Iraq News and Information Links June 29 2004
IRAQ rebels execute US Marine
Straits Times – Singapore
… to have been executed by his captors, and nine other people, including
six Iraqis, were killed yesterday as violence continued unabated in Iraq
despite the…,4386,259019,00.html

DAWN Breaks On A Sovereign Iraq But Death And Explosions Remain
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
BAGHDAD (AFP) — Dawn broke over a sovereign Iraq Tuesday for the first
time since the US-led invasion last year but it was business as usual
for rebel forces…

CIRCLES of self-interest hide the truth in Iraq
The Daily Star – Bangladesh
Some Iraqis say that the US came to Iraq like a “lion” and left like a
“mouse”. It demonstrates that that the most powerful military…

IRAQ: The Costs of War
Washington Post – USA
What has been the cost of the Iraq war? … “ outlines the casualties and
increased military spending by the US and other nations in the Iraq war
and occupation.…

DAY 1 in Iraq: Nine killed; Turkish hostages freed
Economic Times – New Delhi,India
BAGHDAD: Three US soldiers and six Iraqis were killed in violence on the
first day of business for Iraq‚s new government after it formally regained

EXCHANGING chickens and eggs for history in post-transfer Iraq
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… much power from the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority to the interim
Iraqi government marks the possible start of a new era of hope that Iraq
may regain…

IRAQ to Get Legal Custody of Hussein
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The US military will transfer Saddam Hussein to Iraqi
legal custody, but not physical control, on Wednesday, two days after
Iraq formally…

IRAQ'S first full day after restoration of sovereignty just…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) It was a pretty standard Baghdad day strong explosions
in the wee hours, a fatal roadside bombing and a fresh episode in the
grim drama of…

IRAQ'S new ambassador says Baathists are welcome in her country's…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 'It's very hard for me to say that,'' Rend al-Rahim Francke, who will
represent the newly sovereign Iraq in Washington, said at a news conference.

NATO pledges more peacekeepers for Afghanistan, promises to train…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
ISTANBUL : NATO leaders flew out of Istanbul after a summit where they
offered to help train Iraq's fledgling army and agreed to send more troops
to help…

KFDX-TV – Witchita Falls,TX,USA
It is the first full day of Iraq`s new government. There has been sporadic
violence but apparently no major attacks in response…

BREMER'S Exit from Iraq Ends Controversial Tenure
NPR (audio) – USA
Others have called him dictatorial. Bremer left the post of US administrator
in Iraq Monday, leaving behind a mixed record. Hear NPR's Deborah Amos.

IRAQ unrest unrelenting day after handover of power
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Several Iraqis and three US soldiers were killed on Iraq's first
full day as a sovereign nation, as the new government announced that it
was poised…

OIL Falls to 2-Month Low on Iraq Optimism
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices fell to their lowest in two months on Tuesday
as the handover of power in Iraq raised hopes for less sabotage and steadier

GET-OUT policy in Iraq
Spiked – London,UK
Yesterday Paul Bremer, the chief administrator of Iraq for the past 14
months, signed over political control of the country to the interim Iraqi
prime minister…

SUMMIT Wrapup – – Iraq , Afghanistan Are Subjects Of Alliance…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… This means NATO will undertake its first official mission in Iraq.
… The decision came against the backdrop of the surprise handover of
sovereignty in Iraq.…

IRAQIS Say They Executed US Soldier in Iraq
Al Jazeera television broadcast a video tape on Monday showing what Iraqis
said was the execution of a US soldier captured in Iraq in April.…

IRAQ to Get Legal Custody of Hussein
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Iraq's new interim government today said it will take “legal custody” of
former dictator Saddam Hussein on Wednesday and file charges against him
the next day…,1,3805953.story?coll=la-home-headlines

KURDS Want Autonomy, Respect from Rest of Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Kurdish leaders in Iraq say they are still seeking guarantees from the
new interim government that it will uphold the right of Kurdish autonomy
in northern Iraq…

FRANCE says ready to restore diplomatic ties with Iraq
Xinhua – China
PARIS, June 29 (Xinhuanet) — France is ready to quickly restore its diplomatic
ties with Iraq, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier announced on Tuesday.

TURKEY Says Three Hostages Released in Iraq
Reuters – USA
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey said Tuesday that three Turkish hostages held
under threat of execution by an al Qaeda-linked militant group in Iraq
had been freed…

ROADSIDE Bomb Kills Three US Marines In Iraq
NBC – Raleigh,NC,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A roadside bomb rocked a military convoy insoutheast Baghdad
on Tuesday, killing three US Marines andwounding two others in the first

EDITORIALS on Iraq sovereignty
Fort Wayne News Sentinel – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
For short-term political reasons, the Bush administration has raised US
expectations far too high on Iraq. As the new interim government…

HANDOVER heralds Iraq's new future
10 Downing Street (press release) – UK
The Prime Minister has called the handover of sovereignty in Iraq an 'important
staging post on the journey of the people of Iraq towards a new future'.

IRAQ plans to take control of Saddam
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
Taking a firm hold of the reins of power in Iraq, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi
said Tuesday that his government would take over legal custody of Saddam

WASHINGTON‚S New Gambit in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
The sudden and speedy transfer of power from the US non-military administrator
to Iraq‚s interim government took place in Baghdad on Monday.…

INT'L community welcomes power handover in Iraq – Pakistan
BEIJING, June 30 (Online): The international community has welcomed the
early transfer of power in Iraq and pledged more support to the interim

WORLD Bank says recognizes Iraq interim government
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The World Bank said on Tuesday said it
recognized Iraq's new interim government as legitimate, opening the way
for loans to…

SADDAM to Be Handed to Iraq Tomorrow, Allawi Says (Update4)
Bloomberg – USA
June 29 (Bloomberg) — Iraq's new government said it will get legal custody
of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein from the US tomorrow as the leadership
begins to…

FIGHTING continues despite declaration of Iraq sovereignty; 3 US…
CJAD – Canada
… Iraqi militants shot to death an American soldier they had held hostage
for three months, saying the killing was punishment for US policy in Iraq
and to avenge…

IRAQ Gains Sovereignty Ahead Of Deadline , And Serbia's New…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
A review of press commentary and analysis today finds much discussion of
yesterday's surprise handover of sovereignty to Iraq, two days before
the scheduled…

POLL: Bush, Kerry Even Despite Iraq Woes
ABC News – USA
… Democrat John Kerry on leadership skills and battling terrorism are
keeping the presidential race close despite widespread concerns about
Iraq, a bipartisan…

LIB letter opposes Iraq war
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
A SENIOR Liberal MP has broken ranks with Prime Minister John Howard over
war with Iraq. Prominent moderate and former minister…,5478,9994836%255E662,00.html

NINE killed on first day of Iraq government, Turkish hostages…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Three US soldiers and six Iraqis were killed in violence on the
first day of business for Iraq's new government after it formally regained

BUSH: NATO agreement on Iraq a 'crucial success'
Middle East Online – UK
NATO's agreement to train the new Iraq army is formally endorsed by leaders
of 26 members of alliance. ISTANBUL – NATO's agreement…

Zaman – Turkey
Leaders from member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) rendered crucial decisions on the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Middle
East issues…

IRAQ captors 'free Turk hostages'
BBC News – London,England,UK
Three Turkish men kidnapped by militants in Iraq last week have been released,
Turkish officials say. Their captors, led by Jordanian…

NEW day for sovereign Iraq, Turkish hostages released, unrest…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Iraq awoke as a sovereign nation for the first time since last
year's US-led invasion despite a heavy foreign troop presence, as at least
five people…

NATO ‚ s Course In Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
BY NURAY BASARAN. AKSAM- The interim government set to take over Iraq on
June 30 came early; it took power yesterday unexpectedly for security

SUMMIT Agrees Training Program For Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… Sidestepping a potentially damaging dispute on whether training missions
should take place inside or outside Iraq, the summit issued a vaguely

US transfers power to Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… fueling wary hopes for peace. The US and its allies retain control
over about 160,000 foreign troops in Iraq. But in a secretive…,1,4144608.story?coll=chi-news-hed

EUROPEAN Press Review: Iraq's Fragile Sovereignty
Deutsche Welle – Germany
European editorialists on Tuesday weighed in on the handover of sovereignty
to Iraq by the US-led administration in Baghdad. Britain…,3367,7549_A_1249659_1_A,00.html

BLAST kills US marines in Iraq
swissinfo – Switzerland
… companies to stop dealing with US forces in Iraq. … of US policy
in Iraq and in revenge for what it described as their martyrs in Iraq,
Saudi Arabia and Algeria.…

TURKEY says three hostages released in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey says three Turkish hostages held under threat
of execution by an al Qaeda-linked militant group in Iraq have been freed.

IRAQ: Al-Zarqawi group frees three Turkish hostages '\'for the…
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Three Turkish workers held hostage in Iraq have been freed, according to
a Turkish Foreign Ministry official. Their kidnappers had…

BLAST kills US marines in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Reuters) – A roadside bomb blast has killed an unknown number of US
marines in Baghdad in the first reported fatal attack on US forces in
Iraq since the formal…

CRUDE Oil Falls to Nine – Week Low as Iraq Handover Eases…
Bloomberg – USA
June 29 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures fell to a nine-week low in London
on indications supplies from OPEC are growing as Iraq takes control of
its oil…

DETAILS scarce in NATO's pledge to train Iraq security
Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
ISTANBUL, Turkey — NATO leaders agreed Monday to help rebuild Iraq's beleaguered
security forces just hours after the US-led occupation turned sovereignty

KIDNAPPERS in Iraq Free Three Turkish Hostages, Al-Jazeera Says
Bloomberg – USA
June 29 (Bloomberg) — Three Turkish hostages in Iraq were freed today
by a group that had threatened to kill them within 72 hours of their capture,

3 Turkish hostages freed in Iraq
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Three Turkish citizens held hostage in Iraq have been
freed, according to a Turkish Foreign Ministry official.…

US hands Iraq early sovereignty
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
BY ROBERT H. REID. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Gunfire didn't echo through Baghdad's
neighborhoods, as it does often when the time for celebration comes.…

BACKGROUNDER: Iraq's new armed forces
Xinhua – China
According to the Transitional Administrative Law, or the interim constitution
signed by the Iraqi Governing Council in March this year, Iraq's security
will be…

A new day for sovereign Iraq, but violence remains
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Iraq awoke as a sovereign nation Tuesday for the first time since
last year's US-led invasion, but a new US embassy is already open underlining

IRAQ'S new governors
The Globe and Mail – Canada
Even as US President George W. Bush continues gamely to insist that things
are looking up in Iraq, polls show that fewer and fewer Americans believe

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…

IRAQ begins 'major task' of transformation
CNN International – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq has entered its first full day under the leadership
of a newly sovereign interim government, beginning a transformation that

IRAQ becomes Bush campaign lynchpin
BBC News – London,England,UK
All will undoubtedly play some role in how November's presidential election
turns out, but arguably the man who will trump them all is Iraq's Prime

MILITANTS in Iraq kill US soldier, take two more Turks hostage – Shanghai,China
Anti-US militants in Iraq have killed an American soldier because the Bush
administration failed to change its policy in Iraq, the Al-Jazeera television

US Soldier Reported Executed After Iraq Handover
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
29 June 2004 — Militants in Iraq claim to have shot dead a US soldier
who was abducted near Baghdad in April. Al-Jazeera television…

A new day for Iraq, but violence remains
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Iraq awoke as a sovereign nation on Tuesday for the first time
since last year's invasion, but a new United States embassy is already

PALACE: No pull-out of RP troops in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
… was sticking to its decision not to bring home to the country the 51-man
Filipino contingent of soldiers, policemen and medical workers in Iraq
despite calls…

STRAW upbeat despite Iraq mistakes
BBC News – London,England,UK
Mistakes were made in the run-up to the power transfer in Iraq but the
country will look very different by the end of next year, says the foreign

MILITANTS say US soldier executed in Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… Kidnap groups have also threatened to kill a US Marine, three Turks
and a Pakistani seized in Iraq this month. The captors of the…

AMERICA , Britain Vow To Back Iraq’s New Govt .
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Washington/Baghdad, June 29 (NNN) : The United States and Britain have
pledged to back Iraq's new government and pursue militants responsible
for violence…

IRAQ, Bosnia dominate NATO summit
Pacific Stars and Stripes – Naha,Japan
… resolve. After a year of diplomatic strains over the war in Iraq, NATO
declared it was not only alive, but ready to kick. “In…

REBUILDING now belongs to newly sovereign Iraq
Lexington Herald Leader – Lexington,KY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The news caught everyone by surprise. But for once in Iraq,
it was pleasant news. Four hundred and sixty-seven days…

DAY 1 , a new Iraq emerges
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq “Within five hours of returning limited sovereignty to
an interim Iraq regime, the only Americans left in the marble-floored
government nerve…

BUT the job in Iraq is far from done
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… And it was timed to dominate the news just as Western leaders are meeting
at a NATO summit in Istanbul to pledge some form of help for Iraq.…,0,617393.story?coll=ny-editorials-headlines

AMERICA'S role unclear in newly sovereign Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
By Steven R. Weisman. Iraq was officially made sovereign on Monday, but
how sovereign is still in dispute. Iraq will have all the…

IRAQ is free – ‘let freedom reign’
Arab Times – Middle East
… out of the country. John Negroponte, who will be US ambassador to Iraq,
arrived in Baghdad a few hours later. The low-key handover…

CRUDE Oil Falls to Two-Month Low After Iraq Political Handover
Bloomberg – USA
June 29 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures in New York fell to a two-month
low after the US-led coalition authority handed sovereignty to Iraq two
days ahead of…

KERRY repeats pitch on Iraq security
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… John Kerry said Monday that success in the transfer of power in Iraq
depended on adequate security, and again called on President Bush to persuade

US occupation officially ends in Iraq
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch – St. Louis,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's new leaders reclaimed their nation two days early,
accepting limited power Monday from US occupiers, who wished them prosperity

NATO to help train Iraq military
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
ISTANBUL, TURKEY — NATO countries set aside their objections and agreed
Monday to provide emergency military training for the interim government
of Iraq.…

US Hands Over Reins of Power to Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — An interim Iraqi government took power Monday following
a furtive ceremony meant to pre-empt insurgent attacks against the handover.,1,6857481.story?coll=la-home-headlines

IRAQ Videotape Seems to Show Killing of a GI
New York Times – USA
… channel broadcast a videotape on Monday that it said showed the execution
of a captured American soldier, but United States military spokesmen in
Iraq and at…

NEWS analysis: Iraq's future uncertain after handover
People's Daily – China
… The handover, although a significant step towards Iraq's political
reconstruction, is unlikely to eradicate the roots of violence and anti-American

INT'L community welcomes power handover in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhuanet) — The international community on Monday welcomed
the early transfer of power in Iraq and pledged more support to the interim

HISTORIC day for 'sovereign' Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq's new leaders reclaimed their nation two days early,
accepting limited power today from US occupiers, who wished them prosperity
and handed…

AT NATO Summit, Bush Lauds Early Iraq Power Shift
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with NPR's Alex Chadwick about reaction
to the early transfer of sovereignty in Iraq. Gonyea…

BUSH, Blair Gains From Iraq Political Handover May Be Temporary
Bloomberg – USA
Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair may gain only a fleeting benefit
from yesterday's handover of power to a transitional government in Iraq,
unless it…

FRESH Starts: One for Iraq, One for Bush
New York Times – USA
… mission is far from accomplished. The transfer represents yet another
new start for Mr. Bush in Iraq. It is the president's last…

MILITANTS in Iraq kill US soldier
Xinhua – China
Al Jazeera television aired the video tape June 28, 2004 showing what militants
said was the execution of a US soldier captured in Iraq in April.…

WHO Lost Iraq?
New York Times – USA
The formal occupation of Iraq came to an ignominious end yesterday, with
a furtive ceremony, held two days early to foil insurgent attacks, and
a swift…

BUSH administration still under pressure after Iraq handover
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… The occupation has ended, US administrator Paul Bremer has left and
Iraq is now a sovereign country – albeit with major US influence.…

HISTORY is made two days early in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The moment which saw Iraq regain its own sovereignty had passed unnoticed
until the country‚s new foreign minister blurted out the news.…

IRAQ Handover
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The American administration of Iraq is over. … Join NPR's
Neal Conan and guests for a look at security and governance in Iraq.…

IRAQ takes leap in the dark to democracy
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The handover of sovereignty is a milestone in the liberation of Iraq–
but the mission remains in peril, and it is not at all clear that it will

IRAQ is sovereign – London,England,UK
President George W Bush and Tony Blair gave warning last night of a major
military crackdown in Iraq after they startled the world by handing over

MARINE taken hostage in Iraq
News 9 San Antonio – San Antonio,TX,USA
A videotape shown on Arab TV features a man believed to be Cpl. Wassef
Ali Hassoun, a Muslim marine of Middle Eastern origin. Iraqis…

US hands over power in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
TONY JONES: Well, to discuss today's events in Iraq and the broader implications
for the Middle East we're joined now by American foreign policy expert

USA Today – USA
… His message, not theirs, set the tone for the battle for legitimacy,
which is the key to determining which direction Iraq heads.…

BLOODY new dawn breaks in Iraq – Australia
By staff writers and correspondents in Baghdad. INSURGENTS in Iraq have
reportedly murdered an American soldier who had been held hostage since

IRAQ: Sovereignty Comes Early
CBS News – USA
… We feel we are capable of controlling the security situation.”. Coalition
sources say Bremer left Iraq immediately after the ceremony.…

BUSH announces Iraq handover; troops will remain indefinitely
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
… see.”. But he said American troops will remain “as long as the stability
of Iraq requires” and warned of “much hard work ahead.”.…

INSURGENTS threaten to kill US Marine as Iraq begins self-rule (subscription) – Ireland
… The group first surfaced in an August 12 statement claiming the US
was hiding its casualty tolls in Iraq to help US President George W Bush's
election chances.…

IRAQ seeks own course to heal wounds of occupation
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq‚s interim government, which assumed sovereignty on Monday,
promises a bold strategy of toughness and reconciliation to halt bloodshed
and heal…

ANALYSTS: Security Concerns Don't End With Iraq Handover
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The early Monday morning handover of power in Iraq surprised the world.
… Militants trying to derail Iraq's transition are targeting anyone
connected to it.…

MILITANTS Say They Executed US Soldier in Iraq
Reuters – USA
CAIRO (Reuters) – Al Jazeera television broadcast a video tape on Monday
showing what militants said was the execution of a US soldier captured
in Iraq in April…

OIL prices slip on new Iraq exports
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
Oil prices dropped sharply Monday as Iraq increased exports after mending
sabotaged pipelines and as extra supplies from other OPEC members reassured

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