Friday, July 30, 2004
Iraq War NewsAllawi seeks Muslim unity against terror
: "Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi urged Islamic countries Thursday to "stand as one group" against terrorists and voiced support for formation of Saudi-led Muslim force to help stabilize his country.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqBritish parliament calls for more troops in Afghanistan
: "LONDON (AP) - A British parliamentary committee called for more troops and resources to be sent to Afghanistan, warning the country could "implode" if its fragile situation is not shored up.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqSharon makes oblique reference to nukes
: "The United States backs Israel's right to weapons of deterrence, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday, an oblique reference to Israel's secret store of nuclear weapons.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqMilitias said to set Sudanese on fire
: "Arab militias chained civilians together and set them on fire in Sudan's western Darfur region, where tens of thousands have been killed in a 17-month conflict, according to a report by an African Union monitoring team.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraqis delay national conference 2 weeks
: "A national conference considered a crucial first step in the country's fledgling move toward democracy was postponed for two weeks, an organizer said Thursday, a day after a massive car bombing that killed 70 people.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
in Iraqi militants kidnap Somali man; bomb death toll at 70
: "BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) - The insurgent group of Jordanian militantAbu Musab al-Zarqawi kidnapped a Somali truck driver in Iraq andthreatened to behead him if his Kuwaiti company doesn't stopworking there, according to a videotape aired Thursday.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqUkraine weighs withdrawal of troops from Iraq
: "KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine is negotiating with the United States and Poland to reduce and eventually withdraw its troops from Iraq, a top defense official said Thursday, becoming the latest country to consider pulling out its mission.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqSaddam said to have prostate infection
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein suffers from a chronic prostate infection and has refused to have a biopsy to prove he does not have cancer, an Iraqi official said in an interview Thursday on Al-Jazeera television.
"In Fresno Bee: IraqIraqi militants say Pakistani hostages killed
: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - A militant group holding two Pakistani contractors hostage said Wednesday it had killed the men but freed their Iraqi driver, the television station Al-Jazeera reported.
"In kgw.com: Iraq NewsIRAQ: Focus on 'brain drain' due to insecurity and freedom
: "BAGHDAD, 29 Jul 2004 (IRIN) - Iraq?s capital, Baghdad, is facing a 'brain drain' as doctors, judges, professors and businessmen look for jobs and safety in neighbouring countries.
"In IRIN: Iraq Crisis