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Friday, October 29, 2004

Iraq War News
Polish Little Old Lady Kidnapped: "

From Reuters via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

A hitherto unknown militant group says it has kidnapped a Polish woman in Iraq and is demanding that Poland withdraw its forces, Al Jazeera television reports.

Polandâ??s Defence Minister, Jerzy Szmajdzinski, says he could not verify the kidnap but no Polish soldiers are missing.

However, he says Poland will not bow to the demands of hostage-takers.

â??Poland is not in the business of meeting demands of hostage takers,â?? Mr Szmajdzinski told private Polish television news channel TVN24.

Al Jazeera has aired a video of an elderly-looking woman, who was not named, seated between two masked men.

One of the men was pointing a gun to her head.

A black banner carried the name of the group - Abi Baqr al-Siddiq al-Salafiya (Salafist) Brigades.

â??They said she worked for the US forces and would be released if Polish troops pull out of Iraq and if women prisoners in Iraq are freed,â?? the satellite news network said.


In Command Post: Irak

U.S. Forces Prepare to Attack Falluja and Ramadi: "U.S. marines prepared onFriday to mount a "decisive" assault on the Iraqi cities ofFalluja and Ramadi to crush Sunni Muslim insurgents and Arabmilitants. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Challenges mount for new Iraqi troops: "Squinting into the noon sun, Col. Bob Newman nods across the road toward a lot where dozens of Iraqi commandos gather around a martial-arts instructor. The instructor grabs a volunteer's arm and flips him onto the ground amid a cloud of dust and grunts. (USATODAY.com)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

News Video Is at Center of Storm Over Iraq Explosives: "WASHINGTON â?? On April 18, 2003, a television news crew from Minnesota videotaped U.S. troops in Iraq using bolt cutters to break through chains and wire seals on the door of a dusty bunker and finding explosives stored inside. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Manhunt underway for UN hostages, as fears rise of Iraq-style kindappings: "A massive manhunt was underway for three UN foreign election workers whose daylight abduction in Kabul has sparked fears of the start of Iraq-style kidnappings in Afghanistan. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

IRAQ: Interview with new environment minister: "BAGHDAD, 29 Oct 2004 (IRIN) - Iraqâ??s new Ministry of Environment (MoE) was created after last year's US-led war. Its brief is to deal with a myriad of environmental problems, many of which are the legacy of decades of conflict, including radiation at the countryâ??s nuclear bomb-making site at Tuwaitha, about 30 km south of Baghdad. Minister Mishkat Moumin, currently in the United States learning about environmental advocacy, answered IRINâ??s questions by e-mail. Before taking on her new role, Moumin specialised in human rights."

In IRIN: Iraq Crisis

Video of executed Iraqi soldiers on Web: "A militant group in Iraq posted a brutal scene on an Islamic militant Web site: the deaths of eleven Iraqi soldiers, executed one by one. The video was accompanied by a message warning all Iraqi police and soldiers to desert - or face death."

In Kansas City Star: Iraq

Zarqawi and Bin Laden: "How deep are the connections between Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant thought to be in Iraq, and Osama Bin Laden?"

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Tactical concerns over UK troops: "The possible deployment of a British unit to central Iraq raises tactical questions, says News Online's Paul Reynolds"

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Fears for Japan hostage in Iraq: "Fears grow for a Japanese hostage after a key deadline passes but Baghdad says his body has not been found."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Taliban claims it kidnapped Briton: "International aid workers were keeping their heads down in Afghanistan following the brazen daylight kidnapping of a Briton and two other foreign UN election staff in the capital, Kabul."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Body found in Iraq not Japanese hostage in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Aid workers in lockdown after election workers kidnapped in Kabul in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

U.S. Forces Poised to Attack Rebel Iraqi Cities: "U.S. marines prepared onFriday for a "decisive" assault on the Iraqi cities of Fallujaand Ramadi to crush Sunni Muslim insurgents and Arab militantsbehind suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Inside besieged Falluja: "A reporter in the rebel-held city of Falluja in Iraq tells BBC News Online of the mood in the besieged stronghold."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Iraq death toll 'soared post-war': "Poor planning and coalition air strikes have led to more than 100,000 extra civilian deaths in Iraq, scientists find."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Rumsfeld joins Iraq explosive row: "The US Defence Secretary enters the row over large amounts of explosives allegedly looted in Iraq."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Iraq violence: Your reaction: "Explosives have vanished from a former military complex in Iraq, the UN says. Could this increase violence further?"

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

Iraqi security forces face onslaught: "Iraqi security forces face serious problems of training and effectiveness says News Online's Paul Reynolds"

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq

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