Iraq News and Information Links July 24 2004
MILITANTS abduct Egyptian diplomat in Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… a senior Egyptian diplomat and issued new demands for the release of
seven kidnapped truck drivers, further complicating efforts by Iraq's
new government to…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200407250349.htm

GROUP warns Australia and Italy over Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… statement from militants linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda has threatened
Italy and Australia with attacks if they do not withdraw their troops
from Iraq.…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=553065&section=news

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, July 23, 899 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense
Department.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/206/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

ALLAWI hails Egypt's stance towards Iraq
Arabic News – Middle East
Iraqi's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi yesterday thanked President
Mubarak for Egypt's positive stance towards Iraq especially in the current
crucial…
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040724/2004072425.html

INDIAN FM gives message of hope to Iraq hostage's family
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… foreign minister Natwar Singh said the government was doing its best
to secure the safe release of three Indians held captive by militants
in Iraq as the…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/97395/1/.html

RUSSIA pledges assistance in rebuilding Iraq
Xinhua – China
… 24 (Xinhuanet) — Russia assured visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar
Mahmud Zebari on Saturday of comprehensive efforts in rebuilding Iraq,
Interfax news…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/25/content_1642673.htm

GROUP Threatens Australia, Italy Over Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – A group claiming to be the European wing of al Qaeda on
Saturday threatened Australia and Italy with attacks if they did not pull
troops out of Iraq…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5763358

HEAD of Iraq construction group abducted
Times of India – India
BAGHDAD: Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped the head of an Iraqi state-owned
construction company here as he drove from his home to work, an Interior
Ministry…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/789299.cms

ECONOMY, health care, Iraq top concerns for Democratic delegates
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… to it. She strongly supports abortion rights, and she's concerned about
the economy, health care and the situation in Iraq. She…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/aplocal_story.asp?category=6420&slug=WA%20Democratic%20Delegates

WAVE Of Hostage Takings Continues In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… senior Iraqi construction official came as Egypt continued efforts
to secure the release of a diplomat taken hostage in Baghdad — and as
Iraq's prime minister…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/07/91b4b158-15d5-461d-a39f-bf896c103db0.html

NO troops to Iraq, says Russia
The Hindu – Chennai,India
Moscow, July 24. (PTI): Russia today said that it is ready to play its
part in post-war reconstruction of Iraq, but will not send its troops
for peacekeeping…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200407242139.htm

EGYPTIAN envoy seized in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
By Mariam Karouny. Mohamed Mamdouh Qutb on Friday afternoon in Baghdad
after reports Cairo might consider helping Iraq with security.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5103594

IRAQ'S premier yet to show results
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
RAMADI, Iraq — In the month since becoming interim prime minister, Iyad
Allawi has armed himself with tough new powers and spoken of restoring
the death…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Allawi's%20Predicament

IRAQ Tells Egypt Not to Give in to Kidnappers
Reuters – USA
DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Iraq's Prime Minster Iyad Allawi urged Egypt on Saturday
not to give in to kidnappers who have taken an Egyptian diplomat hostage
in…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5762991

INDIAN foreign minister says militants holding Indian hostages in…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
NEW DELHI (AP) India's foreign minister said Saturday that the unknown
group of insurgents holding seven truck drivers hostage in Iraq appear
to be motivated…
www.boston.com/dailynews/206/world/Indian_foreign_minister_says_m:.shtml

EGYPTIAN diplomat abducted in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… a senior Egyptian diplomat as he left a mosque yesterday and demanded
his country abandon any plans to send security experts to support Iraq's
new government…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1090620612958&call_pageid=968256289824&col=968705899037

INDIA in touch with Iraq, Kuwait on hostages
Xinhua – China
… 24 (Xinhuanet) — A senior Indian official said Saturday the government
is making maximum efforts to secure the release of three Indians taken
hostage in Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/24/content_1641964.htm

IRAQ hostage crisis: Kidnappers want ransom
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… Delhi, July 24: Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said on Saturday he was
optimistic three Indian drivers threatened with beheading by kidnappers
in Iraq would be…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=34194

US Marine Killed In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
24 July 2004 — The US military has announced that a Marine has died of
wounds sustained on yesterday in Iraq during fighting west of Baghdad,
in Al-Anbar…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/07/f113b124-cc57-47a9-b700-8120811353a6.html

EGYPTIAN envoy seized in Iraq militants
swissinfo – Switzerland
… He's a very decent and religious man.”. sharply raises the stakes in
Iraq's weeks-long series of abductions, which have mostly involved foreign
truck drivers.…
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5103389

IRAQ Tells Egypt Not to Give in to Kidnappers
Reuters – USA
DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Iraq's Prime Minster Iyad Allawi urged Egypt on Saturday
not to give in to kidnappers who have taken an Egyptian diplomat hostage
in…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5762770

IRAQ Insurgents Issue Brash New Challenge
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq July 24, 2004 ˜ Iraqi insurgents issued a brash new challenge
to the country's interim government, capturing an Egyptian diplomat as
he walked…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040724_287.html

IRAQ hostage crisis 'delicate situation': Natwar
Rediff – Mumbai,India
External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on Saturday said the Iraq hostage
crisis is a “very delicate” situation and the government is doing everything
it can to…
us.rediff.com/news/2004/jul/24iraq.htm

IRAQ'S Allawi meets Assad in crucial visit
Jerusalem Post (subscription) – Jerusalem,Israel
Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, met Saturday with Syrian President
Bashar Assad for talks Allawi said he was confident would set the stage
for a…
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1090653170133

US Marine Dies in Iraq Clash; Oil Pipeline Damaged, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
July 24 (Bloomberg) — A US marine died of wounds he received Friday while
conducting security operations in Iraq's Al-Anbar Province, the US military
said in…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a5z3QWt4z1og&refer=top_world_news

IRAQ kidnap crisis, violence rumble on
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… to make contact with the kidnappers of one of its officials, the first
diplomat snatched during months of feverish abductions that continue to
grip Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/97347/1/.html

IRAQ clashes continue, toll rises
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… al-Anbar province. The death raised the US toll in Iraq since the beginning
of the war to 903, according to news agencies. It was…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FC54B07F-6FCF-4F5A-9E44-27F999217BE9.htm

10 killed in Iraq violence
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… Meanwhile, in Mosul, gunmen assassinated a senior member of Iraq‚s
fledgling armed forces as he travelled to Friday prayers, police said.

www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=51652

IRAQ wants Russia to send peacekeepers
Xinhua – China
MOSCOW, July 24 (Xinhuanet) — Visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar
Zebari said here Saturday that Russian peacekeepers were needed in Iraq,
Interfax news…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/24/content_1640657.htm

IRAQ Insurgents Issue Brash New Challenge
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq July 24, 2004 ˜ Iraqi insurgents issued a brash new challenge
to the country's interim government, capturing an Egyptian diplomat as
he walked…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040724_135.html

IRAQ Chaos
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
… Anbar Province. It covers 40 percent of the land in Iraq, from the
outskirts of Baghdad west to the borders of Jordan and Syria. The…
www.freep.com/voices/editorials/eiraq24_20040724.htm

SOME firms will halt business in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
KUWAIT CITY — A spate of kidnappings targeting truck drivers hauling fuel
and other supplies for private companies in Iraq is forcing companies
to rethink the…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Dangerous%20Business

AMERICAN deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
The Defense Department released the names of the following service members
killed recently in Iraq. As of yesterday, 897 US service…
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/07/24/american_deaths_in_iraq

PHILIPPINES advises its nationals against working in Iraq as…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MANILA: The Philippines has advised its nationals against seeking work as
truck drivers in Iraq, saying they could be captured by militants as recently
freed…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/97332/1/.html

EGYPTIAN Diplomat Abducted In Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… Ahmed Nazif. The Egyptian embassy here also said an armed group in
Iraq has kidnapped an Egyptian diplomat in Baghdad. Nazif had…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=072304102112

ANNAN Mulls Musharraf’s Proposal For Islamic Force For Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… is reportedly mulling a proposal made by president Pervez Musharraf
for the establishment of an Islamic multinational force to protect the
UN mission in Iraq.…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=072304102055

‘DRIVING to Iraq’s common, we get six dinars extra’
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… and Tilak Raj who have been taken hostage by an armed Iraqi group˜
Jasbir from Kurali in Punjab never thought that making quick trips into
Iraq for extra…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=51668

KUWAITI firm refuses to withdraw from Iraq
Times of India – India
BAGHDAD: Kuwaiti transport company KGL said on Friday it was in talks to
secure the release of seven employees in Iraq threatened with beheading
by kidnappers…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/788988.cms

IRAQ PM in Syria to seek support
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Magdi Abdelhadi. Iraq's interim Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, is in Syria
to discuss how to stop foreign saboteurs entering Iraq.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3922353.stm

EGYPTIAN diplomat abducted in Iraq
Times of India – India
… kidnapped a senior Egyptian diplomat as he left a mosque and demanded
his country abandon any plans to send security experts to support Iraq's
new government…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/788937.cms

KIDNAPPERS in Iraq offer new 48-hr deadline
Sify – Delhi,India
Doha: The captors of seven hostages – three Indians, three Kenyans and
an Egyptian – held in Iraq offered a new 48-hour deadline to their Kuwaiti
employer to…
www.sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13528749

SYRIA calls for withdrawal of multi-national force from Iraq
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhuanet) — Syria says the withdrawal of the multinational
force would be helpful in ending violence in Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/24/content_1639786.htm

WHAT would true Filipino hero say about Iraq?
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
… return to the Philippines. The nation accorded this former hostage
in Iraq a veritable hero's welcome. Actually, ``present-day heroes…
www.asahi.com/english/vox/TKY200407240169.html

MILITANTS abduct Egyptian diplomat in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Militants kidnapped a senior Egyptian diplomat
in Iraq on Friday, according to a videotape broadcast on Arab television.

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9229760.htm

EGYPTIAN diplomat abduction overshadows Iraq's ties with neighbors
Xinhua – China
CAIRO, July 23 (Xinhuanet) — The abduction of an Egyptian diplomat by
a militant group in Iraq has cast a shadow over security cooperation between
violence…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-07/24/content_1638942.htm

EGYPTIAN diplomat kidnapped in Iraq; Cairo swears off deployment
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Cairo vowed not to send troops to Iraq after an armed group kidnapped
an Egyptian diplomat, and relatives of seven other hostages begged for
the…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/97309/1/.html

ARROYO defends decision to pull contingent from Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
… President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Friday she is not about to apologize
for her decision to pull all Philippine troops out of strife-torn Iraq
to save the…
www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=7&id=306457

EGYPTIAN diplomat taken hostage in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
An Egyptian today became the first diplomat known to have been seized in
a wave of hostage-taking in Iraq, in which militants have pressed demands
to undermine…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/24/1090464893171.html

EGYPTIAN diplomat taken hostage in Iraq;
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Kidnappers seized an Egyptian diplomat in Iraq on Friday as Cairo vowed
not to send troops to the country and relatives of other hostages begged
for the…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/24/1090464892833.html

INDIA says Iraq hostage situation Œserious‚
Daily Times – Pakistan
NEW DELHI: Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh Friday described the crisis
involving Indians being held hostage in Iraq as “serious‰ and warned
it should…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_24-7-2004_pg4_14

IRAQ, Syria to tackle border security
Daily Times – Pakistan
… had agreed to cooperate in controlling the 600-km (375-mile) desert
frontier, which Washington and Baghdad see as a serious source of instability
in Iraq.…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_24-7-2004_pg4_2

EGYPTIAN diplomat taken hostage by Iraq militants
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Egyptian has become the first diplomat known to
have been seized in a wave of hostage-taking in Iraq, in which militants
have pressed…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=552745&section=news

IRAQ hostage crisis: the talks begin
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… In New Delhi, the Government suspended emigration clearance for workers
headed for Iraq and set up a crisis management group under Minister of
State for…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=51685

  
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