Iraq News and Information Links
1-19 July 2005


GREATER Cooperation Needed to Fight Iraq Violence: Naif
Arab News – Jeddah,Saudi Arabia
ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD, 20 July 2005 — Interior Minister Prince Naif yesterday
sought greater cooperation and coordination among Iraq’s neighbors, saying
not …

`THE real scandal is the mess in Iraq’
Miami Herald – FL,USA
… administration sources told columnist Robert Novak and others, who
chose her husband to go Africa to see if Niger had sold uranium to Saddam
Hussein’s Iraq. …

SUNNIS helping to draft constitution slain in Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Israel
Gunmen assassinated two Sunni Arabs involved in the drafting of Iraq’s
constitution, another blow to US and Iraqi efforts to draw members of
the disaffected …

31 die in Iraq ambush
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad – At least 31 people were killed on Tuesday in Iraq violence, including
13 slaughtered when insurgents ambushed a bus carrying workers to a United,,2-10-1460_1740034,00.html

BRIT troops charged with Iraq war crimes
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Britain, Washington’s key ally in Iraq, has investigated scores of
deaths and injuries of Iraqis since joining the US-led invasion of Iraq
in 2003. …


SIX policemen, gov’t worker killed in Iraq
CTV – Canada
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents killed six policemen and a government worker
in six separate shootings across central Iraq, officials said Monday.

BRITAIN Assails Critical Report on Role in Iraq
New York Times – United States
… reacted sharply on Monday to a private research report that said Britain
was particularly exposed to a terrorist attack because of its role in
Iraq as an ally …

US backs good Iraq-Iran ties
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, July 19 (IranMania) – The United States reiterated its backing
for good relations between Iraq and Iran while calling on all of Iraq’s
neighbors to …

LAWYER Wants Saddam Trial Moved From Iraq
Guardian Unlimited – UK
LONDON (AP) – A lawyer for Saddam Hussein said Monday that Iraq’s insurgency
has made Baghdad far too dangerous a venue for the former leader’s trial,
and that …,1280,-5149327,00.html

SECURITY Forces, Officials Targeted in Iraq; 24 Dead
Washington Post – United States
BAGHDAD, July 18 — Gunmen killed at least 24 police officers, soldiers
and government workers in Iraq on Monday, and an Iraqi general said about
50 suspected …


IRAQ suicide bomber kills 98; Saddam indicted
Reuters – USA
MUSAYYIB, Iraq (Reuters) – Stricken townspeople swept away the wreckage
of a fuel truck bomb that killed 98 people south of Baghdad and three
more suicide car …

FIRST trial set in Iraq for Saddam in killings
International Herald Tribune – France
… 5,000 people in a chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja
in March 1988; Sultan Hashim Ahmed, who was a corps commander in northern
Iraq at the …

IRAN-IRAQ talks heal old wounds
BBC News – UK
Iran’s President Mohammed Khatami has welcomed what he called a “turning
point” in relations with Iraq. He said the current visit …

SAY what you will, US can’t just leave Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – GA,USA
Trying to predict the course of events in Iraq has proved an exercise for
the foolhardy. Of course, having predicted that John Kerry …

TUBE bombs ‘linked to Iraq conflict’
Guardian Unlimited – UK
Britain’s involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed to
the terrorist attacks in London, a respected independent thinktank on
foreign affairs …,12956,1530820,00.html


Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
… The blast was the worst single attack in the past two months, following
a week of violence in Iraq in which 100 people were killed in 16 suicide
attacks in …

IRAQ Suicide Blast Kills 54, Injures 82
Guardian Unlimited – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – An insurgent suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped
to his body Saturday, triggering a huge explosion at a gas station near
a mosque …,1280,-5146228,00.html

THREE British soldiers die after roadside explosion in Iraq
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
AN INVESTIGATION was under way last night after three British soldiers
died and two others were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Iraq. …

TANKER bomber kills 54 in Iraq
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A SUICIDE bomber killed at least 54 people in Iraq yesterday after triggering
his explosives next to a fuel tanker near a mosque. …

IRAN and Iraq close to security pact
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Since Saddam’s fall, Iraq has tried to build closer ties with Iran
and heal scars left by the 1980-88 war that killed more than one million
on both sides. …


CAR Bombs and Explosions Kill 29 in Iraq
Guardian Unlimited – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Suicide car bombs and explosions rocked wide areas
of the Iraqi capital Friday, targeting US and Iraqi security forces and
killing at …,1280,-5144160,00.html

22 killed in 10 Iraq bombings
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Ten suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks in
Baghdad and northern Iraq yesterday, killing at least 22 people and wounding
more than …

SHORT says she has no doubt of Iraq war link
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… secretary, claimed to speak for half of the parliamentary Labour party
on Friday when she linked last week’s terrorist bombings in London with
the war in Iraq …

POLISH finishes troop rotation in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
WARSAW, July 15 (Xinhuanet) — Poland has finished its fifth and last large-scale
rotation of troops to Iraq, the Defense Ministry said Friday. …

IRAQ suicide attacks raise tough questions
Independent Online – Cape Town,South Africa
… foreign militants. “The suicide attacks on the Green Zone were conducted
by followers from the land of the two rivers (Iraq). May …


SUICIDE bombers step up role in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Suicide bomb attacks in Iraq have averaged at least one per day since the
announcement of a new government in April, according to data gathered
by the US …

TINY victims a target as Iraq toll rises
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… “Failure is not an option,” he said. He plans to begin talks with Iraqis
about developing a schedule for reducing US forces in Iraq. …

RUMSFELD aide says Iraq arms claims ‘overemphasized’
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… The comment by Douglas Feith, in an interview with the Associated Press,
is a rare admission of error about Iraq by a senior administration official.

ANALYSTS see no quick drop in US troops in Iraq
USA Today – USA
… of Iraqi insurgents and slow development of the nation’s military make
it unlikely that significant numbers of US troops will leave Iraq soon,
according to …

ZARQAWI Aide, Suspect in Envoy’s Death, Held in Iraq (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
July 14 (Bloomberg) — US forces in Iraq said they have captured two high-ranking
al-Qaeda agents, including one suspected in the murder this month of Egypt’s
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WILSON’S Iraq Assertions Hold Up Under Fire From Rove Backers
Bloomberg – USA
July 14 (Bloomberg) — Two-year old assertions by former ambassador Joseph
Wilson regarding Iraq and uranium, which lie at the heart of the controversy
over …

IRAQ Suicide Blast Targeting US Troops Kills 24 Children
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
… In the deadliest insurgent attack in Iraq in more than two months and
the most lethal one involving children since September, an explosives-filled
SUV killed …

EARLY mark for Aussies in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne, Australia
AUSTRALIA’S 450 troops at al-Muthanna may be out of Iraq by October, months
before they were originally thought due for withdrawal. …

OFFICIAL skeptical about Iraq flights
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, July 14 (IranMania) – Iran is willing to resume flights to Iraq,
said a senior aviation industry official stressing that the two sides
have discussed …


US forces kill 14 insurgents in northwestern Iraq: statement
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
Fourteen suspected insurgents have been killed by US forces in northwestern
Iraq, the US military said Tuesday in a statement. The …

UK forces ‘could lead Iraq withdrawal’
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… The diplomat suggested that the handover to local Iraqi forces could
take place sooner in southern Iraq, where British troops now control a
relatively quiet …

IRAQ dangers inflated, Guard general says
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – MN,USA
WASHINGTON, DC — The dangers faced by US troops in Iraq have been exaggerated,
adding to the difficulty of recruiting, the Army general in charge of
National …

PENTAGON says key Zarqawi operative caught in Iraq – Wellington,New Zealand
WASHINGTON: American forces have captured a key operative in the organisation
of Iraq’s al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the top US general said
today. …,2106,3344273a12,00.html

IRAQ defends US troop presence
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq’s prime minister defended the presence of US troops on Iraqi
soil on Tuesday, telling parliament they would not remain forever but
that a …


LEAKED memo details UK plan for Iraq cutback
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
A confidential British military assessment examines the possibility of
drastically cutting troop strength in Iraq by the end of next year, to
3,000 from about …

LABOR opposes more troops for Iraq
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Labor says it will oppose any moves to send more troops to Iraq as doing
so would spread Australia’s military too thinly. Federal …

LONDON attacks highlight importance of Iraq war: Bush
ABC Online – Australia
US President George W Bush says the London bombings demonstrate the importance
of fighting terrorists in Iraq. Mr Bush also says …

US troops kill insurgents after weekend of violence in Iraq
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
UNITED States troops killed ten insurgents in Tal Afar in the north of
Iraq yesterday, while ten Iraqi troops died in two attacks north-east
of the capital – a …

IRAQ’S Qaeda claims attack on Bahraini envoy-Web
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
DUBAI, July 11 (Reuters) – Iraq’s al Qaeda group, which killed Egypt’s
envoy to Iraq, said on Monday it was behind an attack against a Bahraini
diplomat in …


EGYPT and Iraq in row over slaying of envoy
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
The denials are an apparent bid to contain Cairo’s anger at Baghdad over
remarks made by Iraq’s government spokesman that envoy Ihab El Sherif
may have …

SUICIDE and car bombs wreak havoc across Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Suicide bombers struck Iraq yesterday, killing at least 33 people and wounding
dozens more in three attacks on an army recruiting center, a police convoy
and …

US military releases LA filmmaker from custody in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – An aspiring Iranian-American filmmaker who has been detained
by the US military for nearly two months without being charged was released
Sunday …

AUSTRALIA plays down reports of more troops for Iraq
Sify – Taramani,Chennai,India
Sydney: Prime Minister John Howard on Monday played down reports that Britain
might ask Australia to send more troops to Iraq so that it could redeploy
its own …

US, Britain working on strategy to exit Iraq’
Economic Times – India
LONDON: Britain and the US are trying to build a new strategy to exit Iraq
that could see British troops coming home by Christmas, a newspaper reported
citing …


EGYPT quizzes Iraq over ‘slain envoy’ remark – UK
… He said a serious security effort was needed in Iraq to catch the killers
and “to bring back confidence in the possibility of restoring security
and stability …

US Marines, Iraq Soldiers Launch Raids
Guardian Unlimited – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Hundreds of US Marines and Iraqi soldiers have launched
new raids against insurgent strongholds in a volatile Sunni province,
officials …,1280,-5130484,00.html

IRAQ: Italy pullout from September
Hindu – Chennai,India
GLENEAGLES (SCOTLAND): Italy plans to begin withdrawing 300 troops from
Iraq in September as Iraqi security forces become increasingly capable
of securing the …

US Says It Will Release American Held in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… an aspiring American filmmaker who has been imprisoned without charge
for nearly two months at a United States military detention center in
Iraq, lawyers and …

UK draws up Iraq ‘pull-out plan’
BBC News – UK
Plans have been drawn up to withdraw thousands of UK and US troops from
Iraq by the Spring of 2006. The paper, by Defence Secretary …

IRAQ urges other nations to keep envoys in Baghdad
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD — Iraq appealed to its global partners yesterday to defy al-Qaida’s
“blackmail” and keep their diplomats in Baghdad despite the reported slaying
of …

IRAQ Asks Muslim States for Support After Envoy’s Killing
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 8 – Iraq’s transitional government reached out anxiously
on Friday to Arab and other Muslim nations, asking them not to be intimidated
by …

ITALY sets date to pull troops out of Iraq
Mail & Guardian Online – Johannesburg,South Africa
Italy’s Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, on Friday confirmed that he
will start pulling his country’s troops out of Iraq within two months.

‘SQUANDERED Victory’ and ‘Losing Iraq’: Now What?
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
COULD the administration have chosen a different course in Iraq that would
today have the country farther down the road to popular government and
cost fewer …

BOMBS stiffen resolve to see Iraq mission through to end
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Britain’s resolve to see its mission in Iraq through has strengthened following
the terrorist bombings in London, in spite of calls from anti-war campaigners


EGYPT pulls diplomats out of Iraq after al-Qaida kills kidnapped …
CBC News – Canada
BAGHDAD (AP) – Egypt will close its mission in Baghdad and withdraw its
staff after al-Qaida’s wing in Iraq said it had killed an abducted top
Egyptian envoy …

REBELS Kill Egyptian Diplomat, Adding Pressure on Others in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 7 – The insurgent group Al Qaeda in Iraq said Thursday
that it had killed Egypt’s ambassador-designate in Iraq, Ihab al-Sharif,
four days …

IRAN, Iraq to co-op in military, anti-terror fields
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… As to Tehran’s persistent call for withdrawal of foreign troopsfrom
Iraq, al-Dulaimi said that the current situation necessitate a longer
presence of them. …

OCCUPATION is simply tearing Iraq asunder
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
By Sami Ramadani. Most people in the UK want troops withdrawn from Iraq
— and so do most Iraqis, according to opinion polls. Trade …

IRAQ, US urge envoys to stay despite attacks
Turkish Daily News – Ankara,Turkey
Iraq and the United States sought to prevent an exodus of diplomats from
Baghdad on Wednesday after an ambush prompted Pakistan to pull out its
ambassador …


QAEDA says will kill Egypt’s Iraq envoy
China Daily – China
An Al Qaeda death sentence hung over Egypt’s hostage envoy to Iraq on Wednesday
as the new Iraqi government appealed to embassies not to desert Baghdad
after a …

IRAQ Qaeda says will kill Egypt envoy
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
BAGHDAD, JULY 6: An Al Qaeda death sentence hung over Egypt’s hostage envoy
to Iraq on Wednesday, as the Iraqi government appealed to embassies not
to desert …

IRAQ’S al-Qaida considers Iraqi army as enemy like Americans …
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
Iraq’s al-Qaida wing said on Tuesday in an audiotape that it had formed
a new brigade to fight the Shiite militia Badr Brigade and considered
the Iraqi army an …

FIVE US citizens in Iraq suspected of insurgency ties
USA Today – USA
WASHINGTON — The US military is holding five US citizens suspected of
insurgent activities in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday. …

A Look at US Military Deaths in Iraq
Guardian Unlimited – UK
As of Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at least 1,750 members of the US military
have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according
to an …,1280,-5123470,00.html


AL chief urges release of Egyptian diplomat in Iraq
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
… AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa urged Tuesday the prompt release of
the Egyptian envoy in Baghdad, Ihab el-Sharif, who was kidnapped in Iraq
on Saturday, the …

INSURGENTS mount attacks against Islamic diplomats in Iraq
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Gunmen ambushed two more top diplomats from Muslim countries
Tuesday in apparent kidnap bids that seemed aimed at scaring off foreign

A prescription for Iraq
Rediff – India
Since April, 2005, there has been a co-ordinated escalation of acts of
jihadi terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir in India.

AL-ZARQAWI denounces Iraq army as enemies
CTV – Canada
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The reputed leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq said the Iraqi
army is as great an enemy as the Americans and announced the formation
of a new terror …

IRAQ insurgency forces Pentagon rethink on ability to fight two …
Guardian Unlimited – UK
The Iraq counter-insurgency is forcing the Pentagon to question its military
doctrine requiring forces be able to fight two major wars at the same
time, it was …,2763,1522144,00.html


IRAQ car bomb kills two in Baghdad
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
A car bomb in Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded four more yesterday,
police said, a day after Egypt’s top envoy to Iraq was reported kidnapped
in an …

BUSH Claims ‘Comprehensive Strategy’ for Iraq
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — President Bush pledged Monday to keep US forces in
Iraq “until the fight is … In his remarks, the president again linked
Iraq to the Sept. …

IRAQ WRAPUP 1-Gunmen wound Bahrain’s envoy in Baghdad -police
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD, July 5 (Reuters) – Bahrain’s envoy in Iraq was shot and slightly
wounded by gunmen who opened fire on his car in Baghdad on Tuesday, the
second attack …

BRITAIN plans major Iraq troops pullout over 18 months
China Daily – China
Britain’s defence ministry has drafted plans for a significant troop withdrawal
from Iraq over the next 18 months and a big deployment to Afghanistan.

EXPLOSIONS heard near Japan camp in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – New South Wales,Australia
… withdrawal of Japanese troops. Polls have indicated the Japanese public
is deeply divided over the country’s troop dispatch to Iraq.


GONZALES Pays Surprise Visit to Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… his name echoing in Washington as one of the most likely Supreme Court
candidates, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales landed today in war-torn
Iraq for a …

EGYPTIAN diplomat kidnapped in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Egyptian ambassador-designate Ihab al-Sherif, the first
diplomat from an Arab nation to Iraq, was kidnapped from his upscale Mansour

US Attorney-General visits Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, July 4 — During his first trip to Iraq, US Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales showd support for US troops in Iraq in the face of sustained
deadly …

BRITISH, US aid to Iraq diverted to commando units
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
British and US aid intended for Iraq’s hard-pressed police service is being
diverted to paramilitary commando units accused of widespread human rights
abuses …

GEORGIA GIs in Iraq often without Net
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – GA,USA
Instead of writing letters that can take days or weeks to arrive back home,
those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have cellphones, satellite phones
and most …


HAGEL responds to O’Connor’s retirement, latest develoments in …
Grand Island Independent – Grand Island,NE,USA
… Hagel defended the critical comments he has made of President Bush
on Iraq, while also criticizing for misrepresenting what his
statements and his …

SUICIDE Attacks Kill 26 in Iraq
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
… Insurgent attacks have raised tensions among Iraq’s varied ethnic and
religious groups and raised fears of civil war. In a statement …

SUICIDE Bomber Kills 12 In Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… Al Qaeda in Iraq, the guerrilla organization led by Abu Musab Zarqawi,
asserted responsibility for the bombing in a statement posted on the Internet.

BUSH urges Americans to support Iraq campaign
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
WASHINGTON: President George W Bush sought on Saturday to shore up support
for the Iraq war, saying the best way to honor the nation’s dead was to
“stay in …

AFGHANISTAN may quickly become `a mirror of Iraq’
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… of the chopper on Tuesday — and a missing team of US soldiers — reinforce
concerns that while US casualties here are far fewer than in Iraq, the
rebellion …


PRESIDENT Bush Speaks to the American People About Iraq
Voice of America – USA
President Bush spoke to the American people on Tuesday about the war in
Iraq. … Mister Bush talked about images of the violence in Iraq. …

GUNMEN assassinate aide to leading Shiite cleric in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – An aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s leading
Shiite Muslim cleric, was assassinated Friday in central Baghdad in the
latest attack …

AMERICAN and British responsibility for the ‘anarchy’ in Iraq
Times Online – UK
Sir, President Bush has declared Iraq “the latest battlefield” in the war
against terrorism in attempting to dismiss the anarchy that has engulfed
Iraq …,,59-1677128,00.html

US Marines Accused of Killing Iraq Man
Guardian Unlimited – UK
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Iraq’s UN ambassador accused US Marines of killing
his unarmed young cousin in what appeared to be ``cold blood’’ and demanded
an …,1280,-5113195,00.html

BLAIR saves world and Iraq’s forgotten – London,England,UK
… bore. Now that Iraq has ceased to dominate the world news agenda, it
has turned into a faraway country of which we know little. …

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