Iraq News and Information Links October 7 2004
Focus Back On Iraq After VP Debate
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) A day after their one and only face-to-face debate, the vice presidential candidates took their skirmish on Iraq and domestic issues out on the
Cheney Defends Iraq War Despite Absence of WMD
Wired News – USA
MIAMI (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday staunchly defended the decision to invade Iraq despite the finding of a US arms inspector that Iraq …

White House Reacts to Iraq Weapons Report
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
a decade. The immediacy of the threat from those weapons was the president's biggest justification for invading Iraq. White House
Kerry's troubling conflict over Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
Kerry. Why has he had so much trouble offering a coherent position on Iraq – the most important issue in the presidential race?
Iraq Attacks Kill 2 Soldiers, Injure 2, US Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – United States
US troops have been the frequent target of attacks by insurgents opposed to Iraq's interim government and the presence of foreign soldiers in the country.
Bigley Kidnap: Iraq Leader Hints at Deal
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Louise Barnett, PA News. Iraq's interim Prime Minister has hinted at behind the scenes movement in the case of British hostage Ken Bigley.
Editorials Consider Iraq-WMD Report
Editor & Publisher (subscription) – New York,NY,USA
Editorials in several leading newspapers today responded to the final report released yesterday by Charles A. Duelfer, the US chief weapons inspector in Iraq.
Bush Battles CIA Report, Bremer Remarks on Iraq Ahead of Debate
Bloomberg – United States
Louis with Democratic challenger John Kerry: regaining the offensive while keeping his composure in defending the war in Iraq and his economic policies.
Iraq cleric aide says ceasefire deal reached
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The top aide to Iraq's rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has announced that Shi'ite militiamen will hand over their weapons as part of a
Australian Voters Face Stark Choice on Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
He didn't mention Iraq once. “I stand by the decision we took in relation to Iraq,” Howard said after his speech in Canberra.
Major flaws noted in Iraq oil-for-food program
The Globe and Mail (subscription) – Toronto,ON,Canada
permitted recipients to purchase certain amounts of oil at a profit, according to the report issued Wednesday by Charles Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group
Iraq Attacks Kill Two US Soldiers, Injure Two, Military Says
Bloomberg – United States
The other soldier was killed and an Iraqi interpreter hurt in an attack on their patrol late yesterday in Bayji, in northern Iraq, the military said.,5478,11002497%255E664,00.html
Iraq back with big wheat order
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE nation's wheat farmers have been repaid for Australia's military involvement in Iraq with a $300 million wheat order. Confirmation
France disputes Iraq bribe claims
BBC News – London,England,UK
The report, which found Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction at the time of the US-led invasion, has fuelled the debate about justification for the war.
Iraq weapons report becomes political fodder
WASHINGTON – Coming a month before the presidential elections, the final US report on Iraq's weapons capability quickly became a political tool as both
Al-Sadr aide released in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
on the west bank of the Tigris river, has been a frequent target for insurgents using car bombs, rockets and mortars to attack US forces and Iraq's US-backed
Sadr Aide Freed as Iraq Seeks Pre-Election Calm
Reuters – USA
Talks have also been under way to defuse Iraq's most stubborn troublespot, Falluja, and the Sunni Muslim city's chief negotiator said they could bear fruit soon

Iraq Again In Forefront as Australian Election Approaches
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Australia's election campaign is in its final stages, with the country's role in Iraq again a major talking point. Australian Prime
Freed Indonesian hostages arrive home after Iraq ordeal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The two, Istiqomah Misnad, aged 36, and Casingkem Astin, aged 22, arrived home after transiting in the United Arab Emirates from Iraq.
REPORT fuels Iraq WMD debate
CNN International – USA
The CIA report, authored by Charles Duelfer, who advises the director of central intelligence on Iraqi weapons, said Iraq's WMD program had essentially…
REPORTS put pressure on Bush over Iraq invasion
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… officials and internal CIA analyses have combined to undermine many of the central rationales of the administration's case for war with Iraq — and its…
REPORT says Iraq had no banned weapons as US forces attack rebels
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… In Washington, chief US weapons inspector Charles Duelfer told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iraq's chemical, biological and nuclear weapons were…

UNION for UN staff objects to Iraq duty
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… On Wednesday, staff union representatives released a letter to Secretary General Kofi Annan urging that no more staffers be sent to Iraq and that the 32 people…
GALLOWAY denies profiting from Iraq food fund
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Story in full FORMER Labour MP George Galloway has strenuously denied trying to profit illegally from Iraq’s oil-for-food programme.…
Japan: Report that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction does
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) The government's top spokesman said Thursday that Japan's stance on the Iraq war was not undermined by a US arms inspector's report that there is no

Striking on Iraq war
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
President George W. Bush yesterday heaped new criticism on his Democratic opponent, charging that John Kerry would “retreat” in Iraq, “fawn over” foreign
Iraq, Sadr Militia Begin Peace Talks
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,United States
Sadr's aides have been negotiating with officials of Iraq's interim government, but no deal has yet been announced. NPR's Emily Harris reports.,4057,11001104%255E1702,00.html
No regrets over Iraq: Howard – Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard today refused to express any regret about going to war in Iraq, despite a US report which found no evidence Saddam Hussein produced
UN Workers Urge Annan To Pull UN Staff From Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
7 October 2004 — United Nations workers are calling on Secretary-General Kofi Annan to pull all UN staff out of Iraq. Two groups
US soldier killed in bomb attack in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, has been a bastion of insurgency against US occupation forces since the US invasion of Iraq last year. Enditem.
Muslim Reservist Loses Iraq War Legal Battle
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A Muslim reservist airman who refused to take part in the Iraq war because of his religious beliefs lost his landmark legal battle today over his prosecution
Probe finds no illicit Iraq arms
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — Iraq did not maintain an active program to develop weapons of mass destruction after the 1991 Persian Gulf War and had no chemical, biological
Howard defends Iraq war
BBC News – London,England,UK
He was responding to the chief UN weapons inspector's report that found no stockpiles of banned weapons in Iraq at the time of the US-led invasion.
UN unions say Iraq too risky
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
On Wednesday, staff union representatives released a letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan urging that no more staff members be sent to Iraq and that the 32
SA soldiers may be heading for Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
By Graeme Hosken. The United Nations is expected to ask South Africa to provide close-protection troops for senior staff in Iraq.
Japan's Koizumi Still Backs US in Iraq After Weapons Report
Bloomberg – United States
Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — Japan still supports the US invasion of Iraq after a CIA report said Iraq did not possess stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons
Cheney and Edwards battle over Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
CLEVELAND: Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic Sen John Edwards battled fiercely over the war in Iraq on Tuesday in a debate that featured repeated
White House defends Iraq war strategy
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
The White House staunchly defended its Iraq policy on Tuesday as new questions emerged about US President George W. Bush's prewar decisions and postwar planning
Suicide car bomb kills 10 in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: A suicide car bomb blew up near a National Guard centre in western Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, as US and Iraqi forces pushed on
Irish passport may save UK hostage in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
The Irish government issued a passport to Iraq hostage Ken Bigley in the hope that the country's long history of conflict with Britain might sway those holding,2106,3057464a10,00.html
Australia PM says no apologies for Iraq war – New Zealand
CANBERRA: Australian Prime Minister John Howard refused today to apologise for joining the US-led invasion of Iraq despite a new US report that said Baghdad,5744,10999115%255E1702,00.html
UN staff seek Iraq withdrawal
The Australian – Australia
organisations representing more than 60,000 United Nations staff members have urged Secretary-General Kofi Annan to pull all UN staff out of Iraq because of,2763,1321563,00.html
Iraq kept up WMD pretence 'to deter Iran'
Guardian – UK
from using weapons of mass destruction during the first Gulf war because of the effect it would have had on world opinion, according to the Iraq Survey Group
Editorial: Cheney on Iraq/Through a lens of unreality
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
What especially stood out, given several strains of news this week, was Cheney's insistence that the administration had done “exactly the right thing” on Iraq.
Iraq didn't pose weapons threat at time of invasion, US inspector
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
weapons or the capability to produce them, and his nuclear weapons program was deteriorating when the United States led last year's invasion of Iraq, the top
Gaddafi asks Iraq kidnappers to release British hostage
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE Libyan leader, Muammar al-Gaddafi, appealed yesterday to kidnappers in Iraq to free the British hostage Kenneth Bigley. JANA
Australian PM unrepentant over Iraq invasion
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY : Australian Prime Minister John Howard was defiant about his support for the war in Iraq despite a new report's finding that Saddam Hussein did not
How long will it take to get over Iraq?
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
Some Southerners aren't over it yet, after 140 years. How long will it take to get over Iraq? President Bush is fighting the Iraq war on the cheap.,4386,276551,00.html
Cheney and Edwards clash over Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore,Singapore
CLEVELAND (Ohio) – Iraq and the war on terror dominated the vice-presidential debate of the United States election campaign, with incumbent Dick Cheney
US Inspector Reports No Banned Weapons in Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraq had no stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons and its nuclear program had decayed before last year's US-led invasion, the
Iraq war justified, Bush insists again
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON Strongly defending his position despite a new report undercutting the explanation for his invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush insisted again
Iraq, Sadr Militia Begin Peace Talks
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,United States
Sadr's aides have been negotiating with officials of Iraq's interim government, but no deal has yet been announced. NPR's Emily Harris reports.
White House officials undermine Bush's position on Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
President George W. Bush's rationale for the Iraq war, and his subsequent handling of the conflict, have been undermined by two of his own top officials
Iraq leaders vow to retake rebel enclaves as British FM visits
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The British minister said he was confident Iraq's interim government was doing everything possible to crush the insurgency and establish a viable framework for

Gadhafi Appeals for Freedom of British Hostage in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi has appealed for the release of British engineer Kenneth Bigley, who was taken hostage in Iraq three weeks ago.,4390,276606,00.html
Report shows Iraq sanctions not working: Blair
Straits Times – Singapore,Singapore
ADDIS ABABA (Ethiopia) – Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday that the chief US arms inspector's report on Iraq shows that United Nations sanctions

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