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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

BUSH Iraq policy faces tough questions on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Bush administration's policy in Iraq faced tough
questioning Tuesday from lawmakers, some of whom expressed doubts about
whether power…

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

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…

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

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…

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…;:40858aa2:7b82b7a86

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…

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.…

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…

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

TROOPS alerted to Iraq threat – 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…,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…

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…

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

ASIAN Countries Pledge To Stand Firm in Iraq As Spain, Honduras… (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

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

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

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…

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…

CONGRESS opens series of hearings on Iraq
WASHINGTON – With the rising death toll and increasing fear that the United
States lacks an effective plan for success in Iraq, lawmakers on Tuesday

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…

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…;:40852954:5859dec3b7

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…

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.…

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…

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.

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

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…;:408501d7:472e7

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…

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.

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

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…,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

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.,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

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…

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…,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

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

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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

TROOPS to remain in Iraq: Howard – 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…,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

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…

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

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…

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…

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.…,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…

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

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