Iraq News and Information Links May 19 2004
US jails first soldier over Iraq jail abuse
swissinfo – Switzerland
… incident. But in Washington, senators grilled top generals in Iraq
over whether a drive for intelligence may have prompted abuse.…
www.swisspolitics.org/en/news/index.php?section=int&page=news_inhalt&news_id=4946861

IRAQ'S Insurgents Look to the Future
TIME – USA
Paul Bremer has ever played the video game Asteroids, he might find something
strangely familiar about the challenge facing his mission as US proconsul
in Iraq…
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,639935,00.html

US General Forecasts Escalating Iraq Violence
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A further surge in violence is likely in Iraq after
the June 30 return of self-governance and leading up to Iraqi elections,
which could…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5197339

IRAQ'S rebel cleric gains surge in popularity
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… The poll was conducted by the one-year-old Iraq Center for Research
and Strategic Studies, which is considered reliable enough for the US-led
Coalition…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1084907692167

US Says Killed 40 in Raid on Iraq Foreign Fighters
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military said it killed around 40 people in
an attack on suspected foreign fighters in Iraq near the Syrian border
on Wednesday, but…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5197441

CONGRESSIONAL Republicans at Odds over Focus on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Congress' ongoing focus on Iraq is creating friction between
House and Senate Republicans. House lawmakers say the…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1901931

BLEAK Prospect for US in Iraq
Navhind Times – Panjim,India
THE depravity exhibited by the occupation forces in Iraq in inflicting
nauseating forms of sexual torture upon prisoners in Abu Ghraib jail in
Baghdad has…
www.navhindtimes.com/stories.php?part=news&Story_ID=052010

TOP Generals Accept Responsibility for Iraq Abuses
NPR (audio) – USA
… Ricardo Sanchez, top US military commander in Iraq, tell the Senate
Armed Services Committee that they accept responsibility for the abuse
of Iraqi prisoners…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1902084

US jails first soldier over Iraq jail abuse
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… jailed for a year and thrown out of the army after he admitted sexually
humiliating Iraqi detainees in a case that has undermined Washington's
authority in Iraq…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3567526&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

IRAQ mission at 'vulnerable' point
The Australian – Australia
GENERAL John Abizaid, the commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan,
warned today that the US-led occupation in Iraq is at a vulnerable point
with…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9611963%255E1702,00.html

FAMILY'S pride in Iraq guard
BBC News – London,England,UK
The family of a civilian security guard shot dead in an ambush in Iraq
have paid tribute to him. Andrew Harries, 34, from Aberdare…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/3730595.stm

NO exit yet from Iraq: PM
The Australian – Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard has left the door open for Australia to remain
involved in Iraq until well into the new year. Mr Howard…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9611939%255E1702,00.html

EDITORIAL: WMD's in Iraq
Danville Advocate – Danville,KY,USA
The Bush administration is being understandably quiet about the explosion
of a nerve gas-filled artillery shell over the weekend in Iraq.…
www.amnews.com/public_html/?module=displaystory&story_id=6897&format=html

OVER 40 dead in US Iraq raid-TV
swissinfo – Switzerland
In Baghdad, a US military spokesman said reports about the attack were
being investigated. Iraq's National Security Adviser Mowaffaq.…
www.swisspolitics.org/en/news/index.php?section=int&page=news_inhalt&news_id=4946677

IRAQ instability could weaken the dollar-analysts
Reuters – USA
CHICAGO, May 19 (Reuters) – Foreign exchange traders increasingly are pinning
the dollar's fortunes on the mixed prospects for peace in Iraq, with many
betting…
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=5195888

WITH Iraq, Bjt
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… There must be a full accountability for the abuse of Iraq detainees
and important questions must be asked of the chain of command to understand
what happened…
www.boston.com/dailynews/140/wash/With_Iraq_Bjt_:.shtml

REP. Rogers, Bush official promise Gold Rush in Iraq
City Pulse - Lansing,MI,USA
By DANIEL STURM. If you&Mac226;re looking to make your fortune, go east, young
man &Mac247; east to Iraq, US Rep. Mike Rogers advises. American ...
http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/040519/040519rogers.html

US Army's Sivits Sentenced to 1 Year for Iraq Abuse (Update2)
Bloomberg - USA
... Specialist Sivits agreed to testify truthfully, if called as a witness,
in other cases,'' US Colonel Jill Morganthaler, a military spokeswoman
in Iraq, said in ...
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aas9p1yNjo20&refer=us

THE larger obscenity in Iraq
ABS CBN News - Quezon City,Philippines
... W. Bush crowed about his dubious „mission accomplished‰ onboard
an aircraft carrier, it is now revealed that the American liberators of
Iraq were engaged ...
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=Opinion&OID=51379

US Reportedly Bombs Wedding Party In Iraq
Radio Free Europe - Prague,Czech Republic
... Press news agency and the Al-Arabiyah television station are both reporting
that a US bombardment of a wedding celebration in western Iraq has killed
at least ...
http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/05/bd1cda4e-2a44-4e08-a88d-a63b210feb40.html

FIRST Soldier Pleads Guilty in Iraq Prisoner-Abuse Case
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, May 19 ˜ Specialist Jeremy C. Sivits, the first person
to stand trial in connection with the prisoner mistreatment scandal, pleaded
guilty here…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/19/international/middleeast/19CND-IRAQ.html

LET'S get our Iraq story straight
The Australian – Australia
AT last the truth is out – John Howard is a fully paid-up neo-conservative.
This is the inescapable conclusion from Howard's speech on Iraq last night.

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9607025%255E25377,00.html

EX-SOLDIER Shot Dead in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Antony Stone, PA News. A grieving father told today how his dead son
had lied about working in Iraq in a bid to stop him worrying.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2949280

US General Disputes Iraq Prisoner Abuse Report (Update3)
Bloomberg – USA
May 19 (Bloomberg) — Army Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez, commander
of US forces in Iraq, disputed findings by a Pentagon investigation that
military…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aQCmsgRDhfa4&refer=us

IRAQ may be Bush's end
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… famous American journalist Bob Woodward relates how on August 5, 2002,
US Secretary of State Colin Powell advised George Bush that if he invaded
Iraq the war…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917650453.html

GEN. Abizaid: Iraq Could Get More Violent After June 30
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The situation in Iraq could become more violent
after the June 30 handover leading up to elections, which could require
the deployment…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5195071

RECOVERING economy trumped by Iraq in US campaign
Forbes – USA
… solid rebound should be a campaign plus for President George W. Bush
but the good news is being drowned out by the drumbeat of scandal from
Iraq, analysts say.…
www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2004/05/19/rtr1377240.html

HOWARD'S speech on Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… It, therefore, seems particularly appropriate that today, in his honour,
I will be talking about the struggle for democracy in Iraq and Australia‚s
role in…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917646034.html

SIVITS Sentenced for Role in Iraq Abuse
Guardian – UK
By ANTHONY DEUTSCH. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Spc. … Later, in Washington,
the two top military commanders of US forces in Iraq – Gen. John Abizaid
and Lt. Gen.…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4108418,00.html

IRAQ front line on terror war, says Howard
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Iraq has become a front line in the war on terrorism and withdrawal by
Australian and coalition forces would be a win for violent extremists
and a betrayal of…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917657932.html

IRAQ a test of nerve: PM
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE conflict in Iraq was a test of character and leadership, John Howard
said last night. … He called for more humanitarian aid for Iraq.…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9609745%255E662,00.html

US soldier jailed for Iraq prisoner abuse
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Generals leading US efforts to bring stability to Iraq before the handover
of sovereignty were also questioned over the abuse scandal.…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=514053&section=news

AUSTRALIANS implicated in Iraq kick-back scandal
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Iraq demanded a 10 per cent payment from suppliers who paid the kickbacks
into Arab bank accounts set up by Saddam's administration.…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917660987.html

AUSSIE firms implicated in Iraq oil scam
Independent Online – South Africa
… Iraq demanded a 10 percent payment from suppliers who paid the kick-backs
into Arab bank accounts set up by Saddam's administration.…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1084972683717B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

US generals take responsibility for Iraq prison abuse
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The two top US generals in charge of the occupation of Iraq said they took
responsibility for the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and warned that
more soldiers…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917661241.html

FRENCH journalists arrested in Iraq
Expatica – Netherlands
BAGHDAD, May 19 (AFP) – A group of French journalists were arrested in
Iraq, a US military spokeswoman said Wednesday, while witnesses identified
those…
www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=58&story_id=7731

US soldier jailed for Iraq prisoner abuse
swissinfo – Switzerland
… 30. in Iraq, faced the Senate Armed Services Committee along with Major
General Geoffrey Miller, new head of Abu Ghraib. support…
www.swisspolitics.org/en/news/index.php?section=int&page=news_inhalt&news_id=4945917

THE dilemmas of Iran's policy toward Iraq
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… what a United States general has admittedly described as a “minor uprising”,
the question of Iran's policy toward post-Saddam Hussein Iraq looms particularly

www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE20Ak01.html

FATHER: Soldier wants to clear name in Iraq prisoner case
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
NEWARK, NJ — A Roselle native charged in the Iraq prisoner abuse case
wants to proceed with his court-martial to clear his name, his father
said Wednesday.…
www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj—prisonabuse-davis0519may19,0,4862578.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

TOP commander in Iraq pledges thorough probe of prisoner abuse
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The top military commander in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday
that the abuse of prisoners in Iraq will be investigated thoroughly up
the chain…
www.boston.com/dailynews/140/wash/Top_commander_in_Iraq_pledges_:.shtml

AS We See It: Future of Iraq at stake
Santa Cruz Sentinel – Santa Cruz,CA,USA
… Now, we‚re facing a similar situation in Iraq. … It‚s now slightly
more than a month to go until the promised turnover of power back to Iraq.

www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2004/May/19/edit/stories/01edit.htm

US generals to appear before Iraq abuse hearings
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… Gen John Abizaid, head of US Central Command, Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez,
commander on the ground in Iraq, and Maj Gen Geoffrey Miller, deputy commander
of prison…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1084907678284

US to redeploy troops in S.Korea to Iraq before mid-August
Xinhua – China
SEOUL, May 19 (Xinhuanet) — The United States wanted to redeploy 3,600
troops stationed here to Iraq by Aug. 15 at the latest, South…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/19/content_1479345.htm

SHIITE cleric demands end to fighting in Najaf, Iraq
Myrtle Beach Sun News – Myrtle Beach,SC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's supreme Shiite religious
leader, demanded Tuesday that all armed forces leave the holy city of
Najaf and…
www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/nation/8702613.htm

NIGHTMARE of Iraq prison abuse is rooted in coed basic training
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
What was the cause of the loss of unit cohesion and breakdown of discipline
at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq? Dave Bischel…
www.sltrib.com/2004/May/05192004/commenta/commenta.asp

SIVITS Pleads Guilty in Iraq Abuse Trial
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
By ANTHONY DEUTSCH. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—Spc. … The case has been closely
followed by many of the 135,000 US troops in Iraq—with varied opinions.

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V2855.AP-Iraq-Prison-Abu.html

FORCES must stay in Iraq: Howard
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Prime Minister John Howard has left an open timetable for Australian forces
to remain in Iraq and warned the troubled nation was poised between democracy
and a…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917650525.html

IRAQ war architect admits to key errors
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — A Pentagon architect of the Iraq war said Tuesday that the
Defense Department underestimated its enemy, failing to predict how resilient
Saddam…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0405190177may19,1,1850842.story?coll=chi-news-hed

IRAQ munition containing sarin may be old, some experts say
Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription) – Fort Worth,TX,USA
… But officials stopped short of saying the munition was definite evidence
of a large weapons stockpile in prewar Iraq or evidence of recent production
by…
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/special_packages/iraq/8702174.htm

IRANIANS demonstrate against 'US crimes' in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TEHRAN : Thousands of Iranians marched through Tehran at the call of the
authorities to demonstrate against US and British “crimes” in Iraq and
the profaning…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/85737/1/.html

SEOUL Will Send Iraq Troops
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
Following US‚ decision to shift some of its troops from here to Iraq,
calls are increasing here in Korea to review its plan to send its troops
to the war…
times.hankooki.com/lpage/nation/200405/kt2004051918594111990.htm

US Marine killed in Iraq's Al-Anbar province
Xinhua – China
… incident. The latest casualty took the US military death toll in Iraq
to 786 since the start of the US-led invasion in March last year.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/19/content_1479334.htm

US seen shifting toward inclusiveness in UN resolution on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS — On the campaign trail and in last year's run-up to the
war in Iraq, President Bush regularly defended building his own coalition
and, at times…
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/05/19/us_seen_shifting_toward_inclusiveness_in_un_resolution_on_iraq

DOUBTS grow over Iraq handover date
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq, insisted yesterday that
the transfer of sovereignty must go ahead as planned despite the killing
of Mr. Saleem.…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040519/IRAQTOR19-1/TPInternational/TopStories

IRAQ 'job' harder than first thought: Howard
ABC Online – Australia
Prime Minister John Howard has conceded the rebuilding of Iraq is much
harder than he first thought. In a detailed defence of the…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1111720.htm

SCHRöDER Pushes for Muslim Peacekeepers in Iraq
Deutsche Welle – Germany
The two leaders will discuss the situation in Iraq. … Schröder made
it clear that Germany would not send troops to Iraq even if a NATO mission
is approved.…
www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,7489_A_1207124_1_A,00.html

IT'S too late to uproot Iraq's growing resistance
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
By Lloyd Jansen. The United States cannot win the peace in Iraq. The horrors
of the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal will not, as…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2001932325_lloydjansen19.html

NAPLES podiatrist says he will run for president in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
– A podiatrist who left Iraq 30 years ago said he is closing his Naples
practice and returning to his native country to run for the presidency
in 2005.…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/8700715.htm

A Timeline of the Iraq Prisoner Abuse
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Geoffrey Miller, who runs the military prison for terror suspects at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, conducts an inquiry on interrogation and detention
procedures in Iraq…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-prisoner-abuse-timeline,0,7785463.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

HOWARD vows to stay on in Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard tonight dismissed as unrealistic suggestions
that the US-led coalition in Iraq could be replaced by a UN peacekeeping
force.…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9606073%255E2,00.html

US made mistakes in Iraq, Wolfowitz admits
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Washington: A Pentagon architect of the Iraq war said the Defence Department
underestimated its enemy, failing to predict how resilient Saddam Hussein
and his…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917648312.html

ANALYSIS: A benevolent dictator for Iraq?
United Press International – USA
… strong military leader. Such a leader, said the king, could instill
law and order in the chaos that is Iraq today. “I would say…
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040518-095725-8299r

US cuts off funds for group that supplied faulty Iraq data
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… off funds for a former Iraqi exile group that supplied defectors who
provided exaggerated, fabricated and unproven information on Iraq's weapons
programs.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8697694.htm

CONFLICT brews in Iraq deals, Democrats say
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ Two companies monitoring billions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction
contracts have business relationships with some of the contractors they
are…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8698039.htm

IRAQ Elections 'A Herculean Task', Says Major
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Meeting the deadline for elections in Iraq will be a “pretty herculean
task‰, former Tory Prime Minister John Major warned today.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2946200

PUBLIC'S Views on Troops in Iraq Diverge
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… WASHINGTON ˜ Amid rising anxiety over events in Iraq, polls show
the number of Americans who support withdrawing US troops there is growing.

www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-split19may19,1,1275380.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

Q&A: Iraq abuse trials
BBC News – London,England,UK
… reasonable doubt”. The US military says all the trials are expected
to take place in Iraq. Jeremy Sivits is expected to plead guilty. He…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3720967.stm

CHANGE in Iraq policy urged
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
WASHINGTON — US senators exhorted the Bush administration Tuesday to change
how it deals with Iraq, arguing officials must do more to internationalize
the…
www.indystar.com/articles/2/147738-8152-010.html

UK'S Blair, Germany's Schroeder to Discuss UN Iraq Resolution
Bloomberg – USA
… 19 (Bloomberg) — UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder will discuss plans for a new United Nations resolution
on Iraq as they…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=alYshg6rMXLo&refer=uk

IRAQ WAR REVIEW: US defense leader acknowledges miscalculations
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,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.freep.com/news/nw/sen19_20040519.htm

EX-TROOPS could be forced to go to Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
WASHINGTON — The US Army is mustering soldiers for duty in Iraq wherever
it can find them, and that includes among people long considered off-limits.

www.freep.com/news/nw/troops19_20040519.htm

IRAQ seeks better deal at UN
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
Iraq's Depu-ty Foreign Minister Hamid Bayati said yesterday Baghdad would
be sending a delegation to the UN to demand control of their oil and an
end to…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=82037&Sn=WORL

ABUSE Inquiry Focuses on New Head of Iraq Jails
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq ˜ He was on the other side of the globe at the US detention
camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when the now-infamous abuses at Abu Ghraib
took…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-miller19may19,1,3508195.story?coll=la-headlines-world

SOLDIER Who Left Unit in Iraq Going on Trial
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
A US soldier who left his unit in Iraq rather than fight for what he called
an oil-driven war faces a court-martial today on a desertion charge. Staff
Sgt.…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-briefs19.1may19,1,6883818.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

REINSTATED military draft would equalize sharing the load in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… The current prison abuse scandal is going to discourage other countries
from joining our shaky multinational coalition in Iraq.…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/173848_means19.html

THREE US generals to explain what they know about Iraq prison…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Senators are pulling in top US generals from Iraq to tell
what they know about the prisoner abuse scandal over strong criticism
from a…
www.boston.com/dailynews/140/wash/Three_U_S_generals_to_explain_:.shtml

EXCHANGES in hot US Army tent encases Iraq's woes as handover of…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) What transpired in a US Army tent sums up Iraq's mood
after the assassination of its most senior figure Governing Council President
Izzadine…
www.boston.com/dailynews/140/world/Exchanges_in_hot_U_S_Army_tent:.shtml

MAJOR developments about Iraq on Tuesday:
Quad City Times – Davenport,IA,USA
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, Iraq‚s most influential
Shiite cleric, demanded that all armed groups withdraw from the embattled
holy cities…
www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1028420&l=1&t=America+At+War&c=23,1028420,top

ZARQAWI group claims Iraq Council head killing
Reuters – London,England,UK
… This operation announces to Muslims everywhere that the mujahideen,
with their people in Iraq, are continuing and determined to lift the humiliation
from our…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=513488&section=news

HOWARD marginally increases Iraq commitment
ABC Online – Australia
The Federal Government has made a minor boost to Australia's Iraq commitment
by sending two Federal Police officers to train members of the local Iraqi
police…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1111573.htm

IRAQ Inmates' Kin Want Justice for Abuse
Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Sarasota,FL,USA
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq — On the eve of the first court-martial in the Iraq prisoner
abuse scandal, relatives of those still held at Abu Ghraib prison said
Tuesday…
www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040519/API/405190581

US troops in S. Korea heading to Iraq
GEO – World
WASHINGTON: The US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld has formally directed
pulling 3,600 US troops out of South Korea to Iraq.…
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=18952

IRAQ what-ifs, what-nows
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ US officials misjudged the toughness of Iraqi insurgents
and failed to grasp the tribal nature of Iraq's society, two top Bush
administration…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0504/19irfuture.html

HONDURAN Troops Complete Withdrawal from Iraq
Reuters – USA
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) – The last Honduran troops in Iraq have
completed their withdrawal earlier than planned because of the spiraling
violence in…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5186252

US generals at hearing on Iraq prison abuse
Reuters – London,England,UK
… on Wednesday to hear from General John Abizaid, head of US Central
Command, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, commander of ground forces
in Iraq, and Major…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=513404&section=news

IRAQ'S daily oil output falls short of Cheney's predictions
Business Report – Johannesburg,South Africa
New York – Iraq's daily oil output in the year since the overthrow of Saddam
Hussein has fallen as much as a million barrels short of the 3 million
barrels…
www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=&fArticleId=2081274

RESILIANCE Of Iraq Enemy Underestimated, Pentagon Says
KMBC – Kansas City,MO,USA
… He also says it's impossible to say precisely how long a large US military
force will have to stay in Iraq after power is handed over at the end
of next month.…
www.thekansascitychannel.com/news/3321010/detail.html

ASSASSINATING hope for an orderly Iraq
Harlingen Valley Morning Star – Harlingen,TX,USA
… Zahraa Othman, until his death the head of the Iraqi Governing Council,
might prompt some to say that the United States should put more forces
in Iraq and plan…
www.valleystar.com/editorial_more.php?id=53295_0_28_0_M

AUSTRALIAN PM restates pledge to keep troops in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY: Prime Minister John Howard has restated his pledge to keep Australian
troops in Iraq, but ruled out any major increase in their numbers.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/85688/1/.html

BLOOD of Iraq – By Syed Mohammad Tariq Pirzada
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
It is no longer debatable that the blood of Iraq has risen against the
US aggression. The victory celebrations that began a year…
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en65090&F_catID=&f_type=source

US wants quick handover of Iraq prisons
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
WASHINGTON – The United States will hand over control of military prisons
in Iraq to a new Baghdad government as quickly as possible, US officials
said on…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=WORLD&oid=51332

LEGAL march begins for MPs implicated in Iraq prison abuse
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Pittsburgh,PA,USA
The Abu Ghraib prison scandal headed to the courtroom early today in Iraq
with legal proceedings for four of seven reservists from the 372nd Military
Police…
www.post-gazette.com/pg/04140/318520.stm

HONDURAN troops complete Iraq withdrawal
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
TEGUCIGALPA – The last Honduran troops in Iraq completed their withdrawal
on Tuesday, a Honduran defence ministry spokesman said.…
www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID=3567382&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

SAFETY IN SAMAWAH: Anxiety rises over security in Iraq
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
A surge in fighting in southern Iraq has government officials worrying
about the safety of Samawah, where Ground Self-Defense Force members are
based.…
www.asahi.com/english/world/TKY200405190178.html

DAILY Look at US Iraq Military Deaths
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
As of Tuesday, May 18, 787 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8697519.htm

DAVID Kay: Sarin Gas Shell Used in Iraq Attack
NPR (audio) – USA
… NPR's Alex Chadwick talks to former United Nations weapons inspector
David Kay about reports of an explosion of an artillery shell containing
sarin gas in Iraq…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1901043

IRAQ Update: US Forces Clash with Shiite Cleric
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Iraq on new clashes between
US forces and insurgents loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1901041

WOLFOWITZ, Armitage Grilled by Panel on Iraq War
NPR (audio) – USA
… including Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Deputy Secretary
of State Richard Armitage — about the difficulties confronting US efforts
in Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1901045

BERLUSCONI Meets Bush as Italian Support for Iraq Troops Wanes
Bloomberg – USA
… Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, meeting President George
W. Bush today, plans to discuss the future of the US-led operation in
Iraq as support for…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=arNEvF6Oj1NM&refer=europe

IRAQ disaster isn‚t coming to an end, it‚s only just begun
The Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
… from the US-led coalition. We've done the job, now it's time to hand
over to the grateful people of free Iraq. All we need to do…
www.theherald.co.uk/16360.shtml

US soldier on trial for Iraq prisoner abuse
Reuters – London,England,UK
… trials. A lawyer for Frederick has indicated that he may introduce
a motion to have his client's trial take place outside of Iraq.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=513360&section=news

WAPO For Faster Iraq Elections?
Slate – USA
… Why don't you say so!) 5:02 PM. Faster Iraq 9: The WaPo ed board emerges
from its platitudinous fumfawing about Iraq to endorse … elections.

slate.msn.com/id/2100764/

PM rules out Iraq troop boost
NEWS.com.au – Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard today ruled out a big increase in Australian
troop numbers in Iraq. But he said there might be “some…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9603916%255E1702,00.html

US soldier faces court martial in Iraq tomorrow
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
WASHINGTON (CP) ˜ The first US soldier faces a court martial Wednesday
in the Iraq prison abuse scandal as politicians try to determine how high
up the blame…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c
=Article&cid=1084918209449&call_pageid=968256289824&col=968705899037

BUSH vows to stick to June 30 handover in Iraq
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
WASHINGTON – President Bush on Tuesday pledged to stick with the planned
June 30 transfer of power in Iraq, but skeptical senators from both parties
pressed…
www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/politics/8697029.htm

IRAQ violence will worsen before June 30, says Rice
Daily Times – Pakistan
MADRID: US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was quoted on Tuesday
as saying violence in Iraq would get worse in the run-up to a planned
June 30…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_19-5-2004_pg4_2

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Tuesday, May 18, 787 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/139/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

FOUR arrested over Iraq beheading
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Four people were arrested over the beheading of US businessman Nicholas
Berg, an Iraqi source said, as top officials at the funeral of Iraq's
slain Governing…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/19/1084917618339.html

SEOUL calms fears over US troop transfer to Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
… yesterday moved to calm security fears in the country as Washington
confirmed plans to relocate 3,600 US troops from the tense inter-Korean
border to Iraq.…
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/asia/story/0,4386,251751,00.html

AMID Iraq bloodshed, Italy and Poland exert pressure for power…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ROME (AP) Two major European allies in the US-led coalition in Iraq pressed
on Tuesday for a prompt handover of power to a government that fully represents
the…
www.boston.com/dailynews/139/world/Amid_Iraq_bloodshed_Italy_and_:.shtml

LAWMAKERS Tell US Officials Iraq Strategy Must Change
DefenseNews.com (subscription) – USA
Alarmed by developments in Iraq, US senators from both political parties
told two senior administration officials that it‚s time to develop a
new strategy…
www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=2929651&C=europe

US aid groups abandon hope of seeming neutral in Iraq
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
WASHINGTON (AlertNet) ˆ US aid workers in Iraq and Afghanistan long ago
packed away their branded T-shirts and stripped the logos from their vehicles.

www.alertnet.org/thefacts/reliefresources/108491923230.htm

  
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