2004年10月31日

【31日】英メディア記事・見つかり次第メモ。

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↑画像は,31日午前5時ごろの,news.google.co.ukトップページ。

まず,朝のニュースで言っていたことのメモ。
日本時間で31日の午前1時頃,イラク内務省のラフマン報道官がNHKの取材陣に次のように語った。
バグダードのグリーンゾーン近く,チグリス川西岸の路上(ハイファ・ストリートの近く)で,アジア系の風貌を持った男性の遺体が発見された。遺体は路上に放置されていた。頭部は切断されており,胴体と一緒に置かれていた。頭髪は黒髪で長髪。遺体はジーンズとベージュのTシャツを着用。米国旗にくるまれていた。
■BBC
Iraqi police find headless body
Last Updated: Saturday, 30 October, 2004, 19:34 GMT →日本時間は+9
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3968709.stm
The body of a headless man of Asian appearance has been found in Baghdad, the Iraqi interior ministry has said.
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The body has not yet been identified, but a ministry spokesman said there was a possibility it may be that of Japanese backpacker Shosei Koda.
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Militants had threatened to kill the 24-year-old backpacker if Tokyo did not pull troops out of Iraq by Friday.
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However, there has already been a false alarm. A previous body said to resemble an Asian turned out to be an Iraqi.
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The body discovered on Saturday has been taken to a forensic clinic in Baghdad.
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"The head, which was next to the body, had Asian characteristics," said ministry spokesman Adnan Abdul Rahman.
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There has been no word on Mr Koda's fate since Islamic militants released a video earlier this week giving Tokyo a 48-hour deadline to withdraw its troops.
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Earlier this year, Japan managed to free five other citizens taken hostage in Iraq after days of mediation.
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Mr Koda's family have appealed for his release.
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Mr Koda, from Nogata in Japan's Fukuoka prefecture, left on a year-long trip in January, starting in New Zealand.
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He told people he met on the way that he wanted to go to Iraq to see the country.
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Officials said he took a bus to Baghdad from Amman in Jordan last week, and was seen up until last Sunday attempting in vain to find accommodation in the city.


■ロイター
Headless Asian Body Found in Iraq
Sat Oct 30, 2004 03:47 PM ET
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6666785
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police found the headless body of an Asian man in Baghdad on Saturday that Iraq's Interior Ministry said could be that of a kidnapped Japanese backpacker.
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"There is a possibility that this is the body of the Japanese hostage, but it has yet to be identified," a ministry spokesman said.
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Confusion has surrounded the fate of Shosei Koda since Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's militant group said on Tuesday it would behead the 24-year-old within 48 hours unless Japan pulled its troops out of Iraq, a demand swiftly rejected by Tokyo.
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A beheaded body found in Iraq on Friday was initially thought to be that of Koda, abducted while on holiday, but was later identified as an Iraqi man.
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Another corpse described as Asian-looking also turned out not be Koda's.
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The Interior Ministry spokesman said the latest body, and the decapitated head, was found near a hospital in Baghdad.
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At least 25 foreigners from a dozen countries, including two women, are thought to be in the hands of kidnappers trying to drive U.S.-led forces and foreign workers from Iraq. Scores of foreigners have been abducted since April.
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Many have been freed but more than 35 have been killed, several of them beheaded.


■AP通信(Boston.com掲載)
Decapitated body found in northwestern Baghdad
By Omar Sinan, Associated Press, 10/30/2004 15:33
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqi officials found the decapitated body of what appears to be a young Asian male in Baghdad on Saturday.
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Associated Press Television News videotape showed the severed head, which had long black hair and features similar to a Japanese hostage.
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A hospital official said he believed the body was that of kidnapped Japanese hostage Shosei Koda, saying he recognized the body from a videotape aired by Al-Jazeera television.
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Iraqi's civil defense officials said they were alerted to the corpse in the fields off Haifa Street, a Baghdad neighborhood that is largely controlled by insurgents. Authorities retrieved it from the area and transported it to a hospital.
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Policeman Yassin Hashim, who examined the body, said it was wrapped in an American flag. The body was dressed in jeans, a beige shirt, and black underwear, he said.
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Col. Adnan Abdul-Rahman of the Interior Ministry confirmed a decapitated body had been found in the Baghdad area and said the ''features indicate he's Asian.'' He gave no further information
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Japan is aware of the report and is trying to confirm its details, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Akira Chiba.
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An al-Qaida-linked group led by Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi showed Koda, a 24-year-old Japanese backpacker, on a video posted on a militant Web site Tuesday.
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The group had vowed to behead Koda within 48 hours unless Japan withdrew its troops from Iraq. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi quickly rejected that demand, saying he would not give in to terrorists.
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Hashim, the policeman who examined the body, said the man had long black hair and Asian facial features, with a scar near his heart.
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''I am the one who examined the body and I confirm that he is the Japanese person who appeared on television and was threatened to be beheaded,'' he said.
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An APTN cameraman took video of the body in the ambulance as it was being transported. The video showed the head, which resembled images of Koda in Tuesday's videotape.
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Youssef Hussein, an official at Karkh Jumhuri hospital, said the body was found with the hands tied in the back. The head was placed over the victim's back.
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''He is the Japanese because I saw the tape on Al-Jazeera,'' Hussein said. ''From his eyes, his description, he is the Japanese.''
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A different body was found Friday by U.S. troops between the towns of Tikrit and Balad, raising fears it was Koda's. But doctors on Saturday determined it was not him.


■SOFIA NEWS AGENCY(ブルガリア)
Body of Headless "Asian" Found in Baghdad
Politics: 30 October 2004, Saturday.
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=40950
A head and body of an Asian-looking man, wrapped in two US flags, were revealed in Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.
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However, they were unable to say immediately whether it was the remains of a 24-year-old Japanese backpacker Shosei Koda abducted in Iraq after he failed to find an affordable hotel accommodation.
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According to Colonel Adnan Abdul Rahman, a spokesman for the interior ministry, the decapitated body was retrieved behind the al-Karma hospital, near to Haifa Street, a notorious area in the centre of Baghdad.
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Shosei Koda was threatened with beheading by Islamic militants unless Japan pulled its military from Iraq by late Thursday. Tokyo refused to withdraw its 550 troops stationed in Iraq on a humanitarian mission, the first one abroad since the World War II..


■NEWS.com.au(オーストラリア)
Beheaded body found in Baghdad
From Omar Sinan in Baghdad
October 31, 2004
http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/
0,4057,11242757%255E1702,00.html

THE decapitated body of what appears to be a young Asian male has been found in northwestern Baghdad.
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Television News footage showed the body in an ambulance as it was taken to a hospital.
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A hospital official said he believed the body was that of kidnapped Japanese hostage Shosei Koda. The official said he recognised the body from a videotape aired by al-Jazeera television.
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Iraqi civil defence officials said they were alerted to a corpse in the fields off Haifa Street, a Baghdad neighbourhood largely controlled by insurgents.
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Authorities retrieved it from the area and took it to a hospital.


# APとnews.comの記事の署名が同じですね。

■アルジャジーラ
Headless corpse found in Iraq
Sunday 31 October 2004, 1:12 Makka Time, 22:12 GMT
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D8ECEDDD-892A-44A4-B437-20EFEF39EACD.htm
The severed head and body of an Asian man have been found in Baghdad.
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Japan announced that it had sent two of its Baghdad-based diplomats to a forensic medical facility in the capital to determine whether the body parts belong to a Japanese man seized in Iraq last week.
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An armed group in Iraq had on Tuesday threatened to behead Japanese backpacker Shosei Koda within 48-hours unless Japan pulled its troops out of Iraq.
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Japan quickly rejected the demand.
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"There is a possibility that this is the body of the Japanese hostage, but it has yet to be identified," an Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman said after the body was discovered on Saturday.
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"We are trying to find out the facts," he said.
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A beheaded body found in Iraq on Friday was initially thought to be that of Koda, but was later identified as an Iraqi man.
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Another corpse described as Asian-looking also turned out not to be Koda's.
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The Interior Ministry spokesman said the latest body parts were found near a hospital in Baghdad wrapped in an American flag.
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Appeal
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In a new video recording aired on Aljazeera on Saturday, Polish captive Teresa Borcz Khalifa told her government that her life depended on the withdrawal of its forces from Iraq.
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"I am asking for help … from Poland and the Polish people and whoever can help me," she said in the video.
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The video showed her sitting under the flag of the armed group that had seized her last week.
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At least 24 other foreigners from a dozen countries, including a British-Iraqi woman, are thought to currently be held by armed groups seeking to drive US-forces and foreign workers out of Iraq.


■CBC(カナダ)
Iraqi police say body that of Japan's Koda
Last Updated Sat, 30 Oct 2004 20:16:48 EDT
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Iraqi police say the headless body found in a Baghdad field Saturday is that of 24-year-old Japanese tourist Shosei Koda, who was kidnapped by a group linked to al-Qaeda.
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The body is that of an Asian man with long black hair who was wearing jeans, a beige shirt and black underwear, said policeman Yassin Hashiman. The victim's hands and legs were bound.
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"I am the one who examined the body and I confirm that he is the Japanese person who appeared on television and was threatened to be beheaded," said Hashiman.
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The decapitated body was wrapped in an American flag. The body was retrieved from a neighbourhood, largely controlled by insurgents, and brought to hospital.
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Koda was last seen at a Baghdad bus terminal on Oct. 21. His family says he was backpacking in Iraq out of curiosity and had no political motivation.
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Footage of Koda pleading for his life was posted on a militant web site Tuesday. The kidnappers had given the Japanese government 48 hours to withdraw their troops from Iraq. If that condition was not met, they promised to behead Koda.
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Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he would not give in to terrorist demands.
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More than 160 foreigners have been kidnapped in Iraq – 33 of them have been killed.
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On Thursday Al-Jazeera television aired footage of another hostage, Teresa Borcz Khalifa, seen pleading for her life.
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Another tape was released Saturday which showed the 54-year old woman, who holds dual Polish and Iraqi citizenship, asking Poland to remove its troops from Iraq.
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In the video Khalifa was seated in front of a banner listing the name of the militant group, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Fundamentalist Brigades.
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"Once again I call on you to help me, by saving my life," she said. "My life is in great danger. The one thing that will save my life is any response to the Iraqis' demand."
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Poland has 2,400 troops in Iraq and has said it will not negotiate with terrorists.
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