Iraq News and Information Links
February 2 2005
 

www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/02/02/dem.response/
Democrats vow fight over Social Security, Iraq
CNN – USA
… Democrats made it clear Wednesday night they would fight President Bush’s Social Security proposals and press him for a plan to bring home troops from Iraq. …

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Iraq Election ‘A Major Blow to Insurgents’
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq’s interim prime minister declared that the success of the national elections had dealt a major blow to the insurgents — who have not carried out a …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/03/content_2543057.htm
Bush stresses Iraq, Mideast policy in State of Union address
Xinhua – Beijing,China
2 (Xinhuanet) — US President George W. Bush stressed the progress made in Iraq and the Middle East peace process and vowed to achieve success on the foreign …

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7520356
Probe on Iraq Program Sharply Raps UN Staff
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A key probe into the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq was sharply critical of UN management and found that the UN official running …

www.thejakartapost.com/detaileditorial.asp?fileid=20050203.F02&irec=2
Iraq’s election and the coming Shiite revolt
Jakarta Post – Jakarta,Indonesia
A democratic, peaceful and independent Iraq could yet be the final result of the US invasion of 2003, whether that was precisely what the Bush administration …

www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0202state-iraq-ON.html
Bush rejects ‘artificial timetable’ to withdraw troops from Iraq
AZ Central.com – AZ,USA
WASHINGTON – President Bush used his State of the Union speech Wednesday to announce a “new phase” in the Iraq campaign aimed at strengthening Iraqi forces so …

today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID
=2005-02-03T053721Z_01_CHA320155_RTRUKOC_0_IRAQ-BUSH.xml

Bush sees “new phase” for US in Iraq
Reuters.uk – UK
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush has said that the United States will open a “new phase” in post-election Iraq increasingly focused on training …

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Officials Meet on Government Formation in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Amid the continuing vote count from Sunday’s landmark elections, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi invites politicians across Iraq to attend a …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/03/content_2542608.htm
Bush focuses on Social Security, Iraq in State of Union address
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… night his first State of the Union address since re-election, focusing on his plan for overhauling Social Security and on the need to stay the course in Iraq. …

www.startribune.com/stories/484/5219798.html
Iraq: Low Sunni vote may hinder constitution
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… Iraq’s interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi declared Wednesday that the success of the national elections had dealt a major blow to the insurgents — who have …

www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/
0,5478,12135981%255E1702,00.html

Bush sees ‘new phase’ in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
CREATION of a Palestinian state living at peace with Israel was “within reach”, and elections in Iraq had opened “a new phase” in US efforts there, US …

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7520356
Probe on Iraq Program Sharply Raps UN Staff
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A key probe into the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq was sharply critical of UN management and found that the UN official running …

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Officials Meet on Government Formation in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Amid the continuing vote count from Sunday’s landmark elections, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi invites politicians across Iraq to attend a …

www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0202state-iraq-ON.html
Bush rejects ‘artificial timetable’ to withdraw troops from Iraq
AZ Central.com – AZ,USA
WASHINGTON – President Bush used his State of the Union speech Wednesday to announce a “new phase” in the Iraq campaign aimed at strengthening Iraqi forces so …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/03/content_2542608.htm
Bush focuses on Social Security, Iraq in State of Union address
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… night his first State of the Union address since re-election, focusing on his plan for overhauling Social Security and on the need to stay the course in Iraq. …

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/0205/23iraq.html
Tape blasts ‘rigged’ Iraq vote
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — In a clear reference to Iraq’s weekend balloting, a statement purportedly made by Osama bin Laden’s top deputy says holy war, not “rigged …

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Officials Meet on Government Formation in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Amid the continuing vote count from Sunday’s landmark elections, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi invites politicians across Iraq to attend a …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10800015.htm
Sunni group vows to accept Iraq’s new government
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The hard-line Sunni religious organization that had called on its followers to boycott Iraq’s election said Wednesday that it would …

www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12590
Blair: We’ve got to stay in Iraq until democracy takes hold
Middle East Online – UK
British PM hails stronger-than-expected turnout Sunday in Iraq’s elections, rules out quick British troop withdrawal. LONDON – Prime …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/10800121.htm
Democrats challenge Bush on Social Security, Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… That continued Wednesday night as Democrats responded to Bush’s speech by ripping into his record on Iraq and terrorism and his ideas on Social Security. …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10800015.htm
Sunni group vows to accept Iraq’s new government
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The hard-line Sunni religious organization that had called on its followers to boycott Iraq’s election said Wednesday that it would …

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/02/03/
wus03.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/03/ixnewstop.html

Bush comes close to admitting Iraq exit strategy
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… in the annual State of the Union address were the closest he has come yet to conceding that his administration is formulating an exit strategy from Iraq. …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/03/content_2541811.htm
Iraq’s leading Sunni religious group boycotts drafting of …
Xinhua – Beijing,China
2 (Xinhuanet) — The Muslim Scholars Association, the most influential Sunni religious group in Iraq, refused Wednesday to participate in drafting the …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/03/content_2541283.htm
Bush to focus on Social Security, Iraq in State of Union address
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… willuse his State of the Union address on Wednesday night to argue forhis plan for overhauling Social Security, and stress the need to stay the course in Iraq. …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/03/content_2541271.htm
Iraq’s influential Sunni clerics term elections as illegal
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BAGHDAD, Feb. 2 (Xinhuanet) — An influential organization of Sunni clerics that had boycotted last Sunday’s landmark elections …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050202233736.tbgorkkh.xml
Bush cites progress in Iraq, Middle East
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON (AFP) – President George W. Bush said that elections in Iraq had launched a “new phase” of US efforts to train security forces there, and that a …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/02/02/opinion/ediraq.html
Next steps in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – France
… strongholds, an encouraging number of Sunnis expressed their desire to be part of the new government and the assembly that will write a constitution for Iraq. …

www.csmonitor.com/2005/0203/p08s01-comv.html
Arabs Look Up at Iraq’s Star
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… For now, impressions of Iraq’s initial election success are overwhelmed by typical Middle East conspiracy theories that the US plans permanent military bases …

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=36800
Iraq’s Sunni clerics dismiss vote as 12 soldiers slain
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD, Feb 2 (AFP) – Influential Sunni Muslim clerics on Wednesday branded Iraq’s election as illegitimate, dealing a blow to hopes of reconciliation, as 12 …

www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=104386&region=6
IRAQ POLL ‘LACKED LEGITIMACY’
Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
A leading Shiite candidate in the race to become Iraq’s next prime minister said Sunday’s landmark elections lack legitimacy and branded the interim …

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Bush to Tackle Social Security and Iraq in Speech
Reuters – USA
… his State of the Union speech on Wednesday night that Social Security must be changed to save it from financial ruin and US troops will stay in Iraq until the …

www.voanews.com/english/2005-02-01-voa57.cfm
Northern Iraq’s Kurds Hope for More Influence in Iraq
Voice of America – USA
… But the Kurdish people, who make up about 20 percent of Iraq’s population, say they want much more than what they have had in the past and are seeking two …

www.taemag.com/issues/articleID.18424/article_detail.asp
Morning In Iraq
TAEmag.com – Washington,DC,USA
… One man, a Sunni engineer and ex-soldier said of the historical events, “I want to thank the US soldiers for bringing this to Iraq…Without them, we would …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4228927.stm
Bush to speak on welfare and Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
US President George W Bush is expected to elaborate on domestic welfare reform and Iraq policy when he delivers his State of the Union address shortly. …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050202182451.muohe1jt.xml
Iraq’s Sunni clerics brand next government illegitimate
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq’s incumbent Prime Minister Iyad Allawi engaged in reconciliation efforts with Sunni politicians, but Sunni clerics branded the general …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050202180659.9bzrzzld.xml
Bush to push Iraq, Middle East policies in State of the Union …
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President George W. Bush was to use his State of the Union speech to champion his Iraq policy and push controversial domestic initiatives …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050202162218.4wnv4ln1.xml
Iraq’s Sunni clerics brand next government illegitimate
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Influential Sunni clerics branded Iraq’s election illegitimate, dampening hopes for reconciliation among the country’s sects, as the electoral …

www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12590
Blair: We’ve got to stay in Iraq until democracy takes hold
Middle East Online – UK
British PM hails stronger-than-expected turnout Sunday in Iraq’s elections, rules out quick British troop withdrawal. LONDON – Prime …

www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=7513280
UPDATE 1-Bush to tackle Social Security and Iraq in speech
Reuters – USA
… plan to revamp the Social Security retirement system in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday that will also stress the need to stay the course in Iraq. …

www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/218275/110736089491.htm
Christian Aid vindicated over Iraq’s ‘Missing Billions’
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
An official US audit has unearthed evidence of widespread corruption in postwar Iraq, finding that the occupying authorities failed to keep track of nearly $9 …

www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3175310a12,00.html
Turkey expects more from US in northern Iraq
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
BEIJING: Turkey expects the United States to do more to keep northern Iraq from becoming a safe haven for terrorists and check a Kurdish push for power there …

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Victims of Hercules Crash in Iraq
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By PA Reporter. Below is a list of the nine RAF men and one soldier killed when the RAF Hercules they were in crashed in central Iraq. …

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=665350
Sunni clerics question Iraq election
Reuters.uk – UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Leading Sunni clerics say any government emerging from Iraq’s historic election will lack legitimacy because many people boycotted a poll …

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Arab League Reacts to Iraq Election
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Amer Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, talks about how the Arab world perceives the election in Iraq. The …

www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/
2005/February/focusoniraq_February15.xml&section=focusoniraq

Iraq admits vote flaws as Rice urges world to unite on future
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Iraq admitted on Wednesday there were flaws in the country’s landmark vote as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice predicted a new spirit of …

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manorama/MmArticle/CommonFullStory&c=MmArticle&cid=1107
267107877&channel=News&p=1002194839100&count=7

Don’t talk of iraq exit strategy: Rice
Malayala Manorama – India
Washington: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday predicted that Iraq’s successful elections would trigger a new spirit of international …

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Iraq: Threat to behead captured US soldier
Rediff – Mumbai,India
… Meanwhile, Iraq’s interim president Ghazi al-Yawer said it would be complete nonsense to ask foreign troops to leave now, though some could depart by the end …

www.reuters.co.in/locales/c_newsArticle.jsp?type=
worldNews&localeKey=en_IN&storyID=7509804

Iraq seeks answers after fatal riot at US camp
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
… who shot dead four inmates should be put on trial if found to have used excessive force in quelling a riot at a military detention camp, Iraq’s human rights …

www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=132&fArticleId=2395249
Vote counting begins and Iraq eases its security clamp
The South African Star (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
Baghdad – Iraq has begun compiling election results and easing security measures surrounding its historic poll, despite al-Qaeda’s vow to pursue “holy war …

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Don’t talk of iraq exit strategy: Rice
Malayala Manorama – India
Washington: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday predicted that Iraq’s successful elections would trigger a new spirit of international …

www.reuters.co.in/locales/c_newsArticle.jsp?type=
worldNews&localeKey=en_IN&storyID=7509804

Iraq seeks answers after fatal riot at US camp
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
… who shot dead four inmates should be put on trial if found to have used excessive force in quelling a riot at a military detention camp, Iraq’s human rights …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4228369.stm
US soldiers admit Iraq jail abuse
BBC News – London,England,UK
Two US soldiers have pleaded guilty to charges of abusing inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. Sgt Javal Davis admitted …

www.indystar.com/articles/6/219244-9996-010.html
Snafus prevented many in Iraq from casting vote
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s interim president said Tuesday that tens of thousands of people were unable to vote in the country’s historic weekend election because …

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-A128-490A-8845-50EDF624F556.htm

US plan to reassign troops in Iraq
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
US military commanders are planning to reassign thousands of US troops in Iraq to advise and train Iraqi military units, military officials said. …

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US soldiers admit Iraq jail abuse
BBC News – London,England,UK
Two US soldiers have pleaded guilty to charges of abusing inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. Sgt Javal Davis admitted …

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BA2DC20D-
A128-490A-8845-50EDF624F556.htm

US plan to reassign troops in Iraq
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
US military commanders are planning to reassign thousands of US troops in Iraq to advise and train Iraqi military units, military officials said. …

www.indystar.com/articles/6/219244-9996-010.html
Snafus prevented many in Iraq from casting vote
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s interim president said Tuesday that tens of thousands of people were unable to vote in the country’s historic weekend election because …

www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=41496
Don’t talk of Iraq exit strategy: Condoleezza Rice
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
Washington, February 2: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday predicted that Iraq’s successful elections would trigger a new spirit of …

www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=132&fArticleId=2395433
It could take weeks to find cause of Iraq plane crash
The South African Star (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
Experts are divided over how a British military transport plane crashed in Iraq at the weekend, with some arguing that a bomb was planted on board and others …

www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=7507425
Bush to address Social Security, Iraq in speech
Reuters – USA
… the Social Security retirement system in a State of the Union speech on Wednesday night that will also stress the need to stay the course in post-election Iraq …

washingtontimes.com/national/20050202-123527-1015r.htm
Naysayers tight-lipped since success of Iraq vote
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Skeptics of President Bush’s attempt to bring democracy to Iraq have been largely silent since Iraqis enthusiastically turned out for Sunday’s elections. …

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Bush to Discuss Iraq, Social Security in State of the Union …
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
… matters. The situation in Iraq will figure prominently in the speech, as will the president’s plans to overhaul Social Security. …

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/
0,5744,12124368%255E1702,00.html

No talk of Iraq exit strategy: Rice
Australian – Australia
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has predicted that Iraq’s successful elections would trigger a new spirit of international co-operation to help the …

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1294176.htm
School to honour Iraq plane crash victim
ABC Online – Australia
Former Ballarat school mates have paid tribute to Paul Pardoel, the Australian airman killed in the crash of a British transport plane in Iraq. …

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4E577B2
5-1F6C-403B-836F-9F0E730EEFB3.htm

US soldiers plead guilty to Iraq abuse
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
Two US soldiers have pleaded guilty to charges of abusing Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. Sgt. Javal Davis on …

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/02/02
/wirq02.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/02/ixworld.html

‘Nonsense’ to ask forces to leave, says Iraq president
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
The Iraqi president, Ghazi al-Yawer, said yesterday that it would be “complete nonsense” to ask coalition forces to leave Iraq with his country in its current …

www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20050201T210000-0500_
74343_OBS_BUSH_PRESSING_WORLD_LEADERS_TO_HELP_
ADVANCE_DEMOCRACY_IN_IRAQ_.asp

Bush pressing world leaders to help advance democracy in Iraq
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
WASHINGTON (AP) – Eager to capitalize on Iraq’s elections, President George W Bush yesterday continued to press fellow world leaders to support the new Baghdad …

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B83F5D
7E-F56F-45EF-AEAB-D255E8FC78FE.htm

CIA rewrites prewar Iraq arms reports
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
Smarting under the embarrassment of being proven wrong, the CIA is revising its prewar intelligence assessments of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. …

www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=196624&area=
/breaking_news/breaking_news__international_news/

Call for reconciliation as final Iraq vote count starts
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
Iraq reopened its frontiers and Baghdad airport as it eased a security clampdown imposed for the first free election in the country in more than 50 years. …

www.csmonitor.com/2005/0201/dailyUpdate.html
plane crash in Iraq ‘shrouded in mystery
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Britain is mourning its largest loss of life since the war in Iraq began in March 2003. … The terrain and climate also look like central Iraq in January. …

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/
02/02/wirq02.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/02/ixworld.html

‘Nonsense’ to ask forces to leave, says Iraq president
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
The Iraqi president, Ghazi al-Yawer, said yesterday that it would be “complete nonsense” to ask coalition forces to leave Iraq with his country in its current …

www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2005/s1293966.htm
Australian navigator dies in Iraq Hercules crash
ABC Online – Australia
KERRY O’BRIEN: It may be little consolation to his family, but at least Australian airman Paul Pardoel lived to see the milestone election in Iraq. …

www.turkishpress.com/business/news.asp?id=050201120254.kzqgnvu4.xml
Oil prices drop as market focus remains on OPEC, Iraq, US weather
Turkish Press – Turkey
… World crude oil prices fell as the market remained focused on OPEC’s decision to maintain output quotas, relatively peaceful elections in Iraq and expectations …

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7505036
CIA Rectifying Prewar Estimates on Iraq WMD
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA is publishing a series of classified reports revising its prewar intelligence assessments of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction …

  
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