Iraq News and Information Links July 16 2004
IRAQ intelligence: New questions?
BBC News – London,England,UK
The government is under fire over claims it failed to inform last year's
Hutton inquiry that key Iraq weapons intelligence was flawed.…

MANILA speeds Iraq pullout to save hostage, Bangkok sticks to…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… battle against the US-led military pushed the Phillipines to advance
its troop pullout and send a handful more home and a Saudi company to
abandon work in Iraq…

ŒIRAQ pullout won‚t hurt RP business
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… Secretary Delia Albert acknowledged that relations with the United
States has been strained with Manila‚s decision to withdraw its troops
from Iraq to save…

PHILIPPINE, Thai troops trickle out of Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Several Philippine troops left Iraq on Friday to save the life
of a Filipino hostage whose fate remained a mystery and Thai soldiers
joined the…

UK Iraq Report Hides Minefield for Blair's Spies
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – When Britain's former top civil servant issued his report
into intelligence on Iraq Wednesday, his findings seemed almost too good
to be…

PHILIPPINES begins withdrawing from Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Manila has started to pull its troops from occupied Iraq in an attempt
to save the life of a Filipino captive, drawing stinging rebukes from
its allies the US…

BLAIR loses by-election in wake of Iraq report
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… by-election on Friday, after narrowly avoiding defeat in another, in
the wake of a damning report on the intelligence he used to justify war
in Iraq.…>

MAN held over Iraq 'death plot'
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Brendan Nicholson, Simon Holder. A man has been arrested in Perth for
allegedly plotting to murder members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party in

PHILIPPINES starts Iraq pullout
Guardian – UK
The Philippine government began to pull its troops out of Iraq today, in
line with demands from a militant group holding one of its citizens hostage.,2763,1263054,00.html

PHILIPPINES pulls more troops from Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… Friday to meet the demands of kidnappers holding a Filipino truck driver,
announcing it was withdrawing the head of its humanitarian mission in
Iraq and a…

IRAQ protest vote hits Labour
Belfast Telegraph (subscription) – Belfast,Nothern Ireland,UK
A protest vote over Iraq played a big part in a massive surge from Labour
to the Liberal Democrats in two English by-elections last night.…

BLAIR 'in dark' over Iraq report
BBC News – London,England,UK
Tony Blair did not know a key piece of Iraq intelligence had been discredited
when he gave evidence to last year's Hutton inquiry, Downing Street says.

PHILIPPINE troops start leaving Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Philippines has begun pulling troops out of Iraq
to save the life of a Filipino hostage, ignoring calls from the United
States and…

PHILIPPINES pulls out more troops from Iraq, beheaded body found
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The Philippines worked Friday to meet the demands of
kidnappers holding a Filipino truck driver, announcing it was withdrawing
the head of…

SECOND body retrieved from river in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
Iraqi police say they have retrieved a second corpse dressed in an orange
jumpsuit from the Tigris River in Iraq and turned it over to the United

NEW Prison-Abuse Allegations Surface In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia said his panel plans to hold
a hearing next week on the US military's prison-abuse scandal in Iraq.

SAUDI Firm Leaves Iraq After Employee is Taken Hostage
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A Saudi transport company says it has ended all operations in Iraq to meet
the demands of militants holding one of its truck drivers hostage.…

IRAQ toll costs Blair as Labour loses seat
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – The toll of the Iraq war has hit Prime Minister Tony
Blair in two electoral strongholds as Labour suffers a stinging by-election
defeat and…

KERRY fleshes out blueprint for troop withdrawal from Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said he would
set three conditions for withdrawing US troops from Iraq if he were elected,
and warned…

PHILIPPINE troops pull out of Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Philippines says it will begin pulling troops out
of Iraq to save the life of a Filipino hostage despite calls by the United
States and…

IRAQ bomb kills 10
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Insurgents detonated a car bomb yesterday near the government
complex in the city of Haditha, killing 10 people and injuring dozens
of others…,0,4000138.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

HOSTAGE'S Saudi firm 'quits Iraq'
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Saudi employer of an Egyptian hostage in Iraq says
it has met the demands of kidnappers by pulling out of the country, according
to an…

'HOSTAGE' body found in Iraq river – Australia
… A handful of foreigners taken hostage in Iraq were dressed in orange
outfits similar to those worn by prisoners at the US detention centre
in Guantanamo Bay…,4057,10156637%255E1702,00.html

US, British Reports on Niger-Iraq Connection
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: One argument used to justify the attack on Iraq last year
— allegation that Saddam Hussein's regime tried to buy Uranium from Niger
— has been…

AUDIT shows poor control over Iraq oil money
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The International Advisory and Monitoring Board (IAMB) on Thursday released
a critical first audit of the Development Fund of Iraq, which holds Iraqi

BLAIR won't apologise for Iraq war mistakes
Dispatch Online – East London,Eastern Cape,South Africa
LONDON – Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday digested the findings of an
inquiry into the British intelligence used to justify the war on Iraq
with many…

MANILA recalls 11 more troops from Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
MANILA ˜ The Philippines on Friday recalled the head of its 51-man humanitarian
contingent in Iraq plus 10 soldiers following a renewed demand by Iraqi

IRAQ creates spy agency
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD˜Iraq's interim prime minister announced yesterday the formation
of a new spy agency to take on insurgents, hours after a car bomb northwest

MARINE missing in Iraq is back in US
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
QUANTICO, Va. – (AP) — A US Marine who disappeared in Iraq and turned
up in Lebanon three weeks later arrived at a Marine Corps base south of
Washington, DC…

SENATE panel denied access to Iraq report
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… The White House and the CIA have refused to give the Senate Intelligence
Committee a one-page summary of prewar intelligence on Iraq prepared for
President Bush…

JOB Is Dangerous, Says New UN Envoy To Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
New York, July 16 (NNN): United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans
to send his new special representative for Iraq to Baghdad as soon as
possible to…

PIPELINE attacks in Iraq halt oil exports to Turkey
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Saboteurs attacked two oil pipelines yesterday, halting
exports to Turkey, in a renewed spate of attacks on Iraq's crucial industry.

IRAQ to form domestic spy agency
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
By HANNAH ALLAM. BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Iraq's interim prime minister announced
Thursday that he was forming a domestic spy agency to help root out insurgents.

PHILIPPINE pullout from Iraq galls US
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… that there can be “no separate peace with terrorists,” saying the
Philippines was wrong to bow to terrorist demands that it pull its 51
troops from Iraq.…

IRAQ to create new security body to quell insurgency
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 15 (Xinhuanet) — In a move to curb insurgency, Iraq's interim
Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said on Thursday a new security service will
be created…

HEADLESS body found in Iraq
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… military. Meanwhile, a Filipino held hostage in Iraq told his family
in a videotaped message aired yesterday he would be home soon.…

CASE against Iraq man 'flimsy' – Australia
THE case against a Perth man charged with conspiring to kill members of
Saddam Hussein's former ruling Baath Party in Iraq appeared to be flimsy,
his lawyer…,4057,10154137%255E1702,00.html

PHILIPPINES orders partial Iraq pullout
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The Philippines says it would withdraw the head of its force in Iraq and
10 other members of the contingent for securing the release of a Filipino
being held…

PHILIPPINES begins pull-out of Iraq troops
Reuters – London,England,UK
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will begin to pull out its troops from
Iraq today to save the life of a Filipino held hostage there by gunmen
who have…

IRAQ Premier Forms Security Service to 'Annihilate' Terrorists
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, July 15 -Prime Minister Iyad Allawi of Iraq on Thursday announced
the establishment of an Iraqi security service to “annihilate” terrorist

US Won't Turn Over Data for Iraq Audits
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… Halliburton Co. and other companies in Iraq without competitive bidding,
the head of the international auditing board said Thursday. Jean…

IRAQ chief announces formation of spy agency
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq's interim prime minister announced the formation of a domestic spy
agency yesterday in a bid to uncover insurgents carrying out daily attacks
on US-led…

MORE Iraq prison abuses alleged
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ New cases involving the abuse of prisoners held in Iraq
by the US military are coming to light daily, the chairman of the Senate
Armed Services…

BLAIR to debate decision over war with Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… It will give MPs another opportunity to question his use of “seriously
flawed” intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.…

PHILIPPINES Says Begins Pull-Out of Iraq Troops
Reuters – USA
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines began to withdraw its troops from Iraq
on Friday to save the life of a Filipino held hostage there by gunmen
who have…

IRAQ and 'The Rise of Sacred Terror'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Just before the Iraq war, British intelligence received reports that Jordanian
al-Qaida-linked militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi seeded Baghdad with “sleeper

TERRORISTS in Iraq Extend Deadline for Philippine Withdrawal
Bloomberg – USA
July 16 (Bloomberg) — Terrorists in Iraq extended their deadline for the
Philippines to withdraw its troops from the US- led force after the Southeast

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's interim prime minister said Thursday he.…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's interim prime minister said Thursday he expects
insurgents to strike harder in the coming weeks and announced the creation
of an…

HAS Iraq war made US safer? That's questionable.
USA Today – USA
Here's the big question: Will President Bush's assertion this week˜
that the US invasion of Iraq has made Americans safer even though no weapons
of mass…

MARINE Who Vanished in Iraq Lands in US
ABC News – USA
… Wassef Ali Hassoun, the Marine who disappeared in Iraq and turned up
in Lebanon three weeks later, will remain at Quantico Marine base until
he is deemed fit…

BLAIR Loses One Seat, Nearly Two, as Iraq Bites
Reuters – USA
… Tony Blair's Labour party lost one key parliamentary by-election and
narrowly avoided defeat in another Friday in the wake of a damning report
on Iraq.…

PHILIPPINES withdraws Iraq troops to save hostage
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: The Bush administration said the international coalition
in Iraq is in good health and cites the Howard Government's recent decision
to increase…

CAPTORS give Saudi firm 48 hours to leave Iraq
People's Daily – China
Kidnappers of an Egyptian truck driver gave his Saudi firm 48 hours to
leave Iraq or face the execution of the hostage, pan-Arab al-Jazeera satellite
TV said…

US, British Reports on Niger-Iraq Connection
NPR (audio) – USA
… this week, and the US Senate Intelligence Committee report last week
have shed light on one of the arguments used to justify the attack on
Iraq last year…

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