November 9, 2003: News from Iraq
Breakdown in security, as well as weakened communication
and transport systems, have made access to medical facilities difficult
for women. As a result, more women -- some 65 per cent -- are giving
birth at home, the majority without skilled help.
ICRC to close offices in Baghdad, Basra (Kyodo)
The ICRC's decision comes amid deteriorating security in the war-torn country, where two U.S. helicopters have been shot down in recent days.
Calls for greater transparency on civilian deaths
About 13,000 Iraqis, including 4,300 noncombatants, were killed during the war, according to a report published by the US-based research group. These are the first such statistics, as Washington has refrained from publishing estimates of numbers of Iraqis killed during the war.
Army Identifies Iraq Copter Crash Victims (The Associated
The Black Hawk went down on the east side of the Tigris River on Friday near Saddam Hussein's hometown, killing all six soldiers aboard.
The four Fort Campbell soldiers were identified as Capt. Joseph B. Smith, 29, of Monroe City, Mo.; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kyran E. Kennedy, 43, of Boston; Staff Sgt. Paul M. Neff, 30, of South Carolina; and Sgt. Scott C. Rose, 30, of Massachusetts.
All four were members of the 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Brigade, a statement from Fort Campbell said.
The two other passengers were not identified, but were not assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.
The cause of the crash remains uncertain, although the U.S. command said in a statement that initial findings ``discount the use of surface-to-air missiles as a possible cause.''
A fifth member of the 101st was killed in a separate incident
in Mosul, when his convoy was ambushed with rocket-propelled grenades
and small arms fire. He was identified as Staff Sgt. Morgan D. Kennon,
23, of Memphis, Tenn.