Iraq News and Information Links August 6 2004
NEW fighting in Iraq kills up to 300: US
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… and police had reported more than 50 killed, with more than 170 wounded
as the unrest fanned out across Shi'ite central and southern Iraq, with
insurgents…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/07/1091732116865.html

KIRKUK: A piece of Yugoslavia in northern Iraq?
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… Of all the vexed security problems with which post-Saddam Hussein Iraq
is afflicted, it is Kirkuk that is most evocative of the Yugoslav civil
war of a decade…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=7016

RANSOM for Iraq Drivers 'In Millions'
AllAfrica.com – Africa
Millions of dollars could be paid to secure the release of the seven hostages
– including three Kenyans – held in Iraq. The Kuwaiti…
allafrica.com/stories/200408060854.html

COALITION Troops, Al-Sadr Militants Clash Across Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… helicopter gunships attacked militants in Al-Najaf, while Italian and
British soldiers battled militants in Al-Nasiriyah, Al-Basrah, and Amarah
in southern Iraq…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/08/1bcf7bd4-2f27-4101-a436-23e4a44d0b74.html

FOUR Lebanese Drivers Taken Hostage in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Four Lebanese truck drivers have been taken hostage
in Iraq, a source in Beirut's Foreign Ministry said on Friday.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5900184

GROUP Tells El Salvador Not To Send Troops To Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Reuters) — A group saying it has ties to Al- Qaeda vowed on Thursday
to strike inside El Salvador if the country sends fresh troops to Iraq,
according to a…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/7/2004&Cat=4&Num=002

NATO trainers to leave for Iraq soon
Xinhua – China
… team of North AtlanticTreaty Organization (NATO) staff officers will
soon arrive in Iraqto assess exactly how the alliance can help train Iraq's
new security…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/07/content_1730003.htm

THREE Turks held hostage, two others missing in Iraq: ministry
Xinhua – China
… The Turkish Foreign Ministry said onFriday that three Turkish citizens
are claimed to have been heldhostage and two others are reported missing
in Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/07/content_1730015.htm

FIERCE Gunbattles Rage for a Second Day in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. … Being out of Iraq would allow Mr. Sistani, a moderate,
not to take sides in the bruising battles between the Americans and Mr.
Sadr.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/06/international/middleeast/06CND-IRAQ.html

PARENTS, Iraq And Worry
CBS News – USA
… She told me that some people she talks to say she is a “bad American.”.
Her stepson is 20 years old and is fighting in Iraq. She…
<www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/06/opinion/garver/main634444.shtml

BREAKING: U.S. Warplanes Pound Iraq Holy City; 50 Killed in Fighting
www.truthout.org/docs_04/080704Z.shtml

US planes hit Najaf as Iraq truce falters
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
NAJAF, Iraq American planes pounded Najaf on Friday as intense clashes
raged between US forces and Shiite Muslim militia members in the worst
fighting since a…
www.iht.com/articles/532897.html

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric arrives in London for heart treatment
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, arrived
in Britain on Friday to receive medical treatment after what an aide called
“a health…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/06/international1056EDT0556.DTL

LEBANESE drivers captured in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Four Lebanese truck drivers have been taken captives in Iraq, a source
in Beirut's foreign ministry said on Friday. The source said…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/957BBA75-9526-4D6C-80B4-BCDD31028CC5.htm

FIERCE Fighting Escalates In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
6 August 2004 — A week of increasing violence in Iraq has culminated with
fierce clashes across central and southern Iraq between the Imam Al-Mahdi
Army of Shi…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/08/3285aa32-c0b0-454d-a629-5fdde4f7e070.html

IRAQ'S Sistani transits Beirut for London for medical treatment
Xinhua – China
6 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-al-Sistani,
arrived here Friday to change planes on his way to London for a medical

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/06/content_1727505.htm

FOUR Lebanese truck drivers missing in Iraq
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon – Lebanese officials Friday said four citizens working
as truck drivers are missing in Iraq, bring to five the number of Lebanese
citizens…
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=38774

IRAQ set to use martial law in terror fight
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… UH 1 helicopter was forced to crash land after being hit in the holy
Shiite city of Najaf during intense fighting which Falah al-Nakib, Iraq's
interior minister…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3582685&reportid=562588&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

WHAT About Iraq?
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By PAUL KRUGMAN. funny thing happened after the United States transferred
sovereignty over Iraq. … Incredibly, the same thing happened to Iraq
after June 28.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/06/opinion/06krugman.html

ACT News Update, Iraq: ACT member responds to needs caused by…
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
Geneva, August 5, 2004—The broken stained glass has been swept up, the
structural damage is being repaired, but the Christian community of Iraq
will take a…
www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/109179646555.htm

WITNESS Disgusted by Abuse in Iraq Prison
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
FORT BRAGG, NC – An Army intelligence analyst said he was disgusted by
the sight of guards at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison forcing prisoners to crawl
naked across…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/9335635.htm

IRAQ truce collapses
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A month-old truce between US troops and the Shia militias
of the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr collapsed amid gun battles yesterday in
the city of…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woiraq063920390aug06,0,7351646.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

AFGHANIZING the debate on Iraq
Mathaba.Net – Africa
by Paul Krugman. A funny thing happened after the United States transferred
sovereignty over Iraq. … Incredibly, the same thing happened to Iraq
after June 28.…
mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=64991

CLERIC Urges Revolt In Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on his supporters
Thursday to rise up anew against US-led security forces, his spokesman
announced after a…
www.ctnow.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-iraq0806.artaug06,1,7047054.story?coll=hc-headlines-topnews

IRAQ hostage crisis: KGL ready to pay ransom
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
Kuwait, August 6: The Kuwaiti company which has seven truckers, including
three Indians, held hostage in Iraq is negotiating with their captors
about paying a…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=34697

PRESIDENT Megawati arrives in Saudi Arabia to discuss Iraq
Jakarta Post – Indonesia
… Megawati Soekarnoputri arrived Friday in the western holy city of Medina
at the start of a two-day visit to confer with Saudi leaders on Iraq and
other issues.…
www.thejakartapost.com/detaillatestnews.asp?fileid=20040806141733&irec=0

IRAQ Coalition Members Not To Give In To Hostage Takers
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
6 August 2004 — The US State Department says 10 allied countries have
joined in a campaign to notify hostage-takers in Iraq that they should
not expect…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/08/9ae9d10b-556f-48a8-8925-52db9de48c83.html

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric flies to for London for heart treatment
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali
al-Sistani, passed through Beirut on his way to London Friday to receive
treatment…
www.boston.com/dailynews/219/world/Iraq_s_top_Shiite_cleric_flies:.shtml

TRIBAL Raid Frees Hostages In Iraq
CBS News – USA
… kidnapped a week ago, the chief said Wednesday, while a militant group
apparently freed two Turkish truck drivers whose company agreed to pull
out from Iraq.…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/04/iraq/main634108.shtml

AN IRAQ-ALBANY AXIS?
Yahoo News – USA
… one of the arrested men ˜ 34-year-old Yassin Aref ˜ apparently
is linked to Ansar al-Islam, a vicious jihadist group operating in northern
Iraq (news – web…
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=106&ncid=742&e=
4&u=/nypost/20040806/cm_nypost/aniraqalbanyaxis

MOST nations unwilling to protect UN staff in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… NATIONS — John C. Danforth, the US ambassador to the United Nations,
said Thursday that he hoped an international force could be in place in
Iraq next month…
www.indystar.com/articles/0/168179-9180-010.html

ITALIAN Troops Clash with Shi'ite Militia in Iraq
Reuters – USA
NASSIRIYA, Iraq (Reuters) – Italian forces clashed with Shi'ite militia
fighters in the southern city of Nassiriya early on Friday and tensions
were still high…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5891745

NATO trainers to leave for Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Over coming days a 40-strong team of Nato staff officers will arrive in
Iraq to assess exactly how the Alliance can help train Iraq's new security
forces.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3540488.stm

INTELLIGENCE agents deny role in Iraq prison abuse
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… scandal. Photographs of those abuses ignited outrage around the world
and has set back US efforts to pacify Iraq. Capt. Carolyn…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0804/06irabuse.html

MILITIA clashes with US, Iraq forces
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Abdul Hussein al-Obeidi in Najaf, Iraq. IRAQI Shi'ite … military said.
The fighting sparked violence in other Shi'ite areas of Iraq. Gun…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10360851%255E1702,00.html

US Says Security Preventing New Troops for Iraq
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States hopes nations will contribute
troops by next month to a new force to guard UN staff in Iraq but US Ambassador
John…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5891042

KERRY keeps details on Iraq war plan to self as GOP rips vagueness
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… Richard Nixon over the Vietnam War, but now he's accused of sharing
something in common with his old foe: a secret plan to end a war, this
time in Iraq.…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/washington/stories/080604dnpolkerryiraq.e978.html

PHILIPPINES prepares to lift ban on sending workers to Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The Philippines is drafting measures to lift a ban on civilian workers
going to Iraq for work. Labour Secretary Patricia Santo Tomas…
www.channelnewsasia.com/analysis/2004/0804_philippines.htm

IRAQ tops Megawati's Saudi visit
BBC News – London,England,UK
President Megawati Sukarnoputri of Indonesia begins a two-day visit to
Saudi Arabia which is expected to be dominated by Iraq. Ms…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3540604.stm

FIERCE clashes rage throughout Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
From Hilla to Balad, Falluja to Najaf, Iraq was rocked by intense clashes
as Muqtada al-Sadr's forces vowed resistance against the US and British
occupation of…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E5CCC59E-3B3A-4363-A1B6-8EAD5C086247.htm

DANES confirm Iraq prisoner abuse
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The announcement was made by a team of military inspectors after a female
officer, recalled from service with the multinational force in Iraq because
of…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10360351%255E1702,00.html

BRITISH troops face Iraq jihad
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr declared holy war on British forces
yesterday, as violence erupted in Shia strongholds across southern Iraq,
threatening to…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/
2004/08/06/wirq06.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/08/06/ixhome.html

US troops leave Seoul for Iraq
CNN – USA
SEOUL, South Korea — The first of some 3,600 US troops to be sent from
South Korea to Iraq are on their way. Six hundred soldiers…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/08/05/skorea.troops/

INTERROGATORS Testify at Iraq Abuse Trial
ABC News – USA
5, 2004 ˜ The top intelligence officer at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison testified
Thursday she was shocked when photos surfaced of guards abusing prisoners,
yet…
abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20040805_1868.html

RADICAL cleric calls for uprising in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… In Baghdad, the capital, and Basra, the largest city in southern Iraq,
insurgents loyal to Sadr prepared for clashes with American and British
troops.…
www.iht.com/articles/532864.htm

  
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