Iraq News and Information Links June 19 2004
ON Iraq-al qaeda: A dialogue of the deaf
US News – USA
… We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al Qaeda cooperated on attacks
against the United States,” it concluded. The finding…

IRAQ war adds up to very little
Ha'aretz – Israel
… who allows members of the audience to peel off layers of clothing,
US President George W. Bush is being stripped of each justification for
the war against Iraq…

COST of insuring workers in Iraq jumps
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By ADAM GELLER. NEW YORK — When Vulcan AMPS LLC dispatched a team of workers
to Iraq last fall, managers knew it would be risky.…

IRAQ Is a Hub for Terrorism, However You Define It
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By EDWARD WONG. AGHDAD, Iraq ˜ A superpower invaded an impoverished Islamic
nation. Guerrillas responded with AK-47's and rocket-propelled grenades.

US airforce strikes Qaida `safe house' in Iraq, 22 dead
Ha'aretz – Israel
… Washington says the Jordanian-born Zarqawi has been the mastermind
between a series of bloody suicide attacks in Iraq and was also the man
shown beheading US…

IRAQ PM Vows to Defeat Pipeline Attacks
Forbes – USA
… What you are seeing are the traces of a big crime which is committed
against Iraq and (the) Iraqi people by groups (that) … are…

HANDOVER of power in Iraq to be strictly low-key affair
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
Baghdad, Iraq – In less than two weeks, the US-run occupation authority
in Iraq will transfer sovereignty to the new Iraqi government — and when
that happens…

SIEMENS evacuates Iraq staff
News24 – South Africa
Berlin – Siemens AG has ordered 20 German employees out of Iraq because
of concerns about their safety, a German newspaper said on Saturday.…,,2-10-1460_1545210,00.html

IRAQ -al-Qaida ties: Debate hinges on semantics
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch – St. Louis,MO,USA
… firm stand. He said at least 11 times that Iraq's Saddam Hussein “has
had contacts with al-Qaida,” or words to that effect. But…

LAST Lebanese Hostage Freed in Iraq – – Source
Reuters – USA
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kidnappers in Iraq freed the last Lebanese hostage in
Iraq Saturday, a source at Lebanon's Foreign Ministry said.…

JAPAN PM Under Fire For Lax Diplomacy In Joining Iraq Security…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TOKYO (AFP) — Japan's premier came under fire Saturday for committing
troops to a UN-backed security force in Iraq after Tokyo only got a verbal

VISITING American senators warn of `difficult road ahead' in Iraq
KPLC-TV – Lake Charles,LA,USA
Baghdad, Iraq-AP — Three US senators visiting Iraq are calling on the
world to help Iraq during the tough times ahead. After meeting…

US defends deadly Iraq air strike
Reuters – London,England,UK
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US forces have launched an air strike on a safe
house they link to elusive al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in
the flashpoint…

BUSH Stands Firm on Iraq Connection to Al Qaeda
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: President Bush, campaigning in Western swing states, repeats
his stance that the invasion and occupation of Iraq is part of the fight
against the…

US senators in Iraq call for more aid
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Three US senators met with interim Prime Minister Iyad
Allawi on Saturday and later called on the world's nations to do more
to help Iraq in…

THREE-MONTH-OLD Baby Ali dies in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A three-month old Iraqi baby who prompted an outpouring
of sympathy around the world after he was photographed lying emaciated
in an…

US commander: Respect works best in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By CHRIS TOMLINSON. ABU GHRAIB, Iraq — Lt. Col. Tim Ryan tried the carrot,
and he tried the stick to put down insurgents fighting…

US forces strikes Fallujah in Iraq
Big News – Australia
… was not immediately determined. Fallujah is a predominantly Sunni town
known for its fierce opposition to the occupation of Iraq.

IRAQ plan, exit strategy underway
Oregonian – Portland,OR,USA
I take issue with people decrying the administration's handling of the
proceedings in Iraq. … President Bush has called for free elections
in Iraq in early 2005.…

PUTIN says Iraq planned US hit
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… planning strikes on the United States after September 11, giving a
boost to President George Bush as US troops vie to contain waves of unrest
in occupied Iraq.…

TURKEY Against Kurdish Autonomy In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
19 June 2004 — Turkey's prime minister says his country remains opposed
to granting autonomy to Kurds in northern Iraq. Prime Minister…

US Says Targets Zarqawi Safe House in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military said an airstrike in the city of Falluja
on Saturday targeted a known safe house used by a network of fighters
led by Abu…

SOLDIER from Apopka killed in Iraq days before homecoming
WTEV – Jacksonville,FL,USA
(Apopka-AP) — Officials say a soldier from central Florida was killed
in Iraq, just days before he planned to come home and surprise his dad
for Father's Day.…

US Air Strike Kills 22 in Iraq – Witnesses
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – A US air strike on a house in the restive Iraqi
city of Falluja on Saturday killed 22 Iraqis, witnesses and hospital officials

US plane attacks kill 20 in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… Mr. al-Zarqawi has been blamed for the string of car bombs across Iraq,
including the Thursday that killed 35 people and wounded 145 at an Iraqi

IRAQ pipeline fix delayed
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi engineers have run into delays while repairing
a sabotaged southern oil pipeline and now hope to resume partial exports

NATO troops to be deployed to Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
LONDON, England, Jun. 19 (UPI) — Soldiers from NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction
Corps, based in Germany, are being deployed to Iraq, British officials

IRAQ Oil Exports Still Idle, Foreigners Attacked
Reuters – USA
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Guerrillas bent on disrupting Iraq's transition
from US-led occupation killed a Portuguese security man on Saturday as

IRAQ to Impose Visa Requirements
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – In a bid to bolster security, all foreigners visiting Iraq
after the interim government assumes power July 1 will require visas,
an Interior…

SEVERAL Russians to be evacuated from Iraq on Saturday
Pravda – Moscow,Russia
Badly wounded Anatoly Korenkov and some other officials of the Russian-based
Interenergoservis company will be evacuated from Iraq on Saturday on board

BAD news can compromise war in Iraq
Conroe Courier – Conroe,TX,USA
Somewhere over in Iraq, serving faithfully in what are no doubt trying
conditions, putting his life at risk, deprived of family and normal creature

PUTIN: Russia warned US of Iraq plans
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that his intelligence
services had received several reports before the war last year that Iraq
was planning…

3000 troops being added to Iraq force
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — The government will send 3,000 soldiers to northern
Iraq beginning in early August to assist the US-led coalition, the Defense

BUSH touting progress in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – With Iraq looming over the presidential campaign, for the
past month the Bush administration has been trying to tout positive developments

BRITAIN to send 3000 more troops to Iraq : newspaper
Xinhua – China
LONDON, June 19 (Xinhuanet) — A NATO force including up to 3,000 British
troops would be deployed to Iraq to support the new interim government
as it takes…

THREE die in Iraq bomb blast
ABC Online – Australia
… The Iraqi driver of the all-terrain vehicle belonging to Al-Atheer,
which runs telecommunications services in southern Iraq, was wounded,
he said.…

BUSH team stays firm on Iraq, al-Qaida ties
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ President Bush and other top administration officials yesterday
vigorously continued their claims that prewar Iraq had close ties with

IRAQ: What next?
The Globe and Mail – Canada
By MARCUS GEE AND RICK SALUTIN. I'm glad we're doing this again. Iraq is
at a turning point and there's lots to chew over. The last…

RUSSIA warned US of Iraq strikes
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Russia said it had warned Washington that Iraq planned strikes on the United
States after September 11, giving a boost to US President George W Bush
as US…

CANADIANS charged over illegal sales to Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… RCMP announced charges against three Ontario men yesterday after an
intensive two-year investigation uncovered the illegal export of cash
and car parts to Iraq…

ROADSIDE bomb kills two in Iraq
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
A roadside bomb killed at least two people in southern Iraq today, including
one Iraqi policeman and a Portuguese security expert, police said.…

FIGHTING continues in Iraq
WHNT – Huntsville,AL,USA
Baghdad, Iraq-AP — US troops have clashed with insurgents in Iraq for
a third day. American military officials and witnesses say…

BUSH team insists on Iraq terror link
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
… WASHINGTON – President Bush and other top administration officials
yesterday vigorously defended their assertions of close ties between Iraq
and al-Qaeda…

IRAQ Planned Attacks Against US, Putin Says
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said Friday that his intelligence
services had received several reports before the war last year that Iraq
was planning…,1,2269995.story?coll=la-headlines-world

DID Iran use Chalabi to lure US into Iraq?
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… much of the information that Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress supplied
to the United States in the months leading up to the US invasion of Iraq
was erroneous.…

SOUTH Korea to Send More Troops to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
SEOUL ˜ South Korea will start to deploy 3,000 troops to the Irbil area
in northern Iraq in early August to help rebuild the Kurdish region, the

IRAQ smuggling alleged
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
TORONTO — The RCMP has arrested three Ontario men on charges of smuggling
money and auto parts and tires to wartorn Iraq through other countries.

500 Marines leave for Iraq
North County Times – Escondido,CA,USA
… tailgate. Anissa's father, Navy Hospital Corpsman Jeffery Reyes, was
spending the last few hours with his family before heading to Iraq.…

VMI graduate killed near Camp Anaconda in Iraq
Roanoke Times – Roanoke,VA,USA
Paul Syverson III was killed in action near Camp Anaconda in Iraq, according
to a VMI news release. … He was scheduled to return home from Iraq shortly.

IRAQ PM's 'second great lie'
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
LABOR has hit back at the Prime Minister's attack on its Iraq policy and
alliance with the US, claiming his comments were “the second great lie”
of the Howard…,5478,9891776%255E1702,00.html

NATO force with 3000 British troops to go to Iraq
Deepika – India
London, June 19 :London and Washington are drawing up a plan to send a
NATO force including up to 3,000 British troops to Iraq to support the
interim Iraqi…

CABINET seals SDF mission in Iraq
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
The Cabinet on Friday approved plans to let the Self-Defense Forces join
a multinational force in Iraq, a potentially more dangerous mission riddled

THE Wrong Elections For Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Michael Rubin. On June 30 the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)
in Iraq will cease to exist. A caretaker Iraqi government…

IRAQ defense minister vows tough action after car bomb
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq's defense minister promised a “house-to-house” search for suspects
who planned a suicide car bombing near a recruitment center in Baghdad
that killed at…

3000 South Korean Troops to Be Deployed in Iraq Starting August
SEOUL, 19 June 2004 ˜ South Korea will start deploying some 3,000 troops
to northern Iraq from August on a relief and rehabilitation mission, the

IRAQ oil exports may resume within week
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD — Iraq hopes to resume partial crude oil exports this weekend
and restore shipments fully by the end of next week, after insurgent attacks
this week…

DOCUMENTS Are Said to Show Earlier Abuse at Iraq Prison
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… Barbara Fast, the top Army intelligence officer in Iraq, and Brig.
… Ricardo S. Sanchez, the highest-ranking American commander in Iraq,
left the board on Nov.…

PUTIN Says US Was Alerted to Possible Attacks by Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… information after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and before the American-led
invasion of Iraq began in March 2003. He did not give…

OIL: Prices firm, Iraq eyes partial exports at weekend
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
NEW YORK – World oil prices rose in cautious trade Friday as dealers were
sceptical over a planned partial resumption of Iraq's exports at the weekend,

CHANNELS open to Iraq, but no troops
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… by all European countries to rally around the interim Iraqi government,
even though deep divisions among EU countries over the US-led war in Iraq
have yet to…

WHITE House quiet on Putin Iraq claims
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The White House today did not corroborate Russian President Vladimir Putin's
claim that Moscow told Washington that Iraq planned attacks on the United

3000 more UK troops for Iraq
Guardian – UK
A Nato force including up to 3,000 British troops will be deployed to Iraq
to support the vulnerable new government as it takes over the running
of the country…,12956,1242712,00.html

US soldier killed, contractor wounded in Iraq mortar attack
ABC Online – Australia
… The death raises to 614 the number of US soldiers killed in action
since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, according to numbers
from the Pentagon.

SOLDIER killed in Iraq planned US visit
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… who kept his scheduled return home secret for a Father's Day surprise
was killed along with two other soldiers in a mortar attack in Iraq, officials
and family…

TOP Iraq terrorist no longer aligned with al-Qaida?
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, is accused of directing
a relentless campaign of suicide bombings and personally beheading American
Nick Berg…

PUTIN says Russia gave US info on Iraq's plots
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
… was preparing attacks in the United States and its interests abroad
˜ an assertion that appears to bolster President George Bush's contention
that Iraq was a…

IRAQ vital to our safety: PM
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Prime Minister John Howard said Iraq was the frontline in the war on terror
and warned defeat would embolden terrorists close to Australia.…

JAPAN set to broaden its mission in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
TOKYO Japan's cabinet approved a plan Friday for the country's Self-Defense
Forces to join UN-authorized troops in Iraq when an Iraqi government takes
over at…

IRAQ may invoke tough laws to quell violence
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Iraq's caretaker government on Friday weighed imposing emergency
powers to check a wave of violence and sabotage that has killed more than
180 people…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, June 18, 831 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

SEVERE test for Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
OIL and security, the two legs on which Iraq's new interim government stands,
have come under increasing attacks barely a fortnight before the transfer


BUSH, officials defend claims on ties between Iraq, al-Qaida
Duluth News Tribune – Duluth,MN,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – President Bush and other top administration officials
on Friday vigorously defended their claims of close ties between Iraq
and al-Qaida…

MAJOR Oil Pipeline in Iraq to Be Restored
New York Times – USA
BASRA, Iraq, June 18 Oil could be flowing as early as Sunday through one
of two major pipelines that were sabotaged a few miles from this southern
Iraqi city…

IRAQ weighs draconian measures to stamp out violence
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
BAGHDAD: Iraq's caretaker government Friday weighed imposing emergency
powers to conquer a wave of violence and sabotage that has killed over
180 people this…

CAR Bomb In Iraq Kills 41, At Least 140 Wounded
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
BAGHDAD (AFP) — Car bombs in Iraq killed 41 people and injured 141 Thursday,
as US President George W. Bush insisted Al-Qaeda had links with Saddam

SECURITY Worries, Iraq Help Push Up Crude Futures (subscription) – USA
NEW YORK — Crude-oil futures rose Friday as a halt in Iraq's oil exports
and growing fears of terrorism in the Middle East again weighed on the

NO Let-Up in Iraq Violence
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
US troops and insurgents clashed Friday for a second day in northern Iraq.
But in the southern holy city of Kufa, militia loyal…

CONTROVERSIAL ex-British army officer given key Iraq role
Financial Times – London,England,UK
A controversial former British army officer has been given an unprecedented
security role in Iraq, disseminating previously classified information

AUSTRALIAN Minister Under Fire Over Iraq Abuse
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
Prime Minister John Howard, a close US ally who sent 2,000 military personnel
to the Iraq war, says he was unaware of the abuse until photographs of

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