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December 15 2004
 

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Blast kills seven outside Iraq shrine
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A bomb targeting a prominent Shi’ite cleric has killed seven people outside one of southern Iraq’s holiest shrines as campaigning began for Iraq’s first post
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Election campaigning begins in Iraq amid fresh violence
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Violence marred Iraq’s first official day of parliamentary election campaigning Wednesday as interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi

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Navy Documents Report 10 Cases of Detainee Abuse in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: According to US Navy documents, there have been 10 substantiated incidents of Marines abusing prisoners in Iraq. The

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Deadly blast hits Shiite shrine as Iraq PM joins poll hopefuls
Turkish Press – Turkey
Sunni elder statesman Adnan Pachachi said he feared turnout might be less than 10 percent in rebel bastions, leaving Iraq’s first freely elected assembly

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7105693
Iraq Insurgents Growing ‘More Effective’ -US General
Reuters – NY,USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bold, innovative insurgency is becoming more effective against US supply lines in Iraq and explosive attacks have slowed military

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/16/content_2340107.htm
UN intends to increase peacekeepers in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
15 (Xinhuanet) — UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced Wednesday that he will send more UN staffers to Iraq which he drew back after last year’s terrorist

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‘Chemical Ali’ First to Be Put on Trial in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
using poisonous gas to kill thousands of Kurds, would be the first from the former regime to appear in court for alleged war crimes, Iraq’s defense minister

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Iraq insurgents ‘more effective’
NEWS.com.au – Australia
A BOLD, innovative insurgency is becoming more effective against US supply lines in Iraq and explosive attacks have slowed military operations there, a senior

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UN plans new Iraq offices
NEWS.com.au – Australia
It was not immediately clear, however, whether the plans to open new offices in Basra in southern Iraq and Erbil in the north involved an increase in the

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Iraq Asks Some of Saddam’s Soldiers to Return to Work
Reuters – NY,USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s interim government, preparing for an election next month while fighting a bloody insurgency, asked some of Saddam’s Hussein’s

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Iraq’s election campaign starts amid violence
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Political factions in Iraq started their official campaign for the upcoming national elections, planned for January 30. Voters will

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Marine, Soldier Killed in Separate Incidents in Iraq
Defenselink.mil – USA
In other news from Iraq, US Marines killed three insurgents and captured 13 other suspects in action south of Baghdad on Dec. 14.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1028-2004Dec15.html
Documents Show String of Iraq Abuse Claims
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Newly released US Navy documents portray a series of abuse cases stretching beyond Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison where photos surfaced this

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=639124
Iraq’s “Chemical Ali” to be tried first
Reuters – London,England,UK
Reuters) – Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known as “Chemical Ali”, will be the first of Saddam Hussein’s top deputies to face trial, Iraq’s defence minister has

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Campaigning Kicks Off Amid Iraq Insurgency
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq Dec 15, 2004 — Campaigning in Iraq’s first national elections since Saddam Hussein’s ouster began Wednesday under the shadow of a rampant

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More killing, continued clashes in Iraq
Arabic News – Middle East
Richard Meyers’ visit to Iraq coincided with an attack by a booby trapped car on an area close to the Green Zone in the downtown of the Iraqi capital yesterday

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Iraq in hot water six months after power handover
Xinhua – Beijing,China
15 (Xinhuanet) — The moment when Paul Bremer packed up and left Iraq on June 28, the US supervisor might have realized that the country he left behind would

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With roads perilous, Iraq airlifts increase
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON Responding to the threat of roadside bombings and ambushes of American ground convoys in Iraq, the US air force is sharply expanding its airlift of

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Medal of Freedom for key figures in Iraq war
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tuesday on three of the central architects and executors of the war in Iraq, one of the

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Air transport eases danger to ground convoys in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – Responding to the threat of roadside bombings and ambushes of American ground convoys in Iraq, the Air Force is sharply expanding its airlift of

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Iraq vote campaign opens, ‘Chemical Ali’ to be first on trial
Turkish Press – Turkey
The announcement came as campaigning kicked off for Iraq’s landmark January 30 elections, a day after Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said Saddam’s top henchmen

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Iran, Syria Said Backed Terrorists in Iraq
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq Dec 15, 2004 — Iraq’s defense minister on Wednesday accused neighboring Iran and Syria of supporting terrorists in his country and charged that

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Iraq’s “Chemical Ali” will be first to face trial
Reuters – London,England,UK
most feared deputies, better known as “Chemical Ali”, will be the first leader of the former regime to be tried for war crimes, Iraq’s defence minister says.

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Saddam’s top men to face the music in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Iraq will put some of Saddam Hussein’s top lieutenants on trial next week, a month before a national election many hope will lay the ghosts of his

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Iraq’s “Chemical Ali” will be first to face trial
swissinfo – Switzerland
By Alastair Macdonald. first leader of the former regime to be tried for war crimes, Iraq’s defence minister says. start by the middle

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Iraq to try Saddam aides next week
Valletta Times – Valletta,Malta
War crimes trials of some of Saddam Hussein’s top deputies will begin next week, Iraq’s interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said yesterday, but he did not say

www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1215iraq-medals15.html
3 ‘pivotal’ in Iraq honored
AZ Central.com – AZ,USA
America as liberator, the White House conferred the highest civilian honor Tuesday on three men intimately involved with the decision to invade Iraq or with

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UK court backs Iraq prison death probe
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
A court on Tuesday backed an independent inquiry into charges that British troops beat to death an Iraqi civilian prisoner, in a test case overruling Defense

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IRAQ: Two Marines killed in Al Anbar Province
noticias.info (press release) – Spain
/noticias.info/ Al Anbar Province, Iraq, Iraq — Two Marines assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force were killed in action Monday, December 13 while

www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-12-15-guard-deaths_x.htm
New Guard number shows lower Iraq death rate
USA Today – McLean,VA,USA
WASHINGTON — The National Guard released a new figure Tuesday for the number of Army National Guard troops who have served in Iraq since the war began in

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Other Iraq developments
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
Tuesday’s blast near the gate into the district that houses Iraq’s interim government killed seven people, hospital officials said.

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Documents show more US abuse in Iraq
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Evidence of more US abuse in Iraq has been revealed after the US military was forced to release it by the courts. According to newly

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/15/content_2337244.htm
Iraq, US urge greater UN presence
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, Dec. 15 — In New York, Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations is pushing for more UN staff in his country. This, in a

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Bush honours controversial Iraq trio
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
President George Bush has bestowed the highest US civilian honour on three former top officials, sidestepping their ties to controversies over the Iraq war and

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/15/content_2336617.htm
US Navy documents reveal more prisoner abuses in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
14 (Xinhuanet) — Internal US Navy documents released Tuesday showed that the prisoner abuses in Iraq by US troops stretched beyond the Abu Ghraib prison

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Mass grave found in northern Iraq
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Labourers digging on a construction site in northern Iraq uncovered human skulls and bones yesterday which interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said

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Bush lauds ‘noble trio’ for service in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Washington – American President George Bush on Tuesday bestowed the United States’ highest civilian honour on three leading figures of the Iraq war – including

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64782-2004Dec14.html
Senate Panel to Set Hearings on Iraq Insurgency, Shortages
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings on the Iraq war when the new Congress convenes next month, including an examination of criticism that

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US Navy documents show probes of other Iraq abuse cases
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Investigative Services (NCIS) said the alleged mock execution was one of several incidents involving four marine suspects in Adiwaniya, Iraq between June 1 and

www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-12/15/content_400376.htm
Poland to cut number of troops in Iraq by around one-third
China Daily – Beijing,China
Poland plans to cut the size of its force in the US-led coalition in Iraq from 2,400 troops to 1,700 in mid-February, Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski

www.nytimes.com/2004/12/15/international/middleeast/15nations.html
CASH FLOW UN Criticizes Iraq Occupation Oil Sales
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
14 – An audit board set up by the Security Council to monitor oil sales in Iraq reported Tuesday that during the 15 months that the United States-led

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4673124,00.html
Iraq War Crimes Trials to Begin Next Week
Guardian – UK
By SLOBODAN LEKIC. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A suicide car bomber killed seven people at a Green Zone checkpoint early Tuesday. Meanwhile

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Mass grave found in northern Iraq
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Labourers digging on a construction site in northern Iraq uncovered human skulls and bones yesterday which interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said

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Iraq War Crime Trials Could Begin Next Week
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
By Greg LaMotte. Iraq’s interim government says war crime trials of members of the former regime of Saddam Hussein could begin as early as next week.

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Bush honors architects of Iraq invasion
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
Flanked by White House Christmas trees, Bush gave Presidential Medals of Freedom to three architects of the Iraq invasion and reconstruction – including two

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Two Marines, one soldier killed in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
By The Associated Press. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two Marines were killed in Iraq’s volatile Anbar province, the military said today. A

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Files show more US abuse in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Evidence of more prisoner abuse in Iraq has come to light after the US military was forced to release it by the courts. The documents

www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woiraqis1215,0,7627801.story?coll=ny-top-headlines
Iraq bombings show futility of security efforts
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
SULAIMANIYAH, IRAQ — Back-to-back suicide bombings this week outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone underscore the virtually impossible task of

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/15/content_2335927.htm
Poland to cut troop presence in Iraq in 2005
Xinhua – Beijing,China
14 (Xinhuanet) — Poland will cut its troops in Iraq from 2,400 people to 1,700 in mid-February as part of a long-standing plan to reduce its presence there

www.boston.com/dailynews/349/world/Some_of_Iraq_s_high_profile_de:.shtml
Some of Iraq’s high-profile detainees will be taken to court next
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq will bring top figures of Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime to court next week for the first time since they appeared before a judge five

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Bush honors architects of Iraq invasion
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
Flanked by White House Christmas trees, Bush gave Presidential Medals of Freedom to three architects of the Iraq invasion and reconstruction – including two

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Former Columbine student killed in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
LITTLETON, Colorado — A Marine who was a freshman at Columbine High School when two students killed 13 people there was killed in action in Iraq, his family

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=7093570
US Alerts Military Units for Iraq, Afghan Rotation
Reuters – NY,USA
combat units based in seven states on Tuesday that they are likely to be part of next-year’s planned rotation of American forces into Iraq and Afghanistan.

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/12/14/iraq/main661081.shtml
Iraq Called Terror Breeding Ground
CBS News – USA
(AP) Radical youths from Europe and the Arab world are training at insurgent camps in Iraq, Europe’s anti-terror chief said Tuesday, warning that instability

www.boston.com/dailynews/349/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml
A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
14, 2004, at least 1,301 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

  
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