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December 23 2004
 

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Four US military personnel killed in Iraq as base bombing probed
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Three US marines and a soldier were killed in two attacks in Iraq as the US military investigated how a suicide bomber managed to penetrate an army

www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=11282
Iran denies destabilizing Iraq, warns of civil war
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
Iran said Thursday people were plotting to plunge Iraq into a civil war that would lead to the country’s break-up, but Tehran rejected accusations it is

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=643388
US bases on alert after Iraq bomb
Reuters – UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US troops are on alert at bases across Iraq after concluding that a suicide bomber, probably in Iraqi military uniform, was behind the

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4690744,00.html
Iraq Bombing Represents Security Breach
Guardian – UK
As new details emerged about how the attack was carried out, the commander of US forces in northern Iraq took personal responsibility for the deadly security

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=643378
US to reassess security at Iraq base
Reuters – UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military has reassessed security at bases across Iraq after 22 people were killed in a suspected suicide bombing at an army camp

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Nine killed in Iraq violence
Times of India – Mumbai,India
BAGHDAD: A US soldier and eight Iraqis, four security personnel, three civilians and an insurgent, died in violence over the past 24 hours, police and the

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/123819/1/.html
Four US military personnel killed in Iraq as base bombing probed
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Three US marines and a soldier were killed in two attacks in Iraq as the US military investigated how a suicide bomber managed to penetrate an army

www.registerguard.com/news/2004/12/23/ed.edit.iraq.phn.1223.html
No easy road in Iraq: Attacks aimed at undermining critical vote
The Register-Guard – Eugene,Oregon,USA
Hardly anyone remembers now, but the US military occupation of Iraq was supposed to end this month, according to a Pentagon projection made when the invasion

www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=643378
US to reassess security at Iraq base
Reuters – UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military has reassessed security at bases across Iraq after 22 people were killed in a suspected suicide bombing at an army camp

www.csmonitor.com/2004/1224/p01s03-woiq.html
A hard week in a long Iraq mission
Christian Science Monitor – USA
CAIRO — In a week that saw the deadliest single attack on Americans in Iraq – and the first major US contractor to pull out – more and more military experts

www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=6416 Blair to Sharon: Syria hampers our operations in Iraq
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
Blair’s visit wasn’t only aimed at tackling the Palestinian Israeli conflict, but also at discussing Syria, and its alleged role in Iraq, correspondent said

www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/memorial/
20041223-0811-iraq-marineskilled.html

Three US Marines killed in fighting in Iraq’s restive Anbar
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq — Three US Marines were killed in action in Iraq’s volatile western Anbar province on Thursday, a military spokesperson said.

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7170311
Refugees Begin Trickling Back to Iraq’s Falluja
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqis who fled last month’s US-led offensive on Falluja began trickling back on Thursday to check if homes they left behind were

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/business/10484441.htm
Texas-based worker unafraid to work in Iraq, family says
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
HOUSTON – One Texas victim of the attack on a mess tent in Mosul, Iraq felt it was his calling to work in the war-torn country, his wife says.

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land-over-Iraq/2004/12/23/1103391893763.html

US living in ‘fantasy land’ over Iraq
The Age (subscription) – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Carol Giacomo. A new report blames the continuing bloodshed in Iraq on America’s failure to honestly assess the situation. The

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Rumsfeld fights fresh Iraq flak
BBC News – London,England,UK
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has fended off fresh criticism of his handling of the conflict in Iraq, following a deadly attack on a US base.

www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-12-23-iraq_x.htm
US military re-examines security at bases across Iraq after deadly
USA Today – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ The US military was re-examining security measures at bases across Iraq on Thursday, a day after saying that a suicide bomber _ apparently

www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=6487
US contracting company withdraws from Iraq
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
An American firm has canceled a major transportation project in Iraq due to the deteriorating security condition in the war-torn country, Pentagon officials

npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=4241128
Families of Iraq Unit Faced Anxious Wait After Mosul Attack
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Tuesday’s attack on a US military base near Mosul brought hours of anxious waiting for families of one National Guard Unit.

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041223081733.s9vrsk84.xml
Suicide bomber struck US base in Iraq, police arrest Al-Qaeda
Turkish Press – Turkey
MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) – A suicide bomber was probably responsible for the blast that killed 22 people at a US military base here, the US military said, as Karbala

seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/204983_armywife23.html
‘Now half my heart’s in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
night it meant learning through the informal e-mail network of Army wives that families of all Stryker Brigade soldiers killed Tuesday in Mosul, Iraq, had been

www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/10482081.htm
Unpleasant truths about conflict in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
And it comes on the heels of last Sunday’s car-bomb explosions in two of Iraq’s holiest cities that left 60 dead and more than 100 wounded.

www.rte.ie/news/2004/1223/iraq.html
Rumsfeld warns of sustained Iraq violence
RTE Interactive – Ireland
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said it would be a mistake to think that violence in Iraq will subside after next month’s scheduled elections.

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asp?category=1107&slug=US%20Iraq%20Security

Iraq bombing represents security breach
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — The suspected suicide attack inside an Army mess hall in Iraq represents a breach of the most basic principles of military security and points to

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/23/content_2372076.htm
Annan calls for comprehensive elections in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BEIJING, Dec. 23 — UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed his hope that peaceful and democratic general elections will be held in Iraq next year.

washingtontimes.com/world/20041222-094932-5857r.htm
2 freed Iraq hostages go home
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
PARIS — Two French journalists freed from captivity in Iraq arrived home yesterday to a tearful welcome from their families, ending a four-month drama that

washingtontimes.com/national/20041223-122416-9384r.htm
Rumsfeld reiterates support for Iraq war
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday defended his Pentagon tenure on a day when the carnage at a US base near Mosul, Iraq, brought new questions

www.indystar.com/articles/0/204219-3930-010.html
Firm quits contract to rebuild Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
WASHINGTON — An international construction company has pulled out of its contract to rebuild Iraq’s transportation systems, deciding it was too dangerous to

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US Iraq strategy condemned
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
Wasington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIC) said on Wednesday that America is facing increasingly deadly attacks in Iraq because it

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20775-2004Dec22.html
Iraq Base Was Hit By Suicide Attack, US General Says
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
people bent on suicide and stopping them.”. We want to give you the opportunity to show firsthand what it is like to live and work in Iraq.

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/123691/1/.html
Rumsfeld warns of more unrest in Iraq after elections
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned Wednesday that the deadly chaos in Iraq will likely continue after the January 30 elections, as thet

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20858-2004Dec22.html
Arlington Firm Quits Work in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Inc., an Arlington engineering and construction company, became the first major US firm to withdraw from a reconstruction contract in Iraq because the

www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=a0M9aUN1fjx8&refer=europe
French Reporters Say They Held on to Hope During Iraq Captivity
Bloomberg – USA
Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) — Two French reporters, released after being held hostage in Iraq for four months, returned home today and said they never gave up hope of

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Iraq Security Sweep Captures 600 Insurgents, US Military Says
Bloomberg – USA
Attacks by insurgents in Iraq are increasing as the country prepares for elections in January, the first poll since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime in

seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?
category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Base%20Vulnerability

Attack in Iraq shows troops’ vulnerability
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq — American troops in Iraq must work around a wide range of vulnerabilities: soft-skinned tents instead of concrete buildings, a shortage

www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1413474,00.html
France welcomes home Iraq hostages as heroes
The Times – London,England,UK
TWO French journalists returned to a hero’s welcome last night after 124 days in captivity in Iraq and explained how they saved their lives by convincing

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archive/2004/12/22/EDG54AETFO1.DTL

Deadly day in Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
JUST ONE day after President Bush used a White House news conference to reiterate his determination to stay the course in Iraq, his resolve was tested once

www.timesofmalta.com/core/article.php?id=173160
Attack on US base in Iraq kills 24
Valletta Times – Valletta,Malta
In the bloodiest previous single incident for US troops in Iraq, two Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul in November last year, killing 17 soldiers.

www.keralanext.com/news/?id=80333
Iraq ; Military probes origin of mess hall blast
Keralanext – Kerala,India
Iraq News, BAGHDAD, Iraq : Investigators in Iraq are looking into whether an explosion that killed 22 in a mess hall was caused by a bomb placed inside the

seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.
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Attack in Iraq shows troops’ vulnerability
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq — American troops in Iraq must work around a wide range of vulnerabilities: soft-skinned tents instead of concrete buildings, a shortage

www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1413474,00.html
France welcomes home Iraq hostages as heroes
The Times – London,England,UK
TWO French journalists returned to a hero’s welcome last night after 124 days in captivity in Iraq and explained how they saved their lives by convincing

news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=595626
US contractor quits Iraq as violence threatens elections
Independent – London,England,UK
A leading American contractor has pulled out of a major Iraqi reconstruction project, the latest sign of how the ever-increasing violence in Iraq threatens to

npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/srfeature.php?wfid=4241106
US Contractor Pulls Out of Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: A major Iraq reconstruction contractor, Contrack International, has decided to terminate its work, citing security issues and other costs.

  
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