Iraq News and Information Links August 2 2004
BOMBINGS Scare Minority Christians in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
By JAMIE TARABAY. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Wissam Sagman was thinking of emigrating
recently, fearing his Christian family would not be safe in the new, chaotic

DOUBTS cloud fate of three Kenyans held hostage in Iraq
Xinhua – China
2 (Xinhuanet) — Kenya on Monday failed to clarify the conflicting reports
regarding the release of three Kenyans held hostage in Iraq as Indian
and Egyptian…

IRAQ coalition dominates Powell's mid-East tour
Xinhua – China
2 (Xinhuanet) — Talks on maintaining a multinational force in Iraq and
deploying a Muslim or Arab force in the country have dominated US Secretary
of State…

TURKISH Truckers Halt Deliveries to US Forces in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Turkey's largest trucking association announced Monday it has stopped all
deliveries to US forces in Iraq following news of the killing of a Turkish

ALLAWI Tells Kuwaitis Iraq Upholds UN Resolutions On Eve Of…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
“We believe that relations between Iraq and Kuwait are stronger than UN
resolutions, although we are committed to UN resolutions,” it quoted Allawi
as telling…

BUSH has no regrets about Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Washington – US President George W Bush defiantly defended the war in Iraq
on Monday, saying the invasion was “the right decision” and holding out
hope that…,,2-10-1460_1567037,00.html

KERRY pledges Iraq troop reduction
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Picture:AFP. Presidential candidate John Kerry has pledged to substantially
cut US troop strength in Iraq by the end of his first term in office.

COORDINATED Car Bombings in Iraq Target Churches
NPR (audio) – USA
Authorities say the series of explosions may be the most highly coordinated
attack since the insurgency began 15 months ago after the US-led invasion
of Iraq.…

KUWAIT, Iraq restore ties
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
KUWAIT and Iraq restored diplomatic relations today, exactly 14 years after
ties were severed when then Iraqi president Saddam Hussein sent his forces

TURKISH hostage executed in Iraq; churches bombed
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Tawhid and Jihad also said it would free a Somali captive, Ali Ahmed
Moussa, because his Kuwaiti employer agreed to stop working in Iraq.

KGL optimistic on negotiations for release of hostages in Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
2 (PTI): As negotiations for the release of three Indians taken hostage
in Iraq resumed, their employer company today sounded positive on the
parleys and hoped…

TURKISH hostage killed in Iraq
Rediff – Mumbai,India
Several Islamic websites have shown a videotape of the killing of a Turkish
hostage in Iraq by a group linked to al-Qa'eda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,

IRAQ Bomb Attacks on Churches Kill 11, Coalition Says (Update4)
Bloomberg – USA
Four bombs killed 10 people and wounded more than 40 when they went off
near churches in Baghdad between about 6:30 pm and 7 pm yesterday Iraq
time, the…

MILITANTS kill Turkish hostage; Iraq's top Shiite cleric condemns…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A video posted on the Internet shows a masked gunman
pumping three bullets into the head of a Turkish hostage, and the Turkish

TURKISH Truckers to End Deliveries to US Forces in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Turkey's main trucking association says it will stop transporting goods
to US forces in Iraq, after a wave of insurgent kidnappings of foreign

IRAQ hostage talks 'continuing'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Negotiations for the release of seven foreign lorry drivers being held
in Iraq are continuing, India says. Junior foreign minister…

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric condemns coordinated bombings of…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric on Monday condemned
as ''hideous crimes'' the coordinated bomb attacks on five churches in
Baghdad and Mosul…

FIGHTING, bombs, mortars in Iraq
The Namibian – Windhoek,Namibia
The blast followed a night of clashes between US troops and insurgents
that killed 12 Iraqis and wounded 39 others in the troubled city of Fallujah,
west of…

TURK hostage executed in Iraq while Somali driver to be freed
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Members of Abu Musab al Zarqawi's group have executed a Turkish hostage
kidnapped in Iraq, according to a video posted Monday on the Internet.

CHRISTIANS condemn Iraq bombings
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church have condemned a wave of bomb
attacks on churches in Iraq on Sunday, in which at least 11 people died.

SOMALI hostage in Iraq set to be freed
Reuters – London,England,UK
DUBAI (Reuters) – A militant group linked to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
says it will free a Somali driver it has been holding hostage in Iraq
after his…

MILITANTS in Iraq to Release Somali Man
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A militant group said Monday that it will release a Somali
truck driver it kidnapped because the Kuwaiti company he works for agreed
to stop…

IRAQ confounds, Kerry contorts
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… during the Democratic convention, I've been forced to turn to candidate
junk mail and the right-wing press to get the big scoop of the month:
Iraq is off the…

IRAQ blames Zarqawi for church bombings
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's government has blamed al Qaeda ally Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi for a series of church bombings that killed at least 11 people,
saying the…

THE need in Iraq for a Muslim force
The Globe and Mail – Canada
In a visit to Saudi Arabia last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi
called on other Islamic countries to send troops to Iraq to help stabilize
the country.…

IRAQ: New Abductions, Talks
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) Militants said Saturday they had kidnapped two Turks and threatened
to behead them within 48 hours if their company didn't leave Iraq, the
latest in…

KERRY pledges major troop reduction in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… John Kerry pledged yesterday that he would substantially reduce US
troop strength in Iraq by the end of his first term in office but declined
to offer details…

ITALY Told by Al-Qaeda Group to Leave Iraq, Repubblica Says
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — An al-Qaeda-linked group threatened Italy with terror
attacks unless it pulls troops out of Iraq within 15 days, la Repubblica

MARINE Who Vanished in Iraq Now Back Home
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
The Marine once feared beheaded in Iraq said he was thankful to be home
and asked people to pray for all hostages. Wassef Ali Hassoun…,1,5433985.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

BLASTS hit churches across Iraq, killing 11
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… in Baghdad and Mosul during Sunday evening services, killing 11 people
and injuring more than 50 others in the first major assault on Iraq's
Christian minority…

MOUSSA: sending Arab force to Iraq possible
Xinhua – China
However, “it is not possible for Arab and Muslim forces to go to Iraq and
join the (US-led) forces there under a command other than a UN command,”
Moussa said…

NO confirmation hostages in Iraq freed
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
New Delhi, Aug 1: India said on Sunday it had no confirmation that seven
foreign truck drivers, including three Indians, had been set free by Iraqi

15 killed in Iraq attacks
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
MOSUL, Aug 1: At least 15 people were killed in attacks across Iraq on
Sunday including a car bomb blast outside a police station just hours
after US air…

INDIAN envoy sent to Iraq to negotiate over hostages
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
India has sent a senior diplomat to Baghdad, stepping up efforts to free
three of its nationals held hostage in Iraq, and officials said negotiations
with the…

IRAQ: Christian churches targeted by bombers
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: To Iraq now, where there are concerns insurgents are trying
a new tactic, with bomb blasts targeting Christian churches across the

IRAQ'S hostage crisis continues
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's hostage crisis is escalating amid
chilling death threats by militant groups. On Saturday, the…

BOMB Attacks Target Churches in Iraq, US-Led Coalition Says
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Coordinated bomb attacks were carried out near churches
in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and the city of Mosul, the US-led coalition
said in a…

SCARLETT Takes over Mi6 Amid Iraq Controversy
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… It officially came into effect yesterday despite calls for him to go
for his part in intelligence failings on Iraq. And at the weekend…

KERRY Pledges Iraq Troop Cut Within 4 Years
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… 1 — John F. Kerry pledged Sunday he would substantially reduce US
troop strength in Iraq by the end of his first term in office but declined
to offer any…

KERRY sketching exit strategy for Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — John Kerry sketched a partial “exit strategy” for
US involvement in Iraq Sunday, saying he would bring home “significant
numbers of…,0,5872978.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

BLASTS at churches in Iraq kill 10
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – In the first targeting of Iraq's tiny Christian
community by the insurgency, 10 people died Sunday when five car bombs
exploded outside…

CAN‚T Bush and Blair See Iraq Is About to Explode?
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… Much of Iraq has fallen outside the control of America‚s puppet government
in Baghdad but we are not told. … Highway 8 is one of the worst in Iraq.

KERRY vows to form new alliance to help in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… had been vague, evasive and unfunded, insisted Sunday that as president
he would be able to attract large numbers of new foreign troops to Iraq
and that only…

SAUD Sets Terms for Muslim Troops in Iraq
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
JEDDAH, 2 August 2004 ˜ Saudi Arabia yesterday set conditions for the
deployment of Muslim troops in Iraq and emphasized that they would replace

CHRISTIANS targeted by car bombs in new Iraq twist
Guardian – UK
The worst fears of Iraq's beleaguered Christian minority were realised
yesterday when an apparently coordinated wave of car bombs targeted worshippers

THE Christians of Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Religious minorities in Iraq, including Christians, represent some 3% of
the population, or approximately 700,000 out of a total population of
24 million…

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