Iraq News and Information Links August 31 2004
12 Nepalese hostages reported killed in Iraq, uncertainty over…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BAGHDAD : Nepal was plunged into mourning by reports that 12 of its citizens
had been brutally murdered by kidnappers in Iraq, as fears mounted for
two French…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/104275/1/.html

12 Nepal hostages slain in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BAGHDAD A video purported to show the execution-style killings of 12 Nepalese
workers kidnapped in Iraq was posted Tuesday on a Web site linked to an
Islamic…
www.iht.com/articles/536710.html

CRUDE oil falls again as Iraq fears ease
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… tumbled to one-month lows, losing over a dollar a barrel in London
as speculative funds bailed out in response to an easing of supply fears
and tensions in Iraq…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_business/view/104271/1/.html

REPUBLICANS Again Link Iraq War to War on Terror
Reuters – USA
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Speakers at the Republican National Convention are
addressing President Bush's weakest points by arguing the war in Iraq
is an integral…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=6117542

ANALYSIS: Iraq's forgotten hostages
BBC News – London,England,UK
By Roger Hardy. An Arabic-language website has posted images of the apparent
killings of 12 Nepalese hostages in Iraq. Nepal's ambassador…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3616354.stm

12 Nepalese hostages killed in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
NEPAL WAS thrown into shock and disbelief on Tuesday after Islamic militants
in Iraq claimed through a grisly video to have killed 12 labourers who
had left…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_981425,0015002000000000.htm

HEARING Continues for US Soldier Charged in Iraq Prisoner Abuse…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Preliminary military court hearings are continuing for a US soldier accused
of 13 counts of abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=BC391AB7-6F6E-4977-87A6C8C39EC4A9D2&title=
Hearing%20Continues%20for%20US%20Soldier%20Charged%20in%20Iraq%20Prisoner%20
Abuse%20Scandal&catOID=45C9C78F-88AD-11D4-A57200A0CC5EE46C&categoryname=USA

IRAQ women thank America, recount stories
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
The women, Surood Ahmad and Tagreed Al-Karakoly, are touring the country
as part of the Iraq-America Freedom Alliance, a nonpartisan coalition
of American and…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/9545524.htm

FRANCE Races to Save Iraq Hostages, Deadline Looms
ABC News – USA
AMMAN (Reuters) – France drummed up an unprecedented chorus of Arab support
for its efforts to save two French reporters held hostage in Iraq on Tuesday
as a…
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040831_226.html

GENERAL Won't Be Witness in Iraq Abuse Hearing
Reuters – USA
… the pregnant 21-year-old soldier who became the public face of the
scandal that shocked world opinion and rattled US efforts to stabilize
Iraq during a bloody…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6116050

CRUDE oil falls as Iraq exports a
Boston Herald – Boston,MA,USA
… Iraq is exporting 1.75 million barrels of oil from its southern fields
today, approaching the year's high of 1.8 million barrels a day averaged
in April.…
business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=42221

12 Nepalese hostages 'executed in Iraq'
Guardian – UK
A video purporting to show the execution-style murder of 12 Nepalese workers
kidnapped in Iraq was posted today on a website linked to an Islamist
militant…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1294380,00.html

NEPALESE hostages in Iraq killed captors: Web site
National Post (subscription) – Canada
BAGHDAD (AP) – A video purporting to show the methodical, grisly killings
of 12 Nepalese workers kidnapped in Iraq was posted Tuesday on a website
linked to an…
www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=75f98b02-e440-4a8b-b1c7-d13d15099aba

FRANCE'S Raffarin Summons Ministers on Iraq Hostages (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
… crisis. A group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq seized Christian
Chesnot, 37, and Georges Malbrunot, 41, on Aug. 20. It…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a.lzWW0RQvt4&refer=top_world_news

TERRORISTS kill Nepalese in Iraq
The Australian – Australia
DUBAI: Twelve Nepalese civilians taken hostage in Iraq by an al-Qa'ida-linked
group 11 days ago have been executed, their deaths filmed in a grisly
video…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10633873%255E601,00.html

SOLDIER'S Mother Launches Iraq Campaign
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… Rose Gentle, 40, was launching a campaign to bring service personnel
home from Iraq when she delivered a stinging attack on Tony Blair.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3435445

IRAQ Militants Kill 12 Nepali Hostages-Web Site
ABC News – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – A militant Iraqi group said it had killed 12
Nepali hostages and showed pictures of one being beheaded and others being
gunned down…
abcnews.go.com/wire/SciTech/reuters20040831_102.html

IRAQ Update
NPR (audio) – USA
… And thousands have taken to the streets of Paris to show support for
two French journalists being held hostage in Iraq. … And we turn now
to Iraq.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3879233

CRUDE Oil Drops as Threats to Supply From Iraq, Russia Diminish
Bloomberg – USA
31 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures fell close to a one- month low on expectations
a cease-fire in southern Iraq will reduce the sabotage of oil pipelines
and…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=aZVHtaoW_hVA&refer=home

ATTACKS stop Iraq oil exports and increase in crude oil prices
Arabic News – Middle East
… An Iraqi oil official announced that attacks on Sunday morning detonated
several oil lines in southern Iraq within a series of attacks targeting
the oil…
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040831/2004083121.html

TWELVE Nepalese captives executed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… The group had earlier announced the capture of the 12 Nepalese on 19-20
August because of their cooperation with US occupation forces in Iraq.

english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/67833A12-87BE-467D-8E7E-9D173D9A9915.htm

SOLDIER'S mother demands Iraq withdrawal
Guardian – UK
The mother of a British soldier killed in Basra today demanded to meet
Tony Blair and launched a petition demanding that he withdraw troops from
Iraq.…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1294247,00.html

US asks Philippines to reconsider Iraq job ban
Xinhua – China
31 (Xinhuanet) — The United States said Tuesday it hoped the Philippine
government could reconsider an order banning Filipinos from working in
Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/31/content_1931572.htm

RADICAL Iraq Cleric Reveals Political Agenda
NPR (audio) – USA
… First, an aide to the anti-American Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
today called on armed followers across Iraq to cease fire.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3879142

HAMAS appeals for release of French hostages in Iraq
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
The radical Palestinian movement Hamas appealed for the release of two
French journalists kidnapped in Iraq, recalling France's opposition to
the US-led war…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_980483,00050004.htm

IRAQ'S Sadr changes tack
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will field candidates in Iraq's
first elections and campaign on a platform calling for the withdrawal
of US forces…
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=574207&section=news

UK family of soldier killed in Iraq launch anti-war campaign
Xinhua – China
31 (Xinhuanet) — The family of a British soldier killed in Iraq were launching
a campaign opposing the Iraq war andseeking “justice” for service personnel
and…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/31/content_1931226.htm

DES Plaines man arrested as 'sleeper' spy for Iraq
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
… US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said Latchin did not disclose his membership
in the Iraqi Intelligence Service and affiliation with Iraq's then-ruling
Baath…
www.suntimes.com/output/iraq/cst-nws-iraqi31.html

US asks RP to lift Iraq job ban
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
The United States on Tuesday asked the Philippines to reconsider an order
banning Filipinos from working in Iraq put in place after a Filipino truck
driver was…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=19728

9/11, Iraq meld into one strategy
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq are inseparable. A
link between Iraq and Al Qaeda was crucial to building support…
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/08/31/911_iraq_meld_into_one_strategy

FRENCH Premier Calls Emergency Cabinet Meeting on Iraq Hostages
Bloomberg – USA
… this morning. A group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq seized
Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot on Aug. 20. It released…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=ayu6.YD84.Yk&refer=top_world_news

EDUCATION official shot dead in Iraq
Xinhua – China
BAGHDAD, Aug. 31 (Xinhuanet) — Unidentified gunmen shot dead on Tuesday
the head of education department of the northern city of Kerkuk, local
police said.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/31/content_1930376.htm

REPUBLICAN senator defends Bush's Iraq policy
Xinhua – China
… a key moderate who has often criticized the policies of old political
foe President George W. Bush, on Monday offered a stout defense of Bush's
Iraq policy and…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/31/content_1929572.htm

FRANCE battles to save Iraq hostages
The Hindu – Chennai,India
… SERVICE):FRENCH politicians were in franticnegotiations last night
to secure the release of two journalists taken hostageby Islamist extremists
in Iraq, as the…
www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200408311130.htm

IRAQ: Call to Bring Elections Forward
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A commander of multinational forces in Iraq has suggested that the country‚s
planned elections be moved up by a month to December, saying militants
could use…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3433433

2D probe at the Pentagon examines actions on Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… The broader probe is trying to determine whether Defense Department
officials went outside normal channels to gather intelligence on Iraq
or overstepped their…
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/08/31/2d_probe_at_the_pentagon_examines_actions_on_iraq

CRUDE in sell-off despite Iraq woes
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON – Oil futures dropped nearly $1 per barrel Monday despite more
sabotage of Iraqi oil infrastructure, reinforcing the view among traders
that prices…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/energy/2769666

SOVEREIGN Iraq Just as Deadly
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ Two months after the US handed sovereignty back to Iraq amid
hopes of reduced violence, more than 110 US troops have been killed and
much of the…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-military31aug31,1,3787593.story?coll=la-home-headlines

GUNMEN kill Iraq education official
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Reuters reported that in other violence in the country's north, a roadside
bomb in northern Iraq killed one American soldier and wounded two others.

www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/31/1093915295029.html

IRAQ: Call to Bring Elections Forward
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A commander of multinational forces in Iraq has suggested that the country‚s
planned elections be moved up by a month to December, saying militants
could use…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3433433

REPUBLICAN senator defends Bush's Iraq policy
Xinhua – China
… a key moderate who has often criticized the policies of old political
foe President George W. Bush, on Monday offered a stout defense of Bush's
Iraq policy and…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/31/content_1929572.htm

FRENCH Ministers Hold Meeting on Iraq Hostage Crisis, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
… Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin called a meeting of government
ministers over two French journalists being held hostage by a group in
Iraq, Agence France…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=aeAKG74Cit4M&refer=europe

CRUDE in sell-off despite Iraq woes
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON – Oil futures dropped nearly $1 per barrel Monday despite more
sabotage of Iraqi oil infrastructure, reinforcing the view among traders
that prices…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/energy/2769666

SOVEREIGN Iraq Just as Deadly
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
BAGHDAD ˜ Two months after the US handed sovereignty back to Iraq amid
hopes of reduced violence, more than 110 US troops have been killed and
much of the…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-military31aug31,1,3787593.story?coll=la-home-headlines

FRENCH React to Iraq Kidnapping With Unity
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… head scarves, journalists in jeans and senators draped in tri-colored
sashes rallied here Monday in support of two French hostages held in Iraq
by kidnappers…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-france31aug31,1,3949716.story?coll=la-home-headlines

MCCAIN touts Bush's re-election, defends war in Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Sen. John McCain offered a stout defense Monday of President Bush's decision
to invade Iraq as the only way to keep that country from acquiring weapons
of mass…
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/30/politics2032EDT0794.DTL

CRUDE Oil Little Changed After Falling on Halt to Iraq Fighting
Bloomberg – USA
31 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures were little changed after falling to
a one-month low yesterday as fighting eased in Iraq, reducing concern
that supplies…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=aMexhX0NrZDc&refer=uk

COALITION to plot strategy in Iraq at Warsaw meeting
Sify – Delhi,India
Warsaw: Military experts from around 30 countries with troops serving in
the international coalition in Iraq meet in the Polish capital from Thursday
to plot…
sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13555869

NEW HOPE FOR IRAQ
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… But now it is peaceful,” Sadr aide Sheikh Mahmoud Al Sudani said. “Moqtada
will declare his participation in Iraq's political process.…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=90568&Sn=WORL&IssueID=27164

FRENCH Hostages in Iraq Make Plea
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… 30 — Islamic radicals holding two French journalists hostage in Iraq
gave France another 24 hours on Monday to agree to their demands to reverse
a ban on…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47267-2004Aug30.html

OIL futures drop despite pipeline attacks in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
WASHINGTON, DC — Oil futures dropped by nearly $1 per barrel Monday despite
pipeline sabotage in Iraq that has delayed exports from a southern port

www.startribune.com/stories/535/4956362.html

HEARING Resumes for US Soldier Charged in Iraq Prisoner Abuse…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
A military hearing for the US soldier at the center of the Iraq prisoner
abuse scandal resumes Monday, to decide whether she should face a court-martial.

www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=9BCF6DB3-6DB7-4853-B391835AC7248AF6
&title=Hearing%20Resumes%20for%20US%20Soldier%20Charged%20in%20Iraq%20
Prisoner%20Abuse%20Scandal&catOID=45C9C78F-88AD-11D4-A57200A0CC5EE46C&categoryname=USA

MOQTADA Sadr orders ceasefire across Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
“The commander of the Sadr movement, Moqtada Sadr, announced today in
Najaf the end of all fighting in the all of Iraq and the integration of
his movement in…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_31-8-2004_pg1_2

OIL exports from southern Iraq reported halted by attacks, but…
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
BASRA, Iraq ˆ Senior Iraqi oil officials said crude exports from southern
Iraq halted Monday because of attacks on pipelines, but market prices
dropped…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040830-1459-iraq-oil.html

UPDATE 3: Oil Prices Drop $1 Despite Iraq Sabotage
Forbes – USA
Oil futures dropped by nearly $1 per barrel Monday despite pipeline sabotage
in Iraq that has delayed exports from a southern port – reinforcing the
view among…
www.forbes.com/technology/ebusiness/feeds/ap/2004/08/30/ap1523925.html

US guard 'stomped on fingers' in Iraq jail
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
WASHINGTON – The first American soldier convicted in the Iraq prisoner
abuse scandal testified on Monday that Private Lynndie England, the soldier
photographed…
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3588154&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

IRAN resolves to help Iraq security
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Iran‚s top national security executive, Hassan Rowhani, assured Iraqi
officials of Iran‚s resolve to join hands to establish security in Iraq,
the state…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_31-8-2004_pg4_6

  
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