Iraq News and Information Links April 26 2004
'NO plan' for more Iraq troops
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
FOREIGN Minister Alexander Downer today played down talk of Australia sending
more troops to Iraq, saying the government was not planning to dramatically

www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9402727%255E1702,00.html

OIL: Price climbs on fears of more attacks on Iraq exports
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
NEW YORK – Oil prices rose Monday after the foiled weekend attempts to
bomb Iraq's key Basra crude export terminal revived fears of more attacks
on the…
www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID
=3562895&thesection=business&thesubsection=latest

UK firms lose out to US on Iraq contracts
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
By Peter Klinger. BRITAIN is missing out to American companies in the race
to secure big contracts to rebuild Iraq. Figures released…
business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,8209-1089436,00.html

US forces to replace Spain's troops in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… take over control of the Spanish-controlled zone around the shrine
city of Najaf when Madrid and its Latin American allies pull their troops
out of Iraq at the…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/
StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420624139

BLAIR presses Army to send troops into Iraq's danger areas
Independent – London,England,UK
… commanders are resisting pressure from Downing Street to deploy large-scale
reinforcements to join American forces in Baghdad and other volatile parts
of Iraq.…
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=515688

IRAQ'S postwar oil exports surpass $8.2 billion
Forbes – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Baghdad has exported more than $8.2 billion
in crude oil since last year's invasion of Iraq, the US-led authority
governing Iraq…
www.forbes.com/business/energy/newswire/2004/04/26/rtr1347820.html

AL-QAEDA claims Iraq boat attack, condemns Howard visit
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
A statement apparently from top al-Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
claimed responsibility today for a suicide boat attack on Iraq's Basra
oil terminal and…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/27/1082831525798.html

TOP Democrats want detail on how Pentagon spent Iraq money
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Democrats said Monday that President Bush had failed to give Congress
enough detail on how $40 billion had been used for wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq and for…
www.boston.com/dailynews/117/wash/Top_Democrats_want_detail_on_h:.shtml

IRAQ oil prices feel squeeze after port attack
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The suicide boat attacks on Iraq's main oil export terminal at the weekend
added to pressure on oil prices on Monday, increasing concern about future
supplies…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/
StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420619714

CASUALTIES Mount in Iraq
Muslim American Society – Falls Church,VA,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq , April 26 (MASNET & News Agencies) – An explosion at a
suspected chemical munitions plant in Baghdad , and fierce fighting in
the flashpoint…
www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=1165

AP: 10 US contractors in Iraq penalized
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — Ten companies with billions of dollars in US contracts for
Iraq reconstruction have paid more than $300 million in penalties since
2000 to…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?
category=1110&slug=Iraq%20Punished%20Contractors

IRAQ Resumes Oil Exports After Attack
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq said Monday it had resumed oil exports two days after
suicide bombers in boats attacked pumping stations in the Persian Gulf.

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8524800.htm

NOT all is bad in Iraq: Look at the Kurdish areas
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… Kurdish police and security forces are efficient and the security situation
in the self-ruled Kurdish region is a far cry from that in the rest of
Iraq.…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=2861

IRAQ Official Blames US for Standoff
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's current Governing Council president said Monday
the United States has only itself to blame for the military deadlock at
Najaf and…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/8524654.htm

US seen correcting "mistakes" in Iraq
Reuters – India
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US adjustments to its Iraq policy, including the
siege of Falluja, demonstrate what President George W. Bush has refused
to admit…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4944635

Q&A: British troops in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Tension has been building in Iraq after another week of violence which
has seen 74 people killed, including five British soldiers, in suicide
bombings.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3661379.stm

BRITAIN May Send More Troops to Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
LONDON, April 26 — British officials said Monday they were considering
dispatching more troops to Iraq, while more than 50 former British ambassadors

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43749-2004Apr26.html

MORE troops for Iraq possible
The Australian – Australia
… Australia has about 850 personnel in and around Iraq and Mr Howard
said the upcoming Budget would fund their involvement until June 2005.

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9402685%255E1702,00.html

CASUALTIES mount as marines, insurgents clash in Iraq's Sunni…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
FALLUJAH, Iraq : An explosion at a suspected chemical munition plant in
Baghdad and fierce fighting in the flashpoint Sunni town of Fallujah left
11 people…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/81964/1/.html

DINOSAURS Enter Stage in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
In a suspicious and provocative move, the US civilian administrator in
Iraq, Paul Bremer, recently issued directives ordering the return to power
of criminal…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/27/2004&Cat=14&Num=001

ITALY told to protest to save hostages in Iraq
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
The Iraqi group holding three Italian hostages has threatened to kill them
unless protests are held in five days in Italy against Rome's policies
in Iraq.…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/
04/26/uitaly.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/04/26/ixportaltop.html

US Calls For New UN Resolution On Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… 2004 — The United States has called on the United Nations Security
Council to adopt a new resolution aimed at enlisting additional foreign
troops for Iraq.…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/04/130a47c6-1319-4e56-98c6-cff7e82b1d1e.html

KBR denies withholding news on Iraq hostages
Forbes – USA
… Reuters) – Texas company Halliburton , denying a published report it
was withholdinginformation from relatives of four workers kidnapped in
Iraq, said Monday…
www.forbes.com/home/newswire/2004/04/26/rtr1347403.html

AL-ZARQAWI Claims Iraq Oil Terminal Attack
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—A Jordanian militant with links to al-Qaida claimed
responsibility on Monday for suicide boat attacks against Persian Gulf
oil terminals…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V7090.AP-Iraq-Oil-Attack.html

BRAHIMI Lays out Proposals for Greater UN Role In Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The US-pledged deadline for handing over limited sovereignty in Iraq is
only a little more than two months away. Yet details on…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=3CDAD0C9-F181-4A3C-BD98754642522998

DEVELOPMENTS in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… captives. The three men, who were working in Iraq as private security
guards, were reported kidnapped this month in Baghdad. About…
www.boston.com/dailynews/117/world/Developments_in_Iraq_:.shtml

IRAQ resumes Basra oil exports
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq has resumed oil exports from its Basra terminal just a day after suicide
attacks forced operations to halt, Iraqi and United States officials said.

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1095210.htm

SHOTS Fired at Bulgaria President in Iraq
Guardian – UK
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) – Insurgents fired at the motorcade of Bulgarian President
Georgi Parvanov during his brief visit to Iraq, but no one in the group
was hurt…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4022665,00.html

THREE Marines killed in Iraq
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
… Arab TV channel al-Arabiya showed a video today of what it said were
three Italian hostages in Iraq, with their captors' threatening to kill
them.…
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1-1089154,00.html

IRAQ unveils new 'inclusive' flag
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council has approved a new national flag
for the embattled country, officials said. The design consists…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3660663.stm

BREAKING News: Local sailors killed in Iraq blast
WVEC.com (subscription) – Norfolk,VA,USA
The Norfolk newspaper also reported the deaths are the first of the current
conflict in Iraq involving Navy personnel from Hampton Roads.…
www.wvec.com/news/military/stories/wvec_military_042604_sailors_killed_iraq.16283a91c.html

US Military Affirms TV Cover Ban on Iraq Coffins
Reuters – USA
… More than 700 US troops have died in Iraq, including more than 100
this month. … But rules were again strictly enforced just before the
Iraq war began.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4942032

IRAQ group threatens to kill Italians
Reuters – London,England,UK
DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Arabiya TV has broadcast a tape it says shows three
Italians held captive in Iraq and says their captors will kill them in
five days if…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=499763&section=news

BARZANI Blames US for Iraq Standoffs
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The current president of Iraq's US-picked Governing Council,
Massoud Barzani, said Monday that American mistakes helped lead to the
military…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/8523752.htm

TROOPS at risk by extending their stay in Iraq, warns Labor
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
By Cynthia Banham with AAP. The lives of Australian troops in Iraq could
be at risk for a very long time, Labor said yesterday. The…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/26/1082831499634.html

BRITAIN in talks over future Iraq role
ic Wales – Wales,UK
… They are said to range from sending another 1,500 to 2,000 troops,
to taking over command of a second multinational division in central south
Iraq which would…
icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0600uk/tm_objectid=14182582&
method=full&siteid=50082&headline=britain-in-tals-over-future-iraq-role-name_page.html

MOVE to endorse Iraq plan could fail over troops
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The Bush Administration is preparing a resolution for the United Nations
to endorse its plan to transfer power in Iraq, but a proposal that guarantees
legal…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/26/1082831497184.html

IRAQ resumes oil exports
Business Day, South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
BAGHDAD – Iraq's vital southern oil terminals were back in operation on
Monday, after being shut down by waterborne suicide attacks that killed
three US sailors…
www.bday.co.za/bday/content/direct/1,3523,1602120-6078-0,00.html

AUSTRALIAN troops needed in Iraq: Downer
ABC Online – Australia
The Federal Government has strongly rejected the Opposition's claim that
Australian troops remain in Iraq for "symbolic" reasons.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1095208.htm

IRAQ group threatens to kill Italians
Reuters – London,England,UK
DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Arabiya TV has broadcast a tape it says showed three
Italians held captive in Iraq and said their captors vowed to kill them
in five days…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=499701&section=news

UNDER fire Spanish kill five in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
… attacks come amid preparations by Spain's new socialist-led government
to abide by a pre-election pledge to pull the country's 1 432-strong contingent
from Iraq…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1082988904369B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

ISRAEL: Iraq Modified Planes for Chemical Raids
Reuters – USA
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iraq modified aircraft for possible chemical weapons
attacks against Israeli targets before last year's US-led invasion, Israel's
army…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4940144&section=news

FIRST UK ambassador appointed to new Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – The government has named Edward Chaplin as its first
ambassador to Iraq after the toppling of President Saddam Hussein.…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=499682&section=news

BLAST levels building in Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
… commanders have said they will not go near the holy shrines in the
city's ancient centre, a move that would spark widespread outrage among
Iraq's Shiite Muslim…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9400557%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ resumes oil exports
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ'S vital southern oil terminals were back in operation today, after
being shut down by waterborne suicide attacks that killed three US sailors,
interim…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9400613%255E1702,00.html

MULTINATIONAL Iraq force to hand over control of two provinces to…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
The announcement came as Spain's former prime minister on called the planned
pullout of Spanish troops from Iraq "appeasement," issuing his harshest
public…
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/a/2004/04/26/international0744EDT0472.DTL

BRITAIN may send more troops to Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – The government says it is in talks with coalition partners
about possibly sending more troops to Iraq — a high-risk move for Prime
Minister…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=499600&section=news

THAI PM Faces Pressure to Pull Troops Out of Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Thailand's government is coming under mounting pressure to withdraw its
troops from Iraq as public fears increase about their safety.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=B1B95D84-BB10-4A97-9EDF8734E49638C2

VIOLENCE in Iraq Spreads Fear Among Reporters
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Sunni Muslim stronghold of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, an explosion
damaged a building and several military vehicles in Baghdad, and in southern
Iraq, oil is…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=1E828D54-EBC2-46F6-A28A98D15EBDAA0A

BULGARIA president shot at in Iraq
CNN – USA
… Parvanov flew into Iraq on Sunday two days after a Bulgarian soldier
was killed in an ambush on his convoy in Karbala, where militants loyal
to radical Shiite…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/26/iraq.bulgaria/

LEGAL debate over UK's Iraq role
BBC News – London,England,UK
A court hearing has begun to decide if five peace protesters can raise
questions at their trial about the legality of Britain's role in Iraq.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/gloucestershire/3659863.stm

JAPAN bills released hostages for Iraq rescue
ABC Online – Australia
Japan's Government has billed three former hostages held in Iraq and their
relatives at least $A29,700 towards the cost of bringing them home safely,
a Foreign…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1095185.htm

PM returns from Iraq to Labor attack
ABC Online – Australia
DAVID HARDAKER: After a lightening visit, the Prime Minister has returned
from Iraq and flown into a fresh attack from the Labor Party.…
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1095113.htm

VIOLENCE impedes rebuilding of Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… Sandi's precautions for a trip to a construction site in Baghdad reflect
a new level of peril in doing business in Iraq and another threat to the
coalition's…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0404260141apr26,1,2641857.story?coll=chi-news-hed

UK could send more troops to Iraq
Guardian – UK
Up to 2,000 more British troops could be sent to Iraq to fill the gaps
left by Spain's departing soldiers, it was reported today.…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1203625,00.html

COMMODORE Darby describes PM's visit to Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… Anzac Day? It was code named Operation Tower and it seems, was kept
under wraps from most of the Australians serving in Iraq. The…
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1095123.htm

NORTHPORT police chief's son dies in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Bruckenthal, of Dania Beach, Fla., was killed along with two US Navy
sailors trying to protect two major oil terminals about 100 miles from
Iraq's main port of…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-libruc0426,0,1685786.story?coll=ny-world-big-pix

BLAST Destroys Iraq Building, Injures GI
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – An explosion leveled part of a building as US troops
were raiding it in northern Baghdad on Monday, wrecking four US Humvees
and wounding…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4021790,00.html

KERRY raps Bush policies in Iraq (12:15 PST)
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has said the United
States must change course in Iraq in order to "be stronger abroad.".…
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en62737&F_catID=&f_type=source

PRESIDENT shot at in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Sofia, Bulgaria – Shots were fired by unknown assailants at Bulgarian President
Georgi Parvanov during his brief visit to Iraq, a senior security official
said…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1517828,00.html

IVINS: Iraq may not be Vietnam, but it is sure a quagmire
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
The Nation points out a charming little Bush thesis: "Some of the debate
really centers around the fact that some people don't believe Iraq can
be free; that…
www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04262004/commenta/commenta.asp

IRAQ Had Chemical Weapons – Israeli Military Chief
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq had chemical weapons and the means to deliver them ahead of last year‚s
US-led invasion, Israel‚s military chief said in an interview published
today.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2840573

FIVE Indians missing in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
Dubai, April 26: Five Keralites working in various places in the strife-torn
Iraq are believed to be missing, a senior diplomat said on Monday.…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=30783

UK, Georgia to send more troops to Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
US allies United Kingdom and Georgia may increase their troop deployment
in Iraq to make up for the withdrawal of Spain , Honduras and the Dominican
Republic…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/59BD2BAF-5263-4E4E-998C-8BAA029D22B1.htm

IRAQ Resumes Basra Oil Exports-Minister
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq has resumed oil exports from the Basra terminal
about 27 hours after suicide attacks forced operations to halt, Oil Minister
Mohammad…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=4936273

BRITAIN may send more troops to Iraq: report
Xinhua – China
LONDON, April 26 (Xinhuanet) — An expansion of Britain's role in Iraq,
including more troops, was set to be made after the Spanish government's
decision to…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/26/content_1441033.htm

A US turnaround in Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… The Bush administration seems at last to have embraced that simple
wisdom in its Iraq policy and is beginning to undo some of the earlier
mistakes that got the…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=2801

SHOTS fired at Bulgarian president during visit to Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Shots were fired by unknown assailants at Bulgarian
President Georgi Parvanov during his brief visit to Iraq, a senior security
official…
www.boston.com/dailynews/117/world/Shots_fired_at_Bulgarian_presi:.shtml

IRAQ Resumes Oil Exports After Weekend Bomb Attacks (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
April 26 (Bloomberg) — Iraq, the Middle East's third-largest oil producer,
resumed crude-oil exports from its biggest Persian Gulf terminal after
it was…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000100&sid=aORFdvwOcylQ&refer=germany

IRAQ adopts new national flag
ABC Online – Australia
… The white stands for peace and a new start for Iraq, whilst the crescent
represents Islam," Mr Kefaae said. The blue strips represented…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1095091.htm

IRAQ'S Political Price Mounts
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Steven C. LaTourette, the conflict in Iraq hit close to home the day
four American contract workers were killed, mutilated and dragged through
the streets of…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/la-na-iraq
home26apr26,1,5811227.story?coll=la-news-politics-national

OIL climbs on fears of more attacks on Iraq exports
Forbes – USA
SINGAPORE, April 26 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Monday after the foiled
weekend attempts to bomb Iraq's key Basra crude export terminal revived
fears of…
www.forbes.com/business/energy/newswire/2004/04/26/rtr1346493.html

IRAQ Resumes Crude Exports From Basrah Terminal (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 26 (Bloomberg) — Iraq, the Middle East's third- largest oil producer,
resumed crude exports after its Persian Gulf terminals were closed Saturday
by a…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000100&sid=aXEDTSNAf6TA&refer=germany

BRITAIN in Talks on Iraq, May Send More Troops
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – Britain said on Monday it was in talks with its coalition
partners about how to cope with the withdrawal of Spanish troops from
Iraq — a move which…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4935576

BULGARIAN president survives Iraq attack
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Parvanov's visit, coming just one day after a Bulgarian soldier was
killed in an ambush in Iraq, has added fuel to an already intense debate
in the new NATO…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=499407&section=news

WAR in Iraq Aims a Bullet at the Heart of the Economy
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
However badly the war is going in Iraq, on the home front it is still a
good thing for George Bush ˜ so far. … Iraq isn't going to be like
World War II.…
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-
galbraith26apr26,1,7637018.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

LABOR concerned about getting bogged down in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
TANYA NOLAN: The Federal Opposition says John Howard's pledge that our
troops will remain in Iraq until at least the middle of next year means
Australia will…
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1094936.htm

US warns guerrillas in Iraq to disarm now
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US officials set the stage Sunday for ending a weeks-long
standoff with insurgents in two Iraqi cities, warning residents of Najaf
that they…
www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq26_20040426.htm

BRIAN DICKERSON: A secure Iraq to take more cash and time
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
President George W. Bush promises that the United States will spend whatever
it takes to finish the job it began in Iraq, but his administration is
taking…
www.freep.com/news/metro/dicker26_20040426.htm

US Plan to Transfer Power in Iraq Has UN Opponents, Post Says
Bloomberg – USA
April 26 (Bloomberg) — A United Nations resolution being prepared by the
US and meant to be an endorsement of the transfer of power in Iraq may
face…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aQXNXK6NfeeQ&refer=us

US forces poised for move on 2 Iraq cities
The Wichita Eagle – Wichita,KS,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – US officials set the stage Sunday for ending a standoff
with insurgent forces in two Iraqi cities, warning residents of the holy
city of Najaf…
www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/nation/8521195.htm

CRUDE prices may soar after attacks on Iraq
Business Report – Africa
… The bulk of Iraq's oil exports will be halted for at least two days
following a series of attempted boat bomb attacks on the key oil facility
at Khor Al-Amaya…
www.businessreport.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=565&fArticleId=415105

US revamps strategy in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Negotiators extended a shaky cease-fire in the volatile
city of Fallujah on Sunday for at least two more days, defusing the threat
of an…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0404/26nytiraq.html

FORMER UN inspector talks 'real' Iraq policy
Towerlight – USA
Former chief weapons inspector to Iraq Scott Ritter said Wednesday that
President Bush created an extremely turbulent situation in Iraq.…
www.thetowerlight.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/04/26/408c82475974a

MENTORING Iraq
The Weekly Standard (subscription) – Washington,DC,USA
by David Kenner. THE MAN BEING SENT to direct the organization and training
of local police and security forces in Iraq is Major General David Petraeus.

www.weeklystandard.com/Check.asp?idArticle=4017&r=mbacl

'SYMBOLIC' Iraq commitment worries ALP
ABC Online – Australia
The Federal Opposition says Australia is getting bogged down in Iraq and
the Prime Minister needs to outline an exit strategy for the troops to
return home.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1094875.htm

UN Iraq resolution a tough sell
MSNBC – USA
The Bush administration is preparing a broad UN resolution to endorse its
plan to transfer power in Iraq, but it may face a tough sell on proposals

msnbc.msn.com/id/4831484/

THE Myths of Iraq
Strategy Page – USA
… warlords (Saddam followers wanting to regain power, or Islamic radical
Shias who want the country run by clergy) can be defeated and disarmed,
Iraq will never…
www.strategypage.com/dls/articles/2004425.asp

UK considers Iraq troops boost: report
ABC Online – Australia
The British Government has prepared a series of options aimed at boosting
the number of British troops in Iraq to make up for the withdrawal of
the Spanish…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1094900.htm

SUICIDE strikes halt flow of oil in Iraq
The Star (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
Basra – Suicide boat strikes on Iraq's main southern oil terminal have
halted the bulk of the country's crude oil exports for at least two days.

www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=132&fArticleId=415482

MAJOR Developments in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
_ A US general said troops will move into a base on the edge of the holy
city of Najaf that Spanish troops will abandon when they withdraw from
Iraq in the…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/consumer_news/8519915.htm

COLONIZING Iraq?
Antiwar.com – Sunnyvale,CA,USA
by Paul Craig Roberts. Will President Bush share with the American people
the reason he is planning a long term American military occupation of
Iraq?…
www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=2385

BULGARIAN president survives shooting in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
SOFIA – Shots were fired at a motorcade carrying Bulgarian President Georgy
Parvanov, who made a unannounced visit to Iraq Sunday, but there were
no casualties…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=16607

SALVADOR undecided to withdraw troops from Iraq after June
Xinhua – China
MEXICO CITY, April 25 (Xinhuanet) – El Salvador was in a dilemma whether
to keep its small troop contingent commanded by Spain in Iraq after June,
reports from…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/26/content_1440265.htm

ITALIAN government urged to withdraw troops from Iraq
Xinhua – China
… of Italians took to streets across the country on Sunday, celebrating
the Liberation Day and urging the government to withdraw Italian forces
from Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/26/content_1440276.htm

BUSH'S allies on Iraq hold on
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… the parents of Cpl. Tyler Fey, a Marine from Eden Prairie who was killed
in Iraq. In Republican Rep. Gil Gutknecht's district, more…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4742137.html

NINE killed in Iraq violence
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Nine people, including two American soldiers, were killed and
13 others injured in separate incidents in Iraq yesterday.…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=80138&Sn=WORL

BULGARIAN president visits troops stationed in Iraq
Xinhua – China
SOFIA, April 25 (Xinhuanet) — Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanovmade
a surprise visit to his country's contingent in Karbala, southern Iraq,
on Sunday, the…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/26/content_1439972.htm

PRESSURE mounts for increased US forces in Iraq
SpaceDaily – USA
US commanders are under mounting pressure to increase troop levels in Iraq
but the superpower army and its reserves are already stretched, experts
say.…
www.spacewar.com/2004/040425071624.qmfitg6b.html

HOWARD fails to rule out extra troops for Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: During his whistlestop, surprise visit to Iraq, John Howard
has said Australian troops will remain there until at least the middle
of next year…
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1094681.htm

KURDS' success provides lesson for rest of Iraq
USA Today – USA
… But this was in Iraq. … While the rest of Iraq's population wallows
in the region's addiction to blame, the Kurds have rolled up their sleeves
and gone to work.…
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-04-25-kurds-edit_x.htm

BUSH, Kerry show new differences over Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: As Iraq looms larger on the radar screens of US voters, new
differences are emerging between President George W Bush and his Democratic
challenger…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_26-4-2004_pg4_7

ATTACK in Iraq: Many Versions, Obscure Truth
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, April 25 ˜ A roadside bomb killed a young American soldier
on Sunday morning inside the city, the kind of attack so common in this
war that it…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/26/international/middleeast/26ATTA.html

AUSTRALIAN PM makes secret visit to Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Australian Prime Minister John Howard, emulating his friend US
President George W Bush, made a secret visit to Iraq on Sunday to join
Australian…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_26-4-2004_pg7_3

UK forces may take over Iraq hotspots-report
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has drawn up plans to expand its role in Iraq
to help cope with the withdrawal of Spanish troops, the Times has reported.

www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=499216&section=news

CHALABI fights for survival in Iraq government
ABC Online – Australia
… member Ahmad Chalabi on Sunday sought to defuse reports that he would
be sidelined in the interim government due to take political power in
Iraq from June 30…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1094658.htm

FALLUJAH ceasefire extended Œ indefinitely ‚ : 12 more killed…
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Spanish soldiers shot and killed at least two insurgents in south central
Iraq, Spain‚s Defence Ministry said. The US administrator…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_26-4-2004_pg1_2

CHILDREN Killed in Iraq Attack
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… other two fled. The incidents happened a day after suicide boat attacks
on Iraq‚s main southern oil terminal in Basra. The attacks…
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=43851&d=26&m=4&y=2004

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, April 23, 707 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/116/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

WORLD Bank: New Iraq Needs-Assessment Not Necessary
Reuters – USA
… Iraq's oil shipments were suspended during the weekend after suicide
bombers in three boats tried unsuccessfully to destroy the country's main
Basra oil…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4931976

PM hints at Iraq troop increase
The Australian – Australia
Mr Howard made a surprise visit to Iraq for Anzac Day yesterday and met
with Australian troops and US administrators in Baghdad.…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9391874%255E1702,00.html

CIVILIANS working in post-war Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
JACKSON, Miss. – Glen Trehern of Gautier has put in an application to go
to Iraq for money, to help his country and for the adventure.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8518763.htm

BRITAIN in Talks over Future Iraq Role
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… They are said to range from sending another 1,500 to 2,000 troops,
to taking over command of a second multinational division in central south
Iraq which would…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2838130

SUICIDE Attacks In Iraq Halt Oil Flow As Violence Continues
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… There are conflicting reports about the impact of the attacks on Iraq's
oil infrastructure.Iraqi oil officials initially said that both terminals
would suspend…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/04/e6e26cf0-725e-46ce-819e-a9971fc14cc9.html

PM due to return after Iraq visit
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Prime Minister John Howard is due to return to Australia today after making
his first visit to Iraq for an Anzac Day service. Mr…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/26/1082831460124.html

UN Envoy Warns US 'Tread Carefully' in Iraq
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, April 25 The United Nations' special envoy to Iraq strongly
warned the United States today against using military force in Falluja
or Najaf, two…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/25/international/middleeast/25CND-POLI.html?ex=1083556800&en=886098def671fa5e&ei=5062

SPANISH troops kill two insurgents in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
MADRID – Spanish soldiers shot and killed at least two insurgents in south
central Iraq after coming under fire on Sunday, Spain's Defence Ministry
said.…
www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID
=3562665&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

REBUILDING Iraq forum kicks off in Amman
Xinhua – China
AMMAN, April 25 (Xinhuanet)— A forum about rebuilding Iraq projects opened
here on Sunday, with the aim to seeking present and future opportunities
in the…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/26/content_1439388.htm

IRAQ Basra oil terminal set to reopen after attacks
Reuters – India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's main Basra oil terminal remained shut on Sunday
after unsuccessful seaborne suicide bomb attacks against it, but exports
could…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:408c0652:a5e8c5a
98e3cd9dd?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4931553

AUSTRALIA'S Howard Stands Firm in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
SYDNEY, Australia – When Washington called for help to fight a war in Iraq,
Australian Prime Minister John Howard dispatched troops and pledged to
stay the…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/8518420.htm

AMERICA'S involvement in Iraq
Financial Express.bd – Bangladesh
The Iraq issue has surged to the forefront of the US presidential campaign.
Americans are starting to feel that the Iraq solution…
www.financialexpress-bd.com/index3.asp?cnd=4/26/2004&section_id=4&newsid=8494&spcl=no

IRAQ City of Najaf Potentially Explosive, US Says
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A potentially explosive situation is brewing in Iraq's
Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, but progress has been made in peace efforts
in the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4931696&section=news

BUSINESS paints positive picture of Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
US officials and lead contractors involved in rebuilding Iraq have painted
a rosy picture of the war-battered country despite a surge of violence.

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4A756877-C623-4A01-84E1-9C5CC83EE5B2.htm

TAKING aim at the contractors
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… The ad shows a billboard sign emblazoned with the name "Halliburton,"
the multinational that won several US humanitarian contracts to help with
Iraq's…
washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040425-102741-4964r.htm

HOSTAGE'S relative: Family being kept in dark
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
But KBR-Halliburton's president denied on Sunday that the company is withholding
information about contracted employees working in the war-torn country.

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8521178.htm

FOCUS: Terror
San Antonio Express – San Antonio,TX,USA
… Halliburton is paying their truck drivers and cooks $80,000 plus expenses.
Another firm gives their security specialists six figures.…
www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/stories/MYSA26.06B.terrorfocus0426.5b70a23f.html

  
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