Iraq News and Information Links April 27 2004
WED SPAIN to Float Iraq Proposal to France, Germany
Reuters – USA
MADRID, Spain (Reuters) – Spain will ask anti-war allies Germany and France
to join in a proposal calling for a US exit from Iraq and a new international

ITALY United Against Iraq Kidnappers
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
ROME — Italy's government and opposition leaders refused on Tuesday to
bow to demands by kidnappers in Iraq who have threatened to kill three
hostages unless…

SISTERS of Dead Soldier Not Going Back to Iraq
Reuters – USA
By Anne Schwartz. MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – The soldier-sisters of a Wisconsin
military policewoman killed while serving in Iraq, said on Tuesday they

US Nominee for Iraq Ambassador Calls for Expanded International…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush's nominee to be US ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte,
said that an expanded international role there will be vital to Iraqi
reconstruction and…

KERRY, Bush differ on handling of Iraq
Scripps Howard News Service – USA
By BILL STRAUB. – President Bush and his Democratic rival John Kerry are
engaging in a sometimes-bitter debate over the war in Iraq, but the two
men concur on…

BLAIR Says Britain Has Sufficient Troops in Iraq (subscription) – USA
Prime Minister Tony Blair said April 27 that Britain had sufficient troops
on the ground in Iraq, as he appeared to rule out sending out reinforcements
to fill…

BRAHIMI Says Iraq Government Can Be Set Up in May
Wired News – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Tuesday that
despite violence in Iraq it was possible to set up an interim government
by the end of…

IRAQ – what's the mission ?
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
What should the US goal in Iraq be? … A "free and peaceful Iraq" is one
in the American image ˆ democratic, capitalist, with the rule of law.

AUST Iraq action 'not symbolic' - Australia
PRIME Minister John Howard today said he was appalled by Labor's suggestions
that Australia's military contributions in Iraq were symbolic. ...,4057,9413357%255E1702,00.html

WIS. Soldier Sisters Won't Return To Iraq
Guardian - UK
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two sisters of a soldier killed in a Baghdad ambush
have decided not to return to their National Guard units in Iraq, Guard
spokesman Lt. ...,1282,-4027340,00.html

ITALY tells US it needs UN resolution on Iraq
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK
WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - Italy, a main US ally in Iraq, told the
United States on Tuesday it will keep Italian troops in Iraq but that
there must be a ...

Voice of America - Washington,DC,USA
On June 30th, the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq will dissolve
and a government composed of Iraqis will take over the running of the
country. ...

INSURGENTS in Iraq show signs of acting as a network
Christian Science Monitor - USA
... from limited to a small group of "dead-enders" and Saddam "thugs" as
Pentagon officials claim, the armed opposition to the US occupation in
Iraq has reached ...

UK seen taking charge in Iraq's Shi'ite heartland
Reuters - London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) - British military planners may be coming to the conclusion
that the only way out of Iraq is to plunge in deeper, in the hope of averting

NAJAF, Fallujah Center of Iraq Fighting
FOX News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ As details emerge of the type of door-to-door combat
US forces are facing in Fallujah, troops killed 64 insurgent gunmen and
destroyed an anti…,2933,118311,00.html

PM lashes Labor's Iraq 'insult'
The Australian – Australia
LABOR claims that Australian troops were in Iraq simply for symbolic reasons
were an insult to our forces, Prime Minister John Howard said last night.,5744,9413290%255E421,00.html

BLAIR says Britain has sufficient troops in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : Prime Minister Tony Blair said Britain had sufficient troops on
the ground in Iraq, as he appeared to rule out sending out reinforcements
to fill the…

LAST Spanish combat troops leave Iraq
MADRID, Spain – Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Tuesday
that Spain has completed the withdrawal of its peacekeeping troops from

RED Cross visits Saddam for second time in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Red Cross representatives met Iraq's former president Saddam
Hussein at a secret location, on the eve of his birthday, for a second
time since his…

IRAQ envoy no stranger to danger
BBC News – London,England,UK
The fact that Edward Chaplin's appointment as Iraq ambassador was welcomed
by politicians from all sides of the political divide shows how highly
regarded he…

'TIDE of feeling' unleashed on Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Sir Crispin said: "We acted because we were all deeply dismayed at
the way policy is being conducted on both Iraq and the Palestinian issue.

US Faces Another Deadly Day of Violence in Iraq
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
At least three more American soldiers have died in a day of violence across
Iraq Monday. After weeks of battles with Iraqi insurgents…

WE have enough troops in Iraq, says Blair
Independent – London,England,UK
By Gavin Cordon, Whitehall Editor, PA News. Britain already has sufficient
troops in Iraq to meet the current situation, Tony Blair said today.…

ALL Spanish Troops are Out of Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Spain has completed the withdrawal of its peacekeeping troops from Iraq,
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said today.…

BULGARIA Says Troops Unprepared for Iraq
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
SOFIA, Bulgaria – Bulgaria's troops were unprepared for the kind of fighting
they are doing in Iraq and need "immediate and substantial military backup"

FRANCE wants full transfer of power in Iraq
Reuters – India
France reiterated its line on the transfer of power in Iraq following Powell's
comments on Monday, and after the United Nations' special envoy to Iraq
said on…

UK has sufficient troops in Iraq: Blair
ABC Online – Australia
Britain has sufficient troops on the ground in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony
Blair said after several days of speculation that more reinforcements
would be sent.…

POLAND May Set Plan for Iraq Pullout
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… likely next prime minister said Tuesday that domestic pressure is building
to set a timetable for an eventual pullout of its soldiers from Iraq,
but he plans…

DEATH Squad Ambassador: Senate Hearings Begin on Negroponte Iraq…
Democracy Now – USA
… Honduras announced that it was withdrawing its troops from Iraq, following
the lead of Spain's new government. The second event…

SISTER Soldiers Ponder Iraq Plans
CBS News – USA
(AP) The family of a female soldier killed in Iraq last week expressed
thanks Tuesday for the outpouring of sympathy and said no decision has
been made on…

SOLDIERS killed in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Twenty-five Florida soldiers, including active military, reserves and National
Guard, have died since the start of hostilities in Iraq.…

US Marines see many faces of guerrillas in Iraq
Reuters – India
NEAR FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US Marines hunting guerrillas near the hotspot
town of Falluja are finding it hard to stick to their ethos — treat every

ISRAEL protests UN Iraq envoy's remarks – MI,USA
… NATIONS (AP) ˜ Israel has sent a formal letter of protest to Secretary-General
Kofi Annan, condemning remarks made by the top UN envoy to Iraq that claimed

HOWARD has put Australia at risk over Iraq: Hawke
ABC Online – Australia
… But the Prime Minister is warning that Iraq is entering a crucial period
in which the insurgency could block the emergence of a democratic Iraq.

ATTACK by ex-ambassadors adds to Blair's Iraq woes
Malayala Manorama – India
… Prime Minister Tony Blair was on Tuesday pondering how best to respond
to a withering and virtually unprecedented condemnation of his policies
in Iraq and the…

IRAQ council chief faults US for armed standoff
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – Charleston,SC,USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ—Iraq's current Governing Council president said Monday the
United States has only itself to blame for the military deadlock at Najaf

UK Foreign Minister Denies Rift With Diplomats on Iraq
Bloomberg – USA
April 27 (Bloomberg) — UK Foreign Office minister Mike O'Brien denied
there was a rift between the British government and its diplomats over
Iraq and the…

CONTRADICTIONS abound in views on Iraq
Tri-Valley Herald – Pleasanton,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense and chief architect
of the war in Iraq, was as upbeat as ever last week as he testified to
the Senate…,1413,86~10669~2110879,00.html

JAPANESE hostage: Abductees paying for opposing Tokyo Iraq policy
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) The harsh criticism facing Japanese citizens taken hostage in
Iraq stems from government resentment over their families' call for Tokyo
to withdraw…

FORTY-THREE insurgents killed as violence continues in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Forty-three insurgents were killed in fierce overnight fighting
with US-led coalition forces near Iraq's holy Shiite city of Najaf, a
day after…

TENSION mounts in Iraq's bloody flashpoints
Reuters – London,England,UK
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – US forces have killed dozens of Iraqi Shi'ite fighters
near Najaf overnight, just hours after Washington issued an ultimatum
to a…

IRAQ'S new flag avoids typical Arab colors
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BY LEE KEATH. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's US-picked leaders approved a new
flag for the country, dumping Saddam Hussein's red-and-black standard.

NEGROPONTE Up for Iraq Diplomat Spot
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Veteran diplomat John Negroponte will face enormous challenges
if he is confirmed as the US ambassador to Iraq. Negroponte…

POWELL defines Iraq's 'sovereignty'
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said it was essential the 135,000 troops
who invaded and occupied Iraq without a UN mandate continue to operate
under US…

SINGAPORE rejoins Iraq campaign – Australia
SINGAPORE will rejoin the US-led military campaign in Iraq next month with
the deployment of an airforce tanker aircraft to the Gulf, the government
said today…,4057,9406660%255E1702,00.html

NEW Iraq Flag Rankles Public
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Iraq's US-appointed governing council unveils a new national
flag, discarding the country's green, black and red for a white and blue
pattern that…

AUSTRALIA not to be involved in ongoing occupation of Iraq: PM
Xinhua – China
… April 27 (Xinhuanet) — Australian Prime Minister John Howard said
on Tuesday that Australia would not be involved in ongoing occupation
of Iraq but would not…

3 US soldiers killed, 13 wounded in Iraq
Baltimore Sun – Baltimore,MD,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq – A fierce firefight yesterday in a rubble-strewn neighborhood
of this Sunni Muslim stronghold left one Marine and at least eight insurgents

BLAIR to defend Iraq policy
This is London – London,England,UK
Tony Blair today prepared a staunch defence of his handling of Iraq and
the Middle East after an unprecedented attack by more than 50 former senior

IRAQ'S flag breaks with traditions
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's US-picked leaders approved a new flag for the country,
dumping Saddam Hussein's red-and-black standard.…

POWELL: Iraq may have to return some power
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday the interim
government that is to take power in Iraq on June 30 would have to give
back some…

NEW Zealand man confirmed to be detained in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… 27 (Xinhuanet) — New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
(MFAT) has confirmed that a man from New Plymouth is being detained in
Iraq, New Zealand…

FACE the Iraq Fiasco, Senator
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Today, however, Kerry seems unable to admit that the war he voted to
authorize in Iraq has been such a disaster, arguing only that we must
"stay the course…

UK Companies Losing Out to US in Iraq Contracts, Times Says
Bloomberg – USA
April 27 (Bloomberg) — UK companies are losing business to US contractors
in Iraq, securing less than a third of contracts, the London-based Times

HEARINGS to Start on US Envoy to Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
WASHINGTON – Senators are pushing to get a US ambassador to Iraq approved
quickly as the deadline for the transfer of power to an interim Iraqi
government nears…

AUSTRALIAN Federal Police may be sent to Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… which will involve several hundred police from around the world training
Iraqi police, and of course this is an essential part in the rebuilding
of Iraq.…

AUSTRALIA will stay in Iraq until it is stable, PM vows
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SYDNEY : Australia will not be involved in any long-term occupation of
Iraq but will remain until the country is stabilised, Prime Minister John
Howard said…

IRAQ resumes exporting oil after attacks
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq said Monday it had resumed oil exports two days after
suicide bombers in boats attacked pumping stations in the Persian Gulf.

BLAIR warned situation in Iraq `doomed'
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… signed a letter on Monday criticizing Prime Minister Tony Blair for
his unflinching support for the Bush administration's approach to postwar
Iraq and to the…

FORCES stretched thin, US increasingly contracts private forces…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 2004 01:43. WASHINGTON (AP) Some days, private security guards in Iraq
look simply like well-armed rent-a-cops. Other days, they…

RE: Missing New Zealander in Iraq (press release) – New Zealand
1. We have received information in the past 24 hours that New Zealander
Andreas Schafer is alive and well and in Iraq. We understand…

TWO US soldiers killed in Iraq warehouse blast
The Indiana Digital Student – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A suspected chemical weapons warehouse exploded in flames
Monday moments after US troops broke in, killing two soldiers and wounding

BRITISH government announces ambassador to Iraq
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
LONDON: The British government said Monday it had appointed an experienced
Arabist and Middle East specialist as its ambassador to Iraq.…

NO increase in Iraq troops: Downer
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
AUSTRALIA was planning to keep its troop numbers in Iraq roughly the same
as they currently were, Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said

GOVT asked to provide Iraq police
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE Federal Government was seriously considering a request for Australian
police to be sent to Iraq, Justice Minister Chris Ellison said today.,5478,9404079%255E1702,00.html

NEXT few months in Iraq vital: PM
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The instability in Iraq could continue for a long time unless the situation
improved in the next few months, Prime Minister John Howard said.…

FIGHTING flares near mosques in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
FALLUJAH, IRAQ — Intense firefights erupted Monday between US forces and
insurgents in Fallujah and Najaf, two cities surrounded by thousands of

CAPTORS Give Ultimatum On Italians Held in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… 26 — In a warning aired on Arabic-language satellite television Monday,
kidnappers said they would kill three Italians taken hostage in Iraq unless

NZ man detained in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
A NEW Zealand man has been detained in Iraq, but authorities that they
don't know who is holding him or his location. New information…,5744,9403587%255E1702,00.html

US Says Needs Security Free Hand in Iraq Handover
Wired News – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Monday
the still undefined interim government due to take power in Iraq on June
30 would have…

BUILDING explodes in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ A workshop believed to be producing chemical munitions
exploded in flames Monday moments after US troops broke in to search it,
killing two…

LATEST developments in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… About 200 US troops rolled into a base in the Shi'ite holy city of
Najaf to replace Spanish forces who were withdrawing. – The president
of Iraq's US-picked…

IRAQ oil terminal attacks weigh on prices
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The suicide boat attacks on Iraq's main oil export terminal at the weekend
added to pressure on oil prices yesterday, increasing concern about future

AFP trainers may be sent to Iraq: Govt
ABC Online – Australia
A senior Government minister says Federal Cabinet will consider the possibility
of sending Australian Federal Police (AFP) trainers to Iraq.…

ATTACKS halt rebuilding of Iraq
Guardian – UK
Vital reconstruction work in Iraq has almost completely ground to a halt
after being "screwed up" by the deteriorating security situation in the

UN Chief in Iraq 'Navigates by Sight'
New York Times – USA
… conjuring solutions. In Iraq, he is "al-ustaz" "the professor" to the
leaders he summons to discuss the country's political future. At…

BLOW for CDU as Kohler attacks US on Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… a damage limitation exercise after Horst Köhler, the party's candidate
to become president next month, accused the US of making "severe mistakes"
in Iraq.…

CHAPLIN to head British embassy in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Britain has appointed an ambassador to represent its interests in Iraq
and run an embassy in Baghdad after the transfer of power to an interim
government on…

US lobbies allies over UN resolution on Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The US yesterday began lobbying the international community to support
a new UN Security Council resolution on Iraq in order to avert a possible
break-up of…

MAJOR Developments in Iraq
Guardian – UK
… The deployment brings the Americans about three miles from holy sites
at the heart of the city. -The president of Iraq's US-picked Governing
Council, Massoud…,1280,-4024078,00.html

HOWARD: we won't be in Iraq long-term
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Australia would not be involved in an ongoing occupation of Iraq but would
stay until the country was stabilised, Prime Minister John Howard said

UK Considers Sending More Troops to Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Tony Blair was today considering sending more British troops to Iraq today
after unprecedented criticism from former diplomats.…

BUSH'S approval ratings rise even as Iraq concerns continue
Xinhua – China
… Xinhuanet) — US President George W. Bush's approval ratings have improved
in April even as the month has become the deadliest for US troops in Iraq
and many…

US lobbies allies over UN resolution on Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The US on Monday began lobbying the international community to support
a new UN Security Council resolution on Iraq in order to avert a possible
break-up of…

OTHER Views: Bush's insoluble dilemma in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
MOSCOW The doomsayers' gloomiest predictions of a "new Vietnam" in Iraq
are coming true. … Bush will drag out the war, increasing US troop strength
in Iraq.…

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