Iraq News and Information Links July 23 2004
EGYPTIAN diplomat taken hostage in Iraq; US planes bomb Fallujah
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Kidnappers seized an Egyptian diplomat in Iraq as relatives of
other hostages begged for the release of their loved ones threatened with

PUSH to secure Iraq's borders reveals Iran's concerns
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt ˆ Iran, by offering to host a summit on security for Iraq,
is signaling its commitment to stopping the flow of foreign fighters into
its neighbor…

EGYPTIAN Diplomat Taken Hostage in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—Militants in Iraq took an Egyptian diplomat hostage
Friday and demanded his country forsake any plans it had to send security
experts here…

KENYA: Families Plead for Release of Captives Held in Iraq – Africa
The families of three Kenyan captives held hostage in Iraq have sent passionate
pleas to their captors to set them free, as the government urged all Kenyans

US Attacks Suspected Militants in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—US forces launched a ``precision attack'' Friday against
a suspected gathering of insurgents outside a house in the volatile city

RP drivers barred from Iraq crossing
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Filipino truck drivers working in the Middle East are now banned from entering
Iraq to prevent another kidnapping by terrorists in that country.…

INDIA appeals for release of Indians taken hostage in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Pleading for early release of the hostages, he said the three Indians
had gone to Iraq to earn their livelihood. He hoped Iraq would…

ANALYSIS: Iraq's 'changing' war
United Press International – USA
By Claude Salhani. WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) — The “war” in Iraq is suddenly
taking a very different turn, and regrettably, not one for the better.

INDIA appeals for release of abducted nationals in Iraq UK edition – New Delhi,India
External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh on Thursday appealed to the kidnappers
of three Indian nationals in Iraq to release them unharmed, saying they
are non…,00430001.htm

HALLIBURTON defends performance in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON Executives of Halliburton have appeared before Congress for
the first time to defend their record in Iraq, where the company's handling
of more than…

IRAQ and al Qaeda: What the 9/11 Commission Said
National Review Online – USA
… reassessment of the now-conventional wisdom about the links ˜ or,
as critics of the Bush administration contend, the absence of links˜
between Iraq and al…

INDIA suspends emigration clearance to Iraq
Times of India – India
NEW DELHI: India has suspended emigration clearance for workers and has
advised Indian workers against going to Iraq, even as it tries to secure
the safe…

UNDAUNTED, Filipinos head for Iraq
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
DUBAI – The ordeal of a Filipino truck driver freed by militants after
his country withdrew its troops from Iraq has not deterred Filipino migrant
workers from…

EXECS defend Iraq record
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
They offered a sweeping defense of the company's actions in Iraq, where
a Halliburton subsidiary holds a US government contract, worth up to $7
billion, to…

IRAQ border issue reveals Iran concerns
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt — Iran is eager to work with senior Arab security officials
on stopping the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq, a sign that Tehran
wants a role…'s%20Infiltrators

THE Hawks and the Doves Are Aflutter Over US Iran Policy
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… 11. Consequently it has adopted a tried-and-true ploy of muddying the
waters to deflect negative press: Blame Iran for everything.…,1,7597868.story

THE Hawks and the Doves Are Aflutter Over US Iran Policy
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Every few years, with soothing regularity, a prominent research institution
comes along to recommend that the United States reengage with Iran.…,1,4700506.story

CHARLES Krauthammer: Iran a tougher challenge
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… One of the lessons now being drawn from the 9-11 report is that Iran
was the real threat. … Well, of course Iran is a threat and a danger.

CIA points to continuing Iran tie to al Qaeda
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
A senior CIA official has revealed that al Qaeda operatives in Iran probably
had advance knowledge of recent terrorist attacks, a sign that the cooperation

KUWAITI Co will quit Iraq to save hostages
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… 22: A Kuwaiti company on Friday said that it would do anything to save
the lives of its seven drivers, including three Indians, who have been
kidnapped in Iraq…

US irate over Philippines' Iraq pullout
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino truck driver freed by his kidnappers
in Iraq was greeted as a hero by his countrymen, but the United States
criticized the…

IRAQ border issue reveals Iran concerns
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
CAIRO, Egypt — Iran is eager to work with senior Arab security officials
on stopping the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq, a sign that Tehran
wants a role…'s%20Infiltrators

MI6 Boss 'Should Quit over Iraq Dossier'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… News. John Scarlett should go as head of MI6 for his part in intelligence
failings on Iraq, a former spy chief suggested today. As…

LATINOS Support Kerry, Say Bush Misled Public on Iraq, Polls Show
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… John F. Kerry over President Bush, who a majority say deliberately
misled the public into war in Iraq, according to data released Thursday
by the Pew Hispanic…,1,4363624.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

BODY Discovery Stokes Iraq Hostage Tension
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Police discovered a decapitated body in an orange jumpsuit
and a head in a bag on the banks of the Tigris River, authorities said

ARROYO: no apology for troop pullout from Iraq
Xinhua – China
… President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Friday took on a defiant tone defending
her decision to pull out the Philippine military personnel from Iraq to
save the life…

KENYA tells nationals to leave Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Seven kidnapped foreign truck drivers were shown on videotape pleading
for their lives, as Kenya called on its nationals to quit Iraq.…

HOWARD accepts responsibility for Iraq war decision
ABC Online – Australia
… intelligence failures. And John Howard has taken full responsibility
for going to war in Iraq based on faulty intelligence. The…

US Army Finds 94 Cases Of Iraq, Afghan Prison Abuse
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Washington, July 23 (NNN) : The US military has found 94 cases of confirmed
or alleged abuse of prisoners by its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.…

ARROYO Says She Withdrew Troops From Iraq to Protect Workers
Bloomberg – USA
July 23 (Bloomberg) — Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said she withdrew
her country's military contingent from the US- led force in Iraq to protect
the 1.5…

AUSTRALIA intelligence on Iraq war slammed
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
CANBERRA: Australian intelligence relied on thin and ambiguous information
to assess Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, a report said yesterday,
but there was…

KENYA'S citizens told to exit Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Kenya on Thursday ordered its citizens to leave Iraq after
kidnappers threatened to kill three Kenyan hostages, while violence surged
in the…

FILIPINO freed from Iraq gets home after ordeal
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… de la Cruz arrived home to a hero's welcome yesterday as Manila started
to count the diplomatic cost of its decision to withdraw its troops from
Iraq to save…

ON Iraq, 'the president broke his word'
USA Today – USA
… He said he does not regret his vote authorizing the Iraq invasion but
does regret that Bush broke his promise to pursue war as a last resort.

FINDINGS Further Erode Claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda Ties
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… counterterrorism director Paul Kurtz wrote in a memo to national security
adviser Condoleezza Rice that no “compelling case” existed for Iraq's
involvement in…

APOLOGY call over Iraq victims
The Australian – Australia
… candidate in the coming federal election, said a damning report into
the intelligence community had vindicated his staunch opposition to the
Iraq war.…,5744,10221758%255E1702,00.html

HALLIBURTON unit wasteful in Iraq, three testify
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… Three whistle-blowers Thursday charged ˆ and top executives strongly
denied ˆ that spending by defense contractor Halliburton in Iraq was
reckless and…

WEIR admits to paying kickbacks in Iraq
Guardian – UK
… yesterday. It admitted that it had made irregular payments to Saddam
Hussein's regime in Iraq which had previously been denied.…,2763,1267562,00.html

PHILIPPINES Rewarded Kidnappers Over Iraq Hostage, Powell Says
Bloomberg – USA
July 23 (Bloomberg) — The Philippine government rewarded kidnappers by
agreeing to their demand to withdraw its troops from Iraq in return for
the release of…

AUSTRALIA'S prime minister rejects calls for further inquiry into…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… John Howard on Friday rejected calls for a further inquiry into Australian
spy agencies, after a report on the nation's prewar Iraq intelligence
cleared his…

IRAQ worried about borders with neighbors
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 22 (Xinhuanet) — Though six Iraqi neighbors voiced support
to the interim Iraqi government at a Cairo gathering Wednesday, Iraq is
still worried…

LIST of Michigan casualties in Iraq – MI,USA
… 26, formerly of Flint, was one of six soldiers killed in the crash
of an Army Black Hawk helicopter April 2, 2003, during a fire fight in
Iraq, his wife said.…

US army finds 94 Iraq abuse cases
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The US army has found 94 cases of confirmed or possible abuse in Iraq and
Afghanistan, including the infamous brutal treatment of Iraqi detainees
by US…

COMMISSION: al-Qaida connections to Iran and Iraq remain murky
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
11 commission's final report cites al-Qaida contacts with Iran and Iraq
but does not conclude either of the ''axis of evil'' countries developed
a close…

UN envoy in Iraq next month
The Australian – Australia
THE new UN envoy to Iraq will take up his post in Baghdad in August but
the country remains too dangerous for a larger staff to return without
a special UN…,5744,10221626%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ Hostages Plead for Life
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 23 July 2004 ˜ Seven foreign truck drivers kidnapped in Iraq
and threatened with execution yesterday made desperate appeals for their
lives to be…

ARMY Finds 94 Cases of Iraq, Afghan Prisoner Abuse
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A long-awaited Army report on Thursday found 94
cases of abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan but blamed “a few
individuals” and…

'PAKISTAN can send troops to Iraq'
Daily Times – Pakistan
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan is prepared to send troops to Iraq, United Nations
Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Thursday. Asked…

ALL channels on to make contact in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… drivers spelt out their names and nationalities before TV audiences
across the world today, it was clear that India was no longer immune to
the turmoil in Iraq…

HALLIBURTON Execs Defend Iraq Actions
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
They offered a sweeping defense of the company's actions in Iraq, where
they are operating under a contract with the government worth up to $7
billion to…,1,6478087.story?coll=la-home-headlines

KENYA tries to rescue hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
NAIROBI, July 22 (Xinhuanet) — Kenya confirmed on Thursday that three
of its nationals were kidnapped in Iraq and said it is working round the
clock to secure…

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