Iraq News and Information Links June 30 2004
IRAQ takes legal custody of Saddam
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – For the first time in more than six months, the
world will see Saddam Hussein as he stands in court Thursday to hear the
charges being…

WASHINGTON seeks to minimize frictions with France over Iraq,…
EUbusiness – London,UK
The US State Department and the White House sought Wednesday to minimize
friction with France over NATO cooperation with Iraq, NATO's role in Afghanistan

TRAUMATIC Stress Found in 20% of Soldiers Post-Iraq (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
June 30 (Bloomberg) — Almost 20 percent of US soldiers returning from
combat duty in Iraq have signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, and
few receive…

US forces to send more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan
Pravda – Moscow,Russia
… said today. This decision was made shortly after the European NATO
members rejected to send soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan. The…

PATIENTS' rights; The US and Iraq;
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… The editorial “Handoff in Iraq” (June 29) perpetuates the myth that
President George W. Bush preferred to go it alone in removing Saddam Hussein.

IRAQ'S security forces hit by mass desertions
Straits Times – Singapore
… The report was issued on Tuesday, one day after Nato leaders agreed,
at a summit in Istanbul, to help train the new Iraqi army. 'Iraq's leaders
are eager to…,4386,259144,00.html

OTHER Views: Positive steps forward in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
TORONTO 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 him…

FRANCE stands firm on not sending troops to Iraq
Straits Times – Singapore
FRANCE will not send any troops to help restore security in Iraq because
it does not wish to infringe on Iraqi sovereignty, said French Minister
of State for…,4386,259195,00.html

IRAQ to Charge Saddam With War Crimes
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The transfer of Saddam Hussein to Iraqi custody Wednesday
reduced him to a criminal defendant in the land he once ruled and launched

US Embassy in Iraq officially reopens
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BY DOGEN HANNAH. BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – Once again the American flag flies
beside the US Embassy in Iraq – just not too high. In…

US Army announces emergency recall of soldiers for Iraq,…
Xinhua – China
… 5,674 former soldiers recently discharged will be called up and assigned
to National Guard and Reserve units scheduled to be deployed to Iraq or

IRAQ Takes Legal Custody of Saddam Hussein Ahead of Court…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… After returning to the United States, the man who ran Iraq for the
past 14 months met at the White House Wednesday with President Bush, two
days after handing…

PRESIDENT'S Approval Rating of his Handling of Iraq Is Lowest…
Yahoo News (press release) – USA
ROCHESTER, NY, June 30 /PRNewswire/ — Prior to the United States turning
over control of Iraq to the Iraqi leaders, the Harris Poll captured President

SADDAM fronts Iraq tribunal – Australia
“I am Saddam Hussein al-Majid, president of the Republic of Iraq,” the
jailed dictator said … Then Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tarek
Aziz appeared.…,4057,10007727%255E1702,00.html

KEEPING our fingers crossed for peace in Iraq
OSU Daily Barometer – Corvallis,OR,USA
Editors note: This column was submitted before the announcement that the
Iraq pullout date was moved forward to June 28. by James Lester.…

HANDOVER in Iraq Fueling Slide in Oil Prices
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: The early transfer of power in Iraq this week has accelerated
a downward trend in oil prices. Crude oil prices fell below $36 a barrel

STUDY: Troops who fought in Iraq suffer from mental illness
USA Today – USA
The Army's first study of the mental health of troops who fought in Iraq
found that about one in eight reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress

US flag up at Iraq embassy – Australia
THE American flag was raised today over the US embassy in Iraq for the
first time since the 1991 Gulf War. Newly-arrived US Ambassador…,4057,10007734%255E1702,00.html

US Military Lessons in Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
… country. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports on what lessons the American
military learned during 15 months of occupation in Iraq. Now…

IRAQ set for Saddam trial
News24 – South Africa
Baghdad – Iraq's new authorities took legal control of Saddam Hussein and
11 others on Wednesday, a government statement said, setting the stage
for a court…,6119,2-10-1460_1550693,00.html

UN Observer
One day after the United States transferred sovereignty to Iraq, Iraq unsuccessfully
attempted to give sovereignty back to the United States.…

NOW the game really begins in Iraq
Financial – Bangladesh
THE overt United States occupation phase of Iraq came to a close on June
28, but its stealthy phase is still continuing. The holding…

THREAT of Iraq's small arms evaded planners – study
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
UNITED NATIONS, June 30 (Reuters) – More than 8 million small arms fell
into private hands in Iraq when the US-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein,
laying the…

BLAIR Worries NATO Will Fail in Iraq, Afghanistan
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he is worried some NATO countries
do not realize the sense of urgency needed to defeat terrorists in Iraq
and Afghanistan…

AMERICANS Split on Whether Iraq War Made Them Safer, Poll Says
Bloomberg – USA
June 30 (Bloomberg) — Americans are divided on whether the US-led war
in Iraq has made them safer, and a majority say the handling of the war
will affect how…

US to recall 5600 soldiers for Iraq , Afghanistan : reports
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, June 30 (Xinhuanet) — The Pentagon is preparing an involuntary
call-up of up to 5,600 discharged soldiers to help fill gaps in Iraq and

UN prepares for a new role in Iraq
UNITED NATIONS – The United Nation‚s long and tangled involvement with
Iraq took on a new twist with the handover of power to the interim Iraqi

IRAQ'S economy is based largely on oil exports
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
Iraq has been granted its sovereignty from the United States; but will
the world be rushing to help Baghdad? Probably not, while…

BLAIR: Nato lacks urgency on Iraq
Guardian – UK
Tony Blair warned today that Nato “lacked the right sense of urgency” over
action to restore stability in both Afghanistan and Iraq, as he reported
back to MPs…,11538,1250826,00.html

IRAQ takes first step for trial of Saddam
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD Iraq's new authorities took legal control of Saddam Hussein and
11 other Iraqi prisoners on Wednesday, setting the stage for a court appearance
to face…

BLAIR sees Iraq security plan in month
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Iraq's new government and a US-led forces are expected
to publish detailed plans within a month on progress in building up Iraqi

BREMER Says Security Is His Big Regret in Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former US administrator in Iraq said on Wednesday
his biggest regret was not getting a grip on the country's dangerous security

6/30/04 – NATO AND IRAQ
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The leaders of the twenty-six member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization, NATO, have agreed to help Iraq‚s interim government.…

IRAQ'S New Leaders Ease Purge of Baathists
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim government is working to ease rules
under which former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party are excluded
from the…

US army recalls thousands of troops for Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Washington – The United States army plans to recall around 5 600 former
soldiers for support and logistical duty in Iraq, resorting to a rarely-used

IRAQ to get charge of Saddam
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˆ Iraq‚s interim prime minister said Tuesday that his
government would assume legal custody of former President Saddam Hussein
and 11 of his…

BLAIR Warns on Price of Failure in Iraq
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The Prime Minister warned today that failure to bring democracy and freedom
to Iraq and Afghanistan would mean these countries would sink back into

SADDAM handed over to Iraq
Reuters – London,England,UK
… his Baath party. Saddam became president in 1979, but had already been
Iraq's strongman since a Baathist coup in 1968. His former…

IRAQ is now a sovereign state
Salisbury Daily Times – Salisbury,MD,USA
A handwritten note from Condoleezza Rice to President Bush on Monday marked
a historic event: “Mr. President, Iraq is sovereign.”.…

A new beginning Iraq – Washington,DC,USA
… But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Who better to sum
up the importance of news of Monday’s hand-over of power in Iraq than
British Prime…

IRAQ assumes custody of Saddam Hussein
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ Legal custody of Saddam Hussein and 11 others was transferred
to the Iraqis on Wednesday, a government statement said.…

US forces still needed in Iraq as new local army is not ready
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Our correspondent provides a first-hand account of what the situation
is really like on the ground inside Iraq. The perception of…

BREMER Confident in Iraq Prime Minister
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP)—The new government of Iraq faces daunting obstacles in
restoring security and tranquility, but Prime Minister Iwad Illawi is
``a tough guy…

ARCHBISHOPS blast Blair on Iraq
CNN International – USA
LONDON, England (CNN) — The two most senior members of the Church of England
have told British Prime Minister Tony Blair the Iraq jail abuse scandal

IRAQ is ready (wink-wink)
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… If so, Iraq would have been left back. … We will, it seems, leave
no child behind. The real failure here is not Iraq's, of course, but the
Bush administration's.…

INSURGENTS in Iraq free 3 captives from Turkey
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
ANKARA, Turkey — Insurgents in Iraq freed three Turkish hostages Tuesday,
Turkey's foreign minister said, and two other Turkish captives reportedly
told their…

US Recalls 6,000 Ex-Soldiers For Service In Iraq, Afghanistan
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
… the United States army on Tuesday ordered to recall nearly 6,000 former
soldiers to active service to help maintain its force levels in Iraq and

PROFILE: Major members of Iraq's interim government
Xinhua – China
BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhuanet) — The following is brief information about
key members of Iraq's interim government. Ghazi Yawar, 46…

IRAQ won't be paying for itself
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… that a new and improved Baghdad stock exchange would be up and running
by the end of the month, signaling a turning point in Iraq's economic

GAO'S bleak assessment: Postwar Iraq is worse off
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – In a few key areas — electricity, the judicial system and
overall security — the Iraq that America handed back to its residents
Monday is worse…

IT'S business as usual in newly sovereign Iraq
Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription) – Fort Worth,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – It was a pretty standard Baghdad day — strong explosions
in the wee hours, a roadside bombing that killed three US Marines and
a fresh episode…

FRENCH object to NATO showing up in Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
ISTANBUL, Turkey — NATO's decision to help train Iraq's armed forces set
off wrangling among the allies Tuesday as more differences emerged between
the French…

FLOOD of Small Arms in Iraq Threatens Region-Study
Reuters – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – More than 8 million small arms fell into private
hands in Iraq when the US-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein, creating
a threat to…

IRAQ wheat debts' recovery uncertain
ABC Online – Australia
Federal Trade Minister Mark Vaile has refused to give any commitment that
Australian wheat growers will be compensated for money they were owed
by Iraq.…

IRAQ re-instates death penalty
ABC Online – Australia
… made today or tomorrow. The death penalty was suspended by the US's
former administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer. It could be applied…

SADDAM is now Iraq's prisoner
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
BAGHDAD˜A public trial for Saddam Hussein and, in the quality of its
justice, a crucial test for the new Iraq. Such was the scale…

US sending ex-GIs to Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON The US Army is preparing to call up 5,600 former soldiers for
yearlong tours in Iraq and Afghanistan under a rarely used wartime program
that allows…

ELECTIONS are the next step for a shaky Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… understandably has been focused on how things will change as the Coalition
Provisional Authority gives way to a US embassy and whether Iraq's security

IRAQ to Announce New Security Measures
NPR (audio) – USA
… I'm Robert Siegel. A day after taking power in Iraq, the interim prime
minister is announcing the next steps for his government.…

IRAQ to reinstate death penalty
swissinfo – Switzerland
government, also said Iraq will reinstate a 1960s “national security law”.
… The death penalty was suspended by the US ex-administrator in Iraq,
Paul Bremer.…

IRAQ won't exclude Ba'athists, envoy says
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.

IS retired terrorist in Iraq?
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… on Tuesday of last week before a House panel, Deputy Defense Secretary
Paul Wolfowitz alleged that a long-retired terrorist was killing Americans
in Iraq.…

STAGE Set For Trials In Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein, the leader of a brutal regime for 35 years,
will be transferred to Iraqi legal custody today and publicly arraigned

STRAINS from Iraq and Afghanistan prompt Army to dip deeper into…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… decade, the Army is forcing thousands of former soldiers back into
uniform, a reflection of the strain on the service of long campaigns in
Iraq and Afghanistan…

IRAQ'S basic services worse now than before war, GAO says
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ In a few key areas ˜ electricity, the judicial system
and overall security ˜ the Iraq that America handed back to its residents
Monday is…

THOUSANDS Attend Funeral for S.Korean Slain in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… of South Koreans turned out on Wednesday for the emotional funeral
of Kim Sun-il, a young interpreter who was beheaded by Islamic militants
in Iraq last week.…

THREE Turkish hostages released in Iraq
Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
ANKARA, Turkey ˜ Insurgents in Iraq freed three Turkish hostages yesterday,
Turkey's foreign minister said, and two other Turkish captives reportedly

Boulder Daily Camera – Boulder,CO,USA
“Mr. President, Iraq is sovereign,” National Security Adviser Condoleeza
Rice wrote Monday in a note to President Bush … Ms. Rice, Iraq is nothing
of the kind.…,1713,BDC_2489_3000264,00.html

CAPTURED US Marine Deserted in Iraq, New York Times Reports
Bloomberg – USA
June 30 (Bloomberg) — A US Marine captured by terrorists in Iraq had deserted
the military and was trying to reach his native Lebanon, the New York

US gives Iraq custody of Hussein
The Globe and Mail – Canada
… In his first public act since taking office on Monday, interim Prime
Minister Iyad Allawi announced yesterday that Mr. Hussein, who ruled Iraq
from 1979 until…

THREATS to behead Muslim captives in Iraq unleashes debate on…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Debate raged on Islamic Web sites about the propriety
of killing fellow Muslims who work for coalition forces in Iraq, after

IRAQ to take legal authority over Saddam
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's interim government announced on Tuesday that it
would take legal, but not physical, custody of Saddam Hussein and 11 of
his top…

EDITORIAL: US stakes in Iraq greater than ever
San Antonio Express (subscription) – San Antonio,TX,USA
… a letter of congratulations for Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, American
proconsul L. Paul Bremer boarded a C-130 military transport Monday and
departed Iraq…

IRAQ'S fate now rests with Allawi
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
Iraq's interim government, which assumed sovereignty on Monday, promises
a bold strategy of toughness and reconciliation to halt bloodshed and
heal the wounds…

SADDAM Hussein to face trial in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
While the former dictator will remain under US guard, Iraq's interim government
will have legal custody of him and 11 of his closest associates.…

HOPES, challenges mixed for Iraq's interim gov't
Xinhua – China
… transferred power to the Iraqi interim government Monday, a sign described
by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the state of Iraq
came back into…

BUSINESS as usual in Iraq as more US Marines die
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan
… Despite Monday's end of the formal occupation, about 160,000 soldiers
— mostly US forces — remain in Iraq as a multinational force to help
the new Iraqi…

US to hand over Saddam, but violence continues in Iraq
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
BAGHDAD – Iraq‚s new sovereign government said it is ready on Wednesday
to take legal custody of Saddam Hussein and other former officials of
his ousted…

PRAYERS & hopes for Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
Haider Alkhsali, 34, fled Iraq in 1991 after refusing to fight in Saddam
Hussein's military.. … His father, brothers and sisters remain in Iraq.

IRAQ prepared for Saddam handover
BBC News – London,England,UK
… of Kuwait and subsequent suppression of Shia and Kurdish uprisings,
the use of chemical weapons against the Kurds in 1988 and the 1980-1988
Iran-Iraq war.

IRAQ doubts keep Bush's popularity on the slide
Guardian – UK
… popularity fell to a new low yesterday in a poll which suggests that
there is an increasing level of scepticism about the motives for the Iraq
invasion and…,13918,1250564,00.html

ARMY to Recall Soldiers For Iraq, Afghan Wars
Washington Post – USA
… of soldiers in that category — the Individual Ready Reserve — was
in 1991 when 20,227 were activated for Operation Desert Shield and Desert
Storm in Iraq.…

THE difficult road ahead in Iraq
Town Hall – Washington,DC,USA
The transfer of sovereignty is a vital step towards creating a stable Iraq.
… Once the constitution is in place, Iraq will elect a permanent government.

IRAQ Will Charge Hussein in Court With 11 Officials
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
AGHDAD, Iraq, June 29 ˜ Iraq's interim government announced Tuesday that
it would take legal, but not physical, custody of Saddam Hussein and 11
of his top…

NATO summit ends with limited support for Afghanistan, Iraq
Radio Australia – Australia
A summit of the North Atlantic alliance, NATO, has ended in the Turkish
city of Istanbul, with limited commitments of support for Iraq and Afghanistan.

SECURITY fears in Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… wide screen extravaganza to a muted ensemble piece, but it's hard to
know which holds the defining epic moment because it's here that a new
Iraq has been born.…

REALITY Intrudes on Promises in Rebuilding of Iraq
New York Times – USA
… sovereignty, but those smokestacks remain potent markers not only of
sporadic electricity service but of the agonizingly slow pace of Iraq's
promised economic…

UPDATE 2-World Bank recognizes Iraq interim government
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The World Bank said on Tuesday it recognized
Iraq's new interim government as legitimate, opening the way for lending
to the…

IRAQ war may have same psychological effect as Tet offensive
USA Today – USA
Twice in recent broadcast interviews, Donald Rumsfeld has stressed the
parallels between the bloody turmoil in Iraq and North Vietnam's Tet offensive

VIOLENCE Goes On in Sovereign Iraq
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
BAGHDAD, 30 June 2004 ˜ Nine people were killed in continuing violence
in Iraq on its first day as a sovereign state since the US-led invasion.

BROTHER of Marine Held Hostage in Iraq Pleads for His Release
KUTV – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
The brother of a US Marine who is apparently being held hostage in Iraq
is pleading for his safe return. … He was doing his job in Iraq, he
was doing nothing.…

NEWS Analysis: US factors affect ties between new Iraq, neighbors
Xinhua – China
CAIRO, June 29 (Xinhuanet) — Monday's power transfer in Iraq will surely
provide a good opportunity for improving and revamping ties between the

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