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March 17 2005
 

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Correction: Halliburton-Iraq story
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
WASHINGTON – In a March 14 story about an audit of Halliburton’s work in Iraq, The Associated Press erroneously reported the company made more than $2.5 …

www.boston.com/dailynews/076/wash/No_big_U_S_troop_reduction_in_:.shtml
No big US troop reduction in Iraq likely til 2006 or 2008, Army …
Boston Globe – USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Any permanent reduction in the number of US troops in Iraq isn’t likely until sometime between 2006 and 2008, a top Army general said Thursday. …

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Iraq Assembly meets, but fails to elect speaker
Economic Times – India
… Instead, the session was spent celebrating the moment, and the enormous obstacles Iraq had overcome. “This day marks a new birth for all Iraqis. …

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Breaking&storyId=1006020&tw=wn_wire_story

Iran, Syria Undermine Efforts in Iraq, CIA Says
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The director of the CIA accused Iran on Thursday of meddling in Iraq and said Syria was not working hard enough to stop militants …

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/
middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=7522

At least 108 died in US custody in Iraq, Afghanistan
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
At least 108 detainees have died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to new government data released by the Associated Press news agency. …

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Senator armed himself in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – New Zealand
CANBERRA – Australia has been gripped by the extraordinary account of a visit to Iraq by a senator who accepted the use of a handgun, was pictured holding an …

www.boston.com/dailynews/076/world/Kurds_Shiites_make_headway_in_:.shtml
Kurds, Shiites make headway in forming new Iraq government
Boston Globe – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Kurdish and Shiite politicians said Thursday they made headway in solving new disagreements in their deal to form a coalition government …

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Groups Make Progress on New Iraq Gov’t
ABC News – USA
Baghdad University students protest, demanding that Iraq close the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad, during a demonstration on their campus in Baghdad, Iraq …

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_page/0,5744,12580999%5E2703,00.html

Iraq’s house of new freedom, old tensions
Australian – Australia
IRAQ’s new parliament opened to the boom of mortar fire and fiery debate from the floor over ethnic identity, then promptly closed again as the newly elected …

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20050317/IRAQCORRUPT17/TPInternational/Americas

Corruption threatens Iraq, watchdog says
Globe and Mail – Canada
WASHINGTON — Rather than the “shining beacon of democracy” US President George W. Bush envisioned, Iraq could become “the biggest corruption scandal in history …

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/137872/1/.html
Iraqi leaders play political poker, Negroponte leaves Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : After the historic opening of their elected national assembly, Iraq’s political heavyweights bartered over the make-up of the next government …

www.theage.com.au/news/Breaking-News/Spanish-hostage-
freed-in-Iraq-report/2005/03/17/1110913741312.html

Spanish hostage freed in Iraq: report
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… said. He was kidnapped during a visit to Iraq to see his family. … Tuesday. Dozens of people have been kidnapped in Iraq over the past year. …

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Italy forced to backtrack on Iraq
TVNZ – New Zealand
… Silvio Berlusconi was forced by Washington and London to backtrack on his surprise announcement that Italian troops would start leaving Iraq in September, the …

www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq17e_20050317.htm
Iraq’s new lawmakers take the oath of office
Detroit Free Press – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s first freely elected National Assembly in more than a generation convened Wednesday, moments after a series of mortar rounds landed …

www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1325580.htm
Bush denies Iraq coalition crumbling
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: US President George W. Bush has denied suggestions that the international coalition in Iraq is crumbling. Italy’s …

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mar17,0,3642820.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials

A Brief ‘Bright Moment’ in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – CA,USA
The men and women they elected — well, the men anyway — have in many cases had decades in exile and two years in Iraq to plan what to do once they achieved …

www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1325545.htm
Ross Lightfoot accused of smuggling energy company money into Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… EASTLEY: The Federal Opposition is calling for an investigation into reports that Liberal Senator Ross Lightfoot smuggled $25,000 in cash into Iraq on behalf …

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House approves $81.4B in Iraq funding:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: WASHINGTON, March 16 : The US House Tuesday approved an $81.4 billion Iraq war supplemental appropriation Wednesday after blocking funding for a …

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17mar17,1,6220510.story?coll=la-headlines-world

US Counts 108 Deaths in Custody in Iraq, Afghanistan
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – CA,USA
WASHINGTON — At least 108 people have died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 26 of those cases have been confirmed or are suspected to be criminal …

www.indystar.com/articles/5/229838-8545-010.html
Poll shows public split on views of Iraq, war
Indianapolis Star – USA
WASHINGTON — Two years after President Bush led the country to war in Iraq, Americans appear to be of two minds about the situation in the Middle East …

www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/3089262
Iraq assembly vows to back democracy
Houston Chronicle – USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Some came dressed in gold-trimmed robes, others wore the black turbans of the Shiite clergy — while the men seen likely to assume government …

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17mar17,0,4889054.story?coll=la-home-world

Iraq’s National Assembly Holds Historic Meeting
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – CA,USA
… a round of speeches celebrating its democratic origin and newfound diversity but avoiding open debate on the unfinished effort to form Iraq’s new government. …

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And what’s next in Iraq?
USA Today – USA
On Wednesday, almost two years to the day since the US invaded Iraq, the new parliament chosen in the first free elections in decades in Iraq was sworn in. …

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/137804/1/.html
Australian police investigate report that senator smuggled cash …
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY : Police are investigating allegations that an Australian government senator smuggled cash into Iraq on behalf of an oil company wanting to secure …

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Symbolic day for Iraq’s new MPs
BBC News – E,UK
… Western costumes. Just looking at the assembled deputies was enough to give some idea of Iraq’s patchwork society. Its different …

ITALY leader: Time to talk of ‘withdrawal’ from Iraq
INQ7 Interactive, Inc. – Philippines
… Italy — Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday that
the time had come for Rome to “begin to discuss” with the government of
Iraq and its …
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IRAQ’S National Assembly Holds Historic Meeting
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – CA,USA
… a round of speeches celebrating its democratic origin and newfound
diversity but avoiding open debate on the unfinished effort to form Iraq’s
new government. …
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iraq17mar17,0,4889054.story?coll=la-home-world

AND what’s next in Iraq?
USA Today – USA
On Wednesday, almost two years to the day since the US invaded Iraq, the
new parliament chosen in the first free elections in decades in Iraq was
sworn in. …
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IRAQ parliament meets but no deal on government
China Daily – China
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s new parliament met for the first time Wednesday more than
six weeks after elections, but rival blocs failed to agree on a government
and al …
www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-03/17/content_425827.htm

US soldier gets 45 days’ jail for Iraq incident
Australian Financial Review – Australia
A US Army platoon leader was sentenced to 45 days in a military prison
on Wednesday for his role in forcing three Iraqi civilians into the Tigris
River, where …
afr.com/articles/2005/03/17/1110913707360.html

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-03/17/content_2708817.htm
Berlusconi says Italian troops withdrawal depends on Iraq’s …
Xinhua – China
ROME, March 16 (Xinhuanet) — The Italian government will not change its policy on Iraq and the implementation of its pullout plan will depend on the security …

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As mortars fall outside, Iraq’s MPs gather for the first time
Scotsman – UK
AFTER nearly seven weeks of backroom deal-making that has failed to form a government, Iraq’s recently elected politicians convened in public for the first …

www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-03/17/content_425827.htm
Iraq parliament meets but no deal on government
China Daily – China
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s new parliament met for the first time Wednesday more than six weeks after elections, but rival blocs failed to agree on a government and al …

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200503/s1325642.htm
Lightfoot satisfies PM over Iraq claims
ABC Online – Australia
The Prime Minister says he is satisfied with the response so far by Liberal Senator Ross Lightfoot to allegations that he smuggled $25,000 into Iraq during his …

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03/17/wirq17.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/03/17/ixportal.html

Iraq fails to form a government
Telegraph.co.uk – UK
Iraq inaugurated its new parliament yesterday but was left virtually leaderless as the winners of January’s election failed to agree on terms for forming a new …

afr.com/articles/2005/03/17/1110913707360.html
US soldier gets 45 days’ jail for Iraq incident
Australian Financial Review – Australia
A US Army platoon leader was sentenced to 45 days in a military prison on Wednesday for his role in forcing three Iraqi civilians into the Tigris River, where …

www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12573089-29277,00.html
PM must be straight on Iraq: Labor
NEWS.com.au – Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard must tell the Australian public what his intentions were for Australian involvement in Iraq, in the face of the impending pullout of …

  
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