Iraq News and Information Links May 8 2004
IRAQ abuse: Worst is yet to come
Straits Times – Singapore
… Mr Rumsfeld said that the military today holds between 7,000 and 8,000
detainees, down from a total of 43,671 that had been captured in Iraq.,4386,250043,00.html

NO plans to close Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison: US… – Canada
BAGHDAD (AP) – The commander of US detention facilities in Iraq said Saturday
the military will continue to operate the Abu Ghraib prison, despite calls

NEW Hampshire man still missing in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WEST CHESTERFIELD, NH (AP) A New Hampshire contractor is one of two men
still missing in Iraq following an attack on a group of tankers.…

SOLDIER from Long Beach killed in Iraq crash
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… death. In it, he said things had been tough in Iraq, and that he was
looking forward to coming home and seeing his sister again.…

STEPS To Help Indians Return Home From Iraq
Financial Express – New Delhi,India
… including tightening emigration control and asked its missions in Baghdad,
Amman and Kuwait to give assistance to Indians in the war-ravaged Iraq
wanting to…

US overseer in Iraq first knew of prisoner abuse in January
GEO – World
BAGHDAD: The US overseer for Iraq Paul Bremer was first told that Iraqi
prisoners were being abused at the notorious US-run jail at Abu Ghraib
in January.…

PRESSURE mounts over Iraq 'abuse'
BBC News – London,England,UK
… He said it would be “a matter of the gravest concern” if it emerged
the Red Cross had raised the issue of prisoners' abuses in Iraq with the
UK government…

US Urges UN to Change Stance on Iraq's Transitional Government ,…
Bloomberg – USA
May 8 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush's administration is urging
the United Nations envoy to Iraq to change his plan for the transitional

POLISH troops die in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Warsaw – Two Polish soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Iraq
Saturday, one of them after walking into an improvised booby trap and
the other in a…,,2-10-1460_1524084,00.html

NEW Iraq abuse and torture claims hit British regiment
Utusan Malaysia Online – Malaysia
… `You'd come back from Iraq and people wouldn't know what you've been
through. ``If you had pictures you could show them,'' he was quoted as

BUSH Calls Iraq Prisoner Abuse Wrongdoing of a Few
Wired News – USA
… that Iraqi prison was the wrongdoing of a few, and does not reflect
the character of the more than 200,000 military personnel who have served
in Iraq since the…

GRAND Forks soldier wounded in Iraq dies
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BISMARCK, ND – Spc. James Holmes, a North Dakota National Guard soldier
from Grand Forks who was injured Monday in Iraq, has died.…

RAPE of Iraq has other parallels
Times of India – India
… quagmire. This is the uncertain point in the Iraq impasse when the
coalition would dearly love to be reminded of the white man's burden.

DEFENCELESS Don could lose job over Iraq abuse
Times of India – India
… to its inner circle suggest that despite the outward display of support
for the Defence Secretary, years of battles with the Pentagon over Iraq
war planning…

DETAILS about deaths of prisoners in US custody in Iraq,…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
… Some of the deaths of prisoners in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan
have been ruled homicides. Others were attributed to natural causes.…
Qaim, Iraq, Nov.…

FORMER Iraq Hostage Thomas Hamill Returns to US, AP Reports
Bloomberg – USA
May 8 (Bloomberg) — Thomas Hamill, who was held hostage in Iraq for three
weeks, was greeted by friends and family when he returned to the US early

IRAQ‚S Shiites, Sunnis Form Anti-Occupation Body
Islam Online – UK
BAGHDAD, May 8 ( & News Agencies) ˆ Iraq's Sunnis and
Shiites formed Saturday, May 8, a pan-religious body to stream efforts
for ending the…

TWO Polish soldiers die in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
… and rolled down an embankment. Poland leads part of the multinational
force in Iraq which includes about 2,400 of its own troops.

US Presses UN on Role in Iraq for Politicians
New York Times – USA
… is said to be wedded to a large role for Adnan Pachachi, the former
foreign minister who has guided the process of writing Iraq's transitional

WEST Chester contractor missing in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Nick Berg was on his way out of Iraq. He had … structure.
He first went to Iraq on Dec. 21. He stayed until Feb. 1…

AMNESTY Urges Probe Into “War Crimes” In Iraq
Islam Online – UK
… Amnesty International urges the US government to investigate the allegations
at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq, and other detention facilities to establish

BUSH Says Iraq Prisoner Abuse Won't Derail `Mission' (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
May 8 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said the US will continue
its mission in Iraq after transferring sovereignty to an interim government
on June 30…

IRAQ Mission Undercut by Abuse – Democrat Clark
Reuters – USA
… law.”. Clark, a former NATO commander who directed the 1999 bombing
campaign in Kosovo, was an early critic of the war in Iraq. A…

IN Iraq until end of 2005
Manila Times – Manila,Philippines
WASHINGTON DC˜Iraq probably will continue to be unstable and violent
for more than a year, US commanders said, in announcing plans to keep
the current level…

JAMESTOWN soldier injured in Iraq
In-Forum (subscription) – Fargo,ND,USA
A North Dakota National Guard soldier from Jamestown has been injured in
Iraq, family members say. Philip Brown, 21, suffered a…

IRAQ/ANALYSIS: Rumsfeld plays defense
Tucson Citizen – Tucson,AZ,USA
… It is not clear whether the United States has begun to repair the damage
done to the nation's reputation and credibility, especially in Iraq.…

BUSH Iraq Prisoner Abuse Is 'Wrongdoing of a Few'
Reuters – USA
… that Iraqi prison was the wrongdoing of a few, and does not reflect
the character of the more than 200,000 military personnel who have served
in Iraq since the…

UN Iraq Envoy Rebuffs Governing Council Criticism
Reuters – USA
… interim government on June 30. It will be responsible for leading Iraq
to elections set for next January. “What we have done is…

RUMSFELD apologizes for prison scandal; clashes in southern Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… prisoners continued after US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld apologized
for the conduct of his troops, while British forces in southern Iraq clashed

JAPANESE rotation troops head for Iraq
Xinhua – China
TOKYO, May 8 (Xinhuanet) — A Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) contingent
left Japan late Saturday for Iraq to replace the soldiers based there.

IRAQ abuse portends hard times
BBC News - London,England,UK
The events of a disastrous week for the US-led coalition in Iraq have left
senior officials profoundly depressed about the prospects over the next
few months. ...

POLISH soldier killed in Iraq
Al Jazeera - World
... He refused to identify the victims. The driver was the third Polish
soldier to die while serving in Iraq (news - web sites). In ...

UN Iraq Envoy Rebuffs Governing Council Criticism
Reuters – USA
… Iraqi interim government rebuffed criticism from members of the US-appointed
Governing Council who have accused him of not consulting them on his plans
for Iraq…

BRITISH Newspapers Publish Fresh Accounts of Prisoner Abuse in…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The Daily Mirror Saturday, carried a front page picture showing an Iraqi
man with bloodied teeth in the back of a military vehicle.…

US general recommended military police 'soften up' prisoners in…
National Post (subscription) – Canada
WASHINGTON (AP) – An American general recommended that US army prison guards
in Iraq become more involved in “softening up” prisoners for interrogations

FIERCE fighting erupts in Iraq
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – Charleston,SC,USA
KARBALA, IRAQ—American soldiers battled insurgents led by a rebel Shiite
cleric Friday, killing scores of Iraqis, as the cleric delivered a defiant,

BRITISH troops, Sadr militia clash in southern Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BASRA, Iraq : British soldiers raided two offices of radical Shiite cleric
Moqtada Sadr and killed five militiamen during a series of gun battles
in southern…

PRIVATE charged over Iraq abuse photos
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… She left for Iraq in February 2003. … He said: “You‚d come back
from Iraq and people wouldn‚t know what you‚ve been through.…

The Sentinel – Stoke-on-Trent,England,UK
A Territorial Army soldier returning home from Iraq says he fears photographs
allegedly showing Iraqi prisoners being abused have endangered British

US powerless to halt Iraq net images
BBC News – London,England,UK
Last year's US-led war in Iraq presented a showcase for the Pentagon's
superior military technology – but as the occupation drags on, gadgetry
is increasingly…

COLONEL gives third graders flag from Iraq; 'Adopted soldier'…
Toledo Blade – Toledo,OH,USA
FOSTORIA – Pictures of Saddam Hussein's palace and a massive ship that
delivered US soldiers to Iraq prompted a chorus of “ooohs” and “ahhhs”
from second and…

POLISH soldier dies in Iraq road accident
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… military hospital. He refused to identify the victims. The driver was
the third Polish soldier to die while serving in Iraq. In November…

FIERCE fighting erupts in southern Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
8 (UPI) — Fierce fighting was reported Saturday between Shiite rebels
and British troops in southern Iraq amid reports of heavy Iraqi casualties.

MURTHA - Administration mishandling war in Iraq
Washington Observer Reporter - Washington,PA,USA
... John Murtha blasted the Bush administration Friday, calling its members
arrogant and irresponsible in their management of the war in Iraq, which
he says may be ...

ABUSE in US-run prisons in Iraq amounted to 'torture': ICRC
Channel News Asia - Singapore
GENEVA : The international Red Cross says the abuse it found in Iraq's
US-run prisons was systematic and amounted to torture, adding that it
first raised ...

UN envoy: Government in Iraq will be limited
Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday he wants the government
that takes over from the US-led occupation on June 30 to have only limited
powers ...

FEMALE Soldier Charged in Iraq Abuse Case
Washington Post - Washington,DC,USA
... police unit to be charged in a scandal that has drawn outrage around
the world and damaged the reputation of the United States as it tries
to stabilize Iraq. ...

REACTION to Iraq Prison Abuse at Reservists' Home Base
NPR (audio) - USA
... SILVERMAN : She's not referring to Iraq here, nor is she talking about
the actions of the Cumberland area people accused of abusing captive Iraqi
men. ...

SOLDIER Back From Iraq, Sees Ill Mother
Kansas City Star (subscription) - Kansas City,MO,USA
WAUSAU, Wis. - Home from Iraq for Mother's Day, Army Pvt. ... Wagner, 19,
was sent to Iraq in February with the Army's 1st Infantry Division. ...

POLL: Iraq abuse upsetting; Rumsfeld support high
Seattle Times - Seattle,WA,USA
By The Associated Press. WASHINGTON &Mac247; A majority of Americans say they
are upset about reports of abuse of Iraqi prisoners, though ...

PRISONER abuse in Iraq is part of a larger pattern
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
... to grasp how deeply shocking were the pictures of the Muslims burning
and dismembering and hanging from bridges our American civilians working
in Iraq.". ...

RUMSFELD Offers "Deepest Apology" For Iraq Prisoners Abuses
IndoLink - San Ramon,CA,USA
... come, he warned. He said that the Geneva Conventions applied to all
detainees held by US forces in Iraq. "The Geneva Conventions ...

WANT to go to Iraq, circular asks policemen
Indian Express - New Delhi,India
But in the wake of a controversy over recruitment of ex-servicemen in Iraq
or the abject working conditions there, a circular from the Bureau of
Police ...

UN Iraq envoy takes on critics
The Australian - Australia
Brahimi, who arrived in Iraq on Thursday, also stressed that his proposals
were only "ideas in principle" which he developed after consultations
with Iraqis ...,5744,9505276%255E1702,00.html

MORE 'proof' of British army abuse in Iraq
Al-Jazeera - Qatar
... He told the Daily Mirror: "You'd come back from Iraq and people wouldn't
know what you've been through. If you had pictures you could show them.

IRAQ clashes continue
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Sporadic fighting between US troops and Iraqi insurgents
continued in Najaf and Karbala on Friday, while radical cleric Muqtada

COMBUSTIBLE mix at Iraq prison
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… you.”. Months later, seven prison guards have been charged with abusing
prisoners and are awaiting possible courts-martial in Iraq.…

EL Salvador to maintain military presence in Iraq till June 1
Xinhua – China
MEXICO CITY, May 7 (Xinhuanet) — Salvador's outgoing President Francisco
Flores said on Friday that his country's troops will stay in Iraq till
June 1 when…

WHERE Are Iraq's Refugees?
Slate – USA
… the latest in a long string of calamities you can blame on the Bush
administration's stubborn refusal to prepare beforehand for the postwar
occupation of Iraq.…

20 Sadr men among 32 killed in Iraq
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
BAGHDAD: US soldiers killed 20 of Muqtada Sadr‚s al-Mahdi Army militia
on Friday in clashes in and around Najaf, while six of a family, including

US hopes for Iraq must bend to facts
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
From the beginning, President Bush's ambitions to invade, occupy and then
transform Iraq into a model pro-Western democracy had a very small chance
of success…

LOWBALLING the costs in Iraq
Palm Beach Post – Palm Beach,FL,USA
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, told National Public Radio on
Wednesday that the $25 billion President Bush just requested for Iraq
isn't for Iraq.…

TO succeed in Iraq, don't be too hasty
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… Unfortunately, lack of patience has been one of the major flaws of
the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq since the fall of Saddam
Hussein last year.…

ABUSE of Prisoners in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Joseph I. Lieberman's opening comments at the hearing to address the abuse
of prisoners in Iraq, he tried to connect the abuse of Iraqi prisoners
with the…

SOLDIER who killed 2 in Iraq jail defends actions
swissinfo – Switzerland
… Stowe also blamed the military and politicians in Washington for turning
a blind eye to realities in Iraq. “The military chain of command.…

MORE photos, videos in Iraq abuse scandal
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
WASHINGTON – The abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison includes more photographs
and videos that are potentially worse than the photos shown around the
world of…

MORE to come in Iraq prison scandal: Rumsfeld
ABC Online – Australia
The United States Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld has signalled that
the worst is yet to come in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal.…

INSIDE Iraq's Alcatraz
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… The stark penitentiary is perhaps Iraq‚s most visible symbol of brutality,
sitting amid languid palm groves and farms just north of the main road

CONTRACTORS Return to Iraq, but Numbers Are Still Down
New York Times – USA
Contractors involved in the rebuilding of Iraq have begun returning to
the country, but their numbers are still down by about a third from what
they were…

NZ police quit to work as security in Iraq – New Zealand
New Zealand police officers have been told they cannot work as security
guards in Iraq while on leave, after three officers were forced to quit
for doing so.…,2106,2901892a10,00.html

TWO Polish Journalists Die in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
WARSAW, May 7 — Leading Polish war correspondent Waldemar Milewicz and
a Polish Algerian colleague were killed in Iraq on Friday when their car
was raked by…

US Urges American Firms to Conduct Business in Iraq Despite…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
In spite of continuing security problems in Iraq, US contractors continue
to operate there and many report progress in the effort to rebuild the

RUMSFELD Takes Responsibility for Iraq Prisoner Abuse (Update8)
Bloomberg – USA
… The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Six in 10 said the US occupation is bogged down in Iraq. Senator…

RUMSFELD Names Panel to Probe Iraq Prison Abuse
Reuters – USA
By Charles Aldinger. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of four prominent former
government and military officials will conduct a review…

PRISONER abuse a setback for Iraq campaign, Rice says
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
LANSING ˜ National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Friday the
US can mend its damaged image in Iraq by dealing openly and firmly with

US resident who was detained in Iraq alleges abuse
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… (KRT) – A US resident who was held prisoner in another detention center
in Iraq last year said prisoners there were also beaten and sexually humiliated.

US soldier in Iraq abuse photos charged
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… England was reassigned to a military police unit at Fort Bragg when
she returned from Iraq and will continue her duties, the Corps statement

DONALD Rumsfeld Takes Responsibility For Iraq Prisoner Abuse
In the days preceding the hearing, many partisans on the Hill had been
calling for Rumsfeld to step down over his handling of the Iraq situation
in general and…

KERRY, Vietnam and Iraq
AlterNet – USA
Hoffman took part in the invasion of Iraq and served there for a year before
returning home recently to tell Americans what he saw.…

BRITISH Troops Hit by New Iraq Abuse Claims
Reuters – USA
… The report comes as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
said Friday visits to coalition forces' detention centers in Iraq last
year revealed…

US must not falter in Iraq: PM Goh
Straits Times – Singapore
… speech at the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday,
Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong was questioned about US policy
in Iraq and towards…,4386,249885,00.html

DAILY US military deaths in Iraq – MI,USA
(AP) ˜ As of Friday, May 7, 763 US service members have died since the
beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department

MP in Iraq worked at troubled Pa. prison
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… Graner, 35, faces a possible court-martial on criminal charges of maltreatment
and indecent acts in Iraq, his civilian attorney, Guy Womack, has said.

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