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16 September 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
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Reconstruction Issues
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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • US / ANNAN / IRAQ VOA 16 Sep 2004 -- The Bush administration said Thursday existing U.N. resolutions provided a "solid" legal basis for the March 2003 decision to invade Iraq. The comments followed an assertion by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan that the U.S.-led war was illegal in the absence of specific authorizing resolution from the Security Council.
  • IRAQ / INTELLIGENCE VOA 16 Sep 2004 -- A report prepared by the U.S. intelligence community offers a pessimistic outlook for Iraq, including the possibility that the country could drift toward civil war.
  • White House Report, September 16: Iraq Washington File 16 Sep 2004 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said the recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency discusses challenges in that country and shows the importance of continued U.S. involvement to help the Iraqi people.

United Nations

  • Lessons of Iraq war underscore importance of UN Charter - Annan UN News Centre 16 Sep 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan believes that the Iraq war in 2003 demonstrated the need for the international community to address the issue of preventive action in the context of Charter principles and showed the importance of joint efforts on matters of use of force, a United Nations spokesman said today.
  • UN / IRAQ FLAP VOA 16 Sep 2004 -- The United Nations has downplayed Secretary-General Kofi Annan's broadcast remark that the war in Iraq was illegal. A spokesman said the comment was consistent with Mr. Annan's long-held position. But the U.S. ambassador questioned the wisdom of the remark, and defended the decision to go to war.
  • BRITAIN / ANNAN / IRAQ VOA 16 Sep 2004 -- Britain says it disagrees with the assessment of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan that the invasion of Iraq was illegal.
  • Iraq: Annan Calls U.S.-Led Invasion Violation Of UN Charter RFE/RL 16 Sep 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was illegal because it violated the UN Charter. The remarks revive one of the most heated debates surrounding last year's war. That is, whether the U.S. administration had the right to mobilize a small group of countries to topple Saddam Hussein when much of the international community supported continued arms inspections.
  • BRITAIN / ANNAN / IRAQ VOA 16 Sep 2004 -- Britain says it disagrees with the assessment of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan that the invasion of Iraq was illegal.

Reconstruction Issues

  • ELECTRIC GRID STABILIZED AFTER TUES. ATTACK CENTCOM 16 Sep 2004 -- The Iraq electricity grid stabilized Thursday night after a series of explosions here early Tuesday morning left three oil pipelines damaged and one main electrical line severed.
  • Iraqis, U.N. and Coalition Determined to Ensure Iraqi Elections Washington File 16 Sep 2004 -- Iraqi leaders, the United Nations and the coalition forces are united in their determination to see Iraq move forward with elections, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • IRAQ: Children work instead of going to school IRIN 16 Sep 2004 -- Iraqi children are suffering both economically and psychologically after the war to topple Saddam Hussein, with many forced to work instead of attending school, a recent Ministry of Education (MoE) survey says.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 16 Sep 2004
  • IRAQ/KIDNAPPING VOA 16 Sep 2004 -- A senior Iraqi official says two Americans and one British contractor were seized from their central Baghdad home and taken hostage.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 34 16 Sep 2004 -- TURKOMANS CLAIM KURDISH PESHMERGA FORCES BEHIND TEL AFAR MASSACRE / IRAQ ROCKED BY VIOLENCE THIS WEEK / U.S. BOMBS AL-ZARQAWI HIDEOUT IN IRAQ / ISLAMIC ARMY IN IRAQ CLAIMS TO HAVE ABDUCTED TWO AUSTRALIANS, TWO ASIANS / GROUP KIDNAPS FOUR POLICEMEN IN AL-NAJAF / IRAQI MILITARY OFFICERS UNDER ATTACK IN BA'QUBAH / MILITANTS ATTACK PIPELINE IN NORTHERN IRAQ / AL-SADR RELOCATES OFFICE IN AL-NAJAF / U.S. MARINES DISMANTLE AL-FALLUJAH BRIGADE, SAYS IT AIDS INSURGENCY / BAHRAIN TO TRAIN 4,000 IRAQI POLICE, NATIONAL GUARDSMEN / IRAQI INTERIOR MINISTER DISCUSSES TRIP TO SYRIA / KUWAIT HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS CENTER REPORTS AID TO IRAQ / UN ENVOY WARNS LACK OF SECURITY HAMPERING WORK IN IRAQ / UNEP ANNOUNCES NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT / FIJIAN CABINET TO CONSIDER UN REQUEST FOR PROTECTION / IRAQI INTERIM PRESIDENT CALLS FOR GREATER NATO ROLE / PARIS CLUB FAILS TO REACH CONSENSUS ON IRAQI DEBT / NEW ALLEGATIONS OF PRISONER ABUSE SURFACE IN MOSUL




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