Iraq News and Information Links May 29 2004
IRAQ'S interim PM gets to work amid confusion over how he was…
Independent – London,England,UK
Iyad Allawi, Iraq's newly nominated interim prime minister, set about forming
a government team yesterday amid international astonishment and local

HOLDING Iraq Together, by Tending to Its Parts
New York Times – USA
… statue fell, the Bush administration proclaimed its intention to stitch
together not only a democratic society but a united one from Iraq's fractured

Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
… with the growing neo-conservative debate inside President George W
Bush‚s administration on whether to move militarily against Saddam Hussein‚s

IRAQ: Prominent Kurdish politician and family gunned down
Straits Times – Singapore
GUNMEN killed a prominent Kurdish politician and members of his family
in a drive-by shooting in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk yesterday,
police said.…,4386,253590,00.html

MOST UK deaths in Iraq were caused by blunders
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
TWO thirds of all British troop deaths in Iraq have been the result of
accidents, car crashes, wrongly discharged firearms, friendly fire and
ill health.…

MARINES killed in action in Iraq – Australia
… The US military reported two other service member deaths today – one
soldier from the Stryker Brigade who died from non-hostile causes in northern
Iraq and a…,4057,9697223%255E1702,00.html

BUSH promises 'full sovereignty' for Iraq
The Daily Star – Bangladesh
US President George W. Bush strove Friday to soothe Danish and Russian
concerns about Iraq, vowing to give “complete and full sovereignty” to
an interim…

KEY Iraq cabinet posts agreed: Chalabi
ABC Online – Australia
Ahmed Chalabi says Iraq's Governing Council has agreed with the US-led
administration and the United Nations on key posts in a new cabinet but
others caution…

KERRY Says Focus on Iraq Endangers US
New York Times – USA
… 29 Issuing a new broadside against President Bush's national security
policy, Senator John Kerry said that Mr. Bush's “almost myopic” focus
on Iraq had made…

COMING to Grips With Unease on Iraq
Newhouse News Service (NNS) – USA
This week, President Bush embarked on a campaign to restate — in many
respects, to resell — his Iraq policy to the American people and the

MILITARY families commemorate Memorial Day amid doubts about Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
LOS ANGELES – On Memorial Day, Engracia Cirin will honor the brother she
lost in the Iraq war by living the American life he only dreamed of.…

BUSH says US must persevere in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush has urged Americans
to persevere in Iraq and paid homage to veterans as he prepared to lead
a dedication of…

US death toll in Iraq rises – Australia
… More than 800 US soldiers have died since the start of the US-led invasion
of Iraq in March last year, according to a tally based on Pentagon figures.,4057,9697213%255E1702,00.html

3RD body found in Iraq; likely journalist's
Daily Yomiuri – Tokyo,Japan
… Ogawa, was found about 10 kilometers west of the site where a vehicle
carrying two Japanese and two Iraqis was attacked in Mahmoudiyah, Iraq,
the Foreign…

CHALABI Says Key Iraq Cabinet Posts Agreed
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's Governing Council agreed with the US-led administration
and the United Nations on key posts in a new cabinet on Saturday, senior

SDF likely to join intl force in Iraq
Daily Yomiuri – Tokyo,Japan
… government is considering contributing Self-Defense Forces personnel
to activities that will be conducted by a multinational peacekeeping force
in Iraq under a…

SELF-RULE Is Test of Nerves on Local Iraq Councils
New York Times – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 29 At a recent local government meeting in the Rashid
neighborhood of south Baghdad, the first item on the agenda was a moment
of silence…

WASHINGTON approves of Allawi as Iraq's prime minister; al-…
Arabic News – Middle East
… has announced that the US confirmed that member in the Iraqi governing
council Eyad Allawi will be the prime minister of the next Interim government
in Iraq.…

WASHINGTON TODAY: Iraq will dominate Bush's longest month of…
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… Ronald Reagan called “this place where the West held together,” he
will be hard pressed to reconcile the allied unity in World War II with
today's chaos in Iraq…

CHALABI Says Key Iraq Cabinet Posts Agreed
Reuters – USA
“The Governing Council, Bremer and Lakhdar Brahimi agreed on the list,”
Chalabi told Reuters, referring to US Iraq administrator Paul Bremer and
UN envoy…

POWELL says any request for help in Iraq after June 30 will come…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) Any request for international support in Iraq after the
June 30 transfer of political power will come from the Iraqi interim government,

FACTS about Pennsylvania soldiers killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
Most of the 44 Pennsylvania soldiers who died supporting US-led operations
in Iraq in the past 15 months were in their 20s, with the average age
of those…

ATTACKS threaten Iraq agreement
Tucson Citizen – Tucson,AZ,USA
NAJAF, Iraq – Attackers wounded two US soldiers yesterday, and mortar shells
rained down on the main American base in Najaf. The…

NEW Iraq PM Works on Government Team After Confusion
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister-designate Iyad Allawi began the
process of forming a government team on Saturday, meeting US and Iraqi

IRAQ may have power to veto battle plans — or order pullout
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… Gen. Robert Scales, author of a book that analyzes last year's invasion
of Iraq, said this week. “We're in uncharted territory.''.…

BUSH Draws Parallel Between WW II, Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
President Bush says the United States will help establish freedom in Iraq,
drawing a link to the US battle against fascism during the Second World

VISITING state, Kerry lays out Iraq plan
The Capital Times – Madison,WI,USA
… for increasing the Army by 40,000 more active-duty troops, which he
said would relieve guard and reserve units that have been called up for
the war in Iraq.…

FEAR for Iraq detainee – Australia
THE Adelaide family of an Australian man said to be held by coalition forces
in Iraq fear for his safety. They dispute suggestions…,4057,9693228%255E2682,00.html

AUSTRALIA'S $600m gift to Iraq – Australia
AUSTRALIA will forgive Iraq a $600 million wheat debt in an extraordinary
act of generosity to be announced by the Federal Government this week.,4057,9695494%255E421,00.html

THE man who will rule Iraq
South Australia Advertiser – Adelaide,South Australia,Australia
… FORMER Iraqi exile who survived a 1978 assassination attempt by Saddam
Hussein's axe-wielding agents was named as the Prime Minister of war-torn
Iraq yesterday…,5936,9691629%255E912,00.html

NEW Iraq PM gets down to work
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister-designate Iyad Allawi has begun
the process of forming a government team, meeting US and Iraqi officials,
aides say.…

BUSH Says US Must Persevere in Iraq, Evokes WWII
Wired News – USA
… on Saturday evoked the sacrifices of the Allied campaign against Adolf
Hitler in a speech pledging to stay the course in the far more contentious
war in Iraq.…

GUNMEN kill Kurdish politician and family north of Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, May 29 (Xinhuanet) — Gunmen killed a prominent Kurdish politician
and members of his family in a drive-by shooting in the northern Iraqi
city of…

COALITION seeks UN support of Iraq PM
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
29 (UPI) — The Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq said Saturday it
would only recognize the choice of the new Iraqi prime minister after
UN approval.…

GUARDS Report Abuse At Other Prisons In Iraq
KSBW – Salinas,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — There's evidence that inmates were abused in several US prisons
in Iraq, not just at Abu Ghraib. That was the prison…

EDITORIAL: Return Iraq to Iraqis
The Capital Times – Madison,WI,USA
The truly troubling thing about George W. Bush's current campaign to put
a happy face on the US occupation in Iraq is the sense that the president

FEUD among Iraq's Shiites comes out into open
Middle East Online – UK
By Sam Dagher – NAJAF, Iraq. A feud between radical cleric Moqtada Sadr
and Iraq's Shiite religious and political establishment shot…

NEW Iraq PM Works on Government Team After Confusion
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's prime minister-designate Iyad Allawi began the
process of forming a government team on Saturday, meeting US and Iraqi

ATTACK on Japanese Casts Pall Over Iraq Troop Dispatch
Reuters – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – The killing of two Japanese journalists in Iraq has re-focused
attention on worsening security and could bode ill for Japanese troops

PRISON abuse reported across Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
An American news agency says it has seen official papers suggesting that
prisoner abuse in Iraq took place at four sites other than Abu Ghraib.

ANCIENT Iraq Trade Route Is Headache for Marines
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – The ancient road that once brought lutes from
Andalusia, sandals from Morocco and turbans from Damascus to the sultans
of Baghdad is…

INDIA News > Indian city planners for Iraq rebuild meet
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
A group of Indian city planners, architects and environment experts has
been invited to join a meeting in Bahrain on the reconstruction of war-ravaged

KERRY says Bush overlooks Iraq's toll on families, vets
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… an occasionally tearful gathering of soldiers, veterans and their families
here Friday that as president, he would bring the troops home from Iraq
“as fast as…

SOME Iraqi shiites condemn attack on Russian experts in Iraq
Pravda – Moscow,Russia
The supporters of one of the leading spiritual figures for Iraqi Shia decisively
condemned the recent attack on Russian specialists in Iraq, as a result

186TH Air Refueling Wing headed to Iraq
Meridian Star – Meridian,MS,USA
… An advance team of 30 members left for Iraq on Tuesday. The 186th ARW
will support Operation Iraqi Freedom‚s flying missions.…

KERRY assails Bush over Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… promised an occasionally tearful gathering of soldiers, veterans and
their families Friday that as president he would bring the troops home
from Iraq ``as fast…

ABUSE, torture and the war in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
It is interesting what you choose to feature on the front page of the Mercury
News and what is relegated to the inside pages. In…

WORLD leaders blast Iraq prison scandal
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Leaders from 58 countries denounced the prisoner-abuse
scandal in Iraq but spared the United States direct criticism for the
Iraq war and…

IRAQ'S surprise decision
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council nominated one
of its members as prime minister Friday, casting doubt on the role of
the United Nations…,0,7215994.story?coll=ny-worldnews-headlines

STATE remembers Iraq war dead
Cincinnati Enquirer – Cincinnati,OH,USA
… Lester O. Kinney, killed by a roadside bomb west of Baghdad in January
just two weeks after arriving in Iraq. Fourteen months into…

US, militia fighting erupts in Iraq city of Kufa
ABC Online – Australia
… On Friday, four Iraqis were killed and 13 others and two US soldiers
were wounded in fighting in Kufa on the main day of rest in Iraq.…

US Endorses Selection of Iraq PM
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The United States has warmly endorsed a decision by the
Iraqi Governing Council to select a longtime exile with strong ties to
the CIA to be…

FORMER exile chosen as Iraq's interim PM
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… secular Shiite member of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council with
close ties to the CIA, has been chosen to be prime minister of Iraq's
interim government…

JAPANESE Journalists in Iraq: Families to Identify Bodies
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The families of two Japanese journalists believed to have been killed in
an attack in Iraq left for Kuwait today to confirm whether two charred
bodies found at…

THE power broker: UN Iraq envoy draws fire from different sides
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ As he labors on a mission crucial to President Bush's Iraq
strategy, UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is drawing fire not only from

IRAQ sites plundered for valuable `scrap'
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
SAHAB, Jordan˜As the United States spends billions of dollars to rebuild
Iraq's civil and military infrastructure, there is increasing evidence
that parts of…

US distances itself from Iraq PM
The Australian – Australia
… council, the officials, including Secretary of State Colin Powell,
said they believed it was up to Brahimi to select a government that would
run Iraq after the…,5744,9691438%255E1702,00.html

GUANTANAMO Interrogators Were Sent to Iraq-NY Times
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Interrogation experts from the Guantanamo Bay naval
base were sent to Iraq last fall and played a major role in training US

POLISH Military Denies Any Abuse by Its Troops in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WARSAW ˜ The Polish military Friday denied allegations that its troops
were involved in prisoner abuse in Iraq. Witness statements…,1,7456524.story?coll=la-headlines-world

IRAQ attackers probably knew victims were Japanese
Mainichi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
BAGHDAD — Gunmen who opened fire on a car carrying two Japanese journalists
checked inside the vehicle before launching their attack, it has been

RALLY demands withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal on Friday observed a protest day
across the country against the desecration of holy places in Iraq by the

MCCARTNEY raps Iraq conflict
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
Former Beatle Paul McCartney has criticized the UK government for being
too hasty in going to war in Iraq, BBC Online reports. “Maybe…

INTERIM Iraq leader is chosen
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… consensus candidate, as a longstanding Hussein opponent and a secular
member of the Shi'ite majority who lobbied for support from Iraq's complicated
ethnic and…

ANOTHER batch of Russians returns home from Iraq
Hi Pakistan – Lahore,Pakistan
… Interenergoservis is the last major Russian firm working in Iraq. In
Moscow, Russia‚s foreign ministry said it was unhappy with…

SIX Aussie soldiers injured in Iraq – Australia
Six Australian soldiers were injured in Iraq when their armoured vehicle
crashed during a routine convoy task near Baghdad. The…

US Open to Earlier Date for Iraq Troop Review
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington is open to the idea of the United Nations
reviewing the mandate for US-led troops in Iraq in less than a year as
part of…

HEARING set for soldier in Iraq prison furor
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… Lynndie England, one of the American soldiers shown in photographs
of alleged abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, will face a preliminary
military court…

AN Iraq Pledge to Watch Closely
Washington Post – USA
… is how long — and at what additional cost in US sons, daughters and
treasure — will it take before the Bush administration's ill-fated Iraq
venture is…

ALLAWI Nominated As Transitional Iraq PM
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi Governing Council chose a longtime anti-Saddam
Hussein exile to become prime minister of Iraq's interim government, making

IRAQ council backs former exile with CIA links as interim leader
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Members of Iraq's Governing Council yesterday unanimously nominated Iyad
Allawi, a prominent former exile with strong links to the US Central Intelligence

TEAMS From Cuba Base Had Iraq Prison Role
New York Times – USA
WASHINGTON, May 28 Interrogation experts from the American detention camp
at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were sent to Iraq last fall and played a major
role in…

2 journalists feared dead in Iraq
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
… Foreign Ministry officials said they were considering dispatching forensic
experts to Iraq for DNA tests. … He has published a book on recent events
in Iraq.…

REPORT: Iraq being plundered
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
A US newspaper reports that military equipment and oil rig parts are being
smuggled out of Iraq in a scale tantamount to looting.…

IOWAN sees the plus side of US troops in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… Frustrated, he sat at his computer and tapped out an e-mail to a dozen
relatives and friends. “We are doing a good job in Iraq,” he wrote, citing
18 examples…

SURPRISING Choice for Premier of Iraq Reflects US Influence
New York Times – USA
… American official in Baghdad, said Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations
envoy asked by the United States to choose an interim government for Iraq,
had indeed…

INTELLIGENCE Fears Iran Duped US Into Iraq War
Free Internet Press – New York,NY,USA
An urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether Iran
played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by passing on bogus

UN Respects Iraq's Choice of Leader
Wired News – USA
… Reuters) – Iyad Allawi, a former member of Saddam Hussein's Baath party
who worked with the CIA to topple him, was chosen as prime minister of
Iraq on Friday.…

FORMER Mideast Central Command head says Iraq concept `wrong'
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
LOS ANGELES – (KRT) – The man who once drew up the US battle plan to invade
Iraq now thinks the United States is in deep trouble in that country because
of bad…

ALLAWI chosen as Iraq’s new prime minister
Daily Times – Pakistan
Iraqi and UN officials said Iraq‚s Governing Council had unanimously
nominated Allawi for the position and that United Nations special envoy
Lakhdar Brahimi…

MAN tipped to lead Iraq is linked to spy agencies – London,England,UK
… The council proposed Iyad Allawi, a long-time Shia exile who fled Saddam
Hussein's Iraq to London in the 1970s. A senior United…

NEW Iraq premier
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
The Iraqi Governing Council yesterday chose a Shi'ite Muslim physician
with long-time ties to the CIA to become prime minister of Iraq's interim

CRUCIAL month for Bush on Iraq campaign trail
Daily Times – Pakistan
… George W Bush is about to embark on one of the most important months
of his term as he seeks international support for the transfer of power
in Iraq on June 30…

Œ US would pull out of Iraq if asked‚
Daily Times – Pakistan
… of State Colin Powell told a news conference on Friday that if the
new Iraqi government wanted the United States to withdraw its troops from
Iraq, it would do…

BUSH, Putin negotiate Iraq resolution
ABC Online – Australia
… President George W Bush says he is working with Russian President Vladimir
Putin on the wording of a new United Nations Security Council resolution
on Iraq.…

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