Iraq News and Information Links May 10 2004
Q&A: Iraq abuse charges
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Civilians working for the Central Intelligence Agency are also being
investigated in relation to deaths of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US, Britain, Seek to Contain Iraq Abuse Scandal
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – The United States and its main Iraq war ally,
Britain, sought on Monday to limit fallout from the Iraq prisoner abuse
scandal as…

PIPELINE blast cuts Iraq's oil exports
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BY HAMZA HENDAWI. KARBALA, Iraq ˜ Insurgents blasted an oil pipeline,
setting off a huge blaze and slashing Iraq's daily oil exports by about
25 per cent.…

VOICES: Iraq abuse scandal
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Given the allegations of widespread abuse of Iraqi detainees by American
troops, what must the US do to restore confidence in its handling of post-war

WARNING issued after New Zealander killed in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark has warned civilians to stay out
of Iraq, after armed gunmen killed a New Zealand engineer yesterday.…

IRAQ Cleric to Widen War After US Bombs Baghdad HQ
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his
Mehdi Army on Monday to launch a broad new offensive against US-led occupying

IRAQ to Seek Bids for Port Management
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
LONDON ˜ Iraq plans to seek bids from foreign firms to manage and help
upgrade its two functioning cargo ports, the Iraq Ports Authority chief
said Monday.…,1,5636634.story?coll=sns-ap-investing-headlines

BUSH shown Iraq abuse photos, again backs Rumsfeld
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… prisoners being humiliated by Americans at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad
were broadcast by CBS television two weeks ago, triggering deep anger
in Iraq and the…

BRITAIN'S Blair, defense minister seek to downplay Iraq prisoners…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the treatment of Iraqi prisoners, adding
that he understood it contained just two references to the conduct of
British forces in Iraq…

PIPELINE blast cuts Iraq's oil experts by 25 percent, US troops…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) Insurgents blasted an oil pipeline, setting off a huge
blaze and slashing Iraq's daily oil exports by about 25 percent.…

FIRST Court-Martial Set for Iraq Prisoner Abuse Scandal
NPR (audio) – USA
Jeremy Sivits of the 372nd Military Police Company will be the first soldier
to face a court-marshal over abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

WHAT else is hidden in the prisons of Iraq and Palestine?
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… The Iraqi people and those who have visited Iraq know very well the
American soldiers' blatant disrespect for Iraqi lives and values, protected
by the immunity…

IRAQ to seek bids by foreign firms to manage its ports
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON (AP) Iraq plans to seek bids from foreign firms to manage and help
upgrade its two functioning cargo ports, the Iraq Ports Authority chief
said Monday.…

REPORT: Commanders Share Blame in Iraq Prisoner Abuse
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The US military says only a small number of guards should
be blamed for the abuse of prisoners in Iraq. But investigative…

US battles on two Iraq fronts
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE US-led coalition reeled from fresh revelations of prisoner abuse at
its jails in Iraq today amid continuing deadly clashes with militiamen
loyal to the…,5478,9529091%255E1702,00.html

OREGONIAN killed in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
EUGENE, Ore. — A soldier from Oregon was one of two soldiers killed in
Iraq over the weekend, the US Department of Defense reported Monday on
its Web site.…

SENATORS Set Hearings on Iraq Prisoner Abuse
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Following up on Friday's grilling of Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld on mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, the Senate Armed Services

MINISTERS 'did not see' Iraq abuse report
Guardian – UK
… On the topic of the February report by the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Hoon revealed that the US administrator in
Iraq, Paul Bremer…,12956,1213626,00.html

NO Simple Place to Pin Blame for Iraq Oil-For-Food Problems
Atlantic Online – USA
… the GAO is also documenting what a shambles the US made of the program
after it took over the program in November, and warning that the new Iraq
must be…

Guardian – UK
… Insurgents bombed the Faw oil pipeline in southern Iraq on Saturday,
slashing daily Iraqi oil exports by about 25 percent, or 450,000 barrels
per day, an…,1280,-4074544,00.html

IRAQ prisoner scandal provokes disgust – MI,USA
VIENNA, Austria (AP) ˜ America's allies in Iraq, voicing disgust at abuse
of Iraqi prisoners by US troops, demanded Monday that the Pentagon track
down, put…

NZ engineer shot in Iraq car ambush
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… They want to kill everybody walking in Iraq.”. … She said New Zealand
had issued “the strongest type of travel warning that we ever issue” about

UK casts doubt on Iraq photos
ABC Online – Australia
… There are strong indications that the vehicle in which the photographs
were taken was not in Iraq during the relevant period,” Mr Hoon said.

SPAIN to cede Iraq base to US
By CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman. MADRID, Spain (CNN) — Spain has
said it will cede its military base in Iraq to the United States between
May 15 and 17.…

FORMER detainees tell of Iraq prison drama
Independent Online – South Africa
… It is evident that torture is systemised and deliberate in all the
detention camps all over Iraq,” the non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
said in a…

ABUSE vehicle 'not in Iraq'
Ananova – England,UK
There are “strong indications” that a vehicle shown in Daily Mirror photos
of alleged abuse of prisoners was not in Iraq, Geoff Hoon has said.…

TV Cameras Banned From Iraq Court-Martial
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — No television cameras will be allowed in the courtroom
at next week's court-martial of a US soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib
prison abuse…,0,7297844.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

HOW to Get Out of Iraq: Part II
Iraq Occupation Watch – San Francisco,CA,USA
As the situation in Iraq goes from bad to worse, many Americans who opposed
the war, including Nation editors and writers, understand that the country

TROOPS battle Shiite militia in Iraq, US braces for more abuse…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… several days of gains against Sadr's militia in Baghdad and the Shiite
holy cities to the south of the capital, the US-led occupation of Iraq
remains mired in…

CONTRITE Blair Under Fire in Iraq Abuse Scandal
Reuters – USA
… have been carried out,” the prime minister said in a second day of
hand-wringing from London over increasing abuse claims against US and
British troops in Iraq…

PRISONER abuse in Iraq systematic, Red Cross says
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Geneva ˜ The Red Cross saw US soldiers routinely mistreat prisoners at
Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere in Iraq that included both physical and

SPAIN Refused Request to Hunt Iraq Leader
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
MADRID, Spain (AP)—US commanders in Iraq asked Spanish forces to help
hunt down or kill a religious leader, but Spain refused, saying its mission

FRANCE rules out troops for Iraq
Expatica – Netherlands
BRUSSELS, May 10 (AFP) – France on Monday strongly ruled out sending troops
to Iraq, but said it was prepared to take part in economic and political

FORT Bragg divided over Iraq abuse charges
… There‚s the investigation, gathering of evidence here and in Iraq,
getting witnesses.” Bruckner explained that any court martial would likely
be held at Ft.…

RED Cross report describes abuse in Iraq – MI,USA
… It said some coalition military intelligence officers estimated “between
70 percent and 90 percent of the persons deprived of their liberty in
Iraq had been…

IRAQ scandal: Red Cross rebuffs Bush comments, says US prisoner…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
The international Red Cross saw US military intelligence officers routinely
mistreating prisoners under interrogation during a visit to Abu Ghraib
prison last…

US NATO Man Says Iraq Abuse Means Crisis for Bush
Reuters – USA
BERLIN (Reuters) – The US ambassador to NATO said Monday a scandal surrounding
the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US troops had plunged President Bush's

WAR graves hit over Iraq 'abuse'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Palestinian vandals have attacked more than 30 Commonwealth war graves
in Gaza City in an apparent act of retaliation for the abuse of prisoners
in Iraq.…

SADR Tells Militia to Fight Throughout Iraq, Aide Says
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi radical Shi'ite Muslim leader Moqtada Sadr
has ordered his militia to spread their battle against US troops across
Iraq, a senior…

US sets first trial for Iraq abuse
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A 24-year-old military police officer from Pennsylvania
will be court-martialed here May 19, becoming the first US soldier to
face trial in the…

RED Cross Report Describes Abuse in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… AP)—The international Red Cross saw US military intelligence officers
routinely mistreating prisoners under interrogation during a visit to
Iraq's Abu Ghraib…

PORTUGAL to keep troops in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… May 10 (Xinhuanet) — Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso
said late on Sunday that the troops of his country will stay in Iraq despite

POLL: Majority in UK wants troops out of Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
A majority of Britons surveyed in an opinion poll published Monday want
British troops to leave Iraq by the end of June. The poll…

BRITAIN was probing Iraq abuse before Red Cross report: Blair
The Globe and Mail – Canada
London ˜ Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday that he only recently
became aware of some specific allegations by the Red Cross that British
and American…

INDONESIA urges US action over Iraq prisoner abuse
Jakarta Post – Indonesia
… Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, urged the United
States on Monday to take action against troops accused of abusing prisoners
in Iraq.…

' No Excuse ' for Abusing Iraq Prisoners – Blair CONTRITE government under Iraq abuse scrutiny
Reuters – London,England,UK
… have been carried out,” Blair said in a second day of hand-wringing
from London over the increasing abuse claims against allied US and British
troops in Iraq.…

[NEWS FOCUS]Abuse fuels opposition to Iraq troop dispatch
Korea Herald – Seoul,South Korea
Cries to reconsider sending additional Korean troops to Iraq are growing
louder, fueled by a worsening security situation and the scandal over
US abuse of…

The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… sensory deprivation. But he appealed for people to pay tribute to the
work the majority of British forces were doing in Iraq. The…

FATHER defends US soldier over photos in Iraq abuse scandal
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… C. Sivits, 24, a member of the 372d Military Police Company, will face
a court-martial May 19 in Baghdad, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said
yesterday in Iraq…

HOON faces MPs over Iraq abuse
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Mr Blair and those around him had hoped they would be able to draw
a line under Iraq, said Marr, but he added: “That's a forlorn hope at
the moment.”.…

SABOTAGE Hits Iraq's Southern Oil Exports
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A sabotage attack on a southern pipeline has struck
oil exports from Iraq's vital Basra terminal, denting Baghdad's main source
of revenue…

BUSH, Pentagon confront wider effect of Iraq prison abuse
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — When President Bush travels to the Pentagon this morning
for a classified briefing on the Iraq war, the subtext of the conversation
will have…

GNP Sticks by Iraq Troop Dispatch Plan
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
… opposition Grand National Party leader Park Geun-hye said on Monday
that the country should stand by its decision to send additional troops
to Iraq in support…

36 More Killed In Continuing Iraq Violence
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, May 10 (NNN): At least 19 members of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr‚s
Mehdi Army militia were among 36 people killed in continuing Iraq violence

US general teaches soldiers in Iraq to “squeeze out” information…
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, May 9 (Xinhuanet) — Major General Geoffrey Miller, commandant
at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was sent to Iraq last
year to…

MILITARY officer to face trial for prison abuse in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Stung by a worldwide outcry, the US military announced
Sunday the first court-martial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse allegations,
ordering a…

UNDER Pressure Blair Too Says Sorry For Iraq Prisoners Abuses
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… leave no stone unturned” in their investigation and said inquiries
had already been made into 33 cases of civilian deaths, injuries or ill
treatment in Iraq.…

FIGHTING escalates in Iraq as US seeks to crush Shia rebellion
World Socialist
Just over a year after George Bush declared “major combat‰ to be over
in Iraq, fighting is escalating between occupation troops and Iraqi fighters
loyal to…

EXPOSE Prison Abuse in Iraq to Questions From All Sides
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
The disgusting, dehumanizing, criminal abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the
infamous Abu Ghraib prison cries out for establishment of an international

ISLAMIC Nations Urge Central UN Role in Iraq and Possible…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Organisation of the Islamic Conference or OIC, today, urged the US
to introduce a Security Council resolution granting the United Nations
a central role in Iraq…

FOUR Poles killed in black weekend in Iraq
Warsaw Business Journal – Warszawa,Morocco,Poland
Waldemar Milewicz, TVP war correspondent, was killed on Friday in Iraq
when terrorist attacked a car carrying Polish journalists.…

NEW image from Iraq fuels abuse scandal
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Washington ˜ The Iraq prison-abuse scandal continues to grow as a chilling
new photograph appeared yesterday showing a naked prisoner cowering before
a guard…

BLAIR apologises for Iraq excesses
Times of India – India
… Blair and Chirac agreed to work together to ensure a smooth transition
in Iraq, with just eight weeks remaining before the handover of sovereignty
to Iraqis…

HOON to face MPs over Iraq abuse – UK
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is under intense pressure to reveal when ministers
were told about abuse allegations against British troops and exactly what

DISSENT in US military over Iraq strategy
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON : Some senior US military leaders on Sunday publicly questioned
their country‚s war strategy in Iraq , which brought a speedy invasion
but now…

IRAQ prison abuses were inevitable
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… Everybody in the Middle East has seen the photographs and even those
who have been supportive of US efforts in Iraq are going to shrug when
the Fourth Geneva…

IRAQ so dangerous that US now outfitting military dogs with…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Louis Meixler, Associated Press, 5/10/2004 01:21. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)
On dangerous missions, Sgt. … Jarrod Zaleski, the Army kennel master
in Iraq.…

SEVERE violence in Iraq ahead of handover
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: To Iraq now, where there's been severe violence across the
country in the last 24 hours. With just eight weeks to…

BUSH'S Slide in Polls on Handling of Iraq Gave No Lift to Kerry
Bloomberg – USA
May 10 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush's approval rating fell
in three national polls last week as public support for the war in Iraq

BUSH vows not to “cut and run” in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush has vowed not to “cut
and run” in Iraq and says he deserves to be reelected because he has demonstrated

IRAQ southern oil exports cut by pipeline sabotage
Forbes – USA
BAGHDAD, May 10 (Reuters) – A sabotage attack against a southern pipeline
has reduced Iraq's oil exports sharply, the South Oil Company President
said on Monday…

NEW Zealander killed in Iraq attack
The Australian – Australia
ASSAILANTS have shot dead a New Zealander, a South African and an Iraqi
working for a reconstruction firm in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk,
police said…,5744,9521063%255E1702,00.html

36 die in Iraq attacks – Pakistan
… An oil pipeline supplying one of Iraq‚s southern exporting terminals
was on fire after a suspected sabotage attack, said firemen.…

BEDFORD MP faces May 19 trial on Iraq prison abuse
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Pittsburgh,PA,USA
By Johnna Pro, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In the tiny town of Hyndman, Bedford
County, people who know Army Spc. Jeremy Sivits say…

BLAIR will push for Pakistani troops to shore up Iraq effort
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to push for Muslim troops from Pakistan
to be deployed in Iraq in a desperate attempt to shore up the reputation
of the…

MOST Britons Say UK Troops Must Leave Iraq, Independent Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 10 (Bloomberg) — Over 50 percent of Britons believe their government
should pull troops out of Iraq by June 30, the Independent said, citing
a NOP poll…

BLAIR Apologizes for Any Abuse by UK Troops in Iraq, FT Says
Bloomberg – USA
… did not make public concerns raised by the International Committee
of the Red Cross over the way prisoners were treated in British-run jails
in Iraq, the FT…

INDIA tightens Iraq emigration checks for workers
Daily Times – Pakistan
NEW DELHI India said on Sunday it had tightened checks on nationals heading
to the Gulf after reports that Indians were working illegally in Iraq.

BLAIR apologises for British abuses in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Paris – British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologised on Sunday for British
soldiers' mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq and pledged to punish those

US military intelligence had control of Iraq prison
The Globe and Mail – Canada
New York ˜ Military police in charge of prisons in Iraq saw their mission
shift from guarding prisoners to supporting intelligence-gathering to
help counter…

TIMELINE of Prisoner Abuse in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… aware of the existence of the photographs in mid-January when the abuses
were first reported by a US guard at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in
Iraq, but they…

40 killed in fresh Iraq violence
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD Clashes between coalition forces and Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr‚s
Mehdi Army left 30 people dead across Iraq on Sunday.…

US announces first court martial for prison abuse in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, May 9 (Xinhuanet) — US forces have announced their first court-martial
in Baghdad after ordering a military policeman to stand trial this month

WE must use the courts to get answers about Iraq
Guardian – UK
… Against the law of war, G2, May 4). It always feared its agents might
be among the first to end up in the dock – the latest revelations from
Iraq show how…,2763,1213144,00.html

COMPANY sales up despite war in Iraq
China Daily – Beijing,China
US companies that sell products overseas say opposition to the war in Iraq
and anti-Americanism hasn't led to a loss in sales, the New York Times
said, citing…

BLAIR apologizes for British abuse of prisoners in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
PARIS : British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized for British soldiers'
mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq, in the first official admission of
abuse by his…

NZ troops in Iraq confined to barracks as fighting flaresup
Xinhua – China
WELLINGTON, May 10 (Xinhuanet) — New Zealand troops in Iraq's second biggest
city Basra are confined to barracks after fresh fighting broke out on

THE Earlier Iraq Is Handed Over to the UN, the Better for…
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… Soldiers of the US-led coalition forces who came to Iraq promising
liberation and restoration of human dignity and security to Iraqi people
committed all of…

MAGAZINE Says MP Mission Shifted in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
NEW YORK (AP)—Military police in charge of prisons in Iraq saw their mission
shift from guarding prisoners to supporting intelligence-gathering to

BLAIR apologises for British abuse of prisoners in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has apologised for British soldiers'
mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq, in the first official admission of
abuse by his…

MPS who served at Iraq prison knew of abuse, fault weak…
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BY JOHN SIMERMAN. ANTIOCH, Calif. – (KRT) – Long before the world saw shocking
photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees, Sgt.…

BLAIR apologises over Iraq abuse
Reuters – London,England,UK
… That is absolutely and totally unacceptable,” Blair told France 3 television
on Sunday. “We went to Iraq to end those type of abuses, not to engage
in them.”.…

US military split over where Iraq occupation is headed
Straits Times – Singapore
WASHINGTON – Deep divisions are emerging at the top of the US military
over the course of the occupation of Iraq. Some senior officers…,4386,250092,00.html

DOZENS dead after day of fighting across Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… In Iraq, it was another day of major bloodshed, with US forces killing
19 insurgents loyal to Sadr in four separate clashes across Baghdad, while
a bomb blast…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, May 7, 763 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…

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