Iraq News and Information Links September 28 2004
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CANDIDATES Must Overcome Iraq Liabilities
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… John F. Kerry face intensifying challenges to their credibility on Iraq as they approach Thursday's potentially pivotal debate on foreign policy.…

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10 hostages in Iraq freed in 24 hours
Sify – Delhi,India
… backed the US-led war to oust Saddam Hussein and who has sent some 3,000 Italian troops and police to serve in the US-led coalition in Iraq, described their…

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BLAIR in partial Iraq apology
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
BRIGHTON: Tony Blair offered his Labour party yesterday a partial apology for waging war in Iraq, striving to pull angry supporters behind him ahead of an…

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VIOLENCE, airstrikes continue in parts of Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – As Italy celebrated the news Tuesday that two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Baghdad were released, the cycle of violence pressed…

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IRAQ divide reflects presidential foes' wider vision
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News. DODGEVILLE, Wis. – A year and a half ago, President Bush gambled his presidency on a pre-emptive invasion of Iraq.…

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BLAIR Battles Own Political Party on UK Iraq Policy
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,United States
He reports that Prime Minister Tony Blair continues to take heat from members of his own party for his handling of the war in Iraq.…

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NEW Hope for Family of British Iraq Hostage
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Relatives of British hostage Ken Bigley were clinging to fresh hopes today after the release of two kidnapped woman in Iraq and rumours that two more could…

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EGYPTIAN hostage freed as violence flares up in Iraq
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
An Egyptian hostage was freed in Iraq as two British soldiers were killed in a flare-up of violence in southern Iraq yesterday and US warplanes again pounded…

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-09/28/content_2036684.htm
AMBUSH kills two British soldiers in southern Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… The incident brought the death toll of British service personnel in Iraq to 67 since the US-led war on Iraq began in March last year.

www.abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040928_514.html
BRITAIN'S Blair Looks to Poll After Iraq Apology
ABC News – United States
BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Britain's Labour Party leaders are to try to shift the focus from Iraq to domestic policy on Wednesday, after Tony Blair offered…

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/28/iraq/main646049.shtml
UNREST Spreads To Southern Iraq
CBS News – USA
… Also in Basra Tuesday, gunmen killed five members of Iraq's intelligence agency as they were returning a civilian freed from kidnappers to his family, said Maj…

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ITALIAN Aid Workers Arrive Home from Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Two Italian female aid workers held hostage in Iraq for the last three weeks have returned to Italy. Family members were at Rome's…

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DEBATE'S issue No. 1 will be Iraq for both Bush, Kerry
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BY DAVID JACKSON. DODGEVILLE, Wis. – (KRT) – A year-and-a-half ago, President Bush gambled his presidency on a pre-emptive invasion of Iraq.…

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4521340,00.html
KIDNAPPERS Release Seven Hostages in Iraq
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Kidnappers released two female Italian aid workers and five other hostages Tuesday, raising hopes for at least 18 foreigners still in…

straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,275103,00.html
DOUBTS grow over January elections for Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore,Singapore
PARIS – Iraq is due to hold elections in January, but questions are increasingly being raised about the legitimacy of such polls in the face of escalating…

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PENTAGON ‘threatening soldiers with tours of Iraq’
Daily Times – Pakistan
… that the all-volunteer US Army was trying to coerce soldiers at the end of their contracts to re-enlist, threatening them with tours of duty in Iraq if they…

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UK'S Blair Urges Labor to Unite After Split on Iraq (Update2)
Bloomberg – United States
28 (Bloomberg) — UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, apologizing for ``wrong'' intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq, urged his Labour Party to set…

www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/09/29/253.html
VIOLENCE Threatens Iraq Elections
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US warplanes struck a suspected insurgent hideout in rebel-held Fallujah on Tuesday and US tanks and aircraft bombarded areas of northeastern…

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KIDNAPPED Aid Workers Released in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who steadfastly refused to concede to militant demands that he withdraw about 3,000 Italian troops from Iraq, went on…

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ITALIAN hostages in Iraq released
Reuters – London,England,UK
… at gun-point from their central Baghdad offices on September 7, in a brazen kidnapping which caused jitters among the thousands of foreigners working in Iraq.…

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BLAIR urges Labor unity despite Iraq agony to win third term in…
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… “I do not minimize whatever differences some of you have with me over Iraq,” Blair said, “Whatever disagreements we have had, weshould unite in our…

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KIDNAPPERS Release Seven Hostages in Iraq
ABC News – United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq Sept. 28, 2004 … connection. The two women, both 29-year-olds, had been working on school and water projects in Iraq. The…

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US Prewar Intelligence Saw Possible Iraq Insurgency
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A US intelligence report before the Iraq war warned that an American invasion could lead to rogue elements fighting the new Iraqi…

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BLAIR Admits Error in Iraq Intelligence
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BRIGHTON, England — Prime Minister Tony Blair, pummeled by critics for the Iraq war, faced his accusers head-on at his Labor Party's annual conference today…

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EIGHT hostages freed in Iraq
The Globe and Mail (subscription) – Toronto,ON,Canada
Baghdad — Two kidnapped Italian aid workers were freed Tuesday after three weeks of captivity in Iraq, and six other hostages in the country were also…

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UK'S Blair Urges Labor to Unite After Split on Iraq (Update2)
Bloomberg – United States
28 (Bloomberg) — UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, apologizing for ``wrong'' intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq, urged his Labour Party to set…

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ITALIAN Hostages in Iraq are Freed, Berlusconi Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – United States
Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) — Two Italian aid workers have been freed in Iraq after being held for three weeks by captors who threatened to kill them if the Italian…

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BLAIR urges Labor unity despite Iraq agony to win third term in…
Xinhua – Beijing,China
… “I do not minimize whatever differences some of you have with me over Iraq,” Blair said, “Whatever disagreements we have had, weshould unite in our…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/109020/1/.html
ITALIAN aid workers and Egyptian freed in Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Five other Egyptians working for the same company were kidnapped in Baghdad and in western Iraq last week. Their fate remains unknown.…

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BLAIR gives partial Iraq apology
Reuters – London,England,UK
BRIGHTON (Reuters) – Tony Blair has offered his Labour party a partial apology for waging war in Iraq, striving to pull angry supporters behind him ahead of an…

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KERRY vows to call an Iraq summit
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… convene a summit meeting of all European and Arab heads of state “to figure out how together we're going to assume the burdens” of Iraq and proposing that…

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ITALIAN hostages freed in Iraq
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Two female Italian hostages kidnapped in Iraq three weeks ago have been released. Italian Prime Minister…

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JORDAN king: Iraq unsafe for poll
CNN – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Jordan's King Abdullah says only extremists will gain if Iraqi elections go ahead as planned in January.…

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BLAIR to Urge Party Unity Under Iraq Cloud
Reuters – USA
BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Tony Blair will urge his party on Tuesday to reunite for an election fight, seeking to heal rifts over Iraq even as two more…

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BLAIR to shift focus from Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
BRITAIN'S Prime Minister Tony Blair hoped to switch attention from the unrelenting bloodshed in Iraq to his campaign for a third term in office with his…

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JORDAN'S King Raises Doubts About Iraq Poll
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US warplanes bombarded rebel-held areas of Iraq on Tuesday, targeting fighters loyal to Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, while…

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JORDAN'S King: Iraq Elections Impossible
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
PARIS (AP)—Jordan's King Abdullah II said in an interview published Tuesday that if elections are held in Iraq amid the current violence, extremists will be…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/108962/1/.html
BRITISH soldiers killed in Iraq, Egyptian hostage freed
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : An Egyptian hostage was freed in Iraq as two British soldiers were killed in a flare-up of violence in southern Iraq and US warplanes again pounded…

www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/28/1096137235566.html
TWO British soldiers killed in Iraq ambush
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… The latest casualties bring to 68 the number of Britons killed in Iraq since the country joined the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq in March 2003, the…

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GENERAL downplays Iraq violence
CNN – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The head of US Central Command has given an upbeat assessment of the situation in Iraq, despite the deaths of 250 Iraqis and 29 US…

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US Forces Bomb Rebels in Iraq; Jordan King Has Doubts
Reuters – USA
… Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the insurgency is worsening in Iraq, threatening plans to hold elections in January next year.…

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sep28,1,2899640.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

BUSH, Kerry spar over Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… world” by taking multiple positions on issues while the Democrat charged the incumbent “refuses to come clean with the American people” on the situation in Iraq…

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BLAIR Seeks to Shift Focus Away From Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BRIGHTON, England – Prime Minister Tony Blair was hoping use his party's annual conference to switch attention from Iraq to his campaign for a third term in…

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FAIR Poll In Iraq Not Possible: Jordan King
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Paris, Sept. 28 (NNN): Jordan's King Abdullah has said it will be impossible to hold fair elections in the Gulf nation of Iraq in the current state of chaos.…

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TWO UK soldiers killed in southern Iraq as Egyptian hostages freed
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
A pair of Egyptian hostages were freed as two British soldiers were killed in a flare-up of violence in southern Iraq. The two Egyptians…

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US Says Strikes Pro-Zarqawi Hideout in Iraq
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US warplanes struck a suspected hideout for followers of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Falluja on Tuesday, destroying…

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BUSH, Kerry Home Remarks on Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… John F. Kerry sparred Monday over Iraq at campaign stops in the Midwest and in a fierce new round of television ads on the war.…

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THE Catch-22 of elections in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… never be accepted in a US election, yet it is what Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and White House officials are saying should be acceptable in Iraq's Jan.…

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BALANCE of Opinion: Fighting Over Iraq
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
The situation in Iraq continues to gain ground on opinion pages, and, more and more, columnists are grappling with the most disturbing questions: Is the…

www.nytimes.com/2004/09/28/politics/campaign/28campaign.html
TRADING Charges Over Iraq While Preparing for Debate
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… 27 – Trying out themes for their debate on Thursday, the presidential candidates swung at each other over Iraq on Monday, with President Bush mocking Senator…

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BUSH defends Iraq decisions
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON — President Bush in a television interview Monday defended his decision to go to war in Iraq and said he does not regret flying to an aircraft…

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POWELL says Iraq situation worsening; violence ahead
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
US Secretary of State Colin Powell sees the situation in Iraq “getting worse” as planned elections approach, and the top US military commander for Iraq says he…

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IRANIAN Diplomat Freed in Iraq, Hopes Raised for Other
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Iranian diplomat taken hostage in Iraq last month has been released by his captors but the fate of at least 11 other foreigners…

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BUSH, Kerry battles over Iraq days before 1st debate
Xinhua – Beijing,China
27 (Xinhuanet) — US President George W. Bush and his Democratic rival John Kerry traded barbs over Iraq on Monday, with Bush ridiculing Kerry for shifting…

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UNIONS firm on deadline for Iraq troop withdrawal
Independent – London,England,UK
Tony Blair was facing a damaging defeat last night over demands for the early withdrawal of British troops from Iraq after failing to buy off the votes of the…

www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/09/28/1096137202557.html
IRAQ increases US nuke threat: Kennedy
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
An arrogant rush to war in Iraq has made the United States more vulnerable to nuclear attack, US Senator Edward M Kennedy says.…

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ATTACKS persist on Iraq security forces
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two car bombs killed seven Iraqi national guardsmen and a rocket barrage hit a police academy Monday as insurgents kept up their offensive to…

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IRANIAN diplomat freed as 19 killed in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
… after a 55-day hostage ordeal at the hands of the same militant group which is holding two French newsmen, as 19 people were killed in fresh Iraq violence.…

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ONE Egyptian hostage released in Iraq
Xinhua – Beijing,China
28 (Xinhuanet) — One of the six Egyptian hostages held in Iraq was released overnight on Tuesday, a source close to the Egyptian charge d'affaires in Baghdad…

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US ambassador to Iraq says elections will happen on schedule…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The top US official in Baghdad said Monday that nationwide elections would be held in Iraq early next year as scheduled regardless of how…

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SHOWDOWN over Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Now, almost overnight, Kerry has made Iraq his dominant campaign cause. Day by day last week, his attacks on Bush's handling of Iraq grew more caustic.…

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BUSH and Kerry Trade Attacks on Credibility, Iraq
Reuters – USA
… Democratic challenger John Kerry paused their debate preparations on Monday to question each other's credibility and renew a running battle on Iraq, with Bush…

www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/09/28/251.html
POWELL: Iraq Fighting Getting Worse
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A car bomb killed three Iraqi National Guardsmen and wounded five others in the northern city of Mosul on Monday, underscoring a warning by US…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/108849/1/.html
IRANIAN diplomat freed as 12 killed in Iraq attacks
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : An Iranian diplomat was freed in Iraq after a 55-day hostage ordeal at the hands of the same Islamic militants holding two French newsmen, as 12…

www.csmonitor.com/2004/0928/p08s02-comv.html
THE Race to Iraq's Election
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
Given the level of violence in Iraq, it's hard to dismiss UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's recent observation that it will be impossible to hold credible…

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TRANSCRIPT: Iraq's Interim Prime Minister
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… to hit us first with the suicidal bombers aimed specially at the police and the important centers because they feel that they need to stop Iraq building its…

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US Soldier Faces Court-Martial for Iraq Prisoner Abuse
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A US soldier seen in some of the most widely-aired photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse will face a general court martial early next year.…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/108847/1/.html
FRANCE says Iraq conference should study US withdrawal
Channel News Asia – Singapore
PARIS : Europe reacted with cautious support to a US proposal for an international conference on Iraq, though France said it would need to address the issue of…

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UPDATE 1-Iraq clears debt to IMF, opens way for aid
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Iraq cleared around $81 million in debt it owed the International Monetary Fund late last week, fund sources said on Monday…

  
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