Iraq News and Information Links August 15 2004
BREAKING: Reporters Ordered to Leave Najaf

ROCKY start to Iraq meet on democracy
Times of India – India
… Iraq's interior ministry said three mortar bombs hit a taxi and bus
station on the edge of the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, a few hundred
metres away from…

'PULL out of Iraq or we attack' threat
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
An Islamist group has threatened to attack Italy and the Netherlands if
they do not withdraw troops from Iraq, according to an Internet statement
posted today.…

FRENZIED fans take to field as Iraq wins again
Iraq defeated Costa Rica 2-0 Sunday night in a game where a boisterous
crowd not only provided atmosphere but temporarily halted play as jubilant
Iraqi fans…

DUTCH soldier shot dead, five others injured in Iraq
Expatica – Netherlands
AMSTERDAM ˜ A Dutch soldier was killed in a shooting incident in Iraq
on Saturday, the Dutch defence ministry has confirmed. Five…

BREAKING: Mortars Mark Opening of Iraqi Political Conference

GENERAL: Iraq Rebuilding to Quicken Despite Violence
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Surging violence in Iraq this month has disrupted reconstruction
work in parts of the country, but plans are still on track for a tenfold

ABOUT That Iraq Vote
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
enator John Kerry's Iraq vote is going to haunt him throughout the presidential
campaign, no matter how he explains it. That does…

UPRISING halves Iraq oil exports
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's oil exports are still running at half their
normal rates as a Shi'ite uprising prevented the re-opening a main export
pipeline and…

STUDYING US Options in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Jennifer Ludden considers US options in Iraq with Rachel
Bronson, director of Mideast Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations,

UKRAINE captain in Iraq killed
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE commander of a Ukrainian platoon in Iraq was killed by a remote-controlled
land-mine blast while collecting water this morning, the Defence Ministry

NO repeat of Iraq war, warns Cook
ic – Reading,England,UK
Mr Cook, who quit the Cabinet in protest at the Iraq war, called on Mr
Blair to use Labour's annual conference in Brighton at the end of September
to disown US…

US Soldier Killed in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A US soldier was killed early Sunday when an improvised
bomb exploded in northern Baghdad, the military announced.…

MOHAMMED Ali lifts for Iraq
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
… As he did so, thousands watched attentively on TV in Iraq, whose only
Summer Olympics medal was a bronze in weightlifting 44 years ago.…,,2-1652-1655_1573246,00.html

SOUTH Koreans Protest Troop Deployment in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Thousands of South Koreans clashed with police near the US Embassy in Seoul
to protest South Korea's plans to send more troops to Iraq.…

DELEGATES Gather for Iraq Conference
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Under intense security, hundreds of delegates from across
Iraq gathered Sunday in Baghdad at a three-day national conference intended
to bring…

100 desert Iraq conference – Australia
A NATIONAL conference, hailed as Iraq's first experiment in democracy for
decades, got off to a rocky start today when more than 100 delegates walked
out to…,4057,10453838%255E1702,00.html

S.KOREANS Clash with Police on Iraq Troop Dispatch
Reuters – USA
… water cannon in central Seoul Sunday to disperse at least 7,000 protesters
urging the government to reverse a controversial decision to send more
troops to Iraq…

IRAQ: Ukranian, Dutch soldiers killed in separate incidents
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
… Meanwhile, in southern Iraq, a Dutch soldier was killed and five seriously
injured on Saturday evening in a shooting incident that probably began
with an…

CAMP Pendleton Marine killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
LOS ANGELES – A Camp Pendleton Marine killed during his second tour of
duty in Iraq has been buried with full military honors. Cpl.…

IRAQ Political Conference Opens, Najaf Tense
Wired News – USA
… Underscoring Iraq's precarious security, muffled explosions and repeated
gunshots echoed not far from the Green Zone. The cause was not immediately

IRAQ Oil Exports at Half Normal-Shipper
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's oil exports were still running at half their
normal rate Sunday as instability due to an anti-US uprising prevented
the re-opening…

US Halts Free Flow Of Information From Iraq: Experts
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) ˆ- Iranian politicians and journalists believe that the
US is against the free flow of information in Iraq and that the arrest
of the Iranian…

IRAQ, US boosting efforts to halt insurgents at border
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ANKARA, Turkey — Islamic militants volunteering to fight in Iraq or carrying
cash to fuel the insurgency are using fake passports or bribes to sneak

IRAQ conference collapses
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
More than 100 people leapt out of their seats as soon as UN special envoy
to Iraq, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, finished his opening speech, shouting “as
long as…,,2-10-1460_1573208,00.html

POLICEMAN Shot Dead in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A 29-year-old Dutch military policeman was shot dead and five other Dutch
military personnel were seriously wounded during a firefight in Iraq.

IN forgotten corner of Iraq, Marines face daily danger
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… With 156 Purple Hearts as well, the casualty count for this battalion
is higher than that of any other unit in Iraq, save for fellow Marines
in turbulent…

NEWS Should Flow in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
When Iraq's interim prime minister padlocked the Baghdad bureau of Al Jazeera
last week in the service of building a democratic Iraq, US State Department,1,1433866.story

IRAQ vows to return order to Najaf
CNN International – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's national security advisor has said the government
“left no stone unturned” in its efforts to peacefully resolve the standoff

WHY Kerry Is Right on Iraq
Newsweek – New York,NY,USA
Aug. 23 issue – John Kerry isn't being entirely honest about his views
on Iraq. … We now know that there were no weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq.…

US, Iraq boosting efforts to close porous borders
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Islamic militants volunteering to fight in Iraq or carrying cash to fuel
the insurgency are using fake passports or bribes to sneak across the
Syrian border…,00050004.htm

IRAQ holy city faces new assault
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Mr Sadr said it was impossible for democracy to prevail in Iraq while
US forces were besieging Najaf. The stand-off comes as Iraq's…

ANNAN offers help to end Iraq fighting
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14: United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Friday
offered the world body's help to end the current fighting in Iraq, particularly

DEATH penalty in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
I WOULD like to express dismay over the decision by the new government
of Iraq to reinstate the death penalty. During the lead-up…

TRUCE talks in Iraq break down
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq ˜ Negotiations to end the fighting in Najaf broke down Saturday,
threatening to spark a resurgence of the fierce clashes between Shiite

WHAT James Brandon's kidnap reveals about Iraq – London,England,UK
By Con Coughlin. I was struck by a strong sense of deja vu when I learned
that James Brandon had been abducted by Shi'ite Muslim militiamen in southern

MACHO rhetoric won‚t pull Iraq back from brink
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
… negotiations continue with the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf
and the threat of a widespread Shia revolt still hanging over the country,
Iraq is entering…

BUSH-TALK on Iraq is tricky walk
Daily Times – Pakistan
By Tom Raum. By criticising Kerry‚s talk of reducing troop levels in
Iraq, Bush risked drawing even more attention to the bloodshed.…

IRAQ: Massacre fears as Najaf peace talks collapse; Sunni city…
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
… Thousands were reported to be flocking to Najaf to support al-Sadr,
who now expects Iraq‚s interim prime minister Ayad Allawi to order an
attack on the holy…

BLAIR signs Olympic Truce, ignores Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… document ˆ put his signature at a ceremony in Athens on Saturday
undeterred by the fact that British soldiers were currently engaged in
hostilities in Iraq .…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, Aug. 13, 930 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense

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