Iraq News and Information Links August 7 2004
IRAQ offers limited amnesty in effort to dampen violence
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – As fighting continued in the capital and in the
holy city of Najaf, Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced a limited
amnesty…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9345829.htm

UN Offers to Help Broker Cease-Fire in Iraq
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations offered its help on Saturday
to try to stop some of the worst fighting seen in Iraq in about four months
between…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5903163

LIST of Michigan casualties in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… 26, formerly of Flint, was one of six soldiers killed in the crash
of an Army Black Hawk helicopter April 2, 2003, during a fire fight in
Iraq, his wife said.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/9345847.htm

INDIA: Release of captives in Iraq imminent
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
India's foreign ministry expects the imminent release of seven truck drivers
held captive in Iraq after negotiations with their captors proved fruitful.

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7B01981A-91FC-40A8-B2B8-FD8131FAA2DE.htm

IRAQ Offers Amnesty to Some Insurgents
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi signed a long-awaited
amnesty law today that would pardon Iraqis who have played minor roles
in the…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-080704iraq_wr,1,4041636.story?coll=la-home-headlines

IRAQ orders al-Jazeera office in Baghdad closed for one month
Xinhua – China
7 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's interim government onSaturday ordered Qatar-based
al-Jazeera Satellite TV channel toclose its office in Baghdad for one
month.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/08/content_1735298.htm

NATO sends team of officers to Iraq to prepare for training…
Xinhua – China
ROME, Aug. 7 (Xinhuanet) — NATO sent a group of officers to Iraq on Saturday
to begin its training mission for Iraqi forces. The…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/08/content_1735240.htm

IRAQ'S amnesty law passed
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad, Iraq – Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on Saturday signed
a long-awaited amnesty law that would pardon Iraqis who had committed
minor crimes…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1569710,00.html

TURKISH company announces pullout from Iraq to secure hostage…
Xinhua – China
7 (Xinhuanet) — A Turkish company announced Saturdaythat it was withdrawing
from Iraq in response to a call for notgoing to that country from a kidnapped

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/08/content_1735295.htm

UN Inspectors Complete Iraq Nuclear Inventory
Reuters – USA
VIENNA (Reuters) – Inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog have completed
an inventory of Iraq's declared nuclear material and the agency's head
said UN arms…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5902999

CLASHES Soar In Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… He expressed the hope that security and stability would be restored
to the war-shattered Iraq as soon as possible. Iranian foreign…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/8/2004&Cat=2&Num=006

US Man Posing As Hostage In Iraq Says He Faked His Beheading
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Benjamin Vanderford, a man believed to have been beheaded
in Iraq, told the Associated Press Saturday that he faked his own demise
at a…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/8/2004&Cat=4&Num=018

IRAQ Shuts Al Jazeera Baghdad Office for a Month
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government ordered Qatar-based Al Jazeera
satellite television network to close its Baghdad office for one month
on Saturday…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5902979

NATO sends officers to Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… Implementation Mission ˜ led by Dutch Air Force Major General Carel
Hilderink and initially consisting of about 45 people ˜ should deploy
in Iraq next week…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040807.wnato0807/BNStory/International/

TURKISH Firm Leaves Iraq in Bid to Save Driver
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A Turkish company is pulling out of Iraq after captors threatened to behead
one of its drivers. Turkish television broadcast a video…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3308292

IRAQ PM announces amnesty for minor crimes
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Iraq's Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi signed an amnesty law Saturday
that would pardon Iraqis who have played minor roles in the country's
15-month-long…
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=282538&lang=e&dir=news

CALM Returning to British-Patrolled Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Shiite militiamen have moved off the streets in British-patrolled southern
Iraq as the Coalition and its Iraqi allies seek to quell an eruption of
violence…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3307695

IRAQ officials flex 'independence' muscles
United Press International – USA
By Beth Potter. BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. … Iraq's new police and national
guard forces are going house to house in Najaf to find “bandits” causing
havoc, Allawi said.…
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040807-104507-9730r

NATO sends officers to Iraq for start of training mission
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Gen. Carel Hilderink and initially consisting of about 45 people should
deploy in Iraq next week, NATO said in a statement from Naples.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/220/world/NATO_sends_officers_to_Iraq_fo:.shtml

TURKISH company pulls out Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
7 (AP): A Turkish company today said it was pulling out of Iraq after Turkish
television broadcast a video purportedly showing a kidnapped Turkish truck
driver…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200408072165.htm

US hostage reportedly executed in Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
Iraq: Sporadic clashes rumbled on between US troops and Shiite Muslim militiamen
on Saturday, while Arab television reported that an American hostage had
been…
sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13539566

AMERICAN Shown in Iraq Beheading Video Alive-Mother
Reuters – USA
… A video appeared on a Web site on Saturday showing a man who identified
himself as Benjamin Vanderford appealing to the United States to leave
Iraq.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5902583

CD-ROM urges Muslims to fight holy war in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… CITY ˜ The militant group of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has made a recruitment
CD-ROM urging Muslims to join the holy war against the invaders of Iraq
and their…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1091873782744&call_pageid=968256289824&col=968705899037

IRAQ Issues Limited Amnesty to Insurgents
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister announced a limited amnesty for
Iraqi insurgents on Saturday and extended an olive branch to radical Shi'ite
cleric…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5902512

AMERICAN tells US to leave Iraq, then is beheaded, video shows
Canada.com – Canada
… Egypt (AP) – New video aired Saturday purportedly shows a San Francisco
man beheaded moments after he urges the United States to end its occupation
of Iraq.…
www.canada.com/news/world/story.html?id=f9111587-764b-4420-a053-425c48f7f6be

HOPE of early release of Indian hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… the talks were on its last stage and there would be a positive outcome
soon,” added the official referring to the information from the Indian
embassy in Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/07/content_1733891.htm

LEBANESE Families Beg Release of Hostages in Iraq
Reuters – USA
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) – Weeping and clutching photos of their missing
loved-ones, the families of four Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped in Iraq
begged on…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5902469

IRAQ shuts al-Jazeera office
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government has ordered Qatar-based Al
Jazeera satellite television network to close its Baghdad office for one
month, a move…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=561034&section=news

VIDEO purportedly shows kidnapped Turkish truck driver in Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
7 (AP): Turkish television today broadcast a video purportedly showing
a kidnapped Turkish truck driver in Iraq repeatedly urging fellow truckers
not to come…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200408071859.htm

AMERICAN captive beheaded in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A group linked to al-Qaida ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has beheaded an American
captive in Iraq, according to the television station Al-Arabiya.…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/04D9E2A1-871C-4077-B42B-15FD296D30A8.htm

SHIITE ayatollah leaves Iraq for heart treatment
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
LONDON — Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, arrived
in Britain on Friday to receive medical treatment after what an aide called
a…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0408070178aug07,1,147120.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

IRAQ shuts Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's interim government has ordered Qatar-based Al-Jazeera
satellite television network to close its Baghdad office for one month.

edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/08/07/iraq.al.jazeera/

US hostage killed by Al-Qaeda operative in Iraq: Al-Arabiya
Channel News Asia – Singapore
DUBAI : A US hostage has been killed “at the hands” of Al-Qaeda's alleged
chief in Iraq, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, an Arab television station reported,
showing…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/99711/1/.html

400 Killed, Hundreds Injured, 1200 Captured In Iraq’s Shia…
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, August 7 (NNN): In two of the bloodiest days of fighting in Iraq,
some 400 people were killed hundreds others injured and over one thousand
captured…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=080604113501

UN set to renew presence in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
The United Nations is planning to re-establish a permanent presence in
Iraq as early as today, starting with a team of six political officers
who will help…
www.indystar.com/articles/1/168519-5631-010.html

HEAVY Casualties In Iraq Fighting
CBS News – USA
… Al-Sadr blamed the United States for the violence in Iraq in a sermon
read on his behalf Friday in the Kufa Mosque close to Najaf.…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/07/iraq/main634588.shtml

WEB Site Shows Video of American in Iraq Beheaded
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – A group linked to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
has beheaded an American hostage in Iraq and posted a video of the killing
on a Web site…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5902204

'CALM' for Brit soldiers in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Shia militiamen have moved off the streets in southern Iraq where British
troops are helping to provide security, a senior officer has told the
BBC.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3544060.stm

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric in Britain for heart treatment
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
LONDON ˜ Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Hussein
al-Sistani, arrived in Britain yesterday to receive medical treatment
after what an…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001999235_sistani07.html

BUSH asks rival to answer on Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… W. Bush challenged Democratic rival John Kerry yesterday to give a
yes-or-no answer about whether he would have supported the invasion of
Iraq “knowing what we…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1091830211312&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

FOUR Lebanese truckers taken hostage in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Reuters | August 7, 2004. BEIRUT — Four Lebanese truck drivers have
been taken hostage in Iraq, an official in Beirut's Foreign Ministry said
yesterday.…
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/08/07/
four_lebanese_truckers_taken_hostage_in_iraq

ZARQAWI group says to kill Iraq's Allawi
swissinfo – Switzerland
… months. It has also killed an American, a South Korean and a Bulgarian
hostage in Iraq. warned it would kill Iraqi officials who had “sold out”
their religion.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5128877

300 killed in Iraq fighting
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
NAJAF, IRAQ — US helicopter gunships and fighter jets pounded Iraqi insurgents
hiding in a sprawling cemetery yesterday in the most intense fighting
in this…
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2004/08/07/571851.html

WHISTLEBLOWER on Iraq abuse testifies
Canton Repository (subscription) – Canton,OH,USA
By ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press writer. FORT BRAGG, NC ˜ The soldier
who was the first to report his colleagues were abusing…
www.cantonrep.com/index.php?Category=23&ID=176002&r=0

UN remains high value target for attacks in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The United Nations will remain a high value, high impact target for insurgents
in Iraq and that would limit its staff and activity in the foreseeable
future…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_933249,00050003.htm

THREE US soldiers killed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A third was killed after his unit was ambushed in west Baghdad by resistance
fighters opposed to the presence of foreign military forces in Iraq.…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2F8730EB-AD60-4AED-9834-C3C9404893CB.htm

ITALIAN troops in Iraq
Sky News – UK
Militants linked to al Qaeda say they will attack Italy if the country
does not pull out of Iraq. The group, calling itself Abu…
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1146742,00.html

VIETNAM and the Iraq war
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… the Vietnam War. There are important similarities and differences between
the situation then and the Iraq invasion. In both, the…
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/letters/articles/2004/08/07/vietnam_and_the_iraq_war

IRAQ Shia city remains on alert
BBC News – London,England,UK
… agreement. The June deal ended a two-month uprising by Mr Sadr's Mehdi
militia against the coalition across central and southern Iraq.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3543874.stm

IRAQ'S Top Muslim Cleric in London for Medical Treatment
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq‚s top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has
arrived in Britain to receive treatment for a heart condition.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3305883

IRAQ Gunmen Kill Three US Servicemen
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq gunmen killed three US servicemen, one in the capital and two in the
south of the country, the US command said today. Two Marines…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3305927

FIGHTING spreads to southern Iraq after insurgence widens
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Fighting flared across Iraq on Friday as US-led coalition troops battled
militiamen loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in several cities for
a second day…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/08/07/2003182026

UN remains ''high-value'' target for attacks in Iraq, limiting…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The United Nations will remain ''a high-value'' target
for attacks in Iraq for the foreseeable future, which will severely limit
the number…
www.boston.com/dailynews/219/world/U_N_remains_high_value_target_:.shtml

IRAQ Imbroglio Tests Allies' Resolve
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Some of America‚s staunchest allies in Iraq may be losing the battle
for hearts and minds at home. Nearly three in four Poles…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3305826

MEDIATOR: Kuwait stalling on Iraq captives
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… On 21 July, a previously unknown group calling itself “the Black Banners”
announced on a videotape sent to Aljazeera they had seized six foreigners
in Iraq.…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8DEFF09C-12B7-4DC2-94BD-9CBA239ECDC9.htm

FIERCE clashes leave hundreds dead throughout Iraq
Xinhua – China
Militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wield their weapons
outside a mosque in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Sadr City, Iraq, August
6…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/07/content_1730790.htm

BACKGROUNDER: List of foreign hostages killed or held in Iraq
Xinhua – China
7 (Xinhuanet) — The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday that three
Turkish citizens had been held hostage and two others were reported missing
in Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/07/content_1730886.htm

EDITORIAL: Failed states?/Iraq, Afghanistan on the edge
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
You hear it all the time from defenders of the war in Iraq: Lots of progress
is being made, but the cynical media are ignoring this “good news.” In
fact…
www.startribune.com/stories/561/4915435.html

NY Imam's Name Appeared in Iraq Papers
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – Documents found by American troops at a terrorist camp in
Iraq last year contained the name of a New York mosque imam now facing
federal charges…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9339509.htm

PAUL Krugman: Finding the least bad answer in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
PRINCETON, New Jersey A funny thing happened after the United States transferred
sovereignty over Iraq. On the ground, things didn…
www.iht.com/articles/532920.html

ANNAN: UN still a target in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan feels the world body has no option but
to limit its staff in Iraq since it remains a “high-value” target.…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0E433244-C1E9-4109-A1EB-DE31A56DF620.htm

FOUR truckers taken hostage in Iraq
TVNZ – New Zealand
Four Lebanese truck drivers have been taken hostage in Iraq, a source in
Beirut's Foreign Ministry says. The source said the four…
tvnz.co.nz/view/news_world_story_skin/440562?format=html

KERRY Hopes to Cut Troops in Iraq Within Year
Reuters – USA
… CITY (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said on
Friday he believes he could “significantly” cut American troop levels
in Iraq within a year…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5901626

  
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