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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

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·         Paper confirms leadership candidates to be announced 24 March
·         Zarqawi web statement threatens pro-government Salafi clerics
·         Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition]
·         Al-Zaman [daily, independent]
·         Al-Adalah,Baghdad, twice-weekly newspaper
·         Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic]
·         Al-Mada [Baghdad, daily, independent newspaper]
·         Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic]
·         ``Arab summit to affirm the Arab brotherhood of Iraqi people''- Al-Adalah
·         ``Arab sympathy; positions should be followed up by actions''- Al-Bayan

IRAQI NEWS, 23 March 05
Paper confirms leadership candidates to be announced 24 March
The Iraqi Islamic Da'wah Party newspaper Al-Da'wah reported on 22 March that the transitional National Assembly's second session, scheduled for Thursday 24 March, would witness the announcement of the candidates nominated for the presidential, prime ministerial and ministerial posts. The report came on the same day that Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV made a similar announcement. According to the newspaper report, the distribution of ministries would be as follows: the Kurds would be given the foreign, communications, public works and municipalities, water resources, science and technology, and human rights ministries; the Sunnis would receive the defence, culture, industry, trade and governorates affairs ministries; the United Iraqi Alliance would be given the interior, justice, oil, planning, transport, electricity, education and higher education and scientific research ministries. The newspaper confirmed that Ibrahim al-Ja'fari is expected to become the new Prime Minister, while Jalal Talabani has been agreed on as the next president. Current President Ghazi al-Yawar, who refused a vice-presidency post, could be appointed Speaker of the transitional National Assembly, said the report, while outgoing Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's role in the transitional government is yet to be finalized. (Al-Da'wah 22 Mar 05)
Zarqawi web statement threatens pro-government Salafi clerics
On 22 March "Al-Khattab al-Iraqi," a prolific participant in the Al-Ikhlas forum, posted a statement issued by Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qa'idah of Jihad Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers (Qa'idat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn) according to which the group's Shari'ah Court accused "Abu-Manar" - probably referring to Abu-Manar al-Alami, a Salafi Movement leader who expressed support for Allawi's government in February - and two of his colleagues Abu-al-Harith and Abu-Safwan of apostasy. Claiming that they had become the mouthpieces of the foreign "Crusaders" in Iraq, the court allegedly gave the three clerics three days to repent or face "Al-Zarqawi's swords."
Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition]
Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Saudi-owned] 23 March:
·         Allawi calls for arrest of Izzat al-Duri and five other former regime officials; PM offers up to 10m dollars reward
·         Thirty decapitators captured in Ba'qubah; senior officer dies of wounds sustained in Kirkuk attack
·         Inter-Shi'i differences over sharing portfolios; Fayli Kurds: UIA senior marginalize juniors
·         Amman sends top diplomat back to Baghdad to ease tension; Zebari stresses feeling of bitterness towards Jordanian leniency with terrorists
·         Judge Ra'id Juhi: I never imagined I would try Saddam; I learned to pay attention to evidences, not names
·         Fifteen detainees confess to having connections with foreign organizations, receiving funds from neighbouring countries
·         Disagreements among Sunni groups over their representatives in new government;
·         UIA sources: Government formation ready for signing, pending Allawi's decision
·         Ukrainian delegation visits Iraq to discuss troop withdrawal details (AFP quoted)
·         Engineering College students at Basra University continue sit-in Jordan: Hard labour for three Iraqis for bringing in weapons, explosives.
Al-Zaman [daily, independent]
Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] 23 March:
·         Wrangle over oil, defence ministries; differences over quotas; decisive negotiations today; Allawi presses for speeding up new government
·         Multinational forces seize weapons, munitions in Salman Pak
·         Mortar bomb kills pregnant woman in Al-Iskandariyah
·         Sixteen Sudanese arrested in Baghdad for violating residence law
·         Iraq seeks help of Norwegian experts to run oil sector (AFP quoted)
·         Conference on Al-Fallujah discloses humanitarian disaster, US violations (Reuters quoted)
·         Unilateral truce breaks down in Diyala; regiment to protect Al-Khalis-Kirkuk road, dismantle armed networks Mosul: US forces besiege right riverbank quarters
·         Trade Ministry: Economic agreements signed with Romania, Argentina, Iran
·         NATO trains Iraqi security commanders in crisis management
·         Al-Kut: Three children killed in explosion of abandoned bomb
·         Al-Mustansiriyah University students demonstrate to demand Jordanian compensations for families of Al-Hillah victims.
Al-Adalah, Baghdad, twice-weekly newspaper

Al-Adalah [Baghdad, twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 23 March:

·         Agreement between United Iraqi Alliance [UIA], Kurdistan Alliance to form new government (news agencies quoted)
·         [Hoshyar] Zebari: Solving crisis with Jordan needs time
·         UIA coordination council: Mechanism agreed to select government members SCIRI delegation visits Turkey (KUNA quoted)
·         Twenty-six terrorists killed in Salman Pak (news agencies quoted)
·         Mortar shells land near Australian embassy in Baghdad centre
·         Kirkuk police arrest 13 murder, kidnap suspects (news agencies quoted)
·         Doctors, pharmacists boycott Jordanian drugs (news agencies quoted)
·         Iraqis stage sit-in against Jordanian king in Washington (news agencies quoted)
·         [Saddam's half brother] Criminal Sab'awi confesses to funding terrorist operations in Iraq, says he killed 150 men in one day (news agencies quoted)
·         Ibrahim al-Ja'fari: All should stand united to speed up task of building state institutions
·         Bulgarian troops likely to leave Iraq by end of year (Reuters quoted)
·         UAE offers five helicopters as gift to Iraqi air force
·         Scores of prisoners pardoned in Kurdistan on Nawruz festivities (news agencies quoted)
·         Amman returns charge d'affaires to Baghdad (news agencies quoted)
·         Ukrainian president announces plan to withdraw troops from Iraq (news agencies quoted)
·         Japanese PM praises Australia's decision to send extra troops to Iraq (news agencies quoted)
·         Iraq denies deportation of Arabs from country (news agencies quoted)
·         Maysan police free kidnapped woman, capture looting gang.

Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic]
Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party] 23 March:
·         Al-Ja'fari receives US Senate delegation, says Iraqi people determined to make democratic process a success, build new Iraq Twenty-nine terrorists captured, including bombers of Ministry of Agriculture (news agencies quoted)
·         Jordan orders return of diplomatic envoy; Zebari meets Jordanian counterpart in Algiers (news agencies quoted)
·         Al-Anbar governor defends western Iraq federalism (news agencies quoted)
·         Higher Education Ministry allocates 60bn dinars for Basra University reconstruction Twenty-seven billion dinars to rehabilitate Mosul services
·         Municipality Ministry: Seven billion dinars to implement service projects till end of 2007
·         University of Technology signs agreements with European, world universities
·         Labour Ministry calls for teaching child rights agreement in primary schools.
Al-Mada [Baghdad, daily, independent newspaper]
Al-Mada [Baghdad, daily, independent newspaper published by Al-Mada Media, Culture and Arts Corporation] 23 March:
·         Large-scale attack on terrorists infiltrating into Talla'far; City entrances, exits sealed
·         Zebari calls for larger Arab presence in Iraq; FM accuses Jordan of leniency with Al-Hillah crime perpetrators (news agencies quoted)
·         Commando chief: Terror bases penetrated, paralyzed in Samarra
·         Gunmen open fire on shop owners in Al-Durah (AFP quoted)
·         Two terror networks broken; kidnapping, rape gangs captured in Diyala
·         UIA, Kurdistan Alliance share key ministerial portfolios in Iraqi government (AFP quoted)
·         Commander of Wolf Brigade in Mosul: 300 terrorists captured; good news to be announced soon; Abu al-Walid: Terror activities under control
·         Hundreds of companies to participate in Jordan fair on Iraq reconstruction
·         Al-Dulu'iyah tribes pledge to track down terrorists
·         Terrorists detained, including Syrian in Babil
·         Mass resignation of local council members in Al-Khidr [Al-Muthanna]
·         Baghdad council delays dismissal of mayor until hearing his justifications for poor services.
Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic]
Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress] 23 March:
·         Five candidates to hold posts of vice-president, national assembly president, defence minister; first government reflecting Iraqi people's diversity to be formed next week
·         Mosul, Tikrit refuse to join western region
·         Zebari: We will not export democracy to Arab countries; stark contradiction in Jordanian official statements Iraqi demonstrations against Jordanian embassies in Europe
·         Municipality Ministry: Four billion dinars to reconstruction of Karbala.
``Arab summit to affirm the Arab brotherhood of Iraqi people''- Al-Adalah

Al-Adalah [Baghdad, twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 23 March: [From opinion by Abd-al-Basit al-Jawari]: "The Arab summit should affirm the bonds of the true Arab brotherhood with the Iraqi people, both in words and brave deeds of the sons of Mesopotamia. It is a very simple demand for Arab governments, especially neighbours, to impose border controls, a demand they can meet to stop terror forces' infiltration into Iraq. The Mesopotamians will not forget such a stand from the Arab summit. The Iraqi future is shining in the new democratic horizon, and its fruits can be picked by all countries, rather than Iraq alone, especially those that stood by Iraqi people through their ordeal. This is a message from the mass grave of the Anfal [Kurdish] people to the Arab summit which, they hope, will mark a new beginning for joint Arab action towards achieving people's aspirations for freedom, justice and equality."
``Arab sympathy; positions should be followed up by actions''- Al-Bayan
Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party] 23 March: [From editorial]
:"We do not underestimate any show of Arab sympathy with our people or denunciation of the terrorist and subversive attacks carried out against them. However, we believe that if positions are not followed up by actions and practical measures to prove the good intentions towards our people, they will only be part of political propaganda and double standards. We believe that the Arab summit is a good opportunity for the countries that have been keen on destabilising security in Iraq - causing more tragedies and massacres - to shift positions.

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