Iraq News and Information Links June 14 2004
HALLIBURTON Iraq Contract Properly Awarded, GAO Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
… The GAO report found that of 25 new contracts in Iraq, representing
about 80 percent of reconstruction appropriations, ``involved circumstances
that the law…

EXTREMISM sweeping Iraq among Sunni, Shiite Muslims alike
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Instead of becoming a Middle Eastern model of pro-Western
democracy, as the Bush administration had hoped, Iraq is being swept by

JAPANESE Troops To Stay In Iraq After Transition: Koizumi
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Monday Tokyo
will keep its troops in Iraq for non-combat purposes alongside a multinational

US Trucks Carrying Radioactive Materials Intercepted In Iraq-…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… UAE-based daily Al-Khaleej reported on Monday that Kuwaiti tariff officials
have intercepted a truck loaded with radioactive materials in the Iraq-Kuwait

BRITISH soldiers face Iraq abuse charges
ABC Online – Australia
… themselves. The allegations came to light a year ago when one soldier
who had returned from Iraq took his film in for processing.…

IRAQ PM: US will hand over Saddam
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says the US-led coalition will hand over
all detainees – including Saddam Hussein – to the interim Iraqi government.

RUSSELL back from Iraq, says thanks for support
Carmi Times – Carmi,IL,USA
… old. Last week, S.Sgt. Russell, a native of White County, returned
home from Fort Hood, Texas, following a stint in Iraq. Russell…

5 foreigners among 13 dead in Iraq blast
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… British Defense Secretary Geoffrey Hoon began a surprise 24-hour trip
to the southern city of Basra, where most of Britain's 8,530 troops in
Iraq are deployed.…

IRAQ rebels make contractors' task tough
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The deadly car bombing of a convoy of General Electric
contractors Monday dramatizes the dangerous challenge the United States
faces as it…

IRAQ needs better security, legitimacy, economy
Daily Yomiuri – Tokyo,Japan
The Iraq war roiled the world of international diplomacy as few other issues
have since 1945. Those … recover. Iraq's recovery must start now.…

IRAQ Neighbors Wait for Stability
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said recently that the departure
of the US-led coalition authority in Iraq could pave the way for improved
relations with…

HEARING Set for Woman in Iraq Abuse Case
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
FORT BRAGG, NC – A military court hearing for an Army reservist seen in
some of the most notorious abuse photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison
will begin June 22…

FIVE Foreign Contractors Among 13 Dead in Iraq Blast
Reuters – USA
… The initial information shows that the person who carried out the bombing
was not Iraqi and came from outside Iraq,” he told Al Arabiya television.

BLAIR limits NATO Iraq role to training
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tony Blair says he expects any further
NATO role in Iraq to be limited to training security forces, rejecting
talk of a split…

BRITONS Killed by Iraq Bomb Worked for Security Company
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… The dead men, who have not been identified, were employees of London-based
Olive Security, which has around 300 members of staff in Iraq.…

LINE of fire: Baker lawyer banks on Iraq
… protection (despite what John Grisham may have you believe), but then
again, most attorneys are not trying to forge new business relationships
in Iraq, either.…

TOP-RANKING military and civilian officials approved torture in…
Granma International – La Habana,Cuba
LONDON/LOS ANGELES/BAGHDAD.˜New evidence of the torture inflicted by
US soldiers in Iraq confirms that such procedures were approved and supported
by top…

KIWIS under fire in Iraq – New Zealand
A mortar attack on a military base housing 61 New Zealanders in Basra has
not put the Government off its deployment of troops to Iraq.…,2106,2941337a10,00.html

ATTORNEY General to charge four soldiers with Iraq abuse
Reuters – London,England,UK
… pictures — later proven to be fakes — it said showed British troops
abusing prisoners, with supporting testimony from anonymous troops who
had served in Iraq…

IRAQ war exposes weakness of American empire
Infoshop News – USA
By PB Floyd. For those hoping to limit the American empire‚s power and
violence, the outcome of the war on Iraq has in some ways been a very
good thing.…

NO regrets over Iraq despite election drubbing: Blair spokesman
EUbusiness – London,UK
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is not about to express regret over the
Iraq war despite the pounding handed out to his Labour Party in European
and local…

THIRTEEN die in Iraq suicide blast
Reuters – London,England,UK
… contractors were employees of a wholly-owned GE subsidiary, Granite
Services, and the other two were security staff contracted to the company's
team in Iraq.…

WESTERN Power Workers Killed in Iraq Car Blast
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Louise Binns, a spokeswoman for the international company, refused
to reveal details of the employees‚ nationalities but said work in Iraq
would continue.…

FOUR British soldiers charged with Iraq assault
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Reuters) – Britain is to charge four soldiers from the Royal Fusiliers
with indecently assaulting prisoners while they were serving in Iraq,
the Attorney…

RED Cross urges Iraq POW action
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Red Cross says Iraqi prisoners – Saddam Hussein included – must be
released or charged ahead of a formal end of occupation on 30 June.…

ATTACKERS kill five Kurdish army recruits in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Attackers killed five Kurdish army recruits in central
Iraq, and police returned the victims' remains to their families Monday,

OFFICERS were told last year of Iraq abuses
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
The disclosure of the documents raises new questions about whether senior
officers in Iraq were alerted about serious abuses at the prison before

CAR Bomb Kills Five Foreigners in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—A car bomb tore through a convoy Monday in central
Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, including an American and four other

DARK Iraq: The other power struggle
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… to its reliance on by-the-book engineering, the United States has failed
by a wide margin to meet its long-stated goal of reviving Iraq's electricity

DELAYS Hit US-Funded Iraq Oil Projects
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US-funded projects to repair Iraq's oil industry have
run into severe delays, damaging efforts to raise output needed to raise
funds for…

CAR Bombings Kill at Least 12 in Iraq
Indiana Gazette – Indiana County,PA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A car bomb tore through a convoy Monday in central Baghdad,
killing at least 12 people, including an American and four other foreigners

JAPAN to Keep Troops in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi says Tokyo will keep its troops
in Iraq after the interim government takes over in Baghdad on June 30.

FEAR and favor: The Australia-Iraq-US equation
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… Answering a question from an Australian journalist regarding the opposition
Labor Party's policy of withdrawing the country's 850 troops from Iraq,
Bush said…

2ND Iraq official slain
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… Kamal al-Jarah, 63, a senior official at Iraq's Education Ministry,
was gunned down outside his home in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood
of Ghazaliya.…,1,5394375.story?coll=chi-news-hed

AT Least 12 Killed in Iraq Car Bombings
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A car bomb tore through a convoy in central Baghdad on
Monday, killing at least three foreigners working to rebuild Iraq's power

IRAQ car bomb targets foreigners
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq's Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said five foreign contractors were known
to be among the dead. … These people were helping rebuild Iraq.…

AT least 13 die in Iraq suicide bombing
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Police fired in the air to try to clear people from the area. A US
military official said there had been 15 car bombs in Iraq since the beginning
of the month.

IRAQ'S leaders resisting US legal demands
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Baghdad — In an early test of its imminent sovereignty, Iraq's new government
has been resisting a US demand that thousands of foreign contract workers

JAPANESE troops to stay in Iraq after transition: Koizumi
SpaceDaily – USA
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Monday Tokyo will keep its
troops in Iraq for non-combat purposes alongside a multinational force
after the…

LOCAL Soldiers Head for Iraq
WIVB – Buffalo,NY,USA
(Buffalo, NY, June 14, 2004) – – More local soldiers are heading for a
tour of duty in Iraq. Members of the 42nd Infantry Division…

FIVE French among dead in Iraq bombing
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… bomb exploded during rush hour Monday on a busy street in Baghdad,
killing 12 people ˜ five of them French contractors working to rebuild
Iraq's power plants…

UK, US, French, Philippine Citizens Die in Iraq, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
… The Iraqi leader said attacks in Iraq are expected to increase and
that the government will work hard to capture all militants and ``achieve
victory.'' The…

SEOUL to Finalize Iraq Troop Dispatch Issue
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
The Seoul government is planning to wrap up the debate and come to a final
arrangement for the dispatch of troops to help reconstruction in Iraq
within this…

JAPAN prepares to join multinational force in Iraq
Arab Times – Middle East
TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi began laying the groundwork
for Japan's participation in a multinational force for Iraq, saying on

ATTACKS linked to Iraq power switch
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
… to return limited sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government June 30,
the United States and its Iraqi allies are battling insurgents for control
of Iraq.…

US warns of more violence in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Iraq's interim president also said that tearing down the infamous Abu
Ghraib prison, as President Bush has suggested, would be reactionary and
a waste of money…

IRAQ needs • 16.6 bn to boost oil production
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
Pre-war hopes that foreign investment would quickly turn Iraq into a major
oil supplier were “too optimistic” and the industry is likely to remain

BOMB kills 12 outside US base in Iraq
Baltimore Sun – Baltimore,MD,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – At least a dozen people were killed and 13 wounded in a
suicide car bombing outside a US military base yesterday, as violence
continued to…,0,5049932.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

BUSH to step up campaigning on economy, Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… it is having trouble getting its message through, said on Sunday it
would step up efforts to convince voters the economy and handover plans
for Iraq are on…

BUSH should show world the benefits of his Iraq plan
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
I wish President Bush would set forth his plan for Iraq and show how it
would benefit France and Germany if he succeeds. … Iraq's gross national
product was low.…

12 Killed in Iraq Suicide Bombing
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—A car bomb exploded during rush hour Monday along a
busy street in the center of Baghdad, destroying three civilian sport
utility vehicles…

VIOLENCE won't end with Iraq handover
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ The killings of two Iraqi ministry figures over the weekend
have sent a grim message to the new interim administration: Government

JAPAN Debates Soldiers in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… rekindled this week, sparked by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's
declaration that Japanese troops will join a multinational force to provide
security in Iraq…,1,5499615.story?coll=la-headlines-world

A bloody weekend in Iraq
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
… The suicide attack near the US army's Camp Cuervo in eastern Baghdad
was the 15th car bombing in Iraq since the start of the month, US officials

US-EUROPE Division Runs Deeper Than Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… And of course, there was the new resolution at the UN Security Council,
belatedly giving Old Europe's blessing to the occupation of Iraq.…,1,7318674.story

ASSASSINS strike again in Iraq
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
… has said insurgents may step up attacks before and after the occupation
formally ends on June 30 to disrupt the handover and discredit Iraq‚s
new government.…

US soldier dies in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ A US soldier was killed and two others wounded yesterday
when insurgents attacked their unit with a car bomb and small-arms fire,
a US…

INSURGENTS target new Iraq leaders
Lexington Herald Leader – Lexington,KY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The second Iraqi government official in as many days was
assassinated yesterday; a suicide car bomber killed at least 12 Iraqis
and wounded 13…

SHOULD troops be sent to Iraq?
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
Chandigarh, June 13: EXTERNAL Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh‚s visit
to the United States has sparked off a controversy on sending Indian troops
to Iraq.…

IRAQ capital rocked by wave of violence
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A suicide car-bomb killed 12 people outside a US military
base Sunday as violence continued to convulse the nation in the run-up
to the June…

KOIZUMI seeks support for SDF in multinational Iraq force
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
… support from the governing coalition for his plan to have the Self-Defense
Forces participate in an envisaged multinational force in Iraq, Chief

THE economic transition in Iraq
Enter Stage Right – Sudbury,Ontario,Canada
… American efforts to stabilize the country, the Bush administration
has made a point of emphasizing the importance of establishing a competent
democracy in Iraq…

RICE, Powell say Iraq faces more violence
Winston Salem Journal – Winston-Salem,NC,USA
Iraq's interim president also said that tearing down the infamous Abu Ghraib
prison, as President Bush has suggested, would be reactionary and a waste
of money…

CNN to air key debate on Iraq from Dubai
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
… will host a panel discussion from Dubai on June 30 during which key
Arab opinion formers will air their views about the handover of sovereignty
to Iraq.…

UN.OFFER little guidance on Iraq
Harlingen Valley Morning Star – Harlingen,TX,USA
The United Nations resolution on Iraq seems to have passed the Security
Council unanimously, with only a few tweaks, because it means very little.

IRAQ'S president makes impressive US debut
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… With this casualintroduction, Sheikh Ghazi al-Yawar, the first president
of Iraq ever to visit Washington, launched into a news conference at the

JAPAN considers Iraq role
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Junichiro Koizumi, Japan's prime minister, is considering keeping Japan's
self-defence forces (SDF) in Iraq as part of a United Nations multinational

BUSH to step up campaigning on economy, Iraq
SABC News – Auckland Park,South Africa
… it is having trouble getting its message through, said yesterday it
would step up efforts to convince voters the economy and handover plans
for Iraq are on…,2172,81664,00.html

IRAQ prison abuse reported as early as November, soldiers say
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… The disclosure of the documents raises new questions about whether
senior officers in Iraq were alerted about serious abuses at the prison
before January.…

12 die in Iraq suicide attack; Education official assassinated
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… The suicide attack near the Army's Camp Cuervo in eastern Baghdad was
the 15th car-bombing in Iraq since the start of the month, US officials

FOURTEEN die as Iraq is hit by fresh spate of killings
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Last month, a suicide bombing killed Izzedin Salim, the head of Iraq‚s
now-dissolved Governing Council, and another council member survived an
ambush south…

IRAQ Human Rights Minister Charged with Difficult Task
NPR (audio) – USA
… Now he has to convince Iraqis that human rights will be respected in
a sovereign Iraq. … And he showed remorse, and that has never happened
in Iraq's history.…

BUSH to Step Up Campaigning on Economy, Iraq
Reuters – USA
… it is having trouble getting its message through, said on Sunday it
would step up efforts to convince voters the economy and handover plans
for Iraq are on…

'TOUGH Issue' of Iraq Divides Democrats
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… one of the Democrats' most respected (and hawkish) lawmakers on military
matters — proposed sending many thousands more US troops to Iraq to help

ARMY sends 83 pregnant troops home from Iraq – London,England,UK
Almost 1,700 members of the Armed Forces were medically downgraded because
of service in Iraq last year, of whom 83 were pregnant, according to Government

BAGHDAD: 12 killed in Iraq car bomb attack
New Straits Times – Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
… an Iraqi police patrol,” a US military spokeswoman said, noting, “It
was near a coalition base in southeast Baghdad.” An official at Iraq's
Interior Ministry…

EUROPEAN voters punish ruling parties over Iraq, other grievances
CJAD – Canada
LONDON (AP) – European voters punished leaders in Britain, Italy and the
Netherlands for getting involved in Iraq – but also turned their ire on
the war's…

SUICIDE bombing, clashes, claim 20 lives in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Twenty people were killed and several others were injured in a
car explosion and clashes between the Mehdi Army and US forces.…

US war on terror mired in Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
By Barry Desker. THE United States war on terror, launched with broad international
support, has become mired in the morass of the US war in Iraq.…,4386,256140,00.html

THE Iraq track
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… By accepting that the US-led multinational force will serve “at the
request of the incoming interim government of Iraq‰ the resolution has

IRAQ Car Bomb Kills 12; Official Slain
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A suicide car-bomber killed a dozen people Sunday
near a US garrison in Baghdad and gunmen assassinated a senior Education

IRAQ'S graduates face bleak job market amid wide instability
Straits Times – Singapore
BAGHDAD – Outgoing and energetic, Iraq's class of 2004 is finishing final
examinations and about to receive degrees after a tough school year which
saw the…,4386,256181,00.html

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