Iraq News and Information Links June 28 2004
FINALLY, Bush does something right in Iraq.
Slate – USA
By Fred Kaplan. It was a smart move to transfer sovereignty to Iraq today,
two days ahead of schedule. If the Bush administration…

NATO discusses Iraq, Afghanistan
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
ISTANBUL ˜ NATO leaders united Monday to promise to help train Iraq's
new army and to commit more troops to Afghanistan, but the deep divisions
caused by the…

BUSH, Blair Welcome Iraq Changeover, Urge NATO Aid
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair welcome
the early transfer of sovereignty in Iraq. The two leaders…

ALLIES to back tough Iraq steps
BBC News – London,England,UK
Hours after the US formally handed over power in Iraq, the US and UK pledged
to back Iraq's government kill militants responsible for much of the violence.

WEB Exclusive: Rolling the Dice in Iraq
Literally: The transfer of political authority in Iraq from the US-led
Coalition Provisional Authority to a largely US-appointed Interim Government
led by…,8599,658549,00.html

NEWS Analysis: What role can NATO play in Iraq after power…
Xinhua – China
… NATO) agreed here Monday to help train Iraqi security forces after
the power transfer in the country, marking a major change of attitude
to Iraq by the…

US Hands Over Power in Iraq Two Days Ahead of Plan ; Negroponte…
Bloomberg – USA
June 28 (Bloomberg) — The US-led coalition in Iraq handed sovereignty
to an interim government in an unannounced Baghdad ceremony called two
days ahead of…

NATO agrees to help Iraq, Afghanistan
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
NATO leaders tried on Monday to put bitter rows over Iraq behind them with
a deal to train the new Baghdad government's security forces, but France
said it…

DIPLOMATIC Rift Over Iraq Ends‚
… The officials said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has
balked at providing more troops for Iraq, was virtually certain to approve
training for…

MIDEAST gives cautious welcome to power handover in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
CAIRO : Iraq's Arab neighbours gave a cautious welcome to the handover
of power in the war-battered country and to the official end of the US-led

REFLECTIONS on Transfer of Power in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) — Yesterday, as the world awaited the scheduled timetable
for the transfer of sovereignty from Paul Bremer to Iraq‚s “interim

TRANSFER of Power in Iraq Occurs Early
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Jack Spencer, senior national
security policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation, and Iraq scholar
and author…

BUSH, Blair hail handover as fresh start for Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… the handover of power to an interim Iraqi government and NATO's agreement
to help train Iraqi security forces provide a fresh start in Iraq's shaky

NATO agrees to help Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Istanbul – Nato leaders tried on Monday to put bitter rows over Iraq behind
them with a deal to train the new Baghdad government's security forces,
but France…

NATO Agrees to Limited Role in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
NATO's involvement in Iraq will remain limited, and no NATO troops are
scheduled to be deployed there. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne and NPR's Don

FATHER of Captive US Marine in Iraq Urges Mercy
Reuters – USA
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) – The Lebanese father of a US Marine kidnapped
in Iraq and threatened with beheading urged his son's captors Monday to
have mercy on…

BUSH, Blair confident of a free Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… They shook hands and pledged not to let terrorists crush the rise of
a free Iraq. “Look, they can't whip our militaries,” Bush said.…

TWO days ahead of schedule, Iraq becomes a sovereign nation once…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ The temporary stewards of Iraq's future reclaimed their
nation two days early, accepting limited power Monday from US occupiers
who wished…

CONGRESS Casts Worried Eye On Iraq
CBS News – USA
… As the United States transferred political control to an interim government
in Baghdad, US lawmakers are expressing unease about the future of Iraq
and the…

IRAQ: Early Handover
Washington Post – USA
With the handover
now symbolically accomplished what changes can we immediately expect to
see in Iraq?…

US, UK Hail Transfer of Power to Iraq
ABC News – USA
In the 15 months since Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, more than 800
US soldiers and more than 50 British soldiers have been killed, and a
surge of violence…

NATO Agrees to Help Iraq; Chirac Raps Bush
Reuters – USA
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – NATO leaders tried Monday to put bitter rows over
Iraq behind them with a deal to train the new Baghdad government's security
forces, but…

IRAQ Regains Sovereignty After 15-Month Occupation (Update9)
Bloomberg – USA
June 28 (Bloomberg) — The US-led coalition formally ended its occupation
of Iraq today by handing sovereignty to an interim government, unexpectedly
moving up…

US Says Whereabouts of Marine Missing in Iraq Still `Unknown'
Bloomberg – USA
June 28 (Bloomberg) — The US military command in Iraq said the whereabouts
of a Marine missing from his unit since June 19 are ``unknown,'' after

BUSH , Blair back tough security measures for Iraq
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
In ISTANBUL story headlined “Bush, Blair back tough security measures for
Iraq”, please read in seventh paragraph …Bush said … instead of…

IRAQ'S sovereignty restored, up to a point
Economist (subscription) – London,England,UK
… But the story of the American-led war in Iraq, which began with the
invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in March last year, is far from over.

NEWS analysis: US faces tough challenges in Iraq after power…
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, June 28 (Xinhuanet) — The Bush administration is facing severe
challenges in Iraq over a number of thorny issues, among them restoring
peace and…

CHIRAC says opposed to formal NATO role in Iraq
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
ISTANBUL, June 28 (Reuters) – French President Jacques Chirac said on Monday
he was opposed to a formal role for NATO inside Iraq, just hours after
the 26…

TEXT of Bush's Remarks on Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Earlier today, 15 months after the liberation of Iraq, and two days ahead
of schedule, the world witnessed the arrival of a free and sovereign Iraqi

MILITANTS threaten to behead more Iraq hostages
CTV – Canada
Insurgents threatened to behead a US Marine and a Pakistani driver kidnapped
in Iraq unless the United States releases all prisoners in “occupation

BLAIR and Bush Hail Iraq Handover
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush today hailed the
birth of a new Iraq after the early transfer of power to Baghdad.…

SECURITY fears dominate Iraq handover
swissinfo – Switzerland
The Swiss foreign minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, said her country was likely
to play a “more dynamic role‰ in Iraq following the handover of power.

EARLY Iraq handover more than week in making
ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) — Officials in the United States and Iraq talked
for more than a week about the idea of handing over sovereignty before
the scheduled…

IRAQ'S problems passed on
Guardian – UK
… So, too, it might have been in Iraq: a grand ceremony in Baghdad, attended
by George Bush, Tony Blair, and others, complete with grateful speeches
from the…,2763,1249241,00.html

IT'S yours: US hands back power to Iraq – Australia
THE US-led coalition restored self-rule to Iraq 48 hours early yesterday
to foil possible terrorist attacks. In a high-security…,4057,9984005%255E661,00.html

IRAQ Regains Sovereignty After 15-Month Occupation (Update8)
Bloomberg – USA
June 28 (Bloomberg) — The US-led coalition authority handed sovereignty
over to Iraq today, two days ahead of schedule, to thwart terrorism and
give the…

NATO Smoothes Rifts and Agrees to Help Iraq
Reuters – USA
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – NATO leaders Monday put behind them bitter disputes
over Iraq and agreed to train the security forces of the new Baghdad government,

WORLD Welcomes Hand-Over of Power in Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Governments around the world have welcomed the transfer of power in Iraq
that formally ended the US-led occupation there Monday.…

PRESS Briefing on Iraq Transition (press release) – USA
… We also said that we expected the enemy in Iraq to continue to try
to inflict harm and violence on innocent Iraqi civilians, as well as the

IRAQ'S path to full sovereignty strewn with obstacles
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Iraq will need to overcome numerous obstacles, including two
nationwide elections and a constitutional referendum, before regaining
full sovereignty…

ALLAWI Seeks NATO Security Assistance for Iraq
GOPUSA – Pearland,TX,USA
… In making his case, Allawi stated, “We live in an interconnected world.
The security of Iraq is of paramount importance to wider global security.”.

NATO Summit Opens as Coalition Transfers Power to Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
NATO leaders have opened a two-day summit in Istanbul, at which they are
expected to approve a request from Iraq for the alliance to help train
its security…

POWER is handed to Iraq 48 hours early
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE British and United States coalition handed over sovereignty in Iraq
to the country‚s provisional government today – 48 hours early – in
a shock move…

HOW Iraq handover 'slipped out'
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Speaking after a breakfast meeting with Mr Blair in Istanbul, Iraq's
foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, revealed that the handover of sovereignty
to his country…

TEXT: NATO Statement on Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
ISTANBUL, June 28 – NATO leaders at a summit meeting in Istanbul formally
agreed on Monday to offer training to the security forces of Iraq's new

NATO leaders back new Iraq regime – London,England,UK
Tony Blair and fellow Nato leaders have formally declared their “full support”
for the newly-independent Iraq and agreed to help train its troops.…

NATO Gets Iraq, Afghan Roles
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) NATO leaders agreed Monday to help train the Iraqi military as
they opened a summit where Iraq was the dominant theme ˜ and the early
US handover of…

US hands over sovereignty to Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… I will leave Iraq confident in … We welcome Iraq's steps to take
its rightful place of quality and honor among the free nations of the
world,” the letter said.…

FACTBOX: Iraq's interim Government
ABC Online – Australia
Following are brief portraits of key members of Iraq's new interim administration,
which has formally taken over power. Ghazi al…

POWER is handed to Iraq 48 hours early
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
THE UK and US coalition handed over sovereignty in Iraq to the country‚s
provisional government today – 48 hours early – in a shock move aimed
at thwarting…

IN quotes: Iraq handover
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq's occupying powers have formally transferred power to an interim Iraqi
Government two days earlier than expected. Following…

JUDGING the Provisional Authority's Role in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Paul Hughes and Larry Diamond about the past year in Iraq, one that was
run by the US Coalition Provisional Authority. … Both men worked in
the CPA in Iraq.…

TRADING One Uncertainty for Another in Iraq (subscription) – New York,NY,USA
For the first time in months, US forces seem to have the upper hand in
Iraq, moving two days ahead of schedule to transfer power to Iraqi authorities

UN Inspectors Ready to Talk with Iraq's New Govt.
Reuters – USA
MOSCOW (Reuters) – UN weapons inspectors, who fled Iraq ahead of the US-led
invasion last year, are ready to discuss their return to Baghdad with
the new Iraqi…

IRAQ violence continues as coalition restores sovereignty
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD, Iraq : Violence continued to rock Iraq and militants threatened
to behead a captured US Marine as the US-led coalition restored sovereignty
to Iraq…

KIDNAPPINGS cap day of violence as Iraq braces for US handover
Calgary Herald – Calgary,Alberta,Canada
Insurgents kidnapped and threatened to behead two more hostages in Iraq
— one a US marine, Arab television reported Sunday. The…

IRAQ handover: Your reaction
BBC News – London,England,UK
The handover of sovereignty to Iraq took place this morning – two days
earlier than expected. Confirmation came as a surprise from…

POWER handed to Iraq government
ic – Reading,England,UK
… The important thing is to understand that the will of the whole international
community now is with Iraq as it takes control of its own destiny,” he

IRAQ dominates Nato summit agenda
Independent Online – South Africa
By Paul Ames. Istanbul – North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) leaders
opened a summit on Monday dominated by the situation in Iraq as the United

IRAQ Dominates NATO Summit
ABC News – USA
ISTANBUL, Turkey June 28, 2004 ˜ NATO leaders opened a summit Monday
dominated by the situation in Iraq as the US-led administration handed
over power to an…

IRAQ formally returns to self-rule
Sify – Delhi,India
Coalition restores sovereignty to Iraq as violence continues Baghdad: The
US-led coalition restored sovereignty to Iraq on Monday, two days earlier

IRAQ crisis dominates Nato summit
ic – Reading,England,UK
Nato leaders opened a summit today dominated by Iraq as the US-led administration
handed over power to an Iraqi government 48 hours ahead of schedule in

US hands over sovereignty in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… MATT BROWN: Mark, this is the end of the occupation of Iraq in a formal
sense, a little more than a year after US President George W Bush declared
the end to…

CHRISTIAN aid fuel suspicion over Iraq
Ekklesia – UK
… in Baghdad is about to hand over power to an Iraqi government without
having properly accounted for what it has done with some billion of Iraq's
own money…

BACKGROUNDER: Key events since the establishment of Iraq's IGC
Xinhua – China
July 13, 2003 — The IGC, whose members were appointed by Paul Bremer,
the US top civil administrator in Iraq, held its inaugural meeting and
became the first…

BUSH, NATO leaders discuss Iraq security
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
ISTANBUL, Turkey ˜ Grappling with how to make Iraq more secure, President
Bush and other NATO leaders hunkered down in a security cocoon yesterday
at a…

NATO ready to assume troop training role in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
ISTANBUL, Turkey˜NATO closed ranks yesterday on a pledge to take a bigger
military role in Iraq as violence and bloodshed surged before the delicate

BEHEADING of Korean hostage in Iraq causes outrage in South Korea
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Seoul had refused to give in to the militants' demands to scrap its
troop deployment plans in Iraq in exchange for Kim's safety.…

US hands over sovereignty in Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who also took part in the ceremony
in the heavily-guarded Green Zone, said it was “a historic day”.…

IRAQ Sovereignty Handover Brought Forward to Today (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
June 28 (Bloomberg) — Iraq's interim government took power today, two
days earlier than scheduled, a step Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said
will show that…

IRAQ militants threaten to kill US Marine
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US military has confirmed a Marine is missing in
Iraq after militants released footage of the blindfolded corporal and
said they would…

New York Post – New York,NY,USA
June 28, 2004 — NATO leaders agreed yesterday to take a bigger military
role in Iraq as President Bush arrived in Turkey for a summit and declared

IRAQ Handover Brought Forward to Monday
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government will take control of the
country on Monday, two days earlier than the scheduled handover of sovereignty
from the…

REPORTER'S diary: Iraq handover
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Ever since the start of the occupation of Iraq, the headquarters of
the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in the Green Zone has been a
symbol of the…

IRAQ'S tortured hope
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… billion. It shattered the Baathist civil service and the military.
Even the UN has fled Iraq, chased out by terror and chaos. As…

MILITANTS Claim To Have Taken US Marine Hostage In Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, June 28 (NNN) : Islamic militants claim to have taken a US marine
hostage in Iraq and are threatening to behead him, al-Jazeera television
has reported…

IRAQ “Handover Day” and the Reality of US Neo-Colonialism
Revolutionary Worker Online – Chicago,IL,USA
… US government crows that this represents a big step toward “liberation”
and “democracy”— validating its unprovoked war of conquest and aggression
against Iraq…

IRAQ handover stirs hope, fear on Capitol Hill
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON — Looking to the Wednesday handover of sovereignty in Iraq,
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is optimistic the transition will work.

IRAQ'S missing oil billions
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Billions of dollars from Iraq's oil fund cannot be accounted for by the
US occupation authority – which was given responsibility for the country's
finances by…

BUSH May Win Token Support on Iraq From France, Germany at NATO
Bloomberg – USA
June 28 (Bloomberg) — US President George W. Bush said on June 9 that
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ``ought to be involved'' in Iraq.

IRAQ occupation erodes Bush doctrine
The occupation of Iraq has increasingly undermined the core tenets of President
Bush's foreign policy, according to a wide range of Republican and Democratic

CAPTORS Say Marine, Pakistani Held in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Arab television broadcast videotape Sunday of two men taken
hostage by militants, one described as a US Marine lured from his base
and the…

IN Iraq, Focus and Idealism
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Fred Hiatt. To land back in Washington after a few days in Iraq is a
jarring experience, and not just because of the 30-degree difference in

BUSH close to winning Nato deal on Iraq security forces
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… A senior Bush administration official indicated that the statement
might also include language about Nato exploring additional roles in Iraq,
although he…

NATO seeks to heal Iraq war rift
BBC News – London,England,UK
Nato's secretary general says the alliance must take action to ensure security
is maintained in Iraq after this week's handover of power.…

MILITANTS: Marine held hostage in Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ Arab television broadcast videotape Sunday of two men
taken hostage by militants, one described as a US Marine lured from his
base and the…

IRAQ'S security forces brace for larger role
USA Today – USA
By Steven Komarow, USA TODAY. JURF AL-SAKHR, Iraq ˜ In the desert west
of the Euphrates River, a small US Army convoy halts behind a sand berm.

FOR guidance on Iraq, look to Afghanistan: Use fewer US troops,…
USA Today – USA
By Michael G. Vickers. As the formal occupation of Iraq ends this week,
a clearheaded assessment of why success has been so elusive is critical.

IRAQ Occupation Erodes Bush Doctrine
Washington Post – USA
In going to war 15 months ago, the president's Iraq policy rested on four
broad principles: The United States should act preemptively to prevent
strikes on US…

BUSH to press NATO leaders over involvement in Iraq
Irish Times (subscription) – Dublin,Ireland
The US President, Mr George W. Bush, will strenuously make the case today
for NATO's help in Iraq at a summit of the military alliance's leaders
in Istanbul.…

BUSH Œ sick ‚ at prisoner abuse in Iraq (subscription) – Ireland
… President McAleese told the US leader of her deep disquiet about the
treatment of the prisoners in the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.…

FRANCE opposes US Iraq plan
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
NATO struggled to overcome old divisions over Iraq yesterday, with France
still blocking plans for the alliance to play a major role in training
Iraq‚s new…

KIDNAPPED US marine faces Iraq beheading
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IRAQ was thrown into a new hostage crisis last night after militants said
they had kidnapped a United States marine, whom they would behead unless

IRAQ invasion an “enormous mistake”
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhuanet) — The invasion of Iraq was an “enormous mistake”
that is costing untold lives, strengthening al-Qaida and breeding a new

OPPORTUNITY knocks as boom and bust greets Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… And with Iraq‚s roads plagued by robbers, kidnappers and insurgents,
transport costs have escalated and credit periods shortened dramatically.

TEN killed in Iraq, foreign hostage crisis mounts three days…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… foreign hostage crisis, just one day after Al-Qaeda-linked extremists
threatened to execute three Turkish captives, underscored Iraq's instability
just three…

AMERICAN Killed in Attack on Australia Plane in Iraq
Reuters – USA
CANBERRA (Reuters) – A US contractor was killed in an attack on an Australian
military transport aircraft in Iraq, Australia's defense force said Monday.

NATO Agrees to Help Train Iraq Government
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… June 27 — NATO countries will set aside their objections and agree
Monday to provide emergency military training for the new government of
Iraq, White House…

CAPTORS Say Marine, Pakistani Held in Iraq
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq June 27, 2004 ˜ Arab television broadcast videotape Sunday
of two men taken hostage by militants, one described as a US Marine lured
from his…

US military confirms Marine missing in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : US Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun has been missing in
Iraq since last Monday, a spokesman for the US Marine Corps confirmed
here late Sunday.…

Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
Leaders of the 26 NATO member countries have agreed in principle to help
train Iraq‚s armed forces. The deal was struck at a summit…

CHARITY hits at coalition over spending of Iraq oil revenues
Financial Times – London,England,UK
… $4bn in Iraqi oil revenues were unaccounted for, the CPA began publishing
some figures showing how much money flowed into the Development Fund for
Iraq and how…

SADDAM to Be Given to Iraq Police Soon, CBS Says
Reuters – USA
… and the US-led multinational force “and we hope two or three or fourth
of July Saddam would be in the custody of the Iraqi people and the Iraq

VIOLENCE in Iraq threatens to delay election
The Canberra Times – Canberra,Capital Territory,Australia
In Iraq, 23 people were killed and at least 58 injured – all reportedly
civilians – in a twin car-bomb blast in the Iraqi city of Hilla on Saturday,
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BUSH Seeks NATO Help in Rebuilding Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: While in Turkey, President Bush is asking NATO leaders to
assist in the reconstruction of Iraq. NPR's Michelle Kelemen reports.

NATO will help train Iraqis but not in Iraq, countries say
Independent – London,England,UK
Nato will agree a strictly limited increase in its role in Iraq today,
as it seeks to sweep aside bitter divisions over the US-led war which
last year provoked…

BUSH touts Turkey as model for Iraq, hears worries over Kurds
KurdishMedia – UK
ISTANBUL, June 27 (AFP) – 17h51 – US President George W. Bush worked Sunday
to mend fences with Turkey after strains over the war in Iraq, touting
the ally as…

IRAQ may postpone election, says Alawi
Straits Times – Singapore
BAGHDAD – Iraq's tenuous security situation could delay the national election
slated for January, says interim Prime Minister Iyad Alawi, who has also

OFFICIALS see no end to bloodletting in Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… Mark Kimmitt. Insurgents also launched a flurry of attacks in Baghdad
and in northern Iraq, where two Iraqis were killed. A rocket…

HOW US will transfer authority to Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
BETSY BAGHDAD – It has not been easy, but Mr Robert Frye has finally figured
out how to transfer sovereignty to the people of Iraq.…,4386,258649,00.html

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Friday, June 25, 848 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department.

IRAQ may maintain CPA orders
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… In addition, Resolution 1511 recognized the Iraqi Governing Council
(IGC) and its ministries as embodying “the sovereignty of the state of
Iraq during the…

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