Iraq News and Information Links July 10 2004
US marine who went missing in Iraq not injured, but lost weight…
SpaceDaily – USA
A US Marine corporal who went missing in Iraq and then mysteriously resurfaced
in Lebanon appears to be in good physical condition but has lost a lot
of weight…

PRESSURE mounts on Blair over Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
British Prime Minister Tony Blair must assume responsibility for any intelligence
services mistakes on Iraq revealed in an upcoming report, a former head

BULGARIAN mission on way to Iraq, seeking to free 2 hostages
Xinhua – China
SOFIA, July 10 (Xinhuanet) — Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy
declared Saturday that a diplomatic mission had left for Iraq to coordinate
efforts to…

PM and spies at war over Iraq report
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… community last night over who should shoulder the blame for inaccurate
information on Weapons of Mass Destruction that helped lead Britain into
war against Iraq…

A Tough Guy Tries to Tame Iraq
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq Throughout this war-ravaged land, where facts are hard to
come by, rumor and innuendo can often serve as the most reliable measure
of the Iraqi…
FURY over Pentagon cell that briefed White House on Iraq's '… – London,England,UK
… number three at the Department of Defence, are made in a supplementary annexe of the committee's review of the intelligence leading to war in Iraq, released on…
NEW threat to kill Iraq hostage
BBC News – London,England,UK
Militants have issued a new threat to kill a Filipino hostage unless Manila shows clear intent to withdraw troops from Iraq, al-Jazeera has reported.…
KERRY: US Needs to 'Wipe Slate Clean' on Iraq
Wired News – USA
RALEIGH, NC (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said on Saturday the United States needed to start with a clean slate on Iraq and his new…
BUTLER targets No 10's chief of staff over Iraq intelligence… – London,England,UK
… the Prime Minister's chief of staff, is expected to be the main victim this week in Lord Butler's report into the use of intelligence before the war with Iraq.…
IRAQ troop deployment key in Japanese poll
ABC Online – Australia
… an upper house election with voters expected to deliver a verdict on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's unpopular decision to keep troops in Iraq and pension…
IRAQ hostage 'saved because he was Muslim' – London,England,UK
A Pakistani hostage released by his captors in Iraq claimed yesterday that he saw them behead three people before sparing his life because he appeared to be a…
A Daily Look at US Iraq Military Deaths
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Friday, July 9, 875 US service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.…
CIA Skewed Iraq Reporting, Senate Says
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Last August, a small team of Senate investigators trying to determine how US intelligence assessments of Iraq had failed went looking for answers in a place…
FATE of Filipino Hostage in Iraq Unclear
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Paul Alexander. MANILA, Philippines, July 10 — The Philippines confirmed Saturday it would withdraw its small military contingent from Iraq on Aug.…
EU foreign ministers to focus on Iraq, Israeli barrier, WTO
EUbusiness – London,UK
… Two weeks after the US-led occupying forces in Iraq handed over power, the EU foreign ministers will reaffirm the bloc's “support for the people of Iraq and a…
IN Iraq, Showdown Looms Over Self-Rule for Kurds
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
IRBIL, Iraq — Karzan Kanabi, whose clothing shop attracts young men with its cheap bell-bottom pants, never went to Baghdad, never learned Arabic and never…
SENATE: Iraq intelligence was faulty
United Press International – USA
WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) — The United States would not have gone to war against Iraq if the weakness of prewar intelligence about that country — revealed by…,5478,10105824%255E1702,00.html>FATE of hostage in Iraq unknown
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE fate of a Filipino hostage seized by militants in Iraq remained uncertain today amid reports of his release and renewed threats by his captors to kill him.…
DEMOCRATS Avoid Platform Fight Over Iraq
ABC News – USA
… 10, 2004 — John Kerry's presidential campaign avoided a platform fight Saturday by persuading activists to drop virulent language about the Iraq war that…
ON the file of kidnapped in Iraq
Arabic News – Middle East
Bulgarian announced yesterday it will not change its foreign policy as a result of kidnapping two of its citizens in Iraq. One Iraqi…
IRAQ working to resolve hostage crisis, urges countries to be…
SENATE Panel Decries Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… In a searing 511-page report, the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA delivered a badly flawed assessment of the situation in Iraq leading up…
KERRY Team Settles Dispute With Kucinich Delegates Over Iraq
New York Times – USA
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., July 10 – Senator John Kerry's representatives avoided a Democratic Party platform fight over Iraq on Saturday by persuading platform…

FATE of Filipino Hostage in Iraq Unclear
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
There are conflicting reports about the fate of a Filipino truck driver,
Angelo dela Cruz, held hostage in Iraq. Philippines President…

BLAIR'S Iraq evidence 'confusing'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Two former intelligence officers have cast doubts over Tony Blair's use
of evidence in the run-up to war in Iraq. The questions…

FILIPINO Hostage in Iraq Is Freed, His Wife Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
July 11 (Bloomberg) — A Filipino truck driver who was kidnapped in Iraq
and was threatened with beheading has been freed, his wife said today,
citing a phone…

BUSH talks with Bulgarian leader on Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush tried to keep an Iraq ally on board today,
receiving assurances that Bulgaria's troop commitment in the country remains

BLAIR to share blame for flawed Iraq intelligence: ex-spy chief
Xinhua – China
… July 10 (Xinhuanet) — A former British spy chief said Saturday that
Prime Minister Tony Blair cannot escape any blame for the flawed Iraq
weapons intelligence…

IRAQ'S Rebellion Develops Signs of Internal Rift
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 10 Tension appears to be rising between the homegrown
Iraqi resistance and the foreign Islamist fighters who have entered the
country to…
SENATE Panel Decries Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… In a searing 511-page report, the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA delivered a badly flawed assessment of the situation in Iraq leading up…
FILIPINO Hostage in Iraq Close to Release, Arroyo Says
Reuters – USA
MANILA (Reuters) – A Filipino truck driver held in Iraq under threat of execution appeared close to release on Saturday after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo…
PHILIPPINE Hostage Held in Iraq Near Release, Official Says
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A Philippine official says a Filipino truck driver kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq and threatened with death is instead near freedom.…
RESPONDING to the Insurgency in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Susan Stamberg talks to NPR's Debra Amos about the missteps the US military has taken in fighting the insurgency in Iraq and what if any…
AUSTRALIA defends Iraq invasion
BBC News – London,England,UK
Australia has defended its decision to join the invasion of Iraq, despite a US Senate report criticising intelligence on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.…,4057,10105798%255E1702,00.html
IRAQ to open 43 embassies – Australia
IRAQ is preparing to name ambassadors to 43 countries around the world, including neighbours, like Iran and Syria, and Far Eastern and European states, Foreign…
PHILIPPINES to pull peacekeepers from Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
A Filipino truck driver taken hostage in Iraq and threatened with execution is being released, family members said quoted his brother in Saudi Arabia as saying…

PHILIPPINES to withdraw troops from Iraq
… Manila continued Saturday to negotiate the release of a Filipino trucker
kidnapped in Baghdad, the Philippines announced that its 50 troops in
Iraq will leave…

PHILIPPINES Troops to Remain in Iraq, Despite Hostage Plea
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The Philippine government says its small force will remain in Iraq until
mid-August, its long-planned departure date. This comes…

FREED Pakistan Hostage Says Three Beheaded in Iraq
Reuters – USA
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani man freed from captivity in Iraq last
week said Saturday he saw his captors behead three hostages — two Americans
and an…

FOUR killed, gas pipeline sabotaged in Iraq violence
ABC Online – Australia
… Alcohol merchants in Iraq, particularly in the southern city of Basra,
have been killed and threatened by Muslim groups who strongly oppose alcohol

BULGARIANS, Filipino Under Death Threat in Iraq
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Death threats hung over two kidnapped Bulgarians and
a Filipino in Iraq Saturday, but their governments refused to meet the
demands of…

IRAQ held hostage has 'secrets' for Mush
Times of India – India
… Hafeez, employed with the American firm Kellogg Brown and Root, said
he had already briefed US officials about his three-day ordeal in Iraq,
but added that he…

UK Officials Decided Case for Iraq War Wasn't Made, FT Says
Bloomberg – USA
… to war, according to the FT. The US-led invasion of Iraq began a year
later in March 2003. Lord Robin Butler's report may mention…
PHILIPPINES troops to leave Iraq
(CNN) — The Philippines says its humanitarian forces will leave Iraq next month, as the government continues to negotiate the release of a Filipino who was…,1,5394598.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed
INQUIRY slams Britain's Iraq claims
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
LONDON — An inquiry into the quality of British intelligence has concluded that claims about Saddam Hussein's Iraq being able to rapidly launch chemical or…
ZARQAWI ranks swelling in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… Ansar al-Islam, which became active in late 2001, and shared headquarters with the al-Qaida linked operative on Iraq's mountainous northeastern border with…

CIA concluded Iraq-Al-Qaida link was weak
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… 11 attacks that evidence linking Iraq to Al-Qaida was ``murky'' and
conflicting. That judgment contrasted starkly with the Bush…

PHILIPPINES help pulls out of Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… hostage appealed for help on television, just after the Philippine
president's spokesman said the country's small peacekeeping contingent
in Iraq will be…

BULGARIA, Philippines hang tough despite hostage takings in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Bulgaria and the Philippines stood fast Friday in the
face of Islamic insurgents' threats to kill their citizens taken hostage
in Iraq…

BLAIR must share Iraq intelligence blame
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Reuters) – Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government cannot escape
any blame levelled at intelligence services over mistakes made about Iraq's
weaponry in…
PHILIPPINES tapping Muslim leaders to free hostage in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Philippines has asked local and Middle Eastern Muslim leaders to help secure the release of a Filipino hostage being threatened with death by militants in Iraq…
BULGARIA, Philippines Reject Iraq Captors' Demands
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Death threats hung over two kidnapped Bulgarians and a Filipino in Iraq Saturday, but their governments refused to meet the demands of…
CORRECTED – New Sex Charges Against Soldier in Iraq
Reuters – USA
In July 9 MIAMI item headlined “UPDATE 1-New sex charges against US soldier in Iraq scandal,” please read in paragraph 5 “Spc. Charles Graner” instead of “Sgt.…
AUSTRALIA stands by Iraq war
Reuters – London,England,UK
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian government, a staunch ally in the US-led invasion of Iraq, has stood by its decision to go to war despite a US Senate report…
IRAQ captors' demands rejected
swissinfo – Switzerland
… passed with no word on the fate of the pair. Tawhid and Jihad group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Washington's most wanted man in Iraq.…
CHILD killed in Iraq as hostage crisis deepens
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Also Friday, Bulgaria and the Philippines stood fast in the face of Islamic insurgents' threats to kill their citizens taken hostage in Iraq, refusing demands…
MILITANT group threatens to attack Iraq-bound ships: South Korea
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SEOUL: An armed militant group has threatened to attack ships from countries including South Korea delivering US military supplies to Iraq, Seoul's spy agency…
HOOSIER soldier dies in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
— A soldier from Anderson who joined the Army a couple of years after serving in the Marine Corps was killed during fighting in Iraq, family members said.…

CIA Warned White House That Links Between Iraq and Qaeda Were '…
New York Times – USA
11 attacks that evidence linking Iraq to Al Qaeda was “murky” and conflicting.
That judgment contrasted starkly with the Bush administration's…

PHILIPPINE official flies to Iraq to negotiate hostage's freedom
Xinhua – China
… welfare in the Middle East flew to Baghdad in support of “diplomatic
moves” for the freedom of a Filipino truck driver taken hostage by gunmen
in Iraq, a local…

ANNAN calls for release of hostages held in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… General Kofi Annan on Friday called for the release of two Bulgarians
and one Filipino who are reportedly held hostage by anti-American militants
in Iraq.…

GOVT rejects Iraq intelligence report
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The Howard government today stood by its decision to take part in the Iraq
war, despite a United States report saying intelligence agencies had overstated

POLITICIANS must not escape blame over Iraq intelligence errors…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… community should not be made to shoulder full responsibility for misjudging
Saddam Hussein's weapons capability ahead of last year's Iraq war, British

SENATE: Critic didn't `debunk' Iraq-Niger deal
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — The Senate's report into intelligence failures about weapons
of mass destruction in Iraq disputes a key war critic's assertion that
he had…

AUSTRALIAN PM should apologise over Iraq after US report…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY: A damning US report on pre-Iraq war intelligence failures showed
Prime Minister John Howard had taken Australia to war on the basis of
a lie and owed…

3 “missing” Filipino in Iraq found: Report
Xinhua – China
MANILA, July 10 (Xinhuanet) — The three overseas Filipino workersearlier
reported missing in Iraq have been found, a local television reported
BAD intel on Iraq led to war, says Senate
United Press International – USA
… The Senate Friday published the unclassified version of its scathing report on the United States' flawed pre-war intelligence about Iraq, with lawmakers from…
CIMATU flies to Iraq from UAE to negotiate captive's freedom
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… Militants belonging to the self-styled Khaled bin al-Waleed Corps of the Islamic Army in Iraq threatened to behead de la Cruz if the Philippine government does…
BRITISH Opponents of Iraq War Look to US Report as Evidence
New York Times – USA
LONDON, July 9 Opponents of the pro-American stance of Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, whose support for the war against Iraq has made him increasingly…
THREE 'missing' Filipino drivers in Iraq found
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The three overseas Filipino workers (0FWs) earlier reported missing in Iraq have been found, a Philippine embassy official in Saudi Arabia said Saturday.…

EXCERPTS From Two Senators' Views About Prewar Assessments of Iraq
New York Times – USA
… made a commitment to the Congress and the American people that we should
examine the quality and the quantity of intelligence that led to the war
in Iraq.…

GOVT shares blame for Iraq intelligence errors: Brown
ABC Online – Australia
Greens leader Bob Brown says the Australian Government must accept some
responsibility for intelligence failures about Iraq's weapons program.

FORMER Army reservist files lawsuit to avoid recall to Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
A former Army reservist who returned to civilian life in December – only
to be recalled five months later – has filed a lawsuit to avoid duty in

US marine in Iraq kidnap mystery flown to Germany
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A UNITED States marine who vanished in a reported kidnapping in Iraq and
resurfaced in Beirut more than two weeks later arrived at a US air base
in Germany…

DESPITE CIA report, Wolfowitz says Iraq war was justified
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… KRT) – Administration critics often single out Deputy Defense Secretary
Paul Wolfowitz as an ideologue who cherry-picked intelligence to argue
for invading Iraq…
SENATE committee finds Iraq war waged on bad intelligence
Irish Times (subscription) – Dublin,Ireland
The key assertions of the Bush administration used to justify the invasion of Iraq – that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons and was trying to…
BULGARIA unswayed by Iraq hostage threat
ABC Online – Australia
Bulgaria has vowed not give in to blackmail after a group linked to Al Qaeda threatened to kill two Bulgarians taken hostage in Iraq, but said it was trying to…
CHINA formally reopens its embassy in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 9 (Xinhuanet) — China on Friday formally reopened its embassy in Iraq, after more than four months of preparations for this move, a senior…—name_page.html
IRAQ – ' buck stops with Blair '
ic – London,England,UK
The buck must stop with Prime Minister Tony Blair for intelligence failings on Iraq, a former top 'spook' said. Dame Pauline Neville…

PANEL assails CIA on Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON A Senate committee issued a damning report Friday on the intelligence
used by the Bush administration to justify war with Iraq, saying that
a flawed…

BULGARIANS and Filipino held in Iraq – New Zealand
BAGHDAD: Militants in Iraq are holding a Filipino and two Bulgarians under
death threat to press demands for Manila's troops to go home and for US-led

NEW Sex Charges Against US Soldier in Iraq Scandal
Reuters – USA
… charges against a female soldier photographed holding an Iraqi prisoner
on a leash in an abuse scandal that rattled the US war effort in Iraq,
officials said…

SUNNI cleric emerges as powerful foe of US in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – A Sunni Muslim cleric who operates out of an imposing
mosque with minarets shaped like rifle barrels has become one of America's

SHIITE cleric's army: a test for Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
NAJAF, Iraq Like posters advertising a rapper's latest release, Moktada
al-Sadr's hectoring, finger-pointing portrait is plastered across the
old city here.…

TOP CIA official admits “shortcomings” in prewar Iraq intelligence
Xinhua – China
… A top Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official acknowledged on Friday
there were “shortcomings” in the US prewar intelligence on Iraq's alleged
weapons of…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, July 9, 875 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

WAITING for Kerry's Iraq Plan
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Commentator Ruben Navarrette says Democratic presidential
candidate John Kerry still hasn't told voters enough about what he would
do in Iraq.…

SENATE report offers backing for claim Iraq sought uranium in…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) A Senate report criticizing false CIA claims that Iraq
had weapons of mass destruction at the same time provides support for
an assertion the…

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