Iraq News and Information Links May 26 2004
SECURITY Council Debates Draft Resolution on Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The UN Security Council is debating a draft resolution on Iraq, as Special
Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi puts together an interim government in Baghdad.

FIERCE clashes between US troops and Shiite militias in Iraq
Granma International – La Habana,Cuba
… The aspiring ayatollah blames the United States for the chaos reigning
in Iraq and is demanding the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from
the Arab nation…

IRAQ'S inspiring PM candidate
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… the darkest days locked up in the bowels of President Saddam Hussein's
prison, Hossein Ibrahim al-Mussawi Shahristani – the man tipped to be
Iraq's next prime…

BLAIR denies split with US on Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
LONDON, MAY 26: Britain's Tony Blair sought on Wednesday to quash talk
of a split with the United States over Iraq, saying foreign troops‚
operations should…

NY Times says it fell for Iraq misinformation
swissinfo – Switzerland
By Grant McCool. and British invasion of Iraq and early in the occupation,
of “coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been”.…

POSSIBLE roadblocks in Bush plan for Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
By KEN GUGGENHEIM. WASHINGTON — President Bush's first step toward creating
a democratic Iraq may be the most problematic: “Transfer full sovereignty.”.

REPORT: Al-Qaeda Recruitment Boosted by Iraq War
Muslim American Society – Falls Church,VA,USA
LONDON , May 26 (MASNET & News Agencies) – The US-led war on Iraq , far
from countering terrorism, has helped revitalize the al-Qaeda terror network,

RUSSIAN power firm to pull out of Iraq after more workers killed
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : A Russian energy firm said it was pulling out of Iraq after two
of its workers were killed by masked gunmen in the latest blow to efforts
to rebuild…

NY Times says it fell for Iraq misinformation
Reuters – London,England,UK
… In an unusual note from the editors, “The Times and Iraq”, the newspaper
said it found a number of instances before the March 2003 US and British
invasion of…

SCIENTIST Emerges as Top Choice to Lead Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… scientist who spent years in the Abu Ghraib prison under Saddam Hussein
has emerged as a top UN choice to become prime minister in Iraq's interim

LAB: Nerve Agent Sarin Was in Iraq Bomb
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – An artillery shell containing the deadly nerve agent sarin,
found in the remains of a roadside bomb in Iraq, was made before the 1991
Gulf War, a…

PRESIDENT Bush ‚ s May 24 Speech on Iraq : A Critique
Muslim American Society – Falls Church,VA,USA
The most striking element of President George W. Bush‚s May 24th speech
at the Army War College regarding the situation in Iraq was that it could
come across…

NO Split with Bush over Iraq, Insists Blair
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair today denied a split with President George Bush
over control of the multi-national force in Iraq after power is handed
back to Baghdad…

BRITISH Think Tank Says Iraq Conflict Has Strengthened Al – Qaeda
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… research organization, the International Institute for Strategic Studies,
has issued a report that asserts that the US-led occupation of Iraq has

TIMES faults its articles on Iraq's reported arms
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… The New York Times on Wednesday faulted some of its reporting on the
information it received from Iraqi defectors for past articles about Iraq‚s

RUSSIAN Energy Contractors Ambushed in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Workers for a Russian energy contractor in Iraq are being pulled out of
the country following the killing of two employees in an ambush near Baghdad.

AL-SADR Aide Al-Nuri Arrested in Iraq, US Reports (Update3)
Bloomberg – USA
… murder. Al-Sadr last month stepped up an insurgency against the US-
led occupation in the south of Iraq and in the capital Baghdad.…

MANY pledges, little action from Iraq donars
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A follow-up meeting for donors pledging financial assistance for reconstruction
of war-torn Iraq has ended with at least eight nations yet to make their

US, Britain at odds over Iraq
Times of India – India
WASHINGTON : The United States and Britain appeared at odds on Tuesday
over how much control Iraq ‚s caretaker government will have over American-led

EDITORIAL: Kerry victory looks best hope for Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… Carter. Now it seems that events in Iraq have deteriorated to such
a degree that George W. Bush may well share the same fate. All…

NY Times Details Iraq War Coverage Woes
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
NEW YORK – The New York Times printed an unusual critique Wednesday of
its own reporting on Iraq, saying it should have been more skeptical about
some claims…

BUSH‚S speech offered clear plan for Iraq
Bowling Green Daily News – Bowling Green,KY,USA
… We will ˆ and should ˆ stay the course in Iraq. The Iraqi people
deserve nothing less. … If this is what is needed in Iraq, then they
should be deployed.…

UN debates plan for Iraq's future
BBC News – London,England,UK
US and UK diplomats are set to seek more support for their draft resolution
on Iraq's future during talks with other UN members later in the day.

PRESIDENT lays out Iraq plan
Carlisle Sentinel – Carlisle,PA,USA
President George W. Bush made a firm commitment to finish the job in Iraq
Monday while also outlining a detailed exit strategy amid declining public

EX-CHIEF of Iraq prisons baffled by suspension
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The former commander of military police at US prisons
in Iraq says she does not know why she was suspended and insists the Army

KERRY'S Iraq views are much like Bush's
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON When it comes to Iraq, it is getting harder every day to distinguish
between President George W. Bush's prescription and that of Senator John

RUSSIAN electricity firm to pull out of Iraq after more workers…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : A Russian energy firm said it was pulling out of Iraq after two
of its workers were killed and six wounded in an ambush by masked gunmen,
in the…

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Helping the people of Iraq construct a stable democracy after decades of
dictatorship is a massive undertaking. Terrorists and remnants…

SCIENTIST emerges as candidate to lead Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… The selection of Shahristani, if it becomes final, could also break
a long and bitter impasse among Iraq's various ethnic and religious factions
over who will…

BLAIR dismisses split with US on Iraq
Xinhua – China
… May 26 (Xinhuanet) — British Prime Minister Tony Blair onWednesday
dismissed reports of an Anglo-US split over the handoverof power in Iraq
stressing that US…

WHO Will Call the Shots in Iraq?
The Bush administration's battle to win international backing for its Iraq
plan will hinge on how it resolves the tension between Iraqi sovereignty
and US…,8599,642021,00.html

PRE-VOTE jockeying over Iraq
Radio Netherlands – Netherlands
by Theo Tamis, 26 May 2004. The United States and Britain are trying to
drum up support for a new draft UN Security Council resolution on the
future of Iraq.…

IRAQ Official Chides Bush on Prison Plan
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The head of Iraq's Governing Council said Wednesday that
President Bush's idea of demolishing the notorious Abu Ghraib prison was
a waste of…

TALK of independence but US wants to keep Iraq on a leash
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Diplomatic language is funny stuff. You'd think that “occupation” and “sovereignty”
were mutually exclusive, but not in the great Iraq debate.…

NEW York Times: we were wrong on Iraq
Guardian – UK
The New York Times today issued an extraordinary mea culpa over its coverage
of Iraq, admitting it had been misled about the presence of weapons of

JAPANESE file case claiming troop dispatch to Iraq illegal
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
A group of 219 Japanese citizens filed a lawsuit against the government
yesterday, claiming its dispatch of troops to Iraq violated Japan's pacifist

UK'S Blair Says Britain, US Agree on Iraq Handover Strategy
Bloomberg – USA
May 26 (Bloomberg) — UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said he and US President
George W. Bush are ``absolutely agreed'' that sovereignty in Iraq will

2 Russian contractors killed in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… Three Russians and five Ukrainians working for Interenergoservice were
abducted in Iraq on April 12, but were released unharmed the next day.

IRAQ and the world community
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – Charleston,SC,USA
President Bush on Monday laid out five objectives that constitute his plan
for resolving the Iraq conflict. All five require — indeed…

MANY are wavering on Iraq, but Bush isn't one of them
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… An official plan is in place for Iraq's immediate future, and over
the next five weeks Bush will be reporting regularly on the status of
that plan.…

BUSH'S Iraq: almost unrecognizable
Oregonian – Portland,OR,USA
… The Iraq that bleeds all over our newspapers and TV screens all day
is a place of bitter, brutal divisions that go back hundreds of years
and seem to be…

CLERIC Al-Sadr Aide Arrested by US Troops in Iraq, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 26 (Bloomberg) — An aide of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
was arrested today by US troops in Iraq, Agence France-Presse reported,

BLAIR Denies Rift with US over Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Tony Blair today denied there was any split with the US over who controls
the multi-national force in Iraq once sovereignty is handed over to Baghdad.

REBEL Cleric's Top Aide Captured in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… In Moscow, the executive director of the company, Alexander Rybinsky,
said the firm would evacuate all its staff from Iraq. The…

PRESIDENT's Iraq plan relies on help of UN
Salem Statesman Journal – Salem,OR,USA
Little more than a year ago, our country brushed past the United Nations
and invaded Iraq. Now, we are counting on the United Nations…

GOVERNMENT dismisses split over Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Faced with a barrage of morning headlines about divisions between London
and Washington — who have seldom openly disagreed on Iraq since last
year's war…

BUSH should acknowledge what ‚ s gone wrong in Iraq
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
With doubts growing about his Iraq policy, President Bush faces one of
the most important tests of his presidency in the coming weeks.…

7 Russian Workers Said Ambushed in Iraq
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Masked gunmen opened fire on a convoy taking Russian
technicians to work at a Baghdad power station Wednesday, killing two
and wounding at…,1280,-4133990,00.html

ANGLO-AMERICAN draft resolution on Iraq needs serious work
Pravda – Moscow,Russia
President Bush's Carlisle speech was unlikely to produce sensations or
any detailed explanations concerning US policy on Iraq. It…

IRAQ was never a threat to US
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
THERE WAS nothing President Bush could say Monday night, or any other time,
that could change the mess he got us into in Iraq. That…

RUSSIANS' killings spark firm's withdrawal from Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
Russian construction and engineering firm Interenergoservice is to evacuate
all its remaining workers in Iraq after two employees were killed near

IRAQ Slate Taking Shape
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
… UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and US presidential envoy to Iraq Robert D.
Blackwill are working out the “complicated geometry” of dividing power
among Iraq's…,1,619936.story?coll=hc-headlines-topnews

IRAQ: To veto or not to veto
BBC News – London,England,UK
… There is, in fact, no final agreement about the status of the foreign
troops which will remain in Iraq under the title of the “multi-national
force” (MNF).…

US must bring freedom to Iraq or terrorists win
Gainesville Times – Gainesville,GA,USA
President Bush is going forward with his plan of giving Iraq back to the
Iraqi people. In his speech to the American public Monday…

TWO Russian workers slain in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Two Russian civilian contractors were killed Wednesday
and five wounded after gunmen opened fire on their bus south of Baghdad

US to Replace Top General in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The Pentagon is expected to replace Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez
as the top US commander in Iraq. President Bush called…

BUSH, Iraq and the War on Terror
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: President Bush's speech on Iraq sought to portray the US rationale
for staying in Iraq as fighting “terrorism.” There was nary a mention

EDITORIAL ROUNDUP: Bush's countdown to a new Iraq
Pioneer Press – St. Paul,MN,USA
… The choice is simple, at least for those who appreciate the world's
keen interest in a peaceful and stable Iraq. A free and self…

EUROPEANS weigh US handover in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON — Some European nations that opposed the Iraq war gave a cautious
welcome yesterday to President Bush's plans for governing postwar Iraq.

SCANDAL Derailed Plans for Ground Commander in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top ground commander in Iraq, without
a clear-cut assignment, officials said Tuesday. Defense officials…,1,3169069.story?coll=la-headlines-world

HIS success depends on Iraq's outcome
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush's political future is increasingly
at the mercy of events in Iraq and elsewhere that are highly unpredictable
and largely…,0,2880286.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines

CORRECTION: The New York Times on Iraq coverage
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
Over the last year this newspaper has shone the bright light of hindsight
on decisions that led the United States into Iraq. We…

WE should exit Iraq now, and here's how we do it
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
By Resat Kasaba. The United States has lost its ability to achieve its
goals in Iraq. The American administration no longer has any…

UN focusing on Iraqi nuclear scientist to lead Iraq after June 30
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… focusing on humanitarian aid projects and lacks any political affiliation,
an asset that could allow him to serve as a bridge between Iraq's various

PUTTING Iraq on the road to self-government
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… by President Bush on Monday night represents a welcome effort to respond
to an increasingly restless American public about the role of US forces
in Iraq.…

TWO Russians Killed in Attack in Iraq
Reuters – USA
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two employees of a Russian company working on a power
plant in Iraq were killed on Wednesday when their bus came under attack,
officials said…

BLUEPRINT for Iraq questioned at UN
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
… NATIONS — Members of the UN Security Council gave a generally positive
response yesterday to the US-British blueprint for a post-occupation Iraq,
but several…

TOP US officer in Iraq replaced
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
WASHINGTON — The top US officer in Iraq, Lt.-Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, is
being replaced in what officials are calling a normal army…

A new Iraq speech, but same policy
Virginian Pilot – Norfolk,VA,USA
Americans are steadily losing faith in President Bush‚s stewardship of
the war in Iraq. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll…

US, Britain at odds over Iraq's control of foreign troops
Xinhua – China
Iraq's interim government will have full sovereignty and thus will have
a role to play in the activities of US forces who will remain in Iraq
after the handover…

US Forces Attack Shi'ite Fighters in Iraq Cemetery
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – US tanks backed by helicopter gunships pounded
Shi'ite militiamen holed up in a cemetery in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf
on Wednesday…

AUSTRALIA, Japan welcome latest US moves on Iraq
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
TOKYO: Strong US allies Australia and Japan praised Washington's latest
moves on Iraq, with Canberra welcoming President George W. Bush's pledge
to stay in the…

SARIN gas confirmed in Iraq bomb
ic – Reading,England,UK
… officials have said the shell bore no labels to indicate it was anything
except a normal explosive shell, the type used to make scores of roadside
bombs in Iraq…

BUSH seeks support for UN resolution on Iraq handover
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: Just a day after he tried to reassure the world of America's
plans for Iraq, President George W. Bush has been talking to international

SANCHEZ will be replaced as commander in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
The Pentagon will replace its top commander in Iraq, a move that US officials
said was not related to the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Army Lt.

BUSH unveils plans for Iraq transition
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
CARLISLE, Pennsylvania: US President George W Bush sought on Monday to
regain support for his Iraq policies, outlining broad plans for the country‚s

BUSH will sink or swim on success of Iraq plan
Jackson Sun – Jackson,TN,USA
… Bush's speech at the Army War College Monday evening answered many
of his critics, at least for the short run, by laying out a plan to move
Iraq from chaos to…

STOP Iraq point scoring: Rudd
The Australian – Australia
… accused the Government of trying to benefit politically from a fatal
car bombing close to the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, as the Iraq conflict

NY Times questions its Iraq stories
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
More than a year after Judith Miller and some Times colleagues reported
on evidence suggesting that Iraq was hiding such weapons, the paper said
in an editors…

BUSH failed to give answers on Iraq
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
… to achieve two purposes: answer critics, including an increasing number
of Republicans, who complain that the administration lacks a plan for
Iraq; and quiet…

MORE fighting in Iraq as new UN resolution discussed
Channel News Asia – Singapore
UNITED NATIONS : Several UN Security Council members welcomed a new US-British
draft resolution on Iraq despite questions about the role of foreign troops,

CIVILIAN'S Ill-Fated Road to Iraq Was Paved With Derring-Do
New York Times – USA
… Where others wrote postcards, he inventoried towers, from Texas to
Africa. By late last year, Mr. Berg, 26, had turned his sights on Iraq.

STILL short on answers with Iraq clock ticking
Palm Beach Post – Palm Beach,FL,USA
On Monday night, President Bush repeated the administration's five goals
for Iraq: transfer sovereignty, establish security, rebuild infrastructure,

NEW call to review Iraq resolution
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
PARIS: France, Germany and Russia led calls for more work on a draft UN
resolution on Iraq proposed by the United States and Britain to ensure
a credible…

US faces UN doubts on military control in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
France, Germany, Russia and China signalled that they wanted changes to
a US-British drafted resolution on Iraq‚s transition, which is complicated

ACADEMICS criticize US management of Iraq war
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
LONDON ˆ A group of top military, political and counterterrorism academics
on Tuesday sharply criticized US management of the war in Iraq, warning

A framework for Iraq at last
Financial Times – London,England,UK
At last the US and Britain have put on the UN Security Council table their
long-awaited draft resolution on the transfer of power in Iraq to a “sovereign

CANDIDATES' Iraq Policies Share Many Similarities
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, May 25 When it comes to Iraq, it is getting harder every day
to distinguish between President Bush's prescription and that of Senator
John Kerry.…

IRAQ depends on help from UN
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… Perhaps it began with the destruction of the UN headquarters building
in Iraq and the death of bureaucrats (people trying to do their jobs).

IRAQ May Survive, but the Dream Is Dead
New York Times – USA
It was high time President Bush spoke to the nation of the war in Iraq.
… Let's face it: Iraq is not going to be America's showcase in the Arab-Muslim

US and Britain signal apparent differences on Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
… difference between the allies could complicate their efforts to secure
UN Security Council endorsement for a June 30 handover in Iraq, particularly
after France…

WHITE House ignores critics, voices Iraq optimism
China Daily – Beijing,China
The US administration sought on Tuesday to project a unified, optimistic
view of its plan to hand over power to an interim government in Iraq,
even as…

TOP US officer Sanchez is withdrawn from Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
GEORGE Bush, the United States president, last night praised the outgoing
top US officer in Iraq in a bid to quash suggestions he was being replaced
because of…

US troops will remain in Iraq after June 30: Bush
Daily Times – Pakistan
CARLISLE: President George Bush said late on Monday that US troops would
remain in Iraq after the June 30 handover and troop levels would remain
at the current…

BUSH Says Iraq Will Have `Legitimate' Power Transfer (Update6)
Bloomberg – USA
``We never said it had to look like America,'' Bush told reporters the
day after outlining his Iraq plans in a speech at the US Army War College
in Carlisle…

POWELL adamant US forces in Iraq to remain under US command post…
ABC Online – Australia
… operate. The US Secretary of State Colin Powell says ultimately the
US will remain in control of its own military forces in Iraq.…

IRAQ Strategy
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The Bush administration is making a concerted effort to assure
America that its vision for Iraq is on the right track. Are Americans

CHANGE of Command in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top US military commander in Iraq, will give
up his command this summer. … The war effort in Iraq may soon have a
new top commander.…

COMMANDER in Iraq Left Standing in Pentagon's Musical Chairs
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ The Pentagon's plan to shift around a series of generals
this summer would transform American military leadership in Iraq, the
detention center…,1,5222493.story?coll=la-home-headlines
US faces UN misgivings over Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… France, Russia, Spain and China signalled on Tuesday that they wanted
changes to a US-British drafted resolution on Iraq's transition, which
is complicated by…

WORLD View Mixed On US Iraq Plan
CBS News – USA
(AP) 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…

BUSH promises 'full sovereignty' for Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
… WASHINGTON – In a move to stem plummeting public support for his handling
of the Iraq war, President George W. Bush has outlined a five-point plan
to return…,4386,252859,00.html

REACTION is mixed to Bush's Iraq plan
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON The draft UN resolution on Iraq submitted by the United States
and Britain drew broad backing Tuesday as President George W. Bush worked
to rally…

'BEST friend in Iraq' has cost America dearly
Straits Times – Singapore
… Washington originally planned to install Mr Chalabi to run occupied
Iraq and recently considered turning control of the interim government
over to him.…,4386,252807,00.html

US wants to demolish Iraq abuse prison
The National – Port Moresby,Papua New Guinea
… Pennsylvania: US President George W Bush yesterday said the infamous
Abu Ghraib prison would be demolished as he sought to restamp US authority
in Iraq as the…

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