Iraq News and Information Links July 11 2004
MANILA says no to Iraq rebels' threat
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
BAGHDAD, JULY 11: A Filipino hostage in Iraq was in grave peril on Sunday after Manila rejected his captors’ demands for an early withdrawal of its US-allied…
FORMER British spy chiefs say Blair overstates Iraq's banned…
Xinhua – China
… told the BBC that he could “almost hear the collective raspberry going up around Whitehall,” when Blair told lawmakers that the threat from Iraq was serious…
BULGARIA Asks for Mercy for Hostages in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… arrived in Baghdad on Sunday and pleaded for the release of two of their compatriots believed held by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq.…
FILIPINO hostage's deadline extended, as Iraq unrest kills three…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : A Filipino hostage in Iraq has had his threatened execution deadline extended, as fresh violence raged across the country claiming the lives of three…
THE Iraq war will take Bush down
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… And Bush, too, eventually over-reached, insisting on a war in Iraq that has now blown up in his face. Opinion polls have shown for…
BUSH misled USA on Iraq: Kerry
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
… candidate Mr John Kerry said in an interview that President George W Bush had “misled America” and abused power in the run-up to the war in Iraq by making…
TWO US soldiers killed, three wounded in Iraq blast
ABC Online – Australia
… The latest casualties brings to 656 the number of US troops killed in action in Iraq since the start of the US-led war in March 2003, according to US Defence…
FAMILY in McHenry mourns soldier killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
A military officer arrived at her home hours later Thursday to say Collier Edwin Barcus, 21, had been killed in Iraq after insurgents launched mortars at the…

SENATE committee supports Iraq claim
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… report has provided unexpected support for a controversial claim that
even the administration of George W. Bush had backed away from: that Iraq
had sought…

SPIES Slam Blair's Iraq Claims
CBS News – USA
The BBC also reports critical intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction
used to make the case for war has recently been withdrawn.…

FILIPINO hostage in Iraq faces deadline, as violence claims more…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : A Filipino hostage in Iraq faced a Sunday deadline for his execution
unless Manila withdraws its troops, as violence continued to rage and

KERRY charges that Bush abused power over Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Kerry and his newly named running mate John Edwards accused President
George W. Bush of misleading America and abusing power in taking the nation
to war in Iraq…

ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) In the cellblock where a worldwide…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) In the cellblock where a worldwide scandal began,
an eerie silence prevails as ceiling fans whip the furnance-like air across
the fresh…

MANILA rebuffs kidnappers in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Filipino hostage in Iraq is in grave peril after
Manila rejected his captors' demands for an early withdrawal of its US-allied

SENATE intelligence report offers support for claim Iraq sought…
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
A Senate report criticizing false CIA claims that Iraq had weapons of mass
destruction at the same time provides support for an assertion the White

DEMS may send Edwards to Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
Tentative plans are being discussed inside the Kerry-Edwards campaign to
send vice presidential candidate John Edwards to Iraq as soon as possible.

BLAIR braces for potentially damaging report on Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
London, July 11. (AP): British Prime Minister Tony Blair's claim before
the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein could rapidly launch chemical or biological

BULGARIA Confirms Its Hostages in Iraq Alive
Reuters – USA
SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria confirmed on Sunday that two Bulgarian truck
drivers taken hostage in Iraq were still alive after a Friday execution
deadline expired…

US Soldier Killed by Iraq Roadside Bomb
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq July 11, 2004 ˜ A coordinated roadside bomb attack on a
US convoy in northern Iraq killed a US soldier and an Iraqi civilian Sunday,

IRAQ, Syria agree to special security force to prevent border…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) Syria and Iraq will set up a special security force
to prevent infiltration of foreign fighters across their shared border,
Iraqi Deputy…

DECREED out of existence, Iraq's old army may come back
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
By Associated Press. Iraq's new leader wants to call some of its old army
back to duty to help restore peace in his war-torn land.…

IRAQ to be free of WMD: security adviser
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 11 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's national security advisor said Sunday
that Iraq will be free of Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMD) and will not
present a…

CIA Skewed Iraq Reporting, Senate Says
Washington Post – USA
… meeting at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency,
the congressional sleuths focused on aluminum tubes the CIA had said Iraq
was seeking to…

PRESSURE mounts on Philippines, as fate of Iraq hostage unknown
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MANILA: Calls for President Gloria Arroyo to pull out the Philippines'
small contingent from Iraq are growing as the fate of a Filipino hostage
in the hands of…

BUSH misled US over Iraq – Kerry
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Democrat challenger for the US presidency, John Kerry, has launched
an attack on President George W Bush over the conduct of the war in Iraq.

GOVT refuses to apologise over Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE Federal Government today dismissed opposition calls it publicly apologise
for joining the invasion of Iraq “on the basis of a lie” following a damning

IN Iraq, Showdown Looms Over Self-Rule for Kurds
Washington Post – USA
He does no business with the rest of Iraq. “We only need Kurdistan.”. The
… Salahuddin. “Kurds have no less a place than Arabs in Iraq.”.…

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…

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