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08 September 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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US Policy

  • Iraq: U.S. Says Retaking Of Hot Spots Will Await Training Of Iraqi Forces RFE/RL 08 Sep 2004 -- Top U.S. officials say any operations to retake Al-Fallujah and other towns largely under rebel control in the Sunni Triangle will have to await the training of Iraqi government forces, so they can assume a major role. The statements come amid increasing clashes between U.S. forces and insurgents around Fallujah that highlight concerns that the town is a haven for terrorists and bomb-makers targeting American forces and Iraqi civilians.
  • Powell Calls for Perseverance in Iraq Despite Military Losses Washington File 08 Sep 2004 -- One day after the number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq reached 1,000, Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke to three television news programs about the need to persevere in the fight against the insurgents in order to establish freedom and democracy in Iraq.
  • CONGRESS / MILITARY / IRAQ VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- Congress heard Wednesday from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Testimony by the servicemen, who said morale among U.S. forces remains high, provided an opportunity for lawmakers from both parties to praise U.S. soldiers, but was also an occasion for some to express concern about military losses in Iraq, which recently passed the one-thousand mark:
  • BUSH / KERRY IRAQ VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry are both reacting to the news that the U.S. death toll in Iraq has now passed one-thousand. President Bush says Americans who have sacrificed their lives in Iraq were fighting for freedom. Senator Kerry says the president has mishandled the invasion and put too many lives at risk.
  • KERRY / IRAQ WEDNESDAY VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says President Bush has made a series of wrong choices on Iraq and he vowed to take a new direction if elected in November.
  • Remarks on Bush's Wrong Choices in Iraq That Have Left Us Without the Resources We Need at Home John Kerry for President 08 Sep 2004 -- "Yesterday in Iraq, we marked the most incalculable loss of all. Yesterday, we reached a tragic milestone. More than 1,000 of America's sons and daughters gave their lives in service to our country. More than 1,000 sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters who will never come home to live the lives they dreamed of. We honor them, we pray for them and for their families, and we owe it to their memory and all our troops to do what's right in Iraq."

United Nations

  • ANNAN / IRAQ / TERRORISM VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says that stabilizing Iraq is going to be a long and drawn out task, but one that must be achieved for the sake of the whole Middle East. Mr. Annan made the remarks to reporters in Mexico City, where he was attending a conference on democracy.
  • UN / IRAQ WEAPONS VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- United Nations inspectors have disputed a Bush administration contention that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had developed drones capable of delivering chemical or biological weapons. The inspectors conclusions are expected to fuel the debate about Iraq's pre-war military capabilities

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ: Cost of reconstruction in Najaf calculated IRIN 08 Sep 2004 -- A week after fighting in the southern Iraqi holy city of Najaf came to an end, officials in the governorate have started to calculate the cost of the destruction. Fighting between US troops and members of the Mehdi army, loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, raged in the city for three weeks before peace was brokered.

Foreign Reactions

  • Many Foreign NGOs Expected To Leave Iraq RFE/RL 08 Sep 2004 -- A coordinator for international aid agencies working in Iraq said today he expected that most of the nongovernmental organizations in the country would pull out after a wave of kidnappings of foreign workers by militants.
  • Iraq: EU Warns Kidnapping Of Aid Workers Puts Assistance At Risk RFE/RL 08 Sep 2004 -- The European Union has strongly condemned the kidnapping on 7 September of two female Italian aid workers in Baghdad. Today the European Commission issued a veiled warning that the deteriorating security situation puts the bloc's generous humanitarian assistance in jeopardy.
  • REAX ITALY HOSTAGES VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- Italy is again under shock over the kidnapping of two of its aid workers in Iraq, this time young women who were in Baghdad to assist with reconstruction efforts. The government has said everything possible will be done to obtain their release.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 08 Sep 2004
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- Foreign aid organizations are mulling over whether to cease operating in Iraq, following the kidnapping of two Italian aid workers. Meanwhile, Iraq continues to be the centerpiece of the sometimes bitter U.S. presidential election campaign as the death toll of U.S. military personnel in the war passed one-thousand.




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