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Iraq Special Weapons News - February 2001



  • Was this Saddam's bomb? The Sunday Times - NEWS REVIEW February 25 2001 -- On a visit to northern Iraq, Gwynne Roberts stumbled on a trail of compelling evidence that the 'Butcher of Baghdad' has successfully tested a nuclear bomb.
  • ONW Aircraft fired upon and targeted by radar Feb 22, 2001 -- Iraqi forces threatened Operation Northern Watch (ONW) coalition aircraft today. Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) from sites north of Mosul while ONW aircraft conducted routine enforcement of the Northern No-Fly Zone. Coalition aircraft were also targeted by Iraqi radar from sites southeast of Mosul.
  • Iraq Air Strikes: 'Sole Superpower' Sends A Message Office of Research, State Department 20 February 2001 -- Last Friday's U.S.-British air strikes on Iraqi radar sites triggered a flood of editorials in overseas papers. Arab commentary was uniformly critical of the strikes and their rationale, with the exception of Kuwaiti commentators who, along with Israeli writers, supported a tough stance and the eventual ouster of Saddam Hussein. A few Arab observers lamented Saddam's refusal to pursue reconciliation with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, seeing this as a precondition for relieving Gulf tensions. Elsewhere, West European papers for the most part avoided overt criticism of the air strikes, but were nevertheless highly skeptical of the efficacy of a "hardline" U.S. policy toward Iraq. Some Russian dailies echoed Kremlin criticism of the U.S.-British enforcement action, and China's official media, matching Arab invective, lashed out at the U.S.' "brutal attacks." A few writers in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe noted that the attacks further alienated Arab and Muslim publics from American policy, with a Tunisian weekly stating ominously: "Bin Ladin's shadow is everywhere."
  • Coalition Aircraft Respond To Iraqi Provocations February 16, 2001 -- In response to recent surface-to-air missile (SAM) and anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire against coalition forces that enforce United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH aircraft struck Iraqi integrated air defense system sites at approximately 1215 Eastern Standard Time.
  • COALITION FORCES STRIKE SAM SITE February 13, 2001 -- In response to recent Iraqi violations of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike a surface-to-air missile site in southern Iraq at approximately 1:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • ONW Aircraft fired upon and targeted by radar Feb 12, 2001 -- Iraqi forces threatened Operation Northern Watch (ONW) coalition aircraft today. Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) from sites north of Mosul while ONW aircraft conducted routine enforcement of the Northern No-Fly Zone. Coalition aircraft were also targeted by Iraqi radar.
  • COALITION FORCES STRIKE SAM SITE February 11, 2001 -- In response to anti-aircraft artillery fire today against coalition aircraft in Iraq's southern no-fly zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH aircraft struck anti-aircraft artillery sites in southern Iraq at approximately 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Iraq: A New President Bush Confronts Same Old Saddam Office of Research, State Department February 6, 2001 -- The conjunction of George W. Bush's presidency and the 10th anniversary of Desert Storm evoked editorials on what many saw as a festering and potentially destabilizing clash of wills between Washington and Baghdad.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 4, Number 5 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 2 February 2001 -- BAGHDAD HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS, DEFECTOR SAYS / BAGHDAD'S TIES WITH EGYPT GROW. / .AS CAIRO HELPS RECONCILE SAUDIS WITH IRAQ / SYRIANS DISCUSS COOPERATION WITH BAGHDAD. / .BUT DAMASCUS SAYS IT WILL DEFEND KUWAIT / IRAQ OFFICIALS ON FREE TRADE ACCORDS / RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTER IN BAGHDAD / IRAQ-TURKEY BUSINESS COUNCIL FOUNDED / ARE IRAQ'S WATER PROBLEMS EBBING? / EGYPTIAN COPTIC POPE TO VISIT IRAQ / TARIQ 'AZIZ SAYS USSR'S COLLAPSE HURT ARABS / KIRKUK ETHNIC CLEANSING DETAILED / BAGHDAD SAYS KURDISTAN 'TEEMING WITH SPIES.' / PUK'S TALABANI INVITED TO LONDON



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