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* Americans Just Out of Baghdad * Iraqi Dead * War Profits * U.S. Safety * Taxpayers

MICHAEL BIRMINGHAM, STEWART VRIESINGA
JEFF GUNTZEL, STEPHANIE SCHAUDEL
While information has become more difficult to get from Baghdad, 15 members of the Iraq Peace Team have left the Iraqi capital and just arrived in Amman, Jordan. They are available for interviews. About half the Iraq Peace Team, composed of Americans and other Westerners, remains in Baghdad. Other members of the group have returned to the U.S. recently and are reachable through the Chicago office.

MARC HEROLD
Author of the recent article “When ‘Precision’ Bombing Isn’t,” Herold is a professor at the University of New Hampshire and a consultant to the Iraq Body Count Project. He said today: “U.S. ‘precision’ projectiles have fallen in neighboring Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Pentagon bombing damaged a maternity hospital Wednesday in Baghdad. The spin masters at the Pentagon are playing down the air war. When stories do get out, like the recent bombing of Hilla, which was hit by cluster bombs, first the Pentagon denies it in some way and then, by the time the facts are known, the bombing is forgotten. The mantra that precision weapons will kill few people is false when the Pentagon is dropping them in civilian-rich areas. The U.S. military has carpet-bombed around Baghdad and in the northern areas where concentrations of Iraqi fighters are believed to exist.”
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PRATAP CHATTERJEE
Chatterjee is the author of the recent articles “Cheney’s Close Ties to Brown and Root” and “Halliburton Makes a Killing on Iraq War.”
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FRIDA BERRIGAN
WILLIAM HARTUNG
Berrigan is a senior research associate at the World Policy Institute’s Arms Trade Resource Center and has written recent articles about Halliburton and Raytheon. Hartung is the director of the Center.
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BEAU GROSSCUP
Author of the book The Newest Explosions of Terrorism and professor of international relations at California State University in Chico, Grosscup said today: “The U.S. invasion of Iraq increases the likelihood of attacks against the United States.”

MIRIAM PEMBERTON
Pemberton is a research fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies and the author of the report “The Economic Costs of Going to War With Iraq.”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020