Iraq News and Information Links August 8 2004
THE Real Combat in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Last Friday, as John Kerry was making a promise to withdraw most US forces
from Iraq within a year, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit was engaged
in hand-to…
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0809/p08s03-comv.html

IRAQ shuts Al Jazeera bureau
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Allawi has ordered the temporary closure of the television network
Al Jazeera's Baghdad bureau, the Arab world's primary source of news from
Iraq, saying that…
www.iht.com/articles/533094.htm

IRANIAN diplomat abducted in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
An Islamic group said on Sunday in a televised statement it had “detained‰
an Iranian diplomat in Iraq for allegedly stirring sectarian strife, in
a move…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_936378,0015002200000140.htm

CHALABIS deny charges made in Iraq warrants
CNN – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi and
his nephew Salem Chalabi vehemently denied charges leveled against them
in Iraqi arrest…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/08/08/chalabis/

COMPLICATED Tally of Casualties in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Liane Hansen reviews the numbers of casualities since
the American-led invasion of Iraq last year. In Iraq this…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3839321

MILITANTS Reportedly Abduct Iranian Diplomat in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Militants in Iraq have reportedly kidnapped an Iranian diplomat, and the
Iraqi government has reinstated the death penalty. Iranian…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=4A8530D4-BB7E-46A7-8A15CBE5B554C4BC

MILITANTS Kidnap Iranian Diplomat in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Militants in Iraq have kidnapped an Iranian diplomat
and accused him of inciting sectarian strife in a country deeply divided
between the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5904686

KIDNAPPINGS are hindering progress toward a stable and secure Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
Yet another kidnapping has been reported in Iraq. This time, a militant
group calling itself The Islamic Army in Iraq has announced…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&article_id=7066&categ_id=17

IRAQ issues arrest warrants for prominent Iraqi politicians
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for Ahmad Chalabi, a former governing
council member, on counterfeiting charges and another for Salem Chalabi,
the head of…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/08/international1513EDT0505.DTL

IRAQ invasion a “tremendous gift” to bin Laden
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
WASHINGTON: The US invasion of Iraq was a “tremendous gift” to Osama bin
Laden and a major setback in the struggle against Al-Qaeda, according
to a CIA…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=7074

IRAQ'S Allawi Tours Najaf; Urges Militants to Down Arms
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister ordered Shi'ite fighters
to lay down their weapons and leave the holy city of Najaf Sunday, but
fighting raged on…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5904437

IRANIAN Diplomat Kidnapped In Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) — The Iranian government on Sunday confirmed that an Iranian
diplomat has been kidnapped in Iraq, saying that it is closely following
the issue.…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/9/2004&Cat=2&Num=006

IRAQ Death-Penalty Decision Condemned
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… PA News. Human rights campaigners today condemned a decision by Iraq‚s
interim government to reinstate capital punishment. The…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3315589

US May Be Provoking Clashes In Iraq: FM Spokesman
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… other Iraqi cities in recent days, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman
said on Sunday that the United States may be behind these clashes as Iraq
prepares to…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/9/2004&Cat=2&Num=007

EX-FM Warns Of 'Seeds Of Resistance' In Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (IRNA) — An advisor to Iran's supreme leader says US troops have
already 'sown the seeds of resistance' in Iraq by disrespecting holy sites
in Najaf…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/9/2004&Cat=2&Num=004

IRAQ Orders Militia from Najaf; Iranian Diplomat Taken
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's interim prime minister ordered Shi'ite fighters
to lay down their weapons and leave the holy city of Najaf Sunday, but
fighting…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=59043

KIDNAPPERS set fresh terms for freeing Indian hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
8 (Xinhuanet) — In what is seen as a setback to efforts for freeing three
Indians held hostage in Iraq, the kidnappers laid down fresh conditions
Sunday, but…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/08/content_1739185.htm

IRAN confirms diplomat seized in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Claiming themselves as “Islamic Army in Iraq”, the kidnappersaccused
Jihani of fanning sectarian clashes in Iraq, warning Irannot to interfere
in Iraq's affairs…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/09/content_1740236.htm

GOVT set to lift ban on OFWs for Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
A month after the kidnapping of Angelo de la Cruz in Iraq, the government
is now planning to lift the ban on the deployment of some 6,000 Filipino
workers…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=Headlines&oid=56906

DEATH penalty to be reinstated in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Iraq has reinstated the death penalty for murderers and those threatening
national security, according to a US-appointed, interim Iraqi government
spokesman.…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/69F4969F-E69D-4472-B854-357E97B6FAF6.htm

IRAN-IRAQ ties strain further
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Relations between Iran and Iraq have worsened after Tehran said it would
not discuss serious issues with Baghdad's interim authorities and an Iraqi
Islamic…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4F2564A3-FD71-42CC-A211-BEEE68A63260.htm

IRAQ reimposes death penalty
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Iraq's government reluctantly reinstated the death penalty for
crimes including murder, kidnapping and drug running on Sunday, saying
the move was a…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1091976122311B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

IRANIAN diplomat seized in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
An Iranian diplomat, accused of inciting sectarian strife in the Iraq,
has been taken captive, Iranian state television in Tehran has reported.

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/82DEC101-CDCA-4349-9196-7D1ADE2BEF11.htm

FORMER Australian Officials Say Government Lied over Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A group of former Australian officials has accused Prime Minister John
Howard of deceiving the country over the reasons for going to war in Iraq.

www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=2EDAA050-9951-41BE-BA31A66AD6C1239E

TRUTH the first casualty in Iraq war
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Steele. Former senior Australian military and diplomatic officers have
expressed concern at the way Australia became involved in Iraq.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/08/1091903443377.html

INSURGENTS raise stakes in Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
THE make-or-break season has arrived for Iraq's interim Government and
the US occupying forces, as fighting continues into its fourth day in
the holy city of…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10384634%255E401,00.html

IRAQ reinstates capital punishment
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Baghdad ˜ Iraq reinstated capital punishment for people guilty of murder,
endangering national security and distributing drugs, the government announced

www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040808.wcapital0808/BNStory/Front/

TOP diplomat kidnapped in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad – Militants in Iraq said on Sunday they had taken a top Iranian
diplomat hostage, according to video shown on the Arab-language Al-Arabiya
television…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1569918,00.html

TRUCK driver kidnapped in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
THE driver of a Kuwaiti truck was kidnapped by militants in Iraq and his
vehicle was set on fire, witnesses and the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said
today.…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10386257%255E1702,00.html

DOES Iraq Invasion Inhibit Intervention in Sudan?
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Sudan's Darfur region may be a prime target
for humanitarian intervention but the US invasion of Iraq has given those
opposed to any…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=reutersEdge&storyID=5904030

IRAQ PM Orders Fighters Out of Najaf; Toll Climbs
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's interim prime minister ordered Shi'ite fighters
to lay down their weapons and leave the holy city of Najaf Sunday, but
the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5903906

IRAQ Reinstates Capital Punishment
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq reinstated on Sunday its capital punishment law for
people guilty of murder, endangering national security and distributing
drugs, the…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/9350619.htm

KUWAIT bans Filipinos from crossing into Iraq
Xinhua – China
8 (Xinhuanet) — Following Saudi Arabia, Kuwait has imposed a ban on Filipinos
from crossing its border into Iraq as was required by the Philippine government

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/08/content_1737921.htm

IRAQ reinstates death penalty
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government has reinstated the death
penalty for crimes such as murder, kidnapping and drug offences, an official
says.…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=561239&section=news

IRAQ PM Orders Fighters Out of Najaf; Toll Climbs
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's interim prime minister Sunday ordered Shi'ite
fighters loyal to a radical cleric to leave the holy city of Najaf but
the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5903788

IRAQ Notebook Raid fails to seize al-Sadr
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq ˜ Iraqi security forces staged an unsuccessful raid yesterday
to seize rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the anti-American Shiite Muslim
leader whose…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001999686_iraqdig08.html

US court halts Iraq prisoner abuse trial
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A US military court has temporarily halted a hearing to decide if Lynndie
England should stand trial for abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison.…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CDC7D644-9E86-4949-8410-CEFCB4C39243.htm

IRAQ PM Signs Amnesty For Low-Level Criminals
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, August 8 (NNN): In a move that may see thousands of people on
the margins of Iraq's insurgency pardoned, Iraq has come out with an amnesty.

www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=080704110011

ANNAN appeals for Iraq ceasefire
BBC News – London,England,UK
… On Saturday, Iraq's interim government passed a law that would provide
amnesty to minor criminals in what was interpreted as an attempt to persuade
those with…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3545732.stm

NOW 4 Lebanese Drivers Kidnapped In Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, August 8 (NNN): Now Four Lebanese lorry drivers have been kidnapped
in the troubled nation of Iraq, according to Lebanese foreign ministry.

www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=080704111050

NATO team in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
NATO has sent its first batch of officers to Iraq to begin training the
nation's forces and help the interim government rebuild its defence ministry
and…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/131EE122-1082-462D-AA81-771A5C23054A.htm

AUSTRALIAN Govt. under fire from ex-officials over Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… Government has come under sharp criticism from its own former diplomats
who have accused it of deceiving the nation over the reasons for waging
a war on Iraq.…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200408081258.htm

IRAQ shuts Al-Jazeera bureau in Baghdad
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on Saturday ordered the temporary
closure of the television network Al-Jazeera's Baghdad bureau, the Arab
world's…
www.indystar.com/articles/3/168668-9723-010.html

UN offers to mediate Iraq ceasefire
ABC Online – Australia
… help mediate a ceasefire between the forces of radical Shiite cleric
Moqtada al Sadr and US-led forces in an effort to end several days of
battles across Iraq.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1171474.htm

EMINENT Australians condemn government over Iraq war
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Former defense chiefs and diplomats condemned
Australia's involvement in the Iraq war Sunday in a major blow to Prime
Minister John…
www.boston.com/dailynews/221/world/Eminent_Australians_condemn_go:.shtml

FBI probes hoax video of Iraq beheading
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
… A San Francisco computer expert duped international media on Saturday
into believing Islamist kidnappers had executed an American hostage in
Iraq by staging…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2996135a12,00.html

UN offers to help end fighting in Iraq
Xinhua – China
7 (Xinhuanet) — The United Nations indicated its readiness on Saturday
to help end renewed fighting in Iraq between Shiite militias and the US-led

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/08/content_1736806.htm

IRAQ not missing uranium: UN
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… Atomic Energy Agency returned to Vienna on Saturday after taking inventory
of “several tonnes” of natural uranium in storage near Iraq's Tuwaitha
nuclear…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040808.wunun08/BNStory/International/

IRAQ orders Al-Jazeera office in Baghdad to close
Channel News Asia – Singapore
Images later broadcast by Al-Jazeera showed Iraqi police issuing the closure
order although the channel vowed to continue its Iraq coverage.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/99781/1/.html

TURKISH company pulls out of Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A Turkish company is pulling out of Iraq after Turkish television broadcast
a video purportedly showing a kidnapped Turkish truck driver repeatedly
urging…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/08/1091903426965.html

20-YEAR-OLD soldier from Ypsilanti dies after Iraq attack
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old soldier from Michigan who was serving
in Iraq died from wounds he suffered when an improvised explosive device
detonated…
<www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw102410_20040807.htm

IRAQ issues amnesty as US warns al-Sadr
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Iraq's Prime Minister today announced a limited amnesty for Iraqi insurgents
and extended an olive branch to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr,
whose…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/08/1091903422134.html

KERRY Defends Position on Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… John F. Kerry has been pulled into two issues he rarely touches on
in his campaign speeches to the party faithful: his support of the Iraq
war and his…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48708-2004Aug7.html

IRAQ war a 'gift' to Osama: CIA analyst
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The US invasion of Iraq was a “tremendous gift” to Osama bin Laden and
a major setback in the struggle against al-Qaeda, according to a CIA terrorism
expert…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/08/1091903425666.html

ABBOTT defends Government on Iraq
The Australian – Australia
THE Federal Government did not misuse intelligence material before the
Iraq war, Health Minister Tony Abbott said today. He was…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10381275%255E1702,00.html

US man posing as hostage in Iraq says he faked his own execution
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LOS ANGELES : Benjamin Vanderford, a 22-year-old San Francisco man believed
to have been killed in Iraq, confirmed he is alive and well and that he
faked his…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/99773/1/.html

ANALYSIS: Anti-terrorism and Iraq
United Press International – USA
By Roland Flamini. WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — There was good news on the
anti-terrorist front this week, but bad news for US-led coalition forces
in Iraq.…
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040807-040630-9352r

HEARING Ends for US Soldier in Iraq Abuse Scandal
Reuters – USA
… to be called to testify at the hearing into prisoner abuse that shocked
the Arab world and harmed us efforts to halt a bloody insurgency in Iraq
last spring.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=5903206

FBI probes hoax video of Iraq beheading
ABC Online – Australia
… a San Francisco computer expert who duped international media into
believing Islamist kidnappers had executed an American hostage in Iraq,
by staging his own…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1171339.htm

UN seeks improved security in Iraq
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 7: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday United
Nations would remain 'a high-value' target for attacks in Iraq for the
foreseeable…
www.dawn.com/2004/08/08/top13.htm

AL-JAZEERA incurs the wrath of Iraq‚s new rulers
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
“They have been showing a lot of crimes and criminals on TV, they transfer
a bad picture about Iraq and about Iraqis and encourage criminals to increase

www.sundayherald.com/43945

IRAQ hostage talks break down
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
… KGL said the abductors backed off despite the fact that all their demands
had been met, including that of the company pulling out of Iraq and paying

www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_935206,0015002100000000.htm

IRAQ pardons all except killers
Daily Times – Pakistan
… cities. Allawi said there was no need for emergency laws to stabilise
Iraq, adding he was getting “positive messages” from Sadr.…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_8-8-2004_pg7_37

'WAY cleared' for release of seven hostages in Iraq: Indian…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NEW DELHI : The way has been cleared for the release of seven truck drivers
being held hostage in Iraq, possibly within the next day, India's junior
foreign…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/99765/1/.html

A Daily Look at US Iraq Military Deaths
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Friday, Aug. 6, 922 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense
Department.…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V9682.AP-Iraq-US-Deaths.html

REGION: ‘Iran should stop combatants infiltrating Iraq’
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Secretary of State Richard Armitage called in remarks published on
Saturday on Iran to stop alleged infiltrations into neighbouring Iraq,
warning Damascus…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_8-8-2004_pg4_17

  
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