Iraq News and Information Links August 18 2004
IRAQ demands Sadr's militia disarm
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq's Defence Ministry has ordered Shiite militiamen in Najaf to immediately
lay down their weapons and leave a holy shrine. The…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1179902.htm

MOROCCO beats Iraq, both advance to quarters
MSNBC – USA
PATRAS, Greece – Morocco came from one goal down to defeat Iraq 2-1 in
a preliminary match Wednesday. Morocco advances to the quarterfinals…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5747630/

OIL price hits all-time highs, Iraq deal fails to halt run
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NEW YORK : World oil prices smashed to record highs as concerns over hot
global demand swamped news of a peace deal in Iraq with Muslim Shiite
militia Moqtada…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_business/view/101757/1/.html

MIGHTY mite Ali adds to Iraq's Olympic triumphs with boxing win
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Iraq's only Olympic boxer added another triumph to his war-torn nation's
unexpected success at the games Wednesday, beating North Korea's Kwak
Hyok Ju 21-7 to…
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/18/sports1600EDT0561.DTL

REPUBLICAN Congressman Says Iraq War Was Mistake
Reuters – USA
Doug Bereuter of Nebraska has said in a letter to constituents the US military
action in Iraq was a mistake. The Iraq war was a…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=6010906

ON war, John Kerry is all Vietnam and no Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… “Republicans have sent our troops into battle in Iraq without a plan
and have cut veterans' benefits without remorse,” said perma-grinning
House of…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=7457

IRAQ Cleric Agrees to End Uprising, Demands Truce
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr agreed Wednesday
to disarm his Iraqi militia and leave a holy shrine but only after a truce
with…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6010022

BRITAIN confirms the death of soldier in southern Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Tuesday's incident took the number of deaths of British servicepersonnel
sent to Iraq to 65 since the start of the Iraq war last March.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/19/content_1819598.htm

VIOLENCE Causes Lebanese Trade with Iraq to Take a Beating, says…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Violence in Iraq has all but shattered Lebanon's trade with that country.
According to the Lebanese truck drivers association, road…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=47F14EE7-88E7-4005-B18F7A6DDFDF53F1

IRAQ hostages are safe: E Ahamed
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
… Despite the KGL agreeing to almost all the conditions set by the abductors,
including cessation of operations in Iraq and compensation to a group
of Iraqis…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_956258,0008.htm

THIRD Fort Riley soldier killed in Iraq in less than a week
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
FORT RILEY, Kan. – A soldier from Fort Riley has been killed in Iraq, the
third casualty from the post in less than a week, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9432712.htm

IRAQ Selects Interim National Assembly
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi political and religious leaders picked an interim
national assembly Wednesday, choosing a list of candidates backed by the
government…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11962-2004Aug18.html

SADR agrees to accept Iraq peace mission demands
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Shiite militia leader Moqtada Sadr has agreed to disarm and quit
a holy shrine in Najaf as demanded by Iraq's key national conference,
one of the…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/101681/1/.html

US Soldier Sues Government over Iraq Call-Up Move
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Mark Sage, PA News, in New York. A US Army sergeant is suing his government
in a bid to avoid being sent back to Iraq, it emerged today.…

news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3366020

TWO weeks of hell in Iraq's holy city
Independent Online – South Africa
Iraq's defence minister gave Shi'a militiamen in the holy city of Najaf
hours to surrender on Wednesday, warning that troops were preparing for
a major assault…

www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1092834721110B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

IRAQ'S Sadr Agrees to End Najaf Crisis
Reuters – USA
… Earlier, Iraq's defense minister gave the militiamen hours to surrender,
warning that troops were preparing for a major assault to “teach them
a lesson they…

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6008962

TRIBUTES Paid to Solider Killed in Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A British military commander today paid glowing tribute to the latest soldier
to be killed in Iraq, describing him as the “backbone‰ of the platoon.

news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3365984

IRAQ doco may make stars of war rappers
The Australian – Australia
… based in Bundeena, south of Sydney, has made his name as a war artist
in such trouble spots as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Rwanda and travelled
to Iraq four times…

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10490845%255E16947,00.html

US troops arrest journalist in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… Many journalists in Iraq, including several Aljazeera reporters and
cameramen, have been detained in the past by occupation troops or police
and then released…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E7CF1404-0A79-47F2-AB93-5E6BDF458150.htm

BREAKING: Iraqi Police Threaten to 'Kill Every Journalist' in Najaf
www.truthout.org/docs_04/081904Z.shtml

IRAQ prepares assault on Najaf
Reuters – London,England,UK
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's defence minister has given Shi'ite militiamen
in the holy city of Najaf hours to surrender, warning that troops are
preparing…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=567415&section=news

SOME voters growing skeptical of Iraq war
MSNBC – USA
WASHINGTON – Public opinion favored President Bush‚s decision to go to
war in Iraq about 2-to-1 soon after Saddam Hussein‚s capture, but months
of chaos…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5743754/

TIME to Quit Iraq (Sort Of)
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… Many Americans now believe that the United States is depleting its
military strength, diplomatic leverage and Treasury to pursue unrealistic
aims in Iraq.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/18/opinion/18luttwak.html

HOSTAGES in Iraq are safe: Govt
Times of India – India
NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday said that the three Indian truck drivers
taken hostage in Iraq are safe and all efforts are on to secure their
release.…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/819302.cms

IRAQ oil exports halved
CNN/Money – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's main southern pipeline was still shut Wednesday,
reducing the country's oil exports by half their normal flows for the
ninth day…
money.cnn.com/2004/08/18/news/international/iraq_pipeline.reut/

SADR shuns Iraq negotiators
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… man government team broke down over the weekend, but because this delegation
represented the broad cross-section of Iraqis gathered at Iraq's first
somewhat…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0408180218aug18,1,7491752.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

OIL hits new record on fresh Iraq threat
Reuters – London,England,UK
… In Iraq, a group claiming links to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said
it was responsible for setting an oil well on fire and vowed to attack
the country's main…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type
=businessNews&storyID=567261&section=finance

PUBLIC 50-50 on Iraq war
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — Eight months of unrest in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's capture
have taken a heavy toll on American opinion of President Bush's decision
to go to…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0408180200aug18,1,3887263.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

IRAQ expects 'decisive battle' in Najaf
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq's Defence Minister Hazim al-Shaalan expects a “decisive battle” on
Wednesday in a stand-off between United States troops and rebel Shiite
militiamen in…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200408/s1179792.htm

IRAQ Oil Flows in South Slow Until Security Improves, SOMO Says
Bloomberg – USA
The shipments are ``still half'' normal levels, Dhia Al- Bakka, Iraq's
OPEC governor and director-general of SOMO, said in an interview in Vienna,
where he is…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=aXuQ_aWI_gWw&refer=uk

IRAQ'S Najaf Tense After Cleric Snubs Peace Envoys
Wired News – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Fears of heavier fighting in Najaf grew on Wednesday
after an Iraqi peace delegation failed to defuse a confrontation between
US troops…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=909080&tw=wn_wire_story

YUKOS, Iraq shoot oil prices to record high
Xinhua – China
… In Iraq on Tuesday fighting between US troops and Shiite militants
intensified, adding to the oil market's jitters. Before the latest…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/18/content_1813339.htm

SOME Voters Grow Skeptical of Iraq War
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
WASHINGTON – Public opinion favored President Bush's decision to go to
war in Iraq about 2-to-1 soon after Saddam Hussein's capture, but months
of chaos and…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10250-2004Aug18.html

US soldier sues Rumsfeld on Iraq policy
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… an army reservist who is suing him and top military officials over
a retention policy that allows the Pentagon to keep troops on active duty
in Iraq even after…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/38E0DDC4-13BC-4909-AB36-D58D8EE7BE56.htm

OIL Prices Hold Near $47 on Iraq Threat
Reuters – USA
… A renewed threat against Iraq's main export pipeline and expectations
that weekly data will show a drop in US crude inventories also helped
support prices.…
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=6004346

GROUP Says to Attack Iraq Oil Pipeline Over Najaf
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – A group claiming links to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
said it was responsible for setting an oil well in south Iraq on fire
and vowed to…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6003136

STEADFAST in Defiance, Cleric Gains Stature With Iraq Masses
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… denounce his tactics, Sadr's strident militancy has made him the embodiment
of resistance to the continued presence of more than 140,000 US troops
in Iraq.…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-sadr18aug18,1,5497257.story?coll=la-home-headlines

BY helping Iraq participate in the Olympics, Jordan has given hope…
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… There were four Iraqi athletes at Sydney in 2000. “We were the very
first to reach out to Iraq and provide support,” said Al-Hussein.…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/sports/oly/2743685

COMMENT: Iraq needed a business plan
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,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.…
www.freep.com/voices/columnists/ezak18_20040818.htm

BRITS: Iraq not that important
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
London – Despite the presumed political damage suffered by Prime Minister
Tony Blair over Iraq, British voters are largely unconcerned at events
in the country…
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1574619,00.html

IRAQ Peace Mission Rebuffed Amid Air Strikes
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… aimed at the conference but rather was a routine attack intended “to
create chaos in the country,‰ said Sabah Kadhim, a spokesman for the
Iraq‚s Interior…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3362522

JOURNALIST, aide abducted in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Micah Garen, a US journalist who was investigating the looting of ancient
artifacts in Iraq, was missing along with his Iraqi translator on Monday
after the…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/08/18/2003199201

BRITISH Soldier Killed in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… grenades during the attack. The incident takes the number of deaths
of British service personnel sent to Iraq to 65. An MoD spokesman…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3362564

VOTERS give low priority to Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Voters give low priority to Iraq, with only 12 percent
saying it is a crucial issue for them in deciding how they will cast their
vote in…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=566905&section=news

SPORT bridges divide for Iraq's only boxer
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The 24-year-old lightweight is the only boxer from Iraq to have made it
to the Games and he did so only after overcoming any number of obstacles.

sport.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=956402004

NAJAF standoff holds key to Iraq's fate, US goals
USA Today – USA
In Iraq, pivotal moments have a way of sneaking up on Americans. Soon after
US forces occupied Baghdad in 2003, a decision to disband…
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-08-17-our-view_x.htm

YUKOS, Iraq push oil higher
CNN International – USA
NEW YORK — Oil prices have moved to fresh record highs of almost $47 a
barrel on concerns about potential supply disruptions in Russia and Iraq.

edition.cnn.com/2004/BUSINESS/08/17/oil.priceclose/

SALVADORAN president defends presence of nation's troops in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
LOS ANGELES – Salvadoran President Tony Saca on Tuesday defended the presence
of his country's troops in Iraq, saying that during his country's civil
war many…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/9426329.htm

VOTE for new interim legislature for Iraq pushed back
Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
BAGHDAD (AFP) – A key national conference yesterday delayed a scheduled
vote for a new interim legislature for Iraq, Fuad Maasum, head of the
event's…
www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20040817T170000-0500_64689_OBS_VOTE_FOR_NEW_
INTERIM_LEGISLATURE_FOR_IRAQ_PUSHED_BACK.asp

US soldier among 9 killed in Iraq violence
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Eight delegates from Iraq‚s national conference arrived at a US base
in Najaf on Tuesday, to urge militia leader Moqtada Sadr to vacate the
city‚s holy…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_18-8-2004_pg1_4

US withholds some Halliburton payments for Iraq services
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… said Tuesday that the US Army had decided not to grant it additional
time to substantiate its costs for feeding and housing American troops
in Iraq and Kuwait…
www.iht.com/articles/534418.html

THIRD British Soldier Killed in Iraq This Month
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… city this month. British forces in Iraq‚s second city have enjoyed
a positive relationship with its inhabitants. But that balance…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3362099

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Tuesday, Aug. 17, 943 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense
Department.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/230/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

MARINE Killed in Iraq Province
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq — A Marine assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force
was killed in action during “security and stability operations” in Iraq's
volatile…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-
iraq-marine-killed,0,2736933.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

HOSTAGE crisis not priority in Iraq: KGL
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… 17: KGL, the Kuwaiti company whose seven employees, including three
Indians, were taken hostage almost a month ago, has said the situation
in Iraq has worsened…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=53318

IRAQ given a low priority by voters
Guardian – UK
The average voter does not share the keen interest of the political and
media classes with Iraq, according to the results of this month's Guardian/
ICM opinion…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1285306,00.html

INDIANS applying for Gulf jobs end up in Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
But he also says he did not expect to end up in Iraq. … 'But instead
I found myself in a US army camp in Iraq, amid bomb explosions and gunfire.'.

straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/asia/story/0,4386,267733,00.html

  
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