From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
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Sunday, May 29, 2005
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Iraq will receive the first American rice shipment within two weeks, according to a US agriculture official, Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on 27 May. The shipment, which will arrive in the port of Umm Qasr , includes 30,000 tons of Arkansas and Mississippi rice. The official said the US , which had stopped its exports to Iraq in the 1990s, has won three deals to export rice to the Iraqi market. Under each deal, 60,000 tons of rice will be exported to Iraq . Thailand has been Iraq 's biggest supplier of rice between 1990 and 2003. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 May 05)
The Health Ministry is planning to launch a national campaign to vaccinate children under the age of five against poliomyelitis, Al-Furat newspaper reported on 25 May. Bushra Jamil, official in charge of the National Edification Department at the Health Ministry announced that the first round will be launched in June, while the second will be in July. She added that several poliomyelitis cases had appeared in Iraq 's neighbouring countries and it was therefore necessary to take preventive measures in Iraq "which has been free from the disease for a number of years". (Al-Furat, Baghdad and Paris , in Arabic 25 May 05)
Dr Su'ad al-Sabah Centre for Diabetics and Ductless Glands has been inaugurated in Maysan, Al-Dastur newspaper reported on 28 May. The centre is the second specialized centre in Iraq funded by Dr Su'ad al-Sabah, a member of the Kuwait royal family. It is affiliated to the Ministry of Health and Dr Mahmud Al-Alaq has been appointed head of the centre. (Al-Dustur, Baghdad , in Arabic 28 May 05)
Policeman killed in Samarra
An Iraqi policeman was killed and another wounded when their patrol came under an armed attack in Samarra , Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 28 May. Al-Sharqiyah's correspondent said unknown armed men fired at the patrol in Al-Khadra district, northeast of Samarra city, killing the policeman and wounding his colleague. Medical sources said they had also received a civilian wounded in the incident. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 28 May 05)
Kurdistan 's PUK-led regional minister of justice Rushdi Aziz Salih, met a delegation from the Norwegian Council for the Rights of Kurdish People, Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) newspaper Al-Ittihad reported on 28 May. The minister and the three Norwegians, Per Thorsdalen, Liv Kjoelselth and Beate Slydal, discussed the killing in Kurdistan in 2004 of the Norwegian woman, Marita Stroem. They also discussed the legal system in Kurdistan and Iraq . (Al-Ittihad, Baghdad , in Arabic 28 May 05)
Iraqi TV station Al-Iraqiyah TV broadcast a report on a training session for a new "anti-terror" force, the Maghawir Maysan Force I of the Zi'b Brigade, part of the Ministry of the Interior, on Friday (27 May). The unit's colonel told the TV: "It is the first day of training for fighters. We will see energy and vitality. With the will of God the force will serve in the fight on terror and assist in stopping infiltrators crossing the border and stamping out gangs." The TV described the unit as a new striking force that will bolster anti-terror units. "In the next days raids on terrorists' hideouts will be launched; the new force will help troops from the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Defence in cracking down on terrorists in Iraq ," the report added. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 May 05)
Iraq 's Friday preachers on 27 May called for the unity of forces and ranks "to foil all schemes that aim to harm Iraq ", and stressed the importance of building a strong Iraq that would enhance national and regional security, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported.
The preacher of Buratha Mosque called on people to take part in preserving security, stressing Iraqis should prove themselves in an operation aimed to bring about stability and security. "I wish, or rather I consider it your duty brothers to prove yourselves in the field of preserving Iraq's security and unity, similar to what you have done before," he said.
The preacher of Umm al-Qurah Mosque stressed the importance of self-denial in favour of the homeland's interests and directing all thoughts towards building a unified Iraq and spreading fraternity among people. "We should place national interests over personal interests. No ethnic, national, sectarian, or religious interests should come above the country's interests, which are in everybody's and the country's favour," the Umm al-Qurah preacher said. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 May 05)
Engineers at Al-Diwaniyah gas plant have installed and opened a French-made gas production line, part of efforts to alleviate shortages of liquified gas in winter, Iraqi TV station Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on Friday (27 May). It said an opening ceremony was attended by the governor of Al-Diwaniyah and tributes were paid to technical staff and engineers from the Ministry of Oil Al-Muthanna and Central Euphrates branches, for their efforts in its completion. "The project, with a production capacity of 800 gas cylinders per hour and costs amounting to 37m Iraqi dinars, is expected to provide people with very important gas supplies," the TV report said. The opening of the line heralds "a new era for reviving the industrial sector in the province" to keep up with the pace of industrial development in the rest of the country, the report added. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 May 05)
The water project department of the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works in Ziqar, southeastern Iraq , is working on a large-scale project to supply the province with clean drinking water, Iraqi TV station Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on Friday (27 May). The project will supply the province centre and the districts of Shatra and Suq al-Shiyukh with water. "The project is executed by technical and engineering staff and companies that are 100 per cent Iraqi under the supervision of the water department in Ziqar. It will be completed in 11 months," an Iraqi engineer told the TV. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 May 05)
The US-Iraqi chamber of commerce and industry and the centre of business development in Babil have signed a commercial, industrial co-operation agreement to help develop management skills of business people and industrialists in the province, Iraqi TV station Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on Friday (27 May). (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 27 May 05)
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 28 May 05
Al-Dustur [ Baghdad , independent daily newspaper]:
- Intensive measures by Interior, Defence ministries to implement comprehensive security plan in Baghdad today 12000 prospective Iraq infiltrators announced captured by Damascus (Agencies quoted)
- Humam Hammudi says constitution ready by mid August (Agencies quoted)
- Iraq still needs coalition forces, says Al-Sumaydaai (Agencies quoted)
- The Zarqawi family in Iraq (Agencies quoted)
- Booby-trapped dog detonated in Kirkuk (Agencies quoted)
- Conflicting news of Zarqawi's death, nomination of successor, with Interior Ministry confirming his injury (Agencies quoted)
- Transport Minister says ministry going through bad patch owing to corruption Industry Ministry official, College of Education assistant dean assassinated (Agencies quoted)
Al-Sabah al-Jadid [ Baghdad , independent political daily newspaper]:
- Unprecedented military campaign marks shift to the offensive in war against terrorism as intensive deployment in Baghdad paves way for 'Operation Lightning' today
- Citizens hopeful about operation, looking forward to days of greater security Large-scale incursions into Buhruz, surrounding groves as part of all-out operation
- Constitution-writing committee holds inaugural meeting today (AFP quoted)
- Perpetrators of bombings at Al-Suwayrah marketplace, Abu al-Fadhl Shiite mosque in Mahmudiyah apprehended
- Barzani dispatches written message to Talabani US suggests buffer zone along Syrian-Iraqi border (AFP quoted)
Al-Mada [ Baghdad , independent daily newspaper published by Al-Mada Corporation for Media, Culture and Art]:
- Big fish caught in Iraqi drag net, commander of Secret Islamic Army under arrest Operation 'Press and Play' yields 143 suspects as three detainees escape from Abu-Ghraib Prison Wanted (terrorist) detained by security forces in Thi-Qar
- Romanian journalists' interpreter accused of terrorism, his friend jailed on charge of financial irregularities
- Al-Ramadi Hospital denies one of its medics having been interrogated in connection with Zarqawi injury
- Al-Mada reporter witnesses wedding celebration in al-Ramadi, life returning to city despite attempts by Arab gunmen to regenerate tension
- Death squads disguised in military, police uniforms operating in Mosul, three Ansar al-Sunnah operatives captured as Iraqi military forces deploy in Tel-A'far following gunmen's withdrawal
- Arrest of Saudi national suspected of involvement in acts of violence in Basra
- Mosque preachers condemn terrorism, call for unity
- Al-Ja'fari makes visit to Damascus conditional on settlement of outstanding files (Agencies quoted)
- Cabinet discusses formation of vital ministerial committees On backdrop of marginalization, exclusionism,
- High Commission on Media and Telecommunications' chief resigns Admitting Zarqawi's injury prelude to announcing his demise (Agencies quoted)
- US $ 120m' worth Samawa power project endorsed by Tokyo
- Two university professors assassinated, two US choppers hit by ground fire
- Iranian reformists might withdraw their candidate (Agencies quoted)
- Appeal made for having Abu Nidhal's assassination story publicized (Agencies quoted)
Al-Mu'tamar [ Baghdad , comprehensive daily newspaper published by the Iraqi National Congress]:
- Delegation of Al-Ramadi tribes sign peace accord with US forces, number of detainees to be released, city outlets reopened (Al-Hayat quoted)
- Muslim Scholars' Association reiterates refusal to participate in political process International experts invited to help Iraqis in drafting constitution, says US embassy
- Zarqawi's relatives awaiting official obituary (Agencies quoted)
- Committee set up to oversee wider Sunni participation in constitution-writing
- Three Saddam intelligence officers detained (by authorities in Yemen )
- Release of twenty top former regime operatives being mulled by Iraqi, US officials (KRT quoted)
- Ashraf Qadhi says Iraqis reject extremism, violence (Al-Rai al-Aam quoted)
Al-Zaman [ Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper]:
- US forces cleaning out border cities in preparation for setting up buffer zone on border with Syria
- Operation Lightning begun by combing through
- Baghdad Buhruz besieged by joint forces in search of wanted list
- UN: Relief operations commence in Qa'im
- Al-Mustansiriyah University organizes funeral for four of its staffers
- The Sadr Persuasion demands all Iraqis take part in writing constitution
- British Attorney General says Iraq war legal
Al-Sharq al-Awsat [ Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper]:
- Not ruling out existence of 'death squads' targeting Sunnis, Al-Ja'fari vows to take action as Sunni official accuses Shiite organizations of having 4000 names on their hit list
- Retorting to US charges, Damascus says it has stopped 1200 infiltrators from sneaking into Iraq , with Syria 's UN ambassador commenting some captives extradited, others kept in Syrian custody (Reuters quoted)
- In interview with Al-Sharq al-Awsat, official spokesman for Iraqi government lauds 'discipline' evinced by (political) leaders, asserts public mood moving away from sectarian infighting despite ex-communicationists' attempts to ignite it
- Basra border scouts foil operation to smuggle important official documents, scouts commander accusing Iran , Basra provincial administration of collusion with oil smugglers
Al-Ittihad [ Baghdad , political daily newspaper published by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan ]:
- Al-Ja'fari orders all Iranian (detainees) released, whatever the charges against them
- Talabani receives reply message from Barzani, invitation to visit Ankara
- Dr Barham Ahmad Salih meets with US VP, calls on World Bank to help Iraq (PUK media quoted)
- Sunnis offered bigger constitution-writing role (Reuters quoted)
- Jordan names ambassador to Iraq (Agencies quoted)
- Preliminary meeting on Iraq in Cairo (AFP quoted)
- US confident 'Operation Lightning' will succeed in rooting out terrorists Car bomb blown up in Al-Shu'lah, Interior Under-Secretary's home comes under attack Iraq get first shipment of US rice (Agencies quoted)
Al-Dustur [From editorial]:
"Dr Al-Ja'fari has before him a list of candidates from which he must choose one to be the new head of the Iraqi National Media Commission Conceding that this is neither a tertiary post, as some might think, nor one to be filled in on the basis of political entitlement or partisan considerations, as others might wish, but one that presupposes as much independence as the Iraqi judicial system in order to function properly, it goes without saying that this is a job for which neither a biased partisan nor a flattering crook would be an acceptable choice."
Al-Sabah al-Jadid [From editorial]:
"Corruption files need to be addressed quietly, wisely and discreetly. Time should be allowed for thorough investigations and absolute care should be taken to block petty attempts to take advantage of the anti-corruption drive to settle political scores."
Al-Furat carries on page 3 a 500-word article by Abd-al-Zahrah al-Talaqani saying that although the recent spree of terrorist attacks on civilians indicates the retreat of terrorism in the country, which prove that the terrorists are no longer capable of attacking important targets, the government should spare no effort to stop such attacks because of the large number of civilian casualties these attacks are causing. Al-Furat carries on page 5 a 600-word article by Shadi Jabir discussing the impact of the recent reforms announced by the Syrian government, on the Syrians. The report says that the upcoming Ba'th Party's general conference is the last chance for the Syrian regime to implement real reforms in the country. Al-Furat carries on page 5 a 1,500-word article by Husham al-Qarawi discussing the democratic changes in the Middle East region. Al-Furat carries on page 5 a 500-word article by Yusif Ibrahim discussing the impact of embezzlements in the UN Oil for Food Programme, on the UN and US policies. The article focuses on British Parliamentarian George Galloway's criticism of the US over the issue.
Al-Zaman publishes on page 4 a 300-word column by Ali Diya al-Din urging the winners as well as the losers of the Iraqi elections to review their stance and focus on national interests instead of sectarian interests.
Al-Adalah carries on page 6 a 300-word article by Dr Ali Khulayf commenting on the security plan prepared by the Iraqi Government, and calling on the Iraqi people to "support" this plan. Al-Adalah runs on page 6 a 600-word article by Ghraybi Murad Abd-al-Malik discussing the "positive role" Iraq can play in "establishing stability" in the world. Al-Adalah publishes on page 6 a 700-word article by Zuhayr Kazim Abbud praising the "unknown journalists" who are working hard to "build a new Iraq " by spreading the spirit of "tolerance" and conveying the "truth" to people. Al-Adalah carries on page 6 a 600-word article by Dr Ahmad Abdallah calling on the Iraqi Government to "fight corruption" because it is a "cancer" that is "sapping" the wealth of the country. Al-Adalah runs on page 10 a 1,800-word article by Jamil Udah discussing "the nature and principles of democracy" and its feasibility in Iraq . Al-Sabah al-Jadid publishes on page 1 a 300-word editorial by Chief Editor Isma'il Zayir calling on the Iraqi Government to "handle the files on corruption with care." The writer says that the issue of corruption can be misused by the "enemies of Iraq " in encouraging "divisions" among political parties which will "hinder the political process."
Al-Sabah al-Jadid carries on page 2 a 300-word article by Ibrahim Abd-al-Rahman criticizing the Arab League and its secretary general for being "one-eyed" in their relations with Iraq .
Al-Ufuq publishes on page 7 a 1,200-word article by Taha al-Anqabi commenting on the "judiciary and government" that will exist in accordance with the Iraqi constitution. Al-Ufuq runs on page 7 an 800-word part 2 of an article by Abd-al-Jabbar Ahmab Abdullah commenting on the current problems following the Iraqi elections. Al-Ufuq runs on page 7 a 700-word article by As'ad Abd-al-Rahman commenting on Condoleezza Rice, her role and her expectations.
Al-Mu'tamar publishes on page 2 a 350-word article by Sami Kazim Faraj criticizing an Iraqi judge, who exculpated a person accused of killing people. The writer says that this judge was a close relative to Uday. Al-Mu'tamar runs on page 6 a 1,300-word article by Basim Muhammad Arif in which he says that the Arab media plays a significant role in increasing violence in Iraq . Al-Mu'tamar publishes on page 6 a 300-word article by Haydar Hadi commenting on the role played by the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government in putting an end to terrorism. Al-Mu'tamar runs on page 6 a 400-word article by Basim al-Muzafar wondering whether Iraq will be another Lebanon . Al-Mu'tamar runs on page 6 a 350-word article by Faruq Jawad commenting on the tragic situation the Iraqi people are facing.
Al-Bayan publishes on page 3 a 400-word article by Hasan Jabur I'yal criticizing the Al-Jazeera satellite channel for its illusive role in Iraq . Al-Bayan runs on page 3 a 400-word article by Amir Ali al-Sa'idi commenting on Saddam's daughter crying when her father was aired in his underwear. Al-Bayan runs on page 5 a 500-word article by Zaynab al-Khafaji commenting on the second anniversary of Al-Bayan newspaper.
Al-Dustur publishes on the front page a 600-word editorial by Chief Editor Basim al-Shaykh commenting on the appointment of the head of the Iraqi National Information Commission by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari and urging the prime minister to choose the most suitable person for this important post.
Al-Mashriq publishes on the front page a 500-word article commenting on reports of a booby-trapped dog that exploded in Al-Daquq area. Al-Mashriq publishes on page 6 a 600-word article commenting on the fatwas being issued by religious authorities in Iraq and urging the Iraqi public to listen to their conscience and not only to these fatwas. Al-Mashriq publishes on page 6 a 2,000-word article commenting on the new Iraq policy towards the Gulf States .
Dar al-Salam on 26 May publishes on page 3 a 300-word column by Muhammad Abdallah commenting on the issue of handing over the security related files to the Iraqi government. The writer calls on the government to resolve the current security crisis by adopting a national reconciliation policy and by implementing economic reforms, instead of using force. Dar al-Salam on 26 May publishes on page 3 a 400-word article by Sami al-Juburi urging the Sunnis as well as the Shi'is to abandon violence and unite. Dar al-Salam on 26 May publishes on page 3 a 250-word article by Hajim al-Badri discussing the reasons behind the US invasion of Iraq . The writer believes that the US aims at controlling the Iraqi oil and using it as a weapon against other countries, forming an Iraqi-Zionist-US alliance to change Arab regimes, and making Iraq a US base to impose US policies in the Middle East .
IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA HEADLINES, 28 May 05
- Double car bomb targets a US troops-Iraqi army joint position this morning near town of Sinjar in Naynawa province. Five soldiers killed, 45 wounded
- A suicide bomber, driving a booby-trapped car, attacked police patrol last night in central Tikrit, north of Baghdad ; Three policemen, four civilians killed, 24 wounded, 7 civil cars destroyed
- Car bomb blast targets US-Iraqi joint patrol in northern Bayji; Iraqi soldier killed, four wounded, including woman and three children
- Unidentified gunmen open fire on checkpoint affiliated to his oil pipelines protection force; Soldier wounded ... US troops find weapon cache in south-eastern Bayji
- US army statement says a US Marines died of his wounds sustained when a shell landed on 26 May near his position in Hadithah in northern Iraq
- Two soldiers, a civilian killed in attack by gunmen today in southern Baghdad on the road between Al-Latifiyah and Al-Haswah
- Two people killed, five wounded in clashes between US-Iraqi troops and gunmen in southern Baghdad
- US-Iraqi joint troops carry out early today crackdown in five areas between Al-Mahawil and Al-Qaryah al-Asriyah in Babil governorate south of Baghdad; eleven gunmen arrested
- US troops seal off main roads leading to university hostels in Al-Ramadi in western Iraqi, thus denying students access to the hostels
- Iraqi police says they have arrested perpetrator of Al-Tahrir square bombing on seven May, who admitted to belonging to Al-Zarqawi group
- Iraqi piscine wealth in danger
- Gunmen assassinate in drive-by shooting Shaykh Nayf Sabhan al-Juburi, a tribal chief of Jubur tribes in front of his house in central Kirkuk
- Three people killed while attempting to plant explosive devise on a road in Al-Mu'alimin district in Baqubah
- A Video tape shows dead man claimed to be Japanese hostage held in Iraq . Video shows hostage's ID, passport, body
- policeman killed, another wounded in an attack on their patrol in north-eastern Samarra
- Iraqi police find 10 civilian bodies near the border town of Al-Qa'im , who were kidnapped four days ago on their way back from Syria
- US police arrest a number of people protesting prison torture scandal in Iraq when they interrupted a speech by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on US foreign Policy under President George Bush
- Five killed, 23 injured in attack in Mosul
- Seven killed, 24 injured in car bombing in Tikrit
- Japanese hostage killed--terror group
- Twelve terror suspects captured
- Live interview with member of Islamic Al-Da'wah Party Walid al-Hili; He speaks about government plan to fight terrorism and help provided by Iraqis
- Muhammad al-Abadi, Basra governor says relative security in Basra
- Agreement reached between Association of Muslim Scholars and Badr Organization
- Report covers announcement by spokesman for Shi'i leader Muqtada al-Sadr who says differences have been resolved
- Mosul tribal chiefs ready to help security forces in fighting terror; report covers joint conference of security forces and tribal chiefs
- Constitution committee discusses ways of involving all parties
- Forum discusses writing of constitution
- Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum says committed to fighting corruption
- Classified documents, maps seized in Abu-Flus
- Engineers call for repair of industrial production lines in Tabuk
NB: This is not an official document. The information contained therein was compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq , Information Office.
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