Iraq News and Information Links April 30 2004
IRAQ'S future: Dreams and nightmares
Axis of Logic – USA
… Robert Blackwill, Condoleezza Rice's deputy for Iraq at the National
Security Council, was always by his side. Tasked to come up…

BUSH abandons initial blueprint for Iraq in effort to bring…
Duluth News Tribune – Duluth,MN,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – A year after President Bush declared “mission accomplished,”
his administration's plans to make Iraq a democratic model for the entire

A Year On, Bush Acknowledges 'Tough Times' in Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush said on Friday a year after his triumphant
“mission accomplished” speech on the Iraq war that there had been “tough

A Daily Look at US Iraq Military Deaths
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
As of Friday, April 30, 732 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…

US Hands Over Some Positions in Iraq
Guardian – UK
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) – Iraqi forces took over positions Friday from Marines
and raised the Iraqi flag at the entrance to Fallujah under a plan to
end the…,1280,-4039979,00.html

NAMES of Iraq War Dead
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Friday's edition of ABC's Nightline will focus solely on the
names and faces of US troops who've died in Iraq since the war began more
than a year…

BUSH Defends US Military Action in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ A year after declaring an end to major combat operations
in Iraq, President Bush conceded today that US troops still face “some
tough fighting…,1,6235381.story?coll=la-home-headlines

OFFICIALS seek funding for rebuilding Iraq's sports… – MI,USA
By TAREK EL-TABLAWY. LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) ˜ Along with focusing on rebuilding
Iraq's economic and political infrastructure, the country needs tens of

US has spent less than $2.8B on Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — The government has spent less than $2.8 billion of the $18.4
billion that Congress provided half a year ago for rebuilding Iraq, despite

US Death Toll Mounts in Iraq Violence
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – More American troops died in Iraq in April than in the previous
three months combined, making it by far the deadliest month since the
war began.…

ARAB anger at 'savage' Iraq abuse
BBC News – London,England,UK
… What we have seen today is just a sample. Both TV stations have been
running old footage of examples of heavy-handed conduct by US soldiers
in Iraq.…

1ST Filipino killed in Iraq
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
MANILA ˜ A 52-year-old Filipino truck driver has been killed in an ambush
in northern Iraq, becoming the first Philippine casualty since the US-led

GUANTANAMO Warden to Oversee US Iraq Prison Rules
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A former head of the US Guantanamo Bay jail in Cuba
has been sent to Iraq to ensure proper prison conditions, after photos

IRAQ: Mission Accomplished? One Year After 'Major Combat' Ends,…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
One year ago, US President George W. Bush declared major combat over in
Iraq. But today, multiple insurgencies in Iraq underscore…

US troops begin withdrawn from Iraq city Falluja
Daily Balochistan Express – Quetta,Pakistan
… predominantly Sunni Muslim city of 300,000 people 50km (30 miles) west
of the capital Baghdad, has been a hotbed of resistance to the US-led
occupation of Iraq…

BRITISH envoy to Iraq ``shocked'' by images of prisoner abuse
Utusan Malaysia Online – Malaysia
… `This is not representative of the 150,000 soldiers that are in Iraq,''
the spokesman said, adding that the coalition should not be judged on
the alleged…

ARAB League warns against American escalation in Iraq
Arabic News – Middle East
The Arab League warned on Thursday against the American escalation in Iraq.
In a statement, Assistant Secretary General for the…

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… Now it's up to our country, which has a long history of humanity and
civility and which has the third largest amount of soldiers in Iraq after
the United…

BUSH Defends Declaring End to Iraq Combat
Guardian – UK
… AP) – President Bush on Friday defended his speech a year ago on the
deck of an aircraft carrier proclaiming the end of major combat in Iraq
and said ``we're…,1280,-4039226,00.html

FILIPINO killed in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The Arroyo administration said Friday it remains steadfast in its support
for the United States adventure in Iraq as it announced it will not withdraw
even as…

BUSH Says He Sees Progress in Iraq, Condemns Abuses (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
April 30 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said the US-led coalition
is making progress in Iraq and there's ``still difficult work ahead.''.

TORTURE of Iraq Prisoners Prompts Wave of Revulsion
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The Allied occupation of Iraq was under fresh scrutiny tonight as shocking
pictures of United States troops torturing prisoners prompted a wave of

JAPANESE ex-hostages deny being at fault in Iraq
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
Two Japanese civilians who came home to a storm of criticism after being
held captive in Iraq admitted on Friday they may have been ill-prepared
for the danger…

RUMSFELD says Iraq hostility has been a surprise
WASHINGTON – The United States was not prepared for the extent of hostility
against US-led coalition forces in Iraq, in part because prewar intelligence

SPANISH Iraq brigade declared dissolved
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
30 (UPI) — Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has declared
the brigade of soldiers deployed in Iraq dissolved, the EFE news agency
said Friday…

KERRY addresses Iraq war, a year later
FULTON, Missouri (CNN) — Calling it a “moment of truth” in Iraq, Sen.
John Kerry lays out his vision for how the United States…

ARAB TV Shows Iraq Abuse Photos
CBS News – USA
Last month, the US Army announced 17 soldiers in Iraq, including a brigadier
general, had been removed from duty after charges of mistreating Iraqi

US castigates Iraq prisoner abuse
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Elsewhere in Iraq, US marines have begun withdrawing from the Iraqi
city of Falluja after a month of bloody clashes with rebels.…

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
ˆ Antonella, the sister of Maurizio Agliana, one of the three Italian
hostages abducted in Iraq, is waiting for the liberation of his brother
and said that…

DRIVER 1st Filipino killed in Iraq
Manila Times – Manila,Philippines
A civilian employed by a firm of contractors has become the first Filipino
to be killed in Iraq, President Arroyo said Friday, vowing the death would
not cause…

IRAQ deaths: Govt reviews law
News24 – South Africa
Responding to the death of a sixth South African in Iraq, Pahad said the
government was “anxious that South Africans did not go there.”.…,,2-7-1442_1520189,00.html

BERLIN urges restraint on Iraq power-transfer resolution
Expatica – Netherlands
… Gerhard Schroeder this week urged restraint on action in the United
Nations Security Council on any resolution regarding transfer of authority
in war-torn Iraq…

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… Stefio said that he was not able to predict whether there would be
a signal from Iraq. It was impossible to make predictions, to indicate
a date.…

SA govt renews Iraq warning
News24 – South Africa
Johannesburg – A South African was killed in Iraq on Friday, the sixth
national to die in the conflict, prompting the foreign ministry to renew
a warning to…,,2-7-1442_1520203,00.html

MAJOR Developments in Iraq
Guardian – UK
… A Filipino civilian contractor was killed in Iraq, becoming the country's
first casualty there, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said.…,1280,-4038566,00.html

JAPAN Former Hostages Defend Actions in Iraq
Reuters – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two Japanese civilians who returned to a storm of criticism
after being held captive in Iraq spoke out in their own defense Friday,

IS South Korea balking on troops to Iraq?
United Press International – USA
SEOUL, South Korea, April 30 (UPI) — South Korea has further delayed its
decision on where to send thousands of troops to Iraq, despite it promised

CRITICS call Œ Nightline ‚ list of Iraq dead anti – war…
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
… During the ABC News broadcast (11:35 pm Fort Wayne time), anchorman
Ted Koppel will read aloud the name of a US serviceman or woman killed
in the Iraq war, as…

IRAQ prison 'abuse' photos aired
… is concerned the reports of abuse against Iraqis will “increase the
risk to the individual soldiers” and has met with representatives of Iraq's
newspapers to…

AMERICAN Support for Iraq War Will Rebound, Powell Says
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
US Secretary of State Colin Powell says declining support among Americans
for the war in Iraq will rebound once US forces stamp out the surge of

DEMOCRAT Kerry Sees 'Moment of Truth' in Iraq
Reuters – USA
By Patricia Wilson. HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – On the eve of the anniversary
of President Bush declaring an end to major combat in Iraq, Democratic

BLAIR 'appalled' by Iraq prison torture
Guardian – UK
… This morning Mr Blair's human rights envoy to Iraq, Ann Clwyd, also
branded pictures of American troops torturing Iraqi prisoners “absolutely
terrible” – but…,12956,1207045,00.htm

PENTAGON'S No. 2 flubs Iraq casualties
Salon (subscription) – USA
April 30, 2004 | WASHINGTON (AP) — Asked how many American troops have
died in Iraq, the Pentagon's No. 2 civilian estimated Thursday…

WAR in Iraq: Your experiences
BBC News – London,England,UK
US-led forces have now been in Iraq for more than a year and, despite continuing
violence, coalition authorities are preparing to hand over power to the

MAKING sure Iraq knows it has lost
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… Meanwhile, military commanders in Iraq face agonizing choices entailed
by those antiseptic political locutions “regime change” and “nation building.”

MARINE was moved by the poor of Iraq
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… So when Casper saw the poor of Iraq begging for food, he was deeply
disturbed, said his mother, Darlene Mitchell. “Those people over there,
they're just stuck.…,1,6840977.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

IRAQ envoy outraged by prison torture photos
Guardian – UK
Tony Blair's human rights envoy to Iraq, Ann Clwyd, today branded pictures
of American troops torturing Iraqi prisoners “absolutely terrible”.…,12956,1206998,00.html

`NIGHTLINE` shelved because of Iraq theme
Pensacola News Journal – Pensacola,FL,USA
… company, with holdings that include 62 TV stations, decided the edition
has political motives aimed at undermining the efforts of the United States
in Iraq.…

JAPANESE Ex-Hostages Deny Being at Fault in Iraq
Reuters – USA
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two Japanese civilians who came home to a storm of criticism
after being held captive in Iraq admitted on Friday they may have been

NEW allegations in Iraq mobile network saga
The Register – London,England,UK
… Department official is under investigation by the Pentagon inspector
general for allegations that he attempted to alter a contract proposal
in Iraq to benefit…

US Forces Likely To Pull Out Of Iraq’s Falluja Town
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… of Baghdad. US military reported that eight American troops had been
killed and four wounded in a car bombing in Iraq. The attack…

INTERVIEW-TOP US officals say Iraq rebuilding on track
Forbes – USA
SYDNEY, April 30 (Reuters) – Violent attacks on US-led occupation forces
have slowed reconstruction work in Iraq but key infrastructure will be
ready for a…

US rushes armour to Iraq, Fallujah siege rumbles on
The Namibian – Windhoek,Namibia
… Combined with heavy US losses this month, it all adds up to slipping
support for Bush's war plan in both Iraq and among the Americans who vote
on his re…

IRAQ envoy condemns prison abuses
BBC News – London,England,UK
Pictures of Iraqi prisoners being abused by US troops have been branded
“absolutely terrible” by Tony Blair's special envoy to Iraq.…

BROADCASTER pulls plug on listing of Iraq dead
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
NEW YORK — The “Nightline” roll call tribute to US troops killed in Iraq
will not be seen tonight in several cities because station owner Sinclair

IRAQ developments
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
Fond of farewell: A majority of Iraqis — 57 percent — say they want the
US and British troops in Iraq to leave within the next few months, according
to a…

BRIAN DICKERSON: Rest assured, on Iraq, sides are uncertain
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
… In Iraq, there's grudging gratitude for the invaders who toppled Saddam
Hussein — and growing enthusiasm for an insurgent campaign to slaughter

IRAQ claims life of fifth South African
Independent Online – South Africa
By Graeme Hosken. A fifth South African has been killed in war-torn Iraq
barely a week after a missionary from South Africa was rescued from Iraqi

NIGHTLINE to name all troops killed in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) - Miami,FL,USA
... Tonight veteran newsman Ted Koppel will read aloud the names of the
more than 700 military personnel killed in Iraq, a listing that will fill
the entire 40 ...

BUSH'S Iraq policy makes some leaders uneasy
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) - Philadelphia,PA,USA
... WASHINGTON - As the US death toll in Iraq rose and the insurgency remained
strong, the Bush administration faced increased skepticism yesterday on
Capitol Hill ...

A work in progress: No blueprint evident for Iraq's future
Seattle Times - Seattle,WA,USA
By David Wood. WASHINGTON &Mac247; The United States faces a singular problem
in Iraq: Nobody seems to know what to do next. The White ...

KERRY-GEPHARDT ticket holds no higher ground on Iraq
Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis,IN,USA
... The truth of Iraq over the past few weeks has been so unrelentingly
bad that American support for the war is fading fast. A CBS-News ...

ONE year after 'Mission Accomplished,' Kerry says Iraq is far ... - MI,USA
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry says
the United States still has not accomplished the mission of stabilizing
Iraq a year ...

FILIPINO civilian employee killed in Iraq, government says
Boston Globe - Boston,MA,USA
MANILA, Philippines (AP) A Filipino civilian contractor has been killed
in Iraq, becoming the country's first casualty there the president said
Friday. ...

US, Iraq Generals Reach Tentative Deal
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq – US Marines negotiated a plan Thursday to pull back forces
from Fallujah, a move that could lift a nearly monthlong siege and allow
an Iraqi…

IRAQ Prison Staff Seen as Issue
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ A US-run prison in Iraq, where American troops are under
investigation for abusing Iraqi prisoners, used private contractors to

10 more American soldiers die in Iraq
UW Badger Herald – Madison,WI,USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (REUTERS) — US Marines agreed to ease their grip on Falluja
Thursday, striking a deal to entrust security to former Iraqi army officers
in hope…

US: Mass opposition grows to Iraq war
World Socialist
In the face of the bloodbath that Washington is unleashing against the
people of Iraq, mass opposition to the war and popular support for the
withdrawal of US…

BRITAIN mulls bigger role in Iraq as US errors raise the stakes
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
By Peter Graff. British military planners may be concluding that the only
way out of Iraq is to plunge in deeper in the hope of reversing dangerous
US missteps.…

FIRST Filipino killed in Iraq, Arroyo says no military pullout
Channel News Asia – Singapore
MANILA: A civilian Filipino employee has been killed in Iraq, becoming
the first Philippines citizen to die in the conflict, President Gloria
Arroyo said.…

MOST Iraq Aid Approved by Congress Not Spent, Post Reports
Bloomberg – USA
April 30 (Bloomberg) — Less than 5 percent of the $18.4 billion that Congress
approved in foreign aid to rebuild Iraq has been spent and more than $300

WOLFOWITZ miscalculates military deaths in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
… Paul D. Wolfowitz, testifying Thursday before a congressional committee,
drastically underestimated the number of US military deaths in Iraq since
the war began…

10 US troops killed in Iraq
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee,WI,USA
Baghdad, Iraq – The number of US troops killed in Iraq during the bloodiest
month since the US invasion last year continued to swell Thursday, when
at least 10…

Guardian – UK
… Hundreds of people from across Italy gathered for a peace march near
St. Peter's Square demanded by kidnappers of three Italians in Iraq.…,1280,-4037252,00.html

US acts after Iraq prisoner abuse
BBC News – London,England,UK
… that Americans may have humiliated Iraqis in the very prison where
Saddam Hussein's regime tortured inmates will be badly received not only
in Iraq, but across…

US Rushes Armor to Iraq, Falluja Siege Rumbles On, Amid Warning…
By Akram Saleh FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – The United States is rushing tanks
to Iraq, including the besieged city of Falluja, where sporadic clashes
on Thursday…

TROOPS Without Armor in Iraq
New York Times – USA
Troops Without Armor in Iraq It's hard to imagine what the Pentagon was
thinking when it told the American Army and Marine replacement divisions
bound for Iraq…

APRIL is Iraq's deadliest month
USA Today – USA
By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY. By mid-April, it was already the deadliest
month for US troops in Iraq. … Some who died had just arrived in Iraq.

NO pull out of RP troops in Iraq, says Arroyo
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
President Arroyo on Friday said the killing of a Filipino civilian will
not deter the government from keeping Filipino troops in Iraq.…

PENTAGON Says Iraq Security Deal Not Yet Final
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
FALLUJAH, Iraq, April 29 — US Marines will withdraw from this violence-wracked
city and hand over responsibility for pursuing insurgents to a new militia

BRAHIMI holds USA's Iraq exit strategy in his hands
USA Today – USA
… man with curly salt and pepper hair, Brahimi was warming up the room
Tuesday before presenting his first report to the council on how to move
Iraq from US…

TIME to limit the damage in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The misjudgments of Paul Bremer, the US administrator, and his Pentagon
masters, far from steering Iraq towards freedom and democracy, have brought
it to just…

POPE, Italians appeal for release of Iraq hostages
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
ROME – The Pope on Thursday appealed for the release of three Italians
held hostage in Iraq as several thousand people marched to St Peter's
Square to press…

VIOLENCE in Iraq claims 21 lives
Independent Online – South Africa
… The division's departure was blocked by the Pentagon and the unit was
ordered to remain in Iraq for 90 days, after this month's surge in violence.

FORMER Iraq envoy refutes diplomats' attack on Blair
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
TONY Blair‚s former special envoy to Iraq yesterday backed the government‚s
policy in the Middle East. Sir Jeremy Greenstock…

BUSH administration under increasing fire for Iraq policy
Centre Daily Times – Centre County,PA,USA
WASHINGTON – (KRT) – As the US death toll in Iraq rises and the insurrection
there widens, the Bush administration faced increased skepticism Thursday

BRITISH army chiefs wary of sending more troops to Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
LONDON: British military chiefs are strongly resisting any moves to send
more of the country‚s troops to Iraq, or to take over areas now patrolled
by Spain…

SUPPORT for Iraq war plummets in US
Sify – Delhi,India
Washington: US support for the war in Iraq plummeted in the last month,
a new poll showed, as a UN envoy warned of further chaos if efforts to
restore Iraqi…

US Sees Progress in Iraq Talks, Mounts New Raids
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US warplanes launched fresh attacks on Falluja
Thursday, but Washington said progress was being made in talks to resolve
a standoff…

HOLED up in Iraq
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
While Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN envoy to Iraq, was briefing the UN Security
Council on his proposals for sovereignty transfer in Iraq Tuesday night,
US forces in…

ZAPATERO Urges Broader UN Role in Iraq
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
PARIS – Spain's prime minister expressed strong backing for French and
German opposition to US policy in Iraq Thursday, urging a broader UN role
to help…

SEX abuse alleged at Iraq prison
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… The decision on convening courts-martial is now up to Lieutenant General
Ricardo Sanchez, the senior American commander in Iraq.…

IN Three Films, Glimpses of Iraq's Anguish
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
hen the film director Amer Alwan looks back on the Iraq of his childhood,
he remembers traveling with his father to the lush wetlands in southern
Iraq, where…
SENATORS Seek Probe of Firms in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – Five Democratic senators have asked Congressional auditors
to investigate the use and activities of private military contractors
in Iraq.…

Special Broadcasting Service – Australia
US support for the war in Iraq plummeted in the last month according to
a new poll by the influential newspaper, the New York Times, and the CBS

ITALIANS Rally for Captives Held in Iraq
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… Italians from across the country marched to the front steps of the
Vatican today to show solidarity with three Italian men taken hostage
in Iraq ˜ just days…,1,6580351.story?coll=la-home-headlines

SPANISH premier presides over dissolution of Iraq brigade
SpaceDaily – USA
… Zapatero presided over the official dissolution of Spain's Plus Ultra
brigade on Thursday after the last combat troops were removed from Iraq,
in line with the…

HELP in Iraq is no longer at hand
Financial Times – London,England,UK
As the United Nations' political team moves towards a greater role in Iraq,
a number of its humanitarian officials, traditionally the first into any
crisis zone…

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Thursday, April 29, 722 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense…

MAILBAG: Court Martial In Iraq
CBS News – USA
… There must be no room in the military for this sort of thing. Thank
you for your recent report on prisoners and the possible abuse being investigated
in Iraq.…

NEW Spanish FM discusses Iraq, EU with France's Chirac
EUbusiness – London,UK
… Spanish prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, met French President
Jacques Chirac on Thursday, for talks which were expected to focus on
Iraq and the…

POPE appeals for Iraq hostages release
Reuters – London,England,UK
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope John Paul has appealed for the release of
three Italians held hostage in Iraq as several thousand people marched
to St Peter's…

US raids making Iraq worse: Annan
The Daily Star – Bangladesh
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Wednesday said US raids on insurgents are
worsening the situation in Iraq, where the security situation will have
a crucial…

10 GIs killed in restive Iraq
The Daily Star – Bangladesh
The latest fatalities brought to 534 the number of US soldiers killed in
action since US-led forces invaded Iraq 13 months ago.…

IRAQ Mercenaries
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: There are an estimated 6,000 western private security contractors
in Iraq. Often times, the line between defense and…

POWELL: Support for Iraq Policy Declining
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that
support among the American people for President Bush's policy in Iraq
is declining but…

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