Iraq News and Information Links April 22 2004
22/04/04 US Lawmakers Press Bush Officials on Iraq Sovereignty Plans
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
US lawmakers Thursday pressed Bush administration officials about plans
for transferring sovereignty in Iraq to the Iraqi people at the end of

UN Iraq Corruption
(United Nations-AP) — Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker has
opened an independent investigation into the Iraq humanitarian program
once run by the…

4TH Infantry returns home from Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
FORT HOOD, Texas — After a year in which they captured Saddam Hussein
and lost 79 soldiers fighting in Iraq, the troops of the 4th Infantry
Division are…

OF inquiry into iraq Œoil-for-food‚ programme
ONU (Communiqués de presse) – New York,NY,United States
Unanimously adopting resolution 1538 (2004), the Council also called on
the Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq and all other Member States,
including their…

BRITAIN appoints new envoy to Iraq as Negroponte moves in
Independent – London,England,UK
Britain is appointing a senior diplomat, who was once kidnapped at gunpoint
while posted to Iran, as the British ambassador to Iraq.…

IRAQ-REBUILDING efforts falter amid strife
Siemens, which has been helping rehabilitate Iraq's damaged and outdated
power stations, has finished much of that work, which was scheduled for
completion May…

BUSH, Kerry stances on Iraq beginning to merge
Reuters – India
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the future of Iraq takes center stage in the
campaign, President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry
have adopted…;:40882688:6eb7e232e82

ISLAMIC nations endorse UN role in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… countries called today for the UN Security Council to pass a resolution
giving the United Nations a "central role" in restoring peace and security
in Iraq.…

POLAND to consider reducing military presence in Iraq after 2005
Xinhua – China
PARIS, April 22 (Xinhuanet) — Poland is considering reducing its military
presence in Iraq after the elections to be held in early 2005, Polish

MCCAIN Says US Needs More Troops, Money for Iraq (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 22 (Bloomberg) — Senator John McCain said the US must stick to its
commitment to bring stability to Iraq, a goal that will require more money
and ``at…

RICE to Brief Congressional Republicans on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice will provide an
update on the situation in Iraq in a closed-door briefing for Republican
members only.…

IRAQ funding poses political risks for Bush
WASHINGTON – Bipartisan pressure is growing on President Bush to submit
a new request to Congress for funds to pay for post-war operations in
Iraq, a move that…

PROSPECTS bleak for Iraq oil output
Daily Yomiuri – Tokyo,Japan
The oil ministry was scheduled to meet in Basra, southern Iraq, with officials
of US and European oil majors to discuss the country's oil development.

RICE Fields Questions About Iraq Campaign
Guardian – UK
… Condoleezza Rice made a rare visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday, answering
``question after question after question'' about the troubled Iraq campaign,

CONGRESS Questions Cost of Extending US Troops in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Pentagon officials acknowledge that extending the combat tours
of some US soldiers in Iraq will cost several hundred million extra dollars.

SIEMENS Pulls Employees Out of Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—German engineering giant Siemens AG has pulled its
employees out of Iraq because of security concerns, and USAID, US-based
General Electric…

WHITHER Bush in Iraq: Between the rock and the hard place
The Daily Star – Bangladesh
… the press conference on April 13, looking a bit uncomfortable in the
glare of the cameras as 41 million Americans tuned in to hear what he
had to say about Iraq…

GERMANY'S Siemens pulls employees from Iraq, GE suspends some…
Times Picayune – New Orleans,LA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A wave of violence has forced the suspension of some
Iraqi reconstruction by the German engineering giant Siemens AG and US-based

'KOFIGATE' threatens US aims in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – USA
The BBC reports that Saddam Hussein, former leader of Iraq, made billions
of dollars more than previously thought from the United Nations' oil-for-food

BOB Woodward on Iraq
Economist (subscription) – London,England,UK
By Bob Woodward. MANY questions are being asked about the decision to invade
Iraq last year. Was George Bush unhealthily obsessed by Saddam Hussein?

CONGRESS Seeks More Details on Iraq Plan
Guardian – UK
WASHINGTON (AP) – Two days of Capitol Hill hearings on Iraq have produced
some new details on Bush administration plans for the beleaguered campaign,
but not…,1280,-4008243,00.html

IRAQ: Doubts About Security Force
CBS News – USA
… for simultaneous suicide car bombings in Basra that killed dozens of
people, reviving the issue of how much of a role foreign militants have
in Iraq's violence…

MAJOR Developments in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
_ German engineering giant Siemens AG pulled its employees out of Iraq,
and US-based General Electric Co. suspended some of its…

OIC urges UN to take central role in Iraq
The New Nation – Bangladesh
Islamic countries on Thursday urged the United Nations to return to Iraq
and take "a central role" in restoring peace and security, citing grave
concerns about…

4000 Pinoys enter Iraq while govt is not looking
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
American and British companies have managed to slip into Iraq at least
4,000 Filipino workers, who are now deployed in military camps without
the knowledge of…

THREE hostages released in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
… release. "The Iraqi police investigation has been rendered difficult
by the situation in Iraq," the ministry said in a statement.…,5744,9364235%255E1702,00.html

BLAIR: Iraq's Transition to Democracy Faces Crucial Test
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Britain says Iraq's transition to democracy faces a crucial test because
of increased terrorist attacks, and London is pushing for the United Nations
to lead…

BLAIR'S backs UN's role in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
The UN has the international legitimacy to guide the handover of power
in Iraq on 30 June despite a corruption probe, says UK Prime Minister
Tony Blair.…

BRITAIN to stay in Iraq 'for years'
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
JOHN Howard last night came under renewed pressure to commit to a timeframe
to withdraw troops from Iraq after Britain said its forces would be stuck
in the…,5478,9362973%255E401,00.html

INDONESIA ready to send troops to Iraq only with UN mandate
Jakarta Post – Indonesia
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP): Islamic countries on Thursday urged the United
Nations to return to Iraq and take "a central role" in restoring peace
and security…

SIEMENS pulls employees from Iraq , GE suspends some operations
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BY BASSEM MROUE. BAGHDAD, Iraq – German engineering giant Siemens AG has pulled its employees out of Iraq, and US-based General Electric Co.…

FOREIGN hostages released in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Three more foreign hostages have been released by their captors in Iraq,
following a spate of kidnappings in recent weeks. One of…

KIDNAPPED NC worker freed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
RALEIGH, NC – A kidnapped employee of a nonprofit company working to build
and strengthen democratic local governments across Iraq was released early

SPAIN Intelligence Agents to Stay in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
MADRID, Spain – Spain has agreed to a US request to leave its intelligence
agents in Iraq and not withdraw them along with its 1,300 troops, a leading

ISLAMIC leader: UN Iraq role must grow – MI,USA
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) ˜ Islamic countries on Thursday urged the United
Nations to return to Iraq and take "a central role" in restoring peace
and security…

EUROPEAN Press Review: No Easy Way to Peace in Iraq
Deutsche Welle – Germany
The situation in Iraq continued to top the news throughout Europe as the
number of casualties rises and Washington's coalition partners begin to
show signs of…,3367,7549_A_1177096_1_A,00.html

JAPAN to ask US for greater UN role in Iraq's rebuilding
Xinhua – China
… April 22 (Xinhuanet) — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said
Thursday he will urge the United States to seek greater UN role in Iraq's

BASRA grieves after suicide bombs kill 73 in Iraq
Reuters – India
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's southern city of Basra mourned its dead
on Thursday after suicide bombers killed 73 people, 17 of them children
burned alive on…;:40878d03:e558c83580fe

ISLAMIC Leader: UN Iraq Role Must Grow
Guardian – UK
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) – Islamic countries on Thursday urged the United
Nations to return to Iraq and take ``a central role'' in restoring peace
and security…,1280,-4007041,00.html

REVIEW: Woodward details backstage battles over Iraq in 'Attack'
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… graceful writer. His stock in trade has always been access. And one
must also note, the war in Iraq is not World War I. But Plan…

SENATORS Doubt June 30 Timetable in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… Senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee express deep
skepticism about sticking to the scheduled June 30 transfer of sovereignty
in Iraq.…

PAK considering troops for Iraq: Kasuri
Sify – Delhi,India
Putrajaya, Malaysia: Pakistan is considering sending troops to Iraq to
protect United Nations staff, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri
said Thursday.…

JAPAN to Emphasize UN Role in Iraq at G-8 Meeting (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 22 (Bloomberg) — Japan will emphasize the role of the United Nations
in rebuilding Iraq when it meets with other countries at June's Group
of Eight…

IRAQ car blasts kill 68
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BASRA, Iraq — Suicide attackers unleashed car bombings against police
buildings in Iraq's biggest Shi'ite city yesterday morning, striking rush-hour

BASRA buries dead after Iraq suicide bombings
Reuters – India
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Sorrow and anger gripped Iraq's southern city of
Basra on Thursday as the families of 68 people slain by suicide bombers
mourned their…;:40877380:1319e51e9

CAR bomb attacks in Iraq claim at least 68 lives
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… at least 68 people, 17 of them children incinerated in minibuses taking
them to school, in coordinated strikes on police stations in Iraq's mainly
Shiite city…

US Occupation of Iraq Running Over Budget
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… WASHINGTON ˜ With bills piling up from the conflict in Iraq, pressure
is mounting on war planners in Washington to come up with additional money
to fund US…

SENATORS push for details about Iraq power shift
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
WASHINGTON — After two days of often-contentious hearings on US policy
in Iraq, Bush administration officials will get their turn today, appearing
before a…

WASHINGTON Stands Humbled in Iraq
Media Monitors Network – USA
… depicts the US President Bush leading against his Democratic opponent
by five percent on security matters must bring little comfort to Bush
on the Iraq front.…

New York Post – New York,NY,USA
… Express." The classic "whodunit," in which it turns out everybody "did
it," is a perfect model for understanding what happened to Iraq's national

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Guerrillas launching attacks in Iraq are…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Guerrillas launching attacks in Iraq are making a power
grab, seeking popular support while the country languishes in a political

DUTCH in Iraq Attacked Near Japanese, Koizumi Says (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
April 22 (Bloomberg) — A Dutch military base in southern Iraq close to
where Japanese troops operate was attacked, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
said in…

PENTAGON: Iraq war running over budget, faces $4 billion…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Two days of Capitol Hill hearings on Iraq have produced
some new details on Bush administration plans for the beleaguered campaign,
but not all…

FRESH horror rocks Iraq
Otago Daily Times – Dunedin,New Zealand
Basra: Suicide bombers killed at least 68 people, many of them children,
in co-ordinated strikes on four police stations in southern Iraq yesterday.

BOMBS will not halt Iraq handover
Ananova – England,UK
The handover of power in Iraq will not be derailed by the suspected al
Qaida suicide bombings in Basra which killed 68 people, the Government
has said.…

US allies in Iraq targeted in terror threat received at SKorean…
Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A self-proclaimed "anti-American" group is threatening
new terrorist attacks against eight US allies in Iraq by the end of the

BLOODY day in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ The suicide attacks in Basra on Wednesday shattered a
week of relative calm in Iraq, bringing anger, mourning and upheaval to
a mostly Shiite…

BUSH staff to testify to Senate on Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ After two days of sometimes contentious hearings on US policy
in Iraq, Bush administration officials will appear today before a Senate
panel to…

UN role in unstable Iraq key, Islamic nations told
Reuters – India
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) – The United Nations must play a key role
in Iraq after Washington transfers authority in June, with the security
situation in…;:40875725:56e1a56

MORE soldiers may be sent to Iraq: Myers
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
WASHINGTON: The US military may need to send more troops to Iraq to combat
"serious" insurgent violence, the top US general said Wednesday, warning
that the…

JAPAN says shell fired near Dutch camp in Iraq
Reuters – India
TOKYO (Reuters) – A shell landed near a Dutch military camp in southern
Iraq early on Thursday but no one was injured, Japanese defence ministry
officials said…

NZ reaffirms Iraq commitment despite Basra attacks
ABC Online – Australia
… New Zealand Defence Force chief Air Marshall Bruce Ferguson says his
Government has made a commitment to stay in Iraq until September this
year, when their…

GOP congressmen angry at White House over Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
With bills piling up from the deepening war in Iraq, Republicans in Congress
complained Wednesday that the Bush administration's plans to put off a
request for…

MORTON Kondracke: Bush survives Iraq attacks, 9/11 accusations
Naples Daily News – Naples,FL,USA
Despite the best efforts of his enemies and the media, President Bush has
politically weathered the latest violence in Iraq and implications that
he could have…,2071,NPDN_14960_2826852,00.html

LUGAR Has Little Say in Policies on Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… by Bush. Sen. Richard G. Lugar says Congress may seize the initiative
on Iraq. By Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer. WASHINGTON — For…,1,4981047.story?coll=la-home-headlines

BASRA bombings kill nearly 70 as the violence in Iraq spreads…
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The relative calm of the British-controlled southern Iraq was shattered
yesterday when bombers struck three police stations in Basra, killing
nearly 70 people…

ISLAMIC nations open meeting on Iraq, Israel
Reuters – India
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) – Islamic nations, opening an emergency meeting
on Thursday, will urge the UN to take a key role in Iraq after Washington;:408735c2:6da3ddeaa17a93d7?ty

IRAQ war running $US4b over budget
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Increased violence in Iraq is pushing the cost of the war over budget,
threatening a $US4 billion ($A5.48 billion) shortfall by late summer,
the top US…

VIOLENCE in Iraq Curbs Work of 2 Big Contractors
New York Times – USA
The insurgency in Iraq has driven two major contractors, General Electric
and Siemens, to suspend most of their operations there, raising new doubts
about the…

THAI PM under pressure over Iraq troop commitment: analysts
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is finding himself torn
over his military commitment in Iraq as domestic pressure mounts to withdraw
troops and…

KERRY Opens New Bush Attack, Focusing on Iraq and Economy
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… what aides said would be an increasingly visible and combative challenge
to President Bush, beginning with a television ad attacking Mr. Bush's
Iraq record and…

US out of Iraq now!
Socialist Worker – Chicago,IL,USA
WITH THE US occupation of Iraq facing its most intense crisis yet, ERIC
RUDER explains why we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal
of US troops.…

UN orders Iraq corruption inquiry
BBC News – London,England,UK
The United Nations Security Council has backed an investigation into claims
of corruption in the UN-administered oil-for-food programme in Iraq.…

US pins its hopes on UN special envoy to Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… is placing "all its faith, confidence and trust" in Lakhdar Brahimi,
the United Nations special envoy, to put together a caretaker government
in Iraq to take…

IRAQ coalition is not crumbling, says White House
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
WASHINGTON – The White House insists the US-led coalition in Iraq remains
strong despite comments from staunch ally Poland that it may join three
other nations…

DANISH hostage found dead in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… According to Danish media, the man, visiting Iraq to set up a sewerage
business, was kidnapped during a highway robbery in the town of Taji outside

SPAIN seeks to smooth US feathers over Iraq troop withdrawal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : Spain's foreign minister sought to soothe US anger at Spain's
announced withdrawal of troops from Iraq, promising new cooperation with
the US…

PRESIDENT Owes America Answers on Iraq
Common Dreams – USA
… Byrd, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered
the following remarks regarding the continued lack of security and stability
in Iraq.…

CAR bombs kill st least 68 in southern Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… the country. But a meeting of Islamic nations in Malaysia on Thursday
is expected to bring criticism of US policies in Iraq. Car…

IT is Time the UN Intervened in Iraq to Restore Order
MUSCAT, 21 April 2004 ˜ When American forces and their allies entered
Iraq over a year ago, tempting promises were made and a bright future
was outlined to…

WHITE House may seek more funds for Iraq – MI,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) ˜ Increased violence in Iraq is pushing the cost of the
war over budget, possibly by as much as $4 billion by late summer, the
top US…

THAI senate votes to maintain troops in Iraq despite mounting…
Daily Times – Pakistan
BANGKOK: Thailand‚s senate voted to maintain the kingdom‚s 451 troops
in Iraq despite mounting danger and withdrawal announcements by at least

BUSH Poll Ratings Go Up Despite Iraq Troubles
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Despite a difficult last few weeks in Iraq and continuing questions about
how and why the Bush administration took the country to war there, the

CONGRESS frustrated in quest for Iraq costs
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON Frustrated members of Congress pressed the administration Wednesday
to clarify its plans for Iraq and elaborate on the financial costs of

OP – ED : American predicament in Iraq ˜ Ronny Datta
Daily Times – Pakistan
It cannot be enforced by armies riding on tanks and in helicopter gunships.
This search for democracy in Iraq may prove to be as elusive as the search
for WMD.…

SUICIDE Car Bombs Kill 68 in Basra, Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BASRA, Iraq – Five suicide attackers detonated car bombs against police
buildings during rush hour Wednesday in this British-controlled southern
Iraqi city…

US military may need to send more troops to Iraq: Myers
SpaceDaily – USA
The US military may need to send more troops to Iraq to combat "serious"
insurgent violence, the top US general said Wednesday, warning that the
costs of…

SUICIDE bombers kill 68 in southern Iraq
The Straits Times – Singapore
BASRA (Iraq) – Suicide bombers killed at least 68 people, some of them
children, in coordinated strikes on four police stations that inflicted
bloody chaos on…,4386,247031,00.html

IRAQ has enough troubles without adding the UN – London,England,UK
… The decision to ease economic sanctions against Iraq, allowing the
sale of oil in order to generate funds for humanitarian relief, was taken
soon after the…

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