Iraq News and Information Links May 15 2004
RUMSFELD approved Iraq interrogation methods: report
ABC Online – Australia
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved a plan that brought unconventional
interrogation methods to Iraq to gain intelligence about the growing insurgency

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1109140.htm

MIRROR editor fired over Iraq photos
Sunday Times – Johannesburg,South Africa
… After a fortnight of recriminations, demands for an apology reached
a climax once the defence ministry declared that they could not have been
taken in Iraq.…
www.sundaytimes.co.za/2004/05/16/news/world/world01.asp

BUSH says US troops to stay in Iraq after June 30, amid ongoing…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : President George W. Bush vowed that US troops would stay in Iraq
after the June 30 handover of sovereignty or until the country was secure,
as fierce…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85134/1/.html

IRAQ debacle has right gulping hard
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ Not long ago, the word “triumphalist” was being applied
to the neoconservatives and other intellectuals who championed the war
in Iraq.…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0504/16conservatives.html

BUSH, Kerry Focus On Iraq In Radio Addresses
Click10.com – Miami,FL,USA
… The president is making it clear that the United States is committed
to Iraq well in past the June 30 handover of power, saying the “vital
mission” there will…
www.local10.com/politics/3309646/detail.html

BUSH Vows to Prevent Further Prison Abuses in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – President Bush said on Saturday he was determined that Iraqi
prison abuses will never happen again, as he took stock of a difficult
week in Iraq.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5154613
BUSH Job Approval Dips With Iraq Problems
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
PHOENIX — President Bush's job approval ratings are hitting the lowest
levels of his tenure as problems in Iraq crowd out other issues for voters,
public…
www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-bush-approval,0,4297099.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

UK questions 4 soldiers on Iraq abuse claims
ABC Online – Australia
Four British soldiers have been quizzed over the alleged mistreatment of
Iraqi prisoners, Britain's Defence Ministry (MoD) says, a day after a
newspaper editor…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1109116.htm

THE Next Casualty of the Iraq War Could Be Blair
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… over weapons of mass destruction that could not be found was more intense
in Britain than America, and now the gruesome photographs from Iraq's
Abu Ghraib…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/16/weekinreview/16cohe.html

US troops to stay in Iraq: Bush
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
US President George W Bush vowed that US troops would stay in Iraq after
the June 30 handover of sovereignty or until the country was secure, as
fierce fresh…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/16/1084646050145.html

PUTIN and Rice Meet on Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… May 15 (AP) – President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia met with President
Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, on Saturday to discuss
Iraq and the…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/16/international/europe/16puti.html

THE State of Iraq: an Update
New York Times – USA
After all the bad news from Iraq in recent weeks the abysmal mistreatment
of Iraqi prisoners by American troops, the urban combat in Falluja and
Karbala, new…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/16/opinion/16OHAN.html?ex=1085284800&en=e9cfb9fbc77a80ff&ei=5062

COST of War in Iraq Continues to Skyrocket
Howard University Hilltop (subscription) – Washington,DC,USA
With reported budget shortfalls this year, concern in Congress is mounting
over the rising cost of the war effort in Iraq, as well as funds used
to protect…
www.thehilltoponline.com/news/2004/05/08/NationWorld/Cost-Of.War.In.Iraq.Continues.To.Skyrocket-681408.shtml

RUMSFELD Approved Iraq Interrogation Plan -Report
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved a plan
that brought unconventional interrogation methods to Iraq to gain intelligence
about…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5154537

US Troops to Stay in Iraq After June 30, Bush Says
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush says US troops will stay in Iraq after the June 30 handover
of power. Presumptive Democratic challenger John Kerry…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=8A1013D6-E87D-4772-A205B65919445920

PUTIN meets Rice to discuss Iraq, Mideast and bilateral ties
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
… security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Russian President Vladimir Putin
on Saturday discussed the next steps necessary to bring stability to Iraq,
a country on…
news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=27993

KUWAIT Shi'ites Ask US, Militia to Quit Iraq Sites
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… religious leaders in Kuwait on Saturday lambasted the US-led forces
for entering Najaf and Karbala and demanded that they pull out from the
holy cities in Iraq…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=5/16/2004&Cat=2&Num=024

COALITION Forces in Iraq Continue Battling Al-Sadr Loyalists
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Coalition forces in Iraq are continuing isolated battles with loyalists
to a radical Shi'ite cleric. Coalition troops in Iraq battled…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=BCF6C816-60E6-4760-9F936CE082017813

IRAQ torture not a laughing matter . . .
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
… Doonesbury comic strip with a mocking image of a head on a platter
has prompted warnings to editors after the gruesome beheading of Nicholas
Berg in Iraq.…
news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=27939

WORLD faces risk if US exits Iraq suddenly: PM Goh
Business Times Singapore (subscription) – Singapore
THE world will be at greater risk from terrorism and rogue states if America
departs unceremoniously from Iraq, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said yesterday.

business-times.asia1.com.sg/story/0,4567,116789,00.html

RUSSIA to work on UN Iraq resolution
Arab Times – Middle East
… Adviser Condoleezza Rice told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday
the United States wanted Russia's cooperation in working out a UN resolution
on Iraq…
www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/breakingnews/view.asp?msgID=5828

BULGARIA Wraps Up Iraq Recruitment
Novinite – Bulgaria
Bulgaria has completed successfully the recruitment of soldiers for the
third unit to be deployed in Iraq. Colonel Georgi Karumchev…
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=34698

BLAIR in hot water over Iraq abuse claims despite Daily Mirror…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Prime Minister Tony Blair might stand down early, despite the exposure
as fakes of shocking torture photographs of reported abuses by British
troops in Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85130/1/.html

WASHINGTON TODAY: Iraq could wind up as central election issue
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 30. WASHINGTON (AP) The turmoil in Iraq is changing the political equation
for President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry. While…
www.boston.com/dailynews/136/politics/WASHINGTON_TODAY_Iraq_could_wi:.shtml

US softens Iraq interrogation
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
In a storm over prisoner abuses, the US military has prohibited several
harsh interrogation methods from being used in Iraq. Defence…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2BD365F9-904A-44F4-B68D-104EA7C30D76.htm

DOZENS killed in Iraq fighting as US seeks to close noose around…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : The commander of coalition forces in Iraq demanded a swift end
to the insurgency led by Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr as fresh clashes
across the…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85129/1/.html

BUSH Defends US Military Against Iraq Abuse Charges
MENAFN – Middle East
Washington (dpa) – President George W. Bush defended the US armed services
against charges of widespread prisoner abuse in Iraq, saying Saturday
“the actions…
www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=CqkwvWeiente2nej1C2HezwzLBMrZvvnnAq

BUSH says US troops to stay in Iraq after June 30
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : President George W. Bush insisted on Saturday that US troops
will stay in Iraq after the June 30 handover of power despite doubts raised
earlier…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85125/1/.html

US troops clashes with Shiite militia in Iraq
China Daily – Beijing,China
US-led forces battled insurgents around some of the holiest Shi'ite shrines
in Iraq on Saturday. [Reuters]. Iraqis carry the coffin…
www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-05/15/content_331041.htm

IRAQ: D'ALEMA, IF THEY WANTED US THEY WOULDN'T SHOOT US
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… Thus first of all it is a matter of creating a government in Iraq representative
of the various religious and political groups, and this can begin only
under…
www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200405151725-1116-RT1-CRO-0-NF11&page=0&id=agionline-eng.oggitalia

BARBARISM theory put into sickening practice in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… been astonished at the level of worldwide publicity he has received
because of the parallels between what has been happening at Abu Ghraib
prison in Iraq and a…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/15/1084571000862.html

BRITISH newspaper apologizes for fake Iraq photographs
Columbia Daily Tribune – Columbia,MO,USA
… commanders of the Queen‚s Lancashire Regiment bitterly denounced
the pictures and said they had proof that the photos – said to be taken
in Iraq – had been…
www.columbiatribune.com/2004/May/20040515News017.asp

RICE Meets Russia's Putin; Iraq High on Agenda
Reuters – USA
… Rice met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, Itar-Tass news
agency said, with the looming transfer of power to local authorities in
Iraq high on the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5154074

COALITION Willing To Leave Iraq If Asked After Handover
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
15 May 2004 — The United States, Britain, Italy, and Japan all say they
would withdraw their troops from Iraq if asked to do so by the interim
Iraqi…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/05/f8703902-37a9-4bfa-a9f8-2a32845a3319.html

BUSH aide raises Iraq with Putin
BBC News – London,England,UK
US Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice has had talks in Moscow with Russian
President Vladimir Putin as Washington seeks a new UN resolution on Iraq.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3717377.stm

IRAQ troops may stay beyond 2005
NEWS.com.au – Australia
… The Howard Government plans to spend $131.6 million on a troop presence
in Iraq over the next three years. That includes $124.6 million in 2004-5.

www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9576390%255E421,00.html

IRAQ army recruits killed in attack
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… last year. US forces are overseeing the creation of a new army ahead
of the handover of power in Iraq next month. Guerillas have…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/05/15/uirqnu.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/05/15/ixportaltop.html

US forces renew holy city battles in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Kerbala, Iraq – United States-led forces battled insurgents around some
of the holiest Shia shrines in Iraq on Saturday as international pressure
built for an…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1084615380694B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

PUTIN, Rice meet to discuss Iraq, Mideast
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin met with US National Security
Adviser Condoleezza Rice today to discuss Iraq and the Middle East, the
Kremlin said.…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4778129.html

FOUR killed in attack on Iraq army recruitment office
ABC Online – Australia
Police in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq say four Iraqis have been
killed in a mortar attack outside a recruitment centre for the new Iraqi
army.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1109106.htm

US forces renew holy city battles in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Kerbala, Iraq – United States-led forces battled insurgents around some
of the holiest Shia shrines in Iraq on Saturday as international pressure
built for an…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1084615380694B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

PUTIN, Rice meet to discuss Iraq, Mideast
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin met with US National Security
Adviser Condoleezza Rice today to discuss Iraq and the Middle East, the
Kremlin said.…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4778129.html

FOUR killed in attack on Iraq army recruitment office
ABC Online – Australia
Police in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq say four Iraqis have been
killed in a mortar attack outside a recruitment centre for the new Iraqi
army.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1109106.htm

US to scrap inhumane interrogation techniques, death toll in Iraq…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… United States said it would scrap some inhumane interrogation techniques
amid furore over prisoner abuse as the total number of soldiers to die
in Iraq rose to…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85095/1/.html

DEPLOYMENT of Filipino workers to Iraq suspended
Xinhua – China
… President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Saturday ordered the indefinite suspension
of thedeployment of Filipino workers who intend to work as drivers in
volatile Iraq…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/15/content_1471635.htm

DONORS inject billion dollars into Iraq fund
swissinfo – Switzerland
billion of aid earmarked for Iraq's rebuilding into trust funds run by
the United Nations and World Bank, the country's planning minister says.

www.swisspolitics.org/en/news/index.php?section=int&page=news_inhalt&news_id=4936695

N. Korea slams US for Iraq prison abuse
MLive.com – MI,USA
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ˜ North Korea on Saturday harshly condemned the
United States for abusing prisoners in Iraq, calling it an “empire of
evil.”.…
www.mlive.com/newsflash/lateststories/index.ssf?/base/international-6/1084620248255580.xml

IRAQ coalition forces 'will leave if asked'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… in Washington. The announcement came as British troops killed some
16 Iraqis after a patrol was ambushed in southern Iraq. Two soldiers…
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=554942004

DIGNIFIED rites for American slain in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Nicholas Berg, who was executed in Iraq in
a very public way, was eulogized and interred in private ceremonies Friday
— far…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8674285.htm

IRAQ commander curbs interrogation techniques
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the senior
US military commander in Iraq has decided to eliminate most of the coercive

www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0405150160may15,1,3755971.story?coll=chi-news-hed

US Forces Renew Holy City Battles in Iraq
Wired News – USA
KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – US-led forces battled insurgents around some
of the holiest Shi'ite shrines in Iraq on Saturday as international pressure
built for…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=864877&tw=wn_wire_story

US troops to stay in Iraq after June: Bush
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush insisted on Saturday that US troops
will stay in Iraq after the June 30 handover of power despite doubts raised
earlier by…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/677196.cms

5 US troops dead in Iraq attacks
CNN – USA
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — Five US soldiers have died in the past 24 hours
in Iraq, the coalition announced Saturday, as attacks against coalition
troops and…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/15/iraq.main/

WORLD donors inject $1 bln into Iraq fund-minister
Forbes – USA
… Jordan, May 15 (Reuters) – World donors have made good on pledges to
inject about $1 billion of the $33 billion of aid earmarked for Iraq's
rebuilding into…
www.forbes.com/personalfinance/funds/newswire/2004/05/15/rtr1372857.html

UP to four die in Iraq mortar attack
Reuters – London,England,UK
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – A mortar attack on Iraqi civilians lining up to
join the new Iraqi army killed as many as four people and wounded 17,
hospital staff in…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=511205&section=news

IRAQ coalition forces 'will leave if asked'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… in Washington. The announcement came as British troops killed some
16 Iraqis after a patrol was ambushed in southern Iraq. Two soldiers…
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=554942004

DIGNIFIED rites for American slain in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Nicholas Berg, who was executed in Iraq in
a very public way, was eulogized and interred in private ceremonies Friday
— far…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8674285.htm

IRAQ commander curbs interrogation techniques
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the senior
US military commander in Iraq has decided to eliminate most of the coercive

www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0405150160may15,1,3755971.story?coll=chi-news-hed

US Forces Renew Holy City Battles in Iraq
Wired News – USA
KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – US-led forces battled insurgents around some
of the holiest Shi'ite shrines in Iraq on Saturday as international pressure
built for…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=864877&tw=wn_wire_story

US troops to stay in Iraq after June: Bush
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush insisted on Saturday that US troops
will stay in Iraq after the June 30 handover of power despite doubts raised
earlier by…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/677196.cms

5 US troops dead in Iraq attacks
CNN – USA
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — Five US soldiers have died in the past 24 hours
in Iraq, the coalition announced Saturday, as attacks against coalition
troops and…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/15/iraq.main/

WORLD donors inject $1 bln into Iraq fund-minister
Forbes – USA
… Jordan, May 15 (Reuters) – World donors have made good on pledges to
inject about $1 billion of the $33 billion of aid earmarked for Iraq's
rebuilding into…
www.forbes.com/personalfinance/funds/newswire/2004/05/15/rtr1372857.html

UP to four die in Iraq mortar attack
Reuters – London,England,UK
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – A mortar attack on Iraqi civilians lining up to
join the new Iraqi army killed as many as four people and wounded 17,
hospital staff in…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=511205&section=news

MORE bloodshed in Iraq
ITV.com – UK
Fighting has flared in Iraq again with at least four people being killed
and more than 17 other wounded in a mortar attack on an Iraqi army recruiting
centre…
www.itv.com/news/609945.html

INSURGENTS target military recruitment center in northern Iraq,…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) Guerrillas fired a mortar round at an Iraqi army recruitment
center on Saturday, killing four people and wounding 18, hospital officials
said.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/136/world/Insurgents_target_military_rec:.shtml

TROOPS ŒTo Pull Out‚ If New Iraq Govt. Asks Us: Coalition…
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… of the Gulf nation, the four coalition allies, the United States, Britain,
Italy and Japan have stated that they will pull their troops out of Iraq,
if asked…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=051504012423

WHARTON: Loyalty, obedience may be factors in Iraq prison scandal
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
… So did the Catholic chaplain and Jewish rabbi. What does this have
to do with the current Iraq situation? First, you hung together with your
fellow soldiers.…
www.sltrib.com/2004/May/05152004/utah/166783.asp

IRAQ Militants Bombard Coalition HQ in Nassiriya
Reuters – USA
NASSIRIYA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi militants kept up a sustained mortar
and grenade barrage of the headquarters of the US-led administration in
Nassiriya…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5153261

EDITOR ousted over Iraq photos
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… commanders of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment bitterly denounced the
pictures, and said they had proof that the photos, said to be taken in
Iraq, had been…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=
Article&cid=1084572619790&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

INTERROGATION tactics in Iraq are reined in
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — Under a barrage of international and domestic criticism,
the top US commander in Iraq has barred virtually all coercive interrogation
practices…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/173507_abuse15.html

US Bans Several Prisoners ‚ Interrogations Methods In Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… the wake of global outcry against prisoners abuses in the Gulf nation,
the American military has barred a number of interrogation methods in
Iraq, according to…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=051504120439

US will leave Iraq if asked: Powell
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
WASHINGTON˜US Secretary of State Colin Powell has laid out the clearest
assurance yet that US and allied troops will leave Iraq if asked to by
an interim…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=
Article&cid=1084572620006&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

GOING to Iraq and ruin
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
… duplicitous of places? That is what some critics have pointedly asked
about Bob Woodward's latest book on Iraq. But wait. Isn't…
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/Today/2004/05/15/460281.html

US military scraps coercive interrogation methods amid Iraq abuse…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : The top US commander in Iraq has scrapped a roster of controversial
interrogation techniques, previously approved for use in the country,
after a…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85066/1/.html

FRANCE, Italy urge US to give real power to Iraq
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Xinhuanet) — France and Italy urged the United States
on Friday to transfer real power to Iraq at the sovereignty handover on
June 30.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/15/content_1471382.htm

COALITION troops 'may quit Iraq'
BBC News – London,England,UK
The US, UK, Italy and Japan say they will pull their troops out of Iraq,
if asked by a new Iraqi government. The four countries…
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3716519.stm

  
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