Iraq News and Information Links July 25 2004
HOPES raised for release of seven hostages in Iraq
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
BAGHDAD: A Kuwaiti company said overnight it had received assurances that
seven of its employees being held hostage by militants in Iraq would be
freed.…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2983099a12,00.html

FIFTEEN insurgents killed in Iraq shootout
ABC Online – Australia
The US military said insurgents opened fire on Iraqi security forces as
they provided security for the 1st Infantry Division during a raid in
a nearby farming…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1161487.htm

9/11 panel avoided Iraq to reach agreement
MSNBC – USA
11 commission‚s report didn‚t include the war in Iraq because Congress
didn‚t want it included and the commission couldn‚t have agreed on
a report if…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5510819/

TWO Pakistanis Œabducted‚ in Iraq
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
… Two Pakistani nationals have disappeared in Iraq and are … The suspected
abduction of Pakistanis came as Islamabad showed inclination to send its
troops to Iraq.…
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=49494

PHILIPPINES, Spain Defend Iraq Decisions
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
MANILA, Philippines – Facing strong criticism, Spain and the Philippines
on Sunday defended their decisions to pull troops out of Iraq, insisting
they had the…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/9241513.htm

RUSSIA Wants to Aid Iraq With Trade, Not Troops
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
Russia said Saturday it had no intention of contributing troops to the
US-led force in Iraq, but was prepared to help by developing trade and
easing debt…
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/07/26/047.html

HOPES Raised for Release of Seven Hostages in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti company said on Sunday it had received assurances
that seven of its employees being held hostage by militants in Iraq would
be…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5765207

PURPORTED Threat To Italy And Australia Over Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… from militants linked to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda threatened Italy
and Australia on Saturday with attacks if they did not withdraw their
troops from Iraq.…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=7/26/2004&Cat=4&Num=003

MILITANTS Use Kidnapping as Their Most Powerful Weapon in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… insurgents moved with rapidly increasing sophistication to develop
hostage-taking as their most powerful weapon against foreign nations in
Iraq, two Pakistanis…
www.nytimes.com/2004/07/25/international/middleeast/25CND-IRAQ.html

KUWAIT Firm Assured Iraq Hostages Will Be Freed
Reuters – USA
KUWAIT (Reuters) – The Kuwaiti employer of seven foreign hostages in Iraq
said on Sunday they had assurances that the captives would be freed.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5765122

IRAQ'S PM Allawi Visits Beirut for Talks
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)—Iraq's prime minister began a three-day visit to
Lebanon on Sunday, seeking political, security and economic backing for
his troubled…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V2583.AP-Lebanon-Allawi.html

PINOY workers in Iraq may lose jobs
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
American and British companies implementing reconstruction projects in
Iraq may have to terminate the contracts of some 4,100 Filipino workers
owing to Manila…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=NATIONAL&oid=55924

MORE kidnaps reported in Iraq as Kuwait finds assassination plans
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Two Pakistani citizens were reported kidnapped in Iraq, ratcheting
up tension after abductors threatened to start beheading seven captives
unless…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/97501/1/.html

WIFE of Iraq hostage hospitalised
Times of India – India
SHIMLA: The wife of one of the three Indians held hostage in Iraq has been
hospitalised in Himachal Pradesh. “Promila has been hospitalised…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/789828.cms

INDIA invokes Islam for release of hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
NEW DELHI, July 25 (Xinhuanet) — India Sunday invoked the teachings of
Islam and its close ties with Iraq to renew its appeal for the release
of three of its…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/25/content_1647151.htm

TWO Pakistanis feared kidnapped in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
BANGOI, Pakistan – Pakistan said on Sunday it believed two nationals missing
in Iraq had been kidnapped as the wife of one of the men made an emotional
plea…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=WORLD&oid=55901

IRAQ hostage crisis: Minister appeals to captors
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
New Delhi, July 25: Government on Sunday continued efforts for early release
of the three Indians held hostage in Iraq and made fresh appeals to their
captors…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=34203

DOWNER blames Iraq pullouts for threat
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The Government has blamed decisions by the Philippines and Spain to withdraw
troops from Iraq for a terrorist threat to turn Australia into “pools
of blood”.…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/25/1090693835808.html

HEAVY Clashes in Iraq; Hostage Crisis Spirals
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's police and National Guard killed 13 suspected
militants in heavy clashes near Baghdad on Sunday in one of the fiercest
battles the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5764662

ALLAWI plea as Iraq hostage crisis deepens
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Luke Baker. Iraq's hostage crisis has escalated with the seizure of
a company director and the apparent abduction of two Pakistanis.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/25/1090693835700.html

TWO Pakistanis Feared Kidnapped in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BANGOI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan said on Sunday it believed two nationals
missing in Iraq had been kidnapped as the wife of one of the men made
an…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5764660

PHILIPPINES defends Iraq policy
The Australian – Australia
THE Philippines lashed out today at Australian accusations that its troop
withdrawal from Iraq sparked a new wave of kidnappings in the war-ravaged
country…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10246179%255E421,00.html

IRAQ hostage crisis grows
NEWS.com.au – Australia
THE Iraq hostage crisis escalated yesterday with the seizure of a state
company director and the apparent abduction of two Pakistanis, as Egyptian
and Iraqi…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10243271%255E401,00.html

13 insurgents killed in Iraq, US says
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi National Guard soldiers, supported by US forces,
killed 13 insurgents Sunday in a battle northeast of Baghdad, according
to the US…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/25/iraq.main/

DESPERATE Filipinos line up for Iraq jobs
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
MANILA — Joel Penaranda is desperate to get to Iraq. … It's better to
die in Iraq than to stay here and see our families die of hunger,” he
says.…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0407250221jul25,1,7033003.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

KERRY gains among Latinos; Bush's handling of Iraq cited
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… new poll. More than half of Latino voters gave the president a ``poor''
rating when it came to handling the war in Iraq. An even…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/9239009.htm

RUSSIA offers trade help to Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Russia has offered to use its long-standing trade links with Iraq to help
to resuscitate the country's economy. The suggestion was…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3924059.stm

EDITORIAL: Flood report whitewashes Iraq WMD lies
Green Left – Australia
… Australian spy chief Philip Flood presented a report on July 22, which
found that the intelligence provided by Australia’s spy agencies on
Iraq’s alleged…
www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/591/591p3.htm

2 Pakistanis feared kidnapped in Iraq: al-Jazeera
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 25 (Xinhuanet) — Two Pakistanis working for a Middle-East
firm have gone missing in Iraq, raising fears they may have been taken
captive, Qatar…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/25/content_1645288.htm

IRAQ Leader Urges Egypt to Stay Course
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi urged Egypt on
Saturday to stand fast in the face of the kidnapping of one of its diplomats
and ignore…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12561-2004Jul25.html

AUSTRALIA blames militants' Iraq threat on the Philippines and…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… foreign minister has accused the Philippines and Spain of prompting
a militant group's threat to bomb Australia unless it withdraws from Iraq,
saying they had…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/97454/1/.html

IRAQ, Syria To Work Together To Improve Border Security
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Beirut, July 25 (NNN): Amid concerns that foreign insurgents have been
entering Iraq from Syria, Syria and Iraq have decided to work together
to improve…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=072404104736

IRAQ'S hostage crisis escalates, two Pakistanis missing
Radio Australia – Australia
Two Pakistanis working in Iraq have gone missing and are believed to have
been kidnapped. A foreign ministry spokesman says the…
www.abc.net.au/ra/newstories/RANewsStories_1161348.htm

IRAQ hostage crisis spirals
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two Pakistanis working for a Kuwait-based company are
missing and feared kidnapped in Iraq, as the country's hostage crisis
deepens with at…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=553132&section=news

STH Korea plan to send 3000 troops to Iraq
TVNZ – New Zealand
A militant group says it abducted the man because of Egypt's offer of security
aid to Iraq. But Egypt insists, it is not sending in troops.…
tvnz.co.nz/view/news_world_story_skin/438180?format=html

NO Shortage of Fighters in Iraq's Wild West
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… RAMADI, Iraq ˜ Hunkered down in the turquoise-domed Islamic Law Center,
a dozen Marines wait for the enemy to make its inevitable move.…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-ramadi25jul25,1,6138812.story?coll=la-headlines-world

EXTENSION in deadline for release of hostages in Iraq
GEO – World
BAGHDAD: The captors of seven hostages three Indians, three Kenyans and
an Egyptian held in Iraq offered a new 48 hour deadline to their Kuwaiti
employer to…
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=32146

ITALY and Australia threatened over Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… Italy and Australia are major contributors of troops to US-led forces
in Iraq. … reports Cairo might consider helping Iraq with security.

www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5104088

A Darker Shadow Than Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Despite continuing low-level violence, Iraq seems to be settling down
a bit under the interim government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, whose
success at…
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-mead25jul25,1,6557396.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

NEW story line on Iraq WMD won't work
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
BY TRUDY RUBIN. Did the Bush administration mislead the country to war
by hyping evidence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction?…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/9228526.htm

IRAQ'S leader implores Egypt to remain firm
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Prime Minister Iyad Allawi urged Egypt on Saturday not
to give in to demands by captors of an Egyptian diplomat in Baghdad, as
the spate of…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2700075

PRESIDENT'S '16 words' about Iraq get support
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
It has been a year and a half since President Bush's 2003 State of the
Union address, in which he suggested in a single sentence that Iraq might
have been…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2698395

FURTHER high-profile abductions hit Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
… Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, urged Egypt yesterday not
to bow to demands of the kidnappers of an Egyptian diplomat in Baghdad.

www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/07/25/1090721587.htm

IRAQ, Syria to cooperate on border security
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq and Syria have set up a joint committee to oversee the security of
their common border. Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1161310.htm

IRAQ to Resume Relations with Syria
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq‚s interim leader said that diplomatic relations with neighbouring
Syria, broken off since the 1980s, would be restored, and the two countries
would form…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3250896

SEPT. 11 Commission Purposely Avoided Judgments on Iraq War
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… 11 commission was any judgment on the most pressing policy debate of
the Bush presidency: Was the invasion of Iraq a crucial part of — or
a distraction from…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12136-2004Jul24.html

IRAQ kidnappers 'seeking money'
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Indian foreign minister says kidnappers of seven foreign truck drivers
in Iraq appear to be motivated by monetary, not political motives.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3923767.stm

TWO Pakistanis working for Arab company missing in Iraq
The Star – Malaysia
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Two Pakistanis who were working for an Arab
company in Iraq have lost contact with their families, but it was not
immediately clear…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/7/25/latest/18163TwoPakist&sec=latest

MILITANTS demand Australia, Italy leave Iraq
CNN International – USA
… and Italy received warnings Saturday through a statement purportedly
from militants linked to al Qaeda that demanded those countries withdraw
troops from Iraq.…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/24/alqaeda.threats/

UN to restore supposed Garden of Eden in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
UNITED NATIONS ˆ The United Nations announced an $11 million project
Friday to help restore the marshlands of southern Iraq, reputed to be
the biblical…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/072504dnintwetlands.79d1.html

IRAQ wants Russian peacekeepers
Daily Times – Pakistan
MOSCOW: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Russian peacekeepers
were needed in Iraq, as he arrived in Moscow on Saturday for a two-day
visit, the…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_25-7-2004_pg4_6

IRAQ, Syria to form border security committee
Daily Times – Pakistan
DAMASCUS: Syria and Iraq will form a committee to improve security along
their long desert border, which Washington says anti-US insurgents use
to infiltrate…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_25-7-2004_pg4_7

'AL-QAEDA' group threatens Australia over Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
A group claiming to be the European wing of al-Qaeda on Saturday threatened
Australia and Italy with attacks if they did not pull troops out of Iraq.

www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/25/1090693818921.html

BUTLER 'wrong' on Iraq uranium link
Independent – London,England,UK
A leading nuclear expert has pointed out a technical error in the Butler
report on WMD intelligence in Iraq, and criticised the committee's finding
that…
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=544436

  
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