Iraq News and Information Links September 2 2004

FRENCH hostages in Iraq handed over: Report
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
PARIS ˜ Kidnappers handed over two French journalists in Iraq to an Iraqi
Sunni Muslim opposition group, the managing editor of a French newspaper
said today…

POLITICS-US: Voters Struggle With Kerry's Iraq Record
Inter Press Service (subscription) – World
The protests, which have continued all this week, swelled to hundreds of
thousands last Sunday, with the huge US troop presence in Iraq a focal
point of…

KERRY Slams Bush Approach to Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
John Kerry details what he calls the Bush administrations' many failures
in Iraq. … ALLEN : But the focus of Senator Kerry's remarks yesterday
centered on Iraq.…

FRENCH Muslim Leaders Travel To Iraq, Say Hostages Still Alive
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Three French Muslim leaders are in Iraq in an effort to win the release
of two French journalists being held hostage by militants.…

IRAQ War Veterans Want Debate on Iraq, Not Vietnam
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraq war veterans on the sidelines of the Republican
convention say they are sick of the bickering over the Vietnam War records

IRAQ northern oil exports halted
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ'S northern oil exports were completely halted until further notice
today following an attack on a vital pipeline between the city of Kirkuk
and Turkey, an…,5744,10656387%255E1702,00.html

OIL Up on Russia, Iraq Supply Concerns
Reuters – USA
… A new sabotage attack on Iraq's northern oil export pipeline helped
spur a bounce back from last week's heavy profit-taking price drop from
recent record highs…

FRENCH Ambassador to Iraq Says Hostages Are Alive, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) — Two French reporters who are being held hostage
in Iraq are alive and in good health, Agence France- Presse reported,
citing the French…

FRENCH Envoys Hold Hostage Talks in Iraq
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq Sept. 2, 2004 ˜ French envoys held crisis talks with Muslim
clerics in Iraq on Thursday in a desperate bid to free…

TURKISH hostages 'killed' in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
A militant group has killed three Turks it was holding hostage in Iraq,
Arabic TV station al-Jazeera has reported. The station said…

BAN on OFWs to Iraq should stay
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone is asking the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
to lift the ban on the deployment of Filipino workers in Iraq because

IRAQ war has some Republicans looking to president for answers
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Republicans have muted their internal dissent on the Iraq war — certainly
on their convention floor — but even party stalwarts concede President
Bush must…

TWO French hostages in Iraq still alive
Xinhua – China
2 (Xinhuanet) — French authorities were “almost sure” that the two French
journalists held in hostage in Iraq were still alive on Wednesday evening,
Jean de…

KERRY attacks Bush's handling of Iraq war
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… Bush on Wednesday, telling the American Legion convention that the
administration had mostly blundered in its handling of the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan.…,1,278193.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

NEW Iraq parliament opens
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD — Iraq's interim parliament opened its first session Wednesday
amid mortar fire, kidnapping dramas and a court appearance by one of it
members, former…,1,4280480.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

US Air Strike on Iraq's Falluja Kills 17: Doctors
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – The US military launched an air strike overnight
on two buildings in the Iraqi city of Falluja it said were used by militants

FRENCH Muslims Go to Iraq to Seek Kidnapped Reporters' Release
Bloomberg – USA
… has gone to Baghdad to help obtain the release of two French journalists
held hostage by an Islamic group that murdered an Italian reporter in
Iraq last week…

IRAQ killings spur Nepal riots
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… In neighboring India, relieved families embraced joyfully in front
of TV cameras after learning that their loved ones, also captives in Iraq,
had just been…

THREE Indian hostages freed in Iraq due home Friday
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NEW DELHI : The three Indian hostages who were freed in Iraq this week
after a six-week ordeal will return to India early Friday to a huge welcome.

NEPALESE attack mosque after executions in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BY BINAJ GURUBACHARYA. KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal's government imposed an
indefinite curfew and appealed for calm Wednesday after thousands…

FRANCE presses on with Iraq hostage efforts
Reuters – London,England,UK
AMMAN (Reuters) – France is pressing on with efforts to save two French
journalists held hostage in Iraq after a deadline to rescind a law banning

KERRY chastises president on Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By DAVID M. HALBFINGER. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Seizing on President Bush's
statements in the last week that he made a “miscalculation” in Iraq and
that he doubted…

KGL says paid ransom for Iraq hostages
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… A group calling itself the Black Banners Division of the Islamic Secret
Army had kidnapped the men in July and demanded that KGL end its work
in Iraq.…

TWO die in Nepal protest against Iraq killings
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… after crowds attacked a mosque in Kathmandu and charged through the
streets chanting “Down with Islam” to protest against the killing of 12
Nepalis in Iraq.…

RANSOM frees Iraq hostages
Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
… and one-time US ally, wounding two of his bodyguards just hours before
he joined other officials for the swearing-in ceremony of Iraq's new transitional

THE execution of the 12 Nepalese workers in Iraq
World Socialist
… The 12 young Nepalese were seized around August 20 as they were travelling
through western Iraq from Jordan to work as cooks, cleaners and labourers
for a…

IRAQ Crisis Talks over Seized French Journalists
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
French envoys are to hold crisis talks in Iraq and Jordan today in a desperate
bid to free two journalists seized by militants seeking to overturn France‚s

KERRY Criticizes Bush Handling of Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Democratic Party presidential candidate Senator John Kerry says President
Bush has mishandled nearly every aspect of the Iraq war.…

RP condemns killing of 12 Nepali hostages in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The Philippines on Thursday joined the international community in denouncing
what it called the “senseless killing” of 12 Nepali hostages in Iraq.

NEPALESE Riot After Killings in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… in Katmandu on Wednesday and charged through the streets of the capital
chanting “Down with Islam” in protest of the killing of 12 Nepalese hostages
in Iraq.…

KERRY Tells Veterans Bush Fails on Iraq and Terror
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… 1 – Seizing on President Bush's remarks in the last week that he had
made a “miscalculation” in Iraq and that he doubted that the fight against
terrorism was…

SEVEN truckers are released in Iraq
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… An Islamist group said it kidnapped a Jordanian in Iraq and cautioned
anyone against co-operating with US-led forces, even as France awaited
word on the fate…

IRAQ south oil exports near full capacity
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
DUBAI: Iraq's southern oil exports were still running near full capacity
at 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd) yesterday, having recovered from
lower rates…

NEPAL Will Evacuate Workers From Iraq After Hostages Killed
Bloomberg – USA
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) — Nepal's government said it will evacuate its citizens
working in Iraq after an Iraqi group said it executed 12 Nepalese hostages.

MARINE denies hitting Iraq inmate
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A US Marine reservist at the centre of an Iraq prisoner-abuse case has
taken the stand and denied landing a powerful karate-kick in the chest
of a 52-year-old…,5478,10646414%255E1702,00.html

CROWDS trash mosque in Nepal to protest slayings in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… shooting 11 others. The 12 contract workers had disappeared soon after
entering Iraq from Jordan on Aug. 19. Prime Minister Sher…

EVEN in New York, King Kong (aka Iraq) gets short shrift
USA Today – USA
… Hint: the same as at July's Democratic convention. Answer: Iraq. The
subject is getting mention. … The Democrats in July all but ignored
the Iraq gorilla.…

IRAQ'S interim assembly begins work
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD The interim Iraqi national assembly convened for the first time
Wednesday as Iraq took a small and tentative step toward representative

KERRY Critiques Iraq Policy to Vet Group
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Sen. John Kerry sharply critiques President Bush's policy
in Iraq, saying he would protect soldiers better if he were in office.

NEPALESE riot after Iraq killings
Straits Times – Singapore
… yesterday clamped a curfew on Kathmandu after mobs ransacked a mosque
and Arab airline offices in protest against the killing of 12 Nepalese
hostages in Iraq.…,4386,270494,00.html

SEVEN Truckers Freed in Iraq, France Awaits Word
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic militants freed seven truck drivers from India,
Kenya and Egypt on Wednesday after holding them hostage in Iraq for six

SEVEN Hostages Freed in Iraq; Chalabi‚s Convoy Targeted
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 2 September 2004 ˜ Violence and uncertainty over the fate of
the two French hostages continued in Iraq, while militants freed seven
truck drivers…

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