Iraq News and Information Links April 15 2004
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BUSH Iraq Address Geared to Calm Jittery US Public
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush sought to reassure Americans at his news conference this
week about the course his administration is pursuing in Iraq in the wake
of the…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=BB18A1B0-1A7A-4D2B-A9CDD5057C89B38E

IRAQ: Two Weeks of Turmoil
Foreign Policy Association – USA
Two simultaneous uprisings, one in southern Iraq led by followers of Shiite
provocateur Moqtada Sadr, and another in the former Baathist stronghold
of Fallujah…
www.fpa.org/newsletter_info2583/newsletter_info_sub_list.
htm?section=Iraq%3A%20%20Two%20Weeks%20of%20Turmoil

US Extends Tours for 20000 Soldiers in Iraq to Help Quell…
Bloomberg – USA
April 15 (Bloomberg) — About 20,000 US soldiers scheduled to come home
from Iraq after a year of combat will be ordered to stay for another three
months to…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aozjsgKKBtRc&refer=top_world_news

DEMOCRATS Say Bush Must Admit Iraq Blunders
Reuters – United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats urged President Bush on
Thursday to acknowledge his mistakes that they said have brought Iraq
to the brink of…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4841958

IRAQ workers return to Russia
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
HUNDREDS of employees of Russian companies in Iraq arrived in a chill rain
outside Moscow early today aboard planes that evacuated them from Baghdad
in a…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9295363%255E1702,00.html

JAPAN PM firm on Iraq despite two more abductions
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
TOKYO: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi vowed not to cave in to demands
to withdraw Japan's troops from Iraq yesterday despite reports that two
more Japanese…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2876260a12,00.html

RANGEL calls Iraq war a ``death tax'' on poor and minorities
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… John Kerry, the Harlem congressman ratcheted up his rhetoric against
the Iraq war, which he has long opposed. Speaking of military…
www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny—iraq-ran
gel0415apr15,0,5157950.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

20,000 US Troops to Extend Stay in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ The Pentagon said today it is extending by three months
the tours of some 20,000 American troops in Iraq, giving commanders the
extra firepower…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-041504military_wr,1,5692819.story?coll=la-home-headlines

IRAN diplomat assassinated as team seeks peace in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : A senior Iranian diplomat was gunned down in Iraq a day after
Tehran sent a peace mission to help end a standoff between US forces and
militant…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/80365/1/.html

IRAQ Tour Extended for Thousands of Troops
Xpossed.com – United States
The Pentagon said Thursday it is extending by three months the tours of
some 20,000 American troops in Iraq, giving commanders extra firepower
to confront an…
www.xposed.com/headline_news/54_ds_342231.aspx

THREE Japanese Hostages Freed in Iraq, Minister Says (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
April 15 (Bloomberg) — Three Japanese hostages, who were abducted in Iraq
and were filmed being threatened by their captors, were freed today in
Baghdad, four…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000101&sid=aEEWC1JMR_OY&refer=japan

IRANIAN envoy killed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… Khalil Naimi, first secretary of Iran 's embassy to Iraq , who was
in his diplomatic car, was attacked by unknown people and died immediately,"
the station's…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AD1AD1FF-9F75-4EE1-B58F-BF3D436F2A9F.htm

THREE Japanese hostages freed in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Three Japanese hostages were freed in Iraq on Thursday, but the
murders of an Iranian diplomat and an Italian captive were chilling proof
of the…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&click_id=2813&art_id=qw1082044801272B262&set_id=6

PALACE creates Iraq team for contingency
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday ordered the creation of an
„Iraq Team,‰ a task force that would map out and execute contingency
plans for the…
www.mb.com.ph/MAIN200404167305.html

3 Japanese taken hostage in Iraq released, in good health
Xinhua – China
… Baghdad. Kawaguchi rebuked the kidnapping as "unforgivable," while
maintaining Japan will continue the humanitarian operations in Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/15/content_1422255.htm

THREE Japanese hostages released in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Three Japanese hostages were freed in Iraq Thursday, but the murders of
an Iranian diplomat and an Italian captive were chilling proof of the
risks foreigners…
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/04/15/three_japanese_hostages_released_in_iraq/

US extends troops ‚ mission in Iraq
Granma International – La Habana,Cuba
WASHINGTON˜The difficult situation in Iraq has resulted in a Pentagon
decision to extend their tour of duty by three months for some 10,000
troops due to…
www.granma.cu/ingles/2004/abril/jue15/17extend-i.html

DANISH furore over Iraq secrets
BBC News – London,England,UK
Denmark is to declassify intelligence assessments of Iraq's weapons of
mass destruction after newspaper leaks led to criminal charges against
three men.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3629311.stm

KUCINICH criticizes president over war in Iraq during UCC stop
The News-Review – Roseburg,OR,United States
… The best chance for Democrats to regain the White House this year is
to challenge President George W. Bush on the war in Iraq, presidential
candidate Dennis…
www.newsreview.info/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040415/NEWS/104150010

RP won ‚ t pull out troops in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
President Arroyo on Wednesday ordered the creation of an „Iraq Team‰
that would draft contingency plans for the possible evacuation of Filipino
civilians…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=NATIONAL&oid=49076

ITALY Mourns Execution of Hostage in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Italy is mourning the execution of one of its nationals held hostage in
Iraq. It is the first known execution of any captive held…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=3131083B-96DD-4BBD-9316409A49C5BE54

THREE Japanese freed in Iraq, just hours after Italian hostage…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… unharmed Thursday a week after being captured by Iraqi rebels who had
threatened to kill them unless Japan withdrew its troops from the US-led
coalition in Iraq…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/80337/1/.html

TROOPS MUST STAY IN IRAQ
NEWS.com.au – Australia
By State Political Reporter GREG KELTON. A MAJORITY of South Australians
want Australian troops to remain in Iraq until they are no longer needed.

news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9294897%255E910,00.html

BUSH faces Iraq backlash at home
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The Bush administration is under increasing pressure from some of the families
of troops in Iraq to end the occupation and bring their loved ones back
home.…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F75D24AD-217E-422B-BD01-CB2322F00D81.htm

FAMILIES rejoice after three Japanese hostages freed unharmed in…
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
By Associated Press. TOKYO – Three Japanese captives in Iraq were freed
unharmed on Thursday, ending a week-long hostage crisis.…
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=1640

MAKE UN a full partner in Iraq, Kerry urges Bush
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
NEW YORK Senator John Kerry has urged President George W. Bush to share
responsibility for Iraq with the United Nations, saying the administration's
"stubborn…
www.iht.com/articles/515261.htm

HOW we can be hailed as true liberators in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The announcement by George Bush this week of a renewed US military commitment
to the stabilisation of Iraq was quickly embraced by the Prime Minister,
John…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/15/1081998300512.html

3 Japanese hostages in Iraq released, arrive in embassy
Xinhua – China
TOKYO, April 15 (Xinhuanet) — Three Japanese civilians taken hostage last
week by militants in Iraq have been released in Baghdad, Japanese Foreign
Ministry…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/15/content_1422152.htm

IRAQ more like Lebanon than Vietnam
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Ever since George Bush announced "major combat operations" were over last
May, those who supported the war in Iraq have been searching for the "tipping
point…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/15/1081998295535.html

GENERAL is headed back to Iraq to train local forces
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON The Pentagon is rushing one of the US Army's most highly regarded
generals, Major General David Petraeus, back to Iraq this weekend to help
step up…
www.iht.com/articles/515256.htm

US Hostage in Iraq 'Doing Fine', Says Wife
Reuters – United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The wife of an American trucker taken hostage in
Iraq last week said on Thursday she had been told her husband was "doing
fine" and…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4837817

THREE Japanese Hostages Freed in Iraq; Italian Captive Killed
Bloomberg – USA
Fabrizio Quattrocchi, one of four Italian security guards held in Iraq,
was killed by his kidnappers, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini
said.…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=abg_ALE8tswM&refer=us

KERRY knocks Bush's Iraq focus
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… decision-making with the United Nations and other countries has put
US forces at greater risk, unduly burdened US taxpayers and made success
in Iraq far more…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/04/15/MNGBB656VO1.DTL

JAPAN'S government says three hostages in Iraq released
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… The three appeared unharmed. Nahoko Takato, a 34-year-old aid worker
who worked with street children in Iraq, was crying into her hands.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/106/world/Japan_s_government_says_three_:.shtml

ITALY, Japan say undeterred by Iraq hostage murder
Reuters – India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Italy and Japan vowed on Thursday to keep their troops
in Iraq even as the killing of an Italian hostage sent chilling proof
of the new…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407e7b4c:f0c617
59e4382f9e?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4831102

JAPAN Investigates Iraq Kidnappings
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Japan's government says it is trying to determine if two more of its citizens
have been kidnapped in Iraq. Japanese media say a…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=29FBFEDB-A14E-4455-9B808D6148C38E35

IRAQ insurance premiums double
CNN International – United States
(CNN) — Increasing threats of targeted attacks and hostage-taking is complicating
the work of contractors working on reconstruction in Iraq.…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/15/iraq.contractors/

IRAQ 'Caretaker' Plan Proposed
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) Iraq should set up a caretaker government made up of … He spoke
as April became the deadliest month for American forces since they set
foot in Iraq.…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/14/iraq/main611906.shtml

RUSSIA'S ominous Iraq exodus
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
MOSCOW – As Russia begins to evacuate its citizens from rebellion-torn
Iraq, Moscow's move comes as a grim reminder of increasing volatility
in the US-occupied…
www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FD16Ag02.html

ITALIAN Hostage Executed In Iraq, More Abductions Feared
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 15 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — The Italian government has confirmed
that militants executed one of four Italian hostages seized recently in
Iraq.…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/04/ea8f6844-1aba-4450-b226-681bc3a6a4b0.html

SHOCK over killing of Iraq hostage
CNN – USA
… Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday vowed that the videotaped
execution of Fabrizio Quattrocchi would not affect his commitment to keep
troops in Iraq…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/15/iraq.hostages.int/

RECKLESS and Horrible Hostage Execution in Iraq
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
One of the four Italians kidnapped by armed Iraqi forces was executed.
For the first time ever, the death of a hostage in Iraq has been confirmed.

english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200404/200404150026.html

DFA mulls ban on OFWs to Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The Philippine government is considering a ban on the deployment of Filipino
workers to Iraq due to the worsening peace and order situation there,
the…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=16383

ITALY undeterred by Iraq hostage murder
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Italy and Japan vow to keep their troops in Iraq even
as the killing of an Italian hostage sends a grim signal of the new risks
foreigners…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=493570&section=news

MêLéE in Iraq
Media Monitors Network – United States
by Mumtaz Hamid Rao. "The fact is that US has no option left now, other
than to wind-up from Iraq and let the United Nations restore peace, order
and normalcy…
usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/6238/

GROWING worry in DC – – What if US fails in Iraq ?
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Washington — President Bush warned the nation Tuesday night of the "unthinkable"
consequences of failure in Iraq. But amid escalating…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/04/15/MNG4R65CRI1.DTL

UN Envoy Sees Hope Amid Trouble for Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ UN Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday sharply
criticized US military tactics in Iraq but said it was still possible
for an interim…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la
-fg-iraq15apr15,1,1816930.story?coll=la-headlines-world

CHRONOLOGY of Japanese hostage issue in Iraq
Xinhua – China
TOKYO, April 15 (Xinhuanet) — Japanese media reported Thursday that two
more Japanese civilians had been kidnapped in Iraq and the Japanese government
was…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/15/content_1421335.htm

RUSSIA launches evacuation of specialists from Iraq
The Star – Malaysia
MOSCOW (AP) – Russian planes headed to Baghdad Thursday, starting a massive
effort to evacuate hundreds of Russian companies' employees from Iraq.

thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/4/15/latest/16911Russialau&sec=latest

US Extending the Tours of 21000 Troops in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ US troops based in Louisiana and Germany are among 21,000
soldiers who will have their tours in Iraq extended at least three months
to help…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-
troops15apr15,1,479758.story?coll=la-headlines-world

BLAIR May Nudge Bush to Reach Out on Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
By John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer. LONDON ˜ Prime Minister Tony
Blair has been President Bush's staunchest ally in the Iraq war.…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-blairbu
sh15apr15,1,1468572.story?coll=la-headlines-world

US must develop clear plan for Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
Our position is: The US needs to create and explain a clear plan for the
completion of its mission in Iraq. It has been, as President…
www.indystar.com/articles/5/138112-7765-021.html

FRENCH journalist kidnapped in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… 15 (Xinhuanet) — The French Government said Wednesday it was working
hard to seek the release of a French television journalist taken hostage
in Iraq as he…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/15/content_1421391.htm

PRESIDENT Bush defends his policies in Iraq
Miami Herald – Miami,FL,USA
President Bush's message to the nation Tuesday night in the face of growing
chaos in Iraq was an exercise in damage control. The…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/8435228.htm

PHILIPPINES may evacuate civilians in Iraq
Times of India – India
MANILA: The Philippines ruled out withdrawing its small contingent of soldiers
and police from Iraq on Thursday despite violence and a spate of abductions
there…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/617474.cms

21000 will stay in Iraq to help fight surge in violence
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — About 21,000 US soldiers in Iraq who were to return this
month to their home bases in Louisiana and Germany will have their tours
extended at…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2506715

BUSH backers concerned by Iraq 'mess'
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican ally of President
Bush, says Iraq is "a mess" and voters are rattled.…
www.boston.com/news/politics/president/articles/2004/04/15/bush_backers_concerned_by_iraq_mess

BUSH'S speech, Iraq war
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… hear countless numbers of people slam anything and everything President
Bush does, says and thinks concerning our position in sending troops to
Iraq to oust…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/outlook/2506839

BUSH Speech Leaves Americans No Less Divided on Iraq Policy
Bloomberg – USA
April 15 (Bloomberg) — Americans were divided on President George W. Bush's
plans for Iraq before his national address Tuesday.…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a8DdRHOIBFYw&refer=us

JAPAN PM Firm on Iraq Despite New Hostages Report
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two more Japanese civilians have been kidnapped in Iraq
in addition to three taken captive last week, Japanese media said on Thursday,
but…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4832143&section=news

ONE Of Four Italian Hostages In Iraq Killed
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,United States
Milan/Baghdad, April 15 (NNN): One of the four Italian hostages abducted
in Iraq has been killed, the Italian foreign minister has said.…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=041404092840

ARROYO: RP contingent to stay in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… Eight [Philippine National Police] officials currently with the contingent
will be assigned to our embassy in Baghdad to form part of our Iraq Team,"
President…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=16372

RUSSIA Airlifting Citizens Out of Iraq
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
Russia has offered to airlift more than 800 of its nationals and former
Soviet citizens out of Iraq as the abduction of foreign citizens continues.

www.paknews.com/headingNews.php?id=2633&date1=2004-04-14

US facing 'massive' Iraq occupation costs
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
WASHINGTON: The United States will have to approve a "massive" new spending
bill of an estimated $1083 billion to meet its obligations in Iraq, a
prominent US…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2876077a12,00.html

US troops to stay in Iraq three more months
Springfield News Leader – Springfield,MO,USA
Washington ˜ About 21,000 American soldiers in Iraq who were to return
this month to their home bases in Louisiana and Germany will have their
tours extended…
www.news-leader.com/today/0415-UStroopsto-63467.html

TWO more Japanese reported kidnapped in Iraq
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two Japanese civilians have been kidnapped in Iraq in
addition to three taken hostage last week, Japanese media said on Thursday,
as the…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407e00e0:c64c6973d
bac53e?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4830734

WISCONSIN family buries 1 of 3 sisters sent to Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… the heavens and clenched his eyes tightly in anguish, as Wisconsin
bid an emotional farewell Wednesday to one of America's latest casualties
in the Iraq war.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8433647.htm

FRANKS: First discussion with Bush on Iraq in December 2001
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Ret. Gen. Tommy Franks said Wednesday that President
Bush didn't discuss an invasion of Iraq with him until Dec.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8433657.htm

RP troops in Iraq unaffected by violence so far
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The Philippine contingent in Iraq has been unaffected by escalating violence
in the country amid speculation President Arroyo will order the troops'
withdrawal…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=16370

BUSH sets out views on Iraq, WMD claims
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
n Indicated that US troops could be asked to remain in Iraq, even as their
replacements arrive, if military leaders think they are needed to help
secure the…
www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2004/04/15/1081993870.htm

KERRY Urges Bush to Share Responsibility With UN in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
enator John Kerry urged President Bush yesterday to share responsibility
for Iraq with the United Nations, saying the administration's "stubborn"
insistence on…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/15/politics/campaign/15KERR.html

IRANIANS in Iraq to Help in Talks on Rebel Cleric
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 14 An Iranian government delegation arrived in Baghdad
Wednesday to help mediate the standoff between American troops and a rebel
Shiite…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/15/international/middleeast/15IR
AQ.html?ex=1082606400&en=37038892968fa4f1&ei=5062

IRANIAN officials visit Iraq to broker peace deal
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Representatives from Iran's foreign ministry were yesterday in Iraq for
talks on ways to end the violence there amid suggestions from Kamal Kharrazi,
the…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/
StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1079420356102

UN'S Brahimi Concludes Visit to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — UN Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday
sharply criticized US military tactics in Iraq but said it was still possible
for an…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-iraq15apr15,1,6611372.story?coll=la-home-headlines

SOUTH Korea Is Wary but Firm on Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… The soldiers training at the camp, in Kwangju outside the capital,
will be part of the 3,000 troops Seoul is expected to send to Iraq by
June.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/15/international/asia/15KORE.html

WORLD News Bush vows to ' stay the course ' in Iraq
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
He was also willing to commit additional troops and resources to Iraq if
requested by US military commanders on the ground, Bush said at a press
conference in…
www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&showcomments=1&id=10543

KOIZUMI stands firm on Iraq
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi gave backing Wednesday to an expected
US reinforcement of troops to Iraq. Acknowledging the seriousness…
www.asahi.com/english/politics/TKY200404150142.html

ITALIAN Hostage Killed by Captors in Iraq, Government Says
Bloomberg – USA
April 15 (Bloomberg) — One of four Italian hostages held in Iraq has been
killed, the Italian government said. Italian Foreign…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=aQTpl8n_m_fg&refer=europe

IRAN ends talks with US on Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Iran has ended negotiations with the United States about how to bring calm
to Iraq because they were going nowhere, Iran's foreign minister said
in a rare…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/15/1081838831944.html

FAMILY prays Mississippi man abducted in Iraq is safe
Biloxi Sun Herald – Biloxi,MS,USA
– Kellie Hamill says her family is "praying all day long" that her husband,
a contract truck driver last seen under the guns of his abductors in Iraq,
is alive…
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/state/8432478.htm

TWO More Japanese Reported Kidnapped in Iraq
Reuters – United States
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two more Japanese civilians have been kidnapped in Iraq
in addition to three taken hostage by militants last week, Japanese media
said on…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4831052&section=news

JAPAN will not bow to forces intent on plunging Iraq into chaos,…
Daily Times – Pakistan
TOKYO: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said on Wednesday Japan would not
bow to forces trying to „plunge Iraq into chaos,‰ and that Japanese
troops would…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_15-4-2004_pg4_8

ITALY Vows to Stay in Iraq Despite Hostage Killing
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vowed on Thursday
to keep troops in Iraq despite the killing of an Italian hostage in scenes
Al…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=851405&tw=wn_wire_story

US Allies Keep Iraq Troops as French, Russian Civilians Leave
Bloomberg – USA
April 15 (Bloomberg) — US allies including Britain, Japan and Poland are
keeping troops in Iraq, saying they won't be swayed by attacks and kidnappings
by…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000101&sid=aA6kwEdq114I&refer=japan

REGION: Iran helping US in Iraq, claims Kharazi
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN The United States has made a formal request to Iran to help ease
mounting violence in Iraq and Tehran is now making an effort to mediate
in the conflict…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_15-4-2004_pg4_15

ITALIAN hostage confirmed killed in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… The group demanded the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, an apology
from the Italian prime minister and the release of religious clerics held
in Iraq.…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
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IRAQ takes a timely step back from the brink
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… could prove disastrous. A military assault on Najaf might trigger a
general Shia uprising and Iraq‚s descent into chaos. As they…
www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/04/1
5/dl1501.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2004/04/15/ixopinion.html

TROOPS 'will stay in Iraq till job is done'
Straits Times – Singapore
By Roger Mitton. WASHINGTON – As violence continued across Iraq, President
George W. Bush was fighting an equally tough battle on the homefront yesterday.

straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,245812,00.html

GLARING by their absence – US friends in Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
… However, Washington found that it has no friends in Iraq. … The Iraq
of today is not the same as the Iraq of even a couple of weeks ago.…
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/commentary/story/0,4386,245845,00.html

ITALY confirms Iraq hostage killed
KMSB – Tucson,AZ,USA
The Al-Jazeera TV network says it has received a videotape allegedly showing
the killing in Iraq of one of a group of four Italian hostages.…
www.fox11az.com/news/other/stories/KMSB_news_hostage_041404.1265c0c3e.html

US to Extend Duty Tours of 20000 Troops in Iraq
Reuters – United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Faced with rising violence in Iraq, the US military
plans to keep more than 20,000 troops from the 1st Armored Division and
2nd Armored…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4830462

DESPITE Œtough' period, US won't waver in Iraq, Bush says
United States Air Force (press release) – USA
4/14/2004 – WASHINGTON (AFPN) — The United States will continue in its
commitment to an independent, free and secure Iraq, and the United States
"must not…
www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123007463

TOP US general evaluates worsening Iraq situation
Reuters – India
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The top US military officer took a close look at the
situation in Iraq on Wednesday amid challenges to the US-led occupation
by Sunni and…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4829892

BUSH to Iraq: Lost in Translation
TIME – USA
His comments were brief but incisive: Iraqis don't buy all this talk of
Iraq as having been a threat to the US They know President Bush chose
this war, and…
www.time.com/time/columnist/karon/article/0,9565,611132,00.html

ITALIAN hostage in Iraq reported dead, two Japanese kidnapped
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD: One of four Italian hostages being held in Iraq has been killed,
the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera reported on Wednesday, while Japan
said two…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/80222/1/.html

  
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