Iraq News and Information Links
May 22 - June 11 2005


SUICIDE bombers and gunmen kill more than 35 in Iraq, including …
CBC News – Canada
… according to Iraqi and Slovak officials. Slovakia has 109 soldiers
in Iraq mostly for de-mining efforts. The attacker was disguised as …

AT least 23 killed in attacks around Iraq
Ha’aretz – Tel Aviv,Israel
… 23 dead. Meanwhile, US air strikes killed an estimated 40 insurgents
in western Iraq, according to military officials. Just south …

FIVE US Marines killed in Iraq
Hindu – Chennai,India
BAGHDAD: Militants killed five US Marines and authorities found 21 bodies
near the Syrian border, where American and Iraqi troops bore down in two
recent major …

MEMO: US Lacked Full Iraq Plan
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his
top advisers eight months before the US-led invasion of Iraq concluded
that the US …

40 insurgents killed in Iraq – New Delhi,India
… The region is known as a haven for Islamic extremists crossing in and
out of Iraq across the Syrian border to attack US and Iraqi security forces.

IRAQ Sunnis reject compromise on constitution
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
Political leaders of Iraq’s Sunni minority have rejected a compromise offer
on giving them more say in the drafting of a constitution. …

CONTRACTOR Says Marines Abused Him in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By SCOTT SONNER. RENO, Nev. — Security contractors were heckled, humiliated
and physically abused by US Marines in Iraq while jailed for 72 hours
with …

5 US Marines among 26 killed in Iraq violence
Hindu – Chennai,India
Baghdad, June 11.(AP): Insurgents in western Iraq killed five US Marines
and sliced the heads off three Iraqis, part of a group of 21 men whose
bodies were …

MICHIGAN native is killed in Iraq – Detroit,MI,USA
… Burri, a 21-year-old soldier and Wyoming, Mich., native, was killed
Tuesday in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device exploded
near the vehicle he …

LIST of Ohio casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… Louisville, died when his vehicle was struck by an explosive device
in Iraq. … Aaron Seesan, 24, of Massillon, died when a bomb struck his
vehicle in Iraq. …


BODIES of executed 16 found in Iraq
Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The bodies of 16 people who were killed execution-style have been discovered
in western Iraq. Police said that 22 Iraqi soldiers …

DISPUTED Iraq Raids Blamed on Bad Intelligence
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
… have sown further distrust in an already alienated population, Sunni
Arab leaders add, bolstering the perception that there is no room for
them in the new Iraq …

WAR IN IRAQ: Military investigating shootings by guards
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The US military is investigating 16 private US security
guards for shooting at US Marines and Iraqi civilians during a three-hour
spree last …

TOP EU envoys visit Iraq pledging new partnership
China Daily – China
A top-level European Union delegation has visited Baghdad, voicing hope
for a new partnership with Iraq now that divisions over the US-led war
were healed. …

IRAQ wheat shipments due to be unloaded after delay
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: Back to Canberra now, and there’s been a breakthrough today
on Australia’s wheat shipments which had been stuck for months in Iraq.


BUSH, Blair Dismiss ‘Fixed’ Iraq Report
Arab News – Jeddah,Saudi Arabia
… Prime Minister Tony Blair have challenged the so-called “Downing Street
memo,” which said intelligence was manipulated in 2002 to justify the
war in Iraq. …

LEADERS of Iraq Support Militias and Widen Rift
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 8 – The rift between the Iraqi government and hostile
Sunni Arabs widened further on Wednesday as the country’s leaders came
out in support …

POLL says most Americans think Iraq was a mistake
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
For the first time since its launch in March 2003, a majority of Americans
feel the Iraq war has not made the US a safer place to live, according
to a …

25 Killed in Iraq Insurgent Attacks
Voice of America – USA
By VOA News. The deadliest attacks were outside the northern town of Hawija,
where three suicide bombers killed 18 people near security checkpoints.

IRAQ: Tribunal Insists No Trial Date Set For Saddam Hussein
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… The Iraqi Special Tribunal set the record straight on 6 June about
claims made by President Jalal Talabani and other members of Iraq’s transitional
government …


ENOUGH payback for Iraq?
BBC News – UK
… So, was this enough payback for a prime minister who had supported
this president so loyally over Iraq? Well, the prime minister did not
leave empty-handed. …

4 suicide bombings kill 18 in northern Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, June 8 — Four bomb attacks within seven minutes killed at least
18 people and wounded 39 in northern Iraq early Tuesday. …

IRAQ says no date set to try Saddam
Radio Australia – Australia
Iraq’s government has backed away from suggestions that Saddam Hussein
will be tried within weeks. The government now says it is …

IRAQ Officials Hammer Out Constitution
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
BAGHDAD — In buildings with windows crisscrossed by duct tape to protect
against flying glass, Iraq’s would-be founding fathers are hunkered down
seeking to …,0,1800969.story?coll=la-home-headlines

A joint denial of Iraq memo
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – MN,USA
… British government memorandum that reported in July 2002 that American
intelligence was being “fixed” around the policy of removing Saddam Hussein
in Iraq. …


IRAQ nabs nearly 900 suspected militants
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi government announced Monday it detained nearly
900 suspected militants and set up more than 800 checkpoints in a two-week
sweep that …

IRAQ Detains 900 Suspected Militants
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Iraq’s first freely elected government in more than 50 years replaced
Saddam’s regime, which had long suppressed Shiite and Kurdish communities
in favour …

IRAQ’S Constitutional Process Slowing Down
ABC News – USA
… prefer to see an Islamic constitution,” Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr,
a militant cleric with large following in Baghdad and across southern
Iraq, said this …

IRAQ’S sectarian politics cast shadow on crucial constitutional …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) In the highly charged and fractious climate of today’s
Iraq, bringing together a representative group to write a new constitution
is an …

US destroys insurgent bunkers in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
… said Monday it had destroyed two bunkers suspected of being used by
insurgents to store weapons and plan attacks as seven members of Iraq’s
security forces …


SADDAM will face just 12 charges: Iraq
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq said on Sunday it would bring only 12 charges of crimes against
humanity against Saddam Hussein although there were more than 500 possible
cases …

WITHDRAW from Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By George McGovern and Jim McGovern | June 6, 2005. WE WERE early opponents
of the US invasion of Iraq. Nonetheless, once American …

IRAQ brings Saddam charges
Australian Financial Review – Australia
Iraq said overnight it would bring only 12 charges of crimes against humanity
against Saddam Hussein although there were more than 500 possible cases
against …

IRAQ admits forces might have targeted Sunnis
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – MN,USA
. TERRORIST LEADER HELD: Authorities in the northern city of Mosul announced
the arrest of a key terrorist leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist organization

ZARQAWI’S capture won’t stop uproar In Iraq: Iraqi FM
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, June 6 — Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says the uproar
in Iraq will continue even if al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is
captured. …


AUSTRALIAN hostage in Iraq alive, says cleric
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
SYDNEY, June 5 (Reuters) – An Australian held hostage in Iraq for five
weeks has been seen alive and well by an Australian mufti trying to negotiate
his release …

BLOODY day in Iraq claims 50 lives
Dispatch Online – South Africa
… bombing in a remote village north of here, officials said yesterday,
taking the number of people killed during a bloody day of violence in
Iraq to almost 50. …

NEW Deep Throat needed for Iraq: Nixon rival
Peninsula On-line – Qatar
… needs a modern-day “Deep Throat” within the administration of President
George W. Bush to reveal how America was “misled” on Iraq, former presidential

DOZENS arrested in Iraq operation
BBC News – UK
… capital. Officials in Iraq also say they have arrested a militant leader
suspected of involvement in many violent attacks. Officials …

RADICAL Shiite leader who once battled US moves into Iraq’s …
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Arguably Iraq’s most popular Shiite group, followers of
radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have packed away their guns and now speak
of …


DEATH toll reaches 825 since new Iraq govt
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… bombing in a remote village north of Baghdad, officials said Friday,
bringing to nearly 50 the number of people killed during a bloody day
of violence in Iraq. …

HURLBURT Field honors four airmen killed in Iraq crash
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
– Four air commandos were posthumously awarded Bronze Stars during a memorial
service Friday for missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other trouble spots.

Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
… US military said. In southern Iraq, gunmen killed Shiite cleric Ali
Abdel Hussein near a mosque in Basra, his son said. “Two men …

TWO soldiers based at Fort Carson die in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
WILSON, NC – A soldier killed in Iraq earned his high-school equivalency
degree before joining the Army, then bought his mother a house during
an April visit …

33 dead as bombs shatter north Iraq
Daily Telegraph – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
BAGHDAD: At least 33 people were killed in violence that swept northern
Iraq yesterday, while the Government said more than 700 insurgents were
arrested in its …

Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
At least 33 people have been killed in a wave of violence in northern Iraq,
as the Iraqi government says more than 700 insurgents were arrested in
Operation …

IRAQ’S Operation Lightening arrests more than 700
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
At least 30 people were killed in a wave of violence that swept northern
Iraq, while the government said more than 700 insurgents had been arrested
in its …

AIR Force commando from Lompoc dies in Iraq crash
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
As he grew older, his intense commitment to the military led him to enroll
in the Air Force Academy and head to Iraq as a commando. …

WAVE of Insurgent Attacks in Iraq Kill 33
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 2 – Insurgents carried out attacks across a broad swath
of central and northern Iraq on Thursday, including a motorcycle suicide
bombing …

FORT Bragg Special Operations soldier killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
FORT BRAGG, NC – An Army Green Beret was shot and killed during combat
in Iraq, the Pentagon said Thursday. Sgt. 1st Class Steven …


SUICIDE attacks soaring in Iraq
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Pittsburgh,PA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Suicide bombings have become the Iraqi insurgency’s weapon
of choice, with a staggering 90 attacks accounting for most of last month’s
750 …

CAR bomb kills 8 in northern Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A car bomb exploded Thursday in the northern Iraqi
town of Tuz Khurmatu, killing eight people and wounding 22 others, a senior
Iraqi …

UN Fires Aide Who Was Accused in Iraq Oil-for-Food Program
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… general, Kofi Annan, has dismissed a senior staff member for “serious
misconduct” in the scandal involving the oil-for-food program for Iraq,
a spokesman said …

SUICIDE bombers kill 14 in Iraq – UK
… Mr Shways himself was not in the convoy. There has been a surge in
suicide bombings across Iraq since a new Shi’ite-led cabinet was announced
in late April. …

IRAQI Foreign Minister Says UN Will Expand Role in Iraq
Voice of America – USA
… responded very positively” to a request to open the UN offices in Erbil
and Basra and appoint a new representative to help prepare for elections
in Iraq. …


US Planes Hit Iraq Insurgent Strongholds
ABC News – USA
… battalion of the Interior Ministry’s elite Wolf Brigade leave in a
cloud of dust after raiding a house in the al-Azamiyah area of Baghdad,
Iraq Monday, May 30 …

31 dead, 108 injured in relentless Iraq attacks
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – MN,USA
… It was the latest in a month of relentless violence by insurgents,
who have killed more than 700 people across Iraq since late April. …

AL-QAEDA kingpin ‘wounded in Iraq’
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – New South Wales,Australia
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian leader of Al Qaeda’s wing in Iraq,
is seen in this recent photograph handed out by the Iraqi Interim Government.

MORE Suicide Bombers Make Deadly Attacks in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Violence continues in Iraq, where two suicide bombers struck
in the town of Hilla, south of the capital, killing at least 27 people.

IRAQ hostage needs urgent care: sheik
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Australia
THE sheik trying to free Iraq hostage Douglas Wood says the Australian
is sick and needs urgent hospital care. Sheik Taj el-Din …,5478,15461956%255E662,00.html


IRAQ orders Baghdad ‘ring of steel – London,England,UK
Iraq’s new government, responding to allegations of weakness, said it had
deployed 40,000 troops in a “ring of steel” around the capital yesterday
in the …

BOMBINGS across Iraq kill more than 50
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, May 30 — Two of Iraq’s most influential Shiite and Sunni organizations
agreed to try to ease sectarian tensions pushing the country toward civil
war …

IRAQ’S Zarqawi not in Iran
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, May 30 — Iran has denied a British newspaper report, published
Sunday, that al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had fled
to Iran after …

ZARQAWI flees Iraq
Australian – Australia
THE murk of the struggle for Iraq deepened yesterday, with fresh killings
and new atrocities uncovered even as unconfirmed reports said insurgency
leader Abu …,5744,15445815%255E2703,00.html

BRITISH Soldier Killed, Others Injured in Iraq Attack (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
May 29 (Bloomberg) — An attack on a British unit near Al Amarah in Iraq
killed one person and injured others, a spokesman for the UK’s Ministry
of Defence in …


INJURED Zarqawi has fled Iraq, UK newspaper says
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
had fled the country after being seriously injured in a US missile attack,
a British …

BOMBING suspects in Iraq tell of motives
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHARA. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Wisam Younis’ sole ambition in
life, he said yesterday, is to kill Americans. So he claimed …

MISSING man’s body identified in Iraq video
The Japan Times – Japan
The brother of a security specialist missing in Iraq said Saturday that
a body shown in video footage posted on a militant group’s Web site was
that of his …

10 Shia pilgrims slain: 12 killed in Iraq blasts, shooting
Daily Times – Lahore,Pakistan
… Iraq’s government has vowed to crack down on insurgents and says it
will flood Baghdad with 40,000 troops to seal off routes into the city,
set up roadblocks …

IRAQ factions act on sectarian tensions
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TWO of Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite and Sunni organisations agreed yesterday
to try to make peace as the government prepared to take its war against
the …


IRAQ official: al-Zarqawi wounded
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… If one of these men ascended to the leadership of al-Zarqawi’s group,
al-Qaida in Iraq, it would illustrate that the different strands of the
Iraqi insurgency …

IRAQ WRAPUP 1-US helicopter fired on in Iraq, crashes
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD, May 27 (Reuters) – A US helicopter has crashed in Iraq after being
shot at and the fate of its crew remains unknown, the US military said
in a …

US launches another offensive in Iraq
ISN – Zurich,Switzerland
ISN SECURITY WATCH (26/05/05) – The US military on Wednesday launched its
second major offensive in less than a month in western Iraq, reportedly
killing at …

US Troops Launch New Offensive in Iraq
ABC News – USA
… HADITHA, Iraq May 26, 2005 — More than 1,000 US troops on Wednesday
swept into this city on the road to Syria to root out insurgents including
those loyal to …

MARINE Cleared in Deaths of 2 Insurgents in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
CAROLINA BEACH, NC, May 26 – A Marine Corps officer accused of murdering
two suspected insurgents in Iraq last year was cleared of criminal wrongdoing
Thursday …


WOUNDED al-Qaeda leader ‘has fled Iraq’
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
AN ISLAMIC website statement yesterday claimed that Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi,
the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, has fled to an unidentified “neighbouring
country …

US Forces Comb Iraq for Foreign Terrorists
The Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
HADITHA, Iraq — About 1,000 US Marines, sailors and soldiers encircled
this Euphrates River city in the troubled Anbar province before dawn on
Wednesday …

MAY a deadly month for US troops in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
By Tom Lasseter. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Hostile fire has killed more US soldiers
in Iraq in May than during each of the three previous months. …

AUSTRALIAN Muslim leader offers Iraq hostage swap
Reuters – USA
… Al-Hilali is no longer in Iraq but remains in the Middle East. Trad
said the militants had told al-Hilali last week they would release …

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at least 1,648 members of the US military
have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according
to an …


IRAQ Civil War Fears as Violence Intensifies
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Eighteen US troops have been killed in Iraq during the past week, raising
concerns that insurgents may again be focusing their sights on American
forces in …

ROUNDUP: Al-Qaida in Iraq says militant leader Zarqawi wounded
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
Al-Qaida’s wing in Iraq said Tuesday that its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
had been wounded and urged Muslims to pray for him, according to an Islamic
website. …

PROPOSAL to divide Iraq into semi-autonomous states gains ground
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – As Iraq begins writing its new constitution, leaders
in the country’s southern regions are pushing aggressively to unite their
three …

A look at US military deaths in Iraq
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
As of Tuesday, May 24, 2005, at least 1,645 members of the US military
have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according
to an Associated …

US House panel OKs $45b for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… subcommittee on Tuesday approved, without request from the Bush administration,
45 billion dollars for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan next
year. …
Last thing Iraq needs is hasty US pull-out
Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… interventions have been aborted. Think not only of Vietnam and Cambodia, but also of Lebanon in 1983 and Haiti in 1996. In 1917, British …


IRAQ violence: 46 killed as insurgents step up attacks
Kansas City Star – MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – A wave of suicide bombings and other attacks killed
at least 46 Iraqis on Monday, most of them Shiite civilians, as insurgents
picked …

MORE than 50 die in Iraq bombings
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Shi’ite Arab civilians and US and Iraqi forces at worship, at lunch,
at home, and on the road killed more than 50 people across Iraq yesterday,
officials said …

CAR Bombings Across Iraq Kill Dozens
ABC News – USA
… truck into a crowd of people outside a municipal council office in
Tuz Khormato, a town 55 miles (88 Kilometers) south of Kirkuk in northern
Iraq on Monday …

ROMANIAN journalists kidnapped in Iraq return home
ABC News – USA
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Three Romanian journalists held hostage in Iraq for
55 days returned home aboard a special military flight to an emotional
welcome on …

19 killed in Iraq car bombings
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
BAGHDAD — Nineteen people were killed Monday in a new spate of car bombing
in Iraq, including eight in a blast that ripped through a Baghdad restaurant


SADR seeking to make peace in Iraq
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Pittsburgh,PA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — An influential anti-US Shiite cleric yesterday joined
the campaign to get Sunni Arab Muslim leaders to help quell the sectarian
violence now …

THREE Romanian journalists freed in Iraq
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
… Sunday his government neither negotiated Romania’s foreign policy nor
paid a ransom to secure the release of three Romanian journalists and
their guide in Iraq …

AUSTRALIA says determined to free hostage in Iraq
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… hostage more than two months ago and their abductors had threatened
to execute them on April 27 unless Romania, a US ally, withdrew its 800
troops from Iraq. …

INSURGENTS taking an economic toll in Iraq: US official
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Insurgents targeting oil lines, electricity plants and other infrastructure
projects vital to Iraq’s reconstruction have delayed US-led rebuilding
efforts and …

TIMETABLE for Australian troops to leave Iraq by year-end …
Forbes – USA
SYDNEY (AFX) – Australian troops in southern Iraq could have a timetable
for their withdrawal within eight months amid signs that Iraqi soldiers
may be able to …


SADDAM’S photos in underwear stir controversies in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… some showing the former ruler in his underpants and others showing
him washing clothes by hand and asleep on his bed, were also broadcast
across Iraq by local …

IRAQ’S Sunnis form alliance to take on Shi’ites
Ha’aretz – Tel Aviv,Israel
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority, which dominated the country before
the US-led invasion ousted Saddam, sought to break out of its deepening
isolation …

SAS kills 12 insurgents on Iraq border
The Sunday Times – UK
THE SAS has shot dead 12 insurgents in a secret war to protect Iraq’s borders.
The incident is described in a leaked document …,,2089-1622480,00.html

TROOPS in Iraq get to see new ‘Star Wars’ film
Stars and Stripes – Washington,D.C.,USA
Troops deployed to Iraq were able to see the latest “Star Wars” installment
this week. … “The troops deserve to see it here in Iraq,” Cain told

GALLOWAY ally sells US arms kit to Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
… the centre of claims that George Galloway secretly bought oil from
Saddam Hussein has a major contract to sell US military technology in
Iraq, The Independent …

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