2004年10月30日

英メディア記事・見つかり次第ここにメモ。

■AP記事(ガーディアン掲載)
Report: Japanese Hostage Killed in Iraq
Friday October 29, 2004 8:01 PM →日本時間30日4:01(=外務省会見の前)
AP Photo TOK101
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/
0,1280,-4583825,00.html


■ロイター
Japan Says Checking if Body Found in Iraq Is Hostage

Fri Oct 29, 2004 02:57 PM ET →日本時間わからん<こら
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6663610
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government is checking whether a body found by the U.S. military between Tikrit and Baghdad in Iraq is that of a Japanese hostage, an aide to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said early on Saturday.
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Al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's militant group said in an Internet video on Wednesday it would behead 24-year-old Shosei Koda within 48 hours if Japan did not withdraw its troops from Iraq.
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Koizumi, a close ally of President Bush, has insisted that Japan's non-combat troops will stay in southern Iraq.
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The aide, who declined to be identified, said the body had been moved to a safe place and that it could take an hour or more to confirm its identity.
■AFP (Turkish Press掲載)……さすがだね。
US bombs Fallujah, governments scramble for news of hostages
AFP: 10/29/2004
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=32266
BAGHDAD (AFP) - A US warplane bombed the rebel city of Fallujah even as a team of Iraqi negotiators prepared a last-ditch bid to avert an all-out military assault, while governments scrambled for news of foreign hostages.
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Militants said they snatched a Bangladeshi and a Sri Lankan lorry driver and another group paraded a Polish woman on television at gunpoint, but a seven-year-old Lebanese boy kidnapped and held for ransom was released.
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The daily chaos -- coupled with a scandal over hundreds of tonnes of missing explosives in the country -- has taken centre stage in the US presidential race, with just four days to go until the vote.
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A US warplane bombed a suspected weapons site in the Sunni Muslim bastion of Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital, on Friday afternoon, a spokesman said.
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"We destroyed the site and there was a large secondary explosion," said Major Francis Piccoli, adding that this indicated there had been munitions in the area.
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Hospital sources said three people died in the attack and three were wounded.
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The assault came as British troops began arriving at a new base southwest of Baghdad, where they are filling in for US forces being sent to fight insurgents.
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The contingent of around 850 soldiers from the Black Watch regiment and support personnel began the move from their previous base in Iraq's relatively calm south.
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At the same time, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has agreed to send a delegation of councilors from the interim parliament to Fallujah to try to find a peaceful solution to the standoff, said council member Ahmad al-Barrak.
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But Allawi said "this would be the last attempt" at mediation before a possible military assault against the Sunni Muslim bastion, he told AFP.
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Some 1,000 US and Iraqi troops have encircled the city for more than two weeks, and are prepared for action if ordered. "We have been gearing up for a major operation since April," said Piccoli.
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Unable to fight US-led forces in the open, militants have turned to using foreign hostages as weapons to try to crack Iraq's military coalition.
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Staunch US allies Tokyo and Warsaw, however, refused to bow to the demands of groups who have kidnapped a Japanese tourist and a Polish-Iraqi woman.
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Japan was holding out hope that 24-year-old Shosei Koda was still alive after a deadline for his execution passed without word from the hostage-takers.
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The government went into emergency session after the bullet-riddled remains of an Asian man were found in Tikrit, northern Iraq, but a forensic expert in the city said the body did not match the description of Koda.
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"Japan is acting on the assumption that he's still alive and we will continue our efforts to rescue him," Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura told reporters in Tokyo.
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Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were also scrambling to confirm claims that one of their nationals had each been taken hostage in Iraq.
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Al-Jazeera television said Thursday that two drivers, a Bangladeshi and a Sri Lankan, had been abducted by a group calling itself the Islamic Army of Iraq on their way to a US base in the country.
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Lebanon breathed a sigh of relief, however, as young Mohammad Abdel Ghani Hamad, whose parents have lived in Iraq for 30 years, was set free after his captors accepted a 2,000 dollar ransom, said his father Abdel Ghani Hamad.
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The family, who had initially been asked for 150,000 dollars, planned to return to Lebanon after the week-long ordeal.
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Another dark cloud hung over Washington's decision to invade Iraq -- a central theme in speeches by President George W. Bush and White House hopeful John Kerry as they push on with the final days of campaigning ahead of the elections on November 2 -- with the revelation of missing explosives.
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A soldier from the army's 3rd Infantry Division has said he helped remove 200 tons of explosives, including plastic explosives, from an Iraqi weapons site from which high explosives have gone missing, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.
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Meanwhile, one Iraqi was killed and eight people wounded, including five US soldiers, in a double car bombing on US military convoys in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a US army spokeswoman said.
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And a deputy governor of Diyalah province in eastern Iraq, was shot dead by unknown attackers, police said.
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10/29/2004 - 18:18 GMT - AFP


■AP(ワシントン・ポスト掲載)
Body Found in Iraq May Be Japanese Hostage
The Associated Press
Friday, October 29, 2004; 3:28 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/
A9658-2004Oct29.html

TOKYO -- A body found in Iraq resembles a Japanese civilian taken hostage by Islamic militants and threatened with death, but the government has not yet positively identified it, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday.
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Hatsuhisa Takashima, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the body was found near the Iraqi city of Tikrit was being flown to Doha for experts to determine if it was hostage Shosei Koda, 24. The body was found by the U.S. military.
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"We've been told by the U.S. military that several parts of the body, such as the height, weight and part of the head, resemble Koda," said Takashima.
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The al Qaeda-linked group lead by Abu Musab Zarqawi threatened on Tuesday to behead Koda within 48 hours unless Japan withdrew its troops from Iraq. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi firmly rejected that demand, saying he would not give in to terrorists.
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More than 150 foreigners have been kidnapped in Iraq this year, and at least 33 have been killed. Zarqawi and his followers have claimed responsibility for the beheading of several hostages, including three Americans and a Briton.
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There have been conflicting reports Friday over a body found near Tikrit. China News Service ran an initial report that the body appeared to be of an Asian man, but Iraq's Interior Ministry later said the body was an Iraqi.
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It was unclear whether the body being flown to Doha was the same or was another one found in Tikrit.
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In Jordan, Juichi Takahara, a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official, said on Friday that officials were working nonstop to collect information on Koda that might offer leads.
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Takahara said Koda, who was traveling as a tourist, entered Iraq on Oct. 21 and was last seen two days later at a Baghdad bus terminal, where he tried to catch a bus to Amman, Jordan, but was told there wasn't one for another two days.


■BBC
Japanese hostage 'killed in Iraq'
Friday, 29 October, 2004, 19:29 GMT 20:29 UK
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/
3963907.stm

Officials in Tokyo are investigating reports that a Japanese backpacker held hostage in Iraq has been killed.
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A foreign ministry spokesman said the body of a Japanese man had been found and was being flown to Qatar.
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Japan's Kyodo news agency earlier said a body found between Baghdad and the city of Tikrit was Shosei Koda, 24.
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Islamic militants led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had threatened to behead Mr Koda if Tokyo did not meet a Friday deadline to pull troops out of Iraq.
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Hatsuhisa Takashima, a foreign ministry spokesman in Iraq, said the US military had provided information that a Japanese body had been discovered.
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The body would be identified in Qatar, Mr Takashima added.
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"The body had some characteristics similar to Mr Koda which we had earlier sent to the US military," the AFP news agency reported Mr Takashima as saying.
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The Japanese government had already held an emergency session on Friday following reports that the body of a Japanese hostage may have been found in Iraq.
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Deadline unclear
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It was not clear when Mr Koda's captors' deadline expired, but it was thought to be early on Friday, Japanese time.
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In a video released onto the internet earlier this week, militants claiming loyalty to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi threatened to behead Mr Koda within 48 hours if their demands were not met.
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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, 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.
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On Friday his family issued an appeal for his release.
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His brother Maki said: "My brother is just a civilian. He is a young man who saw that the people of Iraq were suffering and left on his journey with the wish to help them.
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"So, please let him return to Japan safely. Once he returns, he will become a man who will work for Iraq and world peace. So please, let him return alive."
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Japan has about 550 non-combat troops in Iraq. They are mainly engaged in humanitarian and reconstruction work.

BBC記事↑に,Hatsuhisa Takashima, a foreign ministry spokesman in Iraqとあるが,間違い。高島報道官はいつも東京で会見してる外務省の担当者です。(フィードバック済み。)あと,今ヨルダンに行っている副大臣も会見はしています。
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