Iraq News and Information Links April 16 2004
16/04/04 REBEL Iraq cleric defies US
Reuters – London,England,UK
KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) – Shi'ite guerrillas have clashed with US troops near
Kufa as their leader, rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, has defied demands
that he…

BUSH pushed ahead with Iraq war plan over sharp tensions among…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush quietly ordered creation of a war plan against
Iraq while overseeing a national security team torn by that course, including

BUSH, Blair United on Iraq Government Plan
Reuters – United States
… President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair presented a united
front on Friday behind a UN envoy's proposal for a caretaker government
in Iraq.…

THE 3 scary parallels between Iraq and Vietnam
The Straits Times – Singapore
By RICHARD HALLORAN. UNITED States Senator Edward Kennedy, the Democrat
from Massachusetts, asserts that 'Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam'.…,4386,246253,00.html

JAZEERA Airs Tape of US Soldier Captive in Iraq
Reuters – United States
… A US defense official in Washington said the US military in Iraq had
received a copy of what appeared to be the same tape and was examining

TAPE Appears to Show US Soldier Captive in Iraq
Reuters – United States
… The US military's Central Command said it could not confirm that Pvt.
Keith Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, was being held captive in Iraq.…

IRAQ clashes leave two dead
ABC Online – Australia
Reports from Iraq's holy city of Najaf say two Iraqis have been killed
in clashes between militia fighters and US troops. Iraqi…

BUSH, Blair Unified on Israeli Plan, Iraq
Guardian – UK
… and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, standing united on two turbulent
fronts, endorsed giving the United Nations broad control over Iraq's political

US – Iranian Cooperation Initiative on Iraq Falls Apart Amid…
Eurasianet – New York,NY,United States
… The diplomat was, according to one Iranian report, a commander in Iran‚s
Revolutionary Guards, which has maintained a significant presence in Iraq.

BLAIR, Bush Back UN Iraq Power Transfer Plan
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are backing a UN plan
for the transfer of political power in Iraq. The two…

TAPE Shows Apparent US Soldier Held Hostage in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The al-Jazeerah television network has broadcast a videotape showing a
hostage in Iraq who identifies himself as a missing US soldier.…

DANISH businessman kidnapped in Iraq
Times of India – India
COPENHAGEN: A Danish businessman is feared kidnapped in Iraq, the Danish
foreign ministry said on Friday. "The Danish foreign ministry…

WASHINGTON Japanwatch / Iraq hostage crises give nation…
Daily Yomiuri – Tokyo,Japan
The spate of kidnappings in Iraq represents a milestone in Japan's recent
forays into the dangerous world of foreign interventions.…

IRAQ: A Most Dangerous Moment
It's high noon in Iraq. … Iraq is looking more and more out of control,"
frets billionaire Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz

BUSH, Blair meet on Iraq, Mideast conflict
Xinhua – China
… US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met
in the White House on Friday to discuss the latest development in Iraq
and the Middle…

RUSSIA evacuates more people from Iraq
Xinhua – China
MOSCOW, April 16 (Xinhuanet) — A Russian plane carrying 117 employees
working in companies in Iraq returned to Moscow on Friday evening, winding
up the two…

US Urges International Support For UN Protection Force In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… The US ambassador to the United Nations urged member states today to
contribute to a multinational force that would protect UN political experts
assisting Iraq…

KIDNAPPERS free three Czechs, Canadian in Iraq
Reuters – India
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Three Czechs taken hostage in Iraq were freed on
Friday, as well as a Canadian who said he was desperate during his eight-day

FREED Japanese hostages recover in Dubai from their Iraq ordeal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… for foreign affairs Kazunori Tanaka as head of the crisis cell, which
is trying to establish the whereabouts of two other Japanese citizens
missing in Iraq.…

TEHRAN Delegation In Iraq On ' Fact – Finding ' Mission
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
The extent of Iran's diplomatic involvement in Iraq remains unclear. An
Iranian fact-finding delegation reportedly visited the holy…

BUSH and Blair Stand Firm on Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George Bush today vowed not to
waiver in their fight to build a free Iraq, despite recent bloodshed which
has seen…

BLAIR pressed to boost UK influence in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… Prime Minister Tony Blair is under domestic pressure to use his summit
with US President George Bush to increase Britain's influence over policy
towards Iraq.…

FREED Japanese hostages in Dubai after Iraq ordeal
Reuters – India
… Three freed Japanese hostages arrived in the United Arab Emirates on
Friday from Baghdad, but two of them have expressed a wish to carry on
working in Iraq.…;:40801c32:8965f56

OREGON firms help rebuild Iraq
Oregonian – Portland,OR,USA
… any circumstances. It's one of the few companies in Oregon supplying
services directly to troops and contractors in Iraq. But a…

VOLCKER to lead UN's Iraq oil – for – food probe
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… NATIONS, April 16 (Reuters) – Paul Volcker, the former US Federal Reserve
chairman, will head a UN probe into the scandal-ridden and now-defunct
Iraq oil-for…

AMERICAN Nabbed In Iraq
CBS News – USA
… Meeting at the White House, President Bush and British Prime Minister
Tony Blair are looking to show a united front on Iraq, hoping to boost
public support and…

RUSSIA evacuates its citizens from Iraq, one Iranian diplomat…
Arabic News – Middle East
… released. The kidnappers said they released the Japanese in response
to the call by the Muslims scholars commission in Iraq. The…

BUSH, Blair Welcome UN Initiative for Iraq Self-Rule (Update3)
Bloomberg – USA
April 16 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush said he supports the
idea of a United Nations-selected caretaker government for Iraq to assume
power on…

EVACUATION of 3000 Filipinos in Iraq looms ; go signal awaited
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
The Philippine government will push through with the evacuation of all
Filipinos in Iraq as soon as the newly created „Iraq Team‰ recommends
the start of…

BUSH, Blair look to UN for help on Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush signaled support today for an interim government
to take power in Iraq on June 30, saying the plan under development by
a UN envoy…

US Seeks New Force in Iraq to Protect UN Staff
Wired News – USA
… Reuters) – The United States called on governments around the world
on Friday to contribute troops to a new military force to be created in
Iraq to protect UN…

BUSH and Blair to stand by Iraq
Ananova – England,UK
Britain and America will not waver in the face of "fear and intimidation"
in Iraq, US President George W Bush has declared. … The stakes in Iraq
are clear.…

BUSH to meet Blair on Iraq as US troops seek to end Fallujah…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
FALLUJAH, Iraq : US President George W. Bush was to meet British Prime
Minister Tony Blair amid reports of a rift between the staunch allies
over the…

ARMY Analyst Calls Bush Iraq War Strategy Flawed
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration went to war in Iraq with
a flawed strategy that sought victory "on the cheap" and is now paying
the price in the…

RUMSFELD : Tours of 20000 US Soldiers Extended in Iraq
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the combat duty tours of some 20,000
US soldiers in Iraq are being extended for three months to confront the

SAFETY in Iraq, Arroyo says
Manila Times – Manila,Philippines
THE government is determined to balance its international commitment to
help rebuild Iraq and the safety of Filipinos in the war-torn country.

US Officials Join Talks Seeking to End Iraq Violence
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
US officials have joined members of Iraq's Governing Council in trying
to mediate an end to the violence that has killed dozens of US troops
and hundreds of…

IRAQ effects may last decades
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The impact of the Iraq conflict will depend on how the US handover pans
out. Peter Weekes reports. June 30 is not only the planned…

IRAQ'S Sadr Says Will Not Disband Militia
Wired News – USA
KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said
on Friday he would not dismantle his Mehdi Army militia under any circumstances.

IRAQ, then the world, Bush hoped
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
By Peter Hartcher. This week George Bush came closer to telling the truth
about the invasion of Iraq than at any time in his presidency.…

BUSH-BLAIR summit to focus on Iraq
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Iraq policy is expected to dominate Friday's summit
between US President Bush and his administration's staunchest ally on
the issue, as…

US warms to UN plan for Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Senior American officials have welcomed ideas put forward by the United
Nations envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, for a caretaker government to
take over from…

BLAIR: UN Should Play Role in Iraq Power Transfer
FOX News – USA
NEW YORK ˜ British Prime Minister Tony Blair (search) said on Thursday
that the United Nations should play a key role in mediating Iraq's transition

FORMER Japanese Hostages Leave Iraq, 2 Others Missing
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
After the release of three Japanese hostages in Iraq, attention in Japan
is now turning to the whereabouts of two additional missing Japanese last
seen near…

WOODWARD: Bush ordered Iraq war
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
President George W Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq
less than two months after US forces attacked Afghanistan, says a new
book on his…

IRAQ workers snub Russia airlift
BBC News – London,England,UK
About 300 Russians and other former Soviet workers have decided to stay
in Iraq, refusing to join Moscow's massive airlift operation.…

FALLUJA clashes, Najaf standoff fuel Iraq tension
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
FALLUJA, Iraq- US troops fought Sunni insurgents in Falluja on Friday and
stood ready to strike at a rebel cleric in Najaf, one of Iraq's holiest
Shi'ite cities…

ITALY Seeks to `Soften Up' US Iraq Stance After Hostage Death
Bloomberg – USA
April 16 (Bloomberg) — Italy wants to ``soften up'' the US military stance
on Iraq and improve dialogue with Iraqis in a bid to free hostages after
one of…

UN Iraq role to top Bush-Blair meeting
Guardian – UK
George Bush and Tony Blair are expected to agree on a new UN resolution
on Iraq when they meet in Washington this afternoon. The…,12956,1193469,00.html

2 missing Japanese believed taken hostage in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… said his group continued to contact the clerics behind the scenes to
tell the abductors that the Japanese are opposed to their government's
Iraq policy and had…

UN Resolution on Iraq Needed, Blair Says
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the United Nations should play a
key role in Iraq's transition to sovereignty. Mr. Blair, who…

IRAN seeks better US ties from efforts in Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… US officials in Iraq insisted Thursday that no American overture led
to the visit to the holy southern city of Najaf by a five-man delegation
from Tehran.…,1,1200288.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

FREED hostages plan Iraq return
TOKYO, Japan — — A fresh controversy is brewing in Japan after two of
three Japanese hostages released in Iraq said they still wanted to work
in the country.…

DANE Missing in Iraq; Chinese Man Freed
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A Danish businessman was believed kidnapped in Iraq,
Denmark's Foreign Ministry said Friday, while a Chinese citizen was reportedly,1280,-3984217,00.html

BUSH, Blair meet in shadow of Iraq, Mideast
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… in the Middle East. Blair late Thursday dispelled rumors of a rift
between the two staunch allies over Iraq. "The common aim and…

FREED Japanese Hostages Arrive in Dubai from Iraq
Reuters – United States
… the Gulf emirate earlier on Friday to meet the three civilians whose
captors had threatened to kill them unless Tokyo withdrew its forces from
Iraq, which it…

MARINE killed in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Kevin T. Kolm, who was killed Tuesday in Fallujah, is the third Long
Island resident to be killed in Iraq since President George W. Bush sent
troops there one…,0,5942004.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines

IRANIAN envoy slain in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
NAJAF, Iraq˜Gunmen assassinated an Iranian diplomat in Baghdad yesterday
just as Iran, with tacit US approval, attempted to mediate with a radical

JAPANESE government shaken by Iraq hostage crisis
World Socialist
The abduction of three Japanese citizens in Iraq, who were released unharmed
yesterday, has created the biggest political crisis for the Koizumi government

ITALY Grieves for Hostage Who 'Died a Hero' in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Horror in Iraq! Hostage Slaughtered! Fabrizio Quattrocchi, a 36-year-old
former baker, had taken a security job in Iraq to earn enough money to
get married.…,1,6417116.story?coll=la-headlines-world

THREE Japanese Hostages Freed in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Three Japanese were freed by their captors Thursday, a
day after other kidnappers executed an Italian – the first known killing
of a hostage in…

A Lifeline to Grab in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
The Bush administration is making two important moves to blunt the violence
and anger that threaten the US occupation and all of Iraq.…,1,804008.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials

BUSH, Blair Will Meet to Show Iraq Unity
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ Meeting at the White House, President Bush and British Prime
Minister Tony Blair are looking to show a united front on Iraq, hoping
to boost…,1,2941593.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

ARROYO wants "zero casualty" for Filipinos in Iraq
Xinhua – China
MANILA, April 16 (Xinhuanet) — Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
said Friday she wants all Filipinos in Iraq to besafe and unharmed as

DANISH civilian kidnapped in Iraq' – UK
… highway robbery. Meanwhile, the US has decided to keep more than 20,000
of its troops in Iraq beyond their yearlong tours of duty. The…

IRAN'S mullahs influencing resistance in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
We are currently witnessing the most serious uprising by the Shiites against
the American presence in Iraq since the invasion, led by Muqtada al-Sadr's

REBELS free 3 Japanese hostages in Iraq
Daily Star - Beirut,Lebanon
... freed unharmed by Iraqi rebels Thursday after a week-long ordeal just
hours after an Italian was executed by other militants demanding US-led
troops quit Iraq. ...

THREE Japanese Hostages In Iraq Freed
IndoLink - San Ramon,CA,United States
Baghdad, April 16 (NNN): Three Japanese civilians who were taken hostage
in Iraq last week have been freed unharmed, according to reports here
on Friday. ...

BRITAIN: Ruling elite discuss Iraq strategy
World Socialist
... Blair heads for Washington to reaffirm the trans-Atlantic partnership
in face of the growing crisis that the US and its British ally face in
Iraq, rumblings of ...

Boston Globe - Boston,MA,USA
THE BUSH administration is beginning to admit, if only tacitly, that it
needs help in Iraq. So desperate are President Bush and ...

CAN Iraq avoid a situation similar to Lebanon's civil war?
Daily Star - Beirut,Lebanon
... Earlier this month Iraq commemorated an event whose repercussions will
also be borne for generations to come: the fall of Saddam Hussein and
his dictatorship. ...

ANNAN, Blair meet on Iraq
Xinhua - China
... British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday that it is necessary
to adopt a new United Nations resolution to guide Iraq's political transition
andgive the ...

HAZEM SAGHIEH, political editor of London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat,
urges revolutionaries in Iraq on all sides to hold back. The people must
have their say

The Arab world has a rich tradition of bitter, insightful, Swiftean
satire. Distinguished Iraqi satirist KHALID KISHTAINY on the brute
economics of war

JO WILDING's brave and harrowing report from inside the besieged city of
Falluja, cited in the New York Times. NEW: with a response from the

VIRGINIA Man Dies in Iraq
WRIC TV – Richmond,VA,USA
… 9th. A Halliburton spokeswoman says Fisher was in Iraq driving trucks
for its construction group Kellogg, Brown and Root. "It's…

TORN between money and safety, some US workers flee Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… analysts say. Under its contract with the Defense Department, Halliburton
has 24,000 employees in the Iraq-Kuwait region. Some 30…

JAPANESE Hostages Freed in Iraq, Iranian Killed
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Three freed Japanese hostages were due to leave Iraq
on Friday but the murders of an Iranian diplomat and an Italian captive
were chilling…

BLAIR sees wider UN Iraq role
CNN International – United States
… Minister Tony Blair says a new United Nations Security Council resolution
is needed to help ensure the creation of a stable and democratic government
in Iraq.…

BLAIR to Seek New UN Resolution on Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair said today he was seeking a new UN resolution
to drive forward the process of transferring sovereignty back to the people
of Iraq.…

MCCAIN: Iraq plan was 'inadequate'
(CNN) — The Pentagon should have known it needed more troops in Iraq and
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should have overruled his generals on
the matter…

KERRY'S Iraq Policy Makes the War Issue Bush‚s to Lose
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… It was striking how little the two men differ on the steps they say
should be taken to secure the peace in Iraq. … He is not willing to
cut and run from Iraq……

IRAQ: eruption of the hornet's nest
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
Ipso facto, it is suggested, democracy – US style – will be brought to
Iraq as the June 30 deadline for handover of American governance takes

IRAQ war takes on form of George W.'s Vietnam
Nashville City Paper – Nashville,TN,USA
With those mangled eight words, President Bush began his pathetic news
conference on Iraq. … Nothing he said about postwar Iraq has come to
pass, either.…

SERVICE tours in Iraq grow
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
WASHINGTON, DC — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged Thursday
that he had not expected the level of violence confronting US forces in
Iraq, but he…

JAPANESE hostages freed in Iraq, Iranian killed
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
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…

EXTENDED Tours in Iraq Dash Hopes and Raise Fears Among Families
New York Times – USA
… up and down Colony Boulevard feel like cruel taunts, now that her husband,
Specialist Roy L. Abrams, is spending an extra three months in Iraq along
with 2,800…

UN has Key Role to Play in Iraq Transition – Blair
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Tony Blair has said that the UN should play a key role in mediating Iraq‚s
transition to sovereignty and curtailing the spiralling violence that
has hindered…

20000 troops given extended tour in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ Some soldiers who had already left Iraq are among about
20,000 whose tours are being extended 90 days to cope with violence that

BLAIR Says He and Bush Share Goals for Iraq
Reuters – United States
… British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday ahead of talks with
President Bush that London and Washington shared the same goals for Iraq
and vowed to…

' US wants UN to play vital role in Iraq '
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: The US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that the United
Nations could play a 'vital role' in Iraq even as he favoured a new UN

DIPLOMATIC mission to Iraq another wrinkle in US-Iran relations
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The unexpected arrival of an Iranian diplomatic
mission to defuse the face-off between US forces and firebrand Shiite
cleric Muqtada al…

THREE Japanese Hostages Freed in Iraq After a Week of Captivity
Bloomberg – USA
April 16 (Bloomberg) — Three Japanese hostages, abducted a week ago in
Iraq and filmed being threatened with knives and machine guns by their
captors, were…

IRAN envoy, Italian shot dead in Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
… It was not clear whether the slaying was connected to a visit to Iraq
yesterday by a senior Iranian envoy who is trying to mediate an end to
the US standoff…

FOR Kerry, Iraq a perilous front in election fight
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ At a college in New York City, protesters hoot at the candidate
for wanting to "stay the course" in Iraq; some unfurl a banner demanding

US Open to Plan That Supplants Council in Iraq
New York Times – USA
… sovereignty is restored on July 1. Administration officials said that
the proposal by Lakhdar Brahimi, the special United Nations envoy in Iraq,
to create a…

RUMSFELD Says He Underestimated Level of Violence in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged yesterday that he had
not expected the level of violence confronting US forces in Iraq, but
he stood by his…

LIST of Michigan casualties in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,United States
… 26, formerly of Flint was one of six soldiers killed in the crash of
an Army Black Hawk helicopter April 2, 2003, during a fire fight in Iraq,
his wife said.…

AL-QAEDA tries to split west over Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
A truce offered yesterday by Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, to European
countries that have forces in Iraq has clarified key aspects of al-Qaeda's

JAPAN welcomes Iraq hostage release, debate goes on
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan rejoiced on Friday at the release of three Japanese
civilians who had been held hostage in Iraq, but the fate of two others
was unclear…;:407f35b8:fd5f35d4cdc

VIETNAM helps Iraq debate
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… A year later, a spreading anti-American insurgency ripped across Iraq,
accompanied by Iraqi mobs mutilating dead Americans and shouting hatred
of the occupiers…

A ray of hope for new Iraq coalition
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
The United Nations has offered as good a rescue plan as Iraq and the United
States are likely to receive. The proposals should be…

CONTRACTORS flee Iraq, even as US plans to bolster forces
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Foreign contractors scrambled to catch planes leaving
Iraq on Thursday, even as three Japanese hostages were released and the

IRANIAN diplomat killed amid continuous Iraq violence
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Japanese hostages were freed on Thursday, but the murders of an Iranian
diplomat and an Italian captive were chilling proof of the risks foreigners
face in Iraq…

ITALY vows to keep troops in Iraq – New Zealand
Italy has vowed to keep its troops in Iraq despite the videotaped murder
of one of four Italian hostages held there. "They have destroyed a life.,1227,267885-1-9,00.html

WHY Filipino Troops Should Stay in Iraq
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
The mounting violence in Iraq, which has threatened to spiral out of control
in the past two weeks, has forced all nations which have contributed troops

LAWMAKERS on Iraq: Bring the troops home! Bring the UN in!
People's Weekly World – United States
WASHINGTON ? The first anniversary of the Iraq war was observed with
mass peace demonstrations and by peace advocates in the House and Senate
demanding that…

US to boost Iraq troops by 20000
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The US will increase its military forces in Iraq by 20,000 troops in order
to deal with the deteriorating security situation, Donald Rumsfeld, defence

JAPANESE hostage trio freed in Iraq
Japan Times – Tokyo,Japan
BAGHDAD — Three Japanese civilians taken hostage last week by gunmen in
Iraq were freed Thursday and arrived safely at the Japanese Embassy in

IRAN diplomat is shot dead in Iraq
Times of Oman – Oman
BAGHDAD ˜ An Iranian diplomat was gunned down in central Baghdad yesterday
as Washington ordered more troops to Iraq to tackle deteriorating security.

KOIZUMI still faces shaky situation in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
Despite the release of three Japanese hostages in Iraq on Thursday after
eight days in captivity, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi still faces

RUMSFELD says US death toll in Iraq higher than he expected
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday the
death toll of US troops in recent fighting in Iraq was higher than he
had expected…

BLAIR and Annan to Discuss Way Forward in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he expects to focus on „the
way forward‰ in Iraq during a meeting with Tony Blair.…

TEXAN becomes 36th Fort Riley soldier killed in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
FORT RILEY, Kan. – A sergeant from Texas is the 36th soldier from Fort
Riley to die in the Iraq war, Army officials said Thursday. Sgt.…

RUMSFELD : Tours of 20000 US Soldiers Extended in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the combat duty tours of some 20,000
US soldiers in Iraq are being extended for three months to confront the

BRITISH-US tie loosens over Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
LONDON ˆ Two weeks of kidnapping, mayhem, and carnage in Iraq, which
has provoked a muscular US military response, has also drawn a deeper
divide in US…

TORN between money and safety, some US workers flee Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… it. By Kris Axtman | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor.
HOUSTON ˆ He went to Iraq for the money, he admits. But after…

VIETNAM'S Ghost Hovers Over Iraq War
Reuters – United States
… While Americans tried to shake off days of fierce guerrilla attacks
in Iraq and wondered whether their leaders have detoured into a quagmire,
the last…

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