militias, Shia Islam, Violent crime, Armed forces, Military and defense, Government and politics, General news, Islam, Religion, Social affairs
Locations: Iraq, Baghdad, United States, Middle East, North America
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