Iraq News and Information Links July 12 2004
FILIPINO urges for mercy for Iraq hostage
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A Philippine official made a direct appeal Tuesday to
insurgents holding a Filipino truck driver hostage, pleading with them
to show mercy for…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Filipino%20Appeal

CASE Against US Soldier for Iraq Abuse Delayed
Reuters – USA
… abuse. Photographs of the abuse were made public in April, damaging
US efforts to stabilize Iraq in the midst of a bloody insurgency.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=5648534

IRAQ Threatens Insurgents With Harsh Punishment
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… attacks. In the coming days, Iraq's government is expected to announce
an amnesty for insurgents who agree to lay down their arms.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=0051F075-5453-4280-A1A9E158DE61E70C

BLAIR faces another judgement on pre-war Iraq intelligence
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON (AP) Prime Minister Tony Blair, no longer confident that weapons
of mass destruction will be found in Iraq, now faces a potentially damning
report on…
www.boston.com/dailynews/194/world/Blair_faces_another_judgement_:.shtml

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/9136906.htm
US Praises Philippines on Iraq War
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration praised the Philippines on Monday for refusing to withdraw from Iraq even as Iraqi insurgents moved closer to executing a…

www.nytimes.com/2004/07/12/international/middleeast/12CND-BUSH.html?ex=1090296000&en=3e7aa1f332948d13&ei=5062
DAYS After Scathing Report, Bush Defends War on Iraq
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, July 12 President Bush vigorously defended his strategy against terrorism today, asserting that the war against Iraq was right and that the United…

www.csmonitor.com/2004/0713/p01s03-woeu.html
BLAIR faces Iraq storm
Christian Science Monitor – USA
LONDON – Inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic into the intelligence underpinning the Iraq war point to a simple conclusion: The spies got it wrong.…

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4BE1EEC5-D6DC-4784-B9BB-8CB33731F040.htm
IRAQ to reinstate death penalty
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Iraq's interim government would first announce an amnesty deal to resistance fighters who had fought US-led occupation forces since last year's invasion but…

www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040712-0841-iraq-bulgaria.html
BULGARIA confident hostages in Iraq still alive
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
SOFIA – Bulgaria was still confident on Monday that two truck drivers held hostage in Iraq were alive nearly three days after a deadline for their execution…

www.nytimes.com/2004/07/12/international/middleeast/12CND-IRAQ.html?ex=1090296000&en=faf8672ed73154ed&ei=5062
FRANCE Announces Renewal of Diplomatic Ties With Iraq
New York Times – USA
France announced today that it had re-established diplomatic relations with Iraq, broken off during the regime of the ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.…

www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=Headlines&oid=55060
IRAQ insurgents nix ransom for Angelo
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… The Iraqi insurgents threatened to behead de la Cruz unless the government agrees to an early troop withdrawal from Iraq, or a month ahead of the scheduled…

www.csmonitor.com/2004/0712/dailyUpdate.html
DID White House pressure CIA on Iraq?
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… signed Friday's report on the way the Central Intelligence Agency presented key information to the Bush administration in the buildup to the Iraq war, a…

www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=C37AB1FA-CECE-4F00-8A70D5823A0F724B
JAPANESE PM Vows Continued Economic Reforms, Support for Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, one day after an election setback, is vowing to continue his economic reforms and keep Japan's troops in Iraq.…

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CHENEY Says Kerry Has `Amnesia' on His Iraq Vote (Update3)
Bloomberg – USA
… itself and accused Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and his running mate John Edwards of having ``campaign amnesia'' on their votes on Iraq in the…

www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,125350,00.html
EX-UK Intel Chief: Intel Swayed Blair on Iraq
FOX News – USA
LONDON — A former British intelligence chief expressed concern Monday that government policy toward Iraq was influencing the gathering of intelligence in the…

www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/12/marine/
SOURCES: Marine says he was abducted in Iraq
CNN – USA
Wassef Ali Hassoun has told medical and psychological professionals that he was abducted from his base near Fallujah, Iraq, last month, military sources said…

www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LYO252095.htm
WRAPUP 4 – Iraq's Yawar threatens diehard rebels with “ sword“
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD, July 12 (Reuters) – Iraq vowed on Monday to restore the death penalty and take a “sharp sword” to insurgents, but promised an amnesty to any who stop…

www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-13154160,00.html
RICHARD Gere said Iraq money could have fought AIDs
Sky News – UK
He said the £100 billion to £150 billion spent on the Iraq campaign “probably could have eradicated this illness”, the star of Pretty Woman and Chicago said.…

abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040712_708.html
HEARING Set for Woman in Iraq Abuse Case
ABC News – USA
… NC July 12, 2004 — A hearing Monday in the case of the Army reserve private at the center of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case in Iraq could determine how…

news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3194005
CLINTON Sympathy for Blair 'Dilemma' over Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Former US President Bill Clinton today backed Tony Blair’s stance over war in Iraq, describing it as a “terrible position” to be in.…

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1151875.htm
JAPAN'S opposition pushes for Iraq troop withdrawal
ABC Online – Australia
Japan's main opposition party says it will step up its calls for Japanese troops to be withdrawn from Iraq. The Democratic Party…

FILIPINO Hostage in Iraq Gets 48-Hour Reprieve
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic militants threatening to kill a Filipino hostage
in Iraq gave the Philippines another 48 hours on Monday to agree to withdraw
its…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=891645&tw=wn_wire_story

REPORT Says CIA Distorted Iraq Data
Washington Post – USA
… based on a classified assessment given to Congress, was the public's
only look at the intelligence that policymakers used to decide whether
Iraq posed enough…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43220-2004Jul11.html

THREE in military convoy killed in latest Iraq violence
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Three people were killed yesterday, including a US-led coalition soldier,
when a military convoy was hit by a roadside bomb south of Iraq's main
northern city…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/07/12/2003178640

NATIONS Slow to Deliver Iraq Aid
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… WASHINGTON ˜ Amid continuing efforts by the Bush administration to
build international support for its mission in Iraq, countries have provided
only a small…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-iraqaid12jul12,1,2290570.story?coll=la-home-headlines

IRAQ Struggles to Restore Its Endangered Tigris River
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 11 ˜ A few feet from a gray waterfall of stinking
untreated sewage, Firas Shihab Ahmed, a chemical engineer at the Iraqi
Ministry of the…
www.nytimes.com/2004/07/12/international/middleeast/12TIGR.html?ex=1090209600&en=feb9f42e9d6e7c3c&ei=5062

9/11 Report Is Said to Dismiss Iraq-Qaeda Alliance
SEPARATE Attacks Kill 3 Soldiers in Iraq
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq July 11, 2004 ˜ Insurgents ambushed two US military patrols
north of Baghdad on Sunday, separate attacks that killed three US soldiers
and an…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040711_1204.html

KERRY raps Bush on Iraq war
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… his newly named running mate John Edwards yesterday accused President
George W Bush of misleading America and abusing power in taking the nation
to war in Iraq…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=86588&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27114

IRAQ War investigation puts Blair under pressure
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: For John Howard and other western leaders, intelligence material
provided a major part of their reasoning for going to war against Iraq.

www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1151566.htm

IRAQ Update
New York Times – USA
LETHAL ATTACKS Roadside bombs killed two American soldiers near Samarra
and another near Beiji. [Page A10] TERROR ALARM Iraq's national security
adviser said…
www.nytimes.com/2004/07/12/international/middleeast/12UPDA.html?ex=1090209600&en=a02ca7e766b391eb&ei=5062

New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… that will stand by the conclusions of the panel's staff and largely
dismiss White House theories both about a close working relationship between
Iraq and Al…
www.nytimes.com/2004/07/12/politics/12panel.html

PHILIPPINE confusion over Iraq hostage deadline
Radio Australia – Australia
… say they will kill Angelo de la Cruz at 11pm local time on Sunday unless
Manila proved within 24 hours its intention to pull its troops out of
Iraq by 20 July.…
www.abc.net.au/ra/newstories/RANewsStories_1151511.htm

BLAIR and Scarlett told me Iraq had no usable weapons
Guardian – UK
It seems almost cruel to remind those who sold the case for the Iraq war
of what they claimed at the time. But it is necessary, because…
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1259088,00.html

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5637760
IRAQ Hostage's Death Deadline Passes Without Word
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A militant group's deadline to kill a Filipino hostage in Iraq passed on Sunday without any word on his fate, after Manila rejected demands…

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=6166
SALEH discusses challenges facing Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
BEIRUT: Iraq's interim government is considering establishing a truth and reconciliation commission based on the South African model as part of its campaign to…

www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=8&id=305213
SEPARATE Attacks Kill 3 Soldiers in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents ambushed two US military patrols north of Baghdad on Sunday, separate attacks that killed three US soldiers and an Iraqi civilian.…

straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,260976,00.html
SAUDIS return from Iraq to fight at home
Straits Times – Singapore
RIYADH – An increasing number of Saudis who crossed the border into Iraq to fight the US-led military occupation are returning home to plot attacks against the…

  
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