Iraq News and Information Links July 23 2004
EGYPTIAN diplomat taken hostage in Iraq; US planes bomb Fallujah
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Kidnappers seized an Egyptian diplomat in Iraq as relatives of
other hostages begged for the release of their loved ones threatened with
death.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/97291/1/.html

PUSH to secure Iraq's borders reveals Iran's concerns
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt ˆ Iran, by offering to host a summit on security for Iraq,
is signaling its commitment to stopping the flow of foreign fighters into
its neighbor…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040723-0756-iraqsinfiltrators.html

EGYPTIAN Diplomat Taken Hostage in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—Militants in Iraq took an Egyptian diplomat hostage
Friday and demanded his country forsake any plans it had to send security
experts here…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V9369.AP-Iraq.html

KENYA: Families Plead for Release of Captives Held in Iraq
AllAfrica.com – Africa
The families of three Kenyan captives held hostage in Iraq have sent passionate
pleas to their captors to set them free, as the government urged all Kenyans

allafrica.com/stories/200407230574.html

US Attacks Suspected Militants in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—US forces launched a ``precision attack'' Friday against
a suspected gathering of insurgents outside a house in the volatile city
of…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V9048.AP-Iraq.html

RP drivers barred from Iraq crossing
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Filipino truck drivers working in the Middle East are now banned from entering
Iraq to prevent another kidnapping by terrorists in that country.…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=Headlines&oid=55825

INDIA appeals for release of Indians taken hostage in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Pleading for early release of the hostages, he said the three Indians
had gone to Iraq to earn their livelihood. He hoped Iraq would…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/23/content_1638220.htm

ANALYSIS: Iraq's 'changing' war
United Press International – USA
By Claude Salhani. WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) — The “war” in Iraq is suddenly
taking a very different turn, and regrettably, not one for the better.

www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040722-084908-1295r

INDIA appeals for release of abducted nationals in Iraq
HindustanTimes.com UK edition – New Delhi,India
External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh on Thursday appealed to the kidnappers
of three Indian nationals in Iraq to release them unharmed, saying they
are non…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_902564,00430001.htm

HALLIBURTON defends performance in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON Executives of Halliburton have appeared before Congress for
the first time to defend their record in Iraq, where the company's handling
of more than…
www.iht.com/articles/530784.htm

IRAQ and al Qaeda: What the 9/11 Commission Said
National Review Online – USA
… reassessment of the now-conventional wisdom about the links ˜ or,
as critics of the Bush administration contend, the absence of links˜
between Iraq and al…
www.nationalreview.com/york/york200407230835.asp

INDIA suspends emigration clearance to Iraq
Times of India – India
NEW DELHI: India has suspended emigration clearance for workers and has
advised Indian workers against going to Iraq, even as it tries to secure
the safe…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/788287.cms

UNDAUNTED, Filipinos head for Iraq
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
DUBAI – The ordeal of a Filipino truck driver freed by militants after
his country withdrew its troops from Iraq has not deterred Filipino migrant
workers from…
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG24Ak02.html

EXECS defend Iraq record
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
They offered a sweeping defense of the company's actions in Iraq, where
a Halliburton subsidiary holds a US government contract, worth up to $7
billion, to…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/07/23/BUGN77RQ2N1.DTL

IRAQ border issue reveals Iran concerns
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt — Iran is eager to work with senior Arab security officials
on stopping the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq, a sign that Tehran
wants a role…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq's%20Infiltrators

THE Hawks and the Doves Are Aflutter Over US Iran Policy
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… 11. Consequently it has adopted a tried-and-true ploy of muddying the
waters to deflect negative press: Blame Iran for everything.…
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-beeman23jul23,1,7597868.story

THE Hawks and the Doves Are Aflutter Over US Iran Policy
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Every few years, with soothing regularity, a prominent research institution
comes along to recommend that the United States reengage with Iran.…
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-pletka23jul23,1,4700506.story

CHARLES Krauthammer: Iran a tougher challenge
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… One of the lessons now being drawn from the 9-11 report is that Iran
was the real threat. … Well, of course Iran is a threat and a danger.

www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/stories/072304dnedikrauthammer.4e224.html

CIA points to continuing Iran tie to al Qaeda
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
A senior CIA official has revealed that al Qaeda operatives in Iran probably
had advance knowledge of recent terrorist attacks, a sign that the cooperation

washingtontimes.com/national/20040722-115444-6101r.htm

KUWAITI Co will quit Iraq to save hostages
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… 22: A Kuwaiti company on Friday said that it would do anything to save
the lives of its seven drivers, including three Indians, who have been
kidnapped in Iraq…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=34133

US irate over Philippines' Iraq pullout
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino truck driver freed by his kidnappers
in Iraq was greeted as a hero by his countrymen, but the United States
criticized the…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apasia_story.asp?category=1104&slug=Philippines%20Hostage%20Fallout

IRAQ border issue reveals Iran concerns
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt — Iran is eager to work with senior Arab security officials
on stopping the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq, a sign that Tehran
wants a role…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq's%20Infiltrators

MI6 Boss 'Should Quit over Iraq Dossier'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… News. John Scarlett should go as head of MI6 for his part in intelligence
failings on Iraq, a former spy chief suggested today. As…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3243509

LATINOS Support Kerry, Say Bush Misled Public on Iraq, Polls Show
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… John F. Kerry over President Bush, who a majority say deliberately
misled the public into war in Iraq, according to data released Thursday
by the Pew Hispanic…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-latino23jul23,1,4363624.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

BODY Discovery Stokes Iraq Hostage Tension
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Police discovered a decapitated body in an orange jumpsuit
and a head in a bag on the banks of the Tigris River, authorities said
Thursday…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7882-2004Jul23.html

ARROYO: no apology for troop pullout from Iraq
Xinhua – China
… President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Friday took on a defiant tone defending
her decision to pull out the Philippine military personnel from Iraq to
save the life…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/23/content_1634204.htm

KENYA tells nationals to leave Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Seven kidnapped foreign truck drivers were shown on videotape pleading
for their lives, as Kenya called on its nationals to quit Iraq.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/23/1090464850796.html

HOWARD accepts responsibility for Iraq war decision
ABC Online – Australia
… intelligence failures. And John Howard has taken full responsibility
for going to war in Iraq based on faulty intelligence. The…
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1160543.htm

US Army Finds 94 Cases Of Iraq, Afghan Prison Abuse
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Washington, July 23 (NNN) : The US military has found 94 cases of confirmed
or alleged abuse of prisoners by its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=072204093315

ARROYO Says She Withdrew Troops From Iraq to Protect Workers
Bloomberg – USA
July 23 (Bloomberg) — Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said she withdrew
her country's military contingent from the US- led force in Iraq to protect
the 1.5…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=aDfWrKxjRhbQ&refer=asia

AUSTRALIA intelligence on Iraq war slammed
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
CANBERRA: Australian intelligence relied on thin and ambiguous information
to assess Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, a report said yesterday,
but there was…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=87494&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27125

KENYA'S citizens told to exit Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Kenya on Thursday ordered its citizens to leave Iraq after
kidnappers threatened to kill three Kenyan hostages, while violence surged
in the…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2696800

FILIPINO freed from Iraq gets home after ordeal
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… de la Cruz arrived home to a hero's welcome yesterday as Manila started
to count the diplomatic cost of its decision to withdraw its troops from
Iraq to save…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/asia/archives/2004/07/23/2003180060

ON Iraq, 'the president broke his word'
USA Today – USA
… He said he does not regret his vote authorizing the Iraq invasion but
does regret that Bush broke his promise to pursue war as a last resort.

www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/president/2004-07-22-kerry-cover_x.htm

FINDINGS Further Erode Claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda Ties
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… counterterrorism director Paul Kurtz wrote in a memo to national security
adviser Condoleezza Rice that no “compelling case” existed for Iraq's
involvement in…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7336-2004Jul22.html

APOLOGY call over Iraq victims
The Australian – Australia
… candidate in the coming federal election, said a damning report into
the intelligence community had vindicated his staunch opposition to the
Iraq war.…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10221758%255E1702,00.html

HALLIBURTON unit wasteful in Iraq, three testify
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… Three whistle-blowers Thursday charged ˆ and top executives strongly
denied ˆ that spending by defense contractor Halliburton in Iraq was
reckless and…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/072304dnnathalliburton.9eeb.html

WEIR admits to paying kickbacks in Iraq
Guardian – UK
… yesterday. It admitted that it had made irregular payments to Saddam
Hussein's regime in Iraq which had previously been denied.…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1267562,00.html

PHILIPPINES Rewarded Kidnappers Over Iraq Hostage, Powell Says
Bloomberg – USA
July 23 (Bloomberg) — The Philippine government rewarded kidnappers by
agreeing to their demand to withdraw its troops from Iraq in return for
the release of…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=anl..qwog.pU&refer=asia

AUSTRALIA'S prime minister rejects calls for further inquiry into…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… John Howard on Friday rejected calls for a further inquiry into Australian
spy agencies, after a report on the nation's prewar Iraq intelligence
cleared his…
www.boston.com/dailynews/204/world/Australia_s_prime_minister_rej:.shtml

IRAQ worried about borders with neighbors
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 22 (Xinhuanet) — Though six Iraqi neighbors voiced support
to the interim Iraqi government at a Cairo gathering Wednesday, Iraq is
still worried…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/23/content_1632521.htm

LIST of Michigan casualties in Iraq
MLive.com – MI,USA
… 26, formerly of Flint, was one of six soldiers killed in the crash
of an Army Black Hawk helicopter April 2, 2003, during a fire fight in
Iraq, his wife said.…
www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/base/news-17/1090537770205200.xml

US army finds 94 Iraq abuse cases
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The US army has found 94 cases of confirmed or possible abuse in Iraq and
Afghanistan, including the infamous brutal treatment of Iraqi detainees
by US…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373926248

COMMISSION: al-Qaida connections to Iran and Iraq remain murky
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
11 commission's final report cites al-Qaida contacts with Iran and Iraq
but does not conclude either of the ''axis of evil'' countries developed
a close…
www.boston.com/dailynews/204/wash/Commission_al_Qaida_connection:.shtml

UN envoy in Iraq next month
The Australian – Australia
THE new UN envoy to Iraq will take up his post in Baghdad in August but
the country remains too dangerous for a larger staff to return without
a special UN…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10221626%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ Hostages Plead for Life
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 23 July 2004 ˜ Seven foreign truck drivers kidnapped in Iraq
and threatened with execution yesterday made desperate appeals for their
lives to be…
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=48746&d=23&m=7&y=2004

ARMY Finds 94 Cases of Iraq, Afghan Prisoner Abuse
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A long-awaited Army report on Thursday found 94
cases of abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan but blamed “a few
individuals” and…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5750487

'PAKISTAN can send troops to Iraq'
Daily Times – Pakistan
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan is prepared to send troops to Iraq, United Nations
Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Thursday. Asked…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_23-7-2004_pg1_1

ALL channels on to make contact in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… drivers spelt out their names and nationalities before TV audiences
across the world today, it was clear that India was no longer immune to
the turmoil in Iraq…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=51580

HALLIBURTON Execs Defend Iraq Actions
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
They offered a sweeping defense of the company's actions in Iraq, where
they are operating under a contract with the government worth up to $7
billion to…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-072204halliburton_lat,1,6478087.story?coll=la-home-headlines

KENYA tries to rescue hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
NAIROBI, July 22 (Xinhuanet) — Kenya confirmed on Thursday that three
of its nationals were kidnapped in Iraq and said it is working round the
clock to secure…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/23/content_1631425.htm

  
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