Iraq News and Information Links May 18 2004
US Press Accounts Confirm: Rumsfeld, Bush Approved Iraq Torture…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
Recent press reports have demolished Bush administration claims that US
torture in Iraq was an isolated act of a few deviant soldiers and reservists.

www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=5/19/2004&Cat=4&Num=006

HOME From Iraq, Workers Tell Mixed Tales
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
One of two Russian construction workers held hostage for a week in Iraq
flew home to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on Tuesday with a planeload of
his colleagues…
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/05/19/003.html

IRAQ Cleric Urges Groups to Leave Cities
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraq's most respected Shiite cleric on Tuesday urged
both US soldiers and a radical cleric's militia to withdraw from two Shiite
holy…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4105352,00.html

US: We Underestimated Iraq's Resilience
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department underestimated its enemy in the Iraq
war, failing to predict how resilient Saddam Hussein and his government
would be, the…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/8694272.htm

GENERALS from Poland, Australia, Britain Brief US Legislators on…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
British Major General Freddie Viggers, who served in Iraq as a deputy commander
to US General Ricardo Sanchez, spoke to members of the House Armed Services

www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=5/19/2004&Cat=4&Num=003

US Wants Quick Handover of Iraq Prisons
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will hand over control of military
prisons in Iraq to a new Baghdad government as quickly as possible, US
officials…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5183527>

OCCUPATION Forces Breed Terrorism in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
RUSSIA (Pravda) — Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said that the presence
of occupation forces in Iraq provokes the upsurge of terrorism in Iraq.

www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=5/19/2004&Cat=2&Num=006

US Sticking to June 30 Transfer of Power in Iraq, Senor Says
Bloomberg – USA
… televised from Baghdad. ``We're gonna stay on track.''. Violence has
increased in Iraq in the runup to June 30. April was the bloodiest…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aLI1SWf0Qqqw&refer=us

FORMER Russian Hostage Returns Home, Another Remains in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Two Russian engineers who spent a week in captivity in Iraq have been released.
… He says, now that he is out of Iraq, he can't wait to get home to
his family.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=CE3D1306-188F-4080-A565C2C04D637662

FIRST Iraq Prison Abuse Defendant , Army's Sivits , May Face Year…
Bloomberg – USA
… Sivits, 24, a truck driver who has been in Iraq a year, will have a
special court-martial, which can also result in a reduction in rank and
cut in pay.…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a0fGB3qiE9sk&refer=top_world_news

DEMS Allege Conflicts With 2 Cos. in Iraq
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – Two companies monitoring billions of dollars in Iraq
reconstruction contracts have business relationships with some of the
contractors they…
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4105124,00.html

THE mess in Iraq is the nature of war
Business Times Singapore (subscription) – Singapore
By LEON HADAR. IF only US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had paid more
attention to the complaints about the mistreatment of detainees in Iraq
. . .…
business-times.asia1.com.sg/story/0,4567,116982,00.htm

ITALY on peace mission in Iraq, stresses minister
Xinhua – China
ROME, May 18 (Xinhuanet) — Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino stressed
again on Tuesday that Italian troops serving in Iraq were on a peace mission

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/19/content_1477162.htm

UDAY years 'a dark cloud', says Iraq captain
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Iraq's soccer team have a chance to improve
now the threat of jail and torture has been lifted with the end of Saddam
Hussein's…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=footballNewsUK&storyID=5182807&section=news

US: Troops' Iraq Stay Hard to Predict
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – It's impossible to say precisely how long a large US
military force will have to stay in Iraq after power has been handed back
to the people…
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4104987,00.html

HOWARD to detail Iraq plans
NEWS.com.au – Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard will today detail Australia's future role in
Iraq as debate rages about whether the Government has an exit strategy.

www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9603749%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ may ease world oil markets with revived exports
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BASRA, Iraq : Iraq may help to ease surging world oil prices as exports
from its southern terminal began to normalize ahead of a deal to sell
six million…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_business/view/85647/1/.html

IRAQ Struggles to Restore Health Care-Minister
Reuters – London,England,UK
GENEVA (Reuters) – Revival of Iraq's health care system, underway after
wars and neglect, will require years and plenty of foreign aid, Iraq's
health minister…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=5182278&section=news

LAURA Bush defends President over Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… troops in war is “the hardest part of the job” for her and President
George W. Bush and she believes his drop in the polls is a direct result
of events in Iraq…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=513319&section=news

INTERENERGOSERVICE specialists may return to Iraq later
ITAR-TASS – Moscow,Russia
… The other released hostage, Andrei Meshcheryakov, decided to stay in
Iraq. Interenergoservice Executive Director Alexander Rybinsky…
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=830592&PageNum=0

US troops 'abused Iraq reporters'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Fresh allegations have emerged in Iraq regarding the alleged mistreatment
of Iraqi detainees by US troops. The Reuters news agency…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3726675.stm

MAJOR Developments in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
Major developments about Iraq on Tuesday: —Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini
al-Sistani, Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, demanded that all armed
groups…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V1144.AP-Iraq-Developmen.html

FOUR arrested in Iraq over beheading, funeral held for slain…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Four people have been arrested in Iraq in connection with the
beheading of US businessman Nicholas Berg, a senior Iraqi source said
as a funeral…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85625/1/.html

AMERICA must quit Iraq
Open Democracy – USA
The “Pottery Barn‰ rule invoked with regard to Iraq by the United States
secretary of state, Colin Powell, says: if you break it, you own it.…
www.opendemocracy.net/debates/article-2-95-1907.jsp

SENATE presses administration on Iraq
CNN – USA
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's impossible to say precisely how long a large US
military force will have to stay in Iraq after power has been handed back
to the people…
www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/05/18/iraq.congress.ap/

ITALY to seek breakthrough on Iraq with US, Berlusconi says
Xinhua – China
… May 18 (Xinhuanet) — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said
Tuesday he will seek assurances that there will be a turning point in
Iraq while meeting…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/18/content_1477122.htm

GERMAN chancellor skeptical of NATO role in Iraq; suggests Muslim…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder pushed Tuesday
for Muslim countries to send troops to stabilize Iraq, arguing they would
be more…
www.boston.com/dailynews/139/world/German_chancellor_skeptical_of:.shtml

WHY we can't leave Iraq yet
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
JOHN Howard is standing firm on Australia's continued military role in
Iraq despite the slaying of Governing Council chief Izzadine Saleem.…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9601313%255E662,00.html

IRAQ Seeks Better UN Deal; US Plans Court Martial
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's leaders, flexing muscles as the United States
prepares to cede sovereignty, are sending a delegation to the United Nations
to demand…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5180933

EDITORIAL: New setbacks, new challenges for Iraq mission
The Australian – Australia
… What the assassination also highlights is the absolute madness of a
cut-and-run policy in Iraq. If Iraq is left unstable, divided…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9600154%255E7583,00.html

SARIN nerve agent bomb explodes in Iraq
South Australia Advertiser – Adelaide,South Australia,Australia
THE US ˆ which invaded Iraq over alleged weapons of mass destruction
ˆ says an exploded artillery shell found in Baghdad will be tested further
to confirm…
www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9600189%255E912,00.html

FOUR arrested over beheading of US businessman in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… understood that none of the four included Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, who
US authorities believe carried out the killing of the 26-year-old who
was in Iraq to drum…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85608/1/.html

US to take 4,000 troops from South Korea for Iraq (14:30 PST)
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
WASHINGTON: The United States has notified Seoul it will withdraw 4,000
US troops from South Korea for combat duty in Iraq, a Pentagon official
confirmed, a…
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en65025&F_catID=&f_type=source

LAWMAKERS probe US on Iraq war plans
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — The troubled Iraq campaign came under scrutiny all over Capitol
Hill Tuesday as lawmakers summoned administration officials to clarify
their…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apwashington_story.asp?category=1153&slug=US%20Iraq

PENTAGON Plans to Stop Funding Iraq's Chalabi
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon plans to stop funding Ahmad Chalabi,
the Iraqi exile it once hoped might help lead Iraq but whose intelligence
reports and…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5180687

HOWARD to spell out Iraq plans
ABC Online – Australia
Prime Minister John Howard will spell out in detail the Federal Government's
position on Iraq on Wednesday and he will reinforce his argument for Australian

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1111001.htm

INTELLIGENCE officers guided guards in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… that the United States had months ago quietly abandoned an early plan
to designate as unlawful combatants some of the prisoners captured by
US forces in Iraq.…
www.iht.com/articles/520449.htm

IRAQ must not be run on terrorists' terms
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Iraq was a violent, brutalised place long before foreign troops ousted
Saddam Hussein. And whether or not Iraq was linked to terrorism…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/18/1084783511053.html

WHY are we in Iraq?
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Baghdad. But if we want more good news — and want to avoid future
disaster — it's time to re-examine our reasons for being in Iraq.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/8689293.htm

IRAQ War Weakens Bond Between Bush, Evangelicals
Reuters – USA
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Concern among evangelical Christians over the course
of the war in Iraq is opening a crack in their strong bond with President
Bush and…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=ourWorldNews&storyID=5179780

CLERIC warns on Iraq holy cities
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq's most senior Shia cleric says all armed forces must be withdrawn
from the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala. Grand Ayatollah…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3725515.stm

IRAQ 'wants control of oil money'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq will ask the United Nations to cut the amount of money it pays in
war damages, as well as granting it complete control of oil revenues.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3724669.stm

IRAQ Arrests 4 Suspected of Role in Berg's Beheading, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 18 (Bloomberg) — Four people were arrested in connection with the
beheading of Nick Berg, an American seeking work in Iraq, Agence France-Presse
reported…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=awbpuXq1ESHE&refer=us

US to move 3600 troops from South Korea to Iraq
SpaceDaily – USA
The United States has notified South Korea and Japan it will withdraw some
3,600 US troops from South Korea for up to a year's combat duty in Iraq,
the first…
www.spacewar.com/2004/040517224011.rz1i9sxf.html

UPDATE 2-Iraq says UN must reduce reparations paid from oil
Reuters – USA
… Iraq must have a say in the next UN resolution,” Deputy Foreign Minister
Hamid Bayati told Reuters on Tuesday. “We will negotiate…
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=5178258

US battles insecurity in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Washington told Seoul it was taking 3,600 troops from the tense border
with North Korea to boost its existing 134,000 in Iraq. The…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/18/1084783515826.htm

IRAQ'S Sistani urges forces to leave holy cities
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, May 18 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's prominent foremost Shiite Shiite
cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on US forces and Shiite militia
fighters to…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/18/content_1476988.htm

BRITISH contractor killed in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
A FORMER British Royal Marine working in Iraq as a private contractor has
been shot dead, officials and a report said today. Brian…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9601886%255E1702,00.html

DEADLY Iraq Bombing A Blow To US
CBS News – USA
… Iraqi Governing Council as his car waited at a checkpoint near coalition
headquarters Monday, a major setback to American efforts to stabilize
Iraq just six…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/18/iraq/main618027.shtml

IRAQ'S 'Sovereignty' Mirage
Consortium News – USA
… Since George W. Bush launched the Iraq War on March 19, 2003, there
have been other markers that stirred hope that a victorious end was near:
the toppling of…
www.consortiumnews.com/2004/051804.html

IRAQ handover on course, alliance insists
Guardian – UK
Senior British and US political figures today insisted the transfer of
power to an interim Iraq authority would go ahead as planned next month
despite the…
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1219449,00.html

IRAQ'S Sistani Urges Forces to Leave Holy Cities
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's foremost Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah
Ali al-Sistani, called on US forces and Shi'ite militia fighters to withdraw
from the…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5177056

KOPASSUS slams Iraq prisoner abuse
Jakarta Post – Indonesia
JAKARTA (AP): An Indonesian special forces unit, notorious for human rights
abuses, on Tuesday denounced the US military for mistreating prisoners
in Iraq.…
www.thejakartapost.com/detaillatestnews.asp?fileid=20040518183124&irec=0

RUSSIA evacuates Interenegroservis specialists from Iraq
ITAR-TASS – Moscow,Russia
CAIRO, May 18 (Itar-Tass) – The overwhelming majority of the 109 Russian
specialists being evacuated from Iraq on Tuesday are employees of the

www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=828578&PageNum=0

FUNERAL held for Governing Council president, violence continues…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : The funeral was held for the president of Iraq's Governing Council,
whose assassination in a suicide car bomb attack dealt the biggest blow
yet to US…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85532/1/.html

US to shift 3600 GIs from South Korea to Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon announced Monday that it soon will transfer
3,600 soldiers from duty in South Korea to Iraq, where persistent fighting
has forced…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0405180295
may18,1,1851067.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

ALLIES at ' Full Throttle ' for Iraq Handover – No10
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The coalition in Iraq is “in full throttle‰ on the diplomatic and security
tracks preparing for the handover of sovereignty in the country on July
1…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2941861

MOST Italians want out of Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
MORE than 60 per cent of Italians questioned in an opinion poll said they
wanted their country's troops to come home from Iraq by June 30, the La
Repubblica…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9598182%255E1702,00.html

GERMAN Press Review: Is the US Pedaling Backwards in Iraq?
Deutsche Welle – Germany
… Now more than ever, US President Bush has to reckon with the likelihood
that his concept for the pacification of Iraq is not going to work out,”
the paper…
www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,7549_A_1206293_1_A,00.html

BOMB containing nerve gas explodes in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
Washington, May 18: A roadside bomb containing deadly sarin nerve agent
exploded near an American military convoy in Iraq, the US military said.

www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=31559

STRAW says Iraq deaths not logged
BBC News – London,England,UK
… he said. Mr Straw said there had been talks about deploying more UK
troops in Iraq but no final decision has been taken. The foreign…
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3723951.stm

UPDATE 1-Iraq says UN must reduce reparations paid from oil
Reuters – USA
… delegation will travel to the United Nations on Wednesday to demand
full control of the country's oil revenues and a cut in war reparations
imposed on Iraq.…
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=5175358

SUICIDE bomber kills Iraq leader
Bellingham Herald – Bellingham,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide car bombing killed the head of Iraq's Governing
Council Monday near the US occupation headquarters. The…
news.bellinghamherald.com/stories/20040518/TopStories/189877.shtml

CIA denies it endorsed Iraq abuses
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… FORT WORTH, Texas ˜ The Defense Department, strapped for troops for
missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, has proposed to Congress that it tap
the Internal…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001931886_iraqdig18.html

US Troop Shift to Iraq / Row Over Premier Designation
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
The US decision to move 4,000 of its 37,000 troops stationed in South Korea
to Iraq, though not totally unexpected, still comes as a surprise.…
times.hankooki.com/lpage/opinion/200405/kt2004051816531711570.htm

HOWARD to spell out Iraq plans
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard will tomorrow spell out Australia's future commitment
to Iraq, amid calls for a swift handover to the United Nations in the
wake of…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9597498%255E1702,00.html

KERRY challenges Bush policies on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… of the biggest crowds of his campaign, Senator John F. Kerry whipped
up more than 7,000 people here yesterday by challenging President Bush's
Iraq policies and…
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/05/18/kerry_challenges_bush_policies_on_iraq

COMMENTARY: Security First in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Senior news analyst NPR's Daniel Schorr says that if a successful
power transfer in Iraq is to take place on June 30, the issue of security
for…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1899691

EXPLOSION snarls US plan for Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The car bombing that killed the president of the US-appointed
Iraqi Governing Council further complicates President George W. Bush's
already…
www.freep.com/news/nw/blast18_20040518.htm

IRAQ bids farewell to slain chief
BBC News – London,England,UK
The funeral of the slain head of Iraq's Governing Council, Ezzedine Salim,
has begun amid tight security in Baghdad. Mr Salim's…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3723751.stm

IRAQ TERRORISTS: Deadly developments complicate the US mission
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
Monday's developments in Iraq were beyond the usual bad news and signal
worse to come. Six weeks before the United States is committed…
www.freep.com/voices/editorials/eiraq18_20040518.htm

IRAQ INTELLIGENCE: Defector lied to US about weapons
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration helped rally public and congressional
support for an Iraq invasion by publicizing the claims of an Iraqi defector

www.freep.com/news/nw/snitch18_20040518.htm

WOLFOWITZ target of Democratic ire on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) As details of prison abuses in Iraq surfaced, many Democrats
on Capitol Hill demanded that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld resign.

www.boston.com/dailynews/139/wash/Wolfowitz_target_of_Democratic:.shtml

EXTENDED Iraq duty for Marines considered
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ As Pentagon officials scramble to find troops to maintain
an expanded force level in Iraq, they are considering extending the time
Marines are…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040518-9999-1n18marines.html

OUTSOURCING hired guns for the Iraq war
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… Last December, The Guardian reported that private corporations “are
now the second biggest contributor to coalition forces in Iraq after the
Pentagon.” An…
www.indystar.com/articles/8/147330-6268-021.html

EXPLOSION snarls US plan for Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The car bombing that killed the president of the US-appointed
Iraqi Governing Council further complicates President George W. Bush's
already…
www.freep.com/news/nw/blast18_20040518.htm

IRAQ bids farewell to slain chief
BBC News – London,England,UK
The funeral of the slain head of Iraq's Governing Council, Ezzedine Salim,
has begun amid tight security in Baghdad. Mr Salim's…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3723751.stm

IRAQ TERRORISTS: Deadly developments complicate the US mission
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
Monday's developments in Iraq were beyond the usual bad news and signal
worse to come. Six weeks before the United States is committed…
www.freep.com/voices/editorials/eiraq18_20040518.htm

IRAQ INTELLIGENCE: Defector lied to US about weapons
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration helped rally public and congressional
support for an Iraq invasion by publicizing the claims of an Iraqi defector

www.freep.com/news/nw/snitch18_20040518.htm

WOLFOWITZ target of Democratic ire on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) As details of prison abuses in Iraq surfaced, many Democrats
on Capitol Hill demanded that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld resign.

www.boston.com/dailynews/139/wash/Wolfowitz_target_of_Democratic:.shtml

EXTENDED Iraq duty for Marines considered
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ As Pentagon officials scramble to find troops to maintain
an expanded force level in Iraq, they are considering extending the time
Marines are…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040518-9999-1n18marines.html

OUTSOURCING hired guns for the Iraq war
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… Last December, The Guardian reported that private corporations “are
now the second biggest contributor to coalition forces in Iraq after the
Pentagon.” An…
www.indystar.com/articles/8/147330-6268-021.html

SALIM buried amid battles in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
A formal funeral ceremony for Izzedine Salim, the slain head of Iraq's
US-installed Governing Council, has taken place inside the US headquarters
in Baghdad.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1110794.htm

PRESIDENTS Agree to Redeploy US Forces in Korea to Iraq
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
… was made by the Presidents of South Korea and the US to relocate about
3600 American soldiers currently stationed on the Korean peninsula, to
Iraq for a…
english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200405/200405180018.html

HOWARD says June 30 Iraq handover to go ahead
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: Now to Australia's policy on Iraq, and echoing statements
from his counterparts in the United States and Britain, the Prime Minister
John Howard…
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1110527.htm

US to take corrective action in Iraq
Times of India – India
… Powell said, “The soldiers and diplomats in Iraq are putting their
lives on the line daily for the freedom of the Iraqi people.…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/682575.cms

THAILAND flags Iraq troop pull out
ABC Online – Australia
Thai soldiers stationed in Iraq could be withdrawn after the June 30 handover
of authority by the United States if the security situation worsens, Defence

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1110830.htm

US press accounts confirm: Rumsfeld, Bush approved Iraq torture…
World Socialist
Recent press reports have demolished Bush administration claims that US
torture in Iraq was an isolated act of a few deviant soldiers and reservists.

www.wsws.org/articles/2004/may2004/tort-m18.shtml

NERVE gas believed discovered in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
After a year of searching, the United States might have stumbled upon a
banned weapon in Iraq, with two soldiers slightly injured when a single
artillery shell…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0504/18sarin.html

IRAQ, One Year Later
Newsweek – New York,NY,USA
Twelve months have passed since a US-led coalition of troops invaded Iraq
and toppled Saddam Hussein's ruthless regime. The most…
msnbc.msn.com/id/4522771/site/newsweek/

DICKEY : Is There an Exit Strategy for Iraq ?
Newsweek – New York,NY,USA
… But he should give us the answer, now, about Iraq. … OK. But how
do we know when that job‚s done? What makes Iraq a successful state?

msnbc.msn.com/id/4900136/site/newsweek/

AUSTRALIA PM says Iraq handover target still achievable
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
CANBERRA – The US-led coalition in Iraq would find it difficult to hand
power back to the war-torn country by June 30 but it could still be done,
Australian…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3567130&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

IRAQ : Detainees Tell of Other Abuses
Newsweek – New York,NY,USA
… Geoffrey Miller, the man sent to clean up Iraq's US Army-run prisons,
today announced that the number of detainees held at the infamous Abu
Ghraib prison will…
msnbc.msn.com/id/4901559/site/newsweek/

IRAQ ‚ s Donkey Desperadoes
Newsweek – New York,NY,USA
… AS SO OFTEN happens in Iraq these days, the hopeful rhetoric doesn‚t
hold up. Suddenly, a salvo of loud booms rips through the early morning
air.…
msnbc.msn.com/id/3540602/site/newsweek/

IRAQ council chief killed in car bomb
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq's foreign minister vowed yesterday not to be intimidated as politicians
around the world expressed sorrow and anger over the killing of the US-appointed

www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/05/18/1084846188.htm

BOMB in Iraq contained sarin agent, military says
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… The Iraq Survey Group, the joint CIA and military intelligence unit
in Iraq, confirmed the presence of small amounts of sarin in the exploded
shell, the US…
washingtontimes.com/national/20040518-120218-4817r.htm

US troops to leave S. Korea for Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The US military plans to withdraw 3600 of its troops from South Korea for
up to a year's combat duty in Iraq. Pentagon officials…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B28AF50E-F929-4194-BB3D-7B823094073C.htm

MICHIGAN firms cast wary eye on doing business in Iraq
MLive.com – MI,USA
LANSING — Michigan companies looking to profit in the rebuilding of Iraq
shouldn't let the recent beheading of an American entrepreneur and kidnappings
of US…
www.mlive.com/news/statewide/index.ssf?/base/news-4/108483180080860.xml

MICH. businesses look to profit in Iraq
The State News – East Lansing,MI,USA
… But Arias is looking for those opportunities in an area many business
owners would consider an unlikely place – Iraq. Besser, which…
www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=24150

PESSIMISM grows about Iraq's future
MSNBC – USA
BAGHDAD, May 17 – With stunning brazenness, pinpoint timing and devastating
force, the suicide car bomber who killed the head of Iraq's Governing
Council on…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5000505/

BLAST kills Iraq's top leader
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – A suicide car bomber killed the president of the
Iraqi Governing Council and at least seven others Monday, delivering a
major blow to…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/8689952.htm

US Troops Moving From S. Korea to Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
The Pentagon is moving 3,600 US troops from South Korea to Iraq this summer,
a shift that highlights the stress on the US Army and promises a significant

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34653-2004May17.html

SARIN bomb explodes in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… said. If confirmed in subsequent testing, the discovery would be the
first evidence of a banned weapon in Iraq since the war began.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/18/1084783494874.html

A Daily Look at US Iraq Military Deaths
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Monday, May 17, 783 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V9920.AP-Iraq-US-Deaths.html

KERRY Says Bush Needs 'Some Space' on Iraq
Reuters – USA
By Patricia Wilson. PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Democratic White House hopeful
John Kerry, who has barely mentioned Iraq on the campaign trail this week,
said on…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5171523

WALL Street stocks fall on uncertainties in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… YORK, May 17 (Xinhuanet) — Wall Street stocks closed sharply lower
Monday as investors worried about the economy world events, especially
the situation in Iraq…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/18/content_1475735.htm

US Plans to Transfer 3,600 Soldiers from Korea to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — With the Iraq war stretching the US Army to its limit, the
Pentagon announced Monday it will move 3,600 soldiers from their garrisons
in South…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-troops18may18,1,5892867.story?coll=la-home-headlines

NERVE agent sarin found in roadside Iraq bomb
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… rigged as a bomb, said Brig.-Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the chief US military
spokesman in Iraq. It appears two chemical components in the…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/
Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1084788726537&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

IRAQ Update: Suicide Bombing, Sarin Gas Discovered
NPR (audio) – USA
… Gay marriage is under way. But our lead comes out of Iraq, where the
head of the Iraqi Governing Council was assassinated earlier today.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1899454

SARIN bomb raises fear of chemical attacks in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Story in full UNITED States officials last night admitted that they fear
other munitions filled with sarin may still exist in Iraq – after a roadside
shell…
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=564872004

IRAQ handover still achievable: PM
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The planned June 30 handover date for control of Iraq was still achievable,
despite the assassination of the head of the Iraqi Governing Council,
Prime…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/18/1084783489047.html

FIFTY killed in Iraq clashes
ABC Online – Australia
… States forces say they have killed at least 50 militiamen loyal to
radical Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in heavy overnight clashes
in Iraq's south.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1110379.htm

BOMB kills Iraq Governing Council head
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A car bomb killed the head of Iraq's US-appointed Governing
Council Monday as he drove up to the headquarters of the American-led
occupation…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woiraq0517,0,4958004.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

BLAIR pledges commitment to Iraq until job is done
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TONY Blair yesterday pledged that Britain did not have an exit strategy
for Iraq and vowed troops would remain in the country until “the job was
done”.…
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=564992004

THE shadow of Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
But so far it has remained just another laundry-list item in Bush's stump
speech, overshadowed by the president's response to the avalanche of trouble
in Iraq.…
www.startribune.com/stories/587/4781446.html

OVERSTRETCHED Pentagon to redeploy forces from South Korea to…
Independent – London,England,UK
The US military is so over-stretched by the deployment in Iraq that the
Pentagon plans to shift 4,000 troops from the Korean peninsula to bolster
forces in…
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=522404

EDITORIAL: The Iraq mess…
Daily Times – Pakistan
Any doubts about how tenuous the situation in Iraq is should be removed
by the Monday bombing near the Coalition Headquarters in Baghdad which
killed Izzedine…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_18-5-2004_pg3_1

WE are now the problem in Iraq
Guardian – UK
I voted for the intervention in Iraq, not because of the threat from weapons
of mass destruction, but because of the failure to ensure the removal
of Saddam…
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1219112,00.html

EDITORIAL: Elections/Don't give up Iraq's dream
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
In a mere six weeks, the United States will turn Iraq back to its own people
and take a subservient, transitional role as provider of security.…
www.startribune.com/stories/561/4781067.html

COALITION firm on Iraq handover date
ABC Online – Australia
Prime Minister John Howard says he does not expect yesterday's murder of
Ezzedine Salim in Iraq to delay plans for a handover of sovereignty on
June 30.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1110310.htm

CURRENCIES: Iraq bombing attack sends dollar tumbling
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
The dollar slid against the euro on Monday after the head of Iraq's interim
Governing Council was assassinated and a US Treasury Department report
showed…
www.iht.com/articles/520289.htm

BOMB containing sarin nerve agent explodes in Iraq, US military…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 2004 18:05. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) US soldiers found a roadside bomb containing
sarin nerve agent, the military said Monday. The device…
www.boston.com/dailynews/138/world/Bomb_containing_sarin_nerve_ag:.shtml

US to Move Troops from S.Korea to Iraq This Summer
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will move 3,600 Army soldiers
to Iraq this summer from South Korea for a one-year deployment, cutting
American forces…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5169978

BERLUSCONI faces pressure after soldier dies in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
ROME The first combat death of an Italian soldier in Iraq on Monday set
off a political storm back in Rome, with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
facing new…
www.iht.com/articles/520330.htm

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Monday, May 17, 783 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/138/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

IRAQ Abuse Arraignments Move Up a Day
Guardian – UK
By DAVID DISHNEAU. HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – The arraignments of three soldiers
charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners have been moved…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4101875,00.html

FROM Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime
New York Times – USA
… The Vietnamese were called “slopes” and “slants.” The Koreans were
referred to simply as “gooks.” The war in Iraq has added new examples.

www.nytimes.com/2004/05/18/science/18LANG.html
?ex=1085457600&en=e2b0dd77bbe0006b&ei=5062

OTHER Views: Iraq war's disastrous fallout for Blair
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… The truth is that Britain has accepted almost limitless liability for
what happens in Iraq, in exchange for very little power over events.
www.iht.com/articles/520264.htm

MON

US says finds Sarin in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States, which invaded Iraq over alleged
weapons of mass destruction, says an exploded artillery shell found there
will be…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=512530&section=news

US to move 4000 troops from S . Korea to Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
SEOUL – The United States plans to move some of its troops away from South
Korea's tense border with the communist North for combat duty in Iraq.

straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/topstories/story/0,4386,251499,00.html

KILLING of Iraq governing council chief deals blow to coalition
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
BAGHDAD: A suicide car bomb killed the head of Iraq's Governing Council
overnight, dealing a major blow to the US coalition battling a Shi'ite
insurgency and a…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2910452a12,00.html

TEXANS killed in Iraq since war began
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Wash. _April 19: Lance Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, 21, of Sunray, died from
hostile fire in the Al Anbar Province in western Iraq. Austin…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8688386.htm

ARAB countries rule out sending security forces into Iraq while…
Canoe.ca – Canada
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) – Sending Arab and Muslim troops to Iraq is
one possible strategy to reduce violence there, but the head of the Arab
League said…
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2004/05/17/463295-ap.html

CURRENCIES swing on Iraq violence
ABC Online – Australia
The car bomb killing of the leader of Iraq's Governing Council has triggered
a sell-off of the US dollar and funds have retreated to Europe.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1110268.htm

  
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