Iraq News and Information Links July 13 2004
US urges Manila not to buckle over Iraq hostage
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The White House has urged the Philippines not to bow
to militants' demands over a hostage and withdraw its troops from Iraq
before schedule…

BLAIR, Berlusconi Defend Iraq Invasion
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The leaders of Britain and Italy, both in political trouble at home, met
in London to issue a strong defense of their involvement in Iraq.…

BUSH Sticks To Guns On Iraq War
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) President Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq even as he
conceded on Monday that investigators had not found the weapons of mass

BULGARIAN hostage executed in Iraq: report
ABC Online – Australia
… hours, the network said. The group wants the release of Iraqi prisoners
detained by the US military in Iraq. Truck drivers Ivailo…

SAUDIS acknowledge Iraq fighters
The Australian – Australia
… Separately, Interior Minister Prince Nayef has acknowledged for the
first time that Saudis have infiltrated neighbouring Iraq to fight the
US-led forces.…,5744,10134017%255E1702,00.html
RP pulling out troops from Iraq
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
The Philippine government yesterday announced its decision to pull out its 51-man peacekeeping force in Iraq “as soon as possible,” in a lastditch effort…
BLAIR: Iraq – A Better Place Without Saddam
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair tonight declared he had not been fed “duff” information on Iraq, as he prepared to study Lord Butler’s report into the…
NATO Tussle Looms as Iraq Widens Security Requests
Wired News – USA
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Iraq widened its requests for NATO support in its battle against insurgents Tuesday, raising the prospect of renewed tension in the…
NEW UN envoy to troubled Iraq a skillful negotiator
Channel News Asia – Singapore
ISLAMABAD : Seasoned Pakistani diplomat Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, named as the UN's most senior officer in Iraq, is a skillful negotiator and good communicator who…
AL-IBRAHEIMI calls on Syria to support Iraq
Arabic News – Middle East
The special advisor of the UN secretary general Elakhder al-Ibrahimi called yesterday on Syria to contribute to returning stability to Iraq.…,2933,125534,00.html
SAUDI Official Admits Militant Citizens in Iraq
FOX News – USA
… Saudi Arabia — Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef has acknowledged for the first time that Saudi militants may have gone to neighboring Iraq to fight…
MANILA pleads for life of hostage in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – The Filipino hostage in Iraq threatened with beheading was still alive on Tuesday, the Iraqi government said, as the Philippines gave mixed signals…
GOVERNMENT faces criticism in Iraq probe
Reuters – London,England,UK
… The government and its secret services face criticism when the Butler inquiry reports on Wednesday into the intelligence behind the case for war in Iraq.…,6119,2-10-1460_1556997,00.html
BLAIR defends Iraq decision
News24 – South Africa
London – British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended on Tuesday his decision to go to war with Iraq, saying he felt the same on the issue as he did before the US…,5744,10130925%255E2702,00.html
COALITION went wrong way on Iraq: Beazley
The Australian – Australia
KIM Beazley yesterday walked a fine line between attacking the Howard Government for increasing its involvement in Iraq and supporting the protection of…
IRAQ Asks NATO To Speed Security Force Training
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has told the NATO alliance that his country urgently needs NATO to implement its pledge to train Iraq's security forces.…

UNCERTAINTY clouds fate of Filipino hostage in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
By Channel NewsAsia's Philippines Bureau Chief Twink Macaraig. MANILA :
Is the Philippines giving in to the demands of militant hostage takers
in Iraq?…

A fifth of Iraq report kept secret
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Washington — Among the passages deleted from the public version of the
Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Iraq is a detailed assessment
that casts…

IRAQ war – the risk Americans had to take?
Independent Online – South Africa
Oak Ridge (Tennessee) – Invading Iraq made America safer, President George
Bush said, defending his war decision in the face of a Senate report debunking

BLAIR to learn Iraq inquiry verdict early
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Tony Blair will today receive an advance copy of a high-level
report into British intelligence on Iraq's weaponry, which threatens to

IRAQ plea for Nato military help
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has urged Nato to launch a promised
programme to train the Iraq's army. Speaking after a visit…

UN rep to Iraq conductive to reconstruction
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhuanet) — China says it hopes the new special representative
to Iraq appointed by the UN Secretary-general will be helpful to…

FRANCE re-establishes ties with Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
France announced Monday that it had re-established diplomatic relations
with Iraq, severed under the leadership of the dictator Saddam Hussein.

CAPTORS Silent on Manila Plea for Hostage in Iraq
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The captors of a Filipino hostage made no public response
Tuesday to mixed messages from Manila on withdrawing its troops early
from Iraq.…

NATO chief, Iraqi foreign minister discuss alliance's role in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… headquarters since his government took over from the US occupation
authorities last month, has suggested the alliance could help with Iraq's
border security or…

LABOR'S Iraq plan earns US praise
ABC Online – Australia
Mr Schieffer has backed Mr Latham's $75 million aid program to help rebuild
Iraq, which includes sending Australian customs, health and administrative

PAKISTANI Ambassador Top Envoy to Iraq
ABC News – USA
UNITED NATIONS July 13, 2004 ˜ Pakistan's ambassador to the United States
was chosen as the new UN envoy to Iraq, replacing a diplomat who died
in a Baghdad…

CONFUSION Over Philippine Response To Iraq Hostage
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
13 July 2004 — A senior Philippine official says the country plans to
withdraw its troops from Iraq “as soon as possible” in response to a demand

BUSH defends US decision to invade Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… Invading Iraq made America … Although we have not found stockpiles
of weapons of mass destruction, we were right to go into Iraq,” Bush told
lab employees.…
PHILIPPINES to Leave Iraq `as Soon as Possible,' Captors Told
Bloomberg – USA
July 13 (Bloomberg) — The Philippine government today told militants holding a Filipino fuel-truck driver in Iraq that it will withdraw its forces from the…
WORLD is safer after Iraq war, says Bush
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
US President George Bush has defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in the face of a Senate report debunking his justifications for military action.…
BLAIR to learn verdict of Iraq intelligence inquiry
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : Prime Minister Tony Blair was to learn how much trouble he faces for relying on flawed intelligence to promote the Iraq war when the findings of a long…
IRAQ plans to offer amnesty to some insurgency fighters
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Seeking a new strategy to combat the persistent insurgency that has been roiling this nation, Iraq's interim leadership will offer a broad…

`WE were right to go into Iraq,' Bush insists
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
WASHINGTON—George W. Bush says he has made the United States and the world safer and was right to invade Iraq, even if Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass…
PRESIDENT defends Iraq war rationale
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush yesterday countered mounting criticism of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by declaring that even without stockpiles of nuclear, chemical…
AUSTRALIA sends more troops to Iraq as opposition vows recall
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY: Australia is to send more troops to Iraq to protect its diplomats and military instructors already engaged in reconstruction of the shattered Arab…,3367,1433_A_1265132_1_A,00.html
EU Urges Iraq Not to Reinstate Death Penalty
Deutsche Welle – Germany
In Brussels on Monday, EU foreign ministers called on Iraq's foreign minister not to reintroduce capital punishment, which was suspended after the toppling of…,1,4044055.story?coll=la-headlines-world
UN Selects Pakistani to Be Its Envoy to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday named Pakistan's ambassador to Washington to be the UN special representative to Iraq, the world…
IRAQ vows 'sharp sword' vs. attackers
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD — Iraq's interim president issued a warning yesterday to guerrillas who have killed hundreds of Iraqis, pledging to use a “very sharp sword” against…
IRAQ: Do not negotiate on hostages
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Baghdad has urged governments not to negotiate with hostage takers amid uncertainty over reports Manila is going to withdraw its troops.…
BUSH adamant: Al Qaeda-Iraq link existed
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
… issues for the first time since the Senate report's release on Friday, Bush acknowledged there were “shortcomings” in the intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons…
IRAQ invasion made US safer, says Bush
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Invading Iraq made America safer, President George W Bush said, defending his war decision in the face of a Senate report debunking White House justifications…
AJ Qazi to be UN envoy in Iraq
Times of India – India
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan's ambassador to Washington, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, will be the new UN head of mission in Iraq, the United Nations announced on Monday.…
KIDNAPPERS should not deter foreign workers, Iraq says
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Kidnappers threatening to kill a Filipino and two Bulgarians in Iraq kept the hostages' loved ones on tenterhooks yesterday, as Baghdad said security fears…
IRAQ Invasion 'Made America Safer' – Bush
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Invading Iraq made America safer, President George Bush said, defending his war decision in the face of a Senate report debunking White House justifications…
ALAN Behm says Govt's Iraq commitment 'prudent'
ABC Online – Australia
… ELEANOR HALL: Now, we've also just heard Mr Howard commenting on Labor's new Iraq policy. He says it's becoming “increasingly confused”. Do you agree?…
IRAQ to ask EU aid, reopen embassies
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq's new foreign minister prepared to address his EU colleagues yesterday to seek support for reconstruction two weeks after the US quietly handed over…
PAKISTANI chosen as UN Iraq envoy
CNN International – USA
(CNN) — The Pakistani ambassador to the United States has been chosen as the United Nations' top envoy for Iraq, UN officials said Monday.…
A Report From Iraq 2.0
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… who talks fervently about how to put his country back together, and at the other end is a US ambassador who talks diplomatically about leaving Iraq to the…
MANILA Gives Conflicting Signs on Iraq Pullout
Reuters – USA
… officials, trying to save the life of a Filipino hostage, sent confusing signals on Tuesday about pulling troops out early from Iraq, while Australia said it…,2106,2970813a12,00.html
PHILIPPINE army says no Iraq pull-out order yet – New Zealand
MANILA: The Philippine army is ready to pull out of Iraq but is still waiting for a formal order after deputy foreign minister Rafael Seguis offered to…
BUSH defends decision to invade Iraq
USA Today – USA
… President Bush declared Monday that because the United States and its allies acted boldly in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere after the Sept.…

FILIPINO hostage pleads for life in Iraq as UN names new envoy
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : A Philippine hostage faced with beheading made a final plea to
Manila to pull its troops from Iraq as the United Nations named its new

BUSH defends decision to invade Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
GEORGE Bush yesterday defended his decision to invade Iraq, even as he
conceded that investigators had not found the weapons of mass destruction
he had warned…

LATHAM softens Iraq troop policy
SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) — Australia's opposition leader Mark Latham has
softened his Iraq troop withdrawal policy and pledged military support
if the United…
PHILIPPINES announces pullout to save Iraq hostage
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
BAGHDAD – The Philippines said on Monday it would withdraw its troops from Iraq as soon as possible to save a Filipino hostage threatened with death by…
KERRY doesn’t regret voting for Iraq war
Daily Times – Pakistan
… contender John Kerry, in an interview broadcast late on Sunday, accused President George W Bush of mishandling preparations for the war in Iraq, but refused to…
'WE were right' to go into Iraq and oust Saddam, Bush insists
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON President George W. Bush on Monday vigorously defended his strategy against terrorism, asserting that the war against Iraq had been right and that…,4057,10124131%255E401,00.html
CLAIMS on Iraq surprised British spy – Australia
… The BBC also reported that the MI6 spy agency had withdrawn the key intelligence that underpinned Britain's pre-war assertion that Iraq was continuing to…
EU considers request for practical aid to Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The European Union held its first formal meeting with Iraq's new government on Monday, when Hoshyar Zebari, Baghdad's foreign minister, asked his European…
TOUGH week for Blair as Iraq inquiry report looms
Daily Times – Pakistan
… British Prime Minister Tony Blair began a crucial week on Monday, facing the findings of an inquiry into the failings of British intelligence on Iraq as well…
MANILA to Withdraw from Iraq 'As Soon as Possible'
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – The Philippines will withdraw its forces from Iraq “as soon as possible,” Philippine deputy foreign minister Rafael Seguis said on Monday in…
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Invading Iraq made America safer, President Bush said again Monday, defending his decision to go to war in the face of a Senate report…
US marine 'was kidnapped' in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
A Lebanese-born US marine corporal who went missing in Iraq says he was kidnapped, according to US sources. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 24…

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