Iraq News and Information Links July 3 2004
AMNESTY planned for Iraq insurgents
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Besides the amnesty plan, those include the resurrection of Iraq's
death penalty and an emergency law that sets curfews in Iraq's trouble
spots, Sada said.…

LETTERS: Iraq war
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… Let us thank him for this triumphant and historic moment. Re: “Al-Qaeda,
Iraq contacts,” by Jim Wilkinson, Thursday letters. Would…

THE Trials of Iraq
US News – USA
… The moment that defined the birth of the new Iraq came not as the ex-administrator,
Paul Bremer, boarded the plane to leave the country, not as the new…

UK troops accused over two Iraq deaths
Independent – London,England,UK
British troops have been accused of another two allegedly illegal killings
of civilians in southern Iraq, according to legal documents seen by The

THREE Washington state soldiers wounded in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
A Seattle radio talk-show host serving in Iraq with the Washington National
Guard and two soldiers from Eastern Washington were wounded in separate

MILITANT group claims it beheaded US Marine in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ A militant Iraqi group posted a message on the Internet
on Saturday saying it had beheaded an American Marine who had been abducted
from the…

SADDAM'S lawyers suspend Iraq trip
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… the due process.”. The defence lawyers have claimed Iraqi authorities
have threatened them if they travelled to Iraq. On Thursday…

ISLAMIC group claims beheading of US marine; Six Iraq national…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Islamic group claimed to have beheaded a US marine, while six national
guardsmen and a second marine were killed on the deadliest day since Iraq
received its…

IN THE NEWS – Week in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… The new temporary government in Iraq took legal control of the twelve
men on Wednesday. … And should Iraq again permit death sentences?…

MILITANTS Say They Beheaded US Soldier in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Militants said on Saturday they had beheaded US Marine Wassef Ali Hassoun,
the second reported killing of a kidnapped American soldier in Iraq this

IRAQ'S basic services worse now than before war, GAO says
Axis of Logic – USA
WASHINGTON ˜ In a few key areas ˜ electricity, the judicial system
and overall security ˜ the Iraq that America handed back to its residents
Monday is…

ASSAULTS on US troops decrease in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The number of guerrilla attacks on US troops hit their
lowest levels in more than two months during the period when the US-led

IRAQ militants 'behead US marine'
BBC News – London,England,UK
US officials say they are checking reports that a marine, kidnapped in
Iraq, has been beheaded by a group believed to have links to al-Qaeda.

JULY 4th celebrations delayed for troops stationed in Iraq
Charlotte Observer (subscription) – Charlotte,NC,USA
BY PATRICK PETERSON. CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – (KRT) – No one here wants fireworks
this July 4th. They've heard plenty. “It sounded like…

US troops may stay in Iraq for up to 5 years
Muslim American Society – Falls Church,VA,USA
Chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff General Richard Myers said Friday,
July 2, a force of 145,000 US troops may be needed in Iraq for as many
as five years…

TEN Indians stranded in Iraq
Central Chronicle – Bhopal,India
NEW DELHI : Ten of the 20 Indians stranded in Iraq after being lured by
unscrupulous travel agents with promises of lucrative jobs, are on their
way back home…

TURKISH Armed Forces Retires Turkish Troops From Northern Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
AH- Turkey decided to retire Turkish troops from Northern Iraq. 30 officers
and noncommissioned officers charged in N.Iraq in the…

JORDAN is ready to dispatch forces to Iraq
Arabic News – Middle East
… a new stand coincided with the authority turnover to the Iraqis, the
Jordanian King Abdullah II expressed his country's readiness to send forces
to Iraq if the…

IRAQ militants say US Marine beheaded
Reuters – London,England,UK
DUBAI (Reuters) – A militant group says it has beheaded US Marine Wassef
Ali Hassoun after kidnapping him in Iraq, adding that it is holding another

US has spent little of reconstruction budget in Iraq: White House…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : The United States maintains that progress is in the air in
Iraq, though a new White House report shows that only two percent of the
18.4 billion…

INDIAN Chefs Allege Torture in Iraq
… Indian immigration officials claimed they did not know the chefs were
being detained and said they were probably smuggled into Iraq.…

WHITE House releases spending tallies for Iraq reconstruction
WCNC (subscription) – Charlotte,NC,USA
WHITE HOUSE ˜ The White House is saying for the first time how much the
Bush administration has spent on rebuilding Iraq. As of…

IRAQ oil exports again hit by pipeline breach
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BASRA, Iraq : An oil pipeline has been “breached” in southern Iraq causing
a fresh fall in exports, the British military and Iraqi oil officials

US Iraq Rebuilding Spending Lags January Plan (Correct)
Bloomberg – USA
July 3 (Bloomberg) — The US spent $366 million for Iraq reconstruction
as of June 22, about 4 percent of what the government said in January
it would spend as…

INSURGENTS killed eight more in Iraq, main southern oil pipeline…
New Straits Times – Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
… to the raging violence, a senior Iraqi official in the caretaker administration
said it would soon announce emergency powers to deal with Iraq's 14-month-old

DON'T listen to Iraq doomsayers, listen to the people
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… If media expectations have any impact on outcomes, there is no hope
for Iraq. Yet on the internet is an antidote: a flowering of…

IRAQ Declines Jordan's Offer of Troops
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Iraq has declined Jordan's offer to become the first Arab state to send
troops to Iraq. Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari…

US general claims Israeli interrogators in Iraq
Ha'aretz – Israel
The US general formerly in charge of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in
Iraq told BBC Radio she has evidence Israelis were involved in interrogating

IRAQ oil exports hit by pipeline leak, emergency laws due shortly
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… An official at the oil terminal in Basra, Iraq's main pumping site,
said exports had fallen from 84,000 barrels per hour to 40,000 after the
pipeline was…

IRAQ Official Heading Oil-For-Food Probe Killed
Reuters – USA
… Iraq's former US Governor Paul Bremer gave the board independence from
the executive branch of government and appointed Karim as its head in

IRAQ troops 'deployed without threat training' – London,England,UK
British servicemen have been deployed to Iraq without undergoing training
courses intended to bring them up to speed with likely threats.…

MILITANTS in Iraq free three hostages
Oregonian – Portland,OR,USA
Also on Friday, Yemen became the second Arab country to offer to send troops
to Iraq, now that power has been officially passed to the interim Iraqi

US Troops Uncover Car-Bomb Facility In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… However, France and Germany rejected the US notion that an alliance
training mission could develop into a NATO presence in Iraq.…

US Marine killed in western Iraq
Xinhua – China
… statement said. More than 850 US service members have died since the
beginning of military operations in Iraq in March 2003. Enditem.

IRAQ gets two percent of promised US funds
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The Bush administration has spent only two percent of the huge amount of
money it set aside to rebuild Iraq. A White House report…

SABOTEURS attack Iraq's S. oil pipeline
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 3 (Xinhuanet) — Saboteurs attacked one of two oil pipelines
feeding Iraq's southern export terminals on Saturday, Qatar-based al-Jazeera

SADDAM'S defense team to send 1 lawyer to Iraq
Billings Gazette – Billings,MT,USA
AMMAN, Jordan – Despite safety concerns, a team of lawyers that claims
to represent Saddam Hussein is dispatching an envoy to Iraq to try to
meet with the…

IRAQ Declines Jordan's Offer to Send Troops
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq declined Jordan's offer to send troops to help
stabilize the country on Saturday, but said it would welcome peacekeeping
forces from…

BRITISH soldier wounded in blast south of Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 3 (Xinhuanet) — A British soldier was lightly wounded in
a roadside bomb blast targeting a military convoy in the main southern
Iraqi city of…

IRAQ Oil Pipeline Hit, Soldiers Find Car-Bomb Factory (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
July 3 (Bloomberg) — Saboteurs attacked a pipeline in southern Iraq, threatening
a disruption in oil exports, Reuters reported, as US soldiers unearthed
a car…

BRITISH Firm Provides £1,000-A-Day Guards for Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Baghdad. The managing director of Dorset-based Guardit Security Services
set off this morning for Iraq to assess the situation.…

BAHRAIN Offers Iraq Naval Help
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The announcement by Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa made Bahrain the second
Arab state to offer troops to Iraq without precondition.…

US military: Chemical weapons found in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… The rounds were tested and showed positive for Sarin gas,” the statement
said. It has been determined that the rounds were left over from the Iran-Iraq

BRITISH commander: troops in Iraq are “stretched”
Team 4 News – Rio Grande Valley,CA,USA
London-AP — Britain's top commander in Iraq says British troops there
are “stretched” but still in adequate numbers to confront continuing violence.

WISCONSIN police sergeant dies after Iraq attack
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
— A Rhinelander police sergeant and Army reservist has died from wounds
suffered in Iraq in an attack that killed another Wisconsin reservist,
police said.…

YEMEN joins Jordan in offering troops to help new Iraq leaders
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
WASHINGTON — Yemen on Friday announced its willingness — under certain
conditions — to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq, joining Jordan as the
only two Arab…

2 Turks, Pakistani set free by Iraq militants
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… expected, as their employer, Kayteks, had capitulated to militants'
demands that the company cease support and cooperation with the multinational
forces in Iraq…

GIS charged in Iraq detainee death
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… This marks the first time that Army troops who served in Iraq have
been charged with manslaughter or murder in connection with the handling
of detainees.…

FORMER Utah prison boss defends his rebuilding mission in Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
… Thursday defended his record on inmate rights and the process by which
he was selected by US Attorney General John Ashcroft to help rebuild Iraq's
prison system…

US Marine Dies From Wounds in Iraq
FOX News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ A US Marine (search) died from wounds he suffered in
action in western Iraq, the military said Saturday. The Marine…,2933,124645,00.html

US Troops Find Car Bomb Factory as Iraq Oil Pipeline May Have…
Bloomberg – USA
… and weapons stores south of Baghdad, denting insurgents' firepower,
as saboteurs were reported to have attacked a pipeline in southern Iraq,
threatening oil…

YEMEN clarifies intention to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
SAN`A, Yemen (AP) A senior Yemeni government official on Saturday clarified
Yemen's offer to send peacekeeping soldiers to Iraq, saying such a move
would only…

IRAQ transfer fails the photo-op test
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
President Bush is touting today that Iraq is now a sovereign nation.…
This facade of a transfer of power ceremony in Iraq fails even the photo-op

JORDAN, Yemen consider assisting Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan and Yemen offered troops to Iraq — a major policy
shift that could be an attempt to encourage other Arab and Muslim nations
to help…

BRITISH troops 'stretched' in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
BRITISH troops in Iraq are “stretched” but deployed in adequate numbers
to deal with continuing violence, according to the deputy commander of
coalition forces…,5744,10032714%255E1702,00.html

SABOTEURS hit Iraq oil pipeline
BBC News – London,England,UK
One of the main export pipelines in southern Iraq has again been attacked
by saboteurs, industry officials say. They say a fire…

2 neighbors offer troops to Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… Hostages freed: Insurgents freed two Turkish hostages whose company
reportedly had promised to stop working with the US military in Iraq.

FAMILY of Pakistani hostage freed in Iraq awaits reunion
Channel News Asia – Singapore
ISLAMABAD : The family of a Pakistani hostage released by his captors in
Iraq said they were anxiously waiting to be reunited with him as authorities

SOLDIERS going to Iraq, Afghanistan
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ A total of 187 Missouri and Kansas soldiers will be recalled
to active duty for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

MARINE dies in Iraq as US forces uncover ''car bomb factory''
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
A US Marine died from wounds he suffered in action in western Iraq, the
military said Saturday. The Marine was wounded Friday in…

IRAQ Briefs
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
DENVER — Three US soldiers have been charged with manslaughter in the
drowning of an Iraqi detainee forced to jump off a bridge near Baghdad
in January, the…

US Troops Discover Car Bomb Production Site in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Guerrillas fighting US forces in Iraq frequently use car bombs or bombs
hidden by the roadside to attack American troops and the fledgling security
forces of…

IRAQ declines offers of Jordan and Yemen troops; 3 hostages freed
Deseret News – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Friday, Yemen became the second Arab country to offer
to send troops to Iraq, now that power has been officially passed to a
new Iraqi…,1249,595074925,00.html

MOTHER defends Iraq probe soldier
BBC News – London,England,UK
… son. Private Alexander Johnston is charged with unlawfully wounding
the boy in al-Uzayr, southern Iraq, last September. Private…

TWO Marines die in Iraq, hotel struck after Saddam court…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
Saddam's first court appearance on Thursday prompted outpourings of anger
and delight as Iraq's polarised population digested the first act in a
riveting legal…

IRAQ, a dream destination to make big bucks!
Sify – Delhi,India
Eighteen Indians may be trapped in Iraq, but for many Mumbaikars, the war-torn
country is still the dream destination, the source of big bucks.…

'MUSTARD gas warheads found in Iraq'
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON: Polish troops recently discovered more than a dozen warheads
containing mustard or sarin gas in Iraq, US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld
said in…

FORMER Indian FM frontrunner for UN Iraq position
Ha'aretz – Israel
Former Indian Foreign Secretary Salman Haidar is the top candidate to become
the new UN envoy to Iraq, diplomats say, as Secretary-General Kofi Annan

66 Kansans in Ready Reserve going to Iraq, Afghanistan – KS,USA
TOPEKA – Sixty-six soldiers from Kansas are being recalled to active duty
for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, an Army spokeswoman said Friday.…

Sky News – UK
British troops are being sent to Iraq without training to deal with the
hazards they are likely to face. According to the Daily…,,30100-13148134,00.html

IRAQ struggles to find its footing
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Baghdad ˜ As Iraq struggles to find its footing in the post-Hussein era,
the country is undergoing another potentially deadly transition: a change
of the…

2 Arab nations offer troops as Iraq peacekeepers
Charleston Gazette – Charleston,WV,USA
AMMAN, Jordan ˜ Jordan and Yemen offered troops to Iraq ˜ a major policy
shift that could be an attempt to encourage other Arab and Muslim nations
to help…

IRAQ funds barely touched
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
Only $366 million has been spent of the $18.4 billion President Bush and
Congress provided last fall for rebuilding Iraq, a White House report
showed Friday.…

PAKISTAN'S Amjad Hafeez Set Free by Captors in Iraq
Pakistan Times – Pakistan
IBAGHDAD (Iraq): Amjad Hafeez, Pakistani citizen, who was kidnapped in
Iraq has been released by his captors. Amjad was working…

60 'individual reserve' soldiers being called up for Afghanistan…
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
HARTFORD, Conn. — As many as 60 Connecticut soldiers are being called
up for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Hartford Courant reported

JORDAN could send troops to Iraq if asked, king says
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Jordan may be willing to be the first Arab country to send troops to Iraq
if asked by the interim government, King Abdullah told the BBC in an interview

CHEMICALS Not Found in Iraq Warheads
Washington Post – USA
… told reporters in Warsaw, based on preliminary reports, that the rocket
rounds contained deadly sarin and that actions by the Polish unit in Iraq
kept them…

SADDAM hearing strikes a nerve in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraqis in a barber shop watch satellite television in Baghdad, Iraq, on
Thursday as former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appears during his court

DESPITE steps forward, NATO members still divided over Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
NATO this week trumpeted its recovery from the worst crisis in its 55-year
history over Iraq, but resurgent discord — notably between the US and
France — did…

CAR bomb factory found in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
… Bombs and car bombs are regularly set off in Baghdad. More than 20
car bombs were detonated around the country in June ahead of Iraq's transfer
of sovereignty.…,5744,10028814%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ: A Failure Without Borders – Sunnyvale,CA,USA
by William S. Lind. How are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan going?…
Plus, invading the homeland of Wahhabism would make Iraq seem like a walk
in the park.…

IRAQ Update: Rocket Attacks on Baghdad's Green Zone
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Madeleine Brand talks to Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington
Post bureau chief in Baghdad, about the latest news in Iraq.…

IRAN Is in Strong Position to Steer Iraq's Political Future
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, July 2 ˜ With the chaos of the occupation and now the loosening
of American control here, Iran has moved into its best position in decades

AMERICA has sown the seeds of civil war in Iraq
Guardian – UK
… in the west, but it will not hide the fact that in installing a protege
government, the US has taken the most dangerous step on the road to civil
war in Iraq.…,3604,1253111,00.html

BIGGEST threat to Iraq is from outside, says US general – London,England,UK
… Saddam Hussein was charged with war crimes, the outgoing commander
of coalition forces for past the 14 months said foreign terrorists were
Iraq's biggest threat…

IRAQ Seeks European Help With Security
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraq's deputy foreign minister appealed Friday to
France and Germany to help build and train the country's security forces,
saying the new…,1280,-4271429,00.html

3 US soldiers charged in Iraq detainee drowning case – Shanghai,China
Three US soldiers returning back from Iraq have been charged in connection
with the drowning of an Iraqi detainee in January, the military said on

INDIAN tipped as UN envoy to Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Former Indian Foreign Secretary, Salman Haider, is likely to head the United
Nation's new mission in Iraq. Diplomats on Friday said…

TWO Marines die in Iraq amid new attacks after Saddam court…
New Straits Times – Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
Saddam's historic appearance prompted outpourings of delight and anger
Friday as Iraq's polarized population digested the first act in a riveting
legal drama.…

SCOTS soldier faces Iraq trail over shooting
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A SCOTTISH soldier faces a humiliating public trial in Iraq for the accidental
shooting of a 13-year-old boy last year. Private…

BODY of 60th UK soldier killed in Iraq flown home
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE body of a British soldier who died in Iraq this week was flown home
yesterday. Fusilier Gordon Gentle, 19, from Glasgow, was…

FOUR US Soldiers Charged in Iraq Prisoner Drowning
Reuters – USA
… The case followed revelations about ill-treatment of military prisoners
in Iraq, Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay US naval base in Cuba.
First Lt.…

KOREAN Iraq troops learn feel-good skills
Korea Herald – Seoul,South Korea
GWANGJU, Gyeonggi Province – Reporters given a glimpse of Korean troops
preparing to leave for Iraq did not expect to witness a cultural display
– some 50…

A Look at US Military Deaths in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Friday, July 2, 858 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

FAMILY of Turkish hostage in Iraq jubilant at word of his release
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… The 26-year-old man and a co-worker were freed after their employer,
the Turkish company Kayteks, agreed to stop supplying the US military
in Iraq with air…

IRAQ'S past on trial
Straits Times – Singapore
IN THE midst of what is a dangerous phase in post-war Iraq, what is at
risk of being forgotten is that the United States-led invasion, controversial
as it was…,4386,259578,00.html

IRAQ: One year of American occupation
Straits Times – Singapore
WITH a wave, Mr Paul Bremer, until now the head of the US administration
in Iraq, bade farewell this week to Baghdad and boarded a military plane
to return to…,4386,259577,00.html

THREE US soldiers charged in Iraq detainee drowning case
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, July 2 (Xinhuanet) — Three US soldiers returning back from
Iraq have been charged in connection with the drowning of an Iraqi detainee
in January…

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