Iraq News and Information Links
October 16 2004
Insurgents hit churches, US troops in Iraq; Fallujah leaders offer
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Explosions hit five Christian churches in Baghdad on Saturday and the US command said four more American troops and an Iraqi interpreter
Reports Zarqawi Seized in Iraq Untrue—US Army
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military said on Saturday that reports that Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been detained in Iraq were not credible.
US Military Faults Lack of Troops in Iraq -Poll
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of US troops serving in Iraq and their families said the Bush administration did not send enough forces to Iraq and relied
Four US soldiers killed in Iraq; Baghdad churches bombed
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The US military reported Saturday the deaths of four soldiers, and a series of coordinated early morning blasts damaged five Baghdad
US Warplanes Pound Rebel Targets in Iraq's Falluja
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US warplanes launched fierce strikes on suspected rebel targets in the western city of Falluja on Saturday night, a Reuters witness
Bush hits Kerry over Iraq vote
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
attacked anew Sen. John Kerry's vote against funding for military operations in Iraq saying it was politically motivated. “In September
Marine returns from Iraq to emotional ruin, suicide
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,United States
But when Jeff returned to his parents' home in July 2003 after serving six months in Iraq as a truck driver, there was nothing ordinary left about him.
Blair warned over Iraq backlash
Ananova – England,UK
Tony Blair has been warned that British troops in Iraq could face a dangerous backlash if US attempts to seize the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah ended in
Iraq church bombings leave empty pews
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — For the first time in their lives, Widad Mikho and her sister Neshwan will not attend Mass on Sunday, too frightened after a series of church
Poll: Troops, families question Iraq strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the military and their families say the Bush administration underestimated the number of troops needed in Iraq and put too much
Poverty forces Turks to drive in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
HABUR BORDER GATE, Turkey — The line of trucks at the Turkish border crossing into Iraq stretches for five miles, a sign that despite kidnappings and
Iraq Car Bomb Kills 3 US Troops
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
16 October 2004 — The US military said today a suicide car bomber killed three US troops and an Iraqi civilian in an attack near Iraq's border with Syria.
Iraq Insurgents Hit Churches, Kill Four US Troops
Reuters – USA
Explosions damaged churches in Baghdad on Saturday and the US military reported the deaths of four more American troops in bomb attacks elsewhere in Iraq.
Troop Number in Iraq Too Low, Military Poll Says
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
personnel and their families responding to a new poll said the Bush administration underestimated the number of troops needed for the mission in Iraq, and more
Annan Backs Security Council Members over Iraq Sanctions Claims
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan today dismissed claims that France, Russia and China had been prepared to ease sanctions on Iraq in return for oil contracts.
Targeted Christians talk of leaving Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
“If they don't want us in Iraq, let them say it and we will leave,” said Samir Hermiz, 40, standing next to a church that was reduced to ashes.
Car Bombs Kill Five Troops in Iraq
ABC News – United States
US soldiers talk to journalists, unidentified, after a mortar round, foreground, hit the parking lot of the al-Mansour Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday Oct 16
UK considers US request for help in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
The British Government says it is considering a request from the United States for British troops in Iraq to be deployed more widely.
Group Claims Abducting Two Turks in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A group identifying itself as the Islamic Brigade in Mosul claimed to have kidnapped two Turkish drivers on a highway near Mosul, the group
Zarqawi threatens to disrupt Iraq fuel imports
Reuters – London,England,UK
Reuters) – Jordanian militant Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi has threatened to attack foreign trucks carrying imports of refined oil products into Iraq, an Iraqi Oil
Car bomb blast hits US patrol in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The military also said Saturday that another US soldier from the Task Force Olympia died of wounds sustained in a car bomb explosion in Iraq's northern city of
US soldiers refused mission in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The US army is investigating allegations that members of a reserve US military unit refused to carry out a convoy mission in Iraq.
British Troops Likely to Be Redeployed in Iraq
Novinite – Bulgaria
British troops may be sent to Baghdad to help the coalition US forces poised for a major assault on Fallujah. Under plans being
Egypt: Forum on Iraq excludes opposition
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
16 (UPI) — Egypt has reportedly ruled out the participation of Iraqi opposition groups during next month's international conference on Iraq.
UK troops 'set for US Iraq role':
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: London, Oct. 16 : British soldiers could be sent to support American forces in some of Iraq's most volatile areas.
Poland to reduce its force in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – The prime minister of Poland told his parliament Friday that he would begin drawing down the 2,500 Polish soldiers in Iraq in January, another
Churches attacked in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 16 (UPI) — Iraq's interior ministry said hand grenades were hurled at five different churches in Baghdad early
Spanish PM calls Iraq war a “massive mistake”
Xinhua – Beijing,China
Xinhuanet) — Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero tells his British counterpart Tony Blair at a summit in Hungary that the war in Iraq had been
Troops refuse to go on mission in Iraq, citing unsafe equipment
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — The Army is investigating up to 19 members of a supply platoon in Iraq who refused to go on a convoy mission, the military said yesterday.
US Soldier Dies of Wounds in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A US soldier assigned to Task Force Olympia died of wounds suffered in a car bomb attack in the northern city of Mosul, the US military said
Iraq Notebook Fallujah softened up for assault
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US officials said yesterday that intensified US strikes on Fallujah, which continued last night, are aimed at preparing the way for a
Blunders, ignored warnings mire effort to rebuild Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
WASHINGTON — In March 2003, days before the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq, US war planners and intelligence officials met at Shaw Air Force Base in
Al-Zarqawi is enemy No. 1 in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
By Ed Timms. DALLAS — Even in Iraq, where appalling violence is routine, the grisly work of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi stands out. He's
Kerry's Iraq policy is a muddle
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Kerry. Why has he had so much trouble offering a coherent position on Iraq — the most important issue in the presidential race?
US soldier dies of wounds in Iraq's Mosul
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BAGHDAD, Oct. 16 (Xinhuanet) — A US soldier died of wounds from a car bomb attack in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the US military said Saturday.

Noose tightens around Iraq's rebels; US soldiers revolt over
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
At the same time, US and Iraqi troops hunting Zarqawi encircled the rebel city of Fallujah as residents protested that Iraq's most-wanted man was not there.
Britain 'to send reinforcements' to Iraq – UK
The Government is under pressure to end the uncertainty over details of troop dispositions within Iraq, but the Ministry of Defence has insisted that no

UN says thousands of schools in Iraq lack basics for decent
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Thousands of schools in Iraq lack the basics for decent education and over 700 have been damaged by bombing, more than 200 burned, and
More than 2,000 people opposing the war in Iraq, including
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
NYACK, NY – More than 2,000 people opposing the war in Iraq, including teachers, lawyers and the father of an American beheaded by terrorists, are sending
US probes whether troops refused Iraq mission
swissinfo – Switzerland
By Charles Aldinger. A statement issued by the US military in Iraq called it an “isolated incident”. Family. assigned convoy mission on Wednesday morning.
Iraq 'Mutiny' by US Reservists under Investigation
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The US Army is today investigating up to 19 members of a supply platoon in Iraq who refused to go on a convoy mission. Relatives
Poland Plans to Cut Its Iraq Force in '05
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
15 – Prime Minister Marek Belka of Poland narrowly survived a vote of confidence on Friday after telling Parliament, “We will not stay in Iraq an hour longer
Iraq a pressing issue for UK voters
ABC Online – Australia
ROBERTSON: If China is a non-issue in the American election campaign — at least as far as the candidates are concerned — that's not the case with Iraq.
UN focus on Iraq education crisis
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Americans frequently trumpet the renovation of schools as a hidden success story of post-war Iraq that is neglected by the media.

US investigates whether troops in Iraq refused mission
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
The United States military is investigating the reported refusal this week by some US troops to take part in a supply convoy in Iraq, where explosive devices
Iraq war: Questioning its legitimacy
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Shortly afterwards, the Iraq Survey Group – the US inspection team investigating Iraq's WMD – finally admitted that there were no such weapons in Iraq.
Iraq Unit Refuses Risky Mission
CBS News – USA
in a combat zone. But with US casualties in Iraq mounting, American commanders are being forced to think about it. In one case that
17 US soldiers held in Iraq after disobeying orders
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A PLATOON of United States soldiers were under arrest in Iraq last night after refusing to carry out a dangerous mission for which they say they were
Halliburton Iraq inquiry
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE US government is to set up an inquiry into the no-bid Iraq contracts given to Halliburton, the company once run by Vice President Dick Cheney.,4386,278279,00.html
Iraq's mysterious suicide bombers
Straits Times – Singapore,Singapore
BAGHDAD – A few Iraqis have spotted them speeding towards death before they disintegrate in a bloody fireball, but little is known of Iraq's suicide bombers
The latest developments in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Britain's Ministry of Defense said it was discussing coalition troop deployments in Iraq with the country's interim government and US officials.
British security guard shot dead in Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
ArmorGroup, a British security contractor, confirmed that an employee “died of gunshot wounds suffered during an incident in Taza, northern Iraq”.
Military probing whether unit in Iraq refused dangerous mission
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The Army is investigating up to 19 members of a supply platoon in Iraq who refused to go on a convoy mission, the military said Friday.
Polish Leader Holds Post After Vowing to Pull Iraq Troops
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
15 — Prime Minister Marek Belka narrowly survived a vote of confidence today after telling Parliament that “we will not stay in Iraq an hour longer than is
Two dangerous ideas for Iraq's future
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
With Iraq at the center of the US presidential election, the ongoing debate over how to pacify the country is reaching fever pitch in Washington.
Shell tapped to draw up Iraq gas blueprint
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON (Dow Jones/AP) In a breakthrough in its strategy to gain a meaningful role in Iraq's oil and gas industry, Royal Dutch/Shell Group has been tapped by
UK troops 'set for US Iraq role'
BBC News – London,England,UK
British soldiers could be sent to support American forces in some of Iraq's most volatile areas. Senior British military sources
Reservist to Plead Guilty in Iraq Abuse
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – An Army reservist charged with abusing Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison will plead guilty to four offenses Wednesday

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