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

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…,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.…

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.,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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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.…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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

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.

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

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…

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…,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…

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

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.…

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

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…

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.

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

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

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…

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…

BLAIR battles over Butler and Iraq – UK
Most voters think Prime Minister Tony Blair lied over Iraq, according to
an opinion poll. The ICM poll also shows opposition is…

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…

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

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.…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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

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

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.…,,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

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