Iraq News and Information Links May 25 2004
US and Britain show differences on Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… difference between the allies could complicate their efforts to secure
UN Security Council endorsement for a June 30 handover in Iraq, particularly
after France…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=517439&section=news

TOP US officer in Iraq to be replaced
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BY BETH GORHAM. WASHINGTON ˜ The top US officer in Iraq, Lt.-Gen. Ricardo
Sanchez, is being replaced in what officials are calling…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c
=Article&cid=1085482759666&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

BUSH high five for Iraq
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
˜ As violence in Iraq pushed down his approval … But terrorists will
not determine the future of Iraq,‰ Mr Bush said in a prime-time address
last night.…
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=44141

GENERAL mayhem mauls Bush ‚ s Iraq
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD/LONDON, May 25. ˜ In an attempt to address the growing
disquiet over the US-led coalition‚s multiple failures in Iraq, the
Bush…
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=44140

OFFICIALS: Rebuilding of Iraq Progresses
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
DOHA, Qatar – Oil production and electricity supplies are up in Iraq, there
are more telephone lines and schools have been renovated, but Iraqi reconstruction

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/8756875.htm

INTENSE talks over Iraq blueprint
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The introduction of a draft resolution by Iraq's occupying powers set the
stage for intense negotiations with longtime critics of the war, such
as France and…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/26/1085461787618.html

ONE of twin brothers serving together killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
The brothers were stationed with the same unit in Iraq when a truck rigged
with explosives detonated Sunday next to a convoy, killing Army Spc.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8757116.htm

WOLFFE : Bush's Words Vs . Reality in Iraq
Newsweek – New York,NY,USA
… Washington‚s pundit class, spurred on by the rival presidential campaigns,
declared that George W. Bush was a shoo-in as long as the focus remained
on Iraq.…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5060160/site/newsweek/

RUSSIA Sees UN Resolution after Forming Iraq Govt
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it could back a new UN Iraq resolution
only after formation of an interim government capable of commanding the

www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=5/26/2004&Cat=2&Num=012

PENTAGON to Replace Top US Military Commander in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top US military commander in Iraq, will give
up his command this summer. … The top military officer in Iraq is being
replaced.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1909136

BUSH Delivers Speech Focusing on Iraq Dilemma
Muslim American Society – Falls Church,VA,USA
… May 25 (MASNET & News Agencies) – President George W. Bush sought to
convince Americans and shore up sagging support for his Iraq policies,
outlining broad…
www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=1238

IRAQ'S leaders issue urgent cry for financial help
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… Iraq needs your help now,” interim planning minister Mahdi al-Hafidh
told a meeting of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq
and the Donors…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=3&article_id=4360

US moves on Iraq win mixed reviews
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
PARIS – The United States and Britain on Tuesday won praise for their blueprint
for post-occupation Iraq – but few if any new troop contribution offers
to help…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/8755637.htm

BUSH'S bid to shape the Iraq story
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… WASHINGTON ˆ The White House appears to be trying to regain control
of the US public discourse about Iraq prior to a month when President
Bush's role as a…
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0526/p01s02-usfp.html

US to switch Iraq military chiefs
BBC News – London,England,UK
The US military has confirmed that its top commander in Iraq Lt Gen Ricardo
Sanchez is to be replaced. Officials say the move is…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3745457.stm

WHITE House ignores Iraq critics
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Reuters) – The US administration is seeking to project a unified, optimistic
view of its plan to hand over power to an interim government in Iraq,
even as…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=517427&section=news

BLAIR says Iraq will control troops
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – The government has said the interim local government
due to run Iraq from July will have final political control over foreign
troops — a…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=517425&section=news

POLL: Calif. Voters Opposing War in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
SAN FRANCISCO – California voters' support for the war in Iraq has dropped
to a new low, with a clear majority saying the war is not worth the toll
it's taken…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/8756403.htm

ARABS wary of 'sham' sovereignty in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Cairo – Ordinary Arabs and commentators said on Tuesday the United States
was offering a sham sovereignty in Iraq by pushing a United Nations resolution
for a…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=3&art_id=qw1085486580530B262&set_id=1

WHITE House ignores Iraq critics
swissinfo – Switzerland
By David Morgan. an interim government in Iraq, even as President George
W. Bush faces criticism over a strategy many find lacking in crucial details.

www.swisspolitics.org/en/news/index.php?section=int&page=news_inhalt&news_id=4958464

BUSH charts 'Iraq's new beginning'
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ President Bush vowed Monday night not only to defeat the
enemy persevering in Iraq, but also to lend a strong hand to help Iraqis
fashion a…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/052504dnintbush.9d234.html

TOP US General In Iraq to Be Replaced
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
US defense officials say the Pentagon will replace Army Lieutenant General
Ricardo Sanchez as the top US commander in Iraq. The…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=C8D4693D-CB15-4606-A2DDBBE7B30EC1AE

POLL: Californians' support for handling of Iraq war hits new low
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
SAN FRANCISCO – Californians' support for the war in Iraq has dropped to
its lowest level since hostilities began last spring, with a clear majority
saying…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/8755010.htm

NEW Iraq resolution receives cool response
ABC Online – Australia
Russia will only discuss a new United Nations resolution on Iraq that is
being pushed by Britain and the United States after a new “legitimate”
temporary…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1115801.htm

BRITONS against more troops to Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
London, May 25. (Guardian News Service): The British public is overwhelmingly
opposed to the government sending up to 3,000 extra troops to Iraq, according
to…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/003200405251832.htm

BUSH Speech Reaffirms Iraq Plan
GOPUSA – Pearland,TX,USA
By Jeff Gannon. (Talon News) — President Bush delivered the first of a
series of speeches about his plan for transforming Iraq on Monday night.

www.gopusa.com/news/2004/may/0525_bush_iraq_plan.shtml

UN resolution on Iraq greeted by more fighting as Bush outlines…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Iraq was shaken by a bomb blast in the capital and fighting between
US troops and Shiite militiamen after US President George W. Bush outlined
his…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86820/1/.html

BUSH outlines transition for Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
By Ron Hutcheson. CARLISLE, Pa. – Under pressure to spell out a clear strategy
in Iraq, President Bush on Monday promised to give Iraqis ``full sovereignty''
on…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8755276.htm

FRANCE, Russia say UN deal on Iraq needs work
Independent Online – South Africa
Paris – France and Russia, heavyweight opponents of the invasion of Iraq,
said on Tuesday that Washington's plans to give Iraqis sovereignty needed
more work…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1085489642768B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

FOUR-STAR general to replace top US commander in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – The top US officer in Iraq, Lt. Gen. … And sending Craddock
to Iraq could give critics of Rumsfeld a target of convenience.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8755296.htm

TOP US general in Iraq being replaced; Bush voices praise
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
By Associated Press. President Bush is praising the top US general in Iraq
— even though administration officials confirm he's about to be replaced.

news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=29327

BUSH Says Iraq Will Have `Legitimate' Power Transfer on June 30
Bloomberg – USA
``We never said it had to look like America,'' Bush told reporters at the
White House the day after outlining his plans for Iraq in a speech at
the US Army War…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aBpZf1zE.opg&refer=us

MILITARY action in Iraq post-June needs local consent: Blair
Channel News Asia – Singapore
Blair was speaking less than an hour after Iraq's interim defence minister,
in London for a meeting with the prime minister and others, said he expected

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86824/1/.html

REPORT: Qaeda Thrives On Iraq War
CBS News – USA
… AP) Despite losses around the world, al Qaeda has more than 18,000
potential terrorists, and its ranks are growing because of the conflict
in Iraq, a leading…
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/25/terror/main619467.shtml

A sovereign Iraq, full of foreign troops
Economist (subscription) – London,England,UK
A speech by George Bush and a draft UN Security Council resolution have
provided some of the details of a “full‰ transfer of power in Iraq.

www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2704252

TOP US commander in Iraq to change
Reuters – London,England,UK
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon will replace Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo
Sanchez as the top US military officer in Iraq, senior defence officials
have said.…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=517333&section=news

BUSH insists Iraq plan on course
The Australian – Australia
… diplomatic mission in Baghdad was the target of a car bomb blast yesterday
just hours after US President George W.Bush unveiled his plan for Iraq,
claiming the…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9665405%255E601,00.html

BUSH seeks international support on Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush sought on Tuesday to rally international support
for the transfer of power in Iraq, saying that even European leaders who
opposed…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-wopowe
0526,0,7938207.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines

CIA fears Iran duped US into Iraq war
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
At the heart of the CIA request is its growing suspicion that Iran manipulated
the United States and Britain into the Iraq war by bogus intelligence
passed…
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040525-111041-8148r.htm

BUSH Sr.'s Iraq-Iran Secrets
Consortium News – USA
Before the Iraq War spins further out of control, former President George
HW Bush should sit down his son, George W. Bush, and level with him about
the real…
www.consortiumnews.com/2004/052504.html

THE business of war in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
In Iraq today, the business of war and its aftermath is being privatised
like never before. … At least 50 private security contractors have died
in Iraq.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3744489.stm

BUSH: Actions Of Enemies In Iraq Have Been Brutal
Smartmoney.com (subscription) – USA
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- President George W. Bush told the American people
Monday that he has a plan to stabilize Iraq and progress has been made
towards…
www.smartmoney.com/news/ON/index.cfm?story=ON-20040524-001087-2018

TERRORIST risks to Western targets increased since Iraq war:…
Xinhua – China
LONDON, May 25 (Xinhuanet) — Terrorist risks to Westerners and Western
assets in Arab countries have increased since the US-led war on Iraq,
a leading think…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/25/content_1490300.htm

EUROPEANS Want More Specifics in UN Resolution on Iraq
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, May 25 Some members of the United Nations Security Council
expressed reservations today about the new Iraq resolution drafted by
the United States…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/25/international/middleeast/25CND
-POLI.html?ex=1086148800&en=7c78b65587ad37b0&ei=5062

BUSH: Transfer to Iraq Will Be 'Complete'
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… President Bush said today that the United States wanted the transfer
of sovereignty scheduled to take place to an interim government in Iraq
on June 30 to be…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-052504usiraq_lat,1,3447302.story?coll=la-home-headlines

BUSH Gives Backing to Outgoing Iraq Commander
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
President George Bush tonight backed the outgoing top US officer in Iraq
in a bid to quash suggestions that he was being replaced due to the recent
prisoner…
<news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2975956

BUSH Says Iraq Will Have `Legitimate' Power Transfer (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
``We never said it had to look like America,'' Bush told White House reporters
the day after outlining his Iraq plans in a speech at the US Army War
College in…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aGn9pxx0xAJM&refer=us

BUSH'S Iraq Speech , Keeping The Faith In Afghanistan , And The…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… RFE/RL) — Much of the media's attention today is focused on US President
George W. Bush's speech last night on his administration's plans for stabilizing
Iraq…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/05/838e0790-8ffe-4d63-8a15-8404c1129908.html

STRATEGY for Iraq sovereignty
Christian Science Monitor – USA
Coverage of Iraq dominated the news again Tuesday, but this time the focus
shifted from car bombs and prisoner abuse scandals to a UN diplomatic
proposal and a…
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0525/dailyUpdate.html

BLAIR : British Troops Will Stay in Iraq Until Œ Job is Done…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that British forces will
stay in Iraq until, as he put it, “the job is done.‰ In his monthly
news conference…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=C34256D4-DDDA-478D-AD3EFAEC54397470

BUSH: 'Difficult days' won't halt Iraq's progress
KMSB – Tucson,AZ,USA
CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pennsylvania — President Bush on Monday night warned
Americans of “difficult days ahead” in Iraq that may “sometimes appear
chaotic,” but…
www.fox11az.com/news/other/stories/KMSB-20040525-cnnbp-bush.1f827bb84.html

POWELL rejects appeal for greater NATO role in Iraq
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, May 25 (Xinhuanet) — US Secretary of State Colin Powell on
Tuesday rebuffed calls from the Democrats for greater NATO role in Iraq,
saying that…
<news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/26/content_1490328.htm

BUSH Lays Out Goals for Iraq: Self-Rule and Stability
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
ARLISLE, Pa., May 24 ˜ President Bush on Monday night sought to reassure
Americans, Iraqis and other nations that he has a plan to set Iraq on
a track to…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/25/politics/25PREX.html?hp

RUSSIA Wants More Work on UN Iraq Resolution
Reuters – USA
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia wants to have a clear idea of what a transitional
government in Iraq would look like before backing a new UN Security Council

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5248544

BUSH Outlines Handover in Iraq, Says Troops Will Stay (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
May 25 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush said Iraq's interim government
will be named this week as a prelude to a five-step process that begins
with…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a2sfiN8Pnc38&refer=us

PENTAGON considers replacing its top general in Iraq
USA Today – USA
… Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top general in Iraq, will likely be replaced
later this year, a senior Defense Department official said late Monday
night.…
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-05-25-pentagon-sanchez_x.htm

IRAQ'S religious tide cannot be turned back
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… While Sunnis in Iraq have former military officers who can command
authority, they still rely on radical Islamic clerics to provide them
with legitimacy.…
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE26Ak05.html

IRAQ says foreign troops should stay for months not years
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : Iraq expects foreign troops to remain in the country for “months
rather than years”, Iraqi interim defence minister Ali Allawi said in
London.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86795/1/.html

OTHER developments in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… France's cautious position contrasted with that of Germany, which praised
Washington for its plans to return sovereignty to Iraq.…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1084907808521

BUSH confronts Iraq skeptics
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – Charleston,SC,USA
CARLISLE, PA.—President Bush, anxious to revive support for the occupation
in Iraq, launched a fresh effort Monday night to explain the urgency of
the mission…
www.charleston.net/stories/052504/ter_25bush2.shtml

SPEECH outlines hope of better future for Iraq
Toledo Blade – Toledo,OH,USA
WASHINGTON – Starting with his televised speech last night, President Bush's
new effort to outline a better future for Iraq and bring international
diplomacy…
www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040525/NEWS28/405250390/-1/NEWS

BUSH grasps for an Iraq plan
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
THE BUSH administration is moving on several fronts to extricate itself
from the lethal morass it created in Iraq. A draft resolution…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/25/EDGD56Q1OV1.DTL

FRANCE seeks changes to Iraq plan
BBC News – London,England,UK
… said. France, a permanent UN Security Council member which opposed
the Iraq war, has the power to veto any draft proposal. Foreign…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3745611.stm

BUSH: 5 Steps For Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
… up eroding public confidence in his leadership, President Bush told
the American people Monday night that he has a strategy to turn Iraq's
current violence and…
www.ctnow.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-bush0525.artmay25,1,4683171.story?coll=hc-headlines-topnews

TOP general in Iraq may be replaced
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush plans to appoint a new, higher-ranking military
commander for Iraq, capping an overhaul of the command structure that
is likely to…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0405250192may25,1,6770634.story?coll=chi-news-hed

BUSH pledges to guide Iraq to self-rule
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
By Ken Fireman. CARLISLE, Pa. — President George W. Bush, his re-election
jeopardized by public apprehension over Iraq, pledged last night to hold
“this hard…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usbush253818308
may25,0,62233.story?coll=ny-top-span-headlines

BUSH Lays Out Goals for Iraq: Self-Rule and Stability
The Ledger – Lakeland,FL,USA
CARLISLE, Pa., May 24 President Bush on Monday night sought to reassure
Americans, Iraqis and other nations that he has a plan to set Iraq on
a track to stable…
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040525/ZNYT03/405250430

TROOPS in Iraq for “months not years”
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Iraq's defence minister says he thinks US-led military
forces will only need to stay in the country for months rather than years.

www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=517123&section=news

FRANCE proposes talks by all parties in Iraq ahead of UN…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
PARIS (AP) The US-British draft resolution on post-occupation Iraq ''needs
improvement,'' the French foreign minister said Tuesday, adding France
hopes to have…
www.boston.com/dailynews/146/world/France_proposes_talks_by_all_p:.shtml

BUSH outlines Iraq goals
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ President Bush yesterday sought to reassure Americans shaken
by the bloody conflict in Iraq that he is pursuing a plan that will secure
that…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20040525-9999-1n25bush.html

US Army suspends General in Iraq abuse probe
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: The US Army has suspended its general in charge of guards at
the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, four months after abuses of detainees were
discovered…
sify.com/news_info/fullstory.php?id=13482830

FIVE-STEP plan for Iraq
Tacoma News Tribune – Tacoma,WA,USA
CARLISLE, Pa. – President Bush on Monday night sought to reassure Americans,
Iraqis and those from other nations that he has a plan to set Iraq on
a track to…
www.tribnet.com/news/story/5111220p-5037998c.html

US, UK Float New UN Resolution on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The United States and Britain circulate a proposed resolution
on Iraq to the UN Security Council that would transfer sovereignty to
an interim…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1908303

BUSH'S vision of Iraq vs reality
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… He is expected to make a number of such appearances, in which he will
attempt to underscore the positives regarding the US presence in Iraq
at a time when…
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE26Ak01.html

BUSH Lays Out Five-Step Plan For Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
25 May 2004 — US President George W. Bush has presented a five-step plan
for returning national sovereignty to Iraq in June and preparing the country
for…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/05/e9212cb8-c414-4540-83fc-e12bb893dff5.html

BUSH Outlines Plan for Returning Sovereignty to Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… occupation. The president's speech from the Army War College in Carlisle,
Penn., was the first of a planned series of talks on Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1908319

BUSH Lays Out Goals for Iraq: Self-Rule and Stability
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
ARLISLE, Pa., May 24 ˜ President Bush on Monday night sought to reassure
Americans, Iraqis and other nations that he has a plan to set Iraq on
a track to…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/25/politics/25PREX.html?hp

RUSSIA Wants More Work on UN Iraq Resolution
Reuters – USA
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia wants to have a clear idea of what a transitional
government in Iraq would look like before backing a new UN Security Council

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5248544

BUSH Outlines Handover in Iraq, Says Troops Will Stay (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
May 25 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush said Iraq's interim government
will be named this week as a prelude to a five-step process that begins
with…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a2sfiN8Pnc38&refer=us

PENTAGON considers replacing its top general in Iraq
USA Today – USA
… Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top general in Iraq, will likely be replaced
later this year, a senior Defense Department official said late Monday
night.…
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-05-25-pentagon-sanchez_x.htm

IRAQ'S religious tide cannot be turned back
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… While Sunnis in Iraq have former military officers who can command
authority, they still rely on radical Islamic clerics to provide them
with legitimacy.…
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE26Ak05.html

IRAQ says foreign troops should stay for months not years
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : Iraq expects foreign troops to remain in the country for “months
rather than years”, Iraqi interim defence minister Ali Allawi said in
London.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86795/1/.html

OTHER developments in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… France's cautious position contrasted with that of Germany, which praised
Washington for its plans to return sovereignty to Iraq.…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1084907808521

BUSH confronts Iraq skeptics
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – Charleston,SC,USA
CARLISLE, PA.—President Bush, anxious to revive support for the occupation
in Iraq, launched a fresh effort Monday night to explain the urgency of
the mission…
www.charleston.net/stories/052504/ter_25bush2.shtml

SPEECH outlines hope of better future for Iraq
Toledo Blade – Toledo,OH,USA
WASHINGTON – Starting with his televised speech last night, President Bush's
new effort to outline a better future for Iraq and bring international
diplomacy…
www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040525/NEWS28/405250390/-1/NEWS

BUSH grasps for an Iraq plan
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
THE BUSH administration is moving on several fronts to extricate itself
from the lethal morass it created in Iraq. A draft resolution…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/25/EDGD56Q1OV1.DTL

FRANCE seeks changes to Iraq plan
BBC News – London,England,UK
… said. France, a permanent UN Security Council member which opposed
the Iraq war, has the power to veto any draft proposal. Foreign…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3745611.stm

BUSH: 5 Steps For Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
… up eroding public confidence in his leadership, President Bush told
the American people Monday night that he has a strategy to turn Iraq's
current violence and…
www.ctnow.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-bush0525.artmay25,1,4683171.story?coll=hc-headlines-topnews

TOP general in Iraq may be replaced
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush plans to appoint a new, higher-ranking military
commander for Iraq, capping an overhaul of the command structure that
is likely to…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0405250192may25,1,6770634.story?coll=chi-news-hed

BUSH pledges to guide Iraq to self-rule
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
By Ken Fireman. CARLISLE, Pa. — President George W. Bush, his re-election
jeopardized by public apprehension over Iraq, pledged last night to hold
“this hard…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usbush253818308may25,0
,62233.story?coll=ny-top-span-headlines

BUSH Lays Out Goals for Iraq: Self-Rule and Stability
The Ledger – Lakeland,FL,USA
CARLISLE, Pa., May 24 President Bush on Monday night sought to reassure
Americans, Iraqis and other nations that he has a plan to set Iraq on
a track to stable…
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040525/ZNYT03/405250430

TROOPS in Iraq for “months not years”
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Iraq's defence minister says he thinks US-led military
forces will only need to stay in the country for months rather than years.

www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=517123&section=news

FRANCE proposes talks by all parties in Iraq ahead of UN…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
PARIS (AP) The US-British draft resolution on post-occupation Iraq ''needs
improvement,'' the French foreign minister said Tuesday, adding France
hopes to have…
www.boston.com/dailynews/146/world/France_proposes_talks_by_all_p:.shtml

BUSH outlines Iraq goals
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ President Bush yesterday sought to reassure Americans shaken
by the bloody conflict in Iraq that he is pursuing a plan that will secure
that…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20040525-9999-1n25bush.html

US Army suspends General in Iraq abuse probe
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: The US Army has suspended its general in charge of guards at
the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, four months after abuses of detainees were
discovered…
sify.com/news_info/fullstory.php?id=13482830

FIVE-STEP plan for Iraq
Tacoma News Tribune – Tacoma,WA,USA
CARLISLE, Pa. – President Bush on Monday night sought to reassure Americans,
Iraqis and those from other nations that he has a plan to set Iraq on
a track to…
www.tribnet.com/news/story/5111220p-5037998c.html

US, UK Float New UN Resolution on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The United States and Britain circulate a proposed resolution
on Iraq to the UN Security Council that would transfer sovereignty to
an interim…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1908303

BUSH'S vision of Iraq vs reality
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… He is expected to make a number of such appearances, in which he will
attempt to underscore the positives regarding the US presence in Iraq
at a time when…
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE26Ak01.html

BUSH Lays Out Five-Step Plan For Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
25 May 2004 — US President George W. Bush has presented a five-step plan
for returning national sovereignty to Iraq in June and preparing the country
for…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/05/e9212cb8-c414-4540-83fc-e12bb893dff5.html

BUSH Outlines Plan for Returning Sovereignty to Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… occupation. The president's speech from the Army War College in Carlisle,
Penn., was the first of a planned series of talks on Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1908319

BUSH wants world's help in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
… President Bush promised last night to seek more international support
for rebuilding Iraq as the US hands power to a new Iraqi government June
30.…
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001937777_bush25.html

US presents plan for post-occupation Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
UNITED NATIONS ˜ The United States on Monday unveiled its long-awaited
post-occupation plans for a sovereign interim government in Iraq and got
a generally…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8751604.htm

BUSH Offers Plan to End Chaos in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… shore up eroding public confidence in his leadership, President Bush
told the American people Monday night that he has a strategy to turn Iraq's
violence and…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/whitehouse/la-fg-bush25
may25,1,6129642.story?coll=la-news-politics-white_house

BUSH said to plan higher-ranking US commander in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush plans to appoint a new, higher-ranking military
commander for Iraq, capping an overhaul of the command structure that
is likely to…
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/05/25/bush_said_to_plan_higher_ranking_us_commander_in_iraq

BUSH Leaves 'Faster Iraq' Door Open
Slate – USA
… .. 2:17 PM. Faster Iraq Watch 12: Steyn, Bayh, Gingrich on Board!…

(We can hold them faster if we don't have to wait for all of Iraq to
be ballot-ready):…
slate.msn.com/id/2101188/

AUSTRALIA, Japan welcome latest US moves on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) Strong US allies Australia and Japan praised Washington's latest
moves on Iraq, with Canberra welcoming President Bush's pledge to stay
in the…
www.boston.com/dailynews/146/world/Australia_Japan_welcome_latest:.shtml

HERE'S how Iran might triumph in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… get you Americans to do our work for us – to destroy our personal enemy,
Saddam Hussein, and also to destroy our historic enemy, the country of
Iraq – I could…
www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vppin253818048may25,0,5541776.column?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

US will remain until Iraq free, Bush says
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
By Scott Lindlaw. CARLISLE, Pa. — President Bush on Monday night sought
to reassure Americans, Iraqis and other nations that he has a plan to
set Iraq on a…
www.indystar.com/articles/9/149575-8459-010.html

BUSH lays out Iraq's future
St. Petersburg Times – St. Petersburg,FL,USA
… WASHINGTON – With his public approval rating at its lowest point, President
Bush outlined a blueprint for Iraq's future on Monday and vowed to “persevere”
and…
www.sptimes.com/2004/05/25/Worldandnation/Bush_lays_out_Iraq_s_.shtml

BUSH says Iraq is pivotal to history
Deseret News – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
… In a springtime of sorrow and second-guessing, President Bush on Monday
sought to attack the doubts that threaten his presidency by portraying
Iraq as a…
deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595065643,00.html

US, Britain Present Draft Iraq Resolution to UN
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
The United States and Britain have presented the UN Security Council a
draft resolution on Iraq, outlining the transfer of full sovereignty to
an interim Iraqi…
english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200405/200405250022.html

BUSH Promises Iraq Full Sovereignty
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
President Bush says he has a clear strategy for the future of Iraq. Mr.
Bush laid out his plan at a time when US public opinion…
english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200405/200405250023.html

BUSH promises a razed Abu Ghraib, a democratic Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
WASHINGTON — Under pressure to spell out a clear strategy in Iraq, President
George W. Bush promised Monday to give Iraqis full sovereignty on June
30 and…
www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq25_20040525.htm

BUSH intends to stay the course in Iraq
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Washington ˜ US President George W. Bush pleaded for voter understanding
and international help for his beleaguered Iraq policy last night, vowing
to empower…
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040524.wxbush0525/BNStory/International/

2 of 3 in state say Iraq war not worth the costs, Field Poll…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Nearly two-thirds of Californians believe the war in Iraq is not worth
the toll in American lives and costs, an almost complete reversal of views
held when the…
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/05/25/FIELD.TMP

BUSH lays out plan for a new Iraq, but warns of difficulties…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush is urging Americans and Iraqis alike to
follow what he envisions is a path toward a stable, peaceful Iraq.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/146/wash/Bush_lays_out_plan_for_a_new_I:.shtml

EMBATTLED head of US forces in Iraq will soon be replaced
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — The top American officer in Iraq, Lt. Gen. … And sending
Craddock to Iraq could give critics of Rumsfeld a target of convenience.

www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2589831

BUSH to `stay the course,' has no Iraq exit strategy
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — Under increasing political pressure in recent weeks to correct
the course of the chaotic war in Iraq, President Bush on Monday instead
detailed…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2589830

BUSH outlines strategy for Iraq
Mail & Guardian (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
George Bush tried on Monday night to persuade an increasingly sceptical
American public to rekindle its faith in his project for Iraq, promising
he had a clear…
www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?ao=66817

CONCERN over Iraq security firms
BBC News – London,England,UK
There is growing concern about the role of private security firms operating
in Iraq, a BBC report has revealed. Some security personnel…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3744571.stm

UK Voters Oppose Sending More Troops to Iraq, Guardian Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 25 (Bloomberg) — Two-thirds of the British public are opposed to sending
any more troops to Iraq, the Guardian said, citing an ICM poll commissioned
by…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=avYx418o8rac&refer=europe

BUSH vows setbacks won't deter US in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BY JEFF ZELENY. CARLISLE, Pa. – (KRT) – Facing the bleakest approval ratings
of his term and an escalating crisis in Iraq, President Bush opened a
campaign…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8751551.htm

BUSH charts 'Iraq's new beginning'
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ President Bush vowed Monday night not only to defeat the
enemy persevering in Iraq, but also to lend a strong hand to help Iraqis
fashion a…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/052504dnintbush.9d234.html

GEORGE Bush gives speech to clarify Iraq policy
ABC Online – Australia
… to the United States, where just a few hours ago President George W.
Bush delivered a speech designed to clarify his administration's policy
on Iraq, and to…
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1115293.htm

NO need for Iraq adventure
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
… and other government officials to the effect that it would be virtually
impossible for the United States to ask Taiwan to send troops to fight
in Iraq and for…
www.etaiwannews.com/Editorial/2004/05/25/1085451446.htm

NEW US proposal on Iraq draws quick criticism at UN
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – The United States on Monday unveiled its proposal
for handing over authority in Iraq, and key provisions are already drawing
sharp…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8751435.htm

BUSH outlines strategy for Iraq
Guardian – UK
George Bush tried last night to persuade an increasingly sceptical American
public to rekindle its faith in his project for Iraq, promising he had
a clear…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1224118,00.html

PENTAGON Is Replacing Sanchez as the US Commander in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER. ASHINGTON, May 24 ˜ The top American
officer in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, will leave…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/25/politics/25SANC.html

BUSH addresses roiling problems in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – President Bush vowed Monday night not only to defeat
the enemy persevering in Iraq, but also to lend a strong hand to help
Iraqis fashion…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8751191.htm

BUSH tries to broaden focus on Iraq war, dispel concerns about…
USA Today – USA
… In a springtime of sorrow and second guessing, President Bush on Monday
sought to attack the doubts that threaten his presidency by portraying
Iraq as a…
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnist/raasch/2004-05-24-raasch_x.htm

BUSH attempts to portray a positive road ahead in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… He's a big-picture leader. Those traits are now on trial over the most
important decision of his presidency, waging pre-emptive war in Iraq.

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8751070.htm

TAIPEI says no to troops for Iraq war
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
The possibility of Taiwan sending troops to Iraq at the request of the
United States is almost zero, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael
Kau (???…
www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2004/05/25/1085450323.htm

UN resolution promises new start for Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: The US and Britain have tabled a draft resolution at the
UN, pledging a full transfer of sovereignty to Iraq, a one-year mandate
for a…
www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1115121.htm

BUSH Promises to `Help Establish Security' in Iraq (Update7)
Bloomberg – USA
May 24 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush said Iraq's new interim
government will be named this week and the US will build a new prison
to replace Abu…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=aiWhxEcAHhuA&refer=europe

BUSH says US will persevere in Iraq, more troops may be sent,…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
CARLISLE, Pa. ˆ President Bush, trying to dispel rising doubts about
the war, declared Monday night the United States would stay in Iraq until
it was free…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040524-1831-us-iraq.html

BUSH Starts Out on a Five-Week Run Concerning Iraq, Much of It…
New York Times – USA
… Mr. Bush spoke against the backdrop of unabated violence in Iraq, the
prison abuse scandal, confusion about the plan for transferring authority
to an as-yet…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/25/politics/25ASSE.html?ex=1086062400&en=e1c17466c82392bc&ei=5062

US intelligence fears Iran duped hawks into Iraq war
Guardian – UK
An urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether Iran
played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by passing on bogus

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1224075,00.html

WHAT now? Iraq's still fleeting hope
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… dead US service members, between 5,500 and 11,000 dead Iraqi civilians,
a cost to US taxpayers of roughly $5 billion a month, 138,000 troops in
Iraq as long as…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/174796_bushplaned.html

LAST of Spain's Iraq troops arrive home
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
TORREJON, Spain – The last of Spain's soldiers who served in Iraq arrived
home on Monday, sealing Spain's conversion from a pillar of the US-led
coalition into…
www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID=3568428&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

US unveils UN Iraq resolution
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
UNITED NATIONS — The United States unveiled its long-awaited plans for
the transfer of sovereignty to Iraq in a draft UN resolution Monday that
got a…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-wounit0525,0,1445546.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines

US Iraq Text
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… I've come here tonight to report to all Americans, and to the Iraqi
people, on the strategy our nation is pursuing in Iraq and the specific
steps we're taking…
www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-us-iraq-text,0,5201891.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

BUSH Promises to `Help Establish Security' in Iraq (Update5)
Bloomberg – USA
May 24 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush promised tonight to seek
more international support for rebuilding Iraq as the US shifts sovereignty
to a new…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=apYoGO2FafFg&refer=europe

PENTAGON Mulls Replacing Top US General in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Ricardo Sanchez as the top US military officer in Iraq, defense officials
said on Monday, but denied the Abu Ghraib Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal
was the reason…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5241691

MORE Troops for Iraq?
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: US military commanders warn that the days leading up to the
transfer of sovereignty in Iraq could be the bloodiest yet, and they're
asking for…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1908143

BUSH to set out Iraq strategy in key speech
Sify – Delhi,India
… President George W. Bush was set to announce that the notorious Abu
Ghraib prison could be destroyed after next month's handover of power
in Iraq, amid soaring…
sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13482410

BUSH to Address Iraq's Future in Series of Speeches
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Don Gonyea joins NPR's Alex Chadwick to preview President
Bush's speech about US strategy for transferring authority in Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1908103

PRESIDENT seeks to assure nation about strategy in Iraq
CBS MarketWatch – USA
WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) — As President Bush seeks to assure Americans he has
strategy for transferring power in Iraq to an interim government run by
Iraqis at the…
cbs.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7B7EF73F4C-8418-4
FF7-9F70-C16CF9279444%7D&siteid=google&dist=google

BUSH outlines US strategy in Iraq to rally support
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, May 24 (Xinhuanet) — US President George W. Bush on Monday
laid out his administration's strategy in Iraq in a bid to rally domestic
and…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/25/content_1488506.htm

ALLIES offer the UN draft plan on Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON The United States and Britain presented a draft UN resolution
Monday that calls for a full transfer of sovereignty to Iraq and an initial
one-year…
www.iht.com/articles/521606.htm

BUSH to outline blueprint for Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
WASHINGTON (AP) ˜ Facing political discord over the war in Iraq, President
George W. Bush will try to reassure voters tonight that hundreds of Americans
have…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1085436608949&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154

UN resolution would extend Iraq oil monitoring
Forbes – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iraq should get back full control over its vast
oil resources in July, but only with continued international monitoring
of how it…
www.forbes.com/business/newswire/2004/05/24/rtr1382878.html

BUSH Outlines Iraq Plans, Will Demolish Abu Ghraib
Wired News – USA
… The president was using a prime-time speech on television to try and
convince Americans that he can turn around the deteriorating situation
in Iraq with just…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=869232&tw=wn_wire_story

US, Britain seek UN resolution on Iraq handover, Bush to detail…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
UNITED NATIONS : The United States and Britain sought UN backing for Baghdad's
future government as violence flared across Iraq ahead of a key speech
by…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86685/1/.html

POLLS suggest public anxiety about Iraq high
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
A majority of Americans have their doubts about President Bush's handling
of Iraq, according to polls released Monday as Bush tries to bolster his
public…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/05/24/national1900EDT0710.DTL

BUSH Speech to Outline Iraq Sovereignty Strategy
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush is giving the first of five weekly addresses to map out
his administration's strategy for handing over limited sovereignty in
Iraq.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=CDB67C46-A70B-4770-B2946CC4A8D2430A

IRAQ War Colonial and About Oil, Says Turki
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
DUBLIN, 25 May 2004 ˜ The US-led invasion of Iraq was a colonial war
and there were some in the United States who saw it as a means of getting
their hands on…
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=45623&d=25&m=5&y=2004

  
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