Iraq News and Information Links August 2 2004
BOMBINGS Scare Minority Christians in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
By JAMIE TARABAY. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Wissam Sagman was thinking of emigrating
recently, fearing his Christian family would not be safe in the new, chaotic
Iraq.…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-iraq-frightened-christians,0,7906172.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

DOUBTS cloud fate of three Kenyans held hostage in Iraq
Xinhua – China
2 (Xinhuanet) — Kenya on Monday failed to clarify the conflicting reports
regarding the release of three Kenyans held hostage in Iraq as Indian
and Egyptian…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/03/content_1695249.htm

IRAQ coalition dominates Powell's mid-East tour
Xinhua – China
2 (Xinhuanet) — Talks on maintaining a multinational force in Iraq and
deploying a Muslim or Arab force in the country have dominated US Secretary
of State…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/03/content_1695259.htm

TURKISH Truckers Halt Deliveries to US Forces in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Turkey's largest trucking association announced Monday it has stopped all
deliveries to US forces in Iraq following news of the killing of a Turkish
truck…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=054A65AA-CC57-449C-B43423519B2669AA

ALLAWI Tells Kuwaitis Iraq Upholds UN Resolutions On Eve Of…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
“We believe that relations between Iraq and Kuwait are stronger than UN
resolutions, although we are committed to UN resolutions,” it quoted Allawi
as telling…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/3/2004&Cat=4&Num=009

BUSH has no regrets about Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Washington – US President George W Bush defiantly defended the war in Iraq
on Monday, saying the invasion was “the right decision” and holding out
hope that…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1567037,00.html

KERRY pledges Iraq troop reduction
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Picture:AFP. Presidential candidate John Kerry has pledged to substantially
cut US troop strength in Iraq by the end of his first term in office.

www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/02/1091432110192.html

COORDINATED Car Bombings in Iraq Target Churches
NPR (audio) – USA
Authorities say the series of explosions may be the most highly coordinated
attack since the insurgency began 15 months ago after the US-led invasion
of Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3809076

KUWAIT, Iraq restore ties
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
KUWAIT and Iraq restored diplomatic relations today, exactly 14 years after
ties were severed when then Iraqi president Saddam Hussein sent his forces
to…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10329301%255E1702,00.html

TURKISH hostage executed in Iraq; churches bombed
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Tawhid and Jihad also said it would free a Somali captive, Ali Ahmed
Moussa, because his Kuwaiti employer agreed to stop working in Iraq.
www.iht.com/articles/532197.htm

KGL optimistic on negotiations for release of hostages in Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
2 (PTI): As negotiations for the release of three Indians taken hostage
in Iraq resumed, their employer company today sounded positive on the
parleys and hoped…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200408021656.htm

TURKISH hostage killed in Iraq
Rediff – Mumbai,India
Several Islamic websites have shown a videotape of the killing of a Turkish
hostage in Iraq by a group linked to al-Qa'eda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,
reports…
in.rediff.com/news/2004/aug/02iraq1.htm

IRAQ Bomb Attacks on Churches Kill 11, Coalition Says (Update4)
Bloomberg – USA
Four bombs killed 10 people and wounded more than 40 when they went off
near churches in Baghdad between about 6:30 pm and 7 pm yesterday Iraq
time, the…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aFxNlnvHjIOc&refer=top_world_news

MILITANTS kill Turkish hostage; Iraq's top Shiite cleric condemns…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A video posted on the Internet shows a masked gunman
pumping three bullets into the head of a Turkish hostage, and the Turkish
truckers…
www.boston.com/dailynews/215/world/Militants_kill_Turkish_hostage:.shtml

TURKISH Truckers to End Deliveries to US Forces in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Turkey's main trucking association says it will stop transporting goods
to US forces in Iraq, after a wave of insurgent kidnappings of foreign
drivers.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=448AFBC4-6DAE-4FD7-8E4529408B9AF230

IRAQ hostage talks 'continuing'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Negotiations for the release of seven foreign lorry drivers being held
in Iraq are continuing, India says. Junior foreign minister…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3525636.stm

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric condemns coordinated bombings of…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric on Monday condemned
as ''hideous crimes'' the coordinated bomb attacks on five churches in
Baghdad and Mosul…
www.boston.com/dailynews/215/world/Iraq_s_top_Shiite_cleric_conde:.shtml

FIGHTING, bombs, mortars in Iraq
The Namibian – Windhoek,Namibia
The blast followed a night of clashes between US troops and insurgents
that killed 12 Iraqis and wounded 39 others in the troubled city of Fallujah,
west of…
www.namibian.com.na/2004/august/world/0458EA8E61.html

TURK hostage executed in Iraq while Somali driver to be freed
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Members of Abu Musab al Zarqawi's group have executed a Turkish hostage
kidnapped in Iraq, according to a video posted Monday on the Internet.

www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=282233&lang=e&dir=news

CHRISTIANS condemn Iraq bombings
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church have condemned a wave of bomb
attacks on churches in Iraq on Sunday, in which at least 11 people died.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3527032.stm

SOMALI hostage in Iraq set to be freed
Reuters – London,England,UK
DUBAI (Reuters) – A militant group linked to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
says it will free a Somali driver it has been holding hostage in Iraq
after his…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=557775&section=news

MILITANTS in Iraq to Release Somali Man
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A militant group said Monday that it will release a Somali
truck driver it kidnapped because the Kuwaiti company he works for agreed
to stop…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9300251.htm

IRAQ confounds, Kerry contorts
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… during the Democratic convention, I've been forced to turn to candidate
junk mail and the right-wing press to get the big scoop of the month:
Iraq is off the…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040802/COMACA02/TPComment/TopStories

IRAQ blames Zarqawi for church bombings
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's government has blamed al Qaeda ally Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi for a series of church bombings that killed at least 11 people,
saying the…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=557706&section=news

THE need in Iraq for a Muslim force
The Globe and Mail – Canada
In a visit to Saudi Arabia last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi
called on other Islamic countries to send troops to Iraq to help stabilize
the country.…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040802/EIRAQ02/TPComment/Editorials

IRAQ: New Abductions, Talks
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) Militants said Saturday they had kidnapped two Turks and threatened
to behead them within 48 hours if their company didn't leave Iraq, the
latest in…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/01/iraq/main633289.shtml

KERRY pledges major troop reduction in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… John Kerry pledged yesterday that he would substantially reduce US
troop strength in Iraq by the end of his first term in office but declined
to offer details…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001994555_kerry02.html

ITALY Told by Al-Qaeda Group to Leave Iraq, Repubblica Says
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — An al-Qaeda-linked group threatened Italy with terror
attacks unless it pulls troops out of Iraq within 15 days, la Repubblica
reported…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=avC9TzvF6_zk&refer=europe

MARINE Who Vanished in Iraq Now Back Home
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
The Marine once feared beheaded in Iraq said he was thankful to be home
and asked people to pray for all hostages. Wassef Ali Hassoun…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-briefs2.1aug02,1,5433985.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

BLASTS hit churches across Iraq, killing 11
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… in Baghdad and Mosul during Sunday evening services, killing 11 people
and injuring more than 50 others in the first major assault on Iraq's
Christian minority…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200408021030.htm

MOUSSA: sending Arab force to Iraq possible
Xinhua – China
However, “it is not possible for Arab and Muslim forces to go to Iraq and
join the (US-led) forces there under a command other than a UN command,”
Moussa said…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/02/content_1692833.htm

NO confirmation hostages in Iraq freed
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
New Delhi, Aug 1: India said on Sunday it had no confirmation that seven
foreign truck drivers, including three Indians, had been set free by Iraqi
militants…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=34482

15 killed in Iraq attacks
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
MOSUL, Aug 1: At least 15 people were killed in attacks across Iraq on
Sunday including a car bomb blast outside a police station just hours
after US air…
www.dawn.com/2004/08/02/top12.htm

INDIAN envoy sent to Iraq to negotiate over hostages
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
India has sent a senior diplomat to Baghdad, stepping up efforts to free
three of its nationals held hostage in Iraq, and officials said negotiations
with the…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/08/02/2003181425

IRAQ: Christian churches targeted by bombers
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: To Iraq now, where there are concerns insurgents are trying
a new tactic, with bomb blasts targeting Christian churches across the
country…
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1166705.htm

IRAQ'S hostage crisis continues
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's hostage crisis is escalating amid
chilling death threats by militant groups. On Saturday, the…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/01/content_1692651.htm

BOMB Attacks Target Churches in Iraq, US-Led Coalition Says
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Coordinated bomb attacks were carried out near churches
in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and the city of Mosul, the US-led coalition
said in a…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=arJmgAm2PGEc&refer=top_world_news

SCARLETT Takes over Mi6 Amid Iraq Controversy
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… It officially came into effect yesterday despite calls for him to go
for his part in intelligence failings on Iraq. And at the weekend…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3284026

KERRY Pledges Iraq Troop Cut Within 4 Years
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… 1 — John F. Kerry pledged Sunday he would substantially reduce US
troop strength in Iraq by the end of his first term in office but declined
to offer any…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32898-2004Aug1.html

KERRY sketching exit strategy for Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — John Kerry sketched a partial “exit strategy” for
US involvement in Iraq Sunday, saying he would bring home “significant
numbers of…
www.newsday.com/news/politics/nyc-uscamp0802,0,5872978.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

BLASTS at churches in Iraq kill 10
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – In the first targeting of Iraq's tiny Christian
community by the insurgency, 10 people died Sunday when five car bombs
exploded outside…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9298158.htm

CAN‚T Bush and Blair See Iraq Is About to Explode?
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… Much of Iraq has fallen outside the control of America‚s puppet government
in Baghdad but we are not told. … Highway 8 is one of the worst in Iraq.

www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=49292&d=2&m=8&y=2004

KERRY vows to form new alliance to help in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… had been vague, evasive and unfunded, insisted Sunday that as president
he would be able to attract large numbers of new foreign troops to Iraq
and that only…
www.iht.com/articles/532103.htm

SAUD Sets Terms for Muslim Troops in Iraq
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
JEDDAH, 2 August 2004 ˜ Saudi Arabia yesterday set conditions for the
deployment of Muslim troops in Iraq and emphasized that they would replace
US-led…
www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=49257&d=2&m=8&y=2004

CHRISTIANS targeted by car bombs in new Iraq twist
Guardian – UK
The worst fears of Iraq's beleaguered Christian minority were realised
yesterday when an apparently coordinated wave of car bombs targeted worshippers
at…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1274107,00.html

THE Christians of Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Religious minorities in Iraq, including Christians, represent some 3% of
the population, or approximately 700,000 out of a total population of
24 million…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1E5FAE56-8F8B-496E-86BB-136D2BBD0999.htm

  
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