Iraq News and Information Links September 20 2004
A strident minority: anti-Bush US troops in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON – Inside dusty, barricaded camps around Iraq, groups of American troops in between missions are gathering around screens to view an unlikely…
FEARS grow for British hostage in Iraq after execution of…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : Fears were growing for the safety of a British engineer held hostage in Iraq after grisly footage of the execution of a US co-worker also held captive…
NO word of executions as Iraq deadline passes
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
More than a dozen other hostages in Iraq were facing death unless demands by their captors were met. A group linked to Abu Musab…

NO NATO Agreement On Iraq, But Consensus Expected Soon
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
NATO ambassadors failed to finalize an agreement to expand the alliance's military training mission in Iraq, after meeting in a special session Monday.…
KERRY Blasts Bush for 'Colossal Failures' in Iraq
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democrat John Kerry turned up his criticism of President Bush's leadership in Iraq on Monday, accusing him of “colossal failures of…
US soldier killed in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Insurgents fired on a US patrol with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades Monday, killing an American soldier, the military said.…
KERRY makes election a referendum on Iraq
… now and Election Day – exactly six weeks from Tuesday – there is a chance that a majority of voters may conclude that the US involvement in Iraq has gone…
SENIOR Sunni clerics assassinated in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
BAGHDAD (Aljazeera) — Two senior members of an influential Islamic authority in Iraq, the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), have been assassinated.…
UKRAINIAN Company Under Investigation Over Iraq Deals
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
20 September 2004 — Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating whether a Ukrainian company tried to smuggle surface-to-air missiles to Iraq to aid insurgents…,0,1650408.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines
BULGARIA Nixes Iraq Troop Relocation Plan
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgaria's defense minister on Monday angrily rejected a Polish military official's suggestion that Bulgarian troops in Iraq should be moved…
KERRY Says `No End in Sight' in Iraq as Bush Prepares Defense
Bloomberg – United States
20 (Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said there's ``no end in sight'' to the Iraq war, seeking to undercut President George W. Bush's…
BUSH, Blair take hits over Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
… George W. Bush, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair found themselves facing harsh criticism this past weekend over their handling of the situation in Iraq.…
BLAIR monitoring Iraq kidnapping
ABC Online – Australia
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday restated his determination to stand firm in Iraq, as a 48 hour deadline set by the kidnappers of a British engineer…
NATO Fails to Finalize Agreement on Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
BRUSSELS, Belgium – NATO envoys again failed Monday to finalize an agreement to expand the alliance's military training mission in Iraq, but officials said…
IN Iraq, gunmen kill 2 clerics in 2 days
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… In another sign of continuing instability 17 months into the US-led occupation of Iraq, a militant group claimed to have kidnapped 15 members of the Iraqi…

BLAIR should apologise to nation over Iraq – London,England,UK
Sir Menzies Campbell, Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, has said that the Prime Minister should apologise to the British people over the war in Iraq.…
SHIITE religious party official killed in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
20 (Xinhuanet) — Abu Jihad al-Zamili, an official of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI),was gunned down Sunday near Karbala, some…
MINNESOTA Guard members leave for training, Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… of the Minnesota National Guard's 151st Field Artillery Unit leave today for Fort Dix, NJ, where they'll receive further training before heading for Iraq.…
IRAQ Should Hold Election to `Defeat' Terrorists, Allawi Says
Bloomberg – United States
20 (Bloomberg) — Iraq should go ahead with plans for an election in January to hand a ``big defeat'' to terrorists, who are trying to undermine the country's…
SENATORS urge Bush to reassess Iraq policy
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – Senators from both parties urged the Bush administration Sunday to make a realistic assessment of the situation in Iraq and adjust its policies…

NO 'open-ended' obligation for troops in Iraq – London,England,UK
Sir Menzies Campbell, Liberal Democrat foreign affair spokesman, has said that British troops should be pulled out of Iraq as soon as a government is in place.…
NO plans for another Iraq deployment, says NZ PM
ABC Online – Australia
New Zealand's 61 army engineers based in Iraq will return home by the end of the month, Prime Minister Helen Clark said on Monday.…
HOSTAGES in Iraq Face Death as Deadline Nears
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A deadline set by militants who have threatened to behead two Americans and a Briton seized in Iraq was due to expire Monday, and more than…

KERRY lays out plan to bring peace in Iraq – MI,USA
… John Kerry is challenging President Bush to immediately begin taking steps to stop increasing violence in Iraq as he tries to offer a persuasive alternative to…
STRAW and Allawi hold Iraq talks
BBC News – London,England,UK
UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is holding talks on security in Iraq with the country's interim prime minster. … “We are succeeding in Iraq.…
PRESSURE on Bush administration to come clean on Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: There's growing pressure on the Bush administration to “come clean” on the true situation on the ground in Iraq. An…,,2-10-1460_1592029,00.html
IRAQ: 'Grisly' beheading video
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad – Militants cut off the heads of three hostages believed to be Iraqi Kurds in a grisly videotape, hours after Iraq's prime minister said January…
BROTHER in TV Plea for Iraq Hostage's Release
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The British government and the brother of a British hostage in Iraq have appealed for his release on pan-Arab satellite television.…
QUICK exit from Iraq is likely
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
Inside the Bush administration policymaking apparatus, there is strong feeling that US troops must leave Iraq next year. This determination…

BLAIR, Allawi urge world to help fight '2nd Iraq war'
The Globe and Mail (subscription) – Toronto,ON,Canada
… invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein should be put aside and the world should unite to make the January election a success and win the “second Iraq war,” the…

DEMOCRATS Will Intensify Attacks on Bush's Handling of Iraq War
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BOSTON – Amid violence in Iraq, the Democrats pledged Sunday to spend the week pressing their criticism of President Bush's handling of the situation there…
US troops to use ray guns in Iraq
The Inquirer – England,UK
WEAPONS THAT will lash rioters in Iraq with microwave beams will be deployed early next year, the Sunday Telegraph claimed. The…
WORLD faces new war in Iraq: Blair
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Prime Minister Tony Blair, left, and interim Prime Minister of Iraq Ayad Allawi at a joint press conference in London. Photo: AP.…,00050001.htm
SENATORS ask for Bush to rethink Iraq policies
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Senators from both major US political parties urged the Bush administration to face the reality of the situation in Iraq and change its occupation policies.…

IRAQ'S future is looking bleaker
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… of presidential debates has become increasingly clear after the release of the National Intelligence Estimate about the future security and stability of Iraq.…
IRAQ: Allawi touts stability, legitimacy, seeks resources to lead
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… that his country is on the path to stability, even as GOP leaders in Congress expressed growing concern Sunday about the upsurge of violence in Iraq and the…
LYNNWOOD Marine killed in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
Shortly before he left for Iraq three months ago, 21-year-old Marine Cpl. … Steven Rintamaki, 21, was driving a Humvee in Iraq when killed in an explosion.…

BIDEN, Lugar criticize Bush on Iraq
CBS MarketWatch – USA
… Sens. Joseph Biden and Richard Lugar accused the Bush administration of incompetence in its handling of security in Iraq. Free!…,00050004.htm
AS many as 100,000 insurgents in Iraq: Report
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
There could be as many as 100,000 insurgents in Iraq not including those who provide them with food and shelter, a media report said on Monday.…
ALLAWI says Iraq economy, security needs resolving
Reuters – USA
LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Iraq's stagnant economy and lack of employment opportunities are feeding instability in the violence-torn country, hindering…
US plans an offensive in Iraq to regain key cities
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: In what's seen as a reaction to increasing security difficulties in Iraq, the US military is planning an offensive later this year to re-take…
SAY Sorry over Iraq War, Blair Urged
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
By Jamie Lyons, Political Correspondent, PA News. The Liberal Democrats will today step up their demands on Tony Blair to apologise over the war in Iraq.…,2763,1308265,00.html
DEADLINE for Briton facing Iraq execution
Guardian – UK
… In Iraq officials said authorities were pursuing a number of leads in connection with the kidnapping of the men, who were shown blindfolded and bound in a…
BIG risks and rewards for Iraq's “Dogs of War”
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Geoff Harries didn't know his son Andrew was even in Iraq when the call came through saying the former British soldier had been killed in…
THREE Debates About Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
There are three campaign debates we could be having about Iraq. … But the truth is that this first Iraq debate is the least important of the three.…
IRAN Is Helping Insurgents in Iraq, US Officials Say
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have raised sharp complaints in recent days that Iran is providing support for the insurgency in Iraq, expressing concerns…
TOP Democrat: Kerry to hit Bush on Iraq
(CNN) — Mothers of US troops serving in Iraq will help Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry make the case Monday that…

IRAQ Chief Will Face Tough UN Questions
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… ministerial meeting beginning Tuesday is being held in the shadow of a new claim by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the US-led war in Iraq was illegal and…
IRAQ is not without hope
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IN VOWING yesterday to see through the struggle against the “crucible of global terrorism” in Iraq, the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has made a bold commitment.…

SOME Bush Political Allies Express Concern About Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… of President Bush's Republican allies on Capitol Hill are warning of a credibility gap between Mr. Bush's more optimistic statements concerning Iraq and what…
MILITANTS behead 3 Kurd hostages in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
… Militants sawed off the heads of three hostages believed to be Iraqi Kurds in a grisly videotape that surfaced Sunday, hours after Iraq's prime minister said…
FAMILY make plea for Iraq Briton
BBC News – London,England,UK
The family of a Briton held hostage in Iraq have issued an emotional plea for his release as the deadline approaches. Philip Bigley…
HAS the war in Iraq become unwinnable?
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… The same question may be put about the invasion and occupation of Iraq, which has turned into a crime of vast and mushrooming proportions.…,,17130-1270723,00.html
IRAQ is as important as tax, says Kennedy
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
CHARLES KENNEDY rejected criticism yesterday that by concentrating on his party's opposition to the Iraq war he risked overshadowing its message on domestic…
DAILY Look at US Military Iraq Deaths
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… 17, 2004, 1,027 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to the Defense Department.…

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