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December 16 2004
 

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Iraq trials ‘should be after poll’
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ’S justice minister said in an interview published today that the Iraqi government is rushing too quickly to try top officials of the government of Saddam

www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4677757,00.html
Annan Tells Powell UN Will Aid Iraq Vote
Guardian – UK
Both US diplomats, along with Iraq’s interim government, have lobbied the United Nations to do more to help carry off the elections scheduled for Jan. 30.

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=34992
Violence greets Iraq election campaign, Saddam meets lawyer
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (AFP) – An Italian hostage was reported killed in Iraq, adding to the violence around Thursday’s start of campaigning for the first post-Saddam

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7117127
US Force, Battered by Iraq, Hikes Joining Bonus
Reuters – NY,USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Army National Guard, battered by its major role in the Iraq war, announced on Thursday it would increase enlistment bonuses to

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Iraq candidates’ list announced
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
The Independent Electoral Commission in Iraq has announced the final list of candidates to contest polls in January. The Commission

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11716245%255E1702,00.html
Iraq trials ‘should be after poll’
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ’S justice minister said in an interview published today that the Iraqi government is rushing too quickly to try top officials of the government of Saddam

www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11716242%255E1702,00.html
US wants more UN help for Iraq poll
NEWS.com.au – Australia
THE US today pressed for greater UN involvement in next month’s Iraq elections but UN Secretary General Kofi Annan remained cautious about prospects for

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Violence greets Iraq election campaign, Saddam meets lawyer
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (AFP) – An Italian hostage was reported killed in Iraq, adding to the violence around Thursday’s start of campaigning for the first post-Saddam

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7117127
US Force, Battered by Iraq, Hikes Joining Bonus
Reuters – NY,USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Army National Guard, battered by its major role in the Iraq war, announced on Thursday it would increase enlistment bonuses to

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Iraq candidates’ list announced
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
The Independent Electoral Commission in Iraq has announced the final list of candidates to contest polls in January. The Commission

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11716245%255E1702,00.html
Iraq trials ‘should be after poll’
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ’S justice minister said in an interview published today that the Iraqi government is rushing too quickly to try top officials of the government of Saddam

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=34992
Violence greets Iraq election campaign, Saddam meets lawyer
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (AFP) – An Italian hostage was reported killed in Iraq, adding to the violence around Thursday’s start of campaigning for the first post-Saddam

www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11716242%255E1702,00.html
US wants more UN help for Iraq poll
NEWS.com.au – Australia
THE US today pressed for greater UN involvement in next month’s Iraq elections but UN Secretary General Kofi Annan remained cautious about prospects for

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7117127
US Force, Battered by Iraq, Hikes Joining Bonus
Reuters – NY,USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Army National Guard, battered by its major role in the Iraq war, announced on Thursday it would increase enlistment bonuses to

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Islamist group in Iraq claims killing of Italian hostage: TV
Turkish Press – Turkey
DUBAI (AFP) – An Italian hostage identified as Salvatore Santoro has been killed by an Islamist group in Iraq, Al-Jazeera television said quoting a statement

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7116746
Iraq Telecoms Chief Gunned Down in Baghdad
Reuters – NY,USA
was instrumental in piecing the telephone system back together after it had been bombed by invading US forces, and negotiated to set up Iraq’s first civilian

www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20041216-0659-syria-iraq-interference.html
Syria denies accusations of Iraq interference
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
DAMASCUS — Syria on Thursday dismissed charges it is interfering in Iraq to further a bloody insurgency there, and said Damascus is committed to seeing the

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Islamist group in Iraq claims killing of Italian hostage: TV
Turkish Press – Turkey
DUBAI, Dec 16 (AFP) – An Italian hostage identified as Salvatore Santoro has been killed by an Islamist group in Iraq, Al-Jazeera television reported Thursday

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11714083%255E2703,00.html
Bomb mars start of Iraq poll run
The Australian – Australia
A BOMB blast that killed 10 people in the holy Shia city of Karbala yesterday cast a pall over the official launch of Iraq’s first post-Saddam elections.

www.iht.com/articles/2004/12/16/news/nations.html
UN broadens its presence in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
UNITED NATIONS, New York The United Nations has announced that it is expanding its presence in Iraq outside of Baghdad to the cities of Erbil and Basra and

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1267211.htm
Iraq poll to be contested by 100 blocs
ABC Online – Australia
A hundred parties, blocs and independents will contest Iraq’s first free election in decades on January 30, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

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Iraq election campaign under way, Bush warns Iran, Syria to keep
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
Saddam Hussein elections got under way on Thursday amid more bloodshed, as US President George W. Bush warned Iran and Syria to stop meddling in Iraq in the run

www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1267059.htm
Iraq’s election campaign underway
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: Iraq’s election campaign is officially underway and already it’s been hit by violence and fears that minority Sunnis will boycott next month’s poll

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-Iraq-election-campaign/2004/12/16/1102787216538.html

Violence marks start of Iraq election campaign
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Iraq’s fledgling political parties have begun official campaigning for national elections next month, with the interim Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, among more

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/10429605.htm
Rumsfeld taking GOP heat over Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s terse response last week to a National Guardsman’s concerns about a lack of battle armor in Iraq has set off

www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2949631
Campaigning in Iraq begins with an attack
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – A bomb targeting a prominent Shiite cleric killed nine people outside one of southern Iraq’s holiest shrines Wednesday as campaigning began for

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Poll campaign begins in Iraq
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Campaigning in Iraq’s first national elections since Saddam Hussein’s ouster began yesterday under the shadow of a rampant insurgency, with interim

washingtontimes.com/national/20041216-121421-7285r.htm
Don’t meddle in Iraq, Bush tells neighbors
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush yesterday told Syria and Iran to stop meddling in Iraq, as the Iraqi defense minister accused his nation’s two neighbors of aiding a terrorist

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Vehicles in Iraq to get $4 billion worth of armor
DetNews.com – Detroit,MI,USA
WASHINGTON – The Army said Wednesday it is spending $4.1 billion to armor all military wheeled vehicles in Iraq by June, with most of the money expected to be

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Deadly blast hits Shiite shrine as Iraq PM joins poll hopefuls
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
Sunni elder statesman Adnan Pachachi said he feared turnout might be less than 10 percent in rebel bastions, leaving Iraq’s first freely elected assembly

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/1204/16irvote.html
Distrust dominates Iraq election
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — On the first official day of campaigning for the Jan. 30 elections in violence-racked Iraq, candidates were trying

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UN to expand Iraq presence
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
The United Nations is taking the first steps to expand its presence in Iraq outside Baghdad to the cities of Basra and Irbil. But

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/16/content_2341303.htm
Poland shocked by death of three soldiers in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
15 (Xinhuanet) — The death of three Polish soldiers in Iraq have sent shock waves to the entire country, the Polish-led multinational division in Iraq said

www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/041215/2004121506.html
More killing, continued clashes in Iraq
Arabic News – Middle East
Richard Meyers’ visit to Iraq coincided with an attack by a booby trapped car on an area close to the Green Zone in the downtown of the Iraqi capital yesterday

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=639279
Shi’ites bombed as Iraq poll campaign begins
Reuters – London,England,UK
ite shrine has killed eight people and a fierce attack on Iran by a minister fuelled fears of sectarian strife as campaigning began for Iraq’s first election

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Bush Awards Medals of Freedom to Iraq War Principals
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: President Bush presents the Medal of Freedom to three key players in the Iraq War: former CIA Director George Tenet, Retired Gen.

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16 including 3 Polish soldiers killed in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: At least 16 people including one US Marine and three Polish soldiers were killed in violence across Iraq on Wednesday.

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7103108
Iraq Asks Some of Saddam’s Soldiers to Return to Work
Reuters – NY,USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s interim government, preparing for an election next month while fighting a bloody insurgency, asked some of Saddam’s Hussein’s

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=639279
Shi’ites bombed as Iraq poll campaign begins
Reuters – London,England,UK
ite shrine has killed eight people and a fierce attack on Iran by a minister fuelled fears of sectarian strife as campaigning began for Iraq’s first election

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Bush warns Iran and Syria on Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
US President George W Bush has warned Iran and Syria not to interfere in Iraq in advance of next month’s elections. Mr Bush said

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Region: Iraq
blasts Iran as ‘source of terrorism’
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan accused Iran Wednesday of orchestrating terrorist attacks in Iraq, saying its neighbor was the “most

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16 including 3 Polish soldiers killed in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: At least 16 people including one US Marine and three Polish soldiers were killed in violence across Iraq on Wednesday.

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Developments in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
A bomb targeting a prominent Shiite cleric killed seven people in Karbala outside one of southern Iraq’s holiest shrines. The cleric

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UN To Open Two New Offices in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
By Peter Heinlein. The United Nations is preparing to open two new offices in Iraq before next month’s elections. The announcement

www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11706793%255E1702,00.html
Italian hostage ‘killed in Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
AN Italian national with a lengthy criminal record might have been taken hostage in Iraq and killed, the Italian foreign ministry said today.

  
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