Iraq News and Information Links October 3 2004
Kerry Accuses Bush of Avoiding the Truth on Iraq
Wired News – USA
Kerry accused President Bush on Sunday of avoiding “the facts and the truth” about the White House's use of questionable intelligence to justify invading Iraq.
'Western' corpses found in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Insurgents have used kidnappings and grisly beheadings as one of their weapons in a 17-month campaign to drive the United States and its allies out of Iraq.
Thomas L. Friedman: Take the politics out of Iraq already
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON Thomas L. Friedman Sorry, I've been away writing a book. I'm back, so let's get right down to business: America is in trouble in Iraq.
G-7 creditors vow to reduce Iraq debt this year but remain divided
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
WASHINGTON DC: The world's seven leading industrialized countries have vowed to reduce Iraq's $120 billion debt by the end of the year but remained divided
US, Iraq forces raid Samarra, Fallujah
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
SAMARRA (Iraq), Oct. 3. — US and Iraqi forces scoured Samarra for holdouts today after two days of fierce fighting to reclaim
Rice Says She Knew Iraq Tube Claims Questioned
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top US officials were aware some pre-war evidence cited to make the case against Iraq's Saddam Hussein was questionable but US
US claims to have 'pacified' rebel stronghold in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
Interior Minister Mr al-Naqib said: “The Iraqi government is moving from a defensive position to offensive position to regain control over all of Iraq.”.,5478,10963576%255E1702,00.html
Rice in denial on Iraq Nuke doubts
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
US President George W. Bush's campaign has been forced on the defensive after a report that the White House knew before invading Iraq that key intelligence on
Gadaffi Vows to Help Free Iraq Hostage Bigley
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By David Stringer, Pat Hurst and Victoria Ward, PA News. Colonel Gadaffi has pledged his help to free British hostage Ken Bigley

Turkish-Led Peacekeeping Mission Ends in Northern Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A seven-year Turkish-led peacekeeping mission in northern Iraq's Kurdish region has officially ended. The mission, established by,1,4804033.story?coll=la-headlines-world
Iraq's 'Nuclear Mastermind' Tells Tale of Ambition, Deceit
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
But US officials are also concerned about the danger that remains inside Iraq. “The immediate fear is the proximity of these scientists
US newspaper discloses how White House embraced disputed Iraq arms
Xinhua – Beijing,China
A leading US newspaper carried areport on Sunday describing in details how the White House embraced suspect intelligence on Iraq's alleged illicit weapons
Bush focuses on some other Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,United States
Two Iraqs. That's got to be it. That must be why the Iraq the president describes bears so little resemblance to the one described by, well . . .,5744,10963569%255E1702,00.html
US marines arrest three in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
“Less money in the hands of the insurgents and terrorists, the less foreign fighters coming into Iraq, because they aren't being paid.”.
Iran hints at participation in conference on Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
3 (Xinhuanet) — Iran hinted on Sunday that it might participate in an international conference on Iraq to be held in Cairo next month, saying it welcomed any,5744,10960153%255E2703,00.html
US says corner turned in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
US military commanders and Baghdad politicians are claiming the corner has been turned in Iraq's anti-insurgency conflict, following a weekend offensive to
Gadaffi Vows to Help Free Iraq Hostage Bigley
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By David Stringer, Pat Hurst and Victoria Ward, PA News. Colonel Gadaffi has pledged his help to free British hostage Ken Bigley,5744,10958646%255E7583,00.html
Abdul Jabbar Nassir: Diggers welcome and respected in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
WHEN I recently returned to Iraq to edit a Baghdad newspaper, I met several Australian soldiers whose job it is to inspect the incoming boats in the Basra area,4057,10963503%255E401,00.html
Two bodies found in Iraq – Australia
THE unidentified bodies of a decapitated man and a woman who died of bullet wounds have been found south of the Iraqi capital, hospital officials said today.
Iraq: Politics or Policy?
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
orry, I've been away writing a book. I'm back, so let's get right down to business: We're in trouble in Iraq. I don't know what is salvageable there anymore.
2 Westerners' bodies, one beheaded, found in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The bodies of a woman and a man, his with a severed head, were found today south of Baghdad, police said. Police Lt.
Iran warns Iraq over Israeli agents in Kurdish north
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
said Sunday that although it wasn't able to confirm reports that Israeli agents have been operating in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, Iraqi officials,4057,10959819%255E1702,00.html
Two bodies found in Iraq – Australia
TWO bodies, one with a severed head, were found early today south of Baghdad, police said. Police Lieutenant Hussein Rizouqi said
British hostage in Iraq still alive: report
Xinhua – Beijing,China
3 (Xinhuanet) — A senior Muslim negotiator involved in trying to free Ken Bigley, the British hostage in Iraq, said he believes the Briton is still alive and
How would victory in Iraq look?
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
One question neither President Bush nor John Kerry answered in Thursday's debate, because Jim Lehrer didn't ask it, is what Iraq would look like if, and when
US Forces Kill 125 Iraq Militants, Tighten Grip On Samarra
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
generally calm. “It is over in Samarra,” Iraq's defence minister said in an interview with Arab television network al-Arabiya. On
Indonesia awaits news of Iraq hostages, tries to trace families
Jakarta Post – Jakarta,Indonesia
JAKARTA (AFP): Indonesia was awaiting news of two women held hostage in Iraq by kidnappers demanding the release of a jailed militant cleric after a plea from
Council Hails Annan Proposal On UN Troops To Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Council has welcomed proposals by Secretary-General Kofi Annan regarding security arrangements for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and
Government knew Iraq data flawed, report says
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
for nuclear arms. The US intelligence community had not yet concluded that Iraq was rebuilding its nuclear-weapons program. But as
Jordanian citizen kidnapped in Iraq: official
Xinhua – Beijing,China
AMMAN, Oct. 3 (Xinhuanet) — A Jordanian citizen has been kidnapped in Iraq by an unknow group, a Foreign Ministry official said here Sunday.
Offensive leaves Iraq city reeling from casualties
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
AD DAWR, Iraq — As US-led forces consolidated their control over rebellious Samarra yesterday, humanitarian officials described a hellish scene within the
The candidates sling mud over the Iraq issue in new TV spots
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
George Bush,” the ad states, “newspapers report he withheld key intelligence information from the American public so he could overstate the threat Iraq posed.
Ransom may buy life of Iraq hostage
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The brother of Iraq hostage Ken Bigley was investigating whether it might be possible to buy his sibling's life. Paul Bigley was
Iraq points to Samarra as lesson for resisters
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
the apparent victory as an opportunity to warn resistance fighters who control or frequently destabilize other cities in central and northern Iraq and harass
Latin ally in Iraq persists despite concerns at home
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Salvador, in the view of many citizens, may be trying to hold its place as Uncle Sam's favorite nephew by keeping some of its troops in Iraq despite opposition
Iraq's Christians seek sanctuary in neighbor nations
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
No one knows for certain how many of Iraq's 750,000 Christians have left the country since the removal of Saddam Hussein, but estimates are in the tens of

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