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…

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…

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…,0015002200000140.htm

CHALABIS deny charges made in Iraq warrants
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi and
his nephew Salem Chalabi vehemently denied charges leveled against them
in Iraqi arrest…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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

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

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

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…

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.

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.

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.…

INSURGENTS raise stakes in Iraq – 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…,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

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

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

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…

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

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…

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

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

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

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…

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.…

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.

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…

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.

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

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.…

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

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.…

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…

FBI probes hoax video of Iraq beheading – 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…,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

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

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.…

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

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

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,

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…

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

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…,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…

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.…

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.…

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…

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

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

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,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.…

'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

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

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…

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