Iraq News and Information Links
October 18 2004
Blair Criticized for Moving Troops in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
of seeking greater British participation as an election ploy to demonstrate to US voters that there is international support for the Iraq campaign.
Iraq to widen arms amnesty and bring Fallujah to heel
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
BAGHDAD: Iraq announced plans Monday to roll out an arms-for-cash program across the country as hopes of fresh talks to avert a US military showdown in the
US: No Decision Made on Iraq Unit's Fate
ABC News – United States
A US military Humvee burns after a car bomb exploded in al Mansour neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2004. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed). BAGHDAD, Iraq Oct.
Russian president says terror attacks in Iraq targeted personally
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that terrorists are aiming to derail President Bush's chances at re-election through attacks in Iraq, the latest
Bush, Kerry Trade Sharp Attacks on Terror, Iraq
Wired News – USA
John Kerry traded sharp accusations over Iraq and the war on terror on Monday, with Bush condemning Kerry's “strategy of retreat” and Kerry saying the
Kerry: Iraq memo proves Bush wrong
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
18 (UPI) — Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry Monday used a just revealed year-old memo from a general in Iraq to launch a fresh attack on President

Iraq to send two million dollar aid package to Fallujah
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi on Monday said his government will send aid worth two million dollars to residents of the insurgent
Britain considers US request for Iraq troops
Independent Online – South Africa
London – Britain said on Monday it will respond soon to a US request to send troops to more dangerous areas of Iraq, a politically charged issue that has
Kerry says Bush guilty of 'arrogant boasting' on Iraq but truth
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
President Bush sent troops into war without necessary equipment and accused the commander in chief of “arrogant boasting that he's done everything right in Iraq …
Insurgents behead two Macedonians in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A militant group in Iraq has beheaded two Macedonian men it accused of spying for the United States, an Arab television station reported
Iraq extends weapons amnesty
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's interim government says it will extend the weapons handover program for Sadr City, a Baghdad slum rife with anti-US sentiments
A Look at Foreigners Taken Hostage in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
Disappeared Sept. 30. A video shows el-Aza surrounded by militants who demand that Starlite leave Iraq. Islamic Army in Iraq claims responsibility.
Iraq PM extends weapons amnesty
BBC News – London,England,UK
of the buy-back scheme has raised hopes that radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr will continue to move away from confrontation and enter Iraq's political process.
Britain considering US request to redeploy forces in Iraq so
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON (AP) Britain is considering a request by the United States to redeploy a small number of British troops in Iraq to free up American soldiers for anti,1280,-4558798,00.html
US: Too Early to Tell Iraq Unit's Fate
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The US military said Monday no decision had been taken whether to discipline Army reservists who refused a supply mission last week
Downer under fire over Iraq troops refusal
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Brendan Nicholson National Security Correspondent. Australian Army Captain Piero Bertocchi takes Iraqi soldiers on a training run in northern Iraq.
Putin's Iraq comments back Bush
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Jonathan Marcus. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that attacks on US forces in Iraq are intended to cause maximum damage to President George W Bush.
Army general reveals hardships of US forces in Iraq:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: Washington, Oct 18 : US troops stationed in Iraq faced severe shortages of key spare parts for There were 131,000 US troops in Iraq at the time.
Arms amnesty planned in Iraq – UK
An arms amnesty aimed at stopping the supply of weapons to Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim militants is to be announced next week, according to reports.
2 Macedonian Hostages Said Killed in Iraq
ABC News – United States
Iraqis arrive at a destroyed car after a roadside bomb exploded on the highway leading to the airport of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct 18, 2004.,1282,-4558862,00.html
Kerry Accuses Bush of Mismanaging Iraq War
Guardian – UK
Bush sent troops into war without necessary equipment and accused the commander in chief of ``arrogant boasting that he's done everything right in Iraq.''.
Hoon mulls US request on Iraq troops
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is considering a US request to move troops into more potentially dangerous areas of Iraq, a politically charged move which has re
Iraq's Zarqawi Group Declares Allegiance to Al-Qaeda (Update1)
Bloomberg – United States
and the apostates.''. Zarqawi is behind suicide bombings, mortar attacks and shootings in Iraq, the US government said. His group,5478,11110497%255E401,00.html
Iraq: Aussie hostage released
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
John Martinkus, a veteran freelancer who has covered conflicts from East Timor to Iraq, was released unharmed late yesterday, a day after he was taken hostage

Iraq attacks aimed at sinking Bush re-election bid: Putin
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
DUSHANBE – Russian President Vladimir Putin all but endorsed US President George W. Bush Monday, saying that terror attacks in Iraq aimed to sink his
Iraq to Widen Arms Amnesty, Bring Falluja to Heel
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government will declare a nationwide arms amnesty next week, but insists the city of Falluja must turn in foreign militants,00050003.htm
750 British troups could be deployed in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The 'Black Watch' is currently the divisional reserve force in southeast Iraq and their redeployment northwards would leave a “potentially dangerous capability
WAR DEVELOPMENTS: Group in Iraq gives loyalty to Al Qaeda
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The most feared militant group in Iraq, the movement of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, declared its allegiance to Osama bin Laden on Sunday, saying it
Annan: Iraq war has done little to enhance world security
Xinhua – Beijing,China
18 (Xinhuanet) — UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Sunday that the Iraq war has done little to enhance security around the world or halt the activities
Thirteen die in spate of Iraq bombings during holy month
Channel News Asia – Singapore
Baquba, which lies northeast of Baghdad, has been one of Iraq's major trouble spots for months, with relentless attacks against Iraqi security forces and US
Australian hostage freed in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
An Australian journalist was held hostage in Iraq for nearly 24 hours but has now been released unharmed. John Martinkus was seized,1564,1364776,00.html
Italy Considering Iraq Exit Strategy
Deutsche Welle – Germany
Italy's defence minister has said the country is considering a partial withdrawal of its troops from Iraq. Meanwhile, the US has
Terror attacks in Iraq aimed at impeding Bush's reelection: Putin
Xinhua – Beijing,China
18 (Xinhuanet) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in Tajik capital of Dushanbe on a visit, said Monday that the terrorist attacks in Iraq were aimed

Iraq to announce arms amnesty
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq will announce a nationwide arms amnesty next week, National Security Adviser Kassim Daoud says. He told
Hoon faces MPs over Iraq troops
BBC News – London,England,UK
Geoff Hoon is to address the Commons on Monday about proposals to put some British troops under US command in Iraq. The defence
Australia Rejects Request for Soldiers to Protect UN in Iraq
Bloomberg – United States
18 (Bloomberg) — Australia rejected a request to provide soldiers to protect United Nations workers in Iraq, a spokesman for Foreign Minister Alexander Downer
Supply Shortages Threatened Us Fighting Ability In Iraq: Report
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (AFP) – A lack of spare parts for key US Army combat systems threatened the US army's ability to fight in Iraq one year ago, The Washington
NC resident killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
A North Carolina man was among three soldiers killed in Iraq on Thursday when a bomb exploded as their convoy passed, the Pentagon said Sunday.
No redeployment in Iraq, says UK
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
LONDON, Oct 17: British troops in Iraq will not be redeployed to Baghdad or Fallujah after it was confirmed that the United States has requested London to move
Iraq Jihad group pledges to al Qaida
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 17 (UPI) — Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's militant group in Iraq has declared allegiance to al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, CNN reported Sunday.
War in Iraq Did Not Make World Safer, Annan Says
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
17 — The US-led war in Iraq has not made the world any safer, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a British television interview aired on Sunday.,2106,3068645a12,00.html
Australia rejects request for more troops in Iraq – New Zealand
CANBERRA: Australia today rejected a long-standing informal request from the United Nations to send more troops to Iraq to protect the organisation's staff—soldierkilled

Father: Son who died in Iraq from Houston, not Rochester
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
As of Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, 1,086 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to the Defense Department.

US commander in Iraq complained of shortages-report
Reuters – London,England,UK
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former top US commander in Iraq complained last winter to the Pentagon that a poor supply situation was threatening the Army's
London protest demands Iraq withdrawl
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of central London to protest against the Iraq war. As Prime Minister
Annan: World not safer after Iraq war
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The US-led war in Iraq hasn't made the world any safer, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a British TV interview. “I cannot
US soldiers who refused Iraq fuel mission order had never made
Turkish Press – Turkey
The support group supplies the US-led military forces in Iraq with all of its food, water, fuel, ammunition, medical supplies and repair parts.

British diplomat resigns over Iraq war
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
A high-flying diplomat who helped frame the government arguments that laid the groundwork for the Iraq war has resigned because Downing Street “did not tell
US investigates soldiers' actions in Iraq
CBC News – Canada
mutiny. Meanwhile, Iraq's cycle of violence continued on Sunday, with US warplanes pounding the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Iraq's most wanted Zarqawi pledges allegiance to bin Laden
Channel News Asia – Singapore
DUBAI : The Tawhid wal Jihad group of Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, in a
Poland is squeezed by cost of Iraq role
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WARSAW Poland's support of the US-led coalition forces in Iraq is hindering the modernization of its armed forces as costs continue to increase for its 2,500,0015002200000218.htm
‘World not safer after Iraq war'
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The Iraq war has done little to increase security across the world or halt the activities of international terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi
Thousands set to protest Iraq war in London
Daily Times – Pakistan
LONDON: Thousands of demonstrators were expected to throng the streets of central London on Sunday to protest against the Iraq war as Prime Minister Tony Blair
Top Army Commander in Iraq Complained of Poor Supply Situation
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
The top US commander in Iraq complained to the Pentagon last winter that his supply situation was so poor that it threatened Army troops' ability to fight

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