Iraq News and Information Links April 9 2004
 09/04/04 At least 450 Iraqis killed in Falluja this week:

At least 450 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in fighting in the city of Falluja this week, the director of the main hospital, Rafi Hayad, told Reuters.

Dahr Jamail: Continuing Slaughter, Kidnappings, US Rhetoric:

A close Iraqi friend angrily said to me tonight, „They kill 280 Iraqis in Falluja because four American mercenaries were killed? This is the justice? This is fair?‰

Two US helicopter gunships reportedly downed in Iraq:

Two US helicopter gunships were reportedly downed near El-Falluja. One of the craft crashed in the Al-Qarma suburb and the other in a green locality close to the city.

Two U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi Driver Killed In Baghdad:

Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad on Friday, one when insurgents attacked a convoy transporting fuel toward the western edge of the capital, the military said.

Nine people were killed in the attack.

British guard shot dead in Iraq:

A British man working for a U.S. security company in Iraq has been shot dead, the Foreign Office and relatives say.

Blair holidays in Bermuda as Iraq crisis mounts:

As protesters heckled Mr Blair on the holiday island, Labour MPs at home demanded a recall of Parliament ahead of Mr Blair's crisis talks in the US.,,1-1068802,00.html

All's Well in Iraq – Just Ask the Dead:

If things were spinning out of control, would President Bush be on Easter holiday at the ranch in Texas, where he was visited Thursday by members of the National Rifle Assn., Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever?

Can Bullets and Bombs Establish Justice in Iraq?:

As violent resistance to the U.S. occupation increases throughout Iraq and as the Shiites as well as the Sunnis fight pitched battles with the occupation forces, the Bush administration‚s devotion to justice stands clearly revealed as declaration without substance.

Several Iraqis killed in fresh clashes:

Fresh clashes between Polish and Bulgarian troops and the Shia militia in the holy city of Karbala killed 15 Iraqis, while six Iranian pilgrims were shot dead at a Polish checkpoint.

Donkey cart attack kills 10 Iraqis :

A donkey cart packed with explosives blew up moments after a convoy of US troops drove past it today, killing 10 Iraqis and injuring 20.

After the fall:

One year's civilian death toll:

Iraq Coalition Casualties:

Military Fatalities: By Month

US attack belies Bremer's Falluja 'truce':

Minutes after Bremer's announcement, US forces carried out a fresh offensive on Falluja bombing the town from the air. Scores of residents were injured in the attack, reported our correspondent.

US commander will not take blame for unrest:

America's top commander in Iraq has warned Washington that he will not be "the fall guy" if violence in the country worsens, it emerged yesterday, as word leaked out that US generals are "outraged" by their lack of soldiers.

Al Sadr Says US Facing Civil Revolt In Iraq, Should Quit :

"I direct my speech to my enemy (U.S. President George W.) Bush and I tell him that if your excuse was that you are fighting Saddam, then this thing is the past and now you are fighting the entire Iraqi people," al-Sadr said in a Friday prayer sermon, delivered by one of his deputy's at the Imam Ali Shrine, Shiite Islam's holiest site, in Najaf.

Insurgents seize main highway between western Iraq towns:

Armed insurgents today seized control of the highway linking the predominantly Sunni Muslim town of Abu Gharib with the besieged city of Fallujah further west of Baghdad

Iraqis told them to go from day one:

The 160,000 occupation forces, backed up by mass destruction technology, are now deemed insufficient in the fight against the Sunni diehards and the Shia unrepresentative extremists. Furthermore, many thousands of foreign fighters have indeed come "flooding" into Iraq – not terrorists sent by Bin Laden but mercenaries hired by the occupation authorities.,3604,1188857,00.html

CBC News Report From Fallaja:


Anger Grows On Iraq Governing Council Over Fallujah Siege :

Anger grew among U.S.-picked Iraqi leaders over the Marines bloody seige of Fallujah, with one member of the Governing Council suspending his membership and another threatening to quit. The council requested Friday's halt in the Marine assault to allow talks on reducing the violence, a U.S. spokesman said.\ACQDJON200404091405DOWJONESDJONLINE000256.htm

Corpses litter streets in Fallujah :

Corpses littered the streets of the Iraqi town of Fallujah on Thursday as US marines met ferocious resistance in the Sunni Muslim bastion which their commander compared to the Vietnam war.

Coalition control crumbles in Iraq:

A year after seizing Baghdad with much fanfare, United States-led forces struggled on Friday to maintain crumbling control of much of central and southern Iraq against stiff resistance from Sunni and Shiite insurgents.

US now 'the common enemy':

Any power occupying a foreign country has two options, said Nadim Shehadi, an expert from the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. "You can divide and rule, or you can attack everybody and the effect is that you unite them against you," Shehadi told AFP.,5744,9231678%255E2703,00.html

Iraqis Insist On Expelling Occupation:

Sunni and Shiite leaders called Friday, April 9, for joining forces to expel occupation forces ˆ exactly one year since the U.S.-British soldiers seized the oil-rich country.

Now it is America that desperately needs rescuing:

The limits of raw military power are being learned again in Iraq,3604,1188858,00.html

Scholars Condemn U.S. ŒGenocide‚ In Iraq:

The U.S. occupation forces should halt their "brutal genocide" against Iraqis and international community has to intervene for stopping this aggression that does not exempt even mosques or sanctities, 67 world Muslim scholars said in a statement.

Imam calls for strike to protest against US offensives:

Prominent cleric Sheikh Harith Sulaiman al-Dhari called for a three-day strike to protest US army offensives, and branded US-appointed politicians as "traitors" siding with the occupation of Iraq. "Fire on every traitor, and to everyone who pushed towards occupying this country," said Dhari.

4 Italians Seized By Insurgents In W Baghdad -Kyodo :

Four Italians have been seized by insurgents in Iraq on the western outskirts of Baghdad on Friday, Kyodo News reported, citing a U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) spokesman.

Iraqi Insurgents Say Seize Six Foreigners:

Iraqi insurgents said they had seized four Italians and two Americans on the western outskirts of Baghdad on Friday.

Despair and anger in Japan as troops stay in Iraq despite kidnap drama:

The families of three Japanese hostages in Iraq voiced anger and despair as the government refused to pull its troops from the country as the deadline for their threatened execution drew nearer.

Japan troops temporarily halt operations in Iraq:

Japanese troops have temporarily halted humanitarian operations in Iraq in view of worsening security, a Defense Agency official said, with one media report saying they had been targetted in an attack for the first time.

Arafat Seeks Freedom for Palestinians Held in Iraq:

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat personally intervened on Friday to seek the release of two Palestinians who were abducted by insurgents in Iraq and accused of spying for Israel, his office said.

Al-Sadr's Militia Not Behind Iraq Japanese Kidnaps – Aide :

-A senior aide to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Friday denied that militiamen loyal to the cleric were involved in the kidnapping of three Japanese and threats to burn them alive unless Japan agrees to withdraw its troops from Iraq.


The Bush administration's commitment to restore sovereignty to the Iraqi people on June 30 is as illusory as Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. This ``Law of Administration for the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period'' is a deceptive document designed to obscure continued U.S. control.

Moscow calls for end to hostilities in Iraq

Norwegian People‚s Aid withdraw from Baghdad:

As a result of the present security situation, NPA suspends the mine clearing activity in Baghdad and withdraws the international staff to Amman in Jordan. The local staff is sent home to be with their families.

IRAQ in turmoil on anniversary of Saddam's fall
ABC Online – Australia
Bloody turmoil in Iraq has marked the first anniversary of Saddam Hussein's
fall with Sunni and Shiite rebels battling US-led forces and holding three

US urges resolve as Iraq fighting spreads
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The international community on Friday expressed its alarm at the fierce
fighting in Iraq, as the White House tried to bolster confidence that
its forces were…

BUSH Consults with Foreign Leaders on Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush is monitoring events in Iraq from his Texas ranch. … Mr.
McClellan says the calls centered on the current situation in Iraq.…

IRAQ in Turmoil
Media Monitors Network – United States
by Susan Brannon. "The battle rages on while Iraq seems to … This is
the first time a kidnapping has occurred with political demands since
the US went into Iraq.".…

FIVE US soldiers, Briton killed as British FM says Iraq situation…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
… northern Baghdad, the military said. Elsewhere, a Briton was shot dead
while working in Iraq as a security guard. The man was killed…

IRAQ not far from Georgians' minds
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
– Barber Marty Ford keeps the television in his shop tuned to a cable news
channel so customers can learn the latest about what is going on in Iraq.

Guardian – UK
… With the surge of violence, officials say Gen. John Abizaid, the war's
top commander, likely will keep more troops in Iraq than planned.…,1280,-3959440,00.html

JAPAN'S prime minister stands firm on Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Junichiro Koizumi, Japan's prime minister, on Friday faced the severest
test of his decision to send troops to Iraq as his government sought support
for the…

ESCAPE From Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
by Gwynne Dyer. It is still possible for US President George W. Bush to
escape from Iraq before it destroys his re-election bid.…

US Suspension of Fallujah Assault Ends, Turmoil in Iraq
Muslim American Society – Falls Church,VA,United States
FALLUJAH, Iraq, April 9 (MASNET & News Agencies) – US forces pressed their
drive against insurgents in the Sunni Muslim bastion of Fallujah after
trying to…

MAJOR Cleric Backs Ayatollah Sistani's Stands on Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
"Iran cannot abandon Iraq with its problems, since a number of our infallible
Imams (PBUT) rest there eternally," added the ayatollah.…

BRITAIN admits Iraq crisis is 'worst yet'
Independent Online – South Africa
London – The world reacted with horror on Friday at the kidnapping of foreign
civilians in Iraq, as Britain admitted that the escalating situation was

QUICK US departure from Iraq could encourage terrorism, threaten…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) Bad as things are in Iraq, a quick US departure
would make them worse encourage terrorists, set the stage for civil war,
send oil prices…

US Looks to France on UN Role in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
PARIS – Washington has asked Paris for a role in an international protection
force for UN employees in Iraq, but it is too early to respond, the Foreign>

IRAQ concerns keep Asian markets down, dollar up against yen – MI,USA
The escalating violence in Iraq, which depressed US stock markets in a
holiday-shortened week, also sent stocks falling in Asia Friday as both
Japan and South…

ESCALATING Resistance In Iraq ; Rice's Testimony Before 9 / 11…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
PRAGUE, 9 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — Fighting in Iraq is continuing between
US-led coalition forces and Sunni and Shi'a insurgents, as well as with
the Al-Mahdi…

KERRY Says Bush Makes US Job in Iraq 'Lot Tougher'
Reuters – United States
… Reuters) – Democratic challenger John Kerry on Friday said the ideology
and arrogance of the Bush administration had created gridlock in Iraq
that made it "a…

ESCALATING violence makes Iraq/Vietnam comparison inevitable
USA Today – USA
… United States was threatening to go to war to remove Saddam Hussein
from power, this column raised questions about Bush administration claims
that Iraq was a…

SIX more foreign hostages taken in Iraq
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
BY AGENCIES. Italians and Americans were taken hostage in Iraq this afternoon,
increasing the international tension about the upsurge in violence.…,,1-1068850,00.html

FT. Hood reeling from heavy losses in Iraq
… The 1st Cavalry Division, based at Ft. Hood lost eight soldiers this
week as fighting intensified in Iraq. … Hood have lost their lives in
the Iraq conflict.…

RUSSIA calls for end to hostilities in Iraq
Xinhua – China
MOSCOW, April 9 (Xinhuanet) — Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday called
for an end to military actions in Iraq, saying "indiscriminate and disproportionate

BRITAIN raises alarm over Iraq
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
The British government raised the alarm on Friday over the deteriorating
situation in Iraq as Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared to visit the United
States for…

IRAQ in turmoil on anniversary of Saddam's fall
Reuters – India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Bloody turmoil reigned in Iraq on Friday, the first
anniversary of Saddam Hussein's fall, with Sunni and Shi'ite rebels battling

WILL Iraq become Bush's Vietnam?
Axis of Logic – United States
Perhaps US army's John Amos stationed in Iraq was worried about his safety
and that's why in his communication to his friends back home he would
joke about his…

KERRY Accuses Bush of Failures in Iraq
Guardian – UK
… Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Friday accused President
Bush of a ``failure of leadership'' in the conduct of the war in Iraq,
contending the…,1282,-3958715,00.html

SECURITY worker killed in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
A former soldier has been shot dead in Iraq while working for an American
security company. Michael John Bloss, 38, originally from…

AUSTRALIAN FM expresses concerns Australians could be kidnapped…
Xinhua – China
CANBERRA, April 9 (Xinhuanet) — Australian Foreign Minister Alexander
Downer on Friday said he was concerned Australian aid workers in Iraq
could be next to…

BRITISH FM admits coalition faces "most serious" threat in Iraq
Xinhua – China
LONDON, April 9 (Xinhuanet) — British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said
Friday that the recent violence in Iraq represents the "most serious"
threat faced by…

ARAFAT Seeks Freedom for Palestinians Held in Iraq
Reuters – United States
… Palestinian President Yasser Arafat personally intervened on Friday
to seek the release of two Palestinians who were abducted by insurgents
in Iraq and accused…

TEARS in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… They are Shiites, walking from Baghdad to Karbala – 100 kilometres.
Streaming towards the holy city, they'll converge with others from all
corners of Iraq.…

US Iraq Envoy Orders Halt to Fallujah Fighting (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 9 (Bloomberg) — US forces in Iraq halted an offensive against Fallujah
in the heart of the ``Sunni Triangle,'' where resistance to coalition
forces is…

SOUTH Korea to go ahead with Iraq dispatch
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
SEOUL, South Korea South Korea is standing by its plan to send 3,600 troops
to Iraq despite rising violence there, but placed a "virtual ban" on travel
by its…

ANALYSIS: Iraq rattles S.Korean election
United Press International – USA
… With this year's general elections just a week away, a new external
factor is poised to affect South Korean voters — violence in Iraq.…

NOW for the truth about Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… deputy, Izzat al-Douri, leading the same rump; then it was a leaderless
rump of diehards who had no place in the new, free and democratic Iraq;
then it was…

KOREAN Businessmen ‚ s Withdrawal from Iraq
Donga – Seoul,South Korea
With an unstable security situation in Iraq, Korean domestic companies
have been facing a serious problem in moving forward to Iraq since the
end of the Iraqi…

UK: 'Most serious' threat in Iraq
CNN International – United States
LONDON, England — British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has acknowledged
that the upsurge in violence against US-led forces in Iraq represents
the "most serious…

JAPANESE journalists in Iraq take shelter in GSDF camp
Xinhua – China
… April 9 (Xinhuanet) — Seventeen Japanese journalists have taken refuge
in the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) camp in Samawah, southern Iraq,
after the…

Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… said it appeared there were links ''at the lowest levels'' between
the Shiite militia and Sunni Arab insurgents who have long fought US troops
in central Iraq.…

DESPAIR and anger in Japan as troops stay in Iraq despite kidnap…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO : The families of three Japanese hostages in Iraq voiced anger and
despair as the government refused to pull its troops from the country
as the deadline…

US Iraq Envoy Orders Halt to Fighting Around Town of Fallujah
Bloomberg – USA
April 9 (Bloomberg) — US forces in Iraq halted their offensive against
the town of Fallujah in the heart of the ``Sunni Triangle'' where resistance

KERRY questions Bush Iraq policy
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
John Kerry criticized President Bush's foreign policy Thursday, questioning
why the United States is virtually alone in Iraq and pledging that as
president he…

AUSSIES could be next Iraq victims
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has expressed fears Australian
aid workers in Iraq could be targeted by kidnappers. But…

STRAW laments fresh Iraq violence
BBC News – London,England,UK
UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said the upsurge in violence against
coalition troops in Iraq was the "most serious" threat faced since war

ARAFAT seeks release of Palestinians held in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat personally intervened on Friday to
seek the release of two Palestinians kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq,
his office said.…

INSURGENTS take hostages, dig in across Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD — The top US military commander in Iraq vowed Thursday to retake
southern cities seized by Shiite militiamen, while militants for the first
time took…,1,4018117.story?coll=chi-news-hed

MOUNTING violence and hostage taking in Iraq test resolve of US…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) Washington's allies in Asia said Friday they will keep their
troops in Iraq despite escalating violence and a string of kidnappings
that have put…

INT'L troops in Iraq to stay, despite kidnappings
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Kidnapping in Iraq of foreigners has become a fasion in the past several
days. In addition to the two Arabs from east Jerusalem, Iraqi…

US Marines Resume Iraq Offensive
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Yesterday Army Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez, the top US general in Iraq,
vowed that coalition forces would move „imminently‰ to break al-Sadr‚s
hold over Kut…

SPATE of foreign kidnappings in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Two Palestinian aid workers, a Canadian and Briton are still being held
hostage in Iraq , a day after seven South Korean pastors were captured
and later…

US Forces in Iraq Suspend Fallujah Truce After Convoy Attack ,…
Bloomberg – USA
April 9 (Bloomberg) — US-led forces in Iraq briefly halted their offensive
against the town of Fallujah in the heart of the ``Sunni Triangle'' where

NETTLE'S Iraq mission cancelled
The Australian – Australia
GREENS Senator Kerry Nettle will return to Australia because of the deteriorating
situation in Iraq, her spokesman said. Senator…,5744,9235603%255E421,00.html

IRAQ war takes a menacing turn
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD — A widening insurgency battled US-led coalition forces to a standstill
across a broad section of Iraq on Thursday, extending its tactics to the

THE making of hell in Iraq
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… At the same time, the attention of the world was riveted on the worsening
security situation in Iraq – a development that is definitely leading
toward a major…

JAPAN, S. Korea Vow to Keep Troop Commitments in Iraq Despite…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Japan and South Korea are vowing to keep to their troop commitments in
Iraq despite kidnappings of their civilians in the war-torn country.…

US battles for control of Iraq
Mathaba.Net – Africa
US forces were today struggling to regain control of Iraq, restoring order
in the southern city of Kut but facing fresh fighting elsewhere in the

S Korea to continue military dispatch to Iraq
Times of India – India
SEOUL: South Korea on Friday stood by its plans to send 3,600 troops to
Iraq despite rising violence there, but placed a ‰virtual ban'' on travel
by its…

SEOUL Issuing Quasi Iraq Travel Ban
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
Amid deteriorating security conditions in Iraq, the government has virtually
banned travel to the war-torn country by Koreans. The…

NETTLE cancels trip to Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
An international delegation including Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle,
set up to investigate the political situation in Iraq, has cancelled its

IRAQ in turmoil on anniversary of Saddam's fall
Reuters – India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Bloody turmoil reigned in Iraq on Friday, the first
anniversary of Saddam Hussein's fall, with Sunni and Shi'ite rebels battling

US Marines Halt Offensive Against Fallujah in Iraq, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
April 9 (Bloomberg) — US marines in Iraq halted their offensive against
the Sunni Muslim town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, for talks with the

OUR Troops Stay in Iraq – Asian Allies
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Washington‚s allies in Asia said today they would keep their troops in
Iraq despite escalating violence and a string of kidnappings that have
put their…

JAPAN Faces Iraq Hostage Crisis as Cheney Heads for Asia
Cybercast News Service – USA
… antiterrorism team to the Middle East to handle a threat by Iraqi extremists
to kill three Japanese hostages if Japan does not withdraw its troops
from Iraq.…

US forces retake Shiite town in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… after coming under attack. Al-Sadr's followers launched an uprising
this week, battling US-led forces in Shiite areas across Iraq.

JAPAN Won ' t Withdraw Troops From Iraq on Terrorist Threats ,…
Bloomberg – USA
April 9 (Bloomberg) — Japan said it won't pull its troops out of Iraq
because of terrorist threats, including the kidnap of three Japanese citizens
by a group…

MILITIAS keep grip on 3 Iraq cities
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… The previously unknown group demanded that Japan withdraw its 550 troops
from Iraq, which the Japanese government immediately rejected.…

REBELS Control City Areas as Fighting Rages in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Kidnappers seized 13 foreign hostages and threatened to burn three Japanese
captives alive if Tokyo did not withdraw its troops from Iraq as fighting

IRAQ Still at War A Year after Fall of Baghdad
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Muslims west of the capital. Across central and southern Iraq, coalition
forces try to put down a Shiite uprising. More than 460 Iraqis…

IRAQ in turmoil on Saddam anniversary
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Bloody turmoil is reigning in Iraq on the first anniversary
of Saddam Hussein's fall, with Sunni and Shi'ite rebels battling US-led

CANADIAN abducted in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD˜A Canadian humanitarian worker was among 14 foreigners reported
kidnapped yesterday as new flashpoints flared across Iraq.…

A delicate time for US, defining moment for Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… kept. It showed the Baghdad Symphony performing in Washington, the
company's first engagement outside Iraq in more than two decades.…

KIDNAPPINGS imperil Japan's mission in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
TOKYO — The kidnapping of three Japanese civilians in Iraq posed the greatest
challenge yet to Japan's first foray to a combat zone since World War

SOARING Security Costs Burden Iraq Reconstruction Efforts
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… WASHINGTON ˜ The rising cost of security is hobbling the effort to
rebuild Iraq, resulting in cutbacks to projects, delays in construction
and fewer benefits…,1,4794864.story?coll=la-home-world

SHELLS fired near GSDF camp in Iraq
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
SAMAWAH, Iraq-Explosions from shells sent Japanese troops scurrying for
cover and officials in Tokyo scrambling Thursday for information about
the first attack…

IRAQ'S moderate Shiites under siege from Islamic radicals
USA Today – USA
BAGHDAD ˜ Iraq's moderate Shiites, who have been cooperating with US
military and civil authorities and want to play a major role in a democratic

KIDNAPS intensify Iraq strike
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… foreign hostages. The insurgents threatened to burn three Japanese
captives alive unless Tokyo withdrew its troops from Iraq. On…

MILITANTS tighten grip on Iraq cities
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Shi'ite militiamen controlled all or part of three southern
Iraqi cities on Thursday and Sunni guerrillas killed at least one Marine
in the…

JAPAN defies Iraq murder threat
The Australian – Australia
JAPAN has vowed to keep its troops in Iraq despite pleas from relatives
of three Japanese hostages being held by gunmen pleading for an immediate

JAPAN PM in pinch over Iraq hostage crisis
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
Facing his toughest political test, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told
an anguished Japan on Friday he had no plans to pull troops from Iraq
despite threats…

SEOUL not to change plans to send troops to Iraq: FM
Xinhua – China
SEOUL, April 9 (Xinhuanet) — South Korea's plans to send troops to Iraq
will not change despite the incident that seven South Koreans were temporarily

DON'T discount US public resolve on Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Americans, they warn, may be tempted to cut and run from Iraq, as in Somalia
a decade ago. … WHAT DO these numbers tell us about Iraq?…

Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
The situation in Iraq can no longer be described as a conflict between
the US-led occupation forces and terrorist organizations.…

JAPAN rejects Iraq hostage demand
The three are among five overseas civilians still being held hostage in
Iraq as the conflict there sees the emergence of a troubling new tactic
— the…

SOUTH Korea to go ahead with Iraq troop dispatch plan despite…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SEOUL: Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon has indicated thousands of South Korean
troops would go to Iraq as planned despite security fears triggered by
a spate of…

KERRY calls for details on Iraq handover
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON : US Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has called for
a "startlingly honest" appeal to the world for help in Iraq , and urged

IF Iraq like Vietnam, why's there no Coppola movie?
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The White House is mightily cheesed off at suggestions Iraq has turned
into some sort of Vietnam for George W. Bush. When Senator…

US underestimated and misidentified Iraq threats
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… Five days into the worst violence Iraq has seen in a year, it is difficult
to conceive how it went so wrong, how the might of the US military ever
managed to…

AT least 6 hostages still held in Iraq
Seven South Korean civilians were freed Thursday night after a day of imprisonment
by gunmen in Iraq, but six other foreigners remained hostages.…

FEDERAL Government pledges to stay in Iraq – Australia
THE Federal Government has vowed not to pull its forces out of Iraq despite
a wave of kidnappings in the country by heavily armed insurgents, saying
to do so…,4057,9232026%255E2,00.html

EVIL turn in Iraq war
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The two-front insurgency in Iraq continued unabated yesterday
as kidnappers seized more than a dozen foreign hostages in an ominous
new tactic…,0,4761396.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

CNN Student News – USA
Set your VCR to record CNN Presents Classroom Edition: Hope and Fear: Journeys
in the New Iraq when it airs commercial-free on Monday, April 12, from
4:00am – 5…

DATE of Iraq authority transfer seems firm but not its form
USA Today – USA
… to an Iraqi government, there are still far more questions than answers
about who will take power, how much control they will have and whether
Iraq is on the…

EUROPE Seems Dismayed by Iraq Turn
New York Times – USA
BERLIN, April 8 There was dismay throughout Europe on Thursday about the
fighting in Iraq, with some commentators predicting that the United States
was now…

JAPAN'S Army Won't Exit Iraq on Threats, Fukuda Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 9 (Bloomberg) — Japan said it won't pull its troops out of Iraq
because of terrorist threats, including the kidnap of three Japanese citizens
by a group…

CAN Bullets and Bombs Establish Justice in Iraq ? – USA
… Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies,
justice will be done." Later, he associated the US invasion of Iraq with
that same…

SOUTH Korea to push ahead with Iraq dispatch plans, restricts…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korea on Friday stood by plans to send 3,600
troops to Iraq despite rising violence there, but placed severe restrictions

AS Fighting Rages, Insurgents in Iraq Kidnap 3 Japanese
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 8 As American troops continued battling Sunni Muslims
in Falluja and others began deploying south to challenge insurgents who
have seized…

THREE Japanese Held in Iraq By Group Demanding Pullout
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
SEOUL, April 8 — The Japanese public watched horrifying television footage
from Iraq Thursday showing three Japanese hostages, blindfolded and looking

BLINDFOLDED and facing death in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… The silent film was accompanied by a chilling warning to Japan: withdraw
your troops from Iraq within three days, or we will burn the hostages
to death.…

CALL to Recall Parliament as Iraq Crisis Grows
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Emily Pennink, PA News. Demands for the recall of parliament are being
made as the crisis in Iraq deepens. The calls come a year…

A Call to Nonlethal Arms in Iraq
BusinessWeek – USA
… of Fallujah on Apr. 7. The move enraged both Sunnis and Shiites, not
just in Iraq but across the Muslim world. And it tainted an…

KIDNAPS bring new chaos to Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Three Japanese nationals, including a woman, were reportedly being held
hostage in Iraq today, adding a new element of chaos to the fiercest fighting
between US…

SOME US troops may stay longer in Iraq: Rumsfeld
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON : Observing that US troops are facing a „serious problem‰
in Iraq , secretary of defence Rumsfeld said American soldiers scheduled
to leave Iraq…

BUSH administration faces test in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… causalities in the field and a fall in President George W. Bush's poll
numbers at home, the Bush Administration is facing a major test in Iraq,
observers say.…

JAPAN PM in a Tight Spot Following Iraq Kidnapping
Wired News – USA
… Reuters) – Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi faced his worst political
nightmare on Friday as the kidnapping of three Japanese civilians in Iraq
fanned calls…

POWELL: Iraq Is Not a Swamp That Will Devour US
Reuters – United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served two
tours in Vietnam, said on Thursday Iraq is not "swamp that is going to
devour" the…

EXPERTS, officials concerned about growing violence, unrest in…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) US officials and outside experts are increasingly concerned
about the deteriorating security situation in Iraq despite Defense Secretary

FIERCE Fighting Rages in Iraq, Foreigners Kidnapped
Reuters – United States
… Reuters) – US-led forces fought fierce battles with Sunni and Shi'ite
rebels on Thursday and a spate of kidnappings hit foreigners as Iraq descended

ANALYSIS: Rice testimony runs up against riveting images from…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
… Only dramatically bad news from Iraq could steal the spotlight from
the often-contentious, almost three-hour give-and-take between President
Bush's national…

EDITORIAL: Iraq/Let the UN take the lead
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Invading Iraq was a mistake, an operation born of hubris and naiveté.
Leaving Iraq now, unstable and headed for civil war, would be a far worse

LEAVE Iraq Or We'll Burn Hostages Alive, Kidnappers Tell Japan
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Rebel fighters terrorised and threatened to burn alive three Japanese civilians
unless their country agreed to pull its troops out of Iraq, in a video
shown to…

KIDNAPPING renews debate in Japan over role in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
TOKYO – (KRT) – The kidnapping of three Japanese civilians in Iraq and
the threat to burn them alive shocked Japan on Thursday, rekindling debate
about the…

LEAVING Iraq would betray Britain, too – London,England,UK
… But since the war against Iraq had begun, he had felt under siege in
Britain from the anti-war protesters. … The people of Iraq were forgotten.

KEY Developments in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… May 1 – President Bush, speaking on aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln,
declares "major combat operations in Iraq have ended.". … UN mission
quits Iraq. Aug.…

LATEST wave of violence in Iraq threatens US reconstruction…
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
ROME – (KRT) – This week's events in Iraq have dealt a swift and stunning
blow to the Bush administration's plans to withdraw US troops from the

KIDNAPPINGS add to chaos in Iraq
The Mercury (subscription) – Durban,South Africa
Baghdad: US-led troops fought fierce battles with Sunni and Shi'ite rebels
yesterday and a spate of kidnappings hit foreigners as Iraq descended
into bloody…

US Mulls Sending More Troops to Iraq
St Petersburg Times, Russia – St. Petersburg,Russia
WASHINGTON – More US troops could be sent to Iraq and other US forces could
stay longer than planned to deal with the latest surge in violence, Defense

KERRY says United States in a Œ mess ‚ in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential contender John Kerry on Wednesday called
the US occupation of Iraq a „mess‰ and said it was time for President
George W…

JAPANESE troops face 1st attack in Iraq
Xinhua – China
TOKYO, April 8 (Xinhuanet) — The Japanese government concluded Thursday
that the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) contingent in Iraq came under
attack for the…

HOSTAGES' families want SDF to leave Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
TOKYO ˜ Family members of two of the three Japanese nationals abducted
by a militant group in Iraq urged the government Thursday to withdraw
Japan's Self…

IRAQ'S interior minister announces surprise resignation
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Washington's handpicked Iraqi interior minister
abruptly resigned Thursday, leaving the US-led administration without
a Baghdad…

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