Iraq News and Information Links August 4 2004
ON Iraq, John Kerry will tell you anything you want to hear
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… and in his acceptance speech (and in subsequent interviews) he was
spectacularly vague on arguably the most important issue in this year's
election: Iraq.…

SIX Hostages Freed in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Two Turkish and four Jordanian hostages have been freed in Iraq. But on
Wednesday a militia group loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric…

DAILY Look at Iraq US Military Deaths
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
4, 917 US service members have died since the beginning of military operations
in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense Department.…

FUNDING crunch delays new power projects as Iraq reels in summer…
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… projects off the ground, a chronic shortage of funds and an infrastructure
dilapidated through war and neglect has sent power-hungry Iraq reeling
under peak…

FIERCE fight erupts in north Iraq city
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… al-Zarqawi – described by the United States as an ally of Al Qaeda
– had released two Turkish drivers because their company had agreed to
stop working in Iraq.…

HOSTAGES freed in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… The news on Wednesday provided a moment of respite in the hostage crisis
confronting Iraq's interim government, but fierce fighting between police

IRAQ Clashes Kill 14; Al-Anbar Governor Resigns, AFP Reports
Bloomberg – USA
4 (Bloomberg) — An explosion and fighting today between Iraqi police and
insurgents in Mosul in northern Iraq killed at least 14 people and wounded
48, Agence…

IRAQ: In Prison Abuse Hearing, US Guards Accused Of Doing It 'Just…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… officials who wanted guards to “soften up” prisoners for interrogations
— a tactic the lawyer said was “systemic” in numerous US-run prisons
in Iraq.…

IRAQ: Foreign Truckers Drive In Fear As Kidnappings, Killings…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Baghdad, 4 August 2004 (RFE/RL) — The business of reconstructing Iraq
has lured a lot of foreign entrepreneurs to the country.…

HESPERIA family mourns soldier killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
– Army Spc. Armando Hernandez often wrote to his family about the dangers
he faced in Iraq. … He was sent to Germany and then to Iraq in February.

IRAQ'S Christians leave it for Syria and Jordan
Arabic News – Middle East
Iraqi Christians that resorted to Syria said that many of their sects in
Iraq are making the same step fleeing the acts of violence in their country.

FOUR Jordanians, Two Turks Released in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… The news provided a moment of respite in the hostage crisis confronting
Iraq's interim government, but fighting between police and insurgents
in Mosul that…

DON‚T lift Iraq ban on OFWs – solons
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Lawmakers cautioned the executive branch against relaxing, for economic
reasons, the ban on deployment of workers to Iraq, even as authorities
uncovered a new…

IRAQI Kurds Coming from Iran Face Uncertainty
Reuters – USA
HAJ OMRAN, Iraq (Reuters) – At a mountainous border crossing point between
Iraq and Iran, Daoud Khuder waits to meet relatives he has not seen for
14 years…

DENMARK´S Iraq abuse scandal
Radio Netherlands – Netherlands
… of military interrogators is also making headlines in Denmark, where
the government has just recalled four top military personnel from Iraq
amid allegations of…

FOUR Jordanian, two Turkish hostages freed in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A tribal chief in the turbulent city of Fallujah said
Wednesday he led a raid that freed four Jordanian hostages, while a militant

PHILIPPINES plans to lift ban on sending workers to Iraq
Xinhua – China
“Within this week we also hope to resolve the issue whether we will allow
further deployment to Iraq,” Philippine Labor SecretaryPatricia Santo
Tomas said…

CASE against Iraq jailer spelled out
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… The others are awaiting court proceedings in Iraq, where they remained
this week even as the rest of their scandal-scarred unit returned Monday
to Fort Lee, Va…

US soldier facing Iraq abuse charges just followed orders: lawyer
Channel News Asia – Singapore
FORT BRAGG, United States : Lawyers for US Army Private Lynndie England
are due back in court here where they will defend their client against
charges she…

WITNESS: Iraq Abuse Photos 'Just for Fun'
Guardian – UK
… of a government strategy to portray England as one of a handful of
rogue Army reservists who took it upon themselves to abuse detainees at
Iraq's Abu Ghraib…,1282,-4384164,00.html

IRAQ violence claims 4 US soldiers
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… Four American troops and seven members of the Iraqi security forces
died late Monday and yesterday as a result of continuing violence across
Iraq, including a…

7TH Jordanian kidnapped in Iraq
Xinhua – China
4 (Xinhuanet) — Another Jordanian was confirmed kidnapped Tuesday in a
new hostage-taking spree in Iraq while seven truck drivers of a Kuwaiti

GROUP Warns S. Arabia Against Sending Muslim Troops To Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Dubai, August 4 (NNN): An Islamic group has warned Saudi Arabia against
sending Arab and Muslim forces to Iraq. “We are addressing…

11 slain in spree of violence across Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents killed seven Iraqi security personnel in a
car bombing and other attacks Tuesday, and the US military announced the
deaths of six…

FOUR Jordanian hostages released in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Four Jordanian hostages have been released unharmed and
were now at the home of a tribal chief in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, the
chief said…

AMNESTY proposal advances in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – A delayed plan to offer amnesty to Iraqi insurgents moved
forward Tuesday, but objections raised by US officials and Iraqi communal

IRAQI Kurds coming from Iran face uncertainty
Daily Times – Pakistan
At a mountainous border crossing point between Iraq and Iran, Daoud Khuder
waits to meet relatives he has not seen for 14 years, since they fled
the country to…

PHANTOM Legions For Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Jim Hoagland. Saudi Arabia has hidden poison-pill terms inside its public,
seemingly generous offer to organize an Islamic legion for Iraq.…

$1.9 billion of Iraq funds go to US contractors
… Fareed Yaseen, one of 43 ambassadors recently appointed by Iraq's government,
said he was troubled that the Iraqi money was managed almost exclusively

KERRY 'will cut troops in Iraq'
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
WASHINGTON: John Kerry says he can “put a deal together” as president to
drastically reduce US troop strength in Iraq. With voters…

SECURITY Council to focus on Sudan, Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… took over the rotating Security Council presidency on Tuesday, setting
an agenda for the month that focuses on the crisis in Sudan, the UN role
in Iraq and the…

11 killed in Iraq violence
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Insurgents yesterday launched a wave of attacks in Iraq, killing
six Iraqi national guardsmen in a suicide car bombing and four US soldiers

IT was just for fun, claims Iraq jail accused
Guardian – UK
… naked and cowering Iraqi prisoners, Pte England had shown no alarm,
telling the officer who led the investigation of the Abu Ghraib scandal
in Iraq: “It was…,2763,1275556,00.html

INDIAN hostages in Iraq in good health
Daily Times – Pakistan
NEW DELHI: India said on Tuesday that three Indian hostages held by Islamic
insurgents in Iraq were alive and in good health. The…

PIPELINE blast cuts Iraq exports via Turkey as oil prices hit…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Saboteurs blasted an Iraqi oil pipeline, fuelling fears that sent oil
prices to a record high late, while eight people were killed in unrest
around Iraq.…

IRAQ on verge of implode
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The war is a fraud. … Much of Iraq has fallen outside
the control of the United States' puppet government in Baghdad but we
are not told.…

IRAQ to Offer Amnesty; No Killers Need Apply
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By IAN FISHER and SOMINI SENGUPTA. AGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 3 – A delayed plan
to offer amnesty to Iraqi insurgents moved forward on Tuesday…

FEARFUL Christians trying to flee Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
BAGHDAD – Mr Wissam Sagman has already tried unsuccessfully to leave the
country, fearing his Christian family would not be safe in the new, chaotic

MORE Killed as Fresh Violence Flares in Iraq
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 4 August 2004 ˜ Fresh violence flared in Iraq yesterday as four
US soldiers, three national guardsmen and a police chief were killed.

US general alleges Iraq abuse cover-up
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The US general formerly in charge of Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison
says the abuse of Iraqi captives was kept secret as part of an elaborate

GEN. Franks: 'I was wrong' about Iraq's weapons
As American ground troops stormed across the border into Iraq from the
south, 11 divisions of the Iraqi army were dug-in hundreds of miles away
˜ waiting for…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 916 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense

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