Iraq News and Information Links July 22 2004
NO need to ask Indians to leave Iraq: Natwar
Rediff – Mumbai,India
As efforts were on to secure the release of three Indians held hostage
in Iraq, India on Thursday said it is not contemplating asking its citizens
in the war…
in.rediff.com/news/2004/jul/22hostage2.htm

US Kills 25, Captures 25 in Iraq Firefight
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Also today in Iraq, authorities confirmed that a decapitated body who
may have been a kidnapping victim was found in northern Iraq along the
Tigris River.…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-072204iraq_lat,1,7611636.story?coll=la-home-headlines

ANOTHER decapitated body found in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The deepening hostage crises across Iraq prompted Kenya to call its citizens
home today and further complicated Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's

www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1090491309106&call_pageid=968256289824&col=968705899037

SMALL UN contingent heads to Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The new UN chief envoy for Iraq will go to Baghdad
next month along with a small team to reestablish a permanent UN presence,
says…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=552139&section=news

US Army: 94 Confirmed, Alleged Cases of Abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The US military says it has found 94 cases of suspected or confirmed abuse
of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a higher number than previously
estimated.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=76048C03-47BF-4150-899C39F4A6854531

KENYA Wants Its Citizens Out of Iraq
ABC News – USA
NAIROBI, Kenya July 22, 2004 ˜ The Kenyan government on Thursday called
on all its citizens to leave Iraq immediately, and a government spokesman
urged Iraqi…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040722_647.html

US funds for Iraq, Afghanistan drying up: report
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON: The United States has spent most of the $65 billion Congress
approved for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is “scrambling to find $12.3
billion…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/787202.cms

9/11 panel rules out Iraq link
NEWS.com.au – Australia
A US commission probing the September 11, 2001, terror attacks today found
no evidence of “operational” ties between Iraq and al-Qaeda but did not
rule out…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10221193%255E401,00.html

NEW hostage drama grips Iraq as US military slays 25 rebels
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : A new hostage drama gripped Iraq as a group of foreign truck
drivers begged for their lives and a body with its head severed was found
in a river…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/97093/1/.html

PHILIPPINE hostage leaves Iraq, Cairo meeting starts deliberations
Arabic News – Middle East
Worthy mentioning that De La Croz was held for two weeks in Iraq before
the group which was kidnapping him decided to release him after the Philippine
soldiers…
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040722/2004072209.html

INDIA seeks early release of Iraq hostages
United Press International – USA
NEW DELHI, July 22 (UPI) — India appealed to Islamic rebels Thursday to
release three Indians taken hostage in Iraq, reiterating that it won't
send troops to…
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040722-105301-6234r

DECAPITATED body found in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A decapitated corpse has been found by police in northern
Iraq and Bulgaria says it is investigating whether the body is one of
its…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=552009&section=news

IRAQ hostage video released
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The government of Kenya on Thursday released the
names of three citizens kidnapped in Iraq, along with four other men,
by a group that…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/22/iraq.hostages/

INCOMPLETE intelligence paved the way to Iraq war, says Labor
The Australian – Australia
… foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd said the findings showed political
failures had compromised the quality of information that paved the way
to war in Iraq.…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10218749%5E31477,00.html

EMPLOYER vows to free Iraq hostages
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Kuwaiti transport company that employs seven foreign
drivers seized by guerrillas in Iraq says it will do all it can to win
their…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=551838&section=news

AUSTRALIA'S Iraq justification criticized
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Canberra ˜ Australia's decision to invade Iraq was based on thin, equivocal
and uncertain intelligence about that country's weapons of mass destruction,
a…
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040722.waust0722/BNStory/International/

US embassy condemns kidnapping of Indians in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… US said Thursday it was making efforts to secure the release of three
Indians, who were among six persons taken hostage by a militant group
in Iraq Wednesday.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/22/content_1630532.htm

PHILIPPINE Hostage Home From Iraq As US-Philippine Relations Cool
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… States are tested. Eighteen days after Islamic militants kidnapped
him in Iraq, Angelo de la Cruz came home a free man. With his…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=3C1DE911-B931-43B3-903BC9A31A3581CE

NEW Hostages in Iraq Plead for Their Lives on Tape
Wired News – USA
… Lined up in a dark room, seven foreign truck drivers pleaded for their
lives in a video tape filmed by militants holding them hostage in Iraq
— the tension…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=896823&tw=wn_wire_story

IRAQ, Neighbors to Meet on Bolstering Border Security
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Countries neighboring Iraq have agreed to send their interior ministers
and security officials to Iran to discuss ways to secure their borders
against armed…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=10D40CBD-6683-4DF9-A3908FF1E3FBB580

AUSTRALIAN Inquiry Finds Intelligence Failures on Iraq's WMD…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Australia's intelligence agencies has cleared the government of allegations
that it manipulated information to justify its involvement in the war
against Iraq.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=C7264176-7850-495C-907CB699AAF11868

US marines kill 25 insurgents in Iraq clashes
National Post (subscription) – Canada
… weapons. US and Iraqi officials have long complained of fighters entering
Iraq from neighbouring countries to battle coalition forces.…
www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=4ea73f87-ce64-4b33-a403-5ff4b1cd1565

US Death Toll In Iraq Hits 900
CBS News – USA
… US allies and kidnapped several foreign workers, a car bomb on Wednesday
killed four people and a US soldier's death brought the US toll in Iraq
to 900.…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/22/iraq/main631136.shtml

ALLAWI: Iraq wants for Arab and Islamic troops to protect UN
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… his country wants troops from Arab and Islamic countries, particularly
Egypt, to help protect the United Nations if the world body sends a new
mission to Iraq.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/204/world/Allawi_Iraq_wants_for_Arab_and:.shtml

OVER 5,000 Indians working in Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
New Delhi: Over 5,000 Indians are estimated to be working in Iraq, mostly
in US army camps, the continuing violence and reports of poor working
conditions…
sify.com/news_info/fullstory.php?id=13527818

DIPLOMATS Work to Free Seven Hostages in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… of three captured Indians, three Kenyans and an Egyptian after their
kidnappers threatened to behead them one by one unless their employer
pulled out of Iraq.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5742388

IRAQ'S neighbors to share data on militant infiltrators
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
CAIRO, Egypt – Iraq's neighbors agreed Wednesday to hold a high-level security
meeting and share intelligence about cross-border infiltration, answering
the war…
www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2381224

AUSTRALIA relied on 'thin, ambiguous intelligence' on Iraq's WMD…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
CANBERRA: Australia relied on “thin, ambiguous and incomplete” intelligence
on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq in deciding to join last
year's US-led…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/97008/1/.html

6 more kidnapped in Iraq; group issues death threat, demands
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ When the Philippine government secured the release of
one of its citizens Tuesday by withdrawing its troops from Iraq ahead
of schedule…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001985493_iraq22.html

FILIPINO Hostage Returns Home From Iraq
ABC News – USA
MANILA, Philippines July 22, 2004 ˜ A Filipino truck driver released
by his kidnappers in Iraq came home to a hero's welcome Thursday, while
the US…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040722_289.html

MORE foreigners reported abducted in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
BAGHDAD — A fresh hostage crisis erupted in Iraq yesterday, just a day
after a kidnapped Filipino was freed, with a previously unknown group
of militants…
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040722/IRAQ22/TPInternational/Africa

US toll in Iraq reaches 900
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… roadside bomb killed a patrolling American soldier shortly after midnight
yesterday north of Baghdad, marking the 900th death among US troops in
Iraq since the…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-wocasu223901689jul22,0,2431864.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

25 guerrillas killed in Iraq: US military
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 22 (Xinhuanet) — US marines killed 25 guerrillas and captured
25 during several hours of fighting in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi,
a…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/22/content_1629021.htm

NEIGHBORS, Iraq to meet over border security
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
CAIRO – (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…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/9211387.htm

TERRORISTS warn Poland – get out of Iraq or else
Warsaw Business Journal – Warszawa,Morocco,Poland
An Islamic group Al-Tawhid, which calls itself the Al-Quaida of Europe,
has called on the Polish and Bulgarian governments to withdraw their armies
from Iraq.…
www.wbj.pl/?command=article&id=23310&

MILITANT group takes 6 civilians hostage in Iraq
CNN International – USA
(CNN) — An obscure militant group Wednesday announced the abduction of
six foreign truckers in Iraq and threatened to behead them if their company
does not…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/07/22/iraq.main/

INSURGENTS kidnap 6 truckers in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents said Wednesday that they had kidnapped six
more foreign hostages and threatened to behead one every 72 hours unless
their employer…
www.indystar.com/articles/5/164380-9895-010.html

FILIPINOS rally behind Arroyo on troop pull-out from Iraq
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
… dpa) – Filipinos rallied behind Philippine President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo's decision to pull out the country's humanitarian contingent in
Iraq to save a…
www.mb.com.ph/MAIN2004072214601.html

SIX new hostages face death in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
New violence claimed the lives of at least 12 people in Iraq and an Islamist
group threatened to behead six new foreign hostages.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/22/1090464785334.html

BLAIR survives battering on Iraq policy
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… Blair marked 10 years as leader of his Labour Party yesterday having
more or less scraped through a controversy over British intelligence on
Iraq, but counting…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=87379&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27124

AUSTRALIAN Report Clears Government Over Iraq Intelligence
Bloomberg – USA
July 22 (Bloomberg) — The Australian government didn't misuse intelligence
before it joined the US-led attack on Iraq, according to a report from
former…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000081&sid=abmwYiVG4AXY&refer=australia

US war cost in Iraq, Afghanistan underestimated
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Xinhuanet) — The US government has underestimated
the 2004 cost of American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
by 12.3 billion…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/22/content_1627490.htm

ANNAN: UN weapons inspectors to back to Iraq if asked to
Xinhua – China
¡¡UNITED NATIONS, July 21 (Xinhuanet) — UN weapons inspectors will return
to Iraq to finish their mandate only when the UN Security Council requests
them to…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/22/content_1627488.htm

FILIPINOS Await Iraq Hostage; US Envoy Leaves for Washington
Bloomberg – USA
July 22 (Bloomberg) — Filipinos awaited the return of Angelo de la Cruz
from Iraq as the US ambassador left to discuss the two countries' ties
after the…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000080&sid=ar7dIM7mlbSw&refer=asia

NEW hostage crisis occurs in Iraq after release of Filipino
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhuanet) — A new hostage crisis occurred in Iraq on
Wednesday just one day after the kidnapped Filipino was released, with
a militant…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/22/content_1627111.htm

IRAQ'S neighbors open discussions on securing war-battered nation
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq yesterday asked neighboring countries meeting in Cairo for tangible
assistance to restore security to the violence-ravaged nation, saying
action and not…
www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/07/22/1090462886.htm

BULGARIA, Poland warned of attacks if troops stay in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… JULY 21: A group claiming to be the European wing of Al Qaeda on Wednesday
threatened Bulgaria and Poland with attacks if they do not pull troops
out of Iraq.…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=51517

UN inspectors plan return to Iraq to finish nuclear study
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
UN nuclear safeguards inspectors will return to Iraq soon following an
official invitation from the new government, the head of the UN nuclear
agency said on…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/07/22/2003179943

A Daily Look at Military Deaths in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Wednesday, July 21, 895 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense
Department…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V5098.AP-Iraq-US-Deaths.html

MILITARY fatalities in Iraq reach 900
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ American soldiers in Iraq have been dying at a rate of two
a day since Iraqis regained political control on June 28 ˆ a drop from
the…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/072204dnintcasualties.2a1ab.html

IRAQ guerillas seize another six foreign hostages
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
BAGHDAD – A new hostage crisis has erupted in Iraq with guerrillas saying
they have seized three Indians, two Kenyans and an Egyptian and threatening
to kill…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3579717&reportid=562588&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

US deaths in Iraq reach 900; injured near 6,000
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
WASHINGTON, DC— US soldiers in Iraq have been dying at a rate of two a
day since Iraqis regained political control on June 28 — a drop from
the deadliest…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4888083.html

US to beef up Iraq with arms sale: report
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Xinhuanet) — US President George W. Bush issued a
memorandum Wednesday to the State Department that formally allows Iraq
to receive…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/22/content_1626982.htm

IRAQ'S neighbors address security concern amid mounting violence
Xinhua – China
CAIRO, July 21 (Xinhuanet) — Countries neighboring Iraq on Wednesday addressed
security concern of the violence-ravaged nation by agreeing to hold a
meeting…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/22/content_1626578.htm

TWELVE killed in Iraq as six new hostages face death
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : New violence claimed the lives of at least 12 people in Iraq
and an Islamist group threatened to kill six new foreign hostages as Iraq's
neighbors…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/96934/1/.html

IRAQ signs anti-terror agreement with Jordan
Xinhua – China
… We reached a security agreement with our brothers in Jordan,” said
Allawi, pointing out that Jordan pledged unlimited support to Iraq to
fight terror…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/22/content_1625969.htm

MANILA seeks to appease allies over Iraq pullout
Straits Times – Singapore
… To avert a major political backlash against her government, President
Gloria Arroyo pulled out the 51-member humanitarian contingent from Iraq
a month ahead of…
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,262733,00.html

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 kill six new foreign
hostages unless…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/96931/1/.html

MEDICAL team to Iraq to be Œsufficiently big‚
The Star – Malaysia
PARIS: The proposed military medical team that Malaysia plans to send to
Iraq will be “sufficiently big and not a just a token‰ so that it
can do something…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/7/22/nation/8497124&sec=nation

INSURGENTS in Iraq take 6 new hostages
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Insurgents in Iraq said on Wednesday that they had kidnapped six
more foreign hostages and threatened to behead one every 72 hours.…
www.iht.com/articles/530570.htm

  
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