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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Thursday, May 5, 2005

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IRAQI NEWS, 4 May 05

Over 60 Kurdish police recruits killed in suicide blast

US forces arrest five in Al-Ramadi raid

Three civilians wounded in Baghdad blast

Al-Iraqiyah TV airs more "confessions"

Al-Iraqiyah TV reports Iraqis' optimism about new cabinet

Iraqi forces arrest 13 suspects northeast of Baghdad

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 4 May 05

Al-Zaman

Al-Adalah

Baghdad

Al-Bayan

Ishraqat al-Sadr

Al-Mu'tamar

IRAQI PRESS QOUTES & EDITORIALS, 4 May 05

"Money, weapons and media are in the hands of the occupier”- Ishraqat al-Sadr

“Japan's case, how to make use of the American presence?”- Al-Zaman

IRAQI PRESS & BROADCAST MEDIA, 4 May 05

Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV news summary 4 May 05

Iraqi Al-Iraqiyah TV news summary 4 May 05

FROM THE KURDISH MEDIA, 4 May 05

Kurdish official describes attack

Official urges blood donations for injured

Kurdish TV says attack aimed at provoking "fear and horror"

Kurdistan Satellite TV news summary 04 May 05

KurdSat TV news summary 04 May 05

 

IRAQI NEWS, 4 May 05

Over 60 Kurdish police recruits killed in suicide blast

(Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 4 May 05)

More than 60 Iraqi police recruits were killed and up to 150 others were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a recruitment centre in the northern city of Arbil on 4 May, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported.

The attack took place around 0930 local time outside a building of the Interior Ministry of the Kurdistan regional government, used as a recruitment centre, Al-Jazeera TV's correspondent reported from the city. He said a security alert had been put in place and the roads leading to the scene of the incident sealed off, allowing access only to ambulances and police cars. The building also houses the offices of Masud Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), one of the two main Kurdish factions in Iraq . (Al-Jazeera)

The local governor, Nawzad Hadi, said 45 people were killed and another 95 wounded in the attack, AFP reported. "We will continue fighting terrorists until we root them out. They will not scare us," he said. A doctor at Arbil's largest hospital stepped out in front of the crowd and read the names of 39 victims - all of them police recruits and added that six bodies had not yet been identified. (AFP )

One witness said piles of bodies were taken away in pick-up trucks. Kurdish officials said the bomber posed as a volunteer, mingling with other recruits. (BBC World Service)

US forces arrest five in Al-Ramadi raid

US forces on 4 May raided Al-Ramadi General Hospital on the pretext of looking for suspected insurgents, an Al-Sharqiyah correspondent reported. The soldiers forced their way in, disturbing the patients by searching their beds and damaging the hospital equipment., the correspondent said. In a separate development in the city's eastern district, the US forces raided Al-Hijrah Mosque and ransacked its contents after blowing up its doors with explosive devices. Abd-al-Karim Khalaf, the mosque's blind muezzin, was interrogated "under pressure", the correspondent said. Five people in the neighbourhood were arrested. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 4 May 05)

Three civilians wounded in Baghdad blast

Three Iraqis were wounded and a number of cars damaged when an explosive charge targeting a US army patrol exploded in Baghdad 's southern Al-Bayya district on 4 May, Al-Jazeera TV reported. A number of civilians who were close to the scene of the explosion were arrested. (Al-Jazeera)

Al-Sharqiyah TV quoted eyewitnesses saying an explosive charge was planted beneath a bridge on a junction leading to Al-Baya, Baghdad International Airport and the highway leading to the southern governorates. The wounded were taken to Al-Yarmuk Hospital for treatment. Some vehicles and houses in the neighbourhood were also damaged in the blast. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 4 May 05)

Al-Iraqiyah TV airs more "confessions"

Al-Iraqiyah TV on 3 May broadcast another in its series of "confessions" by detainees suspected of supporting the insurgency. It showed an interrogator and a suspect, Abbas al-Tamimi, who said he was the leader of a group which had stolen 2m dinars from a house and used it to fund the insurgency. The interrogator slammed Al-Tamimi for stealing in the name of the holy war. Al-Tamimi also recalled how female students were abducted by members of the group and handed over to Arab fighters who raped them. He said the fighters were Syrians, Saudis, Libyans and Lebanese. He admitted to taking part in the gang rape himself. ( Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 3 May 05)

Al-Iraqiyah TV reports Iraqis' optimism about new cabinet

Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on 3 May that the Iraqi people were optimistic that the new cabinet would succeed in tackling the tasks it is entrusted with, especially the security issue. In an opinion poll conducted by Al-Iraqiyah TV, ordinary Iraqis voiced their support for the government and said they would help it achieve its goals. "We should support the government, which is one of national unity. We hope the government will serve the Iraqi people, who were unjustly treated over years," one man said. They also spoke about their own expectations. "We want peace and stability," an elderly woman said. "We hope the new government can fulfil people's expectations, mainly security," said another man. A third man said: " Iraq will be victorious with the presence of Ali al-Sistani who represents a wealth of wisdom for the whole of the Islamic nation. A forth man said he wanted the government "to end terrorism and restore security". "We want jobs", said a fifth man. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 3 May 05)

Iraqi forces arrest 13 suspects northeast of Baghdad

Source: Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 1600 gmt 4 May 05

The Iraqi security forces arrested 13 suspects in a raid-and-search campaign in northern Ba'qubah, 55 km northeast of Baghdad , today.

An Iraqi army colonel said that the campaign lasted for six hours, noting that all the suspects are Iraqis.

In another development, a municipal council member was killed last night in Ba'qubah, according to a police source in the city.

 

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 4 May 05

Al-Zaman

Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] 4 May:

  • Partial government sworn in; AL-Ja'fari praises Allawi, pledges homogeneous Iraqi cabinet
  • US aircraft carrier in Gulf lose contact with two jet fighters in Iraq Multinational forces:
  • Letter to Al-Zarqawi accuses him of abandoning his followers
  • Senior member of Muslim Scholars Association: Arab League role towards Iraq still weak
  • Five killed, wounded in car bomb blast in Mosul
  • Unidentified letter threatens seven senior doctors to choose between liquidation or leaving Iraq
  • Student demonstrations disrupt study in four colleges
  • Leader of Islamic Kurdistan group released after two years in detention
  • Arms dealer apprehended in Kirkuk
  • Water transport staff stage demonstration to demand better salaries
  • Al-Najaf airport to open its doors to passengers in July
  • Corruption scenes: Billions of dollars in rewards to members of Higher Education reconstruction committees.

 

Al-Adalah

Al-Adalah [ Baghdad , twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 4 May:

 

  • Al-Ja'fari, cabinet members sworn in front of National Assembly
  • Government spokesman: Rebuilding Iraq needs participation of all people (news agencies quoted)
  • Armed group leader surrenders to security forces (KUNA quoted)
  • Angry student demonstration holds Pharmacology College dean responsible for student murder Japan , EU stress need for Iraq to solve its problems (KUNA quoted)
  • Government sources: President Jalal Talabani to take part in Arab League, South America summits (news agencies quoted)
  • UK embassy: Margaret Hasan's personal belongings found; Interior Ministry confirms terrorists confess to killing her (KUNA quoted)
  • UN inspectors: 90 dangerous sites plundered in Iraq (news agencies quoted)
  • Car bomb defused in Tilkif (Iraq Voices quoted)
  • Raids on terror hideouts in Mosul ; two weapon caches uncovered (Iraq Voices quoted)
  • Human Rights Ministry celebrates World Press Freedom Day
  • SCIRI denounces cowardly act against innocent people in Tall Afar
  • Oil Ministry: 200 wells to be drilled to increase production
  • Fire breaks out in Jordanian hospital in Al-Fallujah (news agencies quoted)
  • Damaged electricity facilities rehabilitated Diyala governor: Plans, projects to face water shortages (news agencies quoted).

Baghdad

Baghdad [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement] 4 May:

  • Seventy car bombs ready for detonation in Baghdad ; 206 terrorists, criminals captured in Baghdad ,
  • Kirkuk Al-Ja'fari's cabinet takes constitutional oath
  • National Assembly members endorse statute
  • Thirty-seven Americans killed in jet crash
  • Unidentified men attack mosque in Al-Amil Square [ Baghdad ]
  • Explosive devices defused in Baghdad
  • National Guard officer assassinated in Al-Durah
  • Three policemen wounded in shooting incident in Baghdad
  • Iraqi media men appeal to government to end their sufferings
  • Training courses held for medical staff in Karbala
  • Eight centres established to train jobless people in governorates.

Al-Bayan

Al-Bayan [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party] 4 May

  • : Ibrahim al-Ja'fari addressing people: You will not be used for the sake of the position, rather, the position shall be used for your sake
  • National Assembly endorses statute, forms 27 committees, one for drafting constitution
  • Demonstrations sweep Baghdad University after student killing
  • Iraqi security forces in control of Baghdad-Al-Kut road; gang caught over brigadier's assassination
  • Sweden denies asylum to tyrant Saddam's cousin (news agencies quoted)
  • Municipality Ministry to implement service projects in Al-Mahmudiyah
  • Higher Education Ministry allocates 36m dollars to construct buildings in new colleges.

Ishraqat al-Sadr

Ishraqat al-Sadr [ Baghdad , weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Sadrist Movement] 4 May

  • [Senior Sadrist member] Hazim al-A'raji released
  • [MP Fattah] al-Shaykh leaves for London In eighth meeting for Iraq neighbours,
  • UN Iraq envoy underlines need for Iraqi people involvement in the writing of constitution
  • Media and misuse of alternative strategies Terrorism perpetuates the occupation and the occupation perpetuates terrorism
  • Jihad and terror: Two lines that never meet Islamic Sadrist Movement: Our goals in the constitution.

Al-Mu'tamar

Al-Mu'tamar [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress] 4 May

  • : Al-Ja'fari, his cabinet sworn in; Iraq not to be reduced to one man any more
  • Baghdad University students on strike in protest against killing of colleague
  • Iraq to participate in Arab, Latin summit (Radio Sawa quoted)
  • Clashes between US forces, gunmen in Al-Qa'im (KUNA quoted)
  • Australia to seek help of clerics, tribe leaders for release of kidnapped national (Reuters quoted)
  • Basra invites researchers to take part in south federalism conference
  • Karbala local council suspends police commando recruitment
  • Justice Ministry: Mechanism needed to decide on prisoners, those in custody
  • Education Ministry signs understanding memo with Kuwait .

 

IRAQI PRESS QOUTES & EDITORIALS, 4 May 05

"Money, weapons and media are in the hands of the occupier”- Ishraqat al-Sadr

 

Ishraqat al-Sadr [ Baghdad , weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Sadrist Movement] 4 May: [From commentary by Rasim al-Marwani]

"Money, weapons and media are in the hands of the occupier, and terror can only be funded by whoever possesses all these factors that feed organized terrorism. If there was a 100 per cent national government, it would have asked the occupier to leave, which is not what America wants. Thus, there should be some agents inside the parliament to demand a prolonged presence for occupation forces under different pretexts such as the fear of a civil war and other justifications. If no such agents are embedded in parliament, there are terrorist groups funded by the US intelligence to destabilize security, carry out assassinations and squirt sectarian venom here and there to disturb the mix of Iraqi people, with the occupier standing like a spectator watching players on the Iraqi scene. All narrow-minded people should understand this fact well. The life of the occupier is as long as that of terrorism."

Japan 's case, how to make use of the American presence?”- Al-Zaman

 

Al-Zaman[daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] 4 May: [From commentary by Kadim al-Miqdadi]

"The important thing here is how to drive out the occupation soldiers with minimum losses in the military sense, and how to benefit from the US presence in the economic sense. Has any of us ever thought of studying Japan 's case and how the Japanese managed to make use of the American presence? Think about it if you love your homeland and truly seek its prosperity, development and future. We have to know that all Arab regimes have rushed toAmerica, except for Iraq to which America has come running."

 

 

IRAQI PRESS & BROADCAST MEDIA, 4 May 05

Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV news summary 4 May 05

  • Suicide attack on a police recruitment office in Arbil kills 64 people and injures 49 others. Video shows images from hospital
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates new Iraqi prime minister, says Russia is willing to expand friendly relations with Iraq
  • Two Iraqis wounded in the explosion of a booby-trapped vehicle near US military convoy in city of Mosul in northern Iraq
  • Salih al-Mutlaq, the spokesman for the Iraqi National Dialogue Council says the Sunni Arabs were not behind the delay in formation of the Iraqi cabinet. Recording of part of Al-Mutlaq's statements. Video shows Al-Mutlaq speaking
  • Bomb blast near a crossroads junction in western Baghdad leads today to the wounding of a number of Iraqis. Video shows US forces
  • The university of Baghdad suspends study until next Saturday 8 April because of riots among students
  • Iraqi police arrested Ayman Sab'awi, the step-nephew of Saddam Husayn, in Tikrit on 1 May. No video
  • US forces storm Al-Ramadi hospital for the second time "under the claim" of searching for wanted militants. Video shows hospital and protesters
  • Richard Myers, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff admits in a secret report submitted to the US Congress that the current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq affect the ability of US forces in any other potential conflicts
  • The US army admits failure in recruiting American youth to join the army
  • Former employees of the Iraqi Ministry of Information protest outside deserted ministry's building against loss of their financial rights
  • Gunmen kill today Ali Mahdi, a member of a municipal council in city of Ba'quba while he was on his way to work
  • Report on the state of Douglas Wood, the Australian hostage kidnapped by Iraqi militants. Video shows Wood speaking
  • The French prime minister expresses hope that the current efforts may lead to the release of a French journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq .

Iraqi Al-Iraqiyah TV news summary 4 May 05

  • At least 45 killed, 60 hurt in suicide bombing in Arbil. Video report covers bombing that hit police centre. ( 1:30 )
  • Blast in Baghdad kills several people. Saddam nephew captured in Tikrit. (0:45)
  • Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari meets key aides. Video report
  • Studio interview with Hamid al-Kifa'iye, writer. He says Al-Ja'fari cabinet is capable of handling worsening security situation. ( 5:55 )
  • Al-Ja'fari holds talks with Vice-President Ghazi al-Yawar over Sunni cabinet posts. (0:29)
  • National Assembly names parliamentary committees. Video report
  • International conference on Iraq may be held in Brussels --foreign ministry source. (0:37)
  • Minister of Education Abd-al-Aziz Tayyib Ahmad takes office. Video report ( 1:43 )
  • Iraqis hope new cabinet can restore security and improve economic conditions. Video report
  • Iraqis in Kirkuk happy with new cabinet, call for end to violence and corruption.
  • Ministry of Interior official calls on public to help in fighting corruption. Video report covers his comments. (0:39)
  • Terror suspects arrested in Al-Mada'in; weapons seized. Video report covers security raid launched by Maghawir force, shows shooting, comments by commander. ( 2:28 )
  • Students denounce killing of colleague by terrorists. Video report covers student protest, students condemning killing. ( 1:50 )
  • At least 13 terror suspects held in Baghdad .
  • Basra police fight terror network, restore security. Video report highlights comments by Iraqis in Basra welcoming new cabinet. ( 2:33 )
  • Terror suspects arrested in Abi al-Khasib. Video report covers comments by army commander announcing arrest. ( 1:53 )
  • Lebanon president urges parliament to hold election on time. (0:22)
  • Key Al-Qa'idah member held in Pakistan . (0:22)
  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair expected to win election--opinion poll. Video report
  • Business bulletin. Report on Minister of Trade taking office. Royal Jordanian airlines 22. 3652 resumes flights to Baghdad . World market report.

 

FROM THE KURDISH MEDIA, 4 May 05

 

 

Kurdish official describes attack

A senior Interior Ministry official in Arbil, Fay'q Tawfiq, on 4 May described the suicide bomb attack in the city that morning. "In front of a registration centre of the internal security, a foreign terrorist with a non-Kurdish appearance, similar to the one who carried out the attack of 1 February 2003 [when many senior officials were killed in simultaneous explosions at the headquarters of the two main Kurdish parties in Arbil] approached a crowd of people who were queuing and blew himself up, this morning, Wednesday, 4 May 05 at 0920 local time [0520 gmt]. Forty-six people were killed and 71 injured. This attack was meant to destroy the calm that is prevailing in Kurdistan . We all need to be at alert and vigilant, because this is not the first and will not be the last attack on us . (Kurdistan Satellite TV, Salah-al-Din, in Sorani Kurdish 4 May 05)

Official urges blood donations for injured

Eyewitnesses of the attack described what they had experienced on Kurdish TV. "I was on my way to work this morning, and as I entered the building, I heard a massive explosion, and immediately some people were crying out for help. All I could do was remove some of the injured and transfer them to hospital," one eyewitness said. "I was sitting at home at the time, and all I noticed was the sound of a massive explosion which blew out all our windows. That is all," another eyewitness said. (Kurdistan Satellite TV, Salah-al-Din, in Sorani Kurdish 4 May 05)

Kurdish TV says attack aimed at provoking "fear and horror"

Kurdish TV said "this evil terrorist act" which came at a time of relative calm and stability in the region aimed "to arouse a feeling of fear and horror in the hearts of the citizens", adding that the attackers would "reap only disappointment and failure ". (Kurdistan Satellite TV, Salah-al-Din, in Sorani Kurdish 4 May 05)

Kurdistan Satellite TV news summary 04 May 05

  • Forty six killed and 71 injured in a suicide attack in Arbil this morning. Report over video showing scene of incident
  • Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP, leader Mas'ud Barzani, a group of Kurdish personalities discuss prevailing political situation in Kurdistan . Report over video showing the meeting in progress
  • Members of Iraqi new government swore in yesterday; roundup of recent insurgent-related attacks in the country. Report over video showing Iraqi parliament in session, scenes of incidents
  • Three artesian wells inaugurated in Salah-al-Din Administrative subdistrict. Report over video showing the inauguration ceremony in progress
  • Arbil officials, representatives of FAO discuss future cooperation
  • Regional minister of education visits pupils during their final examination; meeting between the regional minister and representative of Swedish NGO
  • Civil education is included in the school curriculum in Kurdistan ; US NGO organizes a course on the subject in Arbil. Report over video showing the course in progress.

KurdSat TV news summary 04 May 05

  • Forty six killed, 71 injured in a terrorist attack in Arbil. Report over video showing scene of incident
  • Al-Qa'idah's alleged number three is arrested in Pakistan , the government says
  • A medial group from Ranyah sets off to bring aid to the wounded people in attack in Arbil. Report over still picture of reporter
  • Roundup of reports on recent anti-insurgent operations in Jalawlah
  • Four terrorists arrested in Kirkuk region
  • Three citizens injured in a terrorist attack in western Baghdad today. Report over video showing military convoy patrolling streets in Baghdad .

 

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