Iraq News and Information Links
October 31 2004
Koda's Iraq trip was driven by sheer curiosity
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
TOKYO — Shosei Koda was a student learning English in New Zealand before entering Iraq, but his self-searching trip to one of the most dangerous places in
HRW warned US military of explosives in Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
VIENNA: Human Rights Watch has said it alerted the US military to a cache of hundreds of warheads containing high explosives in Iraq in May 2003, but that
Arms agency asked for a return to Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
WASHINGTON UN weapons inspectors pressed for permission to return to Iraq to help monitor weapons sites on the heels of the US-led invasion, but they were
Killing of Japanese hostage by militants in Iraq pressures Japan's
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOKYO (AP) The beheading of a Japanese hostage in Iraq renewed pressure on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to withdraw his country's troops, as the opposition
Iraq prime minister warns time running out for peaceful settlement
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's interim prime minister warned Sunday that efforts to resolve the standoff in Fallujah peacefully have entered their ''final phase
Family of a Sri Lankan held hostage in Iraq appeals to militants
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Dinesh Dharmendra Rajaratnam, 37, was in Iraq working for a Kuwaiti-based transport company when he was abducted along with a second driver, a Bangladeshi
At least 15 killed in explosion at Iraq's Tikrit hotel
Xinhua – Beijing,China
31 (Xinhuanet) — At least 15 people were killed and 8 others injured late Sunday while a rocket slammed into a target in Iraq's northern city of Tikrit, the—iraq-

Fresh US troops arrive in Iraq on eve of expected showdown with
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A brigade of fresh US troops arriving in Baghdad will push the total US troop presence in the Iraqi capital to around 40,000 by Monday, as

Uncertainty looms over US leaving Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
WASHINGTON — For all the talk about Iraq in the presidential campaign, a crucial question largely has gone unanswered: What would it really take for either
A look at some top weapons sites in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Iraq told the UN nuclear agency that 377 tons of HMX, RDX and PETN high explosives went missing after the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, due to a lack of

Iraq Hotel Explosion Kills at Least 15
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
By Associated Press. BAGHDAD, Iraq — An explosion hit a hotel Sunday in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit killed 15 Iraqis, police and hospital officials said.
Japan confirms death of hostage in Iraq:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: Tokyo, Oct.31 : The Japanese government on Sunday confirmed that a decapitated body found in Iraq is that of a Japanese hostage taken hostage by
Peace Talks in Iraq Enter Final Phase, says Iraqi PM
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, says government patience is running thin in efforts to find a peaceful solution to insurgencies in several Iraqi
British soldier found dead at Iraq base
Xinhua – Beijing,China
informed. The incident — days after a Black Watch soldier died — takes the number of UK military personnel to die in Iraq to 70.,4057,11249707%255E1702,00.html
Iraq ready for Fallujah assault – Australia
IRAQ was on the brink of an all-out assault on rebel-held Fallujah today as deadly clashes erupted between US troops and insurgents in the neighbouring city of
Birdwatching and Blogging in Iraq
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,United States
Description: NPR's Scott Simon speaks with “John,” a soldier with the US National Guard in Iraq, who keeps track of the birds and other creatures he has seen
Bombs Hit Marines, Iraq TV Office
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,United States
Fighting today in Iraq's Anbar province killed eight Marines and injured nine. This is the most US troops killed on one day in Iraq since early September.
US extends duty of 6,500 soldiers in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The US Army has extended tours of about 6,500 troops by two months in Iraq, citing a need for experienced forces during the Iraqi elections planned for January
Iraq's Allawi Says Time Nearly Up for Falluja
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said on Sunday a showdown was imminent in the western city of Falluja, where US marines are
Japan vows to stay in Iraq despite killing
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Japanese leaders on Sunday insisted they would not cut short their troops' deployment in Iraq despite the discovery of the body of a Japanese

A deadly day in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq – Nine US Marines were killed and nine wounded west of Baghdad yesterday, the deadliest day for American forces in nearly six months.
Straight talk about the future for Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
WASHINGTON – Senior US military commanders and civilian officials in Iraq are speaking more candidly about the hurdles that could jeopardize their plans to
GOP fuming over slow reply on Iraq's missing explosives
Chicago Sun Times – Chicago,IL,USA
leaders are grumbling that the White House was much too slow in responding to Democratic attacks on George W. Bush about the disappearance of munitions in Iraq …
Japan mourning the death of Iraq hostage
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Japan on Sunday denounced the beheading of a Japanese hostage in Iraq after a day that saw the heaviest United States casualties for six months and
Polish Hostage in Iraq Pleads for Her Life, Al-Jazeera Reports
Bloomberg – United States
31 (Bloomberg) — A Polish hostage kidnapped in Iraq this week pleaded the Polish government comply with her captors' demands to withdraw its troops from Iraq …
Attacks kill 9 Marines in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Nine US Marines were killed and nine wounded on Saturday, the deadliest day for American forces in Iraq in almost six months.
US forces take major losses across Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Three US marines have been injured in an attack on their convoy in Ramadi, a day after nine others were killed in another assault west of Baghdad.

Army Extends Iraq Tours by 2 Months
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
WASHINGTON — The Army has extended by two months the Iraq tours of about 6,500 soldiers, citing a need for experienced troops through the Iraqi elections
Japan Says Body Found in Iraq That of Hostage Koda (Update4)
Bloomberg – United States
The Japanese government confirmed a headless corpse found near Baghdad is that of national Shosei Koda, 24, the third Japanese death in Iraq since Self-Defense
Polish hostage in Iraq pleads for life-Video
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
The Polish woman held hostage in Iraq appeared in a new video, aired on Al-Jazeera satellite channel, pleading her nation to withdraw troops from the country
Car bomb kills eight Marines, wounds nine in Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq — A car bomb killed eight US Marines west of Baghdad yesterday, the deadliest attack against the US military in nearly six months.
Iraq chemical arms feared taken
Looters unleashed last year by the US-led invasion of Iraq overran a sprawling desert complex where a bunker sealed by UN monitors held old chemical weapons
Murder of Japanese hostage in Iraq 'regrettable'
Mail & Guardian Online (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
Japan was making arrangements on Sunday to fly the decapitated body of a 24-year-old Japanese tourist killed in Iraq to Kuwait for his return home, a senior
Japan Identifies Body in Iraq As Hostage
ABC News – United States
Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura, left, announces that Japanese govenment has confirmed that a depapitated body found in Iraq is that of Japanese
In Ohio, Iraq continues to shock
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
TOLEDO, Ohio THE REPUBLICANS and the Democrats bombarded this pleasant corner of northwest Ohio for the same reason President Bush invaded Iraq — because they
Iraq, terrorism cast imposing shadow over US election
Turkish Press – Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (AFP) – Iraq and terrorism cast an imposing shadow over the US presidential election even before Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dropped a
US officials outline hurdles in Iraq
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
WASHINGTON – Senior US military commanders and civilian officials in Iraq are speaking more candidly about the hurdles that could jeopardize their plans to
China's restraint in Iraq war noted
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
SEATTLE – The Chinese government's restrained response to the war in Iraq shows its maturity in international relations and the importance of its relationship
Military physician seeks Iraq mission
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
What he really wants, though, is to go to Iraq, or perhaps Afghanistan. He wants to because of Vietnam. “My dad was a soldier and pretty tough guy,” he said.
Japan Identifies Body in Iraq As Hostage
ABC News – United States
Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura announces that Japanese govenment has confirmed that a depapitated body found in Iraq is that of Japanese hostage
Car Bomb Kills Nine Marines In Iraq
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
30 — Nine US Marines were killed and nine wounded by a car bomb west of Baghdad on Saturday, the deadliest day for American forces in Iraq in almost six months
Key US army official slams Bush over Halliburton Iraq contracts
Independent – London,England,UK
A spokesman for President Bush on Friday said he expects a full investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in how Iraq-related contracts were awarded to
US military fatalities in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
30, 2004, at least 1,119 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
US commanders voice fears over controlling Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
WASHINGTON, DC — Senior US military commanders and civilian officials in Iraq are speaking more candidly about the hurdles that could jeopardize their plans
Al-Jazeera airs plea of Polish hostage in Iraq for troop pullout
Channel News Asia – Singapore
DOHA : A Polish woman held hostage by a militant group in Iraq was shown in a video on Al-Jazeera TV on Saturday night pleading for the withdrawal of Polish
Eight US Marines die in Iraq suicide bar bombing
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,United States
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – US troops suffered their deadliest day in Iraq in nearly six months when a suicide car bombing Saturday killed eight Marines west of
REGION: Bangladeshi hostage in Iraq identified
Daily Times – Pakistan
DHAKA: The Bangladesh government confirmed on Saturday the identity of one of its nationals taken hostage by militants in Iraq, officials said.

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