Iraq News and Information Links August 12 2004
Hospital: U.S. bombing kills 75 Iraqis in Kut (brief, Aug. 12)
US forces bombed a neighborhood in the city of Kut early Thursday morning, killing 75 people and wounding 148, many of them civilians, according to local hospital sources.
Marines Seize Najaf; Allawi denies U.S. forces operating in holy city (brief, Aug. 12)
One day after Iraq‚s US-installed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said US Marines were not inside the city of Najaf, those same forces launched a major offensive against several sites deep within the city, bombing civilian neighborhoods and seizing key territory near sacred Shi‚ite sites.

More Reports of U.S. War Crimes in Najaf as Major Assault Looms (report, Aug. 11)
Mehdi and US forces appear to be putting civilians at risk, both directly and by inhibiting emergency services. US forces warn residents to leave and say Iraqi officials have given the thumbs-up to raid a Shi'ite holy site.
Amidst Rumors of U.S. War Crimes in Najaf, Mehdi Uprising Widens
(report, Aug. 10)
Both Allawi and Al-Sadr grandstand in Najaf amidst major clashes between American and Mehdi militia forces. Reports emerge of US assaults in civilian areas and the main hospital is said to be seized by US forces.
U.S. forces pummel Najaf; Iraqi VP criticizes 'unjustified' attack (brief, Aug. 7)
The US military reported that it had killed 300 Mehdi fighters, but that figure was quickly questioned by Al-Sadr‚s aides. They say that most of the casualties were civilians and that US forces killed only 36 fighters.
Forces battle Mehdi militia in Najaf; Al-Sadr calls for uprising (brief, Aug. 5)
US troops and Iraqi security forces battled members of Muqtada Al-Sadr‚s Mehdi Army in the city of Najaf on Thursday, breaking a tenuous truce that had been in place for two months. Al-Sadr himself called for a national uprising against US-led occupation troops.

Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Witnesses said US forces in Iraq stormed al-Sadr's house but he was not
there. … _ Iraq announced it will hold its delayed national conference
beginning Sunday.…

UN extends assistance mission in Iraq for one year
Xinhua – China
… United Nations Security Council adopted unanimously on Thursday a US-British
draft resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in
Iraq for 12…

'WASHINGTON Post' Says Iraq Coverage Was Flawed
Editor & Publisher (subscription) – New York,NY,USA
WASHINGTON First The New York Times, now The Washington Post has confessed
to fumbling the issue of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in the run-up
to war.…

CACI Says It Will Continue Iraq Probe
Forbes – USA
CACI said it formally requested any information from the Army pertaining
to misconduct by CACI employees in Iraq, in light of limited access to
information and…

IRAQ'S once-shaky insurance industry starting to get back on its…
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Iraq's roads are filled with maniacs, and those
are just the drivers, who seem to exercise caution only when they happen
to be heading…

IRAQ'S Prime Minister suppresses media
Working for Change – San Francisco,CA,USA
Several days after the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) sent a letter
to Iraq's interim Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, expressing concern over

BREAKING: Massive U.S. Attack on Iraq Holy City, Scores Killed

FIGHTING continues in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
CHRIS CLARK: First to Iraq, where civilians are fleeing the holy city of
Najaf as US and Iraqi forces prepare for a final assault on fighters loyal
to Shia…

AHMAD Chalabi returns back to Iraq, party refuses to evacuate…
Arabic News – Middle East
Chairman of the Iraqi national Congress Ahmad Chalabi yesterday returned
back to Iraq despite the warrant of arrest issued against him under the
charge of…

OIL price breaks new record on Iraq fears
ABC Online – Australia
New York's main crude oil contract has soared at the opening of trade to
an all-time high, amid fears the battle for Najaf in Iraq may lead to
a pipeline attack…

UN extends assistance mission in Iraq for another year
Xinhua – China
… Nations Security Council adopted unanimously on Thursday a US-British
draft resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in
Iraq for another 12…

IRAQ Calls on Militants to Leave Shrine
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi called Thursday on the
Shiite militants fighting US and Iraqi forces in the holy city of Najaf
to put down…

TOP Iraq Cleric Urges Respect for 'Holy Najaf'-Aide
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric urged Shi'ite
rebels and US forces fighting in Najaf to respect the holy city and its
shrines, an aide…

IRAQ Delays Charges Against Ahmad Chalabi
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq has delayed implementing counterfeiting charges
against politician Ahmad Chalabi, who returned to Baghdad to face the
accusations, an…

KERRY on Iraq: An echo, not a choice
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
The latest proof that Kerry's backbone is made of goose down was his statement
that even if he had known what he knows now about Iraq's imaginary weapons

OIL nears record on Iraq battle
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Oil prices hovered just below record levels Thursday
as an escalating battle in Iraq, approaching storms in a US production
region and…

IRAQ oil exports at 50% for 4th day
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's oil exports remained down by about half for
the fourth day in a row Thursday as an uprising by an anti-US cleric threatened

IRAQ and Iran swap blows
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
PARIS – Already clouded, relations between Iran and neighboring Iraq have
darkened further in the past week with the kidnapping of an Iranian diplomat

SYRIAN Trucker Held Captive in Iraq -Former Hostage
Reuters – USA
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) – A Syrian truck driver is among a group of
three hostages being held in Iraq, a Lebanese man captured at the same
time but later…

IT'S war! Candidates spar on Iraq
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
… Cheney warned that replacing Bush with Kerry, whom he accused of flip-flopping
on the Iraq war, would be a disaster when the United States is embroiled
in a…

US assault kills 165 in Iraq town
Sify – Delhi,India
… US forces, backed by Iraq's police and national guard, appeared to
have mounted a pincer movement seeking to trap militia leader Moqtada
Sadr's fighters in the…

US Oil Holds Near $45, Frets Over Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Thursday as fighting between US marines and Shi'ite Muslim militia
entered a second week, raising the prospect of more sabotage attacks on
Iraq's oil industry.…

IRAQ: 165 dead in 24 hours
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad – Clashes across war-torn Iraq have left 165 people dead and nearly
600 wounded in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday.,6119,2-10-1460_1571898,00.html

OIL Near $45 as Iraq Rebellion Continues
Reuters – USA
… Iraq's oil exports were running at half normal levels for the fourth
day in a row on Thursday as an uprising by an anti-US cleric threatens
infrastructure in…

More Reports of U.S. War Crimes in Najaf as Major Assault Looms
Chris Shumway
Mehdi and US forces appear to be putting civilians at risk, both directly and by inhibiting emergency services. US forces warn residents to leave and say Iraqi officials have given the thumbs-up to raid a Shi'ite holy site.

Amidst Rumors of U.S. War Crimes in Najaf, Mehdi Uprising Widens
Chris Shumway
Both Allawi and Al-Sadr granstand in Najaf amidst major clashes between American and Mehdi militia forces. Reports emerge of US assaults in civilian areas and the main hospital is said to be seized by US forces.

U.S. Government, Media Silent on Torture of Detained Iraqi Kids
Lisa Ashkenaz-Croke
As reports continue to emerge concerning the incarceration, abuse, torture and raping of children in Iraq, the International media takes scant notice while the US press and government show few signs of interest.

Iraqi Gov’t Shuts Down Aljazeera; Former Spy Heads New Media Board
Chris Shumway
Behind the closure of Aljazeera's Baghdad offices lies a shadowy “Media Commission” charged by the interim government with protecting Iraqis from the news media and run by a former Ba'ath Party foreign operative.

TROOPS prepare assault on Iraq cleric's militants
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
NAJAF, Iraq˜The US military and Iraqi forces prepared yesterday for a
major assault to crush a week-long uprising by Shiite militants in the
holy city of…

Ahmed Chalabi back in Iraq, facing arrest
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD — Ahmed Chalabi, a former Iraqi Governing Council member who fell
out of favor with the United States, has returned to Iraq to face counterfeiting

BUSH: I know how to win Iraq war
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… Bush on Wednesday declared, “I know what I'm doing when it comes to
winning this war,” in rebutting John Kerry's criticism of administration
policy on Iraq.…

THREATS in Iraq Increase Oil Prices
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Oil prices closed higher Wednesday after new bombing threats by an anti-US
militia in Iraq raised the specter of more export disruptions and countered
a fresh…,1,1212894.story?coll=la-headlines-business

CHALABI returns to Iraq for arrest
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Ahmad Chalabi, once a US favorite, returned to Iraq, where he faces counterfeiting
charges, and filed a lawsuit in Washington against the Jordanian government.

US-IRAN tension adds to Iraq's instability
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… fuelled by a bitter dispute over the aim of the Tehran government's
nuclear program, has begun to complicate the massive task of creating
a stable Iraq as both…

EX-IRAQ Nuke Chief Says Arms Plan Destroyed In 1991
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
London, August 12 (NNN): The head of Iraq's nuclear programme under ousted
President Saddam Hussein has said Iraq destroyed its nuclear weapons programme

WELSH under fire in Iraq town
ic Wales – Wales,UK
WELSH troops serving in Iraq have come under fire in the city where a British
soldier was killed. Officers from the Royal Welch…

FIERCE Clashes Erupt in Iraq's Holy City of Najaf
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – A series of explosions rocked Iraq's holy city
of Najaf on Thursday as fighting between US marines and a Shi'ite Muslim
militia entered…

TWO minds on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
AS USUAL, President Bush exuded certainty when he discussed Iraq on the
campaign trail over the last few days. Senator John Kerry…

IRAQ'S Olympians just happy to be alive
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… Within the past month, Ahmed Al-Samarrai, president of Iraq's Olympic
Committee, nearly died twice, once in a head-on crash that may or may
not have been an…

Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
WHATEVER the exact words Liberal Party candidate Malcolm Turnbull used
to describe the war in Iraq, his meaning was clear enough: historical
hindsight might…,5478,10421125%255E24218,00.html

IN Iraq, Strategic Failures
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Jim Hoagland. George W. Bush and John Kerry have been trading questions
about their past views and actions on Iraq. Their campaign…

UN Security Council to extend mission in Iraq for a year
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
… envoy expected in Baghdad shortly, Security Council members have reached
an agreement on the text of a resolution that will extend the UN mission
in Iraq for a…,00050004.htm

WASHINGTON Post Says Iraq Coverage Flawed
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… they underplayed stories questioning President Bush's claims of the
threat posed by Saddam Hussein in the months leading up to the US invasion
of Iraq.…

CONCERN Grows as Iraq Fighting Threatens Muslim Shrine
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… “I thank the dear fighters all over Iraq for what they have done to
set back injustice.”. With US military officials saying they…,1,392409.story?coll=la-home-headlines

CHALABI Returns to Iraq, Expecting Arrest but Vowing to Fight in…
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
veil of secrecy and threat of arrest, the embattled former…

BUSH'S Mocking Drowns Out Kerry's Nuanced Explanation of Iraq Vote
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… 11 – For five days now, as the long-distance arguments between President
Bush and Senator John Kerry have focused on the wisdom of invading Iraq,
Mr. Kerry has…

US denies CIA agent beheaded in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
A United States official has denied that a CIA agent had been beheaded
in Iraq, as claimed by an Islamist web site that broadcast a video purporting
to show…

IRAN Protests Iraq's Arrest of Four Iranian News Agency Workers
Bloomberg – USA
12 (Bloomberg) — Iran protested Iraq's arrest of four people working for
the Iranian news agency in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and demanded their

35 dead in clashes across 5 Iraq cities
Daily Times – Pakistan
… In Baquba, gunmen killed a local official of one of Iraq‚s main Shia
parties in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday. Supreme Council…

CHALABI returns to Iraq to face charges
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
BAGHDAD ˜ Leading Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi, a former ally of the
United States, returned to Iraq on Wednesday to face money counterfeiting
charges that…

BUSH: Kerry Troop Stance Threatens Iraq Mission
Wired News – USA
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (Reuters) – President Bush on Wednesday attacked John Kerry's
pledge to bring large numbers of troops home from Iraq within a year,
saying it…

CIA agent beheaded in Iraq: Islamist website
Xinhua – China
CAIRO, Aug. 11 (Xinhuanet) — An Islamist website on Wednesday carried
a videotape showing a “CIA agent” beheaded by militants in Iraq.…

HALLIBURTON rapped on Iraq accounts – London,England,UK
… The oil services business is under increasing pressure from watchdogs
to explain how it bills the government for work it does in Iraq and Kuwait
amid repeated…

BODY of second Bulgarian kidnapped in Iraq identified
Xinhua – China
… Kepov and Georgi Lazov, 30, were taken hostage on June 29 by agroup
led by Al-Qaeda's alleged chief in Iraq, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi when they
were transporting…

CHALABI returns to Iraq to fight accusations, INC says
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Ahmad Chalabi, once the Pentagon's favorite to
lead a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, fought back Wednesday on two fronts to
salvage a…

IRAQ detains Iranian journalists
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Embassy in Baghdad was investigating the matter and trying to release
the reporters, Mr Qomi said, adding that his staff had contacted Iraq's
foreign and…,5478,10419263%255E1702,00.html

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