Iraq News and Information Links May 13 2004
WHERE Was Press When 1st Iraq Prison Allegations Arose?
Editor & Publisher (subscription) – USA
… Q. You had already spent a good deal of time in Iraq before and after
the invasion, breaking some big stories, including a count of the civilian
death toll…
199.249.170.220/eandp/columns/pressingissues_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000510856

IRAQ'S bin Laden? Zarqawi's rise
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… he may be fast gaining influence and importance in the loosely organized
world of Islamic militants by orchestrating attacks aimed at the US presence
in Iraq.…
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0514/p03s01-usfp.html

CAN he save Iraq?
Slate – USA
… United States should hand over quasi-sovereignty to the Iraqis˜or,
more important, to whom we should hand it˜the United Nations envoy to
Iraq has already…
slate.msn.com/id/2100461/

IRAQ provoked a regional geopolitical revolution
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
While the Iraq war has not in the past year caused the revolutionary domino
effect that its US supporters promised, it certainly provoked a geopolitical

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=3599

RICE Has Iraq, Terror on Her Mind
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
The talks are expected to touch on the future of Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, as well as issues considered central to the US-Russia strategic

www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/05/14/012.html

BEHEADING of American in Iraq: CIA concludes al-Zarqawi behind…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
… officials have concluded that al Qaeda activist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
was the person shown on a video beheading an American civilian in Iraq,
based on an…
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=276795&lang=e&dir=news

BUSH Team to Rework Iraq Funding After Senate Balks
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bush administration officials said they would rework
a plan for a $25 billion reserve fund for Iraq operations after Republican
and…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5137743

5/13/04 – THE US COMMITMENT TO IRAQ
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The United States is committed to the emergence of a democratic and secure
Iraq. … Najaf is a major Shia population center and holy site in southern
Iraq.…
www.voanews.com/Editorials/article.cfm?objectID=4C941853-B6E1-4919-B2C6BDF5F0425728

UN official: electoral law for Iraq must be in place by end of…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ An electoral law and an independent election commission
must be established by the end of May if Iraq is to hold elections in
January 2005…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040513-1102-iraq-elections.html

RUMSFELD upbeat in Iraq as torture claims snap at coalition's…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to
Iraq, touring the Abu Ghraib prison at the centre of the scandal over
tortured…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/84834/1/.html

CIA Says Al-Zarqawi Beheaded Berg in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… officials have concluded that terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
was the person shown on a video beheading an American civilian in Iraq,
based on an…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/8658110.htm

RUMSFELD in Iraq After Prison Scandal, Fighting Continues
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Baghdad Thursday,
as fighting intensified in southern Iraq. Shortly…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=7BA5E361-1923-467F-92CECD7B9C1E3D53

UK gov't says prisoner photos not taken in Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
… newspaper pictures that purported to show British soldiers threatening
and urinating on an Iraqi prisoner were “categorically not taken in Iraq,”
the British…
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1084423122408

RISE of an 'Iraq generation' in Europe?
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Disgust at prison photos probably rules out the chance that NATO will offer
military support to secure Iraq. By Peter Ford | Staff…
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0514/p01s03-woeu.html

IRAQ: Role of Private Contractors
Washington Post – USA
There have been reports that Israelis have
been among the “civilian contractors” used to interrogate prisoners in
Iraq.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14982-2004May10.html

AMERICA‚S trial, Iraq‚s judgment
Open Democracy – USA
… Yet the impact is actually likely to be greater in the west because
the actions they depict are already widely known in Iraq and throughout
the rest of the…
www.opendemocracy.net/themes/article-2-1898.jsp

ZARQAWI 'behind Iraq beheading'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Al-Qaeda suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi probably carried out the beheading
of American contractor Nicholas Berg in Iraq, US officials say.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3712421.stm

RUMSFELD visits Iraq amid outrage over prisoners and revenge…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld paid a brief visit to his
troops in Iraq as outrage continued over the abuse of prisoners in their
hands and the…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/84816/1/.html

ABUSES , Atrocities In Iraq Dominate Commentary
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 13 May 2004 (RFE/RL) — Rarely does a single topic dominate commentary
in the press reviewed by RFE/RL as the topic of the Iraq war — its abuses
and…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/5/9E6AE9E9-B305-4C6D-8C67-B1AF8D4C6CD9.html

POLITICS and Iraq
Economist (subscription) – London,England,UK
GEOFF HOON is no Donald Rumsfeld and, thankfully, the accusations about
the behaviour of British troops in Iraq which the British defence secretary
has had to…
www.economist.com/world/europe/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2668372

US Facing Its Greatest Challenges To Date In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
The challenges in Iraq for the US administration have never been greater.
Among the toughest are coping with a crisis of confidence…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/5/10C79C12-0344-4D8A-A737-4DE056C2FA07.html

'ABUSE' Photos Not Taken in Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Photographs purportedly showing British soldiers abusing an Iraqi detainee
were “categorically” not taken in Iraq, the Government said today.

news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2922180

PULL out the OFWs in Iraq now
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Just days ago officials of the Arroyo administration were saying that the
Filipinos in Iraq were relatively safe because most of them were located
inside US…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?oid=50930&Section=Opinion

RUMSFELD Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq , Meets Generals Amid Abuse…
Bloomberg – USA
May 13 (Bloomberg) — US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on a surprise
visit to Iraq to see troops and review prison conditions, said he'd prefer
to release…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aperX9.4XVmc&refer=top_world_news

IRAQ Update: Violent Clashes in Najaf, Karbala
NPR (audio) – USA
… Madeleine Brand speaks with Ian Fisher of The New York Times, reporting
from Baghdad, for an update on events on the ground in Iraq, including
confrontations…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1893890

UK Brands Photos Fake in Iraq Abuse Scandal
Reuters – USA
… These pictures were categorically not taken in Iraq,” Ingram said of
the images published by The Daily Mirror newspaper, purporting to show
British soldiers…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5134985

DAILY Mirror photos 'not taken in Iraq'
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… on Thursday told the Commons that Daily Mirror photographs purporting
to show British troops abusing an Iraqi detainee, were “categorically
not taken in Iraq”.…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1083180483477

POLL: Opinion of Iraq War Drops
NPR (audio) – USA
There's been a sharp rise in the number of people who think the war in
Iraq is going badly, and support for President Bush has slipped slightly
since…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1894177

FOREIGN minister rings alarm over Iraq a 'black hole sucking up'…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
PARIS (AP) Foreign Minister Michel Barnier, in an interview published Thursday,
compared Iraq to a ''black hole that is sucking up'' the world and said
France…
www.boston.com/dailynews/134/world/Foreign_minister_rings_alarm_o:.shtml

PENTAGON says next request for Iraq, Afghanistan will push total…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration's next request for financing wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan will push next year's total beyond $50 billion,
a top…
www.boston.com/dailynews/134/wash/Pentagon_says_next_request_for:.shtml

GENERAL took Guantánamo rules for for prisoner interrogation to…
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
When Major General Geoffrey Miller arrived in Iraq last August with a team
of military police and intelligence specialists, the group was confronted
by chaos.…
www.iht.com/articles/519757.htm

RUMSFELD making surprise visit to Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making a surprise
visit to Iraq aimed at containing the prisoner abuse scandal, said Thursday

www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/051304dnintrumsfeld.1b97efd03.html

US Offered Berg a Flight Out of Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
WASHINGTON – The US government warned a young American to leave Iraq, and
offered him a flight out of the country, a month before his grisly beheading
was…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23258-2004May13.html

RUMSFELD In Iraq For Surprise Visit
ClickonSA.com – San Antonio,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — An American commander in Iraq said Defense Secretary Rumsfeld
wants to get a “better view” of the prison that's at the center of the
abuse…
www.ksat.com/politics/3299857/detail.html

HAIN Condemns 'Sickening' US Abuse Claims in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… exchanges on future business, Labour‚s David Winnick (Walsall N)
warned: “Deep unease continues to exist over the sickening abuses of
detainees in Iraq.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2920776

RUMSFELD Visits Iraq to Meet Troops , Review Prison Conditions ...
Bloomberg - USA
May 13 (Bloomberg) -- US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is in Iraq today
with General Richard Myers, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff,
to review ...
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a.5U20D1UWuk&refer=top_world_news

IRAQ'S neighbors wait their chance
Asia Times Online - Hong Kong
PARIS - Following decades of Saddam Hussein's unpredictable rule, Iraq's
neighbors are now interested in a stable and secure country, and no capital
is ...
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE14Ak02.html

KERRY: Bush failed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) - San Jose,CA,USA
... John Kerry, breaking momentarily from his cautious approach to turmoil
in Iraq, blasted President Bush on Wednesday for running an ``extraordinarily
mismanaged ...
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8655733.htm

PHILIPPINES to send reinforcement to Iraq
Xinhua - China
... Xinhuanet) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) Thursday announced
that at least 45 military and police personnel are due to leave for Iraq
to reinforce ...
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/13/content_1468106.htm

WINNING in Iraq
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - Charleston,SC,USA
To put it another way, even amid one of the worst weeks the Bush Administration
has endured in Iraq, the American people have digested the disgusting
...
http://www.charleston.net/stories/051304/edi_wsjreprint.shtml

BEHEADING of American brings reflections on Iraq war
Miami Herald (subscription) - Miami,FL,USA
Nick Berg was killed in a cruel and savage way in the name of God. His
only sin was to be an American citizen looking for work in the rebuilding
of Iraq. ...
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/8654680.htm

HOW can America get out of Iraq?
Guardian - UK
The most commonly proposed Democratic alternative to the administration's
policy in Iraq - turning over political authority to the UN and getting
more ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1215025,00.html

WHAT LED HIM TO IRAQ?
philly.com (subscription) - Philadelphia,PA,USA
... But when 26-year-old Nick Berg walked into the kettle of paranoia and
violence that is Iraq, people suddenly didn't see the same guy his buddies
from Henderson ...
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/breaking_news/8654371.htm

BLAIR ADMITS HE 'BROUGHT ABOUT' IRAQ CRISIS
The Mirror - UK
... His admission was a clear signal to Labour MPs that he is not ducking
the serious damage Iraq is inflicting on the party and his leadership.
...
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/tm_objectid=14235652&method=full&siteid=50143
&headline=blair-admits-he--brought-about--iraq-crisis--name_page.html

LAWMAKERS outraged at new Iraq prison photos
Independent - London,England,UK
... Baghdad. The photos have created international condemnation and threatened
to undermine US military and rebuilding efforts in Iraq. ...
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=520751

TERRORISTS in Iraq send a message of brutality
Miami Herald (subscription) - Miami,FL,USA
The barbaric decapitation of Nicholas Berg by hooded goons in Iraq is an
act that provokes repulsion and disgust among decent human beings of all
faiths and ...
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/8654679.htm

IRAQ BATTLEFIELDS: US tanks and planes hit cleric's guerrillas
Detroit Free Press - Detroit,MI,USA
KARBALA, Iraq -- US tanks, helicopters and jets attacked fighters loyal
to a radical Shi'ite cleric in Karbala on Wednesday, partially destroying
a mosque used ...
http://www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq13_20040513.htm

MYSTERY shrouds hostage's Iraq trip
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
... BAGHDAD - US authorities said Wednesday that a young American who was
beheaded by militants had been warned by the FBI to leave Iraq and was
offered a plane ...
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/05/13/Worldandnation/Mystery_shrouds_hosta.shtml

MORE than work drew him to Iraq
Baltimore Sun - Baltimore,MD,USA
... Base in Delaware yesterday, friends and co-workers recalled Berg, 26,
as a good-natured, adventurous young man whose solo journey to war-torn
Iraq was not ...
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.berg13may13,0,1712176.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

NEW Iraq photos `more graphic'
Toronto Star - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
... Geoffrey Miller, who was reassigned to Iraq from the US detention camp
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Lt.-Gen. Richard Sanchez, the top army official
in Iraq. ...
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type
1&c=Article&cid=1084399811783&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

KERRY: Postpone Iraq Abuse Courts-Martial
Los Angeles Times (subscription) - Los Angeles,CA,USA
... In interviews, the Massachusetts senator reiterated the pointed language
he had used in recent days about the war in Iraq, accusing the Bush administration
of ...
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-kerry13may13,1,4163554.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

NEW Iraq Prisoners Abuse Photos Still Worse
IndoLink - San Ramon,CA,USA
... prisoners was paying off. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended
interrogation techniques used by the military in Iraq. He told a ...
http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=051204104904

BATTLE for hearts and minds is being lost in Iraq
Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis,IN,USA
... We approach the Muslim world with an air of moral superiority, but
our treatment of prisoners in Iraq and in Guantanamo severely undermines
our credibility. ...
http://www.indystar.com/articles/1/145892-5631-021.html

TROUBLING questions about Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Just as deceit and incompetence characterized America's invasion and occupation
of Iraq, lack of candor and assumption of moral responsibility mark the
prison…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=
Article&cid=1084399809671&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

A gruesome reminder of why we went to Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… their cruelty and urge to humiliate and in the sadistic glee with which
they posed for those photographs, they reek of the depravity we went to
Iraq to uproot.…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/outlook/2566135

US Offered Berg a Flight Out of Iraq
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – The US government warned a young American to leave Iraq,
and offered him a flight out of the country, a month before his grisly
beheading was…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4084941,00.html

KERRY says Bush fails in handling Iraq war
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LITTLE ROCK — John F. Kerry, in his fullest criticism yet of President
Bush's handling of the war in Iraq, said the administration has failed
and does not…
www.boston.com/news/politics/president/articles/2004/05/13/kerry_says_bush_fails_in_handling_iraq_war

HORRORS continue in Iraq quagmire
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The nightmare in Iraq seems cruelly endless. American security guards are
killed and strung up from a bridge. American warplanes…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=
Article&cid=1084399809785&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

SOURCE: Damascus Attackers Fought in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… three of the men who staged a mysterious attack in Syria's capital
were Syrians who had come back from fighting US troops in neighboring
Iraq, the Associated…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-syria-attack,0,1590624.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

LAWMAKERS: New images of Iraq abuse are `worse'
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… t soon forget.”. She spoke after seeing about 1,800 photographs and
videotapes from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Lawmakers said…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2566327

RUSSIA Wants Two UN Resolutions on Iraq
Guardian – UK
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Russia wants the UN Security Council to adopt two
resolutions on Iraq before the June 30 transfer of power so the new caretaker

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4084964,00.html

COULD Iraq mission fail? Yes, says Rumsfeld
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
For the first time in public, a sombre US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
raised the possibility today that the US mission in Iraq could fail.…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/13/1084289801730.html

RAW Iraq photos withheld
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… after viewing hundreds of new photographs made available by the Pentagon
showing more violent and sexual mistreatment of inmates in US-run prisons
in Iraq.…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0504/13iraqmain.html

FBI: Agents Advised Berg to Leave Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – US authorities said Wednesday a young American who was
beheaded by militants had been warned by the FBI to leave Iraq and was
offered a plane…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22819-2004May12.html

CONVERGENCE of factors raises costs of Iraq war
USA Today – USA
… over the past week has focused on photos of US soldiers humiliating
Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison and, now, of a US contractor in Iraq
being beheaded by…
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-05-13-costs-war-analysis_x.htm

BERG death a warning to private foreign contractors in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: The death of American telecom worker Nick Berg serves as
a warning to the thousands of other private contractors working there
that Iraq is an…
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1107503.htm

FOCUS on What's at Stake in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… world leadership. President Bush's increasingly shaky management of
the occupation of Iraq is a legitimate campaign issue. It is…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22622-2004May12.html

PHILIPPINE government revises number of dead in Iraq mortar…
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
… officials clarified Thursday only one Filipino civilian contractor
had been killed with four others wounded in a mortar attack on a US base
in Iraq instead of…
www.mb.com.ph/MAIN200405139460.html

AUSTRALIA says Iraq prisoner abuse scandal fuels terror threat
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… revelations about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers has badly
undermined the war on terrorism and could put Australian nationals in
Iraq at risk.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/84680/1/.html

MAJOR developments in Iraq
MLive.com – MI,USA
_ President Bush said “there's no justification” for the execution of American
Nicholas Berg in Iraq. Bush said the terrorists who…
www.mlive.com/newsflash/lateststories/index.ssf?/base/international-14/108441925533210.xml

RUMSFELD signals uncertainty on the outcome in Iraq
Monterey County Herald – Monterey,CA,USA
… KRT) – For the first time in public, a somber Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld raised the possibility Wednesday that the US mission in Iraq
could fail.…
www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/politics/8652542.htm

US lawmakers condemn new Iraq abuse images
CTV – Canada
US lawmakers who viewed a new batch of pictures of prisoner abuse in Iraq
voiced disgust at what they saw, saying they showed scenes even worse
than what has…
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1084371120229_79780320/?hub=CTVNewsAt11

BUSH Supporters Are Split on How to Pursue Iraq Plan
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, May 12 President Bush said on Wednesday that the beheading
of an American working in Iraq was part of an effort to “shake our confidence,”
but he…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/13/politics/13ABUS.html?ex=1085025600&en=2886f1d95bb31a57&ei=5062

GUNFIRE erupts as Iraq wins football
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Iraq's young footballers have qualified for their first Olympics. … Iraq
has a bright future before it. I'm sure we'll do well in the Olympics.”.

www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9550068%255E1702,00.html

80% in Iraq Distrust Occupation Authority
Washington Post – USA
… questioned reported a lack of confidence in the Coalition Provisional
Authority, and 82 percent said they disapprove of the US and allied militaries
in Iraq.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22403-2004May12.html

US: Berg was warned to leave; mystery surrounds his Iraq stay
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ US authorities said Wednesday that a young American who
was beheaded by militants had been warned by the FBI to leave Iraq and
was offered a…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/051304dnintberg.2294f.html

US Sets Military Trials for Two Iraq Jail Guards
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military said on Wednesday two additional American
soldiers would face court-martial trials on charges of abusing Iraqi prisoners
at…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5125390

RUSSIA gets no information on hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that there is
still no information about thefate of two Russian citizens taken hostage
in Iraq a few days…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/12/content_1466428.htm

IRAQ Qualifies for Olympic Soccer, to Send 30 Athletes to Games
Bloomberg – USA
May 12 (Bloomberg) — Iraq's soccer team, whose players were brutalized
and whose stadium used as a torture chamber under the regime of Saddam
Hussein…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=axboHQgHLR3I&refer=europe

DEAL to end standoff in Iraq fails
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — As fighting escalated between followers of Shia cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr and US forces Wednesday, a deal to end the cleric's standoff
in Iraq's…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woiraq0513,0,4695856.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

HORROR and Homophobia in Iraq
AlterNet – USA
The claim by some members of the gay and lesbian community that the invasion
and occupation of Iraq is not a “gay‰ issue crumbled last week when
photos…
www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18685

FINDINGS due in Iraq photo probe
BBC News – London,England,UK
The findings of an inquiry into whether the Daily Mirror's Iraq “abuse”
photos are genuine are due to be released on Thursday, the Ministry of
Defence says.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3709289.stm

KEY dates in decapitated American's visit to Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
March: Berg, a telecommunications expert, travels to Iraq through Jordan
after first working in Iraq in December and January. He…
www.boston.com/dailynews/133/world/Key_dates_in_decapitated_Ameri:.shtml

NEW Iraq abuse photos revolt US Senators
ABC Online – Australia
US lawmakers expressed revulsion on Wednesday after seeing more unpublished
photos and videos of the abuse of prisoners in Iraq by US troops.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1107225.htm

KERRY overshadowed by negative news from Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… The independent businesswoman recently changed her registration from
Republican to Democrat, and she thinks President Bush's war in Iraq is
a grave mistake…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8651106.htm

IRAQ abuse probe to reveal findings
Ananova – England,UK
… increasingly like a hoax”. Mr Hoon said a lorry seen in the pictures
was not used in Iraq at the relevant time. The pictures included…
www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_953750.html

US Jew beheaded in Iraq was becoming more religious
Ha'aretz – Israel
WASHINGTON – Nick Berg, the 26-year-old American who was brutally murdered
by al-Qaida supporters in Iraq, was drawing closer to Judaism in the past
year…
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/426866.html

BUSH Rating Falls Amid Iraq Woes
CBS News – USA
… rating has fallen to the lowest level of his presidency, 44 percent,
in the latest CBS News poll, reflecting the weight of instability in Iraq
on public…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/12/politics/main617122.shtml

FOR Bush, Iraq takes what the economy gives
The Hill – Washington,DC,USA
… There is a clue, perhaps, in the comparison of opinion about the president‚s
economic performance with opinion about his handling of the war in Iraq.

www.thehill.com/york/051304.aspx

DEFENSE hawk lawmaker's doubts signal brewing fight over Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – Fears that the war in Iraq has become “unwinnable,” as voiced
by one of the most hawkish Democrats in the House, is fueling an already
divided…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8651120.htm

SENATORS Harshly Criticize Rumsfeld Over US Conduct in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced a litany of fresh criticism about
the US involvement in Iraq from lawmakers Wednesday as he appeared before
a Senate…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=9CB3C34F-6978-45A0-993A2BDE7825EF01

IRAQ jobs: Govt to blacklist agencies
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, MAY 12: With the Central government deciding to get tough
on agencies sending former servicemen to Iraq on private jobs, two of
the Mumbai…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=46822

SPECTER spokesman headed to Iraq on Marines active duty
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
Arlen Specter said Wednesday he is headed to one of Iraq's top danger zones
this summer to report for duty with his newly activated Marines reserves
unit.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8651237.htm

  
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