Iraq News and Information Links
December 29 2004
 

www.csmonitor.com/2004/1230/p01s03-woiq.html
In Iraq, a clear-cut bin Laden-Zarqawi alliance
Christian Science Monitor – USA
was cemented with Mr. bin Laden’s latest taped statement on Tuesday, in which he praised the Jordanian militant and said anyone who participates in Iraq’s Jan.

www.csmonitor.com/2004/1230/p09s01-coop.html
A momentous election for Iraq, and beyond
Christian Science Monitor – USA
STANFORD, CALIF. — The election coming up in Iraq may turn out, in the long view of history, to be even more important than our own recent election.

www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=041229202916.3gpbs6bb.xml
Dozens dead as Iraq rebels clash with US forces, bomb house
Turkish Press – Turkey
Despite the volatile security situation, US President George W. Bush insisted Iraq’s landmark national elections must go ahead, while a hardline Islamist

www.registerguard.com/news/2004/12/29/ed.edit.sunnis.1229.html
Iraq’s troubled elections: Sunni party drops out of campaign
The Register-Guard – Eugene,Oregon,USA
The United States’ plans for elections in Iraq have faced a built-in problem from the beginning. Fair elections are likely to transfer

www.smh.com.au/news/Business/Iraq-signs-oil-contracts/2004/12/30/1104344884740.html
Iraq signs oil contract
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Iraq’s Oil Ministry has awarded its first contract since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, choosing a Turkish, British and local company to develop a

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7201993
US Army Kills 25 Rebels in Fierce Iraq Fight
Reuters – USA
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – US troops backed by warplanes killed 25 guerrillas in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday after facing a fierce coordinated

www.registerguard.com/news/2004/12/29/ed.edit.sunnis.1229.html
Iraq’s troubled elections: Sunni party drops out of campaign
The Register-Guard – Eugene,Oregon,USA
The United States’ plans for elections in Iraq have faced a built-in problem from the beginning. Fair elections are likely to transfer

www.smh.com.au/news/Business/Iraq-signs-oil-contracts/2004/12/30/1104344884740.html
Iraq signs oil contract
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Iraq’s Oil Ministry has awarded its first contract since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, choosing a Turkish, British and local company to develop a

news.inq7.net/world/index.php?index=1&story_id=22740
Explosives-rigged house kills 30 during Iraq police raid
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Thirty people were killed when a house rigged with explosives blew up during a police raid on insurgents, in the latest calamity to befall

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US launches new offensive in Iraq
Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland
US forces launched a new offensive in Iraq’s so called triangle of death today while rebels ambushed an elite police unit, killing 29 people in a massive

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=35383
Bush says crucial for Iraq election to go ahead
Turkish Press – Turkey
CRAWFORD, Texas, Dec 29 (AFP) – US President George W. Bush on Wednesday said it was crucial for Iraq’s election to go ahead on January 30 and that a fresh

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4699734,00.html
29 Die in Insurgent Ambush of Iraq Police
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Insurgents lured police to a house in west Baghdad with an anonymous tip about a rebel hideout, then set off explosives, killing at least

www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=35385
Suspected Zarqawi fighter captured in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
MOSUL, Iraq, Dec 27 (AFP) – The Iraqi government announced Wednesday the capture of a militant linked to most wanted Islamist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the

www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw109320_20041229.htm
List of Michigan casualties in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
26, formerly of Flint, was one of six soldiers killed in the crash of an Army Black Hawk helicopter April 2, 2003, during a fire fight in Iraq, his wife said.

www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20041229-0652-iraq-mosul.html
Suicide bomb, fighting in northern Iraq city Mosul
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
MOSUL, Iraq — US troops clashed with insurgents in the north Iraq city Mosul on Wednesday, American warplanes attacking targets in the south of the city

www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20041229-0652-iraq-army.html
Iraq says National Guards to integrate with army
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
BAGHDAD — Iraq will merge its National Guard, the force in the front line of the war on insurgents, with the fledgling new army, the Defence Ministry said on

www.canada.com/businesscentre/story.html?id
=dee02f0f-eba6-42ac-827b-bf870ddf0673

Iraq signs first oil deal since Saddam with Turkish, British
Canada.com – Canada
BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq’s Oil Ministry has awarded its first contract since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, choosing a Turkish, British and local joint

www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw109319_20041229.htm
Marine from Mount Clemens dies in Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Marine from the Detroit area has been killed in Iraq’s Anbar province, the military said Wednesday. Staff Sgt.

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=368189
US Forces Detain Zarqawi-Linked Militant in Iraq
ABC News – USA
was a leader of the hitherto unknown Abu Talha group, affiliated to the Jordanian militant whom Osama bin Laden this week endorsed as his lieutenant in Iraq.

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/
news/special_packages/iraq/10521410.htm

Neo-cons can’t escape responsibility for their Iraq …
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
The most curious turn of the worm this season is the attack by the neo-conservatives on Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for the failures in Iraq.

www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/
story_page/0,5478,11805832%255E663,00.html

Tip lures police to ambush in Iraq
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian Islamist who has won the backing of Osama bin Laden as al Qaida’s leader in Iraq, claimed responsibility for a suicide car

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/
news/special_packages/iraq/10522058.htm

Flight that was taking soldiers home from Iraq hit by ground fire
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
in Milwaukee was struck by enemy ground fire several weeks ago shortly after picking up 57 soldiers heading home after their tour of duty in Iraq, crew members

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=367865
ABC News 29 Die in Insurgent Ambush of Iraq Police
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq Dec 29, 2004 — Insurgents lured police to a house in west Baghdad with an anonymous tip about a rebel hideout, then set off explosives, killing

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/12/29/MNG7VAIDVG1.DTL
Spate of attacks on Iraq security forces kills 33
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
30 national elections. The largest political party representing Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority announced Monday that it would not participate in the elections.

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=367691
29 Die in Insurgent Ambush of Iraq Police
ABC News – USA
Relatives of a policeman killed in an insurgent attack grieve during his funeral in Tikrit, Iraq, Tuesday Dec. 28, 2004. Twelve

www.mosnews.com/news/2004/12/29/humaid.shtml
Russian Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Iraq
MOSNEWS – Russia
Another consignment of humanitarian aid has arrived in Iraq from Russia, Russian emergency officials have reported. “Two Il-76

www.ndtv.com/sports/showsports.asp?sportname=
Report&slug=UK+trains+footballers+in+Iraq&id=20426

Report: Britain trains footballers in Iraq
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
The British Foreign Office has spearheaded a scheme to train up a pool of football coaches in Iraq – mainly drawn from international players who have retired

www.indystar.com/articles/4/205507-5564-010.html
Insurgents kill 25 in attacks in Iraq
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — With car bombs, assassinations and raids on police stations, insurgents killed at least 25 people, including Iraqi policemen and a deputy

www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-syria
29dec29,1,7653110.story?coll=la-headlines-world

US Says Syria Aids Iraq Rebels
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Tuesday accused Syria of helping insurgents in Iraq by giving haven to elements of deposed President Saddam Hussein’s

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002133633_iraqdig29.html
Al-Zarqawi tied to attack Iraq Notebook
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The group of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility yesterday for the assassination attempt on the leader of Iraq’s …

www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/
middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=6482

Powerful blast kills 30 in Iraq
Aljazeera.com – London,UK
At least 30 people have been killed in a huge explosion as Iraqi police raided a house in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, police said.

www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2969206
Iraq police, guardsmen targeted in attacks
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Insurgents launched a series of deadly attacks against Iraqi security forces on Tuesday, killing at least 25 police officers and national

www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-12-28-iraq-vote-cover_x.htm
With Iraq vote in a month, every day crucial to success
USA Today – USA
It’s not just words but a fatwa, a decree, from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, spiritual leader of Iraq’s majority Shiite Muslims.

www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=4232
We Must Leave Iraq
Antiwar.com – Redwood City,CA,USA
“Weapons of mass destruction” — Saddam’s nonexistent links to al-Qaeda — the Laurie Mylroie conspiracy theory that links Iraq to every ill under the sun

www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2968828
Speeches, Iraq could recast Bush’s image
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
That distinction, which pollsters and analysts blame on public discontent over the war in Iraq, comes as Bush begins drafting two major speeches that could

www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1173994,00050001.htm
former US security advisor says war in Iraq not worth cost
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
dollars, killing tens of thousands of Iraqis and sacrificing thousands of Americans, the US is nowhere near installing a democratic government in Iraq, says a

washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20041228-090340-2593r.htm
Iraq after Saddam’s capture
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
By Walid Phares. Many asked the question last week: How is Iraq faring one year after the capture of Saddam Hussein? A Byzantine debate ensued immediately.

www.startribune.com/stories/462/5158863.html
Minneapolis vigil mourns the children of Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
54, of Minneapolis told the crowd of more than 300 people of all ages and backgrounds that more than 1,300 American servicemembers have died in Iraq as of

www.dawn.com/2004/12/29/top13.htm
String of attacks leaves 42 dead in Iraq
Pakistan Dawn – Karachi,Pakistan
Three guardsmen and three civilians were killed in a car bomb attack targeting a US-Iraq military convoy in Samarra, hospital sources said.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32587-2004Dec28.html
In Iraq, Echoes of Another Offensive
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Charles A. Krohn. Jan. 30 will mark Iraq’s first elections on the road to democracy, provided all goes according to plan and administration expectations.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32618-2004Dec28.html
Protecting Our Troops in Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
Baloney!”] distorted or ignored statistics and history to make baseless assertions about how our troops in Iraq are equipped and protected.

www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5434490
Navy SEALs sue over Iraq photos
swissinfo – Switzerland
By Ben Berkowitz. photos taken from a website that appeared to show the troops abusing prisoners in Iraq. attorney Dave Tomlin, who

www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woelec
1229,0,5028122.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

Iraq elections look dim
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
WASHINGTON — The withdrawal of Iraq’s largest Sunni political party this week from elections greatly dims the chances of holding a meaningful vote there next

msnbc.msn.com/id/6763729/
Syria fights allegations it aids Iraq insurgency
MSNBC – USA
DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria is responding with a mixture of bravado and denial to mounting accusations by the United States and Iraq that it’sa staging ground

www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-
woelec1229,0,5028122.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

Iraq elections look dim
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
WASHINGTON — The withdrawal of Iraq’s largest Sunni political party this week from elections greatly dims the chances of holding a meaningful vote there next

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1380420,00.html
Bloody attacks claim 22 in Iraq
Guardian – UK
Insurgents continued their attacks on Iraq’s fledgling security forces yesterday in a series of bloody assaults across the Sunni triangle that killed at least

english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200412/200412290004.html
At Least 23 Killed in Attacks in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle
Chosun Ilbo – Seoul,South Korea
Insurgents in Iraq have carried out a series of attacks Tuesday north of Baghdad against the country’s security forces, killing at least 23 police and national

www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_29-12-2004_pg7_41
Insurgency in Iraq ‘will not end, says Powell
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Tuesday that the insurgency in Iraq “will not end”, as insurgents are determined to derail the

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/10516500.htm
Navy SEALs Sue AP Over Iraq Prison Photos
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
for the insurgents and terrorists that they were apprehending by obscuring their faces than the AP did for the Navy SEALs who were in Iraq risking their lives

www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1380420,00.html
Bloody attacks claim 22 in Iraq
Guardian – UK
Insurgents continued their attacks on Iraq’s fledgling security forces yesterday in a series of bloody assaults across the Sunni triangle that killed at least

english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200412/200412290004.html
At Least 23 Killed in Attacks in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle
Chosun Ilbo – Seoul,South Korea
Insurgents in Iraq have carried out a series of attacks Tuesday north of Baghdad against the country’s security forces, killing at least 23 police and national

www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/10516500.htm
Navy SEALs Sue AP Over Iraq Prison Photos
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
for the insurgents and terrorists that they were apprehending by obscuring their faces than the AP did for the Navy SEALs who were in Iraq risking their lives

  
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