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…

MOROCCO beats Iraq, both advance to quarters
PATRAS, Greece – Morocco came from one goal down to defeat Iraq 2-1 in
a preliminary match Wednesday. Morocco advances to the quarterfinals…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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.…

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…

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…,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.

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

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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.

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…,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…

BREAKING: Iraqi Police Threaten to 'Kill Every Journalist' in Najaf

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

SOME voters growing skeptical of Iraq war
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…

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.…

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

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…

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

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…

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…,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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…,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.…

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.…

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…,,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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…,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.'.,4386,267733,00.html

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