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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


11 June Iraq Special Weapons News

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US Policy
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Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • DCI TENET ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF DAVID KAY AS SPECIAL ADVISOR Central Intelligence Agency 11 Jun 2003 -- Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet announced today the appointment of Dr. David Kay as Special Advisor for Strategy regarding Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Programs.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ WEAPONS VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- Key Congressional Republicans are vowing to conduct a review of U-S intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, but some Democrats are demanding a formal investigation into whether such intelligence was manipulated to justify the U-S-led war in Iraq. The Bush administration cited Iraq's weapons program as a main reason for going to war, but evidence of such weapons has yet to be found.
  • Congressional Committees Plan Hearings on Iraqi WMD Reports Washington File 11 June 2003 -- Two congressional committees are examining U.S. intelligence assessments that supported the contention that a threatening WMD program existed in Iraq in the days leading up to the war and that the regime had connections with international terrorist groups, congressional leaders said June 11.
  • US Senate Debates WMD Intelligence VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- Key Congressional Republicans are vowing to conduct a review of U.S. intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, but some Democrats are demanding a formal investigation into whether such intelligence was manipulated to justify the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The Bush administration cited Iraq's weapons program as a main reason for going to war, but evidence of such weapons has yet to be found.
  • Republicans in Congress Reject Calls for Formal Intelligence Probe VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- Majority Republicans in Congress have rejected requests by Democrats for a formal investigation into the Bush administration's handling of intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs.
  • U.S.: Rumsfeld Again Refers To 'Old' and 'New' Europe RFE/L 11 Jun 2003 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld again spoke of the "old" and "new" Europe when praising the contributions of Poland and Romania to the postwar reconstruction effort in Iraq.

United Nations

  • Annan's envoy holds fourth day of meetings with Iraqi political leaders UN News Centre 11 Jun 2003 -- United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello held his fourth day of consultations with Iraqi political leaders on Wednesday and again stressed that he would do everything in his power to assist the Iraqi people "at this critical juncture in their history."

Reconstruction Issues

  • INC Leader Asserts Need For Role In Politics, Security RFE/L 11 Jun 2003 -- The leader of a prominent Iraqi exile group has called for the rapid transfer of political power to Iraqis and the establishment of an Iraqi security force. Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi told the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based foreign policy institution, that the political process in the country must take its own course without outside influence. Chalabi also said that Iraqis should be enlisted to help find weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein.
  • Most Museum Treasures Found Intact Despite Reports Of Looting RFE/L 11 Jun 2003 -- Archaeological experts have completed their first inventories of what was taken from the antiquities collection of the Baghdad National Museum. The good news is that the losses are not as great as earlier feared. Of the museum's 8,000 most significant items, fewer than 50 were lost to professional art thieves and mobs of looters. The rest were successfully hidden by curators.
  • IRAQ: Food aid vital for 16 million people IRIN 11 Jun 2003 -- After living on monthly food rations for the last seven years, Nazdar Isma'il cannot imagine what her life would be like without the assistance.

Foreign Reactions

  • Dehli Considers U.S. Request To Send Troops To Iraq RFE/L 11 Jun 2003 -- Indian officials this week are considering a U.S. request for New Delhi to send troops to Iraq as part of a postwar security force. Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani says a final decision will be made after a Pentagon team visits New Delhi next week to clarify a series of unanswered questions about the proposal.

News Reports

  • PENA-GARDINER-IRAQ VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- And now joining us to discuss all this, from the Cato Institute, Charles Pena, and from the Heritage Foundation, Nile Gardiner, both of you defense analysts.
  • IRAQ / FALLUJAH VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- One of the areas of trouble for U-S troops in Iraq is a small town west of Baghdad that has been the scene of several attacks on U-S soldiers.




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