Iraq News and Information Links August 9 2004
IRAQ Cleric Vows Fight to Death Vs. US
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq (AP)—Militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Shiite militia
has been battling US forces across Iraq, warned Monday that he would fight
``until the…

IRAQ stops pumping from south, sending oil prices to record high
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
Iraq's Southern Oil Company has stopped pumping crude after Shiite militiamen
threatened to attack local oil infrastructure, sending oil prices to record

IRAQ oil shutdown sends price to record
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
… Soaring prices plunged the world‚s aviation industry into yet another
crisis just as airlines showed signs of recovering from the Iraq war and
the outbreak…,,8209-1209888,00.html

KERRY: Still Would Have Approved Force for Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said on Monday he would
have voted for the congressional resolution authorizing force against
Iraq even if he had…

BUSH hails Polish role in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… US President George W. Bush met Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka in
the Oval Office on Monday, saying Polish troops have “performed brilliantly”
in Iraq,.…

UN chief concerned over fighting in Iraq, calls for ceasefire
Xinhua – China
… Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced extreme concern on Monday
over widespread fighting between US troops and Shiite militiamen in Iraq
and called for a…

CLERIC Sadr Vows to Fight on in Iraq's Najaf
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – A firebrand Shi'ite cleric Monday defied demands
from Iraq's interim government that his militia pull out of Najaf and
threats from his…

MEDIA Watchdog Urges Iraq to Lift Al Jazeera Ban
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government should immediately lift
its ban on Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite television network to show
it respected…

GROUP Threatens Attacks on Iraq Offices
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A militant group on Monday threatened to launch a campaign
of attacks against ministers and government offices and warned Iraqi state

IRAQ halts crude output from the south
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Oil production from Iraq's southern oil fields was stopped on Monday after
alleged threats by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army to disrupt

BRITISH soldier killed in Iraq – London,England,UK
A British soldier has been killed and several other UK troops injured after
clashes with insurgents in southern Iraq. The Ministry…

IRAQ Cleric Vows Fight To Death Vs. Us
Guardian – UK
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) – A radical Shiite cleric vowed to fight to the death
as his loyalists battled US troops for a fifth straight day Monday, and
bombings in…,1280,-4403421,00.html

CRUDE Oil Jumps to Record After Iraq Cuts Shipments to Tankers
Bloomberg – USA
9 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil rose to a record $44.97 a barrel after Iraq
cut shipments to tankers in the Persian Gulf because of warnings of possible
attacks on…

BRITISH Soldier Killed in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Andrew Woodcock, PA News. A British soldier has been killed and a number
of other UK troops injured in clashes with insurgents in southern Iraq

IRAQ Stops South Oil Flow on Militia Fear
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq stopped oil production from its southern oilfields
on Monday after a Shi'ite Muslim uprising led by radical cleric Moqtada

ABA to vote on condemning prisoner abuse in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… organization today will vote on a resolution that condemns the use
of torture and inhuman treatment against US detainees captured in Afghanistan
and Iraq.…

TERROR Threat in Iraq Pushes Oil Prices to Record Highs
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
World oil prices have risen to record highs, following the shutdown of
Iraq's oil terminals in the southern city of Basra. The pipelines…

BREAKING: Scores Dead in Najaf, al-Sadr Pledges Fight to Death

IRAN Plays Down Iraq Rift, Seeks Hostage Release
Reuters – USA
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran on Monday played down fresh accusations that it
was stirring up violence in Iraq and sought to secure the release of an

CHALABIS Sip the Poisoned Chalice of Postwar Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Educated in the United States and a former associate
in one of the world's top law firms, Salem Chalabi, the man charged with

PHILIPPINE military prepares for redeployment in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Monday said that it had prepared a battalion of soldiers in case the
government decides to send another batch of Filipino peacekeepers to Iraq
under the…

IRAQ Cleric Vows Fight to Death Vs. US
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
NAJAF, Iraq – A radical cleric whose loyalists battled US troops for the
fifth straight day Monday vowed to continue fighting and said he would
not to budge…

MUSLIMS Told Not to Send Team to Iraq – Africa
Five Kenyan drivers returned home from the Middle East yesterday with the
clear warning to Muslim leaders not to send emissaries to Iraq.…

MUGABE slams 'bully of world' for Iraq war
Independent Online – South Africa
Harare – The United States and Britain lied to justify the war against
Iraq, and smaller countries should guard against being dragged into similar

IRAQ envoy Clwyd to join privy council
Guardian – UK
The prime minister's special representative on human rights in Iraq, Ann
Clwyd, is to become a privy counsellor, Downing Street announced today.,9061,1279473,00.html

IRAQ Cleric Vows Fight to Death Vs. US
ABC News – USA
NAJAF, Iraq Aug. … “Resistance will continue and increase day by day,”
he said. “Our demand is for the American occupation to get out of Iraq.

IRAQ orders arrest of one-time US favorite
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Ahmad Chalabi, the exiled leader who returned to Iraq last year
hoping to run the country with US support, was ordered arrested on counterfeiting

AUSTRALIAN prime minister lashes back at Iraq critics
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Prime Minister John Howard hit back Monday at former Australian defense
chiefs and diplomats who had accused his government of lying about the
Iraq war, saying…

THE Iraq Reconstruction Fiasco
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
hings have gone so obviously wrong with America's approach to rebuilding
Iraq that even the Bush administration is now willing to listen to some
informed advice…

UK cash helps boost Iraq tourism
BBC News – London,England,UK
Pack your sunglasses, swimsuit and don't forget your flak jacket – the
new holiday hotspot could be Iraq if the British government has its way.

FORMER US Adviser Chalabi Wanted in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Iraq issues an arrest warrant for former Pentagon adviser
and Iraqi governing council member Ahmed Chalabi. He's accused of counterfeiting.

BUSH, Polish PM to Discuss Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Bush meets at the White House Monday with Polish Prime Minister Marek
Belka for talks expected to focus on Warwaw's role in the US-led coalition
in Iraq.…

CLERIC Vows to Fight on in Iraq's Najaf, 360 Dead
Wired News – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Radical Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Monday
defied a demand from Iraq's interim government that his militia quit Najaf,

IRAQI Tribunal Chief Delays Return to Iraq, Fears for His Life
Bloomberg – USA
… Salem Chalabi, the chief of the Iraqi tribunal that will try Saddam
Hussein for war crimes, said in London today that he won't return to Iraq
to face murder…

IRAQ'S Defense Minister: Rebels Use Iranian Weapons
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Iraq's interim defense minister says Shi'ite rebels fighting in Najaf are
using weapons obtained from Iran. Hazim al-Shalaan made…

SOUTH Korean Journalist Released in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The South Korean Foreign ministry says a photographer working in Iraq has
been released after being held for 15 hours by radical Shiite militiamen.

IRAQ cleric snubs PM's orders
The Namibian – Windhoek,Namibia
… said a commission had been monitoring Al Jazeera to see whether it
was inciting violence and hatred, and the decision was taken “to protect
the people of Iraq…

PM stands by Iraq action despite latest criticism
ABC Online – Australia
Prime Minister John Howard is standing by Australia's involvement in Iraq
despite a group of prominent people claiming the Federal Government mislead

IRAQ hostages: No Plan B
Times of India – India
… I am following this whole business of the three Indian truckers kidnapped
by some nobody group in Iraq. … Iraq has not government to speak of.

PUT the focus back on Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
By Paul Krugman. A funny thing happened after the United States transferred
sovereignty over Iraq. … Incredibly, the same thing happened to Iraq
after June 28.…

IRAQ'S Sadr says to fight on
Reuters – London,England,UK
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Radical Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has
rejected an order from Iraq's interim government to his militia to quit
the holy city…

IRAQ tribunal head fears for life
BBC News – London,England,UK
The head of the tribunal trying Saddam Hussein has told the BBC that charges
levelled against him in Iraq are ridiculous and he fears for his life.

IRANIAN consul kidnapped in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
BAGHDAD — Militants in Iraq have kidnapped an Iranian diplomat and accused
him of inciting sectarian strife, Al-Alabiya television reported yesterday.

CAR bomb blast kills seven people in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By MARIAM FAM. BAGHDAD, Iraq — A suicide car bomb exploded northeast of
the Iraqi capital on Monday, an apparent attempt to assassinate a deputy

HARMONY of Games aids Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
BY LINDA ROBERTSON. Maurice ''Termite'' Watkins, an exterminator, went
to Iraq out of a sense of patriotic duty to provide relief for the US

IRAQ issues warrants for Chalabi, nephew
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD — Iraq has issued arrest warrants for Ahmed Chalabi, a former
Governing Council member, on counterfeiting charges, and for his nephew
Salem Chalabi…

HOWARD hits back at Iraq critics
CNN International – USA
SYDNEY, Australia — Conservative Prime Minister John Howard has hit back
at high-profile criticism of Australia's involvement in the Iraq war,

FORMER defence chief accepted Iraq had WMD: PM
ABC Online – Australia
… past comments by a former chief of Australia's defence forces to reject
claims the Federal Government deceived voters over the reason for joining
the Iraq war.…

IRAQ hostage crisis: Big B ready for appeal
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
New Delhi, August 9: Reacting to reports that negotiator in Iraq Sheikh
Hisham Al-Dulaimi has demanded that superstar Amitabh Bachchan or actress

IRAQ Explodes as Allawi Appeals for Ceasefire
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Protected by about 100 guards, Iraq‚s interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi
visited the war-shattered city of Najaf, calling on Shiite militants to
lay down…

IRANIAN diplomat kidnapped in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — An Iranian diplomat who disappeared four days ago
in Iraq was apparently kidnapped by Islamic militants, Iranian embassy
officials tell…

CHALABIS wanted in Iraq on murder, counterfeiting charges
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq has issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Chalabi, a former
Governing Council member with strong US ties, on counterfeiting charges,
and for…

FORMER defence chiefs criticise Howard's Iraq policy in open…
ABC Online – Australia
… Their open letter calls for both sides of politics to give priority
to truth in government and say the Australian people were deceived over
the invasion of Iraq…

IAEA inspectors complete nuclear verification in Iraq
Xinhua – China
8 (Xinhuanet) — Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) have verified that none of the declared nuclear material in Iraq
was missing…

IRAQ brings back the death penalty
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq's interim government reinstated the death penalty yesterday for a
range of crimes including murder, kidnapping and drug offences, officials

IRAQ'S Premier Takes Hard Line Against Rebels
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By JOHN F. BURNS. AGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 8 – Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, reinforcing
his reputation as a man ready to deal harshly with…

HOWARD takes flak over support for Iraq invasion, war
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Former defense chiefs and diplomats yesterday condemned Australia's involvement
in the Iraq war in what could be a major blow to Prime Minister John Howard's

BACKGROUNDER: List of foreign hostages killed or held in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… He became the second senior foreign diplomat kidnapped in Iraq in recent
weeks, following Egyptian diplomat Mohammed Mamdouh Helmi Qutb, who was
abducted on…

IRAQ invasion 'tremendous gift' to Bin Laden
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
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 Chalabis Face Warrants, Shia Fighting Rages
Reuters – USA
… Zuhair al-Maliki, chief investigative judge of the Central Criminal
Court of Iraq, said an arrest warrant had been issued against Ahmad Chalabi
in connection…

IRAQ issues arrest warrant for former council man Chalabi
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IRAQ has issued an arrest warrant for Ahmad Chalabi, a former Governing
Council member with strong ties to the United States, on counterfeiting
charges, and…

CHALABI says will return to Iraq to face warrant
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Ahmad Chalabi, who spent decades in exile opposing
Saddam Hussein, said on Monday he would go home to Iraq to face an arrest
warrant he…

MISSING in action: Kerry's complete strategy for Iraq
USA Today – USA
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, so say his advisers, didn't
dwell much on his plans for Iraq at last month's convention ˜ a turn-away-and-you

6 explosions rock Iraq, injuring 11
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ Six explosions boomed across central Baghdad on Sunday,
sending plumes of smoke into the air and wounding at least 11 people,
a hospital…

IRAQ Amnesty Spurned By Radicals
CBS News – USA
… “They have been showing a lot of crimes and criminals on TV, and they
(send) a bad picture about Iraq and about Iraqis and encourage criminals
to increase…

BAN on Al-Jazeera Not Going to End Iraq‚s Troubles
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… According to the International-Federation of Journalists General-Secretary
Aidan White, “Democracy in Iraq will be won by defending human rights
and the…

MILITANTS kidnap Iranian diplomat in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… Iraq's defence minister last week accused Iran of “blatant interference”
in Iraq's affairs. … released him after the Philippines withdrew its
forces from Iraq.…

CHALABI Will Return to Iraq to Fight Fraud Charges, CNN Reports
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) — Ahmed Chalabi, a former member of Iraq's governing
council, said he will return to Baghdad to fight charges of fraud, Cable
News Network…

PM downplays Iraq criticism
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The world has changed since the retirement of those signatories to a statement
which criticised the government over the Iraq War, Prime Minister John

DIPLOMATS Say Australian Govt Deceived Nation Joining Iraq War
Bloomberg – USA
9 (Bloomberg) — The Australian government deceived the nation when it
joined the Iraq war on false assumptions, according to a statement signed
by 43 former…

UK MPs looking into 48 suspicious deaths in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
LONDON: Britain‚s military police have opened investigations into the
suspicious deaths of 48 Iraqis, a jump of nearly a third from the figures

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