Iraq News and Information Links August 14 2004
IRAQ braced for new assault on holy city as northern oil exports…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAJAF, Iraq : The Iraqi government was poised to resume a US-led offensive
on Shiite Muslim militia in the holy city of Najaf, as aides of rebel
leader Moqtada…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/100954/1/.html

PROTESTS test Iraq parliament plans
United Press International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. … Another 19 members will come from the former Governing
Council named by US advisers to help govern Iraq from November to the
end of June.…
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040814-104108-1307r

TRUCE talks break down in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
“I feel deep sorrow and regret to announce the failure of the efforts we
have exerted to end the crisis in Iraq peacefully,” he said.…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/14/1092340549742.html

SC unit heading to Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
COLUMBIA, SC – About 275 members of the South Carolina National Guard left
on a journey that will take then to Iraq. The 1st Battalion…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/9402810.htm

IRAQ conference to begin
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ'S much-anticipated national conference, seen as a major experiment
in democracy, will open tomorrow, the president of the preparatory committee
confirmed…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10450521%255E1702,00.html

TALKS by Iraq and Rebels Fail Over Demands to Withdraw
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By ALEX BERENSON and JOHN F. BURNS. AJAF, Iraq, Aug. 14 ˜ Truce talks
between Iraq's interim government and Moktada al-Sadr's rebels…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/15/international/middleeast/15IRAQ.html

MILITANTS crossing Iraq's porous borders
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
ANKARA, Turkey — Islamic militants volunteering to fight in Iraq or carrying
cash to fuel the insurgency are using fake passports or bribes to sneak
across…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Leaky%20Borders

IRAQ Conference Will Convene As Planned
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The head of Iraq's delayed National Conference said Saturday
that the violence raging in Shiite areas of the country would not affect
the…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9402350.htm

BREAKING: Iraq Halts Oil Exports from Main Pipeline
truthout.org/docs_04/081504Z.shtml

SADR prepared to accept UN troops in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAJAF, Iraq : Shiite rebel leader Moqtada Sadr is prepared to accept a
UN force in Iraq, a spokesman said on Saturday, as peace talks between
the cleric's…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/100895/1/.html

US-LED assault on Iraq insurgency kills dozens, oil exports resume
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SAMARRA, Iraq : US forces said 50 insurgents were killed when war planes
pounded the Sunni Muslim bastion of Samarra as deadly Shiite militia clashes
continued…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/100887/1/.html

BUSH praises Olympic teams from Afghanistan, Iraq
MSNBC – USA
… The war against terrorism is transforming the complexion of the Olympic
games in Athens with the rise of teams from Iraq and Afghanistan, President
Bush says.…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5703506/

TROOPS deployed to Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
By PENNY BAXTER. FIFTY soldiers from the Territory's 1st Brigade will be
sent to Iraq next month to protect Australian diplomats and escort supply
convoys.…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10448602%255E13569,00.html

AS fighting rages in Iraq, Britain's Blair signs Olympic Truce
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed the Olympic Truce at the birthplace
of the games Saturday, even as his troops in Iraq were breaking with the
spirit of…
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/14/sports1109EDT0386.DTL

PRESS round on Iraq's new leaders
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Middle Eastern press largely blame US allies in Iraq for a week of
bloodshed in Shia cities though some accuse radical cleric Moqtada Sadr
of aggravating…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3564706.stm

SCORES dead in latest Iraq violence
Reuters – London,England,UK
… The fresh violence erupted on the eve of a national conference aimed
at advancing Iraq's progress towards democracy, already overshadowed by
a 10-day Shi'ite…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=565154&section=news

50 Killed, 50 Injured In Samarra, Hilla Cities Of Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… the ground. A fragile truce has been holding in Najaf, the Shia city
at the centre of anti-US unrest in Iraq this week. However, reports…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=081404020623

IRAQ'S Sistani Undergoes Heart Surgery in London
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most influential Shi'ite
cleric who has been a voice for moderation, has successfully undergone
heart…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5975382

IRAQ Notebook British journalist seized by militants is released
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BASRA, Iraq ˜ Militants in the southern Iraqi city of Basra released
a British journalist yesterday they kidnapped and threatened to kill,
after aides to…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002005190_iraqdig14.html

CANDIDATES get into debate over Iraq war
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
President Bush and John Kerry renewed hot debate over the wisdom of going
to war in Iraq, engaging in an October-like debate in the middle of August.

www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/9398210.htm

IRAQ wants UN police forces
NEWS.com.au – Australia
IRAQ today said it wanted multinational police forces to operate under
a United Nations banner to control the violent insurgency across the war-ravaged
country…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10442528%255E1702,00.html

FEARS over Iraq, strong demand in China drive oil prices higher
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Fears of an oil shock deepened yesterday as crude set new highs, underpinned
by fresh evidence of strong Chinese demand and worries about sabotage
in Iraq.…
www.boston.com/business/articles/2004/08/14/fears_over_iraq_strong_demand_in_china_drive_oil_prices_higher

IRAQ shuts down main oil pipeline in South
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, Aug.14 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq has shut down its main oil export pipeline
in the south, after intelligence indicating that shiite militiamen might
attack…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/14/content_1783470.htm

UKRAINE reassures it will stay in Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
YALTA, Ukraine – Ukraine will keep a brigade of troops in Iraq for the
foreseeable future, the country's defense minister said Friday, offering
assurances to…
www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2394239

CLASHES in Iraq's Hilla kills 43 says Interior Ministry
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… The militiamen loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have
rebelled in seven other cities across southern and central Iraq.
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3584351&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

SCORES dead in latest Iraq violence
Reuters – London,England,UK
… The fresh violence erupted on the eve of a national conference aimed
at advancing Iraq's progress towards democracy, already overshadowed by
a 10-day Shi'ite…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=565154&section=news

50 Killed, 50 Injured In Samarra, Hilla Cities Of Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… the ground. A fragile truce has been holding in Najaf, the Shia city
at the centre of anti-US unrest in Iraq this week. However, reports…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=081404020623

IRAQ'S Sistani Undergoes Heart Surgery in London
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most influential Shi'ite
cleric who has been a voice for moderation, has successfully undergone
heart…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5975382

IRAQ Notebook British journalist seized by militants is released
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BASRA, Iraq ˜ Militants in the southern Iraqi city of Basra released
a British journalist yesterday they kidnapped and threatened to kill,
after aides to…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002005190_iraqdig14.html

CANDIDATES get into debate over Iraq war
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
President Bush and John Kerry renewed hot debate over the wisdom of going
to war in Iraq, engaging in an October-like debate in the middle of August.

www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/9398210.htm

IRAQ wants UN police forces
NEWS.com.au – Australia
IRAQ today said it wanted multinational police forces to operate under
a United Nations banner to control the violent insurgency across the war-ravaged
country…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10442528%255E1702,00.html

FEARS over Iraq, strong demand in China drive oil prices higher
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Fears of an oil shock deepened yesterday as crude set new highs, underpinned
by fresh evidence of strong Chinese demand and worries about sabotage
in Iraq.…
www.boston.com/business/articles/2004/08/14/fears_over_iraq_strong_demand_in_china_drive_oil_prices_higher

IRAQ shuts down main oil pipeline in South
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, Aug.14 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq has shut down its main oil export pipeline
in the south, after intelligence indicating that shiite militiamen might
attack…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/14/content_1783470.htm

UKRAINE reassures it will stay in Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
YALTA, Ukraine – Ukraine will keep a brigade of troops in Iraq for the
foreseeable future, the country's defense minister said Friday, offering
assurances to…
www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2394239

CLASHES in Iraq's Hilla kills 43 says Interior Ministry
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… The militiamen loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have
rebelled in seven other cities across southern and central Iraq.
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3584351&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

TRADERS eye battle in Iraq and referendum in Venezuela
CBS MarketWatch – USA
… locking in a weekly gain of 6 percent, with traders wary of a weekend
packed with uncertainty related to a battle against Shiite militants in
Iraq and the…
cbs.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7B23338F47-8828-
4369-A8C9-D8D9F830426D%7D&siteid=google&dist=google

UN team in Iraq for rebuilding
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
New York – The United Nations special envoy for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, and
a small team of staff arrived in Baghdad on Friday to attend the Iraqi
national…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1572740,00.html

SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ
Sky News – UK
A US Marine and a US soldier have been killed in separate incidents in
Iraq. The marine was killed in action while the soldier died…
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13190883,00.html

UKRAINIAN troops' pullout from Iraq depends: denfense chief
Xinhua – China
13 (Xinhuanet) — Ukrainian Defense Minister Yevhen Marchuk said Friday
the length of the Ukrainian troops' presence in Iraq will depend on developments
there…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/14/content_1783108.htm

KERRY on Defensive About Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… Instead, Kerry and his advisers allowed themselves to be drawn into
a new debate about Iraq and terrorism and were forced to rebut daily charges
that Kerry has…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63875-2004Aug13.html

ONE Year Extension: “Reflective Of UN Support For Iraq'sTransition…
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
… the United Nations Thursday said that the UNSC resolution Adopted today
emphasizes the world body's “continuing commitment” to supporting Iraq's
transition to…
www.paknews.com/flash.php?id=9&date1=2004-08-14

IRAQ stuns Portugal with 4-2 victory in a qualifying match
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq's soccer stars know they can't do much to stop the bombs and bullets
in their homeland. But for 90 minutes they made their…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/sport/archives/2004/08/14/2003198775

HILL inspects troops bound for Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… the two Iraqi officers would attend the defence college next year as
another Australian contribution to developing a strong and professional
military in Iraq.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/14/1092340520599.html

TWO US soldiers killed in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
ONE US soldier and one marine were killed in separate attacks in Iraq's
restive western al-Anbar province, the US military said today.…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10440741%255E1702,00.html

TWO US Troops Killed in Iraq -Military
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two US servicemen were killed while carrying out duties
in western Iraq, the US military said Saturday. A US…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5974983

CEASEFIRE holds in Iraq holy city
BBC News – London,England,UK
A temporary truce appears to be holding in Iraq's holy city of Najaf after
more than a week of fierce clashes between Shia militia and US-led forces.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3564122.stm

REPORTER'S kidnap begs serious questions of Iraq security
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
FOR several terrifying hours in Iraq yesterday, the life of the young British
journalist, James Brandon, hung in the balance. His…
news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=936522004

OIL prices climb over Iraq sabotage fears
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
LONDON: Oil prices set new highs on yesterday, underpinned by fresh evidence
of strong Chinese demand, worries about sabotage in Iraq and fears of
unrest in…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=89213&Sn=BUSI&IssueID=27147

UKRAINE Vows to Maintain Troops in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… 13 – The government of Ukraine, one of the largest contributors of
foreign troops to Iraq, ended speculation over its commitment to the American-led
mission by…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/14/international/europe/14ukraine.html

IRANIANS protest US actions in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Thousands of Iranians marched through the streets of Tehran on
Friday to protest US military actions in Iraq after a senior hard-line
cleric praised…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_14-8-2004_pg4_13

IRAQ Says Sadr in Najaf Talks, Hostage Freed
ABC News – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government said Shi'ite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr was negotiating to leave a shrine in Najaf Friday as thousands
of…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040813_383.html

IRAQ hostage 'no rookie'
Guardian – UK
James Brandon, the 23-year-old British journalist who has been kidnapped
and shot in Iraq, is not a young rookie or a “cowboy” who would put himself
in…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1282651,00.html

MOTHER of all starts for Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… When Iraq became the final team to qualify for the Olympic soccer tournament,
Ahmed Al-Samarrai, president of their National Olympic Committee, called
it the…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=53031

BUSH, Kerry spar over Iraq on the campaign trail
The State – Columbia,SC,USA
… at each other across several time zones, President Bush and Democratic
nominee John Kerry engaged last week in an extraordinary drive-by debate
on the Iraq war…
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/special_packages/election2004/9395991.htm

MASSIVE Rally in Bahrain to Protest US Blitz in Iraq
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… religious leaders, members of Parliament and political figures took
to the streets of Manama yesterday to protest the US blitz of the Shiite
holy cities in Iraq…
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=49834&d=14&m=8&y=2004

ARMY Lt. Sentenced in Iraq Carjacking
Guardian – UK
… of one month confinement and dismissal from the military for an Army
lieutenant convicted of lying about the theft of a sheik's sport utility
vehicle in Iraq.…
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4419513,00.html

OUR brave man in Iraq
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… correspondent: “Telegraph, that's my paper. I'ma journalist, I just
write about what is happening in Iraq.”. Resoundingly true as those…
www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/08/
14/dl1403.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/08/14/ixnewstop.html

  
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