Iraq News and Information Links April 28 2004
US forces in Iraq receiving more tanks to `send a very valuable…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) In a sign that the Iraq conflict is deepening, a senior
officer said Wednesday that Army and Marine Corps units have begun receiving
more tanks…

SPAIN discusses Iraq resolution in Berlin
ABC Online – Australia
Spain, Germany, France and the United States are in "intense negotiations"
on a new UN resolution on Iraq, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez

MORE Bulgarian troops want to leave Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
More Bulgarian troops want to leave Iraq after coming under fire in southern
Iraqi city of Kerbala. … Bulgarian soldiers voluntarily serve in Iraq.

SYRIAN president defends anti-US attacks in Iraq as legitimate '…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Syrian President Bashar Assad described armed attacks
against US-led troops in neighboring Iraq as legitimate ''resistance''

POWELL Defends US Tactics Used in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BERLIN – Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday defended American
attacks on mosques and other holy places that are used by insurgents in
Iraq, a tactic…

US expects mandate for more troops for Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said he hopes a new United Nations
resolution on Iraq will lead to new countries sending troops to help maintain

TWENTYNINE Palms Marine killed in Iraq buried in West Virginia
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Smith, 21, of Wintersville, Ohio, died April 18 from injuries received
from enemy action in Al Anbar Province in Iraq. He was among four Marines

DEATH toll rises as Iraq violence continues
ABC Online – Australia
One woman has been killed and six other civilians wounded in an exchange
of gunfire between US soldiers and Shiite militiamen near the central
Iraqi city of…

SPAIN and Germany Discuss Cooperation on Iraq, EU
Deutsche Welle – Germany
Spainish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and German Chancellor
Gerhard Schröder said on Wednesday they supported a new UN resolution
for Iraq.…,3367,1433_A_1184536_1_A,00.html

WISCONSIN soldiers reassigned after sisters death in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
Torn between family and a call to duty, two Wisconsin soldiers whose sister
was killed in Iraq have decided not to return to their combat units there.

IRAQ modifies new flag after protests
swissinfo – Switzerland
… a white background. represented Iraq's main rivers, the Tigris and
Euphrates, and the yellow represented its Kurdish population.

ROLL call of US dead in Iraq – Australia
A LEADING US television program will on Friday read out the names of all
the more than 520 US soldiers killed in action in Iraq.…,4057,9419630%255E1702,00.html

POWELL defends force used in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
US Secretary of State Colin Powell today defended the scale of force being
used against rebel fighters in Iraq and slammed them for using mosques
to launch…,5744,9419634%255E1702,00.html

BLAIR defends US tactics on Iraq
Times of India – India
… city. ŒŒThe people that have been killing civilians in Iraq are
not actually the American soldiers,‚‚ Blair added. ŒŒThey…

WASHINGTON Unleashes Bloodbath in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
With thousands of troops massed outside the besieged cities of Fallujah
in central Iraq and Najaf in the south, the Bush administration has unleashed

MARINES Fight Iraq Rebels at Fallujah Train Station (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
… The US is also fighting against supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr in southern Iraq, where Kimmitt said today there were indications
that another…

BREMER Considering Coup in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
The rumors of the possible return to power of former members of Iraq‚s
disbanded Baath Party and US administrator Paul Bremer‚s private meetings
with a…

IRAQ contracts give major boost to Halliburton revenues
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : Controversial US oil and services group Halliburton said that
its contracts in Iraq had helped boost the turnover by about 80 percent
in the first…

EX-IM Bank Announces Its First Transaction in Postwar Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is pleased to announce that
the first transaction has been approved under its short-term insurance
program for Iraq.…

FINAL Spanish Soldiers Return From Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition) – Atlanta,GA,USA
MADRID, Spain (AP)—The last group of Spanish soldiers who took part in
the US-led occupation of Iraq returned home Wednesday from Kuwait, the
Defense Ministry…

San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… children.". * Gunmen ambushed a Ukrainian convoy outside the southern
Iraq city of Kut, firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.…

ALLIES clash over Iraq interim powers – Australia
… America's United Nations Ambassador John Negroponte, who will become
US Ambassador to Iraq on July 1, said yesterday that the interim government
would have…,4057,9419185%255E401,00.html

ITALIAN PM insists on keeping troops in Iraq
Xinhua – China
ROME, April 28 (Xinhuanet) — Italy is determined to keep troops in Iraq
despite the worsening situation there and the kidnapping of three of its

IRAQ'S Deepening Quagmire
Axis of Logic – USA
By Najmuddin A. Shaikh. Last week the chaos in Iraq deepened on almost
every front. While the decision to close down the publication…

Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… children.''. Gunmen ambushed a Ukrainian convoy outside the southern
Iraq city of Kut, firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.…

3 coalition soldiers die in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, April 28 (Xinhuanet) — Three coalition soldiers died in Iraq
on Wednesday. One was killed in combat action and the other…

RUMORS thrive in Iraq, a nation shaped by myth
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Hussein Ramadan sells synthetic flowers in Baghdad. He
doesn't trust the United States. "These car bombs are mostly…

PROBE on wheat sales to Iraq
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The Australian Wheat Board's long and lucrative relationship with Saddam
Hussein's regime in Iraq will be examined as part of a United Nations

TV to list combat dead in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… of Life magazine, the ABC News program "Nightline" will broadcast Friday
night the names and faces of every member of the armed forces killed in
action in Iraq…

MAINE soldier killed in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was killed in Iraq during a large
explosion while he was performing site security. Roukey, a…

IRAQ Boosts Halliburton Sales – New York,NY,USA
… ago period. Revenue surged to $5.52 billion from $3.02 billion a year
ago, primarily because of government work in Iraq. But when…

BLAIR has tough time on Iraq at PMQs – London,England,UK
The number of British troops needed in Iraq is being kept "under constant
review", Tony Blair has told MPs. In a bruising Commons…

HALLIBURTON unit runs into big obstacles in Iraq – MI,USA
… CITY, Kuwait — Last fall, the US military gave Halliburton Co.'s Kellogg
Brown & Root unit a priority order to provide troops in Kuwait and Iraq
with ice…

IRAQ 'could create UK financial crisis'
Guardian – UK
The Liberal Democrats claimed today that the Iraq war would cost the British
taxpayer £6bn – double the amount initially set aside for the conflict
by the…,12956,1205271,00.html

SEN. Hagel Comments on Iraq Transition
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have been expressing
increasing concern about the situation on the ground in Iraq, particularly
in view of the…

UKRAINIAN soldier killed in southeastern Iraq as US says talks to…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
A Ukrainian soldier was killed and two others wounded in an ambush in southeastern
Iraq, the Ukrainian defense ministry stated Wednesday.…

TV roll-call of US dead in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
A US TV news programme will dedicate an entire broadcast to a reading of
the names of more than 500 American service personnel killed in action
in Iraq.…

UN diplomat to Iraq says transition is 'doable'
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
UNITED NATIONS — The top UN envoy to Iraq called Tuesday for Iraq's caretaker
government to be selected by the end of May and said it should reach "crystal

PARALLELS Between Iraq War and Vietnam War Are Piling Up
The Progress Report – USA
… the „Vietnam syndrome.‰ Is it any wonder then that George W. Bush,
surrounded by the same advisors, refuses to recognize that Iraq increasingly

US adds heavy armor in Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
WASHINGTON — Responding to requests by field commanders, military leaders
are increasing the delivery of armored vehicles to Iraq because deadly

FIGHTING Subsides In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… At the United Nations, UN envoy to Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi said yesterday
that it is essential that the standoff in Al-Fallujah be resolved peacefully.

SOLDIERS opt not to return to Iraq after sister's death
Cleveland Plain Dealer – Cleveland,OH,USA
– Two soldiers whose sister was killed in a Baghdad ambush have decided
against returning to Iraq, heeding pleas of their parents, the military
and Gov.…

OIL prices steady following violence in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Crude prices were steady on Wednesday after hitting a fresh post-Iraq war
high in the previous session following an upsurge of violence in the Middle
East and…

US-LED Iraq Coalition Kills 2 Insurgents in Fallujah Clashes
Bloomberg – USA
… The US-led coalition is fighting insurgencies in Fallujah and against
supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in southern Iraq.…

KEY players give glimpse of Iraq's future
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Yesterday morning, John Negroponte, nominated as the US ambassador
to Iraq, gave his vision of that nation's future to US senators in a confirmation
hearing in…

SENATE panel likely to OK Negroponte as Iraq envoy
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – President Bush's nominee for ambassador to Iraq on Tuesday
defended the limits that would be placed on Iraqi self-rule, particularly
those on…

STUDENTS protest against new Iraq flag
ABC Online – Australia
… solidarity with Sunni Muslim fighters battling US marines in Fallujah
and with followers of wanted radical Shiite cleric Sheik Moqtada al-Sadr
in central Iraq.…

GUARDSMAN killed in ambush in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
A soldier from Maine was killed in Iraq, WCSH-TV reported yesterday. The
soldier was from Westbrook and his wife was notified of his death, the
station said.…

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
(AGI) – Florence, Italy, April 27 – The demonstration for peace, organised
by the relatives of the three Italian hostages in Iraq, will take place
on Thursday…

The Battle for Fallujah Intesifies; U.S. Poised to Attack Najaf *
The daily carnage in Iraq continued across Iraq yesterday. Eight Iraqis and one U.S. soldier were killed in clashes in Fallujah, two U.S. soldiers and one Iraqi were killed in Baghdad and 43 Iraqis were killed in Najaf. We go to Najaf to get a report from a peace activist acting as a human shield and we speak with author Rahul Mahajan about Fallujah.

* Congress Probes INC's Lobbying Efforts *
The Iraqi National Congress of Ahmed Chalabi may have violated restrictions against using taxpayer money to lobby when it campaigned for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The Congress' General Accounting Office will investigate the allegation, which if proven true, means that U.S. taxpayers paid to have themselves persuaded that it was necessary to invade Iraq.


* Poll: U.S. Public Uninformed of Iraq Issues *
A new poll has found that 45% of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction before the invasion of Iraq and 57% believe Hussein gave substantial support to Al Qaeda despite no known documentary or physical evidence to date that these statements are true.

PICK for ambassador pushes UN lead in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ The United States will follow the lead of a special United
Nations envoy in selecting an interim government in Iraq, the nominee
to be Iraq's…

DEAD woman's sisters won't return to Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
The two surviving sisters of a Wisconsin Army family decide not to return
to combat in the aftermath of the loss of their sister in an attack in

AFTER COMBAT DEATH: Two sister soldiers staying out of Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
Rachel Witmer, a 24-year-old military police officer, and Charity Witmer,
a medic and Michelle's twin, have requested noncombat jobs outside Iraq,
as is…

KOREAN Firms Open to Iraq Project
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
… high-ranking government official on Wednesay recommended Korean firms
seek opportunities in not only construction but non-construction projects
in Iraq as well…

CENTERS of Iraq Resistance
NPR (audio) – USA
… and Sunnis Put Aside Their Differences." In the article, Anderson reports
on why the cities of Fallujah and Najaf have been strongholds of resistance
in Iraq.…

KERRY to detail his Iraq plan, foreign policy
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
John Kerry plans to step up criticism of President Bush's Iraq policy,
even as their remedies echo each other. By JAMES KUHNHENN. WASHINGTON
– With Sen.…

IRAQ battles leave dozens dead
News24 – South Africa
The United States stepped up efforts to restore order in Iraq as special
United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned that the ongoing bloodshed
threatens the…,6119,2-10-1460_1518577,00.html

SENATE Prepares to Confirm US Ambassador to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ Senators moved swiftly Tuesday toward confirmation of the
first US ambassador to a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, grilling nominee John
D. Negroponte…

TEHRAN denies meddling in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
By Roxana Saberi, Channel NewsAsia. TEHRAN : Some US officials, including
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, have accused Iran of meddling in

RIVERSIDE Trucker Is Among Fatalities in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… four Halliburton Co. contract workers killed in Iraq when a fuel-truck
convoy was attacked west of Baghdad this month. Tony Johnson…,1,7417427.story?coll=la-news-state

SISTERS won‚t return to Iraq
Green Bay Press Gazette – Green Bay,WI,USA
MADISON ˜ Two soldiers whose sister was killed in a Baghdad ambush have
decided against returning to combat in Iraq, heeding the pleas of their

NIGHTLINE' to Focus on US Dead in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… the entire half hour of Friday's "Nightline" to reading names and showing
photographs of the more than 500 US troops killed in action in Iraq, ABC

LOVINGTON Marine, 21, Dies in Iraq
Albuquerque Journal (subscription) – Albuquerque,NM,USA
… New Mexico's third serviceman killed in Iraq, Lance Cpl. … He returned
safely six months afterward but went back to Iraq Feb. 29, Miller said.

RED Cross visits Hussein in Iraq
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) – Philadelphia,PA,USA
BAGHDAD – International Red Cross officials visited Saddam Hussein at a
secret prison in Iraq yesterday, the eve of his 67th birthday, officials

INTENSE fighting threatens Iraq peace plan
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Fierce fighting between US Marines and Iraqi insurgents
erupted in Fallujah late Tuesday night, with an AC-130 gunship, tanks
and machine guns…

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A government that can't pass laws, a…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Lee Keath, Associated Press, 4/28/2004 02:04. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A government
that can't pass laws, a nation that doesn't control its own armed forces.

MAJOR countries decide to pull out of war in Iraq
The GSU Signal – Atlanta,GA,USA
… and kidnappings, the US-led occupation has taken another major blow
as coalition members continue to announce their intentions to withdraw
troops from Iraq.…

'NIGHTLINE' to give names, faces to those killed in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
The names of the more than 500 American service men and women who have
fallen in Iraq will be read off by Ted Koppel on Friday's Nightline, ABC
News said…
IRAQ envoy nominee reassures senators
The Wichita Eagle – Wichita,KS,USA
WASHINGTON – President Bush's nominee for ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte,
told a Senate committee Tuesday that the United States will follow the
lead of a…

SISTERS of slain US GI opt out of further Iraq combat duty
Channel News Asia – Singapore
CHICAGO : The sisters of a GI slain in Baghdad said they have reluctantly
decided not to rejoin their units in Iraq and have requested non-combat

ENVOY Details His Plan for Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… UNITED NATIONS ˜ UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Tuesday that despite
the ongoing violence in Iraq, a caretaker government could be named by
the end of May to…,1,577467.story?coll=la-home-headlines

SPAIN to complete troop withdrawal from Iraq by May 27
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
MADRID: Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told parliament
on Tuesday that Spain‚s entire military contingent in Iraq would have
left the…

GAO Cites Cost Risks in Undefined Iraq Contracts
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… US Army has yet to reach a final agreement on price or the exact work
to be done under nearly $1.8 billion worth of contracts for Iraq reconstruction

MORE Armor Urged for US Forces in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
As insurgents continue to use improvised bombs to attack US military vehicles
in Iraq, officials are growing increasingly concerned that the lack of

IRAQ'S new govt to have sovereignty limits: Powell; France for…
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Monday the still-undefined
government due to take power in Iraq on July 1 would have to give up some

HUGE US attack to crush Iraq rebels
Guardian – UK
… into Kufa, the town next to the Shia holy city of Najaf, after an intense
battle on Monday night that signalled renewed US resolve to take on its
foes in Iraq.…,2763,1204966,00.html

Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
The Prime Minister has continued his attack against the federal Opposition
after it labelled Australia's commitment in Iraq as symbolic.…

UN Envoy Seeks New Iraq Council by Close of May
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
NITED NATIONS, April 27 ˜ The caretaker government to assume sovereignty
in Iraq on June 30 should be selected a month before then to give it time
to define…

BLAIR: Britain Has Enough Troops in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
LONDON – Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that Britain has enough
troops in Iraq and appeared to rule out sending more immediately despite
the withdrawal…

WINNING Fallujah risks losing Iraq
USA Today – USA
… Now, 36 years later, US forces appear to have come to a different but
equally important turning point, when the Iraq war could be on the verge
of taking a turn…

FURY as Spanish quit Iraq
The Sun – UK
By NIC CECIL. SPAIN‚S Socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was
branded an appeaser last night as he pulled troops from Iraq.…,,2-2004192293,00.html

IRAQ rebels shaken by US offensive – London,England,UK
American forces went on the offensive in Iraq yesterday, killing dozens
of Shia militiamen near the holy city of Najaf and bombarding Sunni insurgents
in the…

SISTERS of Dead Soldier Decide to Finish Service Outside Iraq
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… military commanders, two sisters of a soldier killed in Baghdad this
month have chosen not to return to their Army National Guard units in
Iraq, a spokesman…

'NIGHTLINE' to Read Off Iraq War Dead
New York Times – USA
… the ABC News program "Nightline" will broadcast Friday night the names
and faces of every soldier killed by hostile fire since the start of the
war in Iraq.…

GAO: No-bid contracts in Iraq appear legal
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — US officials met legal guidelines in awarding billions of
dollars in new contracts for Iraq reconstruction to a Halliburton subsidiary
and other…

ITALIANS face kidnap ultimatum over three held in Iraq
Independent – London,England,UK
… the murder of an Italian hostage, three other security guards who were
captured with him are still being held at an unknown location in Iraq
and threatened…

BULGARIA calls for strong UN role in Iraq
Xinhua – China
SOFIA, April 27 (Xinhuanet) — Bulgarian President Georgy Parvanovappealed
Tuesday for a strong UN role in Iraq. "A rapid and efficient…

US trains Iraq forces to re-enter Fallujah – MI,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) ˜ Blue-shirted Iraqi policemen crept through an alley
early Tuesday, training gun barrels on empty doorways and rooftops as
part of US…

SOLDIER-SISTERS opt out of Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
The soldier-sisters of an American servicewoman killed in Iraq have chosen
not to return to action. Rachel and Charity Witmer said…

POWELL sees Iraq sovereignty limits
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Monday the still-undefined
government due to take power in Iraq on July 1 would have to give up some

IRAQ Ambassador Nominee Meets Senate Committee – USA
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2004 ˆ The nominee for US ambassador to Iraq today
singled out the challenge facing the United States in Iraq: Establish
the conditions…

UN envoy upbeat on Iraq timetable
BBC News – London,England,UK
… US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said Iraq would have to "give
back" some power to the US in the early days. Mr Brahimi reported…

SPAIN to keep foreign missions except in Iraq
Xinhua – China
MADRID, April 27 (Xinhuanet) — Spain will fulfill its international commitment
to keeping military foreign missions, except in Iraq, Spanish Prime Minister

POWELL indicates Iraq won't get 'full sovereignty'
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
WASHINGTON, APRIL 27: US secretary of State Colin Powell has said Iraq
may not get ŒŒfull sovereignty‚‚ on July 1, as the Iraqis will
themselves be…

IRAQ Key to Arab World Democracy
FOX News – USA
… Take Iraq, the second big issue after 9/11, coming after the expulsion
of the Taliban (search) from power. … Look at the enemy in Iraq.…,2933,118339,00.html

MISSING in Iraq: Official estimate puts it at just 5
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI, APRIL 27: After a string of unconfirmed reports that hundreds
of Keralites working in various reconstruction-related projects in Iraq
had been left…

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