Iraq News and Information Links July 8 2004
LAWMAKER assails Iraq intelligence report
… A Senate Intelligence Committee report due to be released on Friday
will sharply criticize the CIA for pre-war intelligence failures in Iraq,
but a senior…

IRAQ mortar attack kills five US soldiers
Reuters – London,England,UK
… The attack came on Thursday as a Lebanese-born US marine missing from
his unit in Iraq, who was at one point reported to have been beheaded
by his captors, was…

CHINA hopes for early restoration of security in Iraq: FM
Xinhua – China
… Li also briefed Zibari on China's decision to reopen its embassy in
Iraq. Zibari appreciated China's support for Iraq's interim…

IRAQ dominates defence talks
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ dominated talks between Australian Defence Minister Robert Hill and
United States Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when the pair met in Washington
US panel to issue Iraq report
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… today is expected to hammer the US Central Intelligence Agency for
much of the failed intelligence that Washington used to justify last year's
invasion of Iraq…,5478,10086011%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ Car Bomb, Mortar Attack Kills 5 US Soldiers, 2 Iraqis
Bloomberg – USA
July 8 (Bloomberg) — Five US soldiers and two members of Iraq's National
Guard were killed when insurgents targeted a security forces building
in Samarra…

IRAQ court to probe UK soldiers' deaths
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will hand over its investigations into the deaths
of eight of its soldiers in Iraq to an Iraqi criminal court, Defence Secretary
US Marine freed in Iraq believed back home in Lebanon, keeps out…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BEIRUT : The US embassy said it believed a Lebanese-born US Marine missing in Iraq last month and once feared beheaded by Islamist captors was now back in…
IRAQ'S martial-law powers unveiled
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — As Iraq's interim government announced its long-awaited special security law yesterday, dozens of militants fought a gunbattle with Iraqi and…
PHILIPPINES stops citizens from travelling to Iraq to work
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Macaraig. MANILA : Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered her government to stop sending contract workers to Iraq.…
INQUIRY Report to Drag Blair Back Into Iraq Mire
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's Tony Blair, yearning to put behind him a year in which Iraq has wreaked havoc on his ratings, faces a new test of his ability to…
CIA blamed for faulty data on Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – A Senate committee has determined that CIA analysts were primarily to blame for flawed US intelligence assessments of Iraq's banned weapons…
THREE US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attack
Reuters – USA
… The latest violence erupted a day after Iraq's interim government announced a new security law giving itself tougher powers to combat a bloody insurgency…,1,6303323.story?coll=la-headlines-nation
PENTAGON Outlines Troop Rotation Plan for Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is planning for the “worst-case” scenario in Iraq over the next year, preparing to send in more armored units to battle an…
IRAQ Group Says It's Behind Falluja Contractor Killings
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq said in a tape obtained Thursday it was behind the March shooting of four US contractors in…
KOREAN Banks Also Going to Iraq?
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
With domestic banks urgently calling their employers and families in the Middle East back home due to the political unrest in Iraq, the Defense Ministry has…
IRAQ'S PM given wide-ranging security powers
ABC Online – Australia
DAVID HARDAKER: To Iraq now where new laws were introduced under 24 hours ago, granting Iraq's Prime Minister Iyad Allawi the right to introduce martial law…
SECURITY Woes May Prevent Iraq PM Visit to EU
Reuters – USA
Allawi had accepted an invitation to meet EU foreign ministers next Monday to discuss how the 25-nation bloc can contribute to Iraq's reconstruction following…
PHILIPPINES bars workers from Iraq after insurgents threaten to…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines barred its workers from traveling to Iraq on Thursday after an Arab television station aired a video in which militants…
IRAQ Confirms US Has Removed Nuclear Material
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government confirmed Thursday the United States has removed radioactive material from Iraq, saying ousted dictator Saddam…
US will call up army retirees to plug Iraq gaps
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The Pentagon is planning for the worst in Iraq over the next year, preparing to send in more armoured units to fight an unrelenting insurgency, an army …topic,9565,661521,00.html
MEET Iraq's New Strongman
It's just like the US Patriot Act, said Iraq's new minister for human rights, in an effort to sell the Western media on the sweeping emergency powers his…
SECOND NC-based Marine identified as Iraq fatality
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – Another North Carolina-based Marine has been identified as a victim of fighting in Iraq's Anbar province, the Defense Department said…
SHADES of the Old Iraq
New York Times – USA
It is less than two weeks since Iyad Allawi took office as Iraq's interim prime minister, yet his governing methods already carry a whiff of the old-style Arab…
LACK of contacts in Iraq hampers RP efforts to identify 'Pinoy…
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Charge d'Affaires to Iraq Ricardo Endaya said Thursday efforts to verify if the man seized by gunmen in Iraq is a Filipino were being hampered by lack of…
AL-QAEDA had only limited ties with Iraq: 9/11 panel
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… looking into the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 is firmly standing by its assertion that the Al-Qaeda had only limited ties with Iraq before the terror…
US Faulted for Leaving Tons of Uranium in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Nuclear experts yesterday questioned a decision by the Energy Department to leave in Iraq nearly 400 tons of natural uranium that could be enriched for a…
US shipped nuclear material from Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
UNITED NATIONS – The United States didn't have authorization from the UN nuclear watchdog agency when it secretly shipped from Iraq uranium and highly…
OFFICIALS dismiss talk of draft, Iraq buildup
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… said Wednesday that the Bush administration has no intention of bringing back the draft and no plan to significantly boost troop levels in Iraq after the…
IRAQ jail short on foreign fighters
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq said Wednesday it was holding 29 foreign fighters in the maximum-security portion of Abu Ghraib prison, a much smaller figure than the…

IRAQ'S new government takes emergency powers amid fresh fighting…
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Iraq's new government yesterday announced sweeping emergency powers to
set curfews, cordon off insecure areas, and detain suspected insurgents,
as fighting in…

PHILIPPINES mulls military pullout demand amid Iraq kidnapping
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
… Thursday to discuss the case of a Filipino worker reportedly taken
hostage by militants demanding the withdrawal of Philippines soldiers
and police from Iraq.…

SENATE Iraq Report Said to Skirt White House Use of Intelligence
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, July 7 – A bipartisan Senate report to be issued Friday that
is highly critical of prewar intelligence on Iraq will sidestep the question
of how…

US secretly removes uranium from Iraq
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON: The United States has secretly removed more than 1.7 tonnes
of enriched uranium and other radioactive materials from Iraq that could
potentially be…

US Starts Drawing Plans to Cut Its Troops in Iraq
New York Times – USA
… an interim Iraqi government now in place, the Pentagon is beginning
long-range planning on how to reduce the number of American troops in
Iraq, senior military…

SENATE Report to Detail Iraq Intelligence Flaws
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Senate Intelligence Committee report this week
will sharply criticize the CIA for a predisposed mindset that Iraq had
weapons of mass…

PHILIPPINES Halts Troop Deployment to Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt (AP)—Armed Iraq insurgents threatened to kill a Filipino
hostage if his country does not withdraw from Iraq, according to a video
that aired…

VETERANS oppose war in Iraq as deceitful
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
AUSTIN, Texas – (KRT) – The US government has deceitfully committed the
country to an unjust and costly war in Iraq, returning soldiers from Iraq

RP halts deployment of OFWs in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
President Arroyo ordered Thursday a halt to a further deployment of Filipino
workers in Iraq after a Filipino was reported abducted Wednesday by gunmen
in the…

ANALYSIS: How secure is Iraq's security?
United Press International – USA
WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) — “Lawless and chaotic,” is how Egypt's leading
newspaper described the situation across Iraq Wednesday, where attacks
against US…

HOW the Iraq war could have been lost.
Slate – USA
For all the talk about “military transformation” and the “cybernetic battlefield,”
the war in Iraq˜the battlefield phase of the war, fought in March and

A Daily Look at US Iraq Military Deaths
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Wednesday, July 7, 867 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

IRAQ Unveils Tough Emergency Law
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 8 July 2004 ˜ Iraq‚s interim government yesterday unveiled
a tough emergency law granting Prime Minister Iyad Allawi far-reaching
powers as rebels…

US transferred nearly 2 million tons of uranium from Iraq to US…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The United States didn't have authorization from the
UN nuclear watchdog when it secretly shipped from Iraq uranium and highly

FILIPINO taken hostage in Iraq: Al-Jazeera
Xinhua – China
The Filipino abducted was reportedly employed by a Saudi company working
with US troops based in Iraq. He was kidnapped by an armed…

IRAQ PM given sweeping powers
Guardian – UK
Iraq's new prime minister Ayad Allawi was yesterday given sweeping powers
to counter insurgents, including the right to declare a state of emergency
and to…,2763,1256416,00.html

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