Iraq News and Information Links June 22 2004
SOUTH Korean hostage beheaded in Iraq, three killed in Fallujah…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… to alleged Al-Qaeda operative Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, beheaded a South
Korean hostage, in another display of butchery ahead of the return of
sovereignty to Iraq…

SOUTH Korean hostage reported beheaded in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – A militant Islamic group linked to terrorist Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi beheaded its second hostage in as many months Tuesday.

BLAIR faces by-election battle over Iraq war decision
Independent – London,England,UK
Tony Blair is facing a series of potentially damaging by-election battles
that are likely to put Labour on the defensive over his stance on Iraq.

TWO contractors killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
HOUSTON – Two truck drivers working for Halliburton subsidiary KBR were
killed this month in Iraq, the company has announced. Both…

KOREAN hostage in Iraq killed
Australian Financial Review (subscription) – Pyrmont,NSW,Australia
A South Korean hostage in Iraq was killed and his body was found between
Baghdad and Fallujah, west of the capital, South Korea said on Tuesday.

FAMILY, comrades mourn death of Afghanistan, Iraq veteran
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Paul R. Syverson III was two weeks into his third tour of duty in Iraq
when insurgents attacked Camp Anaconda, killing the Illinois native outside
a military…

SOUTH Korean hostage beheaded in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… alleged al-Qaeda operative Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, beheaded a South
Korean hostage, in another display of butchery ahead of the transfer of
sovereignty to Iraq.…

IRAQ ministers told only US can impose martial law
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The US-led occupation authority in Baghdad has warned Iraq's interim government
not to carry out its threat of declaring martial law, insisting that only
the US…

IRAQ: 4 killed in Fallujah in US air strike
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
The United States forces in Iraq launched an air strike Tuesday in Fallujah
on a safe house used by followers of Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
– the…

IRAQ Air Strike Targeted Zarqawi Safehouse -US Army
Reuters – USA
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations for the US
military in Iraq, said in a statement the strike was based on “multiple

TEXANS killed in Iraq since war began
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Wash. _April 19: Lance Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, 21, of Sunray, died from
hostile fire in the Al Anbar Province in western Iraq. Austin…

UPDATE: S. Korean Hostage Reported Killed in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… Hahn of The Los Angeles Times, reporting from Baghdad, about the reported
beheading of a South Korean man captured and held hostage by Islamic militants
in Iraq…

JOHN Negroponte to Become US Ambassador to Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
When the US-led occupation of Iraq ends on June 30, administrator Paul
Bremer will be going home. After that, the top-ranking US…

HOSTAGE Executed as Soon as Gov't Rejected Iraq Deployment…
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
… been learned that Kim Sun-il was executed as soon as the Korean government
refused to accept unacceptable demands that it cancel plans to send troops
to Iraq.…

HUNGARIAN Leader Pledges to Keep Troops in Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hungary will keep its troops in Iraq despite violence
there targeting allies of the United States, Hungarian Prime Minister

S.KOREAN Hostage in Iraq Wins More Time – Mediator
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Militants threatening to behead a South Korean hostage
in Iraq unless Seoul withdraws its troops have agreed to allow more time
for talks…

SOUTH Korean held hostage in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) ˜ Kidnappers of a South Korean businessman extended
their deadline for his execution, an intermediary said today, and the
Seoul government…

DEMOCRATS Draw Lessons from Iraq – USA
Recent events in Iraq have led to an intensive re-evaluation of the war
to topple Saddam Hussein. This re-evaluation has not included…

STOCKS Decline as Iraq, Rate Fears Weigh
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – US stocks retreated on Tuesday, hamstrung by worries
about rising interest rates and the US handover of power in Iraq next
week, which…

EXECUTION deadline extended for hostage in Iraq
Tucson Citizen – Tucson,AZ,USA
S. Korea will send 3,000 troops to Iraq despite threats by an Islamic group
to kill captive businessman. A South Korean medic gives…

SOUTH Korean hostage in Iraq wins more time
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Militants threatening to behead a South Korean hostage in Iraq unless Seoul
pulls troops out of the country have agreed to give more time for talks
on his fate…

TOP Commanders in Iraq Will Testify in Abuse Cases
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, June 22 ˜ The top American commanders currently involved
in the Iraq war will have to submit to questioning by lawyers for two

OIL Prices Fall As Iraq Exports Resume – Africa
Oil prices eased yesterday as Iraq resumed limited crude exports from its
southern terminals after a six-day halt caused by sabotage attacks.…

PAPERS prove al Qaeda-Iraq link, some say
Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription) – Fort Worth,TX,USA
… with al Qaeda have been citing what they say is fresh evidence that
could help substantiate one of the administration's main justifications
for invading Iraq.…

S. Korean Captive in Iraq Said Alive
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—Kidnappers of a South Korean businessman extended their
deadline for his execution, an intermediary said Tuesday, and the Seoul

FRANCE Supports Cuts in Iraq's $122B Debt
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
PARIS (AP)—France does not support writing off Iraq's nearly $122 billion
in debt, though Paris will consider a substantial reduction, French officials

UNITED Nations slams US over spending Iraq funds
… In an interim report, obtained by the Financial Times, KPMG says the
Development Fund for Iraq, which is managed by the US-led Coalition Provisional

DOUBTS over British firm's Iraq deal
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… The contract – the largest single piece of the private-security pie
in Iraq so far handed out by the Pentagon – was awarded to the London-based
Aegis Defence…

SADDAM: Iraq Gets 'Legal' Custody – Denver,CO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CBS) The United States will hand legal custody of Saddam
Hussein and an undetermined number of former regime figures to the interim

KOREAN media split on Iraq hostage
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Whereas some papers argue that South Korea's imminent dispatch of additional
troops to Iraq must not be affected by the hostage-taking, others attack

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
As Iyad Allawi, Iraq‚s interim prime minister, put it, “Anyone involved
in these attacks is nothing more than a traitor to the cause of Iraq‚s

OIL Price Steady Amid Iraq Export Worries
Reuters – USA
… on Tuesday as traders weighed expectations of a rise in US stocks against
a Norwegian oil workers' strike and disappointing progress in Iraq's export

IRAQ Kidnappers Extend Hostage's Deadline
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Kidnappers of a South Korean businessman extended
their deadline for his execution, an intermediary said Tuesday, as the
Seoul government…,1280,-4232068,00.html

ACADEMIC killed in northern Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
… A lecturer from the same college was killed in January. Numerous academics
and intellectuals have been attacked in the acute insecurity of post-war

IRAQ auditor 'warns over fraud'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq's governing authority has come under fire from a UN-mandated auditor
over how reconstruction money has been accounted for and allocated.…

BLAST kills Iraq minister's bodyguard
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A car bomb has exploded in a Baghdad street as a convoy
of US troops and Iraqi police drove past, killing two Iraqi bystanders,
police say.…

CAPTORS extend deadline on Korean hostage in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SEOUL: Militants threatening to behead a South Korean hostage in Iraq have
agreed to give more time for talks, after meeting with an Iraqi mediator
working for…

LECTURER and Her Husband Murdered in Iraq – Police
Reuters – USA
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Suspected assassins killed a university lecturer
and her husband in the latest attacks on prominent Iraqis in the northern
city of Mosul…

COALITION forces leader denies authorizing prisoner abuse in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The commander of coalition forces in Iraq is denying
that he had any involvement in authorizing prisoner abuse during interrogations.

GRAHAM says Iraq needs more security
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – Charleston,SC,USA
BY TERRY JOYCE. A lack of security remains Iraq's biggest problem and efforts
to train Iraqi police and the military may be falling short, US Sen.…

WILL the Iraq handover make any difference?
BBC News – London,England,UK
The American occupation of Iraq formally ends on June 30, when power will
be transferred to an interim Iraqi government. There has…

SOUTH Korean businessmen to leave Iraq by early July: minister
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SEOUL: All South Korean businessmen plan to leave Iraq by early July amid
fears of further kidnappings, a senior official said Tuesday.…

REBUILDING Iraq brings frustration, doubts, and danger (partII)
Mathaba.Net – Africa
… He didn't know much about Iraq, but he felt certain the American occupation,
and his mission to oversee the country's university system, would be a

US overseer to define status of foreigners in Iraq this week
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : US overseer Paul Bremer will issue an order defining the status
of foreign troops and workers in Iraq within the next week, a senior official
in the…

HEARING postponed for US soldier in Iraq leash photo
ABC Online – Australia
… act. Private England's lawyers have called their client a “poster child”
for the Bush administration's flawed Iraq war policies.…

[NEWS FOCUS]Opposition grows to Iraq troops
Korea Herald – Seoul,South Korea
The kidnapping of Korean Kim Sun-il by militants in Iraq is reinforcing
cries for the government to reconsider its plan to send additional troops
to the war…

TRUTH About Iraq Finally Has Its Pants On
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
“We have no credible evidence that Iraq and Al Qaeda cooperated on attacks
against the United States,” reports the staff of the bipartisan 9/11 commission

SOUTH Korean workers quit Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
South Korea plans to evacuate all its civilians working in Iraq by early
July, as the country waited for news about the fate of hostage Kim Sun-il.

GENERALS face grilling in Iraq abuse trial
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… Charles Graner, 35, and Sgt. Javal Davis, 26, agreed yesterday that
top military commanders in the Iraq operation, including Gen.…

WHERE are the women in the new Iraq?
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… The political and religious climate in Iraq practically guarantees
that if women are frozen out of the nascent Iraqi government today, their
chances of…

FOUR Marines slain on Iraq patrol
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Four US Marines were killed Monday in an ambush in Ramadi,
a hotbed of Sunni Muslim resistance to the US occupation.…

OIL prices fall as Iraq reopens one of two pipelines
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — World oil prices fell Monday as exports of Iraqi crude
oil resumed following repairs to a pipeline sabotaged by insurgents seeking

MOUNTING Iraq Casualties Hurting Bush ‚ s Support : Poll
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Washington, June 22 (NNN): Everyday mounting casualties in Iraq is greatly
hurting the support of President George Walker Bush, according to a poll

OFFICIALS skeptical of al-Qaida-Iraq tie
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… allegations that Saddam Hussein worked with al-Qaida have cited what
they say is new evidence that could help substantiate one justification
for invading Iraq.…

8 US Soldiers Among 17 Killed In Fresh Iraq Violence
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, June 22 (NNN): Eight American soldiers were among 17 people killed
in fresh violence in Iraq during the past 24 hours.…

AL-JAZEERA Draws All Eyes over Abduction Case in Iraq
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
In the wake of ever-mounting concerns at home and abroad over the Korean
kidnapping case in Iraq, the Arab Satellite TV network, Al-Jazeera, has
again surfaced…

INDY Marine Reserve unit prepares for 2nd Iraq trip
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… He'll be back in Iraq in six to eight weeks. Guy … casualty. About
half of the 30 reservists are making their second deployment to Iraq.

US Prepares for New Relationship with Sovereign Iraq
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
… Mr. al-Atiyah says the handover of power to Iraqis does not mean an
end to what he calls a strategic marriage between Iraq's interim government
and Washington.…

POLL: Bush losing ground on Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — Public anxiety over mounting casualties in Iraq and doubts
about long-term consequences of the war continue to rise and have helped
to erase…

HOSTAGE Situation Triggers Renewed Calls Against Sending Troops…
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
The hostage situation in Iraq is renewing growing calls here in Korea against
sending more troops to Iraq. On Monday night, hundreds…

EIGHT US soldiers among 17 killed in Iraq
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
… The group said South Korea had 24 hours from Sunday night to withdraw
its decision last week to send troops to Iraq, al Jazeera said.…

NO news from Iraq on Korea hostage
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic militants in Iraq have threatened to behead
a South Korean hostage unless his country scraps plans to deploy more
troops — a…

CAUGHT by 9/11 panel in lie over Iraq-Al Qaeda ties, White House…
World Socialist
… The report, released last week, undermines the last remaining pretext
for the US invasion of Iraq˜Bush‚s claim that the war in Iraq is an
integral part of…

NO News on Fate of Korean Under Iraq Death Threat
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic militants in Iraq threatened to behead a South
Korean hostage unless his country scrapped plans to deploy more troops
— a demand…

OTHER developments in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
… Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of US ground troops in Iraq. Pohl rejected
motions Monday to compel testimony from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

CRUDE Oil Little Changed After Plunging as Iraq Resumes Exports
Bloomberg – USA
June 22 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures were little changed after plunging
almost 3 percent yesterday as Iraq resumed exports through one of two

HEARING postponed for US soldier in Iraq leash photo
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… The photographs, which emerged in April, prompted worldwide protest
against the US treatment of Iraqi prisoners and hurt US efforts to stabilise
Iraq and “win…

BAY Area soldier dies in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
– Army Spc. Thai Vue was killed in a mortar attack in Iraq, where he was
serving with a military police unit, Defense Department officials said

MARINE Reserve division readies for 2nd Iraq trip
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
Thirty Marine reservists based in Indianapolis reported for duty Monday
as they prepared for deployment to Iraq. The same outfit…

S Korea firm on Iraq despite hostage
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
South Korea said yesterday it will go ahead with its plan to send troops
to Iraq despite the abduction of a South Korean man and the televised
broadcast of his…

ROH set to defy kidnappers over troops to Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
South Korea's President Roh Moo-hyun yesterday vowed to press ahead with
plans to dispatch 3,600 more troops to Iraq in spite of a threat by al-Qaeda-linked

IRAQ casualties hurting support for Bush
Rediff – Mumbai,India
Public anxiety over mounting casualties in Iraq and doubts about the long-term
consequences of the war continue to rise in the United States and have

REBELS in Iraq kill 4 Marines
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ Insurgents gunned down four US Marines west of Baghdad
on Monday, and South Korea said it would go ahead with plans to send thousands

FOUR US troops killed in Iraq attack
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
RAMADI: Four US soldiers and five civilians were killed in separate incidents
in Iraq yesterday. Four US Marines were killed in…

MILITANTS Threaten to Kill Korean Hostage in Iraq
ABC News – 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…

SENATOR Seeks to Keep US Auditors on Job in Iraq
ABC News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US auditors checking for waste and fraud in Iraq
reconstruction contracts should not be allowed to simply “disappear” when
the US-led…

ALL Korean businessmen out of Iraq by early July: official
Xinhua – China
SEOUL, June 22 (Xinhuanet) — All South Korean businessmen will be evacuated
from Iraq by early July, following the kidnapping of a South Korean in
Iraq, said…

ISRAEL training Kurdish commandos in Iraq: report
ABC Online – Australia
Israel has operatives training commando units in Kurdish areas of US-occupied
Iraq, an alignment with the Kurds that gives Israel “eyes and ears” in
Iraq, Iran…

IRAQI election workers begin workshop in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… A team of Iraqi election workers began their three-week training here
Monday to learn international experience in organizing free and fair elections
in Iraq.…

MAJORITY of Americans believe Iraq war not worth fighting: poll
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : Fifty-two percent of Americans believe the Iraq war was not
worth fighting in what amounts to a repudiation of President George W.
Bush's argument…

TRANSITIONAL insecurity on Iraq's streets
United Press International – USA
By P. Mitchell Prothero. BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 21 (UPI) — “No, we can't
do it here, we were here last week for two hours and only found two pistols,”

IRAQ, Al Qaeda, and what constitutes a 'relationship'
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… Last week, the 9/11 Commission released a report saying, among other
things, that there was no “collaborative relationship” between Al Qaeda
and Iraq.…

IRAQ police to get weapons and training in Najaf
ABC Online – Australia
HAMISH ROBERTSON: The commander of the US military program to arm and train
Iraq's new security forces has promised a flow of weapons to Iraqi police

OIL prices fall after Iraq repairs
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… The news has been exports from Iraq resuming – it caused prices to
fall back a little bit initially,” said Commerzbank analyst David Thomas.

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