Iraq News and Information Links July 4 2004
HOPES revived for missing US Marine as Iraq mulls insurgent…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Hopes revived for a missing US Marine after earlier reports he
had been beheaded, while Iraq's new interim government prepared to unveil
an amnesty…

IRAQ'S New Prime Minister Demands Militias Disarm
Reuters – USA
“The position of the government is very clear. There is no room for any
militias to operate in Iraq,” Allawi said on ABC's “This Week” program.

IRAQ battle 'beyond expectations'
The Australian – Australia
THE former US military chief in Iraq has said Washington never expected
combat operations against insurgents to last as long as they have.…,5744,10045063%255E1702,00.html

SYRIA , Iran urge Œ Iraq occupiers ‚ to leave
Times of Oman – Oman
… President Mohammed Khatami and his visiting Syrian counterpart, Bashar
Al Assad, both called yesterday for the rapid departure of foreign troops
from Iraq.…

IRAQ'S new prime minister says the government is making progress
WTNH – New Haven,CT,USA
(Baghdad, Iraq-AP, July 4, 2004 2:45 PM) _ Iraq's new prime minister says
the Iraqis are now in charge of their police and other security forces.

HOPE for US hostage in Iraq
TVNZ – New Zealand
An Islamist militant group denied on Sunday it had beheaded a US marine
missing in Iraq and seen earlier being threatened by his captors with
a sword.…

IRAQ careful of offer to send troops from Arab nations
The Register-Guard – Eugene,Oregon,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's foreign minister gave a lukewarm response Saturday
to offers by some Arab countries to send troops, saying Iraq would consider
help from…

IRAQ Oil Pipeline Hit, Exports Reeling
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Saboteurs attacked a strategic oil pipeline linking
Iraq's northern and southern fields on Sunday, further cutting exports
that were halved…

US Troops Celebrate 4th of July in Iraq
ABC News – USA
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq July 4, 2004 ˜ Like many military operations in Iraq,
July 4th celebrations began at dawn. To beat the brutal…

IRAQ oil pipeline attacked
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
An oil pipeline has been attacked near the city of Karbala in central Iraq
and several suspects arrested. The suspects travelling…

NEIGHBORING Countries ‚ Troops Could Protect UN Missions : Iraq
BAGHDAD, 4 July 2004 ˜ Neighboring countries who wish to send peacekeeping
troops to Iraq could guard United Nations missions and personnel, Foreign

TURKEY Withdraws Military Monitors From Northern Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
4 July 2004 — Turkey is withdrawing a small number of military monitors
from northern Iraq, where they have been stationed since 1997 to monitor
a ceasefire…

US troops in Iraq celebrate July 4th with sports, music, but no…
Billings Gazette – Billings,MT,USA
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – Like many military operations in Iraq, July 4th celebrations
began at dawn. To beat the brutal summer heat, soldiers…

LONGEST-SERVING US Units In Iraq Headed Home – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… 1st Armored Division and the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment marked the
end of a tour Sunday that lasted longer than that of any other US military
unit in Iraq.…

BEHEADING CASTS fresh shadow over Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
BAGHDAD – The feared beheading of a US marine cast a shadow over Iraq on
Sunday as the government prepared to unveil an amnesty for soft insurgents
to stem the…

NO WMD in Iraq, admits ex-envoy
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Tony Blair's former envoy to Iraq has admitted that claims Saddam Hussein
had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction were wrong, saying no evidence
of them…

IRAQ Strategic Oil Pipeline Hit
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Saboteurs attacked the oil pipeline linking Iraq's
northern and southern fields on Sunday, a day after they hit another pipeline
that cut…

IRAQ'S New Prime Minister Demands Militias Disarm
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraqi militias, including those loyal to the firebrand
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr must lay down their weapons, Iraq's interim

THE new, free Iraq
ZNet – Woods Hole,MA,USA
… his last hours as US proconsul in Baghdad, Paul Bremer decided to tighten
up some of the laws that his occupation authority had placed across the
land of Iraq.…

ARMY'S 1st Armored Division prepares to leave Iraq after 15…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The Army's 1st Armored Division stowed its flags Sunday
and prepared to head home after the longest tour in Iraq of any American

BREMER: Al-Qaeda at war in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Washington – Paul Bremer, the former US administrator in Iraq, said on
Sunday that Saddam Hussein's trial would do nothing to stem violence in
the country…,,2-10-1460_1552678,00.html

ANSAR al-Sunna denies killing US Marine kidnapped in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… group issued a statement on its web site on Sunday, denying reports
that it had killed a US Marine soldier who was taken as a hostage in Iraq
last month.…

TURKEY withdrawing military observers from northern Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) Turkey is withdrawing the last of its military observers
from northern Iraq, where they had been deployed since 1997 to oversee
a cease…

IRAQ weapons probe to censure British spymasters
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : An inquiry into flawed British intelligence on Iraq ahead of last
year's war was set to criticise two of Britain's top spymasters and the

IRAQ to announce amnesty for anti-American insurgents
Xinhua – China
… that many of Iraqi insurgents joined resistance simply because they
had no meansof living, had lost their job or were unemployed members of
Iraq's old army.…

SYRIA 'fans flames' of Iraq terror
The Australian – Australia
SYRIA has stepped up its assistance to insurgents in Iraq and is encouraging
both secular and Islamist fighters operating across its border, according

BREMER upbeat on Iraq, cautions democracy won't be `American…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The former top US administrator in Iraq said Sunday that
the country's new democracy would be ''sloppy and messy'' as the interim

IRAQ group denies killing abducted US soldier
Reuters – London,England,UK
DUBAI (Reuters) – The Army of Ansar al-Sunna has issued a statement on
its Web site denying reports that it had killed a US soldier abducted
in Iraq.…

IRAQ slams neighbours on fighters
BBC News – London,England,UK
… The US has accused Syria of allowing militants to enter Iraq. In May,
it imposed economic sanctions on Damascus. Mr Zebari said…

IRAQ'S Oil Exports From Basra Terminal Are Down 37 Percent After…
Bloomberg – USA
… The affected pipeline is near Al Faw, where Iraq stores oil from its
southern fields before piping it about 19 kilometers (12 miles) offshore
to the Basra and…

PROMISED Iraq rebuilding money is a trickle
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Only $US366 million ($520.59 million) has been spent of the $US18.4 billion
President George Bush and Congress provided last year for rebuilding Iraq,
a White…

IRAQ tribunal head contacts Saddam's lawyer
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The head of Iraq's special tribunal charged with putting Saddam Hussein
on trial has made contact with his defence counsel, the former Iraqi president's

TROOPS arrive home from Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
More than 200 soldiers from a Scottish regiment have been given a hero's
welcome as they arrived back in the UK from Iraq. Families…

BAHRAIN offers Iraq naval assistance
MENAFN – Middle East
… the King, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, said yesterday that “Bahrain is
ready to take part in a naval force to ensure the safety of Iraq's territorial

NEW Iraq cannot stem blood flow – Australia
… Two attacks on an army post and police station in northern Iraq resulted
in the deaths of two militants, while seven Iraqi civil defence corps
members were…,4057,10041741%255E401,00.html

IRAQ bankrolling bulk of projects despite Congress' release of…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… percent of an $18.4 billion aid package that Congress approved last
year after the Bush administration called for a quick infusion of cash
into Iraq to finance…

THE tragedy of Iraq's 'democracy'
Independent Online – South Africa
… last hours as the United States proconsul in Baghdad, Paul Bremer decided
to tighten up some of the laws that his occupation authority had placed
across Iraq.…

NEXT task facing the US in Iraq: Withdraw troops
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… Like most other recent American policies and actions in Iraq, it was
hastily planned, decided in secret, held behind many layers of security
walls, determined…

IRAQ Says Neighboring Countries Help Rebels, Telegraph Reports
Bloomberg – USA
… Zebari said Iraq might not oppose US-led attacks on neighboring states
found to be backing the rebels, the paper reported. He added…

IRAQ'S interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The new government in Baghdad says it is considering offering an amnesty
to insurgents who have been fighting against the US-led coalition in Iraq,
and reports…

KARPINSKI says Israeli was interrogator in Iraq
The State – Columbia,SC,USA
LONDON ˜ The American general formerly in charge of Iraq‚s Abu Ghraib
prison says there are signs Israelis were involved in interrogating Iraqi

IRAQ to publish evidence that foreign countries aid insurgents
Xinhua – China
… A stable and peaceful Iraq is a better neighbor for them,” Zebari stressed.
Baghdad believed that up to 10,000 foreign spies and…

IRAQ: Bremer bequeaths a hollow sovereignty
Green Left – Australia
Two days earlier than scheduled, Paul Bremer, Washington's proconsul in
Iraq, flew out of Baghdad. He left behind a hollow sovereignty…

TURKISH Peacekeepers Withdraw from North Iraq
Reuters – USA
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey is withdrawing its remaining peacekeepers from
northern Iraq where they have been deployed since 1997 to prevent internecine

SOUTHERN California Marine killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
LOS ANGELES – Marine Lance Cpl. Manuel A. Ceniceros was proud to serve
as an infantryman on the front lines in Iraq, his family said.…

SOVEREIGN Iraq off to good start
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
… Disaster loomed. It was Sept. 21, 1949, in Bonn, West Germany. Today‚s
critics seem to think it applies to June 28, 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq.…

NO credible evidence to prove US marine beheaded in Iraq: US…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : The US military said there was no credible evidence that a militant
group has beheaded a US Marine in Iraq and believes Wassef Ali Hassoun
is still…

IRAQ Oil Exports at Basra Cut by 37 Percent After Sabotage at Oil…
Bloomberg – USA
… That compares with 67,000 barrels an hour yesterday morning before
the attack on the pipeline near Al Faw, where Iraq stores oil from it
southern fields before…>

IRAQ suicide bomb bid kills three
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Three people were killed and one wounded in a foiled suicide car bombing
against a national guard station in central Iraq when the guards shot
the potential…

JUST 2% of funds to rebuild Iraq spent so far
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — Only $366 million of the $18.4 billion President Bush and
Congress provided last fall for rebuilding Iraq has been spent, a White
House report…

ENTREPRENEURS risk lives to earn living in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – (KRT) – Wearing a Dallas Cowboys T-shirt and a straw
fedora, and armed with a business card and an e-mail address, Wisam George
Naomi, 36…

TRANSFER of authority eliminates Seabee role in Iraq contracts
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – (KRT) – With the handover of authority, Iraqis will
take over the Seabees' job of awarding contracts, funded by Iraqi oil
money, to…

'GREAT pride' as troops leave Iraq
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The largest and longest serving unit of US soldiers
in Iraq is heading home after a 15 month deployment. …

AMERICAN Marine Hostage In Iraq Beheaded
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… If his death is confirmed, he would be the third hostage to have been
killed by militants in Iraq. Last month, a South Korean translator…

ISRAELI Interrogators Help US In Iraq: US Officer
Islam Online – UK
… net & News Agencies) ˆ Israeli interrogators are working in tandem
with the US-led occupation troops in detention facilities across Iraq
, a senior US…

IRAQ oil exports still reeling from sabotage
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Engineers are assessing damage to a sabotaged oil pipeline
in southern Iraq as exports remain at half their pre-attack level, officials

US Marine hostage killed in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… from his unit since June 21. It was the second reported killing of
a captured US soldier in Iraq in a week. The Army of Ansar al…

THEIR view of Iraq? It's personal
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
An interim government in Iraq takes power two days early. … Polls indicate
public faith in America's effort in Iraq is wavering. Signals are mixed.

[THE Nation] Good News From Iraq
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
By Mike Weisbart. Iraq presents Korea with an opportunity. And, no, I'm
… or water. Obviously Iraq needs all that, and more. Korean firms…

IRAQ'S funds were spent quickly, says GAO official
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ The US government has spent 2 percent of an $18.4 billion
aid package that Congress approved last year after the Bush administration

IRAQ May Give Amnesty to Insurgents
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
BAGHDAD ˜ Iraq's prime minister, less than a week after taking power,
may offer amnesty to insurgents and could extend it to those who killed
American troops…

ARE the Kurds being marginalized in post-Saddam Iraq?[7]
KurdishMedia – UK
London ( 04 July 2004: wants to gather
your thoughts on the current developments in Kurdistan and Iraq.…

IRAQ: Will freedom survive handover?
Cincinnati Enquirer – Cincinnati,OH,USA
By Adeed Dawisha. When Paul Bremer, the American administrator of Iraq,
handed over political authority to the Iraqis, he gave them a pot full
of trouble.…

TROOPS in Iraq plan quiet Fourth of July
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
By Patrick Peterson. CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq — No one here wants fireworks
this July Fourth. They've heard plenty. “It sounded like…

REPORT says troops in Iraq prevailed despite supply, equipment…
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… In the first internal assessment of the war in Iraq, an exhaustive
Army study has concluded that US forces prevailed despite supply and logistical

BAI Begins Inquiry Into Kim Case in Iraq
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
… to conduct on-site inspections into the case involving a South Korean
interpreter, Kim Sun-il, who was kidnapped and killed by terrorists in
Iraq last month.…

SO this is what they call the new, 'free' Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
… Who do you think is running the country? Robert Fisk in Baghdad reports
on Iraq's first week of freedom from coalition rule. In his…

JORDAN, Yemen conditionally offer troops to Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Jordan and Yemen conditionally offered sending soldiers to fellow Arab
state Iraq, marking a major policy shift that could be an attempt to encourage

MILITANT group in Iraq says it beheaded captive Marine
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ A radical Islamic group in Iraq said Saturday that it
had beheaded US Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun in a videotaped execution.

AUSTRALIAN withdrawal from Iraq would be “unfortunate”, says…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Vice President Dick Cheney stepped up the pressure Sunday on Australia's
Labor opposition to reconsider its pledge to recall Australian troops
from Iraq if it…

WHY Iraq Needs to Put the Past in Its Place
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… the US Marines tore down Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad last year,
I was camped out in the remote desert village of Nukaib in southwestern
Iraq with a US…

IRAQ: handover week
Ninemsn – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Historic handover followed historic handover in Iraq this week. … Nine
correspondent Robert Penfold wraps up Iraq's historic week……

A Realistic Path in Iraq
Washington Post – USA
… We still have an opportunity to prevent Iraq from becoming a failed
state and a haven for global terrorists and Islamic extremists.…

MILITANTS say they beheaded US soldier in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… 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, not US, cash spent on rebuilding
… percent of an $18.4 billion aid package that Congress approved last
year after the Bush administration called for a quick infusion of cash
into Iraq to finance…

US troops uncover Iraq bomb `factories'
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… Late Friday, Iraq's deputy Foreign Minister Hamid al-Bayati called
on France and Germany to help build and train his country's security forces.

A Realistic Path in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… us there. We have transferred sovereignty, but Iraq still lacks the
capacity to provide security and essential services. To give…

“I am Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq,” says ousted dictator
Collective Bellaciao – Paris,France
“I am Saddam Hussein al-Majid, president of the Republic of Iraq”, the
jailed dictator said … Then Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tarek
Aziz appeared.…

BAHRAIN ready to send naval force to Iraq
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
Bahrain is ready to take part in a naval force to secure Iraq's territorial
waters should Baghdad request its help, said His Majesty King Hamad yesterday.

HOSTAGE recounts Iraq ordeal
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Muslims. He added that they were warned by the captors never to return
to Iraq and not to tell anyone they were badly treated. In…

WHITE House defends slow expenditure of Iraq funds
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… The reconstruction money was part of an $87bn package provided last
November 6, mostly for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The…

IRAQ extremists: Marine beheaded
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – An Iraqi militant group claimed on a Web site yesterday
it beheaded a captive US Marine, in what would be the fourth decapitation
of a foreign…

STRANGE Bedfellows: 'Imperial America' Retreats From Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By ROGER COHEN. N the end, the American proconsul slipped out of Iraq with
scarcely a word. … Mr. Bremer's mission was to bring freedom and democracy
to Iraq.…

ABU Ghraib general says she met Israeli in Iraq
(CNN) — The former military commander of Abu Ghraib prison claimed Saturday
that she met an Israeli interrogator who was working at a secret facility
in Iraq.…

SADDAM faces his past in Iraq's new future
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… I am Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq,” he told the judge in a defiant
finger-wagging performance. “This is all a theatre. The real criminal
is Bush.”.…

BAHRAIN ready to send naval force to Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
“Bahrain is prepared to resume its contribution through a naval force
to participate in securing Iraq‚s territorial waters and also by training

IRAQ gets responsibility, US keeps power
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
The ordained date for the hand -over of ŒŒpower‚‚ to Iraq had been
a cause for concern among coalition advisers for weeks.…

INSURGENTS kill eight in Iraq, extremists claim to have…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Hassoun, a Lebanese American, went missing June 21 near the town of
Fallujah, a focus of resistance to the US-led forces in Iraq.…

NEW Iraq government accuses Iran and Syria of backing insurgents – London,England,UK
… He even indicated that Iraq might not oppose attacks by American troops
based in Iraq on neighbouring states if they were backing the insurgents.

BRITISH troops Œ stretched ‚ in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
LONDON: British troops in Iraq are “stretched‰ but deployed in adequate
numbers to deal with continuing violence, the deputy commander of coalition

SADDAM'S defense team postpones trip to Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… the due process.”. The defense lawyers have claimed that Iraqi authorities
have warned them not to travel to Iraq. On Thursday, Issam…

US: No let-up in Iraq insurgency
Collective Bellaciao – Paris,France
US officials have said in published newspaper interviews that coalition
forces have failed to reduce the level of resistance operations in Iraq.

MYSTERY shrouds Iraq WMD claim
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Doubts persist over Polish claims of discovering chemical weapons in Iraq
as other multinational forces in Baghdad are disputing the claim.…

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