Iraq News and Information Links April 18 2004
18/04/04 BLAIR reiterates case for Iraq invasion
The Hindu – Chennai,India
New York/London, Apr 19. (Observer News Service): The British prime minister
Tony Blair mounted another fierce defence of the Iraq invasion late on

IRAQ violence gives UN new clout
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… BAGHDAD ˆ Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations' special envoy to Iraq,
ended his visit here last week with veiled criticism of the US-led coalition

SPAIN Pulls Troops from Iraq, 10 US Troops Killed
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Spain said Sunday it would withdraw its 1,400 troops
in Iraq as soon as possible, dealing a major blow to the US-led coalition
as 10 US…

IRAQ crisis spawns new brand of leaders with few US ties
Straits Times – Singapore
… For months, the committee has struggled to give a voice to Iraq's Sunni
Arab minority, demoralised by the loss of its position of power under
Saddam Hussein.…,4386,246495,00.html

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
The American military death toll in Iraq rose to at least 700 Sunday, following
the announcement of 11 deaths. As of Friday morning…

KURD to head Iraq reformed armed forces
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Iraq's newly reconstituted Ministry of Defence said on Sunday that a Kurdish
former resistance fighter would head Iraq's reformed armed forces.…

SHADOWS of Tehran over Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor. BAGHDAD
ˆ The Iranian diplomats left Iraq empty handed. But…

BOOK: Bush Planned Iraq War Months After 9/11
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A new book says President Bush began military plans to attack Iraq just
months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The…

THREE Japanese Return From Captivity in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Three Japanese, freed from a week of captivity in Iraq, have returned home.
The two men and one woman were tight-lipped amid government…

11 US soldiers killed in one day in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, April 18 (Xinhuanet by Nie Xiaoyang) — US army in Iraq on Sunday
confirmed an earlier newspaper report that five US marines were killed
in clashes…

KERRY grapples with Vietnam and Iraq
By Tom Curry. WASHINGTON – The Iraq war and the Vietnam War dominated John
Kerry‚s hourlong appearance on "Meet the Press" Sunday.…

SPAIN orders troops home from Iraq
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
… at the Moncloa Palace, Zapatero said he had ordered Defence Minister
Jose Bono to “do what is necessary for the Spanish troops stationed
in Iraq return home…

SPANISH premier orders troops brought home from Iraq
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
MADRID, Spain – Spain's prime minister ordered Spanish troops pulled out
of Iraq as soon as possible Sunday, fulfilling a campaign pledge and trying
to calm…

KOIZUMI warns against Iraq trips
Daily Yomiuri – Tokyo,Japan
In a radio address Saturday, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi urged Japanese
people to follow government advice and not travel to Iraq, but admitted

BLOODBATH in Iraq as 11 US troops are killed
Independent Online – South Africa
… Five United States Marines were killed in a day-long battle and six
US soldiers were killed in other clashes during a weekend of bloodletting
across Iraq, a US…

FIVE US marines killed in Iraq near Syrian border
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD, April 18 (Reuters) – Five US marines and 25 to 30 guerrillas were
killed in fierce fighting in Iraq on Saturday near the Syrian border,
the 1st Marine…

NINE more US troops die in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Nine US troops have died from combat wounds over
the weekend, the US military announced Sunday. Since the…

WORLD misled about Iraq war
The Australian – Australia
GEORGE W. Bush is facing new claims he misled the world about his plans
for war on Iraq, with a book by legendary reporter Bob Woodward claiming
the US…,5744,9321540%255E2703,00.html

TROOPS needed in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
AUSTRALIAN troops were needed in Iraq for up to another 18 months, a prominent
Iraqi leader said yesterday. A key member of Iraq's…

IRAQ: our media are culpable
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… even on your ABC, the whining has not been loud enough to drown out
the cheering from Iraq. … Iraq was invaded to rid Saddam of his weapons
of mass destruction.…

TO Hanoi, Iraq is Bush's Vietnam
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… Get out of Iraq — before it's too late. As a … ties. So they offered
their criticism of the Iraq war in a spirit of friendship. Many…

NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Cheryl Corley discusses security and political developments
in Iraq with Adnan Pachachi, a prominent member of Iraq's Governing Council.

ALLIES close 3 roads in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Intensified insurgent attacks targeting convoys transporting
goods and troops forced the US-led coalition in Iraq to shut down sections
of two…

BUSH stays on course as Iraq crisis heats up
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… with adversity. Faced with a deadly insurrection in Iraq and a barrage
of questions about his approach to terrorism before Sept. 11…

KERRY Says Iraq Solution May Be New US President
Reuters – USA
MIAMI (Reuters) – Democratic White House challenger John Kerry on Sunday
accused the Bush administration of being "stunningly ineffective" on Iraq
and said the…

'NINE US troops' killed in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Nine US troops are reported to have been killed in clashes with insurgents
in Iraq. Five marines died in skirmishes on the Syrian…

IRAN Says US Policy Undermined Its Efforts In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
18 April 2004 — Iran today blamed the United States for the failure of
Tehran's efforts to ease tensions in Iraq. Iran had sent…

POPE Appeals to Iraq Kidnappers
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Pope John Paul II appealed today for the release of hostages in Iraq, imploring
their captors to show „feelings of humanity‰.…

NINE US soldiers said killed clashes with insurgents in Iraq
Ha'aretz – Israel
BAGHDAD – Four US soldiers were killed in fighting in Iraq on Saturday,
the US army confirmed Sunday, as unofficial reports pointed to five additional

FIVE US Marines Reportedly Killed in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… border. The US military in Baghdad said it had no information about
fighting in the remote region of western Iraq. But the St. Louis…

IRAQ tense amid Najaf, Falluja standoffs
Reuters – India
… Falluja, Iraq's other main flashpoint and a bastion for Sunni Muslim
insurgents, experienced a second day of calm, but five civilians were
killed overnight as…;:40826dfb:e52ce3a55f7a4ff4?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4856395

STAYING the Course in Iraq?
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
If the ongoing military occupation of Iraq has proven anything in the past
couple of weeks, including the kidnappings of more than 40 people and
a surge of…

IS the comparison of Iraq with Vietnam exaggerated?
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
It's too soon to know. But what seems similar is that half the country
never wanted this war, and as with Vietnam there is no easy exit from

FIVE Marines Die in Iraq Border Gunbattle
Indiana Gazette – Indiana County,PA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – US Marines backed by helicopters battled hundreds of Iraqi
insurgents near the Syrian border Sunday in fighting that killed five

POPE urges release of Iraq hostages
Reuters – London,England,UK
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope John Paul has appealed for kidnappers in
Iraq to release all their hostages and has urged an end to blood-letting
across the…

BOOK: 'Afghan war meeting' was about Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
By Pete Yost. WASHINGTON — After an important meeting on Iraq war planning
in late 2001, President Bush told the public the discussions were about

POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Standing firm over Bush's stance on Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
… What we got was a dusted-off stump speech that said little more than
what Bush said before we invaded Iraq, minus the fear mongering about

JAPAN PM Gets Boost, Iraq Hostages Return
Reuters – USA
… Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's administration won plaudits on Sunday
as three Japanese civilians who were freed after being kidnapped in Iraq
returned home…

LEERY UN officials balk at role in rebuilding Iraq
Contra Costa Times – Contra Costa County,CA,USA
KOFI ANNAN, the United Nations secretary-general, right, answers a reporter's
questions on Iraq after a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair
at a…

TWO British soldiers hurt in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Two British soldiers have been injured after their convoy
was ambushed in southeast Iraq, the Ministry of Defence says.…

Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
The escalation of violence in Iraq will be the topic of a public forum
this week at an Evanston church. … Robert Sarra, fought in the Iraq

IRAQ tense amid standoffs
Reuters - London,England,UK
... Muslims. Falluja, Iraq's other main flashpoint and a bastion for Sunni
Muslim insurgents, was enjoying a second day of calm on Sunday. ...

Sunday Mirror - UK
... He denied suggestions of a current split between Britain and the US
over tactics in Iraq saying: "We have got to do what it takes to see it
through and get it ...

BUSH, Blair to face scrutiny of Iraq policy
The State - Columbia,SC,USA
In the midst of the deadliest period in Iraq since the war began, President
Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Friday reaffirmed their
bond, vowing ...

PRIVATE commandos shoot back on the Iraq firing line
ABC Online - Australia
Ex-military commandos armed with M4 rifles are fighting insurgents in Iraq
as part of a private contracting force, many of them hired by the US-led
coalition ...

KERRY must walk tightrope on Iraq, analysts say
Seattle Times - Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON &Mac247; At a college in New York, protesters hoot the candidate
for wanting to "stay the course" in Iraq; some unfurl a banner demanding,
"troops home ...

IN Iraq, Talk Tough and Carry a Big Stick
Los Angeles Times (subscription) - Los Angeles,CA,USA
... WASHINGTON &Mac247; During the major combat phase of the Iraq war, which
concluded last year, one important corner of the country escaped the ravages
of battle ...,1,617793.story

IRAQ'S Chalabi urges Australia not to withdraw troops
Channel News Asia - Singapore
Chalabi said Australian troops would be needed to help rebuild Iraq for
at least another 12 months and their deployment should not be politicised.

SERVICE in Iraq for OC Soldier
Los Angeles Times (subscription) - Los Angeles,CA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq &Mac247; Soldier after soldier broke down in tears as they rendered
their last salutes to a tough, decorated infantryman from Westminster.

HOLMES: Vietnam and Iraq
Wayland Town Crier - Framingham,MA,USA
... quickly, as right-wing talking heads and GOP spinners expressed shock
and dismay that Kennedy, who has been a clear and consistent critic of
the Iraq war since ...

JAPAN PM Seen Buoyed After Iraq Hostages Freed
Wired News – USA
… Reuters) – Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's government won plaudits
on Sunday, a day after the freeing of two remaining Japanese hostages
in Iraq, as ruling…

POLICY in Iraq a 'tragedy of errors,' Kerry says
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… Massachusetts, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, yesterday
aimed a new volley of criticism at President Bush's handling of the situation
in Iraq…

IRAQ: US toll continues to rise
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… Since 31 March, at least 94 US soldiers have been killed in action
in Iraq – more than were killed during the three weeks last year when
Iraq was invaded and…

LET'S not let Iraq, 9/11 overshadow the economy
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… concerns, such as the loss of manufacturing jobs in this country and
the size of the federal deficit — the big news last this week was about
Iraq and 9/11.…

UN weighs role in Iraq's transition
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations, once snubbed and excluded from shaping
Iraq's future, now finds itself pressed to play the major role in that
effort, but…

DO the right thing for troops and for Iraq
Freeport Journal Standard – Freeport,IL,USA
The headlines didn't do it justice, but President Bush's decision to give
the United Nations an expanded role in Iraq represents a turning point
in a war that…

IRAQ highways closed after attacks
The Wichita Eagle – Wichita,KS,USA
… BAGHDAD, Iraq – The US military closed two major highways into Baghdad
on Saturday in the latest disruption caused by intensified attacks by
anti-US insurgents…

IRAQ Militants Free Two Japanese Hostages
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… Baghdad, where clashes have punctuated a truce over the last few days,
though US Army Brig Gen Mark Kimmitt, deputy head of operations in Iraq,
told reporters…

UPRISINGS force US to rethink Iraq strategy
BAGHDAD, April 17 – In the space of two weeks, a fierce insurgency in Iraq
has isolated the US-appointed civilian government and stopped the American-financed

KIDNAPPERS free Japanese hostages in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… kidnapped more than 40 foreigners this month as US-led forces battle
rebels in towns such as Fallujah in the Sunni Muslim heartlands of central
Iraq and try to…

BOOK: Bush hatched Iraq plan during Afghan war
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
US President George W. Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against
Iraq less than two months after US forces attacked Afghanistan and was
so worried the…

LABOR unmoved on Iraq troop recall deadline
ABC Online – Australia
The Federal Opposition says a plea by a member of the Iraqi Governing Council
for Australia troops to stay in Iraq until the "end" will not change Labor's

TORN between money and safety, some US workers flee Iraq
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
HOUSTON ˆ He went to Iraq for the money, he admits. But after a month
of working while mortars dropped all around him, civilian…

UPRISINGS Force US to Rethink Strategy in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, April 17 — In the space of two weeks, a fierce insurgency in
Iraq has isolated the US-appointed civilian government and stopped the

SOLDIER from Gainesville killed in Iraq fighting
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
MIAMI – A 31-year-old soldier from Gainesville was killed in Iraq last
week in a rocket-propelled grenade attack, the US military said Saturday.

LAST of Japanese hostages freed in Iraq
Japan Times – Tokyo,Japan
… told Kyodo the pair were given a verbal message from their abductors
in which they said "the United States and Britain are the enemies of Iraq,
and we will…

IRAQ faces more violence after talks collapse
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IRAQ was teetering on the brink of a new onslaught of violence last night
after talks between rebel Shi‚ite leaders and US forces collapsed.…

BUSH 'must review Iraq stand'
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… presidential contender John Kerry yesterday called on President George
W Bush to get rid of the "Made in America" tag on the US-led occupation
of Iraq in a new…

UN has key role in Iraq: Downer – Australia
… Despite what some of my critics now claim, we always thought that there
was a significant role for the UN to play in Iraq," Mr Downer told Channel

THE Political and Media Piranhas of Vietnam and Iraq
Men's News Daily – Guerneville,CA,USA
by Thomas D. Segel. Recently a friend asked me to compare what is taking
place in Iraq with our involvement almost four decades ago in Vietnam.

Œ George Bush planned Iraq war in November 2001‚
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: President George W Bush asked his Pentagon chief in November
2001 to draw up a war plan against Iraq, the White House confirmed on

IRAQ rebuilding work under threat as the cost of risk insurance…
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
The wave of kidnappings of overseas workers in Iraq has sent ripples of
fear through corporate boardrooms, forcing senior executives to make tough
decisions on…

VIOLENCE in Iraq will get even worse, says Blair – London,England,UK
Tony Blair will tell MPs tomorrow that Britain should be prepared for worse
violence in Iraq in the coming weeks. The Prime Minister…

Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… _About 100 men are undergoing training in Jordan for Iraq's air force,
the US-led coalition announced. … _The top US military spokesman in
Iraq, Brig. Gen.…

BUSH and Blair back UN Iraq plan
Straits Times – Singapore
… shoulder, US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony
Blair on Friday all but endorsed a United Nations envoy's plan for returning
Iraq to self…,4386,246390,00.html

US trying new tactics to calm Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – After two weeks of bloody battles and tense standoffs,
the struggle over Iraq's future focused on a table set up on a dusty street

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