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December 9 2004
 

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US welcomes Japan’s decision to extend forces in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
9 (Xinhuanet) — The United States welcomed on Thursday Japan’s decision to extend the deployment of its forces in Iraq for an additional 12 months.

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Coalition to compete in Iraq elections
CNN International – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A coalition fielding 228 candidates and supported by Iraq’s top Shiite cleric has been formed to compete in the January 30 national

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10378710.htm
Powell: NATO members’ refusal to help in Iraq hurts credibility
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
France, Germany and four other European allies of “hurting the credibility and cohesion” of NATO by refusing to allow their soldiers to go to Iraq to help

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Security alone will not heal Iraq: Kofi Annan
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Iraq must do more to heal its political wounds and revive its economy or elections could fail to achieve their goal of stability and legitimacy, UN Secretary

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Japan extends historic military deployment to Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
TOKYO, Japan — Japan on Thursday extended its troop deployment to Iraq for another year despite public unease about the mission, which ended the country’s post

www.nytimes.com/2004/12/09/international/middleeast/09cnd-iraq.html
Shiite Groups Unite to Run in Iraq Elections Next Month
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By ROBERT F. WORTH. BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 9 – Iraq’s leading Shiite political groups formally announced today that they had formed

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Powell Criticizes Some European Allies on Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
9 — In a fresh sign of lingering tensions over the Iraq war, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell Thursday rapped European allies who declined to assist a NATO

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Firefighter killed in Iraq recalled as true hero
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
NEW YORK (AP) A New York firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center attack and died in Iraq on active duty for the Army was remembered Thursday as
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Security alone will not heal Iraq: Kofi Annan
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Iraq must do more to heal its political wounds and revive its economy or elections could fail to achieve their goal of stability and legitimacy, UN Secretary …

www.csmonitor.com/2004/1210/p01s04-woiq.html
A new bid to delay Iraq’s vote
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
… Science Monitor. SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ — Until recently, the struggle over Iraq’s election date has divided along sectarian lines. Sunnis …

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NATO ministers agree to expand Iraq training mission
The Globe and Mail (subscription) – Toronto,ON,Canada
Brussels — NATO foreign ministers agreed Thursday to launch the next phase of the alliance training mission in Iraq, a move that should see up to 300 …

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Japanese government overrides public unease to extend Iraq troop …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) Japan will keep its troops in Iraq for another year, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced Thursday, arguing that extending the unpopular …

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Radical Shiites Not on Iraq Election List
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq’s most powerful Shiite groups today unveiled a unified list of 228 candidates for the January 30 elections, a key step in their bid to take a leading …

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Iraq War Changes Face of Military Medicine
Forbes – New York,NY,USA
9 (HealthDayNews) — The unusual nature of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are drastically changing the way the military responds to injuries, say …

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NATO agrees to boost Iraq, Afghan roles, but tensions linger
Turkish Press – Turkey
BRUSSELS (AFP) – NATO agreed to expand its Iraq mission and voiced hopes of expanding in Afghanistan, but rifts over the Iraq war lingered as the United States …

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Bush says he understands concerns of US soldiers in Iraq
SierraTimes.com – USA
WASHINGTON (AFP) – President George W. Bush said he understands the concerns of US soldiers deployed in Iraq and said that they were being addressed. …

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Japan extends Iraq troop deployment
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
TOKYO: Japan will keep its troops in Iraq for another year, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has said, even though most voters want to end what is the nation’s …

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Powell asks for European troops in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
9 (UPI) — US Secretary of State Colin Powell sought additional troop support in Iraq and Afghanistan from European foreign ministers in Brussels Thursday. …

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Shiites unveil candidate slate in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s most powerful Shiite groups Thursday unveiled a unified list of 228 candidates for the Jan. 30 elections …

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Explosions near Italian embassy in Iraq
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
… This time there was no harm done,” he said. Italy has 3000 military personnel in Iraq based in the area around the southern city of Nasiriya . …

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NATO to expand Iraq training mission
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
NATO foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to launch the next phase of the alliance training mission in Iraq, a move that should see up to 300 instructors fly …

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Shiites form coalition of candidates for Iraq vote
MSNBC – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A Shiite official Thursday announced a coalition of 228 candidates backed by leading Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for Iraq’s Jan. …

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Renewed violence in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
… struck near the Italian Embassy and an Iraqi National Guard base in Baghdad, killing three civilians and wounding at least seven, while Iraq’s leading Shiites …

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Faceoff on Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld came here Wednesday to lead a morale-lifting town hall discussion with Iraq-bound troops. …

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Japan extends troops mission in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
9 (Xinhuanet) — Japan’s cabinet decided Thursday to extend the Self-Defense Forces’ (SDF) humanitarian assistance operation in Iraq by one year until Dec. …
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Europe Urged to Help NATO More in Iraq
ABC News – USA
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States said it expected European countries to come up with offers of help in Iraq and Afghanistan at a NATO meeting on Thursday …

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Pentagon Defends Iraq Planning After Soldiers’ Questions
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: After troops bound for Iraq asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pointed questions about armor shortages, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence DiRita …

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White House evades reply on Mush’s criticism of Iraq war
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
Washington, December 9: The White House evaded a direct reply on the repeated criticism of Iraq war by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who flayed the US …

www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2004/12/09/japan-troops-041209.html
Japanese troops will spend extra year in Iraq
CBC News – Canada
TOKYO – Japan’s cabinet decided Thursday to extend the country’s deployment of non-combat troops in Iraq by one more year. A spokeswoman …

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New Details Emerge on Iraq Prisoner Abuse
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
… The newly released documents include internal memos, reports and interviews with detainees being held at US-run detention centers in Iraq, Afghanistan and …

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Iraq log: 9 December 2004
BBC News – London,England,UK
The latest log entries in our series about everyday life in Iraq look at child health after the US assault on Falluja and contrasting views about the insurgency …

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Rumsfeld under fire from Iraq-bound troops
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced open criticism on Wednesday from US troops who complained safety in Iraq and questioned the department’s policy that …

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Federal judge orders soldier back to Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — A soldier who challenged an Army policy requiring him to serve past the date of his enlistment contract must return for duty in Iraq while his …

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Japan to Keep Troops in Iraq for Another Year, PM Koizumi Says
Bloomberg – USA
9 (Bloomberg) — Japan’s Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi extended the deployment of his nation’s 600 troops in Iraq for another year, saying the US needs …

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Powell ‘reaches out’ to Europe over Iraq
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
United States Secretary of State Colin Powell has pressed Europe to overcome its differences on the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and rebuild the country, as …

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6233
US needs more European troops for Iraq
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Meeting with foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday, Secretary of State Colin Powell urged European allies to commit more forces to Iraq, in an attempt to …

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Iraq war’s intensity masked by advances
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
… at Boston ‘s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, concludes that it may therefore be misleading to focus only on combat deaths to gauge the level of fighting in Iraq …

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Iran and Syria fan the flames in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
If there were any doubts about the CIA’s pessimistic assessment of the situation in Iraq, they may be put to rest by two disturbing new reports about the …

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Iraq Elections Mooted to Be Spread over Three Weeks
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The decision ultimately belongs to Iraq’s electoral commission; a top official there said Allawi had not mentioned the idea. Also

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Rumsfeld under fire from Iraq-bound troops, Powell reaches out to
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – US troops put the Pentagon on the defensive, challenging Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over their safety in Iraq, as Secretary of State

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Japanese Cabinet approves plan to extend Iraq troop dispatch
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) Japan’s Cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to keep Japanese troops in Iraq for another year, the trade minister said.

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Australia unlikely to send more troops to Iraq, but is considering
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Australia’s defense minister on Thursday ruled out the possibility of sending more troops to Iraq, but he said his country may send more

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49634-2004Dec8.html
Attacks Sabotage Iraq Reconstruction
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq — On the main road through this dusty and downtrodden community lies a compound designed to host a municipal center with local government

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Report: Japan ruling coalition parties approve plan to extend Iraq …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) Japan’s ruling coalition parties approved a plan Thursday to keep the nation’s troops in Iraq for another year, Japanese media reported, setting the

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49566-2004Dec8.html
Iraq Combat Fatality Rate Lowest Ever
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Ten percent of soldiers injured in Iraq have died from their war wounds, the lowest casualty fatality rate ever, thanks in large part to technological advances

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Soldiers en route to battle in Iraq grill Rumsfeld in Kuwait
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
One soldier said: “A lot of us are getting ready to move north (to Iraq) relatively soon. Our vehicles are not armored. are going to roll into Iraq with.”.

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Former US Marine in Iraq tells Canadian board some comrades became
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TORONTO (AP) A former US Marine in Iraq, testifying Wednesday at a hearing for an American military deserter seeking asylum in Canada, said several men in his

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UK defense chief visits troops in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
was scheduled to meet with some of Britain’s 9,000 soldiers based around Basra who have recently been engaged in combat operations in central Iraq in support

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Judge rejects soldier’s request to block deployment to Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) A soldier who challenged an Army policy requiring him to serve past the date of his enlistment contract must return for duty in Iraq while his

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US Special Forces Punished for Iraq Prisoner Abuse
Wired News – USA
Reuters) – Four US troops serving on an elite special operations task force have been disciplined for abusing prisoners in Iraq, including unauthorized use of

www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/12/09/2003214360
UK defense chief visits troops in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
was scheduled to meet with some of Britain’s 9,000 soldiers based around Basra who have recently been engaged in combat operations in central Iraq in support

www.boston.com/dailynews/343/world/Former_U_S_Marine_in_Iraq_tell:.shtml
Former US Marine in Iraq tells Canadian board some comrades became
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TORONTO (AP) A former US Marine in Iraq, testifying Wednesday at a hearing for an American military deserter seeking asylum in Canada, said several men in his

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/09/content_2312094.htm
Blair rejects tally of Iraq War dead
Xinhua – Beijing,China
Blair has rejected calls for an independent commission to calculate the number of civilians killed and injured since the US-led alliance invaded Iraq in March

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/10370301.htm
Soldiers en route to battle in Iraq grill Rumsfeld in Kuwait
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
One soldier said: “A lot of us are getting ready to move north (to Iraq) relatively soon. Our vehicles are not armored. are going to roll into Iraq with.”.

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Judge rejects soldier’s request to block deployment to Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) A soldier who challenged an Army policy requiring him to serve past the date of his enlistment contract must return for duty in Iraq while his

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/10369585.htm
Former Marine in Iraq: We fired on unarmed civilians, wounded
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
TORONTO – A former Marine on the front lines of Iraq, a witness for an American seeking to become the first US soldier granted asylum in Canada, said Wednesday

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US Special Forces Punished for Iraq Prisoner Abuse
Wired News – USA
Reuters) – Four US troops serving on an elite special operations task force have been disciplined for abusing prisoners in Iraq, including unauthorized use of

www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_9-12-2004_pg7_45
Blair rules out Iraq civilian death toll probe
Daily Times – Pakistan
LONDON: British Prime Minister Tony Blair rejected a call on Wednesday for an independent inquiry into the civilian death toll in the US-led war in Iraq.

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10370385.htm
Violence persists throughout Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – While American officials and the US-backed Iraqi government are touting the retaking of Fallujah and upcoming national elections as

www.iht.com/articles/2004/12/08/news/iraq.html
Iraq may modify elections to take place over weeks
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Iraq may modify plans for its first free election to give people more time to vote next month, officials said on Wednesday as suicide bombers and

www.iht.com/articles/2004/12/08/news/powell.html
Powell urges Europe to help in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BRUSSELS Secretary of State Colin Powell chastised Europe on Wednesday for its opposition to the Iraq war and urged Europeans to get over it and “help the

  
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