Iraq News and Information Links July 21 2004
MILITANTS Intensify Abductions in Iraq With 6 New Hostages
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, July 21 ˜ Insurgents in Iraq said today that they had kidnapped
six more foreign hostages ˜ and threatened to behead one every 72 hours
˜ a…
www.nytimes.com/2004/07/21/international/middleeast/21CND-IRAQ.html

TAKEN hostage in Iraq, 3 Indians face death threat
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… two Kenyans and an Egyptian and would behead them if their countries
did not announce their intention to withdraw troops and citizens from
Iraq immediately.…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=51534

IRAQ'S neighbors agree to share intelligence
CNN International – USA
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Iraq's neighbors on Wednesday answered the war-ravaged
nation's plea for security assistance by agreeing to hold a high-level
meeting to…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/21/iraqs.neighbors.ap/

LIST of Ohio casualties in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Samuel Bowen, 38, of Cleveland, with the 216th Engineer Battalion from
Brook Park, was killed in Samarra, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade
exploded near…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/9208759.htm

BLAIR owns up to Iraq mistake
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
… report. In an echo of Margaret Thatcher after the Falklands conflict,
he said that MPs should rejoice that Iraq had been liberated.…
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=49156

GUERRILLAS say seize six foreign hostages in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… The guerrillas also demanded that India, Kenya and Egypt withdraw their
citizens from Iraq. None of the. … Poland has 2,400 troops around south
central Iraq.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5098529

US Army Asking Guardsmen to Stay Longer in Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Army is asking some National Guard troops serving
in Iraq to volunteer to stay on active duty beyond a statutory two-year
limit for…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5735889

BUSH, Romanian leader discuss Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush and the leader of Romania pledged on Wednesday
to strengthen economic and military ties, help stabilize Iraq and – on
a political…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apwashington_story.asp?category=1151&slug=Bush%20Romania

IRAQ neighbours to share intel
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ'S neighbours today answered the war-ravaged nation's plea for security
assistance by agreeing to hold a high-level meeting to address the issue
of cross…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10210389%255E1702,00.html

MILITANTS in Iraq Claim Six New Hostages
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… from India, Kenya and Egypt were taken hostage and will be beheaded
if their countries do not order the removal of all their citizens from
Iraq, a militant…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-072104iraq_lat,1,6890739.story?coll=la-home-headlines

SIX foreign truck drivers abducted in Iraq, threatened with…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Militants took six foreign truck drivers hostage and
threatened Wednesday to behead them unless their company ends its business
in Iraq, and…
www.boston.com/dailynews/203/world/Six_foreign_truck_drivers_abdu:.shtml

US death toll in Iraq reaches 900, leaving soldiers questioning if…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) An insurgency that just won't die is leaving American
troops in the field wondering if they are going to be next.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/203/world/U_S_death_toll_in_Iraq_reaches:.shtml

GUERRILLAS say seize six foreign hostages in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… The guerrillas also demanded that India, Kenya and Egypt withdraw their
citizens from Iraq. None of the. … Poland has 2,400 troops around south
central Iraq.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5098529

MILITANTS Intensify Abductions in Iraq With 6 New Hostages
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, July 21 ˜ Insurgents in Iraq said today that they had kidnapped
six more foreign hostages ˜ and threatened to behead one every 72 hours
˜ a…
www.nytimes.com/2004/07/21/international/middleeast/21CND-IRAQ.html

US Army Asking Guardsmen to Stay Longer in Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Army is asking some National Guard troops serving
in Iraq to volunteer to stay on active duty beyond a statutory two-year
limit for…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5735889

BOMBS and gunfire rock Iraq as six new hostages threatened with…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Bomb blasts and gunfire killed at least 12 people in Iraq and
a group calling itself “Black Flags” threatened to behead six new foreign
hostages…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/96906/1/.html

JAPAN shrugs off threats to stay in Iraq
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
TOKYO: Japan says it will keep its troops in Iraq despite threats, purportedly
from a group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, of attacks if Japan does not
withdraw…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2978850a12,00.html

IRAQ insurgents threaten to kill 6 truck drivers
MSNBC – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A militant group claimed Wednesday to have taken six foreign
truck drivers hostage and threatened to behead them if their countries
do not meet…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5473325/

GUERRILLAS seize six foreign hostages in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
By Andrew Marshall. would behead the captives unless the Kuwaiti company
they worked for pulled out of Iraq. … Poland has 2,400 troops around
south central Iraq.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5098300

PULLOUT fires Iraq insurgency debate
ABC Online – Australia
KERRY O'BRIEN: As we go to air tonight, the Filipino truck driver who was
held hostage in Iraq for two weeks is heading home. His…
www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2004/s1159020.htm

IRAQ'S Neighbors Begin Talks on Security
ABC News – USA
CAIRO, Egypt July 21, 2004 ˜ Iraq on Wednesday asked neighboring countries
for tangible assistance to restore security, saying it needed action and
not just…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040721_1244.html

GUERRILLAS seize six foreign hostages in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A new hostage crisis has erupted in Iraq just a day
after a kidnapped Filipino was freed, with guerrillas saying they have
seized three…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=551265&section=news

RESURGENT Iraq faces Turkmenistan in Asian Cup
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
CHENGDU, China ˆ A resurgent Iraq faces off against surprise challengers
Turkmenistan on Thursday in an Asian Cup Group C match that could determine
whether…
www.signonsandiego.com/sports/soccer/20040721-0303-as-spt-soc-asiancup-turkmenistan-iraq.html

RP contingent to Iraq incommunicado
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The 10-man humanitarian mission from Iraq remained deaf and dumb when they
debarked from a Kuwaiti Airliner that brought them to Manila at 3:58 pm
Wednesday.…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=NATIONAL&oid=55690

IRAQ: Bulgaria, Philippines React Differently To Hostage Crises
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
The Philippines and Bulgaria both deployed troops to Iraq. … But when
their nationals were taken hostage in Iraq, they responded in radically
different ways.…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/07/c3faed1d-7379-4239-9fe2-3bfdaf659406.html

BLAIR beams after surviving bashing on Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
… marked 10 years as leader of the Labour Party on Wednesday having more
or less scraped through a controversy over British intelligence on Iraq,
but counting…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=24&art_id=qw1090414260935B216

MILITANTS threaten 3 allies in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… by militants on Wednesday threatened attacks against three US allies
– Poland, Japan and Bulgaria – if they did not pull their troops from
Iraq, a day after a…
www.iht.com/articles/530420.htm

ROWHANI Says Iran Determined To Cooperate With Iraq Interim Gov't
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Mantika, said the Iraqi government should hold free, broad-based and
fair elections to set the stage for the establishment of national sovereignty
in Iraq.…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=7/22/2004&Cat=2&Num=004

IRAQ Interior Ministry Says Report on Nukes 'Stupid'
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's Interior Ministry dismissed as “stupid”
a report in a local newspaper Wednesday that said three nuclear missiles
had been…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5731723

IRAQ seeks border security boost
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has warned that instability in Iraq
could spill over to other countries in the region. Speaking…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3913115.stm

AMERICAN Death Toll in Iraq Reaches 900
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—A roadside bomb exploded north of Baghdad early Wednesday,
killing one US 1st Infantry Division soldier and bringing to 900 the number
of…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V3331.AP-Iraq-Dead-Soldi.html

US Allies Threatened in Iraq; Filipino Heads Home
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Groups purportedly linked to al Qaeda vowed to attack
Japan, Poland and Bulgaria unless they withdrew from Iraq, the latest
attempts to…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=896243&tw=wn_wire_story

EGYPT, Iraq pledge to advance cooperation
Xinhua – China
The two prime ministers made the pledge during their expanded talks, aimed
at discussing Egyptian companies' participation in Iraq's reconstruction
process.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/21/content_1624720.htm

FILIPINO hostage freed after country's pullout from Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… was freed Tuesday after the Philippine government met kidnappers' demands
that it withdraw its small contingent of soldiers from Iraq, rejecting
criticism from…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0407210301jul21,1,3756194.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

AMERICAN death toll in Iraq reaches 900
MLive.com – MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) ˜ A roadside bomb exploded north of Baghdad early
Wednesday, killing one US 1st Infantry Division soldier and bringing the
US military…
www.mlive.com/newsflash/international/index.ssf?/base/international-16/109039949097270.xml

IRAQ trying to convince neighbors to control border crossing
Xinhua – China
CAIRO, July 21 (Xinhuanet) — Violence-ravaged Iraq is trying to convince
its neighbors to control border crossing in an effort to restore stability
as top…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/21/content_1624045.htm

LATHAM critical of Philippines withdrawal from Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: The leader of the Federal Opposition, Mark Latham, has criticised
the Government of the Philippines for withdrawing from Iraq.…
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1158976.htm

LIQUOR sales a risky trade in new Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
BAGHDAD — Abu Luay Hikmat has held the title of Iraq's biggest alcohol
distributor for a little over a week, but he already has decided to call
it quits.…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0407210324jul21,1,5787589.story?coll=chi-news-hed

GROUP Warns Bulgaria, Poland of Attacks Over Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – A group claiming to be the European wing of al Qaeda Wednesday
threatened Bulgaria and Poland with attacks if they do not pull troops
out of Iraq.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5728449

EX-HOSTAGE leaves Iraq for Manila
CNN – USA
(CNN) — A Filipino hostage released by his captors on Tuesday has left
Iraq for Abu Dhabi where he will be reunited with his wife and brother.

www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/21/iraq.philippines/

JAPAN vows to stay in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Japan has vowed to keep its troops in Iraq despite
apparent threats from a group linked to al Qaeda, after Philippine forces
bowed to…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=550930&section=news

IRAQ'S Neighbors Begin Talks on Security
ABC News – USA
CAIRO, Egypt July 21, 2004 ˜ Iraq asked its neighbors Wednesday for real
help bringing security to the violence-ravaged nation, telling them in
a meeting…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040721_257.html

THE Philippines the fourth nation to withdraw from Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
The withdrawal from Iraq of the small Philippines contingent is just the
latest problem for the US-led Coalition of the Willing.…
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1158748.htm

JAPAN vows to stay in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… A later Internet message disowned. little of the kind of violence suffered
by other parts of Iraq. militant target in Iraq. … out of Iraq ahead
of schedule.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5097104

FILIPINO freed in Iraq set to return home
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Filipino truck driver released in Iraq after being
held hostage for two traumatic weeks has headed for Baghdad's airport
to leave the…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=550820&section=news

JAPAN vows to keep troops in Iraq despite alleged Zarqawi threat
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TOKYO: Japan has vowed to keep its troops in Iraq despite an alleged threat
by suspected senior Al-Qaeda member Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/96788/1/.html

US Soldier Dies in Iraq Blast; 900th American Military Death
Bloomberg – USA
… said. The death brings to 900 the number of American military casualties
in Iraq since the conflict began in March last year. The…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aekRKr3rbfAI&refer=us

AL Qaeda's Relationship With Iran Is Debated
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… 11 terrorist attacks, Al Qaeda operatives traveled through Iran to
and from their training camps in Afghanistan because it was convenient
and was considered…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran21jul21,1,2079073.story?coll=la-home-headlines

POOR Relations With Iran Turning Worse
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Hints of a push for regime change. This time, however, the fuss is
not over Iraq but about that country's next-door neighbor, Iran.…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-us-iran-crisis,0,5586022.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

IAEA inspectors to return to Iraq
Xinhua – China
… BAGHDAD, July 21 (Xinhuanet) — The head of the UN nuclear watchdog
said in Cairo on Tuesday that UN weapons inspectors wouldsoon be sent
to Iraq as requested…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/21/content_1622541.htm

900TH GI dies since war began in Iraq
USA Today – USA
BAGHDAD (AP) ˜ A 1st Infantry Division soldier on Wednesday became the
900th US military death in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March
2003.…
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-07-21-900th-gi-killed_x.htm

HALLIBURTON'S top brass won't testify on Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON – Halliburton Co. … Instead, Houston-based Halliburton will
send four executives who it says are better versed on its KBR government
operations.…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/2692710

IRAQ hostage free; US not pleased
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — 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.freep.com/news/nw/iraq21_20040721.htm

US death toll in Iraq hits 900
MSNBC – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A roadside bomb exploded north of Baghdad early Wednesday,
killing one US 1 st Infantry Division soldier and bringing to 900 the
number of US…
msnbc.msn.com/ID/5455104/

JAPAN vows to keep troops in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
Japan says it will keep its troops in Iraq despite threats, purportedly
from a group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, of attacks if Japan does not
withdraw its…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1158886.htm

IRAQ'S neighbors to open discussion on securing war-battered…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Iraq's neighbors have been quick to offer the interim
government verbal support, but must follow up with concrete help making
the country a…
www.boston.com/dailynews/203/world/Iraq_s_neighbors_to_open_discu:.shtml

900TH US soldier dies in Iraq
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
A 1st Infantry Division soldier On Wednesday became the 900th US military
death in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March 2003.…
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=281446&lang=e&dir=news

JAPAN Defies Iraq Terror Threats
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Militants freed a Filipino truck driver after the Philippines government
gave in to their demands to withdraw troops from Iraq to prevent the beheading
of the…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3232514

ZARQAWI demands Japan withdraw from Iraq
Xinhua – China
… July 21 (Xinhuanet) — 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…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/21/content_1622608.htm

MILITANTS in Iraq free Filipino hostage
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ Militants freed a Filipino truck driver Tuesday after
the Philippine government gave in to their demands to withdraw troops
from Iraq to…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/072104dnintiraqrdp.a26c7.html

BLAIR Defends War in Iraq in Debate in Parliament
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
ONDON, July 20 – Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday forcefully defended
his decision to join America in waging war against Iraq and told Parliament
that…
www.nytimes.com/2004/07/21/international/europe/21brit.html

BLAIR still forced to defend Iraq position
ABC Online – Australia
He led the debate on the Butler Report, which last week found the intelligence
underpinning the case against Iraq was 'seriously flawed' and as presented
by…
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1158486.htm

MALAYSIAN PM vows Muslim force for Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said his country was ready
to mobilize an international Muslim force to rehabilitate war-torn Iraq.

www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/07/21/2003179799

JAPAN refuses to withdraw troops from Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
THE Japanese government has no plans to withdraw troops from Iraq despite
a terror threat allegedly made by an Islamic militant group, an official
said today.…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10201517%255E2,00.html

IRAQ threatens retaliation on neighbors
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… Iraq is ready to retaliate against countries it accuses of supporting
violence wracking the country, the country's defense minister warned yesterday.

www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/07/21/2003179817

FILIPINO released in Iraq after pullout
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… had threatened to behead him was released here on Tuesday after his
government acceded to demands that 51 Philippine soldiers and police be
withdrawn from Iraq…
www.iht.com/articles/530323.htm

BLAIR survives Commons Iraq debate unscathed
Guardian – UK
… criticisms over the Butler report without being humiliated or forced
to apologise for his handling of the faulty intelligence which led Britain
into war in Iraq…
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1265706,00.html

IRAQ invites UN nuclear inspectors back
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
CAIRO: Iraq has asked the UN nuclear watchdog agency to send inspectors
to conduct an inventory of the country's nuclear material, and the agency's
head says…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2978711a12,00.html

HSBC denies buying stake in Iraq bank
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
HSBC, Britain‚s biggest and most geographically diverse bank, yesterday
denied reports that it had bought a majority stake in Iraq‚s Dar al-Salam
bank to…
business.scotsman.com/banking.cfm?id=829542004

FILIPINO hostage free in Iraq, senior Iraqi official murdered
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : A Filipino hostage was released Tuesday after Manila bowed to
kidnappers' demands to withdraw its troops from Iraq, as a senior political
figure was…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/96733/1/.html

EDITORIAL: Iraq, Niger/There was no uranium link
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
From loud — and erroneous — claims that a link finally had been established
between Niger and Iraq, you'd think the entire case for invading Iraq
had finally…
www.startribune.com/stories/561/4885821.html

PM: We will help Iraq
The Star – Malaysia
WASHINGTON: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has pledged Malaysia‚s commitment
to assist in the reconstruction of Iraq. “If…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/7/21/nation/8484788&sec=nation

US looks at 'allies only' rule on Iraq contracts
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… billions of dollars of Iraqi reconstruction contracts to all countries,
reversing a policy that restricted them to countries that supported the
US war in Iraq.…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373863401

'REJOICE over Iraq': fury at Blair's echo of Thatcher
Independent – London,England,UK
… as leader of the Labour Party, echoed one of the most famous quotations
from Lady Thatcher yesterday by telling critics of the war in Iraq to
“rejoice”.…
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=543025

SOME vindication of claims Iraq was uranium shopping
Christian Science Monitor – USA
By John Hughes. SALT LAKE CITY ˆ I've been plowing through 196 pages
of a report on prewar intelligence-gathering on Iraq that few Americans
will ever read.…
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0721/p09s01-cojh.html

KL to send medical team to Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
WASHINGTON – Malaysia is ready to send a medical team to Iraq and mobilise
an international Muslim force to rehabilitate the war-torn country, said
Prime…
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/topstories/story/0,4386,262527,00.html

  
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