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…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5888682

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…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_930997,0015002200000017.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…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=6997

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
killed.…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/08/044ef36e-58ad-4f2a-ad4b-d6d7c73591fb.html

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…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/08/ce1e6b76-63f5-4571-963c-883ceb47460a.html

BREAKING: Rebel Cleric Calls for Uprising, Clashes Erupt
www.truthout.org/docs_04/080604X.shtml

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…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5886978

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…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_930704,00050004.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
on…
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=5887190

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.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/99411/1/.html

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.

www.csmonitor.com/2004/0805/dailyUpdate.html?s=ent2

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…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3539152.stm

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
security…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/05/1091558002900.html

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…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/8/FA351930-E2E2-41AD-B1BF-AA8D934F4CDC.html

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…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=560069&section=news

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…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/05/content_1720681.htm

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…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=080504031558

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
hostage…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1276719,00.html

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

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/05/content_1720338.htm

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.…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/05/1091557989720.html

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
militiamen…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5881507

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…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_929629,00050004.htm

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

www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/08/05/iraq.hostage.stance/

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.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3537726.stm

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…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001997129_prisoners05.html

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…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1091657413314&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

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
nominee…
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/08/05/kerry_touts_convention_showing_hints_at_iraq_plan

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
official…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1568399,00.html

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…
www.rte.ie/news/2004/0805/iraq01.html

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…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/05/content_1718206.htm

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.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/05/content_1717836.htm

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…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/08/05/2003181758

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…
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/08/05/challenging_kerry_on_his_iraq_vote

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
Wednesday.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/05/content_1716599.htm

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…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=aPwWA2h1.LaY&refer=europe

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…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40876-2004Aug4.html

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
prison…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/05/1091557974400.html

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…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/worldbiz/archives/2004/08/05/2003181830

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…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/99300/1/.html

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…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/05/international/middleeast/05syria.html

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…
www.boston.com/dailynews/217/world/U_N_must_rely_on_U_S_led_force:.shtml

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.…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/aplocal_story.asp?category=6420&slug=WA%20Iraq%20Death%20Marine

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…
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,265169,00.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…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5876819

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…
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=896202004

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.…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10349840%255E1702,00.html

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…
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1276359,00.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…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5875950

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
force.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3537292.stm

  
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