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03 September 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Sailors Face Charges of Alleged Detainee Abuse Navy NewsStand 03 Sep 2004 -- Four Sailors attached to Naval Special Warfare Command face disciplinary actions based on evidence obtained during an ongoing investigation into alleged detainee abuse in Iraq from October 2003 to April 2004.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQI ARMY OPENS $165 MILLION BASE AT AN NUMANIYAH CENTCOM 03 Sep 2004 -- The Iraqi flag was raised over the newly refurbished and rebuilt forward training base Sept. 1 in a base opening ceremony on the station's parade grounds, signaling an end to the roughly $165 million Coalition project.
  • Fire Still Raging On Iraq's Northern Pipeline RFE/RL 03 Sep 2004 -- A fire is still raging on Iraq's northern oil pipeline after it was attacked by saboteurs overnight yesterday.
  • IRAQ: Medicine shortage continues IRIN 03 Sep 2004 -- Iraq's Ministry of Health (MOH) and other health professionals say there is still a chronic shortage of medicines in the country and that changes need to be made within the system in order to overcome the problem.

Foreign Reactions

  • U.K.: British Government Wants To Regulate Private Security Contractors In Iraq RFE/RL 03 Sep 2004 -- The British government is responding to a request from Baghdad to regulate thousands of private security workers that are flowing from the United Kingdom into Iraq and Afghanistan to work for British firms. Members of Parliament from all main political parties are demanding regulation of what they call "de facto mercenaries," and say many of these highly paid security guards have little professional training.
  • INDIA/HOSTAGE RETURN VOA 03 Sep 2004 -- Three Indian truck drivers, held hostage for 42 days in Iraq, have returned home to a relieved nation. The men received a heroes' welcome as they emerged from Indira Ghandi International Airport.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Sunni Leaders Aim to Build on Shia Peace Gains VOA News 03 Sep 2004 -- It has been a week since a peace deal was struck in the Iraqi city of Najaf, bringing an end to three weeks of fighting and opening the predominantly Shia city up to millions of dollars in reconstruction aid. Sunni leaders say they are not resentful, but they want a similar deal for the Sunni areas ravaged by fighting.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 03 Sep 2004 -- The Shiite cities of Kufa and Najaf remained calm Friday, but U.S. troops continued to battle insurgents in Sunni areas of west of Baghdad. French officials remain hopeful two French reporters will soon be released unharmed.
  • Iraq: A Closer Look At Baghdad's Green Zone RFE/RL 03 Sep 2004 -- In the heart of Baghdad lies a complex of palaces, ordinary houses, and even a park. But the area is more than a central neighborhood in the Iraqi capital. It is the so-called Green Zone, a place of great importance to both Iraqi officials and the U.S.-led multinational force -- and a source of continued political wrangling.




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