Iraq News and Information Links August 19 2004
IRAQ Makes 'Final Call' to Defiant Sadr on Najaf
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – A radical Shi'ite cleric defied a final order from
Iraq's interim prime minister on Thursday to disarm his militia or face
attack, as…

PROBE faults more than two dozen in Iraq prison abuse scandal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : An investigation into an abuse scandal at Iraq's Abu Ghraib
prison faults the actions of more than two dozen people but clears senior

THE United Nations mission in Iraq remains vital
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
The situation in Iraq today is quite different from what it was in August
of last year, and includes more promising and worrying dimensions.…

NEW Poll Shows Iraq, National Security Key To Presidential Race
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Ten weeks before the US presidential elections, dissatisfaction with events
in Iraq remains high and foreign policy and security issues dominate US

IRAQ Oil Exports Unchanged After Basra Attack
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's oil exports are still flowing at one million
barrels per day through southern terminals despite an attack on the South
Oil Company…

ANOTHER Turk firm quits Iraq after plea
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The parent company of a Turkish firm, which quit Iraq earlier in the week,
has said it will also leave the war-torn country, following the pleas
of one of its…

IRAN calls for meeting on Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE Iranian foreign minister had called for an urgent meeting of Iraq's
neighbours to help end the crisis there, the official IRNA agency said

BREAKING: Sadr Rejects Ultimatum, Najaf Fighting Escalates

IRAQ'S national conference may have persuaded the firebrand of…
Economist (subscription) – London,England,UK
On August 18th, in a surprise message reportedly signed by the fiery preacher
himself, Mr Sadr told the National Conference, post-war Iraq's first big

REPORT Expected to Blame 24 in Iraq Abuse
ABC News – USA
19, 2004 ˜ An Army investigation into the abuse of inmates at Iraq's
Abu Ghraib prison will blame at least two dozen people and conclude that
while no senior…

SOLDIER sues over order to stay in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… combat veteran has become the first Army reservist to sue the Bush
Administration over its policy of ordering soldiers to continue serving
in Iraq beyond the…

INDIA Rules Out Direct Talks with Iraq Hostage Takers
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
India says it will not hold direct talks with the kidnappers of three Indians
abducted last month in Iraq. Minister of State for…

TURKISH firm pulls out of Iraq – Australia
A SECOND Turkish firm said today it was withdrawing from Iraq to save the
life of a Turkish worker who was facing execution at the hands of his

CLERIC Rejects Iraq Ultimatum, Aide Says
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq (AP)—Militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Thursday rejected
a government ultimatum to disarm his militia immediately and pull them
out of a…

OIL Hits New High as Iraq Violence Flares
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices struck a fresh record above $48 a barrel
on Thursday, spurred higher by renewed violence in Iraq and fresh evidence
that strong…

EL Salvador sends troops to Iraq despite threats
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
El Salvador sent a new contingent of troops to join the US-led coalition
in Iraq despite repeated threats from Islamic militants that they would
strike against…

NETHERLANDS reinforces Iraq contingent
Expatica – Netherlands
AMSTERDAM ˜ The Netherlands is to beef up its security measures in southern
Iraq after one of its soldiers was killed in an ambush last weekend.…

PANHANDLE US Rep. Miller leading Iraq trip
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Jeff Miller is heading a bi-partisan congressional delegation that
will visit with the new leadership in Iraq and government officials in

IRAQ warns Sadr that assault is imminent
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Iraq's government warned the rebel cleric Moktada al-Sadr on Thursday
that he faced an imminent military strike by Iraqi forces unless he met

CRUDE Rises to Record in New York on Iraq Fighting, Supply Drop
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures rose to a record for a sixth straight
day in New York as fighting in Iraq raised concern about its ability to

BLAIR drops Iraq leader invite plan
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TONY BLAIR today dropped plans to invite Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi
to address the Labour Party conference following protests by opponents
of the Gulf…

EL Salvador Sends Fresh Troops to Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
El Salvador says it will begin sending fresh troops to Iraq to relieve
soldiers already there in spite of threats from Islamic militants that
the South…

MISSING Iranian diplomat and reporter found in Iraq: report
ABC Online – Australia
An Iranian diplomat and a journalist missing in Iraq are safe and sound,
Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi was quoted as saying by state television.

IRAQ says it could start military offensive in Najaf within hours
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq – An Iraqi Cabinet minister said Thursday that Iraqi forces
could begin an offensive against Muqtada al-Sadr within hours, despite
the firebrand…

OIL Sets Record as New Violence Flares in Iraq
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices struck a fresh record on Thursday, spurred
higher by renewed violence in Iraq and fresh evidence that strong demand
growth in…

OIL prices reach new zenith as Iraq peace hopes fade
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : World oil prices set new records as hopes of an easing of tensions
in Iraq faded and Iraqi forces prepared for a new assault on the forces
of Shiite…

IRANIAN parliament calls on OIC to pay attention to Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Ali Haddad Adel on Thursday called on the Organization of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) to pay attention to the recent armed conflicts in Iraq,
the official…

IRAQ'S parliament to open first session
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, Aug. 19 (Xinhuanet) — Iraq's new interim parliament will hold
its first session on Sept. 1, said new member and head of…

IRAQ Says Offensive Vs. Cleric to Start
ABC News – USA
NAJAF, Iraq Aug. … Col. Barry Johnson, the US military's spokesman for
detention operations in Iraq. Abu Ghraib is west of Baghdad.…

VETERANS show more clout as Iraq issue heats up
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… John Kerry. ``Bush sent people to Iraq out of a need to fulfill…
``The guys in Iraq are going to come back worse than the guys in Vietnam.
We need a change.''.…

IRAQ'S Sadr Wants to Negotiate to End Uprising
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wants to
negotiate arrangements to implement government demands to end his uprising,

EL Salvador Sends Troops to Iraq Despite Threats
Reuters – USA
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) – El Salvador sent a new contingent
of troops to join the US-led coalition in Iraq on Thursday despite repeated

TWO kidnapped journalists threatened with death in Iraq
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
Iraqi militants are threatening to kill a Turkish hostage if his company
does not withdraw from Iraq within three days, private NTV television
reported in…

MARINE and soldier killed in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ A Marine and a soldier were killed in action, one in
the southern city of Najaf and the other in Baghdad, the US military said

INDIANA soldier killed in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BY JIM STINSON. Army Sgt. David M. Heath, 30, was remembered as a strong
soldier and good father Wednesday, two days after he died in Iraq.…

POLISH troops killed in Iraq
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
The troops were on a routine road patrol when their convoy came under fire
around 07:15 local time in Hillah, in south-central Iraq, said Colonel

FINDING an Equivalent Model to Rebuild Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Central and Eastern European countries can offer useful advice
to Iraq, based on their post-communist transition to democracy and free

IRAQ abuse report will limit blame
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… scandal will implicate about two dozen military intelligence soldiers
and civilian contractors in the intimidation and sexual humiliation of
Iraq war prisoners…

REPUBLICAN congressman: Iraq war unjustified
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
… US Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days
of his House career, saying he believes the US military assault on Iraq
was unjustified…

UN marks Iraq attack anniversary
BBC News – London,England,UK
The United Nations is marking the first anniversary of the bombing of its
headquarters in the Iraq. The attack, in which 22 people…

WELSH soldier killed in Iraq 'the backbone of platoon'
ic Wales – Wales,UK
A BRITISH military commander yesterday paid glowing tribute to a Welsh
soldier killed in action in Iraq, describing him as the “backbone” of
the platoon.…

INTERIM assembly selected in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By and David Holley, Los Angeles Times | August 19, 2004. BAGHDAD — Taking
a halting step toward a democratic government, Iraqi…

THREE US Troops Killed in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ Three US troops were killed Wednesday in Iraq, including a
soldier shot in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, where the military said
it killed more…,1,1462800.story?coll=la-headlines-world

LOUD Blasts Heard Near Shrine in Iraq's Najaf
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – At least five loud explosions on Thursday echoed
from near holy sites in the Iraqi city of Najaf where a radical Shi'ite
cleric has…

IRAQ: Al-Sadr Accepts Najaf Peace Plan
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… agreement is fulfilled ˆ and al-Sadr has made contradictory statements
in the past ˆ it would resolve a crisis that had angered many of Iraq‚s

IRAQ Continues Hopeful Trend
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Even before a 2-1 loss to Morocco on Wednesday night, Iraq had earned
a berth in the quarterfinals by stunning tournament favorite Portugal
and then defeating…,1,1238573.story?coll=la-olympics-features

REPORT expected to blame two dozen people for Iraq prisoner abuse
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ An Army investigation into the abuse of inmates at Iraq's
Abu Ghraib prison will blame two dozen people, a senior defense official
said Wednesday…

GOP congressman reverses Iraq stance
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
˜ A top Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final
days of his House career, saying he believes the US-led invasion of Iraq
last year was…

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.

IN Climax to a Tumultuous 4-Day Debate, Iraq Chooses an Assembly
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By SABRINA TAVERNISE. AGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. … “What happens in the hall
is almost incidental,” said Samir Sumaitey, Iraq's former interior minister
and a delegate.…

KIDNAPPED Journalist Highlights Dangers in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with New York Times Baghdad bureau chief
John Burns about the recent kidnapping of freelance journalist Micah Garen
in Iraq, and the…

GROUP in Iraq Threatens to Kill Journalist
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… The hostage, who had a mustache, looked down throughout the video.
Portraits of US service members who have died in Iraq since the beginning
of the war.…

TOP Republican slams Iraq war – Australia
… TOP Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days
of his House career, saying he believes the US military assault on Iraq
was unjustified…,4057,10496290%255E1702,00.html

US forces kill two in Iraq jail riot
Guardian – UK
US forces shot dead two prisoners during riot at the Abu Ghraib prison
yesterday, the worst violence for months at the notorious jail west of

FORMER Iraq Arms Inspector Faults Prewar Intelligence
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… 18 – A former Bush administration official who led the fruitless postwar
effort to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday
that the…

BARGAIN-HUNTING, Iraq deal push up US shares
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… But a peace deal between a major Iraq conference and Shiite Muslim
militia leader Moqtada Sadr soothed concerns about the outlook for oil
prices and helped…

US soldier sues over Iraq call-up
BBC News – London,England,UK
A veteran US soldier is suing the Defence Department over its plans to
forcibly extend his reservist's contract and send him to Iraq.…

RETIRING Republican House Intelligence vice chairman says war in…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… top Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days
of his House career, saying he believes the US military assault on Iraq
was unjustified…

AMERICA should threaten to pull out of Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Many Americans now believe that the United States is depleting its
military strength, diplomatic leverage and treasury to pursue unrealistic
aims in Iraq.…

KANSAS soldiers head for Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
TOPEKA, Kan. – Armed with good thoughts from well-wishers about 50 Kansas
Army National Guard soldiers prepared Wednesday for a year in Iraq.…

AMERICANS evenly divided on Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Months of chaos and casualties have eroded public support in the US for
the Iraq war. Now the public is evenly divided on whether…,0015002200000158.htm

IRAQ Group Threatens to Kill Journalist
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A militant group said it has kidnapped a missing Western
journalist and would kill him if US forces did not leave the holy city
of Najaf…,1280,-4432908,00.html

Main Index >> Iraq NewsLinks >> Iraq Index >> Middle East Index >> Palestine/Israel Index