Iraq News and Information Links April 13 2004
13/04/04 Fallujah Refugees Describe Horrors of U.S. Siege
We get a report from Baghdad with Free Speech Radio News' Aaron Glantz who speaks with Fallujah residents fleeing the besieged town. They describe digging mass graves, snipers and bombers killing people inside their homes, attacks on ambulances and the increasing anger and resentment towards U.S. occupying forces.

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"Fear is Transmuting Into Anger" – Rahul Mahajan Reports on Resistance in Iraq
We speak with author and antiwar activist Rahul Mahajan in Baghdad who was one of the only western reporters in Fallujah during the U.S. siege. He says: "The United States has completely lost control, and even the mildest of people are now absolutely enraged at what is being done in Fallujah, and want the United States out…anyone that didn't have a gun today could pick up a gun tomorrow."

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EXCLUSIVE: Farouk Abdel-Muhti Set Free After Two Years in Prison
Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti was released from jail Monday night nearly two years after he was detained by U.S. immigration officials. He was never charged with a crime. In a national exclusive, Democracy Now! speaks with Abdel-Muhti in his first interview as a free man. He discusses his release, his struggle for freedom and the conditions of his detention which included 8-months of 23-hour lockdown in solitary confinement.

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FOREIGNERS urged to quit Iraq as kidnap risk intensifies
Channel News Asia – Singapore
PARIS : Foreign nationals working for aid agencies and private companies
in Iraq were urged to quit the country after insurgents fighting the US-led
occupation…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/80017/1/.html

BUSH News Conference to Focus on Iraq, Terrorism
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush is holding a White House news conference to explain his
plans for the future of US operations in Iraq. You can hear…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5B4A25CE-460D-4894-B7ABBF3E61D0005A

MORE hostages taken in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD (AP-CP) – About 40 foreign hostages from 12 countries, including
a Canadian aid worker, are being held by insurgents in Iraq, and the FBI
is…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/
Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1081850752897&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

TEAR fund plans more travel to iraq
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
While some New Zealand aid agencies are pulling out of Iraq as kidnapping
and violence against foreigners mounts, the TEAR Fund still believes its
people will…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2873979a11,00.html

US Reclaims Major Roads in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq ˜ US forces used heavy firepower to regain control of strategic
roads around Iraq as about 2,500 American soldiers massed outside this
southern…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-041304iraq_lat,1,4990193.story?coll=la-home-headlines

CIVILIANS Rethink Security In Iraq
CBS News – USA
… The kidnappings and stepped up fighting between US troops and armed
Iraqis also have left noncombatants in Iraq rethinking their security.

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/08/iraq/main610981.shtml

ANNAN Rules Out Large UN Team for Iraq
Miami Herald – Miami,FL,USA
UNITED NATIONS – Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday virtually ruled
out sending a large UN team to Iraq "for the foreseeable future" because
of the recent…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/8421580.htm

ANALYSTS: Increasing US Troop Strength in Iraq Long Overdue
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The top US commander in Iraq, General John Abizaid has asked the Pentagon
for up to 10,000 more troops to help deal with insurgents.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=D24B7DAB-B0E3-44DC-9D2A0B8FF91EE797

BUSH to address Iraq and terrorism
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… President Bush will use the first 12 minutes of his prime-time news
conference to reassure the nation about rising casualties and instability
in Iraq.…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usbushconf04
13,0,2366596.story?coll=ny-nationhomepage-headlines

FBI Probes About 40 Abductions in Iraq
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – About 40 foreign hostages from 12 countries are being
held by Iraqi insurgents, and the FBI is investigating the abductions,
a coalition…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3972794,00.html

HELICOPTER Said to Crash Amid Uneasy Diplomacy in Iraq
New York Times – USA
As Iraqi envoys on two fronts continued to seek a diplomatic resolution
to the anti-American resistance in Iraq, violence persisted elsewhere,
including a…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/13/international/13CND-IR
AQ.html?ex=1082520000&en=a060eaf57f613439&ei=5062

FEW easy answers in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Jonathan Marcus. The violence in Iraq over the past week is far from
a generalised Shia uprising, but the Americans can take little comfort
from that.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3622657.stm

ANALYSIS: Iraq's kidnap scourge
BBC News – London,England,UK
… In the last two weeks several dozen foreign hostages have been seized,
opening a new chapter in Iraq's deepening security crisis.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3622407.stm

SEVEN Chinese Hostages Freed in Iraq
KTOK – San Antonio,TX,United States
Seven Chinese abducted in Iraq were released late Monday night and they
are safe now in a temporary residence in Baghdad. The seven's…
www.ktok.com/script/headline_newsmanager.php?id=282362&pagecontent=nationalnews&feed_id=59

IN Coalition Countries, Jitters About Staying in Iraq
Washington Post – USA
As the. reported Monday: "There are increasing signs of unease among some
of the US' military allies in Iraq as the upsurge of fighting draws them
into combat.".…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7499-2004Apr13.html

'TOUGH week' produces softer American line in Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
BAGHDAD: From an all-out military drive to the "political track," from
a manageable insurgency to a "crisis," the US line on Iraq has shifted
significantly…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=1998

SETBACKS put cracks in Iraq coalition
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Fresh cracks appeared in the US-led coalition in Iraq on Tuesday
as a major Russian contractor decided to withdraw hundreds of staffers
and two…
www.iht.com/articles/514552.htm

RUSSIA Urges Citizens to Leave Iraq After Kidnappings (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 13 (Bloomberg) — Russia today urged all of its citizens in Iraq
to leave the country after unidentified captors released eight employees
of a Russian…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=ah3kOfbmoj08&refer=europe

KIDNAP wave in Iraq persists
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad – The US-led coalition in Iraq on Tuesday grappled with a crisis
surrounding a wave of abducted foreigners, as American forces prepared
to attack…
www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1511737,00.html

KIDNAPPED Chinese Men Prepare to Leave Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Seven Chinese nationals who were taken hostage in Iraq this week will soon
head home. … Earlier reports said the men had been traveling on business
in Iraq.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5DD65117-4FED-4153-9FDDD47C33A730D7

GLOBALIST: Long-term plans for Iraq are running out of time
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
But as Iraq bleeds, time seems to be in short supply and the Baghdad-Berlin
analogy a stretch. With the planned return of sovereignty…
www.iht.com/articles/514531.htm

LEADERSHIP vacuum in Iraq
Coshocton Tribune – Coshocton,OH,USA
… For some journalists and policy analysts, there are increasing similarities
between American presence in Iraq and the Vietnam mess." My conclusion
was, however…
www.coshoctontribune.com/news/stories/20040413/opinion/224635.html

SWISS citizens worry about security in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
And unlike neighbouring France, Switzerland has not advised its citizens
in Iraq to leave the country. „Every foreigner must feel…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=4862033

RUSSIAN , Ukrainian Construction Workers in Iraq Are Released by…
Bloomberg – USA
… Gunmen have abducted about 30 foreigners during uprisings across Iraq
in recent days. … are ``unaccounted for'' in Iraq, the US military command
said yesterday.…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aN7mnos.4.rw&refer=top_world_news

NO 10 defends Iraq military strategy
Guardian – UK
Downing Street declared today there was "no difference" between Britain
and the US on the military strategy being used to subdue resistance in
Iraq.…
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1191008,00.html

JAPAN grapples with conflicting Iraq hostages info
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan's defence minister on Tuesday cancelled plans to
visit Japanese troops in southern Iraq due to security concerns, Kyodo
news agency…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407bc95c:e3c6
eb2ed08faca?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4811827

SEVEN Chinese hostages in Iraq freed
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Seven Chinese men abducted by armed gunmen in Iraq have been released in
good health, easing an atmosphere of tension as Dick Cheney, US vice president

news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420306942

'IRANIANS have been meddling' in Iraq
National Post (subscription) – Canada
… and Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist group, are secretly
supporting and directing Shiite guerrilla forces attacking the US-led
coalition in Iraq…
www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=d0af89f0-44bb-4c07-8244-3b4210922113

TEMPTED by the lure of a career in Iraq?
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Duncan Walker. Chefs, builders, security guards, translators, missionaries
– just some of the jobs being done by foreign civilians in Iraq.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3620387.stm

US seeks more troops in Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… and Karbala. But Sadr refused to disband his al-Mahdi Army as the US
demands, and the American commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0404130225apr13,1,806844.story?coll=chi-news-hed

RUSSIANS, Ukrainians Released From Captivity In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Moscow, 13 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — Russian officials say five Ukrainian
and three Russian employees of an energy firm who were kidnapped in Iraq
are now free.…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/04/53b8a772-8cd3-4480-af77-0dfdf080cf5d.html

GOVT unmoved by Iraq hostage threat
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The federal government on Tuesday warned it would not withdraw its troops
from Iraq even if Australians were taken hostage. Foreign…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/13/1081838718267.html

GERMANY Advises Citizens to Leave Iraq
Deutsche Welle – Germany
The German foreign ministry issued a warning on Tuesday for its citizens
to leave Iraq as the spate of foreign kidnappings continues.…
www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1432_A_1168451_1_A,00.html

IRAQ developments
The Globe and Mail – Canada
With hostage-takings in Iraq clouding his tour of Asia, US Vice-President
Dick Cheney gave a firm endorsement yesterday of Japan's policy not to
bend to…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/
LAC/20040413/IRAQDEVS13/TPInternational/TopStories

RUSSIAN hostages seized in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
At least eight Russians have been kidnapped in the latest chapter of Iraq's
ongoing foreign hostage crisis. The Russians, who were…
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3620839.stm

RUSSIA Seeks Release of Eight Construction Workers Abducted by…
Bloomberg – USA
… release of eight employees of a Russian construction company who were
kidnapped in Baghdad yesterday, and called for a political settlement
in Iraq to restore…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aKlHcGgoZHGE&refer=top_world_news

SEND reinforcements: US general seeks more troops in volatile…
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON – US military leaders in Iraq sought up to 10,000 reinforcements
and demanded the death or capture of a radical cleric yesterday as troops
grappled…
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=1595

MISSING US civilians in Iraq reaches seven, illustrating dangers…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
HOUSTON (AP) US civilian employees missing in Iraq now total seven, joining
a growing number of foreigners from at least 12 countries to be snatched
in recent…
www.boston.com/dailynews/104/nation/Missing_U_S_civilians_in_Iraq_:.shtml

IRAQ: More foreigners kidnapped, released
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Russia has confirmed that eight of its nationals working for an energy
company in Iraq have been taken hostage in the war-torn country, after
Chinese labourers…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E5DC03C9-E88F-4665-84BD-83E1D73C777D.htm

US retakes main Iraq roads
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
NAJAF, Iraq — US forces used heavy firepower Monday to regain control
of strategic roads around Iraq as about 3,000 American soldiers massed
outside this…
www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04132004/nation_w/156699.asp

LONG stay in Iraq could hurt US
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… This is adapted from a longer article in the spring 2004 issue of.
In the words of the president, the past week has been "tough" for the
United States in Iraq.…
www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpabr133754394apr13,0,6997346.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

US commander requests thousands more troops for Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ The commander of US forces in the Middle East said yesterday
that he'd requested two more brigades of troops, perhaps up to 14,000
soldiers…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001901869_troops13.html

AUSTRALIANS will not retreat from Iraq despite hostage crisis, PM…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY: Prime Minister John Howard has vowed Australians will not be cowed
into retreat from Iraq as the government warned its soldiers and citizens
there were…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79917/1/.html

FAMILY LOSS: With their sister killed, 2 rethink Iraq service
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,United States
BY JAMES A. CARLSON. NEW BERLIN, Wis. — Seventy coalition troops have
been killed in combat in April in Iraq. One of them was John and Lori
Witmer's daughter.…
www.freep.com/news/nw/kia13_20040413.htm

FAMILIES of Japan's Iraq Hostages Cling to Hope
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan grappled with conflicting information on Tuesday
on the fate of three Japanese civilians taken hostage in Iraq, which has
left their…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4809139

BLOODIEST Phase Of Fighting In Iraq Since Saddam ‚ s Fall ,…
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,United States
… 13 (NNN): Admitting that the Gulf country has seen the bloodiest period
of fighting since Saddam Hussein fell, the United States-led forces in
Iraq on Monday…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=041204103222

HALLIBURTON Suspends Some Iraq Supply Convoys
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… has suspended some convoys delivering supplies to the military in Iraq
due to escalating violence, US Army and company officials said Monday,
raising the…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-kbr13apr13,1,3774929.story?coll=la-headlines-world

NOW Eight Russians Kidnapped In Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,United States
Baghdad, April 13 (NNN) : In the spate of kidnappings in the war-torn Gulf
country, at least eight Russians have been kidnapped in Iraq.…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=041204103431

MORE troops sought for Iraq
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
… East said yesterday that he had requested two more brigades of troops,
perhaps as many as 14,000, to help quell some of the worst fighting in
Iraq since the US…
www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/8417012.htm

SEEK Help in Iraq – – Now
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
After meeting Monday in Crawford, Texas, with Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak, who expressed his apprehensions about Iraq, Bush reiterated that
he would not…
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-iraq13apr13,1,1893659.story

UN Ambassador Top Choice for Iraq Envoy Post
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… NATIONS ˜ John D. Negroponte, the US ambassador to the United Nations,
is emerging as the top candidate to become the American envoy to Iraq,
UN diplomats…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-negroponte13apr13,1,6228589.story?coll=la-headlines-world

WHAT'S the solution for the crisis in Iraq?
Independent Online – South Africa
Washington – Experts believe that a political settlement is the only viable
long-term answer for Iraq – not the intense American combat operation
now under way…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1081832765252B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

8 Russians kidnapped in Iraq
People's Daily – China
Eight Russians were abducted in the latest kidnapping wave in Iraq beginning
last week, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported Tuesday.…
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200404/13/eng20040413_140264.shtml

DON'T send daughters to Iraq'
News24 – South Africa
New Berlin, Wisconsin – With three daughters serving in Iraq, John and
Lori Witmer have a family website with photos from Baghdad, notes to home
and messages…
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1511422,00.html

TIME for clarity about Iraq
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
If, as expected, President Bush addresses the swirling confusion in Iraq
during his news conference today, it will be a smart step in the right
direction.…
www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0413tue1-13.html

US firms staying in Iraq, but not all employees are
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
US companies working in Iraq are vowing to fulfill their contracts in the
war zone, but Houston-based Halliburton said Monday it has suspended some
of its…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2501629

NEW Zealand bodyguards warned to stay out of Iraq
Xinhua – China
WELLINGTON, April 13 (Xinhuanet) — The New Zealand government is firmly
advising hundreds of would-be private bodyguards seeking jobs in Iraq
not to go to the…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/13/content_1416279.htm

Iraq's 'liberation' Anniversary: Iraq 1 year later
Flash Presentation – Photo Documentary:
warning: Images show the horror and reality of U.S. occupation of Iraq
www.ericblumrich.com/year.html

FAMILIES of Japan's Iraq Hostages Cling to Hope
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan was grappling on Tuesday with conflicting information
on the fate of three Japanese civilians taken hostage in Iraq, leaving
their…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4808342

SEVEN Chinese hostages freed in Iraq
Rediff – Mumbai,India
Seven Chinese abducted in Iraq have been released and are now safe in a
temporary residence in Baghdad, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

us.rediff.com/news/2004/apr/13iraq.htm

NINE Americans missing in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ Nine Americans, including two soldiers, are missing in Iraq
in a hostage-taking spree in which suspected Islamist militants have seized
more than…
washingtontimes.com/world/20040413-121703-8469r.htm

US Moves to Secure Iraq's Main Roads
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… NAJAF, Iraq ˜ US forces used heavy firepower Monday to regain control
of strategic roads around Iraq as about 3,000 American soldiers massed
outside this…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-iraq13apr13,1,5693864.story?coll=la-home-headlines

A Strategy for Iraq
Washington Post – USA
In the past week the situation in Iraq has taken a dramatic turn for the
worse. … Yet the military alone cannot win the peace in Iraq.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6753-2004Apr12.html

IRAQ Kidnappings Continue; 12 Released
Miami Herald – Miami,FL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Two US troops and seven contractors were confirmed missing
Monday following an attack on a convoy west of Baghdad, a US commander
said, amid a…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/8416819.htm

BRITISH Hostage Prepares to Return Home from Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… east London, Mr Teeley, who has four children from a previous marriage,
had been living in Qatar with his wife and eight-month-old son prior to
his Iraq posting…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2773952

RUSSIANS Are Latest Iraq Hostages, Chinese Freed
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Eleven Russian civilians were the latest foreigners
reported kidnapped in Iraq and three Japanese were still missing on Tuesday,
but…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=850283&tw=wn_wire_story

CLERIC'S forces leave Iraq sites
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq ˆ Under pressure from the US military, a Shiite Muslim
cleric withdrew his militia forces Monday from police stations and government
buildings…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/041304dnintiraqrdp.1a3bf.html

AUSTRALIANS will stay in Iraq despite hostage crisis, PM vows
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY: Iraq's worsening hostage crisis should have no impact on the presence
of Australian troops or civilians in the war-torn country, Prime Minister
John…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79881/1/.html

IRAQ hostage crisis intensifies
CNN International – United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A spate of civilian hostage taking in Iraq is continuing
despite an anti-kidnapping decree issued by Muslim clerics.…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/12/iraq.hostages.int/

CHINESE citizens in Iraq kidnapped
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
The list of foreign hostages held in Iraq has lengthened with the abduction
of seven Chinese, even as nine other foreigners, including a Briton, were
released…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/04/13/2003136490

LEADING Shiites and Rebel Meet on Iraq Standoff
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 12 A powerful delegation of Shiite clerics met with
Moktada al-Sadr in Najaf on Monday, beginning negotiations that appeared
to offer the…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/13/international/middleeast/13IRAQ
.html?ex=1082433600&en=f87c65cf15e9d720&ei=5062

SEVEN Chinese hostages released in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD: Seven Chinese citizens taken hostage at the weekend in Iraq have
been released by their captives and are being looked after by Chinese
diplomats, the…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/79876/1/.html

COMMANDER in Iraq Acknowledges: We Need More Troops
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — As his troops regrouped after the deadliest week since the
fall of Baghdad, the commander of US forces in Iraq acknowledged Monday
what many…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-troops13apr13,1,2222837.story?coll=la-home-headlines

JAPAN still in dark on situation of hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
TOKYO, April 13 (Xinhuanet) — The Japanese government has no freshinformation
on the three Japanese civilians who were taken hostagein Iraq last week

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/13/content_1415918.htm

BEIJING plea for Iraq hostages
The Mercury (subscription) – Durban,South Africa
… were being held by a previously unknown group calling itself the "Mujahedeen
Brigades", which demanded Japan pull its troops out of Iraq within three
days or…
www.themercury.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=284&fArticleId=401086

CHENEY Praises Japan's Stand Against Abductors in Iraq
New York Times – USA
TOKYO On the first stop of an Asian tour that has been clouded by a series
of kidnappings in Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday praised Japan's
policy…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/13/international/asia/13CHEN.
html?ex=1082433600&en=b3a43e4f9b7158c2&ei=5062

BUSH says Iraq crackdown vital for power handover
Reuters – India
CRAWFORD, Texas/FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush said
the US military's crackdown against Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim guerrillas
is vital for…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407b2ea9:4f8d1614337
5da96?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4805431

SEVEN Chinese abducted in Iraq released
The Star – Malaysia
BEIJING (AP) – Gunmen released seven Chinese men in central Iraq Monday,
a day after seizing them amid a wave of abductions of foreigners, the
Chinese…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/4/13/latest/16868SevenChin&sec=latest

TROOPS in Iraq Strain to Hold Lines of Supply
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, April 12 American troops in Iraq are battling insurgents to
keep open vital military supply lines in and out of Baghdad.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/13/politics/13MILI.html?ex=1082433600&en=7a4c55fa6b7d95e6&ei=5062

AUSTRALIAN PM urges civilians to stay in Iraq
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
CANBERRA, April 13 (Reuters) – Australian civilian and aid workers were
urged on Tuesday to stay in Iraq despite the recent spate of kidnappings,
with Prime…
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SYD4284.htm

UN requests safe passage for Iraq aid workers
ABC Online – Australia
The United Nations is appealing to all sides involved in a surge in violence
in Iraq to provide international aid workers with safe access to civilians
in…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1086150.htm

101ST commander returning to Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… David H. Petraeus, commanding general of Fort Campbell and the 101st
Airborne Division, will return to Iraq this week along with a dozen members
of the division…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8416436.htm

JAPANESE diplomat says Œ no plans ‚ to visit Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
AMMAN: Senior Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ichiro Aisawa said
here on Monday that he had „no plans‰ to visit Iraq despite a demand
made by…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_13-4-2004_pg4_1

MORE Foreign Civilians Reported Captured or Missing in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
More civilians in Iraq have been reported missing or captured by gunmen
in what has become a rash of abductions of foreigners from nations taking
part in the US…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5F4E4CC8-6535-44AC-AF52864EBE692C23

AL-JAZEERA: 11 Russians Kidnapped in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The Arabic television network Al-Jazeera reports 11 Russian citizens are
missing and are presumed to have been kidnapped in Iraq, as foreigners
come under…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=E3C87FC3-D9E8-4400-A44FB847132A1C45

DEVELOPMENTS in Iraq
MLive.com – MI,USA
Ricardo Sanchez, commander of US ground troops in Iraq, said the United
States was seeking to locate, capture or kill radical Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr.…
www.mlive.com/newsflash/lateststories/index.ssf?/base/international-13/108179484420960.xml

RUSSIANS are latest Iraq hostages, Chinese freed
Reuters – India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Eleven Russian civilians are the latest foreigners
reported to have been kidnapped in Iraq, but China's official Xinhua news
agency said on…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407b2b78:57c9a134
2b313f?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4805386

ARAB League chief slams killing of civilians in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
… more than 500 Iraqi civilians,‰ Amr Mussa was quoted as saying by
the official MENA news agency, after chairing an Arab League delegates‚
meeting on Iraq.…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_13-4-2004_pg4_3

US military commander seeks extra 'mobile combat' power in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
General John Abizaid, the head of Central Command, did not say where the
new troops would come from or whether it would add to the number of troops
in Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/middleeast/view/79869/1/.html

GOVERNING Council calls for Iraq-wide cease-fire
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq's interim Governing Council is calling for a nationwide cease-fire,
including in Fallujah, hours before a temporary truce between US troops
and insurgents…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1085957.htm

HOSTAGE taking in Iraq jolts Asia
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… Mr. Cheney arrived in Tokyo as three Japanese hostages were taken in
Iraq; now, as the vice president is scheduled Tuesday to land in Beijing,
seven Chinese…
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0413/p06s02-woap.html

SEVEN Chinese kidnapped in Iraq are freed
Reuters – India
… footage showing at least six of the men, one with a bandaged forehead,
sitting in a room as a first secretary of the Chinese embassy in Iraq
expressed thanks…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407b18cd:3c8ea5ad7
5f25b6?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4805386

EGYPT Key to Resolving Iraq Crisis
Pacific News Service – San Francisco,CA,USA
… Note: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's US visit presents a golden
opportunity for the Bush administration to gain support from moderate
Arabs in Iraq and the…
news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=cf2c232527b66e02916e6719a173b590

GI'S in Iraq Tote Their Own Pop Culture
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq American troops arrive for duty in Iraq with a rifle in one
hand, a wrench in the other and a lot of American pop culture in their
rucksacks.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/13/arts/music/13TROO.html?ex=1082433600&en=91e48d79e8138ef1&ei=5062

KIWI bodyguards warned stay out of Iraq
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
The Government is firmly advising hundreds of would-be private bodyguards
seeking jobs in war-torn Iraq ˆ don't go. "It's as strong…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2873569a10,00.html

KERRY Says US Must 'De-Americanize' Iraq Policy
Reuters – United States
DURHAM, NH (Reuters) – Democratic challenger John Kerry said on Monday
Washington needed to "de-Americanize" the transformation of Iraq by replacing
US…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4806433

IRAQ Kidnappings Continue; 12 Released
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Two US troops and seven contractors were confirmed
missing Monday following an attack on a convoy west of Baghdad, a US commander
said…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3970070,00.html

CHINESE kidnapped in Iraq freed – Xinhua
Reuters – India
… Xinhua gave no further details. China's ambassador to Iraq, Sun Bigan,
told Xinhua the victims were safe. … Xinhua did not say what they were
doing in Iraq.…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407afa31:d273d7106669
5dfc?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4805386

THE latest on abductions of foreigners in Iraq.
Slate – United States
The fighting in Iraq, including the kidnapping of more foreigners over
the weekend, continued to be the main story in international papers, in
particular the…
slate.msn.com/id/2098648/

NETWORKS Take Safety Measures in Iraq
Miami Herald – Miami,FL,USA
… Concerned about the safety of their personnel, five American television
networks have taken the unusual step of pooling resources to cover fighting
in Iraq.…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/entertainment/8415100.htm

GOVT 'lacks Iraq exit strategy'
NEWS.com.au – Australia
THE Federal Government has no obvious exit strategy to withdraw Australian
troops from Iraq, RSL national president Bill Crews said today.…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9265997%255E1702,00.html

TIMELINE: Hostages in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
… 11 April: Seven Chinese citizens are abducted in the Sunni flashpoint
city of Falluja after entering Iraq from Jordan. All seven…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3616705.stm

MISSING workers demonstrate Iraq danger
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… employees in Iraq became more apparent over the weekend as the number
of people missing after attacks on work convoys increased to seven.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/8414788.htm

US to reach out to former Iraq military
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… The cornerstone of the US military's strategy for completing its mission
in Iraq is Abizaid's plan to put newly trained Iraqi forces in charge
of the country's…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apwashington_story.asp?category=1152&slug=US%20Iraq%20Security

MUBARAK tells Bush of worries over Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Egyptian President Husni Mubarak has told US President George Bush that
he is deeply concerned about the crisis in Iraq. "On Iraq…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3C58FCBD-62E9-45CA-AB55-2BD7249F9810.htm

DEVELOPMENTS in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
Ricardo Sanchez, commander of US ground troops in Iraq, said the United
States was seeking to locate, capture or kill radical Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/8414481.htm

UN urges immediate release of kidnapped aid workers in Iraq,…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
The United Nations on Monday urged the immediate release of kidnapped aid
workers in Iraq and called for humanitarian organizations to be given
access to…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/04/12/international1438EDT0589.DTL

  
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