Iraq News and Information Links
February 18 2005
 

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New US Spy Chief Asks UN to Help Rebuild Iraq
Wired News – USA
… just nominated as the first US intelligence chief, asked UN members on Friday to “take another look” at what they could do to help Iraq, including training the …

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Dozens killed as explosions tear through Iraq on eve on Shiite …
Boston Globe – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Many kneeling in prayer, Shiite Muslims were attacked in their mosques and on the streets of Iraq on Friday, with five bombings killing 36 …

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Indonesia calls for hostage release in Iraq
Reuters.uk – UK
… The appeal comes as Iraqi insurgents holding the two issued a video tape demanding Indonesia explain what the pair were doing in Iraq. …

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New Allegations Surface of Prisoner Abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan
Voice of America – USA
New allegations of prisoner abuse by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have been revealed in Army documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union. …

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Ahmad Chalabi, the Washington insider who later …
Boston Globe – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Ahmad Chalabi, the Washington insider who later fell out of favor with the United States, expressed confidence Friday that he was on the …

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A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – USA
18, 2005, at least 1,475 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. …

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Iraq Car Bomb Blast Outside Shiite Mosque Kills Seven, AP Says
Bloomberg – USA
The attack was one of five blasts today in Iraq, making this the most deadly day in the country since the Jan. 30 election for a national legislature, AP said.

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Suicide bombers kill 17 in Iraq
Economic Times – India
BAGHDAD: Suicide bombers killed at least 17 people in attacks on two Shiite mosques in Baghdad on Friday as thousands of Shiites — Iraq’s majority Muslim …

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Five US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks
Reuters – USA
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Five US soldiers were killed in separate guerrilla attacks in Iraq, the US military said Friday, three in or near the northern city of …

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Bush’s Iraq coalition shrinking
Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA
… President Bush, who hopes to coax more Iraq support from European allies next week, used to boast that some 50 nations had joined the United States in …

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Deadly day in Iraq: Four bomb attacks kill 28
Jerusalem Post – Israel
… important holiday, officials said. It was the deadliest day since Iraq’s landmark elections last month. Suicide bombers struck at …

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Two Indonesian journalists missing in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Two Indonesian television journalists have gone missing in Iraq while driving on a notoriously dangerous road from Amman to Baghdad, adding to …

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Anti-Shiite attacks kill at least 25 in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
… targets in and around Baghdad killed at least 25 people, just a day after the majority community was confirmed as the new political power in Iraq for the first …

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Iraq attacks kill 20 during Shi’ite ceremony
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Suicide bombers killed at least 17 people in attacks on two Shi’ite mosques in Baghdad on Friday as thousands of Iraq’s newly empowered …

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‘Frontline’ Offers an Iraq Documentary Director’s Cut
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Frontline did a documentary about American troops in Iraq. … About American troops in Iraq in that program the soldiers curse like soldiers. …

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Four US soldiers killed in Iraq violence
Independent Online – South Africa
Mosul – Four United States soldiers were killed in separate guerrilla attacks in Iraq, the US military said on Friday, three in or near the northern city of …

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0218feb18,0,2305485.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork

Clinton among senators headed for Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will join a bipartisan group of five US senators traveling to Iraq this weekend, her second such visit since November 2003 …

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Iraq attacks kill 20 during Shi’ite ceremony
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Suicide bombers killed at least 17 people in attacks on two Shi’ite mosques in Baghdad on Friday as thousands of Iraq’s newly empowered …

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Four US soldiers killed in Iraq violence
Independent Online – South Africa
Mosul – Four United States soldiers were killed in separate guerrilla attacks in Iraq, the US military said on Friday, three in or near the northern city of …

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CIA: Iraq still breeding terror
The University of Hawaii Kaleo – HI,USA
WASHINGTON — Iraq has become a training ground for extremists who’ll take their experience in urban terrorism with them to other countries, the head of the …

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Indonesia appeals for release of journalists in Iraq
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
… abducted. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has been a staunch critic of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. …

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Iraq faces ‘disaster’ without reconciliation, says prime minister
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (AFP) – Iraq’s interim prime minister Iyad Allawi has warned that his country faces disaster if it does not make firm moves toward national …

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Envoy to Iraq lands job as US spy boss
Australian – Australia
GEORGE W. Bush yesterday named his ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, as the first Director of National Intelligence, to oversee all 15 US spy agencies …

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Dozens dead in three bomb attacks aimed at Iraq’s Shi’ites
Ha’aretz – Israel
… “I address all Iraqis of all national, religious affiliations. I call upon them to unite to confront all conspiracies against Iraq,” Al-Hakim said. …

www.iht.com/articles/2005/02/18/news/jakarta.html
2 Indonesian journalists feared kidnapped in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – France
BAGHDAD Two Indonesian journalists who were last seen being stopped by men in military uniforms in Ramadi, Iraq, are missing, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry …

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Iraq Attacks Kill 20 During Shi’ite Ceremony
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – Suicide bombers killed at least 17 people in attacks on two Shi’ite mosques in Baghdad Friday as thousands of Shi’ites — Iraq’s majority Muslim …

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Three US Soldiers Killed in Northern Iraq Attacks
Reuters – USA
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Three US soldiers were killed in separate attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the US military said Friday. …

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Iraq mosque attacks kill at least 15 amid Shiite ceremony
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – A suicide bombing killed 14 people at a Shiite mosque in Baghdad on Friday as thousands of Shiites — Iraq’s majority Muslim sect — commemorated …

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Iraq mosque attacks kill 15 amid Shi’ite ceremony
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bombing killed 14 people at a Shi’ite mosque in Baghdad on Friday as thousands of Shi’ites — Iraq’s majority Muslim sect …

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Iraq: Indonesia reporters missing
CNN – USA
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) — A pair of Indonesian journalists are missing in Iraq and may have been taken captive by uniformed gunmen, Indonesia’s Foreign …

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Iraq Steps Up Security Ahead of Holiest Day
Scotsman – UK
Iraq partially sealed its land borders today as part of stepped up security on the eve of the holiest day of the Shiite Muslim calendar as violence persisted …

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na-pbs18feb18,1,609669.story?coll=la-iraq-complete

PBS Under Fire for Editing Iraq War Documentary
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
… The producers of a “Frontline” documentary about US combat troops in Iraq on Thursday criticized a PBS decision to send member stations an edited satellite …

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Two US soldiers killed in northern Iraq attacks
Reuters.uk – UK
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Two US soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the US military says. …

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Showdown vote may be needed to pick Iraq leader
Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Ibrahim al-Jaafari, one of two Shiite leaders locked in a struggle to be named Iraq’s prime minister, made a surprise appearance yesterday at …

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Iraq’s majority Shiite alliance must cut deal
Seattle Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A Shiite alliance won a slim majority in Iraq’s new National Assembly, according to certified election returns announced yesterday, but it …

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IRAQ UPDATE
Kansas City Star (subscription) – MO,USA
… Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican, will visit Kuwait and Iraq next week with other lawmakers to visit US troops and meet with Iraqi leaders and American …

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Indonesia says two journalists seized in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has been a staunch critic of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. Mr …

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Iraq Steps Up Security Ahead of Holiest Day
Scotsman – UK
Iraq partially sealed its land borders today as part of stepped up security on the eve of the holiest day of the Shiite Muslim calendar as violence persisted …

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New US Army files detail detainee abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
… in Afghanistan posing with hooded and bound prisoners during mock executions were damaged to avoid a repetition of the Abu Gharib scandal in Iraq, according to …

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Iraq panel OKs results of election
Detroit Free Press – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s electoral commission certified the results of the Jan. 30 elections Thursday, clearing the way for the country’s …

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Indonesian TV Reporters Missing in Iraq
Guardian – UK
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Two reporters working for an Indonesian television station are missing in Iraq, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday. …

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Fatal US military accidents up in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – MO,USA
WASHINGTON – US troops in Iraq have suffered a rash of fatal vehicle accidents and other non-combat deaths in recent weeks, even as the number killed in …

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Indonesian jounos seized in Iraq
Daily Telegraph – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has been a staunch critic of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. Mr …

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Iraq Certifies Shiite Election Win
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Iraq’s electoral commission has certified the results of the Jan. 30 elections. The United Iraqi Alliance, dominated …

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Iraq election results certified
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
A Shiite alliance won a slim majority in Iraq’s new National Assembly, according to certified election returns, but it may take weeks to form a government. …

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Justice Dept. Weighs Status of Interim Authority In Iraq Case
Washington Post – USA
… for more time to consider taking a legal position that could have far-reaching implications for the handling of alleged contractor misdeeds in Iraq under the …

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The Islamist Who Could Run Iraq
TIME – USA
Shiite leader Ibrahim Jaafari looks set to replace Iyad Allawi as Prime Minister. A democratic Iraq may raise new challenges for the US. …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33388-2005Feb17.html
The Religious Face of Iraq
Washington Post – USA
The Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the most revered Shiite leader in Iraq, seems through the prism of the Western media to be an elusive character. …

www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2005/02/18/2003223544
Iraq, Iran expected to be focus of Bush’s EU tour
Taipei Times – Taiwan
When US President George W. Bush comes to town next week, Washington’s European allies will be hoping to extinguish the heat of transatlantic rancor over Iraq. …

www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=59171&d=18&m=2&y=2005
Shiite Bloc Wins Majority in New Iraq Parliament
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 18 February 2005 — A Shiite alliance of mainly religious parties won a slim majority of seats in Iraq’s new National Assembly, the Iraqi Election …

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Iraq’s Shiite alliance wins majority
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, Feb. 17 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq’s Shiite alliance has won a majority in the country’s new National Assembly, the Electoral Commission announced Thursday. …

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Iraq election results certified
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
A Shiite alliance won a slim majority in Iraq’s new National Assembly, according to certified election returns, but it may take weeks to form a government. …

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Allawi: Iraq must unify or face ‘disaster’
MSNBC – USA
… 17 – Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has warned that unless Iraq takes steps toward national reconciliation — “not by words but by deeds” — the country …

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A time for political wisdom in Iraq
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
… Patrick Seale. Iraq stands today at one of the most promising moments in its modern history — but also at one of the most perilous. If …

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/02/18/
wirq18.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/02/18/ixportal.html

Shia group gains most seats in Iraq’s assembly
Telegraph.co.uk – UK
… ballot. They will then visit the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s leading Shia cleric, in Najaf to get his blessing. Such …

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18/nirq18.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/18/ixhome.html

Families demand public inquiry on Iraq killings
Telegraph.co.uk – UK
The families of six Royal Military police officers murdered by a mob in Iraq described an internal army investigation as a “whitewash” last night and demanded …

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Iraq’s National Assembly unveiled; Shiites hold slim majority
Kansas City Star (subscription) – MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – With the unveiling Thursday of the composition of Iraq’s new National Assembly, the hard work begins of forming a new government …

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GOP to trim $4B off Iraq war fund request:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
17 : House Republican leaders have vowed to trim President Bush’s $82 billion Iraq war funding request, removing items not of an emergency nature. …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33043-2005Feb17.html
Man Who May Lead Iraq Eyes Ex-Baathists
Washington Post – USA
… 17 — As elections officials certified his Shiite Muslim coalition’s majority in Iraq’s new National Assembly on Thursday, the leading candidate for prime …

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18/nirq18.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/18/ixhome.html

Families demand public inquiry on Iraq killings
Telegraph.co.uk – UK
The families of six Royal Military police officers murdered by a mob in Iraq described an internal army investigation as a “whitewash” last night and demanded …

SHIITE Bloc Wins Majority in New Iraq Parliament
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 18 February 2005 — A Shiite alliance of mainly religious parties
won a slim majority of seats in Iraq’s new National Assembly, the Iraqi
Election …
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=59171&d=18&m=2&y=2005

BUSH picks Iraq envoy to be new spy chief
International Herald Tribune – France
… national intelligence, to take charge of American intelligence agencies
at a crucial juncture as they try to recover from embarrassing missteps
on Iraq and the …
www.iht.com/articles/2005/02/17/news/intel.html

GOP to trim $4B off Iraq war fund request:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
17 : House Republican leaders have vowed to trim President Bush’s $82 billion
Iraq war funding request, removing items not of an emergency nature. …
www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=73562

IRAQ’S National Assembly unveiled; Shiites hold slim majority
Kansas City Star (subscription) – MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – With the unveiling Thursday of the composition
of Iraq’s new National Assembly, the hard work begins of forming a new
government …
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10927758.htm

A time for political wisdom in Iraq
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
… Patrick Seale. Iraq stands today at one of the most promising moments
in its modern history — but also at one of the most perilous. If …
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/730/op2.htm

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4808406,00.html
Wrangling Over New Iraq Government Begins
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A Shiite alliance won a slim majority in Iraq’s new National Assembly, according to certified election returns announced Thursday, but it …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/10927119.htm
Democrats still struggling to unite on Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – MO,USA
BY JAMES KUHNHENN. WASHINGTON – (KRT) – All during the 2004 presidential campaign, Democrats tried to find their voice on the war in Iraq without much success. …

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=12766
Amid a ‘Baghdad spring’ Iraq seems to be turning the corner
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… And in that sense, the new Iraq is proving to be no different from any other democracy. … But for the moment, Iraq does seem to have turned a corner politically. …

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E72B3ED1-111C-4BE6-87B4-8BB051550BED.htm
Iraq announces official election results
Aljazeera.net – Qatar
Shia and Kurdish domination of Iraq’s parliament have been confirmed following the announcement of the country’s official election results. …

  
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