Iraq News and Information Links June 25 2004
BUSH to Seek European Support in Iraq
ABC News – USA
… of power in Baghdad, President Bush opened a European trip Friday with
growing confidence that NATO would take a bigger role in Iraq despite
reservations from…

NATO envoys meet on Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Diplomats said a deal on NATO's role in stabilising Iraq — albeit
a far cry from the deployment of troops originally sought by Washington
— was still likely…

US: Coalition Troop Immunity to Continue After Iraq Handover
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
US officials say US troops in Iraq will continue to have immunity from
prosecution by Iraqi courts until an elected government is in place.…

JOURNALISTS who died in Iraq since the US-led military campaign…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Nadia Nasrat, news anchor with Coalition Provisional Authority's Iraq
Media Network/Diyala TV, killed by unidentified assailants in Baqouba,
March 18.…

MOST Americans say Iraq's a mistake
Economic Times – New Delhi,India
WASHINGTON: For the first time since the start of the war in Iraq, a majority
of Americans now say the US-led invasion was a mistake, according to a
USA Today…

PEOPLES Have Achieved Success In Afghanistan, Iraq Events:…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Minister Ali Younessi said in the city of Qom on Wednesday that Iranians
and regional peoples have achieved success in recent events in Iraq and

US military launches another Iraq strike targeting suspected…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… their third airstrike in a week on what they said was a terrorist hideout
in the hotspot city of Fallujah, killing up to 25 people, as Iraq braced
for more…

WARY S'pore firms shelve plans for Iraq
Business Times Singapore (subscription) – Singapore
By VINCE CHONG. (SINGAPORE) This week's high-profile killing of a South
Korean translator in Iraq has added to growing security concerns that
have forced…,4567,120748,00.html

EU'S Patten worries violence could tear Iraq apart
EUbusiness – London,UK
EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten said Friday that Europe
wants to help US-led efforts in Iraq but worries that deadly unrest could
tear that…

DNA: Lebanon translator killed in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Lebanese translator who disappeared in the first week
of the Iraq war was killed in the same firefight that claimed the life
of a veteran…

HEADLESS bodies found in Iraq
News24 – South Africa
… challenge to the US-led coalition's efforts to restore stability since
April, when Shiite Muslim radicals launched an uprising in central and
southern Iraq.…,6119,2-10-1460_1548482,00.html

POLL: Majority of Americans Say Iraq War a Mistake – Baden-Baden,Germany
A new poll shows a big swing in US public opinion against the war in Iraq
this month, with a majority of Americans now saying they believe the United

EU'S Patten worries violence could tear Iraq apart
EUbusiness – London,UK
EU External Affairs Commissioner Chris Patten expressed concern Friday
that deadly violence in Iraq could cause the war-wracked country to fly
apart in the…

REPORTER'S diary: Iraq handover
BBC News – London,England,UK
… on 30 June. The closer we get to the date of the handover of power
in Iraq, the more rumours circulate in the streets. Some talk…

Sky News – UK
Up to 25 Iraqis have been killed after the US bombed what it says was a
suspected safehouse of militant Abu Musab Zarqawi. It is…,,30200-13139112,00.html

IRAQ: Time For A 'Showdown'
KUTV – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
BAGHDAD (CBS) Iraq's interim leaders on Friday vowed stern action ˜ including
possible martial law ˜ against insurgents, a day after a wave of attacks

BRITISH servicemen back at base in Iraq after Iran ordeal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BASRA, Iraq : Eight British servicemen arrived back in southern Iraq following
a humiliating ordeal at the hands of Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guards

IRAQ'S government face factions, past history, come June 30th…
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Earlier this month, a letter from Iraq's top Shiite Muslim
cleric arrived at the offices of Iraq's new prime minister, advising him
that as he…

IRAQ violence to ease – envoy
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Violence in Iraq will persist well past next week's
handover to an interim government, but will ease as Iraqi security forces
expand and…

IRAQ war: US vice president drops 'F' bomb
Times of India – India
… Vice-President Dick Cheney cursed Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy
because of the latter's criticism of military improprieties in Iraq involving
Halliburton, a…

US Bombs Suspected Militant Safe House in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… safe house west of Baghdad on Friday, stepping up a hunt for Jordanian
militant Abu Musab Zarqawi believed to be behind a series of deadly attacks
in Iraq.…

BUSH Looks to Europe for Help in Iraq
ABC News – USA
ENNIS, Ireland June 25, 2004 ˜ Criticized for his go-it-alone approach
in Iraq, President Bush is trying to build a new consensus among allies
wary of a US…

ALLIES brace for violence as Iraq handover approaches
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… in the United States indicated for the first time since last year's
war that a majority of Americans believe it was a mistake to send US troops
to Iraq.…

IRAQ debt solution seen by year-end – analysts
Reuters – USA
LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush may prod Europeans
at a summit in Ireland on Saturday to write off much of Iraq's $120 billion

NATO Wrangles Over Iraq Training
Reuters – USA
… were differences over whether NATO should train Iraqi officers inside
the country under a NATO flag, or limit its role to training outside Iraq
and acting as a…

IRAQ, Bin Laden Planned Saudi Opposition
FOX News – USA
According to a newly disclosed document obtained by the Americans in Iraq
˜ a copy of which has been obtained by FOX News ˜ bin Laden was in
Sudan when he…,2933,123757,00.html

IRAQ needs up to 95pc debt relief, says White House
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
WASHINGTON – Iraq needs up to 95 per cent of its debt to sovereign countries
forgiven to avoid overburdening its economy, a senior White House official
said on…

BUSH shoring up support as Iraq handover nears
ABC Online – Australia
MAXINE MCKEW: After one of the bloodiest days in Iraq since the fall of
Saddam, the United States President George W Bush is travelling to Ireland
tonight to…

NEW US envoy to Iraq sworn in (25/06/04)
Iraq Suppliers – London,United Kingdom
John Negroponte was this week sworn in as the first US ambassador to post-Saddam
Iraq, a week before the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) hands over

FREED servicemen back with comrades in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE eight servicemen seized by Iran were back with their British comrades
in neighbouring Iraq today, defence chiefs confirmed.…

THOMAS Fuller: What role for Europe in cleaning up Iraq?
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… When Saleh told me the story and showed me the bomb, it seemed to carry
a message about the war in Iraq: If you invade a country and ordnance

CONTROVERSY over “ Citizen Protection ‰ by the Korean Embassy…
Donga – Seoul,South Korea
… the Foreign Ministry officers‚ service attitude and their ability
to deal with risks, an intensive criticism among civilians who returned
from Iraq has been…

NEW general ready to face foes in Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The violent insurgency in Iraq is far stronger and more sophisticated than
the US expected and the success of the new caretaker government could
be decided…

NATO could find its new purpose in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… country. But today's most immediate security challenge is in Iraq.
… cooperation. Officially, however, Iraq is not on the summit agenda.

GERMANY would not oppose bigger NATO role in Iraq: spokesman
Xinhua – China
… June 25 (Xinhuanet) — The German government remains skeptical about
giving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) a bigger role in
Iraq but would not…

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
July 1st will be a turning point in the history of Iraq. … In spite of
attacks by terrorists and Saddam Hussein loyalists, Iraq is making progress.

IRAQ Sought Al-Qaeda's Help Against Saudi Arabia, NYT Reports
Bloomberg – USA
Iraqi agents met with Osama bin Laden in Sudan, and the al- Qaeda leader
asked for Iraq to rebroadcast sermons of an anti- Saudi cleric in Iraq
and to conduct…

IRAQ oil exports returning to normal
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq aims to raise flow to its southern oil terminals
back to full rates of 1.8 million barrels per day Friday after repairing
a sabotaged…

BRITISH servicemen held by Iran return to Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BASRA, Iraq : Eight British servicemen detained for straying into Iran's
territorial waters have returned to a military base in southern Iraq,
ending their four…

SOUTH Korea seeths over beheading of citizen in Iraq
The Register-Guard – Eugene,Oregon,USA
SEOUL, South Korea – The beheading of a South Korean hostage in Iraq provoked
demonstrations on Wednesday against plans to send 3,000 more soldiers
to Iraq…

IRAQ'S Allawi Vows to Crush Rebels Sowing Violence
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister vowed to crush Baathist die-hards
and foreign militants he blamed for killing more than 100 people in a
day of…

IRAQ violence increases as June 30 deadline nears
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: In Iraq, the count of the dead from the latest violence which
erupted just over 24 hours ago is somewhere around 100.…

EU expects role in Iraq, in reconstruction and trade
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON: The US-led occupation of Iraq formally ends on June 30 when Iraq's
transitional government gains the nation's sovereignty.…

A bear of a job in Iraq
Cincinnati Post – Cincinnati,OH,USA
PARIS — Iraq's new prime minister, Ayad Allawi, has been making the same
basic argument for the last two decades that a stable, post-Saddam Hussein

MAJORITY Of Americans Fault Iraq Invasion: Poll
Islam Online – UK
WASHINGTON , June 25 ( & News Agencies) – A recent poll
showed that a majority of Americans believe the US-led invasion of Iraq
was a mistake…

RELEASED British troops fly back to Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By DIANA ELIAS. KUWAIT CITY — Eight British servicemen detained for four
days in Iran returned to Iraq on Friday, ending a diplomatic crisis.…

SHOT TV Man's Interpreter 'Also Died in Iraq Clash'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
An interpreter working for a TV reporter who was killed while covering
the Iraq war is thought to have died in the same gunfight, it emerged

IRAQ war a mistake: new US poll
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
FOR the first time since the Iraq war, a majority of Americans believe
it was a mistake sending US troops into Iraq. The poll carried…,5478,9954652%255E1702,00.html

HOSTAGE Killing Fuels Korean Debate Over Sending Troops to Iraq
Cybercast News Service – USA
… com) – The terrorist killing of a South Korean hostage this week is
inciting both supporters and opponents of the planned deployment of Korean
troops to Iraq.…

BUSH to seek NATO aid in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
President George W. Bush will seek more international support to combat
a surge of violence in Iraq at next week's NATO summit in Turkey, without
asking for…,0,914208.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines

ATTACKS in Iraq were not expected: Powell
ABC Online – Australia
… days from the handover of power. Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad
Allawi vowed to crush the insurgents. Colin Powell says the US…

IRAQ'S Allawi vows to crush rebels sowing violence
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim prime minister has vowed to crush Baathist
die-hards and foreign militants he blamed for killing 100 people in a
day of…

DETAINED Servicemen on Way Back to Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Eight British troops who had been detained in Iran stopped in Kuwait briefly
today and then flew on to Iraq, a British military spokesman said.…

BUSH to seek more world help for Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush will continue to push for more international
help for Iraq this weekend when he travels overseas on a five-day trip
to Ireland and…

IRAQ war a mistake, poll finds
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ For the first time, a majority of Americans say they think
the United States made a mistake sending troops to Iraq, according to
a poll released…

US general says next few months key to Iraq's future
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — US-led military force alone cannot bring security to Iraq,
the incoming American commander said yesterday, arguing that the US-led
coalition and…

WOLFOWITZ apologizes for calling reporters in Iraq afraid
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON — Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz issued an unusual
apology yesterday to war correspondents in Iraq after saying they reported

Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAQOUBA, Iraq — Insurgents killed more than 100 people, including three
US soldiers, in near-simultaneous attacks across Iraq on Thursday that
raised alarms…

US could send more troops to Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — US military planners are preparing to send possibly
as many as 15,000 additional ground troops to Iraq if the level of violence

BUSH heads abroad, seeks help on Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… President Bush heads abroad today seeking whatever help European allies
and NATO are willing to provide to smooth the June 30 transfer of power
in Iraq.…

POWER transfer in Iraq geared to elections
USA Today – USA
By JOHN YAUKEY, Gannett News Service. WASHINGTON ˜ Most Americans and
Iraqis want the same thing: US troops to stabilize Iraq quickly and get

DOCUMENT describes al-Qaida, Iraq links
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… a broad effort by Baghdad to work with organizations opposing the Saudi
ruling family, according to a newly disclosed document obtained by the
Americans in Iraq…

IRAQ wakes to new day of killing
The Australian – Australia
… have been attacking Iraqi security forces in hopes of disrupting the
June 30 handover of power from US occupation authorities to Iraq's interim

WASHINGTON renews war crimes immunity in “ sovereign “ Iraq
World Socialist
With just a week to go before the supposed “transfer of power‰ in Iraq,
Washington has decided to unilaterally renew a decree granting its troops,
as well…

AT least 75 die in bloody fighting in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… in Baqubah, Fallujah, Ramadi, Mosul and Baghdad intensified a sustained
campaign by Iraqi insurgents and foreign militants to sabotage Iraq's
formal transition…

BUSH Seeks NATO Help on Iraq
Washington Post – USA
Bush has struggled for months to expand NATO's role in providing security
in Iraq, and he was disappointed by the continuing objections of allies
during an…

IRAQ'S interim govt stands firm despite bomb attacks
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: US Secretary of State Colin Powell says Iraq's interim government
is showing tremendous courage in the face of the wave of attacks throughout

THE spin cycle on Iraq and 9/11
Virginian Pilot – Norfolk,VA,USA
… bipartisan commission investigating the 9/11 attacks gave its long-awaited
assessment of one of the central links President Bush offered for invading

NEW Job in Iraq Will Be as Top US Military Leader
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… George W. Casey Jr., received word that he was likely headed for a
new assignment: commander of all US forces in Iraq. The sudden…

MAJORITY says Iraq war 'mistake'
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
FOR the first time, a majority of Americans say they think the US made
a mistake sending troops to Iraq, according to a poll. The…,5478,9950375%255E1702,00.html

GORE Says Bush Lied About Iraq Link to Al Qaeda
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… Gore accused Bush and Vice President Cheney of ignoring warnings from
international intelligence services, the CIA and the Pentagon before the
Iraq war that…

MISINFORMATION aside, a link between al-Qaida and Iraq does exist
The Union Leader – Manchester,NH,USA
… Finally, in very sloppy language, the statement seemed to conclude
that there had been “no collaborative relationship‰ between Iraq and

Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
ASouth Korean hostage was beheaded by the armed group that had captured
him in Iraq. … In April, five Japanese civilians were kidnapped by armed
groups in Iraq.…

Jamaica Observer – Jamaica
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Insurgents set off car bombs and seized police stations
yesterday in an offensive to create chaos in advance of next week's handover

WOLFOWITZ Apologizes to Iraq War Correspondents
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz apologized
on Thursday to Iraq war correspondents for saying that many of them were
afraid to…

DOCUMENT Shows Iraq Sought Al Qaeda's Help Against Saudis
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… a broad effort by Baghdad to work with organizations opposing the Saudi
ruling family, according to a newly disclosed document obtained by the
Americans in Iraq…

SOUTH Korea to launch audit over handling of Iraq hostage case
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… sweeping audit into government agencies after allegations that they
bungled attempts to rescue a Korean hostage beheaded by militants in Iraq,
the presidential…

BACKGROUNDER: Major bomb attacks in Iraq since January 2004
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, June 25 (Xinhuanet) — Militants launched several attacks Thursday
across Iraq, killing at least 70 people and injuring more than 200, police

US must leave Iraq
Trinidad & Tobago Express – Trinidad and Tobago
With just a few days to go before the coalition authorities in Iraq formally
hand over power to a new interim Iraqi government on June 30, Iraqi insurgents

BID to Shield Americans From Iraq Courts
New York Times – USA
… George W. Casey Jr., nominated to be the senior American commander
in Iraq, who said he understood it was still being negotiated and would
be adopted shortly.…

ST. Cloud State professor returns to his native Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
He recently set foot on the soil of his native Iraq and saw his aging parents
for the first time in 27 years. “It was the best thing…

PETREL eyes benefits in new Iraq regime
Financial Times – London,England,UK
By Andrea Goddard. Petrel Resources claims to be well-placed to benefit
from the new regime in Iraq as it makes progress towards becoming an Iraqi
oil producer.…

IRAQ havoc as 100 die in attacks
Guardian – UK
Insurgents in Iraq signalled their determination to provoke havoc ahead
of next week's handover of power by killing as many as 100 people in simultaneous,2763,1246976,00.html

IRAQ war ' will cost each US family $3400 '
Guardian – UK
The United States has spent more than $126bn on the war in Iraq, which
will ultimately cost every American family an estimated $3,400, according
to a new…,2763,1246876,00.html

IRAQ violence could worsen: PM
The Australian – Australia
THE latest outbreak of violence in Iraq could worsen as the handover date
approached, Prime Minister John Howard said today. The…,5744,9949934%255E1702,00.html

Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BASRA, Iraq – (KRT) – Bassim Qassim, his wife, Nada Gazey, and their 2-month-old
baby were among a sea of Iraqis caught up in the violence of the first
days of…

WOLFOWITZ Offers Apology to Journalists Covering Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… June 24 ˜ Paul D. Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary, issued
an unusual apology on Thursday addressed “to journalists covering Iraq,”
in which he…

INSURGENT strikes kill 92 in Iraq days before power handover
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Insurgents unleashed a wave of apparently coordinated attacks
across Iraq, leaving at least 92 dead, just six days from the handover
of power to an…

CAR bombs, armed attacks sweep Sunni Muslim areas of Iraq with…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ Insurgents set off car bombs and seized police stations
Thursday in an offensive aimed at creating chaos ahead of next week's
handover of…

IMPORTANT dates after Iraq is granted sovereignty
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
_Now: A preparatory committee is issuing invitations to 1,000 Iraqis who
will represent a cross-section of Iraq's social, political, ethnic and

BUSH to Challenge NATO for Iraq Help, Push EU for Debt Relief
Bloomberg – USA
June 24 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush will appeal to the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization to take on a broader security role for Iraq
and prod…

DAYS before Iraq handover, improvements overshadowed by chaos
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
By Tom Lasseter. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Families in the Ziwia neighborhood of
Baghdad are now allowed to have funerals for their dead. Saddam…

MAJORITY of Americans Now Call Iraq War a Mistake
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For the first time since the start of the war in
Iraq, a majority of Americans now say the US-led invasion was a mistake,
according to a…

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