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U.S. wants more of world's soldiers to share burden

By Wire services
Published September 20, 2003

BRUSSELS - The United States has asked Turkey, Pakistan and South Korea to send up to 40,000 troops total to Iraq as part of a global U.S. drive for help to secure the country wracked by violence, officials from those nations told the Associated Press.

The recruiting by the Bush administration is aimed at relieving the burden of the 140,000 American troops spearheading the occupation force in a country where U.S.-led forces are coming under frequent attack.

Twenty-six other countries are providing a total of about 20,000 troops. Three of the countries the United States would like to see contribute - Turkey, Pakistan and South Korea - have not made a public commitment.

Others have rejected U.S. approaches, such as Brazil. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell have indicated they don't expect a large influx of new international troops, saying contributions might not total more than 10,000.

Former defense minister, No. 27 on list, surrenders to U.S. forces

MOSUL, Iraq - Saddam Hussein's defense minister surrendered to U.S. forces Friday after lengthy negotiations the Americans hope will convince other former soldiers to abandon support for the ousted regime.

Dawood Bagistani, the Kurdish mediator who arranged the surrender, said Gen. Sultan Hashim Ahmad was received with "with great respect" as part of a deal in which the Americans agreed to remove the ex-defense minister from their list of the 55 most-wanted regime figures. That means Ahmad would be released after he finishes questioning and would not face prolonged captivity or trial, Bagistani said.

Ahmad, the eight of hearts in the deck of playing cards of Iraqi fugitives, was no. 27 on the most-wanted list. Thirty-eight of that group are in custody and 14 remain at large. Three are dead or thought to be dead.

Italian diplomat wounded, interpreter killed in shooting

A U.S. soldier in northern Iraq mistakenly fired on a car carrying an Italian diplomat heading up U.S. efforts to recover Iraq's looted antiquities, killing the man's Iraqi interpreter, apparently because the driver wasn't following orders fast enough, the diplomat said Friday.

Pietro Cordone suffered a superficial wound in the shooting Thursday on the highway between Mosul and Tikrit. Army Lt. Col. George Krivo said details on what happened were sketchy.

President Carter says U.N. should be asked to join U.S. in Iraq

WASHINGTON - Former President Jimmy Carter said Friday the United Nations should be asked to join the United States in postwar Iraq.

Carter, appearing on CNN's Larry King Live, said an American commander should remain in charge of peacekeeping troops.

"But as far as dealing with economic matters, like extraction of oil, or political matters, forming a new government in Iraq, that, I think, almost has to be a multinational and not just United States and Great Britain acting almost alone," he said.

German leader says his country, U.S. can work together in Iraq

BERLIN - Germans and Americans should "work together to win the peace" in Iraq, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder wrote in an article published Friday.

Despite Germany's past differences with the United States on the need to wage war in Iraq, Schroeder struck a conciliatory note in a column published in the New York Times.

"There is no point in continuing this debate. We should now look toward the future," wrote Schroeder, who is scheduled to meet with President Bush next week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

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