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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Thursday, 13 January 2005

 
  
IRAQI NEWS

·         Three members of Allawi movement said killed since 10 Jan
·         Al-Zarqawi group claims attack in Basra
·         Al-Zarqawi's group claims attack on US forces in Al-Ramadi
·         Group claims responsibility for kidnapping party official
·         Two civilians said killed in clashes in Al-Ramadi
·         Suspected suicide bomber attacks party headquarters in Basra
·         Car bomb explodes near election commission offices in Basra
·         President, senior officials discuss security ahead of poll
·         Reconciliation conference to be held in Baghdad 16 Jan
·         Iraqi president begins visit to France
IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTS, 12 JAN. 05
·         Neighboring countries' interference in Iraq's affairs- Al-Mu'tamar
·         U.S. will leave Iraq after accomplishing its big plan- Al-Manarah
·         "The Expected Federation, and the Signs of Division,"- Ishraqat al-Sadr
·         "Truths and Rumors,"- Ishraqat al-Sadr
·         "Security Vacuum and Loyalty to the Tribe,"- Ishraqat al-Sadr
·         "Between Electricity and Kerosene."- Al-Furat
IRAQI MEDIA PRESS HEADLINES, 12 JAN 05
·         Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] 12 Jan:
·         Al-Adalah [Baghdad, in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 12 Jan:
·         Baghdad [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement] 12 Jan:
·         Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party] 12 Jan:
·         Al-Dustur [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper in Arabic] 12 Jan:
IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 12 JAN. 05
·         Programmes summary of Al Sharqiyah TV news
·         Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah TV news
·         Programme summary of Al-Diyar TV Arabic
·         Programme summary of Kurdistan Satellite TV news

IRAQI NEWS
Three members of Allawi movement said killed since 10 Jan

Three members of the National Accord Movement [NAM] led by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi were killed between 10 and 11 January, Iraqi Al-Diyar TV reported. Imad Shahid, head of the Political Bureau of NAM said the killings raise to 22 the number of NAM members killed during the past two months. He said that two NAM members were killed in Abu-Ghurayb, western Baghdad, on 10th, while a third member was killed in the capital the following day. (Al-Diyar Satellite Channel in Arabic, Baghdad, 12 Jan 05)

Al-Zarqawi group claims attack in Basra

On 11 January,a message was posted in the Usamah's Memo forum from Al-Qa'idah of Jihad Organization in the Land of the Two taking responsibility for an attack on "infidels and renegades in the city of Basra.". The participant mentioned at the end that the statement was copied from a post by "Abu-Maysarah al-Iraqi," who has been identified as the official spokesman for the group. Usamah's Memo forum at www.almjlah.net/vb, previously known as Usamah's Islamic Forums , recently dropped its password requirement and is dominated by participants who are strongly pro-Al-Qa'idah. (Jihadist web site 12 Jan 05)

Al-Zarqawi's group claims attack on US forces in Al-Ramadi

Al-Zarqawi's Al-Qa'idah Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers posted a message on the Islamist Fortress forum taking credit for a "martyrdom operation in Al-Ramadi" against US forces. The statement posted on 12 January had been copied from the passworded Al-Ansar Net website."The message said the group carried out an attack against an American convoy at the Al-Jazeera Bridge in Al-Ramadi. (Al-Ansar web site 12 Jan 05)

Group claims responsibility for kidnapping party official

Al-Zarqawi's group, Al-Qa'idah of Jihad Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers, has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of an official from the Al-Wifaq Party. The group posted a messageon the Al-Ansar Net website claiming it had kidnapped Jabbar Atiyah Khatlan al-Muhammadi, who was described "as the media officer in the Al-Wifaq Party, Allawi's group" (Jihadist web site 12 Jan 05)

Two civilians said killed in clashes in Al-Ramadi

Two civilians have been killed and three others wounded in clashes between US forces and gunmen in Al-Ramadi, the biggest city of the Al-Anbar governorate, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 12 January. Eyewitnesses told the TV the clashes erupted when US Marine units stormed the city after a US base came under mortar attacks. The said sounds of explosions were heard and columns of thick smoke were seen rising from the direction of the base. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1200 gmt 12 Jan 05)

Suspected suicide bomber attacks party headquarters in Basra

A suicide bomber drove his booby-trapped car straight into the Basra headquarters of the Al-Fudala [Virtuous People] Party on 12 January, according to Denmark-based Internet site Iraq For All News Network. The website's Basra correspondent reported that the explosion caused "extensive damage to the headquarters" and "damaged a number of nearby buildings in the Minawi Pacha area." (Iraq for All News Network, Sonderborg, in Arabic 12 Jan 05)

Car bomb explodes near election commission offices in Basra

A car exploded outside the home of a former security official, near the offices of the Independent Electoral Commission in Basra on 11 January, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported the following day. Eyewitnesses said that a grey Chevrolet Caprice exploded at 1900 [1600 gmt] on the 11th near the house of Hasan al-Qatrani, former official in charge of the city's security affairs, some 150 metres away from the offices of the Independent Electoral Commission in the Mannawi Pacha District. The driver of the car, thought to be a suicide bomber, was killed. There were no other casualties. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 12 Jan 05)

President, senior officials discuss security ahead of poll

Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawir has chaired a meeting of senior officials to discuss the current security situation in the country and plans to boost security during the upcoming elections, Iraqi TV reported on 12 January. Vice Presidents Ibrahim al-Ja'fari and Ruz Nuri Shawis, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih and Qasim Dawud, minister of state for national security affairs, took part in the meeting. The meeting also discussed the security situation in the Mosul. (Al-Diyar TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 12 Jan 05)

Reconciliation conference to be held in Baghdad 16 Jan

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on 11 January that the Iraqi government would hold a national reconciliation conference in Baghdad next week, Al-Diyar TV reported the following day. Zebari said the aim of the conference was to try to persuade parties opposed to holding elections on 30 January to participate in them. He declined to give further details on the agenda of the conference or those participating in it. He said that the conference would be held in Baghdad on 16 January under the sponsorship of the Iraqi branch of the Afro-Asian Peace and Solidarity Organization. (Al-Diyar TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 12 Jan 05)

Iraqi president begins visit to France

Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawir arrived in Paris on 12 January for talks with President Jacques Chirac and senior French officials on the current security situation in Iraq and preparations for the forthcoming elections and French contribution for the reconstruction of Iraq, Iraqi TV reported. The visit, initially scheduled for the summer of 2004, had been postponed several times, the TV recalled. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 12 Jan 05)

IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTS, 12 JAN. 05

Neighboring countries' interference in Iraq's affairs- Al-Mu'tamar

Al-Mu'tamar publishes on page 6 a 1,000-word article by Sa'd Yehya al-Khayyat discussing the neighboring countries' role and interference in Iraq's internal affairs. The article says except for perhaps two countries, all of Iraq's neighboring countries used to maintain excellent relations with the former regime and gained a great deal of economic benefits under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. The article urges the Iraqi leaders not to submit to them and to place the interests of Iraq and Iraqis first in dealing with the neighboring countries.

U.S. will leave Iraq after accomplishing its big plan- Al-Manarah

Al-Manarah carries an 800-word front-page commentary by Muwaffaq al-Rifa'i on the postponement of the elections, which says that the logicians define logic as a means of avoiding error in judgment; however, as far as politicians are concerned, this definition is, undoubtedly, irrelevant in that the politicians use logic as a device to justify their predilections. This is exactly what Bush has done before and after the occupation of Iraq. The author goes on to say that those who think that the United States will leave Iraq after the elections should remember that the United States will only leave Iraq after accomplishing its big plan involving the region at large, unless the disadvantages greatly outweigh the advantages of staying in Iraq, as was the case with Britain in India.

"The Expected Federation, and the Signs of Division,"- Ishraqat al-Sadr
Ishraqat al-Sadr runs on page 4 an 800-word article by Ali al-Basri entitled "The Expected Federation, and the Signs of Division," in which the writer comments on the "calls" for establishing the federal system in Iraq. The author says that this is a "US-Israeli project to fragment Iraq," adding that there is no "guarantee" that the federal regions will not "separate" themselves from the central government.
"Truths and Rumors,"- Ishraqat al-Sadr
Ishraqat al-Sadr publishes on page 4 a 500-word article entitled "Truths and Rumors," praising the "wisdom and courage" of the Al-Sadr Trend leaders and followers. The article says that many "rumors and jokes" have been contrived to "belittle" this trend, which proved that it is "brave and wise by its far-sighted strategies and quick reorganization." The writer mentions the "handing over of a meager number of rusty guns for huge sums of money" as an example of the "cleverness and wisdom of the Al-Sadr Trend leaders."
"Security Vacuum and Loyalty to the Tribe,"- Ishraqat al-Sadr
Ishraqat al-Sadr runs on page 5 a 500-word article by Husayn Hashim entitled "Security Vacuum and Loyalty to the Tribe," in which the writer comments on the "spread of the backward habit" of loyalty to the tribe more than the country. The author says that the "return" to this old habit resulted from the "absence" of law and security," adding that this situation has been created by the United States and Israel to "fragment and weaken Iraq, so as to realize the dream of Greater Israel."
"Between Electricity and Kerosene."- Al-Furat
Al-Furat runs a 400-word front-page editorial by Chief Editor Shakir al-Juburi under the headline: "Between Electricity and Kerosene." Al-Juburi says: "It is correct that the oil institutions are a target for sabotage and theft. It is correct that there are many who want to steel as much as they can. But the very true issue is that the people need someone to help them and end their crises."



IRAQI MEDIA PRESS HEADLINES, 12 JAN 05
Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] 12 Jan:

§         Car owners, petrol station managers level accusations;
§         Interior Ministry confirms: Police, National Guards trade in fuel in black market
§         Ankara: Turkish, US, Iraqi officials to discuss border security
§         Iraqi government: 150,000 dinars to every family in Al-Fallujah
§         Northern Oil Company: Kirkuk oilfield fire under control
§         Six killed, seven missing, eight wounded in suicide attack on Tikrit police station; woman, child injured in car bomb blast targeting US convoy in Samarra Regional,
§         international assertions to implement Sharm al-Shaykh statement on Iraq
§         Barham Salih: Solution to Kirkuk issue is Iraqi, not Kurdish,
§         Turkoman or Arab Diyala governor, police chief resign
§         Thousands of visitors flock into Al-Kadimiyah holy shrines to commemorate martyrdom of Imam Al-Jawad
§         National Guards detonate bomb near Al-I'lam Quarter in Baghdad
§         Berlin calls on Iraqi companies to cooperate with German counterparts
§         Lawyers Union accuses occupation authorities of obstructing Iraqi justice.

Al-Adalah [Baghdad, in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 12 Jan:

§         Presidential meeting held to discuss means of ensuring election success Electoral commission: 240,000 monitors to supervise 5,000 voting centres throughout governorates; 1,500 journalists to cover Iraqi elections; results to be announced one week after poll
§         Cabinet allocates 3bn dollars to rebuild Iraqi army
§         Third shipment of UK aid delivered to Iraqi firefighting teams
§         Iraqi government to pay 100 dollars to each family in Al-Fallujah starting from today
§         Paris seeks help of Muslim Scholars Association to secure release of French reporter
§         Iraqi police arrest 150 terrorists, including Saudi
§         Bush optimistic over Iraqi elections despite increasing attacks
§         Six Iraqi policemen killed in Tikrit
§         Fires put out in four oil wells of Khubaz oilfield in Kirkuk Denmark secures transport for Iraqi voters
§         Iraqi Airways to run flights to Europe by end of month Jordan: Borders with Iraq will remain open despite killing of three truckers
§         Italy warns its journalists against travel to Iraq
§         Britain to send 400 extra troops to Iraq
§         Iranian official: Secular government in Iraq poses no threat to Iran
§         Armed group breaks into Education Ministry warehouses in Zayyunah [Baghdad]
§         Mosul governor: Terrorism dying in city New railway link to be established between Iraq, Syria.

Baghdad [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement] 12 Jan:

§         President chairs meeting to discuss security situation
§         Electoral commission spokesman denies reports on resignation of 600 employees
§         Briton charged with Iraqi prison torture appears before court martial
§         Tripartite meeting in Ankara to discuss security in Iraq
§         Millions of dollars embezzled under oil-for-food programme
§         US lawyer: Photos of prisoner abuse not shocking
§         Powell: Elections necessary to establish representative Iraqi government
§         Southern oil exports resumed after sabotage
§         Large preparations in Al-Nasiriyah to hold elections, secure voting centres
§         Iranian captured in Al-Kadimiyah
§         Three policemen killed in separate incidents in Baghdad Checkpoint, civil defence centre come under gun fire in Baghdad.

Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party] 12 Jan:

§         Defence Ministry invites high-ranking officers to join new army
§         German embassy in Baghdad: We established radio station for Iraqi elections
§         Iran closes Mahran border crossing; Jordan confirms borders to remain open
§         Airway line between Baghdad, London, Paris to be operated later this month
§         Training courses held on detecting car bombs across borders
§         Health Ministry reports 834 haemophilia cases
§         Some 600,000 jobless people registered with job centre

Al-Dustur [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper in Arabic] 12 Jan:

§         Al-Yawar presides over meeting to discuss security situation, government plan for successful elections
§         Allawi: Government set new plan to consolidate security in Iraq
§         Iranian infiltrator caught in Baghdad
§         Expatriates allowed to sell their real estates at home; confiscated property returned to owners
§         Washington rejects Sunni demands to take part in Iraqi elections
§         Fire breaks out in northern oil pipeline
§         Financial aid to be delivered to Al-Fallujah residents today
§         Education Ministry refuses politicising school, using them for election campaign
§         Iraqi journalist killed in Baghdad
§         Fourteen killed in Baghdad, Tikrit; five wounded in Mosul; explosion hits security building in Basra.




IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 12 Jan. 05
Programmes summary of Al Sharqiyah TV news
§         A truck bomb explosion targeting a US convoy reported in Mosul ...
§         Violent clashes were reported yesterday between US Army and armed men in Al Ramadi in western Iraq ...
§         Two-thirds of the employees of the Independent Electoral Commission in Salah al-Din Governorate submitted their resignations following threats of murder should they continue to work for the commission ...
§         US forces announced the arrest of six suspects in the assassination of Baghdad's provincial governor ...
§         Iraqi president has begun a visit to France. Still picture of Iraqi president ...
§         A major explosion reported near Japanese camp in Al Samawah in Iraq. Video shows tanks, soldiers ...
§         Iraqi Ministry of Finance has decided to resume offering real estate loans to Iraqi citizens starting from 15 February 2005 ...
§         Car bomb explosion reported near the offices of the Independent Electoral Commission in Basra ...
§         US team searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has ended its search
§         The director of the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company [SOMO] says Iraqi oil exports could rise on average to a million and nine hundred thousand barrels per day this year should the security situation improve ...
§         Ukrainian parliament has approved pullout of troops from Iraq by a large majority ...
§         A newspaper published in Baghdad says the Iraqi council of ministers has decided to cancel fixed line telephone charges for last year following complaints by Iraqis about the exorbitant charges ...
§         UK MI6 has made senior appointments aimed at providing tougher oversight of all the service's agent-running operations, following criticisms made by Lord Butler in his report last year on the faulty intelligence behind the decision to go to war in Iraq ...
§         The national front for Iraqi tribes has announced its withdrawal from the elections ...
§         1955 US Administration has acknowledged UN Security Council's responsibility for mismanagement of Iraq oil-for-food programme ...
§         Kuwait police begins questioning 30 people suspected in connection with a deadly shoot-out between militants and police.
Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah TV news
§         President Ghazi al-Yawar off to France for talks with French President Jacques Chirac
§         Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in Washington for talks with American President George Bush over security measures ahead of polls
§         Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari says polls will not be delayed
§         Interim National Assembly discusses budget and reconstruction
§         Independent Electoral Commission spokesman denies Anbar staff being replaced by staff from Baghdad
§         Use of religious symbols in election campaign violation of regulation says commission
§         Conference on election held in Muthana
§         Security committee in Basra discusses security measures to be taken during election
§         Journalists protest outside of Green Area for release of editor of Al-Qarar newspaper
§         School teachers call for increase of police force protecting schools
§         Ministry of Trade sends more relief supplies to Al-Fallujah
§         Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs funds pilgrimage expenses for 150 elderly Iraqis
§         Report on effect of fuel shortage on people in Baghdad

Programme summary of Al-Diyar TV Arabic
§         President Ghazi al-Yawir chairs leadership meeting to discuss the security situation and preparations for the election
§         French officials say Iraqi President Al-Yawir will visit France this week for talks with the French president
§         The Iraqi government allocates 2 bn dollars of the 20 bn dollar state budget to defence. Prime Minister Allawi says his government drew up a detailed security plan to protect the polls
§         The Iraqi foreign minister says the Iraqi government will hold a national reconciliation conference in Baghdad next week .. The US Army says one US solider and three Iraqi soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in Iraq on 11th
§         The electoral commission said in a statement that it received complaint from political parties that some candidates are using religious symbols and fatwas in their election campaign, which is not allowed. The statement said the commission is studying these complaints
§         Kurdish leader Barzani meets with Arab tribal chiefs and calls on the Sunnis to participate in the election
§         The Iraqi ambassador in Tehran meets with the Iranian vice president
§         Representatives from the countries and organizations that participated in the recent Sharm al-Shaykh summit on Iraq met in Cairo yesterday to discuss Iraqi developments. The UN representative in the meeting explained the UN efforts to support the Iraqis and noted the importance of the election
§         Colin Powell says the UN secretary general should be held accountable for the mismanagement of the Iraq oil-for-food programme
§         An official with the Iraqi National Accord Movement said three of the movement members were killed on 10th and 11th
§         The National Guards arrested eight suspects from various nationalities in a raid in Diyala governorate overnight. The director of Diyala municipalities was assassinated on 11th
Programme summary of Kurdistan Satellite TV news
§         Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP, leader Mas'ud Barzani, multinational forces deputy commander in Iraq discuss elections
§         The head of the KDP-led Kurdistan regional government Nechirvan Barzani receives US ambassador to Iraq in Baghdad, bilateral ties discussed
§         Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi says some areas may not be able to take part in elections due to security
§         US not ready to launch war against Kurdish PKK of Turkey
§         Delegation Arab tribal chiefs visits graves of Barzani family
§         Workshop on elections held in Arbil
§         Report over video on effects of chemical attack on Halabjah in 1988



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