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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

        

Monday, 22 Nov 2004

 

DEFENCE/SECURITY
·         Two killed, five wounded in Mosul shelling- Al-Sharqiyah
·         Casualties, US vehicle destroyed in car blast in southern Baghdad- Al-Sharqiyah
·         Wounded in Al-Fallujah to be treated in other cities- Al-Sharqiyah TV
·         Al-Sistani aide slams Baghdad mosque raid- Al-Manar TV
·         Towns south of Baghdad "besieged", police chief killed- Al-Diyar TV
·         Al-Ramadi US base hit by rockets- Al-Sharqiyah
·         Iraqi fighters in "full control" of town near Syrian border - Al-Sharqiyah TV
·         Violent clashes reported in Al-Latifiyah- Al-Sharqiyah
POLITICS/ELECTIONS/HOSTAGES
·         Medical equipment lacking in Iraqi health centres - Al-Zawra
·         Karbala police chief criticizes Al-Jazeera's "inaccurate" Iraq coverage Al-Diyar TV
·         Election date set for 30 January 2005- Iraq For All News
·         Iraqi election official calls for objective media coverage- Al-Mashriq
·         Iraq election official denies contingency plan for Sunni election boycott- Al-Diyar
·         Abducted cousin of Iraqi prime minister reportedly released- Al-Sharqiyah TV
IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA SUMMARIES, 21 NOV 04
·         Islamic Party Dar al-Salam radio 21 Nov 04:
·         Al-Diyar TV news 21 Nov 04:
·         Al-Iraqiyah TV news 21 Nov 04:
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES , 22 NOV 04
·         London-based Al-Zaman headlines 22 Nov 04:
KURDISH NEWS, 21 NOV 2004
·         UK PM's envoy visits Kurdish graves in Halabjah- KurdSat TV
·         UK prime minister's envoy Ann Clwyd visits Iraq's Halabjah- Kurdistan TV
·         Iraq election official comments on preparations for 30 January elections-KDP
UPDATES FROM IRAQI KURDISH PRESS, 18 NOV 04
·         Khabat daily, issued in Erbil by the KDP, 21 November 2004

DEFENCE/SECURITY

Two killed, five wounded in Mosul shelling- Al-Sharqiyah
Al-Sharqiyah TV 21 Nov 04: Several shells fell on the commercial district in Mosul early on 21 November, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The shelling killed two people and wounded five others. In addition, shops in Al-Dawwasah district in the centre of the city were damaged. Reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the shelling was probably carried out by gunmen who targeted the governorate's headquarters, located close to the scene of the incident.
Casualties, US vehicle destroyed in car blast in southern Baghdad- Al-Sharqiyah
Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 21 Nov 04: booby-tapped car exploded while a US vehicle was travelling in southern Baghdad this morning, completely destroying it and wounding its occupants. Eyewitnesses said that a US Hummer vehicle was travelling on the main highway in the area of Al-Durah when it was attacked by the booby-trapped car.
A US rescue team was seen towing the destroyed vehicle and transferring the wounded after the US forces imposed a security cordon and prevented cars and passers-by from approaching the site of the attack.Another booby-trapped car exploded in the area of Al-Durah without causing casualties or damage. Eyewitnesses said that the explosion took place during the rush hour at the 60th Street and the Mechanic neighbourhood intersection on the main highway in Al-Durah.
Wounded in Al-Fallujah to be treated in other cities- Al-Sharqiyah TV
Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 21 Nov 04: US forces have permitted wounded people in the Jordanian Hospital in Al-Fallujah to be evacuated to other medical centres outside the city, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 21 November. According to the TV, the evacuation order came after repeated demands by health professionals against keeping the wounded in the hospital, which it said was suffering from an acute shortage of medical supplies, drugs and overcrowdedness. Dr Rafi Hiyad al-Isawi, director of the Al-Fallujah Hospital, had officially accused the US forces of preventing a Health Ministry team from evacuating the killed and wounded or helping the wounded during the battles that have been raging for two weeks, the TV said. The doctor reportedly added that the ministry dispatched 20 doctors and 11 ambulances to participate in the rescue and evacuation operations, but the US forces did not allow them to perform them their duties. Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV said that, since the start of their attack on Al-Fallujah on 7 November, the US forces had been exposed to criticism and a large-scale campaign of condemnation for hampering aid and rescue operations in the city and violating the laws of combat and human rights. These violations, it said, were exposed by scenes of a US soldier opening fire at the head of a wounded person who was bleeding inside one of the city's mosques.
Al-Sistani aide slams Baghdad mosque raid- Al-Manar TV
Al-Manar TV 21 Nov 04: Hamid al-Khaffaf, spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Al-Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, on 21 November denounced the storming of Abu-Hanifah al-Nu'man mosque in northern Baghdad on 19 November, Lebanese Hezbollah TV Al-Manar reported. He said that violating the sacredness of mosques was a violation of one of the Islamic sanctities and that Al-Sistani rejected carrying out arrests without legal arrest warrants.
Towns south of Baghdad "besieged", police chief killed- Al-Diyar TV
Al-Diyar TV 21 Nov 04: Iraqi National Guards and police forces, supported by US troops, besieged Al-Latifiyah and Al-Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad, in preparation for a large-scale attack on the two cities, Iraqi Al-Diyar TV reported on 21 November. An Iraqi army source was reported as saying that that armed men had turned the towns into a base for attacking civilians on the main road between Baghdad and southern governorates like Al-Najaf and Karbala.
Al-Ramadi US base hit by rockets- Al-Sharqiyah
Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 21 Nov 04: Gunmen launched rocket attacks on the main headquarters of the US troops in Al-Ramadi, 105 km west of Baghdad, the biggest city in Al-Anbar Governorate, overnight and in the morning of 21 November, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The TV said nine civilians were killed in violent clashes between gunmen and US troops the previous day. The fiercest clashes, it said, took place in the eastern part of the city, including Al-Mal'ab, Al-Mu'tasim and Al-Sina'i districts. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1300 gmt 21 Nov 04)
Iraqi fighters in "full control" of town near Syrian border - Al-Sharqiyah TV
Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 21 Nov 04: An Al-Arabiya correspondent reported on 21 November that Iraqi fighters were now in "full control" of Al-Qa'im town on the Iraqi-Syrian border. Al-Jazeera TV added that in Al-Qa'im, gunmen had launched a mortar attack against a US headquarters. Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV said five civilians had been killed on 21 November in Al-Qa'im as a result of clashes between gunmen and US troops.
Violent clashes reported in Al-Latifiyah- Al-Sharqiyah
Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 21 Nov 04: Violent clashes took place in Al-Latifiyah, southwest of Baghdad, on 21 November between gunmen and the US and Iraqi troops, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The TV said several families left the city fearing it might be exposed to a large-scale military operation similar to that in Al-Fallujah.


POLITICS/ELECTIONS/HOSTAGES
Medical equipment lacking in Iraqi health centres - Al-Zawra
Al-Zawra, Baghdad, in Arabic 11 Nov 04: Iraqi Health Minister Ala-al-Din Abd-al-Shahib al-Alwan said, in an interview with Iraqi Journalists Union newspaper Al-Zawra, that furniture and medical equipment, such as stethoscopes and thermometers, were "non-existent" in most medical centres. Some 80 per cent of centres do not have proper generators and 90 per cent lack drinking water, he said. He added, however, that the health care budget had increased to about 1bn dollars for 2004, and most of this sum had been spent on pharmaceuticals and staff salaries.
Karbala police chief criticizes Al-Jazeera's "inaccurate" Iraq coverage Al-Diyar TV
Al-Diyar TV, 21 Nov 04: In an interview with Al-Diyar Television, Karbala Police Chief Gen Abbas al-Hasani denied reports carried by Al-Jazeera TV that he had been discharged from his post by the Iraqi interior minister, Iraqi Al-Diyar TV reported. Al-Hasani said: It is truly regrettable that Al-Jazeera would carry inaccurate reports, particularly about the security situation in Iraq, despite the ban imposed by the Iraqi government.

Election date set for 30 January 2005- Iraq For All News
Iraq For All News Network web site, in Arabic, 21 Nov 2004: The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq on 21 November issued a statement in which it said that it had set 30 January 2005 as the date for national elections. Dr Farid Ayyar, official spokesman for the commission, said that elections for the Iraqi National Assembly, the National Assembly of the Kurdistan region, and the councils of the 18 governorates would be held on the same date. The statement said international and local observers would be invited to monitor the elections. The commission spokesman, Ayyar, was quoted in the statement as denying reports that UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was making contact with Iraqi parties to postpone the elections. He said there were no such contacts, adding that the commission was the only party responsible for making decisions regarding the elections. Ayyar said political parties could start their campaigns as of 15 December 2004, adding that the campaigns should stop 48 hours before the date of the Iraqi elections on 30 January 2005.
Iraqi election official calls for objective media coverage- Al-Mashriq
Al-Mashriq, Baghdad, in Arabic 19 Nov 04: The Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq called on Iraqi and foreign media to cover the forthcoming Iraqi elections accurately and objectively and not to jump to conclusions and report their own judgments as factual, Iraqi newspaper Al-Mashriq reported on 9 November. The spokesman of the Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq, Dr Farid Ayyar, reportedly expressed astonishment at how some of those involved in the media had attributed false reports on the elections and the election schedule to officials. He said this was detrimental and would confuse the public. On the ruling of the Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq allowing Iraqi expatriates to cast their votes, he said he was baffled by how some of the Iraqi political activists had sought to "exploit" the ruling. He said that the Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq issued the ruling after much deliberation and a detailed analysis of the facts involved and that the ruling was not the result of any pressure, be it Iraqi or foreign, partisan or non-partisan. The spokesman also said that the role of the United Nations was to dispatch experts to help the Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq prepare for the elections, but this had not been done as expected since the United Nations mission of experts numbered "less than five", he said.



Iraq election official denies contingency plan for Sunni election boycott- Al-Diyar
Al-Diyar TV 1230 gmt 21 Nov 04: Dr Farid Ayyar, official spokesman for the Higher Election Commission, on 21 November denied any knowledge of an alternative plan in light of the Sunni boycott of the January 30 elections. Iraqi Al-Diyar TV reported Dr Ayyar as saying that the commission had not discussed this issue and that there were no alternative plans.
Abducted cousin of Iraqi prime minister reportedly released- Al-Sharqiyah TV

Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 21 Nov 04: Abducted cousin of Iraqi prime minister reportedly releasedText of announcer-read report by Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV on 21 November An official from the National Accord Movement, which is led by Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, has said that Ghazi Allawi, the prime minister's cousin who was kidnapped and held hostage, was released today. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Allawi's cousin was in good health. He gave no further details. Unknown gunmen kidnapped Ghazi Allawi and his wife, along with their daughter-in-law, in Al-Yarmuk Neighbourhood in [southwestern] Baghdad on 9 November. The two women were released on 14 November.






IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA SUMMARIES, 21 Nov 04


Islamic Party Dar al-Salam radio 21 Nov 04:
·         The leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party urges a postponement of the elections until the security situation improves ...
·         Thirteen Iraqis are killed and 15 others wounded by US forces in the city of Al-Ramadi
·         US solider is killed and nine others wounded by an explosive charge in Baghdad. Several armed clashes also erupt between US "occupation" forces and armed men in the city ...
·         Iraqi citizens from the city of Al-Saqlawiyah say that they have buried about 70 people, who were killed during the current operations in the city of Al-Fallujah ...
·         An Iraqi doctors association sends a relief aid to the Al-Fallujah General Hospital, and Red Cross spokesman says the Red Cross has failed to enter the city of Al-Fallujah because of the ongoing fighting ...
·         Libyans demonstrate in front of the UN headquarters in Tripoli to protest the US military operations in Al-Fallujah city and elsewhere in Iraq ...
·         Syrians demonstrate to protest the US "occupation" forces' practices in Iraq.
Al-Diyar TV news 21 Nov 04:
·         Iraqi forces, supported by American troops, besiege Al-Latifiyah and Al-Iskandariyah today in preparation for a large-scale attack ...
·         An American spokesman says more than 1,450 people have been arrested in Al-Fallujah since the start of the operation. Reports indicate that clashes have been taking place in the Al-Julan suburb of Al-Fallujah. American forces close all roads to Al-Ramadi and call on the inhabitants not to leave their houses ...
·         Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi arrives in Cairo to attend the international conference on Iraq
·         Al-Diyar correspondent reports that an explosive charge went off in the house of a Basra governorate council member yesterday morning causing material damaged. Al-Diyar correspondent in Diyala says an armed group assassinated the director of the Al-Khalis police yesterday. Mortar rounds this morning target central Mosul, killing three citizens ...
·         Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih visits the city of Al-Samawah yesterday to check the situation there. He praises the citizens' cooperation with the government ...
·         Official spokesman for the Higher Election Commission denies the presence of an alternative plan for a Sunni boycott of the election ...

Al-Iraqiyah TV news 21 Nov 04:
·         Interim government discusses budget and other issues
·         Stability of Iraq means stability for all region, says Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih
·         Sharm al-Shaykh summit crucial for Iraq, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari
·         Spokesman for independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq denies some political groups will not participate in election
·         Recorded interview with Adil al-Lami, member of commission. He speaks about voter registration and conditions for allowing political groups to run election
·         Clashes break out in Al-Latifiyah between security forces and gunmen; 30 bodies found in city; six killed in Rammadi clashes
·         Over 1,450 arrested in Al-Fallujah, 400 of them freed; weapon cache found in city.US general says chances of arrest of Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi better following assault on Al-Fallujah
·         Father of Saudi youth killed in Iraq blames clerics for his death, to take legal action against them
·         Basra police set up human rights department
·         Ministry of Higher Education carries out projects for revamping universities
·         Labour and social service department sets up system to deal with unemployment ... Report on effect of satellite television on Iraqis
·         Freed Polish woman declines to speak about her life in Iraq captivity
·         Japanese military unit arrives in Iraq
·         Japan premier renews commitment to helping Iraq in meeting with US President George Bush in Chile
·         Cousin of Iraq Prime Minister Iyad Allawi freed by abductor - unconfirmed media sources
·         Report over release of Allawi cousin confirmed by government spokesman ...
·         Oil well in Kirkuk set alight. Oil exports via southern Iraqi ports halted due to bad weather.
·         Paris Club agrees to plan to write off Iraq debts. Iraqis greet Paris Club decision.


IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES , 22 NOV 04


London-based Al-Zaman headlines 22 Nov 04:
·         Need to stop infiltration into Iraq attracts unanimity at Sharm al-Shaykh.
·         Tehran stalls on meeting of Iraq neighbouring countries' foreign ministers.
·         Elections to be held on 30 January amid calls to delay them by six months
·         Twenty-one policemen killed in Mosul, Al-Ramadi. Al-A'zamiyah combed.
·         Fighting in Al-Latifiyah cuts Baghdad off from south
·         Four candidates compete to succeed Arafat.
·         Powell calls for Jerusalem Palestinians to be allowed to take part in elections. Cease-fire declared
·         Paris club agrees cancelling 80 per cent of Iraq debt
·         Israel, Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan top list of US foreign aid recipients' list
·         Bahrain king pardons [activist] Al-Khawajah
·         Two wounded in bomb blast in central Beirut.


Kurdish News, 21 Nov 2004
UK PM's envoy visits Kurdish graves in Halabjah- KurdSat TV
KurdSat TV 21 Nov 04: The UK prime minister's special envoy to Iraq on human rights, Ann Clwyd, and her accompanying delegation visited the city of Halabjah where there is a memorial and documentary centre for the victims of the Halabjah chemical attack, Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan satellite TV reported on 21 November. She also visited the burial ground of the 5,000 Kurds who died following the bombing by former Iraqi President Saddam Husayn.


UK prime minister's envoy Ann Clwyd visits Iraq's Halabjah- Kurdistan TV

Kurdistan satellite TV Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan on 21 Nov 04 :The British prime minister's special envoy to Iraq on human rights, Ann Clwyd and her accompanying delegation have visited the martyred city of Halabjah [Town 65 km southeast of Al-Sulaymaniyah, 255 km northeast of Baghdad]. During the visit, she called upon the memorial and the documentary centre for the victims of the Halabjah chemical attack by the planes of the deposed Iraqi Ba'th regime in 1988. She also visited the burial ground of the 5,000 martyrs and the victims of ethnic-cleansing and the scorched-earth policy. [Passage omitted: More on former regime's 1998 ethnic-cleansing campaign]
Iraq election official comments on preparations for 30 January elections-KDP

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) satellite TV on 21 November 04 :The spokesman of the Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq, Dr Farid Ayyar, has revealed that Monday, 30 January 2005, will be the election day in Iraq. He said that on the same day, the elections of the Iraqi National Assembly and Kurdistan National Assembly as well as the councils of all the 18 governorates would be held.
He explained that the aforementioned commission was now busy setting in motion the mechanisms needed in order to facilitate the electoral process and it was expected to invite international and local advisers to supervise the elections.
He rejected that [UN envoy] Lakhdar Brahimi had contacted Iraqi political parties and sides by saying: Such things do not exist and if there they were, then the Higher Commission for Elections is responsible for them.
Regarding the system through which the election campaigns of the political parties and sides will be conducted, Dr Farid said: The aforementioned commission will soon make the system known to public. The campaigns can start from 15 January 2005 until 48 hours before 30 January.
It is noteworthy that the election issue in Kirkuk has been rejected by the Kurdish leadership until the situation in Kirkuk has normalized in accordance with Iraqi State Administration Law.


Updates from Iraqi Kurdish Press, 18 Nov 04


Khabat daily, issued in Erbil by the KDP, 21 November 2004
·         The KDP leader Massoud Barzani received in his HQ Saturday the US Consular in Kirkuk and discussed with him the political developments and the preparations for the forthcoming elections. We support reconstruction of the new Iraq as far as Kurdistan people's rights are respected and demands fulfilled, Barzani said.
·         Kurdistan National Assembly (KNA, Parliament) unanimously adopted yesterday a new security bill called the General Establishment for Kurdistan Region Security. The Parliament also amended law No. 1 of the KNA elections increasing thus the number of the MPs from 105 to 111 and demanding that at least 25% of the candidates on any list should be women.
·         KRG-Erbil increased the retirement pension for the civil servants who die or sustain disability because of terrorism acts to 100% of their salaries with all the allowances and upgrade stipends due to any civil servant working until the normal retirement age at 63.
·         The KRG-Erbil Interior Minister received Saturday a delegation from the South Korean embassy in Baghdad. The Minister requested the Korean side to bring in expertise to Kurdistan and send Kurdistan technicians abroad for training and capacity building.
·         Arab settlers in Kirkuk want to oversee the elections there. After the regime fall, the settlers have established 5 civil society organizations and have been engaged since then to supervise the elections process in Kirkuk through RTI and NDI, two US-based NGOs. The Independent Electoral Commission has appointed a number of Arab settlers, who were Baath loyalists, to run the Commission's Kirkuk office.
·         Upon a special amnesty from KRG-Erbil Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, the police department in Dahuk released 52 prisoners on the occasion of Ramadan Eid. The prisoners had spent 75% of their sentences and the plaintiffs had dropped their cases against those prisoners, the police commander commented.

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