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01 September 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
Deployments
US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Two Norfolk Ships Return From Deployment Navy NewsStand 01 Sep 2004 -- Nearly 700 Sailors reunited with family and friends here at Naval Station Norfolk, when the guided-missile destroyers USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Ramage (DDG 61) returned from a four-month deployment Aug. 31 in support of the global war on terrorism (GWOT).
  • USS Connecticut to Return Home Navy NewsStand 01 Sep 2004 -- The Seawolf-class fast attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) will return home to Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) Sept. 2 following nearly six months of deployment to the U.S. Central Command's operations area.

US Policy

  • KERRY/VETERANS/IRAQ VOA 02 Sep 2004 -- Democratic Party presidential candidate Senator John Kerry says President Bush has mishandled nearly every aspect of the Iraq war. Speaking to a convention of veterans Wednesday, Senator Kerry said Mr. Bush's actions have failed to make Iraq safe.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: Oil Output In Question, But Officials Still Confident Of Long-Term Prospects RFE/RL 01 Sep 2004 -- As almost daily attacks continue on Iraq's oil pipelines continue, daily output appears to be dropping to annual lows -- and with it, the country's hope of much-needed revenue for reconstruction. But local officials are still eager to portray the country's long-term oil future in a positive light.
  • Iraq: Amid Violence, National Council Begins Work RFE/RL 01 Sep 2004 -- A series of mortar attacks were launched today near the venue where Iraq's new transitional parliament, the National Council, was holding its inaugural session.
  • IRAQ / NATIONAL COUNCIL VOA 01 Sep 2004 -- Iraq's National Council opened its first session to the sound of mortar rounds fired at the building. The 100-member council, picked recently at a national conference, is a legislative body that is to help govern the country until elections in January 2005.
  • Iraqi Council Sworn In As Blasts Rock Green Zone RFE/RL 01 Sep 2004 -- The members of Iraq's new National Council were sworn in at its inaugural session today as several explosions went off near the venue site.
  • IRAQ: Safe removal of wrecks imperative, says report IRIN 01 Sep 2004 -- Shipwrecks in Iraqi territorial waters could pose an environmental hazard if not removed with precise care, a preliminary survey carried out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other organisations has revealed.

Foreign Reactions

  • NEPAL / HOSTAGES VOA 01 Sep 2004 -- The Nepalese capital Kathmandu is under a curfew, which the government imposed after the city erupted in violent protests against the killing of 12 Nepalese workers in Iraq.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 01 Sep 2004
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 01 Sep 2004 -- Iraq's newly appointed National Council met for the first time Wednesday, as mortars were fired at the compound where the ceremony was held. Iraqi militants released seven hostages. Two French reporters are still held by militants who threaten to execute them.
  • IRAQ / HOSTAGES VOA 01 Sep 2004 -- Seven truck drivers held hostage in Iraq have been released after six weeks in captivity. The militant group that held the men, who are from India, Kenya, and Egypt, had successfully forced their Kuwaiti employer to withdraw from Iraq in exchange for the hostages' freedom.
  • Iraq: Hostage Crisis Intensifies With Executions Of 12 Nepalese RFE/RL 01 Sep 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he is "appalled and dismayed" by the killing of 12 Nepalese workers by Iraqi militants and is calling for the immediate release of all hostages in Iraq. The brutal executions of the Nepalese men was shown on an Islamist website yesterday. Meanwhile, the fate of two French journalists in Iraq remains unclear. Arab League officials say the militants who are holding them have extended until today their deadline for France to scrap a law banning Muslim head scarves in public schools.
  • Seven Hostages Freed In Iraq RFE/RL 01 Sep 2004 -- Seven employees of a Kuwaiti firm taken hostage in Iraq on 21 July were freed today.




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