Iraq News and Information Links July 20 2004
KIDNAPPERS in Iraq Release Filipino Hostage
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The Filipino hostage being held in Iraq has been freed by his captors one
day after the Philippine government removed the remaining members of its
peacekeeping…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=CAE4C09B-B9F3-4294-93BA5B0A871AEBE0

BLAIR defends Iraq war decision in parliamentary debate
Xinhua – China
LONDON, July 20 (Xinhuanet) — British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday
continued to defend his decision to join the Iraq war by claiming that
it was…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/20/content_1620665.htm

BLAIR moves to calm Iraq furore
Reuters – London,England,UK
… ratings have plunged in the war's aftermath, was again forced to defend
himself against the charge he duped parliament and the country over Iraq's
weapons of…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=550551&section=news

RESISTANCE kills governor of Basra in Iraq
Granma International – La Habana,Cuba
… The release of the hostage occurred when the government in Manila withdrew
more than 50 soldiers taking part in the occupation of Iraq under US command.

www.granma.cu/ingles/2004/julio/mar20/30liquid.html

UN weapons inspectors will return to Iraq within days, IAEA chief…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Iraq's new government has asked UN weapons inspectors
to return to the country, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Tuesday.

www.boston.com/dailynews/202/world/U_N_weapons_inspectors_will_re:.shtml

BLAIR defends decision to go to war in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The British Prime Minister has insisted that intelligence about Iraq's
weapons of mass destruction “left little doubt” they existed, despite
last week's report…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0B9D4B6A-4495-4BFA-A70A-7F37FD320F30.htm

UN inspectors to return to Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
INTERNATIONAL Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will return to Iraq
in the coming days at the request of the new government, the head of the
UN nuclear…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10200974%255E1702,00.html

UN inspectors will return to Iraq within days, IAEA chief says
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Iraq's new government has asked UN inspectors to return
to the country, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Tuesday.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/202/world/U_N_inspectors_will_return_to_:.shtml

IRAQ retreat sets Filipino hostage free
The Australian – Australia
A FILIPINO taken hostage in Iraq was freed yesterday after the Philippines
Government bowed to terrorist demands to pull its troops out of the country.

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10199083%255E601,00.html

BLAIR defiant over Iraq weapons intelligence
ABC Online – Australia
A defiant British Prime Minister Tony Blair has hit back at critics of
his decision to go to war in Iraq based on intelligence later condemned
as flawed…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1158245.htm

MARINE, breaking silence, denies he deserted base in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
QUANTICO, Virginia The marine who vanished last month in Iraq and turned
up three weeks later in Lebanon said that he had been taken by enemy forces

www.iht.com/articles/530229.htm

ZARQAWI Group Demands Japan Quit Iraq, Warns Muslim Countries
Bloomberg – USA
July 20 (Bloomberg) — A group headed by Abu Musab al- Zarqawi, a Jordanian
linked to al-Qaeda, today demanded Japan withdraw its troops from Iraq
to save its…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000101&sid=axfkW4bWMzHU&refer=japan

IRAQ deployments worry governors
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
SEATTLE With tens of thousands of their citizen soldiers deployed in Iraq,
many of America's governors complained to senior Pentagon officials this
week that…
www.iht.com/articles/530224.htm

FILIPINO hostage freed in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Filipino truck driver held hostage in Iraq for two
weeks has been freed unhurt, a day after Manila withdrew its troops in
response to…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=550504&section=news

HUTTON 'would support new Iraq inquiry'
Belfast Telegraph (subscription) – Belfast,Nothern Ireland,UK
NORTHERN Ireland's retired senior judge Lord Hutton would support a new
MPs' inquiry into intelligence on Iraq, because his own inquiry was not
told that key…
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=542849

IRAQ'S free press
Cincinnati Post – Cincinnati,OH,USA
By allowing the newspaper Al-Hawza to reopen, Iraq's interim prime minister,
Iyad Allawi, accomplished two things: He rectified a wrong — the US-led
coalition…
www.cincypost.com/2004/07/20/editb07-20-2004.html

BLAIR faces critics on Iraq report
CNN International – USA
Prime Minister Tony Blair faced MPs in Britain's House of Commons Tuesday
in a debate on last week's official report into intelligence failings
over Iraq.…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/07/20/uk.blair/

AT-A-GLANCE Iraq debate
BBC News – London,England,UK
… made of the fact that the caveats in the intelligence were left out
when it was made public in the government's September 2002 dossier on
Iraq's weapons of…
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3910371.stm

IRAQ'S neighbors to open discussion Wednesday on securing war…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Iraq was expected to complain to its neighbors during
a regional meeting Wednesday that they are doing too little to help it
stop violence…
www.boston.com/dailynews/202/world/Iraq_s_neighbors_to_open_discu:.shtml

FILIPINO Truck Driver Freed in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—A Filipino truck driver held hostage in Iraq for nearly
two weeks was freed Tuesday, a day after his nation withdrew its final
peacekeepers…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V0899.AP-Iraq.html

BLAIR faces grilling over Iraq intelligence report
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a potentially severe grilling
from lawmakers about why badly flawed intelligence on Iraq's weapons of
mass…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/96634/1/.html

ZARQAWI Demands Japan Withdraw from Iraq
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an Islamic militant with suspected
ties to al Qaeda, has demanded that Japan pull its troops out of Iraq
or face attacks…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5717152

MALAYSIANS welcome government's decision to help in Iraq's…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysians have generally welcomed their government's decision
to dispatch a sizeable medical team to Iraq and to help in the country's

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/96632/1/.html

IRAQ'S transition to dictatorship
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
One of the US war aims in Iraq that probably will not be fulfilled is the
establishment of a stable market democracy. … That is the case in Iraq.

www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG21Ak01.html

KIDNAPPERS free Filipino hostage in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Filipino truck driver held hostage in Iraq has been
freed, a day after Manila withdrew its troops in response to demands from
kidnappers…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=550299&section=news

US Marine who disappeared in Iraq says he did not desert and that…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Embassy in Beirut. It remains unclear how he traveled from Iraq to
Lebanon, where he was born and still has some relatives. On June…
www.boston.com/dailynews/202/nation/U_S_Marine_who_disappeared_in_:.shtml

FILIPINO hostage freed in Iraq
Guardian – UK
A Filipino truck driver who was held hostage in Iraq for almost two weeks
was today freed, 24 hours after Manila responded to his captors' threat
that, unless…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1265205,00.html

BLAIR to be grilled on Iraq intelligence flaws
Xinhua – China
LONDON, July 20 (Xinhuanet) — British Prime Minister Tony Blair will face
further questions about Britain's intelligence failings over the US-led
Iraq war as…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/20/content_1618960.htm

SENIOR official slain in Iraq, Filipino hostage said released
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD, Iraq : A Filipino held hostage in Iraq was reportedly freed, while
a senior figure in the southern city of Basra was gunned down in another
high…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/96597/1/.html

RELATIVES in tears, Philippines unable to confirm Iraq hostage…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Philippines : Relatives of Filipino hostage Angelo de la Cruz broke
down in tears as Arab television reported that he had been released by
militants in Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/96596/1/.html

BLAIR faces grilling as he defends Iraq policy
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Tony Blair, the prime minister, is set to defend his decision to go to
war with Iraq in a parliamentary debate on Tuesday called by the Conservative
leader…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373840939

POLL shows most Britons believe Blair lied over Iraq
Xinhua – China
LONDON, July 20 (Xinhuanet) — Days after an independent inquiry ruled
out duplicity of the British government on Iraq intelligence,most of the
Britons think…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/20/content_1618859.htm

PHILIPPINES' Iraq hostage 'freed'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Angelo de la Cruz, the Philippine lorry driver held hostage in Iraq, is
reported to have been freed, although Manila has yet to confirm this.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3909127.stm

MALAYSIA pledge to mobilise international Muslim brigade to…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said his country
was ready to mobilise an international Muslim force to rehabilitate war-torn
Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/96590/1/.html

PHILIPPINES Completes Iraq Pullout
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
SINGAPORE ˜ The Philippines withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq
on Monday in a move that has shored up support for President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pullout20jul20,1,4017577.story?coll=la-headlines-world

MANILA Awaits Word on Hostage After Iraq Troop Pullout
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Philippines awaited word on Tuesday about the fate
of a Filipino hostage in Iraq after ignoring US criticism and withdrawing
its troops…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=895524&tw=wn_wire_story

IRAQ Helicopter Crash Victim Named
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Stuart Coles, PA News. A British pilot killed in a helicopter crash
in Iraq was identified by the Ministry of Defence today. Flight…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3228273

BLAIR battles over Butler and Iraq
ITV.com – UK
Most voters think Prime Minister Tony Blair lied over Iraq, according to
an opinion poll. The ICM poll also shows opposition is…
www.itv.com/news/697247.html

GOVERNOR of Iraq's Basara is shot dead
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
BASRA, Iraq ˜ The interim governor of Iraq's southern city of Basra,
Hazem al-Ainachi, was shot dead by unknown assailants as he was heading
to work, said…
www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=8&id=306077

PHILIPPINES troops out of Iraq
People's Daily – China
The last Philippine peacekeeping troops have left Iraq, meeting a demand
by militants holding a Filipino hostage but defying opposition from its
allies.…
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200407/20/eng20040720_150208.html

MYTH of Iraq's premier as ruthless leader showcases nation in…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press, 7/20/2004 01:36. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)
He promises ''annihilation'' for his enemies and laughs off threats against
his life.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/202/world/Myth_of_Iraq_s_premier_as_ruth:.shtml

FILIPINO hostage still held in Iraq despite troop withdrawal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MANILA: A kidnapped Filipino truck driver was Tuesday still being held
by kidnappers in Iraq, officials said, despite the withdrawal of all Filipino
troops…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/96553/1/.html

A free press means good news for Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
Our position is: Allowing a newspaper to reopen is a step toward democracy
in Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi made the right…
www.indystar.com/articles/6/163681-6026-021.html

PHILIPPINES quits Iraq as suicide blast leaves 10 dead
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
It was the third major suicide bomb attack in the past week against the
Iraqi police, National Guard or senior members of Iraq's new government
in a seemingly…
www.etaiwannews.com/Asia/2004/07/20/1090288573.htm

PHILIPPINES Forces Leave Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The last members of the Philippines‚ small peacekeeping force in Iraq
were on their way home today as their government tried to get militants
there to…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3227676

A peaceful alternative for Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… damning reports on intelligence provoke new argument in Britain and
the US on whether the war made their countries and the world safer, here
in Iraq the debate…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/edit/archives/2004/07/20/2003179713

BLAIR to defend Iraq policy
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tony Blair will defend his decision to
go to war with Iraq at a parliamentary debate today, answering opponents
who accuse…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=549901&section=news

IRAQ aims for good relations with Iran, top diplomat says
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ Iraq's new government expects to have good relations with
neighboring Iran despite President Bush's branding of Iran as part of
an “axis of evil…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/072004dnintdiplomat.4d7d.html

LAST of Philippine troops leave Iraq in bid to save hostage
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BASRA, Iraq : The last batch of a tiny military contingent from the Philippines
left Iraq, one month ahead of schedule, in an attempt to save the life
of a…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/96519/1/.html

TORY leader targets Blair's integrity over Iraq dossier
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… will today be challenged to defend his personal integrity as the Tories
step up their attack over the flawed intelligence used to take Britain
to war in Iraq.…
news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=826472004

EGYPTIAN hostage freed in Iraq; Filipino troops leave to placate…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) An Egyptian truck driver held captive for two weeks
by insurgents in Iraq was freed Monday, just hours after the Philippines
withdrew the…
www.boston.com/dailynews/201/world/Egyptian_hostage_freed_in_Iraq:.shtml

MARINE who disappeared in Iraq says he was captured, did not…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… Wassef Ali Hassoun, the Marine who disappeared under mysterious circumstances
while on duty in Iraq, insisted on Monday that he was captured by insurgents
and…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/07/19/national1532EDT0602.DTL

IRAQ'S interim prime minister discusses oil pipeline with Jordan's…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Iraq's interim prime minister, making his first regional
tour since taking office, met with Jordan's King Abdullah II Monday to
discuss…
www.boston.com/dailynews/201/world/Iraq_s_interim_prime_minister_:.shtml

MR Blair has suffered over his Iraq policy
Sky News – UK
A majority of people believe Tony Blair lied over Iraq despite a recent
report saying he acted in good faith, a new survey shows.…
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-13161149,00.html

POLISH troops may switch from Iraq to Afghanistan
Daily Times – Pakistan
KABUL: Poland could send troops to Afghanistan as part of a planned pullback
from Iraq, Prime Minister Marek Belka said Monday, but not in time to
boost…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_20-7-2004_pg4_13

  
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