Iraq News and Information Links April 17 2004
17/04/04 DEATH set to ignite tinderbox in Iraq
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
Iraq was last night poised on the edge of a full-scale religious uprising
as the assassination of Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi fed oxygen
to the…
www.sundayherald.com/41410

FROM Bush and Blair, a Show of Unity on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair issue
a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to Iraq, as violence surges
in the…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1840296

UN Studying June 30 Deadline for Iraq Power Shift
NPR (audio) – USA
… Brahimi. Brahimi and his team are in Iraq to assess the viability of
America's June 30 deadline to transfer power to Iraqis. From…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1840286

PROJECT Iraq put in jeopardy as Western companies wait for the…
Independent – London,England,UK
… in central London. Their mission: to put pen to paper for billions
of dollars of contracts for the rebuilding of Iraq. The event…
news.independent.co.uk/business/analysis_and_features/story.jsp?story=512405

AT UN, US seeks more troops for Iraq
United Press International – USA
… Friday, called on members of the United Nations to contribute troops
for a new multinational force dedicated to protecting the world organization
in Iraq.…
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040416-060735-5778r

IRAQ Policy a 'Tragedy of Errors,' Kerry Says
New York Times – USA
… John Kerry used the Democratic response to President Bush's radio address
on Saturday to continue hammering the administration on its handling of
the Iraq war.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/18/politics/campaign/18KERR.
html?ex=1082865600&en=56bd676564b20fb4&ei=5062

IS Iraq Really Another Vietnam?
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Opponents of the war in Iraq have been calling it another
Vietnam. NPR's Mike Pesca examines the historical assumptions…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1840288

BUSH Ordered Iraq War Plans in November 2001 , Bob Woodward Says…
Bloomberg – USA
April 17 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush ordered up an Iraq war
plan in November 2001, two months after the terrorist attacks on New York
and Washington…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aes.ACYn7NfQ&refer=top_world_news

BUSH, Blair Vow to 'Stay the Course' in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… a joint news conference at the White House Friday, British Prime Minister
Tony Blair and President Bush reaffirm their commitment to "stay the course"
in Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1840751

NEW Iraq Kidnappings Emphasize Growing Problem
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Foreign aid workers, contractors and journalists are increasingly
becoming targets of kidnappings across Iraq. The…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1840755

USA pleads with UN on Iraq
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
… States of America has suggested establishment of a multinational force
purely dedicated to providing security to the UN staff and facilities
in Iraq and urged…
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=41045

TWO Japanese Hostages Freed in Iraq, Falluja Calm
Reuters – USA
… have been released, though an Italian has been executed and his captors
have threatened to kill three more taken with him unless Italian troops
pull out of Iraq…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4855775

KERRY blasts Bush Iraq 'mistakes'
BBC News - London,England,UK
Democrat presidential hopeful John Kerry has accused President Bush of
failing to do enough to get the world support needed to win peace in Iraq.
...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3635675.stm

CAPTORS free two Japanese in Iraq as abducted US soldier paraded ...
Channel News Asia - Singapore
BAGHDAD : Two Japanese held hostage in Iraq were released by their captors,
just hours after a detained US soldier, flanked by hooded gunmen, was
paraded on an ...
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/80631/1/.html

WESTMINSTER soldier among fallen remembered by troops in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News - San Jose,CA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq - He was a tough, be-medalled infantrymen with a twinkle in
his eyes. And he must have been popular because soldier ...
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/8456155.htm

IRAN Will Stay Course on Iraq Policy
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) ˆ Hasan Kazemi Qomi, the charge d‚affaires of the Iranian
Embassy in Iraq, said here Saturday that Iran would pursue its Iraq policy
under all…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/18/2004&Cat=2&Num=025

IRAQ Leaders With Fewer US Ties Emerge
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—A new batch of Iraqi leaders has sprung up in the latest
spasm of violence in Iraq—people with grassroots support but few or no
ties to…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V8742.AP-Iraq-Winners-an.html

IRAN'S Foreign Minister to Visit Italy to Discuss Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi is to visit Italy
on Sunday to discuss nuclear issues and Iraq, the state news agency IRNA
said on…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/18/2004&Cat=2&Num=006

US Officials Say Soldier Captured in Iraq Appears to be in Good…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Elsewhere in Iraq, tensions continued to rise in the Shiite holy city
of Najaf, where coalition forces are demanding that the militia of the
radical Shiite…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=F9460DB8-99B1-452F-9A5CFAEA287516B9

TWO Japanese hostages in Iraq freed
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
Two Japanese held hostage in Iraq were released by their captors here Saturday,
just hours after a detained US soldier, flanked by hooded gunmen, was
paraded…
iafrica.com/news/worldnews/316608.htm

IRAQ War Based on 'Flawed' Logic, Says US Military Scholar
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US military strategy in Iraq is based on a "flawed"
logic because it is pursuing the mutually exclusive goals of changing
the country's…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/18/2004&Cat=2&Num=023

TENSE Talks Reopen In Central Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… decision came hours after US President George W. Bush and British Prime
Minister Tony Blair pledged to remain united in the fight to eliminate
violence in Iraq…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/04/b9401e6b-aedc-452e-88d9-f303718494a5.html
RECAST in Key Iraq Role, UN Envoys Are Wary
New York Times – USA
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 The United Nations, once snubbed and excluded
from the task of shaping Iraq's future that is at the center of world
attention…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/18/international/18NATI.html?ex=1082865600&en=e19206e66691740f&ei=5062

IRAN Will Stay Course on Iraq Policy
Merh News Agency – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN, April 17 (MNA) ˆ Hasan Kazemi Qomi, the charge d‚affaires of
the Iranian Embassy in Iraq, said here Saturday that Iran would pursue
its Iraq policy…
www.mehrnews.com/wfNewsDetails_en.aspx?NewsID=71448&t=Political

US Needs International Help to Rebuild Iraq, Kerry Says
Bloomberg – USA
… Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said President George
W. Bush has not presented a ``winning strategy'' for eventual peace in
Iraq, and repeated…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aJQidjsFQoiw&refer=us

IRAQ 'More Serious' Than Vietnam, Says Patten
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The Iraq conflict has become „much more serious‰ than the Vietnam war,
EU Commissioner for External Affairs Chris Patten said today.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2795054

HARNETT commissioner home from Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… Byrd, the chairman of the Harnett County Board of Commissioners, returned
in March after a year in Iraq. … The first few days in Iraq it was tough,"
he said.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8455930.htm

RELEASED in Iraq
INQ7 Interactive, Inc. – Philippines
BAGHDAD – The two remaining Japanese held hostage in Iraq were released
here Saturday and could leave for Dubai to join the three others who had
been freed…
www.inq7.net/wnw/2004/apr/18/wnw_1-1.htm

KERRY Calls for UN Mission in Iraq with NATO Help
Wired News – USA
… Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Saturday
called for a new mission authorized by the United Nations to help rebuild
Iraq, with a NATO…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=852604&tw=wn_wire_story

IRAQ could be worse than Vietnam: EU's Patten
EUbusiness – London,UK
Top EU official Chris Patten said Saturday it was wrong to compare the
war in Iraq with the United States' fate in Vietnam — as the consequences
of failure in…
www.eubusiness.com/afp/040417140659.05gqhju7

JAPAN Confirms Release of Remaining 2 Hostages in Iraq
The Epoch Times – World
By Steve Herman. TOKYO – The Japanese government has confirmed that the
remaining two Japanese hostages in Iraq have been freed.…
english.epochtimes.com/news/4-4-17/20962.html

IRAQ job fair attracts prospects despite deaths, kidnapping
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
PENSACOLA, Fla. – At least one kidnapping and the deaths of 30 civilian
contract workers in Iraq have not kept … I also want to be part of the
progress in Iraq.".…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/8455783.htm

NEW UN resolution could get EU in Iraq: Solana
EUbusiness – London,UK
The European Union said Saturday a new UN resolution could get the bloc
involved in Iraq, despite the bitter opposition of some of its members
to the US-led war…
www.eubusiness.com/afp/040417144540.zh6j51tp

IRAQ: FRANCESCO CUPERTINO'S TEARFUL APPEAL FOR RELEASE
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… out of his home and stood in front of the cameras to read out to journalists
an appeal that he had written with the families of the hostages abducted
in Iraq.…
www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200404171620-1067-RT1-CRO-0-NF11&page=0&id=agionline-eng.oggitalia

IRAQ'S once proud air force re-emerging but without aircraft, for…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's once mighty air force is being rebuilt from scratch
but without planes for now and with just 100 men who are currently undergoing

www.boston.com/dailynews/108/world/Iraq_s_once_proud_air_force_re:.shtml

IRAQ Sunni group says it supports Shiite cleric
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
A Sunni Muslim association in Iraq yesterday said it supported the Shi'ite
cleric wanted by US-led forces, and called on all Iraqis to evict the
occupying…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/17/1082140122076.html

TWO More Japanese Hostages Freed in Iraq
Indiana Gazette – Indiana County,PA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The two remaining Japanese hostages in Iraq were released
Saturday, two days after three other Japanese captives were freed.…
www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1078&dept_id=151021&newsid=11338524&PAG=461&rfi=9

BUSH Ordered Iraq War Plans in November 2001 , Bob Woodward Says…
Bloomberg – USA
April 17 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush ordered an Iraq war plan
in November of 2001 amid a US military campaign to oust the Taliban leadership
in…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aFLGFMfhetRo&refer=top_world_news

JAPANESE hostages freed in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
… The moves came after US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister
Tony Blair vowed to stamp out violence in Iraq, where US-led forces are
battling militants…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3634957.stm

IRAQ War More Serious Than Vietnam-EU's Patten
Wired News – USA
TULLAMORE, Ireland (Reuters) – The conflict in Iraq is "much more serious"
than the war in Vietnam and any comparison between the two is misplaced,
the…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=852591&tw=wn_wire_story

EDITORIAL: A plan for Iraq
Sacramento Bee – Sacramento,CA,USA
The Bush administration's declared intention of transferring sovereignty
in Iraq to Iraqis on June 30 has drawn widespread skepticism.…
www.sacbee.com/content/opinion/story/8930864p-9857131c.html

IRAQ and the Dangers of the Policy of Appeasment
Mathaba.Net (subscription) – Africa
… With respect to Bush's proposed invasion of Iraq, one has to agree
that the spectre of 'appeasement' looms very large on the horizon.…
mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=44818

KIDNAPPERS free two Japanese in Iraq
Reuters – India
… US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed
to stamp out violence in Iraq, where US-led forces are battling guerrillas
in mainly…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:40811e1e:494cd46f9c1ff430?
type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4854119

TWO ex-hostages want to go back to Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
TOKYO, April 17 (UPI) — Two Japanese hostages recently released in Iraq
want to go back to continue their activities and Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi can…
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040417-081712-7441r.htm

US, UK reaffirm Iraq deadline
NDTV.com – India
US President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have stressed
their resolve to stand together in Iraq. The two…
www.ndtv.com/template/template.asp?template=Usiraqconfront
ation&slug=US%2C+UK+reaffirm+Iraq+deadline&id=52396&callid=1

BUSH, Blair agree to UN rule in Iraq
Calgary Herald – Calgary,Alberta,Canada
… The common front on the Middle East came after a White House summit
arranged in the wake of rising violence in Iraq and amid Arab and European
opposition to…
www.canada.com/calgary/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=264b060c-f72f-4443-bfcf-da9cfd541707

VICE president fixated on Iraq, book says
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush quietly ordered creation of a war plan against
Iraq in November 2001 while overseeing a national security team torn by
that course…
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-wood17.html

IRAQ kidnaps 'may be work of single gang'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
AMERICAN military chiefs suspect a single gang may be behind the wave of
kidnappings in Iraq which has now claimed a United States soldier as the
latest victim…
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=434792004

CAPTIVE in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Dozens of foreigners have been caught up in the wave of abductions that
has accompanied intensified violence in Iraq. Their status, as of last
night:…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/
TPStory/LAC/20040417/IRAQBOX17/TPInternational/Africa

TWO Japanese Hostages Released in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… handed over to the Muslim Clerics Association, a Sunni group which
has facilitated the release of several groups of foreign hostages in Iraq,
including three…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4854704&section=news

SOLVE problems in US, not problems in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… and labor market is in one of the worst conditions it's been in decades,
the Bush administration has been more concerned with the welfare of Iraq
than that of…
<www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/8454418.htm
BUSH, Blair pledge Iraq 'will be free'
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
… Britain and America and our allies can either break our word to the
people of Iraq, abandon them in … Iraq will be independent. Iraq will
be a peaceful nation.".…
www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04172004/nation_w/nation_w.asp

IRAQ handover confirmed
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
… W. Bush, with a strong second from British Prime Minister Tony Blair,
signalled support yesterday for an interim government to take power in
Iraq on June 30…
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2004/04/17/426090.html

BUSH and Blair Support a UN Plan for Iraq
Deutsche Welle – Germany
… The two presented a united front on Iraq and shed more light on their
plans for the country's future. Amid a backdrop of growing…
www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,7489_A_1172731_1_A,00.html

THREE Japanese Hostages Released in Iraq ; Videotape May Show US…
Bloomberg – USA
April 17 (Bloomberg) — Two Japanese citizens were released in Iraq after
being held hostage for three days, the Japanese government said.…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=axjIwDmQ0tcU&refer=top_world_news

EARLY on, eyes on Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn
up against Iraq less than two months after US forces attacked Afghanistan
and was so…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usbook1
73761952apr17,0,1049867.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines

AL-JAZEERA shows US soldier held prisoner in Iraq
Middle East Online – UK
BAGHDAD – Al-Jazeera broadcast footage Friday of a US soldier held prisoner
by insurgents in Iraq in a report which said he was in good health.…
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=9686

NEW book tells of early focus on Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
By Peter Wallsten. WASHINGTON — President Bush asked for a plan to invade
Iraq in November 2001, about three months after the Sept.…
www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04172004/nation_w/157983.asp

IRANIAN delegation ends fact-finding mission to Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : An Iranian fact-finding team ended its mission to Iraq saying
it had met with "all the parties", but without a visit to a holy city
where a radical…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/80587/1/.html

BLAIR backs Bush on Iraq, Israel
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
WASHINGTON — In the midst of the deadliest period in Iraq since the war
began and with the apparent re-emergence of Osama bin Laden, President
Bush and…
www.indystar.com/articles/8/138783-2178-010.html

TWO Japanese hostages released in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… highways north and south of Baghdad on Saturday, soon after US President
George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed to stamp out
violence in Iraq…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1089517.htm

FREED Japanese Describe Iraq Ordeal, Set to Return
Reuters – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese freed after being taken hostage in Iraq
were kept in what seemed like private homes and moved from one location
to another…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4854587&section=news

TWO more Japanese hostages freed in Iraq, Arab TV stations report
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Two Japanese hostages in Iraq have been released, news
reports said Saturday, two days after three other Japanese were freed.

www.boston.com/dailynews/108/world/Two_more_Japanese_hostages_fre:.shtml

IRAQ is rich in the most dangerous resource – – idle young men
The Globe and Mail – Canada
It was last fall when I first became aware that the coalition governing
Iraq had failed to pay any attention to one of the world's most dangerous
threats.…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/
LAC/20040417/DOUG17/TPComment/TopStories

NEW Plot to Foment Civil War in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Since the expulsion of British forces and the establishment of the
monarchy in Iraq in 1920, foreign powers have tried to weaken religion
in Iraq and to…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/17/2004&Cat=14&Num=001

BUSH, Blair Vow To Stick To Deadline For Iraq Power Handover
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… intimidation.". He said Iraq could either move to democracy or go back
to "tyranny and terror". As … free. Iraq will be independent. Iraq…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=041604115437

ITALY Says in Positive Talks With Iran Over Iraq Hostage Crisis
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Thursday that Rome
has held positive talks with Iran seeking help to free four Italian hostages
in Iraq.…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/17/2004&Cat=2&Num=010

TWO missing Japanese in Iraq "likely" kidnapped: government
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO : Two Japanese citizens who went missing in Iraq earlier this week
were "likely" kidnapped, the foreign ministry said, as the nation's hostage
crisis…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/80584/1/.html

BUSH, Blair unite on Iraq but part on Israel
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Minister Tony Blair gave an enthusiastic welcome Friday to a proposal
to create a UN-appointed caretaker government that would assume power
in Iraq on June 30.…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/8452573.htm

MISSING American Soldier Held Hostage In Iraq: Report
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… Matthew Maupin. "I am married and have a 10-month-old son," he said
in an American accent. "I came to Iraq to liberate it. But I…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=041604115007

IRAN Rules Out Mediation Role in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) ˆ- Foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi on Friday dismissed rumors
that Iran has taken a mediatory role in Iraq, noting that it is not possible
to…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/17/2004&Cat=2&Num=009

CANADIAN hostage released in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
OTTAWA˜Fadi Fadel is a free man today. Now he faces a dangerous trek
home to Canada after being held hostage in war-torn Iraq for 10 days.

www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1082153411540&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154

LET UN take lead in reshaping Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Atlanta,GA,USA
When President Bush tells the nation that "the consequences of failure
in Iraq would be unthinkable," he is absolutely correct. ...
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0404/18iraq.html

BUSH backs UN plan to govern Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… The shift comes as turmoil in Iraq, including attacks on US soldiers,
has intensified. After conferring at the White House with…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2511432

WHO is fighting us in Iraq?
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
By SANDRA MACKEY. The war in Iraq entered its most dangerous phase this
month with the Shiite uprising inspired by the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0404/18mackey.html

NAJAF, Iraq, AP
China Post – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned the US military against entering the holy
cities of Karbala and Najaf to capture a radical cleric wanted for murder
as US…
www.chinapost.com.tw/detail.asp?onNews=1&GRP=A&id=23707

US shifts to support UN's Iraq plan
Xinhua – China
… policy shift, US President George W. Bush on Friday signaled support
for a UN plan which called for an interim government to take over power
in Iraq on June 30…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/17/content_1425075.htm

BUSH Agrees to a Larger UN Role in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… embraced a plan Friday that would give the world body a more prominent
role ˜ perhaps even the central role ˜ in guiding Iraq's postwar political
transition…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-bush17apr17,1,2346940.story?coll=la-home-headlines

BUSH sought secret Iraq war plan, book says
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Washington ˜ George W. Bush ordered up a secret plan to invade Iraq in
late 2001, reinforcing the perception that the US President was itching
for a showdown…
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040417.wiraq17_book/BNStory/Front/

SPOUSES Adjust to Troops' Iraq Extensions
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
By DOUG SIMPSON. FORT POLK, La. — As soldiers who just returned from Iraq
hugged their loved ones at Fort Polk, Monica Irving sat across the street
and…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-
soldiers-spouses,0,2274828.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines

US and UK resolute on Iraq timing
BBC News – London,England,UK
… The president said Iraq could either move to democracy or go back to
"tyranny and terror". … Iraq will be free. Iraq will be independent.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3634133.stm

WORKERS: Iraq violence 'unbelievable,' one says
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Brian Hansen is an idealistic 33-year-old newcomer to
the world of danger, working in Iraq on his first trip overseas from the
United States.…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0404/17ircontractors.html

POLL: 73% of Japanese back Koizumi's handling of Iraq hostage…
The Star – Malaysia
TOKYO (AP) – Over 70 percent of Japanese believe Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi was right in refusing to withdraw Japanese troops from Iraq, as
demanded by…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/4/17/latest/16953Poll73&sec=latest

BUSH focused early on Iraq
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Pittsburgh,PA,USA
By Peter Wallsten, Los Angeles Times. WASHINGTON — President Bush asked
for a plan to invade Iraq in November 2001, about three months after the
Sept.…
www.post-gazette.com/pg/04108/302295.stm

BOOK details Iraq plans
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ President Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against
Iraq less than two months after US forces attacked Afghanistan and was
so worried…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/041704dnnatwoodward.27de8.html

IRAQ gunmen show tape of US hostage
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Videotape broadcast Friday showed a tense and frightened
US soldier held captive by masked gunmen who said they want to trade him
for…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0404/17hostage.html

BLAIR and Bush Vow to 'Finish the Job' in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George Bush vowed not to waiver
in their fight to build a free Iraq, despite recent bloodshed which has
seen scores of…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2792077

MISSION in Iraq is faltering as respect for the US wanes
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TO BE successful in Iraq, and in any war for that matter, our use of force
must be tied to a political objective more complete than the ouster of
a regime.…
news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=432722004

ANALYSIS: Diet debate to focus on SDF mission in Iraq
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
… Tokyo caving in to the demands of the abductors, likely will steer
debate among lawmakers over the eventual price to be paid for stationing
troops in Iraq.…
www.asahi.com/english/politics/TKY200404170158.html

HOSTAGE-TAKING in Iraq now becoming a free-for-all
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
… BAGHDAD-While the release Thursday of three Japanese held hostage in
Iraq brings partial closure to the crisis, the apparent abduction of two
more highlights…
www.asahi.com/english/world/TKY200404170151.ht

FREED Japanese hostages intend returning to Iraq
The Star (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
Tokyo – Three freed Japanese hostages were to leave Iraq today as the government
in Tokyo breathed a sigh of relief. But controversy…
www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=132&fArticleId=405809

BUSH and Blair vow to stay in Iraq
Nzoom.com – New Zealand
Three Czechs and a Canadian taken hostage in Iraq have been freed, but
in a fresh show of defiance guerrillas paraded a captive US soldier on
a video tape and…
onenews.nzoom.com/onenews_detail/0,1227,268087-1-9,00.html

IRAQ violence 'a sign of success'
NEWS.com.au – Australia
THE violent insurgency in Iraq was a sign the US-led coalition was succeeding
in its efforts to rebuild post-Saddam Iraq, British Prime Minister Tony
Blair…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9304968%255E1702,00.html

AUSTRALIA essential in Iraq: US
NEWS.com.au – Australia
AUSTRALIA'S military presence in Iraq is essential, Deputy US Secretary
of State Richard Armitage has said in the wake of the Opposition's pledge
to pull…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9304970%255E1702,00.html

BUSH 'ordered Iraq war during Afghan conflict'
Independent – London,England,UK
President George Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq
less than two months after US forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried
the…
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=512251

MAJOR Developments in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
Major developments Friday in Iraq: —President Bush, after meeting with
Britain's Tony Blair, said a plan being developed by a UN envoy for an
interim…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V7818.AP-Iraq-Developmen.html

BLAIR refused offer of get-out clause on Iraq
Guardian – UK
Tony Blair rejected George Bush's offer of keeping British troops out of
Iraq, it emerged yesterday, as the two leaders mounted a united front
on the year-long…
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1193890,00.html

IRAQ as Vietnam
The Nation – USA
t is a pity the major news media have not convened a commission of inquiry
to examine their own mistakes and derelictions concerning the war in Iraq.

www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040503&s=greider

US soldier captive in Iraq as Bush vows no retreat
ABC Online – Australia
… a captive US soldier on television, shortly after US President George
W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed to stamp out all violence
in Iraq.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1089421.htm

BUSH planned Iraq war in Dec 2001: Book
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: President George W. Bush was planning to attack Iraq in December
2001 despite public assurances that Washington was seeking a diplomatic
solution…
sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13455549

IMPORTANT for Australia to maintain troops in Iraq: US
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : Australia's military presence in Iraq is essential, Deputy
US Secretary of State Richard Armitage said following an Australian opposition
pledge…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/80554/1/.html

US Soldier Held in Iraq, Four Foreigners Freed
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Three Czechs and a Canadian taken hostage in Iraq were
freed Friday, but in a fresh show of defiance guerrillas paraded a captive
US…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4854005

36 killed, 66 wounded in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
Two Jordanians were killed and a third was injured in Iraq when rockets
hit their vehicle near the central town of Ramadi, the official Petra
news agency…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_17-4-2004_pg1_3

BUSH and Blair stand firm on Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Iraq will be free.". … But there is nonetheless wide agreement now
that post-Saddam Iraq is becoming a magnet for anti-American militants
of all stripes.…
www.iht.com/articles/515510.htm

TEXANS killed in Iraq since war began
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… _ April 8: Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Wafford, 20, of Spring, was killed
after a group of Marines were fired on west of Iraq. _ April 6: Army Sgt.

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8450363.htm

CZECH journalists tell of captivity in Iraq
CNN – USA
(CNN) — Three Czech journalists held hostage in Iraq say they were moved
from place to place by their abductors and handed off to different groups
during…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/16/iraq.hostages/

BUSH'S responses to questions about Iraq bring mixed reactions
Tallahassee.com – Tallahassee,FL,USA
… with adversity. Faced with a deadly insurrection in Iraq and a barrage
of questions about his approach to terrorism before Sept. 11…
www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/politics/8450507.htm

NEW Book Says Bush Asked for Iraq War Plan in 2001
New York Times – USA
… still fresh and American forces were still fighting in Afghanistan,
President Bush secretly ordered that plans be drawn up for war against
Iraq, according to a…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/16/politics/16CND-BOOK.
html?ex=1082779200&en=f78932f875569058&ei=5062

EXTENDED Iraq tours cause anguish in US hometowns
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… ribbons up and down Colony Boulevard feel like cruel taunts, now that
her husband, Specialist Roy Abrams, is spending an extra three months
in Iraq along with…
www.iht.com/articles/515545.htm

5 foreigners are released in Iraq, but 2 more are kidnapped
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… the United Arab Emirates and a Danish businessman were reported kidnapped,
the latest in a wave of abductions that have accompanied a surge of violence
in Iraq…
www.iht.com/articles/515546.htm

  
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