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October 13 2004
Candor on Iraq? Forget it
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
Neither of them in the three hours they have spent together has been anything like candid about the difficulties now facing us in Iraq.
WRAPUP 1-Iraq vows to disarm rebels, hold elections
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government vowed on Wednesday to disarm insurgents bent on derailing January elections and drive foreign militantsic
Iraq pleads for aid as mass graves reveal horrors of Saddam's
Turkish Press – Turkey
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq urged the world community to play an active role in rebuilding the war-shattered nation, as forensic experts revealed the horrors of the
UN watchdog says ready to go back to Iraq if asked
Turkish Press – Turkey
VIENNA, Oct 13 (AFP) – The UN nuclear watchdog, blocked from returning to Iraq since the US-led war, is ready to send inspectors back after reports of the
Plea for Iraq reconstruction aid
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The two-day donors' conference will assess the status of $33 billion in aid pledged to Iraq – of which only $6.7 billion has so far been spent amid chronic,5744,11063893%255E2703,00.html
War crimes team unearths Iraq's 'killing fields'
The Australian – Australia
US-led war crimes investigators in Iraq yesterday unearthed a mass grave containing the bodies of men, women and children they hope will provide evidence to
German minister opens door to future Iraq role
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
minister said on Wednesday that the country, which staunchly opposed the US-led war to oust Saddam Hussein, could eventually send troops to Iraq, although he

Britain's Blair Won't Apologize for Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Mr. Blair had long contended that he believed Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, some of which could be deployed on 45-minutes notice.
US presses NATO to merge Afghan forces, speed Iraq mission
Turkish Press – Turkey
At a meeting of NATO defence ministers, the allies also agreed to deploy a training mission in Iraq before the end of the year, NATO and US officials said.
Suicide car bomber kills 2 US soldiers in Iraq
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
MOSUL, Iraq — A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle next to a US military convoy in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, killing two US soliders
Iraq apt to be topic A
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA
BY THOMAS M. DeFRANK. TEMPE, Ariz. – Tonight's final presidential debate is restricted to domestic policy, but Iraq is certain to rear its controversial head.
US, Iraq to probe missing N-equipment
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Washington has said it will join Baghdad in a full investigation into missing machinery from Iraq's nuclear facilities, and Iraq's …
Voters want troops to stay in Iraq: PM
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Australians might be divided over the Iraq war, but the election result proved most backed plans to keep troops there, Prime Minister John Howard said today.
Iraq Asks Donors to Speed Up Rebuilding Funds
Wired News – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – Iraq urged international donors on Wednesday to live up to their promises on funding for reconstruction work, which has been stalled by
New York Post – New York,NY,USA
October 13, 2004 — BAGHDAD, Iraq — US troops went on the offensive from the gates of Baghdad to the Syrian border yesterday, pounding Sunni militant
Britain admits error over Iraq threat
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Britain has formally withdrawn one of the key justifications for the Iraq invasion, admitting its pre-war claim that Saddam Hussein had the ability to launch
Women and children in Iraq mass grave
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A MASS grave being excavated in Iraq's “killing fields” has yielded evidence that the country's forces executed women and children under dictator Saddam
Blair: I did not deceive over Iraq
CNN International – USA
England — British Prime Minister Tony Blair has rejected calls to apologize for the way his government presented intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs,1564,1359991,00.html
Germany Signals Change of Tack on Iraq Policy
Deutsche Welle – Germany
In a possible softening of its strict non-deployment policy in Iraq, Germany's defense minister said he could not rule out sending troops there in the future.

US tried to rescue hostages in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
The United States tried unsuccessfully at least twice to rescue two Americans and one British man who were taken hostage in Iraq in September and later beheaded
PM plays down Iraq's role in victory
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Australians were divided on the nation's involvement in the Iraq war but it wasn't the dominant factor in the coalition's election victory, Prime Minister John
US investigates Iraq nuclear theft
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
US officials yesterday said they would look into a report that radioactive material and sophisticated equipment had disappeared from Iraq's nuclear power and
US airstrikes leave 11 dead in Iraq
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
As the US military went on the offensive in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, an Al Qaeda-linked group, Ansar al Sunna, posted a video on the Internet showing the
Iraq calls for debt relief at donors' meeting
Xinhua – Beijing,China
At the opening ceremony of the donors meeting held in Tokyo, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh described the debt as “an awful legacy of the previous
Iraq militants claim 'spy' beheaded
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A militant Iraqi group says it has beheaded a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) it accused of being a spy working as a translator for the US army.
Britain's Iraq WMD dossier has been formally withdrawn
ABC Online – Australia
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has confirmed that the Blair Government's dossier on Iraq's weapons capability has now been formally withdrawn.
Marine badly wounded in Iraq becomes father of quintuplets – Springfield,MO,USA
Joshua Horton lay in a hospital bed across the ocean recovering from wounds he suffered in Iraq, his wife was in a maternity ward here, making him a father
Nuclear fiction, or why Bush says he invaded Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
By Maureen Dowd. We face a choice now between a president who rolled us on Iraq and a senator who got rolled by the president on Iraq.

Bush attacks Kerry for changing statements on Iraq
Malayala Manorama – India
turned shriller ahead of the final televised debate with President George W. Bush attacking his Democrat rival John Kerry for changing statements on Iraq war.
Iraq militants behead Iraqi 'spy'
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
on a web site, said Alaa al-Maliki was a member of Sadr's movement and “one of the most dangerous spies working for the American forces in Iraq against Sunnis
Missing Iraq technology raises alarm
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD — Concerns are growing that high-precision equipment in Iraq that could be used to make nuclear weapons has been “systematically” disappearing, and
Britain Withdraws Iraq Weapons Claims
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
that Iraqi troops could deploy some chemical and biological weapons on 45 minutes notice, information used as a rationale for joining the US-led war in Iraq.
Will apology for Iraq make a difference?
BBC News – London,England,UK
Britain's Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has conceded that some of the intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq was wrong. Mr
Cheney: Iraq Could Have Been Arms Source
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Vice President Dick Cheney, who acknowledged last week that Iraq had produced no weapons of mass destruction after 1991, said Tuesday that
US to ask NATO to broaden role in Afghanistan, Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will ask his counterparts from the other 25 NATO countries Wednesday to expand the alliance's role in Afghanistan and Iraq …

Chirac commits France to Iraq conference
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
HONG KONG — French President Jacques Chirac said Tuesday his country is “entirely committed” to taking part in an international conference on Iraq next month.

Iraq says open to UN inspectors
Reuters – London,England,UK
He said nothing had gone missing since a looting spree after last year's US-led invasion, which the United States and Britain said was to rid Iraq of weapons

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