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20 September 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Speech at New York University John Kerry for President 20 Sep 2004 -- "National security is a central issue in this campaign. (...) That means we must have a great honest national debate on Iraq. The President claims it is the centerpiece of his war on terror. In fact, Iraq was a profound diversion from that war and the battle against our greatest enemy, Osama bin Laden and the terrorists. Invading Iraq has created a crisis of historic proportions and, if we do not change course, there is the prospect of a war with no end in sight."

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • U-S/IRAQ INSURGENCY VOA 20 Sep 2004 -- Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is holding firm to his plans for the country's first free elections to happen in January. But U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan says he doubts whether the vote can take place if the current level of violence does not diminish. Restoring control to areas of Iraq held by insurgents is increasingly becoming the focus of U.S. and Iraqi forces.
  • ILLEGAL WEAPONS BRING INSURGENTS THREE YEARS IN PRISON CENTCOM 20 Sep 2004 -- In two separate court cases on Sept. 19, the Central Criminal Court of Iraq found four individuals linked to Anti-Iraqi Forces guilty of possessing illegal weapons, with each of the defendants receiving three-year prison terms.
  • Allawi Says Instability Will Not Deter Iraqi Elections RFE/RL 20 Sep 2004 -- Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is vowing elections will take place as scheduled in January despite an upsurge in violence and chaos.
  • Analysis: Iraqi Political Groups Take Steps To Organize RFE/RL 20 Sep 2004 -- A number of Iraqi political groups have taken steps to organize ahead of the January elections despite numerous comments last week by government and UN officials who said that elections might be postponed due to increasing violence.
  • IRAQ: Petrol shortage in north IRIN 20 Sep 2004 -- For the past week, drivers in Iraq's northeastern Sulaymaniyah governorate have been waiting for up to five hours to fill their cars and trucks with fuel as deteriorating security in surrounding areas has slowed the influx of petrol and diesel supplies, according to local officials.

Foreign Reactions

  • NATO/IRAQ VOA 20 Sep 2004 -- NATO ambassadors failed to finalize an agreement to expand the alliance's military training mission in Iraq, after meeting in a special session Monday. But officials say they hope to work things out at another meeting later this week.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 20 Sep 2004 -- British Minister Tony Blair's declaration that "a new Iraqi conflict" is under way has fueled controversy, and raised questions about whether more British troops will be sent to Iraq.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 20 Sep 2004
  • Iraq: Hostage Takers Accelerate Efforts To Undermine Reconstruction Work RFE/RL 20 Sep 2004 -- Hostage takers in Iraq have stepped up their kidnappings aimed at driving out foreign companies involved in reconstruction projects. Over the past weeks, the operations have moved from highway abductions of drivers to raids on offices and residential sites in Baghdad. Today, two female Italian aid workers, two American contractors, and a British engineer are being held hostage, along with dozens of employees of regional firms doing business in Iraq.
  • IRAQ: Visa requirements eased after lobbying IRIN 20 Sep 2004 -- Visa requirements have been confusing and expensive since Iraqi officials took control of the country in late June, according to local aid workers.




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