Iraq News and Information Links June 17 2004
BUSH faces possibility of a political quagmire over Iraq
Scripps Howard News Service – USA
WASHINGTON – The war in Iraq likely hasn't become a quagmire for US military
personnel, but the word often used to characterize the nation's venture
in Vietnam…

IRAQ Bombings Kill at Least 41 , Hurt 142 as Violence Grows…
Bloomberg – USA
… Violence in Iraq is increasing as the US-led coalition prepares to
hand over power on June 30 to the interim Iraqi government led by Prime
Minister Ayad Allawi…

OF suspect in Iraq
… June 16: An apparently well-connected terrorist suspect being held
in an Iraq prison was hidden from the Red Cross on orders from Donald
Rumsfeld, reports…

FOREIGNERS blamed for Iraq attacks
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq's political leaders say they believe foreigners are responsible for
the wave of terrorist attacks in the country. In the latest…

OIL: Prices jump on concerns over Iraq outage
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
NEW YORK – Oil prices jumped more than a dollar on Thursday as fears mounted
that disruptions to Iraq's oil exports due to sabotage attacks could tighten

IRAQ violence threatens handover
TVNZ – New Zealand
Bombers killed 41 people in two strikes on Iraq's fledgling security forces
on Thursday, stepping up a bloody drive to sabotage plans for US-led occupation

BRITAIN to raise troop levels in Iraq
Al Jazeera – World
British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon has announced that “Britain will send
an extra 270 troops to Iraq to help tackle insurgency”, as he claimed.

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Thursday, June 17, 831 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

AMERICANS more upbeat about Iraq, poll shows
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – A new poll shows that Americans have become much more upbeat
about events in Iraq, giving President Bush his first political boost
in months.…

BUSH insists Iraq, al Qaeda had 'relationship'
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Thursday said that there were “numerous
contacts” between Iraq and the terror network. Bush…

BUSH Says ` Numerous Contacts ' With Terrorists Justified…
Bloomberg – USA
June 17 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said ``numerous contacts''
between Iraq and the al-Qaeda terrorist network justified the US-led war
on Saddam…

AS bombers strike, UN says Iraq too dangerous
ABC Online – Australia
The death toll from two car bomb attacks against Iraq's army and civil
defence corps has risen to 41 people, with 145 wounded. As…

KIDNAPPED Truck Drivers in Iraq Released
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Two truck drivers – a Turk and an Egyptian – were
released to an Iraqi journalist on Thursday, weeks after being kidnapped
near the…,1280,-4216056,00.html

OIL price climbs on Iraq attacks
BBC News – London,England,UK
The price of crude oil has climbed after saboteurs attacked pipelines across
Iraq, all but halting output. Investor concerns were…

CAR bombs kill 41 in Iraq as Bush insists on Al-Qaeda link with…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Car bombs killed 41 people and injured over 100 in another black
day in Iraq as US President George W. Bush again insisted Al-Qaeda had
links with…

MORE questions over Iraq war
The Australian – Australia
MORE questions have been raised about Australia's involvement in the Iraq
war after a US report found no links between terror group al-Qaeda and
Iraqi dictator…,5744,9880357%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ will be free: Bush
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
US President George W. Bush today said “Iraq will be free” and peaceful,
sticking to his sunny forecast despite a devastating suicide car bomb
attack that…,5478,9880364%255E1702,00.html

KIDNAPPERS free two truck drivers in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two truck drivers — a Turk and an Egyptian — were released
and handed over to an Iraqi journalist today, weeks after being kidnapped

MARINE killed in Iraq remembered at service
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
EVERETT, Wash. — A 19-year-old Marine private killed in a roadside bombing
in Iraq was remembered for the way … Ronnie Ramos, who served with Calavan
in Iraq. …

BUSH tells troops Œ life is better ‚ in Iraq as handover…
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… to a new Iraqi government, President Bush told thousands of American
troops here and around the world on Wednesday that “a democratic, free
Iraq is on the way…

IRAQ may resume some oil exports Friday
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
LONDON — Iraq could resume exporting limited amounts of oil as early as
Friday, analysts said, with repair crews nearing the completion of work
on the smaller…

SUICIDE Car Blast Kills Dozens in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Elsewhere in Iraq, a second car bombing was reported today north of
Baghdad, reportedly killing six members of Iraqi security forces.…,1,1577726.story?coll=la-home-headlines

BUSH Says Iraq Posed Threat to US Because of Terrorism Link
Bloomberg – USA
June 17 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said ``numerous contacts''
between Iraq and the al-Qaeda terrorist network justified the US-led war
on Saddam…

BOMBING Iraq into chaos
Radio Netherlands – Netherlands
… and oil pipelines. Attacks on the latter have even managed to interrupt
Iraq's oil exports for at least 10 days. The resulting loss…

BRITAIN to send 270 more troops to Iraq
Xinhua – China
¡¡LONDON, June 17 (Xinhuanet) — British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon
announced on Thursday that Britain would send 270 more troopsto Iraq to
increase the…

SEPT 11 commission rules out Iraq-Al Qaeda link
ABC Online – Australia
And while US President Bush is looking to the June 30 handover to a new
interim Iraqi government to help dilute the negative impact of Iraq on
his re-election…

IRAQ Car Bombings Kill at Least 41 People, Injure 142 (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
… In Yethrib, near Balad, a car bomb exploded at about 12:50 pm in Iraq
outside the city council building, killing six members of the Iraqi Civil
Defense Corps…

FORGIVE me, I was wrong on Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
As the only Anglican bishop to have publicly endorsed the Australian Government's
case for war, I now concede that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass

OIL Up on Iraq Outage; Fuel Inventories
Reuters – USA
… The Iraq news has arrested the downward move we were seeing,” said
brokerage Man Energy's Edward Meir. Iraq's crude exports remained…

IRAQ & al Qaeda
National Review Online – USA
This development is already being met with unbridled joy by opponents of
the Iraq war, who have been carping for days about recent statements by

IRAQ oil exports remain halted
… An independent contractor familiar with the situation said Iraq was
having to shut down dozens of oil wells that feed the terminals so repairs
could proceed on…

BACKGROUNDER: Major bomb attacks in Iraq since January 2004
Xinhua – China
… At least 101 are killed and 133 wounded when two suicide bombers blow
themselves up in Arbil at the offices of the two main Kurdish factions
in northern Iraq.…

IRAQ: Credibility at breaking point
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington
has found “no credible evidence” of any operational link between Iraq
and al-Qaeda.…

BUSH gambles by turning over Saddam to Iraq
St. George Daily Spectrum – St. George,UT,USA
… 30. On the other, he is worried about whatever due process of law is
in place in Iraq at that time. “He's a killer. He is a thug.…

RUMSFELD Ordered Secret Arrest in Iraq
Guardian – UK
… the request of CIA Director George Tenet, Defense Secretary Donald
H. Rumsfeld ordered the military to secretly hold a suspected terrorist
in Iraq, a Pentagon…,1282,-4214584,00.html

SUICIDE car bombing kills 35 outside Iraq base
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… 30. The blast outside an army recruiting center on a busy road also
wounded 138 people, Iraq's health minister told Reuters. Colonel…

S Korean parliament endorses Iraq dispatch
Financial Times – London,England,UK
South Korea's ruling party on Thursday gave its blessing to government
plans to send 3,600 troops to Iraq, removing the biggest remaining barrier
to the long …

IRAQ: First Hungarian soldier dies as US acknowledges violating…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
The Hungarian contingent in Iraq lost its first soldier in an explosion
south of Baghdad, Defence Minister Ferenc Juhasz said. “Today…

9/11 panel rejects Iraq/al-Qaida link
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
… 11 commission reported Wednesday that it had found no “collaborative
relationship” between Iraq and al-Qaida, challenging one of the Bush administration's

BUSH gives troops upbeat assessment of Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
TAMPA, Fla. – Speaking by satellite Wednesday to US troops around the world,
President Bush offered an upbeat assessment of Iraq's future while predicting

CAR Bomb Blast Kills 35 People in Iraq
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A sport-utility vehicle packed with artillery shells
blew up in a crowd of people waiting to volunteer for the Iraqi military,
killing at…,1280,-4214363,00.html

DEADLY attacks in Iraq since January
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. – June 17: A sport utility vehicle packed with
artillery shells slams into a crowd waiting to volunteer…

TROOPS to Stay in Iraq as Long as Needed – Wolfowitz
Reuters – USA
MOSUL (Reuters) – US troops will remain in Iraq as long as necessary until
Iraqi forces can handle security on their own, Deputy Defense Secretary

ARMY major from northern Illinois killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – A decorated US Army major from northern Illinois who
was scheduled to return shortly from Iraq has been killed, his family
said. Army Maj.…

PIPELINE blasts cut off Iraq's cash flow
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Iraq's leaders face the prospect of assuming power in two weeks without
the country's only independent source of revenue after saboteurs staged
multiple …

LACK of Iraq link deals blow to Bush's claims
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
… Hussein and al-Qaida. That comes on top of the administration's failure
to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Both ideas had…

SUICIDE Car Bombing Kills 35 Outside Iraq Base
Reuters – USA
… It was the latest attack in a lethal drive by guerrillas determined
to undermine Iraq's new interim government ahead of the transfer of power
from the US-led…

OIL Up on Iraq Sabotage, US Fuel Stocks
Reuters – USA
… The momentum has been downwards toward $36 or $35 a barrel, but the
Iraq stoppage and now the US data has probably put a brake on any fall,”
said Tony Nunan…

IRAQ'S Oil Exports Shut Down by Pipeline Bombings
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The chief of security for Iraq's northern oil fields was assassinated
Wednesday, and bombings of Iraq's pipelines have all but shut down Iraq's

SOUTH Korean ruling party backs Iraq deployment
Reuters – London,England,UK
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea's ruling Uri Party has decided to back the
government's plan to deploy up to 3,000 troops to Iraq but will reconsider

ATTACKS choke off Iraq's vital oil exports
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
An extended stoppage would hurt Iraq's struggling economy. … In northern
Iraq, gunmen killed the chief of security at the state-run Northern Oil

PANEL finds no 9/11 link to Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Osama bin Laden asked Iraq in 1994 for space to establish training
camps and help in obtaining weapons, but the Iraqis never responded, the
commission said in …

BUSH upbeat to troops about Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
TAMPA, Fla. ˜ Speaking Wednesday to US troops around the world, President
Bush offered an upbeat assessment of Iraq's future while predicting more

US leaders' statements on Iraq, Al Qaeda
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Associated Press | June 17, 2004. Bush, Oct. 7: “We know that Iraq and
the Al Qaeda terrorist network share a common enemy, the United States
of America.…

RULING Party Gives Its Consent to Iraq Troop Deployment Plan
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
… Uri Party formally decided on Thursday to respect the government‚s
plan to send an additional 3,000 South Korean troops to war-devastated
Iraq to support the…

LIEBERMAN Still Believes In Iraq Ties With Terror
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Lieberman on Wednesday insisted there are important
ties between Iraq and al-Qaida, even as the commission investigating the

RUMSFELD issued order to hide Iraq detainee: NY Times
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… Airport, officials said. Washington has linked Ansar al-Islam to al-Qaeda
and blames the group for some attacks in Iraq. In March…

DELAY expected in Iraq defense bill
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ Senate Republicans on Wednesday defeated Democratic attempts
to limit the role of private contractors in Iraq in two votes that broke

SPYCRAFT on Iraq Called a Fiasco
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ A pair of British-recruited spies in Iraq, whose alarming
reports of Saddam Hussein's illicit weapons were rushed to the White House

BUSH optimistic on Iraq's future
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
TAMPA, Fla. — Speaking by satellite Wednesday to US troops around the
world, President Bush offered an upbeat assessment of Iraq's future while

NO Signs of Iraq-Al Qaeda Ties Found
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… 11 attacks said Wednesday that it had found “no credible evidence”
of cooperation between Iraq and Al Qaeda in targeting America or of any
other collaboration…,1,1814621.story?coll=la-home-headlines

AUSTRALIAN argument for war in Iraq “blown apart” by US report:…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY : Australia's case for joining the invasion of Iraq has been “blown
apart” by an official US investigation that found no link between Al-Qaeda
and the…

2 US soldiers die in attack in Iraq; oil official killed
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric whose militiamen have
tormented American soldiers in Iraq with ambushes and rocket attacks for
nearly three…

CAR Bomb Kills at Least Two Near Iraq Army Base
Reuters – USA
The blast went off at one of the gates to an Iraq army recruiting base
located in the city's heavily fortified Muthanna airport, where US troops
are also based…

ISLAMIC group will `actively assist' Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
ISTANBUL, Turkey — The world's largest Islamic group threw its support
Wednesday behind Iraq's interim government, saying it will “actively assist”

''CLASHING Interests Between Iraq's Shi'a Arabs and Sunni Kurds'…
ess than two weeks away from the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq, there
are doubts regarding the agreement between the Coalition Provisional Authority

IRAQ rebels stage more attacks, oil exports choked
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
In the latest attack on Iraq's oil industry, saboteurs blew a hole in one
of Iraq's two southern oil export pipelines on Wednesday for the second
time in 48…

PROFIT opportunities in Iraq lure small business despite risk
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The risks are undeniable, but for entrepreneurs pondering
contracting work in Iraq, the potential financial rewards outweigh the

AN Iraq Sideshow
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… part of the public debate immediately focused on a single passing point
that is no kind of revelation at all: “We have no credible evidence that
Iraq and al…

CONCORD soldier hurt in Iraq rocket attack
The Union Leader – Manchester,NH,USA
… injuries. The division started operations in Iraq in March, said Bill
Hopkins, whose son, William Hopkins, is also a member of the unit.…

'US soldiers in Iraq getting pregnant'
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: Many US women soldiers in Iraq are leaving the frontline and
returning home, but the Pentagon does not want to reveal their numbers
as the…

FAMILY of Marine killed in Iraq receive his medals
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
WATERFORD, Conn. — Relatives of a Marine killed 15 months ago in Iraq
were given the US Navy/Marine Achievement Medal in his honor Wednesday
during a ceremony …—soldierremembe

KARPINSKI:GEN Geoffrey Miller Ordered Iraq Torture
Conspiracy Planet – USA
… responsible for running the Abu Ghraib prison outside of Baghdad, said
that she was the designated scapegoat for the recently exposed abuses
and torture in Iraq…

ANOTHER pipeline struck in Iraq; security chief is killed
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ Insurgents struck at the heart of Iraq's economic livelihood
Wednesday, blasting a major pipeline to halt vital oil exports and killing

BUSH Tells Troops 'Life Is Better' in Iraq as Handover Nears
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… to a new Iraqi government, President Bush told thousands of American
troops here and around the world on Wednesday that “a democratic, free
Iraq is on the way…

RUMSFELD Issued an Order to Hide Detainee in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, acting at the request of George J. Tenet,
the director of central intelligence, ordered military officials in Iraq
last November…

NO Iraq Link to September 11 Attacks, Says Inquiry
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
US president George Bush‚s much-questioned justification for the Iraq
war suffered another major setback when an independent commission dismissed
claims of a…

PANEL Finds No Qaeda-Iraq Tie; Describes a Wider Plot for 9/11
New York Times – USA
11 attacks sharply contradicted one of President Bush's central justifications
for the Iraq war, reporting on Wednesday that there did not appear to
have been…

NO Iraq link to September 11 plot, US report finds
Guardian – UK
The US commission investigating the September 11 attacks reported yesterday
it had found no evidence that Iraq and al-Qaida cooperated in the plot
or had any…,12271,1240543,00.html

IRAQ Update
New York Times – USA
11 attacks dismissed theories of a terrorist alliance between Al Qaeda
and Iraq, saying it could find “no credible evidence” of collaboration
in strikes …

IRAQ blast kills four foreigners
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
… including four foreigners, were killed and 10 wounded when a vehicle
was targeted in a explosion today in the restive town of Ramadi, western
Iraq, an Iraqi…

AL-SADR signals plans to contest Iraq's first democratic…
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The turbulent young cleric who fomented the biggest
rebellion yet against American forces in Iraq is preparing for a dramatic

BLASTS disrupt Iraq oil exports
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… yesterday in the latest attack on the country's vital oil industry
as exports were virtually halted by pipeline blasts in the south, depriving
Iraq of its main…

SEPT 11 report 'destroys argument for Iraq war'
ABC Online – Australia
… from the official investigation into the September 11 terrorist attacks
“blows apart” Prime Minister John Howard's argument that the invasion
of Iraq is part…

UN election chief: Iraq vote on track
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
UNITED NATIONS — Preparations for Iraq's national elections are “fully
on track” but security must improve greatly before next year's vote, the
UN elections…

WHITE House: Iraq-Qaeda Ties Exist
CBS News – USA
11 attacks said on Wednesday there is “no credible link” between Iraq and
the terrorist attacks of Sept. … Can you prove there was no al Qaeda
in Iraq?…

SABOTAGE hits Iraq oil exports
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Repeated attacks on southern Iraq's network of oil pipelines have halted
exports for at least the next two days, depriving the country of its economic

BUSH: More violence won't derail Iraq progress
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
TAMPA, Fla. – Speaking by satellite Wednesday to US troops around the world,
President Bush offered an upbeat assessment of Iraq's future while predicting

US, Iraq close to deal on Saddam transfer
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: The United States and Iraq are close to a deal to transfer ousted
dictator Saddam Hussein into Iraqi legal custody although he will remain
uander the…

US Officials Hope for More NATO support in Iraq and Afghanistan
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
US officials appearing before Congress have expressed the hope that more
support can be obtained from NATO allies for an expanded alliance role
in Iraq.…

BUSH Seeks to Boost Morale of US Troops in Iraq
Reuters – USA
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (Reuters) – President Bush on Wednesday told
US troops facing extended tours and mounting casualties in Iraq that they
were making…

WHITE House statements on Iraq, al-Qaida
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… 25: “There clearly are contacts between al-Qaida and Iraq that can
be documented; there clearly is testimony that some of the contacts have
been important…

MUSLIM states call for full sovereignty, political independence…
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
ISTANBUL, Turkey: Ministers from the world's Muslim countries insisted
Wednesday on the need for full sovereignty and political independence
in Iraq, just two…

THREE US soldiers among 14 killed in Iraq attacks
Daily Times – Pakistan
… including four foreigners, and 10 were wounded when a vehicle was targeted
in a blast on Wednesday in the restive town of Ramadi in western Iraq
and three US…

Œ Pakistan offers troops for UN offices in Iraq‚
Daily Times – Pakistan
ISTANBUL: Pakistan, Tunisia and Morocco have offered to send troops to
protect United Nations staff in Iraq, said an Arab minister on Tuesday.

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