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December 8 2004
 

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Rumsfeld under fire from Iraq-bound troops, Powell reaches out to
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld came under fire from American troops over their safety in Iraq, as Secretary of State Colin Powell urged Europe

www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=60462
Memo points to Iraq abuse cover-up
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
months ago, one of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s closest advisers learned of allegations that a clandestine military task force in Iraq was beating

msnbc.msn.com/id/6679939/
Jordan’s Abdullah concerned Iraq may tilt toward Tehran
MSNBC – USA
WASHINGTON – Elections in Iraq could lead to the creation of a Shiite-led Islamic republic closely aligned with Iran, a development that “would be very

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/09/content_2311135.htm
US says Iran tries to exercise influence in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
8 (Xinhuanet) — The United States said on Wednesday that Iran is trying to exercise influence in Iraq’s internal affairs, including the pending parliamentary

www.nytimes.com/2004/12/08/international/middleeast/08cnd-rumsfeld.html
Iraq-Bound Troops Confront Rumsfeld Over Lack of Armor
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
at this remote desert camp, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld found himself on the defensive today, fielding pointed questions from Iraq-bound troops who

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/121339/1/.html
Rumsfeld under fire from Iraq-bound troops, Powell reaches out to
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld came under fire from American troops over their safety in Iraq, as Secretary of State Colin Powell urged Europe

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4079891.stm
US forces ‘hid Iraq prison abuse’
BBC News – London,England,UK
According to the memos, detainees held in Iraq often arrived at prisons, including Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib jail, which was at the centre of allegations of

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/952353.cms
Document shows more abuse in Iraq
Times of India – Mumbai,India
WASHINGTON: Members of a US special operations task force punched and abused prisoners in Iraq in front of Defense Intelligence Agency agents and then

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/10369074.htm
US Warns Iran Against Iraq Interference
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration cautioned Iran on Wednesday against trying to influence the outcome of Iraq’s election, reacting to fears that Tehran is

www.nytimes.com/2004/12/08/international/middleeast/08cnd-rumsfeld.html
Iraq-Bound Troops Confront Rumsfeld Over Lack of Armor
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
at this remote desert camp, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld found himself on the defensive today, fielding pointed questions from Iraq-bound troops who

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4079891.stm
US forces ‘hid Iraq prison abuse’
BBC News – London,England,UK
According to the memos, detainees held in Iraq often arrived at prisons, including Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib jail, which was at the centre of allegations of

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/952353.cms
Document shows more abuse in Iraq
Times of India – Mumbai,India
WASHINGTON: Members of a US special operations task force punched and abused prisoners in Iraq in front of Defense Intelligence Agency agents and then

www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=9002374
Iraq update
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
to bolster claims by fugitive paratrooper Jeremy Hinzman that he walked out on the 82nd Airborne Division to avoid being ordered to commit war crimes in Iraq.

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/121316/1/.html
US troops confront Rumsfeld over safety in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait : American troops waiting in the Kuwaiti desert to go into Iraq challenged US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about their safety and

washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041208-112010-9959r.htm
WH gives Iran, Syria reminder on Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
8 (UPI) — The White House reminded Iran and Syria Wednesday they had pledged to promote stability and democracy in Iraq, not undermine it.

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Pope condemns Iraq church attacks
BBC News – London,England,UK
Pope John Paul II has spoken out against attacks on Iraq’s Christian community after the bombing of two churches in the northern city of Mosul.

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Blair rejects tally of Iraq war dead
Reuters – London,England,UK
By Lyndsay Griffiths. LONDON (Reuters) – Tony Blair has rejected a call for an independent inquiry into the civilian death toll in the US-led war in Iraq.

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11631242%255E2703,00.html
Japanese extend Iraq mission
The Australian – Australia
JAPAN’S cabinet will today recommit the nation’s troops to the Iraq war for another 12 months. Ministers will decide after hearing

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/121294/1/.html
South Korean president makes surprise visit to troops in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SEOUL : South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun made a surprise visit to his troops in northern Iraq on his way home from a European tour, a top presidential aide

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December/focusoniraq_December64.xml&section=focusoniraq

Iraq’s electoral body may consider poll extension
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s Independent Electoral Commission said on Wednesday it may consider holding next month’s elections over an extended period, as Prime

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/12/08/iraq/main659723.shtml
CIA Warning: Iraq’s Getting Worse
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) A cable sent by the Central Intelligence Agency’s station chief in Baghdad has warned that the situation in Iraq is deteriorating and may not rebound

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/08/content_2310397.htm
Blair rejects call for probe into civilian deaths in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
Wednesday rejected calls for an independent commission to calculate the number of civilians killed and injured since the US-led alliance invaded Iraq in March

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December/focusoniraq_December63.xml&section=focusoniraq

British defence secretary visits troops in Iraq
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BASRA, Iraq – Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon visited British forces in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Wednesday, just days after a battle group returned

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/08/content_2309986.htm
S.Korean president makes surprise visit to troops in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
8 (Xinhuanet) — South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun made a surprise visit Wednesday to the South Korean troops stationed in Iraq to encourage them while on

msnbc.msn.com/id/6674031/
Iraq, Jordan see threat to election from Iran
MSNBC – USA
WASHINGTON – The leaders of Iraq and Jordan warned yesterday that Iran is trying to influence the Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan.

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6212
Dignitaries urge Blair to hold Iraq death probe
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
of staff Timothy Garden, human-rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and leading British clerics signed a letter urging Blair to probe the civilians death in Iraq.

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Hoon meets soldiers and officials in flying visit to Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Major David Gibb, spokesman for the British-led multinational forces in south-eastern Iraq, said Hoon was spending just one day in the country, during which he

www.suntimes.com/output/iraq/cst-nws-abuse08.html
Witnesses to Iraq abuse harassed, memos say
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — US special operations forces accused of abusing prisoners in Iraq threatened Defense Intelligence Agency personnel who saw the …

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Putin raises concerns about Iraq elections
Independent Online – South Africa
Mosul – President Vladimir Putin of Russia, a fierce opponent of the war, told Iraq’s prime minister in Moscow he feared the country could break up and said …

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Stay out of our polls, Iraq warns Iran
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
Iraq’s interim president accused Iran on Wednesday of meddling in the Iraqi election process, adding to mounting concerns about the viability of the landmark …

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Putin casts doubt on Iraq polls
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
Russian President Vladimir Putin cast doubt on Tuesday over the viability of holding elections as planned next month in an Iraq under “total occupation”.

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US deaths in Iraq hit 1 000
Daily News (subscription) – KwaZulu-Natal,South Africa
… President Vladimir Putin of Russia, a fierce opponent of the Iraq war, told Iraq’s prime minister in Moscow he feared the country could break up and said the …

www.indystar.com/articles/5/200610-6205-010.html
President: Troops in Iraq will ‘come home with honor’
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… on the 63rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, President Bush on Tuesday thanked Marines for their service and promised they and their colleagues in Iraq would “come …

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Charges Reduced in Iraq Killing
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Marine staff sergeant testified Tuesday that his unit, fearing suicide bomb attacks, killed at least 30 unarmed civilians at roadblocks during the Iraq war in …

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Iraq blames neighbours for insurgents
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he “cannot imagine” how Iraq’s elections can go forward Jan. 30 amid the violence. In a speech …

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6217
Document: DIA threatened over Iraq prison abuse
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Members of a US special operations task, involved in Abu Ghraib abuse scandal in Iraq, threatened Defense Intelligence Agency personnel who saw the abuses …

www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20041207-2229-bush-staff.html
He says pre-election violence in Iraq expected to escalate
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
… 30 elections in Iraq, but vowed the vote would not be postponed. “The terrorists will do all they can to delay and disrupt free …

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CIA Cable Bears Dire Predictions for Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
… cable written by the CIA’s outgoing station chief in Baghdad, the contents of which were reported in The New York Times, paints a bleak future for Iraq. …

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OFFICIAL_ANGRY_OVER_FOREIGN_INSURGENTS_IN_IRAQ.asp

Top official angry over foreign insurgents in Iraq
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraq’s deputy prime minister yesterday expressed his growing impatience with neighbouring countries for not doing enough to keep foreign …

www.news-leader.com/today/1208-Iraqlosing-245430.html
Iraq losing patience with neighbors
News-Leader.com – Springfield,MO,USA
Baghdad, Iraq — A top Iraqi official accused the country’s neighbors Tuesday of doing too little to stop foreigners from joining the brutal insurgency. …

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Bush sees Iraq elections on track
Sify – Delhi,India
Camp Pendleton, California: President George W. Bush warned on Tuesday that violence will escalate ahead of elections next month in Iraq, but promised that …

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Iraq faces descent into chaos, says CIA chief
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
The Bush administration’s robust assertions that the situation in Iraq would improve with next month’s elections were badly shaken on Tuesday with the leak of …

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2004/December/focusoniraq_December56.xml&section=focusoniraq

Putin casts doubt on Iraq polls, US combat deaths near 1,000
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Russian President Vladimir Putin cast doubt on Tuesday over the viability of holding elections as planned next month in an Iraq under “total …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/08/content_2308385.htm
US combat deaths in Iraq reach 1,000, Putin skeptical on scheduled …
Xinhua – Beijing,China
8 (Xinhuanet) — The killing of a US soldier Tuesdayin Baghdad brought the number of US forces combat deaths in Iraq to 1,000 since the war started in March …

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Australia to host Iraq in 2005
CNN/SI – USA
SYDNEY (Reuters) — Australia will host Iraq in a friendly international next year as part of their preparations for the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany and …

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raid-to-Iraq-poll/2004/12/07/1102182291025.html

Bush links Saudi raid to Iraq poll
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… responsibility for the bloody assault on the US consulate in Jeddah as President George Bush tied the attack with the forthcoming elections in neighbouring Iraq …

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Cheney: ‘We’re going to get it done’ in Iraq
MSNBC – USA
By David Gregory. KABUL, Afghanistan – With a low-profile, tightly secured arrival at Bagram Air Base, Vice President Dick Cheney …

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Gunfight breaks out near Iraq green zone
The Globe and Mail (subscription) – Toronto,ON,Canada
… A dawn attack on a domestic oil pipeline supplying fuel from northern Iraq to Baghdad, and clashes that killed three militants in the country’s turbulent west …

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Bush sees Iraq elections on track
Sify – Delhi,India
Camp Pendleton, California: President George W. Bush warned on Tuesday that violence will escalate ahead of elections next month in Iraq, but promised that …

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/1204/08warasylum.html
Former Marine testifies of atrocities in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
TORONTO — A former US Marine staff sergeant testified at a hearing Tuesday that his unit killed at least 30 unarmed civilians in Iraq during the war in 2003 …

www.voanews.com/english/2004-12-08-voa3.cf
US Administration Says It Does Not Minimize Iraq Insurgency
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… The comments follow news accounts of a Central Intelligence Agency report warning that the security situation in Iraq is deteriorating. …

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To keep the SDF in Iraq or not
The Japan Times – Japan
The government is set to extend Japan’s troop deployment in Iraq beyond Dec. 14 for another year, although Prime Minister Junichiro …

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Cheney: ‘We’re going to get it done’ in Iraq
MSNBC – USA
By David Gregory. KABUL, Afghanistan – With a low-profile, tightly secured arrival at Bagram Air Base, Vice President Dick Cheney …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/10361640.htm
Bush thanks Marines, vows elections in Iraq will proceed
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… (KRT) – Thanking the Marines for their sacrifices in Iraq, in Afghanistan and in a … “A free Iraq will be a major victory in the war on terror,” Bush said. …

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1368765,00.html
Man held over Iraq gas deaths
Guardian – UK
… by the Dutch public prosecution service said: “According to the United Nations, the Dutchman is one of the most important middlemen in Iraq’s acquisition of …

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/121176/1/.html
CIA Baghdad chief offers somber assessment of Iraq situation in …
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : The CIA’s departing station chief in Baghdad has warned of low Sunni participation in Iraq’s political process and an attendant rise in violence …

  
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