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.…
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3899841.stm

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…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/96071/1/.html

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…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=National&oid=55342

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…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&click_id=2813&art_id=qw1089992522521B262&set_id=6

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…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5692158

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…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4696AC17-CEF1-43D6-829A-098FF3472F26.htm

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.…
www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID=3578708&thesection=news&thesubsection=world>

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
Iraq.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/16/1089694559478.html

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.

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1263054,00.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…
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040716.wiraq0716/BNStory/International/

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.…
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=541672

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.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3899239.stm

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…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=548455&section=news

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…
www.boston.com/dailynews/198/world/Philippines_pulls_out_more_tro:.shtml

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
States…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1155982.htm

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.

www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/07/8c7bfede-6465-4829-90c3-18c6537d3e72.html

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.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=4D7CE9C3-AAE3-4BBC-91969BCCA3A7CAE2

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…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=548373&section=news

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…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/96005/1/.html

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…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=548361&section=news

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…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woiraq163894457jul16,0,4000138.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

HOSTAGE'S Saudi firm 'quits Iraq'
CNN – USA
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…
www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/16/iraq.egyptian/

'HOSTAGE' body found in Iraq river
NEWS.com.au – 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…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10156637%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…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3443032

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
oil…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/89F5D7D8-C166-4EA5-B88B-E2C667DBCD73.htm

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…
www.dispatch.co.za/2004/07/16/Foreign/blair.html

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

www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=7&id=305811

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
of…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1089929438900&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

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…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/9167811.htm

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…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/9164378.htm

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…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=071504101304

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.

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001980877_pipeline16.html

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.

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9165268.htm

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.…
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040716.wxallies0716/BNStory/Front/

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…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/16/content_1605650.htm

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.…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=86949&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27118

CASE against Iraq man 'flimsy'
NEWS.com.au – 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…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10154137%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…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/72606A0B-45CF-450F-A4EF-EA27901ECD84.htm

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…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=548155&section=news

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
groups…
www.nytimes.com/2004/07/16/international/middleeast/16iraq.html

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…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53164-2004Jul15.html

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…
www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/07/16/1089942873.htm

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…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0704/16irprison.html

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.…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373762576

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…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5686751

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

news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3210431

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
Asian…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=akXIliQEoVnQ&refer=asia

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…
www.boston.com/dailynews/197/world/BAGHDAD_Iraq_AP_Iraq_s_interim:.shtml

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…
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-07-15-our-view_x.htm

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…
abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040715_1633.html

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.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5686349

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…
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1155207.htm

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…
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200407/16/eng20040716_149755.html

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…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/srfeature.php?wfid=3443032

  
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