Iraq News and Information Links September 30 2004
First Bush-Kerry Debate Likely to Focus on Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… Iraq is expected to be at the center of that discussion as President Bush says last year's US-led invasion has made America safer from terrorist attack.
Britain willing to talk to Bigley's kidnappers in Iraq but won't
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
By Michael Mcdonough, Associated Press, 9/30/2004 17:23. LONDON (AP) Britain's government is willing to talk to the kidnappers of
Bombings in Iraq kill 35 children, wound scores of others
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A string of bombs killed 35 children and wounded scores of others as US troops handed out candy Thursday at a government-sponsored
Britain Wants Contact with Iraq Hostage-Takers
Reuters – USA
BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Britain's Tony Blair appealed Thursday to kidnappers holding a hostage in Iraq to make contact — but ruled out doing deals as
Iraq Bombs Kill at Least 46, Hurt 137, Officials Say (Update4)
Bloomberg – United States
car bombings and mortar attacks by insurgents who oppose the administration of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and the presence of foreign soldiers in Iraq.
developments in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
a doctor in the city. _ The chief bodyguard of the mayor of Kirkuk, a northern Iraq city, was shot and killed. _ The Arabic news
Car Bombings Kill 50, Leave 145 Hurt In Iraq
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
30 (NNN): At least 50 people, including 35 children, were killed and 145 others injured in a series of car bombings in Iraq on Thursday, reports reaching here
Arab network says 10 new hostages seized in Iraq
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
By Nadia Abou El-Magd. BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Arab news network Al-Jazeera showed video Thursday of 10 new hostages seized in Iraq by militants.
Pentagon wants 'uplifting accounts' about Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
Thursday, worried that negative stories like these are dominating the news headlines during an election period, has decided to send out Iraq Americans to bring
Freed aid workers consider Iraq return
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Two Italian aid workers released by kidnappers in Iraq hope to return to the country despite their three-week ordeal. … “I hope to return to Iraq soon.…
Battle lines drawn for first debate on Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
President George Bush and his Democratic challenger, John Kerry, will engage in their first direct confrontation over the war in Iraq in a high-stakes debate…,00050003.htm
Blair faces anger of Labour Party delegates over Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Prime Minister Tony Blair faced calls on Thursday for British troops to quit Iraq as delegates to his Labour Party's annual conference vented their anger over…,5744,10935265%255E601,00.html
Bomb kills at least 45 in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
… President George W.Bush was to face off against Democrat candidate John Kerry in the first of three election debates in which the violence in Iraq was expected…,5744,10932357%255E401,00.html
Women among 10 new hostages in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
THE Arab news network Al-Jazeera showed footage today of 10 new hostages seized in Iraq by militants. Al-Jazeera said the 10, including…,2763,1316506,00.html
Film shows 10 new Iraq hostages
Guardian – UK
Video footage of 10 more hostages kidnapped in Iraq was today broadcast on the al-Jazeera television channel as the British government again said it would not…
Iraq debate dominates last day of British Labor's conference
Xinhua – Beijing,China
30 (Xinhuanet) — The debate on whether British troops should be brought home early from Iraq will dominate the last day of the ruling Labor Party's conference…

Briton held in Iraq begs Blair to save him
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
… at risk. He begged Blair to release the Iraqi women held in American jails in Iraq, his captors' condition for his freedom. “Tony…
Terrorism, Iraq are things world wants to hear about
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
John Kerry talk about Iraq and the war on terrorism. The war in Iraq is very unpopular throughout much of the world and has made…
Multiple car bombs kill 40 in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… President George W Bush was to face off against Democrat candidate John Kerry in the first of three election debates in which the violence in Iraq is bound to…
Jordan realigns with US over Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
The Jordanian Foreign Minister has sought to allay concerns that his country and the United States are at odds over the holding of elections in Iraq early next…

French delegation claims Iraq hostages now 'in safe hands'
Expatica – Netherlands
… Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot were seized on August 20 by a group calling itself the Islamic Army of Iraq, which was initially demanding that France…
Car Bombs in Iraq Kill at Least 42, Wound 140
Reuters – USA
… Instability is mounting in Iraq just weeks before the US presidential election in November and four months before Iraq is due to hold its own nationwide polls.…

Commentary: Where Iraq meets the markets
CBS MarketWatch – USA
John Kerry ready to sling mud, eat bugs, and do anything short of holding their debate in Iraq to prove their toughness to a “Fear Factor”-obsessed nation.…

Options limited on Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BY CRAIG GORDON. WASHINGTON – For all the slashing rhetoric between the two presidential candidates over Iraq, whoever wins the White House Nov.…
Britain Wants Contact with Iraq Kidnappers
Reuters – USA
BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Britain appealed on Thursday to kidnappers holding a hostage in Iraq to make contact — but still ruled out negotiations or…
US Forces Attack Target in Iraq Rebel City
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – US forces launched a “precision strike” on Thursday on a building in Falluja said to be used by fighters loyal to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi…
Iraq War Divides Australian Candidates
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
SYDNEY, Australia – Australian voters face a stark choice on Iraq when they choose a new prime minister – to stay or to go. Prime…
Kerry gets ready to Iraq 'n' roll
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,United States
Iraq is front and center on the American political stage tonight – and the presidential race may well hinge on the foreign policy agenda put forth by the…
Iraq captors wanted US$5 million ransom
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
KUWAIT – The Kuwaiti newspaper that predicted the release of two Italian hostages in Iraq says the captors had originally demanded a US$5 million ($7.56 million…
Iraq War Will Play Heavily in Debate
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… John F. Kerry will meet here Thursday night for a high-stakes debate that will produce their first direct confrontation over the war in Iraq and that…
British Opposition accuses Blair of lying over Iraq
ABC Online – Australia
… accused Prime Minister Tony Blair of lying to the British people about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction in the run up to the Iraq conflict.…
Views on Iraq war go head-to-head
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON — After months of attacks and countercharges over the war in Iraq, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry meet tonight…
Government Seeks Union Help over Iraq Troops Withdrawal
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… whether to help Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Labour Party conference by backing a move designed to avoid defeat over pulling British troops out of Iraq.…
‘UK planned Iraq war despite Blair denial'
Daily Times – Pakistan
LONDON: Britain started to plan the invasion of Iraq months before the conflict, even as Prime Minister Tony Blair was denying he was on a course for war…
George F. Will: Iraq policy offers big target
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
It pits a man who regards recent events in Iraq as “steady progress” against a man who, while accusing the president of unrealism, says that when he becomes…
UK hopes for Iraq hostage contact
BBC News – London,England,UK
Britain says it is doing everything it can to secure the release in Iraq of British hostage, Kenneth Bigley. UK Prime Minister Tony…
Misleading information led to Iraq war: Kerry
Daily Times – Pakistan
… When asked if the war in Iraq was “worth it,” Kerry said if he knew then what he knows now, he would not have supported the war.…

Powell Backs Idea of International Conference on Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Secretary of State Colin Powell says he supports, and is ready to take part in, an international conference aimed at bolstering Iraq's electoral process and…
IMF approves first loan to help in rebuilding Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday approved an emergency loan of $436.7 million for Iraq, the first assistance it has provided to…
British Muslims Lobby for Iraq Hostage Release
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,United States
… NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with Daud Abdullah, assistant secretary to the Muslim Council of Britain, about that group's recent journey to Iraq to press for the…
THINKING ALOUD: War, peace and democracy in Iraq —Razi Azmi
Daily Times – Pakistan
Bush's Iraq venture reflected a desire to transform a rich country plundered by a tyrannical and dangerous ruler into a model of prosperity and democratic…

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