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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

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·         Suicide car bombing kills four southwest of Baghdad
·         Two killed in car bomb blast south of Baghdad
·         Three dead after US artillery shelling of town near Syrian border
·         Iraqi official survives assassination attempt, four wounded
·         Kurdish Islamist deported by Norway to face charges - Iraqi minister
·         Illegal residents could face life imprisonment
·         Sunnis regrouping to negotiate for government posts
·         Turkomans demand two ministerial posts
·         Saddam's relatives arrested in Tikrit raid
·         Oil exports through Turkey to resume on 18 March
·         Programme summary of Al-Diyar TV news,
·         Programme summary of Al-Sharqiyah TV news,
·         Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah TV news,
·         Al-Mada [Baghdad, political daily newspaper published by Al-Mada Corporation for Media, Culture and Art]
·         Al-Adalah [Baghdad, general political daily newspaper published by the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq]
·         IRAQI PRESS COMMENT, 14 March 2005
·         IRAQI PRESS QUOTES, 14 March 2005
·         KDP-PUK politburo meeting to reviewa draft agreement with the Shiite
·         Kurdistani Nwe daily issued in Sulaymanya by the PUK
·         Jamawar, liberal political weekly issued in Erbil

IRAQI NEWS, 14 March 05
Suicide car bombing kills four southwest of Baghdad
Two policemen and two civilians were killed on 14 March when a suicide-bomber drove a booby-trapped car at an army and police checkpoint in the Al-Yusufiyah area, southwest of Baghdad, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV quoted police as saying. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad 14 Mar)

Two killed in car bomb blast south of Baghdad
Two Iraqi farmers were killed and two others wounded by an explosion targeting a US convoy south of Baghdad on 14 March, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The soldiers were unharmed. A police source was quoted as saying that a car-bomb exploded shortly before a convoy of four US Humvee vehicles was travelling on the main road in the Al-Rashid area, but only damaged the truck carrying the farmers. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad 14 Mar)
Three dead after US artillery shelling of town near Syrian border
Three Iraqi civilians and 10 others were wounded by US artillery shelling in Al-Qa'im, near the border with Syria, early on 14 March, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Muhammad Salih al-Kubaysi, a doctor at the city hospital, was quoted as saying that US forces started the shelling in response to a missile attacks on their base in the city's customs department. The doctor said five children with serious injuries were among the injured. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad 14 Mar)
Iraqi official survives assassination attempt, four wounded
A prominent official at the Iraqi Health Ministry survived an assassination attempt in Baghdad early on 14 March, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Four of the official's bodyguards were wounded in the attack. A spokesman at the city's Al-Yarmuk Hospital, where the wounded are being treated, said an explosive charge went off as Sa'd al-Amili, director-general of the Health Ministry, was passing by, but hit the second car, in which his bodyguards were riding. Al-Amili was not hurt. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad 14 Mar)
Kurdish Islamist deported by Norway to face charges - Iraqi minister
Iraqi Justice Minister Dr Malik Duhan al-Hasan has said that, Mullah Krekar, the former leader of the Iraqi Kurdish jihadist group Ansar al-Islam, is likely to charged and dealt with according to international law after his deportation from Norway, Iraqi newspaper Al-Ittihad reported on 14 March. (Al-Ittihad, Baghdad 14 Mar)

Illegal residents could face life imprisonment
Illegal residents in Iraq face severe punishments that could include life imprisonment, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) newspaper Al-Ta'akhi reported on 14 March quoting an Interior Ministry source. The official explained that the measures were part of a campaign to combat the presence of foreign fighters who infiltrated the borders from the neighbouring countries "to carry out terrorist acts".( Al-Ta'akhi, Baghdad in Arabic 14 Mar 05)
Sunnis regrouping to negotiate for government posts
Outgoing president Ghazi al-Yawar said on 14 March that he has formed a committee of leading Sunni Muslim figures to negotiate for posts in an eventual Shi'i-Kurdish coalition government, AFP reported. "In order to avoid multiple efforts, we have decided to form a committee that would preserve a role for Sunnis in the next government," the president told reporters. (AFP)According to Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV, President Al-Yawar said that in addition to himself as representative for the Iraqiyun list, the committee includes Tariq al-Hashimi for the Iraqi Islamic Party, Adnan al-Pachachi for the Democratic Independent Grouping, a university professor, and a prominent former Iraqi Army officer who has an honourable service record. Regarding the post of president, Al-Yawar said he was still receptive to all possibilities "and since I am the current president, I will be automatically nominated for this post". (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 14 Mar 05)
Turkomans demand two ministerial posts
The Islamic Union of the Iraqi Turkoman has demanded that Turkomans be allocated at least two ministerial posts, Iraqi newspaper Al-Furat reported on 14 March. The group's secretary-general, Abbas al-Bayyati said the group would also like to see its members hold other senior posts in the prime minister's office and the transitional National Assembly: He said: "We are not second class citizens. In order to form a just political equation, all the Iraqi society factions and components must be present in this equation and participate in the state's decisions and in determining Iraq's future and fate." Al-Bayyati said he hopes the constitution is drafted to guarantee the rights of Turkomans as theirs is the third largest ethnic group in Iraq. He also emphasized the importance of legally recognizing the Turkoman language and the Turkoman identity of the several districts which they dominate. (Al-Furat, Baghdad, in Arabic 12 Mar 05)
Saddam's relatives arrested in Tikrit raid
The government has announced the arrest of two of Saddam Husayn's relatives on charges of financing terrorist operations, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 14 March. A government statement said that the security forces arrested Abdallah Mahir Abd-al-Rashid, Qusay Saddam Husayn's brother in-law and his cousin Marwan Tahir Abd-al-Sattar during a raid north of Tikrit. The government said the two are accused of financing terrorist operations and mounting attacks against security forces in Iraq. The arrests were made during an armed operation on 8 March following leads from Iraqi citizens, the statement added. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 14 Mar 05)
Oil exports through Turkey to resume on 18 March
Northern oil exports will resume on 18 March after the completion of the repairs of the Iraqi-Turkish oil pipeline which were delayed because of the torrential rains, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 14 March. An oil official said that the work was delayed last week because the rains flooded Al-Fathah area in the northern region where the oil pipeline - which is the only outlet for about 250,000 barrels per day from Kirkuk's crude oil available for export through the Turkish port of Jihan - was attacked. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 14 Mar 05)

Programme summary of Al-Diyar TV news,
Vice President Ibrahim al-Ja'fari receives separately the Egyptian, Chinese, and French ambassadors; Al-Ja'fari tells an American newspaper that negotiations for the formation of a new government might take two more weeks ... Press reports say that the elected National Assembly will hold its first meeting on 16th in the Green Zone amid strict security measures ... An informed source with the National Accord Movement says Prime Minister Allawi called on the American forces to release the detained members of Al-Sadr Current ... Thousands of Iraqi demonstrators in various Iraqi cities call for expelling the Jordanian ambassador in Baghdad and taking measures against Jordanian religious and political organizations that support armed operations in Iraq ... The Iraqi human rights minister says the Iraqi forces will soon retrieve from the Americans four jails with 9,000 Iraqi prisoners and other detainees from 23 countries ... Informed sources tell the Iraqi news agency that Paul Bremer's new secret mission in Baghdad is to arrange the withdrawal of the American forces outside the cities ... The Al-Najaf Governorate Council decides to discuss with the authorities the possibility of granting religious leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and two other individuals the Iraqi nationality ... Two passersby were killed and five others wounded in a blast that targeted an American patrol in Baghdad on 13th; Two American security guards were killed in a blast south of Baghdad on 12th; One American soldier was killed 11th; National Guards arrest a Saudi terrorist in Kirkuk ... A number of terrorists were also arrested in Babil ... The American forces search the house of Association of Muslim Scholars leader Shaykh Harith al-Dari ... Four bodies were found in Al-Latifiyah ... The interior minister visits the site of the recent explosion in Al-Hillah and holds a news conference during which he stressed the need to maintain security and eliminate criminal acts against the Iraqis ... Tony Blair refuses once again to publish the opinion of the government legal adviser on the legitimacy of the war on Iraq ... The French prime minister says contacts to release the French hostage in Iraq have been intensified ... In a meeting with a Red Crescent delegation from the United Arab Emirates, the minister of labour and social affairs reviews the services that her ministry provides to the Iraqi people and the efforts and plans to develop them
Programme summary of Al-Sharqiyah TV news,
Iraqi president says some parties, personalities that boycotted elections have formed committee to negotiate with winning sides in general elections ... Suicide bomber blows self up at check-point south of Baghdad ... Two policemen, two civilians killed. US soldiers survive attack on convoy; two farmers in near-by lorry killed ... Three civilians killed in US bombing of Al-Qa'im, western Iraq ... Kurdish PUK leader says there are disputes in coalition talks with United Iraqi Alliance over issues of Kirkuk, peshmerga forces ... Senior health official survives assassination attempt in Baghdad; four bodyguards wounded in attack ... Oil exports through northern Iraqi-Turkish pipeline to resume on Friday after completion of repairs to the line following damage by heavy rains ... Explosive device destroys goods lorry, kills driver in northern Iraq ... Industry minister calls for reform of customs system, support of industrial sector ... US State Department says two American guards killed south of Baghdad on 13th yesterday were assigned with protecting US diplomats at Iraqi embassy ... Labour Ministry allocates unemployment benefit worth 130 000 dinars. Minister says that plans have been drawn up to create jobs for 627 000 registered unemployed ... Government says security forces have arrested number of relatives of Saddam Husayn in operations in Tikrit ... Constitutional Monarchy leader Sharif Ali Bin-al-Husayn holds talks with Association of Muslim Scholars leader Shaykh Harith al-Dari on formation of new government, participation of all Iraqis in writing of new constitution ... Jordan condemns "terrorist attacks" in Iraq, says those Jordanians carrying them out do not represent Jordanian government, public opinion
Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah TV news,
President Ghazi al-Yawar meets new Portugal envoy ... Vice-President Ibrahim al-Ja'fari receives Arab and foreign envoys ... Al-Yawar says new committee to be in charge of participation by all groupings in political process ... Al-Ja'fari meets members of United Iraqi Alliance committees, discusses result of talks with other Kurdish parties ... Conference on federalism concludes meeting ... Kirkuk still subject of talks between United Iraqi Alliance and Kurdish List--Kurdish politician ... Harith al-Dari, Secretary-General of Association of Muslim Scholars, says his group not against line-up for future government ... Iraqis pursue with great interest ongoing talks over forming of government ... Two killed, two others hurt in car bomb in Baghdad ... Angry Iraqis gather at scene of bombing ... Ministry of Health official escapes assassination ... Special force arrests 20 terror suspects in Al-Anbar ... Relatives of ousted President Saddam Husayn arrested in Tikrit ... Police arrest four Arab terror suspects; Saudi terrorist arrested in Kirkuk ... Interim Cabinet denounces Al-Hillah terror act, calls on Jordan government and civil society to denounce Iraq violence ... Islamic Al-Da'wah Party calls on Jordan to take legal action against those involved in Al-Hilla attack ... Al-Hilla attack denounced by Iraqis in Al-Muthana ... Jordan condemns Al-Hilla attack; its foreign minister denounces attack and suicide bomber kin ... Governor of Karbala elected by secret ballot ... Human rights group holds seminar for journalists in Basra ... Iraq northern oil exports to be resumed this weekend

Al-Mada [Baghdad, political daily newspaper published by Al-Mada Corporation for Media, Culture and Art]
·         Working paper still subject to scrutiny by Alliance, Coalition lists, moving towards agreement inclusive of other parties
·         Al-Mada demands apology for and investigation into arrest of its reporter in Al-Ramadi by violent, abusive US troops
·         Twenty-one suspects detained in Mosul, including members of Ansar al-Sunnah terror network
·         False alarm results in Health Ministry evacuation
·         For fourth day running, floods block streets, hinder school attendance and silence phones
·         US Embassy special unit responsible for shooting at Italian journalist's car
·         First conference on federalism opens in Iraq
·         Jordanian government asked to apologize to Iraqis, punish terror instigators
·         Wolf Brigade detains key Syrian terrorists, two Sudanese cut-throats in Mosul
Al-Adalah [Baghdad, general political daily newspaper published by the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq]

·         Sayyid Al-Haim, Shaykh Al-Yawar discuss current Iraqi affairs
·         Sayyid Al-Sistani says all Iraqis are brothers, regardless of sect or ethnicity
·         Iraqi military detains Saudi terrorist intending to detonate car bomb
·         Dr Al-Ja'fari: Iraq seeking to consolidate constructive ties, regionally, internationally, aiming to boost democracy nationally
·         Justice Minister says trial of ousted tyrant will consolidate national unity
·         Human Rights Ministry condemns Mosul atrocity


Al-Bayan publishes on page 3 a 700-word article by Fadil al-Ghazzi
strongly criticizing the Iraqi political forces opposing the democratic process in Iraq on the grounds of occupation. The writer urges them to review their stance of supporting violence and to adopt dialogue because they will never succeed in diverting the democratic path that the majority of Iraqis have decided to take. The writer wonders how the dialogue with these forces can be fruitful when they still believe that the current political forces in power, the Shi'is, are second class citizens.
Al-Bayan publishes on page 3 a 1,000-word article by Zaynab al-Khafaji emphasizing the importance of drafting the permanent constitution to guarantee the implementation of democracy in Iraq. The article emphasizes the importance of involving all Iraqi components, including the political forces that boycotted the elections, in the drafting of the constitution in the next stage. However, their insistence "on reinstating the former Iraqi Army and on obtaining sovereign ministerial posts" in order for them to become involved in the drafting of the constitution will not harm the legitimacy of the constitution, as they believe, but will harm their popularity, adds the writer.

Al-Dustur [From editorial by Basim al-Shaykh]: In order to avoid turning clause 58 of the Transitional Administrative Law into a time-bomb that would blow up the political process now under way to the detriment of all the sincere efforts being made to bring Iraq to safety, it is paramount that all political parties concerned should adhere to candour and transparency as the surest way out of the severe political crisis now threatening the future of democracy in this country."

Al-Yawm Al-Akhar [From editorial]: "Ever since the moment when we managed to pop our little heads through the opening cracks of the former wall of isolation to cast a hungry look at the world outside, we have never stopped thanking God Almighty for the boon of freedom we have finally got, though the freedom we have been allowed as private media workers has not been as extensive as we would have hoped. Yet, even this limited freedom seems to be grudged by some government officials, who still cling to the old ways of their infamous predecessors, happy in the glory of their luxurious cars, disdainful of local pressmen who seek after the truth and adamant in their refusal to acknowledge the fact that times have changed too much for Iraqis to be fooled into letting anyone turn back the clock."

Al-Zaman [From commentary by Hamzah Mustafa]: "It is a pity that my country seems to have become a booty to be divided among political players. Have you not heard of the way the winners of the last elections are conducting their discussions on who to include in the cabinet, caring more for their own share of the ministerial pie and worried more about their own future political clout than the destiny of the nation? Is it not the case that even those who choose to boycott the elections, some of them out of admittedly patriotic considerations, have got infected by the same status-seeking virus and are claiming the right, as the true representatives of the Iraqi people, to have the coming government tailored to their own specifications?"

Updates from the Kurdish Press, 14 March þ2005

KDP-PUK politburo meeting to reviewa draft agreement with the Shiite
and Kurdistani Nwe dailies reported on Sunday's KDP-PUK politburo meeting that reviewed a draft agreement with the Shiite list for parliamentary alliance and cabinet formation. The talks would resume next week, Iraqi Vice-President and member of the Kurdistan I negotiations team in Baghdad Rozh Shawais said in a joint press conference after Monday's politburo meeting in Erbil.
The dailies also reported the capture of a Saudi terrorist while he was driving a car planted with timed TNT explosives.
The 102nd birthday of KDP founder late Mustafa Barzani received blanket coverage in today's Khabat daily. The coverage included editorials, memorials and articles citing aspects of his life and revolutionary deeds.

Kurdistani Nwe daily issued in Sulaymanya by the PUK
¾         The PUK leader Jalal Talabani left Sulaymanya to Baghdad for participation in the first session of the new Iraqi National Assembly. The Kurdish-Shiite negotiations for a parliamentary alliance and formation of a national unity cabinet are expected to resume this [Monday] afternoon. PUK politburo member Azad Jindyani told the daily that Talabani's arrival in Baghdad would speed up and soften the Iraqi political process.

¾         (summarized editorial) Two days ahead of the first session of the new Iraqi National Assembly, the Kurdish-Shiite talks for a parliamentary alliance are stuck in between a decisive agreement or a dead end. The Kurds want a clear and transparent accord to avoid future political and constitutional crises that may block the political process. None of the Kurdish demands (federalism, resources distribution, Peshmarga and Kirkuk issues) are new; they were all included in the [then] Iraqi opposition conferences in Salahuddin, New York and London, as well as the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL). The Kurds only want to guarantee they will be implemented immediately without delay or prolongation. Moreover, they should be viewed as Iraqi demands rather than Kurdish ones only because without resolving these issues once for all, the new Iraqi seizes to be a county for all and by all.
¾         Iraq needs to implement federalism, Iraqi Minster of State for Governorates Affairs Wael Abdullateef told the daily. The minister was commenting on the conference that was held in Baghdad on federalism in Iraq. He said his ministry invited university professors and politicians for discussions on federalism and its aspects in Iraq.

Jamawar, liberal political weekly issued in Erbil
¾         The KDP-PUK politburo joint meeting reiterated Kurdish united stand on Kirkuk, federalism and Peshmarga issues.

¾         Paul Bremer comes back to Iraq.
¾         Students at Salahuddin and Sulaymanya universities prolong their demonstration in protest to the opening of Ayinda [Future] private university in Sulaymanya city.
¾         Government departments in Mosul governorate do not recognize proxies issued by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) notary publics although the TAL recognizes KRG.
¾         Kurdistan Toilers' Party decided to shut down all its HQs in Kurdistan. A leadership member of the party commented on the decision saying it was a ``pacific way for modern political activities.'' The party will have only one office in each big city to be used as a gathering place for organizational activities.

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