Iraq News and Information Links April 19 2004
19/04/04 BUSH Criticizes Spain on Withdrawal from Iraq
Reuters – USA
… President Bush on Monday criticized Spain's new prime minister, Jose
Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, for his decision to withdraw 1,400 troops from
Iraq and urged him…

BUSH regrets Spanish pullout of Iraq
United Press International – USA
WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) — President George W. Bush expressed regret
Monday over Spain's decision to pull out its 1,300 troops from Iraq and
urged that any…

UPDATE 1-White House reviews Iraq funds
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) – The White House on Monday denied any wrongdoing
in funding the war in Iraq after a book alleged money was diverted from

BUSH criticizes Spain's new prime minister on Iraq pullout
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
President Bush gave a chilly welcome to Spain's new leader Monday, suggesting
his abrupt withdrawal of troops from Iraq would give "false comfort to

US Troops Face Deadliest Month in Iraq and Longer Tours of Duty
NewsHour Extra – USA
Following a month of fierce fighting between US soldiers and anti-American
insurgents in Iraq, US officials have requested additional troops and
some have…

WHICH Shiite leadership will prevail during Iraq's transition?
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
By Kenneth Katzman. Iraq's Shiite Islamists are in an undeniable position
of strength as the June 30, 2004 hand-over of sovereignty approaches.

ANALYSTS: Iran Continues to Seek Role in Post-War Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
An attempt by Iran to mediate an end to the fight in neighboring Iraq between
the forces of a radical Muslim cleric and US troops was not successful,
but the…

PELOSI: 'The War Against Iraq Was Conceived in Secret,
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
"For months, Democrats have been concerned that operations in Iraq were
being conducted at the expense of the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.

IRAQ Peacekeepers Deal With Spain Pullout
Guardian - UK
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Iraq's multinational peacekeeping force scrambled
to regroup Monday after Spain's announcement that it would pull out its
1,300 troops ...,1280,-3995770,00.html

AMERICA, Europe and the Crisis Over Iraq
Washington Post - USA
... to show that dismissing the Atlantic Alliance as dead could become
a self-fulfilling prophesy; to tell the story of the diplomacy over Iraq
as honestly and ...

POWELL Denies He Was Out of Loop on Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) - Miami,FL,USA
... 11 last year to go to war against Iraq and that Saudi Arabia's ambassador
to Washington, Prince Bandar, had been informed of the decision that day.

BUSH taps Negroponte as Iraq ambassador
Reuters - India
... US President George W. Bush on Monday named John Negroponte, the top
American diplomat at the United Nations, to serve as US ambassador to
Iraq in what he ...;:4084347e:7710c456858fc81

HEARINGS focus on US military, political policy in Iraq
Boston Globe - Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Doubts about Bush administration policy in Iraq past, present
and future take center stage at the Capitol with the start of hearings
Tuesday. ...

POLL: Bush support hasn't eroded despite Iraq, 9/11 hearings
USA Today - USA
WASHINGTON &Mac247; Public support for President Bush hasn't eroded despite
a recent wave of combat casualties in Iraq and questions raised by a panel
studying the ...

ROADSIDE explosion in Iraq kills Army sergeant from Torrance
San Jose Mercury News - San Jose,CA,USA
TORRANCE, Calif. - An explosion along a roadside in Iraq killed an Army
sergeant from this city just south of Los Angeles, the military said Monday.
Sgt. ...

SPANIARDS celebrate Iraq pull-out
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Spaniards have welcomed Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's
announcement that he will bring home the 1,300 Spanish peacekeepers from
Iraq as quickly…

BOOK: Saudis Informed About Iraq War Decision Before Powell
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A new book says Vice President Dick Cheney informed the Saudi ambassador
to the United States of the president's decision to go to war in Iraq
before Secretary…

US ends Fallujah siege, Bush raps Spain for Iraq withdrawal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… showdown with Iraqi fighters in the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Fallujah,
as President George W. Bush rapped Spain for announcing its imminent pullout
from Iraq…

BUSH 'called in 2001 for Iraq invasion plan'
Financial Times – London,England,UK
At the outset of Plan of Attack, Bob Woodward's book on the Iraq war that
came out in the US on Monday, President George W. Bush pulls aside Donald

KERRY Criticizes Bush on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… criticizes President Bush's "unilateralist" foreign policy and says
the president even misled members of his own administration about plans
for war in Iraq.…

US Authority in Iraq Reaches Cease – Fire to Help End Tensions in…
Bloomberg – USA
… More than 90 coalition soldiers have died this month in some of the
deadliest fighting in Iraq since US-led forces ousted Saddam Hussein a
year ago.…

NEW US envoy to Iraq a magnet for tough jobs
Reuters – India
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – John Negroponte, the American ambassador to
the United Nations whose next job is US ambassador to Iraq, tried to retire
from tough…

74% back govt's handling of Iraq hostage crises
Daily Yomiuri – Tokyo,Japan
Nearly three in four Japanese people, or 74 percent, approved of the government's
overall handling of the recent hostage crises in Iraq, according to a

IRAQ peacekeepers deal with Spain pullout
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WARSAW, Poland — Spain's sudden announcement it was pulling its troops
out of Iraq left other members of the multinational force scrambling Monday
to come up…

MPS grill Blair on Iraq and Israel
Guardian – UK
Tony Blair faced a battery of tough questions today as he briefed MPs on
the situation in Iraq and his Easter meetings with the US president, George
Bush, and…,12956,1195355,00.html

POWELL Spills Goods on Flawed Iraq War
Center For American Progress – Washington,D.C.,USA
In Bob Woodward's latest book, "Plan of Attack," Secretary of State Colin
Powell confirms what critics of the war in Iraq have known all along.

14 Americans killed in Iraq, Washington renews warning to Syria,…
Arabic News – Middle East
The new Spanish prime minister Jose Thabateiro dealt a strong blow to the
American administration which lost 14 of its soldiers in Iraq along the
two past days…

'SECURITY vacuum' in Iraq denied – Australia
THE withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq will not create a "security
vacuum" and their departure will be "orderly", US Brigadier General Mark
Kimmitt said…,4057,9334203%255E1702,00.html

THE UN, Iraq and the Bush Administration
Dissident Voice – Santa Rosa,CA,USA
Last January, Tareeq Al-Shaab, the newspaper published by the Iraqi Communist
Party and the first non-government newspaper to appear in Iraq after the

JAPAN Says UN Backing Would Aid in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
TOKYO – Greater involvement by the United Nations in Iraq would make it
easier for Japanese troops to carry out their humanitarian mission, Japanese

TROOPS to remain in Iraq: Hill
The Australian – Australia
AUSTRALIA was committed to retaining its presence in Iraq as part of the
United States-led coalition force, but Defence Minister Robert Hill said
a time frame…,5744,

US: Iraq cannot maintain security alone
United Press International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 19 (UPI) — The top American civilian in Iraq admitted
Sunday night that the United States had failed to build an adequate Iraqi

Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
President Bush scolded Spain's new prime minister for his swift announcement
of plans to withdraw its 1,300 troops from Iraq. In…

OLD friends from southwestern Michigan meet up again in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
In Iraq in early May 2003, Capt. Ken … unit. His unit was based at Tallil
Air Base just outside Al Nazariah in central southern Iraq.…

DENMARK reveals Iraq arms secrets
BBC News – London,England,UK
Denmark has declassified intelligence reports compiled before the Iraq
war which show officials thought Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

NO clear exit strategy from Iraq – there won't be one for years
Fort Wayne News Sentinel – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
BY JOHN C. BERSIA. (KRT) – In the early days of the US-led intervention
in Iraq, war was spectacular, with stunning displays of military domination,

WHOUSE reviews Iraq funding after charge of mispending
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) – The White House denied any wrongdoing
on Monday in the use of funding to prepare for the war in Iraq after a
book alleged the…

DOD: Public Will Continue To Support Iraq Costs (subscription) – USA
Neither extra costs for fighting the war in Iraq nor the $401.7 billion
the administration has requested for nonwar defense spending in 2005 are
likely to be…

"Reflections on Return": Injured Soldiers Speak About Coming Home From Iraq
Over the weekend, the 700th U.S. soldier died in Iraq. Nearly 12,000 more have been injured since the invasion began. Today we hear a piece produced by Youth Radio capturing the voices of several of those injured soldiers recovering at Andrews Air Force Base.


US edging closer to Iraq showdown
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Bremer spoke of the need to bring an early end to the standoffs, to
return Iraq to the political path the United States has mapped out, starting
with the…

SCHAKOWSKY slams Bush, Iraq policy
The Daily Northwestern – USA
In the midst of one of the bloodiest months of the war in Iraq, the North
Shore anti-war community ratcheted up its protest Sunday as more than
300 area…

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President George W. Bush says the US objective in Iraq is „limited—
and it is firm. … It's not a popular uprising. Most of Iraq is relatively

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The concept of the rule of law is taking hold in Iraq. On April 14th, a
three-judge panel of Iraq‚s Central Criminal Court tried…

ANOTHER Hot Weekend In Iraq As 10 More US Soldiers Die – West Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
… One American soldier died of wounds received in a Resistance attack
that took place in southern Iraq according to a report broadcast by al-Jazeera

RUSSIA ready to complete evacuation of its citizens from Iraq
ITAR-TASS – Moscow,Russia
MOSCOW, April 19 (Itar-Tass) – Russia is ready for the second stage of
evacuation of its citizens from Iraq. „We are ready for…

SPAIN Set to Pull Iraq Troops; Marines Killed Near Syria
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Five Marines die Sunday in fierce fighting near Iraq's border
with Syria. And Spain says it will start bringing its…

IRAQ: Seeds of a national uprising
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Barbara Plett. There may be increasing signs that the US-led coalition
in Iraq is facing an emerging national uprising. He was…

SPAIN to pull troops out of Iraq
Buffalo News – Buffalo,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – As the fighting in Iraq widened and the death toll continued
to mount Sunday, Spain's new prime minister said he has ordered his country's

AUSTRALIAN PM criticizes Spain for withdrawing troops from Iraq
Xinhua – China
… 19 (Xinhuanet) — Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Monday
that Spain had made a mistake in deciding towithdraw its troops from Iraq
but declined…

MOVE to curb Iraq security groups
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
BRITISH companies are assisting Iraq‚s Coalition Provisional Authority
(CPA) to impose controls on growing numbers of private-security companies
in the…,,9073-1080253,00.html

LIFE 'worse' for many of Iraq's poor, survey reveals
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
The quality of life for Iraq's poor has deteriorated since the defeat of
the Saddam regime, according to a new survey commissioned by Christian

SPAIN to withdraw its troops from Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
SPAIN will pull its troops out of Iraq as soon as possible as it doubts
the worth of a new UN resolution sought by Tony Blair. The…

US administrator says Iraq rebels 'must be dealt with' as Shiites…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's two main guerrilla fronts appeared ''eerily quiet''
on Monday, the US military said, as residents of besieged Fallujah left

SPAIN orders its military out of Iraq
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – Charleston,SC,USA
BAGHDAD—As the fighting in Iraq widened and the death toll continued to
mount Sunday, Spain's new prime minister said he has ordered his country's
troops out…

KERRY 'regrets' Spain's troop withdrawal from Iraq
Times of India – India
… candidate John Kerry on Monday regretted Spanish Prime Minister Jose
Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's decision to withdraw Spain 's 1,400 troops from
Iraq .…

SWEDISH embassy in Iraq hit by rocket
Independent Online – South Africa
… In Iraq Swedes run the same risks as other foreigners, more or less,"
said Magnus Norell, Middle East and terrorism expert at the Swedish Defence

IRAQ'S US military head criticises Latham
ABC Online – Australia
The US military commander in Iraq has added his weight to criticism of
Mark Latham's Christmas deadline for bringing Australian forces home.

SPAIN plans to pull troops from Iraq immediately
The Globe and Mail – Canada
MADRID — Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered Spanish troops
pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible yesterday, fulfilling a campaign
pledge to…

SPAIN quits Iraq force
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
WASHINGTON˜The US war effort in Iraq was dealt a significant blow yesterday
when new Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced
his 1,400…

US: Iraq won't be ready for handover
Chicago Daily Herald – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi forces alone will be unable to face the threat posed
by insurgents after the US coalition transfers power to Iraqis on June
30, US…

SHARED worry unites families of soldiers in Iraq at forum
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… How many of you have loved ones in Iraq?" the Chicagoan asked the crowd.
About 20 hands shot up. "I share that with you. I share your pain.".…

TROOPS could be in Iraq for some time – Australia
AUSTRALIAN troops could remain in Iraq for a considerable period, Defence
chief General Peter Cosgrove said today after an Iraqi request that they
stay on for…,4057,9329318%255E2,00.html

12 US troops die in Iraq; Spain leaving
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… private US guards as they drove through the flashpoint town of Fallujah
last month shocked the world and sparked an escalation of the bloody conflict
in Iraq.…

SPAIN troops to exit Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — With the death toll in Iraq mounting, Spain's new prime
minister ordered his nation's troops on Sunday to leave Iraq and the top
US civilian…

IRAQ dilemma stirs Japanese resentment of US ties
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has survived
a crisis over civilian hostages in Iraq with his popularity ratings unscathed,
but the…;:408399fe:be72e334a9

AUSTRALIAN PM slams Spain decision to withdraw forces from Iraq…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Australia's Prime Minister John Howard on Monday criticized Spain's decision
to withdraw its forces from Iraq but dismissed suggestions Australian
troops might…

SPANISH PM orders troops out of Iraq 'as soon as possible'
Channel News Asia - Singapore
MADRID : Spain's new Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered
his country's troops to withdraw from Iraq "as soon as possible" as he
said Madrid's ...

US calls for Iraq, Syria border plug
ABC Online - Australia
... of Staff, General Richard Myers has called on Syria to act immediately
to plugs its border after US forces were involved in fierce fight in Iraq
near the ...

CARNAGE Dims Hopes for Political Way in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… back from massive military action in the turbulent cities of Fallouja
and Najaf, but the overwhelming sense here is that across much of Iraq,
the ground is…,1,3123068.story?coll=la-headlines-world

SPAIN Decides To Call Back Its Troops From Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… Madrid, April 19 (NNN): Even as the United States on Monday hoped it
expected other coalition nations to reassess their participation in Iraq's
security forces…

RICE Disputes Claim of Early Iraq Attack Plan
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… WASHINGTON ˜ National security advisor Condoleezza Rice said Sunday
that President Bush's decision to invade Iraq was not made in January
2003, as a new book…,1,7298945.story?coll=la-news-politics-national

KERRY knocks Bush Iraq policy
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… John Kerry denounced President Bush's Iraq policy as "stunningly ineffective"
and defended his Senate vote against last year's $87 billion authorization

BUSH'S Hope of Finding Weapons in Iraq Is Futile, Kay, Blix Say
Bloomberg – USA
April 19 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said last Tuesday there
``could still be'' weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.…

A coalition crack: Spain leaving Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
More American soldiers are killed in Iraq as the United States battles
to put down a widespread insurrection and hold together a jittery international

ON Iraq War, Senate Panel Picking Up Where Russert Left Off
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
So far, the Bush administration has faced more tough questions about its
plans in Iraq from the hosts of the Sunday morning television talk shows
than from the…,1,1001785.column?coll=la-headlines-nation

UNCERTAINTY about Iraq's future democracy is nagging echo from…
Allentown Morning Call – Allentown,PA,USA
As the tumult continues in Iraq, the American people are trying to find
context and meaning. History is a natural place to look.…,0,314075.story?coll=all-newsopinion-hed

SPANISH troops to withdraw from Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
MADRID, SPAIN — Spain's new Socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapatero, announced Sunday that he is ordering Spanish troops to leave
Iraq "as soon…

BOOK: Iraq war planned early
The Wichita Eagle – Wichita,KS,USA
WASHINGTON – A new book says President Bush quietly ordered the creation
of a war plan against Iraq in November 2001, about three months after
the Sept.…

ADF could 'handle' extension of Iraq deployment: Cosgrove
ABC Online – Australia
… Force, General Peter Cosgrove, has been holding a press conference
in Canberra this lunchtime, where he's spoken about Australia's military
commitment to Iraq.…

MALAYSIA Premier Urges UN Role in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… host members of the world's largest Islamic organization later this
week, on Monday called for the United Nations to take the lead role in
Iraq because the US…

IRAQ'S New Government Won't Take Over Security, Bremer Says
Bloomberg – USA
April 19 (Bloomberg) — Iraq's government won't be ready to take over security
when it assumes sovereignty on June 30, requiring a continued military

IRAQ: Not Vietnam, Not Yet
CBS News – USA
… The players include Iran,. neighbor. Iran's allies and protégées
in Iraq include the Shia. … Khatami turned their backs on Iraq in 1998.

GOBS of attention for soldier brothers back from Iraq – MI,USA
(AP) — The spotlight has been on two soldier brothers since their return
from the war in Iraq. … He enlisted first and was the first to lose
a friend in Iraq.…

POWELL left out of the loop on Iraq planning: Bob Woodward
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: US President George W. Bush is under more pressure over Iraq,
with the release of a book delving into the sometimes curious workings
of his…

SPAIN sparks Iraq troops rethink
BBC News – London,England,UK
The US says it expects other coalition nations to reassess their participation
in Iraq's security forces as Spanish troops prepare to be called home.

DEMOCRATIC Iraq Still on Track
Town Hall – Washington,DC,USA
As the violence heats up in Iraq, the level of concern voiced by politicians
and commentators alike is understandably increasing accordingly.…

AUSTRALIA firm on troops in Iraq despite Spain pullout
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
CANBERRA – Australia's commitment to the US-led coalition in Iraq will
not be swayed by Spain's decision to withdraw troops, Prime Minister John
Howard said…

FIGHTING rages on Iraq's border, siege cities remain quiet
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… Muslims. Fallujah, Iraq's other main flashpoint and a bastion for Sunni
Muslim insurgents, was enjoying a second day of calm. But…

BREMER: Iraq can't save itself
Winston Salem Journal – Winston-Salem,NC,USA
… came amid a weekend of new fighting that pushed the death toll for
US troops in April to 99, already the record for a single month in Iraq
and approaching the…

AN Iraqi Solution to the Iraq Crisis
BusinessWeek – USA
Only Iraqis can build their nation. Recent events in Iraq make one wonder
if the US sees the big picture in that troubled country.…

WHITE House disputes parts of Iraq 'secret history'
USA Today – USA
… administration officials are challenging some assertions in a new book
that details the "secret history" of preparations for the war with Iraq,
especially the…

SPAIN orders pullout in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ As the fighting in Iraq widened and the death toll continued
to mount on Sunday, Spain's new prime minister said he has ordered his

LACK of Resolution in Iraq Finds Conservatives Divided
New York Times – USA
A growing faction of conservatives is voicing doubts about a prolonged
United States military involvement in Iraq, putting hawkish neoconservatives
on the…

KERRY Calls Bush's Iraq Policy 'Ineffective'
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… John F. Kerry yesterday denounced President Bush's Iraq policy as "stunningly
ineffective" while vigorously defending his Senate vote against last year's

IRAQ ceasefire talks halt amid new clashes – London,England,UK
… Talks between the United States, tribal leaders and Iraq's Governing
Council have allowed a semblance of normality to return to the city.…

SPAIN to withdraw troops from Iraq 'as soon as possible'
ABC Online – Australia
… Zapatero. It's less than a day since he was sworn in, but as promised
Mr Zapatero wants Spanish troops out of Iraq as soon as possible.…

SECURITY Companies: Shadow Soldiers in Iraq
New York Times – USA
… SWAT team. But they are there, racing about Iraq in armored cars, many
outfitted with the latest in high-end combat weapons. Some…

KOIZUMI gets boost as Iraq hostages return
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Minister Junichiro Koizumi‚s administration won plaudits on Sunday
as three Japanese civilians who were freed after being kidnapped in Iraq
returned home…

US bans civilian traffic on Iraq highways
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
BAGHDAD – In a bid to end guerrilla attacks on its supply lines, the US
yesterday banned civilian traffic on some of Iraq's most-used highways
and declared…

Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Ten US troops killed in Iraq on Saturday brought to 99 the number of American
troops killed since April 1, already the record for a single-month in
Iraq and…

BRITISH troops 'in Iraq for ten years'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Story in full BRITISH troops may have to stay in Iraq for up to ten years
to ensure security, the commanding officer of British forces in the southern

EARLY Iraq Plans Confirmed
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) Investigative reporter Bob Woodward of The Washington Post reveals,
in his new book "Plan of Attack," how plans for the Iraq war began, in

BLAIR refused three offers to stay out of Iraq
Guardian – UK
Eleven days before the invasion of Iraq, Tony Blair was given three chances
by President George Bush to keep British troops out of the war at no political

SPAIN withdrawal from Iraq deals new blow to US coalition
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Spain will withdraw its troops from Iraq as soon as possible,
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said, dealing a new blow to
the US-led…

11 US soldiers killed in Iraq attacks
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
Fierce fighting in Iraq over the weekend killed 11 US soldiers, including
five Marines in a day of bloody clashes against scores of heavily armed

KERRY critical of Bush record, Iraq policy
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… Kerry, who proposes that the United Nations assume responsibility for
the political future of Iraq and that NATO forces relieve the United States
of the…

FREED captive not sorry he went to Iraq
Japan Times – Tokyo,Japan
… journalist, an aid worker and a recent high school graduate — on Thursday
by gunmen who demanded the withdrawal of the Ground Self-Defense Force
troops in Iraq…

IRAQ Defense Minister Seeks Cooperation
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's new defense minister announced a Kurd, a Sunni Muslim
and a Shiite as his top generals Sunday, giving the country's main communities

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