Iraq News and Information Links July 5 2004
SYRIA-IRAN call for US troops to leave Iraq
The Straits Times – Singapore
… ended a two-day surprise visit to Iran, after the two sides gave a
show of unity against the presence of American troops in their common
neighbour Iraq.…,4386,260060,00.html

YANKTON electrical workers headed to Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
YANKTON, SD – Two more Yankton men have volunteered to leave American soil
to rebuild electrical infrastructure in Iraq. US Army…

IRAQ cleric renews resistance call
The Daily Star – Bangladesh
Militant Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led an April uprising that left
hundreds dead, called Iraq's new interim government “illegitimate” and
pledged to…

IRAQ Group Says US Marine Taken to Safety -TV
Reuters – USA
… The New York Times reported last week Hassoun may have deserted the
military in Iraq because he was emotionally traumatized and was abducted
by his captors…

IRANIANS arrested in Iraq bomb plot
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
TEHRAN, Iran — The arrest of two Iranians suspected of attempting to carry
out a vehicle bombing in Iraq on Monday focused new attention on how Tehran

IRAQ Delays Amnesty Announcement
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… widely expected to announce a limited amnesty for low-level insurgents
in a bid to quell a campaign of bombings and ambush attacks across Iraq
since Saddam…

INVESTIGATORS crawl over Iraq's oil billions
Financial Times – London,England,UK
In the 18-month war of words between the US, the United Nations and the
European states that opposed the war in Iraq, the stewardship of Iraqi
oil revenues has…

VIDEO shows foreign fighters in Iraq attacks
Reuters – London,England,UK
… militants from across the Arab world have appeared in a chilling video
tape which claimed they carried out some of the bloodiest bombings in
Iraq since the war…

UPDATE 2: Oil Prices Rise Amid Iraq, Yukos Troubles
Forbes – USA
… exports were halted following sabotage attacks on the two export lines
– heightened concern among traders and analysts about the security of
Iraq's oil flow at…

FRANCE, Iraq to re-establish relations
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
PARIS — After a 13-year interruption, France and Iraq intend to re-establish
diplomatic relations within the next few days, the French Foreign Ministry

US marine 'set free' in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A US marine held hostage in Iraq has been released, according to a statement
said to be from an Islamic militant group. The statement…,5478,10055939%255E1702,00.html

IRAN wants role in shaping Iraq's political future, but must…
CJAD – Canada
… In fact, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters
as recently as Sunday that Iran wants only “stability and security in
Iraq,” its neighbour…

US airstrike kill 12 in Iraq as government readies emergency…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
FALLUJAH, Iraq : At least 12 people were killed in a US airstrike on a
suspected militant hideout in Fallujah as Iraq's caretaker government
put the final…

HALLIBURTON contractor killed in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
HOUSTON (AP) A contractor for Halliburton Co. subsidiary KBR died from
injuries sustained during a mortar attack in Iraq, the company has announced.

IRAQ battles its leaking borders
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Iraq's prime minister called on Syria and Iran Sunday to help check flow
of weapons, fighters. TALL AFAR, IRAQ ˆ One recent moonless…

ARAB Military Aid Offers Get Cool Response from Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Some Arab nations have begun making separate offers of military assistance
to Iraq, but analysts say they are not getting an eager response from
the new…

IRAQ: Muslim countries urged to send troops
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Islamic countries should consider sending troops to help stabilise Iraq
now that an interim government is in place, Malaysian Prime Minister Abd
Allah Ahmad…

IRAQ government delays security law announcement
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government has again postponed an announcement
on a security law to curb insurgents but has given no explanation for

IRAQ government delays security law announcement
swissinfo – Switzerland
… of political and religious foes over three decades. Violence has racked
Iraq since the US-led invasion to topple Saddam last year. Insurgents

IRAQ vows to crush rebels
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government is racing against time to
prove it can curb a bloody insurgency without sacrificing human rights
and progress…

ISRAEL denies interrogation of detainees in Iraq
Arabic News – Middle East
The Israeli cabinet yesterday denied the participation of Israelis in interrogating
detainees in Iraq. This was in reaction to statements…

SADDAM cousins said to be aiding Iraq insurgency
Xinhua – China
… Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's cousins, operating in Syria and Jordan,is
actively involved in the smuggling of guns, people and money into Iraq
to support…

IRAQ'S Firebrand Cleric Says Committed to Truce
Reuters – USA
… If it does not make this decision, then the Mehdi Army will be automatically
dissolved when occupation forces leave Iraq,” Sudani said.…

KIDNAPPING of Doctors Causes Great Concern in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… country.”. According to Dr. Ghaib al-Kassam, who is a general surgeon,
the aim is to try to rid Iraq of its intellectual wealth. “It…

IRAQ delays announcing new security measures
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has said Iraq was looking to guarantee
civil liberties even as Justice Minister Malik Duhan al-Hasan delayed

IRAQ amnesty announcement delayed
Guardian – UK
A news conference given by Iraq's justice minister, Malik Dohan al-Hassan,
and the country's human rights minister, Bakhtiyar Amin, scheduled for
this morning…,12956,1254490,00.html

'BORING is good': New commander in Iraq takes low-key approach
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… relative obscurity at the Pentagon as the army's vice chief of staff,
worried about issues like training and equipping the forces needed in
Iraq and Afghanistan…

IRAQ delays amnesty announcement, low-level insurgency continues
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Iraq's caretaker government delayed announcing a limited amnesty
for people who have supported the resistance as a low-level insurgency
continued one…

MALAYSIA: Islamic Nations Should Consider Sending Troops to Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The chairman of the world's largest Muslim organization says he thinks
Islamic countries should consider sending troops to Iraq to help stabilize
the interim…

STRANDED Indians in Iraq return
Times of India – India
CHENNAI: Intense efforts on the diplomatic front, has now paved way for
safe return for 24 Indians who were “tricked” into Iraq three months back
when they had…

REVIVING Iraq's voice in the US
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON Everything seemed to be in order – guest list, caterer, speeches
– for a reception for Iraq's president-designate, Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer,

MORE Insurgent Attacks in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Insurgent attacks in Iraq have killed a civilian in Basra, and wounded
five others in Mosul. Police in the southern port city of…

UPDATE 1-Stange quits as Iraq coach over security fears
Reuters – London,England,UK
BERLIN, July 5 (Reuters) – Bernd Stange has resigned as coach of Iraq “with
deep regrets” because of the deteriorating security situation in the country.

BOMB targeted Iraq oil row auditor
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The Iraqi official in charge of investigating allegations
against the UN oil-for-food program was the target of the bomb that killed

IRAQ prime minister says he will follow court rulings on Saddam
Billings Gazette – Billings,MT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's interim prime minister said Monday that he would
not interfere with an Iraqi tribunal's right to decide whether Saddam
Hussein and his…

IRAQ pullout irresponsible: Downer
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
WITHDRAWING Australian troops from Iraq would be the height of irresponsibility
and a snub to the new Iraqi Government, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer

ISRAELI Operatives Discovered Inside US-Run Detentions In Iraq – West Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
… at the heart of the Abu Ghuraib prison scandal told the BBC that she
has evidence that “Israelis” helped to interrogate Iraqis at another
facility in Iraq.…

US Limbo Brings Iraq Back To Arab Fold: Analysts
Islam Online – UK
CAIRO, July 4 ( ˆ The US quagmire in Iraq has encouraged
many Arab countries to reach out to the oil-rich country to bring it back
to the…

GOV'T to Make Koreans Going to Iraq Sign Security Waiver
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
The government has decided to receive a pledge note starting Monday from
Koreans going to dangerous areas like Iraq despite government warnings.

SADR renews Iraq resistance call
BBC News – London,England,UK
Radical cleric Moqtada Sadr says he will continue to oppose the occupation
of Iraq by foreign forces and insists the new government lacks legitimacy.

PAKISTANI Held in Iraq Told 'We Will Behead You'
Reuters – USA
KUWAIT (Reuters) – A Pakistani man kidnapped then freed by Islamic militants
in Iraq says his captors told him they planned to behead him.…

MONTHLY Wages of Soldiers Sent to Iraq Revealed
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
… wage of a soldier dispatched overseas is US$1,340, which is about W1,546,360,
and the soldiers in the medical and engineering corps already in Iraq
receive US…

IRAQ again delays announcement of new security laws
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqi officials on Monday again delayed an announcement
of what steps they would take to combat a violent insurgency, canceling
a news…

CALL for Islamic troops in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
ISLAMIC countries should consider sending troops to help stabilise Iraq
now that an interim government is in place, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah

THANKS, 'Fahrenheit 9/11'; anger is a wonderful feeling
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
… it. It's not that I buy its conspiracy theories tying the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq to Bush cronies and their thirst for oil.…

IRAN Wants Saddam Indicted for Iran-Iraq War
Zaman – Turkey
While the Iran-Iraq War was among the seven possible indictments that Saddam
faced, the Iraqi court decided not to pursue that particular charge.…

US forces in Iraq observe Fourth with sports, music
San Mateo County Times – San Mateo,CA,USA
By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press. CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — Like many military
operations in Iraq, Fourth of July celebrations began at dawn.…,1413,87~11268~2253727,00.html

US soldiers celebrate I-Day in Iraq
Times of India – India
BAGHDAD: Barbecues, fun-runs, live music and even fireworks popped up around
Iraq on Sunday as thousands of American soldiers stationed here celebrated

SABOTEURS Deliver New Blow To Iraq's Oil Industry
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
5 July 2004 — Saboteurs have delivered another hit to Iraq's oil infrastructure,
attacking a pipeline linking the country's northern and southern oil fields.

BRENT Crude Oil Jumps to Two-Week High as Iraq Exports Halved
Bloomberg – USA
… time. Workers from Iraq's South Oil Co. are … officials. Iraq's southern
oil fields supply about 90 percent of Iraq's oil exports. The…

NEIGHBOURS Not Stoping Fighters Entering Iraq: Baghdad
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, July 5 (NNN): Iraq has accused its neighbours of failing to stop
foreign fighters entering the country. Foreign Minister…

IRAQ delays security law announcement
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Iraq's interim government on Monday again postponed an announcement
on a security law to curb insurgents but gave no explanation for the latest

HOPES revived for missing US Marine as Iraq mulls insurgent…
New Straits Times – Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
Hopes rebounded that a missing US Marine may be alive, after earlier reports
that he had been beheaded, while Iraq's new interim government set to
unveil an…

JAPANESE troops arrive in Kuwait for Iraq mission: report
Xinhua – China
KUWAIT CITY, July 5 (Xinhuanet) — Eighty Japanese soldiers arrived in
Kuwait on Sunday and were expected to enter Iraq within a few days to
join a Japanese…

US Intends To Create Conflict Between Iraq And Neighboring…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) -ˆ Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi met and held talks with
the UN envoy to Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi here on Sunday. Kharrazi…

IRAQ works on amnesty
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi confirmed yesterday
that he is negotiating an amnesty with anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr and…

A day of independence for troops leaving Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ It was so hot you almost didn't need a grill to barbecue,
not to mention being dusty and glaring and all that more unpleasant for
being far…

POLAND Stands By 'Poison Gas' Find Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
WARSAW (AFP) — Political and military officials in Poland Saturday reaffirmed
that missile warheads found by Polish troops in Iraq contained poison

IRAN, Syria Call For Withdrawal Of Occupation Forces From Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and his visiting Syrian counterpart,
Bashar al-Assad, both called Sunday for the rapid departure of foreign
troops from Iraq…

IRAQ a 'black hole' for jihadis
Times of India – India
PARIS: The US-led occupation of Iraq has boosted recruitment to Islamist
groups in Europe and is a “black hole” pulling in militants from across
the Middle East…

SABOTAGE cuts Iraq oil exports 37% from Basra
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… The affected pipeline is where Iraq stores oil from its southern fields
before piping it about 20 kilometres offshore to the Basra and Khor al-Amaya

IRAQ Debates Rebel Pardon
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Once they do this, they are welcome,” Allawi said on ABC's “This Week.”
“Anybody who respects the rule of law and the human rights is welcome
to be part of Iraq…,1,6019376.story?coll=la-home-headlines

BUSH administration maintaining high profile in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Barry Schweid, Associated Press, 7/5/2004 01:51. WASHINGTON (AP) The
Bush administration is not melting into the background in Iraq as once

IRAQ Considering Amnesty Plan for Militants
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
… The announcement follows the disclosure Saturday that US forces had
discovered a bomb-making factory in southern Iraq along with four cars
rigged with…

FORMER US military chief in Iraq never thought combat would last…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
PARIS : The former US military chief in Iraq reportedly said Washington
never expected combat operations against insurgents to last as long as
they have.…

DEMS connected Iraq, al-Qaida
The Daily Texan – Austin,TX,USA
… supporting the war. Yet the Bush administration was not the first to
assert dangerous ties between Iraq and al-Qaida. Perhaps then…

IRAQ says neighbors aid, abet insurgents
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… linking foreign powers, including Iran and Syria, to the Muslim extremists
and loyalists of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein who are behind the insurgency
in Iraq…

BRENT Crude Oil Rises to Two-Week High on Iraq Pipeline Attack
Bloomberg – USA
Iraq's exports through the Basra Oil Terminal, the country's largest oil
export facility, fell 37 percent after saboteurs struck a pipeline in
the south of the…

IRAN, Syria call for departure of Iraq‚s occupiers
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
… President Mohammad Khatami and his visiting Syrian counterpart Bashar
al-Assad on Sunday made a joint call for the rapid departure of foreign
troops from Iraq.…

COMBAT patch change holds greater meaning in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ A horse is a horse, of course, but it just didn't seem
right for soldiers with the 1st Cavalry Division to have their horses
facing the wrong…

THE Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 162)
Democratic Underground – USA
America and Iraq had something in common last week: Americans celebrated
our independence, and thanks to the Bush Administration (1), so did the
citizens of…

IRAQ 'black hole' for terror recruiters
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE US-led occupation of Iraq had boosted recruitment to Islamist groups
in Europe and was a “black hole” pulling in militants from across the
Middle East…,5478,10046208%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ offers amnesty to rebel cleric
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… Arabs working with the Americans in Iraq also have been targets of
Iraqi insurgents, and at times the motives for kidnappings have not been

WITH improvements to Iraq comes renewed hostility toward troops
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
By ED TIMMS / The Dallas Morning News. BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ The neighborhoods
aren't that far apart. … Every day in Iraq, many soldiers say they see

IRAQ Considers Sadr Amnesty
Washington Post – USA
… It's for every Iraqi citizen to be part of the new and democratic Iraq.
Anybody who respects the rule of law and the human rights…

HOPES revived for missing US Marine as Iraq mulls amnesty
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Hopes rebounded that a missing US Marine may be alive, after
earlier reports that he had been beheaded, while Iraq‚s new interim
government on…

FOREIGN mercenaries find risky work abounds in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… One security guard, who has been working in the industry for 18 years
“on and off,” said the toughest part of working in Iraq was the random
nature of the…

IRAQ gets fraction of US aid billions
Guardian – UK
The US government spent just 2% of the $18.4bn (£10bn) it had obtained
from Congress for the urgent reconstruction of Iraq before formally ending

IRAQ strategic oil pipeline hit
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Saboteurs attacked a strategic oil pipeline linking
Iraq's northern and southern fields Sunday, further cutting exports that

HER Mission: Re-establishing Iraq's Voice in Washington
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, July 4 ˜ Everything seemed to be in order ˜ guest list,
caterer, speeches ˜ for a reception for Iraq's president-designate,
Sheik Ghazi Ajil…

N. Texan in Iraq represents third generation to see combat
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
For Cpl. Stephen Mullen, a Texas Marine serving in Iraq, it might be in
his blood. Cpl. … Mullen will serve the last week of his latest deployment
in Iraq.…

FORMER envoy attacks Iraq blunders
Guardian – UK
… launched his strongest attack on Britain and America, declaring that
both countries had made catastrophic mistakes before and after the invasion
of Iraq.…,12956,1254047,00.html

'IRAQ must get on with it'
Guardian – UK
… It is … difficult to see how Saddam can receive a fair trial in Iraq
– the political pressures on the judges and his prosecutors will be too

MILITANT Group in Iraq Denies Killing US Marine
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Conflicting reports have emerged regarding a US Marine held
hostage in Iraq. The Lebanese-born corporal, Wassef Ali…

IRAQ may grant amnesty to those who fought coalition
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IRAQ‚S new government is considering offering an amnesty to Iraqi rebels
who fought the United States-led occupation, perhaps even pardoning those
who killed…

OCCUPATION of Iraq ' Aggression ' – Lawyer
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The senior Foreign Office lawyer who quit her job because ministers ignored
her view that war in Iraq was illegal has issued a damning critique of
the coalition…

SOLDIERS in Iraq observe Fourth of July with muted celebrations
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Columbus,GA,USA
BY AAMER MADHANI. BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – For the second straight Independence
Day, Sgt. … After more than 14 months in Iraq, he was leaving.…

GROUP Denies Killing US Marine, Iraq Pipeline Hit
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Islamist militant group in Iraq denied on Sunday
it had beheaded US Marine Wassef Ali Hassoun, seen in earlier televised
pictures being…

US splurged Iraq's money, not its own
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… cent 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…

HAIDER set to become UN chief's Iraq envoy
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI, JULY 4: Former Indian Foreign Secretary Salman Haider is set
to become special envoy to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Iraq.…

LEGALITY of Iraq occupation 'flawed'
Independent – London,England,UK
The senior Foreign Office lawyer who resigned after ministers ignored her
advice that the war in Iraq was illegal has issued a damning legal critique
of the…

BREMER says Saddam trial not to stem violence in Iraq
Xinhua – China
¡¡ WASHINGTON, July 4 (Xinhuanet) — The trial of toppled Iraqi president
Saddam Hussein will not stem violence in Iraq as the al Qaeda terrorists
have been…

MEXICAN town mourns Marine killed in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… of residents from this bean- and chile-growing town gathered around
a small church on Sunday to mourn a Mexican-American who became a US Marine
and died in Iraq…

IRAQ likely to hang Saddam, says former envoy
Independent – London,England,UK
Saddam Hussein is “very likely” to be hanged if found guilty of war crimes
and genocide, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Britain's former special envoy to
Iraq, believes…

IRAQ skeptical of alleged Israelis in Abu Ghraib
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Iraq responded with a marked skepticism to a statement by an American general
that an Israeli had participated in interrogation in the Abu Ghraib Prison.


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.

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