Iraq News and Information Links August 5 2004
CLASHES Threaten to Reignite Shi'ite Rising in Iraq
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Followers of rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr shot
down a US helicopter on Thursday in the Iraqi city of Najaf and two were
killed by…

CONFLICTING reports from Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The fate of the three Indian hostages in Iraq remained unclear Thursday,
as self-styled mediator Sheikh Hisham al-Dulaimi claimed the talks had
broken down and…,0015002200000017.htm

'MUSLIM troops must be separate from Iraq's occupiers'
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… and be accepted by all Iraqi people, Malaysia said Thursday, the day
after UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that UN staff returning to
Iraq would have to…

COALITION Forces Clash With Al-Sadr Fighters In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
In Al-Najaf, in central Iraq, fighters loyal to radical Shi'a cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr battled US Marines. At least one US soldier and three Iraqis were

BUSH Signs Bill With Extra Money For Iraq, Afghanistan
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
5 August 2004 — US President George W. Bush signed a defense bill today
that provides an additional $25 billion dollars for operations in Iraq
and Afghanistan…

BREAKING: Rebel Cleric Calls for Uprising, Clashes Erupt

LAWYERS in Iraq Abuse Case Look for Links to Commanders
Reuters – USA
By Jim Loney. FORT BRAGG, NC (Reuters) – Lawyers for Private Lynndie England
probed on Thursday for links between abuse at Abu Ghraib…

HOSTAGES in Iraq may be freed in a day or two: KGL
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Amid indications that the 15-day-old hostage crisis in Iraq could end in
“a day or two,” the employer of the three Indian captives on Friday night
said the…,00050004.htm

BUSH approves $25 billion emergency funds for Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush approved another
$25 billion in emergency funds for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan

MORE soldiers set to testify in US Army's Iraq abuse case
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The slight and pregnant 21-year-old soldier faces 19 charges of dereliction
of duty while posted to Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq late last year.…

HOW safe is Iraq?
Christian Science Monitor – USA
A series of recent reports in US and British media about the security situation
in Iraq has painted a picture of a country overwhelmed by a surge of violence.

DANISH agent denies Iraq abuse
BBC News – London,England,UK
A Danish army intelligence officer has denied claims she mistreated Iraqi
prisoners while serving in Iraq. Captain Annemette Hommel…

NINE die in latest Iraq violence
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… gunfire at a police station in the town of Mahawil yesterday, killing
at least nine people and wounding 24 in the latest attack on Iraq's fledgling

IRAQ: Lacking Special Force, UN To Rely On US-Led Troops
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… General Kofi Annan says no countries have yet committed troops to a
special protection force envisioned for UN experts guiding Iraq's democratic
reform process…

GIBRALTAR and Iraq chill Anglo-Spanish relations
Reuters – London,England,UK
… political wilderness. Instead, Anglo-Spanish relations are at their
coolest in years, chilled by divisions over Gibraltar and Iraq. The…

SADR'S supporters declare holy war against foreign troops in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, Aug.5 (Xunhuanet) – Supporters of radical Shiite Muslim loyal
to Moqtada Sadr on Thursday declared holy war against foreign troops in
Iraq after four…

UN Staff To Seek US Protection In Iraq, Says Annan
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
New York, August 5 (NNN): United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on
Wednesday made it clear that world body‚s staff returning to Iraq will
have to rely…

US stands firm over Iraq kidnappings
Guardian – UK
No further concessions will be made to kidnappers in Iraq after the Philippines
withdrew its troops from the country in exchange for the release of a

IRAQ Survey Group ignores Britain's reminder on Iraq's WMD
Xinhua – China
5 (Xinhuanet) — An American official leading the search for Iraq's alleged
weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has confirmed that he refused to include

TURKISH truck driver killed in attack in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Gunmen in Iraq have stopped a convoy of trucks and killed a Turkish truck
driver who was unable to recite prayers, a report said today.…

US Helicopter Shot Down in Iraq Fighting
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A US marine helicopter was shot down near the southern
Iraqi city of Najaf on Thursday in fighting between American forces and

FATE of Iraq hostages unclear as talks break down
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The fate of seven foreign truckers kidnapped in Iraq was unclear on Wednesday
after talks for their release broke down amid charges of foot-dragging
by their…,00050004.htm

IRAQ force 'won't give in' to kidnappers
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The US says the 32 nations in the multinational
force in Iraq are united in not making concessions to hostage takers.

US-LED force to guard UN in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
UN staff returning to Iraq will have to rely on the US-led multinational
force for protection, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.…

SOME GIs tried but failed to end Iraq prison abuses
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
FORT BRAGG, NC ˜ Two months before the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison
in Iraq ignited an international scandal, a small group of soldiers tried
to stop the…

4 Iraq hostages freed in raid
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… The men, who had been abducted by a group calling itself “Mujahideen
of Iraq, the Group of Death,” were blindfolded and moved to a different
house every two…

KERRY touts convention showing, hints at Iraq plan
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
DAVENPORT, Iowa — After a week of criticism that his Democratic convention
yielded neither a new plan for Iraq nor a bounce in the polls, presidential

IRAQ: Car bomb kills 5
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad – A car bomb detonated outside a police station in Baghdad's south
on Wednesday, killing five people and wounding 21, an Iraqi health ministry

CAR bomb explosion reported in Iraq
RTE Interactive – Ireland
It is reported that a car bomb has exploded outside a police station south
of Baghdad causing many casualties. The bomb exploded…

UN envoy to go to Iraq
Xinhua – China
5 (Xinhuanet) — UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says his new special representative
to Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, will go to Iraq before the country's national…

FOREIGN hostages released as 22 more die in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… News of the freedom of four Jordanian and two Turkish hostages was
dampened by the deaths of 22 more people in continued violence in Iraq
on Wednesday.…

IRAQ abuse photos were `just for fun'
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… over naked and cowering Iraqi prisoners, England had shown no alarm,
telling the officer who led the investigation of the Abu Ghraib scandal
in Iraq: “It was…

CHALLENGING Kerry on his Iraq vote
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… The committee found that there was no intelligence data to sustain
President Bush's oft-cited reason for last year's invasion of Iraq—
the presence of WMDs…

DANISH military officer denies abusing prisoners in Iraq
Xinhua – China
4 (Xinhuanet) — A Danish military officer has denied the claim that she
had abused prisoners during interrogations in Iraq, Danish media reported

US-LED Coalition in Iraq Won't Concede to Hostage-Takers
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) — The 31 member nations of the US-led coalition in
Iraq won't make concessions to terrorists who take hostages in the country,
the US State…

UN Says Iraq Force Is Stalled
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Wednesday that efforts to assemble
an international peacekeeping force to protect a future UN mission in
Iraq have stalled…

SIX hostages released in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Six foreign hostages from Muslim countries have been released in Iraq amid
escalating internal strife, as one of the key figures in the Abu Ghraib

IRAQ wants to know how much oil it has
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq has an immense amount of oil, but no one knows in detail just how
much is there, not even the country's Oil Ministry. So the…

IRAQ coalition adopts united stance against terrorism, kidnapping
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : The United States said on Wednesday that it and its 31 partners
in the US-led military coalition now in Iraq had adopted a tough common
policy to…

MANY Christians Flee Iraq, With Syria the Haven of Choice
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… on long pallets. The baker is a cheerful man, yet his florid face darkens
as he explains why he decided to flee Iraq. Two months…

UN must rely on US-led force to protect Iraq envoy because no…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The United Nations will have to rely on the US-led
multinational force in Iraq for security for its new envoy in Baghdad
because no…

OLYMPIA Marine killed in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
OLYMPIA, Wash. — An Olympia man is among the latest casualties of the
US occupation of Iraq. Capt. Gregory A. Ratzlaff, 36, died Aug.…

US to advertise new deals for rebuilding Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
WASHINGTON – The United States is set to advertise a new round of contracts
soon to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and these US-funded deals will be
open to all…,4386,265169,00.html

CACI Gets $15 Million Iraq Contract Extension
Reuters – USA
… International Inc., under scrutiny over whether it contributed to the
abuse of Iraqi prisoners, was awarded a $15 million extension of its work
in Iraq, the US…

SUDAN warns the West of 'another Iraq'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Demonstrators warned that Sudan could become a battlefield comparable to
Afghanistan or Iraq if foreign military forces entered the African country
to try to…

IRAQ hostages freed in tribal raid
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Ravi Nessman in Baghdad, Iraq. … Insurgents have kidnapped scores
of foreign hostages to force foreign companies and coalition troops from

IRAQ survey group ignores Scarlett's WMD 'nuggets'
Guardian – UK
Charles Duelfer, the head of the Iraq survey group (ISG), described Mr
Scarlett's email as a reminder of investigations carried out by the group
before Mr…,12956,1276359,00.html

IRAQ Coalition Vows No More Kidnap Concessions —US
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US-led military coalition in Iraq vowed not
to make any more concessions to kidnappers after the Philippines withdrew
its troops to…

US-LED force to guard UN in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Susannah Price. United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan says UN
staff and property in Iraq will be guarded by the US-led multinational

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