Iraq News and Information Links August 22 2004
HEAVY clashes in Iraq holy city, US journalist released
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAJAF, Iraq : Heavy clashes flared between US troops and Shiite Muslim
militiamen loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr in Iraq's holy city of
Najaf, while five…

KIDNAPPED reporter freed in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
… only described as “groups” – had approached his office after realising
that the journalist had worked to “uncover the truth about events in Iraq,
especially in…

FILM Review: 'Uncovered: the War on Iraq'
Reuters – USA
… Reporter) – A highly impressive array of talking heads deliver vivid
counterarguments to the Bush administration's rationales for the war in
Iraq in Robert…

BUSH and Iraq, as Seen By Foreign News Editors
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Jennifer Ludden discusses the impact of the Iraq war
and other aspects of Bush administration foreign policy with three foreign

POLITICS of exclusion in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
But the Baghdad politicking was just as important for the future prospects
of a unified Iraq, and the outcome was mostly discouraging.…

US chaplains lend spiritual aid in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By TODD PITMAN. NAJAF, Iraq — The Marines screamed for a medic and tried
to stanch the blood. But in the end, there was nothing they could do.

US Journalist In Iraq Released
CBS News – USA
(AP) US journalist Micah Garen, who was kidnapped in Iraq more than a week
ago, was released in the southern city of Nasiriyah.…

FOUR Blasts in Iraq's Najaf, US Warplane Overhead
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq, (Reuters) – Four loud blasts were heard in Najaf late on Sunday
as an AC-130 US military plane circled overhead, a Reuters witness said.

GOVT warned on Iraq backlash: analysts
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The federal government was told repeatedly by intelligence analysts that
the conflict in Iraq would harm the war on terrorism by fanning Islamic
extremism, it…

JOURNALIST Kidnapped in Iraq Is Released
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – US journalist Micah Garen, who was kidnapped in Iraq more
than a week ago, was released Sunday in the southern city of Nasiriyah.

NEW plot in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
The fate of the Iranian diplomat recently kidnapped in Iraq is still unclear
and the illegal arrest in Iraq of an Iranian reporter and some managers
from Iran…

POLAND wants to leave Iraq as soon as possible: defense minister
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
WARSAW (AFP) – Poland wants to pull out of Iraq as soon as possible, Defense
Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski said on Sunday as he arrived at a Polish military

THREE US Marines Killed in Iraq-Military
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Three US marines have been killed in action in Iraq's
volatile Anbar province, the US military said in a statement on Sunday.

SOLDIER Killed in Convoy Blast in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
MOSUL, Iraq (AP)—A roadside bomb detonated near a US military convoy on
Sunday outside the northern city of Mosul, killing one US soldier and
wounding another…

MEDAL beckons as Iraq makes football semis
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
THESSALONIKI, Greece – It was as if the location was perfectly named for
Olympic soccer‚s new heroes. For Iraklion read the Iraq lions.…

PAKISTAN Shiites protest Iraq fighting
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
… 5,000 Shiite Muslims today held an anti-US rally in Karachi, to protest
at the fighting in the holy city of Najaf and demanding US forces withdraw
from Iraq.…

EDITORIAL: Fighting for the soul of Iraq
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ, yet again, seems to be at a tipping point. For three weeks the so-called
Mehdi Army of radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr…,5744,10532579%255E7583,00.html

A new Iraq pursues soccer destiny
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Iraq's Munir Qusai evades a tackle from Australia's Anthony Danze in Iraq's
1-0 victory. … From the ashes of war-torn Iraq an unlikely Phoenix is

IRAQ Victim's Mother Plans to Sue Government
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq is looking to sue the Ministry
of Defence over her son‚s death, it emerged today.…

WORKERS Œdesperate‚ to work in Iraq, says Estrada
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Former President Joseph Estrada, appealing on behalf of desperate overseas
Filipino workers with contracts to work in Iraq, has urged Malacañang
and the…

OIL exports from southern Iraq back to normal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BASRA, Iraq : Oil exports from the south of Iraq are back to their normal
level of 85,000 barrels per hour, an official of the South Oil Company
told AFP.…

THE Iraq Insurgency: Politics by Force
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Jennifer Ludden gets an assessment of the fighting in
Iraq from Col. Patrick Lang, a former director of Middle…

NEPAL yet to confirm abduction of its nationals in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Nepal has said that it is yet to confirm the reports of abduction of its
12 nationals by militants in Iraq, the state media reported on Sunday.,00050002.htm

CLASHES near Iraq's Najaf kill 40 people-govt
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD, Aug 22 (Reuters) – At least 40 Iraqis were killed on Saturday
in fierce clashes near the southern city of Najaf, where Shi'ite militias
are involved…

IRAQ pipeline remains shut
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Authorities kept a main oil pipeline in southern
Iraq shut Sunday rather than risk it being attacked, restricting the country's

IRAN leader urges Iraq summit
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
TEHRAN — Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called on Muslim countries
Friday to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the “catastrophe” in Iraq,
particularly the…,1,2117785.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

KOCH says he left Democrats over Iraq policy
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… with sanity,” former mayor Ed Koch _ a lifelong Democrat _ said he
had decided to support President Bush in the 2004 election because of
Bush's policy on Iraq.…—cvn-koch0822aug22,0,6735426.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

IRAQ Can't Boost Oil Sales Until Security Improves, SOMO Says
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) — Iraq, the world's third-largest holder of oil reserves,
won't reopen a pipeline in the south of the country and boost exports
beyond 1…

CAMP Pendleton Marine killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
LOS ANGELES – A Camp Pendleton Marine whose father's service in the Vietnam
War inspired him to join the military has been killed in Iraq. Pfc.…

RUMSFELD Asked To Account For $8.8 Billion Iraq Money
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… have asked US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to account for $ 8.8
billion entrusted to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq
earlier this year…

UK Military Can't Locate Reported Iraq Oil Pipeline Attack
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) — UK military forces said they couldn't find a fire
or any damage to an oil pipeline in southern Iraq caused by a reported
bomb explosion…

CAR blast injures Iraq governor – Australia
… Guerillas waging a year-long insurgency in Iraq have repeatedly used
car bombs to attack top officials of the interim government, Iraqi security
forces and…,4057,10531889%255E401,00.html

AIR raids, clashes around Najaf shrine, clashes in southern Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAJAF, Iraq : US jets staged raids overnight in the holy city of Najaf
near the revered Imam Ali mosque where fresh clashes erupted between Shiite

AMAZING Iraq on cusp
Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
THESSALONIKI, Greece — Iraq beat Australia 1-0 in the quarter-final of
the Olympic soccer tournament yesterday to move within sight of a medal,
maybe even the…

IRAQ Is One Win From a Medal
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… air and, with an overhead bicycle kick, knocked Australia out of the
men's Olympic soccer tournament and at the same time put his own country,
Iraq, into the…,1,2303126.story?coll=la-headlines-sports

US pins exit hopes on Iraq troop training
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
TIKRIT, Iraq ˜ Next to a dirt-packed soccer field on an island in the
middle of the Tigris River, the men who represent the long-term US exit
strategy for…

IRAQ'S new air force takes to skies
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Iraq's new air force has taken to the skies for the first
time since the United States invaded last year and disbanded the country's

CAR bomb targets officials in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
Police in Iraq say a suicide car bomber has blown up his vehicle near a
convoy carrying officials north of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding

VIOLENCE in Iraq drives up oil price
Business Report – Johannesburg,South Africa
London – Oil prices raced to fresh highs on Friday, carrying US crude over
$49 (R320.95) a barrel, driven by escalating violence in Iraq and unabated

NEPAL investigating report of Nepalese held hostage in Iraq
The Malaysia Star – Malaysia
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) – Nepal is investigating a report that 12 of its citizens
have been taken hostage by a militant group in Iraq, the prime minister

CAR bomb explodes in north Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
A car bomb has exploded in the Iraqi town of Baquba, killing two Iraqis
and wounding at least four, officials say. Police officers…

LETTERS: Iraq war
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… Iraq is supposed to be in the hands of its government and leaders.
… Did Mr. Bush have any idea how many lives his war in Iraq would cost?

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