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December 25 2004
 

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GIS SNAG 2 AL QAEDA BIGS IN IRAQ
New York Post – New York,NY,USA
December 26, 2004 — BAGHDAD — US forces captured two senior figures in al Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, the US military said yesterday, as one of Turkey’s richest …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041226064544.0tp9a3ei.xml
Rumsfeld’s surprise Iraq visit shrouded in secrecy
Turkish Press – Turkey
… On the morning of the trip, Rumsfeld appeared inside the immense C-17 cargo jet, and revealed that the destination is Iraq, to thank the US soldiers there and …

washingtontimes.com/world/20041225-112308-7104r.htm
2 al Qaeda leaders in Iraq nabbed
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD — US forces captured two senior figures of al Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, the US military said yesterday, and one of Turkey’s richest businessmen was …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26142-2004Dec25.html
Christmas Bombing Toll in Iraq Rises to 12
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… We want to give you the opportunity to show firsthand what it is like to live and work in Iraq. … 7, 2003 attack was the first of some 200 car bombings in Iraq. …

www.gorkhapatra.org.np/pageloader.php?file=2004/12/26/world/world2
Rumsfeld relishes Iraq trip
Gorkhapatra – Kathmandu,Nepal
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec 25: After a bruising month at home, US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld clearly relished his surprise holiday visit with American troops …

www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/ae/jump/2963642
Letterman takes his act to Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
David Letterman brought his late-night show to Marines serving in Iraq on Friday, loosening up the Camp Taqaddum crowd with the line, “Anybody here from out of …

www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/10496385.htm
Holiday brings cheer in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… During the 12 hours, Rumsfeld hopscotched across Iraq — consoling wounded soldiers in Mosul, telling the infantry in Tikrit that democracy requires …

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Rumsfeld drops in on Iraq troops
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
The United States Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, paid a surprise visit to US troops in Iraq on Friday, telling them the insurgency in the country could …

washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041225-081416-3511r.htm
Kidnappers demand $25-million in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 25 (UPI) — Kidnappers have issued a demand for $25-million in exchange for a Turkish shipping mogul abducted in Iraq. …

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26142-2004Dec25.html
Christmas Bombing Toll in Iraq Rises to 12
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… We want to give you the opportunity to show firsthand what it is like to live and work in Iraq. … 7, 2003 attack was the first of some 200 car bombings in Iraq. …

scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1466362004
Marines capture leading terrorists in Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE US military has captured two senior terrorists linked to Iraq’s most feared Islamic militant group, as police uncovered more bodies under the rubble …

www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_26-12-2004_pg4_1
Pope voices concern over Iraq violence
Daily Times – Pakistan
… violence and the threat of conflict around the world, Pope John Paul II expressed “great apprehension” on Saturday over the situation in Iraq but optimism …

washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041225-081416-3511r.htm
Kidnappers demand $25-million in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 25 (UPI) — Kidnappers have issued a demand for $25-million in exchange for a Turkish shipping mogul abducted in Iraq. …

scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1466362004
Marines capture leading terrorists in Iraq
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE US military has captured two senior terrorists linked to Iraq’s most feared Islamic militant group, as police uncovered more bodies under the rubble …

www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-12/26/content_403355.htm
Suicide attack kills 9 in Iraq
China Daily – Beijing,China
Iraqi security men and volunteers remove one of seven bodies dug out from the rubble of a civilian house, which was destroyed by an explosion on Friday evening …

www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=8&id=323102
Marines capture 2 al-Qaida chiefs in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
BAGHDAD — US forces captured two senior figures in al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq, the US military said Saturday. Marines said they …

www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_26-12-2004_pg4_1
Pope voices concern over Iraq violence
Daily Times – Pakistan
… violence and the threat of conflict around the world, Pope John Paul II expressed “great apprehension” on Saturday over the situation in Iraq but optimism …

www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-1415403,00.html
Everything about Iraq says: chop it in three
The Times – UK
Few places demonstrate as vividly as the former Yugoslavia and Iraq that today’s rulers tend to forget the lessons of the past: both countries were …

www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_26-12-2004_pg4_2
Army historian criticises US Iraq strategy
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: A US Army historian has concluded that the military has invaded Iraq without a formal plan for occupying and stabilising the country and this high …

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=6420&slug=WA%20Christmas%20Soldiers

Troops soldier on through Christmas in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… This year, though, Bassett and many other part-time soldiers in the 81st Brigade are spending their first Christmas in Iraq, away from their wives and children …

www.boston.com/dailynews/360/world/One_of_Turkey_s_richest_men_re:.shtml
One of Turkey’s richest men reported kidnapped in Iraq; Marines …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) US forces captured two senior figures in al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq, the US military said Saturday, and one of Turkey’s richest businessmen …

www.boston.com/dailynews/360/world/One_of_Turkey_s_wealthiest_men:.shtml
One of Turkey’s wealthiest men reported kidnapped in Iraq along …
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) One of Turkey’s richest businessmen said he has been kidnapped in Iraq, appearing in a video aired Saturday alongside one of his weeping …

www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw109197_20041225.htm
Troops coming from, going to Iraq on Christmas just happy to be …
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
ATLANTA (AP) — US troops coming home from or heading to Iraq on Christmas were not complaining about long deployments or lack of body armor; they were just …

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terrorists-in-Iraqs/2004/12/26/1103996409998.html

US seize ‘senior terrorists’ in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The US military said it has captured two senior terrorists linked to Iraq’s most feared Islamic militant group. Meanwhile, police …

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JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1103963958551

Turkish ship owner and captain kidnapped in Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Video footage aired Saturday on Turkish television showed a prominent Turkish ship owner saying he and another man were being held hostage in Iraq. …

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/
middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6473

US arrested 2 Zarqawi-linked leaders in Iraq
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
The US forces announced on Saturday that they arrested two key leaders of a group claiming links to Abu Musab Al Zarqawi in the Iraqi city of Ramadi. …

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Bleak Holiday for Iraq’s Christians
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: It’s a bleak Christmas for Iraq’s dwindling Christian community. … Iraq has one of the oldest Christian community’’s world. …

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Turkish Ship Owner and Captain ‘Hostages in Iraq’
Scotland on Sunday – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A prominent Turkish ship owner and his captain are being held hostage in Iraq, according to video footage screened today. Kahraman …

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Imam urges Iraq troops withdrawal
BBC News – London,England,UK
A Muslim leader who featured in the Queen’s Christmas broadcast has called for British troops to be immediately pulled out of Iraq. …

www.voanews.com/english/2004-12-25-voa8.cfm
Report: US Army Historian Cites Lack of Iraq Postwar Plan
Voice of America – USA
By VOA News. A newspaper quotes a US Army official as saying the military has made a “mediocre” effort in Iraq, and remains in peril of losing the war. …

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/
news/special_packages/iraq/10497981.htm

Eden Prairie family unexpectedly sees, hears from son in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The family of a soldier serving in Iraq got not one but two unexpected Christmas gifts this year. First, Tom …

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Breaking&storyId=967152&tw=wn_wire_story

US Captures Two Zarqawi-Linked Militants in Iraq
Wired News – USA
… Reuters) – US Marines said on Saturday they had captured two leaders of a militant group linked to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq’s restive city of …

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Two terror network leaders captured in Iraq
CNN – USA
(CNN) — Two key leaders of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s terrorist network are in US custody following a December sweep of Ramadi, Iraq, according to a US military …

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041225134300.08rfhj61.xml
Pope expresses concern over Iraq in Christmas message
Turkish Press – Turkey
… shadowed by violence and the threat of conflict around the world, Pope John Paul II expressed “great apprehension” over the situation in Iraq but optimism at …

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/99C85E4C-F81A-4767-A893-ACDE7B10E8CA.htm
Turkish shipowner seized in Iraq
Al-Jazeera.Net – Qatar
Video footage aired on Saturday on Turkish television showed a well-known Turkish shipowner saying he and another man were being held hostage in Iraq . …

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/25/content_2380273.htm
Russia sends humanitarian aid to Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
MOSCOW, Dec. 25 (Xinhuanet) — Russia sent two planeloads of humanitarian aid to Iraq on Saturday morning, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. …

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12/25/upope.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/12/25/ixportaltop.html

Pope talks of his ‘apprehension’ for Iraq
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
The Pope has called for peace in Iraq and Sudan during his traditional Christmas message in freezing rain in front of thousands of pilgrims to Rome. …

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7178177
Turk Shipping Magnate, 3 Others Kidnapped in Iraq
Reuters – USA
ANKARA (Reuters) – Kidnappers have abducted a Turkish shipping magnate and three others in southern Iraq and demanded a $25 million ransom, the Turkish private …

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7178090
Christians Leaving Iraq Cite Bombs, Intimidation
Reuters – USA
… “Many of the things that are happening in Iraq now push us to … “I’ve been living in Iraq for 33 years and I never wanted to leave, but the situation is bad … …

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IRAQ:Iraqis, US forces Support Residents’ Return to Fallujah
noticias.info (press release) – Spain
/noticias.info/ Fallujah, Iraq — More than 900 residents returned to their homes in the Al Andalus district of the city under the supervision of Iraqi and US …

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2004/December/focusoniraq_December208.xml&section=focusoniraq

Turkish shipping magnate, 3 others kidnapped in Iraq
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
ANKARA – Kidnappers have abducted a Turkish shipping magnate and three others in southern Iraq and demanded a $25 million ransom, the Turkish private NTV …

www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?cg=BreakingNews-InternationalNews&ao=177148
Rumsfeld drops in on Iraq troops
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
The United States Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, paid a surprise visit to US troops in Iraq on Friday, telling them the insurgency in the country could …

www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq-box125e_20041225.htm
Letterman in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
David Letterman brought his late-night show to Marines serving in Iraq on Friday, loosening up the Camp Taqaddum crowd with the line, “Anybody here from out of …

www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/518859.html
US Army historian cites lack of Iraq post-war plan
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem,Israel
WASHINGTON – The United States invaded Iraq without a formal plan for occupying and stabilizing the country and this continues to undercut the military effort …

www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?cg=BreakingNews-InternationalNews&ao=177148
Rumsfeld drops in on Iraq troops
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
The United States Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, paid a surprise visit to US troops in Iraq on Friday, telling them the insurgency in the country could

www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq-box125e_20041225.htm
Letterman in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
David Letterman brought his late-night show to Marines serving in Iraq on Friday, loosening up the Camp Taqaddum crowd with the line, “Anybody here from out of

www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/518859.html
US Army historian cites lack of Iraq post-war plan
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem,Israel
WASHINGTON – The United States invaded Iraq without a formal plan for occupying and stabilizing the country and this continues to undercut the military effort

www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-rumsfeld
25dec25,0,1528380.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Rumsfeld’s Iraq Trip May Not Resonate in US
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s Christmas Eve journey to Iraq drew a friendly reception from US troops in three cities where insurgents

www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/
12/25/american_deaths_in_iraq_and_kuwait

American deaths in Iraq and Kuwait
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
The Department of Defense has identified the following US service members who have died recently in Iraq and Kuwait. As of Thursday

  
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