Iraq News and Information Links August 17 2004
ALLAWI, Sadr and America's awkward handiwork in Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
The resumption of urban warfare over the past two weeks in the Shiite holy
city of Najaf in Iraq reflects forces far beyond the Mehdi Army of radical

SOME segments of voters growing skeptical of Iraq war effort
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Nine months of chaos and casualties in Iraq since Saddam
Hussein's capture have taken a heavy toll on American opinion of President

TURKEY‚S security concerns in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
By Hassan Hanizadeh. Ghazi Ajil al-Yawar, Iraq‚s interim and unelected
president, arrived in Ankara on Monday for talks with Turkish officials.

IRAQ southern oil exports still down
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Export of crude from Iraq's southern oil terminals had been cut by half
for a week now because of threats to infrastructure from Shi'ite militia,
an oil…

PM told of Iraq weapons doubt: Blix
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix reportedly told Prime Minister John
Howard weeks before the Iraq war that he had serious doubts about whether

IRAQ Not Priority for Voters – Poll
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By James Lyons, Political Correspondent, PA News. Iraq is the last thing
on people‚s minds as they contemplate how to vote, a poll showed tonight.

OIL prices rise amid Iraq, Yukos worries
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : World oil prices resumed their upward march on market concerns
over a large drop in exports from Iraq and the ongoing financial crisis
at Russian oil…

IRAQ peace mission arrives in Najaf
Reuters – London,England,UK
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – An Iraqi peace delegation has urged a radical Shi'ite
cleric to call off his uprising in the city of Najaf, where US troops
have been…

JOURNALIST with Newton ties missing in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… ''He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”. She said Garen
had been in Iraq for ''many, many months,” but she could not recall the
exact date.…

IRAQ'S interim president urges Turks to invest in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Iraq's interim president called on Turkish investors
Tuesday to help rebuild his violence-torn country and said he hoped a
second border…

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
(AGI) – Vatican City, 17 August – The Holy See has accepted the request
made to it to try to mediate a halt to fighting in Najaf, the Shiite holy
city in Iraq.…

IRAQ'S president in Turkey
Arabic News – Middle East
… states affairs. He said that Iraq will never permit any side to inflict
damage on its neighbors especially Turkey. Elyawer arrived…

IRAQ: Talks On Hostages Resume – Africa
Earlier reports had said they were in Mosul area. The drivers, three Indians,
three Kenyans and an Egyptian, were taken hostage in Iraq almost one month

DUTCH troops attacked again in Iraq
Expatica – Netherlands
AMSTERDAM ˜ Dutch troops have come under fire in the same region of southern
Iraq where a Dutch military policeman was killed in an ambush at the weekend.

DOUBT on Iraq ignored when it didn't fit the bill
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
To maintain his belief that the war in Iraq was a good thing, the Prime
Minister has significantly modified his public statements over the past

THREATS delay Iraq delegation's peace trip
Independent Online – South Africa
… Delegation leader Hamza said he had heard Sadr would welcome the mission
to Najaf, but added he had not spoken personally to the icon of Iraq's
downtrodden Shi…

IRAQ attack adds to jitters over oil
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
OIL prices hit record highs yesterday before easing slightly at the close,
after reports of an attack on a well in southern Iraq frightened nervous

DIFFERENCES threaten Iraq conference
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Several hundred delegates have threatened to walk out of the national conference
in Iraq unless the voting procedure for an interim government legislative

AT least three dead in Iraq blast – UK
At least three people have been killed when a bomb ripped through a crowded
street in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The blast, which…

JORDANIAN Hostage Freed in Iraq -Jazeera TV
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iraqi police said a Jordanian hostage had been released
in Iraq, Arabic television Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday.…

BAGHDAD Attack Kills 4 Children, 1 Other, Iraq Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
… The meeting draws representatives from all over Iraq into a body that
will elect an interim national assembly and help prepare the country for

BAGPIPE-PLAYING Marine returns home from Iraq duty
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Sgt. Dwayne Farr of the US Marines, had just come home from a place
where they were just as unlikely to be heard: Fallujah, Iraq.…

IRAQ peace team heads to Najaf – UK
… Hundreds have been killed. Earlier, the unrest also forced Iraq to
keep a main southern oil pipeline closed, reducing export flows by almost

JOURNALIST interested in Iraq's archaeology
NEW YORK – The fiancee of a journalist snatched off the street in Iraq
said he spends much of his time there because of his passion to preserve
the country‚s…

KERRY Made a Bush League Error on Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
I'm talking about President Bush's latest cheap gambit ˜ turning his
own unjustifiable and costly invasion of Iraq into his opponent's problem.,1,3197764.column

LAKE Worth soldier killed in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
LAKE WORTH, Fla. – A 21-year-old soldier who joined the military in order
to boost a future career in law enforcement was killed in Iraq when a
bomb exploded…

WAR in Iraq claims 2 Fort Hood soldiers
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
EDINBURG – Two soldiers from Fort Hood have been killed in Iraq, relatives
and the military said Monday. Army Spc. Mark Zapata, 27…

OHIO soldier killed in Iraq never saw infant son
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
ELYRIA, Ohio – A soldier from Ohio, killed by a homemade bomb in Iraq,
never got to see his son, who friends say looks just like his father.
Army Sgt.…

COMING of Age in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… It's not easy being a teenager in Iraq today. … He worries that Iraq's
teenagers are destined to be a generation of “political orphans.”.…,1,3792184.story?coll=la-home-headlines

DEATH threats follow family of Iraq abuse whistleblower
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Reuters | August 17, 2004. WASHINGTON — Relatives of the US soldier
who sounded the alarm about abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu…

DEADLY Showdown Dominates Talks on Iraq's Future
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The deadly showdown between US troops and Iraqi militants in Najaf dominated
Iraq‚s national conference, with tribal and religious leaders deciding
to send…

WHY Kerry Is Right About Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Fareed Zakaria. John Kerry isn't being entirely honest about his views
on Iraq. … We now know that there were no weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq.…

THE chaotic reality Bush faces in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON WITH INADEQUATE notice, the absurd linkage invented by President
Bush to join “war in Iraq” with “war on terror” has fractured, raising
the question…

FRENCH-AMERICAN journalist kidnapped in Iraq – New Zealand
… Department spokesman Tom Casey said the State Department was trying
to verify media reports that a journalist with US citizenship had been
kidnapped in Iraq.…,2106,3006096a12,00.html

A Look at US Military Deaths in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Monday, Aug. 16, 935 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense

TURKEY worries about Iraq's Kurds-dominated Kirkuk
Xinhua – China
16 (Xinhuanet) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday expressed
worry about Iraq's oil-rich Kirkuk which was dominated by ethnic Kurds

THREE Lebanese, Syrian hostages freed in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Baghdad on August 6. Meanwhile, the fate of the three Kenyan truck
drivers kidnapped in Iraq is still unknown. An Iraqi group, called…

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