Iraq News and Information Links August 7 2004
IRAQ offers limited amnesty in effort to dampen violence
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – As fighting continued in the capital and in the
holy city of Najaf, Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced a limited

UN Offers to Help Broker Cease-Fire in Iraq
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations offered its help on Saturday
to try to stop some of the worst fighting seen in Iraq in about four months

LIST of Michigan casualties in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… 26, formerly of Flint, was one of six soldiers killed in the crash
of an Army Black Hawk helicopter April 2, 2003, during a fire fight in
Iraq, his wife said.…

INDIA: Release of captives in Iraq imminent
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
India's foreign ministry expects the imminent release of seven truck drivers
held captive in Iraq after negotiations with their captors proved fruitful.

IRAQ Offers Amnesty to Some Insurgents
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi signed a long-awaited
amnesty law today that would pardon Iraqis who have played minor roles
in the…,1,4041636.story?coll=la-home-headlines

IRAQ orders al-Jazeera office in Baghdad closed for one month
Xinhua – China
7 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's interim government onSaturday ordered Qatar-based
al-Jazeera Satellite TV channel toclose its office in Baghdad for one

NATO sends team of officers to Iraq to prepare for training…
Xinhua – China
ROME, Aug. 7 (Xinhuanet) — NATO sent a group of officers to Iraq on Saturday
to begin its training mission for Iraqi forces. The…

IRAQ'S amnesty law passed
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad, Iraq – Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on Saturday signed
a long-awaited amnesty law that would pardon Iraqis who had committed
minor crimes…,,2-10-1460_1569710,00.html

TURKISH company announces pullout from Iraq to secure hostage…
Xinhua – China
7 (Xinhuanet) — A Turkish company announced Saturdaythat it was withdrawing
from Iraq in response to a call for notgoing to that country from a kidnapped

UN Inspectors Complete Iraq Nuclear Inventory
Reuters – USA
VIENNA (Reuters) – Inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog have completed
an inventory of Iraq's declared nuclear material and the agency's head
said UN arms…

CLASHES Soar In Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… He expressed the hope that security and stability would be restored
to the war-shattered Iraq as soon as possible. Iranian foreign…

US Man Posing As Hostage In Iraq Says He Faked His Beheading
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Benjamin Vanderford, a man believed to have been beheaded
in Iraq, told the Associated Press Saturday that he faked his own demise
at a…

IRAQ Shuts Al Jazeera Baghdad Office for a Month
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government ordered Qatar-based Al Jazeera
satellite television network to close its Baghdad office for one month
on Saturday…

NATO sends officers to Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… Implementation Mission ˜ led by Dutch Air Force Major General Carel
Hilderink and initially consisting of about 45 people ˜ should deploy
in Iraq next week…

TURKISH Firm Leaves Iraq in Bid to Save Driver
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A Turkish company is pulling out of Iraq after captors threatened to behead
one of its drivers. Turkish television broadcast a video…

IRAQ PM announces amnesty for minor crimes
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Iraq's Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi signed an amnesty law Saturday
that would pardon Iraqis who have played minor roles in the country's

CALM Returning to British-Patrolled Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Shiite militiamen have moved off the streets in British-patrolled southern
Iraq as the Coalition and its Iraqi allies seek to quell an eruption of

IRAQ officials flex 'independence' muscles
United Press International – USA
By Beth Potter. BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. … Iraq's new police and national
guard forces are going house to house in Najaf to find “bandits” causing
havoc, Allawi said.…

NATO sends officers to Iraq for start of training mission
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Gen. Carel Hilderink and initially consisting of about 45 people should
deploy in Iraq next week, NATO said in a statement from Naples.…

TURKISH company pulls out Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
7 (AP): A Turkish company today said it was pulling out of Iraq after Turkish
television broadcast a video purportedly showing a kidnapped Turkish truck

US hostage reportedly executed in Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
Iraq: Sporadic clashes rumbled on between US troops and Shiite Muslim militiamen
on Saturday, while Arab television reported that an American hostage had

AMERICAN Shown in Iraq Beheading Video Alive-Mother
Reuters – USA
… A video appeared on a Web site on Saturday showing a man who identified
himself as Benjamin Vanderford appealing to the United States to leave

CD-ROM urges Muslims to fight holy war in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… CITY ˜ The militant group of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has made a recruitment
CD-ROM urging Muslims to join the holy war against the invaders of Iraq
and their…

IRAQ Issues Limited Amnesty to Insurgents
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister announced a limited amnesty for
Iraqi insurgents on Saturday and extended an olive branch to radical Shi'ite

AMERICAN tells US to leave Iraq, then is beheaded, video shows – Canada
… Egypt (AP) – New video aired Saturday purportedly shows a San Francisco
man beheaded moments after he urges the United States to end its occupation
of Iraq.…

HOPE of early release of Indian hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… the talks were on its last stage and there would be a positive outcome
soon,” added the official referring to the information from the Indian
embassy in Iraq.…

LEBANESE Families Beg Release of Hostages in Iraq
Reuters – USA
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) – Weeping and clutching photos of their missing
loved-ones, the families of four Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped in Iraq
begged on…

IRAQ shuts al-Jazeera office
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government has ordered Qatar-based Al
Jazeera satellite television network to close its Baghdad office for one
month, a move…

VIDEO purportedly shows kidnapped Turkish truck driver in Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
7 (AP): Turkish television today broadcast a video purportedly showing
a kidnapped Turkish truck driver in Iraq repeatedly urging fellow truckers
not to come…

AMERICAN captive beheaded in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A group linked to al-Qaida ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has beheaded an American
captive in Iraq, according to the television station Al-Arabiya.…

SHIITE ayatollah leaves Iraq for heart treatment
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
LONDON — Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, arrived
in Britain on Friday to receive medical treatment after what an aide called

IRAQ shuts Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's interim government has ordered Qatar-based Al-Jazeera
satellite television network to close its Baghdad office for one month.

US hostage killed by Al-Qaeda operative in Iraq: Al-Arabiya
Channel News Asia – Singapore
DUBAI : A US hostage has been killed “at the hands” of Al-Qaeda's alleged
chief in Iraq, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, an Arab television station reported,

400 Killed, Hundreds Injured, 1200 Captured In Iraq’s Shia…
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, August 7 (NNN): In two of the bloodiest days of fighting in Iraq,
some 400 people were killed hundreds others injured and over one thousand

UN set to renew presence in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
The United Nations is planning to re-establish a permanent presence in
Iraq as early as today, starting with a team of six political officers
who will help…

HEAVY Casualties In Iraq Fighting
CBS News – USA
… Al-Sadr blamed the United States for the violence in Iraq in a sermon
read on his behalf Friday in the Kufa Mosque close to Najaf.…

WEB Site Shows Video of American in Iraq Beheaded
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – A group linked to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
has beheaded an American hostage in Iraq and posted a video of the killing
on a Web site…

'CALM' for Brit soldiers in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Shia militiamen have moved off the streets in southern Iraq where British
troops are helping to provide security, a senior officer has told the

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric in Britain for heart treatment
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
LONDON ˜ Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Hussein
al-Sistani, arrived in Britain yesterday to receive medical treatment
after what an…

BUSH asks rival to answer on Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… W. Bush challenged Democratic rival John Kerry yesterday to give a
yes-or-no answer about whether he would have supported the invasion of
Iraq “knowing what we…

FOUR Lebanese truckers taken hostage in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Reuters | August 7, 2004. BEIRUT — Four Lebanese truck drivers have
been taken hostage in Iraq, an official in Beirut's Foreign Ministry said

ZARQAWI group says to kill Iraq's Allawi
swissinfo – Switzerland
… months. It has also killed an American, a South Korean and a Bulgarian
hostage in Iraq. warned it would kill Iraqi officials who had “sold out”
their religion.…

300 killed in Iraq fighting
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
NAJAF, IRAQ — US helicopter gunships and fighter jets pounded Iraqi insurgents
hiding in a sprawling cemetery yesterday in the most intense fighting
in this…

WHISTLEBLOWER on Iraq abuse testifies
Canton Repository (subscription) – Canton,OH,USA
By ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press writer. FORT BRAGG, NC ˜ The soldier
who was the first to report his colleagues were abusing…

UN remains high value target for attacks in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The United Nations will remain a high value, high impact target for insurgents
in Iraq and that would limit its staff and activity in the foreseeable

THREE US soldiers killed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A third was killed after his unit was ambushed in west Baghdad by resistance
fighters opposed to the presence of foreign military forces in Iraq.…

ITALIAN troops in Iraq
Sky News – UK
Militants linked to al Qaeda say they will attack Italy if the country
does not pull out of Iraq. The group, calling itself Abu…,,30200-1146742,00.html

VIETNAM and the Iraq war
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… the Vietnam War. There are important similarities and differences between
the situation then and the Iraq invasion. In both, the…

IRAQ Shia city remains on alert
BBC News – London,England,UK
… agreement. The June deal ended a two-month uprising by Mr Sadr's Mehdi
militia against the coalition across central and southern Iraq.…

IRAQ'S Top Muslim Cleric in London for Medical Treatment
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq‚s top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has
arrived in Britain to receive treatment for a heart condition.…

IRAQ Gunmen Kill Three US Servicemen
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq gunmen killed three US servicemen, one in the capital and two in the
south of the country, the US command said today. Two Marines…

FIGHTING spreads to southern Iraq after insurgence widens
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Fighting flared across Iraq on Friday as US-led coalition troops battled
militiamen loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in several cities for
a second day…

UN remains ''high-value'' target for attacks in Iraq, limiting…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The United Nations will remain ''a high-value'' target
for attacks in Iraq for the foreseeable future, which will severely limit
the number…

IRAQ Imbroglio Tests Allies' Resolve
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Some of America‚s staunchest allies in Iraq may be losing the battle
for hearts and minds at home. Nearly three in four Poles…

MEDIATOR: Kuwait stalling on Iraq captives
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… On 21 July, a previously unknown group calling itself “the Black Banners”
announced on a videotape sent to Aljazeera they had seized six foreigners
in Iraq.…

FIERCE clashes leave hundreds dead throughout Iraq
Xinhua – China
Militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wield their weapons
outside a mosque in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Sadr City, Iraq, August

BACKGROUNDER: List of foreign hostages killed or held in Iraq
Xinhua – China
7 (Xinhuanet) — The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday that three
Turkish citizens had been held hostage and two others were reported missing
in Iraq.…

EDITORIAL: Failed states?/Iraq, Afghanistan on the edge
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
You hear it all the time from defenders of the war in Iraq: Lots of progress
is being made, but the cynical media are ignoring this “good news.” In

NY Imam's Name Appeared in Iraq Papers
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – Documents found by American troops at a terrorist camp in
Iraq last year contained the name of a New York mosque imam now facing
federal charges…

PAUL Krugman: Finding the least bad answer in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
PRINCETON, New Jersey A funny thing happened after the United States transferred
sovereignty over Iraq. On the ground, things didn…

ANNAN: UN still a target in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan feels the world body has no option but
to limit its staff in Iraq since it remains a “high-value” target.…

FOUR truckers taken hostage in Iraq
TVNZ – New Zealand
Four Lebanese truck drivers have been taken hostage in Iraq, a source in
Beirut's Foreign Ministry says. The source said the four…

KERRY Hopes to Cut Troops in Iraq Within Year
Reuters – USA
… CITY (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said on
Friday he believes he could “significantly” cut American troop levels
in Iraq within a year…

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