Iraq News and Information Links June 12 2004
BREAK up Iraq into 3 nations
Straits Times – Singapore
DESPITE the milestone United Nations Security Council resolution backing
the transfer of sovereignty, concerns remain about Iraq's future.…,4386,256034,00.html

KILLING won't derail Iraq handover, officials vow
ABC Online – Australia
Officials from Iraq's interim government and the White House have vowed
to push ahead towards a handover of power, despite the assassination of
one of Iraq's…

BLAIR to send 3000 extra troops to Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
By Robert Fox and Francis Elliott. Tony Blair is preparing to defy voters'
protests by sending another 3,000 British troops to Iraq.…

NO question of sending troops to Iraq: Natwar
Rediff – Mumbai,India
… of a sharp reaction at home to his remarks, External Affairs Minister
Natwar Singh on Saturday said, “The question of sending Indian troops
to Iraq does not…

… petition on that. And I will pray for Iraq, that they can have peace
for once in their lives – if that is truly what they want. Sorry I…

IRAQ Officials Blame Hussein Loyalists in Minister's Killing , AP…
Bloomberg – USA
Gunmen shot and wounded Bassam Salih Kubba, 60, Iraq's most senior career
diplomat, who was in a car in the city's Azimiyah business district, AP
said, citing…

SEVEN hostages released in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
SEVEN Turkish construction workers kidnapped in Iraq earlier in the week
had been released and were on their way home, the Turkish embassy in Baghdad
said today…,5744,9831802%255E1702,00.html

TROOPS To Iraq: Natwar Draws Flak From Left & Right
Financial Express – New Delhi,India
… JUNE 12: External affairs minister K Natwar Singh received flak from
the entire spectrum of the political spectrum for his remark on sending
troops to Iraq.…

INDIA> BJP regrets Natwar's statement on Iraq – India
New Delhi, June 12 Sharply reacting to External Affairs Minister Natwar
Singh's statement on the question of sending Indian troops to Iraq, the

UN sources: Special Iraq envoy Lakhdar Brahimi announced his resignation…
Ha'aretz – Israel
NEW YORK – United Nations special envoy to Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi a few days
ago announced his resignation during a UN retreat, diplomatic sources
in the world…

WORLD News: No Indian troops for Iraq: Natwar Singh
Keralanext – Kerala,India
Washington, External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh Saturday ruled out
the possibility of India sending troops to Iraq, setting at rest a controversy

WASHINGTON TODAY: Bush follows Kerry playbook on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Ghazi al-Yawer, to western allies last week at a the Group of Eight
summit in Georgia and to declare ''there will be an Iraqi face on the
security of Iraq.''.…

IRAQ War Haunts British Labor Party in Local Polls
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… England and Wales. Prime Minister Blair's decision to take Britain
to war in Iraq is seen as a key factor in the elections. For the…

IRAQ through the eyes of Saddam's doctor
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Saddam Hussein's doctor says his book, In the Name of Terror, is intended
to set the record straight on Iraq's history which he believes has suffered
from a…

NEA program helps Iraq soldiers write
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… Jenkins said although the media has extensively covered the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq, where the 10th Mountain has seen combat, there are
“a lot of empty…'%20Writing

NATWAR retracts on his Iraq goof up
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON : The question of sending Indian troops to Iraq does not arise,
External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh clarified here on Saturday.…

US frees journalists held for bomb traces in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military has released four journalists who were
detained after explosives residue was found on them as they tried to enter
the US…

IRAQ'S Deputy Foreign Minister Fatally Shot by Gunmen
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Gunmen fatally shot a senior deputy foreign minister in Iraq's interim
government on Saturday, as he traveled to his Baghdad office.…

NO rethink on troops to Iraq issue: Indian FM
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
NEW DELHI – Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh on Saturday said there
was “no reconsideration‰ of India‚s decision not to send troops
to Iraq.…

UN Resolution on Iraq
ZNet – Woods Hole,MA,USA
by Phyllis Bennis. * The new US-UK draft resolution endorses Iraq's interim
government as “sovereign” and credentials the US-dominated occupation
forces as a UN…

GHOST of Iraq haunts Blair
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… As his leadership came under intense pressure in a strong Iraq involvement
backlash, Mr Blair dismissed suggestions that he would step down before
the next…

IRAQ Soldiers raised abuse concerns
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The top US military officer in Iraq approved letting officials at a Baghdad
jail subject detainees to temperature extremes, reversed sleep patterns
and diets…

IRAQ war was not worth it, US voters say
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Most American voters now believe it was not worth going to war in Iraq
and almost two-thirds believe the US is “getting bogged down” in the operation.

BRITISH ex-FM says Blair paid for Iraq war with poll debacle
EUbusiness – London,UK
… foreign secretary Robin Cook said Saturday that Prime Minister Tony
Blair's poll debacle in regional elections was due to his support for
the war in Iraq.…

IRAQ Kidnappers Kill Lebanese, 2 Iraqi Hostages
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Earlier this week, a videotape presumably made by the kidnappers showed
the seven abducted men and gunmen demanding Turkish companies end all
business in Iraq.…

NO re-think on sending troops to Iraq: Natwar
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
Washington, June 12: Seeking to clear the air on the issue of sending troops
to Iraq, External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh on Saturday said there
was no re…

1 Lebanese, 2 Iraqis killed in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, June 12 (Xinhuanet) — A Lebanese transport worker and two of
his Iraqi colleagues have been killed in Iraq by their captors, Qatar-based

IRAQI Diplomat, Lebanese Hostage Killed in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a top Iraqi diplomat on Saturday in the
first high-profile assassination in Iraq since an interim government took
over on…

SEVEN Hostages Released in Iraq, Three Killed
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Seven Turkish hostages seized in Iraq this week were
freed on Saturday, but a Lebanese and two Iraqi hostages abducted in a

NOT a single jawan should be sent to Iraq: Basu
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… Basu on Saturday vehemently opposed External Affairs Minister Natwar
Singh's remark on a fresh look on the issue of sending Indian troops to
Iraq, and said it…

BULGARIAN Soldiers to Leave Iraq Next Year: Foreign Minister
Bulgarian News Network – Sofia,Bulgaria
SOFIA (bnn)- Bulgarian soldiers will leave Iraq next year,Foreign Minister
Solomon Passy said Saturday. “Bulgarian soldiers will…

IRAQ War Brings 'Historic Defeat' to Blair
Zaman – Turkey
Britons unhappy with the Iraq war vented their anger by dealing British
Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party a crushing defeat at the ballot
boxes in local…

THREE transport workers killed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A Lebanese citizen and two of his Iraqi colleagues have been killed in
Iraq by their captors. Husayn Ali Alyan from the south Lebanon…

TURKISH hostages released in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Seven Turkish contractors taken hostage in Iraq have been released by their
kidnappers, Turkish officials say. They were released…

SENIOR Iraq official slain in Baghdad
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Baghdad, Iraq, Jun. … On Wednesday assailants opened fire on Iraq's deputy
health minister, Ammar al-Saffar, as he left his home for work. He escaped

GENERAL imported pressure tactics to Iraq prison
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Ricardo S. Sanchez, the senior US military officer in Iraq, borrowed
heavily from a list of high-pressure interrogation tactics used at the
US detention center…

TURKISH hostages released in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
ANKARA, Turkey — Seven Turkish contractors taken hostage in Iraq were
released by their kidnappers, their employer said Saturday.…

FOUR Lebanese held hostage in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… body. Dozens of foreign workers have been taken hostage by armed Iraqi
groups who are battling the US-led presence in Iraq. Some…

TURKISH hostages released in Iraq
KPLC-TV – Lake Charles,LA,USA
Ankara, Turkey-AP — Seven Turkish contractors taken hostage in Iraq have
been released, according to their employer. An official…

IRAQ blamed for Blair losses in local voting
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… as his governing Labour Party fell to third place yesterday in Britain's
local elections, a result he and colleagues blamed on voter anger over
the war in Iraq…

INDIA unchanged on refusal to send troops to Iraq, official says
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NEW DELHI : India's position that it will not send troops to Iraq has not
changed, an official said, clarifying a statement by Foreign Minister
Natwar Singh…

Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
… federal opposition leader, Mark Latham, has disputed reports he is
considering changing Labor's policy to bring Australian troops home from
Iraq by Christmas.…

US Voters: Iraq War Not Worth It
Free Internet Press – New York,NY,USA
Most American voters believe it was not worth going to war in Iraq and
almost two-thirds believe the US is “getting bogged down”, according to
a Los Angeles…

IRAQ cleric says he will cooperate
Myrtle Beach Sun News – Myrtle Beach,SC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A radical cleric whose uprising two months ago has left
hundreds dead and threatened to enflame the Shiite heartland said Friday
he would…

REBELS strike Iraq police again
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
YUSUFIYAH, Iraq — Gunmen stormed a police station south of Baghdad, drove
off the poorly armed police and blew up the building Friday.…

DUTCH Leader Proposes Keeping Troops in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
THE HAGUE ˜ The Dutch government said Friday that it plans to keep about
1,300 troops in Iraq until March 2005 as part of a multinational force,
in a boost…,1,6936816.story?coll=la-headlines-world

IRAQ foreign ministry official assassinated
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Gunmen have fatally wounded a senior official of Iraq's
foreign ministry in Baghdad, a foreign ministry official says.…

IRAQ'S Deputy Foreign Minister Killed
Novinite – Bulgaria
Unknown assailants fired at the car of Bassam Qubba, the ministry's director-general,
as he was on his way to work on Saturday in Baghdad's Adhamiya district

TRANSLATOR in Iraq perseveres despite death threats
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
By Mike Marshall. BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ AM Hassan signed on with the Americans
right after the fall of Baghdad in the spring of 2003.…

SDF'S 'crappy' Iraq posting has soldiers on the runs
Mainichi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
Japanese troops stationed in Samawah, Iraq, as part of the nation's contribution
to the war on terror, have been plagued by a rampant diarrhea, according

INDIAN Communists Slam Talk of Sending Troops to Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Communist parties have slammed India‚s foreign minister for saying the
country may consider sending troops to Iraq following a UN resolution
endorsing the…

SOUTH Korea to send troops to Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
South Korea plans to deploy troops to Iraq in three stages between late
July and August ˆ creating the third largest military contingent after
the US and UK.…>

CONGRESS covers up Iraq faux pas
Sify – Delhi,India
The Congress on Friday was caught on the wrong foot as External Affairs
Minister Natwar Singh said that India will consider sending troops to
Iraq as the UN…

DUTCH Plan to Keep Troops in Iraq Until 2005, Says Premier
THE HAGUE, 12 June 2004 ˜ The Dutch government said yesterday it plans
to keep around 1,300 troops in Iraq until March 2005 as part of a multinational

FINAL preparations made as 24th MEU, equipment embark for Iraq
New Bern Sun Journal – New Bern,NC,USA
… Humvees, generators and even 155 mm artillery sent from Camp Lejeune
were all delivered to the North Carolina State Port in Wilmington for
voyage to Iraq.…

US Wary as Iran Works to Increase Influence in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
With the occupation of Iraq due to end in three weeks, the Bush administration
fears that Iran will move in as a major player after months of quietly

LABOUR takes a 'kicking' in local polls over Iraq: press
EUbusiness – London,UK
… Labour Party put it in its own “category of awfulness”, with voters
punishing Prime Minister Tony Blair for taking them into the Iraq conflict,

OFFICERS approved using dogs against prisoners in Iraq,media…
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
High-ranking US intelligence officers at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison ordered
guards to use unmuzzled dogs to intimidate prisoners, The Washington Post

ANGER in Iraq boils over as mercury rises
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… governments. Insurgents are stepping up attacks on Iraq's fragile infrastructure
even as the US pumps in billions of dollars to rebuild it.…

VIOLENCE mars Friday prayers in Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
The Shiite radicals launched their attack as some 200 members of the Supreme
Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a mainstream Shiite religious

IRAQ troops dispatch : Natwar ‚ s remarks create controversy
Daily Times – Pakistan
NEW DELHI: Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh‚s remarks in
Washington that India was looking into the issue of sending troops to
Iraq has landed…

US voters reject Iraq war in poll
Guardian – UK
Most American voters believe it was not worth going to war in Iraq and
almost two-thirds believe the US is “getting bogged down”, according to
a Los Angeles…,2763,1237162,00.html

BUSH, Blair See Support at Home Battered by Iraq
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Most Americans now say the Iraq war was not worth it,
an opinion poll showed on Friday, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair

LABOR may keep some troops in Iraq: Latham
ABC Online – Australia
Federal Opposition leader Mark Latham has admitted he may leave Australian
troops in Iraq to protect diplomats there, if the Foreign Affairs Department

IRAQ War Isn't the Whole Story of Blair's Defeat, Pollsters Say
Bloomberg – USA
June 12 (Bloomberg) — While UK Prime Minister Tony Blair laid blame on
the Iraq war for his party's defeat in Thursday's local elections, that
wasn't the…

DIVISIONS remain in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
TONY JONES: George W Bush went out of his way to praise what he called
the common spirit on Iraq at the conclusion of the group of eight summit

A crucial vote for Iraq
The Japan Times – Japan
The United Nations Security Council's vote to formally end the occupation
of Iraq is a crucial step toward the restoration of sovereignty and stability
in that…

DUTCH troops to stay in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
The Dutch Government has announced plans to keep its troops in Iraq until
March next year. The decision by Prime Minister Jan Peter…

COL . Mike Turner : Rebuilding Iraq By Breaking It Up
Newsweek – New York,NY,USA
… ve been trying for weeks now to be positive, to figure out how to apply
the Powell doctrine in a way which can lead the United States out of this
mess in Iraq.…

IN Iraq, 'Failure Is Not an Option'
FOX News – USA
… The main courtroom in the central court of Iraq is where former dictator
Saddam Hussein may face justice. It's just one of more…,2933,122503,00.html

BLAIR pays price for Iraq war
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
˜Britons today rebuffed Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair for his Iraq policy
by … The feeling has been that Iraq has gone wrong,‰ Mr Blunkett told

G8 Summit Highlights Unity, Differences on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: At the G8 summit in Sea Island, Ga., this week, the world's
leading economic powers pledged to work together to make Iraq's transition

DUTCH troops to leave Iraq in March 2005, after eight month…
SpaceDaily – USA
Dutch troops in Iraq will leave the country in March 2005 as the Dutch
government will not renew their mandate after an eight month extension,
Prime Minister…

NATWAR remark: Left talks outside support in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI, JUNE 11: India will take a ŒŒfresh look‚‚ at the issue
of sending combat troops to Iraq, in the wake of a unanimous UN Security

A Look at US Military Deaths in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Thursday, June 10, 825 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

SADDAM'S daughter: I want to go to Iraq
CNN International – USA
… Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter told a weekly women's magazine that
her life has been full of emotional suffering and that she would go back
to Iraq if she…

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