Iraq News and Information Links
January 14 2005
Graner found guilty on all Iraq abuse charges
Financial Times – UK
By Demitri Sevastopulo at Fort Hood, Texas. A US military court on Friday found Charles Graner, a military police guard, guilty on …
Iraq militants claim murder of Shiite cleric’s aide
International Herald Tribune – France
… Just before his death, the cleric had led evening prayers in which he urged worshipers to follow the edict of Sistani, Iraq’s most revered Shiite leader, to …
Iraq elections could ‘embolden’ insurgents
Daily Times – Pakistan
Powell also suggested in a television interview that the violence in Iraq could intensify after the January 30 ballot for a new national assembly, with the …
Southgate picked for Iraq election poll
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
(AP) — Some Iraqi Americans in Michigan expressed disappointment Friday with the site selected for them to register and vote in Iraq’s elections but said they …
Iraq prison abuse verdict awaited
BBC News – London,England,UK
Military jurors in the US have begun deliberating their verdict on the alleged ringleader of the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail. …

Iraq biggest base for terrorists: CIA
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Chaotic post-war Iraq has become the world’s biggest training ground for the next generation of “professionalised” terrorists, says a CIA report. …
The Week in Politics: Powell’s Exit, Iraq’s Vote Nears
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
This week’s topics include Secretary of State Colin Powell’s upcoming departure from public office, preparations for elections in Iraq and next week’s …
Aide to Key Cleric Killed in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
… I’m Robert Siegel. A representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has been killed in Iraq. … HARRIS : She is leaving Iraq tomorrow for the safety of Jordan. …,2933,144414,00.html
CIA: Iraq Now Top Terrorist Training Ground
FOX News – USA
Iraq is now the world’s top training ground for terrorists, and survivors of the fighting there will move on to mount attacks in other parts of the world …,1280,-4733235,00.html
Iraq Militants Claim Killing of Top Aide
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Sunni Muslim militants claimed responsibility Friday for the assassination of a community leader promoting the election on behalf of …
Defense rests in Iraq abuse case – Springfield,VA,USA
By Laura Parker. FORT HOOD, Texas — Testimony in the court-martial of Army Spc. Charles Graner, the former prison guard who allegedly …
Presidents of Iraq, France meet in Paris
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Paris, France, Jan. 14 (UPI) — French President Jacques Chirac used a meeting with Iraq’s President Ghazi Yawar to endorse the Jan. …
Civilian killed in bombing in Iraq
RTE Interactive – Ireland
… The US military said Staff Sergeant Cardenas Alban was convicted on one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to murder at a court martial in Iraq.

New group vows war on Iraq polls
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
BAGHDAD — An obscure group said yesterday it killed an aide to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric and a main driving force behind the …
Iraq: Staying the Course
GOPUSA – Pearland,TX,USA
WASHINGTON (Talon News) — Issues revolving around Iraq were prominent Thursday as President George W. Bush addressed Iraq’s weapons programs, White House …
Oil may rise on OPEC output cuts and Iraq violence – London,UK
… In Iraq, anti-occupation and anti-government rebels have stepped up violent attacks against the US and Iraqi forces in an attempt to hamper the country’s …

Poll dragging Iraq towards civil war
The Australian – Australia
AMID the daily turbulence and chaos plaguing Iraq as the country’s date with electoral democracy looms, a set of disturbing trends is becoming clear. …
3 US soldiers killed in separate attacks in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BAGHDAD, Jan. 14 (Xinhuanet) — Three US soldiers were killed on Thursday in two separate attacks in north and west of Iraq, the US military said on Friday. …
Cia: Iraq the Biggest Base for Terrorists
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Chaotic post-war Iraq has become the world’s biggest training ground for the next generation of “professionalised” terrorists, according to a CIA report. …
Human rights group critical over Iraq abuse
RTE Interactive – Ireland
The New York-based group, Human Rights Watch, has said the treatment of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and detainees at Guantanamo Bay has significantly …
More attacks as Iraq vote draws near
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
Deadly attacks against Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslims have multiplied ahead of elections that the majority community is expected to win, as United States Secretary of …
Prisoners escape from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi police searched Friday for 28 prisoners from Abu Ghraib who escaped while being transported to another facility in Baghdad, police …
Three US troops killed in Iraq; Turkish businessman kidnapped at
CBC News – Canada
BAGHDAD (AP) – Two US Marines were killed in action in Iraq’s western Anbar province, and a soldier died near the restive northern city of Mosul, the US

Empty hands in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
With those alarmist words, US President George Bush signalled his intention to invade Iraq in March 2003, at a terrible price. So far, 20,000 Iraqis have died.
Soldier killed in Iraq remembered for patriotism, music
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
COATESVILLE, Pa. – The father of a suburban Philadelphia native killed in Iraq said his son was a true believer in the infantry work he was doing. Spc.
Three US soldiers killed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
Two US marines and a soldier have been killed in separate incidents in western and northern Iraq, the US military says. A statement
Iraq group claims killing Sistani aide
swissinfo – Switzerland
Shi’ite cleric and a main driving force behind the January 30 elections, according to an Internet message. Cleric Madaen was killed

Half of Iraq’s voters said likely to participate in Jan. 30
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD, Iraq – About half of Iraq’s 15 million voters are likely to participate in this month’s election, a senior election official said in one of the
Iraq prisoner abuse ‘encouraged’
BBC News – London,England,UK
An ex-US military policewoman has told a court martial she was asked by intelligence officers at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail to mock naked detainees.

Iraq Poll Fears Deepen as 2 Sistani Aides Killed
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two aides to Iraq’s top Shi’ite leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani have been killed in separate attacks apparently aimed at inflaming
Oil May Rise on OPEC Output Cuts and Iraq Attacks, Survey Finds
Bloomberg – USA
Insurgents have intensified attacks on US and Iraqi security forces in an effort to disrupt Iraq’s election planned for Jan. 30.

Iraq insurgents in bid to rock religious relations
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BEIRUT — By assassinating two aides to Iraq’s most revered Shia cleric, insurgents are trying to inflame sectarian tensions at a time when Shia and Sunni
Chirac in talks to rebuild ties with Iraq
Financial Times – UK
Chirac, France’s president, yesterday held talks in Paris with his Iraqi counterpart, Ghazi Yawar, in a fresh bid to engage with Iraq’s postwar leadership and
Iraq new terror breeding ground
Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of “professionalized” terrorists, according to a report released yesterday by the

Half likely to vote in Iraq: official
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
About half of Iraq’s 15 million voters are likely to participate in this month’s election, a senior election official said in one of the first such estimates
Editorial: Iraq/No WMD, no reason for war
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
After all this time, after all these deaths, after all this money, what can you say about this: The search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has ended.
US review of Iraq security begins
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Nick Childs. A senior retired US army general tasked with reviewing the security situation in Iraq has begun his mission, the Pentagon has confirmed.

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