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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

This document is provided as a service by UNAMI. The material is drawn from non-UN sources and does not reflect the opinions of the United Nations, nor can the UN vouch for its accuracy

Monday, 10 January 2005

 
HEADLINES
  
IRAQI NEWS

·         Weapons found in Basra
·         Official gives polling station details
·         Pachachi: ``Election without participation of all Iraqis "not representative"''
·         Iraqi president, Iranian charge d'affaires discuss strengthening ties
·         Boost to electricity supply expected
·         Eleven reported killed, 23 injured in car bomb attack
·         Samarra deputy police chief killed
·         Bodies of three businessmen found in lake west of Samarra
·         Iraq names Arab detainees accused of sabotage, terrorism
·         Human rights group director kidnapped in Kirkuk
·         Oil export levels from south rise again after sabotage repairs
·         Iraq: Three contractors shot dead in Samarra - radio
·         Iraqi police, multinational forces discover weapons caches in Basra
IRAQI PRESS QUOTES, 9 JAN 05
·         '' What Iraqis Wants From those who seek power'' Al-Dustur editorial
·         '' postponing elections meant to achieve more important aim'' Al-Bayyinah commentary
·         ''A new kind of terrorism has been added: a severe fuel shortage'' Al-Mada editorial
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 9 JAN 05
·         Al-Zaman [Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper]:
·         Al-Mada [Baghdad, political daily newspaper published by Al-Mada Corporation for Media, Culture and Art]:
IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 9 JAN 2005
·         Programme summary of Al-Sharqiyah TV news:
·         Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah TV news
·         Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Diyar TV news
·         Programme summary of Kurdistan Satellite TV news 09 Jan 05:

IRAQI NEWS

Weapons found in Basra

A joint force from the Iraqi Police and the multinational forces on 9 Jan found weapons caches in Al-Ma'qil area in the centre of Basra City. A captain from the multinational forces said his troops had also found more than 100 weapons and rockets hidden in a nearby river (Radio Dijla, Baghdad, 9 Jan 05).

Official gives polling station details

Farid Ayar, spokesman for the Independent Higher Electoral Commission, said the number of polling centres throughout Iraq - excluding Al-Anbar Governorate - had reached 5,220, comprising 29,000 polling stations. The number of polling centres in Baghdad alone would total about 1,454, containing 8,081 polling stations. (Iraqi Al-Diyar TV 9 Jan 05)

Pachachi: ``Election without participation of all Iraqis "not representative"''

Adnan Pachachi, leader of the Independent Democrats grouping, called for an "in-depth dialogue" with those Iraqi factions that are asking for the postponement of elections, Baghdad newspaper Al-Nahdah reported. Pachachi reiterated his call for postponing the elections. He said that holding the elections despite their being boycotted by some Iraqis would cast doubt on the legitimacy of the elections and their results, Al-Nahdah reported. Pachachi defended the right of Kurds to determine their future, but ruled out the possibility of their seceding from Iraq. (Al-Nahdah, Baghdad in Arabic 8 Jan 05)

Iraqi president, Iranian charge d'affaires discuss strengthening ties

Iraqi President Shaykh Ghazi Ajil al-Yawar met the Iranian charge d'affaires in Baghdad on 9 Jan to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral relations. (Al-Sharqiyah Satellite Channel, Baghdad, in Arabic, 9 Jan 05)

Boost to electricity supply expected

Electricity Minister Dr Ayham al-Samarra'i said he expected the electricity system to register a marked improvement on Sunday 9 Jan. Speaking on Iraqi Al-Diyar TV the same day, he said important plants had received a good supply of fuel during the day, and he thought the situation would continue to improve if fuel supplies can be maintained. (Al-Diyar TV, Baghdad, 9 Jan 05)

Eleven reported killed, 23 injured in car bomb attack

Eleven people were killed and 23 wounded in a car bomb on 9 January at an Iraqi army checkpoint in the city of Al-Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The station cited police sources saying a man in a booby-trapped car charged the checkpoint. It added that it was not yet clear whether those killed and wounded were members of the army and that the death toll appeared to be an initial estimate. (Al-Sharqiyah 9 Jan 05)

Samarra deputy police chief killed
The deputy police chief of Samarra, Maj Muhammad Muzaffar, was killed by gunmen on 9 January, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The station said the gunmen fired on Muzaffar in a street near Al-Malwiyah in Samarra and fled afterwards. AFP, 9 Jan, said Muzaffar was killed when he was caught in the cross-fire between US soldiers and insurgents. It added that four other Iraqis were wounded in the incident. (Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, In Arabic, 9 Jan 05)
Bodies of three businessmen found in lake west of Samarra

The bodies of three Iraqi businessmen were found floating in a lake west of Samarra on 8 January, AFP news agency reported, citing the police. Al-Sharqiyah TV said the US army found the bodies of three men near Samarra, and that one of them belonged to a member of the site protection forces. It added that the bodies were blindfolded, their hands tied, and that they had been shot in the face. (Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, In Arabic, 9 Jan 05)

Iraq names Arab detainees accused of sabotage, terrorism

Iraq's Human Rights Minister Bakhtiyar Amin has released the names and nationalities of 99 Arab detainees, of whom 77 are held at the Umm Qasr detention facility and the remaining 22 at Abu-Ghurayb prison, the Shi'i internet news site Al-Najaf News Network reported on 9 January. Amin said the largest number of foreign detainees was from Syria and added that the detainees were being held on charges of planning terrorist attacks and photographing military sites. He said some had admitted to belonging to Al-Qa'idah. The detainees include 26 Syrians,12 Egyptians, 14 Iranians, four Palestinians, 14 Saudis, nine Sudanese, eight Jordanians, five Tunisians, and one person each from Lebanon, Morocco, Afghanistan, and the West Bank. (Al-Najaf News, Shi'i Iinternet News Network, 09 Jan 2005)

Human rights group director kidnapped in Kirkuk

: Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped the director of the Iraqi Human Rights Organization in the Al-Riyadh area, west of Kirkuk, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 9 January. The station cited Brig-Gen Sarhad Qadir, police chief of the Kirkuk district, saying that Amin Khadir had been taken by unidentified men and that no one had yet claimed responsibility for the incident. (Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, In Arabic, 9 Jan 05)

Oil export levels from south rise again after sabotage repairs

: Oil exports from Iraq's south resumed on 9 January after sabotage attacks on power distribution lines in the area halted pumping at terminals in Basra, AFP news agency reported, quoting the oil ministry. An official said exports were stopped completely at about 1300 local time (1000 gmt) on 7 January, after a power outage at the Zubayr pumping station. He said back-up generators resumed the export of oil at about 800,000 bpd but this increased to 1.6m bpd after repairs. A Southern Oil Company official said distribution lines connecting the Zubayr station were sabotaged and a lack of fuel prevented the Hartha and Nasiriyah stations from making up the shortfall. AFP said Iraq currently exports an average of 1.8m bpd exclusively from the south. (AFP 1155 gmt 9 Jan 05)
Al-Sharqiyah TV cited informed sources saying the southern port of Khur Al-Umayyah had not resumed activity. It added that northern oil exports via Turkey were still suspended, as they had been for the past three weeks, due to sabotage. (Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, In Arabic, 9 Jan 05)

Iraq: Three contractors shot dead in Samarra - radio


 The Iraqi Police has announced that three Iraqi contractors were killed and their bodies were found yesterday [8 January] in a pond west of Samarra, north of Baghdad. A police source said that all the three contractors were shot dead with one bullet in the head.
It is worth mentioning that more than 40 contractors working for the US army were killed during the three past months north of Baghdad.( Iraqi Radio Dijlah on 9 January, )

Iraqi police, multinational forces discover weapons caches in Basra


A joint force from the Iraqi Police and the multinational forces discovered today weapons caches in Al-Ma'qil area in the centre of Basra City. For his part, Captain (Thilly Smith) from the multinational forces said that a group of his soldiers had also managed to find more than 100 pieces of weapons and rockets hidden in one of the nearby rivers.
(Iraqi Radio Dijlah on 9 January)


IRAQI PRESS QUOTES, 9 JAN 05
'' What Iraqis Wants From those who seek power'' Al-Dustur editorial

Al-Dustur [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper in Arabic] By Basim Alshaikh: Those who seek power and status in Iraq should know that they can attain none of their aims unless they show enough respect for the Iraqi masses' right to a free, secure and decent life. They should also know that they have no hope of getting anywhere unless they opt for peaceful and legal means of political competition because Iraqis can never give their trust to him who tries to impose his will on them at gunpoint.


'' postponing elections meant to achieve more important aim'' Al-Bayyinah commentary

Al-Bayynah is a weekly paper issued by the Hezbollah movement in Iraq by Wamidh Khudayyir: In addition to serving its declared purpose of securing broader Sunni - including Ba'thist - participation in the upcoming Iraqi elections, the call for postponing the election date is meant to achieve the more important aim of driving away from the ballot box as many supporters of other national forces as possible, particularly among the Shi'is. In this context, Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani stands out as the main stumbling block which the advocates of postponement will have to overcome if they are to have their way. Rated by TIME magazine as number 15 among the most influential figures in the world today, Al-Sistani holds such an enormous sway over the downtrodden Shi'i masses in Iraq that one word from him is enough to send millions of voters rushing to cast their ballots on election day, regardless of the dangers involved. With such a frenzied host of Wahabbi fanatics howling in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, it is only logical to conclude that a six-month postponement of Iraqi elections would give terror groups all the time they need to eliminate Al-Sistani, to reverse the tide of events and to bring Iraq back under Sunni hegemony.

''A new kind of terrorism has been added: a severe fuel shortage'' Al-Mada editorial
To the various strands of terrorism with which Iraq has been infested, a new kind of terrorism has been added and is now in full swing: a severe fuel shortage. It must be said that, as much as it plays into the hand of terrorists by fomenting public resentment and dissent, this phenomenon is in itself a new form of terrorism designed to intimidate the general public. The citizens of Iraq have been too patient for too long. Pushing them any further might drive them to explode, which would serve no-one except the terrorists, who, we think, have acquired the means and the money needed to sustain their devastating campaign against the helpless public.

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 9 JAN 05
Al-Zaman [Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper]:
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US happy with outcome of campaign to track down Al-Zarqawi terror network in Mosul

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Prospect of post-election civil war ruled out by Bush
¨         Second car bomb targets petrol station in Mahawil
¨         Four rockets destroy two houses in Amiriyyah
¨         Justice Ministry says 200 detainees released
¨         Three officials from Salah al-Din governorate abducted in Latifiyyah
¨         News of Al-Yawar sponsoring conference to push election postponement denied
¨         Three new Iraqi Army divisions formed
¨         Al-Sha'lan threatening to take battle to Damascus, Tehran as Allawi urges diplomatic option
¨         Power cut disrupts southern oil exports.

Al-Mada [Baghdad, political daily newspaper published by Al-Mada Corporation for Media, Culture and Art]:
¨        

Conference on dialogue and national unity to be held on 16, 17 of this month

¨        

High-ranking Muhammad Army operative admits to Iran's, Syria's involvement in supporting Iraq violence
¨         While asserting multinational forces departure should be discussed away from slogan touting, Al-Hakim insists on Sunni representation in forming next cabinet and in drawing up constitution
¨         Fire extinguished in four oil wells
¨         Asad stresses importance of comprehensive participation of Iraqi political spectrum in elections
¨         Al-Sadr office denies backing any particular electoral slate


IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 9 JAN 2005

Programme summary of Al-Sharqiyah TV news:

¨        

Polish news agency announces nine soldiers - eight Ukrainian, one Kazakh - killed in Iraq on Sunday while trying to blow up arms dump

¨        

Eleven killed, 23 injured in car explosion targeting Iraqi check point in Al-Yusufiyah south of Baghdad..Iraqi Arab Gulf oil terminals resume export activities following power failure
¨         Iraqi Interior Ministry announced that US forces today killed two Iraqi police officers and two civilians south of Baghdad..
¨         US forces have released a new batch of prisoners totalling 150 in Baghdad and Basra..
¨         Two high ranking police officers killed by armed men in Al-Ramadi..Trade Ministry announces completion of printing of ration cards for 2005..
¨         One US soldier killed in Baghdad today by an explosion targeting US military patrol..Al-Yawar meets Iranian charge d'affairs to discuss ways of developing relations between the two countries..
¨         Armed men kidnap head of Iraqi human rights organization in Kirkuk..
¨         Armed men assassinate acting head of Samarra police; US forces find three bodies in Samarra..Education Ministry cancels external examination fees for students of classes ending this current year..
¨         One Iraqi civilian killed, another injured by explosion targeting US forces south west of Ba'qubah..
¨         Iraqi Airways continues operating flights out of Irbil to transport Hajj pilgrims..US Defence Department admits that US forces are taking great numbers of casualties against insurgents; considering forming teams to pursue leaders of insurgents..
¨         Iraqi Defence Ministry will start paying out emergency payments to families of the missing..
¨         British newspaper announces 650 British soldiers to be sent to Iraq to help with proposed elections..
¨         French Foreign Ministry refuses to comment on situation of kidnapped French journalist..
¨         US command of Coalition forces in Iraq announced it arrested 21 Iraqis in two operations near Kirkuk.

Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah TV news
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Five Iraqis killed, five others injured in violence across the country; body and head of man found in Baghdad; police official injured in the city..

¨        

Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed and seven others injured near Suwayrah base..
¨         Several areas in Mosul encircled by police and multinational force, car bombs seized; multinational force soldier killed in Baghdad; City Councillor Majid Mahdi escapes assassination attempt in Basra..
¨         Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib discusses security situation with tribal chiefs in Al-Anbar..
¨         Women call for more information on polls and candidates..
¨         Students and professors hope polls will be successful..
¨         Independent Electoral Commission says more than 5,000 polling stations will be available..
¨         Studio interview with interim National Assembly member Abbas al-Bayati, who says international community and majority of Iraqi political groups in favour of holding polls on schedule..
¨         Interim Cabinet announces new timetable for return of Fallujah residents to their homes..
¨         Police mark anniversary of their establishment..
¨         New Basra police chief takes office..
¨         Report highlights problems of Iraq lorry drivers waiting long hours to cross Jordan border..
¨         Ministry of Environment provides clean water in Al-Sadr City..
¨         American soldier sentenced to prison on charges of killing Iraqi..
¨         Report on fuel shortage in Baghdad.

Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Diyar TV news
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Prime Minister Allawi says government working to increase the number of Iraqi troops by inviting former Iraqi army personnel to join new army..

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defence minister accuses Iran and Syria of interfering in Iraq affairs and threatens to transfer the battle to Damascus and Tehran..
¨         electoral commission spokesman says 5,220 polling centres have been set up throughout Iraq except for Al-Anbar Governorate..
¨         Correspondent in Al-Musayyab district asks ordinary citizens what they think of the election. They all call for participation in the vote..
¨         head of the Iraqi council of peace and solidarity says a conference on dialogue and national unity will be held on 15 Jan..Interior Ministry source says four officials from Salah al-Din Governorate were kidnapped near Al-Latifiyah last night, kidnappers seeking ransom..
¨         car bomb explodes in Al-Mahawil north of Al-Hillah. Four civilians were killed and 16 others wounded..
¨         American forces yesterday bombed a garage used to prepare booby-trapped cars near Mosul..
¨         New York Times says the American forces in Iraq hold 325 foreign fighters some of whom will be moved out of Iraq..
¨         transport minister says 1,000 Iraqi pilgrims will fly from Baghdad to Jedda daily for 10 days..
¨         North Oil Company official said yesterday the fire in four of six oil wells that have been on fire for eight weeks has been put out..
¨         electricity minister says the electricity system will witness marked improvement as of today..
¨         Japan expresses readiness to finance some vital projects in the marshland areas south of Iraq, according to an official in Al-Nasiriyah Council..
¨         Ministry of Water Resources digging 20 new wells..
¨         courses and training offered to women by Iraqi farmers and peasants union.

Programme summary of Kurdistan Satellite TV news 09 Jan 05:
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Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Mas'ud Barzani praises role of Palani tribe in Arbil Governorate in the Kurdish political struggle, in a meeting with tribal notables..

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Mas'ud Barzani receives delegation of National Democratic Institute, NDI, in Iraq; talks on engagements of the institute in Iraq and Kurdistan held..
¨         head of the regional government Nechirvan Barzani, Iraqi Minister of Planning Mahdi al-Hafiz discuss share of Kurdistan in the overall Iraqi budget..
¨         mourning ceremony held in Arbil for late Chaldean cardinal..
¨         Members of the higher committee for Kurdistani coalition list for elections in Iraq call on Kurds, Turkomans, Cheldo-Assyrians abroad to take part in elections.



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