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October 29 2004
   
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Japanese hostage probably killed in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
A body found in Iraq is probably that of Japanese hostage Shosei Koda, taken captive by an Islamic militant group in Iraq, according to information obtained by

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Former Wis. resident killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
MONROE, Wis. – A contract worker who formerly lived in Wisconsin has been killed in a car bomb attack in Iraq. Schnoor's wife, Alyce

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7-year-old Lebanese boy, youngest kidnapping victim in Iraq, is
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) A 7-year-old Lebanese boy, the youngest known foreign kidnapping victim in Iraq, said Friday after his release that his captors lured him

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Japanese hostage in Iraq reportedly killed
CBC News – Canada
TOKYO – There are conflicting reports about whether a Japanese man taken hostage in Iraq last week has been killed by his captors.

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Briton dies after Iraq troop move
NEWS.com.au – Australia
A BRITISH soldier from the Black Watch regiment has been killed and three others injured in a vehicle accident in Iraq's Babil province, where they had just

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US Major Removed Iraq Explosives, Saw No Seals (Update2)
Bloomberg – United States
Democratic challenger John Kerry cited it as evidence President George W. Bush ``failed to secure Iraq and keep it from becoming what it is today, a haven for

www.nytimes.com/2004/10/29/international/worldspecial/29cnd-iraq.html
Iraq Government in Discussions to Avert Assault on Falluja
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. Throughout Iraq, Friday sermons focused on the expected battle for Falluja and the national elections scheduled to take place in January.

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7-year-old Lebanese boy, youngest kidnapping victim in Iraq, is
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) A 7-year-old Lebanese boy, the youngest known foreign kidnapping victim in Iraq, said Friday after his release that his captors lured him

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US Soldiers Rapping about Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,United States
Description: While serving in Iraq, two soldiers found they had more than the military in common — they shared a love of rap music.

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Japan told hostage in Iraq killed: report
Turkish Press – Turkey
TOKYO, Oct 30 (AFP) – The Japanese government was told early Saturday that a Japanese man taken hostage by militants in Iraq has been killed, the Kyodo news

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Briton dies after Iraq troop move
NEWS.com.au – Australia
A BRITISH soldier from the Black Watch regiment has been killed and three others injured in a vehicle accident in Iraq's Babil province, where they had just

www.nytimes.com/2004/10/29/international/worldspecial/29cnd-iraq.html
Iraq Government in Discussions to Avert Assault on Falluja
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. Throughout Iraq, Friday sermons focused on the expected battle for Falluja and the national elections scheduled to take place in January.

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US Major Removed Iraq Explosives, Saw No Seals (Update2)
Bloomberg – United States
Democratic challenger John Kerry cited it as evidence President George W. Bush ``failed to secure Iraq and keep it from becoming what it is today, a haven for

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Sri Lankan to verify details of hostage in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
29 (Xinhuanet) — Sri Lanka is yet to verify details of its national reported to be held hostage by a militant organization in Iraq, officials said Friday.

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Video fuels Iraq explosives row
BBC News – London,England,UK
A US television network has released footage which has fuelled a row over 350 metric tons of high explosives which have gone missing in Iraq.

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Black Watch arrive at Iraq base
BBC News – London,England,UK
The 850-strong battle group, led by the 1st Battalion The Black Watch, left Basra in southern Iraq two days ago. They have been

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11229747%255E2702,00.html
Care quits Iraq to save hostage
The Australian – Australia
CARE International has given in to demands by an unnamed armed Iraqi group that kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan by closing down its operations in Iraq.

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11227527%255E2703,00.html
Iraq civilian toll 'more than 100,000'
The Australian – Australia
MORE than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March last year, according to a new scientific study.

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Boy held hostage in Iraq is freed
BBC News – London,England,UK
A seven-year-old Lebanese boy taken hostage in Iraq last week has been released by his captors. Mohammed Hamad, whose family have

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Asian Man's Body Found in Tikrit, Iraq, US Military Reports
Bloomberg – United States
29 (Bloomberg) — The body of an Asian man was found today in Iraq in the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, the US military said in a statement e-mailed from

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Video at center of Iraq munitions storm
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — On April 18, 2003, a television news crew from Minnesota videotaped US troops in Iraq using bolt cutters to break through chains and wire seals

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CARE International leaves Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 29 (UPI) — A humanitarian agency with a long history of work in Iraq has ended its operations in the war-torn

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More Scottish regiments for Iraq?
ITV.com – UK
Soldiers from The Royal Scots and Scots Guards could follow in the Black Watch's footsteps into Iraq's so-called “Triangle of Death”, according to reports.

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Iraq conflict has killed 100,000 civilians: study
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
An estimated 100,000 civilians may have died as a result of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, many of them from coalition air strikes, a study

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Russia blasts US on Iraq explosives issue
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
summoned a US diplomat to protest against a Pentagon claim that Russian soldiers spirited away hundreds of tonnes of explosives from a site in Iraq just before

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Counting the cost of Iraq's war
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The conflict in Iraq has cost the lives of an estimated 100,000 civilians, mostly women and children killed in coalition air strikes, and the casualty toll

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Cohen: US cannot abandon Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
– Former Defense Secretary William Cohen says regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's presidential election, the US must continue rebuilding Iraq and working to

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Japan Refuses to Give Up Hope on Iraq Hostage
Reuters – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan refused to give up hope that a Japanese man taken hostage in Iraq was still alive on Friday after the passing of a deadline set by his

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Royal Scots on alert for mission to Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE Royal Scots are to be put on ten days' notice to go to Iraq, their commanding officer said today. The Edinburgh-based regiment

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Kerry Likens Iraq Events to Bay of Pigs 'Mistake' as Bush Returns
New York Sun (subscription) – New York,NY,United States
Both campaigns have been seeking to frame a four-day dispute over the explosives that vanished from Al Qaqaa in terms of support for American troops in Iraq.

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Echoes of Iraq: 3 kidnapped in Kabul
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Kabul, Afghanistan — The kidnapping of three foreign election workers has raised fears that an Iraq-style hostage crisis may be about to engulf the country.

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Iraq missing weapons: New tape
News24 – South Africa
Washington – A videotape shot by a Minnesota television crew traveling with United States troops in Iraq when they first opened the bunkers at the Al-Qaqaa

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Historians dissect war in Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
The US war in Iraq is the central issue of Tuesday's presidential election. Historians will look back on the Iraq war as a serious blunder.

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Japan trying to confirm if body found in Iraq is hostage's
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
TOKYO — The Japanese government was trying to confirm Friday if a body believed to be of an Asian person reportedly found in northern Iraq is that of a

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Iraq militants abduct Polish woman, claim killing of soldiers
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Militants claimed three more hostages in Iraq and the deaths of 11 Iraqi soldiers, as US researchers said 100,000 Iraqis have died since the US-led

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/114225/1/.html
US releases pre-war aerial photo of Iraq weapons site
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The photograph was taken March 17, 2003 — two days before US forces invaded Iraq and the same day that the last IAEA inspectors left the country.

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Iraq deaths claim 'to be studied'
BBC News – London,England,UK
The study by US and Iraq researchers was led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, US. It said poor planning

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Japan frets for Iraq hostage
swissinfo – Switzerland
The hostage crisis poses a challenge to Koizumi, who is a close ally of US President George W. Bush and sent troops to Iraq despite.

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South Asia pair 'seized in Iraq'
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan governments say they are checking reports that two nationals have been taken hostage in Iraq. On

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Japan Scrambles After Report Asian Body Found in Iraq
Reuters – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan scrambled on Friday to check a report that an Asian body had been found in Iraq after a deadline expired for the beheading of a…

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British troops move to Iraq hot spot
ITV.com – UK
The deployment of British troops called in to support US forces in central Iraq is under way. The Black Watch is moving from its…

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US warned of Iraq's explosives before they went missing
Xinhua – Beijing,China
28 (Xinhuanet) — US officials had been cautioned about the vulnerability of high explosives stored at Iraq's Al-Qaqaa military facility before the explosives…

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FBI investigating how Halliburton got Iraq contracts
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… The line of inquiry expands an earlier FBI investigation into whether Halliburton overcharged taxpayers for fuel in Iraq, and it elevates to a criminal matter…

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More Iraq civilian deaths seen in study
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… “Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100,000 excess deaths, or more, have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq,” the medical team concluded…

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Far more ordnance lost in Iraq, sources say
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Far more weaponry than the several hundred tons of explosives believed looted from al Qaqaa is missing inside Iraq, sources have said. BY JONATHAN S. LANDAY.…

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Weapons for the Taking in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
It now seems highly likely that a group of well-organized looters made off with the missing cache of 380 tons of powerful explosives at Iraq's Al Qaqaa…

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WHY IRAQ IS BURNING AGAIN
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BY MOHAMMED AR GALADARI. Is the Iraq situation irredeemable? Not quite. … They cannot be the ones who are on the loose in Iraq now.…

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Asian body reportedly found in Iraq
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Japan held an emergency meeting on Friday over a media report that a body believed to be Asian was discovered in Iraq. It was unclear…

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Iraq militants abduct Polish woman, claims killing of soldiers
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Islamic militants claimed three more hostages in Iraq and the deaths of 11 Iraqi soldiers, as US researchers said 100,000 Iraqis have died since the…

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FBI Probing Halliburton Iraq Contract, Attorney Says (Update2)
Bloomberg – United States
28 (Bloomberg) — Halliburton Co., the biggest US contractor in Iraq, is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine whether the…

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100,000 Civilian Deaths Estimated in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… The spokesman said that the past 18 months of fighting in Iraq have been “prosecuted in the most precise fashion of any conflict in the history of modern…

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Pentagon releases photo of Iraq arms storage site
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Thursday released an aerial photograph taken two days before the Iraq invasion that showed two trucks at the site where 377 tons…

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Iraq hostage warned not to go
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A JAPANESE hostage threatened with execution in Iraq was an English language student in New Zealand just weeks ago and was warned against travel to the war…

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Backgrounder: List of foreign hostages killed or held in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
The group, calling itself Abu Bakr Siddiq al-Salafiya, demandedthe withdrawal of Polish forces in Iraq and the release of all female detainees in the Abu…

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Black Watch senior officers question No 10 Iraq strategy
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent. Senior officers with the Black Watch battle group sent north to replace American soldiers…

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CARE shuts down Iraq operations
CNN – USA
(CNN) — The relief agency CARE International has shut down all operations in Iraq and urged insurgents to release its director in Bagdhad, Margaret Hassan…

www.nytimes.com/2004/10/29/politics/29contract.html
FBI Investigating Big Contracts With Halliburton to Repair Iraq…
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether the Army's handling of a large Iraq contract with the Halliburton Company violated procurement…

www.nytimes.com/2004/10/29/international/middleeast/29iraq.html
Militants Report Killing 11 Captive Iraq Officers and Seizing…
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 28 – One militant group said Thursday in an Internet message that it had killed 11 Iraqi security officers it…

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Kerry presses Bush over Iraq arm
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON Senator John Kerry pounded away Thursday for a fourth day on the issue of missing explosives in Iraq while President George W. Bush tried to move to…

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17 are slain in Iraq violence
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… Care International announced it was shutting down operations in Iraq, as demanded by kidnappers of the organisation's director for Iraq, Margaret Hassan.…

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Cheney modifies criticism of Kerry on explosives cache in Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… his criticism of John Kerry on Thursday after declaring the Democrat got his facts wrong about the disappearance of several hundred tons of explosives in Iraq.…

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Deadline passes in Japanese hostage crisis in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
BAGHDAD — The 48-hour deadline set by a group of Islamic militants for Japan to agree to withdraw its troops from Iraq expired Thursday night, with the group…

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British troops take up 'badlands' position in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… Some soldiers were angry that their tour in Iraq had been suddenly extended, although the British Government has promised they will be home by Christmas.…

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Nine Held Hostage in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A video broadcast by Al-Jazeera today showed her in captivity and demanded the release of female Iraqi prisoners and the withdrawal of Polish troops from Iraq.…

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No poll official for Iraq, says Left
Times of India – India
… officials to train Iraqis to prepare for election – that India stands by the Parliament resolution and no official, civilian or military, would be sent to Iraq…

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Saudi Ambassador Says More Troops Needed in Iraq
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Iraq has become a magnet for foreign terrorists since the US-led invasion last year and there are not enough troops to cope, Saudi Arabia's…

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FBI Probing Halliburton's Iraq Oil Contract, Attorney Says
Bloomberg – United States
Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — Halliburton Co.'s contract with the US military to repair Iraqi oilfields is under investigation by the Federal…

  
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