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

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…

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

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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.…

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.

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…

BREAKING: U.S. Warplanes Pound Iraq Holy City; 50 Killed in Fighting

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…,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.…

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…,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…

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.…

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…

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

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…,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

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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

BRITISH troops face Iraq jihad – 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…

US troops leave Seoul for Iraq
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…

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,

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

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