Iraq News and Information Links April 11 2004
11/04/04 NEGOTIATOR tells Japan hostages safe in Iraq – Kyodo
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan's government was told on Monday that three Japanese
civilians kidnapped in Iraq were safe but were still being held by militants
who…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:40798acf:94ab
8a7c339bac76?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4798457

BUSH Can't Tell Length of Iraq War; More Troops Urged (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
April 11 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush said it's ``hard to
tell'' how long fighting in Iraq will last, as two Republican senators
urged him to…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a6fuDyRDfQPY&refer=us

MEDIATORS struggle to halt Iraq insurgency
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Mediators from Iraq's US-appointed governing council and from religious
groups in Iraq were on Sunday desperately trying to secure the release
of hostages and…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/
StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420271089

BUSH prays for Iraq troops
NEWS.com.au – Australia
PRESIDENT George W. Bush today acknowledged mounting US difficulties in
Iraq as he visited one of the biggest US military bases, which has suffered
a growing…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9256721%255E1702,00.html

CONTRACTORS put Iraq reconstruction on hold
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Many of Iraq's reconstruction projects are being put on hold after a spate
of foreign kidnappings and attacks on convoys in Baghdad grounded foreign
and Iraqi…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420268807

BUSH laments "tough week," Bremer vows to rid Iraq of "poison"
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : President George W. Bush acknowledged US difficulties in Iraq,
while the US administrator Paul Bremer said there was a crisis and called
the…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79708/1/.html

FAMILIES Await Word on Hostages in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Japan waited anxiously on Monday for the release of three Japanese civilians
taken hostage in Iraq as the government struggled to determine whether
the gunmen…
www.latimes.com/la-041104hostage_wr,1,3806473.story?coll=la-home-headlines

FIGHTING Continues All Over Central and Southern Iraq, Falluja…
Aljazeerah.info
Al-Manar TV reported from several Iraqi cities in central and southern
Iraq that fighting has continued between Iraqis and the US-led coalition
forces.…
www.aljazeerah.info/News%20archives/2004%20News%20archives/April/11n/
Fighting%20Continues%20All%20Over%20Central%20and%20Southern%20Iraq,
%20Falluja%20Truce%20Extended%20to%20Monday.htm

RPT-WALL St Week Ahead-Earnings in focus, but Iraq fears grow
Forbes – USA
… At the same time, Wall Street will keep a wary eye on the situation
in Iraq, where escalating violence has fueled investor uncertainty and
tempered positive…
www.forbes.com/markets/equities/newswire/2004/04/11/rtr1328551.html

BUSH Prays with Troops After 'Tough Week' in Iraq
Reuters – United States
FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) – President Bush, praying with US troops on
Easter Sunday at a base hit hard by hostilities in Iraq, acknowledged
that it had been…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4798648&section=news

US helicopter shot down in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… an Easter service at a chapel at the US Army base Fort Hood, Texas,
braced the country for the possibility of more American casualties in
Iraq while saying the…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/12/1081621862940.html

US copter shot down in Iraq
The Tribune – Chandigarh,India
… The captors of Thomas Hamill, a Mississippi native, who works for a
US contractor in Iraq, threatened to kill and burn him unless the US troops
ended their…
www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040412/main6.htm

NINE hostages freed in Iraq, Japanese still held
Reuters – India
… Iraq has seen a wave of hostage-taking over the last week as violent
confrontations with Sunni and Shi'ite rebels ignited across the country
ahead of a June 30…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:4079b0a2:c24d6e2
f1dbb8f7e?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4798609

RUSSIA ready to offer aid to Iraq, says defense minister
Xinhua – China
MOSCOW, April 11 (Xinhuanet) — Russia is prepared to provide political
and diplomatic assistance to Iraq in an aim to restore stability in the
war-ravaged…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/12/content_1413061.htm

KIDNAPPED Briton freed in Iraq
Xinhua – China
LONDON, April 11 (Xinhuanet) — A British civilian contractor kidnapped
in Iraq has been released after six days of captivity, the British Foreign
Office said…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/12/content_1413059.htm

40 Iraqis killed in Baqouba clashes:
Kidnappers threaten to behead hostages: Street fighting erupted in Baghdad, and fierce battles raged in central Iraq, that left 40 Iraqis dead.
www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=61367

Two Die When U.S. Copter Downed in Iraq:
Gunmen shot down a U.S. attack helicopter during fighting in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing its two crew members.
www.bonnercountydailybee.com/articles/2004/04/10/ap/Headlines/d81skeg80.txt

Germany: Iraq Security Guards Likely Dead :
Two security agents for the German Embassy in Baghdad who have been missing in Iraq for several days are most likely dead, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3965296,00.html

Iraq Insurgents Threaten to Kill American :
Insurgents who kidnapped an American civilian threatened in a videotape released Saturday to kill and mutilate him unless U.S. forces withdraw from the city of Fallujah.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3965295,00.html

Al Jazeera denies reporting Japan hostages free:
The Arabic television station Al Jazeera has denied a Japanese news agency report which quoted it as saying that three Japanese hostages held in Iraq had been released.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=491858&section=news

Will rolling heads crush rebellion, or Iraq itself?:
"I want heads to roll," US President George W. Bush told top US officials here last week. And rolled they have. More than 500 Iraqis have died as violence engulfed Iraq in the past week.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1081577940272

Iraq Council Members in Talks with Rebel Cleric:
Several members of the Iraqi Governing Council are negotiating with rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to end a Shi'ite Muslim uprising in the center and south of the country, a member of the council said on Saturday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4797024

Support for al-Sadr seen widening:
The large number of people attending Friday prayers at the Shiite cleric's mosque indicates growing support for his challange to the US authorities
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/04/11/2003136230

Squad of the new Iraqi Army refuses mission in Falluja:
A squad of the new Iraqi Army refused to head to Falluja to help the US Forces in their battling for control of the city. US Major-General Paul Iten told the Washington Post daily that the Iraqi soldiers told the American Forces that they did not sign an obligation to fight the Iraqis when they first applied to the Army.
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=620647

Fallouja Residents Call U.S. Tactics Oppressive:
Those who fled the city describe increasing sympathy for fighters despite U.S. claims
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-fallouja11apr11,1,3248363.story

US tactics condemned by British officers:
Senior British commanders have condemned American military tactics in Iraq as heavy-handed and disproportionate.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/04/11/wtact11.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/11/

U.S. will control Iraqi forces:
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday that Iraqi forces will be under U.S. command even after the June 30 transfer of sovereignty, an announcement that is likely to cause added resentment in Iraq.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-pow
0410-story,0,3445024.story?coll=ny-worldhomepage-headlines

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Iraqi Girl Blog: One Year Later:
The bodies are decomposing in the heat and the people are struggling to bury them as quickly as they arrive. The football field that once supported running, youthful feet and cheering fans has turned into a mass grave holding men, women and children.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

Fallujah:A Little Local Difficulty:
America could soon face an awkward dilemma: either remain in command of Iraq and be forced to commit some half million troops, or get out, effectively hand victory to Muslim militants, and lose international prestige.
www.sundayherald.com/41135

How GI bullies are making enemies of their Iraqi friends:
By some estimates, as many as 25 per cent of the new Iraqi security forces, on which the US is depending to impose law and order after June 30, has quit or simply melted away.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/11/1081621841048.html

Ex-British foreign secretaries Cook, Hurd blast US policy in Iraq:
Former British foreign secretaries Douglas Hurd and Robin Cook sharply criticised Washington's policy in Iraq, saying the United States was guilty of "overkill" and could not impose democracy in the war-shattered country through the use of force.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79576/1/.html

MAUREEN DOWD: Our New No-Can-Do Nation:

Young Americans are bravely fighting and dying in Iraq, trying to fulfill the audacious vision of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to remold Iraq in the image of America. But while we try to turn them into us, who have we become?
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/opinion/11DOWD.html?th

In remembrance: Named and identified victims of the war on Iraq
This table lists the names of 692 civilians killed as a result of the US-led military intervention in Iraq up to February 29th 2004.
www.iraqbodycount.net/names.htm

Eric Margolis: Bush's Boy Blunder:
How the many intelligent people in U.S. President George Bush's administration can continue to make so many enormous blunders both astounds and dismays. Two examples:
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/04/11/416506.html

Anti-war marchers take to the streets in 50 US cities:
Saturday's rallies were part of a nationwide protest planned throughout the weekend against the Bush administration's war policies in major US cities.
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en60783&F_catID=&f_type=source

Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq:
Israeli advisers are helping train US special forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and military sources said yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1102869,00.html

Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon:
"When we heard inaccurate statements by the British and the Americans, we made them aware of this, before the war. They said something on the nuclear subject and we made it clear to them that according to our information, this was not correct."
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/414501.html

War on Iraq is a Nuclear War:
And the fallout is coming this way, says independent scientist Leuren Moret: According to independent geoscientist Leuren Moret, the war on Iraq – like the war on Afghanistan – is a nuclear war. "Depleted uranium is a nuclear weapon and it is a weapon of mass destruction under the U. S. government's definition of weapons of mass destruction," Moret says.
www.awakenedwoman.com/moret_nuclear.htm

Uranium Weapons Cover-ups – a Crime against Humankind:
They are illegal by virtue of international conventions, laws and customs of war. When used in populated areas or in the presence of numerous troops (enemy or friendly), they become weapons of delayed but mass destruction (WMD).
www.uraniumweaponsconference.de/background.htm

Army ignored uranium poisoning complaints:
Six soldiers who have fallen ill since their return from Iraq said Friday that the Army ignored their complaints about uranium poisoning from U.S. weapons fired during combat.
www.diario.com.mx/nota.asp?notaid=b7c09a4dfcaf70e51b0f8c4bd133313c

Falluja fighters agree to a 12-hour truce:
The two sides have agreed that the ceasefire will come into effect from 0600GMT on Sunday to pave the way for US marines to leave the town.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F83C2739-312F-499A-BC95-068392D3F8C2.htm

Robert Fisk: War Lords to Their Critics: "Just Shut Up":
Thanks to the subservience of many members of the press, the US administration has had an easy time
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6027.htm

JAPANESE hostages in Iraq face new death threat
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO : The fate of three Japanese civilians held hostage by an armed group
in Iraq remained unknown as a chilling report of a fresh death threat
crushed…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79704/1/.html

BLAIR Stands Firm With Bush in Face of New Iraq Fighting
New York Times – USA
LONDON, April 11 Prime Minister Tony Blair, preparing for a meeting with
President Bush, committed himself anew today to the war in Iraq, calling
it a…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/international/europe/11CND-
BRIT.html?ex=1082347200&en=815343d61e0d5eff&ei=5062

IRAN Rejects Any Movement that Provokes Crisis in Iraq: Khatami
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
During the talks, Khatami called for an outstanding, free and progressive
Iraq, expressing hope that security and complete stability would be established
in…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/12/2004&Cat=2&Num=023

FALLUJA truce extended to Monday-Iraq official
Reuters – India
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Talks to try to end fighting between Iraqi guerrillas
and US troops in Falluja will continue on Monday and an informal ceasefire
will…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:40798745:4afb
418d765d5d1e?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4798523

COALITION Faces Œ Most Serious ‚ Threat in Iraq : Straw
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
LONDON (BBC) — UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said the upsurge in
violence against coalition troops in Iraq is the "most serious" threat
faced since war…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/12/2004&Cat=2&Num=018

BLAIR and Bush Iraq crisis talks
Ananova – England,UK
Tony Blair was preparing for crisis talks with George Bush after a week
of spiralling violence in Iraq. The deadline given by kidnappers…
www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_919296.html

NO Word on Japan's Iraq Hostages, Families Worry
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – The fate of three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq
remained unclear on Sunday, extending the agony of their families and
a crisis for the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4798341

BUSH to Meet Families of Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush visits the families of soldiers killed in Iraq, as he faces
growing concern over the security situation in that country.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5D7D1F08-0B06-4487-ACDDCE9A4B3DC276

BODYGUARDS told to forget Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
By KEVIN TAYLOR and HELEN TUNNAH. Don't – that's the message from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade to anyone thinking of going to Iraq.…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3560024&thesection=news&thesubsection=general

ARCHEOLOGISTS mourn plunder of Iraq's treasures
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
Across southern Iraq, often in the dead of night, tomb raiders and temple
thieves are systematically looting ancient treasures that have lain undiscovered
for…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2871896a12,00.html

AUSTRALIA denies defence adviser sacked over Iraq
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
SYDNEY: Australia rejected claims by a former defence adviser yesterday
that she had been sacked for refusing to exaggerate evidence of Iraq's
weapons programme…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2871941a12,00.html

GLENN Milne: Change of tactics in Iraq poses a new question for…
The Australian – Australia
THE horror of the unfolding new face of terror in Iraq ˆ the taking of
hostages ˆ has had the associated effect of catapulting the question
of character to…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9252003%255E7583,00.html

TWO Die When US Copter Downed in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
By LOURDES NAVARRO. FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP)—Gunmen shot down a US attack helicopter
during fighting in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing its two crew members.

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V6396.AP-Iraq.html

CHAOS in Iraq delays pull out
NEWS.com.au – Australia
Defence Minister Robert Hill conceded yesterday the Federal Government
had not anticipated the deterioration of security in Iraq.…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9252514%255E952,00.html

PROTESTERS call for end to Iraq occupation
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
WASHINGTON – Demonstrators concerned about events in Iraq marched in the
nation‚s capital Saturday (Sunday in Manila), calling on President Bush
recall…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=FOCUS&oid=48802

US: No extra forces for Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Washington – The commander of the US-led coalition in Iraq said on Sunday
that reinforcements would not be needed to counter the upsurge in unrest
in the…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1510961,00.html

FAITH a sustaining force for many in Iraq and back home
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
"Iraq peeled me back," said Paulson, who served a support battalion of
1,300 soldiers in Baghdad from August 2003 until returning to Fort Riley
in February.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/8408717.htm

JAPANESE Families Awaiting for Release of 3 Hostages in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Officials in Tokyo are still awaiting word that three Japanese hostages
have been freed in Iraq. There had been expectations, expressed…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=1B16CB6B-CA84-41DE-8FABA8668E9A332E

IRAQ ceasefire holds
The Sun – UK
By SUN ONLINE REPORTER. A CEASEFIRE in the battle-torn city of Fallujah
appeared to be holding on Sunday as Iraq leaders held talks on how to
end the violence.…
www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004170012,00.html

KEY US senator says more troops needed in Iraq
Forbes – USA
WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) – The United States must increase the number
of its troops in Iraq as well as the size of the US Army and Marine Corps
overall…
www.forbes.com/iraq/newswire/2004/04/11/rtr1328523.html

THREE Japanese Hostages In Iraq Œ Released‚
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,United States
Tokyo, April 11(NNN): The three young Japanese held hostage in the Gulf
nation of Iraq have been released near Fallujah, Tokyo Broadcasting System
and Jiji…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=041104052235

BRITAIN says coalition would continue to operate together in Iraq
Xinhua – China
LONDON, April 11 (Xinhuanet) — British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said
Sunday that the US-led coalition forces in Iraq would continue to operate
together in…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/11/content_1412954.htm

WORLD press despair over Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Newspapers throughout the world reflect anguish and uncertainty over the
situation in Iraq one year after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime
and in the…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3617889.stm

GROUND fire downs US helicopter in Iraq
CNN International – United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A US Army Apache helicopter was brought down by
unidentified ground fire west of Baghdad on Sunday, military sources said,
despite a…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/11/iraq.main/

IRAQ Is Not Another Vietnam – Yet
Opinion Editorials – Fairfax,VA,United States
Opponents of America‚s policy in Iraq have offered a number of rationales
to support their resistance. First, they said America…
www.opinioneditorials.com/guestcontributors/bell_20040411.html

WEEK AHEAD-Tokyo stocks to struggle after Iraq kidnappings
Forbes – USA
… April 11 (Reuters) – Japanese stocks will struggle to resume their
strong run this week after the kidnapping of three Japanese citizens in
Iraq brought global…
www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2004/04/11/rtr1328511.html

UK Won't Ever Abandon `Historic Struggle' in Iraq, Blair Says
Bloomberg – USA
April 11 (Bloomberg) — UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said the UK government
won't retreat from its ``historic struggle'' in Iraq and warned that the
danger of…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=abXhXgkntkV0&refer=uk

TORIES Back Blair on Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Jamie Lyons, Political Correspondent, PA News. Tory leader Michael Howard
today backed the Prime Minister‚s refusal to pull British troops out
of Iraq.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2767263

NO word on Japan's Iraq hostages, families in anguish
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Neither the whereabouts nor the safety of three Japanese
kidnapped in Iraq has been confirmed, a Japanese diplomat said in Amman
on Sunday…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407920c0:fc2790a
1aa238a10?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4797558

PILGRIMS throng Iraq holy city
swissinfo – Switzerland
… killed 171 people. Fighters loyal to rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
have battled US-led forces in Iraq over the past week, worsening.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=4858692

NO word from Iraq hostage-takers
CNN – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Despite hopes of their freedom, there was no word
Sunday on the release of four hostages kidnapped separately by armed militants
in Iraq…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/11/iraq.missing/

FIGHTING claims Wisconsin woman with sisters also in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… Charity Witmer, Michelle's twin sister, is a medic with Company B of
the Wisconsin Guard's 118th Medical Battalion, and she also is stationed
in Iraq.…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4716064.html

PROTESTERS call for US to leave Iraq
Oakland Tribune – Oakland,CA,USA
SAN FRANCISCO — Demonstrators opposed to the war in Iraq gathered in United
Nations Plaza in San Francisco on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest

www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1865~2077359,00.html

JAPANESE hostages still held in Iraq: Japanese official
Channel News Asia – Singapore
AMMAN : Three Japanese held hostage in Iraq have still not been freed,
Japan's Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ichiro Aisawa said, hours after
they were…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79651/1/.html

COALITION must win "historic struggle" in Iraq, says Blair
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : Prime Minister Tony Blair, preparing for Washington talks next
week with US President George W. Bush, said that the current crisis in
Iraq was a…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79652/1/.html

2 contractors killed in Iraq remembered
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
RITTMAN, OHIO — An Army veteran killed in Iraq last month along with three
other private contractors was buried Saturday with military honors at
a national…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0404110
382apr11,1,1527966.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

TWO Germans missing in Iraq dead – report
Independent Online – South Africa
London – Two Germans, thought to be elite security police, missing in Iraq
were killed in a fight with mujahedeen rebels, a journalist with a British
newspaper…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1081677242997B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

RELEASE of Three Japanese Hostages In Iraq May Send Stocks , Yen…
Bloomberg – USA
April 11 (Bloomberg) — A release of three Japanese hostages held in Iraq
may send stocks and the yen higher Monday by easing concern violence in
the Middle…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=abKv9Vb4uGRo&refer=home

UK struggles to be heard in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
… to Washington for his meeting with President Bush shortly, questions
have arisen as to whether Britain has an adequate say in the decisions
being taken in Iraq…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3616793.stm

IN Iraq, morale takes a beating
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Last week the media reported that the Pentagon was considering increasing
the number of US troops in Iraq. That news came at a time…
www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpspe1137
49231apr11,0,954240.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

JAPAN nervously awaits hostage release in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO: The agonizing wait continued on Sunday for the relatives of three
Japanese civilians held hostage by insurgents in Iraq after the government
said it had…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79634/1/.html

SEOUL Checking on Reports of Korean Hostages in Iraq
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
SEOUL (Yonhap) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Sunday gave
an emergency instruction to its embassy in Iraq to confirm whether it
is true that…
times.hankooki.com/lpage/nation/200404/kt2004041116511811950.htm

AGONY of Iraq is felt at home
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 2004. When the phone rings at 4 am at the Wipfler home in Plymouth,
it could be either Mark or Eric calling home from Iraq. Bernice…
www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/04/11/agony_of_iraq_is_felt_at_home

PRESIDENT Says June 30 Remains Deadline for Iraq Power Transfer
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… CRAWFORD, Texas ˜ Breaking his silence after the bloodiest week of
the yearlong occupation of Iraq, President Bush said Saturday that US
forces were taking…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/whitehouse/la-na
-bush11apr11,1,4556766.story?coll=la-news-politics-white_house

FIRST-PERSON report: Iraq atmosphere changes suddenly and…
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
By Jeffrey Gettleman. BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Just the other day, on the outskirts
of town, clouds of black smoke boiled up from the highway.…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001900739_whynow11.html

JAPAN hostages said safe in Iraq, relatives anxious
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq were safe
near Falluja on Sunday, Japanese media reported, but government officials
said they…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:4078e9ba:4f6dc
99d76ee4c6?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4797558

A Third Way In Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
… remain under assault and the more money we spend to repair the country,
the more pronounced become the divisions at home over the wisdom of going
into Iraq.…
www.ctnow.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-sadr.artapr11,1,621225.story?coll=hc-headlines-editorials

BUSH says Iraq uprising is work of `small faction'
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
CRAWFORD — After a period of intensifying violence in Iraq, President
Bush on Saturday broke days of public silence to scorn the uprising as
the work of a…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2499075

AMERICAN opposition to Iraq war grows with violence, casualties
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… fell to jubilant US forces, American public support for the occupation
appears to be waning fast following a week of unparalleled anti-US violence
in Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79630/1/.html

IRAQ cease-fires reached; 3 US troops killed
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — At least three Americans and scores of Iraqis died in
combat Saturday as Iraqi Government Council members worked feverishly
to arrange cease…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2498356

IRAQ insurgents threaten to execute American
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
By DAVID IVANOVICH. WASHINGTON — Insurgents in Iraq threatened to kill
and mutilate a captured Halliburton Co. truck driver Saturday…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2498512

TRUCE Calms Falluja After Week of Iraq Bloodshed
Reuters – United States
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Intense efforts by Iraqi leaders to arrange a
truce in Falluja brought calm to the town's battered streets on Sunday
after a week of…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4797588

THREE Japanese hostages said safe in Iraq
Ha'aretz – Israel
Three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq last week were safe near Fallujah
on Sunday, Japanese TV said. Government officials could not confirm the
report.…
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/414510.html

BLAIR: 'Iraq is a historic struggle'
ITV.com – UK
Tony Blair has insisted there is no question of spiralling violence forcing
him to pull British troops out of Iraq. The Prime Minister…
www.itv.com/news/659398.html

MILITARY says six more California-based Marines killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… Mabry was deployed to Iraq in February, months after becoming a Marine.
He signed up to enlist last year during his senior year in high school.

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8405502.htm

JAPANESE hostages safe in Iraq – report
Reuters – London,England,UK
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq are safe near
Falluja, Japanese TV says, but government officials could not confirm
the report.…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=491846&section=news

PILGRIMS Throng Iraq Holy City, Bloodshed Feared
Wired News – USA
KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims thronged the
Iraqi city of Kerbala on Sunday for a Shi'ite ceremony overshadowed by
an uprising by…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=849408&tw=wn_wire_story

JAPAN Told Three Hostages Held in Iraq Will be Released , LDP's…
Bloomberg – USA
April 11 (Bloomberg) — Japan obtained information its three citizens abducted
by armed militants in Iraq last week are safe and will be released today,
said…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aZXBQRq46v.Y&refer=top_world_news

US starts unilateral ceasefire in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Insurgents struck US troops in Baghdad and central Iraq, setting a tank
on fire in the capital and engaging in battles that killed 40 Iraqis,
a US spokesman…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/04/11/2003136184

FROM 9/11 to Iraq: how we got there
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
By Jane Lichtenberg. A former US House speaker once observed that "All
politics is local." These days, I'd update his remark to say, "All politics
is Iraq.".…
www.indystar.com/articles/4/136845-4654-021.html

CALL for Falluja truce after week of Iraq bloodshed
Reuters – India
… Guerrillas holding a US civilian — one of several foreigners kidnapped
in Iraq this week — said they would execute him unless the siege of Falluja
was lifted…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:4078b77d:9b5524ac
7ac52f87?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4796231

JAPANESE hostages in Iraq may be released Sunday: ministry
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO: Three Japanese civilians being held hostage by insurgents in Iraq
may be released today, a senior foreign ministry official said.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79614/1/.html

REJECTING Calls for Delay, Bush Sticks to June 30 Iraq Transfer
Washington Post – USA
… Bush's radio address, the first comments the president has had on the
uprising in Iraq in four days, projected an optimistic outlook for US
forces as they put…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2603-2004Apr10.html

JONATHAN Schanzer's view of Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Jonathan Schanzer of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy spent
January and February in Iraq and is writing a book on Al-Qaida affiliates.

www.startribune.com/stories/484/4715027.html

JUAN Cole's view of Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Juan Cole, an Iraq expert at the University of Michigan and author of "Informed
Comment," an Iraq-news blog (www.juancole.com), has never accepted that
the US…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4715016.html

THE Iraq Crisis
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
THE CRISIS now faced by the United States in Iraq has been aggravated by
the many errors of policy since the fall of Baghdad a year ago.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2542-2004Apr10.html

IRAQ Group Says Will Free Japanese Before Deadline
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – Relatives of three Japanese hostages being held in Iraq
were joyful but cautious after a report they would be released later on
Sunday, which…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4797368

IRAQ quagmire tests support of US allies
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Pressure is mounting on Asian backers of the US-led mission in Iraq as
escalating violence has shut down much of their reconstruction efforts
and a string of…
www.etaiwannews.com/Asia/2004/04/10/1081567568.htm

JOHN Howard defends continued support in Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Withdrawing coalition troops from Iraq because of a wave of kidnappings
will only spark more hostage takings, Australian Prime Minister John Howard
warned…
www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/04/11/1081649393.htm

BLAIR: We Will Not Pull Out of Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… News. Tony Blair today insisted there was no question of spiralling
violence forcing him to pull British troops out of Iraq. The…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2766187

THE week that war came back to Iraq
Guardian – UK
… Or the morning. After last week, the future of Iraq is clouded.…
Three Japanese were facing death 'unless their government withdrew from
Iraq'.…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1189932,00.html

NEW nationalism that unites Iraq
Guardian – UK
Tony Blair and George W. Bush must come to grips with the fact that they
are not fighting 'terrorism' in Iraq, they are fighting nationalism–
a struggle they…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1189904,00.html

IN Iraq, issues have three sides
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Hamad Raheem al-Azawi watched on television a year ago
as US troops pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square,
just outside…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0404/11irthree.html

THE Story Line in Iraq
New York Times – USA
Vietnam analogies are deeply imperfect when discussing the war in Iraq.
Still, it can't be a good sign for the Bush administration…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/opinion/11SUN1.html?ex=1082260800&en=5a58f7a4bd0399b5&ei=5062

BUSH stands firm on June 30 handover in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
US President George W Bush today rejected calls to push back Iraq's June
30 transfer of power, as US forces struggled to overcome mounting unrest
in the country…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/11/1081621819793.html

64 killed in fierce Iraq clashes
Daily Times – Pakistan
… An armed group said on Saturday it was holding 30 foreigners who would
be brutally killed unless US-led coalition troops pulled out of Iraq,
in a video aired…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-4-2004_pg1_1

REPORT: Japanese hostages in Iraq to be released by Sunday noon
The Star – Malaysia
TOKYO: The three Japanese taken hostage in Iraq will be freed by around
noon Sunday (0300 GMT) Japan time, the Kyodo news agency reported, quoting
Japanese…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/4/11/latest/16852ReportJa&sec=latest

ARMY at breaking point in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TONY Blair is to send hundreds more British troops to Iraq in a bid to
prevent the south of the country descending into bloodletting and anarchy,
Scotland on…
news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=410322004

IRAQ still needs us
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IS IT time to get out of Iraq? It‚sa question that‚s been asked louder
every day since Saddam Hussein was toppled by American…
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=410462004

WHY we must never abandon this historic struggle in Iraq
Guardian – UK
We are locked in a historic struggle in Iraq. On … defeated. The hope
of freedom and religious tolerance in Iraq would be snuffed out.…
politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1189960,00.html

US must apply Vietnam lessons to Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… It does to me. The events of the past week suggest that the insurgents
in Iraq are much better students of history than are George Bush and his
team.…
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=409612004

HOW Iraq has woken America from its Big Sleep
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
For once, the intelligence inside Iraq has been correct. … Gun battles
rage across Iraq‚s Sunni heartlands and the Shia-controlled cities.

www.sundayherald.com/41133

JAPANESE Hostages in Iraq to Be Freed Sunday -Kyodo
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq will be freed
around 11 pm EDT on Sunday, Kyodo news agency reported, quoting Japanese
government…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4797231&section=news

CHENEY in Japan amid Iraq hostage crisis
Daily Times – Pakistan
… arrived here on Saturday for talks with Japan‚s Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi likely to be dominated by the kidnapping of three Japanese citizens
in Iraq.…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-4-2004_pg7_48

THE guiding principle in Iraq (and Palestine)
Ha'aretz – Israel
A year after the conquest of Iraq, the collapse seems to be only now beginning.
Last week the Americans lost control of two cities…
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/414282.html

IRAQ Unrest Overshadows Investment Drive
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… awaited US announcement yesterday that the Saudi-Iraqi border at Arar
will be reopened on June 1 was overshadowed by concerns over escalating
violence in Iraq.…
www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=42923&d=
11&m=4&y=2004&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom

IRAQ hostage nightmare as US threatens besieged city
Independent – London,England,UK
A wave of hostage-taking in Iraq dramatically increased pressure on the
US and British occupation authorities yesterday, with a wounded American
being shown…
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=510484

Œ It ‚ s been a tough week ‚ in Iraq : Powell
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a televised interview Friday
that the United States had experienced a „tough week‰ in Iraq as insurgents
mounted…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-4-2004_pg4_6

BLAIR defies his critics to back US over Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
Tony Blair is to rally to George Bush's side this week as the violent uprising
in Iraq threatens to unleash a domestic backlash against both leaders.

news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=510480

40 Iraqis killed in Baqouba clashes:
Kidnappers threaten to behead hostages: Street fighting erupted in Baghdad, and fierce battles raged in central Iraq, that left 40 Iraqis dead.
www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=61367

Two Die When U.S. Copter Downed in Iraq:
Gunmen shot down a U.S. attack helicopter during fighting in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing its two crew members.
www.bonnercountydailybee.com/articles/2004/04/10/ap/Headlines/d81skeg80.txt

Germany: Iraq Security Guards Likely Dead :
Two security agents for the German Embassy in Baghdad who have been missing in Iraq for several days are most likely dead, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3965296,00.html

Iraq Insurgents Threaten to Kill American :
Insurgents who kidnapped an American civilian threatened in a videotape released Saturday to kill and mutilate him unless U.S. forces withdraw from the city of Fallujah.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3965295,00.html

Al Jazeera denies reporting Japan hostages free:
The Arabic television station Al Jazeera has denied a Japanese news agency report which quoted it as saying that three Japanese hostages held in Iraq had been released.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?
type=worldNews&storyID=491858&section=news

Will rolling heads crush rebellion, or Iraq itself?:
"I want heads to roll," US President George W. Bush told top US officials here last week. And rolled they have. More than 500 Iraqis have died as violence engulfed Iraq in the past week.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/
JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1081577940272

Iraq Council Members in Talks with Rebel Cleric:
Several members of the Iraqi Governing Council are negotiating with rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to end a Shi'ite Muslim uprising in the center and south of the country, a member of the council said on Saturday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4797024

Support for al-Sadr seen widening:
The large number of people attending Friday prayers at the Shiite cleric's mosque indicates growing support for his challange to the US authorities
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/04/11/2003136230

Squad of the new Iraqi Army refuses mission in Falluja:
A squad of the new Iraqi Army refused to head to Falluja to help the US Forces in their battling for control of the city. US Major-General Paul Iten told the Washington Post daily that the Iraqi soldiers told the American Forces that they did not sign an obligation to fight the Iraqis when they first applied to the Army.
www.kuna.net.kw/English/Story.asp?DSNO=620647

Fallouja Residents Call U.S. Tactics Oppressive:
Those who fled the city describe increasing sympathy for fighters despite U.S. claims
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-fallouja11apr11,1,3248363.story

US tactics condemned by British officers:
Senior British commanders have condemned American military tactics in Iraq as heavy-handed and disproportionate.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/20
04/04/11/wtact11.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/11/

U.S. will control Iraqi forces:
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday that Iraqi forces will be under U.S. command even after the June 30 transfer of sovereignty, an announcement that is likely to cause added resentment in Iraq.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-pow
0410-story,0,3445024.story?coll=ny-worldhomepage-headlines

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Iraqi Girl Blog: One Year Later:
The bodies are decomposing in the heat and the people are struggling to bury them as quickly as they arrive. The football field that once supported running, youthful feet and cheering fans has turned into a mass grave holding men, women and children.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

Fallujah:A Little Local Difficulty:
America could soon face an awkward dilemma: either remain in command of Iraq and be forced to commit some half million troops, or get out, effectively hand victory to Muslim militants, and lose international prestige.
www.sundayherald.com/41135

How GI bullies are making enemies of their Iraqi friends:
By some estimates, as many as 25 per cent of the new Iraqi security forces, on which the US is depending to impose law and order after June 30, has quit or simply melted away.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/11/1081621841048.html

Ex-British foreign secretaries Cook, Hurd blast US policy in Iraq:
Former British foreign secretaries Douglas Hurd and Robin Cook sharply criticised Washington's policy in Iraq, saying the United States was guilty of "overkill" and could not impose democracy in the war-shattered country through the use of force.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79576/1/.html

MAUREEN DOWD: Our New No-Can-Do Nation:

Young Americans are bravely fighting and dying in Iraq, trying to fulfill the audacious vision of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to remold Iraq in the image of America. But while we try to turn them into us, who have we become?
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/opinion/11DOWD.html?th

In remembrance: Named and identified victims of the war on Iraq
This table lists the names of 692 civilians killed as a result of the US-led military intervention in Iraq up to February 29th 2004.
www.iraqbodycount.net/names.htm

Eric Margolis: Bush's Boy Blunder:
How the many intelligent people in U.S. President George Bush's administration can continue to make so many enormous blunders both astounds and dismays. Two examples:
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/04/11/416506.html

Anti-war marchers take to the streets in 50 US cities:
Saturday's rallies were part of a nationwide protest planned throughout the weekend against the Bush administration's war policies in major US cities.
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en60783&F_catID=&f_type=source

Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq:
Israeli advisers are helping train US special forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and military sources said yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1102869,00.html

Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon:
"When we heard inaccurate statements by the British and the Americans, we made them aware of this, before the war. They said something on the nuclear subject and we made it clear to them that according to our information, this was not correct."
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/414501.html

War on Iraq is a Nuclear War:
And the fallout is coming this way, says independent scientist Leuren Moret: According to independent geoscientist Leuren Moret, the war on Iraq – like the war on Afghanistan – is a nuclear war. "Depleted uranium is a nuclear weapon and it is a weapon of mass destruction under the U. S. government's definition of weapons of mass destruction," Moret says.
www.awakenedwoman.com/moret_nuclear.htm

Uranium Weapons Cover-ups – a Crime against Humankind:
They are illegal by virtue of international conventions, laws and customs of war. When used in populated areas or in the presence of numerous troops (enemy or friendly), they become weapons of delayed but mass destruction (WMD).
www.uraniumweaponsconference.de/background.htm

Army ignored uranium poisoning complaints:
Six soldiers who have fallen ill since their return from Iraq said Friday that the Army ignored their complaints about uranium poisoning from U.S. weapons fired during combat.
www.diario.com.mx/nota.asp?notaid=b7c09a4dfcaf70e51b0f8c4bd133313c

Falluja fighters agree to a 12-hour truce:
The two sides have agreed that the ceasefire will come into effect from 0600GMT on Sunday to pave the way for US marines to leave the town.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F83C2739-312F-499A-BC95-068392D3F8C2.htm

Robert Fisk: War Lords to Their Critics: "Just Shut Up":
Thanks to the subservience of many members of the press, the US administration has had an easy time
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6027.htm

JAPANESE hostages in Iraq face new death threat
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO : The fate of three Japanese civilians held hostage by an armed group
in Iraq remained unknown as a chilling report of a fresh death threat
crushed…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79704/1/.html

BLAIR Stands Firm With Bush in Face of New Iraq Fighting
New York Times – USA
LONDON, April 11 Prime Minister Tony Blair, preparing for a meeting with
President Bush, committed himself anew today to the war in Iraq, calling
it a…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/international/europe/11CND-
BRIT.html?ex=1082347200&en=815343d61e0d5eff&ei=5062

IRAN Rejects Any Movement that Provokes Crisis in Iraq: Khatami
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
During the talks, Khatami called for an outstanding, free and progressive
Iraq, expressing hope that security and complete stability would be established
in…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/12/2004&Cat=2&Num=023

FALLUJA truce extended to Monday-Iraq official
Reuters – India
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Talks to try to end fighting between Iraqi guerrillas
and US troops in Falluja will continue on Monday and an informal ceasefire
will…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:40798745:4afb418
d765d5d1e?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4798523

COALITION Faces Œ Most Serious ‚ Threat in Iraq : Straw
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
LONDON (BBC) — UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said the upsurge in
violence against coalition troops in Iraq is the "most serious" threat
faced since war…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/12/2004&Cat=2&Num=018

BLAIR and Bush Iraq crisis talks
Ananova – England,UK
Tony Blair was preparing for crisis talks with George Bush after a week
of spiralling violence in Iraq. The deadline given by kidnappers…
www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_919296.html

NO Word on Japan's Iraq Hostages, Families Worry
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – The fate of three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq
remained unclear on Sunday, extending the agony of their families and
a crisis for the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4798341

BUSH to Meet Families of Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush visits the families of soldiers killed in Iraq, as he faces
growing concern over the security situation in that country.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5D7D1F08-0B06-4487-ACDDCE9A4B3DC276

BODYGUARDS told to forget Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
By KEVIN TAYLOR and HELEN TUNNAH. Don't – that's the message from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade to anyone thinking of going to Iraq.…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3560024&thesection=news&thesubsection=general

ARCHEOLOGISTS mourn plunder of Iraq's treasures
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
Across southern Iraq, often in the dead of night, tomb raiders and temple
thieves are systematically looting ancient treasures that have lain undiscovered
for…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2871896a12,00.html

AUSTRALIA denies defence adviser sacked over Iraq
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
SYDNEY: Australia rejected claims by a former defence adviser yesterday
that she had been sacked for refusing to exaggerate evidence of Iraq's
weapons programme…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2871941a12,00.html

GLENN Milne: Change of tactics in Iraq poses a new question for…
The Australian – Australia
THE horror of the unfolding new face of terror in Iraq ˆ the taking of
hostages ˆ has had the associated effect of catapulting the question
of character to…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9252003%255E7583,00.html

TWO Die When US Copter Downed in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
By LOURDES NAVARRO. FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP)—Gunmen shot down a US attack helicopter
during fighting in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing its two crew members.

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V6396.AP-Iraq.html

CHAOS in Iraq delays pull out
NEWS.com.au – Australia
Defence Minister Robert Hill conceded yesterday the Federal Government
had not anticipated the deterioration of security in Iraq.…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9252514%255E952,00.html

PROTESTERS call for end to Iraq occupation
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
WASHINGTON – Demonstrators concerned about events in Iraq marched in the
nation‚s capital Saturday (Sunday in Manila), calling on President Bush
recall…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=FOCUS&oid=48802

US: No extra forces for Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Washington – The commander of the US-led coalition in Iraq said on Sunday
that reinforcements would not be needed to counter the upsurge in unrest
in the…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1510961,00.html

FAITH a sustaining force for many in Iraq and back home
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
"Iraq peeled me back," said Paulson, who served a support battalion of
1,300 soldiers in Baghdad from August 2003 until returning to Fort Riley
in February.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/8408717.htm

JAPANESE Families Awaiting for Release of 3 Hostages in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Officials in Tokyo are still awaiting word that three Japanese hostages
have been freed in Iraq. There had been expectations, expressed…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=1B16CB6B-CA84-41DE-8FABA8668E9A332E

IRAQ ceasefire holds
The Sun – UK
By SUN ONLINE REPORTER. A CEASEFIRE in the battle-torn city of Fallujah
appeared to be holding on Sunday as Iraq leaders held talks on how to
end the violence.…
www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004170012,00.html

KEY US senator says more troops needed in Iraq
Forbes – USA
WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) – The United States must increase the number
of its troops in Iraq as well as the size of the US Army and Marine Corps
overall…
www.forbes.com/iraq/newswire/2004/04/11/rtr1328523.html

THREE Japanese Hostages In Iraq Œ Released‚
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,United States
Tokyo, April 11(NNN): The three young Japanese held hostage in the Gulf
nation of Iraq have been released near Fallujah, Tokyo Broadcasting System
and Jiji…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=041104052235

BRITAIN says coalition would continue to operate together in Iraq
Xinhua – China
LONDON, April 11 (Xinhuanet) — British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said
Sunday that the US-led coalition forces in Iraq would continue to operate
together in…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/11/content_1412954.htm

WORLD press despair over Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Newspapers throughout the world reflect anguish and uncertainty over the
situation in Iraq one year after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime
and in the…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3617889.stm

GROUND fire downs US helicopter in Iraq
CNN International – United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A US Army Apache helicopter was brought down by
unidentified ground fire west of Baghdad on Sunday, military sources said,
despite a…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/11/iraq.main/

IRAQ Is Not Another Vietnam – Yet
Opinion Editorials – Fairfax,VA,United States
Opponents of America‚s policy in Iraq have offered a number of rationales
to support their resistance. First, they said America…
www.opinioneditorials.com/guestcontributors/bell_20040411.html

WEEK AHEAD-Tokyo stocks to struggle after Iraq kidnappings
Forbes – USA
… April 11 (Reuters) – Japanese stocks will struggle to resume their
strong run this week after the kidnapping of three Japanese citizens in
Iraq brought global…
www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2004/04/11/rtr1328511.html

UK Won't Ever Abandon `Historic Struggle' in Iraq, Blair Says
Bloomberg – USA
April 11 (Bloomberg) — UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said the UK government
won't retreat from its ``historic struggle'' in Iraq and warned that the
danger of…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=abXhXgkntkV0&refer=uk

TORIES Back Blair on Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Jamie Lyons, Political Correspondent, PA News. Tory leader Michael Howard
today backed the Prime Minister‚s refusal to pull British troops out
of Iraq.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2767263

NO word on Japan's Iraq hostages, families in anguish
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Neither the whereabouts nor the safety of three Japanese
kidnapped in Iraq has been confirmed, a Japanese diplomat said in Amman
on Sunday…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407920c0:fc2790a1
aa238a10?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4797558

PILGRIMS throng Iraq holy city
swissinfo – Switzerland
… killed 171 people. Fighters loyal to rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
have battled US-led forces in Iraq over the past week, worsening.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=4858692

NO word from Iraq hostage-takers
CNN – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Despite hopes of their freedom, there was no word
Sunday on the release of four hostages kidnapped separately by armed militants
in Iraq…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/11/iraq.missing/

FIGHTING claims Wisconsin woman with sisters also in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… Charity Witmer, Michelle's twin sister, is a medic with Company B of
the Wisconsin Guard's 118th Medical Battalion, and she also is stationed
in Iraq.…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4716064.html

PROTESTERS call for US to leave Iraq
Oakland Tribune – Oakland,CA,USA
SAN FRANCISCO — Demonstrators opposed to the war in Iraq gathered in United
Nations Plaza in San Francisco on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest

www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1865~2077359,00.html

JAPANESE hostages still held in Iraq: Japanese official
Channel News Asia – Singapore
AMMAN : Three Japanese held hostage in Iraq have still not been freed,
Japan's Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ichiro Aisawa said, hours after
they were…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79651/1/.html

COALITION must win "historic struggle" in Iraq, says Blair
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : Prime Minister Tony Blair, preparing for Washington talks next
week with US President George W. Bush, said that the current crisis in
Iraq was a…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79652/1/.html

2 contractors killed in Iraq remembered
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
RITTMAN, OHIO — An Army veteran killed in Iraq last month along with three
other private contractors was buried Saturday with military honors at
a national…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-04041
10382apr11,1,1527966.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

TWO Germans missing in Iraq dead – report
Independent Online – South Africa
London – Two Germans, thought to be elite security police, missing in Iraq
were killed in a fight with mujahedeen rebels, a journalist with a British
newspaper…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1081677242997B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

RELEASE of Three Japanese Hostages In Iraq May Send Stocks , Yen…
Bloomberg – USA
April 11 (Bloomberg) — A release of three Japanese hostages held in Iraq
may send stocks and the yen higher Monday by easing concern violence in
the Middle…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=abKv9Vb4uGRo&refer=home

UK struggles to be heard in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
… to Washington for his meeting with President Bush shortly, questions
have arisen as to whether Britain has an adequate say in the decisions
being taken in Iraq…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3616793.stm

IN Iraq, morale takes a beating
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Last week the media reported that the Pentagon was considering increasing
the number of US troops in Iraq. That news came at a time…
www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpspe113
749231apr11,0,954240.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

JAPAN nervously awaits hostage release in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO: The agonizing wait continued on Sunday for the relatives of three
Japanese civilians held hostage by insurgents in Iraq after the government
said it had…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79634/1/.html

SEOUL Checking on Reports of Korean Hostages in Iraq
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
SEOUL (Yonhap) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Sunday gave
an emergency instruction to its embassy in Iraq to confirm whether it
is true that…
times.hankooki.com/lpage/nation/200404/kt2004041116511811950.htm

AGONY of Iraq is felt at home
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 2004. When the phone rings at 4 am at the Wipfler home in Plymouth,
it could be either Mark or Eric calling home from Iraq. Bernice…
www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/04/11/agony_of_iraq_is_felt_at_home

PRESIDENT Says June 30 Remains Deadline for Iraq Power Transfer
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… CRAWFORD, Texas ˜ Breaking his silence after the bloodiest week of
the yearlong occupation of Iraq, President Bush said Saturday that US
forces were taking…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/whitehouse/
la-na-bush11apr11,1,4556766.story?coll=la-news-politics-white_house

FIRST-PERSON report: Iraq atmosphere changes suddenly and…
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
By Jeffrey Gettleman. BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Just the other day, on the outskirts
of town, clouds of black smoke boiled up from the highway.…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001900739_whynow11.html

JAPAN hostages said safe in Iraq, relatives anxious
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq were safe
near Falluja on Sunday, Japanese media reported, but government officials
said they…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:4078e9ba:4f6dc99
d76ee4c6?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4797558

A Third Way In Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
… remain under assault and the more money we spend to repair the country,
the more pronounced become the divisions at home over the wisdom of going
into Iraq.…
www.ctnow.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-sadr.artapr11,1,621225.story?coll=hc-headlines-editorials

BUSH says Iraq uprising is work of `small faction'
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
CRAWFORD — After a period of intensifying violence in Iraq, President
Bush on Saturday broke days of public silence to scorn the uprising as
the work of a…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2499075

AMERICAN opposition to Iraq war grows with violence, casualties
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… fell to jubilant US forces, American public support for the occupation
appears to be waning fast following a week of unparalleled anti-US violence
in Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/79630/1/.html

IRAQ cease-fires reached; 3 US troops killed
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — At least three Americans and scores of Iraqis died in
combat Saturday as Iraqi Government Council members worked feverishly
to arrange cease…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2498356

IRAQ insurgents threaten to execute American
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
By DAVID IVANOVICH. WASHINGTON — Insurgents in Iraq threatened to kill
and mutilate a captured Halliburton Co. truck driver Saturday…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2498512

TRUCE Calms Falluja After Week of Iraq Bloodshed
Reuters – United States
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Intense efforts by Iraqi leaders to arrange a
truce in Falluja brought calm to the town's battered streets on Sunday
after a week of…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4797588

THREE Japanese hostages said safe in Iraq
Ha'aretz – Israel
Three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq last week were safe near Fallujah
on Sunday, Japanese TV said. Government officials could not confirm the
report.…
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/414510.html

BLAIR: 'Iraq is a historic struggle'
ITV.com – UK
Tony Blair has insisted there is no question of spiralling violence forcing
him to pull British troops out of Iraq. The Prime Minister…
www.itv.com/news/659398.html

MILITARY says six more California-based Marines killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… Mabry was deployed to Iraq in February, months after becoming a Marine.
He signed up to enlist last year during his senior year in high school.

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8405502.htm

JAPANESE hostages safe in Iraq – report
Reuters – London,England,UK
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq are safe near
Falluja, Japanese TV says, but government officials could not confirm
the report.…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=491846&section=news

PILGRIMS Throng Iraq Holy City, Bloodshed Feared
Wired News – USA
KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims thronged the
Iraqi city of Kerbala on Sunday for a Shi'ite ceremony overshadowed by
an uprising by…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=849408&tw=wn_wire_story

JAPAN Told Three Hostages Held in Iraq Will be Released , LDP's…
Bloomberg – USA
April 11 (Bloomberg) — Japan obtained information its three citizens abducted
by armed militants in Iraq last week are safe and will be released today,
said…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aZXBQRq46v.Y&refer=top_world_news

US starts unilateral ceasefire in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Insurgents struck US troops in Baghdad and central Iraq, setting a tank
on fire in the capital and engaging in battles that killed 40 Iraqis,
a US spokesman…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/04/11/2003136184

FROM 9/11 to Iraq: how we got there
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
By Jane Lichtenberg. A former US House speaker once observed that "All
politics is local." These days, I'd update his remark to say, "All politics
is Iraq.".…
www.indystar.com/articles/4/136845-4654-021.html

CALL for Falluja truce after week of Iraq bloodshed
Reuters – India
… Guerrillas holding a US civilian — one of several foreigners kidnapped
in Iraq this week — said they would execute him unless the siege of Falluja
was lifted…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:4078b77d:9b5524ac
7ac52f87?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4796231

JAPANESE hostages in Iraq may be released Sunday: ministry
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO: Three Japanese civilians being held hostage by insurgents in Iraq
may be released today, a senior foreign ministry official said.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79614/1/.html

REJECTING Calls for Delay, Bush Sticks to June 30 Iraq Transfer
Washington Post – USA
… Bush's radio address, the first comments the president has had on the
uprising in Iraq in four days, projected an optimistic outlook for US
forces as they put…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2603-2004Apr10.html

JONATHAN Schanzer's view of Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Jonathan Schanzer of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy spent
January and February in Iraq and is writing a book on Al-Qaida affiliates.

www.startribune.com/stories/484/4715027.html

JUAN Cole's view of Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Juan Cole, an Iraq expert at the University of Michigan and author of "Informed
Comment," an Iraq-news blog (www.juancole.com), has never accepted that
the US…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4715016.html

THE Iraq Crisis
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
THE CRISIS now faced by the United States in Iraq has been aggravated by
the many errors of policy since the fall of Baghdad a year ago.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2542-2004Apr10.html

IRAQ Group Says Will Free Japanese Before Deadline
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – Relatives of three Japanese hostages being held in Iraq
were joyful but cautious after a report they would be released later on
Sunday, which…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4797368

IRAQ quagmire tests support of US allies
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Pressure is mounting on Asian backers of the US-led mission in Iraq as
escalating violence has shut down much of their reconstruction efforts
and a string of…
www.etaiwannews.com/Asia/2004/04/10/1081567568.htm

JOHN Howard defends continued support in Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Withdrawing coalition troops from Iraq because of a wave of kidnappings
will only spark more hostage takings, Australian Prime Minister John Howard
warned…
www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/04/11/1081649393.htm

BLAIR: We Will Not Pull Out of Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… News. Tony Blair today insisted there was no question of spiralling
violence forcing him to pull British troops out of Iraq. The…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2766187

THE week that war came back to Iraq
Guardian – UK
… Or the morning. After last week, the future of Iraq is clouded.…
Three Japanese were facing death 'unless their government withdrew from
Iraq'.…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1189932,00.html

NEW nationalism that unites Iraq
Guardian – UK
Tony Blair and George W. Bush must come to grips with the fact that they
are not fighting 'terrorism' in Iraq, they are fighting nationalism–
a struggle they…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1189904,00.html

IN Iraq, issues have three sides
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Hamad Raheem al-Azawi watched on television a year ago
as US troops pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square,
just outside…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0404/11irthree.html

THE Story Line in Iraq
New York Times – USA
Vietnam analogies are deeply imperfect when discussing the war in Iraq.
Still, it can't be a good sign for the Bush administration…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/opinion/11SUN1.html?ex=1082260800&en=5a58f7a4bd0399b5&ei=5062

BUSH stands firm on June 30 handover in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
US President George W Bush today rejected calls to push back Iraq's June
30 transfer of power, as US forces struggled to overcome mounting unrest
in the country…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/11/1081621819793.html

64 killed in fierce Iraq clashes
Daily Times – Pakistan
… An armed group said on Saturday it was holding 30 foreigners who would
be brutally killed unless US-led coalition troops pulled out of Iraq,
in a video aired…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-4-2004_pg1_1

REPORT: Japanese hostages in Iraq to be released by Sunday noon
The Star – Malaysia
TOKYO: The three Japanese taken hostage in Iraq will be freed by around
noon Sunday (0300 GMT) Japan time, the Kyodo news agency reported, quoting
Japanese…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/4/11/latest/16852ReportJa&sec=latest

ARMY at breaking point in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TONY Blair is to send hundreds more British troops to Iraq in a bid to
prevent the south of the country descending into bloodletting and anarchy,
Scotland on…
news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=410322004

IRAQ still needs us
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IS IT time to get out of Iraq? It‚sa question that‚s been asked louder
every day since Saddam Hussein was toppled by American…
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=410462004

WHY we must never abandon this historic struggle in Iraq
Guardian – UK
We are locked in a historic struggle in Iraq. On … defeated. The hope
of freedom and religious tolerance in Iraq would be snuffed out.…
politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1189960,00.html

US must apply Vietnam lessons to Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… It does to me. The events of the past week suggest that the insurgents
in Iraq are much better students of history than are George Bush and his
team.…
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=409612004

HOW Iraq has woken America from its Big Sleep
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
For once, the intelligence inside Iraq has been correct. … Gun battles
rage across Iraq‚s Sunni heartlands and the Shia-controlled cities.

www.sundayherald.com/41133

JAPANESE Hostages in Iraq to Be Freed Sunday -Kyodo
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq will be freed
around 11 pm EDT on Sunday, Kyodo news agency reported, quoting Japanese
government…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4797231&section=news

CHENEY in Japan amid Iraq hostage crisis
Daily Times – Pakistan
… arrived here on Saturday for talks with Japan‚s Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi likely to be dominated by the kidnapping of three Japanese citizens
in Iraq.…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-4-2004_pg7_48

THE guiding principle in Iraq (and Palestine)
Ha'aretz – Israel
A year after the conquest of Iraq, the collapse seems to be only now beginning.
Last week the Americans lost control of two cities…
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/414282.html

IRAQ Unrest Overshadows Investment Drive
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… awaited US announcement yesterday that the Saudi-Iraqi border at Arar
will be reopened on June 1 was overshadowed by concerns over escalating
violence in Iraq.…
www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=42923
&d=11&m=4&y=2004&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom

IRAQ hostage nightmare as US threatens besieged city
Independent – London,England,UK
A wave of hostage-taking in Iraq dramatically increased pressure on the
US and British occupation authorities yesterday, with a wounded American
being shown…
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=510484

Œ It ‚ s been a tough week ‚ in Iraq : Powell
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a televised interview Friday
that the United States had experienced a „tough week‰ in Iraq as insurgents
mounted…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_11-4-2004_pg4_6

BLAIR defies his critics to back US over Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
Tony Blair is to rally to George Bush's side this week as the violent uprising
in Iraq threatens to unleash a domestic backlash against both leaders.

news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=510480

  
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