Iraq News and Information Links
February 4 2005
 

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Iraq demands oil-for-food repayment
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
Anyone who stole from the UN’s oil-for-food program for Iraq must stand trial and the money be repaid to the Iraqi people, Iraq’s human rights minister said on …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=12418
Iraq’s Shiite candidates hold wide lead over Allawi
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi was trailing a Shiite ticket with ties to Iran according to partial returns released Friday after Iraq’s historic election. …

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2005-02-04T215520Z_01_HOL442042_RTRUKOC_0_IRAQ-ITALY-KIDNAP.xml

Italian journalist seized in Iraq
Reuters.uk – UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian journalist in Baghdad, the latest in a series of brazen abductions but the first since Iraq’s election. …

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Iraq Security Forces Behind Schedule -US General
Reuters – USA
… The Bush administration says it will only withdraw US troops from Iraq once an Iraqi force has been established that can provide security in the country, still …

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Three French Muslims Held in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
PARIS – Three French citizens who joined the rebel insurgency in Iraq have been held by coalition forces since being captured there last year, officials said …

www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=64086
Diplomat says India can play major role in rebuilding Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4: In a show of solidarity, US Ambassador David Mulford and Iraq’s new Charge d’ Affaires Muyad S Hussein today shared the stage in a …

www.registerguard.com/news/2005/02/04/ed.edit.stateofunion.jlw.0204.html
A second-term agenda: Speech centered on Iraq, Social Security
The Register-Guard – Eugene,Oregon,USA
The most stirring moment in President Bush’s State of the Union speech came when Janet Norwood, the mother of a Marine sergeant killed in Iraq, embraced the …

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Iraq Wants Money Back; Annan Promises Action
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iraq said it wanted its money back from the scandal-tainted UN oil-for-food program Friday as Secretary-General Kofi Annan vowed to …

www.nytimes.com/2005/02/04/international/europe/04cnd-diplo.html
Rice, Meeting Schröder, Wins German Promise of Help for Iraq
New York Times – USA
… effort to improve relations with Europe, won a promise today from Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany to do more to help secure and rebuild Iraq and his …

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Italy works to rescue journalist kidnapped in Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
… Friday to cooperate with center-left opposition forces and international allies to obtain the freedom of an Italian journalist kidnapped in Iraq, the first …

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worldNews&localeKey=en_IN&storyID=7543980

Americans hold three French fighters in Iraq
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Friday US forces were holding three Frenchmen captured fighting with insurgents in Iraq last November, handing Paris a …

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VIEW: Debate on India’s approach to post-poll Iraq
Times of India – Mumbai,India
The government’s reaction to the Iraq elections is typical of the knee-jerk responses of South Block. Having maintained a studious …

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UN head of Iraq oil program got cash, oil, says probe
INQ7 Interactive, Inc. – Philippines
UNITED NATIONS — The head of the former UN oil-for-food program in Iraq, Benon Sevan, received large payments of cash as well as allocations of Iraqi oil, an …

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Italian seized in Iraq
Reuters.uk – UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian journalist in Baghdad, the latest in a series of brazen abductions but the first since Iraq’s election. …

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US to Withdraw 15,000 Troops from Iraq
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Victoria Ward, PA, in New York. The United States is to pull 15,000 troops out of Iraq, signalling the launch of a new, post-election phase. …

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4/uiraq.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/02/04/ixportaltop.html

Rumsfeld offered to quit over Iraq prison abuse
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… contained.”. His admission came the US military announced plans to bring home 15,000 troops from Iraq, leaving 135,000 in the country. …

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Al-Qaida Threatens Wave of Attacks in Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The terror group al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, vowed to carry out attacks against military targets in the coming days in an internet …

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ercules.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/02/04/ixportaltop.html

Delay in flying home Iraq crash victims’ bodies
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
Relatives of 10 servicemen killed when an RAF Hercules crashed in Iraq may have to wait until next week for their remains to be flown back to Britain. …

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Iraq demands oil-for-food diplomats face justice
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Anyone who stole from the UN’s oil-for-food programme for Iraq must stand trial and the money be repaid to the Iraqi people, Iraq’s human …

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Shiite coalition holds Iraq election lead
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq’s main Shiite coalition maintained a hefty but reduced lead in the latest count of votes in the country’s historic election, as deadly …

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US general in Iraq says insurgent intimidation has weakened Iraqi …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… On Thursday, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said that with the election in Iraq over he believes some 15,000 US troops can be withdrawn in the short …

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Shiite coalition holds Iraq election lead as Italian journalist …
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD, Feb 4 (AFP) – Iraq’s main Shiite coalition maintained a hefty but reduced lead Friday in the latest count of votes in the country’s historic election …

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/04/uiraq.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/02/04/ixportaltop.html

Rumsfeld offered to quit over Iraq prison abuse
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… contained.”. His admission came the US military announced plans to bring home 15,000 troops from Iraq, leaving 135,000 in the country. …

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page/0,5478,12149525%255E663,00.html

Damning report on Iraq scam
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
NEW YORK — The $82 billion oil-for-food program run by the UN with Iraq was tainted with corruption from top to bottom, according to a report yesterday. …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/02/04/news/iraq.html
Shiite alliance piles up big lead in Iraq vote count
International Herald Tribune – France
… drawn only from Baghdad and five southern provinces where the Shiite parties were expected to score strongly, and from only 10 percent of Iraq’s 5,216 polling …
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Italian journalist abducted in Iraq
CNN – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — An Italian journalist was snatched from her car Friday in Baghdad, police said. Giuliana Sgrena was abducted …

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US General Says Iraq War was “Fun”
Sofia News Agency – Bulgaria
US General has described shooting people in Iraq as “fun”, drawing the public anger of the US Marine Corps. Discussing fighting …

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Delay in Flying Iraq Crash Victims’ Remains Home
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By David Stringer, PA, in Basra, southern Iraq. Relatives of 10 servicemen killed when an RAF Hercules crashed in Iraq may have to …

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Italian snatched in Iraq
Swissinfo – Switzerland
… when millions of Iraqis faced down insurgent threats to cast their ballots. Sgrena is the eighth Italian to be kidnapped in Iraq. …

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Damning report on Iraq scam
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
NEW YORK — The $82 billion oil-for-food program run by the UN with Iraq was tainted with corruption from top to bottom, according to a report yesterday. …

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Italian journalist abducted in Iraq
CNN – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — An Italian journalist was snatched from her car Friday in Baghdad, police said. Giuliana Sgrena was abducted …

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US General Says Iraq War was “Fun”
Sofia News Agency – Bulgaria
US General has described shooting people in Iraq as “fun”, drawing the public anger of the US Marine Corps. Discussing fighting …

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Female journo kidnapped in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
… Polo, whose paper opposed last year’s United States-led invasion of Iraq, said US and Iraqi forces and the Italian embassy had been informed of the kidnapping. …

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Bush has work to do on Iraq, Social Security
Port Huron Times Herald – Port Huron,MI,USA
President Bush’s State of the Union address really came down to two points: The US-led occupation of Iraq must continue, and Social Security, close to broken …

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UN head of Iraq oil programme involved in “grave” conflict of …
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The United Nations has moved to discipline the head of the programme which allowed Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to sell oil in order to purchase humanitarian goods. …

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16578&name=Iraq%2C+Iran+and+Mideast+top+Schroeder+talks+with+Rice+

Iraq, Iran and Mideast top Schroeder talks with Rice
Expatica – Netherlands
BERLIN – German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder meets US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday for talks to be dominated by Iraq, Iran as well as moves …

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134491feb04,0,929098.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

Cleric-backed Shia slate leads in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Preliminary results from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Iraq show early success for the large Shia Muslim bloc that was expected to do well …

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Big cuts in US forces in Iraq unlikely until 2006
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… 4 (Xinhuanet) — The election in Iraq on Sunday has given new momentum to a debate in Washington over when the roughly 150,000 US troops should be pulled out …

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Iraq’s Kurds agree on post-election candidate
Reuters.uk – UK
ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Jalal Talabani, one of Iraq’s two top Kurdish leaders, will be the candidate for Iraq’s prime minister or president if a Kurd is chosen …

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UN stunned by Iraq oil programme scandal as Shiites lead vote …
Turkish Press – Turkey
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – A damning investigation said the head of the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq obtained allocations of oil and unusual payments in a …

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UK soldiers charged in Iraq murder
Toronto Star (Subscription) – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
LONDON—The British army, already struggling with accusations of post-war abuses in Iraq, has been dealt its harshest blow yet as seven soldiers have been …

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Cautious sense of security comes to Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By HAMZA HENDAWI. BAGHDAD, Iraq — It’s too early to say whether last weekend’s vote has dealt a blow to the insurgency. But in Baghdad …

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Attacks in Iraq kill at least 30, including 3 Marines
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents unleashed a wave of attacks that killed at least 30 people, shattering a post-election lull in violence. …

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UN stunned by Iraq oil programme scandal as Shiites lead vote …
Turkish Press – Turkey
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – A damning investigation said the head of the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq obtained allocations of oil and unusual payments in a …

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Islamist parties winning in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — As a postelection calm gave way to a burst of deadly attacks, Iraqi election officials yesterday released partial results in the ballot for a …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-02/04/content_2547397.htm
15,000 US soldiers to leave Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, Feb. 4 — The United States will withdraw 15 thousand troops from Iraq, reducing its military force to 135 thousand in the country. …

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Two US soldiers killed in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BAGHDAD, Feb. 4 (Xinhuanet) — Two US soldiers have been killed in Iraq, the US military said on Friday. One US soldier was killed …

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2005/02/03/sports0255EST0210.DTL

Lander’s Davis moves from Iraq to basketball court
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… breaking a press. Davis, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, served in Iraq from April to June 2003. He provided …

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Annan vows action on Iraq oil program
Swissinfo – Switzerland
… later report. Annan’s son Kojo once. worked in West Africa for a Swiss firm Cotecna, under contract to the United Nations in Iraq.

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Iraq election lacks legitimacy: Sunnis
Times of India – Mumbai,India
BAGHDAD: Iraq’s leading Sunni Muslim clerics said on Wednesday the country’s landmark elections lack legitimacy because large numbers of Sunnis did not …

washingtontimes.com/national/20050204-121610-4198r.htm
Vote ‘tipping’ support for government in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that Sunday’s historic elections in Iraq have ignited a “tipping of support for the government” by Iraqis …

www.nytimes.com/2005/02/04/international/middleeast/04iraq.html
Shiite Coalition Takes a Big Lead in the Iraq Vote
New York Times – USA
By JOHN F. BURNS and DEXTER FILKINS. BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 3 – Preliminary election returns released Thursday by Iraqi authorities …

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UN Takes Action Against Top Iraq Oil Scam Suspect
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has ordered disciplinary action against the head of the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq, who was sharply criticised in an …

www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=68190
Bush stresses Iraq, Mideast policy in State of Union address:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: Washington, Feb 3 : US President George W. Bush stressed the progress made in Iraq and the Middle East peace process and vowed to achieve success …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61839-2005Feb3.html
Two Marines Among 28 Killed in Iraq As Lull Ends
Washington Post (Subscription) – Washington,DC,USA
… As officials released partial returns on Thursday from Sunday’s elections, insurgents shattered a brief period of calm with attacks across Iraq that killed at …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61910-2005Feb3.html
US to Pull 15,000 Troops Out of Iraq
Washington Post (Subscription) – Washington,DC,USA
… and less violence than expected in Sunday’s Iraqi elections, Pentagon authorities have decided to start reducing the level of US forces in Iraq next month by …

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Democrats attack Bush’s plan on social security, Iraq (Reaction):
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
Bush’s controversial plan to partially privatise the social security system and not specifying a timetable for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, reports Xinhua …

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Iraq: First official election returns
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
… The admission is likely to fuel complaints by Iraq’s minority Sunni Arabs, who make up the heart of the insurgency, that they were not represented in the vote. …

www.examiner.ie/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sgXUrpuLRhtUcsgDQQ5wn3uAIg.asp
Elections in Iraq a triumph, says Bush
IrishExaminer.com (subscription) – Ireland
… out his second-term agenda, US President George W Bush pledged to confront governments that promote terror and hailed the success of elections in Iraq as proof …

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UN Takes Action Against Top Iraq Oil Scam Suspect
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has ordered disciplinary action against the head of the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq, who was sharply criticised in an …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10810602.htm
29 killed in Iraq; election results show Shiites with big lead
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Iraq’s post-election calm was shattered Thursday by a string of insurgent attacks that killed at least 29 people, including three US …

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Two Marines Among 28 Killed in Iraq As Lull Ends
Washington Post (Subscription) – Washington,DC,USA
… As officials released partial returns on Thursday from Sunday’s elections, insurgents shattered a brief period of calm with attacks across Iraq that killed at …

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Seven paras on Iraq murder charge
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… They will also face a charge of violent disorder following a roadside incident at Al U’Zayra, in southern Iraq, that led to the death of Nadhem Abdullah. …

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Elections in Iraq a triumph, says Bush
IrishExaminer.com (subscription) – Ireland
… out his second-term agenda, US President George W Bush pledged to confront governments that promote terror and hailed the success of elections in Iraq as proof …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10810602.htm
29 killed in Iraq; election results show Shiites with big lead
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Iraq’s post-election calm was shattered Thursday by a string of insurgent attacks that killed at least 29 people, including three US …

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Annan taking disciplinary action against head of Iraq oil-for-food …
Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is taking disciplinary action against the head of the oil-for-food program in Iraq, following an …

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Seven paras on Iraq murder charge
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… They will also face a charge of violent disorder following a roadside incident at Al U’Zayra, in southern Iraq, that led to the death of Nadhem Abdullah. …

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200502/s1295655.htm
Investigators end Iraq Hercules crash site search
ABC Online – Australia
British military investigators have ended their search at the crash site of a transport plane that went down at the weekend killing 10 servicemen including …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/02/03/news/iraq.html
Main Shiite group takes lead in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – France
… Iraq had been relatively calm since the election, but that lull in violence ended with several incidents beginning Wednesday night that left two US marines and …

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wirq04.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/04/ixworld.html

Main Shia coalition takes lead in Iraq poll
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… Election officials said the results, from votes so far counted in six out of Iraq’s 18 provinces, were incomplete and that an official tally could be expected …

www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=103575&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27321
Policemen killed in Iraq ambush
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… Two Iraqi policemen were killed, 14 wounded and at least 36 were missing after an ambush while they were on their way to Baghdad from southern Iraq last night. …

www.voanews.com/english/2005-02-03-voa92.cfm
Iraq Says it Came Close to Capturing Insurgency Leader
Voice of America – USA
Iraq’s interior minister says security forces nearly captured the insurgency leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi two or three times, missing him by just about an hour …

  
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