Iraq News and Information Links
December 20 2004
 

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Iraq PM: Rebels Want to Cause Civil War
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq’s interim prime minister warned Monday that insurgents are trying to foment sectarian civil war as well as derail elections, while

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Bush says Iraq Army not ready for the job
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 20: President George W. Bush defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s handling of the Iraq war on Monday but acknowledged

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Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Bush and Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
a. The economy 46 51 3 b. The situation in Iraq 42 57 1 c. The US campaign against terrorism 53 43 3 d. Social Security 38 52 9 e. Health care 37 56 7. 36.

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Bush threatens Syria, Iran with new pressure over Iraq
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Also last week, Iraq’s interim defense minister accused both countries of having ties with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq. Bush told

www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=61250
50 detained after Iraq blasts
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
BAGHDAD, DECEMBER 20: Police rounded up dozens of suspects on Monday after twin suicide car bombings killed 66 people in Iraq’s Shia holy cities, attacks

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Polls: Despite doubts, public supports staying in Iraq until it’s
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Despite growing doubts, most Americans still support keeping US military troops in Iraq until the country is stabilized, according to polls released Monday.

 

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Bush Defends Rumsfeld, Acknowledges Iraq Difficulties
Reuters – NY,USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s handling of the Iraq war on Monday but acknowledged difficulties in training

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Iran accuses US, Israel of rigging Iraq’s elections
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Israel and the US were responsible for the blasts in Iraq’s Shiite holy cities of Kerbala and Najaf

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Bush Threatens Syria with New Pressure Over Iraq
Reuters – NY,USA
The new threat comes less than a week after Bush demanded that Syria and Iran stop insurgents and money from entering Iraq ahead of next month’s elections.

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French Iraq hostages said to be healthy
Reuters – London,England,UK
PARIS (Reuters) – Paris has said it believes two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for four months are in good health and a press watchdog appealed to

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4683907,00.html
Explosion Hits Shiite Holy City in Iraq
Guardian – UK
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) – A bomb exploded at a police checkpoint in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Monday, damaging surrounding buildings but causing no

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Bush vows vote in Iraq will go forward; stands by Defense chief
Turkish Press – Turkey
The president promised that elections in Iraq would not be derailed by the recent spasms of violence, like the twin car bombings that killed 66 people over the

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Iraq ; `Chemical Ali’ opens new stage in Iraq trials
Keralanext – Kerala,India
Raed Jouhi, the chief investigating judge for the Special Tribunal set up to try the leaders of the old regime, told reporters there was no set timetable for

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Gulf Arabs Want Polls to Lead to Broad-Based Iraq
Reuters – NY,USA
MANAMA (Reuters) – Pro-Western Gulf Arab states meeting for a summit in Bahrain hope that Iraq’s elections will produce a broad-based government, their host

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Iraq Foreign Minister visits Pak
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
Zebari and Kasuri were also to discuss how Pakistan could assist in the rebuilding of Iraq, the foreign ministry official said.

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Iraq elections are in trouble, Bush admits
The Times – London,England,UK
President Bush today gave his most downbeat assessment yet of the situation in Iraq, acknowledging for the first time today that insurgent attacks were having

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Suspects detained after Iraq holy city attacks
swissinfo – Switzerland
Islamic Revolution in Iraq and is top of the list for the most powerful Shi’ite electoral bloc. co-existed at peace in Iraq for centuries.

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Najaf, Karbala Bomb Death Toll Reaches 66, Iraq Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
yesterday in holy cities south of Baghdad, with the toll in Najaf making it the bloodiest bombing since an attack in Baqubah in July, Iraq’s health ministry

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Iraq FM meets Musharraf, discusses security for polls
Sify – Delhi,India
Musharraf — who opposed the March 2003 invasion of Iraq despite being a key ally in the US “war on terror” — said Pakistan completely endorsed the efforts of

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Iraq’s Crucial Election Ballot Down to Lottery
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Spinning a clear plastic drum filled with numbered balls, like a national lottery, Iraq’s electoral commission determined Monday where

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IRAQ: Power shortage in Baghdad and suburbs
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
This situation is contrary to US and Iraqi interim government statements saying that power output in Iraq has increased since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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Fiddling as Iraq burns
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Tommy Franks, who led the invasion of Iraq, which Mr. Bush, in his peculiar way, has characterized as a “catastrophic success.” It’s an interesting term.

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12/19/04 – IRAN AND SYRIA MEDDLE IN IRAQ
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Officials of Iraqi’s interim government say Iran and Syria are supporting terrorists in Iraq and trying to sway the national assembly elections set for January

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Leading senators hesitant to replace Rumsfeld despite mistakes in
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld should shoulder his share of blame for escalating problems in Iraq but leading senators on two key committees say he

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Cdn. election helpers unsafe in Iraq: McDonough
CTV – Canada
Opposition critics questioned the safety of Canadians heading to Iraq to help with next month’s election, hours after several insurgent attacks rocked the

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Security in Iraq tops agenda in Iraq-Pakistan talks
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
Minister Hoshyar Zebari met President Pervez Musharraf and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri Monday to discuss security in Iraq and upcoming

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Iraq: Dozens Die in Shiite Holy Cities
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Car bombs explode in Iraq’s Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, claiming dozens of lives. It was another deadly day in Iraq.

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Iran: Israel, US Rigging Iraq Election
Reuters – NY,USA
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Israeli and US agents were behind bombings in Iraq’s Shi’ite holy cities of Kerbala and Najaf, Iran’s Supreme Leader said Monday, accusing

washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041220-072428-8196r.htm
Iraq investigating former Jordan envoy
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
20 (UPI) — Iraq is investigating the fate of $30 million sent by ousted President Saddam Hussein to Iraq’s ambassador in Jordan in 2001 to finance pro-Baath

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Funerals held for dozens killed in Iraq bombing
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
NAJAF, Iraq — Thousands of mourners attended funerals Monday and Iraqi authorities detained 50 suspects in connection with an explosion in the Shiite holy

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Turkish leadership joins funeral for five policemen killed in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey’s top leaders attended an emotional funeral ceremony for five Turkish policemen killed in an ambush in Iraq, pledging every effort to

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50 arrested in Iraq after bombings
CNN International – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi police said Monday they had arrested 50 people and set up checkpoints and roadblocks a day after car bombings in two of Shia

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GOP senators back Rumsfeld despite Iraq mistakes
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — Acknowledging mistakes in Iraq, leading Republicans expressed reluctance Sunday that the White House replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10459217.htm
Japanese defense forces need on-the-job training in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
heat and sand storms when they arrived in Samawah, Japan’s first Self-Defense Forces’ unit sent on a humanitarian support mission to Iraq were forced into a

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=641310
Iraq’s election ballot down to lottery
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Spinning a big perspex drum filled with balls, not unlike a national lottery, Iraq’s Electoral Commission has determined where competing

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1269373.htm
50 detained after Iraq bombings
ABC Online – Australia
Fifty people suspected of involvement in Iraq’s insurgency have been detained in Najaf following Sunday’s suicide car bombing, which has killed 52 people.

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Two suicide bombs in Iraq holy cities kill 62
This is London – London,England,UK
Suicide car bombers struck Iraq’s two main Shi’ite holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala, killing at least 62 people and wounding nearly 130 in co-ordinated attacks

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60 die as car bombs rock two cities in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — In twin attacks targeting Iraq’s major Shiite Muslim cities, car bombs in Najaf and Karbala killed at least 60 people yesterday, threatening

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Rumsfeld attacked over Iraq condolence letters
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
The statement, which was reported on Friday by the military newspaper, Stars & Stripes, did not specifically refer to troops killed in Iraq, though family

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BLOODY SUNDAY IN IRAQ
New York Post – New York,NY,USA
30 election, officials said. But Shiites, who make up 60 percent of Iraq’s population, were urged by their cleric leaders not to follow suit.

www.rte.ie/news/2004/1220/iraq.html
Ottawa meeting discusses Iraq poll
RTE Interactive – Ireland
International electoral experts are attending a closed-door conference in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, to discuss preparations for Iraq’s elections next month

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US security firm seeks end to Iraq fraud charge
AZ Central.com – AZ,USA
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Attorneys for a US-based security company accused of setting up sham companies in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme in Iraq are contending

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Journalists held in Iraq ‘alive’
NEWS.com.au – Australia
FRENCH Foreign Minister Michel Barnier on Monday said he believed two French journalists who were abducted in Iraq exactly four months ago are still alive and

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Car bombs kill 60 in Iraq
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
NAJAF, Iraq Iraq erupted into new violence Sunday as car bombs tore through a Najaf funeral procession and Karbala’s main bus station, killing at least 60

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Opinion: Volunteer Rebels In Iraq
CBS News – USA
One of the key unknowns of the insurgency in Iraq is the role of foreign militants. Somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 foreign volunteers have infiltrated Iraq.

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OJ trial figure talks about his nephew, killed in Iraq last week
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
MILWAUKEE – Aspiring actor and former OJ Simpson houseguest Brian “Kato” Kaelin says his nephew was killed in the war in Iraq. “It’s

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Over 60 killed in attacks across Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, Dec. 20 — Over 60 have been killed and some 130 wounded in deadly attacks mainly targeting Shiite Muslims across Iraq.

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In Iraq: one religion, two realities
MSNBC – USA
centuries. But in the words that fill the halls of Baratha and Um al-Qura are signs of what some in Iraq fear may lie ahead. Across

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More bombings rock Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
NAJAF, IRAQ — Car bombs tore through a funeral procession in Najaf and the main bus station in Karbala on Sunday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more

www.nytimes.com/2004/12/20/politics/20rumsfeld.html
On a Deadly Day in Iraq, Republicans Step Up Debate Over Whether
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
Nation,” joined Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, in declaring his loss of confidence in the defense secretary, and said problems in Iraq were “all

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Soldiers who led Iraq invasion must return
USA Today – McLean,VA,USA
regime. They shake their heads and chuckle softly: What kind of question is that — did they ever expect to be returning to Iraq?

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Contrasting results of Iraq conflict
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
Freedom to former CIA Director George Tenet for providing proof there were weapons of mass destruction and thereby justifying our invasion of Iraq, to retired

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12383-2004Dec19.html
In Iraq: One Religion, Two Realities
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
We want to give you the opportunity to show firsthand what it is like to live and work in Iraq. Portraits of US service members

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Iraq security forces seize rockets smuggled from abroad, Allawi
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
Allawi did not specify the type of missiles involved nor did he name the country from which the rockets were allegedly smuggled into Iraq.

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Death toll up in Iraq weekend blasts
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
NAJAF, Iraq — Sixty-two people were killed and over 100 wounded in the Iraqi Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala by twin car bombs, marking a violent

www.nytimes.com/2004/12/20/politics/20rumsfeld.html
On a Deadly Day in Iraq, Republicans Step Up Debate Over Whether
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
Nation,” joined Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, in declaring his loss of confidence in the defense secretary, and said problems in Iraq were “all

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‘Chemical Ali’ faces hearing in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The former general known as ‘’Chemical Ali,’’ notorious for allegedly gassing thousands of Kurds, looked haggard and leaned on a cane in court

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4682785,00.html
Iraq Rebels Execute 3 Electoral Workers
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A brazen daylight attack in the heart of Baghdad with rebels executing election workers in cold blood served as a chilling reminder Sunday

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62 die in Iraq car bomb blasts
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
NAJAF: Suicide car bombers struck Iraq’s two main Shi’ite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala yesterday, killing at least 62 people and wounding nearly 130, six

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Carnage in Iraq as 70 killed
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Suicide car bombers struck Iraq’s two main holy cities of Najaf and Karbala yesterday, killing at least 70 people and wounding nearly 130, in co

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62 die in Iraq car bomb blasts
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
NAJAF: Suicide car bombers struck Iraq’s two main Shi’ite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala yesterday, killing at least 62 people and wounding nearly 130, six

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Pettigrew restates commitment to aid Iraq vote
CTV – Canada
As Elections Canada hosts secretive meetings to discuss preparations for planned elections in Iraq, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew renewed Ottawa’s

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Amid Violence in Iraq, Hopes to Calm Fallujah
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Bombings in Najaf and Karbala, Iraq, leave dozens dead and wounded, in the latest insurgent attacks. In Fallujah, US

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1377356,00.html
Bloody day hits Iraq poll hopes
Guardian – UK
Hopes that Iraq will successfully hold peaceful democratic elections next month were battered yesterday as gunmen in Baghdad murdered three electoral officials

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Rumsfeld faces Iraq letters row
BBC News – London,England,UK
He spoke shortly after his admission that he had used a machine to sign letters to relatives of more than 1,000 troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Iraq Rebels Execute 3 Electoral Workers
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A brazen daylight attack in the heart of Baghdad with rebels executing election workers in cold blood served as a chilling reminder Sunday

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Iraq election has monitors worried
The Globe and Mail (subscription) – Toronto,ON,Canada
Latin America, Europe and the Middle East as they huddled Sunday to discuss international assistance in organizing and monitoring the Iraq election scheduled

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Dozens Die in Iraq’s Holy Cities
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Car bombs explode in Iraq’s Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, claiming dozens of lives. In Baghdad, after three

  
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