Iraq News and Information Links
December 19 2004
 

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US Officials: Iraq Elections Must be On Time
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Deadly car bomb attacks, combined with the assassination of election workers in Iraq are heightening concerns about security conditions for national elections

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Car bombs kill at least 62 in attacks on Iraq cities
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Suicide car bombers hit Karbala and Najaf, Iraq’s two main Shia holy cities, on Sunday, killing at least 62 people and wounding dozens more.

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Ottawa hosting secretive Iraq election meetings
CTV – Canada
Elections Canada is hosting secret meetings in Ottawa, to discuss the preparations for next month’s planned elections in Iraq. The

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Summary: Car Bombs Kill 60 People in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
PRE-ELECTION VIOLENCE: Three of the bloodiest attacks in weeks ravage Iraq, with no letup seen in the insurgency that is bent on blocking critical Jan.

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1268676.htm
More than 60 killed in Iraq blasts
ABC Online – Australia
The bombings raised fears of an upsurge in violence in the predominantly Shiite communities in southern Iraq, until now, enjoying a respite from the violence

www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=61154
A political arabesque in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
I have long believed that any American general or senior diplomat who wants to work in Iraq should have to pass a test. It would be a very simple test.

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news/special_packages/iraq/10455174.htm

RTI doesn’t get renewal of Iraq democracy contract
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
didn’t renew the third year of a contract with a North Carolina-based research group worth up to $467 million to help build the peace in Iraq by bringing

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Iraq rebels seek US companies exit, threaten to kill hostages
Economic Times – New Delhi,India
DUBAI: Militants in Iraq are threatening to kill 10 Iraqis they are holding hostage unless their US company leaves the country, according to a video tape aired

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bombs-kill-at-least-60/2004/12/20/1103391657740.html

Iraq car bombs kill at least 60
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Car bombs rocked Iraq’s two holiest Shi’ite cities, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 120. Meanwhile in Baghdad

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Iraq Worker Executions Captured in Photos
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A brazen daylight attack in the heart of Baghdad with rebels executing election workers in cold blood served as a chilling reminder Sunday of

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CHRONOLOGY-Worst bomb attacks in Iraq in 2004
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Suicide car bombers struck Iraq’s two main Shi’ite holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala on Sunday, killing at least 62 people and

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/20/content_2356191.htm
GCC summit to focus on Iraq, economic integration
Xinhua – Beijing,China
namely the Iraqi and Palestinian elections which willproduce a new political situation relating to the Palestinian causeand the situation in Iraq,” Sabah was

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Soldier graduates via satellite from Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
thanks to the wonders of technology, Lucas – via a two-way satellite hookup – closed out his degree in mass communications by participating from Iraq in the

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A Translator’s View of the War in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Dozens of Arabic language interpreters working with US forces in Iraq have been killed over the course of the war.

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Blasts in Iraq, 60 killed
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
Car bombs rocked Iraq’s two holiest Shiite cities today, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 120. In downtown Baghdad

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Bombs in Iraq’s Shiite capitals kill 44 in deadly run-up to
Turkish Press – Turkey
NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – At least 44 people were killed when car bombs ripped through Iraq’s two holiest cities, exacerbating fears of a spike in violence targeting

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11450-2004Dec19.html
Two Deadly Bombings Hit Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
19—Six weeks before Iraq’s nationwide vote, another blast of violence hit the country Sunday, including two deadly bombings claiming at least a dozen lives

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Suicide bombers hit Iraq’s Shi’ite cities
Reuters – London,England,UK
KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – Suicide car bombers have hit Iraq’s two main Shi’ite holy cities, Kerbala and Najaf, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens

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Christians in Iraq cancel Christmas services
Independent Online – South Africa
Yonadam Kanna, a member of the Iraqi Interim National Council, said the Christian community in Iraq would thereby show its solidarity with the victims of

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Suicide Car Bomb in Iraq Kills 13
ABC News – USA
KARBALA, Iraq Dec 19, 2004 — A suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle outside Karbala’s main bus station Sunday, killing 13 people and wounding 30, a

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Can Ukraine model lead Iraq to democracy ?
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Viktor Yushchenko has tremendous symbolic significance for Ukraine’s experiment with democracy and suggests a path for democratic elections in Iraq as well.

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hit-after-alQaeda-call/2004/12/19/1103391641019.html
Iraq’s oil network hit after al-Qaeda call
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Iraq’s oil infrastructure suffered five attacks in 24 hours after a voice identified as al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ordered followers to sabotage the

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At least 13 dead in new Iraq car bombing
MSNBC – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide car bombing outside the main bus station in Karbala on Sunday killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens of others, while gunmen

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At Least 12 Dead, 34 Hurt by Iraq Bomb in Kerbala
Reuters – NY,USA
KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – At least 12 people were killed and 34 wounded, many of them women and children, by the bomb that struck the Iraqi Shi’ite holy city

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Five Jordanian drivers released in Iraq: newspaper
Xinhua – Beijing,China
AMMAN, Dec. 19 (Xinhuanet) — Five Jordanian drivers were released by the coalition forces in Iraq, the Arabic-language newspaper Ad-Dustour reported Sunday.

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Powerful blast in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 (Xinhuanet) — A powerful blast detonated in Iraq’s holy Shiite city of Najaf on Sunday, witnesses said. A black

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Iraq attacks kill 13 in deadly run-up to elections
Turkish Press – Turkey
KARBALA, Iraq (AFP) – Ten people were killed in a car bombing in the holy Iraqi Shiite city of Karbala and three election workers were gunned down in Baghdad

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=640866
Three electoral employees killed in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Insurgents have dragged three employees of Iraq’s Electoral Commission from a car in Baghdad and shot them dead, the latest in a series of

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-kills-10-in-Iraqs/2004/12/19/1103391640944.html

Suicide car bomb blast kills 10 in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
A suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle in downtown Karbala’s main bus station Sunday, killing 10 people and wounding 30, a hospital official said.

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Iraq detains 45 illegal visitors from Iran
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The detainees, all men ranging in age from early 20s to 60s, claimed to be Muslim pilgrims and entered Iraq from Iran without any identity documents.

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Ten killed in Iraq blast
ABC Online – Australia
Reports from Iraq say a car bomb has exploded in the southern Shiite city of Karbala, killing 10 people and wounded 40. Witnesses

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US Congressmen visit Iraq for election expertise
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
leaders who helped re-craft US election laws after the 2000 Florida election debacle went to Baghdad last week to offer their expertise as Iraq struggles to

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poland_support_for_us_on_iraq_seen_as_unappreciated

In Poland, support for US on Iraq seen as unappreciated
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Warsaw is one of America’s most steadfast allies, yet the war in Iraq, where Poland has 2,400 soldiers, has convinced a growing number of Poles that the United

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‘Chemical Ali’ faces hearing in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The former general known as ‘’Chemical Ali,’’ notorious for allegedly gassing thousands of Kurds, looked haggard and leaned on a cane in court

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Insurgents kill three in Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
A police source said they could be employees of Iraq’s Electoral Commission which is overseeing the setting up and conducting of Iraq’s election set for

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Iraq: Police officer killed in clashes
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
Friday evening after being caught in the cross-fire between British soldiers and Iraqi insurgents during clashes in Zubayr, just west of Basra, Iraq’s second

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Iraq FM begins first Pakistan visit
Sify – Delhi,India
Iraqi government to visit Pakistan, will discuss matters relating to “mutual cooperation, stability, election and reconstruction in Iraq,” foreign ministry

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‘Chemical Ali’ among 2 brought before tribunal in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Appearing haggard and feeble, a former Iraqi general known as “Chemical Ali,” notorious for allegedly gassing thousands of Kurds, appeared

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19,1,6606607.story?coll=la-editions-inland-news

Corona Man Held in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Roy Hallums’ ex-wife and daughters plead for his freedom. The civilian was abducted Nov. 1. By David Pierson, Times Staff Writer.

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candles-in-Iraq-protest/2004/12/19/1103391629032.html

Reverend lights candles in Iraq protest
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
An Australian clergyman will attempt a world record by lighting 16,419 candles – one for every civilian killed in Iraq since its occupation.

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The British in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
. Before 1914: The territories that would become Iraq were three Ottoman provinces, named for their chief cities, Mosul, Baghdad and Basra.

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A Dark Christmas in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
After a painful year of church bombings, death threats and assassinations, Iraq’s 800,000 Christians have all but canceled Christmas.

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Note: Delk reunites with Iraq war veteran
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
Martinez is still undergoing treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after suffering burns over 40 percent of his body in Iraq when the Humvee

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US contractors killed in Iraq
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
Iraqi militants claimed responsibility for the killing of two American contractors, showing dark images of passports and other documents in their names in a

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10783-2004Dec18.html
Over Iraq, Pilots Fly Into Action When Troops Call for Help
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
been transformed by the US Air Force into a state-of-the-art operations center, provides a window on the military action that still occupies the skies over Iraq …

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Ottawa hosts Iraq election meeting in secrecy
CTV – Canada
election officials are holding a quiet conference with international experts on Sunday and Monday to discuss preparations for next month’s elections in Iraq.

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‘Chemical Ali’ quizzed by Iraq judges
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
Iraq’s US-backed government had promised trials would begin before next month’s election, the first free vote since Saddam rose to power three decades ago.

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Democrats Blame Rumsfeld for Mistakes in Iraq
Reuters – NY,USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Saturday said US soldiers in Iraq lacked adequate body armor and plated vehicles because of Defense Secretary Donald

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Turkish embassy guards killed in Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Several Turkish embassy guards were killed in an attack in the northern city of Mosul as they travelled to Baghdad in the latest outbreak of

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10783-2004Dec18.html
Over Iraq, Pilots Fly Into Action When Troops Call for Help
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
been transformed by the US Air Force into a state-of-the-art operations center, provides a window on the military action that still occupies the skies over Iraq …

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Al-qaeda ordered Iraq oil hit
NEWS.com.au – Australia
IRAQ’S key oil infrastructure suffered five attacks in 24 hours after a voice identified as Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ordered followers to sabotage the

www.dawn.com/2004/12/19/top11.htm
Militants blow up major oil pipeline in Iraq: Election offices
Pakistan Dawn – Karachi,Pakistan
BAGHDAD, Dec 18: Saboteurs blew up Iraq’s northern export pipeline for the second week in a row on Saturday, halting oil flows to Turkey’s Ceyhan port, oil

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story
_page/0,5744,11734398%255E1702,00.html

Iraq releases Egyptian hostages
The Australian – Australia
Orascom Telecom. “They were detained on erroneous information designed to impede Iraqna’s operations in Iraq,” she said. She said

npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/srfeature.php?wfid=4235246
A Translator’s View of the War in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Dozens of Arabic language interpreters working with US forces in Iraq have been killed over the course of the war.

  
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