Iraq News and Information Links August 25 2004
AL-SISTANI returns to Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
MARCH TO NAJAF: An aide to Iraq's top Shiite cleric says `he will return
to the holy city … … 13 in London. He had left Iraq on Aug.…
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/08/26/2003200261

AGENCY Is Faulted On Practices in Iraq, Secrecy Amid Probe
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
The US Army's internal investigation into the abuse of detainees in Iraq
cast a new spotlight yesterday on alleged wrongdoing by a government agency
that has…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33805-2004Aug25.html

IRAQ'S Olympic soccer fairytale
Stuff.co.nz – New Zealand
As far as Olympic fairytales go, it's hard to top Iraq's march to football's
semifinals. … But on Saturday morning Iraq now play Italy for the bronze
medal.…
www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3015329a2201,00.html

BLAIR to be impeached over Iraq war by Plaid Cymru MP
ic Wales – Wales,UK
PLAID CYMRU MP Adam Price announced last night that he will impeach Prime
Minister Tony Blair for taking Britain into the Iraq war.…
icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/newspolitics/tm_objectid=14572398&method=
full&siteid=50082&headline=-blair-to-be-impeached-over-iraq-war-by-plaid-cymru-mp-name_page.html

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric returns home as fighting rages in Najaf
Canada.com – Canada
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) – Hoping to end weeks of fighting in Najaf, Iraq's top
Shiite cleric unexpectedly returned home from Britain on Wednesday armed
with a new…
www.canada.com/news/world/story.html?id=e0ef0bb1-cce4-47f3-a2df-a484fc7f0cc3

TWO Turkish firms to withdraw from Iraq to save hostages' lives
Xinhua – China
25 (Xinhuanet) — Two Turkish companies jointly announced Wednesday night
that they will withdraw from Iraq in order to save the lives of their
two workers who…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/26/content_1887330.htm

TWO IRNA reporters arrested in Iraq to be freed Wednesday
Xinhua – China
25 (Xinhuanet) — Two of the four reporters working for Iran's official
IRNA news agency, who were arrested in Iraq, are to be freed Wednesday
night, IRNA…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/26/content_1886683.htm

LEADING Shiite cleric returns to Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
NAJAF, Iraq – (KRT) – Iraq's most prominent Shiite Muslim religious leader,
the Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al Sistani, made a dramatic return to
Iraq on…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9495338.htm

US Iraq Prison Abuse Incidents
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
The Army investigation report into abuses by military intelligence personnel
at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq describes 44 separate incidents of suspected

seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apwashington_story.asp?category
=1152&slug=US%20Iraq%20Prison%20Abuse%20Incidents

BANKS 'laundered' Iraq oil
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… The US claims Infobank was central to Saddam Hussein's scheme to divert
more than $10 billion from the oil-for-food deal to the Iraq government.

www.money.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2004/08/26/
cnlaun26.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/money/2004/08/26/ixfrontcity.html

HOLLYWOOD father burned after being told son died in Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
A man was severely burned Wednesday when he set fire to a Marine Corps
van after being told that his Marine son had been killed in Iraq, police
said.…
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sfl-825hwdfire,1,2256043.story?coll=chi-news-hed

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
25, 964 US service members have died since the beginning of military operations
in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense Department.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/238/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

MPS plan to impeach Blair over Iraq war record
Guardian – UK
MPs are planning to impeach Tony Blair for “high crimes and misdemeanours”
in taking Britain to war against Iraq, reviving an ancient practice last
used…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1290833,00.html

ISN'T it time to impeach Blair over Iraq?
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… deserved to be told the real reasons for the war: that the Americans
had decided that the world would be a safer place for regime change in
Iraq, and that it…
www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/
2004/08/26/do2602.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2004/08/26/ixopinion.html

TOP Shi'ite cleric returns to Iraq
The Statesman – Calcutta,India
NAJAF, Aug. 25. ˜ Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite cleric arrived home
from Britain today and his aides called for a nationwide march to Najaf
to end nearly…
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=52216

KERRY Shifts Focus From Vietnam to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… John F. Kerry sought to shift attention to Iraq and the US economy.
The Democratic presidential nominee invoked new reports on the…
www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-082504kerry_lat,1,5338415.story?coll=la-home-headlines

IRAQ jail probe blames 27 for abuse
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… corrupt soldiers and civilians, a lack of discipline on the part of
leaders and soldiers,” and a “failure or lack of leadership” by higher
command in Iraq.…
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/08/26/1093456690237.html

IRAQ adapting quickly to the modern game
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
THESSALONIKI, AUGUST 25: Struggling to leave their painful past behind,
Iraq's footballers have shown at the Athens Olympics how quickly they
are adapting to…
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=53871

TURKISH firms withdraw from Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
TWO Turkish companies today began withdrawing their staff from Iraq hours
after militants holding two of their workers threatened to behead the
men if the…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10572466%255E1702,00.html

US soldier killed in truck accident in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A US soldier was killed in a truck accident north of
the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, a military spokesman said.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/238/world/U_S_soldier_killed_in_truck_ac:.shtml

US resumes mail service to Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
Mail to Iraq was limited to airmail letters last year because of the disruption
caused by the change in government there following the ouster of Saddam
Hussein…
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BLATTER Denies Playing Politics over Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter has rejected suggestions that he is using Iraq's
shock success at the Olympic football tournament for personal political
gain.…
sport.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3407667

A look at Shiite leaders in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… Most of the fighting has taken place in the absence of Iraq's top Shiite
cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al-Sistani, who was in Britain undergoing
medical…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Shiites%20Glance

ARMY Report Blames More Americans for Iraq Abuses
Reuters – USA
… Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the former top US commander in Iraq, for failing
to address the problems at the Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad.

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6069661

TOP UN envoy ends first visit to Iraq
Xinhua – China
25 (Xinhuanet) — The top UN envoy for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, ended his first
visit to Baghdad since his appointment last month after meeting with a
long line of…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/26/content_1883644.htm

IRAQ'S Leading Shiite Cleric Looks to Broker Deal With Rebels
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By DEXTER FILKINS and ALEX BERENSON. AJAF, Iraq, Aug. … Ayatollah Sistani
arrived in Kuwait and crossed into Basra, southern Iraq.…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/25/international/middleeast/25CND-IRAQ.html

ARMY Report Blames More US Personnel in Iraq Abuse
Reuters – USA
… later on Wednesday found that 27 of the 35 US military intelligence
personnel and contractors cited in 44 cases of prisoner abuse in Iraq
committed acts that…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6068681

KUWAIT doing 'everything possible' to free Indians held in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Kuwait is doing “everything possible” to secure the release of seven truck
drivers being held hostage in Iraq, Kuwait's foreign minister said in
New Delhi on…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_970421,0008.htm

ANOTHER Kenyan 'Captured in Iraq'
AllAfrica.com – Africa
An armed group calling itself Brigades of Martyrs of Iraq claimed to have
kidnapped a Kenyan and a Jordanian. If confirmed, the…
allafrica.com/stories/200408250580.html

TWO Turks kidnapped in Iraq
Times of India – India
ANKARA: A Turkish television channel on Wednesday aired footage showing
two Turks believed to be held hostage in Iraq by armed militants who have
threatened to…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/827523.cms

IRAQ'S Grand Ayatollah to return to Najaf
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has reportedly returned to Iraq and
wants all Iraqis to march on the battle-scarred city of Najaf.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/25/1093246616049.html

WEB Site Shows 'Beheading of American Spy' in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… militant group posted pictures on its Web site on Wednesday of what
it said was the beheading of a man it called a US Central Intelligence
Agency spy in Iraq.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6067967

IRAQ'S Sistani Returns, Plans to End Najaf Crisis
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric made a sudden return
to the country on Wednesday and said he had a plan to end an uprising
in the “burning…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6067108

AL-SISTANI returns to Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Iraq's most influential Shia cleric, Grand Ayat Allah Ali al-Sistani, is
in the southern city of Basra and will head to Najaf soon to try to resolve
the crisis…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/53100F12-A7D2-4303-9D56-1E472D8E2E55.htm

IRAQ hostage's thoughts: Hegel and survival
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
And among the few foreigners who have experienced being kidnapped by Islamic
groups in Iraq and emerged alive, spared the beheading and pistol shots
to the…
www.iht.com/articles/535681.html

LEBANESE captive in Iraq freed
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Muhammad Raad, the last Lebanese to be seized in Iraq , has been freed
and is reportedly in the hands of the Lebanese embassy in Baghdad .…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6EAD5571-9D50-4895-81A7-2CBB92ABACE5.htm

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric returns as fighting rages in Najaf
Ha'aretz – Israel
NAJAF – Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric arrived home from Britain on
Wednesday and his aides called for a nationwide march to Najaf to end
nearly three…
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/469258.html

'ANIMAL house' on Iraq jail's night shift
NEWS.com.au – Australia
… untouched, with the report finding that interrogation techniques approved
for limited use at Guantanamo Bay had “migrated to Afghanistan and Iraq,
where they…
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10567337%255E401,00.html

IRAQ'S improbable run comes to an end Golden quest quashed with…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Thessaloniki, Greece — A broken nation's bid to win an Olympic gold medal
fell short Tuesday as the Iraq men's soccer team — having already overcome
the…
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/08/25/SPG218DLE81.DTL

'HE was never meant to go to Iraq'
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… Those hopes were shattered last Thursday when Ramesh and 11 of his
countrymen were seized by a Islamic group in Iraq as they crossed the
border from…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=35428

MILITANTS release Lebanese hostage in Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… masked militants said they were releasing him after an appeal by the
Association of Muslim Scholars, an influential Sunni Muslim group in Iraq
that's believed…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200408251790.htm

SOLDIERS' Iraq Blogs Face Military Scrutiny
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Military officials are cracking down on blogs written by soldiers
and Marines in Iraq, saying some of them reveal sensitive information.

npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3867981

TERRORISM and rising crime hound Iraq, says Allawi
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Postwar Iraq is suffering an explosion of crime
with murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and drug trafficking adding to
the violence…
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L25172389.htm

IRAQ'S top Shiite cleric heads home to 'rescue' Najaf, spokesman…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric was returning home
from Britain on Wednesday in a bid to end nearly three weeks of fighting
in Najaf and…
www.boston.com/dailynews/238/world/Iraq_s_top_Shiite_cleric_heads:.shtml

END of Iraq's fairytale Games
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
Thessaloniki, Greece – Iraq's dream of an Olympic soccer gold medal ended
on Tuesday as Paraguay scored a 3-1 victory to set up a South American
showdown with…
www.news24.com/News24/Olympics2004/InsideTrack/0,,2-1652-1654_1578248,00.html

IRAQ'S Sistani to Return to Iraq in Hours -Aide
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric is on his way
home to the country from treatment in London and wants all Iraqis to march
on the holy…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6064151

NO Philippine troops back to Iraq: new foreign secretary
Xinhua – China
25 (Xinhuanet) — Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Wednesday
clarified that the country will not deploy another humanitarian contingent
to Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/25/content_1880968.htm

END of Iraq's fairytale Games
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
Thessaloniki, Greece – Iraq's dream of an Olympic soccer gold medal ended
on Tuesday as Paraguay scored a 3-1 victory to set up a South American
showdown with…
www.news24.com/News24/Olympics2004/InsideTrack/0,,2-1652-1654_1578248,00.html

IRAQ'S Sistani to Return to Iraq in Hours -Aide
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric is on his way
home to the country from treatment in London and wants all Iraqis to march
on the holy…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6064151

NO Philippine troops back to Iraq: new foreign secretary
Xinhua – China
25 (Xinhuanet) — Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Wednesday
clarified that the country will not deploy another humanitarian contingent
to Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/25/content_1880968.htm

TOP Shi'ite cleric returns to Iraq to rescue Najaf
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, who wields
enormous influence among Shi'ite Iraqis, was returning to the chaotic
country Wednesday…
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1093402924791

PANEL says blame in Iraq prison abuse runs deep
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… found that actions by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld contributed
to confusion over what techniques were permissible for interrogating prisoners
in Iraq.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/9486423.htm

OIL prices fall to $45 as Iraq oil flows
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
NEW YORK – Oil prices fell nearly a dollar to end just above $45 on Tuesday,
in a third day of losses as a more optimistic Iraq export picture helped
unwind…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=19569

PARAGUAY Ends Iraq's Dream Run
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
… Cardozo, the Paraguayan striker who has scored more than 200 goals
in the Mexican league and has been its scoring champion four times, ended
Iraq's hopes of a…
www.ctnow.com/sports/hc-olymensoc0825.artaug25,1,6367488.story?coll=hc-headlines-sports

IRAQ loses to Paraguay, to play for bronze
Times of India – India
Carried along on a wave of optimism and with neutral soccer fans from all
over the world yelling their support, Iraq's beleaguered soccer team set
its sights…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/826792.cms

TROOPS will stay in Iraq despite kidnapping: Italy
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Italy's Government has insisted that it will keep its troops in Iraq despite
a demand by militants holding an Italian journalist hostage that Italian
forces…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_968635,00050003.htm

GETTING Kicks Out of Iraq
AlterNet – USA
… What's more, Iraq's Olympians suffered uniquely at the hands of Saddam
Hussein's son Uday, making them an excellent example of the undeniable
fact that some…
www.alternet.org/election04/19651/

SPOKESMAN: Iraq's top Shiite cleric returning home to deal with…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Iraq's top Shiite cleric Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani,
who wields enormous influence among Shiite Iraqis, was returning home
Wednesday to…
www.boston.com/dailynews/238/world/Spokesman_Iraq_s_top_Shiite_cl:.shtml

IRAQ Deploys Guardsmen Outside Mosque in Najaf
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… NAJAF, Iraq ˜ The US-backed Iraqi interim government sent its national
guard troops into the streets outside one of Islam's most sacred sites
for the first…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-najaf25aug25,1,5242050.story?coll=la-headlines-world

MADE in Iraq: the new antiwar veteran
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… first Gulf War. But the most dramatic presence was that of a group
of new kids on the block, veterans of the war in Iraq. These new…
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/
articles/2004/08/25/made_in_iraq_the_new_antiwar_veteran

PANEL says blame in Iraq prison abuse runs deep
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… found that actions by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld contributed
to confusion over what techniques were permissible for interrogating prisoners
in Iraq.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/9486423.htm

OIL prices fall as Iraq reopens key pipeline
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
Crude oil futures fell sharply for the third straight session Tuesday as
exports resumed from Iraq. Oil for October delivery closed…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/082504dnbuscrude.c906b.html

IRAQ Runs Out of Surprises
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Cardozo, the Paraguayan striker who has scored more than 200 goals
in the Mexican league and has been its scoring champion four times, ended
Iraq's hopes of a…
www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-olysoccer25aug25,1,4471449.story?coll=la-headlines-sports

TROOPS will stay in Iraq despite kidnapping: Italy
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Italy's Government has insisted that it will keep its troops in Iraq despite
a demand by militants holding an Italian journalist hostage that Italian
forces…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_968635,00050003.htm

GETTING Kicks Out of Iraq
AlterNet – USA
… What's more, Iraq's Olympians suffered uniquely at the hands of Saddam
Hussein's son Uday, making them an excellent example of the undeniable
fact that some…
www.alternet.org/election04/19651/

BUSH'S father foresaw costs of Iraq war
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By GEORGE GEDDA. WASHINGTON — Not many people foresaw the postwar difficulties
the administration has endured in Iraq. Of the few…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apwashington_story.asp
?category=1151&slug=Iraq%20Bush's%20Warning

INDONESIA urges its citizens to leave Iraq
The Malaysia Star – Malaysia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesia on Wednesday urged its citizens in
Iraq to leave the country and no longer accept work contracts there after
suspected…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/8/25/latest/18639Indonesia&sec=latest

  
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