Bush trip to Iraq a well-kept secret

By Kelly Finlan
December 4, 2003

Angelina Wagner

President George W. Bush visited Iraq on Thursday, Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day, to have dinner with more than 600 troops. The trip was kept secret from everyone including the first family and the troops themselves until the president left Baghdad, according to the British Broadcasting Company.

Two Americans killed in Syria

An ambush of a U.S. convoy near the Syrian border resulted in the deaths of two Americans on Sunday, Nov. 30. This brought the death toll to 79 in November alone, making it the bloodiest month since the war began, according to the New York Times.

7 Spanish agents killed in Iraq

Seven Spanish intelligence agents were killed in an attack in Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday, Nov. 30. Pictures of young Iraqis celebrating the deaths appeared on Spanish television soon after, adding to the already polar national opinion on Spain’s role as United States allies in Iraq. Despite the protests, Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, one of President Bush’s strongest supporters, committed to continued support, according to the New York Times.

Construction in the West Bank stopped

Ahmed Qurei, the prime minister of Palestine, refused on Saturday, Nov. 29, to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharone until the construction of the barrier currently being built in the West Bank was halted. Both prime ministers are open to discussion, and advisors are negotiating meeting arrangements this week, according to the New York Times.

Sniper to testify against accomplice

Convicted sniper John Muhammad may be called to testify against his 18-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, this week. Authorities do not yet know if Muhammad will be willing to testify, according to the Washington Post.

Concert in South Africa for AIDS victims

A concert, headlined by Beyonce Knowles and Bono of U2, benefited AIDS victims at Nelson Mandela’s charity event in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday, Nov. 9. The five-hour show was also broadcast on the Internet, according to the British Broadcasting Company.

Senators visit troops in Iraq

Senators Hillary Clinton, D-NY, and Jack Reed, D-R.I., flew into Iraq on Saturday, Nov. 29, to visit with troops and “say thank you for the extraordinary work,” according to the British Broadcasting Company.

Minister returns after serving sentence

Rev. Henry J. Lyons, a Baptist minister from St. Petersburg, Fl., returned to his church on Sunday, Nov. 30, after serving a four-year sentence for tax evasion, racketeering, and grand theft. He will be on probation for three years and have to pay $2.5 million in restitution. Lyons was caught after his wife set fire to a $700,000 home he bought with a mistress, according to the Washington Post.

Michael Jackson to be dropped by Sony

Sony Corp. is looking to drop Michael Jackson after almost 25 years. Sony said the molestation allegations against the 45-year-old pop icon and the mounting legal bills had nothing to do with the decision, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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