Iraq News and Information Links May 20 2004
IRAQ sarin shell is not part of a secret cache
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… were intended. Tens of thousands of these “duds” were scattered across
the desert terrain, not unlike those found in Iraq. Get all…

US Raids Chalabi HQ, Dispute Rages on Iraq Attack
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US troops and Iraqi police raided the home and party
offices of Washington's former top Iraq ally Ahmad Chalabi on Thursday,
whipping up…

BUSH'S path to reelection runs through Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… There appears as yet no significant tendency to pull out of Iraq prematurely
– as the US pulled out of Afghanistan once the Soviets were defeated in

MUELLER: FBI Didn't Witness Iraq Abuse
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI agents who interviewed detainees at the Abu Ghraib
prison in Iraq did not witness any abuse or take part in any mistreatment,

US Officials: Iraq Power Transfer Plan Remains in Place
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Despite the upsurge of violence in Iraq, top US officials say plans for
handing over sovereignty to an interim government in Baghdad on June 30
are largely in…

IRAQ'S footballers outplay politicians
BBC News – London,England,UK
… But for MPs this was less about comparing nifty footwork on the pitch,
than taking a breather from the political turbulence surrounding Iraq
to help kick off…

VIEWS Differ on How Iraq Power Transfer
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Bush's own role in the selection process, saying only that Bush was
“well aware” of conversations between Brahimi and the US occupation authority
in Iraq.…

HONDURAN troops begin to leave Iraq for home
Xinhua – China
MANAGUA, May 20 (Xinhuanet) — The Honduran troops in Iraq on Thursday
began to leave the country for home, a military source announced in the
Honduran capital…

DEFENSE May Aid Accused Iraq Abuse Troops
Guardian - UK
... sympathetic toward the accused. Many serving in Iraq may blame the
scandal for making their tour more dangerous. Then again, they ...,1280,-4112972,00.html

US, Iraq authorities raid Chalabi offices, home
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) - Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq &Mac247; The offices and home of Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician
once favored by the Pentagon but now at odds with the American authorities,
were ...

MORE images of grief in Iraq
BBC News - London,England,UK
... the bride and groom, they say. Firing in the air is common at both
weddings and funerals in Iraq. Many thought the US military must ...

BERLUSCONI, With UN Help, Vows to Stay in Iraq Until Elections
Bloomberg – USA
A resolution ``will give international legitimacy to the new government
and will change the legal standing of foreign troops in Iraq, spelling
the end of the…

IN Iraq, key US ally falls from grace
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Thursday, US forces raided the Baghdad house of Ahmed Chalabi, who loomed
large in the decision to invade Iraq. By Annia Ciezadlo…

Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
Major developments about Iraq on Thursday: —US and Iraqi soldiers seized
documents and computers in a raid on the home of Ahmad Chalabi, a member
of the US…

IRAQ Oil, Food Scandal Probe Starts with UN Staff
Reuters – USA
By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The head of an inquiry into
alleged corruption in the UN-run oil-for-food program in Iraq said on
Thursday he was…

UK, US to work out common strategy in Iraq, says spokesman
Xinhua – China
LONDON, May 20 (Xinhuanet) — Britain and the United States should be discussing
together the way forward and working out a common strategy in Iraq, instead

FAREWELL to Iraq: the least worst solution
Open Democracy – USA
… Now, we must end it by leaving Iraq to the Iraqis. … The military
commanders knew that Iraq was no “imminent‰ threat to the United States.

IRAQ poll finds poverty main worry
swissinfo – Switzerland
… months ago. More than 40 percent of Iraqis would feel safer if US troops
left Iraq now, a preview of the poll showed. Studies indicated…

LOCAL guardsman latest Iraq casualty
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
An Illinois National Guard member from northwest suburban Schaumburg died
Tuesday from “a non-combat related injury” incurred as he was serving
in Iraq, the US…,1,2123529.story?coll=chi-news-hed

EIGHT key questions on future in Iraq
WASHINGTON – President Bush's Iraq policy appears to be at a crucial turning
point, with events there guiding not only his re-election prospects but

PELOSI Criticizes Bush on Iraq Policies
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lashed out at President
Bush on Thursday, saying his Iraq policies show incompetence and the only,1280,-4112798,00.html

US Troops, Police Raid Chalabi's Home, HQ in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… party offices of Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi on Thursday,
taking computers and private files from the man once considered Washington's
top Iraq ally…

AUSTRALIAN PM Howard Affirms Iraq Commitment (subscription) – USA
“Iraq is poised between the … But we also need to understand that this
contest in Iraq represents a critical confrontation in the war against

US military investigators sent to Iraq
Korea Herald – Seoul,South Korea
A handful of US military investigators stationed in South Korea have been
sent to Iraq to fill personnel shortages, the US military in South Korea

KITT strongly condemns abuse of prisoners in Iraq by US and UK… – Ireland
The most pressing issues of concern in Iraq at present are” the ongoing
violence the abuse of prisoners the effective transfer of sovereignty
the plight of the…

COALITION under fire in Iraq for wedding strike, new prisoner…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : The US-led coalition in Iraq was reeling under a fresh crisis,
as US troops were accused of killing 40 people in a helicopter strike
on a wedding…

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Izzedin Salim, the president of Iraq‚s Governing Council, was murdered
in a suicide bombing. He had returned to Iraq from exile…

PARTITIONING Iraq , The Rise Of Iran's Revolutionary Guards ,…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 20 May 2004 (RFE/RL) — Several items in the media today discuss
the potential partition of Iraq along political, religious, or ethnic
lines, as one…

IRAQ Coalition Allies Face EU Election Backlash
Reuters – USA
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European governments with troops in Iraq face an electoral
backlash against their support for President Bush in European Parliament

US Soldiers Raid Chalabi's Home in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI. BAGHDAD, Iraq – US soldiers raided the home
of America's one-time ally Ahmad Chalabi on Thursday and seized documents
and computers.…

CORRUPTION stench as company loses Iraq contract
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
One of Australia's largest postwar contracts in Iraq has collapsed, with
the partners embroiled in a multi-million-dollar legal battle and allegations
of corruption

POLISH Defense Minister Says Soldiers' Time in Iraq May Be Cut
Bloomberg – USA
May 20 (Bloomberg) — Polish Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski said soldiers'
tour of duty in Iraq may be shortened to four months from six months,
in line…

BUSH, GOP leaders discuss Iraq situation
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush met with Republican congressional leaders
today on Capitol Hill to discuss the situation in Iraq, including the
prisoner abuse…

BUSH, Blacks and Iraq
Washington Post – USA
But with less than six months until Election Day, it appears that Bush's
handling of the war in Iraq has reinforced among black voters some of
the worst…

DOZENS die in US attack in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ US aircraft attacked a western village before dawn
Wednesday, striking what witnesses said was a wedding but what US officials
called a way…

US Troops in Iraq Raid Chalabi Headquarters
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Mr. Chalabi, who returned to Iraq from exile after the fall of Saddam
Hussein, is a former favorite of the Pentagon who has increasingly fallen
out of favor in…

HURRY up with that Iraq exit strategy
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
I voted for the intervention in Iraq, not because of the threat from weapons
of mass destruction, but because of the failure to ensure the removal
of Saddam…

BUSH to detail Iraq transition plan on Monday, report says
Xinhua – China
¡¡ WASHINGTON, May 20 (Xinhuanet) — US President George W. Bush will
lay out details of the US plan for the Iraq transition at a major speech
on Monday, the…

NO more prison abuse in Iraq: US – Australia
THE head of coalition prisons in Iraq, General Geoffrey Miller, insisted
today there was no abuse going on in coalition detention centres there

POPE prays for Iraq hostages
Reuters – London,England,UK
… John Paul has issued a new condemnation of violence and human rights
abuses, after a series of Vatican denunciations of American treatment
of prisoners in Iraq…

SCIENTISTS warn over sarin exposure in Iraq
New Scientist – London,England,UK
Scientists have warned that even low level exposure to sarin nerve gas
in Iraq puts people at risk of a debilitating form of Gulf War Syndrome.

ANY Iraq Differences with US Stay Private – Blair
Reuters – USA
… British Prime Minister Tony Blair told his ministers on Thursday he
would never publicly air disagreements with Washington over policy in
Iraq for fear it…

US troops raid Chalabi's headquarters in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
… The Pentagon flew him into Iraq with a group of followers after the
US-led invasion in 2003, giving him an opportunity to establish a political

US Soldier Killed, Three Wounded In Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
US military officials in Iraq say a US soldier has been killed and three
others wounded in a grenade attack in central Baghdad.…

CIVILIAN deaths in Iraq put pressure on Coalition
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: Already trying to repair their image in Iraq after the prisoner
abuse scandal, now the US military are in damage control again, over the
deaths of…

US deaths in Iraq
Cleveland Plain Dealer – Cleveland,OH,USA
As of Wednesday, 789 US service members have died since the beginning of
military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of

SOLDIER killed in Iraq assigned to Zanesville-based 660th
Zanesville Times Recorder – Zanesville,OH,USA
Sgt. James W. Harlan, 44, of Owensboro, Ky., serving with the 660th Transportation
Company, died May 14 at Camp Anaconda, Iraq, according to the Department

FILIPINO workers back home from Iraq for fear of unrest
Xinhua – China
MANILA, May 20 (Xinhuanet) — The Philippine authorities Thursday repatriated
32 more Filipino workers back home from Iraq due to the escalating violence

FRESH photos emerge of Iraq prison abuse
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… They were released as US forces found themselves at the centre of allegations
they targeted a wedding party in an air strike near Iraq‚s border with

EX-SOLDIER Killed in Iraq 'A Brilliant Guy'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Antony Stone, PA News. Tributes poured in today for a former soldier
who was shot and killed in Iraq when a gunman ambushed his car.…

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… Washington, 20 May – American President George W. Bush thanked Italy
for the contribution, in terms of human lives, paid by the mission in
Iraq and praised the…

FORMER UK envoy to Iraq says horrified by Iraq prisoner abuse…
Xinhua – China
LONDON, May 20 (Xinhuanet) — Former British top envoy to Iraq Jeremy Greenstock
said Thursday that he was horrified by the disgusting photos of US troops

GI gets 1 year in prison for Iraq abuse
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BY STEVEN KOMAROW. BAGHDAD, Iraq — A 24-year-old Army mechanic pleaded
guilty Wednesday to abusing inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison.…

US airstrike along Syria border in Iraq reportedly kills more…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A US air strike near the Syrian border killed more than
40 people, Iraqi officials said, and while the US military said the target
was a…

MORE questions than answers as Iraq handover deadline nears
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NEW YORK : As the June 30 deadline for the handover of sovereignty in Iraq
nears, the United Nations Security Council has met to discuss the way

US troops and Iraq police surround Ahmad Chalabi's house; aide…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) US soldiers and Iraqi police surrounded the residence
of Iraqi political Ahmad Chalabi on Thursday, and an aide said the troops
raided the…

GOP hopefuls back Bush on Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Republican candidates continue to support President Bush on Iraq, despite
polls that show increasing public disapproval of the president's handling
of the war.…

SOLDIER jailed for taking photo of Iraq prison abuse
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… In a press tour of the prison Monday, Major General Geoffrey Miller,
commander of US military detentions in Iraq, said the accused soldiers
were ''aberrant.”.…

BUSH is running out of time in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
The painful irony in Iraq is that while there is an emerging, if delayed,
understanding by the Bush administration about what needs to be done there,
it could…,0,3824151.column?coll=ny-news-columnists

US Army Disputes 'Wedding' Deaths in Iraq
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US forces killed dozens of people in Iraq's western
desert, the army said on Thursday, but reports the victims were civilians
at a wedding…

RED Cross condemns US 'excessive' force in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… south of Baghdad, was seized by Sadr's Mehdi Army militia at the start
of last month in an uprising that swept across central and southern Iraq
against the US…

SPANISH troops attacked in Iraq
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ (CNN) — Iraqi insurgents have attacked a Spanish security
patrol near the Shiite holy city of Najaf, injuring one soldier, according
to a senior…

The Mirror – UK
… He was working for a private security firm protecting British diplomats
and buildings in Iraq. … I found out yesterday he was killed in Iraq.

PLEDGE of full Iraq handover came “late”
Reuters – London,England,UK
… to carry out what he calls a “full transfer of sovereignty” to an Iraqi
interim government on June 30 came too late, Britain's former envoy to
Iraq has said.…

US Soldier Killed; Three Wounded in Iraq Attack, AFP Reports
Bloomberg – USA
… As of yesterday, 466 members of the US military had been killed in
action in Iraq since President George W. Bush declared an end to major
combat operations on…

GENERALS Acknowledge Bureaucratic Problems in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… authority. But in the unfolding Iraq prison abuse scandal, the Army's
rule book has been shown to have pages missing and lines blurred.…,1,5326014.story?coll=la-headlines-world

BUSH seeks to banish doubts about Iraq sovereignty
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : President George W. Bush ramped up efforts to fill in the
blanks of the US plan to transfer power in Iraq, saying top members of
an interim…

WELSH dad shot dead by Iraq sniper
ic Wales – Wales,UK
A FORMER soldier and armed bodyguard from Wales has been killed by sniper
fire in Iraq. … Andrew had been in Iraq for eight weeks and was due
home in early June.…

IRAQ sovereignty likely to need more US troops
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
WASHINGTON — The commander of US forces in the Middle East said Wednesday
he may need more than the 135,000 US troops now in Iraq once political
control is…

SOLDIER From Del. Dies in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Army Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Garyantes had been stationed in Iraq since February,
but his outfit hadn't patrolled outside of a US base there until last

COALITION'S role in Iraq debated
ABC Online - Australia
Dr White's Institute has this morning released its own assessment of the
strategic challenges Australia faces in Iraq and elsewhere. ...

IRAQ Salvage Job
Washington Post - USA
... Bush administration stretches the thesis attributed to the Desert Fox
to the breaking point with its failure to adjust to mistakes and miscalculations
in Iraq. ...

FRESH Iraq prison photos emerge
BBC News - London,England,UK
... Later on Thursday, President George W Bush is due to meet politicians
from his Republican party to discuss the situation in Iraq. ...

US officials now warn that Iraq insurgency could grow worse after ...
Boston Globe - Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) For months, US officials have warned that the insurgency
in Iraq would grow deadliest as the June 30 political transition drew
near. ...

IRAQ war a test of values: John Howard
ABC Online - Australia
ELEANOR HALL: To Australia's broader foreign policy now, and the Prime
Minister has set out in detail why he thinks Australia should remain in
Iraq and what's ...

BUSH Wins Support From Italy, Ukraine for Coalition in Iraq
Bloomberg – USA
May 20 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush won support from Italy
and Ukraine for maintaining the international coalition in Iraq as the
US called on…

AUSTRALIA wheat board says paid no bribes in Iraq
Forbes – USA
… The Reuters report said that after the invasion of Iraq last year,
the US-led occupation authority reviewed and amended 3,500 unexecuted
contracts worth $8…

KERRY promises he'll get troops out of Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
(AP): Democrat John Kerry, promised that, if elected President of the United
States, he would pull virtually all American combat troops out of Iraq
– away from…

HOWARD: Iraq crucial terror front
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has
defended his decision to keep troops in Iraq, saying in a key election-year
speech that…

TRANSCRIPT: Senate Hearing on Iraq Prison Abuse
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… before us today are General John P. Abizaid, commander, US Central
Command; Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, commander, Multinational
Force-Iraq; and Major…

BERLUSCONI in US for Iraq talks
BBC News – London,England,UK
By David Willey. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in Washington
for talks with the US president on the future role of Italian troops in

MILITARY analyst describes abuse of 16-year-old in Iraq prison
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – A military intelligence analyst who recently completed
duty at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq said Wednesday that the 16-year-old
son of a…

MAJOR Developments in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
Major developments about Iraq on Wednesday: —A US helicopter fired on
a wedding party in western Iraq, killing more than 40 people, Iraqi officials

US says more troops needed in Iraq to safeguard UN
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Wednesday asked other nations to
provide more troops for Iraq to protect UN staff who will help organise

BUSH to Detail Transition Monday in First of Several Iraq…
Washington Post – USA
Beginning with Monday's address at the Army War College, Bush will give
a major speech on Iraq every week through June 30, when the US-led coalition
is due to…

LATHAM unhappy with PM's Iraq pledge
ABC Online – Australia
The Federal Opposition leader is unimpressed by the Prime Minister's decision
to reinforce Australia's commitment to Iraq. Mark…

AT hearing, US leaders in Iraq deny creating culture of abuse
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ Top US commanders in Iraq denied Wednesday that they created
an atmosphere that encouraged the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.…

NO Consensus on Iraq Bioweapons Labs -White House
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It remains unclear whether the CIA was wrong about
Iraq's purported prewar mobile biological weapons laboratories, the White
House said…

IRAQ War Strains US Business
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… But that was before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the war in Iraq
created an unrelenting military demand for Arabic speakers.…

US Advisers to Stay in Iraq After June 30
New York Times – USA
… and international advisers will continue to work at 26 Iraqi ministries
as consultants after the June 30 transfer of authority to Iraq, Bush administration

INTERIM government in Iraq may have mix of politicians and non-…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Wednesday that Iraq's
new interim government may wind up with a mix of both political professionals

US lost in Iraq maze
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
US President George W. Bush has mouthed a succession of justifications
for invading and occupying Iraq. Bush said the action against…

JOHN Howard says no date set for Iraq withdrawal
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: Last night John Howard told a Melbourne audience that the
task in Iraq was perhaps harder than he first thought. In…

JOHN Mccain and Joe Lieberman: Reduce the uncertainty in Iraq as…
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
The soldiers who committed these atrocities have marred the reputation
of our country and have made the lives of American personnel in Iraq more
dangerous and…

BUSH, Italy Premier Discuss Iraq Strategy
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Wednesday to transfer sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on
June 30, a key issue for an important US ally amid a persistent insurgency
in parts of Iraq…,1,5104285.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

ABIZAID expects increase in Iraq violence after June 30
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: Echoing the Prime Minister's concerns about Iraq, the top
American military official in the Middle East believes Iraq is going to
become even…

GRIM events in Iraq call for reassessment of goals
USA Today – USA
For a symbol of America's sagging hopes in Iraq, look at the life and tragic
death of respected writer Izzadine Saleem. The thoughtful…

GET US military out of Iraq
USA Today – USA
By Dennis J. Kucinich. The US military presence in Iraq is counterproductive.
… Iraq didn't have the intention or capability of attacking America.

BUSH: Iraq government to be named soon
The Bush administration has asked UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to choose members
of a new government for Iraq, which would run the country until elections
could be…

US soldier jailed for Iraq prison abuses
Daily Times – Pakistan
… 75 abuse cases investigated: The US military has investigated 75 cases
of abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan since late 2002, suggesting

GENERAL: Iraq Violence Likely to Increase
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – The commander of US forces in the Middle East said Wednesday
he may need more than the 135,000 troops already in Iraq once political

40 Reported Killed in US Attack in Western Iraq
Washington Post – USA
… The images of civilian casualties, broadcast widely on Arab television,
are likely to further inflame anti-American sentiment in Iraq at a time
when US forces…

PM'S Iraq policies hurt us: Latham
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
FEDERAL government policies over Iraq were hurting Australia, putting it
at greater risk and diverting resources from the real war on terror, Labor
Leader Mark…,5478,9612215%255E1702,00.html

BUSH, Berlusconi Pledge Support for Transfer of Power in Iraq
Bloomberg – USA
May 19 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush said that the US-led
coalition would complete a full transfer of sovereignty in Iraq by June

US: Surge of Violence Expected Before Power Handover in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The United States is warning the UN Security Council to expect a surge
of violence in Iraq in the weeks leading to the hand-over of power to
an interim…

FORT Riley infantry battalion prepares for second stint in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… when he learned earlier this year that his unit – the 1st Battalion,
41st Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division – was pegged with another
tour in Iraq.…

DETERMINED Mom Helps Soldier Son Fighting in Iraq
ABC News – USA
… It read: “Dear Mom, I need a favor. The command I am with in Iraq needs
250 of those talk-around Motorolas for the rest of the Marines in the

A Date in Iraq, an Example in Palestine
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… how to win the trust of the 25 million people who inhabit the land
between the Tigris and the Euphrates, and whom architects of the war in
Iraq were convinced…

LATIN America and Iraq: similar instructions for horror
Granma International – La Habana,Cuba
… staff writer˜. THE US armed forces are looking very bad with the
current scandal over the torture of Arab prisoners in Iraq. So…

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