Iraq News and Information Links June 20 2004
IRAQ Group Threatens to Kill S.Korean Hostage -TV
Reuters – USA
… The group said South Korea had 24 hours from Sunday night to withdraw
its decision last week to send troops to Iraq, al Jazeera said.…

IRAQ Oil Exports Set to Restart
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Engineers have finished repairing one of two sabotaged
oil pipelines in southern Iraq and officials expect partial exports to
resume early…

BUSH Launched Iraq Invasion Too Soon, Clinton Says
Wired News – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Bush should have let UN inspectors finish
hunting for weapons of mass destruction before he launched the Iraq war,

IRAQ PM Unveils Get-Tough Policy Against Insurgents
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… the insurgents with border guards deployed with high-tech equipment
to keep foreign fighters out and air force planes monitoring Iraq's oil

SADR invited to Iraq's national conference
ABC Online – Australia
… firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has been invited to the July political
conference to select a national council that will advise Iraq's interim
government, an…

THREAT to behead Iraq hostage
The Australian – Australia
AN armed group is threatening to kill a South Korean hostage unless Seoul
pulls its troops out of Iraq. The Iraqi kidnappers appear…,5744,9908089%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ Police Dismiss US Claims in Falluja
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Fragile Truce Zarqawi, who Washington claims is a top al-Qaeda leader
in Iraq, is accused of masterminding a number of attacks against the occupation.

9/11 panel: Information on Iraq, al Qaeda welcome
… 11 commission wants to see whether Vice President Dick Cheney can provide
any additional information about possible ties between al Qaeda and Iraq,
the panel's…

US Lawmakers Urge Increased Assistance for Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… in place and the planned transfer of power just days away, now is the
time for the international community to rally behind efforts to rebuild
and secure Iraq.…

IRAQ Oil Pipeline Repair Completed
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A team of engineers has finished repairing a sabotaged
oil pipeline in southern Iraq and expects partial exports to resume early
Monday, an…

CLINTON backs Bush on Iraq
News24 – South Africa
Washington – Ex-president Bill Clinton backed the US decision to invade
Iraq, saying significant amounts of chemical and biological weapons were
unaccounted for…,,2-10-1460_1545362,00.html

SCOTLAND'S Black Watch leaves for Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
20 (UPI) — About 140 soldiers from Scotland's Black Watch regiment left
for Iraq Sunday, with another 400 troops set to follow them next month.

IRAQ'S prime minister announces major reorganization of Iraq's…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's interim prime minister announced a restructuring
of the country's security forces Sunday, grouping all Iraqi troops under
a central…

FORMER Desert Storm POW hopes claim against Iraq won't end
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
– Former POW Daniel Stamaris' fight for damages against Iraq for his 1991
captivity hasn't ended, despite a federal appeals court ruling against
the claim.…

NEGROPONTE Will Help Iraq Prepare for Vote, Post Says (Correct)
Bloomberg – USA
June 20 (Bloomberg) — John D. Negroponte, President George W. Bush's appointee
as ambassador to Iraq, has told colleagues and friends he will focus on

SOME vehicles driven in Iraq armored in Auburn
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
AUBURN, Ala. – An armored vehicle that survives an attack in Iraq may have
been equipped by workers in Auburn. MDT Armor, a division…

PUTIN Says Iraq Planned US Attacks
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
… posed a threat to the United States, President Vladimir Putin said
Friday that Russian intelligence agencies had received information that
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SENATORS press France, Germany, others for more Iraq help
USA Today – USA
… under strong criticism Sunday by senators who say more international
help, including the support of NATO, will be needed to provide security
in Iraq after the…

IRAQ Restructures Forces to Fight Insurgents
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq said on Sunday it plans to restructure its security
forces to battle insurgents sowing havoc across the country and could

CLINTON: Iraq stability will take years
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BERLIN — It will take at least five years before Iraq becomes a stable
and secure country, despite a handover of power set for July 1, former

IRAQ police dismiss US claims in Falluja
Collective Bellaciao – Paris,France
… Zarqawi, who Washington claims is a top al-Qaida leader in Iraq, is
accused of masterminding a number of attacks against the occupation.…

INDIA News > Shias demand UN intervention in Iraq
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
Thousands of Shia Muslims rallied here Sunday for a rally to protest the
US occupation of Iraq, with leaders launching a scathing attack on President
George W…

PANEL: No Conflict on al-Qaida-Iraq Ties
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
11 commission said Sunday they do not regard differences with the Bush
administration over the question of al-Qaida's relationship with Iraq
under Saddam…

'LABOR'S policy on Iraq, terror fails test'
The Australian – Australia
THERE is a view that says Iraq is none of our business, a view which wants
to pull up stumps at this critical hour, with all the implications that
would entail…,5744,9888362%255E31477,00.html

IRAQ could execute Saddam, tribunal director says
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Iraq could execute former leader Saddam Hussein after trying him, the director
of the country's war crimes tribunal system said Sunday.…

INDIA News: Shias demand UN intervention in Iraq
Keralanext – Kerala,India
Addressing the crowd, leading Shia leader Maulana Kalbe Jawad said: “The
UN has been a mute spectator to all that has happened in Iraq but now
all Muslim…

NO contest: Iraq-gate trumps Monica-gate
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… in time to remind us of how trivial his sexual shenanigans with Monica
Lewinsky were compared with the Bush administration's spin job concerning
its war in Iraq…,1,911685.column?coll=chi-news-col

IRAQ'S PM welcomes fatal US strike
swissinfo – Switzerland
By Fadel Badran. “We know that a house which had been used by terrorists
had been hit. We welcome this hit on terrorists anywhere in Iraq,” interim

IRAQ : Bush bullies Latham
Green Left – Australia
… the US government is leaning heavily on the ALP federal leader Mark
Latham to back down on his promise to withdraw Australian troops from
Iraq “by Christmas…

NATO force to be sent to Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
London/Washington, June 20. (Guardian News Service): A NATO force will
be deployed to Iraq to support the vulnerable new government as it takes
over the…

OFFICIALS: Oil flow back soon in Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
BASRA, Iraq — Oil could be flowing as early as Sunday through one of two
major pipelines that were sabotaged last week a few miles from this southern

MARINE killed by hostile fire in Iraq's Anbar province
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A US Marine was killed in action in Iraq's Anbar province,
the US command said Sunday. The Marine, who was not…

SABOTAGE Costs Iraq $1 Billion in Lost Oil Revenue , Prime…
Bloomberg – USA
June 20 (Bloomberg) — Iraq, the Middle East's fifth-largest oil producer
last month, has lost about $1 billion in oil income during the last year
as a result…

ALLAWI says Iraq will continue to need help
Sky News – UK
… There will also be air force planes monitoring Iraq's oil infrastructure,
which was again paralysed this week by sabotage attacks.…,,30200-13133831,00.html

CLINTON Supports Iraq War, but Calls Timing 'Error'
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Former President Bill Clinton says he supports the Bush administration's
decision to go to war in Iraq but disagrees with the war's timing.…

IRAQ to Boost Security Forces to Halt Attacks , Prime Minister…
Bloomberg – USA
June 20 (Bloomberg) — Iraq's interim government is reorganizing its security
forces to try to avert attacks on civilians and infrastructure in the
lead up to…

IRAQ urges US to release Saddam
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… been in US custody since his capture on December 13, but talks about
his transfer to the interim government, which is supposed to take power
in Iraq in only 10…,5478,9906757%255E1702,00.html

9/11 Panel Asks Cheney to Prove Iraq-al-Qaida Link
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… the 2001 terror attacks in the United States has called on Vice President
Dick Cheney to provide any evidence he has to show a strong link between
Iraq and the…

IRAQ: US Attack in Fallujah Killed Only Civilians
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… In the south, an Iraq official one of two pipelines destroyed in attacks
last week has been repaired and limited export of oil will resume today.

MANY killed in Iraq attacks
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
In Baghdad, two Iraqi security guards were killed when a bomb exploded
outside Iraq's central bank on Sunday morning. Five others were injured
in the blast.…

IRAQ'S Allawi Welcomes US Strike That Killed 22
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister on Sunday defended a US
air strike that killed 22 people in Falluja, but Iraqi officers in the
town said the…

NO 9-11 Iraq-al Qaeda links? This is news?
Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription) – Fort Worth,TX,USA
… suggested a certain breathless urgency: The 9-11 Commission had found
no reason to assert that the attacks were a product of complicity between
Iraq and al…

IRAQ Repairs Oil Pipeline
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq has repaired a sabotaged oil export pipeline in
the south of the country and hopes to restart loadings of Basra Light
crude later…

ALL Iraq resources to fight terrorism
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's interim prime minister Sunday announced a restructuring
of the country's security forces, saying all Iraqi resources would be

MORTAR blast in Iraq injures 10 – Australia
A MORTAR round exploded near Iraq's central bank today, injuring 10 people
in the capital, including six policemen, a senior police officer said.,4057,9904142%255E1702,00.html

LEADER Says Iraq to Fight Terrorism
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq June 20, 2004 ˜ Iraq's interim prime minister Sunday announced
a restructuring of the country's security forces, saying all Iraqi resources

IRAQ PM vows to fight ''terrorism'' as at least 11 Iraqis killed…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Iraq's interim prime minister said Sunday that all of the country's resources
will be directed to fight “terrorism.” Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi

BLACK Watch Soldiers Return to Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Association. Around 140 soldiers from The Black Watch were returning
to Iraq today at a crucial time for the country‚s move to democracy.

ERDOGAN to Barzani: No Change in Iraq Policy
Zaman – Turkey
Iraq Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Mesud Barzani's claim that “Turkey
was no longer against giving a federal status to the Kurds in united Iraq”

IRAQ Oil Exports to Resume After Sabotaged Pipeline Fixed ,…
Bloomberg – USA
June 20 (Bloomberg) — Iraq, the Middle East's fifth-largest oil producer
last month, will probably resume oil exports today after sabotage to pipelines
in the…

CLINTON says Bush wrong on Iraq timing
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — Former president Bill Clinton said he agreed with President
Bush's decision to confront Iraq about its potential weapons programs,
but thought…

US strike kills at least 19 in Iraq
Baltimore Sun – Baltimore,MD,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A US airstrike that killed at least 19 people in Fallujah
yesterday targeted a safehouse used by insurgents working for Abu Musab

CONTRACTORS in Iraq need strict oversight
Denver Post – Denver,CO,USA
When the US turns over power in Iraq on June 30, who will control civilians
hired by the military? Recent prison beatings highlight…,1413,36~417~2219489,00.html

FATAL Iraq fixation
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Most Americans endorsed the war on Iraq because President George Bush and
his advisers led them to believe Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with the

EDITORIAL | Bush and Iraq
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
A poll of Americans taken in March of this year found that 57 percent of
those polled believed that Iraq under Saddam Hussein substantially supported

US air raid kills 18 in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… The US military released a letter purportedly written by Zarqawi in
January detailing a strategy to spark civil war among Iraq's fractious
ethnic mix of Kurds…

EU agrees to invite Iraq leader for talks
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… a willingness by all European countries to rally round the interim
Iraqi government, even though the deep divisions over the US-led war in
Iraq among EU…

MASS Kurdish land reclamation disrupts northern Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
MAKHMUR, Iraq ˜ Thousands of Kurds are pushing into lands formerly held
by Iraqi Arabs, forcing thousands to flee to refugee camps and transforming

MORE Forces for Iraq
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
After many delays and much debate, Korea will send an additional 3,000
troops to Iraq from early August to help the US-led coalition.…

VIAGRA sales soar in Iraq as its society transforms
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Life is violent, minds are frayed, and the little blue
pill is selling big on Sadoon Street. “People are depressed…

REPAIRS Completed on Iraq Oil Pipeline
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq June 20, 2004 ˜ Oil flowed to a southern port Sunday after
crews completed key repairs on a pipeline sabotaged last week by insurgents,
a state…

PRESIDENTS 42 and 43 agree, Iraq posed a threat
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… President Bush previously said, “Two administrations ˜ mine and President
Clinton's ˜ have stated that regime change in Iraq is the only certain
means of…

BUSH sticks to sunny Iraq forecasts
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON: US President George W. Bush is sticking by his optimistic forecasts
for Iraq, buoyed by polls showing solid support for his policies there

341ST served in Iraq for more than a year in various hot spots
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
There was nothing held back in the minutes-long embrace between father
and son, one a veteran of the Vietnam War, the other fresh from service
in Iraq.…

CLINTON: Al-Qaida was worse threat than Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
'Terrorism festering' in Iraq could make the lives of Iraqis worse than
they had been under Saddam Hussein, says former President Bill Clinton.

JAPAN to Disclose Agreements for Participation in Iraq
Bloomberg – USA
… Junichiro Koizumi said his government will disclose details of understandings
reached with the US and United Kingdom about joining a multinational force
in Iraq…

PM turns Iraq negative into a positive
ABC Online – Australia
… The message clearly there was that Iraq may have been a negative in
his mind a couple of weeks ago, it's a positive now, and it looks as if,
in his mind anyway…

CLINTON Backs Bush on Iraq War But Questions Invasion's Timing
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Former president Bill Clinton said he agreed with President Bush's decision
to confront Iraq about its potential weapons programs, but thought the

US hits terror `hideout': Iraq attack stirs anger as 16 killed
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The US military stepped up its campaign against militant
leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, launching an airstrike yesterday that pulverized

CAN Petraeus Salvage Iraq?
… As is often the case, Petraeus is one lucky man: His friend, Sheikh
Ghazi Yawar, was appointed as Iraq's new president three weeks ago.…

AL-QAIDA-IRAQ interaction strengthens case for war
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
… by the 9/11 commission staff on al-Qaida, released Wednesday, has been
widely reported and spun as rebuking the Bush administration's case for
war with Iraq.…

BAGHDAD: Putin: Iraq planned more strikes
New Straits Times – Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
Russia said it had warned Washington that Iraq planned strikes on the United
States after Sept 11, giving a boost to US President George W. Bush as
US troops…

A Transition Under Fire in Iraq
New York Times – USA
One Bush administration forecast about Iraq is clearly coming true. As
the days count down to next week's transfer of limited powers…

WITH great Diligence, in Iraq
Ha'aretz – Israel
Big money is being made in Iraq by American and British security firms,
some of them headed by former senior officials, among them George Bush

MISSILE strike by US kills 22 civilians in Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
… spokesman in Baghdad, the target was a known hideout of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,
an al-Qa'ida-linked militant who is the Americans' most wanted man in

MILITARY police unit welcomed home from Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… predominantly in red, white and blue and waving American flags gathered
Saturday for ecstatic reunions with their loved ones delivered safely
home from Iraq.…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, June 18, 831 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

Œ Turkey opposed to Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq‚
Daily Times – Pakistan
ISTANBUL: Turkey remains opposed to granting autonomy to Kurds in northern
Iraq, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said on Saturday, ruling out
any change…

OPPOSITION attacks Iraq troop plan in first debate
The Japan Times – Japan
… opposition parties demanded Saturday that the government revoke its
decision to have the Ground Self-Defense Force join a US-led multinational
force in Iraq.…

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