Iraq News and Information Links July 26 2004
EGYPT Says Diplomat Freed by Iraq Militants
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
An Egyptian diplomat in Iraq says he has been freed after being abducted
on Friday. Mohammed Mamdouh Qutb was abducted in Baghdad…

SPAIN slams Downer's Iraq comments
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… government on Monday gave Australia a diplomatic dressing down over
a claim that Madrid had encouraged militant extremism by withdrawing its
forces from Iraq.…

IRAQ eyes renewed oil exports via Lebanon after 20-year break
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… Iraq is ready to resume its crude exports via … But the pipeline
and operations at a terminal operated by the former Iraq Petroleum Company
were both halted.…

SAUDIS Sack Coach After Asian Cup Exit To Iraq, Uzbekistan March
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
BEIJING (AFP) — Iraq reached the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup here Monday
after defeating bitter rivals Saudi Arabia, who promptly fired their coach

LAST 34 members of RP Iraq team arrive; 10 truck drivers due…
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
The last 34 members of the Philippine humanitarian contingent in Iraq arrived
y yesterday morning in Manila as part of the government‚s resolve to
save the…

SUICIDE Bomber, Kidnappers Strike in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—A suicide car bomber attacked near a US base in the
northern Iraqi city of Mosul, assassins gunned down a senior Interior
Ministry official…

IRAQ: National Conference To Take Place Amid Mounting Security…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
As insecurity and violence continue to rage in Iraq, the country is getting
ready for a key step in its postwar political transition.…

LAST members of Pinoy contingent in Iraq now home
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The last batch of 34 troops belonging to the 51-man Philippine humanitarian
mission to Iraq arrived Monday morning at the Ninoy Aquino Intenational

ISLAMABAD, families appeal to Iraq group to free two Pakistanis
Channel News Asia – Singapore
ISLAMABAD : Pakistan's government and the families of two hostages in Iraq
called on an Islamic group to release them, saying they were innocent
people who had…

FRESH Attacks Kill 8 in Iraq; Jordanians Seized
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – A senior Iraqi Interior ministry official was
gunned down near his home in Baghdad, one of eight people killed by insurgents

INDIA confident of Iraq hostage release
Xinhua – China
… group set up by the government for the early release of the hostages,
had Sunday issued an appeal in Arabic to the kidnappers and the people
of Iraq for the…

PARENTS of Pakistani plead with kidnappers in Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
(AP): The parents of a Pakistani truck driver kidnapped in Iraq pleaded
today for the hostage takers to spare their son's life and set him free.

ANXIETY Over New Hostage Deadline in Iraq – Africa
Families and relatives of the Kenyans held hostage in Iraq are in a state
of heightened anxiety and fear as the clock ticks towards today's 6.30
pm deadline…

MAINE delegates focus on US role in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BOSTON (AP) Iraq is a major concern among Maine's delegates to the Democratic
National Delegation. An Associated Press survey of…

IRAQ Attacks Kill Official, 7 Others in Three Cities (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
… fight insurgents. Foreigners in Iraq remain the target of kidnappers,
with dozens taken hostage in Iraq since April. The latest…

ARROYO Defends Early Troop Withdrawal From Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has again defended her country's early
exit from Iraq. … The troops left Iraq a month earlier than scheduled.

PAKISTAN tracing citizens missing in Iraq
Xinhua – China
ISLAMABAD, July 26 (Xinhuanet) — The Pakistani government is busy tracing
the two Pakistani nationals reportedly missing in Iraq, aforeign office

LAST hopes for three Indian hostages in Iraq – Italy
… The people of India have great faith in the people of Iraq”. After
citing the historical ties between India and Iraq, he went…

UNDETERRED, Indians still willing to risk lives in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… Punjab), July 26: Undeterred by the kidnapping of seven foreign truck
drivers, desperate Indians are still queueing to get passports, visas
and jobs in Iraq.…

COMMENTARY: Will retreat from Iraq advance Arroyo's agenda?
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
Gloria Arroyo is taking considerable flak for withdrawing her nation's
troops from Iraq. Even the US comedian Jay Leno is taking…

IRAQ abductors drop execution threat
Business Standard – New Delhi,India
The captors of seven foreign truck drivers, including three Indians, in
Iraq abandoned their threat to start killing their hostages in a purported

SUICIDE Bomber Kills Three in Iraq
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq July 26, 2004 ˜ A suicide bomber detonated a car filled
with explosives, mortars and rockets Monday near the gates of a US base
in the northern…

IRAQ says no firm commitment to Russia's LUKoil
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… He said that Iraq was asking Moscow to relieve some of that debt—
Russia has made vague promises to reduce the burden by at least one third.

SIX killed in Iraq violence, stay of execution for hostages
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MOSUL, Iraq : Four people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a
US base in northern Iraq, as the kidnappers of seven foreign truckers
stayed a threat to…

DOWNER starts diplomatic row over Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… in a diplomatic row with the Philippines and Spain after Foreign Minister
Alexander Downer said both countries had encouraged terrorists by pulling
out of Iraq…

GROUP holding 7 hostages in Iraq extends deadline
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, July 26 (Xinhuanet) — An Islamic militant group holding seven
foreigner hostages in Iraq said monday it had extended the deadline for
negotiations to…

FIVE killed in Iraq violence, apparent stay of execution for…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MOSUL, Iraq : Up to three people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted
a US base in northern Iraq, as the kidnappers of seven foreign truckers

IRAQ Militants Kidnap 2 Pakistanis, Iraqi
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq July 26, 2004 ˜ An Iraqi militant group said it had taken
hostage two Pakistanis working for US forces and had sentenced them to
death because…

VIOLENT actions surge in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US and Iraqi troops backed by heavy artillery and helicopters
killed 15 insurgents in fighting Sunday that began in palm groves and
ended in…

PANEL shunned Iraq war to avoid a clash
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
The Democratic vice chairman of the Sept. 11 commission said the panel
had no mandate to include the war in Iraq and found it too divisive as

IRAQ hostage-takers extend deadline
Times of India – India
BAGHDAD: A militant Islamic group holding seven foreigners hostage in Iraq
said it had extended the deadline for negotiations to spare their lives
and repeated…

WEEK of Violence, Kidnapping in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… speaks with NPR's Philip Reeves in Baghdad about fighting between insurgents
and American troops and the spate of kidnappings of foreign nationals
in Iraq.…

HOPES raised for release of Iraq hostages
Times of India – India
BAGHDAD: The Kuwaiti transport company, the employer of the seven truckers
taken hostage in Iraq, said on Sunday it had received assurances that
its employees…

MOTHER of Iraq hostage blocks road in protest
Times of India – India
HOSHIARPUR (Punjab): The mother of one of the three Indian truck drivers
held hostage in Iraq since Wednesday blocked a busy state highway here
Monday to…

KILLINGS, abductions in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Two Pakistani civilians working in Iraq were reported missing
on Sunday in a suspected kidnapping by insurgents, who have rapidly developed

LAST of Philippine troops from Iraq arrive home
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MANILA: The last members of the Philippines' deployment to Iraq that was
withdrawn following the threat by militants to kill a Filipino if they
did not do so…

HOPES raised for seven hostages in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti company says it has received assurances that
seven of its employees being held hostage by militants in Iraq will be

CLINTON queries Bush on Iraq war
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
FORMER United States president Bill Clinton is questioning his successor's
choices about the war in Iraq. In an interview with the…,5478,10249323%255E1702,00.html

IRAQ Update
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
IOLENCE American and Iraqi forces backed by heavy artillery killed 15 insurgents
in fighting in Buhriz, military officials said. [Page A1].…

TWO Pakistanis Missing In Iraq: Masood
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
… Pakistan : July 26 (PNS) – Foreign Office Spokesman, Masood Khan Sunday
confirmed the report of missing of two Pakistani workers in the capital
of Iraq, Baghdad…

IRAQ Troop Exit Encouraged Terrorists, Australia's Downer Says
Bloomberg – USA
July 26 (Bloomberg) — The Philippine and Spanish troop withdrawals from
Iraq encouraged terrorists to continue threats against countries that
still have…

IRAQ raid builds into 5-hour battle killing 15
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… Militants angry at the presence of foreign forces in Iraq and bent
on derailing efforts to restore order after more than two decades of Saddam
Hussein's rule…

IRAQ awaits FO‚s confirmation about two missing Pakistanis
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq‚s interim government said on Sunday that it would not investigate
the disappearance of two Pakistanis unless it received confirmation from

HOSTAGE taking continues in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… in Australia follows the suggestion by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer,
that the decision by the Philippines to pull its troops out of Iraq early,
in order…

IRAQ'S police, National Guard kill 13 insurgents as hostage crisis…
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
Iraq's police and National Guard killed 13 suspected militants in heavy
clashes near Baghdad on Sunday in one of the fiercest battles the fledgling

SPAIN, Philippines defend Iraq decision
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Facing strong criticism, Spain and the Philippines defended their decision
to pull troops out of Iraq, insisting they had the right to do what was
best for…

DEADLINE draws closer, no word from Iraq
Times of India – India
NEW DELHI: India on Sunday cited historical ties with Iraq, the message
of piety in Islam and the fact that it had firmly decided not to send
troops to the…

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

KIDNAPPING crisis in Iraq escalates
Straits Times – Singapore
BAGHDAD – Two Pakistanis working for a Kuwait-based company were missing
in Iraq yesterday as escalating kidnappings fuelled fears that criminal
gangs were…,4386,263422,00.html

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