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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

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IRAQI NEWS, 2 May 05

Al-Yawar urges extension of constitution-drafting period

Al-Sadr aide shot dead by gunmen, supporters arrested by police

US warplanes bomb targets in Al-Ramadi

Over 100 suspects arrested in Kirkuk, Baghdad

Iraqi national security adviser expects US withdrawal to begin in 2006 - TV

Thirteen militants said arrested in northern Iraq

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 2 May 05

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

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

Al-Mada [Baghdad, daily, independent newspaper published by Al-Mada Media, Culture and Arts Corporation]

Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress]

Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman]

IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTS, 2 May 05

“New government and sensitivity of tasks”- Al-Mu'tamar

“A counter agenda against terrorists”- Al-Sharq al-Awsat

"The Ration Card and the Black Gold"- Al-Mada

“Iraqis and oil sales”- Al-Zaman

IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA, 2 May 2005

Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah television news 2 May 05

Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah 2 May 05

UPDATES FROM THE KURDISH PRSS, 2 May 2005

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Khabat daily, issued in Erbil by the KDP

Jamawar, weekly newspaper issued in Erbil

Hawal weekly issued in Kirkuk by Hawal Press and Media Foundation

Kurdistani New, daily newspaper issued in Sulaymanya by the PUK

IRAQI NEWS, 2 May 05

Al-Yawar urges extension of constitution-drafting period

Vice-President Ghazi al-Yawar has called for the deadline for drafting the constitution to be extended by six months, saying the period set aside this purpose has now been lessened as a result of the delay in forming a government. The period for drafting the constitution expires on 15 August, he told Al-Sharqiyah TV. He added: "I personally believe that it is very difficult to draft a constitution within three months for a country like Iraq ". (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 2 May 05)

Al-Sadr aide shot dead by gunmen, supporters arrested by police

Unidentified gunmen assassinated an aide to Muqtada al-Sadr in the Al-Dawrah area of southern Baghdad on 1 May, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported the following day, quoting an aide to Al-Sadr. Shaykh Sahib al-Amiri said Zaman al-Dhabhawi was assassinated on his way to Baghdad town centre. Al-Amiri also said that a number of Al-Sadr's supporters were arrested following a search by US and Iraqi forces in the neighbourhoods of Al-Zahra, Al-Abbasiyah and Al-Huriyyah in Al-Najaf. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 2 May 05)

US warplanes bomb targets in Al-Ramadi

US aircraft bombed the railway bridge which stretches over the Al-Warrar river, southwest of Al-Ramadi, at dawn on 2 May, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The attack destroyed over 40 metres of the railway which links Baghdad with the western region and the Jordanian-Syrian borders, the TV said. The attack also cut off the city's communication link with Al-Anbar University . The bridge serves as a link between the city and 14 faculties at the university's campus, the TV added. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 2 May 05)

Over 100 suspects arrested in Kirkuk , Baghdad

Police sources have announced the arrest of 54 individuals suspected of involvement in attacks in Kirkuk , while in Baghdad , US sources said they arrested 48 suspects in the city, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 2 May. The chief of police in the Rahim Awa area said 24 arrests took place in the Al-Nasr neighbourhood in the centre of Kirkuk . He added that the suspects had confessed to killing seven US soldiers in Kirkuk and to launching attacks against the multinational forces' Kirkuk headquarters. Twenty-six suspects were also arrested in Kirkuk 's Rashad and Taza sub-districts over the past two days. In Baghdad , the US Army announced that it arrested 48 suspects during raids conducted by US and Iraqi forces in the city on 1st. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 2 May 05)

Iraqi national security adviser expects US withdrawal to begin in 2006 - TV

Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwaffaq al-Rubay'i on 1 May said that the US forces and the other foreign forces in Iraq will probably start withdrawing in large numbers by the middle of next year, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported the following day. He added: It will be a big surprise to me if they don't seriously think of starting to withdraw at the end of the first half of next year. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 2 May 05)

Thirteen militants said arrested in northern Iraq

Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) newspaper Kurdistani Nuwe reported on 2 May that police and multinational forces arrested 13 "terrorists" in Kirkuk on the night of 1 May. The head of the police in Kirkuk area, Brig-Gen Sarhad Qadir, was quoted as saying: "These terrorists have been arrested in several different campaigns." He added: "Nine terrorists were arrested in the Administrative Subdistricts of Rashad and Taza. The other four were arrested in the Wasti quarter in Kirkuk . They belong to the terrorist group Ansar al-Sunnah and are the remnants of the deceased Ba'thist regime. Our forces began an investigation." Another source in the police station of Rahimawa, in Kirkuk , said: "A brigade from the Rahimawa police station arrested a band of terrorists belonging to Ansar al-Sunnah in Al-Nasr district and not in Rahimawa as it was reported yesterday. In another campaign against terrorism, two other terrorists were arrested in the same quarter yesterday, 1 May. They are both of Arab origin." (Kurdistani Nuwe, Al-Sulaymaniyah, in Sorani Kurdish 2 May 05)

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 2 May 05

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

  • Talks ongoing to fill portfolios in new cabinet
  • Australian defence minister in Iraq to inspect troops
  • National guards raid Mannawi Pasha district in Basra , arrest 20 suspects
  • [MP Raja] al-Khuza'i: Allawi formed shadow cabinet to play positive opposition role (Iraq Voices quoted)
  • Differences over mechanism to elect Kurdistan president
  • Sunni endowment head: Sunni Arabs form bloc to take part in next election (Iraq Voices quoted)
  • Iraqi security reinforcements arrive in Al-Nasiriyah;
  • Raids south of Baghdad lead to capture of men involved in Margaret [Hasan's] murder (QNA quoted)
  • Twelve martyred, 21 wounded in separate terrorist attacks in Iraq (AFP quoted)
  • [MP Abbas] al-Bayyati: People's trust in Al-Ja'fari will help him fight corruption, establish security, stability (Radio Sawa quoted)
  • On May Day, workers' demonstration in Baghdad to denounce terror acts (AFP quoted)
  • The Sunday Times: All supported Saddam regime overthrow
  • Syrian foreign minister: Diplomatic relations restored with Iraq (AFP quoted)
  • Sudan expresses support for new Iraqi government
  • Association of Muslim Scholars calls on Iraqi government to release detained clerics (AFP quoted)
  • Danish forces to stay in Iraq for another eight months (news agencies quoted)
  • New security plan to counter terrorist acts in Iraq (news agencies quoted)
  • World Bank grants Baghdad municipality 3m dollars (news agencies quoted).

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

  • Government begins work to try tyrant Saddam, setting up security operations room Saddam to appear in court within weeks (news agencies quoted)
  • President Jalal Talabani: Iraqi elections produced the right people for the right posts (news agencies quoted)
  • First conference for southern region held (news agencies quoted)
  • Iraq neighbouring countries' foreign ministers call for Iraq border controls (news agencies quoted)
  • New mass grave uncovered in Iraq (news agencies quoted)
  • Justice Ministry: Death sentence still in force under Iraqi laws (news agencies quoted)
  • Iraq , Syria re-establish ties after more than two-decade break (news agencies quoted)
  • Defence Ministry to grant 3,350 dollars to family of Iraqi soldier who was martyred in the line of duty Interior minister pledges to purge security apparatus from terrorists' spies (news agencies quoted)
  • Repeated attacks in Al-Bu'aythah area in Al-Durah Environment pollution reported in Al-Husayniyah, Al-Durah, Al-Za'faraniyah [ Baghdad ].

Al-Mada [ Baghdad , daily, independent newspaper published by Al-Mada Media, Culture and Arts Corporation]

  • Fawwaz al-Jarbah, Mudar Shawkat nominated for defence minister post (Iraq Voices quoted)
  • Tight security measures after recent attacks in Ninawah; Eighteen suspects arrested in separate areas
  • Australian delegation in Baghdad to follow up investigation into wheat shipment containing fillings Disbanded army members demonstrate in Al-Nasiriyah (Iraq Voices quoted)
  • Car bomb explodes in Al-Za'faraniyah; Gunmen attack Al-Nahrawan police station Thirty suspects apprehended; Large amounts of weapons, explosives seized in Basra (KUNA quoted)
  • US forces resort to new means to fend off dangers in Al-Ramadi; Gunmen attack Al-Fallujah with rockets Explosive device defused, parts of another found in Al-Samawah Student opens fire on school principal (AFP quoted)
  • As UK elections date approaches, documents reveal early plan to overthrow Saddam Karbala to teach human rights in schools Wasit police, national guard commanders disclose new details over Al-Mada'in issue: 85 terrorists confessed to slaughtering people, looting, stealing government, private trucks.

Al-Mu'tamar [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress]

  • New plan to counter terrorism in Iraq
  • Twenty candidates for five vacant ministries
  • Armed groups arrested in Al-Mada'in, Basra (KUNA quoted)
  • Cancer patients increasing in Iraq (QNA quoted)
  • Karbala governor criticizes Allawi's government for ignoring city
  • Iraqi Central Bank authorized to open local banks
  • Free press conference concludes in Arbil
  • Inflation rate drops by six per cent
  • Programme to build dams, exploit flood water.

Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman]

  • Neighbouring countries pledge to control borders with Iraq
  • Mas'ud Barzani: Kurdistan presidency to be decided by elections;
  • My presence within peshmerga is most sacred post
  • Discord between Washington , Rome over rules of engagement;
  • Italy to reveal results of probe into agent's death in Baghdad
  • Blair maintains the lead in opinion polls three days before election
  • Interior Ministry: 1,235 Iraqi civilians fell victim to violent acts in April
  • France welcome Al-Ja'fari's government formation
  • Lawyer: 50,000 imprisoned in Iraq on uncorroborated charges
  • Jalawla deputy local council chief arrested;

 

IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTS, 2 May 05

“New government and sensitivity of tasks”- Al-Mu'tamar

Al-Mu'tamar [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress]: [From commentary by Ali Sabir Muhammad]

"Now that the new government has been formed from the heart of the masses, it should realize the sensitivity and seriousness of the stage and the critical time to undertake the assigned tasks, in addition to writing the constitution, holding the referendum and building civil society organizations Winning the majority of the National Assembly seats and the largest share in ministry portfolios is not the end of the road. The United Iraqi Alliance is facing a difficult test. All their actions and conducts will be under scrutiny. All eyes will be on them, friends and foes alike. Ahead of them are immense challenges to meet in order to preserve the supreme national interests and build a federal, united Iraq ."

“A counter agenda against terrorists”- Al-Sharq al-Awsat

Al-Sharq al-Awsat [ Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Saudi-owned]: [From opinion by Ahmad al-Rab'i]

"The terror that struck Cairo centre is part and parcel of an agenda targeting all of us There is no difference between killing Iraqi civilians with car bombs, killing residents of a housing compound in Riyad and killing civilians and foreign tourists in Egypt The war on tourism is a war on Egyptian economy and on thousands of families who earn their living through work in large tourism facilities. Similarly, killing Iraqi civilians and policemen is intended to hamper the reconstruction of Iraq, keep the pattern of mass graves, prisons and exiles and undermine the project of building an independent, stable Iraq Do not believe them when they say: Our aim is to fight the crusaders and Jews. Those who were killed and are being killed everyday are innocent, peaceful Muslim citizens What is required is a counter agenda against terrorists and whoever incites and supports terror in words or deeds."

"The Ration Card and the Black Gold"- Al-Mada

Al-Mada [ Baghdad , daily, independent newspaper published by Al-Mada Media, Culture and Arts Corporation]from a commentary by Amir Al-Qaysi

Al-Mada publishes a column by Amir Al-Qaysi entitled "The Ration Card and the Black Gold", in which he criticizes the Ministry of Trade for the "bad quality" of items distributed as part of the ration card, sarcastically noting that a new item had been added to the ration, which was "iron filings." The writer says that the Interior Ministry instead of solving the problem, threw the ball in other ministry's court, by saying in a television interview, that the Ministry of Finance had not allocated sufficient funds for the import of items in the ration card.

“Iraqis and oil sales”- Al-Zaman

Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] from an article by Qasim Husayn Salih

Al-Zaman publishes an article by Qasim Husayn Salih in which he says that oil has become a disgrace for Iraqi people since the former regime waged several wars against neighbouring countries holding oil as a reason. The writer calls on the new government to draft an article in the constitution that provides a monthly salary for each Iraqi citizen from oil sales.

IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA , 2 May 2005

Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah television news 2 May 05

  • Thirteen people killed in four car blasts in Baghdad today targeting police convoys; video report shows footage from the scene of one of the blasts, damage to nearby buildings and shops, eyewitnesses recounting the events...
  • Senior police officer survives assassination attempt in Baghdad , three of his guards injured; video shows footage from the scene...
  • Three Iraqis injured in blast east of Baghdad that targeted police convoy, another blast east of Baghdad kills four people, including two police officers; video shows footage from site...
  • Armed men assassinate assistant to Muqtada al-Sadr south of Baghdad , US and Iraqi forces storm homes of Al-Sadr aides in Al-Najaf...
  • Kurdish officials say death toll from blast at funeral procession stands at 20...
  • US airplanes attack bridge in western Iraq , US forces conduct raid in Al-Ramadi...
  • Attack on hospital in Samara injures one person; video shows footage from the scene, eyewitness recounts attack
  • British soldier dies from injuries sustained in combat, British death toll in Iraq rises to 87; video shows archival footage of British troops in Iraq
  • Iraqi national security advisor expects coalition troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq sometime next year; this came in an interview with a US television channel
  • Iraqi academics discuss the future of education in Iraq in conference in Baghdad ; video report shows footage from the conference
  • Attacks across Iraq kill six, including four soldiers
  • Iraqi authorities say that more than 500 Iraqis have been killed in violence in April
  • US soldier accused of taking part in abuse of Iraqi detainees pleads guilty to charges against her, expected to be sentenced to 30 months after her plea
  • Armed group assassinate police official in Ba'qubah
  • Australian government says it will not give in to the demands of the abductors of an Australian citizen; video shows excerpts from video released by abductors

Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah 2 May 05

  • Eight killed, 20 hurt in separate car bomb blasts in Baghdad ; security commander escapes death; police patrol comes under attack. Video report covers violence, eyewitness accounts.
  • Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari announces security plan to reduce violence. Video report covers his comments, arrest of terror suspects in Baghdad and Basra . ( 1:55 )
  • Terror hideout stormed in Mada'in. Video report shows hideout of terror suspects from different nationalities, weapons cache. ( 1:35 )
  • Maghawir force arrests key terror suspect. Video report (0:21)
  • Twenty eight terror suspects arrested in Kirkuk ; 26 others held in the province. At least 15 killed, scores hurt in suicide bombing in Mosul . ( 1:34 )
  • Iraqi peace institute holds forum on writing of constitution. Video report ( 2:18 )
  • New Minister of Higher Education Sami al-Mudhaffar assumes office. Video report ( 2:12 )
  • University of Baghdad celebrates forming of government. Video report ( 2:11 )
  • 1646 Iraqis in Basra call on government to restore law and order and improve economy. Video report ( 2:04 )
  • Iraqi journalists call for release of abducted Romanian correspondents. Video report covers rally of Iraqi journalists in solidarity with Romanians. ( 2:30 )
  • Italians more understanding of situation in Iraq - Al-Iraqiyah opinion poll. Video report)
  • Turkey premier visits Palestinian territories as US envoy meets Palestinian officials.
  • Afghan blast causes no casualties. (0:33)
  • Anti-nuclear war protest staged in New York . Video report ( 1:39 )
  • Business bulletin. Forum on architectural planning of Al-Nasiriyah held in the city. Report on surge in trade in Najaf. Iraq share market report. Shortage of fuel reserves at petrol stations in Basra .

 

 

UPDATES FROM THE KURDISH PRSS, 2 May 2005

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Talabani went back to Baghdad without saying a word in the [KDP-PUK] crisis over Kurdistan Region presidency.

Khabat daily, issued in Erbil by the KDP

For the first time in the meeting of Iraq ’s neighbouring countries, Kirkuk issue was not included in the final communiqué.

KDP politburo congratulates the labors on the day.

Iraqi interior ministry announced the capture of the terrorists who abducted and killed aid worker Margaret Hassan.

Suicide terrorist bomber killed 25 civilians and wounded more than 30 in the funeral of a KDP Turcoman activist assassinated in Talafar earlier this week.

Latest official statistics from Iraq heath, interior and defense ministries show that 567 Iraqis were killed and 668 wounded in April 2005. The figures increased by 48% compared to March.

Jamawar, weekly newspaper issued in Erbil

PUK internal crises intensify. President Talabani went back to Sulaymanya and chaired a number of politburo meetings. Talabani’s suggestion to open a politburo branch in Baghdad to be headed by Jalal Jawher was turned down by politburo majority. Another aspect of the crisis lays in the politburo’s demand for canceling the expired Sulaymanya City Municipal Council headed by Hakim Qadir in favor of the new Governorate Council elected on January 2005 while Talabani supports Qadir and his council.

The Emir of Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) Ali Bapeer was released after spending about 2 years in a US prison. In a press conference in Sulaymanya on Saturday, Bapeer said only the Americans were to be blamed for his arrest. He further reiterated his group’s stand against secularism.

In two letters addressed to KDP leader Massoud Barzani and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani two weeks ago, citizens from Baasheeq and Bahzan towns that have 55 villages around demanded joining Kurdistan Region. About 70% of the area’s populations are Ezidi Kurds, 15% Muslim Kurds while the other 15% are [Chaldo-Assyrian] Christians. The ousted regime had planned to Arabize the area by settling 10,000 Arab families from Mosul .

Hawal weekly issued in Kirkuk by Hawal Press and Media Foundation

The PUK internal crisis may blow out any time.

Iraqi president decides to appoint a Turcoman advisor. Talabani took the decision after receiving 20 Turcoman notables from Kirkuk last week.

Iraqi Minister of municipalities and public works Nasreen Barwari visited Kirkuk discreetly on 20 April. Accompanied by director of Kirkuk municipalities department, Barwari visited the US consulate in the city to discuss implementation of proposed projects. An informed source revealed that Kirkuk Governor Abdulrahman Mustafa knew about the visit only when Barwari called him on her mobile while she was leaving Kirkuk back to Baghdad in a helicopter.

Family members and relatives of Dawda Tribe people missing in the infamous Operation Anfal of the ousted regime staged a peaceful demonstration in Tuzkhurmatu on 28 April. The Kurdish demonstrators presented a written memo demanding trial of those involved in the Anfal massacres and compensating the victims’ families, as well as building a monument for the victims.

Kurdistani New, daily newspaper issued in Sulaymanya by the PUK

KRG-Sulaymanya received in his office the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad .

The PUK’s suggestion for holding the first session of Kurdistan Parliament was not accepted, PUK politburo member Adnan Mufti told a number of politicians and former Kurdish MPs from other parts of Kurdistan invited for the parliament inauguration. Mufti regretted to that the inauguration did not take place on 30 April as planned. He further explained that the session was postponement to a further notice due to a dispute between the KDP and his party over the details of a draft law to be adopted by the new parliament for invention of Kurdistan Region President post. Reiterating his party’s commitment to nominate KDP leader Massoud Barzani for Kurdistan presidency, Mufti elaborated that both parties had different points of view regarding the validity of the post and the president’s authorities. The expected speaker of the new Parliament Mufti said that Kurdistan National Assembly could have convened its first meeting despite the KDP-PUK discrepancies over president of the region.

 

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