Iraq News and Information Links June 16 2004
OIL official is assassinated as guerrillas blow up last Iraq…
Independent – London,England,UK
Insurgents stopped all oil exports from Iraq yesterday by blowing up the
one remaining pipeline to the Gulf, and assassinated the head of security
for Iraqi…

BUSH: Free Iraq's future coming into view
United States Air Force (press release) – USA
6/16/2004 – WASHINGTON (AFPN) — With the transfer of sovereignty two weeks
away, the future of a free Iraq is coming into view, President Bush told

ANALYSIS: Bush's Iraq plan suffers setback
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By TERENCE HUNT. WASHINGTON — Already in question, President Bush's justification
for war in Iraq has suffered another major setback.…

PROFIT opportunities in Iraq lure small business despite risk
Hampton Roads Daily Press – Newport,VA,USA
ARLINGTON, Va. — The risks are undeniable, but for the entrepreneurs attending
a small business forum Wednesday on contracting work in Iraq, the potential—iraq-entrepreneur0616jun16,0,1922701.story?coll=dp-headlines-virginia

THREE US Soldiers Killed In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
The US military said the wounded included two civilians. The attack 75
kilometers north of Baghdad was one of several violent incidents in Iraq

9/11 Panel Disputes Iraq Link to Attacks
Guardian – UK
… Although Osama bin Laden asked for help from Iraq in the mid-1990s,
Saddam's government never responded, according to a report by the commission
staff based on…,1282,-4212428,00.html

INSURGENTS go for Iraq's lifeline
Christian Science Monitor – USA
BAGHDAD ˆ Recent attacks that have virtually shut down Iraq's oil industry
are just the latest in a prolonged campaign to choke the country's reconstruction.

IRAQ assassination spooks oil markets, two US soldiers die in…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD, Iraq : Gunmen shot and killed a Iraqi oil security chief in the
latest attack on the country's vital oil industry as exports were virtually
halted by…

NATO Chief Leaves Door Open for Iraq Role
Reuters – USA
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO would not “slam the door in the face” of Iraq's
new government if a request came for military assistance to help stabilize
the country…

OCCUPATION authority bidding Iraq a bittersweet farewell
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) For most of the 600 members of the Coalition Provisional
Authority, it is time to go home. … They arrived in Iraq with a missionary's

CRITICS: US Fell Short of Goals for Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The goal of the US Coalition Provisional Authority was to
put Iraq on a path toward democracy and a market economy.…

REPORT: Iraq Did Not Help with Sept. 11 Attacks
NPR (audio) – USA
11 commission finds “no credible evidence” that Iraq was involved in the
2001 terrorist attacks, although al Qaeda did approach Saddam Hussein
about a…

FREE Iraq's Future Coming Into View, Bush Says at MacDill – USA
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2004 ˆ With the transfer of sovereignty two weeks
away, the future of a free Iraq is coming into view, President Bush told
a worldwide…

US inquiry finds no al-Qaida-Iraq link
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… However, the US government-established commission said in a staff report:
“We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaida cooperated on attacks

OIL attacks increase pressure on Iraq's interim government
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
BAGHDAD – Insurgents assassinated an oil chief and cut nearly all of Iraq's
oil exports with two acts of sabotage, stepping up pressure yesterday
on Iraq's new…

BUSH cheers US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, warns of trouble…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida : US President George W. Bush rallied US
forces, praising their efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan in a speech beamed
live to…

BUSH Seeks to Boost Morale of US Troops in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – President Bush sought on Wednesday to rally US troops in
Iraq who face … The address was fed by satellite to soldiers serving
in Iraq and Afghanistan.…

FORMER chief of prisons in Iraq says Guantánamo Naval Base…
Granma International – La Habana,Cuba
LONDON (PL)˜The former chief of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq at the
time that the scandal around its prisoners being tortured broke more than
two months ago…

WORKERS' comp claims from Americans working in Iraq could cost…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The mounting deaths and injuries to civilian contractors
in Iraq could cost the federal government millions of dollars for hundreds
of workers…

9/11 Panel Challenges Bush on Al-Qaeda-Iraq Links
Inter Press Service (subscription) – World
11, 2001 terrorist attacks against New York and the Pentagon has found
''no credible evidence'' of any operational link between Iraq and al-Qaeda.

IRAQ oil exports choked after rebel attacks
swissinfo – Switzerland
… prewar levels of some two million bpd by June 30. Industry sources
said repairs could take at least a week, costing Iraq nearly $60.…

NO Evidence Connecting Iraq to Al Qaeda, 9/11 Panel Says
Washington Post – USA
Although Osama bin Laden briefly explored the idea of forging ties with
Iraq in the mid-1990s, the terrorist leader was hostile to Hussein's secular

IRAQ rebuffed al-Qaeda, Sept. 11 panel reports
The Globe and Mail – Canada
11 attacks found “no credible evidence‰ of a link between Iraq and
al-Qaeda in attacks against the United States, contradicting US President
George W…

OIL attacks target Iraq recovery
BBC News – London,England,UK
Sabotage attacks on Iraq's vulnerable oil industry are proving one of the
most immediate ways in which insurgents can strike a blow at the heart
of the…

9/11 Panel Says Iraq Rebuffed Bin Laden
Guardian – UK
… The Bush administration has long claimed links between Saddam Hussein
and al-Qaida, and cited them as one reason for last year's invasion of

Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
… Wolfowitz is leading a coalition team that's meeting with Iraq's new
interim prime minister, defense minister and interior minister.…

CHENEY reportedly was in dark on Iraq contract
Tucson Citizen – Tucson,AZ,USA
… Dick Cheney's chief of staff was told in 2002 that Cheney's former
company would receive no-bid work to secretly plan restoration of Iraq's
oil facilities, but…

BUSH Says More Violence Ahead in Iraq, Vows to Defeat `Thugs'
Bloomberg – USA
June 16 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said the US and Iraq's
new government will establish a ``democratic, free Iraq,'' even as they
can expect more…

VOICE of Iraq soothes tense nation
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — She is the voice of Iraq — and about as close as
you can get to the pulse of the Iraqi people. … Iraq is now living in
a fog.…

NINE killed in west Iraq blast
Independent Online – South Africa
… killed, including four foreigners, and 10 wounded when a vehicle was
targeted in a blast on Wednesday in the restive town of Ramadi in western
Iraq, an Iraqi…

CRITICS question Tonga's Iraq deployment
ABC Online – Australia
The Tongan Government is being accused of sending troops to Iraq for domestic
political reasons. … And I think sending the troops to Iraq……

IRAQ Rebels Stage More Attacks, Oil Exports Choked
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Anti-US guerrillas trying to discredit Iraq's new interim
government killed an Iraqi oil official and attacked foreign contractors

SECOND attack on Iraq oil pipeline
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… stopped,” a spokesman said. He added that supplies had “come to halt”
through Iraq‚s southern export route. US light crude prices…

CONNECT the Dots Between Iraq and America Through Halliburton
Independent Media TV – USA
… However, Halliburton was also dependent on business with Iran, Iraq,
and Libya. … This happened more than 10 months before the UN inspectors
left Iraq.…

LEBANESE hostage freed in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BEIRUT, June 16 (Xinhuanet) — A Lebanese hostage Habib Samour has been
freed in Iraq and was on his way back via Jordan, Lebanon's national news
agency said…

GUEST EDITORIAL: We deserve a choice on Iraq
Desert Dispatch – Barstow,CA,USA
In the Nov. 2 election, Americans deserve a choice, not an echo, on the
most important issue of the day, the war in Iraq. But so…,8523,

US will allow Iraq to try Saddam Hussein
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Baghdad, Iraq, Jun. 16 (UPI) — The United States will allow Iraq to put
Saddam Hussein on trial, but will retain physical custody of him in the

LEBANESE hostage in Iraq freed
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A LEBANESE hostage in Iraq, Habib Samur, has been freed and was on his
way home today, state television Tele-Liban announced. Samur…,5478,9866608%255E1702,00.html

PENTAGON faulted for cost overruns in Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Washington — Multibillion-dollar Pentagon contracts to support military
operations and reconstruction in Iraq have been plagued by “inadequate
planning and…

IRAQ Oil Flow From Gulf Still Halted; North Attacked (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
Another pipeline was bombed in northern Iraq and the head of oil-company
security there was shot and killed. The sabotaged pipeline…

OIL futures rise after Iraq exports halted
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The price of oil on Wednesday rose as Iraq's oil exports were halted due
to sabotage, but went off the boil after Opec said it would keep markets
supplied if a…

IRAQ Rebels Stage More Attacks, Oil Exports Choked
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – With all Iraq's oil exports halted by sabotage, gunmen
killed a top Iraqi oil official on Wednesday in a new blow to an interim
US Deputy Defence Secretary arrives in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
The US Deputy Defence Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, has arrived unannounced
in Iraq to discuss the transition to sovereignty. The high…

REBELS sabotage pipelines in Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD — Insurgents hammered economic targets in Iraq on Tuesday, sabotaging
oil pipelines and attacking more foreign contractors just two weeks before

THAI troops to quit Iraq on time
BBC News – London,England,UK
Thai troops sent on a one-year mission to Iraq will withdraw by September
as planned, authorities in Bangkok said. But the defence…

ATTACK on oil pipelines cuts Iraq's oil exports
Independent – London,England,UK
Saboteurs blasted a key pipeline today for the second time in as many days,
halting all oil exports from Iraq, officials said. Gunmen…

IRAQ Contractors Still Under Fire
CBS News – USA
… Attacks on contractors have led some firms to withdraw staff from Iraq
and have slowed reconstruction work, some of which is seen as essential
to promoting…

COALITION says it will keep former Iraq leader after June 30…
The State – Columbia,SC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ The US-led coalition in Iraq will maintain custody of
former dictator Saddam Hussein even after June 30, the date marking sovereignty
for the…

£ 500 a day guarding in Iraq
Belfast Telegraph (subscription) – Belfast,Nothern Ireland,UK
HUNDREDS of former soldiers and police officers from Northern Ireland are
risking their lives working as private security guards in Iraq for more
than £500 a…

MISSING Egyptian, Turk Puzzle Diplomats in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – In Iraq, where kidnapped Westerners grab most media
attention, the fate of two missing Egyptian and Turkish truck drivers
is baffling…

HALF of London's Voters Want Troops Out of Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Half of voters in London believe UK troops should be pulled out of Iraq
immediately or within the next few months, according to a poll released

JAPAN-EU summit to urge forces in Iraq to observe international…
EUbusiness – London,UK
The EU and Japan are to present a proposal at their summit here next week
urging all military forces in Iraq to adhere to international law, in
the wake of the…

NINE die, including foreigners, in Iraq blast
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… the local rescue services, he added that the four had been travelling
in an all-terrain vehicle, typically favoured by the US-led coalition
in Iraq, which was…

NEW attack on oil pipeline in Iraq, top oil security official…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Saboteurs attacked two key southern oil pipelines for
a second day Wednesday, cutting off all crude oil exports from the Gulf,
officials said…

BLASTS in Iraq shut down oil pipeline
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two explosions at a pair of oil pipelines near the Persian
Gulf forced the shutdown Tuesday of Iraq's main oil export terminal, costing

BUSH has a lot to answer for on Iraq torture
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… John Ashcroft claimed that President George W. Bush never ordered torture
in connection with abusive interrogations of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan

KURDISH oil chief assassinated in northern Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Ghazi Talabani, the Kurdish chief of security in Iraq's northern oil fields,
was shot dead on Wednesday as he drove to work in the city of Kirkuk,
240km north…

NO. 2 general to lead US command in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Casey Jr., the Army vice chief of staff, has been nominated for a newly
created post that would make him the top US commander and only four-star
general in Iraq…

TROOPS to Iraq: India should wait and watch
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… issued by external affairs minister Natwar Singh should, for the moment,
put to rest any speculation about India sending troops to Iraq, the matter
needs to be…

CAMP Pendleton-based force in Iraq could get new leader
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
The Camp Pendleton-based force has about 25,000 troops in Iraq and 5,000
more on the way. The command has suffered nearly 80 combat…

OPEC seeks more output ; crude up on Iraq export concern
CBS MarketWatch – USA
… their output. Separately, a report from Iraq said exports had stopped
following a sabotage attack on a pipeline Tuesday. The August…

TWO Bombs Kill 17 In Iraq
CBS News – USA
… AP) A car bomb tore through a convoy Monday in central Baghdad, killing
at least 13 people, including three foreigners working to rebuild Iraq's
power plants.…

MISSPENDING in Iraq put at $1 billion
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Waste in spending on the Iraq war probably has topped $1 billion, and Halliburton
is a prime example of it, government officials charged. BY SETH BORENSTEIN.

Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Two explosions at oil pipelines forced the shutdown of
Iraq's main oil export terminal Tuesday for what was expected to be about
10 days.…

OIL price rises after sabotage halts Iraq exports
Reuters – London,England,UK
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – US oil prices have risen, spooked higher by sabotage
attacks that have stopped Iraq's crude exports and the assassination of
a senior…

FOUR-STAR General Is Named to Take Over Iraq Command
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ Two weeks before the United States is due to return sovereignty
to Iraq, the Pentagon nominated a four-star general to command the 160,000

ANTI-US sentiment rises, Iraq poll finds
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… The Associated Press obtained a copy of a multimedia presentation about
the poll that was shown to US officials involved in developing Iraq policy.

NATO playing politics with Iraq
Minnesota Daily – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… appearances, last week‚s G-8 summit in Sea Island, Ga., marked a
period of renewed cooperation between the United States and its European
allies over Iraq.…

US Must Ensure Iraq's Stability
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
In taking a poll on whether it was worth it to enter Iraq (Times Poll,
June 11), The Times is supporting all those people whose gaze is focused
on the rearview…,1,368204.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters

CAR Bomb in Western Iraq Kills at Least Four Iraqis
Reuters – USA
RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) – A car bomb attack destroyed an Iraqi police car
and a civilian four-wheel-drive vehicle carrying foreigners in the western
city of…

OIL security chief slain in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Unknown attackers killed Ghazi al-Talabani, the
security chief for Iraq's Northern Oil Company, as he left his home in
Kirkuk for work…

SECURITY chief for Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields assassinated
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, June 16 (Xinhuanet) — Ghazi Talabani, security chief for Iraq's
oil fields in the northern city of Kirkuk, was assassinated on Wednesday,
the police…

ARMY division sees its Iraq tour extended and its casualties rise
USA Today – USA
MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq ˜ Pfc. … By the end of the month, 134 US troops had
been killed in Iraq, making it the deadliest month for American forces.

Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Two hundred billion dollars later, President Bush is now almost alone in
seeing Iraq as a major battlefield against Osama bin Laden's terrorists.

OIL up on new Iraq explosion reports – Barcelona,Catalunya,Spain
Earlier in the day, July crude reached a high 38.40 usd a barrel after
AFX News reported that part of an oil pipeline near Basra, in southern
Iraq, had been…

SABOTEURS Attack Iraq's Oil Industry
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
For the second consecutive day, a convoy carrying foreign contractors has
been attacked in Iraq. The US military is reporting at least two people

IRAQ Is Not World War II
Cato Institute – Washington,DC,USA
… director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute and a member
of a Cato Institute Special Task Force that produced the report “Exiting
Iraq: Why the US…

JAPAN Will Keep Command of Troops in UN Iraq Force, Hosoda Says
Bloomberg – USA
June 16 (Bloomberg) — Japanese troops that join a planned multinational
force in Iraq will ignore orders from United Nations commanders that conflict

BLASTS close Iraq's main oil terminal
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD — Two explosions at oil pipelines near the Persian Gulf forced
the Iraq's main oil export terminal to shut down Tuesday for what is expected
to be…

IRAQ Work Awarded to Veteran of Civil Wars
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
The office monitoring reconstruction projects in Iraq has awarded a $293
million contract to oversee security to a British firm headed by a longtime

IRAQ oil security chief killed – Australia
GHAZI Talabani, the security chief for Iraq's oil fields around the northern
city of Kirkuk, was assassinated today outside his home, Iraqi police

US to hand Saddam Hussein over to Iraq within two weeks
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… In affect, the Americans will still be in control in Iraq and they
would not be formally – in the legal sense – certainly in a practical
way, they will still…

REPORT Singles Out Halliburton in Iraq Mismanagement
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon may have wasted billions of dollars in Iraq
because of a lack of planning and poor oversight, top congressional and

IRAQ'S oil industry crippled by attacks on pipelines
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IRAQ‚S oil industry was left crippled yesterday by attacks on pipelines
in the north and south of the country, in a warning to the incoming Iraqi

IRAQ Seeks Custody of Hussein; Bush Has Security Concerns
New York Times – USA
His comments came after Iraq's new interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi,
in Baghdad, called for the Americans to hand over all detainees, including
Mr. Hussein…

SABOTAGE Hits Iraq Oil Exports
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Militants have stepped up their campaign against Iraq‚s infrastructure,
blasting two oil pipelines and cutting the country‚s oil exports.…

GEN. Casey Named to Head Forces in Iraq
Washington Post – USA
… The decision to place a four-star general in Iraq as the head of multinational
forces means that a single commander will have clear-cut authority over

IRAQ Update
New York Times – USA
OIL LINE RUPTURE The bombing of oil pipelines near the Persian Gulf forced
the shutdown of Iraq's main oil export terminal for up to 10 days, potentially

IRAQ to get $38 billion World Bank assistance
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
CAIRO: The World Bank will put up an estimated $37.5 billion for the reconstruction
of Iraq over the next few years, an official told Egypt's state-owned

WASTEFUL spending in Iraq has topped $1 billion, official…
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – At least $1 billion in taxpayers' money has been wasted
in inefficient spending in Iraq, the federal government's top fiscal watchdog

SABOTEURS cut Iraq oil exports by two-thirds
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Saboteurs yesterday blew up a pipeline feeding storage tanks at Iraq's
oil terminal at the southern port of Basra, cutting oil exports by over

SENIOR officer to replace top commander in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The Defense Department said yesterday it would rep-lace the top commander
in Iraq with a more senior officer as the US prepares to hand sovereignty
back to Iraq…

US Lawmakers Concerned Over Iraq Power Transfer
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… at a congressional hearing in have told members of Congress the inability
of the US led Coalition Provisional Authority to restore security in Iraq
may have…

US Seeks Some Immunity for Contractors in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Tens of thousands of foreign contractors have been granted some immunity
from prosecution in Iraq by the US-led authority there but that status
expires on June…

MARKETS Shrug Off Iraq Oil Sabotage
Forbes – USA
… Iraq's oil minister, Thamir Ghadhban told the Reuters news agency that
blasts on Monday had damaged the country's main pipeline from its southern
oilfields to…

IRAQ to get worse before it gets better
United Press International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 15 (UPI) — A taxi driver looking for a fare tries
to make a joke: When US-led administrators hand sovereignty of the country
back to Iraqis…

SENATORS complain Iraq material withheld
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… of material the CIA wants to keep secret in a congressional report
expected to be highly critical of the intelligence community's assessments
of prewar Iraq.…

JORDAN says no to sending troops to Iraq
SpaceDaily – USA
Jordan rejects suggestions it should send troops to Iraq and opposes the
deployment there of any military forces from other Iraqi neighbours, Jordan's

IS Iraq's interim govt 'sovereign' under UN resolution?
The Daily Star – Bangladesh
… In the 10-page resolution, it incorporated a “road map” of Iraq's democracy
by establishing a constitutionally-elected government by 31 December,

HALLIBURTON Under Fire on Capitol Hill for Iraq
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pentagon auditors criticized Vice President Dick
Cheney's old firm Halliburton on Tuesday for its Iraq contracts as questions

IRAQ war stymies US military revamp
Straits Times – Singapore
WASHINGTON – The prolonged war in Iraq has frustrated Bush administration
efforts to modernise the US military and has complicated plans to reposition

WILL Saddam be handed back to Iraq? – UK
… The White House said a new UN Security Council resolution provides
authority to US forces to detain prisoners in Iraq deemed to be security
threats after the…

ATTACK on oil pipelines cuts Iraq's oil exports; convoy attacked… – MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Insurgents stepped up their campaign against Iraq's
infrastructure Tuesday, blasting two oil pipelines and cutting the country's

GENERAL Casey named to head Iraq command
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: President George W Bush has nominated Army General George Casey
to the command of US-led multinational forces in Iraq, replacing Lieutenant

ARAB states back UN role in sovereign, united Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
ISTANBUL – Iraq's neighbours reaffirmed their support for the country's
unity and sovereignty yesterday, and said the United Nations must play
a central role…,4386,256502,00.html

THE CIA and Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… anymore in Washington that the Senate Intelligence Committee has produced
a 400-page indictment of the Central Intelligence Agency's bungling on
Iraq and of…

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