Iraq News and Information Links August 27 2004
OIL Edges Up on Iraq, Gold Closes Lower
Reuters – USA
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Oil prices closed higher on Friday for the first time
in a week as worries lingered about supply disruptions from Iraq even
after…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=6092357

ITALY dash Iraq's medal dream
Rediff – Mumbai,India
Italy ended Iraq's dreams of winning only their second Olympic medal on
Friday, beating the war-torn country 1-0 in the bronze medal match.…
us.rediff.com/sports/2004/aug/28oly-foot.htm

6,000 in Athens protest US Iraq policy
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… an American flag was burned, an American reporter was hit in the face
with a handful of gravel and there were numerous signs and chants urging
“USA out of Iraq…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/9516423.htm

LIST of Foreigners Taken Hostage in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Worked for Bilintur, Turkish company providing laundry service for
Jordanian firm in Iraq. … 7, kidnappers accuse Iran of meddling in Iraq's
affairs.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/9516483.htm

BODIES of Turkish captives found in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The bodies of two Turkish captives shot dead have been found in Baiji in
northern Iraq. Sources in the Iraqi police told Aljazeera…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B72463DD-8026-4D32-B672-447782FD3EE4.htm

REPUBLICANS urge Bush to turn attention from Iraq, Vietnam with…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… are urging President Bush to unveil a robust second-term agenda at
his convention next week to shift voters' focus from the unpopular war
in Iraq and other…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/27/politics1423EDT0629.DTL

ITALY firm on Iraq after 'barbaric' hostage murder
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
ROME ˆ Italy insisted Friday the killing of an Italian journalist in
Iraq by Islamic kidnappers would not shake its resolve to keep troops
in Iraq.…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040827-1223-iraq-journalist-italy.html

MATTOON HS grad killed in Iraq truck accident
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
MATTOON, Ill. – A 19-year-old soldier from Mattoon has died in a truck
crash in Tikrit, Iraq, the Department of Defense said. Army Spc.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/9515406.htm

PANHANDLE congressman's delegation has close call in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Jeff Miller got a close-up look at combat in Iraq when two mortar shells
exploded about 500 yards from where the lawmakers were waiting to board
a helicopter.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/9515506.htm

OIL prices firm as market worries about Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : World oil prices held steady on concerns over the possibility
of further unrest in major producer Iraq despite a ceasefire in its holy
city of Najaf…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_business/view/103556/1/.html

IRAQ refuse to wear black armbands in bronze medal match
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Iraq's footballers have refused to join their Olympic bronze medal opponents
Italy in donning black armbands as a mark of respect for murdered Italian

www.hindustantimes.com/news/7334_974123,001600810000.htm

KUWAIT firm 'quits' Iraq to help free staff
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co (KGL) has said it will halt its operations
in Iraq after a group holding seven of its drivers captive has said they
will…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B4924CBF-B051-4DD3-A306-A0054B70C0FC.htm

'WAR president' casts Iraq as part of terror fight
CNN International – USA
… With roughly 140,000 US troops in Iraq and no withdrawal date in sight,
Bush's role as commander in chief promises to loom large in the mind of
voters, who…
edition.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/08/27/gop.iraq/

BUSH acknowledges 'miscalculation' about postwar Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… in the run-up to the Republican National Convention, acknowledges a
“miscalculation” about what the United States would encounter in post-war
Iraq after the…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/082704dnpolbush.66b9f.html

RELIGION and politics intertwine in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
Iraqis had largely ignored Sadr's insurrection, but if the shrine had been
damaged in the fighting Shi'ites across Iraq would have erupted in violent
protest…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10589362%255E7583,00.html

IRAQ and Italy to wear black armbands in honor of slain journalist
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… soccer players planned to wear black armbands on their uniforms during
their Olympic bronze medal game Friday in honor of an Italian journalist
killed in Iraq.…
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/27/sports1005EDT0326.DTL

RP not lifting Iraq deployment ban
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The Philippines stood firm on its policy not to deploy any more workers
to Iraq owing to the prevalent dangers in the still unstable country just
recently…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=NATIONAL&oid=58315

GOP voice of dissent on Iraq
Working for Change – San Francisco,CA,USA
… He voted in support of the emergency $78 billion for war in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and is a staunch supporter of defense spending, as well as
the deployment of…
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=17552

IRAQ rebels leave Najaf shrine
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… The rebels agreed a peace deal last night with Grand Ayatollah Ali
al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered cleric, who returned to the city after
heart surgery in…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/08/27/uirq.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/08/27/ixportaltop.html

ITALY firm on Iraq after “barbaric” hostage murder
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
ROME, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Italy insisted on Friday that the killing of an
Italian journalist in Iraq by Islamist kidnappers would not shake its
resolve to keep…
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L27466379.htm

OIL Rebounds After Iraq Pipeline Attack
Reuters – USA
… Iraq halted exports via Turkey from its northern oil fields on Friday,
having filled storage tanks to close to capacity, industry sources said.

www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=6088835

IRAQ, South Americans salvage Olympic soccer
Independent Online – South Africa
Athens – The heroics of Iraq, the brilliance of Argentina and the fierce
will of a Paraguay team on a two-fold mission have saved Olympic soccer
from slipping…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=4&art_id=qw1093610162726B216

KERRY'S Attempt to Finesse Iraq Issue May Backfire
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Terry M. Neal. Even though President Bush's rationale for war in Iraq
continues to crumble, but it seems that Sen. John F. Kerry has his own
war problem.…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37796-2004Aug27.html

IRAQ Rebels Leave Najaf Shrine, Hand in Weapons
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Shi'ite fighters left the holiest shrine in the
Iraqi city of Najaf Friday and began turning in their weapons, after tens
of thousands…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6088744

KIDNAPPED journalist is murdered in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… A group calling itself “The Islamic Army in Iraq” had said in a statement
on Tuesday that it could not guarantee Baldoni‚s safety unless Italy
announced…
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1004712004

OIL prices climb as market worries about Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
LONDON : World oil prices rose on concerns over the possibility of further
unrest in major producer Iraq despite a ceasefire in its holy city of
Najaf, where…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_business/view/103482/1/.html

IRAQ, South Americans salvage Olympic tournament
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The heroics of Iraq, the brilliance of Argentina and the fierce will of
a Paraguay team on a two-fold mission have saved Olympic soccer from slipping
off the…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/7334_973537,001600810000.htm

US-IRANIAN tug and pull over Iraq
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… and the young guard, Muqtada al-Sadr, on Thursday over the custodianship
of the Imam Ali Shrine is also a continuation of the struggle for the
future of Iraq.…
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FH28Ak01.html

OIL rises on Iraq pipeline attack
CNN/Money – USA
… Hopes that a peace agreement between Iraq's government and rebel cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr, ending a bloody three-week uprising in the holy city
of Najaf, would…
money.cnn.com/2004/08/27/markets/oil/

KUWAITI firm tells abductors it has no presence in Iraq
The Hindu – Chennai,India
New Delhi, Aug. 27. (PTI): Declaring that it had no presence in Iraq, the
Kuwaiti company KGL employing … “We confirm we have no presence or operations
in Iraq.…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200408271609.htm

IRAQ Rebels Hand in Arms, Leave Najaf Shrine
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Shi'ite rebels began handing in weapons and leaving
a holy shrine on Friday in Iraq's Najaf, where tens of thousands of pilgrims

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6087131

BERLUSCONI condemns reported killing of Italian hostage in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ROME (AP) Premier Silvio Berlusconi vowed Italian troops would not leave
Iraq even and condemned the reported killing of an Italian hostage as
an act that…
www.boston.com/dailynews/240/world/Berlusconi_condemns_reported_k:.shtml

OIL Rebounds After Iraq Pipeline Attack
Reuters – USA
… Saboteurs on Friday attacked two pipelines linking a main oil field
to export storage tanks in southern Iraq, an Iraqi oil official said.

www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=6087831

KGL halts Iraq operations to free hostages
Times of India – India
DUBAI: Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL) said on Friday it would
halt its operations in Iraq after a group holding seven of its drivers
hostage said…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/829517.cms

BUSH says he miscalculated post-war conditions in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : President George W. Bush, in an interview with The New York
Times, said he miscalculated post-war conditions in Iraq and that the
long insurgency…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/103466/1/.html

IRAQ calls for 'deeds not words' from Sadr
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
Iraq's foreign minister has called on Moqtada al-Sadr, the rebels' leader,
to follow through on a deal designed to end the bloody stand-off in the
holy city of…
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/08/27/
unajaf.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/08/27/ixportaltop.html

STOP talking about Vietnam and start talking about Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
In Hollywood, Florida, a distraught father set himself on fire when US
Marines came to tell him his son was killed in combat in Iraq.…
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/
2004/08/27/stop_talking_about_vietnam_and_start_talking_about_iraq

ITALIAN Hostage Reportedly Killed By Captors In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
27 August 2004 — An Italian journalist taken hostage in Iraq has reportedly
been killed by his captors. Al-Jazeera said it had…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/08/5451ea46-a15e-4cfa-bf70-863c8d49f986.html

ABDUCTORS ask KGL to end work in Iraq
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
New Delhi, August 27: Kuwaiti company employing three Indians held hostage
in Iraq on Thursday night said it was trying to ascertain veracity of
a purported…
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=35481

GOP House Candidates Tread Carefully Around Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
By Richard Simon and Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writers. WASHINGTON˜
On the campaign trail, President Bush gives no quarter on the Iraq war.

www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gop
cong27aug27,1,7049461.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

COMMANDER faulted for abuse at Iraq prison
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… Ricardo Sanchez, the former top commander in Iraq, approved the use
in Iraq of some severe interrogation practices intended to be limited
to captives held in…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/188178_iraqabuse27.html

NY Billboard Will Tick Off Iraq War Cost
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
NEW YORK ˜ Two groups have put up a giant digital display to tick off
the cost of the Iraq war days before the Republican National Convention
gets going less…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-
clock27aug27,1,961459.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

IRAQ'S Sadr Orders Fighters to Lay Down Weapons
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Rebel Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday ordered
his men inside Najaf's Imam Ali mosque to lay down their weapons and join

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6084753

IRAQ hostage killed, Arab station says
London Free Press – London,Ontario,Canada
… showing the killing of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, who was kidnapped
by militants who threatened to execute him if Italy did not withdraw troops
from Iraq…
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2004/08/27/603863.html

FATHER snaps over son's death in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… son, Lance Cpl. Alexander Arredondo, had been killed in combat in Iraq,
police say Carlos Arredondo snapped. Arredondo climbed into…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2762147

BUSH admits post-war Iraq 'miscalculations'
China Daily – Beijing,China
US President Bush acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that he had
miscalculated post-war conditions in Iraq, the New York Times reported.

www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-08/27/content_369512.htm

THAI troops withdraw from Iraq
The Malaysia Star – Malaysia
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Thailand's troops prepared to withdrawal from
Iraq on Friday after completing a yearlong humanitarian mission in the
war-torn country…
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/8/27/latest/18686Thaitroop&sec=latest

IRAQ arrests 14 Nepalese labourers
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Iraq's interim Government has arrested 14 nationals from Nepal on charges
of illegally entering the country, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on
Friday.…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_972847,00050002.htm

IRAQ ambassador chosen
NEWS.com.au – Australia
AUSTRALIA'S Ambassador to Iraq, Neil Mules AO, will be replaced later this
year by diplomat Howard Brown. Mr Mules has been Australia's…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10585374%255E1702,00.html

ITALIAN journalist hostage killed in Iraq
Sify – Delhi,India
Baghdad: Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni was killed by Militants in Iraq
after Italy refused to fullfill their demand to withdraw troops from the
country, as…
sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13553536

THAILAND troops start pull-out from Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Thailand's small contingent of troops in Iraq have started leaving for
neighbouring Kuwait and will finish their withdrawal within four days,
senior military…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_972813,00050004.htm

BUSH Admits Iraq 'Miscalculations' – NY Times
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Bush acknowledged for the first time on
Thursday that he had miscalculated post-war conditions in Iraq, the New
York Times…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6084531

MARINE due home in September killed in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… He had barely graduated from Marcus High School here in 2001 when he
enlisted, eager to go to Iraq. … Jacob Lugo was first deployed to Iraq
in February 2003.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/9507596.htm

ITALY refuses to withdraw troops from Iraq after hostage killing
Xinhua – China
… Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday strongly condemned the killing
of a Italian journalist, reiterating his determination to keep Italian
forces in Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/27/content_1896852.htm

PIPELINE Attack Slows Iraq's Oil Production
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… 26 — Insurgents attacked eight oil pipelines in southern Iraq late
Wednesday, temporarily slowing production of the country's most important
export on Thursday…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36784-2004Aug26.html

CRUDE prices fall despite attacks on Iraq pipeline
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… for the second day running as worries over supply disruptions eased
with traders claiming overnight pipeline attacks in major producer Iraq
were unlikely to…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=90197&Sn=BUSI&IssueID=27160

IRAQ group to free 7 kidnapped foreigners
Xinhua – China
… a video statement on Thursday that it would release the captives of
7 employees of a Kuwaiti company once the company halted operationsin
Iraq, reported Dubai…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/27/content_1896574.htm

JOURNALIST From Italy Killed in Iraq by Captors
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By JOHN F. BURNS. AGHDAD, Iraq, Friday, Sept. … Italy's Ansa news agency
quoted Italian officials in Iraq as confirming the Al Jazeera report.

www.nytimes.com/2004/08/27/international/middleeast/27italy.html

IRAQ'S top cleric wins agreement from rebel and government for…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, made a dramatic
return to Najaf on Thursday and swiftly won agreement from a rebel cleric
and the…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/26/international1701EDT0669.DTL

ITALIAN journalist slain in Iraq
CNN International – USA
ROME, Italy (CNN) — An Italian journalist held hostage in Iraq has been
killed, the Italian government confirmed on Thursday. Prime…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/08/26/italy.hostage/

IRAQ sabotage 'halves oil export'
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Abbas Fayadh in Basra, Iraq. A SABOTAGE attack … Co said. Oil exports
out of southern Iraq average about 1.85 million barrels a day. The…
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10584392%255E1702,00.html

BLAIR faces impeachment procedure over Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
… proceedings against Prime Minister Tony Blair, reviving a near-extinct
rule to argue that he misled his country in order to join the US-led invasion
of Iraq.…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_27-8-2004_pg4_2

IRAQ attacks keep up oil pressure
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… The factors that had kept the price of oil high began to ease yesterday
morning, after Iraq's most senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani,
arrived…
www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2004/08/27/
cnoil27.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/money/2004/08/27/ixcity.html

NY clock ticks away mounting Iraq war cost
Daily Times – Pakistan
Washington: A giant clock listing the escalating cost of the Iraq war has
gone up in New York city‚s Times Square, making the thousands who pass
through this…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_27-8-2004_pg7_43

AUSTRALIAN embassy threatened over Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
AUSTRALIA's embassy in Sweden has received a letter in Arabic threatening
retaliation for the Howard Government's involvement in the Iraq war.…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10584322%255E2,00.html

  
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