Iraq News and Information Links April 20 2004
20/04/04 POWELL dismisses suggestions Saudis knew Iraq war plan before him
Xinhua – China
… of State Colin Powell on Monday flatly rejected the assertion in a
new book that the Saudi ambassador to the United States learned of the
Iraq war plan before…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/21/content_1431026.htm

POWELL urges coalition leaders to keep troops in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday the US-led
coalition in Iraq remains strong despite decisions by Spain and Honduras
to pull out…
www.boston.com/dailynews/111/wash/Powell_urges_coalition_leaders:.shtml

NEGROPONTE new US envoy to Iraq
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
˜ President George W Bush has named career diplomat Mr John Negroponte,
currently the US envoy to UN, as the first US ambassador to Iraq since
the overthrow…
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=41294

RUMSFELD Says Latest Iraq Fighting a 'Final Stand' by 'Enemies of…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the latest fighting in Iraq reflects
what he calls a "final stand" by "enemies of freedom" ahead of the planned
June 30…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=70604F55-EDD8-425A-8030A35C165077F0

SUPPLY routes recovering after convoy attacks in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The shortages became noticeable when soap and deodorant
disappeared from American contract shop shelves, and salads and sweets
became…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/8477090.htm

IRAQ Coalition Shrinks, But Stands
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) Iraq's multinational peacekeeping force scrambled to regroup Monday
after Spain's announcement that it would pull out its 1,300 troops, with
Albania…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/20/iraq/main612781.shtml

BUSH Iraq policy faces tough questions on Capitol Hill
CNN – USA
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Bush administration's policy in Iraq faced tough
questioning Tuesday from lawmakers, some of whom expressed doubts about
whether power…
www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/04/20/congress.iraq/

MAJOR rearrangement of US forces in Iraq to deal with holes in…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) With the coalition fraying and guerrilla violence spreading,
the latest job for the US military in Iraq appears to be patching holes
like…
www.boston.com/dailynews/111/world/Major_rearrangement_of_U_S_for:.shtml

US Says June 30 Not 'A Magical Date' for Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration said on Tuesday the June
30th transfer of authority in Iraq was just a step toward self-rule and
not "a magical…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4883738&section=news

US Works to Limit Iraq Troop Withdrawals
Reuters – USA
BUFFALO, NY (Reuters) – The White House said on Tuesday the US-led coalition
in Iraq was stable despite plans by Spain and Honduras to withdraw their
troops…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4883497

CANADIAN Missing in Iraq Has Been Kidnapped -Ottawa
Reuters – USA
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada said on Tuesday that one of its citizens had
been kidnapped in Iraq and urged all Canadians still in the country to
strongly consider…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4884019

BERLUSCONI – news on Iraq hostages in coming hours
Reuters – India
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is expecting
news of three Italian civilians being held hostage in Iraq in the coming
hours, his…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:40858aa2:7b82b7a86
2dfee2?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4884228

JAPAN downplays plans by Spain, Honduras to leave Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
TOKYO ˜ Japan on Tuesday downplayed plans by Spain and Honduras to withdraw
their troops from Iraq in the coming months, while being adamant that
Tokyo will…
www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=9&id=295840

MAINE battalion attacked in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Maine (AP) Four members of Maine's 133rd Engineering Battalion were
wounded Tuesday when their convoy was attacked in Mosul in northern Iraq,
officials said.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/111/region/Maine_battalion_attacked_in_Ir:.shtml

BUSH'S Iraq Policy On The Griddle
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) During one of the worst months of the yearlong Iraq campaign,
the Bush administration's approach to the war came under fire Tuesday
at hearings on…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/20/iraq/main612823.shtml

WOLFOWITZ Denies Secret Planning, Funding for Iraq
Wired News – USA
… Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz on Tuesday denied that the Bush administration
plotted and secretly financed preparations for the war in Iraq long before
last…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=853799&tw=wn_wire_story

TROOPS alerted to Iraq threat
NEWS.com.au – Australia
… cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Australians in the strife-torn nation would
be kidnap targets while their country continued to participate in the
occupation of Iraq…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9344967%255E1702,00.html

HONDURAS to Pull Troops Out of Iraq, Others Look Shaky
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Another member of the US-led military coalition in Iraq has announced it
is pulling its troops out of the country. Honduras now…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=818E18F2-6820-497B-ABB277DA530DAD31

TORRANCE soldier killed in Iraq believed in military mission
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
TORRANCE, Calif. – Brian Wood, an Army sergeant killed in Iraq, had a passion
for history and a wry sense of humor. The soldier, who…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/peninsula/8476075.htm

ROMANIA, Bulgaria will keep troops in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Bulgaria will keep its troops in Iraq for now, but
a long-term commitment could hinge on the United Nations passing a resolution
giving…
www.boston.com/dailynews/111/world/Romania_Bulgaria_will_keep_tro:.shtml

ASIAN Countries Pledge To Stand Firm in Iraq As Spain, Honduras…
DefenseNews.com (subscription) – USA
Asian countries with troops in Iraq stood firm April 20 as Spain and Honduras
prepared to pull out, but resolve was tempered by fears the withdrawals
could…
www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=2841265&C=europe

ANALYSIS: Bush flipflops on Iraq crisis
United Press International – USA
WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) — Coming up to the first anniversary of President
Bush declaring "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, US policy there has degenerated

www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040420-121344-3484r

AMERICANS Squirm as US Death Toll in Iraq Surges
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US troops are dying in higher numbers in Iraq this
month than at any time during the war, with polls showing rising unease
among…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4882025&section=news

3 Halliburton Employees Confirmed Dead in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The Halliburton corporation has confirmed that three of the four bodies
found near a fuel convoy that was attacked in Iraq 11 days ago are those
of Halliburton…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=738256B6-8142-417A-9EC1137A25DAB366

COALITION Crumbling: Spain Pulls Out of Iraq
Democracy Now – USA
The US yesterday lashed out at Spain‚s decision to pull its 1,400 troops
out of Iraq within the next 15 days. Spain‚s new Prime…
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/20/1411253

CONGRESS opens series of hearings on Iraq
MSNBC – USA
WASHINGTON – With the rising death toll and increasing fear that the United
States lacks an effective plan for success in Iraq, lawmakers on Tuesday
were…
msnbc.msn.com/id/4786425/

NEW US ambassador for Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The US has named its new ambassador to Iraq from 30 June, the date billed
as an official transfer of power to Iraqis. As Washington's…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E87DE1BE-63F9-432E-9361-0CF24F16E980.htm

THAI PM says troops to leave Iraq if attacked
Reuters – India
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand will withdraw its 451 medical and engineering
troops from Iraq if they are attacked, the Thai prime minister said on
Tuesday after…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:40852954:5859dec3b7
6eddb6?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4875027

HONDURAN troops will also quit Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
In a blow to President George Bush and his occupation partners in Iraq,
Honduras followed Spain on Monday in announcing it will pull its troops
out of the…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1A819474-0F94-4F5A-974A-FEED44DB7881.htm

JAPANESE Defense Minister: Troops Will Remain in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Japan's defense minister says Tokyo will keep its troops in Iraq, despite
Spain's decision to withdraw its forces from the war-torn country.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=94EBD95C-DB47-4F85-99804549CA6ED3E5

IRAQ: BRAHIMI, POLITICAL PRISONERS AND JOBLESS BIG PROBLEM
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
(AGI) – Rome, April 20 – "The large number of political prisoners in Iraq
and the large number of office workers who have been fired more than once
without any…
www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200404201531-1135-
RT1-CRO-0-NF11&page=0&id=agionline-eng.oggitalia

TENSION eases in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… The Americans have failed in Iraq over the last year. … Spain said
on Monday it had begun withdrawing its 1,400 strong contingent from Iraq.

www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1091453.htm

TROOPS pulling out of Iraq
Capital News 9 – Albany,NY,USA
Spanish leaders said their country's 1,300 troops will be coming home from
Iraq within six weeks. … About 200 more Spanish troops left for Iraq
Monday.…
www.capitalnews9.com/content/headlines/?ArID=69944&SecID=33

POWELL Says He Was `Committed' to Dealing With Iraq, AP Says
Bloomberg – USA
… said his portrayal in Bob Woodward's book ``Plan of Attack'' wasn't
right, and he was ``as committed as anyone else'' in dealing with Iraq,
the Associated…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aXu86qsG6jUU&refer=us

BUSH tips choice for Iraq ambassadorship
United Press International – USA
… transfer of sovereignty from the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority
goes ahead as planned, would also be the first US top representative in
Iraq to report…
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040419-090753-4799r

FIVE released Japanese hostages return home from Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO: All five Japanese who were under captivity in Iraq have returned
home, but that does not mean the government is totally relieved.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/eastasia/view/81026/1/.html

HONDURAS To Pull Troops Out Of Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Honduran President Ricardo Maduro says he will withdraw his country's troops
from Iraq as soon as possible. Speaking on national…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=41A1A891-760A-446F-86FF77F5642D7248

SHOULD Spain withdraw from Iraq?
BBC News – London,England,UK
Spain's new prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said that
he has given orders for the country's troops to be returned from Iraq
in the "shortest…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/3638749.stm

QUIET day in Iraq, but Honduras to withdraw troops
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: Iraq has had one of its quietest days since the US-crackdown
on insurgents began some three weeks ago. This is in part…
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1091400.htm

HOWARD unbowed by Iraq threats
BBC News – London,England,UK
Spain and Honduras have already announced the withdrawal of their troops
from Iraq, as the security situation continues to deteriorate.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3641953.stm

JAPAN vows to keep troops in Iraq, hostages return
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two Japanese hostages freed in Iraq returned home on
Tuesday and Tokyo insisted it would not follow Spain's example and withdraw
its troops…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:408501d7:472e7
d20e18efa3?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4874610

HONDURAS to Withdraw Soldiers From Iraq Early , Following Spain ,…
Bloomberg – USA
April 19 (Bloomberg) — Honduran President Ricardo Maduro said his country
will withdraw its 368-soldier deployment from Iraq as soon as possible,
Agence France…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000086&sid=aamzCg4_7OhM&refer=latin_america

WHY is the USA losing allies in Iraq?
Pravda – Moscow,Russia
The US coalition in Iraq has suffered a grave loss. I do not mean the dozens
of servicemen who have died in the guerrilla war in the past few weeks.

newsfromrussia.com/world/2004/04/20/53511.html

TENSION In Iraq May Be Easing
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — In the first sign of progress toward resolving the tense
standoff in Fallujah, coalition officials on Monday issued a joint statement
with…
www.ctnow.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-iraq0420.artapr20,1,2131848.story?coll=hc-headlines-topnews

FUTURE: Bush Appoints US Ambassador To Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday chose John D. Negroponte, the top
US diplomat to the United Nations, to be the new ambassador to Iraq after
the US-led…
www.ctnow.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-iraqenvoy0420.artapr20,1,2576906.story?coll=hc-headlines-topnews

SPAIN'S Pullout From Iraq May Prompt Other Countries to Leave ,…
Bloomberg – USA
April 20 (Bloomberg) — Spain's decision to pull its soldiers from Iraq
may prompt other countries to follow suit, Shigeru Ishiba, Japan's defense
minister…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aor8or6Ch5cI&refer=top_world_news

JACKSON takes role to free Iraq hostages
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
Rev. Jesse Jackson said Monday he is trying to appeal to religious leaders
to secure the release of two Americans held captive by insurgents in Iraq.

www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0404200273apr20,1,6723687.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

THAI PM says troops will be pulled out of Iraq if unable to work
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BANGKOK : Thailand's troops in Iraq will have to be withdrawn if the situation
there becomes so dangerous that they are unable to carry out their mission

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/80994/1/.html

BOOK Questions Framing of Bush's Iraq Policy
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: President George Bush names UN ambassador John Negroponte
to be the new US ambassador to Iraq after the handover of power, news
that the president…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1842816

KERRY moves Bush-ward on Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
The irony of John Kerry's presidency – if there is to be one – is that
while the senator might be elected because of unrest over the Iraq war,
he would be…
www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vppin203764911apr20,0,364417.column?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

HONDURAS to withdraw forces from Iraq as Japan vows to stay
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Iraq's multinational peacekeeping force scrambled to regroup Monday after
Spain's announcement that it would withdraw its 1,300 troops, with Honduras
following…
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=275199&lang=e&dir=news

NEGROPONTE named US ambassador to Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
Washington, April 20. (PTI): As violence continues unabated in Iraq, President
George W Bush has named US career diplomat John Negroponte as the first

www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200404201424.htm

US Seeks to Shore Up Support for Iraq Mission
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The day after Spain ordered the withdrawal of its troops from
Iraq, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said he expected Honduras
to follow…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1842818

BLAIR 'rejected Iraq war offer'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Tony Blair turned down a chance to keep British troops out of fighting
in Iraq, according to a prominent US journalist. In a new…
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3641615.stm

BUSH Criticizes Spain Pullout From Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… US President George W. Bush has told Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis
Rodriguez Zapatero his decision to withdraw Spain's troops from Iraq is
"regrettable.".…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/04/107d2356-8795-4ab2-9499-81c7045cab28.html

JAPAN vows to keep troops in Iraq; hostages return
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
TOKYO – Two Japanese hostages freed in Iraq returned home today and Tokyo
insisted it would not follow Spain's example and withdraw its troops from
Iraq.…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2518111

BUSH names new envoy to Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… President Bush on Monday named John Negroponte, the top US diplomat
at the United Nations, as the first American ambassador to postwar Iraq
and asserted that…
www.indystar.com/articles/0/139644-4890-010.html

ASIAN countries pledge to stand firm in Iraq as Spain, Honduras…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO : Asian countries with troops in Iraq stood firm as Spain and Honduras
prepared to pull out, but resolve was tempered by fears the withdrawals
could…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/80991/1/.html

TROOPS to remain in Iraq: Howard
NEWS.com.au – Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard today insisted Australian troops would remain
in Iraq despite a radical cleric warning they were kidnap targets and
a second country…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9338206%255E1702,00.html

OTHER Nations May Follow Spain Out of Iraq, Japan's Ishida Says
Bloomberg – USA
April 20 (Bloomberg) — Spain's decision to pull its soldiers from Iraq
may prompt other countries to follow suit, Shigeru Ishiba, Japan's defense
minister…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=a6KrKZVpHh2M&refer=europe

SPAIN plans an earlier withdrawal from Iraq
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
MADRID — Spanish troops will return from Iraq within six weeks, or about
a month earlier than the scheduled June 30 deadline, Defence Minister
Jose Bono…
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2004/04/20/428998.htm

BUSH taps envoy to Iraq amid setbacks
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ President Bush named veteran diplomat John Negroponte on
Monday to become the US ambassador to Iraq, as the administration confronted
fresh…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0404/20iraq.html

HONDURAS to bring its Iraq force home
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Dealing another blow to Iraq's multinational peacekeeping
force, Honduras followed Spain late Monday night in announcing it would
withdraw all…
www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq20_20040420.htm

JAPAN Vows to Keep Troops in Iraq, Hostages Return
Reuters – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two Japanese hostages freed in Iraq returned home on
Tuesday and Tokyo insisted it would not follow Spain's example and withdraw
its troops…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4874179&section=news

ROAD Perils in Iraq Add to Chaos, Shortages
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ At a sprawling desert camp in southern Iraq, US soldiers sleep
in trucks and Humvees because Iraqi merchants are afraid to deliver tents
to them.…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-roads20apr20,1,3725541.story?coll=la-headlines-world

BECHTEL says Iraq work on track despite fighting
Forbes – USA
By Leonard Anderson. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Increased fighting in Iraq
has forced construction giant Bechtel Corp. to pull back…
www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2004/04/20/rtr1337478.html

CALL for UN lead in Iraq gives hope
Pasadena Star-News – Pasadena,CA,USA
PRESIDENT Bush gave some cause for hope Friday to Americans looking for
signs of how he plans to extricate the United States from the mess in
Iraq.…
www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~11851~2094527,00.html

  
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