Iraq News and Information Links May 6 2004
EDITORIALS Raise Heat on Iraq Prison Abuse Scandal
Editor & Publisher (subscription) – USA
… official US policies and attitudes that led to the current scandal
surrounding the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, and possibly
elsewhere, in Iraq.…

BUSH Apologizes for Iraq Prisoner Abuse , Says Rumsfeld to Stay…
Bloomberg – USA
May 6 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said he is ``sorry'' about
the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and rejected calls by Democrats for Defense

'NEW witness' in Iraq abuse claim
BBC News – London,England,UK
… the pictures. But he was serving in Iraq with the regiment concerned,
the Queen's Lancashire, at the same time last summer. And…

PUBLIC distrust deepens over British military role in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Tony Blair weighs whether to boost forces in Iraq, while troops deal with
photos of alleged abuse of Iraqi POWs. By Mark Rice-Oxley…

FOX to counter ABC with list of Iraq achievements
Forbes – USA
… among TV anchors as Fox's Chris Wallace declared himself offended by
ABC's Ted Koppel for airing a controversial roll call of American dead
in the Iraq war and…

SECURITY and insurance costs soar in Iraq
Forbes – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Security and insurance could eat up as much as a
quarter of the US-funded reconstruction budget in Iraq, said America's
chief inspector…

SENATE confirms Bush pick for ambassador to Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) John Negroponte won easy Senate confirmation Thursday as
the United States ambassador to Iraq as Democrats put aside their opposition

CNN Hires Ex-POW As Contributor on Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
NEW YORK – CNN has hired a former Iraq prisoner of war, Ron Young, as a
special contributor to help add a troop's eye perspective to its war coverage.

TIMELINE: Iraq Prison Abuse Scandal
FOX News – USA
June 30: Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski named commander of
all military prisons in Iraq. Aug. … Jan. 14: US commander in Iraq,
Army Lt. Gen.…,2933,119224,00.html

BUSH apologizes for Iraq prisoner abuse
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… I also made it clear to his majesty that the troops we have in Iraq
who were there for security and peace and freedom are the finest of the

WASHINGTON fields mercenary army in Iraq
Axis of Logic – USA
… It also revealed a large body of mercenaries operating throughout Iraq.
According to recent estimates there are around 15,000 private…

HORROR story of Indians in Iraq
Rediff – Mumbai,India
The horror story of four Indians who fled a US military camp in Iraq has
become an election issue in Kerala. Aliyarkunj Faisal, Haniffa…

IRAQ: Strategy for Progress aims to achieve five principal…
Center For American Progress – Washington,D.C.,USA
As a first and necessary step, President Bush should immediately convene
an emergency International Summit on Iraq to enlist support for a strategic
shift and…

ANALYSIS: Seeing the future in Iraq
United Press International – USA
… The Bush administration has gone from publicly portraying the United
Nations as irrelevant to desperately seeking its help in Iraq.…

RED Cross Says It Urged US to Act on Iraq Prison Abuse
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… He added, “Red Cross reports based on evidence contained recommendations
for necessary improvements to make prison conditions in Iraq humane, acceptable

IRAQ abuse cases are no aberration
Times of India – India
President George W. Bush declared on Wednesday that the evidence of torture
at the Abu Ghraib prison in US-occupied Iraq is “abhorrent” and “does
not represent…

EAST Grand Forks soldier wounded in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
– A soldier from here was recovering from gunshot wounds suffered during
an attack earlier this week while he was on guard duty in Iraq. Pfc.…

BY invitation: Iraq
Economist (subscription) – London,England,UK
The violence in Iraq may be endemic. … Its nature, and the motives behind
it, need to be examined carefully to understand what has been taken on
in Iraq.…

DEMOCRATS: Bush Low-Balls Iraq Request
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are lambasting President Bush for his $25 billion
request for fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan next year, saying they

3 GIs Die In Iraq Attacks
CBS News – USA
… in Baghdad. A total of 761 US service members have died since President
Bush launched the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. US soldiers…

MARINES: it's Our Turn to Return to Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Relatives of Royal Marines were today waiting anxiously to see if their
loved ones will be sent back to Iraq to replace Spanish soldiers who are

HEAVY fighting in Iraq around the holy city of Najaf
Radio Australia – Australia
… One saw tanks at the governor's building on Najaf's main street. He
demanded Americans leave Iraq and gathered militia units to defend him
in the sacred city.…

UN'S Brahimi Arrives in Iraq to Political Storm
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi received a torrent of political
abuse as he arrived in Iraq on Thursday on a complex mission to assemble

ARAB TV shows new US hostage in Iraq
(CNN) — The Arabic TV network Al-Arabiya aired video Thursday of an American
hostage in Iraq who identified himself as Aban Elias of Denver, Colorado.

ANALYSIS: Iraq's Shia at crossroads
BBC News – London,England,UK
… That revolt resulted in the British simply entrusting the government
of Iraq to a Sunni elite – a pattern which continued until the fall of
Saddam Hussein's…

BUSH promises justice after Iraq abuse
ABC Online – Australia
TONY JONES: First to Iraq, where events on the ground continue to be overshadowed
by the sensational revelations of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American

EDITORIALS on prisoner abuse in Iraq
Fort Wayne News Sentinel – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
… Bush has staked much of his presidency on the controversial war that
is supposed to make Iraq a better place, modeled on America.…

IRAQ isn't shifting votes
The Australian – Australia
Just as the case had been in Australia before John Howard committed Australian
troops to the invasion of Iraq without UN approval in March 2003 – only
about 40…,5744,9487912%5E17301,00.html

US assures India on Indians in Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
… Delhi's complaint that many Indian citizens were being used as slave
labour and held against their will by contractors at US military camps
in embattled Iraq.…

KIN confirm identity of new US hostage in Iraq
A family member on Thursday confirmed the identity of a blindfolded man
said to have been taken hostage in Iraq, who was shown pleading for help
on a videotape…

IRAQ Prisoner Abuses Widespread, Rights Groups Say
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Photo images of US soldiers abusing and humiliating
prisoners in Iraq may be just the tip of the iceberg and only a non-military

IRAQ torture crisis deepens – Australia
… According to a report in the Washington Post, the collection of photographs
begins like a travelogue from Iraq but mixed in with more than 1000 digital,4057,9493144%255E2,00.html

MIRROR chairman backs Iraq photos – UK
… Also, the furore over the behaviour of British troops in Iraq shifts
to the courts where Iraqi families are launching a legal bid for compensation
over the…

JUSTICE Dept. pursues its own inquiry into Iraq prison abuse
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… is examining the involvement of Central Intelligence Agency officers
and contract employees in three suspicious deaths of detainees, two in
Iraq and one in…

LEGAL Status of UK Troops after Iraq Hand-over 'Unclear'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The Government was urged by MPs today to clear up the legal status of British
troops in Iraq following the planned hand-over of sovereignty on June

IRAQ Gets Court Aid From 2 US Justices
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… The two-day workshop here on the rule of law and Iraq's emerging justice
system, organized by the American-led Coalition Provisional Authority
in Iraq, is…

US Must Leave Falluja, Iraq General Says
Wired News – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – The Iraqi former general entrusted with pacifying
volatile Falluja said on Thursday US Marines must withdraw quickly from
around the…

DEFENCE officials term Iraq incidents sadistic
Times of India – India
PUNE: Have the combined US-British troops in Iraq gone bonkers? Questioned
former additional director-general (military operations…

PRISONER abuse belies nation's role in Iraq
Port Huron Times Herald – Port Huron,MI,USA
The deaths of 14 prisoners and the abuse of 10 more in Iraq and Afghanistan
by US personnel are appalling. They question the morality…

BUSH scolds Rumsfeld over Iraq scandal
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… Next Monday, Bush is scheduled to make a rare visit to the Pentagon,
where he will meet with Rumsfeld on his own turf, receive a briefing on
Iraq and make a…

PM 'abhorrence' at Iraq pictures
Ananova – England,UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair's Cabinet has expressed its “abhorrence” at the
images of US prisoners being abused in Iraq. But Mr Blair…

EYE on London: Has Fallujah become Iraq's Falls curfew?
Belfast Telegraph (subscription) – Belfast,Nothern Ireland,UK
Playing my own game of repeating history, I superimpose events in Iraq
on a timeline of our own troubles. The toppling of Saddam's…

NEW Iraq abuse photos published
Guardian – UK
The Washington Post today published a new batch of graphic photos documenting
abuse of Iraqi prisoners by the American military, just hours after George

INDIA News > Recruitment of former Indian soldiers in Iraq…
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
… These ex-servicemen are being recruited for providing security services
in Iraq with promises of hefty salaries and other perks that are several
times higher…

BUSH calls Iraq abuse 'abhorrent'
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
… and deadly attacks “represent the actions of a few people,” though
the Pentagon is investigating whether the problems are widespread in prisons
in Iraq.…

RUMSFELD scolded on Iraq Bush blasts defense chief over prison-…
Toledo Blade – Toledo,OH,USA
… The President, sitting in the White House Map Room during the interview
with Arab television, said: “People in Iraq must understand that I view
those practices…

WASHINGTON Says It Is Looking Into Indians Abuses In Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
New Delhi/Washington, May 6 (NNN): As more horror and ghastly tales of
Indians torture in Iraq poured in on Thursday, the American embassy in
New Delhi said…

CABINET 'Abhorrence' at Iraq Abuse Claims
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… News. Prime Minister Tony Blair‚s Cabinet today expressed its “abhorrence‰
at the images of US prisoners being abused in Iraq.…

USFK to be Sent to Iraq?
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
… Donald Rumsfeld hasn't excluded possibly taking US troops stationed
in Korea and other strategic hot spots around the world and placing them
in Iraq in order…

TROOPS Don't Recall Abuse at Iraq Prisons
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
PHILADELPHIA – Some soldiers who have returned home from guarding enemy
prisoners in Iraq describe detention camps there as hard, dirty places,
plagued by…

US troops move against Iraq insurgents
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
KARBALA, Iraq – The US military has begun its first major assault against
Shiite insurgents, striking at their enclaves here and in Ad-Diwaniyah
in an effort…

THE cost of the Iraq war
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Steve Schifferes. The US Congress has so far been asked to spend $187bn
(£104bn) on invading and then rebuilding Iraq. That sounds…

IRAQ picture investigation to fail without Mirror's help
Media Bulletin – UK
LONDON – Military experts have said they will not be able unravel the truth
behind the Daily Mirror Iraq abuse pictures unless the paper reveals the
source of…

UK Marines back to Iraq: report
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Britain is to send 800 Royal Marine Commandos, among other troops, back
to Iraq to replace Spanish forces being withdrawn from the country, the
Sun newspaper…

COMMENTARY: Contract Workers in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Senior News Analyst NPR's Daniel Schorr examines the increasing
use of civilian contractors in Iraq, who perform crucial duties like translation

ON Arab TV, Bush assails abuse in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over the scandal and the White House said
it is seeking another $25-billion (US) for military operations in Iraq

BUSH Seeks $25 Billion Increase for Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The Bush administration asks Congress for another $25 billion
for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, contradicting weeks of insistence
that the…

AMEC Says Value of Iraq Work in Doubt; Shares Slide (Update4)
Bloomberg – USA
… third- biggest engineering-design company, had their sharpest fall
in almost 18 months after it said the value of $800 million of contracts
in Iraq is in doubt…

RED Cross Says Repeatedly Warned US on Iraq Jail
Wired News – USA
… Last week pictures were published of grinning US soldiers abusing naked
Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq's largest prison and notorious under
Saddam Hussein…

UK to Send More Than 2,000 Extra Troops to Iraq, Times Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 6 (Bloomberg) — The UK will send more than 2,000 additional troops
to Iraq following the withdrawal of Spanish forces, the Times newspaper
said, without…

DEFENSE Contractors Close Ranks on Iraq Abuse Claims
Computer Business Review – UK
… Corp went on the offensive yesterday as it sought to contain the fallout
from the alleged involvement of some of its staff in the abuse of prisoners
in Iraq.…

IRAQ prison case called `abhorrent'
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Bush said the scandal won't deter the United States from creating a
stable, democratic Iraq. While Bush offered no apologies, US…

$25 billion more sought for Iraq war
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, which once contended that it had
enough money for the military's role in Iraq through 2004, asked Republican
leaders of…

REPORT urges new Iraq plan
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — The United States should immediately cede control of the
security mission in Iraq to a NATO military command, ask the United Nations
to appoint…

EX-HOSTAGE in Iraq, Wife Reunited in Germany
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
LANDSTUHL, Germany ˜ Former hostage Thomas Hamill was reunited here Wednesday
with his wife, Kellie, who brought his favorite cowboy boots, red shirt

BUSH slams Rumsfeld over Iraq scandal
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
… official told the Post Bush was particularly disturbed at having had
to learn from news reports about the scope of the misconduct of US troops
in Iraq, said a…

DIVIDE civilian, military roles in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
But, even as facts from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison come trickling out, it's
–and to make one prediction.…

BUSH vows justice in Iraq jail scandal
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
… Although Bush offered no apologies, US military officials in Iraq did,
as the number of prisoner deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan known to be under

GEORGE Bush rattled by Iraq torture scandal
ABC Online – Australia
… administration are hoping his interviews, broadcast in the Middle East
today, will help contain the damage done by the conduct of the American
soldiers in Iraq…

US faces ongoing Shiite uprising in southern Iraq
World Socialist
… al-Sadr. Until this week, southern Iraq has been relatively subdued,
since the heavy fighting in the first 10 days of April. A tense…

New York Post – New York,NY,USA
May 6, 2004 — WITHIN the next week or so, the United Nations' special
envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, is expected to unveil his plan for handling

NEW Iraq Prison Photos Emerge -Washington Post
Reuters – USA
… new batch of photographs obtained by The Washington Post includes more
graphic images of apparent Iraqi prisoners at a US military jail in Iraq,
the newspaper…

ABU Ghraib scandal deepens resentment of Iraq occupation, could…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) In the year since American troops rolled into Baghdad,
moderate Iraqis have counseled patience to allow Washington time to deliver
on its…

THE Real Enemy in Iraq
Strategy Page – USA
The real enemy in Iraq is a handful of historical conditions and national
characteristics that created Saddam Hussein and the current difficulty
Iraqis are…

DEMOCRATS: Bush's latest $25 billion request for Iraq is…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats are lambasting President Bush for his $25 billion
request for fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan next year, saying they

IN Iraq, Bremer has little left to lose
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… of operational power, he is more free to speak out and to salvage something
from his original high hopes of pointing post-Baathist Iraq toward constitutional

REED: 'Private armies' large in Iraq
Providence Journal (subscription) – Providence,RI,USA
… Jack Reed renewed his call yesterday for the Pentagon to disclose more
about the “private armies” that he said have an estimated 20,000 employees
in Iraq.…

FAMILY mourns Fort Walton Beach solider killed in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Four days after their son was killed in an explosion
while conducting combat operations in Iraq, motorists slowed to see the

FAMILY waits patiently for truck driver missing in Iraq to make…
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WICHITA, Kan. – Bill Bradley's sister tried to talk him out of going to
Iraq, where the truck driver would haul fuel for mega-contractor Halliburton.

PRESIDENT: Iraq abuse 'horrible'
Dayton Daily News – Dayton,OH,USA
By Bob Deans. WASHINGTON | President Bush said Wednesday that prisoner
abuses by US troops in Iraq are taking a “terrible” toll on this country's
image, as his…

MORE Iraq prison photos emerge
By Christian Davenport. The collection of photographs begins like a travelogue
from Iraq. Here are US soldiers posing in front of a mosque.…

KERRY Urges Bush to Voice US Regret on Iraq Abuse
New York Times – USA
… He said the abuse had “done a disservice to all our troops” and could
put soldiers in Iraq at greater risk, inspire more terrorism and undermine

ARMY captain with southern Illinois ties killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – An Army captain with ties to southern Illinois was
killed Sunday in combat in Iraq. Army Capt. John Tipton, 32…

SECOND Best is No Solution for Iraq
Tech Central Station – USA
… All but the most blindly devoted Bush supporters can see that Bush
administration officials have no clue about what to do in Iraq tomorrow,
much less a month…

US Guardsman Probed for Iraq Naked Soldier Photos
Reuters – USA
… Merck, a veteran of the first Gulf War who worked as a financial analyst
before going to Iraq, is suspected of snapping the photos in November.

RUMSFELD in the hot seat on Iraq abuses
… America.”. Rumsfeld is equally reserved in characterizing how the abuse
reports might have damaged the chances for US success in Iraq.…

RUMSFELD Chastised by President for His Handling of Iraq Scandal
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… It also exposed the fault lines in Mr. Bush's inner circle that have
only deepened with the violence and political chaos in American-occupied

BILL for Iraq and Afghanistan continues to grow
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The Bush administration is to seek an extra $25bn from Congress to cover
the escalating cost of keeping troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, breaking
the White…

US probing alleged abuse of Indians in Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: The US embassy in New Delhi is looking into reports that Indians
were lured into Iraq by US contractors and mistreated there, State Department

US Examines Role of CIA and Employees in Iraq Deaths
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… is examining the involvement of Central Intelligence Agency officers
and contract employees in three suspicious deaths of detainees, two in
Iraq and one in…

CANADIAN taken hostage in Iraq now free
CTV – Canada
… Al-Kuwaiti, a resident of Toronto, was in Iraq trying to set up a business
as an exporter-importer. He was kidnapped last Wednesday in Baghdad.…

MPS and Senators Demand Answers over Iraq Abuse Claims
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The controversy over allegations of prisoner abuse in Iraq was deepening
today, despite attempts by George Bush and Tony Blair to repair the damage
done to the…

WHITE House requests $25 billion for Afghanistan, Iraq next year
Bradenton Herald – Bradenton,FL,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – President Bush asked Congress on Tuesday to make a
$25 billion “down payment” on financing American operations in Iraq and

BUSH asks for $25 billion more for Iraq, Afghanistan
… Calling it a “high priority,” President Bush on Wednesday asked Congress
for an additional $25 billion to cover military operations in Iraq and

ANOTHER Vision of Iraq
New York Times – USA
Given the almost uniformly disastrous news coming out of Iraq lately, a
presidential challenger might have been tempted to mark last week's anniversary

FIGHTING flares in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
Up to 10 militiamen and three coalition soldiers have been killed during
the latest fighting in Iraq, which comes as a senior United States commander

BUSH Annoyed with Rumsfeld Over Iraq Abuse, Aides Say
Wired News – USA
… The United States revealed on Tuesday that 25 prisoners have died in
Iraq and Afghanistan in US custody, including two Iraqi prisoners murdered
by Americans…

BRITISH MPs to grill editor over Iraq 'torture' photos
ABC Online – Australia
… matter. “We will hold this session in the context of our already announced
inquiry into the continuing operations in Iraq.”. Britain's…

BUSH seeks $25 bn more for Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: US President George W. Bush said that he was seeking 25 billion
dollars more to defray military costs in Iraq and Afghanistan starting
October 1…

UN to Hold Session on Iraq Resolution
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council will hold a “brainstorming” session
Thursday on a new Iraq resolution to deal with the complex relationship

FORT Riley infantry battalion heading back to Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
TOPEKA, Kan. – About 700 soldiers from Fort Riley are returning to Iraq
for their second tour of duty, officials here said Wednesday.…

PROBE into Iraq trafficking claims
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States is investigating reports Indian nationals
were victims of human trafficking to Iraq and mistreated while working
there as…

RUMSFELD to testify at Iraq hearing
Reuters – London,England,UK
… The scandal blew up into a major setback for the US mission in Iraq
when a US television station aired photographs last week showing naked
Iraqi prisoners…

WHY the allies are in such trouble in Iraq – London,England,UK
The Anglo-American occupation of Iraq is going badly at the moment – but
for rather different reasons than those frequently given by Western critics
of the…

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