Iraq News and Information Links May 4 2004
IRAQ minister resigns in protest
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
IRAQ'S US-appointed human rights minister said today he had resigned to
protest abuses of Iraqi detainees by American guards, and the interior

4 US Troops Die in Iraq Humvee Accident
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Shiite militiamen fired mortars at a US base in Najaf
and bombarded a municipal hall in a nearby city Tuesday, as US-led forces
sought to…,1280,-4053467,00.html

MORE troops will be sent for year-long Iraq duty
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — US military commanders in Iraq have decided they need to
keep an expanded force in Iraq beyond June and will send 10,000 active-duty
Army and…

PENTAGON plans to keep 135000 troops in Iraq until end of 2005
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) US commanders plan to keep US troops at their current levels
in Iraq about 135,000 until the end of 2005, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

IRAQ: It's All Over Now
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
The situation in Iraq is “disintegration verging on collapse,” said Richard
Holbrooke, former US ambassador to the United Nations, on the last day
of April.…

ANSWERS demanded over Iraq abuse
BBC News – London,England,UK
Senior US politicians have called for public hearings on mistreatment of
prisoners by US troops in Iraq. Angry senators said they…

US defends Iraq war aims
The Australian – Australia
ONE of the main architects of the US war in Iraq said today the failure
to find weapons of mass destruction was a “blow to US credibility” but
had no bearing…,5744,9475829%255E1702,00.html

Seymour Hersh: U.S. Knew of Rampant Abuse in Iraqi Prisons Months Ago
We speak with Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Seymour Hersh about a classified internal U.S. army report he obtained that reveals systematic torture of at least 20 Iraqi prisoners who were subjected to “sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses”
by their U.S. jailers at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

Stadium of Death: Fallujah Residents Bury Their Dead In Aftermath of Bloody U.S. Siege
U.S. forces pull out of Fallujah following a brutal U.S. siege which killed some 600 Iraqis, wounded 1,000 and left some 60,000 people displaced. We go to Fallujah to get a report from Free Speech Radio News' Aaron Glantz who describes dozens of bodies buried in the city's soccer stadium after US forces blocked roads heading toward the cemetery.

ROW rages on over 'abuse' in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The fallout over accusations of Iraqi prisoners
being abused by coalition soldiers continued Tuesday after it was revealed
six American ...

IRAQ Torture Photos 'Put Troops' Lives at Risk'
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The lives of British troops in Iraq may have been put at risk by the publication
of photographs apparently showing British soldiers torturing and abusing

47,000 More GIs Tapped for Year in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – US military commanders in Iraq have decided they need to keep
an expanded force in Iraq beyond June and will send 10,000 active-duty
Army and…

Newsweek – New York,NY,USA
… But he should give us the answer, now, about Iraq. … Okay. But how
do we know when that job‚s done? What makes Iraq a successful state?

DOUBTS surface on control of Iraq oil revenue
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Differing interpretations of control over Iraq's oil revenues emerged on
Tuesday in Baghdad, potentially calling into question the financial independence
to be…

FRESH allegations of prisoner abuse in Iraq, standoff simmers in…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : The scandal over allegations of prisoner abuse by US troops in
Iraq widened as insurgent attacks and prolonged uprisings halted any plans
to scale…

IRAQ Shi'ite Political Leaders Try to Contain Sadr
Reuters – USA
… Iran, which backs almost all Shi'ite political forces in Iraq, earlier
said the United States should leave the politicians to solve the problem
instead of…

SENATOR suggests Iraq prisoner abuse more widespread
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… He said briefers told the committee that the sexual acts photographed
in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison — which have drawn worldwide condemnation
— stand out among…

BRITISH Army takes inquiry over 'torture' photos to Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
LONDON – British Army investigators are taking their inquiry to Iraq in
an attempt to find the alleged victims of the “torture” photographs published
by the…

HAMILL describes captivity in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
LANDSTUHL, Germany — Former American hostage Thomas Hamill, who was shot
when he was abducted in Iraq, was treated for the wound and regularly
received food…,0,6469916.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

ARAB Editors denounce Iraq abuse
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Arab editors have strongly criticised the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US
occupation authorities in Iraq, describing the release of the pictures
as a media wake…

US to Maintain 138000 Troops in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… is notifying about 10,000 active-duty US Army soldiers and Marines
and 37,000 Reserve and National Guard troops that they will be sent to
Iraq this year in…

POLL: Australians oppose Iraq war presence
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
4 (UPI) — Public support for keeping Australian troops in Iraq has fallen
to just 40 percent, a poll by The Australian newspaper reported Tuesday.

FORMER Marin man killed in Iraq
Marin Independent-Journal – San Rafael,CA,USA
A former San Rafael man working as a civilian contractor in Iraq was killed
in an ambush near Tikrit, his family announced yesterday.…,1413,234~24407~2126090,00.html

US looking into reports of maltreatment to Indians in Iraq
Malayala Manorama – India
New Delhi: The US on Tuesday said it was looking into reports of maltreatment
of some Indian nationals working in Iraq while asserting that it was committed

MONITORING Iraq ´ s prisons
Radio Netherlands – Netherlands
… by occupying powers. This is also in the case in Iraq, where all places
of detention are visited by ICRC delegates. “We do visit…

MINISTER faces MPs on Iraq photos
BBC News – London,England,UK
… showing the prisoner being struck with a rifle butt, being urinated
on and having a gun held to his head – would have a “massive impact” across
Iraq and the…

TURMOIL fear over Iraq handover
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
AFTER the deadliest month yet for US troops in Iraq, top officials in President
George W. Bush's administration fear the situation will deteriorate in

SIX Charged, Six Punished for Iraq Abuses
Insight on the News – Washington,DC,USA
… directing the abuse. A senior military officer in Iraq flatly rejected
the suggestion that military intelligence was culpable. “It has…

FORUM: Should Indians be evacuated from Iraq?
Times of India – India
There are reports that about 1,500 ex-servicemen were transhipped to Iraq
despite a ban on sending people to that country. Four…

UN Urges Action on Iraq Prisoner Abuse
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
GENEVA – The top UN human rights agency has opened an investigation into
civil rights in Iraq, and on Tuesday it urged the US military to prosecute

GENERAL in Iraq prison scandal had promised better
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Karpinski, a reservist, has left Iraq as part of a troop rotation,
but she was in charge when the abuses are alleged to have taken place
last November and…

FORMER Iraq hostage Hamill says he well
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Former US hostage Thomas Hamill says he is well and “very glad” to
be back on a US military installation after escaping from his captors
in Iraq at the weekend…

IRAQ prison abuse allegations continue
Rocky Mount Telegram – Rocky Mount,NC,USA
The Army Reserves officer in charge of 16 penal facilities in Iraq, Brig.
Gen. … Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of US forces in Iraq.…

4 American soldiers killed in Iraq during patrol
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
NAJAF, Iraq Shiite militiamen fired several mortar shells at a US base
in Najaf early Tuesday and at a city hall guarded by Bulgarian troops
in another Shiite…

IRAQ'S Abu Ghraib prison should be closed now
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… As a result, there are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or
mass graves in Iraq.”. Here in Britain, Prime Minister Tony Blair has
used similar arguments.…

International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
Whatever the drawbacks to the locally arranged compromise that has allowed
the US Marines to pull back from their siege of Falluja, the alternatives
would have…

IRAQ jail abuse scandal heats up as cleric threatens US troops
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAJAF, Iraq : Iraqi Shiite guerrillas threatened to attack US forces outside
the holy city of Najaf as Washington fought more potentially damaging
blows to its…

APRIL In Iraq: The Deadliest 30-Day Stretch
April was the deadliest 30-day stretch since the US occupation of Iraq
began more than a year ago, concluding almost one year to the day after
President Bush…

SHAME in Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
It would be hard to devise a set of images better calculated to undermine
the American mission in Iraq, generate outrage in the Arab and Muslim
world, or…,1,4132032.story?coll=chi-news-hed

REPLACEMENT troops off to Iraq
The Australian – Australia
ANOTHER 86 Australian soldiers left for Baghdad today to replace troops
protecting Australian diplomats in Iraq. Soldiers from the…,5744,9473563%255E1702,00.html

HUNDREDS freed from US-run jail in Iraq
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
… regime where thousands of political prisoners were tortured and killed,
the sprawling jail has become a new hated symbol of the US-led occupation
in Iraq.…

MARINE: Iraq Brigade Meeting Expectations
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq – A senior Marine officer in Fallujah said Tuesday that
the new Iraqi military force that is taking over from US troops in the
city is “meeting…

PRISON scandal, violence continue to jolt Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
… inflicted on inmates at the US-run jail of Abu Ghraib as running attacks
by insurgents and prolonged uprisings halted any plans to scale down US
forces in Iraq…

Philippine Headline News – Manila,Philippines
MANILA, May 4, 2004 (STAR) By Marvin Sy – In the wake of last week‚s
death of a Filipino truck driver in Iraq, the government has stopped the
deployment of…

AS scandal at Abu Ghraib prison unfolds, another Iraq prison…
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
PORTLAND, Ore. – A Canadian civilian living in Los Angeles says in a lawsuit
that he was tortured by US troops in Iraq and saw Iraqi prisoners suffer

IRAQ: Liberated or damned?
Times of India – India
Hooded Iraqi captive beaten by British soldiers and then thrown from a
moving truck. Left to die. The prisoner was attacked with…

MINISTER to speak on Iraq photos
BBC News – London,England,UK
… But whether true or false there is no doubt whatsoever they are going
to have a massive impact in terms of domestic opinion within Iraq and
again across the…

Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… If Americans hope to play a positive role in the rehabilitation of
Iraq, they must stage a rescue operation of their reputation with Iraqis.

LETTERS: Iraq, economy pressing issues on readers' minds
Cincinnati Enquirer – Cincinnati,OH,USA
I would like to hear the president admit that the war in Iraq had nothing
to do with al-Qaida. I would also like to hear how he…

ANOTHER Iraq Prison Cited in Lawsuit
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
PORTLAND, Ore. – A Canadian civilian says in a lawsuit that he was tortured
by US troops in Iraq and saw Iraqi prisoners suffer even worse mistreatment,

OTTAWA works to free 3rd Canadian nabbed in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
MISSISSAUGA, TORONTO — Canadian officials are working to secure the release
of a third Canadian taken hostage in Iraq: Naji al-Kuwaiti, a naturalized

GARLAND in-laws rejoice over hostage's escape in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… them. They said he left his Mississippi dairy farm to drive fuel trucks
in Iraq because the farm was in financial trouble. Georgia…

FOUR US troops die in Iraq crash
BBC News – London,England,UK
Four American soldiers were killed when their Humvee vehicle rolled over
during a patrol in Iraq, the US military says. The incident…

BUSH tells Michigan media he was `shaken' by Iraq abuse reports
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) - San Jose,CA,USA
... I've been shaken by the reports of abuses to the prisoners in Iraq,"
Bush said Monday on a campaign bus ... Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander
of US forces in Iraq. ...

. . of strife more clear - cut than Iraq
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
... Axis powers. "It was to preserve freedom and democracy." These, Turley
said, are the goals in Iraq in the here and now. Others of ...,0,1815403.column?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

US to keep high force levels in Iraq indefinitely: officials
SpaceDaily - USA
Faced with a mounting insurgency, the United States has decided to keep
force levels in Iraq at beefed up levels of about 135,000 for the forseeable
future ...

PENTAGON Examined Iraq Detention Centers
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – The US military did a ``top-level review'' last fall
of how its detention centers in Iraq were run, months before commanders
first were told…,1282,-4051410,00.html

IRAQ: Former General To Lead Al-Fallujah Unit
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
4 May 2004 — The United States is expected to officially appoint Iraqi
General Muhammad Latif today as the commander the US-backed Iraqi security
force in the…

PAYING for Iraq
AlterNet – USA
… He has not included funds for military operations in Iraq in his budget
request for the next fiscal year, which begins this October.…

HOW a hostage in Iraq won back freedom
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… of the 23-day hostage ordeal endured by Thomas Hamill, a truck driver
for the company formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root who ventured to
Iraq to earn some…

VIOLENCE could delay Iraq vote
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
UNITED NATIONS ˜ National elections in Iraq scheduled for January could
be postponed unless security there improves, the top election official
for the United…

WORLD News > British newspaper rejects doubts over Iraq photos
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
… has concerns, as they put it, about the Daily Mirror, we also have
very serious concerns about the behaviour of some of their troops in Iraq,”
the spokesperson…

TORONTO man in Iraq abducted by `rogues'
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
A third Canadian has been kidnapped and is being held in an undisclosed
location in Iraq as the Canadian government tries to negotiate his release.

MEMORIAL held for SC soldier killed in Iraq
Myrtle Beach Sun News – Myrtle Beach,SC,USA
LAKE CITY – Even as a memorial service was held for a soldier killed in
Iraq came word that another South Carolinian has fallen in the conflict

CHICAGO soldier killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
CHICAGO – A 32-year-old Army soldier from Chicago died over the weekend
in Iraq, the Defense Department announced Monday. Staff Sgt.…

GENERAL , 6 others punished in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — The senior US commander in Iraq has ordered the first punishments
in the abuse of prisoners by US soldiers, issuing severe reprimands to
six who…

IRAQ rescue: 'We stole one of our own back'
The Wichita Eagle – Wichita,KS,USA
BY PATRICK J. MCDONNELL. BAGHDAD, Iraq – He came running, in his stocking
feet, busting out of the mud-brick shed and sensing freedom.…

SALVADORAN soldiers praised for Iraq role
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
NAJAF, Iraq ˜ One of his friends was dead, 12 others lay wounded and
the four soldiers still left standing were surrounded and out of ammunition.

PROBE finds no proof that Iraq prisoner abuse is widespread
Borneo Bulletin – borneo,Brunei Darussalam
AP. WASHINGTON (AP) – A high-level Army investigation of prisoner interrogation
techniques in Iraq has found no evidence that abuse by US military police

US specialists sent to Iraq to train guards-report
Forbes – USA
… In a response to reports of abuse of Iraqi detainees by US soldiers
at a prison outside Baghdad, the US Army two months ago sent specialists
to Iraq to train…

US officers in Iraq rebuked for abuse
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
WASHINGTON, DC — The top US commander in Iraq has ordered the first punishments
in the abuse of prisoners by US soldiers there, issuing severe reprimands

ASIAN companies scramble for Iraq contracts
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Hundreds of businesses across Asia are preparing to invest in Iraq despite
the dangers, US officials on a regional roadshow to promote investment
in the war…

PRISONER Abuse: Despicable actions undercut efforts in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… Iraq's American liberators were. … Fourth, it undercuts the US-led
pacification and democratization effort in Iraq. Finally, it makes Americans
look like beasts.…

MOST Australians oppose Iraq involvement
Sify – Delhi,India
Sydney: A majority of voters now believe Australia should not have joined
the war in Iraq, a new poll showed as Prime Minister John Howard plans
a pre-election…

AMERICA facing hard options on Iraq
The Star – Malaysia
President George W. Bush and his administration have always maintained
the high moral ground in their invasion and occupation of Iraq.…

AS Abu Ghraib scandal unfolds, another Iraq jail cited in…
Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
… Canadian civilian who claims he was falsely imprisoned, tortured and
injured by American military interrogators shortly after the US invasion
of Iraq last year…

IRAQ'S Former Baathists Eager to Return to Work
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD — They were once the professional backbone of Saddam Hussein's
Iraq: The engineers who kept its factories running, the teachers who educated
its youth…

TORTURING Iraq in an Unnecessary War – Sunnyvale,CA,USA
… In the current Iraq prison scandal, many American newspapers╉including
the flagship New York Times╉buried the shocking photos of Iraqi prisoners

US changes course in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… bad time for the Pentagon, outside critics say, because it reinforced
the impression that senior officials were grasping for answers in Iraq,
stuck picking…,0,6238854.story?coll=ny-world-big-pix

'IRAQ'S division into three the only possible way out'
Turks.US – USA
… deputy from the closed Welfare Party (RP) Hasim Hasimi, who is of Kurdish
origin said that in order for the chaos that has governed northern Iraq,
Iraq would…

12 die in fresh Iraq violence
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… punished. l Canada said yesterday a third Canadian citizen had been
kidnapped in Iraq and demanded that his captors free him. A…

UN will not police Iraq after June
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE United Nations will not provide security in Iraq following the 30 June
transfer of power, the organisationâ•s envoy to Baghdad has told an Algerian

BUSH tells Rumsfeld to punish Iraq prison abusers
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… Gen Janis Karpinski, who oversaw the prison, said responsibility for
abuses there should be shared by Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez, the commander
of US forces in Iraq…

UN ahead of schedule for Iraq elections
The Star – Malaysia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United Nations is ahead of schedule in organising
Iraq's elections but will not take part if security doesn't improve, the

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Monday, May 3, 751 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…

SINHA gets Iraq probe rolling
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
Chennai/New Delhi, May 3: Foreign minister Yashwant Sinha today said India
had banned all recruitments for deployment in Iraq last month, adding
that the…

TWO Mississippi Soldiers Killed In Iraq
WLBT-TV – Jackson,MS,USA
Relatives have confirmed that two more Mississippi soldiers have been killed
in Iraq, bringing the state's war dead to 14. A Columbus…

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