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December 18 2004
 

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Former Regime Members in Iraq Appear Before Judge
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The former defense minister of Iraq, and the man accused of gassing thousands of Kurds in the 1980s were brought before an Iraqi magistrate Saturday for an

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Turkish embassy guards killed in Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Several Turkish embassy guards were killed in an attack in the northern city of Mosul as they travelled to Baghdad in the latest outbreak of

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/19/content_2353120.htm
Two Egyptians detained in Iraq freed
Xinhua – Beijing,China
MENA reported earlier that head of the Egyptian diplomatic mission to Iraq Farouq Riyadh Mabrouk had contacted senior Iraqi officials to secure the release of

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Iraq ; UN rejects US demands to increase staff in Iraq
Keralanext – Kerala,India
Iraq News, The United Nations rejected US demands to increase the number of its staff in Iraq ahead of the national elections, planned for January 30.

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2004/12/18/sports1504EST0358.DTL

Soldiers in Iraq get to watch college basketball
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Troops at Camp Fallujah and Camp Cooke in Iraq were able to watch Saturday’s telecast of the annual basketball game between Kentucky and Louisville.

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Iraq judges ‘Chemical Ali’
Times of India – Mumbai,India
former defence minister Sultan Hashem Ahmed have attended a hearing with an investigating magistrate in the presence of their lawyer, the Iraq Special Tribunal

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Group wants anti-Iraq war resolution on town meeting ballots
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
(AP) An activist group is hoping to get a resolution on Town Meeting Day ballots that calls on the state to recall Vermont National Guard troops from Iraq.

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Iraq ; UN rejects US demands to increase staff in Iraq
Keralanext – Kerala,India
Iraq News, The United Nations rejected US demands to increase the number of its staff in Iraq ahead of the national elections, planned for January 30.

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2004/12/18/sports1504EST0358.DTL

Soldiers in Iraq get to watch college basketball
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Troops at Camp Fallujah and Camp Cooke in Iraq were able to watch Saturday’s telecast of the annual basketball game between Kentucky and Louisville.

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faces-Iraq-hearings/2004/12/19/1103391612103.html

Chemical Ali faces Iraq hearing
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
session – which was closed to the press – marked the start of a series of interrogatory hearings that will lead to eventual full trials of Iraq’s one-time

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Turkish guards killed in Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
FIVE Turkish security guards were killed in an ambush as they were travelling by car through Iraq to Baghdad, the Turkish foreign ministry said today.

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Iraq oil facilities targeted after bin Laden message
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq’s key oil infrastructure suffered five attacks in 24 hours after a voice identified as Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ordered followers to sabotage the

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Kato Kaelin mourns loss of nephew in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
actor who was a house guest of OJ Simpson and testified at his murder trial, told a radio audience his family is mourning the death of his nephew in Iraq.

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Iraq judges quiz ‘Chemical Ali’ in landmark hearing
Turkish Press – Turkey
role in the gassing of Kurdish civilians, appeared alongside defence minister Sultan Hashem Ahmed at the landmark hearing before the Iraq Special Tribunal.

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Judge questions ‘Chemical Ali’ in Iraq
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known as Chemical Ali, and former defence minister Sultan Hashem have appeared before an investigating magistrate in Iraq.

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Democrats Blame Rumsfeld for Mistakes in Iraq
Reuters – NY,USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Saturday said US soldiers in Iraq lacked adequate body armor and plated vehicles because of Defense Secretary Donald

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Blasts pepper Iraq oil network after Al-Qaeda sabotage call
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq’s oil infrastructure suffered five attacks in 24 hours after a voice identified as Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ordered followers to

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news/special_packages/iraq/10449083.htm

Texans killed in the Iraq war
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
At least 118 Texas service members have died in Iraq since the war began March 20, 2003, according to the US Department of Defense.

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story_page/0,5478,11734009%255E1702,00.html

Attackers machine-gun Turks in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
ATTACKERS made four Turkish security guards get out of cars they were travelling in through Iraq to Baghdad, machine-gunned them and decapitated one, an

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Rebels bomb Iraq election offices
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Anti-occupation rebels launched a series of attacks on Saturday, targeting polling offices in northern Iraq, killing two people and wounding nine.

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‘Chemical Ali’ Opens New Stage in Iraq Trials
Reuters – NY,USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Saddam Hussein’s cousin and feared lieutenant Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali,” and former defense minister Sultan Hashem

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Ford signs up for controversial Iraq movie
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
Film legend Harrison Ford has agreed to star in Hollywood’s first movie about November’s second Iraq conflict, The Battle of Fallujah.

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Branson planned Mandela mission to prevent Iraq war
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
SIR Richard Branson tried to stop the war in Iraq by hatching a secret plan with Nelson Mandela, it emerged today. The Virgin chief

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Insurgents attack Iraq election offices
Reuters – London,England,UK
SAMARRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Insurgents have launched attacks on election offices in northern Iraq, killing two people and wounding nine six weeks before Iraqis

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Sabotage Stops Iraq’s North Oil Exports
Reuters – NY,USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Saboteurs blew up Iraq’s northern export pipeline for the second week in a row on Saturday, halting oil flows to Turkey’s Ceyhan port, oil

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Iraq Procurement 2005 — Amman provides ‘gateway to Iraq
AME Info – United Arab Emirates
Following on from the major success of this year’s events held in the UK and Jordan, Iraq Procurement is delighted to announce details of Iraq Procurement 2005

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Oil pipeline targeted in Iraq attacks
RTE Interactive – Ireland
Saboteurs have blown up Iraq’s northern export pipeline halting oil flows to Turkey. The attack was the second on the pipeline in the past fortnight.

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Parties Begin Campaigning for Iraq Election
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
I’m Michele Norris. In Iraq, more than a hundred parties, coalitions and individual candidates have started their campaigns. The

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US persists toward Iraq election
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
W. Bush this week that the United States and its Iraqi allies are not winning the battle against insurgents who are trying to derail Iraq’s elections next month

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Cuba Counters US Jab With Iraq Abuse, Nazi References
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
the Carter and Reagan administrations and has long advocated restoring normal diplomatic relations with Cuba, said the images of prisoner abuse in Iraq were an

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Reserve troops on front line in Iraq
Denver Post – Denver,CO,USA
The war in Iraq is stressing US military manpower, and tens of thousands of reservists and Guard members will start the new year on foreign soil.

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US forgives $4.1b Iraq debt
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — The United States yesterday forgave $4.1 billion Iraq owed it and urged other nations not part of an international debt relief agreement to

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3 die, US worker missing in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents killed at least three foreigners Friday in Mosul, a northern city that became a stronghold after Fallujah fell to US and Iraqi

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=1107&slug=Iraq%20Iran’s%20Influence

Shiite poll showing raises Iraq concerns
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A resounding Shiite victory in next month’s elections will bring Iraq closer to Tehran, forming a “Super Iran” that could change the face of

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US Marine killed in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
By The Associated Press. BAGHDAD, Iraq — A US Marine was killed Thursday during fighting in Anbar province west of Baghdad, the US military said yesterday.

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US forgives $4.1bn in Iraq debt
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
At a ceremony in Washington to mark the move, US Secretary of State Colin Powell hailed the move, and said it was a great contribution to Iraq’s “new beginning

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Paris meeting triggers new moves to rebuild Iraq’s decimated
AME Info – United Arab Emirates
A Qatar-backed initiative to rebuild Iraq’s decimated higher education system has been given fresh impetous following a recent meeting in Paris between the

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Polls and new realities in Iraq
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
HERE is an overview of the Iraq scenario today. Much water has flown down Iraq’s great rivers, and a mood of optimism is slowly setting in.

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Iraq violence surges ahead of elections
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Several Turkish embassy guards, on their way from Turkey to Baghdad, were killed in an armed attack in Mosul, as Iraq braced for new violence on

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US writes off Iraq debt
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
the debt write-off accord was signed by the outgoing US Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Treasury Secretary John Snow and Iraq’s Finance Minister Adel

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Iraq violence surges ahead of elections
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Several Turkish embassy guards, on their way from Turkey to Baghdad, were killed in an armed attack in Mosul, as Iraq braced for new violence on Saturday ahead

www.nytimes.com/2004/12/18/international/middleeast/18elections.html
Iraq’s Election Is Seen as a ‘Jungle of Ambiguity’
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By JOHN F. BURNS. BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 17 – With the candidates’ lists closed and Iraq seemingly set on an irreversible course toward elections on Jan.

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Ex-wife of American hostage taken in Iraq pleads for his release
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
LOS ANGELES – A California woman is pleading for mercy for her ex-husband, an American who was kidnapped last month in Iraq with five other people.

www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1376482,00.html
Iraq fears put pressure on Rumsfeld to quit
Guardian – UK
Donald Rumsfeld is at the centre of a Republican firestorm over his handling of the war in Iraq, with pressure appearing to mount in Washington for him to quit

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6336
UN rejects US demands to increase staff in Iraq
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
The United Nations rejected US demands to increase the number of its staff in Iraq ahead of the national elections, planned for January 30.

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Iraq takes steps to expedite trials
The Globe and Mail (subscription) – Toronto,ON,Canada
a year of incarceration, Saddam Hussein met a defence lawyer yesterday, the second step in as many days toward putting key members of Iraq’s former Baathist

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US cancels Iraq’s $4.1 billion debt
CNN – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Bush administration formally canceled Iraq’s $4.1 billion debt to the United States on Friday and urged others to do the same to help

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Ex-wife of American hostage taken in Iraq pleads for his release
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
LOS ANGELES – A California woman is pleading for mercy for her ex-husband, an American who was kidnapped last month in Iraq with five other people.

www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1376482,00.html
Iraq fears put pressure on Rumsfeld to quit
Guardian – UK
Donald Rumsfeld is at the centre of a Republican firestorm over his handling of the war in Iraq, with pressure appearing to mount in Washington for him to quit

  
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