Iraq News and Information Links September 29 2004
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LABOUR Party congress hobbled by Iraq war issue
Straits Times – Singapore,Singapore
… was struggling yesterday to shift the pre-election focus to domestic politics, as Prime Minister Tony Blair was called on yet again to defend the war in Iraq.…

www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/09/30/001.html
LUKOIL-CONOCO Deal Opens Way to Iraq
Moscow Times – Moscow,Russia
… ConocoPhillips also agreed Wednesday to set up two potentially lucrative joint ventures in the Timan-Pechora fields in northwest Russia and in Iraq, where a…

www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10926044%255E1702,00.html
RANSOM row hostages still love Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
TWO Italian aid workers released from captivity in Iraq have described their abductors as religious men who treated them with respect, asked for forgiveness…

www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=593447&section=news
BLAIR looks to poll after Iraq apology
Reuters – London,England,UK
BRIGHTON (Reuters) – Iraq will not be the decisive factor for Britons in the next election, Tony Blair has said, as the Labour Party digested a conditional…

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=6368326
BUSH Seen with Debate Edge Over Kerry on Iraq, Terror
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush's ability to stick to a scripted defense of his policies on Iraq and terrorism should give him an edge over Democratic…

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6369591
BLAIR Says Ready to Open Contact with Iraq Captors
Reuters – USA
… BAGHDAD (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday he was ready to open up contact with captors of a British hostage in Iraq, shown on…

www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/30/1096401675985.html
US artillery kills three in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
US forces fired a howitzer, a rarely used heavy weapon in Baghdad, to kill at least three mortar crewmen who had unleashed a barrage against one of their camps…

www.boston.com/dailynews/273/wash/Prospect_of_U_S_fall_offensive:.shtml
PROSPECT of US fall offensive in Iraq hinges on goals for election
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld alluded to this last week when he said the options in Iraq boil down to two choices: solve it diplomatically through…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/109214/1/.html
DIPLOMAT released by Iraq kidnappers back in Iran
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TEHRAN : An Iranian diplomat freed after a 55-day ordeal as a hostage in Iraq returned home, with the Islamic republic reiterating that no deal had been made…

www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10926044%255E1702,00.html
RANSOM row hostages still love Iraq
NEWS.com.au – Australia
TWO Italian aid workers released from captivity in Iraq have described their abductors as religious men who treated them with respect, asked for forgiveness…

www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=9/30/2004&Cat=4&Num=020
BRITAIN planned for Iraq war despite Blair denial: report
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
LONDON (AFP) – Britain started to plan the Iraq war months ahead of the conflict, even as Prime Minister Tony Blair was denying he was on a course for war…

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BUSH Seen with Debate Edge Over Kerry on Iraq, Terror
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush's ability to stick to a scripted defense of his policies on Iraq and terrorism should give him an edge over Democratic…

www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/30/1096401675985.html
US artillery kills three in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
US forces fired a howitzer, a rarely used heavy weapon in Baghdad, to kill at least three mortar crewmen who had unleashed a barrage against one of their camps…

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6367706
CAGED British Hostage in Iraq Appeals to Blair
Reuters – USA
DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – A British hostage in Iraq made an impassioned plea to Prime Minister Tony Blair to help free him in a videotape aired on Wednesday…

www.boston.com/dailynews/273/wash/Prospect_of_U_S_fall_offensive:.shtml
PROSPECT of US fall offensive in Iraq hinges on goals for election
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld alluded to this last week when he said the options in Iraq boil down to two choices: solve it diplomatically through…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/109214/1/.html
DIPLOMAT released by Iraq kidnappers back in Iran
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TEHRAN : An Iranian diplomat freed after a 55-day ordeal as a hostage in Iraq returned home, with the Islamic republic reiterating that no deal had been made…

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6368959
IRAQ Captors Wanted $5 Million Ransom, Editor Says
Reuters – USA
KUWAIT (Reuters) – The Kuwaiti daily which predicted the release of two Italian hostages in Iraq said on Wednesday that the captors had originally demanded a…

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BLAIR looks to poll after Iraq apology
Reuters – London,England,UK
BRIGHTON (Reuters) – Iraq will not be the decisive factor for Britons in the next election, Tony Blair has said, as the Labour Party digested a conditional…

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=6368326
BUSH Seen with Debate Edge Over Kerry on Iraq, Terror
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush's ability to stick to a scripted defense of his policies on Iraq and terrorism should give him an edge over Democratic…

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CHAINED Hostage in Iraq Renews Appeal to Blair
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A chained British hostage in Iraq begged Tony Blair for help on Wednesday, cranking up the emotional pressure on the prime minister as…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/109214/1/.html
DIPLOMAT released by Iraq kidnappers back in Iran
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TEHRAN : An Iranian diplomat freed after a 55-day ordeal as a hostage in Iraq returned home, with the Islamic republic reiterating that no deal had been made…

www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2004/s1209989.htm
BLAIR admits Iraq intelligence flawed
ABC Online – Australia
TONY JONES: British Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted at the Labour Party conference in Brighton he was wrong about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.…

www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1597033,00.html
FREED hostage 'misses Iraq'
News24 – South Africa
Rome – One of the two Italian women hostages freed after being held for three weeks in Iraq said on Wednesday she missed the country and her Iraqi friends and…

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6366990
BRITISH Hostage in Iraq Appeals Again to Blair
Reuters – USA
DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – A British hostage in Iraq appealed to Tony Blair to help free him in a new videotape aired on Wednesday that left his family relieved…

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GROUP holding Iraq hostages pays ‘tribute’ to French stand on…
Expatica – Netherlands
DUBAI, Sept 29 (AFP) – The Islamic Army in Iraq, holding two French hostages, praised France's stand after it called for a US-proposed conference to address…

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IRAQ Hostage Begs Blair to Meet Kidnappers' Demands (Update2)
Bloomberg – United States
29 (Bloomberg) — Kenneth Bigley, a Briton taken hostage in Iraq with two American colleagues, appeared in a videotape aired today and pleaded for UK Prime…

www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=593122&section=news
RANSOM payments seen fuelling Iraq's hostage crisis
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The release of two Italian aid workers in Iraq has raised hopes other hostages may soon be freed, but reports that a large ransom was paid…

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BLAIR sorry about Iraq intelligence, but not war
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… Prime Minister Tony Blair responded to anti-war critics within his ruling party Tuesday by acknowledging he had been wrong to claim that Iraq possessed weapons…

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/109145/1/.html
BRITAIN'S Labour Party struggles to shift conference focus from…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Labour Party was struggling to shift the pre-election focus to domestic politics, as Prime Minister Tony Blair was called on yet again to defend the war in Iraq…

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EVEN hostages freed in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Kidnappers in Iraq freed seven hostages yesterday, releasing two female Italian aid workers who were abducted three weeks ago, two of the…

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BLAIR says Iraq won't cost him election
Reuters – London,England,UK
BRIGHTON (Reuters) – Tony Blair says Iraq will not be the decisive factor for voters in the next election as his party ponders the prime minister's conditional…

www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/nation/9784523.htm
BLAIR defends Iraq war
Pioneer Press (subscription) – St. Paul,MN,USA
… Prime Minister Tony Blair, skirting a direct apology, acknowledged to his Labour Party Tuesday that intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq was wrong…

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UPDATE: Australia Labor Leader Chides US On Iraq
Yahoo News – USA
… Mark Latham, who polls show could be prime minister after the national election, used a key policy speech Wednesday to declare the invasion of Iraq a mistake…

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MEDIATOR Hopes French Iraq Hostages Free This Week
Reuters – USA
PARIS (Reuters) – Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq could be freed by the end of this week if US forces open a security corridor to secure their…

www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/9785416.htm
BLAIR admits Iraq data wrong
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
Britain's Tony Blair told party leaders he used wrong data in deciding to send troops to Iraq, but remained steadfast that removing Saddam Hussein was the…

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KIDNAPPERS in Iraq release 7 hostages
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD — Kidnappers in Iraq freed seven hostages yesterday, releasing two female Italian aid workers who were abducted from their home three weeks ago, two…

seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/192908_cheney29.html
CHENEY changed his view on Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… that capturing Saddam wouldn't be worth additional US casualties or the risk of getting “bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq.”.…

www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1209667.htm
IRAQ insurgency draws warning from Jordan
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: To Iraq now, and the insurgency there is increasingly drawing warnings from neighbouring countries, particularly about the viability of the…

  
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