Iraq News and Information Links
June 13 - 30 2005


ARE Two Shadowy Characters Holding US Hostage in Iraq?
Arab News – Jeddah,Saudi Arabia
US Vice President Dick Cheney claims Iraq’s insurgency’s in its “last throes.”
But Tuesday night, Cheney’s boss, President George W. Bush, all but …

IRAQ war was not planned: Blair
Times of India – New Delhi,India
LONDON: PM Tony Blair denied on Wednesday that the Bush administration
signaled just months after 9/11 that a decision was made to invade Iraq,
saying he was …

ISLAMIC states vow Iraq help but no outright condemnation of …
Forbes – USA
SANAA (AFX) – Islamic states have promised more assistance for Iraq in
the face of a raging insurgency but baulked at the explicit condemnation
of terrorism in …

FOREIGNERS ‘Behind Most Iraq Suicide Attacks’
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The vast majority of suicide attackers in Iraq are thought to be foreigners
— mostly Saudis and other Gulf Arabs — and the trend has become more
pronounced …

UN makes final Iraq reparations award
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… Iraq had earlier called for a halt to the diversion of 5 per cent of
its oil revenues to pay compensation to victims of the invasion, saying
it was ready to …


CAN Bush rally US support for Iraq?
BBC News – UK
Has US President George W Bush persuaded the American people to support
the war in Iraq? … What do you think of President Bush’s Iraq strategy?

SCHEDULING a withdrawal from Iraq
The Japan Times – Japan
Iraq on Tuesday marked the first anniversary since the military coalition
led by US forces transferred sovereignty to the Iraqi provisional government.

SHIITE legislator killed in Iraq
Chicago Tribune – Chicago,IL,USA
… Baghdad. Bush used the speech to emphasize the importance of the mission
in Iraq and America’s resolve to finish the job. Despite …

CLASHES Continue in Iraq on Heels of Bush’s Speech
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
BAGHDAD — Gunmen stormed the former insurgent bastion of Samarra in northern
Iraq today, killing at least two elite police commandos and injuring as
many as …

IRAQ: No reason for hope
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
The president who expected to win a quick war in Iraq now finds himself
having to explain why the US public should support an open-ended military
engagement. …

Rumsfeld Says Media Show Only ‘Negative’ Side of Iraq War
US Department of Defense (press release) – USA
… 28, 2005 — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld took to the airwaves June 27 to clear up what he characterized as “misinformation” by the media about the war …

BUSH’S No-News Iraq Speech
Yahoo News – USA
Iraq—needed to “shift strategies.” He would (of course) not be implementing
any policy changes, the paper noted; his new approach” would be “mostly
rhetorical …

RUMSFELD: No prediction on Iraq’s security
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, June 29 — While the Iraqi Prime Minister believes it’ll only
take two years for his own forces to take over security duties in his
country, US …

IRAQ lawmaker, 2 US troops killed as Bush to speak – UK
… Their deaths brought to 885 the number of US troops who have died in
Iraq in the year since sovereignty was granted, more than the 856 who
died in the 15 …

BUSH Declares Sacrifice in Iraq to Be ‘Worth It’
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… June 28 – President Bush, facing a growing restiveness around the country
and in his own party over the constant stream of casualties in Iraq, declared
Tuesday …

VIOLENCE flares on the 1st anniversary of Iraq’s sovereignty – Canada
BAGHDAD (AP) – Bombs killed Iraq’s oldest legislator and two American soldiers
Tuesday on the first anniversary of sovereignty – a day the country’s
president …

US moots political solution to Iraq woes
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
US military officials are increasingly emphasising political solutions
rather than military ones to Iraq’s insurgency – a shift that acknowledges
the …

MONDAY developments in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
… investigation. At least 1,740 members of the US military have died
since the Iraq war began in 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

2 US Pilots Die in Iraq Helicopter Crash
Guardian Unlimited – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A US Apache attack helicopter crashed Monday north
of Baghdad, killing both pilots, after a witness said he saw the aircraft
hit by a …,1280,-5102244,00.html

BUSH Tries to Ease Doubts Over Iraq War
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
President Bush is using the first anniversary of Iraq’s sovereignty to
try to ease Americans’ doubts about the mission and outline a winning
strategy for a …

TWO years enough to secure Iraq: PM
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Following talks with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Jaafari said such
factors as building up Iraq’s own security forces, controlling its porous
borders and …


STAY with me on Iraq, Bush urges
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
PLAN B: The situation in Iraq is getting better and plans are in place
to stop the insurgency, President George W. Bush said as his approval
rating plummets. …

SUICIDE bombers kill 33 in Iraq’s north
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Suicide bombers struck yet again today against Iraq’s fledgling security
forces, killing dozens of people in attacks on a police headquarters,
an army base and …

IRAQ insurgency could last a decade, admits Rumsfeld
Guardian Unlimited – UK
The US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, yesterday warned that the insurgency
in Iraq could go on for at least a decade and confirmed that the army
had been …,2763,1515527,00.html

US mourns women killed in Iraq ambush
The Standard – Hong Kong
… The attack came as US polls showed sliding support for the continued
military presence in Iraq. … About 11,000 women are serving in Iraq
alongside 127,000 men. …

BACK to Iraq
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
… over the US public opinion has followed a disturbing survey this week
showing for the first time the majority of Americans — 53 per cent —
see Iraq war as …

VIOLENCE unabating as US support for Iraq war wanes
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
As public support for his Iraq policy declines, US President George W.
Bush is working to convince wary Americans he has a military and political
strategy for …

FEMALE troops ambushed in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… The terror group al-Qaeda in Iraq on Friday claimed it carried out
the ambush, one of the single deadliest attacks against the Marines —
and against women …

THE situation in Iraq
El Diario New York – NY,USA
Maybe Vice President Dick Cheney is correct to say that the Iraq insurgency
is in its “last throes,” but we’re not alone in feeling skeptical. …

PROGRESS, Violence in Iraq a Year Later
Guardian Unlimited – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – After four car bombs devastated a predominantly Shiite
Baghdad commercial area and killed 15 people, residents reflected on the
everyday …,1280,-5098483,00.html

INSURGENTS attacks revived in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BAGHDAD, June 26 (Xinhuanet) — A suicide bombing attack in Samarra killed
at least nine civilians on Saturday, increasing the tension in the so-called
Sunni …


Voices on Iraq: World Tribunal Convening

Kansas City infoZine, MO - 13 hours ago
Ayca Cubukcu is a member of the coordinating committee of the Istanbul World Tribunal on Iraq.
She said today: “Official institutions …

Activists put war in Iraq ‘on trial’ in Istanbul Pravda

Statement of Richard Falk at Press Conference for WTI

WTI: US caused more deaths in Iraq than Saddam Middle East Online

Zaman Online -
Culminating Session Of World Tribunal On Iraq Starts In Istanbul
Turkish Press, MI - 16 hours ago
ISTANBUL – Culminating session of the ‘’World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI)’’ started in Istanbul’s historical building of Darphane-i Amire on Friday. …
Live Webcast of the World Tribunal on Iraq in Istanbul
NYC Independent Media Center, NY - 23 hours ago
The World Tribunal on Iraq is a worldwide initiative that works together in a non- hierarchical system as a horizontal network of local groups worldwide. …
World Tribunal on Iraq to Commence Tomorrow, Italy - Jun 23, 2005

23rd June, 2005, Istanbul – “The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI) has been convened to bring international law to bear on America’s aggressive behaviour …


World Tribunal on Iraq to Commence on June 24, 2005

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World Tribunal on Iraq To Hand Down Final Verdict
Independent Media Center - Jun 23, 2005
The 16th and final session of the World Tribunal on Iraq is being held in Istanbul, Turkey from June 24 to June 27. Inspired by …
Istanbul: Iraq war crimes on ‘trial’ in Istanbul Turks.US

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World Tribunal on War Crimes in Iraq
Kansas City infoZine, MO - Jun 19, 2005
… He said recently: “On May 17 a legal summons was delivered to US and UK embassies in capitals around the world on behalf of the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI). …
What Do the American People Know and When Did They Know It?
CounterPunch, CA - 13 hours ago
… profound sense of disappointment with the American people greeted me here in Istanbul where the final session of the World Tribunal on Iraq, investigating and …
Arundhati on jury for verdict on role of Bush, Blair on Iraq
Hindu, India - 58 minutes ago
25 (PTI): The World Tribunal on Iraq, a grouping of NGOs and intellectuals, will give a hearing to “the voice of the suppressed” and deliver a verdict on the …
Bush vows to defeat Iraqi insurgency
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain - 7 hours ago
… The World Tribunal on Iraq a grouping of NGOs, intellectuals and writers opposed to the war in Iraq accused the US of causing more deaths in Iraq than ousted …
Anti-war tribunal: US has caused more deaths in Iraq than Saddam
Times of Oman, Oman - 9 hours ago
ISTANBUL — The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI), a grouping of NGOs, intellectuals and writers
opposed to the war in Iraq, yesterday accused the United States of …

US will stand firm on Iraq, Bush vows
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
… It bothers Iraqis.”. The two men took questions after receiving a briefing
from the top commanders overseeing the US military presence in Iraq. …

IRAQ suicide bomber strikes female Marines
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle struck
a convoy carrying US Marines in Fallujah, most of them women, the military
said …

RUMSFELD claims US not losing Iraq war
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
As Baghdad reeled from a deadly new spate of bombings, Donald Rumsfeld,
the Defence Secretary, insisted that the US was not losing the war in
Iraq. …

TOP Al-Qaeda suspect in Iraq killed — Al-Zarqawi – Dalton,GA,USA
In an Internet statement posted Thursday, Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi of Al-Qaeda
in Iraq said Abdullah Mohammed Rashid Roshoud was killed in a US air strike
during … June/ 24%20n/
Top% 20Al%20Qaeda%20suspect%20in%20Iraq%20killed%20%20Zarqawi.htm

NO `Timetables’ for Iraq Pullout
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush served notice Friday that he intended to hold
fast to his plans for Iraq, promising Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari
that …


IRAQ war an ‘intractable quagmire’: Ted Kennedy
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: There have been sharp words exchanged in a feisty hearing
in the United States Congress about how the Bush administration is handling
Iraq. …

FROM Iraq To Eastpointe, Pistons Fans Show Pride
WDIV – Detroit,MI,USA
The 1225th CSB, from Detroit, a battalion that’s part of the Michigan National
Guard and is stationed in Iraq, sent a photo to Local 4 of its members
posing …

VIOLENT attacks rock Iraq – New Delhi,India
… of Baghdad. Insurgents also launched another attack on Iraq’s oil production,
setting fire to an oil pipeline in Beiji. The pipeline …

AMERICAN hostage in Iraq still alive: Philippine official
Xinhua – Beijing,China
MANILA, June 24 (Xinhuanet) — An American, who has been kidnapped with
a Filipino overseas work in Iraq, is still alive, a Philippine foreign
affairs official …

IRAQ PM set for White House talks – Pakistan
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari says the US-led multinational force
in Iraq must stay until the Iraqi forces are fully prepared to defend
the country …


INTERNATIONAL community rallies around Iraq at conference on …
CBC News – Canada
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – Nations attending a conference on Iraq’s reconstruction
pledged Wednesday to support a reform plan by top Iraqi officials who
are …

FILIPINO freed in Iraq after nearly eight months
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
MANILA (Reuters) – Filipino accountant Robert Tarongoy, held hostage in
Iraq since November, was released unharmed on Wednesday after months of
negotiations …;:42ba0c8c:7f5fab6

A new show of support for Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
BRUSSELS — White House efforts to convince the public that the United
States is on the right track in Iraq extended beyond Washington Wednesday
to an …

WORLD meet mulls Iraq aid
Times of India – New Delhi,India
LONDON: Bombed-out and blood-spattered Iraq soared to the top of the international
talky-talk agenda on Wednesday with representatives of more than 80 …

FOUR Car Bombings in Iraq Leave 23 Dead
Guardian Unlimited – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Four car bombs exploded at dusk Wednesday, killing
at least 23 people, including sidewalk diners and passengers at a bus
station. …,1280,-5092127,00.html

SWEDEN says hostage freed from captivity in Iraq
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
STOCKHOLM, June 21 (Reuters) – A Swedish man held hostage has been freed
after 67 days in Iraq, the Foreign Ministry and local media said on Tuesday.

IRAQ’S Qaeda claims Arbil suicide bombing – Web
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
DUBAI, June 21 (Reuters) – Iraq’s al Qaeda group said it had carried out
a suicide car bombing that killed at least 12 police recruits in Arbil,
according to a …

BRITISH Link Arrest to Iraq Bombing
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… a run-down house in the northern city of Manchester just after dawn
on Tuesday and arrested a man they said had been the housemate of a suicide
bomber in Iraq. …

EGYPT to Send Ambassador to Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Egypt will become the first Arab nation to send an
ambassador to post-Saddam Iraq, the Iraqi foreign minister was to announce
Wednesday at …

RICE sees no breakthrough on Iraq debt relief at international …
Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – An international conference on Iraq’s reconstruction
will not yield promises to cancel the country’s huge debts, US Secretary
of State …


CAR bombs and mortars rake Iraq; 26 dead
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents killed at least 26 people and wounded more
than 80 on Monday in a series of attacks on Iraqi police stations and
army bases across …

WOOD opts against returning to Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – New South Wales,Australia
It took 24 hours back in the embrace of his family to convince Douglas
Wood that returning to Iraq wasn’t such a good idea. The …

IRAQ Suicide Bomb Kills 15 Policemen
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The bombing that ripped through the police facility was one in a series
attacks, including at least five suicide car bombings, that swept Iraq
yesterday. …

BUSH says Iraq policies are working
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush offered an upbeat assessment yesterday of
US military operations in Iraq even as he acknowledged that the bloody
toll there …

BUSH trying to shore up support for war in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — Launching a new effort to rally support for the war in Iraq,
President Bush yesterday acknowledged the dangers that US troops face
and vowed …


IRAQ Restaurant Blast Kills 23, Hurts 36
Guardian Unlimited – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A suicide bombing ripped through a popular Baghdad
kebab restaurant at lunchtime, killing at least 23 people and wounding
36 Sunday as …,1280,-5085039,00.html

AUSSIE causes row over Iraq
News24 – Cape Town,South Africa
Melbourne – An Australian hostage freed in Iraq flew straight into a political
row here on Monday as the government was accused of exploiting his rescue
to …,,2-10-1460_1723817,00.html

UP to 24 dead in Iraq as insurgents press on
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… Intelligence officials believe Anbar province is a portal used by extremist
groups, including Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist group,
to …

BOMBINGS kill at least 37 in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – MN,USA
A Marine was killed in fighting in western Iraq, where the military has
launched offensives against insurgent strongholds in the country’s rural
Sunni Arab …

IRAQ war started too early
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… British prime minister’s meeting, whose legitimacy the British government
confirms, details the Bush administration’s early intention to go to war
against Iraq …


INSURGENTS Under Pressure in Western Iraq
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
BAGHDAD — Marines stepped up assaults Saturday on suspected rebel positions
in western Iraq in an attempt to counter rural violence, which has surged
during …

BUSH pressured to define Iraq exit
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – MN,USA
WASHINGTON, DC — Burdened by a rising death toll in Iraq and declining
public support for the war, the Bush administration is facing new demands
to define an …

CLERIC says Australian hostage from California rescued in Iraq was …
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press Writer. An Australian engineer from California
who was dramatically rescued in Baghdad last week …

GENERAL says Iraq goals attainable with support
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
By MICHAEL HEDGES. DOHA, QATAR – Fresh from a ground-level look at the
war in Iraq, Gen. John … violence. Iraq’s National Assembly faces an
Aug. …

BUSH defends Iraq war as ‘vital’
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
President George W Bush has rejected calls for a withdrawal of US troops
from Iraq and tried to counter growing impatience with the war by calling
it a “vital …


WIFE wants Douglas Wood home from Iraq
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Given, the American wife of freed Australian hostage Douglas Wood,
says her first words to her husband will include some advice on travelling
in Iraq – “don’t …

US launches more attacks near Iraq’s border with Syria
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… June 11. Syria is under intense pressure from Washington and Baghdad
to tighten control of its porous 611km border with Iraq. The …

US sergeant charged with murder of officers in Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
A US Army sergeant has been charged with murdering two officers in the
first alleged case of ‘fragging” since the start of the Iraq war. …

US forces launch major operation in West Iraq
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
US marines, sailors and Iraqi soldiers backed by warplanes battled insurgents
in Iraq’s Euphrates River valley in a new operation to rout them from
near the …

DEMOCRATS urge inquiry into ‘misleading’ Iraq war intelligence (subscription) – Ireland
AMID new questions about US President George W Bush’s determination to
remove Saddam Hussein as Iraq’s president, several US Democrats have called
for an …


AUSTRALIAN freed in Iraq; bombs kill nearly 40
ABC News – USA
… Howard announced the news in parliament, clearly delighted at a happy
outcome after Canberra had refused video demands to pull its troops out
of Iraq or to pay …

DOWNING Street memos on Iraq
Denver Post – Denver,CO,USA
Another confidential British memo has surfaced to fan fresh criticism about
the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. This time, the issue …

FIVE US Marines killed in Iraq blast
Hindu – Chennai,India
BAGHDAD: A roadside bomb attack killed five US Marines and gunfire killed
an American sailor in a western Iraqi town, the US military said on Thursday.

KILLINGS go on as Iraq Shiites broker deal with Sunnis
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
BOMB and gun attacks west of Baghdad killed six US soldiers in Iraq yesterday
and a suicide car bomber slammed into a truck carrying Iraqi policemen
near the …

US Congressmen demand military pull out from Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, June 17 — A bipartisan group of Congressmen have joined to push
the Bush administration to start bringing home US troops from Iraq by
October 1, 2006 …

AUSTRALIAN freed in Iraq; bombs kill nearly 40
China Daily – China
… Defense, freed Australian hostage Douglas Wood, gives the thumbs up
after receiving medical checks at a US military facility in Baghdad, Iraq,
Wednesday June 15 …

ROUNDUP: Attacks mount in Iraq amid crackdown, political efforts
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
At least 50 people have been killed in attacks across Iraq in the past
two days amid the US-led counterinsurgency campaign and efforts by the
country’s …

MORE than 50 die in Iraq as violence swells
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – A militant strapped with more than 100 pounds of explosives
and disguised in an army uniform blew himself up in a crowded mess hall
Wednesday …

AUSTRALIAN hostage rescue successful; insurgents blow up pipeline …
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
… release of Douglas Wood, a 64-year-old engineer, who was abducted in
late April by a militant group calling itself the Shura Council of the
Mujahedeen of Iraq. …

SPAIN says it has cut pipeline to Iraq rebels
International Herald Tribune – France
… of involvement with Islamic terrorism, including 11 men suspected by
the police of having worked for a network that provided recruits for the
insurgency in Iraq …


AUSTRALIAN Hostage Freed in Iraq
Guardian Unlimited – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraqi troops, backed by US forces, freed an Australian
hostage after more than a month in captivity, officials said Wednesday.,1280,-5075688,00.html

EX-IRAQ Hostage Recounts Months in Cellar
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… voices, while she was still blindfolded, and asked about a range of
political topics from the French war in Algeria decades ago, to the US
presence in Iraq. …

AUSTRALIAN hostage Wood freed in Iraq
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
… Wood had been held hostage since early May. Iraqi militants had warned
they would kill him if Australia did not begin withdrawing its troops
from Iraq. …;:42b00bb9:3aaa

TRIAL court in Iraq releases video of subdued Saddam
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
BAGHDAD, JUNE 14: The Iraqi court that will try Saddam Hussein and his
top aides released a video recording Monday showing a subdued, contemplative
and …

NEW Memos Detail Early Plans for Invading Iraq
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
By John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer. LONDON — In March 2002, the Bush
administration had just begun to publicly raise the possibility of confronting
Iraq. …


BUSH Urges End to Impasse Over Writing of Iraq Constitution
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, June 13 — President Bush on Monday called President Jalal Talabani
of Iraq to encourage him and other leaders to break the stalemate over
how many …

FRENCH journalist freed after five months of captivity in Iraq
PARIS – A French journalist who had been held captive in Iraq has been
freed, President Jacques Chirac announced on Sunday, after months of secret
negotiations …

IRAQ: death toll from the six explosions
Pravda – Moscow,Russia
… were injured, 26 of them seriously, in the attacks, which were concentrated
in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran’s Khuzestan province, which
borders Iraq. …

MORE British memos on pre-Iraq war concerns
… Minister Tony Blair’s re-election campaign last month, when details
leaked about a top-secret memo, written in July 2002 — eight months before
the Iraq war. …

LIVINGSTON Co. Marine, 22, is killed in explosion in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
… Andrew Kilpela of Fowlerville died Friday in Iraq. … Michael Hanks
of Gregory, who also was on the Fowlerville High School wrestling team,
died Nov. 10 in Iraq. …

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