Iraq News and Information Links August 13 2004
IRAN Fighting Proxy War Against US Through Iraqi Shiites…
Cybercast News Service – USA
Jerusalem ( – Iran is using the Hizballah and Iraqi Shiites
linked to Muqtada al-Sadr to fight a proxy war against the US in order
to strike back…

BREAKING: Najaf Officials Quit in Protest Over U.S.-Led Assault

IRAQ, Cleric's Aides Negotiating Truce
Guardian – UK
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) – US forces suspended a major offensive against militants
in Najaf on Friday as Iraqi officials and aides to radical Shiite cleric
Muqtada al…,1280,-4419187,00.html

IS there any hope of avoiding catastrophe in Iraq?
Slate – USA
By Fred Kaplan. This is a terribly grim thing to say, but there might be
no solution to the problem of Iraq. There might be nothing…

KIDNAPPED British Journalist Freed in Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… by Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane, a tired-looking Mrs Brandon
said: “There must have been hundreds of people here and all over Iraq
helping him.…

BAGHDAD Meeting to Set Up Council to Monitor Iraq Government
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Amatzia Baram is an Iraq expert at the US Institute for Peace in Washington.
… All of these things represent the new future of Iraq.”.…

TWO companies in UN oil-for-food program for Iraq say they're…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Two companies involved in the multibillion-dollar UN
oil-for-food program for Iraq said Friday they are cooperating with US
and UN…

UKRAINE to maintain current Iraq force
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
YALTA, Ukraine — Ukraine will keep a brigade of troops in Iraq for the
foreseeable future, the country's defense minister said Friday, offering
assurances to…

POLITICAL conference to chart Iraq's future still set for Sunday
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – A political conference billed as a key step in
Iraq's transition to democratic self-rule is to start Sunday after a week
of political…

IRAQ Says Sadr in Najaf Talks, Hostage Freed
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government said Shi'ite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr was negotiating to leave a shrine in Najaf on Friday as thousands

BRITISH journalist released by captors in southern Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BASRA, Iraq – Militants in the southern Iraqi city of Basra released a
British journalist they kidnapped and threatened to kill after aides to
militant Shiite…

WORLD oil prices firm amid Iraq violence, ahead of Venezuela poll
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : World oil prices held firm next to record closing peaks in trading
amid supply worries caused by heavy fighting in Iraq and possible strike
action in…

OIL at 21-year high amid Iraq strife
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
OIL prices hit a 21-year high yesterday as US-led forces in Iraq fought
with Shia militia who are threatening the local oil infrastructure.…,,9072-1215541,00.html

IRAQ Soccer Team on Olympic Mission of Hope
Reuters – USA
ATHENS (Reuters) – For Iraq's footballers, the Olympics are not about rubbing
shoulders with some of the best players in the world or even the lure
of Greek…

'WASHINGTON Post' Criticizes Own Iraq Weapons Coverage
NPR (audio) – USA
… NPR's Melissa Block talks with Washington Post media reporter Howard
Kurtz about his critical examination of the paper's coverage of the run-up
to the Iraq war…

IRAQ says Sadr in Najaf talks
Reuters – London,England,UK
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government says Shi'ite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr is negotiating to leave a shrine in Najaf as thousands of protesters

IRAQ Kidnappers Say They Will Free British Reporter, Sky Says
Bloomberg – USA
… Bloomberg) — The captors of British journalist James Brandon, a freelance
on assignment for the UK's Sunday Telegraph newspaper in southern Iraq,
said they…

IRAQ restores oil flows
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq has restored normal oil flows to its southern oil terminals, repairing
a sabotage-hit pipeline to the port. However, shipping…

AMID chaos in Iraq, tiny security firm found opportunity – MI,USA
By NEIL KING JR. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Many large, established security companies
streamed into Iraq after the war. Then came Custer Battles LLC.…—CusterBattles&&news&newsflash-financial

OIL Price Climbs Over $45 on Iraq Worries
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil hovered near record highs on Friday, underpinned
by fresh evidence of strong Chinese demand, worries about sabotage in
Iraq and fears of…

PROTESTS erupt across Iraq over Najaf
Reuters – London,England,UK
… A military offensive by US and Iraqi forces against militiamen of radical
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has inflamed passions among Iraq's majority

READY to take rap over Iraq: Bush
Times of India – India
LOS ANGELES: President George W Bush has said he was ready to take “the
rap” for the Iraq war if the US people decide to vote against him in the

LONDON confirms British journalist kidnapped in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : A freelance journalist working for the Sunday Telegraph in Iraq
has been kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, Britain's Foreign
Office in…

UN Extends Iraq Mission One More Year
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
The UN Security Council has extended the United Nations mission in Iraq
for a second year. But, concerns about security still cloud the mission's

THOUSANDS of Iranians Protest US Actions in Iraq
Wired News – USA
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Thousands of Iranians marched through the streets of
Tehran on Friday to protest US military actions in Iraq after a senior
hardline cleric…

GRAVEYARD tells tale of Iraq's tragedy
Independent Online – South Africa
… Hassani's tattered record book is a stark barometer of the violence
that has racked Iraq since a United States-led invasion toppled Iraqi
President Saddam…

IRAQ Ministry Says Rebel Leader Al-Sadr Isn't Injured, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
… Bloomberg) — The Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose
supporters are staging an insurgency against the US-led coalition in southern
Iraq, isn't…

KERRY must tread lightly on Iraq issue
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By HDS Greenway | August 13, 2004. IT IS MORE than likely that the general
election of 2004 will be decided on the issue of security and the war
in Iraq.…

BRITISH Journalist James Brandon Kidnapped in Iraq, Sky Says
Bloomberg – USA
… gunmen and a bare-chested man who gave his name as James Brandon and
said, ``I'ma journalist; I just write about what is happening in Iraq.''
The militants…

TASTE of Olympic success for war-torn Iraq: Soccer team upsets a…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
In its first Olympic competition since its country was shattered by war,
Iraq upset star-studded Portugal 4-2 in a gritty, come-from-behind victory
that set…

UN extends its mission in Iraq, but stresses security concerns
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council unanimously approved a year's
extension for the UN mission in Iraq on Thursday, an operation that has
yet to get off…

IRAQ South Oil Export Flows Fully Resume
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi oil exports flowed normally from southern fields
to offshore terminals on Friday after pumping fully resumed through a
main pipeline…

IRAQ'S Sadr Said Wounded in US Najaf Bombing
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was wounded in US
bombardment of the holy city of Najaf on Friday, but his injuries were
not life…

IRAQ Surprises Portugal in 4-2 Olympic Victory
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… “All the countries now know there is something to the Iraqi people
˜ that people in Iraq have a life, that they can do anything for our
country,” Hussein…,1,6889406.story?coll=la-headlines-sports

THOUGH at risk, UN extends Iraq mission
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
NEW YORK – (AP) — The UN Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to
extend the beleaguered UN mission in Iraq, which is trying to help the

JORDANIAN hostage freed in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Jordanian businessman Jamal Sadek al-Salaymeh, who was kidnapped in Iraq
earlier this week, has been freed, foreign ministry spokesman Ali Ayed
told Petra news…

IRAQ celebrates 'victory for freedom'
… I never have to go to another soccer game in Iraq and see Saddam's
picture all around the stadium. … Nowhere did losing have the consequences
they did in Iraq.…

'WASHINGTON Post' admits failures in Iraq coverage
ABC Online – Australia
The Washington Post on Thursday became the latest prestigious US newspaper
to question its own coverage of Iraq leading up to the US-led war, saying

BRITISH journalist kidnapped in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi militants have kidnapped a British journalist
in the southern city of Basra and threatened to kill him if a US assault
on the Shi…

BRITISH journalist abducted in southern Iraq, official say
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BASRA, Iraq (AP) Gunmen abducted a British journalist from his hotel in
the southern city of Basra after shooting him twice in the leg, officials
said Friday.…

IRAQ'S Sadr said wounded in US attack
Reuters – London,England,UK
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Radical Iraq cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has been wounded
in the US bombardment of the holy city of Najaf, but his exact condition

BUSH ready to take 'rap' over Iraq
The Australian – Australia
US President George W. Bush was ready to take “the rap” for the Iraq war
if the US people decide to vote against him in the November election,
he said today.…,5744,10430530%255E1702,00.html

UN Security Council Votes to Extend Mandate in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… 12 — The UN Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend
the United Nations' mandate in Iraq for another year, but UN officials
said that it is still…

223 dead, 500 wounded in clashes across Iraq: US marines launch…
Daily Times – Pakistan
… US bombing of Kut killed 75 people and wounded nearly 150, one day
after clashes between police and Shia militiamen in the southern city,
Iraq‚s health…

LOOK ahead, not back, on Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
John Kerry say that they would have supported going to war in Iraq even
if they had known that Saddam Hussein did not have stockpiles of weapons
of mass…

IRAQ and Yukos send oil prices to a record
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
NEW YORK Global oil prices soared to new highs on Thursday as fighting
in Iraq, production uncertainties for the beleaguered Russian oil giant
Yukos, and a…

OIL price hits new high on fears for Iraq supply – London,England,UK
… 2004). Renewed fighting in Iraq pushed oil prices to new records in
London yesterday as traders continued to worry over supply. The…

IRAQ fairytale as Ghana hold Italy
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
ATHENS (AFP) – War-weary Iraq marked their return to Olympic football after
a 16-year absence with a fairytale 4-2 victory over Portugal yesterday
as highly…

UN prolongs Iraq mission
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to
extend for a second year a UN mission in Iraq that has so far failed to
get off the…

'TERMITE' gives Iraq boxers a shot
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… a Houston pest exterminator comes to train a one-man boxing team and
march into the Olympics' Opening Ceremonies as part of a delegation from
Iraq, well, you…

WASHINGTON Post admits 'Iraq flaws'
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Several months after The New York Times said they did a poor job reporting
on Iraq, editors of the Washington Post have admitted they underplayed

AZERBAIJAN Stands With US on Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… officials here met with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Thursday,
saying afterward that they remained committed to the stabilization of
Iraq, for which…

OIL Ends at Another High as Iraq Rages
Reuters – USA
… Iraq's oil exports have run at half normal levels for the last four
days as an uprising by an anti-US cleric threatens infrastructure in southern

WOULD Kerry Vote Today for the Iraq War?
Slate – USA
… John Kerry: “My opponent hasn't answered the question of whether, knowing
what we know now, he would have supported going into Iraq.” On Monday,
pressed by a…

OIL prices jump above $45 on uncertainty in Iraq, Russia
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
… Traders said Thursday they were focused on potential supply troubles
in Iraq, where the oil infrastructure has been threatened by insurgents,
and in Russia…

SECURITY Council extends beleaguered UN mission in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The UN Security Council voted unanimously Thursday
to extend the world body's beleaguered Iraq mission, which is trying to
help the country…

IRAQ makes emotional appearance – and then shocks Portugal
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Surrounded by thousands of deliriously happy Iraqi soccer fans like
himself, he could not resist the urge to call his brother in war-torn
Iraq when a first…

FREED Lebanese hostage returns home after Iraq ordeal
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
TRIPOLI: Lebanese businessman Antoine Antoun, missing in Iraq since the
beginning of the month, returned home to his family and friends in Lebanon
on Thursday.…

'WASHINGTON Post' Criticizes Own Iraq Weapons Coverage
NPR (audio) – USA
… NPR's Melissa Block talks with Washington Post media reporter Howard
Kurtz about his critical examination of the paper's coverage of the run-up
to the Iraq war…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
12, 929 US service members have died since the beginning of military operations
in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense Department.…

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