Iraq News and Information Links September 2 2004
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FRENCH hostages in Iraq handed over: Report
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
PARIS ˜ Kidnappers handed over two French journalists in Iraq to an Iraqi
Sunni Muslim opposition group, the managing editor of a French newspaper
said today…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1094120589003&call_pageid=968256289824&col=968705899037

POLITICS-US: Voters Struggle With Kerry's Iraq Record
Inter Press Service (subscription) – World
The protests, which have continued all this week, swelled to hundreds of
thousands last Sunday, with the huge US troop presence in Iraq a focal
point of…
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=25322

KERRY Slams Bush Approach to Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
John Kerry details what he calls the Bush administrations' many failures
in Iraq. … ALLEN : But the focus of Senator Kerry's remarks yesterday
centered on Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3885247

FRENCH Muslim Leaders Travel To Iraq, Say Hostages Still Alive
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Three French Muslim leaders are in Iraq in an effort to win the release
of two French journalists being held hostage by militants.…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/09/fdebc149-ab39-414d-83e6-8963600d179f.html

IRAQ War Veterans Want Debate on Iraq, Not Vietnam
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraq war veterans on the sidelines of the Republican
convention say they are sick of the bickering over the Vietnam War records
of…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=6138343

IRAQ northern oil exports halted
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ'S northern oil exports were completely halted until further notice
today following an attack on a vital pipeline between the city of Kirkuk
and Turkey, an…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10656387%255E1702,00.html

OIL Up on Russia, Iraq Supply Concerns
Reuters – USA
… A new sabotage attack on Iraq's northern oil export pipeline helped
spur a bounce back from last week's heavy profit-taking price drop from
recent record highs…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=6138399

FRENCH Ambassador to Iraq Says Hostages Are Alive, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) — Two French reporters who are being held hostage
in Iraq are alive and in good health, Agence France- Presse reported,
citing the French…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=a2gA0CF.K_IQ&refer=europe

FRENCH Envoys Hold Hostage Talks in Iraq
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq Sept. 2, 2004 ˜ French envoys held crisis talks with Muslim
clerics in Iraq on Thursday in a desperate bid to free…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040902_892.html

TURKISH hostages 'killed' in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
A militant group has killed three Turks it was holding hostage in Iraq,
Arabic TV station al-Jazeera has reported. The station said…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3621896.stm

BAN on OFWs to Iraq should stay
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone is asking the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
to lift the ban on the deployment of Filipino workers in Iraq because
of…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=Opinion&OID=58747

IRAQ war has some Republicans looking to president for answers
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Republicans have muted their internal dissent on the Iraq war — certainly
on their convention floor — but even party stalwarts concede President
Bush must…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/09/02/MNGJM8IBAF1.DTL

TWO French hostages in Iraq still alive
Xinhua – China
2 (Xinhuanet) — French authorities were “almost sure” that the two French
journalists held in hostage in Iraq were still alive on Wednesday evening,
Jean de…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-09/02/content_1938849.htm

KERRY attacks Bush's handling of Iraq war
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… Bush on Wednesday, telling the American Legion convention that the
administration had mostly blundered in its handling of the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan.…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0409020159sep02,1,278193.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

NEW Iraq parliament opens
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD — Iraq's interim parliament opened its first session Wednesday
amid mortar fire, kidnapping dramas and a court appearance by one of it
members, former…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0409020140sep02,1,4280480.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

US Air Strike on Iraq's Falluja Kills 17: Doctors
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – The US military launched an air strike overnight
on two buildings in the Iraqi city of Falluja it said were used by militants
linked…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6133936

FRENCH Muslims Go to Iraq to Seek Kidnapped Reporters' Release
Bloomberg – USA
… has gone to Baghdad to help obtain the release of two French journalists
held hostage by an Islamic group that murdered an Italian reporter in
Iraq last week…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=abClSLD7J5NE&refer=top_world_news

IRAQ killings spur Nepal riots
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… In neighboring India, relieved families embraced joyfully in front
of TV cameras after learning that their loved ones, also captives in Iraq,
had just been…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-wonepa023950913
sep02,0,1191260.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

THREE Indian hostages freed in Iraq due home Friday
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NEW DELHI : The three Indian hostages who were freed in Iraq this week
after a six-week ordeal will return to India early Friday to a huge welcome.

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/104529/1/.html

NEPALESE attack mosque after executions in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BY BINAJ GURUBACHARYA. KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal's government imposed an
indefinite curfew and appealed for calm Wednesday after thousands…
www.suntimes.com/output/iraq/cst-nws-nepal02.html

FRANCE presses on with Iraq hostage efforts
Reuters – London,England,UK
AMMAN (Reuters) – France is pressing on with efforts to save two French
journalists held hostage in Iraq after a deadline to rescind a law banning
Muslim…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=575407&section=news

KERRY chastises president on Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By DAVID M. HALBFINGER. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Seizing on President Bush's
statements in the last week that he made a “miscalculation” in Iraq and
that he doubted…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/189029_opposition02.html

KGL says paid ransom for Iraq hostages
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… A group calling itself the Black Banners Division of the Islamic Secret
Army had kidnapped the men in July and demanded that KGL end its work
in Iraq.…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=35702

TWO die in Nepal protest against Iraq killings
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… after crowds attacked a mosque in Kathmandu and charged through the
streets chanting “Down with Islam” to protest against the killing of 12
Nepalis in Iraq.…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=35712

RANSOM frees Iraq hostages
Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
… and one-time US ally, wounding two of his bodyguards just hours before
he joined other officials for the swearing-in ceremony of Iraq's new transitional

www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/WinnipegSun/News/2004/09/02/612421.html

THE execution of the 12 Nepalese workers in Iraq
World Socialist
… The 12 young Nepalese were seized around August 20 as they were travelling
through western Iraq from Jordan to work as cooks, cleaners and labourers
for a…
www.wsws.org/articles/2004/sep2004/iraq-s02.shtml

IRAQ Crisis Talks over Seized French Journalists
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
French envoys are to hold crisis talks in Iraq and Jordan today in a desperate
bid to free two journalists seized by militants seeking to overturn France‚s

news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3442296

KERRY Criticizes Bush Handling of Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Democratic Party presidential candidate Senator John Kerry says President
Bush has mishandled nearly every aspect of the Iraq war.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=73A2B1A3-1F12-4BB3-A8B258676732EF46
&title=Kerry%20Criticizes%20Bush%20Handling%20of%20Iraq&catOID=45C9C78F
-88AD-11D4-A57200A0CC5EE46C&categoryname=USA

RP condemns killing of 12 Nepali hostages in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The Philippines on Thursday joined the international community in denouncing
what it called the “senseless killing” of 12 Nepali hostages in Iraq.

www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=19777

NEPALESE Riot After Killings in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… in Katmandu on Wednesday and charged through the streets of the capital
chanting “Down with Islam” in protest of the killing of 12 Nepalese hostages
in Iraq.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54716-2004Sep1.html

KERRY Tells Veterans Bush Fails on Iraq and Terror
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… 1 – Seizing on President Bush's remarks in the last week that he had
made a “miscalculation” in Iraq and that he doubted that the fight against
terrorism was…
www.nytimes.com/2004/09/02/politics/campaign/02kerry.html

SEVEN truckers are released in Iraq
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… An Islamist group said it kidnapped a Jordanian in Iraq and cautioned
anyone against co-operating with US-led forces, even as France awaited
word on the fate…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=90731&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27166

IRAQ south oil exports near full capacity
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
DUBAI: Iraq's southern oil exports were still running near full capacity
at 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd) yesterday, having recovered from
lower rates…
<ttp://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=90668&Sn=BUSI&IssueID=27166

NEPAL Will Evacuate Workers From Iraq After Hostages Killed
Bloomberg – USA
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) — Nepal's government said it will evacuate its citizens
working in Iraq after an Iraqi group said it executed 12 Nepalese hostages.

quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=a0XdPm10bYNk&refer=asia

MARINE denies hitting Iraq inmate
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A US Marine reservist at the centre of an Iraq prisoner-abuse case has
taken the stand and denied landing a powerful karate-kick in the chest
of a 52-year-old…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10646414%255E1702,00.html

CROWDS trash mosque in Nepal to protest slayings in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… shooting 11 others. The 12 contract workers had disappeared soon after
entering Iraq from Jordan on Aug. 19. Prime Minister Sher…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4960112.html

EVEN in New York, King Kong (aka Iraq) gets short shrift
USA Today – USA
… Hint: the same as at July's Democratic convention. Answer: Iraq. The
subject is getting mention. … The Democrats in July all but ignored
the Iraq gorilla.…
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-09-01-ourview_x.htm

IRAQ'S interim assembly begins work
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD The interim Iraqi national assembly convened for the first time
Wednesday as Iraq took a small and tentative step toward representative
government.…
www.iht.com/articles/536912.htm

KERRY Critiques Iraq Policy to Vet Group
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Sen. John Kerry sharply critiques President Bush's policy
in Iraq, saying he would protect soldiers better if he were in office.

npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/srfeature.php?wfid=3883772

NEPALESE riot after Iraq killings
Straits Times – Singapore
… yesterday clamped a curfew on Kathmandu after mobs ransacked a mosque
and Arab airline offices in protest against the killing of 12 Nepalese
hostages in Iraq.…
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,270494,00.html

SEVEN Truckers Freed in Iraq, France Awaits Word
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic militants freed seven truck drivers from India,
Kenya and Egypt on Wednesday after holding them hostage in Iraq for six
weeks…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6128727

SEVEN Hostages Freed in Iraq; Chalabi‚s Convoy Targeted
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 2 September 2004 ˜ Violence and uncertainty over the fate of
the two French hostages continued in Iraq, while militants freed seven
truck drivers…
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=50864&d=2&m=9&y=2004

  
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