Iraq News and Information Links August 19 2004
IRAQ Makes 'Final Call' to Defiant Sadr on Najaf
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – A radical Shi'ite cleric defied a final order from
Iraq's interim prime minister on Thursday to disarm his militia or face
attack, as…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6022538

PROBE faults more than two dozen in Iraq prison abuse scandal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : An investigation into an abuse scandal at Iraq's Abu Ghraib
prison faults the actions of more than two dozen people but clears senior
military…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/101971/1/.html

THE United Nations mission in Iraq remains vital
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
The situation in Iraq today is quite different from what it was in August
of last year, and includes more promising and worrying dimensions.…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&article_id=7531&categ_id=17

NEW Poll Shows Iraq, National Security Key To Presidential Race
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Ten weeks before the US presidential elections, dissatisfaction with events
in Iraq remains high and foreign policy and security issues dominate US
voters…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/08/4ad613fd-1e96-44b3-bcfe-5a2a2923b5f1.html

IRAQ Oil Exports Unchanged After Basra Attack
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's oil exports are still flowing at one million
barrels per day through southern terminals despite an attack on the South
Oil Company…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6022612

ANOTHER Turk firm quits Iraq after plea
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The parent company of a Turkish firm, which quit Iraq earlier in the week,
has said it will also leave the war-torn country, following the pleas
of one of its…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/38310472-A250-45E7-ADE8-2527AC1FAD1A.htm

IRAN calls for meeting on Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE Iranian foreign minister had called for an urgent meeting of Iraq's
neighbours to help end the crisis there, the official IRNA agency said
today.…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10507521%255E1702,00.html

BREAKING: Sadr Rejects Ultimatum, Najaf Fighting Escalates
www.truthout.org/docs_04/082004Y.shtml

IRAQ'S national conference may have persuaded the firebrand of…
Economist (subscription) – London,England,UK
On August 18th, in a surprise message reportedly signed by the fiery preacher
himself, Mr Sadr told the National Conference, post-war Iraq's first big

www.economist.com/world/africa/displaystory.cfm?story_id=3109738

REPORT Expected to Blame 24 in Iraq Abuse
ABC News – USA
19, 2004 ˜ An Army investigation into the abuse of inmates at Iraq's
Abu Ghraib prison will blame at least two dozen people and conclude that
while no senior…
abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20040819_1071.html

SOLDIER sues over order to stay in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… combat veteran has become the first Army reservist to sue the Bush
Administration over its policy of ordering soldiers to continue serving
in Iraq beyond the…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?reportID=562588&storyID=3585491

INDIA Rules Out Direct Talks with Iraq Hostage Takers
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
India says it will not hold direct talks with the kidnappers of three Indians
abducted last month in Iraq. Minister of State for…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=997A0764-FE28-4E80-B05BBF5D8052DD7F

TURKISH firm pulls out of Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
A SECOND Turkish firm said today it was withdrawing from Iraq to save the
life of a Turkish worker who was facing execution at the hands of his
kidnappers.…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10507132%255E401,00.html

CLERIC Rejects Iraq Ultimatum, Aide Says
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq (AP)—Militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Thursday rejected
a government ultimatum to disarm his militia immediately and pull them
out of a…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V5012.AP-Iraq.html

OIL Hits New High as Iraq Violence Flares
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices struck a fresh record above $48 a barrel
on Thursday, spurred higher by renewed violence in Iraq and fresh evidence
that strong…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6019820

EL Salvador sends troops to Iraq despite threats
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
El Salvador sent a new contingent of troops to join the US-led coalition
in Iraq despite repeated threats from Islamic militants that they would
strike against…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/19/1092889287763.html

NETHERLANDS reinforces Iraq contingent
Expatica – Netherlands
AMSTERDAM ˜ The Netherlands is to beef up its security measures in southern
Iraq after one of its soldiers was killed in an ambush last weekend.…
www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=19&story_id=10862

PANHANDLE US Rep. Miller leading Iraq trip
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Jeff Miller is heading a bi-partisan congressional delegation that
will visit with the new leadership in Iraq and government officials in
Afghanistan.…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/9442067.htm

IRAQ warns Sadr that assault is imminent
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Iraq's government warned the rebel cleric Moktada al-Sadr on Thursday
that he faced an imminent military strike by Iraqi forces unless he met

www.iht.com/articles/534726.html

CRUDE Rises to Record in New York on Iraq Fighting, Supply Drop
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures rose to a record for a sixth straight
day in New York as fighting in Iraq raised concern about its ability to
sustain…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a7zQG0146QFY&refer=us

BLAIR drops Iraq leader invite plan
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TONY BLAIR today dropped plans to invite Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi
to address the Labour Party conference following protests by opponents
of the Gulf…
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=964332004

EL Salvador Sends Fresh Troops to Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
El Salvador says it will begin sending fresh troops to Iraq to relieve
soldiers already there in spite of threats from Islamic militants that
the South…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=46257932-D688-4177-8AFA673AEA849559

MISSING Iranian diplomat and reporter found in Iraq: report
ABC Online – Australia
An Iranian diplomat and a journalist missing in Iraq are safe and sound,
Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi was quoted as saying by state television.

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1180834.htm

IRAQ says it could start military offensive in Najaf within hours
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq – An Iraqi Cabinet minister said Thursday that Iraqi forces
could begin an offensive against Muqtada al-Sadr within hours, despite
the firebrand…
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=40518

OIL Sets Record as New Violence Flares in Iraq
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices struck a fresh record on Thursday, spurred
higher by renewed violence in Iraq and fresh evidence that strong demand
growth in…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6018411

OIL prices reach new zenith as Iraq peace hopes fade
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : World oil prices set new records as hopes of an easing of tensions
in Iraq faded and Iraqi forces prepared for a new assault on the forces
of Shiite…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_business/view/101853/1/.html

IRANIAN parliament calls on OIC to pay attention to Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Ali Haddad Adel on Thursday called on the Organization of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) to pay attention to the recent armed conflicts in Iraq,
the official…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/19/content_1826959.htm

IRAQ'S parliament to open first session
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, Aug. 19 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's new interim parliament will hold
its first session on Sept. 1, said new member and head of…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/19/content_1827049.htm

IRAQ Says Offensive Vs. Cleric to Start
ABC News – USA
NAJAF, Iraq Aug. … Col. Barry Johnson, the US military's spokesman for
detention operations in Iraq. Abu Ghraib is west of Baghdad.…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040819_344.html

VETERANS show more clout as Iraq issue heats up
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… John Kerry. ``Bush sent people to Iraq out of a need to fulfill…
``The guys in Iraq are going to come back worse than the guys in Vietnam.
We need a change.''.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/9439535.htm

IRAQ'S Sadr Wants to Negotiate to End Uprising
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wants to
negotiate arrangements to implement government demands to end his uprising,
his…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6016705

EL Salvador Sends Troops to Iraq Despite Threats
Reuters – USA
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) – El Salvador sent a new contingent
of troops to join the US-led coalition in Iraq on Thursday despite repeated
threats…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6017224

TWO kidnapped journalists threatened with death in Iraq
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
Iraqi militants are threatening to kill a Turkish hostage if his company
does not withdraw from Iraq within three days, private NTV television
reported in…
212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=114738414&p=yy4739yzx&n=114739174

MARINE and soldier killed in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ A Marine and a soldier were killed in action, one in
the southern city of Najaf and the other in Baghdad, the US military said
today.…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002009656_dead19.html

INDIANA soldier killed in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BY JIM STINSON. Army Sgt. David M. Heath, 30, was remembered as a strong
soldier and good father Wednesday, two days after he died in Iraq.…
www.suntimes.com/output/iraq/cst-nws-soldier19.html

POLISH troops killed in Iraq
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
The troops were on a routine road patrol when their convoy came under fire
around 07:15 local time in Hillah, in south-central Iraq, said Colonel
Zdzislaw…
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1575377,00.html

FINDING an Equivalent Model to Rebuild Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Central and Eastern European countries can offer useful advice
to Iraq, based on their post-communist transition to democracy and free
enterprise.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3857929

IRAQ abuse report will limit blame
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… scandal will implicate about two dozen military intelligence soldiers
and civilian contractors in the intimidation and sexual humiliation of
Iraq war prisoners…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1092867012705&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

REPUBLICAN congressman: Iraq war unjustified
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
… US Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days
of his House career, saying he believes the US military assault on Iraq
was unjustified…
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/
ShowFull&cid=1092884502329&p=1006688055060

UN marks Iraq attack anniversary
BBC News – London,England,UK
The United Nations is marking the first anniversary of the bombing of its
headquarters in the Iraq. The attack, in which 22 people…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3578734.stm

WELSH soldier killed in Iraq 'the backbone of platoon'
ic Wales – Wales,UK
A BRITISH military commander yesterday paid glowing tribute to a Welsh
soldier killed in action in Iraq, describing him as the “backbone” of
the platoon.…
icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_objectid=14547554&
method=full&siteid=50082&headline=welsh-soldier-killed-in-iraq—the-backbone-of-platoon—name_page.html

INTERIM assembly selected in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By and David Holley, Los Angeles Times | August 19, 2004. BAGHDAD — Taking
a halting step toward a democratic government, Iraqi…
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/08/19/interim_assembly_selected_in_iraq

THREE US Troops Killed in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ Three US troops were killed Wednesday in Iraq, including a
soldier shot in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, where the military said
it killed more…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-troops19aug19,1,1462800.story?coll=la-headlines-world

LOUD Blasts Heard Near Shrine in Iraq's Najaf
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – At least five loud explosions on Thursday echoed
from near holy sites in the Iraqi city of Najaf where a radical Shi'ite
cleric has…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6014281

IRAQ: Al-Sadr Accepts Najaf Peace Plan
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… agreement is fulfilled ˆ and al-Sadr has made contradictory statements
in the past ˆ it would resolve a crisis that had angered many of Iraq‚s
majority…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3369316

IRAQ Continues Hopeful Trend
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Even before a 2-1 loss to Morocco on Wednesday night, Iraq had earned
a berth in the quarterfinals by stunning tournament favorite Portugal
and then defeating…
www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-olyiraq19aug19,1,1238573.story?coll=la-olympics-features

REPORT expected to blame two dozen people for Iraq prisoner abuse
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ An Army investigation into the abuse of inmates at Iraq's
Abu Ghraib prison will blame two dozen people, a senior defense official
said Wednesday…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040818-2008-prisonabuse.html

GOP congressman reverses Iraq stance
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
˜ A top Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final
days of his House career, saying he believes the US-led invasion of Iraq
last year was…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0804/19ircong.html

THIRD Fort Riley soldier killed in Iraq in less than a week
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
FORT RILEY, Kan. – A soldier from Fort Riley has been killed in Iraq, the
third casualty from the post in less than a week, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9436879.htm

IN Climax to a Tumultuous 4-Day Debate, Iraq Chooses an Assembly
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By SABRINA TAVERNISE. AGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. … “What happens in the hall
is almost incidental,” said Samir Sumaitey, Iraq's former interior minister
and a delegate.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/19/international/middleeast/19conference.html

KIDNAPPED Journalist Highlights Dangers in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with New York Times Baghdad bureau chief
John Burns about the recent kidnapping of freelance journalist Micah Garen
in Iraq, and the…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3857263

GROUP in Iraq Threatens to Kill Journalist
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… The hostage, who had a mustache, looked down throughout the video.
Portraits of US service members who have died in Iraq since the beginning
of the war.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13269-2004Aug18.html

TOP Republican slams Iraq war
NEWS.com.au – Australia
… TOP Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days
of his House career, saying he believes the US military assault on Iraq
was unjustified…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10496290%255E1702,00.html

US forces kill two in Iraq jail riot
Guardian – UK
US forces shot dead two prisoners during riot at the Abu Ghraib prison
yesterday, the worst violence for months at the notorious jail west of
Baghdad.…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1286245,00.html

FORMER Iraq Arms Inspector Faults Prewar Intelligence
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… 18 – A former Bush administration official who led the fruitless postwar
effort to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday
that the…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/19/politics/19panel.html

BARGAIN-HUNTING, Iraq deal push up US shares
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… But a peace deal between a major Iraq conference and Shiite Muslim
militia leader Moqtada Sadr soothed concerns about the outlook for oil
prices and helped…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_business/view/101765/1/.html

US soldier sues over Iraq call-up
BBC News – London,England,UK
A veteran US soldier is suing the Defence Department over its plans to
forcibly extend his reservist's contract and send him to Iraq.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3578454.stm

RETIRING Republican House Intelligence vice chairman says war in…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… top Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days
of his House career, saying he believes the US military assault on Iraq
was unjustified…
www.boston.com/dailynews/231/politics/Retiring_Republican_House_Inte:.shtml

AMERICA should threaten to pull out of Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Many Americans now believe that the United States is depleting its
military strength, diplomatic leverage and treasury to pursue unrealistic
aims in Iraq.…
www.iht.com/articles/534564.htm

KANSAS soldiers head for Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
TOPEKA, Kan. – Armed with good thoughts from well-wishers about 50 Kansas
Army National Guard soldiers prepared Wednesday for a year in Iraq.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9435230.htm

AMERICANS evenly divided on Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Months of chaos and casualties have eroded public support in the US for
the Iraq war. Now the public is evenly divided on whether…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_956218,0015002200000158.htm

IRAQ Group Threatens to Kill Journalist
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A militant group said it has kidnapped a missing Western
journalist and would kill him if US forces did not leave the holy city
of Najaf…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4432908,00.html

  
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