Iraq News and Information Links May 27 2004
IRAQ ceasefire offers potential breakthrough, unrest continues…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAJAF, Iraq : A ceasefire between US troops and Shiite militiamen in this
holy city offered a potential breakthrough in one of the most intractable

IRAQ on the Edge | Sovereignty-lite Could Create a Failed State
Times of India – India
Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright probably summed up the
entire handling of the Iraq transfer of power business aptly.…

SHAM Plan for Iraq
The Nation – USA
The “new” Bush plan to “help Iraq achieve democracy and freedom,” far from
laying out the definite steps needed to resolve the Iraq crisis, instead
sets the…

CANADIAN-TRAINED Iraqi may run in Iraq election
CTV – Canada
BAGHDAD ˜ Canadian-educated nuclear scientist Hussain al-Shahristani,
who has declined to be prime minister in Iraq's caretaker government,
is leaving open…

IRAQ Interrogator Contractor Faces Probes
Guardian – UK
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – A defense contractor supplying civilian interrogators
to the US military at the scandal-ridden Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is
a subject of…,1280,-4140167,00.html

ANALYSIS: Picking on the wrong guy in Iraq
United Press International – USA
… That would have been a welcomed victory at a time when something positive
was badly needed to counter the daily downbeat news emerging from Iraq.

ANALYSIS:OLD Iraq battle lines drawn at UN
United Press International – USA
By Roland Flamini. WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) — The old battle lines are
being drawn again at the United Nations over the future of Iraq.…

AMERICA‚S Only Way Out of Iraq
… It‚s like going over Niagra Falls.‰ But I believe America can get
out of Iraq and save face at the same time; it‚s not that difficult,
but Bush and his…

FORMER Iraq privatization official says progress being made
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
NAPLES, Fla. – The American once charged with helping revive Iraq's economy
said Thursday that progress is being made to help rebuild that country
and put it…

SCHRöDER lists criteria for 'yes' vote on Iraq
Frankfurter Allgemeine – Frankfurt,Germany
Seeking to prevent another fallout with the United States over Iraq, Chancellor
Gerhard Schröder has chosen his words carefully this week when asked
about his…

Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Britain announced it will send 370 more troops to Iraq, despite weeks of
speculation that it would boost its strength by 3,000 to replace other
forces being…

BUSH, Kerry Seek Political Gains on Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ President Bush and rival John Kerry are struggling to navigate
the tough political terrain of the Iraq war, trying to figure out how
to gain an…

IT'S Time to Politicize the War in Iraq
Common Dreams – USA
by Jonathan Schell. Many people (mostly Republicans) say (mostly to Democrats)
that it's wrong to “politicize” the war in Iraq. But…

NEWSPAPERS Explain 'NY Times' Iraq Note to Readers
Editor & Publisher (subscription) – USA
NEW YORK Fallout from The New York Times' editors' note about problematic
Iraq-related stories spread to newspapers nationwide Thursday as editors
were forced…

ARLINGTON Cemetery's Section 60 tribute to Iraq dead
Scripps Howard News Service – USA
… Here, in a rolling meadow of America's most hallowed land, the country's
ledger of loss from the war in Iraq is slowly being filled.…

CHINA pushes for Iraq resolution amendments
China Daily – Beijing,China
China proposed Thursday major amendments to the US-British draft resolution
on Iraq, calling for a time limit on the stay of the US-led multinational
force as…

BRITAIN to raise troop levels in Iraq by 370
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
LONDON – Britain will send an extra 370 troops to Iraq to boost security
and firepower and is still considering a possible larger deployment after
the June 30…

RUSSIA evacuates experts from Iraq
Xinhua – China
MOSCOW, May 27 (Xinhuanet) — A Russian plane brought back the first group
of technicians working for its company from Iraq on Thursday, one day
after two of…

NEW York Times Admits Falsehood in Iraq Stories
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
“The New York Times yesterday acknowledged that serious flaws marred its
reporting before the invasion of Iraq last year, saying the newspaper
“fell for…

WHAT now for Iraq's Mehdi Army?
BBC News – London,England,UK
… It is this amorphous set-up that gives the clearest indication of what
will happen to the Mehdi Army after they quit Najaf. “In Iraq many people
have guns…

HOON to send extra 370 troops to Iraq
Guardian – UK
The defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, today announced the deployment of an
extra 370 British troops to Iraq in response to “the continuing threat”
from anti…,2763,1225823,00.html

LIST of Michigan casualties in Iraq – MI,USA
… 26, formerly of Flint, was one of six soldiers killed in the crash
of an Army Black Hawk helicopter April 2, 2003, during a fire fight in
Iraq, his wife said.…

SEARCH for an Iraq prime minister
Fort Wayne News Sentinel – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
BY TRUDY RUBIN. (KRT) – Rumors are swirling about who will be tapped by
week's end as Iraq's interim prime minister. Early this week…

10 ways we botched Iraq
Working for Change – San Francisco,CA,USA
… disproved. In case you think no one in public life is capable of intelligent
thought about Iraq, I recommend a speech made by Gen.…

BRITAIN to deploy 370 more troops in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… May 27 (Xinhua) — British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon announced on
Thursday that the British government is to send about 370 extra troops
to Iraq one month…

RUSSIAN workers pull out of Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Russian contractors in Iraq have started pulling out, a day after two colleagues
died in an ambush. Ninety workers from the Russian…

NBR Editorial : Iraq remains test of consistency
National Business Review – New Zealand
The blunders in Iraq are not irreparable and public opinion in the US has
shown itself to be fickle as unfavourable media coverage takes its toll.

FACING up to realities in Iraq
The Saginaw News – Saginaw,MI,USA
Facing mounting questions over the nation's concerns about Iraq, President
George W. Bush this week offered some prime-time answers.…

LIBERAL Lollygagging on Iraq
Intellectual Conservative – Phoenix,AZ,USA
… The fourth step in our plan,‰ said the President on Monday night,
“is to enlist additional international support for Iraq's transition.‰.

UK to send more troops to Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Geoff Hoon, the UK defence secretary, on Thursday announced a modest increase
of 370 in the number of British troops in Iraq, bringing the total to

IRAQ Cleric Sadr Offers Truce, US Command Silent
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Moqtada al-Sadr pulled his Shi'ite militia from
strongholds in Najaf on Thursday and a US-appointed Iraqi official said
American forces…

A show of hands for Iraq's future
Oregonian – Portland,OR,USA
T he Abu Ghraib prison scandal reached into the Oval Office on Tuesday,
one day after President Bush's latest speech on Iraq. Yes…

MORE UK troops to go to Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – The government plans to increase its troop presence
in Iraq by a net 370, bringing its total contingent to about 8,900, Defence

DE La Rue banks benefits of Iraq deal
The Times (subscription) – London,England,UK
… maker, yesterday unveiled a 21 per cent jump in full-year profits as
it reaped the benefits of a huge contract to provide two billion new banknotes
to Iraq.…,,9073-1124756,00.html

DODD faults Bush on handling of war in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
— Sen. Christopher Dodd has criticized President Bush's handling of the
war in Iraq, but stopped short of endorsing demands that top military
planners resign.…—dodd-iraq

AIRPORTS Brace for Returning Iraq Soldiers
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
DALLAS – Airports in Dallas and Atlanta are bracing for a flood of soldiers
flying in from Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan as part of the military's
relaunched 15…

OTHER developments in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Geoff Hoon, UK defence secretary, is expected to make an announcement in
the House of Commons later on Thursday about plans to deploy further troops
to Iraq.…

MOST Taiwanese oppose sending troops to Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TAIPEI : Most Taiwanese are strongly opposed to the possibility of sending
troops to Iraq to fight alongside coalition forces, according to public

ANTI-WAR group calls for national protest of Iraq occupation
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… FRANCISCO (AP) A grass roots anti-war group that flooded Congress with
more than a million phone calls and e-mails before the US-led invasion
of Iraq last year…

US plan for Iraq too vague UN says
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… authentic. China circulated a paper—titled “Iraq Run by Iraqis”—with
suggested amendments to the resolution. It garnered wide support.…,1,5066695.story?coll=chi-news-hed

BUSH'S bow to Iraq reality
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
THE DRAFT resolution on a transfer of sovereigny to Iraq that the United
States and Britain have submitted to the UN Security Council underlines
the fact that…

IRAQ Cleric Sadr Offers Truce, US Command Silent
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Shi'ite militiamen pulled out of some strongholds
in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Thursday but suspended the withdrawal
when US…

SHIITE militia agrees Iraq truce
Channel News Asia – Singapore
NAJAF, Iraq : Shiite radical leader Moqtada Sadr has agreed to withdraw
his militia from Najaf if US troops follow suit, in a potential breakthrough
in one of…

EX VP Gore Demands Bush Administration Resign Over Iraq…
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
… as “a decent respect for the opinion of mankind.” He did not honor
the advice, experience and judgment of our military leaders in designing
his invasion of Iraq…

NY Times admits deficiencies in Iraq coverage
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
In an editors' note Wednesday, the New York Times acknowledged that some
of its Iraq coverage “was not as rigorous as it should have been” because
it had…

BRITAIN likely to announce extra troops for Iraq
Xinhua – China
LONDON, May 27 (Xinhuanet) — The British Ministry of Defense said the
government is likely to announce troop reinforcement for Iraq later Thursday.

UK Plans Modest Troop Reinforcement in Iraq
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is sending up to 800 more soldiers to the southern
zone it controls in Iraq in a modest increase to US-British troop levels,

BUSH talks, Iraq's future still vague
Santa Maria Times – Santa Maria,CA,USA
We've have had a few days to digest President Bush's most recent remarks
on the situation in Iraq, and they aren't sitting too well.…

BRITAIN Seen Reinforcing Troops in Iraq
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is to reinforce its troops in Iraq, with up
to 800 extra soldiers going to the UK-controlled southern region, a military
source said…

'MORE British troops for Iraq'
ic – Reading,England,UK
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is “likely” to make a Commons statement announcing
more British troops are to be sent to Iraq, Downing Street said.…

Hartford Advocate – Hartford,CT,USA
John Keegan, a well-regarded British military historian, has contributed
to this effort with The Iraq War . Keegan's account provides…

OPPONENTS of Iraq war want US to cede more power to Iraqi…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Four key nations proposed major changes to the US-British
draft resolution on Iraq that would give the country's new interim government

US to pay big price for Iraq prison abuse'
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… Constitution Center to promote his book “Battle Ready,” said the Bush
administration underestimated the scale of the task involved in invading
Iraq, had no…

Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
We should be outraged at the outrage over Iraq prisoner abuse. … His
fraud of a war in Iraq has destabilized the region, making gas supply

NEW York Times faults some of its Iraq reporting
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
NEW YORK ˜ The New York Times said Wednesday that some of its coverage
of the Iraq crisis “was not as rigorous as it should have been.‰.

A US Ally Caught Between Two Goals in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Kurds fear that Shiite and Sunni Muslim insurgencies against US troops
in Iraq could splinter the nation. If that happens, the Kurds…

US Pressed to Make Changes in Iraq UN Resolution
Reuters – USA
… China distributed a three-page paper, including proposals that would
give Iraq's interim government control over its own police and troops.

SADR Fighters Start Withdrawal from Iraq Holy City
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr began pulling
his fighters from the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Thursday after making
an offer to…

BUSH'S prime-time speech highlights deepening crisis over Iraq
World Socialist
In the buildup to Bush‚s Monday night speech on Iraq, the White House
announced that the president would spell out a clear strategy for a “successful

HYPING Iraq's `terror' threat
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Stumbling in Iraq, US President George Bush played the terror card for
all it was worth this week to shore up his sagging standing with voters.

TIMES acknowledges Iraq coverage flaws
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
The New York Times acknowledged in an extraordinary note to readers yesterday
that its reporting on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and links to

FOR South Koreans, Deployment to Iraq Is a Tough Sell
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… pine-forested outskirts of Seoul, the South Korean army has decked
out a training camp to resemble an Arab village to help prepare soldiers
for service in Iraq…,1,3363352.story?coll=la-home-world

MAINE soldier killed in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
LISBON, Maine — A 20-year-old soldier from Lisbon has died of injuries
sustained in a mortar attack in Iraq, the Defense Department confirmed

WORLD reaction to US-UK resolution on Iraq
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, May 27 (Xinhuanet) — The United States and Britain introduced
a draft resolution on Iraq on Monday, seeking the United Nations Security

CLERIC confirms Iraq truce
The Australian – Australia
FIREBRAND leader Moqtada al-Sadr has agreed to a truce with US-led coalition
forces in the holy city of Najaf, nearly two months after launching an
uprising, a…,5744,9674041%255E1702,00.html

Florida Today – Melbourne,FL,USA
In Iraq, it's not a question anymore of whether the glass is half-empty
or half-full. The glass is shattered, and what the nation…!NEWSROOM/opedstory0527WIRAQ.htm

WILL US Army be Iraq war's next casualty?
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
By LAWRENCE J. KORB. THE Bush administration sent the Army into Iraq to
destroy the murderous regime of Saddam Hussein and save the Iraqi people.

A different street fight in Iraq
By Scott Wilson. BAGHDAD, May 26 – The American counterinsurgency effort
in Iraq's largest urban war zone is being fought in the sewers. Maj. Gen.

SHAHRISTANI may be new prime minister of Iraq?
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
… nuclear scientist, who spent years in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison
in Baghdad, is said to be emerging as the leading candidate for prime
minister of Iraq.…

IN Iraq, business as usual takes a nasty turn
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
Much is made of the Iraq war's origins in the ambitions of neoconservatives
to remake the Middle East. But the conduct of the war…

FOUR Nations Seek Iraq Resolution Changes
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP)—Four key nations proposed major changes Wednesday
to the US-British draft resolution on Iraq, moves that would give the
new government…

EDITORS Weigh in on 'NY Times' Admission on Iraq Reporting
Editor & Publisher (subscription) – USA
NEW YORK The New York Times' editors' note that called attention to problems
with several of its Iraq-related stories elicited mixed reactions from

CONCERN over Aussie detained in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
TANYA NOLAN: Relatives of an Australian man who's been detained in Iraq
for four months without charge, say there's a possibility he could soon
be handed over…

BLAIR Backs US Fiat In Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
LONDON, May 26 — British Prime Minister Tony Blair sought Wednesday to
suppress talk of a split with the United States over Iraq, saying foreign

CHINA fronts up to Bush over Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… pullout. Five weeks before handover, US soldiers in Iraq battled Shi'ite
fighters in Najaf and seized a militia commander. Hussain…

IRAQ aid pledged
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
DOHA: Donor countries and organisations pledged yesterday to “move ahead
quickly” with the disbursement of up to $1 billion set aside for Iraq
in 2004 despite…

CHINA proposes amendments to US-UK resolution on Iraq
Xinhua – China
UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (Xinhuanet) — China proposed on Wednesday major
amendments to the US-British draft resolution on Iraq, including a clear
mandate and…

MANHUNT nets a top adviser to Iraq cleric
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
BAGHDAD — The battle to crush a Shiite Muslim revolt in southern Iraq
took on the character of a quiet manhunt overnight Wednesday, when US
troops seized a…

KERRY Is Squeezed on Iraq Policy
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… John F. Kerry faces a stark new challenge in the campaign skirmishing
over Iraq: As President Bush has moved toward his position, the Democratic
Party is…,1,107156.story?coll=la-home-headlines

VICTIM of Saddam's torturers favourite for Iraq's top job
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Dr Hussain al-Shahristani, who became a London-based human rights activist
after fleeing Iraq in 1991, was named yesterday as the leading candidate
for the…

NY Times criticises its Iraq war coverage
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The New York Times has published a critical examination of its reporting
on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, telling readers that some coverage
“was not as…

PRISON Interrogations in Iraq Seen as Yielding Little Data on…
New York Times – USA
The interrogation center was set up in September to obtain better information
about an insurgency in Iraq that was killing American soldiers almost
every day…

BLAIR denies rift with US over Iraq
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
LONDON: Britain's Tony Blair yesterday sought to quash talk of a split
with the United States over Iraq, saying foreign troops' operations should
stay under US…

A Different Street Fight in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Scott Wilson. BAGHDAD, May 26 — The American counterinsurgency effort
in Iraq's largest urban war zone is being fought in the sewers. Maj. Gen.

TOP Candidate to Lead Iraq's Interim Government Says He Doesn't…
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, May 26 ˜ An Iraqi nuclear scientist trumpeted as the likely
interim leader of Iraq withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday,
and the…

US general running prisons in Iraq
The Militant – New York,NY,USA
… Karpinski was in charge of 16 US-run prisons in Iraq, including the
one at Abu Ghraib near Baghdad, now notorious for systematic abuse and
humiliation of…

NO split with Bush over Iraq, says Blair (subscription) – Ireland
BRITISH prime minister Tony Blair yesterday denied a split with US President
George W Bush over control of the multinational force in Iraq after power

ANTI-WAR group calls for national protest of Iraq occupation
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… FRANCISCO – A grass roots anti-war group that flooded Congress with
more than a million phone calls and e-mails before the US-led invasion
of Iraq last year is…

CHINA Queries US Plan for Iraq, Confusion Over PM
Reuters – USA
… command. Five weeks before handover, US soldiers in Iraq battled Shi'ite
fighters in Najaf and seized a militia commander. Hussain…

NEW York Times' Critiques its Iraq Coverage
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: In an editorial, The New York Times took the unusual step
of admitting to mistakes made in its reporting of weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq.…

GAS shell findings a concern for Iraq arms inspector
CNN International – USA
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The recent discovery of two chemical artillery shells
in Iraq has raised concerns among weapons inspectors that other shells
may turn up in…

SCIENTIST declines top Iraq post
CNN International – USA
… had been proposed for a top job with the interim government does not
want a role, a spokesman for the United Nations top political envoy in
Iraq said Wednesday…

CHINA joins criticism on US-led force in Iraq
Forbes – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China proposed changes to a US-British resolution
on Iraq Wednesday that would set a deadline for a US-led multinational
force to…

IRAQ Council Slams Plan to Destroy Prison
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)—President Bush's offer to demolish Abu Ghraib prison
found little support among Iraqis, with the head of the Governing Council
on Wednesday…

BRITAIN denies rift with US over Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
BAGHDAD – Britain scrambled yesterday to deny a rift with the United States
over the power of veto that Iraq's new government will – or will not–
have over…,4386,253044,00.html

HUSSEIN Shahristani: Will nuclear scientist be Iraq's new PM?
Straits Times – Singapore
… scientist who spent years in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison for refusing
to participate in Saddam Hussein's nuclear programme will be Iraq's prime

NYT criticises own coverage of Iraq crisis
Straits Times – Singapore
NEW YORK – The New York Times (NYT) acknowledged yesterday that some of
its coverage of the Iraq crisis 'was not as rigorous as it should have
been' and relied…,4386,252971,00.html

2 Russians Killed in Iraq, Rest to Leave
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
In the third attack on Russian workers in Iraq this year, gunmen on Wednesday
killed two and wounded at least five Russian technicians who were riding

AMERICANS should prepare to stay in Iraq for years, experts say
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BERLIN – (KRT) – Despite strong opposition to the US invasion of Iraq and
a continued nervousness about a European presence there, few European
foreign policy…

IRAQ security deaths fuel demands for UK regulation
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The growing reliance on private security companies by diplomats and contractors
operating in Iraq has intensified demands for the regulation of the security

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