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15 September 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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US Policy

  • CONGRESS / IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION VOA 15 Sep 2004 -- U.S. lawmakers Wednesday criticized the Bush administration for not doing enough to move forward on reconstruction projects in Iraq. The administration is seeking congressional approval to shift some reconstruction aid to security efforts in response to a growing insurgency in Iraq.
  • Fund Shift Proposed to Beef Up Security in Iraq AFPS 15 Sep 2004 -- The State Department is asking Congress to allow shifting $3.4 million in Iraq reconstruction funds to help beef up security in the war-torn country.
  • Iraq: U.S. Seeking To Reallocate Rebuilding Funds To Security RFE/RL 15 Sep 2004 -- Washington is seeking to reallocate some $3.5 billion from Iraq's reconstruction fund and use the money to improve security. The plan would shift money away from Iraqi water, power, and other reconstruction projects in order to improve safety, boost oil output, and prepare for elections in January 2005. The move reflects changing priorities as an 18-month insurgency continues with no signs of ending.
  • Iraq: Powell Says U.S. Plan To End Insurgency Will Work RFE/RL 15 Sep 2004 -- The insurgency in Iraq has intensified in the past weeks, and national elections are only four months away. The near-constant attacks have the raised question of whether the U.S. can ultimately prevail in Iraq. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell affirmed over the weekend that the United States will stay the course in Iraq and that the insurgency can be defeated. But some American observers are expressing doubts.
  • U.S. Says No Delay In Iraqi Elections RFE/RL 15 Sep 2004 -- A U.S. official says the United States and the interim Iraqi government have agreed there should be no delay in Iraqi elections scheduled for January because of the surging violence in the country.
  • State's Armitage Says Iraqi Judges Vital to Iraq's Democracy Washington File 15 Sep 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has told a gathering of Iraqi judges that the United States, Britain and the Czech Republic will not rest until the judges "are seated on the bench, making just and wise decisions for the Iraqi people."

United Nations

  • Iraq: UN Envoy Says 'Climate Of Fear' Remains Entrenched RFE/RL 15 Sep 2004 -- The UN's special envoy in Iraq says the country's political transition remains fragile and has expressed concern about meeting the timetable for elections. Envoy Ashraf Qazi told the UN Security Council that Iraq's political process must be broadened and include some of the groups involved in an ongoing series of attacks. Qazi was joined by the Iraqi and U.S. envoys to the UN in appealing for contributions to a UN protection force to safeguard the election planning process.

Reconstruction Issues

  • NATO: Visiting Iraqi President Underscores 'Urgency' Of Assistance RFE/RL 15 Sep 2004 -- Iraq's interim President Ghazi Ajil al-Yawir was in Brussels yesterday to urge NATO member states to expand their current modest training mission in the country. Hinting that Iraq needs more than limited training for its security forces, al-Yawir indicated the conduct of parliamentary elections in January depends largely on outside assistance. NATO ambassadors are due to discuss the extension the Iraqi training mission today, but officials see little chance of a quick breakthrough.
  • Iraq: Judges Say Improving Rule Of Law Depends On Security RFE/RL 15 Sep 2004 -- Much of the news from Iraq focuses on insurgent attacks on U.S. forces and Iraqi authorities, including the police. But amid the daily violence, many ordinary Iraqis are trying to build a new society that is freer than anything Iraqis have known in decades. Among these people are Iraq's judges, who are responsible for dispensing justice and enforcing the rule of law. Fifty Iraqi judges are currently in Prague for an internationally funded seminar on the work of judges in a democratic society. The seminar, run by the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, allows the judges to exchange ideas with legal experts from the United States and Europe as they consider such questions as judicial ethics, relations with other branches of government, and the problems and challenges of judicial independence. The judges return to Iraq after the seminar ends tomorrow. But amid their busy schedule, two of them took time out to talk to the international media.
  • Iraqi President Asks NATO And EU For Security Help RFE/RL 15 Sep 2004 -- Iraqi interim President Ghazi Ajil al-Yawir called on NATO and the European Union yesterday to do more to help stabilize the country ahead of elections.

Foreign Reactions

  • EGYPT / ARAB LEAGUE VOA 15 Sep 2004 -- Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo have approved a controversial draft resolution that calls on Arab states to restore full diplomatic relations with Iraq's under its current interim government. But analysts in the region say public opinion is opposed to such a resolution because it is seen as giving greater legitimacy to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

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