Iraq News and Information Links June 2 2004
FRANCE, Russia, Germany Say Iraq Draft Needs Work
Reuters – USA
PARIS (Reuters) – France and Russia, who both have veto power in the UN
Security Council, said on Wednesday the latest draft UN resolution on
Iraq put forward…

BUSH compares Iraq, terror wars to World War II
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) — Invoking the words of Ronald Reagan,
President Bush on Wednesday compared the war in Iraq and the fight against

HUMAN rights must be a priority for Iraq's new leaders
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… Iraq was promised freedom and a prosperous road to democracy – yet
a year after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the country's basic human
needs are unattended…

US starts to think the unthinkable about Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
By Guy Dinmore. The consequences of US defeat in Iraq are, in the words
of President George W. Bush, “unthinkable”. Even so, some…

NEW Iraq government prioritises security
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Iraq's new interim government has completed its first day at work to the
backdrop of continued turmoil and violence. At the government's…

US Lawmaker Seeks More Oversight of $25 Billion for Iraq,…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A key US lawmaker is taking steps to tighten congressional oversight of
money requested by President Bush for Iraq and Afghanistan.…

NEOCONS fall from favor after debacle in Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
WASHINGTON: 14 months after reaching the zenith of their influence on US
foreign policy with the invasion of Iraq, neoconservatives appear to have

COMMENTARY Scrutinizes New Iraq Leadership
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… [US President] George [W.] Bush's grand plan to bring democracy to
Iraq underwent a shambolic start with the charade that accompanied the
selection of a new…

SECURITY Council Diplomats Not Happy with New Iraq Resolution
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Key UN Security Council were tonight still not satisfied with a revised
Anglo-American resolution on Iraq and want more changes and input from
the country‚s…

UN staff likely to return to Iraq in July, spokesman says
Xinhua – China
UNITED NATIONS, June 2 (Xinhuanet) — The United Nations would likely send
its staff back to Iraq on July 1, shortly after the end of the US-British

IRAQ violence claims 14 more lives, new government starts work
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… The blasts came as a two-month-old conflict between the militia of
radical cleric Moqtada Sadr and US forces raged on in Iraq's Shiite heartland.

AUSTRALIA to forgive Iraq debt as eyes wheat market – New Zealand
CANBERRA: Australia will forgive the majority of a $500 million debt owed
by Iraq for wheat purchases as it looks to rebuild one its most important
markets for…,2106,2928493a6026,00.html

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi branded as ''…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi branded as ''stupid'' Wednesday
reports that he or his followers told Iran the United States had cracked

ENVOY: Delay may have stopped Iraq war discord
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
Britain and the US might have been able to avert much of the international
discord over the Iraq war if they had planned to fight it in the autumn
of 2003…

6 Killed As US Fights Militants in Iraq
Guardian – UK
KUFA, Iraq (AP) – Militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
clashed Wednesday with US forces near a mosque in this Shiite holy city
and in…,1280,-4160276,00.html

ANALYSIS: New Iraq government clone of old
United Press International – USA
WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) — Lahkdar Brahimi, the UN special envoy in Iraq,
will have some explaining to do when he appears before the Security Council

FREEING Iraq from a Fulfilling Childhood
Islam Online – UK
It is a tragedy for the children of Iraq that the United Nations gave the
power of occupation of their country to the only nation in the world (apart
from the…

US Army Temporarily Stops Retirements for Iraq-Bound Troops
Bloomberg – USA
June 2 (Bloomberg) — US Army personnel from both active and reserve units
who are tapped for duty in Iraq or Afghanistan can't retire or transfer
until after…

TOP GOP Senator Would Limit Iraq Spending
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… Wednesday he will propose limiting President Bush's flexibility in
spending $25 billion the president has requested for US operations in
Iraq and Afghanistan…

CASHING in on Iraq – Washington,DC,USA
Listening to the French, Germans, Russians and Chinese demand changes to
the proposed American-British UN resolution on Iraq last week, you'd think
they hit…

IRAQ Group Threatens to Kill Egyptian, Turk
Reuters – USA
… footage on Wednesday of an Iraqi group threatening to kill an Egyptian
and a Turkish hostage if their countries did not condemn the US-led occupation
in Iraq.…

NEWS Analysis: Exactly how much sovereignty will Iraq have?
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON The new caretaker government in Iraq has been hailed by President
George W. Bush as ready to assume “full sovereignty” after June 30.…

IRAQ violence claims 12 more lives, new government starts work
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… The blast came as a two-month-old conflict between members of radical
cleric Moqtada Sadr's militia and US forces raged on in Iraq's Shiite

AUSTRALIA to forgive Iraq's debt
Xinhua – China
… June 2 (Xinhuanet) — Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile said on
Wednesday that Australia has decided to forgive the vast majority of Iraq's
500 million US…

ARMY reservist who served in Iraq arrested after police find…
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
By Associated Press. VANCOUVER, Wash. – Several months after returning
home from Iraq, an Army reservist has been arrested in his wife's murder.

POWELL presses CIA over Iraq errors
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… pressed the CIA for several months to account for the faulty intelligence
that led Powell to tell the United Nations last year that Iraq definitely

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The destiny of Iraq is now in the hands of Iraqi leaders. The Iraqi Governing
Council has been dissolved and is being replaced by an interim government.

BUSH Seeks to Boost Support For US Involvement in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Mr. Bush is giving a commencement speech focusing on Iraq at the Air Force
Academy in the western US state of Colorado later Wednesday, after expressing

UN Envoy: Give New Iraq Government a Chance
Reuters – USA
… administration was named on Tuesday to take over the running of the
country from US occupiers and organize polls in January, a key test of
Iraq's ability to…

IRAQ digs hole in the budget
News24 – South Africa
… Even by Washington standards, the $119.4bn that President George W
Bush and Congress have provided for the first two years of the war in
Iraq is real money.…,,2-10-1460_1536228,00.html

FRESH US-Sadr militia clashes in Iraq
Middle East Online – UK
NAJAF, Iraq – Eight Iraqis were killed and 23 wounded when fresh clashes
broke out between US forces and members of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada
Sadr's militia…

ARABIC press upbeat over new Iraq government
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Broadest government formation in Iraq's history. … Agreement in Iraq
– Iraqis are able to convince others that the country's future is their
own business.…

IT‚S Not Iraq
National Review Online – USA
Although the spread is not large, some liberals are saying that this proves
the failure of Bush's Iraq policy. I don't agree. His…

NEW deadline to get British troops out of Iraq by 2006
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
BRITISH troops could leave Iraq by 2006 under a revised resolution being
put to the United Nations Security Council. The US and…

UK Troops 'May Be Invited to Stay on in Iraq'
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By James Lyons and Tom Whitehead, PA News. British and American troops
may stay on in Iraq indefinitely, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said today.

US critic named Iraq president
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
BAGHDAD – A powerful tribal chief and outspoken critic of the US-led coalition
became Iraq's new president Tuesday, picked over the objections of American

WILL Iraq's new cabinet be effective?
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq's new government has been sworn in with Sunni Muslim tribal leader
Ghazi Yawar as the country's new interim president. Mr Yawer…

BUSH supports Iraq's new interim government
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: Overseas now, and it's been a momentous day in Iraq, with
the unveiling of the nation's first post-Saddam Hussein era government,
albeit an…

UN envoy defends Iraq government
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq's new interim government faces a difficult task in preparing the country
for full democracy, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has admitted.…

HALF of Britons against Iraq war – Australia
FIFTY percent of Britons think the war in Iraq was unjustified, compared
with 33 percent who felt it was, an opinion poll revealed today.…,4057,9728020%255E1702,00.html

NEW Iraq President Says Was Pressured to Step Aside
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's new president Ghazi al-Yawar was quoted as saying
on Wednesday he was pressured by foreign parties not to run for the post,

NEW Iraq is taking shape
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – Charleston,SC,USA
President Bush welcomed this show of independence and hailed the formation
of the government that will rule Iraq until elections are held in seven

PRESIDENT named, new government installed in Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Baghdad — A Sunni tribal chief who spent more than a decade in exile in
Saudi Arabia was named president of Iraq on Tuesday, and the US-appointed

TEXT: Iraq draft resolution
BBC News – London,England,UK
Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, 1. Endorses
the formation of a sovereign Interim Government of Iraq as outlined XXX,
that will…

SIX Killed in Iraq Clashes
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with US
forces near a mosque in the Shiite holy city of Kufa today, and hospital

US critic named Iraq's president
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi officials prevailed in their choice for president
over the candidate favored by the United States, allowing a UN envoy Tuesday

IRAQ war costs US $119.4 billion and counting
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — Even by standards here, the $119.4 billion that President
Bush and Congress have provided for the first two years of the war in
Iraq is real money…

Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… guaranteed. There are critical issues still to be resolved before the
interim government actually assumes sovereign control of Iraq.…,0,753050.story?coll=ny-editorials-headlines

BUSH Hails Iraq's New Interim Government
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: President Bush welcomes the formation of Iraq's interim government,
saying it brings the country closer to democracy.…

PROFILE of Iraq's President Al-Yawer
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Ghazi al-Yawer, the new interim president of Iraq, is a Sunni
tribal chief and a businessman. He is also known to be…

Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Rowsch Shaways: President of Kurdistan National Assembly; and member
of Kurdistan Democratic Party, one of two rival parties running the Kurdish
north of Iraq.…

ARMY captain fatally injured by bomb explosion in Iraq
Shamokin News Item – Shamokin,PA,USA
… when a dedicated and highly respected soldier from the Shamrock Mills
section of Shamokin Township died from wounds suffered in a bomb attack
in Iraq the day…

WAR in Iraq? Or aiding 160 000 families?
Independent Online – South Africa
… standards, the $119.4-billion that United States President George Bush
and the US Congress have provided for the first two years of the war on
Iraq is real…

MAJOR political, economic events in post-war Iraq
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhuanet) — UN special envoy for Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi
confirmed on Tuesday that Sunni Muslim tribal leader GhaziYawar was appointed

UN wants more detail on Iraq plan
Reuters – London,England,UK
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A revised US-British draft resolution gives
Iraq considerable authority over its security and economy but UN Security

ARMY captain from Shamokin Township killed in Iraq – MI,USA
… An intelligence officer from eastern Pennsylvania, a 10-year Army veteran
who planned to make it a career, died Monday of wounds from a bomb attack
in Iraq.…—ArmyOfficerKilled&&news&newsflash-financial

REPORT: Iraq Group Threatens to Kill Hostages
Reuters – USA
… footage on Wednesday of an Iraqi group threatening to kill an Egyptian
and a Turkish hostage if their countries did not condemn the US-led occupation
in Iraq.…

JAPAN looks at Iraq oil venture
CNN International – USA
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Japanese oil developer Arabian Oil Co said Wednesday
it was talking to Iraq's state-run oil company about forming a joint venture

Q & A: What's next for Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… Q: Will the 138,000 American troops serving in Iraq go home immediately
after the transfer of power? A: No. However, their legal status will change.

IRAQ heralds new era
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ The new Iraqi leadership named Tuesday is charged with
ushering the war-ravaged nation toward security, democracy and independence.

UN draft gives Iraq more control over army, but some Security…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) A revised UN Security Council resolution gives Iraq's
interim leaders control of the army and police, but council diplomats
said the…

FIGHTING in the shadow of Iraq
… other soldiers in the treacherous mountain terrain of Afghanistan,
might have escaped the notice of much of a public transfixed on the raging
conflict in Iraq.…

CRITIC of US is president of new Iraq
Newark Star Ledger – Newark,NJ,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A UN envoy yesterday appointed an interim government reflecting
Iraq's religious and cultural diversity, after ending a deadlock by naming

BOMBS rattle Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Bombs rocked Baghdad and a US base in northern Iraq on
Tuesday, killing at least 14 Iraqis and wounding dozens of people, including

FULL sovereignty in Iraq might not be so
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… ministries and to organize elections in January for what Bush calls
“the first freely elected, truly representative national governing body
in Iraq's history.”.…

HOPEFUL Omens in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… But it masked a very different reality. Over the past three weeks the
Bush administration has reversed itself on nearly every major aspect of
its Iraq policy.…

US, Britain Submit Revised Iraq Draft Resolution
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
The United States and Britain have offered the UN Security Council a fresh
draft resolution that would grant sovereignty to Iraq's interim government
at the…

US has marked $119.4 billion for two years in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… Even by Washington standards, the $119.4 billion that President Bush
and Congress have provided for the first two years of the war in Iraq
is real money.…

THREE local Marines die in Iraq
North County Times – Escondido,CA,USA
CAMP PENDLETON ---- Three men based at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base
were killed last week while fighting in Iraq, base officials announced
Tuesday. Pfc.…

KEY points of proposed UN resolution on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… declares its readiness to terminate the mandate of the multinational
force ''if requested by the elected transitional government of Iraq.''
The transitional…

AUSTRALIA To Forgo Most Iraq Debt On Wheat, Build Mill
Yahoo News – USA
Canberra, June 2 (Dow Jones) – Australia will spend A$20 million on building
an integrated grains processing facility in Iraq as part of a plan to
forgo most…

IRAQ‚S interim cabinet sworn in
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
… Reflecting the balance among Iraq‚s ethnic and religious groups,
two vice presidents, one a Shia, the other a Kurd, were appointed to serve
under Yawar.…

IRAQ has a new president UN envoy asks country to give leaders a…
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD — A Sunni tribal chief who spent more than a decade in exile in
Saudi Arabia was named president of Iraq Tuesday, and the US-appointed
Iraqi Governing…

WHITE House hopeful on Iraq
… new Iraqi government and a new UN draft resolution, the Bush administration
senses the beginning of the end to its controversial and costly intervention
in Iraq…

IRAQ cease-fire unravels, 5 troops die
Pasadena Star-News – Pasadena,CA,USA
At least five US soldiers died in Iraq over a 24-hour period starting Sunday,
two of them fighting insurgents in the holy city of Kufa during the unraveling

TWO US Soldiers Held in Iraq Shooting
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… Fort Benning soldiers were ordered held without bail on murder charges
Tuesday in the fatal shooting outside a club of a soldier who served with
them in Iraq.…

SUNNI leader named president of Iraq's interim government
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – After naming a president who was not the American
choice, the Iraqi Governing Council on Tuesday swore in the new interim

REVISED text of UN draft resolution on Iraq proposed by United…
Times Picayune – New Orleans,LA,USA
1. Endorses the formation of a sovereign Interim Government of Iraq as
outlined XXX, that will assume responsibility and authority by 30 June
2004 for…

AN Upbeat Bush Praises New Interim Government in Iraq
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, June 1 President Bush on Tuesday called the naming of an interim
Iraqi government a major step toward stability and democracy in Iraq,
but he said…

POWELL Presses CIA on Faulty Intelligence on Iraq Arms
New York Times – USA
… Agency for several months to account for the faulty intelligence that
led Mr. Powell to tell the United Nations last year that Iraq definitely

AMID snipers and bombs, Iraq's new cabinet jokes
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
But Iraq's new ministers joked in front of the television cameras on Tuesday
in a ceremony that would have been unthinkable during decades of dictatorship.

IRAQ'S Interim Government
New York Times – USA
For weeks, Washington encouraged the world to believe that the United Nations
was putting together Iraq's new interim government.…

BUSH warned against comparing D-Day to Iraq
Guardian – UK
French officials fear George Bush will inflame anti-American sentiment
in France this weekend by linking the D-Day landings with the invasion
of Iraq.…,14058,1229277,00.html

BUSH and Arabs unite in greeting Iraq's president
Irish Times (subscription) – Dublin,Ireland
… general of the United Nations and Arab League and gun-toting Arab tribesmen
all welcomed the appointment yesterday of a new president of Iraq, Mr
Ghazi Yawar.…

A Daily Look at US Iraq Military
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
As of Tuesday, June 1, 806 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

BLOODSHED as Iraq's new interim government formed
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: Iraq's new interim Government has been sworn in during a
day of bloodshed in the capital Baghdad. Tribal leader Ghazi…

REWRITTEN signboards shift the sands in Iraq
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
The encampment of the Ground Self-Defense Force troops deployed in southern
Iraq is identified by a signboard that says ``Samawah Shukueichi'' (billeting

PM 'should carry can' over Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… the Greens all want Prime Minister John Howard to accept responsibility
for misleading the public over when the government first knew of prisoner
abuse in Iraq…

IRAQ'S New Interim Government
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Sunni leader Ghazi al-Yawer is named Iraq's interim president,
ending a deadlock over the composition of the interim government.…

SHAKY 'sovereignty' for Iraq
China Daily – Beijing,China
On May 24 the United States and Britain submitted a new draft resolution
on the Iraq issue to the United Nations Security Council.…

MEMORIAL Day, National Consensus and Iraq
… But that consensus has since been dissipated, replaced by division
over the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Despite early military…

IS this tribal leader the saviour of Iraq?
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
DENOUNCED variously as coalition quislings, toothless squabblers, and exiles
without a cause, Iraq‚s US-appointed governing council made unlikely

SLATE'S Ballot Box: Iraq Handover and US Elections
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Madeleine Brand speaks with Slate political analyst
Will Saletan about the handover of power in Iraq and other issues that
may affect the US…

39 killed in Iraq attacks
Daily Times – Pakistan
The blast was at the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, close
to Iraq‚s Foreign Ministry and an entrance to the “Green Zone‰ compound
where the…

CACI faces cuts to ratings over Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
CACI International, the US contractor whose employees allegedly helped
interrogate prisoners in Iraq, could have its credit ratings downgraded
if it loses…

NEW government is named for Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Garden, commended the appointments, calling the new interim government
“a team that possesses the talent, commitment, the resolve to guide Iraq
through the…

US, Britain present revised draft UN resolution on Iraq
Xinhua – China
UNITED NATIONS, June 1 (Xinhuanet) — The United States and Britain revised
a draft UN resolution on Iraq on Tuesday in a bid to gain support from

BUSH to Meet Pope, One of His Harshest Iraq Critics
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush heads to Europe this week seeking
more international support for his Iraq mission and will start off by
meeting one of…

PORT Hope man killed in land mine blast in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
(AP) — A Michigan man has been killed in a land mine blast in Iraq, his
family said Tuesday. Sgt. … The explosion happened in Musayyib, Iraq,
south of Baghdad.…

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