Iraq News and Information Links June 21 2004
ANALYSIS: Cheney, Panel Bicker over Sept. 11-Iraq Link
NPR (audio) – USA
11 commission finds “no credible evidence” that Iraq helped al Qaeda in
the 2001 attacks on the United States. In recent … sept. 11 + iraq.

SOUTH Koreans Protest Over Hostage in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
In a country ambivalent at best about sending its troops to Iraq, the kidnapping
of a 33-year-old South Korean interpreter and the on-air threats to behead

JUDGE Won't Move Abu Ghraib Trials Outside Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… in Baghdad rejects pre-trial motions requesting that the trials of
two American soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib
be held outside Iraq.…

IRAQ'S date palm industry tries a comeback
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… Iraq's once-flourishing date palm groves have been decimated by war,
unrest and the collapse of infrastructure under United Nations' sanctions,
according to…

POWER Shortages Pose Huge Problems for New Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Restoring stable electricity supplies in Iraq had been a top priority for
US-led coalition authorities since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime
in April 2003.…

BREMER Details Top Accomplishments of Post-War Iraq – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 21, 2004 ˆ As he prepares to leave Iraq after the
handover of sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government, the American
who has led the…

4 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq as S. Korean Hostage Situation…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Muslim militants threatened to kill the businessman unless South Korea
reverses a decision to dispatch 3,000 troops to northern Iraq, a demand
South Korea has…

MILITANTS Threaten to Kill Korean Hostage in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic militants in Iraq threatened to behead a South
Korean hostage by Monday night unless his country scrapped plans to send
3,000 more…

CRUDE Oil Plunges as Iraq Resumes Exports After Six-Day Halt
Bloomberg – USA
June 21 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures plunged as Iraq resumed partial
exports through one of two pipelines shut after an attack early last week.

GRAHAM'S visit to Kuwait, Iraq emphasizes military reserve crunch
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
Lindsey Graham says a trip to Kuwait and Iraq this weekend emphasized the
need to give military reserve troops a break and better benefits.…

SDF to continue Iraq rebuilding after June
Daily Yomiuri – Tokyo,Japan
The government said the Self-Defense Forces contingent deployed in Iraq
would continue to engage in humanitarian assistance and reconstruction
activities there…

INSURGENTS kill four Americans in Iraq, South Korea rejects…
CJAD – Canada
… gunned down four US service members west of Baghdad, and South Korea
said it would go ahead with plans to send thousands more troops to Iraq
despite a threat…

IRAQ militants threaten to kill Korean
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Muslim militants in Iraq have threatened to behead
a South Korean hostage by tonight unless his country scraps plans to send
3,000 more…

ALLAWI'S vision for Iraq security
BBC News – London,England,UK
… He has acknowledged that Iraq still needs the help of the multinational
force to deal with the threat posed by the daily bombing, and he has appealed
to Arab…

OIL Slides as Iraq Resumes Some Exports
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices fell a dollar on Monday as Iraq resumed limited
crude exports from its southern terminals after a six-day halt caused
by sabotage…

ISRAEL Training Kurdish Commandos in Iraq – Report
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Israel has operatives training commando units in Kurdish
areas of US-occupied Iraq, an alignment with the Kurds that gives Israel

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The Coalition Provisional Authority reports that fifteen of Iraq's twenty-six
ministries are now under Iraqi leadership. All of…

US Top Commanders to Be Questioned in Iraq Prison Abuse Cases
Bloomberg – USA
… will give the defense access to the military chain of command including
Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, the head of US-led forces in Iraq,
and General John…

VALERO subpoenaed for records in Iraq oil-for-food program
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
DALLAS – Valero Energy Corp. as been subpoenaed for records related to
a United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq. San Antonio…

FOUR US Marines killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Four US Marines were killed Monday in Ramadi, west
of Baghdad, a military official for the American-led coalition said.…

IRAQ: Where Are The Refugees?
CBS News – USA
… Pundits and academics — the shrillest of whom have not been to Iraq
— will cast doubt on achievements. … April 2004 was a month of chaos
and scandal in Iraq.…

REIGN of terror vs. terrorism in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… In Iraq, some of the same conditions that nurtured terrorism in the
mountains of Afghanistan have emerged in the power vacuum created by the
US occupation…

SOUTH Korea firm on Iraq despite beheading threat
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: The South Korean Government is under mounting pressure to
rethink its despatch of 3,000 troops to Iraq. Iraqi gunmen…

PUBLIC Yet to See War in Iraq and War on Terrorism Is Two…
My Wise County – Virginia,USA
Norton, Va. --- The American public has yet to fully discern and perceive
the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan as two different national policy

JUDGE: US Generals Can Be Questioned in Iraq Abuse Trial
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A US military judge in Iraq says the lawyers representing some of the soldiers
accused of Iraqi prisoner abuse will be allowed to question top American

FOUR US Soldiers Killed in Iraq ; Four Iraqi Contractors Slain…
Bloomberg – USA
… The kidnappers vow to kill the man within 24 hours if South Korean
soldiers deployed in Iraq as part of the coalition aren't withdrawn.…

LOOKING to Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
Iraq has been on the agenda of all of these, as it will be in Istanbul.
Our NATO summit meeting takes place only days before the…

IRAQ resumes some oil exports after 6-day halt
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq resumed oil shipments today from two southern terminals after sabotage
attacks forced a six-day total halt to the country's exports.…

US confirms deaths of 4 troops in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt confirmed Monday that four US
service members were killed in the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Ramadi.

4 US Troops Killed in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… In another development, Iraq has expanded oil exports from its southern
terminals, following a resumption of operations at the second of two pipelines
that had…

LAWYER Wants Bush on Witness Stand Over Iraq Abuse
Reuters – USA
… Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should take the witness
stand at the trial of a US soldier charged with abusing prisoners in Iraq,
the soldier's…

SEOUL To Send Troops To Iraq Despite Threats
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 21 June 2004 (RFE/RL) — South Korea says it will go forward with
its plans to send some 3,000 additional troops to Iraq, despite a threat
from Iraqi…

FOUR Americans Killed in Iraq Ambush
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq June 21, 2004 ˜ Four US service members were killed Monday
in an ambush in the Sunni Muslim city of Ramadi, witnesses said.…

CRUDE Oil Falls After Saudi Troops Kill Terrorist ; Iraq Exports…
Bloomberg – USA
June 21 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures fell as Iraq resumed oil exports
from its Basra Oil Terminal in the Persian Gulf, after a six-day halt
caused by…

IRAQ Resumes Some Oil Exports
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq resumed oil shipments on Monday from two southern
terminals after sabotage attacks forced a six-day total halt to the country's

US occupation soldiers killed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Four US occupation soldiers have been killed in Iraq in a continuing upsurge
in violence ahead of the 30 June transfer of authority to an appointed

INDIAN tea firms eye Pak duty cut, Iraq market
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
New Delhi, June 21: India, the world's largest tea producer, is targeting
a proposed duty cut in Pakistan and improving conditions in war-ravaged
Iraq to boost…

BBC is Iraq's biggest broadcaster
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Kabul. And in Iraq, the launch of FM broadcasts in Baghdad, Basra and
other major cities gained a weekly audience of 1.8 million.…

S.KOREANS against troop dispatch to Iraq
Xinhua – China
SEOUL, June 21 (Xinhuanet) — Responding to footage of a South Korean hostage
in Iraq pleading for his life on Monday, many SouthKoreans are turning

IRAQI troops 'die in Iraq ambush'
BBC News – London,England,UK
… coalition forces. More than 600 US troops have been killed in combat
since the start of the Iraq war last year. Regular attacks…

SEOUL defies Iraq hostage threat
(CNN) — Seoul says it will go ahead with its plan to deploy thousands
of troops to Iraq despite a televised threat from militants to behead
a South Korean…

OIL Falls as Iraq Restarts Exports
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – High-flying oil prices eased on Monday as Iraq resumed
limited crude shipments from its southern oil terminals, ending a six-day
halt caused…

US, Britain agree to Japan's troop control in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… government released a document Monday stipulating that the United States
and Britain have agreed to Japan keeping control of its troops in Iraq
even after they…

IRAQ resumes southern oil exports
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq has started exporting oil again from two southern terminals after
attacks by saboteurs last week. Officials said loading started…

YOUNG Uri Lawmakers Blast Iraq War, Demand Korean's Release
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
… Party lawmakers known as the “New Search for National Development”
demanded on Monday that the Bush administration explain how it rationalized
the Iraq War by…

IRAQ oil-for-food probe spreads
BBC News – London,England,UK
US oil refiner Valero Energy has become the third US company to receive
a subpoena seeking information about its role in Iraq's oil-for-food programme.>

WRONG (Again) About the Iraq-Al Qaeda Connection – USA
Every day it seems another American soldier is killed in Iraq. … That
is why is important to remember why we fight in Iraq — and who we fight.

10 foreigners taken hostage in Iraq: Yonhap
Xinhua – China
… The Arab satellite TV network Al-Jazeera reported on Sunday that an
al-Qaida-linked insurgent group kidnapped a South Korean man in Iraq and
threatened to…

ARRAY of problems hobbles handover in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… no exception. The Coalition Provisional Authority will dissolve June
30, conferring sovereignty to Iraq's interim government. US…

SEPT. 11 chair defines Iraq, Qaeda contact
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 11 commission said yesterday that Al Qaeda had much more interaction
with Iran and Pakistan than it did with Iraq, underscoring a controversy
over the Bush…

ALLAWI eyes emergency rule in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD˜Faced with violent resistance even before it has assumed power,
Iraq's newly appointed government is considering imposing a state of emergency

IRAQ Resumes Oil Exports After Sabotage
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq resumed exporting oil on Monday from two southern
terminals at a rate of one million barrels per day after repairs to one
of two…

AMERICAN Marine Among 35 Killed In Iraq Clashes
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, June 21 (NNN): A US Marine and a Turkish driver were among at
least 35 people killed on Sunday in Iraq as violence continued in the
troubled Gulf…

WAR-WEARY Iraq Wants Autonomy, Firm Ruler
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — On the eve of sovereignty, Iraq is a nation in disarray,
riven with bombings, assassinations and sabotage, yet many people here

IRAQ'S new PM plans security force review
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD — Iraq's interim prime minister announced a restructuring of the
country's security forces yesterday, grouping all Iraqi troops under a

SKOREA to send troops to Iraq despite hostage death threat
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SEOUL : Islamic militants have threatened to behead a South Korean abducted
in Iraq unless Seoul scraps within 24 hours a plan to deploy thousands
of troops…

S. Korean lawmakers denounce US-led war in Iraq
Xinhua – China
SEOUL, June 21 (Xinhuanet) — A group of South Korean legislators on Monday
denounced the US-led war in Iraq and urged the release of a South Korean
worker who…

IRAQ Might Welcome a Strongman
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Writer. BAGHDAD ˜ On the eve of sovereignty, Iraq is a nation in
disarray, riven by bombings, assassinations and sabotage. Yet…,1,4067034.story?coll=la-home-headlines

SOUTH Korean held hostage in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: The South Korean Government has confirmed that one of its
citizens is being held hostage in Iraq, but it has vowed not to bow to
the kidnappers…

GUERILLAS attack Iraq troops in Baghdad
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… In southern Iraq, repairs continued on two key pipelines that transport
crude oil to offshore terminals in the south, prolonging Iraq's absence
from the market…

IRAQ to take custody of Saddam
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Iraq will take legal custody of Saddam Hussein and nine other
high-profile prisoners soon after the country gains sovereignty on June
30, but US-led…

MEDIA Blatantly Distorts Iraq-Al Qaeda Link
GOPUSA – Pearland,TX,USA
… Among the many conclusions drawn by the 9-11 Commission staff was a
particular statement regarding Iraq and al Qaeda which the media has spun
into an…

IRAQ: Al Qaeda threatens to behead Korean hostage within 24 hours
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
… Sunday purportedly from al-Qaeda-linked cell showing a South Korean
hostage begging for his life and pleading with his government to withdraw
forces from Iraq.…

US Envoy Pressures Australian Party Over Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – A top US envoy piled pressure on Australia's opposition
leader on Monday to reverse a promise to withdraw Australian troops from
Iraq if he wins a…

IRAQ'S military to target rebels
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… The interim Iraqi prime minister announced a reorganization of the
country's fledgling security forces Sunday and declared that all of Iraq's
military resources…

US struggles with Iraq embassy
Quad City Times – Davenport,IA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ The US government, scrambling to assemble one of the world‚s
largest embassies amid the violence and chaos of Iraq, is grappling with

RESOLVING the Catch-22 in Iraq
Cato Institute – Washington,DC,USA
… of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, is also director of
the Cato Special Task Force, which just released the report, “Exiting
Iraq: Why the US…

SOUTH Korean Held in Iraq Pleads for Life
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq June 20, 2004 ˜ The Arab satellite TV network Al-Jazeera
aired a videotape Sunday purportedly from al-Qaida-linked militants showing
a South…

SOUTH Korea Rejects Ultimatum of Iraq Hostage – Takers…
Bloomberg – USA
June 21 (Bloomberg) — The South Korean government said it will stick to
plans to deploy more troops in Iraq, rejecting an ultimatum from Muslim
militants who…

SKOREA to dispatch troops to Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
South Korea said it would go ahead with its troop deployment to Iraq, despite
a threat from an Islamic group to behead a South Korean hostage unless
the plan…

IRAQ Update
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
MERGENCY RULE Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said the new interim government
was considering emergency rule in parts of Iraq. Officials…

IRAQ appeals for more international help
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
… exploded yesterday along a highway leading to Baghdad's airport, killing
two Iraqi troops and wounding 11 others – four critically – as Iraq's
interim prime…

RADIO listeners in Afghanistan and Iraq tune in to BBC World…
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The BBC World Service has become the largest international radio news broadcaster
in Iraq and Afghanistan following the US-led invasions of both countries

S.KOREA Vows to Send Iraq Troops Despite Kidnapping
Reuters – USA
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea will go ahead with its plan to send 3,000
troops to Iraq despite a televised threat from Iraqi militants to behead
a South Korean…

LIFE in 'un-Iraq' allows Kurds peace, stability
USA Today – USA
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq ˜ Imagine an Iraq where GIs are greeted with cheers
rather than roadside explosives, where traffic flows in orderly processions,
where the…

S.KOREAN security council meets on Iraq hostage
Xinhua – China
… South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun's National Security Council held
an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the apparent kidnapping in Iraq
of a South…

IRAQ to reconstruct security forces and fight insurgents
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The new Iraqi government plans to restructure the country's
nascent security forces and make fighting insurgents their top priority,

IRAQ Update
New York Times – USA
EMERGENCY RULE Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said the new interim government
was considering emergency rule in parts of Iraq. Officials…

IRAQ oil exports set to restart after sabotage – New Zealand
BAGHDAD: Engineers have finished repairing one of two sabotaged oil pipelines
in southern Iraq and officials expect partial exports to resume early
on Monday…,2106,2947863a12,00.html

SENATORS press France, Germany, others for more Iraq help
WCNC (subscription) – Charlotte,NC,USA
WASHINGTON, DC ˜ France and Germany are rebuffing calls for more troops
and help in Iraq. Three US senators traveling in Iraq…

9/11 panel: New evidence on Iraq-Al-Qaida
United Press International – USA
… John F. Lehman, a Reagan-era GOP defense official told NBC's “Meet
the Press” that documents captured in Iraq “indicate that there is at
least one officer of…

IRAQ'S new 'iron fist' threatens martial law – London,England,UK
Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, cemented his credentials as
a “strong man” yesterday by warning that he could impose martial law.

S Korea confirms Iraq kidnapping
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
SOUTH Korea's foreign ministry today confirmed the kidnapping of a South
Korean national in Iraq by an armed Islamist group which has threatened
to behead him.…,5478,9908280%255E1702,00.html

SENATOR Graham Visits Iraq, Pressures Other Governments for More…
Three US senators including South Carolina 's Lindsey Graham were recently
in Iraq …Earlier Graham called on France and Germany to do more for
Iraq .…

ISRAELI agents working in Iraq's Kurdistan, Iran: report
SpaceDaily – USA
Israeli intelligence and military agents are working secretly in Iraq's
Kurdistan region, and have slipped into Iran to monitor nuclear facilities,
the New…

CLINTON criticizes Iraq timing
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
“I have repeatedly defended President Bush against the left on Iraq, even
though I think he should have waited until the UN inspections were over,”
Clinton said…

IRAQ oil exports set to restart
TVNZ – New Zealand
Engineers have finished repairing one of two sabotaged oil pipelines in
southern Iraq and officials expect partial exports to resume an Iraqi
official said.…

(LEAD) South Korean Workers Kidnapped in Iraq
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 20 (Yonhap) — An armed insurgent group on Sunday threatened
to behead a South Korean hostage if South Korea does not withdraw its

IRAQ prepares to crack down hard on insurgents
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… A senior coalition official said Iraq will take legal custody of Saddam
Hussein soon after independence on June 30, but the former dictator will
remain guarded…

TEN days to Iraq transition deadline
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
There are just 10 days left until we're scheduled to return control of
Iraq to the Iraqis. That, of course, presumes that there…

DIM US expectations of NATO help in Iraq
SpaceDaily – USA
… June 28-29 with sharply diminished expectations of help from allies
on the eve of what promises to be a turbulent handover of sovereignty
in Iraq, analysts say…

CLINTON backs Iraq war but not timing
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… Shi‚ite cleric Moqtada AlSadr has been invited to the July political
conference to select a national council that will advise Iraq‚s Interim

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