Iraq News and Information Links
January 18 2005
 

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Rice: US Was Prepared for War in Iraq
ABC News – USA
… State nominee Condoleezza Rice gave no ground in Senate confirmation questioning Tuesday, insisting the United States was fully prepared for the Iraq war and …

www.keralanext.com/news/indexread.asp?id=95156
Iraq, UK Soldiers Plead Not Guilty to Most Iraqi Abuse
Keralanext – Kerala,India
“It cannot be said that these photographs depict images which are anything but shocking and appalling,” prosecutor Nick Clapham said as he handed out folders …

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Suicide bomber targets Shiite party; Iraq to seal borders during …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A suicide bomber struck the Baghdad headquarters of Iraq’s biggest Shiite political party Tuesday, killing three people, as the government …

www.boston.com/dailynews/018/world/British_accused_of_shocking_ab:.shtml
British accused of ‘’shocking’’ abuse in Iraq as first case goes …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Tony Czuczka, Associated Press, 1/18/2005 17:26. OSNABRUECK, Germany (AP) A court-martial jury viewed photos of what prosecutors …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=11932
At best, Bush has been given a reprieve in Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… a pair of Washington Post reporters in an interview published on Sunday that his election last November was an “accountability moment” for his policies in Iraq …

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US Says Oil Trader Secretly Lobbied to Help Iraq (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
Samir A. Vincent pleaded guilty in New York today to conspiring to act as an unregistered agent for Iraq and violating laws limiting oil sales by the country …

www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_19-1-2005_pg4_1
Iraq to seal borders during elections
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq said on Tuesday it would shut its land borders and bar traffic from getting close to voting centres over the Jan. …

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Iraq militants threaten to kill 8 Chinese hostages
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
BAGHDAD – Insurgents released a video on Tuesday of eight Chinese hostages in Iraq and threatened to kill them in 48 hours unless the Beijing government …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050118184829.eh7ggwsb.xml
Eight Chinese taken hostage in Iraq as archbishop goes free
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Kidnappers released footage of eight Chinese hostages it threatened to execute unless Beijing “clarifies its role” in Iraq, while a Syrian …

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Rice: US Was Prepared for War in Iraq
ABC News – USA
… State nominee Condoleezza Rice gave no ground in Senate confirmation questioning Tuesday, insisting the United States was fully prepared for the Iraq war and …

www.keralanext.com/news/indexread.asp?id=95156
Iraq, UK Soldiers Plead Not Guilty to Most Iraqi Abuse
Keralanext – Kerala,India
“It cannot be said that these photographs depict images which are anything but shocking and appalling,” prosecutor Nick Clapham said as he handed out folders …

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Suicide bomber targets Shiite party; Iraq to seal borders during …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A suicide bomber struck the Baghdad headquarters of Iraq’s biggest Shiite political party Tuesday, killing three people, as the government …

www.boston.com/dailynews/018/world/British_accused_of_shocking_ab:.shtml
British accused of ‘’shocking’’ abuse in Iraq as first case goes …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Tony Czuczka, Associated Press, 1/18/2005 17:26. OSNABRUECK, Germany (AP) A court-martial jury viewed photos of what prosecutors …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=11932
At best, Bush has been given a reprieve in Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… a pair of Washington Post reporters in an interview published on Sunday that his election last November was an “accountability moment” for his policies in Iraq …

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US Says Oil Trader Secretly Lobbied to Help Iraq (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
Samir A. Vincent pleaded guilty in New York today to conspiring to act as an unregistered agent for Iraq and violating laws limiting oil sales by the country …

www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_19-1-2005_pg4_1
Iraq to seal borders during elections
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq said on Tuesday it would shut its land borders and bar traffic from getting close to voting centres over the Jan. …

www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10007161
Iraq militants threaten to kill 8 Chinese hostages
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
BAGHDAD – Insurgents released a video on Tuesday of eight Chinese hostages in Iraq and threatened to kill them in 48 hours unless the Beijing government …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050118184829.eh7ggwsb.xml
Eight Chinese taken hostage in Iraq as archbishop goes free
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Kidnappers released footage of eight Chinese hostages it threatened to execute unless Beijing “clarifies its role” in Iraq, while a Syrian …

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Gunmen assassinate three candidates in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press, 1/18/2005 13:57. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Gunmen shot and killed three candidates running in Iraq’s Jan. …

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British soldiers plead not guilty to Iraq abuse
Financial Times – UK
… pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in a court martial to charges of abusing Iraqi civilians in their custody in the first such case involving UK troops in Iraq. …

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/128047/1/.html
China says ‘taking all measures’ to secure Iraq hostages’ release
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BEIJING : China expressed deep concern at the kidnapping of eight of its nationals in Iraq and said it was “taking all measures” to secure their release. …

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US Accuses Naturalized Citizen in Iraq Oil-For-Food Probe
Bloomberg – USA
Samir A. Vincent was charged in New York today with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent for Iraq and violating federal laws that limited oil sales by …

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Assailants kill Iraq candidates in Basra
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By ABBAS FAYADH. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Assailants in southern Iraq gunned down two more candidates running in the Jan. 30 elections for …

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Rice refuses to give Iraq timetable
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice told senators on Tuesday that a US exit strategy from Iraq is “directly proportional” to Iraq’s …

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British court releases Iraq abuse photographs
Sify – Delhi,India
Germany: A British judge on Tuesday ordered the release to the media of photographs that make up the bulk of the evidence against three British soldiers …

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8 Chinese seized in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Eight Chinese nationals were kidnapped by suspected insurgents in Iraq, the Chinese embassy in Baghdad confirmed Tuesday. …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/19/content_2478696.htm
Rice hails coming elections in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… by US President George W. Bush as the next secretary of state, said on Tuesday’s confirmation hearing in the Senate that the coming elections in Iraq will mark …

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Allawi makes security pitch to Iraq voters
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s US-backed interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi staked his party’s election hopes on his reputation for tough security policies Tuesday as he …

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Catholic archbishop kidnapped in northern Iraq is freed, says …
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
MOSUL, Iraq – A Catholic archbishop kidnapped in northern Iraq was freed Tuesday after one day in captivity and said his abductors did not intend to target the …

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1393116,00.html
UK soldiers deny Iraq abuse charges
Guardian – UK
… Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, are accused of torturing and sexually abusing their captives at an aid camp known as Camp Bread Basket, near Basra, southern Iraq. …

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6658
Intelligence report: no WMDs in Iraq, none transported to Syria or …
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
An intelligence report on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction is to be released next month. The theory that the weapons may …

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Iraq, terrorism, to be top questions for secretary of state …
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Condoleezza Rice pledged Tuesday to work to mend ties with allies frayed by the war in Iraq. “The time for diplomacy is now,” she …

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Chinese Seized as Iraq to Tighten Poll Security
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Insurgents in Iraq threatened on Tuesday to kill eight Chinese hostages as Baghdad officials said they would close land borders and …

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8 Chinese Laborers Held Hostage in Iraq
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq Jan 18, 2005 — Insurgents released a video Tuesday showing eight Chinese workers held hostage by gunmen who claim the men are employed by a …

www.nytimes.com/2005/01/18/international/middleeast/18cnd-iraq.html
Abducted Catholic Archbishop of Mosul Freed in Iraq
New York Times – USA
… Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa, the head of the diocese in Mosul, a crime-ridden city in northern Iraq, was walking in front of his church when a group of …

www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/10669549.htm
Iraq, Terrorism to Be Top Rice Questions
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… to ask the president’s most trusted national security adviser about her views and her role in combatting terrorism, planning for war in Iraq and the treatment …

www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/01/18/britain.iraq.ap/
Briton admits beating Iraq captive
CNN – USA
… The abuse allegedly happened in May 2003 while the three soldiers were stationed at a food warehouse compound outside Basra in southern Iraq, according to …

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=656243
Iraq militants kidnap eight Chinese
Reuters – UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Insurgents have released a video of eight Chinese hostages in Iraq and threatened to kill them in 48 hours unless the Beijing government …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/01/18/news/expats.html
Outside Iraq, Iraqis sign up to vote
International Herald Tribune – France
… metropolitan areas across the United States, hundreds – possibly thousands – of Iraqis began registering on Monday to vote from afar in Iraq’s election in less …

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Iraq Announces Poll Security Measures; Party Attacked (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) — Iraq will close its borders, extend curfews and restrict movements across the country for 48 hours for the Jan. …

www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1203883,001300180001.htm
Iraq polls: Borders to be closed for 3 days
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Iraqi authorities have decided to close Iraq’s land borders for three days around the January 30 general elections, the electoral commission announced on …

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Vatican says bishop kidnapped in Iraq has been released
Independent – UK
… A priest in Iraq said on condition of anonymity that the archbishop was walking in front of the al-Bishara church in Mosul’s eastern neighborhood of …

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Iraq to Seal Its Borders During Election
ABC News – USA
… A suicide driver detonated a car bomb outside the offices of Iraq’s largest Shiite political party, killing three other people, police and the US military said …

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UK troops wounded toll in Iraq hits 800
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
ALMOST 800 British soldiers have been injured in the Iraq conflict on top of the 73 troops killed, it emerged today. New figures …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17353-2005Jan18.html
Insurgent Video Says Eight Chinese Held in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
We want to give you the opportunity to show firsthand what it is like to live and work in Iraq. Portraits of US service members …

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Archbishop kidnapped as insurgents kill 22 in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Toronto,ON,Canada
By MICHAEL GEORGY. BAGHDAD — Insurgents bent on sabotaging Iraq’s Jan. … Iraq is bracing for suicide bombings and widespread bloodshed on election day. …

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Iraq Plans Unprecedented Measures to Protect Polls
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq said Tuesday it would shut its land borders and bar traffic from getting close to voting centers over the Jan. …

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Insurgents in Iraq seize Christian archbishop
News-Leader.com – Springfield,MO,USA
Baghdad, Iraq — Insurgents kidnapped a Catholic archbishop and targeted security forces in a series of brazen assaults Monday that killed more than 20 people …

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-kills-three-in-Iraq/2005/01/18/1105810911598.html

Suicide car bomber kills three in Iraq
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Sunni Muslim militants, who make up the bulk of Iraq’s insurgency, are increasingly honing in on Shi’ites in their campaign to ruin the January 30 election …

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1392535,00.html
Broadcasters send in reinforcements for Iraq poll
Guardian – UK
Television news organisations are gearing up to deploy extra staff in Iraq to cover the January 30 elections, despite warnings that the danger to journalists …

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British troops accused of Iraq abuse to face court-martial
The Malaysia Star – Malaysia
… The abuse allegedly happened in May 2003 while the three soldiers were stationed at a food warehouse compound outside Basra in southern Iraq, according to …

seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/208313_iraq18.html
newsChristian cleric abducted in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A 66-year-old Catholic archbishop was kidnapped by masked gunmen yesterday in a spasm of violence that jolted Iraq end to end and increased …

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Polls: Bush not backed on Iraq war
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
Despite President George Bush’s belief that by re-electing him Americans expressed support for the war on Iraq , two recent opinion polls have shown the …

www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2005/01/18/901705-sun.html
20 killed, archbishop abducted in pre-election violence in Iraq
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
The top US general in Iraq predicted violence during the Jan. … Christians make up just three per cent of Iraq’s 26 million people. …

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Suicide Bomb Attack on Iraq Shi’ite Party Kills 1
ABC News – USA
Police said one person was killed and seven were wounded by the blast at the office used by the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). …

www.indystar.com/articles/8/210320-4508-010.html
Lugar won’t question Rice about Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… of State-designate Condoleezza Rice. Iraq policy will be on Biden’s mind at today’s confirmation hearings. “I think there will be …

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18jan18,0,2773590.story?coll=la-home-headlines

In Iraq, a Shift From Fighting to Training
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… 30 parliamentary election, up to half of the US troops in Iraq eventually could be enlisted to train police officers, national guard troops and other forces …

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Kidnapping, more deaths rock Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD — Insurgents who have vowed to disrupt Iraq’s parliamentary elections unleashed attacks yesterday across Iraq, from the kidnapping of a Catholic …

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US officers in Iraq say more troops needed in Iraq:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: Washington, Jan 17 : US officers serving in Iraq are telling … It’s just what they feel they need.” There are now 150,000 American troops in Iraq. …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/18/content_2476214.htm
Violence continues in Iraq as expats begin election registration
Xinhua – Beijing,China
18 (Xinhuanet) — Violence continued in Iraq on Monday as Iraqi expatriates began their registration for the upcoming elections and the Iraqi interim …

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Allow Indian Muslim observers in Iraq, demand Ulema Council:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
… to the US government, demanding that a delegation of muslim Ulemas and intellectuals from India be allowed as observers in the forthcoming Iraq election. …

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bishop kidnapped in Iraq
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
The Vatican on Monday said that a Catholic archbishop had been kidnapped in Mosul in Iraq. … Christians make up just three percent of Iraq’s 26 million people. …

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18,0,6463025.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Iraq Is Marked by Deadly Flashpoints as Attacks Increase
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Militants also kidnapped the Catholic archbishop of the northern city of Mosul. The attacks across Iraq killed at least 28 Iraqi police and soldiers. …

www.nytimes.com/2005/01/18/national/18absentee.html
Iraq Expatriates Sign Up to Vote in 5 Cities in US
New York Times – USA
… and in four other metropolitan areas across the country, hundreds – possibly thousands – of Iraqis began registering to vote from afar in Iraq’s election in …

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At least 22 die in Iraq in pre-poll violence
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
BAGHDAD – Insurgents bent on sabotaging Iraq’s January 30 elections unleashed mortars and bombs and opened fire in several cities on Monday, killing at least …

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Prospect of Iraq polls fails to inspire Kurds to broaden horizons
Financial Times – UK
Thirteen years ago, a coalition of Kurdish parties held elections in northern Iraq amid the rubble of 4,000 villages destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s army. …

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22 killed in Iraq pre-poll carnage
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Insurgents bent on sabotaging Iraq’s January 30 elections unleashed mortars and bombs and opened fire in several cities yesterday, killing at least 22 …

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Archbishop is kidnapped by Iraq insurgents
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
Insurgents seized the Archbishop of Mosul from outside his church yesterday in one of the most daring assaults on Iraq’s Christian community since the war. …

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Cold War Warrior to face grilling on Iraq
Financial Times – UK
… of the Senate foreign relations committee have been working up an awkward set of questions on the Bush administration’s record on Iraq, counter-terrorism and …

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At Least 22 Die in Iraq in Pre-Poll Violence
Reuters – USA
By Michael Georgy. BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Insurgents bent on sabotaging Iraq’s Jan. … Iraq is bracing for suicide bombings and widespread bloodshed on election day. …

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1283918.htm
Violence continues ahead of Iraq poll
ABC Online – Australia
The killing of 22 Iraqi policemen and soldiers yesterday has been followed by the deaths of two American soldiers today. A Catholic …

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=7347639
Iraq Voter Registration Gets Low Detroit Turnout
Reuters – USA
… Iraqis in 14 countries outside of Iraq will be eligible to vote in the election in overseas balloting administered by Switzerland-based International …

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Archbishop seized in Iraq
Independent – UK
Gunmen in Iraq kidnapped a Catholic archbishop and targeted security forces in a series of brazen attacks yesterday, killing more than 20 people. …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/18/content_2474535.htm
UK warns against all travel to Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… We adviseall but essential travel to all other parts of Iraq,” the British Foreign Office said in a statement on its website. “We …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=11920
Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Iraq as violence rages
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
Gumen kidnapped a Catholic archbishop in Iraq’s main northern city of Mosul Monday in what the Vatican condemned as a “terrorist act” as persistent violence …

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/17/eveningnews/main667397.shtml
Bush On Iraq, Security, The L-Word
CBS News – USA
(CBS) With elections in Iraq just two weeks away, President Bush is diminishing expectations for turnout. I asked him today — with …

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Catholic archbishop kidnapped in northern Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
Mosul: Armed men kidnapped a Catholic archbishop in Iraq’s main northern city of Mosul, clerics said, prompting denunciations from the Vatican of what it …

www.voanews.com/english/2005-01-17-voa53.cfm
Iraqis Living in US Register to Vote in Iraq Election
Voice of America – USA
… Saturday and then the same building will be used for the voting process starting on January 28 and continuing until the day of the voting in Iraq, January 30. …

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More Scots troops arrive in Iraq as insurgents increase attacks
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
ANOTHER 650 British troops, from the Royal Highland Fusiliers, arrived in Iraq yesterday to help maintain security two weeks before the country’s general …

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1392448,00.html
Journalist ‘kidnapped for ransom’ says Iraq
Guardian – UK
The French journalist and translator missing in Iraq are likely to have been kidnapped by a group trying to extract a ransom, the Iraqi government said today. …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=11903
Despite a likely Sunni boycott, Iraq’s divisions are overstated
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
Recent declarations by representatives of mainstream Sunni Arab groups in Iraq clearly reflect the dilemma they are facing: Should they participate in the Jan. …

  
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