Iraq News and Information Links August 1 2004
KERRY Foresees No More US Troops for Iraq
Reuters – USA
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry
said on Sunday he did not anticipate sending more American troops to Iraq
and hoped…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5837639

FINGERS crossed, Govt waits for word from Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI, AUGUST 1: With no confirmation until late tonight of a Kenyan
government claim that the three Indians and four others taken hostage
in Iraq had been…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=52248

BLASTS hit churches across Iraq, killing two, wounding 38
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Assailants triggered a coordinated series of explosions
outside five churches in Baghdad and Mosul during Sunday evening services,
killing…
www.boston.com/dailynews/214/world/Blasts_hit_churches_across_Ira:.shtml

KERRY: No more troops for Iraq
News24 – South Africa
… Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said he plans to use private
negotiations to persuade other heads of state to assist in reconstructing
Iraq, but he…
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,6119,2-10-1462_1566489,00.html

DEADLY vespers in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
… on Sunday outside churches in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul,
killing at least 10 people, in a lethal, co-ordinated assault on Iraq's
Christian minority…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1566603,00.html

INDISCREET Statements Will Not Promote Friendship Between Iran and…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Such statements will not help Iraq or bring about friendship; they
unknowingly invite crisis into their own country, Asefi said.…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/2/2004&Cat=2&Num=003

FAMILIES of Indian hostages in Iraq on tenterhooks
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NEW DELHI : The families of three Indian truck drivers being held hostage
in Iraq were prepared for another agonising night of suspense amid conflicting

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/98731/1/.html

CONFUSION over seven hostages in Iraq as Kenya reports release
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAIROBI : Kenya said that seven truck drivers, including three Kenyans,
held in Iraq had been released and were at the Egyptian embassy, but the
statement was…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/98729/1/.html

KENYAN hostages held in Iraq released
Xinhua – China
1 (Xinhuanet) — Three Kenyans, along with other four hostages being held
in Iraq for 11 days have been released, Kenyan Foreign Minister Chirau
Ali Mwakwere…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/02/content_1691206.htm

'INDIANS fare better than Pakistanis in Iraq'
Rediff – Mumbai,India
Two youth, who returned from Iraq, are surprised that Indians have been
taken hostage in the strife-torn country because they were usually 'soft'
on Indians.…
in.rediff.com/news/2004/aug/01iraq.htm

KERRY Envisions No More US Troops for Iraq
Reuters – USA
SPRINGFILED, Ohio (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry
said on Sunday he did not anticipate sending more American troops to Iraq
and promised…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5836989

SAUDI Says Muslim Troops Should Replace US in Iraq
Reuters – USA
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that any Muslim
and Arab deployment to Iraq must have Iraqi consensus, operate under a
United…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5837077

KENYA Says Seven Iraq Captives Released
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)—Seven truck drivers taken hostage in Iraq have been
released, a Kenyan government spokesman said Sunday, but officials in
Iraq said the…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V6589.AP-Kenya-Iraq-Host.html

IRAQ Car Bombs Kill 7; US Infantryman Killed (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
… Iraqis including two police officers were killed and more than 40 were
wounded in a car bomb blast in Mosul, the first of several explosions
in Iraq today that…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aSk_MwMh5yL0&refer=top_world_news

RELEASED hostages in Egyptian embassy in Iraq: minister
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAIROBI : Seven truck drivers, including three Kenyans, who were released
after being held hostage in Iraq for 11 days, are in safe custody in the
Egyptian…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/98723/1/.html

5 car bombs target Iraq churches
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
… exploded in quick succession outside churches in Baghdad and the northern
city of Mosul, in an apparently targetted assault on Iraq's influential
Christian…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_922920,00050004.htm

FAMILIES of Indian hostages in Iraq elated about release prospects
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… group called 'Islamic Secret Army – Holders of the Black Banners',
which threatened to kill them one by one unless their employer agreed
to pull out of Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/98708/1/.html

IRAQ Hostages May Be Freed in 24 Hours, Employer Says (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
… The captors initially said they would kill the men unless the transportation
company, which does work for the US military, ceased its activities in
Iraq.…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=akQtwaX6NSro&refer=europe

IRAQ killings continue but hostages still alive
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… India has said it is considering evacuating about 6000 of its nationals
from Iraq, and rushed a leading diplomat to Baghdad to try to secure the
release of the…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/01/1091298579353.html

KUWAIT Firm Says Seven Hostages Still Held in Iraq
Reuters – USA
KUWAIT (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti firm said seven of its truck drivers kidnapped
in Iraq were still being held hostage, contradicting reports from Kenya
which said…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5836876

TWO Car Bomb Blasts Hit Near Iraq Church
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two bombs exploded outside a church during a Sunday evening
service in central Baghdad, injuring at least 20 people, witnesses said.

www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-iraq-baghdad-blast,0,63728.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

AT least 15 killed in Iraq attacks, hostage crisis rumbles on
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MOSUL, Iraq : At least 15 people were killed in attacks across Iraq, including
a car bomb blast outside a police station just hours after US air strikes
and…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/98704/1/.html

IRAQ hostages 'close to release'
BBC News – London,England,UK
… militants have warned that the men will die if the Kuwaiti firm that
employs them, the Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company, does not pull
out of Iraq and if…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3525636.stm

QAEDA-LINKED Group Gives Italy 15 Days to Leave Iraq
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – A militant group claiming links to al Qaeda has given
Italy a 15-day deadline to withdraw its troops from Iraq or face attacks,
in a…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5836672

KERRY Envisions No More US Troops for Iraq
Reuters – USA
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Democratic White House challenger John Kerry said
on Sunday he did not anticipate sending more American troops to Iraq and
promised a…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5836567

IRAQ: Two Lebanese kidnapped as talks continue for release of…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Two Lebanese businessmen have been kidnapped in Iraq by an unidentified
Islamist group, Lebanese foreign ministry sources said Sunday.…
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=282170&lang=e&dir=news

AT least four killed, dozens wounded in Iraq bombing
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MOSUL, Iraq : At least four people were killed and dozens wounded when
a car exploded outside a police station in the northern city of Mosul,
Iraqi police and…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/98696/1/.html

REPORT: 7 Iraq Hostages Could be Released Soon
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A Kuwaiti transport company says negotiations in Iraq for the release of
seven truck drivers kidnapped last month are in their final stages.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=CE1507C8-C1B0-494B-8830647DB57A7FB0

SUICIDE Bomber Kills 5, Wounds 53 in Northern Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle outside a
police station in the northern Iraq city of Mosul Sunday, killing at least
five people…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5836420

FAMILIES of Indian hostages in Iraq swing between hope, despair
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NEW DELHI : Families of three Indian hostages in Iraq swung between hope
and despair as they relied on efforts by an Iraqi go-between and an Indian
diplomat to…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/98687/1/.html

FIVE killed in Iraq suicide bombing
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber has blown up his vehicle outside
a police station in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, killing at least
five people and…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=557374&section=news

FOUR killed, 50 wounded in suspected Iraq suicide attack
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MOSUL, Iraq : At least four people were killed and more than 50 others
wounded when a suspected suicide car bomb exploded outside a police station
in northern…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/98684/1/.html

'BANGLADESH rejects Saudi request for troops in Iraq'
The Hindu – Chennai,India
1 (PTI): Bangladesh has rejected a request by Saudi Arabia to send troops
to guard United Nations officials stationed in war-torn Iraq, a report
said today.…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200408011318.htm

MILITANTS take two Turkish truck drivers hostage in Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi militants said Saturday they kidnapped two Turks
and threatened to behead them within 48 hours, the latest in the country's
unrelenting…
www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2386040

US contractors who die working in Iraq are often overlooked
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
WASHINGTON – When he was deployed in Iraq, 31-year-old Vincent Foster assured
his mother that despite the long hours and what he called ''skirmishes''
with…
www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2386009

SUICIDE Bomber Kills 5, Wounds 50 in Northern Iraq
Reuters – USA
By Luke Baker. BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle
outside a police station in the northern Iraqi city of…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5836109

NATO Agrees to Role in Iraq Training
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said a 40-member advance team
would leave for Iraq “as soon as possible” to begin the training and would
report back in…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-adfg-nato1aug01,1,1078769.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

'KUWAIT not forcing Indians to work in Iraq'
The Hindu – Chennai,India
New Delhi, Aug. 1 (UNI): Kuwait today said that it was not forcing Indians
and other foreign nationals to go to Iraq for work. “No…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200408011217.htm

CAR bomb explodes in northern Iraq after US troops, insurgents…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A car bomb exploded outside a police station in the
northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, killing at least four people and
injuring 34…
www.boston.com/dailynews/214/world/Car_bomb_explodes_in_northern_:.shtml

NATIONAL Guard unit back home after 15 months in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
The 110 men and women of the National Guard unit, after surviving a perilous
12 months trucking supplies around Iraq, had reached the safety of Kuwait.

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001994168_hometroops01m.html

2 Turks taken hostage in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The Tawhid and Jihad group of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi demanded
the Turks' employers leave Iraq in a videotape aired on Saturday on Al-Jazeera

www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_922075,00050004.htm

US troops kill twenty amid Iraq insurgency
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
… follows US Secretary of State Colin Powell's unannounced visit to Baghdad
on Friday, during which he said Washington will speed delivery to Iraq
of billions of…
www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/08/01/1091334306.htm

TWO explosions hit Iraq
CNN International – USA
… It was the deadliest single bombing in Iraq since the interim government
took over from the US-led coalition in late June. Sunday's…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/08/01/iraq.main/

FOUR killed in Iraq suicide blast
ITV.com – UK
At least four people have been killed and 34 wounded in a suicide bomb
attack in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The car bomb…
www.itv.com/news/1758396.html

CAR bomb explodes outside police station in northern Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) A car bomb exploded outside a police station in the northern
city of Mosul on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 34 more, police
said.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/214/world/Car_bomb_explodes_outside_poli:.shtml

TALKS start in Iraq to free 7 hostages
Ha'aretz – Israel
… yesterday between an Iraqi mediator and a representative of a Kuwaiti
firm to try to free seven of the company's employees held hostage in Iraq,
the mediator…
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/458456.html

IRAQ bleeds as Powell pledges fast aid
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… Meanwhile, a Turkish driver, Meh-met Bayar, who was abducted in Iraq
on July 17, was freed in the northern city of Mosul after promising his
captors he would…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/08/01/2003181227

MILITANTS abduct 2 Turks in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… The Jamaat al-Tawhid and Jihad group of Jordanian militant Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi demanded in a videotape that the Turks' employers leave Iraq.

www.startribune.com/stories/484/4905012.html

US-LED Troops Kill 13 in Fallujah
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, July 31 — Thirteen fighters died in overnight clashes with US-led
forces in Fallujah, the US military said Saturday, while Iraq's interim
prime…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30907-2004Jul31.html

JANANGIR Qazi Denounces Killing Of Two Pakistanis In Iraq
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan : Aug 01 (PNS) – UN Secretary General's Representative
to Iraq, Pakistan's Ambassador to United States, Ashraf Jahangir Qazi
has denounced…
www.paknews.com/flash.php?id=13&date1=2004-08-01

INSURGENTS cripple Iraq's economy
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
By KEN DILANIAN. BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Four months ago, Walid K. Issa Taha
was full of hope for Iraq's economic prospects. These days, that hope
has vanished.…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0804/10ireconomy.html

MORE hostages taken in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ Iraqi militants said Saturday they kidnapped two Turks
and threatened to behead them within 48 hours, the latest in the country's
unrelenting…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/080104dnintiraqrdp.7f422.html

A fight for influence in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — When hundreds of local leaders gathered outside a meeting
hall in Basra last Sunday to choose delegates for a national political
conference…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-iraq0801,0,7784011.story?coll=ny-world-big-pix

MARINE killed in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
CORNING, NY (AP) _ A 33-year-old Marine from upstate New York was killed
by enemy fighters in Iraq Wednesday, according to the Defense Department.
Gunnery Sgt.…
www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny-brf—
marinekilled0731jul31,0,911985.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

DHAKA rejects Riyadh plea for troops to Iraq
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
DHAKA, July 31: Bangladesh has rejected a recent Saudi Arabian request
to send troops to Iraq, a foreign office spokesman in Dhaka said on Saturday.

www.dawn.com/2004/08/01/top15.htm

GOVT to respect people's sentiments: Troops for Iraq
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, July 31: Pakistan has decided in principle not to send its troops
to Iraq even if formally asked by the United Nations or the Iraqi interim

www.dawn.com/2004/08/01/top3.htm

IRAQ urges truck companies to use Iraqi drivers
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq is urging foreign transport companies to employ Iraqis instead
of foreign truck drivers in an effort to stem a growing wave of kidnappings,
a…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_1-8-2004_pg4_5

TALKS Begin To Free Truck Drivers Held Hostage In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
As RFE/RL reports, the drivers are among at least 24 foreigners captured
or missing in Iraq, most of them by groups demanding that foreign companies
or troops…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/7/1AB2CC8A-2966-46FE-B3B3-F03DD04E66A2.html

REGION: Delhi may evacuate 6,000 Indians from Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
NEW DELHI: India said Saturday it is considering evacuating about 6,000
of its nationals from Iraq as a top diplomat rushed to Baghdad in a bid
to secure the…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_1-8-2004_pg4_16

IRANIANS flood across Iraq border unchecked by military
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… Col Jassem al-Qabi, the regional border guard commander in a remote
stretch of southern Iraq, said that scores of Iranians enter every day.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/08/
01/wiran01.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/08/01/ixworld.html

FO says 400 Pakistanis working in Iraq
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, July 31: Foreign Office spokesman Masood Ahmed Khan said on
Saturday about 400 Pakistanis are currently working in Iraq.…
www.dawn.com/2004/08/01/top4.htm

  
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