Iraq News and Information Links April 25 2004
BEIRUT Bomber Behind Attacks on Troops in Iraq, Telegraph Says
Bloomberg - USA
... of blowing up the American embassy in Beirut in the 1980s, is now coordinating
suicide bomb attacks against coalition targets in southern Iraq, said
the Sunday ...
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=abRzRJ8vhYAQ&refer=uk

PENTAGON officials asked to explain difficulties getting armor to ...
Pacific Stars and Stripes - Naha,Japan
... s key acquisition officials were called to Capitol Hill on Wednesday
to explain why armor to protect troops against IEDs has been so slow in
getting to Iraq. ...
http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=21815

FLORIDA'S Iraq death toll at 29 troops
San Jose Mercury News - San Jose,CA,USA
The death toll in Iraq among Florida troops has climbed to 29 soldiers,
including 21 - nearly three-fourths of the total - since President Bush
announced major ...
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8517767.htm

NEWSWEEK: Study Suggests One in Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq ...
PR Newswire (press release) - USA
... Says General, About Facing Vast Roadside Bombs NEW YORK, April 25 /PRNewswire/
-- An unofficial study analyzing the casualty figures in Iraq suggests
that many ...
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/04-25-2004/0002159004&EDATE=

AUSSIE troops to stay in Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
JOHN HOWARD has declared during a lightning trip to Iraq that Australian
troops will be serving in the strife-torn country for at least a further
14 months…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9391187%255E421,00.html

IRAQ restarts Basra oil exports
CNN – USA
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq restarted oil exports from its vital Basra
Oil Terminal on Sunday, hours after suicide bombers launched three boat
attacks that…
money.cnn.com/2004/04/25/news/international/bc.energy.iraq.exports.reut/

IRAQ Marine Freight Rates to Rise After Attack (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 25 (Bloomberg) — Freight and shipping insurance rates from Iraq,
which already doubled in the last month, may rise further after Saturday's
attack on…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=a8gcF5Bibx1k&refer=europe

VIOLENCE Erupts Across Iraq; Basra Oil Field Targeted
NPR (audio) – USA
… I'm Cheryl Corley. It was another deadly day in Iraq, both for US forces
and Iraqis. … It's always been difficult to generalize about the insurgency
in Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1850810

ROADSIDE Bomb Kills US Soldier in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A roadside bomb exploded by a US patrol in Baghdad on Sunday,
killing a US soldier and sparking a gunbattle in the vicinity of Iraqi
children…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8517691.htm

WORSE at home than in Iraq for hostages
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The young Japanese civilians taken hostage in Iraq returned home, not to
the warmth of a yellow-ribbon embrace but to a disapproving nation's cold
stare.…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/25/1082831438480.html

HESPERIA soldier says Iraq tour was eye-opening
Desert Dispatch – Barstow,CA,USA
… It was definitely a learning experience that I will never forget,"
the Hesperia resident said of his time in Iraq. Army Specialist…
www.desertdispatch.com/cgi-bin/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1082900423,81939,

IRAQ Shuts Oil Terminal After Two US Sailors Killed in Offshore…
Bloomberg – USA
April 25 (Bloomberg) — Iraq, the world's second-largest holder of oil
reserves, halted most oil exports until at least Monday after a suicide
attack disrupted…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a.qdwlLV7wuU&refer=top_world_news

AUSTRALIAN PM Visits Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has made a surprise visit to Iraq
for a dawn service honoring soldiers who fought during the ill-fated allied
campaign…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=34DC66A5-0395-4E1A-AFE105387B94862E

HISTORIANS, soldiers hesitant to call Iraq another Vietnam
Providence Journal (subscription) – Providence,RI,USA
The purposes, strategy, terrain and players in the Vietnam War were far
different from those in Iraq, many experts say. … Iraq is George Bush's
Vietnam," Sen.…
www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20040425_viet25.2699e0.html

HOWARD visits Iraq after suicide boat attack
Reuters – India
… paid a brief visit to Baghdad on Sunday, just hours after suicide bombers
took their war to the sea with an unsuccessful attack on Iraq's crucial
offshore oil…
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:408ba344:2eb96afb952df3d9?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4930731

FOUR children shot dead in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… And the bulk of Iraq's oil exports will be halted for at least two
days following attempted boat attacks on the country's main southern offshore
terminal.…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1094514.htm

IRAQ oil exports resume after raid
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Oil exports from Iraq are reported to have resumed after
explosive-laden boats blew up in what the US Navy is calling coordinated
attacks on…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/25/iraq.main/

IRAQ could be Kerry's quagmire, not Bush's
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
The conventional wisdom would have you think Iraq is turning into George
Bush's quagmire, his Vietnam. Well, as the war gets worse…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/04/25/INGA168A4L1.DTL

INSURGENTS rock Iraq
Montreal Gazette – Montreal,Quebec,Canada
… But the two explosions they caused did not succeed in closing Iraq's
main oil outlet to the world, according to a British military spokesperson.

www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=7d4b9d56-156c-40a8-aca2-77afc098fdb4

PALESTINE in 1948 offers cautionary lessons for US in Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
… The current situation in Iraq and the looming June 30 deadline for
America's departure point to interesting parallels between Britain's experience
in Palestine…
www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04252004/commenta/160139.asp

ATTACKS at sea open new front in Iraq
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Suicide attackers detonated explosive-laden boats near
oil facilities in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, killing two US Navy sailors
in a new…
www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04252004/nation_w/nation_w.asp

PM surprises troops in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
As automatic gunfire crackled in the background, Prime Minister John Howard
paid a surprise visit to Iraq for what he rated among his "most moving"
Anzac Days…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/25/1082831432630.html

UTAH Voices: Iraq veterans won't be spared the enduring effects…
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
… Now, as bloodshed surges in Iraq and some US leaders say they fear
the country again is entrenched in a "Vietnam-like war," another generation
of Americans is…
www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04252004/commenta/160146.asp

BENSENVILLE GI killed in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
Three days before he died in Iraq, Army Pfc. Shawn C. Edwards of Bensenville
… home for Christmas. He arrived in Iraq in early February. He had…
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-ibox25.html

BUSH assesses security in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
President Bush has spoken to his top general in the Middle East to discuss
security in Iraq, particularly in the restive city of Falluja.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3656965.stm

ROCKETS kill four in Iraq's north
Reuters – London,England,UK
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Katyusha rockets have hit a hospital and a hotel
in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing two hospital and two hotel
workers and…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=499033&section=news

WIDESPREAD violence in Iraq leaves 39 dead
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… detonated explosive-laden boats near oil facilities in the Persian
Gulf yesterday, killing two US Navy sailors in a new tactic against Iraq's
vital oil industry…
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/04/25/widespread_violence_in_iraq_leaves_39_dead

TRANSFER won't lessen US role in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… administration. It's when US officials in Iraq plan to transfer sovereignty
to the Iraqis, at least technically ending the US occupation.…
www.indystar.com/articles/6/141181-9626-010.html

LATHAM unfazed by Howard Iraq visit
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Federal Opposition Leader Mark Latham said he had no problem with Prime
Minister John Howard's Anzac Day visit to Australian troops in Iraq.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/25/1082831430792.html

AFTER Senate testimony, Iraq questions persist
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… last week by demanding a detailed plan from the administration to prove
to Americans and Iraqis that the United States has a strategy for success
in Iraq.…
www.indystar.com/articles/6/141182-9156-009.html

SAUDI aid to US in Iraq war disclosed
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — During the Iraq war, Saudi Arabia quietly helped the United
States far more than has been acknowledged, allowing operations from at
least three…
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/04/25/saudi_aid_to_us_in_iraq_war_disclosed

KERRY'S 'plan' for Iraq is why he's in trouble
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA
… And Democrats are wondering why their man is trailing a rather wounded
George Bush not just overall, but on Iraq – and precisely at a time when
Iraq is going…
www.nydailynews.com/news/ideas_opinions/story/187033p-161961c.html

DOZENS die in multiple attacks across Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… incidents yesterday. It was an especially violent day in the bloodiest
month since the end of the US-led invasion of Iraq last year. Two…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001912100_iraq25.html

AUSTRALIA PM makes unannounced visit to troops in Iraq
The Star – Malaysia
SYDNEY, Australia: Amid tight security, Prime Minister John Howard paid
a surprise visit Sunday to Australian troops in Iraq for an emotion-charged
dawn…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/4/25/latest/17078Australia&sec=latest

TWO More US Soldiers Killed As Blasts Hit Iraq Oil Terminals
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… These are the first maritime attacks on Iraqi oil installations since
the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. They came at the end…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=042404105500

EDITORIAL | Iraq and Public Opinion
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
It doesn't matter what people such as former chief US weapons inspector
David Kay say. It doesn't matter what is not found in Iraq.…
www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/8515320.htm

DESPITE Iraq toll, soldiers reenlist in strong numbers
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
By Kimberly Hefling. FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – There were no signs of the shrapnel
wounds from a roadside bomb in Iraq as Staff Sgt. William…
www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/8515401.htm

UN envoy connects dots between Iraq, Israel
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Anarchy reigns in Iraq, dishonesty in Washington, outrage across the Middle
East and anti-Americanism everywhere. Such is the legacy of George W.
Bush, so far.…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1082844619660&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

WOODWARD'S account of Iraq plan is compelling
Daytona Beach News-Journal – Daytona,FL,USA
In his engrossing new book, "Plan of Attack," Bob Woodward uses myriad
details to chart the Bush administration's march to war against Iraq.

www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Entertainment/Headlines/03SceneBOOK02042504.htm

BOMBERS target Iraq oil terminals
The Wichita Eagle – Wichita,KS,USA
… BAGHDAD, Iraq – Suicide attackers detonated explosive-laden boats near
oil facilities in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, killing two US Navy sailors
in a new…
www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/nation/8513632.htm

AUSTRALIAN PM does a Bush with secret mission to Iraq to thank…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY : Prime Minister John Howard, emulating his friend US President
George W Bush, made a secret visit to Iraq to join Australian troops in
the national…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/81769/1/.html

IRAN'S covert actions in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… Following removal of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the Iranian clerical
dictatorship began a covert effort to set up an allied Shi'ite Islamist
extremist…
washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040424-101403-3604r.htm

SAUDIS secretly helped US in Iraq war
Springfield News Leader – Springfield,MO,USA
Washington ˜ During the Iraq war, Saudi Arabia secretly helped the United
States far more than has been acknowledged, allowing operations from at
least three…
www.news-leader.com/today/0425-Saudissecr-71292.html

HOWARD Flies Into Iraq After Suicide Boat Attack
Reuters – USA
… into Baghdad on Sunday, just hours after suicide bombers took their
war to the sea for the first time with an unsuccessful attack on Iraq's
crucial offshore…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4930274&section=news

WHY We Invaded Iraq
ChronWatch.com – USA
It's important to remind people why we went to war in Iraq, since we're
more than a year out from the start of the war, fighting has flared up
recently, and…
www.chronwatch.com/site.asp?id=7044

AUSTRALIAN PM makes secret visit to Iraq for national day…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY : Prime Minister John Howard has flown to Iraq on a secret visit
to commemorate national Anzac Day services with Australian troops.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/81760/1/.html

6 US troops killed in Iraq ; violence also claims at least 30…
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel – Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
… shoppers — died in multiple incidents Saturday during an especially
violent day in the bloodiest month since the end of the US-led invasion
of Iraq last year.…
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-airaqmain25apr25,0,6678169.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

AT least 47 dead, 75 hurt in Iraq violence
Sify – Delhi,India
… Two US servicemen were killed and four wounded when a boat exploded
as they tried to board it in the Arabian Gulf off Iraq's southern oil
fields.…
sify.com/news_info/fullstory.php?id=13461574

HOWARD in secret Iraq troop visit
CNN – USA
SYDNEY, Australia — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has made a surprise,
secret visit to Australian troops in Iraq to mark the nation's main veterans

www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/24/australia.pm.visit/

BUSH oratory maintains support for Iraq war
Palm Beach Post – Palm Beach,FL,USA
… With skillful use of language and images, President Bush and his aides
have kept the American public from turning against the war in Iraq despite
the swelling…
www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/auto/epaper/editions/today/news_04b833a996eab0ed002b.html

IRAQ'S oil terminals in Basra attacked by suicide bombing
EastDay.com – Shanghai,China
Iraq's two oil terminals in Basra were attacked by suicide boat bombing
on Saturday, official sources said. But Qatar-based al-Jazeera…
english.eastday.com/epublish/gb/paper1/1249/class000100022/hwz192262.htm

BENSENVILLE soldier killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
CHICAGO – A 20-year-old Army soldier from suburban Bensenville died Friday
in Iraq, the Defense Department announced Saturday. Army Pfc.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8513833.htm

ATTACKS Kill Six Troops in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… and flea-market shoppers — died in multiple incidents Saturday during
an especially violent day in the bloodiest month since the war in Iraq
began last year.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40000-2004Apr24.html

FRENCH defence minister spell out conditions for involvement in…
Canoe.ca – Canada
ABU DHABI, UAE (AP) – France will only be involved in Iraq once the Iraqis
have a legitimate government, the United Nations is in charge of reconstruction
and…
cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/Iraq/2004/04/24/435087-ap.html

AUSTRALIA PM visits Iraq troops
BBC News – London,England,UK
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has made a surprise visit to his
country's troops in Iraq. He took part in a dawn ceremony…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3656775.stm

A Stronger Force in Iraq
New York Times – USA
… Before the war in Iraq, General Shinseki, then the Army chief of staff,
said that Mr. Bush was going to need "several hundred thousand" soldiers
to occupy and…
www.nytimes.com/2004/04/25/opinion/25SUN1.html?ex=1083470400&en=7ac55cfbc3dc25d8&ei=5062

DEVELOPMENTS in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… Suicide attackers detonated explosive-laden boats near oil facilities
in the Persian Gulf, killing two US Navy sailors in a new tactic against
Iraq's vital oil…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/8512794.htm

SPANISH soldiers should have never gone to Iraq: defense minister
Xinhua – China
MADRID, April 24 (Xinhuanet) — Spain will soon withdraw its troops from
Iraq and the soldiers should have never gone there, said Spanish Defense
Minister Jose…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-04/25/content_1438742.htm

SUICIDE bombers in boat attack on Iraq oil terminal
Guardian – UK
A series of explosions ripped through one of Iraq's main oil facilities
yesterday in one of the most daring attacks by local insurgents or Islamic
militants to…
observer.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12239,1202976,00.html

REVOLTS in Iraq Deepen Crisis In Occupation
Khilafah.com
BAGHDAD, In the space of two weeks, a fierce insurgency in Iraq has isolated
the US-appointed civilian government and stopped the American-financed

www.khilafah.com/home/category.php?DocumentID=9421&TagID=2

THE last thing Iraq needs is the cheats of the UN
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… of those things that slip down the memory hole, and we all go back
to parroting the lullaby that "only the UN can bring legitimacy to Iraq/Afghanistan/Your

www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/04/25/do2501.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2004/04/25/ixopinion.html

IRAQ: A Deepening Tragedy
Dissident Voice – Santa Rosa,CA,USA
Friends have heard me say I could not believe the Bush Administration would
launch the Iraq war — until the moment when "shock and awe" illuminated
the night…
www.dissidentvoice.org/April2004/McReynolds0424.htm

CRACKS in the Iraq coalition ∑ but the White House stays on…
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
AS the clock ticks down towards the handover of power in Iraq, reinforcements
are waiting in the wings to bolster a sorely tried US coalition still
reeling…
www.sundayherald.com/41517

A Daily Look at US Iraq Military Deaths
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta,GA,USA
As of Friday, April 23, 707 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V4578.AP-Iraq-US-Deaths.html

SUPPORTERS, critics of war in Iraq say US needs new policy
Bradenton Herald – Bradenton,FL,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – Concern is mounting among legislators and military
experts that the situation in Iraq will deteriorate unless changes are
made in US policy…
www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/politics/8512454.htm

POWELL hopes troops in Iraq will stay longer than planned
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: 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…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_25-4-2004_pg4_5

DEADLY Boat Attacks Target Iraq Oil, Close Facility
Reuters – USA
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Suicide bombers launched three boat attacks on
Iraq's vital Basra oil export terminal on Saturday, killing two members
of US-led forces…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4929917

VIOLENCE in Iraq, terrorist attacks abroad reshape political…
Kentucky.com – Lexington,KY,USA
… Bush slipped into an olive-drab flight suit nearly a year ago and flew
to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to declare an end to major
combat in Iraq.…
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/politics/8512239.htm

CONGRESSMAN discusses Iraq after visiting with troops in the…
Journal Times Online – Racine,WI,USA
By Abe Winter. RACINE – US Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, admits to getting
mixed messages from his constituents about the United States role in Iraq.

www.journaltimes.com/articles/2004/04/24/local/iq_2842014.txt

DAY of Violence in Iraq
KTOK – San Antonio,TX,USA
… As of yesterday, the Pentagon had recorded 709 total US military and
Department of Defense deaths in Iraq. Over 3,800 injuries have been reported
there.
www.ktok.com/script/headline_newsmanager.php?id=286173&pagecontent=nationalnews&feed_id=59

  
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