Iraq News and Information Links April 23 2004
HAS Iraq stretched the US military to its breaking point?
Slate – USA
… Senior Army leaders also said this week they will ask Congress for
more money to make ends meet in Iraq and rebuild their drained force.

US admits it will still control Iraq after transfer
Independent – London,England,UK
… would not be tolerated. "That is why we want to have an American ambassador
in Iraq," he noted cryptically. The limitations can…

DANISH minister quits over Iraq WMD report
ABC Online – Australia
… after opposition parties criticised him for telling the media about
a secret meeting on a report on the possible presence of weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq…

POWELL: US to Propose New UN Resolution on Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday the United States will offer
a new UN Security Council resolution on Iraq as soon as UN special envoy

US Hopes Nations Keep Troops in Iraq Past June 30
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – Faced with an eroding military coalition, the United States
said on Friday it hoped several nations would keep their troops in Iraq
past their July…

RICE Holds Closed-Door Iraq Briefings on Capitol Hill
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice briefs House and
Senate Republicans on the situation in Iraq. The closed…

THREATS Fly in Iraq's Sunni, Shi'ite Flashpoints
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A rebel Shi'ite cleric threatened on Friday to unleash
suicide bombers if US forces attacked Iraq's holy city of Najaf and US
Marines said…

US announces re-Baathification of Iraq
Times of India – India
BAGHDAD: The top US administrator in Iraq announced on Friday an easing
of the purge of members of Saddam Hussein's disbanded party that will
allow thousands…

US wants UK military in central Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… (Guardian News Service): The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) is
resisting US pressure on Britain to extend its sphere of military influence
in Iraq to some…

MAJOR Developments in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
_The number of American troops wounded in Iraq soared in the past two weeks
as the insurgency flared in south-central Iraq and in the Sunni Triangle
north and…

BREMER Speaks to Iraqis About Security, New Iraq – USA
… Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III said on the Al-Iraqiyah national television
service that Iraq faces a choice between freedom and continued tyranny.

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
(AGI) – Rome, April 23 – The Italian Red Cross convoy which for the second
time managed to open a humanitarian corridor in the city under siege returned

UN credibility on the line over alleged Iraq kickbacks
… world affairs is on the line as a special investigative panel begins
to examine allegations of massive corruption related to the UN Oil for
Food program in Iraq…

INCREASED troops for Iraq stretches US army
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The Pentagon's decision to increase US troop numbers in Iraq has had a
ripple effect in the US army, which is likely to force units to return
to Iraq just…

Œ Pinoys in Iraq accounted for‚
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Following reports that some 4,000 Filipinos had slipped unnoticed into
Iraq, President Arroyo on Friday assured that Philippine authorities in
that country are…

NUMBER of troops wounded in Iraq has skyrocketed this month
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The number of American troops wounded in Iraq soared in
the past two weeks as the insurgency flared in south-central Iraq and
in the Sunni…

ITALIAN FM denies paying ransom for hostages held in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Fabrizio Quattrocchi, 36, was executed by the group after the Italian
government said it would not give in to their demands of withdrawing troops
from Iraq.…

UK Considers Replacing Spaniards in Iraq
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it was considering sending more
troops to Iraq to replace the withdrawing Spaniards, but had so far taken
no decision…

US Plans to Limit Sovereignty of Iraq's Caretaker Government
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
WASHINGTON (New York Times) — US plans for a new caretaker government
in Iraq would place severe limits on its sovereignty, including only partial

RADICAL Iraq cleric threatens suicide attacks as Bulgarian…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
KUFA, Iraq : Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr threatened the US-led coalition
with suicide attacks if it launched offensives on Iraq's holy cities,
while his…

BULGARIAN troops to remain in Iraq, parliamentary committee…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Bulgarian troops will continue serving in Iraq despite
renewed attacks in the Iraqi city of Karbala, where a Bulgarian soldier
was killed…

DEMOCRACY must triumph in Iraq
Fort Wayne News Sentinel – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
The barbarians struck again last week, killing children and other innocent
people with suicide bombings in Iraq. Even by the terrible…

BLOODY day in Iraq; American army accuses Iraqi police of…
Arabic News – Middle East
Commander of the first American armored contingent in Iraq. Gen. Martin
Dimpsy accused groups in the Iraqi police of helping members…

GUILFORD family questions death of son in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The parents of an Army counterintelligence analyst
who died in Iraq are questioning whether their son's death was unavoidable.—s

BECHTEL/USAID Work Continues in Iraq
Yahoo News (press release) – USA
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire/ — Recent security developments in
Iraq have raised many questions about the impact on our work for USAID
to repair vital…

COALITION to Reduce Restrictions on Baathists in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
The US coalition in Iraq said today that rules would be relaxed so that
thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's party can hold military
or teaching…,1,5776626.story?coll=la-home-headlines

IRAQ: Clerics Say US Will Pay Dearly If It Attacks Al-Fallujah,…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Prague, 23 April 2004 (RFE/RL) — Muslim clerics across Iraq warned that
the United States would pay a heavy price if its forces unleashed a fresh
offensive on…

NC soldiers not facing same hostilities as others in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… What we haven't experienced is what has been happening in other parts
of the country," Handley said Friday in a telephone interview from Iraq.

MCCAIN asks for more troops in Iraq
The University of Hawaii Kaleo – HI,USA
… A leading Senate Republican called yesterday for President Bush to
commit a division or more of fresh troops to quell the worst fighting
in Iraq since the war…

OTHER Iraq events
The Casper Star Tribune – Casper,WY,USA
— The top Marine commander in Iraq warned Fallujah residents and insurgents
in the city that they have "days, not weeks" to turn in heavy weapons.

MASS. Troops Return From Iraq
Boston – Boston,MA,USA
AYER, Mass. — As the danger in Iraq seems to grow, some local troops are
arriving back in Massachusetts to a heroes' welcome. NewsCenter…

SADR warns of Iraq suicide bombs
BBC News – London,England,UK
Rebel Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr has warned coalition troops will face suicide
attacks if they attack the holy city of Najaf. "……

BRITAIN resists pressure to extend Iraq force
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Britain's Ministry of Defence is resisting US pressure to extend its sphere
of military influence in Iraq to some of the most violent parts of the

IRAQ as an Obsession – West Palm Beach,FL,USA
… culture, and whose democracy prior to 1933 was no less Western, advanced,
and sophisticated than in the English-speaking countries, VERSUS Iraq,
an Islamic…

RADICAL Iraq cleric threatens suicide attacks
Channel News Asia – Singapore
KARBALA, Iraq : The US-led coalition in Iraq was threatened with suicide
attacks as leading Shiite and Sunni clerics warned troops against assaulting

THREATS fly in Iraq's flashpoints
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A rebel Shi'ite cleric has threatened to unleash suicide
bombers if US forces attack Iraq's holy city of Najaf and US Marines say

THREATS fly in Iraq's flashpoints
swissinfo – Switzerland
… Such a battle could shape Iraq's future, Coleman told reporters at
Camp Falluja, a US base near the town. "As Falluja goes, so. goes central

BREMER announces policy change in Iraq
WTNH – New Haven,CT,USA
(Baghdad, Iraq-AP Apr. 23, 2004 9:00 AM) _ US administrator Paul Bremer
has announced an easing of the ban on members of Saddam…

THE Political and Media Piranhas of Vietnam and Iraq
Washington Dispatch – USA
Recently a friend asked me to compare what is taking place in Iraq with
our involvement almost four decades ago in Vietnam. To accomplish…

ZAPATERO: Early Iraq pullout linked to US refusal to cede… – Canada
MADRID, Spain (AP) – The decision to remove Spain's troops early from Iraq
followed a statement by a top US official that American troops would take

BULGARIAN Soldier Shot in Head, Critical in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… soldier was shot in the head and is in critical condition after his
unit was ambushed in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala in southern Iraq,
the defense…

UK 'may send more troops to Iraq'
BBC News – London,England,UK
More British troops could be sent to Iraq to replace withdrawing Spanish
forces, the Ministry of Defence says. The MoD has confirmed…

CHURCH aid agencies pull out of Iraq as time runs out
Ekklesia – UK
… warn that "time is running out" for a peaceful solution in the flashpoint
Sunni Triangle town of Fallujah, Church aid agencies working in Iraq are
pulling out…

VIOLENCE leads firms to suspend projects in Iraq
Cleveland Plain Dealer – Cleveland,OH,USA
Baghdad, Iraq – Violence across Iraq has interrupted repair on key electricity
and water systems and forced giant firms Siemens AG, Bechtel and General

GUARD doctors heading to Iraq
Bismarck Tribune – Bismarck,ND,USA
Eight North Dakota National Guard doctors who normally help other soldiers
get ready for deployment are now getting themselves ready to go to Iraq.

SHI'ITE Rebels Fight Foreign Troops in South Iraq
Reuters – USA
… his surrender. Poland leads a multinational force deployed in a swathe
of south-central Iraq that includes both cities. Further…

US policy on Iraq Baathists risks upheaval – Chalabi
Reuters – India
… Iraq's US Governor Paul Bremer was due to explain the policy shift
in a televised speech to Iraqis later on Friday. The Baath Party…

IRAQ'S media war
Guardian – UK
… the Guardian reported how a cameraman from Arab news channel al-Jazeera,
Salah Hassan, had allegedly been imprisoned and beaten by American soldiers
in Iraq.…,2763,1200854,00.html

ANNAN vows truth in UN fraud probe on Iraq oil sales
Borneo Bulletin – borneo,Brunei Darussalam
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday vowed
to get to the bottom of mounting allegations of fraud and corruption in
the UN's…

JAPANESE aid worker says ignoring advisories to leave Iraq not…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… AP) The head of a Japanese aid group on Friday brushed aside charges
that aid workers were reckless for ignoring official advisories to leave
Iraq, amid a…

UK considers sending extra troops to Iraq: report
Xinhua – China
LONDON, April 23 (Xinhuanet) — British military planners were drawing
up contingency plans to send up to 1,700 extra troops to Iraq in response
to the…

US plan would impose limits on Iraq sovereignty
Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription) – Fort Worth,TX,USA
The Bush administration's plans for a new caretaker government in Iraq
would place severe limits on its sovereignty, including only partial command
over its…

Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription) – Fort Worth,TX,USA
The Bush administration plans for a new caretaker government in Iraq would
place severe limits on its sovereignty, including only partial command
over its…

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… silence. In this moment, it's the best attitude," said this morning
Antonella Agliana, the sister of Iraq hostage Maurizio Agliana.…

UN'S Annan cries foul over criticism in Iraq oil scandal
Channel News Asia - Singapore
UNITED NATIONS : UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said that some criticism
in a burgeoning scandal over the UN's handling of Iraqi oil sales under
Saddam ...

US May End Ban on Iraq's Baathists
NPR (audio) - USA
Description: The United States reviews its policy of "de-Baathication"
in Iraq as it moves toward allowing former members of Saddam Hussein's
party to hold ...

INTERPLAY of Iraq, Occupation Debated
NPR (audio) - USA
Description: At the final session before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
on the planned exchange of sovereignty in Iraq, a State Department official

3 Big Firms Suspend Operations In Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) - Hartford,CT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A wave of violence has forced the suspension of some Iraqi
reconstruction by the German engineering giant Siemens AG and US-based
firms ...,1,7911584.story?coll=hc-headlines-business

SECURITY Limits Iraq Travel
NPR (audio) - USA
Description: NPR's Melissa Block talks with NPR's Emily Harris in Baghdad
about the difficulties of moving around Baghdad and the rest of Iraq these
days. ...

IRAQ dangers force funds shift
Boston Globe - Boston,MA,USA
... A quarterly update from US civilian authorities in Iraq highlights
the financial strain facing American officials dealing with a growing
insurgency that has ...

PLANS for Iraq caretaker leadership faulted
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ The Bush administration's plans for a new caretaker government
in Iraq would place severe limits on its sovereignty, officials said Thursday.

VIOLENCE Slows Progress of Iraq's Reconstruction
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ The escalation of violence in Iraq this month is curtailing
the pace of US government-financed reconstruction, but both contractors
and US…,1,5160489.story?coll=la-headlines-world

ADMINISTRATION Details Plan for Returning Power to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… The administration will also seek another UN Security Council resolution
on Iraq, the officials said, in hopes of winning more international support
for the…,1,1212158.story?coll=la-headlines-world

AN Islamic call for UN to go to Iraq
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
… countries called yesterday for the Security Council to pass a resolution
giving the United Nations a central role in restoring peace and security
in Iraq.…

MARINES urge weapons handover in Iraq
The Daily Texan – Austin,TX,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq – US Marines warned guerrillas in this violence-wracked
city Thursday that they have only days to hand over their heavy weapons
or face a…

MCCAIN to Bush: Another division is needed in Iraq
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
… A leading Senate Republican called yesterday for President Bush to
commit a division or more of fresh troops to quell the worst fighting
in Iraq since the war…

US nominee to Iraq is familiar with hard tasks
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
WASHINGTON – John Negroponte, named this week by President Bush to be ambassador
to Iraq after the formal end of the US military occupation June 30, is

WITH Iraq behind them, troops at Fort Hood reflect and unwind
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… Steven Sanchez said of his son, dressed like his dad in desert camouflage
for the big event — a party for 17,000 soldiers recently returned from
a year in Iraq…

ANOTHER SA man killed in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
… The man ˆ the fourth South African to be killed in Iraq since January
ˆ was working on a four-month contract as a bodyguard for the United

WELSH troops return from Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Wales are starting to return from their
tour of duty in Iraq to their base in Germany. About…

PROFS analyze, criticize war in Iraq
Yale Daily News – USA
As the June 30 deadline for the return of sovereignty to Iraq draws near
and unrest escalates in cities such as Fallujah and Basra, debate over
the United…

JAPAN turns back on former hostages held in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
TOKYO — The young Japanese civilians taken hostage in Iraq returned home
this week, not to the warmth of a yellow-ribbon embrace but to a disapproving

COALITION forces in Iraq – a shrinking piece of wild ass's skin
Viet Nam News Agency – Hanoi,Vietnam
Ha Noi, April 23 (VNA) – After Spain and Honduras, the Dominican Republic
on April 21 announced plans to withdraw its 300 troops from Iraq "as soon
as possible…

NEW Course for Iraq
Washington Post – USA
The new, new Iraq policy has three basic components. Each reduces the risks
of the previous US approach. But the revised plan carries…

DESPITE Iraq news, Bush hangs on
… this week, the Washington Post poll and the Gallup poll, show President
Bush ahead of John Kerry ˜ this despite three weeks of grim news from
Iraq, TV images…

PHILIPPINES prepared for terror threats, no pullout from Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MANILA: The Philippines is prepared for any new terrorist threats and is
maintaining its forces in Iraq, officials said, following threats to Asian

BLAME Bush, not the Jews, for Iraq
WorldNetDaily – Grants Pass,OR,USA
Asked by the nation's premier investigative reporter if he had sought his
dad's advice before invading Iraq, President Bush replied that his earthly

LIMITED Sovereignty For Iraq Is Described
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… A senior US official familiar with the plans for Iraq said recently
that there is a disconnect between "sovereignty" and how much power Iraqis
will have after…

REPORT: UN envoy to Iraq calls Israeli policy 'biggest poison in…
Ha'aretz – Israel
United Nations special envoy for Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, claims there is
a clear tie between the escalation of the situation in Iraq and Israeli
policy, which…

ISLAMIC nations call for `central' UN role in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… of the world's largest grouping of Islamic nations yesterday urged
the US to introduce a Security Council resolution granting the UN "a central
role" in Iraq.…

VIOLENCE leads to suspension of some projects in Iraq
Winston Salem Journal – Winston-Salem,NC,USA
The suspensions are a fresh setback for the US-led coalition and its campaign
to rebuild Iraq. One affected project is the repair…

IRAQ Rationales Getting Weaker (If That Is Possible) – Sunnyvale,CA,USA
… The Bush administration ˆ or at least certain elements, early on
including the president ˆ was determined even before 9/11 to have its
war with Iraq.…

UN to help Iraq oil corruption probe
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Iraqi officials have hit the United Nations at a time when the White
House wants the world body to help organise a new interim government in
Iraq that would…

FORT Hood soldiers return from Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… and a carnival ˆ but was still mindful of comrades who will never
return to their families and soldiers with other units who still face
hazardous duty in Iraq…

THE Case for Leaving Iraq Pronto
BusinessWeek – USA
President George W. Bush could not have been more emphatic in his remarks
about Iraq before editors at the Newspaper Association of America's annual

GOVT urged to take British lead over Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
The Federal Opposition says the Government should adopt the same public
openness that the British Government has taken over Iraq.…

WHITE House Says Iraq Sovereignty Could Be Limited
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
ASHINGTON, April 22 ˜ The Bush administration's plans for a new caretaker
government in Iraq would place severe limits on its sovereignty, including

SALVADORAN troops to remain in Iraq: commander
Xinhua – China
MEXICO CITY, April 22 (Xinhuanet) — El Salvador's military chief in Iraq
Col. Hugo Omar Orellana Calionio said Thursday that the…

UN Chief Rebuts Critics of the Iraq 'Oil for Food' Program
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… The allegations of corruption have battered the United Nations just
as it is being given the lead role in shaping an interim government in

CONTRACTORS in Iraq cut back on work
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… With roads from the north, south and west virtually closed to traffic
and foreign contractors curtailing operations throughout Iraq due to violence,

OLYMPICS: Iraq looks to US to rebuild Olympic program
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… While Iraq could send as many as 30 athletes to the Olympics in seven
sports later this year, the delegation met with President George W. Bush,
members of…

LEGAL Change Coming for US Troops in Iraq
FOX News – USA
… The Bush administration still plans to hand over sovereignty of Iraq
to the Iraqis by June 30. With Iraq as a sovereign nation, the…,2933,117929,00.html

MCCAIN calls for fresh troops for Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
… A leading Senate Republican called Thursday for President Bush to commit
a division or more of fresh troops to quell the worst fighting in Iraq
since the war…

TROOP buildup in Iraq exposes critical shortages
USA Today – USA
A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll this week showed that a third of Americans
believe that the US needs to send more troops to Iraq to help stem the
rising violence.…

UN Secretary-General Annan Defends Iraq Oil-For-Food Program
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has issued a spirited defense of the world
body's role in administering the Iraq oil-for-food program.…

IRAQ Update: Fallujah Fighting, Contractor Pullout
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Philip Reeves reports from Baghdad on the latest developments
in Iraq. There is … First, new developments in Iraq. Two big…

IRAQ Lock Down
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Car bombings in Basra, attacks on contractors, the kidnapping
of foreigners. Almost every day a new trouble spot emerges in Iraq.…

WE ‚ ll manage , says Iraq
The Star – Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA: Iraq is against foreign troops, including those from Islamic
nations, being brought in to maintain security in the country.…

A daily look at Iraq military deaths – MI,USA
(AP) ˜ As of Thursday, April 22, 704 US service members have died since
the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the

AN inside look into Iraq war
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… investigative journalist, has produced a richly detailed, awesomely
sourced, fly-on-the-wall account of the 16-month period leading up to
the war against Iraq.…

MARINES to Iraq rebels: Hand over weapons
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
Fallujah, Iraq — US Marines warned guerrillas in this violence-wracked
city Thursday that they have only days to hand over their heavy weapons
or face a…,0,4630320.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

BIG contractors scaling back operations in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Amid a backdrop of kidnappings, convoy ambushes
and car bombings in Iraq, a spokesman for corporate giant General Electric

MULTINATIONAL companies suspending some Iraq projects due to Iraq…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Violence across Iraq has interrupted repair on key electricity
and water systems and forced giant firms Siemens AG, Bechtel and General

IRAQ coalition is still strong, US insists
Straits Times – Singapore
WASHINGTON – The White House insisted on Wednesday the United States-led
coalition in Iraq was strong despite comments from staunch ally Poland
that it may…,4386,247262,00.html

1700 extra troops could be sent to Iraq to replace Spaniards
Independent – London,England,UK
By Kim Sengupta. Britain's military planners are drawing up contingency
plans to send up to 1,700 extra troops to Iraq in response to the escalating

STRAW expects UN consensus on Iraq Œ next month‚
Daily Times – Pakistan
LONDON: Consensus on a fresh United Nations resolution on Iraq could be
reached „some time next month,‰ British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
said on…

POLAND Mulls Iraq Exit Options
WARSAW, 22 April 2004 ˜ Poland is considering options for withdrawing
its troops from Iraq, but any possible pullout will not be sudden and
will be agreed…

US to reinstate some sacked Iraq officials
Reuters – India
… excluded. The top echelons of the Baath Party were drawn mainly from
Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority to which Saddam himself belonged.…;:40884ad3:9eac0b27

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