Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
Iraq Special Weapons News - July 2001
- RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 4, Number 23 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 27 July 2001 -- SADDAM FORMS NEW DOMESTIC TERROR GROUP / UN DRIVER FOUND WITH EXPLOSIVES IN HIS CAR / FIVE REPUBLICAN GUARD OFFICERS EXECUTED / MOSCOW RESTATES OPPOSITION TO SANCTIONS... / ...AND SADDAM WELCOMES RUSSIAN STAND / ONE MILLION INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS IN IRAQ / KUWAIT, ARAB LEAGUE AT ODDS OVER IRAQ / TURKEY PLANS TO INCREASE TRADE WITH IRAQ / IRAQI PASSENGER TRAIN LEAVES FOR TURKEY / CHINA TO BUILD MOBILE PHONE NETWORK IN IRAQ / STILL LITTLE INTERNET ACCESS IN IRAQ / IRAQI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETS IN PUK-CONTROLLED KURDISTAN / PUK BRIEFS ITALIAN GOVERNMENT ON ARABIZATION / PUK OFFICIAL ABDUCTED BY ISLAMIC GROUP / JOURNALIST DETAINED IN KDP-CONTROLLED IRAQI KURDISTAN / KDP MEETS WITH PUK ON SADDAM'S CALL TO DIALOGUE / FIRST PKK DEFENSE CONFERENCE HELD IN IRAQI KURDISTAN / NEW DAM THREATENS TO FLOOD ANCIENT ASSYRIAN CITY
- U-S / IRAQ VOA 7/27/01 -- Pentagon sources say the United States is seriously considering a military response to Iraq's latest efforts to shoot down coalition aircraft monitoring the southern no-fly zone.
- RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 4, Number 22 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 21 July 2001 -- SADDAM SAYS OIL IS NOT IRAQ'S ONLY WEAPON... / ...AND DENOUNCES FOREIGNERS INCITING KURDS / UDAY'S CONVERSION TO SHI'ITE SECT QUESTIONED / WHO POSTPONES DEPLETED URANIUM STUDY IN IRAQ / CORRUPTION CAUSES MEDIA RESHUFFLE IN BAGHDAD / MASS ARRESTS IN BAGHDAD SLUM / SCIRI SAYS MISSILE ATTACKS WILL CONTINUE / TURKISH FREIGHT TRAIN ARRIVES IN BAGHDAD / FRANCE-IRAQ MARITIME TRADE ROUTE OPENS / FRENCH COMMERCIAL EXCHANGES WITH IRAQ HIGHLIGHTED / YUGOSLAVIA WANTS TO REPAIR IRAQ'S POWER GRID / RUSSIA FAVORS ARMS MONITORING IN IRAQ... / ...AS RUSSIAN DUMA HEARS PLEA ON ARABIZATION / INC MEETS WITH U.S. OFFICIALS / RIFT VALLEY FEVER OUTBREAK FEARED IN IRAQ / SADDAM ASKS KURDS TO MAKE PEACE / BAGHDAD TO SEND 3 MILLION TEXTBOOKS TO IRAQI KURDISTAN
- IRAQ SANCTIONS / MOVIE VOA 07/18/01 -- A high-ranking member of the United Nations team which investigated Iraq's weapons program after the Gulf War argues it is time to end sanctions against the Iraqi government. The former arms inspector has made a film of his experiences which he says backs up his contentions.
- COALITION FORCES STRIKE AAA SITE July 17, 2001 -- In response to recent Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike an anti-aircraft artillery site in southern Iraq at approximately 2:45 a.m. EDT.
- RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 4, Number 21 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 13 July 2001 -- WEST LOOKING AT IRAQ'S USE OF MISSILES / TWO IRAQI DIPLOMATS ASK FOR U.S. ASYLUM / IRAQ SIGNS NEW OIL-FOR-FOOD AGREEMENT / UDAY THREATENS TO MURDER A KURDISH JOURNALIST / NEW WAVE OF EXECUTIONS IN SOUTH / SADDAM SAYS IRAQ 'CANNOT BE ISOLATED.' / IRAQI MPS IN MOROCCO / PUK, KDP MEET TO DISCUSS KURDISH PARLIAMENT / IRAQ CONDEMNS TURKISH AGGRESSION IN NORTH / MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN NORTHERN IRAQ MARKED BY VIOLENCE /
- IRAQ: REBUFF OF REVISED SANCTIONS REGIME SEEN AS U.S. POLICY SETBACK Office of Research, State Department July 13, 2001 -- Editorialists in the Middle East, Europe, Vietnam and Mexico saw the UN Security Council's failure to approve revised import controls on Iraq as a "severe setback" and a "painful blow" to the U.S. administration. Russia, in refusing to do more than extend the current oil-for-food program, was portrayed as reasserting itself internationally, sending a message to the West that it was "starting to think of its own interests." In the Middle East, sanction foes sarcastically railed against both "smart" and "dumb" sanctions and celebrated an Iraqi "victory". Only in Kuwait was there notable editorial support for the U.S./UK initiative. Writers in Europe and the Middle East predicted that the Bush administration would fail to garner Arab support for any Iraq initiatives as long as America pursued policies that a Jordanian paper characterized as "lenient and supportive of Israel."
- IRAQ / OIL VOA 07/10/01 -- Iraq has once again begun pumping oil for export after a five-week dispute with the United Nations over international sanctions.
- COALITION FORCES STRIKE AAA SITE July 7, 2001 -- In response to Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike an anti-aircraft artillery site in southern Iraq at approximately 3:15 a.m. EDT.
- IRAQ DEFECTOR ANALYSIS VOA 07/05/01 -- The decision by Iraq's number two diplomat at the United Nations to request political asylum in the United States could prove to be an intelligence windfall. Much will depend on what he knows about the intentions of President Saddam Hussein, especially his weapons program.
- IRAQ/U-N VOA 07/04/01 -- Iraq has praised Russia for blocking a British-American plan to impose modified, so-called "smart sanctions" against Baghdad. The U-N Security Council Tuesday (7/3) simply extended the current program -- under which Iraq is allowed to export its oil in return for food and other humanitarian goods.
- U-N-Iraq Defection VOA 07/03/01 -- Sources at the United Nations say that at least two Iraqi diplomats are seeking political asylum in the United States.
- U-N-Iraq Oil VOA 07/03/01 -- The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved an extension of the Iraq "oil-for-food" program just six hours before it was due to expire.
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