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Bush aide takes blame on uranium

Compiled from Times wires
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published July 23, 2003

WASHINGTON - Stephen Hadley, President Bush's deputy national security adviser, on Tuesday became the second administration official to apologize for allowing a tainted intelligence report on Iraq's nuclear ambitions into Bush's State of the Union address.

Hadley said he had received two memos from the CIA and a phone call from agency director George Tenet last October raising objections to an allegation that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium ore from Africa to use in building nuclear weapons.

As a result, Hadley said, the offending passage was excised from a speech on Iraq the president gave in Cincinnati on Oct. 7. But Hadley suggested that details from the memos and phone call had slipped from his attention as the State of the Union speech was being put together.

"The high standards the president set were not met," Hadley said. He said he apologized to the president Monday.

Attack kills soldier, wounds another

BAGHDAD, Iraq - One U.S. soldier was killed and another was wounded when a convoy of Army vehicles was ambushed by rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire west of Baghdad on Tuesday.

The soldier attached to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was killed about 9 a.m. local time on a road between the cities of Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, and Balad, north of the capital.

TROOP ROTATION PLAN: The Army has approved a plan for rotating fresh troops into Iraq and bringing home those who have served for nearly a year.

The plan calls for maintaining troops at their current level of about 145,000 by rotating in one-for-one replacements, defense officials said Tuesday.

U.N. greets new leaders, but not as government

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council extended a qualified welcome to the new leadership of Iraq on Tuesday, hailing three members of the 9-day-old Governing Council there as informed citizens but not, as they had requested, as representatives of a legitimate government.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, said, "We have now an institution that, while not democratically elected, can be viewed as broadly representative of the various constituencies in Iraq."

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