Iraq News and Information Links April 12 2004
12/04/04 Massacre in Fallujah: Over 600 Dead, 1,000 Injured, 60,000 Refugees
The U.S. siege of Fallujah continues and reports are emerging of a massacre of Iraqi civilians at the hands of U.S. troops. We go to Iraq to get a report from Free Speech Radio News' Aaron Glantz who interviews Iraqis fleeing Fallujah as well as a producer with Al-Jazeera television who says he and fellow journalists were targeted by U.S. snipers in the town.


Mass Antiwar Protests in Japan, Fate of Iraq Hostages Remains Unclear
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Japan to lend support to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for keeping troops in Iraq despite threats to execute three Japanese hostages. We go to Tokyo to speak with the international coordinator of Peace Boat, a Japan-based NGO focusing on peace education and advocacy.


IRAQ Clashes Threaten Regional Instability (subscription) – USA
„The developments in Iraq are alarming … We cannot leave Iraq in this
state because this disease will spread, and I believe the situation is
out of hand.‰.…

FALLUJA truce holds, nine Americans missing in Iraq
Reuters – India
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – A shaky truce between US Marines and Sunni Muslim
guerrillas held in Falluja on Monday after further talks to calm Iraq's

SEVEN US Contractors Missing in Iraq
Reuters – United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Seven civilian contractors working for a subsidiary
of Halliburton are missing in Iraq after an ambush on a convoy last week,

MUBARAK tells Bush of worries over Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
CRAWFORD, United States : Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told US President
George W. Bush that he was deeply concerned about the crisis in Iraq and

SENATOR, Iraq Is No Vietnam
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
… A lot of people would love to see Bush get a bloody nose in Iraq, or
anywhere else. Last week the critics had a field day: With…

INSURGENTS in Iraq Release Nine Hostages
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Insurgents in Iraq have released nine hostages of
various nationalities, including Turks and Pakistanis, a spokesman for
Islamic clerics…,1280,-3969236,00.html

76 GIs Die in Iraq Since April 1, 26 Over Weekend
Infoshop News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Seven employees of the American construction and
engineering company Kellogg, Brown & Root are unaccounted for in Iraq,
the top US…

HOSTAGE crisis tests Japan's role in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… now, with the kidnapping of three of their citizens last week by Iraqi
insurgents, Japanese are seeing the downside of sending troops to the
coalition in Iraq.…'s%20Military%20Image

EDITORIAL: Bush's Iraq strategy floundering
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… Portrait of a Dynasty, a new book by Peter and Rochelle Schweizer,
President George W. Bush's father expressed anguish over the United States
invasion of Iraq.…

SHAKY Fallujah truce holds as more hostages taken in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
FALLUJAH, Iraq : A tenuous truce in Fallujah was extended, but rebels gave
US troops an ultimatum to pull out of the besieged Iraqi city as seven

NZ troops to stay in Iraq base until calm returns
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
New Zealand's 61 Army engineers in Iraq are sheltering in their base camp
as renewed violence and a wave of foreigner kidnappings grip the United

AMID fighting, Iraq gets car showroom
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A red Hyundai sports coupe graces Iraq 's first new car showroom, opened
last week as fighting rose to levels not seen since the US-led invasion.

BUSH On Iraq: 'We'll Remain Tough'
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) President Bush on Sunday braced Americans for the possibility
of more casualties in Iraq after at least 62 US … The top US commander
in Iraq, Lt. Gen.…

INSURGENTS in Iraq Release Nine Hostages
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—Insurgents in Iraq have released nine hostages of various
nationalities, including Turks and Pakistanis, a spokesman for Islamic

CHINA urges release of hostages in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
FALLUJA, Iraq A fragile cease-fire held Monday in the second day of a truce
in Falluja, but international concern over hostage-taking grew after armed
men in…

SEVEN Chinese abducted in Iraq; Beijing appeals for their release
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BEIJING (AP) Beijing appealed Monday to the Iraqi government to rescue
seven Chinese civilians who were kidnapped in central Iraq, the latest
in a series of…

DID the US miscalculate in Iraq?
Christian Science Monitor – USA
As US President George Bush said from his ranch in Crawford, Texas on Sunday,
"it was a tough week" for the US in Iraq. Mr. Bush…

TOWN Awaits Word on Iraq Kidnap Victim
Guardian – UK
… On Monday, American flags went up on the main street in this small
town as a gesture of support for Thomas Hamill, a civilian who was taken
hostage in Iraq.…,1280,-3969037,00.html

MISSION to Iraq is still on, Seoul says
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
SEOUL South Korea said Monday that it would send troops to Iraq even if
the situation deteriorated further, but hinted that it might re-evaluate
matters if its…

FAST Facts: Foreign Hostages in Iraq
FOX News – USA
Militants in Iraq have seized several foreign hostages during a weeklong
uprising and have briefly detained a number of foreign journalists.…,2933,116755,00.html

SEVEN US Contractors Missing in Iraq
Reuters – United States
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Seven contractors for a US company are missing in Iraq,
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of US forces…

FOREIGN civilians taken hostage in Iraq – MI,USA
(AP) ˜ Insurgents in Iraq have seized at least 30 civilian hostages from
11 countries and have briefly detained a number of foreign journalists
during a…

HOSTAGE taking situation in Iraq worsening
Radio Singapore International – Singapore
While Japan waits for news of the three Japanese nationals who have been
taken hostage by militants in Iraq, seven Chinese men have been kidnapped
by gunmen in…

MORE kidnappings in Iraq – New Zealand
Gunmen have kidnapped seven Chinese citizens in Iraq, the latest in a spate
of hostage-taking. A British contractor and eight others…,1227,267041-1-9,00.html

TRUCE Talks Resume in Iraq's Falluja Amid Clashes
Reuters – United States
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Talks resumed in Falluja on Monday despite overnight
clashes that breached an informal truce in the town where over 600 Iraqis

DYER: Time running out for Bush to escape from Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
It is still possible for President Bush to escape from Iraq before it destroys
his re-election bid. It is also still possible for…

US admits to crisis in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Washington – President George W Bush on Sunday acknowledged US difficulties
in Iraq, while the US administrator Paul Bremer said there was a crisis
and called…,,2-10-1460_1511193,00.html

BLAIR calls Iraq a 'historic struggle'
Contra Costa Times – Contra Costa County,CA,USA
LONDON – Prime Minister Tony Blair, preparing for a meeting with President
Bush, committed himself anew on Sunday to the war in Iraq, calling it
part of a…

IRAQ, oil weigh on stocks
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – The long holiday weekend didn't chase away the
things that have concerned the markets over the past few weeks, with Iraq, the

CHENEY Promises Japan US Help in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
TOKYO (AP)—Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi's handling of the Japanese hostage crisis in Iraq and said Monday
he promised…

CHINA, Japan Call For Release Of Hostages In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Baghdad, 12 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — Chinese and Japanese officials are calling
for the release of their citizens being held by apparently separate groups
in Iraq…

SEVEN Chinese Kidnapped in Iraq, China Urges Rescue
Reuters – United States
BEIJING (Reuters) – Gunmen kidnapped seven Chinese citizens in Iraq, the
latest in a spate of hostage-taking, and Beijing appealed to Baghdad on
Monday to…

SOME say US miscalculated in recent Iraq moves
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ "Bremer follows in the footsteps of Saddam," screamed
the headline in al-Hawza, a tabloid newspaper run by firebrand Shiite
Muslim cleric…

CHINESE abducted in Iraq are civilians: diplomat
Channel News Asia – Singapore
AMMAN: The seven Chinese citizens abducted in Iraq are "civilians" who
went there on their own without informing any official party, a political
advisor at the…

`TOUGH week' in Iraq: Bush
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… yesterday, facing renewed questions about his inaction before terrorist
attacks in 2001 and conceding a "tough week" for US troops in fierce fighting
in Iraq.…

NO change to South Korea's Iraq troop plan – – minister
Reuters – India
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea remains committed to deploying troops to
Iraq despite the surge in violence there, but their task will remain purely

IN Iraq for work, now held
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… the world – first from a vehicle as he was kidnapped Friday by masked
men and then as they threatened to kill and dismember him – went to Iraq
just to make a…

SEVEN new hostages seized in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
The hostage crisis in Iraq has widened, with seven Chinese being seized
on the road from Jordan to Baghdad. The latest kidnappings…

IRAQ is a history lesson in the making
Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
I've heard some pundits say that it doesn't matter anymore what the real
reason was for the invasion of Iraq. The only thing that…

JAPAN unsure of safety of hostages in Iraq as crisis drags into…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) Optimism that three Japanese held hostage in Iraq would be quickly
released evaporated Monday, as Tokyo's top government spokesman backtracked
on an…

CLASHES erupt in Iraq's Falluja after day's truce
Reuters – India
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Fighting erupted in Falluja overnight in the
first major breach of an informal truce in the town where more than 600
Iraqis were…;:407a3c3f:a3fa98

QUESTIONS Build for US as Iraq Turmoil Grows
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… CRAWFORD, Texas ˜ President Bush acknowledged Sunday that it had
been a "tough week" in Iraq as he spent Easter at an Army base that lost
at least nine…

BUSH still 'spinning' on Iraq
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
Exactly one year after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the United States occupation
of Iraq is faced with what British foreign secretary Jack Straw called

WILL Iraq Be America's Algeria?
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
Sen. Edward Kennedy's recent characterization of Iraq as President Bush's
Vietnam is as predictable as it is misleading. … In Iraq, the situation
is the reverse.…,1,752130.story?coll=hc-headlines-oped

ROK Troops Not to Engage in Offensive Operations in Iraq
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon said on Monday the South Korean troops to
be deployed in Iraq „will not be engaged in any offensive operations‰
even if the…

RI urges quick end to Iraq occupation
Jakarta Post – Indonesia
JAKARTA (AP): Indonesia on Monday called for a quick end to the US-led
occupation of Iraq and a handover of authority to the United Nations,
complaining that…

VIOLENCE rampages in Iraq amid frequently-broken truce
Xinhua – China
… The list of foreigners abducted in Iraq grew Monday. A Chinese diplomat
in Iraq said seven Chinese were kidnapped by armed men in central Iraq

SEVEN Chinese abducted in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Beijing – Armed men have abducted seven Chinese nationals in central Iraq,
and Beijing appealed to Baghdad to rescue them, the government said on
Monday amid a…,,2-10-1460_1511184,00.html

IRAQ toll rises on both sides
CNN International – United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Volunteers are helping to bury the dead in the city
of Fallujah, where at least 480 Iraqis have been killed in fierce fighting
over the…

DAVENPORT Marine Cpl. Michael Speer killed in Iraq
Quad-Cities Online – Rock Island,IL,USA
Military authorities announced Sunday that a Davenport man was killed Friday
in hostile fire in Iraq. Cpl. Michael Speer, 24, of…

CEASEFIRE holds as Iraq bury victims of battle
ic Wales – Wales,UK
… The captors of Thomas Hamill, a Mississippi native who works for a
US contractor in Iraq, threatened to kill and burn him unless US troops
end their assault on…

CHENEY Lends Support to Koizumi on Iraq
Reuters – United States
… began a week of Asian diplomacy on Monday, meeting Japanese Prime Minister
Junichiro Koizumi to lend support to his vow to keep troops in Iraq despite

CHINESE Group Abducted in Iraq; Fallujah Truce Holds (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
China asked Iraq's interim Governing Council to help ensure the safety
of its citizens, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its
Web site.…

THREE US Marines killed in fighting in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Three US Marines were killed in fighting in western
Iraq, the military said Monday in a statement. The three, members…

BLASTS heard in US Iraq compound – Australia
THREE loud explosions have been heard in a large compound in central Baghdad
that houses that the headquarters of the US-led coalition in Iraq.…,4057,9258172%255E1702,00.html

SOME Wisconsin Guard members upset by Iraq extension
Duluth News Tribune – Duluth,MN,USA
MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin National Guard unit that lost one of its own
last week has gotten a 120-day extension of duty in Iraq.…

JAPAN anxiously awaits hostage release in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
TANYA NOLAN: Japan has spent an agonizing night waiting to hear the fate
of three of its citizens being held hostage in Iraq. The…

BUSH concedes Iraq in crisis
ABC Online – Australia
TANYA NOLAN: Well the Bush administration has for the first time publicly
conceded Iraq is in crisis. And while attending a church…

SEVEN Chinese kidnapped on first day in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Seven Chinese men have been kidnapped in central Iraq, China's Xinhua news
agency said today, the latest in a spate of hostage-taking in the war-ravaged

JAPAN nervously awaits hostage release in Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
The whereabouts and condition of three Japanese hostages held in Iraq was
still unknown yesterday, officials said, leaving their distraught relatives

BLAIR and Bush Prepare for Iraq Talks
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Tony Blair and George Bush were preparing for crisis talks on Iraq today,
as there appeared to be no end in sight to the spiralling violence.…

BUSH Says 'It's Hard to Tell' When Iraq Violence Will Ebb
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… Tex., April 11 — President Bush, after Easter prayers for the safety
of US troops, acknowledged Sunday that it has been a "tough week" in Iraq
and said it is…

HOSTAGE Was Working in Iraq to Aid His Struggling Family
New York Times – USA
Thomas Hamill, a struggling Mississippi dairy farmer, went to Iraq in September
to make serious money and to put his family, at long last, back on solid

COUPLE want 2 surviving daughters out of Iraq
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee,WI,USA
A New Berlin family who just lost one daughter in Iraq is now pleading
with federal legislators and the Wisconsin National Guard not to send
their surviving…

SEVEN Chinese kidnapped in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
BAGHDAD – Seven Chinese were kidnapped by armed men in central Iraq on
Sunday, a Chinese diplomat in Baghdad said. The seven Chinese…

JAPAN no longer confident about safety of hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
TOKYO, April 12 (Xinhuanet) — The Japanese government is no longer confident
about the safety of three hostages in Iraq, the government's top spokesman

US-LED coalition suffers major setback in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
… The US-led coalition in Iraq suffered its worst setback this week since
the ouster of Saddam Hussein a year ago, failing to crush the Sunni uprising
in the…

CHENEY talks in Japan complicated by Iraq kidnappings
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Overshadowed by kidnappings and a surge in violence in
Iraq, US Vice President Dick Cheney begins a week of Asian diplomacy on
Monday by…

BLAIR Defends the War in Iraq as Part of a `Historic Struggle'
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
ONDON, April 11 ˜ Prime Minister Tony Blair, preparing for a meeting
with President Bush, committed himself anew on Sunday to the war in Iraq,
calling it…

WHILE our troops remain on Iraq's streets there is no hope
Guardian – UK
One thing is even clearer at the end of the heaviest week of American casualties
in Iraq since the invasion was launched. … But Iraq is not France.…,2763,1190294,00.html

BACKGROUNDER: List of foreigners kidnapped in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, April 11 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq has been gripped by a spree of kidnapping
in recent days, which witnessed dozens of foreignersheld hostages by armed

DEFENCE Department denies adviser sacked over Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… ALAN HENDERSON: I totally reject her claim that determination of her
employment was related to her views on Australia's involvement in Iraq.

IRAQ unites against US occupation
Workers World – United States
… 7—To the consternation of the Bush administration, the Pentagon and
the entire US capitalist political establishment, the inevitable has finally
begun in Iraq…

GOVERNMENT is letting down Britain in Iraq, says Howard
Independent – London,England,UK
Tony Blair was accused by the Tories yesterday of failing Britain in the
Iraq crisis by allowing America a free hand in running the increasingly
lawless country…

CRISIS in Iraq: After a 'tough week', where do we go now?
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IN TEXAS, President George Bush celebrated Easter by praying with US troops
at Ford Hood; in the past seven days, ten Fort Hood soldiers have died
in Iraq.…

US stocks: Earnings and Iraq in focus on Wall St
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… At the same time, Wall Street will keep a wary eye on the situation
in Iraq, where escalating violence has fuelled investor uncertainty and
tempered positive…

SEVEN Chinese kidnapped in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, April 12 (Xinhuanet) — Seven Chinese were kidnapped by armed
men in central Iraq on Sunday, a Chinese diplomat in Baghdad said.…

COMBAT limited in Fallujah, but fighting erupts elsewhere in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – US Marines took advantage of an extended cease-fire Sunday
to fortify their positions in the disputed town of Fallujah as US officials

JAPAN Says It Hasn't Received New Information on Iraq Hostages
Bloomberg – USA
April 12 (Bloomberg) — Japan's government says it is still to receive
any word about the fate of three Japanese citizens held captive in Iraq
for about four…

FALLUJA talks to resume, Iraq hostage signs vary
Reuters – India
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Talks are due to resume on Monday to cement a
ceasefire in Falluja where more than 600 Iraqis were killed in a week
of fierce…;:4079ca49:8ef5d

BRITISH hostage released in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — British citizen Gary Teeley has been released as
a hostage in Iraq, the British Foreign Ministry said Sunday, but there
was no word on…

JAPANESE hostages still held in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… demands — including the withdrawal of Japanese troops from Iraq—
were met within 24 hours. … troops in Iraq involved in reconstruction
and humanitarian work.…

DAILY look at US military deaths in Iraq – MI,USA
(AP) ˜ As of Friday, April 9, 2004, 649 US service members have died
since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according
to the…

FALLUJAH truce extended, but hostages still at risk in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
FALLUJAH, Iraq : A fragile ceasefire was extended into Monday as mediators
sought to end a week of fierce clashes in Fallujah, but insurgents around
Iraq still…

8 hostages freed in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
CAIRO ˜ The Arabic satellite news channel Al-Jazeera on Sunday aired
a fresh videotape purportedly showing eight foreign hostages in Iraq being

NINE Hostages Said Freed in Iraq, Japanese Still Held
Reuters – United States
… But the fate of three Japanese and an American captive remained unclear
and there was a report of a fresh group kidnapping in central Iraq.…

PRESIDENT prays for less US casualties in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
United States President George W Bush says he prays everyday that the number
of US casualties in Iraq will be reduced. But Mr Bush…

SEVEN Chinese kidnapped in Iraq: state media
Channel News Asia – Singapore
HONG KONG : Seven Chinese citizens became the latest foreigners to be kidnapped
in Iraq when they were abducted by an armed group, state media quoted
a Chinese…

JAPANESE hostages in Iraq safe'
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
TOKYO/BAGHDAD/FALLUJA, APRIL 11: An unidentified negotiator told Japan
on Monday that three Japanese civilians kidnapped in Iraq were safe, Kyodo
news agency…

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