Iraq News and Information Links July 14 2004
PHILIPPINES starts pulling troops out of Iraq to save hostage
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MANILA : The Philippines said it has begun pulling its troops out of Iraq
to save the life of a Filipino hostage, despite warnings by allies the
United States…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/95734/1/.html

INTELLIGENCE on Iraq's WMD: the failures and the mistakes
Independent – London,England,UK
… It is a matter of judgement how far the “Iraq factor” was decisive
in Colonel Gadaffi's policy change, but it seems likely that coalition
action in Iraq in…
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=541092

BUSH Accused of Lacking Blair's Courage over Iraq Failings
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Bush for lacking the courage of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who took full
responsibility for the failures of intelligence that led both nations
into war in Iraq…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3204606

MOSUL Governor Assassinated in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… The gunning down today of the governor of Mosul province and the first
major car bombing in Baghdad in the two weeks since Iraq's interim government
took…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-071404iraq_lat,1,267004.story?coll=la-home-headlines

THE court and Israel, Leading Iraq, Kerry and abortion
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
There is no question that Israel is bound by the ruling of the International
Court of Justice (”World Court rules against Israel,” July 10).…
www.iht.com/articles/529385.htm

NEW UN Iraq envoy says job offers challenge of helping the country…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The new UN envoy to Iraq said Wednesday he accepted
the potentially dangerous job because of the challenge of helping the
country complete…
www.boston.com/dailynews/196/world/New_U_N_Iraq_envoy_says_job_of:.shtml

PHILIPPINE-US ties strained over Iraq?
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The Philippine decision to pull troops out of Iraq to save the life of
a Filipino captive could affect ties with the US , the State Department
has indicated.…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/03B483D1-A27B-4C9F-934E-F8EEF24074D7.htm

INTELLIGENCE on Iraq's WMD: the failures and the mistakes
Independent – London,England,UK
… It is a matter of judgement how far the “Iraq factor” was decisive
in Colonel Gadaffi's policy change, but it seems likely that coalition
action in Iraq in…
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=541092

UK Iraq report labelled a 'whitewash'
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Anti-war activists have reacted with anger to a report that exonerated
Tony Blair from any wrongdoing in the lead-up to last year's invasion
of Iraq .…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0C3AA820-FF55-46C9-B93C-29853E031173.htm

BUSH Accused of Lacking Blair's Courage over Iraq Failings
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Bush for lacking the courage of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who took full
responsibility for the failures of intelligence that led both nations
into war in Iraq…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3204606

CLINTON endorses Blair's stance on Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Bill Clinton strongly endorsed Tony Blair's position on disarming Iraq,
blaming France and Germany for leaving the prime minister isolated in
his efforts to…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373726366

WHOUSE Balks at Releasing Prewar Summary on Iraq WMD
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has refused to release a prewar
intelligence summary compiled for President Bush on Iraq's banned weapons
that Democrats…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5671720

MOSUL Governor Assassinated in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… The gunning down today of the governor of Mosul province and the first
major car bombing in Baghdad in the two weeks since Iraq's interim government
took…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-071404iraq_lat,1,267004.story?coll=la-home-headlines

PHILIPPINES capitulation in Iraq questioned
Reuters – London,England,UK
SEOUL (Reuters) – The Philippines' capitulation to hostage-taking Islamic
militants in Iraq has been criticised by foreign governments and domestic
media as…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=547383&section=news

REPORT Faults Britain's Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… led by former British civil service chief Robin Butler, concludes that
British intelligence officers were wrong to say that Iraq possessed weapons
of mass…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=AF88F923-2659-48AF-8A992F7B0BE29B00

SERIOUS flaws in Iraq intelligence but Blair in clear
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
The report contradicted a central claim made by Prime Minister Tony Blair
and found that, before the outbreak of war in March 2003, Iraq “did not
have…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3578412&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

BUSH rejects new Iraq criticism
Reuters – London,England,UK
… US President George W. Bush has been on the defensive again amid new
criticism — this time from Britain — of the intelligence used to justify
the Iraq war.…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=547407&section=news

MANILA pulls out of Iraq
Radio Netherlands – Netherlands
With truck driver Angelo de la Cruz still being held hostage in Iraq, Philippine
Foreign Secretary Delia Albert appeared on television on Tuesday to announce

www.rnw.nl/hotspots/html/phi040714.html

BLAIR 'accepts full responsibility for Iraq errors'
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
British intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in the run-up
to war was “seriously flawed” and “open to doubt” Lord Butler’s
inquiry…
breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=110844118&p=yyx8448z4

EDWARDS Defends Vote Against Funding for US Troops in Iraq
Bloomberg – USA
July 14 (Bloomberg) — Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards
said he opposed an $87 billion measure to fund US troops in Iraq because
he objected…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aH3tHNFKPRRY&refer=us

BOMB kills 10 in Iraq 'Green Zone'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… In May, the then-head of Iraq‚s Governing Council was killed in a
suicide car bomb attack as he was entering the zone. Meanwhile…
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=805182004

MARINE who disappeared in Iraq leaves for US
CNN International – USA
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A US Marine who said he was abducted from his base
in Iraq and who resurfaced in Lebanon last week left an American military
hospital in…
edition.cnn.com/2004/US/07/14/marine/

FILIPINOS hail, US laments RP withdrawal from Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
As Foreign Affairs Secretary Delia Albert announced the start of the withdrawal
from Iraq of the Filipino contingent as demanded by the captors of driver

www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=National&oid=55197

UK: Iraq Probe Finds 'Serious Flaws' In Intelligence
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
An inquiry in Britain has concluded that there were “serious flaws” in
the intelligence used to make the case for war in Iraq. The…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/07/9bd4b528-3fe8-4dd4-a032-f5276f25774b.html

COMMITTEE won't get Iraq report summary
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON The White House and the CIA have refused to give the Senate
intelligence committee a one-page summary of prewar intelligence in Iraq
prepared for…
www.iht.com/articles/529359.htm

BULGARIA vows to stand fast in Iraq despite hostage beheading
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SOFIA : Bulgaria said that it would keep its troops in Iraq just hours
after the beheading of a Bulgarian civilian, but admitted it was powerless
in face of a…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/95689/1/.html

US Marine leaves Germany after Iraq disappearance
Expatica – Netherlands
RAMSTEIN – A US Marine who claimed he was held hostage in Iraq was on his
way back home to the United States from Ramstein air base in Germany Wednesday

www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=52&story_id=9499

FILIPINO soldiers set to leave Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Manila said on Wednesday that it has begun pulling its tiny peacekeeping
contingent out of Iraq early to avert the threat of kidnappers killing
a hostage…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=vn20040714113112928C182714&click_id=2813&set_id=1

AT Least 10 Killed by Suicide Car Bomber in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… the air. The bombing occurred on the July 14 Iraqi national holiday
marking the 1958 overthrow of Iraq's monarchy. Wednesday's blast…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=68BC67B7-DD2E-43AF-BE44ED4572766603

WAS Iraq intelligence adequate?
BBC News – London,England,UK
… weapons programme. But President George Bush said that although no
weapons were found, the US were right to go into Iraq. Do you…
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/3889547.stm

UK Should Not Have Made 45-Minute Claim on Iraq, Butler Says
Bloomberg – USA
July 14 (Bloomberg) — UK intelligence officials should not have included
claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ready to use in 45 minutes
in a…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=as6j89q4ty6c&refer=europe

BULGARIA hostages 'alive in Iraq'
CNN – USA
… received two videotapes, one showing the execution of the Bulgarian
hostage and the other containing a message from an Egyptian hostage also
being held in Iraq…
money.cnn.com/cnn/2004/WORLD/meast/07/14/iraq.bulgaria/

PHILIPPINES begins pullout from Iraq
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
The Philippines has started withdrawing its troops from Iraq, the government
said Wednesday, apparently hoping to placate activists who threatened
to kill a…
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=280965&lang=e&dir=news

BLAIR faces censure over Iraq war
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Tony Blair and the government's secret services are
facing fresh embarrassment over Iraq from a report set to tear holes in
the prime…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=547023&section=news

IRAQ spy report test for Blair
CNN International – USA
LONDON, England (CNN) — UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is facing fresh embarrassment
over Iraq from an inquiry into the quality of British intelligence used
to…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/07/14/butler.blair/

BULGARIAN bid to free Iraq hostage
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Bulgarian officials say they are trying to secure
the release of a Bulgarian hostage in Iraq after another of their citizens
was killed…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/14/iraq.bulgaria/

FILIPINO hostage safe in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… Officials said no Philippine personnel, comprising 43 soldiers and
eight police, had left Iraq. A police official. base south of Baghdad.

www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5084538

PHILIPPINES says some troops have left Iraq apparent bid to save…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The Philippines has begun withdrawing its troops from
Iraq, the government said Wednesday, apparently hoping to placate militants
who…
www.boston.com/dailynews/196/world/Philippines_says_some_troops_h:.shtml

PHILIPPINES agrees to get out of Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
MANILA, Philippines ˜ The Philippines said today that it will withdraw
its small peacekeeping contingent from Iraq early to meet the demand of
kidnappers…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9147031.htm

BLAIR holds firm on Iraq rationale
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Prime Minister Tony Blair, facing the prospect of another potentially
critical report on Britain's participation in the war in Iraq, insisted
yesterday that he…
www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2004/07/14/blair_holds_firm_on_iraq_rationale

BLAIR defends Iraq policy
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Faced with the release today of a report that could be critical of his
decision to invade Iraq, British Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted that
he did the…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/9147969.htm

EDWARDS Just Ran With the Pack on Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… 12, 2003, for instance, he described Iraq as an issue of “national
security.” “We know that for at least 20 years Saddam Hussein has obsessively
sought weapons…
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-
heilbrunn14jul14,1,3101258.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

FACING Iraq hostage threat, Phillipines hastens exit
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Philippines said Wednesday it had withdrawn some of
its peacekeepers from Iraq and was coordinating a pullout, apparent efforts
to meet…
www.indystar.com/articles/4/162332-2964-010.html

PHILIPPINES Pulling Out Iraq Peacekeepers
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The Philippines said Wednesday it had withdrawn some
of its peacekeepers from Iraq and was coordinating a pullout, apparent
efforts to…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4308523,00.html

UK'S Butler Reports Today on Handling of Iraq Intelligence
Bloomberg – USA
July 14 (Bloomberg) — Robin Butler, a member of the UK's House of Lords,
will today report on Britain's handling of Iraq intelligence, a week after
a US…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aL_SJ3OgEDj8&refer=top_world_news

A 1-page prewar summary on Iraq sought
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… DC — The White House and the CIA have refused to give the Senate Intelligence
Committee a one-page summary of prewar intelligence on Iraq prepared for

www.startribune.com/stories/484/4874888.html

BULGARIAN hostage killed in Iraq
ITV.com – UK
Bulgaria has confirmed that militants have killed one of two Bulgarian
truck drivers held hostage in Iraq. The al-Jazeera TV channel…
www.itv.com/news/113819.html

PREWAR intel report deepens Blair‚s Iraq woes
MSNBC – USA
… Prime Minister Tony Blair, facing the prospect of another potentially
critical report on Britain‚s participation in the war in Iraq, insisted
Tuesday he made…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5432975/

IRAQ militants kill Bulgarian hostage
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Militants led by suspected al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed a
Bulgarian hostage in Iraq and vowed to execute a second within 24 hours
unless US-led…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/
StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373709109

IRAQ asks NATO to hurry training
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… A NATO delegation visited Iraq last week to establish what Baghdad
requires, and the alliance will decide before the end of this month what
its mission will…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/07/14/2003178903

CANBERRA boosts Iraq troop numbers
CNN International – USA
DARWIN, Australia (CNN) — A further 32 Australian troops depart for Iraq
on Wednesday to boost security for the nation's military trainers, diplomats
and…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/13/iraq.australia.troops/

PHILIPPINES says it is withdrawing troops from Iraq early to meet…
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Philippines announced plans Wednesday to withdraw
its peacekeepers from Iraq, an apparent effort to meet the demand of kidnappers

www.startribune.com/stories/484/4874741.html

PHILIPPINES begins Iraq pullout to meet captors' demand
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MANILA: The Philippines said Wednesday it has begun pulling out its forces
from Iraq following militant threats to kill a Filipino truck driver hostage.

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/95560/1/.html

IRAQ report may bring Blair more criticism
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
LONDON — Prime Minister Tony Blair, facing the prospect of another potentially
critical report on Britain's participation in the war in Iraq, insisted
Tuesday…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4874728.html

REPORT likely to clear Blair of misleading country over Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… British Prime Minister Tony Blair looks like being cleared of any charge
that he deliberately mislead the country in making the case for war against
Iraq.…
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1153523.htm

30 more troops to depart for Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: Last night it was the Opposition fine tuning its policy on
Australia's presence in Iraq, today the Government's announced that it'll
send more…
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1153176.htm

BULGARIA confirms Iraq hostage killed
ABC Online – Australia
The Bulgarian Government has confirmed that militants in Iraq have executed
one of two Bulgarian nationals being held hostage. Government…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1153563.htm

US warns Philippines over Iraq troops
Guardian – UK
The US warned the Philippine government yesterday not to pull its troops
out of Iraq early just to save a kidnapped Filipino truck driver.…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1260795,00.html

IRAQ troops 'not just about WMDs'
NEWS.com.au – Australia
US military engagement in Iraq did not hinge on the presence of weapons
of mass destruction, former US president Bill Clinton said today.…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10134214%255E1702,00.html

ASSAILED on Iraq but Blair sticks to his guns
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… premiership last night by launching a pre-emptive strike against criticism
today in the Butler report on intelligence failings in the approach to
the Iraq war.…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/0
7/14/nblair14.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/07/14/ixnewstop.html

BUSH faults Kerry, Edwards over Iraq war funding
Scripps Howard News Service – USA
… Edwards on Tuesday of belonging to an “out-of-the-mainstream minority”
in the Senate that opposed his request to continue funding the war in
Iraq, hinting that…
www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=BUSH-VALUES-07-13-04&cat=PP

QAEDA-LINKED Iraq Militants Kill Bulgarian Hostage
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Militants led by suspected al Qaeda ally Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi killed a Bulgarian hostage in Iraq and vowed to execute a second
Bulgarian…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5661330

BLAIR to admit mistakes before Iraq war
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TONY Blair is today expected to be cleared of wilfully misleading the British
public in the run-up to war with Iraq, as the Butler report is published
into the…
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=804052004

  
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