Iraq News and Information Links
December 21 2004
 

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18099-2004Dec21.html
Rocket Hits US Base in Iraq, Killing 22
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A 122 mm rocket slammed into a mess tent Tuesday at a military base near the northern city of Mosul, ripping through the ceiling and spraying …

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French reporter hostages freed in Iraq
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for four months have been freed, officials said on Tuesday, sending France into jubilation as emotional relatives …

www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=22403
White House expects probe of Iraq, Guantanamo abuses
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
WASHINGTON – The White House said on Tuesday it expected a full investigation of prisoner abuses in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after new FBI memos …

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AFP and M&G Online reporter | Baghdad, Iraq
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
… Mosul, 370km north of Baghdad and once considered a success story of the defunct US occupation in Iraq, has been transformed into a battleground between …

news.inq7.net/breaking/index.php?index=3&story_id=22032
Annan admits ‘shadow’ over UN from Iraq oil scandal
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday admitted allegations about the UN’s oil-for-food program in Iraq had “cast a shadow” over the United …

www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-12-21-iraq_x.htm
Latest deadly attack in Iraq calls for US reality check
USA Today – McLean,VA,USA
Four days before Christmas, at least two dozen people, including 19 Americans, died on a US base in Mosul in one of the deadliest single attacks of the Iraq war …

www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5420643
US suffers deadliest Iraq attack
swissinfo – Switzerland
… Bush, who warned on. in Iraq as a new poll showed most Americans now believed the war was not worth fighting. The US military deaths …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18099-2004Dec21.html
Rocket Hits US Base in Iraq, Killing 22
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A 122 mm rocket slammed into a mess tent Tuesday at a military base near the northern city of Mosul, ripping through the ceiling and spraying …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041221070954.uvb4ssjc.xml
More than 50 arrested after Iraq car bombs, as Bush vows polls to …
Turkish Press – Turkey
NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – US President George W. Bush vowed that Iraqi elections would go ahead as planned despite a wave of deadly insurgent attacks, as Iraqi …

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22/latest/20257Frenchhos&sec=latest

French hostages released after four months of captivity in Iraq
The Malaysia Star – Malaysia
PARIS: Two French reporters held hostage for four months in Iraq were expected home on Wednesday, a day after their release to French authorities provoked …

www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-12-21-iraq_x.htm
Latest deadly attack in Iraq calls for US reality check
USA Today – McLean,VA,USA
Four days before Christmas, at least two dozen people, including 19 Americans, died on a US base in Mosul in one of the deadliest single attacks of the Iraq war …

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=642305
US suffers deadliest Iraq attack
Reuters – London,England,UK
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – A guerrilla attack on a dining tent at a US base in Iraq has killed 19 US soldiers and three other people in the deadliest strike on US …

www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=22403
White House expects probe of Iraq, Guantanamo abuses
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
WASHINGTON – The White House said on Tuesday it expected a full investigation of prisoner abuses in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after new FBI memos …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041221223637.q10b1gys.xml
Jubilation as French reporters freed in Iraq after hostage ordeal
Turkish Press – Turkey
PARIS (AFP) – Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for four months have been freed, officials said, sending France into jubilation as emotional …

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Blast Kills at Least 22 at US Base in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
… Iraq there’’s been an attack on the US military base near the Iraqis see the of most sold past couple hundred miles north of Baghdad. …

www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5420643
US suffers deadliest Iraq attack
swissinfo – Switzerland
… Bush, who warned on. in Iraq as a new poll showed most Americans now believed the war was not worth fighting. The US military deaths …

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=35236
Bush mourns rocket attack victims in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (AFP) – President George W. Bush on Tuesday mourned the victims of a rocket attack on a US base in northern Iraq, but said they died in …

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Majority in US believe Iraq war a mistake
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… campaigned on national security issues to win re-election, is set to enter his second term amid growing public disillusionment over the handling of the Iraq war …

news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1456302004
Danger and drama as Prime Minister sweeps into Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… perfectly, by the time Mr Blair touched down at the Baghdad Green Zone’s Washington Helipad, there could be no doubt that a major player had arrived in Iraq. …

www.theage.com.au/news/Iraq/Fireball-kills-22-in-Iraq/2004/12/22/1103391783260.html
Fireball kills 22 in Iraq
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Workers and US soldiers tend to the wounded after a mortar attack on forward operating base Marez in Mosul, Iraq. A powerful explosion …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041221223637.q10b1gys.xml
Jubilation as French reporters freed in Iraq after hostage ordeal
Turkish Press – Turkey
PARIS (AFP) – Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for four months have been freed, officials said, sending France into jubilation as emotional …

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=35236
Bush mourns rocket attack victims in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (AFP) – President George W. Bush on Tuesday mourned the victims of a rocket attack on a US base in northern Iraq, but said they died in …

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/123485/1/.html
Annan admits “shadow” over UN from Iraq oil scandal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
UNITED NATIONS : Secretary General Kofi Annan admitted allegations about the UN’s oil-for-food programme in Iraq had “cast a shadow” over the United Nations …

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Majority in US believe Iraq war a mistake
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… campaigned on national security issues to win re-election, is set to enter his second term amid growing public disillusionment over the handling of the Iraq war …

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/123493/1/.html
Deadliest attack on US base in Iraq kills 22, including 19 …
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The attack, the deadliest ever on a US military base in Iraq, came as British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Baghdad, saying the country was caught in a …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041221223637.q10b1gys.xml
Jubilation as French reporters freed in Iraq after hostage ordeal
Turkish Press – Turkey
PARIS (AFP) – Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for four months have been freed, officials said, sending France into jubilation as emotional …

www.theage.com.au/news/Iraq/Fireball-kills-22-in-Iraq/2004/12/22/1103391783260.html
Fireball kills 22 in Iraq
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Workers and US soldiers tend to the wounded after a mortar attack on forward operating base Marez in Mosul, Iraq. A powerful explosion …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10470082.htm
US Was Replacing Iraq Tent With Bunker
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… mortars – what the military calls “indirect fire” – have been commonplace for months at US bases in the Mosul area as well as other insurgency hot spots in Iraq …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/22/content_2366007.htm
No Australian troops caught up in attack in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
22 (Xinhuanet) — No Australian troops were injuredin a fatal attack in Mosul, Iraq, that killed at least 22 people, the Australian Defense Force said on …

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=35236
Bush mourns rocket attack victims in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (AFP) – President George W. Bush on Tuesday mourned the victims of a rocket attack on a US base in northern Iraq, but said they died in …

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Majority in US believe Iraq war a mistake
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… campaigned on national security issues to win re-election, is set to enter his second term amid growing public disillusionment over the handling of the Iraq war …

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/123493/1/.html
Deadliest attack on US base in Iraq kills 22, including 19 …
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The attack, the deadliest ever on a US military base in Iraq, came as British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Baghdad, saying the country was caught in a …

www.theage.com.au/news/Iraq/Fireball-kills-22
-in-Iraq/2004/12/22/1103391783260.html

Fireball kills 22 in Iraq
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Workers and US soldiers tend to the wounded after a mortar attack on forward operating base Marez in Mosul, Iraq. A powerful explosion …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041221223637.q10b1gys.xml
Jubilation as French reporters freed in Iraq after hostage ordeal
Turkish Press – Turkey
PARIS (AFP) – Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for four months have been freed, officials said, sending France into jubilation as emotional …

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10470082.htm
US Was Replacing Iraq Tent With Bunker
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… mortars – what the military calls “indirect fire” – have been commonplace for months at US bases in the Mosul area as well as other insurgency hot spots in Iraq …

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=35236
Bush mourns rocket attack victims in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (AFP) – President George W. Bush on Tuesday mourned the victims of a rocket attack on a US base in northern Iraq, but said they died in …

news.ft.com/cms/s/846d780a-5394-11d9-b6e4-00000e2511c8,
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Majority in US believe Iraq war a mistake
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… campaigned on national security issues to win re-election, is set to enter his second term amid growing public disillusionment over the handling of the Iraq war …

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/123493/1/.html
Deadliest attack on US base in Iraq kills 22, including 19 …
Channel News Asia – Singapore
The attack, the deadliest ever on a US military base in Iraq, came as British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Baghdad, saying the country was caught in a …

www.theage.com.au/news/Iraq/Fireball-kills-22-in-Iraq/2004/12/22/1103391783260.html
Fireball kills 22 in Iraq
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Workers and US soldiers tend to the wounded after a mortar attack on forward operating base Marez in Mosul, Iraq. A powerful explosion …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041221223637.q10b1gys.xml
Jubilation as French reporters freed in Iraq after hostage ordeal
Turkish Press – Turkey
PARIS (AFP) – Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for four months have been freed, officials said, sending France into jubilation as emotional …

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=35236
Bush mourns rocket attack victims in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (AFP) – President George W. Bush on Tuesday mourned the victims of a rocket attack on a US base in northern Iraq, but said they died in …

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/4116461.stm
Attack on US Iraq base: Your reaction
BBC News – London,England,UK
An attack on an American military base in northern Iraq has left at least 24 people dead, and more than 60 wounded. A militant Islamic …

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4115677.stm
Reporter’s log: Blair in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Travelling with Tony Blair to Iraq, the BBC’s James Landale has the latest on the prime minister’s surprise visit. The amount of …

www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1435857,00.html
French Reporters Freed in Iraq
Deutsche Welle – Germany
Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for the past four months were freed Tuesday, officials said, sparking jubilation among relatives who called it “the …

www.aljazeerah.info/News%20archives/2004%20News%20archives/
December/20n/Iran%20Israel,%20U.S.%20Rigging%20Iraq%20Election.htm

Iran: Israel, US Rigging Iraq Election
Al-Jazeerah.info – Dalton,GA,USA
Israeli and US agents were behind bombings in Iraq’s Shi’i holy cities of Kerbala and Najaf, Iran’s Supreme Leader said Monday, accusing Tehran’s arch-foes of …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/22/content_2364948.htm
Poll shows majority of Americans think Iraq war mistake
Xinhua – Beijing,China
21 (Xinhuanet) — A solid majority of Americans believe, for the first time, that the war in Iraq was a mistake and most people believe Defense Secretary …

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=642257
Attack on US Iraq base kills 22
Reuters – London,England,UK
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – A mortar and rocket attack on a US military dining hall has killed 22 people and wounded more than 50 in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul …

www.voanews.com/english/2004-12-21voa15.cfm
New FBI Documents Describe Abuse of Prisoners in Iraq, Guantanamo
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
There are fresh allegations that prisoners under US custody in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered serious physical abuse from their interrogators. …

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=349222
Two French Reporters Released in Iraq
ABC News – USA
… 21, 2004 that the two journalists held hostage for four months in Iraq have been released and handed over to French authorities in Baghdad. …

www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3135737a12,00.html
Saboteurs hit north Iraq oil pipeline complex
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
BAIJI: Saboteurs have set a complex of oil pipelines ablaze in northern Iraq but exports on the line had already been halted by a separate attack at the weekend …

www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-122104
blair_wr,0,7926646.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Blair Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD — Tony Blair acknowledged the grave dangers in Iraq when he made a surprise visit to Baghdad today, but the British prime minister vowed that the war …

washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041221-093603-1156r.htm
US Iraq base at Mosul shelled
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Mosul, Iraq, Dec. … Once one of the success stories of Iraq, Mosul fell into violence last month when the US military launched an assault on Fallujah.

www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5419596
“Enemies of freedom” seek to derail Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
attack at a US base in northern Iraq presents a fresh challenge for President George W. Bush. … to build upon the progress being made in Iraq,” McClellan said. …

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=642187
“Enemies of freedom” seek to derail Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has vowed that the “enemies of freedom” in Iraq will be defeated as a deadly attack at a US base in northern Iraq …

www.smh.com.au/news/After-Saddam/Americans-losing
-faith-in-Iraq-war/2004/12/21/1103391774542.html

Americans losing faith in Iraq war
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
President George Bush heads into his second term amid deep public scepticism about the Iraq war, with a solid majority saying for the first time that the war …

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story
_page/0,5744,11755136%255E2703,00.html

Iraq in a mess but poll will happen: Bush
The Australian – Australia
GEORGE W.Bush admitted yesterday that the US’s Iraq strategy was struggling under the weight of car bombings and an unreliable Iraqi military, but insisted …

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Bush admits Iraq car bombs are taking toll
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
US PRESIDENT George Bush has admitted that repeated car bomb attacks by insurgents in Iraq are taking their toll on efforts to rebuild the country. …

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=641985
Blair makes surprise Iraq trip
Reuters – London,England,UK
… The prime minister’s trip also sent a defiant message back home where the public’s disquiet over Iraq is likely to reduce the margin of his expected general …

www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=49165
Pak prepared to contribute to Iraq’s reconstruction: Musharraf:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: Islamabad, Dec.21 : President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan is ready to contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq only after the US-led …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/21/content_2363983.htm
Saboteurs attack oil pipelines complex in N. Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
21 (Xinhuanet) — Insurgents attacked an oil pipelines complex in northern Iraq, causing loud explosion and setting huge fire, officials and witnesses said …

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Bush Attempts to Divert Attention from Grim Outlook in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
… Daniel Schorr says that while the president encourages Americans to pay close attention to the debate over Social Security, the situation in Iraq is getting …

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Bush Backs Rumsfeld, Remains Upbeat on Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: President Bush expresses continued faith in Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and offers a hopeful outlook on Iraq, despite some setbacks. …

www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/12/21/britain.iraq/
Blair: Iraq poll workers ‘heroes’
CNN – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on a flying visit to Baghdad, has praised Iraqi election officials as “heroes” and vowed that a vote would …

www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=22&art_id=qw1103612586587B262
Most Americans say war in Iraq not worth it
Independent Online – South Africa
Washington – A majority of Americans now say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, a view that has driven down the ratings of President George Bush and

www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11754559%255E1702,00.html
Oil pipelines ablaze in Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
Sabotage against Iraq’s northern oil facilities has been intence since US forces attacked the Sunni city of Falluja, near Baghdad, last month.

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041221070954.uvb4ssjc.xml
More than 50 arrested after Iraq car bombs, as Bush vows polls to
Turkish Press – Turkey
NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – US President George W. Bush vowed that Iraqi elections would go ahead as planned despite a wave of deadly insurgent attacks, as Iraqi

www.indystar.com/articles/0/203731-8890-010.html
Bush admits violence disrupting Iraq efforts
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush sounded a sober tone on Iraq on Monday, acknowledging that anti-American insurgents are “having an effect” there and that US

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/
0,5744,11753762%255E1702,00.html

US majority say Iraq cost too high
The Australian – Australia
A MAJORITY of Americans now say the war in Iraq is not worth fighting, a view that has driven down the ratings of President George W. Bush and Defence

www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.2004
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Canada to head Iraq vote watchdog
The Globe and Mail (subscription) – Toronto,ON,Canada
Ottawa — Canada will lead a multinational mission designed to ensure that elections in strife-torn Iraq are conducted fairly and freely, the chief electoral

www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-bushiraq
21dec21,1,5013230.story?coll=la-headlines-world

Bush Foresees a Deeper US Role in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush warned the American people Monday that the US engagement in Iraq will intensify in the coming year, with the Jan.

iafrica.com/news/specialreport/iraq/post_conflict/400019.htm
Iraq scepticism rises
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
More Americans than ever, some 56 percent, say the war in Iraq is not worth fighting, according to a poll on Monday. Some 57 percent

www.wsws.org/articles/2004/dec2004/iraq-d21.shtml
Closed-door court proceedings in Iraq against Hussein’s
World Socialist Web Site – Oak Park,MI,USA
In an attempt to bolster the electoral prospects of Iraq’s interim prime minister Ayad Allawi and the embattled US occupation, two of Saddam Hussein’s

iafrica.com/news/worldnews/399954.htm
Iraq violence taking its toll – Bush
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
US President George W. Bush on Monday expressed frustration with efforts to train security forces in Iraq, and made clear that Iraqi elections set for January

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15288-2004Dec20.html
Poll: Americans’ Support for Iraq War Slipping
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of Americans now say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, a view that has driven down the ratings of President Bush and

www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2956899
Accounts show agents witnessed Guantanamo Bay beatings, chokings
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON – FBI agents witnessed abuses of prisoners by US military personnel in Iraq that included detainees being beaten, choked and having lit cigarettes

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041221062830.ie2a7mpd.xml
Canada to head up Iraq election assessment team
Turkish Press – Turkey
OTTAWA (AFP) – Canada will lead a team of electoral experts to assess conditions for Iraq’s crucial elections next month, officials said, but the mission’s make

news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3912530
Civil War Warning after Iraq Bomb Kills 67
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq’s interim prime minister warned that insurgents are trying to foment sectarian civil war as well as derail elections, while thousands of mourners turned

www.startribune.com/stories/1405/5147674.html
Bush somber on Iraq; gentle on Rumsfeld
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
WASHINGTON, DC — President Bush gave a sober assessment on Iraq Monday at a year-end news conference, acknowledging that anti-American insurgents are “having

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4113473.stm
Bush admits Iraq bombers’ impact
BBC News – London,England,UK
US President George W Bush has admitted that repeated car bomb attacks by insurgents in Iraq are having “an effect” on the situation.

www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/1204/21newsiraq.html
Bush: No quick fix for Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
Bush was speaking a day after car bombs killed 67 people in Iraq. Bush warned of continuing bloodshed as Iraq looks to the January balloting.

www.dawn.com/2004/12/21/top14.htm
Iraq election won’t be trouble-free: Bush
Pakistan Dawn – Karachi,Pakistan
of-the-year news conference also to outline his next year’s agenda, ranging from overhauling America’s social security system to the Jan 30 elections in Iraq.

msnbc.msn.com/id/6739443/
Support for Iraq war slipping
MSNBC – USA
President Bush heads into his second term amid deep and growing public skepticism about the Iraq war, with a solid majority saying for the first time that the

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14851-2004Dec20.html
Lottery Sets Order Of Ballot in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
In the lottery organized by Iraq’s election commission, the number on each ball announced the place each registered entrant will hold on a Jan.

www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-fg-bushiraq21dec21.story
Bush Lays Out Iraq Timetable in More Sober Tones
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush warned the American people Monday that the US engagement in Iraq would intensify in the coming year, with Jan.

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=641684
Iraq arrests after holy city attacks
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Police have rounded up dozens of suspects after twin suicide car bombings killed 66 people in Iraq’s Shi’ite holy cities, attacks that

www.nytimes.com/2004/12/21/politics/21abuse.html
New FBI Memos Describe Abuses of Iraq Inmates
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
20 – FBI memorandums portray abuse of prisoners by American military personnel in Iraq that included detainees’ being beaten and choked and having lit

npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=4236274
Slate’s Ballot Box: Bush on Iraq Failures, Rumsfeld Critics
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: At his year-end press conference Wednesday, President Bush fielded questions on everything from the ongoing challenges in Iraq, to plans to

www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/12/21/251.html
Twin Bombings in Iraq Kill 67
Moscow Times (subscription) – Moscow,Russia
NAJAF, Iraq — Iraqi authorities detained 50 suspects in connection with an explosion in the Shiite holy city of Najaf that killed at least 54 people and

wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=
Breaking&storyId=965067&tw=wn_wire_story

Bush Defends Rumsfeld, Notes Iraq Difficulties
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s handling of the Iraq war on Monday and said training Iraqi police and army

www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=99451&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27276
55 detained for Iraq blasts
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Police rounded nearly 55 suspects yesterday after twin suicide car bombings killed 66 people in Iraq’s Shi’ite holy cities, as Iraq’s interim prime

www.keralanext.com/news/?id=79508
Iraq ; `Chemical Ali’ opens new stage in Iraq trials
Keralanext – Kerala,India
Raed Jouhi, the chief investigating judge for the Special Tribunal set up to try the leaders of the old regime, told reporters there was no set timetable for

npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/srfeature.php?wfid=4236853
Social Security Issue Distracts from Iraq Developments
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Daniel Schorr says that while the president encourages Americans to pay close attention to the debate over Social Security, the situation in Iraq is getting

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/12/21
/wirq121.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/12/21/ixworld.html

Iraq’s new security forces can’t take the heat, admits Bush
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
President George W Bush conceded yesterday that Iraq’s newly trained security forces were far from ready to take over the defence of their country.

www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=99451&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27276
55 detained for Iraq blasts
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BAGHDAD: Police rounded nearly 55 suspects yesterday after twin suicide car bombings killed 66 people in Iraq’s Shi’ite holy cities, as Iraq’s interim prime

npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/srfeature.php?wfid=4236853
Social Security Issue Distracts from Iraq Developments
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Daniel Schorr says that while the president encourages Americans to pay close attention to the debate over Social Security, the situation in Iraq is getting

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/10462423.htm
Rumsfeld allowed harsh interrogations in Iraq, memo says
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
authorized harsh interrogation methods on Iraqi prisoners that went “beyond the bounds of standard FBI practice,” the FBI’s top official in Iraq said in a memo

www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/12/21/251.html
Twin Bombings in Iraq Kill 67
Moscow Times (subscription) – Moscow,Russia
NAJAF, Iraq — Iraqi authorities detained 50 suspects in connection with an explosion in the Shiite holy city of Najaf that killed at least 54 people and

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Breaking&storyId=965067&tw=wn_wire_story

Bush Defends Rumsfeld, Notes Iraq Difficulties
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s handling of the Iraq war on Monday and said training Iraqi police and army

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=7144038
Bush Threatens Syria with New Pressure Over Iraq
Reuters – NY,USA
President Bush threatened on Monday to use new economic and diplomatic measures to pressure Syria over its suspected interference in Iraq before January

www.iht.com/articles/2004/12/20/opinion/edkhalil.html
In Iraq, less can be more
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
remarkable difficulty defeating or even containing the relatively small number of Saddam Hussein loyalists, religious extremists and foreign terrorists in Iraq …

  
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