Iraq - April 2003 - February 2005
International Events 00148 Subject: Iraq Source: APTN Library Thematic Clipreels - Volume 41 Iraq VIII (Post War/Insurgency: April 2003-February 2005) 10:00:00 (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.) Pool 21.4.03 - Baghdad Retired US Lieutenant General Jay Garner arriving at airport greeting troops Garner walking with staff of Yarmouk hospital 10:00:11 (On a tour of the northern Kurdish region, Garner met with prominent Kurdish leaders to discuss the future administration of the region.) Pool 22.4.03 - Sulaymaniyah, Iraq Jay Garner, Tim Cross, Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani holding hands at photo op 10:00:18 (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.) APTN 29.4.03 - Fallujah, Iraq Damaged car with bullet holes Wide shot of the entrance to Fallujah on the motorway 10:00:34 APTN 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" 10:00:44 APTN 1.5.03 - Fallujah, Iraq Mid shot of banner outside American post reading "USA leave our country" Iraqi flag covered in blood outside hospital 10:00:57 (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.) APTN 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 10:01:09 (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.) APTN 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 10:01:22 (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.) UNTV 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 10:01:57 (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.) APTN 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 10:02:16 (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.) APTN 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 10:02:49 (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.) APTN 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." 10:03:25 (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.) APTN 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 10:03:47 DoD 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 10:03:59 APTN 25.7.03 - Baghdad, Iraq Wide shot of bodies of Qusay and Uday Hussein 10:04:05 APTN 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 10:04:29 APTN 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 10:04:41 (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.) APTN 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 10:04:58 APTN 19.8.03 - Baghdad, Iraq Wide shots of UN headquarters with smoke billowing out Burning cars 10:05:16 (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.) APTN 29.8.03 - Najaf, Iraq Mosque with damage from explosion Crowds of people surrounding wrecked car Various of rubble and damage 10:05:28 APTN 10.5.03 - Basra, Iraq Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim addresses crowd 10:05:35 (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.) APTN 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" 10:05:56 APTN 13.9.03 - Fallujah, Iraq Various of coffins of Iraq policemen shot by US soldiers being carried through crowd 10:06:01 APTN 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 10:06:20 (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.) APTN 26.10.03 - Baghdad, Iraq Hotel Various of damaged hotel 10:06:39 (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.) APTN 27.9.03 - Baghdad, Iraq Various of smoke rising over city following suicide bombing attack on Red Cross building 10:06:58 (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?) APTN 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 10:07:22 (SADDAM LOOKALIKES 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.) APTN 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 10:07:52 (ITALIANS KILLED IN IRAQ 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.) APTN 12.11.03 - Nasiriyah, southern Iraq Various of smoke following explosion outside Italian headquarters Various of injured people in hospital Various security following attacks 10:08:24 (SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED) Pool 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 Military Video Location Unknown - 14 Dec 2003 Mute Various of hole where Saddam Hussein was found Various of Saddam Hussein undergoing medical checks Close-up of Saddam Hussein IRAQ 2004 10:10:26 (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.) APTN Baghdad - 2 January 2004 Various interior shots of Ibn-Taymiyah mosque Various shots of crowd protesting outside the Ibn-Taymiyah mosque 10:10:39 (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.) APTN Basra - 4 January 2004 British Prime Minister Tony Blair shaking hands with soldiers British police training Iraqi police recruits 10:10:46 (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.) APTN 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 10:11:02 (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.) APTN 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 10:11:37 (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.) APTN 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.) APTN 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.) APTN Baghdad - 15 January 2004 Men reading newspapers at news stand Men reading newspaper with photograph of Saddam 10:12:17 (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.) APTN 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 ALL LIVEWIRE VIDEO AS INCOMING Various fires Man with bloody head walking past camera Wide of fires at blast scene, zoom in to people helping injured man 10:13:08 (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.) APTN 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.) APTN 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.) Pool Basra - 8 February 2004 Soldier with flag in background Prince Charles walking towards regiment Prince Charles awarding sword to soldier 10:13:48 (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.") APTN 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.) APTN 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 10:14:46 (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.) APTN 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.) APTN 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.) APTN Near Karbala - 23 February 2004 Wide shot of smoke over desert landscape Wide shot of smoky landscape, then pan over charred ground 10:15:24 (Iraq in March After long negotiations at the urging of the Coalition nations, the political leaders of communities across Iraq agreed on an interim constitution. The agreement was reached nine days after the termination of a US deadline to the delegates. The impasse had strained relations between Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders and had highlighted the power of Iraq's Shiite clergy. A coalition official said the document struck a balance between the role of Islam and the bill of individual rights and democratic principles. But a prominent Shiite cleric and Iraqi Governing Council member, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, said it did not go far enough. He told thousands of supporters at a demonstration march that the Iraqi people needed to stick to their Islamic roots. Before an audience of prominent Iraqi and Coalition officials, the 25 council members signed the document on an antique desk once owned by King Faisal I, Iraq's first monarch. Council president Mohammed Bahr al-Ulloum called the signing a "historic moment, decisive in the history of Iraq." Ahmad Chalabi, leader of the US-backed Iraqi National Congress said that the signing of the document was a great day not only for Iraq, but also for Arabs, minorities and Muslims.) APTN Baghdad - 1 March 2004 Exterior Iraqi Governing Council building Wide shot of rally Rally participants perform traditional Shiite rituals Baghdad - 1 March 2004 SOUNDBITE: (English) Moafaq al-Rubaie, member of the Iraq Governing Council: 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is a birthday of a nation. Today, new Iraq was born " Baghdad - 8 March 2004 ceremony before signing Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the US-backed Iraqi National Congress signing document, then zoom in Baghdad - 8 March 2004 Close up of document, pull out to governing council standing for photo-op (Militant groups used bomb attacks to deepen the rift between Iraq's Sunni and Shiite Muslim communities. A coordinated series of explosions blasts struck major Shiite shrines in Karbala and Baghdad on the holiest day of the Shiite religious calendar, killing more than 115 people. In Karbala, 80 kilometres south of Baghdad, five blasts went off near two of the major shrines in Shiite Islam, hurling bodies in all directions and sending crowds of pilgrims fleeing in panic. Later reports said that suicide bombers had carried explosive-laden wooden-carts into the shrines and blown themselves up. The Ashoura festival, which marks the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, is the most important religious period in Shiite Islam and drew hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and other Shiite communities to the Iraqi shrines. In spite of the carnage, the, ceremonies marking the last day of Ashoura continued. This year was the first time in more than three decades that Iraq's Shiites had been free to openly mark the religious festival. Iraq Health ministry said 115 people had died in the Karbala bombings, and 70 killed at attack at the Kazimiya Shrine in Baghdad, a total of 185 dead. But a senior coalition official put the death toll at 117, with 85 killed in Karbala and 32 killed in Baghdad. The focus of Shiite anger was directed at the Coalition authorities. Some, including leading Shiite clerics, accused the US-led Coalition of not doing enough to protect the 10-day Ashoura ceremonies, while others vented resentment over the country's continuing insecurity. At the funerals for victims of the bombings the next day, angry mourners in Karbala burnt a replica US flag and shouted chants denouncing the United States, Israel, and "terrorists." Several thousand mourners joined the procession, taking the three bodies to the tombs of Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas for blessings before heading to the cemetery.) APTN Baghdad - 2 March 2004 Wide shot gold-domed mosque and crowds High wide shot of crowds in central Karbala, flash of explosion between two buildings, followed by boom Flames and people running in panic Wide shot of scene of blast, bloodstained puddle and bodies laid out Karbala - 3 March 2004 Angry crowds burning US flag at funeral procession 10:16:49 (In mid-March a car bomb destroyed the Hotel Jabal Lebanon in central Baghdad, killing at least 27 people and injuring more than 40 people. Local people said Americans, Britons, Egyptians as well as other foreigners were known to be staying at the hotel, making it a likely target for militant attacks. The hotel was a so-called "soft" target because it did have concrete blast barriers and other security measures of the kind that protect offices of the US-led Coalition and other buildings where Westerners live and work. The blast shook the nearby Palestine Hotel, where many foreign contractors and journalists are based.) APTN Baghdad - 17 March 2004 Long shot of mosque with black smoke billowing in background and traffic roundabout in foreground Close-up of blaze and billowing smoke Wide shot of fire with people in foreground (The Ashoura attacks and other militant efforts to provoke a split between Sunni and Shiite Muslims were opposed by many worshippers themselves. Crowds gathered after prayers in Baghdad's Adhamiya neighbourhood in a demonstration calling for unity between the two Islamic sects, carrying banners and chanting pro-unity slogans. Some of the marchers called on the Coalition to withdraw its troops from Iraq.) APTN Baghdad 19 March 2004 Various shots of Shiite demonstrators marching and chanting 'No to a divided Iraq' (Iraq's main oil pipeline to the Persian Gulf ruptured, spilling burning oil onto the desert sands south of Basra in late March. Local Iraqi officials said the break in the pipeline was caused by poor maintenance, and not by a militant attack. APTN showed footage of spilled pools of oil on fire and large clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky. No casualties resulted from the incident. Witnesses said the burning oil spill was about 4 kilometres long.) APTN Southern Iraqi desert, 90 kilometres south of Basra - 24 March 2004 Wide shot of huge plumes of black smoke and fire engines Various shot of flames and black smoke British soldiers walking on burned ground Burned ground, smoke in background (Although the Basra region had been relatively peaceful compared to the area west and north of Baghdad, there were outbreaks of unrest. British troops in Basra scuffled with rioters when soldiers tried to evict anti-Coalition activists from a government-owned building. Around 30 locals set fire to car tyres and threw stones at the troops who responded with rubber bullets and used tear gas to try to quell the crowd. Three Iraqis were injured.) APTN Basra - 29 March 2004 Smoke rising from ground from burning tyres and man throwing object at British troops High shot of burning tyres and rioters throwing stones at troops Rioters scuffling with soldiers, one rioter grabbing rifle from British soldier 10:17:53 (Iraq in April Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Baghdad in early April to protest against the closure of an Arabic newspaper owned by a Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr. Coalition authorities in Baghdad claimed the paper had incited violence against the occupying military forces. Days later, about five thousand members of the Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia proclaiming loyalty to al-Sadr, paraded in the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad. Formerly called Saddam City, after the fall of the Iraqi regime the mainly Shiite district was renamed for Moqtada al-Sadr's father, Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, a leading Shiite cleric who was killed in ambush by Saddam's security forces in 1999.) APTN Baghdad - 2 April 2004 Mid shot of marchers Baghdad - 3 April 2004 Close up banner showing Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, Moqtada al-Sadr's father Al-Mahdi Army militia members marching Masked and uniformed children marching during demonstration (The unrest among al-Sadr's supporters boiled over into a violent uprising days later in the staunchly Shiite regions of Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriyah and Amarah. In Baghdad, Al-Mahdi militia fighters killed eight US soldiers in fighting in the city. Thirty Iraqis reportedly died in the clash. One Salvadoran and one US soldier were killed in an attack on a Spanish military base in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf. The Salvadoran force was in Iraq under Spanish command as part of an international brigade of troops from Central America. The Spanish-led force would pull out of Iraq in May, citing an election promise made by the new Spanish government. Supporters of al-Sadr took over a police station and seized guns inside in Kufa, 11 kilometres north of Najaf. No police were in the station at the time. Protesters also took over a hospital, and groups of armed men gathered around the local mosque, waving flags and holding portraits of Moqtada al-Sadr and his father.) APTN Kufa - April 4, 2004 People waving flags and posters of Moqtada al-Sadr Armed guard on roof of mosque Najaf - April 4, 2004 Various shots of crowds running on street, UPSOUND explosions, gunfire Tracking shot of protesters running along road, UPSOUND automatic gunfire and some larger explosions (Moqtada al-Sadr was reported to have taken refuge in a mosque in Kufa, surrounded by armed supporters. The US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, warned that al-Sadr had placed himself outside law by calling for attacks against Coalition and Iraqi forces. A force of 2500 US troops backed by tanks and heavy artillery was deployed outside the city on Tuesday on a mission to "capture or kill" al-Sadr. But Iraqi Shiite clerical leaders launched hurried negotiations aimed at averting a US assault on the city. After a week of negotiations, US forces remained stationed outside Najaf and Kufa, and al-Sadr remained defiant. He threatened suicide attacks against any Coalition troops that attacked his strongholds. But he condemned as "terrorism" a coordinated suicide-bomb attack two days earlier in the southern cities of Basra and Zubair that had killed 73 people, many of them Iraqi children.) APTN Kufa - 25 July 2003 Side shot of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr preaching at Kufa mosque Najaf - 13 April 2004 Wide of the Imam Ali shrine Kufa - 23 April 2004 Worshippers praying at Kufa mosque Various shots of outside mosque, with Mahdi Army militiamen holding AK-47 on guard 10:18:57 (The showdown with al-Sadr threatened to heighten tensions with Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority at a time when the US forces were burdened by an insurgency by militants groups in the Sunni Triangle. After the gruesome murder and mutilation of four civilian US security contractors in Fallujah in May, US officials warned of a massive retaliation and surrounded the city with more than a thousand US Marines and Iraqi troops. The besieging troops moved in against the insurgents in early April, sparking intense fighting in the streets of the city of 200-thousand people. The four-day assault included air strikes by US warplanes and attack helicopters on insurgent Iraqi positions, and more than 280 Iraqis were reported to have been killed. At least four US Marines were also reported killed. Local people accused the US of killing around 40 civilian worshippers when a bomb from an F16 warplane was used to demolish the wall of a mosque to allow US troops to enter.) US Pool Fallujah - 7 April 2004 Wide shot, zoom into injured marine getting out of tank Fallujah - 8 April 2004 Buildings and large black plumes of smoke Smoke in background with marine in foreground Marines firing mortar, UPSOUND mortar fire. Cobra attack helicopter flying overhead, firing ordnance, passes Blackhawk helicopter, minaret of mosque in background. APTN Fallujah - 7 April 2004 Pull-out from street to wide shot of mosque after daybreak Masked and armed fighters in street (After four days of heavy fighting in Fallujah, the Coalition halted its attack to allow residents to tend to the dead and wounded, and to let Iraqi government officials negotiate with the insurgents. But it was to be an uneasy ceasefire: just 90 minutes after the announcement, US marines were given orders to resume offensive operations after gunmen fired on them. Within days a fierce gun battle between US Marines and insurgents in the city had left one marine dead and seven others injured, and heavy fighting continued outside the besieged city and on the outskirts of Baghdad, 40 kilometres to the west. In the town of Abu Ghraib, just outside Baghdad, militants shot down a US Apache helicopter, killing its two crewmembers.) Pool Fallujah - 12 April 2004 Marines targeting position Marines shooting, UPSOUND gunfire Wide shot of buildings Marines firing into the city Various shot of marines firing 10:20:22 (Early in April, a group calling itself the "Mujahedeen Brigades" captured three Japanese hostages in southern Iraq. In a videotaped communiqué, the three hostages - two aid workers and a photojournalist - were shown being held at gunpoint. The kidnappers threatened to burn their captives alive unless Japan pulled its troops out of Iraq within three days. Despite public pressure in Japan, where many people had opposed the invasion of Iraq, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi refused to meet the kidnappers demands, saying he wouldn't give in to terrorism. Japan had deployed about 1000 support troops in Iraq and the immediate region, including over 500 soldiers on a mission to purify water and rebuild infrastructure in southern Iraq. The three Japanese hostages were released after a week, following negotiations by Muslim clerics with their kidnappers. Four Italian men working as private security guards were kidnapped after they got into a taxi in Baghdad. Their captors released a video of the men holding up their passports, surrounded by masked gunmen who threatened to execute them unless the 3000 Italian troops and other Coalition forces pulled out of Iraq. Within two days the kidnappers released a second videotape, this time showing the grisly execution of one of the hostages and threatening to kill the others, one by one. Italy reacted with shock, but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi refused to accede to the kidnappers' demands. Italy sought the help of an Iranian delegation to travel to Baghdad to secure the release of the hostages. Intelligence sources reported of a loose economy of kidnapping groups operating in Iraq, with criminal gangs reported to be taking hostages in the hope of selling them to militants fighting the Coalition. The Coalition authorities announced at this time that about 40 foreign hostages from 12 countries were being held in Iraq, and that the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had been called in to help. Some hostages were fortunate to escape without serious harm. Gary Teeley, a 37-year old British man working as a civilian engineer for Coalition forces in the southern city of Nasiriyah was abducted and held for six days by an Iraqi militant group, until he was released to Italian troops. Eight Ukrainian and Russian employees of a Russian energy company were also freed by their captors, a day after they were abducted from their residence in Baghdad. Seven Chinese citizens were also freed after being held for a day. They had been taken hostage in Fallujah after entering the country from Jordan, intending to set up a construction business in Iraq. A French television journalist was taken hostage in Iraq as he was filming a US military convoy under attack. Alexandre Jordanov was captured on the road south of Baghdad. Jordanov was held captive for four days, but was released after drawing a map of France to prove that he was not an Israeli agent. His production company said that Sunni Muslim clerics had helped negotiate his release.) APTN Unknown date and location PART MUTE Japanese hostages with captors Japanese hostages with captors MoD Pool Basra - 12 April 2004 Still shot of Gary Teeley shortly after being released APTN Baghdad - 13 April 2004 Various shots of hostages in garden AP Photos FILE: Unknown date and location Still shot of French journalist Alexandre Jordanov (Iraq's US-appointed interim government approved a new flag for the country, to replace the flag of the Saddam Hussein era. The old Iraqi flag had red and white bands across the top and bottom, with a white band between them with three green stars. During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, Saddam added the Arabic words "Allahu Akbar", Arabic for "God is greatest", to boost the religious credentials of his secular regime. The new flag was presented in Iraqi newspapers. The design was white, with two parallel blue strips across the bottom representing the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and a yellow stripe between them representing Iraq's Kurdish minority. Above the stripes, a blue crescent represented Islam. But the new flag failed to become widespread or even common in Iraq, where the old flag was still preferred by most people in spite of its association with the Saddam regime. In the past, US administrators had quietly tried to alter the Iraqi flag by dropping the words "Allahu Akbar," but Iraqis refused to abide by the change.) APTN Baghdad - 26 April 2004 The new flag and emblem of the republic shown in a newspaper 10:20:51 (Iraq in May Photographs allegedly showing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of US troops in the prison at Abu Ghraib near Baghdad caused outrage in Iraq and around the world, not least in the United States where the conduct of US forces was being kept under close scrutiny by the political opponents US President George W. Bush. The New Yorker magazine in the United States said it had obtained a U.S. army report that Iraqi prisoners were subjected to "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses" at the Abu Ghraib prison. Outside Abu Ghraib prison, Iraqis could often be seen waiting for any information about the fate of those held inside. In the wake of the abuse allegations, one man outside said that he had only recently been released and that the way he had been treated inside was humiliating. Other Iraqis freed from the prison held a news conference in Baghdad to describe what they said was physical and psychological torture they had suffered at the hands of their US army jailers. In response to the outcry, President George Bush pledged to demolish the prison, saying it had been a symbol of death and torture under Saddam Hussein and had now become "a symbol of disgraceful conduct by a few American troops who dishonoured our country and disregarded our values" and the US began a series of courts martial against the soldiers it said had perpetrated the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. A 24-year-old US military policeman, Specialist Jeremy C. Sivits, would be the first of seven US army reservists to face trial. Sivits, a member of the 372nd Military Police Company, was charged with conspiracy to maltreat subordinates and detainees, dereliction of duty for negligently failing to protect detainees from abuse, and cruelty and maltreatment of detainees. He pleaded guilty on May 19 and was sentenced to a year in prison.) APTN FILE: Abu Ghraib, near Baghdad - April 2003 Wide shot of Abu Ghraib prison APTN FILE: Abu Ghraib - May 2004 Pan across exterior of prison Agency Pool FILE: Abu Ghraib - May 2004 Various interior shots of prison APTN Abu Ghraib - 2 May 2004 SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) A'la al-Duleimi, recently released from Abu Ghraib prison: "They have treated us worse than the pictures showed on the television stations. They stripped us, beat us, they humiliated us." APTN Baghdad - 9 May 2004 Man showing a picture of hand injury, allegedly caused by torture at Abu Ghraib AP Photos Date and location unknown Still shot of US Army Specialist Jeremy Sivits from an undated family photograph Pool Washington DC, US - 10 May 2004 SOUNDBITE (English) George W. Bush, US President: "There will be a full accounting for the cruel and disgraceful abuse of Iraqi detainees. " US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld listening SOUNDBITE (English) George W. Bush, US President: "One basic difference between democracies and dictatorships is that free countries confront such abuses openly and directly." APTN Abu Ghraib - 14 May 2004 Various shots of a group prisoners getting off bus after being released from prison after questioning Prisoners queuing 10:22:01 (At the start of May, US and Iraqi troops besieging the southern city of Najaf moved in to break the resistance of the Shiite militia fighters holed up in the city. Calling themselves the al-Mahdi army, the militia fighters in Najaf and other Shiite strongholds of southern Iraq proclaimed loyalty to the rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who had called on Iraqis to resist the US-led occupation. US troops and armoured vehicles clashed with al-Mahdi gunmen near the centre of the holy city of Karbala near Najaf. Heavy fighting continued throughout the day, only hundreds of metres from the Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines in the city' centre. Militants loyal to al-Sadr attacked British patrols and official buildings the cities of Amarah and Basra. In Amarah, gunmen attacked a military convoy, lightly wounding two British soldiers and sparking shootouts in several parts of the city. In Basra, hundreds of black-garbed al-Mahdi Army militia fighter gathered in the streets, attacking British patrols with machine guns and rocket launchers, and sparking skirmishes in several neighbourhoods. At least two Iraqis were killed and four British soldiers wounded.) APTN Najaf -- 2 May 2004 Wide shot of US soldier kneeling by humvee from across street, UPSOUND heavy gunfire US soldier kneeling by vehicle speaking on phone asking for support APTN Najaf - 7 May 2004 Various shot of al-Mahdi militia fighters taking positions on roofs, UPSOUND of gunshots Al-Mahdi militants carrying rifles running across a street Al-Mahdi militant holding rocket-propelled grenade launcher (RPG) APTN Amarah - 8 May 2004 Armed men and local children chanting support for Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr (A website purporting to represent an Islamic militant group posted a video clip that appeared to show the beheading of a US civilian in Iraq. Twenty-six year old Nick Berg had disappeared in Baghdad on April 9. His family said he was in Iraq as an independent businessman to help rebuild communication antennae. The website claimed Berg's killing was in revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib. The beheading caused outrage across the world, and particularly in Berg's native US.) APTN Washington DC - 12 May 2004 Various shots of newspaper headlines about beheading APTN New York City - 12 May 2004 Close-up of newspaper headlines reading: "Pure Evil" and "Savages" AP Photos Washington DC - 12 May 2004 Still shot photograph of Nick Berg (In Baghdad's Sadr City neighbourhood, US troops appealed to Iraqis to surrender any weapons in return for cash payments. Soldiers dropped leaflets as their convoy of humvees and armoured vehicles drove through the Shiite neighbourhood, requesting that local residents hand over any weapons to the Coalition. The mainly Shiite district had endured repeated night time incursions and bombardment by the US and Iraqi forces trying to root out militant supporters of the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Many locals responded by angrily tearing up the leaflets.) APTN Baghdad, 15 May 2004 Close up shot of leaflet reading: "For all Iraqis, Help us in achieving security by handing over your weapons in return for money. This program of purchasing weapons will start on Monday and will last for three days. Who ever hands over weapons will receive money. Illegal weapons are endangering your society." Locals tearing up leaflets 10:23:09 (Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, a civil engineer educated in Saudi Arabia and the United States became Iraq's interim president, after America's preferred candidate, former foreign minister Adnan Pachachi, turned down the post. The interim Iraqi Governing Council had rejected Pachachi for the largely ceremonial office, saying the US was trying to force their choice. In a televised address after his appointment was announced, al-Yawer called on the United Nations to play a major role in "bringing full sovereignty back to Iraq." The Iraqi Governing Council decided to dissolve immediately following al-Yawer's appointment, rather than remain in office until the transfer of sovereignty. The next day the new Iraqi cabinet met for the first time in Baghdad, led by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, an Iraqi Shiite. British-educated Allawi had been a prominent Iraqi opposition figure in exile during the Saddam years, and is known for his close ties to the United States State Department and the CIA.) APTN FILE: Iraq - unknown date Ghazi Mashal Ajil Al-Yawer seated Adnan Pachachi with soldiers APTN Baghdad - 1 June 2004 AUDIO AS INCOMING New Iraqi president, Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer addressing audience New Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi standing up to address audience Pool Baghdad - 2 June 2004 New Iraqi cabinet meeting for the first time (As thousands of Shiite followers of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani took to the streets in Baghdad calling on the United Nations Security Council to approve the return of full sovereignty to Iraqis, the United States instead brokered a compromise at the UN that spoke of a "security partnership" between the interim Iraqi government and the US-led Coalition forces in the country. Under the compromise, Iraqi leaders would take control of the country's security forces on June 30, and thereafter Washington and Iraq's would cooperate on "sensitive offensive operations." But the deal stopped short of granting the Iraqis a veto over major offensives by Coalition troops. France, Germany and others had sought such a veto power for the Iraqis.) APTN Baghdad - 7 June 2004 Demonstrator marching and chanting for Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Demonstrators holding up banners in support of Sistani and carrying his picture UNTV New York - 8 June 2004 NEAR MUTE United Nations Security Council voting on draft resolution about Iraqi sovereignty arrangements 10:24:05 (Al-Mahdi militia fighters loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr continued to skirmish with US troops in Baghdad's Sadr City district. Insurgents fired mortar rounds and rocket-propelled grenades at a police station housing US troops in Baghdad, triggering a gun battle with the soldiers inside. Later in the week, the crackle of gunfire rattled through the streets as small groups of black-clad militiamen fired machine guns, small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at US positions as Apache helicopters circled overhead. One militant was shot dead as he prepared to launch an RPG. Witnesses in Sadr City said the clashes began after Shiite fighters called out from a mosque loudspeaker for residents to close their shops and hide their cars because they feared a US attack.) APTN Sadr City, Baghdad - 4/5 June 2004 Al Mahdi militants firing at US troops Militants firing at US troops US troops in trucks Militant firing rocket-propelled grenade launcher APTN Sadr City, Baghdad - 10 June 2004 VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING **WARNING - SHOWS MAN BEING SHOT DEAD** Militant prepares to fire an RPG and is hit numerous times, tracer fire can be seen hitting him (Gunmen claiming to belong to a Islamist group released a video of four Turkish men from among seven Turkish contractors taken hostage in Iraq. The kidnappers demanded that Turkish companies end all business in Iraq and pull staff out of the country. The group said in the video that the men had been kidnapped because they were working for the Americans.) APTN Unknown date and location Gunmen claiming to belong to a Islamist group displaying four kidnapped Turks and reading statement, with close-ups of hostages' ID cards (Iraqi artists displayed works in Baghdad, speaking out about the US abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison, and experiences of the US led occupation. An exhibition at the a gallery in a middle-class neighbourhood of northern Baghdad included photo collages of the abuse of the Abu Ghraib. But a sculpture of a crouching naked man, his hands tied and his head covered with a hood, was completed months before the Abu Ghraib abuse became public. "We knew what went on at Abu Ghraib," Abdul-Kareem Khalil, the artist said. "The pictures did not surprise me.") APTN Baghdad - 13 June 2004 Visitor looking at photo collages of Abu Ghraib abuse pictures with anti-American slogans Close-up on Abu Ghraib photos with anti-American slogans Tilt up to hooded head 10:24:52 (The US-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days before the scheduled date of 30 June, in a surprise move to avert a feared campaign of insurgent attacks to sabotage the symbolic step toward self-rule. Legal documents transferring sovereignty were handed over by US Governor Paul Bremer to chief justice Midhat al-Mahmood in a small ceremony attended by about a dozen Iraqi and Coalition officials, in a building inside the heavily-guarded Green Zone in Baghdad. Bremer had taken charge in Iraq about a year earlier. Two hours after the ceremony, he left Iraq on a US Air Force C-130 plane, accompanied by coalition spokesman Dan Senor and close members of his staff. There was little initial public reaction to the near-secret transfer ceremony, which was broadcast on Iraqi and Arabic satellite television stations, and no celebratory gunfire. The new interim Iraqi government was sworn in six hours after the handover ceremony. The Arab world voiced cautious optimism but maintained calls for the US military to leave the country quickly. Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi delivered a sweeping speech sketching out some of his goals for the country, urging people not to be afraid of the "outlaws" fighting against "Islam and Muslims," and assuring them that "God is with us.") APTN Baghdad - 28 June 2004 Exterior of building with Iraqi flag UPSOUND (English) Paul Bremer, Coalition administrator in Iraq: "We welcome Iraq's steps to take its rightful place with equality and honour among the free nations of the world. Sincerely, L. Paul Bremer, ex-administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority." Pool Baghdad - 28 June 2004 Senior members of Iraqi interim government entering swearing in ceremony Interim Iraqi president, Ghazi al-Yawer being sworn-in (MUTE) Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi being sworn-in 10:25:37 (Iraq in July In July, a defiant Saddam Hussein appeared in court for the first time and rejected charges of war crimes and genocide. During In his first public appearance since he was captured seven months earlier, Saddam told the judge: "this is all theatre, the real criminal is Bush." Saddam was handcuffed when brought to the court but the shackles were removed for the 30-minute arraignment at Camp Victory, one of his former palaces on the outskirts of Baghdad. The seven broad charges against Saddam are the killing of religious figures in 1974; gassing of Kurds in Halabja in 1988; killing the Kurdish Barzani clan in 1983; killing members of political parties in the last 30 years; the 1986-88 "Anfal" campaign of displacing Kurds; the suppression of the 1991 uprisings by Kurds and Shiites; and the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The trial is not expected to start until 2005. Eleven of the former dictator's top lieutenants appeared in court after Saddam, including former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, the regime's best-known spokesman in the West, and Ali Hasan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali." US and Iraqi officials hope the trials in 2005 will help the country recover from years of tyranny, the US-led invasion and the insurgency that blossomed in its aftermath. But the new Iraqi government is due to step down after elections in January, and a second national ballot will be held later next year. That means national policy on prosecuting Saddam and his followers could change depending on the makeup of the next government. Iraqis poured into cafes to watch Saddam historic court appearance. Reaction was mixed in the capital, Baghdad. In the mainly Shiite cities of Karbala and Hilla, many people were jubilant that the country's former dictator had appeared in court. Iraq's Shiites had often suffered at the hands of his regime, and people spoken to APTN said they were seeing justice, at last. Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr in the Shiite city of Kazimiya took to the streets after prayers, chanting pro-Sadr slogans and calling for the execution of Saddam. But there were expressions of support for Saddam from some quarters. A day after his appearance in court, hundreds of people took to the streets of the Iraqi town of Samarra in support of their former president. Samarra is around 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Baghdad and is just south of Saddam's hometown, Tikrit.) Pool Baghdad - 1 July 2004 Wider shot of Saddam Hussein and judge SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Saddam Hussein, former Iraqi President: "Please allow me not to sign until the lawyers are present.'' Mid shot of Saddam Mid shot of judge Pool Baghdad, 1 July 2004 MUTE Mid shot of Saddam Hussein Close up of Saddam Pool Baghdad - 1July 2004 MUTE Tariq Aziz listening to judge in court Aziz's hands in shackles Aziz gestures to the judge Aziz signs his indictment papers Ali Hasan al-Majid (known as "Chemical Ali") talks to the judge Close up of al-Majid Taha Yassin Ramadan, former Iraqi vice-president listening to the judge APTN Baghdad, 1 July 2004 Various shots of Iraqis watching Saddam Hussein in court on television Saddam in court on the television screen Close up Saddam on screen APTN Karbala - 1 July 2004 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) vox-pop: "Where are you know Saddam? Where are you Saddam? This is the end of injustice. " APTN Kazimiya, Baghdad, 2 July 2004 Wide demonstrators chanting, "Long live Sadr, Saddam should be executed" Various of Shiite locals chanting A banner reading: ''Death to Saddam'' 10:27:59 (A militant group calling itself "The Holders of the Black Banners" threatened to murder seven foreigners - an Egyptian, three Kenyans and three Indians - taken hostage in Iraq. The group initially said they would behead one captive every 72 hours beginning on Saturday night if the Kuwaiti trucking company they worked for did leave Iraq, and their countries did not pull their citizens out of the country. They later issued a new set of demand, including the payment of compensation to the families of Iraqis killed fighting US troops in of Fallujah, but did not repeat the threat of beheading.) APTN Location Unknown, Date Unknown Amateur video of kidnappers calling themselves "The Holders of the Black Banners," and seven hostages (Tools of torture used by Saddam Hussein's son Odai to terrorise Iraqi athletes were displayed to the media at a Baghdad stadium a month before the start of the Olympic games in Athens. Odai, who ran Iraq's Olympic committee when his father ruled the country, was reported to have had athletes tortured if they did not perform well. US troops killed Odai along with his elder brother, Qusai, in 2003. The International Olympic Committee reinstated Iraq's national Olympic committee in February after it was suspended in early 2003, enabling Iraqi athletes to compete at the upcoming Athens Olympics.) APTN Baghdad - 25 July 2004 Man showing torture instrument, similar to an "iron maiden", casket with metal spikes on inside Rack of torture implements Various of iron torture head pieces Various of men demonstrating finger crushing torture instrument Various of men showing other torture instruments (A huge explosion detonated by a suicide attacker in a bomb-laden vehicle tore through central Baqouba in late July, killing 68 people and injuring scores more. The local chief of police said a suicide attacker had driven his car into a crowd of people gathered outside the station register for police jobs. At least 55 people were injured.) APTN Baqouba, Iraq - 28 July 2004 Various shots of police officers and emergency workers at scene 10:27:50 (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.) APTN Sadr City, Baghdad - 5 August 2004 Al Mahdi militia fighters on the streets of Sadr City Various shots of militia fighters on street APTN 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 APTN Najaf - 6 August 2004 Various shots of market stalls on fire Fire at market stalls APTN Amarah - 6 August 2004 Various shots of al Mahdi militants with guns chanting in front of police station APTN Baghdad - 7 Aug 2004 Al-Mahdi militant pointing rocket propelled grenade down street APTN 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 10:29:10 (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 APTN Najaf - 9 Aug 2004 Moqtada al-Sadr walks into room APTN 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.) APTN Najaf - 12 Aug 2004 Plume of smoke rising over Najaf APTN 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.) Pool Baghdad - 15 August 2004 VIDEO AS INCOMING 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 10:29:52 (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.) APTN Mannheim - 24 Aug 2004 media going through security checks Pool Mannheim - 24 Aug 2004 Sketch of Specialist Javal Davis Court sketches of Judge Colonel James Pohl APTN Mannheim - 24 Aug 2004 Close up of US Army reservist Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick and his wife Frederick, his wife and his lawyer 10:30:12 (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.) APTN Baghdad - 1 Sept 2004 Vehicle that was carrying former Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi in convoy Damaged windscreen of vehicle APTN 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.) Pool 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 10:30:53 (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.) APTN 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 APTN 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.) APTN Location unknown - recent Pack of card illustration of Izzat al-Douri APTN FILE: Baghdad - unknown date Al-Douri saluting at parade APTN Unknown location and date US poster advertising reward for al-Douri's capture APTN Tikrit - May 2004 Close of al-Douri's bombed out house 10:31:51 (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.) APTN 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.) APTN 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.) APTN 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".) APTN Najaf - 23 Sep 2004 AUDIO AS INCOMING Marchers holding pictures of the late Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim 10:32:48 (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.) Pool 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." 10:33:08 (Iraq in October Margaret Hassan, the director of the CARE International' charity in Iraq, was kidnapped on her way to work in Baghdad in late October. Hassan, an Irish-born woman married to an Iraqi man, Tahseen Ali Hassan, had lived and worked in Iraq for thirty years. Militants in Iraq had kidnapped more than 150 foreigners by this time, and many non-governmental organisations had withdrawn foreign staff because of the bombings and kidnappings. CARE suspended operations in Iraq on Wednesday after she was seized. Tahseen Ali Hassan said that he had not been contacted by the kidnappers and had no idea who was holding his wife. He urged the group to let her go, saying she was an Iraqi by marriage and had done nothing but help the country. In a series of video's released by her captors she was seen to be increasingly distraught, and pleaded with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to draw back British troops from Baghdad - a demand of the kidnappers. On November 16 her captors announced they had killed her, and released a video that they said showed her execution. US and Iraqi authorities later confirmed that Margaret Hassan had been killed.) APTN Baghdad - 20 May 2003 Exterior of CARE offices in Baghdad Mid shot of Margaret Hassan, CARE's director in Iraq APTN Baghdad - 21 Oct 2004 Tahseen Ali Hassan, husband of kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan, speaking to journalists Mid shot of Tahseen Ali Hassan (Followers of the rebel Shiite cleric radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr trickled into police stations in Baghdad's Sadr City district to hand in weapons a deal seen as a key step toward ending weeks of fighting between US and Iraqi militiamen in the Shiite militant stronghold. Cash in US dollars was handed to militiamen after they turned in rocket propelled grenades and other weapons. Police said the rates ranged from five US dollars for a hand grenade to one-thousand US dollars for a heavy-calibre machine gun. But an Iraqi official said the militiamen were receiving cash as a "reward for their cooperation", not as compensation for the weapons turned in, and that some had refused to be paid. In return for taking back control of al-Mahdi militia areas, the government promised to start releasing detained al-Sadr followers, provided they didn't commit crimes, and to spend 500 million US dollars to rebuild Sadr City after the fighting.) APTN Sadr City, Baghdad - 11 Oct 2004 Various shots of masked Iraqi soldiers receiving weapons Official opening packet of US dollars Man counting cash Official handing cash to man Various shots of piles of weapons on the ground Weapons being taken out of the trunk of a car Iraqi policemen counting weapons laid out on the ground (The bodies of about 50 Iraqi Civil Defence Corps soldiers were found on a remote road in eastern Iraq, apparently the victims of a militant ambush as they were heading home on leave, Iraqi authorities said. The ICDC soldiers were on their way home when they were ambushed and killed about sundown Saturday on a road south of Baqouba, near the Iranian border. A government spokesman said the soldiers had been training in Kirkush military camp in Baladruz. Specialist private trainers and Coalition soldiers had been training new Iraqi army recruits at the camp, 90 kilometres north-east of Baghdad.) APTN Kirkush Army Base - 24 October Long shot of bodies on ground, tracking shot moving closer to bodies, tilt up to soldiers looking on APTN Iraqi desert, 150 kilometres east of Baghdad - 24 Oct 2004 Close-up of burned out minibus at the scene where the attack on soldiers reportedly occurred APTN FILE: Kirkush, unknown date Wide shot of recruits marching at the Kirkush camp APTN Baqouba - 24 October 2004 Wide shot of Iraqi National Guard (ING) checkpoint and cars driving past (In late October, the United Nations nuclear inspectorate, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) reported that several hundred tonnes of explosives had gone missing from a former Iraqi military facility at Al-Qaqaa, near Youssifiyah, in an area rife with insurgent attacks. The IAEA Iraqis had told inspectors that the materials had been stolen and looted because of a lack of security at the installation. A story in The New York Times reported that the explosives had disappeared since the US-led invasion of Iraq the previous year. The IAEA had kept tabs on the so-called "dual use" explosives because they could also have been used to make detonators for nuclear weapons. The IAEA pulled out of Iraq just before the 2003 invasion and have not yet been able to return.) APTN Al-Qaqaa military installation - 25 October 2004 Exterior shot of Al-Qaqaa Travelling shot of Al-Qaqaa Gates of Al-Qaqaa APTN FILE: Al-Qaqaa military installation - early 2003 United Nations weapons inspectors go through gates of Al-Qaqaa Iraqi soldiers closing gates (In mid-October, a mass grave was near the village of Hatra in northern Iraq. Up to 300 bodies were initially thought to be buried in the grave, but US military experts estimated there could be up to 3000. The bodies were believed to be those of Kurds killed during Saddam's crackdown on Kurdish Iraqis in 1987 and 1988. The gassing of Kurdish villages in 1988 was one of the charges laid against the former dictator Saddam Hussein when he was arraigned on 1 July in Baghdad. The site at Hatra, unlike other sites discovered throughout Iraq, is to be preserved as a crime scene by the US military, with the evidence to be used in the trial against Saddam for crimes against humanity and other offences.) APTN Hatra, Iraq - 12 October 2004 Reporters looking at remains of bodies inside graves Pool Hatra, Iraq - 12 October 2004 Wide shot of burial pit Close up of skull in grave Pan of grave Close-up of remains 10:35:15 (Iraq Fallujah In mid November, up to 15-thousand US Marines and Iraqi troops began a major offensive into the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah. After three days of heavy fighting as they advanced through the city, the Marines reported that at least 71 militants had been killed, compared with 10 US troops and two Iraqi government soldiers. Some observers expressed concerns that the pace of the US advance in Fallujah indicated that some militants had left the city ahead of the offensive, which was widely heralded in news media reports. Fallujah, 60 kilometres west of Baghdad in the Sunni Triangle region, had emerged as a key centre of the Sunni Muslim insurgency that has stymied US efforts to secure Iraq and prepare for national elections scheduled for January. Many foreign militants, including the Jordanian born al-Qaida associate Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi, were reported to have holed up in Fallujah but there were further reports of them leaving before the US attack. The US military launched an investigation after videotape recorded by an embedded news journalist appeared to show a US Marine shooting dead an injured Iraqi militant.) Pool Fallujah, Iraq - 10 November 2004 UPSOUND machine gunfire from tank UPSOUND explosion with smoke billowing from mosque Tank crashing through wall Mid shot of US troops firing from window of building Pool Fallujah, Iraq - 10 November 2004 Marines emerging on the street, shouting audio of gunfire Mid shot of a soldier on the roof top shooting (filmed from the ground) Pool Fallujah, Iraq - 13 November 2004 US Marines walk inside mosque Close up of two Iraqis lying on floor, pan to show a marine firing at another Iraqi lying on the ground. Pool Fallujah, Iraq - 16 November 2004 View from humvee window driving through Fallujah 10:35:55 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 2 Dec 2004 (Series of mortar attacks) Baghdad Wide of smoke billowing AUDIO of explosions Al-Arasat neighbourhood, Baghdad Various of panic as AUDIO of explosions, people running down street, police run down Abu Nuwas street, central Baghdad Badly injured man sitting and in pain Smoke billowing at end of street Various of cars on fire Al-Sa'doun street, central Baghdad 'Al-Dar al-Bayda hotel' with blown out windows Various damage to 'Al-Dar al-Bayda hotel', including huge hole through the wall 10:36:49 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 3 Dec 2004 (At least six dead after explosion at police station) Various of fire seen through gate Various of vehicles on fire Longshot of scene 10:37:25 APTN Ramadi, Iraq - 2 Dec 2004 (Aftermath of attacks in Ramadi) Various of demolished al-Qatana police station Burned out car 10:37:45 AP Photos Unknown locations, dates (Navy investigates new set of alleged Iraqi prisoner photos) PLEASE NOTE APTN HAS NO WAY TO AUTHENTICATE THESE PICTURES IN SOME OF THE PHOTOS, FACES ARE BLACKED OUT UNKNOWN LOCATIONS/ UNKNOWN DATES STILL shows man lying on his back with a boot on his chest - face is blacked out STILL shows man with an automatic weapon pointed at his head and a gloved thumb jabbed into his throat - face is blacked out STILL shows man who appears to be a soldier sitting on a man, holding him down Web page showing large photo of what appears to be a soldier smiling while sitting on a man and several smaller images to the left STILL showing a man with eyes closed, group of men who appear to be soldiers surrounding him with gun pointed in face and someone taking more pictures of him in right hand of picture STILL of three men who appear to be soldiers surrounding a man with hood over head and in white garment STILL of bloodied man in underwear and two men around him, one with gun pointed STILL of man with blood on forehead and coming out of his mouth STILL of man lying on his back with shirt off and gun pointed at his chest STILL of men who appear to be soldiers standing over men lying down 10:38:44 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 4 Dec 2004 (Police station hit inside Green Zone killing six) Smoke rising at a distance, AUDIO: automatic gunfire Various of smoke rising behind building 10:39:05 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 5 Dec 2004 (Protest over fuel shortages, queues at filling station) People holding banner, man in foreground holding automatic rifle Men holding banner and Iraqi flag Various of long queues of cars waiting to buy petrol SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Vox pop, Man waiting for petrol: ''I have been lining up in queue since 0400 (0100 GMT) until now." (Question: "When do you expect to reach the petrol station?") Answer: "Perhaps, at six or seven pm (1500 or 1600 GMT ) or I won't be able to get petrol at all.'' 10:39:40 APTN Tikrit, Iraq - 5 Dec 2004 (Aftermath of insurgent attacks that killed at least 17) Sign reading "Tikrit Teaching Hospital" Soldiers outside morgue Various of corpses in morgue 10:39:51 APTN Various - 5 Dec 2004 (Mortar attack in Ramadi, oil pipeline burns near Beiji) Ramadi, Iraq Various of damaged shops and car SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Voxpop, resident of Ramadi: "This is the democracy of Mr. Ayad Allawi to give us during the day mortar shells and at night, bombs. Is this a democracy?" Close up of holes in a wall and woman sitting in the background Various of damaged shops Beiji, Iraq Various of thick smoke and flames 10:40:31 APTN Samara, Iraq - 6 Dec 2004 (Pipeline fire) Wide shot of thick black smoke rising from horizon Various shots of smoke and flames rising from pipeline 10:40:45 APTN Mosul, Iraq - 8 Dec 2004 (Church attacked in religiously divided northern city) US soldiers outside the targeted church Civilian car buried under debris Young boys walking on rubble and looking at damage Destroyed dome with damaged religious pictures 10:41:06 APTN Ramadi, Iraq - 11 Dec 2004 (US troops release more than 100 Iraqi detainees) Various of released prisoners holding their luggage and walking towards buses Released prisoner hugging his relative Released prisoner smiling at ING soldier from bus window Bus leaving 10:41:33 APTN Heet, Iraq - 12 Dec 2004 (Unknown gunmen ambushed and killed 10 Iraqis and injured two men about to join the Iraqi National Guard in Heet, west of Baghdad) Various of bodies being carried away Bloodied clothes on ground Body in casket 10:41:51 APTN Various -12/ 13 Dec 2004/FILE (Defence team says Saddam probably on hunger strike) Amman, Jordan - 13 December, 2004 SOUNDBITE (English) Issam Ghazawi, member of Saddam Hussein's defence team : (partly running underneath shot of Saddam Hussein undergoing medical checks - US MILITARY FILE) "We are sure that there is a hunger strike going on, fairly sure that eleven members are on hunger strike, but the President himself we are not sure about that, but we expect that he is." Tikrit, Iraq - 12 December 2004 Area near where former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hiding before his capture Various of house where Saddam was hiding SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Iraqi (name not given) speaking as he stands in hole where Saddam was captured: "The people of Tikrit provided the hiding place for him here, but his relatives failed to give him shelter." Hole in which Saddam was found hiding 10:42:36 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 12 Dec 2004 Close up of picture of Saddam Hussein in newspaper (One-year anniversary of Saddam Hussein's capture) Wide of newspapers Men reading newspapers SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Sadiq Moussa, Vox pop: "God willing, the trial will be fair but Saddam Hussein doesn't need a trial. The people will judge him because they know what crimes he committed." Kirkuk, Iraq - 12 Dec 2004 SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Baba Ali Jabari, Security of Kurdistan Communist Party of Iraq: "It is a great occasion for the Iraqi people for all denominations and religions, they (referring to the Baath party) tortured a lot of people. People suffered a lot under Saddam's regime but now Saddam has been uprooted." 10:43:21 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 14 Dec 2004 (Seven killed, 13 wounded in Baghdad suicide attack) Helicopter over the city Various of US and Iraqi troops at the scene of the blast Burnt out vehicle at the scene Various of troops at the scene of blast 10:43:40 APTN Beiji, Iraq - 14 Dec 2004 (Pipeline between Beiji and Kirkuk burns after attack) Various of oil burning, plumes of smoke 10:44:06 APTN Basra/Baghdad, Iraq - 15 Dec 2004 (Candidates and voters register to vote in elections) Baghdad Various, Iraqi National Guard (ING) troops deployed on Sadoun Street where Palestine and Ishtar Sheraton are located Various, mosque and street Pool Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi entering hall Allawi on stage with electoral candidates APTN Sadr City, Baghdad Sign reading''Voters Registration Centre'' People walking out of centre Poster for al-Sistani, top Shiite cleric Man with polling registration paperworkd Close shot, paperwork Basra People queueing to register Various, people registering to vote 10:45:05 APTN Baghdad, al-Jamaa neighbourhood, Iraq - Dec 16, 2004 (Insurgents ambushed and killed Iraqi Communication Undersecretary Qassim Muhawi) Damaged car interior with blood stains, convoy of the assassinated Communication Undersecretary at scene where the attack occurred Bloodstain in a second car, apparently the bodyguard's car 10:45:16 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - Dec 18, 2004 (Tariq Aziz's lawyer comments after visiting him) Exterior law office Sign for Badei Aref Izzat's office Set up of Badei Aref Izzat Cutaway SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Badei Aref Izzat, Lawyer: "The judges and investigators were appointed under the occupation. The penal law is under (the influence of ) the occupation. This is illegal. It will be legal only if this is legitimate government which create laws and courts. All these irregularities can described as a big scandal." 10:46:13 Iraqi Justice Ministry Location Unknown, December 18, 2004 ('Chemical Ali' in custody) Various of Ali Hassan al-Majid in handcuffs Ali Hassan al-Majid close-up of his face Shot of Ali Hassan al-Majid from behind Various Ali Hassan al-Majid seated with his hand on his cane Ali Hassan al-Majid appearing before an investigating magistrate Closeup of handcuffs Military police General Sultan Hashim Ahmad, Saddam's last defence chief Various of General Sultan Hashim Ahmad standing, wiping his face APTN Beirut, Lebanon - January 21, 2003 Various of Ali Hassan al-Majid inspecting the troops Various Ali Hassan al-Majid (left) seated with Lebanese president Emile Lahoud (right) 10:48:00 APTN Amman, Jordan - Dec 19, 2004 (Saddam Hussein's defence team interview) Journalists SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ziad al-Khasawneh, Jordanian lawyer, Spokesman for Saddam's defence committee: "The President, Saddam Hussein, assures us that he is still the official President of Iraq according to the law and the Iraqi national assembly and his government is the legitimate one. As Kofi Annan has announced the invasion has no legal basis and is against human rights. We believe in the law so that is why the (upcoming) elections are illegal. The security council resolution chapter 7 is cancelled by Kofi Annan's statement when he denied the existence of weapons of mass destruction and there is no justification for the invasion and the occupation." 10:49:05 APTN Karbala, Iraq - Dec 19, 2004 (Car bomb kills 13 at main bus station) Wide of bomb, fire in distance Police cars, pan to man gesticulating Wide of scene, police cars and fire engines Fire engine spraying water Wrecked car, ambulances 10:49:28 Pool Baghdad, Iraq - Dec 21, 2004 (UK PM in surprise visit, excerpt briefing with Allawi) Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi walking along red carpet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, inspecting honour guard and then meeting Iraqi officials, then the two prime ministers pose for handshake and enter building Blair and Allawi at podiums SOUNDBITE: (English) Tony Blair, British Prime Minister: "Whatever people's feelings or beliefs about the removal of Saddam Hussein and the wisdom of that, there surely is only one side to be on in what is now very clearly a battle between democracy and terror. Blair and Allawi at podiums SOUNDBITE: (English) Ayad Allawi, Interim Iraqi Prime Minister: "And for the first time Iraqis feel the sense of liberty. It is a dream that is coming true. We don't expect forces assembled against us just to stand idle, to see this huge construction going ahead in a peaceful way. What you see now, insh'allah (God willing), will disappear in the very near future." 10:50:40 AP Photos Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq - 21 Dec 2004 (At least 22 people were killed and 50 wounded in an attack at a US and Iraqi base near Mosul) STILL: A hole in the roof of a tent lights smoke moments after an apparent militant mortar attack on a dining facility STILL - U.S. soldiers help a wounded comrade STILL - Workers and U.S. soldiers tend to the wounded STILL - U.S. Army Chaplain Eddie Barnett (far right) says a prayer with members of 276th Engineer Battalion 10:51:10 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 4 Jan 2005 (Suicide car bomb near ING barracks kill six) Scene after explosion, smoke, military personnel, AUDIO sirens Various of scene after explosion, smoke, military personnel 10:51:19 Insurgent Video Unknown location - 3 Jan 2005 (Insurgent video showing attack) n.b Overlaid with Arabic music Masked man places explosives in car Explosives in car Masked man attaches wires Van loaded with explosives Wide of road with traffic - explosion as US convoy passes Military at scene after blast Mid shot burning vehicle 10:52:05 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 4 Jan 2005/FILE (Gunmen assassinated Baghdad Governor Ali al-Haidari in an attack that also left six of his bodyguards dead.) Various of scene after the attack Various of damaged car with blood stains FILE: Al-Haidari speaking 10:52:41 APTN Hillah, Iraq - 5 Jan 2005 (A car bomb exploded outside a police academy south of Baghdad during a graduation ceremony, killing at least 20 people) Exterior of Babil (Babylon) Sports Club Close-up of Babil Sports Club logo Blood on ground Armed police in front of sports club, smouldering cars in background Various of truck with unexploded bombs in back Various of car wreckage 10:53:20 APTN Mosul region, Iraq - January 7, 2005 (A building intended for use as an election centre in the forthcoming vote, was blown up in a district of Mosul, northern Iraq) Wide shot of demolished building Various destruction to the building Insurgent Video Unknown location and date Various of a man with his face covered, preparing bombs Tracking shot from inside vehicle which is following a military vehicle, there is a large explosion very close to military vehicle 10:53:48 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 16 Jan 2005 (Interim PM tours Baghdad University ahead of elections) Sign in Arabic reading ''Baghdad University HQ'' Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi entering cafeteria of students Various Allawi sitting with university students at cafeteria SOUNDBITE (English) Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi ''I am meeting my students of Iraq and to announce to them few important steps that we have taken, including allocation of funds to send students to do further studies and scholarships abroad. I just signed a hundred (M) million dollars fund to support the grands and scholarships.'' 10:54:34 APTN London, UK - 17 Jan 2005 (Iraqis in various nations register to vote) Exterior Wembley stadium where Iraqi voters are registering Sign of registration/polling centre Group of people having their bags checked People at the tables registering Various people registering Close up passport of man registering 10:55:00 APTN Mosul, Iraq - 18 Jan 2005 (A Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Iraq was freed a day after he was seized near his church in Mosul) High wide shot of Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa being greeted by applauding well-wishers in office SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa: "They released me, because I was not the one they wanted. They were very kind with me." 10:55:26 APTN 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 10:56:10 APTN 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 10:56:40 APTN 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 +++PLEASE NOTE: PICTURES CENSORED AT SOURCE+++ +++IMAGES REVIEWED BY BRITISH MILITARY CENSOR+++ 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 10:57:29 APTN 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 10:58:04 APTN 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 façade 10:58:24 APTN 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 10:58:58 Pool 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) Baghdad Various of Iraqi National Guards (INGs) and military vehicles at checkpoint Guards searching car Man being searched by guards APTN 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 Mosul Man reading leaflet "Avoid polling centres. Being close to them endangers your life because they are targets for the Mujahedeen (insurgents)." Pool Mosul Various of ballot boxes being delivered to polling station Iraqi forces outside polling station APTN Fallujah 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 11:00:16 Pool 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 11:00:55 APTN 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." 11:01:40 Pool 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 APTN 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 11:02:06 APTN 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 11:02:43 APTN 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 11:03:08 APTN 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 11:06:25 Pool/APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 13 Feb 2005 (Candidates from Shiites win most votes) Setup shot of Electoral Commission official Doctor Farid Ayar and Doctor Adil Al Lami Al Lami announcing the list of the Iraq United Alliance list number 169 with number of voters more than four (m) million Various of people watching TV and TV showing the Electoral Commission officials announcing the results People watching TV SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ali Naji, voxpop: "The winning for the Iraqi united Alliance is a win for Iraqi people if this list serve the nation." SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammad Sadiq, voxpop: "We wait from these people, whom we gave our votes, to build the new Iraq and secure services and especially security." 11:07:27 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 13 Feb 2005 (Shiite leaders comment on election results) SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraqi Vice President: "I am pleased that the Iraqi people put their trust in this list (the Iraqi United Alliance) and it will be added to the rest of the lists to work side by side to put the Iraqi people first. I expect that this list will take its role to serve the Iraqi nation and play an important role in the Parliament to set constitution and government and solve the persistent, pending issues facing Iraq's society." People slapping their chests at the Hussein Memorial, celebrating the election results Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim, cleric who heads Iraq's largest political group, the Shiite Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq 11:08:08 APTN Kirkuk, Iraq - 13 Feb 2005 (Kurds celebrate strong showing for their parties in Iraq's elections) Various men dancing next to wall Kurdish flag Man with poster and men dancing in background 11:08:21 APTN Baghdad, Iraq - 22 Feb 2005 (Shiites choose Al-Jaafari as PM candidate) Newspapers on the ground Set up senior figures of the United Iraqi Alliance SOUNDBITE: (English) Ahmad Chalabi, member in the United Iraqi Alliance "The United Iraqi Alliance unanimously chose Dr. Ibrahim al-Jaafari to be the prime minister of Iraq. We decided that unity is more important than winning and we proceeded in this direction and I think it is a great result for Iraq and for the Alliance " Cutaway of al-Jaafari speaking to the journalists SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ibrahim al-Jafaari : "The security issue will be our top priority because it is important in itself it is and will reflect on the economy as a whole and other matters, so the security issue will get priority to resolve the situation. " 11:09:18 APTN Najaf, Iraq - 25 Feb 2005 (Nine foreign suspected insurgents arrested by Iraqis) Police cars entering base Blindfolded prisoners being taken from vehicles Various, blindfolded prisoners with security Tape Ends 11:09:39