Iraq News and Information Links May 16 2004
BEHIND the Scenes, US Tightens Grip On Iraq's Future
Khilafah.com
By YOCHI J. DREAZEN and CHRISTOPHER COOPER. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Haider al-Abadi
runs Iraq's Ministry of Communications, but he no longer calls the shots
there.…
www.khilafah.com/home/category.php?DocumentID=9556&TagID=2

US troops to stay in Iraq: Powell
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said US-led forces would remain in Iraq
“for a considerable period”, while insisting that the new Iraqi government
would…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/17/1084646103233.html

OVER 300 prisoners released in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The US military announced that more than 300 prisoners, including more
than 40 from Baghdad, had been released from jails across Iraq.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/17/1084646103230.html

RICE: US troops to remain Iraq until job done
Xinhua – China
BERLIN, May 16 (Xinhuanet) — US National Security Advisor Condoleezza
Rice said that American troops will not prematurely withdraw from Iraq.

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/17/content_1472658.htm

US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Fighting
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Two more US soldiers from Task Force 1st Armoured Division have died in
fighting in Iraq and three others have been wounded, the US military announced
tonight.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2935334

MILITANT group takes Russian hostages in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
A previously unknown militant group has claimed responsibility for the
kidnapping of two Russian civilians in Iraq. Arabic television…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1109449.htm

RICE, Putin Seek Way Forward in Iraq
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
… Rice wrapped up her three-day visit to Moscow on Sunday saying she
had fresh assurances of Russia's support for US efforts to stabilize the
situation in Iraq.…
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/05/17/001.html

IRAQ is a mess, with pockets of stability
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
By David Ignatius. After each visit to Iraq over the past year, I've tried
to weigh how things are going. … Overall, Iraq is a mess.…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=3819

POWELL ready to accept theocracy in Iraq
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
… Colin Powell yesterday indicated that the USA “will have to accept‰
a theocratic leadership in Iraq if the elections lead to such a situation,
while…
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=43391

NETWORK airs tape of Russian hostages in Iraq
CNN – USA
… of the Victorious Sect — said it was holding the men and called on
countries participating in “this criminal act,” presumably the war in
Iraq, to withdraw…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/16/russian.hostages/

INDIANA soldier says military provided inadequate equipment in…
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
PORTAGE, Ind. – An Indiana soldier serving in Iraq says US military leaders
have failed men and women in uniform by providing them with inadequate
combat…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8682235.htm

PENTAGON Denies Iraq Abuse Photos Were for Blackmail
NPR (audio) – USA
The report, in a New Yorker article by Seymour M. Hersh, describes Rumsfeld
approving the use of Special Access Programs personnel for interrogations
in Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1898235

RICE Says US, Russia on 'Same Page' Regarding Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
MOSCOW, May 16 — The United States and Russia are now “on the same page”
regarding the future of Iraq despite past disputes, National Security
Adviser…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31145-2004May16.html

IRAQ transition spells new State-Pentagon balance
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… the Department of Defense take over ever-larger chunks of the nation's
diplomatic portfolio, and then sparring with the Pentagon over Iraq, the
secretary of…
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0517/p02s02-uspo.html

JORDAN'S King: Iraq Closer to Civil War Than Year Ago
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraq is closer to civil war today than it was a
year ago, Jordan's King Abdullah said on Sunday. “It's more…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5156474

REPORT: Iraq prison program got 'out of control'
CNN – USA
NEW YORK (CNN) — The interrogation program at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison
was so “out of control” that the CIA “pulled their people out,” the author
of a series…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/16/iraq.abuse.main/

TROOPS To Remain In Iraq For Some Time
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
16 May 2004 — US Secretary of State Colin Powell said in Egypt on 16 May
that coalition forces will remain in Iraq “for a considerable period,”
but that a new…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/05/b49c376c-0254-47d1-8019-76926d5c81a3.html

ALABAMIANS in survey rank economy, health care ahead of Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
– A majority of Alabamians in a statewide poll believe the United States
has gotten on the wrong track and only about 37 percent rank Iraq and
terrorism as the…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/8681953.htm

US troops to stay in Iraq “for some time”
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Powell also said on Sunday US troops would remain in Iraq “for some
considerable time,” to provide security for the new Iraqi interim government
and ensure…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=511694&section=news

US-LED forces to remain in Iraq: Powell
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that US-led
forces would remain in Iraq “for a considerable period,” while insisting
that the new…
sify.com/news_info/fullstory.php?id=13476340

US and Italian troops in Iraq clashes
Reuters – London,England,UK
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – US and Italian troops have fought Shi'ite militia
in at least two towns in southern Iraq and Italy is urging Washington
to show…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=511684&section=news

CLASHES in Iraq; Powell Says US Troops to Stay
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – US and Italian troops fought Shi'ite militia in
at least two towns in southern Iraq on Sunday and Italy urged Washington
to show…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5156268

AS many as 22000 Iraq , Afghan war veterans already seek care…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ When Willie Buckels applied for veterans health care after
returning from Iraq, the back and knee injuries he suffered while rescuing
a fuel…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040516-0924-returningfromwar.html

AL-JAZEERA shows footage of two Russian hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… satellite channel Al-Jazeeraon Sunday aired a footage of two Russian
hostages held by an Iraqi group that urged foreign troops to withdraw
from Iraq.In the…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/17/content_1472614.htm

POWELL : Troops in Iraq for Œ considerable ‚ time
MSNBC – USA
WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Powell said on Sunday that US troops will
need to remain in Iraq for some “considerable‰ time.…
msnbc.msn.com/id/4992379/

RICE to Press for UN Iraq Resolution
Guardian – UK
BERLIN (AP) – US national security adviser Condoleezza Rice will press
her European counterparts for a new UN Security Council resolution on
Iraq, US officials…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4096904,00.html

US needs to accept theocracy in Iraq: Powell
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… could be a major policy reversal, US Secretary of State Colin Powell
today indicated that the US “will have to accept” a theocratic leadership
in Iraq if the…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200405162212.htm

US takes over Spanish base in Iraq
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
US troops have taken over operations at the Spanish military base in south-central
Iraq as Spanish troops continue with their withdrawal from the country,
the…
breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=104406810&p=yx44x75y6

EDITOR falls victim to Iraq 'scoop'
The Australian – Australia
For two weeks a row had been raging over photographs that Morgan had published
in the Daily Mirror claiming to show British soldiers abusing prisoners
in Iraq.…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9581111%255E2703,00.html

POWELL: US troops will stay in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Najaf, Iraq – Shia militia fought American and coalition troops again in
at least two towns in southern Iraq on Sunday and buried their dead in
the holy city…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&click_id=2813&art_id=qw1084706461622B262&set_id=6

REPORT: Rumsfeld OK'd Rough Interrogations in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A published report about conditions in Iraq's US-run prisons contends that
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld himself authorized harsh interrogations
of…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=2117E906-9DFA-4D4F-AFBE9BDCB642659A

RUMSFELD approved Iraq jail tactics
The West Australian – Perth,Western Australia,Australia
… year which encouraged physical coercion and the sexual humiliation
of Iraqi prisoners in an effort to generate more intelligence about the
insurgency in Iraq.…
www.thewest.com.au/20040517/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto125064.html

HOON Rules Out Vote on Sending More Troops to Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… PA News. Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon today ruled out allowing MPs
to vote on sending more British troops to Iraq. Thousands more…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2934302

BLAIR deserted by voters over Iraq
The Australian – Australia
TONY Blair is fighting to keep his job amid reports that British troops
face charges for abusing prisoners in Iraq. Stories about…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9578873%255E2703,00.html>

US takes over Spanish Iraq base
CNN – USA
MADRID, Spain (Reuters) — US troops have taken over operations at the
Spanish military base in south-central Iraq, allowing Madrid's forces
to prepare their…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/16/iraq.spain.reut/

HIRED guns: Australian mercenaries in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
AUSTRALIAN mercenaries are risking their lives to make a fortune in Iraq.
… Mr Conroy said Iraq was still a war zone, a year after Saddam Hussein
was toppled.…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9579881%255E661,00.html

18 rebels killed in skirmish in Iraq, US says
Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription) – Fort Worth,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The US military said Saturday that it killed 18 gunmen
believed to be loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad, and
jet fighters…
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/world/8681202.htm

KERRY Shifts Campaign Focus from Iraq to Economy
Reuters – USA
… His chosen messages of the past two weeks — education and health care
— were often muted by the news from Iraq: an abuse scandal at a US-run
prison in Abu…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5155932

BRITAIN still reviewing possibility of sending more troops to…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON (AP) The British government is still considering sending more troops
to Iraq, Britain's defense secretary said Sunday, as lawmakers warned
that Prime…
www.boston.com/dailynews/137/world/Britain_still_reviewing_possib:.shtml

IRAQ: America must finish the job
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
It is fashionable to say the US is failing in Iraq. It is also dangerous
nonsense, writes Des Moore. The sky is falling in, say…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/16/1084646067813.html

REPEATING History in Iraq?
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: When British forces occupied and helped create Iraq after
World War I, they faced insurgencies, revolts, and multiple religious
factions.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1896780

SUBDUED Celebration for Iraq's Olympic Soccer Team
NPR (audio) – USA
… CONSIDERED. I'm Linda Wertheimer. In Iraq, the US military says dozens
of Iraqi fighters have been killed over the last two days. Five…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1898126

LATHAM wants US to quit Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The US military, so damaged by the prisoner abuse scandal, should leave
Iraq, handing over security to a United Nations force made up largely
of Arab nations…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/16/1084646071267.html

MORGAN LEAVES OVER IRAQ PICTURES
Glasgow Daily Record – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
… an apology. A Royal Military Police inquiry concluded that the photographs
were ``categorically'' not taken in Iraq. Publishers…
www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=14246135&method=full&siteid=89488&headline=morgan-leaves-over-iraq-pictures-name_page.html

FILIPINOS reluctant to leave Iraq despite attacks
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Many of the Filipino civilian workers who originally wanted to flee Iraq
after the killings of their countrymen in insurgent attacks, are now having
second…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=17202

UK defense chief says troop deployment in Iraq still under review
Xinhua – China
LONDON, May 16 (Xinhuanet) — British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoonsaid
Sunday that the number of British troops in Iraq was kept under constant
review, amid…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/16/content_1472523.htm

SHOULD the US pull out of Iraq?
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
The administration's Iraq policy is in shambles. Iraq has become a geopolitical
Humpty Dumpty that America cannot put back together…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/16/INGV06KJHK1.DTL

ARTICLE says Rumsfeld OK'd harsh Iraq prison methods
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… harsh interrogations of detained members of Al-Qaida, allowing these
methods to be used against prisoners at the Abu Ghurayb prison in Iraq,
according to an…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8679918.htm

FIGHT for Iraq's south intensifies
Contra Costa Times – Contra Costa County,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The battle for Iraq's Shiite-populated south that engaged
US forces again Saturday is presenting US officials with a more serious
political…
www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/8680105.htm

INTERVIEW-SPENDING of non-US aid in Iraq rising slowly
Forbes – USA
DEAD SEA COAST, Jordan, May 16 (Reuters) – The slow process of spending
non-US funds to rebuild Iraq via aid trust funds has begun and should
speed up as…
www.forbes.com/home/newswire/2004/05/16/rtr1373062.html

BLAIR, Bush to make joint Iraq trip
NEWS.com.au – Australia
A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment on the report today, saying
only that the two allies in the war in Iraq talk “every day”.…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9580360%255E401,00.html

LOCALS speak out on horrors in Iraq war
Monterey County Herald – Monterey,CA,USA
The beheading of an American civilian by terrorists in Iraq is drawing
uniformly horrified reactions but widely differing interpretations on
the Central Coast.…
www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/8680512.htm

BLAIR ready to hand over Iraq by July
The Hindu – Chennai,India
London/Baghdad, May 16. (Observer News Service): Tony Blair moved to extract
himself from growing turmoil in Iraq with a pledge on Saturday to hand
over 'full…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200405161717.htm

IRAQ Is Not Just Bush's Problem
TIME – USA
… the fire. The Bush Iraq policy lay shattered in tiny pieces; the President
seemed crestfallen in his public appearances. Indeed, Kerry's…
www.time.com/time/election2004/columnist/klein/article/0,18471,638338,00.html

UK troops to quit Iraq when possible
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will withdraw its troops from Iraq as soon as
possible but Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has declined to say exactly
when that will be…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=511565&section=news

MUSLIMS protest abuse of Iraq prisoners
Jakarta Post – Indonesia
… a thousand demonstrators marched Sunday through the capital of Indonesia
– the world's most populous Muslim nation – to protest the abuse of Iraq
prisoners and…
www.thejakartapost.com/detaillatestnews.asp?fileid=20040516171910&irec=0

SHOULD the US pull out of Iraq?
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… World War II. Leaving Iraq before mission completion squanders our
sons and daughters who have paid the ultimate price. It unravels…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/05/16/ING2U6LFML1.DTL

ABUSE photos spur Christian peace teams' return to Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… past year investigating allegations of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by
occupation forces, would seem to have little in common with members of
the US Army in Iraq.…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/16/MNGV06MF781.DTL

AMID the runis of Iraq, preserve this dreadful place
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… A casual interest in news from Iraq in the months leading up to the
war would have told any military commander of the prison's reputation.
…<www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpmca163803442may16,0,3130717.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

“STRIP search planned for Syrian detained in Iraq”
The Hindu – Chennai,India
It said US Army intelligence suspected a 31-year-old Syrian knew about
the illegal flow of money, arms and foreign fighters into Iraq, but was
smug and refused…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200405161560.htm

PUTIN and Rice confer on Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Russian President Vladimir Putin
on Saturday discussed the next steps necessary to bring stability to Iraq,
a country on…
www.indystar.com/articles/1/146981-9101-010.html

US must get out of unwinnable mess in Iraq
Cincinnati Enquirer – Cincinnati,OH,USA
Yet today we find ourselves in the unusual position of agreeing about the
war in Iraq. … Iraq is not worth another drop of American blood.…
www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/05/16/editorial_ed2a.html

US military forced onto public relations offensive over Iraq…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAQUBA, Iraq: At the Camp War Horse detention centre in Baguba, north of
Baghdad, it is a surreal scene: US soldiers handing out cash to freed
prisoners along…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85193/1/.html

US Denies Rumsfeld Approved Iraq Interrogations (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
… in the New Yorker's May 24 edition — said Rumsfeld had approved a
wider program in order to generate more intelligence about the growing
insurgency in Iraq.…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=arkuGBiN9.TE&refer=us

5 US Soldiers Among 59 Killed In Fighting Across Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, May 16 (NNN): Fifty-nine people, including five American soldiers,
were killed in fierce fighting across Iraq and there were further clashes
in Iraq…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=051604121344

US troops to stay in Iraq after June 30 handover: Bush
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD: President George W. Bush has vowed US troops will stay in Iraq
after the June 30 handover of power to Iraqis, as new and potentially
damaging…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85189/1/.html

INSURGENTS, militia launch attacks across Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD — Shi'ite militia fighters and insurgents launched attacks against
coalition forces across much of Iraq yesterday, resulting in scores of
Iraqi deaths…
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/05/16/insurgents_militia_launch_attacks_across_iraq

IN Iraq, echoes of Chechnya
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… It was the kind of scene Iraqis have come to dread. Only this was not
Iraq. It … society. “Can the US blunder into a dead end in Iraq?…
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/05/16/in_iraq_echoes_of_chechnya

IMAGES of Iraq war: The reaction here
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… But war isn't pretty.”. As the mother of two sons in the Army who just
returned from Iraq, Vonne VanLaningham, knows one thing for certain: War
is ugly.…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001930426_vanlan16m.html

US Civilians Close to Iraq War Run a Big Risk
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Re “A Victim Who Never Feared for His Safety,” May 13: President Bush's
continuing “dog ate my homework” excuses to shirk responsibility for everything
are…
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-berg16may16,1,5489195.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters

US Denies Rumsfeld Approved Iraq Interrogations (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
… in the New Yorker's May 24 edition — said Rumsfeld had approved a
wider program in order to generate more intelligence about the growing
insurgency in Iraq.…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=arkuGBiN9.TE&refer=us

5 US Soldiers Among 59 Killed In Fighting Across Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, May 16 (NNN): Fifty-nine people, including five American soldiers,
were killed in fierce fighting across Iraq and there were further clashes
in Iraq…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=051604121344

US troops to stay in Iraq after June 30 handover: Bush
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD: President George W. Bush has vowed US troops will stay in Iraq
after the June 30 handover of power to Iraqis, as new and potentially
damaging…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85189/1/.html

INSURGENTS, militia launch attacks across Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD — Shi'ite militia fighters and insurgents launched attacks against
coalition forces across much of Iraq yesterday, resulting in scores of
Iraqi deaths…
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/05/16/insurgents_militia_launch_attacks_across_iraq

IN Iraq, echoes of Chechnya
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… It was the kind of scene Iraqis have come to dread. Only this was not
Iraq. It … society. “Can the US blunder into a dead end in Iraq?…
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/05/16/in_iraq_echoes_of_chechnya

IMAGES of Iraq war: The reaction here
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… But war isn't pretty.”. As the mother of two sons in the Army who just
returned from Iraq, Vonne VanLaningham, knows one thing for certain: War
is ugly.…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001930426_vanlan16m.html

US Civilians Close to Iraq War Run a Big Risk
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Re “A Victim Who Never Feared for His Safety,” May 13: President Bush's
continuing “dog ate my homework” excuses to shirk responsibility for everything
are…
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-berg16may16,1,5489195.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters

REPORT Says Rumsfeld OKd Iraq Interrogation Methods
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved a plan that
brought unconventional interrogation methods to Iraq to gain intelligence
about the…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-yorker16may16,1,4744194.story?coll=la-headlines-world

IRAQ War Eclipses Domestic Agenda
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… so far it has remained just another laundry-list item in Bush's campaign
speech, overshadowed by the president's response to the avalanche of trouble
in Iraq.…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-na-blackhole16may16,1,2751661.story?coll=la-home-headlines

IRAQ violence leaves 50 dead
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: More than 50 people were killed in clashes across Iraq as the
commander of coalition forces demanded a swift end to the insurgency led
by cleric…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=81734&Sn=WORL

DONORS pump $1bn into Iraq reconstruction fund
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
DEAD SEA COAST, Jordan: World donors have made good on pledges to inject
about $1 billion of the $33bn of aid earmarked for Iraq's rebuilding into
trust funds…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=81675&Sn=BUSI

DON'T Call Them Contractors-IRAQ and the Privatization of War
Infoshop News – USA
… Iraq is Bush and the Republicans first full scale Privatized war. Sure
mercenaries have been used in other recent conflicts but not on this scale.

www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=04/05/15/6923113

WORLD News > Iraq : From frying pan to fire
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
… procedures. Also, the presence of US-led coalition forces in Iraq on
the future stabilisation of that country need to be examined.…
www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&showcomments=1&id=17233

NET closes around Iraq photo fakers
Ananova – England,UK
… The paper has already printed a front page apology for the Iraq photos
hoax, later pledging to donate to charity all the money it made from selling
on the…
www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_956906.html

COOK calls for Iraq pullout plan
BBC News – London,England,UK
Former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has urged the prime minister to draw
up a strategy to withdraw British troops from Iraq. UK…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3718493.stm

IRAQ war looming larger as election issue, analysts say
Springfield News Leader – Springfield,MO,USA
By Tom Raum. Washington— The turmoil in Iraq is changing the political
equation for President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry.…
www.news-leader.com/today/0516-Iraqwarloo-89017.html

ENVOY key to transfer of power in Iraq
Citizen Online – Covington,GA,USA
… grapples with the Iraqi prison abuse scandal, the Bush administration
is still pushing forward with plans for a quick transfer of power in Iraq
˜ and hanging…
www.citizenonline.net/citizen/archive/articleA45D9D2F09E24EA7AD40EB09B382873B.asp

BRITISH `Soldier C' elaborates on Iraq prisoner abuse
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… The soldier was identified as being a member of the Territorial Army
part-time reserve force, who while serving in Iraq was attached to the
Queen's Lancashire…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/05/16/2003155659

AN albatross named Iraq
Trinidad & Tobago Express – Trinidad and Tobago
… get into our army?” one angry American Senator asked last week, raising
still unanswered questions about the level and quality of training of
the troops in Iraq…
www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_opinion?id=22963535

IRAQ commander limits interrogation techniques
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Amid the uproar over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, the senior US commander
in Iraq is moving to eliminate most coercive interrogation tactics.…
www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/05/16/1084673635.htm

MORALITY in the Balance in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… of morality” while simultaneously arguing that violations of that morality
at Abu Ghraib prison are justified by the egregious acts of our opponents
in Iraq.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30041-2004May15.html

A Divided South Moves to Fore in Iraq
Washington Post – USA
… 1st Armored Division responsible for Karbala and Najaf, said Sadr “is
attempting to gain a power base and disrupt the momentum that is leading
Iraq toward a…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30004-2004May15.html

THE crisis in Iraq has reached Capitol Hill and middle America as…
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Even some Republicans are now openly and audibly speculating on whether
the president‚s Iraq policy is sustainable. They may not…
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=559282004

AFGHAN'S Allegation of Abuse Echoes Accounts From Iraq
Washington Post – USA
… It said some of the abuses were similar to those recently exposed and
photographed in Abu Ghraib, a large prison run by the US military in Iraq.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29923-2004May15.html

ARGYLLS fight hand to hand in Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
SCOTTISH troops fixed bayonets and fought hand to hand with a Shi‚ite
militia in southern Iraq in one of their fiercest clashes since the war
was declared…
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=559592004

A Divided South Moves to Fore in Iraq
Washington Post – USA
… 1st Armored Division responsible for Karbala and Najaf, said Sadr “is
attempting to gain a power base and disrupt the momentum that is leading
Iraq toward a…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30004-2004May15.html

THE crisis in Iraq has reached Capitol Hill and middle America as…
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Even some Republicans are now openly and audibly speculating on whether
the president‚s Iraq policy is sustainable. They may not…
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=559282004

AFGHAN'S Allegation of Abuse Echoes Accounts From Iraq
Washington Post – USA
… It said some of the abuses were similar to those recently exposed and
photographed in Abu Ghraib, a large prison run by the US military in Iraq.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29923-2004May15.html

ARGYLLS fight hand to hand in Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
SCOTTISH troops fixed bayonets and fought hand to hand with a Shi‚ite
militia in southern Iraq in one of their fiercest clashes since the war
was declared…
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=559592004

US Battles Shiites in Iraq; 5 GIs Die
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ Fighters loyal to a radical Shiite Muslim cleric staged bloody
attacks in central and southern Iraq on Saturday in the wake of the US
military's…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-iraq16may16,1,446393.story?coll=la-home-headlines

RUMSFELD Approval Led to Iraq Interrogations, New Yorker Says
Bloomberg – USA
The operation aimed to generate more intelligence about the growing insurgency
in Iraq, New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh wrote in a report to be published
in…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aoVwBsuYVRFA&refer=us

RICE visits Putin on Iraq transfer
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Russian President Vladimir Putin
on Saturday discussed the next steps necessary to bring stability to Iraq,
a country on…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/051604dnintrussia.5a937.htm

BLAIR ready to hand over Iraq by July
Guardian – UK
Tony Blair moved to extract himself from growing turmoil in Iraq with a
pledge yesterday to hand over 'full sovereignty' in June, as renewed violence
flared in…
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1218019,00.html

POST-ABU Ghraib Scandal: Better prospects for Iraq
Turks.US – USA
It might sound paradoxical or controversial, but the Abu Ghraib prisoners
abuse scandal will bode better prospects both for Iraq and the US The
scandal…
www.turks.us/article.php?story=20040515183029365

CAUGHT in the crossfire of Iraq, can the Prime Minister survive?
Independent – London,England,UK
Iraq has claimed the careers of a newspaper editor, two cabinet ministers
and the top men at the BBC. And at Westminster there is…
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=521740

ARMY plans to double troops in Iraq as ambushed British kill 20…
Independent – London,England,UK
… in Baghdad. British defence chiefs have been drawing up plans to double
the number of British troops on the ground in Iraq. It marks…
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=521757

RUMSFELD under fire over Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… physical coercion and the sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in
an effort to generate more intelligence about the growing insurgency in
Iraq,” New Yorker…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/16/1084646054836.html

THIS is bigger than Iraq
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
In an interview with The Independent last week, the Prime Minister remarked
of the situation in Iraq that “we are going through a difficult time…

www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/05/16/dl1601.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2004/05/16/ixopinion.html

LABOUR MPs call for new Commons vote on Iraq
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
Tony Blair was last night furiously resisting mounting pressure to hold
a new Commons vote on Britain's military commitment in Iraq as it was
revealed that…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/05/16/nirq16.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/05/16/ixnewstop.html

BUSH Vows No More Iraq Abuses, Hits Low in Poll
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – President Bush said on Saturday he was determined that Iraqi
prison abuses will never happen again, as public doubts over his Iraq
policy sent his…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5154787

BATTLE in Iraq's holy cities
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… straining to avoid in its five-week standoff with Al-Sadr: any violation
of the holy sites of Najaf and Karbala, held sacred to Shi‚ites in Iraq
and around…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=47001

EVEN America doesn't know what Iraq's new leaders will actually…
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… to find a senior British politician, civil servant or soldier who would
tell you privately that the whole business of invading and occupying Iraq
was a good…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/05/16/wirq116.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/05/16/ixnewstop.html

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, May 14, 775 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/136/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

  
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