Iraq News and Information Links
May 1 - 21 2005


BUSH: Photos won’t incite in Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
… US President George W. Bush said he did not think they would incite
further anti-American sentiment in Iraq, where the country has been edging
toward open …

WINE delivery … Bush veto … Rice in Iraq … More
Scripps Howard News Service – USA
By BILL STRAUB. In a ruling sure to please lovers of the fruit of the vine,
the Supreme Court ruled Monday that states that permit …

SHIITE-SUNNI Friction in Iraq leads to Violence
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Violence continues in Iraq, including clashes in southern
Iraq between rival Shiite Muslim groups. In Baghdad, some …

AL-QAEDA in Iraq Issues Statement Refuting Media Reports of …
SITE Institute – Washington,DC,USA
In three separate messages issued to the Internet today, May 20, 2005,
al-Qaeda in Iraq through its officials spokesman, Abu Maysara al-Iraqi,
denies media …

IRAQ, Iran blame Hussein for past wars
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq and Iran have issued a joint statement blaming former Iraqi president
Saddam Hussein and his henchmen for being the military aggressors in the
1980 to …


FOREIGN fighters in Iraq raise concern
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgent attacks killed 23 persons, including three US
troops Thursday, as Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called on
neighboring …

IRAN flexes its ‘soft power’ in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
In a sign of warming ties, Iran’s foreign minister finished a high level,
three-day visit to Iraq Thursday. By Scott Peterson | Staff …

25 more killed in Iraq violence
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Unidentified gunmen killed an Oil Ministry official on Thursday
and escalating violence claimed another 18 lives, fuelling fears Iraq
may be moving …

BRITISH memo still riles critics of Iraq war
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… military action” is still creating a stir among administration critics,
who are portraying it as evidence that Bush was intent on war with Iraq
earlier than …

BUSH admits problems in Iraq
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
US President George W. Bush acknowledged problems with the post-war effort
in Iraq on Wednesday (local time) as gunmen killed an Iraqi Oil Ministry
official in …


GALLOWAY: US, UK must quit Iraq
WASHINGTON (CNN) — British Member of Parliament George Galloway says he
will continue to demand the withdrawal of US and UK forces from Iraq following
his …

IRAN promises to block insurgents from entering Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Iran’s foreign minister made a historic trip to Baghdad, pledging to secure
his country’s borders to stop militants from entering Iraq and saying
the …

‘I’M so sorry for my evil actions in Iraq’
Daily Telegraph – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… “I failed my duties. I failed my mission to protect and defend. Not
only did I let down the people in Iraq, I let down every single soldier
that serves today. …

OFFICIAL: Al-Zarqawi Ordered Iraq Attacks
ABC News – USA
… after a car bomb detonated in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast
of Baghdad, injuring 14 people including 12 police officers in Iraq Wednesday,
May 18 …

BACK to Iraq
LA Weekly – Los Angeles,CA,USA
by MARC COOPER. Just at a time when coverage of the war is declining, Iraq
is on the brink. Any hope generated by the January election …


BRITON puts senators on defensive on Iraq
International Herald Tribune – France
… Galloway’s vitriolic tone was rare for a Senate witness, and the condemnation
of the Iraq war uncommonly fierce for the generally restrained venue.

IRAQ clerics killed in sectarian strife
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Al-Qaeda’s wing in Iraq has also warned the country’s Sunni Arabs to take
no part in drafting a new constitution, in another sign militants are
trying to fuel …

AUSTRALIAN Iraq hostage to be released soon -media
Reuters – USA
A journalist for Australia’s SBS Arabic radio service, Majida Abboud-Saab,
said Sheik al-Hilali, in Iraq to try to free 63-year-old Douglas Wood,
had told her …

RIA Novosti – Moscow,Russia
… is why Moscow opposed the overthrow of Saddam’s regime in spring 2003,
and before that favored easing the sanctions imposed by the UN Security
Council on Iraq. …

MASS Graves Found in Iraq Amid Rice’s Surprise Visit
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Officials in Iraq have found makeshift graves that contained
at least 46 bodies, which appear to be victims of execution. …


IRAQ’S Cracks Widen
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
The installation of a new government in Iraq has done nothing to end the
fighting between adherents of the rival branches of Islam, Sunnis and
Shiites. …

CIVILIAN and military death toll in Iraq since government …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
At least 489 people have been reported killed by insurgents since Iraq’s
first democratically elected government was announced April 28. …

RICE reports ‘heartening’ talks with Iraq leaders
Sify – Taramani,Chennai,India
Ireland: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said her talks with leaders
in Iraq were “very heartening” but stormy negotiations may lie ahead as
they hash …

GALLOWAY to reject Iraq oil charges at US Senate
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – British MP George Galloway was set to fiercely reject
charges he profited from the Iraq oil-for-food program at a US Senate
hearing on …

IRAQ’S new chapter Russian lawmaker denies oil-for-food claim
MOSCOW – Ultranationalist Russian lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky on Monday
denied wrongdoing under the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq, saying he
never received …


US ends offensive on Iraq’s border with Syria
ISN – Zurich,Switzerland
ISN SECURITY WATCH (16/05/05) – The US military on Saturday said it had
ended its weeklong offensive near Iraq’s border with Syria after having
“neutralized …

RICE pleads for patience during visit to Iraq
Guardian Unlimited – UK
Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, made a surprise visit to Iraq
yesterday, urging Iraqis to be patient with their government as it struggles
to beat …,12271,1484884,00.html

MULTIPLE bodies found at each of three sites in Iraq
USA Today – USA
BAGHDAD — More than 30 bodies were discovered in three locations across
Iraq this weekend amid a wave of violence Sunday that targeted government
officials …

BRITON heads to US to clear name over Iraq report – UK
… Galloway, a radical kicked out from the Labour party for his fervent
opposition to the Iraq war, said he was looking forward to putting his
side of the story …

IRAQ starts battle over constitution
Christian Science Monitor – USA
BAGHDAD — Choosing a moment crucial to the future of Iraq, and amid weeks
of explosive violence, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise
visit to …


US calls Iraq border offensive a success
China Daily – China
… Saturday, saying it had cleaned out the insurgent haven and killed
more than 125 militants during the weeklong campaign against followers
of Iraq’s most wanted …

COLLEAGUE of Japanese kidnapped in Iraq says hostage may not be …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) A security worker who survived an ambush in Iraq has said a
Japanese colleague believed to have been taken hostage was severely wounded
and is …

US offensive kills 125 militants in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, May 15 — The US military in Iraq has wrapped up a major offensive
in a remote northern desert region near the Syrian border, killing at
least 125 …

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Saturday, May 14, 2005, at least 1,620 members of the US military
have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according
to an Associated …


DEATH toll from Iraq attacks rises to 24
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The number of casualties in Sunday’s two double
bombings in Iraq rose to 24 dead and 58 wounded, Iraqi authorities said
Monday. …

MAVERICK MP seeks to clear name in Iraq scandal
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, in a new report on
fraud in the now-defunct UN oil-for-food humanitarian program for Iraq,
released documents …

IRAQ Offensive Continues Amid State of Emergency
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… of Qaim on the Syrian border, setting up checkpoints and preparing
to do battle despite a major US offensive aimed at rooting out followers
of Iraq’s most …

AUSTRALIAN mufti prays for Iraq hostage
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
An Australian cleric in Iraq to negotiate the release of a kidnapped contractor
prayed in a Sunni mosque in Baghdad for the hostage’s freedom. …

KARPINSKI: General behind Iraq abuse – Doha,Qatar
The former commander of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has blamed a ranking
officer for prisoner abuses. Colonel Janis Karpinski …


GALLOWAY, Pasqua deny Iraq oil charges
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
… British parliamentarian George Galloway and former French interior
minister Charles Pasqua benefited from the UN oil-for-food programme for
Iraq, a charge both …

MORE die in latest Iraq suicide bombing
Times Online – UK
… There was more violence in the north of Iraq today when two car bombs
exploded in Kirkuk, killing at least two people and wounding four. …,,7374-1609141,00.html

CLERIC’S spokesman: There was no extension in Iraq hostage …
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
SYDNEY, Australia – A reported extension in the 72-hour deadline for an
Australian man being held hostage in Iraq was the result of misplaced
optimism and a …

EXPLOSIONS bloody Iraq
The Spokesman Review (subscription) – Spokane,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents unleashed a deadly series of suicide bombings
Wednesday, killing at least 69 people in three cities as US Marines pressed
their …

ASSASSINATIONS, Deadly Blasts in Iraq
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
… BAGHDAD — Blood continued to flow in cities across Iraq on Thursday
as three car bombs killed at least 14 Iraqis here and in Kirkuk, three
American soldiers …


ONE month’s toll in Iraq: 67 suicide bombers
Guardian Unlimited – UK
The number of suicide attacks in Iraq has reached a record high, with more
than 67 insurgents blowing themselves up in the month of April alone.,2763,1481952,00.html

JAPANESE Man Missing in Iraq May Be Dead, Hart Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
May 12 (Bloomberg) — Akihiko Saito, the Japanese man who went missing
after an attack in western Iraq on May 8, may have died from his wounds
during the …

60 die in Iraq insurgents attacks
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… cities on Wednesday as hundreds of US troops pushed through a lawless
region near the Syrian frontier in an offensive aimed at followers of
Iraq’s most wanted …

HOSTAGE’S family appeals to captors in Iraq Web site has …
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… The kidnappers’ deadline set for Australia to withdraw from Iraq —
something Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said will not happen
— expired Monday. …

BUSH signs bill providing funding for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… US President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed into law a bill that
provides an additional 82 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
Insurgents have kept up the pressure on Iraq’s new government, kidnapping
the governor of one of the country’s most dangerous provinces, just as
two …

IRAQ’S new government expected to use Sunni members to reach out …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Iraq’s new Shiite-dominated government is expected to
let its Sunni Arab members use their political and tribal clout to reach
out to …

SECURITY specialist kidnapped in Iraq
The Japan Times – Japan
… find information on the kidnapping of a 44-year-old Japanese security
specialist after Iraqi militants claimed to have captured him in an ambush
in western Iraq …

JAPAN and Australia face Iraq hostage crises
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two of Washington’s staunchest allies in Iraq grappled
with hostage crises on Tuesday as Japan confirmed one of its citizens
was missing …

UPDATE 1-US Senate unanimously approves new Iraq war funds
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – The US military will get an infusion of
money to buy urgently needed materials for combat operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan …


IRAQ: More Than Sum of Its Parts
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Three months after a historic vote, Iraq’s elected leaders finally formed
a government this week. Well, almost. Read these and the …

AUSTRALIA Has Had `No Word’ on Iraq Hostage’s Fate, Downer Says
Bloomberg – USA
… family yesterday offered a ``charitable donation’’ to the captors and
said they would ask Wood, an engineer, to close down his business and
leave Iraq if he is …

100 Rebels Killed in US Offensive in Western Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 9 – A Marine task force swept through a wide area of
western Iraq near the Syrian border, killing 100 insurgents and raiding
desert outposts …

US Forces Arrest Key Insurgents in Iraq
Voice of America – USA
… a wealth of information about the insurgency, information that is being
used in counter-insurgency operations, including a major offensive in
northwestern Iraq …

JAPANESE man reported seized in Iraq
Reuters – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – An Islamic militant group said it had seized a badly
wounded Japanese man after an ambush near a US base in Iraq, but Japan’s
government said …


NEIL Clark: Add the Tories to Iraq’s casualty list
Australian – Australia
… the re-election of the last of the three leaders of the coalition of
the willing, it would be tempting to conclude that the political impact
of the Iraq war in …,5744,15219391%255E7583,00.html

IRAQ Cabinet Posts Approved
Arab News – Jeddah,Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 9 May 2005 — Iraq’s Parliament yesterday approved six Cabinet
nominees, but the man selected to be the human rights minister rejected
the post. …

IN Britain, Iraq news that rolled off Bush damaged Blair severely
International Herald Tribune – France
LONDON Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush were bound
together in the war against Iraq, and the conflict provided a backdrop
for their re …

AUSTRALIA’S top Muslim cleric pleads for hostage’s life in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Middle East Saturday and came a day after militants holding 63-year-old
Douglas Wood issued a 72-hour deadline for Australia to start pulling
troops out of Iraq …

US doubts Iraq rebels can keep it up
International Herald Tribune – France
WASHINGTON Insurgents in Iraq are drawing on dozens of stockpiled, bomb-rigged
cars and groups of foreign fighters smuggled into the country in recent
weeks to …


IRAQ hit Blair hard
BBC News – UK
By Nick Assinder. It is probably fair to say that, as far as Labour is
concerned, it was Iraq wot did it. The issue of the war and …

IRAQ ghosts haunt PM even in victory
Times of Malta – Valletta,Malta
Ghosts from Iraq stalked Tony Blair’s campaign for a record third term
as British Prime Minister, even in the early hours of yesterday when he
was returned as …

AMID surge in violence, Iraq to fill out Cabinet
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – MN,USA
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new Shiite-majority government announced on Saturday
that it had overcome weeks of wrangling and that it would present nominees
for six …

IRAQ Blasts Kill 22, Including 2 Americans
ABC News – USA
A police man gestures as he sits atop a pick-up truck as more slain Iraqis
were found at a garbage dump in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, May 7, 2005.

CAR bombs kill 22 in Iraq
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
… a senior Shia cleric and lawmaker, said the top candidate for defence
minister was Saadoun Al Duleimi, a former army lieutenant colonel who
left Iraq in 1984 …


IRAQ war batters Blair at ballot box
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Though British voters gave Mr. Blair and his Labour party a win, they “also
sharply rebuked him over his Iraq policy, reducing his parliamentary majority
and …

BLAIR wins again but weakened by Iraq
Financial Express – Bombay,India
LONDON, MAY 6: Britain’s Tony Blair survived opposition over the Iraq war
to secure a historic third straight victory on Friday — but a drastically
reduced …

IRAQ’S new chapter Iraq militants set deadline for Aussie hostage
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Militants holding an Australian engineer hostage have issued
a 72-hour ultimatum for Australia to start pulling troops out of Iraq,
Arab …

SUICIDE bombs kill 23 in Iraq
Guardian Unlimited – UK
… The Shia and the Kurds have promised to give Sunnis a prominent role
in post-Saddam Iraq, but the Sunnis feel they have been marginalised.,2763,1478401,00.html

SUICIDE bombings kill at least 25 in Iraq; week’s death toll nears …
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The death toll from a week of relentless insurgent
attacks rose to nearly 300 Friday, intensifying pressure on Iraq’s still
incomplete …

MISTRIAL in Iraq abuse case
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Australia
A MILITARY judge yesterday declared a mistrial in the case of Lynndie England
— the woman infamous for posing for photographs with naked, humiliated
Iraqi …,5478,15191832%255E663,00.html

DESPITE Iraq anger, UK votes for Blair
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
British voters evidently decided to give Tony Blair a third term as prime
minister on Thursday despite widespread anger over the Iraq war and opposition
claims …

BRITONS vote, Blair likely to win despite Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… to the polls in an election likely to hand Tony Blair a historic third
term but to reduce his huge parliamentary majority as some Britons punish
him over Iraq. …

MORE carnage as Iraq’s ethnic tensions ignite
Independent – London,England,UK
… The battle is typical of the fighting between insurgents and Iraqi
security forces raging across Iraq every day but it is sparsely reported
even when many are …

IRAQ killing has not hit Italy-US ties: Berlusconi
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
ROME: The killing of an Italian agent in Iraq by US soldiers will not hurt
Rome’s ties with Washington and Italy has no intention of speeding up
its troop …


IRAQ prison abuser pleads guilty – UK
The American woman soldier at the centre of the Iraq prison scandal has
pleaded guilty to charges of abusing prisoners. Lynndie …

IRAQ cabinet sworn in
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD – The first democratically elected government in the history of
Iraq was sworn in yesterday against a backdrop of surging violence, and
the new prime …

BUSH tries to cool Italian row over Iraq killing
Guardian Unlimited – UK
… to parliament today on the shooting at a sitting that is likely to
hear renewed opposition calls for the withdrawal of Italy’s 3,000-strong
contingent from Iraq …,2763,1476644,00.html

INTERNATIONAL team still seeking Australian hostage in Iraq
Radio Australia – Australia
Australia’s foreign minister, Alexander Downer, says the Australian team
of investigators in Iraq is working with the governments of six countries
to find …

BLAIR’S last plea to waverers over Iraq
Guardian Unlimited – UK
… to support the election of a third-term Labour government for the achievements
they agree with – not help to throw it out in a self-defeating protest
over Iraq …,15803,1476668,00.html


IRAQ hostage is sick, Australia says in TV appeal
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… Downer told Australian television on Tuesday that 400 foreigners had
been kidnapped in Iraq since September 2003, with 30 of those killed and
15 still held …

AL-JAAFARI takes office as Iraq’s new prime minister
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Shiite Arab leader Ibrahim al-Jaafari was sworn in as prime minister as
Iraq’s first democratically elected government took office Tuesday. …

ENGLAND ‘laughed during Iraq abuse’
Brisbane Courier Mail – Brisbane,Queensland,Australia
… International publication of photographs of the abuse led to widespread
condemnation of US practices in Iraq at a time when US forces were trying
to bring the …

BERLUSCONI under pressure on Iraq
CNN International – USA
ROME, Italy — Pressure is mounting on the Italian government from its
own supporters to reconsider the country’s military presence in Iraq after
conflicting …

I defend my decision on Iraq war
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By TONY BLAIR. The Independent and many of its readers have strong disagreements
with me over Iraq. They have made their opposition …


WOMAN trooper pleads guilty to Iraq abuse
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
US SOLDIER Lynndie England yesterday pleaded guilty to a string of charges
relating to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. …

HOSTAGE ‘realised dangers’ of post-war Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
A journalist who met Australian man Douglas Wood, who has been taken hostage
in Iraq, says Mr Wood was a well-liked man who, like many others, was
taking …

ITALY disputes US version of agent’s death in Iraq
Swissinfo – Bern,Switzerland
ROME (Reuters) – Italy said on Monday nervous, inexperienced US troops
manning a haphazard checkpoint killed an Italian agent in Iraq and criticised
the US …

IRAQ death toll climbs relentlessly as insurgents step up attacks – London,England,UK
The violence in Iraq that has left at least 127 people dead since a new
government was formed last week continued unabated yesterday. …

BLAIR stands firm on Iraq as poll lead grows – UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Tony Blair entered the final two days of his campaign
for re-election on Tuesday under attack over the Iraq war but with polls
showing him …


IRAQ bleeds as coordinated attacks continue
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Insurgents launched a third straight day of stepped up attacks in Iraq
on yesterday, including ambushes, car bombs and shootings, killing at
least nine Iraqis …

ITALY prepares riposte to US report on Iraq death
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
ROME, May 1 (Reuters) – Italy, stung by a US report it felt put much of
the blame on Rome for a “friendly fire” killing in Iraq, will publish
its own version …

FUNERAL bombing in Iraq kills about 25, as four-day death toll …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A car bomb obliterated a tent packed with mourners at
the funeral of a Kurdish official in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing
25 people and …

‘AUSTRALIA won’t bow to Iraq kidnappers’ demand’
Sify – Taramani,Chennai,India
Sydney: Australia will send an emergency team to Iraq to seek the release
of a kidnapped Australian contractor but will not bow to the militants’
demand to …

TENSION between devout Shiites, secular groups threaten Iraq’s …
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The significance of the new Iraqi government was
plain at prayers throughout Baghdad last week, as cries of “Victory to
Islam!” echoed …

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