Iraq News and Information Links
October 20 2004
CARE halts Iraq aid over kidnapping
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Care International suspended operations in Iraq yesterday after gunmen seized the woman who ran the humanitarian organization's work in the country.…

<>Blair sees battalion for Iraq, not Bush
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
LONDON — British troops would be redeployed in Iraq to help stabilize the conflict-torn country, not boost President Bush's chances of re-election, Prime…

British cabinet set to OK troop redeployment in Iraq
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
… Britain may send up to 1,300 extra troops to Iraq to help stabilize the country before scheduled elections there in January, The Times newspaper reported in…
Iraq violence said to keep international monitors away from…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqi authorities fear that the country's security crisis will discourage international monitors from coming here for the January election a…
US air raids kill family of six in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
“Multinational force-Iraq struck two adjoining Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi terrorist safe houses in northeast Fallujah,” the army said in a statement.…
Int'l conference on Iraq to be held in November
Xinhua – Beijing,China
21 (Xinhuanet) — The international conferenceon Iraq will be held in Egypt in November, and Fiji will send about 130 soldiers to protect the UN staff in Iraq…
Aust, Iraq work for Hassan's release
ABC Online – Australia
… Minister Alexander Downer says the Government will provide any help it can to secure the release of CARE International's director in Iraq, Margaret Hassan, who…
Bush and Kerry brawl over Iraq, terrorism
Channel News Asia – Singapore
Kerry and Bush traded hammer blows on Iraq and national security as their bitter race for the White House raced towards an increasingly tight finish.…
Iraq Called 'Springboard' for Insurgency Figure
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian militant who has become a leader in the Iraq insurgency, is using his role to become a major figure in the broader Islamic…
Blair cabinet to consider Iraq troop decision
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Prime Minister Tony Blair will convene top cabinet ministers today with a US request for British troops to be sent to more dangerous areas in Iraq sure to top…
Robertson Says Bush Predicted No Iraq Toll
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… Robertson has set off a partisan fight by telling a television interviewer that President Bush serenely assured him just before the invasion of Iraq, “Oh, no…
Fiji Troops Offer to Help Protect UN Staff in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The South Pacific island nation of Fiji has become the first to offer troops for a special protection force for United Nations personnel in Iraq.…

<>Commander relieved of duty in Iraq
… discipline in the unit. They would not release the captain's name, citing an announcement expected Thursday in Iraq. Five other soldiers…
US removes Iraq from terrorist blacklist
Xinhua – Beijing,China
WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Xinhuanet) — The United States on Wednesday announced to remove Iraq from the State Department's blacklist of “state sponsors of terrorism…
Redeploying troops in Iraq proves hard for Blair
Daily Times – Pakistan
LONDON: Any British troops sent from southern Iraq to help out in the more dangerous US-controlled zone to the north would only be redeployed for a few weeks…
Blair says no decision yet on redeploying troops in Iraq
CBC News – Canada
LONDON – British Prime Minister Tony Blair has come under fire over the way his government is handling a US request to redeploy 650 British troops in Iraq.…
Deployment of Fijian troops to protect UN staff in Iraq may lead…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The deployment of about 130 Fijian troops to Iraq next month to protect UN staff and facilities could lead to an expanded UN operation…,5478,11137098%255E1702,00.html
Row over British troops in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… US military commanders asked on October 10 whether Britain would send a unit currently stationed in southern Iraq to the US-controlled sector farther north.…
Abolishing Iraq Army: the fallout
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… of the 101st Airborne Division, Petraeus had been working tirelessly to win the support of Iraqis in Mosul and the neighboring provinces in northern Iraq.…,2763,1332084,00.html
Abducted care chief refused to walk out on Iraq
Guardian – UK
Care International, one of the only international aid agencies still working in Iraq, yesterday suspended its operation but threatened to pull out of the…
Fiji agrees to protect UN in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
The United Nations says Fiji's government has become the first to agree to provide troops specifically to protect UN officials in Iraq.…

CARE halts work in Iraq after abduction – Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
BAGHDAD, Irag — CARE today suspended its humanitarian relief efforts in Iraq one day after gunman kidnapped the British-born woman who for decades has led the…
US soldier admits to Iraq prison abuse, hostage crisis halts CARE…
Turkish Press – Turkey
… AFP) – A US soldier at the heart of a prisoner abuse scandal pleaded guilty to a range of charges, as a foreign aid group halted work in Iraq after its Baghdad…
Blair's own MPs question Iraq troop request
CTV – Canada
Unable to calm the controversy over a US request to redeploy British troops in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair is facing dissent from within his party ranks. ..

US raids kill family of 6 in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US warplanes have killed a family of six in raids against rebels led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, while a top international…
Developments in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… CARE International suspended operations in Iraq, a day after the aid group's director for the country, Margaret Hassan, was abducted.…
Iraq Wants More Elections Help From UN
ABC News – United States
Elections. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari gives a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct 20, 2004. … (AP Photo/Imad Akrawi). BAGHDAD, Iraq Oct.…
Care Int'l Suspends Iraq Humanitarian Work
ABC News – United States
Iraqis inspect a destroyed building in which six people died in central Fallujah, west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct 20, 2004, after US forces fired rockets…
US Soldier Pleads Guilty to Abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib Prison
Bloomberg – United States
… Photographs of US guards abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners last fall at Abu Ghraib caused an uproar inside and outside Iraq when the pictures were…
Blair faces rebellion over troop redeployment in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a revolt on Wednesday from lawmakers who demanded a parliamentary vote on a US request to redeploy British troops in Iraq.…
Not enough UN workers for election: Iraq
CBC News – Canada
BAGHDAD – There are not enough United Nations election workers for the vote in Iraq scheduled for January, Iraq's foreign minister said Wednesday.…
Memorial service planned for Georgia man killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
KENNESAW, Ga. – A memorial service is planned for a former police officer and veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was killed in Iraq where he was working as…
CARE Halts Iraq Operations After Director Kidnapped (Update5)
Bloomberg – United States
20 (Bloomberg) — CARE International suspended aid operations in Iraq after its country director Margaret Hassan, who has dual Iraqi and British nationality…,5478,11134280%255E662,00.html
Aussie deaths a 'matter of time' in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE nation's top special operations policeman says it is just a matter of time before an Australian is killed or captured in Iraq.…
Kerry Returns to Pounding Bush Over Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… before voters choose the next commander in chief, Democrat John Kerry prepared to pound home his argument that President Bush's conduct in Iraq isolates and…,1280,-4563683,00.html
Soldier Pleads Guilty in Iraq Abuse Case
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The highest-ranking soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday to five charges of abusing Iraqi detainees at the…
Blair undecided on Iraq troop movement
ABC Online – Australia
British Prime Minister Tony Blair says his Government has made no decision on whether to send 650 troops in Iraq to relieve US forces in potentially more…
Iraq Official Urges More UN Election Aid
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The United Nations has not sent enough monitors and other workers to help out with vital elections in Iraq set for January, the Iraqi foreign…
US takes Iraq off terror black list
ABC Online – Australia
The United States has dropped its last remaining terror-related designation on Iraq, removing it from its black list of “state sponsors of terrorism” by…
Charity suspends Iraq work following kidnapping
CTV – Canada
The husband of a high-profile humanitarian worker kidnapped in Iraq is pleading for her release, as CARE International suspends its operations in the country.…

US, Britain Face `Increased Activity' in Iraq (Update1)
Bloomberg – United States
20 (Bloomberg) — The US and Britain are facing more attacks from terrorist groups attempting to destabilize Iraq ahead of elections due in January, UK Prime…
Kerry pounds Bush over Iraq
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
… voters choose the next commander in chief, Democrat John Kerry prepared to pound home his argument that President George Bush's conduct in Iraq isolates and…

PM faces Iraq questions – London,England,UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair has said no decision has been made on America's request for British troop deployment in Iraq. … He said: “We are right to be in Iraq.…
Reservist Pleads Guilty in Iraq Abuse Case
ABC News – United States
US Army soldiers clean the street after a suicide car bomber detonated an explosive device near a US patrol on the airport road in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct…
Aid group suspends Iraq work after kidnapping; US planes hit…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Iraq suffered a fresh blow as the foreign aid group CARE halted its operations in the violence-wracked country after the kidnapping of a top relief…
Possibility of a Radical Govt. in Iraq Frightens Bush
Zaman Online – Istanbul,Turkey
US President George W. Bush would be disappointed if the citizens of Iraq vote for a fundamentalist government, “But democracy is democracy” he told the…
US, Britain Face `Increased Activity' in Iraq, Blair Says
Bloomberg – United States
20 (Bloomberg) — The US and Britain are facing ``increased activity'' from terrorist groups attempting to destabilize Iraq ahead of elections in due in January…
Head of relief agency in Iraq kidnapped by unnamed group
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The British-Iraqi director of CARE International in Iraq was kidnapped Tuesday as she rode in a car to her office, the most high-profile figure…
Blair faces tough Iraq questions
CNN International – USA
… George W. Bush wants to use a British redeployment to refute opponent John Kerry's claim that US isolation has left American troops carrying the can in Iraq.…
120 members of Troy Guard unit to train for Iraq – Birmingham,AL,USA
Another Alabama Army National Guard unit is about to mobilize and train for duty in Iraq, bringing to about 750 the number of troops now readying for missions…
Kerry Returns to Pounding Bush Over Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… before voters choose the next commander in chief, Democrat John Kerry prepared to pound home his argument that President Bush's conduct in Iraq isolates and…

Corruption “could wreck post-war Iraq”
Reuters – London,England,UK
By Paul Majendie. LONDON (Reuters) – The post-war reconstruction of Iraq could be ruined by rampant corruption, an international survey says.…
Director of CARE in Iraq kidnapped
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Gunmen yesterday kidnapped the head of the CARE humanitarian group in Iraq, a British-born woman in her 60s who has been critical of the US
UN Puts Zarqawi Network in Iraq on Its Terror List
Reuters – USA
list networks said to be controlled by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after they claimed responsibility for bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq.
Blair faces Commons showdown over Iraq – UK
At least 45 Labour MPs are demanding a Commons vote on the US request for help in Iraq. It comes after Tony Blair has said any redeployment
Bomb Blast Injures Police on Iraq's 'Most Dangerous Road'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Ministry and hospital officials. The US State Department has described the airport road as among Iraq's most dangerous. The car bomb,5744,11129855%255E1702,00.html
No end in sight for Iraq war: expert
The Australian – Australia
THE futility of the Iraq war would continue to haunt the United States and Australia with no easy end in sight, a Middle East expert said today.
Number of US troops wounded in Iraq tops 8,000
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — The number of US troops wounded in Iraq since military operations began in March 2003 has topped the 8,000 mark, according to figures released
CARE Halts Iraq Operations After Director Kidnapped (Update2)
Bloomberg – United States
20 (Bloomberg) — CARE International suspended its aid operations in Iraq after its country director Margaret Hassan, who has dual Iraqi and British nationality
Fallujah the key to a safer Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… Iraq Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has warned Fallujah's leaders he would order an attack if they do not turn over foreign terrorists led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Seven killed in Iraq raids
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
Saboteurs struck Iraq's oil industry twice, blowing up a portion of an oil pipeline linking northern oil fields to Turkey and a pipeline near a major refinery
Unit first to balk in 175,000 Iraq convoy missions
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
The Army has operated more than 175,000 resupply convoys in Iraq since March 2003 without other incidents of disobedience such as the one during the weekend in
Iraq Occupation, 2005
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
When Kerry talks about the US situation in Iraq now, his major difference with Bush is that he maintains he would do better at winning the support and
Blair Faces Labour Backlash over Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
PA News. Prime Minister Tony Blair goes into his weekly Commons showdown today facing fresh unrest among Labour MPs over Iraq. Mr
Iraq War, 2002-2003
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
of the misgivings he cited before voting against the Persian Gulf War in 1991, Kerry voted in October 2002 to authorize use of force against Iraq, agreeing in
Nations to Strategize on Iraq, Italian Foreign Minister Says
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
F ranco Frattini, Italy's foreign minister, said a two-day international meeting on Iraq in late November will examine ways to stabilize the country and
Ministers accused of misleading Parliament on Iraq – London,England,UK
Ministers were accused last night of misleading Parliament over the redeployment of British troops in Iraq to an American-controlled area.,2763,1331317,00.html
British aid worker held in Iraq
Guardian – UK
A British woman who has devoted most of her life to caring for the people of Iraq became the latest victim of Baghdad's ruthless kidnap gangs yesterday.
Al-Zarqawi's group in Iraq apparently changes its name in claim of
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Fallujah the same day. The two rivers in the new name refers to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Iraq. Witnesses in Habaniyah, west
With troop shift, Britons fear Iraq 'mission creep'
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON — Britain is expected Wednesday to transform its military engagement in Iraq when it approves a US request to transfer hundreds of troops to the
A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
19, 2004, at least 1,103 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
Democratic debate bursting out all over Iraq's university campuses
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Within the relatively safe confines of Baghdad's university campuses, a picture emerges of what democracy could look like throughout
US official defends military campaign in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
19 (Xinhuanet) — A senior US official on Tuesdaydefended American campaign against the insurgents in Iraq, stressing that the problem of terrorism in Iraq …

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