Iraq News and Information Links July 25 2004
HOPES raised for release of seven hostages in Iraq – New Zealand
BAGHDAD: A Kuwaiti company said overnight it had received assurances that
seven of its employees being held hostage by militants in Iraq would be

FIFTEEN insurgents killed in Iraq shootout
ABC Online – Australia
The US military said insurgents opened fire on Iraqi security forces as
they provided security for the 1st Infantry Division during a raid in
a nearby farming…

9/11 panel avoided Iraq to reach agreement
11 commission‚s report didn‚t include the war in Iraq because Congress
didn‚t want it included and the commission couldn‚t have agreed on
a report if…

TWO Pakistanis Œabducted‚ in Iraq
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
… Two Pakistani nationals have disappeared in Iraq and are … The suspected
abduction of Pakistanis came as Islamabad showed inclination to send its
troops to Iraq.…

PHILIPPINES, Spain Defend Iraq Decisions
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
MANILA, Philippines – Facing strong criticism, Spain and the Philippines
on Sunday defended their decisions to pull troops out of Iraq, insisting
they had the…

RUSSIA Wants to Aid Iraq With Trade, Not Troops
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
Russia said Saturday it had no intention of contributing troops to the
US-led force in Iraq, but was prepared to help by developing trade and
easing debt…

HOPES Raised for Release of Seven Hostages in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti company said on Sunday it had received assurances
that seven of its employees being held hostage by militants in Iraq would

PURPORTED Threat To Italy And Australia Over Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… from militants linked to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda threatened Italy
and Australia on Saturday with attacks if they did not withdraw their
troops from Iraq.…

MILITANTS Use Kidnapping as Their Most Powerful Weapon in Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… insurgents moved with rapidly increasing sophistication to develop
hostage-taking as their most powerful weapon against foreign nations in
Iraq, two Pakistanis…

KUWAIT Firm Assured Iraq Hostages Will Be Freed
Reuters – USA
KUWAIT (Reuters) – The Kuwaiti employer of seven foreign hostages in Iraq
said on Sunday they had assurances that the captives would be freed.…

IRAQ'S PM Allawi Visits Beirut for Talks
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)—Iraq's prime minister began a three-day visit to
Lebanon on Sunday, seeking political, security and economic backing for
his troubled…

PINOY workers in Iraq may lose jobs
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
American and British companies implementing reconstruction projects in
Iraq may have to terminate the contracts of some 4,100 Filipino workers
owing to Manila…

MORE kidnaps reported in Iraq as Kuwait finds assassination plans
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Two Pakistani citizens were reported kidnapped in Iraq, ratcheting
up tension after abductors threatened to start beheading seven captives

WIFE of Iraq hostage hospitalised
Times of India – India
SHIMLA: The wife of one of the three Indians held hostage in Iraq has been
hospitalised in Himachal Pradesh. “Promila has been hospitalised…

INDIA invokes Islam for release of hostages in Iraq
Xinhua – China
NEW DELHI, July 25 (Xinhuanet) — India Sunday invoked the teachings of
Islam and its close ties with Iraq to renew its appeal for the release
of three of its…

TWO Pakistanis feared kidnapped in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
BANGOI, Pakistan – Pakistan said on Sunday it believed two nationals missing
in Iraq had been kidnapped as the wife of one of the men made an emotional

IRAQ hostage crisis: Minister appeals to captors
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
New Delhi, July 25: Government on Sunday continued efforts for early release
of the three Indians held hostage in Iraq and made fresh appeals to their

DOWNER blames Iraq pullouts for threat
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The Government has blamed decisions by the Philippines and Spain to withdraw
troops from Iraq for a terrorist threat to turn Australia into “pools
of blood”.…

HEAVY Clashes in Iraq; Hostage Crisis Spirals
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's police and National Guard killed 13 suspected
militants in heavy clashes near Baghdad on Sunday in one of the fiercest
battles the…

ALLAWI plea as Iraq hostage crisis deepens
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Luke Baker. Iraq's hostage crisis has escalated with the seizure of
a company director and the apparent abduction of two Pakistanis.…

TWO Pakistanis Feared Kidnapped in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BANGOI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan said on Sunday it believed two nationals
missing in Iraq had been kidnapped as the wife of one of the men made

PHILIPPINES defends Iraq policy
The Australian – Australia
THE Philippines lashed out today at Australian accusations that its troop
withdrawal from Iraq sparked a new wave of kidnappings in the war-ravaged

IRAQ hostage crisis grows – Australia
THE Iraq hostage crisis escalated yesterday with the seizure of a state
company director and the apparent abduction of two Pakistanis, as Egyptian
and Iraqi…,4057,10243271%255E401,00.html

13 insurgents killed in Iraq, US says
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi National Guard soldiers, supported by US forces,
killed 13 insurgents Sunday in a battle northeast of Baghdad, according
to the US…

DESPERATE Filipinos line up for Iraq jobs
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
MANILA — Joel Penaranda is desperate to get to Iraq. … It's better to
die in Iraq than to stay here and see our families die of hunger,” he

KERRY gains among Latinos; Bush's handling of Iraq cited
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… new poll. More than half of Latino voters gave the president a ``poor''
rating when it came to handling the war in Iraq. An even…

RUSSIA offers trade help to Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Russia has offered to use its long-standing trade links with Iraq to help
to resuscitate the country's economy. The suggestion was…

EDITORIAL: Flood report whitewashes Iraq WMD lies
Green Left – Australia
… Australian spy chief Philip Flood presented a report on July 22, which
found that the intelligence provided by Australia’s spy agencies on
Iraq’s alleged…

2 Pakistanis feared kidnapped in Iraq: al-Jazeera
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 25 (Xinhuanet) — Two Pakistanis working for a Middle-East
firm have gone missing in Iraq, raising fears they may have been taken
captive, Qatar…

IRAQ Leader Urges Egypt to Stay Course
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi urged Egypt on
Saturday to stand fast in the face of the kidnapping of one of its diplomats
and ignore…

AUSTRALIA blames militants' Iraq threat on the Philippines and…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… foreign minister has accused the Philippines and Spain of prompting
a militant group's threat to bomb Australia unless it withdraws from Iraq,
saying they had…

IRAQ, Syria To Work Together To Improve Border Security
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Beirut, July 25 (NNN): Amid concerns that foreign insurgents have been
entering Iraq from Syria, Syria and Iraq have decided to work together
to improve…

IRAQ'S hostage crisis escalates, two Pakistanis missing
Radio Australia – Australia
Two Pakistanis working in Iraq have gone missing and are believed to have
been kidnapped. A foreign ministry spokesman says the…

IRAQ hostage crisis spirals
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two Pakistanis working for a Kuwait-based company are
missing and feared kidnapped in Iraq, as the country's hostage crisis
deepens with at…

STH Korea plan to send 3000 troops to Iraq
TVNZ – New Zealand
A militant group says it abducted the man because of Egypt's offer of security
aid to Iraq. But Egypt insists, it is not sending in troops.…

NO Shortage of Fighters in Iraq's Wild West
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… RAMADI, Iraq ˜ Hunkered down in the turquoise-domed Islamic Law Center,
a dozen Marines wait for the enemy to make its inevitable move.…,1,6138812.story?coll=la-headlines-world

EXTENSION in deadline for release of hostages in Iraq
GEO – World
BAGHDAD: 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…

ITALY and Australia threatened over Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… Italy and Australia are major contributors of troops to US-led forces
in Iraq. … reports Cairo might consider helping Iraq with security.

A Darker Shadow Than Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Despite continuing low-level violence, Iraq seems to be settling down
a bit under the interim government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, whose
success at…,1,6557396.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

NEW story line on Iraq WMD won't work
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
BY TRUDY RUBIN. Did the Bush administration mislead the country to war
by hyping evidence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction?…

IRAQ'S leader implores Egypt to remain firm
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Prime Minister Iyad Allawi urged Egypt on Saturday not
to give in to demands by captors of an Egyptian diplomat in Baghdad, as
the spate of…

PRESIDENT'S '16 words' about Iraq get support
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
It has been a year and a half since President Bush's 2003 State of the
Union address, in which he suggested in a single sentence that Iraq might
have been…

FURTHER high-profile abductions hit Iraq
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
… Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, urged Egypt yesterday not
to bow to demands of the kidnappers of an Egyptian diplomat in Baghdad.

IRAQ, Syria to cooperate on border security
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq and Syria have set up a joint committee to oversee the security of
their common border. Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has…

IRAQ to Resume Relations with Syria
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Iraq‚s interim leader said that diplomatic relations with neighbouring
Syria, broken off since the 1980s, would be restored, and the two countries
would form…

SEPT. 11 Commission Purposely Avoided Judgments on Iraq War
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… 11 commission was any judgment on the most pressing policy debate of
the Bush presidency: Was the invasion of Iraq a crucial part of — or
a distraction from…

IRAQ kidnappers 'seeking money'
BBC News – London,England,UK
The Indian foreign minister says kidnappers of seven foreign truck drivers
in Iraq appear to be motivated by monetary, not political motives.…

TWO Pakistanis working for Arab company missing in Iraq
The Star – Malaysia
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Two Pakistanis who were working for an Arab
company in Iraq have lost contact with their families, but it was not
immediately clear…

MILITANTS demand Australia, Italy leave Iraq
CNN International – USA
… and Italy received warnings Saturday through a statement purportedly
from militants linked to al Qaeda that demanded those countries withdraw
troops from Iraq.…

UN to restore supposed Garden of Eden in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
UNITED NATIONS ˆ The United Nations announced an $11 million project
Friday to help restore the marshlands of southern Iraq, reputed to be
the biblical…

IRAQ wants Russian peacekeepers
Daily Times – Pakistan
MOSCOW: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Russian peacekeepers
were needed in Iraq, as he arrived in Moscow on Saturday for a two-day
visit, the…

IRAQ, Syria to form border security committee
Daily Times – Pakistan
DAMASCUS: Syria and Iraq will form a committee to improve security along
their long desert border, which Washington says anti-US insurgents use
to infiltrate…

'AL-QAEDA' group threatens Australia over Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
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.

BUTLER 'wrong' on Iraq uranium link
Independent – London,England,UK
A leading nuclear expert has pointed out a technical error in the Butler
report on WMD intelligence in Iraq, and criticised the committee's finding

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